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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

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 [...]

Looking for someone to do my makeup for my birthday. (zombie makeup)

By 10 December 2012

Hi Everyone…
My birthday is coming up, it’s a costume party, im going as a Zombie…
I need help with my makeup….
Is there anyone out there that does this???

Deteriorating Telstra mobile coverage

By 10 December 2012

Over the last couple of months my mobile Internet coverage for both phone and iPad has really deteriorated especially in the evenings. I live in Queanbeyan and the coverage in my house is now restricted to a small area of one room and even that is patchy. Especially in the evenings. I work [...]

2012 Canberra Santa Pub Crawl?

By 8 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Has anyone heard whether this year’s pub crawl is going ahead?
Regardless of what happens, I think I’ll keep up the tradition and show up this Friday at PJ’s in my Santa outfit anyway.
[Photo from 2009 Santa Pub Crawl]

The ACT Building Industry. How do we seek redress?

By 7 December 2012

I had a bulldoze – rebuild exercise on our house about 8 years ago. Love the result – brilliant design, works magic.
However, it has become apparent that the quality of the cement render is appalling. Rust showing through, cracks everywhere, a couple of spots where we are waiting for it to arrive on the ground.
HIA [...]

Library Fines

By 5 December 2012

Hi All,
Have a friend who has managed to get a couple of fines on their library card.
There has been some new fine system brought in via Canberra Connect.
Has anyone had any experience with not paying their fines – what happens?
Thanks!

A cicada summer?

By 5 December 2012

I’ve just noticed what looks to me like cicada casings in the yard.
Are we going to hear their song again this year?
Or have I been fooled by Christmas Beetles?

Are there any good Canberra app developers?

By 5 December 2012

For some organisations outsourcing the work to India or the Ukraine just won’t do.
So what locals can do quality smartphone apps at a good price?

Corporate Notification?????

By 5 December 2012

Hey all.
Okay, before i say anything more, I am not going out of my way to be a d%*k about this, but I am genuinely interested in knowing a way forward.
My company received a notice from Victoria Police for a Corporate Notification – requesting we supply the details about a driver of a [...]

help me in a bullying case !

By 3 December 2012

It is mid of night now, I wake up this time every day. I believe I am in a serious case of bullying, but who can help me ?
 I need support and help. I do not know what I should do. I need people to help me and give me advice, or to go to details [...]

Status of Bicycle Cage at Kippax?

By 3 December 2012

Does anyone know what is happening with the bike cage that was planned to be built at Kippax?
Looking at the ACT Govt’s Bike-and-Ride map, I noticed that Kippax was supposed to be getting a bike cage right about now i.e. “Late 2012″:
Nobody was available at the Bike-and-Ride office today to tell me what the status [...]

Acting classes/lessons in Canberra?

By 3 December 2012

Hi everyone,
I realise that I may provoke some teasing for this request (suffer slings and arrows, perhaps), but does anyone know of a good way to learn how to act here in Canberra?
I’m a middle-aged chap transitioning to retirement and am looking for meaningful things to do for the next 40 years. I’ve no experience [...]

Joining a union in the APS?

By 30 November 2012

Hi all,
Sometime in the very near future, I will be joining one of the larger Federal Government departments in an EL1 role. I’ve only ever worked in the private sector, so it’s going to be a bit of a culture shock, I’m sure.
A question for those in the know – is joining a union compulsory? [...]

What bird is that?

By 30 November 2012

For some time now we have had a bird with a curious call which I can only describe as a two tone  coo – eee, repetitive and penetrating. 
It kicks off at about 4.30 am. and continues through the day. 
Can anyone please identify?

Where to nerf out in Canberra?

By 29 November 2012

Looking for venues for something a bit different.
I’m the convenor for Canberra & Southern NSW Dart Tag.
(FB link).
We are well known both nationally and internationally, at least within our geeky niche.
We run ‘live action games’ based around the use of Nerf guns (Humans vs Zombies, such as the ANU used to run, for example). We [...]

Advice on how to deal with accident without insurance in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

About a week ago my fiance’s car was hit when stopped at a set of traffic lights. The woman only provided her licence number, plate, and mobile number. While she claimed to have insurance, she refused to hand the details over.
We have been trying to contact this woman for nearly two weeks now, and she [...]

Best computer prices and service in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?

I’ve come to clean the pool!

By 27 November 2012

Bad jokes aside can anyone recommend a good pool repair/maintenance company to do some pool repairs in Canberra?
I have been going to a major franchise/chain store for my regular water checks and chemicals but recently when my pool had issues and needed to be looked at I found them less than satisfactory. 
Bad communication, bad service [...]

Recommendations – personal trainer for postural issues in Canberra?

By 27 November 2012

My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]

Bees dropping from the trees…?

By 26 November 2012

The last two days I have been finding a huge amount of bees dying on my back path. They seem to be feeding on a banksia, which has not been sprayed in any way. It is in proximity to a quince tree which I do spray with Rogor, but that has never caused this problem [...]

No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.

By 26 November 2012

My wife was telling me that our prospective pre-school won’t apply sunscreen on children.  The reason is that if they did, they would be required to wash their hands after each child (so it’s not about allergies).  I didn’t find out why they have to wash their hands after each child,  kid cooties being the [...]

Scullin Spy tower?

By 26 November 2012

I forgot to take a picture of it – but I was just wondering what the massive pole on the corner of Chewings St and Southern Cross Drive is all about.
It is very intrusive as it overlooks most of Scullin and Florey.

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