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Who’s up for a naked Hottest 100 party?

By 20 January 2014

[ 26 January 2014; ] The ACT Nudist Club is letting it be known they’re welcoming the public in for a Hottest 100 Party:

Break away from the ordinary, bring your mates and enjoy 2013′s best beats in the buff! Canberra’s local nudist club is throwing open the gates and cranking up the sound for a Hottest 100 Pool Party [...]

Ingress in Canberra. A new player guide

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Welcome readers, as I attempt to introduce you to the wonderful world of Ingress, which is currently taking off in Canberra and worldwide. You may have seen two ‘strange’ articles on here recently relating to Ingress, and have wondered what it is all about. This is my attempt as a brand new player to help [...]

A good use for your old specs

By 15 January 2014

Breaking the long summer silence of the Liberals, Andrew Wall is rallying support for an excellent cause:
Canberrans are being called on to donate their old glasses and improve the sight of visually impaired people in the poorer communities of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall said today.
“The Lions club of [...]

Shane’s seeking graffiti

By 15 January 2014

Mayor Rattenbury has sent word that five “legal graffiti canvases” are awaiting paint:
Five legal graffiti sites in Tuggeranong and South Canberra will receive a paint over in the coming week to provide a fresh canvas for people to create new pieces of legal graffiti, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Legal graffiti [...]

Police view of Summernats 2014

By 14 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing has uploaded their take on Summernats 2014 for our edification.

400,000 Canberrans before the next election

By 14 January 2014

Andrew Barr has released new estimates of the ACT Population growth.
While still expanding it’s slower than last projected which is going to have some big bad effects on the local economy and anyone who’s leveraged to take advantage of the old figures:
New official population projections for the ACT are being issued today. The ACT Government [...]

Canberra Connect’s year in review

By 13 January 2014

Someone from TAMS has valiantly returned from the coast to put together Canberra Connect’s year in review:
Canberrans contacted Canberra Connect over 7.3 million times last year, with more than 718,000 calls, over 34,000 pieces of electronic feedback, 6.1 million online visits and 510,000 shopfront customers.
“It is fantastic to see the growth of this service, [...]

Cosplay at CANCON 2014

By 13 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 25 January 2014 to 27 January 2014. ]

Before the internet existed lonely Canberra nerds had to go to CanCon to discover to our delight that there were human females who shared our interests.

It’s hard to explain today just how many suicides that would have prevented.

Having in the intervening years gone heavy on the male-centric table top war games we see they’re [...]

Canberra, all covered in slime

By 11 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last week I let pestiness post a call to arms for Canberrans to join her faction in Google’s game Ingress.
Thus intrigued I fired up the copy of Ingress on my phone that I’d flunked out of training with a year ago.
The software has upgraded a few times since then, which I suspect is why it [...]

Five new Official Visitors!

By 10 January 2014

Simon Corbell has announced not one but five official visitors for the ACT have been appointed:
“Official visitors work to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, across diverse environments,” Mr Corbell said.
“They perform an invaluable service to our community, as communicators and problem solvers, observers and reporters.
“They are the eyes and ears of Ministers [...]

Hackett residents taking bus comfort into their own hands

By 10 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Rob:
New Action Bus Stop in Hackett
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

2XX needs bosses

By 9 January 2014

Community radio station 2XX is advertising for both an assistant manager and (again) for a station manager. For the latter role, you’ll need to be prepared to work 30hrs a week for just $44k a year (a few thousand less than the guy working a deep frier at one of Canberra’s local clubs) doing a [...]

The Canberra Poems of P.S Cottier on Immortal Muse

By 9 January 2014

The Immortal Muse website has featured the works of P.S. Cottier related to Canberra.
There’s a lot there, and a lot worth thinking about.
Perhaps best of all is “Houses of Gungahlin”:
What space for expansive thought or emerald memory
in these distorted castles, hunch­backed yet grown giant,
perched on desecrated hills, cubist shrines to ugly Gods?
With their whole [...]

Piss successfully taken in Civic

By 9 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra CBD is celebrating an estimated 3,000 public urinators being diverted from the walls of our fair town to their pissoirs over the festive period:
A second round of urinal trials in Canberra CBD late-night hot spots during the Christmas, New Years Eve and Summernats period has finished with successful results once again.
Data collected recorded an [...]

Small reduction in charity bin dumping

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The ABC is claiming a small 10% drop in the amount of crap being illegally dumped on charities:
During the Christmas break there was a 10 per cent drop in the amount of waste being left at collection points under the guise of a donation.
Over the past few years several charities have removed collection bins [...]

The last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Four years later the Belconnen Community Service has brought to YouTube the cinematic tale of the last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange:
In2Change – Belconnen Bus Interchange (1979 – 2009)
Published on 2 Jan 2014
A short film by Cara Hine – An Artistic Response to Urban Change

The Carnival Parade needs you

By 8 January 2014

Community Services has just tweeted its need jigglers and jugglers for the Beer And Meat On A Stick Day Parade!
Email the intriguing info@subsdance.com.au to get involved if you have “special talents”.
Be a part of #CBR most exciting street parade at this year's @NatMultiFest pic.twitter.com/eq3eN0BTp1
— Community Services (@CSD_ACT) January 7, 2014

Omar Musa makes TimeOut’s most anticipated list

By 7 January 2014

TimeOut Sydney has compiled a list of the most anticipated books of 2014.
Lo and behold up there with Hilary mantel and David Malouf is Canberra/Queanbeyan’s own Omar Musa.
Something to look forward to in June.

Canberra is not as it seems

By 7 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

…for many reasons.
Canberra is being over-run by the resistance. We are an enlightened city, full of enlightened people (mostly), but the ‘intel map’ is depicting that this is not the case. The enlightened seem to be losing the battle. We need more help!
If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an [...]

There’s an archive in that tunnel

By 6 January 2014

The ABC has a fascinating story of the Noel Butlin Archives at ANU which is built into the space we know of as the Parkes Way tunnel:
More than 30 years ago a hidden bunker was constructed above the Parkes Way tunnel on the Australian National University (ANU) campus.
ANU archivist Maggie Shapley says the two-storey structure [...]

Canberra makes 39 with a bullet!

By 6 January 2014

The Guardian has included Canberra in its list of Holiday Hotspots for 2014.
Sure, number 39. But on the list!

nightride tomorrow night (tuesday) + free bike fix workshop this weekend

By 6 January 2014

hey guys
couple of casual cycling events this week.
tomorrow I’m organizing a nightride from belco to the city.  more social than a training ride, we will stopping along the way for a moonlit picnic.  no need to wear stretchy clothes
details via
www.bikeact.org
this weekend cyclejam is running their monthly bikefix at gormon house markets.  use some tools, get [...]

Summernats City Cruise 2014. So many pictures

By 2 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I went down to join the throng along Northbourne Avenue and I have to say it’s a very satisfying community experience.
The prohibition on watching from the median strip had gone completely by the by but other than that it was all extremely organised, supervised, and very punctual.
There was one car passenger who appeared to be [...]

New Years Eve 2014 in three pictures

By 2 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Pete has sent in three great contrasting pictures of Civic this year for the New Years festivities.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Andrew Barr thought it was a good New Years

By 1 January 2014

Andrew Barr has kindly provided a recap of last nights events in the city:
Canberra celebrated the end of a successful Centenary year with explosive celebrations in Civic Square and Garema Place last night, making for a spectacular start to 2014.
Upwards of 45,000 people flocked to the city to enjoy the fantastic line up of [...]

The Nature of the Monkey was… Irrepressible!

By 31 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As seen in O’Connor this afternoon, I gather they’re up all around Canberra.
As this nation of bastards competes to see who can be the biggest bastard coated bastard with a soft bastard centre to vulnerable people it’s nice to see someone fighting the fight.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? [...]

TAMS all ready to deal with your festive filth

By 31 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory and Municipal Services are making sure we all know that their cleaners are raring to get stuck into the horrific mess thousands of revelling drunks will leave behind tonight.
While you are out in town this New Year’s Eve, spare a thought for the city cleaners who will set their alarms before 5 am on [...]

“What do you think about the name Canberra?”

By 30 December 2013

Over on Yahoo Answers some twink has decided to ask the great mass of ignorance what they think about the name “Canberra”.
So far overwhelmingly negative.

Child Care Info in Canberra?

By 29 December 2013

Hello all,
Maybe this riot act community could provide a little bit of assistance for some analysis of the current state of mind and positions for families seeking child care.
Here is a hypothetical for you….
Lets assume for conversations sake, that a new child care facility was going to open in the not so distant future.
Again lets [...]

Walking around the ACT uninterrupted. Mission Impossible?

By 24 December 2013

The ACT SES is congratulating a group of walkers for completing a complete circuit of the ACT borders.
But they note the walkers had to break the trek.
Can it be done in one go?

Blast from the past. Feel the Power of Canberra

By 24 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

For over a decade the infamous “Feel the Power of Canberra” campaign has been the but of ridicule.
But Loose Brown has just found the vid on YouTube and, well, I don’t know. It’s held up rather well hasn’t it?

Brand Canberra Response: The Roundabout Crew

By 24 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Roundabout Crew have taken their inimical look at Brand Canberra, aka, the hashtag.
And, well, it’s worth a look.
Original Brand Canberra video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpsPVf…
Music by: Yahtzel – High with me

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