I heard an interview on 666 during the week about having specialist teachers in Primary Schools, in contrast to the current model where Primary teachers are predominantly generalists. The idea made a lot of sense.
From my experience, it is difficult to be good at all things – particularly across the broad range of subjects taught [...]
As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]
Bureaucrats are often accused of suffering from verbal diarrhoea and obfuscation, using a paragraph when a couple of words will do. I used to shudder when presented with stuff which was meant to sound academic and high level but was just cr@p. Plain English is fine but still suffers a death by a thousand [...]
The Kingston Underground car park is offering free parking until the 14th of July – we’ve been tipped off and thought you might like to know.
Located under the Griffin Hotel, on Tench Street (opposite the supermarket and newsagent) – the park is open all day, every day.
More details can be found here.
I am driving past more and more RAPID camera equipped police cars with their lights flashing having pulled over some dreadful infringing member of society. It has also been ages since the ACT Government issued registration labels. This raises the all important question…
Where do we go to see how many cars are [...]
I know I can find this out from Canberra Connect, but I can’t be a*^ed waiting on hold for 40 minutes, not lining up at one of the speedy shopfronts.
Does anyone know how much it is to register a trailer?
I am trying to work out the maths of purchasing vs hiring, and I can’t find [...]
Plans for Light Rail in Canberra have caused heated debate among our Rioters. A recent poll asking Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra? resulted in 48% voting No, 38% Yes, 11% Not Right Now and 6% On the Fence.
We asked former Chief Minister, Kate Carnell and Ex MLA, John Hargreaves ‘Do [...]
According to today’s Canberra Times, a new building to house ACT Government public servants maybe built. While its probably never a good time to do these things – there are huge lead times :
Good that they are thinking about all the options (eg. refurbishment of existing, build or lease from pvt sector over 25 [...]
Hi, has anyone had their Curtains done lately, at a good price and good quality? Do Firths of Yass, or any other competitive regional area companies still exist – as per 2011 curtains review on here ? Thanks for any useful updates you have.
We want to replace our grass with loose gravel, and replace the dead plants in our hedge. Small front area and even smaller side area. In Crace. Not up to doing it ourselves. We’d like a neat and permanent job. Any recommendations?
Primrose Riordan’s article in the CT this week is unfortunately more of the same – kids bullying kids and schools who are unwilling or unable to stop it. In the article School Chair Mr Villafor’s suggests an ACT-wide bullying audit which seems like something that could be very useful. An audit with the intention of [...]
Now that parking fees have (inevitably) risen again, wouldn’t it be nice if the ACT Government actually spent a bit of this extra revenue in maintaining their car parks?
For example, ensuring that the lines delineating parking spaces are repainted every now and then, repairing ruts in the surface, trimming overhanging trees so that they don’t scratch [...]
Two questions, Does anyone know what and where the fireworks were at about 19:00 on Wednesday night, hearable from Deakin?
What is the best resource for looking up such info (beside RIOTACT ). There was nothing on the Canberra Events sites.
It feels a bit like most of Canberra is walking a tightrope at the moment. Wide Public Sector cuts have been coming for a long time. I have heard talk of departure lounges and reapplying and testing for jobs. Whether departments are facing heavy cuts or not, there seems to be a consistent sense of [...]
We’ve had no end of opinion and argument over Light Rail in recent weeks/months.
To set a bit more fuel to the fire we have asked John Hargreaves and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell to step into the ring for our first RiotACT Face Off and their first topic will be ‘Light Rail for [...]
I’m on the hunt for some bakkwa, a Chinese salty dried meat similar to jerky. Also called Rougan popular among Singaporeans.
Last time i was able to have some was in Sydney and being a Hispanic person i couldn’t remember the name of this delicious treaty until i did some extensive googling.
If anyone could give [...]
Just wondering if anyone can recommend a very good tailor who can fix a hole (where the belt buckle loop is so in) on leather pants? I have asked around and not gotten much feedback.
Preferably Southside, but would be willing to travel just to make sure the pants get fixed well without being damaged.
I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is [...]
Hi All, I lost my camera when I was visiting Canberra last week on 17 June. I’m fairly sure it went missing in the carpark of the Canberra Centre. I left my details with the shopping centre and the police but sadly it hasn’t turned up yet. It was a Sony hx9v so if anyone [...]
[ 5 July 2014 at 3:00 pm; ]
Paoperchain is launching Frances O’Brien’s new book ‘Dark Side of the Mind’ Saturday 5 July at 2.45pm for 3.00pm.
This true story of John, a young schizophrenic man, the eldest of four boys, who grew up in Canberra at the time Walter Burley Griffin was designing the lake, in a happy home where he had fun, [...]
There are many things that scare me about parenting. I freely admit that some of the big ones (beyond the general health and safety concerns) are drawn from areas that I struggled with as I travelled the bumpy path to adulthood.
Bullying has always been a big one. I wouldn’t say I was necessarily bullied at [...]
I refer to an article in the Canberra Times about the slums they refer to as public housing, located in some of the most prime real estate in Canberra.
The real estate these flats sit on could be sold off and developed, providing a budget windfall for the ACT government, providing hundreds if not thousands of [...]
I went to have some tests done at capital pathology today.
The staff member pointed out that the Dr had not written bulk bill on the form so it wasn’t bulk billed as my tests have always usually been. (That is not their fault of course but led to the problem)
I asked then how much the [...]
In 2010, How to Train Your Dragon successfully established a relationship with hyperactive introverts around the world, connecting through its protagonist, Hiccup.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 arrives four years later eager to reconnect with their previous audience – who in their early/mid teens now respond to their more physical form rather than the inevitable [...]
Hi. This is my first time posting this forum. I am looking to renovate my kitchen on a reasonable budget. The kitchen currently has a basic exhaust fan above the stove. The fan was replaced a year so so ago with a good quality fan. At the same time the tubing on the roof side of the [...]
Canberra used to be a great place. Now, look around you. Use some of Mr Barr’s “vision” if u need. This is what I see happening to my city :
Debt. M$300+ and growing. Given what the Fed’s have planned for Canberra, I’m astounded that the Chief Minister can say that the Territory can not let [...]
There was an old track that went from Uriarra to Queanbeyan before Canberra was built. Sheep used to be driven to the Yarralumla Wool Shed from Uriarra, but we are not sure what traffic continued along the track to Queanbeyan (possibly via what is now the Governor General’s residence). Remnants of the track are located [...]
Does anyone know what’s happening with the Copa restaurant in Dickson? I tried to go a couple of weeks ago and it was closed, and appears to have remained so. The website also appears to be down. Are they closed for good or are all the staff too busy watching the World Cup?