Just been called by ABC Radio for a comment on news the wallopers out our way have nabbed some 20 kids aged 12-17 for 55 break and enters. Apparently it’s been a 10-month investigation.
Very timely given the recent story on this sort of crime, and my own comments on the impact it has on so many [...]
The front page of today’s Daily Telegraph is titled “Stanhope’s Poll Shock: Mean-Spirited Labor to lose control of ACT”
I tried to find the article on-line to link to, but I can’t find the electronic article amongst other Daily Telegraph headline stories including “How is that possible? I’m a lesbian”, “BB’s Michael furious over stripper” and [...]
Last week, my wife and I purchased a 7-seater lounge suite from ebay. No problem. we then found a courier that wasn’t over the top in costs to ship from Sydney (Casula) to Canberra (Kambah). Again, no problem.
Then the fun started. The courier picked the lounge suite up after around 20 calls by us all [...]
Driving through Pialligo this afternoon at 2pm and there were around 12 police all riot-geared up walking in a tight formation with shields, batons and guns at the ready. They were walking right up the middle of a driveway of one of the houses opposite the nurseries.
It looked like a very seriuos raid/bust.
Anyone know what was going on?
ABC online is reporting that a new health clinic will open at the University of Canberra (UC) today, offering a range of services under the one roof. The clinic will offer physiotherapy, psychology, nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology and sleep apnoea therapy to the public.
This out of the SMH this morning.
Labor is struggling in the ACT ahead of October elections because it has lost touch with the community, an internal party document says.
News Ltd reports that the Labor hierarchy is panic-stricken and has confessed support for Chief Minister Jon Stanhope is in “decline” ahead of the October 18 territory [...]
The achillies heel of the Fairfax conglomerate, The Sydney Morning Herald is all
hugs and kisses about the The Parliament House turning twenty this Friday.
That got me thinking about my early memories of the place. I can remember wandering around the House on the Hill as it was created watching fat tradies in far too [...]
Peter Martin, writing in the Canberra Times, has given a rather bleak and dismissive account of the budget.
Namely, he (Martin) focuses on the budget being election driven, and no so much out of need. MArtin does state that he believes the spending is worthwhile as it reverses earlier cutbacks as well as being well [...]
Seven protesters who were arrested at last week’s Olympic torch relay in Canberra have appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court.
Not surprisingly, three of the men come from New South Wales, two from Victoria, one from Adelaide and only one from Canberra. Surprisingly, it also mentions that they where mostly of Chinese descent.
ABC online here.
If you had to escort smoking hot Swedish (nationality is interchangeable according to taste) man or woman through the street of Canberra what venues (bar, pub, clubs, tractor pulls, whatever) would you take your newly formed imaginary friend to. Basically what does Canberra have to offer for and the internationally and interstate traveller. Please give [...]
[ 15 May 2008; 7:30 pm; 16 May 2008; 7:30 pm; 17 May 2008; 7:30 pm; 21 May 2008; 7:30 pm; 22 May 2008; 7:30 pm; 23 May 2008; 7:30 pm; 24 May 2008; 7:30 pm; ] Narrabundah College Theatre Arts Faculty is delighted to announce the opening of its world premiere of the uniquely exciting “REFLECTIONS OF A JOURNEY’S END”, a one-act play devised by Ernie Glass, drawing on the creative geniuses of Michael Leunig, Julian Lamb, Tom Stoppard, Samuel Beckett, T.S.Eliot, Ingmar Bergman, Douglas Adams, Jacques Brel and Richard Bach. The Year [...]
[ 14 May 2008; 9:00 pm; ] New generation of jazz hits town – Trio Apoplectic – Wed 14 May, 9pm Hippo Bar“Original, often exploratory, and very well played. Some of the playing is reminiscent of Sydney legend Bernie McGann’s trio.” **** 4 stars John McBeath, The Australian Apoplectic, adj. of, resembling, or produced by apoplexy: an apoplectic fit. Extremely angry; furious. You’d have to get on pretty [...]
As many of you would know, the old Giralang shops have been deserted for some time and there is now a planning application to build units and a couple of shops on the site. As an update, Nikias Nominees have announced that Woolworths may be interested in planning and building a supermarket on the entire [...]
[ 14 June 2008; ] Capital City Punkfest will be hosting some of Australia’s finest punk, hardcore, rockabilly and psychobilly bands on June 14th at The Basement, ACT. Ripping out with a massive 16 band line up including Casino Rumblers, The Black Market, Charlie Greaser, Throwaway Kids, Rust, Checkered Fist, Reason Strikes, Ebolagoldfish, Bladder Spasms, Eye-Gouge!, Mutual Exclusion, Lamexcuse, Outcome [...]
The Chief Minister has released the ACT budget, with an overview on ABC and a stack of media releases on the CM site.
Some good news from Gungahlin’s perspective:
$22M for Flemington Road duplication (only enough for the design??)
$18M for community health centre
Funds for park’n’rides
But given it’s an election budget, sure there’ll be some good news for [...]
I remember hearing a something about a Irish Pub opening in the Belconnen area. Does anyone know if this is true? I hope this wasn’t just a something I imagined in a drunken stuper.
Does anyone know what is going on with the Floriade car park?
There seems to be all these earth works going on there now. The carparks have been opened for use by the general public during weekdays because of the lack of parking in the city, but now you cant even park there. The secondary carpark [...]
Check this out.
He’s lost the plot!!!!! What a tool
[Ed. Tap notes below that the Australian Christian Lobby welcomes the decision despite Comrade Stanhopes misgivings in an article from the ABC]
The head of the Australian Christian Lobby group, Jim Wallace, says he is pleased the Federal Government has effectively stopped the ACT from legalising same [...]
Sine i’ve had some time off from my University study, I have been playing alot more of my Nintendo Wii. What I have noticed is the severe lack of places to rent Wii games around my area (greater Belconnen, North Canberra and Civic). I am puzzled because the Wii has been the no.1 selling console in Australia and around the world since launch in November 2006.
After doing some calling and in-person visiting, here are the results.
Civic Video: No Wii games in any store, but they do have Xbox360 and PS3 games. Woman on the phone didn’t even know what a ‘Wii’ was, and sounded as if I had said an obscenity.
Video 2000: No Wii games in any store. Went in person to store in Jamison Centre.
Woman said they didnt have any Wii games because it’s not as popular as PS3 and XBOX360.
After telling her that the Wii is infact the no.1 console (and has been [...]
Local ACT government has always had a miniscule revenue base to finance the running of the Territory. We don’t have the industry,mining or agriculture bases of the states, and are unable to levy payroll tax on the Federal Government.
As a result, property is taxed to the hilt, with a range of innovative taxes and levy’s [...]
I’ve heard on the grapevine (third hand at least, so make of this what you will) that those responsible for Canberra Cabs (who also incidentally run Elite Taxi (and Silver Service in Queanbeyan) have decided Canberra Cabs don’t have a good reputation anymore. The solution to this, it seems, is to re-badge all Canberra [...]
ABC Radio National had an interesting program on the possible demise of the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park located next to Fyshwick on its “Street Stories” program. It consisted mainly of interviews of the residents and was definitely biased in their favour. Some interesting facts came out that I didn’t know of such as that the [...]
the ACT attorney-general simon corbell has just announced that they have been forced to drop the ceremonial component of the civil partnerships/unions legislation which is going to be retabled this week – purely because the federal government have broken their election commitment (to not interfere in state & territory matters) and stated they will overturn [...]
Recently on 19-20 April 2008 the Canberra leg of the 2008 AASCA (AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association) Championship Circuit was held at the Parvaiz Café in Forrest. Congratulations go to Patrick Connolly (not sure where he works – anyone?) ACT’s new Barista Champion. Runner up was Bobby from Gus’s café. Couldn’t find a list [...]
Just had lunch at that Canberra institution, Santa Lucia. I didn’t have high expectations, as the only strong memory of the place is many years ago, our hockey group got a conga line going through the restaurant and got all the other punters involved, but when the line went out the front door, the owner [...]
If you want a few tips on how to possible save a few bucks when you’re filling up, keep the following points in mind:
Never fill-up when the refuelling tanker is at the station. Firstly, the process of pumping the fuel underground adds oxygen to the fuel, so as you pump it, you end up with [...]
Canberra has had some top sporting figures and teams over the years but we have seen crowd numbers fluctuate over the years to the extent that some teams have folded (the Cannons), been demoted out of the National Competition (the Comets) or failed to get of the ground (several attempts to get one of [...]
According to the ABC, Canberra police are investigating a sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman in a Civic car park.
The woman was approached by a man outside a nightclub on London Circuit about 2:00am Friday morning.
After a short conversation with the man, the victim decided to walk to another nightclub, on the corner of Alinga [...]
Bimberi is the new “Youth Detention Centre” in Mitchell, and as it nears completion, they are recruiting staff now.
This from the DHCS website:
Bimberi will replace the current Youth Detention Centre at Symonston. It will be the first Human Rights Compliant youth detention centre in Australia. As well as being designed to meet Human Rights standards, [...]
[ 1 May 2008; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Glacier Girls last gig with their current line-up. Thursday 1st May – 6:30pm – Soul Bar – Woden http://www.myspace.com/theglaciergirls
In what appears to be it’s first real post (id#3 but it seems to be the only one up at the moment) the new Canberra website, canberravotes.com, a site that intends to “attempt to document (on the public record) issues of concern to the community in the lead up to the ACT Election in 2008″, [...]
After sitting by and watching poker explode worldwide in the last 2 years, it has been saddening to see the inactivity of our local government when it comes to capitalising on this issue. I have decided to start a poker players association to help the people of Canberra who want to play, play locally [...]