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Freo Today. Wray Avenue 10.15 am. Try as Covid might, it’s hard to imagine either Frank’s or Galati’s succumbing. You have to love the signs.

Places I love: Penguins in our own back pool in Life, Law & Culture
In this time of Covid, as we stay safe at home (save for trips to the shop for provisions, drives…
What a weekend: The Artania and other cruisers – an evolving story! in Shipping News
Bear with us, it’s a bit complex. Phoenix Reisen, the German tour company that charters the cruise ship Artania, reported…
(Diminishing) Signs of Life – High Street, Fremantle in Life, Law & Culture
You may find three takeaway coffee outlets between the Roundhouse and the Town Hall that are still serving, if you're…

Silver Whisper – Tied up in Freo

The Silversea Cruises luxury cruise ship Silver Whisper departed Florida on what was to be a record-setting voyage - a 140-day itinerary visiting all seven continents. While longer cruise voyages have been conducted, this is the first to incorporate such geographic breadth. Well , that was the plan and perhaps still is. Fremantle was always to be one of her stops. And she arrived Thursday. She also left Thursday night. She’s geographically only a bit over halfway through her voyage, as it’s still a way to Amsterdam where she finally comes to rest. Search as one might for a statement from the…
Friday on my mind – It’s blank and hurting in Life, Law & Culture
As I pen this, tomorrow is Friday. Everything and nothing is on my mind. I’ve just posted on my personal…
Isolated and anxious due to COVID-19? How to care for your mental health in Life, Law & Culture
COVID-19 is primarily a concern for our physical health. But the precautions needed to slow the spread of the disease,…
The Artania – An evolving story! in Shipping News
Phoenix Reisen, the German tour company that charters the cruise ship Artania, reported on its website on 25 March 2020,…
Signs of the (Covid) Times – South Terrace South Fremantle in Life, Law & Culture
As stage 2 of the meetings, gatherings and other not-making-contact orders kicks in, and so few businesses can carry on…
Floating off the Fremantle coast – Four Cruise Ships in Shipping News
Vessel finding apps show that as of 11.20 today, Wednesday 25 March 2020, there are four cruise ships either anchored…
Places I Love – Fremantle Beaches in Life, Law & Culture
The Coronavirus situation is changing each day, affecting each and every one of our lives in one way or another…

Message To Our Readers – In A Time Of Covid

Hello Friends, Followers and Subscribers- wherever you may be - and especially all Freo People! ‘In a time of Covid’. Sounds a little like a favourite novel of mine, ‘Love in a time of cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (I think I got his name right; for some reason I’m always wanting to say ‘Gabriel Marquez Garcia’.) I should say, though, that the ‘The Shipping News’ by Annie Proulx (the inspiration for FSN) beats Love in a time of cholera by a short nose. If you’ll excuse the language of the Sport of Queens in this post-animal cruelty era. Cholera.…
So What Happens To Passengers On Covid-19 Affected Cruise Ships? in Shipping News
Cruise Lines International Association, CLIA, and its cruise line members have issued the following statement indicating how they are responding…
More Crude Oil, Super Tanker Storage News in Shipping News
The vessel is one of two so-called ultra large crude carriers (ULCC), the largest tankers in the world. She was…
Seabourn Sojourn – Some Facts & Stats in Shipping News
This ‘mega yacht’ class cruise ship is tied up in Fremantle Port at the moment. She was on her way…

Places I Love – Croagh Patrick: Ireland’s Holy Mountain

With all my travel plans to Ireland on hold, I look at a photo of a black-faced sheep and remember climbing Croagh Patrick last summer. The sheep stands brazenly in the middle of the road, molting wool hanging from its sides in great clumps. The road is narrow, with wild flowers growing in the centre. The hedgerows are botanically amazing – stretches of ferns, honeysuckle, burnet rose, fuchsia and foxgloves. Having passed the sheep we round a bend and as if by magic, the Connemara mist clears. Purple mountains appear – their features sharp against the newly washed sky. This…

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