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Gallagher picks up three shadow ministries

By 13 October 2015
Katy Gallagher, Bill Shorten and colleagues

Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today leap-frogged colleagues with more Federal parliamentary experience into shadow cabinet. Gallagher is the new Shadow Minist...

Ask RiotACT: Hairdressers

By 13 October 2015 11
Ask RiotACT

It's time for updated hairdresser recommendations. Who are your favourites?...

The great ALP Politics in the Pub-off

By 13 October 2015
Politics in the Pub

Canberra, prepare yourselves for a battle between two universities, two pubs, two uni Labor Clubs and the two most senior members of the Australian Labor Party. It’s a Pol...

Gallery’s cheery email just wrong today

By 13 October 2015 3
Portrait Gallery email

I’m a bit disappointed in the National Portrait Gallery this morning, having received an email from them with the subject “Gardens and other reasons to celebrate” with seco...

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

By 13 October 2015 6
Peter Tregear

Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it...

Best of Canberra swim-off rivers and lakes

By 12 October 2015 1
Casuarina Sands

I have been in Canberra for four years now and am ashamed to admit that I have not explored the area as much as I should have in that time. Actually, at all. So with the Best o...

Henshaw our tip for ACT Book of the Year

By 12 October 2015
Mark Henshaw

Mark Henshaw is one of four Canberra region writers shortlisted for this year's ACT Book of the Year award. Photo: Andrew Sikorski/Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres ArtsACT ha...

Portrait Gallery visionary Sayers dies

By 12 October 2015 2
Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers, 2012 by Mark Mohell. Gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned (53.0 x 36.8 cm). Purchased by the National Portrait Gallery with funds provided by Marilyn Darling A...

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Images of Hadley - Asher Floyd's Pecha Kucha presentation

By 27 February 2009 4

From the Wednesday just gone's Pecha Kucha Asher Floyd has placed online his study of Adam Hadley. Cultural impressario, former bootleg host, 90210 expert, my former work experience student, and fascinating photographic subject. Well worth checking out....

White powder scare in Woden

By 27 February 2009 28

Smee has sent in this photo from Woden this morning after a white powder scare. Five fire trucks? It turned out to be powdered sugar. And why is it we fear white powder more than other more lurid colours? (Slideshow with more of the response below) ...

Parking mayhem on Constitution Avenue

By 27 February 2009 14

If you walk along Constitution Avenue on working days, you'll know what I am talking about. The small free car park tucked in between the $5/day and the construction site is an eyesore and an accident waiting to happen. Cars are shoved everywhere: along the entrance alleys, on kerbs, on the natur...

Looking for a builder for renovations

By 27 February 2009 18

My turn to utilise the hive-mind that is RiotACT. We're looking to do some renovations to our house in the next 6-8 months and are looking for any recommendations/warnings for builders. The plans are done and now we need the builder. We'll be knocking out some walls and putting in an ensuite a...

Brightly dawns the day! Corinbank is here

By 27 February 2009 10

When I heard that the legendary american metal worker Johnny Payphone was making the fire bins for the Corinbank Festival I was thinking it would be artistic bits cut out of conventional bins. So when I saw this beast (one of many) being test fired on Tuesday night I was gobsmacked by just ho...

History walking out the dungeon door - Canberra Bicycle Museum collection on

By 27 February 2009 22

[First filed: February 25, 2009 @ 15:20] The Tradies/CFMEU business/industrial park that's burgeoning on its Downer estates no longer has room for the neglected bicycle museum and so all the bikes of the ~1,000 strong collection must go. The ACT Government is taking some choice bikes, coll...

Interesting topic on the 7:30 Report; should the Australian War Memorial have

By 27 February 2009 67

I suppose some aboriginals would consider that they are still at war with white settlement. [ED - The transcript is online. Perhaps if this could be offered in exchange for packing up the tent embassy?]...

Prison buggered to December?

By 27 February 2009 17

The Liberals' Jeremy Hanson is letting the world know that he has been digging around the prison woes with FOI laws and has come across Bovis Lend Lease (who I hear have removed their signage from the well staffed, but inmate free, prison) estimates that the faults in the prison security system won'...

The Motel at Jamison is on Fire.

By 27 February 2009 21

Actually, it looks mostly out, but there is several Police and ACTFB vehicles in attendance. Insurance Job? [ED - Looking forward to seeing a police media release] UPDATED: Ari's noted that the Canberra Times has more on this: A witness said an ''extremely violent'' fight broke out betw...

Lightswitch - Film Screening in Canberra

By 26 February 2009 40

[First filed: February 24, 2009 @ 11:59] Into films? Into Girls? Into Motorcycles? Come and check out LIGHTSWITCH! The short film is debuting in Canberra this Friday, 7:30pm at the University of Canberra. The Canberran film makers have just returned from LA where it made it's premiere to a...

Rallying to stop the clean feed

By 26 February 2009 29

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 14:56 Second filing: December 16, 2008 @ 12:37] FURTHER UPDATE: The SMH reports that Senator Nick Xenophon is joining the Liberals and the Greens to consign this wicked plan to oblivion for at least the life of this Senate. (Comic by Panama) I'...

The story of the Duntroon cadet drownings on Lake George.

By 26 February 2009 21

Earlier this week in a thread about hang gliding over Lake George Imhotep posted a link to what can best be described as a ballad to the five RMC cadets who drowned on the lake in 1956. "How the hell does anyone drown on Lake George" you all cry, everyone does when the story gets related. While I...

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