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Here be dragons

February 22, 2012
Here be dragons

Here be dragons,
originally uploaded by Figgles1.

Went for a short walk around the block yesterday for a bit of fresh air and exercise after being stuck at home unwell. You can imagine how cheered up I was to find this drawing on the pavement by the bbqs in Saletina Ridge park. Here be dragons indeed!

Via Flickr:A chalk drawing in a local park


On being a free range librarian (or roving over breakfast)

July 6, 2011

Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves. My “show off my new iPad” session at my regular Wednesday morning breakfast at Wild Poppy morphed into a full-on reference session when one of my friends asked “what’s this Troves thing”.


Next thing we were searching on Trove (and the SLWA catalogue). Two reference queries done and links emailed before I’d started work. These will never show up on MPOW’s statistics. …but it does go to show how the ground has already shifted professionally, and how mobile devices are already a part of our services. …and as MPOW is shifting me away from front line services how I’ll still be getting my reference kicks in my private life.

[With apologies to the original “Free Range Librarian”]

[Blogged on the iPad on the train]


Battening down the hatches!

June 27, 2011

I’ve got a very busy week coming up so my final few blogjune posts may be a little sketchy!
If I go off air altogether it may be because we’ve got a very nasty weather event heading our way:

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

for Damaging Winds with Locally Destructive Gusts, Abnormally High Tides and
Flash Flooding.
For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Albany,
including Jurien Bay, Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River,
Bridgetown and Albany.
Issued at 4:40 pm on Monday 27 June 2011


Winds are expected to become strong and squally in coastal parts from early
Tuesday morning as a cold front approaches. DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per
hour could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Jurien Bay and Cape Leeuwin, particularly in Geographe Bay. DANGEROUS SURF
CONDITIONS may cause beach erosion.

During Tuesday morning the passage of the cold front could result in DANGEROUS
GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
rain may cause FLASH FLOODING.

The worst weather is expected near the Southwest Capes from 2am, extending to
Bunbury by 6am and to Perth mid to late morning. The strongest winds are likely
to be experienced in coastal suburbs and towns. Conditions will ease during the
afternoon as the front moves further to the east and weakens.

This type of weather event occurs about 3 or 4 times a year.

For personal safety FESA State Emergency Service [SES] advises you to:

Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
Clear gutters and downpipes so they don’t over flow after heavy rain
Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor
furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or
Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries
and first aid kit.
Organise an emergency plan, including a relocation plan for your family and pets
in case your home becomes flooded.

For SES assistance call 132 500. For more safety tips visit

The next warning will be issued by 8:00 pm Monday

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau’s
website at or call 1300 659 213.”

So I’ll be pulling the plug on the PC and modem and making sure that the iPhone is charged up so I can follow the action on The WA Weather Group forum – or follow them on Twitter @TheWAWG.

Here’s last Friday’s front (45mm in my gauge) for comparison!


The Badpiper is (not) stalking me…

June 24, 2011

My local council is big on practical things.  Over the years I’ve had, free or at minimal cost, a worm farm, a compost bin, a free immobilizer for my old car, and they mow the verge 3-4 times a year.  Over the border, by contrast, my sister’s local council does bread and circuses really well.  Which is why I usually get an invite to a free concert in the park once or twice a year.  These concerts can be a mixed bag – Mental as Anything were brilliant, Shannon Noll was memorable for all the wrong reasons (me having to go to the police station afterwards to give a statement  regarding an incident I witnessed) – but the best concert of all for the old rocker in me was the Hells Bells AC/DC tribute (oops sorry, “we’re not a tribute band we’re a respect band”) concert.  And at that concert I first heard The Badpiper.

Awesome, leather kilted, mohawk wearing, punk rock bagpiping!  Belting out AC/DC on the flamethrowing bagpipes!  (OK, I may have cultural pretensions but I did grow up in a suburb where AC/DC were king… so how can I not love The Badpiper)

Since then I’ve seen Cam McAzi wowing the crowds at the Fremantle Street Arts Festival (follow him on facebook for dates and times of upcoming gigs on the busker’s pitch outside the Freo Markets).

So what could I do when I read this on his facebook page…

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL SPECIAL!!! Buy any Badpiper album from the website and receive my first album, “Music for the kilted generation” absolutely free, includes postage anywhere in the world. Please help me get to Scotland to rock the festival.

… but take up the offer and buy two CDs.  What I wasn’t expecting was to receive them hand delivered in my letterbox wrapped in a note that said:

The Badpiper is (not) stalking me!

Thanks Badpiper!  I’m enjoying the music!

And for those who were wondering, yes this is the same Badpiper who wowed the judges on last year’s Australia’s Got Talent.

First and fastest!

June 18, 2011

OK, it’s time to skite, after last week’s schmozzle in the opening race, we had something to prove in the second race of Fremantle Sailing Club’s winter series! Again conditions were a little hairy – a squall gusted to 35 knots as we approached the start – but we sailed on through and were rewarded with that rare (for us) combination of first and fastest in our division (Div. 3)! Yee Ha!

No doubt next week the handicapper will cut us down to size, but tonight? Victory is sweet!

Back on my bike!

June 12, 2011


I’ve been somwhat handicapped for the past six weeks as I’ve recovered from a badly sprained ankle. Fortunately most of the recovery time fell during the break between Summer and Winter sailing seasons, but its still been frustrating – no kayaking, no cycling, no gardening and limited walking and house-cleaning. So I was glad to be able to get out in the sun this morning and muck out the worm farm, clear out and re-plant my vegie patch (in two old concrete double laundry troughs) and tidy the yard. Lots of home grown carrots!

Later in the afternoon I cleaned up my pushbike and went for a 7.2km trip down the coast. So nice to be out and not in a car. I love the “in touch” feeling you get when you walk or cycle in your neighbourhood and I’ve missed it whilst I was laid up!

How do I know I rode 7.2km? RiderLog app on my trusty iPhone!


Written using the iPhone app!

Adventure is calling!

June 11, 2011

I should’ve paid attention to my horoscope this morning (I must mention here that I most definitely don’t believe in astrology, but do occasionally read my horoscope for amusement). It read:

Saturday is the day for lovely Librans to shine. All sorts of social and outdoor activities are favoured, as you flex you mind and muscles in exciting new ways. Adventure is calling.

So I shouldn’t’ve been surprised when the first race of the winter series at Fremantle Sailing club was a little more exciting than planned! We could’ve done worse – two sportsboats were dismasted, we only damaged a spinnaker (and our pride), and had to flex our minds and muscles in exciting new ways to solve our problems, before retiring to drink coffee and eat cake on the long motor back to the club! Adventure called indeed!

plus ça change – the saga of the Fremantle Station Facade!

June 2, 2011
Restored facade Fremantle Station 2005

Restored facade Fremantle Station 2005

Last week I came across this gem from the Fremantle Society Newsletter, March-April 1974 under the heading What’s been happening:


The Society has written to the Minister for Railways to have the Fremantle Railway Station restored.  The major part of the facade is Donnybrook Stone but unfortunately has been painted.  This should be stripped and the whole building restored particularly now that it has been given the National Trust’s major classification.

These things can’t be hurried, restoration of the main entrance was completed 21 years later in 2005 and the 2nd stage of restoration of the remaining front and side facades is underway right now in 2011!

Fremantle Station under wraps 2011

Fremantle Station under wraps 2011

The fence of lost things : random acts of kindness at South Beach

January 11, 2011

Thankyou to all the people who hung lost property on the fence of lost things – I found my missing kayaking glove two or three days after I lost it in the ocean!

Random acts of kindness - the fence of lost things

Random acts of kindness - the fence of lost things

Strange creature in Fremantle

January 5, 2011

Strange Creature in Fremantle

Strange Creature in Fremantle

Who or what is this creature found hiding in a tree in the Henderson Street Mall?

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