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Greens claim shark cull victory, but Barnett's battle is not over

October 24, 2014
In the wake of Colin Barnett abandoning his sensible shark mitigation strategy (inaccurately labelled a cull by his enemies) the Greens are crowing

They seem to think that their victory on this issue is complete and enduring. But they shouldn't break out the bongs just yet ... 

Sure, the polls may be with their insane do-nothing, humans-have-got-this-coming take on the attacks at the moment. But the odds of another gruesome gobbling at a beach in Perth are high indeed. And if that happens the people will demand some real action.

If such an event doesn't occur while Barnett is in power then he's off the hook, so to speak. But I suspect it will. And unlike the present situation, he'll have the public behind him. He'll also have the advantage of having been consistent on this issue, unlike his opponent the cynical and opportunistic Mark McGowan

If McGowan does become Premier and an attack occurs on his watch then he'll be forced to enact something along the lines of Barnett's plan. And if he does, he'll look like a real goose!

Startling snake bite surge in areas around Perth

October 24, 2014
Forget about the sharks for a moment! Numerous West Aussies are being attacked by native critters on land as well -- snakes to be exact. 

This report of a suspected snake bite in Jurien Bay is the most recent of several. Obviously it's not part of a concerted effort on Gaia's part -- although I'm sure there are a few shrub-humping greenies who believe that to be the case (and that it's exactly what we deserve).

It's clearly got something to do with the approach of summer, as serpents awake from...
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Local Labor feminist in toilet related portrait outrage

October 19, 2014
Labor really are in dire straits. They have completely lost their way. Federally all they seem able to do is get offended and make false accusations of bigotry -- sexism, mostly. Often it's their leader Bill Shorten doing most of the blustering. So funny considering what scumbags most leftie men are to women. They talk the PC talk, alright. But they sure as hell don't walk the walk. Hell, they don't even crawl the walk most of the time ... 

Shorten's latest display of, er, right-on chivalry ca...
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Meth City series reveals extent of Perth's Ice problem

October 15, 2014
Having returned from Sydney to live in my hometown of Perth back in mid 2010, I've noticed some big changes, many of which I've been posting about on this blog. One of the most alarming has been the sheer scope of the meth problem in this city.

Of course you don't tend to see evidence of it directly most of the time -- although that does happen occasionally. You get a sense of it mainly from news reports of exploding labs, burglaries, drug busts and crazed acts of violence. With so much eviden...
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Perth Ramble livened up the CBD on Sunday

October 13, 2014
Last weekend was a very colourful one in the city centre. Firstly, there was Oktoberfest in the Gardens. While in the CBD I saw lots of young people in their lederhosen, many of them more than a tad tipsy. 

Then yesterday (Sunday) there was the Perth Ramble. As I left Dome Cafe on St Georges Terrace mid-arvo the event was in full swing. There were numerous imaginatively costumed teams all in search of mysterious treasure.

There were so many of them, they actually seemed to constitute the majori...
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Miu Miu store occupies old King St Cafe building

October 8, 2014
Earlier I wrote about how the new Subidoo restaurant replaced the old Oriel Cafe. Well, recently in the CBD I noticed a similar transformation. This one involved the stylish and once very popular King St Cafe. It too closed down.

Now the building has a new tenant. But it's not a cafe or restaurant. It's a fashion house called Miu Miu

A couple of years ago a made a video of the swish little precinct. King St Cafe was still open back then. It appears at about the halfway mark.

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City of Fremantle's free wifi available in Kings Square

October 8, 2014
Free wifi being available across whole areas is now a trend in Australia's big cities, as it is across the entire western world. The City of Perth offers this, as does the City of Fremantle. One particularly appealing part of the Fremantle wifi zone is Kings Square, bang int he heart of the port city and right next to the town hall.

It's a very pleasant place to sit down and surf the net on a sunny day. And if you run out of battery power there are mains outlets provided.

This pleasant scene is...
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The Windsor Cinema in Nedlands

October 6, 2014
Growing up in Perth in the seventies and eighties I have fond memories of seeing films in the city's cinemas. Sadly, some of them are no more. Ironically, a couple of those that have gone were actually comparatively new, like this one in Murray St

Thankfully, many of the older cinema buildings still remain. There's the Cygnet Cinema in Como, and another charming art deco construction, the Windsor Cinema in Stirling Highway, Nedlands. 

Other local art deco buildings are listed here

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Subidoo Restaurant now open on old Oriel site in Subiaco

October 5, 2014
When I lived in Subiaco over a decade ago now, it was a lot less built up and bustling than it is today. That area around the corner of Hay St and Rokeby Rd was (and still is) one of the city's premiere cafe strips. One of the trendiest and most stylish cafes was the Oriel. It always seemed to be buzzing. 

Anyway, that fell fallow in recent years. Don't have a clue why. It was a nice place with a great atmosphere and was situated in a great position ... Maybe much of its business was taken awa...
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McGowan's take on Esperance shark attack proves his tin ear

October 4, 2014
Two of the most notable things about Julia Gillard were her inability to judge the public mood, and her utter lack of common sense. While she was brilliant at acquiring and maintaining power at all costs within the Labor Party itself, she hadn't the slightest clue how to sensibly relate to, communicate with and build the enduring trust of the Australian population at large. This "tin ear" is a common affliction in Labor. And the party's West Australian leader Mark McGowan suffers it as well. ...
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