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WET AND WILD GOOD FRIDAY AHEAD

Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, photography, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on April 19, 2019

 

B&W rain

 

This is one of my all time favourite photos, which I took early last year on the Melville foreshore just east of Point Walter, and it suits today’s bad weather Good Friday mood to a T, so I republish it to start this wet public holiday.

The big storms did not hit Fremantle overnight in the area where I live, but there are a lot of hours in the day still where the forecast is for strong winds, hail and more rain, so stay safe.

Roel Loopers

HARMONY DAY CELEBRATING OUR MULTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, multicultural, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2019

 

Harmony Day

 

It is HARMONY DAY today, so let’s make a start and make Australia that tolerant and change-embracing country again.

Let us all stop politicians from using race, religion and culture for fear mongering and political gain and tell them we are better than that.

We live in a peaceful multicultural society and should not fear new migrants or claim they take jobs away from those who have lived here longer.

The contributions migrants have made to Australia is enormous. The Ghan, Indian Pacific railway lines and other major projects would not have been built without the Afghan camel caravans. Muslims have lived in Australia peacefully since the 1830s!

We live in a good country full of freedom and opportunities and we should by now have enough self-esteem to no longer fear those who come from foreign countries. Hatred, racism and ignorance are the enemies, not different cultures and religions.

Today is a day to smile and look back at our achievements and how all of us together made Australia the great country it is!

Roel Loopers

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RESPECT CREATES A BETTER COMMUNITY

 

There is a lot of hypocrisy gong on in the mainstream media and from politicians in the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to play the blame game about irresponsible social media without taken responsibility for their own contributions.

Mainstream media has moved so far right that it is not funny, with the West Australian newspaper becoming the mouthpiece for the Liberal/National Federal government and right-wing  columns by  Andrew Bolt, Paul Murray, Gemma Tognini and others.

Federal politicians have been engaging in fear mongering about Muslims and refugees, while the ultimate hypocrites must be Sunrise which puts Pauline Hanson on a weekly panel to sprout her racist nonsense, but suddenly attack her for those views after the Christchurch massacre.

There is no doubt though that social media has created a terribly negative community conversation that spreads hatred, ignorance, racism, innuendo, conspiracy and name-calling and where all respect for people with a different view point has disappeared, and that also happens on a local level here in Fremantle.

I want to believe that Australia is better than that! I want to believe that we are still the fair-go and tolerant multicultural country, where every law abiding person from all over the world can make a new home and where we welcome those who need a safe haven away from war, violence and abuse.

But we all need to be more aware of what we are writing on social media and try not to engage so dismissively and angrily when we don’t agree with posts of others, and the mainstream media needs to start to be more considerate and respectful as well and understand how damaging sensationalist reporting can be to individuals. The Jesse Hogan story of the Fremantle Dockers is such a case. This young man does have a mental health issue and he does not need to be humiliated in the media for that. Leave him alone and let him heal!

We should all take a lesson from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What empathy and compassion, what dignity, strength and integrity, and what outstanding leadership!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SHOWS RESPECT FOR CHRISTCHURCH VICTIMS OF TERRORISM

Posted in city of fremantle, community, crime, islam, terrorism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2019

 

half mast

 

The Australian flag is flown half mast today on the Fremantle Townhall to show our community’s respect for the victims of yesterday’s mindless violent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 49 decent law-abiding citizens young and old were gunned down and died and many others injured.

I feel very shocked and have a sense of deep sorrow, but also anger that these terrorist attacks keep happening. I cried last night for the victims, as I have cried in the past for all the other victims of terrorism.

Hate and racism have no place in our society and violence never is the solution.

Roel Loopers

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CHRISTMAS EVE CAROLS AND MASS AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2018

 

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CHRISTMAS EVE MASS AND CAROLS at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University at 6pm today.

Everyone is welcome in the Malloy Courtyard at 32 Mouat Street.

Roel Loopers

ST JOHN’S CAROLS AT KINGS SQUARE TODAY!

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, community, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on December 23, 2018

 

St John's

 

The Anglican St John’s church on Fremantle’s Kings Square is holding a Carols by Candlelight from 7pm today Sunday December 23.

Before that at 5pm there will be a Nativity and Children’s Mass.

It should be a lot cooler by that time as it is pretty humid early this morning.

Roel Loopers

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ONE DOLLAR OFFER TO BUY VICTORIA HALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2018

 

victoria-hall

 

There is no doubt that the people at the Anglican Parish of Fremantle believe in miracles and Father Christmas, or they have been listening too often to Janis Joplin’s oh Lord won’t you buy me a beautiful hall, or might it be that the collection boxes in church remain empty on Sundays?

Their offer to buy gorgeous, heritage-listed Victoria Hall from the City of Fremantle for just one dollar is either tongue in cheek, desperation, or hoping for divine intervention, because the old hall is worth around $ 2 million.

The tender process to try to sell Victoria Hall attracted 30 interests, but just the one, rather silly, offer, so now Fremantle City will put the hall out for sale on the open market.

Roel Loopers

GREG JAMES’ EDMUND RICE BRONZE SCULPTURE

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, culture, education, greg james, history, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2018

 

Edmund Rice

 

Fremantle J Shed artist Greg James is one of Western Australia’s truly outstanding bronze sculpture artists, as he proves again with the remarkable sculpture of Edmund Ignatius Rice, that will be installed at the Christian Brothers College in January.

Irish born Rice(1762-1844) was a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist who established the Christian Brothers, who still follow the traditions established by Rice.

If you happen to walk past J Shed at Bathers Beach ask Greg James if you can have a look at the bronze artwork.

Greg is already working on his next work that is very Fremantle. His great, great grandmother was a passenger on the Marquis D’Angelsea in 1829, that was shipwrecked at Bathers Bay. She lost all her belongings, including her piano, which will be the focus of James’ heritage art work, and something the City of Fremantle should definitely buy.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BLESSING OF THE FLEET PROCESSION

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2018

 

 

It is amazing to think that the Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet is 70 years old, as old as I am.

I love the beautiful tradition every year when the procession parades from the St Patrick’s Basilica to the Fishing Boat Harbour. It is very special for the entire Fremantle community.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, Councillor Bryn Jones and Labor MP Josh Wilson took part, and Councillor Jeff McDonald was also on the scene.

I am only operating on 25% so had to take it slow, so here the photos I managed to get today.

Roel Loopers

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THOUGHTFUL ABRAHAM DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2018

 

 

The third ABRAHAM DAY was held at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University on Wednesday afternoon and attracted 200 people.

Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costello, the Chief Rabbi of WA Daniel Lieberman and Langford Islamic College teacher Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien talked about the topic of the day; How do people of faith engage in a secular society?

NDA’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond said that Abraham provides a meeting point for the three religions, but she was concerned about the dwindling number of people who embraced religion, with 30 per cent of Australians stating they are non believers. She said the data did not show us why this is the case and how it impacts on society.

Archbishop Costello said that for people with faith their heart must be in the right place to engage with a secular society, and that it is the duty, privilege and right of Catholics to propose their belief to society.

Rabbi Lieberman said that people of belief are different, as Abraham was in his life, but that his preaching has been that through believers all the children will be blessed. “Humility is understanding your place in society”

Sheikh Agherdien said that silence is sometimes the best answer, as we all know from personal relationships. Abraham was involved and engaged and asked questions. The great teachers of the past engaged across cultures and religions and that needs to happen today in our secular society.

A question about euthanasia initially received only a one word response-NO-from the archbishop, but he later said it was not permissible to take someone else’s life.

Rabbi Lieberman said we are allowed to be angry and question why God allows things to happen, while Archbishop Costello said that he does not question God, but sometimes he does question people, the church and religious institutions.

Sheikh Agherdien said that the ultimate reality is perfection, but we are human beings and if we don’t have the issues of war, infidelity, crime, etc. what is there to aspire for.

Archbishop Costello said that one had to honour, respect and tolerate different faith and that it opens you up to the richness of the other religion and culture and see the beauty in other traditions.

There is always plenty to contemplate and think about after Abraham Day, even for a non believer like I. I wonder though if there is a correlation between fewer people embracing religion and fewer people joining political parties, and if the issues are not very similar. Is it not so that many people are nor walking away from God or politics, but are more and more rejecting political and religious leaders and religious institutions and political parties, because they believe that they are too remote from the realities of our daily life and often seem to act hypocritically?

Roel Loopers

 

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