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Recommendations for handy man/woman

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking for a handyman/woman who would assist me with making our garden sustainable and accessible for our three sons with disability. I’m learning the principles of permaculture and our garden has zones. Our house came with an old chook shed that we would like to clean out and reuse and also make a run [...]

Same Sex Marriage – It’s none of my business

By 10 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For the record, I am in favour of same sex marriage. I don’t see why two people who love each other deeply can’t express that love in the way that society endorses those relationships.
Let’s get a couple of furphies out the way. There has to be a separation of religious and secular rules. [...]

There’s something fishy going on in Canberra…

By 8 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a kid, fish and chips were always a family favourite once a fortnight for a dinner treat or whilst on a picnic with friends. I grew up about five minutes away from the beach so there were about 10 different fish and chips shops that we could pick from.
In the almost four years I’ve [...]

Farmstay??

By 8 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated
Thanks
Sharon

Carpark vs Trees

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Best Steak

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Taste Off, steak was on the menu. It may not be the friend of vegetarians, but for meat lovers world wide, sometimes there is nothing better than a good steak.
Your votes pointed us in two directions, both polar opposites in the steak race. The first was the Charcoal Grill, who [...]

Liberty, Cruelty, and Animals

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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“There’s a poor animal with blood on its head and tears running down its face. Who did that to it? It’s lying in the dust and its wings are broken. Who broke its wings? Who cut off his hands so that it can’t shake the bars?” Edward Bond, Lear.
We live in a cruel world. Whether [...]

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Separation of Church and State

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The emergence of the enlightened catch up of the Liberal Party (and hopefully their Coalition Party colleagues, the Nationals) to allow MPs a conscience vote on same sex marriage is very welcome.
When I heard about this about-face, I ruminated on the old question about the separation of Church and State. I think it [...]

The long road to gender balance

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Gallagher addressed the National Labour Women’s conference on the weekend, talking as the most senior elected member of the Australian Labor Party.  Her core message was ‘women can and do make a difference.’  I wholeheartedly agree.  But it’s going to take a massive mindshift in our society to draw a better balance for women [...]

Where’s the ladies? Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As one of our merry ladies turned 40 last week (it’s all fine, 40 is the new 21) we decided to invite a few extra friends and celebrate over a good meal.  We had heard good things about Olive in Mawson so booked a table for 8.
The first thing to note here is the welcome.  [...]

Best of Canberra – Curry

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One of the things I miss most about London is a curry and a Kingfisher after an evening session in the pub. Actually, the curry and beer after a night of beer maybe wasn’t the best thing in the world, but the local curry houses were awesome. I am yet to find [...]

The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

By 5 August 2014
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Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
http://www.capitalyarns.com.au/monster-loch-burley-griffin/
Let me know what you think. [...]

Slippery Pete, Fast Eddie and risky business

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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On the day news came through that it had been found Peter Slipper had dishonestly used parliamentary taxi vouchers to travel to wineries, callers started ringing in to the radio program I was presenting.
Some said that in the scheme of things, misusing taxpayer funds to the tune of $954 didn’t seem like that big of [...]

Would you take tea with Tom Kitten? Cat Cafes have reached Australia

By 5 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hands up (or should I say ‘paws up’) who has been to a cat café before? Probably not many of us have.
There are approximately 150 cat cafes in Japan, and around 30 throughout the rest of the world with Australia’s first cat cafe opening its doors last week.
A cat café sounds like a crazy concept. [...]

Belconnen Town Centre survey report

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Some of you might recall participating in a survey the Belconnen Community Council conducted earlier this year on the Belconnen Town Centre.
The BCC has analysed the results, and prepared a comprehensive report. Themes include the need for more convenient, cheaper and more accessible parking, and a desire for more and better connected street-level amenity. On [...]

Coffee machine repair centres

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello Rioters
I’m seeking some advice or recommendations on where I can take my beloved Breville BES860 Coffee machine to get repaired.
In the past I’ve had it serviced at Premier Instruments in Dickson as they are an authorised Breville repair centre. Unfortunately they have now closed down.
I’ve approached a few places around the capital, however no [...]

Pontificating Police

By 4 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do you wanna know what annoys me? Probably not. Anyway, heaps of things do.
As an over 65 year old, I have a duty to pick things which give me the irrits and whinge about them. It comes with the right to hiss at noisy children in supermarkets, the right to [...]

Building company sent me to debt collection!!!

By 3 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
Long story, trying to put as short as possible. We built our house is Canberra with a dodgy company.
My builder (who pretends to be builder, but actually is director of company) after finishing my home after 17 months asked me the final payment.
Then we started calculating the figures of how much is pending. Builder [...]

GISHWHES

By 3 August 2014

Hello fellow Canberrans! Are any of you participating in GISHWHES this year? If so, Team ChildrenoftheKaleLovesSomeKindOfTeamName would like to do something kind for you! Email teamcotklsktm@gmail.com if you’re interested!

Man arrested on multiple fraud charges

By 2 August 2014

ACT Policing yesterday (Friday, August 1) arrested a 53-year-old Franklin man on multiple fraud charges after a lengthy investigation into a series of financial transactions.
Police will allege the man was involved in a series of financial transactions in an effort to purchase multiple properties worth millions of dollars in the ACT, Queensland and NSW. On [...]

Police seek witnesses to roadside assault

By 2 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at the side of the Barton Highway on Wednesday (July 30).
About 7.00am, a woman was travelling south in a Holden Astra on the Barton Highway near Gladstone Street, Hall. She had noticed a dark blue Ford Falcon sedan bearing NSW registration driving dangerously and tailgating [...]

Brumby Jack toy wanted

By 2 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I have a friend whose little boy loves his Brumby Jack toy. Now that he has started day care his Mum would love to have 2 – one to keep at home and one to keep at day care.
Buying another one is no longer an option as the Brumbies have introduced a larger Brumby Jack. [...]

Why diet food won’t do

By 31 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Diets don’t work. We’ve heard that before, often from someone trying to flog a new healthy eating regime (ie a diet). But I recently read a startling article in the Australian Women’s Weekly (almost as startling as the fact that I’m now old enough to be reading said magazine) that concluded that some diet food [...]

Seeking a good reasonably priced range-hood installer

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I need someone who can remove a gas oven and replace it with an electric oven. I would also like to install a range-hood (where there hasn’t been one before – it will also need ducting through the roof).  Does anyone have any good experiences preferably on the south side of town?

Best of Canberra – Laksa Taste Off

By 30 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week, the Best of Canberra quest took me in search of a good Laksa. I love a Laksa, but don’t eat them that often for fear of spattering all that noodle and curry goodness down my front. So, dressed in dark colours, I relished the excuse for a couple of tasty lunches.
When [...]

Is there a place for billboards in Canberra?

By 30 July 2014
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As I navigate through the winding streets of Canberra, taking in the beautiful mountains and cityscape, I can’t help but be amused by the very rare billboard seeking my attention.
It’s usually the amusing ‘on-premise’ Canturf puns, pitched along the Monaro Highway coming past Fyshwick, which we’ve all grown to love, or the giant billboard on [...]

Disrespect and impudence at one of Australia’s most sacred sites

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Australian War Memorial would not be unfamiliar to most Australians, especially Canberrans. We have all been there on at least one occasion, some of us who aren’t Canberra natives most likely would have visited on our Year 6 excursion to Canberra. Perhaps some of us visited with elderly grandparents or other family members who [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

By 28 July 2014
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I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service.  Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.  
The thing that really shone was the service.  There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]

Tuggeranong – The dormitory of the ACT

By 28 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve lived and loved Tuggers for decades and started asking why we were treated less than other parts of Canberra way back when. I still haven’t had a satisfactory answer.
Before anyone bags me and other Tuggeranongites for whingeing consider the following.
Belco has the same (roughly) population as Tuggers. Yet it has a large well [...]

Stop Short Term Accommodation in Residential Apartments

By 28 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am seeking your support to draw to the attention of the ACT Legislative Assembly the Social and community problems associated with allowing short-term accommodation in residential apartment complexes. These include the behavioural impact of short-term guests on residents, compromised security and inability of residents to enjoy their own home due to crowd sourced noise [...]

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