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A hard day’s knight for Abbott

It is easy to see when a government is in trouble. It manages to get the little things wrong. It has been reported Abbott spent a good deal of his Sunday on the phone with Coalition MPs – placating them, motivating them, urging themShow More Summary

Canberra’s development dilemma

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra is undergoing a metamorphosis. Until now, it has grown outwards, slowly engulfing farms and spitting them back out as suburbs, terraforming the landscape from grazing pastures to a white collar playground. Shopping centres, cars, cafes, the tame opiates of the archetypal Canberran. The age and maturity of this town is becoming more obvious, however. As [...]

Best of Canberra – Rice paper rolls

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I find it frustrating that the world is becoming such a health conscious place, yet it is still ridiculously difficult to get healthy, or even semi-healthy, foods on the go. My beautician, Jacqui, is a business owner, mum of one and general superwoman. She leads a busy life and often runs out of time to make herself [...]

17th December 1887 – a significant day for Queensland

Guest blogger: Thom Blake – John Oxley Library Fellow and historian So what is special about that day? You will not find it mentioned in any histories of Queensland, list of significant dates or in the newspaper headlines for that day or week. But in the central western town of Barcaldine, an extraordinary event occurred [...]

What I did on Australia Day

So what did I do on Australia Day?  I received an award!!  Not one of the big ones that they print in the paper, but a JagaJaga Community Australia Day Award for my work as Secretary of the Heidelberg Historical … Continue reading ?

A historian’s nightmare

390p, 1979 On my shelf there are two books that I have borrowed about William Lyon Mackenzie.  I pick up the first one, The Firebrand and check out the publication date- 1956.  I pick up the second one William … Continue reading ?

Canberrans honoured in Australia Day awards

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Several Canberrans are receiving Australia Day Honours in 2015 for the exceptional contribution they all make to the community in a variety of fields. Canberra is a community made up of so many passionate, talented and giving individuals, and I am proud to call this city home. To all of the Canberrans who have received accolades [...]

RAW Canberra presents Visionary, 30 January

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 30 January 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. Every second month it showcases around 30 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for whatShow More Summary

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Chicken wings

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Last week the call went out for Canberra’s best chicken wings, and for a while Smoque was the only restaurant receiving recommendations. I was delighted to eventually see other venues being thrown in the mix, from Treehouse Bar to Ginseng and Mandalay Bus. BentSpoke also came highly recommended and having never been there, I thought it [...]

Five electorates, Green pastures?

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The change to the ACT electoral system, now with five electorates of five members, is fertile ground for the ACT Greens. Over the past couple of years we have seen letters from Caroline LeCouteur both in social and print media. Caroline has been true to her beliefs and constantly pushed the environmentalist line. Good on her too, [...]

Carpenter and joiner

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We need two built-in wall units made.  Can anyone recommend a carpenter/joiner who could help us?  I’m currently thinking of contacting two – Ray Browne Joinery and Benchmarc Joinery – any comments on these two would be much appreciated.

Woman arrested for aggravated robbery

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing has arrested a 38-year-old Kambah woman after allegedly robbing a BWS liquor store yesterday, (Saturday 24 January). At about 1.30pm a woman entered the liquor store on Marconi Crescent, Kambah with a green Woolworths bag containing two kitchen knives and pushing a half size shopping trolley. After walking around the store for a short time [...]

Top 10 Sydney Cheap Eats for Tourists

It's easy to be distracted by the spectacle of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the golden sands of Bondi Beach, but we all know that the lifeblood of any city is in its food. But how do you eat the best of Sydney on a whirlwind schedule? I first compiled this resource in 2009, but a lot can happen in six years in the restaurant world. Show More Summary

Australia a shining beacon in dark times

AS we plan to celebrate Australia Day tomorrow – OK, most of us began celebrating yesterday – it’s worth thinking about what we are celebrating,…

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Dobinsons

Years ago, before the Canberra Centre expanded into what it is today, there was an area called the city market place, where Dobinsons first established itself as a small bakery. Dobinsons was doing well for itself and eventually the family-owned business moved to its current location on Bunda Street and became one of only four [...]

Gay & Lesbian - Queer Thinking - Mardi Gras 2015

Sat 21 Feb Before the glamour and the glitter, the marching and the mayhem, Mardi Gras gets things going with this annual gathering of provocative talks and panels...

Around Town - Athol Bay Water Park

Mon 26 Jan Parked up near Taronga Zoo at Athol Bay, there’ll be a one-day-only water park set up for Australia Day. Run by Bubbling With Energy, the inflatable...

Bars & Pubs - Best pubs to spend Australia Day in

Still not sure how to celebrate our national holiday? Here are ten local boozers getting into the Australian spirit this long weekend

Clubs - Hed Kandi

Sat 24 Jan Flash clubbing brand Hed Kandi will be debuting at the Argyle. The parties known to have extravagant productions, DJs and performers and have been hosted...

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