Opinion (1181 Stories)

Beggar’s Belief

By 10 April 2013

I am a regular consumer at Woolworths in Dickson and besides fighting with traffic I have found there to be an even greater threat.. the beggars!
It is getting out of control. I think there is at least 5 who have taken up residence and continue to badger me going in and coming out. I was even accosted [...]

A rebel with a cause. Getting started with motorbikes in the ACT?

By 10 April 2013

So I want to start looking at getting my motorcycle license. I’ve honestly no idea where to start with it, do I turn up at a riding school in full leathers?
Do I bring my own bike? Should I buy a bike before I try get my license?
Should it be brand new or used [...]

Lost dog in Casey. Found!

By 9 April 2013

This in from Samantha:
Hi there,
I was just wondering if you might be able to post something about my missing dog on RiotAct. If you send me an email I can reply with a photo of him. Below is what is posted on Facebook. Thanks so much, and if you’d like to contact me my number [...]

Parking Voucher Machine Rant


It seems to me that if the Government requires me to shell out an inconvenient amount for parking – like $9 – then they should:
– provide machines that work,
– provide machines that accept notes,
– provide machines that give change, and
– if part of the instructions are in bold, italic and [...]

What are you doing, Canberra drivers?

By 9 April 2013

Yesterday afternoon (08.04.2013) at around 2:30pm, I was t-boned driving home from work along Barry drive by what I now know was a stolen car on the intersection of Boldrewood street.
After pulling over to the median strip, assuming said car would also pull over, the driver swerved out and sped up along Barry drive [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong. A master plan for Calwell or a conflict of interest?

By 9 April 2013

How absurd is the latest ranting from the Tuggeranong Community Council (Canberra Times, 8 April 2013, Page 2) One week we have the TCC calling for more development and now they don’t want any. Today the TCC has called for an immediate halt to all future building and construction in South East Tuggeranong until the [...]

These people live amongst us!

By 9 April 2013

 I  know how much people here like “bike” stories, so here’s another. I was driving through Cook the other day when I passed two people on what has to be the most amazing contraption I have ever seen. The rear half was a normal upright bike, the front half a recumbent bike. The ultimate “hipster [...]

Simon Sheikh has Gina Rinehart as his mentor?

By 9 April 2013

Various press reports yesterday have it that the ACT Greens were advertising overseas for a fulltime worker for Simon Sheikh’s Senate campaign and planning to pay them less than Gina Rinehart’s infamous “$2 an hour” – in fact, they were going to be paid a bit of board and lodging, and the airfare. Visa, 457 [...]

Seminar on “Mindfulness to Manage Pain” with Psychologist, Randolph Sparks

By 9 April 2013

Mindfulness is a proven technique that goes back thousands of years and is now being widely used to manage chronic pain. Psychologist Randolph Sparks, who gave a very engaging and insightful talk on “Managing Chronic Pain” last year, will talk about how mindfulness can work for you.
WHEN: Monday 15 April, 12.30-1.30 PM
WHERE: Room 9, 2nd [...]

The trials of buying doors, my whinge

By 9 April 2013

Firstly, about the slogan “Doors Plus – No Fuss; it’s wrong!
Let me explain.
I ordered doors and fixtures from the Canberra Doors Plus store on the 9th March – a total of over $2000 worth, I paid a deposit of $600.
A week later, I discovered I had ordered one door too many.
The tax invoice states: NO [...]

Dad is turning 60! Where’s a good venue in Canberra?

By 9 April 2013

Hi all,
Was just after any suggestions for any good venues for my father’s 60th. I am after any good venue suggestions but as well as clubs, pubs or bar rooms I was wondering if any of you had been or hired yourself like a hall or something and brought in caterers?
Its still early but thought [...]

R/c air con installer recommendations in Canberra?

By 8 April 2013

I’m new here.  Been lurking for a while but wanted to ask for some advice.
I will soon be getting a reverse cycle air con (split system) for the home and wondered if anyone knew of any good installers, either ones who sell and install or just install.

Cat killer in Evatt???

By 7 April 2013

So, I’m new to RiotAct but am hoping that someone will have some information on a alleged cat killer in Evatt.
My neighbour has advised that two of her cats have recently been found in ‘mass cat grave’ [20 cats] in an Evatt park discovered by an ACT ranger.
Has anyone heard of this?
Looking [...]

Reality check for young males with a death-wish?

By 7 April 2013

As I was waiting for the lights to change at Belconnen Way & Coulter Drive this afternoon, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a dark-haired male cyclist wheeling through the intersection. What particularly caught my attention was that he wasn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. A quick double-take confirmed something even more startling: [...]

Minicabs in Canberra?

By 5 April 2013

Hi Rioters,
I’ve stumbled across these guys:
From the website it looks like they are running a mini-cab operation of sorts – you get a taxi, but only if you ring for them.
Has anyone used them? Are they any good? Is this entirely legal?

Bus Lanes in Canberra?

By 5 April 2013

Hi Folks
I’m curious as to the legalities of the mini bus lanes at many Canberra intersections. I understand that they are there to allow busses a head start on the green so they can merge more safely in heavy traffic. But all too many times I’ve had busses come barrelling up from behind when traffic [...]

Clocks go back this weekend

By 5 April 2013

Spring forward, fall back.
It’s pretty simple and it’s this Sunday.
If in doubt listen to your mobile phone which probably knows what to do better than you do.
Or just wait six months and your clock will come right again.

Contemporary Catholicism in Australia with Dr Paul Collins

By 5 April 2013

Listen to the outspoken author at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest on 9 April at 5:30pm. Bookings 02 6295 1808 or, entry $20/10 members & concession (includes wine & nibbles).
Paul Collins is an historian, broadcaster, writer and environmentalist.  A priest for 37 years, Dr Collins resigned from his priesthood due to a [...]

Free Canturf!

By 5 April 2013

I have this Canturf (Canberra blend) left over and it’s free to the first person who wants it. A full pallet of Canturf is around 50m2 and I’d say this would be a bit over half.
It’s located in the inner north and it can be taken now or whenever you like.
The turf was delivered last [...]

ANZAC Day two up in Canberra?

By 5 April 2013

So where’s the place to be for two up this year?
It’s been a while since I’ve been.
Last time I went to The Irish Club and it was quite good, but I’m interested in suggestions!

Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud by Jagath Dheerasekara

By 4 April 2013

Time and again, the traditional land, the way of life and culture of the Aboriginal communities have  come under immense pressure.  In this backdrop the activities of daily life of the Aboriginal owners of this land is a powerful reminder of their continuing coexistential relationship with the land. Bush trips for bush tucker gathering, kangaroo [...]

Canberra builders recommendations?

By 4 April 2013

Hi all
Was just wondering if anyone had any experience dealing with any of the following builders:
Ruiz Constructions
Rawson Homes
Sekisui House
They all seem pretty competent with good inclusions – hard to choose between them. Are there any other builders that come recommended?
[Ed - let's stick to positive contributions people]

Tax accountant recommendation in Canberra?

By 4 April 2013

I have a couple of years worth of tax returns to do. I have a trust that has its own tax file number which makes things a little more complicated – otherwise I’d just do it myself online.  Can anyone give me a ballpark figure for how much I might expect to pay for this [...]

Should Dugan have been paid not to tweet?

By 3 April 2013

Uni of Canberra National Institute of Sports Science director Ken Lyons raised the idea that sporting stars should be paid a bonus to stay away from social media in this Crimes article yesterday.
Maybe I’m taking it out of context but my favourite quote from him on the matter would have to be:
What happened [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong, TCC Update

By 3 April 2013

I have just returned from another Tuggeranong Community Council meeting and it seems things are going from bad to worse under the new president. 
A number of members left in disgust tonight over his performance and some have vowed not to return. 
The TCC Executive need to pull him into line, explain how to run [...]

Riding Bikes with Dogs in Canberra?

By 3 April 2013

Hi Canberra.
I recently started riding my bike around the fantastic bike paths here in Canberra. I’d like to go riding with my dog (Belgian Shepherd – Best Dog Ever), but I’ve been told previously that it’s illegal to be in control of a dog whilst riding a bike.
Is it? I tried google, but kept getting [...]

Where to buy an overcoat in Canberra?

By 2 April 2013

Having recently returned from the Middle East, I am starting to feel the cold.
Could anyone tell me where I might buy an overcoat (not a jacket) to be worn over a suit.
I will try DJs of course but grateful for any other suggestions?

So how do you say ‘Gingera’ anyway?

By 2 April 2013

I’m hoping some old-hand, bonafide Canberrans can answer this one for me.
I’m from northern NSW, and I lost all confidence in pronouncing local names after being (vehemently) told that Namadgi is pronounced na-MAD-jy rather than NAM-a-jai, as it would be up north.
So what about Gingera? I climbed it on the weekend, and it was beautiful. [...]

Get on board for the RSPCA trivia night

By 2 April 2013

[ 5 April 2013 at 6:15 pm; ]

This just in and worth a look:

The much anticipated RSPCA ACT Trivia Night is happening again and this year we are aiming to make it bigger and better than ever before! In line with the Canberra Centenary our theme is birthdays and celebration.

Gather your friends, dress up in your best party outfit and put those [...]

Is this for REAL? (whitegoods scam bites consumers)

By 31 March 2013

I was recently contacted by my real estate agent to say that she had arranged for a new stove to be paid for and picked up at a large well-known white goods supplier.  So I rang them to arrange payment and to let them know that the plumber would pick it up in a day [...]

Being a judgy judgster. When being right sucks

By 28 March 2013

I know rioters are roundly criticised for making judgements against the poor criminals (or those accused of criminal behaviour) but here is a follow up in the Canberra Times on my earlier post about the wisdom of letting a man accused of producing/using/disseminating child pornography out on bail.
My point? Some crimes should require a [...]

Obstacle course training in Canberra?

By 28 March 2013

Hi all,
Any tips on places around Canberra that are good for training for obstacle course races?  
For example, parallel bars, extended monkeybars, hurdles and lots of stairs.  
I’m training for the Mens Health Urbanathlon in Sydney in June and don’t know where to start.
Any tips much appreciated.

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