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RiotACT Bicycle Bar Crawl 2008 is on 1 November!

By 29 October 2008

[ 1 November 2008 at 10:00 am; ] [First filed: October 22, 2008 @ 09:51]

Four kegs of tasty beer were gifted to the Riot Overlords by the Brewer King Zierholz.

Three were promised to RiotACT premium members to enjoy by themselves according to ballot.

But the fourth? The fourth will be shared by the rugged survivors of the RiotACT bicycle bar crawl!

The meetup point is [...]

Canberra locations for outdoor photography

By 29 October 2008

Hi all,
Anyone know of any good locations in Canberra to take some outdoor family shots?

Try sailing on Sunday?

By 29 October 2008

[ 2 November 2008; ] Yachte informs that if you’ve got an inclination to give sailing a go this Sunday is a good time to get a taste.

“This will be the first time all ACT clubs have combined to jointly promote sailing as sport and recreation for all ages. The event is organised by the sport’s local governing body, Yachting [...]

Free to air sports channel for Canberra?

By 29 October 2008

The Australian reports that Ten has announced a free to air sports only channel to be operational in April next year.
Given the poor digital service our three regional commercial TV stations currently provide us – any chance that SC Ten will step up and give us this service at the same time?

What was that noise in Belco????

By 28 October 2008

For about 3 hours last night a siren was going off in the Scullin/Florey area.  The cops said it was a school and that they couldn’t do anything because it was a security problem??!?!?!
It is likely a couple of hundred people were kept awake because of this noise.
Does anyone know what happenend????

Nurses memorial to be repaired again

By 28 October 2008

[First filed: September 15, 2008 @ 09:37]
The NCA informs us that they’re going to have another go at repairing the glass panels in the Nurses Memorial on Anzac Parade (the one which looks like an art-deco public convenience).
It’s the third time one of the panels has broken (previous incidents in 2002 and 2006). While vandals [...]

Family & Community Day (aka Melbourne Cup Day)

By 28 October 2008

A quick reminder to all that next Tuesday (4 November) we’ve again been granted the opportunity to forget the troubles of work and watch the Melbourne Cup at our venue of choice, presumably somewhere that allows us to interact with our family and/or community. Yay Canberra!
Source: Chief Minister’s Department

Ferret torturers get custodial sentences

By 27 October 2008

Convicted ferret torturers Thomas Sorahan and Adriano Larobina have now been sentenced for their crime.
The RSPCA have put out a media release applauding the sentence:
“RSPCA ACT today applauded the firm stand of the legal system in the ACT region to appropriately punish two men found guilty of animal cruelty. Sentencing the men to [...]

Restaurant Review: Tepanya Noodle bar

By 26 October 2008

[First filed: October 25, 2008 @ 15:18]

A newish player in the crowded Garema Place scene Tepanya plays to the strengths of its location.
Serving up all meals in cute little cardboard boxes with a pair of disposable chopsticks means you can take your meal anywhere with you and eat it with a minimum of fuss and [...]


By 26 October 2008

I was wondering if there were any bar or club in canberra where I might watch the UFC live events.
[ED - And UFC is?]

Gardening – What to do when to get what?

By 25 October 2008

By popular demand here’s a story about spring planting here in Canberra.

Over to you guys and girls.

Fraud at the markets

By 25 October 2008

The Canberra Times reveals that some vendors at the farmers markets at EPIC have in fact been selling fruit ‘n veg from the Sydney markets rather than their own produce.
But fear naught. An invigilator is being hired to examine the farmers’ premises and make sure they actually are growing what they’re selling.
So we should be [...]

Rick Kuhn wins Deutscher Memorial Prize

By 25 October 2008

On November 7, Canberra’s own Dr Rick Kuhn will be awarded the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize in London for his book Henryk Grossman and the Recovery of Marxism (University of Illinois Press). This prestigious prize is awarded annually for a book “which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about [...]

October notices

By 25 October 2008

[First filed: October 11, 2008 @ 01:00]
Notices appear once a week and aggregate through the month. You can send them in via out contact form

25 October:
Sepi asks:
What can be planted in Canberra vegie gardens right now?
Can I still put in broad bean seeds?

16 October:
Carol writes:
Dear fellow Canberrans
I feel strongly that it is important you [...]

Race, Class and Struggle in the US

By 24 October 2008

[ 30 October 2008 at 6:00 pm; ] With it looking like Barack Obama will win the US Presidential election, Socialist Alternative is holding a special meeting on Race, Class and Struggle in the US.

Come along and discuss whether Obama will make any fundamental difference to the economic crisis and the drive of the US to intervene militarily around the world.

Race, Class and [...]

Newborn Intensive Care Unit Cruise for Charity

By 24 October 2008

[ 16 November 2008 at 11:00 am; ] I found this at my local servo, at the counter, didn’t know if anyone else had seen it…

When: Sunday 16th November

Where: Start at Phillip Ice Skating Rink car park, Irvine Street Phillip.

Finish at Cotter for a Snag Sizzle

Time: 11.00 am at Phillip, leaving there to cruise to Cotter at 12.00pm

1.00pm sizzle starts

Charity Cruise Stickers are [...]

Worse than ‘ice’ hits the streets?

By 23 October 2008

Anyone heard of the latest drug doing the rounds in Canberra that apparently is worse than ‘ice’ and makes people more aggressive than those using ice?
Scary stuff.

The scourge of stolen trees?

By 23 October 2008

I have heard quite a few stories about plants being stolen from gardens around the suburbs. One story was artificial grass taken from a front yard ($1500 worth)! 
Plants cost a lot of money and for some of us our garden is our pride and joy.
A few years back we had 8 conifers stolen from [...]

Pork Belly now has Porter on Tap

By 23 October 2008

I’ll see if I can get away with what could be construed as a bit of shameless advertising…
After months of trying to get venues to stock anything other than my German Ale (not that there is anything wrong with that mind you) I am pleased to let you know that the Pork Barrel [...]

Time to ease water restrictions

By 23 October 2008

Water restrictions have been very tough on gardeners. And likewise on car owners who like to keep their cars looking shiny and clean.
The restrictions have been imposed on us for a long time now.
Initially most people complied willingly with restrictions, as a short term measure to get us through the drought. But years later [...]

Impact Comics are having a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest

By 23 October 2008

[ 31 October 2008 at 7:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s beloved Impact Comics have announced they’re running a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest.

So what the heck is Cosplay the older and duller amongst you ask?

Wikipedia defines it thusly:

Cosplay (???? kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. Characters are [...]

Canberra Irish Club Halloween Festival

By 23 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008; ] Entry is Fee!

Come dressed up in your favourite Haloween Costume (Optional).

It will be a family fun day full of activities, music and dancing!

Hope to see you there!

6 Parkinson Street, Weston, ACT 2611

[Schedule of events below]

09:30   Breakfast (Bacon & Egg Roll + Orange Juice only $3).  Restaurant Deck

10:55   Opening Speech by Mark Mannion, CIC Secretary.  Function [...]

Halloween pumpkins?

By 23 October 2008

Quick question.
An American friend of mine is holding a halloween party and I want to get some of those orange pumpkins to carve for the party.
Anybody seen any in the shops?

Why is Civic such a dreary place?

By 23 October 2008

Walking around the city in mid-afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I started wondering why exactly Civic is so lifeless at ground level in so many places.  Especially west of Northbourne, whole block frontages are blank walls, fire door exits, or frosted glass.  The footpaths are a shabby collection of pavers and cracked concrete joined [...]

A decent feta at the supermarket

By 22 October 2008

Earlier tonight I posted in my Facebook status that I’d found a good feta cheese.
I was then bombarbed with inquiries as to where I had found such a thing. So here you go: Kebia Bulgarian Goat’s Milk Feta.
It came from the Ainslie IGA, so other IGA’s might well carry it.
It costs $5.15 for 200g and [...]

Canberra Marist College on Lateline!

By 22 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 23:05]
Not good news for them.
Video to follow

Video now available, transcript to follow.

Now here’s a question for whichever local politicians are not transfixed by fear of pederasts…
Will they allow a school with a history of proven child sexual abuse, and no known body responsible for its continuing behaviour, to continue [...]

2008 Russian Resurrection Film Festival

By 21 October 2008

[ 30 October 2008 to 4 November 2008. ]

For something a little bit different than the usual Hollywood fodder, the annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival is touring the country, including Canberra.

Details are here.

I went last year in Brisbane and had a blast. Specifically, opening night was awesome and included good vodka, champagne and live entertainment, and the films were nearly all excellent.

In any [...]

Woden Valley Community Festival

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 12:00 am; ]

Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend?

Check out the free Woden Valley Community Festival on Saturday 25 October, from 10am til 4pm at Eddison Park. A great day out for the whole family.

Attractions include:

* jumping castle, slide, merry go round, fairy floss…
* Special appearance by Kenny Koala and the AFP Ceremonial Horses…
* Workshops [...]

Hashtoberfest at Zierholz Brewery, Wednesday 22 October, 6.10pm

By 21 October 2008

[ 22 October 2008 at 6:10 pm; ] Hastoberfest 2008 is on at the Zierholz Brewery this Wednesday, 22 October 2008.

For more details on the Hash House Harriers, see my earlier post on this topic.

Bring your running or walking gear… and possibly some rain protection. Better still, bring a designated driver.

Get to see what the Hash is all about in convivial surroundings, and [...]

Water Week Family Fun Day?

By 21 October 2008

[ 25 October 2008 at 10:00 am; ] Water conservation is a serious business, it’s an important business, but is it a fun business?

For example on my list of “fun things” I find such items as: Water pistols, wet t-shirts, water slides, dancing under the sprinkler, turning the hose on a friend, and sitting in a wading pool on Australia day listening to [...]

The cold light of morning – Or, where the Liberals went wrong

By 20 October 2008

[First filed: October 20, 2008 @ 08:42]
Both major parties are trying to tell you that Satruday’s election was a ringing endorsement of them. They are both extremely fortunate that there isn’t another election next Saturday if they want to keep up this line. The latest figures from the ABC show a -9.3% swing against Labor [...]

Blues guitars going cheap?

By 20 October 2008

The Canberra Blues Society has a shout out for anyone who might have seen a large number of guitars stolen from the house of Steve Russell:
– Candy Apple red ’62 Fender Telecaster Custom re-issue. Made in Japan. In fabric soft case Monterey brand, black with purple trimming. The scratch plate has been replaced with a [...]

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