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FREMANTLE’S NEW ROYAL MARKETS

Posted in fremantle, markets by freoview on January 13, 2015

It must be more than a coincidence that the W.A. QUEEN OF MARKETS – Kylie Wheatly’s new venture is at Princess May Park in Fremantle, where royalty will meet royalty. It is only three more sleeps until the first market this Friday January 16 from 5-9pm in the cosy park next to Clancy’s Fishpub. Kylie is the owner of Red Tent Events which runs markets at the West Coast Blues&Roots, St Jerome Laneway, Southbound, North West and Fairbridge, festivals and others such as the Growers Green Markets and private functions.

The PRINCESS MAY MARKETS will be full of art, craft, retro, clothing, and international food stalls, and a photo booth, so family fun for all.

One of the outstanding features of the markets will be a live music stage, organised by Clancy’s and the first act this Friday will be Melbourne-based roots guru BEN WALKER and his band.

I will be involved in the markets as Kylie’s right hand, so any feedback to me is welcome.

Roel Loopers

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EX FREO PORTS CEO NEW WA GOVERNOR

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 25, 2014

Former Fremantle Ports CEO Kerry Sanderson has been appointed the new Governor of Western Australia by Premier Colin Barnett on behalf of the Queen of England. She was the CEO of the Ports for 17 years and the Agent General in London after that.

Now bring on the republic so we can get rid of the monarchy in Australia, and these archaic institutions, that cost taxpayers a huge amount of money.

Roel Loopers

LOOPY MELBOURNE CUP TIPS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 31, 2011

It has been a tradition for many years that I supply my friends with tips for the Melbourne Cup, so this year I looked deep and hard for clues all over Fremantle and beyond. I gazed at stars, looked into crystal balls and empty wine glasses, talked to psychics, mind readers, and horse whisperers, to make sure I was well informed.

Let me make it clear that this year’s Cup race is more unpredictable than ever, and I personally blame Qantas for that. The Queen’s visit to Australia might also have upset some horses, paranoid of being bitten my Her Maj’s corgis, so it could get messy tomorrow at Flemington.

* Americain does not do it for me. We used to have steak Americain in Holland when I was a child. It was minced meat, not horse I think.

* Jukebox Jury will have many fans in retirement villages and RSL clubs, so lots of pennies will be put on her.

* Drunken Sailor will have huge following at yacht clubs around the nation. It might have had a change if it could stand on two legs, let alone gallop on four.

* Unusual Suspect is a great bet for the W.A. Police Force who will spend their well-earned CHOGM overtime money on this horse.

* Presedence will be my bet this year, as trainer Bart Cummings always pulls a bunny out of the hat on big occasions.

* Lost in the Moment is for the star gazing lovely Librans out there. It might not win, but it will still feel good to see it floating in the air.

* At First Sight is a big no-no for me, as it reminds me too much of falling in love and broken hearts.

* Tullamore needs dew, so for that horse the race starts far too late. It might have had a chance if the Cup was run at 6 a.m.

* Older Than Time. This world heritage listed horse will remain just an impressive part of Melbourne Cup history.

Jockeys and trainers will tell you it’s all about one race at the time, while for those of us who speak horse language, the message is loud and clear that it is one stride at the time.

Will you be much richer tomorrow just after noon W.A. time? Very likely in experience only, and you will tell yourself, like you did last year and the years before, to never bet on the Melbourne Cup ever again.

Good luck and have fun! I’ll be at Fremantle’s Clancys of course.

Roel Loopers

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CHOGM-WHO CARES

Posted in perth by freoview on October 29, 2011

Perth CHOGM party? Who cares, when one can just relax in the sun and have a nap.

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CHOGM BLOCK FULL

Posted in fremantle, perth by freoview on October 28, 2011

I proved to myself again today that there is madness in most Dutchman, as I actually took the train into Perth to have a look at the CHOGM celebrations on this holiday Friday. It wasn’t a big deal really, some market and food stalls, movies on a big screen, and bands playing on a stage in front of PICA. But holy Moses, the people! Multicultural, international, you name it, and they were there from dark black Africans to coffee brown Indians, our own blackfellas and plenty of Wadjelas (it means white people in Noongar language). Very CHOGM indeed, and the colourful clothes matched all those gorgeous skin tones.

There was police everywhere and although I like to feel safe, I am looking forward to far less on the beat than I witnessed today. It is intimidating and I am sure that was meant to be so, but it did not feel good. I accept though that it was essential to have a large police presence with so many foreign dignitaries in town.

There was a protest march and every conceivable action group appeared to be there. It was very colourful as well.

Roel Loopers

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THE HOMELESS. DON’T CHOGM OUT!

Posted in fremantle, perth by freoview on May 16, 2011
I know it is an effort to leave good old Freo and cross the bridge to get to Perth, but I feel this event is well worth supporting. If you work in the city, please make Stirling Gardens your lunch break venue tomorrow to support the homeless, who are going to be displaced during CHOGM in October.
Roel Loopers
Location: Stirling Gardens (Corner of Barrack St and St Georges Terrace), Perth
Time: ‎12:00PM Tuesday, May 17th

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