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Hey Dude, where’s my garbage (and recycling) collection?

By 24 December 2008

Just in case you wake up tomorrow morning, unwrap all your presents, and then find your unemptied recycling and garbage bins out front… The hard working garbos and recyclers are taking a well earned break, no doubt disposing of some meats, and recycling a few tinnies. TAMS have issued a notice that garbage and recycling [...]

Carols in the Town park

By 22 December 2008

Yesterday was the Salvation Army’s Carols in the Town park, held at Lake Tuggeranong. It started at 5.00pm, but even with careful planning, i did not get there until 5.30pm.
There was a petting zoo, jumping castle, inflatable slide, face painting, music and ….. Santa!
Santa gave out bags of lollies – my kids were on a [...]

The Bright Bright Lights of Amaroo

By 22 December 2008

[First Filed: December 20, 2008 @ 10:07]

Last night I tried to crush my girlfriend’s insufferable christmas cheer by getting her to drive us around while I photographed Christmas light displays.
We planned to take in a variety of Canberra suburbs. But having begun in Amaroo there was nothing to be done but to finish it and [...]

Thanks to Paul the Good Samaritan from ACT Towing

By 21 December 2008

I’d like to publicly thank Paul from ACT Towing for his Good Deed a few weeks ago.I had my newborn and three-year-old in the car, driving home from dropping Dad off at the ATO. It was a rainy day when we got up, and we drop him off so he doesn’t need to ride his [...]

ACT Writers centre awards

By 19 December 2008

Twas a dark and stormy night…
Amid much slurping of fine wine last night, the ACT Writers Centre announced
winners for a range of awards for 2008. Here is the link:
http://www.actwriters.org.au/ACTawards.html.
At least one of the recipients is yours truly. But you have to guess who (or is that whom…).
Rosebud

How did your work Christmas parties go?

By 19 December 2008

Where they as bad as you expect or did you get so drunk you can’t remember?

Time to pay young people to Make a Move

By 19 December 2008

This is pretty much how I get them, don’t ask me about the weird capitalisation
National Youth Week 2009 Grant Applications Are Now Open!
Youth Week 2009 runs from Saturday 28 March – Sunday 5 April 2009. The theme is Make A Move.
Small seeding grants are available to support organisations in developing and running Youth [...]

The possum torturers of Hughes

By 18 December 2008

The RSPCA has broadcast its horror after a live scalped possum was found in Kitchener Street, Hughes and brought into them.
The little fellow had to be euthanised.
Shame Hughes, Shame!

Katy seeks the best of the best of the best

By 18 December 2008

Please send queries on the status of International Men’s Day and associated awards to the MLA of your choice
The Minster for Women, Katy Gallagher recently opened nominations for 2009 ACT International Women’s Day Awards. The ACT International Women’s Day Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of women in the ACT community.
The Awards [...]

National Museum out of space

By 18 December 2008

The Canberra Times has the astonishing news that the National Museum has run out of space for its collection.
This despite having an enormous building and nothing at all that anyone wants to see.
Flog some crap on Ebay is my advice.

Water use signs in perfect harmony

By 16 December 2008

There’s been a rumour going around that the roadside water usage signs are presenting different results at any given time. If true that would do little to enhance community confidence in the water conservation message.
Between 11am and midday today I made a study of the signs on the Barton Highway, Barry Drive, and the Tuggeranong [...]

Arts fellows, ACT Book of the year, ACT Poetry prizes

By 16 December 2008

Our Chiefly Arts Minister has decreed that “Local composer Dr Ruth Lee Martin and musician and lyricist Peter J Casey have been named 2009 Creative Arts Fellows”.
Each fellowship is worth $45,000, which is not a vast amount to try and live on.
With his arts hat firmly in place The Chief has also announced the ACT [...]

A new “The Bush Capital”

By 16 December 2008

Our Chiefly Leader brings word that $31,000 of has convinced local historian and architect Mr Roger Pegrum (any relation to former NCA honcho Anabelle Pegrum?) to revise his 25 year old opus “The Bush Capital”.
It is, we are told, “a concise history of the establishment of Canberra as the Nation’s Capital”.
I’m fascinated to hear what [...]

Aaja Nachle – Bollywood emotions live on stage!

By 15 December 2008

Between photographing swans and pot holes, I had the great pleasure of attending Aaja Nachle [Come and Dance] at theStreet Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Aaja Nachle is to allow students of Bollywood Dimensions to demonstrate themselves as ‘a cascade of expertly trained dancers in glitter and glamour, bangles and beads and bedazzling costumes’.
This year’s show intended [...]

Carols at Lanyon 2008

By 15 December 2008

I’ve got some grave reservations about the current mode of christmas celebrations in the modern era.
But it makes my girlfriend happy.
So if I have to go to a chrimbo thingy, the one I want to go to is the Carols at Lanyon. Not the southernmost suburb, but the historic homestead slightly further south.
There are [...]

Nothing known on Civic violence, no answers suggested.. Quick do something

By 14 December 2008

Yesterday’s Canberra Times had an odd piece with Simon Corbell promising to do, er, well, something.
Something about drunks in Civic.
Simon admits in the article that he doesn’t know if things are getting better or worse and still has no idea what he’ll do.
ACT Policing’s Michael Chew knows what he’d like:
Superintendent Michael Chew said introducing [...]

Ghoul Alert – More drivers learn wet road = slippery road

By 13 December 2008

I was there, my camera was there, we were waiting for the response guys to let us pass – the Devil make mischief for idle hands.
Observed behaviour for Erindale Drive, just near Monash, seems to be Firies first, Police about 3 minutes later, Ambos about 3 minutes after that. As this was about 1pm, [...]

It’s time to send in your tree photos

By 12 December 2008

So here we are again at Christmas time.
Rosebud sent in this picture with the following text:
Sshh Godzilla, the Baby Jesus is sleeping
Spike here is making his presence felt in the humble manger of the Holy Family at our place. The kids insist he must not miss out on all the worshippy goings on. Darwin [...]

The Chronicle makes the big time

By 12 December 2008

Mutley has brought to my attention that the world famous Passive Agressive Notes website is once again featuring Canberra.
Even better the Chronicle is, almost certainly for the first time, being mentioned on the same page as the Washington Post, The Financial Times, and the London Daily Telegraph.
A proud, proud day in the Fyshwick bunker no [...]

In need of a good Canberra-based P.I.

By 12 December 2008

The heading says it all really. I’m looking for a good an reasonably priced private investigator in Canberra.
Anyone on RA have any ideas?
Thanks.

The baby wombats need your help

By 11 December 2008

The RSPCA has been been hit by a spate of orphaned baby wombats and other native wildlife.
“RSPCA ACT has been overwhelmed with injured and orphaned native animals during the hotter months of the year. Used to caring for wombats on an individual basis from time to time, RSPCA ACT wildlife staff are currently caring [...]

Canberra ABC Centres Saved from the Chop.

By 11 December 2008

The ABC is reporting that the beancounters putting the squeeze on Eddie Groves’ testes and his company ABC Learning, will keep the ACT centres in Russell and Aranda operating.
The Queanbo centre is still keeping its head above the water with the usual cash injection from the Government for vital services in a marginal seat.
Good news [...]

So who are all these interested Summernats bidders?

By 11 December 2008

The Canberra Times’ Megan Doherty has been having a dig and asking motorsport venues if they’ve been approaching Canberra’s Chic Henry for the chance to host his Summernats hoonfest.
Oddly enough she wasn’t able to find any despite Chic’s annual claims that they’re lining up for the chance to take it off our hands.
The Western Sydney [...]

Free christmas gift wrapping today at Mawson shops

By 11 December 2008

After leaving lunch at the Mawson club today and returning to my car, I notice this in the car park.

LOL. Yes. Yes, i did.

Queanbo knows where to put the Petunias

By 11 December 2008

In the continuing series Images of Queanbeyan, here is proof that Queanbeyan, unlike Canberra, knows where to put the Petunias.
Earlier, we had sad proof that the ACT Government did not know where to put the Petunias. They put them up on poles, in bowls. And down they came.

The ACT Government needs to fund a fact-finding [...]

The Radiance Dance Project – “The Human Touch” photos and information session today yesterday.

By 11 December 2008

[First filed: December 10, 2008 @ 10:05]

Like most sensible men in Canberra I’ve always got time to talk to Min Mae. In common with those men, despite never having seen her express any anger, I’ve also picked up a certain air about her suggesting it would be a very, very bad idea indeed to be [...]

Corinbank 2009 – First lineup announcements

By 11 December 2008

The Corinbank Festival is running from 27 February to 1 March 2009.
The first round of pre-sales sold out in just two days the other week, before there were even any announcements about the line-up.
Now the first line-up announcement has been made via a media release containing this crucial paragraph:
The first line-up announcement for Corinbank includes: [...]

The Green plan for saving schools in the future

By 10 December 2008

Our highly paid Liberal team has had nothing to say this week despite a slew of Government policy initiatives.
The Greens Meredith Hunter, on the other hand, has announced legislation she’s bringing in to improve consultation around educational issues:
ACT Greens Parliamentary Convenor Meredith Hunter has submitted a Bill to the Legislative Assembly which will amend [...]

It appears there is no god.

By 10 December 2008

As seen in Braddon.
The pretty blonde driving the Peugeot is also wearing a hat saying “Paris” just in case you didn’t get that she really, really digs Paris.
It just seems so unfair.

Super school not so super? Or – West Belconnen gets the hose again.

By 10 December 2008

The Canberra Times has an explanation of the unfolding disaster occurring at the Kingsford Smith School in Holt (aka “The West Belconnen Super School”, aka “Ginninderra High”).
It was going to be a preschool-year 10 facility. On that basis foolish parents enrolled their children and bought school uniforms for the school’s first year of operation next [...]

The New Sheriff is going to clean up this town

By 10 December 2008

Our Brave Leader is really settling into his new role as Mayor of Canberra heading up the Department of Territory and Municipal services.
Firstly he’s getting tough on event organisers leaving their signs around town:

The Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008 will require event organisers to take reasonable steps to ensure their event is not [...]

Padlock worries

By 9 December 2008

I’ve just noticed an official-looking black padlock which has mysteriously appeared on the tap at the front of my house to which is affixed a garden hose.
What does it mean?
Have I been dobbed in by my neighbours for excessive water usage after switching it on twice in the last six weeks?
It isn’t actually stopping [...]

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