One of Canberra’s most loved performance venues announced last week that it would cease its operations indefinitely. This week, Smith’s Alternative is in receivership.
The cosy venue in the Melbourne Building has undergone many machinations throughout the past three decades. From its slow transformation from a bookshop to an arts hub, it has always catered for [...]
The ACT, a jurisdiction that boasts the highest and most evenly distributed income in the nation, is experiencing a homelessness crisis.
According to Homelessness Australia, on any given night one in 200 people in Australia are homeless. A quarter of homeless Australians are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and 30 per cent were born overseas.
The ACT’s homelessness rate [...]
Cloning is a bad idea and Australian animals will kill you.
…At least, this is what Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran would have you believe. And he’s just been awarded an arts grant of $10,000 from the ACT government to help convince you.
Inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov, movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and television [...]
Head down to Lake Burley Griffin before 6am most mornings and you’ll find Paul Jurak in a single-person kayak with a $400 point and shoot camera, searching for the perfect spot to capture the sunrise.
Paul, who shares the best of each morning’s photos on social media and via his Kayakcameraman blog, originally started kayaking to [...]
On Paul Murray Live Sunday night we were discussing the imminent departure of Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party.
Janine Perrett was hosting, because the eponymous host was on a study tour in Abu Dhabi where he was examining local hotel architecture and the F 1.
Janine said – voicing the complaint of many – that [...]
With these warmer months approaching it’s hard not to want to spend most of my time out doors, taking in all the sunshine and warmth before the next Winter comes.
It’s also a really good time to shake up date night and do something a bit different to your usual routine.
Here are my suggestions to shake [...]
Former Big Brother housemate and Canberra local Jason Roses will appear in a live TVSN Celebrity Challenge tonight (19 November) to support breast cancer research.
Tune in to TVSN from 7.30pm to watch as Jason and other celebrities and media identities including Channel 10’s Matt Doran, Underbelly actor Simon Westaway and The Bachelor’s Anna Heinrich put [...]
On the 1st of November the Canberra Times published an online article stating ‘Single Canberra men absolute catches with women spoilt for choice’.
Excuse me while I snort in my coffee over this headline. I then proceed to read the article, which according to matchmaking service Blue Label Life (never heard of them) put out the [...]
There is the theory that within the world we have only 6 degrees of separation between us and anyone else – in Canberra it feels like 2. We are a small capital city where by it seems everyone is connected by a friend, uncle, sister, colleague..
I’m not a born and bread Canberran, but I’ve been [...]
World famous actors, artists, academics, military figures and a former Prime Minister have been celebrated with the official launch of the ACT Public Schools Alumni by Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today.
“The Alumni celebrates the achievements of our students of note and the different career paths, professions and interests they have chosen and [...]
Earlier this year I was selected to be one of 101 people chosen to take part in the Human Brochure tourism concept; VisitCanberra’s latest push to bring new visitors to our lovely city.
As part of the Brochure, all 101 of us were able to invite a couple of guests (number dependant on what category you [...]
That sentence seems so American doesn’t it? 7 years ago when I started dating it was something that was never really questioned. The chances of someone seeing two people at once seemed very slim; it was a question that never needed asking.
Now with the rise of online dating it’s become a very important and necessary [...]
As always moving to a new city there are plenty of changes to get used to with East coast vs West coast living. And whilst most of the changes haven’t been too major- a couple of which I’ll address in the coming weeks, the first one that springs to mind, especially given last weekends spectacular weather [...]
A question like this can change any group conversation to a heated debate, surprisingly. So many different opinions and different reasonings as to why.
Me? I’m not fussed either way. If a guy insists on paying I’ll let him. If I offer to split the bill and he agrees I won’t get offended. It doesn’t faze [...]
So I’m a Canberra newbie, having just officially survived my first winter. I’m even starting to consider myself a Canberran and find myself fiercely promoting it to all of my friends and family back home. When contemplating the big move from the coast of Western Australia; I asked a few people that I knew that [...]
Got an anniversary coming up with your beloved? Want to go somewhere romantic with good food? It’s easy to go with the tried and true Canberra restaurants like Aubergine or Sage, although I suggest skipping the traditional choices and go for something a tad different, yet still romantic.
The key is to keep it understated while [...]
Just a quick note to say my latest short story explores the wonderful subculture of the Canberra Roller Derby League, and questions how prominent some of the competitors might be…at times hidden beneath their masks and nicknames.
She – A Canberra Capital Yarn
A reminder too that I’m continuing to seek crowd-funding to publish a book [...]
GGs Flowers is not your ordinary florist. Yes, they create beautiful arrangements and can even deliver to your door, but they’re also a socially sustainable florist – one of its kind in the ACT.
Geetha Wijewickrema was concerned about what employment opportunities her youngest daughter would have when she finishes school.
15-year-old Gayana is a fun, bubbly young [...]
As Saturday marked World Beard Day, I found myself delving into Canberra’s facial hair culture. Did you know we have our very own Beards of Canberra Instagram account? Or that the National Portrait Gallery has created a comprehensive timeline of facial hair trends since Australia’s colonisation? And if you’re so inclined, there’s even a beard and moustache appreciation [...]
Canberra Roller Derby League has been having a lot of success with its popular (and very nerdy) trivia night fundraisers. Earlier this year our team “William Shatnerface” tied first at their Star Wars trivia night only to lose the physical challenge tie-breaker. It seemed a bit unfair to subject people who are distinguished for their [...]
Earlier this week a new fitness challenge was announced. Celebrating the newly joined up Centenary Trail, the CBR 100 Challenge includes team participation to walk 25, 50 or 100km along with solo runs of 50 or 100km (yes, you read that right).
I thought this sounded like a really nice thing to do (the team walk, [...]
It was good to see a great turnout for the TCC Annual General Meeting on 2 September. It was even better to see members reaffirm confidence in the TCC leadership by voting them back into office for a second term. There are also two new faces on the team.
Eric Traise was re-elected unopposed as President [...]
Following Steven Bailey’s article on road rage in the Capital last week, I considered my own experiences on our roads. I strongly agree with Bailey’s call for greater police presence on the road. It’s an absolute necessity, especially in wet weather when people drive like maniacs, but also for the police to crack down on [...]
Earlier this year the Gorman Arts Centre was presented with an opportunity to run a short program ‘The Project Space‘ in a temporarily vacated Currong Theatre wing. They decided to explore using the space as a co-working area for creatives.
They put a call out for applicants in July and by mid August they made a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]