The Canberran

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Category: Rant

Ikea in Canberra – Flat-packed and fabulous?

by The Editor

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Ready your allen keys, folks, the big kid is coming to town!

Owners of Inner-city apartments not already decked out with Billy bookcases and Malm chest of drawers can send up a collective cheer with the The Canberra Times announcing Ikea is finally opening in Canberra.

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Spending Time with William, Kate and George

by The Editor

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Here we are… The Royals (note the capitals) are making their way through a tour of The Colonies. How wonderful it must be for the old guard to travel halfway around the world to marvel at the cultural melting pot so far away fro the dream imagined when first a flag was planted in Botany Bay? One must imagine we live in extraordinary times. Certainly Will’s Grandfather, old ‘Phil the Greek’, wouldn’t quite know what to make of it all.

So, what’s it like to spend time with the Head of State (and the one thereafter)?

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Dining trends for 2014?

by The Editor

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Well, that’s 2013 done. Now for the New Year, and now a whole new range of trends that will grace your plate over the next 12 months. We’ve had a look through the tea-leaves, and here’s what we think may feature in Canberra dining through 2014.

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Dry Bars – The Pubs with no Beer

by The Editor

ProhibitionYesterday we read of an interesting mini-movement of sorts that is attracting some attention in London. For reasons we fail to understand, there is a slow-growing movement for bars to be established… without alcohol.

Huh? Whut?

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The Jim Murphy Bridge

by The Editor

Not shy of shooting from the hip, The Canberran was especially motivated to whip out a quick post this morning having seen the above tweet within our morning feed.

What the actual f…?

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The Perils of Pay-for-Parking Policies

by The Editor

Vintage Parking

Oh dear. You could almost envisage the apparent rivers of tears flowing through the limestone aquifers of Parliamentary Triangle following the announcement paid parking would be instituted within the area.

So what’s the story?
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Skywhale. The Verdict?

by The Editor

Skywhale at Cricket Ground

Some ten days ago we had never heard of her. Moments later she was the talk of the town, and as of Sunday was much like the last dead of a species, splayed out on a post-mortem table and being dissected by all 300,000 of her funders.

Oh, Skywhale. What to make of you?

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Old Parliament House. Just Get Rid of it?

by The Editor

Old Parliament House

The last couple of days some discussion on the relevance (or otherwise) of Old Parliament House has gained some traction in local media.  For established Canberrans, it used to be known simply as Parliament House. Then, in the early 80s, work commenced on New Parliament House that eventually opened in May 1988.  Sometime after that, the new building became known as Parliament House, with its predecessor adopting the Old prefix some time in the 90s.

So, with the historical nomenclature covered, what should we now do with Old Parliament House?

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Easter Thursday – The Hot Cross Bun Survey

by The Editor

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The Canberran’s Twitter feed is a curious beast. Increasingly it becomes a multi faceted conversation on all manner of subjects regarding our town and it’s culture. Recently though, we were confronted with one of the big issues – where in Canberra are the best Hot Cross Buns. The question came from avid reader Amy Woods, and we felt it well within our powers to call in our followers to assist with her request. We threw the question out to the Twitterverse, and various suggestions came from @Swamp_Ophelia, @Miffyg, @beneb, @clairek_g, @msbhavur, @thecanberralife, @afl4act.  Armed with that info, our correspondent went off to investigate.

So, let’s hand over to Amy:

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Rant: The Department of In-House Hospitality

by The Editor

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Office perks: Customs’ $9K coffee machine spend

…screamed The Canberra Times’ headline yesterday (Monday 18 March 2013), taking a well-earned break from putting the boot into the Centenary. ERMAGHERD!!! How could such a thing be justified?

Well, the fact Customs spent all this money to entertain guests – especially when they are located in the middle of nowhere in rural Victoria (yes, even further than Brindabella Park) – in a day where a couple of scoops from the 5kg Blend 43 tin probably no longer cuts it, is hardly a sensation… is it?

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