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The SK80s! A retro roller disco

By 6 June, 2013

[ 29 June, 2013; 6:00 pm; ]

Take a radical ride back to the 80s with Varsity Derby League as we host a truly truly truly outrageous 1980s roller disco – the SK80s! – at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on Saturday June 29 at 6 pm. The dance floor will be open to all roller and inline skaters to like, totally, show off [...]

Entrance exam at the Belco SuperCheap Auto

By 6 June, 2013

This in from Andrew:
Can it be that hard to work out what ‘push’ means?
Perhaps the clientele of SuperCheap auto Belconnen need more help than most shoppers to get in and out.
These instructions made my day.

Which of course brings to mind the genius of Gary Larson.

Got an image of Canberra [...]

Confuse the foreigners down Hipsley Lane?

By 6 June, 2013

An odd combination of signs: are they renaming Lonsdale St, in which case perhaps it should be “Hipster Alley”, or are they just trying to confuse tourists?
[Ed - Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com. Ironically (of course) CityNews has a story on how the [...]

Supermarket ‘shopping basket’ price comparison May 2013

By 24 May, 2013

Do you want to save money on your fortnightly shoppping? Are you looking for a better range of products with local producers and the highest range of gluton free products.
So do we, and after a recent discussion with Supabarn in Canberra, now you can. Supabarn conducted an independent inquiry after more than one person [...]

Ainslie gets more colourful. Images of Canberra

By 22 May, 2013

Pulp Kitchen is fast becoming my go to breakfast spot.
They’ve also added this very beautiful mural to Ainslie shops.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Dodgey fellas in Dodgey van offering free Home Enterntainment System?

By 22 May, 2013

So 5.15pm today I swing into Fyshwick to pick up the wife from work (no not what you think), just as I pull up and the wife gets in a van pulls up next to me toots the horn ????   I wind down the window and this middle eastern fellas says “moit do you want [...]

Shane takes up cudgels on the petrol price boards

By 16 May, 2013

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has introduced a bill to get a straight published price on petrol station price boards:
“The Fair Trading (Fuel Prices) Amendment Bill 2013 will ensure that petrol stations display the fuel price that is available to all consumers and not the price available to consumers who have already shopped with the retailer [...]

Wall declares victory in Calwell

By 15 May, 2013

Liberal Andrew Wall is breaking out the bubbly after his Calwell Master Plan motion got up in the Assembly:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall successfully moved a motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly this afternoon, resulting in the Calwell Group Centre and Tuggeranong Homestead site being placed on the schedule for upcoming master plans.
“As a result [...]

Big changes for Dickson

By 14 May, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced Draft Variation 311 to totally rejig Dickson and send the skyline soaring:
“Variation 311 puts Territory Plan controls in place to start rolling out the initiatives of the Dickson master plan, which include up to six stories in areas and improved pedestrian connections – particularly through to Challis St,” Mr Corbell said.
Other [...]

Hairdressing Apartheid

By 13 May, 2013

I was in Civic today looking for a somewhere to get a haircut. I saw a sign for “Hair in the City” at Centrepoint. I walked up the stairs, however they were fully booked. I noticed another small hairdressing salon called “The African Look” also on the first floor of Centrepoint.
It was empty. [...]

Giralang Doctors to close

By 10 May, 2013

FYI, my family just got our letters today to inform us that the Doctors surgery in Giralang is being taken over by the owners of a medical surgery in Watson and ALL staff are moving to the Watson premises.
Great, no shops, no Doctor, no support from the government………………

Anniversary coins for Parliament House

By 8 May, 2013

With Parliament House turning 25 tomorrow AAP have pictures of the commemorative coins.
Pretty sure those $5 jobbies won’t pay for the parking.
But the 20c will be worth keeping an eye out for.

An end to Stalinist supermarket planning. Now incumbency to rule

By 7 May, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to stop playing dollhouses with supermarkets in the ACT:
In its response the Government notes that there have been several important changes in the Territory’s supermarket sector since 2010, when the Government introduced the Supermarket Competition Policy Implementation Plan (SCPIP).
These changes include:
– The new ‘full-line’ supermarkets to be built in [...]

Online charity auction to raise money for Inanna Inc.

By 6 May, 2013

You could do something wonderful today …
You could bid on an auction to win something you really covet – like a signed Brumbies jersey, a champagne breakfast, memorabilia signed by the Prime Minister, a luxury getaway, support for your business valued at over $800 – and at the same time know that all proceeds [...]

Downer in Decay

I took a ride up to Downer Shops on the weekend … and took some photos … the shop side is truly derelict.

One of my first group houses in the early 90′s was a weatherboard affair in Durack Street (which incidentally was the coldest house I’ve ever lived in) and Downer Shops was my local. [...]

Where to buy a hat in Canberra?

By 23 April, 2013

As the colder weather approaches I’m in need of something fashionable to cover what remains of where my full head of hair used to be.
As an early 30′s male who’d rather shave his head than look like a 60 year old bald man I’m having trouble finding anywhere that sells a wide assortment of [...]

Record Store Day for the RSPCA

By 22 April, 2013

Record store day came and went, I celebrated with a visit to Songland at Cooleman Court. The vinyl on offer was all donated and was generally what you would expect.
I picked up some groovy tunes (6 records for $10) and now just need to work out how to play them; otherwise I will [...]

Rose Cottage Markets

By 22 April, 2013

Dropped by the Rose Cottage Markets on Saturday, hoping rather than expecting a small but bustling hive of locally produced goods nestled amongst the gardens of the Old Rose Inn.
The site has always had a chequered commercial history, never quite hitting the mark as a destination location and not really en route to anywhere. [...]

Women who are not ladies uncatered for . . .

By 17 April, 2013

Still cleaning out my camera and found this poorly conceived and executed sign from Gold Creek Hair and Beauty. I imagine Chenille of Chenille’s Institute de Beaute’ & House Of Hair Removal would entirely approve of this sign.
I regret never peering inside to discover the nature of the “Treatments”.
[Got an image of Canberra you [...]

A mighty rigid structure appears in the Canberra Centre. Pour Quoi?

By 16 April, 2013

The food court atrium in the Canberra Centre has developed a large steel frame for what seems to be some sort of internal roofing.
Anyone want to suggest what could be the cause?

Top English at Top Bargain

By 14 April, 2013

Feeding my insatiable desire for cheap and quirky stationery means I spend a lot of time in the discount shops. This creates a pretty high tolerance for poorly crafted advice and signage.
This new sign by Top Bargain in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome has raised the ambiguity bar beyond my wildest expectations.
Good job.
[Got an [...]

Charity tokens; a limited International Study.

By 12 April, 2013

A dear friend of mine irregularly sends me snaps of the charity token bins at his local Waitrose supermarket in Suffolk. After discovering a similar arrangement at The Good Guys we did a brief desktop analysis.
The major findings were that:
— Tuggeranong likes Jamie Oliver better than Suffolk;
— The English support historic and [...]

Parking gets the works at the Charnie shops

By 9 April, 2013

Adding to tensions at Charnwood Shops is a dangerous thing indeed. But TAMS are warning that they’re resurfacing the car park:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the main car park of the Charnwood Shopping Centre will be resurfaced on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April 2013 (weather permitting). [...]

Zed agin plastic bag compliance

By 4 April, 2013

Liberal Cost of Living Shadow Minister Zed Seselja has made an effort to earn his pay while running for the Senate and asked why the Government spent a whole $61,000 on plastic bag compliance.
To this end he’s waving around an answer to a question on notice (which we note was asked by Assembly newcomer Giulia [...]

Where to buy an overcoat in Canberra?

By 2 April, 2013

Having recently returned from the Middle East, I am starting to feel the cold.
Could anyone tell me where I might buy an overcoat (not a jacket) to be worn over a suit.
I will try DJs of course but grateful for any other suggestions?

Is this for REAL? (whitegoods scam bites consumers)

By 31 March, 2013

I was recently contacted by my real estate agent to say that she had arranged for a new stove to be paid for and picked up at a large well-known white goods supplier.  So I rang them to arrange payment and to let them know that the plumber would pick it up in a day [...]

Good Friday’s Unconstitutional laws?

By 29 March, 2013

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/coaca430/s116.html”>From Section 116 of the Constitution:
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.
Seems silly that we all get [...]

DV 317 comes for Kambah

By 27 March, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced planning changes (he calls them improvements) for Tuggeranong:
“The ACT Government released the plan which set out the vision for the Kambah Group Centre while also
addressing issues like parking availability and ease of movement around the retail precinct. This draft Variation
317 (DV317) will guide future development while maintaining the village feel that [...]

Chapman shops upgrade

By 27 March, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is letting us know we can have our say about planned upgrades to the Chapman Shops.
“I’m pleased to announce the preliminary sketch plans for the upgrade of Chapman shops have now been developed following input from the Chapman community, traders, lessees and government stakeholders,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“A drop-in consultation session will be held [...]

City to the Lake. A more glorious dawn awaits?

By 26 March, 2013

YouTube brings us the ACT Government’s new grand plan to sweep future development down to the Lake, complete with a new stadium:
City to the Lake is a transformational project being developed within The City Plan, and is integral to realising the City’s potential as we embark on our second century. The ACT Government is committed [...]

Giulia demands more government support for shopkeepers

By 20 March, 2013

In most parts of the world shopkeepers can be seen cleaning up the areas outside their own shops because it’s a smart thing to do. (And the right thing to do considering the messes are made at least in part by their customers)
Here in Canberra we roll a bit different and so today the Liberals’ [...]

Psychiatrist that will prescribe ADHD medication in north canberra?

By 19 March, 2013

I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.

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