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Deakin Pool goes kaput early

By 27 March 2009

Apparently Deakin Pool was abruptly closed yesterday much earlier than had been expected with Deakin Swimming Limited going into administration.
Steve Doszpot is up in arms that Andrew Barr has not done more to prevent this happening.
Mr Barr effectiveness on this issue has been non-existent. On the morning DSL appointed Administrators RSM Bird Cameron and [...]

Human Achievement Hour – Saturday 7.30pm

By 27 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009 at 7:30 pm; ] This Saturday at 7.30pm, a movement of people, including Canberrans such as Ralph, will be celebrating the inaugural Human Achievement Hour.

Human Achievement Hour seeks to honour the success of modern civilisation.

You can celebrate Human Achievement Hour by enjoying some of the many innovations that have freed society from darkness, cured disease, improved nutrition and raised [...]

Andrew Barr to light the Fuse

By 26 March 2009

[ 3 April 2009 at 6:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s new GLBTQ publication (that’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Queer to the unitiated) is having a big launch at Hush on Friday week, with after party at Cube to cover their bases, and Andrew Barr is going to launch it.

From the launch announcement:

The evening will start at Hush Lounge with the call of drums [...]

How soft are our bikies?

By 26 March 2009

There’s a lot of talk about the bikie threat at the moment.
Media, Government, and the Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs all have their own interests in talking up the menace.
Which seems to miss the point that in Tuesday’s excitement it was the bikies who wound up dead.
(Bear in mind in the Downer murders it was [...]

No, not that bank.

By 26 March 2009

This afternoon right outside the front door of the Salvo’s store at Mitchell, a well-presented blonde woman representing Citibank was approaching customers entering and exiting the Salvo’s offering credit cards and debt consolidation together with the offer of a loan with 6.something% interest.
I realise I’m taking the moral high ground here, but honestly, how low [...]

Thirsdy on Thursdy (Zierholz opening)

By 26 March 2009

Just a quick announcement that as part of launching Zierholz in its first Belconnen venue at the Canberra Labor Club on Chandler Street I’ll be doing a meet and greet the brewer promo tomorrow (Thursday 26th March) between 17:30 and 18:30 so why not come along and try some of Canberra’s finest?
By the by we’ve [...]

Playgroups Games

By 25 March 2009

Today saw the Playgroups Assoc Games held at the Cook school. Looked from my side of things to be a great success with kids all over the place enjoying the activities.
Things to be done were mazes, jumping castle, parachute games, balancing games, hitting, catching, a babies play area inside and a bunch of [...]

iSpin pole dancers spin into action for charity

By 25 March 2009

[ 29 March 2009 at 6:30 pm; ]

The staff and students of iSpin, Canberra’s newest Pole Dancing Studio, will showcase their individual and doubles pole dancing routines to raise money for the Balfour Family Trust and the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, this Sunday night. 

Like most people, staff and students at iSpin have been moved by the devastation following the recent natural [...]

Dermal Anchor Piercings

By 25 March 2009

Hey guys, just wondernig if anyone has gotten and dermal anchor piercings in the ACT, or knows what processes people use (puncher or needles) and if they did a good job…
Let me know where you went please!!

Hanson not getting over it – Launches inquiry into GP services

By 25 March 2009

The Liberals’s Jeremy Hanson has announced that he’s not taking Katy Gallagher’s advice to “Just get over it” in relation to the cascading wave of GP closures in Canberra.
“The Health Minister has told me through the media to ‘get over it’ and it is clear that she is paying lip service to this issue. I [...]

Images of Canberra – Pommy Bastard’s Sheep at Mt Painter

By 25 March 2009

To take your minds from the southern Canberra war zones Pommy Bastard has been out to the foot of Mt Painter this morning, has whacked some watercolour effects on his photo and sent it in.
Mmmm, sheep, clouds, trees…
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 10 – Torrens Street of yesteryear

By 25 March 2009

[First filed: March 24, 2009 @ 09:56]

This is the tenth part of a series of photographs taken by RiotACT reader Old Canberran on his Kodak Box Brownie from 1948.
This one came in with the following note:
Here’s a couple of photos of Torrens Street, Braddon. One is looking North from Eloura Street which was taken in [...]

Want to help make a movie?

By 24 March 2009

Mahboba’s Orphans from Kris Kerehona on Vimeo.
Local movie producer, Kris Kerehona, is making a movie: “Journey of Hope”. It’s about Mahboba Rawi and the 4,000 Afghani orphans who call her mother.
Every year an Afghan/Australian woman, Mahboba Rawi, travels back to Afghanistan to find poor kids and widows, and provide them with shelter, food, and education [...]

Celebrity singing bee and gala ball for Diabetes

By 24 March 2009

A good cause to be dressing up for. From the flyer:
Diabetes ACT Guardian Angel Gala Ball will feature a celebrity singing bee, hosted by Tony Kopa, vocalist on Channel 9’s Celebrity Singing Bee. There will also be an exclusive number plate auction, Limited edition series AUS 11–AUS 20
Join MC, Natalie Forrest , News [...]

Margaret Spalding passes away

By 24 March 2009

The ABC’s 666 is reporting that Margaret Spalding, the litigious CEO of Koomarri and architect of the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park debacle, was recalled to the almighty yesterday.
Cause of death is unknown, described as sudden.
Condolences go to her family and friends.
John Mackay on 666 is claiming he was responsible for the caravan park business, [...]

John Gorton to be commemorated at last

By 24 March 2009

While browsing ACTPLA (sad, I know) I found this intriguing development application.  It is for a temporary cyclepath through the grassland between Cotter Rd and Dixon Drive, routing cyclists off Cotter Rd while they build the new Molonglo arterial road.  Due to start in October, the road shows up on the plans as “John Gorton [...]

Copulation in public places, your thoughts?

By 23 March 2009

Following on from JoyceStanton’s outrage at a couple getting wild in the Dickson Woolies car park late on Friday night (complete with dogging), what do you think about al fresco loving in Canberra?
And should the police do more about it?

X rated public displays of affection are…
Nice work if you can get it
Criminal and [...]

Special education gets a review

By 23 March 2009

Andrew Barr has announced he’s roped in “Professor Tony Shaddock, an internationally respected expert” to conduct a review of education for students with special needs.
“The ACT Government is determined to ensure equity for every student in the ACT,” Mr Barr said. “This means ensuring that every student gets an education that challenges them, meeting both [...]

Balloon flight over Canberra – from Kingston to Aranda (+ video)

By 23 March 2009

I’d like to share some photos and video I took of Canberra on a balloon flight the week before the Balloon festival. It was a beautiful, clear canberra morning (unlike most of the mornings for the festival?!). We lifted off from Kingston and floated over the Old Bus Depot Markets, over Barton, just past the [...]

Dickson! The Pervefect Name

By 22 March 2009

Last night I became aware of the fact that a very sentimental ring I had possessed for nearly 40 years had gone unaccounted for. I had recently removed it in the hopes of having its initial engravings restored.
As I tossed and turned in bed,an intuitive feeling came over me. I got the distinct impression that [...]

Skyfire traumatising Canberra birds?

By 22 March 2009

The fireworks were cool, but pretty loud (I wasn’t anywhere near the lake, either).
I’ve heard that the fireworks can traumatise domestic animals… but is anyone else hearing a large flock of birds flying around the south side squawking?
I’ve never heard a single bird at this time of night, let alone a whole flock.

10 reasons to check out the Folk Festival if you’ve never been before

By 21 March 2009

[ 9 April 2009 to 13 April 2009. ] [First filed: March 20, 2009 @ 10:13]

The National Folk Festival is on again this Easter at Exhibition Park. It’s a bit of a religion for the faithful but we asked the organisers for some reasons why one of you should go if you’ve never been before.

They came back with a list of 10 things and [...]

New Giralang Shop Plans

By 21 March 2009

i guess the new woolies is gonna go ahead.
I hope they get it should be awesome to have a new shop finally.
Here’s the plans:
http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au

New street furniture in Civic

By 20 March 2009

Over the last few weeks, little cages have sprung up around street furniture, bench seats and rubbish bins, in Garema Place.  The old yellow bins and blue benches have been replaced.  Ok, the yellow rubbish bins were pretty ugly, and the stainless steel ones replacing them are an improvement. 
The new bench seats look like the [...]

Shock results: Forrest, Griffith and Manuka wealthiest two years ago!

By 20 March 2009

The Canberra Times is very excited by Tax Office statistics from 2006-07 showing the 2603 postcode remains, as ever, where the money is in this town.
The postcode, which includes Forrest, Griffith and Manuka, remains in first place, and boasted a mean taxable income of $89,222 well above second-placed 2600′s $81,543. Crace and Mitchell, with the [...]

A little hustle with that bustle ma’am

By 19 March 2009

Steampunk.
Nope, didn’t mean much to me either until today. But think Victorian slut (Moulin Rouge maybe) meets Clockwork Orange (bad guy eye patch) meets Naussica (the machines that time forgot).
It seems it is everywhere, well at least on the net.
There are Steampunk parties in New York, Steampunk conventions in Europe and Steampunk get togethers in [...]

Saint Josephs rises from the ashes

By 19 March 2009

Great to see the ABC report that despite some idiot attempting to destroy it, Saint Joseph’s Church in O’Connor is back in all its glory.
Not a Bible thumper myself, but it is a funky building and the stained glass is stunning.

Jet closed until 1 June

By 19 March 2009

The NCA brings word that, following on from their abject failure to extend the hours of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet for Canberra Day, the jet will now be out of action until 1 June.
The recent high turbidity in Lake Burley Griffin has put pressure on the mechanical systems that run the jet and lead [...]

The strange death of the Kippax health centre

By 18 March 2009

The ABC has a story on the peculiar and sudden demise of the Primary Healthcare owned health centre in Holt (Kippax).
The company brought the axe down on the centre with 90 minutes notice leaving patients badly in the lurch. Apparently it came to be after the resignation of a doctor, something most places would get [...]

Canberra Harvest Festival

By 18 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009 at 12:00 pm; ] Canberra’s local food is to be celebrated at the Canberra Harvest Festival, being held in conjunction with Earth Hour, on the 28th of March. The main goal of the festival is to bring people together to share in some of the great food produced in our region and to highlight the many benefits of eating locally [...]

Images of Canberra – Pommy Bastard’s roos at the Pinnacle

By 18 March 2009

With ‘Roos currently occupying our imagination Pommy Bastard has sent this photo in with the following note:

A shot of some Roos, in a grove, at the pinnacle taken yesterday. Bit of a “Constable” air to it I thought.

Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com

Identity and Digital Imaging Workshop at the National Portrait Gallery

By 18 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009 at 12:00 am; ]

As part of National Youth Week here’s something that might be of interest:

Join multimedia artist Paul Mosig from Studio Racket as he deconstructs some of his highly detailed collage works and teaches the methodology used in producing them. Using his experience in creating self referential portraits in imagined landscapes he will step through a series [...]

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