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Sometimes you just really need a nap… right now…

By 6 December 2008

Taken at Shell Tuggeranong, early Sat morning around 0530. Possibly the result of a hard night at PJs.
With Parliament and the Pacific School games in Canberra this week, accommodation has been at a premium.
Finding anywhere to get your head down for some sleep has been a mission.
This guy succeeded…

The stage is set for Christmas in the City

By 6 December 2008

The Chief Minister is proudly touting a night of chrimbo cheer in Civic Square (the bit off London Circuit in front of the theatre).
In particular Canberra’s official Christmas tree is lighting up, having had the star put on top personally by the ActewAGL supremo, Michael Costello earlier in the week.
“”Christmas in the City promises to [...]

The National Portrait Gallery – reviewing a salute to influence

By 6 December 2008

It’s not every week a new national institution opens.
Shoe-horned in front of the High Court we now have a National Portrait Gallery. It’s a beautiful example of the new school Australian modernist architecture and, as a building I’ll confess to falling in love with it.
On the other hand we have a National Gallery of Art, [...]

Guide Dogs’ marketing strategy … what do you think?

By 6 December 2008

I just took a selling call from the Guide Dogs – naturally want to support them, so though RSPCA is my first animal welfare option to help out financially, I thought ‘OK, I’ll spend 5 or 10 dollars’. The caller said they had calendars for $12.95, so I thought, OK, bit more than I [...]

twenty 600 reasons to hate magazines

By 6 December 2008

For the most part, I couldn’t care less about magazines, much less ones in Canberra, and the rubbish attempts at them here are usually a joke, but for some reason the last year has seen rise to few magazines.
I read Frankie and Yen, and at least have an understanding of what looks good, [...]

Images of Queanbo – The Big Poo

By 6 December 2008

There is gold in Queanbeyan. Many people only see the edges as they return from the coast, or the main street as they visit Spotlight or the Central Cafe. However! There are things in Queanbeyan worthy of a major tourist town.  And foremost among them, I give you: The Big Poo.

But they didn’t stop at [...]

A look at the Steve Irwin ride

By 5 December 2008

By popular request poptop has sent in these pictures of the remarkable Steve Irwin Ride as seen outside the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Woolworths in May 2007.
Slideshow below. I particularly like the “In memory” placque.

Seasonal spirit 2008

By 5 December 2008

CityNews have compiled a list of Caroling opportunities around town this December.
Anyone want to share past experiences of these events? Or suggest ones they’ve missed?

ACT Policing and cutting your hair in the park

By 5 December 2008

The all-seeing eye has come across an amusing blog post by a visiting techie, KeZ who tried to cut his own hair and ended up having an interview with the constabulary:
“”Is there any reason you are out here cutting your hair?” the officer, having noticed the scissors, with the trimmer and mirror still placed before [...]

From sea to summit in a single day

By 4 December 2008

This Saturday, Nathan Edwardson (pictured above), and a group of equally determined Canberra cyclists, will ride from Tathra to Mt Kosciuszko in a single day. The ride is one of the toughest events out there, with a 4am start, 230km of hard climbing in often  poor conditions and a total vertical distance of over 5km! Of course, that’s just [...]

Summernats feeling the pressure of Global Economic Crisis?

By 4 December 2008

The ABC have a story that the Summernats are feeling the pressure of a slowing economy.  The part of the story the caught my specific interest was at the end,
“I don’t want to end up in a situation where I’m really, really squeezed and I have to consider either, worse scenario, moving the event to [...]

Good Luck Haddles!

By 3 December 2008

RiotACT Troublemaker Hadley is off to the 2008 Australian Poetry Slam as one of 18 finalists from across the entirety of the country fronting up at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow.
As he’s no stranger to performing next to cellists in bunny suits we wish Hadley the best of luck and hope that his mighty poetry [...]

Canberra on Wikipedia?

By 3 December 2008

Although I do not hold an opinion that Wikipedia is the be-all and end-all, tonight I did a search on Canberra on their site.
After reading the Canberra story, I was wondering has anything happend here in the last 6 years or so? The last entry from Wikki on Canberra’s history is the bushfires in [...]

Appointment with ACT speech therapy

By 3 December 2008

Hi all,
I have been to an appointment with a speech therapy, and have been stoned walled.
[ED - This is a followup to an earlier story]
They refuse to diagnose Dylan and say he has a delay in expressive language, which doesnt help me much. They told me in the beginning to start signing to [...]

Mark Parton – hey 2ca, we need that afternoon bloke in the mornings!

By 2 December 2008

This afternoon I heard Mark Parton on 2ca, and couldn’t believe it.  What a breath of fresh air on that tired sounding AM station!
I used to listen to him on 106 until he left and I switched to Art Sound.
But driving past the Albert Hall in a taxi today (where I still remember Sherbet performing [...]

Welcome two Canberrans back from a round-Australia cycling fundraiser!

By 2 December 2008

If you happen to be somewhere near Lennox Gardens at 3pm on Tuesday, take a flag or just your hand and wave Pete Maguire and John Dow in from their epic round Australia bicycle ride. Pete has raised some huge sum of money for the Cerebral Palsy Association in the process of riding 15,000 [...]

Get yore summer water saver packs while they’re hot!

By 1 December 2008

Actew has announced an exciting summer water saver pack, available for free if this stuff excites you.
The pack includes such goodies as:

a 4-minute shower timer,
stickers for the kids,
an outside tap hanger to help you to be a waterwise gardener,
helpful tips for saving water inside and outside your home, and

Try to [...]

Would you like a whole free keg of tasty Zierholz beer?

By 1 December 2008

[First filed: October 09, 2008 @ 18:11
Second filing: October 13, 2008 @ 16:02]

RiotACT is pleased to announce the latest of its give-aways for premium members.
At the end of November three lucky premium members will have their name drawn out of a hat by Christoph Zierholz. They will each win a whole 10 litre mini keg [...]

Anyone know anything about the guy in the crane?

By 1 December 2008

Went out to an impro event at the street theatre last night. At 6.45 some of the cast called the police because a guy was sitting on the top of the crane / scaffolding at one of the building sites across the road. He was quite distressed, and we could hear him calling [...]

Bad girls blue in Civic

By 1 December 2008

The Canberra Times has a piece on rumoured violence in Lyneham High School spilling onto Civic streets.
“My daughter’s a naughty little girl, but she doesn’t deserve to be smashed in the face.”
The Education Department was unable to comment at this stage for privacy reasons, but said it would make sure all possible support for the [...]

The Great Ainslie Topiary Hedge

By 1 December 2008

The occupant of the house at the intersection of Officer and Tyson in Ainslie has been very busy.
A very ordinary hedge has been transformed into a topographic wonder.
I guess when you’ve got a hedge of such thick and lush qualities it’s a shame to waste it.
But they weren’t satisfied with that.
Having sculpted it masterfully they [...]

Tuggeranong Community Festival 2008

By 30 November 2008

Someone tell Belco, Tuggers has them totally P0wnd.
Despite a superior setting in many ways the Belconnen Community Festival offers the participant little except a venue to wander around in search of anything at all of interest before departing disappointed.
Tuggeranong on the other hand was packed with interesting things to see, do, and spend money on.
Sure [...]

Celebrate Human Rights Day with a Women’s Gathering

By 30 November 2008

[ 10 December 2008 at 2:00 pm; ] Date: Wednesday 10th December 2008
Time: 2- 4 pm
Venue: Women’s Centre for Health Matters Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place PEARCE

Come and celebrate Human Rights Day with the Women’s Centre forHealth Matters.

There will be belly dancing, massage, and cardmaking.

Light refreshments will be provided, and lucky door prizes drawn.

It is a great opportunity to [...]

Struggletown Council become apostrophe deniers!

By 30 November 2008

Queanbeyan City Council is inviting members of the community to suggest names to be added to its Street Naming Register for new streets within the City.
“Our city’s population expected to almost double within the next 30 years,” said Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall. “Council is in the process of planning for significant [...]

Artsound FM Radiothon, 21-30 November (including Open Day on Sun 30 Nov)

By 30 November 2008

[ 21 November 2008 10:00 am to 30 November 2008 6:00 pm. ] [First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 15:28]

I was going to rabbit on here about all of the things going on during the Radiothon, but the poster pretty much says it all.

Tune in and turn up on Sunday 30 November for the open day — lots of music of all genres, including a bit of gritty [...]

Subtle Sabotage in Supermarkets – parents beware!

By 29 November 2008

If you ever wondered how shelf packers maintain their sanity, other than building barricades of cartons across the aisles?  Here is an example of an Evil Packing Genius’s cunning work, spotted at Woolies in Tuggeranong this morning.
How many sleep-deprived parents are now at home, stuffing their offspring with Chicken and Tuna Temptations?

Carneywatch – Stonefest!

By 28 November 2008

Mish_Mash has reported a Todd Carney Facebook sighting.
Looks like he’s had trouble sorting out the visa, but having a good time regardless.

Charity Fundraiser Locations?

By 28 November 2008

I am currently working for a not-for profit charity organisation and I am in charge for the fundraising events for 2009.
We are going to hold the ever popular sausage sizzle (but with roast rolls) in early 2009. I am aware that businesses like Hravey Norman and Bunnings have allocated spots in their car parks for such [...]

So what is “Ghosting in Canberra”?

By 28 November 2008

guitarhero246 has posted this for our enjoyment on YouTube with the following note:
“I know, I know. The first thing you’ll probably think is “That’s not ghosting!”, but it started off properly, but it got a bit out of hand. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!!!”
I’ve spent a whole ten minutes scouring the internet and can’t [...]

What has happened to Canberra’s booners?

By 28 November 2008

[First filed: November 27, 2008 @ 10:58]

On a recent thread johnboy answered the question “what on earth is a booner” with:
much like a westie but wearing an iron maiden tshirt and tighter jeans.
mostly extinct.
As someone who came of age in Canberra during the heyday of the booner—the 80s and 90s—this got me thinking.
During these glorious [...]

UC does nothing on binge drinking

By 27 November 2008

The ABC has the thumping headline “Uni takes on student binge drinking culture”.
Sounds like a great way to cruel enrollments I thought.
But then it turns out that all that’s happened is researcher Amanda George has been paid to state the bleeding obvious: A lot of students get hammered.
The Uni is going to “now try [...]

ABC Childcare Centres

By 27 November 2008

With ABC Childcare Centres having gone belly-up and the Federal Government having forked out however-many millions of dollars to keep the centres open, the Canberra Times has a story about the ABC Childcare Centres in the Canberra region that will be “subject to further review”.
ABC Childcare’s webiste has an extended list here.
Given how hard it [...]

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