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The Radiance Dance Project – “The Human Touch” photos and information session today yesterday.

By 11 December 2008

[First filed: December 10, 2008 @ 10:05]

Like most sensible men in Canberra I’ve always got time to talk to Min Mae. In common with those men, despite never having seen her express any anger, I’ve also picked up a certain air about her suggesting it would be a very, very bad idea indeed to be [...]

Corinbank 2009 – First lineup announcements

By 11 December 2008

The Corinbank Festival is running from 27 February to 1 March 2009.
The first round of pre-sales sold out in just two days the other week, before there were even any announcements about the line-up.
Now the first line-up announcement has been made via a media release containing this crucial paragraph:
The first line-up announcement for Corinbank includes: [...]

The Green plan for saving schools in the future

By 10 December 2008

Our highly paid Liberal team has had nothing to say this week despite a slew of Government policy initiatives.
The Greens Meredith Hunter, on the other hand, has announced legislation she’s bringing in to improve consultation around educational issues:
ACT Greens Parliamentary Convenor Meredith Hunter has submitted a Bill to the Legislative Assembly which will amend [...]

It appears there is no god.

By 10 December 2008

As seen in Braddon.
The pretty blonde driving the Peugeot is also wearing a hat saying “Paris” just in case you didn’t get that she really, really digs Paris.
It just seems so unfair.

Super school not so super? Or – West Belconnen gets the hose again.

By 10 December 2008

The Canberra Times has an explanation of the unfolding disaster occurring at the Kingsford Smith School in Holt (aka “The West Belconnen Super School”, aka “Ginninderra High”).
It was going to be a preschool-year 10 facility. On that basis foolish parents enrolled their children and bought school uniforms for the school’s first year of operation next [...]

The New Sheriff is going to clean up this town

By 10 December 2008

Our Brave Leader is really settling into his new role as Mayor of Canberra heading up the Department of Territory and Municipal services.
Firstly he’s getting tough on event organisers leaving their signs around town:

The Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008 will require event organisers to take reasonable steps to ensure their event is not [...]

Rally against the clean feed!

By 9 December 2008

[ 13 December 2008 at 12:00 pm; ] Still waiting for the final details, but if you feel strongly about the Rudd Government’s plans to apply arbitrary censorship to the internet while failing to block access to illegal material, you’ll want to pencil this one in.

There’s going to be a rally this Saturday against the so-called “clean feed”.

More details on Facebook with [...]

Padlock worries

By 9 December 2008

I’ve just noticed an official-looking black padlock which has mysteriously appeared on the tap at the front of my house to which is affixed a garden hose.
What does it mean?
Have I been dobbed in by my neighbours for excessive water usage after switching it on twice in the last six weeks?
It isn’t actually stopping [...]

Birds in the Diamonds, in the sky.

By 9 December 2008

[First filed: December 09, 2008 @ 10:16]

If you can pick your way through the construction site that is the parliamentary triangle you might see an interesting addition to one of Canberra’s better known pieces of public art.
“Diamonds” replaced the much loved suspended globe at the National Gallery after lightning eliminated that earlier work. It’s never [...]

Jeremy Hanson FTW!

By 9 December 2008

Just heard on the ABC that the new Liberal MLA, Jeremy Hanson, has used his maiden speech in the Assembly to assert his support for a woman’s right to choose and gay and lesbian civil unions.
Hardly revolutionary, but sadly unusual to hear from the mis-named “Liberals”.
Now if he can convince the rest of the party [...]

Xmas at Gorman House Markets: We have what you need!

By 9 December 2008

Xmas at Gorman House Markets.
We have what you need!
A christmas shopping experience that rewards you with a entertaining day out, Fun for the kids, Delicous food, Tasty drinks and most inportantly stalls brimming with unique and creative christmas presents for everyone you love.
Come have a day with us.
Every Saturday 10am until 4pm.
Ainslie Ave Braddon
Contact Cathy
02 [...]

Terribly British Day – A review

By 9 December 2008

[First filed: December 07, 2008 @ 15:43]

With the weather fine, what better way to spend a Sunday morning in the city than popping into the lawns in front of Old Parliament House for a look at the “Terribly British” car show?
Even if you only have a passing interest in cars this one is amazing. The [...]

Mr. Stanhope apologises for doing his own leaking

By 9 December 2008

As the Summernats sagas grow ever more lurid the Chief Minister has put his hand up to a bit of media manipulation.
We had wondered just how a handy treasury minute on Summernats finances had found its way into the hands of media.
It turns out Mr Stanhope left it behind for them after a media conference.
He [...]

Canberra Stadium Security goes High Definition

By 9 December 2008

A Canadian company called Avigilon have put out a media release touting their success in winning the contract to provide our very own Canberra Stadium with a “High Definition (HD) surveillance system to monitor patrons, ensuring improved public safety and overall venue security”
Apparently 11 face recognising cameras will now be scanning the crowd identifying trouble [...]

Canberra Christmas lights 2008 – mapped.

By 9 December 2008

I have been creating a google map with the Christmas light locations within the ACT region. Ive taken lists from a couple of web sites and added the in.
Have a look:
http://opshop.org/christmas. Hope it helps people find the best places in town.
Please help out by added any missing locations and voting for the good [...]

The philosophical conundrum of abandoned beer

By 8 December 2008

I came across this sight in Ainslie this afternoon and it raised so many questions. (For the hard of seeing it’s a sealed, full, bottle of VB)
Why would anyone leave a full beer behind?
Have they done something nasty to it and re-sealed it? (A bogan trap of sorts, if you will)
Are they planning to come [...]

Restaurant Review: la pasa – Singaporean cuisine on Alinga St

By 8 December 2008

I hadn’t been expecting to be doing restaurant dining when I went out on Friday afternoon. But she-who-must-be-obeyed put her foot down demanding food and a kebab apparently wasn’t going to cut it.
So I wasn’t really dressed fine dining (black t-shirt, cargo pants, hat hair) when we darkened La Pasa’s stylish door on Alinga Street [...]

Urban and Small Space Vegetable Gardens – help from the Environment Centre

By 8 December 2008

The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre has developed “edible garden starter kits” designed specifically to suit Canberra’s climate and urban spaces. 
Growing some of your own food reduces “food miles” and the environmental impacts of conventional agriculture.  It also provides you with delicious fresh food that is generally more nutritious than what is available from the supermarket.
If you [...]

Chic Henry spins in ever decreasing circles at ever increasing pace

By 8 December 2008

According to the ABC, Chic Henry has had a gutful, and is using the same breath to tell everyone that Summernats is here to stay, but might move to Sydney if the price is right.
He also continues to cry poor, stating that he only has four days a year to make his salary.
There there, Chic. [...]

Helping out the fluffy puppies a political priority that never goes out of fashion.

By 8 December 2008

Jon Stanhope has taken some joy in announcing that as soon as he’s done offering condolences to the city Mumbai tomorrow (No, I’m really not making this up) he’s going to be pushing through a helping hand to the RSPCA.
“”The RSPCA ACT is facing financial stress driven by a combination of growing demand as families [...]

Terribly British Day – A review

By 7 December 2008 FEATURED ARTICLE

With the weather fine, what better way to spend a Sunday morning in the city than popping into the lawns in front of Old Parliament House for a look at the “Terribly British” car show?
Even if you only have a passing interest in cars this one is amazing. The multiplicity of vehicles knocked out of [...]

City Beautified? Well they can’t say we didn’t warn them…

By 7 December 2008

[First filed: December 05, 2008 @ 23:18]

Laurel Waits came across this scene in civic this week.
RiotACT readers had already speculated on the ways these things could be brought down.
More scary is that if it wasn’t dragged down by drunks it fell down on it’s own.
Good luck to anyone they land on.

Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

By 7 December 2008

I’ve been noticing an increase in big scary, native (I think) hornets around the place.
We first noticed them walking up the big hill in Lyons some weeks back, but now they’re in the garden. Haven’t been able to get a snap yet, but they are very big – at least 5cm long and with a [...]

Sub-urban by Bellucis – New bar, and a familiar restaurant returns

By 7 December 2008

Bellucis has been lurking in its art-deco building at the end of Wooley St in Dickson for longer than I care to remember. I had the family part of my 21st birthday there.
After a major refit and expansion they’ve re-opened and done some rather inspired things.
The old restaurant is there with very tasteful wood [...]

Just how many bakeries can one shopping centre intersection support?

By 7 December 2008

I was struck by this scene the other day. It’s the ground floor of the Canberra Centre, just outside the Supabarn.
You’ve got a Dobinson’s, a Bakers Delight, and a Golden Crust all within a croissant’s throw of each other.
On top of that, if baked goods are your thing, there’s a Muffin Break, a Donut King, [...]

Truth in advertising?

By 7 December 2008

One of the stranger (or perhaps more depressingly predictable) things about Canberra is our rules on advertising signage. You can’t put up a billboard. But if you can write it with flowers and pay off the Government you can still advertise on prime real estate down Northbourne Avenue. Assuming, that is, your outfit is adjudged [...]

Festivals funding!

By 7 December 2008

Our Brave Leader has announced the events that are getting a share of the $220,000 going this year for festivals.
“Canberrans will benefit from a series of exciting festivals and events staged throughout 2009 that cater for a variety of interests and activities,” Mr Stanhope said.

2009 ACT Festival Fund Recipients (in alphabetical order)

Applicant

Purpose

Amount Approved

ACT Writers Centre

To [...]

Where Art and Alcohol Collide

By 6 December 2008

I followed my own advice and went along to have a look at the 2008 ANU Art Graduate Exhibition. At midday on Saturday, there was every indication that the grand opening the previous night had been quite a big affair – lots of bottles and glasses through the School of Art and almost nobody [...]

Sometimes you just really need a nap… right now…

By 6 December 2008

Taken at Shell Tuggeranong, early Sat morning around 0530. Possibly the result of a hard night at PJs.
With Parliament and the Pacific School games in Canberra this week, accommodation has been at a premium.
Finding anywhere to get your head down for some sleep has been a mission.
This guy succeeded…

The stage is set for Christmas in the City

By 6 December 2008

The Chief Minister is proudly touting a night of chrimbo cheer in Civic Square (the bit off London Circuit in front of the theatre).
In particular Canberra’s official Christmas tree is lighting up, having had the star put on top personally by the ActewAGL supremo, Michael Costello earlier in the week.
“”Christmas in the City promises to [...]

The National Portrait Gallery – reviewing a salute to influence

By 6 December 2008

It’s not every week a new national institution opens.
Shoe-horned in front of the High Court we now have a National Portrait Gallery. It’s a beautiful example of the new school Australian modernist architecture and, as a building I’ll confess to falling in love with it.
On the other hand we have a National Gallery of Art, [...]

Guide Dogs’ marketing strategy … what do you think?

By 6 December 2008

I just took a selling call from the Guide Dogs – naturally want to support them, so though RSPCA is my first animal welfare option to help out financially, I thought ‘OK, I’ll spend 5 or 10 dollars’. The caller said they had calendars for $12.95, so I thought, OK, bit more than I [...]

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