Perth: Trains, iPhones and Surf Lifesavers

It’s that time of the week when again I take a look around to see what’s going on elsewhere in Australia. Maybe I look to one of our other cities or, as I did a couple weeks ago, go somewhere much quieter when I took A Look at Rural Australia.

This week, the spotlight falls on:


18-year-old Jack was probably thrilled to bits to be the first person in Perth to purchase an iPhone 6; the surrounding media were pretty excited too.

Here’s what happened when he emerged from the store clutching his shiny new thing…

Of course, the video went viral, over 17 million views as at today’s date. Poor lad, but how is his iPhone?

Let’s clear that up right now…

All’s well that ends well.

Perth is no stranger to viral videos, I’m sure you’ve seen this one from just last month. The actual viral video has received over 14 million views so far, so obviously the incident wasn’t quite as exciting as dropping an iPhone 6. But then is hard to imagine anything more interesting than somebody dropping their phone, isn’t it?

Anyway, the video I am going to show you is NOT the original viral video, that one lasts about 17 minutes. This is a video about the viral video which like the other viral video, became a news item…

Hot weather

Last weekend, on Saturday the 20th, Perth had their hottest September day on record, ever. The mercury rose to 34.2°C beating the previous record from September 1918 of 32.7°.

Brisbane can top that though, back in August 2009 temperatures here hit 36°C and I wrote a post about it at the time called The Australian Climate: El Nino and La Nina.

Of course, when it gets hot, it is time to hit the beaches. And that’s exactly what the people of Perth did in their droves last weekend. I’m always going on about swimming between the flags, here’s why…

186 rescues in one day!

It’s incredible how much good work the surf lifesavers do here in Australia and they are all volunteers. To become a surf lifesaver you will need to join your local surf life saving club, train and pass your Bronze Medallion qualifications.

Only when you are fully proficient would you be allowed to proudly wear the red and yellow and patrol Australian beaches.

If you’re not in a position to volunteer, you will often find surf lifesavers collecting donations at communal events, in shopping malls or even outside the bottle shop. Chuck a bit of money in the bucket if you can afford it, you never know when these brave people might save someone you love.

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