NEWCASTLE – THE GREAT AUSSIE COMEBACK   
In what may well offer hope to others around Australia, former steel city Newcastle has defied predictions of Armageddon (after the departure of BHP) to reinvent itself as a vibrant, booming location.  A place where increasing numbers of people want to make their future.
 

LOVING RATS & MICE - A NATIONAL CHALLENGE
Australians love their marsupials.  Our kangaroos and koalas.  Our wombats and quokkas, to name just a few.  But now we’re being challenged to extend the love to our remarkable native rodents.  That’s right, rats and mice.  (Some of them used to be the height of fashion.)
 



COST OF ROYAL VISIT KEEPS RISING
The cost of flying the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall to and from Australia is extraordinary.  After a few days the price tag for airfares alone is already over $75 000 and rising fast.  This is ridiculously expensive.  It is more than five times the cost of luxury flights from Singapore to Brisbane for the couple – in first class, on British Airways – and the Prince still has a return trip planned to the Republic of Vanuatu, travel across Queensland and the Northern Territory, and perhaps a return to Singapore.
 
RADICAL PLAN UNDERWAY TO SAVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Many of the scientists trying to save the Great Barrier Reef from terminal decline believe we are already out of time.  As a result, they have begun a radical action plan which involves fast-tracking the evolution of coral, helping it to adapt to the realities of warmer waters that (until now) have been killing it.
 



NOT THE KINGSWOOD! FRENCH THREATEN TO CRUSH CLASSIC HOLDEN ‘BARN FIND’
An Australian man’s joy at discovering a classic Holden ‘barn find’ is at risk of a crushing finish, with French authorities deeming the 1970 Kingswood ute has secret compartments which could be used to transport drugs.  In actual fact, the spaces are part of standard design for that vehicle.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

SPORT SCIENCE: MIND CONTROL FOR AUSSIE GAMES ATHLETES
Australia’s elite athletes are looking to boost their medal chances by enlisting mind control experts who have helped everyone from mountaineers to surgeons, and from ultra-altitude divers to big wave surfers.  The focus on the mind is aimed at propelling our swimmers back to the top of the podium, after recent Olympic performances branded as a ‘choke’.