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Vale, Merylyn Condon

By 23 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Condolences to the family and friends of 2CC radio’s former garden guru Merylyn Condon, who has recently lost her battle with cancer. Prior to hanging up the headphones a year ago, Merylyn had been a guiding voice on air for garden lovers in Canberra for years with the show Garden Gurus. She will be missed.

When Katy interviewed Annabel … and discovered parmesan rind

By 23 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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RiotACT has today bought two Christmas presents for ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher: a Yotam Ottolenghi vegetarian cookbook and a chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano, rind intact.
That Senator Gallagher had never heard of British food writer Ottolenghi before yesterday surprised a 400-strong crowd who had come to see her interview fellow vegetarian, political commentator and Kitchen Cabinet [...]

Tea with JT – Lisa Ridgley

By 19 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Look who I caught up with this week! Lisa Ridgley. She is so lovely. I knew her voice so well when she was on the radio, and it feels surreal talking with her over a cuppa. We went to my grandma’s house {just joking}, but it does feel like a trip to Nana’s place when [...]

Tea with JT – Mary Anne + Nicole

By 12 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a treat for you today! Two women for the price of one. When I asked Mary-Anne Apps if we could sip tea together for my segment, she insisted she bring her sidekick Nicole Spillane along too. I am so glad she did. These two are a hoot and obviously have an amazing friendship [...]

Tea with JT – Danielle Cleary

By 5 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have I hooked you in with this series yet? Well, you might like to read about Danielle. She keeps it pretty short and sweet. I actually met her donkeys years ago and have re-connected with her more recently as she is a netball mum, has four kids like me (we seem to attract each other) [...]

Cup fashions at the Realm

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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RiotACT met some Melbourne Cup lunch-goers at the Hotel Realm this afternoon. You can see all our photos on Instagram, or view a selection here.

Justine Redwin, Karen Mathias, Lana Davidson-Parker, Alicia Murphy, Ashleigh Hogwood and Alicia Welsh.

Laura Neill, Kate Chaloner, James Neill and Georgia Clear. James won best dressed bloke later.

At right, our pick for [...]

Ex-army chief is ACT Australian of the Year

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Former Australian Chief of Army and current chair of Diversity Council Australia David Morrison AO was tonight named ACT Australian of the Year at a function in Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia.
The equality advocate immediately acknowledged the efforts of his colleagues to address cultural issues in the army “propelled by their deep [...]

Tea with JT – Tania McCartney

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hello and welcome to another episode of Tea with JT. This week I got to catch up with an old friend. This woman is so warm and creative and I could sip tea with her ALL day {and we almost did!}. Tania McCartney is an amazing writer who fills my mind with inspiration every time [...]

Tea with JT – Jane Brown

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hello and welcome to another episode of Tea with JT.  This week I sipped skinny-flat-white with the absolutely fabulous Jane Brown. I could talk to this woman all day long because she is so interesting and has this absolutely contagious laugh. We met at Double Shot Deakin and talked everything from an horrific car accident [...]

289 children in the Canberra will be homeless tonight

By 29 September 2015

[ 16 October 2015 5:00 pm to 17 October 2015 7:00 am. ] 289 Canberra children will not have a safe and secure place to sleep tonight. Is this the Canberra we want to live in?
Last year over 700 people registered for the Canberra Community Sleepout, raising over $106,000 for homelessness services. This year, the Sleepout is aiming for 1,000 Canberrans sleeping out. Will you to take a stand?
You can [...]

Local leaders – Lisa Robey (Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation ambassador)

By 16 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When a close family friend died three months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Lisa Robey turned to fundraising to help improve survival rates. 
“My mum’s best friend, who I had always called Aunty, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. She died a few months later. It was devastating for everyone,” Lisa, a marketing manager and [...]

Tea with JT – Jemma Mrdak

By 10 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I had the pleasure of catching up with the beautiful and classy Jemma Mrdak at A.Baker. She steered me away from regular tea and we both sipped chai lattes (don’t tell her I said this, but I think she is addicted). Here is what else I discovered about Jemma and all things fashion.
Who [...]

Behind the scenes – Burmese Curry Place

By 27 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Burmese Curry Place is a bit of a Canberra institution. It always has a line out the door at lunchtime and is easily one of my favourite feeds.
I’ve been coming here for years and thought it was finally time to sit down with the owners and find out how Mi-Mee and Nai (pictured above, left [...]

Parking fines at hospitals – if only all visitors had someone like Laura

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hearts were warmed around the world on Monday when a post from popular Facebook page Canberra Mums went viral. A mum had been in hospital with her nine-week-old baby and after being discharged she found a parking fine on her car.
She opened the envelope to find a note from ‘Laura’ who had paid the fine [...]

Tea with JT – Sarah Kelly

By 6 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome to a new series where I get to introduce you some of Canberra’s most fascinating women, starting with Sarah Kelly.
I invited Sarah to sip tea with me, although you will see that this particular cold day, we both opted for extra strong coffee. Thank you to On Flinders Manuka for hosting us.
Here is what I [...]

Gimme shelter: Fixing homelessness in the ACT

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Imagine living through the Canberra winter chill without a roof over your head.
This July, three organisations doing very important work to address homelessness celebrated important milestones. The Early Morning Centre in Civic celebrated 10 years of providing free meals to homeless people and helping them access the support and services they need to get their [...]

In pictures: Canberra community organisations celebrate NAIDOC Week

By 12 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Six leading ACT community organisations combined to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the theme of ‘Land & Learning’ earlier this week.

The celebrations started with a Welcome to Country, before artist Linda Huddlestone (pictured above) talked about her family and country. She explained how her father’s story of being part of the stolen generation translated into her [...]

Canberra’s number one work crew cafe

By 2 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We all know that energy needs fuel, your car or truck needs petrol, your home needs heating at this time of year especially using gas as energy, your office printer wouldn’t work without electricity.
Just like those devices, work crews around Canberra need to refuel their most precious asset – their human capital. And not just [...]

Costa Georgiadis in Canberra for Canberra’s Backyard Heroes

By 19 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 2 July 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Big personality of the gardening world, Costa Georgiadis, is dropping in on Canberra once again for the Canberra Environment Centre’s Backyard Heroes.

The event is on July 2nd and is a casual panel-style event at the Food Coop Shop and Cafe, hosted by Costa. It’s an opportunity to meet and uncover the everyday Canberrans engaging in innovative [...]

Local leaders – Sophie Hope (2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year)

By 17 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Sophie Hope is a 22-year-old neuroscience student who describes herself as an advocate for youth, mental health, refugees, human rights and animal welfare. She’s also the 2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year, and she has some big ideas for improving youth access to mental health services in Canberra.
Sophie first started volunteering as a teenager, fostering [...]

How much did you pay for your last haircut?

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Call me a metrosexual or whatever you like, but I love getting my hair cut. Unfortunately it doesn’t make me any better looking. I still walk out with my worry (and laughing) lines, and my nose is just as big and my muscles are just as small. But I do walk out happy. I’m happy [...]

We try speed dating – with a geeky twist

By 7 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Dating can be a tough business, and no one knows this better than everyone’s favourite pixelated plumber, Mario.
If you, like our brave Nintendo hero, are having trouble finding your geeky prince or princess, have you considered that maybe you’re looking in the wrong place?
Enter Reload Bar and Games. This week, the geek-friendly establishment hosted the [...]

Why did Smith’s Alternative really close?

By 25 March 2015
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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 [...]

NSW man moves to Canberra; actually likes it

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I grew up in a small coastal town of about 10,000 called Pacific Palms. My days were filled with the beach or the lake. Most of my adult life was spent in Sydney with the bustle and noise. I have also traveled around Australia extensively, but I choose to live in Canberra.
I found myself in [...]

The reality of being homeless in Canberra

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

A sci-fi filmed in Canberra? This local filmmaker says it’s possible

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

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 [...]

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