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A bit of an apology

By 6 January 2014
A bit of an apology

Following on from their multi day promotion of criminals the Canberra Times is apologising for a bit of the collateral damage.
Thanks to Tommy for the grab.

Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By 3 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.
My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.
Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.
My initial reaction was, [...]

Changing face of Aranda and Cook shops?

By 2 January 2014

I see a temporary fence has recently been erected around the derelict Aranda shops. Presumably something to do with the ACT government’s notice of intention to terminate the Crown lease held by the current owner/developer.
Any inside story on this?
On a related note, I’ve been told by the owners of the IGA at Cook that the Cook [...]

Most of them dead, The rest of them dying. O’Connor shops trees

By 31 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Most of them dead, The rest of them dying. O'Connor shops trees

Standing at O’Connor Shops this afternoon it took me a minute to get my finger on what was wrong with the normally leafy shady space.
A hell of a lot of the trees are dead or dying.
A real shame.

Good aftersales experience

By 24 December 2013

Its pretty common to read when you have been given some bad service, but on this occassion I would like to acknowledge the service I got from the local BCF (I have no connection whatsoever) in Belconnen, Canberra.
I recently bought a HDS 7 Touch depth sounder for fishing, and for me it was a massive [...]

Reid’s shopping trolley graveyard

By 23 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Reid's shopping trolley graveyard

Just down the hill from the War Memorial is a little depot, and behind that is, it seems, where the lost shopping trolleys are corralled.
A lot more Coles than Wooleys it seems.
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Psst, wanna buy an XBox One for two hundred bucks?

By 23 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Psst, wanna buy an XBox One for two hundred bucks?

A very interesting ad in today’s Canberra Times has got a lot of people talking.
Suffice to say that anyone who can legitimately sell xboxen and PS4s at those prices can probably spring for their own email address.

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

A very merry Christmas from JB HI-FI

By 20 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
A very merry Christmas from JB HI-FI

Stephen has sent in this surprising act of generosity from the kings of yellow signage.
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Bus Depot Markets shuffling into the Fitters’ Workshop

By 18 December 2013

It’s so thrilling to see the great war upon the print makers for control of the Fitters’ Workshop has been fought and won so soap shaped like cake can have a home:
The Old Bus Depot Markets will return with a fresh look in 2014, with a new and interesting stall set up commencing on [...]

24 Hour Belconnen Mall! But How?

By 18 December 2013

Target and Kmart are open 24 hours at Westfield Belconnen, but how do you get in?
I moved to Belconnen a few weeks ago from Perth WA. I went to the mall at 6:30 this morning (bright sunlight) to pick up a fan before work. I tried several entrances, entering and leaving several car parks, before [...]

Shopping Trolley crackdown!

By 18 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Shopping Trolley crackdown!

TAMS are once again wagging their bony fingers on the subject of shopping trolleys:
In the lead up to the busy Christmas period, 113 abandoned shopping trolleys have been collected in three separate blitzes in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
The blitzes took place in Tuggeranong [...]

Best walks around the city

By 14 December 2013

There have been plenty of great discussions about the best bushwalks but where do you walk if you aren’t able to (or choose not to) get out of town?
Popular choices include:

Black Mountain
Mount Ainslie
Mount Taylor
Red Hill
Lake Burley Griffin bridge loop

I used to laugh at people driving places to go for a walk but it really [...]

Shipping the bar code was the real cost

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Shipping the bar code was the real cost

Due to having many lazy friends I now own rather more santa suits than I ever imagined I would.
But full santa suits selling for $6.50 do raise some questions about the global economy. (Top Bargain Canberra Centre)
In the meantime we all get to enjoy our cheap Chinese junk.

Shoplifting blitz

By 7 December 2013

ACT Policing has arrested 23 people following a blitz on shoplifting in the Canberra’s south in the past few weeks.
Officers from ACT Policing’s Crime Reduction Team worked with loss prevention officers from various stores to identify and apprehend shoplifters.
During the operation so far 23 people have been arrested for minor theft and one person was [...]

Where to buy a rocking chair in Canberra?

By 7 December 2013

Hello Rioters,
My mother’s well loved and used rocking chair has gone to its eternal reward. I would like to buy her a new one for Christmas but all the standard furniture retailers have proven fruitless.
Has anyone seen one anywhere on their travels?
I want a standard wooden type one not a cane one. (Have [...]

Have your say on Hughes shops

By 6 December 2013

Feedback is being requested on the draft plans for the Hughes shops upgrades.
Let them know what you think Hughesians!
The ACT Government today invited members of the community to provide feedback on the draft plans for the upgrade of public spaces at the Hughes shops.
“Members of the community are invited to attend drop-in information sessions [...]

Recommendations for framing?

By 1 December 2013

Hi all,
Need a bit of help – have recently come back from overseas where I bought some paintings, which I now need to get custom framed.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent framer in Canberra, and approximate cost?
Would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Yogurtland: Environmental?

By 1 December 2013
Yogurtland: Environmental?

Saw this gross image at the Belconnen Westfield shopping centre a while ago.
People just kept scoffing down yoghurt and throwing their recyclable containers in the full garbage, because walking to the recycling bin was too much effort.
The bin in the actual store was full, and also not a recycling bin.
Yogurtland prides itself on being environmentally-friendly. [...]

Giralang shops saga comes to a close

By 29 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Giralang shops saga comes to a close

Simon Corbell is all a quiver after an appeal which was stalling plans to provide Giralang with a nice new shopping complex was dismissed by the Court of Appeals today.
Check out our Giralang Shops tag and just look at how long this saga has been going on for.
Giralang’s supermarket closed in 2004, I bet the [...]

Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Market returns to New Acton

By 28 November 2013
Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Market returns to New Acton

[ 14 December 2013; 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

It seems the afternoon/evening clothing market turned event was a success last time because they’ve returning on the 14th of December for a Summer edition.

The new and improved Hustle & Scout Twilight Markets will be bigger, better, and more multi-storied than ever before. There will be bands, DJs, fashion shoots, and cocktails to spruce up [...]

Your consumer rights in 7 languages

By 1 November 2013
Your consumer rights in 7 languages

So this is potentially very useful, not just for migrants but also for locals. As anyone who has worked in retail will tell you, there’s plenty of confusion out there as to what you have the right to expect as a customer.
What a nifty idea.
Consumer protection agencies in Australia have joined forces to develop [...]

Braddon Parking

By 31 October 2013

I made a casual observation today about the increasing number of new apartments, shops, and restaurants planned for southeast Braddon (area bounded by Northbourne, Haig Park, Torrens, and Cooyong) and the apparent decreasing number of places to park a car. 
Is ACTPLA planning directed towards making parking difficult for people who do not live in [...]

Still no Giralang shops

By 30 October 2013

The Canberra Times brings the most news I’ve heard on the Giralang shops in a while http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/war-returns-to-woolies-site-20131028-2wccn.html. Doesn’t seem like much of a scoop, other than highlighting that one determined party can seemingly delay development forever and ever.
I’ve lived in Giralang around 8 years and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Quite clearly, the developer will [...]

Dozspot wins the fight for a greener Green Square

By 23 October 2013

Over the course of his time in the Legislative Assembly the Liberals’ Steve Dozspot has very rarely picked a good cause, and even more rarely has he had a win.
But he’s celebrating a well deserved victory with the grass returning to Kingston’s Green Square:
Off the back of consistent community pressure, the Canberra Liberals Steve Doszpot [...]

Shopping trolley crackdown

By 21 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Shopping trolley crackdown

TAMS are bestirring themselves on the subject of shopping trolleys:
Over 40 suburbs will be targeted in the search for abandoned shopping trolleys in an end of year crackdown, Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
“Ten shopping trolley collections will be conducted in the lead up to Christmas to pick [...]

Canberra House Annexe to go

By 18 October 2013

The ABC has a report on Morris Property Group’s grand plans to transform the corner of West Row and Alinga Street in Civic:
The 12 levels of residential apartments would include one, two and three bedroom units, as well as a gymnasium, pool and courtyard.
The shopfronts to Canberra House, the Alinga Bridge to Canberra Club connection, [...]

Northsiders get cheaper records

By 15 October 2013

Dynomite Records is trying to get the cool kids of the North to come visit Kambah with a special discount on their facebook page:
Calling all Northsiders!!!! Apparently a lot of people on the Northside think that going to Kambah is like going to the Amazon! So to try and encourage people living north of the [...]

Southquay on Lake Tuggeranong!

By 14 October 2013

Andrew Barr has put forth word on the grandly titled “Southquay” development for the somewhat more prosaic Lake Tuggeranong:
Work is about to start on Southquay, a new mixed use development on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong, which will see the construction of up to 1,000 dwellings and more than 3,000 square metres of commercial space. [...]

Fruit and veg (and other grocery) delivery: How are you going?

By 5 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Fruit and veg (and other grocery) delivery: How are you going?

As a vegan (and trying to eat more raw food) I am definitely in the market for lots of fruit and veggies, and the mixed seasonal delivery boxes look like a fantastic time saver now that I live in a house with room to store it all.
I’ve done some research for everyone’s benefit (including sifting [...]

My hat. And the future of retail

By 3 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
My hat. And the future of retail

Bear with me here. A huge chunk of Canberra’s economy turns on this hat.
Recently I was in the market for a hat. Fedoras had served me well in recent years but a man needs a bit of variety and really, if you can pick one up in Target how cool can it be? (Nerf guns [...]

Bus Depot Markets moving into the Fitters Workshop (temporarily)

By 26 September 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced grand plans for the Old Kingston Bus Depot:
Work to commence early in the new year will secure the future of the much loved and heritage listed Old Kingston Bus Depot which will become an important part of the Kingston Arts Precinct as well as continuing to be the [...]

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