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White powder scare in Woden

By 27 February 2009

Smee has sent in this photo from Woden this morning after a white powder scare.
Five fire trucks?
It turned out to be powdered sugar.
And why is it we fear white powder more than other more lurid colours?
(Slideshow with more of the response below)

Parking mayhem on Constitution Avenue

By 27 February 2009

If you walk along Constitution Avenue on working days, you’ll know what I am talking about.
The small free car park tucked in between the $5/day and the construction site is an eyesore and an accident waiting to happen. Cars are shoved everywhere: along the entrance alleys, on kerbs, on the nature strip, I can’t wait [...]

History walking out the dungeon door – Canberra Bicycle Museum collection on the block

By 27 February 2009

[First filed: February 25, 2009 @ 15:20]

The Tradies/CFMEU business/industrial park that’s burgeoning on its Downer estates no longer has room for the neglected bicycle museum and so all the bikes of the ~1,000 strong collection must go.
The ACT Government is taking some choice bikes, collectors have swooped on some others.
But several hundred are being sold [...]

Interesting topic on the 7:30 Report; should the Australian War Memorial have a section devoted to the conflict between aboriginals and the 18th century Europeans?

By 27 February 2009

I suppose some aboriginals would consider that they are still at war with white settlement.
[ED - The transcript is online. Perhaps if this could be offered in exchange for packing up the tent embassy?]

Lightswitch – Film Screening in Canberra

By 26 February 2009

[ 27 February 2009 at 7:30 pm; ] [First filed: February 24, 2009 @ 11:59]

Into films? Into Girls? Into Motorcycles?

Come and check out LIGHTSWITCH! The short film is debuting in Canberra this Friday, 7:30pm at the University of Canberra. The Canberran film makers have just returned from LA where it made it’s premiere to an audience of over 500 people and was very [...]

Rallying to stop the clean feed

By 26 February 2009

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 14:56
Second filing: December 16, 2008 @ 12:37]
FURTHER UPDATE: The SMH reports that Senator Nick Xenophon is joining the Liberals and the Greens to consign this wicked plan to oblivion for at least the life of this Senate.
(Comic by Panama)

I’ve always been dubious as to the value of protest politics. [...]

The story of the Duntroon cadet drownings on Lake George.

By 26 February 2009

Earlier this week in a thread about hang gliding over Lake George Imhotep posted a link to what can best be described as a ballad to the five RMC cadets who drowned on the lake in 1956.
“How the hell does anyone drown on Lake George” you all cry, everyone does when the story gets related. [...]

The Poacher’s Way open for business

By 26 February 2009

The people who brought you the very popular Poacher’s Pantry line of local produce have today unveiled their latest initiative.
It’s called the Poacher’s Way and describes itself thusly:
Located in Canberra and the region, Poachers Way is a collective inspired by land and life. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle and passions of these creators by [...]

Thoughts on Cafe Gaudi.

By 26 February 2009

Well, I just had a Vanilla Slice from Cafe Gaudi.  They’re usually quite nice and made by some private baker.  The thing I’ve noticed about them is they leave the old stock on the cake shelves for too long.  Today the shelf was full so I thought they’d be nice.  I’d got back to work [...]

From the North – new eatery in Civic

By 26 February 2009

After wandering back to the city west carpark over recent weeks and watching a shopfront change from newspaper, to newspaper with “coming soon” on it, a restaurant has opened!
I grabbed a menu on Monday night, and safely accompanied by a motley array of colleagues we ventured to the North China Noodlearium. Hooray, I just invented [...]

Motorbike help

By 26 February 2009

More advice please?
Can anyone tell me a good place in Canberra to get a motorcycle seat re-covered?
Also I need a spare set of keys for the bike and the lock cut.

Another taskforce despatched to the South

By 25 February 2009

The ESA has announced that, having brought everyone home for the Balfour funeral, they’re sending a taskforce back into danger with difficult conditions forecast.
ACT to send fifth taskforce to Victorian bushfires
The ACT will today (Thursday) send its fifth taskforce deployment to Victoria to assist with the current bushfires.
ACT Taskforce 5 will consist of a total [...]

Facing off the members

By 25 February 2009

I’d like to meet a local politician, one on one, in an office – even though I’m just your average citizen and I’m not part of any advocacy or lobby group. 
If Stanhope and company are supposed to represent me, it would be nice of them to hear what I have to say.  It would be nice [...]

Who to go to for minor repairs?

By 25 February 2009

George may be a kelpie of few achievements, but one thing he can do is have a gentle gnaw on delicate things and leave them still mostly working. In this case She Who Must Be Obeyed’s dictaphone.
Other than the cap for the USB port the only damage is to the USB plug.
It’s a standard component [...]

Northside Represent! We can thug too!

By 25 February 2009

With the thugs of Tuggeranong bogarting all the media attention I was thrilled to see this in Dickson last night on Cape Street.
And with bonus postcode pride!
I’m sure the Northside thugs are better mannered and less prone to beating up strangers though.

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 6 – Bellona, Canberra’s itinerant Goddess of War

By 25 February 2009

[First filed: February 24, 2009 @ 08:55]

This is the sixth part of a series of photographs taken by RiotACT reader Old Canberran on his Kodak Box Brownie in 1948.
This one came in with the following note:
Attached is a pic of Bellona the Roman Goddess of war. She’s been in a few spots over the years [...]

Trouble at Kambah High?

By 25 February 2009

Does anyone know what was going on at Kambah High School on Friday night?
Rumour has it there was about 200 kids throwing bottles and causing trouble and a whole heap of Police trying to get it under control?

I’ve got a lender for my land rents! – Stanhope

By 25 February 2009

The Canberra Times informs us that Comrade Stanhope’s beloved land rent scheme is not yet singing with the choir eternal.
He says he’s found a bank, a secret bank, willing to lend people money to build a house on rented land.
Mr Stanhope defended the scheme as a ”fantastic, successful, still-breathing” project.
He said negotiations with an unidentified [...]

Commonwealth moolah flows to Eddison and Glebe Parks

By 24 February 2009

When we think of “infrastructure projects” we generally like to think of big stuff. Continent spanning fibre-optic lines, double track electrified railway, huge water pipelines, dual carriageways with flyovers, canals, harbours, and dams.
But Mr Stanhope has announced that the first benefits of all this infrastructure splurging are going to be more prosaic.
The funding, from [...]

Another day, another failure on health service delivery

By 24 February 2009

Jeremy Hanson is having another poke at the seemingly hapless Katy Gallagher.
It seems that her fully worked out plans for a secure mental health facility at The Canberra Hospital and a Young Persons unit at Calvary Hospital were both vapourised by reality when it came time to figure out where they were going to fit.
“This [...]

What most inspires you about Canberra history?

By 24 February 2009

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope reports that Fraser, Wanniassa Hills and Yarralumla Primary Schools as well as Canberra High are going to have a stab at teaching local Canberra history to their students.
Apparently this was prompted by the impending 2013 centenary of the city’s founding, although one hopes the curriculum isn’t being messed with just because [...]

Pecha Kucha on this Wednesday

By 24 February 2009

[ 25 February 2009 at 7:00 pm; ]

The first Pecha Kucha night in 2009 will take place on February 25 in the NewActon courtyard, kicking off at 7pm. As always, entry to the event is free.

For those new to the idea, Pecha Kucha is a global affair featuring creative folk discussing their ideas. Kicking off in Tokyo in 2002, the event has [...]

5 and 15 minute parking – I don’t get it

By 24 February 2009

When I park in Anketell St outside the Tuggeranong Hyperdome in the short stay area – just next to dear Annette’s office – the 5 minute parking spots are invariably full.  But there are generally vacant spots in the 15 minute parking section.
Why?  I just don’t get it.  Are those of us who use the [...]

Chamber sides with the big end of town, tells members to learn to love the QIC monopoly

By 24 February 2009

The Canberra Times reports that the local chamber of commerce is warning noisy civic shop owners to stop annoying the mighty ALP owned mega corp QIC which now owns the town.
While Mr Peters declined to comment on the majority of allegations against QIC, he did give some advice to retailers claiming the corporation was unfairly [...]

Attention Unit Owners – tell me how to convince the Body Corporate to allow Ducted Evaporative Cooling

By 24 February 2009

My first posting – I live in a Unit complex of 11 Units at Palmerston - all on ground level – I really love Ducted Evaporative Cooling – we had it installed in a previous home at Dunlop – after a few days and nights in the 40′s my wife and I approached our Body Corporate [...]

Revelations in the Lioulios suicide

By 24 February 2009

[First filed: February 23, 2009 @ 16:07]
There’s a short but extremely complicated story on the ABC site about the tragic death of DR. Tania Lioulios after she tried to kill herself in the back of a prison van last July.
Dr Lioulios had complained to the Medical Board that her lover, psychiatrist Hugh Veness, illegally [...]

Balfour funeral

By 23 February 2009

The ESA has announced the funeral details for David Balfour their firefighter killed down in Victoria last week.

The funeral for ACT Fire Brigade Senior Firefighter (qualified) David Balfour will be held tomorrow morning 11am (Tuesday February 24 2009) at Holy Family Catholic Church, corner of Bugden Avenue and Castleton Crescent , Gowrie.

There’s also a map [...]

Are there any decent HAND car washes in canberra

By 23 February 2009

Well I’ve searched high and low for a decent hand car wash but all I can find a laser washes and brush washes and get yourself soaked by the dollar washes.  I read somewhere that Waves and Gungahlin do handwashing but all I’ve seen when driving past is the brushes section and the self wash.  [...]

Has the economic slowdown finally hit Canberra – or is it just me?

By 23 February 2009

Has the economic slowdown (I noticed they’re not calling it a crisis anymore) finally hit Canberra – or is it just me?
My house was broken into last week. This wasnt totally unexpected as I dont live in the best area of town, but what was taken was very intersting. A piggie bank, a ring, a [...]

Land rent scheme collapses as predicted

By 23 February 2009

Zed Seselja is dancing on the grave of Jon Stanhope’s vaunted land rent scheme that was supposed to help housing affordability.
As predicted lenders wouldn’t have a bar of it leaving the scheme available only to low income earners with enough money sitting around to self-finance construction.
Unsurprisingly the number of people in that situation has turned [...]

Tropfest 2009

By 23 February 2009

I love attending Tropfest in Canberra. It’s one of late summer’s best excuses to pull friends together, spread out the picnic blanket and watch 16 great short films. This year the films were all very entertaining and the perfect weather made for a great night. I think the event organisers do a good job [...]

All Civic Parking to be Multi-Storey

By 22 February 2009

Did we know this?
I’ve just been told by my partner, a manager in the building industry, that they (ie, local construction companies) had recently been notified that, by the end of 2010, all street-level car parks in Civic will be made multi-storey (with smaller ‘footprints’).
Has the rest of the community been ‘notified’?  Has [...]

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