A bunch of various individual singular one of a kind stand alone pieces that I've snapped around the traps lately...
03 May 2016
01 May 2016
I've blogged about a fair few abandoned theme parks over the years, but they've all been from overseas. So imagine how cool it was to discover we had our own right here in Perth, well Mandurah to be exact. I knew this park had existed, I drove past it a heap back in the 90's when we went on surf trips down to Melrose and Miami Beach. But I had no idea parts of it where still there until yesterday.
It was built in the 1980's, peaked in the 90's (if you could call it a peak) and was abandoned in the 00's. A road diversion signed it's death warrant, some would say it simply put it out of it's misery. I never visited so I can't judge, but what remains was cool to wander through and photograph...
|...a pool in the shape of Australia|
|met these cool kids who had build a cement ramp in that old pool so they could skate in it, dudes after my own heart, I had a tear in mah eye|
|the most apt piece of graff I found on the day|
There was originally a heap more buildings on the site and a mini golf course, but they're all gone now and the remains are overgrown. However most awesomely I have found this video taken in 96, it shows the other stuff and even has peeps swimming in the pool. Most awesome indeed.
There's a bunch more photos in my Flickr album
28 April 2016
The most epic of all epic beer runs
I haven't been blogging much of late, let's be honest, it's been a lean year blogging wise. My life has been... complicated these past 5 months. So the blogging has suffered, the struggle is real people. But that's about to change because I am currently working on the worlds greatest project, so great it may blow your socks off, literally. I promise to tell you more soon, on a need to know basis natch. In the meantime chill, grab a brewsky or a white wine, sit back and enjoy The Greatest Beer Run Ever...
One mans journey, John “Chickie” Donohue a merchant marine from New York, to sneak into the war zone in Vietnam and deliver beer to his three enlisted buddies from back home.
25 April 2016
I went along to his morning's ANZAC Day service at the Mount Lawley War Memorial with around 2000+ other people. So good to see everyone come out despite the rain. It was an 8 am start, I kind of prefer to go to a smaller service in the suburbs these days as the main dawn service at Kings Park has grown so large (that's a good thing) but I feel a bit disconnected to the service there, not so at the smaller ones.
I have no love of war, in fact I am extremely anti war, but I don't let this affect what I feel is a sense of duty to honour those who have had war forced upon them by either an oppressor or a politician. It wasn't their fault. I especially use ANZAC Day to honour those members of my family who served in the armed forces, I've posted about them before.
Now can we just stop killing each other? That'd be a really cool thing to do yeah.
22 April 2016
16 April 2016
I grew up with this show, kind of at the end of it's popularity and on it's umpteenth untold rerun, (hey I'm not that old) but it was a fav. I stumbled across these screenshots from a classic 1962 episode called Las Venus. I'm sure you can make the connection to it's current day counterpart. I seriously love the artwork from this era of cartoons...
George and Jane Jetson go on their honeymoon vacation in outer space to Las Venus and send Elroy, Judy to their grandma and Astro to play with the dogs at the Kennel. George and Jane spend their romantic time at the hotel in Las Venus gambling a little, they have fun until Mr. Spacely calls George on the video phone and asks him to setup a contract for General Rotors and meet the manager. George finds out it's a woman named Gigi Galaxy. When the dance contest starts at both of the hotels George must spend time between Jane and Gigi. When Mr. Spacely arrives things get more complicated for George and has to tell both Gigi and his wife Jane the truth.
11 April 2016
A bunch of us hit up the Night Noodle Market down at Elizabeth Quay yesterday. It was the last night fr this season and as usual we and half of Perth left it to the final day to go. So big crowds, but we had some awesome food despite the queues. Sadly I missed out on the Strawberry Watermelon Cake that was all the rage this year, sold out by the time we got there... next time maybe.
I forgot my camera so had to make do with my phone cam, these shots don't really do the subjects justice but it's all I got...
As we walked over the bridge a huge storm started to roll in over the Darling Range, I couldn't get a pic with my phone but did manage some video of it including a massive ground strike...
|bonus group photo, i'm actually happy, it caught me between smiles|
07 April 2016
29 March 2016
A bunch of us did a road trip out to New Norcia a couple of months ago. I've been there a few times, always a cool drive with great stuff to see. For the uninitiated New Norcia is a Benedictine Mission about 130 km north of Perth. It still operates today and the buildings are a 19th and 20th century time capsule.
During my previous visits I thought I'd seen all of the buildings and structures that were to be seen, how wrong I was. This time round we ventured out the back and discovered this...
I had no idea this was even there. Handball courts, now abandoned, they were used by the schoolboys who boarded at the mission. Quite a cool structure and I guess the only one of its kind in Western Australia, but I could easily be wrong, I mean up until now I didn't think there was even one set.
|Boys playing handball on courts at St Ildephonsus College, New Norcia, ca.1920. Piv via State Library of WA|