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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:

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Another Restaurant question post…

By 18 March 2009

The in-laws are taking me out for a nice dinner because I recently had a *ahem* significant birthday (the age, feel the age).
But we’re trying to find a nicey restaurant to go out to but are a bit non-plussed by what we’ve found.
Save me RiotACT community, what restaurant ideas are there for a special occassion?
[ED [...]

Dark day at ANU – disappears up own rectum

By 18 March 2009

The world has a new contender for most incomprehensible and jargon laden sentence ever published:
Work continues on the proposal to reconceptualise the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)
One would think the rest of the article might shed more light, but one would be sorely disappointed:
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mandy Thomas is heading a working party to [...]

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 9 – The original Canberra High

By 18 March 2009

[First filed: March 17, 2009 @ 10:48]

This is the ninth 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:
Canberra High School was one school I didn’t attend but I know in 1954 I was in the footy team [...]

Margaret Spalding tests the defamation waters

By 18 March 2009

Cast your mind back to the fiasco of the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park sale. The Zivcos, the statements by the charity (Koomarri) pocketing $2 million and walking away, the crazy residents. It was a Canberra FUBAR circus of the first water and kept local news hounds entertained for months.
Less entertained however was the CEO of [...]

So You Think You Can Dancers coming to entertain the kiddies

By 18 March 2009

There’s a misconception that there’s nothing for kids to do in this town.
The reality is that there’s a huge list of activities be they sport, theatre, art, music, or community based. The problem is that the activities the kids want are based around sex, drugs, or adrenalin, things the populace is less than keen [...]

Narrabundah Community Festival – Sat 28th March 2009

By 18 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009; ] Narrabundah Community

Saturday, March 28 2009
10am-3pm with entertainment into the evening
Harmonie German Club
Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, ACT

• 1920s Fire-Engines from Canberra Fire Museum
• Jerrabomberra Bushfire Brigade
• Snowy Hydro Southcare
• Rooftop Foundation Easter Raffle trailer
• Children’s activities- Narrabundah Early Childhood School
• Constable Kenny Koala
• Advice on community services-Tenants Union ACT, Citizens Advice Bureau
• Commercial displays from: Lupo Concrete Pump, B & D Crane [...]

Canberra’s first world naked bike ride day a success.

By 17 March 2009

[First filed: March 16, 2009 @ 10:06]

My trudging over arboretum hillsides yesterday saw me miss the Canberra leg of “World Naked Bike Ride”.
For those who’ve come in late the manifesto of the ride was:
Celebrate bodies and bikes while making a stance against oil usage, consumerism and the negative body image portrayed by the mass media.
We [...]

Re-development of Hawker Enclosed Oval

By 17 March 2009

Over the last couple of months I have watched a once lush and green playing arena that was once Hawker’s enclosed oval, allowed to degenerate into a weed-ridden dust bowl.
Walking the dog this morning, I noticed that the bulldozers were in and stripping the surface. There were also large signs on the fence advertising “” [...]

Brown tap water in O’Connor today

By 16 March 2009

The tap water is coming out brown this Monday in O’Connor. 
I’m wondering if anyone else is seeing the same?

Canberra Walking Weekend – 4th and 5th April 2009

By 16 March 2009

[ 4 April 2009 2:00 pm to 5 April 2009 2:00 pm. ] 18th  Canberra International Walking Weekend – 4/5 April 08

Looking for a challenge after the Christmas holidays or looking for an activity that the whole family can take part in, then the Canberra International Walking Weekend could be the answer for you.

In it;s 18th year, the Canberra International Walking event is a non-competitive 2 day walking [...]

Floriade vs Skyfire

By 16 March 2009

I just ran through Commonwealth park and noticed they’ve started ripping up the ground for Floriade – big piles of earth everywhere.
Isn’t that going to make it kind of a mess for Skyfire this coming weekend? You’d think they could’ve waited one more week to start ripping it up!
(Cartoon by Panama)

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 [...]

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