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Flyballers hard done by at the show?

By 2 March 2009

I know when I go to the show it’s the flyballers I always make a beeline for.
But it would seem the people and dogs providing that entertainment aren’t being well looked after. Here’s one blogger’s view of proceedings:
after a while of scraping through the dirt possum started limping and then we saw that she had [...]

Canberra to get some much needed retail excellence

By 2 March 2009

Many of us are quite hopeful that an economic downturn might encourage retailers to rediscover the lost art of customer service.
The Chiefly Jon Stanhope has today announced that more encouragement is on the way:
Chief Minister and Minister for Business and Economic Development Jon Stanhope, has today launched the inaugural ACT Chief Minister’s Retail Excellence [...]

Cycling in pedestrian areas

By 2 March 2009

Why do cyclist insist on riding on their bikes in the confined and heavy foot traffic area of Gus’s, Milk and Honey, Cafe Essen and also across the road in the narrow path that holds Cream, Sammy’s, Wagaman etc. I am sick and tired of nearly being bashed into by some stupid girl or boy on a [...]

Simon to forgive your guns

By 2 March 2009

This one appeared on Friday after I’d checked out of reality.
Simon Corbell has announced a three month gun amnesty.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today declared a firearms amnesty as part of a campaign to promote compliance with Firearms legislation in the ACT.“The government is strongly committed to firearms regulation that promotes the [...]

Two 20 metre high granite structures for the Gallipoli Reach

By 2 March 2009

[First filed: February 26, 2009 @ 17:26]

The SMH reports on new plans for specific memorials to the two world wars of the 20th century.
The design will see two 20 metre-high granite structures constructed near the stretch of Lake Burley Griffin’s northern foreshore known as Gallipoli Reach, flanking the entrance to Anzac Parade.
Don’t hold your breathe [...]

The casino gets a failing grade

By 2 March 2009

The all seeing eye has noticed an outsider’s view of our casino:
the Entrance of the casino was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo superrrrr ??? can!
gosh. unlike the grand entrance of Starcity… Casino of Canberra.. look.soo.. dodgy!
even the carpark is rather empty! gosh!
i was still worried that i wld gt lost coz i forgt to bring my phone.
we took like [...]

When traffic lights go out, why doesn’t anyone know?

By 2 March 2009

I was coming out of Calvary Hospital onto Haydon Dr. at 8.30pm on Sat. night and then turning right onto Belconnen Way. There were 16 000 people at a Brumbies match just up the road.  The lights to get onto Haydon Dr from Calvary were totally nonfunctional, as were the lights at the major Haydon/Belco [...]

International Alliance of Guardian Angels Canberra calls for volunteers

By 2 March 2009

The A.C.T. Chapter of the International Alliance of Guardian Angels is calling for volunteers who are prepared to give their time to help make Canberra a safer place. With a variety of programs including Street Safety Patrols, Youth and anti-bullying programs, Teacher training programs and even graffitti clean up days.
While Safety Patrolling is a high [...]

Victorian Bushfires Benefit Concert

By 2 March 2009

In review:
Bands – great.
Turnout – rather average.
Volume – just a bit too loud to hear myself think.
I understand a bit of money was raised and all worked out well.
ED – Farnarkler sent in another view which I’ve appended here:
The setup there assumed a couple of thousand would be turning up but at 4pm there were [...]

The most disgusting person in Canberra

By 2 March 2009

There is someone, someone who I presume is literate, has good choice in books, and who is sufficiently able as to visit the library. This person, believe it or not has the most disgusting perversion I have ever come across(and that’s saying something.) This person takes books out of the library, mainly [...]

Royal Canberra Show 2009

By 28 February 2009

Despite Canberra’s significant republican leanings and no sign of HRH at the event, the Royal Canberra Show seemed to be a roaring success today. There are more things to see than one can possibly manage – especially with 3 small kids in tow. Even though they (kids & parents) may leave tired and grizzly, it’s [...]

Canberra Petrol Prices on your iPhone

By 28 February 2009

I’ve come across a cool (and free) iPhone application called GasBag Australia that allows you to find the cheapest petrol near you. To quote the description on iTunes…
‘GasBag Australia is a user-driven application that provides the fastest way to find the cheapest petrol near you. Our users are the best source of pricing data around [...]

White powder scare in Woden

By 27 February 2009

Smee has sent in this photo from Woden this morning after a white powder scare.
Five fire trucks?
It turned out to be powdered sugar.
And why is it we fear white powder more than other more lurid colours?
(Slideshow with more of the response below)

Parking mayhem on Constitution Avenue

By 27 February 2009

If you walk along Constitution Avenue on working days, you’ll know what I am talking about.
The small free car park tucked in between the $5/day and the construction site is an eyesore and an accident waiting to happen. Cars are shoved everywhere: along the entrance alleys, on kerbs, on the nature strip, I can’t wait [...]

History walking out the dungeon door – Canberra Bicycle Museum collection on the block

By 27 February 2009

[First filed: February 25, 2009 @ 15:20]

The Tradies/CFMEU business/industrial park that’s burgeoning on its Downer estates no longer has room for the neglected bicycle museum and so all the bikes of the ~1,000 strong collection must go.
The ACT Government is taking some choice bikes, collectors have swooped on some others.
But several hundred are being sold [...]

Interesting topic on the 7:30 Report; should the Australian War Memorial have a section devoted to the conflict between aboriginals and the 18th century Europeans?

By 27 February 2009

I suppose some aboriginals would consider that they are still at war with white settlement.
[ED - The transcript is online. Perhaps if this could be offered in exchange for packing up the tent embassy?]

Lightswitch – Film Screening in Canberra

By 26 February 2009

[ 27 February 2009 at 7:30 pm; ] [First filed: February 24, 2009 @ 11:59]

Into films? Into Girls? Into Motorcycles?

Come and check out LIGHTSWITCH! The short film is debuting in Canberra this Friday, 7:30pm at the University of Canberra. The Canberran film makers have just returned from LA where it made it’s premiere to an audience of over 500 people and was very [...]

Rallying to stop the clean feed

By 26 February 2009

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 14:56
Second filing: December 16, 2008 @ 12:37]
FURTHER UPDATE: The SMH reports that Senator Nick Xenophon is joining the Liberals and the Greens to consign this wicked plan to oblivion for at least the life of this Senate.
(Comic by Panama)

I’ve always been dubious as to the value of protest politics. [...]

The story of the Duntroon cadet drownings on Lake George.

By 26 February 2009

Earlier this week in a thread about hang gliding over Lake George Imhotep posted a link to what can best be described as a ballad to the five RMC cadets who drowned on the lake in 1956.
“How the hell does anyone drown on Lake George” you all cry, everyone does when the story gets related. [...]

The Poacher’s Way open for business

By 26 February 2009

The people who brought you the very popular Poacher’s Pantry line of local produce have today unveiled their latest initiative.
It’s called the Poacher’s Way and describes itself thusly:
Located in Canberra and the region, Poachers Way is a collective inspired by land and life. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle and passions of these creators by [...]

Thoughts on Cafe Gaudi.

By 26 February 2009

Well, I just had a Vanilla Slice from Cafe Gaudi.  They’re usually quite nice and made by some private baker.  The thing I’ve noticed about them is they leave the old stock on the cake shelves for too long.  Today the shelf was full so I thought they’d be nice.  I’d got back to work [...]

From the North – new eatery in Civic

By 26 February 2009

After wandering back to the city west carpark over recent weeks and watching a shopfront change from newspaper, to newspaper with “coming soon” on it, a restaurant has opened!
I grabbed a menu on Monday night, and safely accompanied by a motley array of colleagues we ventured to the North China Noodlearium. Hooray, I just invented [...]

Motorbike help

By 26 February 2009

More advice please?
Can anyone tell me a good place in Canberra to get a motorcycle seat re-covered?
Also I need a spare set of keys for the bike and the lock cut.

Another taskforce despatched to the South

By 25 February 2009

The ESA has announced that, having brought everyone home for the Balfour funeral, they’re sending a taskforce back into danger with difficult conditions forecast.
ACT to send fifth taskforce to Victorian bushfires
The ACT will today (Thursday) send its fifth taskforce deployment to Victoria to assist with the current bushfires.
ACT Taskforce 5 will consist of a total [...]

Facing off the members

By 25 February 2009

I’d like to meet a local politician, one on one, in an office – even though I’m just your average citizen and I’m not part of any advocacy or lobby group. 
If Stanhope and company are supposed to represent me, it would be nice of them to hear what I have to say.  It would be nice [...]

Who to go to for minor repairs?

By 25 February 2009

George may be a kelpie of few achievements, but one thing he can do is have a gentle gnaw on delicate things and leave them still mostly working. In this case She Who Must Be Obeyed’s dictaphone.
Other than the cap for the USB port the only damage is to the USB plug.
It’s a standard component [...]

Northside Represent! We can thug too!

By 25 February 2009

With the thugs of Tuggeranong bogarting all the media attention I was thrilled to see this in Dickson last night on Cape Street.
And with bonus postcode pride!
I’m sure the Northside thugs are better mannered and less prone to beating up strangers though.

Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 6 – Bellona, Canberra’s itinerant Goddess of War

By 25 February 2009

[First filed: February 24, 2009 @ 08:55]

This is the sixth 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:
Attached is a pic of Bellona the Roman Goddess of war. She’s been in a few spots over the years [...]

Trouble at Kambah High?

By 25 February 2009

Does anyone know what was going on at Kambah High School on Friday night?
Rumour has it there was about 200 kids throwing bottles and causing trouble and a whole heap of Police trying to get it under control?

I’ve got a lender for my land rents! – Stanhope

By 25 February 2009

The Canberra Times informs us that Comrade Stanhope’s beloved land rent scheme is not yet singing with the choir eternal.
He says he’s found a bank, a secret bank, willing to lend people money to build a house on rented land.
Mr Stanhope defended the scheme as a ”fantastic, successful, still-breathing” project.
He said negotiations with an unidentified [...]

Commonwealth moolah flows to Eddison and Glebe Parks

By 24 February 2009

When we think of “infrastructure projects” we generally like to think of big stuff. Continent spanning fibre-optic lines, double track electrified railway, huge water pipelines, dual carriageways with flyovers, canals, harbours, and dams.
But Mr Stanhope has announced that the first benefits of all this infrastructure splurging are going to be more prosaic.
The funding, from [...]

Another day, another failure on health service delivery

By 24 February 2009

Jeremy Hanson is having another poke at the seemingly hapless Katy Gallagher.
It seems that her fully worked out plans for a secure mental health facility at The Canberra Hospital and a Young Persons unit at Calvary Hospital were both vapourised by reality when it came time to figure out where they were going to fit.
“This [...]

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