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Magda Szubanski speaks out after Twitter fury: “Should I stop having an opinion?”

<p><span>TV star Magda Szubanski has spoken out after being scolded publicly online for her comments about the Prime Minister's wife, Jenny Morrison.</span><br /><br /><span>Szubanski shared a photo on social media of Mrs Morrison standing near her husband, Scott Morrison, while he signed a condolence book for Prince Philip following the royal's death.</span><br /><br /><span>The TV star was accused of suggesting Mrs Morrison was subservient to her husband in the tweets.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840737/magda-szubanksi-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/415a233fd1ed4f34b39ebd1c4b9f11d9" /></p> <p><em>Image: Screengrab from A Current Affair</em><br /><br /><span>However, Szubanski informed <em>A Current Affair</em> host Tracy Grimshaw that her comments were not a "tirade".</span><br /><br /><span>She also went on to say that her main point in her tweets was that the photos were bad PR.</span><br /><br /><span>"Why would you put something that looks like The Handmaid's Tale out as a photo op?" Szubanski said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Look, I don't want to hurt her (Mrs Morrison), of course I don't. I do think that if she's going to be in public life, we need to know more about her.</span><br /><br /><span>"If she's going to have some sort of influence in public life I want to know, what are her values? What kind of a woman is she?"</span><br /><br /><span>Szubanski went on to say it was only fair Australians know more about Mr Morrison’s wife, considering how often she is brought up by the Prime Minister.</span><br /><br /><span>She also said the “wacko” picture had not just been questioned by her.</span><br /><br /><span>"I think doing a media pile-on about someone's appearance is not something that I would condone," Szubanski said.</span><br /><br /><span>"When I first looked at it did not realise that it was Jenny Morrison because it looks very different from her, she's normally got her hair done, makeup, the whole sort of thing.</span><br /><br /><span>"I genuinely thought it was a meme, so I was a bit staggered that I got drawn into this over such a nothing observation that thousands of people had already made."</span><br /><br /><span>In one of her retweets of the picture she said "I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid's Tale meme. But no. It's 21st century Aussie life".</span><br /><br /><span>Szubanski took to Twitter not long after to say: </span><span>"Let me be clear… I'm not actually making a disparaging comment about Jenny. I just genuinely thought it was a meme!"</span><br /><br /><span>However, they’re not the only tweets the star has copped a lashing for.</span><br /><br /><span>In another photo of the Morrison family with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Szubanski commented on Twitter, "what's this little hand signal thingy?"</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840736/magda-szubanksi-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e014e8f8d70647eeb8598632393e5a1e" /></p> <p><em>Image: Screengrab from A Current Affair</em><br /><br /><span>She was referring to the way Mrs Morrison's hand was resting.</span><br /><br /><span>The comedian admitted that the tweet was probably "silly", but said the reaction was likely a distraction.</span><br /><br /><span>"The fact that it turned into this big issue is no doubt in my mind partly to distract from the fact that Christine Holgate was making her testimony, so it was a little bit of 'oh don't look at this because there's something going on here'," the comedian said.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Kath and Kim</em> star says she won’t stop airing her opinions on Twitter.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm not there just to make nice comments all the time, there are things that I think need to be addressed," Szubanski said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Should I get off Twitter? Should I stop having an opinion? Well that is democracy. Do I like it when people pile on me? No, I don't, but I also go 'well that's what they do'."</span></p>

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First time photo of Prince Philip with ALMOST all the great-grandkids

<p>The British Royal Family has released a series of never-before-seen photos in a coordinated social media tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.</p> <p>The royals shared a photo of Prince Philip and the Queen surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren in a photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at Balmoral Castle in 2018.</p> <p>The Queen and the Duke now have 10 great-grandchildren, with Meghan Markle pregnant with their 11th.</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/CNp2sTUnxpN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNp2sTUnxpN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the photo, the Queen is seen holding Prince Louis, while Isla Phillips is cradling her younger cousin Lena Tindall, second daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall.</p> <p>Eldest great-grandchild Savannah Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, can be spotted standing in the back.</p> <p>At the front is Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Isla with Lena and Lena's big sister, Mia Tindall.</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/CNp2qSBFXn3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNp2qSBFXn3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Both August and Lucas, who were born in February and March respectively, have the middle name Philip in honour of their great-grandfather.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also released a family photo on their Instagram account, showing the pair standing alongside the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2015, the year she was born.</p> <p>"Today we share, along with Members of The @RoyalFamily, photographs of The Duke of Edinburgh, remembering him as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather," they explained alongside the image.</p>

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“I love you”: John Travolta’s tribute to Jett

<p dir="ltr">John Travolta penned a message to his son, Jett, on what would have been his 29th birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The tribute was shared on Instagram on Tuesday, April 13, the day Jett was born, alongside a photo of Travolta with his son.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Happy birthday my beautiful Jetty. I love you,” the<span> </span><em>Grease</em><span> </span>star wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Travolta’s daughter, Ella, also shared her own tribute to her late brother. The 21-year old captioned a photo of them together as kids with, “I love you Jetty. Happy Birthday”.</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/CNoS4HLHYyO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNoS4HLHYyO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ella Travolta (@ella.travolta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Jett passed away in January 2009 while the family was on holiday in the Bahamas. The 16-year old had suffered a seizure and hit his head at their holiday home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island.</p> <p dir="ltr">This marks the first birthday since Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston’s passing at 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.</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/B-8kEG6AbC_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/B-8kEG6AbC_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kelly Preston (@therealkellypreston)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">After their son’s death, Travolta and Preston confirmed that Jett had autism and would have seizures regularly. On an episode of<span> </span><em>The Doctors</em><span> </span>in November 2012, Preston opened up about Jett’s autism.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki syndrome,” she explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fans shared messages of support for Travolta and hoped that Jett and Kelly would be celebrating together.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I believe he and Kelly are together (again) forever … I hope you have found comfort in that, in some small measure at least,” one commenter wrote.</p>

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Curing the incurable: A new breakthrough in childhood cancer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scientists are on the cusp of a medical breakthrough that could help in the treatment of an aggressive brain cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is the most aggressive childhood cancer with a </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.ccia.org.au/blog/dipg-shining-a-light-on-the-deadliest-childhood-cancer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">current survival rate of 0%</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. DIPG primarily occurs in children aged four to eleven years old and grows in the brainstem, meaning that it cannot be removed via surgery. On average, 20 Australian children are diagnosed with DIPG each year and have an average survival time of nine to twelve months after diagnosis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But now a new drug offers hope to patients diagnosed with the disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scientists at Children’s Cancer Institute have developed a new anti-cancer drug from antimalarial drug quinacrine. When tested on animals that were growing DIPG tumours, they found that the drug stopped tumour growth and, when combined with a second drug, panobinostat, increased survival time.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNn7JQHAOCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNn7JQHAOCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Children's Cancer Institute (@childrenscancerinstitute)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Associate Professor David Ziegler from </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.ccia.org.au/blog/australian-researchers-find-new-way-to-target-deadly-childhood-cancer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Children’s Cancer Institute</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> said, “Over the years, many different types of treatments have been tried for DIPG, but none so far have proven effective in clinical trials of children with the disease.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to Sunrise, he said the development was “a fantastic and exciting breakthrough.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is one of the worst cancers to affect either children or adults and until now we’ve had no effective treatments,” he continued.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re at the point where we’ve found a drug that looks really effective and is actually finally promising some hope.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ziegler will lead human trials of the drug in top children’s hospitals in the United States and Australia “by the end of this year”.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re working as quickly as possible to bring this to kids who desperately need it,” Ziegler said.</span></p>

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"Dearest Grandpa": Princess Eugenie's open letter to Prince Philip

<p>Princess Eugenie is the latest member of the British Royal Family to pay tribute to Prince Philip.</p> <p>As granddaughter to the Duke of Edinburgh, the 31-year-old wrote an open letter to her "Dearest Grandpa" on social media.</p> <p>"We all miss you," she began alongside two images. "⁣⁣You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days. ⁣⁣</p> <p>"People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them.</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/CNpYz98F1FI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNpYz98F1FI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"⁣⁣I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy. ⁣</p> <p>"I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day. ⁣I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer.</p> <p>"⁣⁣I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ⁣⁣Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you. ⁣⁣With all my love ⁣Eugenie."</p> <p>Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, is the latest of Prince Philip's eight grandchildren to pay tribute to the 99-year-old, who died last Friday, April 9.</p>

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Company speaks out after Sydney dad’s $700,000 dream build ruined

<p><span>A Sydney dad was left shocked after he saw the family dream home he had sunk $700,000 in.</span><br /><br /><span>He says he has been left with a bizarre “half-house” that is the result of poor communication on behalf of the building company that was employed to build his dream home.</span><br /><br /><span>Nepalese man Bishnu Aryal saved $398,950 to purchase a block of land in Edmondson Park where he planned to build the home of his dreams for his family.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840755/halfway-house.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a17fb982196948e0bd60c2ebb5f26285" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Aryal employed Zac Homes for a custom off-plan build worth $322,400 in 2016 and let the business get to work, saying he “trusted the process”.</span><br /><br /><span>However, after checking on the house three years later he told <em>A Current Affair</em> he “nearly fainted” after discovering his freestanding build had been turned into a duplex.</span><br /><br /><span>“Where’s my house? I want the rest of my house. It’s not a freestanding house, it’s not a duplex, it’s half a house. And it looks embarrassing,” he told the program.</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes said the build began as a single freestanding home but claimed it had to be altered to fit with Liverpool Council regulations.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840754/halfway-house-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/56335549485c485e9b583d98448166c2" /><br /><br /><span>The company claimed Mr Aryal was made aware of the change of plan and even gave him opportunities to pull out of the contract more than once.</span><br /><br /><span>However, since the <em>A Current Affair</em> episode went to air on Monday night, Zac Homes has decided to release a statement after being bombarded with one-star reviews.</span><br /><br /><span>They said they were taking to Facebook to “provide some context to the dreadful situation”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The disagreement that’s causing the holdup is between the certifier and Liverpool City Council and we’re working hard with them both to try and rectify the situation as quickly as possible,” the company said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840752/halfway-house-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7e07de081124d49a607d452d4e78c56" /><br /><br /><span>“The fact is the owners of the lot next door have failed to proceed with building their home and that’s why the certifier has continued to refuse to issue an Occupation Certificate.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Aryal was less than impressed with the explanation though and took to Facebook to claim the building company had been giving “false statements” after his story being made public.</span><br /><br /><span>“Zac Homes again has given a false statements with the media. This is why I bring this up, their statements has no proof and just making up the imaginary sentences,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes went on to say they had “done all we can” by conducting on-site meetings with the certifier, going to the council, and lodging a complaint to Fair Trading NSW.</span><br /><br /><span>The building company have also said they’ve waived a fee of $23,000, along with deferring Mr Aryal’s final payment in order to alleviate some of the family’s stress.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s a mess. We know that. Even though this situation hasn’t been caused by us, we are doing what we can to ensure that the right thing is done by Mr Aryal and his family. We feel for them,” the company said.</span><br /><br /><span>On Monday night, Mr Aryal explained that his family had been given no choice but to move into the house due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic limiting their options.</span></p>

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Family of pregnant young couple tragically killed in hit and run break their silence

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in">The family of a young couple who were expecting their first child and were mowed down while they walked their dogs, say all they have is an unfinished baby blanket to remember them by.<br /><br />Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her partner Matthew Field, 37, were overjoyed to soon meet their first child, a son named Miles.<br /><br />However, tragedy struck when the pair were run over in Alexandra Hills in eastern Brisbane on Australia Day.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840751/family.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ba1e0feb928d4d2eafe8cf5dc7732069" /><br />A 17-year-old has been charged for allegedly hitting the pair with a stolen Land Cruiser while high on drugs, and on bail for 50 other charges.<br /><br />He has been charged with murder and several other crimes, including ramming another car hours before.<br /><br />Kate's mother Jeannie and stepfather Tom Richter said Miles would have been their first grandchild.<br /><br />He was due to be born in May.<br /><br />Sadly, the tiny crocheted blanket will remain unused by baby Miles, however it has offered the family a tiny bit of hope amid their heartache.<br /><br />She vowed to finish the blanket in honour of her grandson, telling <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Courier Mail</em></a>: “I haven’t gotten back to it, but I will. I will do it.”</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840749/family-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1f949447df3b4489a476eb19af3ea18c" /><br /><br />Since January 26, the grieving parents' say their lives have completely changed and everything they do has a “hollow ring to it” and they just “go through the motions.”<br /><br />Jeannie said that during Christmas, just a month before their deaths, Katie had declared how big the family would be the next year once little Miles arrived.<br /><br />“I should be like, "wow, now is five weeks 'til the baby is born… I should be worrying if I'm capable of looking after a newborn overnight, or if I've lost the skill". I thought (that's what) I'd be worrying about right now,” she said.<br /><br />'We had the best life. We were just sweet, it was all good. And then in the space of thirty seconds it just stopped…<br /><br />“We had a great kid and she had a great partner and we finally had that cool bit of playing with "grandies" to look forward to.”<br /><br />Mr Richter relived the moment when the couple told their family they were pregnant, saying they had looked overjoyed.<br /><br />He said they came over and Jeannie opened a bottle of wine, but Katie turned it down before telling them the news, with all four of them bursting into tears.<br /><br />Tragically, just months later, their world would be completely shattered when local police officers knocked on their door.<br /><br />The parents said they were in “disbelief” that they could be gone because the odds of what happened were “infinitely small”.<br /><br />The two dogs survived, which to Richter showed how it was just a matter of seconds difference between them surviving or not.<br /><br />On Wednesday, Mr Richter will release a song titled “Three Hearts” to remember their loved ones who were tragically killed.<br /><br />“Every time we think of things we want to tell Katie, even just silly little things we want to tell her, we can't anymore. Our beautiful daughter isn't there,” he said.<br /><br />Kate and Matt died at the scene on Finucane Road in Alexandra Hills.<br /><br />The teen allegedly fled the scene before stealing a set of keys from a nearby house.<br /><br />Money from the download sales of “Three Hearts” will go towards the pair’s memorial.<br /><br />Donations to Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group have been encouraged.</div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="post-context"></div> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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Julie Bishop's show-stopping tribute to Carla Zampatti

<p>Former politician Julie Bishop paid homage to her late friend Carla Zampatti on Thursday, as she attended the designer's star-studded state funeral in Sydney.</p> <p>The 64-year-old looked incredible as she wore one of Carla's designs to pay her respects at the service, which was held at St Mary's Cathedral.</p> <p>The former foreign minister stunned in a $929 navy velvet and ostrich feather dress, which she paired with a pair of stiletto heels.</p> <p><img style="width: 333.2924134544562px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840745/gettyimages-1312548075-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f52e3a47f28e48af94b97bd013094cd8" /></p> <p>Bishop's frock featured an off-the-shoulder design, long sleeves and sat right above the knee.</p> <p>She opted for a pair of $755 Aquazzura heels, which is a favourite of stars such as Meghan Markle.</p> <p>The retired lawmaker, who recently grew out her short blonde hair, pulled her long locks away from her face and opted for a glamorous makeup palette.</p> <p><img style="width: 333.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840747/gettyimages-1312548083-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/84a01fa7916f4eceaf1ba4c735469c91" /></p> <p>Bishop attended the service with her boyfriend David Panton, who looked dapper in a suit.</p> <p>Also in attendance were Melissa Doyle, Sam Armytage, Sonia Kruger, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and designer Camilla Franks.</p> <p>Bishop took to Instagram on April 3 to pay tribute to Carla as her death sent shockwaves around the country.</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/CNME8hYBQKj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNME8hYBQKj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Hon Julie Bishop (@honjuliebishop)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She shared a series of pictures of herself with the late fashion designer on Instagram and said it was a "privilege to call her a friend."</p> <p>"Carla Zampatti was a truly great Australian who inspired generations of women with her style, grace and determination. She was in a class of her own," she wrote.</p> <p>"It was a privilege to call her a friend. Vale Carla."</p> <p>Carla, 78, died on April 3, days after a fall at an outdoor opera performance.</p>

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Jacqui Lambie blasts twerking dancers on HMAS Supply: “Absolute shocker”

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in">Senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed the choice to have a group of dancers twerking at the commission of HMAS Supply in Sydney over the weekend.<br /><br />The <em>ABC</em> posted a clip of a group of seven dancers, from Sydney group the 101 Doll Squadron.<br /><br />The troupe were invited to perform at the commissioning of HMAS Supply on Saturday, by the HMAS Supply crew and the navy.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840734/jacqui-lambie-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/920e2acfa178457f81386839b62cbdd7" /></div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><em>Image: ABC News</em><br /><br />The footage resulted in widespread backlash, especially Senator Lambie who said having that style of dance at the commissioning of a naval ship was “inappropriate”.<br /><br />“I thought I was watching the Super Bowl there for a split second, I will be honest with you,” she told 9 News.<br /><br />“Whoever made that call, it's an absolute shocker for goodness sake. It is not the time and place to have (that).<br /><br />“Good on those young ladies for getting out there, but I tell you being half-clothed outside a war ship is probably inappropriate.<br /><br />“You know, if that (decision was made by) the leadership in our Defence Force, god help our sons and daughters who are serving.”<br /><br />Governor-General David Hurley was at the ceremony, but the Australian Defence Force denied he was present for the dancers.<br /><br />However, <em>ABC</em> footage gathered images of the dancers that showed Mr Hurley sitting in a seat.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840733/jacqui-lambie-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4222e957a0184f41abbf71409cfc68ee" /><br /><br />“The dance was performed prior to the commencement of the commissioning formalities and prior to the arrival of His Excellency the Governor-General, chief of navy and commander Australian fleet,” a Defence spokeswoman said.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"></div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><em>Images: ABC News</em></div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Andrew’s controversial funeral demand

<p>As the British royal family prepares to lay Prince Philip to rest, an uproar involving Prince Andrew has reportedly broken out behind palace doors.</p> <p>It is reported the Duke of York is demanding he be allowed to wear the military uniform of an Admiral to his father's funeral, according to the Daily Mail UK.</p> <p>Andrew stepped back from his position as senior royal in 2019 over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.</p> <p>Despite the Epstein scandal, the Queen is yet to strip Prince Andrew of his military honours.</p> <p>In 2015, Andrew was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy. He was reportedly set to be elevated to Admiral on his 60th birthday last year. However, he offered to wait until he cleared his name and returned to public life.</p> <p>The Queen is set to make a decision over her son's request within the next day.</p> <p>It is said Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Princess Anne will all be donning military dress at the funeral.</p> <p>Prince William is also said to be dressing in military garb.</p> <p>However, it is yet to be known whether his brother, Prince Harry, will follow suit.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex was stripped of his military titles after quitting royal life to move with his wife, Meghan Markle, to the US.</p> <p>In line with royal rules, Harry is likely to be only allowed to wear a morning suit with medals, the media outlet said.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the matter.</p>

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Revealed: Piers Morgan names the royal who backed him

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in">Controversial former British morning show host Piers Morgan has revealed which royal family member supported him during his most recent attacks against Meghan Markle.<br /><br />Morgan, 55, revealed that Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, sent a text message of support after he was forced to resign from his position as co-host of Good Morning Britain on ITV.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"></div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840701/royal-queen-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1e79997ad69468aa1a0307e7c9a9fe1" /><br /><br />His comments following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's television interview with Oprah Winfrey were what forced him into resigning.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><br />Morgan wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday that several royal family members contacted him after he left the show, including the Duchess.</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"></div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in">"Not all Royal duchesses were as thrilled as Meghan 'Pinocchio' Markle to see me leave GMB," he wrote.<br /><br />"People have said how much they miss your morning joy and humour."<br /><br />He said Ferguson texted for him to "Get back out there!"<br /><br />He went on to joke that he and Ferguson could start their own show called “Morgy and Fergie in the Morning”.<br /><br />He repeated the claim on US TV show Extra: "I've had some messages communicated to me on behalf of several members of the royal family.<br /><br />"I'm not going to go into who it was but [it was] gratitude that somebody was standing up."<br /><br />Piers Morgan slammed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.<br /><br />He targeted their claim that a senior royal had made racist comments about the colour of Archie's skin before his birth.<br /> <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/CNnbzm5h5Eb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNnbzm5h5Eb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Percy von Schwabing (@percyvonschwabing)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <br />Morgan has since demanded the couple name that senior royal.<br /><br />He also said he was doubtful that Meghan was telling the truth when she said employees at The Firm refused to provide her with mental health support when she was pregnant with Archie.<br /><br />Morgan told Fox Nation he wanted to know who the alleged racist royal was.<br /><br />"As a British taxpayer, who helps pay for the royal family, I would like to know, actually, if there is a real racist inside the palace," he said.<br /><br />The controversial critic ended up storming off the set of GMB during a discussion about the Oprah interview.<br /><br />While he quickly resigned from his position on the program, he remains adamant that Harry and Meghan should name the senior royal they have accused of racism.</div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="post-context"></div> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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Police reveal cause of horrific Tiger Woods car crash

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Authorities have revealed that golf star Tiger Woods was driving at an "unsafe" speed nearly double the 70km/h speed limit when he crashed in California in February.</p> <p>The SUV was travelling up to 140km/h before it veered off the road and rolled several times, leaving Woods with a shattered right leg.</p> <p>“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” said Alex Villanueva.</p> <p>“Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140km/h).”</p> <p>There were “no signs of impairment” or evidence of any “distracted driving”, and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investigation to be made public, officials said.</p> <p>Fans have complained that Woods hasn't been charged for speeding, but police said as there were no witnesses or police present, he won't be charged.</p> <p>The crash would have been investigated further “if there was a significant injury or fatality” and had involved another person, said Captain James Powers.</p> <p>Woods himself doesn't recall the incident, but investigators did not check his phone or test his bloodwork as there was "no evidence of any impairment or intoxication", according to Powers.</p> <p>Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed this in a Facebook Q&amp;A with reporters.</p> <p>“He was lucid, no odour of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics or anything like that,” Villanueva said. “That was not a concern so no field sobriety test and no drug expert needed to respond. This is what it is — an accident.</p> <p>“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash.</p> <p>“This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime, they do happen unfortunately.</p> <p>“The Deputy on the scene assessed the condition of Tiger Woods and there was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever.</p> <p>“He was not drunk … we can throw that one out.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Family devastated by death of "vanlife" travel star

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Young woman Lee Macmillan, who was known for her road trips alongside Aussie ex-partner Max Bidstrup, took her own life last week.</p> <p>Her devastated loved ones have launched hashtag #speakupforlee to raise awareness about depression and mental illness in her honour.</p> <p>The news was announced by their popular Instagram page @maxandlee_, who had more than 74,000 followers watching their "vanlife" trips.</p> <p>Announcing on Instagram they were going “their separate ways”, the pair admitted it was “incredibly difficult for us to talk about on here”.</p> <p>The post on Wednesday revealed Lee had suffered from depression for a long time.</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/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Max &amp; Lee + Occy | Vanlife (@maxandlee_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday,” the post reads.</p> <p>“She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many.</p> <p>“If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health.</p> <p>“And that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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How Brisbane's lockdown will affect long weekend travel

<p>It was supposed to be the first public holiday in Australia without border restrictions since the start of the pandemic.</p> <p>But a sudden lockdown in Brisbane, only a few short days before Easter long weekend, has left Australians uncertain about their Easter travel plans will be affected.</p> <p>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a three-day lockdown on Monday for Greater Brisbane as the state recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19, including four locally acquired infections.</p> <p>The lockdown applies to Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands and started at 5pm, Brisbane time, on March 29.</p> <p>It is expected to end on Thursday, just before the Good Friday public holiday.</p> <p>Some states have already shut borders to parts of Queensland in response to the announcement.</p> <p>Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown was tough but necessary as the new cases were the highly infectious UK strain.</p> <p>“We‘ve seen what’s happened in other countries. I don’t want to see that happen to Queensland. I don’t want to see that happen to Australia. I know in is a really big call. I know it is really tough,” she said.</p> <p>“We have Easter coming up, we have school holidays coming up, but let’s do it now and let’s do it right and let’s see if we can come through it at the other end.”</p> <p>Those travelling from interstate and within Queensland to Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period will be required to follow lockdown rules, which means people cannot leave their house except for food, exercise, essential work and medical reasons.</p> <p>But there is less certainty around travellers who were expecting to visit the city from Friday onwards, as well as people from Brisbane travelling to other states.</p> <p>Who has shut its border to Queensland?</p> <p>In light of the Brisbane lockdown, states and territories have changed border conditions and issued travel advice.</p> <p>It is not clear at this stage how long the border restrictions will last, and whether they will extend beyond Brisbane's three-day lockdown period and into the Easter weekend.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong><span> </span>has shut the border to Greater Brisbane, with the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City designated as a "red zone" under the state's travel permit system.</p> <p>This means non-Victorian residents from Brisbane cannot enter the state without an exemption.</p> <p><strong>Western Australia<span> </span></strong>has reclassified Queensland as a “medium risk” state and from today, will reintroduce a hard border closure with Queensland. This means only travellers with exemptions can enter WA from Queensland.</p> <p>Those arriving in WA from Queensland since March 27 have to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania<span> </span></strong>has shut its border with Greater Brisbane. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said on Monday anyone travelling to the state from Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich or the Redlands will not be able to enter without quarantining for up to two weeks.</p> <p><strong>South Australia<span> </span></strong>closed its border to Greater Brisbane at 4 pm on Monday, including Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan.</p> <p>From that time, only South Australian residents, essential workers or people relocating will be able to enter SA from Queensland, and they will have to self-isolate for 14 days. They’ll also have to be tested on days one, five and 13.</p> <p>Anyone who has arrived from that Greater Brisbane hotspot area since March 20 must get tested immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.</p> <p>“We are not happy to do this, in fact, we know that this is going to be a huge inconvenience to people, especially in the lead-up to this Easter period,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said.</p> <p>“We know there is a flight which is due into South Australia at 4.45 pm and that is why we have pulled this press conference together as quickly as possible to give that advance notice to people who might be on that flight coming into South Australia.”</p> <p>The<span> </span><strong>Australian Capital Territory<span> </span></strong>now considers Greater Brisbane a hot spot area and is urging people against travelling there at this time.</p> <p>Mandatory quarantine applies to all people entering Canberra since March 15.</p> <p>The<span> </span><strong>Northern Territory</strong>’s chief health officer said on Monday travellers from the Queensland council areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswitch, Logan, Redlands and Gladstone since March 25, or from Byron Shire Council in NSW since March 27, must self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test in the next 72 hours. They must remain in self-quarantine until a negative test is returned.</p> <p><strong>NSW<span> </span></strong>has said it will not close its border with Queensland despite the three-day lockdown.</p> <p>However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said people should reconsider their Easter travel plans.</p> <p>“New South Wales is in a cautious position, we are not shutting down our border,” Ms Berejiklian said on Monday.</p> <p>“In relation to Easter, we recommend people who are considering going to Greater Brisbane, change your plans, and consider changing your plans if you’re going anywhere in Queensland.”</p> <p>NSW says those arriving in the state from the Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas on or after March 27<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#travellers-from-queensland" target="_blank">must complete a self-declaration form</a>.</p>

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Parramatta Eels and staffer respond to Scott Morrison’s viral clip

<p>The Parramatta Eels have addressed a viral clip that made its way through Twitter after it was posted by the club's sports scientist Tahleya Eggers.</p> <p>The video took aim at Scott Morrison after their win over the Sharks on Saturday night.</p> <p>Eggers could be seen crossing her arms, looking unimpressed by the politician who was making the rounds in the Eels dressing room, shaking hands with players after the game.</p> <p>Ladies Who League took to Twitter, writing: “I’m sick to my stomach. Scott Morrison doesn’t have time for women but has time to hang around with the Sharkies at the footy. I’m disgusted."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">She is all of us <a href="https://t.co/SHLecsnPMX">pic.twitter.com/SHLecsnPMX</a></p> — Social Kristancing (@DesignedToFade) <a href="https://twitter.com/DesignedToFade/status/1375763483522830339?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 27, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The Prime Minister has copped backlash in recent weeks after he failed to meet with organisers of the ‘March 4 justice’ rally in Canberra, however, chose to make appearances at the AFL and NRL.</p> <p>The organisers were asked to meet Morrison in private, but they rejected the offer and asked that the PM meet them in an outdoor setting instead.</p> <p>A spokesman for Morrison said there was a standing offer for a private meeting, but the meeting never eventuated.</p> <p>Addressing her viral reaction on Sunday, Eggers wrote in a tweet that is now deleted: “Proud to claim this one."</p> <p>“I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”</p>

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How to banish painful leg cramps

<div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="Maincontent"> <p>Everyone experiences leg cramps at some point in their lives, to a greater or lesser degree. If you’re lucky it can be as minor as a short series of spasms or cramps in the leg muscles that don’t relax for several seconds. Often these can be caused by overuse or dehydration, or even just standing and walking for longer than usual.</p> <p>Routine muscle cramps generally last just a few seconds or minutes and ease with warmth, rest and stretching. But you need to be able to tell the difference between that and more sinister conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), peripheral artery disease, or even a clogging of the arteries which can reduce circulation to the limbs.</p> <p>The most common leg cramps – also known as restless leg or night leg cramps – can appear as if from nowhere, and as the name suggests, occur mostly at night.</p> <p>Characterised by a sudden movement in the leg muscles, causing painful, involuntary contractions to occur, they can last from a few seconds up to a few minutes.</p> <p>While low levels of certain minerals such as electrolytes and some medications have been cited as causes of leg cramps, unfortunately there is currently no definitive cure. However, sufferers can take Crampeze long term to help combat these cramps.</p> <p>Let’s take a closer look to help see if the leg pains you are experiencing may be simpler than you think to help identify – and hopefully ease.</p> <p><strong>What are the symptoms of common leg cramps or night cramps?</strong></p> <p>The symptoms of a muscle cramp include:</p> <ul> <li>Sudden uncontrollable and painful spasms in the muscle</li> <li>Muscle twitching</li> <li>Excruciating deep muscle pain in the calf</li> <li>Tightness of the calf and hardening of the muscle</li> </ul> <p>A cramp can reoccur several times before it goes away. Cramps are common at night and generally occur in the calf muscles and feet.</p> <p><strong>What can be the underlying cause of such cramps?</strong></p> <p>The exact cause of muscle cramps is largely unknown, but there are some risk factors that include:</p> <ul> <li>Muscle injury</li> <li>Muscle fatigue</li> <li>Poor diet and lifestyle</li> <li>Low Magnesium levels or Magnesium deficiency</li> <li>Dehydration</li> <li>Physical overexertion</li> <li>Physical exertion of cold muscles</li> <li>Some medications</li> <li>Excessive perspiration</li> </ul> <p><strong>How can you stop leg cramps?</strong></p> <p>Many people turn to magnesium supplements to try relieve leg cramps. Magnesium is involved in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and around 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It assists with energy production and is necessary for proper muscle and nerve function, while helping to maintain normal healthy functioning of the nervous system and may help relieve muscular cramps and spasms. However, magnesium alone is not a complete cramp solution to stop leg cramps.</p> <p><strong>Why choose Crampeze instead of a magnesium supplement?</strong></p> <p>Crampeze offers a wide range of muscular cramp relief products that fit in with your lifestyle and preferences. Crampeze products provide Magnesium supplementation and contain Viburnum Opulus (Cramp bark), which is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps and mild muscle spasms and twitches. Crampeze can be taken every day and easily fits into your routine to help you live your life cramp free from today.</p> <p><strong>Key Crampeze ingredients and how they work to stop leg cramps:</strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://crampeze.com.au/products/crampeze-night-cramps/" target="_blank"><strong>Crampeze Night Cramps</strong></a> contains:</p> <ul> <li>Viburnum Opulus (Cramp Bark) traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps and mild muscle spasms and twitches.</li> <li>Viburnum Opulus (Cramp Bark) traditionally used in western herbal medicine as an antispasmodic and to maintain general health and wellbeing.</li> <li>Magnesium to support energy production and maintain muscle function.</li> <li>Ginkgo Biloba that acts as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals formed in the body.</li> <li>Ginkgo Biloba to support blood circulation to the peripheral areas of the body (legs, hands and feet).</li> </ul> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://crampeze.com.au/products/crampeze-night-cramps-forte/" target="_blank"><strong>Crampeze Night Cramps Forte</strong></a> contains:</p> <ul> <li>Viburnum Opulus (Cramp Bark) traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps and mild muscles twitches and as an antispasmodic.</li> <li>Magnesium to maintain healthy immune system functions and support healthy neuromuscular system.</li> <li>Magnesium to maintain muscle function and support nervous system function.</li> <li>Nicotinamide, feverfew extract and vitamin B5.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Additional lifestyle tips to help reduce cramps</strong></p> <p>There are many things you can do to help alleviate night time leg cramps that can be incorporated into your daily routine, such as drink plenty of water during the day, daily calf stretches, trying not to sit with your legs crossed, taking a warm bath before going to bed, indulge in regular massages, and modifying your diet to include more potassium and magnesium-based foods.</p> <p><strong>Some extra cramp facts</strong></p> <ul> <li>Leg cramps are reported in up to 60% of adults and 7% of children. Up to 20% of people have symptoms every day.<em><sup>1</sup></em></li> <li>About 1 in 3 people over the age of 60, and about half of people over the age of 80, experience regular leg cramps.<sup>2</sup></li> <li>Approximately 50% of those over 55 suffer nocturnal leg cramping, with significantly more people experiencing nocturnal leg pain.<sup>3</sup></li> <li>40% of people who suffer from leg cramps have cramps at least three times per week.<sup>4</sup></li> </ul> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em></strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://crampeze.com.au/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Crampeze</em></strong></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>References:</em></p> <ol> <li><em>Allen RE, Kirby KA. Nocturnal leg cramps. Am Fam Physician 2012;86:350–5. [PubMed] http://www.patient.co.uk/health/cramps-in-the-leg</em></li> <li><em>http://www.backinmotion.com.au/news/article/how-to-combat-night-pains-and-cramps Adrian Quinn – Physiotherapist and Director, Back In Motion</em></li> <li><em>Camberwell How to combat night pains and cramps Published: 19 March 2014</em></li> <li><em>http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/180160.php by Christian Nordqvist</em></li> </ol> </div> </div>

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Why Meghan won’t be attending Prince Philip’s funeral

<p>Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip's ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.</p> <p>However, while Prince Harry has travelled to the UK to be with his family for the service, his wife Meghan will remain home in the US.</p> <p>The palace released a statement saying that the Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with her and Harry's second child, was "advised not to travel" by her doctor.</p> <p>Harry instead made the trip to the UK alone, where he will follow COVID-19 protocols.</p> <p>A source close to Meghan reportedly said she made “every effort” to go.</p> <p>“The Duchess has made every effort to travel alongside The Duke, but unfortunately, she did not receive medical clearance from her physician,” they told royal journalist Omid Scobie.</p> <p>The trip marks the first time Harry has returned to the UK since March of 2020, when he and Meghan left after stepping back from their duties as senior working members of the royal family.</p> <p>It will also be the first time Harry sees his family in person, following he and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah, where they accused the royal family of racism.</p> <p>Prince Philip will receive a relatively private funeral in Windsor Castle, in line with both the coronavirus pandemic restrictions and his own wishes.</p> <p>Among those attending the ceremony will be the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family.</p>

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Devastating diagnosis for three-year-old girl who thought she had tonsillitis

<p>Three-year-old Arlee O'Mahoney from Queensland has been "pretty unwell" for the last few months, according to her mum Kelli O'Mahoney.</p> <p>Arlee developed an ear infection and tonsillitis which she "just couldn't shake".</p> <p>When Arlee’s tonsils became so “swollen she was having trouble breathing” and she looked a “little pale”, doctors took a blood test.</p> <p>This was when the family was told devastating news: Arlee had leukemia, which was affecting her body's ability to fight off other infections.</p> <p>“Because her white and red blood counts were so low, they couldn’t fight the common things she was picking up, probably just from kindy,” O’Mahoney told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/gold-coast-girls-tonsillitis-symptoms-found-to-be-precursor-to-leukemia-c-2552648" target="_blank">7NEWS.com.au.</a></p> <p>Things got worse for the family after it was revealed that little Arlee had acute myeloid leukemia, which is a rare form of the disease that has a 60 to 80 per cent treatability rate.</p> <p>“It’s not one of the better ones to have,” O’Mahoney said.</p> <p>Arlee is eight days into chemotherapy and is set to have four rounds of treatment, which isn't something her mother is looking forward to.</p> <p>“She knows she’s sick,” O’Mahoney said.</p> <p>“Other than that, she’s pretty well right now.</p> <p>“She’s handling it really well. She’s really strong and brave.</p> <p>“She’s still her bubbly self.”</p> <p>The family has turned to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/arlees-courage-fight-against-lukemia?member=9807462&amp;sharetype=teams&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=customer" target="_blank">GoFundMe</a><span> </span>to raise money for the family as Kelli and her husband have to miss work as Arlee will be spending months in Queensland Children's Hospital, with more than $19,000 being donated.</p> <p>“You just don’t realise until you’re in that environment - in Arlee’s ward alone - how many kids need blood,” O’Mahoney said.</p> <p>“It opens your eyes up to how important it is, if you can, to donate blood.”</p>

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Mum's hack to avoid nagging her children goes viral

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A mum has gotten sick of nagging her children to pick up after themselves and has decided to use a meme to get her point across.</p> <p>The clever parent printed off a meme of an angry looking face and leaves it next to the offending item, which can be socks left haphazardly in the house or not replacing the toilet roll after it's been used.</p> <p>"Sick of the sound of your own voice? This is my new strategy!" the parent posted on Facebook group Mum Junkie.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMumJunkie%2Fposts%2F130967065668942&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=645&amp;appId" width="500" height="645" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>The post has been a hit with parents, racking up more than 3,000 comments and being shared 4,000 times.</p> <p>"Think I might use this with my grown up children who do not know how to clean up after themselves," one woman commented.</p> <p>"Love it," said another enthusiastically. "I think i will have to do this too."</p> <p>"Omg we have to do this with the kids!" laughed another, tagging her partner. "I fear we will spend most of our time placing them around the house tho."</p> <p>Others were quick to point out it wouldn't work in their house.</p> <p>"I'll end up slipping on the damned piece of paper on the floor," joked another, with one woman declaring "there is not enough paper in the world."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Keep fighting": Lisa Curry's powerful message

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lisa Curry continues to struggle with the death of her daughter Jaimi Kenny.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former Australian Olympian described her daily pain in an emotional tribute to Jaimi on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our Jaimi. My brain has thoughts and conversations that my mouth can’t say. It’s hard to talk about the pain and fear that is felt daily… life goes on,” Curry wrote, accompanied by a selfie of the pair.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People say you get stronger… You don’t. You just learn to hide it better. It saddens me greatly that life goes on without Jaimi… constantly stopping to remember that she’s not here.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Curry has been open about her grief following her Jaimi’s death from long-term illness in September last year. Recently, Curry shared touching photos to mark </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/ray-of-sunshine-and-healing-for-lisa-curry"><span style="font-weight: 400;">six months</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> since her daughter’s passing.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMX60LrLY0E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CMX60LrLY0E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If YOU are struggling… and living in a way that is on the road to the inevitable… I hope by reading this, you can feel the pain of the people left behind,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know you would say it’s not about us… and it’s not .. but I hope you can understand, know and feel how loved you truly are, and that living life, and not just existing, is worth it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She concluded, “Keep fighting and don’t give up. Where there is life there is hope. Life is so precious and there’s so much to look forward to. Jaimi was so loved and is so missed. We hide our tears when we say her name, but the pain in our hearts is still the same. Remembering our Jaimi.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMknAfCru7v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CMknAfCru7v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans shared messages of support and commiseration over the loss of their own family members, while praising her eloquent message.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Beautifully written Lisa. Sending you strength,” commented one.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So so sad. I hope your post makes a difference to someone out there,” another wrote.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Curry and former Iron Man champion Grant Kenny welcomed three children during their marriage, which ended in 2009: Jaimi, Morgan, 30, and son Jett, 26.</span></p>

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Incredibly rare photo of Prince Philip from 1938

<p><span>A photo taken of Prince Philip long before he married into the British royal family has emerged, and it has come from an unlikely source.</span><br /><br /><span>Cara and Poppy Delevingne shared a candid snapshot of the Duke of Edinburgh, from when he was just 17 and sat on the beach with their grandmother Angela Delevingne.</span><br /><br /><span>The British sisters, who are both models and actresses, told fans that the photo had been taken in Venice in 1938.</span><br /><br /><span>"My cousins remember her saying 'That after meeting him, she thought he'd make someone a very good husband one day.' How right she was," she wrote.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNkI5oogCsN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNkI5oogCsN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Poppy Delevingne (@poppydelevingne)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The duo are seen sitting together on a beach lounge, and in a rare moment for the late royal, he is seen dressed casually in sandshoes and what appears to be a polo shirt.</span><br /><br /><span>The photo was reportedly taken by Angela's husband Edward not long after their wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>The newlyweds had been holidaying in Italy when they encountered the future Duke of Edinburgh.</span><br /><br /><span>The moment was also captured just a year before Philip met his future wife, Princess Elizabeth, at the Royal Naval College.</span><br /><br /><span>It would be several more years before their relationship turned into more however.</span><br /><br /><span>Her Majesty and her beloved husband married in 1947, and celebrated their 73rd anniversary in November 2020.</span></p>

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Scrabble fans furious over banned words

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Scrabble fans are furious over the board game owner's decision to ban a long list of words that are now considered slurs.</p> <p>The decision has angered players so much that three prominent members of the global Scrabble Players' Organisation have quit.</p> <p>One of Scrabble’s owners, however, has said there are no other games where players “can win by using a racial epithet”.</p> <p>Scrabble is owned by Hasbro and Mattel, with both firms restricting certain words from officially being able to score points.</p> <p>More than 200 dictionary defined terms have now been banned from being used in Scrabble.</p> <p>British author Darryl Francis resigned from the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a><span> </span>about his decision.</p> <p>“Words listed in dictionaries and Scrabble lists are not slurs,” Mr Francis wrote.</p> <p>“They only become slurs when used with a derogatory purpose or intent, or used with a particular tone and in a particular context.</p> <p>“Words in our familiar Scrabble word lists should not be removed because of a PR purpose disguised as promoting some kind of social betterment.”</p> <p>Francis said he left due to Mattel forcing the changes on the game.</p> <p>Mattel has said the company made changes due to recent global events, including Black Lives Matter.</p> <p>“We looked at some of the social unrest that’s going on globally. I’ve heard the argument that these are just words, but we believe they have meaning,” Mattel’s global head of games told<span> </span><em>The Times</em>.</p> <p>“Can you imagine any other game where you can score points and win by using a racial epithet? It’s long overdue.”</p> <p>Some of the banned words include "Abo, "boong", "n****r", "c**t", "Paki" and "shiksha", which is a derogatory term used to refer to a non-Jewish girl or a Jewish girl who doesn't live up to traditional Jewish standards.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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RECALL: Kmart recalls popular furniture item

<p dir="ltr">Kmart has issued a recall of a popular chair on sale between July 2014 and March 2016, saying it can pose a risk of “entrapment or laceration” to the public.</p> <p dir="ltr">Customers have been warned to stop using the chair immediately and return it to stores for a full refund.</p> <p dir="ltr">This warning comes as a reissue of a previous recall announcement made in April 2016. The chairs, which came in white, red, and black, were also sold at Brayco and Fantastic Furniture.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The tapering of the inside bottom of the chair legs may lead to an entrapment or laceration hazard,” Kmart Australia said in a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/KmartAustralia/posts/3774893009276258" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Facebook post</span></a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Customers have the option to have a free plug kit inserted into the legs of the chairs to continue using the chairs or return the chairs for a full refund.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The plugs will be available by contacting our Kmart Customer Service team,” Kmart Australia said in its post.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We encourage customers to cease using this product immediately and return to any Kmart store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.”</p> <p dir="ltr">According to The Daily Telegraph, eight people were injured by the chairs in 2016, with victims’ feet being sliced open by the sharp chair edges.</p> <p dir="ltr">One victim told the newspaper a doctor said the cut to his foot was so severe that “I couldn’t have done a better job with a scalpel.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the low price of $33, thousands of chairs were bought and appeared in cafes and homes across the country prior to their initial recall in 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The design is a reproduction of the Tolix French cafe chair, first released in 1934.</p>

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Who will inherit the Duke of Edinburgh title?

<p dir="ltr">Following the news of Prince Philip’s passing comes a change in who holds which royal title, but this won’t come into effect until Prince Charles takes the throne.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Edward, Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s fourth child and current Earl of Wessex, will eventually claim his late father’s title as the Duke of Edinburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">His wife, Sophie, will become the Duchess of Edinburgh and the fourth woman to hold the title since its creation in 1726.</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/CKllqcPHuz-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKllqcPHuz-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">After Prince Philip’s death on April 9, Charles now holds the Duke of Edinburgh title according to the rules around the line of succession. This also means that his wife and Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, is now regarded as the Duchess of Edinburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Once he becomes king, the title will be passed down to his youngest brother.</p> <p dir="ltr">This goes against the Letters Patent issued by George VI, which gave Philip the title in 1947 and stipulated the duke’s eldest son would inherit the title.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, when Charles becomes king the title can be re-granted to Edward.</p> <p dir="ltr">The decision to appoint Edward as the eventual Duke of Edinburgh was announced in 1999, following his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones and adoption of the title of Earl of Wessex.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a trustee and Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, Edward’s succession as the Duke of Edinburgh also recognises his commitment to the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Edinburgh Award program, one of Philip’s educational initiatives, has been undertaken by over eight million children globally and involves pursuing a well-rounded education through acts of service, physical activity, camping trips, and personal hobbies.</p>

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First-time look at Prince Philip's school report

<p>The school that had a lasting impact on Prince Philip has released a report on the Duke's time there, describing him as someone who was liked and trusted by all.</p> <p>The Duke of Edinburgh attended Gordonstoun School in Moray, in the northeast of Scotland, from the age of 13, from 1934 until 1939.</p> <p>The school was established by Dr Kurt Hahn, a German Jew who fled Germany after he was arrested for speaking out against Hitler.</p> <p>Dr Hahn was considered an educational pioneer and established Gordonstoun to focus on military discipline, physical education and academia.</p> <p>But despite Prince Philip enjoying his time there, his son Prince Charles famously hated his experience and described it as "absolute hell".</p> <p>Dr Hahn was asked to write a report about Philip's time at the school shortly before his engagement to then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has now released the report for the first time, as they were originally set to include it as part of Prince Philip's 100th birthday celebrations in June.</p> <p>The headmaster's report covers the three years Philip was enrolled at Gordonstoun before he left to attend the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.</p> <p>Dr Hahn noted Philip had "meticulous attention to detail" and was "never content with mediocre results".</p> <p>"His marked trait was his undefeatable spirit, he felt deeply both joy and sadness, and the way he looked and the way he moved indicated what he felt," Dr Hahn wrote.</p> <p>He mentioned Philip, who at the time was known as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, never enjoyed the attention he received for being a royal.</p> <p>"He had grown impatient of what for short may be called Royalty nonsense," Dr Hahn said.</p> <p>"After matches and theatrical performances, people often asked him for an autograph. He found this ridiculous and on one occasion signed himself 'The Earl of Baldwin' to the bewilderment of the autograph-hunter."</p> <p>Gordonstoun was set up as the British version of Salem School in Germany, where Dr Hahn served as headmaster prior to fleeing.</p> <p>Philip was set to spend a year at Salem but was removed from the school by one of his sisters in 1934.</p> <p>Dr Hahn described that event as a move to protect the young prince.</p> <p>"This was the reason for the suddenness of Philip's transfer: whenever the Nazi salute was given he roared with laughter. After he had been admonished to caution, he continued to be doubled up in uncontrollable mirth," he said.</p> <p>"He no longer roared, but nevertheless attracted universal attention. 'We thought it better for him and also for us if he returned to England right away,' said his sister who brought him to Gordonstoun."</p> <p>The records show Prince Philip excelled in cricket and hockey and was made head boy, or school captain, in his final year.</p> <p>Dr Hahn went on to reveal that Philip found the school's strenuous program easy, which often lead to bouts of "intolerance and impatience".</p> <p>"When he was in the middle-school, he got into a fair number of scrapes through recklessness and wildness," Dr Hahn said.</p> <p>"He was often naughty, never nasty."</p> <p>Philip frequently showed "an ease and forthrightness in dealing with ... all kinds".</p>

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Why Bridgerton’s hottest property said no to season two

<p>Regé-Jean Page isn’t returning to<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em><span> </span>because he disliked the plans producers had for his character, the Duke of Hastings.</p> <p dir="ltr">A Hollywood source told<span> </span><em>Page Six</em> that the actor won’t be returning to<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em><span> </span>because of “creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character for Season 2, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Page has also been “inundated with offers for other interesting and challenging leading roles”, the source continued.</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/CLZ34Rej-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLZ34Rej-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bridgerton (@bridgertonnetflix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Despite these “creative differences”, Page is leaving the show on good terms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Originally signed on with a one-year deal to play male lead Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, Page was drawn to the show because of the role’s “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”, he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rege-jean-page-bridgerton-season-2-1234942827/" target="_blank"><em>Variety</em></a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The recent announcement of his departure from the popular Netflix drama - watched by 82 million households worldwide - left fans distraught ahead of the second season.</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/CLpX0A1DMbG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLpX0A1DMbG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bridgerton (@bridgertonnetflix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Show creator and script writer Chris Van Dusen hoped both the Duke (Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) would return following their romance in the show’s debut season.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I would love to be able to see them again and also at the same time explore the other brothers and sisters of the family,” Van Dusen told<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The British actor was reportedly offered an opportunity to return in Season 2 “as a guest star in three to five episodes'' but turned it down, according to<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. Although he had several reasons, this included “an awareness that Simon would not be a focal point in Season 2.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Instead, Page is focusing on his movie career and has been offered a flood of film offers. He is also set to star in the upcoming film<span> </span><em>Dungeons and Dragons</em><span> </span>alongside Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith.</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/CNK71Dxjer8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNK71Dxjer8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Regé-Jean Page (@regejean)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In his farewell to the show, posted along with a picture of himself on horseback as Simon, Page wrote, “The ride of a lifetime. It’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family - not just on screen, but off screen too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans - it’s been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As for<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em>, the next season will see the return of Dynevor playing Daphne Bridgerton, though the focus will be on eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his quest for marriage.</p>

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"Shut up": Edwina Bartholomew sprays Meghan Markle

<p>Australian television host Edwina Bartholomew has urged Meghan Markle to “shut up” after news sources claimed to know why she was not attending Prince Philip’s funeral.</p> <p><span>Markle had not travelled to London because she “doesn’t want to be the centre of attention” at the service, her friends reportedly said.</span></p> <p>Channel 7’s<span> </span><em>Sunrise<span> </span></em>host Edwina Bartholomew told viewers: “That just really gets my goat.”</p> <p><br /><span>“I’ve reserved judgment about those two for quite some time, but if that is true, it just makes me so angry.</span><br /><br /><span>“I still liked Harry and Meghan, I just, I just feel I’ve turned now.”</span><br /><br /><span>A Buckingham Palace spokesman clarified that the pregnant Duchess of Sussex had been advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNgu3TunxP7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNgu3TunxP7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 𝒇𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒆𝒈 (@duchesussex)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>However an alleged friend of the actress said the Duchess was worried she might steal the spotlight at the televised service.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Philip’s funeral will be held in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.</span><br /><br /><span>“Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral,” the friend reportedly told Mail Online.</span><br /><br /><span>Edwina Bartholomew said she wished Markle would “just shut up” while the royal family grieved the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.</span><br /><br /><span>“If she had gone, there would have been a lot of attention on her and it would have distracted I think,” she told viewers.</span><br /><br /><span>“But just for them to say that out loud … just go with the Palace line would you? For once!”</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Philip died aged 99 on April 9.</span><br /><br /></p>

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Todd McKenney apologises to Schappelle Corby

<p>Schapelle Corby's inclusion into the 2021 cast of<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars: All Stars</em><span> </span>was initially met with judgement and outrage from fans and judges alike, but original Dancing With The Stars judge Todd McKenney has apologised to Schappelle on the show.</p> <p>Corby was feeling the heat while performing, saying that before her performance, she was "so nervous, I've been crying".</p> <p>“I’ve been so nervous, I’ve been crying I’ve been out the back, they’ve had to do my makeup again,” she told host Sonia Kruger after performing a Viennese waltz.</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/tv/CNhbCoXDaKm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/tv/CNhbCoXDaKm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DancingAU (@dancingau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Todd McKenney apologised to Corby for doubting her.</p> <p>“I have to apologise to you in fact, because for whatever reason, I don’t know why and it’s unfair of me, but I thought you were gonna be crap,” he admitted, advising her to “move with more freedom” going forward.</p> <p>Returning judges Helen Richey, Paul Mercurio and Mark Wilson also gave glowing feedback to Corby's performance.</p> <p>“I don’t know what I expected but you have elevation, you have elegance, you’re so emotional and in the moment,” Mark Wilson said.</p> <p>Fellow judge Helen Richey weighed in with similar surprise: “You actually moved around the floor very gracefully, you looked very classy and I was impressed with that,” while Paul Mercurio called her dance “sultry and beautiful”.</p> <p>Despite the feedback, Corby received 5s and 6s across the panel but was still safe for another performance as Fifi Box was sent home after the first episode.</p>

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101-year-old former nurse gives away million-dollar apartment

<p>An apartment in Darling Point, Sydney, has sold for a whopping $1.7 million after being given away to St. Vincent’s Private hospital.</p> <p>The “time warp” unit went under the hammer as part of a $6 million estate and was initially given away by nurse Anne “Nan” Kearins, who died in 2019 at the age of 101.</p> <p>The 1950s apartment was part of Ms Kearin’s blue ribbon share portfolio worth $6 million.</p> <p>The two-bedroom apartment located on Yarranabe Rd had five buyers registered.</p> <p>Selling agent Walter Burfitt-Williams from Ray White Taylor and Partners revealed that one buyer was an expat based in London, while the others were young professionals.</p> <p>Mr Burfitt-Williams told News Corp that the home was in a similar condition to how Ms Kearins would have bought it back in 1959.</p> <p>“It’s a real time warp – particularly the kitchen and bathroom,” he said.</p> <p>Ms Kearins started at the training school with St. Vincent’s in 1936 when she was just 18.</p> <p>The next 70 years were spent as a nurse, educator and volunteer.</p> <p>The nurse, who had spent time in Europe to study, was apparently extremely popular with patients who gifted her with diamond rings, ruby earrings and Rolex watches.</p> <p>Ms Kearins died in 2019 at St Vincent’s aged care in Bronte.</p> <p>She never married and had lived at the apartment into her late 90s.</p> <p>In her later years, she became a major advocate for nurse education and made a gift of $200,000 to St Vincent’s Private in 2014.</p> <p>Mr Burfitt-Williams also said he planned on donating he his commission on the sale back to St Vincent’s.</p> <p>The St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney is planning to make a range of programs and training services for future nurses in honour of her service and generosity.</p>

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Young family shocked over $700k home build disaster

<p><span>A Sydney family has been left devastated after they discovered that their $700,000 home was literally half of what they were hoping for.</span><br /><br /><span>Nepalese man Bishnu Aryal moved to Australia and saved for a deposit on a $398,950 block of land in Edmonson Park, for over a decade.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Mr Aryal couldn’t believe his eyes when he realised his dream home was cut down the middle.</span><br /><br /><span>He says he employed the services of Zac Homes for a custom off-plan build worth $322,400 in 2016.</span><br /><br /><span>While he initially “trusted the process,” and let the business get to work on his dream home, he admitted he “nearly fainted” when he realised his freestanding build had been turned into a duplex taking up half the block.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840698/family-house.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/05e2141e8de147bbb4de36eb70ed545f" /><br /><span>The house that sits on the right hand side of the block has a giant windowless wall facing the empty half.</span><br /><br /><span>“I called the supervisor and asked him what’s going on, why is the house like this? And he said “it’s a duplex, semi-duplex”, and I nearly fainted that day,’ Mr Aryal told A Current Affair on Monday.</span><br /><br /><span>“Where’s my house? I want the rest of my house. It’s not a freestanding house, it’s not a duplex, it’s half a house. And it looks embarrassing.”</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes said the build initially began as a single freestanding home.</span><br /><br /><span>However they said it later had to be altered to fit with Liverpool Council regulations.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840697/family-house-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83a61aed25b94485b8c1aabef65f4f25" /><br /><br /><span>The rules allegedly stated that the block had to be an attached dwelling.</span><br /><br /><span>“Zac Homes appreciates the frustrations of Mr and Mrs Aryal surrounding the delay in the issue of the Occupation Certificate, these delays are not caused by Zac Homes,” a spokesman told the Daily Mail.</span><br /><br /><span>“Instead, Zac Homes has worked diligently and at its own cost to attempt to remedy the outstanding matters so that the Occupation Certificate can issue,” it said.</span><br /><br /><span>Zac Homes says they made Mr and Mrs Aryal aware of the change of plan and were given opportunities to pull out of the contract more than once.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Aryal told Channel 9 his family was forced to move into the house due to the coronavirus pandemic limiting their options. </span><br /><br /><span>Sadly enough, the peculiar home has been attracting locals, the upset homeowner said.</span><br /><br /><span>“A lot of people are always taking photos on the street. They think it looks pretty ugly,” he said.</span></p>

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See inside Jerry Seinfeld’s stunning Colorado retreat

<p><span>Jerry Seinfeld’s stunning holiday sanctuary may just be one of the most glorious properties you’ve ever seen from a celebrity.</span><br /><br /><span>The comedian and his wife, Jessica, are looking to offload the Colorado paradise for $19.65 million (US $14.95m).</span><br /><br /><span>The 27-acreage is frequently visited by the Seinfelds and their three children as they are all avid skiers.</span><br /><br /><span>Listing agent Bill Fandel told Mansion Global that the pair have decided to sell as their children are older and due to the fast-moving real-estate market</span><br /><br /><span>The guesthouse that boasts four-bedrooms and adjoins onto the property is also available for $3.65 million (US$2.77m), reports claims.</span><br /><br /><span>The Seinfelds bought the ski getaway in 2007 for a cool US$7.55 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The estate has been up for sale in the past as well, including when Jerry tested the waters in 2011, with a price tag of $24 million (US$18.3 million).</span><br /><br /><span>The couple then had a change of heart and took it off the market within a few months.</span><br /><br /><span>Colorado is home to many incredible estates that cater to the rich, and this 1,140 sqm rustic lodge with 11 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms, is no exception.</span><br /><br /><span>Built in 1991, the home is nestled persfsctly into the private enclave and offers a perfect holiday spot for family and friends in the small town of Telluride.</span><br /><br /><span>Seinfeld purchased the main house in 2007, and the guesthouse a year later to use as a caretaker’s cottage.</span><br /><br /><span>“After the Seinfelds purchased the property, they did a remodel and re-imagined the whole place,” Mr Fandel said.</span><br /><br /><span>There is a vaulted great room that comes with a stone-surround fireplace, and even offers unbelievable mountain views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.</span><br /><br /><span>With an updated, state of the art kitchen and other features including a wood-panelled library, game room, gym and yoga room, and a four-car garage – it almost makes the multi-million dollar price tag sound reasonable.</span><br /><br /><span>Seinfeld, a New York native, dominated the TV line-up in the 1990s with his long-running sitcom <em>Seinfeld</em>, which ran from 1989 until 1998.</span></p>

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Olivia Newton-John lists stunning Byron Bay retreat

<p>Olivia Newton-John has listed her picturesque wellness retreat in Byron Bay.</p> <p>The British-born Australian singer and actress has put their Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa on the market, which is set attract global interest.</p> <p>Between Newton-John and co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin and Warwick Evans, they have described the decision to sell the paradise as bittersweet.</p> <p>“For over 16 years and winning more than 55 global awards, Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa was a dream that became a wonderful reality,” the<span> </span><em>Grease<span> </span></em>star said in a statement on behalf of the owners.</p> <p>“Over these blessed years, co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Warwick Evans and myself have helped make Gaia ‘heaven on earth’ by creating a healing and loving place that has become so important to us and our guests from all over the world.</p> <p>“Having won so many humbling and outstanding awards, we have decided it is time to ‘pass the baton’ to new custodians so they can continue our positive message that Gaia is ‘your timeout to reconnect, breathe and surrender’.</p> <p>“It’s bittersweet, but as a team, we always agreed that we would ‘go out on top’ and we couldn’t be more proud of the Gaia we have built with our incredible family team.”</p> <p>Colliers’ real estate agents Karen Wales and Gus Moors told realcommercial.com.au that the Byron Bay retreat is sure to receive interest on a global scale.</p> <p>“The current owners wish to entrust their custodianship to likeminded visionaries who are inspired to continue their ‘G.R.O.W.’ ethos – Gratitude, Respect, Organic, Wellness,” Mr Moors said.</p> <p>Mr Moors said that the location of the retreat makes it an attractive offer for potential buyers.</p> <p>“Highly-profitable luxury retreats are rarely traded, given the strong combination of excellent cashflow and enviable lifestyle offering,” Mr Moors said.</p> <p>“The opportunity to secure such a large, tourist-zoned site in the pristine hinterland of Australia’s highest growth tourism region overlooking the coastline of Byron Bay will never be replicated.”</p> <p>The Gaia retreat was founded in 2005 and has over 22 rooms, suites and villas along with a day spa, restaurant, swimming pool, walking tracks set over eight hectares and tennis court.</p> <p>“The simplicity of Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa as a pioneer of barefoot luxury means an incoming owner has limited medium-term capital expenditure requirements through its understated, yet high quality, interior design,” Ms Wales said.</p> <p>Gaia over the years has developed a strong customer base.</p> <p>“Unlike many other Australian luxury retreats, Gaia is easily accessible from the domestic and international airports of Ballina and Gold Coast, thereby ensuring year-round demand,” Ms Wales said.</p> <p>Byron Bay has fast become a celebrity hotspot – a phenomenon fronted by Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.</p> <p>Newton-John described the mesmerising paradise as a “special magical place”.</p>

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