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Farmstay??

By 8 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated
Thanks
Sharon

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Best of Canberra – Curry

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Curry

One of the things I miss most about London is a curry and a Kingfisher after an evening session in the pub. Actually, the curry and beer after a night of beer maybe wasn’t the best thing in the world, but the local curry houses were awesome. I am yet to find [...]

The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

By 5 August 2014
The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
http://www.capitalyarns.com.au/monster-loch-burley-griffin/
Let me know what you think. [...]

Coffee machine repair centres

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello Rioters
I’m seeking some advice or recommendations on where I can take my beloved Breville BES860 Coffee machine to get repaired.
In the past I’ve had it serviced at Premier Instruments in Dickson as they are an authorised Breville repair centre. Unfortunately they have now closed down.
I’ve approached a few places around the capital, however no [...]

Building company sent me to debt collection!!!

By 3 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
Long story, trying to put as short as possible. We built our house is Canberra with a dodgy company.
My builder (who pretends to be builder, but actually is director of company) after finishing my home after 17 months asked me the final payment.
Then we started calculating the figures of how much is pending. Builder [...]

GISHWHES

By 3 August 2014

Hello fellow Canberrans! Are any of you participating in GISHWHES this year? If so, Team ChildrenoftheKaleLovesSomeKindOfTeamName would like to do something kind for you! Email teamcotklsktm@gmail.com if you’re interested!

Man arrested on multiple fraud charges

By 2 August 2014

ACT Policing yesterday (Friday, August 1) arrested a 53-year-old Franklin man on multiple fraud charges after a lengthy investigation into a series of financial transactions.
Police will allege the man was involved in a series of financial transactions in an effort to purchase multiple properties worth millions of dollars in the ACT, Queensland and NSW. On [...]

Police seek witnesses to roadside assault

By 2 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police seek witnesses to roadside assault

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at the side of the Barton Highway on Wednesday (July 30).
About 7.00am, a woman was travelling south in a Holden Astra on the Barton Highway near Gladstone Street, Hall. She had noticed a dark blue Ford Falcon sedan bearing NSW registration driving dangerously and tailgating [...]

Brumby Jack toy wanted

By 2 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I have a friend whose little boy loves his Brumby Jack toy. Now that he has started day care his Mum would love to have 2 – one to keep at home and one to keep at day care.
Buying another one is no longer an option as the Brumbies have introduced a larger Brumby Jack. [...]

Seeking a good reasonably priced range-hood installer

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I need someone who can remove a gas oven and replace it with an electric oven. I would also like to install a range-hood (where there hasn’t been one before – it will also need ducting through the roof).  Does anyone have any good experiences preferably on the south side of town?

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 29 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Vegetarian

After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]

Stop Short Term Accommodation in Residential Apartments

By 28 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am seeking your support to draw to the attention of the ACT Legislative Assembly the Social and community problems associated with allowing short-term accommodation in residential apartment complexes. These include the behavioural impact of short-term guests on residents, compromised security and inability of residents to enjoy their own home due to crowd sourced noise [...]

Need a builder for a small job

By 25 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I need someone to tell me if we can knock down an internal wall without making the house fall over and then, if it is ok to do so, knock down said wall.  Any recommendations for someone professional who could do this small job?  This is the first step in doing up our place and [...]

Lost Chook

By 24 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

While walking the dog today near the pond on Bugden Avenue, Fadden, I encountered a lost chook. She is an orange/brown Orpington, very tame and when called (here, chook chook chook) she immediately walks briskly to your feet and doesn’t mind be handled. I have her in my backyard now but there are lots of foxes [...]

Wanted: pic of Mouse house at Weston park and other old Canberra pics

By 24 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All
I run a little website called Capital Yarns where I invite readers to submit 3 items and I write them a short work of fiction featuring all 3 set in Canberra. It’s at http://www.capitalyarns.com.au
I would love to get some requests from RiotACT readers and contributors!
I like to feature a photo of each item with [...]

Is there a PUP Canberra branch?

By 23 July 2014

With yesterdays news that the Sex Party is running in the next ACT Election.  It got me thinking is PUP registered in the ACT as a party? Surely the ACT has a wanna be Jacqui Lambie ready to run, win and be Chief Minister. Any suggestions?

Best of Canberra: Steak (straight up)

By 21 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra: Steak (straight up)

I still pine for days gone by, when I lived around the corner from an Argentinean steak house in London. The menu was limited to steak (big or small) and corn on the cob, with a local form of crème caramel for after’s. It was good food cooked perfectly.
Is there [...]

Fridge repairer

By 20 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I recently purchased a fridge off gumtree which turned out not to be working. I didn’t try it out as soon as I purchased it as I was still using my old one and now the seller has moved overseas so there is no recourse there. I did try calling him and he insisted that [...]

University of Canberra the rich kid on the block?

By 19 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Is it just me or do others get the impression UC is the rich kid on the block?
For example this week was one of the few weeks they didn’t buy a Canberra sporting team but instead they opened a $16 million sports field. I’m sure next week we will read about their new UC Canberra [...]

Have you lost a Beagle?

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have custody of a faded Tri Colour Beagle which has escaped from its regular digs. She was found somewhere around Eggleston Cres in Woden, goes by the name of Bridgette, (or at least she used to) and is approx 7 years of age. I believe she may reside in the Bonython area normally.
I know [...]

Private Car Purchase – Reliance on Verbal Advertisements

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Recently I’ve bought a used car from a lady in Jerrabomberra. It’s a BMW 320i 2009. The car was registered under her company name.
When I inspected the car, she said the car was equipped with a CD stacker. I believed her and did not test that. After I bought the car, I tried to load [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Laksa

Pizza and burgers are all well and good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you need something a little more exotic to fill that gaping space in your tummy.
For our third ‘Best of Canberra’ post, we’re asking for the best place to get a Laksa.
That steaming bowl of spice-y, noodle-y, [...]

Would BusPlus system be a viable transport solution?

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Matthew kindly sent in a link to an article in the Canberra Times which we missed amidst all the heated discussions over light rail, suggesting it may stimulate some good discussion.
Given all the conversations had in the past few weeks over public transport in the ACT, would this potentially provide any answers or [...]

Recommended bricklayers

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I have recently purchased a block of land, have had an architect draw up some plans, now I am looking at trying to find a reputable bricklayer to do the brickwork (obviously) for our house. It is a one storey house, approx. 18 sq. in size. Could anyone recommend a good bricklayer? Thank you.

Cholesterol testing

By 13 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As usual, I had the standard five cholesterol (Lipid Studies) tests done via my Dr.  From reading, I know that there are a number of others than can be done to get an idea of the Why? of a high LDL reading, e.g. LDL-P, LipoProtein(a)…  Anybody know whether it is possible to get these done [...]

World Cup Final 2014 – Where are the Argentina fans gathering?

By 13 July 2014

Hola,
Does anyone know where in Canberra the Argentina fans are gathering on Monday morning?
Ciao,
Hugo Diaz

RAPID – Is it generating money?

By 9 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everybody,
I am driving past more and more RAPID camera equipped police cars with their lights flashing having pulled over some dreadful infringing member of society. It has also been ages since the ACT Government issued registration labels. This raises the all important question…
Where do we go to see how many cars are [...]

Best of Canberra: Burgers

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra: Burgers

Following up from our recent Pizza to go question (we’re road testing the two most popular and will have a decision for you ASAP), we’re on to the next staple in takeaway – burgers.
I have a friend who includes ‘Find the worlds best burger and eat it’ on her bucket list. She also has [...]

Registering a trailer

By 7 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I know I can find this out from Canberra Connect, but I can’t be a*^ed waiting on hold for 40 minutes, not lining up at one of the speedy shopfronts.
Does anyone know how much it is to register a trailer?
I am trying to work out the maths of purchasing vs hiring, and I can’t find [...]

Curtain / window warmers

By 5 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi, has anyone had their Curtains done lately, at a good price and good quality? Do Firths of Yass, or any other competitive regional area companies still exist – as per 2011 curtains review on here ? Thanks for any useful updates you have.

Landscaper recommendation

By 4 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We want to replace our grass with loose gravel, and replace the dead plants in our hedge.   Small front area and even smaller side area. In Crace.   Not up to doing it ourselves.  We’d like a neat and permanent job.  Any recommendations?

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