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Tales from Tuggeranong – Shop keepers forget it’s Christmas

By 21 December 2012

I don’t think many people would even know it is Christmas in Tuggeranong.
The Hype Dome has few decorations.
Walking through there you would be forgiven for thinking it was just another day.
And, every other business in Greenway appears to have forgotten it is Christmas.
What is wrong with businesses in Tuggeranong joining forces, [...]

Some modest proposals for ACT Governance [With poll]

By 20 December 2012

In the budget submissions story PantsMan made some suggestions which struck me as worthy of a wider audience:
2012/12/20 at 10:45 am
Here are some ideas:
* Sell our public art collection to Macquarie Bank and lease it back for 50 years. (What this would achieve, I don’t know, but it would be the final ridiculous cherry on [...]

Christmas Eve Restaurants… Anyone out there?

By 18 December 2012

This year it seems that Christmas eve coincides with a Monday.
It looks like every restaurant in town is closed for dinner, and most for lunch.
I am looking for a nice place to go with a group, and I am sure I am not alone - does anyone know of somewhere that is open for dinner, looking for [...]

Good general surgeon in Canberra?

By 18 December 2012

Just thought I’d make use of the vast array of knowledge that is RA!
I need to get  a relatively small procedure undertaken here in Canberra (removal of a smallish ‘cyst’ sort of thing from my arm). My GP (based where I am from in NSW) isn’t willing to do it because of its location, and he originally referred to [...]

Getting money out of Canberra Real Estate Agents?

By 18 December 2012

Has anyone else had any problems with Real Estate Agents not paying for completed work/services?
Does anyone have tips on how to chase them for the money?

Help for finding a dentist who will consider full extraction

By 17 December 2012

My partner has had major gum disease and teeth loss, combined with trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ for over 7 years.
Every time we go to a dentist, we’ve been told that the remaining teeth are “fine” to stay in, but after the fourth occasion that the “perfectly fine” teeth have started to fall out, we’re at wit’s [...]

Exhibition of fine art photography by Michael Silver

By 17 December 2012

Michael has been a professional, fine art and journalistic photographer for more than thirty years. He is also a master printer and, with his wife Susanne, runs Photonet gallery and the new magnet gallery, both in Melbourne.
Opening 4:00pm Sunday, December 16th at Manning Clark House.
11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest.
Entry: $10/$7
To avoid disappointment please book by phoning [...]

Monaro Highway Line Marking, Sgt Bungers, can you help?

By 16 December 2012

A while ago my wife and I each had a near miss head on accident with the same car while travelling on the Monaro Highway.
We were in saparate cars travelling to Royalla, the traffic was light & we were not in a hurry. My wife was a minute ahead & out of sight. As I [...]

Tales From Tuggeranong – Lake Tuggeranong

By 15 December 2012

I attended the recent meeting of a group of Tuggeranong residents concerned about the state of the Lake.
It was apt that around the time of the meeting the Lake was again closed due to an outbreak of algae.
At the meeting they were saying that Lake Tuggeranong is closed more times than any other [...]

Stop Signs and Bridges

By 15 December 2012

So I thought I pretty well have the road rules sorted but something just happened to me that has got me thinking.
Tharwa Bridge. It has a give way on the northern end and a stop sign on the southern end.
The stop sign is there because you cant really see what is on the bridge so [...]

Barry Drive bus lane still mostly bus lane.

By 14 December 2012

I’m not usually one for ranting, but after a recent attempted vehicular collision on the road, I’ve got a bone to pick about the Barry Drive bus lane.
At the moment, roadworks have removed the turning lane from use at the Barry Dr/Clunies Ross St. A sign about 250m from the intersection advises motorists that [...]

What manner of monster is this?

By 14 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE
What manner of monster is this?

I’ve just been more than a little horrified to discover these monsters lurking in the cottoneaster in O’Connor.
I’m assuming they’re a pair. There’s a bee in the first shot for scale (and it was a big bee) can anyone advise what these brutes are?


By 14 December 2012

Anyone know a good source of edible nettles in or around Canberra?


By 13 December 2012

 Context; I have recently returned to eating fish, (but not meat,) after 30 + years of vegetarianism. (Reasons available on application.) As a newb I am not au fait with the purchase of fish dishes or fish in the ‘Berra
 Please, hive mind, name me, in terms of fish dishes, your favourite;
– Chippy:
– Indian restaurant / takeaway:
– Other ethnicity [...]

Fastest driving route from Canberra to Surfers paradise?

By 13 December 2012

Wanting to hear from anyone who has driven from Canberra to Goldcoast, or vice versa, within the last few months. I haven’t driven the coastal route for a couple of years and am wondering if it is faster than going inland nowadays?
All advice welcome!

Save Parentline and Paint and Play!

By 12 December 2012

Every Wednesday Parentline host an under school age activity at Ainslie called Paint and Play. Today was the last Paint and Play EVER because the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister Joy Burch, MLA are threatening the future of Parentline’s services – predominantly a discreet helpline for parents, which includes referrals to local services. Paint [...]

Emotional help after an assault

By 12 December 2012

The other day I was assaulted in broad daylight in the Canberra region. One moment I’m minding my own business, the next I was running for my life. It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and looking at the wrong young man who took offense. I didn’t do [...]

Canberra health follies

By 11 December 2012

I went to my general practioner on 5/12 to confirm that I had a hernia. I was referred to a surgeon who was said to be the head of surgery at the Canberra Hospital. After numerous attempts to contact him over a few days commencing 6/12 I learnt by a third party that he was [...]

Size Of Lake Notices

By 11 December 2012

Given the recent announcements about Blue Green Alge I was surprised to see children swimming in lake Tuggeranong on the weekend.
I spoke to the parents who were unaware of the lake condition.
After some searching I found the warning notice on a pole near the boat ramp, this notice was about the size of [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong – Graduation Ceremony

By 11 December 2012

Another graduation ceremony at St Mary MacKillop College in Tuggeranong has passed with students taking out many awards.
Congrats to Michael Lee, his staff and to another group of fine young men and women.
This is just one of the many schools in Tuggeranong whose teachers and students we can all be proud of.

Open letter to Simon Corbell re: the ACT judiciary

By 11 December 2012

Mr Simon Corbell MLA
Attorney-General for the Australian Capital Territory
GPO Box 1020, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Dear Mr Corbell
I am writing as a resident of the Australian Capital Territory, and as a constituent of the Electorate of Molonglo, to express my concern and anxiety regarding the willingness of the ACT judiciary – in particular the Justices of the [...]

Vietnamese language classes

By 11 December 2012

Vietnamese language course..beginner 1 level at ANU

Segways over cycles?

By 11 December 2012

From the SMH:
“The ACT government should drop its plans for a cycling city and look instead to get Canberrans commuting to work on Segways and electric scooters, according to the Planning Institute of Australia.
The institute wants the city’s bike lanes upgraded into mini-highways for “personal mobility devices,” and traffic laws changed to allow the use [...]

Help at Christmas time

By 11 December 2012

The St John’s Care Christmas Present Room has now opened for 2012, and will be operating until the 21st December from 9.30-2pm every weekday. St John’s Care has a room full of brand new toys, games, books and other gifts which have been donated by various organizations and members of the public, and we hope [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong – The Red Menace

By 11 December 2012

Melbourne has its “Yellow Peril” sculpture at Southbank and Tuggeranong has its “Red Menace” not just one but two.
What looks like a giant red Bogon Moth has now been joined by another huge red monstrosity, a pedestrian bridge over Drakeford Drive.
I accept a pedestrian bridge is needed near the school, but surely architects and designers could have used [...]

Looking for someone to do my makeup for my birthday. (zombie makeup)

By 10 December 2012

Hi Everyone…
My birthday is coming up, it’s a costume party, im going as a Zombie…
I need help with my makeup….
Is there anyone out there that does this???

Public Lecture: Feminist scholarship and the public realm 1970-2012

By 10 December 2012

We are familiar with the story of feminist gains and losses in Australia over the last 40 years – the equal opportunity and reproductive health struggles, the triumphs and tribulations of the femocrats, the advance and retreat of gender equity in school systems, and more. In most of these struggles feminist research has played an [...]

Deteriorating Telstra mobile coverage

By 10 December 2012

Over the last couple of months my mobile Internet coverage for both phone and iPad has really deteriorated especially in the evenings. I live in Queanbeyan and the coverage in my house is now restricted to a small area of one room and even that is patchy. Especially in the evenings. I work [...]

2012 Canberra Santa Pub Crawl?

By 8 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE
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.

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