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Venue Hire – Halls & Non-Licenced

By 8 January 2013

Hi all,
I am organising a welcome home party for a friend that has been studying overseas. We’re looking to have 30-40 guests, and want to provide our own food and alcohol.
For this reason, I’m looking at a venue that is not licensed (so we can provide our own alcohol). I’ve looked into the Yarralumla Woolshed, [...]

How to report a defective vehicle?

By 8 January 2013

After years of having several “random inspections of the ACT Road fleet” Dickson inspections in my letterbox, and years of having cars randomly defected while on my street (Including one for bald rear tyres which was the reason why the car wasn’t driven that day as I was waiting for a mate to drop some [...]

Gungahlin GP’s with cardiology special interest?

By 7 January 2013

Hi all,
A friend of mine has recently arrived in Canberra and needs long term support for a heart condition and a referral to a Cardiologist,
I’m looking for  GP in Gungahlin/North that has a special interest in cardiology. Can anyone recommend one?
Many thanks
Terence

Criminal Lawyers in Canberra with computer crime experience?

By 7 January 2013

I’m having a real hard time finding a Criminal Lawyer who can deal with computer related crimes, or has experience in it.
There’s an abundance of them in Sydney and Melbourne but can’t find one for the life of me here in the ACT.
Anyone know of lawyers that wont think .Gif is a misspelling of gift?

Inexpensive car hire in Canberra?

By 6 January 2013

Hi Guys,
I am looking for some advice on inexpensive car hire in the ACT region.
When I need a hire car in Perth or Sydney, I use Bayswater (No Birds) hire. They do Corollas for under 300 for 7 days including excess reduction. I am looking for someone who will do hire for similar rates in [...]

Gourmet City closed

By 5 January 2013

I’ve noticed that Gourmet City in the Canberra Centre is boarded up.
Anyone know if it is being refurbished or replaced? It will be missed if so.
The Canberra Centre needs a decent delicatessen.

Fishing rigs in local Canberra lakes?

By 5 January 2013

I have done all of my fishing in saltwater so know nothing about how to rig up to cast a line in any of the local lakes.  I have a bit of time on my hands at the moment and was thinking of sitting on one of the lakes for a couple of hours every [...]

Good Push Bike Store in Canberra?

By 4 January 2013

Trawling through old posts on RA, I can see some good advice, but maybe it is out of date and shops may also be closed up now.
As a sedentary public servant, I figure low impact bike riding is a good way to get in some cardio after work.  So I am looking for help from the collective on [...]

Missing Chickens

By 4 January 2013

Has anyone any idea about what happened to the chicken shop in Cooleman Court called Chicken Galore?  The shop was boarded up when I last popped by without any explanation as to if it was reopening, relocating or what.
Anyone know?  Or can anyone recommended a similar business somewhere in close proximity to Weston Creek?
Thanks Rioters.

Which Vet Clinic to Visit with new Puppy….

By 4 January 2013

Having recently acquired a new puppy, I am in the process of looking for a good quality, reliable vet for all his medical needs.
I have narrowed my search down to the Weston Creek Vet in Warramanga, or The Gables Vet Clinic in Monash.
Has anyone had any experiences with either of these Vets to possibly make my decision [...]

Band hire in Canberra?

By 3 January 2013

So I am looking to book a band of the semi-professional cover band type for a substantial (400+ people) event in March [not a wedding though]. As much as I would prefer to go with something a little more exciting, knowing the audience I have to play it conservative and go for a band [...]

Lawn irrigation Dripper v sprinkler in Canberra?

By 3 January 2013

Hi riotact,
Im looking at irrigation for the lawn I will soon be seeding. It’s a big lawn (over 1000mtrs) and I’ve heard a few things about planting drip line underneath as opposed to sprinklers.
Any help or advice you could offer would be appreciated
Thanks

Trying to find a bottle of Mastika in canberra

By 31 December 2012

Well It’s time to go shopping for drinks for new years (a bit late I know) and I was hoping to find some of this wonderful mastic flavored Greek liquor called Mastica.
I don’t suppose anyone would have a clue as to where to find it, a European grocery perhaps?
Do we have any specialist [...]

Does anyone know where I can buy real caviar in Canberra

By 30 December 2012

… never tried it, and want to do so!
I don’t mean the “fake” caviar that is sold in supermarkets, I want to try the real thing, Russian or similar, from sturgeon eggs. I know it isn’t cheap

Jerky anyone?

By 30 December 2012

I did try to search for “jerky” at T-Ra, but maybe not surprisingly I came up with TV reception, taxi’s and a popular drinking dive for the toff’s around Kingston.
What I’d love to know about is decent places to buy beef jerky?
The “old” Civic shopping centre used to have a butcher near the Supabarn that had good [...]

Fencing a pool: any suggestions?

By 29 December 2012

Our house has a pool but no fence.  We are therefore looking for somebody who could put a fence up around the pool area.
Is anyone able to recommend a company or individual?
Many thanks in advance.

Looking for the end of the world in Canberra?

By 29 December 2012

My son and some friends are doing an amateur video production about what would have happened if the world really did end on 12.21.12. They’re looking for suitably end of the world shooting locations that are publicly accessible. It is okay if the locality is on private property but can be filmed as background from [...]

Hoyts Belconnen Cracking Down on Contraband Consumables

By 29 December 2012

Now for the important debates of the day!
My wife and I were recently refused entry to Hoyts Belconnen for the heinous crime of carrying delicious take-away Muffin Break coffees into the cinemas.  Apparently the condition of not allowing any food or drink from external sources has always been a policy of the cinema -  but [...]

A pedicure at a beauty salon in Canberra?

By 29 December 2012

Before the days of the influx of the mall nail places (aka chop shops), one used to go to beauty salons to get a pedicure.
Now, I’ve noticed that most salons have those “thrones” for pedicures.
Does anyone know of a salon that still offers pedicures that involve laying down?

Canberra piercing advice?

By 28 December 2012

Hi! I’m after a nose piercing next week and was wondering where the best place to get it done would be? Any suggestions/experiences are appreciated!
At the moment I’m considering Redpath? Someone else told me to go to Hairhouse Warehouse but I’m not sure.
Also anyone with a nose piercing what should I expect??
Also I’m under 18, [...]

Where to get copy of Holiday Happenings (school holiday program guide)?

By 28 December 2012

Hi everyone, do you know where I can get a copy of the little print booklet that gives a rundown on all the school holiday programs?
Someone told me it was called Holiday Happenings.
I find it maddening that it is so hard to find out about the various school holiday programs. [...]

Cost of chemical termite barrier in Canberra?

By 25 December 2012

How much should a chemical termite barrier cost?

Christmas Eve Restaurants… Anyone out there?

By 18 December 2012

This year it seems that Christmas eve coincides with a Monday.
It looks like every restaurant in town is closed for dinner, and most for lunch.
I am looking for a nice place to go with a group, and I am sure I am not alone - does anyone know of somewhere that is open for dinner, looking for [...]

Good general surgeon in Canberra?

By 18 December 2012

Just thought I’d make use of the vast array of knowledge that is RA!
I need to get  a relatively small procedure undertaken here in Canberra (removal of a smallish ‘cyst’ sort of thing from my arm). My GP (based where I am from in NSW) isn’t willing to do it because of its location, and he originally referred to [...]

Getting money out of Canberra Real Estate Agents?

By 18 December 2012

Has anyone else had any problems with Real Estate Agents not paying for completed work/services?
Does anyone have tips on how to chase them for the money?

Help for finding a dentist who will consider full extraction

By 17 December 2012

Hi
My partner has had major gum disease and teeth loss, combined with trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ for over 7 years.
Every time we go to a dentist, we’ve been told that the remaining teeth are “fine” to stay in, but after the fourth occasion that the “perfectly fine” teeth have started to fall out, we’re at wit’s [...]

Monaro Highway Line Marking, Sgt Bungers, can you help?

By 16 December 2012

A while ago my wife and I each had a near miss head on accident with the same car while travelling on the Monaro Highway.
We were in saparate cars travelling to Royalla, the traffic was light & we were not in a hurry. My wife was a minute ahead & out of sight. As I [...]

What manner of monster is this?

By 14 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE
What manner of monster is this?

I’ve just been more than a little horrified to discover these monsters lurking in the cottoneaster in O’Connor.
I’m assuming they’re a pair. There’s a bee in the first shot for scale (and it was a big bee) can anyone advise what these brutes are?

Nettles

By 14 December 2012

Anyone know a good source of edible nettles in or around Canberra?

Fishy

By 13 December 2012

 Context; I have recently returned to eating fish, (but not meat,) after 30 + years of vegetarianism. (Reasons available on application.) As a newb I am not au fait with the purchase of fish dishes or fish in the ‘Berra
 Please, hive mind, name me, in terms of fish dishes, your favourite;
– Chippy:
– Indian restaurant / takeaway:
– Other ethnicity [...]

Fastest driving route from Canberra to Surfers paradise?

By 13 December 2012

Wanting to hear from anyone who has driven from Canberra to Goldcoast, or vice versa, within the last few months. I haven’t driven the coastal route for a couple of years and am wondering if it is faster than going inland nowadays?
All advice welcome!

Emotional help after an assault

By 12 December 2012

The other day I was assaulted in broad daylight in the Canberra region. One moment I’m minding my own business, the next I was running for my life. It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and looking at the wrong young man who took offense. I didn’t do [...]

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