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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 [...]

Best views?

By 8 June 2009

Hi all, 
Wife and I are curious to know which suburbs / streets have the best views in Canberra?
In particular, which areas have the best vews out to the West / south of canberra looking out over the Brindabellas?
Thanks!

Where and how to get dirty?

By 8 June 2009

I am considering buying a motor trail bike (something like a Suzuki DR-Z 250) and would like to hear from trail bike riders about good places to ride round Gungahlin area (dirt roads, tracks and open areas). Ideally I would like to join a trail riding group for day and/or weekend trips around the ACT.
It’s been a while since riding dirt [...]

Mountain Biking in Canberra under threat?

By 6 June 2009

With mountain biking gaining a higher profile in Canberra, enthusiasts may not realise how threatened it is.  
If bushfires weren’t bad enough. One of the major drawcards for Canberra MTBing is its diversity, with great trails at Stromlo, Kowen, Majura, and Sparrow.  Three of these four fields are now facing potential development.  I will say now [...]

History lesson – Cotter Dam

By 6 June 2009

YouTube, thanks to “spinningreel” has thrown up a gem of a 6 minute doco on the history of the Cotter dam.
So many things I did not know about all the infrastructure out there.
And so re-assuring to see that cockups are nothing new.

Canberra’s biggest eyesore?

By 6 June 2009

This morning on the radio they were talking about Australia’s biggest eyesore (which happened to be Surfers Paradise).
It got me thinking about Canberra’s biggest eyesore. This morning the favourites were the Belconnen Shopping Mall and the National Art Museum.
So what is Canberra’s Biggest eyesore? Could it be the various art pieces popping up around Canberra? [...]

Retreat beaten by pig sniffles

By 5 June 2009

The Chinese Xinhua agency (of all places) reports that Duntroon has had to cancel the annual beating of the retreat parade because a cadet has come down with the pig sniffles.
The defense department on Friday said one cadet at the Canberra college, which trains officers for the army, had tested positive for the virus.
A [...]

Kingston lakeside Food Caravan

By 5 June 2009

Driving beside the lake down Kingston way last night, just before the Old Bus Depot Markets, I noticed a food caravan has set up shop right near the shoreline.
How long has it been there, does it have a name and, most importantly, is the food any good?

I never realised they could advertise so openly.

By 5 June 2009

As seen at the Yarralumla nursery.
And here I was thinking it was only decriminalised to grow in small amounts.

Unwarranted speeding fines at Northbourne/London Circuit?

By 5 June 2009

Has anyone recently received a speeding fine for the Northbourne/London Circuit intersection?  I recieved four speeding fines in the last month. FOUR! 
I do not speed.  I have had my driver’s licence for 8 years and in that time I have never received a speeding fine, because I do not speed.
On May 14, 15, 19 and 24 I [...]

RiotAct breakfast mushrooms

By 4 June 2009

Whilst perusing the breakfast menu for Café in the House I could not help but notice something a little unusual included with the sweetcorn fritters.
Great to see that some businesses around town read reviews that the public write.
Now.. if only we could do something about the Ginger Catering’s adverts…
[ED - We can only hope they're [...]

Burnouts, Boobs and Bankruptcy

By 4 June 2009

Chic Henry is stepping up the cat and mouse game, having sent the company that runs Summernats into voluntary liquidation.
The ABC have the full details here – apparently EPIC are owed in excess of $200,000. Surprisingly, tickets for Summernats 2010 are still on sale – but who’s buying them?

Spinal specialist

By 4 June 2009

To cut a long story short – I had a wee accident last year which resulted in fractures to 2 of my verterbrae and scoliosis.  The accident took place in the UK and I was lucky enough to be near a specialist spine unit for my treatment.
What I am asking is if there is a [...]

Dozspot to end bullying?

By 4 June 2009

The Liberal Steve Dozspot’s pom pom girls often ascribe amazing powers to him.
But his latest media release suggests he too subscribes to this thinking.
The headline promises a great deal:
DOSZPOT TO TACKLE BULLYING IN ACT SCHOOLS
A tall order for a shadow minister. And through what mechanism is he going to solve a problem that’s been with [...]

Love in a time of Victorians

By 4 June 2009

So apparently Victoria is a seething hotbed of pig sniffles.
And some in the community are afeared of all the school groups of Victorians bringing this affliction to the National Capital.
So if you are a moronic bedwetter then definitely be worried about it.

Consultation kicks off for mental health facilities

By 3 June 2009

Katy Gallagher is throwing herself on a grenade and kicking off consultation for the location of new mental health facilities.
Everyone wants more mental health facilities. Almost no-one wants them in the neighbourhood.
Of particular interest will be this one:
The ACT Government had identified three potential sites to locate the secure mental health facility, including:
– Gungahlin Block [...]

The sod, turned! in Casey!

By 3 June 2009

With Cleverclogs sending in a photo I felt inspired to pass on the Chiefly One’s enthusiasm for the new suburb of Casey. He can be seen here starting work for it with his shiny shovel.
The great enthusiasm for Casey is that 22% of the blocks are considered to be “affordable” as opposed to the mandated [...]

Tagging churches?

By 3 June 2009

I turned up at the Russian Church in Narrabundah two weeks ago and a large graffiti tag had appeared on the front entrance. 
Clearly this artist was looking for somewhere to express him/herself, but it would’ve been nice if he/she had’ve found somewhere else.
I must admit I’m a fan of calligraphic art, but not [...]

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 / [...]

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