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  1. Blue Flu

    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    I suppose it a possibility. But then there is a host of things I don't use or even agree with but still contribute towards.
  2. Blue Flu

    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    A fairly typical comment, I'm afraid by those wishing to further harm ABC, SBS and BBC. They represent minority interests as p[art of their mandate. You don't expect business driven commercial TV to seriously hold a conservative government to account do you? What we don't need is further government intervention in controlling the media.
  3. I didn't return for the culture and arts. Probably subtracting beach and sun the sum total of reasons to return would have been housing affordability. What a joke that became.
  4. It's Perth where I live so I'll leave the commentary on other cities alone,. While they may be all Aussies to you, different make up's makes Perth differ substantially from Perth. It's isolationist position has seen a parochialism develop here , I would argue to a far greater extent than Sydney, for example, the centre for international tourism and immigration. Obviously if one lived for the arts, there are cities far better than Sydney. One just needs to look at Time Out in Sydney at the thinness of it compared to London. Or Paris where the arts feature in conversation and activity in so many peoples minds. Applecross is very expensive. Aussies are very conscious of class I find. Not necessary in the way of talking but judgement on material possessions and postcodes rather much more than too often credited for. Applecross and like suburbs are rather convinced of their position in the pecking order . Next you'll be saying Australia is classless and egalitarian. I', afraid 1950's Australia has long disappeared from the rear vision mirror. This society is increasingly about money above all else. South Perth is a small, although pleasant enough strip . I was in the Windsor about six weeks ago. The Windsor is fine as it goes , but wouldn't be taking the ferry across too regularly. It would soon be old hat. You write Scarborough. We were there last night for drinks and meal at a local beachside pub. The evening was close to 40 degrees. Thankfully the wind was not an issue. The pub was full of miner types , nearly all men , but the beach environs was good with a fine example of how cosmopolitan Perth is becoming. Subi has declined over recent years. Most will agree on that. Northbridge, being a major centre for entertainment in Perth, attracts a lot of less desirable types, with a reputation for violence , a lot of drug activity. We are one of the biggest methamphetamine users in the world. No I would say Leederville, would be a closer match to Surry Hills than Northbridge. Though I obviously see how you may connect the two. Then again I've no idea how Surry Hills is late at night. It may be closer than I'm aware. Surfers does have a bad rap. Never been but heard some bad stories around corruption and crime.
  5. Perth people difficult to engage in a meaningful way too often is my experience. Smaller version of Sydney? Nothing like Sydney. It's parochialism and localism makes it very different. I lived two and a half years in Applecross. I was right on the river. Very expensive houses and snooty people A world of their own. Northbridge , increasingly people won't go. Safety issues at night with another stabbing murder two weeks back. South Perth, is okay. But really is limited. A narrow strip of business's and the pub. Far removed from your Surry Hills. I suppose football may get an initial connection. Does it extend any further?
  6. I suspect the size of Perth suits many from smaller cities and towns as well. Cheaper housing was once an incentive along with the beaches and Perth being the sunniest city probably in the western world. These days, no idea why one would decide on Perth. It is hardly cheap. The city in my view is lackluster. No real vibe. A metro of shopping centres and expensive houses. Rather hard to engage and limited distractions.
  7. Yes. Push pull factors. When I was young in WA, it was Rockingham, down south that held the tag of Little Britain. Kids of working class immigrants often brought over to work in the Kwinana industrial/oil complex . First time I saw Skinheads and youth only a little older than me dressed in a style never saw locally before. Such outward difference in appearance and verbal style, seemed outrageous at the time and brought conflict with local youth. Today in English suburbs, from an infrequent observation of such territory, it is harder to tell. Besides the football shirts and accents not much seem to vary. Perhaps that's also a reflection of changes to British youth culture at home as well.
  8. Yes out of deprivation comes experimentation and wiliness to be different. Hence the creativity you write about. Less emphasis on conformity . More tolerance towards quirkiness and the outrageous. Punk was at home in England. Hard to imagine it ever getting a foothold in suburban Australia. But here are and were other issues. Kids marooned in souless suburbia. Drugs have always been a big issue in Australia. Remain so today and how. Little way youth can express individuality or belonging to a group. England is a tribal culture , at least for many. I recall decades ago when Time Magazine had on their front cover The Youth Tribes of Britain. Not such thing here. I do agree that there was a material comfort, waning over recent times, but often a disaffected culture as well. One where alcohol, violence not far from the surface, drugs, sexism, racism, all featured overtly. Not a sign of a society comfortable in what they were.
  9. Blue Flu

    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    Why so many down on the ABC I don't know. To have a form of media not reliant on commercial interests is a definite positive. Important to have a form of media that maintains a neutrality and airs minority issues regardless of viewing numbers. It has already been brought to heel by successive governments not wanting to be held accountable.
  10. Blue Flu

    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    Worst thing that could happen. The ABC doesn't need further dumbing down and has never been a populist form of media. It has been an essential part of remote life in form of information and once the only way environmental hazards like fire could reach people. I expect areas with limited or even no mobile coverage it is still essential;.
  11. Blue Flu

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Anyway being OZ it'll be swept under the carpet where possible.
  12. Never really felt the Christmas feeling in Australia. Hot wine. German Christmas Markets, Snow, and so on. Some how floating in the Indian Ocean wearing A Christmas Cap, while funny to newcomers, doesn't replace the loss of a more authentic traditional Christmas celebration.
  13. Blue Flu

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Nice one Simmo. It further underlines the old saying, "never let a crisis go to waste". What is taken away is highly unlikely to be returned in a return to more normal times.
  14. Blue Flu

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    ABC did not make it up. It was whistle blower that brought it to attention. It was taken seriously enough to warrant an investigation. Always unlikely to get very far for obvious reasons.
  15. Then under those circumstances it doesn't really matter in which city you live. In fact it may even pay to cash in on your property inflated gains, buying something on another level in either Perth or Surfers. But the reality is for many Sydney will be vastly different to Perth. Perth barely has a functioning city centre for example. Absolutely no need for most to come in as better shopping, safer, more life in their local shopping centre. Perth is built on mining and services and simply doesn't have the breath in diversity of Sydney. Some would say a Bogan city with a substantial well to do class that call the shots and know who matters in the western suburbs. Perth city 43 years ago, when you first saw it, was a bit raw and rough around the edges, but at least had numerous film cinemas and was head quarters to a few big names in department stores not found in local shopping centres. I've a feeling that the city had more life then than now with little buzz evident in my regular visits in CBD. No comparison with Sydney. But traffic has increased dramatically over the past decade . Very evident in my inner city area. Use of public transport has dropped.
  16. It stands to reason the sheer size and population make up of both Sydney and Melbourne, would lead to a far greater choice and diversity in cultural pursuits. Just as London or Paris would offer many times more than they.
  17. Isolated spots? You must mean artistic inclined people that are trying to make a living and or name? Those people have been priced out long ago from Paris and Barcelona and a host of cities that thrive on the artistic scene. There are so many besides those mentioned. Amsterdam for example, far, far smaller than Perth in population but many times more music and cultural events hoping on. Berlin, as the city for less well off cultural vultures, but that to has seen price rises and not cheap as once was. Lisbon is another. But Europe is full of such cities where culture is an important part of life . In Perth it is far more minority concern, where being a city built on mining , the preference is sport as you say. There are some very capable local resources, but again very much a minority thing and not cultural interests not largely a regular conversation piece
  18. Good to read you are doing well being back and no regrets to date. I agree on a lot of your impressions of Perth. I probably dislike for additional reasons to yours but always saw the point you were coming from.
  19. Blue Flu

    Stuck in ‘Paradise’

    Must say the environs in my area at least is enough when the anger is over come to incite a less than warm glowing feeling.
  20. Well not under present conditions and current situation is making continued tenure in present location difficult to say the least.
  21. Looking to buy house as need to leave present location. Been looking for a considerable period , a bit half heartily at times, but very difficult to say the least.
  22. Blue Flu

    The end of the ‘fry-up’

    Your point being?
  23. Blue Flu

    The end of the ‘fry-up’

    Cheap coffee as well (compared to other places) and I too recall it being quite acceptable. We often stopped at such places when driving from Cairns to Darwin back in the nineties for breakfast.
  24. Blue Flu

    The end of the ‘fry-up’

    No I mean character both in design and some of the individuals who may frequent it. Or be reflective to suit different moods. For example those establishments more suited for people watching due to location. Then there are those where people interact with strangers with ease. Or those where you go and read the newspaper or a book and won't be disturbed. The greasy spoons were just another variety of cafe , unpretentious , often colourful , best of all great value. Probably hard to really transport the 'real deal' . But better than nothing. A bit like theme Aussie pubs in London , or indeed Paris , or Irish pubs in various countries or Texan bars. I've never been to a greasy spoon in Australia , even those that serve similar fare, that comes very close in atmosphere to those knew in England.
  25. Blue Flu

    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    I've been to India as well and traveled in it. One of course focus on the poverty, but it is a land so much more than that. . This is unlikely to be so in countries sadly diminished and defined by their poverty, for example Haiti. India has long captivated western minds and senses and changed lives in ways never expected by people prior to going. Such an assortment of different personalities encountered have never encountered elsewhere.
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