Freo's View

LEAVING PORT

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on August 19, 2010

Almost daily I drive onto the South Mole in Fremantle to have a look at what is going on in the harbour. This morning the NYK Line container vessel Katsuragi was leaving port and passing the dredging ship Phoenix I just outside the port. It tells in one photo why Fremantle Ports needs the dredging done; to allow for larger container ships.

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RUST ART

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on August 19, 2010

A few art shots I took in Fremantle on the south mole this morning. I love minimalism.

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TRAIN TALES

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 18, 2010

The rather strange man on the train from Perth to Fremantle yesterday talked incessantly to three dumbfounded European tourists.

# “Fremantle is like Perth used to be”, he said, “very cosmopolitan, a bit like South Australia”.

# “People are dying to get to the next stop” as we approached Karakatta.

# “I live in Augusta where we have a lot of kangaroos and we kill about 25 a day. We get 1000 dollar per skin and 50 dollar per kilo of meat”

# “They killed all the trees near Margaret River, so they can grow wine, but no one drinks that shit, so now they are all going broke”

It was almost as bad as the commercial radio station sound blasting through the walls of the driver’s cabin. This happens often, so the drivers obviously do not read the Little Mary Has An iPod posters, displayed in all trains, asking passengers to turn down the sound. Walk the talk, Transperth!

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THREE MORE SLEEPS

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, politics, refugees, religion, western australia by freoview on August 18, 2010

Three more sleeps till election day and then the campaign of empty promises, negativity, and the carpet bombing with TV and newspaper advertisements will finally be over.

Here in Fremantle it is likely we will have a high vote for the impressive Greens candidate Kate Davis, while Labor’s Melissa Parke should hold the supposedly safe seat, although I found her very flat during the public forum at Notre Dame university and again at the Walk Against Warming. Parke looked disinterested and tired and that should not happen, Melissa!

One of the things that has annoyed me most during the campaign is the playing of political football with boat people. It won John Howard an election, and the bi-partisan approach Kim Beazley took during the so called, and Howard initiated, Tampa crisis, might have cost him the election.

Abbott is following Howard’s lead and “turning the boats back” is his catch phrase. Has this Christian man of no compassion and simple, international law breaking, solutions considered this one. Stop expensive border control aerial surveillance and navy vessels protecting our waters and instead put thousands of buoys in the ocean with flashing signs saying Stop!-Wrong Way!-Go Back!

I certainly hope that is the message the electorate will be giving this wannabe Prime Minister on Saturday.

Asylum seekers are human beings in despair and don’t deserve to be treated like scum by Australia.

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WALK AGAINST WARMING

Posted in australia, fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 16, 2010

Hundreds of people, including politicians from the major parties and musician John Butler, joined the Walk Against Warming on the Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday.

Music, dance and a really great atmosphere made it a brilliant day under a stunning blue sky. Many hundreds of paper windmills were planted in a colourful map of Western Australia by young an old.

The day is an important reminder that global warming is threatening our planet and that governments all over the world need to take immediate and drastic actions before it is too late.

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TESTING TIME FOR FREMANTLE LIBERAL

Posted in australia, fremantle, politics, refugees, western australia by freoview on August 16, 2010

It seems Liberal candidate for Fremantle, Matt Taylor, wanted to find out how hard life in a detention centre would be for him and his family. He found this vacant block opposite the hospital to put his election posters on.

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WALK AGAINST WARMING THIS SUNDAY

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on August 13, 2010

A reminder that the Walk Against Warming will be held on the Fremantle Esplanade this coming Sunday from 12-2.

It is also your chance to be photographed by Fremantle’s most handsome, charming, witty, intelligent, creative, and only literate, photographer.8>(

At some stage I will be hanging out of a cherry picker to take “aerials” of the event as well. Come and say hello!

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PORT NIGHT DREDGING

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on August 11, 2010

Before the insipid, boring, dull, uninspiring election forum at Notre Dame university last evening I went to take some photos of the Phoenix I vessel cutting limestone in the harbour. Sad to say it was the highlight of the evening.

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ESPLANADE HOTEL FOR SALE

Posted in australia, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 11, 2010

News that Marilyn New, the owner of the prestigious Fremantle Esplanade Hotel, has put the city’s best hotel on the market comes as a surprise to many. A shame she has not also put the neglected Woolstores building up for sale so someone can finally develop it, after New allowed it to become Fremantle’s biggest eyesore.

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FREMANTLE INNER HARBOUR DREDGING

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on August 10, 2010

The dredging of the inner harbour in Fremantle Ports started yesterday with the vessel Phoenix commencing the cutting. I happened to drive by last evening and with all the lights on it is actually quite an impressive sight. If I feel energised enough I’ll take some night shots soon.

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