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13 of the funniest obituaries that really exist

<p><strong>Tickled to death</strong><br />Gosh, people really do just stop in their tracks to be quietly amazed and entertained by the people they love, and then file that image away to later craft into funny obituaries and eulogies capable of bringing down the house. Some of these are so pithy they should be written in stone (and some of them were – to make the funniest tombstones that actually exist).</p> <p><strong>“It pains me to admit it, but apparently I have passed away.”</strong><br />“Everyone told me it would happen one day, but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience,” Emily DeBrayda Phillips goes on to explain. Emily DeBrayda Phillips’ obituary is hilariously self-written and self-aware about her existence and end: “If you want to, you can look for me in the evening sunset or with the earliest spring daffodils or among the flitting and fluttering butterflies. You know I’ll be there in one form or another. Of course, that will probably be comfort to some while antagonising others, but you know me…it’s what I do.” She concludes with simple instructions: “If you don’t believe it, just ask me. Oh wait, I’m afraid it’s too late for questions. Sorry.”</p> <p><strong>“Her last words were ‘tell them that check is in the mail.’”</strong><br />Jean Larroux III and Hayden Hoffman decided to honour their mother, notable Waffle House patron (and library fine-avoider) Antonia “Toni” Larroux, with an obituary that reads like a standup set. “We started to write a normal [obituary],” Larroux III told HuffPost, before realising “mum would be so ashamed.” Some of its greatest hits include, “She conquered polio as a child, contributing to the nickname ‘polio legs,’ given by her ex-husband. It should not be difficult to imagine the reasons for their divorce 35+ years ago,” and, “She considered Aaron Burrell a distant grandson (not distant enough).” However, the siblings rounded out the seemingly blithe memorial with a rather moving annotation: “On a last but serious note, the woman who loved her life and taught her children to ‘laugh at the days to come’ is now safely in the arms of Jesus and dancing at the wedding feast of the Lamb. Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial. She is not dead. She is alive.” Who is cutting onions in here?</p> <p><strong>“Bill Brown finally stopped bugging everybody.”</strong><br />Rabblerouser Bill Brown’s obituary details his lifelong commitment to mischief, all the way up until he roused his last rabble in October 2013. Notable rabble: “Right to the end, he would do things like racing to beat other oldsters to empty chairs,” and meeting his wife, Ruth, while “trying to scare neighbour kids by acting like a barking dog when he threw open the front door, only to find himself barking at the Avon lady.”</p> <p><strong>“Your father is a very sick man.” “You have no idea.”</strong><br />There is no better legacy than a laugh – and Joe Heller and his daughters all know it. When Heller was born, his daughters note, “God thankfully broke the mould.” The daughters go on to profile the lifelong jester: “His mother was not immune to his pranks as he named his first dog ‘Fart’ so she would have to scream his name to come home. … The family encourages you to don the most inappropriate t-shirt that you are comfortable being seen in public with, as Joe often did.”</p> <p><strong>“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne chose to pass into the eternal love of God.”</strong><br />A regular Jane like me or you, Ms Mary Anne Alfriend Noland passed just six months before the 2016 election, to which her obituary references an extreme aversion. She was born, raised, and now rests in Virginia, USA – a swing state.</p> <p><strong>“Jesus had a backache only the world’s greatest chiropractor could fix.”</strong><br />Well, it appears Jesus had what could only be described as an unholy kink in his back, and Dr Mark Flanagan was there to make a house call. Not only was Dr Flanagan described as the “world’s greatest chiropractor,” but he also had “more dolphin paraphernalia than a gift shop at one of those places with actual dolphins.”</p> <p><strong>“Take magazines you’ve already read to your doctor’s office. Do not tear off the mailing label, ‘Because if someone wants to contact me, that would be nice.’”</strong><br />This is less the funniest obituary you’ll ever read and more the sweetest obituary you’ll ever read. Mary “Pink” Mullaney’s obituary is chock-full of advice from both the most lovable and loving soul to grace God’s green Earth, apparently: “If a possum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbecue brush to coax him out. If he doesn’t leave, brush him for 20 minutes and let him stay. Go to church with a chicken sandwich in your purse. Give the chicken sandwich to a homeless friend after mass. Go to a nursing home and kiss everyone. Put picky-eating children at the bottom of the laundry shoot, tell them they are hungry lions in a cage, and feed them veggies through the slats.”</p> <p><strong>“First Church of God, which she attended for 60 years in spite of praise music and A/V presentations.”</strong><br />Betty Jo Passmore passed away in 2014, and her obituary recounts her love of her family, mystery novels, and dark chocolate – and her absolute ire for praise music and A/V presentations. That Ms Passmore used her final stamp on this earthly world to drag out a lifelong beef just a little longer is hilarious and iconic.</p> <p><strong>“Who the h*** taught her to fly?”</strong><br />Lois Ann Harry’s obituary exposes her as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Originally from Idaho Falls – or is she?—Harry’s last confirmed sighting reports her departure from the Homestead wearing dark glasses and an ushanka. “Authorities are baffled by the disappearance of the 88-year-old woman, how she gained access to the aircraft, and who the h*** taught her how to fly,” the obituary reads. Even more baffling are her children’s contradictory assertions of her life: some swear she’s a pastry chef and freelance food critic, a professional gambler and race car driver, a square dancer, a botanist who ran a chain of recreational marijuana dispensaries in Washington state, and more. Ever a woman of mystery, she “loved her life, family, and friends but would prefer that you not follow her to Bermuda.”</p> <p><strong>“She wants her gold teeth back from the dentist that yanked them – those were HERS to keep.”</strong><br />This is exactly the kind of witticism you would expect in the obituary of someone who also requested “Another One Bites the Dust” be played at her funeral. Even more charming, Karen Short was affectionally referred to as “Hot Dog Lady” by the students who frequented her hot dog stand. Give Hot Dog Lady her gold teeth back! But overall, it’s actually a very moving, very touching obituary.</p> <p><strong>“She loved [her family] more than anything else in the world…except cold Budweiser, room temperature Budweiser, mopeds, fall foliage, the OJ chase and the OJ trial.”</strong><br />Jan Lois Lynch of Massachusetts was a woman of eclectic interests and sublime taste. Her aforementioned life’s loves sound like all the ingredients of an ideal Thursday afternoon. Plus, Ms Lynch’s sons note, “Dangling her feet over a 5,000-foot cliff at the edge of the Grand Canyon so she could ‘see what it felt like to feel the fear,’ taught us all the really good things in life are beyond the ‘Do Not Enter’ signs.” This is a woman after my own heart.</p> <p><strong>“Doug died”</strong><br />Douglas Legler of Fargo, North Dakota passed away in June 2015, but not before penning his own obituary, a testament to the adage “brevity is the soul of wit.”</p> <p><strong>“‘Triple Gemini!’ she shrieked. ‘How do you cope?’”</strong><br />When longtime Rolling Stone editor Harriet Fier passed in 2018, an obituary in the Washington Post chronicled her colourful and interesting life. It even included a brief anecdote about her unique Woodstock experience: “I spent the whole next morning picking up garbage because I felt bad about leaving a big mess.” However, the most entertaining part of her obituary is in reference to her landing at Rolling Stone: “As Ms Fier told friends, she had no firm direction after college and might well have attended law school if she had not joined Rolling Stone, where getting a job in the early 1970s required little more than a certain alignment in the stars. Interview paperwork asked for an applicant’s sun, moon and rising signs. ‘I didn’t know the difference, so I wrote Gemini on all three,’ Ms Fier recounted. Her answer was apparently good enough – although she startled the woman who took her form. ‘Triple Gemini!’ she shrieked. ‘How do you cope?’”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Caroline Fanning. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/humour/13-of-the-funniest-obituaries-that-really-exist?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Teenager leads discovery in finding COVID-19 cure

<p>Scientists across the globe are on a race to find a treatment for COVID-19, however the standout in all of this is a teenage girl. </p> <p>Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Frisco, Texas, has just won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a whopping A$35,230 prize for a discovery that could give a potential therapy to COVID-19.</p> <p>Anika's invention that won the prize uses in-silico methodology to uncover a lead molecule that can bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.</p> <p>The teen submitted her project while she was in the 8th grade, but she admitted her goal was not initially to find a cure for COVID-19. </p> <p>Her original intention was to use in-silico methods to identify a lead compound that could bind to a protein of the influenza virus. </p> <p>"After spending so much time researching about pandemics, viruses and drug discovery, it was crazy to think that I was actually living through something like this," Anika said.</p> <p>"Because of the immense severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic impact it had made on the world in such a short time, I, with the help of my mentor, changed directions to target the SARS-CoV-2 virus."</p> <p>Anika revealed she was inspired to find potential cures to viruses after learning about the 1918 flu pandemic. </p> <p>"Anika has an inquisitive mind and used her curiosity to ask questions about a vaccine for COVID-19," Dr Cindy Moss, a judge for the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, told CNN.</p> <p>"Her work was comprehensive and examined numerous databases. She also developed an understanding of the innovation process and is a masterful communicator. Her willingness to use her time and talent to help make the world a better place gives us all hope."</p> <p>Anika said winning the prize and title of top young scientist is an honour, but her work is not completed. </p> <p>Her next goal is to research and work alongside scientists and researchers who are fighting to "control the morbidity and mortality" of the pandemic. </p> <p>She will aid in developing her findings into an actual cure for the virus.</p> <p>"My effort to find a lead compound to bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus this summer may appear to be a drop in the ocean, but still adds to all these efforts," she said.</p> <p>"How I develop this molecule further with the help of virologists and drug development specialists will determine the success of these efforts."</p> <p><em>Image Credit: NIAID-RML (AP/NIAID-RML)</em></p>

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“Acting caused it”: Julie Walters quits after cancer diagnosis

<p>Julie Walters appears to be done with acting after her cancer diagnosis caused her to re-evaluate her entire career.</p> <p>The 70-year-old actress known for her role in the Harry Potter movies recently opened up saying she believes the stress from the industry “caused” her cancer.</p> <p>"Part of me was going, 'Oh my God! I've got cancer! Oh my God!' And I'm dealing with the shock of that, and it's all systems go to have it treated," she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/julie-walters-i-dont-want-to-work-again-unless-theres-a-mamma-mia-3-fdn0dxsn3" target="_blank">The Times.</a></p> <p>"But there was also an element of going, 'I don't have to do any more work. I can actually get off this treadmill.' Because I had been working really hard and it seemed like a big excuse not to do anything. Cancer trumps everything. So there was a huge relief in it, which is strange. But I needed something to stop me."</p> <p>In 2018, Walters was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer which forced her to get chemotherapy and undergo surgery.</p> <p>Due to this, she had to be cut from certain scenes in her new film The Secret Garden, and also ended up missing the premiere for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.</p> <p>She has now been told she’s cancer-free.</p> <p>"Acting caused it," Walters said. "Because of the way that I approach it. I have to be totally in it. Everything has to be just so. It's very stressful. You're immediately above the parapet. You're being judged. It's a stressful job and I don't sleep when I'm working. It's not good for me."</p> <p>While Walters appears to be ready to call her time on acting, she'd never turn down the opportunity to return for Mamma Mia 3.</p> <p>"After I had the operation and I was thinking about the future, I thought, 'I don't want to work again,'" Walters said. "Unless it's another Mamma Mia!"</p>

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New mum exposes mother-in-law after "unthinkable" act

<p>A new mum has spoken of her mother-in-law’s unthinkable act, just moments after she gave birth.</p> <p>Taking to Reddit, the woman said her husband’s mum renamed her newborn baby from Emile to Miles Alexander without her permission.</p> <p>She says her mother-in-law posted the news of her grandson’s arrival on Facebook, using the name she prefers rather than the one her daughter-in-law chose with her husband. </p> <p>“My mother in law doesn’t like me. Never has, never will,” the new mum said.</p> <p>“All throughout my pregnancy she referred to my baby as ‘her baby’ and ‘her grand baby. She very vocally disliked every single name I thought about.</p> <p>“Well he was born on September 28th, she made a [Facebook] post before I could and announced his name as something completely different from his actual name.</p> <p>“My cousin saw it and asked what that was about so I explained that she hates his name.</p> <p>“Well my cousin decided to comment ‘Congrats on the beautiful baby Emile (his real name)‘ and [my mother-in-law] deleted her comment.”</p> <p>Eventually, the mother-in-law changed her post to read “baby Emile AKA Miles Alexander”, which was still unacceptable to the new mum.</p> <p>Further chaos ensued after her husband didn’t see anything wrong with his mother’s actions.</p> <p>“My cousin saw it and asked what that was about so I explained that she hates his name.</p> <p>“Well my cousin decided to comment ‘Congrats on the beautiful baby Emile (his real name)‘ and [my mother-in-law] deleted her comment.”</p> <p>Eventually, the mother-in-law changed her post to read “baby Emile AKA Miles Alexander”, which was still unacceptable to the new mum.</p> <p>“He said he’d tell her to take it down completely.</p> <p>“I explained ‘How would you like it if I just started calling you Micheal instead of [real name]?’</p> <p>“I hope I got through to him.</p> <p>“I overlooked her dismissing my names before he was born and I’ve still sent pictures and updates every day since he’s been born.</p> <p>“This is where I’m drawing my line. His name is Emile Alexander and that’s that.”</p> <p>Other Reddit users applauded the mum for taking a stand.</p> <p>“Congrats on your little one,” said one.</p> <p>“Her behaviour is extremely inappropriate.</p> <p>“I would make it clear that she has already had her shot at motherhood, and your baby is not her chance to relive her glory days, so to speak.</p> <p>“You have to put a stop to this now because it will only get worse as baby ages.”</p> <p>Added another: “It’s just unthinkable to think that someone would do this. You should limit contact with her, very toxic.”</p>

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Victoria Police respond to "anti-Dan" Andrews sticker on patrol car

<p>Locals in Melbourne were shocked after they spotted a police patrol car driving around with an anti-Dan sticker on the back.</p> <p>The sticker, which was placed on the car's back window, showed Victorian Premier Dan Andrews with a red line across his face and the caption "Make Victoria Great Again", which is a play on words for President Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again".</p> <p>The Victorian Police have gone on Facebook to clear up the issues, saying that the driver of the patrol car was not anti-government.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838334/police-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/de7b0126e235444d96ae0d6a0f68a893" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>“Hi everyone. We’re aware of a photo going around on social media of a Victoria Police vehicle with a sticker on its rear window,” the post begins.</p> <p>“The vehicle had been left unattended for a short time in Yarra Glen when an unknown person affixed the sticker on the vehicle.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, it was driven to Lilydale before the sticker was noticed and immediately removed.</p> <p>“We would just like to state for the record that we think Victoria is already great but would urge members of the public to refrain from putting stickers on our vehicles. Thank you.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/vic/victoria-police-responds-after-anti-dan-andrews-sticker-seen-on-patrol-car-c-1416085" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">7News</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Confusing road rules question strikes again

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A confusing question posted by Queensland's Department of Transport has had drivers fighting with each other in the Facebook comments.</p> <p>The Department of Transport posted a graphic of a car entering a roundabout and challenged social media users to "prove they know their road rules".</p> <p>"The driver of the blue car is turning right at the roundabout. Which of the following is the correct way to indicate so that the other drivers know what they intend to do?" the Department asked.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTMRQld%2Fphotos%2Fa.295748123801411%2F3465883320121193%2F&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=659&amp;appId" width="552" height="659" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>The quiz had four options, with option A saying no indicating was needed, option B saying that you don't indicate when entering the roundabout but you indicate left before exiting, option C was indicating right while approaching and entering the roundabout and indicate left before indicating and finally, option D was indicating right while approaching, entering and exiting the roundabout.</p> <p>The answer to the question is option C, but he quiz quickly turned into drivers harassing other drivers for their refusal to follow basic road rules. </p> <p>“C, although cars in Bundaberg don’t come fitted with indicators,” one quipped.</p> <p>“We all know C is the correct answer, but A and B is how most people drive these days,” another weighed in.</p> <p>Others mused how “amazing” it was how few people knew their road rules.</p> <p>“Interesting statistics here, all comments 100 per cent correct, only one per cent will do the right thing …” another said.</p> <p>"All the ones that say C, do you actually do it?" one questioned.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Baby number two! Sylvia Jeffreys announces pregnancy with Peter Stefanovic

<p>Sylvia Jeffreys has announced she is pregnant with her second child.</p> <p>The Today Extra host took to Instagram to share the exciting news, posting a photo of her husband Peter Stefanovic with their eight-month-old son, Oscar.</p> <p>"When you find out you're getting a best bud for life. Oscar's little brother due in April next year," the Nine journalist wrote. "We are so lucky."</p> <p>Jeffreys is approximately 14 weeks into her pregnancy.</p> <p>The couple welcomed their first-born Oscar in February 2020.</p> <p>Jeffreys took five months of maternity leave after Oscar’s birth, returning to the Today Extra desk in late July.</p> <p>During the week, Jeffreys revealed Oscar had been conceived via IVF, but it is unknown if her second pregnancy is the same.</p> <p>Sitting down with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://nine.com.au/" target="_blank">Nine.com.au</a>’s Brooke Campbell on Wednesday, Jeffreys discussed the issue of unused embryos and said the topic was particularly significant to her.</p> <p>"I know from my own personal experience of IVF that so much goes into having a successful embryo and having something sitting there that gives you the opportunity to make life for your family," she said, tearing up as she spoke.</p> <p>"There's such an emotional attachment to those embryos, long before they become the baby or the child that you grow to love."</p> <p>Congratulations to the Stefanovic clan on this exciting news.</p>

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Two Sydney suburbs on high COVID alert due to one person

<p><span>NSW authorities have issued an urgent warning for Sydney’s south-east after one person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited a number of venues across two suburbs.</span><br /><br /><span>The announcement came on Monday night, and while NSW Health says there are no alerts for specific venues - the positive case visited multiple places in Kingsford and Ramsgate areas throughout the first half of October while possibly highly infectious.</span><br /><br /><span>NSW Health flagged that anyone who has visited the two suburbs, especially cafes, in those two weeks should be on the lookout for symptoms.</span><br /><br /><span>The warning follows after a positive case in the area was first alerted last Thursday.</span><br /><span>"NSW is at a critical point, and the only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing," a statement said.</span><br /><br /><span>"This is particularly important in south eastern, south western, and western Sydney as well as in south western Sydney and western Sydney where there have been recent locally transmitted cases."</span><br /><br /><span>Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that several COVID-19 restrictions would be easing slightly on Tuesday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>A group booking of up to 30 people will be allowed in restaurants, instead of the previous restriction of 20.</span><br /><br /><span>Guests allowed at weddings will also be raised to 300 from December 1.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Berejiklian is also asking people to consider going out for Christmas events because it's safer than meeting at home.</span><br /><br /><span>"The health experts agree and have given us advice that it would actually be safer to go to a restaurant or a hotel or somewhere which is COVID-safe to have your Christmas lunch rather than indoors in a confined space," Ms Berejiklian said.</span><br /><br /><span>The Premier said that the easing of restrictions did not allow groups to stand and mingle at indoor events.</span><br /><br /><span>"We are not at the point yet where we can allow mingling," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The four-square-metre rule for indoor venues and the two-square-metre rule for outdoor venues will continue to remain in place, Ms Berejiklian said.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Berejiklian said the easing of restrictions was good news.</span><br /><br /><span>However, she has maintained that it is important people follow the COVID safety guidelines.</span><br /><br /><span>"We never want to be in a position where we have to go backwards," she said.</span></p>

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"Pack of idiots": Businesses unhappy with Vic's fewer COVID-19 rules

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>While Victorians have woken to more freedom after Melbourne Premier Daniel Andrews announced a range of restrictions were eased, many are still unhappy that the hospitality and retail industries have been left out.</p> <p>The new easement of restrictions include:</p> <ul> <li>Melbourne residents are able to travel 25 kilometres from home</li> <li>No time limit on time spent outdoors</li> <li>Outdoor gatherings increased from five to 10 people from two households</li> <li>Skate parks, golf courses and tennis courts will reopen</li> <li>Melbourne residents are able to get a haircut, see an allied health professional, renovate their home, wash their car and bid at auction</li> </ul> <p>“I have announced today what is safe but will not undermine the sacrifice, the hard work, the pain, the amazing efforts that Victorians have put in,” Andrews told reporters on Sunday.</p> <p>However, the hospitality, retail and beauty salon sector will remain closed for another two weeks until November 1. Business groups have since lashed out at Andrews' lockdown exit plan.</p> <p>Council of Small Business ­Organisations Australia chief executive Peter Strong told the ABC that Mr Andrews “talks to Victorians like they’re a pack of idiots” and had harmed businesses unnecessarily.</p> <p>“I think he’s never run a business. He thinks you turn the key and the shop opens again and everything happens,” he said.</p> <p>It’s not like that. And the lack of respect for the business community is profound.”</p> <p>Chapel Street Precinct general manager Chrissie Maus said it was an "unjust joke" to leave the sectors waiting until November 1.</p> <p>“There’s a cloud of anger from businesses…as this is no longer acceptable or sustainable for our businesses. I would have rather kept the 5km limit and the shops opened,” Ms Maus said.</p> <p>“This week the World Health Organization (WHO) stated they no longer support widespread city lockdowns. WHO understands we must now live with the virus until a vaccine is ready, Daniel Andrews does not.</p> <p>“It seems the rest of the country is evolving in their policies but Dan continues on his draconian parade. We must learn to live with the virus and open our businesses up now.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Awkward": Schapelle Corby's tense Sunrise interview

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Schapelle Corby's interview on <em>Sunrise</em> left fans uncomfortable as the convicted drug smuggler took offence to a question from co-host Sam Armytage.</p> <p>Corby appeared on the morning show before her reality TV show debut <em>SAS Australia </em>and spoke to hosts David Koch and Sam Armytage about the experience.</p> <p>“I covered part of your trial in Bali. If you’d said to me, fast forward 10, 15 years, I’d be interviewing you now doing a reality show, I’d have said, ‘Oh, for goodness sake’,” Armytage began, before Corby, who appeared to have difficulty hearing the question, interjected.</p> <p>“If one of the what? If one of the what?” she asked.</p> <p>Armytage repeated the question – but Corby cut her off mid-sentence. “Well I wouldn’t have had any clue what would be in my future,” she said.</p> <p>“What do you say to people out there who are surprised you want to pursue a TV career?” Armytage continued.</p> <p>“Nothing. It’s all about my own self. I did this for myself,” said a frustrated-looking Corby.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">EXCLUSIVE: Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby spoke to Kochie and Sam about life on the outside, her long-distance relationship and why she signed up for grueling new reality show <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SASAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SASAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/EfBGu5Gmuk">pic.twitter.com/EfBGu5Gmuk</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1317941819703922688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Corby, 43, warmed up after the bumpy start and explained why filming <em>SAS Australia</em>, which is a military-style reality show with Aussie celebrities doing tough challenges, was rough for her.</p> <p>“This is why I wanted to do it; I wanted to see if I was in control of my mind,” she said.</p> <p>However, a question from Kochie made things tense again after he asked "What was tougher? Doing this show or spending those years in a Bali jail?"</p> <p>Corby shot back, saying "Well, it's completely different, Kochie."</p> <p>She opened up about what she has been doing since returning to Australia from Bali three years ago.</p> <p>“I’m happy in my life, but I was feeling a little stuck. I wasn’t reaching out to friends or making any plans, so I needed this little exercise of SAS, and it really gave me a kick up the butt.”</p> <p>She also shared about how her boyfriend Ben Panangian is her "huge motivator" in her life.</p> <p>“He’s very important. He’s a huge motivator in me. Umm … yeah. He’s really encouraged … he’s a big part of my life. It works because we have video chats. It’s not just letters or normal telephone calls. We speak to each other like three, four times a day … it works for us, this long distance relationship,” she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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New Zealand travellers burst Australia's travel bubble

<p>Travellers arriving as part of the newly minted international arrangements with New Zealand have left state authorities scrambling after taking internal flights to jurisdictions outside of the travel bubble.</p> <p>Under the original arrangements, passengers from New Zealand were permitted to enter New South Wales and the Northern Territory.</p> <p>But on Friday night, it was revealed that a few trans-Tasman arrivals took connecting flights to Melbourne.</p> <p>Authorities in Victoria have now spoken to all 55 people who were gearing up to arrive in the state to explain local coronavirus rules.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a statement saying some of the travellers were in family groups, with most of them staying in private homes.</p> <p>Three of the travellers expected to enter the state remained in NSW.</p> <p>And one who was in Victoria returned to NSW on Sunday.</p> <p>"Twenty-one of the 55 travellers arrived at Melbourne Airport … the remainder arrived using other modes of transport," the statement said.  </p> <p>"DHHS authorised officers continue to meet incoming flights at Melbourne Airport and provide information to arriving passengers."</p> <p>Authorities in West Australia have also confirmed 23 people, including a child, all from New Zealand, are currently in hotel or home quarantine after flying into Perth overnight. </p> <p>WA has a hard border and Premier Mark McGowan said the Federal Government needed to provide more support.</p> <p>"We would like further assistance from the Commonwealth, in particular, about making sure that those people who come on aircraft into WA that we get proper manifests and proper advice as to those people that are coming so we can deal with these situations," he said.</p> <p>Unlike Western Australia, Victoria does not have restrictions on incoming arrivals, but Premier Daniel Andrews has issued criticism over the way events unfolded.</p> <p>He said his government had repeatedly requested to be excluded from the arrangement.</p> <p>"We were asked, 'Do you want to be in the bubble?' and we said no," Mr Andrews told reporters on Sunday, as he announced easing of restrictions in the state.</p>

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20 of the most surreal natural phenomena – explained

<p><strong>Behold</strong><br />I don’t know about you, but being cooped up in the house has made me yearn for the majesty of nature like I’ve never quite yearned in the past. Sure, prior to quarantine I might’ve gone weeks without seeing moss and not thought twice about it, but now that I cannot venture out of my home to see salt flats or rainbow eucalyptus trees, I am simply beside myself. But that doesn’t mean I can’t use this time to educate myself about them – I dare you to try to stop me from marvelling at Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland and other natural phenomena. Take a look at some of nature’s most dream-like creations, and maybe they’ll earn a spot at the top of your bucket list.</p> <p><strong>Moonbows</strong><br />Much like rainbows, these colourful nocturnal arches occur when light (from the moon, in this case) reflects and refracts off water droplets in the sky. But moonbows are much more rare than rainbows – the natural phenomenon happens only when the moon is very low, the sky is dark, and rain is falling opposite the moon.</p> <p><strong>Sun halos</strong><br />Similar to moonbows, sun halos, or a circle rainbow, form much higher in the sky when light reflects through ice crystals forming a perfect circle. They appear as a large circle of white or coloured light around the sun.</p> <p><strong>Brinicles</strong><br />What Alec Baldwin describes on Frozen Planet as “icy fingers of death,” brinicles are underwater stalactites, or hollow icicles, that form when cold salt water freezes. In the right conditions, brinicles can reach and pool on the ocean floor, eventually freezing slow-moving bottom-dwelling creatures like starfish.</p> <p><strong>Shooting stars</strong><br />Shooting stars are actually meteors, or small rocks that have entered the Earth’s atmosphere. The light you see is the particles heating up and burning. Stargazers can expect to see a shooting star every ten to 15 minutes.</p> <p><strong>Sinkholes</strong><br />A perfect example of how a natural phenomenon can be dangerous is the Florida man who was swallowed by a sinkhole under his bedroom. Sinkholes most commonly occur when water, made acidic by contact with plants or carbon dioxide in the air, erodes soft rock such as limestone, gypsum or dolomite underground, forming a deep cavern.</p> <p><strong>Whirlpools</strong><br />Formed at the meeting of opposing currents, whirlpools are often much more ominous in fiction than in real life. The most powerful whirlpools, called maelstroms, are formed in narrow, shallow straits with fast flowing water, or at the base of waterfalls, but the speed of the swirl rarely exceeds 30km/ph.</p> <p><strong>Glowing beaches</strong><br />Some beaches around the world glow at night. This natural phenomenon is caused by phytoplankton in the water that gives off light when agitated by the movement of waves and currents. These microorganisms can be seen at beaches in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and many more around the world. The image above is a long exposure shot of a blue fluorescent wave of bioluminescent plankton in Thailand.</p> <p><strong>Light pillars</strong><br />Light pillars are colourful beams of light that shine down from the sky, typically during sunrise. They are sometimes also referred to as solar pillars or sun pillars. Light pillars occur in colder climates when light reflects off ice crystals in the air.</p> <p><strong>Waterspouts</strong><br />Some might mistake a waterspout for a tornado moving over a body of water, but in reality, a waterspout is a type of cloud. Waterspouts are rotating columns of air over water and are much weaker than tornados. They mainly occur in tropical and subtropical climates.</p> <p><strong>Volcanic lightning</strong><br />Thunderstorm lightning has nothing on volcanic lightning which appears during a volcano explosion. This lightning forms in the volcanic plume – the cylinder-shaped column of volcanic ash – after it erupts, according to National Geographic. The particles that make up the plume compress underground. Once these particles eject above ground the density changes. Plus, the friction between particles charges them. They separate as they go up, creating space for electricity or lightning to flow between particles, per National Geographic.</p> <p><strong>Blood falls</strong><br />In Antarctica, the famous Blood Falls – a blood-red waterfall pouring out of the Taylor Glacier, are found in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Scientists and geologists first thought that the water was the colour red because of algae, according to Atlas Obscura. Research by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, however, found the red colour is thanks to oxidised iron in the brine saltwater. We see the falls thanks to a fissure allowing the water to flow from the small, trapped body.</p> <p><strong>Frozen lake bubbles</strong><br />Lake Abraham in Alberta, Canada, features some beautiful frozen, trapped, bubbles of methane. Methane bubbles form in water when bacteria feasts on leaves and animals in the water. The bacteria eat the matter and ‘poops’ out methane, which turn into floating bubbles in frozen water, according to Smithsonian Magazine.</p> <p><strong>Salt flats</strong><br />There are some well-known and beautiful salt flats, also known as salt lakes in Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria. No matter their location, salt flats are all thanks to the evaporation of water and the concentration and precipitation of salts and other minerals dissolved in it, according to the New York Times. They can differ in their water source which could be a lake, groundwater, or one of many other water sources.</p> <p><strong>Glow-worm caves</strong><br />Even worms, although small and slimy, are a natural phenomenon – especially glow-worms and their caves. Most of these caves are in New Zealand and Australia. The Waitomo Caves in New Zealand are the most well-known, having formed more than 30 million years ago. The science behind the glow-worm caves is interesting. In fact, they technically aren’t ‘glowing worms’ at all. According to the New York Times, fungus gnat eggs hatch, their larva constructing mucus. That mucus coughs up silk strings collecting droplets of more mucus. This is the net that illuminates and attracts flies or other victims for the worms.</p> <p><strong>Rainbow eucalyptus trees</strong><br />Rainbow eucalyptus or rainbow gum trees hails from the Philippines and Indonesia. The colourful tree stripes are actually strips of old and new bark. As the thin bark layers peel away, they reveal younger ones with brighter colours. The youngest bark is green then purple, red and brown as the tree ages and loses chlorophyll. Eventually, the bark becomes totally brown again before repeating the shedding cycle, according to nature.com.</p> <p><strong>Travertine terraces</strong><br />Travertine forms as a result of calcium carbonate precipitation from geothermal waters, according to New Zealand’s University of Waikato. The travertine builds up forming terraces over time. When hot water full of carbon dioxide flows through limestone, it dissolves. It carries calcium carbonate to the surface of the travertine, per Atlas Obscura. Still, more research shows there might be other reasons for their formation. Bacteria in the water could catalyse the minerals, forming the terraces, according to Science Magazine.</p> <p><strong>Sandstone waves</strong><br />These sandstone waves were originally dunes in Arizona, USA. Dating back more than 190 million years, the ‘waves’ are made up of intersecting troughs of sandstone turned to rock. According to Atlas Obscura, the dunes form vertically and horizontally, and slow erosion, thanks to wind and rain over time, reveals their wave-like look. Sandstone waves are a must for avid hikers in the American Southwest.</p> <p><strong>Desert roses</strong><br />Desert roses are a special crystal group formed by rain or flooding in desert regions where there are trapped sand particles. Switching between wet and dry conditions forms the crystals while trapping grains of sand. Although most form from gypsum, baryte and celestite roses exist, too.</p> <p><strong>Nacreous clouds</strong><br />Nacreous clouds look like light waves of various colours. They are rare since they’re only visible within two hours after sunset or before dawn. However, they’re more common during winter time in places with high altitudes, like in Antarctica, Scandinavia, Iceland and Canada.</p> <p><strong>Permafrost explosions</strong><br />This natural phenomenon is thanks to frozen, trapped methane, similar to the bubbles seen here in Lake Abraham, Canada. Heating these larger-scale bubbles results in huge bursts, according to Business Insider. The warming temperatures in Arctic zones thaw the ice, releasing the gas and creating permafrost explosions.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Beth Dreher. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/20-of-the-most-surreal-natural-phenomena-explained?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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The Queen and Prince William blasted online for not wearing face masks

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen and Prince William stepped out for a joint engagement and have been blasted online for not wearing face masks.</p> <p>The pair visited the British military's Defence Science and Technology Labratory, which was the Queen's first public appearance in months.</p> <p>However, the pair weren't wearing facemasks, much to the dismay of the public and Piers Morgan.</p> <p>The UK is currently experiencing a second COVID-19 wave, with restrictions being reintroduced in some areas.</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/CGXP2DNngfr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CGXP2DNngfr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Oct 15, 2020 at 4:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Why no masks or social distancing?" Piers Morgan questioned on Twitter. </p> <p>"Sorry, but this is not a smart move by the Royal Family as the virus rages and the country heads into another lockdown."</p> <p>The palace has said that the decision to go maskless by the Queen, 94, was made after consulting her medical team.</p> <p>“Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with the laboratory,” said royal reporter Chris Ship on <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/status/1316701765795024896" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Twitter</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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17 things you didn’t know about Prince George

<p><strong>He missed out on a royal birthday tradition this year</strong><br />Like many youngsters in 2020, Prince George had a low-key birthday during the coronavirus pandemic. And there’s one royal honour he didn’t receiving this year: the tradition of the ringing of the bells at London’s Westminster Abbey was a no-go, as the Abbey was closed until August. But the young prince might not even have noticed, as he’s currently spending time with his family away from London at their country estate, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. His mum, Duchess Catherine, revealed in a podcast that the family enjoys the “simple things” like being “outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty.” A recent pic taken by the Duchess is proof, showing Prince George and his siblings, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, roughhousing in the grass with their dad, Prince William.</p> <p><strong>He has sibling rivalry with Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte</strong><br />As with any family, there are squabbles between Prince George and his younger siblings. Duchess Kate recently revealed at a gardening event that the siblings are having a sunflower-growing competition – and Prince George hasn’t exactly been happy with the results. “The children are really enjoying growing their sunflowers – Louis’s is winning so George is a little grumpy about that!” she said. And in typical older-brother fashion, he has also wanted to take over his sister’s school assignments. “George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects,” Duchess Kate told ITV. “Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work!” We’re not sure what spider sandwiches entail, although they do sound enticing for a little boy.</p> <p><strong>He volunteers</strong><br />Duchess Catherine and Prince William strive to teach the future king of England about the importance of giving back to those in need. Not even a spring rainstorm could stop Prince George and his family from delivering homemade pasta to the elderly and vulnerable near their Norfolk home, in a photo released for Britain’s Volunteers Week in early June. The young prince had even helped prepare the packages himself, along with his siblings. “They got drenched as it was pouring with the rain but I think they just wanted to do their bit,” one onlooker told The Daily Mail.</p> <p><strong>He’s a normal schoolboy</strong><br />At the school Prince George attends, Thomas’s Battersea in London, the young prince is just like any other student, which is exactly how his parents want it – Prince William and Duchess Catherine haven’t even told Prince George yet he’ll be king one day. “George is really happy at school, [and] his nickname is P.G.,” a classmate’s parent told Vanity Fair. “He’s very popular and has lots of friends, and there’s very little fuss made about who he is,” the parent said. “Either William or Kate do drop-off, and they are always very friendly.” Prince George’s little sister, Princess Charlotte, joined him at the school last year.</p> <p><strong>He loves the British cartoon Fireman Sam</strong><br />Although Prince George is not allowed to have an iPad, he still gets in screen time while he watches his favourite show, Fireman Sam, as his parents revealed in a BBC radio interview. “Fireman Sam is taking an awful lot of interest,” Prince William said, noting that he has to watch along with his son. “You have to pretend you’re really into [his shows] because George gets very upset if you’re not showing due diligence to the characters.” The creators of Fireman Sam even gave a nod to the young prince in their 30th-anniversary episode, “The Prince of Pontypandy,” in which an unnamed royal family makes an appearance.</p> <p><strong>He’s started wearing long pants</strong><br />Royal watchers know that following tradition, Prince George had always appeared in public in shorts, even in winter. But the youngster is growing up and has begun breaking this protocol. His first public appearance in long pants was at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Last December’s Christmas card also featured the young prince in laid-back jeans, described by one British newspaper as a ‘royal shock’. Then again, Prince William and Kate’s Christmas cards are always fantastic, regardless of what the young prince is wearing.</p> <p><strong>His sister wears his hand-me-downs</strong><br />Like any good big brother, Prince George has passed on his clothes to his little sister, Princess Charlotte. In that same Christmas card, Princess Charlotte is wearing a sweater Prince George wore in a 2016 photo with his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Charlotte also wore the same hand-me-down sweater in a photo with their newest sibling, Prince Louis, following his birth in 2018. And this spring, Princess Charlotte was spotted wearing the exact same sneakers Prince George wore the year before, both without socks, no less – although whether she inherited his stinky shoes or is simply wearing a new pair of the same style has not been revealed.</p> <p><strong>He can be ‘naughty’</strong><br />As a toddler, Prince George was something of a handful – so much so that his parents decided to leave him at home when they went on a 2016 trip to India. When asked why the young prince was not with them, Duchess Catherine reportedly replied, “Because George is too naughty. He would be running all over the place.” Maybe now that he’s older, he can accompany them on their next trip there. “The next time we come we will definitely bring them,” the Duchess said.</p> <p><strong>He has seven godparents</strong><br />There are some ways Prince George is just like any other ‘normal’ boy – and some ways his Royal life is very, very different. For example, at his christening, he received not one, not two, but seven godparents to assist, counsel, and support him in his very important royal role. According to the Prince’s official royal biography, they are: Mr Oliver Baker, Mrs David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon. Mrs Michael Samuel, Mrs Michael Tindall, and Mr William van Cutsem. Just who are these people? They range from childhood and college friends of Prince William and Duchess Catherine to family and other members of the aristocracy. No Royals, though, made the cut, possibly so that the young prince will have others to turn to outside ‘the firm’ as he grows up.</p> <p><strong>He loves dancing, like his late grandmother</strong><br />Prince George’s grandmother, the late Princess Diana, was known for her dancing, such as when she took to the floor with John Travolta at the White House. And the grandson she never got to meet has apparently inherited her skills. “George is doing dancing as well, he loves it,” Prince William shared. “My mother always used to dance, she loved dancing.” Prince George’s school, Thomas’s Battersea, includes ballet class for young students, so he can enhance his natural talent.</p> <p><strong>He tailgates</strong><br />At a polo match last year, with his siblings and new cousin, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince George looked like any boy having a fun outing. (Even though Harry and Meghan’s baby is being raised differently form the Cambridge children). While his dad and uncle, Prince Harry, played, Prince George decided he’d rather kick around a soccer ball than watch the game. At one point, his mother, Duchess Catherine, had to take away a polo mallet he was dangerously wielding near Princess Charlotte. Then, he and his sister had an impromptu tailgate, complete with snacks out of the cooler. They hopped up into the back of their SUV as their mum and brother, Prince Louis, lounged on the grass below.</p> <p><strong>He’s a picture-posing pro</strong><br />From a young age, Prince George was a natural in front of the camera. According to a photographer who took his picture for a special postage stamp when the Prince was only two years old, “he was absolutely charming, as you can see from the picture. You only have a short window of opportunity with small children, but Prince George was on good form and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing him enjoy the day.” Duchess Catherine, an avid photographer herself, also recently revealed her son loves having his picture taken. “Get outside with your camera as well – George and Charlotte love it when we do that,” she advised budding photographers at an event.</p> <p><strong>He goes on spider hunts</strong><br />Speaking of getting outside, Prince George loves being in nature, as his mother recently opened up about during a visit to a ‘forest school’. According to the head of the school, the Duchess “said she often takes her children on spider hunts in their garden, which they love. They can spend hours out there.” At another garden visit, Duchess Catherine talked about how much her children love to learn by exploring the outdoors. “That’s where George and Charlotte would love to be is learning outside of the classroom, not inside,” she said. And Prince George’s grandfather, Prince Charles, has said the youngster is “one of those characters who naturally, instinctively likes to be outside.”<br /><br /><strong>He helped design his mum’s garden</strong><br />With his love of nature, it’s not surprising Prince George actually helped Duchess Catherine design her woodland-themed, play-and-learn garden for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) this year. “We made the stepping stones because Prince George wanted them,” the landscaper the Duchess worked with told Hello!. “The kids loved jumping across [the stream].” Plus, the official Kensington Palace Instagram revealed, “over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have helped the Duchess gather moss, leaves, and twigs to help decorate the RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.” The Duchess said her kids “played [in the garden] last night in a way I hadn’t imagined. They were throwing stones. I hadn’t actually thought that that was what they would be doing. They kicked their shoes off, and wanted to paddle in the stream…using it in a way that I hadn’t anticipated.”</p> <p><strong>He makes pizza dough</strong><br />What kid doesn’t like pizza? Prince George is no exception and even likes making his own personal pies. At a community centre lunch, Duchess Catherine said, “I’ve done that with George and Charlotte, making pizza dough. They love it because they can get their hands messy.” At a recent event where she actually made pizzas with children, Kate said of her own kids, “they would love to come and do this with you. They’ll be very sad that I’ve been out here making pizzas with all you and they haven’t been!” The budding chef also likes to make cookies, although the Duchess has said, “when I try to do this with George at home, chocolate and the golden syrup goes everywhere. He makes so much mess. It’s chaos.” So relatable!</p> <p><strong>He plays tennis – with Roger Federer</strong><br />Another of the sporty Prince’s interests is playing tennis – but not too many seven-year-olds get to take lessons from one of its top stars. At Wimbledon, Duchess Catherine said that Prince George has actually played with his favourite player, Roger Federer, according to the tournament’s Wimbledon Morning Coffee. And as reported in The Daily Star, Federer is also a fan of Prince George, “He’s a cute boy. I love to see they’re into tennis or into sport,” noting that George has “a good swing.” The tennis champ also said about being the Prince’s favourite, “I think I have a little advantage that I actually spent some time with him, so maybe I’m the only player he’s ever met. Then you have a little head start into who is your favourite player!”</p> <p><strong>He gets totally bored at formal events</strong><br />The future king may lead an extraordinary life, but he sure exhibits some pretty ordinary – if adorable – kid behaviour. At last year’s Trooping the Colour, which celebrates the Queen’s birthday, his priceless expressions, including a scrunched-up nose and facepalm, were just like any other bored little boy at a grownup event. Never mind the Royal Air Force fly-by: George is totally over it. This (almost) tops when his cousin, Savannah Phillips, shushed the giggling Prince and even covered his mouth. Whether smiling or scowling, Prince George steals the show!</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Tina Donvito. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/17-things-you-didnt-know-about-prince-george?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. 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15 questions polite people never ask

<div class="share-buttons"> <div class="addthis_inline_share_toolbox" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/15-questions-polite-people-never-ask" data-title="15 questions polite people never ask | Reader's Digest Australia" data-description="While your intentions may come from the right place, you need to think about how a question will make the object of your interrogation feel before speaking. Here are the questions that experts say to put on your &quot;just don't say it&quot; list."> <div class="at-resp-share-element at-style-responsive addthis-smartlayers addthis-animated at4-show at-mobile" aria-labelledby="at-a02d1d62-6b60-4b42-a7aa-4fc057d9ccc5"> <p><strong>How to tell if a question is appropriate</strong><br />Asking questions is usually a means to an end. You need information, the person you’re speaking with (hopefully) has answers. However, while this works great for “What time does the store close” or “What is your favourite book?” it gets sticky when you veer into personal territory, says Sarah Epstein, MFT, a relationship therapist. Many people may think they’re just making “polite conversation” by asking questions of the other person but they are actually coming across as intrusive or judgmental, she says.</p> <p>How do you know the difference? “A good rule of thumb is that polite people always think about the impact of their words instead of only thinking about the information they want to learn,” she says.</p> <p><strong>You’re so cute, why are you still single?</strong><br />“Thoughtful, polite people don’t ask about a person’s relationship status because they know that it can be a sensitive subject for many,” Epstein says. The other issue with this question is the word “still” – something you should try to avoid because it comes across as inherently judgmental in any personal question, she adds.</p> <p><strong>Why don’t you have kids yet?</strong><br />Polite people never ask about reproduction because they know that a person’s choice whether or not to have children can be a very touchy subject, laden with potential landmines, Epstein says. “These types of questions often lead to hurt feelings, particularly for those who struggle with infertility or those who have chosen not to have children but continually receive questions about their decision,” she says.</p> <p><strong>You look so thin! Have you lost weight?</strong><br />For many people this may seem like the ultimate compliment, acknowledging someone else’s hard work. But unless you know for sure that the person was trying to lose weight and that they are OK with you commenting on their body, steer clear. “Polite people avoid questioning or commenting on others’ weight at all,” Epstein says. “Superficial questions rarely lead to fulfilling conversations. Plus weight loss can have many sources, including illness, eating disorders, anxiety and grief.”</p> <p><strong>Why haven’t you put a ring on it yet?</strong><br />Even in couples who’ve been together for years, not all relationships lead to marriage and not all partners are looking to be wed, says Jodi R. R. Smith, etiquette expert and founder of Mannersmith. “The only people who should be asking these questions are the ones in the relationship,” she says. “If you just want a reason to attend a big party, you should host one yourself (after the pandemic, of course).”</p> <p><strong>You seem like you’re doing well, how much money do you make?</strong><br />The only people allowed to ask this question are professional headhunters doing a confidential salary survey, Smith says. “If you are just curious how much your friend, cousin, or neighbour makes at their job, you can quell that curiosity by looking it up on a salary website,” she says. “Many etiquette rules have relaxed but asking about money is still tres gauche.”</p> <p><strong>I’m sorry to hear your dad passed, how did he die?</strong><br />Curiosity about someone’s death is natural and very human, especially during a pandemic of a deadly virus, but this is still one question you shouldn’t ask, Smith says. “You need to remember that the person you are talking to is in mourning and that’s no time to play amateur detective,” she says. “You should be expressing your condolences and looking for ways to comfort the mourner and that’s it.” Plus, there are generally kinder routes to finding that information (like Google) that don’t put the burden on the family.</p> <p><strong>Why do you look so tired?</strong><br />You may think you’re expressing concern for their health and wellbeing but what the listener likely hears is “you look bad,” says Bonnie Tsai, etiquette expert and founder and director of Beyond Etiquette. “They may be experiencing some health issues that are causing them to feel more fatigued than usual or they may just appear that way all the time,” she says. “There’s no need for you to make them feel like they need to appear a certain way that’s acceptable for your standards or society’s standards.”</p> <p><strong>So, who are you voting for?</strong><br />“Politics has always been a taboo subject for the dinner table and most social situations because it can alter the mood of a conversation very quickly,” Tsai says. “You can never be too sure of other people’s political affiliation and values and no one likes to be put on the spot by that question.” This is particularly important to remember these days when politics, religion, and other hot button issues are centre stage.</p> <p><strong>Why don’t you get out more?</strong><br />You may see this as a gentle way to chide your friend into trying new things, hanging out, or even travelling more. “However, this question can be perceived as offensive because it sounds as if you are suggesting the person needs more exposure and knowledge and they are uninteresting,” she says. This may also be a sore subject if someone doesn’t have the same financial resources as you and wants to do more things but can’t afford to, she adds.</p> <p><strong>Oh, where is his dad?</strong><br />This is one of these uncomfortable, painful and unnecessary questions that too often pop out in the moment, without thinking, Parker says. “This is an intensely personal question and if people would like to talk about their personal life they tell you,” she says. “Resist asking to satisfy your curiosity about their family situation.”</p> <p><strong>Are you a man or a woman?</strong><br />We are living in a very different time than previous generations and gender and sexuality are frequent topics around us but while it’s fine to discuss it in the abstract, it’s not fine to pepper an individual about their identity, surgeries, treatments, or anything else gender-related, Parker says. “Asking someone about their gender or sexual orientation is rude, inconsiderate, and in some circumstances, derogatory,” she says.</p> <p><strong>How old are you?</strong><br />This is the perennial “do not ask” question and it is still on the list for good reason, Parker says. “We all know people who do not feel comfortable answering this particular question and that’s all you really need to know about it,” she says. Why they’re not interested in discussing their age isn’t any of your business.</p> <p><strong>Why are you parking in the handicapped spot?</strong><br />“Any kind of question related to any kind of disability should be nixed,” Parker says. It’s normal to be curious but many disabilities aren’t readily visible and your question may lead them to feel uncomfortable or defensive. You’re basically asking them to tell you details of their private health history. “Anything about physical appearance related to a disability or disabilities should be strictly avoided,” she says.</p> <p><strong>Are you pregnant?</strong><br />There really isn’t a safe answer to this question, and that’s the problem, says Lisa Mirza Grotts, etiquette expert and founder of the Golden Rules Gal. She may be pregnant but if she wanted you to know she would tell you but more likely she’s not. “A lot of women carry weight in their midsection and pointing this out is insensitive and hurtful,” she says.</p> <p><strong>What religion are you?</strong><br />Just like politics, religious or faith-based beliefs are very personal and oftentimes questions about religion are based on assumptions, like location, ethnicity, or appearance, Grotts says. “In conversation with another you might have an idea about someone’s religion but never press the subject unless they bring it up first or they are a good friend,” she says.</p> <div class="author"> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Charlotte Hilton Andersen. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/15-questions-polite-people-never-ask?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. 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Pete Evans puts forward “hugging” and “self-love” as "the best vaccine in the world"

<p><span>Celebrity chef Pete Evans has suggested that “hugging” and “self-love” could be "the best vaccine in the world" during an interview with an anti-vaxxer political candidate.</span><br /><br /><span>The former My Kitchen Rules judge spoke candidly with Allona Lahn, a Sunshine Coast candidate in the Queensland state election for the Informed Medical Options Party, in a controversial interview last week.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Lahn’s is a self-described “natural health advocate and freedom of choice ambassador” who believes “it is time to investigate Australia’s mass drugging agenda with vaccination and fluoride being first and foremost,” as per her website.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair discussed a wide range of controversial topics, including COVID-19, vaccination, home schooling and politics. </span><br /><br /><span>He kicked off the interview by sharing an experience he had while walking his dog, saying that along his trek, he saw a mobile vet van that advertised microchipping and vaccinations.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s so fascinating when you see it’s right in our faces,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“They talk about ‘microchipping will never happen’ (but) they’re doing it to our pets.”</span><br /><br /><span>The two also openly discussed the “insanity” surrounding a potential COVID-19 vaccine. </span><br /><br /><span>Evans went on to claim that he had spoken with “so many experts around the world” who told him the coronavirus crisis was over.</span><br /><br /><span>“If people want to have a vaccine then so be it. That’s their prerogative, it’s their choice,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And if other people don’t want to have a vaccine then that’s their choice too.</span><br /><br /><span>“The insanity about a COVID-19 vaccine, I mean, I’ve spoke with so many experts from around the world — they’re all basically saying it’s gone now, it’s done, it’s finished.</span><br /><br /><span>“Anybody that doesn’t believe that it’s finished is insane or they have an agenda, because next year another virus or another form of whatever it will be will travel the world again.</span><br /><br /><span>“It won’t be COVID-19, they’ll make up some other f...ing name, excuse my language.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve heard that they’re calling it COVID-21 next.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Lahn told the chef that his theories “resonated with her”.</span><br /><br /><span>Evans also took aim at Australian political leaders such as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, saying the political system was “crumbling under its own weight”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The system is corrupt. Every single which way you look at it.”</span><br /><br /><span>He also highlighted the ICAC hearings in New South Wales, and used the turmoil surrounding the Victorian government as an argument - saying politics in general is “a sh..show” and saying “they are clowns without a ringleader”.</span><br /><br /><span>“They’re actors on a stage, and very bad ones at that. They don’t even know their lines.”</span><br /><br /><span>The TV star also went on to say that politicians and public figures such as billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates are not the vaccination experts they claim to be.</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe these experts know that there are other options out there rather than mandatory vaccines,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe sunlight could be the best vaccine in the world. Maybe good nutrition could be the best vaccine in the world.</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe self-love, maybe hugging and connecting to other human beings and looking at different points of view could be the best vaccine in the world for our community moving forward.”</span></p>

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Non-smoking mum reveals symptom she ignored that turned out to be cancer

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Brisbane mum's lung cancer symptoms were masked by her pregnancy for months and almost was diagnosed too late.</p> <p>However, she's warning other mums to not make the same mistakes she did and get tested early.</p> <p>Samantha Bladwell thought something was wrong as she was 30 weeks pregnant but figured it was to do with the baby.</p> <p>She would be short of breath in weird situations, such as walking up a hill or giving a presentation at work and had decided to take herself to her GP.</p> <p>Her GP wasn't convinced but sent her off for tests anyway.</p> <p>After a CT scan, a biopsy and conversations with specialists, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which was in her spine, her brain and both of her lungs.</p> <p>“It was very surreal, and all a bit of a blur,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/real-life/reader-stories/i-thought-i-was-rundown-and-pregnant-but-the-truth-was-so-much-scarier/news-story/c8e65317b91a044635f6e93ea65c3073" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Kidspot.</a></p> <p>“People assume if you’ve got lung cancer, you smoke, so it’s your fault. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life,” she said.</p> <p>‘The truth is anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. No-one deserves to have lung cancer, it’s horrible.”</p> <p>She's now urging other mums to get tested as she initially blamed her shortness of breath on the expected baby.</p> <p>The mother-of-two is now undergoing target therapy which works to specifically kill cancer-causing cells.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Kidspot</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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How to stop your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask

<p>The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a problem unique to those who wear glasses: The moment the face mask goes on, those lenses instantly fog up.</p> <p>It’s an annoying quirk that boils down to the difference in temperature between your body and your glasses. When you breathe, the warm air that leaves your mouth and nose escapes through the top of your mask, turns into condensation, and fogs up the cool surface of your lenses.</p> <p>Though foggy glasses are inconvenient, widespread mask-wearing remains one of the most important public health measures we have to protect ourselves against the novel coronavirus, says Dr Anna Banerji, an associate professor at the University of Toronto. Since the virus is airborne, wearing a face covering like a mask creates a physical layer of protection between you and any air droplets from infected people. “And, if you wear a mask properly, it protects someone else because your droplets aren’t going to the nose or mouth of someone and potentially infecting them,” Banerji says.</p> <p>The good news? There are measures you can take to ensure your vision remains crystal clear throughout the pandemic. Here are five tips to help you avoid foggy glasses while wearing a face mask.</p> <p><strong>Use soap and water</strong><br />Banerji suggests washing your glasses with soapy water and then wiping them dry. “There’s a film of soap that’s left over which might reduce the risk of fogging,” she advises. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, glasses get foggy because of the surface tension between the water molecules in your breath. The thin film left behind by the soapy water reduces the surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly, rather than cluster on your lenses to create fog.</p> <p>It’s best to use dishwashing detergent or a basic hand soap – anything that is for sensitive skin or contains lotion might get stuck to your lenses and smear.</p> <p><strong>Wear your glasses over your mask</strong><br />Changing the position of your glasses might divert the warm air away from your lenses. If you’re finding that your vision gets cloudy with every breath you take, try pulling the top of your mask higher onto your face so that your glasses are sitting on top of the material.</p> <p><strong>Mind the gap</strong><br />You might be having trouble with foggy glasses because your mask doesn’t fit tightly enough. The result is a gap at the top of the mask, by the bridge of your nose, that lets warm air escape behind the lenses of your glasses. Make sure that your mask fits securely over your nose. If you have a mask that has an adjustable nose bridge strip, mould the strip to follow the contours of your nose for a tighter seal.</p> <p><strong>Tape it down</strong><br />Another way to close the gap at the top of a mask is to tape it down across the bridge of your nose. Even before the pandemic, some health care professionals who regularly wear glasses would put a strip of surgical tape along the top of their masks to prevent the warm moist air from escaping. Just make sure you’re using medical tape or sports tape that’s safe for use on skin.</p> <p><strong>Use a tissue</strong><br />If you’re still having problems with your glasses fogging up, try folding a facial tissue horizontally and placing it under the top of your mask at the bridge of your nose. The moisture from your breath should be absorbed by the tissue instead of escaping behind your glasses.</p> <p class="p1">Written by <span>Rebecca Gao</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/how-to-stop-your-glasses-from-fogging-up-while-wearing-a-mask"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p>

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New Emma wiggle costume sparks fury over controversy

<p>A new Wiggle dress-costume has left fans confused and parents outraged after it was revealed the new costume that was meant for “everyone” did not include tutus for boys.</p> <p>After posting a photo to Instagram, the kids entertainment group announced they had finally adhered to countless requests asking for an Emma Wiggle costume with pants.</p> <p>"We listened! We have had so many requests for an Emma Wiggle costume with pants!" the post read.</p> <p>"Everyone can dress up just like Emma! Bowtiful!"</p> <p>embed instagram post </p> <p>However, the new costume left parents wondering why there is no tutu for boys.</p> <p>"It's separating the genders and caving to social gender norms instead of letting kids dress up as who they want to, without worrying about it not being socially acceptable," another person commented.</p> <p>"Would have been nice to show boys in skirts too ... What's the problem with boys with a skirt?" said another confused fan.</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/CGUJfZdhKLJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CGUJfZdhKLJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by E M M A W I G G L E (@emma_wiggle)</a> on Oct 14, 2020 at 12:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Boys can wear dresses too!!" one woman went on to argue.</p> <p>"Clothes have no gender!!"</p> <p>Others disagreed however and said they did not see any issue.</p> <p>"The first one with black normal pants with yellow stripes is like Greg's outfit in 2012," one man pointed out, referring founding yellow Wiggle member.</p> <p>Some parents suggested simply buying the girl's costume and giving it to their boys if they wanted a skirt. </p> <p>"Let's remember at the end of the day, it is us as parents and adults who buy the costumes," one woman said.</p> <p>"This marketing is really only showing us the options. We can provide whatever type of options and combinations for both boys and girls of the Emma costumes to our kids."</p> <p>The costumes are available at Big W, Costume Box and Costume Super Centre Australia.</p>

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Lleyton and Bec Hewitt celebrate daughter’s birthday with unseen photographs

<p><span>The world has watched Aussie royalty, Bec Cartwright and Lleyton Hewitt in awe and excitement over the years.</span><br /><br /><span>What sprouted from an innocent friendship to a high-profile marriage has made the pair Australia’s sweetheart couple despite choosing to keep a large portion of their lives out of the public eye.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Home And Away</em> actress and tennis legend have welcomed three gorgeous kids over the years as well– Mia, Cruz and Ava.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGgVBYWpKjp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/tv/CGgVBYWpKjp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lleyton Hewitt (@lleytonhewitt89)</a> on Oct 18, 2020 at 5:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>And on Monday, the Hewitt family celebrated their little Ava’s 10th birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>To commemorate the milestone, both Bec and Lleyton have shared a series of unseen snaps of their stunning daughter, which they very sweetly curated into a short video accompanied by the hit song Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder.</span><br /><br /><span>"Happy 10th B'day Princess @avasydneyofficial We're so proud of you sweetheart! 💞" Lleyton captioned the clip on his Instagram page.</span><br /><br /><span>Bec captioned her own post: "Happy 10th Birthday Ava! Keep shining your bright light wherever you go!"</span></p> <p><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838333/ava-hewitt-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/254508a404974468bf0edb419f931b12" /><br /><br /><span>Big sister Mia also shared a heartfelt birthday dedication to Ava with a photo of them on holidays.</span></p>

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Hugh Jackman scores big as iconic brand comes home to Australia

<p>Hugh Jackman is set to pocket a whopping $10 million after mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has purchased the iconic Australian bootmaker RM Williams.</p> <p>Dr Forrest's investment fund Tattarang has bought 100 per cent of the company, and it includes Jackman’s five per cent ownership as a minority shareholders.</p> <p>It is reported that the sale price was less than half the original asking price for $190 million.</p> <p>RM Williams had been up for sale for almost 18 months after its Louis Vuitton owned parent company, L Catteron, began seeking buyers.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838322/rm-williams.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/70076b780deb4555a34dc86144ebddc4" /></p> <p><em>Andrew Tiggy Forrest and wife Nicola Forrest.</em></p> <p>The Western Australian-based mining magnate said he is proud and humbled to be taking the iconic brand back in Australian hands.  </p> <p>“R.M. Williams is a quintessential Aussie brand with a long and proud history of high-quality Australian craftsmanship,” Dr Forrest said in a statement.</p> <p>“By bringing R.M. Williams back into Australian hands, we will ensure the Australian craftmanship continues to be loved and worn all around the world.</p> <p>“I've never forgotten the first time I pulled on a pair of RMs. To wear RMs is to wear the boots of the countless hard-working Australians that have come before us.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838320/hugh-jackman-rm-williams.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a9d5e496eaf4498b9b1d4e016134513" /></p> <p>His wife Nicola Forrest added “Andrew and I want to continue the legacy of this great company, and that means continuing to employ and support the Australians that have built and grown the brand.”</p> <p>RM Williams chief executive Raju Vuppalapati said he hoped the business would grow under Dr Forrest's ownership.</p> <p>“The RM Williams team and I look forward to Andrew and Nicola's stewardship as we enter the next exciting phase of surprising and delighting our consumers with hand-crafted products made in Australia,” he said.   </p> <p>RM Williams was founded in Adelaide in 1932 by bushman and entrepreneur Reginald Murray 'RM' Williams.</p> <p>The iconic boots are a popular item both locally and overseas, and the brand has stores in New York, London, New Zealand, and Scandinavia.</p> <p>Jackman will remain involved with RM Williams as an ambassador.</p>

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Teen driver who lied after killing boy in car crash sentenced

<p>A boy who caused the death of another teenager by crashing a car while driving dangerously north of Brisbane has been handed a detention sentence.</p> <p>Jacob Hopkins, 14, was injured during the crash in Rothwell in the Moreton Bay region in May 2019.</p> <p>The underage driver who cannot be named due to being 14-years-old, will be released after serving half of his four-year detention service.</p> <p>He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm in Queensland Children’s Court.</p> <p>The teenager recklessly drove along Anzac Avenue, nearly hitting a young girl by a metre as she crossed the road.</p> <p>The car, which contained six teens, then collided with another car driven by a mother with her four children inside in Rothwell.</p> <p>The family luckily managed to escape with minor injuries, but some of the teenagers suffered from serious injuries including Jacob.</p> <p>Jacob’s family, who were sitting on the front seat during the crash, told the court about the impact of his death.</p> <p>“Every time I hear sirens I have flashbacks to the crash scene,” his sister said in a victim impact statement.</p> <p>“My children will grow up not knowing their uncle Jacob.”</p> <p>After the crash occurred, the driver lied and told police Jacob was the one driving the vehicle.</p> <p>The court heard he had a troubled upbringing and started using drugs from the age of 10.</p> <p>The judge said he had been showing signs of rehabilitation since the incident.</p> <p>“[There is] some hope you can move forward in your life and become a contributing member of the community,” the judge said in sentencing.</p> <p>Convictions weren’t recorded against the boy.</p> <p>In a statement to 7NEWS, Jacob’s sister reflected on the sentence.</p> <p>“While the four-year sentence is significant, no amount of time served would ever be enough,” she said.</p> <p>“It is our hope that [the driver] takes these four years to genuinely reflect on the impact of his decisions and that he exits the system better than he entered it.”</p>

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Virtually unknown ALDI checkout rule confounds shoppers

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Many shoppers at ALDI are confused about a virtually unknown rule that was shared on Facebook.</p> <p>Over the last week, several shoppers have shared their confusion over ALDI's refusal to allow shoppers to purchase alcohol if they have a minor with them.</p> <p>ALDI policy states that a customer can be denied the sale of alcohol if a child under the age of 18 is accompanying them or if a minor has handled alcohol they intend to buy.</p> <p>One shopper was unaware of the rule and claimed he was stopped from purchasing Vodka Cruisers for his wife as he had his teenage daughters with him.</p> <p>Another shopper said the same thing happened to her, as she was refused service after her 18-month-old toddler touched a bottle at the checkout.</p> <p>“I did and had my 18-month-old daughter with me,” said the shopper.</p> <p>“I was holding her on my hip and she leant over and touched the alcohol on the conveyer while I was loading other groceries on.”</p> <p>Another claimed she was denied service in the presence of her underage son.</p> <p>“I was refused because I was buying a carton and had my son carry it because I have a bad back,” the shopper said.</p> <p>The German supermarket has confirmed with <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/the-little-known-aldi-checkout-rule-that-has-many-scratching-their-heads-c-1390041" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>7News</em></a> that the policy of the supermarket is in line with Australian laws.</p> <p>“As a responsible retailer, ALDI Australia supports and adheres to all regulations for the purchase of alcohol including Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA),” said an ALDI Australia spokesperson.</p> <p>“Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 and for a person under the age of 18 to purchase or receive alcohol.</p> <p>“The sale of alcohol can be refused if a minor has handled alcohol that could be potentially purchased by an adult for the minor’s consumption.</p> <p>“This also extends to a minor accompanying an adult purchasing alcohol, even if the minor has not physically touched an alcoholic product.</p> <p>“It is the store’s responsibility to refuse any customer who presents a risk and ultimately it is at the discretion of the person serving alcohol to decline the sale should they have any doubts or concerns.</p> <p>“There are severe consequences for breaching laws and policies set in place by the Australian government involving the sale of alcohol.</p> <p>“As such, ALDI faces heavy penalties should we sell alcohol to any customer who supplied to a person under the age of 18.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Justice for Chloe": Unbearable choice for grandfather accused of cruise ship fatal fall

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A grandfather accused in the fatal fall of his granddaughter Chloe from an 11th storey window of a cruise ship pleaded guilty on Thursday to negligent homicide.</p> <p>Salvatore "Sam" Anello said that he wanted to help end "this nightmare" for his family.</p> <p>His 18-month-old granddaughter Chloe slipped from his grip and fell 46 metres from an open window on a Royal Caribbean Cruises' Freedom of the Seas ship in July 2019 as the ship docked in Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Puerto Rico prosecutor Laura Hernandez said Anello would be sentenced on December 10th.</p> <p>“We have found justice for Chloe,” she said.</p> <p>A representative for Anello’s attorney, Michael Winkleman, said in a statement to America’s NBC TODAY that Anello will not serve any jail time and will serve his probation in Indiana.</p> <p>“This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the plea deal is in the best interests of the family so that they can close this horrible chapter and turn their focus to mourning Chloe and fighting for cruise passenger safety by raising awareness about the need for all common carriers to adhere to window fall prevention laws designed to protect children from falling from windows,” Winkleman said in a statement.</p> <p>Winkleman also added that the family would continue its civil suit against Royal Caribbean with the goal of discovering why the window was allowed to be open.</p> <p>Anello, 51, said that he did not know that the window in the children's play area was open.</p> <p>“I wasn’t drinking and I wasn’t dangling her out of a window,” he said in a previous statement. He said he is colourblind and might not have realized the tinted window was open.</p> <p>“We will continue the fight for justice for Chloe and to hold Royal Caribbean accountable for its brazen failure to follow the standards designed precisely to prevent children from falling out of windows,” Winkleman said in his statement.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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James Bond is more than a (sexist) secret agent. He is a fertility god, a Dionysus of the modern era

<p>James Bond is more than a (sexist) secret agent. He is a fertility god, a Dionysus of the modern era</p> <p>“History isn’t kind to people who play God,” quips James Bond to supervillain Safin in the trailer for No Time to Die.</p> <p>The film’s release has been delayed yet again, to April 2021. It will mark Daniel Craig’s swansong as 007 and speculation continues as to who will be the next Bond. Will it be Idris Elba, Tom Hardy or perhaps a woman?</p> <p>Bond has long been criticised for his sexist attitudes, with even Judi Dench’s M in GoldenEye (1995) dubbing him a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” . But what if we view him through the prism of Greek mythology? Is Bond, in fact, a contemporary incarnation of Dionysus, the god of wine, pleasure and fertility?</p> <p>In Greek mythology, the gods punish mortals for the sin of hubris. In our pop-culture pantheon, Bond is a deity.</p> <p>Dionysus travelled throughout the ancient world, sometimes by boat in the Aegean islands, sometimes in a winged chariot. Bond also circumnavigates the globe, equally at home on yachts or in helicopters. But his chariot of choice is an Aston Martin.</p> <p>Its logo? A pair of wings.</p> <p><strong>Secrets of wine – and martinis</strong><br />Wherever Dionysus went he initiated his followers in the secrets of wine-making. Wherever Bond goes he initiates the mixologist in the secrets of making the perfect Vesper martini.</p> <p>In Ian Fleming’s Diamonds are Forever (1956), Bond tells the bartender to combine three measures of Gordon’s gin, one of vodka and half a measure of Kina Lillet with a thick slice of lemon peel and poured into a deep champagne goblet. In Casino Royale (2006), he adds the martini must be shaken “until it’s ice cold.”</p> <p>Unlike mortals, Bond’s prodigious consumption of alcohol does him no harm, indeed he is hailed as “the best shot in the Secret Service.”</p> <p>In a study of the novels published in the British Medical Journal in 2013, researchers estimated Bond consumed an average of 92 units of alcohol per week with a maximum daily intake peaking at 49.8 units.</p> <p>There were days when Bond abstained – 12.5 out of a total 87.5 days – but mostly because he was being held prisoner.</p> <p><strong>Weapons of disguise</strong><br />Dionysus carries a thyrsus: a sacred pinecone-tipped staff wreathed in vines. The thyrus is a phallic symbol, sometimes displayed with a kantharos wine cup, denoting female sexuality.</p> <p>The union of the two created a powerful representation of fertility and rebirth. Dionysus also turned his thyrsus into a dangerous weapon by secreting an iron tip in its point.</p> <p>As a secret agent, Bond conceals his Walther PPK pistol in a hidden holster, but one of his most lethal weapons is disguised as a cigarette – a potent symbol of sexual union in cinema, where smoking a cigarette signifies the completion of copulation.</p> <p>In You Only Live Twice (1967) the villain makes the fatal mistake of allowing Bond “one last fag.” It turns out to be tipped with a rocket-propelled bullet, proving that cigarettes aren’t just lethal for smokers.</p> <p><strong>Gods of possession</strong><br />Dionysus was deeply attractive to his female followers, Maenads, who would drink themselves into a frenzy to be possessed by the god. Likewise, Bond is pursued by a bevy of beautiful women – Pussy Galore, Plenty O’Toole and Honey Rider – panting to be possessed.</p> <p>As with the Maenads, devotion to Bond comes with its perils. In Live and Let Die (1973), Bond girl, Solitaire loses her psychic powers after a close encounter of the passionate kind with Bond and becomes a target for heroin baron, Dr Kananga.</p> <p>In Goldfinger (1964), Jill Masterton is punished by the eponymous villain for betraying him to Bond, dying of skin suffocation when he covers her in gold paint.</p> <p>This puts a new spin on the Midas myth in which Dionysus granted the king’s wish to be blessed with the golden touch, only to discover that it is a curse making it impossible to eat or even embrace his daughter without turning her into metal.</p> <p><strong>Ecstasy and death</strong><br />In ancient Greece, the number seven was sacred and composed of the number three (the heavenly male) and the number four (the heavenly female). Bond’s number in the secret service – Agent 007 – is thus the perfect number to represent a modern-day fertility god.</p> <p>Like Dionysus who is depicted in a number of forms which range from an older, bearded god to a long-haired youth, Bond has appeared in a variety of guises from the debonair David Niven to the strapping Daniel Craig.</p> <p>Yet regardless of his age and physique, Bond’s dual Dionysian nature brings either divine ecstasy in bed, or brutal death to his foes.</p> <p>Dionysus almost dies before he is born but his father Zeus saves him. Later he returns from the dead after he is dismembered by the Titans.</p> <p>Bond says, “You only live twice: once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.”</p> <p>Like Dionysus, Bond is resurrected in Skyfall (2012) after he is accidentally shot by Moneypenny. The bullet penetrates his body causing him to fall off a train and into a waterfall where he sinks to the bottom. But Bond is immortal. He returns to save another day.</p> <p>When it finally reaches cinemas, No Time to Die will be the last hurrah for Craig, but gods do not die. Bond will live on.</p> <p><em>Written by Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/james-bond-is-more-than-a-sexist-secret-agent-he-is-a-fertility-god-a-dionysus-of-the-modern-era-131040">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Chris Hemsworth lands new role in prequel to Aussie cult classic

<p>Chris Hemsworth has said he is “pretty damn fired up” after confirming he will star in a Mad Max prequel alongside Anya Taylor-Joy.</p> <p>The Aussie actor said it will be an “honour” to appear in George Miller’s eagerly awaited follow-up to acclaimed 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.</p> <p>The movie, called Furiosa, will see Taylor-Joy in the lead role and will also feature 34-year-old American actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.</p> <p>It will explore the story of a character played by Charlize Theron in Fury Road, which garnered praise for its portrayal of the strong female lead.</p> <p>The Thor actor took to Instagram to say: "Pretty damn fired up to be a part of a franchise that meant the world to me as a kid growing up in Australia.</p> <p>"Mad Max was the pinnacle and a huge reason why I got into the business of telling stories.</p> <p>"The fact that I'll have the honour of not only being directed by its original visionary in George Miller but also take part in Furiosa's origin story is incredibly exciting."</p> <p>The Hollywood star said he has “huge respect” for Miller, Theron and her Fury Road co-star Tom Hardy, and added: "I'll do my best to continue the tradition of cinematic badassery."</p> <p>Australian filmmaker said he originally thought of recasting 45-year-old Theron as Furiosa and with the use of de-aging technology, she could discover the character’s origins.</p> <p>But he then decided to cast 24-year-old Taylor-Joy, an American-born Argentine-British actress.</p> <p>Fury Road was a huge critical and commercial success and scored 10 Oscar nominations, including for best picture and best director. It won six, including for costume design and production design.</p>

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The Block’s Scotty Cam weighs in on “identical bedrooms”

<p>After days of controversy on-air and online, <em>The Block</em> host Scott Cam has weighed in on contestants Luke and Jasmin’s “copycatted” bedroom.</p> <p>The TV host has determined the kids bedroom is “virtually identical” to the room they have been accused of ripping off.</p> <p>Cam couldn’t resist stirring the pot on Wednesday night’s episode, by making sure Luke and Jasmin’s competitors knew something was wrong, a day after judge Shaynna Blaze had visited the pair to confront the pair on-air.</p> <p>The WA couple received a perfect score of 30 for their kid’s bedroom and bathroom on Sunday’s episode.<br /><br />However eagle-eyed viewers found the winning room was incredibly similar to a kid’s bedroom at a popular Byron Bay Airbnb created by design company <em>The Designory.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838121/dailies-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/59a4ddcd1a374b32bea6088e5e0387c0" /><br />Blaze confronted the two in Tuesday’s episode, informing them that there was a difference between “inspiration” and “completely taking someone else’s idea”.<br /><br />“Hey, did Shaynna come and visit you guys yesterday?” Cam asked the South Australian couple Daniel and Jade during his visit one episode later.<br /><br />“Because you know, it’s not always good news when Shaynna comes visiting. That’s all I’m saying. Alright, let’s go,” he said.<br /><br />A couple of houses down with Jimmy and Tam, Cam couldn’t play coy any longer.<br /><br />“Did you hear about Shaynna popping in next door? What’s your thoughts?” he asked the pair, who were aware of the reason for Shaynna’s visit.<br /><br />Jimmy and Tam showed their reluctance on speaking ill of Luke and Jasmin.<br /><br />“Umm … in all honesty, we’re not that worried about it. We know that other people might have a few issues about it. Jas did show me the image, and it does have a … very similar influence,” said Tam.<br /><br />Tam said she and Jimmy had “made sure” to keep their designs original.</p> <p><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838122/dailies-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5793ad5db94b471796679c047fbc7780" /><br />“I don’t really look at too much inspiration. I don’t have Instagram, I don’t have Facebook – I don’t want other people’s designs in our house,” she said.<br /><br />Luke and Jasmin told news.com.au that they were “blindsided” by Shaynna Blaze's visit, labelling her “insincere” and a “smart-arse.”<br /><br />The couple have since deleted their Facebook page and restricted comments on their joint Instagram account after being met with a heap of criticism from viewers.<br /><br />2019’s couple Mitch and Mark reached out to Luke and Jasmin with a message of “support and positive wishes”.<br /><br />“Hope you guys are doing OK &amp; know from our experience it all goes away,” the pair wrote in a comment on Luke and Jasmin’s latest Instagram post.<br /><br />“It’s definitely come as a surprise just how nasty the online world can be. We’ve never had people dislike us. So this is all new,” Luke and Jas said.<br /><br />“We’ve deleted Facebook so we don’t see anything on there. Staying positive about our beautiful home and focusing on the rooms left and the auction.”</p>

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$1.80 Woolies hack that transforms shower “in minutes”

<p>A mum has cracked the ultimate cleaning code this week, discovering the perfect solution to a grimy shower that works in a matter of minutes.</p> <p>If you have black shower grout, the solution seems to be sitting in pantries and cleaning cupboards this entire time.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook to share the transformation, Paula showed off her shower and it instantly caught people’s attention.</p> <p>Living in Victoria, the lockdown didn’t stop Paula from having a squeaky clean shower and she seemed to have the magic product sitting at home.</p> <p>“I've cracked the code! And it only took minutes,” she wrote in a post that has since exploded on a cleaning Facebook page.</p> <p>“Here's a [photo] of dirty grout in a rental, that was years old. This took me only a few minutes and not a lot of effort – I couldn't believe my eyes!”</p> <p>Posting the before and after photos side by side, the first shot shows the shower with deep, black grout, and in the second, it was completely clean.</p> <p>“After trying every product, and every 'formula' under the sun, I decided to experiment with my own,” she revealed in the post.</p> <p>Paula mixed household bleach with bicarbonate soda, mixing it into a paste that got rid of the mould in seconds.</p> <p>She then applied the paste to the grout with a toothbrush.</p> <p>“In most places, I didn't even leave it,” she revealed. “Just a light brushing it was gone in an instant. Unbelievable.”</p> <p>Hundreds of people commented on the post, praising the nifty mum for the hack.</p> <p>“Looks great .. nice work,” one onlooker wrote. “I love bicarb it’s so versatile.”</p> <p>“Amazing, thanks for the tip,” another shared. “I tried it on my bathroom floor tiles tonight and it worked a treat.”</p> <p>“I also use this on the rubber area of the front loader washing machine, cleans up the mould beautifully,” another advised.</p> <p>Paula revealed that she had finally come across the trick after ‘decades’ of trying different methods.</p>

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Future proof your home so you never have to move

<p> Retirement is an ideal time to prepare for the next fulfilling season of our lives – and one of the most important decisions to make is whether to stay in the home you’ve grown to love, or move on. Don’t make that call until you’ve considered all the options.</p> <p><strong>By Over60, in partnership with RESiLIFT</strong></p> <p>Retirement is an ideal time to prepare for the next fulfilling season of our lives – and one of the most important decisions to make is whether to stay in the home you’ve grown to love, or move on. Don’t make that call until you’ve considered all the options.</p> <p>There are many factors that play into such a major life decision – proximity to the grandchildren, how connected you are to the local community, or even how physically challenging navigating a large house can become after a while.</p> <p>But one thing is for sure: you no longer have to leave your two-storey home just because of the stairs.</p> <p>That’s right; what may have been an insurmountable barrier for many of us a decade ago is no longer, thanks to <a href="http://www.resilift.com.au/">RESiLIFT</a>.</p> <p>RESiLIFT is a residential lift that can be easily installed into existing or new homes. The clever Australian design was the first of its type in the world, pioneering shaftless lifts. It allows people to live in the homes they love without breaking the bank or making a massive impact on their building structures.</p> <p>Louisa King, who works as an occupational therapist, says a person’s home is “often part of their identity” and making the right decision for their home is key.</p> <p>“Making a move is not an easy task,” she says. “Especially if you are downsizing or worse, moving when you are not well. There is only a limited window for people to make this decision.</p> <p>“Ideally in their 60s or early 70s, people weigh up their options and implement their decision before the task becomes too big and decisions are made for them.”</p> <p>As life goes on, it’s important for seniors to be adequately prepared for the future. Thankfully, taking precautions in your home and preparing for the future doesn’t mean you have to move to a smaller, one-storey property as staying in the home you love is now possible for an affordable price. Thanks to RESiLIFT, seniors are able to provide themselves with the best provisions for their future.</p> <p>Lyn from Gisborne, Victoria, could not have been more pleased with the timing of her RESiLIFT installation. “I broke my leg just before Christmas,” she says. “Having the lift was a God-send. On the other hand, my girlfriend broke her ankle very badly and had to have an ankle fusion. Their home has very steep stairs and no bathroom downstairs. Without a lift, it was a nightmare.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838019/resilift-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6407b5b375e849d596086eb0f8895544" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Created by Peter van Emmerik – when he himself was retired and in his mid-60s – RESiLIFT was conceived to be the first “through-floor” residential lift, and it allows people to live in the homes they love without breaking the bank or making a massive impact on their building structures.</p> <p>As many of us who are in retirement know full well, life does not slow down in the slightest – and Peter understood the importance of wanting to stay in your beloved residence without having to sacrifice comfort and safety, or cause a huge dent in life savings.</p> <p>Peter’s award-winning product means people are able to have a residential lift that carries them to where they need to go – whether that be from their lounge room to their front door or from their bedroom to the garage.</p> <p>Thanks to his incredible efforts, homeowners are able to have endless options.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838018/resilift-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e8dc0bfaf8c64175b48a779a52779961" /></p> <p>Tax agent George Dimitropoulos says he had a RESiLIFT installed in his parent’s home and was “pleasantly surprised by the price and the ease of getting the work done.”</p> <p>“Installing a lift is a justified financial decision,” he says.</p> <p>“The full cost of installing a RESiLIFT in my parents’ home, including building works, was $35,000 all up. If they were to have downsized, aside from the potential impact this can have on people’s pensions, the stamp duty alone is astronomical.</p> <p>“For a $700,000 value home you are looking at $37,000 in stamp duty – and for a million-dollar property the stamp duty is $55,000.”</p> <p>Quite apart from the financial benefits, installing a RESiLIFT is quick and easy, “with no loss of lifestyle,” adds George. “My parents did not have to move from the family home and experience the trauma associated with that process.”</p> <p>Peter says that designing RESiLIFT for retirees means they do not have to leave or sacrifice their house for safety and security.</p> <p>“I designed this lift so people could stay safely in the home they love,” he says. “It saves time, effort and money that would otherwise be wasted moving home. It also removes the emotional anguish of being uprooted from your family home.”</p> <p>RESiLIFT is a smart and affordable solution that doesn’t require seniors to make the jump from their beloved home to a smaller, one-floor property just because they are not as agile as they used to be.</p> <p>Jegi Jager, an architect for CPS Project Management, says retrofitting a lift into your home “really makes sense. This is the future. I would never build or plan a two-storey home without a lift.”</p> <p>RESiLIFT rolls affordability, safety and quality all into one, explains Jegi, adding that he was further encouraged to use RESiLIFT as it is a “genuine Australian product”.</p> <p>An investment into a RESiLIFT not only offers the comfort of moving about effortlessly within your own home, but allows for a future free of worry. It also gives the same peace of mind to anyone else who might take on your home one day, making it an affordable, Australian-designed and built asset that can only add to the value of your property.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838017/resilift-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e0d9e5b6dbde48cb945970696f7fb20d" /></p> <p>“It’s such a relief!” says Margot Ling (pictured above) of her own RESiLIFT, which she had installed in her own house two years ago. “Now I know we can stay in our home! We love it!”</p> <p>To find out more about future-proofing your home with a RESiLIFT, visit <a href="http://www.resilift.com.au/">www.resilift.com.au</a></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a href="http://www.resilift.com.au/">RESiLIFT</a>.</em></p> <p> </p>

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