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Bash someone unconscious – 80 hours community service???

By 1 October 2014

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced today to 80 hours community service work.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/community-service-for-civic-bashing-20140930-10o662.html#ixzz3Eng044bB
The footage is horrifying to watch and the sentence seems woefully inadequate. What interested me is the statement that the magistrate didn’t think jail was appropriate… so when is it appropriate ??

Adult dance lessons Canberra? Recommendations?

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
I’m in my 30′s and looking to get back into exercising, the one exercise I love is dancing but truth be told I’m pretty cr@p at it.
I’m looking for a dance studio that teaches adults and is fun! Perhaps where the occasional overweight 30 year old wouldn’t look completely ridiculous? Wouldn’t mind hip hop [...]

Anyone know what happened to Scope?

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters.
Went for a drive up Mount Stromlo over the weekend, thinking I would stop and have a coffee at Scope — but it appears to be closed.
Anyone know what happened there?

Best of Canberra – Pies

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There have been two occasions when I have truly missed the greatness of the Aussie pie. On one of my first dates with my husband, we went along to a Chelsea match and he bought a couple of pies (…and they say romance is dead). It had been microwaved which to my mind [...]

What’s the background video on ABC news?

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It looks like it’s been taken from an impossible vantage point.  Like a crane or a drone.

Tragus piercing in Canberra

By 28 September 2014

Hi,
I am thinking of getting my tragus pierced in Canberra soon and was just wondering if anyone has had this done in Canberra before or knows of a good place to get piercings. At the moment I’m considering Red Path and maybe Off Ya Tree (although their cheap prices are kind of worrying…). Does anyone [...]

Kingston railway yard containing large number of iron ore type wagons

By 28 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I pulled into Fyshwick Jim Murphys this morning to pick up my weekly rations, and was surprised at what was in the adjoining rail yard.
There must have been about 30 brand new looking orange painted iron ore type wagons. Considering we ship nothing out of this joint, couldn’t help but wonder what they were here [...]

Gumtree what happened?

By 28 September 2014

Hi, new here so open to any comments.
Does anyone have any idea what happened to the ads on gumtree or is it just me?
When I view ads I can see one picture. When you click on the ad to view further it shows a slide show option and further details for the ad, however, there [...]

Feedback on National Patios

By 25 September 2014

I’m looking at having National Patios build me a new deck and would appreciate any experience you may have had with them. Thanks!

Cricket Nets

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello again.
Just wondering if anyone knows of any cricket practise nets close to Gordon?
I know there are some in Chisolm but thats a bit far to travel.

Playground at Eddison Park

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what’s going on with the playground at Eddison Park?  There is little playground which is great for young children (toddlers) at the skate-park end of the park.  I went a few times through the winter and parts of it seemed to be roped off (it looked like the soft flooring was disintegrating) [...]

Health and Safety responsibility vs stupidity

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was driving along Hindmarsh Drive yesterday morning and noticed the red light camera at the Parkway intersection being fixed.  A guy in a high vis vest up a high ladder fixing the camera with a spanner (I assume) in one hand, as the other held a cigarette.  If this guy falls off, who is [...]

Unauthorised Building Contract Changes

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I would appreciate some informed opinion about a legal matter please.
We have a building contact for a new home that we signed a while ago. The contract went through several revisions. We recently found out that there were some allowances in the original version that were later dropped. Neither our solicitor nor [...]

Denial about problem gambling – successful approaches?

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There would be many Canberrans with experience of living with a problem gambler — specifically the type who is in complete denial and engages in all the classic deceptions, such as hiding the fact that he is even patronising licensed clubs, and spinning concocted stories about why he needs to withdraw substantial sums of money from [...]

Floriade Disappointing

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My first ever visit to Floriade last weekend. It took me longer to find a parking spot than to see all that Floriade had to offer. Seriously, is this Canberra’s main event?
Others have told me that each year, the flower displays dwindle  and the over-priced food stalls grow.
Over-hyped and over-rated.
 

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]

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

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 [...]

RE: Financial advisors in Canberra

By 13 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all.
I’m looking for a financial planner to help me with both superannuation and more general wealth creation. I appreciate that this question has been asked before, but previous posts were all done before the changes (now half rolled back, to my understanding) to the superannuation industry.
I have no desire to be swindled, and have studied finance, so I [...]

End-of-lease cleaner recommendations

By 12 September 2014

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a reliable and reasonably priced end-of-lease cleaner in the ACT/QBN region?
Thanks.

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Alert!

By 11 September 2014

Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser  to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]

Enrollment fraud, is it more chicken or the egg?

By 11 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last week I saw an article in the CT about parents lying about their place of residence to get their kids into elite target public schools in the ACT. It generated a lot of discussion but got me thinking about the flip-side to this debate, principals who pick and choose kids from out of area. [...]

Calwell Swimming Pool- Car Parking or Lack Off.

By 11 September 2014

Great to see the Liberal Member for Brindabella doing what all politicians seem good at and self praising himself in a local flyer for his part in ensuring that the construction of a new swimming pool at Calwell went ahead, despite “numerous hurdles” placed in the way.
One of those hurdles no doubt was the lack [...]

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