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

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A taco worth tasting

A taco worth tasting

Aidan Jones sounds like a suburban Adelaide middle-class name, but this talented comedian is the product of a backpacker fling that his Adelaide middle-class mother had with a Colombian. Or is he more like the stepfather who helped raise him? I’ve heard talks on nature vs nurture before, but until now, they never involved the…

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Jan

My letter to Nestor

My letter to Nestor

Dear Nestor, I never thought that when we posed for this photo, it’d be the last time we’d ever see each other. You were seventy-five when we lost you last year. You still had lots of living to do, but I’m glad the cancer got you quickly, because you would have hated years of lingering…

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22

Jan

People the Madres admire

People the Madres admire

The Madres de Plaza de Mayo started out as women in the late 1970s publicly questioning Argentina’s military government over what happened to their children who’d been taken off the streets and never seen again. I’ve visited their centre in Buenos Aires mulitple times. In more recent years, this map dominated one of the walls,…

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19

Jan

Paraguay near paradise

Paraguay near paradise

In 2003, I got to see three countries at once. I took this photo from Argentina. Ahead to my right was Brazil. But forward in the distance, was the glimpse of skyscrapers in an elusive Paraguayan locale. At one stage it was known as Puerto Presidente Stroessner, but after President Stroessner fell out of favour,…

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22

Dec

The three certainties in life…

The three certainties in life…

… used to be death, taxes and Adriana Xenides turning around the letters on the Australian version of Wheel of Fortune. Adriana is sadly no longer with us, but this weekend, I spotted her longest running co-host – John Burgess or Burgo – in Hay Street Mall. There was a time when I’d try to…

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8

Dec

Michael from Perth

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