Throw Another Shrimp On The Barbie Video

By |January 17th, 2014|

Yay. It's Friday. I hope you've all had a good week and are ready for the weekend ahead? Its forecast [...]

Surviving Armageddon

By |January 13th, 2014|

So, we made it. Perhaps Armageddon, a term often used in a generic sense to refer to any end of [...]

Weather In Perth – Forecast To Be Hot

By |January 25th, 2012|

I’ve not ‘blogged’ about the weather for ages so I’m sure for those of you freezing your ‘bits off’ in other countres around the world, will be delighted to read that here in Perth we’re set for a record breaking week of very high temperatures (remember it is summer after all). Perth is bracing itself for extreme temperatures over the next week with 40 degrees being the expected average top temperature. The minimum temperature forecast won’t bring much relief either hovering around the mid-20s overnight. […]

Perth Weather – That’s what you get for gloating!

By |March 23rd, 2010|

I know I can often be a little romantic about the wonderful weather we receive here in Western Australia. Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world at the end of the day so it’s often very easy to gloat when the weathers so damn nice all the time. Yesterday it would seem was payback time for that three years of gloating when the worse weather experienced in Perth in over 10 years hit the CBD and surrounding areas.. VERY hard!! […]

Poor Weather? Take It Easy Man

By |January 7th, 2010|

So I’ve been getting updates on email and Facebook from friends back in the UK and the general consensus of opinion seems to be that the snow was great over Christmas however everyone is kind of getting ‘over it’ now. Looking on the BBC’s website today it looks like the severity of the bitterly cold weather is causing significant disruptions across the UK and much of Northern Europe with over 16 inches of snow being recorded in a 24 hour period in some places! If it’s any consolation for those getting a little fed up, the weather down in Australia can cause problems to. I saw the attached poster on the train yesterday and it made me chuckle. So much so that I had to take a picture of it to share with our Getting Down Under readers. […]

Snowing in Australia – nearly

By |July 20th, 2009|

It’s been a while since I’ve complained about the weather and as I’m an Englishman wishing to retain at least a small portion of my Englishness I thought today was as good a day as any. Back in the UK, the English summer is in full swing. From what I’ve heard from the friends and family back in the UK; it’s been a pretty good one to with UK residents receiving more than two whole days of sunshine! 😉 Season wise Australia is exactly six months in front of the UK so here in Australia, Winter is in full swing. This will be the third winter we’ve experienced since being down under and I don’t know if it’s simply because we’re becoming acclimatised to the weather (or I may be just going soft) but this feels like some of the coldest winter weather I’ve experienced since moving to Australia. […]

Iran to Australia – Dreaming of a better life down under

By |June 23rd, 2009|

Your reasons for choosing to emigrate to Australia will be varied. For us, as adults we saw the local parks and playing fields we used to play on as kids, turned into graffiti and syringe strewn scrap heaps. Australia presented us with the opportunity for a better life for our kids. The affordable housing, wide open spaces and beautiful weather were just the icing on the cake. As a ‘Pom’ it was relatively easy for us to accept the ‘better life’ we now have down under. Comparitivly speaking, it wasn’t that different from the life we left behind. For families from other countries though, life in Australia is a VERY different life indeed! One example would be good friends of ours who migrated to Australia from South Africa. The barbecues have been great, the summer evenings have been warm and yet the stories they have shared with us have at times, been quite chilling! […]

South Australia and Victoria are having a bit of a heatwave

By |January 31st, 2009|

Bruces Barbecue gets a little out of control

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I wrote about the recent hot weather we were experiencing here in Perth. We were hitting temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius and I have to say it was pretty warm. We were grateful for the air-con that’s for sure. Now pop a few thousand miles South East of here to good old South Australia and Victoria and the guys over there are having a seriously hard time of it. Adelaide has had a 15 day string of temperatures in excess of 35 degrees C which is a one in 3000 year event apparently. Meanwhile, In Victoria, bush fires have destroyed at least 10 homes with nearly 500,000 people in the state losing power (and the all important air conditioning) following severe pressure on the electricity grid. […]

Phew – What a scorcher – Again!

By |January 16th, 2009|

It’s only been a few days since I last blogged about the weather but thought todays forecast would be worth a mention. All I can say is ‘Hot!’ Last night was hot to. I had to get up during the night to put the air conditioning on and at 2am the temperature was 86 degrees farenheight (32 C) I love it though. Today the forecast is in the 100’s (40’s C) and I just feel like ‘bring it on’! (click the map for todays forecast) It’s very easy to winge about the weather but back in the UK days like the days we’ve had pretty much all month so far would make headline news, Just as they did when I wrote this entry whilst still living in the UK. […]

Perth Ferris Wheel takes locals for a Spin

By |January 6th, 2009|

In an effort to enjoy some fresh air whilst trying to remain cool in the 33 degrees heat, I decided to walk down to the Swan River this lunchtime to enjoy a sandwich. One of the great things about working in a CBD the size of Perth’s is that the river is less than a 10 minutes walk from most office buildings and the cool breeze provided by the fremantle doctor was especially welcoming today. My normally uneventful trip from our offices down to the foreshore was made a little less so when I caught site of a 60-metre high Ferris wheel that has been erected right next to the Bell Tower. It must have been put up pretty quickly to as there was nothing there but grass less than a couple of weeks ago. I’d heard about the wheel on the radio a few weeks ago. Apparently it was 10 meters shorter than expected and I was surprised by the laid back attitude of the counsellor being interviewed. It was only 10 meters shorter than expected after all. Back at the office I thought I’d utilise my time doing a little ‘Googling’ and have since found out a few additioanl facts about the wheel. The “Wheel of Perth” consists of 42 gondolas which take paying passengers around once every 12 minutes. […]