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Best of Canberra – Kebabs

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Best of Canberra, we are going back to fast food… Kebabs. My first experience of a kebab was back in the days that there was a little place in the Woden food court (I’m talking maybe 20 years ago). Since then, they’ve been a favourite, although as my taste [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

In-Person-8 – Impro ACT (Review)

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whenever I told someone the theme for this improvised show the response was usually a mix of surprise and horror.  “Well, you see, in the first half a group of improvisers study eight audience members and then in the second half they pretend to be them, improvising a short play.”  Jaws would drop and eyes [...]

Basketball Backboard

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Rather ironically my “lifetime” freestanding basketball system’s backboard has broken ie the perspex sheet.  To be fair the thing is about ten years old so was bound to happen at some point.
I have contacted the company but while the part is worth $50 the postage is over $500! Also had no success looking on eBay [...]

Aged Care Facilities

By 22 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many of us have really given much thought to the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities? I mean the quality of care in the nursing homes and lower care category facilities?
As I grow older and approach the time when “it could be me”, I start to reflect on this subject and [...]

Recommendations for painter and decorator

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a painter to paint the inside of my house? I want someone who is careful and thorough with their work and can recommend the right paint and colours for the various areas of the house. Eg wet areas etc… and cleans up thoroughly after themselves and is [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (20th September 2014)

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Another week gone and here are the most popular posts of the week (firstly by readership and then by comments) including confirmation on Capital Metro, disappointment over Myer’s decision not to set up in Woden and a bit of religion thrown into the mix!
Top 5 for readership
1. ‘No Myer for Westfield Woden after all?’
2. ‘Capital Metro endorsed [...]

Road rage on Monaro today almost killed us

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My partner and I are very lucky to be alive this afternoon….
At approx 3:10pm this afternoon, we experienced horrific road rage directed at us on the Monaro Hwy. It happened in the direction going from Civic to Hume about 1km or so of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. An “electric blue” coloured ute (pretty sure it was [...]

Missing dog

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One One went missing midday on the 19th from Franklin. She is very shy, but an extremely sweet girl. We are very frightened for her. If you have any knowledge of her whereabouts, please call Caitlin on 0400158765.

Reward.

Isle of Man TT style race for Canberra / region?

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve been reflecting on recent RA posts about events in Canberra (i.e whether or not Canberra is a boring place), and this prompted me to think what sort of event would put our fair city on the world stage.
Now, we already have Floriade and Summernats, the Balloon and Folk Festivals, various NGA exhibitions, the CIRC 24 [...]

Rugby League Laughable

By 20 September 2014

The try that wasn’t, or was it? Well it looked like a try to me, but the clowns maskeraiding as referees found a knock-on that wasn’t there. But the Cowboys are getting used to these type of decisions by now, especially around finals time, seven tackles etc. Good luck to Easts, or Sydney if you [...]

Which Prominent Canberrans Compete in Roller Derby?

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just a quick note to say my latest short story explores the wonderful subculture of the Canberra Roller Derby League, and questions how prominent some of the competitors might be…at times hidden beneath their masks and nicknames.
She – A Canberra Capital Yarn

A reminder too that I’m continuing to seek crowd-funding to publish a book [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Pickup Lines People have REALLY used

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Pickup lines are one of those rare things that are probably less common than they used to be. When I picture someone using a pickup line I picture them with a mullet, 80s porn moustache and a wife beater, jeans and thongs. Have you seen Orange is the New Black? Pornstache is what comes to [...]

The Mandarin Code: it’s not about fruit

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Mandarin Code is the latest offering from seasoned political journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann. A follow-up to their previous novel The Marmalade Files, the Mandarin Code has been developed into a TV series.
It’s clear from the start that the authors know Canberra – the novel opens on the discovery of the body of [...]

Home security revisited

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s been a few years since the matter of home security systems was discussed and, since I am currently poised to jump ship with the company I’ve been with for more than 10yrs (ADT) and switch to one about which I know very little (Chubb), it seemed a perfect time to ask what people’s experience has [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Vietnamese

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For the Best of Canberra Taste off this week I was forced to sample some local Vietnamese food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my life is pretty tough sometimes.
The main contender in this battle was undoubtedly Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant with Tu Do Vietnamese in O’Connor as the opposition.
Both were [...]

Forde Community Association

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
We are trying to launch a Residents/Community Association in the suburb of Forde in Gungahlin – the Forde Community Association.
Communities@Work are hosting a ‘Community Conversation’ at the Forde Community Centre this Saturday at 3pm as part of a continuing series to engage the community. I wanted to encourage any Forde residents who frequent riotact [...]

Flowers with a Purpose

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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GGs Flowers is not your ordinary florist. Yes, they create beautiful arrangements and can even deliver to your door, but they’re also a socially sustainable florist – one of its kind in the ACT.
Geetha Wijewickrema was concerned about what employment opportunities her youngest daughter would have when she finishes school.
15-year-old Gayana is a fun, bubbly young [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Should you quit sugar?

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Agave syrup, Xylitol, Stevia, Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar?
What to choose?
Well it depends on your health, weight, risk factors and whether you have food sensitivities.
Some of you may have read ‘I Quit Sugar’ and have been using Brown Rice syrup, also known as rice malt syrup instead of sugar.  This is not a health food! [...]

Top 5 Blogs in Canberra

By 17 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Blogging has become one of those things that everyone does. Like photography where if someone owns a camera they’re a ‘photographer’ the same can be said of blogs.
The truth is that blogging is not as easy as starting a blog and writing a handful of posts. Successful blogs take time, dedication and persistence. They build [...]

Queuing at Centrelink

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I haven’t noticed before, but it seems that service providers (Centrelink, Canberra Connect, banks etc) have their personnel patrol queues or “greet customers” in place of getting a queue ticket. On the surface this seems very reasonable.  However when I went to Centrelink Braddon about a letter threatening to suspend or cancel my 90 yo mother’s pension, the “greeter” [...]

North Canberra Community Council meeting 17 September

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 17 September 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Our 17 September meeting will also be our Annual General Meeting. It will be held at 7.30 pm at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett. Members and North Canberra residents are invited to attend. The agenda includes:
Ainslie and north Canberra traffic issues (Roads ACT)
Acceptance of Annual General Meeting Minutes 16 October 2013, plus Minutes [...]

Best of Canberra – Eggs Benedict

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For me, one of life’s true treats is going out for a leisurely breakfast/brunch. My meal of choice is often Eggs Benedict. Runny eggs, slightly creamy (but not too gloopy) hollandaise, smoky ham (or bacon) and cracked pepper. Mmmmmm.
One of the things I missed most about Canberra when I lived overseas was [...]

Good Lawyers and Accountants for Businesses in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
Does anyone know any good lawyers or accountants in the ACT for small business? A friend of mine is looking to acquire a business she is working at and just needs a nice solicitor to handle the takeover and an accountant to deal with the business going forward.
Thanks for your help.
H

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Hot weather, dogs and cars – a recipe for disaster

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the past weekend Canberra was treated to some beautiful warm weather. The perfect excuse to head to Bunnings and pick up a few supplies for gardening. That’s what I had in mind. As I parked my car at the Belconnen store, I noticed the car directly opposite mine had a little dog in it. [...]

Mormon Missionaries – A Religious Irony

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was reading a story about a poor lady who got hit by a car and was trapped under it. Some hero rescued her and all is well.
She was described as a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (read Mormons)
So let’s think about her mission in life. It [...]

Trying something new with Bloody Lips

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Bloody Lips (words of passion spoken and sung) was my first experience of Performance Poetry. Held at the Monster Kitchen and Bar at NewActon on Sunday afternoon, I’m not sure what drew me to it, but it seemed like a pretty cool thing to do.
The event was MC’d by 2013 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, CJ [...]

Looking to replace my toilet suites

By 15 September 2014

Hello.
Just wondering whether anyone has used Female Choice Plumbing for plumbing work and installing toilet suites? I need to replace my toilets (3 of them) and would like  someone who can replace these at a good price. Any other suggestions of companies to  do this?

Renting and Residual Current Devices

By 15 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I rent a property in NSW. My land lord has not fitted a Residual Current Device to the power board. I have read lots of information online about how they are compulsory in work places, how they are compulsory under the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Residual Current Devices) Regulations 2011 and the Wiring Rules [...]

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