Thursday, May 19, 2011

I ♥ Australia

I've been intrigued with an island for as long as I can remember. I don't know if it was the history of the aboriginals, the stories of prisoners being sent there in the old'n days, or the sheer awesomness of said island that drew me in, but my passion for Australia as never decreased. Australia encompasses the mainland, the island of Tasmania and some smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Here are some awesome Australian subjects:

Kylie Minogue (Famous singer/actress)
Kylie has been in the spotlight since her early teen years. She starred in Australia's most famous television program Neighbours for two years, from 1986 to 1988. She later gained world-wide fame when she interpreted the LocoMotion song but garnered critical and commercial praise (and landed straight in my vision) when she released her 2001 album Fever. Her first single "Can't get You out of My Head" shot straight up the charts and solidified her position as a pop princess. Can I also note that she was GaGa before there even was a GaGa.

Koala (Most beloved animal)
Who can resist such a cute creature? Although most of us associate our four-legged furry friend to bears, they are not part of the bear's genus family at all. Also, Koala's are on the few species of mammals that have fingerprints. It is said that even when looked at close enough (most likely with CSI-type tools), the difference between the fingerprints from Koalas and humans can be difficult to distinguish. And they have opposable thumbs. Seriously, can this littlefuzz ball get any cuter? You tell me.

File:Cutest Koala.jpg

In case you want more info, check out wikipedia!

Great Barrier Reef (World's largest reef system)
The reason this attracts me so much is because the reef system can be seen from outer space. Yeah, astronauts can look down and spot this naturally made infrastructure. It is created by living organisms called coral polyps. What is sad though is that climate change and mass pollution is threatening this World Wonder and the many species that call it home. Let's not forget the nasty crowns-of-thorns starfish that likes to prey on coral polyps. The Great Barrier Reef has always fascinated me and will continue to do so until I am fortunate enough to visit the land down under.

File:Blue Linckia Starfish.JPG

Cate, Naomi, and Nicole (Blonde Bombshells)
If we weren't lucky enough to be introduced to Kidman in the late 80's, she tested our love for Australia by introducing us to her two friends Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts. These three actresses have made nothing but exceptional movies throughout their careers. Nicole Kidman wowed us time and time again most notably in To Die For, Practical Magic, and The Others. I first noticed Cate Blanchett while watching The Talented Mr. Ripley in which she has a bit role that speaks volume. Ever since, she has become a favourite of mine in movies like The Gift, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Notes on a Scandal, a brilliant movie starring Dame Judi Dench. If we didn't have enough of two, there came a third. Naomi Watts blew up the screen in The Ring and continued to amaze audiences with Funny Games, Mulholland Drive, and the CGI-heavy King Kong. A big hand of applause for these three beauties.

Nicole Kidman                   Naomi Watts                       Cate Blanchett

What do you find most intriguing about Australia?

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