Australian actress Cate Blanchett loves spending time alone so much, she sometimes disappears into the desert for days on end.

The OSCAR-winner - who is expecting her first child - likes to take time out to ponder the meaning of life.

The 34-year-old says, "I have quite a thing for the desert. Everyone associates Australia with its coastline, but I've always found the desert a really introspective place.

"About an hour and a half from Alice, there are some huge volcanic craters. You can stand there, and no car will come by for a day, maybe. The silence is very confronting."

02/03/2004 10:19