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Perth Entertainment Centre demolition photos

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, August 29, 2011,
I'd say a high percentage of Perth locals will have seen the Entertainment Centre lately, and know that it's disappearing bit by bit. The demolition of this famous local landmark has been going on for several weeks now, perhaps even a couple of months, yet it's not quite half done. It does seem a bit odd that it would take so long. (Although I suppose its bottom heavy design meant that it could not be destroyed in one mighty blast, like so many big structures are these days.)

In any case it do...
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Double murder in Tenth Avenue, Maylands

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, August 25, 2011,
Having actually lived in Maylands some years ago I immediately took notice of the news of a gruesome double murder in that suburb. My immediate assumption was that it was drug related and that seems to have been the case. Apparently the perpetrator was a heroin addict who had recently managed to kick his addiction, then relapsed.

Sadly, Maylands does seem to be one of the Perth suburbs where these terrible events occur comparatively often. I assumed it happened somewhere on the eastern side of...
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The McNess Royal Arcade in Perth

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, August 22, 2011,
A few months ago I read an article in one of the Perth papers about the many heritage listed buildings in the CBD. The story included an interview with an expert in the field who talked about the "look up" factor in the city.

By that he meant that you probably won't be aware of the city's architectural legacy if you look straight ahead. All you'll see then is shopfronts that have been refurbished over and over again to keep them looking contemporary.

You have to consciously lift your gaze to ...
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The old Greater Union cinema building on Murray St, Perth

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, August 22, 2011,
Back in the seventies and eighties when I was growing up in Perth there were two main cinemas in the city that got most of the business. There was the Greater Union "Cinecentre" on the corner of Murray and Barrack St and the plush (and then new) Cinema City just up the arcade on Hay St.

I always remember that Greater Union building for its rich blue top and sides. (Actually, it's a bit like Beatty Park for that reason.) Even though the last film was shown quite some time ago, it still looks v...
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The Red Castle Motel in Rivervale

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, August 22, 2011,
If you drive along the Great Eastern Highway through Burswood you're sure to see the Red Castle Motor Inn in Rivervale. It's been there for as long as I can recall, and has always looked memorably incongruous. (Some people think it's incredibly ugly, but I think that's a bit unkind.)

It seems to be such an eccentric choice of design, which makes me curious about its history. I've done some Googling but can't find anything.

Anyway, here's one photo of it from near the Highway. I took it late in...
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Walga Court Yokine, scene of knife attack

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, August 18, 2011,
The photo below is of Walga Court in Yokine. I took it early this afternoon. As you can see it looks like a pleasant, quiet and safe place to live.

Yet yesterday, at around the same time and on a similarly sunny day it was the scene of a horrific knife attack. The victim is in hospital in a serious but stable condition, apparently.

Hard to believe when you look at the scene.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen MV Toreador docked in Fremantle

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, August 18, 2011,
I went down to Fremantle the other day on the bus. Coming down Canning Highway, towards the Inner Harbour, just near the railway bridge over the Swan River I could see a huge ship docked at the North Quay. Actually, it was so solid and bulky my first impression was that it was a building.

Anyway, I managed to get a snap of it, which is below.

I caught the train back into the city, and managed to capture this ship (called the MV Toreador) from another angle as I went south over the bridge. Not s...
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Beatty Park Leisure Centre, North Perth

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, August 4, 2011,
Below is a photo I took recently of Beatty Park Leisure Centre, which is in Vincent St North Perth.

Long ago, it was just an aquatic centre pretty much. But now there are more facilities. Still, the building itself hasn't changed much from the outside. It still has those striking strips of blue. I remember them vividly from my childhood. Nice to know that some things in Perth stay the same!

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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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