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Best of Canberra Callout: Bootcamps

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We are already one month into 2016 and hopefully staying strong on those New Year’s resolutions. In particular, that one where we plan to exercise more.
If so there might be a gym that you have signed up with or, if you are more inclined to exercising outdoors, a bootcamp. I want to know where you [...]

Finding wisdom in any book

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Most mornings, the child bride and I have a coffee while I peruse the latest offerings in the paper. We turn and do the quiz on the back page of the first section. You know the one. When I got to the last question, I nearly spat out the coffee, choked on my own spittle [...]

It’s time to do the right thing by Franklin

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Many people around Canberra, particularly in the Gungahlin region, will be familiar with Franklin. No, not the suburb of Franklin. Franklin is a dog, a Maremma Sheepdog. He’s beautiful. Long white fur, a big doggy grin on his face as he trots along. Franklin is famous. He has a Facebook page and a legion of [...]

Best of Canberra: Fun zones

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Since assuming the Best of Canberra series, I have realised just how much time there is to actually get out and do things when you have some free time. I was reminded of this particularly when I was in search of fun zones at the weekend. There are so many options available that make for [...]

Is ACTION trying to do too much?

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Council on the Aging last year held a public transport forum for getting senior non-drivers around Canberra. As a result of an accident I had my own experience of our ACTION bus service and the two events set me thinking: are we trying to do too much?
I cannot speak for peak hour [...]

Which school model works best?

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]

Capital a haven for people of many cultures

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chances are, the majority of people reading this are not originally from Canberra. When you moved here how long did you plan to stay: three months; one year; until you could afford that place in Sydney?
Ten years ago when I moved here from London I was definitely in the three-month group. Initially, some issues with [...]

Billboard? What billboard?

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Billboards have long been part of our culture and have been popping up here there and anywhere all over the place throughout the world. We seem to love to clutter up our landscape with anything that makes money.
A visit to Tokyo includes, whether you want to or not, the viewing of walls of illuminated billboards [...]

Ask RiotACT: Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what has happened to the Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen? I miss them.

Best of Canberra Callout: Fun Zones

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Happy New Year and welcome back to the Best of Canberra! I’m looking forward to continuing my exploration of what Canberra has to offer.
To kick-start 2016, I’m searching for the best fun zone to visit. Trampolines, laser tag, bowling, indoor rock climbing, go-karting – there are many to choose from.
You may have been there to [...]

The Moving Feast of Politics

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are political junkies out there who have been relatively starved over Christmas for things to criticise, speculate over or of some carrion feasting.
But this week has given us a glut of issues to rip into.
Starting local, we had Minister Joy Burch stand aside from the new Barr ministry after being belted from one end [...]

Ask RiotACT: Termite inspection services

By 24 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Rioters
I read a couple of old (2008, 2010) posts on termites, where several commenters stressed the importance of getting a termite expert to inspect (as opposed to cowboy operators ).
Can anyone provide me with a recommendation for a service they’ve used in the last year or two?  We use Canberra Pest Control [...]

Vale, Merylyn Condon

By 23 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Condolences to the family and friends of 2CC radio’s former garden guru Merylyn Condon, who has recently lost her battle with cancer. Prior to hanging up the headphones a year ago, Merylyn had been a guiding voice on air for garden lovers in Canberra for years with the show Garden Gurus. She will be missed.

Australia Day Celebrations at the Canberra Railway Museum

By 23 January 2016

[ 26 January 2016 at 10:00 am; ] The Canberra Railway Museum is putting on special Australia Day community celebrations on Tuesday 26 January.

As a thank you for community support visitors will be offered, after normal paid entry, a delightful complimentary morning tea from 10am to 12pm.

Aside from tea and coffee, there will be home-made Anzac biscuits and lamingtons in glorious century-old carriages.

The [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Public Forum – Urban Renewal – David Dawes

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There’s a notice in circulation for a public forum at the Albert Hall to be addressed by David Dawes who is the chief of the LDA/Directorate – the section of the ACT Government that oversees the sale of land, the development of new suburbs and the redevelopments within established suburbs.
As far as I know David [...]

Ask RiotACT: Parking fine at New Acton

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey Team,
I recently received a parking fine for not displaying a valid ticket at the car park at New Acton. I was parked in a New Acton (private) car park spot, not an ACT Government spot.  The middle of the road has free two-hour ACT Government parking, while the part of the road adjacent to the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Renovations in Jerrabomberra

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m looking for suggestions for a quality tradesman to renovate my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. I also want to install floating timber floors throughout, repaint and install a new wardrobe.
I tried John from Purr-fect Bathrooms as suggested in other posts but unfortunately he doesn’t work in NSW.
Thanks.

A sculpture walk though Civic

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When reading the latest thought bubbles from the property lobby, it was difficult to avoid laughing out loud. In their quest to improve Civic business activity, the Civic property lobby has recommended that the ACT Government should hand over money to assist in the refurbishment of the Melbourne and Sydney buildings.
Let’s be clear — these [...]

Greens’ election prospects subject of much debate

By 19 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The representation of the ACT Greens in our legislative assembly following the 2016 election is being widely argued and carefully even apprehensively judged.
Following their poor showing in 2012 when they lost three seats and were reduced to Shane Rattenbury they acquired a kingmaker role keeping Labor in government.
Many people from both mainstream parties believe this [...]

Ask RiotACT: NBN providers

By 19 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi everyone, I am moving to Braddon soon and the area I am moving to is connected to NBN.
Question: Which NBN providers would you recommend?
I am currently on Optus for ADSL +. It works okay until after 8pm when everything just slows down.
Thanks
 

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for new kitchen installer

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking to get a new kitchen installed, and rip the old one out. Has anyone had one done recently? Hoping to get some recomendations for good value installers in the ACT.
All comments greatly appreciated.

A Magpie’s view on the Bombers’ woes

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In 1958, when I was nine years old, I watched Collingwood win the VFL Premiership on our black and white TV (of course).
Naturally, I started supporting the Magpies and have done so ever since. I have taken all sorts of abuse from not only VFL/AFL supporters but also supporters of other codes.  I have been [...]

What women want – when returning to work

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have found that there is no more personally or professionally challenging period than the switch to becoming a mother. Almost all women I know under 40 entered the workforce with the expectation that they would have a career their whole life. The median (average) age of mothers at the time of their first child [...]

Ask RiotACT: luxury one-night getaways from Canberra

By 16 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all, I am looking for luxury/boutique, resort/getaway style accommodation for a 1 night weekend escape from Canberra. 1-2 hours from Canberra, and full-service, not self-catering. Happy to drive to a local town for dinner, but looking for breakfast on-site as well as entertainment options such as spa or pool.
Google searches have not been very [...]

Ask RiotACT: Purchasing flat bread in bulk

By 15 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Having a large family function over Easter and need to source around 100-150 flat breads for making kebab wraps and the like.
Can anyone recommend somewhere in Canberra where I can buy fresh flat bread in that quantity?
I know that Costco, etc sell flat bread, but would prefer freshly made local ones.
Thanks.

Dogs, ducks and dubious decisions

By 13 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Dickson Wetlands have been a success both as a water-engineering project (providing water for the nearby sports grounds) and as attractive open space parkland.
From the day it was opened, people have been going there from the surrounding suburbs to enjoy the amenities – mainly just to walk. In addition to the care-free meanderers, there [...]

Why does Tuggeranong stink?

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you been affected by the unpleasant smell in Tuggeranong? Do you know where it’s coming from?
In recent weeks residents of the territory’s southern suburbs have complained about a foul stench and now the Canberra Liberals are on the case. Shadow Minister for the Environment Nicole Lawder has called on the Government to act to [...]

ACT election headaches ahead for candidates

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The 2016 ACT Assembly election obviously will be a watershed, not least because the legislature finally has increased to a properly representative 25 members.
I say ‘not least’ because there are a number of sleeping issues (headaches?) that candidates and successful MLAs will face.
Whomever forms government next October will need 13 of the 25 elected representatives, [...]

Canberra street names on song

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Every suburb in Canberra has a theme; from Australian rivers and lakes, to judges, to poets and butterflies, to architects. And now there’s going to be a music themed suburb. Moncrieff in the Gungahlin region has been named after soprano Gladys Lillian Moncrieff and it was announced last week that all the streets in Moncrieff [...]

Should dogs be allowed in Weston Park?

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am extremely concerned to learn that dogs on leash are now allowed in Weston Park. Dogs will not be able to access the miniature railway or children’s playground area. Weston Park is full of wildlife, kangaroos, swans, ducks, swamp hens and many parrots and other birds. During the week when traffic and people numbers are [...]

Australia Day: Festival or Funeral?

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I took out Aussie citizenship when I was 20. Up till then it hadn’t occurred to me that there was any benefit to being a fully-fledged citizen when I could get all the benefits as a British subject, having been born in England and migrating out to Oz when I was three years old. I [...]

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