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Best of Canberra – Eggs Benedict

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For me, one of life’s true treats is going out for a leisurely breakfast/brunch. My meal of choice is often Eggs Benedict. Runny eggs, slightly creamy (but not too gloopy) hollandaise, smoky ham (or bacon) and cracked pepper. Mmmmmm.
One of the things I missed most about Canberra when I lived overseas was [...]

Good Lawyers and Accountants for Businesses in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
Does anyone know any good lawyers or accountants in the ACT for small business? A friend of mine is looking to acquire a business she is working at and just needs a nice solicitor to handle the takeover and an accountant to deal with the business going forward.
Thanks for your help.
H

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Hot weather, dogs and cars – a recipe for disaster

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the past weekend Canberra was treated to some beautiful warm weather. The perfect excuse to head to Bunnings and pick up a few supplies for gardening. That’s what I had in mind. As I parked my car at the Belconnen store, I noticed the car directly opposite mine had a little dog in it. [...]

Mormon Missionaries – A Religious Irony

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was reading a story about a poor lady who got hit by a car and was trapped under it. Some hero rescued her and all is well.
She was described as a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (read Mormons)
So let’s think about her mission in life. It [...]

Trying something new with Bloody Lips

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Bloody Lips (words of passion spoken and sung) was my first experience of Performance Poetry. Held at the Monster Kitchen and Bar at NewActon on Sunday afternoon, I’m not sure what drew me to it, but it seemed like a pretty cool thing to do.
The event was MC’d by 2013 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, CJ [...]

Looking to replace my toilet suites

By 15 September 2014

Hello.
Just wondering whether anyone has used Female Choice Plumbing for plumbing work and installing toilet suites? I need to replace my toilets (3 of them) and would like  someone who can replace these at a good price. Any other suggestions of companies to  do this?

Renting and Residual Current Devices

By 15 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I rent a property in NSW. My land lord has not fitted a Residual Current Device to the power board. I have read lots of information online about how they are compulsory in work places, how they are compulsory under the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Residual Current Devices) Regulations 2011 and the Wiring Rules [...]

Facing the flaws in our democratic model

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winston Churchill’s “finest hour” came in the 1940s, as he stood defiantly for the democratic order in opposition to Hitler’s totalitarianism, but Churchill later described democracy as “the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…”
Democracy is indeed a flawed and imperfect device for running complex [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (13th September 2014)

By 14 September 2014
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Another week gone and in case you missed anything, here are the Top 5 stories for readership, followed by the Top 5 for discussion.
Our most widely read post this week was: Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up.
A close second was: Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done.
Coming [...]

RE: Financial advisors in Canberra

By 13 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all.
I’m looking for a financial planner to help me with both superannuation and more general wealth creation. I appreciate that this question has been asked before, but previous posts were all done before the changes (now half rolled back, to my understanding) to the superannuation industry.
I have no desire to be swindled, and have studied finance, so I [...]

Back to the Future – Frightening

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the 1960s was a perceived threat to Australia from the “Yellow Peril” coming down the Indo-China peninsula.
We had seen the Korean War, the communist insurgents in Malaysia on the border with Thailand and the Vietnam War had just kicked off.
My father, the Air Force officer, was a strident anti-communist and whilst he didn’t talk [...]

Let’s go on a date… to Floriade!

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Date night is approaching and it’s time to mix it up a little. Yes Floriade might seem the most dreaded place to go on a date, it’s full of people, kids and people. Not romantic right? Wrong..
Floriade has a heap of experiences you can use to your advantage and swing a fun date night (or [...]

End-of-lease cleaner recommendations

By 12 September 2014

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a reliable and reasonably priced end-of-lease cleaner in the ACT/QBN region?
Thanks.

Public Talk: Tsunami Warning Systems since 26 December 2004

By 11 September 2014

[ 16 October 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] With the tenth anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami this coming December, it is timely to reflect on the progress made by Australia and the international community to safeguard nations from this most destructive and cruel geophysical hazard.

This talk will look at the historical development of tsunami warning systems, their existing limitations [...]

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Alert!

By 11 September 2014

Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser  to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Cakes

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For the cake taste off, Flute in Fyshwick drew the most support with Ricardo’s in Jamieson the challenger.
I should start out by confessing that I love cake. I do however say that with one caviat. I like ‘real’ cake. The spongey, floury goodness of a bouncy cake. My favourite is [...]

Cannabis in Canberra

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I hate marijuana. I first smoked it when I was seventeen. My face went green and I had a panic attack… because I thought my nose was going to fall off. Since then, I haven’t really enjoyed it and I doubt that I ever will.
There are many things in life that people simply should not [...]

Enrollment fraud, is it more chicken or the egg?

By 11 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last week I saw an article in the CT about parents lying about their place of residence to get their kids into elite target public schools in the ACT. It generated a lot of discussion but got me thinking about the flip-side to this debate, principals who pick and choose kids from out of area. [...]

Calwell Swimming Pool- Car Parking or Lack Off.

By 11 September 2014

Great to see the Liberal Member for Brindabella doing what all politicians seem good at and self praising himself in a local flyer for his part in ensuring that the construction of a new swimming pool at Calwell went ahead, despite “numerous hurdles” placed in the way.
One of those hurdles no doubt was the lack [...]

Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up

By 10 September 2014

It looks like something reasonably serious has happened at Cooleman Court today, out the front of Kusina restaurant.
As I was leaving the carpark there, I saw multiple police vehicles with their lights on, haphazardly pulled up in front of the restaurant and police were taking statements from people (who I thought looked quite shocked).
In another [...]

Bonner Explosion

By 10 September 2014

Hi,
Did anyone hear the multiple explosions last night at 11pm in Bonner? Just curious as to what it was.

Rolling Along in the Capital

By 10 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you grew up in Canberra in the 90s like I did, chances are you went to the roller skating rink in Erindale at some point. Before I discovered horses I spent every Saturday morning at Skates Alive learning how to roller skate. We’d have an hour lesson which consisted of checking off certain skills [...]

If it takes a village, where is it?

By 10 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I remember having coffee with an old friend (by old I mean less her age and more that I have known her since birth) a few months ago and we were talking about the challenges of parenting. We discussed the usual gripes with a long list of ‘stuff nobody tells you’ about parenting but she [...]

Best of Canberra: Pastries

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I remember camping in France about 7 years ago. It’s not as romantic as it sounds – we had set off for 10 days camping without checking the weather. What I do recall very fondly though was the honking horn of the boulanger delivering fresh bread and pastries to hungry campers. I [...]

North, ICBM and Meche closes its doors

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was out for dinner Saturday night and walked past the famous night club strip on Northboure Ave to notice that iconic bar Meche (The old Private Bin), ICBM and North Bar are all up for lease.
After some investigation I was loosely informed that the owner of the bar had a dispute with the Sydney [...]

Roofing – Replace Tiles with Colourbond

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking at replacing our tired and cracking tiled roof with Colourbond. I have recieved two quotes which are reasonably comparable.
One quote came from a small business: Simply Guttering and Roofing.
The second came from WR Engineering.
I am hoping people can let me know if anyone has either positive or negative comments about either of these [...]

Dopey Dad Day

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Now that Father’s Day is out of the way for another year, will we be spared commercials where fathers are depicted as amiable dopes? Of course not.
Advertisements where the individual previously known as “the man of the house” is portrayed as having an IQ slightly lower than the family dog are a year round phenomenon, [...]

Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Braddon is one of the fastest growing town centres in Canberra and while this is not going to be another article advocating for an IGA (however a recent survey found that around 80% of respondents are in favour of a supermarket in Braddon, just saying), this is an article advocating for greater parking availability.
Parking in [...]

Where’s the Ladies? Searching out the new Plaka

By 8 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first thing you should know about the Plaka is that it is in Dickson. Not in Manuka, which is where one of our ladies took herself instead. While we’re on the subject on geography, the Plaka used to be in Mawson for many years, disappearing for a few years before its recent re-appearance in Dickson. With fond memories [...]

Boredom Capital of the Country! Yeah Right!

By 8 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many times have you heard that Canberra is boring, there is no night life and it is the boredom capital of the country? This really irks me a lot.
I can remember belting (metaphorically speaking) the Canberra bashers from the federal parliament for their mistaken and populist views expressed viciously whenever they needed to [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (6th September 2014)

By 7 September 2014
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Top five posts for views this week ranged from road rage to bacon and egg rolls.
Our most popular post of the week is When road rage goes beyond the blast of a horn.
Coming in second is the Best of Canberra Taste Off for Bacon and Egg Rolls.
Third up is the Face Off over [...]

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