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Photography in Canberra – what else is out there?

By 13 June 2009

Apart from the obvious landmarks and tourist destinations, where are Canberra’s best, and less photographed, locations to shoot? Where are our ‘hidden gems’?
Landscape, architecture, abstract, people, flora, fauna, day, night - I’m interested in anything and everything as a subject.

What to do with a Diplomat who goes on a demolition Derby in Woden?

By 13 June 2009

This afternoon at the Hellenic Club in Woden, a car decided that it would be fun to shunt other cars in the carpark and drive off.  Unfortunatly he was apprehended by two public servants who managed to get his details before he fled the scene and in the process hit another car. 
When this gentlemen was [...]

What’s happening with Wilsons Organics?

By 13 June 2009

I have been driving past once a week in the hopes that the doors will be open once again for trade  but so far, no luck.
They have been closed for renovations for over a year now, does anybody know whats going on and when  this great little organic grocer will be open again?

Is that the new intercha… Oh hang on!

By 12 June 2009

Just came across this chestnut on centre stage at Westfield in Belconnen. Although a simple bit of public mischief, it must have taken some work. Think of the planning involved!
Step One: Hate new Belconnen arrangements, means I can’t get to my mundane office job as easily as before.
Step Two: Taking a [...]

Aus vs Italy @ Bruce – what can I bring?

By 12 June 2009

I’ll be braving the cold with the rest of the throng at the Wallabies’ first game in Canberra in nine years, but I’ve never been to a game out at Bruce, and I’m wondering what I can expect in terms of food/beverage prices and quality. I’m assuming lukewarm pies and flat beer in plastic cups, [...]

Photo doctoring in real estate advertising

By 12 June 2009

Perusing a newish listing on Allhomes recently I was somewhat perplexed at the appearance of a front “lawn”. Was it fake grass? Was the photo taken back in the days before water restrictions? No, I think it’s been altered.
Here’s two views of the same lawn…

According to Real Estate Institute of Australia guidelines “Representations made by [...]

Sorry, but I disagree … The The is nothing to be ashamed of

By 12 June 2009

Back in the days before JJJ entirely lost its soul, it heaved and sweated and gave birth to a poll … the JJJ Hottest 100.
In the first couple of years you could vote for any song without restrictions … hence Joy Division won the first two years straight with the sublime Love Will Tear Us [...]

Pig sniffle blues

By 12 June 2009

How is the pig flu going down at your workplace?
I have my hands tied behind my back at mine. Sick teens coughing their mucus all over the place, no recourse. Just let them cough and sniff and snot their bodily fluids  where-ever they choose.  Yummy.  Meanwhile they all share drinks, lip gloss, iPod ear buds [...]

Con artist alert

By 11 June 2009

Yes, I am a sucker for just handing a perfect stranger money, but I like to assume not everyone is a con artist.
Anyway, just now in Manuka a young man in a suit (looking perfectly professional) ran up to me very distraught, saying his girlfriend had just been in a car accident, was at [...]

Pregnancy Seminar – preparing for birth, regaining your figure, and what to do with a baby…

By 11 June 2009

[ 16 June 2009 at 12:00 pm; ] Saw this on email yesterday… the website is here.

Free Pregnancy Seminar

Tuesday 16th June 2009
12 noon for 1 hour
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT

Guest speakers on topics including: Keeping fit during pregnancy, Preparing for birth, Regaining your figure, How to use baby slings, the latest and greatest products on the market and more!

Fabulous Prizes, Free Showbags full [...]

Inner North SEE-Change presents: Winter-wising your Windows

By 11 June 2009

[ 22 June 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] Windows can be a major source of heat loss on cold Canberra nights.

Single glazed windows can be up to 10 times worse at insulating, when compared to the same area of standard wall material. 

So what are the options when it comes to Window Insulation?

Whether you are a renter or a homeowner, come learn [...]

.. And Cyclists Wonder Why They Get Such A Hard Time in Canberra?

By 11 June 2009

Driving my merry way to work this morning, doing the speed limit, I was shocked when a cyclist appeared out of nowhere right in front of me, having not stopped at the side of the road to give way like he should have.
After I slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting him, he then [...]

H1N1 Hits Florey Primary

By 10 June 2009

Word reaches us that Florey Primary has a confirmed case of the H1N1 Human Swine Flu in the kindergarten unit.
Kids in that three class unit all sent home for three days pending the outcome of tests.

Boer War Memorial seeking your help to raise funds

By 10 June 2009

With six Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians and around a thousand dead it is a little strange that there’s no memorial on Anzac Parade to Australia’s first war, the Boer War. Some might blame Breaker Morant.
If you want to know more there’s a Boer War Memorial organisation website they have got a spot marked out [...]

Ghost hunter group?

By 10 June 2009

I’m looking to meet up with a group or possibly even form a group of people whom are interested in the paranormal.
My boyfriend and I enjoy visiting haunted locations and taking photographs and footage and reviewing them for anything out of the ordinary. We haven’t been successful so far, but had a ball visiting Monte Cristo [...]

What do you do with a baby?

By 10 June 2009

OK, so I have no exposure to children and my best friend is now in possession of her first child.
Social occasions for us have always been a couple (or more) beers somewhere or maybe watching a game of footy or playing some pool.
I need some help with what sort of things we can do together [...]

ACT picks up $140 million in P21 loot

By 10 June 2009

Andrew Barr has proudly announced that Canberra’s schools have picked up $140 million in stage two of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century program (more memorably referred to as P21).

Sixty seven schools across the ACT will receive funding to build major infrastructure such as new libraries, multi-purpose halls, classrooms, assembly halls and performing arts [...]

Canberra 1959 – In Colour!

By 10 June 2009

[First filed: June 09, 2009 @ 10:47]

Janed has been digitizing her father’s slides and sent in these ones for your enjoyment.
They were taken in 1959 in Civic and on the top of Red Hill. The orange clad lady is Jane’s mum.
Slideshow below.

Lies, damn lies, statistics, and worst of all health statistics

By 10 June 2009

So once again we enter the interminable world of health statistics with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare announcing the release of the Australian hospital statistics 2007–08.
Health Minister Katy Gallagher would have us believe that the report card is straight A’s:
The latest hospital statistics show the ACT Government’s continued investment in the [...]

Sometimes it’s about you

By 10 June 2009

The Canberra Times brings word of the end of an era in Canberra legal matters with Michael Firestone’s epic and voluminous disability complaint against the ANU finally being dismissed.
Mr Firestone, a former PhD linguistics student, alleged the university discriminated against him when it kicked him out for harassing students and staff and again when [...]

Government caves on disability funding of private schools?

By 10 June 2009

Back at the end of April I was astonished that Steve Doszpot was pushing for the Government to take over the provision of disabilities in private schools.
I went so far as to label it the most pointless whinge in history and this morning it appears I was wrong.
I still maintain that for the long term [...]

Has anyone been called re government survey on Canberra sports facilities ie Manuka Oval V Canberra Stadium

By 10 June 2009

I was called yesterday and asked to complete a government survey on Manuka Oval and Canberra Stadium, now as I am a sporting fan I was happy to provide my views and found the survey quite interesting.
Many of the questions were loaded towards a particular response (as per most surveys) and I found the “What [...]

The words of the prophet are written on the junction boxes?

By 9 June 2009

Someone’s been scrawling this on bits of urban infrastructure around town.
Others will disagree but me, I want to say thank you.
On the darker days I’ve found it something of a comfort to round a corner and take some advice.

Hospital car park call in questioned

By 9 June 2009

The ABC brings word of some rowdiness in Assembly estimates hearings over the decision of the ACT Government to terminate the planning approval process for the new carpark at Canberra Hospital.
Andrew Barr is refusing to have anything to do with the estimates committee but Katy Gallagher is defending the decision:
Health Minister Katy Gallagher says she [...]

Hairdressers specialising in Blonde?

By 9 June 2009

I know there was a recent ‘hairdressers’ post but I am hoping people might have a recommendation for a hairdresser that specialises in blonde?
My wonderful hairdresser moved to Melbourne and I tried a new place over the weekend that I am less than impressed with – I have a lovely stripe across my head [...]

Want to know more about Roller Derby? Here’s your chance

By 9 June 2009

[ 25 June 2009 at 8:00 pm; 30 June 2009 at 8:00 pm; ]

I find that a surprising number of the interesting and beautiful women of my acquaintance have signed up with the Canberra Roller Derby League.

So if you haven’t already had a look and want to be at least vicariously interesting and beautiful it might be worth getting along to one of their upcoming information nights.

This from [...]

UnPaultry poultry at EPIC

By 9 June 2009

[First filed: June 08, 2009 @ 14:06]

While a more intimate and boutique event than last year, the Royal Canberra Poultry Show continues to be a source of delight to my family. The range of chook shapes and sizes is remarkable. Well worth the $3 admission.
With some of the birds, their raptor ancestors are [...]

Just 175 firework complaints over the weekend?

By 9 June 2009

The Canberra Times reports that, despite the chardonnay sipping classes uniting against the proletarian pleasure of lighting off fireworks in a concerted media campaign, they only managed to lodge 175 complaints over the weekend.
I’m pretty sure that from my backyard I saw more houses joining in the fun side of it on Sunday night.
And while [...]

Who pays? The cost of government decisions

By 9 June 2009

RSPCA ACT, for the first time ever if I’m not mistaken, was open for extended hours over the long weekend to manage the influx of lost and injured animals as a result of fireworks usage.  Now before you zone out, I’m not raising this in order to debate the banning of fireworks.  I think we [...]

Whatever happened to…….?

By 9 June 2009

I was just thinking of some Canberrans whose fame lasted slightly longer than Mal Meninga’s political career.  Wondering where they are now.  Some suggestions below, I’m sure there must be lots more
Jacqui Rees whose opposition to everything scored plenty of Canberra Times publicity and appearances on ABC tv ( a role since taken over by [...]

Mobile discos in Canberra. Anyone used one lately?

By 9 June 2009

I’m planning an event and need a mobile disco to provide entertainment.
Have any of you got any recommendations or warnings about local mobile discos and their DJs?

Congratulations to the honours winners

By 8 June 2009

Being the Queen’s Birthday we not only get spectacular fireworks displays to share with our nearest and dearest, but some of us get extra initials to put after our names.
The official website lists 55 ACT residents amongst the winners of honours and our Chiefly Leader has congratulated the ones he sees as being particularly special.
Here’s [...]

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