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Posted in city of fremantle, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019



It is R U OK? day today and like every day of the year we need to be asking that question.

There are so very many people in Australia with mental health problems, with depression and anxiety, and suicide far too often seems to be the only solution for those in despair.

As someone who suffered from depression for a very long time, now thankfully years ago, I know the struggle, the feeling of being abandoned by the world and the black hole that seems to be getting deeper and darker as there appears to be no future.

It is so very important to turn to friends of family and tell them how you feel, without being judged or pitied, and it is very important that we all ask ourselves and those around us R U OK?

Life can be an enormous struggle sometimes, and no one should feel ashamed when they are down in the doldrums, not even when it is self-inflicted. There is always hope and there is so much beauty in our world and so many very good people!

Be honest with yourself and don’t pretend to be happy, because acknowledging the problem is the very first important step to recovery and healing.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on December 26, 2018




When did we humans decide that we are so incredible important that we need to be in contact with the rest of the world every second of every day?

When did we decide that being in the moment is no longer relevant, and that we can take the people we are with for granted by constantly monitoring our smart phones for Facebook, Twitter and text messages and emails?

When did we decide that the world might desperately need our comments when we go for a long walk on the beach, or while we are having lunch, or dinner, or breakfast with friends?

When did we decide that it is polite to talk at length on the phone, or respond obsessively to text messages while in the company of others?

When did we decide it is an acceptable risk to kill or maim others because we just have to answer the phone, or text messages while driving a car?

When did the idiocy start that we need to have the smart phone next to our bed, just in case someone sends a ‘really important’ Facebook message?

When did it become more important to communicate with people far away than with the ones we are with?

The silly advertisement above says it all. Yep, we desperately need to check our emails while doing laps in the pool, or going for a jog, or while having sex, or whatever we are doing.

Enjoy your Boxing Day and switch your phone off for a while now and then and appreciate the moment you are in and the people you are with!

Roel Loopers






We live in a world where we can communicate with anyone on earth within seconds, be that via computer, mobile phone or other means, so why is it when most of us connect many times a day on social media that so many of us feel lonely, according to a massive survey by England’s BBC.

The BBC started the Loneliness Experience on Valentine’s Day this year and 55,000 people from around the world responded to it.

The graph above by the BBC shows that it is not just old(er) people who feel lonely often, but surprisingly the top group is those between 16-24 years of age.

Depression and suicide have been increasing in the western world, as people feel unwanted, not appreciated, bullied and not loved. Social media contacts don’t replace touch, a hug, people who really care and share, and to cuddle up with someone you trust when you feel down.

We live in a society where many of us have become cynical of our political and spiritual leaders, and that has created the ME society, where others are not much of a priority for many people. We all long to be loved and cared for, and it all starts with respect, courtesy and sharing.

It appears to me from the above graph that we are not okay and as a community we need to make better efforts connecting with each other. R U OKAY?

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2017


The fear that Australia is being swamped by a tsunami of Muslims has been proven unfounded by the latest CENSUS 2016 statistics, which shows that Buddhists are closing in on the only 2.6% of Australian residents who claim to be Muslims, while 2.4% are Buddhist.

In general people who claim to have no religion increased to 29.6% in 2016, compared to 0,8% in 1966.

The good news for us blokes is that there is a small majority of females with just over 50 %.

There have been 1.3 million new immigrants to Australia since 2011 and the most common countries they came from were China and India.

And the Turnbull government does not have to worry too much about the language skills of migrants with 72.7%  of CENSUS participants stating that they speak English at home.

The most important thing we should not underestimate is the enormous contribution immigrants to Australia are making. Without them we would not be the great multicultural and tolerant community we are!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on January 23, 2017



Photography is soul music for me. Whenever I feel a bit down I go out and try to find good images. Taking creative photos makes me happy.

I took this one at the Fremantle East Street jetty today just before 7 pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, heritage, history, western australia by freoview on August 2, 2016

The new Historic Panoramas website features some stunning historic photos of Fremantle and Perth. It is a work in process and hopefully many more panoramas will be included on the site, but check it out and see if you can support it with historic and modern photos.

This is what the HP people say about the site:

The Historical Panoramas project provides a unique and visually interesting way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle as far back as the 1860s.

Photographic panoramas provide a very good way to understand the physical layout of a cityscape. Unlike individual photos which can be hard to understand context and location, panoramas often provide very good spatial awareness and convey a good visual impression of a location.

For this project we are fortunate that Perth and Fremantle are relatively young cities. Perth was established in 1829 and the dawn of commercial photography was in the 1840s. The oldest panorama of Perth we have found so far is from the 1860s – showing a very young city. We can therefore see the very early days of the city with the visual clarity that photography provides. Of course, prior to settlement these areas were inhabited by the local Noongar people and the older panoramas provide a glimpse of what that life might have been like with bushland visible in the distance.

Go here:

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, people, photography, western australia by freoview on July 15, 2016

prime position

keeping warm


I love walking around Fremantle and discover quirky moments in our daily life. One never knows what one finds, but this morning I was lucky.

I love this lady with her little stand in the High Street Mall, selling The Big Issue magazine and other things.

Just down the road these lovers kept each other warm during the lunch break.

Roel Loopers



Posted in asylum seekers, community, culture, fremantle by freoview on May 19, 2016

aussie 1 aussie 2


Reminding us of our history often gets the points across, as these posters in Henry Street, Fremantle do for me. Too often we are frightened of something new and change, and throughout history we have initially failed to embrace and we even rejected migrants to Australia.

In hindsight though we appreciate how much migrants have contributed to our country, so time to lose that fear again and be open and open-minded to those who come from different cultures and religions.

Don’t judge the majority of good people on the madness of minorities.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, homelessness, notre dame university by freoview on May 9, 2016

Sleep Out Under the Stars

The Fremantle University of Notre Dame and St Pat’s Community Support Centre are organising a fundraising Sleep Out Under The Stars event this Saturday May 14 from 5.30 pm in the Malloy Courtyard in Mouat Street.

This is a family friendly fundraiser with music, activities for children, heart and soul warming soup and company and the chance to sleep a night under the stars and see what it feels like, or just come for a few hours to show your support and.

It is $ 25 for adults and $ 10 for children or $ 60 for a family of four.

On at six tonight is a talk by the CEO OF SHELTER and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt about homelessness in Fremantle. It’s a free event at the Library and starts at 6 pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community by freoview on April 9, 2016


Thank you so much you weird and wonderful people of Fremantle and beyond for increasingly supporting this Freo’s View blog.

Yesterday’s visitors’ numbers of 7,056 were an absolute record in the five and a half years of Freo’s View and a vindication of all the hard work and commitment I put in to keep this blog relevant, up to date and interesting, and ideally a wee bit controversial and weird.

High fives for all who participate with comments and who send me information about what is going on in good old Freo! Thank you.

Roel Loopers

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