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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

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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 [...]

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?

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 [...]

BAD MACCAS!!

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 [...]

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, [...]

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