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Zara makes its move on the Canberra Centre

By 20 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Thanks to Tootza for sending in confirmation the long awaited Zara is coming to the top floor of the Canberra Centre.
The agile Zara will give the other retailers nearby a run for their money:
It is claimed that Zara needs just two weeks to develop a new product and get it to stores, compared to [...]

Mark Latham finally of some use

By 15 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Ben_Dover has sent this in:
Saw this sign for a garage sale in Cook.
Mark “I can arm wrestles old men” Latham has gone down in the world, obviously.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Furby purchase

By 15 December 2012

Decided to have lunch with my wife yesterday to finalise some Xmas shopping for our kids. So off to Big W we go looking for a Furby for our daughter. We head to the toy department expecting a huge display of these ‘Furbies’ but to no avail. For those of you that [...]

Coopers Pale at Aldi! Oh Happy Day!

By 12 December 2012

The beer drinking man has long faced a conundrum.
The best mass produced beer in Australia is, as any fule kno, Coopers Pale.
On the other hand the cheapest beer is from Aldi.
Until today, oh joyous day, when I found Coopers Pale going in Aldi for $42 a case.
Tonight’s going to be a good night.

Suitcase rummage at New Acton

By 12 December 2012

[ 16 December 2012 at 12:30 pm; ]

Get your tight jeans and thick rimmed glasses out; the New Acton Suitcase Rummage is back!

This in from New Acton:

Suitcase Rummage started in Brisbane with a couple of people wanting people without pretension and markets without a mardi gras of racks and banners. Coupled with NewActon, they’re encouraging Canberrans to fill some suitcases with [...]

Supabarn turns 21

By 11 December 2012

Supabarn are letting it be known that they’re all grown up tomorrow when they turn 21:
Supabarn is a Canberra based company with stores in both Canberra and Sydney. Supabarn is proud to be Canberra’s largest private employer and a regular supporter of our community and all things Canberra.
We would like to thank all of Canberra [...]

ACCC not thrilled by Woolies takeover of the Hawker IGA

By 7 December 2012

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised its concerns over Woolies taking over the Hawker shops:
The ACCC’s preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition may result in a substantial lessening of competition in the local supermarket market.
The ACCC considers that the proposed acquisition would remove the unique offering of the Hawker Supa IGA [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong – The Hype Dome

By 7 December 2012

So the new extensions to the Tuggeranong Hyperdome are open.  
I took a good look around today and soon realised that its a lot of the same old same old, re-arranging the chairs so to speak.
Yep, there are a few new tennants in Big W, JB Hi Fi and one or two others, but the rest are mainly old tennants [...]

Would you like to help Lip?

By 3 December 2012

Lip Magazine has a month to go on their Pozible campaign to print their next edition and with a lot of Canberra women involved are worthy of your consideration:
Lip Magazine is an alternative, independent magazine for young women. Launched in 2003, the magazine has undergone a string of changes over the years, and in [...]

Giving Tree at Belconnen Markets!

By 29 November 2012

This year, Belconnen Fresh Food Markets will contribute to The Salvation Army Christmas appeal by hosting a Christmas tree in the centre of the marketplace from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 December 2012.
We urge local Canberran’s to dig deep and donate in December to families who struggle to make ends meet at one of [...]

Business confidence collapsing in the ACT?

By 29 November 2012

Sensis has some bad news about their survey of business confidence in the ACT:
The ACT has recorded the largest fall in business confidence among small and medium businesses of any state or territory over the past quarter, with confidence now below the national average.
The November Sensis Business Index results show confidence levels among ACT [...]

Best computer prices and service in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?

Upgrading Chapman shops

By 22 November 2012

Mayor Rattenbury is asking Chapman residents to express their views on upgrades to the local shopping centre:
“Following consultation, the Government will release a draft design of the Chapman Shops upgrades. It will address issues such as public safety and security, parking, street furniture, signage, stormwater, lighting, landscaping improvements and accessibility.
“We will display this draft design [...]

Beware the Paralytic Shellfish Toxin contaminated mussels

By 6 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Chief Health Officer is warning that regardless of what you think about Peter Slipper’s text messages you don’t want to be hanging onto some batches of mussels:
On 2 November 2012, a national recall was announced for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring biotoxin called paralytic shellfish toxin. Shellfish may accumulate this [...]

Bricks and mortar computers in Canberra?

By 6 November 2012

Hive mind – where do you recommend buying a new laptop and extended international warranty package?

Eco-Elves Night Market

By 31 October 2012

[ 7 December 2012 at 5:00 pm; ]

Ethical and eco-friendly gifts, food, music and a starry summer evening at the Canberra Environment Centre.

Stalls, Music, Wine and Food

Avoid the crush and the shopping centres, have some dinner, listen to some live music, and do your christmas shopping:

– Organic, Free Range, Fair Trade and Local Food Produce
– Solar Panels, Rainwater tanks and Compost Bins/Worm [...]

The Charity Card Shop

By 25 October 2012

Do you want to buy beautiful and inexpensive Christmas cards, and help your favourite charity at the same time?
The Charity Card Shop opens at the City Uniting Church, Pilgrim House, Northbourne Ave, Civic on Monday, 29 October 2012. It will be open from 10 –3.30, Monday to Friday until Thursday, 13 December 2012.
Hundreds of cards [...]

Coffee shops and community life in Harrison/Gungahlin?

By 22 October 2012

My husband and I are returning to Canberra after three years away and we’ll be renting in Harrison. I’ve never lived in Gungahlin before and I’m sort of familiar with the town centre but not the rest of the area.
I can’t see any Harrison shops on Google Earth but maybe it’s an old picture. Does [...]

Another one bites the dust: proposed sale of Hawker IGA to Woolworth

By 18 October 2012

In what looks like another nail in the coffin of competitors to the big two supermarket chains — as well as validation of community concerns expressed during the mishandled draft Hawker Master Plan process — Woolworth has made an offer for the Hawker IGA.
There are a lot of interesting things about this, not least [...]

Shoplifting from Woolworths

By 16 October 2012

I was chatting with a Woden Woolies employee the other morning after we both saw a ‘criminal genius’ trying to shop lift a UDL (puting it in his pocket right in front of me whilst said employee was watching him in the mirror – he put it back and left the shop). 
The employee told me that that [...]

Potential Ikea store for Canberra?

By 16 October 2012

In a story in the Herald yesterday morning, an Ikea spokesman said there was potential to build a store in Canberra as part of an Australia-wide expansion.
Ikea in Canberra: hit or s***?

How the hell did they get that in there?

By 16 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Many thanks to Dave who has pointed out that Google Maps StreetView includes the interior of Lyneham’s Book Lore second hand bookstore.
The strange properties of L-Space as exhibited by second hand bookstores was well noted by Terry Pratchett but it’s nice to see demonstrated.
Give it a go, walk right in…
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Liberals to think about South East Tuggeranong

By 9 October 2012

The Liberals have promised to think lots about what to do in South East Tuggeranong if elected:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Deputy Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will conduct a comprehensive audit of existing community facilities in South East Tuggeranong, and upgrade Calwell oval.
“It is [...]

Simon promises heaven in Erindale

By 18 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell is not letting the caretaker convention get between himself and his ministerial letterhead.
Today he’s unveiled a master plan for the vexed Erindale group centre complete with a transport hub:
Shoppers and workers at the Erindale group centre are set to benefit from an extra 1200 car spaces, a new bus station, better walking and [...]

Liberal dreams for Erindale

By 11 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bear in mind that the Liberal road for electoral success runs through Tuggeranong when you consider their latest policy of improvements to Erindale:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Urban Services Minister Alistair Coe announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will immediately improve the look of Gartside Street in Erindale [...]

Fire at Belconnen Mall

By 9 September 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue is responding with multiple units to Belconnen Mall following reports of a fire.
All levels of the centre are currently being evacuated.
Update to follow.
10:55am Sunday 9 September 2012

Firefighters have located the smoke and the presence of an electrical smell on level two of Belconnen Mall.
There has been no sign of any fire [...]

Mount Gingera Trail Pics (Aug 2012)

By 8 September 2012

I went up the Mount Gingera trail a few weeks ago, thought I’d post up a few pics..  Was a bit dangerous though as I kept losing the track under the snow (and I was on my own), so I’m happy to mark it out a bit better during the spring.  Any suggestions?  A few [...]

This is an angry rant about Bunnings warehouse.

By 5 September 2012

Why does Bunnings warehouse promote customer service so much in their ads when really it is totally crap at the actual stores?. This is my experience anyway. Prepare for a long and boring story and feel free call me a typical Canberra whinger and ask if I have taken my medication (I didn’t when this [...]

Apple store opening this weekend. Free T-shirt!

By 4 September 2012

[ 8 September 2012 at 10:00 am; ]

Yes the long awaited Apple store is finally opening in the Canberra Centre this Saturday and the first thousand punters through the door get a t-shirt no purchase required.

The wait is over (for those who were waiting)

We are too stupid to have fun magnets

By 29 August 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Justice and Community Safety have announced they’re not going to let us have small high powered magnets:
ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips, has today announced that certain adult magnetic products that are unsafe for children will be banned from sale in the ACT.
Most Australian States and Territories are proposing to impose an interim ban [...]

Farmers Markets extending their opening hours

By 28 August 2012

The EPIC Farmers Markets are a religion to many of you. So it’s of vital importance to those people that the opening hours are being extended.
So if you want to get in first for the good stuff it’s now a 7:30am start.
Canberra’s popular Saturday morning market, the Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in [...]

Ripped off by Zamels?

By 25 August 2012

In one of those weird “I was looking for something else” discoveries I found this interesting article on the ACCC web page relating to false advertising by Zamels Jewelers. http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1070709/fromItemId/142 Now I’ve never shopped at Zamels, but I am sure many Canberrans have. It makes for interesting reading. For example;
“The court found that, by using [...]

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