NRL Grand Final

I began to watch halfway through, finding Tutankhamun on SBS more interesting.

With the mummy permanently locked behind glass in his tomb, the emergence of a fragment of the pharaoh’s flesh in the UK now provides an opportunity to crack this mystery.

Dr Robert Connolly of the University of Liverpool was part of the 1968 team that first x-rayed Tutankhamun and obtained tissue samples for blood testing.  Now unique chemical tests confirm that the mummy was indeed burnt whilst still sealed inside his coffin.  But having lain untouched for millennia, how was this possible?

For the first time, leading fire investigators will demonstrate how an incredible chemical reaction of the embalming oils used on Tutankhamun’s mummy lead to his spontaneous combustion – providing brand new evidence that his mummification was botched.

But this mystery of the burnt mummy is also a major clue to the greatest enigma of Ancient Egypt – what caused the young pharaoh’s death…

Well worth seeing too.

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Of course this time last year I watched every minute of the Grand Final. This year’s all-Queensland event, however, did prove to be quite enthralling, once I started watching. Always knew it would be close, but…

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The North Queensland Cowboys have won their first NRL title after Johnathan Thurston kicked a golden-point field goal to beat the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in a thrilling grand final at the Sydney Olympic stadium.

The Cowboys trailed 16-12 for most of the second half before winger Kyle Feldt scored in the corner in the final seconds to take the game into golden-point extra-time.

Broncos half-back Ben Hunt dropped the ball from the extra-time kick-off to give the Cowboys a golden opportunity to snatch victory.

Thurston was set up for the field goal for the first tackle. He was swamped by the Broncos defence but could not be stopped from his second attempt moments later after a strong hit-up from prop James Tamou.

From 20 metres out, Thurston kicked the winning field goal in the 83rd minute of the game to send all of North Queensland into a celebration frenzy…

But exciting as this was, maybe Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has a point: Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says golden point is unfair after heartbreaking loss to North Queensland.

Bennett re-iterated his stance against golden point, claiming the result is a lottery.

“It’s just unfair on everybody. I would’ve been happy to come back next week and play again,” Bennett said post-game.

“I still don’t see what’s wrong with a draw. The season doesn’t have to change anything. For 100 years we didn’t have golden point and we still had a great game.”

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