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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 [...]

Does Anybody Care? (About spelling)

By 10 March 2009

Does anybody care if a sign is spelt incorrectly?
The agents for the units have responded to this, saying the sign will not be changed.
[ED - this sort of attention to detail really inspires confidence in the builders eh?]

German night classes for travellers

By 10 March 2009

Hi all,
Does anyone know where in Canberra I could learn german (thinking Night Classses here once a week type thing)? It would be mainly for travelling as I plan to go there early next year. I have heard ANU may teach adults but is there anywhere else.
The sort of thing I am looking for is [...]

Gallagher declares year of blood… donors

By 10 March 2009

No it’s not the start of a leadership push.
Rather Katy Gallagher has named 2009 “the ACT Year of the Blood Donor”,

The launch was held at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) Blood Donor Travelling Exhibition. The Exhibition, which will be in Canberra until 12 March 2009, encourages individuals to find out their blood type [...]

Mont Sale

By 10 March 2009

Knowing that there is alot of riders here I thought this was a good place to start.
Each year I go to the Mont sale at Fyshwick.
It is usually around this time of year have I missed it or is it coming up?

Charity Auction – Bushfire assistance

By 10 March 2009

[ 12 March 2009 at 6:00 pm; ] A Charity Auction for the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal will be held at the Canberra Irish Club on Thursday the 12th March.

Many great Items including commonwealth & olympic sporting Memorabilia, a Gold Coast Holiday, Vouchers, Police boat ride around the lake to mention just a few.

Guest speaker will be Robbert De Castella 6.00pm start please [...]

Jalepeno Shortage hits Subway!

By 10 March 2009

A while ago I posted news of a supposed pineapple juice shortage and, miraculously, almost immediately the pineapple juice started to flow once more.
Envoking Murphy’s Law, I’m now alerting Rioters to the absence of jalepenos in Canberra Subways (the sandwich chain), apparently due to an American supply shortage.

Images of Canberra – Panorama of the Balloon Spectacular

By 10 March 2009

Anthony Caffery has sent in his “panorama” view of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2009.
It’s a good view of the event from the South bank of the lake.

“I Die” – Are you braced and ready for another Tableaux?

By 10 March 2009

[ 20 March 2009 at 7:00 pm; ]

Min Mae’s Tableaux are becoming the stuff of legends.

Apparently it’s the good nudity which empowers rather than the bad nudity which exploits.

The next one is beefing up the musical and theatrical components when it goes on show at the Gorman House Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS).

Here are the details from the FaceBook page:

I Die is [...]

War Memorial gets a ‘bou

By 10 March 2009

The ABC brings word that the War Memorial is going to take delivery of a retiring Caribou transport aircraft.
I’m pretty sure I can remember hearing these things were being retired around 1990, so it’s nice the air force has finally gotten around to doing it.
This one has apparently seen service in Vietnam, Timor and Bouganville. [...]

Canadian victim of anti-American racism and heartless judiciary!

By 10 March 2009

The Canberra Times has the sad story of Oliver James Kolouch, 22 of Canada, who spent his birthday drinking in Manuka. He was hassled by racists who’d mistaken him for a US citizen and naturally enough got in a fight.
Showing some wisdom he then smashed up a Proton sedan.
Flint hearted Magistrate Grant Lalor was making [...]

Balloon Spectacular 2009 – Day 1

By 10 March 2009

[First filed: March 07, 2009 @ 08:53]

Despite their benign and sedate appearance hot air balloon festivals are pretty dangerous things. After space travel It’s hard to find an activity with a higher fatality rate. The basic problem is that hot air balloons have zero visibility above them, and limited visibility below them. And what are [...]

Photographing the finer things of Queanbeyan. Lessons provided.

By 9 March 2009

Open to all!
Hi All,
Queanbeyan City Council’s Healthy Communities Committee is running a Community Photographic and Story Telling Competition. We want to find out about what makes Queanbeyan a great place to live, who are the shining stars of our community and what are our hidden treasures. We are asking people to take a photo [...]

The kangaroo menace comes to Garran

By 9 March 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that a huge kangaroo has broken into a Garran house and terrorised the residents before being wrestled into submission by the man of the house.
The suburb of Garran backs on to a reserve but the Beman and Ettlin house, which they have only been in for three weeks, is a [...]

Another University for Canberra

By 7 March 2009

CIT have announced that they’ve done a deal with Charles Sturt University to offer degree courses here in Canberra:
The agreement will allow CIT students to gain qualifications beyond their studies at CIT to access higher education courses, such as gaining access to Charles Sturt University’s wide choice of degrees, including distance education courses.
For Charles [...]

Review of my stay at Postnatal Maternity Ward in Canberra Hospital

By 7 March 2009

Skipping past the labour (I had lots of nitro gas, that stuff is awesome).
I stayed 3 nights in the postnatal ward after giving birth at The Canberra Hospital. The babies sleep next to you in a crib for the entire visit (yes, no breaks from them unless you have a nice mum or partner to [...]

If you’re not festivaled out here comes the Canberra Festival

By 7 March 2009

[First filed: March 06, 2009 @ 09:17]

His Chieflyness Jon Stanhope has declared the party started for the Canberra Festival running from March 7 to 15.
Apparently ex-Idol Jessica Mauboy is a “Canberra favourite” and will join Kate Miller-Heidke, the aged Hoodoo Gurus, and Dora the Explorer for Celebrate In The Park. (We note that a line-up [...]

Garema Place – Heart of Darkness! Inconsiderate feeding of the poor to blame?

By 6 March 2009

CityNews is running a public safety scare on Garema Place with an unusual culprit:
Jude Cohen, owner of Bardelli’s Café, is right in the middle of the trouble.
“There was someone stabbed in the face just the other week,” he says. “There is a core group of about 20 people who cause all the trouble, [...]

Tall-bike jousting – and a stink

By 6 March 2009

At times there was almost too much going on at Corinbank over the weekend.
But thanks to YouTube, even if we missed it, we can see the knights of the tall-bike have at each other, have a stink after, and watch it get broken up with a jousting stick.

Big prizes running for Youth Week

By 6 March 2009

National Youth Week is running from 28 March to 5 April.
The ACT bit has it’s own Facebook Group.
But of particular interest to the “25 and unders” out there is the competitions.
Prizes include (as announced by Youth Week ACT supremo Chanel Cole):
– $10,000 cash. Yup. You read that right.
– $1000 cash for your school + [...]

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