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What ever happened to Canberra’s punk?

By 10 October 2012

Does anyone remember a guy who used to call himself Snotty, he was a fixture on the Canberra scene from 1990-1992 which is when I remember him being around.  He was a hard core punk, perhaps Canberra’s only punk.  He was a bit of a loser but a character nonetheless.  I wonder what ever became [...]

Canberra’s creepiest locations?

By 10 October 2012

I was wondering what Canberrans would consider to be the creepiest locations around town?  I used to live in Ipima Street, Braddon, in the days before the houses were demolished to make way for high density accommodation and I always found Haig Park to be a bit creepy.  The fact it had a reputation as [...]

How do I securely dispose of personal papers in Canberra?

By 9 October 2012

If I have a few boxes of old bank statements , tax and other financial documents is there a recommended way to dispose of these papers , I have a shredder but it is painfully slow and needs to cool down after a few dozen pages so a couple of boxes is going to take [...]

Clothing alterations in Civic?

By 9 October 2012

Can anyone recommend a place in Civic that does clothing alterations? 
Things like hems, sleeves, adjusting the bodice of a dress etc. 
I’ve Googled but all of the recommendations are from several years ago.  Thanks in advance.

Hairdressers open on public holidays?

By 8 October 2012

Hi all. Does anyone know of any hair dressers that are open today that isn’t just cuts and isn’t a rip?

V8 racing at Wakefield park?

By 7 October 2012

hi all,
I am thinking of buying a voucher from for hubbys birthday and wonder if anyone has had experience with Wakefield Parks setup? I am looking at the 6 driving laps and 3 laps front seat passenger ride option, and would love to hear from anyone has done something similar.

Favourite country outing?

By 7 October 2012

I realised that I really have hardly done any exploring of the region since I moved here 15 years ago. When I get out of town, I tend to drive at least 300kms before I stop.
So I want to do some daytrips to country towns. To do the usual, you know. Eat a pie or [...]

4WD Experience Courses near Canberra?

By 6 October 2012

My mother-in-law is visiting for a couple of months from Spain and she mentioned that she’d love to have a go at driving a 4WD off-road.  As her birthday (60th) is coming up I thought it would be a good pressy.
However, I cant find any places that would do this; anyone got any ideas or [...]

Good bobcat operator in Canberra?

By 5 October 2012

I know this has been raised before but all postings are old but would be interested if anyone has recently used a good bobcat operator that they can recommend?

Can anyone recommend a leather worker in Canberra?

By 5 October 2012

I have a handmade leather bag that needs different (longer) straps – the current ones are set in, in brass fittings, so I’m probably needing to look for an expert leather worker.
Any recommendations?

Tax Agents in Canberra…?

By 4 October 2012

I’ve just realised that I only have a couple of weeks to get my tax return in for last financial year, and am hoping to get someone else to do the dirty work for me.
I’ve just got individual income, no properties or investments etc. so it is pretty straight forward. Etax isn’t an option.
Any recommendations [...]

Bocci in Canberra?

By 2 October 2012

My Dad is in a wheelchair and only has use of one arm and I’ve been trying to find some sports or something he can do to be social, and recently had the brilliant idea of Bocci! However, I have no idea where to play Bocci in Canberra, especially for disabled people.
Do any Rioters know [...]

Venue suggestions for a large event in Canberra?

By 2 October 2012

Hi all.
So I’m looking at trying to put together a music event next year and am in need of some venue ideas. It’s not going to be anything massive, probably 2-3 separate areas with a diverse variety of bands/DJs etc and will be hoping for an overall turnout through the event (running 8-10 hours) of around 250-750 [...]

XY Dumpling house gone?

By 1 October 2012

I haven’t visited this place for a long time, but according to my friend, it already closed down. any particular and solid reason?
I know they have been fined for a couple of times, but this is one of the only few places you can get night time eat-all-you-can yum cha.

Kombi Van Formal Hire in Canberra?

By 30 September 2012

I was having a little search around the internet for what car me and my friends might take to formal. I came across a RiotACT post from a few years back asking for kombi vans in canberra. Thinking that this was a good idea I followed the links and wasn’t fully satisfied, mainly because the [...]

CD Cabinets in Canberra?

By 30 September 2012

Can anyone help me with trying to find a cabinet maker who will make me a cd cabinet?
I bought one at the Kingston bus depot markets about 15 years ago in stained pine and stained glass doors and would like another one made.
I am told the maker has moved to Hall markets but haven’t [...]

Rubbing the right way. Massage in Canberra?

By 28 September 2012

Dear Rioters, who is the best masseur in Canberra?
I am inner north but prepared to travel (within reason). No specific injuries, just sore muscles.
I will ignore any Mitchell/Fyshwick recommendations.

Black strips across roads

By 27 September 2012

What are the temporary black strips across roads for?
There’s usually two of them parallel to each other and they’re attached to a box that’s off the road.
Are they just to monitor the amount of traffic?
Are they speed related in any way?

Discoloured water northside

By 26 September 2012

Dear Hivemind,
So our water is running a poo-brown colour this evening and we have just found out from ACTEW Water that this is happening at the moment – see link.
Although the bath water is not so bad as Neil’s in the Young Ones episode ‘Nasty’.. we are loathe to dip our baby in until we know [...]

The omnipresent Glen McCrea. Who is he?

By 26 September 2012

Is it just me or is Glen McCrea everywhere? 
I live in Florey and work in the city, and no matter which friggin route I take I see his signs, and no matter where I go for groceries the bloke seems to be out the front with flyers in hand…
Is he literally everywhere or [...]

Recommend a Gardener in Canberra?

By 25 September 2012

So with the weather warming up and the sun shining its time to sort my extremely neglected (to put it mildly) yard out finally.
Can someone recommend a good, honest and reliable gardener in Gungahlin, who can hack, slash, prune and lop their way through a jungle, and dispose of the trimmings?
Thanks in Advance.

Maths tutor in Canberra?

By 25 September 2012

My 16 yo daughter (year 10) has always had “issues” with maths, or to quote her “I like maths, it doesn’t like me”.  Prior to this year she maintained a B average. I think that she decided she wouldn’t need maths in College, she’s now failing and is behind is key concept areas.
She now wants [...]

Landscaper wanted!

By 24 September 2012

We paid $80 an hour for a chap with a Dingo machine to rip out some shrubs. Not an onerous task by any means. Cost $400. Not bad money for 5 hours work. We asked if he could come back to take out some more, but he never came back or even contacted us after [...]

Biblical Plague in Giralang?

By 22 September 2012

The plague I’m referring to is number 4 from Exodus:
“This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies upon you…”
So we don’t exactly have swarms of flies, but with the slightly warmer weather we are [...]

Good breakfast in Canberra??

By 21 September 2012

I love breakfast and am desperate to find a great breakfast spot in Canberra but everywhere is terrible and overpriced.
I went to Beess & Co in Yarralumla on the weekend and it was appalling…even the toast was bad (and how can you mess that up??). A few weeks ago had Urban Food and nearly $60 [...]

Dance classes just for fun for kids in Canberra?

By 21 September 2012

Hello Rioters,
My 12 year old would like a “just for fun” dance class that she could join.
Most of the dance places around the way seem to require uniforms or commitment to end of year performances or are for kids that attend term in and out.
Are there any classes that are suitable for a [...]

Buy a Pavlova?

By 20 September 2012

I would like to buy a good pavlova.  However, every shop I contact has either closed down or doesn’t sell them.  Suggestions please but not if you last went there a year ago as it has probably gone.
No I can’t cook it:
(a) I would probably burn it and
(b) competition for the stove. 
If [...]

What Ever Happened To… Jobline?

By 20 September 2012

Here’s one for Canberrans with longish memories.
Back in the 1980s and afterwards, there was a useful little service called Jobline.  If you were unemployed or at university (but I repeat myself!) you could dial their number — I remember it, it was 477777 — and sign up to do odd jobs.  Someone wants their windows [...]

Interstate removalists from Canberra?

By 19 September 2012

I know this has been discussed before but the most recent post I can find is a couple of years old.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a Canberra based removalist to move our things to Northern NSW?
In particular I have had a reasonable quote from National Capital Removals at Mitchell – has anyone [...]

Enclosed carport installation?

By 19 September 2012

I converted my existing garage to living space 5 years ago, and am finally getting around to putting up a new garage.  I want something affordable which can be made to look in keeping with the style of my house.  After much research, I think the way to go for me is a steel carport kit, enclosed with blueboard and [...]

Renting out an investment property

By 18 September 2012

I realise this has been touched on in the past, however I didn’t find a lot of the answers I was looking for, so here we are again.
For reasons inconsequential, Mrs Bendross and I will be leaving our house and sticking it on the rental market. For more reasons inconsequential, we will be going [...]

Land value question in Page

By 18 September 2012

I just got my rates, and the unimproved value of the land has not budged a dollar in twelve months. (It shows me the ULV from January to January)
We bought it in August 2010. That year the ULV went up $60,000!
So my question is, who got the benefit of that increase? Me or the [...]

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