Epic adventure or epic fail? The family that tried to sail to England in a rubber boat

A young English family of five, desperate to visit a sick relative back home, attempts to sail from Australia in a rubber dinghy; instead they take a 6,500 kilometre, nine-month detour via Indonesia.
That is the absurd plot for Melbourne filmmaker Alessandro Frosali’s next project — but incredibly, it’s a true story.
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Rubber Ducky Really Ridiculous ! [Ed]

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Star Wars’ R2-D2, dies aged 81.

7732496-3x2-940x627Kenny Baker, the British actor who starred as plucky robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 81.  Mr Baker, who measured one metre tall, played the resourceful droid known for his whistles and beeps in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 and in the five following movies.

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Kiwi craft leads the way in drone industry.

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Good old Kiwi ingenuity on a shoe-string budget could see the world’s first unmanned aerial vehicle for long-range search and rescue operational within the next two years. The Coastguard has been working with Christchurch-based Global Aerial Platforms (GAP) for three years on two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that could help save the lives of more people lost at sea. The smaller UAV can be launched off a boat and relays information back to Coastguard staff on where any survivors are in the water and also a better view of what’s under the water. More . .