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Learn about the Solar Challenge which is hosted in Australia, the Murray River, the disappearance of the Australian Prime ...
Minister Harold Holt in 1967, Australian star Kylie Minogue and actor training for the epic film "Australia".
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Five Facts about Australia
DID YOU KNOW? 5
Female: Did you know every year Australia host the World Solar Challenge? The World Solar Challenge sees cars that look like aerodynamic wings with solar paneling on top zooming through the desert and it can get very competitive.
Mike Duke: Yeah. We have a coming secret in this car which is, we’ve got some special lithium ion batteries which no other teams got and we don’t know how they’re going to form. We’re hoping that we get bit of an age on the other teams.
Female: Competitors come from all over the world, from corporations, universities and even high schools. The aim of the race is to support research into solar powered cars and to have some fun along the way.
DID YOU KNOW? 4
Female: Did you know the Murray River is Australia’s best spot for houseboating? The Murray River creates the border between two Australian states; Victoria and New South Wales. Its width, depth and smooth flowing course make it perfect for spending a day cruising gently. During summer, the Murray becomes a haven for water-loving tourist. Fishing, yachting and jet skiing are all perfect past times on the Murray.
For land lovers, there is also golf nearby but it’s the boats that really steal the show.
DID YOU KNOW? 3
Female: Did you know in 1967, Australians lost their Prime Minister? Harold Holt, leader of the Liberal Party disappeared of Australia’s south coast after going for a swim with friends. Many rumors emerged that he had been kidnapped by spies or eaten by sharks but the most likely cause seem a strong currents and rips. The Prime Minister, although a strong swimmer, could not compete with the frosty of the ocean.
His memorial service was attended by Prince Charles and other dignitaries and heads of state. The Australians serf does not discriminate, so always remember to swim between the flags.
DID YOU KNOW? 2
Female: Did you know superstar Kylie Minogue began her career as a mechanic on the TV soap “Neighbors”? Kylie began her singing career after the whole cast of Neighbors participated in a sing along for charity. She then went to London where she signed up with the famous record producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Since then, she has released nine studio albums, received countless gold and platinum records and released 43 hit singles.
Her career has been two decades and has also included creating her own perfume and lingerie ranges as well as writing a children’s book. Kylie has battled breast cancer and overcome the disease to become the world’s favorite pop princess.
DID YOU KNOW? 1
Female: Did you know Hugh Jackman trained with cowboys in Texas to prepare for his role in Baz Luhrmann's Australia? The epic film tells the tale of an English Aristocrat played by Nicole Kidman who travels across the desert with a rugged drover played by Jackman. The pair had to look convincing on horseback.
Hugh Jackman: I’m not sure if you’re aware of the universal lie that all actors tell which is that they can ride horses because when the director says, “Can you ride?” “Oh, of course” and however, when Baz sent me the script, I didn’t lie about it because it was very clear that I was out of my debt then.
Female: Jackman’s training means he is now a capable horseman.