Well I got up at 5:30 am to catch the train to see Lisa She-Ra Scaffidi speak about the future of Perth for The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy. (Or something). Was it worth it? Well yes. Bacon was provided, and several topics dear to the hearts of TWOP readers were discussed. Since no-one else had the nerve, I had to ask her about the elephant, or Ferris wheel in the room. She is a great wheel supporter, and apparently it is on the high seas and steaming towards us right now. We can only hope that Somali or Yemeni based pirates will hold the ship to ransom en route, and be baffled when no-one will stump up any cash. Will be much more appropriate for Mogadishu. No-one asked her what she thought about Paul Murray’s moronic “I’m not homophobic but…”comments unfortunately. I have added a poll below where you can vote for and suggest your own names for the new wheel. Suggestions in the “other” category so far are,
Adam Spagnolo’s Ring of Fire
Silly Thing on the Foreshore
The Fred Mafrica Lazy Susan
strategic wheel of mass distraction
On the positive side, it does look like the dumbed down Dubai on the foreshore has suffered the twin calamities of economic downturn and Julian Brendon Grylls and won’t go ahead in the preposterous form we were presented with by Carps. Something will happen apparently, but not that. Teh Mayor was also pushing for what I called artist garrets above some of the city centre stores like Florsheims on the corner of Hay and William. Sounds like a good idea, but how likely is it to happen I wonder, and how would we stop the artists escaping? The Corrigin kybosh also may delay yet again the refurbishment of the Treasury Building opposite She-Ra House, which would be a shame, as it has been vacant for too many years already.
Lisa was wearing a grey suit, no, not the pink that some of you had hoped for, but she did have pink shoes, which I can only show with a blurry blowup of a wide shot, but She-Ra fashion fans will get the picture. Speaking of blurry, there was a powerpoint running with stills of the usual suspects, (Smith bronzes etc) but also inserted was some video of the city, which with my 10 years of video production experience, I diagnosed as a phone camera being used by someone unacquainted with visual skills. So jumpy, it gave the impression East Perth was being struck by a massive earthquake.
Nice that The Hyatt where the talk took place still remains one of the crappiest buildings in town, a hideous pile, with a tatty carpet appropriate to its ugliness. It actually looks better in the photo. Was a sort of purple colour in real life.
The triumphant partnership of She-Ra with The Worst of Perth in removing the Arse and Boozie sculpture to the wilds of Gomboc Gallery was questioned by one reader Vic Demised, who insinuated with this photo that the site was now worse than when the sculpture was there. Vic you artistic ignoramus. That’s a fucking installation, not merely a handy place for the cops to park while arresting children at the station. Go back to Osborne Park Vic. Or Russia.