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Ask RiotACT – Best coffee in Canberra?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Who would blame you for feeling confused about what type of coffee to order. From the bean in your brew to the style of coffee or what milk and sweetener you might like. Phew. It can feel rather exhausting just ordering the darned coffee. Never fear! As always, RiotACT is here to help. We need […]

This Week in Port Phillip 1842: January 1-7

In 1842, there wasn’t the extended January break that we now enjoy. Instead, things returned pretty much to normal after New Year.  But let’s just laze around a bit longer for this first week of the year 1842.  I did … Continue reading ?

28 drivers test positive for drugs over ACT holiday double demerit period

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing says it is disappointed with the number of drug drivers detected over the holiday double demerit period (Saturday, 23 December 2016 to Monday, 2 January 2017). It conducted 88 roadside drug tests, with 28 drivers returning a positive indication for drugs, pending further analysis. On Monday (2 January 2017), nine drivers were detected on […]

Canberra’s most popular baby names of 2016 revealed

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The top 10 baby names in the ACT for 2016 have been announced, with Canberra parents opting for traditional names like Charlotte, William, Grace and Thomas. Charlotte topped the list of girl’s names for the second year running, according to Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay. Charlotte has appeared in Canberra’s top 10 list for […]

I’m going back to Summernats … how about you?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I haven’t been to Summernats for a very long time. I attended the annual celebration of fuel, fumes and flaming rubber when I was younger and wilder – because Summernats then was a place for the young and wild. And I have to say, what I saw fulfilled every cliché of the darker side of […]

Architectural vandalism at Parliament House

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

They have tried before and have failed–but this time they have got their way. The Australian Parliament House was designed with the lawns on the roof. The architect wanted to remind the politicians of their place in society by allowing people to walk across the roof of Parliament House. I have proudly explained this to […]

Best Canberra suburbs for families?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I’m new to Canberra so please be kind! I’m looking at buying a home for my family to finally feel settled. I’ve narrowed it down to Crace, Forde, Harrison, Casey and Nicholls. I’ve driven around the areas and spent hours researching on allhomes – prices and what you get for your money. So what am […]

Elvis Festival returns to Parkes for 25th year

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Get out all your Elvis gear and head to Parkes next week. The bustling Central Western NSW town will host its 25th Elvis Festival from 11 to 15 January 2017. If previous festivals are anything to go by, Parkes will be really rocking at a whole gamut of events ranging from concerts to street parades, […]

The top ten posts on the RiotACT in 2016

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Here they are, the most clicked on stories of last year across all categories: two opinion pieces about light rail, two articles about favourite Canberra snacks, two news stories about tragedies (the killing of 8-year-old Bradyn Dillon...Show More Summary

‘H is for Hawk’ by Helen Macdonald

283 p & notes, 2014 I’m not quite sure how Helen Macdonald managed to interweave a detailed and rather technical book about training a goshawk with a clear-eyed description of a profound grief that almost tipped into madness. But manage … Continue reading ?

My Summer: Jane Speechley

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

As our My Summer series continues, here’s how motoring writer Jane Speechley plans to spend her time over the next few months …  This summer I’m most looking forward to … a cruise I have planned for the end of January, woohoo! It’s to celebrate my upcoming (cough) milestone birthday. A cruise is a divisive holiday – […]

Jumping the bun!

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Has 1 January become a sort of Groundhog Day indicator for Easter? Is there evidence that half a dozen packs of hot cross buns have poked their heads up and declared it is OK to come out. If I was many years younger, I would ask the obvious cheeky, if not infantile question:  Why are […]

Southern Aurora jewel to help revive romance of rail in restored barracks

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra entrepreneur Mark McEwen is reviving the romance of rail at Goulburn’s old railway barracks. Mr McEwen has restored the 15-bedroom barracks in historic Goulburn, replacing wiring and plumbing and every nail in the old corrugated roof. He even plans to add a jewel to the rail-themed venue, a first class carriage from the iconic Southern Aurora train. […]

Business in Canberra – according to Robyn Hendry – part two

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

This is part two of an interview held with Robyn Hendry, CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber. We recently completed a survey, and in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics, did a robust analysis. Our sample size was more than adequate (this was our second survey with more respondents than before). It turns out that 77% […]

Top ten feature articles on the RiotACT in 2016

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Our most popular feature articles of last year cover an eclectic mix of topics: light rail, the promotion of Canberra as a tourist destination, a car mechanic’s tips on preparing for steep drives on hot days, details on a road trip to Nowra, a discussion about how fortunate we are to live in the capital, […]

Beauty and the Beast, Marburg style

In early April 1913, the citizens of Marburg, 60km west of Brisbane, were eagerly anticipating the upcoming amateur performance of operetta Beauty and the Beast, with a cast of locals (pictured). Staged to raise funds for the All Saints Anglican Church, the event was arranged by the Reverend T. Hely-Wilson, who oversaw the entire production... Read more

Eat the doughnut – a holistic guide to New Year’s resolutions

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

On New Year’s Eve last week, Suzanne Kiraly shared how she’s approaching life and goal setting through a different lens for 2017. Today, Rachel Moore explains why she won’t be making New Year’s resolutions – she’ll be stepping towards the doughnut instead. New Year’s resolutions are a farce. What exactly does the word resolution mean in this […]

My Summer: Elias Hallaj (aka CBR foodie)

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

For RiotACT contributor Elias Hallaj, summer in Canberra is all about spending more time with his family and doing some of the activities he doesn’t have time for during a normal busy working week and the school term, when helping his better half feed, clothe and raise five small children is a challenge in itself. This […]

Privatise the AMC? Madness!

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

My attention was drawn recently to an interview Jon Stanhope did on radio concerning some alarming issues at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The article by Tom Lowry of the Times described Mr Stanhope as the architect of the AMC. Not so sure about that. There were many people involved in bringing offenders home into our […]

Top ten food and wine posts on the RiotACT in 2016

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

RiotACT readers love their food, especially takeaway, cheap eats, street food, brunch/breakfast and cult favourites like banh mi, smashed avo, HSPs and freakshakes. We revisit the most-read foodie content of 2016 here, and hope you’ll be inspired to share some of your favourite snack finds of the past year in the comments. Oh, and with […]

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