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Browsing Archive: November, 2011

Christmas decorations up in Barrack St, Perth

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, November 24, 2011,
One thing that I've always found amusing about living in Australia is the incongruity of celebrating Christmas here. As we all know the tradition comes from the northern hemisphere and is held in midwinter. So all the attendant imagery relates to that area and season: snow, reindeer, sleighs, etc.

But Down Under it's the hottest time of the year! And Perth in particular is famous for its summer heat -- as well as its beautiful clear blue skies. Of course, local Christmas-phobes find this even ...
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The Aviary Restaurant and Bar in the Perth CBD

Posted by Matt Hayden on Tuesday, November 22, 2011,
Still on the subject of dining venues: Several days ago I was walking down William St towards the Wellington St bus station when I noticed some movement above the entrance to the Perth Underground. On closer inspection it turned out to be some people chatting in a new rooftop bar.

It's called The Aviary, and it opened earlier this month. It's obviously in a perfect location. I suspect that so many people will have noticed this eye catching venue that for members of the smart set it's already t...
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Valentino Cafe Restaurant in Lake St Northbridge

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, November 21, 2011,
Northbridge, which is just across the railway line from the CBD, is Perth's main entertainment district, with a whole host of bars and nightclubs. It's also the most popular restaurant and cafe strip in the city.

James Street seems to have the bulk of them. The ones just west of Lake Street are the most elegantly designed. And Valentino, a cafe-restaurant on the corner of those two streets, creates quite a striking picture, particularly when seen in daylight through the sculpture that looms ov...
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Good books about and set in Perth and Fremantle
Line of Sight
When War Came to Fremantle
The Devil's Garden
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