Thursday 3rd May 2012

Thursday May 3, 2012
Stevie's adventure
Today we are coming to you from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, just a bit to the north of Broome in the magnificent Kimberley region of WA. This week we are focussing on some of the great characters of the Kimberley region, those people who have a job that allows them to interact with the spectacular Kimberley landscape on a daily basis – jobs many of us would only dream about. We have had the pleasure to spend some time with James Brown, Manager of Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and the third generation of his family to grow pearls in this area. He has the envious job of spending his working day in and around this magnificent part of the Kimberley coastline. James grew up at Cygnet Bay, which is about 200kms north of Broome, and had an unbelievable childhood fishing, swimming, and pretty much doing what he liked in this incredible part of the world. He is one of several characters we are talking to this week who have the amazing luck of spending their working day interacting with the incredible Kimberley outback. James has been showing us what he calls his backyard – and what a peaceful, beautiful place it is.

Week in politics
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy joined TODAY for his weekly political update.

Pressure on banks to pass on cut
The NAB has decided not to pass on the full Reserve Bank interest rate cut, is it a sign of things to come? TODAY finance editor Ross Greenwood had the details.

Maddy’s parents still hopeful
The parents of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared five years ago while on a holiday in Portugal, still believe their daughter will be found alive. For more TODAY was joined by NINE Europe correspondent Peter Stefanovic from London.

Big wave awards
Gold Coast pro, Ryan Hipwood is in the running to become the first Aussie to take home the ride of the year trophy at the annual XXL Awards being held in Los Angeles on Friday. NINE reporter Nick Curry had the story.

Movie review
TODAY entertainment editor Richard Wilkins reviews some of the latest movies to hit the big screen.

Baby boom
There's been an unexpected baby boom in Melbourne’s North with 20 babies delivered in just 22 hours. Joining TODAY from the hospital was midwife Ainsley Demir who was in the thick of the action and new mum, Belinda Phelan.

Young chess champs
For hundreds of years, chess has been the ultimate game of strategy, warfare without the blood. As TODAY 's Mike Dalton reports, Australia has some gun chess players in its ranks and a few have yet to reach their teens.

Runway to realway
The serious business of high fashion has swung into action as models graced the catwalk for Mercedes-Benzes Fashion Week. TODAY 's Airlie Walsh went along to find out how looks move from the runway to our nation's top retailers.

Cooking for the queen
The Queen's favourite celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal joined TODAY to share some of his cooking secrets.

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