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What’s the background video on ABC news?

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It looks like it’s been taken from an impossible vantage point.  Like a crane or a drone.

Drop Bears Sighted on Mt Ainslie

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All

Just letting you know my short story set in Canberra about tourists discovering drop bears on Mt Ainslie is about to be taken off my site due to space constraints:
http://www.capitalyarns.com.au/mtainslie-dropbears-cards/
The premise of my site is that social media users request three items and I write them a story set in Canberra. This particular story [...]

Plans for the Aranda Shops

By 29 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s about time the Aranda shops received a little bit of love.

Aranda residents know all too well that the local shops have failed to live up to their potential in recent years. Well over a decade ago, the family-run supermarket was forced to close due to the competition created by the Coles at Jamison. Since [...]

Tragus piercing in Canberra

By 28 September 2014

Hi,
I am thinking of getting my tragus pierced in Canberra soon and was just wondering if anyone has had this done in Canberra before or knows of a good place to get piercings. At the moment I’m considering Red Path and maybe Off Ya Tree (although their cheap prices are kind of worrying…). Does anyone [...]

Kingston railway yard containing large number of iron ore type wagons

By 28 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I pulled into Fyshwick Jim Murphys this morning to pick up my weekly rations, and was surprised at what was in the adjoining rail yard.
There must have been about 30 brand new looking orange painted iron ore type wagons. Considering we ship nothing out of this joint, couldn’t help but wonder what they were here [...]

Gumtree what happened?

By 28 September 2014

Hi, new here so open to any comments.
Does anyone have any idea what happened to the ads on gumtree or is it just me?
When I view ads I can see one picture. When you click on the ad to view further it shows a slide show option and further details for the ad, however, there [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Open Mic @ the Front

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s Tuesday night in Lyneham and I’m at The Front trying to concentrate on a novelisation of Doctor Who adventure Inferno (it’s part of the permanent library at The Front and I’ve been reading it in installments).  But my mind keeps wandering back to the notes I’ve written for myself: “sky whale, lance armstrong, justin [...]

On Water or On Land Operations

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We have been engaged in a post on the involvement of the military forces in Iraq and Syria in recent days.
Be that as it may, has anyone spotted the rank hypocrisy of the detail of information we have on that conflict?
We know the names of the towns that are strafed, we know how [...]

Feedback on National Patios

By 25 September 2014

I’m looking at having National Patios build me a new deck and would appreciate any experience you may have had with them. Thanks!

Cricket Nets

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello again.
Just wondering if anyone knows of any cricket practise nets close to Gordon?
I know there are some in Chisolm but thats a bit far to travel.

Playground at Eddison Park

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what’s going on with the playground at Eddison Park?  There is little playground which is great for young children (toddlers) at the skate-park end of the park.  I went a few times through the winter and parts of it seemed to be roped off (it looked like the soft flooring was disintegrating) [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pastries

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and generally eaten as breakfast or mid morning with coffee.
The two establishments to obtain the most nominations were Flute in Fyshwick (the winner [...]

Riot Wellbeing Column – send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
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Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise?
Deciphering the variety of therapies and interventions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing in a bid to find what is right for you can be like wading [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

Health and Safety responsibility vs stupidity

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was driving along Hindmarsh Drive yesterday morning and noticed the red light camera at the Parkway intersection being fixed.  A guy in a high vis vest up a high ladder fixing the camera with a spanner (I assume) in one hand, as the other held a cigarette.  If this guy falls off, who is [...]

Unauthorised Building Contract Changes

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I would appreciate some informed opinion about a legal matter please.
We have a building contact for a new home that we signed a while ago. The contract went through several revisions. We recently found out that there were some allowances in the original version that were later dropped. Neither our solicitor nor [...]

Denial about problem gambling – successful approaches?

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There would be many Canberrans with experience of living with a problem gambler — specifically the type who is in complete denial and engages in all the classic deceptions, such as hiding the fact that he is even patronising licensed clubs, and spinning concocted stories about why he needs to withdraw substantial sums of money from [...]

Floriade Disappointing

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My first ever visit to Floriade last weekend. It took me longer to find a parking spot than to see all that Floriade had to offer. Seriously, is this Canberra’s main event?
Others have told me that each year, the flower displays dwindle  and the over-priced food stalls grow.
Over-hyped and over-rated.
 

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the Legislative Assembly, Shadow Education Minister Steve Deszpot has attacked the Government with claims that ACT teachers are overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Deszpot put it to Minister for Education Joy Burch that teachers want to spend more time teaching and less time penpushing bureaucratic bulldust. Burch responded by delivering an enthralling, prepared, statement that [...]

ISIS – Why, oh Why?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was going to post a comment on the lack of advocacy for aged people in nursing homes but I will do that later this week. I have a bit of checking to do.
In the meantime, I was enraged to see and read the fatwa from ISIS. It is the scariest threat we have [...]

Those parking changes – will it mean 4 wheels good, 2 wheels better?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Motorbikes are fun.
Although if you find yourself unexpectedly airborne on one it’s a good idea to at least have your feet on the pegs when you come back to earth as my left knee reminds me if I don’t exercise it constantly.
Bicycles are great – from a design and engineering point of view, efficiency, the [...]

Best of Canberra – Kebabs

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Best of Canberra, we are going back to fast food… Kebabs. My first experience of a kebab was back in the days that there was a little place in the Woden food court (I’m talking maybe 20 years ago). Since then, they’ve been a favourite, although as my taste [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

In-Person-8 – Impro ACT (Review)

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whenever I told someone the theme for this improvised show the response was usually a mix of surprise and horror.  “Well, you see, in the first half a group of improvisers study eight audience members and then in the second half they pretend to be them, improvising a short play.”  Jaws would drop and eyes [...]

Basketball Backboard

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Rather ironically my “lifetime” freestanding basketball system’s backboard has broken ie the perspex sheet.  To be fair the thing is about ten years old so was bound to happen at some point.
I have contacted the company but while the part is worth $50 the postage is over $500! Also had no success looking on eBay [...]

Aged Care Facilities

By 22 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many of us have really given much thought to the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities? I mean the quality of care in the nursing homes and lower care category facilities?
As I grow older and approach the time when “it could be me”, I start to reflect on this subject and [...]

Recommendations for painter and decorator

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a painter to paint the inside of my house? I want someone who is careful and thorough with their work and can recommend the right paint and colours for the various areas of the house. Eg wet areas etc… and cleans up thoroughly after themselves and is [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (20th September 2014)

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Another week gone and here are the most popular posts of the week (firstly by readership and then by comments) including confirmation on Capital Metro, disappointment over Myer’s decision not to set up in Woden and a bit of religion thrown into the mix!
Top 5 for readership
1. ‘No Myer for Westfield Woden after all?’
2. ‘Capital Metro endorsed [...]

Road rage on Monaro today almost killed us

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My partner and I are very lucky to be alive this afternoon….
At approx 3:10pm this afternoon, we experienced horrific road rage directed at us on the Monaro Hwy. It happened in the direction going from Civic to Hume about 1km or so of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. An “electric blue” coloured ute (pretty sure it was [...]

Missing dog

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One One went missing midday on the 19th from Franklin. She is very shy, but an extremely sweet girl. We are very frightened for her. If you have any knowledge of her whereabouts, please call Caitlin on 0400158765.

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