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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 […]

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Burns Philp & Co.

Burns, Philp and Co. was formerly one of the largest business operations in the Torres Strait, with its history dating well back into the nineteenth century.  By 1900, the company was carrying on the most extensive shipping and commercial business on Thursday Island and its wide trading interests required that it stocked an extensive range... Read more

My Summer: Rachel Moore

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

This summer I’m most looking forward to … every single moment! It’s holiday time! I’m least looking forward to … absolutely nothing in this category. It’s summer baby! The best swimming pool in Canberra is … in my backyard. At a cost of around $50 we have an inflatable square oasis covered with a gazebo. Cocktails are served […]

Summer entertaining: Insalata Caprese (Caprese salad)

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Insalata caprese is a beautiful tomato and mozzarella salad from the Isle of Capri. It is green, white and red like the Italian flag and is perfect to have in the summertime. Made simply and with the very best ingredients: tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella or cow’s milk mozzarella, basil, salt and extra-virgin olive oil. Variations today […]

Our top ten Ask RiotACT posts of 2016

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Happy New Year! Are there items on your New Year’s Resolution list that will require some research to get them happening? Looking for the best gym in your area, or personal trainer, or grocery delivery service? Perhaps you’re after a therapist, a life coach or a dietician? Help with home renovations? Want to join a sports […]

2016: The food that was

2016. Where did you go? It was a tumultuous year on a global scale but there were still moments of joy and happiness, many of them close to home. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the low points but it's important to note the good times,...Show More Summary

New Year’s goals are for losers!

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

New Year’s Eve is the time when we set those annual New Year’s resolutions. My suggestion for this year – don’t! But bear with me on this while I explain… Let’s face it, every year people set goals that are most often to do with health (I’ll lose ten kilos), wealth (I will eat fewer […]

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 24 -31 December 1841

Of course, Port Phillip celebrated Christmas on 25 December, along with the rest of the British Empire.  In 1841, 25 December was a Saturday, thus providing a two-day holiday. It’s a sobering reminder of the rarity of holidays in the … Continue reading ?

My Summer: Rebecca Vassarotti

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

As our My Summer series continues, RiotACT contributor Rebecca Vassarotti shares how she plans to make the most of the summer. Spending time with friends and loved ones is top of the list.  This summer I’m most looking forward to … relaxing, having fun with the family and being able to slow down the pace […]

Summer entertaining: Cannellini bean and rosemary dip

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The recipe for this cannellini bean dip is a good one to know; as it is versatile and can be whipped up in minutes. I always keep a few cans of cannellini beans in my pantry just in case a friend drops by. It is very tasty spread on crusty bread and served with a […]

Our top ten photographs on Instagram in 2016

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Instagram is our newest social media channel so we’ve been experimenting with what works and what doesn’t during 2016. Our occasional videos have been popular on the platform, but we’ve stuck with our top still images for this top ten. They’re a combination of shots taken by members of our team (mainly Business Manager Josh Mulrine […]

Police investigate ‘targeted’ shooting in Reid

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing are calling for witnesses after a shooting incident in Reid on Wednesday 21 December 2016. Around 10.15pm, police were called to a residence in Allambee Street, Reid, after reports shots were fired into a premises. Police attended and identified damage to the front of a residence. While the residents were home at the […]

‘La Mala Hora’ (In Evil Hour) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

(1962, 183 P) I read this as part of the Coursera course that I’ve been following on Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I read the book in English (of course!) but the online course that analyses the books is in Spanish. There’s … Continue reading ?

A new pro-light rail public transport lobby group for Canberra

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There’s a new voice in Canberra’s public transport discussions, with pro-light rail lobbyist Damien Haas setting up a new community-based advocacy group for public transport in the ACT. The Public Transport Association of Canberra, or PTCBR, intends to act as the ACT’s peak body for public transport consultation. Show More Summary

C is for seafood

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There are few seafood restaurants in Canberra, which is surprising given our close proximity to New South Wales’ south coast that is the catching ground for arguably some of the best seafood in the world. C Seafood and Oyster Bar fills a niche in the market, offering innovative, fresh and quality seafood. ‘C’ here in the name […]

My Summer: Suzanne Kiraly

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Summer in Canberra brings back golden memories for contributor Suzanne Kiraly. As our My Summer series continues, she shares her recommendations for enjoying the warmer months at a slower pace… Summer in Canberra always brings back golden memories. It was the carefree adolescence I spent growing up in the capital that is most evocative. It was […]

Best local music releases – Canberra 2016

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Rain, hail, shine or technical gremlin drama, the team from 2XXFM’s drive-time music show, LocalNLive, have been on the airwaves keeping Canberra company. Jam packed full of music and delightful treats for your ears, the team interviews local Canberra performers, artists, bands and musicians. The crew regularly chats with performers from around the globe who […]

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