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Karl Stefanovic takes a cheeky swipe at Larry Emdur

<p><span>He welcomed daughter Harper May with wife Jasmine Yarbrough two months ago.</span></p> <p><span>And on Thursday, </span><em>Today</em><span> show host Karl Stefanovic posted a sweet photo of the doting mother cradling her firstborn child. </span></p> <p><span>However, in Karl’s typical larrikin style sense of humour, he also used the post as an opportunity to take a cheeky swipe at Channel Seven </span><em>Morning Show</em><span> host Larry Emdur.</span></p> <p><span>“Two girls and a pub. Happy as Larry. And Larry’s pretty happy,” wrote Karl.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHdNRkJhCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CCHdNRkJhCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Two girls and a pub. Happy as Larry. And Larry’s pretty happy. @jasyarby @larryemdur</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/karlstefanovic_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> karl stefanovic</a> (@karlstefanovic_) on Jul 1, 2020 at 3:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The first photo showed Jasmine nursing Harper May as they sat at a table in the bistro area of the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay.</span></p> <p><span>The new mother looked thrilled as she wore her comfiest clothes.</span></p> <p><span>Jasmine wore minimal makeup with just a touch of foundation and kept her hair up in a messy bun.</span></p> <p><span>Baby Harper May looked adorable in pink leggings with a white knit cardigan which was accessorised with a matching bobble hat to kept her warm from the cool midwinter air.</span></p> <p><span>The second photo was of Larry Emdur himself, as he wore a navy blue suit while appearing completely engrossed in a book.</span></p>

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“Insulted” Boy George hangs up on radio host in awkward interview

<p><span>Boy George hung up on a Brisbane radio show early Friday morning after getting frustrated at the host for giving him an “insulting” introduction. </span></p> <p><span>4BC host Neil Breen played a bit of the Culture Club song<em> K</em></span><em>arma Chameleon</em><span> before introducing Boy George to his listeners.</span></p> <p><span>“If you grew up like I did as a teenager in the 1980s then Boy George was bigger than a big deal here in Australia,” Breen said. “He was massive.</span></p> <p><span>“His band Culture Club dominated the Australian singles chart from late ’82 into ’83 with two songs. </span><em>Karma Chameleon</em><span> was obviously their most notable one that we remember, but </span><em>Do You Really Want To Hurt Me</em><span> as well was their breakthrough song.”</span></p> <p><span>Breen then said to his guest, “I’m a bit nervous, Boy George.”</span></p> <p><span>But things didn’t start off as smoothly as expected when </span><em>The Voice</em><span> coach informed the host he wasn’t thrilled with the introduction.</span></p> <p><span>“Especially after that terrible comment about my music. I mean there’s about 10 records you missed that were huge massive hits,” Boy George said, laughing.</span></p> <p><span>The singer then proceeded to list a few of his other hit songs before saying, “I mean, please.”</span></p> <p><span>The interview then went from bad to worse when Breen said to Boy George: “We know how big you were, you were big in my house.”</span></p> <p><span>Boy George snapped: “No, no, please don’t talk about me like I’m in past context. It’s really insulting.”</span></p> <p><span>Scrambling to get the interview back on track, Breen continued: “I don’t mean to insult you, I was just reintroducing you to the audience who remember those great days but also remember you now and how big you are on </span><em>The Voice</em><span>.”</span></p> <p><span>But once again, Boy George was less than impressed.</span></p> <p><span>“Reintroduce them to someone who has been on national TV in Australia for the last four years? You don’t need to reintroduce me. I’m on TV. Everybody knows who I am,” the singer said.</span></p> <p><span>“I know that, Boy George,” Breen said. “But we’re just having a bit of fun. It’s a breakfast radio show.”</span></p> <p><span>The comment was met with silence and it took a few seconds for the 4BC host to realise that Boy George had hung up on him.</span></p> <p><span>“OK, well Boy George is gone,” Breen said. “We were trying to have a bit of fun here on this breakfast radio show and he was insulted that I played </span><em>Karma Chameleon</em><span>, but anyway.</span></p> <p><span>“I didn’t want to insult Boy George but there you go. He hung up on me and that’s the way it goes.”</span></p> <p><span>4BC is owned by Nine Entertainment, the same company that airs </span><em>The Voice</em><span> in Australia.</span></p> <p><span>“I thought we were all in the Channel 9 tent, but anyway,” Breen joked.</span></p> <p><span>“Sometimes pop stars, they’re funny, they’re finicky. If you play their old song that made them famous they want to disown it, so you know what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna play it again,” he said, before hitting play on the song.</span></p> <p><span>And believe it or not, this isn’t the first time Boy George acted like a diva.</span></p> <p><span>In 2017 he ended an interview with ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program, telling host Fran Kelly, “You’re boring me, goodbye”.</span></p>

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MasterChef star slams Andy Allen’s “frustrating” feedback

<p><span>The new </span><em>MasterChef Australia</em><span> judges have been receiving plenty of praise from fans.</span></p> <p><span>But eliminated contestant Chris Badenoch isn’t entirely impressed by Andy Allen, who won the 2012 season of the cooking show.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to </span><em>News.com.au</em><span>, Chris criticised the judge and said his feedback “makes no sense” – and even compared it to a speech by U.S. president Donald Trump.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s not feedback, it’s just a collection of words that make no sense,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“He’s commented on things that I’ve cooked and when he’s walked away it’s like, ‘I have no idea what he said or what he meant.’ You almost need subtitles. I don’t get it!”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAAkdmNFLYb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CAAkdmNFLYb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">So long, and thanks for all the fish 🐟 @masterchefau #masterchefau #masterchef #backtoloose #vego #vegetarian #yumsticks</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/chrisbadenoch/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chris Badenoch</a> (@chrisbadenoch) on May 10, 2020 at 6:24am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Chris, who was the seventh to be eliminated from the new season, added that he didn’t have any problems with Melissa Leong or Jock Zonfrillo’s feedback but said Andy’s reminded him of Donald Trump.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s incredibly frustration. Jock or Melissa will give you a good critique … [but Andy] it’s not constructive,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s like a Trump speech; a whole lot of words that don’t match.”</span></p> <p><span>Chris did say that his comments shouldn’t be taken too seriously, adding: “It’s a reality TV show for Christ’s sake, have some fun!”</span></p> <p><span>Despite the criticism, Andy and his fellow judges have been a huge success on this years season of </span><em>MasterChef</em><span>.</span></p> <p><span>One fan wrote on Facebook that the show was “much better to watch” without the original judges, Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris.</span></p> <p><span>“No, don’t miss them at all. I love the new judges, the show is so far much better to watch,” they wrote.</span></p> <p><span>Another said the new hosts were “the freshness the show needed”.</span></p>

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MasterChef's Melissa Leong reveals her secret health condition

<p><span><em>Masterchef Australia</em> host Melissa Leong has opened up about her secret health battle with an autoimmune condition called Pyrrole disorder.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to Who magazine, Melissa admitted that after years of suffering anxiety she was diagnosed with the stress-induced disorder a few years ago.</span></p> <p><span>She says it took her nine months to recover from it.</span></p> <p><span>“I was extremely unwell and couldn’t work,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m in an incredible place right now, but I'm mindful every day to prioritise my health. I've learned — the hard way — not to push myself to the point where I break.”</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836792/melissa-leong-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8e99304db04041068019fba342994735" /></span></p> <p><em>Melissa opened up about her the disorder she suffered with. </em></p> <p><span>Pyrrole disorder can cause major mood changes and happens when there are too many Pyrrole molecules in your body.</span></p> <p><span>The excess molecules can make it hard for your body to absorb essential nutrients such as zinc and vitamin B6.</span></p> <p><span>It is often linked to other mental conditions like anxiety.</span></p> <p><span>The disease can cause physical symptoms such as memory problems and hair loss.</span></p> <p><span>Through a “correct diagnosis” and taking supplements, Melissa was able to “slowly get better.”</span></p> <p><span>However, she says there were days that made her condition even more incredibly difficult.</span></p> <p><span>“There was a time where I'd have to psych myself up for days just to walk to the end of my street to buy groceries, which was not a very good state of affairs at all, to be honest with you,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>Melissa is loving every minute of hosting role on Channel 10’s <em>MasterChef</em>, saying that she is “so grateful” to be a part of it.</span></p>

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Prince George's godmother opens up in incredibly rare interview

<p><span>Prince George's godmother, Julia Samuel, has made a rare statement about the little royal in a new interview about his family and life at home.</span></p> <p><span>While appearing on a guest podcast, the 60-year-old spoke about her glorious role as a godmother to Prince George, who she proudly took under her wing after decades of friendship with the Royal family.</span></p> <p><span>Julia was a dear friend of Princess Diana after meeting her in 1987.</span></p> <p><span>When George was welcomed to the world back in 2013, fans were delighted to hear that Julia would take on such a permanent role in George's life, given her closeness to his late grandmother.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCJ6YFKniA7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CCJ6YFKniA7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Prince George will be seven years old in 20 days now (on July 22nd 2020)🎈💙 -July 2nd 2020. . Photo : Prince George of Cambridge, taken by his mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, poses for an official portrait (earlier in 2019) to celebrate Christmas 2019 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England 🎄 -December 25th 2019. . Handsome George 🧒🏼🥰💙. . 📷 : The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace -@kensingtonpalace. . #royalfamily #katemiddleton #PrinceWilliam #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #DukeofCambridge #DuchessofCambridge #London #monarchy #england #english #british #britishmonarchy #britishroyalfamily #photooftheday #love #l4l #happy #cute #gorgeous #amazing #beautiful #lovely #pretty #bestcouple #instadaily #baby #instapic</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/thecambridges_family/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀</a> (@thecambridges_family) on Jul 2, 2020 at 2:31pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Speaking on popular podcast How to Fail by British writer Elizabeth Day, Julia made some rare comments about the royals.</span></p> <p><span>When asked about George, she said: "He is amazing. He's funny and feisty and cheeky and God she (Diana) would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them."</span></p> <p><span>She also spoke of a silly family tradition they still keep doing, and have done since Diana was alive.</span></p> <p><span>According to Julia, the family have a knack for giving each other presents which take "days to put together".</span></p> <p><span>"So I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys which are really noisy [and] take a lot of making."</span></p> <p><span>She said the sweet joke often involves a few days of struggle from Prince William.</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/CBtmEa1gSuB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBtmEa1gSuB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀 (@thecambridges_family)</a> on Jun 21, 2020 at 2:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I come in slightly tipped by the size of the present that William then has to spend days putting together," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"And then put all the machinery together and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.</span></p> <p><span>"That makes me laugh and it makes George laugh."</span></p> <p><span>Prince George has seven godparents in total.</span></p> <p><span>Julia is joined by a close school friend of his Duchess Catherine, Emilia Jardine-Paterson.</span></p> <p><span>Others include a respected team member from William's side, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton along with Oliver Baker, who attended St Andrew's alongside the two royal parents.</span></p> <p><span>One of William's oldest friends, William van Cutsem, is also a godfather.</span></p> <p><span>Zara Tindall is also a godmother as well.</span></p>

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5 minutes with author Kerry McGinnis

<p>In <em>5 minutes with author</em>, <em>Over60</em> asks book writers about their literary habits and preferences. Next in this series is Kerry McGinnis, a novelist and memoir writer based in Bundaberg, Queensland. She has travelled across outback Northern Territory and Queensland and worked as a shepherd, droving hand, gardener, stock-camp and station cook. She is the author of memoirs <em>Pieces of Blue</em> and <em>Heart Country</em> and the novels <em>The Waddi Tree,</em> <em>Wildhorse Creek</em>, <em>Mallee Sky</em>, <em>Out of Alice</em> and more. Her latest title, <em>Croc Country </em>is out now.</p> <p><em>Over60</em> talked with McGinnis about inspiration, <em>The Hitchhiker’s Guide</em> <em>to the Galaxy</em>, and a life beyond the bitumen.</p> <p><strong><em>Over60</em></strong><strong>: What’s your best writing tip? Alternatively, what is the worst writing advice you’ve ever heard?</strong></p> <p>Kerry McGinnis: I think the best writing tip I have is: Write what you know. Everybody is an expert on something — the parent of an autistic child knows that condition, just as a hairdresser knows the salon or the nurse the ward. I know the bush and station life. It is not only easier to have a full depth knowledge of your subject, but the tales you spin from them have the authenticity that makes them believable to your readers.</p> <p>Positively the worst tip? You must wait for inspiration to strike. Now that sounds to me like the teenager saying, “I’ll do the dishes when I feel like it.” Of course they’ll never get done. Because honestly, who feels like washing dishes? Writing is like any other work, productivity is the key and that isn’t achieved by waiting for inspiration. Decide on your subject/theme/whatever and get on with it. Books don’t write themselves.</p> <p><strong>What was the last book that made you laugh?</strong></p> <p>Probably Douglas Adams’ <em>The Hitchhiker’s Guide</em> <em>to the Galaxy</em>. Poor Arthur Dent’s helplessness in the face of the indifferent and chaotic Universe reminds me irresistibly of the rages of John Cleese doing his block in <em>Fawlty Towers</em>.</p> <p><strong>What does your writing routine look like?</strong></p> <p>I write every day that I’m home save Sundays. This means four to five hours work or as long as it takes to produce three pages that satisfy me. I’m not fast, but once started I do daily rewrites before beginning on the next three pages. Once I have the first draft done I may do all-day stints at the computer, but by the last draft I limit myself to about 30 pages a day so that I can catch mistakes. The more familiar you are with the work, the easier it is to miss them.</p> <p><strong>Character or plot, which is more important to you?</strong></p> <p>Character every time. The plot simply gives your character something to do. It is rather daunting to think of producing 100,000 words. You have to have something for your characters to do that will display their attributes to the reader and a place to do it in, so my background or setting is to a large degree also a character in the novel.</p> <p><strong>How has your time in the bush influenced your writing?</strong></p> <p>In every sense. It is my subject; it forms the background and basis of my characters as well as the plots they become immersed in. This of course depends on what is possible given the country/isolation/circumstances and, also important, weather or season. City people accustomed to all-weather lives sometimes fail to grasp how it affects everybody who lives beyond the bitumen. Dirt roads and unbridged rivers can throw quite a spanner into the day’s plans, as can bushfire, disasters, dust and storms. Navigating them adds to the uncertainty of life for characters between the covers of my books.</p> <p><strong>Do you deal with writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?</strong></p> <p>Maybe I’m lucky but I’ve never had to. It’s like washing those dishes. Just get in and start. Maybe the day’s work won’t be worth keeping but meantime you are writing and sooner or later, if you keep going, the words will flow again and begin to please.</p> <p><strong>Is there a cliché you can’t help but love?</strong></p> <p>I love Reginald Hill’s bold use of “It was a dark and stormy night”. Writing schools actually warn their pupils against this cliché, but he used it anyway and it fitted beautifully. What’s more is while he was using it, his character acknowledged its riskiness!</p> <p><strong>What do you do when you’re not writing or reading?</strong></p> <p>I like to garden because I love flowers, though Bundaberg is not an ideal spot for roses — rust and black-spot and every other pest thrives in this humid climate. But hibiscus do well here, and the tougher seasonal blooms. I also play the harp and greatly enjoy the fortnightly get-togethers with the Harp group I belong to. And I go to the gym and walk most days through the wetlands only a kilometre from where I live. Lots of water birds, scrub turkeys and terrapins.</p>

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Super spreader links feared as 10,000 Victorians refuse virus testing

<p><span>Over 10,000 people have refused to be tested for coronavirus in Melbourne’s hotspot suburbs as 66 new cases across the state were confirmed.</span></p> <p><span>Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the refusal was “disappointing” and urged residents to get tested as she believes the mass outbreak in Victoria could be linked to a “super spreader”.</span></p> <p><span>"There seems to be a single source of infection for many of the cases that have gone across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne," Mikakos said.</span></p> <p><span>The health minister revealed that an investigation is currently underway to understand the reasoning behind the mass refusal of testing, but reassured the community that 24,000 tests had been undertaken yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>"That might be for a range of reasons, including that they may have already been tested in a different location, we are analysing that data to see exactly why people are refusing, but it is concerning that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won't impact on them," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"So what I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus.</span></p> <p><span>"It can go through your family very quickly, it can affect your neighbours, your loved ones, and your entire community.</span></p> <p><span>"So for those individuals in those communities who have not yet been tested, we are urging them to get tested as quickly as possible."</span></p> <p><span>The hotspot postcodes with the highest number of new cases as of yesterday included 3064, 3047, 3021.</span></p> <p><span>Victoria has recorded another 66 cases of coronavirus, bringing the states total to 2368.</span></p> <p><span>There are currently 442 active cases across the state. </span></p>

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How coronavirus self-isolation fatigue may lead to more beach drownings this summer

<p>The easing of physical distancing restrictions can’t come soon enough for those tired of self-isolation, and for many the beach represents a welcome therapy after an extended time indoors and alone.</p> <p>In Australia, <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-26/coronavirus-crowds-sydney-beaches-again-despite-covid-19-risks/12185926">popular beaches in Sydney</a>, including the iconic Bondi Beach, were completely closed to public access during the government-imposed lockdown period. When they reopened under restricted conditions in late April (fall in the southern hemisphere), the unexpectedly large crowds led authorities to close them again.</p> <p>More recently, crowded beaches in the <a href="https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-premier-shocked-by-packed-toronto-beaches-warns-covid-19-fight-is-not-over-1.4995033">Great Lakes</a>, <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coronavirus-comes-spring-break-locals-close-florida-beaches-after-governor-n1163741">Florida</a>, <a href="https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/galveston-beaches-see-uptick-in-crowds-as-city-takes-additional-measures-to-protect-visitors-from-covid-19/285-6bc76e6b-a076-40ac-8a22-a714e8ba0dfc">Texas</a>, <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-26/crowds-masks-venice-beach-memorial-day-weekend">California</a> and the <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brits-flock-to-the-beach-amid-medics-warning-of-second-wave-20200625-p555y7.html">United Kingdom</a> show that people are eager to find their spot on the sand.</p> <p>While going to the beach to bathe or swim is seen as an enjoyable recreational experience, aside from social distancing concerns, beaches can be dangerous environments and it is <a href="http://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-389-2019">not uncommon for drownings</a> to occur. Unfortunately, there are several COVID-19-related factors that have the potential to significantly increase the number of beach drownings and rescues.</p> <p><strong>Beach hazards in a time of COVID-19</strong></p> <p>First, many of those people seeking out beaches may be infrequent beachgoers, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.10.011">unfamiliar with beach hazards, such as rip currents, and safety practices</a>, including strategies on how to react when caught in a rip current as recommended by the <a href="http://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1003-2017">Break the Grip of the Rip campaign</a> in the United States.</p> <p>Second, summer travel plans have been altered for many, meaning local and non-holiday beaches — many of which are not patrolled by lifeguards — may see larger crowds and could put <a href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212349">bystanders who attempt rescues</a> at greater risk.</p> <p>Third, and most important, in normal years, lifeguard services would intervene to ensure that people don’t put themselves into dangerous situations. This year is different.</p> <p>Several jurisdictions from the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-52038489">U.K.</a> and the <a href="https://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20200608/covid-furloughs-meant-no-warning-flags-on-holland-beach-as-two-boys-drowned">Great Lakes</a> have cancelled their lifesaving programs due to COVID-19-related budget and health concern restraints.</p> <p>Coronavirus-related staff cuts and furloughs prevented Holland State Park in Michigan from setting up the flags to warn swimmers of the daily hazard along that section of Lake Michigan. The <a href="https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/06/double-drowning-tragedy-underscores-danger-of-great-lakes.html">lack of warning flags and lifeguards has already been blamed for the drownings</a> of a six-year-old and a 17-year-old on June 6. This is just but one example of how cutting funding to beach safety programs could cost lives.</p> <p><strong>Masking the truth about the surf hazard</strong></p> <p>There are interesting parallels between drowning prevention and efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.</p> <p>Many people do not wear a mask in public despite evidence that masks reduce the <a href="https://today.tamu.edu/2020/06/12/texas-am-study-face-masks-critical-in-preventing-spread-of-covid-19/">potential for COVID-19 transmission</a>. For example, if you have gone grocery shopping and avoided infection, you may become complacent and feel that masks and hand-washing are unnecessary. Or you may bend to peer pressure if you meet up with friends who are not wearing masks or social distancing.</p> <p>These same behaviours come into play with drownings. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3424-7">Evidence suggests</a> that if you didn’t drown on your last visit to the beach, you’ll be confident that you won’t drown on your next visit — despite changing waves, tides and other conditions.</p> <p>Or if you are with a group of friends who are better swimmers, there is a greater chance that you will venture into deeper water to avoid the social cost of staying close to shore. You may also mirror the risky behaviours of other beachgoers.</p> <p><strong>Ignoring the warning signs</strong></p> <p>The time and financial investment made in travelling to the beach after being limited by stay-at-home orders for weeks and months means that more people may enter the water, even if the conditions aren’t ideal.</p> <p>Beach users escaping self-isolation at home may be tired of warnings and further restrictions on the beach and may ignore them, particularly if they believe that lifeguards are being <a href="https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2541-2019">overly cautious</a>. This was the greatest concern expressed at a recent (virtual) conference to celebrate the creation of a legislated lifesaving program in <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-015-1626-9">Costa Rica</a>.</p> <p>In the Great Lakes, the problem is made worse by the high-water levels that have <a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/environment/ct-lake-michigan-record-water-levels-20200619-ntztvazvynf7bgbro3cgkp2diy-story.html">limited the amount of beach available</a>. Even where lifeguard services are still provided, the limited beach width means that people will either crowd together on the beach or move away from others, increasing the lifeguard’s patrol area — and the risk that someone will need rescue or will drown.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/famous-sydney-beaches-closed-after-crowds-flout-coronavirus-restrictions">Restricting access to beaches</a> to limit crowds and the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/15/us/covid-19-second-shutdown/index.html">potential for a second wave of COVID-19 cases</a>, will in turn limit the number of drownings as long as people <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/lake-michigan-chicago-beach-beaches-open/6265505">heed those closures</a>.</p> <p>COVID-19 has created a perfect storm that could make beaches more popular than ever before and raise the risk of drowning. So far, most of the concern has focused on the lack of social distancing and the looming threat of a second COVID-19 wave, but that focus may soon shift to drowning. Are we going to love our beaches to death?<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/141491/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Coles imposes product limits after workers test positive for coronavirus

<p>Coles has reinstated product limits in Victoria, Tasmania and parts of NSW after several workers at its Laverton chilled distribution centre tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>The supermarket giant said it is working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to have all staff members in the centre tested for COVID-19 after a number of employees were diagnosed with the virus.</p> <p>None of those who tested positive have been present at the centre since June 25, Coles said.</p> <p>“While the Laverton distribution centre has been able to maintain operations, the reduced number of available team members has temporarily impacted our ability to replenish our Victorian stores with chilled and fresh produce lines,” it said in a statement.</p> <p>All Coles stores and online services in Victoria and Tasmania as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW have now implemented the following limits:</p> <p><strong>Two-packs limit</strong></p> <p><strong>Chilled product (from Laverton DC)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fresh Milk</li> <li>Cheese</li> <li>Butter</li> <li>Margarine</li> <li>Chicken Breast</li> <li>Chicken Thighs</li> <li>Prepacked Carrots</li> <li>Prepacked Potatoes</li> </ul> <p><strong>Ambient and frozen product</strong></p> <ul> <li>Canned Tomatoes</li> <li>Canned Beans</li> <li>Canned Garden Veg</li> <li>Pasta Sauce</li> <li>Canned Fruit</li> <li>Canned Baked Beans and Spaghetti</li> <li>Canned Meat</li> <li>Cheese</li> <li>Frozen Fruit and Veg (including Potato)</li> </ul> <p>The one-pack limit for toilet paper and paper towel still applies in all states.</p> <p>Coles said it is working with suppliers to restock the stores immediately.</p> <p>“We apologise to customers of our Victorian and NSW border stores who may find some chilled and fresh produce lines are temporarily out of stock,” it said.</p> <p>The news came as Victoria deals with a new spike in coronavirus cases.</p>

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Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

<p><br /><span>Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and the long-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been hit with charges for allegedly helping to recruit, from and viciously abuse children.</span><br /><br /><span>Maxwell, who benefitted for years from Epstein’s prominent wealth, was the billionaire’s travel companion on trips around the world.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend, and groom victims for abuse. In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself," Audrey Strauss, the acting Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said.</span><br /><br /><span>She has also accused of lying to authorities during previous investigations into Epstein.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable," Ms Strauss said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.</span><br /><br /><span>"She pretended to be a woman they could trust … all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein and in some cases by Maxwell herself."</span><br /><br /><span>William F Sweeney Jr, an assistant director at the FBI, said investigators had been "discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell's whereabouts" since Epstein's arrest in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>"More recently we learned she'd slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>"We moved when we were ready and Ms Maxwell was arrested without incident."</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: "Like Epstein, Ms Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behaviour they should never have been exposed and which creates lasting harm."</span><br /><br /><span>Reports say Ms Maxwell has been charged with six counts in connection with the ongoing investigation into Epstein’s accomplices.</span><br /><br /><span>The charges are enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.</span><br /><br /><span>Other charges include two counts of perjury, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.</span><br /><br /><span>"In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to an including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18," the indictment says.</span><br /><br /><span>The victims included girls as young as 14-years-old.</span></p>

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"I've got better things to do": Why Victorians are ignoring lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Anger continues to grow in the ten Melbourne postcodes that are on lockdown, with some saying that they're not going to follow the rules.</p> <p>The Stay at Home orders came into effect across 36 Melbourne suburbs in ten postcodes in an effort to stop community transmission of coronavirus.</p> <p>Residents of these postcodes are not thrilled and plan on not complying with the orders.</p> <p>“It’s like cutting off freedom,” one woman told <a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/victoria-coronavirus-hot-zone-residents-say-they-wont-follow-lock-down-orders-c-1139027"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>When asked if she would follow the Stay at Home orders, she simply replied "No."</p> <p>“I’ve got better things to do,” she said.</p> <p>Other residents who plan on doing the right thing are frustrated that others already plan on disobeying.</p> <p>“They’re ignorant and stupid,” one man said, while another said it was “brainless”.</p> <p>The comments come after a young man said that he was still "hugging and kissing people" despite being in a hot zone.</p> <p>When asked if he was concerned about passing on coronavirus to an elderly relative, he said he was "not going to stop his whole life for coronavirus".</p> <p>People who live in the ten postcodes have four reasons to leave their homes, which are for work or for school, for care or caregiving, for daily exercise or to get food and other essentials.</p> <p>The postcodes have returned to stage three restrictions which means that gatherings are limited to family members or two people and cafes and restaurants are only open for takeaway.</p> <p>Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, play centres and other community activities will be closed across the lockdown zones.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Guy Sebastian speaks out over shock arrest of former manager

<p><span>Guy Sebastian has broken his silence after his former manager was arrested on fraud charges.</span></p> <p><em>The Voice</em><span> coach’s ex-manager Titus Day, 47, was arrested on Wednesday morning in Sydney and charged with 61 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, including defrauding Guy of over $1.15 million.</span></p> <p><span>Police revealed Titus withheld the huge sum of money from Guy over a number of years, between December 2013 and April 2020.</span></p> <p><span>And now, after the entire debacle Guy has issued a public statement referring to Titus’ arrest for the very first time.</span></p> <p><span>In a heartfelt post to Instagram, the singer said he was aware of the charges laid by police against Titus and explained he has been involved in ongoing disputes with his ex-manager for years.</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/CCHYXL5jOLc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHYXL5jOLc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by guysebastian (@guysebastian)</a> on Jul 1, 2020 at 2:55pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"Today I am absolutely devastated to learn the nature and detail of these charges," Guy wrote.</span></p> <p><span>"After over a decade of partnership, I parted ways with Titus' management company in November 2017. All my income was controlled via Titus into a Trust account and after noticing some disparities in payments, I requested important financial information that I was rightfully entitled to, and upon doing so our relationship began deteriorating."</span></p> <p><span>Guy also opened up about the personal toll the legal battle has taken over his personal life.</span></p> <p><span>"Over these last years, my integrity and reputation have been questioned and many untruths have been publicly stated. For me, this has been deeply personal and this period has been the toughest of my life. These charges are a sad vindication of my position," Guy wrote.</span></p> <p><span>"No one in my industry deserves this to happen and I hope my case can serve as an example to all artists about the importance of transparency and trust between a manager and an artist. I will not be making any further comment as the matter is now with the police."</span></p> <p><span>Last month, </span><em>Woman’s Day<span> </span></em><span>reported on the legal battle between Titus and Guy and said the situation had reached breaking point.</span></p> <p><span>Titus had applied for an apprehended personal violence order (AVO) against Guy in court and said “I have nothing to lose anymore,” when asked about their fractured relationship.</span></p> <p><span>When their working relationship had ended, Titus said: "After 12 great years together I'm very sad to be losing Guy as a client," Titus said at the time.</span></p> <p><span>"But he is a wonderful talent and a good person, so I wish him well in everything he does," he said before things between the pair took a turn for the worse.</span></p>

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New swine flu with pandemic potential found in China

<p>Researchers in China have discovered a strain of swine flu that is capable of triggering another pandemic.</p> <p>A report published in peer-reviewed science journal <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> earlier this week identified the G4 EA H1N1 strain of flu, which is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.</p> <p>It has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”, scientists at Chinese universities and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in the study.</p> <p>Researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs between 2011 and 2018. A total of 179 swine flu viruses were isolated, the majority of which were a new kind that has been dominant among pigs since 2016.</p> <p>Following various experiments, G4 was found to be highly infectious, replicating in human cells and causing more severe symptoms in ferrets than other viruses do.</p> <p>Any immunity humans gain from exposure to seasonal flu does not protect against G4, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-swine-flu-china-researchers-pandemic/" target="_blank">tests also showed</a>.</p> <p>As many as 4.4 per cent of the general population appeared to have been exposed to the virus, therefore showing that it has passed from animals to humans. There is no evidence yet that the virus can be passed between humans.</p> <p>“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” the study authors said.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation will read the Chinese report carefully, spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva briefing on Tuesday.</p> <p>“It … highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.</p> <p>There is no imminent threat of a new pandemic despite the virus’ capability to infect humans, said Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington.</p> <p>“There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure,” he said on Twitter. “That’s the key context to keep in mind.”</p> <p>The new swine flu is still “in the stage of examination”, said Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.</p> <p>It’s not “an immediate threat where you’re seeing infections, but it’s something we need to keep our eye on, just the way we did in 2009 with the emergence of the swine flu.”</p>

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Queen Elizabeth speaks with US President Donald Trump ahead of Independence Day

<p>Queen Elizabeth has spoken with US President Donald Trump via phone ahead of Independence Day in America.</p> <p>The Queen spoke with Trump on Tuesday by phone from Windsor Castle, where she has remained with Prince Philip since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK.</p> <p>The call to Trump was “the latest in a series Her Majesty has held with world leaders in recent months, including President [Emmanuel] Macron, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Scott Morrison”, the royal family said on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The telephone call is the latest in a series Her Majesty has held with world leaders in recent months, including President Macron, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.</p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1278006235074383872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The two heads of state discussed the coronavirus pandemic and “reopening global economies”, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.</p> <p>“The President and the Queen also reaffirmed that the United States and United Kingdom stand together in our Special Relationship and will emerge from this trying time stronger than ever before,” Deere said.</p> <p>Deere said Trump also wished the Queen a belated happy 94th birthday, two months after the monarch’s birthday in April.</p> <p>Trump has met with the Queen three times as president. Their last in-person meeting was at a Buckingham Palace reception marking the 70th anniversary of NATO in December 2019.</p> <p>Since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, she has met with all elected US presidents <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/queen-elizabeth-phone-call-president-donald-trump-july-4/" target="_blank">with the exception of Lyndon B Johnson</a>.</p>

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Road rule question divides the internet

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has confused drivers again with a quiz about a road rule on social media.</p> <p>The department posed the age-old question as to how much space should be left between two cars.</p> <p>“You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it,” the department wrote.</p> <p>“The weather conditions are fine and there’s no traffic on this road – so what’s the minimum safe following distance the blue car should be maintaining?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it. <br /><br />The weather conditions are fine and there's no traffic on this road—so what's the minimum safe following distance the blue car should be maintaining? <a href="https://t.co/QRe38PxItD">pic.twitter.com/QRe38PxItD</a></p> — Transport and Main Roads Queensland (@TMRQld) <a href="https://twitter.com/TMRQld/status/1277361324461301761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Many said that the blue car was "travelling too close regardless of weather conditions" and others said that the "minimum safe following distance was two seconds" or "one car length behind the car in front".</p> <p>“As a rule of thumb 2 seconds. But it also depends on the speed you are travelling,” one user wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“The faster the speed the greater the distance.”</p> <p>Others were quick to disagree, saying that the orange car was "going too slow for the speed you're wanting to go".</p> <p>“No other traffic – then overtake,” another user wrote.</p> <p>“Teach people to not drive slow in the right-hand lane on freeways. Every freaking day on the Centenary Highway it’s the same thing,” commented another.</p> <p>“According to the truck driver that was behind me on the Bruce Highway last night it’s OK to have 20+ tonne only 2ft behind my car,” commented another.</p> <p>Some used the question to air their grievances against the Department of Transport, saying “Queensland Transport drivers tailgate all the time. So I guess the answer is ‘As close as you want’.”</p> <p>The answer is <strong>at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you</strong>.</p> <p>“Following another vehicle too closely is what we call ‘tailgating’ – and if you’re tailgating it can make it a lot harder to stop safely in time to avoid a crash,” the Department wrote.</p> <p>“In ideal conditions, you should leave *at least 2 seconds* behind the vehicle in front of you.</p> <p>“If the conditions are poor or you’re towing a trailer or caravan, you should increase your following distance.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Always beware of the live mic": Poulter unleashes on first tee

<p><span>There seemed to be a slight wind blowing in on the first hole.</span></p> <p><span>Unfortunately for golfer Ian Poulter, the PGA Tour has mics covering the entire premises and in a hilarious moment, he was caught letting out a fart on live TV during the final round of the Travellers Championship.</span></p> <p><span>As Greg Chalmers teed off on the first hole Sunday morning, Poulter very audibly let one rip just as he had finished his swing. The broadcast captured the fart in vivid detail, and the golfers were heard laughing immediately after.</span></p> <p><span>“Did you get that?” Poulter asked.</span></p> <p><span>“Stay over there,” Chalmers joked in response. “Is that supposed to be more silent than that?”</span></p> <p><span>Poulter admitted his actions on Twitter, tweeting: “3 club wind this morning on the first tee. Always beware of the live mic.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">3 club wind this morning on the first tee. Always beware of the live 🎙 <a href="https://t.co/tzFGtf2mSS">https://t.co/tzFGtf2mSS</a></p> — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1277325666942357508?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The best bit everyone thinks it was you 🤣</p> — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1277330881590460416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>The PGA Tour had placed mics on players since they resumed play this month, a new wrinkle added to broadcasts since there are no fans in attendance at events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </span></p>

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Lockdown dangers: Young man dies of blood clot after video game binge

<p>A father has warned parents and young people to stay active during the coronavirus lockdown after his 24-year-old son died from deep vein thrombosis (DVT).</p> <p>In a post on Facebook, Stanley Greening, 56, <span>from Bedfordshire, in the UK</span> told friends about the death of his son Louis O’Neill in early June.</p> <p>“On 3rd June something so awful happened, the worst imaginable thing to happen to such a young man and the worst imaginable thing to happen to a parent,” he wrote.</p> <p>“My son, my dear boy, Louis, has gone. Not from the evil virus but because of it. His young life, barely begun, still trying to find his feet, just torn away.”</p> <p>Louis had been furloughed from his job as a soccer coach at Centre Parcs since mid-March, when the UK COVID-19 lockdown was first imposed.</p> <p>The young man then took to online gaming with friends to pass time, Stanley said.</p> <p>“Caught up in a virtual world he became less active, so easily done. Hours fly by when absorbed by the screen, I’ve done it countless times myself,” Stanley said.</p> <p>Two weeks before his death, Louis complained about a pain in his leg. He called emergency responders, who told him it could be food poisoning.</p> <p>“But no one, and I mean no one, ever in a million years would have predicted a blood clot,” Stanley said.</p> <p>“Who is warning youngsters? Who is warning anyone, of any age? No one!! So I am. My son will live on, I shall continue to spread this warning in his name.”</p> <p>Stanley said conversations with medical professionals revealed that cases of DVT in young people have been rising since the lockdown began.</p> <p>DVT is a blood clot that occurs in a deep vein, most commonly in the leg. Some of the risk factors associated with DVT include obesity, pregnancy, smoking, and certain medications as well as long periods of inactivity.</p> <p>“As more and more of us are working from home it is likely you are not getting out your chair as much as you need. Stand up, walk around, and please, warn your kids,” Stanley said.</p>

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Prince Harry's moving message for the 2020 Diana Awards

<p><span>Last month, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spoke out against the death of George Floyd during her commencement speech for her former high school’s graduation.</span></p> <p><span>Since then, she and her husband, Prince Harry, have become more vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement, and in a newly released video, Harry made his own strong statement against racism.</span></p> <p><span>In what would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday, it was also the annual presentation of the Diana Awards, established in the memory of the late royal.</span></p> <p><span>The awards recognise the youth for their social or humanitarian work, as Diana believed young people could change the world.</span></p> <p><span>In a video recorded for the awards, Prince Harry asked young people to help repair the current ills in our society and praised what the recipients had already accomplished.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Prince Harry recorded a video for the <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaAward?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DianaAward</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2020DianaAwards?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#2020DianaAwards</a> taking place today (on what would be Princess Diana’s 59th birthday).<br />In it, he says institutional racism is still “endemic” in our societies and has pledged that he and Meghan will be “part of the change” needed. <a href="https://t.co/5tbE263b3k">pic.twitter.com/5tbE263b3k</a></p> — Omid Scobie (@scobie) <a href="https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1278352027953893376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>"I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards because they honour the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you," the Prince said. "You all are doing such incredible work, and at a time of great uncertainty you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world."</span></p> <p><span>Harry mentioned how his mother would have felt a feeling of admiration for the recipients as she knew what they did was necessary and important, even though it was difficult.</span></p> <p><span>"I can assure you [Diana] would have been fighting in your corner," Harry noted. "Like many of you she never took the easy route, or the popular one, or the comfortable one, but she stood for something and she stood up for people who needed it."</span></p> <p><span>The Prince then began talking about issues related to the current climate, as the world has been protesting against racial discrimination.</span></p> <p><span>In his statement, Harry followed in his wife’s footsteps and mentioned that society has not yet done enough to combat these issues.</span></p> <p><span>"My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past," Harry said. "I too am sorry—sorry that we haven't got the world to the place that you deserve it to be."</span></p> <p><span>The Prince continued, calling out the racism still ever-present today. "Institutional racism has no place in our societies yet it is still endemic," he said. "Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you."</span></p> <p><span>Harry then finished off his speech by asking young people, especially the recipients of the Diana Award, to continue fighting for a more equitable and fair society. He also verified his own commitment to these causes.</span></p> <p><span>"I want you to know that we are committed to being part of the solution and to being part of the change that you are all leading," Prince Harry said. "Now is the time and we know that you can do it."</span></p>

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How legendary mime Marcel Marceau saved Jewish children from the Nazis

<p>Marcel Marceau is remembered as a legendary mime artist who delighted audiences for decades as the character Bip the Clown and inspired Michael Jackson’s moonwalk.</p> <p>But he is also a Holocaust survivor who risked his life to help hundreds of Jewish children and adults escape Nazi-occupied France.</p> <p>Marceau’s story is told in <em>Resistance</em>, a new film starring Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>Mirror</em>, Jakubowicz said he was not aware of Marceau’s feat until he began researching the mime’s life for the scriptwriting.</p> <p>“I had no idea that he was Jewish or that he saved children in the war, that he found his art through the very act of saving children,” Jakubowicz said.</p> <p>“I felt like if that is the story behind him it needed to be told.”</p> <p>Jakubowicz tracked down Marceau’s cousin Georges Loinger, who recruited the performer into the Jewish Boy Scouts of France and French Resistance to entertain and soothe the children orphaned from the 1938 riots.</p> <p>“The Jewish Boy Scouts … suddenly had to take care of 123 orphans. They’re crying, they’re desperate and they are traumatised,” Jakubowicz said.</p> <p>“They only had Yiddish as the common language because the kids were German and Austrian and these guys were French.”</p> <p>Marceau – who had been miming in theatres at the time – agreed to help the orphans, finding ways to make them laugh with routines such as walking against the wind and passing a hand over his face to switch from ‘happy’ to ‘sad’.</p> <p>Marceau led Jewish children across the Alps to the Swiss border on three trips to prevent them from being sent away to labour camps. He also helped them survive with his mime.</p> <p>“The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border, and Marcel really put them at ease,” Loinger told the <em>Jewish Telegraph Agency </em>in 2007.</p> <p>Marceau mimed to keep the children calm when their papers were checked by the Nazi soldiers and to encourage them to <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/world/how-mayonnaise-sandwiches-saved-kids-from-nazis-20091128-jxwq.html#ixzz3tWDGsdXc">stay quiet as they were escaping</a>.</p> <p>In <a href="https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?cc=mqr;c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0041.111;g=mqrg;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1">a 2001 lecture</a> Marceau spoke about his father, who died in Auschwitz.</p> <p>“If I cry for my father, I have to cry for the millions of people who died,” he said. “Destiny permitted me to live. This is why I have to bring hope to people who struggle in the world.”</p> <p>Marceau passed away aged 84 on September 22, 2007.</p> <p>Jakubowicz spoke of his film: “It is important for moviegoers to see how much worse the world was not so long ago but also how much better it can get.”</p>

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What’s the point of grief?

<p><a href="https://theconversation.com/how-the-internet-is-changing-the-way-we-grieve-100134">Grieving</a> is an experience almost <a href="https://theconversation.com/bowie-diana-and-why-we-mourn-in-public-53396">everyone will go through</a> at some point in their life. And is something we often have no control over.</p> <p><a href="https://animalstudiesrepository.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1133&amp;context=animsent">It isn’t just humans either</a>. There is plenty of evidence, albeit anecdotal, that <a href="https://theconversation.com/what-the-grieving-mother-orca-tells-us-about-how-animals-experience-death-101230">other mammals</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAafj--lRW0">particularly primates</a>, stay close to their dead relatives or babies – even carrying them around for a time before descending into a period of depression.</p> <p>In terms of evolution, <a href="https://theconversation.com/from-mummification-to-sky-burials-why-we-need-death-rituals-60386">if grief were not helpful</a>, it would long have been bred out of our species. The real question then is not why do we grieve, more what purpose does it serve?</p> <p><strong>Stages of grief</strong></p> <p>People often talk of the “<a href="https://theconversation.com/the-five-stages-of-grief-dont-come-in-fixed-steps-everyone-feels-differently-96111">stages of grief</a>”. The “five stages” model is the best known, with the <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13576275.2012.758629">stages</a> being denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – though these were actually written to describe coming to terms with dying rather than bereavement.</p> <p>For many working in the area of bereavement of counselling, the stages of grief are little more than of <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0030222817691870">historical interest</a> now, as the stages are seen as too rigid and not individualised enough – grief don’t come in fixed stages and everyone feels things differently.</p> <p>In fact, most of what we understand about grief today, is down to psychologist, John Bowlby’s <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-everyone-should-know-their-attachment-style-105321">attachment theory</a>. Essentially, attachment theory focuses on the “psychological connectedness between human beings”.</p> <p>The theory looks at the quality of the intimate bonds we make during the course of our lives, with a specific focus on parent-child relations. And it seems that grief is the flipside to these very close attachments we, as humans, are able to form.</p> <p>Every parent knows the ear-splitting protest when their infant is left alone. If they return quickly, peace is restored. Bowlby concluded that this behaviour evolved to keep the infant close to parents and safe from predators.</p> <p>If, for whatever reason, the parent is unable to return, Bowlby noticed that after a prolonged protest, the child became withdrawn and despairing. <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00332747.1970.11023644?journalCode=upsy20">Colin Murray Parkes</a>, guru of bereavement theory and research, and a colleague of Bowlby’s, noticed the similarity between this behaviour and grief.</p> <p><strong>Science of grief</strong></p> <p>As a <a href="http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/17661/">bereavement counsellor and researcher</a> this is something I see in my clients. Initially they cry out in protest, but as time passes, they begin to despair, realising their loved one has gone forever.</p> <p>Grief isn’t just a mental experience either. It also has a physiological effect as it can raise the levels of the <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2011.08.009">stress hormone cortisol</a>. This may explain why many of my clients experience stress reactions in the form of panic attacks, particularly if they attempt to bottle up their emotions.</p> <p>Modern techniques in neuroscience allow us to see grief in real time. In MRI scans, a brain region called the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2553561/">nucleus accumbens</a>, which lights up when we talk fondly of our love ones, also glows at our grief at losing them.</p> <p>These reward centres in our brain that make us happy together, keep us bonded by making us sad when we are apart. In this sense, <a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2001-18149-011">evolutionary biologists</a> have suggested the protest phase of grief lasts long enough for us to search for our loved one, yet is short enough to detach when hope is lost.</p> <p>The despair phase, a form of depression, follows – and may serve to detach us from the one we have lost. It saves us from an energy-draining and fruitless search for them. And in time, emotional detachment allows us to seek a new breeding partner. It has also been suggested that both protest and despair may function to foster family and tribal cohesion and a sense of shared identity through the act of <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4889573">shared grief</a>.</p> <p><strong>A changed world</strong></p> <p>Most people associate grief with losing someone they love, but in reality people can <a href="https://theconversation.com/you-really-can-die-of-a-broken-heart-heres-the-science-57442">grieve for all sorts of reasons</a>. In essence, knowing what to expect and feeling secure and stable is important for our survival - so when a loss occurs in our lives, our world shifts and is turned upside down.</p> <p>In grief and trauma work, this is knows this as “<a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1972-21034-001">assumptive world theory</a>”. In the face of death and trauma, these beliefs are shattered and disorientation and even panic can enter the lives of those affected.</p> <p>Life is split into two halves – before the loss and after the loss. We grieve for the loss of the safe and familiar and it feels as though things will never be the same again. The loss of a loved one triggers both the grief of separation and the loss of our assumptive world in which they were a part.</p> <p>But over time, we adapt to our new world. We <a href="https://doi.org/10.1037/10397-002">relearn the world changed by our loss</a>. Indeed, one of the privileges of working with grief is watching how so many clients learn and grow from the experience and emerge from their grief better equipped to deal with future losses.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/137665/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><em><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Michelle Pfeiffer shares all-too-relatable makeup faux pas

<p>Michelle Pfeiffer has shared a makeup mishap in a new Instagram selfie.</p> <p>The 62-year-old actress revealed that she had made a beauty faux pas. In a picture shared on Wednesday, she could be seen showing a wide-eyed expression with a black smudge under her nose.</p> <p>“EEK!!! Doing my makeup for an interview and picked up the wrong tissue,” she captioned.</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/CCHHh_JJSU4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CCHHh_JJSU4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">EEK!!! Doing my makeup for an interview and picked up the wrong tissue 🙄</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_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Jul 1, 2020 at 12:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo has received more than 85,000 likes.</p> <p>“Love your humor and beauty,” model Naomi Campbell commented on the post.</p> <p>“Lol - still a beauty!” wrote sister-in-law Rona Pfeiffer.</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/CB0rGKEpf1I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CB0rGKEpf1I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Just not feelin’ it 😒</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_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:33am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The <em>Scarface </em>star has been sharing glimpses into her life amid the coronavirus pandemic on Instagram.</p> <p>Last week, the star posted a photo of herself in all-black activewear on a Pilates machine with a disgruntled expression. “Just not feelin’ it,” she wrote alongside the snap.</p> <p>In May, she posted a selfie with the caption: “Is it over yet?”</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/CAF9QNdpnat/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CAF9QNdpnat/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Is it over yet?</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_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on May 12, 2020 at 8:36am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie together at last

<p><span>Princess Beatrice and Eugenie have teamed up to make their first charity video since lockdowns began.</span></p> <p><span>The Queen’s granddaughters, who are honorary Patrons of the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust, spoke to six youngsters who are currently being helped by specialist nurses and support co-ordinators throughout the coronavirus pandemic from Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.</span></p> <p><span>Beatrice and Eugenie both joined in from their homes – with Beatrice in London with her fiancé Edoardo, and Eugenie in Windsor with husband Jack Brooksbank.</span></p> <p><span>Darcy Shaw from Salford – one of the patients on the chat – was diagnosed with skin cancer in February and showered praise on Eugenie for showing off her scoliosis scar on her wedding day.</span></p> <p><span>"I saw pictures of you in your wedding dress and the scar, and it inspired me that you were so open about it and wanted to have it on show," Shaw told the Princess.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CCFx5M2IioT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/tv/CCFx5M2IioT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Last week we were honoured to be joined by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and @princesseugenie for a very special Zoom call with a group of young people we’ve supported in the North West. Their Royal Highnesses led a fascinating conversation, shining a light on the challenges young people face during the Coronavirus crisis. Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse Dave and Youth Support Coordinator Steve, who are based at the (tag) Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, also joined the call and shared how they’re offering support through these challenging times.</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/teenage_cancer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Teenage Cancer Trust</a> (@teenage_cancer) on Jul 1, 2020 at 12:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"Woo! I love hearing that, Darcy. I have a big old scar down my back and I'm proud to show it off," Eugenie said.</span></p> <p><span>The York sisters brought a lot of positive energy into the chat, as they made love hearts with their hands at the end.</span></p> <p><span>"We've grown up with Teenage Cancer Trust, we've been part of this family our entire lives, and it was so amazing to speak with these young people and some of the incredible team who are supporting them through this crisis," Eugenie said.</span></p> <p><span>"They have been through so much already, and as we start to come out of lockdown, many young people will remain in very difficult situations, often separated from friends and family, at home or in hospital."</span></p> <p><span>Princess Eugenie knows first-hand how families are being impacted by COVID-19, after her father-in-law, George Brooksbank, was hospitalised with the deadly illness.</span></p> <p><span>In a recent social media post, the royal reflected on the experience and thanked frontline staff.</span></p> <p><span>"I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Brompton Hospital for what you've done in saving my father-in-law's life," she said in the emotional video.</span></p> <p><span>"George came back to us the other day so happy, and as the 'miracle man' as he called himself.</span></p> <p><span>"From the bottom of my husband's and my heart, I just want to thank you for everything you've done on the front line, for risking your lives and those close to you," Eugenie said.</span></p> <p><span>"Thank you for giving us all hope and thank you for changing the course of this pandemic."</span></p> <p><span>And on the other end, Princess Beatrice was forced to cancel her wedding, which was set to take place on May 29, due to the pandemic.</span></p>

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89-year-old Formula 1 mogul becomes dad for fourth time

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad for the fourth time at the age of 89. His 44-year-old wife Fabiana Flosi gave birth to a baby boy called Ace in just 25 minutes of labour on Thursday.</p> <p>Grandfather-of-five Ecclestone confirmed the news, saying "We have a son named Ace. I am so proud."</p> <p>Fabiana said that the birth was "easy".</p> <p>“It was all so easy. The birth was over after 25 minutes. I thank god.”</p> <p>The boy is the businessman's first son after having three daughters with his previous partners.</p> <p>His eldest daughter, Deborah is 65, who was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford. Ecclestone also has two other daughters, who are Tamara, 35 and Petra, 31 with his second wife Slavica Radic. </p> <p>Bernie met his third wife, Fabiana Flosi, through the World Motor Sport Council in 2009 and the pair were married in 2012.</p> <p>“Like all parents, we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy.</p> <p>“Hopefully he will never express any interest in doing something in Formula 1!”</p> <p>Ecclestone has embroiled in a row over racist comments he made during a TV interview, as he said that "black people are more racist than white people".</p> <p>Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Ecclestone said: “‘I am not anti black people. Quite the opposite. I have always been very much in favour. In fact, Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me.</p> <p>“He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black. If the project had been right, I would have done it.</p> <p>“It’s not my fault I am white, or that I am a little shorter than the next man. I was called Titch at school. I realised I had to do something about it. Black people should look after themselves.</p> <p>“When I lost my driving licence, I had a black driver, not because he was black, but because I didn’t care whether he was black or white. Now it’s suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

Family & Pets

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Healthier sweet potato and spelt carbonara

<p><em><span>Recipe by Magdalena Roze for Australian Sweet Potatoes</span></em></p> <p><span>I</span>’<span>ve made this recipe for one serve because it</span>’<span>s the perfect meal to make for one when you have leftover sweet potato mash or puree. To cook for more people, simply double, triple etc the quantities. It can</span><span> also be easily adapted for vegetarians by simply omitting the bacon. In this healthier version of carbonara, I</span>’<span>m using delicious sweet potato as a substitute for cream, and wholesome spelt pasta.</span></p> <p><em><span>Serves 1</span></em></p> <p><strong><span>Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>100 grams spelt spaghetti</span></li> <li><span>1 tablespoon olive oil</span></li> <li><span>1 garlic clove, crushed</span></li> <li><span>30 grams bacon or pancetta, diced</span></li> <li><span>150 grams sweet potato, pureed</span></li> <li><span>30 grams parmesan cheese, grated</span></li> <li><span>1 whole free range egg, beaten</span></li> <li><span>Salt and pepper to season</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>Method:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li><span>Cook the spelt pasta according to the packet instructions, usually around 10 minutes, and reserve 2 tablespoons of the cooking water for your carbonara sauce.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="2"> <li><span>In the meantime, place the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat, add the garlic and bacon/pancetta, and cook for about 5 minutes or until it</span>’<span>s crisp and golden, then set aside.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="3"> <li><span>Put the sweet potato, parmesan, egg and half the pancetta/bacon in a bowl. When the pasta is ready, remove it from the water with tongs and place it into the bowl along with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water. Using the tongs or a couple of forks, toss the pasta with all the ingredients until it</span>’<span>s well coated and all ingredients are well combined. The hot pasta will lightly cook the egg.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="4"> <li><span>Top with remaining bacon/pancetta, extra parmesan and a generous amount of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="5"> <li><span>Enjoy!</span></li> </ol>

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Geoffrey Rush scores major court win against the Daily Telegraph

<p>The Sydney <em>Daily Telegraph</em> will have to pay actor Geoffrey Rush a record <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-02/daily-telegraph-loses-defamation-appeal-in-geoffrey-rush-case/12414536" target="_blank">multi-million amount</a> in damages after the tabloid lost its appeal against a defamation ruling.</p> <p>The paper and its publisher Nationwide News had launched an appeal after an Australian Federal Court ruling last April awarded Rush almost $2.9 million in damages over defamatory articles published in 2017.</p> <p>The stories alleged Rush behaved inappropriately towards co-star Eryn Jean Norvill during the 2015-16 run of the Sydney Theatre Company production of <em>King Lear</em>.</p> <p>Nationwide News said the imputations in the articles were substantially true, calling on Norvill and her colleagues as witnesses in the original defamation trial.</p> <p>In her evidence, Norvill told the court Rush had deliberately touched his breast during a live performance without consent.</p> <p>Rush denied the claims.</p> <p>The full Federal Court dismissed all grounds of the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-53259355" target="_blank">appeal against the judgment and the payout size</a> on Thursday, meaning that the awarded damages stand.</p> <p>The appeal court agreed with the original judge Justice Michael Wigney that Norvill was “at times prone to embellishment or exaggeration”.</p> <p>It also agreed with Justice Wigney’s decision to reject new evidence from another actress who came forward with allegations about Rush.</p> <p>The actress, Yael Stone, has accused Rush of acting inappropriately towards her while working on a different production.</p> <p>Nationwide News was ordered to pay Rush $850,000 for non-economic losses, $1,060,773 for past economic losses, $919,678 for future economic losses and $42,302 in interest.</p> <p>Ben English, the editor of the <em>Daily Telegraph</em>, said he was “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jul/02/geoffrey-rush-case-daily-telegraph-and-nationwide-news-lose-defamation-appeal-against-actor" target="_blank">very disappointed</a>” by Thursday’s decision.</p> <p>He said he had hoped the full court would “reverse Justice Wigney’s findings as to the credibility of Eryn Jean Norvill or reverse His Honour’s decision to exclude the testimony of Yael Stone”.</p> <p>“We will continue to report on the issues such as these which are of great concern to the Australian public. As stated by High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel last week, there is no place for sexual harassment in any workplace.”</p>

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Meghan Markle's bombshell court papers

<p><span>Meghan Markle has made incredibly sensational claims in bombshell court papers that she felt “unprotected” by the Royal Family’s “institution.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Sun has reported the Duchess is suing Associated Newspapers Limited (who own The Daily Mail).</span><br /><br /><span>She stated in numerous documents that she was unable to defend herself, which left her friends “rightly concerned for her welfare when pregnant”.</span><br /><br /><span>The 38-year-old went on to claim she felt “tremendous emotional distress” by media coverage, while her pals felt “silenced” by Kensington Palace and unable to defend her.</span><br /><br /><span>The legal documents also revealed that Meghan denied saying in a personal letter that she felt “victimised” by her father.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan is suing ANL for publishing the personal letter to her dad, although the media group claims Mr Markle made it public after five of her pals gave an interview about it to People magazine.</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/CCHigKNAG-x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHigKNAG-x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dr Music (@drmusiic)</a> on Jul 1, 2020 at 4:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Duchess today named the pals, although they are only referred to as A, B, C, D and E in the papers, and they could now be called to testify at a trial.</span><br /><br /><span>People magazine previously described them as “Meghan’s inner circle – a longtime friend, a former co-star, a friend from LA, a one-time colleague and a close confidante’”.</span><br /><br /><span>However the royal has denied authorising her friends to speak out to defend her in the magazine article.</span><br /><br /><span>She said she learned an article about her was due to appear shortly before it was published, but did not know it would be in People magazine or its contents.</span><br /><br /><span>The possible trial would focus on whether Meghan had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter to her dad.</span><br /><br /><span>In 2019, the dad told the Mail on Sunday the the five-page letter was a “dagger to the heart” which left him feeling “devastated”.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan though, says she didn’t feel “victimised” by him, and dismissed claims she told him she had “only one father”.</span><br /><br /><span>She felt he “raised concern Mr Markle had consistently allowed himself to be manipulated by the tabloid media despite her trying to persuade him not to speak to them for his own good”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHevIQJx8I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CCHevIQJx8I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I will always love you. . . . . #harryandmeghan #royalfamily #royal #sussex #queen #babyarchie #royalwedding #meghanmarkle #princeharry #kensington #queenelizabeth #buckingham #royals #couple #love #royalty #style #dress #princessDiana #princeharry #tb #new #foryou</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/harryandmeghansource/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Sussex Royal Fan Page</a> (@harryandmeghansource) on Jul 1, 2020 at 3:51pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Duchess says she believes she is entitled to a “reasonable expectation of privacy” and thought its contents would never be published.</span><br /><br /><span>In the documents, Meghan also spoke on that she believed her Royal Wedding made Britain $1.8 billion in tourism cash.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess believes the money that was raised from the wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018 “far outweighed” the contribution stumped up by the taxpayer towards security.</span><br /><br /><span>Her legal team have stated the royal wedding was “not, in fact, publicly funded, but rather personally financed by HRH The Prince of Wales”.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal wedding that finished with a huge firework display, cost an estimated $57 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The legal team’s documents said: “Any public costs incurred for the wedding were solely for security and crowd control to protect members of the public, as deemed necessary by Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police.”</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan also said she believes she should be allowed to do land work like her cousin-in-laws, Beatrice and Eugenie, and also mentioned Prince Michael of Kent.</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/CCG9TJpnUOA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCG9TJpnUOA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ♛ 𝒯𝒽𝑒𝒮𝓊𝓈𝓈𝑒𝓍𝒯𝑒𝒶𝓂 (@thesussexteam)</a> on Jul 1, 2020 at 10:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She named the trio while clarifying that members of the royal are, in fact, allowed to undertake paid work.wnd hit back after it was stated in legal papers that she is “a member of the royal family and does not undertake paid work”.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan said it was wrong to say as “several member[s] of the Royal Family do ‘undertake paid work’ including, for example, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York and Prince Michael of Kent”.</span><br /><br /><span>Princess Beatrice works in finance and consulting and Princess Eugenie is a director at a London art gallery.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan is estimated to have made around $7.2 million from her acting career before marrying Prince Harry.</span><br /><br /><span>Since quitting royal life she has resumed her career and recently narrated the Disney film Elephant.</span><br /><br /><span>In the legal documents, Meghan added that she “was also the founder of the commercially successful lifestyle website The Tig”.</span></p>

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Nick Kyrgios hits back after Boris Becker calls him a rat

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has clashed with former World No. 1 Boris Becker over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the way that the tennis community is handling it.</p> <p>Kyrgios called out German tennis star Alexander Zverev on Monday after he was spotting at a club in the French Riveria.</p> <p>Zverev played at Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour in Belgrade and Croatia earlier this month which led to four competitors contracting coronavirus. </p> <p>Zverev claimed he would "follow self-isolating guidelines" but apologised when footage emerged of him in the club.</p> <p>“No matter how lazy, sloppy and selfish players are about following public health guidelines mid-pandemic, they sure can spring to quick action to cover their asses,” respected tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Sascha Zverev six days ago after Adria Tour coronavirus cluster: <br /><br />“I deeply apologize to anyone that I have put at risk...I will proceed to follow self-isolating guidelines...stay safe 🙏.”<br /><br />Sascha Zverev four hours ago: <a href="https://t.co/vqBXvYdxkv">pic.twitter.com/vqBXvYdxkv</a></p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1277307634807382016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Zverev tested negative to coronavirus last week, but Kyrgios was quick to slam the behaviour.</p> <p>“Sascha Zverev again, man. Again, again, how selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said.</p> <p>“If you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf, saying you’re going to self-isolate for 14 days, and apologising to the general public about putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days.</p> <p>“Jesus, man. P***ing me off. This tennis world is p***ing me off, seriously. How selfish can you all get?”</p> <p>Becker quickly jumped to Zverev's defence, calling Kyrgios a "rat".</p> <p>“Don’t like no rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine!” Becker posted to Twitter on Tuesday.</p> <p>“Look yourself in the mirror and think your (sic) better than us.”</p> <p>Kyrgios defended his comments.</p> <p>“For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus,” the 25-year-old replied.</p> <p>“It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.”</p> <p>However, Becker continued to call Kyrgios a "rat".</p> <p>“We all live in the pandemic called COVID-19! It’s terrible and it killed to many lives,” the German posted. “We should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don’t like rats.</p> <p>“(Zverev) broke the quarantine rules and he should be ashamed of himself! He is a role model for many tennis fans a bright star on the horizon but still don’t like rats.</p> <p>“There is an unspoken understanding between athletes! Whatever happens on the court stays there including the lockers! Nobody will talk about it.”</p> <p>Kyrgios continued to hold firm and poked fun at Becker.</p> <p>“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people,” Kyrgios tweeted.</p> <p>“WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something.</p> <p>“(Becker) is a bigger doughnut than I thought. Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”</p> <p>After receiving massive backlash on Twitter for his remarks, Becker joked with Kyrgios.</p> <p>“Your funny guy … how is it down under? Respect all the guidelines?”</p> <p>Kyrgios wasn't having any of it and bluntly replied.</p> <p>“Haha nah bro I’m good, don’t act like you’re my friend now because you got sat down.”</p> <p>This isn't the first time Kyrgios has called someone out, as he slammed Novak Djokovic and his wife for their "boneheaded decision" to organise the tournament during a pandemic.</p> <p>“Prayers up to all the players that have contracted COVID-19,” Kyrgios tweeted last week.</p> <p>“Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ — this takes the cake.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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​Niles from The Nanny reveals the one thing he never understood about the hit show

<p><span><em>The Nanny</em> had six wildly successful years between 1993-199 and ended with Fran Fine (who was played by creator Fran Drescher) married to her boss Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy).</span><br /><br /><span>Niles settled down with his former arch rival — and Mr Sheffield’s colleague — C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane.)</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836777/meghan-markle-the-nanny-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ae6191afaa04b8cb9cd33131dc26076" /></p> <p><em>The Nanny</em><br /><br /><span>However it is the latter love story that Davis couldn’t quite wrap his head around.</span><br /><span>“That’s the only part that I never really bought, to tell you the truth,” he admitted to news.com.au.</span><br /><br /><span>“C.C. and I had been so oil and water — I didn’t buy that we would end up married. But I had to play it, because that’s what they wrote ... I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that to anyone before!”</span><br /><br /><span>The 70-year-old originally thought that the odd pairing may mean an extended future for C.C. and Niles.</span><br /><br /><span>“The only reason I thought it could have worked would be if they were planning a spin-off, like The Niles and C.C. Show, which I would have loved — but they didn’t go with that idea.”</span><br /><br /><span>He may not have liked it, but Davis can still understand why the writers felt the need to have the butler and C.C. live happily ever after.</span><br /><br /><span>“I guess they were just wanting to tie up the loose ends.”</span><br /><br /><span>The characters small feuds in the show became a cornerstone of the program - making it the unforgettable classic that it is today.</span><br /><br /><span>“The luckiest thing that could have possibly happened was that we knew each other for six years before<em> The Nanny,</em>” Davis said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once I realised she was going to play that part [C.C.], it was just so natural. We had an ease so we just were the perfect fit, right from day one.”</span><br /><br /><span>Niles was famous for his quick quips and one-liners, and a lot of that wit was actually inspired by the actor’s true self.</span><br /><br /><span>“The writers watched me carefully in the early days of the show,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“They started to write in my voice. And because I have a wicked side to my humour, they picked up on it.”</span><br /><br /><span>While Davis loved his experience on the show, there was one star who didn’t quite agree.</span><br /><br /><span>“It wasn’t a fun experience,” Madeline Zima, who played little Gracie Sheffield, told The TV Page in 2013.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was just a kindness and a sensitivity that didn’t exist on the set of<em> The Nanny.</em> They treated me more like a prop than like a human being.”</span><br /><br /><span>Davis believes it boiled down to Zima’s attitude.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was always the sense with Madeline that she was just an unhappy child — it was her nature. It was noticeable,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the writers picked up on her unhappiness, and they wrote it into her character ... It’s why Gracie always seemed unhappy and was in therapy.”</span></p>

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Larry Emdur reveals priceless story behind photo with Naomi Watts

<p>As coronavirus cancelled the 2020 Logies, <em>The Morning Show</em> host Larry Emdur thought he'd post a throwback photo instead.</p> <p>The picture delighted fans as it featured a pre-Hollywood fame Naomi Watts.</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/CB-Gytqjg-N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CB-Gytqjg-N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by @larryemdur</a> on Jun 28, 2020 at 12:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>With his well-known self-depreciating humour, Edmur joked that the pair's careers had taken very different paths after the photo was taken.</p> <p>He wrote: "Because it was meant to be Logies night, here's a Logies quiz. One of these people went on to be a duel Oscar nominee and a magnificent multi-award winning superstar of the big and small screen.</p> <p>"The other went on to host Celebrity Dog School and have his image used in a FAKE Facebook ad for an erectile dysfunction cure. Can you pick it? </p> <p>"I understand this is a tricky question so I'll give you 24 hours to lodge your answer and your time starts... now! Hello @naomiwatts from 1992."</p> <p>Watts went onto bigger things after her appearance at the Logies almost thirty years ago as she scored her breakthrough role in 2001 psychological thriller <em>Mulholland Drive.</em></p> <p>Watts went onto be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress twice in <em>21 Grams</em> (2003) and <em>The Impossible </em>(2012).</p> <p>Emdur has achieved fame on a domestic level as he fronted <em>The Price is Right</em> from 1993 to 1998 and later 2003 and 2005 on Nine. He is currently the co-anchor of <em>Channel Seven's The Morning Show</em> alongside Kylie Gillies.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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​“She’s dead to me:” Tension reaches limit between Voice judges

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text ">Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian have seemingly reached their limits on <em>The Voice</em> whole mentoring together.<br /><br />For better or for worse however, their bitter feud was mentioned during a <em>9Now</em> interview this week where Guy, 38, admitted they Kelly is “sort of, dead to me”.<br /><br />And their bitter feud was evident during an interview with <em>9Now</em> this week.<br /><br />The singer went on to say with a laugh: “Because she follows everyone else on Instagram and she doesn't follow me, whatever.”<br /><br />However, the other coaches Delta Goodrem and Boy George had nothing but praise for their fellow judges.<br /><br />35-year-old Australian pop star Delta, revealed how she met Guy when he was on <em>Australian Idol</em> back in 2003.<br /><br />“He had my poster on his keyboard!' she said.<br /><br />“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Guy's singing to my poster!’”<br /><br />Boy George, shared the moment he first met Kelly.<br /><br />“I actually went up to Destiny's Child in a restaurant and I said, ‘I love your music, I'm a massive fan!’”<br /><br />Kelly made headlines last week when she stormed off stage after she admitted she felt Guy had made an “unfair” song choice for Bukhu Ganburged and Johnny Manuel's duet.<br /><br />Guy had allowed bookies' favourite Johnny to take the lead in the performance while Mongolian throat singer Bukhu only just had a supporting role.<br /><br />In an earlier episode, Kelly went head to head with Guy after he turned his chair for a singer in the blinds even though he already had a team that was full.</div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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Tip of the lid: savvy Kmart fan shares thrifty $7 hack

<p><span>If you have saucepan lids lying around your kitchen and nowhere to store them, then keep reading.</span></p> <p><span>It turns out file racks aren’t just for sorting all the documents in your home office – they’re quite handy in the kitchen too.</span></p> <p><span>One savvy homeowner has shared her hack for storing saucepan lids using an inexpensive file rack from Kmart.</span></p> <p><span>“For anyone else who’s short on storage in their kitchen (this is underneath an island bench) we’ve used this metal file rack to store our saucepan lids,” Rosie Francis shared on Facebook.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img style="width: 368.9700130378096px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836762/screen-shot-2020-07-01-at-11414-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/70aa82d32702457abff5d4362c2fae8d" /></span></p> <p><span>She then shared a photo showing her lids neatly organised according to size.</span></p> <p><span>It didn’t take long for other Kmart fans to reveal how they make use of the file rack, helping them organise everything from trays to chopping boards.</span></p> <p><span>“I have my baking trays and slice tins in one,” said one user.</span></p> <p><span>“I use them for baking trays and chopping boards,” another added.</span></p> <p><span>“Great idea. I hate my lids pile in the cupboard,” said another.</span></p> <p><span>And what’s even better, is that it only costs $7.</span></p>

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How moving into a land lease community can help you retire early

<p><span>After working full-time since the age of 15, including two decades doing weekend and around-the-clock shift work, Geoff Ashton decided it was time for a change.</span></p> <p><span>“I was doing shift work seven days a week, at any time of day or night. I was about to turn 65, and the shift work was getting very difficult,” Geoff said.</span></p> <p><span>“What’s more, it was a pretty full-on job, and if something went wrong, it really went wrong.</span></p> <p><span>“I was keen to start thinking about life outside of work.”</span></p> <p><strong><span>Benefits of moving into a residential land lease community</span></strong></p> <p><span>For Geoff, a crucial part of making the transition to retirement involved moving into a <a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">Hometown Australia</a> residential land lease community at Port Stephens, in the NSW Lower Hunter region. </span></p> <p><span>In January 2020, Geoff and wife Deb moved into Hometown’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/nsw/port-stephens/sunrise-port-stephens/" target="_blank">Sunrise residential land lease community</a>, after selling their townhouse in nearby Nelson Bay. </span></p> <p><span>According to the couple, a key reason behind moving into Sunrise was that - unlike some retirement villages - it wasn’t strictly for retired people. </span></p> <p><span>This allows them to live at Sunrise while carrying out their transition to retirement plan, which involves working for at least two more years.</span></p> <p><span>Geoff has left his previous full-time job and is now working three days a week as a truck driver, while Deb works full-time in the disability care industry.</span></p> <p><span>Their <a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/homes-for-sale/5686/seabreeze-" target="_blank">three-bedroom Seabreeze home</a> at Sunrise is also a key part of the transition planning. </span></p> <p><span>Compared to their former Nelson Bay townhouse, Geoff and Deb’s new home will provide more suitable accommodation as they get older. This is because it doesn’t have any internal stairs and is smaller and more manageable than the former townhouse. </span></p> <p><span>It also includes a dedicated office space, allowing Deb to occasionally work from home. </span></p> <p><span>Importantly, their new home also has a yard big enough for their two dogs, along with high-quality finishes and features including a covered outdoor entertaining area, walk-in wardrobes, stone kitchen benchtops and a double garage. </span></p> <p><span>As Sunrise community residents, Geoff and Deb also have access to fantastic and relaxing communal facilities including two new swimming pools, tennis and pickleball courts and a clubhouse, bowling green, community bus, cinema and library.</span></p> <p><span>“The whole reason we moved in here was so I could give up full-time work,” Geoff said.</span></p> <p><span>“For anybody that has full-time employment in our age group and wants to switch to work part-time, I fully recommend moving into a community like this.</span></p> <p><span>“In future years, we’re also hoping to do a bit of travel, and here at Sunrise we can park our camper in the hardstand area, which is another big advantage.”</span></p> <p><strong><span>More Australians than ever before transitioning to retirement</span></strong></p> <p><span>There are a number of major trends underway, which means more Australians than ever before are moving into Hometown Australia’s residential land lease communities, to allow them to either retire early, or to transition to retirement.</span></p> <p><span>For instance, due to the COVID-19 economic impacts, around 102,000 Australians aged 50-64 and a further 54,000 aged over 65 fell out of employment between February and May 2020. </span></p> <p><span>It’s predicted that a significant proportion of these people may have difficulty finding new work and may need to retire early.</span></p> <p><span>Already some 21 per cent of Australians who retire are forced into this situation <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6238.0" target="_blank">because of sickness or injury</a>, and a further 11 per cent because they were retrenched. </span></p> <p><span>What’s more, an increasing number of Australians in their 50s and 60s are also voluntarily moving from full-time to part-time work, as part of their retirement planning.</span></p> <p><span>Between 2005 and 2020, the number of people working part-time in the 55-64 age group jumped by 74 per cent, and by 249 per cent in the 65 plus age group. This compares with a part-time work growth rate of 43 per cent across all age groups during the same period.</span></p> <p><span>Many people in the above scenarios are - like Geoff and Deb - looking for the right sort of accommodation which helps meet their new circumstances.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Hometown land lease communities the perfect transition to retirement option</span></strong></p> <p><span>Hometown Australia operates just under 50 residential land lease communities containing around 10,000 residents across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.</span></p> <p><span>According to </span>Hometown Australia joint managing director and chief operating officer Stuart Strong, an increasing number of people entering his company’s communities are in the pre-retirement or early retirement phase.</p> <p><span>“The financial benefits of our residential land lease living model - along with the great lifestyle we offer - is very attractive to people in their 50s and 60s who are weighing up their retirement options,” Mr Strong said.</span></p> <p><span>Mr Strong said that, more often than not, people moving into a Hometown Australia community were able to top-up their retirement income, as the price of homes was usually below the median house price in the surrounding area.</span></p> <p><span>Mr Strong also said that residents in his communities didn’t have to pay stamp duty, nor council rates or exit fees, and retained their home’s capital gain.</span></p> <p><span>“This means a person looking to retire early can do so without the significant incoming and outgoing costs which apply to other over 50s housing models,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>Furthermore, once a Hometown Australia community resident reaches the pension age, or already claims a disability pension, it is possible they can also claim <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/rent-assistance" target="_blank">Commonwealth rental assistance</a> (which is up to $139 a fortnight per couple).</span></p> <p><span>This comes about because land lease living residents own their home and then secure a long-term lease on the land on which the home is located. (For instance, weekly site fees are around $175 a week at Sunrise).</span></p> <p><span>Mr Strong also pointed out that Hometown Australia community homes are designed to allow people to work or study from home, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.</span></p> <p><span>He said that the vast majority of new Hometown Australia community homes include multi-purpose rooms, which can be used as a study.</span></p> <p><span>“Most communities also contain a range of features to keep residents active and fit, including pools and tennis courts,” Mr Strong said. </span></p> <p><span>“If you are wondering if you can retire early, or have been forced to retire early, or want to ease your way into retirement, then think about our communities.</span></p> <p><span>“People in the above scenarios might be pleasantly surprised to find that they can achieve a very happy housing and lifestyle solution, and find great new friends along the way.”</span></p> <p><strong><span>About Hometown Australia</span></strong></p> <p><span>To learn more about Hometown Australia and its 48 communities across Australia, go to <a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">www.hometownaustralia.com.au</a></span></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article written in partnership with </em><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Hometown Australia</em></a></span><em>.</em></p> <p><span> </span></p>

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Woman’s amazingly helpful discovery during home renovation

<p>A Queensland woman has made an unexpected discovery on the wall of her home during a renovation.</p> <p>The woman was peeling off the wallpaper in her room when she found a scrawled note dating back to over 22 years ago, which detailed a tip from the previous owner.</p> <p>“If you ever need to wallpaper this room again, it will take 8 rolls of wallpaper,” the note read.</p> <p>“I bought just six rolls at $17 per roll [on December 5, 1997] and didn’t have enough. It really pissed me off.”</p> <p>The message was signed off by Jon on December 21, 1997.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836514/wallpaper2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/af4b27211df04024a6ee9d214c362dd7" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Facebook/ Bunnings Mums Australia</em></p> <p>The woman shared a snap of the finding on the Bunnings Mums Facebook page with the caption: “Only a DIY mum would be this helpful.”</p> <p>People flocked to comment the post, praising the former owner as “thoughtful” and “brilliant”.</p> <p>“Thanks for the tip Jon. I hope you’ve finally gotten over it. I’m sure it’s a story that’s still told,” one wrote.</p> <p>“There needs to be more people like Jon in the world,” another commented.</p> <p>One asked whether the advice would be suitable to the conditions today: “But what if wallpaper now comes in different standard widths or lengths?”</p>

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