DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 19 September

johnboy 20 September 2008 37

[First filed: September 18, 2008 @ 08:56]

Apologies for the lack of a photograph this week. I did take one but appear to have mislaid it. Or perhaps the dog et it?

Moving right along Hive-Minders what knowledge can you bring to the table about events worth going out to spend our hard earned discretionary dollars on?

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37 Responses to DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 19 September
Overheard Overheard 7:57 am 21 Sep 08

Superb, Granny. You just can’t make stuff like that up, hey?

I’ve heard it told as a joke many times since, but when I heard it told as a true story many years ago, I nearly coughed up a lung. Some ABC presenters from Melbourne (let’s give them names: The Coodabean Champions) were going to do an outside broadcast in rural Victoria — can’t remember where exactly, but it was on a lake. Anyhoo, they’ve gotten hopelessly lost and though they could see where they were meant to be from across the waterway, they couldn’t work out how to get there, but they had the presence of mind to stop and ask a local how to get to where they needed to be. After some moments of pondering their predicament, the local shook his head and grimly announced, ‘Nah, you can’t get there from here’.

Granny Granny 4:03 am 21 Sep 08


We had a similar experience many years ago in England when we were told to turn where the old mill used to be.

Overheard Overheard 2:27 am 21 Sep 08

Ah, yeah, whatever (to quote my children). If people are looking for reliable information from whatever source (text or otherwise), then strike “pompousness” and re-insert “accuracy”.

Having circumnavigated this globe once or thrice times over (and you can call that statement “pompous” if you will) then I can tell you in spades that a little inaccuracy goes a long way. Sometimes into neighbouring towns, boroughs, provinces and districts.

el el 2:22 am 21 Sep 08


Amazing how easily pompousness can come across in a text medium.

Overheard Overheard 2:14 am 21 Sep 08

I’m guessing that most locals and returning out-of-towners would be looking for the bus that goes up the guts of Commonwealth Avenue and stops where the temporary traffic lights are, as have been, as was the case in the past.

Going out along Constitution Avenue and walking through the underpass is something that would not have occurred to me, though being young at heart and young in the head (and with kiddies that left the stroller/pram a long ago) I would have just as soon walked from town as jumped on a bus. But obviously there are many for whom transport to closer within striking distance is an issue.

el, no offence, but you might want to reacquaint yourself with local geography. ‘Adelaide Avenue’ starts on the south side of Parliament House. The phrase you were possibly looking for is, ‘Commonwealth Avenue’.

sepi sepi 8:25 pm 20 Sep 08


I’m betting interstate tourists are not finding these sneaky parks though, or 900 series buses.

johnboy johnboy 8:12 pm 20 Sep 08

Just across the road from Jamison House, so at the easternmost edge of CIT.

sepi sepi 8:05 pm 20 Sep 08

where is the underpass exactly – near the CIT?

johnboy johnboy 6:25 pm 20 Sep 08

Plenty of parking on Constitution Avenue, then duck through the underpass and a pleasant stroll through commonwealth park.

el el 5:12 pm 20 Sep 08

Typical ACT govt – spent a mint on planting flowers and on tv ads promoting the event, but don’t put on any busses to get people there.

Apart from all of the 900 series buses (north and southbound) making ‘special’ stops on Adelaide Avenue you mean?

sepi sepi 1:44 pm 20 Sep 08

Floriade is on, but apparently the carparks were jam packed at 9AM, so unless you fancy walking from Civic, give it a miss.

Typical ACT govt – spent a mint on planting flowers and on tv ads promoting the event, but don’t put on any busses to get people there.

Overheard Overheard 1:17 pm 20 Sep 08

I’d previously mentioned the local kennels of the Hash House Harriers:

Sunday morning run at 10am in Kambah. Details here: *

See first link for Australian HHH site with links to all the runs coming up this week.

* Unfortunately won’t get to it myself due to radio commitments.

che che 12:48 pm 20 Sep 08

Rotary Club Scenic Cycle tour of Canberra on this Sunday

Details here

You have a choice between a relatively easy Family Fun Tour that goes around the lake on bicycle paths (Tour #1, 22 km) or:

A longer Lake and Rural Challenge on cycle paths and bitumen roads. You can choose a suitable distance between:
Tour #2: Parliament House, 28 -46 km
Tour #3: Lake and Rural, 50-74 km
Tour #4: “Five Peaks”, 77-100 km

To add to the challenge, you can include one or up to five hills. All tours start and finish at Blundell’s Cottage, on the north shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy fruit and cakes for morning tea at two sites (provided by members of the Canberra-Woden Inner Wheel Club). A free BBQ sausage will be available for all entrants at the finish.

darth_baul darth_baul 3:49 pm 19 Sep 08

Canberra Capitals play tonight at the AIS training hall at 8pm v Sydney and then tomorrow at 7pm at Belconnen v Townsville.

Season starts in a few weeks so it’s a good chance to have a look at some of the new players and get behind the locals.

Les Lozenger Les Lozenger 3:45 pm 19 Sep 08

Looking Glass, The Chuffs & Voss tonight at The Potbelly

Wide Boy Jake Wide Boy Jake 3:42 pm 19 Sep 08

Computer Fair Old Bus Depot Saturday 10AM – 2PM. Admission $3.00, kids free.

emd emd 3:39 pm 19 Sep 08

Bush Babies are an informal parents group who run free talks on parenting topics.

Saturday 20 September from 10:30am
David Vernon, author of Men at Birth, talks about how men can prepare to support their partners at birth.

David will be delighted to sign any of his books purchased at the event. More information about David’s books.

Venue is Corroboree Park Functions Room, Corroboree Park, Ainslie.

Doors open half an hour before seminars start. Corroboree Park is a great place to play after. Children of all ages are welcome.

Tea and coffee provided. Talks usually run for around 30 minutes, with plenty of time to chat before and after.

Overheard Overheard 9:29 am 19 Sep 08

Cool. See you there. Look for the glasses, black clothes and a RiotACT pin!

Now I can’t find the details but there’s some sort of gathering, I’m led to believe on Sunday at the Pot Belly in the afternoon or evening. It may or may not be a political fundraiser. I met one of the blokes playing last weekend, a singer/song-writer from Nowra-ish way by the name of Alan Blackshaw. He may have zipped past the radar except that he had a rather poignant song about the Canberra bushfires called ‘One Is Left’, a commentary on the fickle nature of the blaze to destroy one house, but leave the one next door.

Just checked and not only does he post his lyrics on his site but the chords as well:

Anyhoo, Pot Belly on Sunday…. sometime. If anyone knows more, please feel free to enhance the drivel above.

Aurelius Aurelius 9:10 am 19 Sep 08

Overheard, I’ll keep an eye out for ya – I gunna see the Feldons on Tuesday 🙂

Zapruda Zapruda 9:06 am 19 Sep 08

I can stab myself in the ears for free.

Good idea….

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