Posts tagged ‘rottnest island’

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 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.