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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, [...]

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 [...]

Child Care Centres – Who’s watching?

By 18 April 2009

My child has been in full time daycare for the past year in a centre in Belconnen. The care is good, nothing I can complain about, and the staff are friendly and stable.
The centre was sold to some people who owned other centres around Canberra and Sydney around mid 2008. During Jan 2009 we [...]

Canberra’s first Cult film night!

By 18 April 2009

Hi everyone,
Penny Dreadful films are teaming up with the ACT Filmmakers Network in delivering the best in underground cult and sleazy cinema to Canberra. In the next couple of months a venue will be named and also the mid 2009 selection.
Expect to be shocked! appauled! sickened! and most of all entertained!
The aim of the project is to [...]

Minque learns to never mess with Sikhs

By 18 April 2009

The Canberra Times has an interesting piece on the cloddish management of Manuka’s Minque who have been forced to make a grovelling apology.
Minque nightclub is sorry about what it did to Kanwal Preet Singh Pamwa, and it is going to say so in a national newspaper.
The sikh man who was thrown out of the [...]

Street Soccer anyone?

By 17 April 2009

Had the following in from the The Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program:
What is the Street Soccer Program?
The street soccer program is a unique initiative of the Big Issue that gives people a chance to change their lives through participation in soccer.
Who does the Street Soccer Program target?
The program targets people in [...]

Barton protesting?

By 17 April 2009

Does any one know what is going on at DFAT?
There seems to be a big protest happening.
[Ed - I believe the Tamils are still complaining about losing their war]

The continuing eucalypt menace…

By 17 April 2009

[First filed: April 01, 2009 @ 15:05]

On the corner of Cox and Campbell Streets in Ainslie is one of the biggest trees I’ve ever seen in an urban environment.
Anyway it’s not quite so big any more.
My estimate is at least 10 tonnes of timber came down onto the road when this thing came down.
Also for [...]

The European Menace

By 17 April 2009

I briefly heard her deputy chiefliness on ABC this morning responding to a caller concerned about the rapid rise in the population of European wasps.  I remember when they were first detected in Canberra, and there was great concern to eradicate them wherever possible.  Well, it hasn’t worked.
I had breakfast in Manuka last weekend, and it [...]

Diagnosis? Canberra Hospital has a heart

By 17 April 2009

My father died of cancer last year. 
Yesterday I received a letter from Dr Khurana (Canberra Hospital Neurosurgery) offering condolences. 
Throughout my father’s treatment, the often stressed staff at Canberra Hospital remained sympathetic and supportive, even when my father became cranky and irritable.  This letter from Dr Khurana adds to my conviction that we Canberrans [...]

More Burger van stuff – Brodburgers

By 17 April 2009

Stopped in to try the new food van on Bowen Drive, south bound (in the small carpark where the swans and ducks get a free feed).  I’d rate the burger – super lean beef, salsa, leafy greens, swiss cheese – as a 10/10 for quality, and at $9 6.5/10 for value.
Although the place doesn’t seen [...]

Canberra Graff (part one)

By 16 April 2009

The magic of YouTube brings part one of pankrialsteve’s survey of graffiti around Canberra, complete with the following note:
Some of the better pieces from around Canberra and the ACT.
Part two should be coming soon…
P.S If you know of any spots in the ACT that you would like to see in the next video, let me [...]

What is the Ainslie Arts Centre for?

By 16 April 2009

Here’s an interesting tidbit from this week’s Culturazi newsletter:
Ainslie Arts Centre Out of Action
Inquiring recently whether I could hire a room at the Ainslie Arts Centre, I was first directed to Canberra Youth Music who were acting as centre management, only to find they’d recently relinquished control back to ArtsACT. Ringing the ArtsACT contact, I [...]

Garema Place screen busted and aint getting fixed

By 16 April 2009

CityNews have an interesting piece on the general decrepitude of Canberra, particularly Garema Place.
DESPITE researching clear community benefits, the ACT Government is in no hurry to replace the screen and broken canopy in Garema Place with a digital one.
The original screen was intended also to be used as a canopy, tilting to cover performers [...]

Free whooping cough vaccine to combat negligent parents

By 16 April 2009

Katy Gallagher has announced that in an effort to stem Canberra’s reversion to the dark ages she’s going to pick up the bills of oxygen thieving parents who have failed to vaccinate their children against whooping cough.
ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, today announced that parents of babies under 12 months of age and grandparents [...]

David Jones closed

By 16 April 2009

DJ’s in Civic has had extensive water damage from its sprinkler system and may be closed for weeks.

Minimal risk at Cooleman Court

By 16 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a bit on the trouble at Cooleman Court where asbestos has been found in the aircon and shops have had to close:
Four Cooleman Court shops are gradually reopening after an asbestos scare late last week.
The shops were closed on Thursday when asbestos-related material found in an air-conditioning duct months ago [...]

NCA Wrap for 16 April

By 16 April 2009

1. Heritage planning for LBG underway:
Andrew Smith, Executive Director with the NCA says:
‘Once finalised, the management plan will ensure that Lake Burley Griffin and adjacent lands are protected in accordance with their heritage significance.’
This is the second phase of public consultation undertaken by the NCA. The first stage included the preparation of a [...]

Water Tanks Information Talk

By 16 April 2009

[ 23 April 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] SEE-Change hosts:  Water Tanks: Your questions answered. 

What size to get? How to locate and set up a tank? What rebates are available?

Come learn not only from the professionals but hear what advise others have, who have already experienced the potential pitfalls of installing a rainwater tank.

Julene and Ricki from local firm, Get Tanked, will [...]

Snowtown empire expansion information sessions

By 16 April 2009

[ 15 April 2009 at 9:00 pm; ] Information sessions about Snowtown’s empire expansion plans:

Thursday 16 April 2009
12:00pm to 12:30 pm and 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Friday 17 April 2009
12:00 pm to 12:30pm and 1:00pm to 1:30pm

At Alastair Swayn Theatrette, 33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit, BBP.

Super School Rant

As a former student (graduate) from one of the primitive predecessors of the so-called Super School concept, I am ready to speak out about the priorities and spending from these schools.
At A***** School, year 3-10 students share the same grounds, with no privacy from each other, the seniors (9/10′s) sharing classes with many year 8′s, [...]

Venues to cocktail?

By 15 April 2009

Some friends are looking for a venue to have a cocktail party for up to 50 people.
Outdoorsy location is preferred.
Any input ?

School leaving age to jump to 17

By 15 April 2009

[First filed: April 14, 2009 @ 09:55]

Very very quietly, without a media release, the ACT Department of Education and Training has slipped out it’s “Pathways to the future” paper.
The paper is dated February 2009, but the DET website reckons it was released on the ninth of this month.
The Canberra Times, however, is now onto it. [...]

Why it’s best to stay indoors – parenting in public places

By 15 April 2009

As I waited to be served at Subway in the Hyperdome, I watched with fascination as a child clambered atop the counter, leaned over the cash register and started pressing random buttons. 
My main interest was the mother’s reaction to this.  Nothing for a few minutes.  Then, when she finally noticed my focussed attention, she [...]

Easter public holiday surcharges

By 15 April 2009

[First filed: April 13, 2009 @ 08:09]
I just finished working my duly rostered shifts over the easter weekend, having been asked to work over Easter as other staff were away for the weekend.  I agreed to the shifts, to help out over a busy period, as I work in a fast-food based business and most [...]

“Race ‘n’ Taste” for the Anzac Day long weekend

By 14 April 2009

[ 27 April 2009; ]

I’ve just had a moderately interesting media release drift across my desk.

The “OutInCanberra Race ‘n’ Taste” is kicking off for the first time on the Anzac Day holiday Monday at the racecourse Thoroughbred Park.

Here’s the blurb:

Offering something for every level of enthusiast, taste and budget, OutInCanberra Race ‘n’ Taste will boast a wide variety of [...]

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