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

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The road to Alaska… sort of
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The road to Alaska… sort of

This is the southern end of the Pan American Highway, which goes all the way from Tierra del Fuego  to Alaska … sort of. I say “sort of” because, for instance, there’s no bridge across the Magellan Strait, though my bus got across fine on a ferry. There’s a gap of about 100 kilometres in…

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12

Aug

Should I visit the Great Barrier Reef?

Should I visit the Great Barrier Reef?

Later this week, I’m visiting Far North Queensland for the tenth time. On my previous nine trips, I went to the Great Barrier Reef … never. Should I take the plunge this time? I don’t think so. It’ll always be there (well, maybe), and I just want to get some sun and work on my…

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15

Jul

Emulating Charlene

Emulating Charlene

When I was in my first year of high school, Hey! Hey! It’s Saturday used to play the video clips of the latest hits. I was upset that a weird, classical sounding song had knocked ‘Mickey’ off the number one position. The song was ‘I’ve Never Been to Me’, 12 years before it opened the…

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8

Jul

Stalinist purges, cannibal rats and Antarctica
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Stalinist purges, cannibal rats and Antarctica

I’ve written in some exotic places – like Antarctica! The ship that took me there was named after Lyubov Orlova. There was a photo of her in the bar, with a brief explanation that she was a popular Russian actress. Her IMDb biography, combined with a knowledge of history, is more illuminating. Born in 1902, her…

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1

Jul

Missing and finding Xanadu

Missing and finding Xanadu

When I visited New York City in 2007, I didn’t see the stage musical version of Xanadu, but I caught it five years later when the students at WAAPA (the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) put it on. Xanadu is an example of the public getting it right … repeatedly. The original movie did not do…

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24

Jun

Michael from Perth

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