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2011 on RiotACT in the rearview

By johnboy - 21 December 2011 8

new acton burning

In the New Year we’ll do our regular “State of the Riot” piece and look at the biggest overall stories and keyword searches for 2011.

But today we’re going to go back and look at what were the biggest stories in each month.

It should be noted these results are for each calendar month and reflect pageviews on single pages. Stories which spread over multiple months and news entries have thus been disadvantaged.

However, with that caveat, it’s a useful look back at the stories that actually floated readers’ boats in 2011.


January

joel monaghan

*Sigh*, January 2011 still saw the pageviews stuck on the astonishing implosion of the Raiders’ star Joel Monaghan and the unfortunate picture of the winger with a labrador.


February

Fortunately by February we’d moved on and the main interest was a short lived spate of nightclub bombings targeting Meche and ICBM.


March

March was a two horse race with the effort to branch stack the utterly inconsequential Social Network Of Graduates bringing a great deal of public derision to some otherwise bright young things.

steep memorial

But, following from February, the sad demise of young Michael Steep and the efforts of his friends to permanently memorialise him in the Woden Bus Interchange was a big issue.

Michael Steep and The Risen Mully, have now permanently established the steel door of the Woden bogs as the premier site for public grieving graffito style.


April

adfa

April was the month where sex scandals at ADFA went mainstream after being a PR disaster waiting to happen for many a long year.

(To say nothing of the ongoing human tragedies which neither Defence, Labor, nor Liberal ever gave a stuff about)


May

May was the month of the bogus road rage story which went strangely viral.

We still don’t know what the hell was going on there, but we do know the police got peculiarly interested in it and it made Sydney talkback radio.

Me? I’m still waiting to turn up in someone’s PHD thesis and we can only hope they get failed on ethical grounds.


June

new acton burning

On June 23 we were finishing for work at The Eagle’s Nest when we noticed smoke coming out of Acton our understanding is we published about the fire before the first 000 call was recieved.

A huge effort from readers sending in their media of the event made for a great yarn, if not a happy story for New Acton or the Diamant Hotel.


July

Costco opened in July and nothing was ever really the same again for Canberra’s bargain hunters.


August

conc

August saw the high water mark of the angry bogan efforts to overturn the Australian Constitution in the name of their perverted idea of democracy. It started as feverish activity to create the illusion of a popular groundswell.

In end “Real Australia” appeared to decide it preferred constitutional rule (even under THAT WOMAN) and there were more bicycles counter protesting than trucks in support.

The full convoy tag is worth checking out on this one.


September

mitchell fire

September was the month we discovered the ACT had become a magnet for the storage of highly toxic oil right next to metal that catches on fire if exposed to air.

The ensuing conflagration at least came with great photos, and hilariously botched emergency response.

The long term health consequences (if any) of the disaster remain years in the future.


October

the london

In October everyone took a very keen interest in a police raid on the London Burger and Beers.

To date nothing has come of the raid which makes it curiouser still.


November

potus

November was the month of Barack Obama, and his twice postponed whirlwind visit to Canberra.

What was going to compete with The One?


December

December is not done, but the Belconnen Mall explosion appears to be heading to an easy win.


And the winner is…

Being big in Canberra is no substitute for going viral nationally. The winner is the bogus road rage story.

But the most read single page of 2011 for a local story on this website was the Diamant Fire.


Feel free to share your most memorable stories from the 2011 in the comments. (Be sure to include a link)

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8 Responses to
2011 on RiotACT in the rearview
LSWCHP 9:11 pm 22 Dec 11

I’ve had a lot of fun on RA over the last year. Congratulations to the team at the Eagle’s Nest, and I wish you continued success and prosperity in 2012.

jenny123 4:40 pm 22 Dec 11

EvanJames said :

jenny123 said :

ah Joel Monaghan, what a guy, after his ex girlfriend stood by him and sold her business to move overseas to be with him, he dumped her not long after they got there – top bloke.

Well, his heart already belonged to Another.

Who was stuck in quarantine.

HA HA HA gold

EvanJames 11:40 pm 21 Dec 11

jenny123 said :

ah Joel Monaghan, what a guy, after his ex girlfriend stood by him and sold her business to move overseas to be with him, he dumped her not long after they got there – top bloke.

Well, his heart already belonged to Another.

Who was stuck in quarantine.

p1 8:13 pm 21 Dec 11

I’ve had a good year reading RA. Couldn’t believe the Dog-f#€ker when it happened. Loved it every time I read something on the riotact well before I saw it in any other media.

I remember the road rage one, it got big and weird quickly.

Deref 6:17 pm 21 Dec 11

Missed the fake road rage story, but I think the Joel Monaghan made me laugh more than any other.

Thanks for a great year of RA, Johnboy!

poetix 4:58 pm 21 Dec 11

Unfortunately the most memorable for me was the killing of the swan; I don’t know if I’ll ever look at them again without thinking about the one that was killed.

http://the-riotact.com/charnwood-swan-molester/55958

I wish it was the fizzer convoy instead.

jenny123 4:33 pm 21 Dec 11

ah Joel Monaghan, what a guy, after his ex girlfriend stood by him and sold her business to move overseas to be with him, he dumped her not long after they got there – top bloke.

PantsMan 4:10 pm 21 Dec 11

“…our understanding is we published about the fire before the first 000 call was recieved. ” [/qoute]

The level of civic-mindedness I expected from you Johnboy.

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