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Zombies, Cryptographers, Skywhale…what’s your favourite?

By 27 August 2014

Hi All
As per my previous posts on RiotAct, I run a little website called Capital Yarns. I invite social media users to nominate three items, and I then write a bespoke short story featuring all three, set in Canberra. The idea began when I created bedtime stories for my two daughters based on three items [...]

What’s the future for small businesses in Canberra?

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As Federal Government Department’s continue to slash away at their APS number though voluntary and involuntary redundancies, the future of the economy of Canberra is looking unstable, particularly in the arena of small business.
Over the past 5 years there’s been a noticeable difference in the way locals are embracing and investing in small local businesses. [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2 September 2014

By 27 August 2014

Hi,
Just a short note to let you know the Tuggeranong Community Council will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 2 September. TCC President, Eric Traise is back in the chair after an extended break to due illness and has announced he will be seeking a second term as our President. He will be joined by [...]

The State of Fear

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I read a book recently by Michael Crichton called the State of Fear in which the theory of that state of fear was described. It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a monster that only they can protect against. The Australian example in the [...]

Break in – unusual items taken

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi- our house in Curtin was burgled yesterday at lunchtime and amongst other items including a playstation 4 and lots of games the jerk took one of my daughters singing medals (worth absolutely nothing to anyone else) – it was on a blue ribbon and was from the Australian National Eisteddfod. I just wanted to [...]

Tips for buying at auction

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

First time user and poster so go easy on an old man please…
Can anyone offer any tips on first hand experience with auctions?   There appear to be lots of information online but many of which are contradictory.
Appear confident in a suit and bid loud and in big increments or lay low and be in the [...]

Hope for Canberra’s street cats

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When a family decides they’re ready to bring a furry friend into their lives, they typically – much to my dismay – head to a pet store at their local mall to take their pick from teeny tiny kittens and puppies, often the product of puppy farming and backyard breeders. Some families do the more [...]

Parking: Caught in the ACT

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A major bonus of life in the ACT up to now has been that there is enough road for the cars (most of the time) and adequate reasonably priced or no charge parking. This is not the case in Sydney and Melbourne, where officials have been publicly proclaiming for years that there are “just too [...]

Swooping birds of 2014

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Since no one else has done it, I thought I’d start this years thread.
I went for a bicycle ride from Queanbeyan to Fyshwick and back on Monday 25 August.
Once there I did a lap of the COC area and was the victim of one very half hearted swoop opposite the phone exchange.
Do other readers [...]

Lost GP

By 24 August 2014

Hi guys,
long time lurker, first time poster, I’ve lost my long-term GP from Isabella Plains Medical centre and was wondering if anyone knows which practice she has moved to, as they said they don’t know. Dr Rachael (sp?) Liang. Does anyone know where I can now find her, as she knows my health history very [...]

Green electricity box/pillar in front of house

By 24 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys
Whilst in Harrison yesterday, I noticed many of these mini green domes/pillars in front of every 4-6 houses.
What are they and are they safe for occupants (e.g. Do they emit dangerous levels of radiation or electromagnetic waves?)
I did a bit of research and understand they may be either a distribution link containing fuses or [...]

Searching for LIVE vongole in cbr

By 23 August 2014

As above! I can find ‘fresh’ vongole/clams but they’re never alive (tried all the fish/seafood shops at and around fyshwick mkt). Any ideas?

Psychologist in ACT

By 23 August 2014

Does anyone have a good marriage counsellor / psychologist they can recommend? I’ve heard Marshall O’Brien is great – thoughts?

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

By 23 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For this week’s café hot spot review I decided to head south again and try out suburban café Common Grounds found at Gowrie shops.
I’ve been to Common Grounds once before on a Sunday (around 12 months ago) and it was a very popular spot then. So much so that when we ordered breakfast we were [...]

Kingsford Smith School reviews?

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello all,
I am seeking reviews on the Kingsford Smith School. Please help! This is our PPA school, but I have a few reservations about sending my little one there.
Any info, thoughts, reviews would be GREAT! Don’t hold back. Can also include thoughts on surrounding schools (within 5-10km).

What’s on this weekend? 23rd and 24th August 2014

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]

The Deck at Regatta Point

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking to book “The Deck at Regatta Point” for a function. The most recent reviews on RIOTACT are from 2011 and they are pretty woeful (actually, truly woeful).
Has anyone been there lately? I have heard that it has changed hands, and seeing that my function will mainly have interstate visitors, I would [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 2

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This is the second of my three part series looking at the ACTION network 14. My first post focused on changes north of the lake. This write up focuses on changes Southside. Part three will hopefully be published early next week and will look at the changes to the weekend timetables.
INNER SOUTH
Winners: Tourists will have easier access as [...]

The Relationship Age Gap

By 22 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Age gaps in relationships aren’t uncommon and the trend usually leans towards an older man with a younger woman. In the US in 2013 in over 53% of relationships the man was 2 years or more older than the woman.
My first serious relationship was with someone who was 12 years older than me, it’s funny [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Best Curry

By 21 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The call for Canberra’s Best Curry drew quite a few nominations for a range of restaurants across Canberra. In the end, the taste off came down to Rama’s in Pearce and Indian Affair in Phillip.
To set up on an even footing we ordered dishes that both restaurants had on their menu. Lamb Madras, [...]

Late fees for parking fines not justfied

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It is interesting that we are attacking the banks and now the telcos over late payment fees when our own local government can be included.
I deservedly incurred a parking fine of $91 and forgot to pay it on time. For my troubles I am hit by an administrative charge of $34. This is over 33% [...]

Levy for the New Lifetime Care & Support Scheme: ACT Vehicle Registration Increase of $34pa from 1/7/14

By 20 August 2014

Whilst I’m much more happy contributing to schemes such as this than seeing the ACT Government wasting money on loss making infrastructure projects, I was not aware that this new charge on all vehicle registrations in the ACT would be introduced. Maybe I just missed it. 
From 1 July 2014, we are already paying the increased Medicare Levy [...]

Should the Chamberlains’ car be in the National Museum?

By 20 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I remember being in a car with my family on the way to the snow one year when I was about 7 or 8 and there was an awful accident. We had been stuck in a jam for ages and when traffic finally moved there were people still on the scene covered in blood, about [...]

Quick to condemn Palmer after the fact but not during the rant

By 20 August 2014

I found Clive Palmer’s outburst on Q&A on Monday night pretty awful and something we shouldn’t see from a Member of Parliament.
I do however wonder why Tony Jones or Penny Wong didn’t step in to disagree?
I find it a very ‘Australian’ thing to do. To stand by and smile while someone spews vile statements that [...]

Recycling plastic bags

By 20 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi RActors.
I used to be able to recycle plastic bags at Coles & Woolies, but they no longer have collection bins at the stores I frequent.
Planet ARK website tells me I can recycle plastic bags at Coles & Woolies, and not to attempt to recycle them through roadside collections.
I re-use everything I can (packaging like [...]

Tony McAbbott – Meddler In Chief

By 20 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I can’t think for the life of me why our PM would want to suggest that the world as we know it will cease to be if the Scots get independence. But then, perhaps the world as he knows it may just end.
Perhaps the flag may need to be revisited with the withdrawal of the [...]

Best of Canberra – Bacon & Egg Roll

By 19 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I want to hear your opinion on Canberra’s Best Bacon and Egg Roll. You’re either a lover or a hater, but for all you lovers of that bacon and runny egg goodness (I personally like a bit of cheese and BBQ sauce) – where is your go to spot when you want [...]

Sex offender rehabilitation program, refund?

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today the ACT courts added a couple extra years to the Belconnen Library serial child sex offender sentence. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/belconnen-library-child-molester-to-serve-extra-three-years-jail-20140818-105d87.html
It was his sixth conviction for offences against children.
At what point do we say enough is enough, this obviously isn’t working?
Who is delivering this service and who’s responsible for ensuring offenders are allowed to reenter the community without further harming our [...]

IKEA in the ACT? It’s not all good news

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whip out your Allen keys; IKEA is coming to the Capital.
Whilst a vast majority of Canberrans are rejoicing at the prospect of purchasing trendy and affordable furniture without having to take a day trip to Sydney and lug it all back down the Federal Highway, others are considering the downfalls of the Swedish flatpack furniture [...]

Beryl Women Inc. – Call for History Project Participants

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Beryl Women Inc. (formerly Beryl Women’s Refuge) will be celebrating its 40th birthday next year (yes – we’ve been operating in Canberra since 1975!), and is keen to have the history recorded in a book.  We are particularly interested in telling our history through the experience of women who have been involved with the organisation as Clients, [...]

If you build it, they will come…

By 19 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT Sports Minister Shane Rattenbury refuses to recognize his Field of Dreams moment even though it’s staring him in the face.
He’s missing a real opportunity by not getting behind the push to build a new ice rink which would provide more time and opportunity for Canberrans who follow – or would like to if facilities [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 1

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So ACTION has released its long awaited Network 14. They are promising more buses that are more direct. This is being achieved by culling late night services with low patronage. This is the first ever network that has been designed using data from MyWay – an electronic ticketing system that tracks where you get on [...]

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