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How to Train Your Dragon 2

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
How to Train Your Dragon 2

In 2010, How to Train Your Dragon successfully established a relationship with hyperactive introverts around the world, connecting through its protagonist, Hiccup.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 arrives four years later eager to reconnect with their previous audience – who in their early/mid teens now respond to their more physical form rather than the inevitable [...]

Kitchen Exhaust Fan

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi. This is my first time posting this forum. I am looking to renovate my kitchen on a reasonable budget.  The kitchen currently has a basic exhaust fan above the stove.  The fan was replaced a year so so ago with a good quality fan.  At the same time the tubing on the roof side of the [...]

Canberra – what’s happening to this place???

By 23 June 2014

Canberra used to be a great place.  Now, look around you.  Use some of Mr Barr’s “vision” if u need.  This is what I see happening to my city :

Debt.   M$300+ and growing.  Given what the Fed’s have planned for Canberra, I’m astounded that the Chief Minister can say that the Territory can not let [...]

The Uriarra Track

By 22 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There was an old track that went from Uriarra to Queanbeyan before Canberra was built. Sheep used to be driven to the Yarralumla Wool Shed from Uriarra, but we are not sure what traffic continued along the track to Queanbeyan (possibly via what is now the Governor General’s residence). Remnants of the track are located [...]

Copa Restaurant closed for good?

By 21 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what’s happening with the Copa restaurant in Dickson? I tried to go a couple of weeks ago and it was closed, and appears to have remained so. The website also appears to be down. Are they closed for good or are all the staff too busy watching the World Cup?

Simon Corbell to speak at TCC meeting 1 July 2014

By 20 June 2014

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, will be guest speaker at the next Tuggeranong Community Council meeting on Tuesday 1 July 2014. He will talk on projects to improve water quality in Lake Tuggeranong. You will recall the Lake will be one of the recipients of the more than $80M that has [...]

Stamp duty deduction on a rental property

By 19 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I’ve just purchased a rental property in Canberra and I am aware that, because I am leasing it on a 99 year lease, then the stamp duty is deductible in the 1st tax year as a “lease document expense”.
My question is regarding the other expenses (conveyancing etc) incurred in obtaining the property. Again, given that [...]

Asbestos assessor

By 19 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve been reading up on the possibility of asbestos being present in older houses in the ACT and would like to get it assessed.
I have come up with a list of questions to ask:
Do you have any licence restrictions? (I read about the possibility of some assessors not being able to check above 2.4 m)
How [...]

Fire exit locked… what can I do?

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Greetings hivemind,
I work in a small commercial building where the front door is locked after 5.30pm every day.  This means the only way out if I stay back is via the back door.  I guestimate that the floor area of the building is about 1200 square metres, i.e. 600 ground floor and the same upstairs, and [...]

Are fun runs really fun? The Canberra Times Fun Run comes to town

By 18 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Are fun runs really fun? The Canberra Times Fun Run comes to town

I was recently reminded that registrations for the Canberra Time Fun Run are open, and this sent me on a stumble down memory lane, thinking about my first CT 10km, and fun runs more generally.
‘Fun run’ is an oft-maligned term. Granted, it seems an oxymoron. As far as I understand it, a fun run is [...]

Recycling bags delivered in the mail

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When checking my mail yesterday I noticed I had been left a couple of blue plastic bags.  I assumed it was a Govt initiative to support a local charity, but on closer inspection noticed a link www.allroundrecycling.com.au
From what I can tell, the company collect the bags for item resale in third world countries.
In ten years [...]

Scam phone calls

By 17 June 2014

Received a scam phone call this afternoon, (normally they call of an evening) saying that the business I supposedly own is doing poorly in the Google rankings and it will cost me $150 to get my supposed business to the top of the Google search. Funny thing is I don’t own a business. Guess they’re [...]

Weekend electrician

By 17 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone have a recommendation for an electrician who is able to work on Saturdays?
I’m in the inner south if that helps.

Cannabis for medicinal use

By 16 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just been watching a tv program about legalising cannabis for medicinal use.
Is growing small amounts for this purpose legal in the ACT?

When did a kids day out start to cost so much?

By 16 June 2014

I took my kids along to ‘Kids in the Shed’ at the Old Bus Depot Markets yesterday.  We usually enjoy a morning at the markets, sampling the tasty treats (the honey and ice cream in particular) and checking out some of the lovely hand made goodies.
This morning the little people were really excited as we [...]

Direct bus from Gungahlin to Woden

By 16 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Direct bus from Gungahlin to Woden

Hello Rioters,
I am one of the many people commuting from Gungahlin to Woden.
Currently the only option is to travel to City interchange and catch a bus to Woden interchange.
The buses are usually full and it takes more than an hour to reach Woden. A direct service to Woden from Gungahlin via Gungahlin Drive will be [...]

Tonsillectomy – Laser or Thermal Fusion?

By 14 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Sadly, the time has come, after decades of recurrent tonsillitis, I have been advised to have a tonsillectomy. However, I find the idea of two weeks post-operative pain, something I just do not want to endure.
Thanks to the joys of the internet, there are a couple of newer tonsillectomy techniques that have shorter recovery times, [...]

Should Mr Fluffy be a cause for concern?

By 13 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Should Mr Fluffy be a cause for concern?

Another day, another report in the Canberra Times regarding a ‘Mr Fluffy’ house.
I am at a loss why the ACT Government has had very little to say on the ‘Mr Fluffy’ issue. For that matter, I’m surprised there has been very little in the way of posts on here regarding it too. Is everybody hoping [...]

Horsing Around in the Capital

By 13 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Horsing Around in the Capital

I wanted to take time out from my regular write-ups of local venues to wax lyrical about something close to my heart, and one of the reasons I prefer living in our fair capital to places like Sydney.
I’ve been riding horses since I was about ten years old. I started off at one of the [...]

Mutton in Canberra?

By 12 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I’m hoping that someone can point me to a butcher that sells mutton (sheep) not lamb. I’m looking for a butcher in the Canberra or Queanbeyan area?
Many thanks.
Terence

Curtain makers / fitters in Canberra region

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Looking for heavy drapes to install for both noise and thermal insulation for a house in Queanbeyan. Any recommendations for a place that will measure up, make and install them?

Blog Post: Saving the environment from our own Government

By 11 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Blog Post:  Saving the environment from our own Government

I never expected Tony Abbott to take any sort of stance to fight climate change, so I’m not entirely surprised by his current move to form an alliance to put economy before environment.  I don’t agree with it, but I am not surprised by it.
I am however surprised and disappointed by the ACT Government’s move [...]

Kitchen makeover and carpeting advice

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m after some advice / suggestions on a kitchen makeover and carpeting three of our bedrooms.  
The background is we are looking at selling in two to three years time and not looking to spend lots just a bit to make it comfortable for us now and to look nice for the sale.
renovations.
Carpet:

Three bedrooms all [...]

Massage chairs

By 9 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m thinking about buying a recliner / massage chair; has anyone got one?
I’d be interested in any recommendations or problems encountered.
Thanks!

Time to make wearing cycle helmets optional?

By 6 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Time to make wearing cycle helmets optional?

I was reading that excellent and representational journal, The Canberra Times last Monday (2 June) and saw the implosion of the Young Liberals in the items for discussion at their conference. The article showed some insights into the minds of the next generation of Liberals. Mind you, Gary Humphries was a significant leader in [...]

WANTED – Children’s books for 2-5 year olds

By 5 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My daughter’s childcare centre is a not for profit centre (part of South side children’s services) – they are struggling with resources and have hardly any books! They’ve put out a call for more books. Does anyone out there have old childrens books that they’d be happy to part with?
Any donations would be gratefully received.
Rachel
(If [...]

Looking for Help: Supplying and fitting LED or CFL Down lights?

By 4 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I’m looking to change our old inefficient down lights to LEDs or Compact Fluros. A total 16 lights in all. Any Rioters have any experience (good or bad) in doing this type of work in the ACT or can anyone make any suggestions of local businesses who can supply and fit????
Cheers.

Yum Cha

By 3 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re keen to try out some yum cha!  
We’re after something with a mix of lovely steamed and fried dumplings along with the usual yum cha type morsels. Reviews on places around Canberra seem mixed and we’d rather write a good review than a bad one!
Any recommendations on where to go?

Venues to watch the WorldCup?

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Daniel has asked about venues to watch WorldCup matches in Canberra:
“Hey I am looking to watch the England Vs Italy world cup game on June 15th at 8am. Does anyone know of any pubs or bars that would show it!!!!!!?”
Makes me wonder if there is anywhere in Canberra showing the matches across the competition?

Growing grass in Canberra

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Fellow Rioters.
My lawn is now more weeds than grass and with Spring approaching I thought I would kick off proceedings in replacing it. I was hoping to get thoughts and opinions on the following queries:
(i) Best ever green non-invasive grass variety to grow in Canberra? Have heard good things about Zoysia though not sure if [...]

ISP/Telephony bundles in the ACT – help

By 1 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking for suggestions from Canberrans on home broadband/telephony bundles (please).
I have recently moved and am in the market for a new home broadband and telephony bundle. I would say I am a light/medium user (currently < 10Gb).
I like the idea of bundling all calls and broadband into 1 package.
(for unlimited calls to relo’s [...]

Windscreen cleaning at traffic lights

By 30 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have never been a big fan of windscreen washing at traffic lights.
I was surprised to see it used on the corner of Melrose and Hindmarsh as a bit of a fundraiser a few times for a local women’s Aussie Rules competition, but REALLY surprised to see it used by the Fire Brigade (must have [...]

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