Category Archives: Perth

Just a Little Bomb, Far From Anywhere.

Yesterday, I was at my local sportsgound bowling cricket balls when I got into conversation with a another old curmudgeon. We had a conversation which veered from the abundance of sportsgrounds in Perth compared with other Australian cities to the joys of finally having a Labor Government. He had been born in Keir Hardie country a long time ago. Yes, That was Glasgow.

We talked about secession and how Western Australia was almost a different country to the rest of Australia.

He then developed an idea which has me thinking about my place in the world.

I have always been comfortable with Perth being so far from anywhere. Bali is closer to Perth than Adelaide. There is a huge sparsely populated stretch of land between Perth and any other major settled area in Australia.

My chance-met mate started talking about Morrison’s (remember him?) major war of words with China. How that relationship is becoming more and more difficult and how even our new PM may not be able to sort out that particular problem. That China was looking to have control over as much of the Pacific and Indian Oceans as possible. While India and Indonesia may be a little large to simply take over, Australia is very much a gnat compared with the China fly-swatter.

We Aussies may look on our resource sales to China as a conversation between equals yet there will always be a sense in the background that if we do not give them what they want, they simply need to take it from us.

Then came the words which continue to concern me.

If China wants to make a real point with Australia. The sort we cannot refuse, they have the perfect way!

Not the method Russia has taken with the Ukraine where everything Ukranian is being destroyed.

Perth is so remote from the rest of the world, so far from everything China wants from Australia, that one simple little nuclear bomb on top of Perth would damage nothing China wants! The fallout will not damage any major assets and the people China want to talk with will still be in their comfortable Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra offices.

Just that one small nuclear weapon would certainly get the attention of our leaders.

And the thought of it is disturbing what used to be my fairly comfortable 3am thoughts!

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Building a Bridge – The final lift.

With the second lifting tower in position, the second span of the bridge was lifted into place.

It took about seven hours, beginning before dawn.
















Bridge Building – Another Step

The second lifting tower is now in place.

More Bridge Building

The Matagarup Pedestrian Bridge moved forward with it’s first red tower lifting the stadium-side half of the centre span.

There will be a second red tower to lift the other side very soon.

More bridge building

The pedestrian bridge across the Swan is progressing.

The ends are nearly complete and the river is closed for the centre span to be put into place.

Pelican Posing

I convinced a pelican to pose for me the other day.

I Went Shopping Today

I needed some nails and stuff so I went to my local Bunnings Store.

That is our Australian hardware place.

Porn for all DIYers.

Filled with goodies and apparent bargains and a Tradies dream.

I got there and my day was ruined.*

They were not open and they wouldn’t let me in.

I can’t imagine why!

Apparently everyone got out safely and no one was harmed. And it is still smoking. So there are plenty of Firies on hand.

But they wouldn’t let me in to buy some nails!

* So were the jobs of several hundred people which really IS sad.

My Town

My Town

From the wrong side of the tracks

On a rainy day.

My Town


At my local Hawker’s Market in Maylands I was fascinated by the bubbles being created by an enthusiastic younger generation.

The youngest need to be taught.


There can be sudden surprises


Even a short-term work of public art on the sward.


And then there is Bubblosaurus.


Why I Love Fremantle

I don’t live in Fremantle but visit it often.

There is always something new and unexpected happening there.

Yesterday I went down to the Port

And saw this in Kings Square, outside the Town Hall.


YES!!! They have turned a pedestrian way into a dry dock!

And they are building a boat!

A wooden boat with planks and gun ports and all that.

Then I looked around and saw THIS – – –


The COOINDA. Beached as!

Apparently she spent some time on the bottom of the Swan River.

Now she is in Fremantle, drying out.

Apparently it is all a part of the soon to be Fremantle Arts Festival.

I think I will be spending more time in the Port over the next month.


Tops #1

I spend a fair bit of time wandering the streets of Perth and its suburbs.

I enjoy looking above street level because so much of our history is still up there.

So each week I will post the top of a building and leave it to you to tell me where it is. I will give the answer next week.

No prizes except for the private joy of knowing your correct answer is the first in the comment list.

Where is this “Top”?



Rain Approaching

Perth today, about 10.30am.

Rain approaching

August Sunset

Sunset tonight

August sunset

Things That Make Me Go GRRRRRRR

Walking along the river path in my home suburb, Maylands.
There is a lot of beauty at this time of the year.
Then I saw this!


Then I saw a tree which has not washed its feet

That made me



Kids Having Fun

But still taking phonepics