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Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]

Free speech? Free-ish maybe…

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Free speech? Free-ish maybe...

A very long time ago when I was starting out in radio one of the old hands told me sadly that even though we had access to a moderately powerful transmitter, there were many important things that needed be said but could never be heard on the home receiver because “they” wouldn’t allow it.
Whether that [...]

Booklet: Tales of Canberra Boy

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I came across the below online booklet by Dave Wheeler recently where he describes his life growing up in Canberra over the past 40+ years. It’s a nice if somewhat quirky read, for those of you who’ve lived in Canberra in the 70′s and 80′s you’ll find the locations events he mentions a fascinating trip [...]

School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]

It’s time to let go of the Starlight

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
It's time to let go of the Starlight

Long-time residents of Canberra will remember the old Starlight drive-in cinema that used to be at Watson, near the end of the Federal Highway, with its bright neon sign proudly glowing for all who entered Canberra to see. Brand new residents of Canberra will have no idea what I’m talking about. The younger generation probably [...]

Whats the Trick for Getting Tradies to Turn Up in Canberra ????

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, I’m not sure about the need for “infrastructure stimulus” projects in Canberra.   If there is, I hope those projects wont be relying on local tradies to do some of that work.
I have heard numerous similar stories to this, but now I have experienced myself :
For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an [...]

Small job concreting job

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking to employ someone to do small a job concreting at my home. I thought I would reach out to the RiotACT audience to see if anyone has a recommendation? Also are there any companies I should avoid? Thanks in advance.

Restaurant bookings

By 11 August 2014
Restaurant bookings

I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]

Recommendations for handy man/woman

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking for a handyman/woman who would assist me with making our garden sustainable and accessible for our three sons with disability. I’m learning the principles of permaculture and our garden has zones. Our house came with an old chook shed that we would like to clean out and reuse and also make a run [...]

Same Sex Marriage – It’s none of my business

By 10 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Same Sex Marriage - It's none of my business

For the record, I am in favour of same sex marriage. I don’t see why two people who love each other deeply can’t express that love in the way that society endorses those relationships.
Let’s get a couple of furphies out the way. There has to be a separation of religious and secular rules. [...]

There’s something fishy going on in Canberra…

By 8 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
There's something fishy going on in Canberra...

As a kid, fish and chips were always a family favourite once a fortnight for a dinner treat or whilst on a picnic with friends. I grew up about five minutes away from the beach so there were about 10 different fish and chips shops that we could pick from.
In the almost four years I’ve [...]

Farmstay??

By 8 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated
Thanks
Sharon

Carpark vs Trees

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Carpark vs Trees

I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Best Steak

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra Taste Off:  Best Steak

For this week’s Taste Off, steak was on the menu. It may not be the friend of vegetarians, but for meat lovers world wide, sometimes there is nothing better than a good steak.
Your votes pointed us in two directions, both polar opposites in the steak race. The first was the Charcoal Grill, who [...]

Liberty, Cruelty, and Animals

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Liberty, Cruelty, and Animals

“There’s a poor animal with blood on its head and tears running down its face. Who did that to it? It’s lying in the dust and its wings are broken. Who broke its wings? Who cut off his hands so that it can’t shake the bars?” Edward Bond, Lear.
We live in a cruel world. Whether [...]

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Separation of Church and State

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Separation of Church and State

The emergence of the enlightened catch up of the Liberal Party (and hopefully their Coalition Party colleagues, the Nationals) to allow MPs a conscience vote on same sex marriage is very welcome.
When I heard about this about-face, I ruminated on the old question about the separation of Church and State. I think it [...]

The long road to gender balance

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The long road to gender balance

Katy Gallagher addressed the National Labour Women’s conference on the weekend, talking as the most senior elected member of the Australian Labor Party.  Her core message was ‘women can and do make a difference.’  I wholeheartedly agree.  But it’s going to take a massive mindshift in our society to draw a better balance for women [...]

Where’s the ladies? Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Where's the ladies?  Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

As one of our merry ladies turned 40 last week (it’s all fine, 40 is the new 21) we decided to invite a few extra friends and celebrate over a good meal.  We had heard good things about Olive in Mawson so booked a table for 8.
The first thing to note here is the welcome.  [...]

Best of Canberra – Curry

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Curry

One of the things I miss most about London is a curry and a Kingfisher after an evening session in the pub. Actually, the curry and beer after a night of beer maybe wasn’t the best thing in the world, but the local curry houses were awesome. I am yet to find [...]

The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

By 5 August 2014
The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
http://www.capitalyarns.com.au/monster-loch-burley-griffin/
Let me know what you think. [...]

Slippery Pete, Fast Eddie and risky business

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Slippery Pete, Fast Eddie and risky business

On the day news came through that it had been found Peter Slipper had dishonestly used parliamentary taxi vouchers to travel to wineries, callers started ringing in to the radio program I was presenting.
Some said that in the scheme of things, misusing taxpayer funds to the tune of $954 didn’t seem like that big of [...]

Would you take tea with Tom Kitten? Cat Cafes have reached Australia

By 5 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Would you take tea with Tom Kitten? Cat Cafes have reached Australia

Hands up (or should I say ‘paws up’) who has been to a cat café before? Probably not many of us have.
There are approximately 150 cat cafes in Japan, and around 30 throughout the rest of the world with Australia’s first cat cafe opening its doors last week.
A cat café sounds like a crazy concept. [...]

Belconnen Town Centre survey report

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Some of you might recall participating in a survey the Belconnen Community Council conducted earlier this year on the Belconnen Town Centre.
The BCC has analysed the results, and prepared a comprehensive report. Themes include the need for more convenient, cheaper and more accessible parking, and a desire for more and better connected street-level amenity. On [...]

Coffee machine repair centres

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello Rioters
I’m seeking some advice or recommendations on where I can take my beloved Breville BES860 Coffee machine to get repaired.
In the past I’ve had it serviced at Premier Instruments in Dickson as they are an authorised Breville repair centre. Unfortunately they have now closed down.
I’ve approached a few places around the capital, however no [...]

Pontificating Police

By 4 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Pontificating Police

Do you wanna know what annoys me? Probably not. Anyway, heaps of things do.
As an over 65 year old, I have a duty to pick things which give me the irrits and whinge about them. It comes with the right to hiss at noisy children in supermarkets, the right to [...]

Building company sent me to debt collection!!!

By 3 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
Long story, trying to put as short as possible. We built our house is Canberra with a dodgy company.
My builder (who pretends to be builder, but actually is director of company) after finishing my home after 17 months asked me the final payment.
Then we started calculating the figures of how much is pending. Builder [...]

GISHWHES

By 3 August 2014

Hello fellow Canberrans! Are any of you participating in GISHWHES this year? If so, Team ChildrenoftheKaleLovesSomeKindOfTeamName would like to do something kind for you! Email teamcotklsktm@gmail.com if you’re interested!

Man arrested on multiple fraud charges

By 2 August 2014

ACT Policing yesterday (Friday, August 1) arrested a 53-year-old Franklin man on multiple fraud charges after a lengthy investigation into a series of financial transactions.
Police will allege the man was involved in a series of financial transactions in an effort to purchase multiple properties worth millions of dollars in the ACT, Queensland and NSW. On [...]

Police seek witnesses to roadside assault

By 2 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police seek witnesses to roadside assault

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at the side of the Barton Highway on Wednesday (July 30).
About 7.00am, a woman was travelling south in a Holden Astra on the Barton Highway near Gladstone Street, Hall. She had noticed a dark blue Ford Falcon sedan bearing NSW registration driving dangerously and tailgating [...]

Brumby Jack toy wanted

By 2 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I have a friend whose little boy loves his Brumby Jack toy. Now that he has started day care his Mum would love to have 2 – one to keep at home and one to keep at day care.
Buying another one is no longer an option as the Brumbies have introduced a larger Brumby Jack. [...]

Why diet food won’t do

By 31 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Why diet food won't do

Diets don’t work. We’ve heard that before, often from someone trying to flog a new healthy eating regime (ie a diet). But I recently read a startling article in the Australian Women’s Weekly (almost as startling as the fact that I’m now old enough to be reading said magazine) that concluded that some diet food [...]

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