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To arms Rioters – Drive the Emos from Garema Place! (unless you are a Garema Place Emo, in which case prepare to repel boarders)

By 3 October 2008

[First filed: October 02, 2008 @ 09:35]
The Tilt Festival running in Garema Place appears to have hit some turbulence.
All round good sort, Greens candidate for Molonglo, and Tilt organiser, Elena Kirschbaum, has sent out the following plea for help:
Subject: Battle the emo kids
Hey guys,
This is a little request, a little favour.
The Tilt Festival is bringing [...]

Fare Evading Teenage Harpies

By 3 October 2008

So… where was your daughter last night???
Four girls, maybe fifteen years old, attempted to avoid paying their taxi fare this morning by scampering down my neighbours’ driveway. Possibly they were planning on jumping the back fence?? Sucked in, because the security-minded neighbours have no access to their backyard – so the next attempt was to [...]

Cycling: What Will Politicians Do?

By 2 October 2008

[ 7 October 2008 at 7:30 pm; ] Canberra cycling group, Pedal Power, is holding a community forum for local candidates to tell the public how they will help cycling. Six times Tour De France entrant, Stephen Hodge, will MC the forum. Speakers will include representatives from ACT Labor, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens. Everyone interested in cycling, [...]

Kamikaze Magpie Under Seige

By 2 October 2008

Allied Forces (ACT Parks people) were today seen mounting a counter attack to rid fair Ainslie of the Magpie menace that has terrorised local residents for the last four weeks. 
“He’s mad!” said one frightened resident, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. 
“The last month has been terrible. I can’t put on me lotto or have a cold one at [...]

Six Muslim women needed for digital storytelling project

By 1 October 2008

Tuggeranong Community Arts (TCA) is seeking women from Canberra’s Islamic community to be part of a very special arts and cultural project to be held on Sundays (10.30am-4.30pm) over 4 weeks in from 12 October to 2 November at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre media studio.
“The Digital Storytelling workshop will be a great opportunity for women [...]

Population Paradox – Letter to the Editor

By 1 October 2008

There is a fascinating letter in the Canberra Times today that I thought should be reproduced here for the benefit of the masses and not just the paltry few who read the Crimes (heh heh).
The letter is quite lengthy so I have edited for length:
” …The ACT Greens now want to spend $8 million on [...]

A happy Eid ul-Fitr to our Muslim readers

By 1 October 2008

The Ramadan month of fasting is over for the local Muslim community and today they get to party.
The Eid ul-Fitr runs for three days. Have a good one guys.

A significant rugby league match to celebrate our centenary

By 1 October 2008

Caretaker convention be damned, there’s an election to be won!
Jon Stanhope has again donned his Chief Minister’s cap to announce that he’s had talks with the National Rugby League about having an important Rugby League game in Canberra for the centenary of Canberra.
State of Origin? The Grand Final?
Er no. How about the City-Country game? (yes [...]

ABC News: Will the Village Idiot Return?

By 30 September 2008

Its been a long time, but for the last few weeks we’ve seen a return to professionalism on the ABC television news.
Can you believe it: news being about news, weather being about weather, without patronising attempts at humour, self obsession, vegetable obsession, whatever.
You know what I’m talking about: Mark Carmody,  Mr Fosts and Frogs, presently [...]

One of Canberra’s oldest, and longest residing citizens dies.

By 30 September 2008

I missed this report in the Canberra Times on Sunday and Monday.
“Widely loved and respected in Canberra, where she was born more than 99 years ago, Heather Shakespeare died early yesterday morning.”
I came into contact with Heather Shakespeare through her support of Scouting (as did many in the ACT) and I know that she will [...]

So who decided the barbed wire was necessary?

By 30 September 2008

Many years ago a team of workers were dispatched to the storm-water drain forming the border between Ainslie and Watson.
Someone had decreed that where the Watson drain broke cover needed fencing. Maybe it does, someone walking along in the dark could in theory fall down there.
So they dug holes, poured concrete, set up posts [...]

Has the Peter Leonard thing, perhaps, been slightly over done?

By 30 September 2008

I was as saddened as anyone to hear of the death of former newsreader Peter Leonard at a relatively young age of 66.
I never had any reason to bear him any ill will. He read the news from the teleprompter perfectly competently with an entirely appropriate degree of gravitas and the odd hint of humour.
If [...]

Canberra Vintage and Classic Bicycle Ride

By 30 September 2008

[First filed: September 29, 2008 @ 10:27]

Yesterday morning marked the first ever Canberra Vintage and Classic Bicycle Ride, held by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Mrs Brown and myself decided to pop down to the starting line to see if I could find anyone else with an interest in the wacky English Raleigh Chopper.
We found [...]

Gnomes go walkabout at Floriade? Or Nazi gnome strikes?

By 30 September 2008

The Canberra Times is making light of multiple gnome-nappings at Floraide.
Some speculate the gnomes have been liberated, others that they’ve escaped.
Me, I reckon the Nazi gnome, who is also reported missing, is running a secret gnome death camp in the rhododendrons.

Holiday Distractions

By 29 September 2008

For the next two weeks, those Rioters amongst us who have bred are wondering what time-wasting (but preferably not money-wasting) activities there are in our fair city.
I have a 9yo son, who has expressed a desire to visit the War Memorial these holidays.
But I am trying to think of what to do with [...]

Nightfest a success

By 29 September 2008

Despite some grumbling on this site about the Nightfest at Floriade the ABC is declaring the event a success.

“We’ll sit down … and go through all the things which can be improved and all the things which worked and based on that we’ll make a decision on next year.
“But I’d be very surprised if it [...]

Canberra Poker Players forum up and running (Finally)!!!

By 29 September 2008

So I’ve been a little busy, but finally got something together for local poker players. It’s a free forum site, so there’s a few ad’s, but hey, what can you do.
Check it out at:
Let me know what you think as well as any changes which can be made. We’ll have cards [...]

ACT Light Rail 2008 ACT Election “Meet the Candidates” Event this Tuesday night.

By 28 September 2008

[ 30 September 2008 at 7:30 pm; ] The ACT Light Rail Coalition are holding a 2008 ACT Election “Meet the Candidates” Event on Tuesday 30th September 2008, 19:30 at Havelock House, 85 Northbourne Avenue, Turner ACT 2612

Come and hear what the election candidates and political parties have to say about Light Rail. Find out how they will work to make Light Rail [...]

Canberra – aka the Hotel California

By 27 September 2008

A friend of mine who grew up in Canberra, but no longer lives here, once told me that this town is like the Hotel California: You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave.
It depressed me no end. I think I am over it now, sort of.
How many people, including myself, [...]

‘Hello’ ‘Hello’ It’s not that hard!

By 27 September 2008

Is it just me or do other people find that when they are out taking a walk along one of Canberra’s many footpaths, when they pass or come across people, if they smile and say ‘hello’ they are usually ignored completely or stared at as if you had said something rude?
Even on a day like today, bright sunshine, [...]

September Notices

By 27 September 2008

We’re reviving the notices section on RiotACT.
Notices will be consolidated through the month and bumped back onto the front page every Saturday. Just use the contact form, or email Things for sale, events, notifications, warnings, and personals. Knock yourselves out.
And so here they are:
26 September
Shorty55 would have you know:
Gungahlin Markets are on this [...]

New Tower on Tuggeranong Hill

By 26 September 2008

Has anyone else noticed the new tower on top of Tuggeranong Hill?
Does anyone know what it is?

Serious about a career in television?

By 26 September 2008

Southern Cross TEN are opening their Canberra studios to Year 10, 11, 12 and tertiary students.
- Check out what heppens in front of the camera and behind the scenes
- Get pumped about the exciting career opportunities available to you in this fast-paced industry
- Hook up with industry professionals
What: Television Careers Night
When: 23rd October 2008
Where: Southern [...]

Where did all the flowers go!

By 26 September 2008

It would seem that there are less and less flowers at Floriade each year, I can remember back in late eighties when the Netherlands Government gave the Flowers to the people of Australia as a bicentenary gift there where a considerably more flowers. Also the Floriade literature fails to mention the fact that the Netherlands [...]

German Autofest 2008 – Sunday 28 September

By 25 September 2008

[ 28 September 2008 at 10:00 am; ]

This Sunday from 10am-3pm the German Autofest will be held at Rond Terraces by the Lake, just off Anzac Parade. It’s pretty much a show’n’shine of all things German. There’ll be the usual array of classic old Mercedes-Benz and Porsche models, as well as current day cars from all the major some great old [...]

Overheard in the Refugee Camp in Glebe Park

By 25 September 2008

I’m not going to editorialise too much on this as other readers will be able to offer more experienced and insightful views of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and their operations. As with a regular column I write elsewhere in a world of music I perceive only dimly through inexpert eyes, I’ll give you ‘A Punter’s [...]

Lanyon pleas of forgiveness…

By 25 September 2008

[First filed: September 24, 2008 @ 08:03]
“Please forgive me Mel”
Says the signs on the way to work.
Has anyone else noticed the signs on the drive from Lanyon to the City?
They start off saying “Please forgive me Mel” near the roundabout just past Lanyon shops, then another two a bit further down toward tuggeranong saying, [...]

WholeSelf Living Workshop this weekend

By 25 September 2008

[ 27 September 2008 to 28 September 2008. ] The WholeSelf Program – Stage 1 Foundation Workshop 27-28 September 2008

“When you value, nurture and care for your WholeSelf you naturally enrich everyone and everything around you.” – Kathleen Earle

Grow your whole experience of life with our WholeSelf Living Program.

By nurturing your WholeSelf wisdom (mind, body, spirit), you create a more ecological lifestyle, deepen your [...]

Google Maps updated – Higher res images of your suburb

By 24 September 2008

A recent trip onto Google maps shows that there is more recent higher res images of much of Canberra. My guess is around late March, but open to fellow RiotACTers to work out the when
GDE open
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Images of Canberra – Nazi Gnome at Floriade

By 24 September 2008

There’s no immediate explanation as to why this little fella’s adorning Floriade.
Anyone have any theories?
(Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to )

Good news on water restrictions

By 24 September 2008

The Canberra Times informs us that our dam levels are creeping up to 50% of capacity sometime this week.
As a result ACTEW boss Mark Sullivan doesn’t think we’ll need to have Stage 4 water restrictions this summer.
“Or certainly not until the election is over” the more cynical of you might think.

Vale Peter Leonard

By 24 September 2008

The Canberra Times is reporting the passing of veteran newsreader, Peter Leonard. He was aged 66, and succumbed to mesothelioma.
He was a personality who possessed a keen enthusiasm, excellent personality, and high level of intelligence.
My deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P, Mr. Leonard.
[ED - The ABC also has a report.]

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