To its credit the Fremantle Herald today published 15 letters to the editor that expressed outrage about the insensitive gossip tabloid ‘journalism’ written by Herald owner Andrew Smith about the murder of Reuben Stack in East Fremantle.
Last week’s front page article was a mix of rumours, innuendo and an opinion piece that had very little substance. It is laudable that the newspaper published so many letters, but to his discredit Chook owner Andrew Smith did not have the grace to respond and apologise for his highly inappropriate article.
Many Fremantle people have been bewildered about the Herald, which was our favourite paper. It was always controversial, a bit quirky, informative about upcoming events and reporting on those that happened, but that has all changed. We realise it is difficult in this age of immediacy to remain relevant as a weekly paper because of on-line papers, bloggers and social media, but the free range Chook standards have dropped to a level where I sadly hear many people say they no longer read it. I hope that can be reversed.
A unique city like Fremantle deserves and wants a unique community paper the Fremantle Herald once was. I for one hope that they will go back to becoming the talk of the town again and have that very Freo spirit and reporting they had years ago. The Fremantle community rightly expects from the Herald that they scrutinise Council, but also that they support what is happening in our city and by doing that support our local businesses.
Nice for a change to read a good food review for two Fremantle institutions. Reporter Shaun Turner of WA Today gave himself the difficult assignment of testing Parmigiana all over Perth and it was good news for Freo.
Fremantle CHEF NIMROD KAZOOM, who is well known for his excellent food stalls at markets, got 5 out of 5 for his Chicken Parmigiani at his pop up restaurant at the Laneway Festival and the South Beach Hotel got a 4.5/5. However the Ocean Beach Hotel in Cottesloe received just a 1/5 for their parmi, so not all is that upmarket in the Western burbs.
Nimrod also caters for weddings, functions, etc. and does far more exotic and creative dishes than just parmi, so Google him and check out his website: http://nimrodkazoom.com if you are looking for top quality catering.
Read the full review by Shaun Turner here: http://m.watoday.com.au/entertainment/your-perth/parmigeddon-the-five-best-and-worst-parmigianas-in-perth-20150501-1mfx1q.html