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Gardening for a healthy mind and body

<p>“The pleasure you get from gardening far outweighs any difficulties as you get older,” says seasoned gardener and horticulturalist,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4705027.htm" target="_blank"><span>Jane Edmanson</span></a>.</p> <p>She’s calling for Over60 readers to get gardening to benefit their mental and physical health. When older people garden, it helps promote their overall health and quality of life, including physical strength, fitness and flexibility, cognitive ability, and socialisation, according to a study in the journal,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01924788.2013.784942" target="_blank"><span><em>Activities Adaptations and Ageing</em></span></a>. In short, it’s therapy and recreation.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Gardening for the third age</strong></p> <p>Edmanson, 67, says, “My garden connects me to nature and the seasons … to the bees, butterflies, and birds. But you don’t have to do anything practical such as weeding or digging — just being in the garden and being aware of the senses is beneficial. If I had a few days without going into a garden, my life wouldn’t be complete.”</p> <p>Gardening is part of her exercise routine, which includes bushwalking, swimming, and pilates. She’s been involved in horticulture for more than 40 years, has owned and managed a retail nursery, and written or co-authored five gardening books.<br /><br />“I like getting my hands dirty, touching the soil. My worm farm is the thing I love as it makes me feel part of the earth, of this whole world. It’s all about appreciating nature and trying to do your little bit in cultivating your own patch.</p> <p>“If you’re older, you do have to be aware gardening’s not an easy thing to do. Your knees and back can get creaky, and sometimes you’re lifting 16kg of potting mix, or big pots, but most of the things to do with gardening are really rewarding,” she says.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Know the risks</strong><br />Reduce your risk of injury by stretching beforehand to warm up, even if it’s going for a short walk. To be kinder to your knees, take a cushion to kneel on in the garden, or invest in a kneeling aid with handles to ease yourself out of the kneeling position. Consider raised garden beds, vertical planting along walls — or trellises or adaptive tools if you have mobility issues.</p> <p>Edmanson knows active gardeners in their late 80s and 90s, who might no longer mow their own lawn, but still have a green thumb.</p> <p>“A lady I know, Jean, is 97. She has a lovely garden with plenty of veggies. Recently, she had a fall — tripped over something near the hose. It was pretty bad, but now she’s better after some time in hospital and back in the garden.”</p> <p>Edmanson says it’s hard to say if you can rely on gardening to keep fit as some people spend hours and others just a few minutes. They may be doing different tasks, using different muscles, and have different energy levels.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Herbs for starters</strong></p> <p>For the novice late-entrant to gardening, Edmanson suggests starting with herbs as they’re some of the easiest plants to grow. Try growing easy herbs such as parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, sorrel, and mint.</p> <p>“I tell everyone to grow lemon verbena because it’s fragrant, looks lovely, and it’s useful as a tea or in cooking. I have lots of herbs in my garden, and their fragrance and taste in my cooking takes me to another part of the world.”</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Know your limits</strong></p> <p>Don’t feel limited if you live in a flat with only a balcony for your garden. An<span> </span><span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.tai.org.au/content/grow-your-own" target="_blank">Australian Institute study</a></span><span> </span>found most non-gardeners said a lack of suitable space and time was stopping them from growing their own food.</p> <p>“This barrier is more perceived than real,” said the report, which mentioned alternatives such as community gardens, and shared spaces in retirement villages and nursing homes, for example. It also found gardeners aged 65+ reported health benefits from regular movement.</p> <p>Even indoor plants are beneficial, says Edmanson. “They’re good for your soul. They add a bit of greenery and you’re touching something real — living — and you have to be responsible for it.”</p> <p>“Whether you’re a gung-ho gardener or take things at a slower place, take the time to sit, listen, and watch to see how the world’s going in your garden,” she says.</p> <p>Do you garden? Why do you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Margaret Paton. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/gardening-for-a-healthy-mind-and-body.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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How to stream all the best tv and movies at home

<p>An entertainment revolution is quietly taking place in living rooms all across Australia. Where once we were limited to four TV channels, and forced to trudge to the DVD shop to rent a movie, now we can watch what we want, when we want, wherever we want to watch it. It’s called “streaming” and it’s really easy to do, even if you’re a technological novice.</p> <p>Streaming is different from Pay TV such as Foxtel or Fetch TV in that it doesn’t require a special set-top box, and won’t tie you into an expensive long-term contract. Streaming can be done on a laptop, iPad, phone, or even a gaming console. All you have to do is log on to the streaming service’s website (see below) and sign up for a subscription.</p> <p>If you prefer to watch on a large screen, you can link your laptop, phone or tablet to your television using a cable adaptor, or even splash out on one of the new Smart TVs, which come with built-in streaming compatibility. There are so many choices available, there really is something to suit everyone.</p> <p><strong>What you’ll need</strong></p> <p>You’ll ideally want broadband speeds of at least 2 megabits per second. You’ll also need to make sure that you have a generous, or preferably unlimited, download allowance. Check with your internet provider to see what your limit is, and shop around to see if you can find a better deal – try comparison website www.youcompare.com.au which lists the different packages and prices. Some telcos, including Telstra and Optus, offer movie streaming as options in their monthly packages.</p> <p><strong>Choosing your hardware</strong></p> <p><strong>Laptop</strong></p> <p>If you’re using a laptop, you can either watch movies on the computer screen, or use an HDMI cable to connect the computer to your TV. You can buy HDMI cables at places like Harvey Norman, Officeworks or JB Hi-Fi for around $20.</p> <p>Once you’ve plugged it in, you need to change the display settings on your computer. On PCs, go to Control Panel, then Display, then select Change Display Settings. On a Mac, go to System Preferences, then Display, then Arrangement. When you have followed these steps, you can drag the browser window across using the mouse. Thankfully it isn’t as complicated as it sounds. YouTube has a number of helpful videos to guide you through these steps.</p> <p><strong>Phone or tablet</strong></p> <p>Streaming on a tablet or phone allows you to watch your favourite shows anywhere – even on the bus. Most streaming providers have an app that can be downloaded from their websites to make viewing even easier. Phones and tablets can also be linked to a TV screen for viewing at home: for iPhones and iPads, you need a Composite AV Cable, available from Apple stores for $59. For Android phones and tablets, you’ll need an HDMI cable with the appropriate port for your phone (the same as your charger). You can get these from most electrical retailers. Again, if you’re using a phone, don’t forget to make sure you have a high data limit, so you don’t get slapped with hefty charges.</p> <p><strong>Games console</strong></p> <p>If you have an Xbox or Playstation, it should already be able to connect to the internet, and you can use it in the same way to access online streaming.</p> <p><strong>Apple tv</strong></p> <p>Mac owners might want to consider buying this little box, which gives you access to Apple’s library of movies, TV shows, live sports and news (RRP $109).</p> <p><strong>Google Chromecast</strong></p> <p>This little “dongle” has a USB port that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV and allows you to connect your computer or Android phone to the screen wirelessly (RRP $55).</p> <p><strong>Smart tv</strong></p> <p>A new generation of televisions by Sony, Samsung, LG and others, come with internet browsing built in – although not all makes and models will be compatible with all streaming services available in Australia. If you are considering buying one, check the information on the streaming service’s website to make sure you choose a TV that’s compatible.</p> <p>So now you’ve got the kit, the next step is to decide which streaming service you want to sign up for – we’ve listed them below. They all offer free trials (of up to 30 days) and there are no contracts to tie you in. Plus, they’re much cheaper than a Foxtel subscription, so why stop at one?</p> <p><strong>Quickflix</strong></p> <p>Launched in 2003 as a postal DVD-rental service, Quickflix began streaming movies in 2011. It has a vast selection of new releases and classic television series available to stream.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.quickflix.com.au/" target="_blank">Quickflix</a><span> </span>Subscription: from $9.99 per month. </p> <p><strong>Netflix</strong></p> <p>The behemoth of the streaming world, this American service finally landed in to Australia in March 2015. Its TV shows include many popular “Netflix Original” series such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and its latest offering, Bloodline starring Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.netflix.com.au/" target="_blank">Netflix</a><span> </span>subscription: from $8.99 per month.</p> <p><strong>Stan</strong></p> <p>Jointly owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax, Stan was launched on Australia Day 2015. It has an extensive catalogue of shows, and is also commissioning original Australian drama for exclusive viewing on its service.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.stan.com.au/" target="_blank">Stan</a><span> </span>subscription: $10 per month.</p> <p><strong>ABC iView</strong></p> <p>A chance to catch up on free-to-air TV. Programs are usually available to view for 30 days after broadcast. There’s no subscription and you don’t need to sign up. All you need is an internet browser to log on to the ABC’s website, click on iVew and start watching.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.iview.abc.net.au/" target="_blank">ABC iView</a>: Free service.</p> <p><strong>SBS on demand</strong></p> <p>Like the ABC, this service has a library of recently broadcast programs and complete series available to view for a limited time, without subscription. It also has 600 movies, with an emphasis on international, art house and cult classics. Watch via an internet browser.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand" target="_blank">SBS on demand</a>: Free service.</p> <p>There are so many benefits to streaming that once you start you’ll wonder what took you so long. Forget fighting over the remote. Now everyone can watch their favourite shows, whenever suits them. What’s more, you can wave goodbye to annoying ad breaks and, even better, you won’t have to wait a week to watch the next episode of a show and find out what happens.</p> <p>Do you have any of these streaming services? Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Ali Wright. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-stream-all-the-best-tv-and-movies-at-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Financial security vs financial freedom

<p>On the subject of financial planning, terms such as “financial security” and “financial freedom” often get thrown around loosely. On the surface, they may seem like generalised terms that roughly mean the same thing, but when you dig deeper, there is a dramatic difference between them. While both are important and valid financial goals, understanding that difference could have a profound effect on your financial future.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">So what is financial security?</strong><br />Essentially, financial security focuses on conservation. If you are employed and earning an income, for example, financial security is all about ensuring that the standard of living you and your family enjoy is not put under threat.</p> <p>For a start, this might mean ensuring that you are dedicated to your work, and take steps to improve your abilities and skills, so that your prospects for retaining your job or business and earning a greater income are strong. Beyond that, it might mean taking steps to provide a fallback position, such as saving three to six months’ of income in an emergency fund to cater for a sudden medical situation, loss of employment, or family crisis.</p> <p>At a broader level, ensuring financial security should also include a personal insurance plan, which can replace your financial value to your family if you were to suddenly die or become permanently disabled. If you suffer an injury or illness that prevents you from earning income for an extended period, income protection insurance can offer extra security for you and your family.</p> <p>Financial security also has relevance for your long-term saving and retirement planning. You might say that financial security in retirement means being able to independently afford the basic lifestyle requirements of shelter, food, clothing, transport, and other general living expenses.</p> <p>At its core, however, financial security is conservatively focused on maintaining what you already have in the event of a crisis, sickness, or retirement. While certainly a worthy and sensible goal, it doesn’t look beyond those needs, or toward more ambitious targets.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Financial freedom is quite different</strong><br />If you are financially secure, you can certainly get by — but what if you want a bit more out of life than just preserving a basic existence? Financial freedom, in essence, means having the resources to make decisions about what you buy, do, or see without having to worry about impacting your basic living standards in the future. It means having the freedom to fulfil dreams of where you live, how you spend your time, which travel destinations you can experience, and how you can support your family.</p> <p>This kind of freedom is something that very few people are able to achieve, but it is not limited to those who are born into money, inherit money, or win the lottery. Financial freedom can be achieved by an ordinary working person if they have the vision — and employ the methods, planning and habits — to get them there.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">It starts with an attitude</strong><br />Financial freedom can be a realistic goal for many of us but it won’t happen by accident. The formula for achieving financial freedom involves several key aspects that need your deliberate action and attention:</p> <ul> <li>The fundamental characteristic of those who build their own financial freedom is an attitude and a belief that they can achieve a lifestyle beyond their current circumstances. This means having the confidence to dream big and visualise those specific things that you want to enjoy in life.<br /><br /></li> <li>Being clear about your dreams, and putting them down in black and white is the next step. Really owning your dreams in this way will give you the motivation and impetus to take action toward them.<br /><br /></li> <li>You then need to break down the financial requirements needed to get you to your goals — your financial plan. This is where the nuts and bolts are worked out on issues such as budgeting, saving, and investing. Without a solid financial plan, financial freedom will only ever be wishful thinking.<br /><br /></li> <li>Finally, you need to engage the help of those who have greater expertise than you. It may be hard for some of us to accept that we can’t do everything on our own, but the fact is that those who have really succeeded in any aspect of life have one common characteristic; they surround themselves with people who know more than they do.</li> </ul> <p>In terms of financial freedom, this means engaging financial professionals, such as an accountant and a financial planner, who’s expertise you can draw on to help you articulate and prioritise your goals, construct a sophisticated financial plan, research the best opportunities for investment, balance the need for capital preservation and capital growth, maximise your taxation and social security entitlements and review and adjust plans to adapt to changing needs and situations.</p> <p>If you are not simply satisfied with having financial security and you want true financial freedom, the potential is there for you, but there are no short cuts. Take action on all the steps outlined here and you can make it happen.<br /><br />What does financial freedom mean to you? Share your thoughts below.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/financial-security-vs-financial-freedom.aspx"><span>Wyza.com.au</span>.</a></em></p>

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Individual vegan dark chocolate cakes

<p>These are so rich, fudgy and delicious that it’s almost impossible to believe there are no eggs, butter, milk or even chocolate in the recipe. My sister Ellen thought all her Christmases had come at once! Kudos to Nigella for the inspiration.</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> This recipe uses a thermo cooker.</p> <p><strong>Serves:</strong> 12</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>1 vanilla bean, halved<br />200g brown sugar<br />220g plain flour<br />60g cocoa powder<br />2 teaspoons instant coffee granules<br />1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda<br />½ teaspoon fine salt<br />300g boiling water<br />60g macadamia oil<br />20g dark rum<br />1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar</p> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>1. Preheat oven to 170°C.</p> <p>2. Place vanilla bean and sugar in thermo cooker bowl, mill for 15 seconds, speed 10.</p> <p>3. Add flour, cocoa, coffee granules, bicarbonate of soda and salt, sift for five seconds, speed 6.</p> <p>4. Add boiling water, oil, rum and vinegar, mix for 30 seconds, speed 3. Scrape down sides and base of TC bowl.</p> <p>5. Mix for a further 10 seconds, speed 3, or until combined and smooth.</p> <p>6. Divide mixture evenly among 12 silicone bar moulds (approx. 90ml each; see tip). Lightly tap moulds on bench to remove any air bubbles.</p> <p>7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted just comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before pushing up from the bottom of the moulds and removing cakes. Cool completely on a wire rack.</p> <p>8. Serve just as they are, or frost with coconut caramel or a simple chocolate ganache. If desired, garnish with dried rose petals.</p> <h3 class="tint">TIPS:</h3> <p>If you don’t have silicone bar moulds you can make the cakes in a muffin tin but you may need to increase the cooking time. Test with a skewer – they are ready when it comes out clean.</p> <p><em>Recipe extracted from Everyday Thermo Cooking by Alyce Alexandra, published by Penguin Random House, RRP $39.99. Available in all good bookstores and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.penguin.com.au/books/everyday-thermo-cooking-9780143784456" target="_blank">online</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Image credit: Loryn Babauskis.</em></p>

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Why your beauty routine could be damaging your eyes

<p>If eyes are the window to the soul, it is also true that they are one of our most sensitive organs. And women of all ages can be an unwitting victim of common beauty errors, from makeup mistakes to poor infection control.</p> <p>Eyes are particularly vulnerable to infection and some beauty procedures can even put your vision at risk.</p> <p>Optometry Australia’s resident optometrist, Luke Arundel, says that optometrists often see the results of mistakes that women make with common beauty treatments – all of which can be easily avoided.</p> <p><strong>Check expiry dates</strong></p> <p>One of the simplest mistakes you can make is to use makeup beyond its expiry date. Yes – makeup can go off! A common culprit is mascara and it can even cause eye infections if products are not replaced regularly.</p> <p>Generally, the use-by-date for liquid or gel eyeliner and mascara is three months. Pencil eyeliner lasts about two years.</p> <p>Arundel advises: “We have bacteria along the eyelid margin and basically when we are fluffing away with your mascara stick you are re-colonising your bacteria.”</p> <p>“They have expiry dates for a reason,” he says, stressing that this is particularly important for contact lens wearers. “The last thing they want is for them to be getting serious infections – and it is another source of infection at the end of the day.”</p> <p>Check a product’s official expiry date by running the batch code through an app such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.example.checkyourcosmetic&amp;hl=en">Check Your Cosmetics</a>. </p> <p>There’s even an <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/beauty-keeper-makeup-manager-beauty-organizer/id827915841?mt=8">app</a> that will send you reminders of the expiration dates on your beauty products.</p> <p><strong>Lashings of trouble</strong></p> <p>Eyelash extensions are a new fad and, according to Arundel, have caused no end of dramas and serious eye problems.</p> <p>“The problem I guess with some of these things – such as eyelash extensions – unlike the medical industry, there is no informed consent, there is no discussion of what could go wrong,” he says.</p> <p>“It’s such a very delicate thing to do, to glue a fake lash onto a real lash. There is a huge variety of different products out there and all we are trying to flag is to ask a few questions – do they have training, is there some formaldehyde in the glue and some basic stuff.”</p> <p>He suggested having a close look at the setup of any salon and make sure they have good cleanliness and well-trained staff before using their services. Regularly clean your brushes to save your eyes from unnecessary infections.</p> <p><strong>Makeup tips for contact lens wearers</strong></p> <p>Arundel says that contact lens wearers need to be extra careful when applying makeup – but most of it is simply common sense, such as washing hands first.</p> <p>Insert contact lenses before applying makeup. Stay away from the edge of the lid (to avoid blocking the oil glands which assist with tear production and reduce particles getting into the eye).</p> <p>He also suggests asking your optometrist about daily disposable lenses – a fresh pair each day and free of makeup contamination (or be diligent with cleaning).</p> <p>Go for creams over powders to avoid foreign bodies but be careful with oil based products around the eyes.<br /><br /><strong>Makeup removal</strong></p> <p>Remove eye makeup before washing your face. Optometrists don’t recommend using generic face wash for eye makeup removal. Use hypoallergenic makeup removal products and be gentle – no harsh rubbing or pressure and wipe downwards.</p> <p>There are many moisturising eye makeup removal wipes that are prepackaged or use clean soft cotton pads with your preferred product.</p> <p><strong>Get your eyes tested</strong></p> <p>Arundel stresses that it is important to get your eyes tested regularly and see a specialist if you have itchy and/or sore eyes. Untreated infections or problems can become serious if left untreated.</p> <p>Have you had difficulties with makeup and your eyes? Share your story below.</p> <p><em>By Lynne Testoni. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/why-your-beauty-routine-could-be-damaging-your-eyes.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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10 nutrition myths to ignore

<p>Your nutrition needs change with age, as it becomes critical to incorporate healthy habits to better support your physical and cognitive health.</p> <p>Dietitian Ngaire Hobbins debunks the top myths when it comes to your diet.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">1. Your stomach shrinks as you get older</strong><br />Although your appetite and your capacity to eat may change, your stomach doesn’t shrink as you get older. In fact, not eating well enough only accelerates the ageing process.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">2. Weight loss is healthy</strong><br />Unfortunately, this is not always the case when we are older. Instead, dieting or unintentional weight loss should be avoided in our later years, with any weight loss a natural result of combining good exercise with an eating plan rich in protein.</p> <p>In fact, a bit of extra padding is beneficial to support your body and brain in the years ahead.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">3. You need to eat less as you get older</strong><br />Whilst your metabolism slows and your energy output decreases, food and eating is what protects and fuels you — it is your key to ageing well.</p> <p>As you age, you may need to eat less of some things, and your body will need more of others, particularly foods rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">4. Only eat what you feel like</strong><br />The ageing process can play tricks on our appetite and the triggers that tell us if we are hungry or full. As a result, you might eat less than what your bodies really need. It’s important to realise the vital importance of continuing to eat despite the tricks, so your body gets the energy and nutrients it needs to function.</p> <p>An outright loss of appetite is not normal, and could be symptomatic of an underlying health problem. If you are having trouble eating enough, try to eat small meals regularly throughout the day, even if you don’t always feel like it.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">5. You need a low-fat diet</strong><br />Contrary to deeply entrenched popular opinion, a low-fat diet is not always the best, especially as you get older. Fat is an important source of calories and some people might need to eat a bit extra to maintain weight.</p> <p>For most, however, eating foods that contain mostly unsaturated fats is best for heart, body, and brain health. Fats found in foods such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, and oily fish are ideal.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">6. Eat more vegetables</strong><br />Whilst nutrient-rich vegetables continue to be essential in your diet, protein needs to be at the centre of your plate, with the vegetables surrounding it from now on. That’s because you need more — not less — protein as you get older.</p> <p><em>Eating protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs and legumes is incredibly important as we age</em></p> <p>Protein keeps our muscles, immune system, organs, and brains — all our systems — working and renewing minute by minute. Vegetables are always important, but if your appetite is small, ensure you get the protein in first, then enjoy the vegetables.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">7. You only need to drink water when you’re thirsty</strong><br />If you feel thirsty, you are already a bit dehydrated. That’s a problem because neither your body nor your brain can function at peak capacity if you are dehydrated. Dehydration can cause confusion and delirium, hampers kidney function, and worsens a multitude of other conditions. As you get older, you may not sense thirst as efficiently, putting them at greater risk of dehydration and making fluid intake an essential element of overall nutrition.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">8. Supplements are sufficient</strong><br />Of course, we can’t live off vitamins and supplement tablets alone. Your body works best when it is working — that means eating and digesting food. What’s more, most supplements promoted to help you live longer, boost memory, fight off dementia and more, fail to live up to their claims.</p> <p>And there’s another problem — many interact with common medications or just don’t work the way they would if you ate them in the foods they are naturally found in.</p> <p>You could spend a lot of money for no gain when you could do better by simply eating. Not only that, but you would miss out on one of life’s greatest pleasures — cooking and eating with family and friends.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">9. You must always eat a "proper meal"</strong><br />Making sure you eat regularly is essential to help you live well and remain independent. However, eating three full meals a day can be a struggle if you have a loss of appetite, or find cooking too difficult or time-consuming.</p> <p>You can opt for prepackaged meals, frozen dinners, or takeaway foods, but some of these don’t contain the protein and other nutrients necessary to support ageing bodies and brains; others are high in sodium or saturated fats. If three good meals are too much of a challenge, five to six small meals or well-chosen snacks can be just as beneficial.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">10. Malnutrition is part of getting older</strong><br />Malnutrition can affect anyone — at any age — and is not a normal part of the ageing process. However, with age comes a greater risk of malnutrition and it’s important that you don’t dismiss the warning signs as being a part of "old age".</p> <p>For more information on healthy habits for eating well, read the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://homeinstead.com.au/resources/nutrition-seniors" target="_blank"><span>full nutrition guide</span></a>.</p> <p>What healthy habits have you tried to incorporate into your life?</p> <p><em>Written by Ngaire Hobbins. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/10-nutrition-myths-to-ignore.aspx"><span>Wyza.com.au</span></a>.</em></p>

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Barnaby Joyce announces baby no. 2 with Vikki Campion: "I'm really happy – it's a great blessing"

<p>Barnaby Joyce and his partner Vikki Campion are expecting their second child together.</p> <p>The former Nationals leader and ex-campaign staffer are due to have their second son in June.</p> <p>“We are actually having another child, called Tom, so there you go,” Mr Joyce said to Channel 7 cameras on Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>He apologised for his partner's lack of attendance at a fundraiser event before revealing the family’s new “great blessing”.</p> <p>An anonymous close friend also confirmed to The Sunday Mail, “Another boy is due in June this year. The name is already picked out — Thomas, after Barney’s grandfather."</p> <p>The friend added, “They plan to include (the name) Timothy, Barney’s youngest brother who sadly died last June after a brave battle with lung cancer. Tim was only 42 and has a gorgeous wife and three young children. His death really rocked Barney (as he is known to family and friends),” the friend said.</p> <p>Nationals leader Michael McCormack congratulated the couple this morning.</p> <p>“Congratulations to Barnaby and Vikki, I’ve messaged him this morning to say congratulations,” he said.</p> <p>Opposition leader Bill Shorten also sent well wishes and congratulations saying to reporters in Queensland on Sunday: “Whenever a child is born it is good news.”</p> <p>The new pregnancy is the latest chapter to unravel in a saga that revealed Joyce was having an affair with his then-campaign staffer, Vikki Campion, last year.</p> <p>After the revelations surfaced last February, he resigned as deputy prime minister and National leader. </p> <p>Barnaby has four daughter with ex-wife Natalie – Bridgette, 21, Julia, 20, Caroline, 19, and Odette, 16. </p> <p> </p>

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Have you spotted what’s missing from the new Today show?

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The new <em>Today</em> show line-up is ruffling a few feathers, with Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner as co-hosts.</p> <p>However, fans who decided to give the new line-up a chance haven’t been too happy with this change.</p> <p>Fans noticed that in the bottom right-hand corner, there was no longer a weather update. Many fans have been outraged at this, claiming that they miss knowing what the weather forecast is going to be.</p> <p>It has been absent since the new line-up started.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822835/today-show-without-weather.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b9a5d95c09894d569f46a78e80f23ae2" /></p> <p>Fans of the show have not been too kind in the comments, saying “Oh my god, soooooo boring now. Nothing against the individual hosts, but it’s painful watching them all on this new lineup. There is no humour and there is absolutely no chemistry. Changing to seven or ABC"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Oh my god, soooooo boring now. Nothing against the individual hosts, but it’s painful watching them all on this new lineup. There is no humour and there is absolutely no chemistry. Changing to seven or ABC 👋🏻</p> — Michelle (@Michell83782526) <a href="https://twitter.com/Michell83782526/status/1084552009242443777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, other fans are loving the new-look Today show.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Love yous, keep up the good work!👍🏼</p> — Kat Schonell (@kattz46) <a href="https://twitter.com/kattz46/status/1086031204229369856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The new<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show line-up has divided viewers who were fans of the original hosts, but as the new TV personalities have only been on the show for a week, fingers crossed they’re able to turn things around.</p> <p>Did you notice that there was no weather update on the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show anymore? Let us know in the comments.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Aussie fans are furious at Channel 9 for snubbing Serena Williams at Australian Open

<p>Viewers are accusing Channel 9 of sexist broadcasting after both Serena Williams and World No.1 women's player Simona Halep were not broadcast on TV screens last night, as they played their respective matches at the Australian Open in Melbourne.</p> <p>Nine’s controversial and bold decision to not show the second-round clash between Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard on either of its free-to-air channels was met with backlash from furious viewers.</p> <p>Williams, who is chasing her record 24th Grand Slam crown in a row, was not able to be seen by Aussie viewers. This did not sit well with fans who took to social media to air out their frustrations with the major broadcaster.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What is going on with the <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a> coverage <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel9?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel9</a> first we could not see <a href="https://twitter.com/Simona_Halep?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Simona_Halep</a> and now we can’t even see <a href="https://twitter.com/serenawilliams?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@serenawilliams</a> live?! Pick up your game <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/QeA5eCeHpN">pic.twitter.com/QeA5eCeHpN</a></p> — Maria Barres (@MariaBarres) <a href="https://twitter.com/MariaBarres/status/1085842307885105152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/Channel9?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel9</a> second night running. No coverage of Serena Williams- center court matches. Your app doesn’t even have that option. What is going on? You have definitely ruined this entire Australian open with your coverage channel 9. Just let channel 7 do what they are best at!</p> — Danielle Williams (@Dannii1409) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dannii1409/status/1085842835427868673?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Greatest tennis player of all time currently on the court but <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel9?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel9</a> not currently showing the match. Disrespectful to the 🐐</p> — Matt Nicholls (@mattnicholls29) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattnicholls29/status/1085840739328643072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Channel 9's main channel aired the fifth set of Alex Bolt’s match against Gilles Simon while 9Gem broadcast Alexander Zverev’s match against Jeremy Chardy. 9Go! aired a re-run of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic film Last Action Hero.</p> <p>The bold decision to not broadcast either Serena Williams' match did not go unnoticed, infuriating Aussie viewers and raising eyebrows with international tennis commentators who were in Melbourne for the Australian Open.</p> <p>World No. 1 women's player Simona Halep was also overlooked on Australian TV, with Channel 9 choosing to air Alex Bolt and Alexei Popyrin's respective matches rather than Halep's.</p> <p>Did you tune into the tennis last night? What do you think of Channel 9's coverage? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Andre Agassi’s advice for controversial Aussie tennis players: “They need to learn”

<p>Former world champion Andre Agassi has given his thoughts on the behaviour of young Australian players Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios saying the two may regret their actions once their careers come to an end.</p> <p>Popular during the '80s and '90s, Agassi was known for his extravagant on-court style and his ability to charm the crowd. The media quickly took a liking to the tennis star, making him synonymous with the tagline “image is everything”.</p> <p>In his autobiography<span> </span><em>Open</em>, the 48-year-old opened up about his drug use and his sporting career, saying that he often felt like the odd one out during his time on tour.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://wwos.nine.com.au/tennis/australian-open-2019-andre-agassi-has-advice-for-bernard-tomic-and-nick-kyrgios/5be4e970-b2f8-407a-aa72-93ae10b112e4" target="_blank"><em>Nine</em></a>, Agassi shared his sentiments on the recent controversy surrounding Bernard Tomic, saying the 26-year-old along with Kyrgios may end up regretting their behaviour throughout their tennis careers.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">It's been a long time... But Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi are back in Australia!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9WWOS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9WWOS</a> <a href="https://t.co/ujlfZpWRcV">pic.twitter.com/ujlfZpWRcV</a></p> — Wide World of Sports (@wwos) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1086023873076682752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“I try to highlight just how difficult it is to grow up in the public eye and the one thing you hope for from a distance is that these moments in their life are appreciated,” said Agassi.</p> <p>The former No. 1 firmly believes that life is more about winning or losing.</p> <p>“They need to learn (from experiences). If you lose and you don’t learn something from it, that’s all it is, a loss. If you say something regretful and you don’t learn from it then all you did was hurt as a result. You just hope they figure it out with as little pain as possible.”</p> <p>Agassi’s comments are in line with Lleyton Hewitt, who held a press conference to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/i-had-to-draw-a-line-lleyton-hewitt-s-explosive-allegations-against-bernard-tomic" target="_blank">reveal that Bernard Tomic issued threats</a> and blackmailed Hewitt and his family.</p> <p>Do you agree with Andre Agassi's advice? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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The top 10 travel bucket list adventures

<p>Sailing to Antarctica, cruising the Galapagos Islands and travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway are the top three trips every traveller must take in their lifetime, according to US-based Flight Network’s World’s Best Once-In-A-Lifetime Journeys 2018 list.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/worlds-best-journeys/">The 50 destination list</a>, compiled by the <a href="https://www.flightnetwork.com.au/">Flight Network</a> and more than 500 representatives from various travel industries, includes three entries from Australia – driving the Great Ocean Road (19), hiking the Blue Mountains (42) and driving the Australian Outback (28). Read on for the top 10</p> <p><strong>1. Expedition to Antarctica</strong></p> <p>You can catch ships bound for Antarctica from Ushuaia, Argentina. If you choose to take that route you will need to fly into Buenos Aires, then take a connecting flight to Ushuaia’s Malvinas Argentinas International Airport.</p> <p><strong>2. Cruise the Galapagos Islands</strong></p> <p>You will need to do some serious legwork to get to the Galapagos Island. They are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, some 973 km off the coast of South America.</p> <p><strong>3. Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway</strong></p> <p>The Trans-Siberian Railway is the world’s longest train journey at 9,300km and offers a classic, 7-day trip starting from Moscow and ending in the port city of Vladivostok.</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/Bs4mcxXDHd7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4mcxXDHd7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Marek Jasiński (@jasinski.marek)</a> on Jan 20, 2019 at 9:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>4. Trek to Machu Picchu</strong></p> <p>To travel to Machu Picchu you will need to land in the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, Peru.</p> <p><strong>5. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway</strong></p> <p>The 951-kilometre highway is a legendary drive that takes roughly 15 hours to complete.</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/Bsk6LuDA17A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsk6LuDA17A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jade ✈️🌎 (@jade_woodall)</a> on Jan 13, 2019 at 5:38am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>6. Drive Iceland’s Ring Road</strong></p> <p>The 1,332 km drive starts in Keflavik, and weaves around the entire island taking in glaciers, waterfalls and an ice tunnel.</p> <p><strong>7. Cruise to Alaska</strong></p> <p>This cruise through Alaska was named the number one cruise in the world. With Vancouver, British Columbia a handy departure point for Alaska, it’s pretty easy to get to.</p> <p><strong>8. Camino de Santiago</strong></p> <p>Begin the trek by flying into Biarritz Pays Basque Airport – a 52 km drive from St. Pied de Port, France, which marks the starting point of the Camino Francés.</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/Bs08Vi2F2ip/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs08Vi2F2ip/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 🔝 Best pictures of Greece 🔝 (@greece_united)</a> on Jan 19, 2019 at 11:05am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>9. Sail the Greek Islands</strong></p> <p>Why stop at one island when you can take your time and see them all? Hire a sailboat and cruise through the Greek Islands at your leisure.</p> <p><strong>10. Drive the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia</strong></p> <p>The Dalmatian Coast is located 23 km southeast from Dubrovnik in the town of Cilipi.</p> <p>To view the list of all 50 destinations, <a href="https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/worlds-best-journeys/">click here</a>. </p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/aussie-travel-destinations-make-top-50-travel-bucket-list">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>. </em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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What to look out for when buying travel insurance

<p>You’ve got your flight and your accommodation booked and now you’re ready to buy travel insurance.</p> <p>You search for the cheapest one you can find online and – click – you’re all sorted.</p> <p>But did you read the fine print to make sure that you are adequately covered for any emergencies that can crop up?</p> <p>Learn from the plight of one Singaporean traveller who posted her story on Facebook to serve as a cautionary tale.</p> <p>She was going away with a group of friends and unfortunately, their flight was delayed for 24 hours.</p> <p>While her travel companions managed to claim for the delay through their travel insurance, she didn’t receive any compensation as her insurance provider didn’t cover delays caused by operational issues.</p> <p>Buying travel insurance is one of those times when you should definitely not skip reading the fine print as you may end up with less protection than you thought.</p> <p>Check these four things off your list when shopping for travel insurance.</p> <p><strong>Buy insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed</strong></p> <p>Many people tend to leave buying travel insurance until the last few days before their trip but that’s not a good idea.</p> <p>You should buy insurance the moment the trip is confirmed.</p> <p>Some policies cover you for up to 60 days before the trip starts so you’ll be protected should unforeseen circumstances crop up, such as serious injury to any of the travelling party.</p> <p>Read the policy’s fine print involving travel delays and trip cancellation, postponement and disruption.</p> <p><strong>Understand what is being covered</strong></p> <p>We know it’s tough to go through so much fine print but in the case of travel insurance, you do get what you pay for.</p> <p>Compare across several policies to see which benefits best apply to your needs.</p> <p>The usual benefits to look out for are personal accident coverage, overseas and local medical expenses, flight delays, loss of property, medical evacuation and personal liability.</p> <p>Be aware that medical costs in some countries can be really high so you may want as much coverage as you can afford.</p> <p>If you’re renting a vehicle, check how much rental vehicle excess is covered and if you’ve booked your trip through a travel agency, make sure your insurance covers your travel agency becoming insolvent.</p> <p><strong>Chose a reputable insurance provider</strong></p> <p>Do some research to make sure that the insurer you’ve chosen has a good reputation for paying out eligible claims.</p> <p>It should also provide a 24-hour hotline so you can get immediate advice on how to proceed should an emergency take place.</p> <p>Be aware that most insurers will need you to submit a claim or a report of the incident within a certain time period.</p> <p><strong>Take note of the exclusions</strong></p> <p>Most travel insurance policies won’t cover medical expenses that arise from pre-existing illnesses, such as a heart attack for someone with a heart condition.</p> <p>So, if you want extra peace of mind, look for a policy that covers this.</p> <p>You should also be aware that some policies will not cover you for what is considered dangerous activities or extreme sports, such as mountain climbing or scuba diving.</p> <p>If you’re going to be taking part in such activities, it pays to make sure that your policy will cover you during those moments, even if you have to pay a higher premium.</p> <p>Nothing’s worse than that sinking feeling you get when you head off on your adventure and remember you left something important at home.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/cruising/how-to-pack-for-your-first-cruise?FROM=MYDISCOVERIES">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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The 8 things not to do on a flight

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Cabin crew may always have a smile on their face, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t experienced their fair share of frustrations.</p> <p>Smiling is a part of the job, and so is dealing with hundreds of passengers each day, so you can imagine that they’ve dealt with some headache-inducing situations.</p> <p>Speaking to <em> </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/things-flight-attendants-want-you-to-stop-doing-on-flight-2019-1" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider</em></a>, flight attendants revealed the irritating things passengers do that make their job a lot harder.</p> <p><strong>1. Unpacking overhead bags during a flight</strong></p> <p>Whether you really need your earphones, or you left the book you were meaning to read in your bag, opening the overhead to get to your bag is not only frustrating for airline staff, but the passengers around you.</p> <p>“The best way to maximise everyone’s time and make your fellow passengers not hate you is to keep all of your necessities in the personal space at your seat,” domestic airline flight attendant, Haley Fox told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/things-flight-attendants-want-you-to-stop-doing-on-flight-2019-1" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a>.</p> <p>“If you come onto a plane, then get to your seat and have to unpack your big roller bag in the middle of the aisle just to get to your headphones, you are the worst.”</p> <p><strong>2. Ordering more than one drink at the same time</strong></p> <p>“When someone asks for a water, a coffee and a Diet Coke, it slows down our service,” said Jennifer L., a fight attendant for a US airline.</p> <p>“We have to get through the whole cabin. So instead, ask for one drink and we can always come back to give you something else after we’ve gotten through everyone.”</p> <p><strong>3. Ignoring them when they say hello</strong></p> <p>This one is pretty self-explanatory. Rude behaviour should never be tolerated, but with hundreds of passengers being greeted each day, at least one is bound to completely ignore you when you say hello.</p> <p>“If I greet you, please have the courtesy to answer me back,” said Jennifer.</p> <p>“Don’t ignore me or pretend I don’t exist. I’ve woken up probably earlier than you and will be working past the time you arrive at home. So be kind and remember to have manners.”</p> <p><strong>4. Asking for an upgrade to first-class</strong></p> <p>“Flight attendants do not have the authority to upgrade you to first class,” said Jennifer. “Those seats are not up for grabs unless the gate agent upgrades you or you pay for a first-class seat prior to entering the aircraft.”</p> <p><strong>5. Crowding their space</strong></p> <p>While it’s perfectly fine to go for a stroll on a long-haul flight – no can be expected to be sitting down for hours on end – be mindful of where you decide to stand.</p> <p>Blocking galleys and jump seats is never a good idea.</p> <p>“If you want to get up and move around during the flight, don’t utilise our only workspace as your stretch zone,” Fox said. “I don’t come to your office and put my butt in your face, please don’t downward dog and lunge around in mine.”</p> <p><strong>6. Demanding a special meal during a flight without giving notice</strong></p> <p>Believe it or not, planes aren’t stocked with an endless supply of food. Instead, they usually only carry the required amount needed for each passenger.</p> <p>Which means if you need a special meal, you need to put in a request before you hop on board.</p> <p>“We do not have everything,” Jennifer said.</p> <p>“Please don’t ask us if we have soy milk or some kind of food we didn’t say we had. If you have certain diet restrictions or don’t like the options we have, please bring your own food.”</p> <p><strong>7. Not flushing the toilet</strong></p> <p>This one is quite obvious. Toilets in planes aren’t the most pleasant experience, but despite the long lines, the terrible lighting and the confined space, there is zero excuse for not flushing the toilet when you’re finished.</p> <p><strong>8. Walking around barefoot</strong></p> <p>A flight attendant took to a Reddit thread in 2018 to share just how filthy the habit of walking around barefoot on a plane really is.</p> <p>User Seeyou_Never wrote: “DO NOT WALK AROUND BAREFOOT. Pee and poop happens, all over. I feel like I witness an ‘accident’ regularly; in their seat or in the lav. People get nose bleeds, or their wounds open.</p> <p>"Obviously when we land, it is thoroughly cleaned. But in-flight our resources are limited.”</p> <p>What is something that annoys you during a flight? Let us know in the comments below. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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5 reasons to go to Western Australia

<p>There's a lot to see and do in Australia's largest state. The natural beauty of the state can be breathtaking.</p> <p><strong>Wildflowers</strong></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/BqkKb4il9qg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqkKb4il9qg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Emily Hudson (@emilyhudson12)</a> on Nov 24, 2018 at 5:38am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>WA’s wildflower season begins in September and sweeps south until end of November. Wildflowers are already blooming on WA’s mid-north coast. South-west WA boasts 8000 unique varieties of wildflowers. One of the best places to see them is the Margaret River region, particularly along the 135-kilometre Cape to Cape Track.</p> <p>Stirling Range National Park, Albany and the Fitzgerald River National Park near Esperance also have great wildflower displays. Kings Park Botanic Garden in Perth showcases 3000 of WA’s 12,000 species of native flora. If you can only make it to Perth – you should stop here for a walk. </p> <p><strong>Waterfalls</strong></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/BspXkjHl6Zj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BspXkjHl6Zj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Halls Creekmotel (@halls_creek_motel)</a> on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:12pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>WA doesn’t do ordinary waterfalls. It has the only two horizontal waterfalls in the world. Both can be found in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. </p> <p>Tidal fluctuations force an extraordinary amount of water through two narrow cliff passages. This creates a discrepancy with the ocean level of up to four meters and a unique waterfall effect. To see it for yourself head to the Kimberley Towns of Broome or Derby. From there you can take a tour of the falls by boat or plane. </p> <p><strong>The world’s largest outdoor gallery</strong></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/BsLJDj6Fnsc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsLJDj6Fnsc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Robin Mascall (@aussierob78)</a> on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:28am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The white salt plains of Lake Ballard in WA house a collection of 51 individually cast black chromium steel sculptures designed by artist Antony Gormley. This incredible gallery is 10km long. Each sculpture represents a local resident of Menzies, a town 45 minutes drive away from Lake Ballard. </p> <p>The best times to visit the gallery are early morning or late afternoon. That’s when the shadows are long and stretch across the lake. Allow at least two hours to fully appreciate Lake Ballard. WA tourism also recommends you walk with a friend and always carry water with you. </p> <p><strong>Quokkas</strong></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/BqFbxYrhz5J/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqFbxYrhz5J/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Wombat &amp; Friends (@wombatandfriends)</a> on Nov 12, 2018 at 7:13am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>WA is the only place in the world where you can take a quokka selfie. The cheerful-looking marsupials are mainly found on Rottnest Island near Perth. Quokkas have round compact bodies and tend to be about the same size as a cat.  They are herbivores and they tend to be most active at night. But you will still see plenty around in the day to take photos with. </p> <p><strong>The Margaret River </strong><strong> </strong></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/BseFMzslZJQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BseFMzslZJQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chasing Waterfalls (@_annabelclaire_)</a> on Jan 10, 2019 at 2:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Margaret River is WA’s premium wine region. It has more than 100 wineries as well as boutique breweries, art galleries and fine restaurants. The region produces about 15 per cent of Australia’s premium wine including Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate and Moss Wood. </p> <p>It’s not just about the wine. In the Margaret River, you can easily go from award-winning wineries to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests and ancient caves. The region is also known for big wave surfing, rock climbing canoeing and whale watching tours. </p> <p>Have you been to Western Australia? What was it like? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Alison Godfrey.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/western-australia-why-go/">MyDiscoveries</a>.</em></p>

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This woman can't hear men thanks to rare condition

<p>A woman is going viral on the Internet after she was diagnosed with a rare disease in which she could no longer hear men’s voices.</p> <p>The Chinese woman, who is only identified by her surname Chen, felt nauseous and heard ringing noises in her ears the night before. When she woke up, she could no longer hear her boyfriend or any other man.</p> <p>The woman then headed to Qianpu Hospital in Xiamen. </p> <p>“She was able to hear me when I spoke to her, but when a young male patient walked in, she couldn't hear him at all,” said Dr Lin Xiaoqing.</p> <p>Chen was finally diagnosed with reverse-slope hearing loss, a rare condition where one is unable to hear low-frequency sounds. The condition only affects about 3000 people in the US and Canada.</p> <p>This could explain Chen’s inability to hear her boyfriend, as men’s voices tend to be lower-pitched than women’s.</p> <p>The main sources of RSHL include genetic abnormalities, although Dr Xiaoqing said fatigue and stress could also contribute to the condition. According to the specialist, treating the symptoms as early as possible is important. She also expected Chen to make a full recovery.</p> <p>The Internet is awash with reactions to Chen’s predicament, with many women joking about wanting to get such a condition. </p> <p>“What a dream,” one user said, while another commented, “The condition is even more common among men, who can’t hear “female voices.””</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">A woman claims to have a condition that means she can't hear mens voices... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dailydecider?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dailydecider</a></p> — Damien St John (@damienstjohn) <a href="https://twitter.com/damienstjohn/status/1084696584221282304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, others said the condition is no laughing matter. </p> <p>“Jokes like 'I wish I had that' 'hope it’s contagious' etc are very funny when you are not actually #deaf,” a Twitter user said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Because deaf women, women actually affected by rarer forms of hearing loss, don’t get a pass from abusive men for not hearing them and are often abused further for this.</p> — nayook. (@ni_ruh) <a href="https://twitter.com/ni_ruh/status/1083495922024083456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Are you familiar with this type of hearing loss? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Why you should think twice about posting photos of your grandchildren on Facebook

<p>Parents have plenty reason to be proud of their kids. And in the social media age, one of the easiest ways to show off your kids’ achievements is to log in to Facebook and post a quick photo or video of them with their soccer trophy or their latest haircut. But lawmakers in France are now looking to make this practice a thing of the past – and for good reason.</p> <p>Essentially, the issue comes down to privacy. A law is currently in the works that would NOT allow someone to post a photo of someone else online without their permission. Children are considered, in the eyes of the law, incapable of providing this permission, so their parents would have no right to post said media.</p> <p>The new law could include a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine equivalent to nearly $US50,000. The law was originally put into the works to protect women from ex-lovers who would post private photos of the women as retribution.</p> <p>As a best practice when it comes to your kids’ pictures, you should make sure the sharing settings are set to “private” or “just friends”. A lot of the time, users’ profiles can be set to “public” without them knowing it. </p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Sam Benson Smith. This article first appeared in<span> </span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/why-you-should-think-twice-about-posting-photos-your">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine,<span> </span><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Mum’s heartbreaking tribute to two sons who passed away

<p>A mother has shared her anguish with her Facebook friends as her prematurely born son has passed away.</p> <p>Sarah and Chris from South Tyneside in the UK had already lost their other son Charlie at the age of two in 2013.</p> <p>Sarah and Chris had another son called Carter, who was born on Boxing Day 2018. As Carter was premature and needed a new heart, they were waiting for the transplant.</p> <p>However, Carter sadly passed away on Saturday, just 3 and half weeks old.</p> <p>He had undergone surgery the week before to drain one side of his heart and install a pacemaker. However, due to damage to his heart’s left ventricle, he was being kept alive by an ECMO machine whilst the family were waiting on a heart donor.</p> <p>The family have been left devastated due to losing their two sons.</p> <p>The family had also started the Charlie Cookson Foundation after the passing of their first son in order to help families with seriously ill children.</p> <p>Sarah has posted a touching tribute on her Facebook page with images of both of her sons side by side. The post is captioned:</p> <p>“Our boys were so brave. We are both hurting so much. Our angels in heaven.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsarah.howecookson%2Fposts%2F10156968101952354&amp;width=500" width="500" height="595" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Sarah has also posted another tribute to Carter, saying, “He could not fight anymore”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsarah.howecookson%2Fposts%2F10156967096317354&amp;width=500" width="500" height="721" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Many people have wished the family their sympathies, with the post having over 22,000 comments.</p> <p>One commenter said, “I just have no words. I wish with all my heart I could take some of your pain away. To lose 2 children is beyond heartbreaking. Life is so incredibly cruel. I’m just praying you find strength and eventually, peace.”</p>

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The accidental vegetarian

<p>“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” — Michael Pollan,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/in-defense-of-food-michael-pollan/prod9780143114963.html" target="_blank"><span><em>In Defence of Food</em></span></a>.</p> <p>Whether you’re considering a vegetarian diet for health, ethical, environmental, or financial reasons — or a combination — if you’ve always eaten meat, the thought of giving it up entirely can be a little daunting. Abandoning bacon and restocking your pantry with unfamiliar grains and high-protein soy products may seem like too much all at once.</p> <p>Instead, why not ease your way in by cooking and eating vegetarian just one or two days a week? This approach has plenty of advantages:</p> <ul> <li>You don’t have to feel like you’re going cold turkey</li> <li>You don’t have to worry about<span> </span><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/top-5-protein-substitutes.aspx" target="_blank">getting enough protein</a></span><span> </span>and other nutrients because you’re only skipping meat one or two days a week</li> <li>You get to experiment with vegetarian food at a pace that suits you.</li> </ul> <p>Including more plant-based foods in your diet is never a bad thing — unless, of course, you’re living on hot chips, which we don’t recommend. For a great summary of the benefits — to yourself and the planet — of eating less meat (plus some excellent recipes), check out<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.meatfreemondays.com/" target="_blank"><span>Meat Free Mondays</span></a>.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Eating in: the new vegetarian cooking</strong><br />Anyone who explored vegetarianism in the ‘70s and ‘80s may recall cookbooks like<span> </span><em>Laurel’s Kitchen</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>The Moosewood Cookbook</em><span> </span>— full of earnest advice, quirky illustrations, and cheese-heavy recipes. Vegetarian cooking has come a long way since then, with a new focus on delicious, plant-based meals that make no apology for the absence of flesh.</p> <p>If cooking is your thing — or you’d like it to be — invest in a couple of inspiring vegetarian cookbooks, such as Anna Jones'<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/a-modern-way-to-eat-anna-jones/prod9780007516704.html" target="_blank"><span><em>A Modern Way to Eat</em></span></a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-modern-cook-s-year-anna-jones/prod9780008172459.html" target="_blank"><span><em>The Modern Cook’s Year</em></span></a>, Yottam Ottolenghi’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/plenty-yotam-ottolenghi/prod9780091933685.html" target="_blank"><span><em>Plenty</em> </span></a>and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/plenty-more-yotam-ottolenghi/prod9780091957155.html" target="_blank"><em><span>Plenty More</span></em></a>,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/leon-henry-dimbleby/prod9781840916102.html" target="_blank"><span><em>Leon Fast Vegetarian</em></span></a><span> </span>by Henry Dimbleby and Jane Baxter, or<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-vegetable-caroline-griffith/prod9781925418538.html" target="_blank"><span><em>The Vegetable</em></span></a><span> </span>by Caroline Griffiths and Vicki Valsamis.</p> <p>Don’t want to spend money on books? You can find any number of fantastic vegetarian recipes online. Websites such as<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/category/vegetarian" target="_blank"><span>BBC goodfood</span></a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/food-and-drink" target="_blank"><span>The Guardian</span></a><span> </span>have dedicated vegetarian sections, and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.delicious.com.au/search?q=vegetarian" target="_blank"><span>delicious</span></a> and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.taste.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>taste</span></a> make it easy to find veg recipes. There are also plenty of vegetarian food bloggers, including locals<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com/" target="_blank"><em><span>My Darling Lemon Thyme</span></em></a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://herestheveg.blogspot.com.au/" target="_blank"><span><em>Where’s the Beef?</em></span></a></p> <p>For those who are used to meal planning around meat, modern meat substitutes are a revelation and can make the transition to vegetarian cooking much simpler — think seitan bolognese, vegan sausages, and even veggie bacon aka “facon" (funny how bacon is the one thing many people struggle to give up). Sydney also boasts its own vegetarian butcher,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ssvb.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher</span></a>, offering a range of high protein vegan products.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Eating out — and about</strong><br />Don’t want to cook vegetarian? Don’t worry. There are amazing vegetarian restaurants all across Australia — a simple online search will unearth plenty — and don’t forget that some cuisines, such as Indian and Chinese, have a long tradition of vegetarianism.</p> <p>Even better news is that most restaurants these days offer much more exciting vegetarian options than the ubiquitous pumpkin ravioli or mushroom risotto. Eating out according to your dietary preferences has become pretty standard, so whatever you do decide to exclude from your diet, there’s a good chance you’ll find something delicious on the menu. And it’s not just fine dining that’s got you covered — vegan/vegetarian burgers and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.doughnuttime.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>vegan doughnuts</span></a><span> </span>are actually a thing.</p> <p>What’s not to enjoy?</p> <p>Have you switched to vegetarian? What advice would you give someone thinking about the change?</p> <p><em>Written by Tiffany Hutton. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/the-accidental-vegetarian.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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Salted caramel mango ice cream cake

<p>Satisfy your sweet tooth with a salted caramel and mango ice cream cake.</p> <p><strong>Time to prepare:</strong> 30 mins </p> <p><strong>Cooking Time:</strong> 15 mins </p> <p><strong>Serves:</strong> 8-10</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>5 mangoes<br />1¼ cups self-raising flour<br />80g butter, chilled, chopped<br />½ cup brown sugar<br />1 cup honey roasted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped<br />3 litres vanilla ice cream</p> <p><strong>Quick salted caramel</strong><br />½ cup thickened cream<br />2 x 135g packet chewy toffees, unwrapped<br />2 tsp salt flakes, crushed</p> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan forced. Combine the flour and butter in a food processor. Process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add sugar and ½ cup of the macadamia nuts, process until crumble forms clumps. Spread out on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool.</p> <p>2. Meanwhile, to make the quick salted caramel, pour the cream into a small saucepan, add the caramels. Stir over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until cream comes to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in the salt. Set aside to cool.</p> <p>3. Line the base and sides of a 4cm deep, 20cm x 30cm (base) baking dish with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at both long sides. Scatter the crumble over the base of the pan to cover.</p> <p>4. Peel 3 of the mangoes. Chop the fruit. Swirl chopped mango, remaining macadamia nuts and ¾ cup salted caramel through the ice cream. Spoon over the crumble base. Smooth the surface. Cover and freeze overnight.</p> <p>5. Peel and chop the remaining 2 mangoes, spoon over the ice cream. Cut into pieces and serve drizzled with remaining salted caramel.</p> <p>Did you try this recipe? How did it go? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p class="p1"><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/recipes/salted-caramel-calypso-mango-ice-cream-cake.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Why Steve Irwin didn’t want kids with wife Terri

<p>Terri Irwin has revealed that she and late husband Steve were not planning to have children.</p> <p>In a new interview with <a href="https://www.pressreader.com/australia/who/20190128/282102047847575"><em>Who</em><span> </span>magazine</a>, the 54-year-old mother of two said they were not thinking of having children until six years into their marriage.</p> <p>The couple, who starred in <em>The Crocodile Hunter</em> together until Steve’s death in 2006, got married in 1992.</p> <p>“When we got married, Steve said, ‘I’m just an action man. I don’t know how we would ever have kids.’ And I didn’t feel strongly one way or another,” said Terri.</p> <p>“But after almost six years of marriage, he burst through the door one evening and said, ‘We’ve got to have children! Who do we leave all this to? Who will carry it on?’</p> <p>“I go, ‘Just because you have children doesn't mean they'll like or do what you do’. He said, ‘Nope! We have to have children and they will love wildlife and so this’.”</p> <p>They later welcomed daughter Bindi in 1998 and son Robert in 2003.</p> <p>At one point, Steve was considering leaving television to spend more time with their children. </p> <p>“I remember him saying to me, ‘I don’t think I’m going to film anymore, I think I’m just going to spend time with my kids’,” Terri told the ABC’s <em>Anh's Brush With Fame</em>.</p> <p>“He never thought he would have a long life. He had this sense that his life would be cut short.”</p> <p>Steve died in 2006 at the age of 44 during a documentary shooting, where he was attacked by a stingray in Batt Reef, Queensland.</p> <p>Terri, Bindi and Robert are now starring in <em>Crikey! It’s the Irwins</em> on Animal Planet, as well as working for their wildlife park Australia Zoo in Queensland, and conservation non-profit Wildlife Warriors.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Good morning Australia and New Zealand! We’ll be back in khaki tonight for “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” at 6:30pm (5:30pm Qld) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnimalPlanet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AnimalPlanet</a>. <a href="https://t.co/q9Sgir6p7J">pic.twitter.com/q9Sgir6p7J</a></p> — Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/TerriIrwin/status/1086374146630504449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Dad always said that he didn’t care if people remembered him, as long as they remembered his message,” Bindi told <em>People</em>.</p> <p>“Every day we work with the beautiful animals at Australia Zoo and do the best we possibly can to ensure dad’s dreams and goals continue.”</p>

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8 of the smartest animals that learn even faster than you

<p>If you thought humans were the fastest learners on the planet, you'd be wrong. Here are 8 animals that learn even faster than you. </p> <p><strong>1. Crows know physics</strong></p> <p>Not only can crows recognise faces to differentiate between predatory and benign species, they also understand basic physics, have been known to change entire migration patterns to avoid farms where crows have been killed in the past, and may even memorize city garbage routes so they can snag the inevitable food droppings on trash day.</p> <p>Talk about some of the smartest animals! Cool, calculating, and known to harbor a grudge, crows shouldn’t be compared to gangsters, per se, but we do feel obligated to remind you that a group of them is called a murder. </p> <p><strong>2. </strong><strong>Pigs use mirrors</strong></p> <p>Pigs may as well be man’s best friend, according to a 2015 paper from the International Journal of Comparative Psychology.</p> <p>Like dogs, pigs have been shown to understand emotions, demonstrate empathy, solve mazes, learn simple symbolic languages and, most adorably, make best friends.</p> <p>As some of the smartest animals in the world, the youngest pigs even put our youngest humans to shame.</p> <p>In an experiment where wee British piglets had to use mirrors to divine the path to a hidden bowl of food, piggies as young as six weeks old learned the concept of reflection within a few hours—a milestone that takes baby humans several months to grasp.</p> <p><strong>3. </strong><strong>Octopi are master escape artists</strong></p> <p>True prison-breakers of the sea, these tentacled creatures have proven time and again their talents for popping lids off screw-top jars, compressing their bulky bodies through slit-small holes, and climbing impossibly out of aquarium tanks to their freedom.</p> <p>Otto, a German aquarium octopus, was even known to throw rocks at the glass and spray water at overhead lamps to short-circuit the annoyingly bright lights (on more than one occasion).</p> <p>Add to their rap sheet the recent innovation of assembling shelters from coconut shells, and there’s no denying cephalopods will one day be our overlords. But would you call their plural "octopuses" or "octopi"? </p> <p><strong>4. </strong><strong>Raccoons pick locks</strong></p> <p>If you’re planning a whimsical animal burglary, you’ll definitely want a raccoon anchoring your squad. In a bizarre 1908 study by ethologist H.B. David, raccoons were able to pick complex locks in fewer than 10 attempts, even after the locks were rearranged or flipped upside-down.</p> <p>Various studies conducted from the '60s to the '90s found that raccoons also boast an impeccable memory, able to recall solutions to tasks for up to three years. Plus, a recent study showed raccoons can solve an ancient Greek puzzle that can even stump humans. </p> <p>Bonus fact: Thanks to their broad hearing range, raccoons literally hear earthworms moving underground. (How this will benefit you in your heist is for you to determine.)</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><strong>Squirrels use sleight of hand</strong></p> <p>If you’ve ever second-guessed yourself while trying to remember an online account password, know that you have stooped to sub-squirrel intelligence. According to a Princeton University study, grey squirrels are capable of remembering where thousands of nuts are buried—for months at a time.</p> <p>They’ll even use subterfuge to trick would-be nut takers; in a 2010 study, squirrels who knew they were being watched dug fake caches for their nuts, making a show of digging holes and patting them over with dirt while hiding their precious nuts under their armpits or in their mouth until they could find a more suitable hiding spot elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>6. </strong><strong>Dolphins cheat</strong></p> <p>Dolphins are often cited as the second smartest animals on Earth due to their relatively high brain-to-body size ratio, the capacity to show emotion, and impressive mimicry of the dumb apes who research them.</p> <p>Now, findings from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi suggest dolphins may also be the second-sneakiest animals on Earth. When dolphins at the Institute were trained to pick up litter in their tanks and exchange them with trainers for fish, one dolphin named Kelly discovered a way to game the system.</p> <p>By hiding scraps of litter under a rock in her tank, Kelly discretely tore single sheets of discarded paper into multiple pieces, then turned them in one at a time to maximize her fishy reward. Kelly’s clever deception, it seems, was no accident; researchers say she did it all on porpoise. </p> <p><strong>7. </strong><strong>Bees hold dance-offs</strong></p> <p>Honeybees have evolved what we call “swarm intelligence,” with up to 50,000 workers in a single colony coming together to make democratic decisions.</p> <p>When a hive gets too crowded in springtime, colonies deploy scouts to look for a new home. If any scouts disagree on where the colony should build its next hive, they argue their case the civilized way: through a dance-off.</p> <p>Each scout performs a “waggle dance” for other scouts in an attempt to convince them of their spot’s merit; the more enthusiastic the dance, the happier the scout was with his spot.</p> <p>The remainder of the colony votes with their bodies, flying to the spot they prefer and joining in the dance until one potential hive reigns #1 bee disco of the neighborhood.</p> <p><strong>8. </strong><strong>Elephants don’t need Facebook</strong></p> <p>In case you’ve forgotten, elephants have incredible memories.</p> <p>They’re able to recall specific routes to watering holes over incredible stretches of terrain and over the span of many years—and they never forget a friend, either. In 1999, an elephant named Shirley arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Immediately, a resident elephant named Jenny became animated and playful. It wasn’t love at first sight; Jenny remembered Shirley from when they performed briefly in a circus together—22 years earlier. </p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brandon Specktor. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/8-smartest-animals-learn-even-faster-you">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Terrified woman discovers red-bellied black snake in her bedroom

<p>As a woman from Holsworthy in NSW woke up to face another day, she got the fright of her life as she saw a red-bellied black snake slither across her bedroom floor.</p> <p>As she awoke, she noticed her dog staring at her bed as “stiff as a board”.</p> <p>It was then she realised that there was a 1.2m red-bellied black snake in her bedroom.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822857/snake-video-screenshot.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9583291bcae74c4ca3e8a69e0bd09b22" /></p> <p>The removal of the snake was “quick and painless”, according to Kane Durrant from WILD Snake Catchers.</p> <p>“Sometimes it can take much longer but luckily today the snake was out and about and the resident had closed the door and kept an eye on the exit.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwildspec%2Fvideos%2F1145882328916058%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Mr Durrant was shocked to be called out to the same resident's house, as he had just removed another red-bellied black snake from their backyard just two weeks prior.</p> <p>He explained why the snake had decided to go indoors: <span>“I guess the bedroom is quite scary as you sleep in there and should feel safe.</span></p> <p>“Hot weather like this week can push snakes indoors searching for a cool spot to rest.”</p> <p>Have you woken up to a snake in your bedroom? What did you do? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Today show viewer opens up about $40K cash giveaway "nightmare"

<p>Jenny Baker says she was extremely distressed after she claims there were technical difficulties which made her lose out on the <em>Today </em>show’s $40,000 cash giveaway.</p> <p>The Nine breakfast show hosts a call-in competition called the “Mega-Cash-a-Roo Giveaway” every morning where in order to win, viewers text a code word given to them on each episode every day.</p> <p>The hosts ring a random phone number, where the viewer must answer within three rings and say, “I wake up with <em>Today</em>.”</p> <p>If the caller does not answer within three rings, miss the call or say a wrong word, the price is rolled over to the episode the next day and the cash prize is increased by $10,000.</p> <p>On Thursday morning after seeing the “No Caller ID” call come on her phone, Jenny says she followed the instructions perfectly – only to be shut down.</p> <p>“I could not believe it, I was sitting down with my mobile in hand and I [picked it up] and said, ‘I wake up with <em>Today</em>!’ and nobody answered,” she told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/today-viewer-opens-up-about-40k-cash-giveaway-nightmare/news-story/9d7cdd9fc8571c310ca6d890decfdc3a">News.com.au</a>. “It was dead silent.”</p> <p>She says in a panicked state she tried again after there was no response from the show's hosts.</p> <p>“I said again, ‘I wake up with <em>Today</em>!’ and nobody was there at all, and then I heard them say, ‘Jenny Baker’ a couple of seconds later on TV, so I go, ‘I wake up with <em>Today</em>, please, please don’t hang up on me!’ And then the line went dead.”</p> <p>“No, unfortunately it wasn't the words we needed,' said co-anchor Georgie Gardner as the call was quickly disconnected. “So close but so far!”</p> <p>The 55-year old Mackay-based woman says she was “bawling” after the call ended and she knew she missed out on the whopping cash prize.</p> <p>“I nearly collapsed, I was bawling my head off,” she said.</p> <p>“I was a mess all day,” she continued. “Forty-thousand dollars. I don't work, I get $120 a fortnight to look after my mum as a carer, my husband was made redundant two years ago… Forty grand to me is huge.”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the <em>Today</em> show told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/today-viewer-opens-up-about-40k-cash-giveaway-nightmare/news-story/9d7cdd9fc8571c310ca6d890decfdc3a">News.com.au, </a>Nine can only award money to a winner who is heard saying the correct sentence on air.</p> <p>“We hope our viewers win each and every day and we know they are all deserving of the prize, but to ensure a fair competition we have to abide by the terms and conditions each time.</p> <p>“Viewers have three dial rings to answer and must clearly say the words ‘I wake up with <em>Today</em>.’</p> <p>“The hosts hear what the control room hears — if there is a slightly ropy phone connection and we don’t hear the words ‘I wake up with <em>Today</em>’, then we cannot award the money. The hosts heard A word sadly — that’s it … Had they heard the SENTENCE we would have loved Jenny to win the money.”</p> <p>Have you ever won money from a TV or radio show?</p>

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Protecting your wealth from scams

<p>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch website experienced a 47 per cent increase in reports of scams over the previous year, according to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/1162%20Targeting%20Scams%202017_FA1.pdf" target="_blank"><span>ACCC Targeting Scams Report</span></a>. This alarming increase should prompt all of us to be well informed about how scams work, and to take steps to protect our savings and investments. These tips will help you do just that.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Beware of banking scams</strong><br />Bank and credit card scams are all too common, and many are caught out by the deceptive ways that criminals can obtain your account details.</p> <p>One of their most common methods is known as phishing and involves the scammer duping the unsuspecting victim into handing over personal account information. A typical example is receiving an email, text message, or phone call from someone claiming to be from your bank. They seek to lower your defences by saying there is a problem with your account and ask you to give them your account details or click on a link to remedy the situation. This information is then used to steal money from your account.</p> <p>Computer hacking is another common method. The scammer gains access to your computer by exploiting security weaknesses. Malware or ransomware can then be installed on your machine, giving them access to your files or allowing them to spy on your computer activity.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Staying on guard</strong><br />To protect yourself against such attacks, always be wary of any direct phone call or email from someone claiming to be from your financial institution, or a government agency such as the tax office. You should make your own call to the institution to check on the bona fides of the contact.</p> <p>In relation to electronic security, ensure your privacy settings are up-to-date on your social media accounts, keep your computer security system up-to-date, choose passwords that are hard to work out, and avoid using the same password for multiple logins. It is also wise never to accept a message or friend request on social media from someone you do not know.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Credit card skimming</strong><br />This involves your credit card being read by an electronic device, which can be handheld or covertly installed on an ATM. The skimmer reads the magnetic strip on your card and electronically captures information, which can then be used to access your account.</p> <p>To avoid being skimmed, always keep your card in sight when paying at a shop or restaurant, never share your PIN, and be watchful for signs of tampering at an ATM. It’s also wise to check your credit card statements regularly to identify any unauthorised transactions.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Investment scams</strong><br />Investment scams often come in the form of a phone call, an email, or through social media. While they can be very slick, seeming legitimate and substantial in their promotional material, the “investment” they are offering is either totally fictitious, or if it does exist, your money is not going towards that investment. Those who are drawn into these investment schemes end up having their money going straight into the scammer's bank account.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Know the warning signs</strong><br />Telltale signs include the lure of high, quick returns, or tax-free benefits. They may also claim to have no risk with the option to sell at any time, get a refund, or swap one investment for another.</p> <p>There may be promises of “inside information” or an early bird offer before the investment goes public, designed to grab your attention and add a sense of urgency. The scammer will often call you persistently, and can be highly persuasive.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">If it sounds too good to be true</strong><br />It probably is, so do your research and ask questions to gain some verifiable information. Find out the name of the company, the address, who owns it, and what their Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) number is. If they try to avoid answering these questions, it is probably a scam.</p> <p>If you have any inkling of suspicion, do not engage with the person any further. Hang up the phone, ignore emails, and block them on social media. You can also report any suspicious activity on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/" target="_blank"><span>ACCC Scamwatch website</span></a>.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Take the trustworthy route</strong><br />It is always wise to obtain independent financial advice before investing in anything. This is one of the advantages of using a licensed financial adviser, who is subject to stringent regulations on how their professional standards are maintained, how they assess your needs, and how they present their research and recommendations on financial solutions to fit your goals and circumstances.</p> <p>Have you had any experiences with scamming? Share your knowledge below.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/protecting-your-wealth-from-scams.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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The Queen drives without seatbelt after Prince Philip’s car crash

<p>Queen Elizabeth II has been seen driving without wearing a seatbelt only a day after her husband Prince Philip’s car crash.</p> <p>On Friday, the 92-year-old was seen driving her Range Rover on a public road in Sandringham, less than two kilometres from the Prince’s accident scene.</p> <p>The Queen is the only person allowed to drive without a license in Great Britain. While the UK laws require drivers to wear a seatbelt, the Queen is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution.</p> <p>However, Prince Philip as the Duke of Edinburgh is still liable for civil and criminal proceedings and will be treated the same as any other individual under the law.</p> <p>The day prior, the 97-year-old Prince Philip <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/prince-philip-involved-in-car-crash-very-shocked-and-shaken/">collided</a> with a Kia when he was driving his Land Rover, leaving two women with minor injuries. Reports said the Prince was overheard telling the police he had been “dazzled by the sun”.</p> <p>One of the women, who suffered from a broken wrist, revealed that the royal has not apologised for the crash.</p> <p>“I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry,” said 45-year-old Emma Fairweather. “It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family.”</p> <p>The Duke, who left the accident uninjured, was spotted behind the wheel again two days after the collision without a seatbelt in pictures published on Saturday, resulting in callouts from social media users.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Prince Philip, 97, has been spotted driving a replacement Land Rover, just 48 hours after his vehicle overturned in a car crash <a href="https://t.co/5nWUPlbv2R">https://t.co/5nWUPlbv2R</a> <a href="https://t.co/UECnMZiFEU">pic.twitter.com/UECnMZiFEU</a></p> — ITV News (@itvnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/1086647566723366912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Norfolk police responded, “Suitable words of advice have been given to the driver. This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images.”</p> <p>The investigation into Thursday’s car crash continues, with police saying “any appropriate action” would be taken if necessary.</p>

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Unruly tourist’s Bunnings hat for sale in hilarious ad

<p>It’s only been a few days since the young foul-mouthed tourists who wreaked havoc in New Zealand made headlines for telling locals he was “going to punch your brains out” and now, in true internet fashion, the iconic Bunnings hat he was donning is being “auctioned” in an ad.</p> <p>A Kiwi woman took to the world wide web on Wednesday evening to list a size 12 Bunnings hat for sale, with the price starting at $NZ1, or 95 Aussie cents.</p> <p>The woman’s hilarious product description included how she came across the hat, which she claims was found near Takapuna Beach – the location where the rowdy tourists were filmed igniting a feud with locals, according to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12191671" target="_blank"><em>New Zealand Herald</em></a>.</p> <p><span>The seller also takes no responsibility for what comes out of the wearer's mouth, as she claims the hat may incite foul language.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsnAdp3F-PD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsnAdp3F-PD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bunnings Hat (@bloodybunningshat)</a> on Jan 14, 2019 at 1:12am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Bunnings hat. Used condition. Found near Takapuna Beach discarded. Although this is a very attractive and stylish hat, I cannot be responsible for any obscenities that may flow from your mouth or rude hand gestures while wearing the hat,” the seller wrote.</p> <p>It has been reported that the tourists caused chaos throughout Auckland and Hamilton restaurants as they claimed to have found ants and hair in their food, before demanding a refund.</p> <p>The hat seller chose to take it another step further after 26-year-old Tina Marie Cash admitted to shoplifting at a Caltex station in Albany.</p> <p>“User beware. Not recommended for children even under adult supervision. This hat has no ants or hair in it. Could be useful if you decide to go travelling to see our beautiful country, perhaps see the Hobbits?</p> <p>“One size fits all. There are no sunglasses or rope with this purchase. Similar to one shown.”</p> <p>Currently the bid is at NZ$101 ($96.40) with 23 bids in total.</p> <p>Those who came across the witty ad decided to get involved by asking a few safety questions about the hat.</p> <p>“If I wear this hat will it give me anger issues?” asked one person, to which the seller replied: “I cannot guarantee that you will not have outbursts while wearing this hat. May be the hat that has issues or the wearer of the hat.”</p> <p>The seller says all proceeds made from the item will be donated to Auckland’s Mercy Hospice. </p>

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How to: Stream music online

<p>These days, there are so many options for listening to music both offline and online.</p> <p>One of the perks of online radio is that you have greater variety with fewer ads all the while being able to tailor a playlist to your individual music taste. In this how-to-guide, we look at the online music provider Spotify which is very easy and free to use with a basic account.</p> <p><strong>What is Spotify?</strong></p> <p>Spotify is an online music-streaming service that you can download onto your computer or use while online (either way, you will need to have a decent Internet connection).<span> </span></p> <p>You can stream many different types of music on the service by simply typing the band or artists name into the search bar on the top-left.</p> <p>While Spotify has a HUGE music collection, there are a few record labels that won’t allow their bands or artists to have the music available on Spotify – so unfortunately some albums from The Beatles haven’t been made available yet!</p> <p><strong>How do I use it?</strong></p> <p>There a three main ways to get started: Free and Premium ($11.99/month).<span> </span></p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with getting started on a free account – it just means every now and then ads will interrupt your music or play list – not unlike a radio station.<span> </span></p> <p>Spotify gives you the option to create and share your own playlists. So if you’re wanting to educate your children or grandchildren on some classic hits from your youth, you have an avenue to do so.</p> <p>Spotify also includes a radio feature which picks songs at random based on your previous song choices. This is a great way to discover new artists within a genre that you like.</p> <p><strong>What kinds of music can I find on it?</strong></p> <p>Not all artists or labels can be found on Spotify but you can find anything from songs categorised in decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s etc) to travel tunes, sleep playlists, Jazz and Blues, country and plenty more.</p> <p>You can either search by band name, artist name, song title, or select a pre made playlist like a top 100 or just pick a radio station tailored to your wants and needs.</p> <p>If you prefer listening on you mobile you can download the free Spotify App from the App store and listen on the go or at the gym.</p> <p><strong>How do I make a playlist?</strong></p> <p>First, go to your account or ‘Your Music’ section and select ‘New playlist.’ You can name your playlist whatever you like and once it’s saved go to the search bar and start typing.</p> <p>By typing in a band/artist or song you’ll hopefully find what you’re looking for and by right clicking on the song you can instantly add it to any of your playlist.</p> <p>Have you used Spotify before? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by Editor. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-stream-music-online.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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3 survival tips for the digital world

<p>For many of us, it’s rare to go a day without using an electronic device like a smartphone, tablet, computer or TV. These tools may improve our lives, but they can also compromise health. Adopting beneficial habits will ensure your tech use is more helpful than harmful.</p> <p><strong>1. Remember to Blink</strong></p> <p>When we stare at a screen, we blink less, which can cause dry, red eyes and blurred vision. “Consciously remembering to blink can help reduce those symptoms,” says Dr Cassandra Chung, an optometrist. To alleviate strain and help re-focus, look away from your screen at a spot 6-7m away every 20 minutes.</p> <p><strong>2. Keep Moving</strong></p> <p>Movement improves oxygen and blood flow to muscles, which is why sitting hunched over or in the same position for extended periods is unhealthy. “Clench your fist,” says Daniel Zybutz, a chiropractor. “That’s what your shoulder muscles do when you’re at a desk with your head down.” Taking a break every half hour to walk around and stretch your muscles for two to three minutes, will help ease neck and shoulder pain.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t Distract Yourself</strong></p> <p>Some people find it agonising to be disconnected from the online world – especially in public – but psychologist Dr Peter Farvolden cautions against “obsessive monitoring”. Constantly checking email and social media accounts on your hand-held device can be addictive. “A good way to determine if something is problematic is to see if you can stop doing it.” Try going without your phone for a day or more and gauge your response.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Lisa Coxon. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/science-technology/3-Survival-Tips-for-the-Digital-World">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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“The show went too far”: My Kitchen Rules judges admit to making mistakes last season

<p><em>My Kitchen Rules</em> and drama have always coincided with one another. There’s no show without the pettiness, and many viewers often tune in just to witness the latest argument that the contestants are cooking up.</p> <p>But with last year’s season including a whirlwind of emotions, judges Pete Evans, Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge admit that the show may have taken it a step too far.</p> <p>While each season has their fair share of interesting contestants, last year it was Sonya and Hadil who stirred the pot, to the point where they had to be “excused from the table” and eventually disqualified from the show – marking a first in<em> MKR</em> history.</p> <p>Now, with the hit cooking show entering its 10<sup>th</sup> season, the judges are adamant that things will be run very differently.</p> <p>“It was a very uncomfortable situation for us all and not one we ever want to be in again,” said judge Manu to <em><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/my-kitchen-rules/my-kitchen-rules-judges-drama-53646">TV WEEK</a></em>.</p> <p>“There are always opinionated people who like to say what they think, but it needs to be controlled.”</p> <p>And the drama didn’t end there, Sonya and Hadil also threatened fellow contestants Kim and Suong during their instant restaurant.</p> <p>“I’ll come for you, and I’ll come for you, and I’ll come for you, because you’re all disrespectful a**holes,” said a clearly furious Sonya during an episode, as she jabbed her fingers towards the other teams present at the table.</p> <p>Judge Colin knew the situation had gotten out of hand when his wife Jane stopped his two young daughters – Maeve and Lily – from watching the show.</p> <p>“My kids are a great barometer,” he said.</p> <p>“If my wife won’t let them watch certain episodes, then I’m like, ‘Yeah, we have a problem here.’ When the show went a bit haywire, my wife just put a stop to it. It upset me, because I spend six months of my life doing this.</p> <p>“I had my concerns, and I didn’t enjoy what was going on. It annoys me because that’s not why I joined [<em>MKR</em>]. It’s made us more determined to come back and sort it out.”</p> <p>And now, with the new season fast approaching, the three judges are proud of what they have achieved this season and said that the show “couldn’t have done any better”.</p> <p>Manu also revealed that it’s quite easy to spot the contestants who have ulterior motives.</p> <p>“Every team is there for a different reason,” he said. “Some are there for the cash, some for a life change and some to be on TV. You never know until you sit around the table.</p> <p>“But if they’re not there for the right reason, they go pretty quickly.”</p> <p>But despite the incessant bickering, Manu says the show wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of confrontation.</p> <p>“It’s a part of the recipe for the show’s success – you need a little bit of spice to make it work!” he said through a laugh.</p> <p>Fellow judge Pete agreed with those sentiments, saying <em>MKR</em> is unpredictable and the audience never knows what to expect.</p> <p>“Every single year there’s been some sort of drama,” Pete said. “I think people forget that it’s a competition to win a lot of money – and they’re passionate home cooks trying to prove they’re the best.</p> <p>“The drama unfolds regardless. I guess it depends on what the viewers focus on. The drama is one element, but I focus on the food and the stories. I see a lot of joy, hard work and dedication.</p> <p>“From my perspective, the cooking and the cast are the strongest we’ve ever had. All the boxes are ticked for it to be the strongest year.”</p> <p>Are you going to be tuning into <em>My Kitchen Rules</em> this year? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>My Kitchen Rules starts Monday, January 28, 7pm on Channel Seven. </em></p>

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Michelle Pfeiffer celebrates 25th wedding anniversary with sweet tribute

<p>Michelle Pfieffer is letting fans see her life through her own lens – sharing a heart-warming image of her and her husband, TV writer and producer David E. Kelley.</p> <p>Together they have a long list of career achievements – some of Pfieffer's major roles include hit movies <em>The Fabulous Baker Boys</em>, <em>Scarface </em>and<em> Dangerous Minds,</em> while Kelley is the mastermind behind such TV shows as <em>Picket Fences</em>, <em>Ally McBeal</em> and <em>The Practice</em>.</p> <p>The glowing actress took to Instagram to share a sweet image of her and Kelley, smiling ear to ear with a glass of wine captioning it: “My #SundayLove on our recent wedding anniversary – the luckiest girl in the room for 25 years.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3Rf8HB7Sv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3Rf8HB7Sv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">My #SundayLove on our recent wedding anniversary - the luckiest girl in the room for 25 years.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michellepfeifferofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Jan 20, 2019 at 8:48am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Just recently the actress decided to share more of her life with fans, joining Instagram less than a week ago. Since then, she has amassed over 66,000 Instagram followers and counting.</p> <p>The couple share two children together, Claudia Rose, 25 and John Henry, 24.</p> <p>Kelley and Pfieffer said ‘I do’ in November 1993.</p> <p>What are your tips for a successful long-lasting marriage? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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