My partner and I desperately need to replace the blinds in our loft style apartment. Because the window is five metres high we need someone install the blinds for us.
We do not want curtains.
I was hoping people on here could recommend (or tell me to stay clear) of blind companies/installers in Canberra? I’m feeling a bit [...]
What do China, Poland, Italy and Brazil have in common? Apart from being on my bucket list, these countries all claim ownership of some sort of variation on the food that we in Australia know as ‘dumplings’.
While Poland’s pierogi, Italy’s ravioli and Brazil’s pastels are not to be taken for granted, the Chinese have Canberra’s dumpling [...]
When I was young and impressionable (as opposed to now when I am old and impressionable), I studied organisational theory. You know, the stuff Frederick Taylor wrote on Scientific Management, Max Weber’s theories on bureaucracy and March and Simon’s thoughts on the dysfunction of bureaucracy.
I was particularly drawn to Weber’s theories and his notion of the [...]
I was very surprised this week when I scrolled through the recommendations for Canberra’s best cupcakes. Our readers seemed to agree that the best cupcakes are home-made. Maybe we need a best of home-made cupcakes article?!
There were a couple of businesses named:
Stand by Me in Lyons – Sorry guys, but muffins don’t count as cuppy cakes.
Can anyone recommend a good barber in the Belconnen area, please?
For many years my husband went to a fantastic barber in Cook but unfortunately he sold his business and it is now a women’s hairdresser. He went into the Belconnen Mall this morning and came home scalped!
Would appreciate any recommendations very much.
With the hullabaloo over knighthoods and dameships, I was caused to think of another anachronism hanging about in our parliaments. This is the practice of awarding the title of “The Honourable” to MPs. This award is made to ministers and speakers and is awarded for life.
Once upon a time a Prime Minister (and the Deputy PM [...]
An interesting article on some of some apparent secrecy surrounding options for raising money by the ACT Government along the light rail corridor :
There is no doubt it will be more expensive to live along the tram corridor or to set up business there. The question is, who will pay and how much?
I also see that [...]
One of my recent articles attracted a few comments on the variety of nightlife venues in Canberra. This might be a controversial discussion to start, but everyone has a different experience of Canberra depending on their work, family, friends, lifestyle and interests. While the quantity of Canberra nightlife venues is adequate for many, it might not [...]
There was an announcement recently by the planning authority on the fate of the three blocks of flats along Northbourne Ave in Dickson. I used to walk past these buildings regularly and noted that some tenants had established quite attractive small gardens and had comfortable seating gathered together for social occasions.
Unfortunately the buildings are very [...]
[ 5 February 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra residents will light candles in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences on Thursday night (5 February).
“Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” ACT community organiser Bede Carmody said.
“We invite Canberra residents to the [...]
Confident. Bold. Ready. These are the messages that the Brand Canberra project aspires to showcase to the rest of Australia and the world. And at a cost of $2.6 million to the ACT taxpayer, let’s hope that it eventually pays off.
The project is a wide-ranging and multifaceted marketing initiative. According to the ACT Government, Brand [...]
The mid-year ACT budget review revealed the predicted deficit for the 2014-15 financial year had more than doubled from $332.8 million to $770.5 million.
This is without most of the light rail expenditures, and does not take into account the many billions of dollars worth of ACT public servants’ unfunded superannuation liability.
It is a long, long [...]
A reader has submitted the following question about strange noises in Torrens:
We have recently moved to Torrens (backing Mt Taylor) and have heard on a number of occasions a loud screaming sound – one ‘scream’ at a time -in the middle of the night. It is first heard at a distance, gets closer and then [...]
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has gotten into the spirit by announcing it’s taking bolt cutters to the love locks on Aspen Island’s John Douglas Gordon footbridge.
The NCA says it is taking preventative action now, removing the love locks before any serious damage occurs to the structure of the [...]
According to Google, cupcakes are “small cakes designed to serve one person.” I think that description is incorrect. A more appropriate description would be: Cupcakes … a tiny piece of heaven so delicious and pretty, you will definitely want more than one.
This week I’m looking for Canberra’s best cupcakes and I’m a little nervous, because [...]
Sharing meals is the norm at lots of restaurants these days with most offering share plates, or offering customers a plate each to take their own helpings from the main plates of their order. Eightysix in Braddon, for example, has designed its entire menu around sharing.
A photo from an unnamed Canberra eatery was uploaded onto social [...]
Last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best rice raper rolls, two of my favourite Vietnamese places were nominated: Saigon Foodies in Kingston and iPho in Garema Place.
I frequently visit iPho on my lunch breaks for chicken and wonton noodle soup (it’s really good!), so I thought I would start there. The rice [...]
Back in September I wrote about the quality (or lack of it) in our nursing homes and the appalling treatment the Federal Government was meting out to residents of those homes.
I was particularly concerned with the complaints mechanisms. They were and are totally inadequate. The feds have abrogated their responsibility for the quality of care in [...]
Hi, just wondering whether anyone could advise on what one might expect to pay in body corporate fees for a two bed, two bath, 80m living apartment off the plan in Canberra at the moment?
It is a small complex of around 30 apartments with no pool or gym, and one lift. The complex also combines [...]
So everyone in the known universe is criticising the PM for making the Duke of Edinburgh a Knight of the Order of Australia. I might have a go too.
Much has been written about the hideous anachronism of the reintroduction of the awards of knights and dames and rightly so. Long ago, we shrugged off the [...]
Due to machinery of government changes I’m now facing a potential work move from the City to Tuggeranong. As I live in Belconnen and we are a one car family I’m now considering transport options.
I’m considering riding from Belconnen Town Centre to Tuggeranong Office Park each morning and bussing it home in the afternoons with my [...]
I am really keen to have a New Year’s Eve wedding and wondering if anyone knows of any budget venues that would potentially allow us to stay until 1am. Most venues close at 12am but considering it’s New Year’s Eve I’m hoping to find somewhere that’s more flexible on this.
Also has anyone had experience [...]
If you drive past a charity bin – or a charity shopfront like the Salvation Army or Vinnies after closing hours, it’s likely you’ll see a few overflowing bags, and possibly a variety of electrical goods like fans and heaters (I’ve even seen a dishwasher before!) cluttering up the area next to the bin, or [...]
To have a tram or not to have a tram? To have well-behaved dogs on public transport or not? $50 or $20 notes for poker machines? Bikes or cars? These are not questions.
I appreciate that it is important that we as Canberrans discuss these issues, and I respect the principle that that the public has [...]
Canberra is undergoing a metamorphosis. Until now, it has grown outwards, slowly engulfing farms and spitting them back out as suburbs, terraforming the landscape from grazing pastures to a white collar playground. Shopping centres, cars, cafes, the tame opiates of the archetypal Canberran.
The age and maturity of this town is becoming more obvious, however. As [...]