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Cheap Steaks – Where are they?

By 17 November 2008

I post this on behalf of my girlfriend who hasn’t created a login yet….slack!
Hello Riotacters
Please help. I’ve recently relocated to Canberra from Sydney and although I am enjoying all this fair city has to offer I have to say – WHERE’S THE STEAK?
There is steak to be had but it is extremely overpriced, we recently [...]

An unusual way to get a date

By 17 November 2008

A reader has sent this one in, as seen in the window of Guess in the Canberra Centre.
Ladies, does this appeal to any of you?
Are you ready to “apply in store”?
Got a local image you want to share with the world? Email it to
If you’re having trouble reading the notice the text reads:
NO DATE [...]

The centenary riesling hits glass

By 17 November 2008

Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced the bottling of the special edition Centenary of Canberra Riesling.
A great deal of effort has gone into selecting some of the best vintage grapes from wineries across the region to develop a great wine to mark 100 years since the Canberra-Yass district was selected as the site for the [...]

Belconnen Community Festival 2008

By 16 November 2008

[First filed: November 15, 2008 @ 16:17]

With the end of the year fast upon us so too comes the Belconnen Community Festival.
There one finds row after row of worthy institutions and Government agencies set up in little booths hoping that someone, anyone will come by and take a flyer.
A lack of shade ensures only [...]

Water Freedom Day!

By 15 November 2008

Here in the RiotBunker we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being able to wash our cars on a hot day for the first time in years.
If you too have been celebrating this rare opportunity to do things people from developed countries take for granted, then be sure to take a picture and send it in to and [...]

Another Canberra icon disappears – vale Allens

By 14 November 2008

Alas, fellow RiotACTers, another Canberra icon is following the Dickson Tradies Schnitzel into oblivion. Allens, purveyers of all sorts of third tier brands has been taken over by Harris Scarfe and all its stores are in the process of being re-branded. Depite its inherent dagginess, it’s always held a special place in my heart.
The [...]

Car Wash Day! We want your pictures

By 14 November 2008

For the first time in many a year tomorrow it will be legal to wash your car.
So if you are giving your pride a joy a loving sponging why not get a photo of it and send it in to us? ( )
While bikinis are welcome it’d be nice to get some prime Riot [...]

Why Canberra is not like Wollongong

By 14 November 2008

The Chief Minister is on the air on ABC radio as I write. He is once again pushing the line that Assembly interference in the planning process of his precious power station will put us on the path to Wollongong Council.
Having spent the last year living in the Illawarra, and having met a few of [...]

The ACT Australians of the Year

By 14 November 2008

Last night the ACT Australians of the Year were announced at the National Museum. The winningest Canberrans in 2009 were:

The ACT Australian of the Year 2008 is Indigenous leader Professor Michael Dodson AM.
Professor Michael Dodson is widely recognised as a proud, courageous and humble Aboriginal leader who has spent his adult life trying to explain [...]

Another view of night club fingerprinting

By 13 November 2008

New user Manhole has jumped in on September’s story about fingerprinting of customers in Sultan’s Nightclub. It was an interesting post so I’m reproducing it here:
How informed do you have to be before your opinion is worth something?
This is post number 78 and its the first to mention that the fingerprint and ID scan system [...]

Queanbeyan greenlights Tralee

By 13 November 2008

The ABC informs us that the controversial Tralee development has gained the approval of Queanbeyan Council.
The proposal is now off for sale to the highest bidder on Sussex Street before the NSW Government makes a decision.
If it goes ahead it might at some point impinge on Terry Snow’s plans to turn Canberra Airport into an [...]


By 13 November 2008

I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t suffer form hayfever. I never have, and I believed quite rightly that I would never ever.
Having said that, for some reason I have been stricken with hayfever for the last month and it’s really knocking me about due to lack of sleep, red sore eyes and [...]

Belconnen Community Festival, Sat 15 Nov — looking for volunteers

By 12 November 2008

[ 15 November 2008; ] Volunteers are needed to help support the Belconnen Festival Saturday 15 November 10am -5pm at Margaret Timpson Park, Belconnen ACT.

The Belconnen Festival hosts a full program of music and dance performance, kids’ space, arts and craft village, food stalls, youth festival, and the new Future Footprints environment and sustainability expo.

The Belconnen Festival [...]

Surely this can’t possibly work?

By 12 November 2008

I went out to the Stromlo Forest Park this morning to have a look at what they’ve done out there. It’s a very extensive community facility and, when the trees grow will probably be very beautiful.
Being the sort who likes to read plaques I was curious about the tiny writing on the pillar in the [...]

ACT does badly in AMA hospital report card.

By 12 November 2008

The Shadow Minister for Health, Jeremy Hanson, is jumping all over today’s AMA report card on public hospitals:
““The ACT remains last in the country for attending to Emergency Department patients within the recommended time. The ACT Emergency Departments’ performance on this measure has plummeted under the Stanhope Government since 2002, from top of the league [...]

Images of Canberra – Are you really?

By 12 November 2008

PigDog has sent in this picture with the following comment:
“I didn’t see the rider, so they may have been a quad amputee for all I
know, but they didn’t have a disabled sticker on the bike.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to

Armistice Day 2008

By 12 November 2008

[First filed: November 11, 2008 @ 12:32]

As the 90th anniversary of the end of most of the fighting in the first World War, today was always going to be a big day.
That the entire military and political leadership of the country (absent the GG sent to France for the day) camped out in the open [...]

Wear orange to work day – 12 November

By 11 November 2008

[ 12 November 2008; ] Simon Corbell has announced that you should all be wearing orange tomorrow.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today called on Canberrans to show their support for the ACT State Emergency Service (ACT SES) tomorrow (12 November) by taking part in the annual ‘Wear Orange To Work Day’.

“This is a great opportunity for [...]

In The Can

By 11 November 2008

The week before last I had the privilege of being invited to the opening of an exhibition at the Canberra Museum titled “In The Can”.  The exhibition covers the bygone era of independent cinema in Canberra.  There are artifacts, film and photo’s from the Starlight Drive-in, to the much missed Centre Cinema & Electric Shadows, [...]

Walking Dead Attack: Selling the Capital

By 11 November 2008

A funny spoof on the new “Australia” flick on ABC Stateline.[skip to 9min:17sec]
I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks the pollies in Canberra are like the Living Dead… ”
After Canberra placed last in a survey of popular holiday destinations, Stateline asked two local production companies to come up with a pitch to promote [...]

Fireworks last night

By 10 November 2008

Hi folks. I rarely come here but I think the site is a real gem.
Did anyone hear, see those fireworks around Mawson last night?
I saw some go off over near Lyons, and at what must have been 2am a whole bunch more went off right near my window.
I suppose we get it from time [...]

Canberra cemeteries now online.

By 10 November 2008

The ABC is reporting that a new computer system set to be introduced at Canberra’s cemeteries will make it easier for people to trace their family histories. The system will integrate the existing database of names, dates and inscriptions with more detailed maps of gravesites.
So, if you have forgotten where a particularly significant grave [...]

Hoskins St, Franklin

By 9 November 2008

In a recent discussion on Canberra real estate “Affordable” suggested driving down Hoskins Street in Franklin:
if you want to see how the market is going, drive down Hoskins street Franklin, looks like the sub prime streets you see in America, every house is for sale.
So this afternoon I did just that.
The number of for sale [...]

Fire at St. Edmund’s College

By 9 November 2008

MIX 106.3 news is reporting that, late last night, a blaze broke out in the Gymnasium at St. Edmund’s College, Canberra.
It caused extensive damage to the storage facilities – early approximations are at $20,000-worth.

McFatty Day?

By 9 November 2008

The McHappy Day “Fundraiser of the Year”?
Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to support seriously crook kids and their families. And this Saturday (15 November), Maccas are again doing McHappy Day to raise funds for their Ronald McDonald houses.It works is like this.  You shove a 25.5 grams of fat Big Mac [...]

So which supermarket has the cutest checkout boys?

By 8 November 2008

Inspired by a conversation I vaguely remember from last night, and in an effort to give the long suffering women of RiotACT a chance to be just like the men, I now ask the question…
Which supermarket in Canberra has the cutest checkout boys?
I’ve been told that Dickson Woolies rates pretty well.

November notices

By 8 November 2008

Notices appear once a week and aggregate through the month. You can send them in via out contact form.

8 November:
A racegoer notes:
Found at Melbourne Cup Races at Thoroughbred Park – A silver Canon digital
I found a camera on a table near the end of the grassed area of the racetrack.
No real useful information except for [...]

Santa’s Pub Crawl

By 7 November 2008

[ 12 December 2008 at 6:00 pm; ] My Fellow Santas,

The Christmas season has come around again and as is customary in Canberra thoughts turn to THE SANTA CLAUS PUB CRAWL!

It’s HERE the FIFTEENTH Annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl (for the year 2008) Friday 12th December:

1800 – Wig & Pen (spill over to PJs if you can’t get in)
1830 – PJ O’Reillys
1930 – [...]

More public art at the ACT Public Health intersection

By 7 November 2008

[First filed: November 07, 2008 @ 10:16]

What are your thoughts/feelings about the latest installation of public art at the ACT Public Health (west row/alinga st) intersection?
It appears to be a series of 44-gallon drums in different colours… makes me think of shipping containers for some reason…
This place now seems to be ground-zero for average installations [...]

How long’s too long?

By 7 November 2008

Ok, so I’m not really the patient type anyway, so am interested in opinions on whether this is the norm in Canberra, or if it is a bit excessive.
After hunting around for some time for a recliner for my partner that wasn’t too big and wasn’t too small we eventually found one at Cusacks/Furniture One in Fyshwick [...]

Volunteer applications are open for the National Folk Festival, Easter 2009 (9-13 April)

By 7 November 2008

Volunteer applications are open for anyone who would like to get involved in a hands-on way with the 2009 National Folk Festival.
Vacancies currently exist in: advance ticket purchasing, Axis youth, bar cashier, bar setup, billet accommodation, caretakers, childcare, cleanup, comms centre, community arts/mural, construction, disability services, festival office, festival rego, firewood, instrument lockup, kids’ festival, [...]

Graham Reeves free to travel to Canberra

By 6 November 2008

Thanks to Mdme Workalot for the tip.
News informs us that the former doctor, Graham Reeves, has won a bail variation to let him travel here to Canberra:
“FORMER doctor Graham Reeves, who is accused of sexually assaulting and mutilating female patients, has won a relaxation of his bail conditions in a Sydney court today.

“I note the [...]

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