With Valentines Day fast approaching, florists have begun to massively inflate the prices of their products, anticipating the surge in demand on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February.
For those romantics out there who aren’t able to afford a $100 bouquet of a dozen roses, are there any cheaper florists around North Canberra or Civic?
After hiking my way around Canberra and finding fun road trips in the area, it’s time to farewell the nation’s capital.
As a ring-in public servant hailing from Brisbane, I wasn’t sure if Canberra was the place for me. I didn’t even know a soul here when I first arrived. But I thought I’d give it [...]
On a recent visit to Wollongong I observed the notices for and then read about the consultations for a major project: Wollongong – A City for People. Being a frequent visitor to this wonderful coastal city, I have some understanding of the urban issues facing that city’s local council.
There is a very common unresolved issue [...]
New laws introduced by Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury this week will give police the power to force their way into a person’s home in order to test someone who is suspected of driving with alcohol or certain drugs in their system.
Yes, there are preconditions and safeguards. For instance, such an intrusion can only occur [...]
There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off on it.
The title is: Urban Renewal – a partnership with the community.
These words are meant to be harmless, non-threatening and inoffensive (well not too [...]
Our occasional Face-off series is back to look at one of the most-debated issues around town right now. Plenty of RiotACT readers already have a view on this question, but we decided to give Simon Corbell and Alistair Coe the opportunity to set out their opposing views on what has become a key issue leading [...]
To continue with all things fitness related, let’s take a look at Canberra’s best bike path for Best of Canberra this week.
This town is the cycling capital of the nation with a great network of cycle paths and off-road trails. Whether it is recreational or used as a mode of transport, Canberrans love their [...]
Hi guys, I wanted a few opinions. My elderly neighbours have been collecting (I use this term loosely) wasps for some years now. They are paper wasps and not the European ones, thank goodness.
We have talked to them about it and even offered to remove the nests for them (at our expense if need be). [...]
It’s great news that Singapore Airlines will be flying direct to Canberra opening up Asia, Europe and New Zealand in September. No more obligatory journeys to Sydney, either bussing down or transferring, again by bus, from domestic to international terminals or vice versa – an antiquated embarrassing procedure for Australia’s major airport. Or often [...]
ACT Gifted Families Support Group talk tonight and playgroup from tomorrow
Dr Kerry Hodge speaking about Supporting the gifted: Young child’s social and emotional development
This Talk is targeted at parents, teachers, early childhood teachers, psychologists and others interested in gaining further knowledge to improve the outcomes and wellbeing of gifted children.
Venue: Franklin Early Childhood School
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has joined premiers of Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia in pledging support for refugee children and their families threatened with return to Nauru after last week’s High Court decision.
Mr Barr wrote on Facebook yesterday:
My friend [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews, has written to the Prime Minister about the future of [...]
Recently, I had some black leather shoes repaired. In addition to rebuilding the heel they also dyed parts of the leather that had worn away (eg the back of the shoe).
Soon after collecting the shoes I noticed a strong soapy smell coming from the areas that had been dyed black.
After a quick search on the [...]
Conventions are regarded in Westminster parliaments as almost as sacrosanct as formal parliamentary procedures set out in such illustrious handbooks as that produced by Odgers and May.
House and Senate Standing Orders are the “bible” and the “rule of law” in parliamentary procedures and govern everything from rules of debate to time limits for discussion, [...]
On top of my already busy schedule – full time pencil pusher, part time writer for the RiotACT and new business owner — I am also currently organising my wedding for June this year.
I know what you are thinking, and yes, quite often I also find myself thinking how insane I am for trying to squeeze so [...]
Children who walk or ride to school should know the road rules that apply when they cross a road. They should also know to what extent they can trust drivers to act according to those road rules.
Picture the following situation:
* a child is riding to school along a footpath, and continues straight ahead to cross [...]
The audible collective sigh has drifted away upon summer’s hot winds as parents return to the normality of having their children back at school.
Certainly the bank account is lighter because each new school year brings a plethora of new items to be purchased for the ensuing twelve months curriculum, with little or no opportunity to [...]
In short, I’m sick of a real estate agent managing my property. Each month I pay them to do practically nothing except take the tenants money, take their cut and other expenses and put the little money remaining in my account.
I had to move in with my carer as I am too unwell to take [...]
Pick-up artist and misogynist Daryush Valizadeh, founder of the organisation/publication Return of Kings has announced a trip to Australia to stage ‘tribal meetings’ in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, with Canberra his first stop.
Top ten most insane quotes from Validadeh
These tribal meetings are for ‘neomasculinist’ men to ‘come out’ with their misogynist, homophobic and sexist [...]
Hi all. I’m wondering if anyone has some positive results from a relationship psychologist or counsellor in Canberra?
My partner and I are trying to work through some infidelity and trust issues, but I don’t know which would be the best option to turn to.
I would also rather see someone sooner rather than later. I appreciate [...]
It was at a recent National Gallery opening that the ACT Chief Minister used the term for Canberra as being the coolest little capital in the world. His subsequent use of this terminology has been reported several times by others and it appears on his own web page for urban renewal. (That page also emphasizes [...]
We are already one month into 2016 and hopefully staying strong on those New Year’s resolutions. In particular, that one where we plan to exercise more.
If so there might be a gym that you have signed up with or, if you are more inclined to exercising outdoors, a bootcamp. I want to know where you [...]
Many people around Canberra, particularly in the Gungahlin region, will be familiar with Franklin. No, not the suburb of Franklin. Franklin is a dog, a Maremma Sheepdog. He’s beautiful. Long white fur, a big doggy grin on his face as he trots along. Franklin is famous. He has a Facebook page and a legion of [...]
With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]
Chances are, the majority of people reading this are not originally from Canberra. When you moved here how long did you plan to stay: three months; one year; until you could afford that place in Sydney?
Ten years ago when I moved here from London I was definitely in the three-month group. Initially, some issues with [...]