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Foxtel GO is back better than ever before

  • Foxtel GO streams in HD, live and On Demand • Chromecast and AirPlay lets multi-room subscribers take the big screen experience with them, anytime, any place • Watch on tablets, smartphones and select PC & Mac browsers Foxtel has unveiled the supercharged arrival of its popular mobile streaming app, Foxtel GO. The news…Read more

The Pacific: About Captain Cook

In The Pacific, Sam Neill crosses the length and breadth of the largest ocean in the world to experience for himself a contemporary journey in Captain Cook’s footsteps. Captain James Cook’s incredible epic voyages of discovery are as controversial now after 250 years as ever. James Cook – Making of a Mariner James was born in…Read more

The Fateful Return to Hawaii

The Pacific In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill Starts Monday August 27 at 7.30pm AEST   The Fateful Return to Hawaii Resolution and Discovery returned to Hawaii in 1779. After sailing around the archipelago for about eight weeks, they made landfall at Kealakekua Bay, on the largest island in the group. After a…Read more

The Third and Final Voyage of James Cook (1776–79)

The Pacific In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill Starts Monday August 27 at 7.30pm AEST   The Third and Final Voyage of James Cook (1776–79) By 1776, James Cook was well-renowned for his seamanship, surveying and exploring. He had commanded two great voyages around the world and become the first European to visit…Read more

The Second Voyage of James Cook (1772 – 1775)

The Pacific In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill Starts Monday August 27 at 7.30pm AEST   The Second Voyage of James Cook (1772 – 1775) In 1772, Lieutenant Cook was promoted to Commander. This promotion led to a new expedition to settle once and for all the speculative existence of the Great Southern…Read more

The First Voyage of James Cook (1768 – 1771)

The Pacific In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill Starts Monday August 27 at 7.30pm AEST   The First voyage of James Cook (1768 – 1771) The HMS Endeavour departed England on the 26th August 1768. Lieutenant Cook and his crew rounded Cape Horn and continued westward across the Pacific to arrive at Tahiti on…Read more

James Cook – Making of a Mariner

The Pacific In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill Starts Monday August 27 at 7.30pm AEST   The Making of a Mariner James was born in the northern town of Marton, Yorkshire on 7 November 1728. At the ripe old age of sixteen, a little over the age that he could have joined the Royal…Read more

The Real Story Of… truth is stranger than fiction

  The idea that truth is stranger than fiction has been around a while. It’s been attributed to Shakespeare, Twain and some might even make the argument for Tom Clancy. We’re not here to debate the origins of this well-worn phrase, but it’s Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world most famous detective Sherlock Holmes…Read more

Anniversary of the Execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family – Saints or Sinners?

 Saints or Sinners? Tsar Nicholas II, his family and their last servants are Saints in the Russian Orthodox Church. This elevation to near divine all starts back in July 1918 with a very brutal act in the cellar of a merchant house in Yekaterinburg. Here’s a very rudimentary timeline of some very complicated events in a…Read more

40th Anniversary of the death of John D. Rockefeller III

40th Anniversary of the death of John D. Rockefeller III – 10/07/1978 Death of John D. Rockefeller III, American philanthropist. Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation. He helped found the Asia Society and bequeathed his Oriental art collection to it. He also led the fundraising for the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York…Read more

100th Anniversary of The Battle of Hamel WWI

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of The Battle of Hamel WWI – 04/07/1918 The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918) was a successful attack by the Australian Army and US Army infantry, supported by British tanks, against German positions in and around the town of Le Hamel, in northern France, during World War I. The attack…Read more

Roswell UFO Incident – 71st Anniversary

The Roswell Incident, New Mexico, USA. A UFO apparently crash-landed on a ranch, and debris with strange markings and unusual properties was found. The U.S. Air Force claimed it was just a weather balloon. Some witnesses reported seeing the bodies of aliens, which the Air Force later said were mannequins.   It’s all about location…Read more

Putin’s Revenge

There are some very serious allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. These allegations have gripped Washington D.C. (and the rest of the world) and set into motion multiple investigations into the campaign of the United States’ 45th President, Donald J. Trump. At the root of these inquiries are concerns about the security…Read more

Mateship: 5 Ways Australia and the USA are connected

Mateship – Australia & USA: A Century Together Australia’s long relationship with the United States has produced many interesting connections that continue to fascinate, even though some of these go back more than 100 years. Military exploits are a big part of this list – but there are many others connections across different levels that are…Read more

Timeline of 100 Years of Mateship

Mateship – Australia & USA: A Century Together   Comrades in Arms Across the last 100 years we’ve seen the development and evolution of a very special relationship – that between Australia and the United States of America. It was a friendship largely forged in blood and iron on the major battlefields of the twentieth century,…Read more

Days that Shaped America: Waco – A religious cult at Mt. Carmel

A religious cult at Mt. Carmel During the latter half of 1992 and into 1993 Government officials in the McLennan County Sherriff’s office had received troubling reports about the activity of a religious cult called the Branch Davidians who lived in a large compound at a remote area called Mt. Carmel outside Waco, Texas. Over 100 men, women…Read more

90th Anniversary of the Earhart Atlantic Crossing

American aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. The pilot of this historic flight was Wilmer Stultz, a record holder in his own right. Amelia was simply a passenger on this flight however, she was at the helm and at the beginning of what would become…Read more

Days that Shaped America: Oklahoma City – The Terrorist act that brought a shaken city together

The explosion Wednesday 19 April 1995 was a sunny spring morning in downtown Oklahoma, and the scene in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 8.30am was usual for the hour. Federal workers were entering the building and parents were taking their children to the day care centre on the second floor. Just before 9am…Read more

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents – The spymasters who ran the world’s first secret service

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents   The starting point is the term intelligence itself. For many of us, intelligence invokes images of daring covert operations. Daring-do for Queen (or King) and Country, exotic locations, mind boggling gadgetry, a designer tuxedo, car chases and martinis; lots and lots of martinis – shaken not stirred. This really could…Read more

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Robert Kennedy

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Robert Kennedy – 06/06/1968   It has been 50 years since the assassination of Robert Kennedy. The 42-year-old presidential candidate was mortally wounded shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He had just won the California presidential primaries for the 1968 presidential election. Kennedy had…Read more