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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: A.BAKER, NewActon Pavillion

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My day job sees me frequenting A.BAKER … once … more like twice a day. I am always experiencing food envy at 9am when I am waiting for my extra hot skinny latte. Eye-catching breakfast dishes fly past me and I am faced with the amazing, freshly baked, pastry cabinet every morning. So you can [...]

Canberra Centre Parking Machines – Out of Order

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When you consider how much the Canberra Centre must be earning from its paid parking in the city, I find it incredible that they seem incapable of keeping their money spinners in working order.
I guarantee that on at least 50% of visits to the centre, one or more machines are not working.  I can only [...]

Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries.
Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our [...]

Good quality veggie garden plants in Canberra?

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have had mixed success with Bunnings and Rodneys in terms of range and quality of veggie seedlings/plants.
Can anyone recommend a favourite nursery or gardening supplier in Canberra, with a large range and good quality plants?
Thanks!

In the wake of the Lindt Cafe atrocity: questions which demand answers

By 18 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A woman I know called me yesterday morning in great distress.
Even on the phone it was obvious she was shaking and near to tears.
She had known Tori Johnson since he was four years old and now he was dead, killed by Man Haron Monis at the Lindt Café.
I’d spent the previous night covering the siege [...]

The end of a love affair

By 18 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Break ups can be tough. They aren’t easy and there’s always the awkward part in the middle, the moving and parting of the things. But I’m afraid it’s time. I swear it’s not you, it’s me Canberra. I’m leaving you for somebody else. It’s time for me to get out and explore the big bad [...]

Automotive places open over xmas holidays?

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just curious if anyone knows of any mechanics that are open over the christmas holidays? I urgently need work done to my car, preferrably in the next two weeks.
Cheers guys!

Taxi drivers stealing phones

By 17 December 2014
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After enjoying a sensible night in Civic a little while ago now, and before I had met my beautiful fiancé, I had an incident with a lovely lady, a devious taxi driver, and my phone.
I remember being happily driven to an abode which was not mine at about 2am. Unexpectedly, and not by my volition, [...]

Eating out on low disposable income?

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello Rioters!
I am after a bit of advice, my wife and I have bought a house in Gunghalin with the purpose of getting my parents in laws out of trouble. We all work, I am on a low income, my wife at the higher end of moderate and my in laws are paid [...]

Best of Canberra – Meat Pie

By 16 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Did you know that on average, each Australian consumes 12 meat pies a year?
That means we’ve got to know a thing or two about our meat pies right?!
Whenever I eat a meat pie, I always wonder if I’m doing it right. Like is there a correct way of eating a pie! I turned to my [...]

Where to buy seafood for Christmas?

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters.
I’m looking for recommendations on where and when to buy seafood in Canberra to be eaten on Christmas day?
A few years ago I bought some from a place in Weston Creek (opposite the post office) and it was great. However the place has since closed down.
I’m after large prawns, lobster tails and some oysters.
Thanks.

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Donuts

By 15 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I went in search of the best donut Canberra has to offer. It was a little trickier than I thought it would be. A lot of readers reminisced about donuts that were available back in the day, which made me realise that donuts (fresh donuts in particular) may be an old favourite, but [...]

Katy Gallagher – Her time in the sun

By 15 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a former colleague of Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr, I was asked what it was about Katy’s reign as Chief Minister which made it so good (in the opinion of the questioner).
I guess the word I used is apt. It was “stability”. In my time and in the past two years by [...]

12 months water penetration forced me out of my unit

By 13 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

For the past 12 months water has been penetrating into the ceiling of my unit from the unit above mine. The unit above is owned by ACT Housing and neither that agency nor the strata managers, Civium Strata, have resolved the problem. The Body Corporate hasn’t replied to my requests for assistance. Now Civium Strata [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot spot: Autolyse, Braddon

By 13 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Everyone always talks about Autolyse in Braddon, and I don’t know why, but I just never went … I can’t believe I waited this long to check it out.
I walked in and was immediately in love with the décor. It is exactly how I imagine a bakery to look, bright and white, with an exposed [...]

Working and parking at Westfield Woden

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Dear everyone,
I have just recently moved to Canberra from Sydney to work at Westfield Woden. I did some research and it seems like there is no staff parking in Westfield. Where could I park if I work in Westfield and what will be the cheapest option?
Thank you

Andrew and Simon – an exercise in Destiny

By 12 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The inevitability of this team of Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell had its genesis way back when they were both students. They were both leading lights in their paddock of the Young Labor Right and Left.
They were adversaries at the Annual Labor Conference battlefields of the 1990s and both emerged as mature political [...]

Desert town?

By 11 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Well Canberra we are winding down to the end of the year and from what I hear, Canberra is about to become a ghost town. The tribes of workers itching for the end of year break to get home to their families and loved ones. I’ve heard many a story that basically half of Canberra [...]

Christmas food donations in Canberra?

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know of local organisations taking food donations for Christmas?
Libraries ACT used to have a food for fines program that ran in the lead up to Christmas, but it looks like that isn’t going ahead this year.
Any suggestions?

William Hovell Drive speed camera

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Apparently speed cameras are installed in black spots and are NOT used for revenue raising. Driving along William Hovel Drive between Coulter Drive and Bindubi Street I noticed some construction going on. A length of Armco fence and a very large reinforcing tube to go into the ground. This is on the left heading towards [...]

Tailgaters and aggressive drivers… WHY?

By 10 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Believe it or not, I’ve never received a speeding ticket, lost a demerit point or been penalised for the conduct of my driving. At this early stage in the article, I am resisting with all my might not to flounder into a tirade about parking tickets in the ACT. I won’t… I promise. Luck has [...]

Recommended plumber – 6 Star Hot Water & Plumbing

By 9 December 2014

Hi all
I’d like to recommend 6 Star Hot Water & Plumbing – they’ve given us excellent service. We had a grey water diverter installed in our laundry with some teething issues related to the product. They sorted the issue out promptly and have been very professional with their service. Thanks guys!
Mia

Best of Canberra – Donuts

By 9 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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They don’t need an introduction … those deep fried, fluffy, cakey circles of heaven, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, with a center that is 100% fat free!
Yes, I am talking about donuts. Hommer Simpson’s, and mine, favourite treat!
There are so many different types of donuts, from the traditional cinnamon and sugar, to custard filled, and [...]

Car steam cleaning

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Can anyone tell me where to find a car wash with do-it-yourself steam cleaning units in the Canberra/Queanbeyan area?
Years ago Carlovers had steam cleaning facilities, however an online search hasn’t turned up anything similar. Failing that, can anyone suggest a business that will do steam cleaning only, without requiring a full wash?

If it’s harder to get a cab in Bunda Street, does that mean clearer air in Beijing?

By 9 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced in a press release over the weekend what he called the launch of the first stage of the Bunda Street “shareway project”. Quote “The revitalised Bunda Street will become a shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, rather than a traditional street design which prioritises [...]

Winning the lottery; an awesome gig if you can swing it

By 9 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A lucky Canberran walked away with one million dollars last week after taking a ticket in Wednesday’s Lotto draw. The winning ticket made a hatrick for Evatt Newsagency with three winning tickets being sold there in the last six months.
Hands up who enters the lottery regularly? Semi regularly? Only when given a lottery ticket in [...]

Katy Gallagher – a career cut short?

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in Canberra’s history. Her electoral vote is astronomical, and she is respected for her stoic mind and steady hand. Indeed Katy could blow up a hospital and go on shooting spree of endangered animals with Bob Katter and still enjoy enormous public support.
Understandably, Lundy’s decision [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Family Friendly Restaurant/Cafe

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week when I asked for recommendations for family friendly restaurants and cafes, I honestly expected to be inundated however, it seems that Canberra has a serious lack of family friendly eating establishments.
Places like Jamie’s Italian, and a few of the football clubs were recommended, along with Ricardo’s in Jamison and Tommy & Me in [...]

Our first look at the new eatery Akiba

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]

Mr Fluffy – a Parallel

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I got a call from a bloke recently about the plight of someone he knows that has a Mr Fluffy House. He was seeking information on a particular problem facing his friend and didn’t know where to go. I gave him a few ideas.
His issue was that his friend had to rent a [...]

Katy Gallagher: What Will Her Legacy Be? How Will History Treat Her?

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History?  What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]

21st?

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Where is a good place to have a 21st?
Ideas more towards the Southside would be great!!

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