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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 [...]

CBR 100 Challenge – is it pricing many locals out of participating?

By 5 September 2014
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Earlier this week a new fitness challenge was announced.  Celebrating the newly joined up Centenary Trail, the CBR 100 Challenge includes team participation to walk 25, 50 or 100km along with solo runs of 50 or 100km (yes, you read that right).
I thought this sounded like a really nice thing to do (the team walk, [...]

No Teddy Bears’ Picnic

By 5 September 2014

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise!
Members of the Yarralumla Residents Association checking on the state of the ACT government’s planned remediation of the Brickworks asbestos dump were surprised to find what appears to be asbsestos lying on the ground just outside the perimeter fence that has been [...]

Gungahlin Community Council AGM

By 5 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 10 September 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The Gunghalin Community Council will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 10th September at the Gungahlin Library from 7.30pm.

All Gunghalin residents are encouraged to attend this meeting where all Executive and Committee positions will be declared vacant.

AGENDA

7.30 Opening and Welcome.
Apologies.
Minutes of previous AGM held on 11 September 2013.
Presentation of President’s Report for 2013-2014.
Presentation of [...]

Topical Childrens Songs by Local Artist

By 5 September 2014

I bet you have heard the song “Big Red Car” and “Hot Potato”, but have you heard “Boys Like Pink Too!” or “Completely Naked Beans”? These are just two of the fun, clever and original Childrens’ songs written by local singer/songwriter Derryth Nash. Recently described as having the voice of an angel and gigging locally [...]

Recommendation for building designer or architect

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Have seen some older posts with recommendations but after some up to date info?
My husband and I are thinking about an extension to our house and would be doing it as owner builders (getting in tradies for lots of parts but essentially project managing it ourselves) and I’m after some recommendations of building designers or [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Bacon and Egg Rolls

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Funnily enough, I had a number of offers to assist with this week’s Best of Canberra Taste Off. Bacon and Egg rolls (or egg and bacon rolls – whatever floats your boat) seem to be a general favourite of many. The nominations gave a loud shout to ONA Coffee in Fyshwick with a [...]

When road rage goes beyond the blast of a horn

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Following Steven Bailey’s article on road rage in the Capital last week, I considered my own experiences on our roads. I strongly agree with Bailey’s call for greater police presence on the road. It’s an absolute necessity, especially in wet weather when people drive like maniacs, but also for the police to crack down on [...]

Graffiti and how to stop it

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Is there anyone in Canberra who can tell me how to remove graffiti from a colourbond fence?  I spent 3yrs saving up for a large fence which backs on to a main street only to have it pristine for 6mths. Then the animals defaced it (they are too awful to be called artists).  As the [...]

Violent Drunks – Bars not to Blame

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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About eight years ago, I punched a man in the face at the Kingston Pub. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not exactly sorry about it either.
Occasionally, after a bit of liquid courage, it wasn’t uncommon for me to throw down a bit of cash on the pool table. But one night, things turned [...]

Climate Change

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Just to open the batting… did anyone notice the Canberra Times article page 7 entitled “Aid for island nations hit by warming a moral duty”?
It contains a picture of an island under water. Yeah right. This is a picture of a swimming pool in an island resort, the Sheraton Fiji (I think) [...]

Yeehah – western gear

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Greetings Rednecks, Bootscooters and Good Old Boys, where can I buy some kick a^*e western gear (as in clothes) in Canberra? Not just ya basic checks and jeans but something with a bit of Kinky Freedman style. Hope y’all can set me mozyin in the right direction.

Ice Ice Baby – the changing face of charity

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend my husband was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge.  So, on Sunday afternoon (thankfully a pretty nice day given it was still officially winter) he sat out in the garden while my two daughters poured a bucket of iced water over his head and I filmed it.  He then came inside, donated [...]

Gas bill – Conversion Factor

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL suddenly changed our Conversion Factor from about 0.6 to 0.9 and claims that all of a sudden we are using about 60% more Units than our previous bill (even though someone moved out of our place 3 months ago and was not replaced).
ActewAGL have reissued an old bill and a issued new one which [...]

Mr Fluffy – Where are the Feds?

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have noticed in the media lately that there is unfair criticism of the Chief Minister in this saga.
Everyone in Canberra has sympathy for those poor folks who are being displaced because of the dangers, and they are real dangers, of contracting mesothelioma. That is a given. And they are entitled to know why [...]

Love is in the air

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Love is in the fresh, spring Canberra air and lovelocks are being latched.
Lovelocks are essentially a regular padlock, often engraved with the name or initials of a couple and the date of their anniversary, that are locked onto a bridge by a loved-up couple and the key is usually thrown into the water below. These [...]

Recommendations for home Improvements/renovations

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi there
I’m looking to do some improvements on my home and would appreciate some recommendations on reliable, great quality businesses who can help me with the following:

New wardrobe cupboards
Removal of old carpet and installation of new flooring (floating timber floors)
Kitchen/Bathroom renos (incl. floor and wall tiling)
Painting (interior)
Concreting/Paving/Landscaping (small area)

I am on a budget and would like [...]

Superstructure for the Super Sized

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I took part in a panel discussion Friday on Channel 9 Mornings where one of the topics that provoked a strong reaction was the decision by Canberra Hospital to include reinforced ceilings strong enough to support the super obese in their special harnesses to help them get around in the four fully equipped bariatric rooms.
Chief [...]

Looking for a solo musician to hire for art exhibition opening

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I’m planning an open night for an art exhibition and thought a musician would be a great addition.
Space is limited, hence the single musician. Perhaps a classical guitarist, cellist or someone who can play melodious, classy yet unobtrusive music and has good vocals, for an intimate venue.
I’m relatively new to Canberra and as such [...]

Studio Underground – Canberra Youth Theatre (Review)

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Appropriately enough for a night of secret theatre when I got my ticket I was also given a password that would grant me entrance to the performance: “poke, email, tweet.”  So of course when I showed up and the clipboard-touting woman guarding the entrance asked me for my password, I replied: “Dangermouse.”
While Dangermouse is an [...]

What’s for dinner? Hello Fresh!

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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You come in the door after a long day, kick off your work shoes and are then faced with the inevitable question: what’s for dinner? Maybe it’s your children asking, maybe it’s just your own grumbly tummy, but by this time of day your decision-making abilities are at a low ebb and you’re thinking maybe [...]

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