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Daglish train station the site of street art project

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, December 21, 2011,
I picked up a recent issue of the Subiaco Post and read a story about a project being conducted by the Public Transport Authority. The tactic was to deter graffiti taggers by beating them to it, so to speak. But instead of putting up the usual ugly symbols, they would commission images that were aesthetically pleasing to passengers.

Urban artist Drew Straker created the works at Daglish station that were mentioned in the article. It seems he's been doing this for a while now.

The photo publish...
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Mueller Park, off Subiaco Road

Posted by Matt Hayden on Tuesday, December 20, 2011,
About ten years ago I lived in a unit in Subiaco Road. That block, one of many, is in a great position -- just a couple of minutes' walk to the West Leederville train station, and only bit further to City West Station. It's also very close to the cafe strips of both Subiaco and Leederville.

Subiaco Oval is also just nearby. Whenever there was a game being played there the trains would be chockas with families, all proudly wearing their team colours. On those days and nights you could clearly h...
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Water tower on Roberts St Joondanna

Posted by Matt Hayden on Saturday, December 17, 2011,
One common feature of cities all over the world is the water tower. These large, sometimes weird looking structures are usually built on high ground so that gravity alone can propel the water down into the pipes in the event of a water shortage. Because of this they are often prominent landmarks themselves and usually visible from a long way off.

Perth has a few of these. One that almost everyone in the city will recognize is the Joondanna water tower on Roberts St. These shots were taken fro...
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Perth buses to become more crowded

Posted by Matt Hayden on Sunday, December 11, 2011,
Transperth has just made a decision to increase the maximum number of passengers allowed onto its buses. Yet another sign of the city's inexorably rising population, no doubt.

Being a regular bus and train user myself, I've noticed just how crowded they have become lately. Obviously, peak hours are the worst. That said, things aren't that bad.

Most of the time the buses here are only about half or three quarters full. The main downside is that you tend to get antisocial behaviour on them from ...
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Burnt out van in Charles St, North Perth

Posted by Matt Hayden on Friday, December 2, 2011,
I was on the bus into Perth at about 2.45PM today when it had to make a detour off Charles Street in North Perth. The problem was a burnt out van in a driveway just near Paddington Street.

The thing was still smoking after the firies had put it out. So it must have been fully ablaze only minutes beforehand.

I had a look from the other side of the road. Even there the smoke was truly noxious and acrid.

The cops were present, as I assume they are at all fires. So maybe it's wrong to read anything...
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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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