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Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? – A look at Canberra Folklore

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you’ve lived in Canberra for any amount of time, you would have a ghost story or two up your sleeve. It seems that Canberra may well be the most haunted city in Australia.
Since taking up residence in the Capital, I’ve heard several rumours about supposed secret tunnels. I’ve heard just about everything: Old Parliament [...]

Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

By 15 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m very fortunate in the fact that I have always naturally dealt with pre competition nerves well. I always enjoy lightening the very stressful atmosphere in the change room before a fight with sometimes awful attempts at levity and schoolyard humour.
Everybody deals with stress in different ways, I’ve seen multiple people look like world champions [...]

Professional Pomposity

By 15 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I reckon I can count the times I have agreed with Jack Waterford on one of my toes. Imagine my surprise when I found I agreed with what he was saying about the magistrates and their wanting to be addressed by the title Your Honour!
What errant pomposity and arrogance!
We see them appointed (not [...]

Local Chef Recipe Series – Villi Fulivai at Chez Frederic

By 14 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week Villi Fulivai, executive chef at Chez Frederic is sharing his favourite recipe.
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana tortellini w Beurre Blanc sauce
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana Tortellini
1 kg of butternut pumpkin peeled and seeded
200 grams of persian feta
100 grams of sultanas
20 grams of sea salt flakes
5 mLs of lemon juice
Cut butternut pumpkin in half and seed.
Place [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Pizza and burgers are all well and good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you need something a little more exotic to fill that gaping space in your tummy.
For our third ‘Best of Canberra’ post, we’re asking for the best place to get a Laksa.
That steaming bowl of spice-y, noodle-y, [...]

Homeless People

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

While walking across Hobart Place in Civic last Monday morning at 8.00am in zero degrees temperature on the way to work, I came across a person curled up in what passed for a sleeping bag on the concrete floor of the shelter opposite the entrance to the AMP Building.
I say ‘person’ because it wasn’t possible [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Hitting the Town

By 14 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Heading out for a night on the town? You could run out to a chain store to find a fun new outfit (and risk looking like every second person you see), or, you could head to your local op-shop, get thrifty, and rock a one-of-a-kind outfit that screams effortless cool.
So, what are the key ingredients [...]

Cholesterol testing

By 13 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As usual, I had the standard five cholesterol (Lipid Studies) tests done via my Dr.  From reading, I know that there are a number of others than can be done to get an idea of the Why? of a high LDL reading, e.g. LDL-P, LipoProtein(a)…  Anybody know whether it is possible to get these done [...]

Capital Metro Consultation Heads to Dickson

By 11 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]

Where are all the men?

By 11 July 2014
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A question asked by a lot of my single friends and if you’ve lived in Canberra long enough you’d know that certain night spots have reputations as to the type of men they attract.
In case you didn’t know or it’s been so long since you’ve been on the dating scene, let me help you.
Mooseheads
Mooseheads is [...]

Business Lunch Series – Smoque

By 11 July 2014
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Smoque has been around for a couple of years now and every time I go its pumping. This is probably due to its unique offering of American BBQ. So I thought I would check it out to kick off this new food series – Business Lunches.
Situated in Baileys Corner, parking [...]

New intensive therapeutic service for vulnerable children

By 10 July 2014

A $3.05 million intensive support service providing multi-disciplinary trauma support for vulnerable children was opened today by Minister for Children and Young People Mick Gentleman.
The Trauma Recovery Centre will provide a therapeutic service for children to the age of 12, who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse and neglect.
“The Trauma Recovery Centre, or [...]

Truffle Festival – Chez Frederic

By 10 July 2014
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I started the Truffle Festival with a visit to the newly opened eatery Chez Frederic (on the former site of Cafe pronto).
We had been promised a 3 course wine menu and were pleasantly surprised to learn of a 4th entrée – Frederic’s signature home made ravioli.
Initially we were greeted by Frederic (the inspiration for the [...]

Canberra’s Wellbeing Report – Worthless Says Steven Bailey

By 10 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I think most Canberrans would agree that poverty is the anathema to any just society – especially ours. I also believe that most Canberrans understand that poverty is a form of social humiliation that leaves people not only hungry or homeless but unwanted and uncared for.
According to a recent OECD report, entitled OECD Regional Wellbeing, [...]

Wily Trout

By 9 July 2014
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Wily Trout is the wine label of Poacher’s Pantry. The fruit is all estate grown and nurtured with feeling and talent. The wine making is managed by William Bruce who oversees the efforts and travails of the wine making team.
Poacher’s Pantry is only a short drive from Canberra, a few minutes west of Hall nestled [...]

Improving social participation for older Canberrans

By 9 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than $80,000 in funding for programs to support older Canberrans was opened up today by Minister for Ageing Mick Gentleman.
“These Participation (Seniors) Grants aim to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social participation for older Canberrans, allowing them to remain connected and socially active in our vibrant and diverse community,” Mr Gentleman said.
“They [...]

Free parking in Kingston this week

By 9 July 2014

The Kingston Underground car park is offering free parking until the 14th of July – we’ve been tipped off and thought you might like to know.
Located under the Griffin Hotel, on Tench Street (opposite the supermarket and newsagent) – the park is open all day, every day.
More details can be found here.

Dear Jemima Skelley – Buzzfeed

By 8 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Dear Jemima Skelley,
Thanks so much for dissing on our town.
When people criticise Canberra as you did, it always makes me smile. We understand that Canberra bashing is a wonderful sport which is one of the reasons that we haven’t cracked it for half a million residents. Our city is still a well kept secret, but [...]

Yarralumla resident opposition to brickworks development gathers pace

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today’s article in the Canberra Times (online edition) - http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yarralumla-resident-opposition-to-brickworks-development-gathers-pace-20140707-zszft.html
highlights some of the issues, although we suggest there was probably closer to 250 attendees than 150 as reported.
Primrose Rioradn was unfortunately unable to stay until the end of the meeting when a motion was put forward and virtually unanimously carried to endorse the YRA sponsored petition [...]

Hidden Treasures

By 8 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Social media has the ability to inform us of technology, of places that we may never see and extend our reach from the local to the exciting foreign destination…
But social media also tips you off of places that you can explore in your own city or suburb. Taking a walk uncovers all sorts of surprises [...]

Farmers Market Matters

By 8 July 2014
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Do you go to one of Canberra’s farmers’ markets? As far as I’m concerned, Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC is the best thing about Canberra. We are very blessed to have such high quality produce available each week, bringing a wide array of locally produced fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, eggs, [...]

Best of Canberra: Burgers

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Following up from our recent Pizza to go question (we’re road testing the two most popular and will have a decision for you ASAP), we’re on to the next staple in takeaway – burgers.
I have a friend who includes ‘Find the worlds best burger and eat it’ on her bucket list. She also has [...]

Jogging: Pro’s, cons and alternatives

By 8 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The benefits of jogging are well documented but what is less spoken about is the related injuries. People jog for fitness and fun and I, coming from a Rugby League and combat sport background enjoyed the benefits of the aerobic training and leg conditioning.
At the age of 15 and 105kg I used to jog [...]

2014 Telstra Business Awards

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The annual Telstra Business Awards, hosted by QT Hotel, was a luminous event for the who’s who of Canberra business.
With five award categories to be decided there was high tension in the air as finalists nervously awaited the results. Andrew Daddo hosted the evening and helped to lighten the mood with his off-screen charm as [...]

BrodDogs in Belco

By 7 July 2014

The red caravan has found a new home after 2.5 years:) BrodDogs we will be located at Westfield Belconen … Top Carpark near the entrance to fernwood and outback jacks.
I for one welcome the chance to wait 45 minutes for something that should take no more than 5 minutes

Hyper-Canberra

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Josh Chaffey has amazed and engaged Canberra this morning by posting a YouTube video of Canberra through the eye of his Canon camera. We’ve all seen the gorgeous photos of Canberra that get shared around on the regular and even the beautiful time-lapse videos that emerge every now and again. This time Josh has taken [...]

Local Chef Recipe Series – Black Calamari by Brad Warton Parlour Wine Room

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In coming weeks, a number of Canberra Chefs will be sharing their favourite recipes with us.
The first of these recipes comes from Brad Warton, Executive Head Chef at Parlour Wine Room. Previous to this role, Brad was the sous chef at award winning and one of Australia’s top 5 restaurant, Tractor in [...]

Call for transparency in public buildings with asbestos

By 7 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have received the following note from a reader, Maria.
With all the talk about asbestos being found everywhere including childcare centres recently, shouldn’t the ACT government release a list of affected public-use buildings that are known to contain asbestos? Such as scout halls and other childcare centres that people would visit for children’s [...]

Ode to Canberra – Round 4

By 7 July 2014
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The winner of the RiotACT Ode to Canberra Competition Round 3 is…
Ezy with ‘Foggy commute to work via the lake’. Congratulations Ezy – a double pass to Palace Cinema is on its way to you.
Round 4 is now open, so send us your photos of Canberra – give Ezy some competition (they’ve won two [...]

Official Launch of MOKAÏ Cider

By 7 July 2014
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It was an apparent temperature of -0.4 degrees at 8pm on Saturday night, but that did not stop the Official Australian Launch of MOKAÏ Cider from heating up.
An exclusive event held at Meche nightclub Canberra, saw MOKAÏ Cider in association with Mussen launch the drink and fashion of winter 2014.

The first impression was Campo, otherwise known as Terry Campese, Raiders Captain personally handing out bottles [...]

Uriarra

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It seems pretty clear to me that the residents of Uriarra Village, just west of Canberra are about to be royally shafted by the ACT Government.  They’re fighting to have this proposed solar farm moved to another location, but the Government is clinging to process and moving forward to make it happen.
I don’t know anyone [...]

Truffle Mad in the Capital this weekend

By 4 July 2014
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If Truffles take your fancy this weekend, here are a few options to sample the local delights.
Chez Frederic
Chez Frederic Truffle Experience dinner is this Saturday night, 5th July.  The evening starts at 7pm with Chef Frederic providing a presentation all about truffles, their origin etc.  and it sounds like last week’s dinner was a huge hit. They will also be [...]

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