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Experienced female singer wanted for reputable Canberra covers band Smooth Ops

By 10 December 2013

Know a great female singer in Canberra interested in working with a reputable, professional, well-paid covers band?
Smooth Ops requires a new female vocalist to join two other vocalists (1 male, 1 female) to front our working pop/funk/soul covers band in 2014. We need a highly competent and experienced female singer capable of handling everything from [...]

Ask RiotACT: Is the Tradies new advertising racist?

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Rioter W poses this question:
Check out this advertisement from the Tradies (similar language appears in their other advertising). Is there any way to interpret this other than as racist?

Good question W!
While the most obvious way to interpret this would be to assume that these ladies are looking for a club with only white people in [...]

Where to buy a rocking chair in Canberra?

By 7 December 2013

Hello Rioters,
My mother’s well loved and used rocking chair has gone to its eternal reward. I would like to buy her a new one for Christmas but all the standard furniture retailers have proven fruitless.
Has anyone seen one anywhere on their travels?
I want a standard wooden type one not a cane one. (Have [...]

Re-Roadworks on Cotter Road?

By 6 December 2013

Hey Rioters,
I have not seen another thread regarding this, forgive me if this is a re-post. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that the recent ripping up of the Cotter road / Streeton drive intersection and surrounding roads, has included ripping up nearly 100 metres of recently upgraded roadway. I’m specifically talking about [...]

Ginninderra Drive Speeding Camera Direction?

By 5 December 2013

Hi,
I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]

One-off house cleaning advice in Canberra?

By 3 December 2013

We’ve sold our home and will be moving out shortly. To save time and energy, we’re considering hiring a cleaning company to come in a do a clean of our home before settlement. However, having never hired a cleaner before, I have no idea about the costs involved.
Can any Rioters (a) recommend a cleaning company/person [...]

Selling a house privately in Canberra. My 2013 experience

By 3 December 2013

As promised a few months ago, here is my experience of selling a house in the ACT. If you don’t want a long read then here are the highlights for you:

It’s pretty easy to sell a house privately, you don’t need a real estate agent.
Banks can be annoying to deal with.
Lawyers are not the fastest at responding [...]

Stolen motorbike from Bruce

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hi Riot ACT family,
would you be so kind as to keep an eye out for my bike and all the bits that go along with it. Stolen last night from a “secure” underground carpark in Bruce. Despite using a locksmith quality chain and lock wrapped around frame and rear wheel and locking the bike in [...]

What frog is this?

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Found this morning living in an infrequently used subaru. Anyone know what type he is?
Also, anyone want to fix my head gasket problems for me?
[ED - Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com ]

A new immigrant, asking for employment advice

By 1 December 2013

Greetings,
It’s very difficult to understand a country only by web browsing!
I’m a self educated graphic designer, planning for my settlement in CBR in near future. I’ve been granted a permanent work visa by the government.
Both being proud of having this golden opportunity to live and work in Australia -hopefully forever-, and concerned at the same [...]

Recommendations for framing?

By 1 December 2013

Hi all,
Need a bit of help – have recently come back from overseas where I bought some paintings, which I now need to get custom framed.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent framer in Canberra, and approximate cost?
Would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Yogurtland: Environmental?

By 1 December 2013

Saw this gross image at the Belconnen Westfield shopping centre a while ago.
People just kept scoffing down yoghurt and throwing their recyclable containers in the full garbage, because walking to the recycling bin was too much effort.
The bin in the actual store was full, and also not a recycling bin.
Yogurtland prides itself on being environmentally-friendly. [...]

Just who dreams up our OTT regulations?

By 1 December 2013

We have recently had the ACT Gov deciding to impose fees on the worthy burgers putting on humungous Christmas light shows for the public. Chief Minister Katie has decided that no fees will be applied. I think the words used were ‘common sense needs to be applied’.
Why is this ‘common sense’ not applied to the [...]

Cotter road roadworks?

By 1 December 2013

Why is Cotter Road (in between RSPCA and Streeton Drive) getting dug up again? 
They only just finished building that bit didn’t they?

Hazard reduction burn in Farrer tomorrow

By 30 November 2013

From the ESA:
The ACT Rural Fire Service will be undertaking a hazard reduction burn on Yamba Drive, Farrer, tomorrow, Sunday, 1 December, 2013 from 9:15am, weather permitting.
Six heavy tankers, one medium tanker, three command vehicles and 35 personnel will conduct the burn.
The size will be approximately 3.4 hectares.
The ACT Handy Map grid reference for [...]

Canberrans helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan

By 30 November 2013

Come celebrate Christmas at the Philippine Embassy while helping to raise funds to assist victimes of typhoon Haiyan.
Canberra’s local Filipino community will be hosting its annual Christmas celebration tomorrow in the grounds of the Philippine Embassy while there’ll also be a fundraising drive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alistair [...]

Cartilage piercing – piercer recommendations?

By 30 November 2013

Its been a few years since I’ve had any piercings done, but I’ m tempted to get another cartilage one (a daith, specifically).
Last time I had mine done it was at Justin’s studio / with Justin at Redpath, but since then I believe he’s shut down, and Freestyle no longer does piercings.
I know Redpath is [...]

Meet the author of Blossom Possum And The Christmas Quacker at Paperchain

By 28 November 2013

Paperchain are doing another ‘Meet the author‘ day, this time featuring Gina Newton.
Gina Newton is the Canberran author behind the Blossom Possom series.
Blossom Possum And The Christmas Quacker by Gina Newton
It was Christmas Eve down under. Koala Claws’ last stop for the night. I’m sooo hot and tired, he thought. A quick nap will [...]

Presenting Skills Workshop Opportunity

By 28 November 2013

Ever wondered how they do it?  Those polished presenters who make it look so easy?Those accomplished speakers who move their audience?  Make the sale?  Sign up the donors?
Do you ever feel intimidated by the prospect of public speaking?
Then we’ve got the workshop for you!
Working with Nicholas Hammond (working actor, screenwriter and cast member of the [...]

Anyone missing a female spaniel cross?

By 28 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Female Spaniel cross found a  couple of days ago.
Belong to anyone?

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Canberra 2013/14

By 27 November 2013

Perhaps my google-fu is weak today (or I’m looking too early), but I have not been able to locate any special events/menus for restaurants or hotels in Canberra for the evening of 31 December.
Does anyone have any knowledge of any establishments that might be offering something for a couple looking for an evening out?

Where to go for Credit History Check?

By 27 November 2013

So I went to take out a new contract with an internet provider today but was declined due to my credit history. This bamboozled me as I have no outstanding debts, have only been late paying other bills once or twice and never more than a week late. I had no problems getting my new [...]

The Barton Putting Highway?

By 27 November 2013

On the 6th of November at 7:50am I was driving along the Barton Highway when my car was struck by a golf ball from the golf course that runs alongside there.
Given that I was driving in the left lane at the limit of 80kmph and (being Canberra) had someone tailgating me, I had little choice [...]

Christmas Giving Trees (Groceries) in Canberra?

By 27 November 2013

Is anyone aware of any charities/charity giving trees in Canberra that are accepting groceries and non-perishables in the lead up to Christmas?

Invent An Event with Scissors Paper Pen!

By 26 November 2013

For one of the last events in Scissors Paper Pen’s 2013 Program, and the very last of our SERIOUS SERIES events for the year, we want you to join us and INVENT AN EVENT.
An event about events?! Yup, mega meta.
It’ll be held 6pm to 8.30pm this Friday the 29 November at Gorman House Arts Centre. [...]

Tourist Drives dead?

By 26 November 2013

Upon reading the article about the Canberra Tracks, it has occurred to me that not a lot of effort has been put into Canberra’s Tourist Drives for a few years.  
I noticed they are no longer signposted as they used to be as well as not being advertised as they were since the 90s.
Anyone [...]

Any Good *Delivered* Pizza in Canberra?

By 26 November 2013

Is there anywhere left in Canberra that makes and delivers good pizza?
To clarify, Dominos and Pizza Hut are both abominations. And Crust is not that far removed from the garbage served by Dominos and Pizza Hut.
Good Pizza is something assembled by a 60+ year old man from the old country; for example, the pizza from [...]

UC Architecture Grads showcase their final works for 2013

By 26 November 2013

The University of Canberra Student Architecture Society are pleased to announce the Graduate Exhibition, showcasing the talent of students in both the Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture courses from the University of Canberra in 2013.
These end-of-semester works are themed according to the studies of each course, with the Masters’ theme ‘Interrupt’ under the [...]

Rent Reduction. How to ask in Canberra?

By 25 November 2013

Afternoon all,
I have a question that I would like some Riot-Act input to …
I am currently renting a property in Canberra for lets say $570/ week. As many of you have commented, rents seem to be dropping and there isn’t a huge market at the moment. Due to this, a property that is directly behind [...]

messed up situation, where to turn?

By 23 November 2013

I’m seeking the help of the hive-mind to try and get further help.
From around age 18 on I was repeatedly prescribed extremely high doses – including what I now know were overdoses, of a particularly nasty psychiatric medication, all the while being led to believe I was taking ‘normal’ doses. I’d been on something different [...]

Joint Strike Fighter Seminar & Networking Function – Monday 2 December

By 21 November 2013

To celebrate the end of 2013, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents
WORKING AT THE LEADING EDGE OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY
by Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, AM, CSC – Program Manager, RAAF’s New Air Combat Capability
Date: Monday 2 December 2013
Time: 6:30pm till 8:30pm
Location: The Deck & Nottingham Room, Forrest Hotel & Apartments, 30 National [...]

Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble Skills Workshop

By 21 November 2013

EVENT: Would you like to improve your skills on mandolin or guitar? Learn how to achieve a sweet, smooth tremolo? Improve your playing in the “dusty bits” up the neck? Learn how to play with dynamics? Would you like to be able to play better on guitar or mandolin in an ensemble setting?
COZMO (Capital of [...]

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