Archive for April, 2013

April 14, 2013

130414 Fremantle to Perth to Melbourne

Had breakfast with Tracy. She organised a transfer to Canberra at 9.10am. I tidied up my room and went out for a quick look at the E Shed market. It wasn’t worth the effort. They supposedly opened at 9am but there were barely a third of the stalls open not to mention some of them were empty all together. Very disappointing.
Then walked to Fremantle train station to check my options. Only costs $4 for two zones to get to Perth.
I decided to hike up Market St to the Fremantle Market. They were a better option. Not much different was there than when I went during the conference though. One of the kitchen shops was selling out so I got a salt mill and pepper grinder cheaper. A cute mini set that you can stick on your fridge!
Checked out right on 10am. Not far to Fremantle station and I managed to get a train straight away. Half an hour and fifteen stations later I was in Perth. Followed the crowd out of the station over a bridge and into a shopping centre. All the usual suspects were there. Had coffee at Bocelli’s Cafe overlooking a fountain that kids ran through pop-up sprays of water. It overlooked the post office and Commonwealth building.
Caught a taxi outside the station. Still cost me $30 even though I was more than halfway there from Fremantle!
Checked in with Virgin online with my phone! That is a first.

Flight home was a bit rough and the screen didn’t work for most of the way. Not as good a plane as the one I went to Perth on either. Only took three hours though. I got out of Melbourne airport as Peter was driving up to it. Good timing. Craig and Shaun cooked a barbecue dinner for me and had a few of their friends around to welcome me home!

My head is swimming with knowledge. It will take a while to debrief!

April 14, 2013

130413 Fremantle to Rottnest Island

Walked to B Shed at Fremantle Harbour about 9am. Had coffee while I waited for the 9.30am ferry to Rottnest Island to come in. It takes about half an hour to get there. Rode from The Settlement clockwise towards the Wadjemup Lighthouse. Took me a couple of hours because I went the wrong way and had to double back! At least I realised I had. Had lunch at the foot of the lighthouse. There’s a fairly spectacular view of the island from there. Crossed through the Pink Lakes to the other side of the island towards Parakeet Bay. Paddled a little at Little Parakeet Bay. Stopped at a cafe at Geordie Bay. There are many cabins and camping spots all over the island. Some are a bit newer than others. The original prison at The Settlement is now Rottnest Lodge! It was originally for aboriginal prisoners and then they added delinquent boys! What a life! Very harsh in the 1800s. Also dipped my toes in the water at The Basin. Kind of wished I’d taken my bathers. Thought it would be too cold but the water wasn’t cold at all. Walked around The Settlement shops to wait for the ferry back to Fremantle. Apart from the march flies it was a spectacular trip!

April 13, 2013

130412 Day 3 IPEd Conference

Last day of the conference so I crammed as much as I could in. An 8.30am start was a bit early for me (and a few others judging by the empty chairs) but I was there to listen to the IPEd Council on which way forward they want to go. Some very strong views and a lot of work to do.

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya spoke on ‘Editing skills in the era of digital [r]evolution’ making some clear points on what has to be done before everyone is on the same page.

I skipped a talk and went to the Fremantle Market before lunch. It was drizzling slightly but not cold outside. Took me about an hour to get right round and I found my lovely husband a birthday present there.

Ducked back in time for lunch which was a hot and cold buffet with sweets and tea or coffee and soft drinks.

After lunch the IPEd Accreditatiion Board put forward their arguments for changes to the exam process. A lot of talking and not much else. Some people were not amused.

‘Creating a magazine’ with Cathy Perkins from the State Library of NSW was more up my alley. She seemed very positive on the state of magazines staying in print for a good while longer than books. ‘SL’ has won a few awards and she is obviously very proud of that.

Tracy Harwood from the Canberra Society of Editors spoke on the next conference in Canberra in May 2015. I had dinner with her, Satima, Michelle, Mary Jo and her daughter, Charlotte, Marisa and two others tonight at Benny’s Restaurant. Mary Jo, Tracy and two others from the conference are staying at Fremantle B&B with me!

Last session was a hypothetical with a panel including Nury Vittachi who is very funny. It was taken off the show from TV and worked quite well.

That’s all from the conference. Tomorrow I’m off to Rottnest Island.

April 12, 2013

130411 Gala dinner

Off to the Island Suite for the IPED gala dinner at the Esplanade Hotel tonight. I was a bit worried when I rocked up and there was a massive Hummer stretch limo and lots of ladies in long evening dresses. Fortunately it wasn’t the dinner I was going to!

Drinks then dinner with Bernard Carney singing amusing ditties and Jade Diary singing original hits. Dinner was steak or salmon and chocolate cheesecake for dessert. A long day finished. Last day tomorrow.

April 11, 2013

130411 Day 2 IPEd National Editors Conference

Another restless and warm night in Fremantle led me to get up early and take a walk around the foreshore. Walked past Little Creatures Brewery and a fishing boat unloading its catch. It cleared the cobwebs away a little and woke me up for the first official day of the conference.

I thought 200 people for a conference was not that many but when you see them all together in one room it really is quite a lot. We were welcomed by Bev Port-Louis with her ‘welcome to country’, the Mayor of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt and also Robin Bower, president of the Society of Editors (WA) Inc, Rob Sheehan and IPEd patron, Professor Roly Sussex.

The launch of the ‘Australian standards for editing practice’ 2nd edn was an exciting moment and a long time coming.

Keynote speaker Nury Vittachi kept us all in stitches with his ‘Globalese for beginners’ talk. An interesting fact that he mentioned was that 60% of people that speak English are actually Asian. The outcomes of that could be startling.

I met Elizabeth Spiegel on my first night in Fremantle at dinner. Apart from a few technical hitches her talk on ‘Creating an accessible web – the editor’s role’ was extremely interesting and made me think I should be changing my ways to gear for the future.

Next was Dr Angelo Loukakis speaking on ‘Editing in the digital age’ which was sitting on the floor room only! He has a long and colourful history in publishing and is now the president of the Australian Society of Authors.

Definitely time for a break from listening to people talk! I caught the blue CAT bus and did a tour of the Fremantle area.Got off at the maritime museum which I realised I’d visited before. On to getting some info on Rottnest Island ferrries at the sheds on the foreshore. 

I’m going to get prettied up for our gala dinner in the Island Suite at the Esplanade Hotel tonight. It will probably be a late night so no more until tomorrow.

April 11, 2013

130410 The rockstar freelance lifestyle workshop and more

Strolled to Rosie O’Grady’s which is just around the corner from Fremantle B&B this morning for a workshop entitled ‘The Rockstar Freelance Lifestyle’. First half was done by a panel of Marisa Wikramanayake, Sarah JH Fletcher and Abigail Nathan (Bothersome Words). It was very useful information on how to get started or continue in the very glamorous lifestyle of a freelance editor. Well, it’s possible!

Second half was the nitty gritty financial side of the freelance lifestyle. Panel was Patrick Horneman, Karen Strain (Media Super) and Dinesh Aggarwal (Noble & Assoc). To put it all in a nutshell the message was cover all your bases! Prepare for disaster. As history proves, crashes are regular so expect them.

The social side of the evening started with drinks at Moore & Moore Cafe which is also a gallery. The exhibition on display was called ‘Animal’ and had odd shots of naked humans, mostly female, some in cages and others in trees! Not my cup of tea. There was also a performance by Bernard Carney singing the conference theme song and a belly dancing performance by a mother and daughter duo.

On to dinner at Kasa Blanca which is Mediterranean/Morrocan cuisine. Our table ordered a range of dishes to share including a tagine, salads and tapas. Worked out to only about $15 per head plus drinks. Very reasonable. Probably because we filled up on nibblies at the previous venue.

April 9, 2013

130409 Out and about in Fremantle

After freshening up at the quaint Fremantle B&B I took a wander around the Fremantle shopping centre. Guess what? I found The Bead Post, a cute little bead shop next to the post office. After dragging myself away from there and buying a metal drink bottle from the Red Cross shop I took a walk along the Fremantle foreshore. Walked up the steps to the Round House along the foreshore through the park to The Esplanade Hotel, setting for the conference.

i met (after wondering what they all looked like) Marisa (WA), Robin (WA), Calista (Qld), Charlotte (Qld) and Elizabeth (Tas) for drinks. The barman was no help at all pointing them out! On to Sandrino’s for dinner, and they were all massive. Mussels for Marisa, salmon for Charlotte, gnochhi for Calista, lamb cutlets for Robin. I had a veggie platter that I only ate half of. Not sure what Elizabeth had.

Really looking forward to the freelancing workshops tomorrow. God I’m tired. It’s 10pm here but it’s really midnight for me. Good night.

April 9, 2013

130409 Melbourne to Perth to Fremantle

My darling husband drove me to the airport this morning so I could fly to Perth for the IPEd National Editors Conference which is actually in Fremantle.

Spent my time on the plane watching a movie and listening to the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkle. The man next to me was very chatty but also very tired. He had come from Tasmania at 4.30am. Caroline from Perth Legacy very kindly picked me up from the airport and introduced me to everyone. I had lunch in South Perth and then caught a taxi to Fremantle. Had the code for the front door of Fremantle B&B texted to me then lugged my bag to the first floor. It is a small place, only maybe 6 rooms with shared bathrooms. Location, location, location though. At the end of the street is the RoundHouse, not far from the train and bus station and a 5 minute walk to The Esplanade Hotel where the conference is. Going out for a walk now. There are TWO bead shops in Fremantle. I may come home with 7kg of beads! That’s how much room I have left for the flight back.