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Browsing Archive: January, 2015

Howard St in the CBD has some elegant old buildings

Posted by Matt Hayden on Friday, January 30, 2015,
Sadly, many of Perth's grandest old buildings have been demolished over the years. Some of them remain, but they're usually quite isolated, being separated by many structures that have been created within the last fifty years or so. This is in contrast to Fremantle, which has done a better job of preserving its architectural past. 

In the CBD there are some sections where clusters of such buildings remain, however. One of these is Howard St, off St George's Terrace.

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The Forrest Place Information Kiosk is aesthetically pleasing

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, January 29, 2015,
If you have been in the Murray St Mall recently, you're sure to have noticed the new information kiosk in Forrest Place. I think they've done a great job with it. It's unique, sleek and very modern looking. It offers a nice contrast to the grand old architecture surrounding it, but doesn't clash for some reason. 

It puts me in mind of a friendly space ship. I find it much more appealing than the green "artwork" nearby. Never liked that at all! Not only nicer to look at, but also more useful an...
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Cycle path near West Leederville Station risky for pedestrians

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, January 28, 2015,
In recent years there has clearly been a national trend of cyclists demanding greater respect on our roads. This has provoked quite a backlash form drivers who consider them a nuisance. Cyclists are very organized and quite bolshie. They have no hesitation in making it known which areas they consider to be particularly dangerous to them.

The growing ranks of lycra clad pedal pushers on the nation's shared paths have annoyed many pedestrians also. This conflict has been quite intense here in P...
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Williamson's Motor House in Guildford Rd Maylands

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, January 28, 2015,
As I get older myself, I tend to notice the older buildings around Perth. They were there when I was growing up. So they often bring back childhood memories.

Many of these buildings are in the city centre. But some are in the suburbs. Take Williamson's Motor House in Guildford Rd, Maylands, for example. When I was there a month or two ago, it looked like work was being done on it. Not sure if it's a viable business at the moment ...

In any case, it is certainly old enough to be listed with the ...
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Scarborough Beach set for further massive transformation

Posted by Matt Hayden on Tuesday, January 20, 2015,
I just read about a massive new plan to revitalize Scarborough Beach. It's interesting that so many believe this facelift is needed, because the area has undergone such massive changes already. 

I used to go down to Scarborough Beach back in the seventies. It was always crowded on weekends, and there were heaps of cars in the carparks off the Esplanade there. But it was hardly built up.

The centre of activity was the fish and chips shop called Peter's by the Sea. I fondly recall playing games o...
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Fear of sharks is keeping West Aussies off the beach

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, January 19, 2015,
I grew up in this city and was an avid swimmer and surfer in my youth. During my whole time in the ocean off Perth I don't think I ever saw a shark. And I certainly never fretted over an attack.

I'm a lot older now, of course. So beach-going is not nearly as appealing to me as it was in the past. (Actually, the only surfing I've done for years now has been on the internet!)

But on the rare occasions I have headed to the beach in recent years I've definitely been mindful of the risk of sharks an...
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Old Hole in the Wall Theatre site, Southport St, West Leederville

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, January 15, 2015,
If you enjoy the performing arts and have lived in this city for several decades at least, then you'll remember the old Hole in the Wall Theatre in Southport St, West Leederville. That was its home from 1968 until 1984.

I saw several productions there when I was a kid including Long Day's Journey Into Night (written by Eugene O'Neill) way back in 1977. I still recall it vividly and can even remember the name of the woman playing the lead. She was an accomplished local actress called Maggie Ank...
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Historic olive tree on St Columbas Ave, Wembley

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, January 14, 2015,
As I walk around the suburbs of Perth I keep seeing intriguing sites that I never knew existed. Even though I grew up here I just took so much for granted. Now, at age fifty, I feel like I'm only starting to learn about the city's true character and history.

Recently, for example, I was in Wembley. Just near Lake Monger (which is quite picturesque, by the way) I came across a rusty old plaque on St Columbas Avenue. Referring to the olive tree just nearby, it described how it was planted by th...
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The Luna Cinema mural (on Vincent St wall)

Posted by Matt Hayden on Wednesday, January 7, 2015,
Things continue to change apace in this pretty, sunny city. One noticeable trend is the increasing amount of colourful street art being created here. Perth is clearly a bit of a hub for this activity because impressive murals pop up across the city all the time.

Recently, for example, I was in Leedervile. I was stunned to see three giant figures walking across the wall of the Luna Cinema there.

Not sure who painted them. But whoever it was they certainly knew what they were doing and have cre...
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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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