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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016 Completed

These are the books that I read for the 2016 Australian Women Writers Challenge.  I had great intentions of reading more history books written by female historians but I only read five.  I seem to have read more memoirs than … Continue reading ?

18yo man in serious condition after Batemans Bay stabbing

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Batemans Bay last night (Wednesday 28 December).  Just before 11pm, three men left a licensed premises on Orient Street and walked toward a taxi rank when they were approached by a group of men. Police have been told a physical altercation took place between two of […]

‘The Noise of Time’ by Julian Barnes

2016, 180p. I must confess that it took me some time to work out that the subject of this small novella is Dimitri Shostavkovich. In the first part of the book, Shostakovich is an unnamed ‘he’, waiting by the lift … Continue reading...

Northbourne, oh Northbourne!

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Local governments rarely get the opportunity to completely makeover and enhance the main entry to the city – and the city centre itself. Such a time has come for the ACT Government. So many factors have come together, some good–some not so good, to deliver what planners, urban designers, architects and landscape architects all dream […]

My Summer: Maryann Mussared

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

For RiotACT contributor Maryann Mussared, summer is a time for reflection, planning and enjoying the great outdoors. As our My Summer series continues, she shares her tips for getting the most out of the holiday season.  This summer I’m most looking forward to … a few quiet weeks in my studio doing my annual personal and artistic  ‘stocktake’. […]

Ask RiotACT: Best off-leash dog play areas in Canberra?

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

If you are a dog owner who likes socialising your pets and letting them run around off-leash (apart from in your on back yard) where are the best places in Canberra to do it? Steve Chivers’ recent article about the new ban on off-leash dogs at his favourite Yarralumla swimming spot made me think how lucky […]

2016 proves that Canberra has a brain, soul and heart

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

As 2016 draws to a close, and we reflect on Brexit, the election of Trump, the many natural disasters around the world and the ongoing conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, it’s hard not to feel it has been a pretty difficult year for our world. Due to this, it can be easy to forget […]

Top ten reader-contributed posts on the RiotACT in 2016

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Here at the RiotACT, we love opening the site’s “pending” queue to find an unsolicited story from one of you that examines a grass roots issue in our city or the region, whether it’s about online dating scams, a consumer affairs issue or a political matter, is a lament for businesses or public spaces we’d […]

‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M. L. Stedman

2012, 345 p. As it happened, I read this book with my bookgroup (AKA The Ladies Who Say Oooh) just as the movie was released.  No doubt I’ll see the movie about two minutes before it closes, when it’s down … Continue reading ?

Canberra’s favourite books and DVDs of 2016 revealed

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

When it comes to books and DVDs, Canberrans can’t get enough of Game of Thrones, Hollywood blockbusters, and tidying up. That’s according to the list of most popular titles requested from ACT public libraries throughout 2016. The top five most-requested books include: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing […]

Off the menu: Samuel Scott’s wild mushroom & cauliflower waffle recipe

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

This week we introduce a new RiotACT series, Off the menu, where we ask chefs at Canberra’s most popular eateries to share their favourite recipes. First up, Coffee Lab’s Samuel Scott refreshes an old breakfast staple with mushrooms, cauliflower and a herbed maple burnt butter.  In only the last 12 months, Coffee Lab has evolved into […]

My Summer: Amy Birchall

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

For former RiotACT editor and occasional contributor Amy Birchall, summer is all about taking things easy… This summer I’m most looking forward to … spending time with friends and family after a few months overseas. I’m also excited to turn off email notifications, swap my MacBook for a pile of real books, and enjoy a few days down […]

NLA – two wonderful exhibitions for summer

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s–1990s If you are interested in advertising, in posters, in the changing nature of our culture, in a fabulous collection of artifacts and all manner of ephemera– then get yourself along to the National Library of Australia this summer. It is a free exhibition–so there are no excuses. The NLA has […]

Top ten most commented on articles on the RiotACT in 2016

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

If you’ve been following our top ten series over the past three days, you might be wondering whether RiotACT readers cared about local politics in this, an election year. Not one of the top ten articles that gained the most traction on Facebook or Twitter or in terms of site traffic in the news category […]

Artist In Focus: Magic Rob and Magic Rob Universe

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

When I sat my girlfriend down to watch Magic Rob’s latest rockumentary, Prepare for Take-off, a fly-on-the-wall insight into the making of the Magic Rob Universe debut Journey to the Hereafter, there was one dominate question on her mind: who is this guy with the cape? Magic Rob has been a constant presence in the […]

My Summer: Charlotte Harper

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Pick up some holiday ideas as members of the RiotACT team share their thoughts on getting the most out of the summer. Today, editor Charlotte Harper heeds the call of a book on the beach … This summer I’m most looking forward to … switching off from email, social media and work; being in the moment with my […]

Business in Canberra – according to Robyn Hendry – part one

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I caught up with Robyn Hendry last week, CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber, a mover and shaker in her own right. I wanted to know her reflections on the highlights and speedbumps for business in 2016 and her predictions for 2017. Here is part one of the interview and what she had to say about 2016 […]

Top ten news articles on the RiotACT in 2016

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The two most-read news stories on the RiotACT website this year reported on tragedies that devastated Canberrans: the death of 8-year-old Jacka boy Bradyn Dillon (father Graham Dillon was later charged with Bradyn’s murder) and the horrific accident at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast that killed four people, including Canberrans Kate Goodchild, 32, Roozbeh Araghi, […]

‘Wicked but Virtuous: My Life’ by Mirka Mora

302 pages & abundant illustrations and photographs, 2000. The artist and matriarch of a clutch of artistic Mora sons, Mirka Mora is a Melbourne institution.  Earthy, twinkly and eccentric, she often pops up on documentaries to provide a bit of … Continue reading ?

Have you seen missing man Luke Deangelis?

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing 31-year-old man, Luke Deangelis. Luke was last seen in the Belconnen area on the morning of Saturday, 24 December 2016. He is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 185cm tall, with short light brown hair and a solid build. If you think you may have […]

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