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World Cup Final 2014 – Where are the Argentina fans gathering?

By 13 July 2014

Hola,
Does anyone know where in Canberra the Argentina fans are gathering on Monday morning?
Ciao,
Hugo Diaz

At Home for the Scandinavian Film Festival

By 11 July 2014
At Home for the Scandinavian Film Festival

Last night, I went along to the Scandinavian Film Festival at Palace Electric to see Swedish Film, Home.  Starring Moa Gammel, Anita Wall, Simon J Berger and Erik Lundqvist and directed by Maximilian Hult, the film was billed as a Comedy/Drama.
For the entire 90 minutes, Home treads a fine tightrope between light comedy and slightly [...]

Business Lunch Series – Smoque

By 11 July 2014
Business Lunch Series – Smoque

Smoque has been around for a couple of years now and every time I go its pumping. This is probably due to its unique offering of American BBQ. So I thought I would check it out to kick off this new food series – Business Lunches.
Situated in Baileys Corner, parking [...]

Should our Primary School teachers be subject specialists?

By 11 July 2014
Should our Primary School teachers be subject specialists?

I heard an interview on 666 during the week about having specialist teachers in Primary Schools, in contrast to the current model where Primary teachers are predominantly generalists.  The idea made a lot of sense.
From my experience, it is difficult to be good at all things – particularly across the broad range of subjects taught [...]

What’s on this weekend? 12th and 13th July 2014

By 11 July 2014
What's on this weekend?  12th and 13th July 2014

As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]

Gobble the Gobbledegook

By 9 July 2014
Gobble the Gobbledegook

Bureaucrats are often accused of suffering from verbal diarrhoea and obfuscation, using a paragraph when a couple of words will do. I used to shudder when presented with stuff which was meant to sound academic and high level but was just cr@p. Plain English is fine but still suffers a death by a thousand [...]

Free parking in Kingston this week

By 9 July 2014

The Kingston Underground car park is offering free parking until the 14th of July – we’ve been tipped off and thought you might like to know.
Located under the Griffin Hotel, on Tench Street (opposite the supermarket and newsagent) – the park is open all day, every day.
More details can be found here.

RAPID – Is it generating money?

By 9 July 2014

Hi everybody,
I am driving past more and more RAPID camera equipped police cars with their lights flashing having pulled over some dreadful infringing member of society. It has also been ages since the ACT Government issued registration labels. This raises the all important question…
Where do we go to see how many cars are [...]

Best of Canberra: Burgers

By 8 July 2014
Best of Canberra: Burgers

Following up from our recent Pizza to go question (we’re road testing the two most popular and will have a decision for you ASAP), we’re on to the next staple in takeaway – burgers.
I have a friend who includes ‘Find the worlds best burger and eat it’ on her bucket list. She also has [...]

Registering a trailer

By 7 July 2014

I know I can find this out from Canberra Connect, but I can’t be a*^ed waiting on hold for 40 minutes, not lining up at one of the speedy shopfronts.
Does anyone know how much it is to register a trailer?
I am trying to work out the maths of purchasing vs hiring, and I can’t find [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Does Light Rail measure up for Canberra?

By 7 July 2014
RiotACT Face Off: Does Light Rail measure up for Canberra?

Plans for Light Rail in Canberra have caused heated debate among our Rioters. A recent poll asking Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra? resulted in 48% voting No, 38% Yes, 11% Not Right Now and 6% On the Fence.
We asked former Chief Minister, Kate Carnell and Ex MLA, John Hargreaves ‘Do [...]

A New Building to House ACT Public Servants ?

By 5 July 2014

According to today’s Canberra Times, a new building to house ACT Government public servants maybe built. While its probably never a good time to do these things – there are huge lead times :
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-governments-new-office-block-for-public-servants-gets-green-light-20140704-zsvym.html
Good that they are thinking about all the options (eg. refurbishment of existing, build or lease from pvt sector over 25 [...]

Curtain / window warmers

By 5 July 2014

Hi, has anyone had their Curtains done lately, at a good price and good quality? Do Firths of Yass, or any other competitive regional area companies still exist – as per 2011 curtains review on here ? Thanks for any useful updates you have.

Online news sites using click-bait headlines

By 4 July 2014
Online news sites using click-bait headlines

After browsing the online news sources as I regularly do, I have been noticing the trend for the articles to change headlines after an hour or so. You can check yourself by going to the Telegraph, Herald or just at news.com and at the bottom of the articles you will see that many posted more [...]

Landscaper recommendation

By 4 July 2014

We want to replace our grass with loose gravel, and replace the dead plants in our hedge.   Small front area and even smaller side area. In Crace.   Not up to doing it ourselves.  We’d like a neat and permanent job.  Any recommendations?

School board head calls for ACT-wide bullying audit

By 4 July 2014

Primrose Riordan’s article in the CT this week is unfortunately more of the same – kids bullying kids and schools who are unwilling or unable to stop it.  In the article School Chair Mr Villafor’s suggests an ACT-wide bullying audit which seems like something that could be very useful. An audit with the intention of [...]

Maintenance of ACT Government car parks

By 3 July 2014

Now that parking fees have (inevitably) risen again, wouldn’t it be nice if the ACT Government actually spent a bit of this extra revenue in maintaining their car parks?
For example, ensuring that the lines delineating parking spaces are repainted every now and then, repairing ruts in the surface, trimming overhanging trees so that they don’t scratch [...]

Fireworks – 2nd July

By 3 July 2014

Two questions, Does anyone know what and where the fireworks were at about 19:00 on Wednesday night, hearable from Deakin?
What is the best resource for looking up such info (beside RIOTACT ). There was nothing on the Canberra Events sites.

Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

By 3 July 2014
Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

It feels a bit like most of Canberra is walking a tightrope at the moment.  Wide Public Sector cuts have been coming for a long time.  I have heard talk of departure lounges and reapplying and testing for jobs.  Whether departments are facing heavy cuts or not, there seems to be a consistent sense of [...]

Light Rail – Have your say in our poll

By 2 July 2014

We’ve had no end of opinion and argument over Light Rail in recent weeks/months.
To set a bit more fuel to the fire we have asked John Hargreaves and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell to step into the ring for our first RiotACT Face Off and their first topic will be ‘Light Rail for [...]

Finding Bakkwa

By 1 July 2014

Hi folks,
I’m on the hunt for some bakkwa, a Chinese salty dried meat similar to jerky. Also called Rougan popular among Singaporeans.
Last time i was able to have some was in Sydney and being a Hispanic person i couldn’t remember the name of this delicious treaty until i did some extensive googling.
If anyone could give [...]

Tailor to fix leather pants

By 30 June 2014

Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone can recommend a very good tailor who can fix a hole (where the belt buckle loop is so in) on leather pants? I have asked around and not gotten much feedback.
Preferably Southside, but would be willing to travel just to make sure the pants get fixed well without being damaged.
Thanks!

Ode to Canberra (round 3) – voting time

By 30 June 2014
Ode to Canberra (round 3) - voting time

Here are our top 5 photos for Round 3 of Ode to Canberra.
Vote for your favourite in the poll below.
(voting closes Thursday 6pm)

Ode to Canberra (Round 3)
1 – Night at the Arboretum
2 – Foggy commute to work via the Lake
3 – Goodradigbee River at the Junction of Flea Creek
4 – Here [...]

Unfunction

By 27 June 2014

I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is [...]

Lost camera in city

By 26 June 2014

Hi All, I lost my camera when I was visiting Canberra last week on 17 June. I’m fairly sure it went missing in the carpark of the Canberra Centre. I left my details with the shopping centre and the police but sadly it hasn’t turned up yet. It was a Sony hx9v so if anyone [...]

Frances O’Brien’s Dark Side of the Mind launching at Paperchain

By 26 June 2014
Frances O'Brien's Dark Side of the Mind launching at Paperchain

[ 5 July 2014; 3:00 pm; ]

Paoperchain is launching Frances O’Brien’s new book ‘Dark Side of the Mind’ Saturday 5 July at 2.45pm for 3.00pm.

This true story of John, a young schizophrenic man, the eldest of four boys, who grew up in Canberra at the time Walter Burley Griffin was designing the lake, in a happy home where he had fun, [...]

Bullying, the internet and below the line comments

By 26 June 2014
Bullying, the internet and below the line comments

There are many things that scare me about parenting.  I freely admit that some of the big ones (beyond the general health and safety concerns) are drawn from areas that I struggled with as I travelled the bumpy path to adulthood.
Bullying has always been a big one.  I wouldn’t say I was necessarily bullied at [...]

Best of Canberra – Pizza to go

By 26 June 2014
Best of Canberra - Pizza to go

When I was backpacking in Italy (it sounds romantic, but I never want to see a hostel again…), I consumed pretty close to my body weight in pizza. It was so good – light crisp crusts and simple but perfectly prepared toppings. All generally washed down with a cheap and non-descript carafe of [...]

Northbourne Ave slums… demolish or preserve?

By 26 June 2014

I refer to an article in the Canberra Times about the slums they refer to as public housing, located in some of the most prime real estate in Canberra.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yvette-berry-pushes-for-northbourne-public-housing-tenants-to-remain-in-the-city-20140624-zsjfx.html
The real estate these flats sit on could be sold off and developed, providing a budget windfall for the ACT government, providing hundreds if not thousands of [...]

Capital Pathology Management – unethical treatment of patients?

By 24 June 2014

I went to have some tests done at capital pathology today.
The staff member pointed out that the Dr had not written bulk bill on the form so it wasn’t bulk billed as my tests have always usually been.  (That is not their fault of course but led to the problem)
I asked then how much the [...]

How to Train Your Dragon 2

By 24 June 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2

In 2010, How to Train Your Dragon successfully established a relationship with hyperactive introverts around the world, connecting through its protagonist, Hiccup.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 arrives four years later eager to reconnect with their previous audience – who in their early/mid teens now respond to their more physical form rather than the inevitable [...]

Kitchen Exhaust Fan

By 24 June 2014

Hi. This is my first time posting this forum. I am looking to renovate my kitchen on a reasonable budget.  The kitchen currently has a basic exhaust fan above the stove.  The fan was replaced a year so so ago with a good quality fan.  At the same time the tubing on the roof side of the [...]

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