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Opinion (1021 Stories)

Are there any recommendations for companies that can dig up and re lay drains attached to down-pipes?

By 1 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I really need all my downpipe drainage tested, and probably have a few drainpipes that need to be dug up and re-laid. It’s likely to be quite a big job and will definitely end up with a few trenches in the front & back garden so it’d be really good to know which company in Canberra to [...]

Looking for a dentist that will look at all alternatives to removing wisdom teeth

By 1 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My wisdom teeth are starting to really play up now (I’m 25) and I would really prefer not to have them removed. My wisdom teeth are only slightly angled, so I believe that if some of the gum was removed from above they may be able to come through completely.
What I’m looking for is a [...]

Where are the mowers?

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what is happening with the Government mowing at the moment? From Northside to Southside everywhere there is grass over waist height…. and not a single mower to be seen!
Yes, there have been perhaps 2 mowers out recently hitting the median strips around the busy roads, but frankly this is a poor effort [...]

Westfield Belconnen Parking

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters
Can anyone give a suggestion for cheaper parking at or very near Belconnen Westfield?
A family member works unusual hours in the mall and sometimes doesn’t finish until almost midnight.  The option of public transport doesn’t work.  To bus it from Gungahlin to the mall is one thing but there are no buses late at [...]

So… Are we exclusive?

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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That sentence seems so American doesn’t it? 7 years ago when I started dating it was something that was never really questioned. The chances of someone seeing two people at once seemed very slim; it was a question that never needed asking.
Now with the rise of online dating it’s become a very important and necessary [...]

Subjugation of Women – an Urban Reality

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When I was overseas just recently in Barcelona, England and Dubai, I was reminded of a culture I have seen in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
Sure, I saw the niquab in Dubai and in England. Sure I saw this as the expression of not only freedom of religion but also the freedom to suppress women [...]

“Ivory Tower” – university fee deregulation (Canberra International Film Festival)

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With deregulation of uni fees going before the Senate soon this is the ideal time for a conversation about what we want higher education in this country to be.  The Canberra International Film Festival is contributing to this public debate with the documentary Ivory Tower, about the experience of the United States with a competitive [...]

No more Mickey Mouse: Close UC Kaleen High and expand Melba Copland

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have previously raised the question that perhaps it’s time to close UC Kaleen High School on the grounds that it is costly, under-utilised and increasingly redundant. Despite initial outbursts against my proposal it seems now there is some growing community support and political consideration to redirect the operational funds for the school into far [...]

Poor planning shows Canberra cyclists in a selfish light

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Go for a drive any Saturday or Sunday through Uriarra crossing to the wonderful natural bush areas of the Brindabella Mountains (that I believe help give Canberra it’s iconic bush status), and you will quickly realise you need to look out for not only wildlife but road cyclists who are also out enjoying this scenic [...]

Car servicing nightmare stories

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s hard finding a decent place to get your car serviced, or is it? There’s a lot to be said for DIY basic servicing such as oil/filter changes, belts, brake pads etc if you are capable and have the equipment (as I do and have done for many years). However, if your car is still [...]

Canberra makeup academy

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am considering going to Canberra makeup academy but I have not found many reviews on it. Does anyone have any experience with CMA or know anyone who does ?

“Canberra-ism”

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
I have a friend moving out from the USA in early Dec and pulling together a pack on info to help her settle in. I’m including a list of “Canberra-isms” that people new to our city wouldn’t know (Civic, Parliamentary Triangle etc). Would appreciate any input both on this front, and on anything else [...]

Does the ACT need an ICAC?

By 28 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s often said that timing is everything.
The ACT Greens are suspicious of the timing of developer donations apparently made “during delicate planning approval processes” to quote from ABC Online.
“Fairfax Media has reported the ACT ALP received $223,292 of developer donations over the past five years, some of which came during or near to major planning [...]

Slow service at cafes – wait or walk?

By 28 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There seems to be a few unwritten rules about wait time etiquette in cafes and restaurants, rules for both the customers and the staff.
Over the weekend I went to a café for brunch with my partner. We ordered a drink each and a meal each. The staff member didn’t give any inclination there would be [...]

Best of Canberra – Milkshake

By 27 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Whenever I think about milkshakes, my first reaction is to burst out singing “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard”, Kelis’ 2003 hit, “Milkshake”.
The famous shake has been around since 1885. In my Grandparents era (the 50′s), children would save their pocket money to buy a delicious, creamy, syrupy, ice-cold milkshake from their [...]

Looking for a Dentist

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello, my wife and I are new to Canberra – recently moved from Greece – Can you please suggest an excellent Dentist in Belconnen Town Centre or Barton area? Would be ideal to find a friendly dentist and hygienist in the same practice. Thank you all.

iPhone 6 plus plan from whom?

By 25 October 2014

Am still waiting for an iPhone from Telstra 6 weeks after ‘registering interest’.
They have a nice plan to go with it. Supposedly.
Why ask me to register interest when they have done nothing since, not even an email to tell me they have none yet…presumably SOMEONE is getting an iPhone occasionally from Telstra meantime…
My contract was [...]

Possible ramifications for public servants from health insurance selloff

By 25 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Radio National is reporting plans on the part of Medicare and the Government to compulsorily take part of public servants’ superannuation on retirement, and use it to pay health care premiums, regardless of the choices and wishes of said retirees once Medicare is privatised. With no regard to whether said public servants have looked after [...]

Canberra Home Delivery Food?

By 25 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve just moved to Canberra and quite like it… except for the take-away and home delivery choices (or at least those I’ve found so far).
Why does Pad Thai cost $16.50 (Lemon Grass)? In Sydney $12 is expensive. Same goes for Indian food… curries at $17-20 is a rip-off for take away. And why no decent kebabs in [...]

Dodgy TV (ABC + 10) Fraser – anyone else?

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

No signal on those two stations since storm yesterday.  Anyone else in the Fraser area having the same trouble, or it is just us?
cheers MS

Can anyone recommend a bobcat service at reasonable price

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
I am looking for a bobcat service at reasonable price, please advise if you know someone.

Buying a new car – should it have a full tank of petrol?

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m interested on hearing thoughts on this, I recently purchased a new car from a dealer in Phillip that shall remain nameless (although it does rhyme with shommonwealth boaters).  Anyway, I went to pick it up and when the salesperson was handing over the keys and going through some features (its pretty sick), I had [...]

Sex in the ACT (Podcast) – Fiona Patten

By 24 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mike Jeffreys talks to Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party, about regulation and organisation of the sex industry in the ACT.

Automatic garage roller doors

By 23 October 2014

Hi,
We are replacing our very old garage doors with auto roller doors.  Anybody got any recommendations on a good reliable firm.
Thanks

Local florist recommendation

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters. It is my mothers 50th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. I’m looking at getting a variety of flower arrangements for a party we are organising. Does anyone have any florist recommendations?

Do you feel safe walking at night?

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Something I’ve always attributed to a good lifestyle is being able to go for a walk at night and feel safe to do so. There’s nothing better sometimes than being able have dinner first and head out afterwards avoiding the heat of the day particularly in summer.
But recently talking about it with some friends, it [...]

What are the worst traffic lights in Canberra?

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

By the ‘worst’, I mean the most frustrating and disruptive, the ones that always seem to be red, no matter from which direction you approach them, and particularly if it’s on the more important road of the two at an intersection.  The ones which really get on your wick.
My own ‘top two’ are the Hindmarsh [...]

Mower repair

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My daughter needs to have her mower looked at. Her teenage boys have been fiddling with it trying to get it going. It will start but won’t keep going.
Can anyone recommend someone, maybe a hobbyist, to do a reasonably priced job?

Concrete slab: Normal vs Waffle Pod recommendations

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All, I am looking to build a house in Canberra, and I was given the option to either go with a waffle pod slab with single glazed windows or a normal slab with double glazed windows to achieve the 6 star rating. Do any of you out there have any suggestions as to which option [...]

Parking on the Hill – time to cough up the cash

By 21 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Paid parking across Canberra is not a new thing. Most parking lots have been user pays for some time now with the Parliamentary Triangle having paid parking introduced on October 1 this year. Parliament House is probably the only government institution to still have free parking available. There’s a real possibility that this is all [...]

Wind turbine blades to move through a relative dimension in space?

By 21 October 2014

What other explanation could there be?
The Canberra Times reports there will be 63m long blades on towers near Lake George. An increase of 6m from the current 57m.
The towers will be the same height at 94 metres according to the report attributing that statement to Mr Griffiths.  However he also claims the overall height will [...]

Treadmill service & repair

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
Just wondering if anyone know of anyone that services and repairs treadmills in Canberra? Preferably someone who comes and does it in your home, so I don’t have to move it. Thanks in advance.

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