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Titanic the Exhibition Visitors 'Live or die' Depending on Ticket

Everyone entering the Titanic exhibition in Sydney is given a ticket that correlates with a passenger. As people leave they find out if they are among the 1,500 who died on the ill-fated ship or one of the 800 survivors. The travelling exhibition, dedicated to telling the story of the ship's descent to the bottom of the Atlantic just two hours and 40 minutes after hitting an iceberg on ....

Sesame Street's Newest Muppet, Julia, Brings Autism Awareness to Fans Around the World

Meet Julia. She's small, orange, and she has autism — she's Sesame Street's newest muppet.The long-running American children's show is hoping her inclusion will help children better understand the condition.Rather than being treated like an outsider, which often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, the muppet youngster is one of the gang.In an upcoming scene, Julia is about to play a game ....

Christmas: The Weird and Wonderful Ways the World is Celebrating

Bathing in watermelon skins, a zip-lining Santa, and building a tree from empty shells in Syria — these are creative and wonderful ways people around the world are marking Christmas. Photo: Akram Abu al-Foz decorates a Christmas tree made from empty shells he collected and drew on, in the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta. ( ....

Leonard Cohen Dies Age 82, Ending Iconic Career Spanning Literature and Music

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, known best for his haunting hit song Hallelujah, has died at the age of 82. "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," a statement on the Facebook page said. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries." The statement did not provide further de ....

Diwali: Time to shine a light on Australia's 'bamboo ceiling'

When I light candles for Diwali in my home tonight, I will be thinking about knocking down Australia's bamboo ceiling. Diwali, also known as the Hindu 'Festival of Lights', literally means a row of lights, and clay pots, candles and lights are lit in every room of a home to signify the victory of good over evil. Darkness (or evil) represents ignorance and light (or good) is a metaphor fo ....

Crowds Celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday Walkabout

Queen Elizabeth greeted thousands of well-wishers from across Britain and beyond as she celebrated her 90th birthday, demonstrating the world's oldest monarch's intent to keep doing the job she has performed for more than six decades. Usually the Queen's birthday passes with little ceremony but to mark Thursday's milestone a beaming Elizabeth, attired in a light green outfit, mingled with crowds ....

Simulated Gambling Games Leading to Real-Life Problem Gambling, Report Says

People who play simulated gambling games for free online are more likely to become problem gamblers in real life, according to a report from the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC). The report also said the easy access to free gambling games on smart phones and tablets was a major concern. The AGRC — part of Federal Government's Australian Institute of Family Studies — said more and m ....

Cory Monteith: Canadian Glee star dead from overdoses

Canadian Cory Monteith who stars in Glee a hit TV musical comedy was found dead on Saturday. The 31 year old that played Fin Hudson in the Fox TV hit died from a heroin and alcohol overdosein a Vancouver hotel room. Monteith who had been staring in the musical comedy since 2009 had gone for a drug addiction treatment in April. According to Fox TV officials, Monteith was an exceptional talent. ....

Fireworks: The Latest and Greatest

The origin of fireworks comes before gun powder was invented, thousands of years ago in China during the Han Dynasty, approximately 200 B.C.Starting as chunks of green bamboo with pockets of air and sap, it was heated which expanded the air inside the hollow reed resulting in an unexpected explosion. Sometime between 600 and 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists mixed together saltpeter, sulfur and other i ....

CBC: Murdoch Mysteries presents at Fan Expo

The cast of Murdoch Mysteries dished on what it's like making the show and what we can expect from the new season at Fan Expo Canada 2013 [VIDEO below]. Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian drama television series aired on both City and CBC Television, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a police detective working in Toronto, Ontario, in the 1890s. The television ....

Film festivals launch some fascinating new films

(NC) -- Autumn is film festival season and this year's crop of productions has something for everyone. • If you're looking for a thriller, check out Enemy. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who spots his exact double in a movie and sets out to find him, turning both of their lives upside down in the process. • T ....

Fascinating films make your cinema a great escape

(NC) -- Are you looking to get away from it all, even for just a couple of hours? Grab some popcorn and go to the movies. This fall there are some excellent films in the line-up. The thriller Enemy for example, is based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago.  Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who spots his exact double ....