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Tim the Lyneham stabbing victim speaks out, and sends in a picture of his wounds

By 20 November 2008

[First filed: November 20, 2008 @ 07:01]

In the discussion of the Lyneham Flats stabbing a new commenter claiming to be the victim has had his say at 4:30 this morning. I’d advise taking this with a grain of salt, but he’s also sent in this picture of his injury:
Thanks for all yr support out there [...]

Why isn’t P!nk coming to Canberra?

By 20 November 2008

I am bracing myself for the barrage of negative snide comments in response to this post but I don’t care – if someone else can post about Def Leppard then I’m damn well going to have a rant about P!nk.
P!nk had 2 sold out shows at the AIS arena here in Canberra last year [...]

How you say?

By 19 November 2008

Being of foreign extraction, I recently hit on a conundrum. I’ve lived in this fair city for  more than a few years, and have always called it “Canberra”. However I am reliably informed that I live in “Can-Bra”
Where do you live?
Can-berra? (Rhymes with “error”)
Can-bra? (Rhymes with “bra”)
Can-be-ra ? (Rhymes with  “Raw”)
Can-brah? (Rhymes with “borough”)

The promised planters – city beautified?

By 19 November 2008

Back on 28 August the Chief Minister promised to do something about the shabby state of Civic.
In particular he promised:
“To complement the Floriade in the City entertainment, the ACT Government will beautify the heart of the city with the installation of new flower displays and fairy lights through the trees on Northbourne Avenue.”
Over the last [...]

Images of Canberra – Canberra Labor Club – keeping it classy?

By 19 November 2008

I spied the outside of the Labor Club while in Belconnen on the weekend, frankly I was astonished.
With the lack of good bars in Belconnen (honourable exception being the Pot Belly) does keeping up appearances cease to matter?
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Canberra’s Cummins Racing in the Dutton Rally this weekend for Heart Kids

By 19 November 2008

[ 21 November 2008 to 23 November 2008. ]

The Dutton Rally is holding its NSW leg this weekend. The action is largely taking place in the Canberra region:

The event comprises over 30 individual driving exercises and will be based in Goulburn, NSW. Wakefield Park, Fairbairn Park and Sutton Road venues have been confirmed for both Friday and Saturday.

Dan Cummins from Cummins racing, a [...]

Disputing a speeding fine

By 18 November 2008

Has anyone recently had the good fortune to dispute a speeding fine and be successful?
My wife recently recieved a speeding fine (from the fixed camera) on the Monaro Hwy while in the right merging lane about to enter Isabella Drive. We requested the pic and if you squint you can just make out our rego. [...]

Rubberneck? Or help?

By 18 November 2008

[First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 18:13]

This little snippet has gone up on YouTube, published by “mjguitarhero”. It comes with the following info:
saw this when me nd ma boss were delivering furniture…adelaide avenue overpass in canberra
Understandable to drive by and video? Or otherwise?

Are ACT parking inspectors too vigilant?
Yes – They should be more lenient [...]

A bike rack / free ride scam?

By 18 November 2008

In the recent discussion about bike racks on buses Miz outlined an interesting scam surrounding the current system of free bus rides for people using the bike racks on the front of ACTION buses.
I’ve heard of people getting a free ride by walking their dusty, spiderwebby (ie obviously unused and probably unride-able) bike to the [...]

Canberra is the best place to be!

By 18 November 2008

When one goes to Youtube and types “canberra” in the search field, this is the first clip that comes up: 
Marianne, be careful, you have some competition! :-) 
[ED - I'm astonished that the Live In Canberra campaign hasn't taken up the chorus "Canberra - A great place to squiz"]

Dog’s day out – A review

By 17 November 2008

[First filed: November 16, 2008 @ 15:31]

George (the kelpie of few accomplishments), has been, if not good, then at least not particularly bad lately.
So we took him to Lake Ginninderra this morning to check out the fuss of the “Dog’s Day Out”.
From the start we were immensely impressed by the organisation at a free event. [...]

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 [...]

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