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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 [...]

Images of Canberra – Turning leaves around Lake Ginninderra

By 22 April 2009

Pommie Bastard has sent in this picture, which he took this morning at the John Knight Memorial Park (possibly Canberra’s best picnic spot) on the shore of Lake Ginninderra.
(Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Not necessarily a landscape. Then email it to )

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, [...]

Can’t be bothered to run in the Mother’s Day Classic? Support run4mum girl instead…

By 22 April 2009

Check out these videos from a local Canberra bike-rider turned runner. 
If she gets to $3000 in sponsorship she’ll make another one of her hilarious videos.
Get her to $10000 and she’ll wear the whole pink outfit during the Mother’s Day Classic.

The case of Karyn Costello

By 22 April 2009

Steve Dozspot is raising a hue and cry over the case of Karyn Costello who has, apparently, been living in hospital for two years because her disabilities have on into the “too hard basket”.
“Ms Costello has been confined to a wheelchair, forced to wait since 2007 in Canberra Hospital for a Disability ACT Individual Support [...]

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, [...]

Images of Canberra – Balloons, Reflections, Telstrayama, and a Yacht

By 20 April 2009

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

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 [...]

Images of Canberra – Storm Comes over Mt. Coree

By 19 April 2009

[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 [...]

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 [...]

Images of Canberra – Thunder over Mount Ainslie

By 16 April 2009

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. [...]

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