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AMSTERDAM VISITS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2018

 

Amsterdam

 

The cruiseliner Amsterdam was in Fremantle Port for a day, so we had many of her passengers visiting the Roundhouse yesterday. They were mainly American and Canadian, but there were a few Dutchies and Germans as well, so really nice to have a long chat with some of them.

The overall feedback was that they all love Fremantle and many want to come back to stay longer, and they talk about how friendly we are in Freo and how amazing the weather and the blue sky is.

The Amsterdam departed at 5.15 pm on Thursday on her way to Bali, so bon voyage and come back soon!

Roel Loopers

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GREAT FLAVELL DOGS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, fremantle, fremantle arts centre, western australia by freoview on June 11, 2016

 

Hamilton Hill artist SUSAN FLAVELL is showing her latest work at the Fremantle Arts Centre in her exhibition The Dog’s Artist.

Sue has been a professional artist for around 30 years and has exhibited extensively. Her work is in major collections around Australia.

She will take part again in next year’s Sculpture@Bathers show at Bathers Beach in February/March 2017.

Also on show at the FAC is a quite endearing first Australian solo show by Balinese artist Wayan Updana about his community.

While adults and children will like these two shows I would not take them into the main gallery where there is some ugly and disturbing freak horror art by Kiana Jones. She is very popular on You Tube the FAC states, but I dislike her work very much.

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BALI MEETS BATHERS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 14, 2014

Come join the very special Fremantle BATHERS BEACH SUNSET FOOD MARKETS this Saturday, with the INDONESIAN FESTIVAL providing the entertainment with music and dance. It’s going to be a very pleasant 31 degrees, so a perfect night for this community get together and eating yummy international food.

There is plenty of FREE PARKING at TAFE on Fleet Street, near the South Mole, so take advantage of that and enter the markets from the J Shed end of Bathers Beach.

BATHERS is on from 5-9 pm every Saturday, so come and try us out! Georgie and I will be there to make sure it runs smoothly.

Roel Loopers

Indonesian Festival 2014

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BALI:RETURN ECONOMY IS FIRST CLASS

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on February 3, 2014

When you’ve got a spare hour this week, go to the FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE for the Bali:Return Economy exhibition. In my opinion it is a very good one!

I am always impressed with how delightfully different Asian art is from Western Art, and it is good to see a blend of both, with some W.A. artists working in collaboration with Indonesian ones.

No matter how different our cultures though, we share many of our concerns, and cartoonist Jango Pramartha points some of them out very well in the hallway of the arts centre. Balinese people are obviously greatly concerned that tourism and development is eroding their beautiful and impressive age-old culture. We in Fremantle share that fear when we believe some development might be detrimental to our heritage.

Globalisation comes up a few times as well, poignantly portrayed as a pig happily bathing in shit, in a gorgeous ceramic work.

Bali:Return Economy is beautiful, critical, delightful, and it made me sad and smile at the same time.

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INTERNATIONAL ART WEEKEND FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 30, 2014

If you are a fan of art and foreign things, or if you want to go to Bali without leaving Fremantle, this Friday is just about perfect. At the Moores Building Art Centre in Henry Street is a big Multicultural Art show with very well known and lesser-known artists, while the Fremantle Arts Centre has the Bali Show. They both open at 6.30 on Friday.

I’ll go and have a look at both exhibitions and might report on them with photos on the weekend.

One never gets bored in Freo!

Roel Loopers

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NOW HERE’S A CHANGE. BALI COMES TO FREMANTLE

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on November 13, 2013

Bali artist Wayne Cherrington is exhibiting his delightfully vibrant mosaic artwork at MUTIMA ARTHOUSE at 11 Captain’s Lane on historic Arthur Head in Fremantle. The gallery is the third cottage from the Round House and the official opening is on Friday November 15 at 7 pm. But the works are on show already so you can view Nipped and Tangled anytime from now.

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YOU LOOK SO HOT TODAY FREO!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 8, 2013

I haven’t seen Balinese waiter Ketut from the TV commercials around to tell us we are looking hot today in Fremantle, but wow it is a bit of a stinker hey!

Some people believe the reason people in tropical countries cope better with the heat is because they eat a lot of chillies and spicy food, so maybe this photo will help cool you down a bit’

Roel Loopers

You look soooo HOT today!

You look soooo HOT today!

 

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WHEN IN ROME

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 27, 2011

The constant attacks on the dress habits of Muslim women in letters to the editors and on talkback radio are the voice of intolerance. The “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” argument is a shallow one. If this applied why do thousands of Australians visiting Bali each year totally ignore the culture and habits of the people there, and have those who complain about the Muslims given one thought to the fact that when the English invaded Australia they absolutely ignored and dismissed the culture and tradition of the Aboriginal people who had been living here for many thousands of years?

Those who believe people coming here should change should walk the talk themselves. Freedom also means freedom of fashion, and thankfully the elegantly and colourfully dressed Muslim women often stand out in a crowd of overweight women in mini skirts, as I witnessed again on the Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday.

Rome is a long way away and also where the Vatican is, which is not actually an icon of tolerance. When in Rome…

Roel Loopers

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, racism, tourism, western australia by freoview on October 22, 2010

It might be the upcoming full moon, or my upcoming birthday, but I have been feeling quite reflective the last few days. It could also be because I might have to leave Fremantle, the city I feel so much passion for.

But I have left other cities behind, and kept so many memories, and lost quite a few as well, that it should not make me as sad as I feel today.

When I left the Hague in the Netherlands at just 20, I was too excited about my new life in Nuremberg, Germany, and the start of my career as a press photographer there, to feel too sad about leaving my family and safety net.

I loved living in Franconia, the northern part of the state of Bavaria, with all its romantic, historic, towns and cities, the great beer, the food, and the people who worked and played so hard each and every day of the 13 years I lived there. What a culture of great theatre, music and art, and what a controversial history to deal with as a Dutchman. Such a challenge not to get upset when drunken oldies sang the Horst Wessel song, not to celebrate the war or Nazism, but simply because it was part of their history.

And I loved traveling to those other stunning countries, to discover gorgeous Prague, Venice, Florence, Vienna, Paris, Mostar, London, to see the beauty of Africa, Sri Lanka, Asia.

But I left all that, and the (financial) security it gave me, behind as well.

Migrating to Australia in the early eighties was a huge adventure. How stunning Sydney was. Our flat on the sixth floor of a building in Bondi Junction had unlimited views over the harbour, the opera house, the city and the beaches. What a change to go from drinking wine from Boksbeutel bottles to cask wine. What a challenge to deal with a new language, a new culture, and being unemployed in a foreign country, and how satisfying to fight through it and succeed, and prove that no matter where I lived I could survive, become part of my new community, and enjoy life.

Two and a half years later there was another new start with the move to Perth and the establishment of Profile Photography. Buying a first small house in Como was a big step, followed by another when we moved to Swanbourne and built and extension to the old Californian bungalow.

Business was outstanding and life was full-on at every level. It was like living in an exciting, but very real, dream.

The next change that was extremely challenging to deal with, was the end of a twenty- year relationship. How close we had become, especially after migrating together, and how much we cared, and still do, for each other. But life had changed us, and so had our directions.

Fighting depression and mid-life crisis, I found myself again after travelling through Australia by 4WD for eight or so months, and knew I wanted to become a vocal voice for social justice and against racism. I am very proud I achieved that also.

So here I am, on my own yet again, thinking how beautiful and rewarding life has been, and how tired I am of moving, and new challenges, and changes. I would have been quite happy to retire here in my beloved Fremantle, but it looks like I might have to move on one last time.

Roel Loopers



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AUSTRALIA? WHY BOTHER!

Posted in australia, fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on October 6, 2010

We hear a lot of complaints from the Australian tourism industry, and questions why Australians don’t have more holidays at home. There are a few obvious answers.

Today I got an electronic promotion from the RAC, so have a look at this: For $ 499.00 I can have 2 nights accommodation down south at Denmark, 3 nights in Sydney, or, WAIT FOR IT!, 7 nights including flights to Bali. No rocket science brain needed I would think.

On top of that comes the funny story out of Margaret River, where a hotel had only one room available for 2 nights. When someone wanted to book it, they were told there was a 3 nights minimum stay policy. The argument that they only had the room free for 2 nights fell on deaf ears, so I assume the room stayed empty and the hotel missed out, and annoyed prospective guests.

It is a bit like that ancient urban myth when a European tourist asked in a roadhouse if he could have the steak&eggs breakfast without the steak. He was happy to pay the full price, but was told it was steak&eggs or nothing. He had nothing.

It is still almost impossible to order a meal anywhere in Fremantle after 9pm, and the same applies to Perth and the tourism regions around Western Australia. If service it not patchy, it is bad, with very few exceptions. That is not good enough.

If we want Australians to stay at home for holidays, and more overseas visitors to come here, it is time the tourism industry started to look at competitive pricing, and much better and flexible service. People want quality at affordable rates, not mediocrity at hugely inflated prices.

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