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Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association – Kid’s Christmas Party

By 9 September 2008

[ 23 November 2008; ] The Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association Committee is seeking Sponsorship or donation of items or vouchers suitable for use as raffle prizes, for our annual Christmas party on Sunday the 23rd of November, 2008, at Corroboree Park, Ainslie.

We had a great party last year with more than 250 people and attractions including pony rides, [...]

How big does a sign have to be to get fixed around here?

By 9 September 2008

Huge signs were erected about 5 years ago at the entrances to Bruce delineating the Bruce Precinct – listing the ACT Innovation Centre, UC, CIT, Radford College etc.
For the past 2 years one of those signs, on College Street near CISAC, has stood there with the right-hand one-third of its sign missing (torn off), bits [...]

Street name revoked in Franklin

By 8 September 2008

I recently noticed that Minnie Bruce Street in Franklin has had its name revoked! Going through this street in Franklin on the bus yesterday I noticed yellow sign blades had been erected saying “Formerly Minnie Bruce Street” on all the sign posts, with signs for the new street name – Morris West Street – fixed [...]

“Awesome” driving by a Silver VN Commodore @ Chisholm…

By 8 September 2008

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Last Friday on my way home from work I took my normal route back to Chisholm. After the roundabout turnoff on the Monaro I got stuck behind a silver VN Commodore sitting in the right hand lane doing 70km/h up the hill in an 80km/h zone with no one in the left hand [...]

Second hand Sunday in pictures

By 8 September 2008

[First filed: September 07, 2008 @ 11:15]

The Riot 501st were deployed to the streets of Belconnen to see what gems could be unearthed from Second Hand Sunday.
They returned bearing some rather spiffy decanters and pictures of the variable quality goods to be had on the side of Canberra roads today.
The next one is 16 November.
Slideshow [...]

The Capital Territory… more like Zimbabwe

By 8 September 2008

After the post about the blood letting at WinTV I realized just how crap, the media that we have in Canberra really is! This really shows that The RiotAct is the only independent news in town.
Just look at the whole picture.

WinTV (our only hope) now under the ALP thumb, Zimbabwe style.
Canberra Times run [...]

Spring is in the air

By 8 September 2008

I don’t know about the rest you little Rioters, but yesterday had a definite feel of spring.
I love spring, and canberra is one of the best places in the world to experience this season.
Feel free to add superlatives about spring in the capital.

Bushwalker found

By 6 September 2008

I’m getting reports in that the missing bushwalker (a 31-year-old Macarthur woman) in Namadgi National Park has been found “alive and well”.
More details as they come to hand.
UPDATED: The ABC report is now online.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks to PlaneGuy for the link. News reports that it’s one Karina Scott who was rescued.
She was wearing just [...]

Canberra radio station comes out of closet

By 5 September 2008

Its sooooo nice to see Canberra’s gay radio station – 2CA – finally coming out of the closet. Reminds me of my own coming out as an awkward pimply-faced lad of 14 – I’ll never forget the look on mum’s face when I brought my boyfriend home for the first time!!!
It started a few months [...]

Buy MAC games

By 5 September 2008

Quick question, just brought a macbook pro for a family member.
Who sells Mac games in Canberra?
The only place I have found is MAC1 who have games from a decade ago and only 3 or 4 when they do?

Zed earmarks schools for re-opening

By 5 September 2008

The ABC has word on the Liberals early musings on what schools they’ll re-open.
Melrose and Lyons are beyond salvation, but Zed has high hopes he can save Flynn, Cook, Hall and Tharwa.
Is there a quota in a promise to save Cook?

More Time in the Snow 2008

By 5 September 2008

Images of the snow from the weekend 30 Aug to 1 Sep. The first photo shows what happens when it rains at the snow (bad) and the water flows over the ice covering the streams. The rest of the photos show what the landscape and trees look like after a night of freezing [...]

CIT Restaurant Reid – A Review

By 4 September 2008

For those unfamiliar with the purpose of the CIT Restaurant, it serves as a training ground where cooking and hospitality students showcase their skills to the public in a real-life restaurant environment. 
Vegetarians and other fussy eaters need not make reservations.  The CIT Restaurant has a basic three-course menu with limited options and a set price [...]

“Exploring” in Canberra – any good tunnels / caves or other fun exploring areas?

By 4 September 2008

We have touched on Urbexing, Spelunking and other forms of Exploring in prior posts, what are some areas that are considered fun to check out and won’t result in us being shot / arrested / drowned?

Where to find reliable erotic dancers in Canberra?

By 4 September 2008

Gday to the hive mind.
As some of you know, I have a local paintball business. Some of our target demographic groups include Bucks/Hens/21sts etc. We have a number of packages that include additional services, such as catering/accommodation and transport for these groups. I have regular providers for these services.
One of the [...]

Five more years for the SouthCare helicopter

By 4 September 2008

Simon Corbell has announced that he’s done the paperwork to keep the SouthCare helicopter service flying over Canberra for another five years:
The extension of the Snow Hydro SouthCare contract for another five years is great news for the community,” Mr Corbell said.
“The rescue helicopter service has really made its mark as a vital service [...]

Good Korean Restaurants

By 4 September 2008

As this Sunday is Father’s Day, my wife asked me what I would like to do.
Apart from going to the club and watching the footy in the afternoon, I’d like to have Korean for lunch.
Trouble is, I can’t find one in the Restaurant guide, soooo, who can recommend a good one???

Carlos Perez, spanish guitarist plays live @ Gorman House Markets.

By 3 September 2008

[ 6 September 2008 at 10:00 am; ] Gorman House Markets:

Hear Carlos Perez spanish guitarist play live Saturday September 6th 2008. 10am to 4pm. 

The eclectic meeting place of the arts and urban culture. Set in the heritage listed Gorman House Arts Centre the markets have been a local icon for over 22 years.

Characterised by fabulous stalls, live entertainment, activities and fabulous international cuisine.

The atmosphere [...]

Asian Grocery Stores in the ACT

By 3 September 2008

Just wondering whether you guys here on this forum have any idea where I can get the freshest asian vegetables from as well as other asian food products and fruits.
Thanks for your help once more guys.

The messiest house in Canberra?

By 3 September 2008

Over on YouTube one “amfbelco” has posted a Canberra tagged video of a house that almost defies belief.
Here’s the accompanying text:
“What you’re about to see may shock you, you might think you have a messy house, but I can assure you; you are seriously mistaken.
This house is just around the corner, it’s clean on the [...]

Flower guy weather man

By 2 September 2008

This may have been covered before, but what are the views out there on the ABC’s flower-guy weather man?
My 2c? – He should have his own comedic gardening show.
He reminds me of Edwin Maher, former ABC Melbourne weather guy. He was famous for having a different pointer each day. people used to send them in [...]

Exploring underground bunkers near Canberra

By 2 September 2008

In the past, RA has had a fair bit on Urbexing. (Going down tunnels and exploring not so normal areas for fun.) 
I myself love doing this and there is always the chance that you will find something that has been lost, hidden away or forgotten.  I have heard stories for years about people finding old bunkers [...]

ACT Light Rail Meeting – Thursday 4 September

By 2 September 2008

ACT Light Rail will be holding a public meeting from 6.30 PM on Thursday 4 September at the Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen.
This meeting will discuss the recent announcement by the Chief Minister of a business case for Light rail in the ACT.
This is the first concrete step by the Stanhope Government in preparing [...]

Lunch function locations

By 2 September 2008

I have an event that I have been roped into am organising for an executive luncheon soon, where is a good place to hold a function these days? I would like the place to be good for parking, and decent food, as the managers from sydney are attending.
Anyone  been to a couple of places that [...]

Katy announces what the closed schools will be used for.

By 1 September 2008

I nearly missed this one. With the headline “Community input determines future uses” I’ll admit it didn’t leap out at me.
But as it’s the announcement by Katy Gallagher of all the community groups that will get to take up residence in the closed schools, it’s rather important. The whole program is worth $29.9 million, so [...]

Weekends away in the Canberra region

By 1 September 2008

We’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend at Mona, just outside Braidwood, but at $450 for the first night it’s not exactly somewhere we can go regularly.
So, what are the decent B&Bs and country pubs to spend a weekend in within a couple of hours drive from Canberra?
Any ideas?

The tale of the cursed dress

By 1 September 2008

I really shouldn’t bitch, I should just let this go, but I can’t. I need to vent, and take comfort in the fact that my experience may deter others from making the same mistake I did, and shop at Soho and Momento.
Two weeks ago I bought a dress from Soho for a wedding I attended [...]

New grapevine plans on TransACT

By 1 September 2008

So I got a call from a telemarketer asking me about bundling with ActewAGL… yada yada yada. My argument against it up until now has been the modified home broadband plans that Grapevine started offering ~1+ years ago which specified an “acceptable download limit” for their unlimited off-peak times. That was a no-go [...]

Asado! (Argentine BBQ) – only $35, book by 19 September – charity fundraiser

By 1 September 2008

[ 4 October 2008 at 12:00 pm; ]  Asado! (Argentine BBQ) – only $35, book by 19 SeptemberIn Canberra, in association with “Tango in the Spring” and Argentine Month Host:Argentine tango dancers in CanberraType:Party - BarbecueNetwork:GlobalDate:Saturday, October 4, 2008Time:12:00pm – 2:00pmLocation:St Johns Church HallStreet:Constitution Avenue, ReidCity/Town:Canberra, Australia View  

Description Asado! (Argentine BBQ) – only $35, book by 19 SeptemberBook and pay online at

Local Argentine charity Puente Austral [...]

Vinnies Ball 2008 – Only 1 Week Left to Book Tickets!

By 31 August 2008

The Annual Vinnies Charity Ball – A Night of Magic  is coming up on the 13th of September and tickets are only on sale for one more week!!
Join Master of Ceremonies, WIN News presenter Jessica Good, be amazed by the magic of Majura the Magician, and dance the night away with Canberra’s premier cover band, [...]

A gripe about the Chronicle

By 31 August 2008

I have to vent my spleen about an issue that is driving me up the wall.
WHEN will someone do something about the stupid free newspaper being thrown around our suburbs?
It is covered in plastic and thrown on my lawn. I did not ask for it. Therefore it is litter.
By the looks of many other lawns, [...]

Cyclists of the Night

By 31 August 2008

As a Canberra driver and cyclist, I’d like to briefly remind other cyclists to wear bright clothing if they’re going to be cycling on the road.
On Saturday evening, I was about to drive into Belconnen Way (what the street exactly was I can’t remember for the life of me). It was about 6:30PM at this [...]

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