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Canberra’s greatest toilet

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

RiotACT columnist Kim Huynh reflects upon the history and destiny of our bathrooms and civilisation. Going to the bathroom at the Dickson Community Health Centre was a profound – almost Proustian – experience for me. I was taking my son for a check-up and realised that the last time I was there my Mum was […]

Limit power use this afternoon to prevent outages: official

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Power outages due to increased demand during today’s heatwave remain a strong possibility, and are most likely to occur between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, according to an ACT Government spokeswoman who urges Canberrans to minimise electricity use during the next few hours. Show More Summary

‘Hunt Them, Hang Them’ by Kate Auty and Lynette Russell

2016, 78 p. This slim book of  78 pages stands in its own right as the account of a historical incident – that of the execution of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener in Melbourne on 20 January 1842- but it is also … Continue reading...

‘The great apostle of physical culture’ arrives in Brisbane (1902)

In October 1902, Brisbane theatre audiences were treated to two world-renowned acts. One was opera singer Nellie Melba, the other the man referred to as the father of modern bodybuilding, Eugen Sadow. Born Friedrich Muller in Prussia, Sandow had been touring Australia since July and garnering a great deal of publicity. On October 27, as... Read more

Album review: Jack Biilmann Streams

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Jack Biilmann is a Canberra based acoustic blues and roots artist heading on tour to promote his latest album Streams. Jack is playing at the UC Refectory on the 25th of February Jack Biilmann is not one to tip-toe around melancholy; he wears his heart on his sleeve, as he sings so himself. Perhaps that’s […]

Show support for little Annabelle Potts via the Instagram auction this weekend

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

If you have been tuned into Canberra media over the past month, you’ve likely heard the devastating story of 3 year old Annabelle Potts. Little Annabelle was diagnosed with an aggressive rare brain tumour at the end of last year, and has spent her time since in Sydney Children’s Hospital. With Mum and Dad Kathie and Adam Potts spending […]

Upcoming TEDxYouth event helps Canberra’s youth find their fire

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

18 year old Canberra College graduate Egshiglen (Eggy) Chuluunhuu is on a mission. Along with 10 of her peers, Eggy has created Canberra’s second TEDx symposium: TEDxYouth. The event, which will be held on Sunday 19th February 1pm at the Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, is aptly named Finding Our Fire. It’s designed specifically to […]

Cowra – crossroad of the Mid-West

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Heading north for a tightly planned 30 hour ‘break-out’ from Canberra to the ‘break-out’ capital of Australia, Cowra, I am hoping I have planned well. I have four things I really want to do and I know it is going to be hot. I have booked warmly recommended country accommodation, and have a table waiting […]

Maroochydore’s first aeroplane (1922)

About noon on February 1, 1922, the first landing of an aeroplane in Maroochydore caused a great deal of excitement among onlookers. The initial concern that the descending Avro 504 biplane was making a forced landing on the beach proved groundless, though Captain Percy William Snell and Lieutenant Stanley Wooldridge Bird (accompanied by their dog,... Read more

Police issue CCTV of assault in Civic nightclub

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT policing are seeking witnesses after a man was assaulted by another male attacker at around 4.10am on Sunday January 8 inside Mooseheads nightclub in Civic. Police responded to a report of an altercation involving a number of people, which resulted in a male victim suffering facial injuries. The alleged offender is described as Caucasian […]

Notorious bushranger’s grave may be uncovered in Goulburn’s CBD

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Foundation work near an historic Goulburn building may uncover the body of a notorious murderer hanged nearby in 1840. Thomas Whitton was Goulburn’s most famous bushranger. An archaeological assessment report has uncovered a significant part of Goulburn’s early history, which may include Whitton’s grave. Show More Summary

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (10–12 February)

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It is going to be hot this weekend, so best take it easy. Why not head to The Street Theatre, and just for something different in Canberra, hang out with a polarising politician? On Saturday night check out Charlie White’s photos at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston. If you are feeling active, go for a colourful 5km run […]

Ray White Canberra rebrands as Civium Property Group

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There’s a new full-service real estate agency in town, with Ray White Canberra and Civium Strata People joining forces to become Civium Property Group late last year. The family-owned, Phillip-headquartered business now offers services including strata management, agency services, project sales, finance and property management. Show More Summary

The new face of homelessness

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Meet the new face of homelessness. Female. Single. Older. While a comfortable retirement beckons for many older people, there is a growing group of women who are facing a nightmare of poverty, homelessness and hopelessness. The economic disadvantages facing many women are well known, but we generally consider what the impacts of this multiple disadvantage […]

This Week in Port Phillip 1842: 16-23 January 1842

This entry contains a lengthy description of the execution of two indigenous prisoners I’m rather embarrassed that I’ve fallen behind with my weekly summaries of what happened in Port Phillip at this time in 1842.  Largely it was because I’m … Continue reading ?

Ask RiotACT: recommendation on home wifi setup?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi Rioters. I have recently moved into a double story house in Lyons. I have my wireless router / internet connection in a spare bedroom upstairs. I have a home office downstairs. I have been having a lot of performance related issues with my internet. It consistently drops out, and I find speeds are all […]

‘Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam’ by Jeannine Baker

2015, 272 p. Each night I sit down to watch the ABC news and just accept as a matter of course the presence of Lisa Millar in London, or Anne Barker in the Middle East telling me what new tragedy has occurred … Continue reading ?

Showtime event scaled back as 40-degree days loom

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With temperatures in the capital forecast to reach as high as 40 degrees and above on Friday and Saturday, the first event cancellations are coming in. Showtime in the City, a mini carnival scheduled for this weekend as a preview to the Canberra Show later this month, will now only run from 4.30pm till 9.30pm […]

Beyond the tyranny of distance: Blainey talk at NLA tonight

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I clearly remember my first long distance overseas trip (Sydney to Hong Kong on a Qantas Boeing 707). It wasn’t the first time I had flown but it was my first overseas trip and my first time in a “new jetliner”. Leaving Sydney, I caught a glimpse of familiar landmarks and beautiful Sydney Harbour: the […]

ACT Chief Planner – to be or not to be?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Following a couple of pieces in the local press, one would think that the ACT Government’s planning was in turmoil because key people are on the move. I can see what the journalists are trying to portray – that these changes cause big trouble for the Chief Minister. Seriously? I doubt it – change happens […]

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