Farrer Playschool is still accepting enrolments for 2015.
Farrer Playschool is a non-profit, community based educational facility for three-year-olds*. Our fully qualified teachers use a structured program to help the ‘Playschoolers’ develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their Preschool year and most importantly it is LOTS OF FUN!
Playschool sessions [...]
My friends and I regularly find ourselves hotly debating who serves up Canberra’s best dumplings and this week’s Taste Off revealed that the same is true for RiotACT readers.
Votes came in for a few restaurants I hadn’t heard of before, like Top Taste in Woden, Dumpling Inn at Jamison, Beijing House in Hawker and Jade [...]
The NSW extreme right has once again used its muscle to bully people into doing its bidding. Elected representatives have been coerced and cajoled into toeing the line and putting their support in for an embattled leader.
Sound familiar? I’m not talking about the NSW Labor Party. This is the extreme right of the Liberal Party. [...]
Does anyone know the rules re glare from metal garage’s and solar panels? I cannot open my kitchen blinds for several hours every afternoon due to blinding glare from a neighbours garage that was bad enough before he recently added solar panels.
I asked actpla if the panels were legal ( garage is only a meter [...]
I’ve peeled many prawns in my time, and eaten many creamy prawn dishes.
But it seems to have become fashionable to combine the two, by serving dishes that combine creamy sauces with prawns whose tails are still covered in carapace.
My problem is that I don’t know how to peel the prawn tails without getting the sauce [...]
This weekend I stumbled across Lava Carts in Westfield Belconnen, located in the fresh food area on the ground floor. What caught my eye were the beautiful looking cupcakes in the display cabinet – where were these last week for our Best of Canberra Cupcakes taste off?!
I introduced myself to founder and director Simon, who started Lava Carts [...]
My partner and I desperately need to replace the blinds in our loft style apartment. Because the window is five metres high we need someone install the blinds for us.
We do not want curtains.
I was hoping people on here could recommend (or tell me to stay clear) of blind companies/installers in Canberra? I’m feeling a bit [...]
What do China, Poland, Italy and Brazil have in common? Apart from being on my bucket list, these countries all claim ownership of some sort of variation on the food that we in Australia know as ‘dumplings’.
While Poland’s pierogi, Italy’s ravioli and Brazil’s pastels are not to be taken for granted, the Chinese have Canberra’s dumpling [...]
When I was young and impressionable (as opposed to now when I am old and impressionable), I studied organisational theory. You know, the stuff Frederick Taylor wrote on Scientific Management, Max Weber’s theories on bureaucracy and March and Simon’s thoughts on the dysfunction of bureaucracy.
I was particularly drawn to Weber’s theories and his notion of the [...]
I was very surprised this week when I scrolled through the recommendations for Canberra’s best cupcakes. Our readers seemed to agree that the best cupcakes are home-made. Maybe we need a best of home-made cupcakes article?!
There were a couple of businesses named:
Stand by Me in Lyons – Sorry guys, but muffins don’t count as cuppy cakes.
Can anyone recommend a good barber in the Belconnen area, please?
For many years my husband went to a fantastic barber in Cook but unfortunately he sold his business and it is now a women’s hairdresser. He went into the Belconnen Mall this morning and came home scalped!
Would appreciate any recommendations very much.
Every Saturday morning my boyfriend and I head to the EPIC Farmers Market for free range eggs and fresh vegetables. We had heard that there were also weekend markets at Murrumbateman, so we thought we would check them out for something different.
As we were driving back into Canberra we saw the turn off for Poachers [...]
With the hullabaloo over knighthoods and dameships, I was caused to think of another anachronism hanging about in our parliaments. This is the practice of awarding the title of “The Honourable” to MPs. This award is made to ministers and speakers and is awarded for life.
Once upon a time a Prime Minister (and the Deputy PM [...]
An interesting article on some of some apparent secrecy surrounding options for raising money by the ACT Government along the light rail corridor :
There is no doubt it will be more expensive to live along the tram corridor or to set up business there. The question is, who will pay and how much?
I also see that [...]
One of my recent articles attracted a few comments on the variety of nightlife venues in Canberra. This might be a controversial discussion to start, but everyone has a different experience of Canberra depending on their work, family, friends, lifestyle and interests. While the quantity of Canberra nightlife venues is adequate for many, it might not [...]
There was an announcement recently by the planning authority on the fate of the three blocks of flats along Northbourne Ave in Dickson. I used to walk past these buildings regularly and noted that some tenants had established quite attractive small gardens and had comfortable seating gathered together for social occasions.
Unfortunately the buildings are very [...]
[ 5 February 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra residents will light candles in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences on Thursday night (5 February).
“Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” ACT community organiser Bede Carmody said.
“We invite Canberra residents to the [...]
Confident. Bold. Ready. These are the messages that the Brand Canberra project aspires to showcase to the rest of Australia and the world. And at a cost of $2.6 million to the ACT taxpayer, let’s hope that it eventually pays off.
The project is a wide-ranging and multifaceted marketing initiative. According to the ACT Government, Brand [...]
The mid-year ACT budget review revealed the predicted deficit for the 2014-15 financial year had more than doubled from $332.8 million to $770.5 million.
This is without most of the light rail expenditures, and does not take into account the many billions of dollars worth of ACT public servants’ unfunded superannuation liability.
It is a long, long [...]
A reader has submitted the following question about strange noises in Torrens:
We have recently moved to Torrens (backing Mt Taylor) and have heard on a number of occasions a loud screaming sound – one ‘scream’ at a time -in the middle of the night. It is first heard at a distance, gets closer and then [...]
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has gotten into the spirit by announcing it’s taking bolt cutters to the love locks on Aspen Island’s John Douglas Gordon footbridge.
The NCA says it is taking preventative action now, removing the love locks before any serious damage occurs to the structure of the [...]
According to Google, cupcakes are “small cakes designed to serve one person.” I think that description is incorrect. A more appropriate description would be: Cupcakes … a tiny piece of heaven so delicious and pretty, you will definitely want more than one.
This week I’m looking for Canberra’s best cupcakes and I’m a little nervous, because [...]
Sharing meals is the norm at lots of restaurants these days with most offering share plates, or offering customers a plate each to take their own helpings from the main plates of their order. Eightysix in Braddon, for example, has designed its entire menu around sharing.
A photo from an unnamed Canberra eatery was uploaded onto social [...]
Last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best rice raper rolls, two of my favourite Vietnamese places were nominated: Saigon Foodies in Kingston and iPho in Garema Place.
I frequently visit iPho on my lunch breaks for chicken and wonton noodle soup (it’s really good!), so I thought I would start there. The rice [...]