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Local Leaders – Paul Jurak (the Kayakcameraman)

By 10 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Lonesome Lambie

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

A Summer Fling

By 21 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Big Brother’s Jason Roses on TVSN Celebrity Challenge tonight

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Women of Canberra, you are spoilt for choice!

By 14 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Tinder… and two degrees of separation

By 7 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

ACT Public School Alumni launched

By 6 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

The Dirty 30

By 6 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So last weekend I hit a pretty big milestone. I hit 30. Besides the impending date of my birthday there’s a couple of tell-tale signs that made me realise I am approaching 30. Like the fact that if I’m staying up past 10pm on a school night I feel like a wild party animal. Where [...]

101 Humans, 1 Review

By 4 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

So… Are we exclusive?

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Where are all the Sunday Sessions?

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Should the guy pay on the first date?

By 3 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

There’s more to Canberra than Floriade

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Most romantic restaurants in Canberra for your anniversary date

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Which Prominent Canberrans Compete in Roller Derby?

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Pickup Lines People have REALLY used

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Pickup lines are one of those rare things that are probably less common than they used to be. When I picture someone using a pickup line I picture them with a mullet, 80s porn moustache and a wife beater, jeans and thongs. Have you seen Orange is the New Black? Pornstache is what comes to [...]

Flowers with a Purpose

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Get fit this spring!

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re now 11 days into spring and before we know it summer will be here. Many of us tend to be a little lazier than usual during the frosty winter months, especially in Canberra, and put on a kilo or two… or ten. By the time the warm weather comes along we’re all hankering to [...]

Canberra Beards Stick Together

By 8 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Game of Zombies – Canberra Roller Derby League Trivia Night

By 8 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

CBR 100 Challenge – is it pricing many locals out of participating?

By 5 September 2014
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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, [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2014

By 4 September 2014

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 [...]

When road rage goes beyond the blast of a horn

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

The Project Space – Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 air

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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 [...]

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