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Val Williamson

Citizen based in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Joined on Dec 2, 2011
Expertise in Books, Education, Ethnic cultures, Entertainment, Environment & green living,   see all» Social media, Movies, Travel, Internet



Wild Oats XI beats own record to finish Yacht Race at Hobart

Hobart - Wild Oats XI shaves nearly seventeen minutes off its own 2005 record to take line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Now the long wait for a possible repeat of the triple crown.

2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Perfect Spinnaker Start

Sydney - A flying start before the wind as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race provides Boxing Day entertainment for the sixty eighth consecutive year.

High hopes for The Dark Knight Rises but will Batman survive?

Speculation and dark hints are fuelling excitement as Christopher Nolan's third movie in his Batman trilogy approaches launch day. Is this where the legend ends?

Photo essay: Wine, olives and art at Mornington Peninsula Special

Mornington - I left England's winter to journey to Australia's much milder autumn and sampled not only culinary fruits of the region but cultural ones too.

Op-Ed: Titanic anniversary movie 3D rerelease — Start of a new trend?

James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic movie has been digitally remastered and rereleased in 3-D to coincide with the centenary of the historic tragedy. Should other old movies get the digital makeover and 3-D revival?

Marvel's the Black Widow kicks ass in The Avengers viral video

The first clip from the Avengers movie online, featuring Scarlett Johansson playing sassy female superhero the Black Widow, attracted thousands of hits in a few hours and some pretty strong comments about the heavily jump cut action sequence.

Battle of the Samba Academies in Rio Special

Rio De Janeiro - Unidos da Tijuca won the 2012 Rio Carnivale, the second win in three years for designer and leader Paulo Barros whose use of dancers as living statues is unique.

2012 RoNA awards shortlist: Chocklit finds favour with judges

London - The Romantic Novelists Association awards shortlist has more categories in 2012, and highlights that independent publishers are still alive and well and delivering to readers what they want.

Movie mogul James Cameron buys home in New Zealand Special

Wellington - Canadian movie producer and director James Cameron is setting up home in New Zealand. The news comes as he finally completes on a troubled property deal in which he purchased two neighbouring farms in Wairarapa, Wellington, North Island, NZ.

Inside New Zealand fur seals mystery deaths Special

Adelaide - Preliminary tests by Australian vets have not explained why 50 fur seal pups washed up on Eyre Peninsula, SA, all died at the same time. Was it stormy weather, a mass mismothering incident, or an infection? Investigations continue.

Loki wins the Tattersall's Cup after long wait at Hobart

Hobart - Loki made it over the line fourth overall behind Investic Loyal, Wild Oats XI and Lahania, but had a prolonged and tense wait to see if rivals in similar IRC handicapped craft would snatch the crown.

Investic Loyal contested win over Wild Oats XI for line honours

Hobart - Investic Loyal and Wild Oats XI in close finish to take line honours by just over two minutes in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, but a protest has been lodged.

Yacht race under way after difficult morning

Sydney - Sydney gives the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race a great send-off after a fraught morning. Will the weather scupper the chances of a record-breaking win?

Photo Essay: Viewing the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Special

Sydney - Competitive yachting is a spectacle that is both photogenic and difficult to photograph. I took some shots around the CYCA Rushcutters Bay start venue for the world's most accessible Christmas race.

2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Final Preparations Special

Sydney - These past weeks has seen plenty of traffic into the Sydney headquarters of the annual Christmas contest, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at Rushcutters Bay, in preparation for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

The Other Jane Austen: Lost Portrait Revealed

London - A new portrait of one of the world’s most successful yet least pictured authors has been found. Since only one, amateur, portrait of Jane Austen is known, this is significant news for fans across the globe.

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