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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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!
(Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to email@example.com)
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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]
[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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
CoffeeGeek has sent in this HDR picture of stormclouds over our city with the following note:
I have this one I took roughly 4 weeks ago on a Friday afternoon. I can’t remember the date. The hill in the distance to the right is Mount Ainslie, and the road crossing the view is the Gungahlin bypass. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
DJ’s in Civic has had extensive water damage from its sprinkler system and may be closed for weeks.
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
[ 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.
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, [...]
Some friends are looking for a venue to have a cocktail party for up to 50 people.
Outdoorsy location is preferred.
Any input ?
[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. [...]