The Canberran

A snobby (though tongue-in-cheek) look at the finer sides of the National Capital. Got a tip? Email editor@thecanberran.com

Category: Public Service Announcement

In a Word: Traffic

by obalint

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“Canberra doesn’t have traffic.”

Bold statement. But one that gets more promotion than Pippa Middleton’s derriere. The city’s architect designed grand boulevards and ample space, low population and rambunctious roundabouts certainly afford Canberrans the unique luxury of having minimal traffic. But I wouldn’t say there’s no traffic. And there’s been a steady increase in recent years…

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AFP – The Right to Remain Intimidating

by The Editor

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Canberra, as we well know, is something of a nanny state. The amount of excessive red tape and OH&S over-compliance is insane. Given even the OECD recognises that Canberra excels in terms of per-capita education, you wouldn’t think that the local government would be so keen to guide us – blindfolded and by the hand – through so many of life’s simple challenges.

It’s a bit weird, isn’t it?

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The Argument Against Uber

by The Editor

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Today, Canberra’s taxi drivers went on strike to protest the potential arrival of the richest enfant terrible, Uber.

So who’s side are you on?

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Hooray for a Gay Airport!

by The Editor

 

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In one to be filed under ‘Well, we weren’t expecting that!” Many Canberrans were impressed by an initiative of the Canberra Airport to promote the marriage equality debate.

Surprise!

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In a Word: Secrets

by obalint

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Canberra has secrets. I’d tell you what they are…but then I’d have to kill you. And I really don’t want to do that. Killing people is uncool. And it’s a hassle. Then you have to get The Wolf involved, and you don’t want to have to do that unless it’s absolutely necessary. Samuel L and Mr Travolta know all about that little dill-infused pickle.

Okay. You twisted my yellow-bellied, weak-willed arm. Come hither and I’ll tell you a few, and I won’t even kill you. Bonus!

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Rant: Bunda Street Redevelopment

by The Editor

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Anyone who has been into the city during the last six months or so could not fail to notice the construction work at Bunda Street. What you may fail to notice is what the point of all this disruption is, given the result of the ongoing roadwork.

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In a Word: Child

by obalint

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Children are silly. But they are also awesome.

Bright sparkling eyes and minds teeming with curiosity, queries, possibilities. Boundless energy. Stockpiles of smiles. Incorrigible enthusiasm. Cheeky demands. Spurious spouts of “That’s not fair!” Worldly wondering. Quirky questioning…and pestering persistence. Bless.

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Nimble as a Cat? How to Get the Model Walk.

by The Editor

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You wonder how they don’t just trip and fall flat on their faces. Truly. We’re talking models here. Models on catwalks, like those who will be applying at the 1 February casting call for Fashfest 2015.

Don’t get us wrong. It’s great when models don’t trip but how do they perfect placing one foot firmly in front of the other, exaggerating their hip movement and exaggerating the movement of their derrieres the way they do?

And what’s it all about anyway? Why don’t models on the catwalk just walk like the rest of us humans?

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Highlights for the 2014 Australian Hotels Association Awards

by The Editor

It’s that time of year again, – when Canberra’s best and brightest (and, occasionally, drunkest) gather together for the annual Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Awards for Excellence.

So, with the dark clouds of Public Service reform looming over the fresh fields of Canberra’s hospitality industry, who will spring up and bask in the glorious light of victory?

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Friday Happy-Hour. How Much for a Tram?

by The Editor

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Trams. They sounded like a good idea, didn’t they? Melbourne has trams, and Melbourne is cool; ergo, get trams in Canberra and watch the pop-up bars and an alleyway culture materialise before your very eyes.

Brilliant.

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