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Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 8 – Civic of long ago

By 11 March 2009

[First filed: March 10, 2009 @ 08:58]

This is the eighth 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:
The interesting thing about the attached pic is that you can see the War Memorial. There were also lovely pine [...]

New Catholic school in Harrison?

By 11 March 2009

Has anyone heard of the plans to build a new Catholic primary school in Harrison?
I believe it is slated to open in time for the 2010 school year, and that it will be adjacent to the ACT Government’s Harrison School.
Does anyone have any more information about this development? Certainly, another choice in schools for Gungahlin [...]

Does Anybody Care? (About spelling)

By 10 March 2009

Does anybody care if a sign is spelt incorrectly?
The agents for the units have responded to this, saying the sign will not be changed.
[ED - this sort of attention to detail really inspires confidence in the builders eh?]

German night classes for travellers

By 10 March 2009

Hi all,
Does anyone know where in Canberra I could learn german (thinking Night Classses here once a week type thing)? It would be mainly for travelling as I plan to go there early next year. I have heard ANU may teach adults but is there anywhere else.
The sort of thing I am looking for is [...]

Gallagher declares year of blood… donors

By 10 March 2009

No it’s not the start of a leadership push.
Rather Katy Gallagher has named 2009 “the ACT Year of the Blood Donor”,

The launch was held at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) Blood Donor Travelling Exhibition. The Exhibition, which will be in Canberra until 12 March 2009, encourages individuals to find out their blood type [...]

Mont Sale

By 10 March 2009

Knowing that there is alot of riders here I thought this was a good place to start.
Each year I go to the Mont sale at Fyshwick.
It is usually around this time of year have I missed it or is it coming up?

Charity Auction – Bushfire assistance

By 10 March 2009

[ 12 March 2009 at 6:00 pm; ] A Charity Auction for the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal will be held at the Canberra Irish Club on Thursday the 12th March.

Many great Items including commonwealth & olympic sporting Memorabilia, a Gold Coast Holiday, Vouchers, Police boat ride around the lake to mention just a few.

Guest speaker will be Robbert De Castella 6.00pm start please [...]

Jalepeno Shortage hits Subway!

By 10 March 2009

A while ago I posted news of a supposed pineapple juice shortage and, miraculously, almost immediately the pineapple juice started to flow once more.
Envoking Murphy’s Law, I’m now alerting Rioters to the absence of jalepenos in Canberra Subways (the sandwich chain), apparently due to an American supply shortage.

Images of Canberra – Panorama of the Balloon Spectacular

By 10 March 2009

Anthony Caffery has sent in his “panorama” view of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2009.
It’s a good view of the event from the South bank of the lake.

“I Die” – Are you braced and ready for another Tableaux?

By 10 March 2009

[ 20 March 2009 at 7:00 pm; ]

Min Mae’s Tableaux are becoming the stuff of legends.

Apparently it’s the good nudity which empowers rather than the bad nudity which exploits.

The next one is beefing up the musical and theatrical components when it goes on show at the Gorman House Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS).

Here are the details from the FaceBook page:

I Die is [...]

War Memorial gets a ‘bou

By 10 March 2009

The ABC brings word that the War Memorial is going to take delivery of a retiring Caribou transport aircraft.
I’m pretty sure I can remember hearing these things were being retired around 1990, so it’s nice the air force has finally gotten around to doing it.
This one has apparently seen service in Vietnam, Timor and Bouganville. [...]

Canadian victim of anti-American racism and heartless judiciary!

By 10 March 2009

The Canberra Times has the sad story of Oliver James Kolouch, 22 of Canada, who spent his birthday drinking in Manuka. He was hassled by racists who’d mistaken him for a US citizen and naturally enough got in a fight.
Showing some wisdom he then smashed up a Proton sedan.
Flint hearted Magistrate Grant Lalor was making [...]

Balloon Spectacular 2009 – Day 1

By 10 March 2009

[First filed: March 07, 2009 @ 08:53]

Despite their benign and sedate appearance hot air balloon festivals are pretty dangerous things. After space travel It’s hard to find an activity with a higher fatality rate. The basic problem is that hot air balloons have zero visibility above them, and limited visibility below them. And what are [...]

Photographing the finer things of Queanbeyan. Lessons provided.

By 9 March 2009

Open to all!
Hi All,
Queanbeyan City Council’s Healthy Communities Committee is running a Community Photographic and Story Telling Competition. We want to find out about what makes Queanbeyan a great place to live, who are the shining stars of our community and what are our hidden treasures. We are asking people to take a photo [...]

The kangaroo menace comes to Garran

By 9 March 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that a huge kangaroo has broken into a Garran house and terrorised the residents before being wrestled into submission by the man of the house.
The suburb of Garran backs on to a reserve but the Beman and Ettlin house, which they have only been in for three weeks, is a [...]

Another University for Canberra

By 7 March 2009

CIT have announced that they’ve done a deal with Charles Sturt University to offer degree courses here in Canberra:
The agreement will allow CIT students to gain qualifications beyond their studies at CIT to access higher education courses, such as gaining access to Charles Sturt University’s wide choice of degrees, including distance education courses.
For Charles [...]

Review of my stay at Postnatal Maternity Ward in Canberra Hospital

By 7 March 2009

Skipping past the labour (I had lots of nitro gas, that stuff is awesome).
I stayed 3 nights in the postnatal ward after giving birth at The Canberra Hospital. The babies sleep next to you in a crib for the entire visit (yes, no breaks from them unless you have a nice mum or partner to [...]

If you’re not festivaled out here comes the Canberra Festival

By 7 March 2009

[First filed: March 06, 2009 @ 09:17]

His Chieflyness Jon Stanhope has declared the party started for the Canberra Festival running from March 7 to 15.
Apparently ex-Idol Jessica Mauboy is a “Canberra favourite” and will join Kate Miller-Heidke, the aged Hoodoo Gurus, and Dora the Explorer for Celebrate In The Park. (We note that a line-up [...]

Garema Place – Heart of Darkness! Inconsiderate feeding of the poor to blame?

By 6 March 2009

CityNews is running a public safety scare on Garema Place with an unusual culprit:
Jude Cohen, owner of Bardelli’s Café, is right in the middle of the trouble.
“There was someone stabbed in the face just the other week,” he says. “There is a core group of about 20 people who cause all the trouble, [...]

Tall-bike jousting – and a stink

By 6 March 2009

At times there was almost too much going on at Corinbank over the weekend.
But thanks to YouTube, even if we missed it, we can see the knights of the tall-bike have at each other, have a stink after, and watch it get broken up with a jousting stick.

Big prizes running for Youth Week

By 6 March 2009

National Youth Week is running from 28 March to 5 April.
The ACT bit has it’s own Facebook Group.
But of particular interest to the “25 and unders” out there is the competitions.
Prizes include (as announced by Youth Week ACT supremo Chanel Cole):
– $10,000 cash. Yup. You read that right.
– $1000 cash for your school + [...]

Any recommendations of financial planners in Canberra?

By 5 March 2009

Hi there,
I’m a little late with my new years resolution to get my financial affairs in order but I’m determined that this will be the year.
I’m finally earning a decent income and would like some professional advice on how much I should be saving and whether I should pay extra off my HECS debt?

Million Paws Walk wants your registration

By 5 March 2009

The RSPCA has opened registrations for the Million Paws Walk which will be held on Sunday 17 May.
If you’ve got a sociable dog it can be a very fun day going for a medium length walk around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin.
I can’t say I’ve ever bothered with the registration, but the RSPCA [...]

What would you do?

By 5 March 2009

Living in my street, I tend to notice who does what, and the neighbours and the gossip factory are well established.
One of the people in our street, a young lad, has been working for a real estate company. He’s got a flash new car.
He lives at home, with mum and dad, we all know [...]

The right to post on YouTube: Is what you do outside work your own business?

By 5 March 2009

With the dazzling Sydney Mardi Gras parade exploding in colour and pageantry along Oxford Street again this Saturday night, I have heard a disturbing report from my partner’s friend in Canberra.
Apparently an employee who enjoyed shedding his clothes in his spare time and putting the footage up on YouTube for others to enjoy was told [...]

TUGGERANONG HYPERDOME’S HUNGRY JACK’S- Are you really that hungry???

By 5 March 2009

It was just a typical stop-in today, at the Hungry Jack’s in Tuggy.. precisely the problem.
It all started with that androgynous cashier (who always seems to find me) taking my order. You know, the one with the unkempt curly brown hair and indiscernible voice (by the way: this, how shall we say, individual, is quite courteous & attentive, and [...]

Who Here Plays the Carillon?

By 4 March 2009

If there is a carillon player among us, please speak up.  
I’m hoping to interview you for a documentary I will be making.

Want to be a mystery shopper?

By 4 March 2009

[ED - Before any of you start screaming. I asked Rachel to send in some information on this and no money or any other consideration has changed hands]
SpySee Mystery Shopping and Reviews are Canberra’s only locally owned and run mystery shopping specialists.  No doubt you have heard that mystery shopping is a great way to make [...]

Disability services need more resources?

By 4 March 2009

The Greens are finally online with an interesting view on the funding of disability services:
“The Disability Commissioner needs to be separate from the Health Services Commissioner,” Ms Bresnan said today.
“A clear recommendation from the Gallop Inquiry into a number deaths in disability services and the Disability Reform Group – which was set up to oversee [...]

What is happening to Sunrise Cafe, Alinga Street?

By 4 March 2009

The past two weeks has seen the Sunrise Cafe (Alinga Street, just up from the Pancake Parlour), with a big CLOSED sign.
Is the place really closing down?  The owner sick?
Enquiring minds want to be, er, enquiring.

CRDL wants your money – offers entertainment in return

By 4 March 2009

[ 14 March 2009 at 7:00 pm; ]

Facebook brings word that the alluring yet terrifying ladies of the Canberra Roller Derby League are holding a fundraiser at the Polish White Eagle Club on Saturday week:

Get up to no good with them hot stompin’ lads, the Fuelers to celebrate six fantastic months of CRDL and help the league with training, so we can [...]

TAMS wrap – 4 March

By 4 March 2009

1. The Cascades Swimming Hole at Googong is being closed:
Please note: The Cascades Swimming Hole at Googong Dam is temporarily closed due to construction work on the dam spillway. Gates have been erected at the entrance to the swimming hole to restrict public access and Rangers will be patrolling the area. The swimming hole will [...]

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