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JOE rider and you

By 9 October 2008

For a bit of fun here’s a media release that made its way in to me today:
Motorcycle Awareness Week
11th to the 17th of October 2008
“Where’s JOE Rider” Competition
Commencing at the close of the official launch ceremony on the 11th of October will be the launch of the “Where’s Joe Rider?” Competition proudly sponsored [...]

Canberra International Film Festival

By 8 October 2008

The programme for the Canberra International Film festival is now online ( and available at Dendy Cinemas.  As much as I look forward to this event each year, I have a couple of gripes:
1. As it was last year, it seems the Opening Night is only going to be for VIPs (i.e. for sending tickets out [...]

Could this be a real solution to stop drink driving?

By 8 October 2008

For anyone who listens to Hack on Triple J, they have just had a story about drink driving. One of the listeners has called in and suggested that they provide free transport not only from the venues, but to the venues as well.
Considering for the most part Canberra has one central area for night spots [...]

Bunda Street upgrade

By 8 October 2008

John Hargreaves has announced that he’s re-modeling the recently re-modeled Bunda Street.
$4 million worth and not a promise but tenders awarded.
“Investment into the upgrade of Bunda Street will total $4 million which will include the replacement of paving, sustainable water harvesting for street trees, safe crossing points, new street furniture and lighting.
The upgrade will provide [...]

New gay bar for Woden

By 8 October 2008

A reader has brought to my attention an announcement in SX News:
“The Hush Lounge is the exciting new addition to Canberra’s gay scene, joining Cube and Tilley’s to become the centre of gay and lesbian social life in Australia’s capital city. The Hush Lounge caters to older gays and lesbians looking for a low-key casual [...]

Trouble at Olims

By 8 October 2008

Hi all – walking to work this morning I noticed a police crime scene at Olims. 
Does anyone know what happened?
UPDATED: We now have an answer

Domestic Cleaning – positive experiences?

By 8 October 2008

We run a home-based business and the domestic chores have become too much!
We are exploring bringing in a domestic cleaner once a fortnight to give the house a once over so that we feel less guilty and can spend more of our down time as, well … down time.
Any recommendations?

Climate Torches converge in Canberra, Sunday 12 October

By 8 October 2008

[ 12 October 2008 at 10:30 am; ] The four climate torches that have been winding their way around the continent will converge on Canberra this Sunday morning at 10.30am in Reconcilation Place.

They’ll then make their way to Federation Mall (twixt old and new parliament houses) to be received by members of the government and the opposition (hopefully k-Rudd and M T-Bull).

But the [...]

One in five of you are nuts

By 7 October 2008

Katy Gallagher has launched mental health week by pointing out that mental health issues are more common than asthma and diabetes.
Something RiotACT readers will vouch for no doubt.

Another face lift for the Northern side of the Lake.

By 7 October 2008

The Canberra Times has a story on another facelift for the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin.
In long ago 2006 the “R.G.Menzies Walk” was opened to formalise the string of paths between Commonwealth and Kings Avenues.
Now $7.5 million of Commonwealth money is going into paving it, installing lights, building a new footbrige bridge over the [...]

Graeme Laver passes into the night

By 6 October 2008

The ABC is reporting on the death in London of one of the giants of Canberra’s John Curtin School of Medical Research.
He’s most famous for his work on the anti-flu drug Zanamivir, which is marketed as Relenza.

Images of Canberra (Err Goulburn, but close) – The old Goulburn orphanage

By 6 October 2008

[First filed: October 04, 2008 @ 23:27]

A friend and I headed to Goulburn on Friday night to check out some old buildings he had been told about.
He was looking for a set for an up and coming short film he is making and asked me to take some stills to show prospective sponsors.
Let me tell [...]

Swine fever at Canberra Hospital

By 5 October 2008

The SMH is reporting that two piggery workers from somewhere presumably nearby in NSW are being treated for “Streptococcus suis” which they are thought to have contracted from the pigs.
Doctors at Canberra Hospital have treated a 46-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man, both from NSW, for fevers, sweating and severe weight loss caused by [...]

Deakin Swimming Pool – an Oasis it ain’t

By 4 October 2008

Years ago the Oasis Swimming Centre in Deakin was just as its name suggested; a fresh, brightly coloured facility with superb pools, nice indoor and outdoor areas (remember the big slide, the worm?) and ultra-modern compared to every other Canberra pool at the time.  The place was new, super clean, the showers hot and the place well kept.
Anybody [...]

Missing Man

By 4 October 2008

The AFP are looking for your help to find an old lost Banks man:
ACT Policing is seeking community assistance in locating an 80-year-old Banks man who has gone missing after being dropped off by car in Civic early this afternoon to attend an appointment in the city.
The missing man, Matteo Bortoluss, suffers from dementia [...]

Friday night parking gets tight at Belconnen Mall

By 3 October 2008

It must be hard to get a park for Friday night shopping at Belconnen Mall these days…

BTW- this is the second time I have seen a car parked on this railing – probably a good thing its there, otherwise the driver might have stopped in the bus lane a few meters below.

What to do with drunks out in public spaces

By 3 October 2008

I heard on the radio today that the ACT Ombudsman has released his annual report in regard to complaints for the year 2007/2008. It was mentioned that the majority of complaints received were against ACT Policing, in particular in regard to the processing of persons under the Intoxicated Persons Care and Protection Act.
Should it be [...]

Coles Online: Now delivering to canberra

By 3 October 2008

It has been a dream of mine to have an actual large competitor for Woolies homeshop in canberra, partly to create a bit of competition, but mostly to make woolies lift their game re quality of service.
Last night I received an email from Coles, letting me know that they are delivering to Kambah.
Awesome. Now we [...]

Another look at Canberra and the Tent Embassy

By 3 October 2008

Overlander TV a travel video channel have been chatting to Darren Bloomfield at the Aboriginal tent embassy. It’s an interesting approach to the issues.

To arms Rioters – Drive the Emos from Garema Place! (unless you are a Garema Place Emo, in which case prepare to repel boarders)

By 3 October 2008

[First filed: October 02, 2008 @ 09:35]
The Tilt Festival running in Garema Place appears to have hit some turbulence.
All round good sort, Greens candidate for Molonglo, and Tilt organiser, Elena Kirschbaum, has sent out the following plea for help:
Subject: Battle the emo kids
Hey guys,
This is a little request, a little favour.
The Tilt Festival is bringing [...]

Fare Evading Teenage Harpies

By 3 October 2008

So… where was your daughter last night???
Four girls, maybe fifteen years old, attempted to avoid paying their taxi fare this morning by scampering down my neighbours’ driveway. Possibly they were planning on jumping the back fence?? Sucked in, because the security-minded neighbours have no access to their backyard – so the next attempt was to [...]

Cycling: What Will Politicians Do?

By 2 October 2008

[ 7 October 2008 at 7:30 pm; ] Canberra cycling group, Pedal Power, is holding a community forum for local candidates to tell the public how they will help cycling. Six times Tour De France entrant, Stephen Hodge, will MC the forum. Speakers will include representatives from ACT Labor, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens. Everyone interested in cycling, [...]

Kamikaze Magpie Under Seige

By 2 October 2008

Allied Forces (ACT Parks people) were today seen mounting a counter attack to rid fair Ainslie of the Magpie menace that has terrorised local residents for the last four weeks. 
“He’s mad!” said one frightened resident, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. 
“The last month has been terrible. I can’t put on me lotto or have a cold one at [...]

Six Muslim women needed for digital storytelling project

By 1 October 2008

Tuggeranong Community Arts (TCA) is seeking women from Canberra’s Islamic community to be part of a very special arts and cultural project to be held on Sundays (10.30am-4.30pm) over 4 weeks in from 12 October to 2 November at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre media studio.
“The Digital Storytelling workshop will be a great opportunity for women [...]

Population Paradox – Letter to the Editor

By 1 October 2008

There is a fascinating letter in the Canberra Times today that I thought should be reproduced here for the benefit of the masses and not just the paltry few who read the Crimes (heh heh).
The letter is quite lengthy so I have edited for length:
” …The ACT Greens now want to spend $8 million on [...]

A happy Eid ul-Fitr to our Muslim readers

By 1 October 2008

The Ramadan month of fasting is over for the local Muslim community and today they get to party.
The Eid ul-Fitr runs for three days. Have a good one guys.

A significant rugby league match to celebrate our centenary

By 1 October 2008

Caretaker convention be damned, there’s an election to be won!
Jon Stanhope has again donned his Chief Minister’s cap to announce that he’s had talks with the National Rugby League about having an important Rugby League game in Canberra for the centenary of Canberra.
State of Origin? The Grand Final?
Er no. How about the City-Country game? (yes [...]

ABC News: Will the Village Idiot Return?

By 30 September 2008

Its been a long time, but for the last few weeks we’ve seen a return to professionalism on the ABC television news.
Can you believe it: news being about news, weather being about weather, without patronising attempts at humour, self obsession, vegetable obsession, whatever.
You know what I’m talking about: Mark Carmody,  Mr Fosts and Frogs, presently [...]

One of Canberra’s oldest, and longest residing citizens dies.

By 30 September 2008

I missed this report in the Canberra Times on Sunday and Monday.
“Widely loved and respected in Canberra, where she was born more than 99 years ago, Heather Shakespeare died early yesterday morning.”
I came into contact with Heather Shakespeare through her support of Scouting (as did many in the ACT) and I know that she will [...]

So who decided the barbed wire was necessary?

By 30 September 2008

Many years ago a team of workers were dispatched to the storm-water drain forming the border between Ainslie and Watson.
Someone had decreed that where the Watson drain broke cover needed fencing. Maybe it does, someone walking along in the dark could in theory fall down there.
So they dug holes, poured concrete, set up posts [...]

Has the Peter Leonard thing, perhaps, been slightly over done?

By 30 September 2008

I was as saddened as anyone to hear of the death of former newsreader Peter Leonard at a relatively young age of 66.
I never had any reason to bear him any ill will. He read the news from the teleprompter perfectly competently with an entirely appropriate degree of gravitas and the odd hint of humour.
If [...]

Canberra Vintage and Classic Bicycle Ride

By 30 September 2008

[First filed: September 29, 2008 @ 10:27]

Yesterday morning marked the first ever Canberra Vintage and Classic Bicycle Ride, held by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Mrs Brown and myself decided to pop down to the starting line to see if I could find anyone else with an interest in the wacky English Raleigh Chopper.
We found [...]

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