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Debate on the Conder car crash

By 13 August 2008

Can I please have everyone’s attention!!!!!
Has anybody noticed how this discussion started?!? It was a condolence message. . . and I think that this blog should have stayed in that way. . .
Most people who have added their opinion or made speculation, put yourself in the position of the young driver, her family and her friends [...]

Who shall we put up for Australian of the Year?

By 13 August 2008

Chief Minister Stanhope is calling for nominations from the ACT for the 2009 Australian of the Year awards.
“I urge all Canberrans to consider nominating someone who may have achieved excellence in their chosen field, made a significant contribution to the local or Australian community, or acted as an inspirational role model to others.”
Categories are:
– [...]

Civil partnerships exceeding expectations

By 13 August 2008

One thing which should never surprise us is the capacity of the ACT Government to be surprised.
The ABC reports that while the Office of Regulatory Services planned for 15 ‘civil partnerships’ between gays and lesbians each year, they’ve had 23 already in the last three months.
Apparently they’re expecting another surge based around Floriade.
One would however, [...]

Junk Mail in the ACT?

By 12 August 2008

Does anyone know how junk mail for places like JB, Woolies, Big W etc is handled in the ACT? Is there a central company or lots of small operators?
I recently removed a no junk mail sign and am noticing plenty of  Vietnamese takeaway pamphlets and ACT Liberals advertising, but nothing of interest. I want those [...]

Can the NGA beat this?

By 12 August 2008

Our own national art gallery seems so tame when compared to Switzerland. When can Canberrans expect to see giant turds on the south side of the lake? http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/12/2332079.htm
A giant inflatable dog poo by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking [...]

The shocking state of the ACT Internal Omnibus Network

By 12 August 2008

 Since Action has now had a couple of months to work out the bugs in it’s new schedule I’m forced to ask: is this as good as it gets?
On my run we have five buses running between 8am and 9am This isn’t enough buses by far but it would work a lot better if the [...]

The Cotter Dam Enlargement – where will the Dam Wall stop, and what about the picnic area?

By 11 August 2008

I was watching the telly last night, and the ad for ACTEWAGL came on, talking about the need to increase the dam size. It takes a while to sink in with me, and I have watched this ad several times, but it only just made it through the “switch off – its an ad…”
Where will [...]

Local wines for teh win!

By 11 August 2008

Andrew Barr has excitedly announced that local wines have done well in the latest edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion:
The region’s flagship producer Clonakilla achieved the 5 star rating; Mount Majura, Ravensworth, Helm, Lark Hill and Collector all achieved a 4.5 star rating. I congratulate all 15 wineries on this outstanding achievement.
“This [...]

Hamish and Andy’s Gravy Chip – Now available in stores?

By 11 August 2008

Word has been out that Hamish and Andy’s ‘the people’s chip’ is now available at some select Coles and Woolworths stores. I guess its true too, because the ones on ebay are now selling for as less as $1.
I have been to Coles Manuka, Curtin and Woden, with no luck.
Has anyone found this elusive chip?
[ED [...]

We’re doing the Canberra Plan again

By 11 August 2008

Governments love putting together plans. It beats the heck out of the much harder business of executing them.
This Government is no exception, it lead the nation in announcing plans for this that and the other. The opportunities to look visionary are exceptional.
The really best thing about plans is the political cover they give. If you [...]

Let The Games Begin – ACT Polling kicks off.

By 11 August 2008

The ABC is reporting that pre-election polling begun over the weekend, and delightfully myself and the rest of my family were contacted, although I am no longer eligable for voting in this years ACT election, so theres a small problem to begin with.
Field Works Market Research have begun calling Canberrans over the weekend with [...]

Central Cafe (Gungahlin) – first impressions

By 11 August 2008

My first introduction to the original Central Cafe in Queanbeyan was many years ago where I was left awestruck by their “Coca-Cola” inspired logo, the red velour wallpaper, team photos of the then Woodgers Raiders adorning the walls and of course the legendary “Mixed Grill“.
Since those early days the Central Cafe in Queanbeyan has [...]

CLUB LIME – Any good?

By 11 August 2008

Is anyone a member of this gym [Club Lime]? If so is it any good?
A new one has open at Tuggeranong and I am thinking of joining.
But I haven’t heard much about what they are like..

Would you like to buy your land over the counter?

By 10 August 2008

[First filed: August 02, 2008 @ 09:35
[Second filing: August 08, 2008 @ 19:28]
Mr. Stanhope has announced that “over the counter” land sales will commence from Monday, 11 August.
Over 100 blocks in Franklin, Bonner and Dunlop will be available for sale over the counter, removing the need for interested parties to register for a ballot or [...]

Favourite local supermarket?

By 10 August 2008

Recently, I discovered two good local supermarkets – IGA Chapman, and Friendly Grocer Campbell.
It inspired me to ask, what’s your favourite community supermarket?

Loss of another Canberra Icon – HMAS Canberrra

By 10 August 2008

Nearly missed this one.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Canberra (a Kent class heavy cruiser and at the time only one of two ships of that size in our fleet) in the aftermath of the Battle of Savo Island in 1942. 83 of her crew were lost in the operation with [...]

Recommend a good GP?

By 10 August 2008

Can someone please recommend a [good] bulk billing GP in the city?
I am a student at ANU and the University Health Service is always booked (last Monday I tried to get an appointment and I couldn’t get one until the following Monday). I am aware of the ‘show up and queue’ medical centre in Belconnen, [...]

Not at all safe for work (or the young) – the world of the other Tess Ryan, browsersnob.

By 9 August 2008

TheDogz noted that the Scootergals’ spokesperson shared a name with a well set up private “escort and companion” servicing the ACT at www.tessryan.com.
Scootergal assures us that the Tess Ryans are not one and the same but the website remains an illuminating browse with some insights into another world (for many of us).
For example every page [...]

Canberra Scootergals are go

By 8 August 2008

The following in from the Canberra Scootergals:
With an increase of over six percent in motorcycle and scooter sales in the last six months due to petrol prices at an all time high, Canberra is becoming more populated with scooter riders who prefer the easy commute to work, along with ‘no hassle’ parking.
Now there is a [...]

Loss of a Canberran Icon

By 8 August 2008

[ED - Thanks to Sally McFadden for sending in a photo of Daniel]
Rest in peace Daniel McFadden, we’ll miss seeing you selling your paintings around Civic and your welcoming smile always eager to share a story with anyone passing by.
Some people knew you as Filthy McFadden but you were Danny and we [...]

Pies: Michels Pastiserie vs Bakers Delight

By 8 August 2008

We’ve discussed pies here before. This review is about one type of pie which has unfortunately suffered from the demise of the pie, the Steak and Kidney pie. S&K pies have declined in popularity, however if you have the taste for them, you will be one of the few of us who order them at [...]

It’s Time to Revisit the Battery Cage Ban

By 8 August 2008

In September last year, as a result of a concerted campaign by Free Range Canberra supported by the Human Battery Cage project and the tabling of a Bill to ban battery cages in the ACT by Greens MLA Dr Deb Foskey, the ACT Government announced three measures “designed to phase out battery egg production in [...]

The end of Braggs at Latham

By 8 August 2008

Former Mix 106.3 announcer Mark Parton has been a surprisingly popular source of conversation on RiotACT.
Fans of his work might be pleased to know his blog remains active.
This week he’s eulogising the Bragg’s school-wear shop in Latham.
Apparently there are some great bargains going as they depart.

Does anyone have any background history on the old Internment camp in Fyshwick?

By 8 August 2008

I have only just learnt of it’s existence and i was wondering if anyone knew about its history.

Firestone replies

By 8 August 2008

[ED - Firestone have submitted this reply to Danman's earlier critique]
Hi Daniel. I am one of the owners of Firestone. This is the first I’ve heard of your experience. I do recall your emails now, they came through with a spam warning so I didn’t open them.
You must appreciate we get a lot of [...]

The Oz Music Show on 2XX this Saturday

By 8 August 2008

Heya guys!
Just thought I’d let you know about this week’s Oz Music Show, Saturday 5-7pm!!
I’ll be having a chat to Andrew Gurguis from Sydney’s KID CONFUCIUS as well as featuring the new segment: ‘Crossing the Boarder’ with Melbournites DIRT RIVER RADIO.
As well as having our local favourites THE CASHEWS live in the studio talking about [...]

John James closes its cancer clinic

By 7 August 2008

The Canberra Times is reporting that Calvary John James is closing down its cancer clinic.
The rebates that we’re receiving from private health funds are not matching the expenses of running and staffing the unit. And I suppose, bearing in mind that the hospital was sold less than two years ago for being under financial pressure, [...]

A Review of Sorts – Firestone Italian Restaurant

By 7 August 2008

[ED - Firestone responded to this post with one of their own.]
This is a review of sorts, but more a record of my experiences I have had with Firestone Italian restaurant.
I have decided to post this story because, I believe that I should advise people of my experiences in the hope that they can learn [...]

Best Chips in Fyshwick?

By 7 August 2008

After our previous favourite takeaway was bought out, the food there subsequently became crap and my workmates and I no longer have anywhere to go to get a good serving of chips.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a takeaway somewhere in Fyshwick that has good chips?

Some answers on the Wanniassa Medical Centre

By 6 August 2008

Daktari has posted some answers on the Wanniassa issue which I thought needed wider prominence than just sitting in the comments:
As one of the doctors at the Phillip Medical Centre I think I can answer some of your questions.
“How do they currently measure the performance of its contracted doctors at the Phillip Centre? Will the [...]

Grocery pricing in the ACT on the new Government site.

By 6 August 2008

Woolies seem to pip Coles in dairy, but otherwise Coles in the ACT conforms with the national trend.
http://www.grocerychoice.gov.au/Basket.aspx?region=11
That said, there are Aldi stores in canberra, so why not reflect them in the list?  What do canberrans reckon about this grocery-watch thing? 
And why isn’t high school maths good enough to let people work out the [...]

New Canberra Scene – Shuffling!

By 6 August 2008

I’ve discovered this gem of a video of one of a series of ‘happenings’ in Garema Place.
It seems there is a new dance style, ‘The Shuffle’. You do it to industrial style techno, and you wear out your sneakers pretty quickly.
And before anyone starts having a go at these guys, their (although sometimes unintelligible) comments [...]

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