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Oct 5 - QUEENSLAND: THE FORGOTTEN STATE
Today more than 5.1 million Queenslanders will be acknowledging the ‘Birthday of the Sovereign’ – but the Queen and Buckingham Palace appear not to be aware about it at all. The Queen’s official website indicates the date didn’t rate a mention at Buckingham Palace - and Queenslanders aren’t the only ones to have been ‘out of sight and out of mind.’ 


THE AMAZING EXPLOITS OF THE 'EGG MAN” OF CHANGI
As Australia marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, details have emerged of the extraordinary behind-the-scenes efforts that helped saved countless Aussie lives at prisoner-of-war camps run by the Japanese (such as Changi) near the infamous Thai-Burma railway project.   Salvation arrived for many in the form of an egg, with a staggering 47,000 of them generated via a POW-run poultry farm.  Author Alasdair McGregor shares the story of his father Ian McGregor whose determination to provide sustenance – to those being left to waste away – saw an almost industrial-scale chicken and duck enterprise.
 



AUSTRALIA’S BUSH TUCKER BOOM
Appetites for Australian native food ingredients are growing globally, creating a burgeoning industry based on ancient Aboriginal knowledge.  In a special report for AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC, Clare Watson details how consumers, hungry for ethically-sourced foods, and a global awakening to food provenance is accelerating opportunities for the native bush foods industry in Australia.
 

AUSSIE SCIENTISTS USING FACEBOOK TO CRACK THE UNIVERSE
Driven slightly mad by the failure of traditional theories and practices, Aussie scientists are going to the likes of Facebook in an attempt to solve some of the long-standing mysteries of the universe.  (Yes, that’s right, Facebook!)