Such a long way to Perth

The two things I remember vividly about my time living in Perth in 2004 were: the time zone difference and the long flights involved. I remember getting a phone call at 4.30am from someone on the East Coast (note the capitalization) who hadn't realised there was a three hour time difference during the summer months,…

Preparing for the Sunday night Red Eye

It's Sunday evening. It's been a warm day in Perth. I'm sitting on the balcony of the hotel I've been staying in. I hope the people on the cruise boat down below don't mind that I'm sitting here, wearing just shorts, and sipping on a glass of wine. Because frankly, the last week has been…

International Food Tour of Perth

You know how when you meet someone and they introduce themselves, but within five minutes you've completely forgotten their name? That's how it was with one of the blokes on the International Food Tour of Perth which I undertook today. Thankfully, I knew he was the father of Justin, our tour guide. We shared a…

All is quiet on New Year’s Day

As I caught the train to Il Lido, I couldn't help but notice the number of men wearing ties and women wearing fascinators. "Is this Melbourne Cup Day?", I thought to myself, wondering if, wearing a nice new shirt and a reasonably expensive pair of jeans was somewhat under-dressed for New Year's Eve in Perth.…