I’m in the midst of a frustrating, and very late, night of research. I’m writing my thesis introduction and trying to find supporting sources for a section of my introduction in which I contextualise my research project by discussing why I’m focusing on Perth, Western Australia. The main reason that this is proving so frustrating is, it seems, that Perth hasn’t been of enough interest for many people to write about in academic literature.
No great surprise there.
As I’ve said many, many times before, I like Perth. Even if I’m not in the minority in feeling that, I’m almost certainly in the minority in admitting it. If you ask someone from Perth what they think of Perth, you’re almost certainly met with hesitation. Perth is Australia’s – and possibly the world’s – biggest country town. There are one and a half million of us, and yet we only just seem to be beginning to nail that Big City feeling. And, when I say ‘big city’, I mean like… moderately sized, internationally-overlooked big city.
New York, London, and Paris: Perth is not any of these.
It’s better than lots of places, though. Many people will concede that it’s a nice place to live… if you’ve got kids, or you’re retired. Or you love the beach; Perth does a spectacular beach. (In fact, it does an entire coastline of them.)
This is more my kinda beach, five minutes from my parent’s place. No big deal.
It has, until recently, been a little bit culturally devoid. There’s a big push at the moment to bring the culture to Perth, and it’s awesome. All kinds of events and places and bars and restaurants and goings-on are popping up, and some time in the not-too-distant future, Perth is going to be a pretty damn awesome place to be.
Probably Certainly the best thing to have come out of a recent spate of openings-up in Perth, however, is this:
Go on. I dare you to try and tell me that a toasted sandwich shop named Toastface Grillah isn’t the best thing you’ve ever heard of. Reasons why Perth is getting awesome: here is one.