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How Belco are you?

By 3 June 2009

In the fine tradition of Belcompton and “Belco” tattoos Facebook brings us the “How well do you know Belco” quiz, which bills itself thusly:
Facts and s*** about Belco to prove how well you actually know the home of the sickest mother****ers.
According to the quiz (and we all know facebook quizzes are never wrong) I am [...]

Please fence me in!

By 3 June 2009

I am looking to have colourbond fences put up and am keen to get a good deal and a good job done. 
Do any Rioters have suggestions as to which companies to approach and which to avoid? 
The job involves replacing all the fences around my house, so it’s a decent sized task.

Soldiers raining out of the sky, but don’t panic.

By 2 June 2009

Defense is warning us that they will be entertaining to cognoscenti and terrifying the yokels all week long.
Army’s Parachute Display Team, the Red Berets, will conduct a series of practice jumps into venues around the Canberra area from 1 to 5 June 2009.
The training is designed to maintain and develop the skills of the parachute [...]

Places for good breakfast-brunch?

By 2 June 2009

We are looking for places within a couple of hours of Canberra for a good cooked breakfast/brunch.  It does need to be little kid friendly.  For example, I’ve heard Grazings is excellent but not good for small children (this is not meant as a criticism and happy to be contradicted).  
It does seem there is some [...]

Kismet Turkish in the City!

By 2 June 2009

Just had a fantastic lunch at Kismet in one of the new UniLodge buildings.
Have always been a fan of the kebabs and pizzas in Kismet Manuka – so tasty and healthy (at least, they feel healthy) – but I don’t live or work around there so would only occasionally visit.
I am now happy to see [...]

So when do the legal explosives legally go on sale?

By 2 June 2009

I have family arriving from regional NSW on the coming long weekend. We are combining specialist appointments on the Tuesday with a weekend of legal explosives, seafood and poker.  It won’t be the same without the fireworks.
I haven’t seen any advertising yet. Is there some special date that they can advertise or start selling [...]

World Environment Day (5 Jun) – Walk for Climate Change

By 2 June 2009

FRIDAY 5 JUNE
TIME: 7:30 am
VENUE: Meet on the North side of the Commonwealth Ave Bridge for a walk to Parliament House
WEAR: Red
Dare you brave the cold Canberra morning?
These walks will occur during the first week of every month until the Copenhagen Conference in December. Growing in numbers each month, we will show the government how [...]

Canberra too ignorant and un-australian for AFL?

By 2 June 2009

Over on The Roar someone called Pippinu has had a lengthy spray on the unworthiness of Canberra, or Sydney for that matter for “the Australian game”:
One positive for Melburnians is that they get to have a bit of a look at their old MCG scoreboard which will bring back many memories.
Apart from that, Manuka, [...]

Andrew Barr goes in to bat for cheaper books

By 1 June 2009

[First filed: June 01, 2009 @ 10:52]
A few months ago I realised that my lifetime habit of buying a book every week could no longer be afforded. With little change from a $50 note for new releases books had moved up beyond discretionary spending for me and into the realm of planned purchases.
It’s not such [...]

International Outdoor Knitting Day

By 1 June 2009

[ 13 June 2009; ]

Outdoor Knitting or Guerilla Knittings’ big day is on 13th of June. 

You can knit anywhere as long it is outdoors and passersby are encouraged add a few rows…

Guerrilla knitters are a form of urban taggers who leave their knitting tags on lamp posts, traffic lights or any public post.

Canberra Tweed Ride

By 1 June 2009

[ 6 June 2009 at 11:30 am; ]

Canberra Tweed Ride is a short bicycle cruise of about 15km through the Civic and Inner North areas, with stops at numerous cafes and pubs along the way. Expect a leisurely pace.

Tweed Ride has no agenda except the rejection of modern cycling “style”, to wit: carbon fibre, lycra, goretex and the like. Cyclists are [...]

One for the pack rats – What’s it worth? At the Albert Hall

By 1 June 2009

[ 7 June 2009 at 10:00 am; ] For everyone who’s ever wondered about just how valuable the family hoard really is, this Sunday’s the chance to find out.

Rotary is running a “What’s it worth?” day at the Albert Hall.

$5 to get in, you can bring three items each. Valuers are promised for:

– Jewellry
– Toys / Collectibles
– Aboriginal art
– Gems
– Antiques / [...]

How bad can a lemon chicken be?

By 1 June 2009

The Canberra Times has the curious case of Gordon’s Mark Wood who’s suing the Lanyon Valley Chinese Restaurant seeking $128,877 for a dodgy lemon chicken he claims they delivered the effects of which are still, he claims, being felt.
The company owning the restaurant is adopting a Bart Simpson defence:
In papers filed to the court, [...]

Progress on the Richardson crash shrine.

By 1 June 2009

Following on from the weekend’s big story on the Clift Crescent shrine in Richardson there’s been some movement on the subject of the Facebook group where regrettable things were said.
The group has now been made private and I’m told it’s been locked with the comments removed.
The two most outspoken commenters on that group have also [...]

The Night of the Exploding Letter Box (Tuggers Thugs Strike Again)

By 1 June 2009

As a relative newcomer to Canberra, my network here isn’t huge … which makes it all the more surprising that not one, not two, but three of my local friends (two in Fadden, one in Monash) had their letter boxes blown to smithereens last night. 
I wonder if these were the same thugs moving through different suburbs or was there [...]

Protecting your pet this fireworks season

By 1 June 2009

The RSPCA is warning that fireworks season is upon us and offering advice for keeping your pet safe and sound.
“Ideally owners should stay home with pets, but if that’s not possible, they should place the animal in a quiet room surrounded by their favourite toys, and possibly items holding the owner’s scent, with a radio [...]

Richardson roadside shrine removed – Good or bad thing?

By 31 May 2009

[First filed: May 29, 2009 @ 11:22]
At the end of March there was a double fatality on Clift Crescent in Richardson made particularly tragic by the youth of the victims Steven Rial, 20, and Megan Minney, 17.
The Canberra Times today reports that the roadside shrine which accreted at the scene of the accident has been [...]

ACT Government to shaft the bars again

By 31 May 2009

Having let the bars and pubs of the ACT spend fortunes developing beer gardens cum smoking areas the ACT Government is now coming back for another swing.
The ABC reports that Katy Gallagher now wants to ban food, beverages, and staff from any area where smoking is occurring.
“My number one issue is that you can’t have [...]

Exploding post box of Chifley

By 31 May 2009

During the course of my travels I stumbled across this obviously defunct post box in Chifley and wondered if anybody knew the story. An ambivalent poster who submitted a sensitive document and then decided that they desperately needed to retrieve it? Kids with fireworks? A small-scale terrorist inspired by the concept of “think globally, act locally”?
Any [...]

The afternoon after great big squiddy fun

By 30 May 2009

Heading south of the lake for music struck many cloistered Inner Northicans as a strange idea.
But for the tribute concert to the late great Baterz (who’s ghost can still be heard doing 2XX promos) we were willing to take a chance.
No-one was willing to drive so a cunning plan was hatched to meet at [...]

Woden Babar Discriminate Against Transgenders

By 30 May 2009

I’ve just had my last meal at Babar in Woden, a place I used to frequent for a breakfast on the weekend.
I’m a male to female transgender and have been living as a female 24/7 for some number of years. Over these years I’ve been using Women’s toilets.
Today I was told by the owner (or [...]

How would you like to be engaged?

By 30 May 2009

The ACT Chief Minister’s office is asking the community to talk to it about how we like to be engaged by Government.  Surveys, meetings, online etc.  The consultation is, in part through and online forum which can be found by clicking on this link.
The forum is open until July 20.

Anyone know where i can get a good pie?

By 30 May 2009

I haven’t had a decent pie for a while now, but i had the best one the other day at michels patissiere in lanyon. beef cheese and bacon
But everytime I try and get one in tuggers there all gone:(
Anyone know where i can get a decent pie?

season finale and $1000 to win demolition derby at NATIONAL CAPITAL SPEEDWAY sunday june 14th 2009

By 30 May 2009

[ 14 June 2009; ] NATIONAL CAPITAL MOTORSPORTS CLUB are holding the last speedway meeting of the 2008/2009 season on sunday 14th june at the NATIONAL CAPITAL SPEEDWAY located on pialligo ave fairbairn. Divs competing on the day are:

– Super production
– Series production
– Junior sedans (14-17yo)
– Dwarf cars

The meeting will conclude with the annual demolition derby.

For further details visit the club’s [...]

Woden Rostrum Club

By 30 May 2009

Join the Woden Rostrum Club to improve your public speaking and meeting management skills.  Gain confidence in speaking before a group and learn correct meeting procedures.
We are a small, friendly and supportive club that meets every second Wednesday evening at the Yamba Club in Irving Street Phillip at 7:30pm.  Visitors very welcome to come along and [...]

Images of Canberra – The Suffrage Gardens

By 30 May 2009

[First filed: May 29, 2009 @ 10:19]

Red_dog has sent in what I imagine will surprise many to learn is a local scene. It came with this note:
Attached is a A long exposure of the Centenary of Australian women’s suffrage commemorative artwork and fountain. It’s one of those many hidden gems that Canberra has to offer. [...]

Hospital Car Park called in

By 29 May 2009

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s not willing to leave the development application for the Canberra Hospital’s planned 9 storey car park at the un-tender mercies of the ACT’s planning process and he’s bringing it in for his own perusal.
Interestingly he’s made this move at Katy Gallagher’s request.
Under Section 159 of the Planning and Development [...]

Half a million Canberrans by 2050?

By 29 May 2009

The ABC reports that the ACT is now planning for a population of 500,000 by the year 2050.
75% of that is predicated on the ability of Canberrans to make more little Canberrans, the other part from immigration.
I wonder what they’re all going to drink and where they’re going to live?

Phenomenon 2009 – Canberra’s friendliest gaming convention

By 29 May 2009

Hi guys,
Just a quick reminder that online registration for Phenomenon 2009 closes at midnight tonight (Fri 29th May).
Don’t worry if you can’t make the online deadline, you can still register at the con itself on the Friday (5 June) night or Saturday (6 June) morning.
http://www.pheno.org.au
Hoping to see you all there!
Jen

Phillip Hall from Yarralumla Primary School named as a Top Teacher

By 29 May 2009

The National Excellence in Teaching Awards have been announced for 2009 and Phillip Hall from Yarralumla Primary School is carrying the flag for the ACT.
This from the media release:
Phillip recognises the special needs of students with autism and has developed systems to ensure that his students can achieve their very best. Using techniques such as [...]

Any excuse to scupper accountability of educators?

By 28 May 2009

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is leaping upon doubts raised by a single education expert Professor Brian Caldwell over publishing of school performance data.
“We expect the Education Minister to address concerns about the potential negative effects of the introduction of new testing and reporting systems that will make compiling league tables possible – a policy [...]

Join us for the RSI Association Website Launch (friday, June 5th)

By 28 May 2009

[ 5 June 2009 at 12:00 pm; ] The RSI & Overuse Injury Association of the ACT
invites you to join us as we launch our newly redesigned website
on Friday June 5th at 12pm in Room 6 at the Griffin Centre (20 Genge St, Civic)

The RSI Association website has recently had a big makeover, thanks to a grant from ACT Health. It is now [...]

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