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Katy Gallagher – a career cut short?

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in Canberra’s history. Her electoral vote is astronomical, and she is respected for her stoic mind and steady hand. Indeed Katy could blow up a hospital and go on shooting spree of endangered animals with Bob Katter and still enjoy enormous public support.
Understandably, Lundy’s decision [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Family Friendly Restaurant/Cafe

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week when I asked for recommendations for family friendly restaurants and cafes, I honestly expected to be inundated however, it seems that Canberra has a serious lack of family friendly eating establishments.
Places like Jamie’s Italian, and a few of the football clubs were recommended, along with Ricardo’s in Jamison and Tommy & Me in [...]

Our first look at the new eatery Akiba

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]

Mr Fluffy – a Parallel

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I got a call from a bloke recently about the plight of someone he knows that has a Mr Fluffy House. He was seeking information on a particular problem facing his friend and didn’t know where to go. I gave him a few ideas.
His issue was that his friend had to rent a [...]

Katy Gallagher: What Will Her Legacy Be? How Will History Treat Her?

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History?  What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]

21st?

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Where is a good place to have a 21st?
Ideas more towards the Southside would be great!!

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: The Cupping Room

By 6 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This weekend I decided to try out The Cupping Room for breakfast; a project by Ona coffee. So off I went to Civic. I had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table (apparently it happens), but honestly, it’s worth the wait.
I’ve previously raved about their amazing salted caramel popcorn milkshakes, but as I discovered, The [...]

Safer Christmas holiday driving tips for Canberra driver

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It is a privilege to drive on public roads, not a right.
Public roads are for safe, cheap transport of people and goods, not racing.
People of widely varying abilities who exceed minimum standards are permitted to use public roads and you are required to share the road with them, showing them every courtesy.
Don’t Tailgate
Leave a 3 [...]

The Senate – two sides of an argument

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a Kate Lundy fan, I’m sorry to see her retire but as an old political retiree, I fully understand all the reasons why the decision was taken, and wish her all the pleasure of the next stage in life that I have enjoyed.
I started writing this piece when I heard Kate and wondered on [...]

NBN not as expected

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Really disappointed that Nicholls still does not have NBN in the making, does anyone know when this will happen?

Dog Training

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
I know there are previous articles on this topic but does anyone have any suggestions in dog training. I have done some basic obedience classes though looking for some more training. I have a Kelpie so very energetic and would prefer someone who has experience working with the breed. Any suggestions?

Is it Okay for a Principal to plagairise?

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I come from the old school way of thinking which is, if it isn’t your work and thoughts then don’t try and pass them off as if they were. I also think if you are the principal of a high school then you should set the example and not plagiarise to your students.
My daughter came [...]

Think before you drink at the office Christmas party

By 4 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome to the silly season. And they don’t call it silly for nothing. It’s that time of year where all of our emotions seem to overflow and we dangle dance between the line of aggression and elation at the thought of the end of the year finally approaching and heading off on summer holidays.
But before [...]

Cherry season!

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Now that cherry season is here can anyone let me know if there are people selling them on the roadside?

It’s not legal, but will that stop Canberrans using Uber…?

By 3 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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My much travelled brother – who once said to me “I think I could organize tours of the trouble spots of the world” – commented on how we complain about bureaucracy and how it gets in the way but then described sitting in a restaurant next to a stinking open drain in some third world [...]

Need tip for Cyde Mountain

By 2 December 2014

So in January I will be driving to Batemans Bay for the first time from Canberra. I am on my red P’s that I have only had for 2 days. I just wanna get some tips and tricks from anyone who has driven up and down the clyde before. Thanks in advance.

Best of Canberra – Family Friendly Restaurant/Cafe

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A friend of mine was complaining about the lack of family friendly restaurants and cafes in Canberra. I was really interested because not having kids myself, it has not been something that I’ve had to think about when eating out.
So this week I’m asking for nominations on Canberra’s best family friendly restaurant/café. Feel free to [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pancakes

By 1 December 2014
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Last week I was lucky enough to indulge in two great big stacks of fluffy pancakes. I wasn’t able to find that salted caramel, banana and walnut stack that I was drooling over when I called for nominations last Monday, but I did find something close.
My first stop was Pancake Parlour at 7am on a [...]

Reith Still Raging

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I wish I could count the times I have been accused of having a left wing bias. Something I wear as a badge of honour.
This is gunna surprise you but there are people out there who are far greater haters than Labor will ever spawn. Such a person is Peter Reith, former Howard government [...]

Experienced Dog Groomer looking for work

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Everyone,
I am a longtime Experienced Dog Groomer/Exhibitor/Breeder.
I am from Young NSW just outside of Canberra. I am looking at coming over for 2 days a week Thursdays and Fridays to pick up some work in a Salon in Canberra. I can do any style clip, Poodles and Gundogs a specialty. I can hand strip [...]

Anyone lost some bees?

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Saw this swarm making a nest at the pinnacle nature reserve yesterday, while out walking my dogs. Could it be a domestic swarm which has left the hive? Exact location available if they are yours, and you want them back!  

What was going on in Lyons early this morning?

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have had several rioters contact us asking about some commotion in Lyons early this morning.
Apparently at about 5am there were 50ish males being followed / escorted by roughly 15 police vehicles down Melrose drive, Lyons.
Does anyone know what was going on?
Thanks to Davo, Kiley and Big Johno for contacting us about this.

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Me & Mrs Jones

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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‘Me & Mrs Jones we got a thing going on…’
One thing that is essential for me in any venue is a vibe. I can walk into a place that is aesthetically on the money, but if it lacks a vibe, I’m out. Me & Mrs Jones seems to have found that sweet spot where raw [...]

Southquay SQ1 Greenway Tuggeranong – Empire Global

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re thinking of buying a unit in the new Greenway development Southquay SQ1 across from Bunnings (Tuggeranong).  The developer has a number of large unit block projects in progress, but where interested in looking at any of their completed projects. Can anyone provide information about any of their ‘completed’ projects/developments?Thanks.

Cowards at the Keyboard

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Before the anonymity of the internet, if a person had a view and wanted it expressed, they had to write to a newspaper, call into a radio station or stand on a soap box. But these were limited options because of the need for space or time. Only a few got through to express [...]

Three controlled burns scheduled tomorrow

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that, weather permitting, three controlled burns will be conducted tomorrow Friday 28 November 2014.
The controlled burns will be undertaken on Mount Painter, Simpson Hill and Cooleman Ridge. The burns won’t impact public access to walking trails however trail use is not recommended. These burns will [...]

Diversions to ACTION’s services on section of Constitution Avenue

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Commencing Monday 1 December 2014, ACTION will implement diversions to all bus services that use Constitution Avenue in the City between London Circuit and Coranderrk Street. The changes will be in place for weekday and weekend services and for the duration of the Constitution Avenue upgrade works.
“Constitution Avenue is a major thoroughfare for buses, with [...]

Big Trouble Ahead for the ACTs Budget ?

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In June 2014, this years ACT budget was projected to be m$333 in the red without the impact of Mr Fluffy – which could be as high as m$500 over 3 years, according to the ACT Treasurer, Andrew Barr :
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/mr-fluffy-750-million-appropriation-bill-tabled-in-legislative-assembly-20141124-11sihz.html
On top of the cutbacks in the Federal Public service and associated downturn in other economic [...]

Lonesome Lambie

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Paul Murray Live Sunday night we were discussing the imminent departure of Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party.
Janine Perrett was hosting, because the eponymous host was on a study tour in Abu Dhabi where he was examining local hotel architecture and the F 1.
Janine said – voicing the complaint of many – that [...]

When a Red Traffic Arrow Needs Explanation

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Are we, as a society, officially doomed when we need a sign to tell us what needs to happen if the traffic arrows are red?
The image was taken turning right onto Gungahlin Drive from Gundaroo Drive.
I’m trying to think of any circumstance that would require the signage in the image.  Maybe someone went through the red arrow [...]

Best of Canberra – Pancakes

By 25 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I am drooling over the thought of a big stack of fluffy pancakes, smothered in salted caramel syrup, sprinkled with walnuts and topped with fresh banana.
Normally when I east breakfast, I am a bacon and egg kind of gal … savory over sweets. But this week I want to indulge. I’m going to treat myself [...]

Asbestos removal companies?

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The last post I could find about this was from back in 2009, so hoping someone may have some more recent recommendations.
I’m planning to renovate our bathroom and ensuite, and we’ve had confirmed that the wall material is bonded asbestos sheeting.  I want to basically gut the bathrooms, replace the wall material, and start from [...]

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