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Redpaths – My part in their downfall

By 26 August 2008

In some small, possibly sad, way buying my boots at Redpaths in Civic has been a part of my own self-identity for more years than I care to remember. 15 years maybe.
A series of ten-hole Doc Martens was followed by a love of black RedBacks. All lovingly fitted and often worn out of the poky [...]

Neighborhood Watch – where are they?

By 26 August 2008

Does anyone know where I can find info re the neighborhood watch contacts in certain areas? I have never seen a newsletter from them in my mailbox, and i have been living in my house for over 6 years now…
Or doesn’t Kambah have anyone?
[ED - I know of at least one Neighbourhood Watch group which [...]

Pet rights in body corporates coming today.

By 26 August 2008

When I kicked off a debate about a right to have companion animals in body corporates and rental properties I wasn’t actually aware that Andrew Barr had already fired the starters’ gun on the issue and had introduced the Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2008 which, amongst other things, addresses part of this issue.
With debate on [...]

Geoscience Not-So-Open Day

By 26 August 2008

For many kids, the Science Week is most notable for two things: the Daleks and panning for gold and sapphires at the Geoscience Open Day. Yet anyone who didn’t see the ads  saying that the Geoscience day was “postponed” until October probably had some very disappointed kids on Sunday.
Some were no doubt doubly disappointed if [...]

Anti-smoking groups rioting in the streets over delay in removing counter displays

By 26 August 2008

OK, so they aren’t actually rioting. More issuing stern denunciations.
The ABC reports that the Tobacco Control Amendment Bill is coming in for cursory debate this week. It will outlaw, eventually, counter displays of cigarettes.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH – oh my aching sides) chief executive Anne Jones is angry though; because retailers will now [...]

Formal Dresses???

By 25 August 2008

Hiya everyone.
So, i’ve got a slight problem.
My year 12 formal is coming up at the end of the year, and i still dont have any ideas of what to wear.
And to make matters worse, i cant just go into any old dress shop and pick one out, to put it lightly, i’m not a size [...]

Where’s a good Christmas party venue?

By 25 August 2008

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a xmas party venue in Canberra.
The party is for about 80 unruly patrons, where privacy is important, as well as value for money.

Simon warns of a holiday scam

By 25 August 2008

Another day, another scam, this time Attorney General Simon Corbell warns that ‘Once in a Lifetime Holidays’ are letting people know they’ve ‘won’ lovely trips to Mexico and Florida and all that’s needed is a credit card number to secure the prize…
“The representative then convinced the resident to give her credit card details to verify [...]

Tess Ryan answers your questions

By 25 August 2008

[First filed: August 22, 2008 @ 15:26]
Last week we called for questions to put to Tess Ryan, an escort and sew sex worker.
Tess has answered the chosen questions in record time and we therefore present the answers to you below. [Possibly NSFW]
1. What’s the story behind the Web standards compliance stuff? Does she run Linux?
When [...]

2008 Gungahlin community survey

By 25 August 2008

The Gungahlin Community Council conducts a community survey every year or so. The survey results help guide our activities. Results from the last survey are here.
In the lead-up to the 2008 ACT Election, this survey is very important for informing candidates and MLAs on issues of importance to our community.
Could you please help us by [...]

Community survey

By 24 August 2008

We are conducting a research study as part of an Australian National University (ANU) course project on community organisations.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could spare about 60 seconds to complete an online survey that we have compiled, and which is available to complete online here.
Thanks for your time.

Gorman House night markets – really very special

By 24 August 2008

Gorman House night markets are on one level pretty much what you’d expect. The same sort of traders and entertainers and food vendors, but at night.
On another level, well, it’s at night.
The dark has a power to transform and the whole event really does have a touch of magic to it. (And before you ask; [...]

The effects of the Alcopops tax (Family Planning in Gungahlin)

By 24 August 2008

Individuals may prefer to consume “Alcopops” because it offers them convenience, the ability to accurately control their alcohol intake, and provides a level of safety from the dangers of drink spiking.
Yet the Federal government chooses to penalize these drinkers and possibly drive them to consume bottle based spirits and mixers where they do not potentially [...]

Holidays: Best Enjoyed Alive

By 24 August 2008

When Labor trimmed the pubilc service with its ‘meat axe’ earlier this year. I had little idea that this had in fact been mandated by god. Jesus is thinning the ranks himself, proven further by the fact he’s not taking the hardworking ones – only the ones on leave.
This account of pube Courtney [...]

Interest in forming an ACT Motorised Road Users Association?

By 24 August 2008

As a frustrated motorist who is tired of watching the Govt hand over money and resources to cyclists, I have come to accept that until motorists have a lobby group to compete with Pedal Power we will be treated as second class citizens by this government.
The sooner we have a body that represents the interests [...]

Is There a Tyre Shop Open Sundays?

By 24 August 2008

Hey all
I have 2 flat tyres and it looks like all of the tyre shops are closed for the day today and are closed tomorrow on sundays.
Does anyone know of a tyre place open sundays? Or what my best bet would be?
I have to work tomorrow night :S

We’re bidding for the Commonwealth Games? Is this a cunning plan?

By 23 August 2008

According to gamesbids.com Canberra is in the running to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games:
The Gold Coast will be in competition with the city of Perth, which also officially announced its bid Friday, while Canberra has also said it was bidding.
Leaving aside the question of why any city would want to inflict this barely-glorified sports carnival [...]

August Notices

By 23 August 2008

We’re reviving the notices section on RiotACT.
Notices will be consolidated through the month and bumped back onto the front page every Saturday. Just use the contact form, or email john@the-riotact.com. Things for sale, events, notifications, warnings, personals, knock yourselves out.
And so here they are:
4 September
Passy says:
Socialist Alternative meets every Thursday at 6 pm in [...]

Death at the Playhouse?

By 22 August 2008

Around 7:10pm, I was wandering away from the Canberra Playhouse with a friend after making some inquiries about My Fair Lady tickets.
While wandering down to catch the bus home, we saw an ambulance pull into the courtyard, not in a rush, no lights blaring, no siren, nothing.
A while later my friend (who was meant [...]

Bonaire/Pyrox multi-appliance Touch Pad Control and warranty service problems with Climate Technologies

By 22 August 2008

Has anyone else had trouble with the Pyrox ducted gas central heating/Bonaire ducted evaporative aircon Touch Pad Control? I’ve had three of them fail since mid April.
My combined system was bought through the Fyshwick ActewAGL shop in July 2006, and operated well until mid April 2008 when one night the electronic Touch Pad went haywire, [...]

Wasps: help still needed

By 22 August 2008

Just a quick reminder that once again Dr Phillip Spradbery who runs the European wasp and insect identification hotline is in need of a live European wasp nest to continue his vital experimentation to find a means of controlling their spread in Australia.
Anyone finding one (rare this time of year) is urged to contact him [...]

North-South Divide, or 10 things I like about…

By 22 August 2008

Top 10 things I like about the Northside:
– Walking up to Mt Ainslie from behind the War Memorial, particularly when the Balloons are up and there is snow on the mountains
– Dickson pool in summer
– Lonsdale St trendy shops
– Corroboree Park trees
– The Dendy
– Bollywood Marsala Indian takeaway at Dickson
– The AIS learn to swim program (I [...]

The Oz Music Show on 2XX this Saturday

By 22 August 2008

Heya guys!
Thought I’d give you a bit of a run down of this week’s Oz Music Show (2XX 98.3fm), Saturday 5-7pm!!
I’ll be having a chat to KarismaKatz who are launching their new CD as well as Canberra band Lame Excuse who will also be coming into the studio with CD GIVEAWAYS (plus I believe some [...]

Reasons why the ACT is better than NSW – The Australian Federal Police

By 22 August 2008

In our ongoing series of things which are better in Canberra I present the Australian Federal Police.
Do you think in NSW community forums are flooded by concerned police eager to point out to everyone exactly why they’re wrong? Taking such care to set everyone straight so that they may sin no more? I don’t think [...]

Do we recommend the toothfish?

By 21 August 2008

I noticed Peppered Prawn Restaurant in Woden displaying a big banner with special of month, Patagonian Toothfish?
Does anyone know what this is and what does it taste like?

Most popular Google searches by Canberrans

By 21 August 2008

News.com.au has posted a news article about the most popular searches that have been conducted by Australians on the Google search engine. 
The article reports that the most popular searches conducted by people in the ACT are ‘politics’, ‘facebook’ and ‘porn’.  It must be a really slow news day.
[ED - they left off pot!]

Gus’ open again

By 21 August 2008

Fret not people of Civic. Despite some concern about what was happening to the iconic Gus’ Cafe on Bunda Street I can report it is back open after a renovation and looking much the same as before.
For those who aren’t across the history (p 3771) it was the original owner Gus Petersilka who for [...]

Weston Creek the best place in Canberra to live?

By 21 August 2008

The Canberra Times offers fine example what drivel can be written if objectivity is completely embraced. Frankly you can report on any old crap as if it’s true.
In this case a BankWest Quality of Life Index is apparently proof that that Weston Creek is the best place to live and Tuggeranong is desirable because it’s [...]

Youth InterACT Grants

By 20 August 2008

[First filed: August 20, 2008 @ 08:32]
Katy Gallagher has announced the happy recipients of some very small grants for worthy youth projects.
Each getting around $1,500 the winners are:
Eden Daniels – Family Day
Aron Walsh – Stromlo High Café
Stephanie Levy – Save a Mate Chill Out Tent
Elena Sione – Samoa Youth Culture and Traditions Awareness
Melissa Aveyard – [...]

A chat with Min Mae about the Tableaux Vivant

By 20 August 2008

Interviewing Min Mae at The Front in Lyneham was perhaps not the wisest choice of locale I’ve ever made.
A cavalcade of passers-by required hugs, or at least air-kisses from her, which made for an intriguing afternoon.
The thirty something single mother has earned herself a fearsome reputation in the local arts community since she decided [...]

Offally good tucker.

By 20 August 2008

This thread and this one have awaken in me a hunger for more delicious offal.
Any recommendations as to which café or restaurant in Canberra serves a nice dish of devilled kidneys, crumbed brains, tripe and onions, stuffed hearts, pigs liver or any other offalicious dish?
Where can I get a good black pudding or haggis?  How about some [...]

Stuffed Animals

By 20 August 2008

What’s the go with the stuffed animals nailed to trees all along the Kings Highway?
Surely someone here knows the story?

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