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Senior sisters open their own café in retirement

<p>Stepping into Sue Wright and Nicky Brindle’s Greytown café is like walking into the stylish living room of a long lost friend. The two sisters, who have a combined hospitality experience of over 120 years, are warm and inviting, much like the light and airy contemporary surroundings of their café “2 Short Whites”… the name a humorous play on their stature and a nod to their hair colour.</p> <p>The café located in the The Hub’ a new retail development in the centre of Greytown, a pretty colonial village only one hour’s drive from Wellington, is the latest chapter in the varied and interesting working lives of these two dynamic sisters.</p> <p>“We tried retiring but to be honest got bored,” laughs Nicky. “We realised at this age no one else was going to employ us, so we decided to employ ourselves.”</p> <p>Nicky and Sue have boundless energy and have been behind several well-known businesses in New Zealand’s Wairarapa region over the years.</p> <p>Nicky is Le Cordon Bleu trained andused to own Masterton based wedding venue and catering company Toad’s Landing while Sue along with husband Andrew established the Mela fruit juice brand, which is now run by her daughter Sarah and son in law Brian Belluomini. The couple were also involved in the award-winning Lighthouse Gin and Sue owned the popular, funky giftware store Mondo for almost 10 years.</p> <p>“Nicky and I did our own thing for years then decided to come together and set up this café and restaurant. We’re both serious about food and great hospitality so it was a bit of a no-brainer,” says Sue.</p> <p>"We came along, two old ladies, and gave The Hub developer Steve Pilbrow our concept for a café … and he loved it. We want people to feel welcome here and enjoy our menu which offers seasonal, rustic and wholesome food.”</p> <p>The smell of freshly baked bread, which is fermented for 24 hours, greets visitors and depending what time of day free-range bacon can be smelt cooking. There is a terrific range of baking and sweet treats to tempt all ages while the sister’s range of preserves are neatly displayed on colourful shelves.</p> <p>Since opening their doors, Nicky and Sue have run cooking classes, such as bread-making; had themed dinner evenings and even played Fairy Godmother running a series of successful Singles Dinners (for ages 35 years to 50 years and for the 50-plus years) for those looking for love and friendship.</p> <p>“We were directors of the night serving up an incredible two-course meal and helping make introductions between people. We wanted them to come here, feel relaxed and enjoy great company, great wine and great food,” says Sue. “We all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!”</p> <p>Unfortunately, <em>2 Flat Whites </em>is no longer in business. The cafe has since changed hands and is now known as <em>Brasserie 74.</em></p> <p>Have you started your own business in retirement? Share your experience with us in the comments below.</p> <p><em>For more information about 2 Short Whites or the Wairarapa visit, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.wairarapanz.com" target="_blank">www.wairarapanz.com</a></strong></span>.</em></p>

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5 clever packing hacks: How to travel light

<p>Travelling light with carry-on comes with a lot of benefits – apart from saving money on luggage allowance, you could also skip the long wait at baggage claim and move from one destination to another more easily.</p> <p>Most airlines will allow you to bring up to 7kg on board – and with the right tricks, 7kg is all you need. Here are some of the things you can do to cut down your carry-on weight.</p> <p><strong>1. Invest in a lightweight luggage</strong></p> <p>With the right luggage, you can cut 2-3kg right off the bat. A wheeled suitcase can be a convenient option, but weekender bags also work. Keep in mind that most airlines will have size limits for carry-on luggage. While the dimensions may vary, in general they need to fit under the seat or in the overhead lockers.</p> <p><strong>2. Go digital</strong></p> <p>In today’s world, there’s little need to bring bundles of paperwork to the airport. Digitise your travel documents by using apps or saving them to your phone, a cloud drive or a USB stick. This not only helps save space and weight, but also eliminates any worries about losing important docs on the go.</p> <p>You can also swap heavy paperbacks for an e-Book reader device – or better yet, have the e-Books ready on your tablet or smartphone.</p> <p><strong>3. Wear your heaviest items</strong></p> <p>For light travelling, it is best to opt for a small number of versatile clothing items to pack. However, if you need to bring a heavy coat or a pair of boots, you can wear them to the airport to minimise the carry-on weight. </p> <p><strong>4. Minimise toiletries</strong></p> <p>Depending on your destination, you might not need to bring basics such as shampoo and body wash. Still, you can bring your personal toiletries without going over the airline’s liquid limits by going for the mini travel-sized version of the products. If your favourite brand does not offer this, you can decant them into smaller containers, which you can purchase in pharmacies.</p> <p><strong>5. Get a travel scale</strong></p> <p>Avoid the surprise of being charged excess baggage fees at the airport by weighing your bags with a luggage scale before check-ins. With portable, compact size and affordable price – some of the scales on the market cost as low as $9 – there’s no reason not to get one.</p> <p>Do you have any other hacks to keep your luggage light and breezy? Share them in the comments.</p>

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6 travel tricks: Get through airport security faster

<p>It’s easy to be a good passenger on a flight. Use your headphones, be polite to the cabin crew and be aware that there are other people on the flight besides yourself. However, navigating the airport can be a bit tricker. Here are a few tips to help you get through the airport with ease.</p> <p><strong>1. Bring an empty water bottle</strong></p> <p>As you’re only able to bring 100ml of liquid through airport security, bringing an empty water bottle with your carry-on is a good tip to avoid paying through the nose for a bottle of water later on.</p> <p>You can easily fill it up in the water fountains provided at the airport, as well as asking cafes to fill it up for you with drinking water.</p> <p><strong>2. Let the check-in staff know if it’s a special occasion</strong></p> <p>If you’re heading somewhere special or off to see your first grandchild, it can be handy to let the check-in staff know this. By simply being friendly and courteous, it can be easier to get a free upgrade on a flight.</p> <p>If you’re feeling bold, you can ask directly.</p> <p><strong>3. Take a picture of your parking spot</strong></p> <p>It can be tricky to remember where you’ve parked your car on the best of days.</p> <p>Taking a photo of your parking spot in a carpark, especially if you’ve parked at the airport, is a good way to ease yourself into the harsh reality of everyday life after a lovely holiday.</p> <p><strong>4. Rebook your flight quickly</strong></p> <p>Waiting in a long line, only to find your flight has been cancelled, can be very frustrating. However, instead of waiting in line to complain to the airport staff, use the airport phone and call the airline to rebook your flight over the phone.</p> <p>This is much quicker than waiting in line. You could also try booking online.</p> <p><strong>5. Wear your heaviest items of clothing</strong></p> <p>This hack is definitely weather dependent, but it can help to free up space in your luggage if you’re wearing your heaviest items of clothing.</p> <p>By doing this, you’ve freed up space and weight in your luggage.</p> <p><strong>6. Bring hotel toiletries with you</strong></p> <p>If you’ve got sticky fingers and often take hotel toiletries from places you’ve stayed at, it’s handy to use them when you’re travelling overseas as they’re usually under the liquid allowance of 100ml.</p> <p>Do you know of any other tips to get through security faster? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Georgie Gardner’s heartwarming wedding tribute to her father

<p>Georgie Gardner has cited a tribute to her father as one of the most memorable moments from her wedding.</p> <p>The <em>Today</em> show host married husband Tim Baker at a Sydney church in 2002. In the wedding, she made a tribute to her father, who had passed away years earlier, by having a bagpiper playing and leading a hundred guests from the church to the reception.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Georgie has shared a special moment from her wedding day which she holds close to her heart. ❤️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/h2jHEluFyX">https://t.co/h2jHEluFyX</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1096205017034473472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"I had a beautiful man on the bagpipes, playing the bagpipes, and that was a tribute to my dad who died when I was quite young, and he always loved the bagpipes, so that was a way of incorporating him into the day," she told <a href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/02/14/12/54/my-wedding-day-georgie-gardner-today-show"><em>9Honey</em></a>.</p> <p>However, Gardner missed the special moment. "Unfortunately I didn't get to see it because I was off having photos, but I believe it was lovely."</p> <p>As her father could not be present, Gardner walked down the aisle with her younger brother John.</p> <p>The 48-year-old also mentioned a rendition of Elvis Presley’s <em>Can’t Help Falling in Love </em>by her bridesmaid as another highlight of the wedding.</p> <p>"She played the guitar and sang, it was a lovely acoustic performance and she's got the most exquisite voice so that was very special,” recounted Gardner.</p> <p>"It was a beautiful, late afternoon wedding and the reception was in the evening. [There was] great music, amazing food – that was really important to us – and there was a lot of love in the room, it was a very special day."</p> <p>Gardner and Baker met at a friend’s birthday and got engaged after only four months of dating. Earlier this year, the couple moved to a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/take-a-look-inside-georgie-gardner-s-new-6-million-sydney-home/">new family home</a> in Mosman, Sydney with their two children and dog.</p> <p>What’s the most special moment from your wedding? Share your story in the comments.</p>

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Bank programmer jailed after stealing $1.4 million from ATMs

<p>A bank programmer in China has been jailed after stealing $1.4 million in cash.</p> <p>The theft was due to Qin Qisheng noticing a loophole in Huaxi Bank’s system back in 2016.</p> <p>As the 43-year-old worked as a senior programmer at the bank, he came to realise that withdrawals that were completed close to midnight weren’t being recorded properly.</p> <p>After realising this, Qisheng inserted scripts into the system so he was able to “test” the issue without alerting staff.</p> <p>He then made test withdrawals of 20,000 Yuan (AUD$4194) to a dummy account for almost a year before being caught. By January 2018, he had withdrawn almost 7 million Yuan (AUD$1.4 million) without notifying anyone what he was up to.</p> <p>He was caught after depositing the funds into his own bank account, as well as investing some funds in the stock market.</p> <p>Hauxi Bank accepted the claims that Qisheng was investigating the glitch and dropped the case after he returned the funds.</p> <p>“Qin Qisheng said that the matter was complicated and involved lots of work … he believed the bank would not pay attention even if he reported it,” the <a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2184883/chinese-banks-software-chief-jailed-after-finding-way-withdraw"><em>South China Morning Post</em></a> reported a bank representative as saying during the trial.</p> <p>“We think this reason for not reporting is legitimate.”</p> <p>However, even though the company dropped the charges, this was not enough to save Qisheng from 10-and-a-half years of jail time, as well as a fine of 11,000 Yuan (AUD$2306).</p> <p>“On the one hand, (the bank) said that the accused’s behaviour was in violation of the rules. On the other hand, he said that he could conduct relevant tests. This is self-contradictory,” the judge said.</p> <p>The flaw that caused Qisheng to be able to withdraw the funds has now been fixed.</p>

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Good news: Qantas provides new solution to overbooked flights

<p>A new move by Qantas is looking to change the common issue held by airlines of overbooking flights.</p> <p>The Australian carrier is bringing forward the ‘Qantas Flight Switch’ initiative, which allows passengers to switch their flight date a week before departure. This offer is only available on heavily booked flights.</p> <p>The Qantas Flight Switch invitations are being sent out by email or text message and come with an incentive of an AUD$70 voucher to travel on an alternative departure date.</p> <p>Qantas Flight Switch is applied on a variety of routes with multiple daily services, such as Sydney to Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.</p> <p>The editor of <em>Australian Frequent Flyer</em>, Matt Graham, shared with <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/qantas-flight-switch-overbooking-seats-passenger-gift-vouchers-a8738961.html"><em>The Independent</em></a> what his thoughts are on the move brought forward by the airline.</p> <p>“I think that Qantas offering vouchers in exchange for passengers changing to a less popular flight is a brilliant move.</p> <p>“It allows Qantas to manage overbooking situations with minimal impact on customers, and minimal cost to the airline’s bottom line. It also gives the airline an opportunity to re-sell seats on highly-popular flights while filling more seats at less popular times.”</p> <p>Graham added, “The key to the success of the Flight Switch offer is that the customer can choose not to accept it, although invariably some will. It’s a win-win for both the airline and the customer, who is rewarded for their flexibility."</p> <p>A spokesperson for Qantas said:</p> <p>“It’s [Flight Switch offer] currently offered on less than 100 domestic flights a week out of a weekly average of 4,300 flights. Given it’s a choice, not all customers want to switch, but for those who do, feedback has been positive so it’s something we’re continuing to offer and will look to build on to give our customers a better travel experience.”</p> <p>What do you think about this new Qantas service? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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4 expert tips: How to store books properly

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

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Why cruise ships may be dirtier than you think

<p>The beautiful salty breeze on the deck of a cruise ship might not be as fresh or clean as you think it is and a new study has revealed it might be less clean than beach air.</p> <p>Research conducted on four Carnival Corporation ships over the last two years found particulate matter (PM) – pollution comprising of small solids or liquid droplets in the air – had amounts comparable to places with high levels of pollution like Beijing and Taipei, Taiwan.</p> <p>The worst readings taken in the cruise ships were in areas designated for exercise or children’s activities.</p> <p>When cruise ship air is inhaled, it can “damage the heart and lungs,” according to the study completed by associate professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ryan Kennedy.</p> <p>”It’s dangerous, it’s not a healthy thing for us to be exposed to,“ he<span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/24/health/cruise-ship-air-quality-report/index.html"> told CNN</a></span>.</p> <p>The report explains the ship may exhaust harmful toxins into the air including metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – of these which can have damaging impacts on vacationers and ship employees.</p> <p>The cruise ships tested were<em>: Carnival Liberty</em> in 2017, <em>Carnival Freedom</em> in April-May 2018 in the Caribbean, <em>Holland America Amsterdam</em> in October 2018 and <em>Princess Emerald</em> in November 2018.</p> <p>Holland America and Princess Cruises are both under the ownership of Carnival Corporation.</p> <p>Carnival Corporation has rebuffed the tests saying they were “completely ridiculous, inaccurate and in no way represent reality”.</p> <p>“We test the air quality of our ships and they meet or exceed every requirement.”</p> <p>This is not the first time that cruise lines have been subject to criticism for their contribution to pollution.</p> <p>In 2018 the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) committed to reduce the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40 per cent by 2030 globally.</p>

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Outrage over McDonald’s major change to loyalty card

<p>Australia’s leading fast food chain has come under fire for “technology discrimination" after ditching its paper loyalty coffee cards.</p> <p>Over the last few years, McDonald’s had been gradually phasing out paper coffee cards but the cut was made permanent throughout Australia for the past six weeks. Now, if a customer wants to cash in and save money, they must first download the MyMacca’s app to access the “buy five, get one free” deal.</p> <p>Customers are unhappy with the change, some going as far as reporting glitches resulting in “stamps” lost. Others are enraged by how unfairly they believe it impacts older customers.</p> <p>McDonald’s is Australia’s largest fast-food chain and most popular go-to spot for coffee with over 800 locations nationwide. The restaurant sells around a quarter of a million cups of coffee a day.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/6BE-dzBa4A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/6BE-dzBa4A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The perfect morning starts with a view, and the fresh aroma of a barista made coffee from McCafé.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> McDonald's Australia</a> (@mcdonaldsau) on Aug 5, 2015 at 2:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Customers have even flocked to social media to complain about the change.</p> <p>“My mum… nearly 80… does not have a smart phone, does not use the app and uses your coffee cards constantly… So now she misses out?” Dearne Carroll wrote on the McDonald’s Facebook page.</p> <p>"I have multiple cards in multiple places all with multiple stamps on them. If they will not be honoured, I am not going to be impressed.”</p> <p>One disgruntled customer told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/mcdonalds-ditches-paper-coffee-cards/news-story/28e7734576bb37fdfa88866febe71dac">news.com.au</a> his phone is unable to run the latest app as he carries an 8-year-old HTC Desire phone.</p> <p>“That cuts me out from the loyalty system immediately,” he explained.</p> <p>“Then I thought of the many people that just use a flip phone — they’ll be left out too. And also, the many older folk that don’t bother with mobile phones. This is ‘technology discrimination’.”</p> <p>Cornel Brophy also expressed his dissatisfaction with the new system.</p> <p>“My usual 3 min drive thru experience turned into 10 to download the stupid app then at the window the code wasn’t processing, cars banking up behind me peeved I’m taking so long.</p> <p>“What a stupid decision McDonalds have made!” he wrote.<br /><br /></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/8SNe1PBa_q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/8SNe1PBa_q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We hope you took some time to enjoy a McCafé moment today #InternationalCoffeeDay</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> McDonald's Australia</a> (@mcdonaldsau) on Sep 30, 2015 at 11:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A spokeswoman for the fast food restaurant told news.com.au McDonald’s had received “great feedback from customers on the app and more people than ever before are taking advantage of our coffee loyalty program”.</p> <p>“We’re proud to always offer our customers great value regardless of whether they are dining in our restaurants, using our MyMacca’s app, or ordering McDelivery through UberEats,” she said.</p> <p>“Customers with a seniors card continue to be able to take advantage of offers which entitle them to a free coffee, juice or soft drink with a purchase in our participating restaurants.”</p> <p>Are you happy about McDonald's changing its paper loyalty cards to a digital app you need to access on a mobile phone? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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

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

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Deb Knight roasted live on radio over Today’s ratings slump

<p>Deborah Knight has responded to comedian and radio host Mick Molloy’s taunts on her new role on the <em>Today</em> show, only to be roasted further.</p> <p>Molloy, who hosts Triple M's <em>Kennedy Molloy</em> radio show with Jane Kennedy, started the online campaign #JaneForToday to champion his co-host to take over the breakfast show’s new line-up.</p> <p>In response to the joke campaign, Knight called in to the radio show for an on-air interview on Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p><iframe src="https://omny.fm/shows/triple-m-national-drive/5-40-pm-deborah-knight-calls-in-response-to-janefo/embed" width="100%" height="180px" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Get around it! <a href="https://twitter.com/mickmolloy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mickmolloy</a> has officially started a campaign to get <a href="https://twitter.com/Jane_L_Kennedy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jane_l_kennedy</a> to host the Today Show <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JaneForToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JaneForToday</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IWakeUpWithJane?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IWakeUpWithJane</a> <a href="https://t.co/lJ8aIw5FTJ">pic.twitter.com/lJ8aIw5FTJ</a></p> — Kennedy Molloy (@kennedymolloy) <a href="https://twitter.com/kennedymolloy/status/1095197771781496833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>While Kennedy said she supports Knight and Georgie Gardner as <em>Today</em>’s new co-hosts, Molloy suggested the show should let him present the weather forecast or an aerobics-style segment on the program.</p> <p>"A bit of Lycra with you would go down a treat … we want to boost ratings Mick, we don't want them to go down any more, goodness me," Knight replied.</p> <p>"The ratings are boosting, and it’s great to see two women fronting a show," said Kennedy.</p> <p>"Well, there's only one way they could go, which is up," said Molloy. "I've had two shows axed by Channel 9, Deborah, welcome aboard!"</p> <p>Molloy’s first show on Channel 9, <em>The Mick Molloy Show,</em> was taken off air after only eight episodes following poor reviews and complaints from the audiences. His second show, <em>The Nation,</em> was also cancelled in 2007 within a few months from its first episode airing.</p> <p>The <em>Today</em> show has been struggling with its ratings since the debut of the new line-up earlier this year. Last Wednesday, only 177,000 metro viewers tuned in to <em>Today</em> while the show’s main competitor, Channel 7’s <em>Sunrise</em> gained 300,000 viewers.</p> <p>In January, Knight said it is not her job to be concerned about the ratings. </p> <p>"That is for others to work at and worry about, my job is just turning up and being me," Knight told <em>Sydney Confidential</em>. </p> <p>"I try to limit the impact that the chatter and the white noise has on me."</p>

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What Queen Elizabeth forgot about her youngest son Prince Edward

<p>Prince Edward is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, however despite being the baby of the family reports say the Earl of Wessex’s birthday was forgotten while in his 20s by his mother.</p> <p>Now 54 years old, Prince Edward had a rather sobering experience in his younger life that the public took to social media to extend their sympathies.</p> <p>Jeremy Paxman’s new Channel 5 documentary is delving into the early life of the Queen’s children, and his biographer Ingrid Seward described him as a young lonely royal who found it difficult to find his place in Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Seward, the editor-in-chief of<span> </span><em>Majesty</em><span> </span>magazine, said he was the “overlooked” third son.</p> <p>“At Buckingham Palace, he was lonely.</p> <p>“One year on his birthday he went to have breakfast with the Queen, and nothing was said. No card, no present. She didn’t know it was his birthday,” Seward recounted.</p> <p>Previously she had mentioned the same experience in her 2005 book<span> </span><em>Prince Edward: A Biography</em>, where she described the Q<span>ueen eating her toast and marmalade and sipping her special blend of homemade tea.</span></p> <p>The Prince’s demeanour hadn’t changed throughout breakfast, however, when a royal aide was made aware of the situation, the Queen was alerted, a “hasty” phone call was made, and presents were delivered to him a few hours later.</p> <p>"If it had been Prince Edward’s 20th or his 30th, his mother would not have forgotten,'" Steward wrote.</p> <p>She also noted the Queen’s second “heroic” son Andrew, who fought in the war, was her favourite son.</p> <p><em>Daily Mail</em>’s Richard Kay told Jeremy Paxman that Prince Edward never really knew where he fit in.</p> <p>“His royal aides once told me that the trouble with Prince Edward is that he can never decide whether he is His Royal Highness or Edward Windsor.</p> <p>“He couldn't tell whether he was one of us or a member of the royal family,” Kay said.</p> <p>This news comes days after the surprising revelation that <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/prince-charles-surprising-admission-prince-andrew-wants-to-be-me" target="_blank">Prince Charles claimed his younger brother, Prince Andrew, wanted to be him.</a></p> <p>The dynamic that existed between Prince Charles and his youngest brother, Edward, was extremely separate.</p> <p>“Charles is 16 years older than Edward and they weren't close,” Stewart admitted.</p> <p>She also confirmed their was a time where Prince Charles was the ‘leading’ son of the family.</p> <p>“On one of those occasions Prince Edward went upstairs and found some of the Duke of Windsor's old kilts which of course were all the tartans that the Prince of Wales is entitled to wear, and he thought, 'Ooh those look rather fun.' So, he put one on, and it fitted.</p> <p>“He went down to dinner in a tartan which was that of the Duke of Rothesay, and as he went into the dining room Charles went apoplectic and said, ‘What are you doing wearing that? I am the only one entitled to wear that kilt. It is a kilt for the Prince of Wales. Go upstairs and take it off.’”</p> <p>“Edward being such a calm person just went, 'OK', went upstairs and took it off and never mentioned it again.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Edward through the years.</p> <p>Are you surprised by the Queen forgetting Prince Edward’s birthday? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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6 essentials to pack when heading off on a road trip

<p>We all generally have a good idea on what to take when travelling overseas, but what if you’re exploring your own backyard? Road trips are a great way to see more of the country you live in but be sure to bring these items with you for a smoother trip!</p> <p><strong>1. Bags</strong></p> <p>Duffle bags are a dream come true when driving across the country. Not only are they less bulky than standard luggage, but you can squish them into any nook and cranny, making them a great option for when you’re planning overnight stays.</p> <p>The lightweight option is a great necessity to take with you, as you can pack an extra pair of clothes, a toothbrush and any other essentials you may need while you’re away from home.</p> <p><strong>2. Clothing</strong></p> <p>This is one of those situations where comfort should always be given priority over style. Sitting in a car for hours isn’t the most pleasant of situations, so wearing clothes that are loose and breathable will keep you feeling fresher for longer.</p> <p>Dark colours are a good idea as they help hide wrinkles, meaning when you stop over along the way, you won’t feel out of place and daggy.</p> <p><strong>3. Snacks</strong></p> <p>Is it really a road trip if you don’t have snacks on hand? Pre-packing your food for the journey is going to prove to be a lot cheaper than purchasing them from a service station. A few good things to take with you are frozen fruit and veggies, and mixed nuts to give you that extra burst of protein.</p> <p>Mixing your snacks in a Ziplock bag is a genius and efficient way of making your own trail mix and be sure to keep the boot of your car stocked up with back-up options.</p> <p><strong>4. Games</strong></p> <p>While your phone always proves to be a nice distraction, it isn’t a device that can get everyone involved. Games such as Mad Lib and other non-electronic activities is a fun way to liven things up after a long day on the road.</p> <p><strong>5. Music</strong></p> <p>Music is crucial if you want to set the mood and is a nice way to clear your head as you journey to your destination. Make sure the tunes are upbeat, so everyone can remain alert, but then also have a playlist with mellow music, for the moments you need a breather.</p> <p><strong>6. Navigation</strong></p> <p>This is the most important item you need to keep, as without a good navigation system, you may end up somewhere with no way to get out. While every smartphone has the option of Google Maps, it’s a good idea to purchase a separate GPS device as phone apps require network coverage, which you may not always have, and always use up your data.</p> <p>Be sure to test it out before you head off, just to see if everything is working properly.</p> <p>Do you have any more road trip essentials to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The cat that gets to travel the seven seas

<p>One thing many people can agree on when going overseas is you miss your beloved pets at home. However, for this cruise ship captain, she’s lucky enough to be able to bring her cat with her on every voyage out to sea.</p> <p>Kate McCue, Celebrity Cruises' Captain, has been travelling with her Elf Sphynx cat, Bug Naked, for over two years – and he's seeing the world through his own eyes.</p> <p>Bug Naked has also proven to be popular, amassing over 18,000 Instagram followers.</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/Bt4XUSIB6eA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt4XUSIB6eA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Busted sleeping on the job... again. . #happyvalentinesday #bugslife #pinkyandthebrain #captainscat #elf #sphynx #hairless #cat #cats #cats_of_instagram #catsofinstagram #sphynxlair #sphynxlove #sphynxcat #sphynxofinstagram #hairless_catstagram #hairlesscat #nakedcat #naked #sphynxismyworld #love #sphynx_feature #kitten #kittensofinstagram #loveit #life #nocoatkittygraduates</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/bugnaked/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Bug Naked</a> (@bugnaked) on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:30pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The gorgeous Sphynx has travelled far and wide and although it  might seem strange to some, for 41-year-old Kate this is her reality for months at a time.</p> <p>Easy-going and glamorous, the cruise captain is continuing to defy the standards for cruise captains. She is an advocate for getting to know each crew member – and does this by going out of her way to public areas to socialise.</p> <p>“People want to talk to you and I’ve found that if I go to a captain’s dinner, I spend three hours with eight people which still leaves 2,900 people to [talk to],” <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/if-you-can-see-it-you-can-be-it-insta-famous-captain-making-cruise-cool/" target="_blank">she told the Telegraph.</a></p> <p>The captain has pioneered her own style of captaining for over 13 years of working on cruise ships with her sweet cat constantly by her side.  </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Bug Naked’s travelling adventures! </p> <p>All images: Instagram @captainkatemccue @bugnaked</p>

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“I’m still a human being”: Jetstar refuses to allow disabled pensioner to fly after deeming him “too heavy”

<p>A disabled pensioner travelling to NSW last week was left stranded at Melbourne airport after Jetstar staff informed him, he was “too heavy” to fly.</p> <p>Having flown with the airline only a few days before, Ian Smith was denied access when he attempted to board his flight on Friday,<em><span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/jetstar-refuses-fly-disabled-pensioner-deeming-heavy-085716871.html" target="_blank">7News</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>Suffering from a stroke, the 67-year-old said the airline failed to provide a reason as to why he was denied boarding.</p> <p>Mr Smith was then forced to stay in a cramped hotel close to the airport.</p> <p>“I’m gutted. I’m totally gutted,” he said.</p> <p>“They treat me like an idiot and I’m not an idiot. I’m disabled, but I’m still a human being.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">A disabled pensioner has finally been allowed to fly back into the Gold Coast, after being stranded in Melbourne for five days. Ian Smith was told he was too heavy to board the Jetstar plane, even though they flew him there a week ago. <a href="https://twitter.com/AmandaAbate?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AmandaAbate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href="https://t.co/BkxXCaJ14V">pic.twitter.com/BkxXCaJ14V</a></p> — 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) <a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsBrisbane/status/1095744589585993728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>His son, David Smith, said the incident was infuriating as the airline had yet to inform them as to why they made the sudden decision.</p> <p>“They couldn’t even give us a distinct reason as to why he would be denied boarding,” said David.</p> <p>The budget airline later came out saying the passenger’s weight was the reason behind why he was denied entry, as he was too heavy for staff to transport him via a wheelchair.</p> <p>But the reasoning took Mr Smith by surprise, as he claims he’s never encountered problems regarding his weight and was unaware of a weight restriction.</p> <p>But Jetstar believes different, as according to them, Mr Smith should never have been allowed to fly in the first place.</p> <p>Issuing a statement, Jetstar offered an apology to Mr Smith.</p> <p>Though, despite the apology, the airline stood firmly on their decision saying that the staff who previously lifted him into his seat had breached company policy.</p> <p>“Manually lifting passengers requiring wheelchair assistance can create a safety risk for our staff and the passenger being carried,” a spokesperson for the airline told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6699369/Wheelchair-bound-pensioner-67-left-stranded-Jetstar-staff-tell-heavy-fly.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail Australia</em></a>.</p> <p>After the fiasco subsided, Mr Smith flew home via Qantas on Wednesday, which has a special lifting hoist to assist disabled passengers.</p> <p>“We have made arrangements with Qantas on this occasion so that Mr Smith and his carer can fly home,” said the spokesperson.</p> <p>The pensioner is now back home and relieved, but has advised the airline to “please, lift your game!”</p> <p>Do you think Jetstar made the right decision? Or could the situation have been handled differently? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Nature lover’s dream: Australia’s best island getaway

<p>Measuring just 8km long by 5km wide, only 1,000km off the shores of Australia lies a land that couldn’t be anymore different from home.</p> <p>Nestled comfortably between Australia and New Zealand rests the picture-perfect destination for a trip you will never forget: Norfolk Island.</p> <p>Whether it’s a paradise untouched or a world of nature you have never quite experienced before that you’re searching for, Norfolk Island might just be the journey you’ve been waiting for.</p> <p>Preparing for your relaxing and stress-free holiday does not have to be difficult. If you’re unsure where to start in terms of organising a trip to Norfolk Island, there are plenty of personalised experiences that can be tailored to suit you with specialists like <span><a href="https://spacificatravel.com/destination/norfolk-island?utm_source=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_medium=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_campaign=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_term=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_content=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT">Spacifica Travel.</a></span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823545/dji_0356.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d63665f943684e6785067c663521246d" /></p> <p><strong>A retreat for everybody</strong></p> <p>The small island houses a rich and gripping history, first discovered in October 1774 by Captain James Cook – a paradise he found on his second tour around the world. Filled with vibrancy, and lush towering pines and rolling hills, Norfolk Island promises a colourful story to feast your eyes and ears on whilst on guided tours.</p> <p>Whether its swimming with the ocean life, exploring what the pristine ocean of Norfolk Island looks like underwater or walking through the incredible maintained terrain, there is an <span><a href="https://spacificatravel.com/destination/norfolk-island?utm_source=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_medium=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_campaign=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_term=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_content=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT">itinerary</a></span> to provide you with the ultimate experience.</p> <p>If you’re a nature lover, find solace in knowing this little slice of paradise offers striking views from every angle. Smell the crisp, ocean air while exploring the subtropical rainforest made up of native plants and enchanting wild life.</p> <p>Norfolk Island evolved in isolation for over three million years and since then experts have maintained its beauty by strict custom laws designed to guard the expansive native ecosystem.</p> <p>There are no snakes inhabiting the island, nor are their fruit flies, sand flies or centipedes.</p> <p>The flora and fauna are distinctive with unique plant species as well as it’s more famous sapling – the Norfolk pine.</p> <p>The unique location hosts plenty to offer for those willing to explore, from deceptively clear water to museums representing the rich and dark history surrounding Norfolk.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XBu3_LeLyvQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>The beaches are unforgettable </strong></p> <p>There is nothing quite like the beauty of Norfolk Island beaches. With a coastline that goes on for miles, you’ll be able to wander down the open landscapes and get lost in the beauty of it all.</p> <p>Emily Bay is a local favourite, known for its ease of access and its serene waters for a calming swim, as a reef protects the beach from harsh waters.</p> <p>If an everchanging landscape is what you’re longing for, then a snorkelling trip from Emily to Slaughter Bay, along the reef and lagoon might suit you.</p> <p>The stunning bank that stretches from Kingston pier to the eastern edge of Emily Bay is the world’s second most southern coral reef filled with the abundance of vibrancy.</p> <p>With crystal clear waters and over 60 types of coral living beneath the surface, there is a world of animated colour and life waiting to be seen.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7823550/couple-on-emily-bay.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f64f31f285640eab5eae287f7723d7b" /></p> <p><strong>A stone’s throw away from home</strong></p> <p>This island paradise, where you can put your feet up and relax, is just a jump, skip and a hop away from the hustle and bustle of everyday – and, even better, you don’t need a passport to get there.</p> <p>Defined by pine trees, jagged cliffs and golden sand, Norfolk Island is unchartered territory that’s ready for you and your family to explore. Hosting the best of both worlds, it is an unforgettable oasis that makes you never want to leave as well as the comfort in knowing you’re not too far from home.</p> <p>With <span><a href="https://spacificatravel.com/destination/norfolk-island?utm_source=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_medium=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_campaign=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_term=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_content=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT">Spacifica Travel</a></span>, you get an easy, stress-free experience – from the beginning of your journey to the trip back home. Whether you’re a solo traveller or a large group, a family looking for a home away from home or a couple searching for a romantic getaway – Spacifica has your needs in mind, with exclusive packages hand-tailored to you.</p> <p>What are you waiting for? Get packing!</p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you in conjunction with <span><a href="https://spacificatravel.com/destination/norfolk-island?utm_source=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_medium=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_campaign=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_term=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT&amp;utm_content=Over%2060%20Digital%20Campaign%20-%20NLK%20FEB19%20-%20NATIVE%20CONTENT">Spacifica Travel.</a></span> </em></p>

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5 things you might not realise can be signs of depression

<p>We all know about depression. It is a debilitating illness, and while feeling sad and alone are obvious symptoms, many subtle signs are swept under the rug.</p> <p>Whether one of your loved ones have suffered from the illness, or you’ve heard about it through the grapevine, the mental disorder is one that does not discriminate. Regardless of age, gender, class or creed, anyone can suffer from depression.</p> <p>But how do you know if you’re on the road to a depressive disorder? Most people know the obvious signs, such as sleeping too much, losing interest in social gatherings and constantly feeling down, but it’s important to understand the less obvious symptoms.</p> <p>Subtle signs can help you decide whether you need to seek help.</p> <p>There is a big difference between feeling sad – which is a temporary emotion that will subside – and depression. Which carries a number of specific characteristics and can be ongoing.</p> <p>Here are the 5 signs you need to look out for when it comes to your mental health:</p> <p><strong>1. You’re easily irritated</strong></p> <p>You’re becoming easily agitated with friends and family. Things that generally don’t affect you are now causing you to feel rage. Or maybe you’re dealing with sporadic mood swings. Speaking to<em> <span><a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephhallett/things-you-might-not-realize-can-be-signs-of-depression">Buzzfeed</a></span></em>, counsellor Elizabeth Black of the Renfrew Centre said the feeling of constant irritation is an underrated sign of depression.</p> <p>“It can be challenging to have patience or compassion for those who present as irritable and therefore harder to identify when it is a sign of depression,” she said.</p> <p><strong>2. You’re looking back to the “good ol’ days”</strong></p> <p>Everyone has memories that they enjoy revisiting from time to time, but constantly living in the past is a sign of something more serious.</p> <p>“Many people who struggle with depression look back to the good old days as a coping mechanism,” says psychologist Dr. Sal Raichbach to <em>Buzzfeed</em>.</p> <p>“A depressed person might feel great for years but then plunge back into their sadness when a loss or a major life change occurs. Fun times in the past help them feel better temporarily.”</p> <p><strong>3. You’re finding it hard to concentrate</strong></p> <p>According to psychologist Dr. Cindy Graham, the negative thoughts that come with depression makes it harder for those with the illness to concentrate on things such as work. Many times, lack of concentration is misdiagnosed as ADHD, especially when medical professionals are unaware of the negative thoughts clouding your mind.</p> <p><strong>4. You’re finding “me time” to be stressful</strong></p> <p>Many adults look forward to the moment they can get a few hours to themselves, but for someone who is depressed, lack of plans bring about feelings of anxiousness.</p> <p>Speaking to <em>Buzzfeed</em>, Dr. Graham said: “These moments [of downtime] may feel heavenly and highly sought after by some, but for someone struggling with depression, downtime leads to plenty of opportunity for negative thoughts to run unchecked.”</p> <p><strong>5. You’re feeling guilty about everything</strong></p> <p>According to the <span><a href="https://www.apa.org/">American Psychological Association</a></span> (APA) “inappropriate and excessive guilt” is a sign of depression.</p> <p>This can range from feeling bad about something that happened at work which was out of your control, or feeling responsible for something that you had no part in. APA gave this as an example: “A realtor may become preoccupied with self-blame for failing to make sales even when the market has collapsed generally, and other realtors are equally unable to make sales.”</p> <p>While these are only five symptoms of many, if you believe you may have depression be sure to visit your doctor to get a diagnosis.</p> <p><em>If you are troubled by this article, experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit lifeline.org.au or beyondblue.org.au.</em></p>

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Terminally ill MKR fan's romantic surprise from husband on Valentine's Day

<p>Daniella Tackhi, a terminally ill new mother, was treated to a surprise on Valentine’s Day at Westmead hospital in Sydney. </p> <p>Daniella was diagnosed with breast cancer just one month after her wedding and has been receiving treatment.</p> <p>However, yesterday, her husband Anthony pulled out all the stops to make sure that she felt valued and appreciated with a romantic lunch.</p> <p>The lunch was cooked by celebrity chefs from<span> </span><em>My Kitchen Rules</em>, Ibby and Romel, who are Daniella’s favourite team from the show.</p> <p>Organising the lunch was no easy feat, as Anthony had been working for weeks with the hospital staff, as well as Ibby and Romel, to make sure the lunch went off without a hitch.</p> <p>"She deserves the world so I wanted to do that for her," Anthony explained.</p> <p>Daniella was overwhelmed when she saw the romantic set up and burst into tears.</p> <p>"When the boys came in, I was like 'oh my goodness!'," Daniella said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Valentine's Day: Terminally ill, but showered in love. Daniella Takchi is one of 560 patients at Westmead Hospital. The 29-year-old is too sick to leave. So her husband brought the celebrations to her - Ibby &amp; Romel from <a href="https://twitter.com/mykitchenrules?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mykitchenrules</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ValentinesDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ValentinesDay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href="https://t.co/Oce84K8Ow3">pic.twitter.com/Oce84K8Ow3</a></p> — 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) <a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney/status/1095958547815325697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, the romantic lunch wasn’t the only surprise the couple received that day. The new parents were reunited with their newborn son, who they have been apart from for five weeks.</p> <p>The family were able to spend the day together as their son was discharged from the children’s hospital.</p> <p>Ibby and Romel shared their thoughts on the experience via Instagram:</p> <p>“We had the pleasure of surprising Daniella today. Unfortunately Daniella’s health isn’t great, so we jumped at the chance to meet her and cook her the exact same dishes we served everyone in our Instant Restaurant.</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/Bt2tHPGHakT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt2tHPGHakT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ibby &amp; Romel (@ibbyromelau)</a> on Feb 14, 2019 at 12:02am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Seeing a smile on her face was the best thing we’ve ever experienced. This has been the absolute highlight of our MKR journey. Daniella you are in our prayers and we wish you and your family lots of love."</p>

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Body language expert's verdict on pregnant Duchess Meghan: “Overly self-aware”

<p>With another public outburst from her father, all eyes were on Duchess Meghan as she stepped out with Prince Harry for a gala performance at the Natural History Museum in London.</p> <p>However, the Duchess was calm and confident as she ditched her usual habits of cradling her baby bump and holding onto Prince Harry’s hand as she walked. She walked several steps ahead of him, appearing confident and calm.</p> <p>The author of the<span> </span><em>Body Language Bible</em><span> </span>and body language expert, Judi James, says there’s more to this display than meets the eye.</p> <p>James explained that Duchess Meghan is more aware of the eyes of the public being on her after the outburst from her father.</p> <p>“'This was the first public appearance since her pregnancy was announced where Meghan didn’t cup, stroke and cradle her bump.</p> <p>“Her decision to drop these rituals looks deliberate. There are a couple of times when we can see her perform a truncated gesture, when her left hand rises towards her bump in a bid to cradle it, but she appears to self-correct and drop her hand down to her side instead.”</p> <p>James also pointed out that the distance between Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry was deliberate as well.</p> <p>“There are some clues that Meghan’s response to the problems with her father is to assert her independence and confidence in her royal role. It could have been easy for her to become visually vulnerable and to lean on or shelter behind her husband for support – but by striding out in the lead she may have wanted to suggest resilience and even a sense of power.”</p> <p>Prince Harry appeared as nervous as ever when he’s near his wife, with the Duke of Sussex displaying anxious body language.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823606/body-language-harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f9d29f252fd74b35b4afbac7edbc8013" /></p> <p>“In contrast Harry appears a lot less masked, with several suggestions of anxiety visible in his facial expression and his body language. He looks tired and at times rather distant and reflective.” James said.</p> <p>“This [behaviour] would be normal for his father Charles but Harry has been the one Windsor male who always appeared jolly and lacking in any self-comfort traits. He begins by buttoning his jacket rather deliberately in two "barrier gestures", then hikes his trousers up from the back.”</p> <p>What do you think? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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How being nostalgic makes you healthier

<p>The sound of waves crashing on the shore, the smell of freshly baked biscuits, the chorus of your favourite rock song, these are all triggers for us to become nostalgic, to look back sentimentally on something in our past that holds deep personal meaning. But rather than just pleasant daydreaming, being nostalgic can have positive effects on our wellbeing.</p> <p>Studies have shown that people who are nostalgic are more confident, are more likely to maintain healthy relationships, have a greater sense of self-worth and are more optimistic about the future. Being nostalgic can also help counteract loneliness, which is a precursor to poor mental health.</p> <p><strong>So how does nostalgia work?</strong></p> <p>Nostalgia expert Krystine Batcho, professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, said nostalgia works on a psychological level by "helping a person maintain stability during times of change" and "helping them cope during times of adversity."</p> <p>"What nostalgia does is that it reconnects a person to their own history. It gives them a sense that even though so much change is going on around them, something stays the same – and that is very comforting, because change can be stressful," said Batcho.</p> <p>"People who are nostalgic are more likely to have a healthy sense of confidence and self-esteem and they’re also more likely to be interconnected socially," added Batcho, whose research involved developing an inventory test to measure the likelihood an individual will become nostalgic. </p> <p>According to Batcho, nostalgic people have healthy coping mechanisms that make them more willing to seek advice and emotional support from others and they are also more likely to engage in active problem solving – behaviours that have positive implications for those individuals’ health.</p> <p>"What we know from the health literature is that it’s very important to have a social support system in place when an individual is battling diseases that need a lot of treatment," she said. "Having a social support network can even be helpful in a preventative kind of way, because people who are connected socially are more likely to join a health club, a sports team, or monitor their diet or exercise progress because others are doing it with them."</p> <p>So what can we do to indulge in a bit of our own healthy daydreaming about days long gone? Below are the five ways you can use nostalgia to boost your wellbeing.</p> <p><strong>1. Have a nostalgic ritual<br /></strong></p> <p>The longing for a real something or someone from your past falls under the banner of 'personal nostalgia.' It could be for a loved one, a pet, place, school, a song, a possession, or any number of things. This kind of nostalgia is 'bittersweet', Batcho said, because it is a blend of ambivalent emotions – memories that are 'sweet' such as 'I liked my life back then' but also memories that are 'bitter' like 'But my brother was a real pain'.</p> <p>Interestingly, reliving the bitter as well as the sweet memories gives us a powerful tool to deal with hardships because it allows what Batcho calls 'positive reappraisal'. That’s where we see the good and the bad together, in turn helping us to see the positive in our present day hardship.</p> <p>To tap into your sense of personal nostalgia, try creating a ritual around something meaningful in your past and set aside some time to experience that ritual. It could be digging up old photographs on a quiet Sunday afternoon, reading a poem that you once liked, writing about an event from your past, or even reminiscing with a childhood friend over coffee.</p> <p>Batcho advised there is no hard and fast rule to what you should reminisce about or how often you should experience nostalgia, but "it should be used as frequently as is needed."</p> <p><strong>2. Hold a get-together and reminisce<br /></strong></p> <p>Sharing your nostalgic memories with others is a good way to nostalgise, said Tim Wildschut, associate professor within the psychology department at the University of Southampton, UK.</p> <p>Strapped for ideas about what to do? Think about how you can infuse something whimsical or retro into your next get-together with friends or family as a talking point for memories. You might like to set a historical theme with a dress code from a bygone era, or hold a vintage high tea with comfort foods from the past, or even ask everyone to bring a photo of themselves on their 21st birthday. </p> <p><strong>3. Let the music take you back</strong></p> <p>Both Wildschut and Batcho agreed that music is one of the best ways to experience nostalgia. "Listening to music gives the same benefits as writing about memories," Wildschut said.</p> <p>To find out which music will wind your mental clock back, think about the songs from your past that may have held special significance at landmark moments in your life. Was The Beatles' number playing when you had your first kiss? Was your first dance at your wedding an Elvis song? Play them as often as you like. While you’re listening, remind yourself why they mean so much to you and pay attention to lyrics that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling.</p> <p><strong>4. Do something childish - just for fun!</strong></p> <p>Doing things we did when we were kids can also be a useful strategy for dialling back to the past. "It might only be that a person has to go all the way back to the time of their childhood to when they felt safe and secure, and more importantly, really loved for who they were to find examples of problems that were dealt with earlier," said Batcho.</p> <p>Some ideas to bring out your inner child include colouring in, finger painting and swinging on swings in your local park. Chances are, if you feel a tad awkward about the behaviour as an adult, you’re heading down the right path.</p> <p><strong>5. Anticipate a loss (but enjoy the moment)</strong></p> <p>Anticipatory nostalgia is a type of nostalgia currently being investigated by researchers. This is when you feel nostalgic for the loss of something before you have even lost it – consider the example of a parent who might put a child on a bus for the first time and realise that one day their child will be so independent that they won’t need them anymore.</p> <p>Although tinged with some sadness, Batcho said this type may prove to be personally beneficial because it "reminds you to value and treasure being in the present moment, because it's true that nothing lasts forever."</p> <p>To experience this kind of nostalgia, think of the things in your everyday life that you highly value such as the coffee shop down the road that makes your favourite coffee and imagine a time when you will no longer have these things. Afterwards, remind yourself that you still do have them and make a point of enjoying them.</p> <p>What are the things in your life you are most nostalgic about? Join the conversation in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Dominic Bayley</span>. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/can-being-nostalgic-really-make-you-healthier.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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The cutest nicknames owners call their pets

<p>The best thing about having a pet, apart from their never-ending love and companionship, is that you can call them anything you want and they’ll usually respond to it based on your tone.</p> <p>Twitter user and pet owner @metroadlib posted a sweet tweet explaining that while her dog’s name is Cooper, she calls him a range of other things. These names include:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">my dog's name is cooper.<br /><br />i call him--<br />boubba<br />boub<br />honeybunny<br />coopypoopy<br />heyloverthisismorethanacrush<br />stinkboy<br />&amp; sweetboy.<br /><br />i use sweetboy the most.<br /><br />i call this mfer "cooper" exactly 7% of the time.</p> — fooler initiative (@metroadlib) <a href="https://twitter.com/metroadlib/status/1088123017681608706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This tweet resonated with a range of pet owners, who were quick to share what names they call their pets (apart from their actual names).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Koda<br /><br />Kodes<br />Kodesters<br />Koda Popeye<br />Koda Pops<br />Popeye my Popeye<br />Lovebug<br />This Little Butthead<br />Football Head <a href="https://t.co/TDiSi05DeU">pic.twitter.com/TDiSi05DeU</a></p> — chesapeake bae // ᜀ ᜋᜒ (@adotsaint) <a href="https://twitter.com/adotsaint/status/1088128527529058304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Turns out this is a common practice amongst pet owners, with one owner lamenting that his wife called one of their dogs by a nickname so much that it’s all he responds to now.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Our puppy was originally named Gary, here is how it has evolved since:<br />Gary<br />Gar Bear<br />Honey Bear<br /><br />He will now only answer to Honey Bear thanks to my wife. (He’s the white one in this photo) <a href="https://t.co/BCxhXGgnsL">pic.twitter.com/BCxhXGgnsL</a></p> — Thomas Newman (@ThomasNewman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasNewman/status/1088126652763308038?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This practice isn’t limited to dogs either, as cat owners joined in with their nicknames.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">This is Plum. also known as Plumbelina, Plumpert, Plumbarton Oaks, Plumples, Lil’ Baby, BunBun, and Plom. <a href="https://t.co/AekT7ptKRd">pic.twitter.com/AekT7ptKRd</a></p> — tekla 💜✨ (@alketrolyat) <a href="https://twitter.com/alketrolyat/status/1088125529151148034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Do you have any nicknames you call your pets? Let us know in the comments!</p>

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Prawn bisque

<p>This classic seafood soup is ideal for a special first course. A last–minute addition of chopped red capsicum brings a delightful flourish of flavour, texture and extra vitamins instead of the fat in the traditional swirl of cream.</p> <div id="ingredients"><strong>Ingredients</strong> <ul class="no-bullet"> <li>500 g raw prawns, without heads</li> <li>4 tablespoons dry white wine</li> <li>4 slices of lemon</li> <li>4 black peppercorns, lightly crushed</li> <li>2 sprigs of fresh parsley, stalks bruised</li> <li>1 bulb of fennel</li> <li>1 teaspoon lemon juice</li> <li>1 tablespoon (20 g) butter</li> <li>1 tablespoon sunflower oil</li> <li>1 French shallot, finely chopped</li> <li>½ cup (40 g) fine white breadcrumbs, made from day–old slices of bread</li> <li>pinch of paprika</li> <li>1 red capsicum, seeded and finely diced</li> <li>salt and pepper</li> <li>chopped leaves from the fennel bulb, or fresh herb fennel, to garnish</li> </ul> </div> <p><strong>Preparation</strong></p> <div> <ol> <li>Peel the prawns and set them aside.</li> <li>Place the shells in a large saucepan.</li> <li>Pour in 1.</li> <li>25 litres cold water and add the wine, lemon slices, peppercorns and parsley.</li> <li>Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.</li> <li>Skim off any scum that rises to the surface during cooking.</li> <li>Meanwhile, use a small sharp knife to make a shallow slit along the curved back of each prawn.</li> <li>With the tip of the knife remove the black vein and discard it.</li> <li>Cover and chill the prawns until required.</li> <li>Allow the prawn–shell stock to cool slightly, then discard the lemon slices.</li> <li>Line a sieve with muslin and place it over a large bowl.</li> <li>Process the stock in a blender or food processor until the shells are finely ground, then strain the stock through the muslin–lined sieve.</li> <li>Coarsely chop 85 g of the fennel, and finely chop the remainder of the bulb.</li> <li>Place the finely chopped fennel in a bowl, add the lemon juice and toss, then cover closely with plastic wrap and set aside.</li> <li>Melt the butter with the oil in the rinsed–out saucepan.</li> <li>Add the coarsely chopped fennel and the shallot.</li> <li>Cook, stirring frequently, over a moderate heat for about 8 minutes or until the vegetables are soft but not browned.</li> <li>Stir in the breadcrumbs, paprika and stock.</li> <li>Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat so that the soup simmers.</li> <li>Add the prawns and continue simmering for 3 minutes.</li> <li>Use tongs to remove 6 prawns; set them aside.</li> <li>Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste and simmer for a further 15 minutes.</li> <li>Purée the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth.</li> <li>Return to the pan and add the finely chopped fennel and the capsicum.</li> <li>Reheat.</li> <li>Serve garnished with the reserved prawns and chopped fennel leaves.</li> </ol> </div> <p><span class="red">Serves 6</span><br /><span class="red">Preparation:</span><span> </span>about 25 minutes, plus cooling<br /><span class="red">Cooking:</span><span> </span>about 55 minutes</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><span><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/recipes/prawn-bisque">Reader’s Digest</a></em></span><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><span><em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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The role Princess Diana played in Prince Andrew and Fergie’s romance

<p>In the summer of 1985, the start of a turbulent love affair between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson began.</p> <p>As old family friends, they had fallen out of touch for years before reconnecting as adults while attending Royal Ascot.</p> <p>“He was utterly charmed by her, she was nothing the Royal Family has ever seen before,” 9Honey's royal columnist, Victoria Arbiter said.</p> <p>"Fergie was funny, and boisterous and brash and she approached life with such a zest for life and enthusiasm and that in the beginning was utterly charming but ultimately, that led to her downfall."</p> <p>It was Princess Diana though that re-introduced the two to each other by inviting her fourth cousin and very good friend, Fergie to the event.</p> <p>In what was a friendly chat where Prince Andrew refused to take no for an answer when she said no to chocolate profiteroles (she was on a diet, she claimed) turned into a rollercoaster relationship for the two.</p> <p>Just nine months later, the couple announced their engagement in 1986.</p> <p>"She and Prince Andrew fell in love very quickly," Victoria explains.</p> <p>The Prince was so enamoured by Fergie’s sparkling red hair that he chose a ring featuring 10 diamonds around a Burmese ruby which complimented her locks perfectly.</p> <p>In an official engagement interview, the besotted Fergie pointed to Princess Diana in pulling the two lovebirds together and navigating her marriage into the Royal Family.</p> <p>"The Princess of Wales and I are extremely good friends and we naturally talk about lots of different subjects," she said, adding: "We're very, very good friends."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823673/gettyimages-1041846330.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b6cb9ae25d264670bba2962db39b3c93" /></p> <p>After they wed at Westminster Abbey, the two became Duke and Duchess of York.</p> <p>They welcomed two beautiful daughters, Princess Beatrice in 1988 and Princess Eugenie in 1990.</p> <p>However just two years after the birth of the youngest princess, Eugenie – the couple announced their heartbreaking divorce.</p> <p>The legal separation of the two was announced in March 1992, and the divorce was finalised in 1996 – following this, Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorce was finalised also.</p> <p>Rumours continue to circulate the Duke and Duchess of York about getting back together as a couple because they remain close friends and still live in the same home.</p> <p>Do you think Fergie and Prince Andrew will get back together romantically? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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13 normal fights even happy couples have

<p>Every couple fights and the ones who don't fess up to it are lying. Here’s how to stop getting stuck in the same old arguments.</p> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>1. "We never have sex anymore!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>It's a myth that well-matched couples have equally well-matched libidos, says Kimberly Hershenson, LCSW and couples therapist.</p> <p>And even if you were in sync the day you got married, kids, stress, illness, and other life events have a way of changing things.</p> <p>This means it's inevitable you'll have disagreements about sex.</p> <p>"There are other ways to feel connected if sex isn't happening as frequently as someone would like," she says.</p> <p>"Physical intimacy is obviously important in a marriage but many of my clients don’t realise the importance of having an emotional connection to their partner first."</p> <p>Once you are working as a team, you can troubleshoot bedroom strategies together.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>2. "Why did you like all your ex’s pictures on Facebook?!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Modern technology has lead to some uniquely modern relationship fights, especially when it comes to social media.</p> <p>"These days we see a lot of 'cyber-straying' which means sneakily looking up and even reconnecting with old flames, despite being with someone else," says Wendy L. Patrick, JD, PhD, behavioral expert and author of <em>Red Flags</em>.</p> <p>Then, when the partner inevitably finds out, they feel hurt and betrayed, she adds. The fix to this fight? Squelch that curiosity.</p> <p>"Curiosity compromises trust and secrets are relationship saboteurs," she says. "Ex-relationships are in the past for a reason."</p> <p>If you do want to maintain a connection with an ex, make sure your partner is in on all communications. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>3. "You love your phone more than you love me!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Smartphones and tablets are awesome but they are also a huge distraction, ready to interrupt your precious time with your partner at any second, Patrick says.</p> <p>Think checking a text or answering a quick email is not a big deal? Imagine if it was an actual person grabbing your attention every time a notification goes off. They'd quickly be the most annoying person in the room, right? So it's understandable how phones can become a major source of fights, she says.</p> <p>The solution is simple: Put away your phones and decide on tech rules you can both follow.</p> <p>"The impersonal nature of this communication often builds barriers, not bridges," she explains.</p> <p>"Remember, your partner is your lifeline. Uplifting, encouraging conversations infused with real emotion will revitalise your relationship in a way that no amount of emoticons could ever do."<a rel="noopener" href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/10-mobile-phone-etiquette-rules-you-should-be-following-but-arent" target="_blank" title="" data-original-title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>4. "Why am I the only one who does dishes around here?!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Couples have been fighting over chores, well, since chores were invented. This is because it's not really about who washes dishes or vacuums more, it's really about feeling like things are fair, says Fran Walfish, PhD., a relationship psychotherapist, author, and consultant on <em>The Doctors</em> TV show.</p> <p>"What you need to realise is there is no such thing as a 50-50 split of responsibility in a great marriage. There will be times each of you will have to give 100 percent," she explains.</p> <p>"Great couples learn to sacrifice willingly for one another without expecting something in return." Easier said than done, right?</p> <p>"Cultivate this mentality by finding little ways to serve your spouse every day," she adds.<a rel="noopener" href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/how-put-honeymoon-level-excitement-back-your-marriage" target="_blank" title="" data-original-title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>5. "Stop humming, it makes me want to rip my ears off!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Call it the lesson of your freshman college roommate: Live with someone long enough and you will find something about them that drives you absolutely insane.</p> <p>In long-term relationships, those little annoyances can fester into full-on warfare, especially if you use these quirks to intentionally trigger each other.</p> <p>"This is totally normal, even with the people we love the most," Walfish says.</p> <p>"Instead of creating a mental list of all the things your partner does that annoy you, try and put them in perspective and make a list of all the things they do well. Then extend grace for minor annoyances, knowing that your partner likely does the same for you."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>6. "Aren't you using the note system I created?"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Just like your partner has little habits that drive you nuts, they also likely have aspects of their personality that you wish were different.</p> <p>In the beginning of your relationship, it's easy to brush them off as cute quirks with the expectation you can change your partner later… and this is how you start a never-ending fight, says Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, a licensed therapist and founder of Relationup.</p> <p>"You complain and even overtly show your disdain, hoping that this will get your partner to change, however it only makes the problem worse," she explains.</p> <p>"Instead, learn how to accept and even find ways to appreciate the idiosyncrasies in your beloved."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>7. "Why don't you just divorce me if you’re this unhappy?"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Fighting over someone’s motives for staying in the relationship and even dropping the "D" word is surprisingly common, even in happy marriages, says Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, licensed clinical professional counsellor and co-founder of The Marriage Restoration Project.</p> <p>The problem with this argument isn't that you're fighting, it's that you automatically assume that fighting means divorce.</p> <p>"The truth is that all couples argue," he says. "Instead of wondering if you made the wrong choice, remember all the reasons you thought this person was the right choice - you will find that you’ve picked someone who will uniquely challenge you but will also help you achieve ultimate personal growth and healing." </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>8. "I feel like you don’t even know me anymore!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Just because two people are in a stable relationship doesn't mean they stop growing and changing - but it can be all too easy for couples to miss these milestones when they’re focused on kids, work, and all the other minutiae of daily life.</p> <p>This can lead to some very frustrating (but very normal) blowups, says Lesli Doares, couples' consultant and coach, author and host of <em>Happily Ever After is Just the Beginning</em>.</p> <p>"When we first meet and get married, there is a lot of conversation and sharing about who we each are but as the years go by, we think we know each other and continue to act as if neither has changed," she says.</p> <p>"The way to fix this fight is to keep asking each other questions and don't assume you know the answers."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>9. "I picked up the kids five days this week, you owe me!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Humans have an innate desire for equality and fairness so if you feel like you're consistently getting the short end of the stick, it can lead to major resentment and spark a serious argument.</p> <p>But scorecards are for golf, not relationships, so stop tallying up everything you do and comparing it to your spouse, Doares says.</p> <p>"If one of you isn't happy with the way things are going, the relationship cannot be happy and the way to stop this argument is to make decisions together," she says.</p> <p>"Learning how to reach an agreement that you both can support and implement is critical."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>10. "You take me for granted!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Is there any worse feeling than feeling like the (unpaid) maid, chauffeur, mechanic, nanny, or chef? Being taken for granted is a major - and understandable - source of fights between couples, says Allen W. Barton, PhD, a research scientist at the University of Georgia’s Centre for Family Research and founder of LiveYourVows.</p> <p>Thankfully the solution is as simple as these two little words: Thank you.</p> <p>"It’s such a simple thing that it often gets overlooked but expressing appreciation to your partner for things they have done for the relationship and family is key to stopping contention," he says.</p> <p>"Make it a practice to thank your spouse every day for something."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>11. "Are you hiding something?"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The short answer to this question is usually "yes".</p> <p>It’s not because we necessarily want to lie to our partners or that we’re inherently dishonest but rather that we think telling little white lies, or withholding the truth, will prevent a huge fight.</p> <p>Unfortunately, people can often tell when you're being less than truthful and the fight soon becomes about that.</p> <p>"Based on my research we’ve found that many people tell white lies to their partner and while the majority of people say that white lies are not okay they still find excuses to say them," says Jason B. Whiting, Ph.D, LMFT, professor of marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University and author of <em>Love Me True: Overcoming the Surprising Ways We Deceive in Relationships</em>. </p> <p>The antidote? Honesty.</p> <p>"Telling the truth, even if it's hard in the moment, will strengthen trust and make you closer in the long run," he says.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>12. The silent treatment</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The silent treatment - rare is the couple that hasn't had this fight-pretending-not-to-be-a-fight. But even though you're not yelling at each other, or even saying a harsh word, this fight can be just as damaging.</p> <p>This is because the silent treatment allows resentments to build and fester, says Erika Boissiere, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of The Relationship Institute of San Francisco. </p> <p>"Silence is a wedge that will drive more distance between you the longer it goes on," she says.</p> <p>"If you need something from your partner, you must request it. Your partner cannot mind-read your unspoken expectations. It is your job to ask for what you need in a kind, compassionate way."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>13. "Stop throwing the past in my face!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>It’s normal to look for patterns in behaviour, it can help you learn what to expect from others, yet constantly bringing up past mistakes is a sore spot for many couples.</p> <p>How do you decide when to forgive and forget and when it's important to remember?</p> <p>"You can't expect that when one person does something reckless, threatening, or destructive that their partner will just get over it," says Wendy Brown, clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and author of Why Love Succeeds.</p> <p>"Their worries, trauma, and concerns must be addressed before you can move on."</p> <p>This doesn't mean that this fight has to be an endless round robin of accusation, hurt, apology, and resentment though.</p> <p>"You need to look for ways to openly discuss the past in a calm way—a therapist can be an impartial third party to help you do this," she says.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Charlotte Hilton Andersen</span>. This article first appeared in </em><span><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/drama/13-normal-fights-even-happy-couples-have">Reader’s Digest</a></em></span><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><span><em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <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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Retirement income planning: 3 important questions you need to answer

<p>Planning for retirement can be a daunting process, with pressures to get your finances and priorities in order. If you do not have a clear idea of how you want your retirement to look like, here are the three questions to help you get started on achieving your dream retiree life.</p> <ol> <li><strong>When do you want to retire?</strong></li> </ol> <p>Having a ballpark idea of the age you want to stop working can help you figure out how much savings and income you will have when retirement comes. These include sources such as superannuation accounts and Age Pension entitlements.</p> <p>From here, you can calculate if these savings would be enough to last for the rest of your life. While no one knows how long their retirement will last exactly, it could be longer than expected. The current life expectancy for Australians is 82.5 years.</p> <p>Knowing the timing will not only give a proper foundation to determine the costs, but it can also help you sort out career and life plans with your partner and family.</p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong>How much will you need in retirement?</strong></li> </ol> <p>Consider your priorities. Whether you want to <span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/retirement-life/the-holidays-you-need-to-try-in-retirement/">travel</a></span>, take on new hobbies, live on a farm or spend more time with your grandchildren, these options will bring different <span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/retirement-life/how-much-do-you-need-to-live-comfortably-in-retirement/">expenses</a></span> and financial commitments to see through. Be as specific as possible with your wishes – how often you want to travel, what city you want to reside in – to gain an accurate picture of your future spending.</p> <p>Health expenses and emergency spending should also be factored in, as well as inflation rates. Even with senior benefits such as Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, it is likely that your medical expenses will go up as you grow older.</p> <p>Creating a preliminary budget will help you figure out the costs of your desired lifestyle and strategise accordingly.</p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong>How much do you have to save?</strong></li> </ol> <p>Saving early is the key. Most financial experts recommend committing 10 to 20 per cent of your income throughout the working years for retirement. However, if the numbers still come up short, there are some options to boost your retirement income.</p> <p>Finding part-time work or investing in assets, such as shares or property, could lower your savings burden. You can also unlock wealth from <span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/retirement-income/how-to-unlock-wealth-from-your-home">home equity</a></span> or other valuables at home. If you have real estate, there is also an option to top-up your pension with the <span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/retirement-income/options-for-boosting-income-during-retirement/">Pension Loans Scheme</a></span>.</p> <p>Another way is to adjust your retirement plan and make compromises, be it moving to a lower cost area or cutting down on the less necessary expenses.</p>

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How Amazon became the best of the best

<p>Any company whose brand becomes a common noun (without the capital letter, called an eponym) has made a big impact. Generations have cleaned the house with a hoover, blown their noses with a Kleenex, stored hot drinks in a thermos and xeroxed a document. Most of us google rather than search.</p> <p>Although not exactly the same thing, the goal of many new companies is to become ‘the Amazon of’ something. In wealth management and superannuation, many new entrants describe their strategy as aiming to become ‘the Amazon of financial services’.</p> <p>Well, good luck with that, because not only is Amazon a unique company, it may well want to become the Amazon of financial services itself. FinancialAdvisorIQ (part of the Financial Times group) recently published an article about digital financial advice (FA) called ‘Betterment Yearns to be Amazon of FAs. Does Amazon?’ including this statement:</p> <p>“Amazon entering wealth management would cause a major disruption to the advice industry, pushing down prices and driving up demand for far faster delivery of financial services.”</p> <p>And now Amazon is coming to Australia, and it will change retailing and other sectors such as property and shopping malls forever. Investors should consider whether other companies held in an investment portfolio can measure up to these challenges in a digital, fast-moving world.</p> <p><strong>CEO Jeff Bezos’s annual letter to shareholders</strong><br />Amazon has disrupted many industries, and destroyed companies such as Borders Bookstores, but in its 20 years, it has had negligible impact on financial services.</p> <p>Warren Buffett produces an annual letter to his shareholders which is widely quoted, but it’s less well-known that Amazon’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos does the same. It’s a completely different style. Buffett focuses on his returns and investments, and it’s clear that making money is the main game. In his 2017 letter, Bezos does not mention ‘profit’ once, while ‘customer’ receives 19 hits.</p> <p>There are a few highlights in Bezos’s letter that everyone can learn from, although the vast majority of large companies do not have the internal structures and processes to make them work. Bezos wants his company to always operate as if it’s Day 1, as Day 2 is a step to an excruciating, painful decline followed by death. Day 1 vitality requires obsessive customer focus.</p> <p>He identifies four rules for making high quality decisions that apply to managing a company, and they may be useful for investing or even making the most of a relationship. The rules are:</p> <p><strong>High velocity decision making</strong><br />Large organisations struggle to decide quickly because they fear failure. Speed matters, and where a decision is reversible, it should use a lightweight process. It doesn’t matter much if it’s wrong.</p> <p><strong>Don’t wait for certainty</strong><br />Most companies overestimate the cost of being wrong, whereas being slow will be expensive.</p> <p>“Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow. Plus, either way, you need to be good at quickly recognising and correcting bad decisions.”</p> <p><strong>Disagree and commit</strong><br />It’s often difficult to achieve consensus, as nobody can know with certainty the outcome of a new initiative. He says ‘disagree and commit’ saves a lot of time:</p> <p>“I disagree and commit all the time … (My staff) had a completely different opinion and wanted to go ahead. I wrote back right away with “I disagree and commit and hope it becomes the most watched thing we’ve ever made.” Consider how much slower this decision cycle would have been if the team had actually had to convince me rather than simply get my commitment.”</p> <p><strong>Recognise misalignment</strong><br />Misalignment between teams and objectives must be identified early and addressed, or the problem will lead to exhaustion.</p> <p>“Whoever has more stamina carries the decision. I’ve seen many examples of sincere misalignment at Amazon over the years. When we decided to invite third party sellers to compete directly against us on our own product detail pages – that was a big one. Many smart, well-intentioned Amazonians were simply not at all aligned with the direction. The big decision set up hundreds of smaller decisions, many of which needed to be escalated to the senior team. “You’ve worn me down” is an awful decision-making process. It’s slow and de-energising. Go for quick escalation instead – it’s better.”</p> <p><strong>Does it work?</strong><br />Many analysts have criticised Bezos over the years for investing in the business rather than creating more profits and dividends. When $10,000 invested in 1997 now has a value of about five million dollars, it’s hard to criticise success and the way Amazon is challenging other businesses the world over. Are investments in your portfolio ready for the Amazon challenge?</p> <p>Do you use Amazon? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by Graham Hand. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/superannuation/four-rules-amazon-uses-to-build-its-dominance.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Aussies go into meltdown over confusing road rules quiz

<p>A tricky road rule quiz has had Australian drivers debating, even after the answer has been revealed.</p> <p>The scenario-based question, posted by Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) on its Facebook page on Wednesday, led to a heated row as drivers could not agree on the correct answer. </p> <p>The page’s administrator went ahead to step in and ask everyone in the comments section to keep the discussion "civil".</p> <p>The post included a picture of four cars in an intersection, three of which were travelling through a green light. The red car was in the middle of the intersection while the pink car was behind the solid line and just about to pass through the traffic light, followed by the blue car at the back. All three cars indicated that they were going to change lanes from the left to the right.</p> <p>The question that the RACQ posed was: "Which vehicle, or vehicles, are performing an illegal manoeuvre?</p> <p>a. Red and Pink</p> <p>b. Red</p> <p>c. Pink</p> <p>d. Blue"</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fracqofficial%2Fphotos%2Fa.185021091535422%2F2053817167989129%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="671" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>One of the commenters suggested the red and pink cars, as the former was changing lanes in an intersection and the latter was crossing an unbroken line.</p> <p>Another suggested that while the pink car was clearly breaking the rule, the red car’s decision to change lanes on an intersection was not exactly safe.</p> <p>One argued that all three cars were in the wrong, as he claimed that changing lanes within 30 metres of an intersection was illegal.</p> <p>The RACQ revealed that only the pink car was making an illegal move. </p> <p>"The image shows a vehicle crossing a continuous line separating the lanes, which is illegal," it explained.</p> <p>"With the red car, while we don't advise people cross lanes at an intersection, it is not illegal to do so."</p> <p>When a commenter challenged the RACQ on the legality of changing lanes mid-intersection after passing through a solid line, the motoring organisation referred to the state laws.</p> <p>"In Queensland, line markings aren’t carried through an intersection (apart from turn lines)," the RACQ responded. "There isn't anything in the road rules that says you can't change lines in an intersection, but we would advise against it."</p> <p>A commenter complained about how different road rules are across Australia. </p> <p>"One thing becomes clear … I see a lack of uniformity via separate state laws," he said.</p> <p>"We are one small (in terms of population) nation … Why the hell can't we have national uniform laws, that generate no confusion and are easily stated in one rule book."</p> <p>What do you think of this confusing road rules question above? Share your thoughts in the comments.</p>

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Leave your lunch at home and head down to your local Bunnings!

<p>Leave your lunch at home today and enjoy an Aussie staple to help out those in need.</p> <p>Bunnings around the country are firing up their barbecues to raise much-needed money that go towards those who have been impacted by the Townsville floods and the Tasmanian bushfires.</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/BtZxJabhhSv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" 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/BtZxJabhhSv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank">Fires, emergencies, smoke, ash, evacuations, despair, anxiety, charred forest are some of the adjectives to describe the last few weeks in little old Geeveston , Huon Valley, Tasmania. 📷abchobart Though not displaced by home, we are certainly displaced by our business in being one of the numbers in this little community. Thank the Lord, thank the TFS, Tas Police &amp; local authorities in sparing lives in this story so far though it’s not over yet ! Geeveston will rebirth, regenerate and literally rise from the ashes when this passes 🙏🏻 Please look forward to the next chapter ... Sincere heartfelt thanks to the many private and other messages to date including @lukewmcgregor @louiselovebrand @stevecumper1 among many others. 💕 • • • #tasmanianfireservice #tasmanianbushfires #geeveston #rosehaven #geevestontasmania #risefromtheashes #therealalannahhill</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/theoldbankofgeeveston/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank"> The Old Bank Of Geeveston</a> (@theoldbankofgeeveston) on Feb 2, 2019 at 6:19pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bunnings will have the barbecues running from 9 am to 4pm, so you’ve got plenty of time to get down and help out.</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/Bt181HWgFrG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_control" 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/Bt181HWgFrG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_control" target="_blank">Grab a snag tomorrow from 9am to 4pm at your local store to support our national fundraiser for @givit_aus 🌭 Stores across the country will be behind the BBQ raising funds for the Townsville flood emergency, while the Tassie team will be supporting the recent Tasmania bushfires.</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/bunnings/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_control" target="_blank"> Bunnings Warehouse</a> (@bunnings) on Feb 13, 2019 at 5:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bunnings partnered with GIVIT, who are directing funds directly to those who need it most in the impacted communities around Australia. </p> <p>GIVIT founder and Director Juliette Wright is on the ground in Townsville, lending a hand to those who have lost everything in the floods.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823297/queensland-flood-gallery-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/569e6a56b98a4f68b1a9bf33e82f2105" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Townsville floods</em></p> <p>“Front line services, charities and counsels are telling us what people need. And we ask generous Australians to fill that need,” Juliette told <a rel="noopener" href="https://kitchen.nine.com.au/2019/02/14/15/55/bunning-stores-host-sausage-sizzle-for-townsville-floods" target="_blank">9Honey Kitchen.</a></p> <p>“It’s about making sure the people in need get exactly what they need when they need it. Like a mum who has a newborn and a one-year-old and cannot afford an electric kettle,” Juliette added.</p> <p>“We’re focusing on essential items. Safety equipment and cleaning equipment as they’re still in the early phases of recovery.”</p> <p>Will you be heading down to Bunnings today to help raise funds for the victims of the Townsville floods and Tasmanian bushfires? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Good news: Facebook finally lets you ‘unsend’ messages

<p>For those of you who have sent a private message to the wrong person and wished for there to be a way to unsend it, you’re not alone. Facebook has listened to its users and added an ‘unsend’ feature to Messenger.</p> <p><a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/5/18211255/facebook-messenger-unsend-delete-feature-sent-mark-zuckerberg">The Verge</a> has reported that if you have the latest version of Messenger for iOs (Apple) and Android, you will be able to delete messages that you were never meant to send. However, you only have 10 minutes to do so after sending the first message, otherwise the feature doesn’t work.</p> <p>The added feature comes after users demanded to have it implemented after seeing CEO Mark Zuckerberg being able to delete a message after sending it out. The feature was originally only for “higher ups” within Facebook, but after multiple sources noted that messages that they received from the CEO had disappeared, that was when news of the ‘unsend’ feature came to light.</p> <p>It took Facebook nine months to implement the ‘unsend’ feature for all users, but it’s finally here. Facebook also said that it would limit Zuckerberg’s use of the feature until everyone was able to use it.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7823677/messenger-unsend.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3205103eaf4249ada947ec6d0fb7c9cc" /></p> <p><em>Source: The Verge</em></p> <p><strong>How to use the feature</strong></p> <ol> <li>Press and hold on the message you want to delete. Note: <strong>Must be done within 10 minutes of sending the first message.</strong></li> <li>Tap ‘Remove’ when Messenger displays the ‘Copy’, ‘Forward’ etc section.</li> <li>You can then choose whether you want to remove for everyone and remove for you. If you choose ‘Remove for everyone, the people in the chat will be notified that you have removed the message.</li> <li>Choose your option and then click on ‘Remove’.</li> <li>It will show that you have removed a message in Messenger.</li> </ol> <p>Will you be using this feature? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Kensington Palace shares rare photos of Princess Diana

<p><span>Kensington Palace has released a rare throwback photograph of Princess Diana and Prince William in celebration of the Duke's new patronage.</span></p> <p>On Wednesday, Prince William officially became the Royal Patron of The Passage, a charity focusing on homelessness.</p> <p>The Palace announced the news with pictures of his first visit to the charity in 1993, when he went with his mother and brother Prince Harry.</p> <p>The first photograph depicted Princess Diana sitting with Prince Harry on her lap and Prince William nearby. The second showed the charity's visitor book signed by the Princess and her first son.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This entry in The <a href="https://twitter.com/PassageCharity?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PassageCharity</a> visitor’s book marks The Duke of Cambridge's first visit with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1993. <a href="https://t.co/iKgC5pQMaB">pic.twitter.com/iKgC5pQMaB</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1095653653107617792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential in life," Prince William said in a statement.</p> <p>The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge marked the news with another visit to the charity, in which he helped serve food in the resource centre’s kitchen and met with clients and volunteers for the charity’s 'Home for Good' program.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">8-10 volunteers support Head Chef Nour Shab in the kitchen every day. <br /><br />2,651 homeless people were supported by <a href="https://twitter.com/PassageCharity?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PassageCharity</a> in 2017/18 - this was made possible with the help of the charity’s 450 regular volunteers who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. <a href="https://t.co/P0xSVsCMAd">pic.twitter.com/P0xSVsCMAd</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1095660758409596928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Duke has also been a Patron to Centrepoint, a charity that supports homeless youths, since 2005, following in the footsteps of his mother who had filled the role from 1992 until her death in 1997. </p> <p>When he took over the role at the age of 23, he told <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1498374/William-becomes-patron-of-the-homeless.html" target="_blank"><em>The Telegraph</em></a>, "My mother introduced that sort of area to me a long time ago. It was a real eye-opener and I am very glad she did. It has been something I have held close to me for a long time."</p> <p>On Thursday, Prince William also visited a number of men’s mental health charities in London, including the 'Future Dads' program run by the charity Future Men where he discussed issues surrounding fatherhood.</p> <p>"Whenever a high-profile royal visits any organisation, they bring the spotlight with them so his visit will naturally be a huge boost for awareness of the issue," royal expert Victoria Murphy told <a href="http://sandhillsexpress.com/abc_world/prince-william-visits-mens-mental-health-charities-in-london-abcid36158055/"><em>ABC News</em></a>.</p> <p>"So public visits, where they speak about and endorse the work of the charities in this area as well as meeting and speaking to people they have helped, are an important part of helping to achieve this."</p>

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Celebrity items that fetched top dollar at auctions

<p>Bob Dylan’s guitar, which he used on his first electric tour in 1966, recently sold at auction for an eye-watering US$490,000!</p> <p>The 1965 Fender Telecaster had also been used by other musicians like Eric Clapton and George Harrison.</p> <p>That’s certainly not the first time celebrity memorabilia have sold for a huge chunk of change.</p> <p>Check out these other instances:</p> <p><strong>1. Russell Crowe’s movie memorabilia (US$2.8 million)</strong></p> <p>The Gladiator star held an auction dubbed “The Art of Divorce” in Sydney last April to sell 227 of his personal valuables and movie memorabilia.</p> <p>Among the items that sold were a leather jockstrap he wore in Cinderella Man, an antique violin he learned how to play for the movie Master and Commander, and his director’s chair from American Gangster.</p> <p>The auction netted the actor an impressive US$2.8 million.</p> <p>Not bad for an afternoon’s work.</p> <p><strong>2. JK Rowling’s chair (US$394,000)</strong></p> <p>The chair that author JK Rowling sat on when she worked on the first two Harry Potter novels sold for US$394,000 in 2016.</p> <p>According to a note that Rowling sent to the new owner, this was the comfiest of four mismatched chairs she had been given when she lived in a council flat in Edinburgh, which was why it became the chair of choice in front of her typewriter.</p> <p><strong>3. Albert Einstein’s notes (US$1.8 million)</strong></p> <p>The Nobel Prize-winning physicist had given a courier two handwritten notes in 1922 in lieu of a tip when he was staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.</p> <p>Those two notes sold for a whopping US$1.8 million in October last year.</p> <p>One of the notes reads: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”</p> <p>Very practical - but expensive - advice indeed.</p> <p><em>Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/celebrity-items-fetched-top-dollar-auction">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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