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Restaurant review – Babars on Bunda Street

By 8 January 2009

Lunch in Civic today was at Babars. I used to be a big fan of the place when it was the nearest bar to Electric Shadows back in the day.
At 12.15pm it certainly wasn’t over crowded and we were able to get a great shaded table on Bunda Street with wonderful views of the passing [...]

So tell us about you… property ownership

By 8 January 2009

A quick poll for you to tell us more about yourself.
You guys seem to love these things.

Are ACT parking inspectors too vigilant?
Yes – They should be more lenient with public events
No – If you park illegally, you deserve a ticket
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A Slow Goodbye To Claret Ash Trees In Canberra

By 8 January 2009

While this topic will be of little interest to some, as a keen gardener I though other “green thumbers” might be interested.
We recently bought a house in the Belconnen area, and one of the many positive aspects of the property were the beautiful mature trees.  The main two are a Red Gum and a Claret [...]

Hash House Harriers in Canberra: up-coming runs

By 8 January 2009

I’ve posted a couple of previous items on the Hash House Harriers, a sociable mob (or mobs) of drinkers with a running problem. Lob the word ‘Hash’ into yon search field at the top of this page for more.
Some details of upcumming runs in the week commencing Monday 12 January appear below. The link at [...]

Philip John Goodrick: A Life Well-Lived: 1950-2008

By 7 January 2009

I have been asked by my family to bring this to the RiotAct readership’s attention.
In Late december, 2008, Phil Goodrick was taken from us. He was a great man, and I am sure that there would be several people that read RA who would have known him.
The family have asked that if you did know [...]

Hospital holds up over holidays

By 7 January 2009

Katy Gallagher is thrilled that with the city a ghost town over the Xmas/NY’s break the emergency department at the hospital has coped with the consequences of our indulgences.
She’s particularly pleased with 60 babies brought successfully into the world as well as a large number of chest pain sufferers:
Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA said [...]

Building a freak bike with the Rat Patrol

By 7 January 2009

[First filed: January 05, 2009 @ 16:14]

My last bike cost me a few hundred dollars from a sports shop. It had a big heavy frame and was quite good at getting me to and from pubs in the Inner North without mishap.
But after a year at the coast the spokes had all rusted through and [...]

They came from outer space

By 7 January 2009

Well, they came from my backyard actually…but they do look large enough to star in an ‘Attack of the Killer Courgette’ remake (yes yes, I know it was rampaging tomatoes for all you geeks. This is a ‘reimagined’ version, frak you).
But I digress.

I came home to Canberra the other day from summer holiday fun to [...]

What’s the worst thing you’ve seen a diplomat doing?

By 6 January 2009

The ACT has a large diplomatic corp. To some extent they’re beyond the law.
Most of course do not abuse the privilege, but there are bad eggs everywhere.
So, dear readers, what’s the worst thing you’ve encountered a diplomat doing in Canberra?
(If you haven’t actually seen it yourself make sure you clearly describe your sources).

Ballooning over Canberra – A review

By 5 January 2009

[First filed: January 02, 2009 @ 13:03]

Santa threw a bit of a curve ball this Christmas morn with vouchers for a boxing day balloon ride for not just me but also for my brother (visiting from Japan), and both our girlfriends. (The gift was with Balloon Aloft, this article is in no way a judgment [...]

Has anyone noticed the new kids play centres popping up across town?

By 5 January 2009

Whilst on Holiday, we were looking for ways to entertain the kids. We went out to DFO, mainly so that I could see what the fuss was about.
There is a new Kids play area called “Monkey Mania” and it looks pretty good. We found that it was a bit steep in cost, around $35 for [...]

Lanyon car breakins

By 5 January 2009

Has anyone been having problems with their cars being broken into in the Lanyon area?
My car gets parked in my front yard like it has been for about 3 years now, and some low life scum has all of a sudden felt the need to break into in twice in the last 2 months. Nothing [...]

Staffies and Kelpies leading the turnover at the RSPCA

By 5 January 2009

My own “Rescue Kelpie” is snoring at my feet as I type (a rescue kelpie does not rescue anything, but rather is rescued), he’s doing an improving line in fetching the ball but otherwise remains of few achievements.
Today the RSPCA has released its statistics on what dogs make up most of their business.
Staffies and Kelpies [...]

Christmas Trees for 5 January

By 5 January 2009

There’s just one day left before the 12 days of Christmas come to an end.
Here are our most recent entries in the RiotACT Christmas Tree Competition.
The first is from Kerces family home, the second is from the National Library as sent in by NFP.
Slideshow of all our 2008 entries below:

White canvas shoes rather in at the moment?

By 5 January 2009

The other night we were having a drink in Dickson while waiting for our take-away order.
While enjoying the atmosphere in Sub-urban we couldn’t help but be struck by the prevalence of white canvas shoes. Is this a uniform or something?
Also admire the way the bar stools make it look like g-strings are being worn!

New tourist attractions for Canberra and environs?

By 5 January 2009

Ok we have Summernats, Floriade and the Food and Wine Frolic but we’ve lost the V8s and the birdman rally.
Lets have some ideas for new and exciting festivals that Canberra could host to bring in the tourists.

The DIY Summernats reportage

By 5 January 2009

[First filed: January 02, 2009 @ 08:57]

Summernats 2009 has, it seems, commenced.
So dear reader what Summernats experiences have you had this year?
Good, bad, indifferent, just leave them all in the comments. But make sure they’re about this year, and not ancient history.
If you’ve got pictures email them in to
UPDATED: Thank to Hidiho for the [...]

Christmas Trees for 2 January

By 2 January 2009

The twelve days of Christmas don’t end until 6 January. So there’s still time to send in your entries.
Here’s three more in from the Johnboy parental units, Digga, and Loose Brown.

You can send your photos in to
Slideshow of entries to date below:

New Year’s Eve 2009

By 2 January 2009

[First filed: January 01, 2009 @ 10:12]

If you’re sensible and have a girlfriend – wife – spouse – partner you spend New Year’s Eve at a private party.
Civic is for the terminal ravers and the young and lonely hoping to find someone with which to bump uglies.
But for you dear reader I left behind a [...]

Seven Roos at Canberra Centre

By 2 January 2009

Normally when you go for a midnight walk through the Canberra Centre area you don’t expect to see too many strange things.
However when I past Target and headed out the back of the Centre I saw seven roos hopping around on the grass near the Bus Stop.
Now I did clean my glasses and [...]

Canberra catering companies?

By 2 January 2009

I’m looking for a reputable caterer to do a buffet for a low-key wedding reception.
Having not done this before, I’m not sure where to start looking, aside from the usual internet searches which I’ve done.
Mostly the testimonials are on companies’ own websites and as expected, are all very positive. Maybe they are all [...]

Where were your children?

By 1 January 2009

The ABC’s got a piece on how well behaved the crowds were in Canberra for New Year’s Eve.
With, that is, the exception of one silly 18 year old who punched a policeman in the head hard enough to put the officer in hospital.
The only area of concern it seems is the number of kiddies out [...]

Coles Liquor vs Liquorland

By 1 January 2009

As a young employee of a newer (3-4 year old) Coles supermarket, I am sick and tired of the abuse that I and my fellow employees get from customers who buy alcohol and go to the wrong register. I understand that we have no queues in front of our registers where those who have RSAs [...]

DIY Wotz on Guide for NYE

By 30 December 2008

[First Filed: December 28, 2008 @ 08:08]
Just throwing a lifeline out there to find out what there is to do in Canberra to bring in 2009 ??
Gots nowhere to throw my own party, and wanted to find some events to attend.
Don’t really care about people’s ‘private’ plans, but if anyone can be helpful to let [...]

Christmas Trees for 25 December

By 28 December 2008

[First Filed: December 25, 2008 @ 16:55]

Gungahlin Al has sent in his Christmas Tree. Christmas havving 12 days we’re still taking entries.
Send them in to
Slideshow of all entries below:

RA ghost hunting trip?

By 28 December 2008

From a previous thread
#195 posted by Disposable
07:56, 24 Dec 2008
Awesome thread!
I did the Screensound/NFSA tour years ago and it was fairly spooky. I have also done one of Tim the Yowie Man’s awesome weird Canberra tours, definitely recommended and a lot of fun.
Apart from the NFSA surely Canberra’s most haunted spot has to be [...]

What’s a good cafe/restaurant operating at this time of year where a group of friends can have breakfast/brunch

By 27 December 2008

I have been delegated organiser of a get-together of friends (40ish year old women). I am thinking a really nice breakfast/brunch somewere on the southside or city, preferably outside with a lovely setting.  Any suggestions of places to go would be great.
Oh, and please don’t suggest Silo – I know it’s fantastic and all that [...]

My Christmas, by Rosebud

By 26 December 2008

I spent Christmas day with the Jews, Moslems, Sihks, Hindus and atheists of the world at Melbourne Zoo. I stood on the parapet and watched as the Zoo Keepers fed the still wet and bloody head and shoulders of a newly slaughtered goat to a pack of hungry African Hunting Dogs.  The large crowd roared [...]

Christmas Trees for 22 December

By 26 December 2008

[First Filed: December 22, 2008 @ 09:02]
I’m not really here, just doing the Christmas trees.
And a fine crop we have with contribution, respectively from Danman, CleptaK, and Nik73.
If you want your Christmas tree features just email it in the

Slideshow of all the entries below:

How fast is the average Canberran’s internet connection?

By 26 December 2008

Out of nothing other than idle curiosity, I’d be interested to find out how fast my fellow Canberran’s are when connected to the Interweb.
Do a speed test at and post the results here.
For me, variable speeds anywhere between 4Mb and 10Mb download speed. Here’s one result from a few minutes ago :
For those [...]

Hey Dude, where’s my garbage (and recycling) collection?

By 24 December 2008

Just in case you wake up tomorrow morning, unwrap all your presents, and then find your unemptied recycling and garbage bins out front… The hard working garbos and recyclers are taking a well earned break, no doubt disposing of some meats, and recycling a few tinnies. TAMS have issued a notice that garbage and recycling [...]

Christmas Trees for 24 December

By 24 December 2008

Apfel Pie was very impressed with the effort this bus driver had gone to.
But the cake was most definitely taken by Purp Penguin’s friends with a legendary feat of vomit bomb consumption.
If you want your tree considered for competition email it in to
Slideshow of all the entries to date below:

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