Willagee Alive

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Willagee Alive commenced in 2003 and is an initiative of Willagee residents. It aims to identify and build upon strengths and assets within Willagee, to build community pride and participation and to make Willagee a great place to live.

Willagee Alive meet monthly to discuss projects, ideas and opportunities within the community. They meet at the Willagee Community Centre on the second Wednesday of each month.

The Joys of Willagee

Photo0075To counteract past negative influences I will post some wonderful things about Willagee.

Grass trees in the park, Lucas Street.

Xanthorrhoea , or balga, is important to the Aboriginal people. The flowering spike makes the perfect fishing spear. It is also soaked in water and the nectar from the flowers gives a sweet tasting drink. In the bush the flowers are used as a compass. This is because flowers on the warmer, sunnier side of the spike (north facing side) often open before the flowers on the cooler side facing away from the sun.

Do Something Pointless

Fill the well and have some fun, do something pointless

Christopher Shelby

Do something pointless for 20 minutes this week.

Do something devoid of meaning, devoid of effectiveness, something having little or no sense or purpose.

That may be tough for you to pull off. Our American culture has always been purposeful and effective. We pushed West to get more and more land. Manifest Destiny filled our scruffy settlers with meaning and they pushed. Full of purpose and meaning, we pushed for bigger and better and faster and more. We made cars. Then more cars and bigger cars. Rockets were even faster than cars. We shot upward full of purpose into space. We planted a flag on the land of the moon, that beckoning frontier. We have always been an active culture, pushing effectively for bigger-better-faster.

Our wages grew the whole time. Our success grew and grew, we were effective and purpose-filled. By the 1970s we led the world in many ways…

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 How about Gnomesville? Gnomesville is the magical home

 How about Gnomesville?

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Gnomesville is the magical home to over 3000 Gnomes who have migrated there from all over Australia and around the world.  Spend a few hours wandering through the villages and glades full of playful, naughty and sentimental gnomes climbing logs, hanging out in trees, playing cricket, even flying planes! Enjoy the clever Gnomish puns and who knows, you may decide to return to contribute a Gnome of your own. Don’t be tempted to take home a souvenir, however, as Gnoman legend has it that bad luck will surely follow!  Located at Wellington Mill, Ferguson Valley.

No @#%! Sherlock

Amazing powers of deduction

The Mad Criminologist

“I read in the paper that the discovery of a woman’s body in a suitcase is being treated as ‘suspicious’ by the police. Nice to see the spirit of Sherlock Holmes lives on” – Sydney Wilkins

Jarski, R (2005) Great British Wit; Random House (pg 281)

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Introducing Subscriptions (via WordPress.com News)

This is a fantastic innovation, which lets me avoid the email inbox.

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Top 5 Historic Buildings in Perth

Perth has some great galleries, museums and other interesting spots to visit.  Here are some of the more interesting historic buildings in the city.

London Court

The London Court arcade is a Tudor style shopping arcade which runs between St George’s Terrace and the Hay Street mall. It is one of the most well-known landmarks in Perth.  Visitors are delighted by an imitation of Big Ben as well as a replica of Gros Horloge, a sixteenth century French clock tower. The arcade also features models of Dick Whittington, St George and the Dragon and  Sir Walter Raleigh.  It was built in 1938 by Claude de Bernales.

Town Hall

Located on the corner of Hay and Barrack Streets, the Perth Town Hall took three years to build. The foundation stone was laid on 24 May 1867 by Governor Hampton and for the next three years a large number of tradesmen and labourers, many of them convicts, worked to complete the design of two architects, Richard Roach Jewell and James Manning.   There was a time when the clock tower was one of the prominent landmarks of central Perth and when the town markets operated in the building.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters is located at the intersection of St Georges Terrace and Mill Street.  It is a two-storey dark brick building, one of a small number of remaining convict-built colonial buildings of the mid-nineteenth century in the central area of Perth.

The Cloisters have at various times been used as a Boys’ school, a Girls’ school, private houses, a training college for clergymen, a university hostel and a cafe. The building was designed by Richard Roach Jewell in 1858 and the bricks, which were fired at different temperatures in wood burning kilns, show a range of colours. This is another historic Perth building which was only saved by public outcry. Now an adjunct to an office tower and enlivened by freewheeling sculture, the Cloisters was nearly destroyed by development.

Government House

Located on St Georges Terrace in Government House Grounds, Government House was the culmination of a series of unsuccessful attempts to construct suitable accommodation for the colony’s governor. The foundation stone was laid in 1859 and for the next five years convicts and tradesmen, working on a Tudor style design, built this remarkable two coloured brick building.  The chequer board pattern is characteristic of many Western Australian buildings of this period.   It was claimed that the first Government House, a hut built for Governor Stirling near the present site, was so badly constructed that when it rained he had to use an umbrella while answering official correspondence.

Barracks Arch

Sitting at the top of St Georges Terrace, Barracks Arch is all that remains of the huge Pensioner’s Barracks which once comprised 120 rooms. The Arch now only hints at the grandeur which once characterised this chequered building which was designed by the architect, Richard Roach Jewell. The building was completed in 1863 and was used by the Pensioner Guards (retired soldiers) until 1904.  During the 1950s and 1960s a family drive through the city to see the lights always included a call past the famous Arch.  In a decision which shocked some, the barracks were demolished in 1966 to make way for the Mitchell Freeway. The remaining Barracks Arch was saved only by the public fury which greeted the plan to totally destroy the building.

Comic shops

Most days I walk past a comic shop or two on my way to work, and love to guess who is buying what comics.  I love the slightly seedy grunginess of the stores, and the fact that there is usually a staircase to ascend, or descend.  I am fascinated by the locations themselves, tucked away.   The locations are a kind of clue to a very specific customer base.  I love this green entrance way.

There are some enticing places to visit up at the west end of town.

I love the combination of text and visual poetry.

There is also something a little homespun about these stores, which is at odds with their super galactic stock.