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How to eat tail-on prawns in creamy sauce

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I’ve peeled many prawns in my time, and eaten many creamy prawn dishes.
But it seems to have become fashionable to combine the two, by serving dishes that combine creamy sauces with prawns whose tails are still covered in carapace.
My problem is that I don’t know how to peel the prawn tails without getting the sauce [...]

Nice smooth concrete or tarmac for inline skating?

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know of somewhere with smooth concrete or tarmac so I can practice inline skating? I’m after somewhere with the same smooth surface as the numerous underground carparks around the city. I’d use the carparks but dodging cars is no fun.

Blind company recommendations?

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My partner and I desperately need to replace the blinds in our loft style apartment. Because the window is five metres high we need someone install the blinds for us.
We do not want curtains.
I was hoping people on here could recommend (or tell me to stay clear) of blind companies/installers in Canberra? I’m feeling a bit [...]

Good barber in Belconnen?

By 7 February 2015
Ask Riot

Can anyone recommend a good barber in the Belconnen area, please?
For many years my husband went to a fantastic barber in Cook but unfortunately he sold his business and it is now a women’s hairdresser.  He went into the Belconnen Mall this morning and came home scalped!
Would appreciate any recommendations very much.

Stromlo Bike Park – Is it ever good for kids?

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I took my kids along to Stromlo Bike Park over Christmas and it was excellent – the wide road made for a great ‘practice’ space for my daughter to learn to ride without her training wheels and my little ones were free to play.  There were a few other people there – some cycling the [...]

Loud screaming noise in Torrens at night?

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

A reader has submitted the following question about strange noises in Torrens:

We have recently moved to Torrens (backing Mt Taylor) and have heard on a number of occasions a loud screaming sound – one ‘scream’ at a time -in the middle of the night. It is first heard at a distance, gets closer and then [...]

Weight loss hypnotherapy – any recommendations?

By 31 January 2015
Ask RiotACT

I’m considering hypnotherapy to assist with weight loss, has anyone tried this in Canberra? Any recommendations?
Disclaimer: I know weight loss is relatively simple: eat less, mostly plants, move more. I’m after a little help.

Recommendations for metal fencing contractors ?

By 31 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I need to replace a 25+ year old wooden fence – preferably with a metal one because the old wooden one has some termites in it.
Any recommendations for metal fencing contractors – recent experiences preferred.  Not after a dirt cheap job – just a good job.

Body corporate costs for new apartments?

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, just wondering whether anyone could advise on what one might expect to pay in body corporate fees for a two bed, two bath, 80m living apartment off the plan in Canberra at the moment?
It is a small complex of around 30 apartments with no pool or gym, and one lift. The complex also combines [...]

Budget New Year’s Eve venue

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi guys,
I am really keen to have a New Year’s Eve wedding and wondering if anyone knows of any budget venues that would potentially allow us to stay until 1am. Most venues close at 12am but considering it’s New Year’s Eve I’m hoping to find somewhere that’s more flexible on this.
Also has anyone had experience [...]

Carpenter and joiner

By 25 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We need two built-in wall units made.  Can anyone recommend a carpenter/joiner who could help us?  I’m currently thinking of contacting two – Ray Browne Joinery and Benchmarc Joinery – any comments on these two would be much appreciated.

Recommendation for car brake pads replacement?

By 20 January 2015
Ask Riot

I’ve had a lot of trouble with mechanics, like everyone. Can anyone recommend a good place for a brake pads replacement? Reasonably priced etc.
Please don’t tell me to do it myself. I am a girl with little to no mechanical skill (other than changing fuses). I have no tools. I know it’s simple enough but [...]

Where in Canberra can I buy wholesale lollies?

By 15 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Where in Canberra can I buy small amounts of wholesale lollies, chips and snacks for a new social club snack bar, now that Campbell’s Cash and Carry has closed?
Does the Riotact community have any suggestions?

Ticketek “Print At Home” cost

By 14 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I was looking at the cost of tickets to the upcoming Cricket World Cup group games at Manuka.  $20 general admission seemed to be not too excessive.  Standard mail delivery $7 – registered $10. Sounds a bit high but hey-ho.  Or, I can print them at home – awesome, save on delivery costs.  Wait a [...]

Local or international business?

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m curious to know what everyone’s opinions are when they are choosing a business to get some work done. Whether it be, automotive, landscaping, morning coffee or anything at all.
What would sway you to choose the little guys or the big guys?

Roof rebedding & repointing

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Just want to get an update from the Canberra community about who to avoid and who people can recommend to do rebedding and repointing of a tile roof. In particular, I would like to hear from people who had this done a few years ago, who did the work and what is the condition of the roof [...]

Gluten free restaurants in Braddon

By 7 January 2015
Ask RiotACT

Looking for gluten free restaurants in Braddon. Does anyone know of any?

TransACT VDSL2 “Phone & Broadband” bundle

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I would like to hear your experiences with the above mentioned product, on a 2 years plan 50GB peak and 50GB off peak on the at $80 per month.
Specifically the quality and consistency of the VDSL2 downloads, what upload speeds are you getting?  How is customer service when things don’t go as planned or advertised? [...]

Carpet Cleaning in Gungahlin area?

By 6 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi.. I need to get my house carpet steam or dry clean soon. It’s a two storey townhouse (3 bedrooms, 1 small study, 1 Family/Dining room, 1 Living room and stairs. No furniture needed to be moved.
Can anyone recommend me a reliable and reasonable carpet cleaners? I rang 2 places and they quoted me close to [...]

Parking at University of Canberra

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

My grandson has enrolled at the University of Canberra (UCAN) for 2015.  He’ll be driving from Conder each day and isn’t sure about parking.  He’s looked at the parking options on the UCAN website but is a little worried about what he should do if he arrives and there aren’t any parks left.  Does anyone know if students from [...]

‘Bush’ or Rustic Wedding Venue and Caterer in Canberra?

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi there. My fiancé and I had organised a wedding for March this year outside Canberra, but arrangements have fallen through as the venue has been sold.  So now we are trying to finalise arrangements quickly for an informal wedding and reception venue for around 30 people.  We are looking at either an outside wedding [...]

Suggestions for venue for conference dinner

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi there,
I’m tasked with finding a venue for a conference dinner to be held in March.
I’m looking for a venue that seats 20-30 people, offers 3 courses for about $65’ish, in Civic (preferably the part closer to ANU).
Any ideas?
Peter W.

Driving Brisbane to Canberra

By 4 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m seeking advice from Rioters who have driven the Brisbane-Canberra route recently. I am flying to Brisbane to buy a campervan and will be starting the drive back to Canberra the same day.  I’m a bit nervous about both Cunningham’s Gap and the Toowoomba Range as I am not familiar with the vehicle, but I [...]

Unwanted clothing

By 1 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have just had a huge wardrobe cleanout and have everything from brand new items still with tags through to much-worn things.  Mr Catty says charities won’t take any clothing and it’s a waste of time taking them. He wants to take them all to the tip, but my scruples won’t let me; there are [...]

Looking to buy in Palmerston

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

My husband and I are looking to buy in Palmerston. We have found a house but it appears to have been on the market for quite a while (since September). I currently live in Macquarie and before that in Cook, so I don’t know the area very well. The street seemed very peaceful and quiet [...]

Is Ginger Gorman leaving 666 ABC?

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know if Ginger Gorman is leaving 666 ABC? There were a few people talking about it on social media over the weekend.
I’m assuming if it is true it is because of the budget cuts?
I’m surprised it hasn’t been reported anywhere given how popular she was.

Where can I buy a Turducken?

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Have my heart set on having a turducken for Christmas lunch.   But have drawn a blank on finding where I can buy one. Am hoping your collective knowledge will be able to point me in the right direction, preferably in the Belconnen area.

Good quality veggie garden plants in Canberra?

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 in Canberra, with a large range and good quality plants?

Automotive places open over xmas holidays?

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just curious if anyone knows of any mechanics that are open over the christmas holidays? I urgently need work done to my car, preferrably in the next two weeks.
Cheers guys!

Eating out on low disposable income?

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello Rioters!
I am after a bit of advice, my wife and I have bought a house in Gunghalin with the purpose of getting my parents in laws out of trouble. We all work, I am on a low income, my wife at the higher end of moderate and my in laws are paid [...]

Where to buy seafood for Christmas?

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters.
I’m looking for recommendations on where and when to buy seafood in Canberra to be eaten on Christmas day?
A few years ago I bought some from a place in Weston Creek (opposite the post office) and it was great. However the place has since closed down.
I’m after large prawns, lobster tails and some oysters.

12 months water penetration forced me out of my unit

By 13 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

For the past 12 months water has been penetrating into the ceiling of my unit from the unit above mine. The unit above is owned by ACT Housing and neither that agency nor the strata managers, Civium Strata, have resolved the problem. The Body Corporate hasn’t replied to my requests for assistance. Now Civium Strata [...]

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