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Allan Report 9 Nov 2017 21:59

So, to the day itself

Arrived at the station at the appointed time and boarded the train. Not only is the 'Australind' the slowest train in WA it is also the most uncomfortable.

The seats, although upholstered, lacked any kind of padding and halfway through the journey I developed cramp in the back of my thighs.

The boredom of the journey was mitigated only by the occasional announcements of reduced price toasted sandwiches and finally, much to the annoyance of passengers who had purchased one, that the newspapers would be available, free of charge, to anyone who wanted one :-S

In fairness, we arrived on time and only had a short time to while away whilst waiting for our appointment.

A day or two earlier we had heard on the news about the redevelopment of an area of Central Perth called Raine Square. This was part of a ten billion redevelopment of the entire centre of Perth.

This took us by surprise as Raine Square had only just undergone one redevelopment.

I've put up a link to give an idea of what was there just four or five years ago;

So we decided to see what was happening.

Raine Square itself was not accessible, The Moon and Sixpence pub had been demolished (more on that later) and the whole area was one gigantic construction site

We must have looked like the typical village idiots as we viewed the scene and one sympathetic local took pity one us and asked what we were looking for.

My ungrateful answer was "The bl**dy shopping centre"

We didn't need the response of "Oh! that's now closed"......we could see that for ourselves :-|


Caroline Report 9 Nov 2017 02:35

I said so far :-P :-P :-D


Allan Report 9 Nov 2017 00:47

Just be patient, Caroline :-P :-D :-D


Caroline Report 9 Nov 2017 00:29

Nah good try so far Allan but seems like a normal day/story so far :-D :-D

It's your poor OH she had to live through this ;-)


Allan Report 8 Nov 2017 23:35

The saga continues.....

So off we went to book our tickets, me with possible criminal intent in mind.

I should explain that when you receive the Australian aged pension card, which is valid for two years, you also receive two single rail tickets to use each of those years which give you free travel.

Fine, except for the fact that my Australian pension was cancelled in March when OH turned 65. Complicated story but last year in the budget the government changed the rules for pension entitlement.

However, I still had the card and the tickets for this year so I decided to use them for this particular trip. OH was also entitled to a 50% discount on the tickets as she holds the WA Seniors Card issued by the State Government.

This was duly done. Ironically this was the same day I mentioned in an earlier thread about not being able to finish a beer. We went straight from the station to the pub.

Now you may think that the bad beer was the Karma I mentioned earlier due to my possible criminal act in defrauding the Federal Government of $66.00

Oh no! Karma has a sense of humour, as twisted and warped as it is :-0


Allan Report 8 Nov 2017 22:03

This is for Caroline. I told her on a Games thread that I would post on here:-D

The following saga of a recent (7th November) trip to Perth could well be regarded as a first world problem, but as that is the world in which I live it is a problem that I have to endure.:-( :-(

There is also more than a hint of Karma involved. :-| :-P

A few weeks ago we had a call from our Superannuation Company, or, more precisely, from our Financial Advisor, saying that it was time fro our annual review.

Made an appointment and asked for an early time; 0930. Fantastic!

Just as a bit of background, despite Bunbury touting itself as the second capital city of WA, public transport (or lack thereof) is abysmal.

Two trains a day up to Perth, one which leaves at the crack of dawn and the other that leaves at 2.45pm and arrives in Perth just as businesses are closing for the day.

Now if you are a logical thinker you might say well take the afternoon train and come back the following day. Ah, the transport authorities have that one covered! The trains from Perth to Bunbury depart at 9.30 am and 5.55 pm respectively :-D

The only buses up to Perth are privately run and we can't use our concession cards on them.

Travel by car is fine until you hit the misnamed Freeway where inevitably traffic comes to a complete halt! Once in Perth parking has to be found, as well as a small fortune to pay for it.

So, far more relaxing to take the early morning train and travel back on the evening one? No!

Even at sparrow-f*rt we still live a fifteen minute drive from the Bunbury Rail Station and as the train and its staff have delusions of grandeur you are require to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the departure time. This for a train consisting of only two carriages and 20 passengers :-| :-|

So up at 4.00am knowing that we won't be back home, God willing before 8.45pm.

Having criticised the road system I have to say that from Australind to the centre of Perth on a day of light traffic, say on a Sunday, can take as little as two hours. Why, oh why then, does it take the train which only has ten stations that it services and doesn't even stop at any of those if there are no passengers requiring the service (I forgot to mention that you can't just rock up to the station and pay for the trip, you have to book in advance) two and a half bl**y hours?

to be continued......


Caroline Report 6 Nov 2017 01:04



maggiewinchester Report 6 Nov 2017 00:22

I think they're hamster driven.
Poor hamsters.
(why isn't there a 'p' in hamster - they use their cheeks like hampers)


Caroline Report 5 Nov 2017 23:48

Allan I'm sure you would be correct in your guess :-D


Allan Report 5 Nov 2017 23:15

It did indeed, Joy.

Someone at GR must have been shamed last year into putting the due date into one of their steam driven computers :-D :-D


JoyDean Report 5 Nov 2017 23:09

The poppy - top left - arrived nice and early this year.


Allan Report 5 Nov 2017 21:49

Fun is where you find it.

I can hazard a guess as to whom told you that :-D :-D :-D


Caroline Report 5 Nov 2017 21:38

Except I'm not funny I've been told that at least once on here :-D


Allan Report 5 Nov 2017 21:24

That could almost be a pun, Caroline, after I'd paid for the drinks ;-) :-D :-D


Caroline Report 5 Nov 2017 16:10

Poor Allan :-(


Allan Report 2 Nov 2017 23:51

Maggie, with the most recent event I don't know which broke my heart more, the cost of the beer or the fact that I couldn't finish it :-D :-D :-D

Probably a double whammy! :-0


maggiewinchester Report 2 Nov 2017 23:43

My 'driver' was served with a half pint of Guinness - that was half froth!!!
'Driver' refused it - barman said 'it will settle', which is when, I pointed out, at a quarter of a pint, and we walked out. :-|
I can't understand why English pubs stop serving dark ales/porter in Summer.
They still sell black coffee.


Bobtanian Report 2 Nov 2017 23:23

IF you have any of the old pounds then the RBL poppy sellers would take them...

true Allan

Trendy doesn't always go hand in hand with functional...


Allan Report 2 Nov 2017 23:12

Speaking of the end of the world, a couple of things have happened recently that portend that event, and which have been so traumatic that I am only now able to put them on paper (not on loo paper though) :-D :-D

A couple of weeks ago OH and I attended a seminar regarding River cruises in Europe. This was held in a hotel in the centre of Bunbury.

A few days earlier, OH had been out for a birthday dinner with my daughter to another hotel in the town centre. For some reason I didn't go with them.

On her return OH said that renovations had been carried out, and that I would not like the result.

So, having attended the seminar, and my curiosity having been piqued we went to the newly renovated hotel with the intention of having a drink, and possibly a meal.

Walked in, took one look and walked straight out again. What had once been the most elegant hotel in the town had been turned into a 'trendy' pub with absolutely no character :-| :-| :-|

I have never before entered a pub/hotel without having a drink

The second event was a couple of days ago, when we went to another newly renovated pub. Ordered the drinks; OH was driving so I had a pint of a craft beer called 'Wild Yak'

On a recent trip to Fremantle I was introduce to this beer which has a wondrous 'hoppy' fragrance to it. This was reinforced at another local pub when we went for a meal on my birthday last March.

Back to the present. I took one sip and was nearly sick. Whatever the vile brew in the glass was it certainly wasn't what I was expecting. I suppose that in keeping with the 'Yak' range of beer it could have been heavily carbonated "Yak P**s'.

I couldn't finish it!! :-| :-| :-| :-( :-(

We'd spent $17.00 on a pint and a half of beer which we couldn't drink. :-| :-|

The whole saga of the 'renovated' hotels/pubs is for another post.

I'm still too traumatised to think about it at the moment :-D :-D


Dermot Report 2 Nov 2017 19:49

No point now in rushing to spend your one & only old pound coin.