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2012 Canberra Santa Pub Crawl?

By 8 December 2012
2012 Canberra Santa Pub Crawl?

Has anyone heard whether this year’s pub crawl is going ahead?
Regardless of what happens, I think I’ll keep up the tradition and show up this Friday at PJ’s in my Santa outfit anyway.
[Photo from 2009 Santa Pub Crawl]

The ACT Building Industry. How do we seek redress?

By 7 December 2012

I had a bulldoze – rebuild exercise on our house about 8 years ago. Love the result – brilliant design, works magic.
However, it has become apparent that the quality of the cement render is appalling. Rust showing through, cracks everywhere, a couple of spots where we are waiting for it to arrive on the ground.
HIA [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong – The Hype Dome

By 7 December 2012

So the new extensions to the Tuggeranong Hyperdome are open.  
I took a good look around today and soon realised that its a lot of the same old same old, re-arranging the chairs so to speak.
Yep, there are a few new tennants in Big W, JB Hi Fi and one or two others, but the rest are mainly old tennants [...]

Fuel Prices in Canberra vs Sydney

By 6 December 2012

All the petrol stations in Canberra seem to have high prices, even the independents. I can’t use any words, but to me, “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark”. Read in to it what you will.

Library Fines

By 5 December 2012

Hi All,
Have a friend who has managed to get a couple of fines on their library card.
There has been some new fine system brought in via Canberra Connect.
Has anyone had any experience with not paying their fines – what happens?

Ngunnawal Shops Open Space?

By 5 December 2012

Looking for a tweet about what the work on the playground at the Platypus shops was, I came across this odd tweet from the ACT Economic Development Directorate.
Economic Development ?
Block 18 Section 44 Ngunnawal consultation open #Canberra #haveyoursay
The link shows that it is a consultation for the parkland next to the carpark at the [...]

A cicada summer?

By 5 December 2012
A cicada summer?

I’ve just noticed what looks to me like cicada casings in the yard.
Are we going to hear their song again this year?
Or have I been fooled by Christmas Beetles?

Are there any good Canberra app developers?

By 5 December 2012

For some organisations outsourcing the work to India or the Ukraine just won’t do.
So what locals can do quality smartphone apps at a good price?

Corporate Notification?????

By 5 December 2012

Hey all.
Okay, before i say anything more, I am not going out of my way to be a d%*k about this, but I am genuinely interested in knowing a way forward.
My company received a notice from Victoria Police for a Corporate Notification – requesting we supply the details about a driver of a [...]

Final Australia and Europe in conversation

By 3 December 2012

50 years ago, in March 1962, Sir Edwin McCarthy took up his position as the first Australian Ambassador to the EU. Since then EU-Australia relations have had their ups and downs but today the relationship is broader, deeper and stronger than ever – but many challenges lie ahead.
Every month this year, two or three Ambassadors [...]

NIDA short courses coming to Canberra

By 3 December 2012

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is letting it be known they’re running summer short courses in Canberra this year:
From complete beginners dabbling in drama for the first time to seasoned actors looking to hone specific skills, and kids wanting to have some fun flexing their drama muscles during the holidays, there’s something for everyone [...]

help me in a bullying case !

By 3 December 2012

It is mid of night now, I wake up this time every day. I believe I am in a serious case of bullying, but who can help me ?
 I need support and help. I do not know what I should do. I need people to help me and give me advice, or to go to details [...]

Status of Bicycle Cage at Kippax?

By 3 December 2012

Does anyone know what is happening with the bike cage that was planned to be built at Kippax?
Looking at the ACT Govt’s Bike-and-Ride map, I noticed that Kippax was supposed to be getting a bike cage right about now i.e. “Late 2012″:
Nobody was available at the Bike-and-Ride office today to tell me what the status [...]

Acting classes/lessons in Canberra?

By 3 December 2012

Hi everyone,
I realise that I may provoke some teasing for this request (suffer slings and arrows, perhaps), but does anyone know of a good way to learn how to act here in Canberra?
I’m a middle-aged chap transitioning to retirement and am looking for meaningful things to do for the next 40 years. I’ve no experience [...]

Public art app?

By 3 December 2012

Idea for an app for public art

Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan: causes and implications

By 2 December 2012

“Green-on-blue” attacks are attacks by members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on usually unsuspecting members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), including Australians. Green-on-blue deaths have been increasing each year in Afghanistan over the past four years. During 2012 to the end of November, 16 percent of ISAF deaths in Afghanistan have [...]

Joining a union in the APS?

By 30 November 2012

Hi all,
Sometime in the very near future, I will be joining one of the larger Federal Government departments in an EL1 role. I’ve only ever worked in the private sector, so it’s going to be a bit of a culture shock, I’m sure.
A question for those in the know – is joining a union compulsory? [...]

What bird is that?

By 30 November 2012

For some time now we have had a bird with a curious call which I can only describe as a two tone  coo – eee, repetitive and penetrating. 
It kicks off at about 4.30 am. and continues through the day. 
Can anyone please identify?

You know you’re Canberran when…

By 30 November 2012

36%RH feels humid.

Where to nerf out in Canberra?

By 29 November 2012
Where to nerf out in Canberra?

Looking for venues for something a bit different.
I’m the convenor for Canberra & Southern NSW Dart Tag.
(FB link).
We are well known both nationally and internationally, at least within our geeky niche.
We run ‘live action games’ based around the use of Nerf guns (Humans vs Zombies, such as the ANU used to run, for example). We [...]

Giving Tree at Belconnen Markets!

By 29 November 2012

This year, Belconnen Fresh Food Markets will contribute to The Salvation Army Christmas appeal by hosting a Christmas tree in the centre of the marketplace from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 December 2012.
We urge local Canberran’s to dig deep and donate in December to families who struggle to make ends meet at one of [...]

Please help to find Daniel Todd!

By 29 November 2012

Any one Seeing Daniel who has been missing from Hospital since 25th November 2012 should call the police or his family on 0450345325
Daniel went missing from Chisholm Ross Hospital, Goulburn, NSW after being allowed out for a 30 minute un supervised walk at about 10.30 am 25th November 2012.
He was wearing blue or black T [...]

Canberra 100 instead of the coat of arms on the Brumbies jersey? [With poll]

By 29 November 2012
Canberra 100 instead of the coat of arms on the Brumbies jersey? [With poll]

The Centenary of Canberra people are very excited to have turfed the Canberra coat of arms off the Brumbies jersey in favour of their own logo:
Traditionally the right breast on the University of Canberra Brumbies jersey has been reserved for the ACT Coat of Arms, but with the Territory celebrating 100 years in 2013 [...]

What planet are A.C.T. Supreme Court Judges on?

By 28 November 2012

Just read that his worship Higgins has provided bail to serial car thief, drug user teen for the second time. The fact that he while on bail and i assume disqualified from driving, ran a red light mounted the traffic island and crashed into an innocent punter, sorry allegedly, would i think show that he [...]

Christmas Lights 2012

By 28 November 2012

With even the most staunch “it’s too early” objector having to can it come the weekend because its December, it’s time to start the thread for 2012.
I have a nearly two year old now, that’s a good enough excuse for me to get out and go look at other people’s lights without needing [...]

Advice on how to deal with accident without insurance in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

About a week ago my fiance’s car was hit when stopped at a set of traffic lights. The woman only provided her licence number, plate, and mobile number. While she claimed to have insurance, she refused to hand the details over.
We have been trying to contact this woman for nearly two weeks now, and she [...]

Umbagong Stones. Stay or go? [With poll]

By 28 November 2012
Umbagong Stones. Stay or go? [With poll]

Territory and Municipal Services are looking for public feedback on the stepping stones over Ginninderra Creek:
“The stepping stones have provided local residents with a means to cross Ginninderra Creek since 1993 when Umbagong District Park opened,” Mr Gill said. “A footbridge is also available further up the river near a playground and barbeque area for [...]

Best computer prices and service in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?

I’ve come to clean the pool!

By 27 November 2012

Bad jokes aside can anyone recommend a good pool repair/maintenance company to do some pool repairs in Canberra?
I have been going to a major franchise/chain store for my regular water checks and chemicals but recently when my pool had issues and needed to be looked at I found them less than satisfactory. 
Bad communication, bad service [...]

Recommendations – personal trainer for postural issues in Canberra?

By 27 November 2012

My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]

Australia and Europe in conversation – number 10

By 26 November 2012

50 years ago, in March 1962, Sir Edwin McCarthy took up his position as the first Australian Ambassador to the EU. Since then EU-Australia relations have had their ups and downs but today the relationship is broader, deeper and stronger than ever – but many challenges lie ahead.
Every month this year, two or three Ambassadors [...]

Bees dropping from the trees…?

By 26 November 2012

The last two days I have been finding a huge amount of bees dying on my back path. They seem to be feeding on a banksia, which has not been sprayed in any way. It is in proximity to a quince tree which I do spray with Rogor, but that has never caused this problem [...]

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