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Local leaders – Anna Petridis (Patissez)

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Patissez in Manuka is probably the most famous café in Canberra, and maybe even one of the most famous in Australia, after receiving international media coverage in the last few weeks. Most of this attention is attributed to its freakshow milkshakes. Small business success on this scale does not just happen. There is no luck involved. Anna Petridis [...]

Cheap eats – The Blue Olive (Civic)

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A couple of weeks ago RiotACT contributor Bec Cuzzillo put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls. Café D’Lish and Autolyse were the two most popular contenders, but The Blue Olive in Civic wasn’t far behind. I was curious. Those who voted for The Blue Olive’s sandwiches did so with an enthusiasm that you [...]

Empathy from bureaucrats a rare thing

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It was during a recent North Canberra Community Council meeting that I realised I was hearing something very rare. The presenter was talking about fairly matter-of-fact issues to do with changes to local traffic lights and footpaths and it sounded as though she identified with the issues being dealt with. Then she said it. She commented [...]

‘Savage or Civilized? Manners in Colonial Australia’ by Penny Russell

You may remember a number of years back when Prime Minister Paul Keating had the audacity to place his hand on Her Majesty’s back to gently steer her in a crowd. He was quickly dubbed “The Lizard of Oz” by … Continue reading ?

KikiRiki on Smith St is getting a complete makeover

Remember when Brother Burger took over from Retro cafe on Brunswick St three years ago? They began by putting a separate business, La Dulcita latin cafe, on the Brunswick St frontage with the much larger Brother Burger having the far less visible Westgarth St frontage.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Around Town - Jeans for Genes Day Party

Sat 08 Aug It's time to join the sea-of-denim that shows you're raising a glass for a good cause at the annual Manly Wharf Hotel Jeans for Genes Day. Drop a...

Sport & Outdoor - Bledisloe Cup Luncheon

Wed 05 Aug Join a couple of rugby legends at The Glenmore for lunch with a view for a good cause. It's a two-course affair hosted by Fox Sports presenter Nick...

Bars & Pubs - VIN Diemen 2015

Sat 05 Sep Our southern cornucopia is packing up the regional produce that pulls hordes of gourmet travellers to the wee island state and heading to Sydney for VIN...

Bars & Pubs - Dinner with Tim Cooper

Mon 10 Aug Many happy hours have been spent with a Coopers brew in your local, and now you can spend a few more with the man behind South Australia's most famous...

Bars & Pubs - Meat Masterclass

Wed 29 Jul Prepare for the tastiest education in town when the Oaks Hotel hosts a four-course Meatorium Meat Masterclass. With Russolini's Danny Russo in charge...

Bars & Pubs - Good Beer and Cider Festival

Sat 12 Sep Beer and cider enthusiasts can revel in a day-long festival dedicated to the good stuff at the Vic. Prepare to sample over 80 local, domestic and international...

Film - Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2015

15 Sep-11 Oct Believers clashing with atheists; parents dealing with violent footage of their children; and the comedic efforts of a woman architect to be taken seriously...

Film - The Godfather + The Godfather Part II

Sun 13 Sep "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes." "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Dialogue from 1972's The Godfather is...

Film - Jaws 40th Anniversary Screening

Fri 04 Sep You've seen Jurassic World: now see the original film pitching the tourism dollar against public safety. Steven Spielberg's breakthrough made film history...

Pills, kids and the big hush up!

I’ve known about this incident for a few days now. At first mention it left a sickly feeling inside. Three children were apparently hospitalised after ingesting adult medication at a childcare centre in our city’s south last Thursday (23 July 2015). Pardon? Yes, three kids, ages unknown, allegedly downed a number of sleeping pills and were taken [...]

National Library of Australia lecture: Buk bilong Pikinini

[ 31 July 2015 at 12:30 pm; ] Buk bilong Pikinini, meaning ‘books for children’, is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, which aims to establish children’s libraries and foster a love of...Show More Summary

And the AHA winners for 2015 are…

Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards last night. Following a record number of entries,...Show More Summary

Fact checking statements about Dickson Parklands

There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands. Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]

Recommendations for motorcycle service in Canberra

Hello fellow rioters I recently inherited a BMW K100 (1983). It’s hasn’t run in a fair while and I just want to get it serviced to make sure I don’t ruin anything by getting it going myself and riding it. Can anyone recommend a bike mechanic in Canberra, maybe one that does BMW and or older bikes? Thanks [...]

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