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Overheard at the GetUp Climate Torch Relay finale, Sunday 12 October

By 13 October 2008

The GetUp Climate Torch Relay reached its finale yesterday with a great event on the lawns in front of Parliament House.
While Messrs Rudd and Turnbull were otherwise occupied with the melting global financial system (as opposed to melting polar ice caps), Greens leader, Senator Bob Brown was on hand and spoke passionately, vehemently and inspirationally.
Can’t [...]

Having your say on how we can become more sustainable in the ACT

By 13 October 2008

Its time to have your say on how we can become a more sustainable region and better protect our environment.
The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment is an independent voice for sustainability and environmental issues. They want to hear your views so they can ensure their Office gives priority to the issues that are important to [...]

Cashews rocking out ride to work day

By 13 October 2008

[ 15 October 2008 at 7:30 am; ]

Wednesday is National Ride To Work Day an event which defies catchy anacronisation.

This will excite some of you (who can sign up officially at the link above for a chance to win some nice bikes), and others not at all.

But to add to the excitement comes news that The Cashews are going to play an [...]

Doing the Rights thing

By 13 October 2008

[ 10 December 2008 to 16 December 2008. ] To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty ACT/Southern NSW is holding a visual arts competition called ‘Do the Rights Thing’.

We are asking entrants to take one of the thirty articles from the declaration and draw, paint, sculpt, design, whatever their own interpretation of that right.

The competition is open to [...]

Tardis collides with unicorn on Lake Burley Griffin

By 13 October 2008

The Canberra Times has the astonishing news that a police boat on Lake Burley Griffin has managed to hit a swimmer who was taken to hospital for treatment.
I realise that with the weather passing fine yesterday there was some chance the policeman’s power-boating club would make an outing. But to find a swimmer, let alone [...]

Local radio wins award – Scotty and Nige on FM 104

By 13 October 2008

The 2008 ACRA (Australian Commercial Radio Awards) results are in and  Canberra’s Scotty and Nige have won best on air team for the regional market.
Thoughts?[ED - FM 104.7 right?]
The Hamish and Andy Show won the top honour.
On the subject of local radio, and last week 2CC had a guy on the drive show that [...]

Would you take a bus if it were ‘free’?

By 13 October 2008

What if every ACT holder of a driver’s licence was required to pay a small public transport fee in order to renew their licence?
What if every person who paid this tax was then given a bus pass that was integrated into their licence card that allowed them to ride for free?
Would that get [...]

The Who’s ‘Tommy’ – a rock musical

By 13 October 2008

[ 28 October 2008 7:30 pm to 1 November 2008 7:30 pm. ] Where: Lake Tuggeranong College theatre, Cowlishaw St, Tuggeranong

When:  Tuesday 28 October to Saturday 1 November, 7.30pm

How much: $20 for adults, $15 for students

Lake Tuggeranong College and the Lakeside Players present The Who’s ‘Tommy’, a rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff.

Tommy is psychosomatically deaf dumb and blind. As a small child, he accidentally witnessed the [...]

The cockroach pizza of Dominos Dickson

By 12 October 2008

This pic sent in by a friend. The leggy beasty is right dab in the middle.
Dominos acted swiftly to provide a refund and remove all the pizzas in the order, they did however leave a bottle of Coke as a freebie.
The poor bloke who ate the adjacent slice to the cockroach is yet [...]

Live in Canberra Targets New Zealand Through Maori Rugby League Team

By 12 October 2008

Just when you thought Stanhopeless could not be any more stupid, out comes this gem as a media release. Without casting too many dispersions on our friends across the ditch, does the ACT govt really believe this will attract the cream of NZ to come and live in our fair city?
Live in Canberra targets New [...]

Floriade claims victory

By 12 October 2008

The ABC reports that Floriade organisers are thrilled with their own work this year.
“The blooms have just been fantastic again, they’ve probably lasted a little bit longer we’ve had some new soil put in this year and also a little bit of cooler weather which is great for the garden beds.
“Also the theme brings the [...]

Introducing Kitten and Snake

By 11 October 2008

Do you like comics? Do you like the web? Do you occasionally like those two things smooshed together into one easily accessed archive of comic galore?
Introducing a new Canberran-based webcomic, Kitten and Snake.
I’ve been told that it’s “an interesting blend of child-art and Canberra humour” If you like slightly self-aware comics, and daily, you should [...]

John and Marianne on 2XX – Talking the RiotACT episode 8

By 11 October 2008

For those who missed it live, the downloadable version of 2XX’s RiotACT segment featuring moi and Marianne Mettes is now available.
To catch it live tune in at 5pm on Friday afternoons on 2XX, 98.3FM.

Performance times for the fountain

By 10 October 2008

[First filed: October 03, 2008 @ 15:56]

And now for something important.
The NCA has announced the performance times for the Captain Cook Memorial Jet.
“From Tuesday 7 October the jet will operate from 2pm until 4pm daily, with special extended hours for key event such as Australia Day and Canberra Day.
The new operating hours were selected in [...]

Dog parks don’t get done in time

By 10 October 2008

John Hargreaves has put out a media release admitting that the planned dog parks for Tuggeranong and Belconnen won’t be ready before election day.
But they’re coming real soon now.
An open patch of grass and a stick is normally enough to keep most dogs overjoyed. Add a plastic bag dispenser and an occasionally emptied wheely bin [...]

A tale of trash

By 9 October 2008

Just wanted to share my outrage and bewilderment.
Sitting here in north Canberra at my computer, I noticed a truck pull up outside the neighbour’s house.
Two men in the cabin apparently just having a rest from their busy day.
One lit up a cigarette and the other opened a tin of tuna and promptly [...]

Lithium returns!

By 9 October 2008

[ 18 October 2008 at 9:00 pm; ]

This exciting news comes to us thanks to Facebook:

“It’s been nearly 4 months between this Lithum and the last, but it’s back!

Everybody’s formerly favourite regular indie night is returning after yet another irregular interval. The main difference this time is that I don’t feel like I have to justify our existence. You should know [...]

Parkour in Canberra

By 9 October 2008

Now here’s a cool bit of YouTube video.
“Footage of Australia’s Natsoc Parkour Gathering in Canberra 2008″
Nice to see the old Boulevard courtyard (where Toast used to be) being put to its proper purpose. Che and I were sprinting over it after a night on the turps years before anyone heard of Parkour (and amazingly [...]

JOE rider and you

By 9 October 2008

For a bit of fun here’s a media release that made its way in to me today:
Motorcycle Awareness Week
11th to the 17th of October 2008
“Where’s JOE Rider” Competition
Commencing at the close of the official launch ceremony on the 11th of October will be the launch of the “Where’s Joe Rider?” Competition proudly sponsored [...]

Pedal Power community forum – Some thoughts

By 9 October 2008

[First filed: October 08, 2008 @ 15:30]

Every now and then readers suggest I should attend some community council event or forum thingy.
I always beg off because I suspect they’re populated by overly intense people. Women wearing capes and men wearing beards.
Last night I went to the Pedal Power Community Forum. Partly I went because [...]

Canberra International Film Festival

By 8 October 2008

The programme for the Canberra International Film festival is now online ( and available at Dendy Cinemas.  As much as I look forward to this event each year, I have a couple of gripes:
1. As it was last year, it seems the Opening Night is only going to be for VIPs (i.e. for sending tickets out [...]

Could this be a real solution to stop drink driving?

By 8 October 2008

For anyone who listens to Hack on Triple J, they have just had a story about drink driving. One of the listeners has called in and suggested that they provide free transport not only from the venues, but to the venues as well.
Considering for the most part Canberra has one central area for night spots [...]

Bunda Street upgrade

By 8 October 2008

John Hargreaves has announced that he’s re-modeling the recently re-modeled Bunda Street.
$4 million worth and not a promise but tenders awarded.
“Investment into the upgrade of Bunda Street will total $4 million which will include the replacement of paving, sustainable water harvesting for street trees, safe crossing points, new street furniture and lighting.
The upgrade will provide [...]

New gay bar for Woden

By 8 October 2008

A reader has brought to my attention an announcement in SX News:
“The Hush Lounge is the exciting new addition to Canberra’s gay scene, joining Cube and Tilley’s to become the centre of gay and lesbian social life in Australia’s capital city. The Hush Lounge caters to older gays and lesbians looking for a low-key casual [...]

Trouble at Olims

By 8 October 2008

Hi all – walking to work this morning I noticed a police crime scene at Olims. 
Does anyone know what happened?
UPDATED: We now have an answer

Domestic Cleaning – positive experiences?

By 8 October 2008

We run a home-based business and the domestic chores have become too much!
We are exploring bringing in a domestic cleaner once a fortnight to give the house a once over so that we feel less guilty and can spend more of our down time as, well … down time.
Any recommendations?

Climate Torches converge in Canberra, Sunday 12 October

By 8 October 2008

[ 12 October 2008 at 10:30 am; ] The four climate torches that have been winding their way around the continent will converge on Canberra this Sunday morning at 10.30am in Reconcilation Place.

They’ll then make their way to Federation Mall (twixt old and new parliament houses) to be received by members of the government and the opposition (hopefully k-Rudd and M T-Bull).

But the [...]

Termites – that gnawing feeling

By 7 October 2008

My girlfriend and I have had our eyes on a house that’s been on the market for several months now, and a big drop in the asking price has finally inspired us to make an appointment to inspect.
The house ticks all of our boxes – great location, lots of bedrooms and living space, and big [...]

One in five of you are nuts

By 7 October 2008

Katy Gallagher has launched mental health week by pointing out that mental health issues are more common than asthma and diabetes.
Something RiotACT readers will vouch for no doubt.

Another face lift for the Northern side of the Lake.

By 7 October 2008

The Canberra Times has a story on another facelift for the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin.
In long ago 2006 the “R.G.Menzies Walk” was opened to formalise the string of paths between Commonwealth and Kings Avenues.
Now $7.5 million of Commonwealth money is going into paving it, installing lights, building a new footbrige bridge over the [...]

Fire at DFO?

By 6 October 2008

Skidbladnir has texted in the following report from the field:
DFO evacuated, alarms, not a drill etc…
Four police cars, the works, but the building takes roughly 20 minutes to distract the braindead ones from shopping
More as it comes to hand.
UPDATED: It’s sounding as if it was a bomb hoax.

Restaurant Review: Cocorea – Korean and Japanese food.

By 6 October 2008

A good way to upset the Japanese is to suggest there is any similarity between themselves and Koreans. The crimes committed in the name of Japanese exceptionalism are, however, well beyond the scope of this article.
Cocorea is, in any event, far more a Korean joint than anything else despite its claims to “Korean & [...]

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