Not the best BBQ Pork in Perth

I am not entirely sure why, but I’ve struggled to find BBQ Pork in Perth. I’ve been to quite a few Asian eateries and have looked through the menu without any sign of BBQ pork. Lots of seafood. But no pork. I have specifically asked at a couple of places, only to be told, “No, […]

Public art, thoughtful words from the Pigram Brothers, and the perfect place to check your hair and make-up before heading to The Court Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

I took my first work-related phone call from the Eastern States at about seven o’clock this morning. Even though it was in my diary, and I’d planned for it, I was still fairly bleary eyed. Still, I think I managed to make sense of it all. I think I also made sense when I took […]

Pop Trivia

Although for a while I was thinking “Boy & Bear” would be a good name for our team for the pop trivia night at Yaya’s, in the end it was probably best to go with “Le coqs sportif”. “Boy & Bear”, of course is the name of a highly successful Australian pop group at the […]

Il Lido at Cottesloe

As I caught the train to Il Lido, I couldn’t help but notice the number of men wearing ties and women wearing fascinators. “Is this Melbourne Cup Day?”, I thought to myself, wondering if, wearing a nice new shirt and a reasonably expensive pair of jeans was somewhat under-dressed for New Year’s Eve in Perth. […]

Stunning beach weather at Fremantle

It’s mid-afternoon in Perth, and I’m back in my room with the fan on maximum rotation trying to cool down after an interesting and busy day. I started the day off with a coffee, a smoked salmon baguette, and an apple strudel at a Swedish cafe. Even in Perth, there’s a little bit of Sweden, […]

The Motorbike Frog in the backyard pond of Damian and Kate

Last night I encountered the sight and sound of the Motorbike Frog which apparently is the “most commonly encountered frog” in the South-West of Western Australia. I was in a backyard at Fremantle along with two colleagues and their respective partners, and we were have a really, really lovely time eating a wonderful meal, drinking […]


I have crossed this wide brown land and have arrived in Perth (Western Australia), as evidenced by these photographs. The flight was excellent. I had two seats by myself in the first row behind business. It was fascinating to cross the country from East to West, and in particular to look down at the land […]

Swan River, Perth

Well here it is, Wednesday afternoon and I’m back home in Sydney, having spent the last four days of so visiting Perth, the city where I spent most of 2004. This was my second time back in Perth and, as with my last visit, I’ve had time to reflect on “what might have been”, had […]

Fremantle, Western Australia

It’s lunchtime Saturday and I’m sitting in an internet cafe in Fremantle. Earlier today, I removed the last of my belongings from my home in Perth – I’d left some clothes in a drawer – and I’m now officially living at the Novotel Hotel. The last week has been reasonably interesting with lots of highlights, […]