Heath Ledger – David Wirrpanda Foundation Ambassador Promoting Strong Role Models And Healthy Life Choices For Indigenous Children

Does anybody else see the sad and extreme irony of one of the David Wirrpanda Foundation’s Ambassadors listed on its website?




In case a) the above image is too small to read and b) the website page has been modified or removed, the cropped relevant sections are below:





If you have been living under a rock and do not know who Heath Ledger is, he was a young Australian actor making it big in Hollywood with roles like The Joker in The Dark Knight. That is, until he tragically committed suicide died from prescription drug abuse in January 2008.

East Victoria Park And Surrounds

My first Perth residence is in East Victoria Park, an inner suburb approximately 5 kilometres as the crow flies from Perth’s Central Business District. East Vic Park is surrounded by the suburbs of Kensington and Victoria Park to the west, Lathlain to the north, Carlisle and Welshpool to the east and St James and Bentley to the south. It is part of the Victoria Park Council area.


A few streets south from home in Bentley is a belt of institutions including Curtin University, Swan TAFE Bentley Campus, correctional services facilities, aged care homes, a Baptist seminary and Technology Park.


This is the most multicultural area I’ve lived in with South Asians, South East Asians, East Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, Europeans and Aboriginals all in abundance. Indian Saris are commonly worn in local streets and the nearest IGA supermarket allocates 60% of one whole bay (3 out of 5 shelves) only to maize meal!


East Victoria Park’s topography consists of rolling hills and valleys interspersed by plains. The suburb’s soil is very sandy, so much so, walking on roadside verges can be difficult.


Amongst the location’s newer homes are unkempt older houses and yards, leading to the surmise that East Victoria Park was a poorer suburb when developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s which has improved as Perth became wealthier.


Overall, I enjoy living in East Vic Park, particularly with its diversity of people and closeness to the city.

2008 Perth Red Bull Air Race In Pictures

Today I went to Fremantle with Sameer, mainly to visit the Fremantle Markets.


Last weekend, in between Lucy’s birthday drinks, lunch with Therese and David, and meeting Vel and Alex, I managed to see a few planes in the sky at the Red Bull Air Race. Here are a few photos from Sunday 2 November:




A large yacht flotilla gathered in the Swan River to watch the air race and supporting exhibition flights. Above are a few of the many mansions disguised as boats that filled every spare water space.




6 red planes flying in formation.




The same planes (in the top right of the photo) flying over Perth’s skyline. The P E R T H sign is visible above the water line.




Red Bull Air Race gates in the background behind another tranche of yachts.




The highlight for me was this fighter jet flying low over the Swan River. The rolls and manoeuvres it performed were stunning and the noise produced was awesome, in the traditional meaning of the word.

P-E-R-T-H Red Bull Air Race

Today is the second and final day of the Red Bull Air Race held above Perth’s Swan River. I plan to see some of the low flying plane action this afternoon.




This massive  P E R T H sign has been installed in front of the convention centre next to the Swan River. I took photos of the individual letters with my phone’s vga camera and spliced them into a panorama.


I wonder how much we Western Australian taxpayers are collectively paying for this event…