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106 of 113  Thu 8th Mar 2018 4:27pm  
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Kaga simpson
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107 of 113  Fri 13th Apr 2018 1:14pm  
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Dreamtime, Thirty years ago today, my wife and I were on that old Mississippi paddle boat on the Swan River, live jazzband, sumptuous meal, booze, warm balmy night. Truly Perth at its best, a night to remember.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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108 of 113  Fri 13th Apr 2018 2:42pm  
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Yes, we have enjoyed a few river cruises on the Swan and had a la carte meals. Not sure if the paddle boat is still in use, you have to go up the Murray these days for those. Did you ever go over to Rottnest Island, or tasted the fish n' chips down Freo?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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109 of 113  Fri 13th Apr 2018 3:08pm  
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Dreamtime, The Murray river I have not seen but I once read a book about two boys canoeing down it. Visited Rottnest Island a few times but rats with kangaroo legs - 'ouh'. Yes I went to Freemantle once when the World Race was on - sat on the rocks and watched a couple of boats come in. Yes we had a special fish and chip shop we liked in Freemantle. I liked the place but I hear it's changed a lot since I was there. Got interested in a very old boat they were re-building in the maritime museum. Been to Ascot races too, loved the Burswood. But don't have the money or age to suit the Aussie immigration board these last twenty years.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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110 of 113  Fri 13th Apr 2018 4:43pm  
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Kaga, You must have seen the Batavia in progress in the maritime museum. The Quokkas are very friendly and are protected now on Rottnest. That place is only for the school leavers these days to let of steam and the ones that don't behave are sent back on the earliest ferry. Freo has changed for the better, a whole new centre but unlike Coventry have maintained their history, only since the 1800's of course - very Federation. The old prison is a tourist attraction now but you can stay the night if you are willing. Oh my
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Kaga simpson
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111 of 113  Thu 26th Jul 2018 3:36pm  
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Dreamtime, I was in Perth on holiday (forget the year), the cleanest town I ever entered. But the world yachting race was on and two boats were due in Freemantle that day. Walking to the train station I spotted a group of school children, all blindfolded - the teacher was teaching them how to help and be respectable to blind people. Having worked at St Dunstan's I was delighted with this lesson being taught. I caught the little train to Freemantle (it was packed with people). I climbed on some large rocks and watched two of the race vessels arrive. After the excitement had died down I was able to look over the Indian Ocean and let my thoughts drift to when huge sailing ships travelled the seas, ships that had only instruments for latitude, but no instrument for longitude and so made mistakes - such a ship stumbled on Australia a century and half before, Captain Cook. That changed the history I knew at school. Yes, I did see the Batavia, it was so interesting I visited several times.
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Dreamtime
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112 of 113  Fri 27th Jul 2018 5:17pm  
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Evening Kaga, Yes, Perth is a very clean city. Ciggy butts are a rarity these days and heaven help you if you are caught dropping one. By the way, it's The Crown Casino these days, not the Burswood. Imagine all the old sailing ships and numerous ones since laying on the seabed along the western coast. You can take a diver's tour (providing you have your diver's ticket) the next time you visit these shores. Put you in a big glass bubble. Would you like that? Wave
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Kaga simpson
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113 of 113  Thu 2nd Aug 2018 2:50pm  
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Dreamtime Yes I would very much like that, but it would not be the first time. Glass-bottomed boat on the east coast had me excited at the wonders of the coral reef. We have a lot to be thankful for - I hope 'man' does not destroy such wonders. The everglades off Cairns, another such wonder, a-maz-ing. The Karumba train, The Crystal Cascades. I could go on about Oz.
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