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10 favourite facts you’ve always believed that are actually false

<p>Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.</p> <p><strong>1. Napoleon was short</strong></p> <p>A tall tale. At five six, he was actually slightly above average height for a Frenchman of the time.</p> <p>Just as his military genius has been studied throughout the years, we've also been fascinated with the life – and quirks – of the first emperor of France.</p> <p><strong>2. Don’t eat and swim</strong></p> <p>This doesn’t increase the risk of cramps; alcohol is the biggest risk increaser. But a full stomach will make you short of breath.</p> <p><strong>3. Salty water boils quicker</strong></p> <p>Adding a sprinkle of salt to water makes no difference. </p> <p>It can actually make boiling take longer.</p> <p>It is important for dishes that need to cook for a long time, that your pot or pan has a good-quality heavy base to distribute the heat evenly.</p> <p><strong>4. Oil stops stuck pasta</strong></p> <p>Nope. It’ll only make it greasy. Stirring prevents sticking.</p> <p><strong>5. Left and right brain</strong></p> <p>There’s no solid division between the talents of each hemisphere; the left brain can learn “right-brain skills” and vice versa.</p> <p><strong>6. Dropped coins kill</strong></p> <p>Terminal velocity of a standard penny is 18 to 30 kilometres per hour. Not fast enough to kill – but it sure would sting.</p> <p>Back in the day, putting a coin or other hard, flat object on a baby’s belly to help to heal an umbilical hernia was a common practice.</p> <p><strong>7. Three wise men</strong></p> <p>Nowhere in the Bible does it specify that there were three.</p> <p>Want to know something freaky? In the Bible, it is significant that Noah led seven pairs of all clean animals, one pair of every unclean animal and seven pairs of birds into the ark.</p> <p>When the flood subsided, God, who had created the world in seven days, sent a redeeming rainbow with seven colours.</p> <p><strong>8. MSG = Headaches</strong></p> <p>There’s no scientific proof—just anecdotal evidence implicating monosodium glutamate.</p> <p><strong>9. Dogs sweat by salivating</strong></p> <p>No—they regulate temperature through panting. They actually sweat through their footpads.</p> <p><strong>10 Great Wall of China</strong></p> <p>It’s not visible from space. No single human structure is visible from orbit, but you can see cities at night.</p> <p><em>Written by David McCandless and Brandon Specktor. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/51-favourite-facts-youve-always-believed-are-actually">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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The bizarre rumour that’s followed Tracy Grimshaw for years – and is true!

<p><em>A Current Affair </em>TV host Tracy Grimshaw has been on our television screens for almost four decades.</p> <p>However, there’s always been a rumour that she just couldn’t shake that’s dated back to the late '90s.</p> <p>After a rowdy night at the 1998 Logie Awards, Grimshaw found herself locked out of her hotel room completely nude.</p> <p>For years, this has just been regarded as a rumour that comes after the wild Logies after parties.</p> <p>It wasn’t until Grimshaw herself confirmed it in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/why-tracy-grimshaw-is-not-going-anywhere/news-story/01d49551e72e5e174d8628e8b69c8a63" target="_blank"><em>Stellar</em></a> magazine that shocked fans.</p> <p>The TV star and her former boss James Packer used to enjoy a drink or two at the after parties. “We used to love the tequila shots,” Grimshaw reminisced.  </p> <p>It was only when Grimshaw realised what time it was that she rushed to get ready for <em>Today. </em></p> <p>“I locked myself out of my hotel room starkers,” she confirmed. Good thing it was 3:45 am and no one was around!</p> <p>“I took stock of the situation and realised that the guest opposite had<span> </span><em>The Australian</em><span> </span>delivered. Thank god it was a broadsheet and not the<span> </span><em>Herald Sun,</em>” Grimshaw laughed.</p> <p>“I covered myself with that and knocked on the next door down the hallway, then ran back to my door. Someone stuck their head out and saw me, and about five minutes later the girl from Crown walked down the hallway and let me in.”</p> <p>The whole ordeal would’ve been kept under wraps had she not confided in her then co-host Steve Liebmann when she was late to set.</p> <p>“He was wearing a microphone so it went straight to the control room in Sydney,” she recalls.</p> <p>“Of course, everyone heard it.”</p> <p>Has something like this happened to you before? What did you do? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Serena Williams makes bold fashion statement at Australian Open

<p>Serena Williams is always the best dressed athlete on court, so it’s only natural that fans were eagerly anticipating what the tennis champion would choose to wear at the Australian Open.</p> <p>After causing an uproar in June last year for wearing a catsuit at the French Open, then following that controversy by donning a tutu at the US Open, the 37-year-old knows how to get people talking.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjX1maqloXv/?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="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjX1maqloXv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on May 29, 2018 at 12:05pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The mother-of-one has decided to rebel against those who go against her fashion statements and stray away from traditional tennis outfits to more eye-catching styles.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnP1oKilj8t/?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="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnP1oKilj8t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on Sep 2, 2018 at 7:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The catsuit was originally worn to help her with blood clots, but tennis officials deemed the full-length attire as “too far”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BspLZYPnIwC/?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="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BspLZYPnIwC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And this Australian Open, she did not disappoint, as she opted for a Nike ‘90s-inspired-romper, with fishnet stockings underneath.</p> <p>Do you enjoy seeing Serena’s fashion statements on court? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The Palace announces Duchess Kate's surprise new project

<p>For the past three months, Duchess Kate has been working on a special project – and the Palace finally revealed it on Tuesday. The Duchess of Cambridge is creating a garden for the annual Chelsea Flower Show in May.</p> <p>The announcement came as the Duchess made her first official engagement of the year at King Henry’s Walk Garden in London.</p> <p>Titled “RHS Back to Nature Garden”, the Duchess’s garden has been designed in collaboration with award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects.</p> <p>“[The Duchess] is very hands on, model making, emailing images, coming up with all the ideas that we want to capture,” said Davies. “She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas.”</p> <p>Davies also revealed that Duchess Kate “has a clear idea of the colour palette she wants” and an interest in using natural materials.</p> <p>The woodland-themed garden is hoped to “recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said.</p> <p>Sue Biggs, director general of the show’s organiser Royal Horticultural Society said the Duchess’s contribution will help encourage individuals of all walks of life to embrace nature.</p> <p>“For over 200 years the RHS has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, for health and wellbeing and to help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to learn and grow,” said Biggs.</p> <p>“So, to have the Duchess advocating this with us, and to be continuing our partnership with NHS England will, we're sure, further highlight the powerful benefit that access to gardens, nature and growing plants can have for all our health and happiness.”</p> <p>The Duchess is also set to continue working with Davies and White on two further gardens for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July and the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in the fall.</p>

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Woman's genius travel hack for packing undies

<p>Packing for a holiday is already hard enough as it is, and usually ends up one of two ways: you either pack enough clothes for a two-week trip to last you 12 years, or you end up with hardly any clothes because you decided one t-shirt would be enough.</p> <p>But if you’re Karina Judd, you wouldn’t have that problem. The savvy genius took to Facebook group, Meme Queens, to share her clever travel hack. One that requires scientific calculations and mathematical formulas to help you figure out how many pairs of underwear you need to take when you travel abroad.</p> <p>It started when one member of the group posted this:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 383.6477987421384px;" src="/media/7822762/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3f0e96a98f174ffa8775b51944647994" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo: Facebook/Meme Queen</p> <p>To lend a helping hand, Karina posted this to share her incredible travel hack.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 383.6477987421384px;" src="/media/7822761/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ab337064919547ebaf85749f4b919ded" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo: Facebook/Meme Queen</p> <p>And if you aren’t quick with numbers, she also created an <a rel="noopener" href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19OozLIzUI5vsFGB81qYOoTlDr_lkAi4LdIC5Jjcfjwc/edit#gid=0" target="_blank">online spreadsheet</a> that does all the work for you. The only thing you need to do is enter how many days you plan on being away and other tiny details.</p> <p>So before you head off on your dream vacation, try out Karina’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19OozLIzUI5vsFGB81qYOoTlDr_lkAi4LdIC5Jjcfjwc/edit#gid=0" target="_blank">spreadsheet</a> to help make your life a whole lot easier.</p> <p>Will you be trying out this nifty packing hack? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Angry resident leaves aggressive note on parked car's windscreen

<p>A Sydney resident has taken their passive aggression to the next level after leaving a handmade parking violation note and leaving it on the windscreen of a parked car. </p> <p>The note slammed the car owner's parking skills and decided to issue a parking violation outlining that they are “bullheaded”.</p> <p>The note was left at 6:15 in Sydney beach suburb Coogee, where parking is notoriously tricky.</p> <p>The note read:</p> <p>“This is not a parking ticket, but if it were within my power, you would receive two. Because of your bullheaded, inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking, you have taken enough room for a 20 mule team, two elephants, a goat and a safari of pygmies.”</p> <p>The note continued in its aggressive attack, saying:</p> <p>“The reason for giving you this is so that in the future, you may think of someone else, other than yourself.</p> <p>“Besides, I don’t like domineering, egotistical or simple minded drivers and you probably fit into one of these categories.”</p> <p>The note signed off with:</p> <p>“I sign off with wishing you an early transmission failure (on the motorway at about 4:30pm).</p> <p>Also may the fleas of a thousand camels infect your arsehole.”</p> <p>The note was posted to Instagram account<span> </span><span>@b</span>rowncardigan and it quickly went viral.</p> <p><span>@b</span>rowncardigan posted it with the caption: “When the passive aggressive turn pro.”</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/BspFkjPnOWm/?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/BspFkjPnOWm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">When the passive aggressive turn pro. #passionagro #brb #whippingupsometemplates #kindaintoit #would</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/browncardigan/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> B Cardi</a> (@browncardigan) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:35pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many commenters have commended the use of the note.</p> <p>One person said, “I need these printed for my place,” while another added, “Does it get any better.”</p> <p>Many commenters were tagging their friends in the post and asking, “Which one of you did this?”</p> <p>Have you ever left a note for someone or found a note left on your car? Let us know in the comments. </p>

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Driver cops fine from police for going too slow

<p>When it comes to slow drivers, there is not much we can do other than overtaking the snail speed and hoping the cops would do something.</p> <p>That’s why people cheered on the Western Australian Police’s decision to fine a driver for going too slow.</p> <p>The driver was going through Mitchell Freeway in Perth on Monday night when the cops stopped them and issued a $50 fine for driving 28km/h below the speed limit.</p> <p>“Driving 28kmh under the speed limit on the freeway causes frustration which results in bad decisions which results in accidents,” the police posted on Twitter. “Can't do the limit stay off the freeway!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Driving 28kmh under the speed limit on the freeway causes frustration which results in bad decisions which results in accidents. Can't do the limit stay off the freeway! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TEG3?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TEG3</a> <a href="https://t.co/JvWDudvWrP">pic.twitter.com/JvWDudvWrP</a></p> — WA Police Traffic (@WAPoliceTraffic) <a href="https://twitter.com/WAPoliceTraffic/status/1084842110795243520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Many motorists supported the fine. “Well done WA Police. I never thought I would see the day this would be enforced,” said one Twitter user.</p> <p>“Should be the same on all roads,” said another. “Slow drivers cause people to take risks, which results in accidents.”</p> <p>However, some questioned whether it is against the law to drive below the speed limit.</p> <p>According to the Road Traffic Code 2000, it is illegal to drive more than 20km/h under the speed limit in Western Australia.</p> <p>In other states such as South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, a slow driver could be fined if they are “driving abnormally slowly” – for example, if they travel at the speed of 20 km/h on a road with a 80km/h speed limit.</p> <p>Have you ever been fined for driving too slow? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“I never noticed that!”: The one thing shoppers don’t know about Woolworths’ green bags

<p>Australian grocery giant Woolworths is paving the way when it comes to environmentally friendly shopping.</p> <p>Turns out, its 99-cent green reusable “Bag for good” bags can be replaced free of charge if they end up damaged.</p> <p>A photo originally posted to a Facebook group revealed that the plastic-free bag only needs to be purchased once, as according to Woolworths' policy, any damaged bags will be replaced for no extra cost.</p> <p>“Use this bag again and again. If it gets damaged, we will replace for free,” the bag clearly states.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBelmontForum%2Fposts%2F2119043678123521&amp;width=500" width="500" height="682" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>And shoppers have taken the decision positively, as Woolworths has garnered praise for the initiative.</p> <p>“Thanks for posting,” wrote one user. “I didn’t realise. I get a msg (sic) from Woollies reminding me to take bags wen I go to the shopping centre.”</p> <p>Another said: “That was said by them from day one, hence the ‘bag for good’ printed on those ones.”</p> <p>“I’ve had several replaced. It’s excellent customer service,” said a third.</p> <p>Last year, Woolworths and Coles were on the receiving end of intense backlash after both supermarket giants decided to phase out plastic bags from its stores in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.</p> <p>The single-use bags were replaced by sturdier, reusable bags priced at 15 cents each.</p> <p>Woolworths offers its online shoppers a refund on unwanted bags if they choose to have their items packed in reusable plastic bags.</p> <p>“When it’s time for your online reusable bags to be recycled, simply hand them back to us for recycling with REDcycle while receiving a new online order and we’ll refund $1 against your latest order,” Woolworths announced in a statement.</p> <p>Coles currently has no refund policy in place for unwanted bags. </p> <p>Did you know this about Woolworths' 99-cent green reusable “Bag for good” bags? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The ratings are in – revamped Today show takes a tumble

<p>Nine’s attempt to revitalise <em>Today</em><span> </span>show with a new line-up is hitting a roadblock as Monday’s relaunch episode dropped in the ratings.</p> <p>The breakfast show’s debut of the new line-up, with co-hosts Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight, attracted 197,000 metro viewers, while rival <em>Sunrise</em> pulled 266,000 on the same day, creating a significant 35 per cent gap between the two competing programs.</p> <p>Back in January last year, when Georgie Gardner debuted as a co-host to replace Lisa Wilkinson, <em>Today</em> pulled 256,000 metro viewers. In December, the day after Karl Stefanovic announced that he would leave the program, 239,000 metro viewers tuned in.</p> <p>The last time <em>Today</em> fell below the 200,000 mark was in September when the show dipped to 199,000 viewers across the five metropolitan capitals.</p> <p>Combined with regional audiences, <em>Today</em> attracted 311,000 viewers in total and <em>Sunrise</em> had 427,000.</p> <p>More viewers in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane tuned in to <em>Sunrise</em>. The only capital that <em>Today</em> performed better in was Sydney with 82,000 viewers, up against <em>Sunrise</em>’s 62,000.</p> <p>The low ratings were accompanied by a barrage of criticisms from many viewers. On <em>Today</em>’s Facebook page, fans shared their complaints about the revamped show, describing it as “so boring”, “dry” and “dull”.</p> <p>Former <em>Sunrise</em> weather presenter Grant Denyer also <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/grant-denyers-verdict-on-new-today-show-line-up-it-won-t-work">shared his verdict</a> on the new-look format. “I don’t think it will [work],” Denyer said on his radio show Grant, Ed &amp; Ash Monday morning.</p> <p>“What you’ve got to remember is that breakfast TV is entertainment first – it’s bright lights, it’s bright colours, there’s cash cows, there’s money being thrown at you as a viewer … it’s a poker machine, is what it is,” he said.</p> <p>“So, you’ve now got two very experienced, serious, wonderful interviewers (Deb Knight and Georgie Gardner) – incredible journalists – but you don’t have entertainers.”</p> <p>What do you think of <em>Today</em>’s new line-up? Have you tuned in? Share your thoughts in the comments.</p>

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Lleyton Hewitt breaks his silence over Bernard Tomic attack

<p>Lleyton Hewitt has snapped back at Bernard Tomic’s criticism of his Davis Cup captaincy. Tomic, when asked on Monday whether or not he would be available to play in the Davis Cup, had some interesting things to say about Hewitt’s captaincy.</p> <p>Tomic said: <span>"It's all Lleyton. I'm going to say it honestly, no-one likes him anymore. </span></p> <p>"He's just doing the wrong thing. He's playing Davis Cup, I thought he was retired. He's playing all these matches and stuff like this. You know what I mean?</p> <p>"He used to hate Tennis Australia. It's weird. And now he loves them. What's happened here?"</p> <p>However, the comments haven’t gotten to Hewitt. He broke his silence and told Channel Nine: <span>"I had a bit of a laugh actually. </span></p> <p>"It's kind of Bernie being Bernie, especially after a loss last night and going in and complaining about a few things.</p> <p>"So, for me, I kind of just laugh it off and move forward."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7822755/bernard-tomic.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d66775febc7148838f631f708b867585" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open.</em></p> <p>Depsite Tomic specifically naming other Aussie players who were frustrated with Hewitt, such as Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, Hewitt wasn’t worried by those comments either.</p> <p>"Those boys [Kyrgios and Kokkinakis] are going on for big matches today … we've spoken before the Australian Open and we will continue to speak after the Australian Open leading into the Davis Cup tie.</p> <p>"For me, I love being a part and helping the Australian players as much as possible."</p> <p>However, Hewitt made a point to say that things might have been overshadowed by Tomic’s comments.</p> <p>"I guess the disappointing thing [was] that the Aussies had such a great day yesterday, on both the men's and women's side," Hewitt elaborated.</p> <p>"It probably got overshadowed by Bernie's comments."</p> <p>With eight Australian players advancing to the second round of the men’s and women’s draws on the first day of the Australian Open, it’s shaping up to be an interesting start to the grand slam tournament.</p> <p>Have you been watching the Australian Open? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Australian Open’s official water bottles spark outrage

<p>The Australian Open’s official choice of bottled water has baffled the public for the second year in a row.</p> <p>As fans came out to watch the first day of the Melbourne tennis tournament on Monday, they found something strange about the bottled water made available by the Open organisers.</p> <p>“Turns out the ‘official water of the Australian Open’ is Chinese,” reporter Rachel Baxendale posted on Twitter. “In what universe do we need to import bottled water?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just bought a bottle of water at the tennis. Turns out the "official water of the <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a>" is Chinese. In what universe do we need to import bottled water? <a href="https://t.co/HGYDqoawRr">pic.twitter.com/HGYDqoawRr</a></p> — Rachel Baxendale (@rachelbaxendale) <a href="https://twitter.com/rachelbaxendale/status/1084746524259577856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The water came from the Shenzhen-based brand Ganten, which has also sponsored the International Volleyball Federation and soccer team Juventus.</p> <p>Senator Derryn Hinch chimed in on the Twitter post, suggesting the lucrative nature of the sponsorship.</p> <p>“In a universe where the deal was worth millions of dollars a year to Tennis Australia,” Hinch said.</p> <p>Many Aussies were disappointed that the organisers did not tap an Australian brand, while others questioned the need to provide bottled water at all, given the availability of clean water fountains.</p> <p>This is the Open’s second year with Ganten, after partnering with US brand Titan Fitness Water in 2016 and Aussie-made Frantelle in 2017.</p> <p>In response to the same controversy last year, Tennis Australia said the Open had “a long history of partnering with international brands” given its “global” nature.</p> <p>“Australian Open … attracted fans from 72 countries and was broadcast on 65 channels to more than 220 territories and 900 million households,” said the governing body.</p> <p>“It is a truly global event … The Australian Open continues to expand its global reach and partnerships, which helps to grow the sport at all levels in Australia.”</p> <p>Tennis Australia has not commented on the continued partnership this year.</p>

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The moment that broke Andy Murray: "I've never had that"

<p><span>Andy Murray was sent to tears at the Australian Open on Monday night as the Melbourne Arena crowd gave him a standing ovation in what might be his last professional match.</span></p> <p>The game was at 5-1 in the fifth set, and Murray was about to serve when the crowd showed their respect for the 31-year-old Brit.</p> <p>The two-time Wimbledon champion responded by wiping his tears and raising his racket in appreciation. He went on to hold his serve, and the game soon ended with the 6-4 6-4 6-7 (7-5) 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 victory of Murray’s opponent, Roberto Bautista-Agut.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Murray receives a standing ovation from the crowd before he serves in the fifth set 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/cH27iOZc5K">pic.twitter.com/cH27iOZc5K</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1084782710009286656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end."<br /><br />- Andy Murray 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/84qZiqau1C">pic.twitter.com/84qZiqau1C</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1084789219388739584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In the post-match conference, Murray said he was “really appreciative” of the audience. </p> <p>“I was emotional at that moment,” said Murray to reporters.</p> <p>“It was cool. I don’t think I’ve had that before in any matches. I don’t know if when I came to serve at Wimbledon for Wimbledon, I don’t know if that happened. Look, it was brilliant.”</p> <p>Murray said the match would make a great end to his 14-year career in tennis. </p> <p>“I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done without the amount I’ve been able to practice and train, you know, whatever,” said Murray.</p> <p>“I’d be OK with that being my last match.”</p> <p>Murray is currently facing a dilemma between taking a surgery on his chronic hip injury or playing a farewell match at Wimbledon in July.</p> <p>“Having an operation like that, there’s absolutely no guarantees I’d be able to play again,” said Murray.</p> <p>“That is the decision that I have to make. It will improve my quality of life, I’ll be in less pain doing normal things like walking around and putting your shoes on.”</p>

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Get ready for the worst heatwave in 8 years – horror conditions

<p>Experts have issued a warning against the extreme horror heatwave that has hit parts of the country this week, as they say there is “no reprieve” from the record-breaking temperatures.</p> <p>Sydney is forecasted for an intense 40C on Wednesday, which is just a small taste of the 45C expected to hit the city on Friday. Canberra may reach tops of 41C today while regional New South Wales should prepare themselves for 45C.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Hay, in western New South Wales, almost reached an extreme 48C.</p> <p>And the heat does not discriminate, as forecasters have warned people about the risk the heat poses as even those who are healthy can be severely affected by the hotter-than-normal temperatures.</p> <p>The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has stated that the coming week will see “oppressive conditions”, and while you may say that these conditions are expected for summertime, these temperatures are something entirely different.</p> <p>According to the NSW Health Department, this is the worst heat the state has experienced for a long period of time since 2011, when a heatwave was responsible for a mortality rate of 13 per cent and an increase in hospital admissions by 14 per cent.</p> <p>With Adelaide reaching a maximum of 40C today, Melbourne and Tasmania will be cooling off, as a breeze coming from the sea will provide some relief from the burning conditions.</p> <p>But despite the comfortable weather in Melbourne, not every area of Victoria will experience the same luck, as Bendigo is expected to hit 43C today.</p> <p>Perth can expect a forecast of 40C towards the weekend.</p> <p>Diana Eadie, meteorologist for BOM, claims the majority of the country should expect an intense heatwave.</p> <p>“Temperatures are expected to climb into the low to high 40s – that’s eight to 12 degrees above average.</p> <p>“We’ve already seen some January maximum temperature records fall and we’re likely to see many more before the event is over,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/recordbreaking-conditions-as-extreme-heatwave-conditions/news-story/e85681a6b3417fcf6ee642fe41649218" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>“The humidity will lead to really oppressive conditions.”</p> <p>Authorities have reminded everyone on the importance of staying hydrated during these extreme conditions and to make sure to check in on vulnerable friends, family and neighbours.</p> <p>They have also warned to not leave children and pets in hot vehicles.</p> <p>South Australia has issued a Code Red heat emergency for Wednesday. The system provides an increased amount of funding for those who are homeless and will also enforce a check up on the elderly and those who are vulnerable to the extreme temperatures.</p> <p>What will you be doing to stay cool during this extreme heatwave? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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The Jetstar rule that's costing travellers $135 – have you been caught out?

<p>Flying is now easier than ever, with affordable airline tickets and special offers. However, it still comes with a lot of complex rules and hidden costs – you might be liable to certain fees if you’re not careful.</p> <p>Some of the trickiest, most complex rules for air travel is focused on luggage. On domestic trips, budget carriers such as Jetstar and TigerAir have the cheapest fares, but they come with strict limitations on luggage.</p> <p>In general, each passenger is allowed to bring up to 7kg of <a href="https://www.finder.com.au/carry-on-luggage-sizes-australian-airlines">carry-on baggage</a> for free, according to <a href="https://www.finder.com.au">Finder</a>.</p> <p>You can boost this baggage allowance by pre-purchasing the top-up. The costs may vary according to the trip length. For example, in flights from Sydney to Melbourne, Jetstar will charge $18 to increase your carry-on limit to 10kg, while TigerAir will cost you $17 to go up to a 12kg limit.</p> <p>Checked baggage is also a great option, especially if you are unable to travel light. For a 20kg allowance, you will pay $18 at TigerAir or $23 at Jetstar.</p> <p>However, it is important to remember that these pricings only apply if you add the extra weight allowance at the time of booking. If you only realise your luggage is way over the limit when you get to the airport, the fees for adding some extra kilos will go up significantly.</p> <p>For instance, Jetstar will demand $30 at the gate for the 10kg carry-on option, while TigerAir will take $36 for 12kg cabin baggage.</p> <p>If you have bigger suitcases and need to check in on the spot, the costs will go up even more. Checking in a 20kg baggage at TigerAir will cost you $85, while Jetstar will ask for $135 – almost six times more expensive than the pre-booked price!</p> <p>Planning ahead will help you avoid these fees. Research the baggage limits for your airline and pack accordingly wherever possible. If you are going on a shopping spree or travelling with heavy items, it is recommended to pay upfront for excess baggage when making your booking.</p> <p>Invest in a portable luggage scale, so you can weigh your bags before heading to the airport. With both Jetstar and TigerAir, you can add baggage to an existing booking via their website or customer contact centre – the charges will sting your wallet a little still, but they won’t be as expensive as the airport prices.</p> <p><span>Have you ever been stung by these charges when checking in? Tell us in the comments below.</span></p>

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Heatwave set to scorch 5 capital cities across Australia

<p>Despite the gloomy weather across the country, Australia is set to be hit with an intense heatwave across a number of major cities.</p> <p>The last few days have been relatively blissful but don’t get too comfortable, as the summer heat is set to arrive – right as the Australian Open commences in Melbourne on January 19.</p> <p>The next few days will see Adelaide’s temperature soar into the 40s, with Melbourne following suit. A few towns across the two states can expect a week of 40C weather as a “very hot start to the week” approaches.</p> <p>The weather has been through highs and lows this summer, with some days reaching 40C only to go back down to much cooler temperatures.</p> <p>But Queensland can expect a wet week ahead, as the tropical low – formerly known as Penny – will drench the Sunshine State as it travels towards Darwin. Some areas were hit with over 400mm of rain in 24 hours.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/heatwave-forecast-for-southern-states-just-as-australian-open-kicks-off/news-story/cd82c6ea2872d8d9988db2409fcb5975" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, senior meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Tom Delamotte, said that the heat was well and truly on its way as rising temperatures are expected for much of central and southern Australia. The cities that will be affected include Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra from Tuesday onwards.</p> <p>Victoria and Tasmania should prepare for a “severe” heatwave early next week.</p> <p>“North-westerly winds are developing across the state ahead of a trough moving from South Australia, which will start to drag very warm air sitting over inland Australia into Victoria,” said Mr Delamotte.</p> <p>“There will be no wind across the state to flush out the hot air so it will just continue to build. It does look like a very hot start to next week.”</p> <p>Adelaide can expect the weather to reach 30C on Thursday before soaring to 39C on Friday. The weekend will remain in the mid-30s but then shoot back up to 39C on Monday, 41C on Tuesday and 43C on Wednesday.</p> <p>Melbourne will deal with grey skies on Thursday as it reaches tops of 22C but then the heat will slowly start to pick up from Friday as experts predict a 33C day. The highest temperature is expected for Monday as the forecast is currently 37C.</p>

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What you should never say to an air hostess

<p>For many, the thought of having a job that pays you to travel around the world is a dream come true.</p> <p>We look at flight attendants and envy their lifestyle, with them waking up in one country and sleeping in another.</p> <p>But despite the glamorous façade, one flight attendant penned a note to those who think they know the requirements of the job better than those actually working in the field.</p> <p>Originally posted on Facebook and then picked up by<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/garystoller/2019/01/08/think-twice-before-you-say-just-a-flight-attendant/#19e995b26ecb" target="_blank">Forbes</a>, the anonymous post reveals what you should never say to an air hostess who is just trying to do her job.</p> <p>“Dear Passenger in 5A,” the post begins.</p> <p>“Yesterday, when I wouldn’t let you come to the front of the aeroplane because the pilots were going in and out of the cockpit, you informed me I was ‘just a flight attendant’. I’ve had some time to reflect on that and decided to educate you on a few facts regarding this flight attendant.</p> <p>“First, let’s review my training and requirements for this job. I know how to fight fires while 35,00 feet in the air; I can perform CPR, do first-aid - basic, all the way up to inserting an IV; I know how to identify guns and weapons; I know how to identify bombs and then move them to a location on the aircraft that will hopefully cause the least damage should they go off.</p> <p>“I know basic survival skills for land and water; I know how to disarm people brandishing a gun; how to actually kill someone if need be; how to prepare an aeroplane for an emergency landing so every person aboard has the best chance of survival, and how to then evacuate the aircraft in under 60 seconds.</p> <p>“While smiling, I have been taught how to deal with people from many different cultures, people who are disgruntled, and people who are downright rude. I received excellent training for all these things and every year have to go through refresher training and learn new skills.</p> <p>“Second, I’d like to share with you some of the personal experiences I’ve had in the last 20 years as a flight attendant. I’ve held the hand of a grieving mother who was flying across the country to claim her 21-year-old son’s dead body. I have given my personal clothes to a passenger who threw up, although I had nothing else to put on. I have been poked in my arm and sides many times by people who can’t wait for me to finish with one person before they get their drink.</p> <p>“I have held babies while their parent went to the bathroom. I have been yelled at for not having the exact food a person wanted. I have prepared an aircraft for an emergency landing, and, while you were arguing with me about not wanting to turn off your computer, I was hoping I would be able to see my children one more time.</p> <p>“I stood with tears in my eyes in the door of an aircraft while the remains of a US soldier were lowered in a flag-draped coffin. I have had the honour of flying US troops into foreign deployment areas. I missed Christmas Day with my family so you could get to your family. My work schedule is constantly changing, and there are times I go five to six days without a real night’s sleep.</p> <p>“I watched the events of 9/11 in horror, heartbroken from what my colleagues went through that day. I was scared to go back to work, but I reassured my child that I would come home — all the while knowing it could happen again. I watched a man die in front of me, because the CPR we performed didn’t revive him. Then I tried to reverently place his body on the aeroplane floor for the remainder of the flight, and, when we landed, I sat with his body for over an hour until the coroner could pick it up.</p> <p>“Please know that I do love my job, and I choose to do it. I have a college degree, am a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a human being. So the next time you look at me and think, ‘Just a flight attendant’, I hope you quickly remember who is trained and willing to get you out of a crashed aeroplane, save you from hijackers, perform CPR on you if need be and — the easiest part of my job — give you food and drinks.”</p> <p>What do you think? Do you agree with the flight attendant’s letter? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Meghan finally confirms her due date

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Duchess Meghan has revealed her due date in her first public engagement for the new year with the Duke of Sussex.</p> <p>The pair were spotted in Birkenhead, Merseyside, on Monday to meet with local organisations that support groups in the community.</p> <p>As Meghan made her way through the crowd, she stopped to talk with fans, who excitedly asked when her due date was.</p> <p>"We asked her how her pregnancy was going and she said she was six months and she tapped her tummy," Carla Gandy from Wallasey told <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-due-date-first-child-prince-harry/" target="_blank">PEOPLE</a>.</p> <p><em>Hello</em>'s royal correspondent Emily Nash also revealed the Duchess told other well-wishers who had congregated in the town’s Hamilton Square that she is due in late April or early May.<span></span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822741/gettyimages-1082804406.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/afed59ee2e4743f881ca4efeed34224b" /></p> <p>Meghan met another expectant mum during their visit to Number 7, which is a café and supermarket that offers discounted products to those in need.</p> <p>Angel Midgeley, 27, was presented with a basket and hamper full of baby clothes and toiletries.</p> <p>"I would say that I would lift it for you, but neither of us should be lifting right now," Meghan remarked before asking when Midgely, 27, is due.</p> <p>She then responded, "So soon! Doesn't it fly by?"</p> <p>The duo aren’t aware of the baby’s sex, as they want to keep it a surprise. When eager fans asked what the gender was, Meghan responded: <span>"We don't know. We're keeping it a surprise – whichever way, we'll be thrilled with the outcome."</span></p> <p>Are you excited about the arrival of another royal baby? Did you keep the gender of your baby a secret until you gave birth? Let us know in the comments.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Duchess Kate's brother speaks out about secret battle

<p>James Middleton has opened up about his battle with depression in the hopes to eliminate the stigma surrounding the mental illness.</p> <p>The 31-year-old labelled the illness as a “cancer of the mind” and said it was his sister, her husband Prince William and Prince Harry who inspired the entrepreneur to reveal the details about his struggles, as all three are advocates for mental health.</p> <p>“I feel compelled to talk about it openly because this is precisely what my brother-in-law Prince William, my sister Catherine and Prince Harry are advocating through their mental health charity Heads Together,” wrote James in an article for the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>.</em></p> <p>“They believe we can only tackle the stigma associated with mental illness if we have the courage to change the national conversation, to expel its negative associations. So, it wouldn’t be honest to suppress my story. I want to speak out, and they are my motivation for doing so.</p> <p>“I know I’m richly blessed and live a privileged life. But it did not make me immune to depression. It is tricky to describe the condition. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, a cancer of the mind.”</p> <p>Depression completely took over James’ life for over a year, and it wasn’t until he sought treatment over 12 months ago that he started seeing an improvement.</p> <p>“During the day I’d drag myself up and go to work, then just stare with glazed eyes at my computer screen, willing the hours to tick by so I could drive home again,” wrote James.</p> <p>“Debilitating inertia gripped me. I couldn’t respond to the simplest message, so I didn’t open my emails.</p> <p>“I couldn’t communicate, even with those I loved best: my family and close friends.”</p> <p>James – who also has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) – said that while he never thought of suicide as an option, he “didn’t want to live in the state of mind” he was in either.</p> <p>It was after he sought professional help through therapy that he felt he was able to control his depression.</p> <p>James also credited his family for helping him “enormously” as he asked his doctor to speak to them on his behalf, as he found it difficult to explain his condition.</p> <p><em>If you are troubled by this article, experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit lifeline.org.au or beyondblue.org.au.</em></p> <p> </p>

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Kochie's heated moment on Sunrise: “Why are you being so dogmatic on this?”

<p>David Koch has lashed out at Gladys Berejiklian over the ongoing issue of pill testing, as he labels her a hypocrite, saying the initiative could help prevent the increasing number of deaths at music festivals.</p> <p>“Why are you so dogmatic on this?” he asked the NSW Premier during an interview on <em>Sunrise</em>.</p> <p>“Our heart goes out to anyone who loses a loved one under these circumstances, but pill testing doesn’t deal with overdoses,” responded Berejiklian. “We need to deal with the evidence, that show’s they’re dying from the ecstasy – the MDMA in these tablets.”</p> <p>But Kochie didn’t stop his tirade against the politician there, as he pointed out how pill testing at Groovin the Moo in Canberra did pick up drugs with foreign substances. She responded saying: “The best message we can send to these kids is that these substances do kill. Do not take these drugs.”</p> <p>“But they’re kids,” he said. “Didn’t you try drugs when you were younger? Marijuana?”</p> <p>“Hand on heart, I’m probably one of the few that haven’t tried anything,” she said. “If pill testing was going to prevent festival deaths, of course we’d bring it in.</p> <p>“But every expert who says it does, another says it’s not the right way to go. Unfortunately, there is no common view on this, but from what our government knows, pill testing does not prevent overdose deaths.”</p> <p>The tense confrontation comes after a 19-year-old girl died over the weekend after attending the FOMO festival in Parramatta.</p> <p>Alex Ross-King’s death was one of several music festival fatalities that have occurred over the last few months.</p> <p>It is said that Ms Ross-King had collapsed after dancing in the 35-degree heat, while people around her were consuming copious amounts of alcohol and illegal drugs.</p> <p>Ms Ross-King then reportedly admitted herself to a medical tent when she realised something was wrong. Police then rushed the teenager from Parramatta Park to Westmead Hospital on Saturday, where she passed away shortly after.</p> <p>The cause of death is still currently being investigated with a post-mortem taking place early next week.</p> <p>Despite authorities still waiting on test results, they believe that Ms Ross-King’s pills contained MDMA.</p> <p>Kochie accused the Premier of being a “hypocrite” as she openly supports safe injecting rooms throughout NSW, but the politician fired back saying it was a “totally different matter”.</p> <p>“Those rooms are supervised for known addicts who are reported, on a register. My attitude is to reduce the deaths. We know we need to do more in terms on education and medical attention.”</p> <p>“So many kids are dying though,” he said.</p> <p>“Absolutely, and the away we do that is by explaining the risks of taking ecstasy.”</p> <p>“You’re not listening. They’re kids,” he replied as he became increasingly heated.</p> <p>Despite five people dying in four months due to drug overdoses at festivals, Ms Berejiklian is not backing down on her stance against pill testing.</p> <p>“In the absence of evidence, we need to keep sending out the strongest message that taking these illicit drugs kills,” she said to reporters on Sunday. “We ask young people not to do it.”</p> <p>After two people died at Defqon.1 music festival in September last year, the Premier gathered a group of experts to brainstorm ideas on how to secure festivals.</p> <p>The panel were banned from looking into pill testing despite the Premier stating that they were given “free rein” by the government when it came to figuring out ways to reduce the number of fatalities.</p> <p>“We don’t stop anybody looking at all the options and we always say to them, ‘You have free rein to give the government advice on the best way forward’,” she said.</p> <p>All other ideas presented by the panel of experts are being implemented, including harsher consequences for those who deal drugs at festivals.</p> <p>According to Ms Berejiklian, pill testing gave drug users “a false sense of security”.</p> <p>“I hear what some people are saying but as a premier, as the leader of NSW, my job is to keep the community safe,” she said.</p> <p>Do you support Kochie's viewpoint on this matter? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Inside Princess Diana’s complicated relationship with her mother

<p>It’s no secret that Princess Diana and her mother had a complicated relationship.</p> <p>It is said that Diana’s relationships with different men after her marriage with Prince Charles ended, is the reason behind the feud with her mother Frances Shand Kydd.</p> <p>Diana was famously linked to many high profile men, including heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, businessman Gulu Lalvani and son of Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed.</p> <p>But after discovering details about one relationship in particular, Frances had decided to unleash on the late Princess.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/princess-dianas-explosive-feud-mum-13090276" target="_blank"><em>The Mirror</em></a>, Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell recounted what happened the day an emotional Diana was on the receiving end of an abusive phone call from her mother.</p> <p>“I heard her call, ‘Paul come quick’,” he said.</p> <p>“She waved me over with her hand. I joined her on the floor cross-legged and stuck close beside her. I leant my ear as near to the phone as possible and listened to the conversation – albeit one-way.</p> <p>“It was the slurring voice of Ms Frances Shand Kydd. What I heard was a torrent of abuse, swearing and upsetting innuendo towards the Princess and towards the male company she was keeping.</p> <p>“It was a hate-filled personal attack on the men and their religious beliefs.”</p> <p>The exact words that were said were revealed in a documentary Burrell was featured in.</p> <p>“[She said] you’re nothing but a prostitute and a whore, that’s what I’ve brought up, a prostitute,” Burrell shared.</p> <p>Diana then reportedly told him: “Paul, I’ll never speak to my mother again as long as I live.”</p> <p>Prior to Diana’s tragic death, Frances had a few things to say to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1463517/Obituary-Frances-Shand-Kydd.html" target="_blank"><em>Hello! Magazine</em></a>.</p> <p>Speaking on the topic of Diana’s divorce and her battle with bulimia, Frances said it was “absolutely wonderful” that the late royal had lost her HRH title.</p> <p>Her interview haunted Diana and according to Burrell, Diana never spoke to her mother again.</p>

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Nightmare as hundreds of spiders “rain” from the sky

<p>Arachnophobes look away, because a video posted to Facebook shows every person’s worst nightmare as Brazil experienced a strange phenomenon of spiders raining from the sky.</p> <p>The footage shows spiders coming down in droves at Espirito Santo do Dourado, with locals describing the event as the sky “raining with spiders”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcecilia.fonseca.712%2Fvideos%2F1962652493856369%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="308" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>While the eight-legged insects appear to be falling from above, they are actually moving with the help of a huge web, and according to experts, spiders create canopies during hot and humid climates so they can share one giant web.</p> <p>João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, who is the man behind the camera, said that he noticed the sensation at his grandparent’s farm and told local newspapers that he was “stunned and scared”.</p> <p>Spiders can reportedly travel hundreds of kilometres using a ballooning method.</p> <p>Ballooning occurs when spiders detect electric fields under natural atmospheric conditions. It is the electric fields that cause the arachnid’s strange behaviour.</p> <p>Spiders are able to become airborne through the technique, as they release fine silk lines that once caught in the breeze, lift the spider up in the air.</p>

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Aussie family's devastating discovery after catching snake in their home

<p>Queensland saw yet another snake incident as a large carpet python was found swallowing a house cat in Wishart, Brisbane.</p> <p>Brisbane Snake Catchers, who captured the wild reptile, posted a picture of the aftermath on Facebook.</p> <p>The photograph shows the long snake lying on a wooden beam with a large lump in its mid-section.</p> <p>“An unfortunate situation for residents in Wishart today when they found a Large Carpet python consuming one of their two cats,” said the snake catchers on the post.</p> <p>“The residents were sad for obvious reasons but realized it was only natural for the python to do so and agreed they need to keep a better eye on [the cats].”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Felitesnakecatchingbrisbane%2Fposts%2F2191446871095644&amp;width=500" width="500" height="753" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The catchers also advised cat owners to keep their pets indoors. </p> <p>“This is another reason to be mindful of letting cats roam ... they can be subject to other animals as well,” they said.</p> <p>In recent weeks, more cases of snake invasion have been reported in Queensland. Last week, a Coolangatta family found a carpet python with over 500 ticks in their backyard pool, while <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/snake-bite-spike-9-people-hospitalised-in-one-day-after-increasing-number-of-attacks">nine people were hospitalised overnight</a> for snake bites in late December.</p> <p>To protect your home against snakes, the Queensland government recommends blocking all potential entry points, including doors and windows, and keeping gardens and backyards clean and tidy.</p> <p>If you find a snake in your home, snake catcher Max Jackson said you should not attempt to kill or catch it. “They’re purely defensive animals,” Jackson told the <em>ABC. </em></p> <p>“If you corner them and try kill or capture them, especially inside the house, they can’t kick or punch and there’s only one thing they can do and it’s bite you.”</p> <p>Jackson suggested contacting a licensed snake catcher to relocate the reptile to avoid putting yourself at risk.</p> <p>Have you ever encountered a snake in your home? Tell us your story in the comments. </p>

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Princess Mary shares rare photos of twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine

<p>Australia’s own royalty Crown Princess Mary has shared rare pictures of her twin children in celebration of their eighth birthday.</p> <p>In the three images, which were captured by the Princess herself and shared on the Danish Palace’s official Instagram account, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine could be seen posing at a Danish countryside.</p> <p>“Today Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine fill eight years, and on the occasion of the birthday, the Crown Princess has the joy to share a series of new pictures of their royal highnesses,” the Instagram caption said.</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/BsXRJfPAhEM/?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/BsXRJfPAhEM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I dag fylder D.K.H. Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine otte år, og i anledning af fødselsdagen har Kronprinsparret den glæde at dele en række nye billeder af Deres Kongelige Højheder 🇩🇰 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️</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/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:29pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The twins are the youngest children of Princess Mary and Prince Frederik. The couple’s oldest child, Prince Christian, is 13 years old, while the second, Princess Isabella, is 11 years old.</p> <p>The portraits represented some of Princess Mary’s latest photography works. Within the past few months, numerous images on the Instagram account ranging from the Kenya trip to the royal family’s palace interiors have credited the Tasmanian-born Princess.</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/Brc1QDGAtH-/?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/Brc1QDGAtH-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Julestemning i Riddersalen i Frederik VIII’s Palæ, Amalienborg, her på tredje søndag i advent. 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️</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/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Dec 16, 2018 at 5:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Princess Mary’s ascendance from a common Australian girl to Danish royalty has been well-documented. Princess Mary and Prince Frederik met at a Sydney pub during the 2000 Summer Olympics. She moved to Denmark the year after and became engaged to the Crown Prince in 2004. In her transition to the royal life, Princess Mary renounced her Australian citizenship.</p>

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Woman's "thank you" note for easy life on welfare payouts goes viral

<p>A Facebook post has gone viral as an New Zealand migrant to Australia has listed everything she’s thankful for since she’s moved to the ‘lucky country’.</p> <p>Deidre Samson’s post went viral, with over 2,000 likes and over 400 comments, before she made her page private.</p> <p>The New Zealand mum told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6588337/Thank-Australia-money-Migrants-touching-post-thanking-new-country-goes-viral.html" target="_blank">the Daily Mail</a>: <span>“I'm a single mother of three and the opportunities in this country are nothing short of endless.</span></p> <p>“We made the move in November of 2015 and decided to settle on the Gold Coast, and haven't looked back.</p> <p>“I work full-time to support my family, I just wanted to display my gratitude for this wonderful country we are all proud to call home.”</p> <p>The gushing post starts off positively, with Samson saying: <span>“Feeling blessed."</span></p> <p>She continued, "Thank you Australia for your cheap food, cheap petrol ($1.03 atm) and your free dump/tip policy”</p> <p>The single mum then goes onto to give thanks for the benefits she receives from the government and the “amazing” wage rates within Australia.</p> <p>Samson also gives thanks for free medical care and the $2,000 dental allowance given for each of her children up to the age of 17.</p> <p>“Thank you for making all our medical free, and giving my children $2000 every 24 months towards their dental up to the age of 17 years. Thank you for giving me free emergency dental care for the rest of my life and other concussions (sic) with my health care card.”</p> <p>Samson highlighted all the free activities that are available in her local area and was extremely thankful for them, as well as being thankful for the level of education that is provided for free.</p> <p>“Thank you for all the free education you offer our children, teenagers and adults in all schools and most training institutes level 3 &amp; 4 studies.”</p> <p>Samson goes on to thank the country for accepting their NZ qualifications, paying superannuation and the standard of medical care in Australia.</p> <p>“Thank you for your short hospital waits and amazing maternity care.</p> <p>"Thank you for your free doctors that visit you at home. Actual doctors that come to my house for free.”</p> <p>Samson has no desire to move back to New Zealand, nor do her parents who are looking to relocate to the Gold Coast with her.</p> <p>“I just wished we moved sooner, I hope Aussies realise just how good they have it,” Samson gushed.</p> <p>What do you think of this woman's Facebook post? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The Centrelink conman who scammed Australia for 30 years

<p>A conman who had been scamming the Australian government for more than three decades is finally set to be deported, reports said.</p> <p>The serial fraudster, who went by the name Michael Boghdadi Asaad, had scammed Centrelink for social security payments totalling to almost $90,000 using a false identity.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6457237/Michael-Boghdadi-Asaads-daughter-vows-confront-Centrelink-conman-father-life-crime.html">Daily Mail Australia</a>, Asaad is now being held at Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney and set to be deported.</p> <p>Asaad entered Australia in 1985 on a Canadian passport under the name of Rick Michaels. He was given an Australian birth certificate in 1992 after claiming he was born in Tasmania, and received a total of $89,161.44 in Centrelink benefits between 2002 and 2009.</p> <p>The conman had also been imprisoned for fraud-related offences in 1994, 2004, 2009 and 2010. This included a case where Asaad borrowed more than $35,000 from businesses without disclosing his bankruptcy, while also falsely telling creditors that he had graduated from Harvard with an MBA and worked for several big US banks.</p> <p>In 2017, FBI fingerprint files revealed Asaad’s true identity as Farouk Asaad, a convict with an 18-year criminal record who was deported from the US. Reports said Asaad went in and out of jail between 1971 and 1987 on charges ranging from bank fraud to embezzlement.</p> <p>Asaad’s son, Michael Boghdadi Asaad Jnr, also made headlines in 2009 when he assaulted<span> </span><em>Today Tonight</em><span> </span>reporter Damien Hansen. According to court documents, Hansen was filming a story on Asaad’s family in Paradise Waters, Queensland when Asaad Jnr punched him twice in the face and destroyed his camera and equipment.</p> <p>The Department of Home Affairs refused to comment on Asaad’s case. </p> <p>“Foreign nationals who do not hold a valid visa will be liable for detention and removal from Australia,” said a spokesman for the department.</p>

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Woman discovers brilliant $12 Kmart bathroom hack

<p>If you’re tired of the clutter and disorganisation in your home, you’re not alone. A fellow Instagram user had decided she’d had enough and headed off to her local Kmart to see what she could find.</p> <p>Instagram user Michelle whose account is <span>@</span>lookwhat_i_found had hit the motherlode when she discovered Kmart's wicker baskets for bicycles.</p> <p>Michelle explained: <span>“When I spotted the beautiful wicker bike baskets @kmartaus -$12, I just had to create something with them.</span></p> <p>“The leather look buckle straps are perfect for attaching onto the Kmart bamboo ladder and really give the baskets a fabulous look!”</p> <p>If this is the first time you’ve branched out into DIY, Michelle explains that the hack she’s discovered isn’t difficult to do.</p> <p>“I just had to rearrange the straps by sliding them up higher to balance the baskets.”</p> <p>She even goes as far as to explain what hole the buckles need to go in on the ladder.</p> <p>“Also to get the baskets to sit properly I put the buckles towards the second last hole to hang a little lower so they sit on the rungs. They make great storage for towels or even for plants!”</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/Bscinh1hryj/?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/Bscinh1hryj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">WICKER BIKE BASKET HACK . 👉SWIPE ACROSS FOR MORE PHOTOS 😍 When I spotted the beautiful wicker bike baskets @kmartaus -$12 , I just had to create something with them . The leather look buckle straps are perfect for attaching onto the @kmartaus bamboo ladder and really give the baskets a fabulous look!❤️ I just had to rearrange the straps by sliding them up higher to balance the baskets. Also to get the baskets to sit properly I put the buckles towards the second last hole to hang a little lower so they sit on the rungs. They make great storage for towels or even for plants! Check out my Insta Stories for more @kmartaus goodies!! #kmartaus #kmartaustralia #kmartau #kmarthack #kmarthacks #hack #homeimprovement #homedecor #home #kmartaddict #diy#kmartstyling #homeinspo #homestyle #kmartmum #bargain #bargainshopper #decor #homewares #kmartstorage #diy #wicker #styling #lookwhat_i_found</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/lookwhat_i_found/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Look What i Found</a> (@lookwhat_i_found) on Jan 9, 2019 at 11:38pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Followers flooded her post with comments, with one saying, “Looks great, might try it for my bathroom”, whereas others were tagging their friends and saying that this would look great for their bathroom at home.</p> <p>One commenter had other ideas for the baskets.</p> <p>“Would be a lovely idea in kids nursery for blankets and soft toys”.</p> <p>Where would you set this up in your home? Would you set it up in the laundry or see where it would look in other rooms? Are you tempted to try this out? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The 14 road rules no-one knows – are you breaking them?

<p>It seems like you can get a fine for everything nowadays, but if you feel like things have become a bit stricter when it comes to being on the road, you’re not entirely wrong.</p> <p>Teletrac Navman has realised that this is a problem for most drivers and has clearly outlined the road rules that not too many people know about in Australia.</p> <p><strong>1. Sleeping in your car while drunk, even with the ignition off</strong></p> <p>If you’ve had a few while out with friends and family, and you want to sleep it off in your car, that might not be the best idea. Even more so if you happen to be in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and the keys aren’t in the ignition.</p> <p>In Queensland, you’ll be hit with a fine of up to $1,400 and a 10-month driving suspension.</p> <p><strong>2. Being a hog in the middle lane</strong></p> <p>If you enjoy cruising along in the middle lane while it’s clear on the left, you might want to just merge into the left lane as there’s a fine that comes with it. In NSW, fines go as high as $108 and two demerit points and QLD will charge you $66 and two demerit points as well.</p> <p><span><strong>3. Eating, drinking, doing your makeup and changing music whilst driving</strong></span></p> <p>If you want to eat your food whilst on the road, it might be a good idea to pull over before attempting to drive and eat at the same time. Fines vary depending on the state –</p> <p>NSW &amp; ACT: $448 and three demerit points</p> <p>WA: $600</p> <p>SA: $184</p> <p>NT: $500</p> <p>QLD: Court ordered fine and three demerit points</p> <p>TAS: $163</p> <p><strong>4. Playing music that’s too loud</strong></p> <p>Although you might love singing along to your favourite songs in the car with the windows down, police officers call that noise pollution. If you ignore a verbal warning to turn down the tunes, you’ll be fined varying amounts that depend on your state. In Queensland, the fine is $175 and in NSW, the fine is $200.</p> <p><strong>5. The 10 per cent speed limit myth</strong></p> <p>It’s been a myth in Australia for a while that if you’re caught speeding, you have a leeway of 10 per cent over the speed limit. However, exceeding the speed limit by a few kilometres carries fines of up to $201 and demerit points. You might have a bit of flexibility with local police officers, but speed cameras are nowhere near as forgiving.</p> <p>NSW: $119, one demerit point</p> <p>VIC:  $201, one demerit point</p> <p>SA: $174</p> <p>QLD: $174</p> <p>WA: $100</p> <p><strong>6. Beeping your horn for the wrong reasons</strong></p> <p>Alerting drivers to your intentions? Fine. Beeping goodbye to friends and family? Not so fine. Fines can be issued, with NSW fining $298 and VIC fining $282 for honking.</p> <p><strong>7. Driving too slowly</strong></p> <p>Finally. Some justice for those who don’t follow speed limits. If you’re obstructing the path of another car, you can be fined depending on your state. In NSW, you’ll be fined $253 and four demerit points, in QLD, you’ll be given a court imposed fine and VIC will fine you about $289 for obstructing the flow of traffic.</p> <p><strong>8. Flashing your lights to warn other drivers of speed cameras or police</strong></p> <p>People flash their lights all the time to warn people of speed cameras or police up ahead. However, flashing your lights in NSW, WA and QLD can attract fines as it can be misconstrued as ‘dazzling’ other road users. Fines in NSW are $110, fines in WA are $100 and fines in QLD are $50 and one demerit point.</p> <p><strong>9. Parking on a footpath</strong></p> <p>In narrow streets, you might consider this an option, but it can come with expensive consequences. Parking on the footpath can carry fines of up to $126. In NSW, fines are $99, Victoria will cost you $85 in fines, whereas QLD is the highest with $126.</p> <p><strong>10. Driving through a puddle to splash mud on commuters</strong></p> <p>Although you might enjoy driving through puddles in the rain, avoid the big ones near bus stops if you live in NSW. Driving and splashing fellow commuters on their way to work will set you back $177 and three demerit points.</p> <p><strong>11. Handling your phone while using Google Maps</strong></p> <p>If you like to hold your phone and see where you’re going whilst using Google Maps, it might be high time to invest in a stand that holds your phone. If you get caught handling your phone whilst on the road, you can score a fine and loss of demerit points. In NSW, you’ll be fined and lose five demerit points, in WA, you’ll be fined $400 and SA will set you back about $308.</p> <p><strong>12. Letting your passenger hold their baby while you’re driving</strong></p> <p>It’s on the responsibility of the driver to ensure everyone is safe in the car, which includes your passenger who insists on holding their baby. If you don’t have a baby seat, you’re better off not driving as they’re a requirement for all children under the age of four. Across Australia, this will set you back up to $500 and three demerit points. In Queensland, if you get fined twice for the same crime, you’ll suffer from double demerits.</p> <p><strong>13. Not turning your lights on in the dark</strong></p> <p>This one just baffles the mind. It’s hard enough to see in the dark on well illuminated roads, but some people insist on driving on rural roads without their lights on. Driving in darkness or night without lights can set you back $211 in fines. In NSW, you’ll have to pay $112 and two demerit points. Victoria is a little laxer, with a $211 fine but a loss of only one demerit point. QLD will set you back $130 and one demerit point.</p> <p><strong>14. Having dirt on your number plate  </strong></p> <p>If your number plate is unreadable due to the amount of dirt on it, you’ll be set back $415 and three demerit points. Your number plate must be readable at all times. In NSW, you’ll pay $415 and lose three demerit points. QLD will cost you about $341 and VIC is three demerit points and $161.</p> <p>Which one of these road rules did you already know about? Have you been caught out by these rules before? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Don’t fall for this latest Facebook scam

<p>If you come across a “Secret Sister" gift exchange invitation on your Facebook newsfeed then head the other direction, because the seemingly innocent gesture is one giant scam.</p> <p>The Better Business Bureau issued a warning against the social media con.</p> <p>Inspired by Secret Santa, the exchange involves purchasing a $15 gift to send to your “secret sister” only to receive 6 to 36 gifts in return.</p> <p>And while it sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. The entire concept is shrouded in flaws. It starts off with six people on your friends list spreading the word and recruiting six participants each. Then, the total 36 people involved (six groups of six) are expected to send a gift to the same person on the top of the “Secret Sister” list.</p> <p>It is then that they recruit another six people to send a gift to the next person on the long list, and while the person who kickstarted the entire gift exchange may receive something on their doorstep, the further your name goes down on the list, the less of a chance you have.</p> <p>But before you turn to your friend and confront her for attempting to scam you, it’s important to note that they most likely have no idea of the pyramid scheme, and probably shared the post because they thought it would be a nice idea.</p> <p>The <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/style/secret-sister-holiday-gift-exchanges-are-scam-t142112" target="_blank">TODAY</a> </em>show revealed that the scheme falls into “illegal gambling” as you receive less than what you originally hoped for.</p> <p>It’s also safer to not take part in the exchange as handing out your home address and other personal information to strangers on the internet is never a good idea.</p> <p>The Better Business Bureau advises those who received an invitation to join a “Secret Sister” gift exchange to ignore it and report the post on Facebook.</p>

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Hugh Grant sends Twitter message pleading with car thief

<p>Poor Hugh Grant. The British actor got his car broken into on the weekend, where the thief stole many possessions, including his children’s medical cards.</p> <p>The star went to Twitter to ask if he could at least get his script back, which had “many weeks worth of notes and ideas” on it.</p> <p>Grant tweeted:</p> <p>“In the unlikely chance that anyone knows who broke into my car tonight and stole my bag, please try and persuade them to at least return my script. Many weeks worth of notes and ideas. And perhaps my children’s medical cards. Coach Films ,Ealing St Mary's Ealing Green  W5 5EN*”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">In the unlikely chance that anyone knows who broke into my car tonight and stole my bag, please try and persuade them to at least return my script. Many weeks worth of notes and ideas. And perhaps my children’s medical cards. Coach Films ,Ealing St Mary's Ealing Green W5 5EN*</p> — Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) <a href="https://twitter.com/HackedOffHugh/status/1084560910197448704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Many fans were shocked by the theft and offered suggestions. </p> <p>One fan said: <span>“That’s so terrible. They may ditch your bag once they realise there’s no immediate value- so keep an eye out in the area…”</span></p> <p>Others suggested that the movie star search the local bins in order to see if the thief has thrown away the script once they’ve realised they can’t sell it.</p> <p>One commenter pointed out the hilarity of the mental image of Hugh Grant searching through bins.</p> <p>“Can you imagine Hugh Grant going through the bins!???”</p> <p>Another agreed saying: <span>“That’d hit the front pages!”</span></p> <p>No word as of yet whether Grant has been able to retrieve his possessions after they were stolen. Fingers crossed he finds the script with all of his notes in it as well as his children’s medical cards.</p> <p>Have you been victim to a burglary? What did you do? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The moment 17 people were murdered in front of Andy Murray when he was 8 years old

<p>Tennis champ Andy Murray has released his autobiography,<span> </span><em>Hitting Back</em>, which provides in-depth details about his childhood and how he skyrocketed into the world of tennis.</p> <p>But what many people don’t know about Andy is that when he was just 8 years old, he was part of the deadliest mass shooting in Britain’s history. The shooter was also someone Andy and his family knew well enough to get lifts home from time to time.</p> <p>43-year-old former scout leader, Thomas Hamilton, had gone into Andy's primary school in Stirlingshire, Scotland, with 743 cartridges of ammunition. The former scout leader ran a youth group, which 8-year-old Andy attended at the time of the shooting.</p> <p>Over the next three to four minutes, Hamilton became responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in Britain.</p> <p>Hamilton opened fire in the gymnasium, where P.E classes were being run. He opened fire within the room, injuring students and teachers.</p> <p>Some children he shot at blank range.</p> <p>Whilst this was going on, Andy and his older brother, Jamie, were hiding under desks in a classroom and trying to distract themselves with songs.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822739/andy-murray.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9e77d07bde0f453a9361b9b9887143f6" /></p> <p>After Hamilton had finished with the gymnasium, he decided to walk towards the library and shoot at random. He, again, injured many teachers and students.</p> <p>The trauma ended once Hamilton re-entered the gymnasium and put the barrel of the gun to his own mouth.</p> <p>With 32 people treated for gunshot wounds and one child dying on the way to the hospital, this was a traumatic experience for those involved.</p> <p>Judy Murray, Andy's mother and tennis coach, spoke about the event in an interview with ESPN in 2008:</p> <p>"Absolutely horrendous. The worst. The worst thing you could ever imagine having to go through in your life.</p> <p>"Sitting, waiting and not knowing if your child is alive or dead – you can't imagine what that was like. It was quite horrific."</p> <p>Andy has used this experience to advocate for gun control in the United States, saying that "something needs to change".</p> <p>Did you know Andy Murray had been through such a traumatic experience? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Nicole Kidman admits she would have loved more kids: "We could have had 10 of them!"

<p>Nicole Kidman has revealed that she would have had a lot more kids with country singer husband Keith Urban had they met earlier in life.</p> <p>The <em>Aquaman</em> star revealed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/nicole-kidman-would-have-loved-more-kids-with-keith-urban/" target="_blank">PEOPLE</a>:</p> <p>“We go, ‘Oh gosh, I wonder if we met when we were 25, then we could have had 10 of them!’”</p> <p>“But Keith says, ‘Stop the wanting mind.’ It’s far better to be completely in love and satiated with what you’ve been given, what we’ve been given.”</p> <p>The duo are proud parents to Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, 8, and have settled firmly in Nashville, Tennessee in the US. </p> <p>“Our house is always full of kids,” Kidman said. “Sometimes we have eight kids over for dinner after school.”</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/BpaTQ88FdRV/?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/BpaTQ88FdRV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">You’re so loved Keith Lionel. Happy birthday baby! 🎈🎂❤️❤️❤️ @rotiersnashville #keithsfavouritecake</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/nicolekidman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Nicole Kidman</a> (@nicolekidman) on Oct 26, 2018 at 2:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When asked how she’s stood by her husband through his addiction issues, it’s never occurred to Kidman to not be there.</p> <p>“Real love happens not when everything is going well but when things are going badly,” the actress admitted.</p> <p>“It’s when human beings come together, if they’re going to, in a far deeper way. You’re then having to work together, and the ‘together’ is what it’s about.</p> <p>“Keith and I talk about that, because that ultimately is the definition of marriage and union and commitment.”</p> <p>The couple hope that their children follow their example when it comes to love.</p> <p>“To see a union that is deep and real and loving, which is what Keith and I both grew up with too, is always a good thing, I think,” Kidman added. </p>

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