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Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 4, 2014

Gyuto Monks June 2014



















The very likable Gyuto Monks of Tibet will be back in Fremantle again this year from June 3-7, so get ready for the great chanting, meditation, and maybe even a game of cricket against Freo locals later this year.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 10, 2013

The inaugural Fremantle DIVINITY CUP cricket, also known as the ‘Divine Ashes’ event was held at Princess May Park next to CLANCYS FISH PUB in sometimes inclement weather, but rain made no difference to the excellent mood of all involved in this very funny afternoon. It was an absolute delight to see the sheer, almost childlike, joy of the Gyuto monks of Tibet. It was infectious.

The Chamber of Commerce/City of Fremantle team with Mayor Brad Pettitt, Chamber CEO Tim Milsom and Manager Economic Development Tom Griffiths reached 44 in their six over match but were beaten by one point and did not make it into the final. Tom is a pretty handy bowler to have in a team.

Councillor Tim Grey-Smith turned up with daughter and was hastily recruited by the Clancys team. They were lucky because Tim can bat and bowl very well.

There was a surprising high number of spectators, including Labor MP Melissa Parke and councillor Andrew Sullivan.

The team from St Patrick’s won the divine cup, just beating the Buddhist monks, so they have bragging rights for a year.

It was a very Freo spectacle with music, dancing, lots of laughter, children helping out in the outfield, and a few minor bruises and aches.  Clancys and the Chamber need to be congratulated for organising it!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 9, 2013

I am in limbo which cricket team to play for at tomorrow’s Fremantle DIVINITY CUP at Princess May Park next to Clancys Fish Pub. The holies from St Patrick’s have promised me eternal life in heaven if I join their team, while the Gyuto Monks of Tibet assured me of reincarnation as a spunk no woman can resist. A shame there is no Muslim team because I’d probably have gone for the 35 virgins.

Alternatively I could join the Chamber of Commerce/City of Fremantle team but that might see me end up in a 12 star green highrise. It’s their kind of heaven. ; > )

Anyway, come and join the fun, support the teams, have something to eat and drink. There will be blessings, music, loopy before wicket and a lot of silly middy on. It starts at 12 and will go for approximately two hours.

Roel Loopers

CLANCYS has just signed a new 20 year lease, so we’ll have this great family pub and music venue in Freo for a very long time. Fantastic!

Divine Cricket poster


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 6, 2013

So those bloody Poms unfairly retained the Ashes because they had God on their side who made sure it rained like hell. Here in Fremantle we will have the battle of three divine beings, Buddha, God and Money, when the Gyuto Monks of Tibet battle for the cricket Divinity Cup against teams of St Patricks and the Chamber of Commerce.

The heavenly ashes will be played at Princess May Park next to CLANCYS, who are sponsors of the event. It will run this Saturday August 10 from 12 till around 2 pm, so come along for a few hours of fun and support the teams while shouting the kids fish&chips.

No doubt the games will be hard fought with a lot of sledging like “your God can’t bowl and can’t bat”, and calls for a third empire to decide on a robe-clad monk being LBW. My participation on the day will hopefully be more culinary and relaxed with Guinness at middy-on while waiting for a duck and contemplating if googly and google are the same.

It should be a whole lot of fun with participation of Fremantle’s Mayor Brad Pettitt and other celebs. I hope the combined power of the Gods will keep the forecasted rain away for a few hours. Come join us!

Roel Loopers

Divine Cricket poster


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 18, 2013

I wonder if the words Buddha can’t bat, can’t bowl will be yelled across Princess May Oval when the divine teams of the Gyuto Monks of Tibet and St Patrick’s Cathedral fight for the religious ashes in Fremantle in August. Will the Gyuto monks partake in the post match beer boozing at Clancys? We know those Catholics don’t mind a drop or two of the good stuff but I am not sure about the other lot.

The Chamber of Commerce will also have a team there so the clash of the three teams fighting for the glory of the Divinity Cup will make for a fun afternoon.

My services are so much wanted by all teams that there will probably have to be an auction like they do for the Indian 20/20 league, and I will play for the highest bidder. I reckon I’ll go for as high as a midi of Guinness or a free orange robe.

Roel Loopers

Divine Cricket poster


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 15, 2013

Cricket is already a Divine sport. But the Divinity will be pushed to new levels when the Holiest of athletes take to the field for the ‘Enlightenment Cup’. The world famous “Gyuto Travelling Monks”, who just wowed crowds at Glastonbury with their musical performances and wielded some willow on Lords Cricket Ground, now turn their attention to this all important Cricket Match at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle. The Monks will be taking on a team comprised of our neighbouring St Patricks Catholic Church in a game that unites both Religions for the love of cricket.

A fun day lies ahead with the cricket mad Monks to perform impromptu musical numbers and bless the Princess May Park Turf. The sweet organ sounds from the beautiful St Pats church will fill the air pre match and fun will abound with many Fremantle names, from politicians to musicians, to be in attendance.

Commentary, snacks, games and generally one of a kind experience awaits sports fans that venture down to the ‘Enlightenment Cup’ and will prove a fitting wind up to the Gyuto Monks world tour.

All are welcome to join us and witness the holiest of games played by the holiest of folks.

Date: Sat 10th of August. Time: 12pm.  Princess May Park at Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle.

I think this will be an absolutely joyful afternoon and I wonder if we can get the Monks to have a Guinness or five, like the rest of us will.

If you need a good laugh, watch me holding a cricket bat for the first time of my life. I wonder if the City of Fremantle will be sending its cricket mad media man Jason Cunningham to do a bit of spin bowling. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 14, 2013

Australia just lost the first Ashes cricket game but what a great and close game it was. But the Ashes will be nothing compared to Fremantle‘s ‘Ashes’ when the Gyuto Monks of Tibet take on Freo celebrities, including some from St Patrick’s, hence the game played at Princess May Park and sponsored by Clancys will be billed as the Buddha versus Jesus game.

Rumours have it a certain Dutch blogger will also partake. Not sure yet in which team they’ll put me though because Hell is not participating.

Stay tuned for more detailed information about the international cricket game of the century!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 20, 2012

It is probably going to be a mad shopping rush before Christmas on the weekend and I am not looking forward to overcrowded supermarkets and shops and inflated prices for everything. It’s good I am not joining any lunches, dinners or parties, as I want to use the time to reflect and read books. I have been out and about, had hundreds of meetings, attended workshops, Fremantle council and committee meeting, forums, and events and I am a bit peopled out and don’t want to socialise much at all.

I might spoil myself and cook something special, but with 40 degrees expected on Christmas, it might just be a bit of smoked salmon on salad with some nice bread. Good books are a must for me over the festive season. I love to escape in a great novel and let the real world rush by outside, and of course I’ll be watching the Boxing Day test match.

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on September 29, 2012

Today is a special day in Australia. It’s AFL Grand Final day. Although I am not a fanatical football or sports fan I always watch the AFL final, as I do the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Boxing Day cricket test match. They are historic and significant days for me where we celebrate Australia.

It made me think of the stand out days in Fremantle for me and I can’t get passed the Blessing of the Fleet as one of my favourites. I used to love St Patricks Day when there was still a parade through Freo, but now it’s only drinking in the pub stuff that does not inspire me much at all.

On the heels of these two events come the Fremantle Festival Parade, The Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, the Easter weekend Street Art Festival and the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. All great events that make Freo special, and so is Australia Day and the fireworks over Bathers Beach.

I am also a huge fan of the free Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Art Centre and of the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Christmas Proms there, as I am of the Indian Food Festival on the Esplanade.

To paraphrase Freo councillor Rachel Pemberton, if you are bored in Freo it means you are not getting out much. Come join the fun, meet new people, be part of your community!

Tomorrow at 10 am is the start of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bicycle Ride at the Fremantle Art Centre!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 15, 2012

Fremantle can be such an endearing place for those who keep their ears and eyes wide open, as these two examples show.

The owner of the MAYA Indian Restaurant in Market street either has got a very good sense of humour, or is fed up with patrons gloating about the Australian cricket team making extra mild and timid butter chicken out of the Indian team at the WACA. A sign on the window states that condition of entry is no cricket discussions.

Thanks to vivacious Freo councillor Rachel Pemberton for pointing out the sign!


Another funny episode today was at Nando’s in Collie Street, where I noticed a family of Muslims outside, which suprised me. When walking by a family member came out of the restaurant smiling “I asked if the chicken was halal and they looked strange at me and asked what halal was” he laughed.

Multiculturalism, it is such a lovely challenge for us all.

Roel Loopers


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