We’re less than a month off Christmas now, so it’s time to start thinking about ways to make others happy, because that’s what Christmas is all about.
For many people struggling to make ends meet, Christmas is the hardest time of the year rather than the most joyful. This holiday season, one in every 13 Canberrans [...]
No less than the Houston Chronicle is marvelling at Canberra’s Richards family who have reclaimed their world record for the most christmas lights on a residential property:
An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.
Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy [...]
A mother and father should not have to bury their son but this is what David and Jackie Green were faced with when their beloved 22 year old son Kyall died in a car accident earlier this year.
A few months before Kyall died, he had talked to his parents about wanting to help others by [...]
[ 24 November, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]
This Sunday the 24th just so happens to be Lakewalk 2013, so you know what to do.
It’s simple math.
The walkathon is on this Sunday 24th November, between 10am and 1pm. It starts at regatta point, commonwealth park and takes a loop circuit to Aspen Island and back. All monies raised go towards funding therapies [...]
Well aren’t things getting interesting down Sullivans Creek as Gorilla Fairies get down to community gardening?
Dr Carol Hayes is a senior lecturer from the ANU College of Asia and Pacific, and she just won an award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian Awards for University Teaching, which is all sorts of great.
The citation for the award praised Dr Hayes’ leadership in Japanese studies across Asia and the Pacific.
Hayes has been [...]
Shane Rattenbury today launched a comptition to design an “experimental” feature for the Engineers Australia Pin Oak Forest at the National Arboretum Canberra.
There’s a $30,000 prize to whomever happens to make the raddest feature that “demonstrates the ingenuity and creativity of engineering”.
“As part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations, engineers together with designers and people with a [...]
SERVICE ONE Members Banking is reminding people that they only have one month left to donate toys to their local Banardos branch in order to help disadvantaged kids this Christmas.
If you’ve got the means, please consider helping out some less fortunate Children this Christmas.
This is the sixth consecutive year SERVICE ONE is supporting Barnardos’ Gifts [...]
Rioter Peter has a tale and some events to share with the bike community at large:
on my way to do some shopping on my bike yesterday afternoon I saw this group of cyclists. “come and join us” they said. we rode to a street that had some amazing sculpture in peoples front yards and ended [...]
A new Government shopfront is opening up in Gungahlin, which should be interesting news for anyone who lives near the area and occasionally needs to get things done.
The press release also discusses the “new style” of the shopfront and its open floor plan which should be interesting news for anyone who cares about the floor [...]
The Molonglo Community Bank Group just award 10 year 11 students with a $100 community bank account as a reward for doing good in their communities.
That’s very nice of them, but surely they would have just preferred the $100?
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today presented Molonglo Community Bank Group Student Awards to [...]
The ABC has the happy news that Canberra’s Dr Sarah Macneil is to be consecrated as Australia’s first Anglican female bishop:
Dr Macneil was unanimously chosen by a nomination board appointed by diocesan synod, and will leave her post as senior associate priest at Canberra’s Holy Covenant Anglican Church.
She is a former dean of Adelaide [...]
As cheap cameras proliferate we get more and more of a look at each other. And thanks to YouTube all can see.
John Smith sent this into us:
Check this guy out, what a jerk!
Joy Burch has announced the 2013 Young Canberran award has gone to a tear jerker:
Siblings Dainere Anthoney and Jarret Anthoney are joint recipients of the 2013 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award in recognition for their leadership, courage and determination to raise awareness of paediatric brain tumours.
Ms Anthoney lost her battle with Medulloblastoma [...]
Why can’t every press release I get sent be this cheery and upbeat?
Do you have anything you have no idea how to recycle? Let’s try and stump them with something really tricky.
Also when I first read the word sphygmomanometer I thought that they were making it up to be funny.
Here, I’m just gonna give you [...]
Joy Burch has announced the release of the A Picture of Women in the ACT 2013 report:
– Women and girls formed a slight majority of the ACT population in 2011 at 50.5%.
– The median age of ACT women in 2011 was 35.4 years, compared to the national median age of 38.1 years. [...]
Christmas is coming!
The old bus depot markets are putting on a bunch of special market days that should help those of you who have no idea what to get your Mother.
With Christmas now just over a month away, the Old Bus Depot Markets are getting ready to celebrate with special Christmas markets on Saturdays and [...]
I’ve mentioned my love of pictures of people holding giant novelty cheques before, and the Green Shed with their monthly charity regularly results in me receiving those pictures.
It also results in some very worthwhile organisations getting some much needed money, so it’s a win/win.
As part of their charity day giveaway, The Green Shed donated $10,000 [...]
Anti-Virus Nerd Lord Eugene Kaspersky has blogged about his recent visit to Canberra and, while it’s a bit hard to tell, he seems to like the city’s antiseptic nature (considering he was Southside we couldn’t hope for more).
I think Canberra has to be the most unusual capital in the world.
Capitals are normally grand old cities [...]
Robin Saville has asked to put his point of view on gay marriage so here it is, his bio follows:
The Social Revolution (in the West). An upside-down world.
Those who support the marriage of same gender couples have powerful words on their side:
FAIRNESS EQUALITY LOVE
They have linked their struggle with the [...]
Sally Witchalls is in year 8 at Canberra High School and she designed that stamp. It’s pretty clever and super rad.
That’s her job done, now it’s time for your job.
Step 1: Go here https://polldaddy.com/poll/7521942/.
Step 2: Vote for Sally’s stamp so she wins the stamp making competition.
Come on, you want Sally/Canberra to win right? You don’t [...]
The Rotary Club of Canberra is holding its annual Seniors Concert on 24 November at the Albert Hall.
If you know an older person who’d enjoy an old fashioned knees up and cup of tea we’re advised:
Individual “bookings” should be made by calling the Council on the Ageing – 6282 3777 – by 20 Nov. COTA [...]
[ 6 December, 2013; 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]
This will undoubtedly interest those of you who dislike the normal Christmas shopping rush.
The Canberra Environment Centre has you covered for ethical and eco-friendly gifts this Christmas. The Trade Night Market features all things fair, handmade and organic and is a relaxing way to do your Christmas shopping away from the mayhem.
This year the market [...]
Is it too early to start talking about Christmas?
BECAUSE I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
Some of you will no doubt wish to immediately start talking about how much you hate Christmas, so feel free to skip ahead and be a Grinch in the comments below.
For the rest of us though, there’s this little release from Canberra CBD to [...]
The site in Dickson off Wooley St, since the much lamented TurkOz closed, has been a graveyard of ill considered ventures.
The loser’s parade has been marked by terrible service, awful food, high prices, and confusing concepts.
The latest, a gay bagel bar cum karaoke joint (I kid you not), called Barcode has pulled up stumps according [...]
It’s National Recycling Week!
Now while I’m sure you all recycle all the time already, if you want to know some more about recycling, or if you just want to see some pieces of art by the community, then this info may interest you.
National Recycling Week runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 November and to [...]
[ 5 December, 2013; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
Charity, animals, and sausages together at last!
The National Zoo and Aquarium is holding a parker day next month and a whole heap of good charities are going to be putting stuff together to raise funds to do good things.
Did I mention it’s at the zoo?
That’s where the otters are!
Here’s a flyer, check it out!
5:30 – [...]
[ 25 November, 2013; 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]
There’s a global thing going on called Sunday Assembly for people who want the community aspects of religion, without the religious bits.
And it’s coming to Canberra with the first meeting this 25 November.
Here’s the blurb from the local organisers:
Following the unprecedented success of The Sunday Assembly in London, a group of Canberrans are organising the [...]
Shane Rattenbury today launched some new Bus Hailing Kits designed to help vision impaired passengers catch the right bus.
They seem ingenious in that perfect simple way that these things need to be.
“Following a successful trial, bus hailing kits will be made available to visually impaired people around Canberra to help them use buses to get [...]
TAMS are letting people know they’re doing a ranger guided walk of the Orroral Valley:
Enjoy wildflowers and wildlife and experience cultural history with stories of European pioneers and the space age on a ranger guided walk along the Orroral Valley Heritage Trail this Sunday, 10 November 2013.
“In the six kilometre guided walk from the [...]
We just received this photo from Mattenager:
“I saw this memorial at the intersection of Northbourne Ave and Barry Dr last night. Having passed through these lights earlier that yesterday I noticed it wasn’t the usual squeegee guy working that corner. I was just interested if Lindsey was the well known fella who had been working [...]
This sounds kind of fun.
The Salvation Army, CARE Australia and the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia dueled it out in a game of creative mathematical thinking as a part of the 2013 Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Congress held in Canberra last month.
The participants were given a chance to fit tangram shapes into the logo of [...]