Friday, March 27, 2009


Graham, our guest from Sydney, left early Thursday morning on a drive to Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany and back home. He is due back on Monday afternoon. Graham made arrangements to meet up with a colleague who lives in Kalgoorlie, who also taught in Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately his friend was driving in the opposite direction heading to Perth, so they met briefly in a country town as their paths crossed.

Graham apologised to us for downgrading his accommodation at our place. We lost one star for not having any bananas for his breakfast before his departure. Must try and win back that star.

Kalgoorlie is a gold mining town and has a bit of a wild west feel to it. Recently the City Fathers attempted to pull the whip on liquor outlets to cut down on the brawls ensuing. Don't know how that went. There is plenty to see over a two day visit. Lots of fine buildings and history, the super pit and of course there is Hay Street and the tourist brothel.

Our daughter Helen has settled back into her unit and was successful in getting all her bond money back from her previous apartment in South Perth. Where she lives in East Victoria Park is not as salubrious as South Perth and already some of the tenants' cars, including hers, have been damaged in break-ins. The block of units does not have any security fence or lights and is easy pickings for the local hoods.

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