When the Duke of Wellington’s army faced off against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, one of the casualties was a Scott, James Ainslie. He was hit in the head with a sabre and severely wounded, but managed to survive.
Ten years later it was 1825 and James Ainslie was on the outskirts of Canberra. His [...]
As there were 72,000 members of the Canberra Southern Cross Club (CSCC) at last financial report, and every member affected by the proposal will have received their letter and ballot, for most people this isn’t really news, just numbers.
But, for those of you who aren’t in the 1 in 5, this might be.
Wests went into [...]
Well it’s Friday, so here’s the latest Canberra clip onto YouTube which I thought might tickle your fancies.
Three Canberra College students attempt to remove their remaining brains in a playground. Enjoy.
Given that a lot of Canberrans are from somewhere else, I was wondering if clubs exist here for supporters of various interstate football clubs?
I read a while back something about a Carlton Blues Canberra club, so I was wondering if such groups exist for other clubs?
Anyone got the details on any?
In the recent discussion on abuse at Daramalan Mick1965 made a lengthy post about his own experience.
I thought it deserved a wider readership than being buried in the comments, so here it is.
(Warning, not for the faint hearted)
In Primary School (St Thomas Moore’s the St John Vianney’s) I was considered by many to be a [...]
Earlier this month the new street names for the upcoming suburb of Forde were determined
Fret not that again I have been overlooked, because you need to be dead to qualify. The winners are:
Ruth and Professor Heinz Wolfgang Arndt,
Doris Anita Turner,
John Stanislaus Grannall,
Barbara Mary Ilene Huddy,
Leslie John Dwyer,
Loma Butterworth Rudduck née Amos,
John Joseph Anthony Kelly,
In our ongoing list of things a year in NSW has taught me are better here I present: beer in Aldi.
~$40 gets you a 24 can slab of 500ml cans of German made Thuringer. And they have domestically brewed beers as well (of course from brands you’ve never heard of before, this is Aldi).
Many a [...]
Around lunchtime today (Wed) I noticed two Police vehicles exiting Aussie Junk (the rubbish recycling equivalent to Revolve located at Mitchell) and several people (presumably Aussie Junk workers) congregating on the footpath outside.
Next a TV film crew arrived (ABC I think, their vehicle had “Z” plates) and appeared to interview these people. Anyone know [...]
The Shadow Health Minister Jacqui Burke, has proudly announced the outcome of her Freedom of Information (FOI) digging into the health statistics.
only 53% of presentations were being treated in the time required according to triage categories.
The problem is most acute for category 3 and category 4 patients who should be seen within 30 [...]
If the traditional Canberra retailers are doing it tough now just wait until all the space being built on the Western edge of the city comes online.
The huge hole on the corner of Marcus Clarke and Alinga Streets is really something else for Canberra.
I remember 20 years ago walking down to the falls and hiring canoes to paddle about in the cool, deep waters.
The park featured picnic with tables and barbecues, a nature walk trail and walk down to the river, lookouts, and an animal park. Canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes were available for hire. Abseiling, and canyoning [...]
Are people aware that Canberra was once a place where alcohol was prohibited?
Canberra was a dry community for the eighteen years from 1910 to 1928. This was all due to the influence of King O’Malley who passed this legislation through the Melbourne parliament as soon as the ACT was established. Imagine working all day on [...]
In the first of a weekly series I shall explore the things about the ACT which a year in NSW has taught me are better here.
And the first one of them is Jon Stanhope.
No… wait… bear with me here. If you don’t actually have to live with the consequences of his Government Jon Stanhope [...]
In walking back through Civic from a meeting yesterday I was intercepted by a very friendly red cross worker wanting a chat. He had the t-shirt and badge and I noticed several other similarly dressed people talking, or at least trying to talk, to other good citizens.
I stopped as I regularly give blood and am [...]
Yesterday the ABC noted that, despite promises of the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority (NCA) working in harmony from here to the hereafter, the two were at loggerheads over housing in the Molonglo Valley.
The particular problem appears to be “Central Molonglo” which runs behind Higgins and Hawker.
East Molonglo (across from the likes [...]
SEEKING NEW VOLUNTEER
The ACT Rural Fire Service is holding three information sessions over the next few weeks for people interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter in the ACT.
For more information about the ACT Rural Fire Service click here
For more information about the information sessions click here
Megan Doherty at the Canberra Times brings the sad news that Lucky the Koala has passed away.
She was in a lot of pain and struggling to live without support, leading authorities to believe that the most humane option was to put her down.
While many thought Lucky would never make it, after the burns she suffered [...]
Am I the only one depressed. I’m at the point of packing up and leaving.
Canberra is a great place as long as you can escape on the weekend however the increasing cost of fuel is putting a stop to that.
The Krudd government seems hell bent on upsetting the masses. Water, environment and now [...]
Canberra Arts Marketing informs that we have until 21 July to nominate subjects for the cover of the 2009/10 yellow and white pages.
Apparently the theme is “Arts in the Community”.
Recommended subject/s must have a significant involvement in the arts and your local community in one or many ways such as – driving tourism to the [...]
Arts Around Canberra informs us that the Canberra glassworks is looking for volunteers.
There will be a volunteer open day Saturday 26 July and Canberra Glassworks is encouraging people to turn up and learn more. All training is provided and all we are asking is a couple of hours a week, fortnight or month.
The Chief Minister has announced that the contract for the Belconnen Arts Centre has been awarded and they expect construction to begin in the next month.
“Project Co-ordination will build the landmark Centre, which will strengthen Canberra’s reputation as a vibrant arts community and support the cultural needs of Belconnen and Canberra’s northern communities… The inspiring [...]
The Uni of Canberra is trying to get in contact with all of its ex staff and students in time for the 40th anniversary celebrations later on this year.
If you are an alumni, or if you know any alumni, you can register online at www.canberra.edu.au/alumni.
If you currently have or have had any involvement [...]
So said the checkout chick I spoke to at the former Karabar Supabarn this morning. Amongst the largely deserted shelves, heavy set, heavily be-jewelled ethnic types could be seen shaking hands, pointing fingers and directing workers. Signs were being removed, cabinets located, stock moved out.
A great outcome I say
I am writing about a public safety issue.
On Friday July 11, my husband, my child and I were on a trip from visiting Tumut and returning to Canberra. On the way home at about 6:30pm, my husband purchased fuel and snacks (value of about $80) from the Caltex located on the Barton Highway at Murrumbateman. [...]
[ 16 August 2008 at 7:00 pm; ]
A reader send this one in. It seems the ladies of Canberra are getting another chance to dress up to the nines and cram their men into monkey-suits.
But it’s all for a good cause, helping Camp Quality. Details here.
$98 gets you a three course meal at the Burns Club with beer, wine, and a warm [...]
I know it’s old, but…
I’ve just been looking through the 62 page development application for Westfield Belconnen, and can’t believe it hasn’t attracted more attention in the mainstream media.
For those unaware of the background, Westfield agreed to construct a new look ACTION bus interchange on it’s land in return for approval to redevelop unused land and parking areas around [...]
The Canberra Times has been running a series of articles on future planning in Canberra, starting with a story on the ACT Government’s push to increase the height limits for buildings:
The ACT Government wants building height limits to rise from three to 10 storeys in new zones close to town centres, beginning with a 240-unit [...]
I have my doubts, as I’ve expressed to pollies and Jason Parker (see below). Could be sensational, not to mention slightly disruptive….
Dear Madam or Sir,
You may be aware of speculation in the media in recent days, and comments by Jason Parker of Porters lawyers on behalf of victims, on ABC’s Lateline last evening, in [...]
Reiki Level One July 27th 2008
In this one day course, students are aligned to Reiki One by a series of attunements.
Students are fully trained in how to access and use this natural Universal Life Energy and are taught how to apply it in day to day situations. Learn how to focus the energy when healing or [...]
From my office window, I get to see one of the 2 pedestrian crossings on Townshend street in Phillip. I have seen all manner of accidents, near misses and closer encounters (that the pedestrians would wish for). My questions are:
How many people slow down for pedestrian crossings, or take the time to check that the [...]
[ 12 July 2008 at 10:30 am; ] What: Fire Safety Information Hour
When: Saturday 12th July, 10:30-11:30am
Where: Magnet Mart, Hindmarsh Dr. Phillip
Who: Magnet Mart and ACT Fire Brigade
In Detail: The Fire Safety Information Hour aims to prepare the Canberra community on safety in the case of a fire. At a stall set up at Magnet Mart in Phillip the ACT Fire Brigade will [...]