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Canberra Talent

By 14 February 2014

While listening to 666 last week, I was surprised to hear (during a review of the new movie Tracks) that Mia Wasikowska (lead actress in said movie) was born in Canberra. I was so surprised that it got me to thinking about how little I hear about Canberra born and/or raised artists – or anyone [...]

Zeffirelli – vale the lost, or soon to return?

By 14 February 2014

Hi all,
Now, I know there will be many views on the merits of the food or the hiring policies, or the link to the Copa, but that aside….
Does anyone know what is happening with the last of the Zeffirelli restaurants, Belconnen?
The windows are covered over, the phone is disconnected, and the seating is all outside [...]

Rights on property photos

By 14 February 2014

Hello Rioters,
Does anyone knows about who has the rights of the photos taken by property agent. I thought we have the rights because it’s our property and we paid for the photos taken through the agent. But the agent said that the photos are belong to them and we can’t use them. Thank you.

Parking – without plates, hypothetically

By 14 February 2014

Here’s a purely hypothetical situation:
I drive my nondescript white Commodore to an ACT pre-pay parking lot, remove the ML-585 number plates and park without buying or displaying a ticket. Since I no longer have a registration sticker, in the event of a parking inspector doing the rounds, how will they issue me with a fine?
This [...]

Spiders

By 13 February 2014

Hi, Just signed up. Would like to know if anyone recommend a good pest control place that can treat my place for spiders. I am a complete wus and just cant handle the critters!

Alicia’s fight for life

By 13 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hi RA, been a while since I’ve posted here but I’ve certainly been lurking from time to time.  Great to see very little has changed
I’m hoping I’ve caught some of you in a generous mood as I’m about to do something I’ve never done before… that is, reach out to the internet and [...]

Removal of a gas wall heater?

By 12 February 2014

Hello hivemind, I’m after information about how to remove a gas wall heater.
I have upgraded to reverse cycle and now I want to have the old unit pulled out. Dumb question, what kind of tradesman should I call? Does it need to be a heating/aircon company, or can a plumber do this for me?
Or is [...]

Secure Document Destruction

By 12 February 2014

Hi Rioters,
My company has a large volume of confidential documentation that we need disposed of securely. The problem is, it is more than pure paper, there are drop files, bound files, staples, plastic sleeves, ring binders etc. I have been unable to find a company that will dispose of the entire contents of the box [...]

Short term leases

By 12 February 2014

I am starting to do some research on how to sell my house and buy another and was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to bridge the time between settlements on your old home and the new one in Canberra? If you have done this – and could not move in with family [...]

Dentist recommendations – Tuggeranong area

By 12 February 2014

Master Cholet and I need to go to the dentist. Been a while for me for many reasons which don’t stand up to much scrutiny, and for Master Cholet, well it’s time that he got into the swing of having his gnashers checked out on a regular basis – we tried a few times when [...]

Parking restrictions

By 11 February 2014

We live in a narrow street in Crace – 6 m of asphalt – with no parking restrictions, no parking bays and, except for one house, no driveways. 
Fine at the moment, but a development has been approved – yes we put in a representation – for across the road that will see twelve new [...]

Parkour / free running in Canberra?

By 10 February 2014

Does anyone know of a current training group here in Canberra for parkour/free running?
Details appreciated.
Google is little help. Most/all stuff is old.

Office cleaning in Canberra

By 10 February 2014

After several years of trying to have staff in our small community service organisation’s office take more responsibility for keeping the kitchen clean, I’m surrendering and looking for a cleaning service.
We don’t need a full service, just kitchen and bins and vaccuuming, and occasionally a blitzkrieg against the clandestine biological warfare experiments being conducted in [...]

Painter recommendation

By 10 February 2014

We have a wall of new built-in bookcases which, after my well-meaning but amateurish start, now need the professional touch so that they match the woodwork in our new house.  So we need a fastidious professional painter who does small jobs willingly.  Any suggestions?

bed room noise

By 10 February 2014

I’m not making it news, I just need people’s advice how to handle this situation. Due to the nature of this problem, if you want to make joke, please go away as I’m serious. If you offer help, much appreciated.
I’m living in a house, the next house’s window opens to our windows very closely. I [...]

Anywhere to trail ride (motorbike) around Canberra?

By 9 February 2014

Hi all,
I’m new to Canberra and have just bought an enduro bike (with full rego).
As I don’t have a ute or trailer at the moment to go out to trails like Bendethera etc. –  are there any fire trails or national park areas that aren’t too far out of Canberra?
I’m really not fussy any dirt at [...]

Book keeper wanted: Sole trader looking for sole trader

By 8 February 2014

Despite the heading sounding vaguely like a misdirected personals ad, I am, in fact, not looking for love, but a book keeper for my business.
I’m a sole trader myself and would like to support another sole trader, preferably in the Inner North, but I’ll take quality over convenience.
Can anyone make a recommendation to me, please?
All [...]

Sports/ social clubs in Canberra

By 7 February 2014

Hi,
I am looking to join a sports or other social club in Canberra to get involved in the community and to meet some new friends.  Anyone knows any interesting groups in Canberra?

When to plant winter vegetables in Canberra

By 7 February 2014

Greeting Rioters,
My summer veggie patch is going busters at the moment.  Lots of tomatoes, herbs, corn, zucchinis, eggplant, spinach and all the other usual suspects.  Having a great time eating from my own garden.
However, it’s got me thinking about the winter crop.  Broccoli, sprouts, beans etc.
When/how is the best time to get these things going?  [...]

reliable handyperson – queanbeyan jobs

By 6 February 2014

well hello again, hive mind.
i have been asked to post here to inquire into your experiences – preferably the positive ones, but do tell the dirt! – and contacts for a reliable and inexpensive handyperson[/s], who would be tasked with repairing/replacing an internal door, repairing some door frames and door locks, and doing some internal [...]

Recommendation for good car service in Canberra

By 6 February 2014

My Toyota car is due for 80,000 km car service. I’ve been going to Toyota for car services previously. For this major service, Toyoto gave me a quote for $750. It is going to be a huge bill for me. I am wondering if anyone knows any good cheaper auto service in Canberra who are [...]

Cyclists dismount

By 5 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Jellyware sent this in with an interesting question – is following the rules as an act of civil disobedience?
What do you think?

Where to get a waterbed

By 5 February 2014

Hi Rioters,
My husband andI are considering buying a water bed. We had one years ago when we lived in Brisbane, and as I remember it, it was one of the comfiest beds I had ever slept on ( though it could be that time and distance are playing tricks on my memory).
I was wondering if [...]

Place to unlock DVD player ?

By 5 February 2014

Hi – I’m looking for a place in Canberra to region unlock my parents DVD player. I had no luck looking for DIY codes off the internet.
Just to reassure people it is not illegal or anything I have a letter from Malcolm Turnbull (well his office) saying it is fine. Samsung say it is fine [...]

Restoration of old photos/negatives

By 4 February 2014

We have located what look like film strips of old photos of a long gone family member. Well, it looks like a strip of negatives but isn’t like a strip of negatives that you hold up to the light, but rather like a strip of small black and white photos. They’re not in [...]

Taken off the roster

By 4 February 2014

I would love some advice if anyone can help.  I am asking on behalf of a friend of mine – he is an employee of a company that is contracted as a security contractor to a business here in Canberra.
He also happens to be in the country on a student visa – one [...]

Payment for fences?

By 3 February 2014

Part question but mostly a rant.
Two of my neighbours recently agreed to replace the fence between them.  The blocks don’t align perfectly so it made sense to also replace a small section (4m) of my fence at the same time. My neighbour (NOT the fencing company) asked me if I was ok with it being replaced, as [...]

Door fitter

By 3 February 2014

I need to replace an internal door that is starting to warp a little. Not sure why it is warping as it is an internal door well away from moisture/steam sources.
Is anyone who has had doors replaced recently able to recommend someone that might be willing to fit just a single door?
I would go get [...]

DIY Conveyancing in Canberra (house sale)

By 3 February 2014

I’ll be selling my house soon and am really considering doing conveyancing on my own. The cost of putting the house on the market is huge, and while I can’t avoid paying for advertising and building/compliance/pest/EER report, I could have a go at conveyancing to save about $1,000.
If anyone’s done it, please post as much [...]

Can anyone recommend someone for car rust repairs?

By 31 January 2014

Hi Guys,
I have discovered some nice rust on my car around the windscreen recently and was wondering if anyone on RA could suggest someone who will do a good job on it.
Thanks in advance, as always.

regional excursions for dining

By 30 January 2014

i thought i’d trawl the riotous hive mind for some food for thought.  my family has a significant milestone this year and we are considering clumping together, a rare event, and go somewhere nice for a meal and perhaps an overnight stay (there’s the folks and three [proper old] kids, mebbe a partner or two [...]

Engagement Party Ideas…

By 29 January 2014

Hello!
I’m struggling to plan an engagement party. I really don’t want to spend a lot as my partner and I are paying off one mortgage and saving for another property… But I love the idea of high tea in the gardens. Which has given me the idea to rent out high tea items/ tablets etc for a [...]

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