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Newborn Intensive Care Unit Cruise for Charity

By 24 October 2008

[ 16 November 2008 at 11:00 am; ] I found this at my local servo, at the counter, didn’t know if anyone else had seen it…

When: Sunday 16th November

Where: Start at Phillip Ice Skating Rink car park, Irvine Street Phillip.

Finish at Cotter for a Snag Sizzle

Time: 11.00 am at Phillip, leaving there to cruise to Cotter at 12.00pm

1.00pm sizzle starts

Charity Cruise Stickers are [...]

Worse than ‘ice’ hits the streets?

By 23 October 2008

Anyone heard of the latest drug doing the rounds in Canberra that apparently is worse than ‘ice’ and makes people more aggressive than those using ice?
Scary stuff.

The scourge of stolen trees?

By 23 October 2008

I have heard quite a few stories about plants being stolen from gardens around the suburbs. One story was artificial grass taken from a front yard ($1500 worth)! 
Plants cost a lot of money and for some of us our garden is our pride and joy.
A few years back we had 8 conifers stolen from [...]

Pork Belly now has Porter on Tap

By 23 October 2008

I’ll see if I can get away with what could be construed as a bit of shameless advertising…
After months of trying to get venues to stock anything other than my German Ale (not that there is anything wrong with that mind you) I am pleased to let you know that the Pork Barrel [...]

Time to ease water restrictions

By 23 October 2008

Water restrictions have been very tough on gardeners. And likewise on car owners who like to keep their cars looking shiny and clean.
The restrictions have been imposed on us for a long time now.
Initially most people complied willingly with restrictions, as a short term measure to get us through the drought. But years later [...]

Impact Comics are having a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest

By 23 October 2008

[ 31 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s beloved Impact Comics have announced they’re running a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest.

So what the heck is Cosplay the older and duller amongst you ask?

Wikipedia defines it thusly:

Cosplay (???? kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. Characters are [...]

Canberra Irish Club Halloween Festival

By 23 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008; ] Entry is Fee!

Come dressed up in your favourite Haloween Costume (Optional).

It will be a family fun day full of activities, music and dancing!

Hope to see you there!

6 Parkinson Street, Weston, ACT 2611

[Schedule of events below]

09:30   Breakfast (Bacon & Egg Roll + Orange Juice only $3).  Restaurant Deck

10:55   Opening Speech by Mark Mannion, CIC Secretary.  Function [...]

Halloween pumpkins?

By 23 October 2008

Quick question.
An American friend of mine is holding a halloween party and I want to get some of those orange pumpkins to carve for the party.
Anybody seen any in the shops?

Why is Civic such a dreary place?

By 23 October 2008

Walking around the city in mid-afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I started wondering why exactly Civic is so lifeless at ground level in so many places.  Especially west of Northbourne, whole block frontages are blank walls, fire door exits, or frosted glass.  The footpaths are a shabby collection of pavers and cracked concrete joined [...]

A decent feta at the supermarket

By 22 October 2008

Earlier tonight I posted in my Facebook status that I’d found a good feta cheese.
I was then bombarbed with inquiries as to where I had found such a thing. So here you go: Kebia Bulgarian Goat’s Milk Feta.
It came from the Ainslie IGA, so other IGA’s might well carry it.
It costs $5.15 for 200g and [...]

Canberra Marist College on Lateline!

By 22 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 23:05]
Not good news for them.
Video to follow

Video now available, transcript to follow.

Now here’s a question for whichever local politicians are not transfixed by fear of pederasts…
Will they allow a school with a history of proven child sexual abuse, and no known body responsible for its continuing behaviour, to continue [...]

2008 Russian Resurrection Film Festival

By 21 October 2008

[ 30 October 2008 to 4 November 2008. ]

For something a little bit different than the usual Hollywood fodder, the annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival is touring the country, including Canberra.

Details are here.

I went last year in Brisbane and had a blast. Specifically, opening night was awesome and included good vodka, champagne and live entertainment, and the films were nearly all excellent.

In any [...]

Woden Valley Community Festival

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 12:00 am; ]

Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend?

Check out the free Woden Valley Community Festival on Saturday 25 October, from 10am til 4pm at Eddison Park. A great day out for the whole family.

Attractions include:

* jumping castle, slide, merry go round, fairy floss…
* Special appearance by Kenny Koala and the AFP Ceremonial Horses…
* Workshops [...]

Hashtoberfest at Zierholz Brewery, Wednesday 22 October, 6.10pm

By 21 October 2008

[ 22 October 2008 at 6:10 pm; ] Hastoberfest 2008 is on at the Zierholz Brewery this Wednesday, 22 October 2008.

For more details on the Hash House Harriers, see my earlier post on this topic.

Bring your running or walking gear… and possibly some rain protection. Better still, bring a designated driver.

Get to see what the Hash is all about in convivial surroundings, and [...]

Water Week Family Fun Day?

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 10:00 am; ] Water conservation is a serious business, it’s an important business, but is it a fun business?

For example on my list of “fun things” I find such items as: Water pistols, wet t-shirts, water slides, dancing under the sprinkler, turning the hose on a friend, and sitting in a wading pool on Australia day listening to [...]

The cold light of morning – Or, where the Liberals went wrong

By 20 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 08:42]
Both major parties are trying to tell you that Satruday’s election was a ringing endorsement of them. They are both extremely fortunate that there isn’t another election next Saturday if they want to keep up this line. The latest figures from the ABC show a -9.3% swing against Labor [...]

Blues guitars going cheap?

By 20 October 2008

The Canberra Blues Society has a shout out for anyone who might have seen a large number of guitars stolen from the house of Steve Russell:
– Candy Apple red ’62 Fender Telecaster Custom re-issue. Made in Japan. In fabric soft case Monterey brand, black with purple trimming. The scratch plate has been replaced with a [...]

Looking for the best curry in Canberra

By 20 October 2008

My wife and I moved to Canberra about 8 months ago, and since then we’ve been looking for reliably tasty Indian take away.  We’ve tried a variety of places – some are occasionally good, some are reliably awful.
So I thought I’d throw it out to the wisdom of The RiotACT – where is the best [...]

Raffle etiquette?

By 20 October 2008

After voting at the local primary school in Tuggeranong on Saturday, I left the hall to join my partner outside. 
As I walked out of the hall, a woman asked me if I wanted to buy some tickets in a raffle with the money going to the school.
I was about to answer yes when [...]

Restaurant Review: Breakfast at Hudsons of Dickson

By 20 October 2008

[First filed: October 19, 2008 @ 12:51]

Cafe corner in the Dickson shops is a busy place of a weekend morning. You don’t really choose which of the cafes you eat at, rather taking wherever there’s a spare table with shade.
This means that the cafe which makes the most money is the one which can churn [...]

Clashing meetups – Philosophy versus enlightenment.

By 19 October 2008

[ 20 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ] Two interesting events clashing tomorrow night.

– Canberra Philosophy is debating the “ethical relevance of life” for those who love a good argument with no particular resolution.

– Meanwhile fans of “Enlightenment” magazine are having their own chin wag.

Decisions, decisions eh?

The election is over, so lets talk about the important things, like OFFAL.

By 19 October 2008

There was a great recipe for liver encrusted roast in the last offal thread.. It made one of the most tasty roasts I have ever had.
So all you offal lovers out there, and I know there are lots of you, keep reporting back with your most offalicious experiences.
Offal makes the world go round.

Santa Pub Crawl 2008

By 19 October 2008

Hey Fellow Santa Pub Crawlers,
Anyone know when the Santa Pub Crawl for 2008 is on??

Flying foxes to be banned in ACT playgrounds?

By 18 October 2008

Recently the kids and I have been enjoying the brand new flying fox at John Knight Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.
Today the ‘fox’ was wrapped around one end with a very large chain and padlock.
Another person at the park said he was told it had been chained up for ‘liability’ [...]

SpringOut – Canberra’s Queer Pride Festival

By 17 October 2008

[ 31 October 2008 12:00 am to 6 December 2008 12:00 am. ] The SpringOut festival, now in its ninth year, celebrates the diversity of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.  Highlights of this year’s festival include Fair Day at Westlund House, queer film screenings, dance parties and even a cemetery walk!  

Attend one of the many events and enjoy a fun filled, empowering and fabulous [...]

On hoaxes and The Academy

By 16 October 2008

The first of these images is a hoax against The Academy that’s circulating via email.
The second of these is The Academy’s counter-hoax.
I am, however, assured by a source close to management that over 25s really will be getting in free this weekend.
So there you go!

Rental market becoming kinder?

By 16 October 2008

The ABC has a story on Australian Property Monitors data showing the Canberra rental market is finally softening.
The latest report from Australian Property Monitors (APM) shows median rents fell by 2 per cent in the ACT in the September quarter.
On a year-to-year basis they rose by a moderate 3 per cent.
But Canberra’s median weekly [...]

A customer complaint at The Front

By 16 October 2008

[First filed: October 14, 2008 @ 12:27]
Last night my friends and I had an encounter with the owner of The Front in Lyneham that warrants talking about. It was a case of very poor customer relations and outright rudeness.
Our knitting group meets at Tilleys once a month but because the Whitlams were on last night, [...]

Are you going to Tharwa Fair?

By 15 October 2008

[ 2 November 2008 at 10:00 am; ]

Some big anniversaries down Tharwa way, and a shiny new bridge to get there for the Fair.

Another bad case for the Scouts

By 15 October 2008

The ABC has a bad story for the local Scouting movement with a 21 year old Banks man fronting the court “facing a number of charges including five counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 and two of possessing child pornography”
Apparently he met the girls through a scouts group.

Canberra – the perfect location for a zombie movie?

By 15 October 2008

Monkeybizness is suggesting that Canberra would make an excellent location for making a Zombie flick.
“If I ever make a post-apocalyptic zombie flick – and I intend to – It will definitely be set in Canberra. I’m going to get public servants to play zombies, they’re perfect for the role. They’ll lurch around Canberra doing horrifying [...]

One laptop per child and you

By 15 October 2008

[ 27 October 2008 at 3:00 pm; ] Dear Canberra,

Computer Assistance Support & Education (CASE) is a non-profit organisation that was formed to assist Australian community organisations in making better use of information technology.

We accomplish this through education, advocacy and technical support relevant to the specific needs of the community services sector.

CASE has been operating for ten years and supports over [...]

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