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Does Feminism Need a Rebrand?

By 20 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve been a feminist from a very young age. When my Dad first introduced me to Star Wars, I remember thinking Han Solo was a sexist jerk and that Leia should have chosen nice guy Luke (don’t judge me, that was before I found out about the whole brother/sister thing).
I grew up idolising the Spice [...]

Unapproved decks

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There was an add on a local radio station a few months ago advertising a company that can do all the work needed to get an unapproved deck approved, can anyone remember the name please.
If not advice on how to do this would also be appreciated. Its a huge covered deck 3-4 meters off the [...]

Transfer of car between family members

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I was just after some advice after speaking with Canberra Connect the other day when updating my registration details.
My wife and I separated around 6 months ago. Our car has always been in my name. While I was at the shop front on another matter, I asked the staff member what I would need to [...]

The Victimisation of Men

By 17 October 2014
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This article has been a long time coming. It seems that most posts I write about dating come with lots of comments from men acting as the victim. The poor blokes who feel like women have these long checklists of criteria a suitable candidate has to meet before having the pleasure of being in their [...]

Pond cleaning

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Our small garden pond is choked full of plants and needs a cleaning-out by someone who knows what they are doing. Can anyone recommend someone who can do this work?

ACT-based org Abundant Water launches campaign to deliver clean water to villagers in Laos

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In 2007, an engineer by the name of Sunny Forsyth quit his high-paying job and launched Abundant Water, a non-profit organization based in the ACT. Sunny developed a unique clay pot filter made of indigenous materials (clay and coffee grounds) which is now changing the lives of over 7,000 people in Laos by providing access [...]

Wedding dress hunt!

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have been asked to be a bridesmaid for the first time Yay! Along with this great honour comes (insert DA DA DA DAAAAA impending doom sound) the hunt for the perfect dress. After what has felt like an eternity for the gorgeous bride and myself after trying on a hundred different dresses and trawling [...]

Where are all the Sunday Sessions?

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As always moving to a new city there are plenty of changes to get used to with East coast vs West coast living. And whilst most of the changes haven’t been too major- a couple of which I’ll address in the coming weeks, the first one that springs to mind, especially given last weekends spectacular weather [...]

Thinking of moving to Fraser… any thoughts?

By 15 October 2014

Currently living in the deep south but plan on moving north to be closer to work… gov job in Belconnen… have been told that Fraser is a nice clean suburb that is nice and quiet… any thoughts?

Why not keep it local, Chief Minister?

By 15 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The experienced Australian elector realises that we are simply stepping stones to International Greatness for our politicians.
Once installed in office, the interests of the people who put them there become secondary to mingling with those they imagine to be their global peers while they discuss grand plans and mighty projects.
Of course, as a country we [...]

Motorhomes

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have some friends heading to Canberra for a while. They have a motorhome that is enormous! Does anyone know if there are any long term options for it? The only two parks I can find aren’t big enough! yes it’s that big!!

Seek a refund from ACTION for overcharging

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have just been in contact with ACTION due to my card being overcharged for some transactions – depending upon the timing of you tagging on vs when the bus changes over route numbers at the start of / end of a route or turnaround on a route, the system thinks that you are on [...]

Who manufactures ACT street signs?

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All.
Anyone else noticed the lack of proof-reading street signs?
Forrest Dr, National Arboretum (should read Forest Dr)
Form 2 Lane, Yarra Glen (lack of plural)
Recycling Center, throughout Gungahlin Town Centre (that American influence…)
Surely there are some others out there. Are the signs manufactured locally? If so wouldn’t the sign-producers know better? Who lets the final design [...]

Viva Secession

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have cousins in England and decided to pay them a vist. Since I had never been to Spain, Barcelona seemed to be a good idea.
It’s a lovely place and I recommend it to fellow travel addicts. Quite a lot of history here.
What I didn’t know was I would find myself in the middle of [...]

Financial planner specialising in overseas posting

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Canberrans, I was wondering if anyone knows of a financial planner that specialises in advising people who are soon to be posted overseas?

Whatever happened to the Canberra dinner party?

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I came to Canberra in the mid-70s, dinner parties were very much a mainstay of the social scene, primarily amongst couples of course, but singles were included too, especially if there was someone the hosts thought you could be paired off with!
It’s not that there weren’t restaurants and clubs in those days (anyone remember [...]

Why we shouldn’t wait on medicinal cannabis

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Rioters have undoubtedly noticed that the issue of the medicinal use of cannabis is getting a lot of attention right now. It seems a lot people support it – patients, carers, a range of medical professionals, broadcaster Alan Jones, and even the Prime Minister. Despite this, the laws have not changed, and some are arguing [...]

Solid wood interior sliding door fitted in Canberra

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Looking at getting a interior sliding door fitted that is solid wood as our current one is a cheap hollow construction and the room in question will be used for a baby.
Has anyone used a door company in Canberra (apart from doors plus) that has done something similar?

Capital Metro a billion dollar idea going off the rails

By 13 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government plans to invite expressions of interest from 31 October for a private consortium to build, own and operate a light rail system for a period of 20 years.
The Capital Metro light rail, or tramway, will come into service in 2019 along a 12 km track between Gungahlin and Civic via Dickson. The [...]

Do ACT Police care about red light runners?

By 11 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I saw this media release recently, and thought to myself ‘about time!’  I cycle to work on the days I can, and a long part of my trip takes me down Belconnen Way.
Every morning I ride, I guarantee that at the intersections of Belconnen Way and Lathlain St / Bindubi St, Haydon Drive and Gungahlin Drive, [...]

The great divide – North vs South

By 10 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So in the first couple of weeks I was living here I heard about the great ‘North vs South’ divide. Old news I know and it’s been covered many a times including on this site and it seems to have even existed back in the days of yore. (Well at least from 1913)
To me it [...]

What’s on this weekend? 11th and 12th October 2014

By 10 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Two long weekends in a row have meant two short weeks, so here we are at another Friday.
This weekend, our team has a few tips around town:
Heather Lansdowne is going to see AllDay play at the University of Canberra on Saturday night
Angela Hutton is trying a Boot Camp at Floriade on Saturday morning at [...]

The First Date

By 10 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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They say a good impression is all about a first impression, which if you’re meeting someone from an online dating site can be very true!
The first date is not only crucial in securing a second date, but depending on what you choose to do can give you a very cool edge to your potential partner.
In [...]

Christmas and Cocos Islands – WTF?

By 10 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I read with some dismay in the Canberra Times of 2 October about the appointment of Jon Stanhope’s successor to the positon of Administrator of Christmas and Cocos Islands.
What I read sent shivers down my spine.
The Administrator jobs in those Islands and Norfolk Island are quasi- gubernatorial positions. They are akin to the Administrator of [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Kebabs

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I went out in search of Canberra’s best kebab. Nominations sent me off to taste Yarralumla Halal Pide House and Kizmet in Manuka. Everyone I spoke to seemed to be a big fan of Yarralumla. A friend even said ‘If the Yarralumla kebab place doesn’t take it out, I’ll be [...]

An Open Letter to Ant Sharwood

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Dear Ant,
You published an article this week on news.com.au saying that Canberra is not the best city in the world, despite the OECD saying so.
We all think it was a bit mean, but we’re used to Canberra bashing so we can take it – well, most of us can anyway. However, your article presented a [...]

Marist or St Edmunds?

By 9 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Everyone,
My family and I are moving to Canberra and would like to find out peoples opinions about Marist and St Edmunds. My son loves his sports but requires a bit more assistance academically.  Ideally we would like a school that is big on their sports but also encourages academic excellence as well. In my [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 9/10/14

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Most Liveable City…. in the WORLD!!
A reserved Katy Gallagher has responded to the news that according to an OECD Regional Wellbeing report, Canberra is the best place to live in the world. Cautiously admitting that she did not expect Canberra to be deemed the world’s most liveable city, Gallagher was quick to approve of [...]

FUNC Fitness: a newbie’s tale

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was only three steps away from my car towards the entrance of FUNC Fitness when a smiling dude in a baseball cap came out of the door to greet me with a handshake, an introduction and a warm welcome. Well, I thought to myself, that’s a good start. As I came through the door [...]

Suitable suburb for my family

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am moving to Canberra in December with my husband and 5 children. 3 of our children will be attending primary school, one secondary and one hopefully at ANU next year. We are moving from a small country town in Melbourne and enjoy being involved in our local community. Our children play AFL, netball and [...]

Funding for the Arts – a Satire

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Opposition Arts Spokesman Brendan Smyth has again attacked Arts Minister Joy Burch for providing funding for a controversial artistic production. Funding of $19,000 will be awarded to the Aspen Island Theatre Company for the development of a production titled Kill Climate Deniers. The controversy exists in the context of the Opposition’s attack, earlier this year, [...]

Best of Canberra – Fish and Chips

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I must confess that when I am after a good feed of fish and chips I head for Bateman’s Bay to battle it out with the seagulls at Innes’, as I am yet to find anything here that really fits the bill.
Alexandra wrote a post a while ago dedicated to the lack of great fish [...]

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