Opinion (1185 Stories)

TransACT VDSL2 “Phone & Broadband” bundle

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I would like to hear your experiences with the above mentioned product, on a 2 years plan 50GB peak and 50GB off peak on the at $80 per month.
Specifically the quality and consistency of the VDSL2 downloads, what upload speeds are you getting?  How is customer service when things don’t go as planned or advertised? [...]

Watersports on Lake Burley Griffin

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Ignoring the storms and rain from Monday night, it’s been pretty hot in the ‘Berra the last few weeks. I think that’s what they call ‘summer’. I wrote last week about swimming options in Canberra, focusing on Kambah Pool. The water talk got me thinking about Canberra’s lakes, what they’re used for and what they [...]

Carpet Cleaning in Gungahlin area?

By 6 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.. I need to get my house carpet steam or dry clean soon. It’s a two storey townhouse (3 bedrooms, 1 small study, 1 Family/Dining room, 1 Living room and stairs. No furniture needed to be moved.
Can anyone recommend me a reliable and reasonable carpet cleaners? I rang 2 places and they quoted me close to [...]

ActewAGL Market and Standard energy contracts

By 6 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I recently found out that if you call ActewAGL and say something about an Origin Energy offer and ask if ActewAGL have a competitor rate you can get 16% off electricity and 12% off gas consumption instantly. I gave them a call and it worked. However, during my 10 day cool off period I have been [...]

Best of Canberra – Cocktails

By 6 January 2015

Anyone that knows me, knows that my favourite Thursday night activity is drinking cocktails with friends. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be a Thursday night, it’s just a thing I love to do. There is something so sexy and cool about putting on red lipstick and your new favourite dress and just sitting at [...]

Traffic is a mess in Lanyon

By 6 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I thought I’d let people know that traffic is a real mess in Lanyon at the moment. The ACT government has closed Tharwa Drive to put a new sewer main in, and that means that pretty much anything south of Woodcock Drive in Tuggeranong is a mess.
I just drove from Erindale Drive down to my [...]

Bogans in Canberra

By 6 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
Steven and Ange - bogans

I’ve had a lot of contact with bogans over the past few weeks, and I love it. After working on the Victorian election, a few visits from extended family throughout the holiday period, and my first visit to Canberra’s Summernats, my exposure to boganism has gone from a medium-rare to burnt-to-the-bloody-sh$t-house. Before I go any [...]

Parking at University of Canberra

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My grandson has enrolled at the University of Canberra (UCAN) for 2015.  He’ll be driving from Conder each day and isn’t sure about parking.  He’s looked at the parking options on the UCAN website but is a little worried about what he should do if he arrives and there aren’t any parks left.  Does anyone know if students from [...]

‘Bush’ or Rustic Wedding Venue and Caterer in Canberra?

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi there. My fiancé and I had organised a wedding for March this year outside Canberra, but arrangements have fallen through as the venue has been sold.  So now we are trying to finalise arrangements quickly for an informal wedding and reception venue for around 30 people.  We are looking at either an outside wedding [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Social Clubs

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I lived in the Woden area, social clubs were a regular activity of mine. I would find myself meeting friends for a casual drink, cheap bistro bite to eat, and I have to admit, I am a fan of the pokies every now and then, but I do limit myself to $20. I found [...]

Suggestions for venue for conference dinner

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi there,
I’m tasked with finding a venue for a conference dinner to be held in March.
I’m looking for a venue that seats 20-30 people, offers 3 courses for about $65’ish, in Civic (preferably the part closer to ANU).
Any ideas?
Peter W.

Summernats in Braddon?

By 5 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Summernats. You either love it or you hate it. I’ve always been aware of it, but this is my first year living in the North when Summernats has been on. I definitely noticed it. In a big way.
Like most other people, I spotted the classic cars as well as the ‘done up’ cars a few [...]

Party Puts Sex back into Politics

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Who said the Victorians were a stuffy conservative lot? How things have changed! Canberra’s own Fiona Patten MLC!
So Fiona won a seat in the Upper House in Victoria at the last elections, which saw the Liberal a one term wonder, booted out on their proverbials.
Anyone see the pickie in the papers celebrating this wondrous [...]

Driving Brisbane to Canberra

By 4 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m seeking advice from Rioters who have driven the Brisbane-Canberra route recently. I am flying to Brisbane to buy a campervan and will be starting the drive back to Canberra the same day.  I’m a bit nervous about both Cunningham’s Gap and the Toowoomba Range as I am not familiar with the vehicle, but I [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Duatti, Westfield Woden

By 3 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

This morning I checked out Duatti, recommended to me for their French toast and coffee. Duatti, the Korean word for two friends has a very Melbournesque feel. Located in Westfield Woden (in the corner, near Woolies), this gorgeous little café is brand new, only opening in December.
Walking up to the café, I was super impressed [...]

Unwanted clothing

By 1 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have just had a huge wardrobe cleanout and have everything from brand new items still with tags through to much-worn things.  Mr Catty says charities won’t take any clothing and it’s a waste of time taking them. He wants to take them all to the tip, but my scruples won’t let me; there are [...]

Best of Canberra – Social Club

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberrans seem to be pretty big on social clubs, with Friday night dinners or mid week drinks at the club. Now to confirm, when I say social club, I am referring to establishments such as the Tradies, RSL’s and Football clubs. You know those places where you can get a meal, play the pokies, win [...]

How low will petrol prices go?

By 31 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra motorists have been treated to a drastic reduction in the price of fuel since the opening of Costco’s petrol station in early December.
On a trip to the Majura Park precinct just before Christmas, I was surprised to see unleaded fuel down to $1.17 a litre at both the Costco and the nearby Woolworths petrol [...]

The mass exodus – do we love Canberra?

By 30 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

As many of us make the mass migration to the coast for the holiday period, this year, I decided to stay at home in Canberra. However, I did make a fleeting three-day visit to my family in the Victorian Highlands. A part of my heart remains there on the rocky roads, in the cold nights, [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Hummus

By 29 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

To my surprise … and apart from the guy who likened hummus to floor tile glue, the search for Canberra’s best hummus created much discussion.
The three most talked about places were Turkish Pide House, Fig & Olive in Chisholm and an unknown business who it sounds like sells Turkish sweets and dips at both the [...]

The Summer Bucket List

By 29 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Want to make the best of Summer but don’t know where to start? Check out our list of 30 suggestions for fun things to do in Canberra this season:
1. Take a paddle boat for a spin on Lake Burly Griffin.
2. Buy or borrow a hammock and spend a whole afternoon reading a book under a [...]

Overstary your visa – fine. Come by leaky boat – not fine.

By 29 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve been in good company recently, joining others in banging on about the ill treatment of asylum seekers and trying to draw attention to the fact that the scale of the problem does not justify the degree of power and might being applied to repelling those seeking succour on our shores by coming here in [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Espresso Room, Westfield Belconnen

By 27 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

This year I was organized and had a list of things I wanted to buy at the Boxing Day sales but I thought I would be clever about it and head into Westfield Belconnen early to avoid the crowds.
Coffee is a must before shopping and crowds, and I happened to stumble across a specialty coffee [...]

I Don’t Like Cricket – I Love It!

By 26 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Until recently, I was bored witless with cricket having spent my whole childhood, adolescence and junior adulthood, rapt in its glory.
The one day games were exciting, the Windies were amazing and the Poms were there for the slaughter. The Indians, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis were there to make the numbers up. South Africa was Un-PC.
Then [...]

Looking to buy in Palmerston

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My husband and I are looking to buy in Palmerston. We have found a house but it appears to have been on the market for quite a while (since September). I currently live in Macquarie and before that in Cook, so I don’t know the area very well. The street seemed very peaceful and quiet [...]

Where to eat on the South Coast

By 24 December 2014
Broulee Beach

Whether you’re after some really good fish and chips, a meat pie or a fancy dinner for two, here’s a short guide to some of the South Coast’s most loved restaurants, cafes and takeaway shops.
Fish and chips 
No trip down the coast is complete without fish and chips for dinner. My recommendation for all things battered [...]

Is Canberra a nanny state for dogs… or just people?

By 24 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bruce is my best mate; we’ve been through a lot together. Bruce has been there by my side through thick and thin. She enjoys the same music as I do, and she is generally a model of honesty, rectitude, and loyalty. She was there for me through my darkest and finest hours of the 2013 [...]

Best of Canberra – Hummus

By 23 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

One of the best party foods ever invented would have to be bread and dip, specifically hummus. It is made of the simplest ingredients; chickpeas, salt, lemon, garlic, tahini paste and maybe some cumin. Despite the easy recipe I always personally find that hummus always tastes different, depending where you get it.
This week I want [...]

Best Child Access Lawyer Needed ASAP

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Can anyone point me in the direction of a really good Lawyer in the ACT for Family law. I need the best !!
I have had restrictions of my child access placed on me since I moved into the town where my kids reside.
I have begun mediation, but need a lawyer to formalise the agreement reached after [...]

Is Ginger Gorman leaving 666 ABC?

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know if Ginger Gorman is leaving 666 ABC? There were a few people talking about it on social media over the weekend.
I’m assuming if it is true it is because of the budget cuts?
I’m surprised it hasn’t been reported anywhere given how popular she was.

Where can I buy a Turducken?

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Have my heart set on having a turducken for Christmas lunch.   But have drawn a blank on finding where I can buy one. Am hoping your collective knowledge will be able to point me in the right direction, preferably in the Belconnen area.

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Meat Pies

By 22 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

There was quite a lot of debate when the call went out for Canberra’s best pies last week, with over 10 different bakeries and cafes being nominated.
Based on most popular I found myself out at the Spence Friendly Grocer. I didn’t even know that it existed, let alone has a café inside. I was told [...]

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