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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 [...]

The Serious Side of Dating

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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
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[ 17 August 2014 at 9:00 am; ]

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 [...]

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