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Canberra entrants in the 2008 National Poetry Slam – in video

By 16 March 2009

Last December we were thrilled by the performance of the ACT entrants in the 2008 National Poetry slam at the Sydney Opera House.
As luck would have it last night on ABC2 I came across the video of the show. So here are the ACT entrants in video: Omar Musa (Overall winner of the competition), David [...]

Pork Pies in Canberra?

By 16 March 2009

My father in law is coming over to stay with us for a couple of months from the UK.
He’s told us that the one thing he’ll miss about the mother land is a good pork pie.
So I’m just wondering – is there anywhere to get one in Canberra? South or North, I hear [...]

Rising interchange assaults the result of better policing?

By 16 March 2009

The Canberra Times is concerned that the number of reported assaults at bus interchanges in Canberra has gone up from 23 in 2006 to 62 in 2008.
Thats a 270% increase.
Simon Corbell claims the rise can be attributed to better policing making it easier for people to report complaints.
Given that the police presence is much [...]

Cafe In The House – Breakfast

By 16 March 2009

Today I had Breakfast at Cafe In The House, which is the eatery in Old Parliament House.  I was with a group of about 10.
I’ve eaten there before, and always been underwhelmed, and today was no exception.
One standout though was the young lady who was serving, she was excellent: competant and helpful.
Unfortunately we had [...]

To the obnoxious women at Cube last night. You are mean.

By 15 March 2009

To the obnoxious women at Cube last night,
Yes, my friends and I usually stick our coats and sweaters behind the cushions on one of those couches.  We keep our valuables on us at all times, but we can’t be bothered to drag our sweaters around with us when we want to dance. Being poor students, [...]

The Arboretum Open Day – A long way to go.

By 15 March 2009

It is historically traditional that the opening of every new major institution in Canberra requires dignitaries to slog across a desolate paddock.
In which case the grandly named Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens might still be destined for greatness.
There were certainly enough support staff in attendance to greet George (the kelpie of few achievments) and I. [...]

Bishop Pat Power the Canberra Citizen of the Year

By 14 March 2009

It’s a bit late, but one to record for posterity.
Jon Stanhope has announced that Bishop Pat Power is the 2009 Canberra Citizen of the Year.
“Bishop Power’s commitment extends far beyond the Catholic community. He can always be found providing comfort, companionship and spiritual guidance to those in need, attending to the sick and bereaved, speaking [...]

The jet she is kaput

By 14 March 2009

[First filed: March 07, 2009 @ 09:30]
Yesterday the National Capital Authority proudly announced they were extending the opening hours of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet for Canberra Day.
That announcement has now been consigned to digital oblivion and instead the world leaders in foot-in-mouth are advising that the jet is buggered.
“The Captain Cook Memorial Jet is [...]

Onsite Vans – great cheap family holiday option or living hell not on wheels?

By 14 March 2009

You’ve seen the ads – on-site van for sale, great for kids, low cost, close to beach etc.
But what am I NOT being told?
Are the sellers selling these items with rose coloured glasses welded on? Can you really get great family holidays each year during peak season right on the beach with dog friendly hot [...]

Double Disadvantage

By 14 March 2009

I see lots of Gubby agencies advertise jobs,,and state they employ a diversity of people….(including race, age and disabled) BUT when did you last come upfront with a disabled person????????
The Gubby offers extra money ect apparently for businesses to hire disabled people,,but where is that??
If you ring the Tax office you get some  person (asian) [...]

Spotlights above Woden?

By 14 March 2009

The title “Spotlights over Woden” is a little misleading, the pedantic would say the lights were probably on the ground, but pointing towards the sky. Nonetheless.
About three or four spotlights were shining into the night sky last night, at around 8pm (but I wasn’t paying attention to the time), just above Woden from my point [...]

My dog + Your dog = ?

By 14 March 2009

Every night I put my stafford on his lead and head out for a walk.  He stays on his lead for the duration of the walk and I pick up his poop in accordance with requirements.  In short, we don’t impact negatively on anyone as we enjoy our evening stroll. 
Last night, I had to [...]

Cryptic plantings in Northbourne Ave ‘garden’?

By 13 March 2009

Apologies if this question has been posted already (try as I might I couldn’t find a similar posting), but I was wondering if anyone knew of a website that lists the meanings behind what’s planted in the ‘garden’ at the top of Northbourne Ave?
I was able to work out MHF 25 (thanks Google),  but when [...]

Smoke free health facility car parks

By 13 March 2009

One of the advantages of an economic downturn is knowing you can hit your staff with things and they won’t run away to other jobs.
Taking advantage of that, Katy Gallagher has announced that the hard smoking staff of ACT Health facilities will need to give up smoking or hike to the edge of their facility’s [...]

Whooping cough is there any evidence of outbreak

By 13 March 2009

What happened to the whooping cough outbreak reported recently for the ACT?
It was  a recent news item aired inMelbourne so is there any reason for concern?
ACT Health site last reported NSW increase whooping on Jan 9 particually on the Sth Coast.
I am not tryng to panic but am concerned a report reaches Melb [...]

ACTION – school kids in seats, the elderly left to stand

By 13 March 2009

I caught the No 5 from Griffith shops to town this afternoon and a little surpriseded to see 35 odd high school students from St Edmunds and St Clares with their arses parked in their seats while two rather elderly passengers  were forced to stand for the best part of 30 mins.
In contrast, I was [...]

P&C Tuckshops calling it a day

By 13 March 2009

Way back when it made some sense for stay at home mums to go down and volunteer in the school tuck-shop at lunchtimes. They enjoyed the social aspects, the school could either make more money or lower prices, and parents could see what their kids were getting up to in school.
But in this modern era, [...]


By 12 March 2009


Tiny Tales
Age: 7-9 years
Dates: 14-17 April
Tutors: Caroline O’brien & Kristil Rae Mobbs
TINY TALES is a fun and active drama workshop for participants who want to be storytellers. Over the week the group will play drama games and develop their performance skills [...]

Charities hard-up for our hard-earned…

By 12 March 2009

So for the umpteenth time in a number of weeks I have been approached by a charity organisation out on the street, coaxed into a conversation and then encouraged to sign my life away in an attempt for them to extract regular donations from me.
It would seem that charities are becoming more and more competitive in [...]

Getting Ripped – The Best / Worst Gyms in Canberra?

By 12 March 2009

First of all, I apologise if this is a recycled thread (I DID search for a similar topic but didn’t find much apart from a review of Club Lime Tuggers).
As the title suggests, I am looking to get ripped, and not by way of the hip pocket. Fail that my immediate goal is to lose [...]

Girl Geeks go again

By 12 March 2009

[ 4 April 2009 at 7:00 pm; ] Good news sisters, the Girl Geek Dinners were such a success with round one in Canberra that they’re having another go.

They’ve booked out Indian Affair in Phillip (a top choice) and are banqueting at $32 a head.

Boy geeks are, one imagines, free to run a LAN party while the ladies are away.

(Oh, and if you [...]

Penguins and Polar Bears Film Premiere

By 11 March 2009

[ 19 March 2009 at 7:00 pm; ]

Liliana Bogatko’s second film about life with bipolar disorder, “Penguins and Polar Bears” is premiering next week at the Belconnen Theatre (Part of Belconnen Community Services). Her first movie was “Another World” which screened in 2007. Here’s the blurb for Penguins:

Liliana Bogatko’s new film Penguins and Polar Bears delves into the complex relationships forged in [...]

Treat your loved ones to some near pain.

By 11 March 2009

For Xmas, my good lady wife bought me, as one of my treats, a couple of vouchers for  “Foot and Thai”. Due to circumstance, today was the first free day I have had to have one. The place is up near the Pot Belly pub. Unprepossessing to look at, but once you get inside it’s [...]

It’s on. The World Naked Bike Ride is coming to Canberra

By 11 March 2009

[ 15 March 2009 at 12:00 pm; ] [First filed: January 21, 2009 @ 14:07]

Facebook brings word that the much anticipated World Naked Bike Ride is going to run from the Glebe Park Gazebo to Commonwealth Park for what could be a pretty good party on Sunday 15 March.

Come and cellebrate bodies and bikes while making a stance against oil usage, consumerism and [...]

Any point in entering race course fashion comps?

By 11 March 2009

Not reading the dead-tree CT I’ve missed what is apparently a major scandal amongst the luvvies, uncovered by Geraldine Nordfeldt.
It follows on from November’s business with Elkie Stuart where some might have drawn the conclusion that deep connections to the racing industry could be helpful to win these things.
The winner at the weekend’s Black Opal [...]

Hardstyle Shuffle – Canberra Style

By 11 March 2009

OGgun11 has shared with the world some youthful Shuffle practitioners with the following note:
The hardstyle shuffle crew ACT canberra the FPSMS crew.
So beat these kids moonboy.
Keeps them out of trouble I guess.
(Warning, some poor language in the distracting annotations.)

Greens push for higher density housing

By 11 March 2009

The Greens Spokesperson for Planning, Caroline Le Couteur, has announced that she wants the new North Weston development to have higher density housing.
Key recommendations of the submission include:
– Ensuring housing is medium-density, given the demand for housing in prime central locations, as it is close to Cooleman Court and also handy to Woden, Barton and [...]

Chrome announced for April

By 11 March 2009

[ 4 April 2009; ]

Canberra’s number 1 display of corsetry has announced plans for April’s outing by the children of the night:

After a great Black and White party that stretched the DJs to their limits Chrome is back to “normal” with Resident DJs and and another Chrome virgin Guest DJ BadPauly!

The Chrome Corps will march through fields of gothic [...]

Anger at the Police for this mornings disruption!

By 11 March 2009

This morning while driving down Gungahlin Dr (on my way to work, during peakhour) I was forced to merge into the right hand lane, because a police officer decided it was a HUGELY WONDERFUL idea to park his cruiser in the left hand lane (just after a set of lights and just before the GDE [...]

Parking spots the new walls for graffiti?

By 11 March 2009

When the cars clear out of O’Connor shops late at night something new reveals itself…
It seems a spectacularly stupid thing to be (apparently) using real names, and with the car park usually full when people are around not many people will see it.
Are all the available walls full?
Or is this a way to try and [...]

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 8 – Civic of long ago

By 11 March 2009

[First filed: March 10, 2009 @ 08:58]

This is the eighth 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:
The interesting thing about the attached pic is that you can see the War Memorial. There were also lovely pine [...]

New Catholic school in Harrison?

By 11 March 2009

Has anyone heard of the plans to build a new Catholic primary school in Harrison?
I believe it is slated to open in time for the 2010 school year, and that it will be adjacent to the ACT Government’s Harrison School.
Does anyone have any more information about this development? Certainly, another choice in schools for Gungahlin [...]

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