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Does ANY cafe/restaurant in the ACT meet your service expectations?

By 31 July 2013

In recent years, most restaurants/cafes in Canberra have adopted outrageous, non-customer friendly policies regarding bill payments. As one of many people who don’t use cash, eating out with friends is quickly becoming a nightmare.
For example, at one popular venue:

We do not split bills. Minimum 10.00 for card transaction. All prices are GST inclusive. Surcharge applies [...]

Note to Coles Jamo, India is in Asia

By 10 July 2013
Note to Coles Jamo, India is in Asia

Aisle 6 at the Jamison Coles gave me the gears this lunchtime for some reason.
Do Coles perpetuate racist ideas in their over simplified food presentation? Or do they merely reflect the unthinking prejudices of the lumpen proletariat?
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A look at the plans for the Chapman Shops

By 8 July 2013
A look at the plans for the Chapman Shops

TAMS are sharing their plans to upgrade the Chapman Shops:
Manager of Design and Development for Parks and City Services Diana Hill today announced that the final sketch plans for the Chapman shops upgrade, which includes new community gathering spaces, lighting, bike racks, landscaping and improved access, are now available for public viewing.
“The proposed upgrade of [...]

Has anyone gone through fair trading in Canberra? Any tips?

By 3 July 2013

Hello hivemind,
I’m going to be taking a retailer through fair trading to enforce the consumer right to exchange of faulty goods – has anyone been through this before? what can I expect?
Also, if this route fails I will be taking them through small claims court – does anyone have any experience going through the [...]

But what will the dogs drink? Images of Canberra

By 1 July 2013
But what will the dogs drink? Images of Canberra

One for Grammar Nazis.
I spotted this in Kingston over the weekend… I wanted to get a red marker out and correct it!
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Erwin Schrödinger* setting up shop on City Walk?

By 1 July 2013
Erwin Schrödinger* setting up shop on City Walk?

This in from Stephen:
Yes, we are not quite open
I met the City Walk store owner just after snapping this photograph. “Can I help you?”, he asked in a wary manner.
The man was well built, slightly shorter than I, but I imagined he could pack a punch that would sent me straight to the emergency [...]

Simon says give me your thoughts on planning Kingston

By 28 June 2013
Simon says give me your thoughts on planning Kingston

Simon Corbell has announced the kickoff of Draft Variation 314 to nut out the future of the Kingston Centre:
“Draft Variation 314 (DV314) to the Territory Plan draws on findings from the Kingston Centre master plan and includes controls on development of the car park on Eyre Street and increases to some building heights in the [...]

Truffle Time 2013!

By 21 June 2013
Truffle Time 2013!

[ 23 June 2013 to 31 July 2013. ]

The Truffle Festival is letting us know about this year’s events:

This year Sherry is joining with the Fyshwick Markets to celebrate the Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival. Along with providing exclusive supply to the markets, Sherry is also running truffle hunts every Saturday until 17 August. And for the ultimate truffle experience the hunts [...]

Trouble at the markets?

By 21 June 2013

The ABC has a strange complaint about the Saturday Farmers Market getting too many punters in which is somehow bad for business:
Beef and lamb producer Phil McCormack, from Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands, says his market sales have fallen by 25 per cent in the last 18 months.
Mr McCormack says the weekly event [...]

Prinstant giveaway celebrating 2 years

By 12 June 2013
Prinstant giveaway celebrating 2 years

As a special thankyou to all the Rioteers who have come to us for printing, you are all encouraged to visit our website www.prinstant.com.au and click on the ‘Free Giveaway’ button to enter our free raffle.
We are a proudly Canberran family business and we are celebrating 2 years successful trading in Fyshwick and Majura. [...]

How do you drive a car into a shopping mall?

By 12 June 2013
How do you drive a car into a shopping mall?

Help me Riot Act!
I frequent the Belco mall every 3 or 4 weeks… but this has been confusing me for months.
To the extent that I’ve measured the cars. I’ve measured the door ways. I’ve tried to assess the angles between the door ways and this location. They can’t have just been driven through the nearest [...]

Majura Parkway planning fail

By 6 June 2013

Brendan Smyth is having some fun with Simon Corbell’s planning efforts with the Majura Parkway:
It was revealed that Simon Corbell as Planning Minister was asked by businesses at the Majura Park Shopping Precinct to provide on and off access from the Majura Parkway to the northern end of the Majura Park Shopping Precinct. He declined, [...]

The SK80s! A retro roller disco

By 6 June 2013
The SK80s! A retro roller disco

[ 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
Entrance exam at the Belco SuperCheap Auto

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
Confuse the foreigners down Hipsley Lane?

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
Supermarket 'shopping basket' price comparison 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
Ainslie gets more colourful. Images of Canberra

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
Shane takes up cudgels on the petrol price boards

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

By 6 May 2013
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 for the RSPCA

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
Rose Cottage Markets

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
Women who are not ladies uncatered for . . .

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

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?

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