The Homemakers United Foundation on Taiwan's recurring food safety scandals

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Australian movie filming locations

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By David Whitley

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Yellow Water at Kakadu, where Rogue was filmed.

David Whitley takes a look at the Australian locations put on the big screen by Hollywood blockbusters and a few more niche films.

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Baz Luhrmann’s predictably appalling Aussie epic starred Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who comes to Australia to deal with a huge property. She then formed a pact with a stockman (Hugh Jackman) and ends up driving cattle across the country to the backdrop of Japanese bombing raids on Darwin.

Darwin was a huge beneficiary from the film – and there are plenty of excellent war-related attractions there. These include the East Point Military Museum.

However, Darwin’s a bit bigger now than it was then, so Luhrmann and decided to find a stunt double. Bowen in Queensland did nicely, and this fruit-picking town on the Whitsunday Coast doubled up.

There were also scenes filmed at Strickland House in Sydney, but the other real winner was the Kimberley in northern WA.

Many of the cattle-driving sequences were filmed across the area’s rugged landscape, and properties that they were filmed on or around are fully prepared to shout about it. One impressive sequence takes place at the Pentecost River, by the Home Valley Station. Others were shot at the El Questro Wilderness Park. Meanwhile, the crew stayed in Kununurra for much of the film.

The Matrix

The sci-fi classic with the distinctly non-classic sequels was mainly shot in Sydney’s Fox Studios. But when technological trickery and studio effects wouldn’t suffice, Sydney’s CBD had a chance to shine. Chosen because it could be made to look like any other big city skyline (they avoided the harbour, obviously), a few key scenes were shot on the city streets.

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Our Smartphone Pockets Fit The Largest Phones! Plus We Offer Them On Both Sides For Righties & Lefties

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Our Pick-Pocket Proof Pants have had smartphone pockets from the very first prototype.

Adventure Traveler Smartphone Pockets

We were in Hong Kong in 2006 using a primitive smartphone running Google Maps (slowly). It was pretty clear that this would become the killer app and we saw the need to always carry a smartphone with you while traveling. Though they had yet to dream up the massive screen versions of today.

Our designer was the first to build a dedicated smartphone pocket into a pair of pants in 2009. Now that the new LARGER phones are becoming the norm, we are getting calls/emails asking if our smartphone pockets will fit the new screen sizes coming on the market.

The answer is yes! Our smartphone pockets are designed to fit the LARGEST phones sizes.

How they work:

We build a second internal pocket on both sides, within our front pockets (all styles of pants).

This second smartphone pockets allow you keep other objects in the same pocket as the phone. Basically, you can take your pocket back from being held hostage by the large phone sizes.

Instead, the device is held in its own pocket high up on the hip. Allowing you to keep keys, pens, etc. in the same pocket as the phone & giving you greater range of motion.

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Chinatown Tours Have a New Departure Location

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SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has established a new meeting point at the Grand China Hotel for the cycle tours – Cycle Chinatown and Bangkok Sunset Ride.

This will mean that the tour price will be reduced as hotel pick-up will no longer be included. If customers still require to be picked up from their hotel, it can be arranged, but at an additional cost.

Riders will also gain more cycling – the Cycle Chinatown tour distance will be increased from 15km to 22km, and Bangkok Sunset Ride from 15km to 20km.

Daniel Moylan, Chief Adventure Manager of SpiceRoads says, “This new location in the heart of Chinatown allows us to charge less for our tours and provides the ideal start location for several tours including our current tours – Cycle Chinatown and Bangkok Sunset Ride”.

Customers arriving at the Grand China Hotel should walk into the main entrance of the hotel and look for the SpiceRoads desk near the lifts. The Chinatown tour meets at 0800 for a 0815 departure, and the Bangkok Sunset Ride 1600 for a 1615 departure.

The Grand China Hotel is located at:
215 Yaowarat Road
Sampanthawong
Bangkok, 10100

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