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 on: January 12, 2014, 02:44:48 pm 
Started by caskur - Last post by caskur

Perth makes top 10 of The New York Times' list of 52 places to visit in 2014

    January 12, 2014 11:21AM

PERTH has made the top 10 of The New York Times' list of 52 Places to Go in 2014.

The WA capital was ranked No. 9 and was the only Australian city to be included.

It lauded Perth as "exhibiting the signs of a trendy transformation", citing chef Jamie Oliver's decision to open a restaurant here and bars such as Print Hall and The Stables Bar popping up in rejuvenated buildings.

Mount Lawley and Northbridge get a mention, described as "chockablock with cafes and vintage shops."

The Riverside project, which will infuse "the eastern side of the city with parks, shops and housing plazas" and the expansion of Crown Perth are also mentioned.

Cape Town in South Africa topped the list, followed by Christchurch, the northern coast of California, the Albanian coast and Downtown Los Angeles.

The 52 Places to Go list is compiled by the influential publication's travel editors.

Meanwhile, Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said WA had to lift its game when it came to attracting tourists from the US.

Speaking from the G'Day USA summit in Los Angeles yesterday, Ms Scaffidi said we needed to be smarter and more innovative in selling what we have to offer.

Ms Scaffidi was rubbing shoulders with Australian celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett at the two-day event, which ended last night.

The City of Perth spent $55,000 sponsoring G'Day USA to bring a national focus and WA presence to the star-studded bash.

Ms Scaffidi said Perth's booming culinary scene meant it was well placed to capitalise on the growing demand for food and wine experiences.

Tourism WA chief executive officer Stephanie Buckland, who is from Pennsylvania, said the organisation had put a "very, very targeted" focus on the American market since 2009.

"I know a little bit about how Americans travel," she said.


Must have been voted before the bush fires in the hills.


No doubt the world is focused here in Perth because of the Great White Pointer shark and Bull Shark cull. (Good Riddance I say)...

Personally I think our sky scrappers are ugly... I think it's an ugly skyline and there are always those ugly cranes on top of buildings one of my dad's cousins invented... UGH...

Kings Park is pretty cool. I took some images a few weeks ago overlooking the ugly skyline.

Horrible Skyline from the one of the biggest natural Parks in the World… It is true though, we do have EXCELLENT restaurants. Tonight I went to one with 13 people. I’m still burping the dinner and it was 5.5 hours ago.  The river and historical building are awesome. And of course the beaches are stunning.  I want to buy an inner city apartment in Perth. Maybe!!!

The big drawback is, it’s not cheap here. We could brag one time about being cheap but not anymore. The good days are over!
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 on: November 28, 2013, 09:33:25 am 
Started by caskur - Last post by caskur
A funny thing happened when I was in Fremantle last week. I spotted a UFO… or did I?

Maybe I actually DID snap a UFO landing...lol Or not! 

On Leach Highway in Perth there used to be a funny spaceship on vacant land. It was there for years and then disappeared. So now there is a Facebook site dedicated to old Perth icons that have disappeared and asking for photos  and people were wondering what happened to the spaceship. It turns out it was shifted to someone's backyard and now looks like this...

It used to look like this..

Another version of the same theme...

The aliens have landed...

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 on: October 04, 2013, 11:19:05 am 
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People have been painting and drawing from the year hands were created 6,000 yrs ago. You can draw with anything that makes a mark. It can be a representational piece or a non-representational piece. 

“The history of photography commenced with the invention and development of the camera and the creation of permanent images starting with Thomas Wedgwood in 1790 and culminating in the work of the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.” according to Wikipedia so it’s been around for a couple hundred years.

Formerly, artists had apprentices they taught. They learned from copying each other like babes  copy parents…  It’s not some grand revelation.  Everyone can draw without being an artist‘s apprentice. Some better than others but they can draw. Before cameras MOST of mankind were illiterate and pictures were how people communicated.  Public pictures were pretty much consigned to churches where religious stories brought the bible to life for the masses. 

Now we have a new improved media… THE PC.

The very first time I ever attempted to draw in ms paint with a mouse I was ESTATIC because it made me draw like a 3 or 4 year old again.  I still have those drawings and printed them out. Every REAL artist KNOWS that drawings from children are completely FREE loaded with personal expression before the world warps their precious little minds. Every adult artist yearns to be childlike again. A true artist paints with their minds eye and this is where your real personal expression manifests

Photorealism is a skill artists took up to manually do what a camera can do in micro seconds and the usual tool is spray paint gun.  If photorealism is what you’re looking for, fine and dandy…  But artists make pictures not photographs. There’s a difference! Artists will use ANYTHING to create a desired effect. ANYTHING. I’ve seen one woman use only different shades of paper bark glued on a canvas to make stunning landscapes selling them for hundreds back in the early 80 to American tourists. If the paper bark didn’t have the right shade, she’d cook it in an oven.

I’m doing work with digital equipment and printed on canvas. I don’t care if you approve or not.  I do what I want, when I want and will leave a very large body of work behind when I die!… end of!

This is a bark painting we have…. Not to be confused with the bark painting I just wrote about!

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 on: August 24, 2013, 06:18:28 pm 
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Yesterday was very cool day. An amazing 26 C for a winter day. By the time I actually went out to visit my mother, it was the middle of the afternoon. It couldn’t have been a less hectic day.  The only thing half way exciting was a pair of Pink and Grey Galahs nesting in a tree stump in mum’s front yard.  This a very good reason NOT to remove dead trees out of gardens. Over the last few years, these birds have managed to really hollow out this one to make a permanent nest to raise newer generations of wild life.   

Immigrants see trees as nuisance and remove them. Farmers are equally culpable clearing too much land for failed crops. Out wildlife suffers as a consequence. Birds are what Australia is about. But not for long. Australia is one continent  completely devastated by human occupation. Antarctica is the other to go.

The first image is a picture of the gum tree stump with the Pink and Grey Galahs kissing on top. The next images are up close and personal. They’re used to people staring at them…


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 on: August 10, 2013, 03:16:43 am 
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More than 20 years ago, I learned animals had a biological time and that their little hearts beat the same amount of beats, then they died. A mouse heart had exactly the same beats as a large elephant. Since a mouse is small and has a faster metabolism the poor little critter dies fairly early… around 3 yrs BUT and elephant’s heart beat is much, much slower so he uses up his time around 60+ years. According to my quick research this was the first readable article to highlight this animal biological time business. Science discovered all animals hearts beat roughly 1 billion times before turning up their little furry toes.


Now humans … well humans are different. We are the only mammals that out lived our biological time…it’s not just a little time… hell no.. it’s like 3 times more than the beasts of the fields… Turtles even.

Our hearts beat at 3 billion times before our tinea infused toes turn up for the big old dirt nap. Now anyone thinking this is vastly different from animals would be right.

Human hearts beat 3 Billion times.


The Bible said thousands of years ago, mans healthy life-span was 3 score and 10 (70 yrs) so we’re going by that figure I assume.

Animals 1
Humans 3

We win.
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 on: August 03, 2013, 04:55:39 pm 
Started by caskur™ - Last post by zerotolerance
They're trained to serve the Commonwealth.

The Queen promised to serve England and the Commonwealth until she died.

At 87, she still works full time.

I think Americans probably don't know enough about them and perhaps think they live some type of story book life.

After I saw the King's Speech I delved into their own sites and was shocked to discover how much land they still control, and derive a living from, off the backs of others.  I am not saying they don't try to serve, as the elite here try to also.  I just believe it is arcane to keep living under the fantasy that someone was ordained by God to rule over others. 
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 on: July 28, 2013, 02:36:13 pm 
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They're trained to serve the Commonwealth.

The Queen promised to serve England and the Commonwealth until she died.

At 87, she still works full time.

I think Americans probably don't know enough about them and perhaps think they live some type of story book life.
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 on: July 28, 2013, 01:31:44 pm 
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The Queen has the power to sack governments.

hmm, that just affirms my view.  The notion that the family rules as a result of Divine appointment is so outlandish to me. 
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 on: July 28, 2013, 01:23:15 pm 
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The Queen has the power to sack governments.
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 on: July 28, 2013, 09:51:55 am 
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photobucket scamming for money.

Call back to view pictures, it appears photobucket has swallowed them this month!

I am so happy for the royal couple, but really, as an American, I don't know why the brits don't do away with the idea of royals. 
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