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Love is in the air

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Love is in the air

Love is in the fresh, spring Canberra air and lovelocks are being latched.
Lovelocks are essentially a regular padlock, often engraved with the name or initials of a couple and the date of their anniversary, that are locked onto a bridge by a loved-up couple and the key is usually thrown into the water below. These [...]

Cerebral Palsy – call for support

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cerebral Palsy - call for support

A note from one of our Rioters – a mum, talking about her son’s fight to walk.
Ollie’s Cerebral Palsy Dream
Oliver (Ollie) is two and a half years of age, and at two was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Ollie’s CP is due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has also left him profoundly deaf in [...]

5 things not to mention on a date

By 29 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
5 things not to mention on a date

Separation and divorce are both scary. I have friends and parents who have gone through it all and I’m yet to see a couple not resort to anger or ill feeling toward each other.
I’ve found that people who come out of a marriage or long term relationship tend to have a fair bit of baggage [...]

Zombies, Cryptographers, Skywhale…what’s your favourite?

By 27 August 2014
Zombies, Cryptographers, Skywhale...what's your favourite?

Hi All
As per my previous posts on RiotAct, I run a little website called Capital Yarns. I invite social media users to nominate three items, and I then write a bespoke short story featuring all three, set in Canberra. The idea began when I created bedtime stories for my two daughters based on three items [...]

The Relationship Age Gap

By 22 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Relationship Age Gap

Age gaps in relationships aren’t uncommon and the trend usually leans towards an older man with a younger woman. In the US in 2013 in over 53% of relationships the man was 2 years or more older than the woman.
My first serious relationship was with someone who was 12 years older than me, it’s funny [...]

Beryl Women Inc. – Call for History Project Participants

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Beryl Women Inc. - Call for History Project Participants

Beryl Women Inc. (formerly Beryl Women’s Refuge) will be celebrating its 40th birthday next year (yes – we’ve been operating in Canberra since 1975!), and is keen to have the history recorded in a book.  We are particularly interested in telling our history through the experience of women who have been involved with the organisation as Clients, [...]

Disability Carers – A Plight

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Disability Carers - A Plight

I wanted to start a conversation about a subject which came to my attention the other night and see what other rioters thought.
A guy I know was a professional graphic designer but had to give up his job to care full time for his disabled father. He survived on the carers’ allowance. His [...]

Grumpy Little Manny – New Single from Sparrow-Folk

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Sparrow-Folk have a follow up song to their viral hit Ruin Your Day: a hilarious song on sexual politics called Grumpy Little Manny.
If there first song got you talking, this will leave you speechless and WARNING it does contain mature content so you might want to play it away from the kids. Check out their brand new [...]

The Serious Side of Dating

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Serious Side of Dating

While talking about dating can either tickle the funny bone or hit a raw nerve on some, when it comes to taking your pursuits online keeping yourself protected is a serious business!
According to the ACCC, in 2013 more than $25 million was lost to online romance scams – in Australia! While you’d think in this [...]

Cheer for a cause – ACT Regional Cheerleading Competition

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cheer for a cause - ACT Regional Cheerleading Competition

[ 17 August 2014; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ]

Canberra cheerleaders will battle it out at the ACT Regional Cheerleading Competition at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on August 17, with high-energy routines, a good dose of glitter and a whole lot of pizzazz.

In its third year, the competition continues to grow, with coordinator Leanne Shea Langdown expecting close to 400 athletes aged from three years [...]

Booklet: Tales of Canberra Boy

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I came across the below online booklet by Dave Wheeler recently where he describes his life growing up in Canberra over the past 40+ years. It’s a nice if somewhat quirky read, for those of you who’ve lived in Canberra in the 70′s and 80′s you’ll find the locations events he mentions a fascinating trip [...]

North Vs South: The Great Dating Divide

By 8 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
North Vs South: The Great Dating Divide

The north vs south rivalry is an age-old adage in Canberra. Not being a born and bred Canberran I was first introduced to it when I was 18 and house hunting with a friend, “No no, we don’t look at THAT side of the paper”. Also spending my college years south side means I know [...]

Canberra business wins at Start Up Awards in Sydney

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra business wins at Start Up Awards in Sydney

The 2014 Australian Startup Awards were held last Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. Hosted by The Entourage, the awards recognise business excellence and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s top entrepreneurs under 40.
Local Canberra start up Red Robot showed off their entrepreneurial skills when they took out the Hilton Product Business of the Year Award.
Red Robot [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Moves and Appointments

In a new series each week I will profile some of the bigger moves and appointments taking place around Canberra.  Utilising tips and LinkedIn, I will also profile a new business that opened its doors.
This weeks noted moves:
Former CEO of Prime Tv and well networked Doug Edwards has been officially named the new CEO of the ACT Brumbies and [...]

The long road to gender balance

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The long road to gender balance

Katy Gallagher addressed the National Labour Women’s conference on the weekend, talking as the most senior elected member of the Australian Labor Party.  Her core message was ‘women can and do make a difference.’  I wholeheartedly agree.  But it’s going to take a massive mindshift in our society to draw a better balance for women [...]

The changing rules of dating

By 1 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The changing rules of dating

In such a short space of time we’ve moved into an age where the rules of dating have changed dramatically. No longer do we sit by the home phone waiting for it to ring, fearing leaving the house in case we miss THE call!
Once upon a time general dating rules dictated you had to wait [...]

Rally for Gaza – Saturday 2nd August

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A public protest in solidarity with Palestine has been organised for this Saturday, August 2, at 1pm in Petrie Plaza, Canberra.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military in the Gaza strip, with over 80 percent of the dead babies and children.
The Israeli Defence Forces have not discriminated in bombing hospitals, UN-run [...]

Why diet food won’t do

By 31 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Why diet food won't do

Diets don’t work. We’ve heard that before, often from someone trying to flog a new healthy eating regime (ie a diet). But I recently read a startling article in the Australian Women’s Weekly (almost as startling as the fact that I’m now old enough to be reading said magazine) that concluded that some diet food [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Gender Agenda

Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

How did you meet?

By 25 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
How did you meet?

To help inspire people and show the various different ways there are to meet people in our fair city I interviewed a whole bunch of people for their ‘How did you meet?’ story.
* Please note all names have been changed to protect privacy.
“Gary and I met online through RSVP. I was only on there for [...]

Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

By 24 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

To understand modern politics through the Left/Right divide is to misunderstand the great challenges of our generation.
The battlelines of modern Australian politics are certainly not as clear as those of my parent’s generation. They knew it was finally time to force white man to withdraw his gun from the throats of black citizens throughout the [...]

Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Westside 'pop-up' village

Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Where are all the ladies?

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Where are all the ladies?

I don’t have as many single guy friends as I do single women; however of the few I do, there definitely seems to be a general consensus that approaching women in a nightclub or bar is extremely terrifying.
I’ve heard a lot of excuses such as Canberra women are stuck up or want to know your [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra's Crowd-funding success story

The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

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

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? - A look at Canberra Folklore

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 [...]

Professional Pomposity

By 15 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Professional Pomposity

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 [...]

Where are all the men?

By 11 July 2014
Where are all the men?

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 [...]

Canberra’s Wellbeing Report – Worthless Says Steven Bailey

By 10 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Canberra's Wellbeing Report - Worthless Says Steven Bailey

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, [...]

Bright Lights – Date City

By 4 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Bright Lights - Date City

In the last few years Canberra really has become a place where you can have a fun an interesting date, with Winter being probably one of the most interesting times of the year.
As a city we’re starting to more embrace Winter activities rather than expect people to retreat into their houses and emerge for the [...]

Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

By 3 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

It feels a bit like most of Canberra is walking a tightrope at the moment.  Wide Public Sector cuts have been coming for a long time.  I have heard talk of departure lounges and reapplying and testing for jobs.  Whether departments are facing heavy cuts or not, there seems to be a consistent sense of [...]

Being single in Canberra

By 27 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Being single in Canberra

My idea of dating has been shaped by US TV shows and movies. Since recently becoming single I’ve noticed that dating has changed in an incredible way to what it was just three years ago.
Three years ago I found that people were embarrassed to say they met people through online dating websites, you’d cover up [...]

30 new drinking fountains will be popping up around Canberra

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]

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