Ern Malley: Things to do in Perth

26 November 2005

aspects of natural vegetation may be the same as Sydney (ref. Seddon)

but the focaccia are entirely different

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Fremantle

At 8.40 you could fire a gun &c

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Forget the one horse

this is a one-iron

and a no ironing-board town

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you can see why all the really savage punk bands came from here

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It's an art deco city. Also a high Victorian one.

Still undemolished facades (it takes recession to ensure this)

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edge of empire

the taped sounds of barking dogs

Spencer's ‘Christ'

bitten by scorpions

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notebook stuck on formica

sunlight on Eurokitsch

the great weight of national literature

the need to subside on a couch

‘but it's off to the School of Business, ha ha,

off to the School of Business'

– Arthur Hugh Clough School of The Popular Lyric

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I think I'm a natural egalitarian. I am slightly alarmed to be addressed as ‘sir' by cafe waiters (this practice seems to have only recently become general)

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CHURCH OF CHRIS

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Goodbye pork pie hat

(one passes rested

on an inappropriate head)

back at the Villa Italia

the mind goes blank

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