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What a waste of water, our most precious resource

WA’s Department of Water is reportedly wasting the resource it’s supposed to protect, according to today’s Sunday Times / PerthNow.

“More than half a gigalitre of water, enough to fill more than 230 Olympic-sized pools, was drawn illegally by users of the Gnangara Mound, but only $7500 in fines were issued,” the paper says.


It’s about the Department, which is supposed to regulate / monitor WaterCorp. But both are useless, as are many Perth residents, who continue to water their lawns, our most precious resource, wasted on weeds.

The reason this is allowed is that WaterCorp research shows if Perth didn’t have been lawns it would be bad psychologically (WaterCorp won’t tell us that – it’s a secret). Well, we don’t water our corner block and it comes back green when the rain arrives.

WA has it priorities wrong. Sad to say the politicians here have no balls, otherwise they’d introduce watering bans, not restrictions. If you’d lived in places that have almost zero water, as I have, you’d appreciated the waste.


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More lousy journalism

An example of how the WA media is so parochial and pathetic. This story is more than a week old. The PerthNow web site (and the Sunday Times newspaper – front page) decide to give it the usual parochial treatment of “Perth”. Trouble is what about the rest of the teenagers in WA? Don’t they like sending rude pictures to their friends, too? Apart from that, it’s a piss-poor story.

Teenagers embrace new secret sexting craze on smartphones | Perth Now: “”


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Concert crowds need a lesson in manners

First up, let me say, I drink alcohol (beer and wine).

Two concerts in three days. Bon Jovi, then the Eagles last night.  Both were great (Eagles superb).

But the events were partially ruined by many of the audience who, it seems, can’t get by without a drink.

WTF? Are people that feeble you can’t watch a concert without alcohol? Obviously.

There was a constant stream of people getting up and down to get booze. This ruins the experience for the majority. What’s worrying is that this is symptomatic of a society that uses alcohol as a crutch for enjoyment.

Added to that was the constant hum of talk in the background. This was particularly so during the Eagles. (At Bon Jovi it didn’t matter because they were so loud). Do people come to listen, or chat to their friends? An expensive chat.

This is another symptom of the “me society”. These people don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves.  In another age not so long ago, it would be called bad manners.

These trends are reflected/manifested elsewhere in things like binge drinking, road rage, intolerance, impatience and ignorance.

Anyone got any answers? Me? Maybe I’ll just get the DVD next time.

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ANZAC Day is for Veterans

The RSL in Western Australia has reversed its decision to allow wives and relatives of Veterans to march among Vets.

I believe this is a sound decision.

ANZAC Day was (and still is) about Veterans.

While the families (particularly wives and children) have played an enormous role in their spouse’s service, they still do not belong with units during the March.

The appropriate place is in a group towards the rear of the march: perhaps just ahead of the overseas contingents.

I am sure members of the RSL (of which I am one) would be divided on the issue. However, they could conduct a survey to find out what members want.

Meantime, the wives and family members would be all too welcome to mix with units before or after the March. Most units have reunions, which I’m sure would welcome relatives.

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Happy Australia Day

Here is it: Perth, 7am, Australian Day. I’m in my undies sitting at the computer.Undies? Yes, because “it’s too damn hot for a pegnuin,” to quote Billy Madison. Like it or loathe it, the bloody Aussie weather over here is true to summer form, though minus the seabreezes.Congratulations to all the immigrants who will become citizens today. I can’t wait for the day my son’s new Japanese wife does. Then there’s my wife’s brother and his brood, who arrived from South Africa last week. Interesting to read a poll this week, which showed 72 per cent of Australians want to keep the flag. It must be okay, because there’s a lot people driving around with it this week.Bewdy. I can also be found at http://www.prlab.com.au 

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Quirky climate

After a somewhat slow start to summer, the first of the blustery morning easterlies hit us around 1am today.In Perth you know it’s going to be a hot day when the easterly hits. It’s a bitterly-cold wind that bites hard. I saw one woman this morning at 8am wearing an overcoat on her way to work.  By the time she comes home this afternnon it will be 32 degrees. Crazy.The only thing to bring relief from the heat is our other wind, the Fremantle Doctor, which howls in between 20-30 knots from the south-west, usually around midday or soon thereafter.  And so the cycle will be repeated almost daily until mid-February, or thereabouts.  Apart form our isolation, Perth summers are one of the reasons we’ll never be a tourist mecca, despite the hopes of tourist organisations.At least the heat and the blustery winds mean I can always get a parking spot at the beach. 

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Aussie life’s a beach (parking spot)

Well, here I am in Perth. Back again after 10 months away in Sydney, or near enough to it. A lot has changed in that time: most notably the rents. Ours went from $185 a week to $300. Should have stayed in the Blue Mountains. It was only $275 there.

It’s good to get away from a place like Perth sometimes. We had the luxury of 10 months to recharge the batteries, so to speak. There’s so much more going on over east, which is hardly surprising, given that most of the population live there.

I’m originally from Sydney, but have lived in Perth for 17 years. Returning east was not really a big deal. I’d done it briefly twice in those 17 years: to work on the Olympics and in sports coaching. I think when you grow up in a place it’s easy to slot back in.

The difficult part is heading west again. Sure, it’s less crowded. But the attitudes over here ARE different. There seems to be a “redneck” type of culture, which is probably a remnant of the early mining days, when things were rough and tough. My impression of Perth is that it’s a “tradesman’s town”. Mostly all I notice on the roads are utes driven by tradesmen. That’s hardly surprising, given the amount of housing construction going on.

That brings me to another aspect of life in the west – the driving,. Later.

But back to the seamier side of life. My wife has noticed the differences this time. I’d always say to her: “it’s just not that safe over here”, and she’d say I was paranoid. But she’s come to see that there’s an undercurrent of violence and aggression that’s not as evident as in Sydney. It’s more the level of petty thugs and mugs running around over here. There is what appears to be a disproportionate number of bashings in Perth, as we’ve witnessed in the past two months. I’ve no other way to prove or qualify that statement, other than to say you have to experience it. Just travel on public transport, or do some extensive driving in both places and you’ll understand.

For example, why is it in WA so many people drive around drinking alcohol? I hardly saw this over east. And why are the drivers here so impatient and aggressive? People generally don’t like letting you merge: they have to be ahead. If the speed limit is 60, they’ll do 70, if it’s 70 they’ll do 80, and so on. Indicate at roundabouts? What’s that? I’m a bit more picky than most when it come to driving, given that I ride a motorbike.

But please don’t interpret this as a whinge. I’m just commenting on the differences I perceive between east and west. Anyway, there are some great benefits. As I always say when I’m at the beach: “you can always get a parking spot”.

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