Life & Style (4472 Stories)

No electricity in Charnwood! iPhone can’t post any body text!

By 25 April 2009

[ 24 April 2009 at 9:00 pm; ] [ED - Not sure what this is about but figured we'd share the desperation of the headline]

Where to find a good dress maker in Canberra?

By 24 April 2009

So I’m engaged. Which apparently comes with a few things other than a pretty ring – namely the responsibility of planning a wedding. Which comes with a few responsibilities in of itself – like a dress. Really, this association string can go on forever.
Does anyone have the name(s) of good dressmakers (seamstresses? Can you still [...]

Images of Canberra – Storm Clouds from Mt Painter

By 24 April 2009

Pommie Bastard was up on top of Mt Painter this morning and sent in this shot.
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Restaurant Review – Thai Som Tum Restaurant, Conder

By 24 April 2009

I’m happy to report that not only does Conder have a new restaurant in the form of Thai Som Tum but that it’s actually really good. 
It’s located at 17 Sidney Nolan Street and is a bit similar in decor to Lemongrass in Woden which makes me wonder whether there might be a connection. 
The service was [...]

The Canberra Plan – Not the city, but a philosophic tool

By 24 April 2009

The things we learn. Apparently in the topsy turvy world of philosophy there’s a thing called the “Canberra Plan” going around.
The all seeing eye came across a plug for a book on Naturalistic Analysis, aka “The Canberra Plan”:
Naturalistic analysis (sometimes known as “the Canberra Plan” because many of its proponents have been associated with [...]

Partying for the planet (and the kids)

By 24 April 2009

Do you like planet Earth? Ethical manufacturing? Local authors and musicians? Organic chocolate? Then come celebrate!
After almost three years trading online and at local craft and baby markets, what better time than a recession for Brindabella Baby to open a shop? Seriously… we’re making a better world for baby by making it easy and affordable [...]

Hurry Hurry Hurry! There’s a flamin sale on!

By 24 April 2009

As a public servant who works in media relations, I know a thing or two about getting a message out there. I know that if you push the same message over and over, people stop listening.
A few big retailers in Canberra obviously don’t know this as every week, another ad screams there’s a sale [...]

NinaRibena’s Higgins home makes Home Beautiful

By 23 April 2009

Canberra local NinaRibena (aka Lisa Barrett) has shown she really does have style, with her humble Higgins abode featuring in this month’s Home Beautiful magazine.
Her home is a display of colour, with a palette including bold reds and muted greens bordered by clean white. Her eclectic style also includes plenty of pattern and texture, with [...]

Anzac Day buses.

By 23 April 2009

Chief Minister Stanhope has explained the plans for free bus transport to the Anzac Day dawn service, and excellent idea considering the parking mayhem around the memorial as the event gets ever-bigger.
“Canberrans planning to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service are urged to use the special ACTION bus services,” Mr Stanhope said. “Free services will [...]

More kids falling over

By 23 April 2009

If there’s one thing we like it’s kids falling off skateboards. Thebigsteaz has posted this fine example of the genre on Youtube.
Anyone want to place the locales?

Images of Canberra – Autumn in Commonwealth Park

By 23 April 2009

Rod has sent in this beauty shot in Commonwealth Park.
Because the RiotACT format is not necessarily kind to wide photographs try clicking on it to gain the full effect.
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Having another think about the Melbourne Cup holiday

By 23 April 2009

Well we gave it a go. Instead of getting drunk in the office on Melbourne Cup day instead we had to spend it with our families and most people were not fans of the change.
John Hargreaves is now asking for community input as to what we should do with the public holiday now that the [...]


By 23 April 2009

I recently had a pretty bad Sausage and Egg Mcmuffin at McDonalds Braddon. I’ve attached a picture and my complaint letter.
Anyone else had dodgy food there?
Dear Mr McDonald, Ever eaten something mouldy, past its used by date or undercooked? For the next few hours you sit and wait anxiously hoping not to vomit or have a [...]

Bye Bye Sue’s Kitchen

By 23 April 2009

Just letting fellow RiotACTers that Sue’s Kitchen (Vietnamese) in Scullin has changed hands. In fact it’s turning CHINESE.
I will miss going there. It was great for a quick, cheap meal and Sue always made you feel very welcome as did her daughter.
Has anyone tried the Vietnamese at Watson shops… I think there’s a family connection [...]

Farewell the Belconnen Bus Interchange

By 23 April 2009

[First filed: April 22, 2009 @ 14:55]

These are the final days of one of the ugliest and most dismal buildings ever erected (and made worse by slovenly maintenance post self government).
The Belconnen Bus Interchange is finally being torn down.
On a cold and gray day I went to one of the world’s coldest and grayest buildings [...]

Images of Canberra – Turning leaves around Lake Ginninderra

By 22 April 2009

Pommie Bastard has sent in this picture, which he took this morning at the John Knight Memorial Park (possibly Canberra’s best picnic spot) on the shore of Lake Ginninderra.
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The smell of Emily – tales from the city

By 22 April 2009

[First filed: April 22, 2009 @ 10:03]

I came across this yesterday while walking past Allawa Court, the really sketchy flats to the north of Civic.
I’ve never walked that way before so I have no idea how long it’s been there. I just thought it was desperately sweet.
If you’re having trouble seeing it, it reads:
“Feni loves [...]

Want to be like Josh Lyman?

By 22 April 2009

The ANU brings word that, for those of you with better than average tertiary qualifications, a chance is coming up to fulfill every West Wing fan’s dream, to be more like Josh Lyman.
In particular they’re holding an information session on how to apply for the next round of Fulbright Scholarships:
An information session on Fulbright Scholarships [...]

Other shopping malls line up to put the boot into the Canberra Centre

By 22 April 2009

The Canberra Times informs us that the other shopping malls in Canberra are kicking some easy goals on the back of the Canberra Centre’s Sunday Pay Parking:
Westfield shopping centres and The G in Gungahlin said they could not foresee it happening. The Tuggeranong Hyperdome did not comment on its plans.
The G centre manager, Julie [...]

Reality TV in reality – RSPCA Animal Rescue

By 22 April 2009

RSPCA Animal Rescue (Tuesday nights on Prime) is a great way to raise awareness about animal welfare but I do wonder if people realise how different the situation in the ACT is to that of NSW. 
Obviously, NSW is a much bigger organisation which deals with a larger population.  It has more money, more staff, [...]

Can’t be bothered to run in the Mother’s Day Classic? Support run4mum girl instead…

By 22 April 2009

Check out these videos from a local Canberra bike-rider turned runner. 
If she gets to $3000 in sponsorship she’ll make another one of her hilarious videos.
Get her to $10000 and she’ll wear the whole pink outfit during the Mother’s Day Classic.

The case of Karyn Costello

By 22 April 2009

Steve Dozspot is raising a hue and cry over the case of Karyn Costello who has, apparently, been living in hospital for two years because her disabilities have on into the “too hard basket”.
“Ms Costello has been confined to a wheelchair, forced to wait since 2007 in Canberra Hospital for a Disability ACT Individual Support [...]

Questacon + school holidays = hell

By 22 April 2009

Look, I knew Questacon during school holidays would be crowded and hot. Have BTDT. What I had forgotten about were the feral children. The kids that run around all the exhibits without a parent in sight. The 3 and 4 year olds who come and slap the buttons on the exhibit thing my family and [...]

ACT Government looking to buy out Calvary Hospital

By 21 April 2009

It’s been a little mad that for a number of years one of Canberra’s two public hospitals has been privately owned.
The ABC informs us that our Government is now planning to sort this out by buying the hospital from the Little Company of Mary.
The LCM would then build a new private hospital, which would also [...]

Help Fix My Cold Feet

By 20 April 2009

Well it’s nearly Anzac Day and I’ve been faithfully informed that this historic milestone also marks the first day of the year that I can wear my wooly sheepskin boots down to Woolies without being labelled a sook (well, ‘sook’ wasn’t the word used, but I couldn’t find the word he used in the Oxford, [...]

Images of Canberra – Balloons, Reflections, Telstrayama, and a Yacht

By 20 April 2009

KimF has sent in this beauty from a couple of years ago for our Images of Canberra series.
If only there was some way to shoe-horn the Parliament House flagpole into the shot we’d have a full house!
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Demise of Belconnen Family Practice

By 20 April 2009

I just called Belconnen Family Practice to make an appointment to see my doctor, only to be told he is deceased and the Practice no longer exists as of March 27… Now I have to find a new Doctor, as the practice which has taken all the patient files seems to have little interest in [...]

Ingebra free range egg site back online

By 20 April 2009

The server was attacked where the site was being held so had to be rebuilt and is now up and running again.
Approx 60 hens are available for backyard layers July ’09. Part proceed of sales go to the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.

2009 National Folk Festival – Fresh Images Online

By 20 April 2009

Images from the 2009 National Folk Festival held last weekend over Easter have been placed online at Lushpup Images.
Follow the links (Galleries > Music) from the home page. Featured artists include Rapskallion, The Rhythm Hunters, Ange Takats and many memorable images from the 2009 National.
Also some great shots of the quite mad but [...]

Anzac day trading

By 20 April 2009

The ABC is having a poke at the subject of businesses trading on Anzac Day.
It appears there isn’t much of a problem here in Canberra, although across the border some big chains are applying for exemptions to NSW’s weirdly archaic trading hour laws to let them do business on the morning.
I know many dawn service [...]

TWU wants more de-briefs for ambos.

By 20 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a bare stub on concerns raised by the Transport Workers Union that their ambulance officering members aren’t getting de-briefed after stressful jobs.
Union ACT official Ben Sweaney said they were receiving increasing numbers of stress-related complaints from officers, many feeling they were not given adequate support after attending distressing call-outs.
Something they [...]

Images of Canberra – Storm Comes over Mt. Coree

By 19 April 2009

[First filed: April 17, 2009 @ 15:00]

OzPhoenix has sent in another picture for our Images of Canberra series with the following note:
This was taken on the 14th March 2009 from the top of Coree as the afternoon storms started to hit Canberra. The shot is facing somewhat North, so to the right of view is [...]

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