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The cast of A Place To Call Home prepare to say farewell

<p>As the sixth and final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em> airs, the actors have opened up about their fondest memories on the show.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">TV Week Close Up</em></strong></span></a>, the stars looked back at their time on the show and the impact it’s had on Aussie viewers.</p> <p>The series creator, Bevan Lee, set the drama in the 1950s, showcasing all the various attitudes attached to the time.</p> <p>"It set out to show us what has been, but also what still is," said Craig Hall, who plays Dr Jack Duncan.</p> <p>“It was a measuring stick for how either far we've come, or how little we've travelled."</p> <p>The show also tackled issues such as intolerance and bigotry, through David Berry’s character, James Bligh – scoring the actor a Logie nomination for his performance.</p> <p>"I could see it was about issues that are often taboo in families and we know we've opened people's minds – and that's powerful," Noni Hazlehurst, who plays Elizabeth Bligh, said.</p> <p>Marta Dusseldorp, who plays Sarah, says she was captivated with the show after reading the script of season one.</p> <p>"I still relish that first season," the 45-year-old said.</p> <p>"I've never read anything like it. I felt so excited to be a part of that."</p> <p>Craig said he appreciated the sense of nostalgia the story evoked.</p> <p>"It represents a time when we think, 'Ah, those were the days,'" he said. "In the first two seasons, you think, 'It'd be nice to live in this world.'"</p> <p>However, in the following seasons, viewers are then exposed to the destructive family secrets that begin to unravel.</p> <p>"I've learnt a lot about the damage caused by secrets and by not being who you are – they are the strong themes of the show," Noni said.</p> <p>The actors also reflected on how the show was dropped by Channel Seven, before being saved by Foxtel.</p> <p>"We were all devastated when it ended on season two; there was unfinished business," David, 34, said.</p> <p>"And now that there's a definite ending, there's a sense that we get to define it – that's empowering and exciting."</p> <p>Will you be watching the final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em>? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Kate reveals the unique nickname Prince Harry has given her

<p>The royal family really are just like us, with each member of the family having a special nickname of their own. With Queen Elizabeth being known as “Lilibeth”, Duchess Meghan as “Meg” and Duchess Camilla as “GaGa”, the tradition of nicknames has now extended to Duchess Kate.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=839&amp;v=nDKGAPppxwU" target="_blank">BBC Radio One</a></em><span>, it was revealed that Prince Harry likes to call Duchess Kate, “Cath” – a short form of her full name Catherine.</span></p> <p>Presenter Scott Mills asked, “That really confused me because everyone else calls you Kate – all the press call you Kate. Is this a thing just in the family?”</p> <p>“I’m not sure, actually,” said the Duchess. “I’m not that familiar with it, I have to say. But I’ll answer to most things, to be honest.”</p> <p>The Duchess has previously revealed her childhood nickname: Squeak – a name that she shared with her pet hamster.</p> <p>Speaking to the children at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 2012, she mentioned that, “There was one called Pip and one called Squeak because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak.”</p> <p>Though in her later years, the Duchess was known to prefer the name Catherine when being referred to, a name that Prince William still calls her by.</p> <p>Do you have a special nickname? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Kyle Sandiland's new TV show: "It’s just like Judge Judy but it’s me instead of Judy"

<p>Kyle Sandilands news TV show <em>Trial By Kyle</em> is one of eight new shows that will air as part of Channel 10’s Pilot Week, which kicks off this Sunday night.</p> <p>As Sandilands puts it, the show is “just like <em>Judge Judy</em> but it’s me instead of Judy”.</p> <p>He is joined by <em>The Bachelor </em>winner Anna Heinrich, a criminal lawyer, who will assist Sandilands in analysing evidence in each case.</p> <p>“The thing that’s great about it, apart from me and Anna, is the Australian problems are very different from the American problems,” Sandilands said.</p> <p>“On <em>Judge Judy</em> they’re always arguing about someone owing someone some money for some meth … but ours are real problems, like boobs jobs, paparazzi fights, friends falling out over loan money. We have different problems but they’re really quite interesting.”</p> <p>Just like <em>Judge Judy,</em> if Sandilands decides that someone owes money to another person the show will cover the costs.</p> <p>“Screentime Australia (which produces the show) covers the costs,” Sandilands confirmed.</p> <p>“But I was a real stinge. We had quite a big budget but I would only give what felt right. I don’t want to give you money if I think you’re a f***ing idiot. Just because I’ve got a budget doesn’t mean I’m going to use it.”</p> <p>Only one episode of the show will go to air before Channel 10 chooses which show gets picked up and aired in full next year.</p> <p>But Sandilands has already declared he doesn’t care if his TV pilot gets picked up or not.</p> <p>“I think everyone hopes it will go (ahead) but I also don’t give a f**k if it doesn’t,” the KIIS FM host told news.com.au.</p> <p>“I’m not going to cry and be on Xanax or anything. I don’t care.”</p> <p>Sandilands says there’s already interests from other networks for his show.</p> <p>“I got the international rights and people are already interested in buying it,” he said. “So that’s my only interest. I’m only motivated by money and fame,” Sandilands said, before laughing.</p> <p>Asked where he’ll be watching his new show, he quipped: “At home, in bed, in my undies.”</p> <p><strong><em>Trial By Kyle</em> is set to air next Thursday, August 23, at 8.30pm </strong></p>

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Why Aldi is the worst offender at this one thing

<p>The use of plastic packaging in supermarkets is the most trending topic at this current moment, with supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths constantly under fire for their environmentally damaging ways.</p> <p>But this time, critics have hit back at Aldi, a supermarket that has always charged for plastic bags. However, this time it isn’t their bag policy that’s causing a stir. Instead, the German giant is being criticised for its plastic-wrapped fruit and veg.</p> <p>While all supermarkets wrap their produce in cling wrap, Aldi seems to be the worst offender with having the highest amount of plastic covered fruit than any other supermarket.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/aldi-big-offender-when-it-comes-to-plasticwrapped-fruit-and-veg/news-story/ec40035adab6ee4c151554bbbf2fcd2d" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>, Aldi said that while they were committed to minimising the use of plastic, their current practices help their stores run more efficiently.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://iview.abc.net.au/show/war-on-waste?WT.srch=1&amp;WT.mc_id=Corp_TV%7cAdWords:war%20on%20waste_e_g_283530391664_&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-f210dPe3AIVDK6WCh32rgAQEAAYASAAEgICNfD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank"><em>ABC’s War on Waste</em></a> program, host Craig Reucassel, teamed up with a group of activists as they took part in a so-called “plastic-attack".</p> <p>Anita Horan – one of the campaigners, took Reucassel to her local Aldi.</p> <p>“So, we have two types of cut celery both sealed in plastic and I don’t see any loose celery at all, so they are forcing you to buy plastic,” she said.</p> <p>Alongside that was a three-pack of avocados wrapped in plastic, with Ms Horan highlighting the wasteful nature of bulk buy packs.</p> <p>“A lot of people say it increases your food waste because you have to buy half a kilo and I might only want a few grams.”</p> <p>Produce such as corn cobs, iceberg lettuce and zucchini were just some of the few veggies that were covered in plastic packaging.</p> <p>“I bet this is about being quick at the till. They don’t care about [the plastic] and then that pile at the end was enormous,” said Reucassel about the issue.</p> <p>Aldi is known for efficiency, so Reucassel’s theory has been backed by the head of Aldi Australia, Tom Daunt.</p> <p>“It adds a tiny amount of incremental cost to add packaging, but it keeps the product fresher and it keeps customer’s hands off,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nine.com.au/" target="_blank">Nine</a></em> last year. It’s also easier to stack plastic cartons on shelves, and the plastic packaging ensures that staff can scan produce instead of weighing it.</p> <p>In the end, the quicker the till service, the less staff you need, and wages are a large cost for any company.</p> <p>While Woolworths and Coles are also <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/why-woolies-and-coles-are-refusing-to-serve-customers-with-plastic-containers" target="_blank">guilty of this practice</a>, the key difference is that plastic-free produce is readily available at the two supermarkets.</p> <p>An Aldi spokeswoman told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/aldi-big-offender-when-it-comes-to-plasticwrapped-fruit-and-veg/news-story/ec40035adab6ee4c151554bbbf2fcd2d" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em> that the company is looking into ways to be more environmentally friendly.</p> <p>“We are actively focused on reducing our reliance on plastics. As a first step, we are working to improve packaging solutions that include greater use of recyclables and recycled content,” she said.</p> <p>“The packaging of our fresh produce helps with the product quality and preservation, as well as the efficiency of our operations. For example, the packaging protects product, extends its shelf life and enables a more efficient checkout experience.</p> <p>“We are working towards improving our practices and will continue to reduce reliance on packaging. Over the coming years, our customers can expect to see changes in our stores that reflect our commitment to protecting the environment.”</p> <p>Do you prefer your produce wrapped in plastic or do you buy them loose? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman complains after boyfriend buys her a $2.3K engagement ring

<p>A bride-to-be has been criticised for complaining about the amount of money her boyfriend spent on her engagement ring.</p> <p>After finding his receipt, the woman took to <em>Mumsnet</em> to vent her frustration that he had only spent £1,300 (AU$2275) on her ring.</p> <p> "DP (Dear Partner) proposed and presented me with the ring he'd chosen - a diamond solitaire in white gold," read the post, which has since been deleted.</p> <p>"I was so happy and excited to accept but was disappointed when I first saw the ring. The first word that entered my head was 'small'.</p> <p>"There's nothing to dislike about the type of ring per se, as a diamond solitaire would have been my choice, but it's the whole thing - the colour of the gold, the setting, the small stone and relatively chunky shoulders.</p> <p>"His salary is nearing a six-figure sum and he's usually very generous. Having seen the receipt I know he paid £1,300 for it - which is a lot less than I would have imagined he would have spent on such a significant piece of jewellery."</p> <p>While some <em>Mumsnet</em> users agreed with the bride-to-be being disappointed, others were appalled at her complaint.</p> <p>"The cost is not as much of a factor but you must be happy with the look of the ring. Just tell him you are not keen on the setting and you would prefer to choose another ring together," wrote one person.</p> <p>"I think you sound grabby. Why is it about the size of the diamond? He's making a commitment to you. It doesn't have to be about money or 'flashiness," wrote another.</p> <p><em>Republished with the permission of <strong><u><a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/love-sex/106280309/woman-complains-after-boyfriend-buys-her-a-25k-engagement-ring">Stuff.co.nz.</a></u></strong> </em></p>

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How doctors know you're lying about how much you drink

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">It seems "Trust me, I'm a doctor" doesn't cut both ways. New research has found that 71 per cent of GPs think their patients, when asked about how much alcohol they drink, are economical with the truth.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">As someone who worked as a doctor for six years, to say we all think you're a bunch of liars with a can of petrol-strength lager hidden in every pocket is something of a misrepresentation. It's more that it's medically important that we know how much you're actually drinking, rather than how much you tell us you are.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">It's strange, perhaps, in a culture where the ability to down more beers than you can count on two hands is a badge of honour (or even a vote-winner, as William Hague apparently thought in 2000), that boozy pride tends to evaporate as soon as you walk into the waiting room. But we know you're embarrassed by it, and that you guilt-trip yourself over those six glasses of rosé you knocked back at the weekend.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><span>We know you don't really tot up every drink, or remember the recommended limits, and we know how easy it is to underestimate. We get it – just like people upgrade their CVs to make that summer job in Starbucks seem like they were running the company single-handedly.</span></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">We're good at reading people; we meet a lot of you, often for very short periods of time, and we're not accusing you of lying.</p> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">But sometimes it's crucial, life-saving, even, that we don't take everything we're told at face value. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">So don't make our lives harder than they have to be. Being straight with us about the little things saves us all time and lets us get to the heart of the matter. Rest assured, you won't be the person who drinks the most in that morning's clinic – and that includes the doctor.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Doctors are human, and we totally get it. Don't forget, once we clock off we don't just go sit in a cupboard and recharge our batteries for the next day – sometimes we're the ones getting overly rosé-happy on a Friday night. We have lives, and families, and we know how scary it is to be a patient. Sometimes, we are the patients.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">We also make poor decisions, say the wrong things when we're stressed and get embarrassed. Don't underestimate the relief that comes from being open about your issues: the truth feels good once it's out there, so let's say it how it is. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Written by Adam Kay. Republished by permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/106276454/trust-me-doctors-know-youre-lying">Stuff.co.nz.</a></em></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"> </p> </div> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "></div>

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The internet is baffled by who this star is – do you know?

<p>A star has appeared on the September cover of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle </em>magazine, but fans have criticised the photoshoot for making her almost unrecognisable.</p> <p>Despite working in the film and TV industry since the '70s, fans had a hard time identifying the 61-year-old actress.</p> <p>Do you recognise who it is?</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQt07_AeNc/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQt07_AeNc/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Laura Brown (@laurabrown99)</a> on Aug 9, 2018 at 7:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The actress appearing in this shoot is none other than <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Working Girl </em>star Melanie Griffith.</p> <p>The photoshoot, where Griffith dons a black dress with a plunging neckline, has been slammed by fans for the heavy use of editing.</p> <p>“Unrecognisable. Poor thing,” one wrote.</p> <p>“Um who is this person??” asked another.</p> <p>Another added: “Celebrating the same destructive message … ageing is bad. Of course she looks beautiful, but who is she? She’s certainly not Melanie anymore.”</p> <p>Some were confused if the obvious changes to her appearance were the result of plastic surgery or the use of Photoshop.</p> <p>“This is simply outrageous how much Photoshop was used. Is there something wrong with looking older? Who will believe that her boobs and neckline look like she’s 20? A horrible thing,” a user responded to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em>’s post.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of Photoshop happening in there! To compensate all the botox?” someone else wrote.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820316/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/58e3fc86469f48f0a96199a6f88a76d6" /></p> <p>In an interview with <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em>, Griffith shared how the movie industry changes for actresses as they get older.</p> <p>"It's a different deal when you're older," she said. </p> <p>"And we're old. I don't mean it badly, and I don't mean it like, 'Oh, poor me,' or anything like that. It's just a different deal when you're an older person. It's different from being the hot stuff to being the old hot stuff."</p> <p>She revealed that she is planning on pursuing theatre work to avoid the cameras.</p> <p>"That's my dream. I think that theatre is kinder on a 60-year-old face," she said.</p> <p>The star admitted to having plastic surgery 20 years ago, but tried to reverse the work after she received online criticism.</p> <p>“No, I didn’t [realise] until people started saying, ‘Oh my God, what has she done?!’ I was so hurt,” she told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Porter </em>magazine in 2017.</p> <p>“I went to a different doctor, and he started dissolving all of this s*** that this other woman doctor had put in.</p> <p>“Hopefully, I look more normal now.”</p>

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How the Royal Family celebrated Princess Anne’s 68th birthday

<p>The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, celebrated her 68th birthday in private with her loved ones on August 15. But the royal family did take to their official social media accounts to wish the Princess Royal’s a very happy birthday.</p> <p>The Queen's Twitter account shared a beautiful photo of Her Majesty's daughter in a turquoise ensemble, taken in June when Anne attended Ascot.</p> <p>The photo was caption: "Wishing HRH The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday! #HappyBirthdayHRH</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Wishing HRH The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> <a href="https://t.co/HXdM43qa5i">pic.twitter.com/HXdM43qa5i</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1029641201752920064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>It was revealed earlier this year that Princess Anne is the hardest working royal, fulfilling 540 official duties so far this year. This feat did not go unrecognised by the royal family, who acknowledge the Queen’s daughters hard work.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Princess Royal has a busy schedule of engagements which see her travel widely across the UK and overseas. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> <a href="https://t.co/ra8WYowLoW">pic.twitter.com/ra8WYowLoW</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1029644377768046592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"The Princess Royal has a busy schedule of engagements which see her travel widely across the UK and overseas. #HappyBirthdayHRH," the Royal Family captioned a series of snaps of Anne serving her royal duties.</p> <p>The 68-year-old's tireless charity work as well as her love for equestrian were also acknowledged on her birthday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Known for her love of horses and an equestrian career which saw her compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Her Royal Highness is involved with riding for the disabled organisations across the Commonwealth. <a href="https://t.co/1tEMrRCYBB">pic.twitter.com/1tEMrRCYBB</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1029644484378877952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sharing a flashback photograph of Anne and one of her horses, the royal family wrote on Twitter: "Known for her love of horses and an equestrian career which saw her compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Her Royal Highness is involved with riding for the disabled organisations across the Commonwealth."</p> <p>Charles, The Prince of Wales, and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, also took to their official social media account to share their well wishes.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Happy Birthday to HRH The Princess Royal. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> <a href="https://t.co/61MsC1BOy1">pic.twitter.com/61MsC1BOy1</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1029647506655916033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"Happy Birthday to HRH The Princess Royal. #HappyBirthdayHRH," Clarence House captioned a picture from 2009 of Prince Charles and his sister laughing.</p> <p> </p>

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Why Prince Charles might not be King Charles

<p>When the Prince of Wales eventually succeeds his mother to the British throne, there is a chance that he might opt to use another name in his new position rather than Charles.</p> <p>The Queen ‘s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who wrote the book On Duty with the Queen, has revealed that Charles may choose one of his middle names for his official title when he is crowned king.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Hello</em></strong></span></a> magazine, Mr Arbiter said: “He might choose one of his other names Philip, Arthur or George.”</p> <p>Charles would join a long list of his royal ancestors who also opted to change their names once they ascended the throne.</p> <p>Charles’s maternal grandfather Albert Frederick Arthur George, known to his family as ‘Bertie’, chose to go by King George VI in honour of his late father.</p> <p>King Edward VII’s first name was Albert, but chose his second name, Edward.</p> <p>Charles will also gain other significant titles, including the Duke of Lancaster, Defender of the Faith, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth, and King of other Realms and Territories.</p> <p>“[Charles will] also be Lord of the Man (Isle of Man) and Duke of Normandy,” Mr Arbiter said.</p> <p>“But generally he’ll only be known as King.”</p> <p>Mr Arbiter also believes Camilla will become Queen Consort when her husband becomes King.</p> <p>Mr Arbiter shared that he thinks Camilla will be a good support to Charles, because of her “sense of fun and humour”.</p> <p>The title Camilla will receive when Charles become King has been long debated since the pair married in 2005, with Clarence House maintaining it is “intended” she will be known as “Princess Consort”.</p> <p>However, royal insiders have reportedly said that Charles wants to see her receive the title of Queen Consort.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace removed any mention of her possible titles from their official websites.</p> <p>“This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features,” a spokesman said at the time.</p> <p>What name do you think Prince Charles should choose when he becomes King? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“We owe them”: The adorable initiative that’s helping our Aussie farmers

<p>Rachel Allen, a sheep farmer based in Yass, NSW has been hand-feeding her sheep for over two months in an attempt to keep them alive throughout the worst drought in almost a hundred years. Now, she’s facing another problem – mothers are rejecting their newborn lambs due to low feed.</p> <p>During droughts, mothers tend to reject their young, so they could look after their own survival. After having lost three lambs to the harsh weather conditions, Ms Allen ordered 10 hand-knitted jumpers for the babies in the hopes that it will keep them warm.</p> <p>With the conditions deteriorating for our Aussie farmers, Ms Allen said she only had 10 bales of hay left, and to be able to afford costs, she sold three of her horses.</p> <p>“It’s pretty bad,” she said. “We’re hand-feeding every two days to all our sheep and feeding horses twice a day. There’s just no grass for anything.”</p> <p>With very little grass left, Ms Allen along with other farmers, are desperately hoping for rain. In the meantime, <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/" target="_blank">The Country Women’s Association (CWA)</a></em> has asked knitters across Australia to come together and knit for a good cause.</p> <p>The jumpers, which are knitted for lambs, are helping them stay warm and alive.</p> <p>“The lambs are weakened from the extreme cold and the lack of feed available. The mothers have been rejecting the weakest lambs, so before the jumpers came I was keeping the weakest ones inside in a box next to the heater,” said Ms Allen.</p> <p>The initiative was started by Marie Knight – a sheep farmer from Tannabar, a town south of Coonabarabran in NSW. Having launched the campaign through Facebook in late July, she now has the support of the CWA and is hoping to better the conditions after witnessing first-hand how the weather can affect lambs and farmers around the nation.</p> <p>“Many farmers are stressed about how long this drought has been going, and a lot of ewes are having twins for some reason, so they are struggling to feed their babies,” says Ms Knight.</p> <p>“The jumpers are very easy to make.</p> <p>“You can save an animal’s life and put a smile on the face of a farmer – and they could really use that right now!”</p> <p>Crafty Frog, a craft shop located in Canberra, is also sending woolly jumpers to farmers around NSW and surrounding regions of the ACT. Store owner Laura MacKinnon said that she gets countless requests each day from farmers requesting jumpers and quilts for their lambs.</p> <p>“If farmers haven’t already requested the jumpers, we seek out farmers and offer them our knitting, crocheting and sewing services.</p> <p>“These jumpers are helping to keep the lambs warm and alive,” Ms MacKinnon said.</p> <p>“We owe them. It’s time to support our farmers and show them that we love and care for them and their livelihood”.</p> <p class="content-body__paragraph" data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$0">Have a go using the pattern below:</p> <p class="content-body__paragraph" data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$0">The jumper is knitted all in one.<br />Use ONLY 8 ply acrylic yarn (pure wool not suitable for conditions).</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$1"><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/news/real-life/baby-lamb-jumper-knitting-pattern-50649"><em>Women's Day</em></a> Knitting Pattern</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$1">As a tension guide:<br />Size 5mm needles<br />(tight knitters)<br />Size 4.5mm needles<br />(loose knitter)<br />Cast on 44 stitches, work<br />18 rows in K2, P2 rib.<br />Work 30 rows in<br />stocking stitch.</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$2">To shape sleeves:<br />Cast on 12 stitches at beginning of next two rows, at the same time change to rib stitch for 22 more rows.</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$3">Shape neck:<br />First row rib 21, cast off<br />26 stitches, rib 21.<br />Next row rib 21, cast on<br />26 stitches, rib 21.<br />Work 22 rows in K2, P2 rib.<br />Work 30 rows in<br />stocking stitch.<br />Work 18 rows K2, P2 rib.<br />Cast off.</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$4">Please send your baby lamb jumpers to:<br />Coonabarabran Times<br />44 Dalgarno Street (PO Box 6)<br />Coonabarabran NSW 2357</p> <p>If you’re wanting to lend a helping hand, then check out <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/CraftyFrog/" target="_blank">Crafty Frog Facebook page</a></em> or the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/lambjumpershelpingourfarmers/" target="_blank">Lamb Jumpers “Helping Our Farmers” Facebook page</a></em> for more information.</p>

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Georgie Gardner’s horror interview with MP

<p>Fraser Anning took to live TV this morning to double-down on why he used a term associated with the Nazi plan to kill millions of Jews in his maiden speech to Parliament yesterday.</p> <p>In his controversial speech, the Queensland crossbench senator called for a “final solution” plebiscite on which migrants come to Australia, as well as calling for a Muslim ban and a return to the White Australia policy.</p> <p>Appearing on the Today show, host Georgie Gardner asked him why he was targeting Muslims.</p> <p>“I think that we can’t take the risk of bringing people into this country that commit crimes like the Bourke Street massacre or the one we just saw in London today,” he said. “I think we have to protect Australian citizens.”</p> <p>He claimed that for every 1000 Muslims brought into Australia, there are “50 that want to kill us”. He also added that “Apex gangs in Melbourne” are entirely made up of Muslims.</p> <p>“I don’t want those people in this country,” he said. “People are being murdered by these people.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fiwakeupwithtoday%2Fvideos%2F1120618881420675%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>When asked about his use of the Nazi term “final solution” in his speech yesterday, he said he “didn’t even think” about whether it would be offensive.</p> <p>“All I said was the final solution to the immigration problem is a vote of the Australian people,” he said. “That has nothing to do with the ‘Final Solution’, the thought police got onto that.</p> <p>“For everyone to take it out of context is a joke and try and shutdown debate.”</p> <p>Gardner replied that it was “far from a joke” and asked whether he would like to apologise.</p> <p>But Anning refused, saying: “Good men died for our right to say whatever we want to say and use whatever words we want to use.</p> <p>“If people want to take it out of context that’s entirely up to them. It was never meant to denigrate the Jewish community and it’s two words and if that offends anyone unfortunately that’s the way it has to be.</p> <p>“I don’t regret anything Georgie. I’m not going to apologise or regret anything I say.”</p> <p>He finished the interview by bizarrely claiming Australia was on a “march towards another communist state”.</p> <p>Yesterday, the Katter’s Australia Party upper house MP called for an end to Muslim immigration and an immigration program that favours “European Christian” values.</p> <p>In his speech, Anning also claimed a majority of Australian Muslims live on welfare and do not work.</p> <p>“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims,” Senator Anning said.</p> <p>“So why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” He called for the government to ban all welfare payments to migrants in the first five years of living in Australia, labelling many asylum seekers as “welfare seekers”.</p> <p>Senator Anning also wants a plebiscite on who comes to the country to allow people to decide whether they want “wholesale non-English speaking immigrants from the third world”.</p> <p>“The final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote,” he said.</p> <p>The speech immediately prompted a backlash from politicians, as well as thousands on social media.</p> <p>But the Senator refused to backdown, releasing a statement overnight to “repudiate baseless allegations”.</p> <p>He said that people on the left were trying to shut down immigration debate.</p> <p>“Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous,” Senator Anning said in a statement.</p> <p>“Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this.”</p>

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Qantas plane’s terrifying mid-air plunge as pilot is left incapacitated

<p>An investigation has been launched by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) after an incident on a Qantas-owned cargo plane left a pilot incapacitated due to lost cabin pressure.</p> <p>The Boeing 737 departed from Brisbane on Wednesday night making its way to Melbourne when the crew were alerted to a “wing body overheat warning” causing a reduction of cabin pressure.</p> <p>The drop forced the crew to wear oxygen masks and descend 20,000 feet over Narrandera in southern NSW.</p> <p>Due to the First Officer becoming incapacitated, the captain was then forced to descend a further 8,000 feet and divert the aircraft to Canberra a little while after midnight.</p> <p>Emergency services were waiting at the airport from 11.46 pm on Wednesday, with firefighters and paramedics on standby. Both pilots were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.</p> <p>As it was a freight service, no passengers were on board.</p> <p>The bureau is currently compiling evidence to find out exactly what caused the incident.</p> <p>“As part of the investigation, the ATSB will collect and examine information on the aircraft’s flight data recorders and interview maintenance and flight crew,” it said in a statement.</p> <p>The VH-XMO Boeing 737-376 was operated by Express Freighters Australia – a cargo airline based in Sydney. It is a subsidiary of Qantas.</p> <p>The airline claimed that the air conditioning system was partially at fault for the incident.</p> <p>“The Boeing 737 freighter diverted into Canberra on Wednesday night following a fault with the cabin on-board air conditioning system that affected the ability to maintain pressure in the cabin,” a Qantas spokeswoman said.</p> <p>“The aircraft landed normally in Canberra and the pilots went to the hospital as a precaution. They were discharged shortly after.”</p> <p>Qantas will be conducting its own investigation and the plane is currently being inspected by engineers.</p> <p>A final investigation report is expected by the end of the year.</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s new $47 million hideaway

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Champion Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is in the process of moving into a $47 million (AUD) mansion located in Majorca, Spain, nearly five years after he suffered a catastrophic brain injury due to a skiing accident.</p> <p>Purchased by his wife Corinna, the mansion was previously owned by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is an estimated 161,000 square feet.</p> <p>Schumacher, who has not been seen publicly since 2013, was in a medically induced coma for six months after his accident and has been incredibly private about his life since. It is said that he is receiving full-time care at his current home in Switzerland.</p> <p>Schumacher’s lawyer told a court in 2013 that he “cannot walk” after a German magazine falsely claimed he could “walk again”. As a result, they were forced to pay Schumacher $78,000 dollars for invading his privacy.</p> <p>Katia Rouarch, the mayor of Andratx (a municipality in Majorca), confirmed the Schumachers' purchase of the Spanish property to Swiss magazine <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.illustre.ch/magazine/majorque-se-prepare-accueillir-michael-schumacher" target="_blank">L’Illustre</a></em>.</p> <p>“I can officially confirm Michael Schumacher is going to move into our municipality and that everything is being prepared to welcome him,” she said.</p> <p>The mega mansion, which contains two swimming pools, a helipad and guest villa, is surrounded by scenic views and extravagant properties.</p> <p>While it is not confirmed when the German racing legend will arrive, or how long he will stay, the location is memorable to the couple as Schumacher and his wife Corinna spent time on the island before his tragic accident.</p> <p>German tabloid <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bild.de/" target="_blank">Bild</a></em> claims that Corinna has bought the property in order to spend time with family and friends.</p> <p>Real Madrid president Perez had bought the house for $39 million but decided to sell the property after the death of his wife Mari Angeles Sandoval.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Don’t get fooled by this annoying airport prank

<p>Most travellers are familiar with the urgent scan in an airport for an available power outlet, so that you can charge up a dying device before boarding a flight.</p> <p>Now, airport pranksters are preying on traveller’s desperation for battery power with a new trick.</p> <p>The jokesters are placing stickers of fake power outlets at airport gates and then watching with amusement as people unknowingly attempt to plug their charger into a sticker.</p> <p>The stickers look realistic, causing even the savviest to fall victim to the stunt.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life. <a href="https://t.co/TYEJKmY6Zg">pic.twitter.com/TYEJKmY6Zg</a></p> — Brandon #BeForTheGame (@Atrioc) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atrioc/status/1026327505072869376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sadly, the prank has gained a lot of traction and has started occurring in airports all over the world.</p> <p>“Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life,” one person said on Twitter.</p> <p>The stickers have been placed in various places around the airport, including on garbage bins.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Will the person who’s putting fake outlet stickers all over the airport please die already thanks <a href="https://t.co/zamnWgQMlh">pic.twitter.com/zamnWgQMlh</a></p> — Alish Erman (@alishisthebest) <a href="https://twitter.com/alishisthebest/status/1019787984583847936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>According to <em>The Sun</em>, the pranksters are getting their hands on these fake power point stickers by purchasing them online.</p> <p>Have you seen one of these power outlet stickers while travelling? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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“Never ever again”: Passenger slams British Airways for serving inedible food aboard flight

<p>A businessman travelling with his family has slammed British Airways for serving food that made him ‘wretch’ as he claims to have been given ‘burnt chicken nuggets’ and substandard meals on his flight home from Mauritius.</p> <p>Adam Ball posted photos of the disappointing food on his social media, claiming that it was ‘truly awful’ and ‘inedible’. Mr Ball would have paid around $4,400 for return tickets to Mauritius.</p> <p>The images, which were posted on August 12, show three meals all appearing as unappetising as the next. Burnt chicken nuggets, vegetable lasagne and sausage, egg and burnt beans were all part of the menu.</p> <p>Mr Ball, who runs a plumbing and heating firm in Surrey, England said that the chicken nuggets were a part of the children’s meal and that he doesn’t think it’s "appropriate to feed to a dog let alone children".</p> <p>The vegetable lasagne was so terrible that it almost made Mr Ball vomit as was the sausage, egg and burnt beans.</p> <p>After filing a complaint with British Airways, Mr Ball said that he received a generic response from customer services and that he will "never ever again" fly with British Airways after this shocking experience.</p> <p>But the food wasn’t the only thing wrong with the flight, as Mr Ball claimed that there were "countless other problems with our recent long-haul BA flight."</p> <p>The comments on the British Airways Facebook page seemed to agree with his sentiment as the airline's social media is flooded with countless complaints.</p> <p>“The sad thing is, we are paying such extortionate prices for these flights – flights are often delayed, and service is terrible,” said Facebook user Dianne Gornall.</p> <p>Other users have pointed out the lack of communication from the airline as Debbie Leung asked: “Does BA actually respond to any complaints? We travelled with them in January from Hong Kong to London, cabin crew was rude, and the air quality was awful.”</p> <p>A spokeswoman from British Airways has said: “We pride ourselves on the quality of the meals we offer on board and have recently launched a multi-million-pound investment programme into our World Traveller catering.</p> <p>“Our team of expert chefs from around the world develop new menus every month to ensure our meals are full of flavour at 35,000ft.</p> <p>“We are sorry that our standards fell below our customer’s expectation on this occasion.</p> <p>“Feedback is always passed on to our catering teams who check the quality of the food we serve on board every week.”</p> <p>Have you ever had a terrible in-flight experience? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Do you breathe through your mouth? It could be seriously affecting your health

<p>If you breathe through your mouth, then chances are your health could be at risk. Sydney-based dentist, Dr Lewis Ehrlich, believes in the holistic approach when treating patients, one that focuses on the link between oral health and their overall well-being. He is also responsible for informing people of the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/dentist-reveals-the-scary-impact-of-one-gin-and-tonic" target="_blank">dangers gin and tonic have on teeth enamel.</a></em></p> <p>While it is known that breathing through the mouth can cause damage to teeth enamel and be responsible for tooth decay, the habit can also make you sick.</p> <p>According to Dr Ehrlich, breathing through the mouth causes an influx of bacteria and toxins to enter your body that your nose would usually filter out.</p> <p>“Nose breathing gives us the best possible chance of dealing with this challenge because within the nasal passages there are many filtration mechanisms at play,” he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-advice/why-breathing-through-your-mouth-can-make-you-seriously-sick/news-story/66b84012a0eb46e01dd0aed3c2c64a69" target="_blank">Body + Soul</a></em>.</p> <p>The nasal filtration system is a mechanism that is made up of fine hairs inside the nostril, the adenoids, turbinates (which regulate the airflow in nasal passages) and mucous membranes of the sinuses.</p> <p>Dr Ehrlich says that breathing through the nose instead of the mouth helps “warm, filtrate and humidify” the air.</p> <p>According to him, this will minimise several health risks, such as breathing problems, allergies, hay fever, enlarged tonsils and other chronic respiratory issues.</p> <p>He also emphasises how breathing from the mouth can have a negative effect on the body overall. And breathing from the nose allows for a balanced flow of both oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) and prevents people from over breathing.</p> <p>“When we 'over-breathe', CO2 levels decrease, and it makes it difficult for oxygen to be released from the bloodstream into our tissues for use,” he said.</p> <p>Plus, there are also many psychological benefits of breathing through the nose. Dr Ehrlich says research has proven that feelings of stress and anxiety can be regulated with the use of deep nasal breathing techniques.</p> <p>“This is the basis of many meditation practices, and has been established by numerous studies,” he said.</p> <p>If you struggle with breathing through the nose, elevating your head while you sleep and sleeping on your side or stomach is known to help. Also, removing any allergens present in the house and maintaining a good posture are great ways to get into the habit of breathing through the nose.</p> <p>Do you breathe from your mouth or nose? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Michael J Fox reveals he "drank heavily" after Parkinson's diagnosis

<p>He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 when he was only 30, and now Michael J Fox has opened up about the shock of the news and how he struggled to cope with illness.</p> <p>In the new issue of <a href="https://people.com/tv/michael-j-fox-tracy-pollan-happy-marriage/"><strong>People</strong></a>, the 57-year-old star, who has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, revealed that he took to drinking soon after he was diagnosed – and it got so bad that he was hiding wine bottles from his wife.</p> <p>“I was isolating myself from my family,” said the Back to the Future star, adding his drinking caused friction in his marriage.</p> <p>Tracy added: “It was scary because you just don't know how it is going to turn out.”</p> <p>Michael recalled the tipping point came when Tracy found him passed out on the floor one morning. She let him know she was “over it” and instead of being angry, she looked “bored”, he said.</p> <p>Tracy asked him: “Is this what you want? Is this what you want to be?” And then she walked out the door.</p> <p>It was a turning point for Michael, who cleaned up his act, and started on his path to help others with Parkinson’s.</p> <p>He launched his foundation to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's research, which has so far raised nearly $1 billion. Michel believes that in five years doctors will be able to 'predict' Parkinson's.</p> <p> </p>

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Take the quiz: What type of eater are you?

<p>When it comes to losing weight, one in four Australians will fail. Many of us want to know why and what we can do about it. But the issue rarely lies with the diet — it lies with the dieter. Psychologist Dr Meg Arroll and respected journalist Louise Atkinson’s mutual interest in the psychology of dieting has led to them developing an effective strategy which allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of their eating habits, helping them to pick the right diet, stick to it more effectively, lose weight and actually keep it off – forever.</p> <p>So what type of eater are you? Are you a…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Rebel </strong>who’s either fully immersed in a diet or thoroughly ‘off message’</li> <li><strong>Scrambler </strong>forever nibbling, grazing, snacking on the hoof</li> <li><strong>Traditional </strong>adhering to deeply established dietary conventions</li> <li><strong>Gourmet </strong>who lives to entertain and indulge</li> <li><strong>Soother </strong>who finds comfort and solace in food</li> <li><strong>Magpie </strong>flitting from one sparkly new diet plan to another?</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Which of these most closely describes your friendship style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>My friends are <em>extremely </em>important to me, but I struggle to keep up</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I enjoy the company of people who share my interests</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I have a small number of very core ‘best’ friends</p> <p><strong>D </strong>My partner/family are my best friends</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’m not too interested in making new friends, I stick close to my old buddies</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I enjoy meeting new people and building new friendships</p> <p><strong>What is your most-cherished dream?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>To live a fabulous life free from mundanity</p> <p><strong>B </strong>To achieve tip-top health</p> <p><strong>C </strong>To be truly, deeply happy</p> <p><strong>D </strong>To be mortgage- and debt-free and financially secure</p> <p><strong>E </strong>To be the best of the best in everything I do</p> <p><strong>F </strong>To get to the end of each day without some mini disaster</p> <p><strong>If you invite friends over for dinner you are most likely to serve up:</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Fine food made from exquisite ingredients, laboriously prepared and beautifully presented</p> <p><strong>B </strong>A healthy and nutritious meal featuring the latest superfood ingredients</p> <p><strong>C </strong>A simple but delicious curry with rice, naan and all the trimmings</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Shepherd’s pie with peas/carrots or lasagne (with garlic bread)</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Steaks (preferably medium rare)</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Pre-prepared chicken/salmon breasts with bagged salad</p> <p><strong>When someone says CAKE do you think:</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>‘Which recipe is this? What are the ingredients?’</p> <p><strong>B </strong>‘Does it contain gluten? Sugar? Refined flour? Is it organic?’</p> <p><strong>C </strong>‘Mmmm, delicious!’</p> <p><strong>D </strong>‘If only I had a cup of tea to go with it’</p> <p><strong>E </strong>‘No thanks, I’m trying to be good . . . oh go on then’</p> <p><strong>F </strong>‘Can you wrap me a slice to go?’</p> <p><strong>How would you best describe your grocery shopping style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>I like to browse independent delis and shop locally when possible</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I’m a fan of health food shops and the ‘free from’ aisles</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I find it hard to stick to my list and I’m easily tempted by offers</p> <p><strong>D </strong>I stick closely to my usual shopping list or my online ‘favourites’</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’ll grab something at the express supermarket close to work</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I have an online food delivery every week and I’m always on the look-out for BOGOF deals</p> <p><strong>Which celebrity impresses you most?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Barack Obama</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Gwyneth Paltrow</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Oprah Winfrey</p> <p><strong>D </strong>David Attenborough</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Bear Grylls</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Davina McCall</p> <p><strong>What kind of books do you prefer?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>World events/politics</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Literary prize winners</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Romance</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Celebrity autobiographies</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Personal development/specialist magazines</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Audio books</p> <p><strong>What movie genre is your favourite?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>A foreign film with subtitles</p> <p><strong>B </strong>True stories/docu-dramas</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Romantic comedies</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Classic action movies like James Bond</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Horror</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Sci-fi</p> <p><strong>What’s your preferred breakfast option?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Homemade muffin warm from the oven or organic Greek yoghurt</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Green juice or smoothie</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Porridge</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Cornflakes or toast and jam/marmalade</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Protein shake</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Black coffee</p> <p><strong>Your perfect holiday would be:</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>The latest word in high-end luxury</p> <p><strong>B </strong>A fastidiously researched city break with a packed itinerary</p> <p><strong>C </strong>A super-chilled villa/beach/pool holiday</p> <p><strong>D </strong>The same place you love to go back to each year</p> <p><strong>E </strong>High-octane adventure/trekking</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Fun family holidays that involve inevitable compromise</p> <p><strong>What’s your perfect kind of car?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Lexus (high-end luxury)</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Tesla (economical/environmentally sound)</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Volvo (super-safe)</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Land Rover 4x4 (practical/useful in all conditions)</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Porsche (sexy sports car)</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Ford S-Max (practical/useful)</p> <p><strong>What’s your confrontational style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>What confrontation? I’m usually right</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I try to read the signs before working out the best option</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I’ll usually do anything necessary to find a swift resolution even if this means compromise</p> <p><strong>D </strong>I try to avoid conflict and keep things to myself if I can</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’ve been known to flounce off in a huff</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I’m good at conflict resolution and sorting things out</p> <p><strong>What’s your preferred snack option?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Smoked almonds or olives</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Granola bar</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Chocolate</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Biscuits</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Energy ball</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Diet cola</p> <p><strong>What would you typically choose for lunch on the hop?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Homemade soup with sourdough bread and cold French butter</p> <p><strong>B </strong>A packaged salad</p> <p><strong>C </strong>A baked potato with cheese and baked beans</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Ham or cheese sandwich on sliced bread (pre-packed)</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Canteen meal or pub lunch</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Chocolate or a couple of biscuits</p> <p><strong>Chocolate of choice?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Minimum 85% cocoa solids</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Cacao nibs</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Quality Street/Celebrations</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Cadbury’s Dairy Milk</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Chilli-infused chocolate</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Freddo, Finger of Fudge, fun-sized Milky Way</p> <p><strong>How do you best like to chill in your spare time?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>With friends, food and wine</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Reading or researching</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Box set/Netflix</p> <p><strong>D </strong>DIY/gardening</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Working towards my latest goal/challenge</p> <p><strong>F </strong>What spare time?</p> <p><strong>What’s your preferred work style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Entrepreneurial: I like to forge ahead and find new opportunities</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Flexible: I’m happy to balance work from home with the office</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Collaborative: I strive to ensure the team is happy and effective</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Conventional: I like a clear plan and set deadlines</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Managerial: I’m happiest when others let me take charge</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Eclectic/diverse: Some of my best work is done at night</p> <p><strong>What is your favourite tipple?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Pastis/schnapps/brandy</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Obscure label gin</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Prosecco</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Whisky/Rioja</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Beer</p> <p><strong>F </strong>White wine (in a large glass)</p> <p><strong>What is your favourite drink on the go?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Fresh ground coffee</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Smoothie</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Latte with a flavoured syrup</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Tea</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Energy drink</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Instant coffee</p> <p><strong>What do you look for in food labels?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>I prefer to buy fresh artisan food which doesn’t have labels</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I scrutinise the labels looking for sugar derivatives, preservatives and gluten</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I rarely look at food labels</p> <p><strong>D </strong>I’m brand loyal for familiar names from my childhood (Heinz, Kraft, etc.) and I don’t tend to look at nutritional information.</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’ll check protein content</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I’m more interested in price, offers and deals</p> <p><strong><u>RESULTS</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Mostly As: You could be a GOURMET</strong></p> <p>You love food – but not just any food. It has to be the finest you can find. The process of sourcing and preparing food is as important to you as the ingredients, and hosting well-catered parties is an outlet for your exuberant personality. You have a flair for storytelling and you are socially adept. Your curiosity and fascination also spans current affairs, politics, and you have a deep interest in those around you. Any negative issues with food and eating behaviour only appear because you find it incomprehensible not to consume the best food and drink – surely that’s what life is all about?</p> <p><strong>Mostly Bs: You could be a MAGPIE</strong></p> <p>Magpies love to experiment with sparkly new health approaches. You are a trendsetter in many things, moving on from the ‘next big thing’ before most of your friends have even heard of it. Your keen investigative skills spill over to all areas of life – you are the go-to person to organise holidays and you are flawless in planning and execution. You also keep an eye on all health news and file it away in your vast memory. The Magpie can quickly lose interest in one diet plan and switch to the next, causing confusion (and overeating), as well as diet fatigue.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Cs: You could be a SOOTHER</strong></p> <p>Soothers are highly intuitive, and you care deeply for those around you. You soak up other’s pain and heartache and, as a truly compassionate soul, you strive to make everyone happy. Food is truly comforting due to its neurochemical and rewarding effects that you don’t receive elsewhere, so you seek to self-soothe with food. This makes it very hard to resist carb-laden foods and stick to diets when feelings start to peek out from under the surface.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Ds: You could be a TRADITIONAL</strong></p> <p>As a Traditional, you hold your core values very dear. You have great respect for law and authority and you strive to ‘do the right thing’. You know what you like and what you don’t and you’re not comfortable taking risks. You do like the idea of adventure and spontaneity, but it takes quite a bit of persuading. Friendships and relationships might take longer to build, but once established they are secure. The Traditional sticks close to long-established patterns of eating and will be frustrated by changes in nutritional dogma and the fact that the old dietary rules and portion sizes no longer serve to keep you slim.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Es: You could be a REBEL</strong></p> <p>The Rebel is a very black and white thinker – success and goal-meeting are extremely important. You take everything to the max and you’re more than happy to lead by example. You’re no shirker, and you will exercise to the point of exhaustion, but you’ll think nothing of meeting friends in a bar afterwards and drinking double the calories you just burned in the gym. You’ll show exemplary willpower and stick to the toughest, most rigid diet plan – with impressive results – then blow everything on an all-you-can-eat buffet.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Fs: You could be a SCRAMBLER</strong></p> <p>The Scrambler is busy. Really busy. Whether you’re juggling young children, ageing parents, a demanding job, committee work, voluntary positions, you love the challenge of keeping all those plates spinning.</p> <p>For you, life would feel dull if every minute wasn’t a multi-tasking challenge. But amid all this organised chaos, it is all too easy to forget to take care of yourself – it can be tough to work out which plate you are going to have to drop to make room. With so little time for proper meals you graze and nibble your way through the day or find yourself starving and out of control in the evenings.</p> <p><em>This is an edited extract from </em>The Shrinkology Solution<em> by Dr Meg Arroll and Louise Atkinson published by Quadrille RRP $19.99 and is available where all good books are sold. </em>Find more: <span><a href="https://www.shrinkology.co.uk/">https://www.shrinkology.co.uk/</a></span></p>

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“I would be starving”: Michelle Bridges' tiny lunches criticised

<p>Former <em>The Biggest Loser</em> trainer Michelle Bridges is famous for her tough stance on health and fitness.</p> <p>But her latest promo of her new range of lunch boxes has fans questioning her small portion sizes.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Bridges shared photos of her homemade lunches – which look delicious but on the small side.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcUTqUgVKn/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcUTqUgVKn/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Getting quite addicted to finding new and colourful combos for my take-to-works 😋🍽 Today's #5minutelunchbox is brought to you by hot smoked salmon (store bought but totes inspired to smoke my own this weekend @commandosteve 🐟), lemon hummus, leftover brown rice and fridgy bits and pieces. Looks good right 😎👌 #mblunchboxrevolution @woolworths_au @bigwaustralia</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmJ7NP9AJy7/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmJ7NP9AJy7/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Had to take a snap 📸 of my #5minutelunchbox this morning, even though this caption will take me longer to write that it took me to put this together! Last night's quinoa (made a cup or so extra), chucked together with some fridge staples while I boiled a couple of eggs🥚🥚 #sosimple #mblunchboxrevolution @Woolworthsau @bigwaustralia Love Mish 💋❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl1rBNugK0z/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl1rBNugK0z/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Today's #lunchsorted in 10 minutes this morning thanks to my MB Meal Prep Kits 🙌 Cauliflower 'fried' rice with vegetables, pan fried chicken breast and a very portion controlled serving of my incredibly moorish tamari seed mix from the pantry 😋 #mblunchboxrevolution @woolworths_au @bigwaustralia</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Jul 29, 2018 at 7:13pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many of Bridges’ followers commented on her tiny lunch photos, noting these portions would not keep them full throughout the day.</p> <p>“I would be staaaaarving still after eating that,” one person wrote. While others said “That would keep me going for about seven minutes” and “My 1 year old eats more than this.”</p> <p>Another wrote: “Love the colours these come in but I don’t think they are big enough!”</p> <p>However, many followers leaped to the personal trainer’s defence saying the smaller size would help them avoid overeating.</p> <p> “Where do you get these trays - they look perfect for portion control,” one commenter wrote.</p> <p>“Love these, hubby and I both use the set I bought to take our lunches to work,” another said.</p>

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Princess Mary dazzles in crimson dress

<p>Princess Mary has dressed up for a glamorous night out without the kids to celebrate the 175th anniversary of one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions, Tivoli Gardens.</p> <p>The 46-year-old Crown Princess looked elegant in a crimson evening gown decorated with mirrored sequins and a blush-pink silk wrap.</p> <p>The Australian-born Danish royal attended the event with Queen Margrethe’s sister, Princess Benedikte, who wore a green and blue floor-length dress.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmgnc36AE7O/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmgnc36AE7O/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Aug 15, 2018 at 11:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mary’s husband, Prince Frederik, was absent from the event as well as their four children, Prince Christian, 12, Princess Isabella, 11, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, seven.</p> <p>Tivoli Gardens was created by Georg Carstensen and inspired Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale, The Nightingale.</p> <p>The amusement park was visited by Walt Disney before he opened Disneyland in 1955, and it is believed he was so captivated by the atmosphere of the attraction, that he sought to recreate it in his own park.</p> <p>Mary and her family frequently visit the amusement park, with the royal children attending an event there last year while their parents were away in Japan.</p> <p>Recently, the family enjoyed a sailing trip around Denmark, documenting their <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/danish-royals-holiday-album-inside-princess-mary-and-prince-frederik-s-summer-getaway/"><strong><u>holiday photos</u></strong></a> on Instagram.</p>

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The Block judge Shaynna Blaze separates from husband of 18 years

<p>Resident judge on <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Block</em> and interior designer, Shaynna Blaze, has announced that she’s separated from her husband, Steve Vaughan.</p> <p>The 55-year-old shared the news on Instagram that she is no longer in a relationship with her husband of 18 years.</p> <p>“Sometimes in life, our paths change directions and now this is one of those times for me with Steve and I separating,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I will not be making any further statements about this and whilst I appreciate your support I ask that you respect our right to privacy. Thank you, Shaynna.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmiSU5IlNJi/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmiSU5IlNJi/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by shaynnablaze (@shaynnablaze)</a> on Aug 16, 2018 at 3:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The unexpected revelation comes just four months after Blaze shared with <a href="https://www.newidea.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">New Idea</em></strong></span></a> the secret to her happy marriage.</p> <p>“The secret is every time we go out, it actually is date night,” she told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">New Idea</em>.</p> <p>“You treat each other as your date, rather than just expecting them to always be there.</p> <p>“When you catch up, you just make sure that you’re present. You make sure that you’re there with each other and always touching base.”</p> <p>Vaughan, who is a personal trainer, was Blaze’s second husband.</p> <p>Blaze has two children, Jesse and Carly, from her first marriage. </p>

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Food flashbacks! Do you remember these childhood favourites?

<p><strong><em>Barbara Binland is the pen name of a senior, Julie Grenness, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is a poet, writer, and part-time English and Maths tutor, with over 40 years of experience. Her many books are available on Amazon and Kindle.</em></strong></p> <p>Do you have food flashbacks, yearning for childhood favourites? Or are you glad you never have to eat foods such as crumbed brains, baked egg custard with stewed home-grown rhubarb again? Apparently, when young, I was a legendary, suburban projectile vomiter. Did this meal set me right off!</p> <p>Ah, a food flashback, of chops or sausages, accompanied by three vegetables. One of these was, of course, mashed potatoes, often made with both full cream milk and butter, then topped with another pat of butter.</p> <p>Totally slimming! Years later, I cooked this meal for two young Oz lads. They had been brought up on chicken nuggets and frozen pizza. They had never even seen a lamb chop! I must say, I did get them hooked on creamy mashed potatoes… They returned home from their little visit, quite enamoured.</p> <p>Or do you recall being lined up at Primary School, forced to drink unflavoured full cream milk by the glass bottle, adorned with a foil lid? The crates of milk bottles sat there in the playground, with no refrigeration, no attending to anyone’s allergies. Lactose intolerance was unknown. My sisters and I were plump, but a lot of our classmates, the baby boomer kids, were thin.</p> <p>Then the baby boomer children ate peanut butter or jam sandwiches for school lunch. None of these nouvelle chicken wraps, or packets of interesting goodies. Yes, peanut butter sandwiches, wrapped in greaseproof paper, placed in brown paper bag, mired in a school bag. We used to take our paper bags home to be reused by our mum.</p> <p>My erstwhile husband, born in Europe, told me a tale once. On his first day in an Australian primary school, he took for lunch a sandwich of salami on rye. He was a ‘new Australian’! The gang mentality of Grade Six laughed at him so much. The next day, he appeared with a jam sandwich on white bread. That’s how he came to be ‘assimilated’!</p> <p>But, wait, one final flashback. Some baby boomers can recall being given cod liver oil on a tablespoon at night, before bedtime! Ah, the good old days… Cakes tasted like cakes, and fruit grew on trees in the back yard.</p> <p>Those food flashbacks… What are some of yours?</p>

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“She’s chucking it in”: Denise Drysdale responds to claims she has quit Studio 10

<p>New claims have emerged that Denise Drysdale is walking away from the breakfast TV show,<em> Studio 10. </em></p> <p>During a radio segment on <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em>, entertainment journalist Peter Ford revealed that the 69-year-old is “chucking it in”.</p> <p>Denise’s departure follows a recent string of exits on <em>Studio 10</em>, with the recent resignation of Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe.</p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black;">“<span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt;">She's quitting the <em>Studio 10 show</em>. She's chucking it in,” Peter told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie "O" Henderson. </span></span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="xxmol-para-with-font">Peter then went on to suggest the possible reasons for her departure, saying: “She's now got the house all built on the Gold Coast. She's got a new baby [a dog] on the way. She's adopted a dog.”<span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Following the segment, a spokesperson for Network Ten said that Denise would address Peter’s claims that morning. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">On-air this morning, Denise revealed that she won’t be leaving the show, but she will be taking a break. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">She said: “I have been touring for 54 years in this job and I am sick of the travel and sick of sleeping in other people's beds."</span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="xxmol-para-with-font">She continued, “I spoke to our executive producer and said, 'I need to go'. I had a meeting and they said, ‘We don't want you to go. Have a break. Then come back’. So I am lucky to still be working at my age and have an opportunity to have a little break.”<span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">In 2016, Denise transitioned from being a fill-in presenter to a permanent host on the breakfast TV show. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Throughout her time on <em>Studio 10</em>, Denise faced rumours of tensions between her and former co-host Ita Buttrose, 76. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">The speculation was heightened after Denise threw a brussels sprout at Ita in an on-set incident last November. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Fans were also quick to comment on the pair’s relationship during Ita’s farewell segment in April, when Denise stayed noticeably silent. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">However, in a statement to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk"><em><strong><u>Daily Mail Australia</u></strong></em></a><u>,</u> Network Ten denied the claims there was a rift between the two, labelling the allegations “offensive”. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Ita’s departure came a month after Jessica Rowe told viewers on-air that she was resigning to spend more time with her family. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg7xS9BBoIC/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 36.94444444444444% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg7xS9BBoIC/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Studio 10 (@studio10au)</a> on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt; background: white;">“After much soul searching and discussions with my family, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Studio 10,” Jessica said. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">The resignations have also impacted <em>Studio 10</em>’s ratings, with the show only averaging 63,000 viewers a day in April this year.</span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">In January 2014,<em> Studio 10</em> was averaging more than 90,000 viewers a day across Australia. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p>Would you be sad to see Denise Drysdale leave <em>Studio 10?</em> Tell us in the comments below.  </p>

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Why Woolies and Coles are refusing to serve customers with plastic containers

<p>Woolworths and Coles have come under fire for not allowing environmentally conscious shoppers to bring their own containers for deli items.</p> <p>Both supermarket companies use health and safety as reasons for the ban, but customers who have been refused the plastic-saving option are not satisfied.</p> <p>Frustrated shoppers have stated that the rule has not applied when shopping at smaller retailers as one woman said she was “very disappointed” after being denied by deli staff when wanting to use a container she brought from home at her local Coles store in Southland, Victoria.</p> <p>“When I asked the Store Manager as to why, I was told that due to hygiene reasons, company policy did not allow for this,” she posted on the Coles Facebook page.</p> <p>“I am shocked and appalled just how much plastic waste is generated in your store daily (and not just from the deli section, the fruit and veg and general groceries too), so I have taken my business to a local shop that happily allows me to use my own tongs, container and reusable plastic bags.</p> <p>“Coles, please rethink your policy and help reduce what is a massive waste issue. Thank you.”</p> <p>And she wasn’t the only one disappointed in the supermarket's policy, as other shoppers have also voiced their concerns on the company’s social media page.</p> <p>“This was a container from a previous purchase of olives from this store and was obviously clean and undamaged. The young lady seemed surprised when I said I didn’t want any if I can’t reuse my container. Well, I won’t be shopping at Coles again,” a man said.</p> <p>Competitor Woolworths also received the same treatment with several customers demanding a more environmentally-friendly alternative.</p> <p>“Would love it if we could bring our own clean reusable containers to the deli counter too, or just have products weighed and wrapped in paper,” said a user on the company's Facebook page.</p> <p>“Any plans to change your store policy about not accepting reusable containers at the deli counter?” asked another.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/major-supermarkets-dont-allow-customers-bring-reusable-containers-084928132.html" target="_blank">Yahoo7</a></em>, a spokesperson from Woolworths said: “This is not something we can offer due to food safety and operational reasons.</p> <p>“We continue to work hard on the reduction of unnecessary plastics right across our stores, this included taking 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags out of circulation every year, and trials to remove plastic packaging from 80 fruit and vegetable lines over the next year.”</p> <p>Coles also agrees with these sentiments as it believes it’s a health and safety risk, saying it made it “very difficult for us to do a thorough investigation if a customer becomes ill and we are unsure where the used container came from".</p> <p>What do you think of Coles and Woolworths' plastic container policy? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Aussie drivers hit with new 30km/h speed limit

<p>Melbourne drivers will be the first in the country to trial a new road rule that forces motorists to slow down to 30km/h in residential areas, to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.</p> <p>The 12-month trial of the new speed limit will be enforced on residential streets in Collingwood and Fitzroy from September.</p> <p>Led by the Yarra Council, if the trial is successful the road rule may be introduced to other parts of Melbourne– as well as other major cities.</p> <p>Yarra Mayor Daniel Nguyen told <em>news.com.au</em> that the new speed limit is about making the roads safer for everyone who uses them.</p> <p>“This trial is about improving safety. From 2012-2017 there have been more than 100 crashes in the trial area, resulting in more than 30 serious injuries,” he said.</p> <p>“90 per cent of these crashes have involved pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders.”</p> <p>Research from Monash University found that lowering a 40km/h speed zone by 10km/h reduces by half a pedestrian’s chance of dying when hit by a car.</p> <p>According to the World Health Organisation, just a 1km/h decrease in a car’s speed could lead to a 3 per cent reduction in road crashes.</p> <p>The council said they took this approach which focuses on making the roads safer by adjusting people’s behaviour, rather than using expensive infrastructure like speed bumps to force people to slow down.</p> <p>“We want to make livelier, healthier streets that everyone can enjoy, whether they are walking, driving or riding,” Mr Nguyen said.</p> <p>“We hope that this trial will help reduce the number of serious injuries, and also bring other benefits including reduced congestion and encouraging more people to choose active transport options, like cycling and walking.”</p> <p>Chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scruby, said something needs to be done about the country’s rising pedestrian death toll.</p> <p>“Most of Europe now … they are all 30km/h in areas of high pedestrian activity and it works,” he told <em>ABC Radio</em>.</p> <p>“We have right around Australia this phenomenon where the pedestrian death toll is going back up through the roof.</p> <p>“In Brisbane, 92 per cent of the road users will be pedestrians, 6 per cent vehicles and 2 per cent cyclists. Why is the whole CBD controlled by vehicles?”</p>

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Hospital car parking slammed as unfair as woman pays up to $200 a week

<p>Jessica Jones was forced to dip into money saved for her honeymoon to visit her sick husband in hospital.</p> <p>It was the only way she could cover his lost earnings and what she calls the "unfair" price of hospital car parking in Auckland, New Zealand.</p> <p>The cost to park the car while she was at his side in Waitākere – a city west of Auckland – and Auckland City Hospitals was up to $200 a week, she said.</p> <p>"It was just so upsetting, but I mean you had no choice but to just pay for it."</p> <p>The fees were so high partly because she would sometimes visit him several times a day – but also due to a cost of up to $20.40 a time.</p> <p>Hospitals say their fees are similar to parking at other Auckland hospitals.</p> <p>Gareth and Jessica Jones got married in April 2018, but due to his heart condition saw their savings dwindle and their dream of a honeymoon fade.</p> <p>"I just think it's ludicrous, it's really upsetting," she said of the cost of parking.</p> <p>"The prices that they charge for people who are obviously visiting sick relatives. It's a really rough time."</p> <p>Jones said her husband had used all his sick leave from work after being in hospital on and off since October.</p> <p>This made it harder to deal with the high cost of car parking.</p> <p>Jones said she asked about a parking subsidy from Auckland City Hospital but was refused on the grounds that she could catch public transport.</p> <p>She said she understood it was an option for her but the cost of public transport was similar to the cost of car parking.</p> <p>"I don't understand how elderly people do it, and people with very low income. It's really sad and just really unfair."</p> <p>Waitākere Grey Power president Mate Marinovich said he often fielded complaints about parking costs at the hospital. </p> <p>"To go in and visit the sick, and after two hours having to pay $8 to $12, that's really impacting upon everyone."</p> <p>Marinovich said for those living on superannuation, or a low income, paying for parking on a daily basis adds up quickly. </p> <p>Seven days of a full-day visit at Waitematā hospitals would cost $142.80.</p> <p>He said people often had to forgo something else so they could afford to visit the sick.</p> <p>An Auckland District Health Board spokesperson said the fees at Auckland City Hospital was similar to fees at many central Auckland public car parks. </p> <p>"When travelling to our hospitals, we encourage our patients and whānau to look at other transport options."</p> <p>She said the DHB understood parking could be difficult for patients and loved ones who experienced financial pressure. If they were staying for an extended period, the hospital may be able to help financially, she said.</p> <p>Middlemore Hospital spokesperson Mere Martin said its pricing was also comparable to other hospitals and high-demand locations around Auckland. </p> <p>"We have procedures in place to subsidise parking for visitors based on assessed financial need and length of stay."</p> <p>A Waitemata District Health Board spokesperson said they recognise the cost of hospital parking can be a challenge for some people. </p> <p>She said it was necessary to ask the public to pay for parking to pay for and maintain the existing facilities.</p> <p>"We strive to do this in a fair and balanced way that minimises financial impacts."</p> <p>PARKING COSTS (AUD)</p> <p>Waitematā District Health Board - North Shore and Waitākere hospitals</p> <p>0-20 minutes - Free</p> <p>20 minutes - 1 hour - $3.60 </p> <p>1 hour - 2 hours - $7.40</p> <p>2 hours -3 hours - $11.00</p> <p>3 hours - 4 hours - $14.90</p> <p>Over 4 hours - $18.50</p> <p>Lost ticket - $18.50</p> <p>Maximum daily charge - $18.50</p> <p>Counties Manukau Health - Manukau SuperClinic, Middlemore hospital, Pukekohe Hospital, Botany SuperClinic</p> <p>0 - 15 minutes - No charge</p> <p>15 minutes - 1 hour - $3.60</p> <p>1 hour - 2 hours - $7.40</p> <p>2 hours - 3 hours - $11.00</p> <p>3 hours - 4 hours - $14.90</p> <p>4 hours plus - $18.50</p> <p>Lost ticket $36.99</p> <p>Between the hours of 2 pm - 8 pm - 30 minutes free parking</p> <p>Auckland District Health Board - Auckland City Hospital, Greenlane Clinical Centre</p> <p>0 - 15 minutes - Free</p> <p>15 - 30 minutes - $2.70</p> <p>30 minutes - 1 hour - $3.60</p> <p>1 hour - 2 hours - $5.40</p> <p>2 hours - 3 hours - $7.30</p> <p>3 hours - 4 hours - $8.20</p> <p>4 hours - 5 hours - $9.10</p> <p>5 hours - 6 hours - $10.90</p> <p>6 hours - 7 hours - $13.60</p> <p>7 hours - 8 hours - $16.30</p> <p>Lost ticket - $18.10</p> <p><em>Written by Hannah Ross. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/106215905/hospital-car-parking-slammed-as-unfair-as-woman-pays-up-to-200-a-week" target="_blank">Stuff.co.nz.</a></em></p>

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Urgent safety recall: Harvey Norman bunk bed could trap kids

<p>A bunk bed sold at Harvey Norman at Mascot, NSW,  has been recalled due to the risk of entrapment. The Domino bunk bed was being sold at the south-east Sydney branch without the required infill on the top bunk side panel.</p> <p>The company has taken the measures to recall the bunk bed as it runs the risk of injuring children. The bed supplied by Dixie Cummings Enterprises Pty Ltd is a wooden bunk bed intended for children.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7820280/bunk-bed.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/73b88395803e4817bac8f200a74d251a" /></p> <p>The <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/dixie-cummings-enterprises-pty-ltd-domino-bunk-bed" target="_blank">Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)</a></em> has published a recall notice on its website saying the product "does not comply with the mandatory standard Trade Practices Act 1974".</p> <p>As stated on the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/dixie-cummings-enterprises-pty-ltd-domino-bunk-bed" target="_blank">ACCC’s</a></em> website, customers who have purchased the bed will be contacted by Harvey Norman via phone or mail, to organise a new timber panel and label that will be supplied and installed free of charge.</p> <p>Consumers can get in touch with the Aftersales Administrator by emailing <a rel="noopener" href="mailto:aftersalessupport@dixiecummings.com.au" target="_blank">aftersalessupport@dixiecummings.com.au</a> or via phone on (03) 9762 2988.</p>

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“Greatest of all time”: World reacts to Aretha Franklin’s death

<p>Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died from advance pancreatic cancer at home in Detroit, aged 76.</p> <p>The music icon was surrounded by family and friends when she died at 9.50am on Thursday local time.</p> <p>“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.</p> <p>“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.</p> <p>“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”</p> <p>Her family thanked friends and supporters from all over the world for their prayers.</p> <p>“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received,” the statement read.</p> <p>“We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”</p> <p>The death of the legendary singer, known for such enduring hits as <em>Respect</em> (1967), <em>Natural Woman</em> (1968) and <em>I Say a Little Prayer</em> (1968), sparked an outpouring of love and tributes for the remarkable woman from around the world.</p> <p>Diana Ross said she was “sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”</p> <p>Smokey Robinson said in a statement: “This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.”</p> <p>Barbra Streisand shared a photo of herself performing with Franklin in 2012, writing: “It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”</p> <p>John Legend tweeted: “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”</p> <p>Barack and Michelle Obama said in a statement: “Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade-our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.</p> <p>“She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.</p> — Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaRoss/status/1030100713093967873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for <a href="https://twitter.com/ejaf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ejaf</a> at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof.</p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1030101482731962369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha &amp; I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world <a href="https://t.co/Px9zVB90MM">pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM</a></p> — Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarbraStreisand/status/1030096939109556229?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> </p> <p>US President Donald Trump opened a Cabinet meeting at the White House today by expressing his “condolences to the family of a person I knew well”. He said Franklin “worked for me on numerous occasions,” and her “legacy will thrive and inspire” many generations.</p> <p>“She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing,” said the President, who also tweeted about the singer. “She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”</p> <p>Clive Davis, the music mogul who helped revive Franklin’s career in the 1980s, said he was “devastated” by her death.</p> <p>“She was truly one of a kind,” he said in a statement. “She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world.</p> <p>“Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”</p> <p>Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, said in a statement: “A national treasure to everyone. But to me personally, Aretha Franklin was my dear, dear friend, my homegirl, and I loved her a lot.</p> <p>“From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father’s home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been amazing. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.”</p> <p>In her decades-long career that spanned multiple genres, Franklin’s powerful voice that stretched over four octaves defined her place in American music history.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. <a href="https://t.co/bfASqKlLc5">pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5</a></p> — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1030129887623958538?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What a life. What a legacy! <br />So much love, respect and gratitude.<br />R.I.P. <a href="https://twitter.com/ArethaFranklin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ArethaFranklin</a> <a href="https://t.co/400K1U5IHI">https://t.co/400K1U5IHI</a></p> — Carole King (@Carole_King) <a href="https://twitter.com/Carole_King/status/1030096175993475079?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">One of the highlights of my career was singing with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArethaFranklin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArethaFranklin</a> at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. <a href="https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y">https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y</a></p> — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman/status/1030098224156209153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement. <a href="https://t.co/R2lxjXwDO8">pic.twitter.com/R2lxjXwDO8</a></p> — Faith Hill (@FaithHill) <a href="https://twitter.com/FaithHill/status/1030110318826074112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!</p> — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1030116078125568006?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul <a href="https://t.co/jW4Gpwfdts">pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts</a></p> — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1030103284881805312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine named her the greatest singer of all time, male or female.</p> <p>The Hall of Fame issued a statement titled “Lady Soul”, which read: “The first woman inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”</p>

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Hollywood star Gregory Peck’s lookalike grandson cast in new movie

<p>The grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck has been announced to play the new Mr Spock in the Star Trek television franchise.</p> <p>Ethan Peck, 32, will play the character in the second season of <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em>, which premieres in January.</p> <p>“We searched for months for an actor who would, like [the late Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto], bring his own interpretation to the role,” showrunner Alex Kurtzman told <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-casts-spock-ethan-peck-1134570"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Hollywood Reporte</strong></span>r</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>“Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zach, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock's legacy.”</p> <p>After the news was announced, Ethan took to Twitter to thank the Nimoy family for giving him their blessing to take on the role.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to the Nimoy family for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity and support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the iconic half alien we know as Mr. Spock. It is an incomparable honor. 🖖🏼 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarTrekDiscovery?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StarTrekDiscovery</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLAP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LLAP</a> <a href="https://t.co/jEXG1T253Z">pic.twitter.com/jEXG1T253Z</a></p> — Ethan Peck (@ethangpeck) <a href="https://twitter.com/ethangpeck/status/1029416376736215040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Although he has appeared in various TV and movie projects over the years, Ethan is most known for being the grandson of Oscar winner Gregory Peck.</p> <p>The <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> star sadly died in 2003 of bronchopneumonia.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820301/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4fdcfbbbcf254d0ea9d7bd79030fbf0f" /></p> <p>Ethan has welcomed all comparisons to his late grandfather, with some saying he inherited Gregory’s deep voice, thick brows, black hair and defined jawline.</p> <p>“It's a very wonderful comparison,” Ethan told <em>Hollywood Today Live </em>in 2016.</p> <p>“I think before it was a little more difficult to stomach because people just kind of want to see him, which is understandable and that's cool. And also wonderful, like he's wonderful, what a great comparison!”</p> <p>Do you think Ethan Peck looks like his famous grandfather? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman loses $60,000 to romantic scammer on online game Words With Friends

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">A new wave of romantic scammers are targeting victims on the online game Words With Friends, leaving one Kiwi woman $60,000 out of pocket. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The game, owned by American social game developer Zynga, is similar to Scrabble in that players build words in a crossword-style against an opponent online. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Once signed up as a member, a player can send game requests and accept them from others around the world and players can chat to one another. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">But that messaging feature is now being used by scammers posing behind fake profiles, who attempt to woo players in the hope they will eventually send them money. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em><span> </span><a href="http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/romance-scammers-prey-on-players-of-online-scrabble-like-word-game-20180731-p4zuof.html"><em>reported earlier this month</em></a><span> that a scammer using the name Richard Bricks was using a photo of Argentinian actor Juan Soler in his pursuits on Words with Friends. </span></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Manager of Fraud Education at the Commission for Financial Capability, Bronwyn Groot, said scammers often told their victims "lots of beautiful things" and sent links to love songs by artists including Celine Dion. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Their poetry is cut and paste, whether they take it from a Hallmark cards website - I don't know, but you put it into Google and it links it back to tonnes of scams."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The scammers call their victims 'dear' or 'darling', seldom using their first name.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Probably because they're running multiple scams and they don't want to get caught out," Groot said.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The scammers use a similar narrative; they are working on an oil rig overseas, or for the United Nations in places such as Afghanistan or Syria. Some have lost family members, or their wives have died and they are widowed.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Groot said one woman she dealt with, who couldn't be named, lost around $60,000 to a romantic scammer on the Words With Friends game.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"She got an invitation to accept someone's friendship and she didn't accept it, then they reached out again and she didn't accept it, then the third time they said 'why don't you wanna talk to me?' and she said, 'because I don't know you' and that was how the conversation started," Groot said.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"It was only a few months, but it was a few months long enough for her to think he was legitimate and also send him lots of money." </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Once somebody gets caught up in a romantic scam it can be really difficult to get out of and often the victim will be in denial, Groot said.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"The lady I was dealing with so desperately wanted to believe it was real," she said. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"It is devastating ... she had sent the money and had no chance of getting it back, then had to face the reality of having lost someone she had a romantic connection with." </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">It is unclear how many New Zealand Words With Friends players have been targeted, but the game's discussion forums are teeming with warnings and scam stories from players. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">One player wrote about her experience  of getting "involved" with another member.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"We 'met' on WWF in April and he used all the sweet talk, when I questioned things, he always had the right answers that seemed to make sense at the time and he was so smooth at convincing me it was all in my head," she wrote.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"I should have listened to my little voice but I am embarrassed to say I was convinced."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The profile which scammed $60,000 from the Kiwi woman is still active on the site and Groot had doubts about whether Zygna was adequately addressing the problem. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Groot's concerns were echoed on the Zygna discussion forums. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"It is disappointing that Zynga appears to do nothing to stop this. Every user I have reported is still active ... I even provided sources of information found," one player wrote. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Dalziel, of the High Tech Crime Group, said police regularly received reports of scams but their frequency and the way in which scammers operated varied. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Sadly there will always be some people who try to use online sites to scam and rip people off for money, and we advise that people always exercise caution when interacting online."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Anyone who believes they are the victim of a crime, in person or online, should report the matter to police, he added.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Zynga was approached<em> </em>for comment but said they were "unable to provide comment at this time". </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><strong>HOW TO AVOID BEING FALLING VICTIM TO A ROMANTIC SCAM:</strong></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Never send money to someone you've never met. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Run a reverse Google search of images you are sent to check for previous use. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Read forums on game sites to stay informed about current scams. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Be wary when people profess strong feelings for you early on.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Written by Charlotte Carter. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/106254141/romantic-scammers-preying-on-players-of-online-game-words-with-friends">Stuff.co.nz</a>.</em></p>

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Revealed: The staggering salaries of breakfast TV stars

<p>Former <em>Studio 10</em> television producer, Rob McKnight, has revealed the staggering salaries of breakfast TV stars, as well as his own impressive former yearly wage.</p> <p>Rob, who most recently worked as executive producer of Channel Ten's morning show<em> Studio 10</em> and has worked at Channel Seven and Nine previously, was speaking on his podcast <strong><em><u><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/tv-blackbox/id1415436461?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">TV Blackbox</a></u></em></strong><em>,</em> said he was initially on a salary of $220,000 at Studio 10.</p> <p>He later landed a $100,000 bonus, increasing his salary up to $320,000, including superannuation.     </p> <p>Talking about the increase, Rob joked: “The CEO said, ‘go and pay off your house.’”</p> <p>When asked what breakfast TV presenters, like Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, could be taking home, Rob said the millions reported in the press are fairly accurate.</p> <p>“You know what I was on, so you can expect they were in the ballpark [figures which have been reported],” he said.</p> <p>“Don't forget breakfast and morning TV have the potential to make good money. Breakfast TV is reaching more people than prime time.”</p> <p>Rob’s comments come after Lisa's shock departure from Channel Nine over a salary dispute last October.</p> <p>At the time, Channel Nine CEO Hugh Marks said he could not offer Lisa a $500k raise on top of the $1.8 million she was earning at the time on the Today show.</p> <p>“I went to an incredible amount of trouble to build that ($1.8 million) package for her,” he told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/tv-rich-list-karl-stefanovic-tops-australias-10-highestpaid-television-stars/news-story/a678d441e5e927aa47254797a86457df"><strong><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></strong></a> at the time.</p> <p>“She wanted $2.3 million. It wasn't a $200,000 shortfall to [Karl Stefanovic's] $2 million magic number. It was $500,000.”</p> <p>When Lisa joined Channel 10’s <em>The Project</em>, she was replaced on <em>Today</em> by Georgie Gardner, who received a big raise for the new role.</p> <p>Georgie's salary was increased from $500,000 to $1 million, <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/georgie-gardner-is-the-new-cohost-of-today-show-with-word-her-salary-has-been-almost-doubled/news-story/cbb5cb4531ffe4f177e605b36ce5e08d"><strong>The Daily Telegraph</strong></a> </em>reported.</p> <p> </p>

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