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Satire is starting to make good sense

ON the morning of the Nice massacre, I walked past Cafe Procope, the oldest restaurant in Paris and a favourite of the great scholar Voltaire,…

Mauritz cafe on Johnston St has closed

After being open about two years, this struggling cafe is gone. It is an odd location that has never worked. Brunetti’s could not make it work and neither could two successors. I suppose it is partly about the struggle that all of Johnston St west of Brunswick St is facing.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

12th Australian Library History Forum at SLQ – July 7-8

Many followers of SLQ would be aware that State Library (SLQ) hosted the 12th Australian Library History Forum – Diverse Voices in July. If you didn’t, below are some images and links to the content that was shared during the forum in 2016. This year’s forum “was a conversation about the library as a home... Read more

Police appeal over Kaleen attempted armed robbery

Police are seeking public help following an attempted armed robbery at the Caltex Star Mart service station in Kaleen last Thursday. Police responded to a report of a male holding a knife trying to gain access to the service station on Maribyrnong Avenue at about 10pm on 14 July. The male offender ran towards the front sliding door of the service [...]

A big week in plagiarism

It’s been a big week in plagiarism. At the Cleveland GOP knees-up on Wednesday, the First Lady-in-waiting, Melania Trump, explained the difficulties of growing up a black woman in Slovenia while playing Stairway to Heaven on a zither. Confusion...Show More Summary

Fearing the worst in Europe

It has become an all-too-common way for Australians to wake up. News of another terrorist outrage in Europe. This morning a truck slammed into a crowd of people in Nice, killing at least 77. The truck was laden with explosives and guns, the driver described as Tunisian. Show More Summary

Northbourne flats, ex-visitor centre sites up for auction in August

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The territory’s Land Development Agency has appointed Knight Frank the sales agent for three ACT Government-owned blocks set for retail, commercial and residential development on the Dickson side of Northbourne Avenue: the former ACT Visitor Centre site vacated when the facility moved to Regatta Point and the public housing blocks on either side of it. At [...]

Hume Hwy closed southbound, traffic diverted through Canberra

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

All Sydney to Melbourne Hume Highway traffic is being diverted through Canberra via the Federal Highway turnoff near Goulburn this morning after a truck rolled blocking southbound lanes between Yass Valley Way and Sheldricks Lane. Police advise motorists to avoid the area or drive with caution due to heavy fog and expected lengthy delays. Northbound lanes are [...]

40th anniversary – official opening of Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway

On July 22, 1976, Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Colin Hannah in front of approximately 300 invited guests and a crowd of onlookers. The ceremony marked the completion of the final stage of the project (1.4 kms from Alice Street to the William Jolly Bridge). The expressway first... Read more

Politicians blind to population growth concerns

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The recent Federal election saw the Sustainable Australia Party (ignored by the mainstream) field candidates and shortly before polling day at a local level the ACT Government announced 4550 residential dwelling sites would be released in 2016-17. What these two events have in common is increasing community concern about population growth and continuing political failure to [...]

Light rail extension routes identified

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberrans have identified four key routes for the next stage of the light rail network, according to the ACT government. These were contained in Keeping Canberra Moving: What you have told us, a report from new transport agency Transport Canberra that took feedback from 6,000 residents on the future public transport needs in the ACT. Planning and [...]

Baynes’ Paddock, [Greenslopes], 1887 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This Brisbane real estate map from 1887 advertises 436 allotments of land for sale at Baynes’ Paddock (located in present day Greenslopes). There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements... Read more

Happy Kidlets at Café Injoy

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Gold Creek always reminds me of scene out of the soap opera Neighbours. This is not just because it has a resort named Lassiters: the touristy facades also make me feels I am on a soapie set. But while Gold Creek may be aimed at tourists, there are some reliable longstanding businesses that provide good [...]

Fire engulfs Pialligo Estate smokehouse at Hume

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Firefighters spent two and a half hours battling a blaze that caused extensive damage to the Pialligo Estate Smokehouse off Shepard St, Hume last night, extinguishing the flames at around 9pm after receiving several Triple Zero calls alerting them to the fire just after 6.30pm. The facility was used to produce cured Tasmanian sea trout and [...]

Kidpreneurs raise over $750 for charity

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Sunday marked the culmination of the July school holiday’s Club Kidpreneur program, with an impressive market stall at the Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. Launched in April, the Club Kidpreneur program gives children aged 8-12 a taste of entrepreneurship by helping them establish a business, create a product, test it, and then sell to real customers [...]

Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (22-24 July)

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There is a feast of sensory delights to enjoy in the capital this weekend. You can treat your taste buds to some delicious hand-made chocolates and freshly brewed coffee, watch some top-level rugby, catch a film by one cinema’s great auteurs, and listen to classical music in beautiful surrounds. ALL WEEKEND Scorsese by Stratton When Fri-Sun, various times | [...]

Canberra’s taverns: Give your local a go!

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Lately, I’ve been trying to drink a little more. My goal is to down one beer every weeknight. I’m obviously not a habitual drinker and don’t plan to be. But I like how a beer helps me to unwind, marking that important shift from daytime labour into night-time leisure. Because there’s not always beer in the fridge [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tree roots invading property

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We have recently moved into a house. Our neighbour has a lovely tree but the tree roots are moving over to our property where it has lifted our driveway so much that there is now a 20cm ledge into our garage that our car has trouble getting into. The driveway has cracked and lifted to [...]

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 16-23 June 1841

BAD TIMES A’COMING On the 18th June the Port Phillip Herald carried a verbatim report of Governor Gipps’ address at the opening of the Legislative Council session in Sydney on 8th June. Among other things, he talked about the opening … Continue reading ?

‘Pull yourself together,’ Tara Costigan’s sister told

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

“Yep you need to pull yourself together and help your sister.” These were among the words spoken by the Triple Zero Ambulance operator to Rikki Schmidt, the sister of Canberra mother Tara Costigan when she called the emergency line as Ms Costigan lay dying after her former partner, Marcus Rappel, had struck her with an [...]

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