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Swine flu morons strike Canberra

By 3 May 2009

The Canberra Times reports that Canberra is not immune to the swine flu idiocy sweeping the world.
Chemists are struggling to keep up with demand for masks and anti-bacterial handwash as Canberrans become increasingly nervous about swine flu.
Good luck with your anti-bacterial treatments on a virus you cretins.
For avoiding the spread of all flus in general [...]

Stuck in a hole in Belconnen

By 3 May 2009

The ABC has the happy news that a 31 year old drunk has needed the help of the fire brigade to get out of a hole last night at the Belconnen Skate Park.
Some practice for the rescue team and a trip to hospital for facial injuries ensued.

Vanishing Cat Sign.

By 2 May 2009

On a trip to Cook shops yesterday, I checked as  always do, the “local notice board”. It’s a source of bargains, and not a few lunatic services/ courses /get rich quick schemes. (“Knit your own feng-shui garlic dream-catchers, make $$$$!”).
However one notice was rather astonishing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I [...]

Lost Cat – Woden Area

By 2 May 2009

My much loved cat has been missing since 28th April 2009 from the Phillip flats (across from Woden Plaza – behind the new development site). She is a female grey tabby answering to the name ‘Bree’. She was last seen wearing a red collar (although she has been known to get out of it before [...]

Canberra Sustainable Careers Expo

By 1 May 2009

[ 4 June 2009 at 4:00 pm; ]

Here’s something for younger readers trying to figure out what to do with their lives. This from the email that came in:

We are a small group of youth working to organize Canberra’s first Sustainable Careers Expo, seeking skills and energy from passionate people.

We are looking to promote environmental courses, jobs/careers, volunteering opportunities, and support for [...]

ACTEW keep their friends close and their enemies closer out at the Cotter

By 1 May 2009

ACTEW have announced that they’d like Canberrans with an interest in the Cotter precinct (and I know there are quite a lot of you who are) to sign up and join the “Friends of the Cotter”.
Who should join the Friends of the Cotter?
The group is made up of interested members of the public who choose [...]

Lights at Belconnen Dog Park?

By 1 May 2009

Does anyone know if there are plans to install lights at the Belconnen Dog Park?
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get there before dark.

May Day for smokers in ACT Health

By 1 May 2009

Katy Gallagher has announced that D-Day has arrived for the hard-smoking health workers of Canberra.
All ACT Health facilities will be smoke free from today, marking another step in the ACT Government’s program to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, said smoking would now only be permitted in approved [...]

Take-away tip-off for vegetarians looking for some fried goodness – Chisholm Takeaway

By 1 May 2009

Time for a good news food story!  As a vegetarian, take-away options at the “local” are often limited to chips, potato scallops and – if you’re lucky – a toasted sandwich. 
The Chisholm Takeaway has bucked the trend and come up with the most delicious vegie-patty-roll combo.  A huge serving of fresh salad, perfectly fried [...]

Assembly Inquiry into Live Community Events

By 1 May 2009

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to make sure that you all knew about an inquiry currently being conducted by the Legislative Assembly into Live Community Events. The inquiry is being conducted by the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services, whose membership includes Mary Porter AM MLA (Chair), Caroline Le Couteur MLA (Deputy [...]

Mind the Death Caps

By 30 April 2009

The National Capital Authority has been moved to warn of the horrible menace of Death Cap mushrooms which have made themselves at home in these parts:

‘While the death cap is a large mushroom, with a cap ranging from light olive green to greenish yellow, the immature button can be difficult to distinguish from an edible [...]

The most pointless whinge in history?

By 30 April 2009

Here at RiotACT we consider ourselves connoisseurs of the fine art of complaining.
But we doff our lids to Steve Doszpot’s latest effort:
Shadow Minister for Education and Disability, Steve Doszpot, has today condemned the Stanhope-Gallagher Government for failing to acknowledge the rights of 411 students with a disability currently enrolled in the non-government school sector.
The ACT [...]

Worst Meal in Canberra?

By 30 April 2009

I wanted to post this in the 2006 long-running “worst Canberra restaurants” topic, but it’s so full it won’t play with MS internet explorer. So maybe it’s time for a new topic about meals you are sorry you ate (and paid for).
Tonight we tested the Twisted Fork at the Dickson Tradies, and it was the [...]

5 potential swine flu cases in Canberra – It’s not as bad as it sounds

By 29 April 2009

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 15:07]
Nothing online yet but the ABC news on the radio is reporting that five people in Canberra are being monitored for the dreaded swine flu.
The media loves to scare you, and in turn some of you love to be scared.
But before we get our panties in a bunch on [...]

Priorities and humidicribs

By 29 April 2009

Can anyone provide an update on Canberra Hospital’s quest for a second mobile humidicrib?  Can these things malfunction, so that there may be no humidicrib available in Canberra Hospital? 
A spokesperson from Katy Gallagher’s dep was quoted on NowUC as saying: 
“Within the public healthcare system, there is always a high demand for services and new equipment… We need [...]

The War Memorial’s Eastern Precinct gets a facelift.

By 29 April 2009

The War Memorial has announced that they’re starting construction of a re-vamped Eastern Precinct:
The project, to be carried out by PBS Building, will restore the current temporary carpark to a landscaped environment, provide an underground carpark for almost 200 cars, improve bus parking and access for schools, provide a new café facility and incorporate the [...]

Mrs Balfour goes for a run

By 29 April 2009

The Herald Sun brings word of Celia Balfour’s plans to join a charity run from Melbourne to Canberra.
The widow of David Balfour, the Canberra firefighter killed by a falling branch on 17 February in fire devastated Victorian Marysville, is leaving Melbourne Town Hall this morning as part of a relay.
They plan to arrive here in [...]

A Brief Lesson in (Almost) Local History – Kenmore Hospital for the Insane – Goulburn

By 29 April 2009

On the weekend of the 26th April, a friend and I had the great privilege of attending a guided tour of Kenmore Hospital (For the insane) and its grounds. This was of particular poignance for me as my Grandmother was admitted there several times as a patient in the middle of last century (Voluntarily or [...]

How to get into snow business

By 28 April 2009

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 08:30]

Having seen the weather report over the weekend and wanting to offer a new experience to my two-year-old daughter, I had been musing whether to head to the Brindabellas for some fun in the snow yesterday.
Then I happened upon this post in which commenters offered a mixed bag of [...]

I wonder what they’re trying to catch with bait like that?

By 28 April 2009

We’ve already established that the good people of Ainslie won’t pick up beers that are left lying around.
But sighted here on Ebden Street we appear to have some kind of trap baited with a copy of the Canberra Times.
What on earth could they be trying to catch?

Water, water everywhere and not a drop anywhere useful…

By 28 April 2009

Whilst enjoying an afternoon stroll with my dear Stafford, I noticed the Chisholm firepeeps up on a crane hosing… something. 
Or nothing. 
I am not sure if they were training as I couldn’t see any sign of fire or chemical spill where they were hosing. 
Does anyone know if this is a training exercise and, [...]

Civic Mcdonalds – On it’s way to being worse than Erindale?

By 28 April 2009

There is nothing more satisfying than medium cheeseburger meal at the end of a hard day. But I’m sorry to say that Civic Mcdonald’s just fails me every time. First of all – I know you work in a hell hole and it’s probably not the most satisfying job in the world, but a smile [...]

The lights shine clear through the sodium haze

By 27 April 2009

While out on my early evening perambulation with my dogs on the Northside the other evening, I noticed that a number of the street lights had been changed from the usual dull orange, to a sharp and bright white light. Ok, no problem with that. A few evenings later I noticed that whole streets had [...]

Abortion hating doctors to flee Calvary?

By 27 April 2009

Fundamentally the current arrangements at Calvary Hospital are insane. The ACT taxpayer should not be building an expanded hospital which has to be governed by the religious teaching of any one faith.
So having resolved the question as to whether the Government should be buying Calvary Hospital in the affirmative, everything else is detail.
But that hasn’t [...]

Windscreen Cleaners, Northbourne Ave and the meaning of NO

By 27 April 2009

I’m new to this RiotACT thing, but I just wanted to voice my frustration and see if anyone else out there is in the same boat? And if it happens again, what should I do?
For many months now there has been a resident window washer on the intersection between Northbourne Ave and Cooryong St/Barry Dr [...]

Snow in the brindies?

By 26 April 2009

In case anyone has not noticed, it’s been damn cold this weekend. 
BoM is reporting snow down to 1000 meters, and plenty of precipitation, so my wife and I are driving up to the brindies to look around around tomorrow (never been up there during winter). 
I presume we just pop in to the Namadgi [...]

Is the food supply for Canberra Secure?

By 26 April 2009

Please Help Create a Sustainable Community by Completing Our Survey
The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre provides a focal point for the diverse and growing environmental movement in our region.
Our key goal is to improve public awareness of and involvement with the spectrum of environment activities from air, water, flora and fauna to town planning, [...]

recommendations for third party advice

By 26 April 2009

I’ve been quiet on this forum for the past week having been a stationary cyclist collected by a moving car last monday evening – my only foray onto the roads in a cyclepath trip home from near the gallery, so don’t go there…  
As a consequence I have a lot of blurred vision (apologies now [...]

Remembering Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges KCB CMG

By 25 April 2009

There’s a myth that the Anzacs were salt of the earth middle Australians lead to disaster at Gallipoli by effete English officers who sat in boats offshore quaffing champagne.
It fits later ideas we’ve decided to have about ourselves but there are two major problems with it.
The first, and apparently a not very important one, is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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