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

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How much does it cost to go here?

How much does it cost to go here?

This was the list of entrance fees in 2007 to the national park on the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls: As an adult foreigner, I paid 40 pesos every time I entered. Argentine adult nationals only paid 14 pesos, or half that if they were from the province of Misiones, unless they were from Puerto…

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Apr

Disappeared

Disappeared

Here Silvana Benincasa and David Feldman were kidnapped on 2 June 1976. Popular militants. Detained and disappeared by state terrorism. It was just over two months since the coup d’etat that saw the military take power. Some Buenos Aires pavements have plaques like those above and below. Six weeks after the Argentina won the World…

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21

Mar

Only one to go …

Only one to go …

I want to swim in all the world’s oceans. This is me doing the North Pacific in Muir Beach near San Francisco, September 2015. Note the hoody below. Sunburn was not a concern that day. The North Atlantic was more inviting, but though Muir Beach wasn’t quite the Polar Plunge! Only the Arctic Ocean to…

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7

Mar

Should roads be sealed?

Should roads be sealed?

I’m on the road from Broome to Cape Leveque. I’ve always liked this picture, and not just because it was taken 17 years ago. There is an unspoilt beauty to a red unsealed road. The worse the road, the more we could have it to ourselves. Two weeks earlier, I was on the Gibb River…

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Feb

The Fringe that wasn’t quite

The Fringe that wasn’t quite

Last year, I wrote an advanced draft of a comedy show that I planned to stage at the 2021 Fringe World Festival. After COVID hit, I kept going, but by June, I felt too exhausted by everything. I couldn’t imagine learning the script. I was also worried that Perth might get locked down, and I…

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Feb

Michael from Perth

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