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    News bites – March 12 2019


    Australia’s east coast toward the northern tip of Queensland is a raw and inviting paradise: surrounded by lush rainforests, white sand beaches and azure waters, you can’t help but feel reset, grounded.

    Tourism Tropical North Queensland have tapped into the power of the North and are inviting Australians to re-ground themselves in 2019. With the help of Australian model, Samantha Harris, they have kicked off a campaign known as Feel Grounded, with a tour and some out-of-this-world shots of the region.

    With wellness as their top priority, TTNQ are working to de-stress Australians with hiking, biking, swimming, diving and yoga, all in unbelievable locations.

    The Feel Grounded campaign will show off the very best of the North, including the luxe new resort, ‘Riley’ by Crystalbrook Collection in Cairns, a helicopter ride to Vlasoff Cay for picnics and swimming, Fitzroy and Dunk Island living, the food trails of the Atherton Tablelands and the secluded rock plunge pools on the outskirts of Cairns.

    It’s time to #FeelGrounded in North Queensland.

    Image courtesy of Tropical North Queensland

    Instagram Queen

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II uploaded her first-ever Instagram post on Thursday the 7th March following a visit to London’s Science Museum.

    Upon discovering a letter written to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert from the world’s first computer engineer, Charles Babbage, the Queen said felt it was only fitting to make this her debut Instagram post, in celebration of how far technology has come.

    Although the Royal Family’s Instagram has been active since 2013, this was the first post made by the Queen herself.  And it seems London’s Science Museum has inspired her more than once to tap into a social platform, with the Queen’s previous visit to the museum (2014) followed by her first tweet.

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    Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert.  Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the “Difference Engine”, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843.  In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the “Analytical Engine” upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron.  Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors. Elizabeth R. PHOTOS: Supplied by the Royal Archives © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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