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A guide to getting ready on the cheap

By 24 May 2015
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I recently wrote an article on what it costs me to get ready for a special event such as a wedding. The comments I received back from readers were overwhelming (some positive, oth...

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Farmers Daughter, Yarralumla

By 23 May 2015
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You may have noticed recently that I haven’t commented on the coffee at cafes that I have been visiting. That’s because lately I haven’t had a really great one. Whilst rac...

A look around Canberra – Forrest

By 22 May 2015 3
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A Look Around Canberra this week takes us to the south side of the bridge and a cruise around State Circle before stopping off at Forrest. Forrest can pretty much be describ...

Local sports club profile – Gungahlin Gymnastics

By 22 May 2015
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If there’s proof that Canberra’s north needed another gymnastics club, it’s the speed at which families have signed up to join Gungahlin Gymnastics, which opened for busi...

Weekend garage sale guide (23rd and 24th May 2015)

By 22 May 2015
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Canberra garage sales this weekend in Queanbeyan, Spence, Campbell, Franklin, Hughes, Florey, Macquarie, O'Connor, Narrabundah, Mawson, Gordon, Hackett, Crace and Nicholls. Happy...

Why travel when you can have a Canberra staycation?

By 21 May 2015 6
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My husband and I date every Wednesday. It’s my hot tip for staying happily married and it is probably the reason why we have so many kids (we have four). Four isn’t an ...

New Optus 4G in Canberra – good, bad, or ugly?

By 24 May 2015 1
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A few years ago there was a RiotACT thread regarding poor Optus 3G reception in Tuggeranong. It turned out that this was a pretty common problem for Optus customers across Canb...

Where to buy wholesale meat or even half a pig in Canberra?

By 23 May 2015 5
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Hi guys, This might sound weird, but I have been looking into ways to buy half a pig or lots of uncut meat at wholesale price but found nothing so far. Most butchers will se...

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The Incident At Fugue Bay - now open

By 24 March 2009 12

[First filed: March 23, 2009 @ 10:07] Canberra Dramatics is currently performing "The Incident At Fugue Bay" at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. The play is written and directed by Canberra local, and frequent RiotACT commenter, Trevar Alan Chilver. From the blurb: “He was meant to be ...

Magistrate Madden walks into the sunset

By 24 March 2009 5

Simon Corbell has announced the retirement of Magistrate Shane Madden. ""Magistrate Madden will be admired for his many years of ongoing service to the ACT Court system, but he will be particularly remembered for his services to the youth and the indigenous community," Mr Corbell said. Some of...

Margaret Spalding passes away

By 24 March 2009 45

The ABC's 666 is reporting that Margaret Spalding, the litigious CEO of Koomarri and architect of the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park debacle, was recalled to the almighty yesterday. Cause of death is unknown, described as sudden. Condolences go to her family and friends. John Mackay on ...

Police Wrap - 24 March

By 24 March 2009 9

1. Conder toilet rampage: ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a burglary and property damage at the St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder on Friday night March 20. Police believe that sometime between 9pm and midnight on Friday, access was gained to a toilet block at the school where o...

Mad hoax bomber found to be mad

By 24 March 2009 40

The ABC brings news that Tamara Batterham, 35, from Holt, has been found not guilty of her string of bomb hoaxes (to Government House, Parliament House, Virgin Blue, the White House in Washington DC, and the Lodge). Batterham told police she had voices in her head and had given up fighting an ima...

John Gorton to be commemorated at last

By 24 March 2009 10

While browsing ACTPLA (sad, I know) I found this intriguing development application.  It is for a temporary cyclepath through the grassland between Cotter Rd and Dixon Drive, routing cyclists off Cotter Rd while they build the new Molonglo arterial road.  Due to start in October, the road shows up...

The impact of the Wanniassa death

By 23 March 2009 185

[First filed: March 22, 2009 @ 10:33 Second filing: March 23, 2009 @ 09:25] This morning on my way to baseball my family and i were blocked off from the end of the street. Up to 100 metres distance was blocked off with police there and a black car. For my age i had no idea what was going...

Copulation in public places, your thoughts?

By 23 March 2009 67

Following on from JoyceStanton's outrage at a couple getting wild in the Dickson Woolies car park late on Friday night (complete with dogging), what do you think about al fresco loving in Canberra? And should the police do more about it? [poll id="85"]...

Doszpot says visit the Tharwa ghost town

By 23 March 2009 22

Steve Doszpot IS urging you to spend money in Tharwa. “In the space of a few years the Tharwa community has endured Bushfire threats, the debacle that surrounded the closure of their bridge - literally cutting them off from the rest of the ACT for far too long. “They have even lost their ...

Police Wrap - 23 March

By 23 March 2009 11

1. Skyfire brawling: ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault in Civic on Saturday night (March 21) that left one male unconscious and two other males with minor injuries. About 9.30pm, a group of four 18-year-old men were returning from Skyfire to their vehicle, which was parked in th...

Special education gets a review

By 23 March 2009 12

Andrew Barr has announced he's roped in "Professor Tony Shaddock, an internationally respected expert" to conduct a review of education for students with special needs. “The ACT Government is determined to ensure equity for every student in the ACT,” Mr Barr said. “This means ensuring that ...

In search of Heidi Smith...

By 23 March 2009 13

I’m looking for any work by local photographer Heidi Smith.  She was quite big back in the eighties and took magnificent photos of Canberra as well as doing portraits/private commissions. Having trawled the web for info, my results have been limited to a book with Brian Smith called ‘I Love ...

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