View from East Perth

Such a long way to Perth

The two things I remember vividly about my time living in Perth in 2004 were: the time zone difference and the long flights involved. I remember getting a phone call at 4.30am from someone on the East Coast (note the capitalization) who hadn't realised there was a three hour time difference during the summer months, … Continue reading Such a long way to Perth

Maralinga by Lin Onus at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. A stunning work about the atomic tests conducted in Australia during the 1950s. A young woman holds tightly to her mother, as the winds from the blast from the explosion. A shameful part of our history.

Preparing for the Sunday night Red Eye

It's Sunday evening. It's been a warm day in Perth. I'm sitting on the balcony of the hotel I've been staying in. I hope the people on the cruise boat down below don't mind that I'm sitting here, wearing just shorts, and sipping on a glass of wine. Because frankly, the last week has been … Continue reading Preparing for the Sunday night Red Eye

Roasting beans from El Salvador at Ristretto, Perth

International Food Tour of Perth

You know how when you meet someone and they introduce themselves, but within five minutes you've completely forgotten their name? That's how it was with one of the blokes on the International Food Tour of Perth which I undertook today. Thankfully, I knew he was the father of Justin, our tour guide. We shared a … Continue reading International Food Tour of Perth

Not the best BBQ Pork in Perth

The Return Of Pork Boy

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, … Continue reading The Return Of Pork Boy

All is quiet on New Year’s Day

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. … Continue reading All is quiet on New Year’s Day