Opinion (907 Stories)

Political surveys

By 2 October 2012

I just had a call from a phone survey mob about the upcoming local elections. Judging by the questions, it was fairly obvious that it was sponsored by the Liberal Party. That’s ok – I have no problem with that.
What pisses me off about these surveys, though, is that they’re useless. [...]

Venue suggestions for a large event in Canberra?

By 2 October 2012

Hi all.
So I’m looking at trying to put together a music event next year and am in need of some venue ideas. It’s not going to be anything massive, probably 2-3 separate areas with a diverse variety of bands/DJs etc and will be hoping for an overall turnout through the event (running 8-10 hours) of around 250-750 [...]

Public Lecture: Planetary Geology for Begineers

By 1 October 2012
Public Lecture: Planetary Geology for Begineers

To celebrate World Space Week, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mars Society Australia proudly presents…
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Clarke – Australian Centre for Astrobiology & President, Mars Society Australia
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 at 6:30pm
Location: RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Building #60, Research School of Physics & Engineering, Mills Road, The [...]

Public Lecture – The changing face of the Himalayas: Finding opportunities amidst uncertainties

By 1 October 2012

When: Friday 5 October 2012, 12-1pm
Where: Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1, Building 130, corner Liversidge Street and Garran Road, The Australian National University, Canberra
Rapid changes present development challenges in the Himalayan region. The frequency of floods and droughts seems to be on the rise, as is the demand for water, food and energy. In the [...]

XY Dumpling house gone?

By 1 October 2012

I haven’t visited this place for a long time, but according to my friend, it already closed down. any particular and solid reason?
I know they have been fined for a couple of times, but this is one of the only few places you can get night time eat-all-you-can yum cha.

Kombi Van Formal Hire in Canberra?

By 30 September 2012

I was having a little search around the internet for what car me and my friends might take to formal. I came across a RiotACT post from a few years back asking for kombi vans in canberra. Thinking that this was a good idea I followed the links and wasn’t fully satisfied, mainly because the [...]

CD Cabinets in Canberra?

By 30 September 2012

Can anyone help me with trying to find a cabinet maker who will make me a cd cabinet?
I bought one at the Kingston bus depot markets about 15 years ago in stained pine and stained glass doors and would like another one made.
I am told the maker has moved to Hall markets but haven’t [...]

Where is the money coming from?

By 29 September 2012

We are well into the electoral campaign, and, as expected, parties are rolling out their policies.
But I am becoming a bit unerved by the almost constant financial commitments for a wide variety of causes by Katie and crowd.
Is anyone tallying these promises up, and just what does the dollar amount sit at currently? [...]

Rubbing the right way. Massage in Canberra?

By 28 September 2012

Dear Rioters, who is the best masseur in Canberra?
I am inner north but prepared to travel (within reason). No specific injuries, just sore muscles.
I will ignore any Mitchell/Fyshwick recommendations.

Black strips across roads

By 27 September 2012

What are the temporary black strips across roads for?
There’s usually two of them parallel to each other and they’re attached to a box that’s off the road.
Are they just to monitor the amount of traffic?
Are they speed related in any way?

Get rid of the stupid political signs

By 27 September 2012

I thought polititians these days were all about green and saving the environment and stuff? Why do we need 230495734957893457 signs saying vote for some d***head?
Wasn’t there some talk of banning polititians (well, thier lackys actually… what a sad bunch of people…) chucking this crap up?

Pet medicine massively overpriced

By 27 September 2012

My cat has a thyroid problem and we had to get a Methamazole paste to keep it under control. 
Early this year, the vet organised it without giving us the option of filling the script ourselves – $212 for 3 months. 
It was supplied by an outfit in Sydney and shipped down taking 3 days.  [...]

Discoloured water northside

By 26 September 2012

Dear Hivemind,
So our water is running a poo-brown colour this evening and we have just found out from ACTEW Water that this is happening at the moment – see link.
Although the bath water is not so bad as Neil’s in the Young Ones episode ‘Nasty’.. we are loathe to dip our baby in until we know [...]

The omnipresent Glen McCrea. Who is he?

By 26 September 2012

Is it just me or is Glen McCrea everywhere? 
I live in Florey and work in the city, and no matter which friggin route I take I see his signs, and no matter where I go for groceries the bloke seems to be out the front with flyers in hand…
Is he literally everywhere or [...]

Stupification of commercial radio in Canberra

By 25 September 2012

I’m a community radio listener but over the weekend my son flicked past a commercial station where I heard them say that “Captain Underpants” is giving away tickets to an upcoming Canberra production of War of the Worlds.
Now, I’m not a prude and I like a bit of fun as much as the next bloke, [...]

Proof! Of a cyclist being a knob! One cyclist!

By 25 September 2012
Proof! Of a cyclist being a knob! One cyclist!

Tim has sent this one in.
Which side is it again?!
Here I was on my evening commute home on Friday when this unlit cyclist came around a corner heading right for me! The poor jogger really couldn’t do any mor to “share the path”. The other cyclist somehow managed to pass me and overtake [...]

Recommend a Gardener in Canberra?

By 25 September 2012

So with the weather warming up and the sun shining its time to sort my extremely neglected (to put it mildly) yard out finally.
Can someone recommend a good, honest and reliable gardener in Gungahlin, who can hack, slash, prune and lop their way through a jungle, and dispose of the trimmings?
Thanks in Advance.

Maths tutor in Canberra?

By 25 September 2012

My 16 yo daughter (year 10) has always had “issues” with maths, or to quote her “I like maths, it doesn’t like me”.  Prior to this year she maintained a B average. I think that she decided she wouldn’t need maths in College, she’s now failing and is behind is key concept areas.
She now wants [...]

Circus in Belconnen

By 24 September 2012

I was in Belconnen earlier this morning and noticed the circus are parked up in the gravel overflow carpark behind the mall. I’m not sure if this is the location of the circus as they are usually on Ginninderra Drive.
What surprised me was the minature horses and donkeys tied to the back of the trailers [...]

Landscaper wanted!

By 24 September 2012

We paid $80 an hour for a chap with a Dingo machine to rip out some shrubs. Not an onerous task by any means. Cost $400. Not bad money for 5 hours work. We asked if he could come back to take out some more, but he never came back or even contacted us after [...]

Drama Workshops this Spring Holiday

By 24 September 2012

Canberra Youth Theatre runs 2 intensive Holiday Drama Workshops for young actors aged 7 – 9 years & 10 – 12 years. This holidays it will be running in the first week (2 – 5 October) at Gorman House Arts Centre. Actors come to the theatre each day, [...]

Biblical Plague in Giralang?

By 22 September 2012

The plague I’m referring to is number 4 from Exodus:
“This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies upon you…”
So we don’t exactly have swarms of flies, but with the slightly warmer weather we are [...]

Good breakfast in Canberra??

By 21 September 2012

I love breakfast and am desperate to find a great breakfast spot in Canberra but everywhere is terrible and overpriced.
I went to Beess & Co in Yarralumla on the weekend and it was appalling…even the toast was bad (and how can you mess that up??). A few weeks ago had Urban Food and nearly $60 [...]

Water prices about to be set

By 21 September 2012

Stand up and be counted on water.

Whist you are being environmentally friendly, please be careful whilst the environment attacks you.

By 21 September 2012
Whist you are being environmentally friendly, please be careful whilst the environment attacks you.

I thought this was quite ironic at the Tugg recycling facility this morning.
So you do the right thing, recycle the things you should, and you get attacked by a magpie whilst doing so.
The council responds by putting up a sign saying watch out for the bird, it may swoop you.

[Got an image of Canberra [...]

What’s with the scare story about rates tripling?

By 21 September 2012

Does anyone know the facts about “rates tripling” as per the Liberal Party ads?
I can’t afford to pay $130 a WEEK for rates on the average wage!
What is Katie Gallagher thinking? And this will affect tenants surely?

UPDATE 21/09/12 12:30: Andrew Barr’s office have sent in this reply:
The Liberals are using an Abbott-style scare [...]

Dance classes just for fun for kids in Canberra?

By 21 September 2012

Hello Rioters,
My 12 year old would like a “just for fun” dance class that she could join.
Most of the dance places around the way seem to require uniforms or commitment to end of year performances or are for kids that attend term in and out.
Are there any classes that are suitable for a [...]

Murrays, we’ll get you there…

By 21 September 2012

…or clean up some pedestrians trying.
The Floriade traffic lights and reduced speed zone have been in operation for a couple of weeks now, and for the first time I can recall, drivers are actually obeying it.
Well done Canberra!
There’s always one person though who has to do the wrong thing, and today that [...]

Cyclists, paths and warning bells

By 20 September 2012

Cycling bells mean nothing anymore..

Buy a Pavlova?

By 20 September 2012

I would like to buy a good pavlova.  However, every shop I contact has either closed down or doesn’t sell them.  Suggestions please but not if you last went there a year ago as it has probably gone.
No I can’t cook it:
(a) I would probably burn it and
(b) competition for the stove. 
If [...]

What Ever Happened To… Jobline?

By 20 September 2012

Here’s one for Canberrans with longish memories.
Back in the 1980s and afterwards, there was a useful little service called Jobline.  If you were unemployed or at university (but I repeat myself!) you could dial their number — I remember it, it was 477777 — and sign up to do odd jobs.  Someone wants their windows [...]

Interstate removalists from Canberra?

By 19 September 2012

I know this has been discussed before but the most recent post I can find is a couple of years old.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a Canberra based removalist to move our things to Northern NSW?
In particular I have had a reasonable quote from National Capital Removals at Mitchell – has anyone [...]

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