The first magpie attack of the season was reported on the 23rd of August last year.
Coming up to the anniversary of that date, I wanted to invite Rioters to add pins to this google map http://goo.gl/maps/SSdGr, as swooping magpies are encountered this season.
The Distinguished Professor Arthur Georges will be talking about his adventures studying turtles in Papua New Guinea tomorrow, and you can go listen if you like.
Adventures in the wild of lowland Papua New Guinea
Distinguished Professor Arthur Georges
Tuesday 20 August 2013 4:30 – 5:30pm
INSPIRE Centre, Building 25 Pantowora Street, University of Canberra
Take this rare opportunity to visit the ANU Classics Museum on a weekend and enjoy free parking.
The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion’s head earring, and some coins. From those [...]
At 9:37pm on Tuesday night (13th Aug 2013), a large meteor fell south of Canberra. Here is the story on NineMSN.
If anyone was a witness to this event, please report it at;
Also if anyone may have access to cctv footage of this event, please send me a pm as this will be crucial to pinpointing [...]
On 23rd July this year there was a motorcycle accident on Barton Highway which claimed the life of Michael Griffiths. A good Samaritan stopped and tried to revive him. When ambulances arrived, the stranger simply disappeared.
This person also visited the crash site not long after the accident occurred and left flowers and an anonymous note [...]
The Belconnen Community Centre is excited to announce our upcoming Spring Sessions Art Taster program. We are offering a series of six evening Art Workshops open to anyone interested in learning something new – no artistic experience is necessary!
In our first workshop, on the 2nd of September, you will explore basic glassmaking techniques as you [...]
Those of you who enjoy meaty discussion about various issues may be interested in this:
Dr Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, she is the best selling Author of the award-winning primer on carnism, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.
Australian Sleep Medicine research scientist Dr Carmel Harrington is giving a lecture at UC tomorrow where she argues that a good nights sleep may be the secret to weight loss.
Hopefully she has more compelling evidence than noticing a correlation between average hours slept and average weight over time, otherwise I’d like to talk to her [...]
I have little talent at fishing, however you might be good at it! In fact you may be so good at it that you’ve gotten really into it, and spend your time watching fishing programs and reading fishing books.
I think that’s kinda weird, but you would probably think the things I’m into are weird so [...]
Varsity Derby League is having another ‘fresh meat’ intake. Women and men (over 18) are welcome to come along and start training with VDL to be either players or referees. No previous skating experience is required, we’ll teach you! The sessions are:
Sunday 18 August, 6 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 20 August, 7.30 pm – 10 [...]
Some of you may be interested this:
2013 Kenneth Myer Lecture
Join Professor Julian Disney AO as he presents the 2013 Kenneth Myer Lecture, ‘Media Standards in an Internet World’.
Julian Disney is Chair of the Australian Press Council and a part-time Professor and Director of the Social Justice Project at the University of New South Wales. [...]
A message from Polly Waffler…
Long-time readers would remember occasional references to Hash House Harriers – the “Drinkers with a Running Problem” – on this site. The origins of the Hash, or HHH, are steeped in a haze of sweat and beer, yet a good summary exists here. You don’t need to run and [...]
ABC News reports that a Filipino lady was treated like a slave, made to surrender her passport and overworked without pay. All while being confined to the house.
The report only mentions the slave-master was ‘a foreign diplomat’, and does not specify which country. I’m presuming the house was an embassy but don’t know which [...]
Belconnen Community Services are hosting a one day workship with world renowned disability advocates John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien on Tuesday the 30th of July, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at the Holt Community Centre. The forum will cost $60, however if you are living with disability, or a family member is, you can attend [...]
Tuesday 30 July, 7-8pm
Thinking of doing a PhD? Then this online session is not to be missed.
Dr Inger Mewburn (aka the Thesis Whisperer), Director of Research Training at ANU and author of How to tame your PhD, will discuss five ways to set yourself up for success in your PhD and beyond. She will [...]
The Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) has launched an online petition calling on WIN TV management to reverse its decision to downgrade its Canberra and region news service.
The TCC is encouraging all residents in the Canberra Region WIN TV viewing area to sign the petition (link below) and to circulate it to family and friends via email [...]
The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Ecuador present 3 film adaptations of Ecuadorian literature directed by film-maker Camilo Luzuriaga:
La Tigra (The Tigress) (1990)
6:30pm Thursday 8 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU
Entre Marx y una Mujer desnuda (Between Marx and a naked Woman) (1996)
6:30pm Thursday 15 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, [...]
ACT Opposition Leader, Jeremy Hanson, is expected to be grilled on Liberal party policies towards Canberra and Tuggeranong when he addresses the next meeting of the Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC).
The TCC will meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 August 2013 in the upstairs formal dining room at the Southern Cross Club in Greenway.
Please help us find Zeus
Reward for information resulting in the return of Zeus. He is a 3.5 year old staffy cross that is owned by Canberra Sparky Josh Way rescued when he was a pup. Zeus has been given away without Josh’s permission. He is microchipped and will be missing his master and his young family.
New cars being stolen – tell all your friends…
I was in a rush this morning and I seemed to have dropped my keys on Blackall St, Barton.
I retraced my steps to no avail
The keyring has one car key and remote, one house key, and one pair of blue ear plugs (Etymotic ER-20).
If anyone has seen them or picked them up, I would [...]
The July 2013 BCC Community Forum will be held at:
7.30pm, Tuesday 16 July 2013
Community Room above the Chandler Street Belconnen Library
The meeting will commence at 7.30PM with no more than 30 minutes of reports on BCC activities from Committee members. This includes a report on a meeting the BCC held with Ginninderra MLA’s concerning [...]
The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is delighted to invite you to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones at our Winter Warmer Party—a casual evening for you to see what’s happening at the Council and to meet others from the community who have been impacted by HIV and AIDS.
WHEN: Friday [...]
[ 25 July 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society proudly presents a free public lecture entitled
LIVING AND WORKING ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: OUR GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE
by Dr Greg Chamitoff – NASA Astronaut & Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney
Date: Thursday 25 July 2013
Location: Theatre 1, Manning Clarke [...]
Geoscience Australia’s Top GeoShot photography competition is now open.
I lost a set of keys yesterday. So if you found a set a keys in Page, on the morning 313 bus going to civic, or around the civic interchange, the morning ’3′ bus or near DFAT. Please drop the site a line.
The keys are as described:
A Holden car key.
A blue key and a [...]
A student at the University of Canberra will give up the comfort of a roof over his head for 20 nights to raise awareness for homeless youth.
On Wednesday 10 July, 23 year old Nathan Beer will travel to the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to live until 20 July in an attempt to accurately capture the [...]
Questacon is running some school holiday workshops at their new shiny QTLC centre, and they sound pretty awesome.
Does your child have a bright idea?
Check out our newest facility, the Questacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC) in Deakin and sign the kids up to a workshop these ACT school holidays.
These two innovation workshop experiences are for young [...]
TAMS are making sure there’s no doubt that Kambah Pool’s gates are closing at night from Monday:
Canberrans are reminded that the gates to Kambah Pool will be closed overnight from Monday 1 July to reduce ongoing vandalism and antisocial behaviour at the recreation area, Brett McNamara, Manager Regional Operations for ACT Parks and Conservation Service, [...]
Aren’t those new high-power LED bike lights amazing? For under $100, you can now get a 300 or 600 lumen bike light. A few bucks more gets you 1200 lumens! That’s brighter than most car headlights. All powered by a couple of AA batteries or equivalent.
Car headlights have a design standard that makes sure the [...]
Belconnen Community Service is seeking expressions of interest from local and emerging artists interested in facilitating community art workshops.
The initial commitment would be for a one-off two hour workshop, forming part of the BCS “Spring Sessions” Art Taster Program.
Spring Sessions will be a series of six individual workshops on a fortnightly basis from 2/9/13-21/11/13. The [...]
A little after 8 this morning a solid largeish black dog was chasing a kangaroo from O’Connell Street park area toward the Ainslie shops – the roo (a very large grey) slipped and fell heavily on the road in front of my car, in Cox Street, and the dog bit its hindquarter. Roo managed to [...]