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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.
[ED - got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to]

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 [...]


By 28 March 2009

Have finally decided to get my first tattoo.
Can anyone recommend a good tattooist?
I heard the guys in Queanbeyan are the best around, but just thought i’d throw the question out there to the wise people of RiotACT.
[ED - We've been here before, but times change, so let's go again.]

Does anyone know what’s happening on Sheehy St?

By 27 March 2009

Does anyone know why there are police in Evatt at the moment?
Parts are cordoned off…
Not another bikie incident, right?!
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36 voices in support justify reaching into your car

By 27 March 2009

Katy Gallagher has announced that 75% of submissions into her proposal to ban smoking in cars that have children in them were supportive.
With 48 submissions that makes for 36 ayes.
In a city of ~300,000 36 votes in the affirmative seems a teensy bit light to be considered general public support.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t [...]

Hawker College students (possibly Canberra High) “rampage” through Daramalan?

By 27 March 2009

I’m hearing that a group of Hawker College (possibly Canberra High) students chose to pay a disruptive visit to Daramalan yesterday.
Anyone got more on this?
Here’s what I have so far:
Supposedly a large group of hawker college students ran thru dara yesterday dressed in caps and white face/smog masks Armed with bats etc, went on a [...]

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 [...]

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