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Seeking former students of Marist Brothers Primary School Queanbeyan

By 2 April 2009

I am seeking to contact former students of Marist Brothers Primary School Queanbeyan. Particularly those who had knowledge of or contact with Brother Francis (Franco). 
I can be contacted on moulis05 at Any correspondence will be held in the strictest confidence.

Public school enrolments buck the trends?

By 2 April 2009

[First filed: April 01, 2009 @ 15:08]
Andrew Barr is thrilled to announce that for the first time in a decade there are more children enrolled in public schools than the year before:
“This increase in enrolments shows that the ACT Government’s record investment in public education is paying dividends,” Mr Barr said. “This is a direct [...]

“Out of the Dust: photos from Afghanistan” opening at the War Memorial

By 2 April 2009

The War Memorial has pushed out an interesting media alert.
A new exhibition of photos that captures the life of the Afghan people amid the upheaval of war will open this Friday at the Australian War Memorial.
Out of the Dust: Life in Afghanistan pays tribute to the strength and perseverance of the local people as [...]

Big harvest for the local growers

By 2 April 2009

The ABC has the happy news that local vineyards are looking at a bumper harvest, while the national crop declines.
Rob Howell from Jeir Creek Wines says business at local wineries remains strong despite the economic downturn.
“We’ve had no damage due to the heat of the fruit; we didn’t get those sort of high temperatures at [...]

What went wrong with the Mother Nature store in the Hyperdome?

By 2 April 2009

The Mother Natures store opened in Tuggeranong Hyperdome carpark about 5 years ago to great fanfare. They put the wind right up the supermarkets and tried to be loss leaders with great fruit, veg & deli specials and a great range of continental food. Sundays had a market day atmosphere. [...]

What would you pay to rent Braddon Parking?

By 2 April 2009

My cousin lives in an apartment on Torrens St and doesn’t own a car.  I’m trying to convince him to rent out his car space as he is paying for it in his rent.
Just wondering… much would you pay for this? What’s the going rate?  It’s underground, secure and would have 24/7 access.
 muchos gracias [...]

Blast from the past – Capital 7′s coverage of the Parliament House opening

By 1 April 2009

Wow, here’s a real trip down memory lane. “pugsley2005″ has YouTubed this with the following note:
Extract of Capital 7′s Eyewitness News presentation – 6pm May 9, 1988.
Australia’s Parliament House was opened in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) by Her Majesty the Queen. A construction marvel.
I believe if you look very closely you can see, right [...]

You must be joking! Geraldine Nordfeldt and WIN

By 1 April 2009

Does anyone else think that former WIN news reporter Geraldine Nordfeldt might be holding a grudge against her old WIN buddies? I was going though this mornings canberra times and noticed in the “Today” section written by Nordfeldt that she had a go at WIN News for mocking up a shot of inmates being taken [...]

Recently moved to Canberra

By 1 April 2009

We have recently moved to Canberra because of my wife’s job. It’s my 5th month in Australia. We were in Melbourne up until a few days.
I am a chemist and used to work as a research scientist before coming from overseas. I would kindly request your recommendations on how to find a job in ACT [...]

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 11 – The Hotel Canberra

By 1 April 2009

[First filed: March 31, 2009 @ 09:40]

This is the 11th 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:

It’s Canberra’s only 5 star international hotel built in the 1920′s (opened in 1924) . It was owned and managed [...]

Bookery Books

By 1 April 2009

If you are a secondhand book lover, you might have heard of the the Bookery Books at the Fyshwick Plaza.
Last Saturday, I popped by to buy some books and was told that the shop is having a end of lease 50% sale.
Curious, I asked where she’s moving to and was told that [...]

The DIY April Fools

By 1 April 2009

So, it’s 1 April again.
Have you seen or heard any good April Fools jokes around Canberra? (THIS YEAR)
If so share your experience in the comments.

Thomas Sorahan not guilty of Ferret Torture

By 31 March 2009

The ABC is reporting that Thomas Sorahan’s conviction for ferret torture has been set aside.
Thomas Sorahan, 26, was charged with committing a serious act of animal cruelty intending to inflict serious pain.
The owner of the ferrets who lived with Sorahan found pictures and a video of his pets on his housemate’s camera.
The vision showed [...]

Moves on Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs

By 31 March 2009

Simon Corbell has announced he’s going to prepare a report on the Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang problem that is about to engulf us unless we move fast.
Development of the report will also the assist the Government on national discussions on this issue, particularly the next meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Attorneys General which will [...]

RIP Damian

By 31 March 2009

At Cook shops today I came upon a bunch of flowers, and a sad note informing customers that Damian Caesar has passed on suddenly.
For those of you who didn’t know him, Damian was a quite profoundly disabled  chap, who used to sell lollies and other items outside Cook shops, to raise funds for the ACT [...]

Katy shoves GP issues out into the never never.

By 31 March 2009

Katy Gallagher’s spending the day on GP goodliness.
First up is announcing the terms of reference for the GP taskforce which will hopefully put the doctor issue to bed for at least a few months if she’s lucky:
1. To review and consolidate work already undertaken by the ACT and Commonwealth governments on access to primary care [...]

Troubled bridge over blue-green waters

By 31 March 2009

The Canberra Times is keeping us up to date with the little loved “Immigration Bridge” proposal.
At a parliamentary inquiry into the proposal the Walter Burley Griffin Society, National Trust of Australia ACT branch and Canberra Yacht Club have all come out against the proposal.
All is not lost though with the most powerful lobby in Canberra [...]

Chanting at 2.20AM??

By 31 March 2009

We live in Reid, near the city and we are hearing what sounds like yelling/chanting or something…. Sounds like it’s coming from the city area.
Does anyone know why this is happening so freakin early (2.20am on Tuesday morning)?!   What’s goin down?

Diet root beer in the Australian market?

By 31 March 2009

I have T2 diabetes hence I am limited to sugar free carbonated bevvies when I wish for one.
This is where the purpose of my posting/ranting lies.
On my recent travels to the US, I fell in love with A+W brand diet root beer (read sarsaparilla) and have only found the diet variety in one place, [...]

Deakin Deja vu

By 31 March 2009

As I gaze in to my crystal ball and try to work out the my own next move in the real extate market of Canberra I am again overwhelmed by this incredible feeling of deja vu. 
Another public pool in Canberra has been closed. In my reverie I am whisked back to 2001 to the closing [...]

Nicotine patches rolled out to hard-smoking health care workers

By 30 March 2009

Katy Gallagher has announced the rollout of free nicotine replacement therapy for Canberra’s health workforce who, for some reason, resolutely ignore the panic surrounding their addiction/habit.
ACT Health will provide an initial eight week course of NRT in the form of patches as well as smoking cessation courses and counselling services.
“If a staff member has [...]

Roller Blading in Canberra

By 30 March 2009

I am interested to hear from other roller blading enthusiasts about their favourite paths to blade around Canberra.
Also are there any social roller blading groups in Canberra?

Dining in large groups

By 30 March 2009

Where do Canberrans dine out with a large group (20 or so) for occasions like Mother’s Day.
Recently I have had pretty ‘ordinary’ meals at a well known Club in Gungahlin.
Ideally I’m looking for a venue where you pay before you dine is available as it’s easier than trying to split bills.
Although we live [...]

The grass car…

By 30 March 2009

Ari has spotted this beauty while dodging wasps at O’Connor shops.
I’m not a huge fan of fake lawns, but I certainly like the car!
That’s a clever way to advertise an artificial lawn supplies business.

What’s with that Yellow double decker bus in Braddon – Mandala???

By 30 March 2009

[First filed: March 28, 2009 @ 13:05]
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Anyone know anything about that large yellow double decker bus parked of Girrahween St (Between Mort and Londsdale, opp Shell servo) in Braddon?
It has the word ‘Mandala’ [ED - 'Mandalay'] painted on the side, and has some other creepy pictures painted on it.
It seems pretty decrepit, [...]

Double Bass teachers? Or, experienced players?

By 30 March 2009

Hi Everyone,
My girlfriend looking to learn the Double Bass. She’s been interested in it for years, but never got around to it… and being uni students, our money and time was largely spent on textbooks and lectures. We’ve been keeping an eye out for a teacher during the last six months we’ve been in Canberra [...]

Needs moar frangipani . . .

By 30 March 2009

Vanity plate – check
Australian Flag – check
Southern Cross – check
Frangipani stickers – epic fail.
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Centrelink conducts experiments on Tuggeranong Clientele

By 30 March 2009

A concept lab is where you try out new ideas and see if they work as you expect. The Centrelink Concept Lab is next door to the Tuggeranong Centrelink Office in Tuggeranong Square.
Whatever can they be trialling?

Rebel Funereal Road Disruptions

By 30 March 2009

The ABC brings word that our roads are going to be clogged today as the Rebels indulge in ornate processions for the funeral of Richard Roberts.
Local and interstate motorcyclists are expected to join funeral processions for Mr Roberts stretching several kilometres.
The first is planned about 9:30am AEDT from Mawson to Queanbeyan.
About an hour later [...]

Sizzle Bento Blast

By 30 March 2009

I have always been a loyal and devoted customer of Sizzle Bento and adore sushi until my recent experience at their Garema Place store turned me off it completely.
I bought something to eat at the Sizzle Bento store in Garema Place and went to pay for my bill and the manager who works there started [...]

The wasp menace ravages the watering holes of the inner north

By 29 March 2009

It seems there’s not a pub in the inner north you can sit down outside of at the moment without having to keep an eye out for yellowjackets trying to jump in the beers.
I’ve never seen it this bad, anyone else noticing unusually high wasp activity at the moment?

Pad Thai @ Yum Thai – Recommended

By 28 March 2009

[First filed: March 27, 2009 @ 10:45]

One of my favourite things to eat in all the world is the king of noodle dishes, the takeaway pad thai.
But Canberra has, to date, been a little disappointing on this front. We’ve got a lot of Chinese and Vietnamese places that put it on the menu but can’t [...]

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