Life & Style (4532 Stories)

Disputing a speeding fine

By 18 November 2008

Has anyone recently had the good fortune to dispute a speeding fine and be successful?
My wife recently recieved a speeding fine (from the fixed camera) on the Monaro Hwy while in the right merging lane about to enter Isabella Drive. We requested the pic and if you squint you can just make out our rego. [...]

Rubberneck? Or help?

By 18 November 2008

[First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 18:13]

This little snippet has gone up on YouTube, published by “mjguitarhero”. It comes with the following info:
saw this when me nd ma boss were delivering furniture…adelaide avenue overpass in canberra
Understandable to drive by and video? Or otherwise?

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A bike rack / free ride scam?

By 18 November 2008

In the recent discussion about bike racks on buses Miz outlined an interesting scam surrounding the current system of free bus rides for people using the bike racks on the front of ACTION buses.
I’ve heard of people getting a free ride by walking their dusty, spiderwebby (ie obviously unused and probably unride-able) bike to the [...]

Canberra is the best place to be!

By 18 November 2008

When one goes to Youtube and types “canberra” in the search field, this is the first clip that comes up: 
Marianne, be careful, you have some competition! :-) 
[ED - I'm astonished that the Live In Canberra campaign hasn't taken up the chorus "Canberra - A great place to squiz"]

Dog’s day out – A review

By 17 November 2008

[First filed: November 16, 2008 @ 15:31]

George (the kelpie of few accomplishments), has been, if not good, then at least not particularly bad lately.
So we took him to Lake Ginninderra this morning to check out the fuss of the “Dog’s Day Out”.
From the start we were immensely impressed by the organisation at a free event. [...]

Cheap Steaks – Where are they?

By 17 November 2008

I post this on behalf of my girlfriend who hasn’t created a login yet….slack!
Hello Riotacters
Please help. I’ve recently relocated to Canberra from Sydney and although I am enjoying all this fair city has to offer I have to say – WHERE’S THE STEAK?
There is steak to be had but it is extremely overpriced, we recently [...]

The Incident at Fugue Bay

By 17 November 2008

[ 30 November 2008 at 3:00 pm; ] Everyone’s invited to come along to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, enjoy a glass of wine, and hear a reading of a new locally-written play! This will be the first public reading of Trevar Alan Chilver’s latest play, The Incident at Fugue Bay.

After the reading Canberra Dramatics will celebrate 2008 with a few drinks and canapés. [...]

An unusual way to get a date

By 17 November 2008

A reader has sent this one in, as seen in the window of Guess in the Canberra Centre.
Ladies, does this appeal to any of you?
Are you ready to “apply in store”?
Got a local image you want to share with the world? Email it to
If you’re having trouble reading the notice the text reads:
NO DATE [...]

The centenary riesling hits glass

By 17 November 2008

Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced the bottling of the special edition Centenary of Canberra Riesling.
A great deal of effort has gone into selecting some of the best vintage grapes from wineries across the region to develop a great wine to mark 100 years since the Canberra-Yass district was selected as the site for the [...]

Belconnen Community Festival 2008

By 16 November 2008

[First filed: November 15, 2008 @ 16:17]

With the end of the year fast upon us so too comes the Belconnen Community Festival.
There one finds row after row of worthy institutions and Government agencies set up in little booths hoping that someone, anyone will come by and take a flyer.
A lack of shade ensures only [...]

The Curry Kebab – Not as good as you might think

By 16 November 2008

Walking to Civic tonight we were debating whether to dine at the old favourite of Ali Baba, or try the new, and nearly next door “Grill Fusion” which offers on its signage to provide kebabs AND curry.
This got us thinking that a good naan or roti bread could play host to a dryish curry forming [...]

Water Freedom Day!

By 15 November 2008

Here in the RiotBunker we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being able to wash our cars on a hot day for the first time in years.
If you too have been celebrating this rare opportunity to do things people from developed countries take for granted, then be sure to take a picture and send it in to and [...]

Unusual approach to recruitment …

By 15 November 2008

Gus’s Cafe have advertised in this morning’s CBR Times classifieds for a kitchenhand, a cook, floor staff and a barista – and specified “no experience required”!
Um, wonders, does this mean that Gus’s standards are so high that they take all recruits through rigorous training on hiring them … or that they don’t expect to [...]

Dog’s day out this Sunday

By 15 November 2008

[ 16 November 2008 at 11:00 am; ] One for the woofers.

The Chief Minister is frantically coming to grips with Territory and Municipal Services and seems determined to play the part of Mayor for the next four years.

As part of the catch up he is this morning letting us know that tomorrow is the “Dog’s Day Out” on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.

‘”From [...]

Another Canberra icon disappears – vale Allens

By 14 November 2008

Alas, fellow RiotACTers, another Canberra icon is following the Dickson Tradies Schnitzel into oblivion. Allens, purveyers of all sorts of third tier brands has been taken over by Harris Scarfe and all its stores are in the process of being re-branded. Depite its inherent dagginess, it’s always held a special place in my heart.
The [...]

Car Wash Day! We want your pictures

By 14 November 2008

For the first time in many a year tomorrow it will be legal to wash your car.
So if you are giving your pride a joy a loving sponging why not get a photo of it and send it in to us? ( )
While bikinis are welcome it’d be nice to get some prime Riot [...]

Why Canberra is not like Wollongong

By 14 November 2008

The Chief Minister is on the air on ABC radio as I write. He is once again pushing the line that Assembly interference in the planning process of his precious power station will put us on the path to Wollongong Council.
Having spent the last year living in the Illawarra, and having met a few of [...]

The ACT Australians of the Year

By 14 November 2008

Last night the ACT Australians of the Year were announced at the National Museum. The winningest Canberrans in 2009 were:

The ACT Australian of the Year 2008 is Indigenous leader Professor Michael Dodson AM.
Professor Michael Dodson is widely recognised as a proud, courageous and humble Aboriginal leader who has spent his adult life trying to explain [...]

Industry Icons dinner at CIT – with George Calombaris

By 13 November 2008

[First filed: November 13, 2008 @ 00:08]

It’s a little known secret. But a few times a year the hospitality school at the Canberra Institute of Technology runs an “Industry Icons” night when the most successful chefs in Australia come to cook with the students and present a major dinner.
Cooking experimental cuisine for 250 might seem [...]

Another view of night club fingerprinting

By 13 November 2008

New user Manhole has jumped in on September’s story about fingerprinting of customers in Sultan’s Nightclub. It was an interesting post so I’m reproducing it here:
How informed do you have to be before your opinion is worth something?
This is post number 78 and its the first to mention that the fingerprint and ID scan system [...]

Queanbeyan greenlights Tralee

By 13 November 2008

The ABC informs us that the controversial Tralee development has gained the approval of Queanbeyan Council.
The proposal is now off for sale to the highest bidder on Sussex Street before the NSW Government makes a decision.
If it goes ahead it might at some point impinge on Terry Snow’s plans to turn Canberra Airport into an [...]


By 13 November 2008

I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t suffer form hayfever. I never have, and I believed quite rightly that I would never ever.
Having said that, for some reason I have been stricken with hayfever for the last month and it’s really knocking me about due to lack of sleep, red sore eyes and [...]

Belconnen Community Festival, Sat 15 Nov — looking for volunteers

By 12 November 2008

[ 15 November 2008; ] Volunteers are needed to help support the Belconnen Festival Saturday 15 November 10am -5pm at Margaret Timpson Park, Belconnen ACT.

The Belconnen Festival hosts a full program of music and dance performance, kids’ space, arts and craft village, food stalls, youth festival, and the new Future Footprints environment and sustainability expo.

The Belconnen Festival [...]

Surely this can’t possibly work?

By 12 November 2008

I went out to the Stromlo Forest Park this morning to have a look at what they’ve done out there. It’s a very extensive community facility and, when the trees grow will probably be very beautiful.
Being the sort who likes to read plaques I was curious about the tiny writing on the pillar in the [...]

ACT does badly in AMA hospital report card.

By 12 November 2008

The Shadow Minister for Health, Jeremy Hanson, is jumping all over today’s AMA report card on public hospitals:
““The ACT remains last in the country for attending to Emergency Department patients within the recommended time. The ACT Emergency Departments’ performance on this measure has plummeted under the Stanhope Government since 2002, from top of the league [...]

Images of Canberra – Are you really?

By 12 November 2008

PigDog has sent in this picture with the following comment:
“I didn’t see the rider, so they may have been a quad amputee for all I
know, but they didn’t have a disabled sticker on the bike.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to

Armistice Day 2008

By 12 November 2008

[First filed: November 11, 2008 @ 12:32]

As the 90th anniversary of the end of most of the fighting in the first World War, today was always going to be a big day.
That the entire military and political leadership of the country (absent the GG sent to France for the day) camped out in the open [...]

Racing connected Elkie Stuart wins Fashions in the Field, says other women need to return to “classic elegance”

By 11 November 2008

[First filed: November 11, 2008 @ 09:32]
The Canberra Times reports that Elkie Stuart, 21, of Red Hill, was crowned the first “Myer Face of Canberra Racing” on Saturday night.
It’s particularly nice because she’s connected up the wazoo with Canberra Racing types, who’d have seen that coming?:
But she shouldn’t have been too surprised racing tradition is [...]

The sex industry comment wars rage on – Tess Ryan has her say

By 11 November 2008

Front page browsers will be fascinated to learn that the loquacious sex worker Tess Ryan has waded in to the raging inferno that the death of Janine Cameron has kicked off.
So here’s what Tess had to say:
Given that I spent eight years working in Canberra’s studios and still know many Canberra studio workers, I hope [...]

Wear orange to work day – 12 November

By 11 November 2008

[ 12 November 2008; ] Simon Corbell has announced that you should all be wearing orange tomorrow.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today called on Canberrans to show their support for the ACT State Emergency Service (ACT SES) tomorrow (12 November) by taking part in the annual ‘Wear Orange To Work Day’.

“This is a great opportunity for [...]

In The Can

By 11 November 2008

The week before last I had the privilege of being invited to the opening of an exhibition at the Canberra Museum titled “In The Can”.  The exhibition covers the bygone era of independent cinema in Canberra.  There are artifacts, film and photo’s from the Starlight Drive-in, to the much missed Centre Cinema & Electric Shadows, [...]

Walking Dead Attack: Selling the Capital

By 11 November 2008

A funny spoof on the new “Australia” flick on ABC Stateline.[skip to 9min:17sec]
I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks the pollies in Canberra are like the Living Dead… ”
After Canberra placed last in a survey of popular holiday destinations, Stateline asked two local production companies to come up with a pitch to promote [...]

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