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MELBOURNE CUP AT CLANCY’S

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, melbourne cup by freoview on October 31, 2016

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Feel like doing something in Fremantle on Melbourne Cup Day? Why not go to Clancy’s Fish Pub and watch the horses on the big screens there inside and outside.

The most exciting part is the Fried Mice competition after the races where local heroes eat hot fried chillies filled with cream cheese. It’s a great excuse to drink more cold beer afterwards.

There are sweeps and hobby horse races and live music. Doors open at 10 am and the seafood platters are great!

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HOPING FOR DIVINE HELP

Posted in betting, fremantle, photography by freoview on April 13, 2015

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Street photography is one of my creative delights, that’s why you will rarely see me without a camera. Street shots can’t be planned and are just a matter of luck of being in the right location at the right time. That’s why we say that street photographer loiter with intent.

When I walked by the Wesley Church in the morning this gentleman was checking out the form of the horses in the TAB section of the West Australian. He must have been hoping for some divine intervention to back a winner.

Roel Loopers

THE MELBOURNE CUP PUB THAT MAKES YOU CRY

Posted in fremantle, melbourne cup by freoview on November 3, 2014

Clancy's Cup Day

Tomorrow is the day where Australia stops to watch a horse race. The Melbourne Cup is such a tradition that many people take the day off to go out for a long lunch and watch the big race on big screens in pubs and clubs.

Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle always puts up a special treat with sweeps, hobby horse races, live music, the famous seafood platters and the feared Fried Mice Competition. The latter is for the brave and foolish who like it very hot, as fried mice are deepfried large chillis stuffed with cream cheese. Quite yummy once you get over the first shock and your tear sacks are shriveled dry. ; > )

Doors open at 10.30 so make it a day out at Freo’s favourite family pub.

Roel Loopers

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FREO CAMERAMAN WRITES CRIME BOOK

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 27, 2014

Steve Rogers book

North Fremantle video cameraman and owner of Parmelia Productions Steve Rogers has published his first book  An Accidental Outlaw.

Animal physiologist Dr Jill Miller and her husband, scientist Dr James Miller are planning a trip to Europe in their retirement.

Before she can leave, Jill must finish a research project she is conducting on the effect of a range of animal growth hormones.

Jill and James’ mundane social life is spiced up when the couple renew acquaintances with an old horse-riding friend of Jill’s, who gives them a tip on a strangely named race horse he owns. When looking for the meaning of the name of the horse, Jill stumbles across an obscure plant growth hormone with a similar sounding name. Further internet research throws up some findings by a Malaysian researcher, A. Darma, that indicates a hitherto unknown crossover effect of plant growth hormones on animals.

Intrigued by the finding Jill Miller decides to order a quantity of the hormone from the Malaysian university for incorporation into her laboratory trials. She will also try some on the couple’s vegetable garden.

When Jill tries to find out more about the substance, which she has code named AX2, she is surprised to find all traces of A. Darma and any research on the substance has been removed from the internet.

She experiments secretly with AX2 on rats and to her astonishment finds that it greatly enhances their development.

Read how Jill naively tries the drug on race horses and becomes involved in a lot of crime and mystery.

The book is available on Amazon!

 

Roel Loopers

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A NATION THAT STOPS RACES STOPS TO CELEBRATE A RACE

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on November 5, 2013

On the day where a horse race stops the nation, it is important to see a sign that reminds us of the disgraceful and inhumane asylum policies Australia has. Well done you guys at the Gosford Anglican Church!

Roel Loopers

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FREO MELBOURNE CUP FIZZER

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on November 5, 2013

It was much more quiet in Fremantle for Melbourne Cup day than in previous years with not many dressed up people on the streets. I checked out Clancys and the numbers were well down from last year and the years before and the atmosphere was quite subdued as well. Benny’s was not full either. Has Freo lost its appetite to party?

Melbourne Cup favourites don’t often win, so it was nice to see the Gai Waterhouse horse Fiorente win, while the horse I put ten dollars on, Red Cadeaux, came second and returned $ 57.00. Nice to have a small win for a change, and interesting to note that none of the experts in the West Australian had the horse in the first three.

The Clancys mob backed Dandino in huge numbers, maybe because of the favourite write-up in today’s West.

The next big sporting event in Australia is the Boxing Day test match. Something I love watching.

Roel Loopers

ENJOY MELBOURNE CUP DAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on November 4, 2013

Can’t get enough and need more entertainment after the busy Fremantle Festival weekend? Tomorrow the big horse race that stops the nation, the MELBOURNE CUP, is on, so why not take the day off, dress up, and enjoy the fun at CLANCYS FISH PUB or the FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB. Great atmosphere, food platters, fun things to do. You can even have a-moderate-bet.

Most other pubs in town have something special on for Melbourne Cup day, so check out what is on offer.

Roel Loopers

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EVENTS THAT MAKE FREO AND AUSTRALIA SPECIAL

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

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NOT THE SAME OLD CUP ANYMORE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 1, 2011

A message to people afraid of change. Nothing remains the same, as I observed again today during Melbourne Cup festivities. While in the past Fremantle was abuzz till late afternoon, today most parties died pretty soon and by 3pm most pubs were pretty empty. I was at Clancys for the race and had a look at Rosy O’Grady and Little Creatures on my way home.

It was even less fun at Clancys than it used to be in the past, I thought. Sure, the nose to nose finish of the big race excited the smaller than usual crowd, then there was not much for a while, the horse race decided by a dice is a tradition, and so it the Fried Mice eating competition, when those with enough Dutch courage eat deep fried Jallapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese. It’s a good excuse to drink even more after the contest, when the mouths are burning like hell on fire.

My horse is stumbling along the Nullarbor to try to get away from angry punters who backed it. But I won $ 40 in the Sweepstakes, so I did better than most.

Roel Loopers

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ONLY WINNERS AT CLANCYS

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2010

There were only winners at Fremantle’s Clancy today, as many people came to enjoy the Melbourne Cup and have a very good time.

I hope the photos give an impression of a lovely afternoon.

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