Opinion (1197 Stories)

Blind company recommendations?

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Can any of our local online retailers compete with the service we can get overseas?

By 10 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last week, I ordered a few things from Marks & Spencer online (M&S is possibly the thing I miss most about living in the UK). They had free international delivery on orders over 30 pounds which was a bit of a bonus. To my great delight and surprise, after placing the order on Monday evening, [...]

Open house or house party?

By 10 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

At least once in your life you’ve probably been to an open home. Whether you’re looking for a rental property or to make more of a long term commitment and buy a property, an open home is always involved.
I used to feel a bit awkward going to them, especially if the owner or tenant was [...]

Best of Canberra – Dumplings

By 10 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Free meeting room at Canberra cafe?

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi guys and girls,
I am after a (preferably free) meeting room at a café in Canberra for 6 to 10 people to meet weekly on Tuesdays or Thursdays for breakfast. Can anyone recommend a suitable location with a good breakfast?

The anonymous bureaucrat

By 9 February 2015

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 [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Cupcakes

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
Jazz [...]

Good barber in Belconnen?

By 7 February 2015

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.

Stromlo Bike Park – Is it ever good for kids?

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I took my kids along to Stromlo Bike Park over Christmas and it was excellent – the wide road made for a great ‘practice’ space for my daughter to learn to ride without her training wheels and my little ones were free to play.  There were a few other people there – some cycling the [...]

I call The Honourable….

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

No word on how ACT Government plans to make money out of development along the tram corridor

By 5 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Does Canberra lack nightlife venues?

By 5 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Canberra’s planning madness

By 4 February 2015

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 [...]

Canberrans urged to light a candle for death row prisoners in Indonesia

By 4 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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 [...]

CBR: #notconvinced

By 3 February 2015
cbr confident bold ready

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 [...]

2014-15 ACT budget deficit reaches $770.5 million

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Loud screaming noise in Torrens at night?

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Love locks to be cut from Aspen Island bridge

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Best of Canberra – Cupcakes


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 apparently is not caring

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Driving instructor recommendations?

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a patient and experienced driving instructor, preferably in the Tuggeranong area.  The person looking for instruction is a male who is 18 years of age.  I’d appreciate any advice anyone can offer.

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Rice paper rolls


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 [...]

Grey power unite – Take back the night

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Weight loss hypnotherapy – any recommendations?

By 31 January 2015

I’m considering hypnotherapy to assist with weight loss, has anyone tried this in Canberra? Any recommendations?
Disclaimer: I know weight loss is relatively simple: eat less, mostly plants, move more. I’m after a little help.

Recommendations for metal fencing contractors ?

By 31 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I need to replace a 25+ year old wooden fence – preferably with a metal one because the old wooden one has some termites in it.
Any recommendations for metal fencing contractors – recent experiences preferred.  Not after a dirt cheap job – just a good job.

Body corporate costs for new apartments?

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Once a Knight’s enough

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Tips for riding from Belconnen to Tuggeranong?

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all
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 [...]

Budget New Year’s Eve venue

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi guys,
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 [...]

Dumping at charity shopfronts – don’t be a tosser

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

The ACT needs to stop having stupid arguments

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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’s development dilemma

dickson flats

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 [...]

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