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Canberra Christmas lights 2008 – mapped.

By 9 December 2008

I have been creating a google map with the Christmas light locations within the ACT region. Ive taken lists from a couple of web sites and added the in.
Have a look: Hope it helps people find the best places in town.
Please help out by added any missing locations and voting for the good [...]

The philosophical conundrum of abandoned beer

By 8 December 2008

I came across this sight in Ainslie this afternoon and it raised so many questions. (For the hard of seeing it’s a sealed, full, bottle of VB)
Why would anyone leave a full beer behind?
Have they done something nasty to it and re-sealed it? (A bogan trap of sorts, if you will)
Are they planning to come [...]

Restaurant Review: la pasa – Singaporean cuisine on Alinga St

By 8 December 2008

I hadn’t been expecting to be doing restaurant dining when I went out on Friday afternoon. But she-who-must-be-obeyed put her foot down demanding food and a kebab apparently wasn’t going to cut it.
So I wasn’t really dressed fine dining (black t-shirt, cargo pants, hat hair) when we darkened La Pasa’s stylish door on Alinga Street [...]

Urban and Small Space Vegetable Gardens – help from the Environment Centre

By 8 December 2008

The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre has developed “edible garden starter kits” designed specifically to suit Canberra’s climate and urban spaces. 
Growing some of your own food reduces “food miles” and the environmental impacts of conventional agriculture.  It also provides you with delicious fresh food that is generally more nutritious than what is available from the supermarket.
If you [...]

Chic Henry spins in ever decreasing circles at ever increasing pace

By 8 December 2008

According to the ABC, Chic Henry has had a gutful, and is using the same breath to tell everyone that Summernats is here to stay, but might move to Sydney if the price is right.
He also continues to cry poor, stating that he only has four days a year to make his salary.
There there, Chic. [...]

Helping out the fluffy puppies a political priority that never goes out of fashion.

By 8 December 2008

Jon Stanhope has taken some joy in announcing that as soon as he’s done offering condolences to the city Mumbai tomorrow (No, I’m really not making this up) he’s going to be pushing through a helping hand to the RSPCA.
“”The RSPCA ACT is facing financial stress driven by a combination of growing demand as families [...]

Terribly British Day – A review

By 7 December 2008 FEATURED ARTICLE

With the weather fine, what better way to spend a Sunday morning in the city than popping into the lawns in front of Old Parliament House for a look at the “Terribly British” car show?
Even if you only have a passing interest in cars this one is amazing. The multiplicity of vehicles knocked out of [...]

City Beautified? Well they can’t say we didn’t warn them…

By 7 December 2008

[First filed: December 05, 2008 @ 23:18]

Laurel Waits came across this scene in civic this week.
RiotACT readers had already speculated on the ways these things could be brought down.
More scary is that if it wasn’t dragged down by drunks it fell down on it’s own.
Good luck to anyone they land on.

Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

By 7 December 2008

I’ve been noticing an increase in big scary, native (I think) hornets around the place.
We first noticed them walking up the big hill in Lyons some weeks back, but now they’re in the garden. Haven’t been able to get a snap yet, but they are very big – at least 5cm long and with a [...]

Sub-urban by Bellucis – New bar, and a familiar restaurant returns

By 7 December 2008

Bellucis has been lurking in its art-deco building at the end of Wooley St in Dickson for longer than I care to remember. I had the family part of my 21st birthday there.
After a major refit and expansion they’ve re-opened and done some rather inspired things.
The old restaurant is there with very tasteful wood [...]

Just how many bakeries can one shopping centre intersection support?

By 7 December 2008

I was struck by this scene the other day. It’s the ground floor of the Canberra Centre, just outside the Supabarn.
You’ve got a Dobinson’s, a Bakers Delight, and a Golden Crust all within a croissant’s throw of each other.
On top of that, if baked goods are your thing, there’s a Muffin Break, a Donut King, [...]

Truth in advertising?

By 7 December 2008

One of the stranger (or perhaps more depressingly predictable) things about Canberra is our rules on advertising signage. You can’t put up a billboard. But if you can write it with flowers and pay off the Government you can still advertise on prime real estate down Northbourne Avenue. Assuming, that is, your outfit is adjudged [...]

Festivals funding!

By 7 December 2008

Our Brave Leader has announced the events that are getting a share of the $220,000 going this year for festivals.
“Canberrans will benefit from a series of exciting festivals and events staged throughout 2009 that cater for a variety of interests and activities,” Mr Stanhope said.

2009 ACT Festival Fund Recipients (in alphabetical order)



Amount Approved

ACT Writers Centre

To [...]

Where Art and Alcohol Collide

By 6 December 2008

I followed my own advice and went along to have a look at the 2008 ANU Art Graduate Exhibition. At midday on Saturday, there was every indication that the grand opening the previous night had been quite a big affair – lots of bottles and glasses through the School of Art and almost nobody [...]

Sometimes you just really need a nap… right now…

By 6 December 2008

Taken at Shell Tuggeranong, early Sat morning around 0530. Possibly the result of a hard night at PJs.
With Parliament and the Pacific School games in Canberra this week, accommodation has been at a premium.
Finding anywhere to get your head down for some sleep has been a mission.
This guy succeeded…

The stage is set for Christmas in the City

By 6 December 2008

The Chief Minister is proudly touting a night of chrimbo cheer in Civic Square (the bit off London Circuit in front of the theatre).
In particular Canberra’s official Christmas tree is lighting up, having had the star put on top personally by the ActewAGL supremo, Michael Costello earlier in the week.
“”Christmas in the City promises to [...]

The National Portrait Gallery – reviewing a salute to influence

By 6 December 2008

It’s not every week a new national institution opens.
Shoe-horned in front of the High Court we now have a National Portrait Gallery. It’s a beautiful example of the new school Australian modernist architecture and, as a building I’ll confess to falling in love with it.
On the other hand we have a National Gallery of Art, [...]

Guide Dogs’ marketing strategy … what do you think?

By 6 December 2008

I just took a selling call from the Guide Dogs – naturally want to support them, so though RSPCA is my first animal welfare option to help out financially, I thought ‘OK, I’ll spend 5 or 10 dollars’. The caller said they had calendars for $12.95, so I thought, OK, bit more than I [...]

twenty 600 reasons to hate magazines

By 6 December 2008

For the most part, I couldn’t care less about magazines, much less ones in Canberra, and the rubbish attempts at them here are usually a joke, but for some reason the last year has seen rise to few magazines.
I read Frankie and Yen, and at least have an understanding of what looks good, [...]

A strange week for Chic Henry

By 6 December 2008

It’s been a strange week for the Summernats impressario Chic Henry.
First he was doing his annual act of crying poor and threatening to up stumps unless the people of Canberra did more for him.
Then the ABC had a big swipe at Chic’s personal earnings from the event.
This morning the Canberra Times is mysteriously in possession [...]

Images of Queanbo – The Big Poo

By 6 December 2008

There is gold in Queanbeyan. Many people only see the edges as they return from the coast, or the main street as they visit Spotlight or the Central Cafe. However! There are things in Queanbeyan worthy of a major tourist town.  And foremost among them, I give you: The Big Poo.

But they didn’t stop at [...]

Disappointing Regatta Point Cafe

By 6 December 2008

A rainy Sunday Afternoon  -about 3pm, one would think Regatta Point Cafe would be half full of customers enjoying a long lunch.
We were amazed to find about 5 customers in total.
Could it be the ridiculously overpriced menu? ($12.50 for a bowl of wedges!?) or the extremely rude 40something bee-atch of a waitress?
Quite embarrasing [...]

Terribly British Day

By 5 December 2008

[ 7 December 2008; ]

An Invitation to attend Terribly British Day display on the lawns near Old Parliament House Canberra

Sunday 7 December 2008

The display is open to the public from 10am to 3pm . Entry is free.

Trophies for the car ‘I would most like to take home’, ladies choice and best club display. There will be music, trade stalls and refreshments [...]

Move over – a pollie wants their hair cut

By 5 December 2008

Recently I was sitting in my office when my colleague got a phone call. After a few gasps, huffs and reluctant ok’s she was off the phone.
Due to the commotion on the phone, I wanted to know what was going on (the up side of an open plan office).
My colleague told me the [...]

The top secret night club finger print machine?

By 5 December 2008

On the ongoing saga of night club finger printing, PM has posted an account of his efforts to document the process:
“A few weeks ago I tried to take some photos of the machine and I was asked by a bouncer to stop because it was private property
So, appreciating the opportunity to further highlight [...]

Yum Cha

By 5 December 2008

Has anyone dined at the new Yum Cha Restaurant at the Tradies club in Dickson?

A look at the Steve Irwin ride

By 5 December 2008

By popular request poptop has sent in these pictures of the remarkable Steve Irwin Ride as seen outside the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Woolworths in May 2007.
Slideshow below. I particularly like the “In memory” placque.

Seasonal spirit 2008

By 5 December 2008

CityNews have compiled a list of Caroling opportunities around town this December.
Anyone want to share past experiences of these events? Or suggest ones they’ve missed?

ACT Policing and cutting your hair in the park

By 5 December 2008

The all-seeing eye has come across an amusing blog post by a visiting techie, KeZ who tried to cut his own hair and ended up having an interview with the constabulary:
“”Is there any reason you are out here cutting your hair?” the officer, having noticed the scissors, with the trimmer and mirror still placed before [...]

From sea to summit in a single day

By 4 December 2008

This Saturday, Nathan Edwardson (pictured above), and a group of equally determined Canberra cyclists, will ride from Tathra to Mt Kosciuszko in a single day. The ride is one of the toughest events out there, with a 4am start, 230km of hard climbing in often  poor conditions and a total vertical distance of over 5km! Of course, that’s just [...]

Summernats feeling the pressure of Global Economic Crisis?

By 4 December 2008

The ABC have a story that the Summernats are feeling the pressure of a slowing economy.  The part of the story the caught my specific interest was at the end,
“I don’t want to end up in a situation where I’m really, really squeezed and I have to consider either, worse scenario, moving the event to [...]

Good Luck Haddles!

By 3 December 2008

RiotACT Troublemaker Hadley is off to the 2008 Australian Poetry Slam as one of 18 finalists from across the entirety of the country fronting up at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow.
As he’s no stranger to performing next to cellists in bunny suits we wish Hadley the best of luck and hope that his mighty poetry [...]

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