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5 reasons to visit Russia

<p>Russia, the world’s largest nation, is jam-packed with history, culture and epic train rides.</p> <p>These are the top 5 things you must see if you’re planning a trip to Russia.</p> <p><strong>Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral</strong></p> <p>Nothing says Russia more than Red Square and the onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral.</p> <p>Red Square separates the Kremlin and the former royal citadel, now home to the President of Russia, from the historic merchant quarter Kitai-gorod. In the centre of the square, you’ll find Lenin’s Mausoleum – where you can see the embalmed body of the former Russian communist leader.</p> <p>While you’re in Moscow make sure you book tickets to the Bolshoi Ballet.<span> </span></p> <p>Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is recognised as one of the greatest ballet companies in the world</p> <p><strong>The Trans-Siberian Railway</strong></p> <p>The Trans-Siberian, from Moscow to Vladivostok is one of the most incredible railway journeys in the world.</p> <p>At 9,289 kilometres, it is the longest railway in the world. Connecting branches also run into Mongolia, China and North Korea. It spans eight times zones and will take eight days to complete – without stops.</p> <p><strong>Lake Baikal</strong></p> <p>Lake Baikal is the deepest and oldest lake on Earth. This one lake contains about 22 per cent of the world’s fresh water.</p> <p>The lake was declared a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO">UNESCO</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Heritage_Site">World Heritage Site</a><span> </span>in 1996 and contains thousands of species of plants and animals, some not seen anywhere else in the world. The eastern side of Lake Baikal is home to the<span> </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buryats">Buryat</a><span> </span>tribes who raise goats, camels, cattle, sheep, and horses on the fertile planes.</p> <p>In winter, you can ice-skate and walk on the ice.</p> <p>In summer, you can swim in the lake. But be warned – summer temperatures in this part of Russia rarely get higher than 14C.</p> <p><strong>Alexander Palace</strong></p> <p>The former imperial residence sits on a plateau overlooking the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 50km south of St Petersburg. It’s a must-see for anyone who has any interest in modern Russian history.</p> <p>Alexander Palace was the favourite home of the last Russian Emperor Tsar Nicolas II. But after the February Revolution, it became his family’s prison.</p> <p>Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei were held captive here.</p> <p>The Romanovs were confined to a few rooms of the palace until August 1917, when they were transferred to Tobolsk, allegedly to protect them from the rising tide of revolution. Less than a year later, the entire family were shot and bayoneted to death.</p> <div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper" style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="748" height="421" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IrqZ93r7lzk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <p style="text-align: center;">The entire Romanov family were slaughtered</p> <p>In World Word II Alexander Palace was used as headquarters for the German military command. The ground in front of the palace was used as a cemetery for SS soldiers. It was one of the few Russian Palaces spared from destruction as the German forces retreated.<span> </span></p> <p><strong>Saint Petersburg</strong></p> <p>St Petersburg is Russia’s cultural heart.</p> <p>It was founded by Tsar Peter I (Peter the Great) as Russia’s “window on Europe” and contains a glorious mix of Russian and European architecture.</p> <p>Make sure you see Catherine the Great’s impressive collection of paintings at the State Hermitage Museum – the second largest art museum in the world.</p> <p>The Winter Palace was the historical retreat of the Russian Tsars and a focal point of the February and October Russian Revolutions.</p> <p>At Yusupov Palace, you will find the spot where the nearly un-killable Rasputin was murdered.</p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/5-reasons-russia/"><em>MyDiscoveries</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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Happy news: Johnny Ruffo makes heartwarming announcement

<p>Just two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, <em>Home and Away</em> actor and musician Johnny Ruffo has announced he is returning back to work.</p> <p>The 31-year-old underwent a lifesaving operation to remove a seven-centimetre brain tumour.</p> <p>He then underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy to get rid of the remaining 5 per cent of the mass.</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/BmIl6SDBVYj/" 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/BmIl6SDBVYj/" target="_blank">Today is exactly a year since i was rushed to hospital to have an emergency operation to remove a brain tumour, it has been a crazy ride and im not quite finished yet but i want to share some snaps of the past year and say thank you to everyone who has been there for me and supported me throughout this time 😃 #braincancer #fuckcancer</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/johnny_ruffo/" target="_blank"> Johnny Ruffo</a> (@johnny_ruffo) on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s now been six months since Ruffo was told he was in remission and he’s proud to announce he is ready to return back to work.</p> <p>He told Channel 7’s <em>The Morning Show</em> hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies about the good news.</p> <p>"I'm getting back into work ... slowly keep kicking on," Ruffo said with a smile.</p> <p>"Now that I have the all-clear in the health part of things, I'm going to get back into television, back into acting, might even dip my toe into theatre – if the role is right," Ruffo revealed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">We catch up with <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnnyRuffo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnnyRuffo</a>, who's got big plans for the future after beating brain cancer. 💪 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TMS7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TMS7</a> <a href="https://t.co/4UVW8yGtvI">pic.twitter.com/4UVW8yGtvI</a></p> — The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/morningshowon7/status/1131350394330763265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Although it’s unlikely that he will return to Summer Bay, Ruffo has plans to get back into singing.</p> <p>He was on <em>The Morning Show</em> to promote his new single called<span> </span><em>Broken Glass</em>.</p> <p>"This song is a ballad – the first I've ever done - and it's about the support group around you and not being afraid to ask for help. When you're down sometimes you need someone to pull you back up again, and it's about that.</p> <p>"Everyone goes through something that's tough that they might feel is too hard for them to handle on their own," he added.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BitHxQXhEYn/" 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/BitHxQXhEYn/" target="_blank">thanks for being there for me when i needed you 😜 happy mothers day to my mum, haha excuse the socks 🧦</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/johnny_ruffo/" target="_blank"> Johnny Ruffo</a> (@johnny_ruffo) on May 12, 2018 at 9:57pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ruffo admits that it’s down to luck that he’s still here today. He told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154996481588441" target="_blank"><em>The Project</em>’s</a> Carrie Bickmore about his story.</p> <p>"The surgeon said if I hadn't gone to the hospital that night I would have died in my sleep that night. It is just sheer luck that I went in when I did and everything happened the way it did otherwise I wouldn't be here," he admitted.</p> <p>Ruffo revealed that he experienced headaches regularly, but just thought it was due to his lifestyle.</p> <p>"Anything that may have been a symptom, I just put down to normal life. Headaches – I played sports and copped a million and one knocks in the head," he said,</p> <p>"You never thought it may have attributed to it or not. You wake up with a bit of a hangover and you think, 'it is a headache from having a drink,' but this particular time I hadn't gone out at all and I just had a really bad headache. It grew from that.”</p>

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Ivan Milat: How his brother Alex was responsible for his downfall

<p>When Alex Milat walked into Bowral police station in NSW's southern highlands in 1992, he did not know his tip would kickstart the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of his brother Ivan as a serial killer.</p> <p>Alex, one of Ivan Milat’s 13 siblings, claimed he and a friend saw two vehicles entering the Belanglo State Forest – where the bodies of seven young people linked to Ivan’s case would be discovered – containing about seven men along with two gagged and bound women.</p> <p>Alex believed the two women could have been Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters, two British backpackers who disappeared from the Sydney suburb of Kings Cross around the same time he saw them.</p> <p>“I saw that the male passenger in the rear seat, next to the female, appeared to be aged in his mid-20s, a caucasian, fair complexion with brownish colour hair, which was neatly groomed and cut to the ears and neatly trimmed around the sides to the rear,” Alex’s <a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/how-ivan-milats-brother-alex-was-the-accidental-architect-of-his-downfall/news-story/36c6c187fd5c86e4f390f646921e93d7">statement</a> read.</p> <p>“He was clean shaven and appeared to be well dressed. From memory he was wearing an off-white colour, collar-style, long sleeve shirt ... At this time, I noticed his hands were not rough as if he was an office worker as opposed to a labourer and his hands were clean.”</p> <p>The detailed description was first dismissed by police as fanciful, considering that both Alex and the people in his account were in moving vehicles.</p> <p>Alex said he delayed reporting the sighting because he thought “it was just some young blokes taking some girls into the forest to have a good time”.</p> <p>He said, “From my knowledge and experiences in that area I am aware of countless times when young men and women are observed driving around the forest looking like they’re lost or looking for somewhere they can have a good time and I didn’t think that this instant was any different.”</p> <p>The police found Alex’s detailed report suspicious, as it didn’t match his hesitation to provide the information. That prompted them to look into the Milat family.</p> <p>Out of all the Milat brothers, Ivan stood out due to his lack of alibi. He also lived near the forest and sold a Nissan car with a bullet left under the front seat shortly after the first bodies were found.</p> <p>The second time Alex helped out with the investigation was when he notified the ABC about the massive clue inadvertently shown in its <em>Four Corners</em> report. An interview with Clive Small, the head of the manhunt taskforce, showed a whiteboard in the background that contained the word “Milat” – for Ivan Milat, who was chief suspect at the time.</p> <p>The ABC removed the footage from further broadcasts, keeping Ivan in the dark and prompting Alex to continue monitoring his brother for the authorities.</p> <p>The third time Alex put Ivan under the spotlight was a crucial moment that led the police to get a search warrant. Alex was being questioned for his brother’s case when his wife mentioned a backpack Ivan had given them as a gift.</p> <p>The bag turned out to belong to German hitchhiker Simone Schmidl, one of the victims.</p> <p>On May 22, 1994, Ivan was finally arrested at his home in Eagle Vale in a morning raid.</p> <p>In July 1996, Ivan was sentenced to seven life sentences for the murders in NSW between 1989 and 1993 with no chance of parole.</p> <p>Alex said carrying the same last name as his brother brought him a lot of trouble. </p> <p>“I do [regret keeping the Milat name], I f*****g do,” he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/serial-killer-ivan-milats-brother-dies-on-sunshine/3189421/" target="_blank"><em>Sunshine Coast Daily</em></a> in 2015.</p> <p>“The first day I should’ve changed my name, it would definitely have been a better life … It’d amaze you the problems I’ve had with having this name.”</p> <p>He said he was not concerned about Ivan’s guilt. </p> <p>“The decisions are made by somebody else, more than likely for political reasons,” Alex said.</p> <p>“I don’t even worry about it [Ivan’s guilt]. I just try to live my life and enjoy it.”</p> <p>Alex died in 2017 from a heart attack at the age of 76, while Ivan was diagnosed with terminal oesophagus and stomach cancer last week. </p> <p>“I’ve been informed he's only got a couple of weeks to live,” Ivan’s nephew Alistair Shipsey told <a href="https://www.wollondillyadvertiser.com.au/story/6144518/wayback-wednesday-police-catch-a-serial-killer-photos/"><em>Ten News</em></a>.</p>

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“The happiest man alive”: Never-before-seen footage of JFK Jr’s secret wedding

<p>Viewers will be able to get a glimpse into the secret wedding of John F Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette later this year thanks to a new special.</p> <p>The special, which was first announced in 2018, will share footage shot by Kennedy’s friend during his wedding to Bessette in 1996 on Cumberland Island in Georgia.</p> <p>“On an island off of Georgia we came together on this 18th century plantation. In this dirty, dilapidated, shuttered church next to a pig sty,” a friend says in the preview.</p> <p>“No air conditioning, very little power on the island. It was the best place for them to host a secret ceremony.”</p> <p>That same friend then says afterwards: “Nobody would have expected that three years later we’d be at another church for another reason.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">More trailer footage...JFK Jr &amp; Carolyn Bessette: A Camelot Wedding <a href="https://t.co/Nl08voKU7f">pic.twitter.com/Nl08voKU7f</a></p> — Mrs. M ☀️ (@MrsMogul) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsMogul/status/1128341652773396480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The former first son fell victim to what many call the “Kennedy curse” and faced a tragic death. Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a> magazine in 2018, John Jr’s former assistant RoseMarie Terenzino said that the former bachelor was kept on his toes as Carolyn didn’t immediately agree to tie the knot.</p> <p>“He went into this thing about how everything’s better with a partner, not just fishing but life,” she said.</p> <p>But despite his determination, Carolyn found the fame that came with being John Jr's partner to be daunting.</p> <p>“She held off the proposal for about three weeks. I think it made him all the more intent on marrying her,” said Terenzino.</p> <p>They eventually married one another in a private ceremony, but the happiness was short-lived as three years later, the pair were killed in a plane crash as they travelled to the same island where John Jr first popped the question.</p> <p>The tragedy occurred on July 16, 1999 as the couple and John Jr’s sister-in-law Lauren were en route to the wedding of his cousin Rory, with John Jr flying the plane.</p> <p>They never made it.</p> <p>It was later revealed that extreme weather conditions caused the plane to crash, claiming all three lives.</p> <p>Their lives were cut short, during a period where the couple were still very much in love.</p> <p>“To say their relationship was on the rocks is just inaccurate,” said Carole Radziwill, the former wife of John Jr’s cousin Anthony Radziwill.</p> <p>“They loved each other – Carolyn was quite the loveable person.</p> <p>“She was clever, she was naughty and she had the balance of being able to be really serious and deep yet funny.”</p> <p>She went on to say: “I still miss her after all these years.”</p>

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This will warm your heart: The truth behind Prince William and Kate's "dancing" photo

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were captured in an incredibly rare moment – and royal fans have gone wild over it.</p> <p>A new picture of the royal couple from those who attended an event at Buckingham Palace shows what appears to be Duchess Kate and Prince William dancing.</p> <p>The garden party earlier this week has revealed a sweet moment between the two, but the real story is just as adorable.</p> <p>The rare picture shows Prince William wearing a top hat and holding an umbrella, while Duchess Kate is flashing her husband a dazzling smile in her <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/english-rose-duchess-kates-flawless-style-pretty-in-pink" target="_blank">gorgeous summery outfit</a> and holding his hand.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7827233/kate-william2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dd03ac6963614b03bf8b31156ac0c300" /></p> <p>The moment certainly caught they eyes of those at the special event, and Lucy Stafford, the one who took the happy snap, told <em>Hello!</em> she was overjoyed to have seen them.</p> <p>“As they were leaving the party, Kate was spending a lot of time talking to the guests and William had to hurry her along, which is the moment the photo was taken.</p> <p>“I feel so fortunate to have attended the party and will definitely never forget it!”</p> <p>Writing to Instagram, Lucy shared intimate details she had with the Queen – a moment we doubt she will ever forget.</p> <p>“We had the most delicious afternoon tea in the gardens and even finished the day by meeting the Queen (who told us about how a cricket ball almost killed her in 1994) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” the caption read.</p> <p>She continued: “Can’t quite believe it all really happened!”</p> <p>The cricket ball thankfully was caught at the last minute as it flew towards her Majesty’s head, and she has lived to tell the tale.</p>

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Booted Jacqui Lambie admits struggles: "Living on Vegemite toast"

<p>Controversial Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie, has revealed the struggles she faced after being booted from Parliament.</p> <p>Lambie – who made a stunning comeback after being re-elected in last week’s federal election – shared how she was forced to live off $150 a week after being kicked out of Parliament in 2017 for being a dual citizen.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>The New Daily</em></a>, Lambie said the sudden unemployment left her with nothing and that she survived by munching on Vegemite toast.</p> <p>After falling behind on her mortgage payments, Lambie decided to take part in reality show,<span> </span><em>I’m</em> <em>A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here</em> to help pay for her political campaign.</p> <p>According to her, she only made $20,000 a year from media appearances and public speaking. Out of that income, she attempted to pay for groceries and home repayments of $1000 a month.</p> <p>“I just had to do it. No new clothes. No make up. I just did it. I had friends who cut their own meat, and (have) veggie gardens. They were giving back,” she said.</p> <p>“You just do it. I was not prepared to go back on the dole queue.</p> <p>“I don’t run around in Armani, sweetie.”</p> <p>In 2017, Lambie outed herself as a dual citizen, forcing her departure from Parliament.</p> <p>“There was no pay out. Because we were imposters. It was just walk out and you’re finished,” she said.</p> <p>After being re-elected in Tasmania, Lambie will now earn a cool $200,000 a year. Out of that hefty amount, she plans on devoting $1500 a month to putting a stranger through drug rehabilitation – a cause that’s close to her heart as her own son fought an ice addiction.</p> <p>Talking about son Dylan, the 48-year-old said, “That was four years ago now. He’s holding down a good job and all the rest. He gets tested where he is for drugs.”</p> <p>“I just like to give back. My son spent 18 months in long-term rehab and now I want to sponsor someone again.</p> <p>“It’s long-term rehab – $1500 a month. Soon as I get paid, I was talking to them yesterday, I will sponsor someone again.”</p> <p>And regarding her love life? Lambie says there’s nothing to look forward to.</p> <p>“Mate, I was broke, I was unemployed, I don’t think that’s very attractive to blokes,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s been a while now. It’s been about 15 years.”</p>

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Meet Anthony Albanese’s former wife Carmel Tebbutt

<p>Anthony Albanese is a name people all over Australia have only just become well acquainted with over the last few days and weeks.</p> <p>The 56-year-old MP for Grayndler in Sydney’s west might just be our next Labor leader and perhaps eventually our next Prime Minister.</p> <p>Just this week, the minister announced his intention to run for the Labor leadership following what some would consider a shocking turn of events at the last federal election.</p> <p>However, the public are not well aware of his personal life – including his marriage to Carmel Tebbutt.</p> <p>In January 2019, Albanese released a short statement announcing the separation between him and his former wife.</p> <p>“I am deeply saddened that my relationship of over 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation,” he wrote.</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; 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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/Bnpt0G7hZXR/" target="_blank">A post shared by Anthony Albanese (@albomp)</a> on Sep 12, 2018 at 8:49pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“We will continue to share parenting responsibilities of our 18-year-old son Nathan, who has successfully completed his HSC and has developed into an outstanding young man who we are both proud of.</p> <p>“There are no third parties involved.”</p> <p>Anthony and Carmel both met in the late 1980s and were once hailed a power couple as they rose through the ranks of federal and state politics by each other’s side.</p> <p>“My special thanks go to my partner and best friend, Carmel Tebbutt, for her constant support, advice and outstanding political judgement,” Mr Albanese said in his maiden speech as the Federal Member for Grayndler.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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Duchess Kate just broke a BIG rule with the Queen

<p>There are certain royal traditions royal family members must abide by when it comes to interacting with the Queen, and the Duchess of Cambridge has broken a big one.</p> <p>On Monday, Duchess Kate was joined by the Queen and other royal family members, including her husband in support for a project she had been working on for a number of months, her Back to Nature garden.</p> <p>While the royal gave a grand tour of the incredible displays and pointed out key features of each garden, the grandmother-in-law smiled and nodded in approval.</p> <p>But before the quick journey around the Chelsea Flower Show began, Duchess Kate made a grand gesture of kissing her grandmother-in-law on both cheeks, followed by a quick curtsy.</p> <p>The moment, albeit a sweet one, is a big no in the world of the British royals.</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/BxsUAe7hEYo/" 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/BxsUAe7hEYo/" target="_blank">A post shared by Catherine Duchess Of Cambridge (@katemiddleton_kurdistan)</a> on May 20, 2019 at 10:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The tradition goes, all women in the royal family are required to curtsy before the Queen – and although it may seem minor, Duchess Kate’s quick decision to greet her esteemed family member with a royal kiss instead tells a bigger story about the dynamics of their relationship.</p> <p>For the mother-of-three to be able to address Her Majesty with such an informal greeting spells a massive tick of approval.</p> <p>Although it is a minuscule moment, one the Duchess may have gotten mixed up whilst in a public setting, it is more likely she is comfortable enough with the Queen to know her place – after all, image matters deeply to the royal family.</p> <p>This is not the first time Queen Elizabeth has showed her delight and approval towards the 37-year-old Duchess.</p> <p>In March, Her Majesty and Kate <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/duchess-kate-steps-out-for-her-first-ever-solo-outing-with-the-queen" target="_blank">spent a few hours together for a solo public engagement</a> – one that was not overlooked by royal fans.</p> <p>Further, on April 29, the royal was bestowed with the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/highest-seal-of-approval-the-queen-awards-duchess-kate-with-significant-honour" target="_blank">highest honour a royal can receive from the Queen</a> – the special title as the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.</p> <p>The role is so big, it is the equivalent of being a knight, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8966354/kate-middleton-dame-grand-cross-of-the-royal-victorian-order-queen/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em>.</a></p> <p>Awards of this level are given personally by the Queen as recognition for their services to the Sovereign.</p>

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Blanche d'Alpuget opens up: Bob Hawke was "more than prepared" for death

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Former prime minister Bob Hawke was “more than prepared” for death, his wife Blanche d'Alpuget has revealed.</p> <p>In her first interview since Hawke’s death, d’Alpuget told Leigh Sales on ABC’s <em>7.30</em> that he was ready for the end of his life as he could not “make any further contribution”.</p> <p>The country’s 23rd prime minister died last week at the age of 89.</p> <p>She said, “In fact two days before he died, we had a friend over here, a very old friend, and he said, ‘Well, it’s not long now. It’s very soon.’</p> <p>“He said to me, ‘I can’t make any further contribution. I’ve got no contribution to make now.’ Which was one of the reasons he wanted to die because he thought of his life as contributing to society.”</p> <p>d’Alpuget revealed that the former Labor leader did not vote in the federal election before he died. “He decided he wasn’t going to postal vote,” she said. “He was going to go up in his wheelchair and vote, but he didn’t get there.”</p> <p>Given Labor’s shocking loss, she said it was “probably a good thing that he died when he did”.</p> <p>She said while the final year of Hawke’s life was difficult, it was also “one of the best times of our lives”.</p> <p>d’Alpuget shared that being her husband’s carer gave her a new perspective on their relationship. </p> <p>“We often said to each other, we’ve been blessed to have this period together,” she said.</p> <p>“We had the joy of mature love and then the love of old age.</p> <p>“People don’t realise — now I really am not going to cry — how wonderful it can be to look after somebody you love when they’re old and dying.</p> <p>“There’s a great deal of intimacy. There, there are no secrets, there are no pretenses. You’re getting the true human being on both sides.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/leighsales?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@leighsales</a>: How do you think the love of old age does differs to young love? Because people don't talk about this very often.<br />Blanche: There's a great deal of softness. There's a great deal of intimacy. There are no secrets, there are no pretenses. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abc730</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/5wUgkJqqqx">pic.twitter.com/5wUgkJqqqx</a></p> — abc730 (@abc730) <a href="https://twitter.com/abc730/status/1131492716150263809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>When discussing Hawke’s public achievements, d’Alpuget said her husband was most proud of his role in helping end apartheid, ban mining on Antarctica and the release of Nelson Mandela.</p> <p>The rivalry between Hawke and Paul Keating had also dissolved in recent years, d’Alpuget said. “Paul really wanted to come over and see him, it was lovely. And it was great. They sat and they yarned about old times. Paul came a few times.</p> <p>“They always took each other’s phone calls, where there were party issues to discuss. So it wasn’t as the press presented this. It wasn’t at all like that.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Statement from Blanche d’Alpuget on Bob Hawke’s passing. <a href="https://t.co/oA39fxzZNT">pic.twitter.com/oA39fxzZNT</a></p> — Craig Emerson (@DrCraigEmerson) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrCraigEmerson/status/1128959806105014272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>d’Alpuget released the statement on Hawke’s death last week. “Bob was dearly loved by his family, and so many friends and colleagues. We will miss him,” she wrote.</p> <p>“The golden bowl is broken.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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$900m pay day: Reg Grundy's "long-lost son" reveals DNA test results

<p>A man who claims to be the long-lost son of Reg Grundy has appeared in court for the first time to claim a part of the late TV mogul’s $900 million fortune.</p> <p>Simon Russell, a former mayor of Bayside in Victoria, has joined the legal battle with Grundy’s widow Joy Chambers-Grundy and estranged daughter Viola La Valette over the division of the estate.</p> <p>The three were present at Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday as Russell’s barrister Nicolas Kirby revealed that the result of the DNA test to prove Grundy’s paternity was “inconclusive”.</p> <p>“Sadly, the fortuitously found biological sample... once tested, yielded insufficient DNA to construct a completed profile,” said Kirby.</p> <p>“So those results came back inconclusive.”</p> <p>Justice Geoff Lindsay asked Kirby why he would not do a test with a biological sample from La Valette. “If they are half brother and sister won’t that not show?”</p> <p>Kirby said they had received expert advice that full or half siblings would provide a “statistical likelihood” that they share a parent, but it would be “a poor substitute” and “not conclusive”.</p> <p>He also said testing La Valette could expose her to the possibility that she is not Grundy’s biological daughter.</p> <p>However, Justice Lindsay said this should not be a reason to rule out having the potential sibling tested. “It may be if there is a positive sibling test that comes up, everyone may agree that Mr Russell is technically a child of the deceased,” he said.</p> <p>Grundy, who created popular TV shows such as <em>Wheel of Fortune, </em><em>Scrabbl</em>e and <em>Neighbours</em>, died in 2016 at the age of 92.</p> <p>La Valette, previously Kim Grundy, commenced legal proceedings the following year disputing her father’s will which made Chambers-Grundy the main beneficiary of his estate.</p> <p>La Valette’s lawyers argued that the will was created when Grundy was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p>This year, Russell became the second plaintiff against Chambers-Grundy. Despite the striking resemblance to the late TV icon, Russell has remained silent about what led him to believe he could be Grundy’s son. “We’ll get some DNA then will go from there, but there’s no story until the DNA turns up,” he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190522lkbqj/did-tv-icon-reg-grundy-have-a-secret-son-dna-results-are-in-20190522" target="_blank"><em>10 News First</em></a> outside the court.</p>

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“Could you explain that for me?” Waleed Aly grills Anthony Albanese on climate change and Adani coal mine

<p>Labor’s potential new leader Anthony Albanese has deflected a question about how his party will reconcile its climate change policy with coal mining jobs.</p> <p>The Labor Party lost the federal election after its primary support in Queensland dropped to just 27.4 per cent, reaching a record low since 1996 when John Howard defeated Paul Keating.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-19/election-results-how-labor-lost-queensland/11122998" target="_blank">observers</a>, Labor’s inability to negotiate its environmental agenda with its support for the multi-million-dollar Adani coal mine project led voters in key Queensland seats to opt for the LNP for better job security.</p> <p>Albanese, who could run unopposed as the new Labor leader after Chris Bowen left the race, said Labor would have “common sense propositions” under his leadership.</p> <p>“Labor has to stand for jobs, economic growth, good distribution when it comes to social policy and to stand up for the environment and climate change,” he said on<em> </em><em>The Project</em> Wednesday night. “I don't think there's a contradiction between the two things.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheProjectTV%2Fvideos%2F829861854058236%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Host Waleed Aly asked Albanese, “How do you stand up for jobs and the environment if those jobs happen to be in the coal industry?”</p> <p>Albanese dodged the question, saying “good sustainability policy creates jobs”.</p> <p>“Look at the renewable energy target, we introduced a 20 per cent target and that has created many thousands of jobs around Australia,” the frontbencher said.</p> <p>Aly asked whether these jobs would go to coal mine workers, who will presumably lose their jobs as coal production declines.</p> <p>“We have the challenge to explain our position, clearly, we didn't do well enough and we need to engage with our base as well as people who didn't vote for us,” said Albanese.</p> <p>Earlier this month, Albanese slammed the “<a href="https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/they-think-everyone-wants-to-stop-adani-anthony-albanese-slams-left-wing-groupthink-20190509-p51lkn.html">increasingly extreme</a>” groupthink amongst voters that he believes is damaging Australian politics.</p> <p>“There are people in my electorate in the inner west [who] get really angry that I keep getting elected – because the people they speak to, they don’t know anyone who doesn't vote Green,” he said.</p> <p>“They think everyone wants to stop Adani. They think everyone wants particular things. They don’t know where Adani is! They don't! I asked someone the other day and they said, 'It's on the Great Barrier Reef.' Actually, it's not, you know.</p> <p>“The point I made is that not everyone thinks the same on any particular issue, including on this.”</p>

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Why Prince Charles' meeting with Donald Trump could be controversial

<p>On a controversial state visit to the UK next month, US President Donald Trump is going to meet with Prince Charles.</p> <p>Trump and the Prince of Wales could turn the meeting into an awkward one due to a diplomatically awkward exchange over climate change.</p> <p>The pair are expected to meet for afternoon tea at Clarence House, which is the official residence of the Prince and his wife Camilla.</p> <p>A state visit usually guarantees an audience with the Queen but visiting leaders don’t automatically get access to the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>With Prince Charles’ office declining to comment publicly on the meeting or the agenda, there’s no official word from the Palace as to what the royal thinks about the upcoming meeting.</p> <p>However, given Charles’ passionate and lifelong stance on environmentalism and Trump’s well-documented climate change scepticism, it’s likely that the issue is going to be discussed.</p> <p>Prince Charles warned against "potentially catastrophic global warming" in a speech during a tour of the Caribbean in March.</p> <p>"We demand the world's decision-makers take responsibility and solve this crisis," he said.</p> <p>The most likely date for the afternoon tea between Trump and Prince Charles is June 3, which is the first day of the US President’s visit.</p> <p>According to tradition, a state banquet is hosted by Queen Elizabeth and will take place on the first evening.</p> <p>However, whether or not Charles even brings up the issue with politics isn’t certain. He recently promised in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/08/uk/prince-charles-on-becoming-king-bbc-documentary-intl/index.html" target="_blank">BBC documentary</a> to not meddle in matters of public debate.</p> <p>"You know I've tried to make sure whatever I've done has been nonparty political, but I think it's vital to remember there's only room for one sovereign at a time, not two. So, you can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir," said Charles.</p> <p>"But the idea somehow that I'm going to go on exactly the same way if I have to succeed is complete nonsense because the two ... the two situations are completely different. You only have to look at Shakespeare plays, 'Henry V' or 'Henry IV, Part 1 and 2,' to see the change that can take place – because if you become the sovereign, then you play the role in the way that it is expected," he said.</p> <p>"So, clearly ... I won't be able to do the same things I've done, you know, as heir, so of course you operate within the ... the constitutional parameters. But it's a different function."</p> <p>This is, of course, once he takes on the role of the monarch. As he’s still a Prince, he’s going to give his opinion as freely as he already has been.</p>

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5 ways to stay safe on a cruise

<p> </p> <p><strong>1. Drink responsibly</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alcohol can make it hard to think clearly and despite wanting to have fun on your holiday, it is important to know your limits. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is plenty of alcohol onboard and it can be easy to get carried away, so stay mindful of how much you are consuming. </span></p> <p><strong>2. Use your safe</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your safe is not just an object that takes up necessary room in your stateroom – they are there for a reason. You can fit jewellery, important paperwork, electronic devices and other valuable items in your cabin safe. As trustworthy as your cabin stewards may seem, don’t take risks. </span></p> <p><strong>3. Get to know your steward</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ask his or her name and be kind to your steward, they can be a friend in scary situations where you might be lost or in danger. They will also notice if someone is trying to get into your room. </span></p> <p><strong>4. Don’t carry large amounts of cash</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is no real reason to bring large amounts of cash onboard – even if you are gambling. All onboard transactions can be carried within your room key as a credit card. When you are going to get off the ship on a port day, don’t advertise any cash you take with you. Keep any money on you in a money belt attached to your body. </span></p> <p><strong>5. Pay attention at the muster drill</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before your vacation begins and the real fun starts, it is mandatory for every passenger to attend a muster drill. This is where passengers will get an idea of where their muster station is, how to wear a life jacket and what the alarms mean if they ever sound off. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even if you have heard the drill a thousand times, pay attention because it could come in handy.</span></p>

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Passenger’s “disgusting” find in airport bread roll

<p>A traveller was left disgusted after finding two “weird looking” flies squished into his breakfast roll.</p> <p>The bagel was bought at Terminal 1 inside Dublin Airport by Martin Warde, an Irish comedian.</p> <p>Mr Warde was rushing to catch a bus, and when he opened his meal he was met with a startling discovery.</p> <p>“Just bought this breakfast roll in the shop at terminal 1 at @DublinAirport,” the comedian wrote in a post to social media.</p> <p>“Why are there two weird looking insects stuck to it? F***ing disgusting.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just bought this breakfast roll in the shop at terminal 1 at <a href="https://twitter.com/DublinAirport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DublinAirport</a> <br />Why are there two weird looking insects stuck to it? F**king disgusting. <a href="https://t.co/sIipugNtKL">pic.twitter.com/sIipugNtKL</a></p> — Martin Beanz Warde (@martinbeanz) <a href="https://twitter.com/martinbeanz/status/1130026970413240320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>When asked if he took the roll back to be replaced or refunded, he explained: “I was rushing to get the 9.15 am citylink (bus) to Galway and I was buying it at 9.13am.</p> <p>“I rushed to the bus before opening the packet.”</p> <p>While social media users were disgusted by the discovery, many reacted with humour.</p> <p>“Free extra protein,” one person wrote.</p> <p>Another comment read: “It’s one of your five a day.”</p> <p>A user guessed the bugs ended up on the bagel because “someone used the bread roll to whack the flies dead as they walked along the countertop.”</p> <p>Mr Warde later kidded, saying that he “ate them” as he was on a “protein rich diet.”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the Dublin Airport told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/9127773/tourist-bugs-breakfast-roll-dublin-airport/" target="_blank">The Sun</a> they had apologised for the “unacceptable experience that he had at one of the food outlets here.”</p> <p>“We have raised the issue with the company that operates the outlet in question, and it has also apologised to Mr Warde directly.</p> <p>“The company has confirmed that the issue did not arise within its Dublin Airport outlet, as its bread rolls are sourced externally.</p> <p>“The company is investigating this incident with its supplier and will report back to Mr Warde and to Dublin Airport officials in due course.”</p>

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5 genius packing tips from flight attendants

<p>Taking the time to plan what to pack before you fly can save you time, money and hassle. “How many times do you pack a lot of stuff, but never wear half of it?” asks flight attendant Michele Radon. “Lay it out before you pack it. You may find that you’ll be able to wear a pair of pants with two different tops.”<br /> <br />It’s also OK to wear the same thing twice, adds flight attendant Abagail Valencia. When it comes to handbags and dress shoes, choose just one and wear your bulkiest items such as coats, suit jackets and boots, when you travel. Mix and match your go-to travel outfits. A favourite top, blazer and tailored pants can be mixed and matched for both casual and unexpected dressier occasions. The following useful tips will help make your next trip a breeze.</p> <p><strong>1. Pack “double duty” clothes</strong></p> <p>If you want to travel light, simplify your travel wardrobe to include items that can serve more than one purpose. A comfortable jumper or pashmina wrap, for example, is essential, says Radon. Airlines don’t always give out blankets, so you can use it as a blanket or a ‘pillow’ when on the plane and then wear it.<br /> <br />Pack one pair of jeans and one pair of black pants that can be dressed up or down, suggests Valencia. A couple of T-shirts is all you need for casual wear, and one dressy shirt will suffice when going out at night, she says. If you need dressier attire, add a black dress, scarf and heels, while a smart blazer should work for men.</p> <p><strong>2. Streamline your toiletries bag</strong></p> <p>When travelling light, streamline your getting-ready routine, explains flight attendant Jane Frilicci. If you’re not dedicated to a certain brand, just use the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion the hotel supplies and use the hotel’s hairdryer. Be careful of taking bulky glass aftershave and perfume which can break or is not allowed in hand luggage on international trips. Consider using up sample size atomisers or refillable sprays, roll or cream perfume instead.<br /> <br />Take the opportunity to use up those sample size products you’ve been storing or fill your favourite product in travel size storage. If you’re going to a remote place or a resort area, prices may be high and you may not be able to buy whatever you need, so taking enough to last the trip makes sense. Frilicci recommends getting a clear travel bag so you can see all of your toiletries when going through security and on your trip.</p> <p><strong>3. Compress and protect</strong></p> <p>Bulky items such as puffy coats for colder destinations that take up a lot of room in your suitcase can be managed by using compression cubes. If you have to travel with bulky items, compression space bags can easily compress your clothes, says Valencia. They save room in your suitcase and protect your items from dirt, moisture, odours and allergens.</p> <p><strong>4. Keep kids occupied and other passengers happy</strong></p> <p>Parents need to be prepared when travelling with kids, says Frilicci. “People get bent out of shape when there is a screaming kid, especially when they’re trying to sleep.”<br /> <br />To keep kids and passengers happy, Frilicci suggests packing a new toy, not an old one. Some parents make gift bags for the passengers seated next to them – including packaged sweets, earplugs and a note that says something like “Hi, I’m Jake, I’m three months old, and I’m not the best traveller so you might hear my loud voice.”</p> <p><strong>5. Keep useful items in your carry-on bag</strong></p> <p>“Keep a separate carry-on bag with all of your essentials that you need to access during the flight – things such as a toothbrush, make-up, passport and a pen,” Frilicci says.</p> <p><em>Written by Kim Fredericks. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/flights/8-genius-packing-tips-flight-attendants"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Visit the Game of Thrones shoot locations and relive your favourite episodes

<p>After almost a decade of captivating audiences, Game of Thrones has finally come to an end for TV viewers. But if you still want your GoT fix, visiting one of the show’s filming locations may be the next best thing.</p> <p>Bursting onto the small screen in 2011, Game of Thrones was quick to garner critical acclaim and be catapulted into cult-like TV status. As well as launching its actors into the public eye, Game of Thrones also helped propel its filming locations into the travel hotspot stratosphere. With shot locations as diverse as Croatia, Iceland, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Northern Ireland and Scotland, travellers have the opportunity to enter the world of fire and ice as envisioned by George R.R. Martin. With the show’s final season now ended, you can begin your own pilgrimage to one (or all) of these majestic destinations and set out on your own quest for the Iron Throne.</p> <p><strong>Croatia</strong></p> <p>King’s Landing’s real-world location can be found within the mediaeval walls of <a href="https://www.webjet.com.au/cheap-flights/dubrovnik/">Dubrovnik</a>, a coastal city in the south of <a href="https://www.webjet.com.au/flights/croatia/">Croatia</a>. The city’s 16th-century Old Town is used for all King’s Landing exterior shots and is encircled by a three-kilometre ring of defensive limestone walls. Croatia has been used as the King’s Landing filming location since the second season and provides the setting for some of the show’s biggest plot points.<br /> <br />Lovrijenac Fortress is the backdrop for The Red Keep, the palace of King’s Landing occupied by the Lannisters. This limestone fortress is located just outside the western wall of Dubrovnik and stands 37 metres above sea level. The fort overshadows the two entrances to the city, by sea and by land, and sets the scene for the spectacular Battle of Blackwater Bay. The inner streets of Old Town have also played a part in bringing some major scenes from the books to life.<br /> Jesuit Staircase</p> <p>Head to the famous Jesuit Staircase to see where Cersei took her ‘walk of shame’ along St Dominic Street. This same street is also used in many of the series’ market scenes and was the spot where the gold cloaks killed one of Robert Baratheon’s biological children.<br /> Pile Bay, Bokar Fortress and Trsteno Arboretum</p> <p>Be sure to visit Pile Bay on your trip to Dubrovnik. Pile Bay most notably hosts the disturbing scene of the slaying of Robert Baratheon’s bastards from season two. Moving outwards from Pile sits the Bokar Fortress. The Bokar Fortress is one of the most recognisable structures in both Dubrovnik and Game of Thrones, in which this beautiful mediaeval construction features heavily in seasons two and three. The fortress hosts the scene where Varys discusses Tyrion’s work as the Hand of the King, as well as the deliberation of key battle strategies in the defeat of Stanis Baratheon’s army.<br /> <br />Moving out of the city of Dubrovnik, be sure to visit Trsteno Arboretum. This luscious garden which is positioned only 20 minutes’ drive outside of the city was built in the late 15th century, offering visitors panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. The majority of the palace garden scenes that take place in the show are filmed in Trsteno Arboretum.</p> <p><strong>Diocletian’s Palace and Fortress of Klis</strong></p> <p>Another filming location worth noting is Diocletian’s Palace in the Croatian seaside city of <a href="https://www.webjet.com.au/flights/split/">Split</a>. The palace was constructed in the 4th century by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This UNESCO World Heritage Site received modern fame for being the setting for where Daenerys trained her dragons and where the ‘kill the masters’ scene in season four took place. While in the region be sure to visit the grand mediaeval Fortress of Klis which is only a 30-minute drive north of Split. This dominant structure features heavily in season four and is the location in which Daenerys overthrows the Meereen, the greatest of the three great city-states of Slaver's Bay. The Fortress of Klis was built in the 3rd century into and on top of an isolated body of rock. The fortress is completely inaccessible from three sides and offers visitors panoramic views of Split and the Adriatic Sea.</p> <p><strong>Iceland</strong></p> <p>A trip to Iceland on a Game of Thrones filming expedition wouldn’t be complete without visiting Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Skogafoss. This breathtaking cascade of water is a national icon, a representation of just how picturesque and powerful the Icelandic landscape can be. As dramatic as the series, Skogafoss spews an enormous amount of water into the depths below. The waterfall features in the first episode of season eight where Daenerys and Jon Snow ride the dragons and perch next to a series of ice-covered waterfalls.<br /> <br />What other location in the world could play the part of The Wall as perfectly as <a href="https://www.webjet.com.au/flights/iceland/">Iceland</a>? Large glaciers in Snæfellsjökull, Svinafellsjökull and the hills of Höfðabrekkuheiði have been used to depict the Fist of the First Men and the Frostfang Mountains. Visit Dimmuborgir, a lava field with interestingly shaped rocks and great significance in Icelandic folklore and find yourself in the spot where Jon Snow and the Wildlings set up camp. Thingvellir National Park was also used for many of the exterior scenes beyond The Wall, and, during the warmer months, for Arya and The Hound’s travels in season four.<br /> <br />On your trip north of The Wall be sure to visit Hengilssvæðið to truly experience the rugged and confronting terrain that Iceland provided in the making of the series. Located a 30-minute drive from the capital (Reykjavik), the Hengill area was the filming location for the face-off between Brienne of Tarr and the Hound in season four, episode 10.<br /> <br />Moving further east of Reykjavik, the Þjórsárdalur Valley is a must see on every Game of Thrones diehard wishlist. It is here where the ransacking and destruction of Olly’s village in season four-episode three takes place. Olly is left as the lone survivor, leaving everyone and everything in his village dead and destroyed behind.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/destinations/visit-game-thrones-shoot-locations-and-relive-your-favourite-episodes"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Food authority issues urgent recall on popular Woolworths item

<p>A popular chicken item has been recalled after it was found to contain potential choking risks.</p> <p>Those who have purchased Ingham’s Sweet Chilli Chicken Kiev from Woolworths have been advised to not consume the food item.</p> <p>The warning comes from the NSW Food Authority as they claim the chicken may carry a potential contamination risk, as a foreign substance, identified as blue rubber, was discovered in the meat.</p> <p>“The presence of foreign materials presents a potential choking hazard,” it warned.</p> <p>The recall is only applicable on products purchased from the deli counter in Woolworths stores in NSW, QLD, VIC, WA and metropolitan stores in VIC, from Sunday May 19 to Tuesday May 21.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/recall?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#recall</a>: Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of Sweet Chilli Chicken Kiev. The recall only applies to product purchased from the deli counter in Woolworths stores in NSW, QLD, VIC, WA and Metro stores in VIC only on 19, 20 and 21 May 2019. <a href="https://t.co/74sAWJ7fhh">https://t.co/74sAWJ7fhh</a> <a href="https://t.co/fg0T1QPMum">pic.twitter.com/fg0T1QPMum</a></p> — NSW Food Authority (@NSWFoodAuth) <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWFoodAuth/status/1131347077416574979?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The recall does not affect chicken that was purchased outside of these dates.</p> <p>The item affected is the deli cuts of Ingham’s Sweet Chilli Chicken Kiev, 150g per kilogram, which would come wrapped in paper and ticketed.</p> <p>The Food Authority has recommended those with the affected item to return to their nearest Woolworths deli counter for a full refund.</p> <p>If purchased from a freezer or chiller case, the recall does not apply.</p> <p>For more information contact Ingham’s on 1800 785 940 or visit,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.inghams.com.au/" target="_blank">www.inghams.com.au</a>.</p>

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The world's sexiest accent has been revealed

<p><span>When it comes to accents, is Aussie among the world’s sexiest? Apparently so, according to a new global survey.</span></p> <p><span>Travel media company Big 7 Travel polled its readers across the globe on the world’s sexiest accent – and an unexpected candidate has come out on top of the list. </span></p> <p><span>The “outrageously charming” New Zealand has taken the crown as the world’s sexiest accent, beating out other accents from over 7,000 languages.</span></p> <p><span>“The ‘Newzild’ dialect is outrageously charming. The sexiest accent in the world? It’s official,” said the website.</span></p> <p><span>“To a novice ear, the New Zealand accent might sound just like the Australian accent.”</span></p> <p><span>Despite this, Australian only came in fifth. “Pronouncing words long and slow – and often skipping the ends of them completely – is a real turn on apparently.”</span></p> <p><span>Other accents that made the top ten were South African, Irish, Italian, Scottish, French, Spanish, South USA and Brazilian Portuguese.</span></p> <p><span>Different variations of the British accent also made the top 50, including Queen’s English at number 12, Mancunian at #18, Geordie at #41 and Welsh at #45.</span></p> <p><span>A number of American accents were also found to be popular, with the Boston accent taking the 28<sup>th</sup> spot and the “fast and hypernasal” New York coming in at number 44.</span></p> <p><span>See the full list of the top 50 sexiest accents <a href="https://bigseventravel.com/2019/04/worlds-sexiest-accent/">here</a>.</span></p>

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"You can't cheat then?" Queen Elizabeth's hilarious reaction to self-serve checkouts

<p>Queen Elizabeth has popped into a supermarket and learnt how to use self-serve counters to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the British high street chain Sainsbury’s.</p> <p>The Queen went to London’s Covent Garden to visit a pop-up replica of the original Sainsbury’s store, which was founded in 1869 and sold just three items – butter, eggs and milk.</p> <p>She was greeted by Lord John Sainsbury, the great grandson of the supermarket chain’s founder John James Sainsbury, who showed her around and gave her an overview of the supermarket’s history and the popular trends among customers.</p> <p>“Tastes have changed,” she said when she was told how the average basket’s content shifted from porridge and orange during the war years to avocados and ready-made meals today.</p> <p>The 93-year-old monarch was also introduced to modern technology used in stores, such as self-service checkout and mobile phone payments.</p> <p>“And you can’t trick it? You can’t cheat then?” she asked during a demonstration.</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/BxxKPvgHQaO/" 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/BxxKPvgHQaO/" target="_blank">Today, The Queen was taken back in time to Sainsbury’s stores from the past to celebrate the British retail chain’s 150th anniversary. The pop-up experience in London’s Covent Garden included a recreation of the very first store, founded by John James and Mary Ann Sainsbury on London’s Drury Lane in May 1869. It sold just butter, milk and eggs. Sainsbury’s 150th anniversary celebrations focus on the colleagues and customers who have helped shape the business over the years. Her Majesty met employees who have been involved in fundraising and volunteering in their local communities, and explored some of the technology which customers use today, including self-service tills. In the first image The Queen views a ration pack as presented by Lord and Lady Sainsbury and learns more about the work which was done with the government to develop the rationing process when goods were in short supply during the Second World War.</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/theroyalfamily/" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on May 22, 2019 at 7:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When manager Damien Corcoran said the self-service counter is particularly popular amongst shoppers, she responded, “I’m sure they do – everybody wants to hurry.”</p> <p>The Queen also met Sainsbury’s employees who dressed up as store clerks from the era of the supermarket’s first store.</p> <p>She concluded the visit by cutting a birthday cake baked by Claire Ptak, who also created Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s wedding cake.</p>

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6 ways to keep your pet healthy

<p>What’s the difference between pets and children? Aside from no university or orthodontics fees, children eventually move out. Eventually.</p> <p>Pets, however, are a lifelong commitment. Yes, they require work and a cast-iron stomach when it comes to refuse collection, but the rewards far outweigh the drawbacks.</p> <p>To make this relationship last as long as possible, there are a few simple strategies to follow.</p> <p><strong>1. Vaccinations</strong></p> <p>Think of these as the equivalent of a prostate check. They come around quicker than you might expect but are necessary. As with so many other areas of medical science, veterinary medicine has advanced exponentially in recent decades and many of the potentially fatal illnesses can now be guarded against.</p> <p>However, these inoculations can’t be downloaded, so ask your vet to send you a reminder when the jabs are due and do the animal you love a favour.</p> <p>While we’re on the topic of medication, stay on top heartworm, flea and tick medications every three months. Look for brands including Comfortis, NexGard and Sentinel.</p> <p>Do your pets and family a favour and make sure they are vaccinated.</p> <p><strong>2. The right food</strong></p> <p>Just as your nutritional needs have changed with age, so too has that of your pet.</p> <p>Food companies with dedicated puppy/kitten, adult and senior ranges are not merely engaging in creative marketing. Science Diet Original Active Longevity, for example, includes glucosamine for healthy joints.</p> <p><strong>3. Exercise</strong></p> <p>Remember how you could chow down on burgers and still maintain a whippet’s silhouette? Now you’re more a Saint Bernard. That’s a slowing a metabolism for you and the pooch or moggy is going through exactly the same thing as the calendar pages tick over.</p> <p>Obesity can pose major health hazards (for both of you) and getting moving is key. If you have a cat, make time for play with toys that will keep them leaping and pouncing.</p> <p>For dogs, walks are mandatory. Twenty minutes a day will do you both the world of good. As will a romp in an off-leash park. The hound will enjoy it too.</p> <p>Make sure your pet gets a good night's sleep - it's far more adorable than being woken up in the early hours</p> <p><strong>4. Bedding</strong></p> <p>Prepare your “back in my day” stories now because there are animal beds on the market that run four figures plus. Clearly, these are not necessary.</p> <p>What is necessary is enough firm support for the spine and joints, a removable cover that can (and must) be washed regularly to get rid of fleas and ticks and a blanket to snuggle into.</p> <p>This last element is especially important with older animals in winter as age affects their body’s ability to regulate temperature.</p> <p><strong>5. Insurance</strong></p> <p>Imagine for a moment that your beloved pet needs a major operation – one costing the same as a second-hand hatchback. Now imagine not being able to afford the fee and having to see the animal in pain. Or worse. The sting of a monthly fee is nothing compared to the alternative.</p> <p>The fact is that at some point, the animal will need substantial medical care and on that day, you will be glad you had pet insurance.</p> <p>As with anything that comes with fine print, pop on those bifocals, read it carefully and ensure you’re across what’s included and what’s not.</p> <p><strong>6. Toys</strong></p> <p>At first glance, this may seem like an extravagance but hear us out. Just like their human counterparts, animals get bored and anxious. Especially if left alone for extended periods. This can result in furniture-chewing, cushion-shredding boredom or clingy neurosis. Neither of which are much fun.</p> <p>A shifting roster of toys will curb both behaviours by focussing attention elsewhere. Especially if they have treats secreted inside them which take some work to retrieve.</p>

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Why you should date your best friend

<p>Being someone’s BFF is a big deal – you don’t hand over the other half of your “Best Friends” necklace to just anyone. Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect. With your BFF as your romantic partner, you get the best of both worlds, someone with whom you can laugh, share your life and cuddle. When you look at seemingly happy celebrity couples like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, or Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, not only do they appear to be in love, but they also seem to genuinely enjoy hanging out together.</p> <p>How many people feel as though they have attained that type of ideal? And do psychologists confirm this new paradigm is a good one to strive for? I enlisted the help of <a href="https://www.monmouth.edu/polling-institute/">Monmouth University Polling Institute</a> to investigate.</p> <p><strong>How many have two-in-one relationships?</strong></p> <p>To help figure out how many best-friend couples are out there, we asked 801 adults across the United States the <a href="https://www.monmouth.edu/polling-institute/reports/MonmouthPoll_US_020917/">following question</a>: “Do you consider your partner to be your best friend or do you call somebody else your best friend?”</p> <p><iframe src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/SCoCT/2/" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" width="100%" style="min-height: 415px;" height="400"></iframe></p> <p>Among adults currently in a romantic relationship, the vast majority (83 percent) considered their current partner to be their best friend. For those who are currently married, the rate was even higher. Men and women had similar rates, while younger respondents were slightly less likely than older respondents to view their partner as their best friend.</p> <p>The overall numbers from this recent poll <a href="http://doi.org/10.1177/0265407593103011">dwarf the earlier reported rate of best-friend romantic partners</a>. In a 1993 study, only 44 percent of college students indicated their romantic partner was also their best bud. The difference in best-friend/love rates – almost doubling over the past 20 years – could just be an artifact of the published research’s college student sample.</p> <p>But expectations for modern relationships have evolved in the intervening years. Compared to previous generations, today’s heterosexual men and women are more accustomed to thinking of each other as friends on equal footing, even outside of the romantic realm. Once a romantic couple forms, we’re more likely to look for more <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=O9hBQ_GJ6XYC&amp;pg=PA64&amp;lpg=PA64#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">egalitarian splits of power and divisions of labor</a>. We hold <a href="http://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2014.863723">our relationships to higher standards</a> than we have in previous decades.</p> <p>In particular, couples now expect their relationships to promote personal growth and help individuals fulfill their own goals. For example, your partner should help you become a better person by teaching you new things like how to make the perfect creme brulee, taking you places like the cool new trampoline park and opening your eyes to new perspectives such as the benefits of eating a more vegetarian-based diet. Although this expectation for growth could conceivably place an unwieldy burden on your relationship, researchers believe that <a href="http://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2014.878683">modern relationships are up to the task</a>. In fact, the idea that a relationship can help an individual become a better person, <a href="https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;id=wUcGAQAAQBAJ&amp;oi=fnd&amp;pg=PA90&amp;dq=The+self+expansion+model+of+motivation+and+cognition+in+close+relationships.&amp;ots=Y9AFoA14oe&amp;sig=KEDm0E2v5GYma63XPgJ-bcdwiRw#v=onepage&amp;q=The%20self%20expansion%20model%20of%20motivation%20and%20cognition%20in%20close%20relationships.&amp;f=false">a phenomenon that researchers call self-expansion</a>, is a useful one; relationships that provide more expansion are also of higher quality.</p> <p>In order to hit all these self-improvement targets, you may need more from a spouse or romantic partner than was expected in years past – and a partner who is also your best friend may be a step in the right direction.</p> <p>To see if those who consider their partner their best friend also expect more from them, the Monmouth University Poll asked, “For an ideal relationship, how much should you expect your partner to help you grow and expand as a person?” Our poll results indicated generally high expectations overall, and individuals with best-friend romantic partners expected a bit more from them.</p> <p>Of course, while individuals can expect more, that won’t automatically translate into better results. Think of it this way: Simply because you want more from your job, it doesn’t guarantee you’re going to get what you want.</p> <p><strong>Are best-friend partners better partners?</strong></p> <p>We wanted to see if these best-friend romances were really better. To do that, we asked poll respondents, “How satisfied are you with your current relationship – extremely, very, somewhat, not too, or not at all satisfied?” We then compared those who said their partner was their best friend to those who responded it was someone else.</p> <p><iframe src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/Haw47/1/" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" width="100%" height="225"></iframe></p> <p>Those who considered their partner their best friend were indeed much more satisfied in their relationship than those who didn’t. This finding is consistent with research showing that relationships with more companionate love – based on friendship, feelings of affection, comfort and shared interests – <a href="http://doi.org/10.1177/0265407513515618">last longer</a> and are <a href="http://doi.org/10.1177/0265407594111002">more satisfying</a>. In fact, companionate love is more closely associated with relationship satisfaction <a href="http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-682X.1998.tb00459.x">than is passionate love</a> – the type of romantic love based on intense feelings of attraction and preoccupation with one’s partner.</p> <p>Other research shows that those in <a href="http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6811.1994.tb00066.x">friendship-based love relationships</a> feel they have a highly likable partner, and that shared companionship is an important part of the love. A study of 622 married individuals revealed that those with higher scores on the friendship-based love scale also reported more relationship satisfaction, greater perceived importance of the relationship, greater respect for their spouse, and felt closer to their spouse. More recently, across two studies with nearly 400 participants in relationships, those who place <a href="http://doi.org/10.1177/0265407512453009">more value on the friendship aspect</a> of their relationship also report more commitment, more love and greater sexual gratification. In addition, valuing friendship also decreased the chances of the couple breaking up. Best-friend love is starting to sound better and better.</p> <p>All of these benefits are backed up by accounts from a special type of relationship expert: <a href="http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/49838503/marriages-made-last">couples who’ve been happily married for over 15 years</a>. When researchers asked over 350 of these couples about their secret to relationship success and longevity, what was the number one reason? Simple: their partner was their best friend. The second most common response was liking their spouse as a person, another key facet of friendship-based love.</p> <p><strong>Why are best-friend partners so beneficial?</strong></p> <p>These findings demonstrating the benefits of dating or marrying your best friend make perfect sense when you consider the <a href="http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00173.x">type of relationship best friends share</a>. Friends enjoy spending time together, share similar interests, take care of each other, trust each other and feel a lasting bond between them. It isn’t a coincidence that these all happen to be <a href="http://doi.org/10.1177/0265407507081451">qualities that also define successful intimate relationships</a>.</p> <p>By recognizing the parallels between best friends and romantic partners, you can benefit from holding both types of relationships to the same standards. All too often it seems individuals are overly forgiving of a relationship partner’s bad behavior, when they would never accept similar behaviors from a friend. For example, if your friend was mean, rude, perpetually grumpy, nagging, dishonest, argumentative, emotionally unstable, ignored your texts, called you names or didn’t want to have meaningful conversations with you, would you still want to be friends? If not, it’s fair to hold similar expectations for your romantic partner. Take the time to find a romantic partner who truly is your best friend.</p> <p>To be clear, the argument here isn’t that you should try to convert an existing best friend into a romantic partner. You may not want to run the risk of compromising that friendship, anyway. Rather, the data here point out the importance of your romantic partner also being one of your best friends.</p> <p>Ultimately, the best way to have true love forever may be to be best friends forever first.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Tying the knot again? Fergie sends fans into a frenzy with wedding post

<p>It’s the rumour that keeps making the rounds, and it’s back once again.</p> <p>After the Duchess of York, also known as “Fergie ”, took to Twitter to post a photo of herself standing alongside a beautiful lace wedding dress, fans began to speculate whether she was remarrying Prince Andrew.</p> <p>The caption read: “I visited the pop-up boutique of @brides_do_good @bicesterVillage and was moved by their mission.</p> <p>“Brides do Good is a social enterprise that sells designer wedding dresses and donates up to two thirds of the proceeds to projects that provide safe education for girls.</p> <p>“Their vision is a world without child marriage #bicestervillage.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I visited the pop-up boutique of <a href="https://twitter.com/BridesDoGood?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BridesDoGood</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/bicestervillage?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bicestervillage</a> and was moved by their mission. Brides do Good is a social enterprise that sells designer wedding dresses and donates up to two thirds of the proceeds to projects that provide safe education for girls <a href="https://t.co/WhXuOHid9B">pic.twitter.com/WhXuOHid9B</a></p> — Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahTheDuchess/status/1129657046415138816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite the post having a clear purpose, royal fans couldn’t help but question the true intention behind the tweet.</p> <p>“Thought you might be tying the knot again for a second,” said one user.</p> <p>“Andrew will love seeing you walking towards him again in that dress,” wrote another.</p> <p>“Wishing you and the Duke of York will remarry soon, you’re such a great couple to watch, still very close after being divorced for decades,” commented a fan.</p> <p>“Sarah get remarried to your Prince and then you can buy a dress,” said another.</p> <p>The former couple have remained extremely close to one another despite their divorce, and also attend many events together.</p> <p>Fergie once told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a><span> </span>that they are the “happiest divorced couple in the world.”</p> <p>After separating in 1992 and divorcing in 1996, the couple still remain living together.</p>

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Bye bye Big W: Department store announces major decision

<p>All Big W Optical stores are closing their doors for good by June 30. Customers nationwide are no longer able to book an optometrist appointment online, but some local stores are still taking phone bookings until Friday, the 7th of June.</p> <p>Big W have expressed their sadness in a statement, saying to <a rel="noopener" href="https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190521axhng/big-w-to-shut-down-all-optical-practices-20190522" target="_blank">10 Daily</a>: </p> <p>"We apologise for any inconvenience and would like to take this opportunity to thank you kindly for your support as a valued optical customer," Big W said in a statement.</p> <p>The decision to close stores nationwide will impact 175 employees across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. The impacted employees include optometrists, managers, dispensers and sales staff.</p> <p>A small number of staff will be moved to a different department within the Woolworths Group, who own Big W, whereas others are expected to accept redundancies.</p> <p>The announcement of the optical Big W stores comes just weeks after the Woolworths Group earmarked dozens of stores for closure.</p> <p>At least 30 stores will close over the next three years, including two distribution centres.</p> <p>"They are the most economically-challenged stores in the network from a productivity perspective and have the highest underlying rent costs," Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said at the time.</p>

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Tony Abbott set to receive hefty "pay rise" after losing the election

<p>Former prime minister Tony Abbott may have lost his seat in the latest federal election, but he is set to leave the government with a major pay rise.</p> <p>After serving his electorate for 25 years, Abbott lost the Sydney seat of Warringah to independent candidate Zali Steggall in Saturday’s election.</p> <p>However, the former Coalition leader will leave politics with a hefty pension of nearly $300,000 this year – significantly higher than the $207,100 pay he received as a backbencher.</p> <p>This amount is also going to <a href="https://williamsummers.blog/2019/05/20/tony-abbott-set-to-enjoy-296000-pension/">appreciate in value</a> to follow any increases in the salaries of the sitting MPs, according to researcher William Summers.</p> <p>As Abbott was elected before 2004, he became a part of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme. This made Abbott eligible to earn a percentage of the wage based on the years served – in his case, 75 per cent.</p> <p>Abbott’s various official roles during his time in office – such as Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the House – also added on to his salary.</p> <p>Combined together, this led to a sum of $295,720 in pension for the 2018/19 period.</p> <p>“The key reason for why they're so large, is that these pre-2004 pensions are linked to current MPs' salaries, not the salaries that they retired on,” Summers told SBS’ <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/tony-abbott-s-pension-will-be-bigger-than-his-mp-paycheck-here-s-why" target="_blank">The Feed</a>.</em></p> <p>“The only way it could go down is if MP salaries went down and that is very, very unlikely.”</p> <p>Summers said based on current calculations, the pre-2004 pension scheme afforded to politicians is set to cost taxpayers $43.7 million this year. This number will peak in 2035 at $59.3 million before falling off as the pension holders die out.</p> <p>Abbott will also benefit from Life Gold Travel Pass, which allows former parliamentarians to gain 10 free return airfares within Australia each year for life. After the benefit got scrapped in 2017, it is now only available to politicians elected before 2012.</p> <p>Abbott’s next career move is yet to be confirmed, but his backers have urged the Coalition government to give the former MP a public role in his post-parliamentary life.</p> <p>Liberal MP Craig Kelly said Abbott could be an ambassador to the United States to replace Joe Hockey, who is set to vacate the role next year. “As an ex-prime minister, he should be given a range of options to see how he can best use his skills and talents,” said Kelly.</p>

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Research reveals the hidden “tax” on Aussie staples

<p><span>A hidden “tax” has affected 50 per cent of Aussie shoppers, as they get charged more for everyday staples for no good reason.</span></p> <p><span>A new research by AMP found that common products sold at Australian supermarkets and retailers are priced at a higher cost when they are targeted at women.</span></p> <p><span>Women were found to pay an average of 29 per cent more than men for razors, 16 per cent more for body wash and 12 per cent more for underwear.</span></p> <p><span>There was also an 11 per cent gender price gap between men’s and women’s shampoo, a nine per cent difference in multivitamins and a five per cent disparity in jeans.</span></p> <p><span>AMP financial adviser Di Charman said while the price differences might seem negligible at a glance, they could add up over a lifetime and affect women’s financial health in the long run.</span></p> <p><span>“Some people might disregard the price difference between [men and women’s] products because it’s only a couple of dollars, but when you look at the differences in percentages, some are quite alarming,” she told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/research-reveals-blatant-gender-tax-added-to-aussie-staples/news-story/8bd48e80c32b2df80cdc72fdd068ba09"><em>news.com.au</em></a>.</span></p> <p><span>“When you use these items every day over a lifetime, it adds up, so don’t let your hard-earned dollars out of your hands easily.”</span></p> <p><span>When it comes to dealing with gender tax, Charman advised speaking up to the retailers and manufacturers. “Sometimes you’ve got to ask, ‘holy smoke, why is this happening?’” she said. </span></p> <p><span>“As women, we need to be a bit more vocal and perhaps give more feedback to organisations we’re purchasing from — all consumers should give feedback, because it’s the only way things change.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Hi <a href="https://twitter.com/BigW_Australia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BigW_Australia</a> maybe you can answer my Q? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pinktax?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pinktax</a> <a href="https://t.co/sM0XuPIcq8">pic.twitter.com/sM0XuPIcq8</a></p> — Candy J (@LiveLrnExplore) <a href="https://twitter.com/LiveLrnExplore/status/841190024250982400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Join the conversation about Australia's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pinktax?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pinktax</a> via this tumblr launched by <a href="https://twitter.com/GetUp?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GetUp</a>:<a href="http://t.co/D1qe2E0I8T">http://t.co/D1qe2E0I8T</a> <a href="http://t.co/E5Bmv9e8AZ">pic.twitter.com/E5Bmv9e8AZ</a></p> — Daily Life (@DailyLifeAu) <a href="https://twitter.com/DailyLifeAu/status/591016385859309568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2015</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/havaianas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@havaianas</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/havaianas_au?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@havaianas_au</a> still not quite sure why women have to pay more for your flip flops.... 🤔?<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/genderpricing?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#genderpricing</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/everydaysexism?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#everydaysexism</a> <a href="https://t.co/JBDmd8nauJ">pic.twitter.com/JBDmd8nauJ</a></p> — Dr Holly Jenkins (@DrHollyJJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrHollyJJenkins/status/1078209054785163264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <p><span>The pink tax has been a longstanding issue in Australia and throughout the world, with lobby groups such as GetUp! campaigning to see the gap abolished.</span></p> <p><span> According to the <a href="https://www.wgea.gov.au/topics/gender-pay-gap">latest statistics</a> from Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australian women still earn 14.1 per cent or $239.80 less than men on average. </span></p> <p><span>“Women in Australia already earn … less than men, and when you factor in the gender price gap, we see that women are being paid less at work, and then paying more at the shops,” said GetUp! in its <a href="https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/women-s-rights/gender-price-gap/gender-price-gap">Gender Price Gap statement</a>.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s time we called out this practice for what it is: making women literally pay for gender stereotypes.”</span></p> <p><span>The campaign to remove extra charges from women’s products has previously achieved success with the abolition of tampon tax last year. The <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-03/tampon-tax-to-go-states-and-territories-agree-to-remove-gst/10332490"><em>ABC</em></a> reported that after 18 years of campaign, all states and territories agreed to scrap the 10 per cent GST from tampons and pads in January this year.</span></p>

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The "golden ticket" from Coles that will land you a FREE hot roast chicken

<p>Coles are now handing out a special “golden ticket” that allows customers to collect a free hot roast chicken at their local Coles.</p> <p>If you arrive at your closest Coles store to discover there are no more $9 hot roast chickens available, you can ask the Coles Deli for the “Coles Hot Roast Chicken voucher”, which is part of the new promise offered by the supermarket giant.</p> <p>The store has offered a new promise, which was relaunched in March, that is the “Coles Hot Roast Chicken Promise”.</p> <p>Once you have claimed your voucher from the Coles Deli, it’s redeemable for seven days and allows you receive a free cooked hot roast chicken the next time you present the voucher in store.</p> <p>A Coles spokesman told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7055823/The-secret-piece-paper-land-FREE-cooked-chickens-Coles.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a> about the deal:</p> <p>“We know customers love to get their hands on our delicious hot roast chickens, so for customers who aren't able to purchase one at the time they want within the period specified in-store, we can provide them with a voucher for a free hot roast chicken,” a spokesman for Coles said.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7827158/39674696_10155702953103201_4071134139066089472_o-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1c347b9a7f2840918065620305d09096" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>What the voucher looks like</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo credit: Markdown Addicts Australia</em></p> <p>Fans of Coles discovered the hack last year, although it only applied to certain stores. However, Coles has now made the "golden ticket" voucher available nationwide.</p> <p><em>The Daily Mail</em> has reached out to Woolworths to discover whether or not they have a similar free hot roast chicken promise to their customers, but no word as of yet as to whether they do.</p> <p>However, you are able to score deals at both Coles and Woolworths if you keep your receipt and are thorough in checking it.</p> <p>Customers are entitled to a free product if the item scans at a higher price than what it was ticketed at on the shelf or on the packaging.</p> <p>However, the onus is on shoppers to challenge the scanned price directly with management to get their product for free.</p> <p>Woolworths explained to <em>FEMAIL</em> that they abide by the Scanning Code of Practice.</p> <p>“Woolworths is a signatory to the Scanning Code of Practice,” the spokesperson explained.</p> <p>“Under the Code, our customers are entitled to receive an item free of charge if the scanned price of an item is greater than the shelf price displayed.</p> <p>“The only exceptions under the Code are products with a shelf price greater than $50, as well as tobacco and liquor products. These products will be adjusted to reflect the shelf price.”</p> <p>Coles supermarkets have a similar policy under “’Our Promise on Price Scanning" to "ensure confidence in the pricing accuracy at our registers”.</p>

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Jack Vidgen FINALLY reveals the truth about his "new face"

<p>Jack Vidgen stepped into the spotlight back in 2011 when he won hearts and the series of <em>Australia’s Got Talent</em><span> </span>at the tender age of 14.</p> <p>However, after taking some time to live a “normal teenage life”, he is back and ready to perform and compete on<span> </span><em>The Voice Australia</em>.</p> <p>However, rather than his singing talent, it was his appearance that people were focused on when Vidgen made the announcement he would be taking part on the latest series.</p> <p>Whilst denying he has had plastic surgery, he has finally admitted that he's had lip fillers.</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/Bl5YTMjFpeV/" 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/Bl5YTMjFpeV/" target="_blank">ugh so clingy</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/jack.vidgen/" target="_blank"> jack vidgen</a> (@jack.vidgen) on Jul 31, 2018 at 5:46am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I’ve never had plastic surgery or any surgery, it’s pretty obvious I have had my lips done with fillers. The funny thing is, I see articles and people talking about it and for me it’s not a big deal,” Vidgen told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/australias-got-talent-jack-vidgen-opens-up-about-plastic-surgery/news-story/271578369e23decbd24f5644ec24f46f" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>“I think with these types of things it’s so common now, especially for people my age, it’s not a big deal. I see it like when you do your makeup or tattoo, it’s all the same.”</p> <p><span>After several fans asked if he'd had work done, Jack tweeted: "OMG have people heard of a thing called puberty?"</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/BxefmpdFg9r/" 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/BxefmpdFg9r/" target="_blank">Fashun week 🖤</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/jack.vidgen/" target="_blank"> jack vidgen</a> (@jack.vidgen) on May 15, 2019 at 1:27am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans are still not on board, with many comparing Vidgen to a Ken doll.</p> <p>One commenter asked, “Omg you look like a ken doll.. why did you alter your face?”</p> <p>Another was quick to write, “What happened to your lips!?”</p> <p>Fans of the star are getting impatient as they eagerly wait for his appearance on <em>The Voice</em>, but it’s not yet known when his performance will air.</p>

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Olivia Newton-John shares heartbreaking family news

<p>Olivia Newton-John has announced that her brother, Hugh Newton-John, has passed away.</p> <p>The 70-year-old singer and actor took to Twitter and Instagram to share the sad news two weeks after her sibling’s death.</p> <p>“My dear, sweet, gentle, clever, brother Hugh passed away May 7, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia after many years of decline,” she wrote. “I love him so and will miss him terribly.”</p> <p>Also included in the Instagram post was a statement from Hugh’s colleagues from the medical community, who described the late physician as “a well-respected infectious diseases clinician” as well as “an innovator, an astute clinician and a wonderful teacher and mentor”.</p> <p>The colleagues wrote: “Recent years have not been kind to Hugh, but although he is now at peace, his memory and legacy will live on among those who worked and trained with him and the many patients who benefited from his fabulous care.”</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/Bx0EUignIxs/" 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/Bx0EUignIxs/" target="_blank">My dear, sweet, gentle, clever, brother Hugh passed away May 7, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia after many years of decline. I love him so and will miss him terribly. Love &amp; light, Olivia Vale - Dr. Hugh Newton-John Sadly, Hugh Newton-John died recently after a long battle with debility and decline. Hugh was a well-respected infectious diseases clinician at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne during the 1970s and 80s where his lively personality, sharp intellect and amazing ability to reassess complex infectious diseases was highly regarded. Hugh was an innovator, an astute clinician and a wonderful teacher and mentor to generations of medical students, residents and ID trainees. Hugh was also a talented musician and artist who shared his gifts with many friends, colleagues and associates throughout his entire life. As a clinician-investigator Hugh led many key research projects, particularly among patients requiring care in the hospital's intensive care unit. These included the optimal means of managing tetanus, helping identify the link between recent Campylobacter gastroenteritis and the subsequent development of Guillain-Barre syndrome and improving the ventilation methods for polio patients who required long-term ventilation, as well as developing new approaches to preventing airway obstruction among patients with chronic upper airway weakness. He was a keen photographer and enjoyed recording patient stories about their illnesses and how they managed. Many of the classic clinical infectious diseases photos and audio recordings that now form part of the massive Fairfield Collection, owe their origins and meticulous cataloguing to Hugh's efforts - many have now been included in the key Australian ID textbook "Infectious Diseases: a clinical approach; third edition" (Eds: Yung, Spelman, Street, et al.). Recent years have not been kind to Hugh, but although he is now at peace, his memory and legacy will live on among those who worked and trained with him and the many patients who benefited from his fabulous care. Submitted by Lindsay Grayson, Anne Mijch, Jenny Hoy and Suzanne Crowe</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/therealonj/" target="_blank"> Olivia Newton-john</a> (@therealonj) on May 23, 2019 at 10:32am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In 2013, Olivia and Hugh’s sister Rona Newton-John passed away from cancer.</p>

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Remembering Peggy Lee: A life in pictures

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born Norma Deloris Egstrom, Peggy Lee was an iconic American singer, songwriter and actress born May 26, 1920.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Known for her allure and reserved nature, the star quickly shot to fame after Benny Goodman heard her husky, unique sound. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her vocals could be heard on radios all throughout the US during the ‘50s, just one of her many hits being a version of Richard Rodger and Moss Hart’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lover. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of her biggest songs that solidified her positions as an American icon was the song </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is That All There Is</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lee was the first female artist to score top ten hits in three different decades. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Her wonderful talent should be studied by all vocalists; her regal presence is pure elegance and charm,” Frank Sinatra said of the talented star in 1994. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lee recorded her final album, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moments Like This </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in 1992.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miss Peggy Lee passed away from a heart attack at her home in Bel Air on January 21, 2002.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She was 81-years-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see the phenomenal Peggy Lee throughout the years. </span></p> <p> </p>

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5 minutes with author Bridie Jabour

<p><span>In <em>5 minutes with author</em>, <em>Over 60</em> asks book writers about their literary habits and preferences. Next in the series is Bridie Jabour, journalist, editor and writer. She regularly appears on the ABC, Sky News and Triple J. Her 2018 debut novel, <em>The Way Things Should Be </em>is getting a UK release in the coming August under the title <em>My Not So Functional Family</em>.</span></p> <p><em><span>Over 60</span></em><span> spoke with Jabour to discuss her favourite literary cliché, the book that made her rethink the world, and the ultimate tip to make writing easier.</span></p> <p><strong><span><em>Over 60</em>: What is your best writing tip? </span></strong></p> <p><span>Bridie Jabour: Write the first draft as if nobody is going to read it, not your spouse, not your best friend, not your kids, not your mum. Self-consciousness can be the biggest difference to writing or not writing, so just remember nobody else ever has to see it.</span></p> <p><strong><span>What book(s) are you reading right now?</span></strong></p> <p><span><em>The Erratics</em> by Vicki Laveau-Harvie, which everyone has already read, and <em>Terrific Mother</em> by Lorrie Moore – it’s slim but a punch to the guts.</span></p> <p><strong><span>What book do you think more people should read? </span></strong></p> <p><span><em>Women, Race and Class</em> by Angela Y. Davis. It taught me a lot about the world.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Paperback, e-book or audiobook? </span></strong></p> <p><span>Paperback! But my son is slowly banishing my books from the apartment to make way for him so I think I will be getting a Kindle soon.</span></p> <p><strong><span>How many books do you read each year? </span></strong></p> <p><span>About 30. Sometimes I can read one in a month and other times I can read three in a week – it depends on what I’m supposed to be doing with my time.</span></p> <p><strong><span>What books do you go to for a literary pick-me-up?</span></strong></p> <p><span>Novels by women that you just devour, such as <em>American Wife</em> by Curtis Sittenfeld or <em>I Capture the Castle</em> by Dodie Smith.</span></p> <p><strong><span>What is a literary trope that you can’t help but love, if any? </span></strong></p> <p><span>Adult siblings reunited.</span></p>

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