Life & Style (4559 Stories)

Hey Dude, where’s my garbage (and recycling) collection?

By 24 December 2008

Just in case you wake up tomorrow morning, unwrap all your presents, and then find your unemptied recycling and garbage bins out front… The hard working garbos and recyclers are taking a well earned break, no doubt disposing of some meats, and recycling a few tinnies. TAMS have issued a notice that garbage and recycling [...]

Christmas Trees for 24 December

By 24 December 2008

Apfel Pie was very impressed with the effort this bus driver had gone to.
But the cake was most definitely taken by Purp Penguin’s friends with a legendary feat of vomit bomb consumption.
If you want your tree considered for competition email it in to
Slideshow of all the entries to date below:

Last Minute Canberra Chritmas Gifts

By 24 December 2008

OK it’s Christmas eve and you still haven’t got a gift for that special person, and you want to give a little piece of Canberra… What are some good local Xmas gifts? For one of my extended family, I picked up a bottle of Mount Majura Vineyard 2006 Merlot – you can almost taste the [...]

Christmas Trees for 23 December

By 23 December 2008

Hairy Noised Wombat has sent in the Bureau of Statistics’ contribution to Christmas Trees.
Only a couple of days to go, get your pictures in to
Slideshow of all out entries below:

CELL BLOCK 69 – In CANBERRY !!!! – AWESOME ROCK SHOW at The ANU STADIUM / Bar this Tuesday 23rd Dec

By 23 December 2008

[ 23 December 2008 at 8:00 pm; ] Duane Le Corey Michaels sits on the deck of his seaside mansion on the southern shores of Brazil caressing Burindi, his now fully grown pet tigress. He reflects on what once was and what is yet to come for him in the only way of life that he knows – the Cell Block way.

Michaels [...]

Carols in the Town park

By 22 December 2008

Yesterday was the Salvation Army’s Carols in the Town park, held at Lake Tuggeranong. It started at 5.00pm, but even with careful planning, i did not get there until 5.30pm.
There was a petting zoo, jumping castle, inflatable slide, face painting, music and ….. Santa!
Santa gave out bags of lollies – my kids were on a [...]

The Bright Bright Lights of Amaroo

By 22 December 2008

[First Filed: December 20, 2008 @ 10:07]

Last night I tried to crush my girlfriend’s insufferable christmas cheer by getting her to drive us around while I photographed Christmas light displays.
We planned to take in a variety of Canberra suburbs. But having begun in Amaroo there was nothing to be done but to finish it and [...]

Thanks to Paul the Good Samaritan from ACT Towing

By 21 December 2008

I’d like to publicly thank Paul from ACT Towing for his Good Deed a few weeks ago.I had my newborn and three-year-old in the car, driving home from dropping Dad off at the ATO. It was a rainy day when we got up, and we drop him off so he doesn’t need to ride his [...]

How to Make Sure Your Card gets through

By 21 December 2008

After having lunch today with someone working at Australia Post, they let me know that if you really want your Christmas Cards to get through this year then follow these 3 steps.
1. Buy Australia Post envelopes, because they are made to survive the various large sorting machines that the envelopes go through. All [...]

Christmas Trees for 19 December

By 19 December 2008

Just the one tree in today from Thumper (Bundybear’s fraudulent entries will be ignored from now on).
Do you really want your family’s efforts to go un-represented? Send your pictures in to

ACT Writers centre awards

By 19 December 2008

Twas a dark and stormy night…
Amid much slurping of fine wine last night, the ACT Writers Centre announced
winners for a range of awards for 2008. Here is the link:
At least one of the recipients is yours truly. But you have to guess who (or is that whom…).

How did your work Christmas parties go?

By 19 December 2008

Where they as bad as you expect or did you get so drunk you can’t remember?

Time to pay young people to Make a Move

By 19 December 2008

This is pretty much how I get them, don’t ask me about the weird capitalisation
National Youth Week 2009 Grant Applications Are Now Open!
Youth Week 2009 runs from Saturday 28 March – Sunday 5 April 2009. The theme is Make A Move.
Small seeding grants are available to support organisations in developing and running Youth [...]

The possum torturers of Hughes

By 18 December 2008

The RSPCA has broadcast its horror after a live scalped possum was found in Kitchener Street, Hughes and brought into them.
The little fellow had to be euthanised.
Shame Hughes, Shame!

Katy seeks the best of the best of the best

By 18 December 2008

Please send queries on the status of International Men’s Day and associated awards to the MLA of your choice
The Minster for Women, Katy Gallagher recently opened nominations for 2009 ACT International Women’s Day Awards. The ACT International Women’s Day Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of women in the ACT community.
The Awards [...]

National Museum out of space

By 18 December 2008

The Canberra Times has the astonishing news that the National Museum has run out of space for its collection.
This despite having an enormous building and nothing at all that anyone wants to see.
Flog some crap on Ebay is my advice.

NCA puts on a show for Christmas eve

By 17 December 2008

[ 24 December 2008 at 6:00 pm; ] The NCA is ringing the bells for a big Christmas Eve concert at the Carilion.

Some of you will be assembling complicated toys, I will be showing Notorious BOG all the new bars that have opened since in Canberra in the many years since he departed for Japan. But if you’re after something in between then [...]

Christmas trees for 17 December

By 17 December 2008

Three trees in today.
In the first Bundybear submits an entry from Elizabeth, the South Australian Charnwood and hometown to Jimmy Barnes.
In the second is Huwr’s tree with dog adding cute factor.
The third is gtim108′s.
To enter the competition email your tree picture in to
Slideshow of all the entries below.

UPDATED: The commenters (and my fact-checking fairy [...]

It really won’t mow itself – Where to get the tools?

By 16 December 2008

There’s no shortage of emos around here, and both Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama have been elected.
Despite all this the lawn stubbornly refuses to mow itself. The landlord is getting antsy and the housemates can offer no guarantees that nasty things do not lurk in the tall grass.
So I need a brush-cutter, a [...]

Water use signs in perfect harmony

By 16 December 2008

There’s been a rumour going around that the roadside water usage signs are presenting different results at any given time. If true that would do little to enhance community confidence in the water conservation message.
Between 11am and midday today I made a study of the signs on the Barton Highway, Barry Drive, and the Tuggeranong [...]

Arts fellows, ACT Book of the year, ACT Poetry prizes

By 16 December 2008

Our Chiefly Arts Minister has decreed that “Local composer Dr Ruth Lee Martin and musician and lyricist Peter J Casey have been named 2009 Creative Arts Fellows”.
Each fellowship is worth $45,000, which is not a vast amount to try and live on.
With his arts hat firmly in place The Chief has also announced the ACT [...]

Christmas trees for 16 December

By 16 December 2008

johnny_the_knife has sent in this christmas tree as his festive offering.
Send them in to
Slideshow of trees so far below:

Where to find a masseuse?

By 16 December 2008

My missus is very pregnant at the moment, and loves (actually, demands) constant massages. I’m getting bored of doing this all the time, and I’d like to line her up some time with a ‘professional’ masseuse  as a treat.
Attempts to organise this in the past have been unsuccessful: About a year ago, I bought [...]

A new “The Bush Capital”

By 16 December 2008

Our Chiefly Leader brings word that $31,000 of has convinced local historian and architect Mr Roger Pegrum (any relation to former NCA honcho Anabelle Pegrum?) to revise his 25 year old opus “The Bush Capital”.
It is, we are told, “a concise history of the establishment of Canberra as the Nation’s Capital”.
I’m fascinated to hear what [...]

Energy effciency makes your house worth more – official

By 15 December 2008

Simon Corbell has proudly announced research by the Commonwealth showing houses in the ACT with good energy efficiency sell for more.
“While historically home buyers might have focused on a new home’s location like proximity to schools, work and general amenities, this report found that even taking location into account in the ACT in 2005 and [...]

The 2008 Santa Claus Pub Crawl

By 15 December 2008

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 13:44]

A six bar crawl is not one for the ages. It’s a little light and you end up with too much drinking and not enough walking. This is exacerbated when the first bar (Wig and Pen) is at capacity before kickoff time and another (North) is booked out for [...]

Ideas for what Canberra shopping centres do need

By 15 December 2008

After reading the article “Canberra Retail?” I was thinking of what kind of “shop/idea” would be original and useful in Canberra. What do you think?
I thought it would be nice to have a women’s club/cafe at one of the centres. With a menu full of nice small meals at about $8.00. It would have internet access, [...]

Christmas Tree Competition – Fiona and Grundy send theirs in.

By 15 December 2008

Our first entries are in for the 2008 RiotACT Christmas Tree competition with entries from Fiona and Grundy (in that order).
Got Trees? Email your picture into

Canberra retail?

By 15 December 2008

The Canberra Times has a bit on the weakness in Canberra’s retail sector.
Who would have thought that opening vast acreages of shopping space could have consequences?
Who could have predicted that there wasn’t actually unlimited numbers of consumers in Canberra just waiting for sufficiently salubrious retail opportunities in which to splurge?
Pretty much anyone with a brain [...]

Aaja Nachle – Bollywood emotions live on stage!

By 15 December 2008

Between photographing swans and pot holes, I had the great pleasure of attending Aaja Nachle [Come and Dance] at theStreet Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Aaja Nachle is to allow students of Bollywood Dimensions to demonstrate themselves as ‘a cascade of expertly trained dancers in glitter and glamour, bangles and beads and bedazzling costumes’.
This year’s show intended [...]

Carols at Lanyon 2008

By 15 December 2008

I’ve got some grave reservations about the current mode of christmas celebrations in the modern era.
But it makes my girlfriend happy.
So if I have to go to a chrimbo thingy, the one I want to go to is the Carols at Lanyon. Not the southernmost suburb, but the historic homestead slightly further south.
There are [...]

Triffid Terror Visited on the ACT – Mexican Feather Grass

By 14 December 2008

The Chief informs us that if we think we have it we need to let him know so his crack team of Ecowarriers can come and napalm it into submission (not really – they have to grub it out).
It is rather renowned for setting itself up and creating monocultures, choking out other plantforms and [...]

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