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Rugby League Laughable

By 20 September 2014

The try that wasn’t, or was it? Well it looked like a try to me, but the clowns maskeraiding as referees found a knock-on that wasn’t there. But the Cowboys are getting used to these type of decisions by now, especially around finals time, seven tackles etc. Good luck to Easts, or Sydney if you [...]

Which Prominent Canberrans Compete in Roller Derby?

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just a quick note to say my latest short story explores the wonderful subculture of the Canberra Roller Derby League, and questions how prominent some of the competitors might be…at times hidden beneath their masks and nicknames.
She – A Canberra Capital Yarn

A reminder too that I’m continuing to seek crowd-funding to publish a book [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Pickup Lines People have REALLY used

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Pickup lines are one of those rare things that are probably less common than they used to be. When I picture someone using a pickup line I picture them with a mullet, 80s porn moustache and a wife beater, jeans and thongs. Have you seen Orange is the New Black? Pornstache is what comes to [...]

The Mandarin Code: it’s not about fruit

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Mandarin Code is the latest offering from seasoned political journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann. A follow-up to their previous novel The Marmalade Files, the Mandarin Code has been developed into a TV series.
It’s clear from the start that the authors know Canberra – the novel opens on the discovery of the body of [...]

Home security revisited

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s been a few years since the matter of home security systems was discussed and, since I am currently poised to jump ship with the company I’ve been with for more than 10yrs (ADT) and switch to one about which I know very little (Chubb), it seemed a perfect time to ask what people’s experience has [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Vietnamese

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For the Best of Canberra Taste off this week I was forced to sample some local Vietnamese food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my life is pretty tough sometimes.
The main contender in this battle was undoubtedly Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant with Tu Do Vietnamese in O’Connor as the opposition.
Both were [...]

Forde Community Association

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
We are trying to launch a Residents/Community Association in the suburb of Forde in Gungahlin – the Forde Community Association.
Communities@Work are hosting a ‘Community Conversation’ at the Forde Community Centre this Saturday at 3pm as part of a continuing series to engage the community. I wanted to encourage any Forde residents who frequent riotact [...]

Flowers with a Purpose

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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GGs Flowers is not your ordinary florist. Yes, they create beautiful arrangements and can even deliver to your door, but they’re also a socially sustainable florist – one of its kind in the ACT.
Geetha Wijewickrema was concerned about what employment opportunities her youngest daughter would have when she finishes school.
15-year-old Gayana is a fun, bubbly young [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Should you quit sugar?

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Agave syrup, Xylitol, Stevia, Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar?
What to choose?
Well it depends on your health, weight, risk factors and whether you have food sensitivities.
Some of you may have read ‘I Quit Sugar’ and have been using Brown Rice syrup, also known as rice malt syrup instead of sugar.  This is not a health food! [...]

Top 5 Blogs in Canberra

By 17 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Blogging has become one of those things that everyone does. Like photography where if someone owns a camera they’re a ‘photographer’ the same can be said of blogs.
The truth is that blogging is not as easy as starting a blog and writing a handful of posts. Successful blogs take time, dedication and persistence. They build [...]

Queuing at Centrelink

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I haven’t noticed before, but it seems that service providers (Centrelink, Canberra Connect, banks etc) have their personnel patrol queues or “greet customers” in place of getting a queue ticket. On the surface this seems very reasonable.  However when I went to Centrelink Braddon about a letter threatening to suspend or cancel my 90 yo mother’s pension, the “greeter” [...]

North Canberra Community Council meeting 17 September

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 17 September 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Our 17 September meeting will also be our Annual General Meeting. It will be held at 7.30 pm at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett. Members and North Canberra residents are invited to attend. The agenda includes:
Ainslie and north Canberra traffic issues (Roads ACT)
Acceptance of Annual General Meeting Minutes 16 October 2013, plus Minutes [...]

Best of Canberra – Eggs Benedict

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For me, one of life’s true treats is going out for a leisurely breakfast/brunch. My meal of choice is often Eggs Benedict. Runny eggs, slightly creamy (but not too gloopy) hollandaise, smoky ham (or bacon) and cracked pepper. Mmmmmm.
One of the things I missed most about Canberra when I lived overseas was [...]

Good Lawyers and Accountants for Businesses in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
Does anyone know any good lawyers or accountants in the ACT for small business? A friend of mine is looking to acquire a business she is working at and just needs a nice solicitor to handle the takeover and an accountant to deal with the business going forward.
Thanks for your help.
H

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Hot weather, dogs and cars – a recipe for disaster

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the past weekend Canberra was treated to some beautiful warm weather. The perfect excuse to head to Bunnings and pick up a few supplies for gardening. That’s what I had in mind. As I parked my car at the Belconnen store, I noticed the car directly opposite mine had a little dog in it. [...]

Mormon Missionaries – A Religious Irony

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was reading a story about a poor lady who got hit by a car and was trapped under it. Some hero rescued her and all is well.
She was described as a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (read Mormons)
So let’s think about her mission in life. It [...]

Trying something new with Bloody Lips

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Bloody Lips (words of passion spoken and sung) was my first experience of Performance Poetry. Held at the Monster Kitchen and Bar at NewActon on Sunday afternoon, I’m not sure what drew me to it, but it seemed like a pretty cool thing to do.
The event was MC’d by 2013 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, CJ [...]

Looking to replace my toilet suites

By 15 September 2014

Hello.
Just wondering whether anyone has used Female Choice Plumbing for plumbing work and installing toilet suites? I need to replace my toilets (3 of them) and would like  someone who can replace these at a good price. Any other suggestions of companies to  do this?

Renting and Residual Current Devices

By 15 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I rent a property in NSW. My land lord has not fitted a Residual Current Device to the power board. I have read lots of information online about how they are compulsory in work places, how they are compulsory under the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Residual Current Devices) Regulations 2011 and the Wiring Rules [...]

Facing the flaws in our democratic model

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winston Churchill’s “finest hour” came in the 1940s, as he stood defiantly for the democratic order in opposition to Hitler’s totalitarianism, but Churchill later described democracy as “the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…”
Democracy is indeed a flawed and imperfect device for running complex [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (13th September 2014)

By 14 September 2014
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Another week gone and in case you missed anything, here are the Top 5 stories for readership, followed by the Top 5 for discussion.
Our most widely read post this week was: Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up.
A close second was: Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done.
Coming [...]

RE: Financial advisors in Canberra

By 13 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all.
I’m looking for a financial planner to help me with both superannuation and more general wealth creation. I appreciate that this question has been asked before, but previous posts were all done before the changes (now half rolled back, to my understanding) to the superannuation industry.
I have no desire to be swindled, and have studied finance, so I [...]

Back to the Future – Frightening

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the 1960s was a perceived threat to Australia from the “Yellow Peril” coming down the Indo-China peninsula.
We had seen the Korean War, the communist insurgents in Malaysia on the border with Thailand and the Vietnam War had just kicked off.
My father, the Air Force officer, was a strident anti-communist and whilst he didn’t talk [...]

Let’s go on a date… to Floriade!

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Date night is approaching and it’s time to mix it up a little. Yes Floriade might seem the most dreaded place to go on a date, it’s full of people, kids and people. Not romantic right? Wrong..
Floriade has a heap of experiences you can use to your advantage and swing a fun date night (or [...]

End-of-lease cleaner recommendations

By 12 September 2014

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a reliable and reasonably priced end-of-lease cleaner in the ACT/QBN region?
Thanks.

Public Talk: Tsunami Warning Systems since 26 December 2004

By 11 September 2014

[ 16 October 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] With the tenth anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami this coming December, it is timely to reflect on the progress made by Australia and the international community to safeguard nations from this most destructive and cruel geophysical hazard.

This talk will look at the historical development of tsunami warning systems, their existing limitations [...]

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Alert!

By 11 September 2014

Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser  to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Cakes

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For the cake taste off, Flute in Fyshwick drew the most support with Ricardo’s in Jamieson the challenger.
I should start out by confessing that I love cake. I do however say that with one caviat. I like ‘real’ cake. The spongey, floury goodness of a bouncy cake. My favourite is [...]

Cannabis in Canberra

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I hate marijuana. I first smoked it when I was seventeen. My face went green and I had a panic attack… because I thought my nose was going to fall off. Since then, I haven’t really enjoyed it and I doubt that I ever will.
There are many things in life that people simply should not [...]

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