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The deeply upsetting way Fergie learnt of her father’s passing

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was used to being in the news.</p> <p>After all, divorcing from Price Andrew, who’s the Queen’s son, will throw you under the media spotlight.</p> <p>However, she had gotten her life on track post divorce, landing an ambassador deal with Weight Watchers.</p> <p>In 2003, she was travelling to Australia to promote Weight Watchers when she landed to some horrific news.</p> <p>Her father, Major Ronald Ferguson, aged 61, had passed away due to a heart attack.</p> <p>As Fergie was travelling to Australia, she didn’t hear the news until she was on her way to a scheduled appointment with the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show. </p> <p>The news spread across the country and fans were wondering whether or not the Duchess of York would still appear on the show due to the heartbreaking news.</p> <p>To their surprise, she did.</p> <p>During the interview, Fergie admitted that the reason she was there was for her father.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823740/fergie-and-father-embed.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8d2b735d414a4ce2aaebc036c8cf8036" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Sarah Ferguson and her father Major Ronald Ferguson</em></p> <p>“Sitting there sobbing, my father would have said, ‘What are you doing? You have your obligations.’”</p> <p>“Now is the time he needs me to go out there and honour my commitments.”</p> <p>As she was on a tight schedule, many more appearances were booked for Fergie and she honoured them all.</p> <p>“He always brought me up to put on the stiff upper lip and get on with it,” Sarah explained of her father.</p> <p>Despite being in Australia, Fergie ensured she was a part of the funeral planning process for her father, even though her sister and stepmother were at home in the UK.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Novak Djokovic's sweet kiss on red carpet with wife Jelena

<p>World no. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic made a stunning entrance with his wife, Jelena, on Sunday night for the Laureus World Sports Awards held in Monaco.</p> <p>Leading the glamour and adding to the long list of world-class athletes, the tennis star shared a sweet moment of affection with his wife while taking pictures on the red carpet.</p> <p>Looking absolutely smitten together, Jelena supported her husband as he accepted the Sportsman of the Year Award for the fourth time.</p> <p>In a heart-warming speech, Djokovic honoured 2018’s and 2019’s success, not before thanking his wife for her years of support.</p> <p>“A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight … gives this award a special meaning for me,” said Djokovic.</p> <p>“Last year was an incredible season for me. Returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I’ll remember forever.”</p> <p>The world no. 1, who took out the Australian Open in January, previously won the trophy in 2012, 2015 and 2016.</p> <p>Other nominees who came close to taking the Sportsman of the Year Award this year included F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, American basketball star LeBron James, French football player Kylian Mbappe and Kenyan long-distance runner Eluid Kipchoge.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Honored to receive the Sportsman of the Year award 🙏 Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/LaureusSport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LaureusSport</a> for a wonderful evening celebrating our journeys and the power of sport to change the world. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Laureus19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Laureus19</a> <a href="https://t.co/HNFPWNbQgV">pic.twitter.com/HNFPWNbQgV</a></p> — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole/status/1097608278387843074?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Djokovic also dropped a bombshell admission on Sunday night when he admitted coming close to quitting the sport that has given him 15 grand slam titles.</p> <p>"Your support has been tremendously significant to me in those moments when I was questioning everything, when I was going through my doubts and dilemmas whether I want to keep on playing tennis.</p> <p>“And yes, I did think about leaving tennis and I did think about everything else," Djokovic said.</p> <p>As well as his surprising admission, the star also revealed he had trouble finding meaning in his long-spanning and rewarding career – feeling “relief” more than accomplishment after his biggest wins.</p> <p>"Back in Roland Garros 2016 when I achieved the ultimate goal of tennis to hold all four slams at the same time, I felt a huge relief, I did not feel fulfilment to be honest.</p> <p>"I tried to understand why and I think it was because I didn't embrace or I didn't live the process or the journey as much as I needed and wanted that destination or that achievement of that goal.</p> <p>“When I actually reached it I realised that the goal would be nothing without that journey,” he finished. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the sweet moment of affection between Djokovic and his wife, Jelena. </p>

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How Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby will make history

<p>The first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who is expected to arrive in late April or early May, is set to make royal history.</p> <p>Apart from becoming the seventh in line to the British throne, the baby will also be the first Anglo-American to be born into the royal family, thanks to Duchess Meghan’s US citizenship.</p> <p>Under the current laws, any child born to an American parent who has lived in the US for at least five years can be granted a US citizenship. This means the royal baby will be born with dual nationality, making them the first royal to be both British and American.</p> <p>"The royal baby will be entitled to both British and American citizenship as both countries provide for transmission of citizenship through blood links at least for two generations," Dr Devyani Prabhat, a researcher in migration, citizenship and nationality at the University of Bristol Law School told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/meghan-markle-pregnant-baby-nationality_uk_5bc4636ae4b040bb4e840e9b" target="_blank"><em>HuffPost UK</em></a>.</p> <p>"Both countries permit dual nationality holding by their citizens."</p> <p>Duchess Meghan applied for British citizenship in 2017, prior to the announcement of her engagement with Prince Harry. Royal sources told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/why-meghan-s-spring-baby-will-make-royal-history-m3lrjdf68" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a> that the Duchess’s application could take "several years" to progress.</p> <p>If the British citizenship is granted before the baby’s arrival, the Duchess may renounce her American nationality and render her child unable to claim American citizenship. However, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/why-meghan-s-spring-baby-will-make-royal-history-m3lrjdf68" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a> reported that her application would not be approved in time for the birth in the spring.</p> <p>"I'm quite sure we haven't had another British-American baby born into the royal family," royal historian Hugo Vickers told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1074966/meghan-markle-news-royal-baby-meghan-child-american-citizen-royal-family-history" target="_blank"><em>Express</em></a>. "But Meghan married an English prince so to all intents and purposes that baby will be British.</p> <p>"For whatever reason, we don't seem to pay much attention to the nationality of royal brides when it comes to their children. We just subsume them into the Royal Family."</p> <p>Duchess Meghan is not alone in dealing with citizenship issues upon marrying into the royal family. Princess Mary of Denmark relinquished her Australian citizenship prior to her wedding with Prince Frederik in 2004. Princess Marie of Denmark also gave up her French nationality to become a Danish citizen ahead of her wedding to Prince Frederik's brother, Prince Joachim, in 2008.</p>

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The sad reality of retirement for many over 60s

<p>Unfortunately, bankruptcy is becoming a more and more common for over 60s.</p> <p>Almost 14 per cent of people aged 60 or over are declaring bankruptcy – a spike of 7 per cent since 2002.</p> <p>Although many retirees are “asset rich” and carry little to no debt, a growing number have a little amount of assets and are in debt up to their ears, as reported by <span><a href="https://theconversation.com/low-income-no-assets-large-credit-card-debt-why-more-older-australians-are-declaring-bankruptcy-107511">The Conversation</a></span>.</p> <p><strong>Credit card debt </strong></p> <p>Over 80 per cent of seniors who declare bankruptcy have credit card debt of some sort – whether that amount is small or high. However, more than 40 per cent of credit card debtors owe over AUD$20,000.</p> <p><strong>Ill health </strong></p> <p>Ill health is a main reason for many retirees or those on the verge of retiring are bankrupt. 17 per cent of debtors contribute poor health, whether physical or mental, to their financial situations.</p> <p>Bankruptcy is becoming an increasing factor in the lives of over 60s as they continue to make up a worryingly increasing percentage.</p> <p>The Conversation suggests bankruptcy could be reduced amongst the senior population of Australia through changing government benefits by increasing the Commonwealth Rent Assistance supplement.</p> <p>How have you ensured you have enough funds to ensure a comfortable and financially stress-free retirement? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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Ratings crisis: Is Karl coming back to Today?

<p>The <em>Today </em>show has been struggling, but now, in what is considered a slap in the face, the breakfast show has recorded its worst ratings in over a decade.</p> <p>Only 168,000 viewers tuned in to watch the show yesterday which is hosted by veteran journalists Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight.</p> <p>For comparisons sake, rival show <em>Sunrise</em> which airs on Channel 7, drew 287,000 viewers on the same day.</p> <p>The numbers are further proof that those at home are not enjoying the new-look <em>Today </em>show.</p> <p>When less than 200,000 people tuned in on the first show on January 14, industry insiders were surprised at the poor ratings.</p> <p>The new hosts for the morning program included Gardner, Knight, Tom Steinfort, Tony Jones and Brooke Boney, but despite their efforts, the show seems to be sinking deeper and deeper.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">BREAKING: <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheTodayShow</a> drops to an embarrassing 168,000 yesterday. <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sunriseon7</a> had 287,000. This is absolutely shocking news. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ratings?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ratings</a></p> — Robert McKnight (@rob_mcknight) <a href="https://twitter.com/rob_mcknight/status/1097623587916177408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Less than a month later, the numbers saw a massive decline, with only 177,000 people watching the program on February 6.</p> <p>On his 2Day FM radio show, Grant Denyer discussed the reasoning behind the disappointing ratings, saying the numbers were not “sustainable”.</p> <p>“Breakfast is ultimately entertainment,” said Denyer. “There’s two newsreaders (Knight and Gardner) that are now anchors. Newsreaders aren’t entertainers. They deliver facts.</p> <p>“To dip below 200,000 is not sustainable. You can’t continue like that because it won’t be profitable. You can try and stick it out … but the damage that’s been done by Karl (Stefanovic) is so significant that I don’t think they can recover from that.”</p> <p>David Knox from <a rel="noopener" href="https://tvtonight.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>TV Tonight</em></a>, said that while Nine had a long journey ahead of them, they should still remain optimistic.</p> <p>“Breakfast TV is notoriously habitual, and it would be easier to turn around the QEII than an underperforming show,” Mr Knox told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/today-show-drops-to-embarrassing-new-low/news-story/3c9b51115e9b384aa909b9db03328b36" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>“Viewers are rusted on and do not like change. That said, Nine had to respond to a year of poor figures and bad headlines.</p> <p>“The rapport between Georgie and Deb is good, and Tom’s strength lays in live news reportage. Some viewers have questioned whether Richard Wilkins actually left the show, why Tony Jones is not sitting alongside the team and why Steve Jacobs isn’t on the road more for weather.</p> <p>“There is still room to tweak but Nine has to hold its nerve,” Mr Knox said.</p> <p>Also speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/today-show-drops-to-embarrassing-new-low/news-story/3c9b51115e9b384aa909b9db03328b36"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Nine’s director of morning television, Steve Burling had a few things to say to the sceptics.</p> <p>“It’s very early days and rating figures will continue to fluctuate, but I’m absolutely thrilled with the dynamic between Georgie, Deb, Tom and the entire on-air team,” he said. </p> <p>“And, I’m confident that the audience will be turning to us in the weeks and months ahead.”</p> <p>Do you prefer <em>Today</em> show’s new line-up? Or do you want Karl to come back? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Why you should go on a cruise with your grandkids

<p>More and more people are opting to take a cruising holiday every year and intergenerational families in particular are a popular demographic for cruise companies.</p> <p>Families on Carnival Cruise Line ships that sail from Australia made up 50 per cent of the guests. With these companies working hard to attract families to its ships, it also makes a perfect opportunity for grandparents to treat their grandkids to a nice holiday with the people that love them most.</p> <p><strong>Making your money count</strong></p> <p>The best thing about cruising is a number of the necessities people need everyday are costs that are inclusive to what you pay before you even board the ship. It’s the perfect holiday for grand parents not wanting to break the bank while also wanting to feel like their money is going far.</p> <p>With unlimited food available for everyone, activities that will never leave you bored and places to explore on and off the ship, it’s a guaranteed fun time for the grandkids that your wallet will thank you for.</p> <p><strong>Quality time that matters </strong></p> <p>While families are at the heart of many cruise experiences, there are plenty of opportunities for grandparents and grandkids to get their own time away from each other.</p> <p>Kids’ clubs guarantee you can get time to explore the parts of the vessel that are adults only, such as pool areas, spas, lounges and late-night shows and bars.</p> <p>Of course, if you just want to relax away from everyone, cruises offer you the serenity of finding your time away in your cruise room or the plenty of spots where you can curl up with a good book.</p> <p><strong>The excursions are for all </strong></p> <p>While there are so many amazing activities to do on board – there are just as many incredible experiences to have on the islands and mainland with the excursions on offer.</p> <p>Whether its snorkelling in serene, clear water or taking part in cultural events and touring the islands or mainland with the locals, cruise lines aim to provide authentic experiences that will make you never want to leave.</p> <p>Would you like to take your grandkids on a cruise? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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"I love you both": Jack Thompson's 15-year affair with two sisters

<p>With over 50 films under his belt, Jack Thompson has solidified his place within the Australian film industry.</p> <p>However, a little-known fact about the star is that he used to be in a polyamorous relationship with two sisters.</p> <p>Bunkie and Leona King were just 15 and 20 years old respectively when they started to get involved in a relationship with Jack in the 1960s and '70s.</p> <p>Leona had moved in with Jack whilst he continued to see Bunkie secretly.</p> <p>In a memoir written by Bunkie called<span> </span><em>Somebody That I Used to Know</em>, she details her thoughts and feelings about the relationship in an article in the <em><a href="https://amp.smh.com.au/lifestyle/love-and-loss-bunkie-kings-unusual-arrangement-with-jack-thompson-20150316-1m01sq.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a></em>.</p> <p>Self-described as a “flat-chested, scrawny teenager” who had “never made out or even kissed” anyone, 15-year-old Bunkie was elated when Jack stopped by to invite her to her first “adult” party.</p> <p>Her mother didn’t let her go, but that didn’t stop the pair from meeting weekly to hang out.</p> <p>Bunkie explained her infatuation with now 78-year-old Jack, despite knowing he was her sister’s boyfriend and even though the pair had been caught kissing.</p> <p>“One night, he and I are kissing and cuddling in their bedroom when Le bursts in the door and starts yelling, 'What the hell are you doing?'</p> <p>“He's obviously Le's boyfriend and I feel bad for her, but I don't know how to give him up and just walk away.”</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r-fEJylLdMI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>However, Bunkie said that the trio tried to make it work after they found themselves in this predicament.</p> <p>“Jack suggests the possibility of a relationship that encompasses the three of us. He says we can make it work, because others have; it's about having love and understanding, being honest and open with each other and giving it a go. </p> <p>Bunkie admits in her memoir that Jack proclaimed: "We've found ourselves in this predicament, and the fact is I love you both."</p> <p>According to an interview with <em>New Idea</em> in 1979, Jack is quoted as saying:</p> <p>“I had someone the other day ask me if I was still living with the two sisters. And I wondered how an 11-year relationship could still be news … It only continues to be a relationship for the same reason as any relationship. There presumably must be a lot of trust, a lot of discussion and a lot of love."</p> <p>In an interview with<em> A Current Affair</em>, Bunkie said that she was “captivated” by Jack's attention.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sxtSK_IdSjk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>"In some societies a man has a wife and a mistress, or maybe a couple of mistresses. But it is unusual in Western society ... I was captivated by his attention," she admitted.</p> <p>However, as the relationship evolved, Bunkie felt no trust and as her relationship with her sister began to disintegrate due to Bunkie’s feelings of “guilt about being there”, things began to turn bleak. </p> <p><span>Bunkie soon left the relationship in 1985 after a fight in Madrid airport. </span></p> <p><span>She decided to write about her experience after she realised that, as a divorced 60-year-old mother of two, her son was still unhappy with the fact that “my mother had sex with her sister”.</span></p> <p>Whilst that never actually happened, Bunkie decided to write the memoir to set the record straight once and for all. </p> <p><span>Her sister Leona</span><span> is still with Jack after all these years, however, the two sisters </span><span>are estranged.</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic to get $2 million for "one week's work"

<p>Karl Stefanovic will receive $2 million for just a week's work when he returns to Channel 9 in his first TV gig this year, an insider has claimed.</p> <p>A source told the <a rel="noopener" href="http://dailytel.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx?issue=18062019021700000000001001&amp;page=114&amp;article=e60c6cf4-424c-4047-b972-c47c484c16e0&amp;key=2q91NQO4bBB3mkA7a/O57g==&amp;feed=rss&amp;google=1" target="_blank"><em>Sunday Telegraph</em></a> that Stefanovic, who landed a $6 million three-year deal with the network in 2015, could receive this pay for just one week of taping work for the reality program <em>This Time Next Year</em>.</p> <p>While Stefanovic is set to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/karl-stefanovic-to-make-his-tv-comeback-after-being-axed-from-today" target="_blank">begin filming</a> the reality TV show on February 26 at Sydney's Fox Studios, no other hosting arrangement has been announced for him so far on the network.</p> <p>"Nine are yet to announce what else they'll do with Karl this year, so as of now, he’s getting an eye-watering $2 million for one week's work," the insider said. "It's good if you can get it."</p> <p>Last month, a Channel 9 insider told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/karl-stefanovics-wedding-media-deal-may-have-sealed-his-fate/news-story/b0bd4ba37af8766b85de68c8109989b1" target="_blank"><em>Daily Telegraph</em></a> that the network management wants Stefanovic "gone" after filming the program. However, a Nine media spokeswoman denied the claim, insisting that the network was hoping to continue working with Stefanovic throughout 2019.</p> <p>The 44-year-old was dumped from Channel 9's <em>Today</em> show late last year after 14 years of hosting the breakfast program.</p> <p>Nine's national director of news and current affairs Darren Wick confirmed in December that "Karl remains on contract with the network and will continue to host <em>This Time Next Year</em>, which records in February."</p> <p>His $6 million contract has made Stefanovic one of Australia's highest paid television stars, ahead of <em>Sunrise'</em>s David Koch who reportedly receives $1 million per year. </p>

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Woolworths’ shock price hike: “Something needs to change”

<p>It’s the item that has been widely spoken about because of its low cost, and now, after increasing pressure from shoppers, Woolworths has made the decision to raise the price of its $1-a-litre milk.</p> <p>The price of the dairy essential will go up by 10c per litre starting from tomorrow, axing the initial affordable price point.</p> <p>A two litre-bottle will cost $2.20 and a three-litre bottle $3.30.</p> <p>Only milk that is Woolworths’ own brand will be affected by the change.</p> <p>The supermarket giant hopes that the decision will help farmers who are currently struggling due to the extreme drought and flooding the country has faced.</p> <p>According to Woolies’, “every cent” of the price increase will go towards the farmers who need it most.</p> <p>Only last week Australia was confronted with shocking images of dead cattle who drowned in the flood that took over Townsville.</p> <p>Coles, ALDI and Woolworths have been criticised for selling its own brand of milk at low prices, ultimately affecting the income of farmers.</p> <p>The dairy industry has said that $1 a litre is unsustainable and was sending farmers broke.</p> <p>In a statement, Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said the situation for farmers was dire: “This is affecting milk production and farm viability, which is devastating for farmers and regional communities in which they live. It’s clear something needs to change, and we want to play a constructive role in making this happen.</p> <p>“We believe the long-term sustainability for your dairy industry – and the regional communities they help support – is incredibly important for Australia.”</p> <p>Mr Banducci is optimistic that the price increase would deliver higher milk prices to over 450 Australian dairy farmers who are responsible for supplying Woolworths-branded fresh milk.</p> <p>“While we’re realistic this won’t solve broader structural issues, we hope it will help inject much needed confidence into the sector and the regional communities’ dairy farmers do so much to support,” he said.</p> <p>Out of the major supermarkets, Coles was the first to reduce their milk prices to $1 a litre. The move – which was put in place in January 2011 – ensued major backlash as dairy farmers were forced to drop their prices in order to compete.</p> <p>Do you think Woolworths’ has made the right decision? Will you be supporting this price increase? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Outrage over McDonald’s major change to loyalty card

<p>Australia’s leading fast food chain has come under fire for “technology discrimination" after ditching its paper loyalty coffee cards.</p> <p>Over the last few years, McDonald’s had been gradually phasing out paper coffee cards but the cut was made permanent throughout Australia for the past six weeks. Now, if a customer wants to cash in and save money, they must first download the MyMacca’s app to access the “buy five, get one free” deal.</p> <p>Customers are unhappy with the change, some going as far as reporting glitches resulting in “stamps” lost. Others are enraged by how unfairly they believe it impacts older customers.</p> <p>McDonald’s is Australia’s largest fast-food chain and most popular go-to spot for coffee with over 800 locations nationwide. The restaurant sells around a quarter of a million cups of coffee a day.</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/6BE-dzBa4A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/6BE-dzBa4A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The perfect morning starts with a view, and the fresh aroma of a barista made coffee from McCafé.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> McDonald's Australia</a> (@mcdonaldsau) on Aug 5, 2015 at 2:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Customers have even flocked to social media to complain about the change.</p> <p>“My mum… nearly 80… does not have a smart phone, does not use the app and uses your coffee cards constantly… So now she misses out?” Dearne Carroll wrote on the McDonald’s Facebook page.</p> <p>"I have multiple cards in multiple places all with multiple stamps on them. If they will not be honoured, I am not going to be impressed.”</p> <p>One disgruntled customer told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/mcdonalds-ditches-paper-coffee-cards/news-story/28e7734576bb37fdfa88866febe71dac">news.com.au</a> his phone is unable to run the latest app as he carries an 8-year-old HTC Desire phone.</p> <p>“That cuts me out from the loyalty system immediately,” he explained.</p> <p>“Then I thought of the many people that just use a flip phone — they’ll be left out too. And also, the many older folk that don’t bother with mobile phones. This is ‘technology discrimination’.”</p> <p>Cornel Brophy also expressed his dissatisfaction with the new system.</p> <p>“My usual 3 min drive thru experience turned into 10 to download the stupid app then at the window the code wasn’t processing, cars banking up behind me peeved I’m taking so long.</p> <p>“What a stupid decision McDonalds have made!” he wrote.<br /><br /></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/8SNe1PBa_q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/8SNe1PBa_q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We hope you took some time to enjoy a McCafé moment today #InternationalCoffeeDay</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> McDonald's Australia</a> (@mcdonaldsau) on Sep 30, 2015 at 11:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A spokeswoman for the fast food restaurant told news.com.au McDonald’s had received “great feedback from customers on the app and more people than ever before are taking advantage of our coffee loyalty program”.</p> <p>“We’re proud to always offer our customers great value regardless of whether they are dining in our restaurants, using our MyMacca’s app, or ordering McDelivery through UberEats,” she said.</p> <p>“Customers with a seniors card continue to be able to take advantage of offers which entitle them to a free coffee, juice or soft drink with a purchase in our participating restaurants.”</p> <p>Are you happy about McDonald's changing its paper loyalty cards to a digital app you need to access on a mobile phone? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Meghan’s dad breaks silence about private letter: "I love my daughter"

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Duchess Meghan’s father has spoken out about his decision to publish a private letter that the Duchess had written to him. The letter was private and said that her heart was broken.</p> <p>"If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop. Please allow us to live our lives in peace. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband,” the letter from Meghan to her father is reported to have said.</p> <p>However, in a video that has been published by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8424380/meghan-markle-letter-dad-loves-her/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>, her father, Thomas Markle Sr, spoke to media in Mexico, asking: <span>"Why did you release the letter your daughter sent? Do you guys think you'll ever speak again?"</span></p> <p>"Read the papers," Markle Sr replied.</p> <p>"Are you sad, do you feel hurt, is it depression you're going through?" the reporter asked.</p> <p>"I love my daughter very much, I'm very sad," Markle Sr said, as he got into his car.</p> <p>Although the letter was date stamped August 2018, Markle Sr released it to the media a week after there were reports in <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-dad-shares-letter-confirming-her-friends-account/" target="_blank">People</a> saying how hurt the Duchess was by her father’s actions.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7823285/gettyimages-1082207960.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ff5579a436214e87bf417f2aa35b1580" /></p> <p>Markle Sr initially kept the letter private “out of respect for Meghan”, but released it due to false reports surfacing about the specifics of it.</p> <p>The letter goes into detail about how Duchess Meghan tried to help her father before the royal wedding in May 2018. It reportedly says: </p> <p>"So the week of the wedding to hear about you having a heart attack through a tabloid was horrifying.</p> <p>"I called and texted… I begged you to accept help – we sent someone to your home … and instead of speaking to me to accept this or any help, you stopped answering your phone and chose to only speak to tabloids."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Crocs could be found “anywhere” experts warn

<p>Freshwater crocodiles have washed up onto Townsville sports grounds, backyards, drains and even a swimming pool after the once-in-a-century flooding.</p> <p>Although they pose little danger, experts are warning residents to stay on the lookout after the abundant sightings of the reptiles in unlikely places.</p> <p>Northern Wildlife Operations manager Michael Joyce said the crocs could possibly be lurking around sports fields, drains and mangroves.</p> <p>"Wildlife officers have already received a number of reports about freshwater crocodiles taking refuge in the suburbs of Townsville," he explained in a statement.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Crocodiles are climbing trees to escape Townsville floodwaters <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/flood?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#flood</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/straya?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#straya</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tsvflood?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tsvflood</a> <a href="https://t.co/T8gj8arS2t">https://t.co/T8gj8arS2t</a> <a href="https://t.co/eSkrOncFpu">pic.twitter.com/eSkrOncFpu</a></p> — Chris Bartlett (@bartman6) <a href="https://twitter.com/bartman6/status/1092156664491331584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Mr Joyce warns residents to stay away from any reptile and contact expert removalists to avoid danger.</p> <p>“They are generally timid and are likely to flee at the first sight of people or pets, although they may show defensive behaviour if they feel cornered or threatened,” he said.</p> <p>Just a little over two weeks ago, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/crocs-and-snakes-wash-ashore-in-devastating-townsville-floods">a croc was pictured on the driveway</a> of a Townsville resident's home. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D1893651137412361%26set%3Da.131094657001360%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="613" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Across the north and south coast of Queensland, clean-up efforts are in place despite the extent of the disaster still revealing itself.</p> <p>It is believed losses for residents and business owners will well exceed over $600 million and over $1 billion is expected to be lost from the cattle industry.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Townsville flood. Live to fight another day. Barely got a wink of sleep last night. The water came right up to the edge of the foundation, but no water under the house. Reports of crocodiles seen in the area, but we're okay for now. Thanks again for all the well wishes. <a href="https://t.co/sI85NNbngp">pic.twitter.com/sI85NNbngp</a></p> — Marc Lindsay (@MarcLindsay_) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcLindsay_/status/1092162202188926976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Mr Joyce urges residents to not attempt to catch, feed or provoke the timid reptiles and instead contact the Crocwatch hotline on 1300 130 372. </p> <p> </p>

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The 65-cent ALDI hack travellers swear by

<p>It’s no secret that travelling is an expensive hobby. With flights, accommodation and other expenditures to keep in mind when budgeting, the last thing you want is to spend extra money on other nicks and knacks.</p> <p>That’s where ALDI comes in handy. The German retailer is a favourite for a reason – it provides quality items for a low cost. Perfect for those who are a little tight on money.</p> <p>And sure, you can peruse their Special Buys sale (if you manage to be quick enough!) for travel gear and bargain-priced suitcases, but there’s one particular item that travellers think everyone should pack when they're heading off on an adventure.</p> <p>The item is Hedanol Paracetomol. While it may not sound exciting, painkillers are a must if you’re leaving home, and at 65 cents for a pack of 20, you really cannot go wrong.</p> <p>The fact that you can purchase the meds with your spare change means that you can buy a stash and keep it for emergencies in your carry-on. And trust us, when the time comes where you need to take a painkiller, you’ll be thankful you packed it.</p> <p>Here are four other ALDI essentials to take with you when travelling:</p> <p><strong>1. Confidence 6-pack pocket tissues, $1.29</strong></p> <p>Tissues. You don’t think you need it, until you <em>really</em> do. Make sure you have a pack or two in your hand luggage, so you’re not caught in an awkward situation.</p> <p><strong>2. Ombra sunscreen lotion 100ml, $2.49</strong></p> <p>Travelling to Bali or Honolulu? Don’t forget your sunscreen. There’s nothing worse than finishing off a week-long holiday with a terrible sunburn.</p> <p><strong>3. Colgate Total toothpaste 80g, $2.09</strong></p> <p>Not only is it a brand name, but because of its small size you can keep it with you on your carry-on when travelling internationally.</p> <p><strong>4. Goliath sandwich bags 50-pack, $1.39</strong></p> <p>Chances are, you won’t get the chance to make your own sandwich when you’re on a flight, but that’s not what these are for. Sandwich bags are a great way to keep your liquids and other items separated for easy access.</p> <p>Do you have any travel hacks you swear by? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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How did Australia’s number 1 hotel get to the top spot?

<p>The Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel along Woolloomooloo Wharf has been voted Australia’s number 1 hotel, thanks to millions of reviews from TripAdvisor.</p> <p>Many guests are a fan of the modern hotel rooms, as well as where the location, which is right along the wharf.</p> <p>The hotel itself is close to the Sydney CBD, as well as a large variety of entertainment, restaurants and transport.</p> <p>Apart from being quite stylish and offering a range of room types including the Superoo, Deluxaroo and Double Double, guests are definitely fond of the free items that come with the rooms.</p> <p>You get free wi-fi, free breakfast, free coffee, free lolly bar, free laundry and free drinks, plus there is a free happy hour as well as a free in-room minibar that is regularly stocked.</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/Bt10VbYAEK4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt10VbYAEK4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ovolo Woolloomooloo (@ovolowoolloomooloo)</a> on Feb 13, 2019 at 3:46pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s with all these freebies that the hotel was able to bump the Pine Trees Lodge in Lord Howe Island off the top spot. However, the lodge hasn’t fallen far down the list, as it was ranked number two.</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/BtHVMsDgpJo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtHVMsDgpJo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pinetrees Lodge (@pinetreeslodge)</a> on Jan 26, 2019 at 2:28pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, the freebies come at a cost, as these hotel rooms don’t come cheap. The average price according to TripAdvisor is $434 per night, but those who have splurged the money say that it was worth it.</p> <p>One guest’s review said that they “could stay there forever” whereas others were thrilled with the friendly and vibrant staff who “helped us old timers with great choices for restaurants, attractions and transport”.</p> <p>Would you like to stay at Australia’s number 1 hotel, as voted by travellers? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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ALDI braces for shopping frenzy over new $49.99 item: "I need to get one of those"

<p><span>Shoppers are excited as ALDI is set to launch a coveted foldable five-seater </span><span>at just $49.99.</span></p> <p>The foldable sports seat, which sits 5 people, is part of ALDI’s Special Buys Soccer Training Essentials collection, which will be available in stores on Wednesday – and is also versatile for camping and picnics, even the beach. </p> <p>The connected foldable chairs can seat five adults or children and comes with a one-year warranty.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fanydayadventures%2Fposts%2F1020006458183580&amp;width=500" width="500" height="614" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The new product has excited families and campers alike.</p> <p>"Should get one of these so we can all sit next to each other next time we go camping," one Facebook user wrote.</p> <p>"Need one of these for when we have the kids sports on, take a nap and cheer from sidelines,” said a fan.</p> <p>An ALDI shopper said: "It's the love couch. But bigger. I need to get one of those."</p> <p>"Wonder if I could get all my kids to sit that close to each other!" one mother jokingly wrote. </p> <p>While another commenter added: "This will solve a lot of problems with seating arrangements."</p> <p>However, some pointed out that a similar seater is on sale at Bunnings for even less. According to Bunnings’ website, its 6-seat connecting camp chair is available in stores for just $25.</p> <p>Another Special Buys item that customers are seeking to get their hands on are the $19.99 trolley bags, which consist of four linked shopping bags to be placed in the shopping cart.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Unpacking the groceries at home just got 1000% easier! Available 20/02 <a href="https://t.co/LH6keRt3xo">https://t.co/LH6keRt3xo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrolleyBags?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TrolleyBags</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Reusable?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Reusable</a> <a href="https://t.co/DoYqH587yr">pic.twitter.com/DoYqH587yr</a></p> — ALDI Australia (@ALDIAustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/ALDIAustralia/status/1097258392983236609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"These are brilliant! I’ve been using mine for over two years now, and I’m always getting asked where I get them from," one shopper wrote on ALDI’s Facebook page.</p> <p>"Love mine and take them everywhere as individual bags too!" another added. "They are great and less trips from the car."</p> <p>Other soccer-related products on offer include a $79.99 gazebo, a $99.99 open goalpost, and a $29.99 St. John Ambulance sports first aid kit.</p> <p>Will you be getting any of these Special Buys from ALDI? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Easy tricks to improve a bad mood

<p>Having a rough day? It will only take five minutes to cure it, a study has revealed.</p> <p>Researchers from the University of Regina, Canada, have found that our mood can be improved by spending just five minutes in nature.</p> <p>The <span><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/17439760.2018.1557242?scroll=top&amp;needAccess=true">study</a></span>, which was conducted on 123 university students, found that being in an urban park for five minutes inspired more positive emotions than being in a windowless room. While negative emotions were lowered in both situations within a few minutes, spending time out in nature encouraged more significant improvements in the participants’ mood.</p> <p>"There are two important take-homes," one of the study’s co-authors, Katherine D. Arbuthnott, told <span><em><a href="https://www.psypost.org/2019/01/spending-just-5-minutes-in-contact-with-nature-boosts-your-mood-study-finds-52948">PsyPost</a></em></span>.</p> <p>"The first … when you need an emotional boost, the fastest and easiest way is to spend a few minutes with nature. Actually, being outside is the best, but even contemplating a picture of a natural scene will make a difference.</p> <p>"The second is that, since contact with nature is so beneficial to our emotional health, preserving our local natural spaces is an important public health goal."</p> <p>The trick works for the time-poor, as five minutes is all that is needed. The study discovered that increasing the contact time with a natural environment to 15 minutes did not increase the mood benefits markedly.</p> <p>If the weather's not allowing for an enjoyable time outdoors, you can try socialising. According to a 2014 study published in the <span><em><a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-42183-008">Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin</a></em></span>, chatting with a friend or family member for five minutes could do wonders to your mood as well.</p> <p>What's your trick to deal with a bad mood? Share your tips in the comments.</p>

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How to tell if you are dehydrated

<p>Our bodies are made up of 70 per cent water, so when you’re dehydrated, you are compromising yourself from essential nutrients that are necessary to live a healthy life.</p> <p>While it may seem like dehydration is the simple act of drinking more water, in some cases, the issue can escalate and cause serious problems if pushed to the final stage.</p> <p><strong>So, what is dehydration?</strong></p> <p>When the term dehydration is used, people are generally referring to what medical professionals call “volume depletion” or hypovolaemia.</p> <p>Volume depletion is a reduction in the volume of water in the blood vessels. But dehydration is not the same as hypovolaemia and is something that occurs less frequently.</p> <p>Dehydration is the loss of water from both the body’s cells and blood vessels. Water is responsible for many of the things that require our bodies to function, such as our circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems.</p> <p>If taken too far, volume depletion can result in shock and collapse which, if not resuscitated in time, can be fatal.</p> <p><strong>Signs of dehydration</strong></p> <p>If you weigh 70kg, 40kg of that weight is water. So now that you have an indication of just how much water is stored in our bodies, let’s get into how you can decide whether you need an extra boost of hydration.</p> <p>The symptoms of volume depletion are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Thirst or a dry mouth</li> <li>Dizziness or low blood pressure</li> <li>If in the critical stages, confusion, due to lack of oxygen reaching the brain</li> <li>Your skin doesn’t bounce back right away when pinched</li> <li>Increased heart rate</li> <li>Weight loss</li> </ul> <p>Those especially vulnerable to dehydration are elderly people as the amount of water our body stores reduces as we age. Combine that with other health problems such as chronic kidney disease, dehydration can pose a serious risk to those in a senior age bracket.</p> <p>In order to remain healthy and hydrated, keep an eye out on your water levels, and if you experience any of the above symptoms, start drinking plenty more water and see your GP if necessary.</p>

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Natalie Barr recalls worst day of her life: "I still get upset”

<p>Natalie Barr has called the day her father died as "the worst day of my life".</p> <p>The <em>Sunrise</em> newsreader lost her late father, Jim, to a heart attack in 2001, when she was six months pregnant with her first child, Lachlan.</p> <p>"I was at home after reading the late news when I got a call that my dad died," Barr told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/heart-foundation-campaign-sunrise-presenter-natalie-barr-recalls-worst-day-of-her-life/news-story/86d1e06c5431a785b090c05ec7bc4349" target="_blank">News Corp Australia</a>. </p> <p>"You never forget those things. He's been gone 18 years and I still get upset."</p> <p>Barr's father died of left ventricular failure at the age of 61 after returning home from a game of golf.</p> <p>The 50-year-old said her father had been excited about his first grandson. </p> <p>"He came with me to the ultrasound of my first son, Lachlan, and had never been to one before," she said. </p> <p>"He took the photo with him and showed his mates at the golf club, telling them 'that's my grandson'.</p> <p>"My dad could quote the length of my baby and the size of his head — he was so damn excited."</p> <p>Despite knowing that her dad was a heavy smoker, his death still came as a shock to her. </p> <p>"We tried to make him stop," said Barr. "I tried to make him stop. It was my one regret."</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/7RV-OYCjnD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/7RV-OYCjnD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Some days are just hard. Miss you dad.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/natalie_barr7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Natalie Barr</a> (@natalie_barr7) on Sep 5, 2015 at 6:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Heart attack is a serious health issue affecting a large number of Australians. According to the Heart Foundation, 430,000 Australians will experience a heart attack at some point in their lives. A million people aged 30 to 65 are also at high risk of having a heart attack within the next five years.</p> <p>The Heart Foundation's 2018 study also found that half of Australians who have had a heart attack continue smoking afterwards.</p> <p>Barr said her father’s fatal heart attack has made her more aware of the importance of looking after herself.</p> <p>"I've had all the checks," she said. "We need to keep healthy at all ages to prevent heart disease."</p> <p>She has also jumped behind the News Corp Australia and Heart Foundation call for Medicare-funded heart health checks.</p> <p>"Anything that raises awareness for heart health is wonderful," she said. "It will give people an excuse to see their doctor. We should have been doing it for years — we need to get people to talk about their hearts.</p> <p>"Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in Australia and we just don’t hear enough about it."</p> <p>Experts recommend people aged over 45 (or 35 for individuals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) to have a heart health check on a regular basis.</p>

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Parenting adult children: the new dynamic

<p>Parents can be protective of children and often have dreams and aspirations for them that children don’t always agree with. On the other hand, a parent’s best intentions can be misconstrued by their children.</p> <p>Sometimes we don’t even know these conflicts exist or we know that challenging the status quo would be futile.</p> <p>But when we do confront these issues, they quite often reveal secrets, insecurities, fears and belief systems that we’ve carried with us our whole lives and kept hidden from our loved ones out of fear of hurting them.</p> <p>Media personality and presenter Jane Caro delved deep into this realm of human experience to reveal the inner machinations of parent-child relationships in the four-part Compass series <em>Mum’s Boy, Dad’s Girl. </em></p> <p>The show followed five brave families as they let Caro into their homes and lives to reveal what makes their relationships tick. It’s a fascinating, sometimes shocking and mostly heart-warming insight into the lives of contemporary Australians.</p> <p>In the first episode that aired, we met 58-year-old Melanie who has fought a lifelong rebellion against her 88-year-old father Warwick who she says she has always seen as “an authoritarian figure”. We also meet Warwick and hear all about his own difficultly trying to raise his rebellious only daughter in a family of four children.</p> <p>Then there’s 65-year-old Helen and her son Brett, aged 34. In later episodes we find out how Brett struggled with his sexuality as a teenager and on coming out to Helen, was surprised to learn that she too had a secret that would rock Brett’s world. It’s a volatile relationship but one that was brought closer when Brett’s father left.</p> <p>Jason, 46, is a seemingly normal father of 18-year-old Patty – protective and concerned, but his experience being a father is changed by his disability. In this story we learn about the challenges he has had to overcome to care for Patty by being a hands-on dad. On the flipside we learn about Patty’s own protectiveness of her dad and the unique friendship between father and daughter forged by overcoming adversity, but increasingly strained by her own search for independence.</p> <p>Denise, 64, and Alex, 31, from Melbourne are hoping the experience of being on the show will help bring them closer together. Denise has found it difficult to make a connection with her son Alex, while Alex has had his own challenges in trying to make his mum be more authentic in their relationship and having to cope with his own mental illness.</p> <p>One of the most gripping stories is that of Val, 49, and James, 29, who have suffered great loss and suffering following the death of Val’s husband and James’ father. We learn about Val’s struggle to raise two children alone, her protectiveness of the family now and her struggle to keep her family together after the tragedy.</p> <p>Caro says while these stories are all unique and different and explore individual relationships on the personal level of each family, they also penetrate into a core experience that is universal in Australian families everywhere.</p> <p>“The feelings that people have towards one another, the uncertainties, the delights, the fears, the conflicts – people are going to want to identify with that very much,” she says. “The triggers to those are unique to all of us but the responses are the things that we all have in common.”</p> <p>While she expected the participants to reveal a lot, Caro was overwhelmed by just how much they revealed during the filming – something which she insists was the result of careful casting and the way in which the participants were interviewed.</p> <p>Despite admitting she “really didn’t know what to expect before making the show” the veteran presenter says she has learned more about parent-child relationships than she ever thought possible.</p> <p>On the list of things, she’s learnt is how strong and the unique the bond between a parent and child can be. “I’ve learnt how powerful that relationship is and how there is an enormous sense of protection from parent to child and child to parent,” says Caro.</p> <p>“One of the big things I picked up from doing the show is that nobody is ordinary, no one is normal or average. Everybody has things to tell you. There is no right or wrong way to do things, there is just your way,” she says.</p> <p>Caro says this rings true as she reflects on her own experience parenting her two daughters. While she says she may not have got everything right as a parent, she is thankful that her daughters, now aged 25 and 28 years old, have turned out to be wonderful people.</p> <p>“I can see the mistakes I made, they weren’t the obvious ones, but I can also see that my daughters have turned out to be lovely people and it’s a delight to be around them,” Caro says. “They probably turned out that way in spite of me rather than because of me.”</p> <p>Caro was amazed by how each party responded to the revelations that were made during filming. “There are so many things that I never expected to experience, to be witness to, that came up,” she says.</p> <p>But while the show reveals the conflicts, insecurities and tensions, we also get to discover the positive interactions and sense of family belonging that make relationships worthwhile says Caro.</p> <p>“You will see many of the relationships evolve, particularly in the case of Warwick and Mel. There is a sense of them really making peace with each other. Melanie is looking after him now, so the power balance has changed and to Warwick’s eternal credit he has the humility and wit to accept that and enjoy it and be proud of Melanie,” she says.</p> <p>One concept that Caro particularly wanted to explore was the idea that different parents respond differently to children of the opposite gender. As the mother of two daughters Caro has often wondered what it would be like to parent a boy – something that she may well get to discover after becoming a grandmother to little Alfie just six months ago.</p> <p>“I’ve always wondered what it would be like to parent a boy. I haven’t noticed any differences in how Alfie is to how my daughters were when they were that age, but he’s only a baby so the verdict is still out on that one. He’s got a strong personality, but so did my daughters when they were that age,” she says.</p> <p>“But from the show what was interesting was how the two father groups were so protective of their daughters, while mothers weren’t so protective. In fact, they wanted desperately for their sons to have a partner, which I found very interesting, “ says Caro.</p> <p>So, what did Caro learn about how life events shape our relationships? She says that James and Val’s tragic loss of a loved one made her realise how bereavement would have an undeniable impact on a family. “Death is a very dramatic event, like a birth of a child and it puts us on the metal and shows us where the cracks are,” says Caro.</p> <p>But as to whether the generation we are born in influences our family relationships, Caro is more sceptical. “I would say after watching how the relationships changed over time that it’s not the times that change us, it’s us that change over time. So I actually think the idea that each generation is different from the proceeding one is rubbish,” she says.</p> <p>“I truly believe that my children have taught me more than I have ever taught them,” she says.</p> <p>So how do we push through these conflicts and have harmonious parent-child relationships? Caro says it’s mainly about forgiveness.</p> <p>“It’s by the ability to forgive one another and oneself and the ability to maintain the relationship – that is the test of it,” she says. And it’s that kind of advice that only a mother could give.</p> <p>Did you watch this hit show? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by Dominic Bayley. Republished with permission by <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/relationships/parenting-adult-children-the-new-dynamic.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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How to help adult kids flee the nest

<p>Moving out of home can a big step in your kids’ lives and can often be considered a milestone in transitioning from childhood to adulthood. It is also a good time to have a casual chat with your adult child about how to live as an independent person. This could help with setting expectations about how much you’re willing to help out now and in the future and set healthy boundaries. Here are a few essential tips to help make the transition less stressful for everyone.</p> <p><strong>Choosing the right place</strong> <br />For first time movers, choosing the right place to live can be a difficult decision which is why your kids may need some help with this. There are a few different factors that should be considered before deciding, such as; location, cost, sharing a property, or getting their own place with each having their own pros and cons.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> Cars can be expensive, so being close to public transport can help with saving some extra cash. </li> <li><strong>Share house:</strong> Division of rent and utility costs is a plus for this option however, your kids may want to ask their mates if they want to move in together, rather than starting fresh with strangers.</li> <li><strong>Own place:</strong> This option can save your kids the stress of living with new people. However, this can sometimes get lonely and be expensive. Don’t be surprised if your kids end up returning for financial help or come home to raid your kitchen on weekends.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Budgeting</strong><br />Creating a budget is crucial for good financial management both now and in the future. No-one wants any nasty surprises with utility or credit card bills. You should consider having a chat with your kids and mapping out a budget in a spreadsheet or budget planner. It is a great opportunity to create healthy financial habits for the future.</p> <p><strong>Donating unwanted furniture</strong> <br />Does your home need a long-awaited refresh? Imagine having a custom-built lounge suited to your specific cushioning requirements! Now that you’re an empty nester, there’s no risk of pizza scraps staining the lounge by careless kids who’s showering habits are questionable. Another plus is saving your kids money by passing on any furniture you no longer need.</p> <p><strong>Home cooking</strong><br />Teaching your kids to cook seven basic meals can give them the tools to maintain health and sustenance while they’re living out of home. This will also help with their budget as leftover food can be used for other meals throughout the week.</p> <p><strong>Chores</strong><br />By moving out, your kids can find some independence, freedom and adventure. But with freedom, comes great responsibility. From now on keeping on top of chores such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, watering plants, and taking bins out will all be part of their daily lives. Don’t forget, it’s not your duty to help complete these things, but it is important that they are aware of these responsibilities. Don’t be surprised if you come to visit and their place isn’t up to your standards. It’s all part of the learning process of transitioning into adulthood.</p> <p><strong>Insurance</strong> <br />When moving out, insurance can often be a forgotten piece of the puzzle for young adults. This can be particularly important if your kids have some of your old furniture, television or expensive computer equipment. To save on costs, your adult child should consider shopping around online to get the best deal on contents insurance. Expensive items can be hard to come by at this early stage of adulthood, so every dollar counts.</p> <p>As a parent, it might be tempting to take full control of your kids moving out. However, remember that you are there to help and provide them with support; and if asked, provide more information about how to live independently. </p> <p>Remember, these are just starting points and living independently is usually a learning process that can take some time. So, placing expectations which are too high on your adult kids during this transition period, may add unnecessary stress to all parties involved. Take it one step at a time and let them make some (small) mistakes on their own.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/how-to-help-adult-kids-flee-the-nest.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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"Everything's big here": North Queensland mum unfazed by huge 5m snake

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p style="text-align: left;">A resident of Mission Beach, Queensland, says she was unfazed after spotting a five-metre long python weighing close to 40kg in her laundry.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Lee-Ann Kennedy recalled the story of how she and her husband woke to the barking of their dog at 4:30 am on Friday – a warning that she “initially ignored” before her husband urged her to come and see what he had found.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Coming across a giant python consuming a baby wallaby in their shed, the couple say they weren’t shocked in the slightest and had a “quiet drink” afterwards.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">“It went to go out of the shed but then it moved into the laundry … we thought it was better to close the doors and keep him there because at least we knew where he was,” said Ms Kennedy.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Ms Kennedy then called a snake catcher after locking the serpent in the laundry. The people behind the heroic capture were Charlie Bear and her nephew Tom Geary who lent a helping hand.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Sharing the video to Facebook, the snake can be seen being dragged by two people as it refuses to be captured.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmegan.prouse%2Fvideos%2F10155757262347373%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe> <p>When the catchers finally got their hands on the massive snake and placed it in a bag, the reptile managed to escape with the bag on the verge of ripping due to the sheer size of the reptile.</p> <p>After two unsuccessful attempts, the snake managed to remain in the bag after trapping it with a sheet.</p> <p>Ms Kennedy thanked the two catchers, who then relocated the snake to a national park.</p> <p>The python is said to be around 30-40 years old.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7823702/snakee.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f60ebe45258e495fb2f5e39a8fb16352" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/megan.prouse?eid=ARB-6GQbpFkbamCe_CnWN7B7Xs3rzGmFB7o33HdXZJSd2UAQq-yusD9hYcAxVuEGePJCQd76f9ISHX3_">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>“Charlie said it was great to see a snake that big, at least humans haven’t killed everything yet,” she said.</p> <p>She said the ordeal was an “amazing” experience, but something that is not out of the ordinary in far North Queensland.</p> <p>“It’s really great advertising for far North Queensland, come here and you’re bound to have a great experience, whether it be pythons, Hercules moths, Ulysses butterflies or crocodiles."</p> <p>Ms Kennedy added, “Everything’s just big here.”</p> <p>She also confessed that the terrifying experience wasn’t her first.</p> <p>“I’ve had another snake in my bathroom, he was a bush python too and all he wanted to do was look at himself in the mirror, it was really funny,” said Ms Kennedy.</p> <p>“After Cyclone Yasi, my son heard noises at his home and went looking outside and found a python killing a wallaby.</p> <p>“Far North Queensland is a little bit different isn’t?” she said. “We just take it in our stride.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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4 things to consider for your retirement planning

<p>Planning the retirement of your dreams may seem incomprehensible at the moment – life is coming at you fast and figuring out the right steps can seem like a daunting task. However, there are steps you can take to fast track your retirement and make sure you’re where you want to be much sooner.</p> <p><strong>1. What is your current situation like? </strong></p> <p>Regardless of what work situation you’re currently in, there are always questions you should be thinking about during your retirement planning. Are you managing your debt and expenses?</p> <p>Retirement is about cash flow and ensuring your basic daily needs are met with your new regular income.</p> <p>Be honest with yourself when understanding your current life situation – are you ready to retire yet?</p> <p><br /><strong>2. Envision your retirement</strong></p> <p>How do you want your retirement to look? Visualising your desired retirement outcome and envisioning it over and over will help to mentally set your life after work into motion.</p> <p>For example, do you see yourself travelling the world during your retirement or spending time with your loved ones in the comfort of your own home?</p> <p><strong>3. Calculate your needs </strong></p> <p>Knowing where you are and where you need to go are important but now it’s time to consider what you’ll need in retirement. The thing is, putting a specific number under the thumb is impossible to do as every person is different. If you’re struggling to figure out how much you’ll need during your retirement, consulting a financial advisor might be your best bet so you can get a sure answer.</p> <p><strong>4. Review your income sources </strong></p> <p>So, you know what you need for retirement but how will it happen? Consider <em>all </em>your income sources, including your superannuation, your home equity, investment portfolios and perhaps the workforce. How much longer are you willing to spend time working to get yourself into retirement?</p> <p>Are you considering retirement? What other factors are you considering? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The roundabout road rule sparking furious debate: "Why would you indicate right?"

<p>“The orange car wants to travel straight through the roundabout. How should they indicate?”</p> <p>It might sound like a simple question, but it has sent many people into a debate.</p> <p>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads posed the question on its Facebook page and received a bit more feedback than they bargained for, with avid road users commenting their preferred way to leave a roundabout.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTMRQld%2Fphotos%2Fa.295748123801411%2F2129995160376689%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="645" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Within many eager to prove their knowledge of the road rules, the post quickly racked up likes and comments in the hundreds – and it appears not everyone is a proficient with their road rules knowledge as they might think. </p> <p>"I indicate right going on left coming off," one woman posted.</p> <p>In reply to her response, a commenter wrote: "Why would you indicate right? You aren't going right. You only indicate when exiting the roundabout."</p> <p>Another driver added: "Indicating is not the issue, the issue is that people think that orange car can go right."</p> <p><span>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads also posted a video instructing people on how to effectively use a roundabout.</span></p> <p><iframe width="576" height="324" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/43omAQcTA-c" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>One commenter said that the best way to get off the roundabout is to “use hazard lights and floor it”, with others agreeing that it’s “probably the safest option on the gold coast to be honest”.</p> <p>Another FB user pointed out that the Department of Transport had made a good joke. They said: <span>“Funny question QLD transport! We all know QLD drivers don’t have working indicators in their cars!”</span></p> <p>The correct answer was revealed to the public via the Department of Transport: <span>“Who got it right? The orange car doesn’t need to indicate to enter the roundabout, but needs to indicate left to exit. The indicator must be turned off once they have exited the roundabout.</span><span>”</span></p> <p>Did you know the answer after looking at the picture? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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How drones affect your privacy

<p>Anita Grahame had just gotten out of the shower, had wrapped a towel around her waist and was walking around her fifth-floor unit as she had done many times before. Suddenly, her husband, Nick, said, “What’s that noise?” and they looked up to see a drone filming them just metres away on their Sydney Northern Beaches unit balcony.</p> <p>“It felt like such an invasion of privacy,” says Anita, as the drone continued to hover. “Nick went straight out there and stood in front of it. It was on our balcony patio looking in and it was close enough that we could have touched it.</p> <p>“Nick just gave it ‘the finger’ and it took off,” says Anita, 55. “I rang the police. But by the time they turned up, the drone had well and truly gone, and the police said there was nothing they could do unless they caught the person operating the drone in the act, which is very hard to do.”</p> <p>Since the drone episode, Anita says she has felt very angry. She says it has affected how she behaves in her own home, now having to put the blinds down if she wants some privacy. “We bought this unit so we could have the windows open and now we feel we can’t do that as much.</p> <p>“People deserve to have their own privacy. I mean what if a drone flew in and found a way to take photos of your personal details?”</p> <p>Anita says she believes private citizens have very little rights when it comes to drones. She put in an complaint to the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA), who are responsible for drones in relation to people’s (and other aircraft) safety. “You can put in a complaint online,” says Anita, “which we did.”</p> <p>“I hate the fact that you can be in your own home and have a machine filming you, and you don’t know where it is going to end up, I mean it could end up on social media for all you know,” says Anita. “You don’t know what the motives are of the people with drones who are filming you. How do you know if they’re actually casing the joint to rob you?</p> <p>“The dangers of drones need to be looked at. I am all for drones being used for good [purposes] like in surf lifesaving or to protect wildlife, but I don’t see why they’re allowed to be flying around in built up [residential] areas,” says Anita.</p> <p>Other cases involving drones and breaches of privacy have been reported. A Darwin woman, Karli Hyatt, was skinny dipping in her backyard pool when a drone appeared, filming her. She says the whole experience was “bewildering” and she didn’t know which authority to approach about complaining or acting against the drone operator.</p> <p>There has been a Senate Committee which looked into regulations covering drones, but their recommendations weren’t taken up by the Federal Government.</p> <p>Indeed, some legal experts say the privacy laws in Australia haven’t kept up with modern technology and this needs to be addressed. Flying a drone over private property such as Anita’s or Karli’s is not illegal, nor is filming an individual. If either woman had wanted to sue the drone operator for breach of privacy, there are no laws that say they can.</p> <p>Indeed, unlike many other countries, there are no common laws in Australia that cover breaches of privacy.</p> <p>At it currently stands, drones are not allowed to fly within 30 metres of residential buildings, boats, cars or people and if they are closer, fines of up to $9000 can apply if it involves breaches of safety.</p> <p>The laws governing drones means that pilots of commercial drones weighing 2kg or more need to be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) but that’s not the case for smaller recreational drones you can buy in shops: they do not need to be registered.</p> <p>While it could be argued that drones haven’t become a public nuisance yet, some councils in South Australia and New South Wales have banned the use of private drones in public parks and playgrounds following concerns about safety and privacy, and also to protect wildlife and fauna.</p> <p>Have you been filmed by a drone? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/how-drones-affect-your-privacy.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> <p> </p>

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Is the cost of convenience eating into your budget?

<p>The cost of convenience is costing Australians thousands of dollars, a number that increases steadily by the year.</p> <p>With movies and much more available at the press of a button through an app, money can be spent without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.</p> <p>With Australians spending $1,590 a year per person on delivered food according to <a href="https://www.finder.com.au/australians-spend-1590-each-year-on-delivered-food"><em>Finder</em></a><em>, </em> it’s clear that convenience can eat into your savings.</p> <p>Consumer finance specialist Lisa Montgomery has said that the age of convenience is coming at a cost.</p> <p>“We are now a set and forget society where we sign up for payments to come out of our accounts, but don’t see them unless we look at our bank statements,” she said.</p> <p>“The costs can really add up, as we are not always paying attention due to our busy lives. It could actually lead to us spending a lot more money than we should.”</p> <p>It’s important that you’re aware of where every dollar you’re spending is going, as being inattentive can lead to expenses that you’re not even using.</p> <p>General manager Ross Miller has said to keep an eye on how much you’re spending at the tap or click of a device.</p> <p>“With services such as movies and dining available in a few taps and linked directly to your bank account, we would encourage Aussie households to take a look at how much they are spending and decide if they are comfortable with these costs,” he said.</p> <p>However, Laura Higgens, senior executive leader with ASIC’S MoneySmart initiative, has said that all of this data can surprisingly be a good thing.</p> <p>“All of that data is at your fingertips and it can really change how people understand their finances and track how much they are spending,” she said.</p> <p>“When you are using cash, you don’t necessarily know where that last $100 went.”</p> <p>Have you noticed your expenses rising due to the cost of convenience? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Woolworths' new controversial hot cross bun flavours – will you try them?

<p>It’s a known fact that once Christmas and New Year has passed by, we can start indulging in hot cross buns. And just when you thought that nothing can beat the original, Woolworths has decided to release two brand new flavours that will be sure to make your mouth water.</p> <p>The supermarket giant announced two limited edition hot cross bun flavours: Banana &amp; Caramel Hot Cross Buns and White Chocolate &amp; Raspberry Hot Cross Buns for an affordable $3.50.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7823723/hcb.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53b6f04ebd3a4ce6be5778bb26f7c56e" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Woolworths</em></p> <p>After garnering success with its limited edition <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/woolworths-sweet-move-the-new-hot-ticket-item-for-easter-already-on-sale" target="_blank">Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream</a>, Woolies’ drew inspiration from popular desserts, saying the two new flavours are for those who have a hankering for sweets.</p> <p>The Woolworths Banana &amp; Caramel Hot Cross Buns include delicious caramel pieces and Australian bananas, providing a “creamy, melt-in-your-mouth experience” according to the grocery store.</p> <p>While the White Chocolate &amp; Raspberry Hot Cross Buns contain chunks of white chocolate combined with raspberries, to provide a “sharp, fruity zing”.</p> <p>Woolworths Head of Bakery, Ben Thompson, said: “This year, Woolworths is adding another layer of decadence to your seasonal treats with two new additions to 2019’s hot cross bun lineup.</p> <p>“The limited-edition flavours of Banana and Caramel and Raspberry and White Choc have the perfect combination of dessert-like sweetness to compliment the classic fruit inclusions.</p> <p>“Our team of bakers had a lot of fun sampling new flavour combinations to come up with these two additions to the Easter range, and we are confident they’re going to become a hot favourite with our customers.”</p> <p>The new limited edition flavours are available at your local Woolworths store now.</p> <p>Will you be trying out these quirky new hot cross bun flavours? Or do you prefer the original? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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 Smoking hot Cassandra Thorburn’s Dancing With The Stars debut: “It was a failure”

<p>Cassandra Thorburn has received the lowest judges' score of the night on reality TV show <em>Dancing With the Stars</em> after what has been considered a difficult year for the ex-wife of Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>Australian-born dancer and judge, Craig Revel Horwood, had a few slicing words to say to Thorburn after fans praised her on social media for her ‘smoking’ dress and hair.</p> <p>The judge, who has sat on the panel for UK’s <em>Strictly Come Dancing,</em> is known for his savage insults – and he didn’t hold back last night, critiquing a number of the Aussie celebs.</p> <p>What started as all smiles when the 47-year-old came out on stage with her partner Marco De Angelis, quickly soured into a harsh verdict by the Australian judge.</p> <p>“I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt happy,” Thorburn said after performing the waltz in a glimmering red gown.</p> <p>Horwood however had a few harsh words.</p> <p>“Well, it was all going well until the skirt was ripped off and you started to dance,” he said.</p> <p>“Then quite frankly, it was a failure.”</p> <p>Thorburn took the harsh verdict with grace, jokingly thanking the judge.</p> <p>Viewers were taken aback last night by the judge's harsh comments and took to Twitter to convey their distaste.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The first week should be about a bit of encouragement and some constructive criticism to work with, not 'you were a failure from start to finish'. They're all trying their best, Craig. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a></p> — Emmee (@blueemmee) <a href="https://twitter.com/blueemmee/status/1097441943141793792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">So so proud of you Cass, and everyone that performed tonight! It's so easy to sit on our butts and hate on them when their out living their lives. It's only jealousy. Love and light to you all <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a></p> — Dani 🖤💛❤️ (@tamdanielle85) <a href="https://twitter.com/tamdanielle85/status/1097456527969931264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Others also commented on the fitting red dress she wore.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I want Cassandra’s dress (and the body to rock it).🔥 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a></p> — Anouska (@AnouskaHaaket) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnouskaHaaket/status/1097440000466026496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Thorburn wasn’t the only one to receive savage criticism last night even after Horwood received boos from the audience.</p> <p>He commented on <em>The Biggest Loser</em> trainer Michelle Bridges' dancing, comparing her swift movements to “two wooden legs".</p> <p>And it didn't stop there.</p> <p>“I thought a Ken doll would have danced with more fluidity to be honest … thank God you’re easy on the eye,” Horwood told lifesaver and model Jett Kenny, the son of Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny. He then went on to award him with a 2 out of 10 score.</p> <p>Not even <em>The Living Room’s </em>Miguel Maestre could avoid brutal feedback from Horwood.</p> <p>“You look like you just came out of a double hip replacement,” he commented.</p> <p>Sadly, Thorburn ended up at the bottom of the ladder on Monday night, alongside cricketer Curtly Ambrose, both receiving a measly score of 10 out of 30.</p> <p>Did you watching last night's debut episode of<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em>? Did you think judge Craig was unfair with his comments and scoring? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Restaurant’s brilliant response to “rude” customer goes viral

<p>A UK restaurant’s brilliant response to a "rude" customer who described their food and space as "crap" has gone viral on the Internet.</p> <p>By the River Brew Co's Träkol Restaurant in Tyne, England, shared the complaint email from a self-described "wealthy" and "well-educated" customer on their social media account last Monday.</p> <p>The unsatisfied customer wrote in an the email sent to the restaurant, "I am born and bread [sic] in Newcastle … Self employed from a wealthy background and well educated (privately, obviously). I have eaten in the best restaurants of Newcastle, Europe and the Caribbean.</p> <p>"I can honestly say I have never eaten such crap food in crap surroundings and payed [sic] at least four times what the food was worth."</p> <p>The paying patron's protest was also extended to the "salty" shellfish on the Barnsley Chop dish.</p> <p>The customer went on, "As a businessman I would not do you the disservice of putting this on social media, but someone needs to look at your offering."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT... UNLESS THEY ARE VERY VERY RUDE AND VERY VERY WRONG and sometimes, even in hospitality, you just have to say it like it is... x <a href="https://t.co/OJTeO2zYVi">pic.twitter.com/OJTeO2zYVi</a></p> — ByTheRiverBrewCo (@BTRBrewCo) <a href="https://twitter.com/BTRBrewCo/status/1094940228807282690?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The restaurant, which has been featured in the Michelin Guide, clapped back at the harsh review by sharing their brilliant response publicly on Twitter. </p> <p>"The customer is always right… unless they are very very rude and very very wrong," the management wrote in the Twitter caption accompanying a picture of their exchange.</p> <p>In their response to the customer, the restaurant masterfully addressed the customer’s "barbed and rather insulting" complaints.</p> <p>"Thank you for your mail — as a self employed, wealthy, privately educated individual we would have thought you would have understood the difference between bread and bred," they wrote.</p> <p>"Crap food: We are glad you enjoyed the Barnsley Chop … the real surprise is that you would expect crustaceans to be anything but salty given that they live in… the sea.</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/BtyiKZsgrql/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtyiKZsgrql/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">CHOP CHOP... Barnsley Chop, Seaweed Butter, Cockles &amp; Sea Vegetables.... DISCLAIMER: Cockles are salty mind ;) x . . . #träkol #foodie #foodporn #foodgasm #foodphotography #foodies #foodblogger #brewing #brewers #beer #craftbeer #beerstagram #beersofinstagram #beergeek #picoftheday #craftbeer #craftbeerporn #cycling #bikestagram #roadcycling #ilovemybike #beerstagram #picoftheday #gateshead #pictureoftheday</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bytheriverbrewco/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> ByTheRiverBrewCo</a> (@bytheriverbrewco) on Feb 12, 2019 at 9:09am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Crap surroundings: you don’t go into much detail here — and of course this is not the Caribbean at which you have dined in the best restaurants.</p> <p>"Whilst we are always welcoming of comments, critique and well reasoned complaints in this case we must take umbrage to your mail which we feel is simply a personal attack."</p> <p>The sharp-witted Twitter post has received more than 5,000 "likes", with people applauding the restaurant's answer.</p> <p>One of the restaurant’s fans wrote, "I'm sat here shouting far too many four letter words on behalf of you guys... shocking behaviour… please keep smashing out the amazing food and service that you guys do."</p> <p>Another user wrote, "Well, you've just earned yourself more customers the next time we’re down south. Brilliant response to an utterly terrible person."</p> <p>What do you think of the restaurant’s amusing response to the customer's email? Share your thoughts in the comments.</p>

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Australian legend Jack Thompson's health battle: "It's very confronting"

<p>Jack Thompson is an Australian screen legend who has been in the film industry for 50 years. However, at age 78, he’s undertaking one of the most important films in his career and has shown no signs of slowing down, despite being diagnosed with renal kidney failure or the film being made in Arnhem Land. </p> <p>"What would I complain about?" Thompson reflected in a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-18/jack-thompson-battles-kidney-failure-while-shooting-film/10724272">new interview with ABC</a>.</p> <p>"I'm alive. I'm on the right side of the ground, as the old fella says! Take a look at where you are, take a look at how long you've been here and how long you might reasonably have ahead of you. Be here now. Enjoy this."</p> <p>Thompson initially wasn't always so accepting of his diagnosis.</p> <p>"I finally presented to the doctors at St Vincent's Hospital and they said, 'You're about 48 hours away from not waking up'," he explained.</p> <p>"That's very confronting."</p> <p>"I never thought that end stage renal failure would have anything to do with me," he says. </p> <p>"I certainly didn't have a diet full of sugar. I exercised. I had a healthy diet. I was stunned. Here I am."</p> <p>A groundbreaking medical dialysis service offered in the Northern Territory has been an integral part of his filmmaking journey.</p> <p>The Purple Truck allows Thompson to receive his lifesaving treatment on wheels and, as the service is delivered in a bus, it allows remote Indigenous communities to gain access to lifesaving treatment as well.</p> <p>A nurse in the hospital where Thompson received his diagnosis had heard about what was happening and reached out to her friend, Sarah Brown, who is the CEO of Purple House.</p> <p>They felt obligated to help Thompson create the film he’s been desperate to make over the last seven years due to the story he was telling. </p> <p>The film <em>High Ground</em> recreates the Indigenous resistance to white settlement and is set in 1934.</p> <p>"When I walked into the room in St Vinny's, Jack had just finished his first dialysis," Ms Brown recalled.</p> <p>"He was looking quite unwell, and he looked really sad. There was this big man with this big personality and this huge life sitting in a hospital chair next to a hospital bed in a gown, looking crook.</p> <p>"We were the only people in the country who could help Jack to do this. It just felt right."</p> <p>Brown explained that the team are proud to have been able to help Thompson during this part of his life.</p> <p>"It's an unlikely story, Clancy of the Overflow, having dialysis in Kakadu, in a truck owned and run by Aboriginal people from the desert, yeah that's pretty unlikely," she added.</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/BnsmHHFhoYK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnsmHHFhoYK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Purple House (@purplehousedialysis)</a> on Sep 13, 2018 at 11:40pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Thompson now receives dialysis three times a week, whilst filming in Arnhem Land, all thanks to the Purple Truck.</p> <p>"You would put this in a movie, and they would say, 'No don't be silly Jack, that's very unlikely to happen all that'," Thompson says.</p> <p>"But of course it has happened. It's wonderful.</p> <p>"They have made it possible for my career to continue, when it very well could have come to a full stop right there."</p>

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4 expert tips: How to store books properly

<p>To keep your books in pristine condition, it is not enough to just put them on a shelf or stack them on your nightstand. Below are some of the best tips from librarians and experts that will help preserve books in good condition and prolong their life for years to come.</p> <p><strong>1. Find the right place</strong></p> <p>When it comes to storing books, humidity and temperature are the keys. To promote book longevity, the storage area should be a stable, cool, dry and well-ventilated environment.</p> <p>A room that is too humid or prone to condensation can lead to mould growth and encourage insects like silverfish and roaches, while hot temperatures can turn the bindings and pages dry and brittle. Because of this, experts generally advise against keeping books in the attics, basements and garages. Places near radiators, vents or water pipes are also not recommended.</p> <p>The British Library recommends keeping your reads in a place that has a relative humidity of 45 to 55 per cent. You can check the humidity level by getting a hygrometer.</p> <p><strong>2. Stay away from sunlight</strong></p> <p>Direct sunlight brings a lot of damage on books. Prolonged sunlight exposure can bleach spines and increase the paper’s acid content, allowing for the release of organic acidic vapours and turning the papers yellow and brittle. The US Library of Congress also suggests keeping books away from other intense lights.</p> <p><strong>3. Keep upright whenever possible</strong></p> <p>According to the National Library of Scotland, only large, heavy books should be placed flat. Other types of books should be kept upright without leaning to the sides of the shelves in order to protect the covers and spines. Organising books by size and using book stands with books of similar size could help them maintain their shape.</p> <p>If you have to stack your books, make sure to keep the largest books at the bottom and lighter, smaller ones on top in a pyramid-adjacent shape to prevent the spines from becoming rolled.</p> <p>Take care not to leave any books open and facing down for any period of time.</p> <p><strong>4. Clean regularly</strong></p> <p>Dust your books regularly to prevent dirt from accumulating, which could foster mould growth and pest infestation. To clean a book, take it from the shelf, keep the book closed and use a soft, chemical-free duster to clean it individually. Don’t forget to clean the bookshelves – while they are clear, you can also use this opportunity to vacuum the floor underneath the shelves.</p> <p>How do you store your books? Share your ideas in the comments.</p>

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