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Book Launch – the way forward for the union movement

By 23 September 2008

[ 23 September 2008 10:00 pm to 1 October 2008 10:00 pm. ] Speaking tour on controversial new book on the Australian union movement

Tom Bramble, senior lecturer in industrial relations at the University of Queensland, and a member of Socialist Alternative, will be touring eastern Australia to introduce his new book Trade Unionism in Australia: a History from Flood to Ebb Tide, just published by Cambridge University Press. [...]

Refugee Camp in the City, Glebe Park until 6pm

By 23 September 2008

[ 20 September 2008 9:00 am to 24 September 2008 6:00 pm. ] Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
Refugee Camp in your city = Canberra (specifically, Glebe Park)

Until 6pm Wednesday 24 September 2008.

Open for tours every 15 minutes, 9am to midday, then 2pm to 5pm.
Or wander through between midday and 2pm and read the placards and talk to MSF staff.
Information on MSF and refugees in general to take away [...]

Reprobate of the week

By 23 September 2008

This in from a reliable source:
A number of SES volunteers were on a call out on Saturday night at Mackellar where a house had suffered severe storm and fire damage. As such they set up a lighting tower as well as a number of flashing blue and red lights to warn people and motorists of [...]

Do Canberra Audiences Know Anything?

By 22 September 2008

An article in the Canberra times this weekend by Dr Adele Chynoweth, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University School of Humanities, seems to have got a couple of local theatre heads (or at least the ones I hang out with) out of joint a bit – largely because it argues that Canberra is [...]

Canberra Selling ourselves short.

By 22 September 2008

Has anyone walked through the new shopping center at Civic since it has opened? Im going to assume that most of you have been there at least once already. Let me start by saying that The Dendy Cinema is good. Well the Cinema itself is good as in the decour and the seats and picture and sound [...]

Support the Cranleigh – Capital Chemist Art Show 2008

By 22 September 2008

[ 17 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; 18 October 2008 at 10:00 am; 19 October 2008 at 10:00 am; ]

Cranleigh School – Capital Chemist
Art Show 17, 18 & 19 October

Official Opening Friday Oct 17, 7-9 pm
$10 entry fee Food & Wine served

Saturday Oct 18, 10am – 4pm
Entry by Gold Coin donation

Sunday Oct 19, 10am – 1pm
Entry by Gold Coin donation

Artwork Raffle
Tickets $3 each
4 for $10

                Cranleigh School [...]

Overheard … any clues?

By 22 September 2008

Overheard at the counter at Tilleys today:
” … if it goes into double digits, Mount Ainslie will be cleared and then …” (then the background noise got too loud to hear any more)
The speaker was a man about 5’9″, fairly thin, swarthy, curly greying dark hair cropped short, wearing a cheap pinstriped suit (or [...]

Install Fest for Software Freedom Day

By 22 September 2008

[ 27 September 2008; ] Further to my earlier post about Software Freedom Day, I would  just like to remind you all that the Install Fest is happening this Saturday at the ANU (CSIT building – Room N101). Bring your computer and any peripherals you want set up. We’ll provide the software and get you up and running. If you [...]

Radio Ratings

By 20 September 2008

Just caught up on the radio ratings.
I am struck that they really reflect my listening habits. It seems that many other Canberrans listen to the same programs as I do.
Like many, I  pretty much listen to 666 most of the time. The only exception is their drive program which I see has suffered a big [...]

Canberra Ghandi snub makes world news

By 19 September 2008

Newsblaze of Folsom California is aghast that grey Canberra bureaucrats have turned a deaf ear to the pleas of the Gandhi Monument Council and refused to name a street after Mahatma Ghandi:
Replying to a plea of Gandhi Monument Council headquartered in USA, John Meyer, Executive Director Client Services of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Planning and [...]

The “New” Breed of door to door salesmen – where did they come from??

By 19 September 2008

Ok, I was very ill this week and had to stay home. Not telling you what it was, just not very well and very slow at typing. I am certain that I made a few mistakes when typing….
My wife took the kids out to the shops so as to avoid my continual moaning and complaining [...]

Irony Alert: Flames fitness up in Flames

By 19 September 2008

According to the ABC, Flames Fitness has gone up in flames destroying 25 per cent of North Lynham shopping centre. 
Ohhh the irony.

‘Hail to the bus driver’ or ‘miracle on wheels’

By 18 September 2008

Catching the bus yesterday, I was tired, my dreams were wearing thin.  Got off and went to buy deodorant at the shops.  No wallet!  Where’s my wallet?!  The stink of panic sets in.  I had used it to get on the bus, right?  It must still be on the bus, heading to Woden.  Straight home, [...]

Can I read?

By 17 September 2008

Most people would be familiar with the story of Helen Keller. Blind and deaf, she defied the odds to make history when she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe College, which was the closest a woman could get to Harvard in those days. She went on to make more contributions to the [...]

Software Freedom Day in Canberra

By 17 September 2008

[ 20 September 2008; 27 September 2008; ] Software Freedom Day – what is it and why should I care?

You might never want to look at the nuts and bolts of the software you use, so why should you support Software Freedom Day? To keep the software you want to use free of charge, and to make sure that the people who can [...]

Civic Beggars

By 17 September 2008

Anyone else getting jack of some of the Civic Beggars ?
ipods, mobile phones and good clothes…. real hard up.
Some of them are just scrounging scammers.
I’m sick of getting abused and intimidated by the same few a-holes for not giving them money but tonight two of them where well out of order.
One of the regulars, had [...]

SBS Digital Broadcast Issues in Canberra?

By 17 September 2008

Did anyone else find SBS drop off their digital TV/STB in the last few weeks? Some time since the Olympics?
I am still able to get it through an analogue signal, but my STB is constantly saying ‘no signal’ for SBS, SBS 2 and SBS News.
Anyone else?

A Peter Jackson production coming to the War Memorial

By 16 September 2008

The War Memorial has announced that Peter Jackson (yes that one) and Wingnut Films will be producing the upcoming “Over the Front: the Great War in the air” exhibition planned for Anzac Hall.
“The Multimedia display will be a vital element in the exhibition space, and will be used to help visitors experience the risks, action [...]

The Olivia Lambert Appeal Race Day – Catriona Rowntree a special guest at the races!

By 16 September 2008

[ 4 October 2008 at 12:00 pm; ] The Olivia Lambert Appeal – A local lass needs your help! 

Catriona Rowntree will join other celebs at Thoroughbred Park on 4 October 2008 to help our little local lass, Olivia Lambert.  Olivia’s story was recently seen on 60 Minutes, presented by Peter Overton.
Olivia is a gorgeous 4yr old with Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of [...]

Canberra Musicians Club – We have liftoff

By 16 September 2008

[First filed: September 14, 2008 @ 22:31]

In a marathon of festivity the Canberra Musicians Club lumbered down the runway on Saturday and into clear blue skies.
The music started at 12.30 in the afternoon and continued over five stages until the small hours of the morning.
There were far too many bands for a lone reviewer [...]

Horrible ferret cruelty caught on video – good or bad thing?

By 16 September 2008

[First filed: September 16, 2008 @ 09:13]
Did anyone else hear on Sunrise this morning about one/two* Canberran men who I believe are being prosecuted over a video found of them committing various acts of violence against two ferrets, some acts mentioned including sticking them with syringes and bashing them against walls.
At this point in time [...]


By 15 September 2008

How do I diplomatically tell my neighbour that the rubbish piled up beside their house and the old car in the yard ( that some one has egged and covered  with toilet paper) looks like crap?

Hector Scott – HIV sex worker jailed

By 15 September 2008

The ABC has a report on Hector Scott’s sentencing.
It is bad enough that you cannot get charged with murder in the ACT, but this fiend gets only 2 1/2 months for possibly infecting innocent friends with HIV.  I would consider that assault with a deadly weapon because he was aware of his infection and continued on his [...]

Canberra’s got style goes to print

By 15 September 2008

The inimitable Ninaribena of Canberra’s Got Style has announced the happy news that the Canberra Centre’s house rag “C Magazine” is making a break for quality and giving CGS a page.
Good work by all concerned.

Please open our kiosks…we need kiosks!

By 14 September 2008

Well, spring is here, and Floriade is here, but there is still no sign of the two kiosks at Commonwealth Place (or even one of them!) opening for business – any business!
If I am not mistaken they have been completed now for nigh on one year…and still not one espresso coffee, or herbal tea, or [...]

Richardson groomer arrested

By 12 September 2008

The AFP bring word that they’ve arrested a 35 year old Richardson man on charges of “using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age and possession of child pornography.”
Police will allege the male made contact with a 15-year-old, Melbourne girl, whom he met in Canberra through family friends and groomed [...]

Special Education Election Evening

By 12 September 2008

The ACT Council of P&C Associations, Advocacy for Inclusion & Autism, Asperger ACT are holding a ‘Special Education Election Evening’
Thursday 18th September – 6.30pm
Dickson College
Phillip Avenue, Dickson
Candidates standing for the major parties at the forthcoming ACT election will be attending to put their views and policies on issues relating to the education of students with [...]

Seeking Help: Need Catholic Priest for concelebration in marriage ceremony!

By 12 September 2008

Its a simple request…
Im getting married in about six months time, however the lady of my life is not Catholic and wants the marriage to occur in her church.
Heres where the fun begins, I dont know any Catholic priests in Canberra that might take part in a concelebration.
Anyone know a Catholic priest that could help??

Customer service at the Civic Nokia Care Centre

By 11 September 2008

I transferred data via Bluetooth to my mobile phone (a Nokia Ngage QD), resulting in an out of memory message. Phone did not allow deletion of files to make room or to do anything else on the phone (giving a message saying that the phone was out of memory) turned phone off and now it [...]

Another Franklin street name (or two) gets a make over.

By 10 September 2008

Just days after I reported the untimely demise of the otherwise aptly-named Minnie Bruce Street in Franklin, today, while hurtling along Gungahlin Drive, I happened upon workers altering the street name on the huge green and white signs at the intersection of (what has been up until today) Oogeroo Drive and Gungahlin Drive in Franklin. [...]

You’re being watched at the Stadium in Bruce

By 10 September 2008

Simon Corbell has found some more good news to announce on his way to caretaker mode.
This time it’s a new CCTV system at Canberra Stadium.
During major sporting events the Canberra Stadium CCTV system will be controlled at a purpose-built venue command centre, with all footage also recorded at a secondary site. It will [...]

ANU student journalists cover own election loss with aplomb

By 10 September 2008

The results of the recent ANU Students’ Association Elections were released on August 28th, with a surprise result in the election of the 2009 editorial team for the ANU student newspaper, Woroni. Despite the advantages of incumbency, the sitting Woroni team (led by Annabelle Craft and Charles Prestidge-King, running as An Even Better Woroni) were [...]

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