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FREMANTLE ANZAC DAY PARADE

Posted in ANZAC DAY, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2017

A decent crowd turned out for the Fremantle Anzac Day parade this morning and I heard  there was a big crowd for the dawn service at Monument Hill, which I missed due to bad health.

The ANZA derby between the South and East Fremantle football clubs is on at Fremantle Oval at 4 pm today and the weather is perfect for it, so support the day.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ANZAC DAY EVENTS

Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2017

ANZAC

 

ANZAC Day is this coming Tuesday April 25 so get up early and join the Dawn Service at Monument Hill at 5.50 and watch the sun rise.

From 7.30 the ANZAC Day Breakfast is on at the Esplanade so perfect for a beacon and egg roll and cuppa.

At 9 am the lovely more intimate North Fremantle ceremony is held at the war memorial opposite Mojo’s.

The big Parade starts from the Esplanade at 10.15and will wind through the CBD and Cappuccino Strip.

The Closing Ceremony will be held at 10.45 on the Esplanade.

It is important to always remember those who sacrificed their life to fight for peace and freedom.

Roel Loopers

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THERE IS HOPE BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD!

Posted in environment, fremantle, future, humanity, people by freoview on December 21, 2016

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Christmas is a time of reflection and hope and with so much madness going on in the world we need to remain hopeful that we will be able to turn the destruction of the earth and oceans around and that there will be a good future for the next generations.

Humans do have the ability to stand up in adversity and make necessary changes. We have survived natural disasters and wars all over the planet many times and we can do it again if sanity prevails and if our political leaders become true leaders instead of being power hungry egos only interested in winning the next election.

It is shocking to see the destruction of Aleppo and other places of war and the plight of all these innocent people. It violates my heart to see the idiocy of terrorism and attacks on families because some fanatical criminals believe the god they believe in is better than the gods of other people.

But I remain confident about the future because my own experience with people of all different cultures and religions all over the world has shown that the vast majority of people are good and caring people who are willing to embrace and support fellow humans in need.

We cannot give up hope during the tsunami of madness that is happening and that has made 2016 such a challenging year. We cannot blame all Muslims for the actions of a small group of sadistic criminals, as we do not blame all Catholics for those priests who have abused children. Hatred will not solve anything and neither does blaming all for the crimes of some.

We need to learn the lessons of the past and become more responsible in looking after our planet because the environmental destruction is relentless above and below ground. We are suffocating our oceans while destroying our forests, because we want more and more and more, and that is not sustainable.

Innovation technology will help us to become smarter but our relentless consumerism needs to be curtailed because the environment is suffering because of it.

We need more tolerance and less judgment in our world and more acceptance of diversity. Culture, religion and the colour of someone’s skin are not reasons to reject people and we need to assess every individual on its own merits. There are bad apples in every family, in every country, in every race, religion and culture, but we must keep in mind that most people are good and caring.

I love life because I love people. I love the irreverence, the intelligence, the quirkiness and the true warmth of people and I love it that we are all so different but also so much the same. A big black fella in Fitzroy Crossing summed it all up perfectly for me one night when he looked at me and said “Isn’t it amazing brother that we both have red blood and brown shit.”

Have a very Happy Christmas. Smile at and say G’day to a stranger. Believe in yourself and all of us that we can and will create a better future for all where the poor are less poor and the rich a bit less rich. True equality will only happen if we look after each other better.

Roel Loopers

ALLONS ENFANTS DE LA PATRIE!

Posted in france, fremantle, roundhouse, violence, western australia by freoview on July 15, 2016

France

 

The very thoughtful Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides raised the French flag this morning in solidarity with the people of France, after the horrendous terrorist attack in the city of Nice where at least 80 people got killed.

Let there be no doubt that these sick sadists who kill innocent people do not defend the honour of their god Allah but in fact insult the Islam religion. The millions of peaceful Muslims around the world are as much in horror about these attacks as the rest of us. Violence never brings solutions but only creates more hatred and more wars.

My heart bleeds for the people of France and the families and loved ones of those who died and got injured.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WET ANZAC DAY PARADE

Posted in ANZAC DAY, fremantle, photography by freoview on April 25, 2016

 

It was very wet during this year’s Fremantle ANZAC Day parade and that kept people at home unfortunately. But for the not so faint hearted it was a special spectacle everyone enjoyed.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ANZAC DAWN SERVICE PHOTOS

Posted in ANZAC DAY, fremantle by freoview on April 25, 2016

 

It was full house at Fremantle’s Monument Hill for the ANZAC Day dawn service this morning and the rain stayed away for this very solemn event.

Great to see so many families with very young children, and teenagers, young lovers and many oldies.

I went to the North Fremantle ceremony for the first time and the rain started coming in then.

The next blog post will show photos of the pretty wet parade through town.

Roel Loopers

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CLOUDS OVER MONUMENT HILL

Posted in fremantle, photography, western autralia by freoview on April 24, 2016

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Let’s start the Sunday morning with some beauty. Here another photo I took at Fremantle Monument Hill late yesterday afternoon.

Roel Loopers/ROEL.COM.AU

ANZAC DAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in ANZAC DAY, fremantle by freoview on April 20, 2016

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ANZAC Day in Fremantle is always special so make sure to bring the family to the parade through town. It starts at 10.15 am.

There is also a dawn ceremony at Monument Hill at 5.50 am for those who don’t mind getting up early, and a ceremony at 9am in North Fremantle opposite Mojo’s as well.

The RSL Gunfire Breakfast will be held at Princess May Park from 7 am.

Roel Loopers

 

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HISTORIC FREMANTLE GUNNERS COTTAGES FULLY RESTORED

Posted in architecture, fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 17, 2016

 

The heritage listed restored Fremantle Gunners Cottages Married Quarters at Cantonment Hill were officially unveiled yesterday by Defence Housing Australia, and it is a delight to see the old cottages looking all great again and ready to be occupied by Defence personnel after they were vacant for many years and left to deteriorate badly.

The cottages have all been given names of s0ldiers who served and died in wars, with signs behind the buildings explaining who these soldiers were. The one big disappointment for me is the use of colourbond fences at the pathway steps that show blatant disrespect for the historic significance of the site.

It took a lot of pressure and lobbying from the City of Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP and the Femantle Society to finally get some action from the Defence Department, who have added a few more houses to the ten old cottages which have great views over the harbour and are an easy fifteen-minute-walk to the Freo CBD.

Once the Cantonment Hill masterplan gets implemented the cottages will be at a prime location next to Fremantle’s most stunning park that has sensational ocean and river views and promises to become THE spot to be to watch the sunset.

It is fantastic and long overdue to see significant heritage restoration in Fremantle with the Warders Cottages in Henderson Street also under way and the City of Fremantle ready to spend around $ 2 million on fully restoring the dilapidated Townhall.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE REMEMBRANCE DAY 2015

Posted in fremantle, remembrance day by freoview on November 11, 2015

REMEMBRANCE DAY, like ANZAC Day is a pretty solemn occasion and not at all the glorification of war. It is good to see school children at these events, and all of us living in hope that wars won’t happen again and that future generations will become better at non-violent conflict resolutions.

I took these photos at Monument Hill in Fremantle this morning.

Roel Loopers

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