Opinion (1021 Stories)

Acting classes/lessons in Canberra?

By 3 December 2012

Hi everyone,
I realise that I may provoke some teasing for this request (suffer slings and arrows, perhaps), but does anyone know of a good way to learn how to act here in Canberra?
I’m a middle-aged chap transitioning to retirement and am looking for meaningful things to do for the next 40 years. I’ve no experience [...]

Public art app?

By 3 December 2012

Idea for an app for public art

Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan: causes and implications

By 2 December 2012

“Green-on-blue” attacks are attacks by members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on usually unsuspecting members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), including Australians. Green-on-blue deaths have been increasing each year in Afghanistan over the past four years. During 2012 to the end of November, 16 percent of ISAF deaths in Afghanistan have [...]

Joining a union in the APS?

By 30 November 2012

Hi all,
Sometime in the very near future, I will be joining one of the larger Federal Government departments in an EL1 role. I’ve only ever worked in the private sector, so it’s going to be a bit of a culture shock, I’m sure.
A question for those in the know – is joining a union compulsory? [...]

What bird is that?

By 30 November 2012

For some time now we have had a bird with a curious call which I can only describe as a two tone  coo – eee, repetitive and penetrating. 
It kicks off at about 4.30 am. and continues through the day. 
Can anyone please identify?

You know you’re Canberran when…

By 30 November 2012

36%RH feels humid.

Where to nerf out in Canberra?

By 29 November 2012

Looking for venues for something a bit different.
I’m the convenor for Canberra & Southern NSW Dart Tag.
(FB link).
We are well known both nationally and internationally, at least within our geeky niche.
We run ‘live action games’ based around the use of Nerf guns (Humans vs Zombies, such as the ANU used to run, for example). We [...]

Giving Tree at Belconnen Markets!

By 29 November 2012

This year, Belconnen Fresh Food Markets will contribute to The Salvation Army Christmas appeal by hosting a Christmas tree in the centre of the marketplace from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 December 2012.
We urge local Canberran’s to dig deep and donate in December to families who struggle to make ends meet at one of [...]

Please help to find Daniel Todd!

By 29 November 2012

Any one Seeing Daniel who has been missing from Hospital since 25th November 2012 should call the police or his family on 0450345325
Daniel went missing from Chisholm Ross Hospital, Goulburn, NSW after being allowed out for a 30 minute un supervised walk at about 10.30 am 25th November 2012.
He was wearing blue or black T [...]

Canberra 100 instead of the coat of arms on the Brumbies jersey? [With poll]

By 29 November 2012

The Centenary of Canberra people are very excited to have turfed the Canberra coat of arms off the Brumbies jersey in favour of their own logo:
Traditionally the right breast on the University of Canberra Brumbies jersey has been reserved for the ACT Coat of Arms, but with the Territory celebrating 100 years in 2013 [...]

What planet are A.C.T. Supreme Court Judges on?

By 28 November 2012

Just read that his worship Higgins has provided bail to serial car thief, drug user teen for the second time. The fact that he while on bail and i assume disqualified from driving, ran a red light mounted the traffic island and crashed into an innocent punter, sorry allegedly, would i think show that he [...]

Christmas Lights 2012

By 28 November 2012

With even the most staunch “it’s too early” objector having to can it come the weekend because its December, it’s time to start the thread for 2012.
I have a nearly two year old now, that’s a good enough excuse for me to get out and go look at other people’s lights without needing [...]

Advice on how to deal with accident without insurance in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

About a week ago my fiance’s car was hit when stopped at a set of traffic lights. The woman only provided her licence number, plate, and mobile number. While she claimed to have insurance, she refused to hand the details over.
We have been trying to contact this woman for nearly two weeks now, and she [...]

Umbagong Stones. Stay or go? [With poll]

By 28 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory and Municipal Services are looking for public feedback on the stepping stones over Ginninderra Creek:
“The stepping stones have provided local residents with a means to cross Ginninderra Creek since 1993 when Umbagong District Park opened,” Mr Gill said. “A footbridge is also available further up the river near a playground and barbeque area for [...]

Best computer prices and service in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?

I’ve come to clean the pool!

By 27 November 2012

Bad jokes aside can anyone recommend a good pool repair/maintenance company to do some pool repairs in Canberra?
I have been going to a major franchise/chain store for my regular water checks and chemicals but recently when my pool had issues and needed to be looked at I found them less than satisfactory. 
Bad communication, bad service [...]

Recommendations – personal trainer for postural issues in Canberra?

By 27 November 2012

My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]

Australia and Europe in conversation – number 10

By 26 November 2012

50 years ago, in March 1962, Sir Edwin McCarthy took up his position as the first Australian Ambassador to the EU. Since then EU-Australia relations have had their ups and downs but today the relationship is broader, deeper and stronger than ever – but many challenges lie ahead.
Every month this year, two or three Ambassadors [...]

Bees dropping from the trees…?

By 26 November 2012

The last two days I have been finding a huge amount of bees dying on my back path. They seem to be feeding on a banksia, which has not been sprayed in any way. It is in proximity to a quince tree which I do spray with Rogor, but that has never caused this problem [...]

Weeds invade public space

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The yellow flowered plants which have taken over the Glenlock Interchange former horse paddocks and also some of our roadsides are not lovely seasonable wildflowers but the declared pest plant StJohns Wort.
This weed has a ‘must be controlled’ and ‘protect priority sites’ status in the ACT yet ACT Government has allowed it to florish [...]

No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.

By 26 November 2012

My wife was telling me that our prospective pre-school won’t apply sunscreen on children.  The reason is that if they did, they would be required to wash their hands after each child (so it’s not about allergies).  I didn’t find out why they have to wash their hands after each child,  kid cooties being the [...]

Scullin Spy tower?

By 26 November 2012

I forgot to take a picture of it – but I was just wondering what the massive pole on the corner of Chewings St and Southern Cross Drive is all about.
It is very intrusive as it overlooks most of Scullin and Florey.

Danger on the Barton Highway

By 26 November 2012

Place: Barton Highway/Clarrie Hermes Drive traffic lights – heading south.
Time: Anytime from 7:45 to around 8:45 weekdays.
Lights go green.
Three lanes of traffic take off.
Three lanes become two.
Place: Barton Highway/Curran Drive intersection – turning south.
Time: Anytime from 7:45 to around 8:45 weekdays (and around 15 seconds from the above).
Cars turn left into the merge lane and [...]

Inner South Canberra Community Council AGM Tues 27 Nov

By 26 November 2012

7 PM 27 NOVEMBER 2011
1. Welcome – Gary Kent, Chairperson
2. Apologies
3. Guest Speakers
(a) 7 pm “Our changing suburbs – what, when and how and why don’t I know about it?” Craig Simmons Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT Government
(b) 7.30 pm “A proposal to re-zone the majority of [...]

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.

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