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Angus and Julia Stone

Saw Angus and Julia Stone tonight. I went to the all-ages gig with my boss and his wife and child. The 18+ gig was sold out. Nonetheless, I thought they were awesome, and shall seek them out actively in future. Very enchanting indeed.

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Big Day Out 2010


Its hard to belive that 2 years have already passed since my previous visit to the Big Day Out. It's also funny to think how much has changed since then.

Since I really cant be bothered writing here on LJ anymore (it feels like using a computer in the mid 90s), I shall just write a couple of brief things, followed by some photos.

  • This year, I went with Tracy, Lombardi and Makan. There were quite a few other friends floating about, but other than Kelly and Ian, I did not catch up with any of them.
  • It was Tracy's first big festival. She was apprehensive about it, but had a good time once we got there.
  • The first act we saw was Decoder Ring from Sydney. It was early in the day, and hardly anyone was around. There were probably only about 100 people in the Boiler Room. Even less than at Unkle last time. That did not stop them from playing fantastically, and certainly didn't stop us from having a good time.
  • Second stop was The Temper Trap from Melbourne. They could have easily performed on one of the main stages, and I'm not sure why they were put on the Green Stage. They put on a great show, and the audience certainly loved it. Reactions to Fader and Sweet Disposition were fantastic. Everyone had their hands in the air. They are a great band... I look forward to seeing where the future will take them.
  • Passion Pit was the first downer of the day. There was nothing wrong with them. Even though the guys voice didn't really sound like it does on the album, they played a great gig. The problem here was the venue and the crowd... mostly the crowd. It was like standing in a constantly changing stream... people were endlessly moving around, squeezing past me on all sides... every few seconds some new person felt the need to go somewhere else... it was a real mood killer. I have little doubt that if we had stood somewhere else, we would have had a magnificent time, but we didn't really want to join in with the other pushy people to try to find a sweet spot in the place.
  • At this point, we all split up. Makan went to see The Hilltop Hoods, while Lombardi went to The Decemberists. The Decemberists were certainly on my list of bands to see, but it was time to have something to eat. The Hare Krishna's came to rescue... I was very happy to see them there. Tracy and I ate, and then headed to the main stage to see Dizzee Rascal.
  • Dizzee Rascal. Indeed. I have no doubt he put on a good show.... but it was here that the bad sound quality at the main stage really showed its ugly side. We were sitting halfway between lilworld and the main stage, but all we could hear was lilworld going off. There was just nowhere near enough sound coming from the front. We could barely hear Dizzee's voice. We moved to the other side of the main stage.. there things improved slightly. The sound was much better, but we could not see him at all.
  • Lily Allen actually put on a pretty decent show I thought. The crowd seemed a bit more generic/fake than at the other stages, but hey. Its mainstream pop after all. As with Dizzee, the sound was bad. When I go to a concert, I really expect to feel the beat on my man-chest. At my last Big Day Out I made specific mention of how good it sounded.... I certainly cant make the same statements here.
  • At this point, Trace and I decided to have another sit-down. This time near the free Lipton Ice tea stand. There was a big hole in the time-table that did not really please me. That was probably a good thing, since sitting in one spot for a hour helped me to recharge my batteries. Lombardi and Makan met up with us again, and we had a bit of dinner.
  • Is a festival ever complete without flooded portaloos?
  • We decided to head down to the main stage in order to position ourselves nicely for muse, early. Powderfinger were still playing, so the crowd was manageable on the Muse side. I had no interest in seeing Powderfinger, but they ended up being the surprise hit of the night for me. I enjoyed them a lot, and will have to heed them more respect and attention in future.
  • Four to five dickheads (male and female) turned up suddenly within about 5 minutes of Muse starting. I wont go into things too much, but lets just say that we had a wonderful spot one moment, where everyone was smiling... and the next moment there were shirtless bogan assholes, and bogan bitches with little brains and huge filthy mouths giving us the shits. They just shoved themselves in there, and told everyone around them that complained to fuck themselves. They proclaimed to be huge fans, but that did not stop them from simply standing in front of us chatting 90% of the time while Muse were playing. Natural crowd movement eventually saw them shift to the side, and I was no longer forced to dryhump the sweaty shirtless fucks.
  • So, it was a bumpy start to the show, and it took about five songs for the pissyness to subside.... but once it subsided, we had a fantastic time. They really are an awesome live band... I will see them again towards the end of the year (I assume). I jumped like a madman during Knights, and I still feel the ill effects from that today.
  • We swung past Groove Armada on the way out. The Boiler Room was packed, and there was no hope of finding a comfortable place to just sit and enjoy the music. We stayed for about four songs before calling it a night. I liked what I heard... and the new album certainly does not disappoint. I've been wanting to see these guys for ages... about 10 years in fact. I hope they tour to support their new album soon.

Overall, it was a great day, with some great bands. And great people. Peace-Out!

Peter



Decoder Ring
Decoder Ring
 
Festival Hotties
Festival Hotties
 
More Festival Hotties
More Festival Hotties
 
Kasabian
Kasabian
The Temper Trap
 
..watching the Temper Trap
..watching the Temper Trap
 
Passion Pit
Passion Pit
 
Powderfinger
Powderfinger
 
Trace and Powderfinger
Trace and Powderfinger
 
Makan and Lombardi, waiting for Muse
Makan and Lombardi, waiting for Muse
 
Makan and Amanda
Makan and Amanda
 
Muse
Muse
 
Groove Armada
Groove Armada
 


 Is my current busy lifestyle, and the lack of consistent post by friends, hampering my enthusiasm to post on LJ these days. Yes it is.
 
I've got a permanent account here. Blake and I both paid US$150 for the privilege. And I for one feel like we've been taken for a ride. How is is possible for this site to be so stagnant? Its a cumbersome bloody place that delivers nothing that was not available 10 years ago. Why is it so difficult to post a picture here? Why cant I easily record a video post? Why is it so easy to do these things on facebook, but not here?
 
Facebook is probably another reason why I don't update here much anymore. Its so much easier to do little mini-updates there. And once I've done a little update like that, I don't feel like I need to document anything else here.
 
What do I want from LJ? I want it to to incorporate media and text easily. I want to be able to type, add a picture (with border and placement options, mouse-over text etc), add a video etc, without having to first upload the picture/video into my library. There are just too many bloody steps involved in doing these things. It takes too much time and effort. On facebook, I push one button to record a video. I then push one button to post it. The whole process (from deciding to post a video, to people being able to see it) takes mere seconds. On LJ I have to externally record the video, upload it to youtube (or similar), and then copy the embedded code into a entry in HTML format.
 
As I always say - Facebook is free. I paid $39 for Snow Leopard. I paid US$150 to use Livejournal. I'm pretty sure Snow Leopard and Facebook are vastly more complex bits of software. WTF? There is someone rolling around with a lot of money somewhere.
 
I hate the fact that I'm supposed to be using this time to talk about my life, and things going on within it. Instead I find myself annoyed just looking at this site.
 
Just quickly now, because I'm running out of time...
 
* I've spent three separate weeks in Sydney for work. Blake joined me for the first week. I went by myself for the second week. Tracy joined me for the third week.
 
* Trace and I went to see Wicked in sydney, and also did the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. The play was fantastic fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The bridge climb was fun, but overpriced. Unforgettable - Yes. Mind-blowing - No. But memorable. I have no regrets.
 
* Glynn and I participated in the Drag-Queen Karaoke at Scruffy Murphy's. We sang Gold-digger. The chorus was fun... the rest was a disaster. Luckily we had a couple of drinks, and managed to ignore the 200 people starring at us quite well. We wont a jug of beer for our efforts.
 
* The following day, we all went to Lowenbrau. Glynn and I got very exited and sang along heartily. The owner of the place was so impressed with our enthusiasm, that he gave us a round of schnapps. So we got free drinks, two days in a row, for singing and dancing. Could we make a living from this? probably not.
 
* The new Mew album is pleasing me greatly. It took 4 listens until it cracked open, and displayed its sweet delicious musical centre to me.
 
* Trace and I saw UP while we were in Sydney. I enjoyed it. But wont go on about it. It was not a classic, but worth seeing.
 
* I have a iPhone now. This is old news. I love it.
 
* I'm of to Canberra next week, to complete the practical part of my assessment. The previous week in Sydney was spent drawing up search warrants and operational plans. Its been quite interesting.
 
* I am exited about a number of game things. The God of War Collection, Dragon Age, Diablo 3, Modern Warfare 2, Bioshock 2, God of War III, Trine, LittleBIGPlanet PSP, Pixlejunk Monsters Deluxe PSP. Uncharted 2.

I am also looking forward to getting married.

Cheers

Peter
 

Getting Shafted

I love the entertainment book. I really do. However....

I fucking hate places that get technical with their offers. Trace and I went to the Basement in Nedlands for lunch today. We ordered a $18 pizza, and a $18 burger.

Upon presenting the voucher, we were told that it is only valid for main meals. I had another look at the menu, and found that the main meals were listed in the last quarter of the page. What sort of place does not consider a $18 pizza a main meal?

This has happened to us a couple of times now. It confuses me, because the entertainment book is supposed to be a great way to get new people into your restaurant. Why do some restaurants insist in making people feel like idiots by refusing the vouchers? It just does not make any business sense to me. Not only will we never eat there as a result, I am here writing about it. Is that the sort of reaction they want?

Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time

I voted, much like everyone else, for songs that I lived my life to. As such, my list isnt exactly a collection of master-pieces. But it is my list nonetheless. I voted for:

Björk - Hyperballad
Roxette - Fading Like A Flower
Sigur Rós - Glósóli
Sigur Rós - HoppÌpolla
Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (but I Won't Do That)
Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal
The Beatles - A Day in the Life (#24)
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (#53)
Underworld - Born Slippy (#65)
UNKLE - Lonely Soul
It was a great countdown, but found myself pretty disinterested in the top 10. I've alway been of the view that Nirvana (#1, 40 & 74) is overrated. And I've always despised Jeff Buckley (#3, 7, 56, 69). But I respect that a lot of people love them, and thus cant rant on too much. And Foo Fighters? (#9). Surpising.

I could go on, at length, about each of the songs. I could spend many hours discussing why I think certain songs below, and why other songs do not belong in the list. But that's stuff I'd rather discuss over a cup of coffee or such. Instead, I shall simply use some colour coding on the list below to make my views known.

Let it be known though that I respect that this was a open vote. I am simply expressing my view here. It is my journal, after all :-)

Key
Plain Black - I have nothing against these tracks. I do not love, or hate them.
Black and Bold
- I approve enough of these tracks to have actually voted for them, if I could have.
Red - I do not approve of these tracks being on the list. I don't hate them, but don't think they are worthy.
Red and Bold - I actually hate these tracks. I do not see their appeal. At all.
Blue and Bold - I voted for that track.



Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time - 2009

1. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name
3. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
4. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
5. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
6. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
7. Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
9. Foo Fighters - Everlong
10. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
11. John Lennon - Imagine
12. Oasis - Wonderwall
13. Radiohead - Creep
14. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
15. Radiohead - Karma Police
16. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

17. Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
18. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia
19. Metallica - One
20. White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
21. Powderfinger - These Days
22. Massive Attack - Teardrop
23. Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
24. The Beatles - A Day in the Life
25. Pearl Jam - Alive
26. Michael Jackson - Thriller
27. Powderfinger - My Happiness
28. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
29. Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
30. Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
31. Metallica - Enter Sandman
32. New Order - Blue Monday
33. Silverchair - Tomorrow
34. The Living End - Prisoner Of Society

35. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
36. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms

37. Tool - Stinkfist
38. The Killers - Mr Brightside
39. Pearl Jam - Better Man
40. Nirvana - Come As You Are
41. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
42. Bloc Party - Banquet
43. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
44. The Beatles - Hey Jude

45. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
46. Faith No More - Epic
47. John Butler Trio - Betterman
48. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
49. Guns 'N Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
50. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

51. Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
52. You Am I - Berlin Chair
53. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
54. The Cure - Close To Me
55. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

56. Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over
57. Tool - Forty Six & 2
58. Daft Punk - Around The World
59. Augie March - One Crowded Hour
60. Johnny Cash - Hurt
61. Blur - Song 2
62. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
63. AC/DC - Thunderstruck
64. Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
65. Underworld - Born Slippy
66. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
67. Ben Folds Five - Brick
68. Blink 182 - Dammit
69. Jeff Buckley - Grace
70. The Prodigy - Breathe
71. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
72. The Shins - New Slang
73. The Clash - London Calling
74. Nirvana - Lithium
75. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
76. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
77. Gotye - Hearts A Mess
78. Smashing Pumpkins - Today
79. David Bowie - Life on Mars

80. The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
81. Pulp - Common People
82. System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
83. Placebo - Every You Every Me
84. Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman, No Cry
85. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

86. The Beatles - Come Together
87. Coldplay - Yellow
88. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
89. Rage Against the Machine - Bulls On Parade
90. Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
91. AC/DC - Back In Black
92. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
93. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

94. Modest Mouse - Float On
95. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
96. Daft Punk - One More Time
97. Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
98. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
99. TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
100. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

A list of Things

I've been wanting to make a list of things to do in Perth for a while. I'm not talking about a list of places that will rock your socks off - I'm simply talking about a list of things/places that please me.

Those of us that life in Perth know that we don't have a high concentration of quality things here. That not to say that cool things do not exist, of course. But things are scattered all over the metro area here, and you generally have to decide on a specific place, rather than an area if you are looking for something to do.

Perth is a patchwork of great places, which are generally not within walking distance of each other. Its a place of many small sporadic details, rather than momentous and memorable sights. It's that characteristic that gives Perth it's unique atmosphere. And it's also that characteristic that makes Perth so very boring to the uninitiated.

Its a shame that people make that judgement, but its largely justified. How can anyone really understand how this city functions within a short 5 day visit? They really can't. And for that reason I will stick to my view that Perth is a fantastic city to live in, but a bad city to visit.

To get back to the point - the following list is not meant to be a guide to the city of Perth. It's function is to remind me of places I may forget about in the future.

Please send your suggestion/additions, if you have any. I will continually update this list.

Note: This is a work in progress.

Cafés
  • Exomod Coffees, 615 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley 6050 - It's open 24-hours on Friday and Saturday nights, which is the main reason Blake and I started going there a couple of years back. It also serves the most consistently decent coffee out of any café I'm aware of. I'm not a big fan of the bright/modern interior, but I do like the art. I also like the passage to the toilet out the back... do not judge me!
  • Leaf Tea Merchants, 60 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley WA 6050 - They actually don't serve coffee there, but I'll list it in this category anyway. The tea is fantastic, and served with love. I heard its owned by one of the owners of the Dome. The tea menu is extensive, and its a joy to browse and try something new. I love the Chai-Laté.
  • Rosso Espresso, 89 St Georges Tce,Perth WA 6000 - This place really knows how to make a great coffee. I actually cant remember ever having being served a bad one. Decor is a bit like Exomod, but the location lets it down. Its geared towards to local take-away office crowd. Rosso... the colour of the ripe coffee cherry. The colour of love... the colour of passion...
  • Luna Cinemas‎ Café, 155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007 - Good Coffee? Good lord no! I don't think I've ever had a decent up there.... but I do like the atmosphere there. I like Luna in general, so I guess that bleeds into my liking of the café, and my tolerance of the crap coffee :-)
  • Bochelli's Espresso‎, Forrest Pl Perth WA 6000 - I once considered this place to have the best coffee in Perth. There was a ginger-haired man working there who was just fantastic. Then, one day, the ginger barista was gone, and so was the quality. Where is he now, I wonder. So why am I listing this place now? For the Cakes!!! Plus, it's a nice place to sit and watch the crowds.
  • Infusion Coffees, Plaza Arcade, Perth WA 6000 - I used to avoid the place because I thought the place was too trendy for me. That's not really the case, I've found. The staff are great, and they make a great coffee. The only problem is that when they get busy, the quality drops like crazy. If you walk past, and its quiet in the shop, I recommend you buy a cup. If they are busy, just keep walking.
  • The Moon2/ 323 William St Northbridge WA 6003 - A lot of people would probably put this place in the Restaurant or Bar section, but for me its always served its purpose as a café rather than anything else. The place is hit and miss in terms of service, and coffee. But what it lacks in those things, it makes up with atmosphere and opening hours. Its a great place to hang out and chat over a bottle of free water. Its a shame that they tend to play (in my view) crap music, a little bit too loud, most of the time.

Restaurants | Eateries
  • Whale and AleCnr Ocean Keys Boulevard and Key Largo Drive, Clarkson WA 6030 - I'm really glad I've got this place as a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. The food is fantastic 95% of the time. The Chicken Mignon with Macadamia Nuts on Mash is one of my personal favourites... and the Guinness Chocolate Mud Cake is awesome. My only real issue is that you cant order drinks and food at the same time. Its bloody annoying having to line up at the counter for food, and then at the bar for drinks. This thought of it usually makes me decide not to have a drink with my meal, which I'm sure cant be good for business.
  • Chatters1 Progress St, Morley WA 6062 - A great (mostly) Thai/Chinese restaurant, with great service and great food. Can I use the word great again? No. Since moving up to Clarkson, I have not been frequenting this place as much. But when I do make the trek, it's certainly worth while. That being said, when they changed owners about three years ago, the portions shrank considerably. Still a great place though. The Chicken with Cashew-nut is my personal favourite, though the Thai Green Curry ranks right up there as well.
  • Fast Eddies454 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000 - One of the original 24-hour places in Perth (there are not many). My vote only goes to the Perth location. The other ones (i.e. Morley, Midland and Carousel) are completely incompetent most of the time. The Perth store appears to have its act together and actually delivers on its promise of 'fast' food. The service isn't bad either. I've spent hours in this place, chatting about nonsense at all hours of the night. The Apple Pie and Chicken & Avocado sandwich are standout menu items.
  • Alfred's KitchenCnr Meadow & James St, Guildford WA 6055 - Another late-nigh fast-food option. I am listing it mostly due to historical reasons. I've got great memories of sitting in front of the pit-fire, chatting to bums, bikers, truckers, lawyers, brides, doctors, jokers and assholes. Since the renovations a few years ago, the place does not feel as friendly as it used to. And I find myself taking-away, rather than sitting there to eat. The soup is always a treat, and the Cram-Burger is fantastic.
  • Siena's Mt Lawley500 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003 - I'm not sure if the Mt Lawley and the Leedervile restaurant are actually connected these days. The Mt Lawley store has been re-branded, so perhaps they are separated now. I dislike the arrogant matradee in Leedervile, so I'd go to Mt Lawley if I had a choice. Siena's is a pretty good, great value Italian restaurant, with great pizza and pasta. Monday to Wednesday are pizza/pasta special days, and are great value.
  • Levant Cuisine Restaurant139 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000 - My god. I was pretty much addicted to one menu item from this place. So much so that I was convinced that they actually put something into it to make you crave it... constantly. That item is the Chicken and Rice dish. At the height of my dependance on the stuff, I was going there four days a week. Only financial pressures made me see sense, and I eventually got it down to one or twice a week. There have been days (when doing overtime for work) where I would eat it for lunch and dinner. Its that good :-) 
  • The Witch's Cauldron89 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco WA 6008 -  When Trace and I feel like a treat, we go to see the Witch. It's a little pricey, but its worth it from time to time. Service and atmosphere is great, as is the wine selection. The place is famous for its garlic prawns, and you'd be foolish to leave without trying them. Even if its just the entree.
  • Sassellas Bar and BistroUpper Hay Street Level, City Carillon Arcade, Murray Street Mall, Perth WA 6000 - My god. This place really needs to update its website :-) Sassellas was one of my favourite 'special lunch' options when the immigration department was still located in the CBD. The food is very nice and comes out quick, and they've got a great selection of beers. If the weather is nice, I recommend sitting outside on the balcony, overlooking the mall/forest chase. I don't mention it a lot, but its one of my favourite places to have lunch/dinner at. Especially when its warm.
  • Poppo137 Barrack St. Perth WA 6000 - It's located right next to the before-mentioned Levant. I used to feel guilty about walking past Levant to go to this place. Especially if I made eye-contact with the owner :-) I do love Poppo, though I only ever seem to order one thing - Dolsot Bibimbap. The decor is a bit plain, but all the food (that I've tried) is great. Prices are good too.
  • Flipside Burger Bar239 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle WA 6159 - I am struggling to justify to myself why I'm sitting here writing about this place.... when I could be in the car, on the way there, right now! I have not gone there in a few months - it is a bit out of the way after all. I tend to go there after visits to Freo.. and I tend to go to Freo during the warmer months. The burger are fantastic... the best in Perth. Yes. I liken it to Fergburger in Queenstown, NZ, but a fair bit healthier. I highly recommend this place, and always try to pop in when I'm in the area. It's all good. Even the vegi burgers (like the Kenny Burger) are fantastic.
  • Masala Indian Restaurant2/ 70 Pensacola Terrace, Clarkson WA 6030 - Another local place. As far as Indian food goes, this place comes second only to Tracy's parents' cooking. Seriously. It's got a large, and very very clean buffet, with most kinds of curries. And they are all delicious. Its pretty decent value for money too, considering how good it is.

Pubs | Bars | Breweries
  • Indian Ocean Bewhaus, Ocean Falls Boulevard, Mindarie WA 6030 - My favourite local bar. It's proximity certainly gives it extra points, but it does not need them to get onto my list. The counter meals are great. Some people disagree, but I think the pizzas are great. The Indi Burger is delicious, and I'm drooling just thinking about it. They brew their own beer there. I recommend the Pale Ale and the Pilsner, while the seasonal Indi Vanilla Milk Stout and Calypso Hibiscus Wheat Beer are .... interesting. I don't think much of their White Beer, but white beer has never been a favourite anyway. Its a pleasure to eat/drink there anytime of year.In summer, the marina provides a great sunny atmosphere outside, while in winter the couches in front of the fireplaces are very cosy and comfortable indeed. Also, playing Giant Jenga is a real treat, and never fails to draw a crowd of spectators. i do have a couple of issues though - Firstly, just like at the Whale and Ale, they make it hard to buy drinks and food in one transaction. Secondly, the kitchen closes at 21:00, even on weekends. Its just way too early. They should at least keep the pizza oven going until 22:00.
  • Little Creatures, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle WA 6160 - For me it's hard to imagine Fremantle without this place. While other independent breweries have opened around Perth in the last 8 years or so, Little Creatures continues to hold it's own and is a great place for a beer and good food. It's always busy, and always has a great atmosphere. The staff are friendly, and service is fast. If you're not in the mood for a large, noisy beer hall, and want something a little more laid back, head up to the Creatures Loft where good beer and sofas await. I've spent many hours up there.
  • Feral Brewing Company, 152 Haddrill Road, Baskerville WA 6056 - I rarely get out to this brewery. But when I do, I love it. The pizzas are great, and the beer is bloody good as well. Its also a great excuse to visit the Swan Valley, and perhaps duck into the Chocolate Factory :-)
  • 43 Below43 Barracks Street, Perth WA 6000 - This place was known as Bar On Barrack for quite a few years, and The Alhambra Bar before that. It opened in the 1920's and stakes the claim of being the first bar in Perth to serve counter meals. I hate the new name, and the new signs at the front of the place. Luckily, the bar itself has been left untouched. I'm hoping that will continue to be the case. London, Antwerpen (Belgium) and Keszthely (Hungary) served to develop my love of underground bars, and that love is well served here. The before-mentioned counter meals are very tasty indeed, and very good value for money. They also have a large selection of beers on tap, also well priced. I've never managed to make it to their famed (and surprising) Super Mario Kart 64 evenings. I must get around to that one day. I think its on Tuesday nights.
  • The Brass Monkey / Grapeskin Wine Bar209 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003 - I hate both of these places on busy nights. If I cant easily get a seat on a sofa, I just keep walking. When the numbers are right though, this place is a gem. Its a surprisingly big place, with a number of different bars, with different themes and atmospheres. Its not as big as The Deen, but bigger than you'd think. Ok.. maybe that's just my view :-) Either way, whatever section I end up, I always enjoy it. I've never ordered any food from there, but I've been told its decent. The Brass Monkey Stout is a pretty respectable beer brewed on-site.
  • Grand Boulevard Tavern151 Grand Blvd (cnr Boas Ave), Joondalup WA 6027 - I'm not sure why, but I always get the impression that this is some manner of front for organised crime. I'm not sure why :-) But either way, the restaurant is fantastic, having served memorable and delicious meals to me on every occasion. It's a pretty cool establishment actually. The Beer Garden is comfortable. The sports bar is also likeable, with plenty of big screen TVs and sofas.
  • The BoatMindarie Marina, Ocean Falls Boulevard, Mindarie WA 6030 - This is place is pretty much right next to the Indi (see above), and thus gets overlooked a fair bit (by me, at least). They've got a large selection of beers on tap, and a very good selection of bottled stuff as well. The food is overpriced, and nothing special... especially compared to the indi. It does have a good atmosphere though, and I do enjoy watching sport there from time to time. Sitting out on the deck on a warm summer's night is quite a treat. I have a soft-spot for marinas you see.

Streets and general areas
  • Beaufort St, Mt Lawley/Highgate - I guess this is one of my traditional bits of road. I used to drive up and down it all the time on the way to work and tafe, and eventually started stopping for coffees and such. That eventually lead to beers at the Queens and the Scotsman, which eventually lead back to coffees. I pretty much love the whole street, from the Astor theatre, down to the Brisbane. There are great restaurants and cafés all along it, where one can sit and people watch.
  • Fremantle - When I'm walking around Fremantle, I always feel like I'm on a holiday. Virtually every street has its own unique character and charm. I love walking through the slightly quieter areas. Specifically, the area bound by Cliff St, Marine Tce, Collie St and Market St. There are some fantastic quirky stores around there, and a couple of great bookshops. I generally do a loop from little creatures, out to the E-Shed markets, back past the Round House and back. The whole area forms part of the University of Notre Dame, and people tell me that the area is dead compared to what it used to be like. I'm not complaining though. I honestly feel like I'm walking though some Mediteranien seaside city when I walk through these streets during the warmer months.
Subiaco
Grand Boulevard

Outdoors | Around Perth
New Norcia
Hillary's Boat Harbour
Zig-Zag

My first JB Online purchase



I bought a couple of things. Trace will claim that I am naughty. Perhaps she is right... but I think the following purchases are bargains :-)



Michael Jackson - The Collection Michael Jackson - The Collection

The only Jackson Album that I have at the moment is Dangerous. I've been looking forward to this collection being released, even before his death. A tragic loss, but I will continue to enjoy, and rediscover his music.
Sarah Blasko -As Day Follows Night Sarah Blasko -As Day Follows Night

This is a Signed Copy. JBHIFI Online appears to be offering a lot of Signed copies these days. I like it. Especially since they are the same price as unsigned copies.
Triple J has been playing her new stuff a lot lately. I like her old album, but this album sounds a lot more creative. Much more interesting sounds.
Decoder Ring - The Blind The Starts and The Wild Team Decoder Ring - They Blind The Stars, and The Wild Team

I've heard a couple of tracks on Triple J. Fractions is one of my favourite Australian albums, and I'm sure this wont disappoint. Its instrumental... and its signed as well :P




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The state of Play

I want to update this journal, but just cannot be bothered doing it properly. For now, have some pictures of the house.

I'm working on the skirting boards at last, and should have that done (in the non-bedroom areas) this weekend.

The backyard is the next project. Its hard to believe we've been here two years and its still looks like the day we moved in. If we had kids, we probably would have finished it within the first couple of months :-)




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Just checking the widget

Just seeing if this widget actually works nicely. If you read this, and you're on mac, perhaps consider using it for short post.

It can be found here

Will update shortly

.... I must stress that the main reason you have no seen a lot of me on here is because I wrote a great big entry, which was lost during a LJ autosave. I should not have trusted that feature, and I feel like an ass for relying on it. 

Nonetheless, I will soon update. Soon. 

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