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Saturday, 12 November 2011
PERTH, a sign for the people
The debate continues about whether the PERTH sign should be used in Fremantle’s upcoming ISAF Sailing World Championship next month. Event director Mr John Longley commented “people mustn’t forget that the event is funded by all taxpayers in WA and the benefits need to accrue to the common good, and not just a small part (of the state).” This got me pondering..…
If CHOGM was funded by WA taxpayers, does that mean we all have a part ownership in the Perth sign?
If so then the real question is who wants a go after Fremantle finishes with it?
I can see it going down a treat at Peter’s 40th birthday party where beer in hand, his wife Joanne ceremoniously pulls down a long drape of black silk to reveal his gift; A newly installed stainless steel outdoor BBQ area, complete with sink, glass door mini fridge, and the giant 'P' hovering above declaring the space, ‘Pete’s Kitchen’.
Or teenage Elizabeth, finally overcoming the embarrassment of her somewhat old fashioned name, by showing up in Dunsborough with the largest ‘e’ ever seen at Schoolies Week. Sadly though, thinking she was using it as an advertising device, it was soon confiscated by the police and Elizabeth relegated to the local lock up. Unperturbed she beamed in her cell, knowing she’d finally been accepted into the cool crowd, an invitation she instantly declined, knowing she'd now surpassed that and gone on to ‘legend status.’
On the same weekend Raul, drives his highly polished black Toyota Ute into the Hyde Park Community Day picnic. With the chrome glistening and the ‘R’ taking up most of the trailer space, his mates declare him a “true Aussie, mate’’.
Meanwhile in an equally leafy suburb, new mum Serena takes one final look at the group of women gathered for her baby shower and explains with great pride that the ‘T’ is for Tequila, Taco Thomas, her first born daughter, who was conceived during a particularly wild night on their tenth trip to Mexico.
Finally as night descends, 6 foot 6 Henrietta tottering on 6 inch heels, puts his/her ‘H’ through it’s paces as she gyrates around it on the front float in the Perth Pride Mardi Gras Parade.
Perhaps Mr Longley is on to something.