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FREMANTLE PHILLIMORE STREET

Posted in australia, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 31, 2010

Besides the West End of High Street, Phillimore Street in Fremantle is one of the more photogenic streets in town. Here three different views I took today.

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SIMON COWLING PHOTO ART AT PERTH GALLERIES

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on July 29, 2010

I just got back from the opening of Simon Cowling’s photo exhibition at Perth Galleries in North Fremantle. It’s opposite the train station there, for those of you who don’t know it.

This is a show not to be missed. It is of the highest professional photographic, printing and creative standards and deserves to be a sell out, so go and support it and buy some really good art. It is very well priced, so no excuses not to buy.

Simon has a great eye for the quirky and beauty that is all around, but only those of us who care to look for it see.

I am delighted to see such a fantastic show in Fremantle, and wished I’d had the money to buy a few pieces.

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WIDOW OF ABORIGINAL ELDER MR WARD RECEIVES COMPENSATION

Posted in australia, perth, racism, refugees, western australia by freoview on July 29, 2010

It has taken a while but today the Western Australian state government announced a one off payment of over 3 million dollars to the widow and children of Aboriginal elder Mr. Ward, who was left to rot in the back of a prison van on the way to Kalgoorlie.

This is just one tiny step to get rid of racism and racist attitudes in this country and we will succeed. Racism is unacceptable at any level and need to be fought, be that for our indigenous people or for the boat people who are treated like trash and political footballs by our major parties. It needs to be stopped!

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RAINBOW OVER FREMANTLE’S MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 29, 2010

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FUNKY FREO FESTIVAL

Posted in western australia by freoview on July 29, 2010

Fremantle artist Ian de Souza is planning a very different project for this year’s Fremantle Festival with a huge get together of all different art forms at the Moores Building in Henry Street.

De Souza is working on a huge show, with participation of body builders, belly and flamingo dancers, trapeze and tattoo artists, life drawing sessions with models, FTI filming and projecting events, etc.

If it all comes off it should be a fascinating event. Already Notre Dame, Curtin and Murdoch universities have shown interest in taking part in some way, so this might end up being one of the most innovative festivals Fremantle has seen in years.

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COFFEE TIME

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 24, 2010

I like coffee and could not think of a better way to start the day than with a lovely espresso. Fremantle is famous for its cappuccino strip but there are not that many cafes with great ambience. My favourite place is the Moore&Moore cafe in the Henry Street art centre. Great coffee, extremely lovely staff. I feel at home there.

The other day I had to take photos at Cimbalino on Napoleon Street in Cottesloe and I was impressed with the feel of it and with the good quality coffee.

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FREMANTLE PORTS BERTH 10 RE-OPENED

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on July 22, 2010

The reconstruction of Berth 10 at Fremantle Ports has been completed and was officially re-opened by transport minister Simon O’Brien this morning.

Among the guests were retiring chairman of the board Alan Birchmore and several board members, as well as CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter,  Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, councilor Robert Fittock, and people from the Geourgiou and Theiss groups, who were involved in the reconstruction.

The brilliant weather and light gave me the opportunity to take a few art shots, besides doing the official photos for Fremantle Ports.

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GEORGE STREET FREMANTLE FEATURE

Posted in australia, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 21, 2010

The latest special Wesfarmers edition of Scoop Magazine published a rather disappointing photo feature of East Fremantle’ George Street, so I went out to see if I could do any better.

You are the judges. 9>)

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NYISZTOR WINS COSSACK ART AWARD

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, western australia by freoview on July 21, 2010

Congratulations to Melville artist Ron Nyisztor for winning the $ 12,000.00 Cossack Art Award. If my memory serves me correct it was previously also won by Fremantle artist Ian de Souza.

Ron’s studio and gallery are at 391 Canning Highway, Melville. Or call him on 0414 459 503

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MOVING FORWARD WITH JULIA GILLARD

Posted in australia, fremantle, politics, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2010

The election hype, hot air, and smoke and mirrors is on yet again, so obviously we passionate Fremantle people take a strong interest in it and I like to share some thoughts with you.

Yesterday I invented ABBOTTOIR: Someone who slaughters each and every idea put forward by his opponents, and today I address the PM’s moving forward spin:

There is no novelty in novice PM Julia Gillard wanting to move forward, but as critical citizens we have to ask how she is going to achieve it.

Will there be a political movement to move forward, or will we use prime movers to move on. Is it going to be a deliberate or accidental move and would it involve movers&shakers. Could it be a checkmate kind of move, a dance, ballet, or even soccer move, or just one that moves us to tears.

Should the police be getting stronger move-on powers, so our move forward will go faster.

Is moving forward going to mean that removalists will get rid of those “annoying” boatpeople, and move them forward to Guantanamo Bay.

Supporters of popular music groups are called groupies, so will supporters of Gillard’s moving forward movement be called movies.

Will the earth move for us once we have moved forward, or would sex still be the better option to achieve it.

To finish here some quotes:

“I always feel movement is a sort of mosaic” Alice Paul

“Nothing is more revealing than movement” Martha Graham

“All movements go too far” Betrand Russell

Now let’s make a move, Julia!

Roel Loopers

P.S. and keep in mind that moving forward is dangerous when on the edge of a cliff, on the banks of a crocodile invested river, or at the entry to a burning house.

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