Tag Archives: Canberra

Canberra Day celebrations 100 years in the making [updated with your photos]

By 12 March, 2013

I arrived way too early to Canberra’s birthday. I got there at 10 in the morning. I was that guest who arrives early to a party and sits around awkwardly while you keep setting up.
It was a beautiful morning and I had fun watching the many volunteers running around assembling things at high speeds. [...]

The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation – Helping those who help our kids

By 19 February, 2013

Every year around 650 babies are admitted to the Neonatal Unit at the Canberra Hospital, beginning their life by fighting for it.
Over 150 of these babies will require assistance simply to breathe, using ventilation equipment not available elsewhere. Some of these babies are born extremely premature and weigh in at only 500 grams; some are [...]

Canberra, paved with gold and awash with cocaine

By 26 January, 2013

Myles Peterson (ex of the Canberra Times, sacked by the Pirate Party from his unpaid media role) has popped up in the Daily Telegraph fuelling every ignorant bogan’s wildest stereotype of Canberra.
Cashing in on the torrents of taxpayer cash flowing on to Canberra’s gold-paved streets, local retailers and supermarkets charge prices found only in [...]

Canberra in all its 3 dimensional glory

By 14 January, 2013

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In case you haven’t seen you can now see 3d Canberra buildings and terrain in Google Earth.
That’s right, the next level of peering over your neighbours fence can now be done in all its 3D glory.

Paul Daley to explain his book “Canberra” at Paperchain

By 27 November, 2012

[ 5 December, 2012; 6:00 pm; ]

This in from Paperchain:

Please join us to hear Paul Daley, author of Canberra, in conversation with journalist Chris Hammer.

An implicit sense of public service and ‘otherness’ has now come to permeate Canberra’s identity to a point that there is a great smugness, arrogance even, that the rest of Australia can hate us – [...]

Book launch: Canberra by Paul Daley

By 21 October, 2012

Paul Daley will be in conversation with Chris Hammer on Daley’s new book, Canberra, part of the critically acclaimed City Series.
“Canberra is a city of orphans. People arrive temporarily for work, but stay on because they discover unanticipated promise and opportunity in a city that the rest of the country loathes but can’t really do without,” says [...]

Examples of Canberra in prose, verse or song?

By 18 October, 2012

With the centenary fast approaching, the hive mind might care to ruminate on the finest examples of this ruined sheep station as depicted in prose, verse or song.  What should be on the centenary committee’s bookshelves or playlists next year?
i’m not after works by canberrans, but about canberra.  anyone?
a contemporary song that pops into my [...]

PHOTOWALK Canberra

By 9 October, 2012

PHOTOWALK Canberra was on Sunday 30th and we had a fabulous turnout (60+).
The next PHOTOWALK is in February and you can access all information about the next walk when it is updated on www.hwp.com.au/photowalk-canberra
To have a look at images from the PHOTOWALK we had on the 30th September at the Australian National Botanic Gardens please [...]

Australian Botanical Gardens PhotoWalk

By 4 October, 2012

Hey guys,
On Sunday I, along with many others, attended the PhotoWalk held at the botanic gardens.
Was an excellent afternoon out, and plenty of wildlife on display, including a water dragon and brown snake, plus the usual stack of kangaroos, including a few very large males and some females with joeys in pouches.
I took about 50 [...]

Top Ten Tips for Spring Sellers

By 10 September, 2012

Allhomes has consulted three experienced real estate agents from around Canberra to get the hot tips for Spring sellers, ranging from where to invest your money on renovations through to how best to present your home for inspections without spending a cent.

ACT Performers Wanted

By 14 August, 2012

Are you a Canberra performer looking for a chance to showcase your talent? Then Mondayitis Cabaret wants to hear from you.

Wee Jasper is on show 17-19 August

By 13 August, 2012

[ 17 August, 2012 to 19 August, 2012. ] Wee Jasper Naturally is on 17-19 August 2012. A great chance to see what this beautiful village has to offer, above and below ground.

Tidbinbilla will be the hub of space exploration on Monday

By 5 August, 2012

[ 6 August, 2012; 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] At 3:31pm Monday, the NASA/CSIRO Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre (aka Tidbinbilla Tracking Station) will play a pivotal role in the most important space mission going right now. The Mars Science Laboratory (nicknamed Curiosity) will land on Mars after a 7-minute crazy ride to slow it from a relative velocity of 12,844 km/hr. And all transmissions from [...]

Space viewing highlights for the next week

By 9 July, 2012

Weather permitting, there are some good space viewing opportunities for Canberra people over the next week or so. Planets, stars, the International Space Station, and even a manned Soyuz launch to hunt out.
First, the beautiful morning conjunctions with Jupiter and the very bright Venus continue and even get better. For two weeks now these two [...]

Improvention 2012 – Festival of improvised comedy and theatre

By 19 June, 2012

[ 30 June, 2012 to 7 July, 2012. ] Improvention is the largest festival of improvised comedy and theatre in Australia, and it happens right here in Canberra!

From Saturday 30 June through to Saturday 7 July, there will be festival shows on every night in numerous venues across Canberra. Performance program is available at: www.improvention.com/program

Improvention 2012 opens with a Celebrity Gala on Saturday 30 [...]

CanMeme brings your favourite bits of the internet to a Canberra context

By 8 June, 2012

It’s just a Facebook page, but there’s some funny stuff over on CanMeme (Canberra Memes).
Enjoy.
They’ve got 169 likes as of right now, let’s see what we can do.

A tale of two cities: Canberra vs Sydney

By 28 May, 2012

I remember the very first time I saw Sydney. I can remember the exact words out of my mouth: Now this is a city I can like. I loved moving there a few years later, spending my formative youth on Sydney’s beaches and in its clubs. Of all the teenagers on the planet at that [...]

Stolen Car – Tues 8 May in Phillip

By 9 May, 2012

Blue Nissan 200sx stolen from an apartment block in Phillip between 9.50pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday 8 May 2012.
Car is currently unregistered but did have ACT number plates on it.
If anyone has any information that may assist in recovering the car please call the police or reply to this thread.

Free brainfood talk: Big Bang by Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith

By 4 May, 2012

Space geeks should check out this free talk next Tuesday from 6pm at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is CSIRO’s Project Scientist on Australia’s bid to win the giant Square Kilometre Array project. This is a massive project of some 3000 radio astronomy dishes and arrays with a total surface area of (you guessed [...]

Why I love Canberra in Autumn

Oh OK … it’s Autumn and all the leaves are coloured and the air’s turning crisp and photographers are out taking pictures – as they do. I thought I’d share this one because the way the light has literally ‘infused’ the leaves and brought out some spectacluar colours. Canberra expresses it’s seasons so emphatically. I [...]

End of an Era

So, the Lyneham servo finally closed it’s doors on the weekend.
The bike shop left months ago.
Soon the place will dug up and (presumably) the ground detoxed to make way for some more units … can’t be too many of these suburban servos left.
I remember the ones in Watson, Ainslie (& the mad [...]

Botanic Gardens AfterDARK – a preview

By 30 April, 2012

On Saturday evening I went along with the family to a special members event at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG). The rainforest gully walk has been kitted out with low wattage LED lighting funded by the ‘Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ and Saturday night was the first time they were showing it off. There [...]

An experience of Canberra’s Mental Health service from the consumer’s point of view.

By 24 April, 2012

Well with my life seriously sucking right now I went to ask for help. Over the past 6 months I’ve fronted up at the hospital to ask for mental health help. Each time I’ve been interviewed, assessed, asked lots of questions, and sent home then not called back again till weeks later. This time I [...]

Belco’s owl is gone!

By 23 April, 2012

The giant owl sculpture in Belconnen that has been the source of so much debate is gone. Just the concrete base remains…
Here’s how the mystery unfolded on Twitter on Friday night, to a deal of amusement, courtesy of Canberra Times cartoonist David Pope’s feed (I tidied up RTs and rearranged to make sense to non-tweeps), and [...]

In My Eyes Photography Exhibition

By 11 April, 2012

[ 2 May, 2012 12:00 pm to 16 May, 2012 12:00 pm. ] The Australian National University (ANU) is holding a photography exhibition at The Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre that will showcase images that represent what Canberra means to its students. All photographic submissions that are in line with the theme will be accepted, with all photographs being shown on the exhibition website and on a slideshow during [...]

Canberra Air Disaster

By 9 April, 2012

On the 8th of April 2012, myself along with a small group of friends headed up to the Canberra Air Disaster Memorial we wanted to see if we saw any paranormal activity. We arrived at roughly 9pm at night, there were two other NSW P plater cars at the gate, discussing whether we would go [...]

Piercing places in Canberra?

By 6 April, 2012

I know there’s a few threads about this but as far as I can tell, none from this year / late last year, so I thought it might be worth asking around since apparently Justin’s is now closed etc.
I’m thinking of a navel piercing – I’ve had 3 cartilage ones done at Redpath and 1 [...]

Dawn balloon and lake mist

By 2 April, 2012

I participated in the inaugural 2012 Google+ Photowalk held here in Canberra on Saturday morning. Canberra dawn, lake and balloons … It was an early start (7am at Regatta Point) but the day was an absolute cracker weather wise.
More images of our gorgeous city over on the Lushpup Blog.

State of the Riot Q1 2012

By 1 April, 2012

As Canberra’s only media outlet giving honest reports about its audience we’ve made a habit of giving a quarterly peek into Google’s analytics take on us.
So comparing Q1 2012 to Q1 2011 we find:
– Visits: 1,086,481 up from 746,505 for a a 46% increase.
– Unique Visitors: 406,952, up from 280,874 for a 44% increase.
– Pageviews: [...]

Canberra red bricks?

By 25 March, 2012

Does anyone know where I could buy cleaned Canberra red bricks?
We are looking for between three and four thousand.
Some idea of price would also be good, Thanks.

Flogging a Night Mare. Join up if you want a Canberra Zombie Walk

By 8 March, 2012

Canberra zombie fanciers are putting out the call to their brethren to sign up to a facebook page with the stated aim of getting a Canberra Zombie Walk going like what they have in them big bright cities.
Some might question how, faced with a mostly deserted City Walk populated only by shambling living dead, one [...]

Lyneham Primary’s ‘Fair in February’

By 22 February, 2012

[ 25 February, 2012; 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] ‘Dunk’ or be ‘Dunked’
Featuring a dunking machine and stacks of things to do, the Lyneham Primary ‘Fair in February’ is on this Saturday from 3-7pm at Hall & Brigalow Streets in Lyneham

Even if you’re heading to the Canberra Show over the weekend, pop in and check out our little show with it’s own: *animals, *mini [...]

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