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Duchess Kate’s star sign reveals exactly who she is

<p>Duchess Kate has been a royal for several years, but her star sign confirms one of the key reasons why she’s flourished in the significant role she married into.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge was born in Reading, England, on January 9, 1982 – meaning that her sun sign is Capricorn and her moon sign is Cancer.</p> <p><a href="https://honey.nine.com.au"><em><strong><u>Nine Honey</u></strong></em></a> reveals that because she is Capricorn, Kate has a grounded approach to life and has the ability to focus on getting things done, especially when they are of significance.</p> <p>This character trait is revealed in her dedication to her royal work since marrying into The Firm in 2011, while also managing to balance her busy life as a mum-of-three.</p> <p>Capricorns are also known to enjoy the simple things in life and don’t mind taking things slow in order to reach their long-term goals.</p> <p>Her patience was shown during her relationship with Prince William, which began during their years as students at St Andrews University in Scotland.</p> <p>Although the couple began dating in 2004, they split in early 2007 to have a break for a short period.</p> <p>Clarence House refused to directly address the rumours of their break-up, saying in a statement: “We don't comment on Prince William's private life." </p> <p>However, during their engagement interview in 2010, William opened up about their break.</p> <p>"We were both very young," William explained.</p> <p>"It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.</p> <p>"It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better,” he said.</p> <p>Kate added: “I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.</p> <p>"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time. Looking back on it."</p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Nine Honey</em>, those who have the moon Cancer in their star sign have the ability to connect with other people’s emotions and are very empathetic.</p> <p>This can be seen in Kate’s work with the mental health awareness initiative ‘Heads Together’, which she helped develop with her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry.</p> <p>Recently, it was also announced that <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-role-announced-for-duchess-kate-immensely-grateful"><strong><u>Kate will be the Patron</u></strong></a> for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p>

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The exact moment Queen Elizabeth II knew Prince Philip was the one

<p>This year, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 71st wedding together after tying the knot in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.</p> <p>The couple have overcome many adversities together and their marriage is the longest of any British sovereign.</p> <p>The duo first met when Elizabeth was just eight, at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (Philip’s cousin) and Prince George, Duke of Kent (Elizabeth’s uncle) in 1934.</p> <p>However, they crossed paths again five years later and it was on this day that the then heir-to-the throne fell in love with her future husband.</p> <p>When Elizabeth was 13, she visited the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth with her sister Margaret and her parents.</p> <p>Speaking on <a href="https://honey.nine.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>9Honey</strong></span></a>’s <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Windsors</em> podcast, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter says: “[The princesses] were escorted around the property by an 18-year-old blonde-haired blue-eyed midshipman, Prince Philip, who was charged with taking care of the girls while the royal parents were off doing duties."</p> <p>“She was totally in lust, I think," says Juliet Rieden, author of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Royals in Australia</em>.</p> <p>"He was devilishly handsome. People at the time said that he looked like a Greek God, this shock of blonde hair, he was very tall, he was very muscular."</p> <p>On the weekend of the royal family’s Dartmouth visit, Philip joined them for dinner on their yacht.</p> <p>Elizabeth’s infatuation with the officer was noticed by Lord Louis Mountbatten, an aide to the King who was also on the trip.</p> <p>It was several years before the couple dated because of Elizabeth’s age, however, Arbiter believes that moment was when their relationship began.</p> <p>Rieden explains, "It’s been widely reported that the Queen was smitten the minute she met him. That was it.</p> <p>"Of course, she was only 13 and he was 18, so they wrote letters to each other while he was off on naval service. They were writing to each other all the time."</p> <p>In 1946, Philip asked King George VI for permission to marry his daughter and the future Queen.</p> <p>The King agreed on the condition that the official announcement would not be made until Elizabeth turned 21 the following April.</p>

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"Bit disappointing”: Coles faces intense scrutiny for selling underweight butter

<p>Coles has faced intense scrutiny after a customer claimed that the 500 grams of butter they purchased from the supermarket was 70 grams underweight.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, a shopper shared photos of two different slabs of 500 grams Coles branded butter on a kitchen scale.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/Coles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Coles</a> we bought a number of your 500g butter to make some delicious cookies for Xmas but only found that all of them were quite under the advertised 500g. Attached are 2 examples of the actual weight. Would appreciate an explanation 🤗 <a href="https://twitter.com/acccgovau?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@acccgovau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/baking?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#baking</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/advertisingfail?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#advertisingfail</a> <a href="https://t.co/ctTzirkKV2">pic.twitter.com/ctTzirkKV2</a></p> — Dou Obed (@Doubiewacky) <a href="https://twitter.com/Doubiewacky/status/1072661558680018944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The scale showed one slab to weigh 433 grams and the other at 430 grams.</p> <p>“Hey Coles, we bought a number of your 500g butter to make some delicious cookies for Xmas but only found that all of them were quite under the advertised 500g,” tweeted the customer.</p> <p>“Attached are two examples of the actual weight. Would appreciate an explanation.”</p> <p>But despite the photos, and the customer claiming the packs were unopened, many users were sceptical over the authenticity of the claim, saying: “Packs look opened to me” and “Have you checked your kitchen scales?”</p> <p>The customer responded saying that their scales were accurate and working perfectly fine.</p> <p>“They were a bit squashed but no manipulation here,” they said, as they mentioned how the scales were checked before the butter was weighed and “besides, zeroing scales generally does the job but checked it against a known weight anyway”.</p> <p>And it turns out, they weren’t the only ones to experience the faulty measurements as another shopper also faced the same problem with the 500 grams of butter.</p> <p>“I’d planned a ‘bakeathon’ only to find each of the three Coles 500g butter packs were only around the 430-440g mark … bit disappointing Coles,” they wrote.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6489717/Coles-slammed-selling-butter-70g-underweight.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em>, a spokesperson from Coles said: “We take accuracy in measurement very seriously.</p> <p>“Household scales may be inaccurate as they are not made to commercial standards and generally have not been recalibrated since purchase,” said the spokesperson.</p> <p>“The measuring equipment used by our supplier is required to be accurate within very strict tolerances and is regularly tested for compliance.</p> <p>“As always, we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100 per cent happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.</p> <p>“We will be following this up with our supplier.” </p> <p>Have you ever purchased an item from a supermarket that weighed less than advertised? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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The ridiculous amount a royal visit costs: "I cannot stand over this type of expenditure"

<p>The staggering price of a royal visit has been revealed after one councillor in Ireland shared a breakdown of the cost of a visit from Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>In June, the heir to the throne and his wife visited Cork, Ireland, for an overnight stop in the university town.</p> <p>Despite their short stay, Cork City Council spent an excessive amount of money to prepare for the trip.</p> <p>And now, Thomas Gould, Sinn Féin Councillor for Cork North Central, has shared a breakdown of the cost on Twitter.</p> <p>He wrote: "Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 ($31,078) for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761 ($320,310).”</p> <p>"I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761. I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more. <a href="https://t.co/WmaUK4SI6o">pic.twitter.com/WmaUK4SI6o</a></p> — CLLRThomas Gould (@ThomasGouldsf) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasGouldsf/status/1072292561333686272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The cost for the visit included $9331 spent on polishing door handles in Town Hall and $9780 on replacing a light in the foyer.</p> <p>However, the council has defended the costs in a statement to CCN, saying the expenditure included “specialist reconditioning, polishing and lacquering of over 260 individual brass items by a local specialist firm".</p> <p>The council also spent money on "reconditioning, polishing and lacquering door handles, escutcheons, push plates, finger plates, brass fittings and kick plates.</p> <p>"These items had not been refurbished since they were first put in place over 80 years ago and were due to be refinished but the project was brought forward due to (the) Royal visit," they said.</p> <p>During Charles and Camilla’s stay, they also visited the English Market which was decorated with $14,669 worth of banners to mark its 230th birthday.</p> <p>What are your thoughts on the cost of Prince Charles and Camilla's royal visit to Ireland? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Pink snaps back at parenting police with witty message

<p>Pink doesn’t have time for those who critically analyse her parenting skills.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the pop star shared a photo of her son Jameson Moon Hart indulging in chocolate, and the mother-of-two paired it with a witty caption.</p> <p>“Chocolate is good for babies, right?” she wrote. “Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.”</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/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Chocolate is good for babies right? Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.</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/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Dec 12, 2018 at 8:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The sarcastic comment comes after Pink’s husband Carey hart posted a photo of himself and Jameson taking a ride on a dirt bike.</p> <p>Hart, who posted the photo three days ago, had already predicted the amount of backlash he was going to receive, as he wrote in the caption: “Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad.”</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/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Jamo has his race face on😂😂😂. Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad @FoxMoto @Dualigans @giantbicyclesusa @RideDunlop @Guts_Racing_Inc @WorksConnection @Fmf73 @motionpro @Twin_air @GalferUsa @ODIgrips @mactools38 @acerbisusa @Bel_RayCompany @GoodRide @HinsonRacing</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/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Still, his followers took to the comment section to criticise Hart, saying that the 23-month-old wasn’t adequately protected, and the activity wasn’t age appropriate.</p> <p>“Your face and body protected but his isn’t,” wrote one person, with others agreeing to the sentiment, saying that Jameson should have been provided with more than a helmet.</p> <p>“Nice eye protection for the kid,” said another.</p> <p>Hart responded to the backlash by telling them to “move along".</p> <p>But despite the onslaught of negative comments, there were many positive ones as they praised the parents for making sure their children Jameson and 7-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart grow up with fond memories.</p> <p>“I wish my dad was like you when I was young,” wrote one follower. “You can’t wrap them in cotton wool all the time and you’re a professional. Don’t stop being an awesome dad.”</p> <p>Another person wrote: “I took my kids riding at that age. They loved it and wanted to go as fast as possible. As you said, ‘You are a professional’. Screw everyone else, your son is having a blast and you are making memories.”</p> <p>Do you think Pink and Carey are in the wrong with their parenting style? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Why is the Australian government still paying the pension to 6000 dead people?

<p>Australian pensioners over 80 years old will soon have to produce a “proof of life certificate” to continue receiving the pension.</p> <p>The changes, which will come into effect from July 1, will mean that expats will have to go to an Australian embassy or consulate every two years to register that they are still alive and entitled to receive the payment.</p> <p>The change follows the recent revelation that thousands of deceased expats continued to receive their pension.</p> <p>Speaking about the major discrepancy, Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher, said: “We believe we will identify about 6000 people living overseas who are dead or whose families are wrongfully receiving taxpayer money.”</p> <p>Based on average death rates, the Government predicts the new procedure will save $150 million over four years.</p> <p>Mr Fletcher said the proof of life certificates were a fair way to make sure pension payments are only going to eligible recipients.</p> <p>"Countries like the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France and Italy all have systems in place to verify whether a pensioner living overseas is still alive and we're now going to introduce a similar system," he said.</p> <p>"We do have a duty to be careful and responsible with taxpayers' money and so it's appropriate to have a process in place to check that where a pension is being paid that that person continues to be alive."</p> <p>Until now, the government has relied on the voluntary reporting of an overseas death by a family member or friend, allowing many deaths to go unnotified.</p> <p>“The most likely explanation is that many Australians who were living overseas on a pension have died - but that has not been made known to the Government and we are continuing to pay their pension,” he said.</p> <p>“In some cases it could be fraud. In others, it could be that the former Australian pensioner's family incorrectly think that they remain entitled to receive the pension formerly paid to their loved one.”</p> <p>Expat pensioners will be given 13 weeks to tell the government they are alive before their payment is cancelled. </p>

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Snake catcher's grim warning for Christmas

<p>Aussies are being warned to be aware of pythons protecting their eggs this season.</p> <p>Sharing a photo of a carpet python incubating her eggs,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/www.snakecatchers.com.au/" target="_blank">Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan &amp; Gold Coast</a><span> </span>revealed how the fiercely protective mother was discovered on a building site in St Lucia, Brisbane earlier in the week.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwww.snakecatchers.com.au%2Fposts%2F923636141158333&amp;width=500" width="500" height="807" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>They were asked to remove the snake and her eggs.</p> <p>The snake catchers safely transported the mother and handed her eggs in to be incubated, as stated on their Facebook page.</p> <p>Female carpet pythons will incubate their eggs for two months.</p> <p>“During this time, she won’t eat and will only ever move off the eggs to bask in the sun close by and return the heat to the eggs. As you can imagine, due to this dedication, they end up looking quite emaciated towards the end of the incubation period,” said the snake catchers.</p> <p>“Once the young begin to hatch and disperse, there is no further parental care.”</p> <p> According to snake catcher, Stuart McKenzie from<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/snakecatchersunshinecoast/" target="_blank">The Snake Catcher 24/7 – Sunshine Coast</a>, releasing mother snakes into the wild and handing in her eggs for incubation is a fairly common practice.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsnakecatchersunshinecoast%2Fposts%2F1936016583141371&amp;width=500" width="500" height="734" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>If found by him, the eggs are taken to Australia Zoo to be cared for.</p> <p>“When the mother is caught and released, she won’t take the eggs back and rather disappears into the bush,” said Mr McKenzie.</p> <p>“I have relocated a mother on eggs and been able to put her and the eggs back in the bush together and she stays on them only a couple of times.”</p> <p>Where are pythons most likely to lay their eggs?</p> <p>Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast say areas which have piles of grass clippings are the most attractive areas for pythons to lay their eggs and incubate them.</p> <p>“Avoid letting a pile of grass clippings accumulate into a very attractive mound for snakes to see as a suitable site for their eggs,” said the snake catchers.</p> <p>They also advised to remain alert around rock retaining walls, as the climate in the small space is considered the perfect temperature for snakes to lay their eggs.</p> <p>“Simple shelter sites provided by various natural and artificial debris should also be considered as potential sites when tidying up the yard,” they said.</p>

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Carrie Bickmore shares first photo of baby Adelaide

<p>She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl over the weekend, and now Carrie Bickmore has taken to Instagram to share a photo of baby Adelaide.</p> <p>“The nights are long (forgot how long) … but the years are short. Treasuring every moment,” she captioned the adorable snap.</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/BrQ3mopn8Tn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrQ3mopn8Tn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The nights are long (forgot how long)...but the years are short. Treasuring every moment. #Adelaide</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Dec 11, 2018 at 2:19pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bickmore made the joyful announcement on Sunday by sharing a family photo with her husband Chris Walker and her new bub to Instagram.</p> <p>“Welcome to the world little ADELAIDE (or Addie as your siblings have already started calling you) We are absolutely besotted with you,” she captioned the photo.</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/BrJwCsdHSDx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrJwCsdHSDx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Welcome to the world little ADELAIDE (or Addie as your siblings have already started calling you 💖) We are absolutely besotted with you 😍</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Dec 8, 2018 at 7:59pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As she recorded her final radio segment for the <em>Carrie and Tommy</em> show, Bickmore shared her excitement as she was preparing to welcome a third child into her family.</p> <p>But despite the joy, Bickmore <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/absolutely-besotted-carrie-bickmore-announces-birth-of-third-child" target="_blank">broke down into tears</a> as she revealed her concerns for her other two children, and how their bond may be affected due to having a third child.</p> <p>“They’re so cute together,” said Bickmore.</p> <p>“And I know families of three and I know they’ll all love each other so much, but I don’t want anything to happen to their bond. So it makes me a little sad.”</p> <p>She also spoke about Evie and Ollie’s predictions of the baby’s gender, and Evie won that round.</p> <p>“Ollie thinks we’re having a boy and Evie thinks we’re having a girl so one of them is going to be very disappointed and one very excited,” said Carrie before the birth of Adelaide.</p>

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New role announced for Duchess Kate: “Immensely grateful”

<p>The palace has announced a new role Duchess Kate will undertake in the new year, being a Patron for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to the hospital with her husband Prince William, to meet with children receiving treatment.</p> <p>The royal mother-of-three is hoping to bring attention to the inspiring work being achieved by medical professionals at the hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p> <p>The official announcement said that Kate hopes to learn more about how the hospital supports its patients and the special services they provide to children with rare conditions.</p> <p>"Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children," the announcement reads.</p> <p>"Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years."</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/BrQEbL7lanK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrQEbL7lanK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">"It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead." — The Duchess of Cambridge, today announced as Evelina London Children's Hospital Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 11, 2018 at 6:53am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Next year, the hospital, which is part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where the Queen is a Patron, will celebrate its 150th anniversary.</p> <p>Director of Evelina London, Marian Ridley, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron.</p> <p>"The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patient.</p> <p>"It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary.</p> <p>"We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses' support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron."</p> <p>For the special hospital visit, Kate wore a polka dot L.K. Bennett dress, paired with pearl drop earrings.</p> <p>William and Kate happily mingled with staff and parents at the hospital, learning about the services offered and the patients occupying it.</p> <p>Evelina London offers specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions across London. </p>

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Fergie describes Christmas with the royals as “exhausting”

<p>Although Christmas with the Royal Family would be a celebration like no other, Sarah Ferguson has claimed the festive gathering at Sandringham is “exhausting”.</p> <p>The 59-year-old ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, spent many Decembers partaking in the family’s traditions while she was married into the family from 1986 until 1992.</p> <p>Despite many fans watching the royals’ annual parade to St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk on Christmas Day, Fergie has said that the day is less exciting than what it seems.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.newidea.com.au/"><strong><em><u>New Idea</u></em></strong></a>, Fergie said that Christmas celebrations were draining as the Queen didn’t relax on royal protocol and each guest is expected to follow strict rules.</p> <p>The Duchess of York said she had to change her outfit seven times over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to wear a new outfit for each separate event.</p> <p>A change of outfit is reportedly required for the Christmas Eve banquet, Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and casual change of clothes for walking the grounds.</p> <p>This Christmas also marks Duchess Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland’s, first visit to Sandringham for the Christmas season.</p> <p>According to royal expert Jean Broke-Smith, Doria Ragland will have to prepare herself for a unique celebration.</p> <p>“There will be advisors on hand to help Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, but it is going to be difficult,” the advisor and judge on <em>Australian Princess </em>told <em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>“For one thing she will need to bring a trunk full of clothes from California.”</p> <p>The thoughtful gesture by the Queen to invite Doria to Christmas at the palace is a first for the royals, with the Middletons never receiving the invite before.</p> <p>“It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country – unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family,” the <em>Express</em> previously reported. </p>

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Donald Trump’s bizarre 20-minute "temper tantrum" caught on camera

<p>Has Donald Trump, to no one’s surprise, officially lost the plot?</p> <p>With the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives only last month, it hasn’t taken long for the leader of the free world to lash out in an on-camera argument with House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.</p> <p>Seated in the Oval Office, President Trump discussed funding for the infamous border wall between the US and Mexico with the two leaders.</p> <p>A partial shutdown is edging closer, as December 21 will see funding for many agencies to expire.</p> <p>The discussion quickly took a turn when Trump put forward the request for $US5 billion to help build the wall, but Democrats were only ready to shell out $US1.3 billion.</p> <p>The conversation became more heated with every passing second, as the three politicians “pointed fingers, raised their voices and interrupted each other repeatedly as they fought over policy and politics” as reported by the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/schumer-pelosi-set-to-meet-with-trump-on-wall-but-house-gop-stands-firm/2018/12/11/2604b1ae-fd56-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.d408be7ad7e1" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em>.</p> <p>Neither side was ready to back down, as they fought to have their way.</p> <p>But in true Trump fashion, the President chose to take it one step further and make personal attacks against the leaders.</p> <p>Schumer repeated former President Barack Obama’s words as he warned Trump: “Elections have consequences, Mr President.”</p> <p>He probed Trump even further by saying he should not shut down the government just because he “can’t get his way”.</p> <p>“You just say my way or you shut down the government,” Schumer said as he lashed out.</p> <p>The constant back and forth continued as Trump attacked Pelosi’s political performance, saying: “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now.”</p> <p>“Please don’t characterise the strength I bring to this meeting,” she shot back.</p> <p>She went on to say: “The fact is you do not have the votes in the House.”</p> <p>Reporters in the room were left dumbstruck as they witnessed the argument first-hand, which went on for 20 minutes, with Pelosi constantly asking Trump to turn the cameras off for the meeting.</p> <p>Pelosi also said: “This has spiralled downwards.”</p> <p>The argument ended after Trump threatened to shut down the government, saying it’s a measure he’s willing to take if it means he gets what he wants.</p> <p>Pelosi and Schumer both advised the President to not make such a drastic decision, but he remained firm on his word as he said: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. I’m going to shut it down for border security.</p> <p>“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down.”</p> <p>After the heated discussion, Pelosi and Schumer took to the White House lawn to speak to reporters about the incident that had just occurred.</p> <p>“We came in here in good faith and we are entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view,” said Pelosi. “He says, ‘We can pass it in the House right now’. He doesn’t have the votes in the House, to pass whatever his agenda is with that wall in it.</p> <p>“We are telling him, we will keep the government open, with a proposal that Schumer suggested. Why doesn’t he just think about it? In fact, I asked him to pray over it.”</p> <p>When asked about the productivity behind-the-scenes, Pelosi said: “You want to know who is more productive behind the scenes? I hear some of the reporters saying, ‘Why do we not want transparency in this discussion question?’</p> <p>“We don’t want to contradict the president when he is putting fourth figures that have no reality … I didn’t want to, in front of those people, (say) ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”</p> <p>Schumer accused Trump of throwing a “temper tantrum” saying: “This temper tantrum that he seems to throw – will not get him his wall, and it will hurt a lot of people because he will cause a shutdown.</p> <p>“He admitted he wanted a shutdown. It is hard to believe he would want that.”</p> <p>Addressing the press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Our position is the president’s position.</p> <p>“We share the president’s goal … we need to secure the border.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="480" height="290" scrolling="no" src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/d456664a-3c87-4298-8f8b-dff1c2373b96" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>In a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell warned it would be a “very, very long month” if the Democrats refused to back Trump's requests over the wall.</p> <p>“For the nation’s sake, I hope that my Democratic friends are prepared to have a serious discussion and reach an accommodation with the president on funding for border security,” he said.</p> <p>This was the first time after the midterm elections that Trump came face-to-face with Democrats in the Oval Office.</p> <p>Something tells us this is only just the beginning.</p>

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This country now has the world’s most powerful passport

<p>Last year, Singapore was the most powerful passport in world. However, it is now tied in second place with Germany after the United Arab Emirates climbed the ladder this year to be the world’s most powerful passport, as reported by the <span><em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&amp;objectid=12170816">New Zealand Herald</a></em></span>.</p> <p>The Middle Eastern state added four new countries to its easy entry destinations, bringing their total to 167 countries.</p> <p>Australia’s passport is in 7<sup>th</sup> place beside Malaysia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Latvia.</p> <p>Australians are free to travel to 109 countries visa-free and get automatic entry visas on arrival from 52 nations.</p> <p>New Zealand travellers are 6<sup>th</sup> on the list and can enjoy visa-free travel to 112 countries and obtain automatic entry visas in 50 countries upon arrival.</p> <p>Holders of Iceland and Maltese passports can enter 162 countries without a prearranged visa.</p> <p>The reason that the United Arab Emirates has surprised many people is due to the fact that last year the nation wasn’t even listed in the top 10 on the travel list.</p> <p>Dubai’s leader welcomed the news through a tweet stating, “Congratulations to the UAE and it’s people and big thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s teams.”</p> <p>The least powerful passports include Iraq and Afghanistan which grant visa-free access to only 32 and 29 countries.</p> <p><strong>Passport power ranks:</strong></p> <ol> <li>United Arab Emirates</li> <li>Singapore, Germany</li> <li>Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and USA</li> <li>Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada and United Kingdom</li> <li>Czech Republic and Hungary</li> <li>Malta, Iceland, New Zealand</li> <li>Malaysia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia and Australia</li> <li>Estonia</li> <li>Romania and Bulgaria</li> <li>Cyprus and Liechtenstein</li> </ol> <p> </p>

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Get set for another washout: “Intense” rain and storm on the way

<p>Australia could face up to a week of intense wet weather as a possible tropical cyclone which arose from the dead in Queensland is bringing in a “big storm event”.</p> <p>“It’s going to be pretty intense with major thunderstorms expected, many severe,” said<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.skynews.com.au/page/weather-forecast" target="_blank">Sky News</a><span> </span></em>meteorologist Rob Sharpe.</p> <p>The cities which are predicted to be affected are Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and Brisbane along with places in northern Queensland.</p> <p>It is said that the cities could all be facing up to 50mm or more of rain.</p> <p>As cyclone Owen passed Port Douglas and Cairns, the two cities saw a downpour of rain with Cairns being hit with 170mm and Port Douglas with 300mm.</p> <p>And while many assume the ex-tropical cyclone had died down, it may come back to life once more.</p> <p>Termed a “zombie cyclone”, the system gained strength once more as it made its way towards the Gulf of Carpentaria.</p> <p>“The system is not giving up anytime soon. It could intensify, and it could easily become a tropical cyclone as it swings back into Queensland with more rain to come,” said Mr Sharpe.</p> <p>Showers are expected to hit Sydney throughout the week, with temperatures reaching tops of 24C on Tuesday and 28C on Wednesday.</p> <p>But towards the southern areas of New South Wales, things start to become a lot more intense.</p> <p>“From Wednesday an upper level cold pool will sweep up across south east Australia and with that low-pressure system forming there will be heavy rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds,” said Mr Sharpe.</p> <p>“There will be a big rain and storm even in the south east.”</p> <p>A storm is expected to hit Canberra on Thursday, with up to 55m of rain predicted to hit the capital city.</p> <p>Melbourne is set to have a warm day with Wednesday reaching a maximum of 34C. But the beach weather ends there, as starting from Thursday, showers are expected for the next four days.</p> <p>Hobart will see the hottest day of the week on Wednesday with tops of 28C but will be hit with rain towards the middle of the week.</p> <p>Adelaide will remain fairly dry, but experts advise to still keep an umbrella handy as leading up to the weekend, the city may be hit with a few showers.</p> <p>But despite most of the country seeing downpours of rain, Perth remains extremely dry, with Friday reaching a maximum of 36C.</p> <p>Darwin is expected to see storms starting from midweek onwards. </p>

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New plane ban begins: Drastic change to flights starts across Australia

<p>Australian airlines have united together to stop passengers from getting away with sneaking oversized baggage on aircraft cabins.</p> <p>From tomorrow, all domestic passengers will have their cabin bag weighed before boarding.</p> <p>The strict ban will see passengers who have a bag weighing more than 7kg be forced to pay for it to be stowed in the cargo hold with other checked luggage.</p> <p>Virgin Australian is the latest airline to join the strict weight enforcement, with Qantas announcing the baggage crackdown last week.</p> <p>Budget airlines Tigerair Australia and Jetstar already use scales to make sure passengers don’t bring oversized luggage as carry-on.</p> <p>To make sure the carry-on baggage rule is in full effect, both Virgin and Qantas will increase their resources at airport terminals from next Monday.</p> <p>Virgin Australia said it was joining the ban as oversized carry-on luggage was causing injuries to passengers and cabin crew and holding up flights as passengers struggled to find enough space in the cramped overhead compartments.</p> <p>“As an industry, we’re seeing many passengers trying to bring everything but the kitchen sink on domestic flights, which is causing flight delays as well as safety issues for cabin crew, ground crew and passengers,” Virgin Australia general manager of ground operations Paul Woosnam told <strong><u><a href="https://www.news.com.au/">news.com.au.</a></u></strong></p> <p>“We’re seeing injuries to our cabin crew caused by closing overhead lockers full of heavy baggage, shifting bags in overhead lockers to assist guests finding space and assisting passengers with lifting their bags into the overhead compartments.</p> <p>“Some of these injuries can be quite significant and may result in the crew member being unable to work for a period of time.</p> <p>“This is preventable if all passengers adhered to the baggage limits and guidelines, and from the customers we’ve spoken to, we know they’re in favour of our renewed focus on cabin baggage.”</p> <p>Mr Woosnam said “more and more” flights were being delayed due to the preventable problem.</p> <p>“Christmas is an incredibly busy time of year for us so we do encourage anyone travelling over the holiday period and beyond to familiarise themselves with the carry-on allowances to help get them to their destination safely and on time,” he said.</p> <p>Virgin Australia offers domestic passengers 7kg of carry-on baggage.</p> <p>Passengers can also bring a laptop bag, handbag or suit bag in addition to the 7kg.</p> <p>Qantas passengers can board with a maximum of two carry-on baggage pieces that must be under 7kg. <br />A Qantas spokesman told news.com.au: “Qantas offers the most generous amount of cabin baggage of any Australian airline and we know customers like the convenience of not having to check in luggage. But we’re getting feedback from regular flyers who say all customers need to be reminded about how much luggage they can take on-board.</p> <p>“So, we’re renewing our focus to keep cabin baggage within the allowances and to ensure everyone has their fair share of space on-board.</p> <p>“Ensuring that allowances are being followed will also help reduce delays during the boarding process and ensure an on-time departure.</p> <p>“Cabin bins that are too full or bags that are too heavy can cause a safety risk for both customers and crew.”</p> <p>Jetstar and Tigerair passengers can “top up” their carry-on baggage by paying an extra allowance.</p> <p>The strict crackdown has been supported by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.</p> <p>Are you happy about this cabin baggage crackdown? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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First class passenger's touching act of kindness on flight for mother with sick daughter

<p>A travelling mum has shared the touching act of kindness she received from a stranger on her flight.</p> <p>Kelsey Zwick was travelling from Orlando to Philadelphia in the US with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, so her baby could receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.</p> <p>Sharing the inspiring story on Facebook, Kelsey said she had boarded the American Airlines flight with her daughter when a flight attendant approached them and said a first class passenger wanted to switch seats.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKelseyAbbottMcArthur%2Fposts%2F10113814031412134%3A0&amp;width=500" width="500" height="708" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“To the man in 2D. Today you were travelling from Orlando to Philly,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter. We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).</p> <p>“We pre-boarded the plane, got cosy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby. The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats. You were giving up your comfortable, first class seat to us.”</p> <p>Kelsey said the generous act brought her to tears and she “can’t wait to tell Lucy someday”.</p> <p>Explaining how much she was touched, Kelsey wrote: “Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!”</p> <p>Unable to sufficiently thank the good Samaritan properly as they passed each other in the aisle, Kelsey shared the story on Facebook with the hope of tracking him down.</p> <p>Her post quickly went viral and left many teary-eyed.</p> <p>One reader of the selfless gesture wrote: “To have been seen by this man and for him to extend himself in such a quiet, but significant way absolutely tugs every single one of my heart strings.”</p> <p>Another added: “Oh wow. That brought tears to my eyes knowing there ARE good people in the world.”</p> <p>Although Kelsey has not been able to track down the generous man, she has promised to pass on the kindness she received.</p> <p>“It reminded me how much good there is in this world.</p> <p>“In the meantime … we will pay it forward. AA588 passenger in seat 2D, we truly feel inspired by your generosity.”</p> <p>Have you ever received a random act of kindness? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Hakavai turns one! Turia Pitt's adorable party for son’s first birthday

<p>It seems like only yesterday that Turia Pitt and her fiancé Michael Hoskin welcomed baby Hakavai into the world, and now the proud parents are celebrating his first birthday.</p> <p>The young couple threw a bohemian themed birthday bash for little Hakavai, as they dressed up in flower crowns and tropical outfits.</p> <p>The picnic, which was held at a park, was attended by Turia and Michael’s closest family and friends.</p> <p>Through her newsletter, the burns survivor shared photos of the occasion as she said her son is a “pretty cute” toddler.</p> <p>“Hakavai turned one! I know, crazy right? We had a little party for him on the weekend,” she said.</p> <p>“I know I’m biased, but he’s pretty cute.”</p> <p>Beaming with joy, the family celebrated the milestone 12 months after the birth of their son, who was born on December 8.</p> <p>“We are totally in love, and just so stoked,” Turia said at the time.</p> <p>After welcoming a new addition into the family, the pair have taken some time away from the spotlight to focus on raising their child.</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/BnMygu5g-Jt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BnMygu5g-Jt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Michael is the OG woo girl on his first Father’s Day! 💅🏻😂 Hakavai looks remarkably unperturbed as usual, but deep down, he knows he’s a lucky kid to have this legend as his Dad! #HappyFathersDay</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/turiapitt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Turia</a> (@turiapitt) on Sep 1, 2018 at 3:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And now, a year later, Turia has a few words of advice she would like to share with mothers.</p> <p>“See, in my first year of being a Mum, I found that I needed to simplify some things in my life,” she said.</p> <p>“Because, suddenly, I had a baby to look after, and that meant my capacity for ‘doing things’ was reduced.</p> <p>“I had to drop my expectations for what I could realistically achieve in one day, especially in the first few months. And I found that I needed to make time for myself – for the things that I enjoy doing.</p> <p>“I think that’s a feeling anyone can relate to – whether you have kids or not. Somehow, amongst all the priorities and “to-do’s”, you’ve got to make time for yourself.</p> <p>“So, today I wanted to share one of the simple tips that helped me do that this year. It’s something I’d love you to try, especially now when there’s a lot going on, and everyone is in a mad rush to get things done before the holidays.”</p> <p>She went on to offer words of encouragement, and told mothers to ask themselves one question every morning: 'What would make today great?'</p> <p>“Note: You’re not asking, ‘What do I have to get done today?’ You’re asking yourself what would make your day awesome,” she said.</p> <p>“Is it calling your best friend? Finishing off that major pitch? Buying a new plant? Going for a run or a surf? Whatever it is, actively visualise yourself doing that thing today.</p> <p>“And then I need you to prioritise it. Give it value. Whatever would make your day great today, do it. I hope you take this tip on board, and start asking yourself this question. It can, and will, radically change your day.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see photos of baby Hakavai's special day.</p> <p><em>Photo credit: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/turiapitt/">Instagram @turiapitt</a></em></p>

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Caught on camera: The sweet moment Duchess Meghan reacts to her baby kicking

<p>Earlier this week, Duchess Meghan was seen cradling her baby bump as she attended the British Fashion Awards.</p> <p>While the Duchess of Sussex was standing on stage at the event, an audience member managed to record a sweet moment between the mum-to-be and her royal baby.</p> <p>The video shows the 37-year-old former actress standing on stage with her hands resting on her bump when she suddenly grabs her tummy protectively and closes her eyes.</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/BrSjdDLDDhN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrSjdDLDDhN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Baby Sussex is full of energy !! Look how he/she kicks mummy hard and Meghan close her eyes 💕😍 Baby Sussex is playing Polo Video by @_pammyyy</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/harry_meghan_updates/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Meghan &amp; Harry 💍 supporters</a> (@harry_meghan_updates) on Dec 12, 2018 at 6:03am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans on social media quickly pointed out that Meghan was responding to a powerful kick from her baby.</p> <p>"That baby is playing polo in Meghan’s belly,” one fan commented.</p> <p>Another wrote: “Baby Sussex is full of energy!! Look how he/she kicks mummy hard and Meghan close her eyes."</p> <p>One person added: “That blink she gave tells us that was a kick kick!!"</p> <p>The Duchess was on stage to present the award for British Designer of the Year (Womenswear) to Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.</p> <p>Waight Keller designed Meghan’s wedding gown for her royal wedding on May 19.</p> <p>Meghan also delivered a short speech about the role of the fashion industry.</p> <p>"As all of you in the room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it's very personal and sometimes it's emotional," she said.</p> <p>"But for me, this connection is rooted in, really, being able to understand that it's about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women."</p>

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Samuel Johnson opens up about complicated relationship with late sister Connie: “She didn’t like me”

<p>In a new interview, Samuel Johnson has reminisced on his complicated relationship with his late sister, Connie.</p> <p>The famous duo didn’t fight during the time that the mother of two battled terminal breast cancer before sadly passing away on September 8, 2017. </p> <p>However, even as Sam quit acting and created the Love Your Sister charity in honour of Connie, the siblings disagreed on nearly everything.</p> <p>Speaking to Mamamia’s <a href="https://www.mamamia.com.au"><strong><em><u>No Filter</u></em></strong></a> podcast, Johnson said the close duo would disagree “on how to be as a human, on how to behave, on how to treat people”.</p> <p>“I disagreed with nearly every part of her across 40 years. We couldn’t be more different. We couldn’t be more diametrically opposed as people, and we couldn’t have a more serious distaste for one another.”</p> <p>“We weren’t each other’s type. She didn’t like me; she loved me. I didn’t like her; I loved her.”</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/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Rainbows carry hefty pricetags, turns out.Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. Thanks for teaching me that now can still be awesome, even when you've so nearly run out of now and have no more real awesome left. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn't in season. I'm proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Chin up please, amidst the growing dark my girl. Shoulders back. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of. You've loved well, and you've been loved well which is all that really matters in the end, I suspect. I won't finish with I love you, though of course I do. I'll finish with a simple thanks. Thanks for holding my hand along the way. It's been a stunning fucking ride. I want another turn, for we've spent our lives taking turns, but cancer is greedier and stronger than us. For now. So Little Miss Connie Cottonsocks, I shall now again and proudly declare myself, very truly yours, Your ever grotty and very sad little brother, Sammy Seal. XX @samueljjohnson78</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/loveyoursister/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Love Your Sister</a> (@loveyoursister) on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite their differences, the siblings created an inspiring online community of over half a million people with Love Your Sister.</p> <p>The charity raised close to $10 million for vital cancer research though record-breaking fundraising events.</p> <p>In the media and online, Connie and Samuel appeared loving and teasing and while they may have been authentic, there was more to their relationship.</p> <p>“As soon as she died I felt I could lift the lid,” Sam laughed. “Like, yeah, she's an amazing sister, she's an amazing mum, she's a great advocate. But she's a pain in the arse.”</p> <p>One of their greatest disagreements was caused by Sam’s drug use that followed his rise to fame after appearing on <em>The Secret Life of Us.</em></p> <p>His drug and alcohol abuse caused Connie a lot of pain as their mother had died of an overdose when she was four and Samuel was just three years old.</p> <p>“When I was 21 and I broke on TV, [Connie] called me up asked me for six thousand dollars for a couch. I told her to get f*****d, and that even if I had two million dollars I wouldn't give her six thousand dollars for a couch. I told her how upset I was that now I had people in my family asking me for money, now that I was on TV,” Sam said.</p> <p>“She hung up and rang <em>Channel Nine</em>, <em>WHO Weekly</em>, <em>New Weekly</em> and offered to expose my drug habit.”</p> <p>But to Sam, that was just “normal relationship stuff”, just another family disagreement.</p> <p>“She didn’t do anything wrong; I just didn’t like it much.”</p> <p>Sam was adamant not to demonise or mythologise his sister after her passing, asking all those who spoke at her public memorial not to “deify” her.</p> <p>“Everyone got up there and really was respectful of my request not to deify her and to talk about the person she was, to celebrate who she was – not who she told the world she was, not who she told her family she was, not even who she told herself she was.”</p> <p>At the memorial service, the speakers described Connie with words like: determined, competitive, conflicted, supportive, vulnerable, feistiness, thoughtfulness.</p> <p>The memorial drew an all-encompassing picture of a woman who inspired an online community and her brother’s noble mission to vanquish cancer.</p>

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Mother’s “shocking” discovery in Coles bread roll

<p>A mother in Queensland made a shocking discovery just as she was close to feeding her baby a bread roll that had a metal screw lodged into it.</p> <p>Taking to social media, Skye-April Cullen was furious as she complained to Coles, claiming that the screw was found in a pack of six buns that she purchased from the supermarket.</p> <p>Ms Cullen bought the pack on Tuesday night from the Smithfield store in Cairns.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcoles%2Fposts%2F2146982348699102&amp;width=500" width="500" height="657" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“I am bloody disgusted and have cut my mouth open,” she wrote to Coles on their Facebook page.</p> <p>“I brought a six-pack of your buns for my dinner last night, took about six bites, then felt my tooth crack and taste blood.</p> <p>“I rushed to pull the contents out of my mouth.</p> <p>“Firstly, I want to point out I have a baby who is just starting to eat who could have just as easily ate this last night.”</p> <p>Along with her complaint, the young mum also posted photos of the screw.</p> <p>“I’m mortified, I bet there’s still buns on the shelf,” she said.</p> <p>“I don’t know what is going to fix this … you’re lucky my daughter didn’t choke to death.”</p> <p>Ms Cullen asked people to spread the word as she claims to have damaged her $4000 smile.</p> <p>A spokeswoman from Coles responded to the incident.</p> <p>“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously and has contacted the customer to follow up their complaint,” they said.</p> <p>“As always we encourage customers to return any item, they’re not 100 per cent happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”</p> <p>Those who came across the photo on Facebook described the incident as “shocking”.</p> <p>“This is disturbing,” wrote one woman.</p> <p> </p>

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Princess Eugenie debuts new hair at royal engagement

<p>Princess Eugenie has debuted her new hair while attending an event at the Queen’s Gallery in London.</p> <p>The 28-year-old granddaughter of the Queen has taken inspiration from her cousin’s wife, Duchess Kate, donning a darker shade of chestnut brown.</p> <p>Eugenie, who is the daughter of Princess Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, shared her new look with fans in a post on her Instagram this week.</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/BrQAQSuFe0f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrQAQSuFe0f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">As patron of the Tate Young Patrons, I was happy to host a reception at The Queen’s Gallery where we got to see two magnificent shows on Russia. A must see in London. @royalcollectiontrust @tate #queensgallery #buckinghampalace</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/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Dec 11, 2018 at 6:16am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Eugenie wrote: “As patron of the Tate Young Patrons, I was happy to host a reception at The Queen’s Gallery where we got to see two magnificent shows on Russia. A must see in London.”</p> <p>On October 12, Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Prior to her big day, Eugenie was seen in London with auburn red hair, showing a subtle comparison to her redhead mother.</p> <p>However, when her wedding arrived Eugenie chose to dye her hair a darker auburn shade. </p>

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The heartwarming reason behind this $5 Kmart Christmas hack

<p>Kmart is every Aussie mums’ favourite, and with their loyal following using Facebook to share their DIY hacks, it’s easy for everyone to get on board with the budget-friendly ideas.</p> <p>The most recent DIY project isn’t only clever, but it holds strong sentimental value that will make sure there isn’t a dry eye in the house.</p> <p>A woman took to the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook page to share a photo of a bargain Christmas bauble she used to display a photo of her late mother.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 485.69157392686805px;" src="/media/7822412/bauble1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/237e6f55e9d84398982ab1a9a8f33a5b" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638160709797701/">Kmart Mums Australia</a></em></p> <p>“My memory ball for my mum using the Kmart glass light up bauble,” she wrote. “I love how it’s turned out.”</p> <p>The post was well received as it collected over 1.7K likes and hundreds of comments as members wanted to know just how the savvy woman did it.</p> <p>“I unclipped the top of the bauble, took the lights out, inserted a few feathers and a double-sided photo that I’d glued together with some fishing line and at the top, so the photo would remain central then hooked it into the clip and put the lights back in,” she said.</p> <p>The light up bauble is priced at an affordable $5.</p> <p>Soon after the post gained traction, members of the group started to post their own creations, as they made baubles for their loved ones who are no longer with them.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 481.687898089172px;" src="/media/7822413/bauble2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c92ef8a4cce143a8926ad339be0deda7" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638160709797701/">Kmart Mums Australia</a></em></p> <p>“Last Friday we had to say goodbye to our best friend of over 8 years. He’s watching over us though. Put bits of his favourite balls in with his picture. Used the $5 Light up Bauble.”</p> <p>Others fans of the Facebook group were grateful to the original poster for sharing her idea with them.</p> <p>“Thank you to the person who shared this lovely idea to remember a lost loved one. My sister-in-law lost her Mum 6 months ago and they are coming from Ireland to have Christmas with us in Sydney this year. I wanted to include her Mum in some way. I hope she likes it.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 361.7693522906793px;" src="/media/7822411/bauble-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef64a273562f428b8a69ad5d9cbc1229" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638160709797701/">Kmart Mums Australia</a></em></p> <p>“Thank you to whom ever posted this idea. My MIL puppy passed away suddenly Friday morning, so I rushed into Kmart and she had this on her tree by Friday afternoon.”</p> <p>The post attracted a lot of positive attention, with one person commenting “this is a beautiful idea".</p>

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Is your tree safe? Dangerous Christmas lights shatter and catch fire

<p>Australians are being warned to be cautious about the Christmas tree lights they purchase after dodgy Chinese-made lights have posed a serious fire risk.</p> <p>A number of lights imported from China and illegally sold in Australia do not meet local safety standards and have been found to be a fire hazard.</p> <p>The Christmas lights are not Australian certified and can cause severe damage.</p> <p>Fair Trading senior investigator Glen Toole told Seven News the most common flaw in these lights are that the bulbs break “easily and expose live parts”.</p> <p>As a result, the discount store lights can set alight a Christmas tree and risk burning down a house in only a few minutes.</p> <p>Fire and Rescue NSW is advising Aussies to only purchase Australian-made and certified light decorations (with an Australian Standards label), as well as some other festive guidelines.</p> <p>They also recommend only using one item per power socket to avoid overloading power boards or piggy back double adapters.</p> <p>If you do use a power board, make sure it has both overload protection and earth leakage protection incorporated for maximum safety.</p> <p>In the Christmas season, it is also recommended to regularly check lights and inspect the plugs and leads to make sure they are all working sufficiently.</p> <p>Fire and Rescue NSW also suggested that decorative lights are kept out of reach from children as well as flammable materials, including wrapped presents under the tree or curtains.</p> <p>Do you decorate your Christmas tree with lights? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Royal photo album released: Monaco twins celebrate their 4th birthday

<p>Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco are celebrating an exciting milestone in their family, the fourth birthday of their adorable twins.</p> <p>To celebrate the birthday of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, Albert and Charlene hosted a superhero-themed birthday bash.</p> <p>Guests of the elaborate party, which took place on the grounds of the Palace of Monaco, enjoyed a visit from very special guests, including Spider-Man and Monaco’s Fire Department.</p> <p>The twins’ 40-year-old mum and former Olympic swimmer, Charlene, shared an adorable photo album from the day on her Instagram account.</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/BrNiaRVlTnJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrNiaRVlTnJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“Such fun at our party! Thank you to our firemen for the surprise visit! Our True Heroes.” Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella turn 4 today.</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/hshprincesscharlene/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> HSH Princess Charlene</a> (@hshprincesscharlene) on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photos of the special day give fans a rare glimpse into the royal family’s private life.</p> <p>In one snap shared to social media, Gabriella and Jacques can be seen enjoying a ride in the fire truck’s towering crane on the grounds of the palace.</p> <p>In another photo, the twins are seen standing next to their cake as they are surrounded by their friends.</p> <p>"Such fun at our party! Thank you to our firemen for the surprise visit! Our true heroes," Princess Charlene wrote.</p> <p>This isn’t the first themed party the royal twins have enjoyed.</p> <p>For their second birthday, Albert and Charlene planned a safari-themed party and last year they embraced a museum theme.</p> <p>Albert, who is the son of Hollywood actress turned royalty Princess Grace of Monaco, admitted the twins are “very active, very playful, absolutely adorable , lots of fun and a lot of work”.</p> <p>He said: “Jacques is very reserved. He is sure of himself, but he likes to take his time doing things, to observe them, and no one can force him to do anything. Gabriella, for her part, is not afraid of anything. With her it is always full steam ahead!"</p> <p>Prince Jacques will inherit the throne despite his twin sister being older than him.</p> <p>The twins also have two half-siblings from Albert’s previous relationships, Jasmine Grace Grimaldi, 26 and Alexandre Coste, 15.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the full photo album. </p>

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Woolies under fire for “offensive” Christmas cake

<p>The controversy comes around every year during the holiday season, outraging citizens who claim that they’re unable to say the phrase “Merry Christmas” because of corporations caving into political correctness.</p> <p>And now, supermarket giant Woolworths has found itself at the centre of the controversy.</p> <p>Jason Morrison, a former host at 2GB, took to Twitter to share a photo of an Australian fruit cake currently being sold at Woolworths and put forth the claim that it was a “politically correct Christmas Cake”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Politically correct Christmas Cake at Woolworths: “Celebration Cake”. <a href="https://t.co/S5lVkgec3k">pic.twitter.com/S5lVkgec3k</a></p> — Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonMorrisonAU/status/1072223382098169862?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2018</a></blockquote> <p>It didn’t take long for the post to gain traction, with outraged Aussies suggesting shoppers should “boycott Woolworths completely” and stop the “PC brigade” from running the show.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The simple solution, let the 5% of the population offended by Christmas Cake buy it and the rest of us boycott Woolworths completely. This has gone too far to even be called a joke now.</p> — DavidMoffett47 (@DavidMoffett47) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidMoffett47/status/1072259635921309696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">I’m a lieutenant in the PC brigade and this is the first step in our 5 point plan to put a jihad on Christmas.</p> — Matt (@Matt2146) <a href="https://twitter.com/Matt2146/status/1072337941752700929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11 December 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">PC gone crazy. Christmas 🎄 is a beautiful time of the year. For those who are offended nobody is making you celebrate it just let those who do enjoy it.</p> — Alice (@Aliceh_1936) <a href="https://twitter.com/Aliceh_1936/status/1072347127802724352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11 December 2018</a></blockquote> <p>But despite the outrage, the energy it took for people to be up in arms over the entire incident was completely wasted, as the accusations aren’t true.</p> <p>South Australian food manufacturer The Yummy Kitchen are the ones behind the fruit cake, and the dessert has been titled “celebration cake” since 1997.</p> <p>It’s also an item that is sold throughout the year, rather than being a seasonal cake. The holiday favourite is sold at Woolworths as well as Coles and has never been marketed as a Christmas cake.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/no-retailers-are-not-caving-to-political-correctness-with-this-humble-fruit-cake/news-story/200d50949bb6627b199942b123c8637e">news.com.au</a>, a spokesperson from Woolworths has confirmed that the supermarket has no plans to stop the Christmas festivities.</p> <p>“The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at Woolworths this year. You’ll find us proudly celebrating it throughout our stores, with Christmas trees, tinsel, team uniforms and in-store signage,” said the spokesperson.</p> <p>“And if you’re after a bit more Christmas cheer from Woolworths this year, just ask our team about Christmas Pop-Outs next time you shop. All characters are now available in store to help complete the collection.”</p> <p>So now that the bizarre conspiracy has been debunked, everyone can take a breather and kick start the holiday celebrations.</p>

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Bombshell suggestion for Lyn Dawson’s killer – the person Chris Dawson's family think did it

<p>Chris Dawson’s family have made an explosive accusation against serial killer Ivan Milat as they allege he is the one who killed Lyn Dawson.</p> <p>According to<em> </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/chris-dawsons-family-reveal-ivan-milat-theory-murder-charge-085733744.html" target="_blank"><em>7 News</em></a>, Chris’ family believe she may have been murdered by Milat. The suggestion comes after they previously claimed that she <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/the-chris-dawson-relative-that-went-missing-22-years-before-wife-lynette" target="_blank">ran away from home in 1982</a>. </p> <p>“Milat … is alleged to have killed several women around the same time and in an area Lyn was seen,” said Chris’ brother Peter Dawson to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/chris-dawsons-family-reveal-ivan-milat-theory-murder-charge-085733744.html" target="_blank">7 News</a></em> in a written statement.</p> <p>Peter believes there could be a possibility of Ms Dawson coming face-to-face with the murderer as Milat’s victims were hitchhikers and “Lyn didn’t drive”.</p> <p>Peter went on to send a list of names that fell victim to Milat’s heinous crimes to <em>7 News</em> and said there was a possibility of Ms Dawson being one of them.</p> <p>Chris did not apply for bail on Thursday when he appeared in court, a plea that was also formally refused.</p> <p>The former football player will have the opportunity to apply for bail when he visits court on Friday.</p> <p>His legal team have revealed that he will be pleading not guilty.</p> <p>But according to the man who led the Milat investigation, former assistant police commissioner Clive Small says the events that led to Ms Dawson’s disappearance did not fit Milat’s case.</p> <p>“I would suggest (the chance is) very much next to zero,” he told <em>7 News</em>.</p> <p>Mr Small said Milat had an eery habit of collecting souvenirs from his victims, but there were none from Ms Dawson.</p> <p>The murders committed by Milat all occurred within four years – between 1989 and 1993 – and the country was left at a standstill after the discovery of his victims.</p> <p>Seven people had mysteriously disappeared and their bodies, which had either been shot or strangled, were discovered in Belanglo State Forest in NSW.</p> <p>Chris is yet to accept the charges made against him, as he claims he is innocent. According to the father-of-three, Ms Dawson had voluntarily left their Bayview family home in Sydney’s north, to join a religious cult.</p>

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Calls for Centrelink to increase the dole by $300 per fortnight

<p>New research has found that the dole needs to increase by nearly $300 a fortnight in order to reduce the poverty gap by 11 per cent.</p> <p>The study, undertaken by the Australian National University’s Centre for Social Research and Methods, has analysed five welfare payments and suggested how the government could restructure their values to reduce the poverty gap.</p> <p>The research found that income unity poverty could be reduced by 11 per cent if payment rates are adjusted within the current budget of $100 billion per annum.</p> <p>The analysis found that Newstart for unemployed should increase by $270 per fortnight, the Age Pension by $11 and rent assistance by about $10.</p> <p>These increases would be made possible by reducing Family Tax benefits by around $60 or more, and single parent payments by more than $30.</p> <p>These payment adjustments would reduce the poverty gap for households on allowances by 68 per cent, while single parents would face an increase in their poverty gap on average from $97 per year to $382.</p> <p>“The reductions for family payments suggests that these payments are currently paid to many households and income units that are either not in poverty or have low poverty gaps,” the research paper says.</p> <p>“FTB can go to families, admittedly at a tapered rate, with incomes over $100,000. From a poverty perspective, it is perhaps not as well targeted with respect to income as allowances and ­pensions.”</p> <p>The research follows a pledge from the Labor party to increase the “shamefully low” dole level if it wins the next election.</p> <p>If Labor wins the next election, Newstart recipients could expect a $75 increase.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Courier Mail</u></em></strong></a>, Labor is seeking to go further and deliver “a substantial increase to Newstart payments in the first term of an elected Federal Labor Government”.</p> <p>Currently there are 705,658 Aussies on the Newstart allowance across the nation.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://au.finance.yahoo.com/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Yahoo! Finance</u></em></strong></a>, single adults without children receive $275.10 a week. A $75 increase would mean recipients would instead get $350.10 a week. </p> <p>Do you agree with these dole increases? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Coles' Little Shop Christmas collectibles hijacked by greedy shoppers: “You should be ashamed”

<p>Furious parents and grandparents have criticised Coles after the supermarket sold out of its Little Shop Christmas edition just four days after it launched.</p> <p>Last month, Coles announced that it would be releasing a festive Little Shop collection in time for Christmas, however, just a week after it launched, it has run out of supplies.</p> <p>Many shoppers who missed out on the miniatures and matching cases have vented their frustration on social media.</p> <p>One Aussie grandma slammed Coles on a Facebook group for swapping Little Shop collectibles.</p> <p>The woman wrote: “You should be ashamed of yourselves. All I wanted was one folder for my granddaughter… what in the hell is going on?”</p> <p>“Now I see selfish money-hungry people selling them for $40. Wise up you stupid people.”</p> <p>The woman also expressed her disappointment that she wasn’t given one of the miniatures after one shop, despite spending the minimum $30 in store.</p> <p>According to Coles, customers receive a free mini at the checkout for every $30 they spend.</p> <p>The Little Shop Christmas edition includes mince pies, a pavlova, crackers, a gingerbread biscuit and a limited edition Coles gingerbread ice-cream.</p> <p>Another shopper said she was “over” the frustration of seeing people sell the collectibles for a profit.</p> <p>“Wrecking kids fun. Go get real jobs people, I bet you sell baby formula too,” she wrote.</p> <p>Other unhappy shoppers said they had been forced to fork out money to Little Shop sellers online.</p> <p>“Thumbs down in a big way to Coles Australia wide knowing that the first collectibles were a big hit for all then they bring out Christmas ones &amp; the folders don't last on the shelf for one day, what's going to happen when they bring out series 2 in 2019,” one person wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>Many shoppers who have been unable to purchase the case have instead downloaded the free version.</p> <p>A Coles spokesperson told <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk"><strong>Daily Mail Australia</strong></a> the supermarket had limited case sales to ensure fairness to all shoppers.</p> <p>“Coles' Little Shop special Christmas edition has taken Australia by storm, with our limited edition Christmas stocking collector cases selling at unprecedented levels,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“We limited sales to 3 per customer as we know many of our shoppers are families with several children.”</p> <p>Are you collecting the Little Shop Christmas edition? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Awkward ending as Ellen DeGeneres reunites two long-lost friends

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A girl who took to Twitter to find her long-lost friend was reunited with her on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show – but things didn’t go according to plan.</p> <p>Virginia resident Brianna Cry tweeted in November a childhood snap of her sitting with a young girl who she met for one night on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006.</p> <p>She hoped the tweet would help her track down her friend Heidi, and after going viral, Brianna found her friend 11 hours after she had posted the photo.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. <a href="https://t.co/LRtk6ClvV3">pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3</a></p> — Bri (@briannacry) <a href="https://twitter.com/briannacry/status/1066257032473399297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The heartwarming story reached Ellen, and so of course, the talk show host had to reunite them by inviting them both on the show.</p> <p>The two women met for the second time after 12 years, but the reunion fell short as it became obvious that Heidi wasn’t as eager to meet Brianna as everyone hoped she would.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Heard you were looking for me~ <a href="https://t.co/Dz4z1wapRv">pic.twitter.com/Dz4z1wapRv</a></p> — heii (@heii_tree) <a href="https://twitter.com/heii_tree/status/1066427544960815109?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The segment started off with Brianna and Heidi sitting down on the couch with Heidi feigning shock when she discovered Brianna flew from interstate just to meet her.</p> <p>“You flew in from Virginia?” asked Heidi.</p> <p>Ellen then proceeded to ask Heidi if she felt a “connection” with Brianna on the dinner cruise where the two originally met, but her answer wasn’t what anyone was expecting.</p> <p>“I think … yeah I did,” she said. “I mean, it was just for the one day. I’m sorry, but it was.”</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ocFwp9_wA0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p>Despite Ellen’s best efforts, the awkwardness between the pair didn’t go unnoticed by viewers.</p> <p>“They don’t even look like they’re glad to see each other,” tweeted one person.</p> <p>“The Asian girl didn’t seem enthused at all to see her long lost friend from that cruise. I felt sorry for the other girl. She was just kinda pushed to the side,” wrote another.</p> <p>One thing that did excite Heidi was Ellen presenting both ladies with $10,000 to help pay for university.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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Clint Eastwood’s “secret daughter” photographed for the first time with her seven siblings

<p>Whispers of Clint Eastwood having an eighth child who he gave up for adoption before he became a household name have been going around for years.</p> <p>And on Monday night, the rumour was confirmed as all of Clint’s children, including his mysterious first born, came to support their father for the premiere of his movie<span> </span><em>The Mule</em>.</p> <p>Clint has eight children from six different women, two of which are his ex-wives.</p> <p>His unknown daughter goes by name of Laurie Eastwood and is Clint’s firstborn. She was photographed with her seven siblings whilst attending the event.</p> <p>Clint, 88, was spotted having a drink with Laurie as the two were engulfed in a conversation at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Clint’s youngest offspring, Morgan Eastwood, 22, confirmed the news as she posted a photo of all the siblings together and captioned it: “SO RARE for all 8 Eastwood siblings to be in one room!!!”</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/BrPa_rUHkte/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/BrPa_rUHkte/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">All 8 of us together 🖤 love my brothers and sisters so much</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/francescaeastwood/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Francesca Eastwood</a> (@francescaeastwood) on Dec 11, 2018 at 12:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Clint’s daughter, Alison Eastwood, with first wife Maggie Johnson, also shared a happy snap of the reunion to her own Instagram.</p> <p>“I’m not sure there has ever been a picture of all 8 kids together but here it is,” she wrote.</p> <p>It is assumed that Laurie was born during Clint’s secret affair with a woman in Seattle, during his engagement to Maggie in 1953.</p> <p>Patrick McGilligan, Clint’s biographer, had previously spoken about the existence of Laurie, and claimed the Hollywood star was in a serious relationship with her mother.</p> <p>“Clint has a way of bringing his progeny – his big extended family – together and he’s been doing this for a long time,” McGilligan told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6484713/Clint-Eastwood-pictured-time-secret-daughter-Laurie.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>“One of the things that’s interesting about him is that, after a certain point in time, they were no longer hidden from the public view. He, in various ways, tried to be a father to them.”</p> <p>“He seems to be very comfortable with it, and I think to some extent that’s admirable.”</p> <p>Also attending the premiere was Maggie, who was married to Clint from 1953 to 1984.</p> <p>Clint is currently dating 55-year-old Christina Sandera, who is 33 years younger than him. She accompanied the film maker to the premiere to show her support.</p> <p>Clint has a total of eight children, including Laurie, Alison, Kyle Eastwood, Kimber Tunis, Jacelyn Reeves, Scott Eastwood and Kathryn Reeves, with the youngest being Morgan. </p>

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Newspaper's awkward Julia Roberts typo goes viral

<p>A local newspaper has had its chance in the spotlight after making an unfortunate typo in the headline of a Julia Roberts story.</p> <p>The <em>Post-Journal</em> of Jamestown, New York, paid tribute to the Hollywood actress and her phenomenal career spanning over 30 years, but while their intentions were pure, the headline was what caught people’s attention the most.</p> <p>It read: “Julia Roberts Finds Life And Her Holes Get Better With Age.”</p> <p>While it meant to say her “Roles Get Better W<span>ith Age”, it was too late to retract the mistake, as the article on the 51-year-old had been published and soon, was in the hands of readers around the city.</span></p> <p>It didn’t take long for the blunder to make its way around the world as users took to Twitter to share photos of the printing error.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Headline of the day <br /><br />Julia Roberts Finds Life And Her Holes Get Better With Age <a href="https://t.co/85oU83ijgi">pic.twitter.com/85oU83ijgi</a></p> — raf taylor (@truthis24fps) <a href="https://twitter.com/truthis24fps/status/1072126786253791232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">I feel this title about Julia Roberts and Holes perhaps needs a little finessing <a href="https://t.co/z2o7EmJKbk">pic.twitter.com/z2o7EmJKbk</a></p> — Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrJenGunter/status/1072268067181289472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheEllenShow</a> can’t believe this headline in our local paper... Julia Roberts will be glad to know her holes are getting better with age😂😂 <a href="https://t.co/gvZkOsBjyN">pic.twitter.com/gvZkOsBjyN</a></p> — elizabeth (@eadavisus) <a href="https://twitter.com/eadavisus/status/1071797333497647104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">9 December 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In the story, the Oscar winner spoke about her age and how her life experiences reflect the roles she chooses to play.</p> <p>“You know, I’m happy and I have fun at home, so it would take a lot for someone to say: ‘Look, you can play this part where you’re happy and have fun.’ Well, I just do that at home,” she said.</p> <p>Despite starring in mega hit rom-coms in the past, back in October, Julia said she was done playing the damsel in distress as she cannot convince the audience that she’s a naïve character.</p> <p>“There came a point in my career where people thought I had turned on romantic comedies, which I love them, I love to be in them, I love to watch them,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.etonline.com/" target="_blank"><em>Entertainment Tonight</em></a>.</p> <p>“But sometimes, they just don’t work at a certain point of life experience.”</p>

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Q&A ends with controversial skit: “Worst thing I’ve seen on TV”

<p>For many Aussies, the last <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Q&amp;A</em> for the year has been met with relief after a controversial skit on last night’s program caused a stir.</p> <p>After discussing the Liberal party’s ‘Existential crisis’, medical care for those in detention and free speech, the program concluded the year with a controversial skit.</p> <p>The skit was a political rendition of the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Book Of Mormon</em>’s famous opening tune Hello!</p> <p>Rather than featuring the door-knocking Mormons from the musical, four men dressed as finance minister Mathias Cormann performed a version of the song with mobile phones to their ears.</p> <p>Prior to the performance, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Q&amp;A</em> host Tony Jones said: “It's been an extraordinary but ugly year in politics.</p> <p>"Perhaps because the deal-making behind the political sausage machine has been so much more exposed than ever before."</p> <p>The performance made reference to Cormann’s role in the Liberal leadership spill.</p> <p>The choice of song plays on the fact that Cormann also rhymes with Mormon.</p> <p>However, some viewers thought the performance missed the mark.</p> <p>One viewer wrote: “So this skit is what our taxpayer dollars are funding? Oh dear.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/MathiasCormann?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MathiasCormann</a> the so called numbers cruncher, that couldn’t count the numbers when it mattered for wannabe prime minister <a href="https://twitter.com/PeterDutton_MP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PeterDutton_MP</a> <br />Put the Liberals last. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElectionNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ElectionNow</a> <br /><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/qanda?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#qanda</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/ErXRr9tXaK">pic.twitter.com/ErXRr9tXaK</a></p> — untrace_able (@UntraceA) <a href="https://twitter.com/UntraceA/status/1072102224149458944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Another commented: “Is anyone else wondering why we stopped seeing intelligent debate for that weirdass satire?”</p> <p>One Aussie added: “Disgusting ending to QAndA. Appalling. And I’m a Labor voter. Just the worst thing I’ve seen on television since ScumMo brought coal into Parliament.”</p> <p>Some viewers also thought it was distasteful to mock his accent.</p> <p>One viewer asked: “How was this an appropriate end to the year? Four people making fun of one person’s accent.”</p> <p>The show cut short a heated debate about freedom of speech in order to air the skit.</p> <p>Editor of online magazine <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Spiked,</em> Brendan O’Neill, was saying that “free speech is absolute”.</p> <p>However, lawyer and community advocate Nyadol Nyon disagreed with O’Neill.</p> <p>"I don't believe there is anything as absolute free speech," she said.</p> <p>"I think that all rights that we have exist in a particular historical context but also in contrast with other rights and responsibilities."</p> <p>Labor MP Tanya Plibersek said there was a clear difference between free speech and hate speech.</p> <p>“Just because you have a right to free speech doesn’t mean you should abandon courtesy," she said.</p> <p>"There is no reason to abandon courtesy and for the rest of my 30 seconds I’d like to give it to the person who has experienced probably more racism than anyone else on the panel and let you have your say. Finish what you wanted to say.”</p> <p>Plibersek’s gesture was met with applause in the crowd, but viewers criticised the show for cutting short the debate in order to facilitate the Cormann skit.</p> <p>What were your thoughts on the controversial skit? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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