Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again

“Today I drove from the corner of Russell Rd and Pearce Rd, a distance of 2.5 kms to the corner of Wattleup and Postans Rd. I photographed the cocos as I went…”.
And with that Du Maurier like phrase, EV launches into a savage pictorial indictment of Wattleup. Well the Alcoa tailings ponds are nearby, so maybe that’s where teh Cocos spawn?

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39 Responses to Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again

  1. Natalia Fan #1 says:

    ‘Ode to the Cocos’

    O spikéd interlopers
    Rough of stem and leaf
    Born into decrepitude
    Our arboreal grief

    Stand they dry and tall
    While native flora falters
    As the land turns desolate
    Their rudeness hardly alters

    So they wave in winds
    Or stilly face the street
    Affront to all that’s good and green
    Though hardy hardly meet

    A testament to nought but
    Whim of tropic dreamer
    Such they are that I implore
    Recall them Argentina


  2. Bento says:

    It’s even worse than you think – there’s a cocos peddler out that way, too. Wattleup ‘s cocos mania has infected a much wider area.

    It’s time we got tough on cocos, and tough on the causes of cocos.


  3. E.V. says:

    I never liked cocos, but since I started reading TWOP, I’ve really started to appreciate their uselessness and ugliness, not to mention the mess they make. They’re an obnoxious weed, and we have plenty of beautiful natives that provide more shade than a cocos.


  4. G'day from WA says:

    Majestic creatures, aren’t they.


  5. vegan says:

    stop the cocos.


  6. orbea says:

    Mandogalup? same postcode but a sniff further away from stinky town.
    ALCOA’s red mud ponds are a great tourist attraction.
    The Cocos are there to distract from the appalling subhumanity of the southern suburbs.
    Thankyou Stephenson-Hepburn, thankyou


  7. Mez says:

    One day you colonial bastards from north of the river may acheive your aim and eradicate all Cocos Palms… and what will we be left with? Potted frangipani? Maidenhair fern? Acres and acres of topiary? Waterwise verge plantings? Couch?

    The day I wake to a morning without Cocos is the day I wake without my cultural birthright

    Damn you! Damn you all!!


      • E.V. says:

        Thanks for posting that Shazza. Distressing. I’m seeing these bastard things everywhere now, in places where I haven’t noticed them before. Leda is a cocos hotspot – some streets have around 3 per property. It escapes me what the attraction with them is, other than that they’re fast growing.(but soon become a huge pain in the arse). Very few people know (or even care) about the ecological impacts, that’s if they if even know that it’s an introduced weed. A campaign must begin to eradicate them, both on environmental an aesthetic grounds (Why must our suburbs look like the slums of Rio ?) If you go for that anti -cocos ticket, I’ll campaign for you. Sorry for getting serious on a satirical site, but cocos are rational hatred#1 right now. Let the Jarrahdale chainsaw club loose on them, I say.


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