A Tourist at Home


When was the last time you were a tourist in your own town?

On Sunday afternoon my family headed into Kings Park to enjoy some live music from Adam Hall.

After the concert we took the opportunity to wander around taking photos of the wildflowers and then a few shots across the city.

Yesterday I went cycling with a group of friends and we ended up riding along the coast through Warnbro and back up to Rockingham. It’s so beautiful through there but it’s been so long since I’ve enjoyed the sights of the area. It’s so close and I really should take the time to visit more often.

How about you? Are there places that you only visit if you have interstate or overseas visitors with you or do you do some touristy things from time to time? Is it about time you played tourist in your own city?

If I were to visit your corner of the world, what would you take me to see?

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Australia’s Coral Coast

A couple of weeks ago our family took a short trip north of Perth to visit a number of places on Australia’s Coral Coast. We stayed in Kalbarri for two nights before spending two nights in Denham.

I would love to have more time to explore the Coral Coast. It’s a magnificent place with so much to see and do.

Below is a small selection of the many photos we took. Just click on any of the photos for a closer look

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Slava’s Snowshow Melts Hearts in Perth


I’d forgotten just how good Slava’s Snowshow is and how many surprises there are along the way while watching the show. I last saw the show almost four years ago when I took my then ten year old son.

I headed along to the opening night of the current season of Slava’s Snowshow at the Regal Theatre last night. It’s been said that Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to Circus.

It was a dream. A dream that on Thursday the 13th it snowed in the auditorium of the “New Opera” theatre in Moscow. Snow covered the entire floor, all the chairs, and all those who sat in them. A marvellous dream it was. Well-disposed oligarchs and icy pop stars in tuxes smiled in beguilement, even dropping themselves into the gathering snowdrifts. Suddenly a wind began to blow, hard as only hurricanes know, and music to deafen one’s ears to sepulchral silence. Fear gripped us in anticipation of what was to come.

But the lights came up – and out shuffled a clown with small, meditative Kabuki-theatre steps: a figure in vastly-oversized yellow overalls and red fluffy slippers. A rope in his hands coiled into a noose, then – slipping like rosaries through his fingers – framed his face in portrait, became a leash, then a jump-rope, and then an Alpinist’s life-line… a hawser from which a friend – one of a clan of buffoons in hats with helicopter-blade ear-flaps and ski-esque elongated booties – dragged himself out…

I dreamt that there is no such thing as postmodernism, but only the primacy of feeling, an ancient purity of emotion. The touch of fine fingers on a spot-lit balloon in the dark… And – look – the balloon has flown away! Slava the clown weeps. With forbidding whistle, he sternly orders it back; with gentle persuasion, he beseeches the escapee to return; he blisters and boils with rage, then whistles out his longing. And the balloon drifts back, bulging a fat yellow smile, dangling its rosy little thread by his side, and then! – explodes in his arms. The poor baggy sod in red slippers – he couldn’t withstand the momentary bliss of his sudden repossession…

I’m feeling a little conflicted right now. I so much want to tell you about the magic of the show. I want to describe the excitement of the various elements which make up the experience but I don’t want to spoil the surprises for anyone who may go to the show. And I can assure you, there are plenty of surprises.

You may have been to shows before that let a few audience members interact with the cast. This show isn’t like that. When you go to Slava’s Snowshow everyone will have opportunity to be part of the show in one way or another.

It may be called a ‘snow show’ but it has the effect of melting hearts. You can see walls continuing to come down until each and every person in the theatre is totally immersed in the experience. Even those adults who earlier sat quietly as they enjoyed the entertainment on stage are transported back in time to become children again.

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but one of the most moving moments is when the action moves from the stage and ends up with adults effectively being given license to play like children. I defy even the most hard hearted to leave the show without having been swept up in the glorious emotion of the evening.

Slava’s Snowshow is on in Perth at the Regal Theatre until the 4th of August. If it ever comes to a theatre near you … don’t miss it.

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Family Road Trip


It’s been a long time since we had a family road trip so I must say that I really enjoyed the day driving from Perth to Kalbarri today. It would be almost twenty years since Pauline and I were last here and Emily and James have never been to Kalbarri so I’m sure there’ll be lots of exploring to do tomorrow.

We stopped a number of times during our journey north from Perth, including a stop off at The Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes, Western Australia.

I think we might need to schedule a return visit when we can spend more time wandering through the area looking at the amazing natural structures. I took a bunch of photos of the Pinnacles, some of which I’ll post in coming days, but I’d love to spend more time there practising my very amateur photography skills.

Over the next few days we’ll explore a bit more of Kalbarri as well as heading a little further north.

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Alice Brings it to the Table


MasterChef Australia is now into its fifth season and while many of us are still at the stage of getting to know who’s who among the contestants, deciding who we’d like to see do well or even win, there are several contestants from previous years that still hold a place in Australia’s heart.

Alice Zaslavsky was a school teacher before she joined MasterChef last year. Alice was known for her big glasses and even bigger personality.

Alice is on a quick trip to Western Australia this weekend to go truffle hunting.

She joined me on the phone for a quick chat during my radio program today. We talked about her current television program, Kitchen Whiz, as well as other projects that have kept her busy since leaving MasterChef last year.

We also chatted about a great initiative called Bring it to the Table which is described as a fun, easy way for people to show support for those living with dementia. It helps raise awareness and much needed funds for services and research.

You can listen to our conversation by clicking the play button on the audio player below.

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