Opinion (1007 Stories)

Name Canberra Airport?

By 25 November 2012

Seems like a good idea.
Better then Snowtown or some lame pollie. have a petition.

Improbable Fiction at Theatre 3. A review

By 24 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last night GoosePig and I fronted up to Theatre 3 to see the opening night of Canberra Rep’s latest outing, Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction.
The theatre was filled to capacity, the set was jaw-droppingly good, and then the bad news.
One of the lead characters, Brevis, had been replaced at short notice for health reasons.
An already tricky [...]

What sport is this on Molonglo Reach?

By 24 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

MC has sent these in:
I was cycling around Lake Burley Griffin and saw this at Molonglo Reach.
I’d love to know what the sport is?
My best guess – stand-up paddle boarding polo?!
Whatever it may be, it seems the local cormorants are practicing their goalkeeping skills.

Blow up the humanities? A British perspective on university futures

By 23 November 2012

In Blow Up The Humanities, Professor Toby Miller has provocatively outlined an argument for a new model of humanities teaching and scholarship that will address the social, cultural and economic crises it faces. In England, the newly formed Council for the Defence of British Universities argues the university system is being deliberately designed to subordinate everything [...]

GP with Veterans Affairs Experience

By 23 November 2012

Hi – I am looking for a GP in the south-side /Tuggeranong area with experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs. 
My first GP had no experience and I had significant difficulties in getting my claims processed. 
I now need to make another claim and don’t want a repeat of my earlier problem.

Behold the giant dandelion. What is it?

By 22 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

BeeJay76 has sent this in:
Came across this heroic specimen on Gubur Dhaura in Franklin. Is it a different species, or is it the magical earth on the hill?
Your thoughts hive mind?

Have you seen Des? Lost dog

By 21 November 2012

Cslwn has sent this in:
My cousin’s dog has been missing since Monday the 19th midday. He is a small, male brindle with a white chest and black collar.He answers to the name Des.
It is very likely that he has been picked up yet has not been returned to the RSPCA or pound.
My cousin, my [...]

Dog Groomer Canberra Inner-South?

By 21 November 2012

Can anyone recommend a good and friendly/dog loving groomer in Canberra’s inner south? Mobile is preferable but not necessary.  The main thing is that the groomer likes dogs and treats them well.  My pooch is a cavoodle.

The Survivalist Terrier of Monaro Highway

By 21 November 2012

Anyone lose a dog (I think it’s a terrier, maybe a yorkie) out along the Monaro Highway near Southcare Helicopter?  
I first noticed the dog near the RFS Open Day a couple of weeks ago.  Riding home along the highway, I saw it again on Monday in roughly the same area on the median strip. [...]

Hercules overflight Friday

By 20 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Defence are giving notice that the RAAF’s retiring C-130H Hercules will be flying down Anzac Parade on Friday as part of their last hurrah:
One C-130H will conduct a flypast of Canberra at 3.20pm, approaching Mt Ainslie from the North/North East before overflying the Australian War Memorial and Anzac Parade at 175 metres altitude.
It will then [...]

Is the Human Rights Commission game worth the candle? [With poll]

By 20 November 2012

The Australian is taking a red hot shot at the ACT Human Rights Commission. (Google the headline and click through to get around the paywall).
The author doesn’t understand the funding arrangements of the ACT Government which somewhat undermines the other claims but it remains an intriguing read and has some telling statistics:
The ACT has [...]

Is magpie swooping season over for another year?

By 20 November 2012

Is it safe for me to get back on the bike?
Specifically in the Inner South.

Save the Sarawak Rivers. Canberra information night

By 19 November 2012

[ 26 November 2012 at 7:00 pm; ]

This just in:

The Malaysian state of Sarawak is about to be transformed by a major programme of dam construction which will displace tens of thousands of people and destroy hundreds of square kilometres of forests and farmlands.

Come and hear directly from Sarawak campaigners about the grim situation they face and the Australian company, Hydro [...]

Centre of Gravity Series launch and public lecture

By 19 November 2012

[ 21 November 2012 at 5:30 pm; ] On November 21, The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) will launch its new policy paper series: The Centre of Gravity (COG) Series. The Series will launch with a public lecture by Rory Medcalf, of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Rory is author of the first paper in the Series, Pivoting the Map of Asia: An Indo-Pacific [...]

Neighbours pool leaking in Canberra?

By 19 November 2012

Neighbours pool seems to be leaking. Can we force something to be done about it they won’t do anything?

Rule of Law, Democracy, and the Ombudsman

By 19 November 2012

[ 22 November 2012 at 4:00 pm; ] The origins and development of the ombudsman institution are outlined and the significance of the ombudsman is addressed from the perspective of two parameters, democracy and rule of law, that form and shape both the context in which the institution  functions and its ability to serve citizens effectively. The contribution of the ombudsman institution to [...]

Event drinks policy at Canberra Stadium?

By 15 November 2012

Last night at Canberra Stadium the plastic lid from my water bottle was taken by security prior to entry. Why I asked?
”Don’t know” was the reply.
Joked about the dangers of plastic lids, then was mightily irked to discover that water and softdrink was being sold inside the Stadium with their [...]

Bede Tongs – Kokoda & Oaks Estate Veteran – Thankyou!

By 15 November 2012

The Canberra Times has an article that touches lightly on the life of Bede Tongs. 
The OEPA, on behalf of the residents of Oaks Estate, would like to recognise Bede for his significant contribution and support given to Oaks Estate.
Bede is a committed long time resident of the Oaks Estate community, returning in the immediate post war period where he [...]

Should ambos pay for someone else’s cockup? [With Poll]

By 15 November 2012

The ABC reports that overpaid ambulance officers are being asked to hand the money back, despite the overpayment not being their fault.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says 80 per cent of frontline ambulance officers have received letters saying they have been significantly overpaid because of errors in personal leave records.
The errors were revealed in [...]

Looking for a Rheumatologist for Fibromyalgia in Canberra?

By 15 November 2012

Hello Mind Hive.
Does anyone know of a rheumatologist in Canberra that deals with Fibromyalgia patients?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Hillier Family Fundraiser

By 15 November 2012

This has come in for your consideration:
Concerned friends of the Hillier family are organising a fundraiser…
John and Linda have two delightful boys who, despite their disabilities (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Autism and Diabetes), enrich the lives of their parents and all of us who know them.
We thank you in anticipation of your support and hope [...]

Dangerous Passenger

By 15 November 2012

So there I was, motoring home along Parkes Way about 6pm this afternoon. As I went under the Kings Avenue overpass I noticed the passenger in the little green s***box in front of me stick his forearm out the window a little. I thought he was playing the old kids game of balancing his hand [...]

Best place to sell books to in Canberra?

By 14 November 2012

I’m decluttering.
I have a few boxes of books that I want to get rid off.
Can anyone recommend a 2ndhand bookstore that I can sell them to?
Obviously I’m not expecting to get lots for them, but anything is better than nothing atm.

Apology to Noel Towell of the Canberra Times

By 14 November 2012

A series of articles and comments appeared on this site between 20 October 2012 and 2 November 2012 about Canberra Times journalist Noel Towell and his professional conduct. The RiotACT accepts that it has no evidence that Mr Towell failed to act with professional or personal integrity during his coverage of the recent ACT election.
The [...]

LDA has no interest in helping people

By 14 November 2012

Did anyone read this article in the Canberra Times about the OwnPlace scheme?
Oddly enough, I can’t find it anywhere on the Canberra Times website now.
But I was absolutely appalled by the apathetic and unfriendly attitude of the Land Development Agency. I don’t care if it’s not LDA’s responsibility. At the very [...]

Dancing Goddesses Food and Dance Extravaganza

By 14 November 2012

fundraising dancing food Harem Restaurant

Carport/pergola recommendations in Canberra?

By 13 November 2012

We’re looking to get a carport and/or pergola installed, any recommendations on installers?
There was a recent thread on enclosed carport installations and an older one on pergolas, but was hoping there are some additional recommendations.

Women in science: from high school expectations to academic career

By 13 November 2012

It may appear that women have reached parity with or even surpassed men with regard to their engagement in science education and employment. However, recent research, which the speakers will present and discuss, documents persistent gender differences not only in academic science careers but also in high school science subject choices and science-related adolescent career [...]

Canberra region silversmith?

By 13 November 2012

Hi Rioters,
I’m looking for a silversmith or someone similar to re-plate and restore an old tea service.
Google led me to a business in Dickson with a disconnected telephone number.
Is there anywhere around Canberra that would be able to do this?
Where do the antique dealers go to get this sort of thing done?

Buzzcuts in Canberra?

By 12 November 2012

I am fairly new in Canberra. 
Just have my hair in a Buzzcut and it seemed like some girls immediately disqualify me and today had 3 young males pass and swear on me while I was walking in the Civic mall.
Now I am feeling bit low.
Do I look hideous?
Or is it just a NO NO haircut in [...]

Public Lecture: 100 years of Antarctic science: Scott’s tragic race for the South Pole

By 12 November 2012

100 years ago Thomas Griffith Taylor sat on the verandah of the Bachelor’s Quarters on Acton Peninsula (now the ANU Heritage Early Childhood Centre), writing a letter to his Antarctic Expedition leader, Captain Robert Falconer Scott. He had no idea that the team had perished eight months earlier; he had returned home early to continue [...]

Parking, Parents with Prams Style

By 12 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

More often than not when I go to park in the Parents with Pram spots they are taken by people with no baby seat/capsule attachments on the back seat. I am used to seeing this disregard with legally designated parking like disabled spots so I don’t even blink when it comes to Parents with Prams. [...]

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