Perth says “worst” in so many ways…

Seen by Anne F. Golden Circle 1976.  Scandinavian? That would be Miss Mauds then. How depressing that Perth tourism marketing hasn’t advanced at all in the last 35 years. The same mistake of featuring stuff that people can get better and more conveniently closer to home is made virtually every time WA is promoted. Don’t try and convince Americans to fly 18 hours to go to the beach, when they have the option of Tahiti, Hawaii, Malaysia &c a fraction of the time away. We do have all those French restaurants though. That sector has really grown.

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85 Responses to Perth says “worst” in so many ways…

  1. langhorne says:

    ‘Drink and enjoy yourself in a galaxy of taverns…and international entertainment’. Worst grammar. And where are (or were) these ‘taverns’?

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  2. poor lisa says:

    Only southern Europe? Good day WA. I SAID good day.

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  3. Shazzanator says:

    This is the best worst in a while. So bad I can’t count the ways. Sometimes less really is less.

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  4. poor lisa says:

    They don’t mention revolving restaurants.

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  5. Pete says:

    I’m pretty certain that blue & white spinnaker is still in use on the river today.

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  6. Ljuke says:

    So many yachts and not a single gondola. The 70s were lame, man.

    And just try wearing a pink sports coat around this city. Perfumed ponce.

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    • Shazzanator says:

      That’s just the sort of getup I’d expect to see on the arrondisement these days. No?

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    • Rolly says:

      Funny, that.
      A few years ago I spent a little time amongst the rank odour of deep sea fishermen in Brittany, searching for some indication of a lack of ‘manliness’.
      They’re a sturdy, robust and determined mob who brave the vagaries of Atlantic storms and the maelstroms of the Bay of Biscay on a daily basis.
      I suppose the pink colour of their overalls does help locate them if they get swept overboard.

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  7. David Cohen says:

    Nice pot plant.

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  8. orbea says:

    “scandanavia” means Miss Maud’s doesnt it?

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  9. Pete says:

    ‘the restored corner pub’? In 1976? Didn’t the restoration come much later – I’d have thought they were all still tile walled for easy hosing in ’76. Off to the film & sound archive to check I suppose.

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  10. Rolly says:

    A-a-a-h-h!
    The very essence of Western Australian culture:
    Copy, badly, someone else’s tradition, and try to sell it back to them.
    “The prophet is not honoured in his own country” is, was, and continues to be the ultimate axiom for all the things held dear by mainstream Australia.
    Never let it be said that Aussie society ever recognised anything of significant value until/unless it received accolades from some foreign critics etc.
    Home brewed approval never rates in this strange, profoundly under confident collection of the world’s most disaffected.
    More’s the pity, as many of the underestimated – especially non professional – home grown critics see the genuinely worthy aspects of our obscure and distant world with far more clarity and candor than the majority of politicians, paid hacks and myopic administrators.
    They also see the general and acquiescent acceptance of the spin and bullshit served up by commerce, politics and religion as fair and reasonable justification for not hanging themselves out for the pillorying that inevitably accompanies any departure from general consensus.
    Cynical?
    Who?
    Me??

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    • NF#1 says:

      The foreign critic has spoken – my cultural cringe has been validated.

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      • Rolly says:

        Foreign??
        Goddamnit, you Johnny-cum-lately, I’ve been in this country longer than the majority of you.
        Albeit, I have seen a fair bit of European culture at a ‘grass roots’ level which has probably given me a more balanced perspective on the shocking sycophantic nature of so many of the voices in the tourism and ‘vibrancy’ circles.
        Jesuscristonacrimsoncrutch! Just how blind can you be to the obvious (from an external perspective) advantages of being distanced from the filth and connate corruption of the wider world.
        It’s catching up with us, though, in our desperate efforts to ‘elevate’ ourselves to some kind of idealised “worlds best practices” that fall far short of the principle of “fair go” that so many of us imagine to be an innate quality of Australian society.

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        • NF#1 says:

          As much as I don’t want to hear about your grassroots exploits, metro-whatever cunt that I am, we’re in almost total agreement Rolly. Just wingdinging you up. Save your venom for the true cuntz. Tafecuntz. Like JJ.

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  11. BrownBook says:

    Reclaim the Swan!

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  12. RubyRuby says:

    I like the skyline.

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  13. E.V. says:

    I really love these historic worsts. I dug up a video tape (yes- I have one of those old VCR things) the other day, and it has 2 episodes of “not the nine o’clock news”, and one of “State affair”, all from 1984. The commercials are a cavalcade of worsts – John K Watts, Peter Dean, and the promos for “a country practice” and “cop shop” are gems. There’s a State affair story about street kids, and Hay street mall hasn’t changed one iota. I’m sending it to my brother in Sydney to edit and transfer to disc.

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  14. “Perth says welcome in so many ways.” For the life of me, WHY do we not still use that slogan? Personally, I’m always persuaded to visit places if their advertising tells me they’re friendly.

    Did you know that 13% of lesbian tourists were satisfied with lesbian
    attractions in Perth
    ? Welcome in so many ways.

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  15. Stu says:

    what was wrong with the restaurants of northern Europe then? What does the author have against the Schnitzel Inns? I smell racist conspiracy and elitism.

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    • Bento says:

      To be fair, they more than compensated by including “Asia, India and Japan”.

      I would love to see the WA take on Japanese cuisine circa 1976. Rissoles with wasabi, I assume.

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  16. The Legend 101 says:

    Cheers to the Worst Of Perth as boringist city in W.A.

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  17. I’m wondering if indigenous people could start doing a Welcome To Country In So Many Ways.

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    • I would like to see an end to the acknowledging traditional owners bit that comes before every speech. It just seems like adding insult. Was yours. Now…Not.

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      • Jaidyn-Jaxxon says:

        ‘specially when it’s Tombstones Barnett or somesuch sniggering his way through the natives bit. It’s a bit much – and yet it’s all you might realistically hope for from these tightfisted fucks

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        • orbea says:

          The Aboriginal Flag no longer flies at Parliament House

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        • Hutch says:

          When they first got in the word went round that Barnett was against Welcome to Country introductions, and that they weren’ t to be included before speeches given by ministers. Didn’t take long before they were back and commonplace again. Good money to be made by some who do them too.

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  18. The Bartender's skills with a Manhatten says:

    It might seem that this ad is geared towards domestic tourism rather than international? In which case it is more a reassurance that the options available elsewhere in Australia are available in Perth too? Which might seem corny nowadays but which I think was pretty much par the course for domestic toursim anywhere in the world that time.

    “Come to Cleveland! We have light bulbs too!”

    That sort of thing.

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  19. matthewlock says:

    Notice that Perth only had 6 digit phone numbers then.

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    • RubyRuby says:

      Can someone tell me what it was like to use a telex?

      Rolly, maybe?

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      • Sort of like a cross between a fondue and an HQ.

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      • JaneZ says:

        I once worked in an office where there was one. Possibly the last one in existence. It was like a fax machine on which you had to use Morse code, but only if you were trained in stenography. Like one of those machines I imagine a Hansard or court reporter uses. Totally baffling. Fortunately they invented the internet shortly afterwards.

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      • Roly says:

        Telex was good until faxing came into vogue.
        Bars … Taverns … hmmm:
        Henry Africa’s, Slick Chicks, The Raquet Club, and the Duck Inn.

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