Life & Style (4590 Stories)

Canberra Australia’s Greenest Airport? Ha!

By 7 February 2009

At 1.15pm yesterday I was driving along the new overbridge on Piallago Avenue at the airport and noticed that they had about half a dozen sprinkers on watering the new baby shoots along the bridge’s new embankment. 
Not only were the sprinklers in use at the heat of the day, which I think would be [...]

Waving the kids across at the intersection of La Perouse St and Carnegie Cres

By 6 February 2009

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Just so that you all know – in having my latest rant I am not seeking confirmation/affirmation: I KNOW I am RIGHT.
The intersection of La Perouse St and Carnegie Cres is not a fun place to negotiate at Peak Minute. It has at least one traffic accident per term, with plenty of sacrificial offerings [...]

Cocktails in Canberra

By 6 February 2009

Does anyone know of anywhere that serves good cocktails in Canberra?
I’m looking for a somewhat classy place, classier than Mooseheads or the Labor Club.

It’s doctor search time again

By 6 February 2009

I need a new GP. I have been diagnosed with a few chronic and autoimmune illnesses, and these are being managed by a doctor in Sydney,  but obviously I can’t go to Sydney every time I have a cold or whathaveyou. I don’t feel comfortable going to my old GP as they have been of [...]

Where and why: Major retaillers

By 6 February 2009

Where do you shop in Canberra and why?
As the economy heads for tougher times ahead, there is much talk around Canberra about the unsustainable number of major retailers competing for our business in a relatively small market.
Some say that we’ll see some well known stores close, others merge and significant change overall in the local [...]

Incompatible food preferences – where to eat?

By 5 February 2009

This is a really delicate problem and I hesitate raising it, but am doing so in the hope that others share the shame…
When I go out for a meal, I look for healthy, low-fat, low-carb food that doesn’t include red meat. 
My partner’s idea of a perfect meal is sausages, peas, carrots & cheesey-creamy mashed potatoes [...]

How much for a ham roll?

By 5 February 2009

A work colleague went off  to buy a sandwich at a London circuit café and came back and told me that her ham, rocket, tomato and cheese roll cost over $8.
As an  infrequent buyer of  lunch I thought that was a bit steep. Is that  the going rate for a pretty average (not gourmet) [...]

RSI Treatment – What works?

By 5 February 2009

[ 26 February 2009 at 12:15 pm; ] The RSI & Overuse Injury Association of the ACT presents guest speaker Dr Deepak Sharan, who has successfully treated thousands of RSI patients from around the world at his clinic in India and will talk about what works in the treatment of overuse injury.

Thursday 26th February, 12:15pm, Room 7, Griffin Centre, Canberra City

RSVP and [...]

World does owe you a living

By 5 February 2009

The Canberra Times brings the strange news that you can now sue the Government for being poor.
“Dr Helen Watchirs launched a report yesterday on low-income households’ living costs, saying she ”wouldn’t be surprised” if evicted tenants aired their grievances in court should public agencies make it hard for them to meet the costs of living.
Dr [...]

Gungahlin Police Station finally fully operational

By 5 February 2009

The ABC brings word that the long held dream of wind-swept Gungahlin has finally come to pass. They’re getting a 24 hour police station.
The ACT Police Minister Simon Corbell says the around the clock operation fulfils an election commitment to Gungahlin residents.
Mr Corbell says the change will mean an extra 24 police officers and [...]

How to cross the road in the City

By 5 February 2009

After many years and magically overnight, the ACT Government has now provided us with essential help and directions detailing how one should go about crossing the road from most footpath crossings in the City by marking “LOOK” on the road immediately in front of the crossing. 
Two questions came to mind when I encounted them this morning: I wonder if we [...]

Jumper at National Capital Hospital

By 4 February 2009

Word reaches us that there’s a “jumper” at the National Capital Hospital right now.
More news on this as it comes to hand.
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UPDATED: Readers will, I am sure, be pleased to know that after a 6 hour incident the man in question was talked safely down off the roof. I hear he was a [...]

Local movie trailer – Dark Souls

By 4 February 2009

Here’s a trailer for a soon to be released Canberra made movie. Ozhair has posted it on YouTube with the following note:

Trailer for Caliburn Productions low-budget supernatural thriller, “Dark Souls”, featuring Leah Baulch, Dallas Bland, Clare Martin, Will Huang and Soren Jensen. Directed by Patrick J Gallagher. Filmed on location in Canberra, Australia.
Due for release [...]

Caroline Le Couteur gets on the Green Square grass

By 4 February 2009

Back in November we had a look at another piece of ACT Government unpleasantness relating to Kingston’s Green Square.
Now the Green’s Caroline Le Couteur is going in to bat for the important piece of community amenity, and she’s wise to the ACT Government’s wicked ways:
“The area is called Green Square because of the green square [...]

Can Canberra step up to host the Pony Fair?

By 4 February 2009

[First filed: February 04, 2009 @ 08:30]

The My Little Pony Trading Post (MLPTP to those in the know) has the exciting news that Canberra is hard in the running (with Sydney and Melbourne) to host the Australian Pony Fair.
Following the recent polls on where the Australian Pony Fair should be held this year, we have [...]

Circus themed O-Week

By 4 February 2009

Despite being promised that voluntary student unionism meant the end of O-Week festivities, the ANU News informs us that the week starting 16 February will see a circus themed celebration.
Many events are free but some require tickets. Make sure you’re in Union Court on Monday 16 February for the O-Week Launch, because amidst the [...]

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 3 – 2CA and the Canberra Theatre

By 4 February 2009

This is the third part of a series of photographs taken by RiotACT reader Old Canberran on his Kodak Box Brownie in 1948.
These ones came in with the following note:
I have attached pics of the original 2CA office at 4 Mort Street and the Civic Theatre at 6 Mort Street. 2 Mort Street (Cnr [...]

Quamby to be the new nuthouse?

By 4 February 2009

The ABC reports that the shut down youth detention facility of Quamby is now a political football with world+dog having ideas about what it should be used for.
I was particularly struck by this idea:
But Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan has suggested the former Quamby site be used as an interim forensic mental health facility once [...]

Protesters give up on High court, move to Parliament House.

By 3 February 2009

Apparently not content with invading the High Court, at least a dozen protesters have now given it to Rudd in during the first parliamentary question time of the year by screaming “Stop the intervention, human rights for all” from the public gallery.
The protesters also chanted the slogans “Shame ALP” and “Reinstate the RDA”, referring to [...]

What’s happening at ABC TV Canberra weather?

By 3 February 2009

Enough is enough, when it comes to the on-screen stuff-ups in the weather news at ABC TV Canberra – and I am not referring to Mark Carmody!
Rather, the constant errors in the on-screen temperature figures and graphics that have been plaguing the weather news bulletins on ABC TV’s Canberra news service for months and months [...]

Should something be done about traded Nazi gear in Canberra?

By 3 February 2009

The Canberra Times has a piece on the roaring trade in Nazi memorabilia being done at the Canberra Antiques Centre in Fyshwick by one Virgo Lentzkow.
“The Canberra Antiques Centre in Fyshwick hosts a collection of Third Reich memorabilia which includes Iron Cross badges, flags and swastika-emblazoned daggers…
Mr Lentzkow, who owns the collection in the Fyshwick [...]

Canberra house prices up during December quarter

By 3 February 2009

Based on the latest ABS stats, it seems house prices rose on average during the December quarter, although the yearly average was down about 4%.
Will be interesting to see where this goes.
How are people finding things out there?

More consultation for Bunda Street

By 3 February 2009

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Back in October 2008 John Hargreaves announced a quickie round of consultation before he splurged $4 million on the increasingly cosmopolitan Bunda St in Civic.
Jon Stanhope is now asking the community to come down and have their say about the plans tomorrow at Crowne Plaza.
ACT Government representatives will be at the Crowne [...]

Aww, crap! (Deterring dog muck)

By 3 February 2009

My dining room offers a commanding view of my front nature strip and I enjoy my breakfast of a morning watching the human and canine traffic walk by.
However, I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by one particular bloke who insists on allowing his two dogs to defecate on my nature strip.
This morning I swear he looked straight [...]

Kingsford Smith Mega School ready to go

By 3 February 2009

[First filed: January 30, 2009 @ 14:45]

Andrew Barr has proudly announced the on time and under-budget opening of the new preschool to year 10 Kingsford Smith School in West Belconnen.
“Kingsford Smith School will be able to accommodate approximately 1,100 students with up to 110 teaching and ancillary staff. Enrolment will be in stages, beginning in [...]

Calling young-up-and-coming Canberra Fashion designers

By 2 February 2009

Hi everyone,
I’m looking for some local fashion design talent to use their creations in some photographic shoots I have coming up over the next few months.. Images will be provided to the designers and they are very welcome to participate in the shoots. In particular, I’d like to get in touch with some of the [...]

Mini Skips in Canberra

By 2 February 2009

I am looking at Hiring a mini-skip for a week or so but have heard mixed reports on who is good or who are pathetic. 
I have aloso been told that there is quite a large variance between companies and the charges that they charge. 
What experience have other Riot ers had in the past whether [...]

St John Ambulance in the ACT?

By 2 February 2009

Connected to the thread about the demise of the Children’s Bicycle Education Centre, is a question I have about St John Ambulance in the ACT.
The Belconnen division of St John Ambulance used to meet and train at the said bike ed centre in Belconnen; presumably they have now made other arrangements, or has the [...]

Otters at the Canberra Zoo

By 2 February 2009

[First filed: February 01, 2009 @ 07:15]

On YouTube “Cheesetoasters” has enriched our lives with video of Canberra’s otters at play in the National Zoo and Aquarium.
Forget white lions, otters steal the show every time.

Live music doomed again?

By 2 February 2009

The Canberra Times is running what feels like the annual doom and gloom piece declaring the death of live music due to urban infill.
It’s a story that needs to be approached with some caution. Some of the doom is things that haven’t actually happened. And some of the gloom is for things like the end [...]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre

By 1 February 2009

Where the interim National Musuem of Australia building was, at Yarramundi Reach, is now an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre (in Lady Denman Drive). It is a fantastic location, very central, right on the lake, with beautiful vistas across grassland to the lake and hills and mountains beyond.
Unfortunately, it has never been open [...]

Bicycle Education Centre?

By 1 February 2009

I know it was a quaint vestige from a bygone era, but what has happened to the Australian Federal Police’s Bicycle Education Centre in Belconnen?
I drove past there yesterday (Rae Street) and noticed that all the education centre signage is gone, and that it is very unkempt looking with weeds and long grass everywhere. It [...]

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