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Your chance to shine in a gruen type ad

By 3 November 2008

The following message in from Asher Floyd:
Hi Everyone,
The ACT has been voted Australia’s least favorite tourist destination! Bearcage (where I work) has been given the job of creating a mock tourism ad for Canberra (think ‘The Gruen Transfer’ except not). The ad will feature on Stateline.
We need actors urgently! The shoot takes place on Wednesday [...]

New Bish for Canberra and Goulburn

By 3 November 2008

The Anglican Church League has a short bit on the announcement that the Rector of Chatswood in Sydney, the Reverend Stuart Robinson, has been chosen to be the new Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.
This also means the weird attempts by the Canberra Times to push the Venerable Dr Sarah Macneil from All Saints Ainslie [...]

Does Movember take a cut from ‘donations’ for profit?

By 30 October 2008

A friend of mine participated in Movember last year – but was disgusted afterwards, he told me, when he discovered the organisers take quite a cut from the proceeds. He nominated 40 per cent, but I don’t know if that’s true …
Does anyone know how Movember’s finances work?
100 per cent of funds raised should [...]

Lost grey/white Cat in Queanbeyan

By 30 October 2008

I know you probably hate these postings as they are not news, but i’m desparate.  
Our cat Charlie is 1 year old male cat.  
He’s very a fluffy grey cat with white belly, chest and paws (Like he’s been lying in bleach).  
He’s my best mate and we hang out every day for most of [...]

What was that noise in Belco????

By 28 October 2008

For about 3 hours last night a siren was going off in the Scullin/Florey area.  The cops said it was a school and that they couldn’t do anything because it was a security problem??!?!?!
It is likely a couple of hundred people were kept awake because of this noise.
Does anyone know what happenend????

Nurses memorial to be repaired again

By 28 October 2008

[First filed: September 15, 2008 @ 09:37]
The NCA informs us that they’re going to have another go at repairing the glass panels in the Nurses Memorial on Anzac Parade (the one which looks like an art-deco public convenience).
It’s the third time one of the panels has broken (previous incidents in 2002 and 2006). While vandals [...]

Family & Community Day (aka Melbourne Cup Day)

By 28 October 2008

A quick reminder to all that next Tuesday (4 November) we’ve again been granted the opportunity to forget the troubles of work and watch the Melbourne Cup at our venue of choice, presumably somewhere that allows us to interact with our family and/or community. Yay Canberra!
Source: Chief Minister’s Department

Ferret torturers get custodial sentences

By 27 October 2008

Convicted ferret torturers Thomas Sorahan and Adriano Larobina have now been sentenced for their crime.
The RSPCA have put out a media release applauding the sentence:
“RSPCA ACT today applauded the firm stand of the legal system in the ACT region to appropriately punish two men found guilty of animal cruelty. Sentencing the men to [...]

Gardening – What to do when to get what?

By 25 October 2008

By popular demand here’s a story about spring planting here in Canberra.

Over to you guys and girls.

Rick Kuhn wins Deutscher Memorial Prize

By 25 October 2008

On November 7, Canberra’s own Dr Rick Kuhn will be awarded the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize in London for his book Henryk Grossman and the Recovery of Marxism (University of Illinois Press). This prestigious prize is awarded annually for a book “which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about [...]

October notices

By 25 October 2008

[First filed: October 11, 2008 @ 01:00]
Notices appear once a week and aggregate through the month. You can send them in via out contact form

25 October:
Sepi asks:
What can be planted in Canberra vegie gardens right now?
Can I still put in broad bean seeds?

16 October:
Carol writes:
Dear fellow Canberrans
I feel strongly that it is important you [...]

Newborn Intensive Care Unit Cruise for Charity

By 24 October 2008

[ 16 November 2008 at 11:00 am; ] I found this at my local servo, at the counter, didn’t know if anyone else had seen it…

When: Sunday 16th November

Where: Start at Phillip Ice Skating Rink car park, Irvine Street Phillip.

Finish at Cotter for a Snag Sizzle

Time: 11.00 am at Phillip, leaving there to cruise to Cotter at 12.00pm

1.00pm sizzle starts

Charity Cruise Stickers are [...]

Worse than ‘ice’ hits the streets?

By 23 October 2008

Anyone heard of the latest drug doing the rounds in Canberra that apparently is worse than ‘ice’ and makes people more aggressive than those using ice?
Scary stuff.

Impact Comics are having a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest

By 23 October 2008

[ 31 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s beloved Impact Comics have announced they’re running a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest.

So what the heck is Cosplay the older and duller amongst you ask?

Wikipedia defines it thusly:

Cosplay (???? kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. Characters are [...]

Canberra Irish Club Halloween Festival

By 23 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008; ] Entry is Fee!

Come dressed up in your favourite Haloween Costume (Optional).

It will be a family fun day full of activities, music and dancing!

Hope to see you there!

6 Parkinson Street, Weston, ACT 2611

[Schedule of events below]

09:30   Breakfast (Bacon & Egg Roll + Orange Juice only $3).  Restaurant Deck

10:55   Opening Speech by Mark Mannion, CIC Secretary.  Function [...]

Halloween pumpkins?

By 23 October 2008

Quick question.
An American friend of mine is holding a halloween party and I want to get some of those orange pumpkins to carve for the party.
Anybody seen any in the shops?

Why is Civic such a dreary place?

By 23 October 2008

Walking around the city in mid-afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I started wondering why exactly Civic is so lifeless at ground level in so many places.  Especially west of Northbourne, whole block frontages are blank walls, fire door exits, or frosted glass.  The footpaths are a shabby collection of pavers and cracked concrete joined [...]

Canberra Marist College on Lateline!

By 22 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 23:05]
Not good news for them.
Video to follow

Video now available, transcript to follow.

Now here’s a question for whichever local politicians are not transfixed by fear of pederasts…
Will they allow a school with a history of proven child sexual abuse, and no known body responsible for its continuing behaviour, to continue [...]

Woden Valley Community Festival

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 12:00 am; ]

Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend?

Check out the free Woden Valley Community Festival on Saturday 25 October, from 10am til 4pm at Eddison Park. A great day out for the whole family.

Attractions include:

* jumping castle, slide, merry go round, fairy floss…
* Special appearance by Kenny Koala and the AFP Ceremonial Horses…
* Workshops [...]

Water Week Family Fun Day?

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 10:00 am; ] Water conservation is a serious business, it’s an important business, but is it a fun business?

For example on my list of “fun things” I find such items as: Water pistols, wet t-shirts, water slides, dancing under the sprinkler, turning the hose on a friend, and sitting in a wading pool on Australia day listening to [...]

The cold light of morning – Or, where the Liberals went wrong

By 20 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 08:42]
Both major parties are trying to tell you that Satruday’s election was a ringing endorsement of them. They are both extremely fortunate that there isn’t another election next Saturday if they want to keep up this line. The latest figures from the ABC show a -9.3% swing against Labor [...]

Blues guitars going cheap?

By 20 October 2008

The Canberra Blues Society has a shout out for anyone who might have seen a large number of guitars stolen from the house of Steve Russell:
– Candy Apple red ’62 Fender Telecaster Custom re-issue. Made in Japan. In fabric soft case Monterey brand, black with purple trimming. The scratch plate has been replaced with a [...]

Raffle etiquette?

By 20 October 2008

After voting at the local primary school in Tuggeranong on Saturday, I left the hall to join my partner outside. 
As I walked out of the hall, a woman asked me if I wanted to buy some tickets in a raffle with the money going to the school.
I was about to answer yes when [...]

Flying foxes to be banned in ACT playgrounds?

By 18 October 2008

Recently the kids and I have been enjoying the brand new flying fox at John Knight Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.
Today the ‘fox’ was wrapped around one end with a very large chain and padlock.
Another person at the park said he was told it had been chained up for ‘liability’ [...]

SpringOut – Canberra’s Queer Pride Festival

By 17 October 2008

[ 31 October 2008 12:00 am to 6 December 2008 12:00 am. ] The SpringOut festival, now in its ninth year, celebrates the diversity of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.  Highlights of this year’s festival include Fair Day at Westlund House, queer film screenings, dance parties and even a cemetery walk!  

Attend one of the many events and enjoy a fun filled, empowering and fabulous [...]

On hoaxes and The Academy

By 16 October 2008

The first of these images is a hoax against The Academy that’s circulating via email.
The second of these is The Academy’s counter-hoax.
I am, however, assured by a source close to management that over 25s really will be getting in free this weekend.
So there you go!

Rental market becoming kinder?

By 16 October 2008

The ABC has a story on Australian Property Monitors data showing the Canberra rental market is finally softening.
The latest report from Australian Property Monitors (APM) shows median rents fell by 2 per cent in the ACT in the September quarter.
On a year-to-year basis they rose by a moderate 3 per cent.
But Canberra’s median weekly [...]

Are you going to Tharwa Fair?

By 15 October 2008

[ 2 November 2008 at 10:00 am; ]

Some big anniversaries down Tharwa way, and a shiny new bridge to get there for the Fair.

Another bad case for the Scouts

By 15 October 2008

The ABC has a bad story for the local Scouting movement with a 21 year old Banks man fronting the court “facing a number of charges including five counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 and two of possessing child pornography”
Apparently he met the girls through a scouts group.

Canberra – the perfect location for a zombie movie?

By 15 October 2008

Monkeybizness is suggesting that Canberra would make an excellent location for making a Zombie flick.
“If I ever make a post-apocalyptic zombie flick – and I intend to – It will definitely be set in Canberra. I’m going to get public servants to play zombies, they’re perfect for the role. They’ll lurch around Canberra doing horrifying [...]

One laptop per child and you

By 15 October 2008

[ 27 October 2008 at 3:00 pm; ] Dear Canberra,

Computer Assistance Support & Education (CASE) is a non-profit organisation that was formed to assist Australian community organisations in making better use of information technology.

We accomplish this through education, advocacy and technical support relevant to the specific needs of the community services sector.

CASE has been operating for ten years and supports over [...]

Something for the Cotter freaks

By 15 October 2008

ACTEW are running a competition for who has the most bucolic memories of hanging out at the Cotter:
Entries are encouraged from across the community. To enter, draw, paint or write in 100 words a response to one of the following:
• What object would you place in a time capsule in the new Cotter Dam and explain [...]

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