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About Michael

English born blogger who can never have enough strong flat whites.  Writes rambly opinion pieces, coupled with whimsy 'no-opinion' pieces, laced with the odd scribe on the rich and fascinating well of human behaviour. Has never fallen asleep on a couch.

A master of the craft.

Why I love John Updike

Discover why blogger Michael Sampson is so enamoured with John Updike, the master of putting suburbia under the microscope.

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8 months ago
(Entertainment & Culture)
Twenty years since Diana's death and Paul Burrell is still milking it for what it is worth.

Why Paul Burrell tops my national cringe list

 

Paul Burrell is like that one person who, years ago at school, shared a packet of chips with someone who went on to be very...

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8 months ago
(Entertainment & Culture)

Greeting cards a lesson in mantelpiece mediocrity

I find it astonishing that people buy cards with written messages in them. Are human beings really generic?

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About 1 year ago
(Love & Relationships)
Jon Henrik's powerful Sami folk music transcends cultural divides.

A softly spoken magician

 

Meet the shepherd who got me out of my cyber trance.

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About 1 year ago
(Entertainment & Culture)
What on earth was Westfield thinking? Picture: Michael Sampson.

Westfield public urinal TVs are taking the p***!

I’m not sure what items and temptations were on offer, as focusing was tricky while shaking my head in disbelief.

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About 1 year ago
(Entertainment & Culture)
Send us your new takes on familiar Australian suburbs.

The sound of the suburbs

WA blogger Michael Sampson gives new, lighthearted definitions to some familiar old suburbs. Why not send in yours, too?

Western Australia Property Lighter side
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Over 1 year ago
(Pastimes)
The saddest thing I saw this year.

The saddest thing I saw in 2016

Somebody had discovered the bag and rifled through the owner’s entire possessions, scattering them in a frenzied quest for loot.

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Over 1 year ago
(Kindness)
The appeal of the TV sporting event is deep-seated.

Why men go catatonic in front of TV sport

The game can light us up like Manhattan and put our incessant mind chatter to bed.

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Over 1 year ago
(Sport & Leisure)
Am I the weirdo? I like to enjoy a movie once and once only.

I like to watch, but don’t make me re-watch

I'm obviously a weirdo, since I only like to see a movie once.

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Over 1 year ago
(Entertainment & Culture)
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Corporal punishment was all the rage when I was at school.

Do you remember the cane and strap?

It doesn't seem that long...

(Nostalgia) 3 months ago
Suzuki's cute little Ignis SUV has a lot going for it.

Review: 2017 Suzuki Ignis GL and GLX

Japanese car maker Suzuki,...

(Pastimes) 9 months ago
The ultimate crowd pleaser.

A nod to the legend of NISMO

SOMETHING happened to us...

(Pastimes) About 18 hours ago
Big leap forward for new Santa Fe.

Korean SUV takes another step forward

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(Pastimes) 8 days ago
Pre-prepared meals can be a great and healthy time saver.

Taking the stress out of dinner time

Frazzled, time-poor...

(Epicure) About 1 month ago
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It's 35 years since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in South Australia and Victoria claimed 75 lives and more than 2500 buildings.