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In the wake of the Lindt Cafe atrocity: questions which demand answers

By 18 December 2014 3
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A woman I know called me yesterday morning in great distress. Even on the phone it was obvious she was shaking and near to tears. She had known Tori Johnson since he was ...

The end of a love affair

By 18 December 2014
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Break ups can be tough. They aren’t easy and there’s always the awkward part in the middle, the moving and parting of the things. But I’m afraid it’s time. I swear it's...

Local Leaders Nip Wijewickrema (GGs Flowers)

By 17 December 2014 3
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Since founding socially sustainable florist GG’s Flowers with stepmum Geetha and sister Gayana earlier this year, Nip Wijewickrema has made it her mission to promote local bu...

Jon Stanhope appointed as new Legal Aid president

By 18 December 2014

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope AO as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years. “As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the...

New Summer Music Camp for Kids

By 18 December 2014

Hi All, I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 - 15. From Monday January 12th - Thursday January 15th 2015. It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing.  We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning ...

Good quality veggie garden plants in Canberra?

By 18 December 2014 3
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I have had mixed success with Bunnings and Rodneys in terms of range and quality of veggie seedlings/plants. Can anyone recommend a favourite nursery or gardening supplier i...

City Walk comes alive with Christmas Markets both day and night

By 18 December 2014

With 10 market stalls starting at 9am today (Thursday 18 December), this festive hustle and bustle of activity on City Walk near Garema Place is another reason to be in Canberra’s CBD this December. Everybody loves a good market, especially at Christmas. During the day come and support five of...

$21 million to boost ACT workforce skills

By 18 December 2014
Minister Burch and Australian Training Award winners

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs. ...

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Finally you can blame George Gregan

By 9 October 2008 5

The Brumbies are carrying the news that the ever unfairly maligned George Gregan is going to turn out for the Barbarians against the Wallabies on 3 December at Twickers. The Barbarian Football Club announced today Gregan is the latest international star to confirm his availability for a match tha...

A tale of trash

By 9 October 2008 37

Just wanted to share my outrage and bewilderment. Sitting here in north Canberra at my computer, I noticed a truck pull up outside the neighbour's house. Two men in the cabin apparently just having a rest from their busy day. One lit up a cigarette and the other opened a tin of tuna and ...

Lithium returns!

By 9 October 2008 4

This exciting news comes to us thanks to Facebook: "It's been nearly 4 months between this Lithum and the last, but it's back! Everybody's formerly favourite regular indie night is returning after yet another irregular interval. The main difference this time is that I don't feel like I ha...

Reasons why the backpacker market is best left to itself...

By 9 October 2008 15

I love backpackers. I was one for longer than most. So whenever I hear a tourism bod spouting about their desire to attract the backpacker market I always think it won't end well. Here's a cute piece of travel blogging which really brings home why they're a sector best left to themselves: "...

Parkour in Canberra

By 9 October 2008 28

Now here's a cool bit of YouTube video. "Footage of Australia's Natsoc Parkour Gathering in Canberra 2008" Nice to see the old Boulevard courtyard (where Toast used to be) being put to its proper purpose. Che and I were sprinting over it after a night on the turps years before anyone hear...

JOE rider and you

By 9 October 2008 6

For a bit of fun here's a media release that made its way in to me today: Motorcycle Awareness Week 11th to the 17th of October 2008 “Where’s JOE Rider” Competition Commencing at the close of the official launch ceremony on the 11th of October will be the launch of the “Whe...

DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 10 October

By 9 October 2008 19

[First filed: October 09, 2008 @ 10:10] It's your time to shine Rioters. Share the benefit of your omniscience by letting people know what's worth seeing and doing in Beautiful Canberra this weekend. Just leave it in the comments. ...

Pedal Power community forum - Some thoughts

By 9 October 2008 108

[First filed: October 08, 2008 @ 15:30] Every now and then readers suggest I should attend some community council event or forum thingy. I always beg off because I suspect they're populated by overly intense people. Women wearing capes and men wearing beards. Last night I went to the P...

Police Wrap - 9 October

By 9 October 2008 9

1. The Olims mystery explained: ACT Policing has charged a 19-year-old Lyneham man with burglary and theft after a break in at a bottle shop in Braddon yesterday morning (Wednesday, October 8). About 3.50am yesterday police attended Olims Hotel Canberra on Limestone Avenue after reports of a ...

Election Wrap - 9 October

By 9 October 2008 31

Mental Health: The CT's David McLennan has struggled manfully to keep track of the rivers of gold being thrown at mental health by both parties. --- CAP: According to the Canberra Times the Community Alliance is looking for a volunteer to organise their events. A little late in the day s...

A bit beyond your average mental health day

By 9 October 2008 15

This guy has really raised the bar in the sickies department - and he's a local member of the APS! A Commonwealth public servant's habit of forging doctors' certificates to take days off work was only discovered by his bosses after he went too far and faked having lung cancer. The ACT Magistr...

Canberra International Film Festival

By 8 October 2008 1

The programme for the Canberra International Film festival is now online (http://www.canberrafilmfestival.com.au/) and available at Dendy Cinemas.  As much as I look forward to this event each year, I have a couple of gripes: 1. As it was last year, it seems the Opening Night is only going to b...

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