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Looking for Underwater Metal Detector

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello, does anyone know if there is a place in Canberra region that has underwater metal detectors available to hire, specifically for personal usage?
I haven’t had much luck using google search.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!

The Serious Side of Dating

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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While talking about dating can either tickle the funny bone or hit a raw nerve on some, when it comes to taking your pursuits online keeping yourself protected is a serious business!
According to the ACCC, in 2013 more than $25 million was lost to online romance scams – in Australia! While you’d think in this [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Note – this week I outsourced our review to one of our team. As a Vegan, I figured Jess was far better place to make judgement on good vegie food than me. Thanks Jess! Canfan
Dickson is basically vegetarian heaven. The restaurant choices are Kingsland, Au Lac and My Rainbow Dreams, and neighbouring Braddon [...]

Do poor Canberrans drive cars?

By 14 August 2014

Two questions about Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s recent comment -
“the poor don’t have cars or actually drive very far”
1. How does the Treasurer know how far poor people drive, if they are lucky enough to have a car?
2. Can anyone from the ACT Liberals explain what Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey was trying to say or [...]

Help looking for a designer to change the front of our house

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know any good designers or builders that could transform and refresh the front of our house in Theodore to a contemporary look.

Canberra – Democracy Denied

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Democracy is certainly not perfect, and the ACT is no exception.
In 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly will increase its members from 17 to 25; there is some merit to this proposition. For its population, the ACT currently has the lowest level of democratic representation in Australia (both at the federal and territory levels). An increase [...]

More injury prevention: Protect your hands!

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Moving on from my last post on injuries, today I wanted to talk about the importance of wrapping your hands correctly, for punching the mitts for fitness or obviously actual boxing. In my early days in the sport I never really paid too much attention to looking after my hands. They didn’t hurt so I [...]

Will Birdman Rally fly home for Summer?

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was just the other day I was chatting to an old friend, over beer of course, reminiscing of the fun events we used to have in Canberra. The V8 Supercars was the first to stir up passion before the conversation flew towards the hilariously entertaining Birdman Rally.
It didn’t take long before we were YouTube-ing [...]

Cat Kennel / Cat Sitter – Medium Term

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am on a humanitarian responder roster and I have been asked to prepare to deploy to Gaza/Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan (actual posting tbc). First step is to find a safe, stress-free environment for my two cats. The postings normally last three months so I am looking for options:- kennel, house sitter, shelter. Has anyone got any suggestions? [...]

How to maintain sensitivity to heritage in old buildings

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]

Crack open a cold one…

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I promise you all that I really was going to attempt my first Parkrun last Saturday morning (it’s a free, timed 5km run, held every Saturday at a park near you, I’ll tell you more once I’ve done one). I had it planned all week. Then I aggravated a recurring knee injury while showing off [...]

Power Corrupts Absolutely

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Did anyone notice the oceans of salivation over Eddie Obeid’s, Joe Tripodi’s and Ian MacDonald’s discomfort when sprung by the NSW ICAC? All those Labor haters thought the wrath of God had finally arrived on those scumbags.
I need to say that I love Labor desperately. The Party has been good to me and [...]

Split system air conditioning woes

By 12 August 2014

This post is more of a courtesy to other people so that they can avoid what we are going through. My husband and I moved to Canberra late last year. Knowing the winter would be cold (duh!) we had a split system air conditioning system installed in January. We paid more – thinking heating was [...]

Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]

Free speech? Free-ish maybe…

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A very long time ago when I was starting out in radio one of the old hands told me sadly that even though we had access to a moderately powerful transmitter, there were many important things that needed be said but could never be heard on the home receiver because “they” wouldn’t allow it.
Whether that [...]

Booklet: Tales of Canberra Boy

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I came across the below online booklet by Dave Wheeler recently where he describes his life growing up in Canberra over the past 40+ years. It’s a nice if somewhat quirky read, for those of you who’ve lived in Canberra in the 70′s and 80′s you’ll find the locations events he mentions a fascinating trip [...]

School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]

It’s time to let go of the Starlight

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Long-time residents of Canberra will remember the old Starlight drive-in cinema that used to be at Watson, near the end of the Federal Highway, with its bright neon sign proudly glowing for all who entered Canberra to see. Brand new residents of Canberra will have no idea what I’m talking about. The younger generation probably [...]

Whats the Trick for Getting Tradies to Turn Up in Canberra ????

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, I’m not sure about the need for “infrastructure stimulus” projects in Canberra.   If there is, I hope those projects wont be relying on local tradies to do some of that work.
I have heard numerous similar stories to this, but now I have experienced myself :
For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an [...]

Small job concreting job

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking to employ someone to do small a job concreting at my home. I thought I would reach out to the RiotACT audience to see if anyone has a recommendation? Also are there any companies I should avoid? Thanks in advance.

Restaurant bookings

By 11 August 2014
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I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]

Recommendations for handy man/woman

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking for a handyman/woman who would assist me with making our garden sustainable and accessible for our three sons with disability. I’m learning the principles of permaculture and our garden has zones. Our house came with an old chook shed that we would like to clean out and reuse and also make a run [...]

Same Sex Marriage – It’s none of my business

By 10 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For the record, I am in favour of same sex marriage. I don’t see why two people who love each other deeply can’t express that love in the way that society endorses those relationships.
Let’s get a couple of furphies out the way. There has to be a separation of religious and secular rules. [...]

There’s something fishy going on in Canberra…

By 8 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a kid, fish and chips were always a family favourite once a fortnight for a dinner treat or whilst on a picnic with friends. I grew up about five minutes away from the beach so there were about 10 different fish and chips shops that we could pick from.
In the almost four years I’ve [...]

Farmstay??

By 8 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated
Thanks
Sharon

Carpark vs Trees

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Best Steak

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Taste Off, steak was on the menu. It may not be the friend of vegetarians, but for meat lovers world wide, sometimes there is nothing better than a good steak.
Your votes pointed us in two directions, both polar opposites in the steak race. The first was the Charcoal Grill, who [...]

Liberty, Cruelty, and Animals

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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“There’s a poor animal with blood on its head and tears running down its face. Who did that to it? It’s lying in the dust and its wings are broken. Who broke its wings? Who cut off his hands so that it can’t shake the bars?” Edward Bond, Lear.
We live in a cruel world. Whether [...]

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Separation of Church and State

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The emergence of the enlightened catch up of the Liberal Party (and hopefully their Coalition Party colleagues, the Nationals) to allow MPs a conscience vote on same sex marriage is very welcome.
When I heard about this about-face, I ruminated on the old question about the separation of Church and State. I think it [...]

The long road to gender balance

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Gallagher addressed the National Labour Women’s conference on the weekend, talking as the most senior elected member of the Australian Labor Party.  Her core message was ‘women can and do make a difference.’  I wholeheartedly agree.  But it’s going to take a massive mindshift in our society to draw a better balance for women [...]

Where’s the ladies? Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As one of our merry ladies turned 40 last week (it’s all fine, 40 is the new 21) we decided to invite a few extra friends and celebrate over a good meal.  We had heard good things about Olive in Mawson so booked a table for 8.
The first thing to note here is the welcome.  [...]

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