I very rarely have a rant. But today, I ventured onto the road in Challis Street Dickson. There are little bicycles painted on the road. I was riding right over them on the left hand side of the road, near Dame Pattie Menzies House.
Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, [...]
Jo Parkinson and Sandra Bown are to local ladies who are planning to ride the 565kms from North to South Vietnam in support of the Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Jo and Sandra have chosen the Cure Cancer Foundation because like most of us, they too have unfortunately both been touched by cancer, and with 1 in [...]
ACT Emergency Services are asking Canberrans to learn to look after their hearts, through exercise and education.
ACT Fire & Rescue has invited colleagues in other Emergency Services and the community to join them in the annual Darren Wall ACT Emergency Services Heart Challenge at Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday.
“To celebrate Heart Week, we have invited [...]
Smiths Alternative Bookshop was relaunched last night as Smiths Alternative under Jorian Gardner and Domenic Mico’s stewardship.
It’s going to be a very funky little venue, now with a dedicated stage so keep your eyes peeled.
David Howe has sent in some pictures from the opening. The man who looks like John Howard is in fact former [...]
This just in from the RSPCA:
Keep an eye out over the next month for these quirky white dogs. They appeared at Regatta Point on Monday 22 April as part of RSPCA ACT’s 2013 Million Paws Walk launch.
Million Paws Walk will take place at Stage 88 and Commonwealth Park on 19 May 2013. Registering [...]
Red Cross are in need of volunteers for the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS).
CVS is for residents of aged care facilities in the ACT and South East NSW region who are socially isolated and whose quality of life would be improved by friendship and companionship. Volunteers are matched with a client for social visits for about [...]
Autumn is a beautiful time in Canberra, and what better way to appreciate it then with an afternoon of tree planting in the Cotter Catchment?
Join Jindii EcoSpa, SEE-Change Woden and Greening Australia at our second tree planting event to support the Jindii Sustainability Fund – a program of activities that includes planting trees and fund [...]
Was quietly minding my own business (as you do) whilst visiting the amenities in a local Australian Government building when I actually paid attention to the sign on the back of the door.
Good to see that all areas of government can offer useless bits of advice without actually giving you the tools to fix [...]
I’m looking for a yoga class that’s very gentle, as I’m recovering from surgery and have a weak right shoulder as a result.
Preferably northside, but I’m happy to travel for the right place.
It would need to be outside of work hours.
I identified a place in Torrens (but the class times don’t suit) [...]
Katrina has mailed this in raising some pretty fair questions:
Hi, just want to make the public aware that the BBQ’s (near the park and carpark) at John Knight Memorial Park are out of order!
Just what we needed when we arrived to host a kids bday party for 27 kids!
No sign and when I [...]
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 [...]
Simon Corbell has announced that he’s raising the power ceiling on electric bicycles from an anaemic 200 watts up to 250 watts to allow pedalecs onto our roads:
“The changes to the laws that the government is proposing through the Road Transport (General) Amendment Bill, will allow higher performance electric bikes (pedalecs) under the European standard, [...]
Yesterday afternoon (08.04.2013) at around 2:30pm, I was t-boned driving home from work along Barry drive by what I now know was a stolen car on the intersection of Boldrewood street.
After pulling over to the median strip, assuming said car would also pull over, the driver swerved out and sped up along Barry drive [...]
Mindfulness is a proven technique that goes back thousands of years and is now being widely used to manage chronic pain. Psychologist Randolph Sparks, who gave a very engaging and insightful talk on “Managing Chronic Pain” last year, will talk about how mindfulness can work for you.
WHEN: Monday 15 April, 12.30-1.30 PM
WHERE: Room 9, 2nd [...]
I’ve just been googling and decided I needed to consult the hive.
I would like to book my 8yo in for 2 days of horse riding during the 2nd week of school holidays. Can’t really afford 4 and have care for the other days.
But it looks like the main equestrian places I can find online require [...]
I was summonsed this noon to the opening of stages 1 and 2 of the Civic Cycle Loop.
So with all the good will in the world I left the official ceremony to try out the new paths.
The above video I think speaks for itself. I solemnly swear I did not stage any of the difficulties [...]
Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about the dreaded death cap mushroom returning to our fields and fens.
The ACT Government is reminding Canberrans to avoid eating wild mushrooms found growing in the ACT, as autumn is when death cap mushrooms start to grow in many parks and nature strips throughout Canberra. A [...]
Canberra CBD has kindly provided details on the usage of Canberra’s new open air pissoirs:
The urinal trial in late-night hot spots in the Canberra CBD has already proven extremely popular with the local community with 225 litres collected over the weekend.
Data showed that an estimated 1200 men had used the urinals over the four nights [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the government’s response to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council’s report ‘Beyond the Binary: legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in
Recognising that the old certainty that men are men and women are women doesn’t recognise the vast grey areas in between the response offers to major reforms:
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.
Here is the Skateboarding Australia ACT Hub events calendar for Autumn.
Every event is free and all ages.
Skateboards and helmets supplied.
Come and give it a go!
It seems as soon as one mentions the ‘W’ word – wedding – photographers add a zero to their fee. So here’s the deal – my son and fiance need a photograher for a mid-week wedding later this year. Whilst its easy to talk up and over-sophisticate wedding photography, they simply want someone to do [...]
Sometimes we get a media release that leaves us speechless.
Canberra CBD are making known their arrangements to reduce the Civic’s yellow rivers of a late night.
A urinal trial in late-night city hot spots will begin tonight (Thursday 14 March) to gain data on the issue of public and illegal urination.
An initiative of Canberra CBD Limited [...]
Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about their Settler’s Track in Namadgi National Park:
“All types of structures, from the bark shelters of the earliest pioneers to mud huts and weatherboard cottages, were all once represented at Namadgi, and there are still many tangible reminders of Canberra’s pastoral history for us to experience [...]
[ 22 March 2013 at 6:00 pm; ] Blue Illusion in Manuka are hosting a fundraising night of French inspired fashion & homewares with free sparkling wine & canapés, with profits from the evening going to the AIDS Action Council of the ACT
Friday 22nd March 2013
6pm – 9 pm
Blue Illusion, Manuka
Shop 4/1-7 Bougainville St Manuka Centre Manuka ACT
RSVP to aidsaction.org.au/blueillusion
or call 02 6257 [...]
Here in the bunker we were very excited to hear about box wars.
And then I got stuck covering it on my own.
Which meant I couldn’t get in the ring myself which I would have very much enjoyed.
But I did get some great photos and decent video of the immensely fun event in Reconciliation Place as [...]
The Canberra Etsy Team are pooling their resources to raise money for Pegasus, a charity that provides equestrian activities for people with disabilities. Pegasus has hit some troubled times recently, but the community is rallying to help out and if you’d like to contribute this might be what you are looking for.
The Canberra Etsy Team [...]
The Auditor-General has announced the first report of 2013 Care and Protection System.
The report is vast, and the conclusions lengthy.
But it appears we don’t know where the children are, or how they are.
It is, apparently, hoped that things are getting better, but we can’t know that either.
UPDATE: Joy Burch is taking a glass half full [...]
I am hunting around for a number of free things to do in Canberra. Not only do the kids want something to do, but I have a number of unemployed or student friends who have no jobs, and consequently little money. I know there are the old stand bys of the national gallery, the botanic [...]
[ 27 February 2013 at 6:10 pm; ] Hi all,
The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running group – and the biggest drinking group – in the world. We are known as “drinkers with a running problem”.
It’s an amazing group, although you don’t need to run (some stay behind to mind the bags) and you don’t need to drink (it seems some [...]
Jasmine Leong would like to invite all of you to come and hoop your hoops in a hoops fashion with her at Warehouse Circus.
Hey, Hoop Lovers! Want to learn some skills and drills while rocking out to cheery tunes?
It doesn’t matter if its been 10 years, or 10 minutes since you last picked up [...]
ABC News has run a story about mental health patients quitting their treatments early because they are being denied a smoke. Starting this year a smoking ban was implemented into Canberra Hospital’s new psychiatric facility, banning patients from smoking outdoors in the facility’s designated smoking areas.
Does anyone else feel that denying people who are obviously [...]