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Another wonder – another Dickson auction

House sales stories are all over the media. So here’s another with some local flavour – being very much linked to my former post on a Dickson Auction earlier this year. It was 1pm Wednesday 12th April when locals fronted up to an auction for another very standard 1960s 3-bedroom house that had not been renovated. […]

Best of Canberra – Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls

I couldn’t help but notice the proliferation of dude food on social media since the start of the American baseball season a few weeks ago. We won’t be able to enjoy these delicacies at Canberra Cavalry home games until the ABL season resumes later this year. In the meantime, though it got me thinking … Where are […]

Bucking the trends #9 – Threesides Marketing

There’s a new breed of young business owners, Generation-Xers; they are smart, savvy, can see market trends and they’re all-round, ‘big picture’ thinkers. Rising to the top of their game in their respective fields, it’s a joy to find one every now and then, right here in Canberra. Our “Bucking the Trends” series is all about this, really. Whilst, in a […]

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

Only locals know about Nithsdale Lane, a shortcut through the backstreets of Surry Hills. It's about to get a whole lot more foot traffic, with the opening of Restaurant Sasaki, the first solo restaurant venture by Cafe Cre Asion owner and chef, Yu Sasaki. Show More Summary

Movie: Jasper Jones

I’ve heard people speak about the movie Jasper Jones and felt quite bemused because it doesn’t sound particularly like the book I remember reading.  Parts of it – yes, but I don’t remember the strong emphasis on Jasper’s aboriginality. Looking … Continue reading ?

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – John Turnbull, Chemist and Druggist

This advertisement, published in 1897, shows what would have been a very important  and familiar place for the residents of Thursday Island.  At a time when access to health care was limited in terms of modern medical knowledge, chemists and druggists such as John Turnbull played a vital role in terms of people’s well being.... Read more

And my dog comes too!

As you get older, especially if you’re living alone, the bond with your pet can get very strong. They are your best friend, loyal companion and daily source affection. What happens if you need to move into a retirement village, hostel or nursing home but your pet isn’t welcome? This heartbreaking decision is faced by […]

Ask RiotACT: Renovating in Kingston – recommendations please?

Hi RiotACT, I have just moved into my flat which is the size of a shoebox, has no storage and is decorated in lovely 70s shades of brown. I can do the painting but I need lots of help with the other problems. I would like to have the floor recovered with a floating timber […]

Canberra house prices smash four suburb records

Canberra house prices are smashing records everywhere, with one real estate company breaking four suburb records in six weeks. In Forrest, 51 National Circuit was sold for $5.5 million, hurdling the previous record by more than $1.6 million. In O’Connor, 15 Mulga Street has sold for $2.45 million. In Braddon, 32 Farrer Street sold for […]

Will the Ford Mondeo be enough to bring you back to the station wagon?

I never thought I’d write this, but I’m a little bit in love with a station wagon. There’s a good chance this is just a crush, as our romance was fleeting. But it does always happen when you least expect it, doesn’t it? And, as in this case, often with the unlikeliest of characters, one […]

This Month in Port Phillip 1842: March 1842

Another month-long summary, in a vain attempt to catch up. I think I’ve been too ambitious with weekly summaries and unless I find myself with too much spare time, I think my summaries will be monthly from here on. The … Continue reading ?

What’s open in Canberra on Good Friday (14 April 2017)?

Here’s a quick (but certainly not exhaustive) guide to some of the places that are open in Canberra on Good Friday 14 April 2017. Cafes and restaurants 38 Espresso in Kingston open Friday 1-7pm (fish and chips only), open 8am-1pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday (4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston) Akiba in Civic open every day (40 […]

Hot foreshore commercial units back on the market

Two adjacent units on Kingston’s prestigious foreshore are back up for lease. The units, on 41 and 43 Eastlake Parade, were originally intended to be leased by MW Canberra Pty Ltd and the original plan was to launch a Meat & Wine Co franchise at the location. “They were at a point where they had […]

Tommy Balogh: a Canberra mover and shaker

Visual artist Tommy Balogh is emerging as one of Canberra’s movers and shakers. Tommy represents an important slice of creative Canberra; he has raw talent and isn’t afraid of taking risks. I say ‘risk’ because there aren’t many artists who would consider permanently displaying their work on the bare walls of a carpark – and a […]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra removalists?

Hey RiotACT, we will soon be moving suburbs within Canberra and we were hoping to get some recommendations on removalists? Anyone have any recent experience on who / what is the best way to move within Canberra? Thanks!

Faces of Canberra – Megan Munro (aka Mr Green Teal aka Sparklemuffin)

Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here. Have you ever felt uncomfortable, vulnerable, exposed and afraid? Maybe you’re attending a function and despite your best efforts, social anxiety suffocates you. A terrifying feeling in the pit of your stomach […]

Outstanding warrant on Goulburn man for alleged indecent assault

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 33-year-old man from Goulburn named Heath Elford, for whom there is an outstanding arrest warrant. The warrant includes alleged aggravated break and enter, indecent assault and domestic violence offences. Mr Elford is Caucasian, approximately 5’10”-6’1, with a medium build, brown eyes and a fair complexion. Anyone […]

Five things to do around Canberra this Easter long weekend

If you are staying in town over Easter then the main event is the National Folk Festival. With more than 200 artists performing there will be plenty to see, listen to and do. If you’re not heading to the festival then there are two footy matches to choose between on Saturday night — AFL at […]

Have you seen missing man Matthew Nicholls?

Police are requesting the public’s help in finding Matthew Nicholls, a 41-year-old, who was last seen in Phillip in early February. Mr Nicholls is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’7”, slim build, brown shoulder length hair with blue eyes. Police have asked that if sighted, he not be approached as “he may have violent tendencies.” If you […]

Typical Canberran is married and mortgaged but younger than other Australians

Meet the typical Canberran – a married mother-of-two in her mid-thirties with a mortgage and two motor vehicles. Vivacious Laura Varsanyi from Chifley seems anything but average but according to new data based on the 2016 Census she can be defined as the ‘typical’ ACT resident, with a few exceptions. Laura is actually 36 whereas […]

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