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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 [...]

Open Letter to John Hargreaves on Aged Care

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi John.
I would like to respond to your recent RiotACT article on the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities. As the founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, I’m a passionate supporter of the aged care, disability and early childhood sectors.
Our beloved industry is in crisis. This will continue [...]

Burquas – the Hidden Threat

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I saw the media recently from that bastion of protectionism, Cory Benardi, that he wants to ban the burquas from Parliament House. His call was echoed by that Pauline Hanson clone, Jacqui Lambie, that the burqua be banned in Oz entirely.
Good one. Not!
There are so many issues at stake here. Firstly, I agree that the [...]

The Handmade Markets

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Handmade Markets were on this long weekend at the National Convention Centre, with everything on offer from clocks fashioned out of bicycle wheels and gears, to a stall full of delicious marinades for meat, to hand-sewed foxes wearing trousers.
I went along on Saturday morning, at around 11.00am. The markets had only been open for [...]

Should the guy pay on the first date?

By 3 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A question like this can change any group conversation to a heated debate, surprisingly. So many different opinions and different reasonings as to why.
Me? I’m not fussed either way. If a guy insists on paying I’ll let him. If I offer to split the bill and he agrees I won’t get offended. It doesn’t faze [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Eggs Benedict

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The call for best Eggs Benedict was a popular one. We had a lot of input for a wealth of Canberra brunch joints. Two gathered multiple nominations. ONA in Fyshwick and Me & Mrs Jones in Kingston. I headed to ONA first with high hopes after their domination of the egg [...]

There’s more to Canberra than Floriade

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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So I’m a Canberra newbie, having just officially survived my first winter. I’m even starting to consider myself a Canberran and find myself fiercely promoting it to all of my friends and family back home. When contemplating the big move from the coast of Western Australia; I asked a few people that I knew that [...]

Dog Boarding in Canberra

By 2 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I know there have been discussions on this topic before however there has been nothing recently.  Can anyone give me some feedback about Tara Dog Boarding in Pialligo?   I am considering using them at Christmas and would appreciate feedback on any recent experiences people may have had?

Mr Fluffy Crisis – Canberra Waits

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Between 1968 and 1979, private ACT contractor Mr Fluffy insulated people’s homes by pumping loose asbestos fibres into the roof cavities of houses in Canberra. In 1989, the Federal Government acknowledged the devastating health risks of loose asbestos and conducted an investigation of homes in the ACT constructed before 1980. It was discovered that 1.5 [...]

Bash someone unconscious – 80 hours community service???

By 1 October 2014

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced today to 80 hours community service work.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/community-service-for-civic-bashing-20140930-10o662.html#ixzz3Eng044bB
The footage is horrifying to watch and the sentence seems woefully inadequate. What interested me is the statement that the magistrate didn’t think jail was appropriate… so when is it appropriate ??

Adult dance lessons Canberra? Recommendations?

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
I’m in my 30′s and looking to get back into exercising, the one exercise I love is dancing but truth be told I’m pretty cr@p at it.
I’m looking for a dance studio that teaches adults and is fun! Perhaps where the occasional overweight 30 year old wouldn’t look completely ridiculous? Wouldn’t mind hip hop [...]

Tasers – alternative to death by cop

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I was in the Assembly, as a minister for these sorts of things, I wanted to do a trial to see if TASERs were an effective alternative to firearms.
The Liberal Opposition was vehemently opposed to the whole idea saying that the TASERs would kill more people from heart attacks than the conventional weapons carried [...]

Anyone know what happened to Scope?

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters.
Went for a drive up Mount Stromlo over the weekend, thinking I would stop and have a coffee at Scope — but it appears to be closed.
Anyone know what happened there?

The sanctity of Sunday surcharges

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend I had Sunday brunch with my partner at a lovely new-ish establishment in Canberra. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, the service lovely and we didn’t have to wait long for a table. Perfect. When it was time to pay the bill, we were hit with a 10 per cent Sunday [...]

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