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THE FREO WEATHER IS WELL, WELL, WET

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, roel loopers, roundhouse, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 7, 2018

 

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The girls at the PLC-Perth Ladies College are raised the tough way. The wet and cold weather today did not stop them from hopping on the train to Fremantle, where they also visited the historic Roundhouse.

They are looking at the fresh water well here.

and two more wet weather photos from Arthur’s Head.

Roel Loopers

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LADIES NIGHT AT FREO YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in children, city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

 

 

It’s LADIES NIGHT at the skatepark tonight in Fremantle.

From 7-9pm only women/girls will be allowed to use the Esplanade Youth Plaza, so take advantage of it ladies!

Roel Loopers

 

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WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO EQUALITY!

Posted in fremantle, international women's day, women by freoview on March 8, 2016

 

It is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY today, so here a small tribute to all women around the world, especially those who still have to fight for basic rights and equality. It is also a tribute to my very strong mother Annie and my equally strong sisters Marja, Bep and Anita.

I was amazed to learn last night on Q&A on ABC TV that women and girls in Australia still earn substantially less than men, even at executive levels where men on average receive $ 100,000 a year more than women in similar positions. It was also a surprised to learn that often girls receive less pocket money from their parents than their brothers do.

It’s time to let go off gender discrimination as it is ridiculous. Women rock!

 

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNI ON PHOTOSHOP LAW

Posted in fremantle, notre dame university, photography by freoview on August 28, 2014

There is an interesting article on Photoshop manipulation in regard to eating disorders of women, by Fremantle Notre Dame University School of Law lecturer Marilyn Krawitz in In Principo, the University’s magazine.

Ms Krawitz reports on the Photoshop Law in Israel that requires female models to have a minimum BMI of 18.5, and when photographers or magazines manipulate photos to make models look thinner, they have to include a warning that covers at least seven percent of the photo.

I quite agree that excessive photo manipulation needs to be recorded  somehow, as many photos are drastically changed in PS and other software, and that alters the reality of photos that will be seen as historic documentation by future generations.  The Photoshop ‘reality’ is in fact fake reality because things that were in the original photos might have been taken out, or things could have been added.

There is another issue for me. While eating disorder in young women is serious, the manipulation of innocent children under 15 in fashion photography is equally disturbing to me. Girls are made up and dressed up to look sexy,and are photographed in seductive poses and plastered on magazine covers as some kind of sex bombs, and that is absolutely unacceptable.

Every photo we take is the recording of our history and we need to be aware of that at all times. The overuse of Photoshop and other similar software often is a tool to hide bad and mediocre photography.

Roel Loopers

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FREO GRASSROOTS WORK A BIG SUCCESS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 12, 2014

The FREMANTLE NETWORK is a good initiative that was started by Rachel Pemberton before she became a Fremantle Councillor. The idea is to have a speaker or two who share inspirational stories on 3 0r 4 occasions a year and for the community to network. FN is now being organised by the very active Chamber of Commerce and last night at Kidogo Arthouse we had the pleasure of listening toDylan Smith, CEO of the Fremantle Foundation, and Pat Ryan of Dismantle.

Dylan told us the Foundation had awarded $ 130,000 in grants last year and helped many organisations, including Dismantle. This year their focus will be on mental health and wellbeing. He said the Foundation was still learning how to best serve the community, but it relied on donations and needed philanthropists. The Impact 100 initiative, where 100 people pledge thousand dollars each, had been successful and will continue.

The Freo Foundation CEO urged people to consider that even the smallest changes can have a huge impact and that we can all make a difference. It was disturbing to hear that only ten percent of urban Aboriginal children participate in organised sport, because the challenges for them are just too big. Equally disturbing was Dylan Smith’s claim that women and girls are still the most disadvantaged group in our society.

Pat Ryan of Dismantle talked about the huge success rate the organisation has with supporting youth, and that 75 % of the kids they had worked with are now doing full-time education. Dismantle was much more than about bikes, but getting social outcomes and teaching life skills. They support nearly 200 kids a year over ten week periods.

Dismantle now also has a mobile bike repair shop the Bike Doctor and Pat asked the Fremantle community to support them by getting their bikes repaired at their workshop on the Esplanade, as that will raise funds to support more children. For those who don’t know, Dismantle is next to the Youth Plaza skatepark.

The two stories last evening reminded me of the passionate talk by Griff Longley about Midnight Basketball some months ago. It is quite clear that grassroots work achieves better outcomes than huge government administrations. It are the people and the passion, willing to give time and respect to those who need and deserve our help, that make a huge difference. It is inspiring to see so much dedication and to feel the sincerity of people like Pat, Dylan and Griff, and Fremantle is a better place for it. Thank you!

THE FREMANTLE FOUNDATION CHARITY BALL IS ON AUGUST 15. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Roel Loopers

THE WORLD OWES THESE GIRLS AN EFFORT TO SAVE THEM!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 6, 2014

I don’t understand the world. There is an international effort that costs a huge amount of money to find a crashed plane with dead people, but none to find 200+ Nigerian teenage girls kidnapped by religious morons. These girls might be raped, sold off as slaves or ‘wives’ and the international powerful world sits on its arse, probably because they are only poor and black and from a third world country, and nothing really special?

It disgusts me!!

Roel

OZ BIGGEST CHOIR AT MARKETS TODAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 10, 2011

The AUSTRALIAN GIRLS CHOIR, the longest running and biggest choir in Australia, will perform at the Fremantle Markets at 12.30 today, Sunday July 10.

This is the launch of the institution in Western Australia, which started in Melbourne in 1984 and is also in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

These girls have sung at the Australian Open, for Oprah Winfrey and also at the G’Day USA Week in the United States.

Combine your fruit and vegies shopping at the markets today with a wee bit of culture. With luck you can listen to the choir while munching on a special burger at one of the outdoor tables at the new JUS Burgers.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Amazing! They have been performing as long as I have been in Western Australia! I arrived in Perth in September 1984 after having enjoyed Sydney for two and a half years.

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HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2011

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY EVERYONE! It is a day to celebrate who we are, but not one where we should overestimate ourselves and believe we live in the best country in the world. It is a day to reflect what we do well, and the things we need to improve on. A day to remember that we are still putting women, children and men in detention centres for years; people who came here to enjoy freedom and a better and safe life. We need to give them that.

Today is also a day to be aware that there is still much racism in Australia, and that none of us should tolerate that and speak out when it happens. And for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters this is Invasion Day, a day that was the start of much shame for us as a nation.

Let us think, while having fun, of all those around Australia who suffered in the floods. Let us reflect on those who were beaten and killed in drunken violence, because today this will happen again, because when Australia celebrates there are many who go on drunken rampages.

I love Australia and love living here, but perfect it aint!  A small change for the national anthem: Australia let us all improve, for we are we are proud and free, ……………….

Roel Loopers

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EARNING RESPECT

Posted in australia, fremantle, west australian, western australia by freoview on October 14, 2010

Two letter writers in the West Australian today disagree with me about my letter, pasted below, the West published earlier this week.

They claim women/people have to earn respect before one can give it to them, but how does that apply to people we don’t know? Does it mean I should disrespect strangers, because I know nothing about them? Should I have no respect for people who dress, or look, a certain way? That would be an awful judgmental attitude to have.

I am not saying that I don’t feel uncomfortable with drunk people, and yes, I admit, even more so when they are female, but is that reason enough to disrespect them?

Do I know why they got drunk? Did they have a bad day, a funeral, a broken heart?

There can be many reasons why people sometimes drink too much, but there can never be a reason to abuse them because they had a skin full.

Roel Loopers

“Whenever one of the football codes “heroes” is accused of having sexually assaulted a woman, another one of them thinks he needs to defend his mates by blaming the alleged victim.
My message to former AFL player Peter Everitt and all his brothers in arms is simple; a woman who dresses in a mini skirt, a deep cut top, who is drunk or on drugs, is not some kind of slut you can abuse for your own desires.

No matter what state women are in, or how they dress, they deserve respect day and night. No ifs or buts. No excuses. She did not ask for it. Got it?!”

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RAPE IS NOT A FOOTY GAME

Posted in australia by freoview on October 6, 2010

Whenever one of the football codes “heroes” is accused of having sexually assaulted a woman, another one of them thinks he needs to defend his mates by blaming the alleged victim.
My message to former AFL player Peter Everitt and all his brothers in arms is simple; a woman who dresses in a mini skirt, a deep cut top, who is drunk or on drugs, is not some kind of slut you can abuse for your own desires.

No matter what state women are in, or how they dress, they deserve respect day and night. No ifs or buts. No excuses. She did not ask for it. Got it?!

Roel Loopers

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