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A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth

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Sleeping at ATM’s in Buenos Aires

Sleeping at ATM’s in Buenos Aires

I am loving Buenos Aires since I arrived yesterday, which is fortunate, as I’ve spent almost all of it awake! My friend Gary told me that the Dreamliner helps prevent jet-lag. I’m not so sure… If I can’t get back to sleep early in the morning, because of jet-lag, I like to get up and…

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Nov

Argentine Pride

Argentine Pride

This monologue inspired me to write a tasteful novel, which in turn inspired me to perform my show HOW TO WRITE A TASTEFUL NOVEL. I wrote it in 2007, when Perth’s mining boom meant it was impossible to get tradesmen (and they were always men) to come around, and same sex marriage was a bit…

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26

Oct

The grounds of the French Chateau
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The grounds of the French Chateau

I stayed here, close to Rennes, with some family friends, during my first trip to Europe. Good writing sometimes involves knowing when not to write, and letting the scenery speak for itself.

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Oct

Billie beats Bobby

Billie beats Bobby

Billie Jean King was the tennis player who got married, won six Wimbledon singles titles, started the women’s professional tennis circuit and the Women’s Tennis Association, co-founded Team Tennis, fought for equal prize money, had an abortion, got sued by her lesbian lover (well, one of them), and (in 1973) beat 55-year-old Bobby Riggs in…

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Oct

‘Evita lives in each one of us’

‘Evita lives in each one of us’

My first five trips to Argentina were all during, or just after, elections. I photographed the posters above on my first visit, during its 2003 Presidential election. Eva Perón was supposed to be a reason to vote for Carlos Menem, pictured below. Exactly why a woman who’d been dead for 51 years should make people…

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17

Sep

Michael from another Perth

Michael from another Perth

I can’t say that the place our city is named after is terribly exciting. Small, peaceful, quiet and dull – well, maybe not so unlike its Western Australian counterpart! I actually felt quite homesick being there – only worse – because Perth, Scotland isn’t pronounced “Purrrth” – it’s “Pearth” – so it didn’t quite seem…

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Sep

Michael from Perth

A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth