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Bunnings snag saga: Over 8000 people to attend protest

<p>Bunnings Warehouse isn’t just a hardware store, it’s an Australian icon.</p> <p>And with Aussie’s all over the country visiting the national icon every weekend for a sausage sizzle, you could imagine the outrage when Bunnings decided to change the way they assemble their snags.</p> <p>Many consider the simple sausage, onions, sauce and bread combo an Aussie masterpiece that shouldn’t be messed with, but that’s exactly what Bunnings did after they cited safety concerns for their decision on placing the onions at the bottom of the bun rather than the top.</p> <p>“Safety is always our No 1 priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” said Debbie Poole, Bunnings’ chief operating officer.</p> <p>And the decision was not taken lightly, as fans took to social media to voice their outrage over the controversial decision. And while the announcement was made early last week, the decision is still top priority for people around the nation, because of course, Bunnings’ sausage sizzle should always take precedence.</p> <p>And to prove how frustrated they are, a protest has been organised through Facebook where those who attend will throw onions on the ground in order to prove a point.</p> <p><img style="width: 474.9518304431599px; height:500px;" src="/media/7822046/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2999272626bd42fba9ec47ea0e8d4857" /></p> <p>The event, which is titled, “Throwing your onion on the ground at Bunnings and then slipping” is set to take place at Bunnings in Chatswood, Sydney on December 15.</p> <p>“Protest this disgrace of REORDERING the snags at Bunnings by throwing your onion on the ground and slipping on it,” says the description.</p> <p>The event currently has 8000 people attending and that number is predicted to increase even further.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Bunnings is making people doing BBQs put the onion on the bread, then sausage, because onions can be a trip hazard if they fall off the bread when they're on top <a href="https://t.co/xke1fb48qg">https://t.co/xke1fb48qg</a></p> — Josh Butler (@JoshButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshButler/status/1062217884733124608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">What an outrage! Onion first? What’s next, cheese before the patty on a burger. OH&amp;S gone mad <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bunnings?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bunnings</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sausagegate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sausagegate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/onionoppression?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#onionoppression</a></p> — SlamChops (@ChopsSlam) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChopsSlam/status/1062227473683886080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Good. I've been avoiding Bunnings for years out of fear I'd slip on the piles of onion shreds everywhere. <a href="https://t.co/JNQ2hqdJsi">https://t.co/JNQ2hqdJsi</a></p> — Nic Negrepontis (@NicNegrepontis) <a href="https://twitter.com/NicNegrepontis/status/1062206126710616065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Actual footage of the person that slipped over the onion sliver <a href="https://t.co/TPFG3bNwZT">pic.twitter.com/TPFG3bNwZT</a></p> — Myserys (@NaiveMyserys) <a href="https://twitter.com/NaiveMyserys/status/1062271592087007233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Despite Bunnings being adamant that the taste will remain the same, snag fanatics aren’t buying it as they refuse to let the issue go until it’s resolved.</p> <p>Do you think the Bunnings snag saga is getting out of hand? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Mango chicken salad

<p>Here is a very special salad – new potatoes, slices of tender grilled chicken and asparagus tossed in a fresh orange dressing while still warm and then gently mixed with juicy mango slices and baby salad leaves. It makes a delicious and well balanced meal all on its own.</p> <p><strong>Serves:</strong> 4</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 clove garlic, crushed</li> <li>1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger</li> <li>1 tablespoon light soy sauce</li> <li>2 teaspoons sunflower oil</li> <li>2 skinless chicken breast fillets, about 175g each</li> <li>800g new potatoes, scrubbed</li> <li>2 large sprigs of fresh mint</li> <li>125g asparagus spears</li> <li>1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced</li> <li>150g mixed baby salad leaves such as English spinach, and cos and red coral lettuces</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Fresh orange dressing</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest</li> <li>1 tablespoon orange juice</li> <li>1 teaspoon dijon mustard</li> <li>2 tablespoons sunflower oil</li> <li>1 tablespoon walnut oil</li> <li>salt and pepper</li> </ul> <p><strong>Method: </strong></p> <ol> <li>Put the garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sunflower oil in a bowl and whisk together. Add the chicken breasts and turn to coat both sides, then leave to marinate for 15 minutes.</li> <li>Put the potatoes in a saucepan, pour over boiling water to cover and add the mint sprigs. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. At the same time, put the asparagus in a steamer basket or metal colander, cover and set over the pan of potatoes to steam. Cook thin asparagus spears for 4-5 minutes, thick spears for 8-10 minutes, or until just tender.</li> <li>Drain the potatoes (discard the mint) and leave until cool enough to handle, then cut into thick slices. Cut the asparagus diagonally into 6cm lengths.</li> <li>Preheat the grill to moderate. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on the grill rack. Grill for about 15 minutes, brushing frequently with the marinade and turning once, until cooked through and the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with the tip of a knife. Leave to rest for 3-4 minutes, then slice.</li> <li>To make the dressing, put the orange zest and juice, mustard and sunflower and walnut oils in a large serving bowl, and whisk together until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.</li> <li>Transfer the warm sliced chicken, potatoes and asparagus to the serving bowl and gently toss together to coat with the dressing. Add the mango and salad leaves and toss gently again. Serve immediately, while still warm.</li> </ol> <p><em>This article first appeared in <span><strong><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/recipes/mango-chicken-salad">Reader’s Digest.</a></strong></span> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best subscription <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>offer</strong></span></a>.</em></p>

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Aussies getting ripped off by “sneaky” mobile phone plans

<p>A woman from Sydney has placed Australian telcos under a microscope after claiming they ripped her off by $160, labelling them as “sneaky”.</p> <p>Residing in western Sydney, Samantha Shoaib was on a two-year contract with Telstra where she paid $85 per month for 11GB of data and a brand new Samsung phone.</p> <p>But despite her contract ending on June 30 this year, Mrs Shoaib was continuously charged $85 per month – even though she had paid off the cost of her handset – until she contacted her provider.</p> <p>After raising the issue with Telstra, the company gave her a partial refund of $90 out of the total $160.</p> <p>She also switched to a more affordable plan that charged her $49 a month and gave her three times more data than her previous plan.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/aussies-wasting-millions-on-excess-data-and-other-mobile-phone-charges/news-story/14c495a09f0553cfbfc877d0e2fcb9be" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Mrs Shoaib said that telcos use cunning advertising tactics to trick customers into thinking they’re getting a good deal. Instead of listing the cost of the handset and data separately, they were now “bundled together” with a monthly flat rate, as she claims it’s a “sneaky” way of charging higher prices.</p> <p>According to Mrs Shoaib, the trick is being used by telco companies around the country as more and more consumers are getting sucked in.</p> <p>“Technically they are not doing anything fraudulently, but my concern is that while I am of sound mind and should have known better, a lot of people such as the elderly might not understand this stuff and might end up being ripped off for years because they just think it’s how much a mobile phone costs,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s a sneaky way of handling phone plans these days.”</p> <p>Matt Jones, the founder of telecommunications company OVO, said that contracts were to blame for customers being overcharged.</p> <p>“Mobile deals are getting better every month, but you’re locked in to be overcharged for two to three years,” he said.</p> <p>“Add a handset charge to that and you’re just paying through the nose for something that, because you signed a contract, your telco is under no obligation to let you out of.</p> <p>“The only way to avoid this is to go prepaid and find another way to pay for the handset.”</p> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tio.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/257320/Telecommunications-Industry-Ombudsman-Annual-Report-2018.pdf" target="_blank">Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Annual Report</a> states that in the last financial year, 51,328 complaints were made about mobile phone services. Out of those, 25.5 per cent of complaints where related to charges for service or equipment fees.</p> <p>Do you think you're paying too much for your current mobile phone plan? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Happy anniversary! Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 71 years of marriage

<p>On November 20, Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary together.</p> <p>The royal couple said “I do” to each other on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Town &amp; Country</em>, many were not initially excited about the couple’s union as their engagement was shortly after World War II and Philip was considered to be “too German” by some.</p> <p>However, the duo’s love triumphed over their adversity and the wedding ended up being a particularly popular event.</p> <p>The then future-Queen purchased her wedding dress using clothing coupons she had received from the rationing during WWII.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 392.9577464788733px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822040/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bfe6e1b8224441c8a8e2a2a8de85f46d" /></p> <p>This year, the royals quietly celebrated their anniversary after the Queen visited the Headquarters of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Parliament Square to mark the 150th anniversary of its royal charter.</p> <p>The couple, who share four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren together, have made special tributes to each other over the years.</p> <p>For their 50th wedding anniversary, the Queen made a speech in honour of her husband.</p> <p>“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking,” she said.</p> <p>“Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner. He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."</p> <p>During the same celebration for their Golden Wedding Anniversary, Philip shared the secret to their long-lasting marriage.</p> <p>“I think the main lesson we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient in any happy marriage… You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance,” he said.</p> <p>Last year for their 70th wedding anniversary, the palace released a new portrait of the couple to the public.</p> <p>The special photo of the Queen and Prince Philip was taken by Matt Holyoak in early November 2017.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">To mark The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's 70th Wedding Anniversary, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide. <a href="https://t.co/Jl6elndhFe">pic.twitter.com/Jl6elndhFe</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/932006703217995776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <p>The royal family’s official Twitter account revealed that the photos were framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s portraits of King George III and his wife, Queen Charlotte.</p> <p>King George and Charlotte were married for 57 years. </p> <p>Congratulations to the Queen and Prince Philip on their special milestone!</p>

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Another royal is getting married!

<p>This year the Queen saw two of her grandchildren, Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie, tie the knot to their respective partners.</p> <p>Now, it has been revealed that another royal wedding is on the cards next year.</p> <p>One of the Queen’s goddaughters, Princess Theodora of Greece, has announced her engagement to her American boyfriend, Matthew Kumar.</p> <p>The 35-year-old is the youngest daughter of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.</p> <p>In 1974, the monarch was formally abolished in Greece, however, members of the family are still known by their royal titles and mingle within European royal circles.</p> <p>The bride-to-be announced the news on Instagram along with a sweet photo of her and her fiancé.</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/BqPuwQ6FvFY/?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/BqPuwQ6FvFY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Words can’t express our happiness and excitement. I can’t wait to marry this wonderful man. I love you Matt ♥️</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/tgreece/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Theodora</a> (@tgreece) on Nov 16, 2018 at 7:11am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Words can’t express our happiness and excitement. I can’t wait to marry this wonderful man. I love you Matt," she wrote.</p> <p>Theodora’s parents released a statement expressing their joy over the happy news.</p> <p>"Their Majesties King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie are delighted to announce the engagement of their youngest daughter Theodora to Mr. Matthew Kumar.</p> <p>"Further details about the forthcoming wedding will be provided in due course.</p> <p>"Mr. Matthew Kumar, 34, was born and raised in Southern California to Sam and Lonnie Kumar. He is a practicing attorney in Los Angeles."</p> <p>The guest list for the lavish wedding is likely to feature many European royals, including Queen Elizabeth II.</p> <p>Her Majesty became Theodora’s godmother at her christening in 1983.</p> <p>If the Queen is unable to attend the wedding, it is expected that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will go in her place.</p> <p>Princess Mary will also receive an invitation to the ceremony as her husband, Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, is Theodora’s cousin.</p> <p>Theodora was raised in England but moved to America to pursue acting and now goes by the stage name 'Theodora Greece'.</p> <p>She is best known for playing the character Alison Montgomery on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>. </p>

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Michael Schumacher’s son opens up about his father’s injuries

<p>In what is considered a rare admission, Michael Schumacher’s son has reportedly said that he “finds it hard” to cope due to his father’s injuries, according to a friend.</p> <p>Five years ago, racing legend Michael Schumacher was critically injured in the French Alps while skiing during a family holiday.</p> <p>His son Mick, 19, stays silent much like the rest of his family when discussing the current situation of Michael.</p> <p>According to Nicklas Nielson, who is allegedly a close friend of Mick’s, Michael’s condition “remains a mystery”.</p> <p>Speaking to Danish newspaper <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bt.dk/formel-1/dansk-stortalent-skriver-kontrakt-med-schumacher" target="_blank"><em>BT</em></a>, Mr Nielson said: “Mick does not say he is sad about his father. He just said sometimes that it is sometimes hard.</p> <p>“I know him very well, also privately. He is a very quiet and calm guy. Very nice and welcoming and he talks to everyone.</p> <p>“It was completely closed and not talked about. I still do a little karting with Ralf Schumacher and his team and nobody talks about it.”</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/Bl0GI8zHOcU/?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/Bl0GI8zHOcU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#Repost @f1 with @get_repost ・・・ LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Congratulations to Mick Schumacher, who secured his first F3 win on Saturday. It came at Spa, where, in 1992, his father Michael took the first of his record 91 F1 wins. Congratulations too for the other F3 winners this weekend - Jehun Daruvala and Dan Ticktum 👏🏆👨‍👦 . #F1 #Formula1 #F3 #Spa #Schumacher #Father #Son #Motorsport #Spa #SpaFrancorchamps @mickschumacher @circuit_spa_francorchamps</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/mickschumacher/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Mick Schumacher</a> (@mickschumacher) on Jul 29, 2018 at 4:31am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After colliding with a rock and injuring his head while skiing, it's believed Michael has been left unable to move, even after two major operations that saved his life.</p> <p>It is reported that he is receiving round-the-clock care at his Switzerland retreat.</p> <p>Mr Nielson speculated that while Michael may be on the road to recovery, he will officially leave the retreat once he is “completely rehabilitated”, but he went on to say that it is hard to predict exactly what is happening.</p> <p>Michael is considered a racing legend as the German competed in Formula One for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton, Mercedes and Ferrari, who he had the longest relationship with.</p> <p>He is the only driver to date to win seven Formula One World Championships – five of them he won consecutively.</p> <p>The official Formula One website says that Michael is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”.</p>

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The bizarre tradition the Queen will make Duchess Meghan and her mum do on Christmas Day

<p>Next month, Duchess Meghan will enjoy her first Christmas as an official member of the Royal Family with her mum Doria Ragland.</p> <p>And according to a royal expert, both guests will partake in a very bizarre royal tradition while they are away at Sandringham House.</p> <p>Royal expert and editor of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Majesty</em> magazine, Ingrid Stewart, claims that each member of the family, including the former actress’ husband Prince Harry, is weighed before and after they devour their traditional Christmas dinner, reported <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Sun</u></em><u>.</u></strong></a></p> <p>Ingrid revealed that the Queen asks each of her guests to “weigh themselves” using a pair of antique scales when they first arrive at the estate in Norfolk for the Christmas period.</p> <p>The unusual ritual was created to ensure that the monarch’s guests are having a great time and are “well fed”.</p> <p>The tradition, which applies to all members of the royal clan, dates back to King Edward VII’s reign in the early 1900s.</p> <p>Although the rules have been bent to allow Doria to join the family for the holidays, the sacred tradition means both Meghan and her mum will be weighed when they arrive and leave the residence.</p> <p>On Christmas Day, the royals will enjoy a traditional turkey dinner at lunchtime after attending two church services together in the morning.</p> <p>After walking off their meal on the grounds of the Sandringham estate, they will then indulge in an afternoon tea spread, which features a “gargantuan iced cake”.</p> <p>In the evening, the family enjoy a candlelit dinner in the dining room.</p> <p>For the Christmas Day meals, guests are expected to “enter the dining room in order of seniority”.</p> <p>Like most families, “paper hats are donned, but not by the Queen”.</p> <p>What are your Christmas traditions? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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A British royal has just snuck into Sydney!

<p>Just a month ago, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were in Australia on their royal tour to support the 2018 Invictus Games and mingle with fans Down Under.</p> <p>Now, another member of the Royal Family has arrived in the country on official duty.</p> <p>Prince Andrew arrived in Sydney this week to attend various engagements surrounding his Pitch@Palace initiative.</p> <p>The Duke of York shared a photo of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to social media along with a caption.</p> <p>He wrote, "Good morning Sydney! #pitchatpalace On Tour Sydney takes place later today @sydoperahouse!"</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/BqVtaT5gfi5/?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/BqVtaT5gfi5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Good morning Sydney! #pitchatpalace On Tour Sydney takes place later today @sydoperahouse!</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/hrhthedukeofyork/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke of York</a> (@hrhthedukeofyork) on Nov 18, 2018 at 2:55pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This is the second year Prince Andrew has travelled to Sydney for the initiative, which focuses on supporting Entrepreneurs.</p> <p>Named “Pitch@Palace 2.0”, the program "gives Entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality”.</p> <p>It also gives entrepreneurs access to mentors and advisors, distribution systems and supply chains, connections and investment.</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/BjzqLgHgTpq/?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/BjzqLgHgTpq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A wonderful and proud day celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday and @hrhthedukeofyork for his first Trooping the Colour as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. #troopingthecolour</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/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Jun 9, 2018 at 7:24am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>According to the official website, Pitch@Palace also has a global component that helps "build access and connectivity around the world".</p> <p>Prince Andrew will also travel to Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast for the program over the next nine days.</p> <p>Although the Royal Family are heavily watched, it’s not impossible for members to fly into countries undetected.</p> <p>In June, Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, also arrived in Sydney unnoticed.</p> <p>The 30-year-old was later spotted around Sydney attending a lunch and touring St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst.</p> <p>The Queen’s granddaughter spent 90 minutes meeting hospital staff and patients.</p> <p>"What she wanted to come to see, in particular, was the mental health department. She has a specific interest in that, as well as in HIV," a hospital spokesman said.</p> <p>"She also toured the emergency department and inpatient wards and she went to Caritas, our mental health unit, and met with staff, psychiatrists, nursing staff and patients."</p> <p>"The staff were very struck by her personal interest in their endeavours, particularly in mental health."</p> <p>"She was delightful. The staff were really blown away. She was very, very present."</p> <p>"She's like her mum (Sarah, Duchess of York) and her late aunt (Diana, Princess of Wales) and was extremely engaged and interested."</p> <p>Prince Andrew and his daughters have visited Australia several times as Fergie’s sister, Jane, has lived in the country for more than 30 years.</p>

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Outraged Lisa Wilkinson hits out at PM Scott Morrison: "You don't get it"

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has slammed Scott Morrison over his comments about Pamela Anderson and demanded the Prime Minister to apologise to the<span> </span><em>Baywatch</em><span> </span>star “for the sake of your two daughters.”</p> <p>On Monday night's episode of <em>The Project</em>, Wilkinson raised the issues surrounding Morrison’s “smutty” comments as he said his friends wanted to be “special envoys” to the star.</p> <p>“The problem is we don’t think you get it Prime Minister, because when you dismiss a woman’s ideas while stirring in some sexual innuendo it’s not just your words we’re hearing, it’s every time a boys club has got in the way of our hopes and dreams,” Wilkinson said.</p> <p>“It’s every disgusting comment we’ve heard muttered as we innocently walk down the street and just chalk up to being female.</p> <p>“It’s every time we’ve been belittled simply for being a woman. And if you think this is just a fake outrage from some of the bleeding-heart left think again.”</p> <p>Clearly outraged, Wilkinson asked the Prime Minister to have his family in mind when he attempts to be a “fair dinkum” every man.</p> <p>“I wonder if this is how you would like men in the future to be talking about your girls?” she said.</p> <p>“I think it’s time for you to apologise to Pamela Anderson, if not for us than at least for the sake of your two daughters and for all the little boys out there too.”</p> <p>The segment caused a debate between <em>The Project</em> hosts, with Steve Price and Peter Helliar butting heads over Morrison’s choice of words.</p> <p>Price wanted to give the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt, as he believed he wouldn’t “genuinely think that” about Anderson and this was an attempt to reach out to the younger demographic.</p> <p>“I would be pretty certain that a fundamental Christian like him with a wife and two daughters would not really feel all that comfortable about what he said. And if he was sensible, as you have suggested, he should say I made a mistake to Pamela Anderson and I apologise, end of matter,” said Price.</p> <p>But Helliar felt differently, as he said: “But we do have the right to hold our Prime Minister to a higher standard, and just because he walks into an FM radio studio doesn’t mean he’s not the Prime Minister anymore.”</p> <p>“No – but is there no male on this panel that has made a gag like that in their life?” Price retaliated. “Including you and me probably.”</p> <p>“Yeah, we’re allowed to evolve,” responded Helliar. “And I think instead of being defensive about what you just saw, we should listen to what we just saw and heard and then take it with us.”</p> <p>“Correct,” said an agitated Price.</p> <p>“I’m not saying you’re not doing that,” fired back Helliar.</p> <p>The Prime Minster was heard on Gold Coast radio station Hot Tomato FM laughing at Pamela Anderson’s comments she made on <em>60 Minutes </em>requesting Morrison to bring Wikileaks founder Julian Assange back home to Australia.</p> <p>“I’ve had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson,” he said.</p> <p>But his comments were not welcomed by Anderson as she wrote in a letter published by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/pamela-anderson-my-open-letter-to-australian-pm-scott-morrison-on-julian-assange" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Beast</em></a> that his words were “smutty” and “lewd”.</p> <p>“You trivialised and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family. You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion,” she wrote.</p> <p>“We all deserve better from our leaders, especially in the current environment.”</p>

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Angela Bishop’s 11-year-old daughter’s brave interview about losing her dad will bring you to tears

<p>In what would have been a brave moment for Angela Bishop’s daughter Amelia, the 11-year-old has opened up to <em><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/angela-bishop-husband-52487">Woman’s Day</a></em> magazine in an exclusive interview about losing her beloved father a year ago after a battle with a rare cancer.</p> <p>The only child of the entertainment reporter described to the women’s magazine how she had made her dad, Peter Baikie – who lay in his hospital bed knowing his days were numbered – his favourite chocolate cake for his 55<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p> <p>Amelia recalled, “Daddy got a taste of his early birthday cake. I had to blow out the candles – he had oxygen tubes and it could have blown up the hospital and we didn’t need that.”</p> <p>Fun-loving Peter, who loved to joke around with his daughter, “had a lick of the icing, the rest of us had a piece of cake,” Amelia explained.</p> <p>Sadly, these heartfelt days were the last Angela, Amelia and Pete would all spend together as a family.</p> <p>Choking back tears, Angela shared, “We were planning his birthday party for the following week and instead we had his funeral.”</p> <p>It has now been 12 months since Pete lost his devastating battle with a rare cancer, and the girls have had to endure “a couple of firsts” since his passing.</p> <p>Angela continued, “The first Father’s Day, which was awful, both our birthdays – Amelia’s was in October and mine was in September, very close to Father’s Day.”</p> <p>She added, “That was a difficult week.”</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/BYknvSGlyjp/?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/BYknvSGlyjp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">It is just so beautiful to watch the special bond between Daddy and daughter. Happy Father's Day Pete ❤️</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/angelabishop10/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Angela Bishop</a> (@angelabishop10) on Sep 3, 2017 at 1:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Describing the grieving process, Ange said, “There have been really hard days – you just don’t know when it’s going to hit you, it can be the slightest thing and it won’t be what you expect.”</p> <p>Getting used to Pete not being around has also been a huge adjustment for Angela and Amelia.</p> <p>“We’ll go for a bushwalk now and there should be three of us and there are just two,” Ange explained.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the girls are also making sure they continue Pete’s legacy and make his dreams come true. One thing on his bucket-list, which he sadly wasn’t able to achieve, was to ride a motorbike around Uluru in the Northern Territory.</p> <p>“We were going to do that together, but he didn’t make it,” Ange told the magazine, before adding, “We (she and Amelia) still went and it was incredible. When we went on a bike ride we really felt Pete was there with us and that was really healing.”</p> <p>The girls are now focusing on raising money to go towards research of rare cancers.</p> <p>“You would give anything, anything at all to make it go away and that’s why I want to raise money because I know what fundraising can do and with rare cancers it’s so much harder,” Angela said.</p> <p>How have you dealt with the grieving process after losing someone close to you? Share your story with us in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Roger Federer’s classy act after opponent attacked by crowd

<p>Roger Federer has defended his opponent Alexander Zverev after the Swiss tennis champion’s fans booed Zverev on Saturday as he beat Federer in a stunning victory at the ATP finals.</p> <p>Zverev, 21, beat the 20-time grand slam champion fair and square 7-5 7-6 (7-5) as he claimed his third victory after his sixth meeting with Federer, but the monumental occasion was overshadowed by the booing of the crowd.</p> <p>Federer, who took charge of the match, was beating Zverev by one point with the score at 4-3, but after a ball slipped from a ball boy’s hand into Zverev’s line of vision, the 21-year-old stopped the play mid-rally.</p> <p>When the point was replayed, Zverev served an ace.</p> <p>After the controversial moment, Zverev obtained a few more points causing Federer to lose the match, which is no easy feat.</p> <p>But Zverev’s victory wasn’t welcomed by Federer fans as his on-court interview was drowned out by loud boos from those who believe the young tennis player's win was unfair.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters, Federer said: “Look, I understand the frustration. It’s just unfortunate circumstances.</p> <p>“Booing, I never like it. We see it in other sports all the time, but in tennis it’s rare.</p> <p>“So, when it happens, it gets very personal and we take it very direct. I think it’s unfortunate that this happened. Sascha doesn’t deserve it.</p> <p>“He apologised to me at the net. I was like, ‘Buddy, shut up! You don’t need to apologise to me here. Congratulations on a great match and a great tournament so far.’</p> <p>“He didn’t do anything about it. He just called it how it was. He felt it affected play. There is a rule that if something like this happens, obviously you replay points.”</p> <p>Federer mentioned how he approached the ball boy to find out if he had dropped the ball.</p> <p>“He said, ‘Yes, I did drop the ball.’ From that standpoint, it’s okay, no problem, that happens. It’s all good. I hope he doesn’t have a sleepless night. It’s not a big deal at the end of the day. This is life, this is sport. Definitely not mad at him. It’s all good,” he said.</p> <p>But despite Federer’s support, Zverev said the reaction from the crowd left him disheartened.</p> <p>“I was a little bit sad at the end with the booing and reaction of the crowd,” he said.</p> <p>“I was very emotional afterwards. The booing went into cheering kind of afterwards, which kind of helped me.</p> <p>“I was really upset afterwards in the locker room, I’m not going to lie. I had to take a few minutes for myself.</p> <p>“But, you know, I hope the crowd and the people who were booing maybe look at what actually happened, maybe just realise that I’ve maybe not done anything wrong.”</p>

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World’s best airlines for 2019

<p>Singapore Airlines has officially been named the best carrier in the world for 2019.</p> <p>The airline has garnered praise from <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.airlineratings.com/news/worlds-best-airlines-2019/" target="_blank"><em>AirlineRatings.com</em></a> – a website that rates carriers on safety and passenger experience.</p> <p>Singapore Airlines currently flies the longest international flight in the world, starting at Singapore and landing in New York.</p> <p>Last year, Air New Zealand brought in first place, while Qantas came in at third.</p> <p>This year, Qatar Airways has nabbed fourth place and sitting closely behind is Virgin Australia at fifth place.</p> <p>The top 10 do not feature any UK or US airlines.</p> <p><strong>Top 10 best airlines overall</strong></p> <ol> <li>Singapore Airlines</li> <li>Air New Zealand</li> <li>Qantas</li> <li>Qatar Airways</li> <li>Virgin Australia</li> <li>Emirates</li> <li>All Nippon Airways</li> <li>EVA Air</li> <li>Cathay Pacific Airways</li> <li>Japan Airlines</li> </ol> <p>Dubai airline Emirates, who is regularly seen taking the top spot, came in at sixth while All Nippon Airways came in at seventh, Cathay pacific at ninth and Japan Airlines at tenth.</p> <p>According to Australian based <em>AirlineRatings.com</em>, Singapore Airlines took home the top spot because it proved to be the best in each category, including staff and safety.</p> <p>The website considered the carrier to be “gold standard”.</p> <p>The airline’s first-class cabins also beat their competitors, as the “suites” have been commended for being the “equivalent of a small hotel room”.</p> <p>Qatar Airways is considered to have the best business class, and the credit goes to their Q-suites which features a double bed. They have also been named the best for catering.</p> <p>The best premium economy cabin is found in Air New Zealand while the best economy class went to Korea Air.</p> <p>Qantas was praised for their lounges and domestic flights, while Qantas Link won regional airline of the year.</p> <p>Showing the most amount of improvement was Philippine Airlines, with Virgin Australia having the best cabin crew. Emirates was awarded for their in-flight entertainment, which was considered the best when compared to other carriers.</p> <p><strong>World’s best airlines 2019</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Airline of the year:</strong> Singapore Airlines</li> <li><strong>Best long-haul airline: </strong>Emirates (Middle East), EVA Air (Asia-Pacific), Lufthansa (Europe) and Delta (Americas)</li> <li><strong>Best low-cost airline:</strong> Westjet (Americas), AirAsia/AirAsia X (Asia-Pacific) and Wizz (Europe)</li> <li><strong>Best first class:</strong> Singapore Airlines</li> <li><strong>Best business class:</strong> Qatar Airways</li> <li><strong>Best premium economy:</strong> Air New Zealand</li> <li><strong>Best economy:</strong> Korea Air </li> <li><strong>Best lounges: </strong>Qantas</li> <li><strong>Best catering:</strong> Qatar Airways</li> <li><strong>Best in-flight entertainment:</strong> Emirates</li> <li><strong>Best domestic class:</strong> Qantas</li> <li><strong>Regional airline of the year:</strong> QantasLink</li> <li><strong>Most improved airline:</strong> Philippine Airlines</li> <li><strong>Best ultra-low-cost carrier:</strong> VietJet</li> <li><strong>Best cabin crew:</strong> Virgin Australia</li> </ul> <p><em>AirlineRatings.com</em> is backed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and uses a seven-star rating system to rank 450 different airlines based on their safety and in-flight experience.</p> <p>Which airline is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Cold snap looming: Storm, rain and snow to hit some parts of Australia

<p>Although summer is fast-approaching, some parts of Australia will be hit with winter-like conditions this week.</p> <p>While Queensland residents will enjoy glorious sunshine, a cold front will be pushing through southern and central parts of Australia this week.</p> <p>The unseasonably cold conditions will include pounding rain and even flurries of snow to parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.</p> <p>Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/"><strong style="font-style: inherit;"><u>news.com.au</u></strong></a> that the dramatic temperature change would be caused by a major weather event.</p> <p>“A band of rain is crossing central and southern Australia and in its wake is an unseasonable cold front,” he said.</p> <p>“It's a system typical of late winter, as far as the chill goes. It'll be noticeably cold, rainy and windy to the south and parts of the east.”</p> <p>Although most parts of Queensland will miss the cold snap, Mr Dutschke said “extreme” weather remains a possibility for northern parts of the east coast.</p> <p>“Among the rain and showers there will be thunderstorms and those can sometimes be extreme,” he said. </p> <p>The highest ground in South Australia, western Victoria and Southern New South Wales are also expected to receive snowfall this week.</p> <p>Today, Sydney will become windy with a high chance of rain by Wednesday.</p> <p>Brisbane will be partly cloudy on Tuesday and reach a maximum of 30C on Friday.</p> <p>Adelaide and Hobart are expected to receive showers from Tuesday until Thursday.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Melbourne will encounter a possible storm and receive rainfall until Friday.</p> <p>Perth will enjoy sunny weather for the rest of the week, with a high of 25C on Friday.</p> <p>Darwin will encounter showers and possible storms from Tuesday until Friday, with a high of 34C at the end of the week.</p> <p>Will you be affected by the cold snap? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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6 things you need to see in Beijing

<p>From the moment you step off the plane, Beijing is frantic. You will quickly learn that traffic lights mean nothing, lines move fast, and Beijing is a city of many layers. </p> <p>From the Great Wall to Peking Duck, these are the things you can’t miss in Beijing China. </p> <p><strong>1. The Great Wall of China</strong></p> <p>From Beijing, access to the Great Wall of China is easy. A tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive north out of the city. That first glimpse of the wall on the ridge of the mountain is something special. In the spring, the hills are dusted pink with cherry blossoms. </p> <p>The Great Wall is divided into sections marked by watchtowers. Some sections of the wall can be quite steep. Wear sturdy shoes. You can walk easy sections of the wall or choose more challenging routes. Ask your tour guide which section would be best suited for you. We found most tour guides are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. </p> <p>The best time to go is in the early morning so you beat the crowds. It is possible to snap a photo such as the one above before lunchtime, even on popular sections of the wall. Plan your trip well to ensure it doesn’t coincide with China’s public holidays. We also advise touring the Great Wall on a weekday. </p> <p>Many of the “tourist” sections of the wall have access via a chairlift. That way you don’t have to hike up or down the mountain. </p> <p>Some parts of the wall have been restored, others have been left to the ravages of time. </p> <p><strong>2. The Summer Palace</strong></p> <p>Beijing’s Summer Palace is huge. You will need at least half a day to explore here. Take good shoes. </p> <p>The man-made Kunming lake takes up about 75 per cent of the park. You can cross it by boat to save time. The famous Marble Boat is at the northern edge of the lake and the Moon Gate is best seen by boat. </p> <p>The Summer Palace has actually been destroyed twice – in 1860 by the Angle French Allied Forces and in 1900 by the Allied Forces of the Eight Powers. The Qing Dynasty rebuilt the palace in 1912 as one of their final acts. </p> <p>Head to the Court area near the East Palace gate to see the buildings where Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu stayed and conducted government business. The Garden of Virtue and Harmony contains a three-story theatre with a wooden stage. This is where the Beijing Opera would perform for the Empress. </p> <p><strong>3. The Forbidden City </strong></p> <p>Tour guides will tell you that you can’t prove you have been in China until you have had your photo taken outside the Forbidden City. </p> <p>The towering red walls with the gigantic painting of Chairman Mao are one of the most well-known buildings on the planet. </p> <p>The Forbidden City covers 720,000 square metres, has more than 90 palace quarters and courtyards, 980 buildings and more than 8,728 rooms. It has been home to 24 Chinese emperors until 1912, when the Republic of China was created. </p> <p><strong>4. Temple of Heaven</strong></p> <p>China’s Temple of Heaven was a place for the emperors to worship. It was built in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ming Emperor Jiajing enlarged the building in his reign. In 1988 China opened the temple as a public park. </p> <p>A trip here won’t take too long. The temple of heaven has two encircling walls. The most magnificent buildings lie at the south and north ends of the middle axis. This park is also a local hangout. Expect to see dozens of groups of men and families sitting around and playing games. Many also bring their pet birds with them. 5</p> <p><strong>5. The Hutongs</strong></p> <p>Beijing’s alleyways are known as the hutongs. Inside these old laneways you will find hotels, restaurants and homes. If you love photography – you will love the hutongs. Good tour guides can take you to the best hutong restaurants. Many even have dumpling making courses. </p> <p><strong>6. Peking Duck </strong></p> <p>While not technically a place – you can’t go to China without trying Peking Duck. Seek out a Dadong Duck for an experience like no other. You can order crispy skinned duck dishes in English. If you order the set menu, expect fairy floss on a stick for dessert. </p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/6-things-you-need-to-see-in-beijing-china/">My Discoveries</a></span>. </em></p>

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19 cruise hacks to make travel easy

<p>Cruising can be wonderful. The wide-open space of the sea gives you time to relax and reconnect. You can tick off multiple destinations and only unpack once. </p> <p>But there are a few little tricks that cruise experts tell us will make your cruise even cruiser. </p> <p>Here’s the best tips we have uncovered.</p> <p><strong>1. Pack duct tape</strong></p> <p>On occasion the cruise may hit rough seas. If drawers begin to open, or cabin items go rolling, grab your duct tape and secure them. </p> <p><strong>2. Pack balloons</strong></p> <p>When our office manager told us to bring balloons on the cruise, we did think it was for a party. But in fact, she says that most cruise ships only have one or two hooks. Even the door handles don’t have surfaces for you to hang things. If you plan on doing washing in your room, then you can blow up the balloons and drape the clothes over them to dry. </p> <p><strong>3. Pack magnets</strong></p> <p>Another way to get organised is to bring magnets with you. Many cabin walls are made from metal. So, head to the hardware store and grab a bunch of magnets. Then you can attach hooks or even stick up important notes and your itinerary on the wall. </p> <p><strong>4 Put your bag under the bed</strong></p> <p>Normally when you travel, you stow the suitcase in the cupboard. Experts tell us that on a cruise, you should stow your bag under the bed. Wardrobe space is limited and storing your bag in there will reduce the space for clothes and shoes. </p> <p><strong>5. Steam your clothes</strong></p> <p>Most cruise ships don’t have irons. Fire and cruising don’t go together. They don’t want to take any chances. But what about when you need to wear a fancy shirt or dress to dinner and it’s been wrinkled from packing? Use the steam from the shower. It will un-wrinkle your clothes in no time flat. Alternatively, we’ve been told that you can buy “de-wrinkle spray” for clothes. We haven’t tested it though, so we can’t guarantee this will work. </p> <p><strong>6. Bring a multi-charger or power board</strong></p> <p>Most cruise cabins only have a few power points. These days most people travel with multiple devices. Grab a multi-charger and you can plug in multiple devices to the one power port. Or you can always bring a power board. </p> <p><strong>7. Pack a first aid kit</strong></p> <p>Yes, they have first aid on the ship. Yes, they have shops. But save your money and pack medicines that you may be likely to use such as Panadol, gastro-stop, antihistamines and antiseptic cream in a first aid kit. </p> <p><strong>8. Bring a HDMI cable</strong></p> <p>Love a great night in bed with a good film? Download them onto your laptop and you can use the HDMI cable to watch the films you want to see on the cabin’s TV. </p> <p><strong>9. Pack an extension cord</strong></p> <p>As we said, cruise cabins often have limited power points and sometimes they are in annoying locations. If you want to use your laptop and it has run out of battery, you will thank us for telling you to pack an extension lead.</p> <p><strong>10. Buy in bulk</strong></p> <p>This is one that surprised us. Apparently, some cruise lines give you a discount for buying drinks in bulk. Five beers for the price of four can save you $8 a round. Just pop the extra in the fridge for later. </p> <p><strong>11. Book excursions in advance</strong></p> <p>A huge part of cruising is visiting the onshore destinations. If you plan on cruising on a large boat, make sure you book your on-shore excursions early. That way you can be sure that you will be going. There would be nothing worse than getting off the boat only to find out that the tour you want to do is all sold out. </p> <p><strong>12. Budget for excursions</strong></p> <p>It seems obvious, but many first-time cruisers forget to factor in the added extras. Make sure you know which excursions you want to do and how much they cost. Then factor that into your budget. </p> <p><strong>13. Pack sticky notes</strong></p> <p>Need to remember the departure time? What time the bar opens? Or the time you will have your massage? Bring sticky notes and make your own message board on the cabin wall. </p> <p><strong>14. Stay fit</strong></p> <p>A lot of cruises have endless and bottomless food options. You will indulge. You will enjoy it. But maybe find some time to stay fit on board, even if it is just taking the stairs instead of the lift or swimming daily and doing early morning laps in the pool. </p> <p><strong>15. Pack ginger</strong></p> <p>First-time cruiser? Not sure if you are going to get seasick? Ginger is your friend. Ginger helps ease seasickness. </p> <p><strong>16. Choose your cabin wisely</strong></p> <p>Worried about seasickness? You are better off booking a lower deck room in the middle of the ship. Want a great view and never feel sick? Go for the upper deck edges. Whatever room you choose, think long and hard about what you really want to get out of the cruise. How long will you actually spend in the room?</p> <p><strong>17. Be hygienic </strong></p> <p>Sickness can and does spread on ships. To avoid nasties, make sure you have good hygiene habits. Wash your hands properly and perhaps pack some hand sanitiser. </p> <p><strong>18. Notify the ship of any medical conditions</strong></p> <p>Even if it is minor. In the event of an emergency, the staff will be the ones to help you. </p> <p><strong>19. Wear rubber shoes</strong></p> <p>It can get slippery on board. </p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/travel-hacks-to-make-your-cruise-easier/">My Discoveries</a></span>. </em></p>

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85-year-old’s weight loss journey goes viral on social media

<p>David Cyril is making the world a brighter place one Instagram post at a time. </p> <p>The 85-year-old from Lancashire UK has taken to the popular social media platform to share his weight loss journey with his adoring followers.</p> <p>After suffering from a heart attack, Mr Cyril has been on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle.</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/Bp11FOOBss0/?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/Bp11FOOBss0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David | Slimming world 🍏 (@davidcyril_sw)</a> on Nov 6, 2018 at 5:46am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It began with a simple click of a button after his daughter posted a photo of her doting father to Instagram and mentioned how they were both taking part in a weight loss plan.</p> <p>The post garnered an immediate reaction with a ton of supportive comments flooding in. It was then that Mr Cyril opened his own account.</p> <p>It didn’t take long for him to gain a following, with his account currently standing at over 100,000 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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bob0OlYh1-r/?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/Bob0OlYh1-r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David | Slimming world 🍏 (@davidcyril_sw)</a> on Oct 2, 2018 at 7:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>With his joyful face and endless amounts of positivity, people can’t seem to get enough of him. He is regularly seen providing words of encouragement to his followers and spreads kindness and generosity.</p> <p>Mr Cyril hopes to have his health in top shape for when his daughter gets married, so he can be the one to walk her down the aisle.</p> <p>His posts range from daily meals to his day-to-day activities, such as getting a haircut.</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/BqQFjOlhVwY/?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/BqQFjOlhVwY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David | Slimming world 🍏 (@davidcyril_sw)</a> on Nov 16, 2018 at 10:31am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>So far, Mr Cyril has lost a total of 6kg and still has another 19kg to go. He recently appeared on the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show to talk about his switch to a healthier lifestyle.</p> <p>“I’ve never thought I’d get this far. It’s overwhelming. I can’t believe it myself,” he said.</p> <p>“I used to eat a lot of fried things. I like big breakfasts, I’ve cut that out now.”</p> <p>For his 86th birthday, he plans on celebrating the occasion at his local Chinese restaurant, saying that will be his “cheat day”.</p>

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Hay fever alert: Experts advise to stay indoors as pollen hits 'extreme levels'

<p>Brace yourselves, hay fever sufferers! Pollen in the air is set to reach extreme levels over the weekend.</p> <p>The areas which are considered to be hit with the highest amount of pollen are Sydney, Perth, Bendigo and Adelaide, as experts advise people to avoid those locations.</p> <p>Peak period for hay fever is said to begin in November, but those who suffer from the allergy can start to feel irritated as early as September.</p> <p>According to Weatherzone, pollen levels are at its highest during hot days and days where there is dry wind present.</p> <p>Sydney-siders are going to be affected the most as winds are set to reach 17km/h on Friday and Sunday, with pollen levels set at “very high".</p> <p><span>Weatherzone has advised those who are sensitive to pollen to remain indoors, saying “most sufferers of pollen allergies will experience symptoms on very high pollen level days".</span></p> <p>Temperatures in Perth are set to soar, as the city will experience 30 degrees on Friday combined with winds of 20km/h. The pollen forecast is predicted to be high.</p> <p>Adelaide will have a warm Sunday as the weather is forecasted to be 33 degrees with four days of high-level pollen.</p> <p>Those in Melbourne are also expected to face high pollen levels by Monday but the weekend is set to be quite clear.</p> <p>But those in Bendigo, Victoria, are advised to stay indoors as pollen levels are set to reach extreme.</p> <p>Dr Connie Katelaris, head of the immunology and allergy unit at Campbelltown Hospital, spoke to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6390783/Pollen-reach-extreme-levels-weekend-experts-warn-horror-season.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> and advised those who suffer from the allergy to remain cautious.</p> <p>“If you know you have regular problems, you should be starting up one of the preventative sprays, the nasal sprays, so that you can block the reaction before it gets going.”</p> <p>Close to 15 per cent of Australian’s suffer from hay fever, and speaking to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6390783/Pollen-reach-extreme-levels-weekend-experts-warn-horror-season.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, professor Simon Haberle, from the Australian National University who specialises in pollen, said the worst is yet to come.</p> <p>“Most of the pollen comes from trees in August and September, and now we’re moving into the grass pollen season, which starts around late October and November,” he said.</p> <p>“If you’re suffering from hay fever and asthma at the moment and feeling the effects of it, it’s probably relating to tree pollen because it’s quite prominent.”</p> <p>Do you suffer from hay fever or asthma? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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"I'm fatter than I thought" – Karl Stefanovic urged to "make some changes" by doctor

<p>With his health at risk and his upcoming wedding in Mexico next month, Karl Stefanovic is preparing to tie the knot by sticking to a gruelling exercise regime.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the breakfast show host shared his struggles with his physical health as doctors advised him to lose weight.</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/BqMKmYuHjZU/?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/BqMKmYuHjZU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I was told a little while ago by a doctor I needed to make some changes to my physical health. It’s been tough. I was fatter than I thought. Ha. But I’m getting there. Slowly. I want to thank @osher_gunsberg for the inspiration. And @emiliebrabonhames and @chiefbrabon for making me bleed. Its been really positive. For anyone out there I truly believe it’s never too late.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/karlstefanovic_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> karl stefanovic</a> (@karlstefanovic_) on Nov 14, 2018 at 9:58pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo, which shows the 44-year-old lifting weights, was captioned with: "I was told a little while ago by a doctor I needed to make some changes to my physical health. It’s been tough. I was fatter than I thought. Ha. But I’m getting there. Slowly.</p> <p>“I want to thank @osher_gunsberg for the inspiration. And @emiliebrabonhames and @chiefbrabon for making me bleed. Its been really positive. For anyone out there I truly believe it’s never too late.”</p> <p>And to keep the momentum going, fiancee Jasmine Yarbrough, 34, seems to be supporting Stefanovic’s plans to shed the extra weight as the two are frequently seen going for walks and playing tennis in Mosman, where the couple reside.</p> <p>The pair became engaged in January this year and took part in a commitment ceremony in March.</p> <p>Yarbrough, a shoe designer, met Stefanovic in December 2016 following his highly publicised marriage split from Cassandra Thorburn, his wife of 21 years.</p>

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The woman Prince Charles proposed to before Princess Diana

<p>Many royal fans know that Prince Charles chose to propose to Diana after the Royal Family deemed his now wife, Camilla, was an unsuitable match.</p> <p>However, a new documentary, released for the UK royal heir’s 70th birthday, has revealed that Diana wasn’t the first woman Charles was encouraged to propose to.</p> <p>Channel 4’s documentary, <em>The Royal House of Windsor</em>, said that Charles’ honorary grandfather, Lord Mountbatten, encouraged him to pursue his granddaughter Amanda Knatchbull.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 344.6327683615819px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822034/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/44e0c524082d4a868520c167389160f0" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Amanda Knatchbull</em></p> <p>The documentary claims Lord Mountbatten had spent years “secretly lining Amanda up as a future queen”.</p> <p>Amanda was the daughter of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma and John Knatchbull, Baron Brabourne.</p> <p>Amanda’s brother, Norton, was a close friend to Charles and was given the honour of being the godfather to Prince William.</p> <p>Lord Mountbatten was reportedly so determined to stop Charles’ pursuit of Camilla that he encouraged the Prince to propose to “perfect candidate” Amanda, who was nine years younger than him.</p> <p>Charles’ obeyed his wishes and began courting Amanda, inviting her on the Royal Yacht Britannia for a trip to Eleuthera in the Caribbean back in 1977.</p> <p>Allegedly, Charles then popped the question to Amanda and said: “Will you be my wife?”</p> <p>The documentary claims that Amanda rejected his offer because they were close friends and their relationship was more like “brother and sister”.</p> <p>Soon after his rejection, Charles pursued Lady Diana Spencer.</p> <p>Charles and Diana eventually tied the knot on July 29, 1981.</p> <p>Amanda went on to marry author Charles Vincent Ellingworth in 1987 and they had three children together.</p>

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Egg fried rice

<p>You can eat this dish by itself or as an accompaniment to meat and vegetable dishes.</p> <p><strong>Serves:</strong> 4</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>2 cups (400g) long-grain white rice</li> <li>2 tablespoons vegetable oil</li> <li>4 eggs, beaten</li> <li>250g (8oz) slices rindless bacon (bacon strips), trimmed and chopped</li> <li>3 carrots, diced</li> <li>8 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced</li> <li>2 cloves garlic, crushed</li> <li>1½ cups (200g) frozen baby peas</li> <li>250g (8oz) raw prawns (uncooked shrimp), peeled and deveined</li> <li>2 cups (180g) bean sprouts, trimmed</li> <li>3 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce</li> <li>3 tablespoons sake or dry sherry</li> <li>3 tablespoons mirin or 1 teaspoon honey</li> <li>1 tablespoon sesame oil</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparation:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Put the rice into a large saucepan with 3 cups (750ml) water and 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil.</li> <li>Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.</li> <li>Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.</li> <li>Add the eggs and swirl the wok to make a thin omelette.</li> <li>Cook the eggs until set.</li> <li>Remove to a plate, cool and thinly slice.</li> <li>Add the remaining oil to the wok and cook the bacon over medium heat until cooked through.</li> <li>Add the carrots, reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes.</li> <li>Add the spring onions, garlic and peas and cook for a further 2 minutes.</li> <li>Add the prawns to the wok, turn up the heat, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they start to turn pink and are cooked through, then add the bean sprouts and toss well to combine.</li> <li>Add the rice and egg to the wok, then pour in the soy sauce, sake, mirin and sesame oil and mix well to combine and coat the rice.</li> <li>Stir-fry over high heat for a further 5 minutes, or until the mixture is dry.</li> <li>Serve immediately.</li> </ol> <p><em>This article first appeared in <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/recipes/egg-fried-rice">Reader’s Digest.</a></strong></span> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best subscription <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>offer</strong></span></a>.</em></p>

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Duchess Meghan shows off royal baby bump during glamorous night out

<p>Duchess Meghan has shown off her growing baby bump while attending her first ever Royal Variety Performance event. </p> <p>The expecting mum attended the event alongside her husband, Prince Harry, wearing a $1,576 fitted top and $1,497 skirt by British label Safiyaa. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/IhpAJRx0qb"></a><img style="width: 312.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822019/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/81431e41ad3b488b855015845e9224fa" /></p> </blockquote> <p>After arriving on the red carpet, the happy couple mingled while holding hands.</p> <p>The 37-year-old former actress, who expecting her first child next year in the UK springtime, was greeted in the theatre foyer by Darcie-Rae Moyse, 7, who presented her with a bouquet of winter blooms.</p> <p>The annual event is a star-studded variety show which raises money for the Royal Variety Charity. </p> <p>The Queen is a patron of the organisation which dates back to 1912. Prior to the show commencing, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chatted with some of the performers, including the cast of Hamilton and members of band Take That. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822020/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4acd55723f0e487388fd9e6aee40ede2" /></p> <p>Other guest stars included George Ezra, Rick Astley and performers from Cirque du Soleil.</p> <p>It was the second year that Prince Harry has attended the event, which always has a member of the Royal Family represented. </p>

Beauty & Style

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From drab to fab: Why fashion in your 60s doesn’t have to be boring

<p>Just because you are in your golden years, doesn’t mean you have to have a boring or restricted relationship with fashion and seasonal trends.</p> <p>There is a wealth of experience, emotions and styles that you have encountered throughout your life, and that should shine through your style.</p> <p>If you feel like your wardrobe is in need of a pressing transformation, the good news is that it is never too late to work at decluttering the drab pieces and start investing in new clothing.</p> <p>Here we look at three new collections from Australian women’s fashion label <span><a href="https://www.blackpepper.com.au/">Black Pepper</a></span> – which has just relaunched its brand with a fresh new look – to see how you can make fashion fun again. </p> <p><strong>1. Throw out the rulebook</strong></p> <p>In order to transform your wardrobe, it is important to make sure you aren’t being intimidated into buying fashion you know you won’t feel comfortable wearing. But don’t let that insecurity stop you from walking into a trendy shopping store.</p> <p>Recently, Black Pepper relaunched with a completely new fashion look. Customers can now expect to find nice classic pieces and outfits for all occasions which can be worn again and again, season after season. Black Pepper offers a variety of styles and patterns so shoppers can find investment style pieces that flatter their body type.</p> <p>Black Pepper understands how hard it can be for women in their golden years to find stylish pieces, so it has curated three collections – Platinum, Style and Classic – to ensure shoppers can find trendy items without compromising on comfort and functionality. The <span><a href="https://www.blackpepper.com.au/collections/platinum">Platinum collection</a></span> provides a wide range of fun pieces for special occasions.</p> <p>The Platinum range also features shimmer and sparkle so that you can mix-and-match whatever materials you like to achieve a look that suits your personality no matter the dress code.<img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821989/1-black-pepper-platinum.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/44f10a971aa9409392e424768ba360b1" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Platinum collection: Veronique Top, $89.95; Veronique Skirt, $89.95. (Available in store and online from November 30, 2018.)</em></p> <p><strong>2. Get colourful</strong></p> <p>Clothing retailers will always have an endless supply of neutral colours with black, brown and navy-blue tones always considered ‘on trend’. However, although those colours are safe, if you don’t show off a little bit of colour in your outfit, it can make your wardrobe look tired.</p> <p>Black Pepper isn’t only renowned for its unique fabrications but also the wide colour range it offers. Colours not only can be used to reflect your mood but can be used to make subtle nods to the current season or the theme of an event you are going to.</p> <p>Experimenting with different colour and print combinations can turn the simple task of getting dressed into an exciting creativity challenge.</p> <p>Don’t smother your beauty in dark colours – have fun and let your personality shine through your ensemble.</p> <p>Black Pepper’s <span><a href="https://www.blackpepper.com.au/collections/style">Style collection</a></span> has an assortment of prints, colours and layers which are perfect for those who want to look trendy but still get creative with different combinations.</p> <p><img style="width: 333.239px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821990/1-black-pepper-style.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e9518f41b737465f89a1e0a98a44e5bb" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Style collection: Mali Lavina Dress, $129.</em></p> <p><strong>3. Always wear confidence</strong></p> <p>Clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Baumgartner said: “Our clothes help place us where we think we want to be.”</p> <p>If you feel like certain items in your wardrobe don’t make you feel great, be bold and throw them away. If you have the budget, consider investing in new staple pieces that you can wear on a day-to-day basis to spice up your wardrobe.</p> <p>Often we think about saving for an outfit for a special occasion that we then neglect updating the items that we live in each day.</p> <p>If your clothes help you to feel confident and self-assured, you will be able to project those feelings onto others no matter what your itinerary for the day looks like.</p> <p>Black Pepper’s <span><a href="https://www.blackpepper.com.au/collections/classic">Classic collection</a></span> is built around providing everyday pieces that exude a feminine touch, so that you can look good and be comfy all the time.</p> <p><img style="width: 333.239px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821991/1-black-pepper-classic.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/34c7148ad6da4b41ac1f951b03f3f33f" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Classic collection: Primula Shirt, $89.95; Liberty Pant, $79.95.</em></p> <p>What are your tips for avoiding a boring wardrobe? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you in conjunction with <a href="https://www.blackpepper.com.au/">Black Pepper</a>. </em></p>

Beauty & Style

Finance

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The sneaky way "cheating couples" are rorting Centrelink

<p>More than 70 Aussies are getting caught ripping off the welfare system each day by falsely claiming to be single in order to receive higher payments.</p> <p>In the past year, over 26,000 Centrelink recipients have been given $61 million more than what they were entitled to after lying about their relationship status.</p> <p>In 2017/18, the average debt owed by Australians in relationships who had claimed to be single was $2342, increasing from $1986 the year prior.</p> <p>People failing to declare that they were in a relationship was one of the leading causes of welfare debt, as well as recipients incorrectly reporting their income.</p> <p>However, highly trained fraud officers have taken back more than $2 billion from welfare cheats since the government’s crackdown began in 2016, reported <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au"><strong><em><u>The Daily Telegraph.</u></em></strong></a></p> <p>Human Services Minister Michael Keenan recently warned dole bludgers about the consequences of defrauding the system.</p> <p>He said that offenders could face jail time as the government continues to increase the number of audits on welfare recipients.</p> <p>“Stealing from the welfare system is not a victimless crime,” Mr Keenan said.</p> <p>“You are stealing directly from pockets of Australian taxpayers … You also need to know that if we catch you, you will be made to pay the money back and you could also end up with a criminal record, or worse, in jail.”</p> <p>Taskforce Integrity, which combines the efforts of the Australian Federal Police and Human Services Department, is targeting geographic areas around the country where there is a higher risk of suspected welfare fraud. </p>

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CHOICE reveals best and worst fabric softeners – and one is no better than water

<p>Fabric softener is a staple in many households, with one small drop softening clothes and adding a sweet-smelling aroma to the load of laundry.</p> <p>But is it really as effective as we think? According to consumer research company CHOICE, you would get better results with water or vinegar in comparison to some fabric softeners on the market.</p> <p>CHOICE took it upon themselves to test out some of the best-selling fabric softeners sold in supermarkets and rated them according to absorption, softness and cost per wash.</p> <p>And surprisingly, the product that came out on top only costs a mere $3.80 and you can get at least 40 washes with a one litre bottle.</p> <p>Coming in at first place is Soften Concentrate Softener Ocean Fresh and with its affordable price tag, it received an overall score of 71 per cent.</p> <p>Regarding softness, which is the primary reason one would buy fabric softener, the product was given a score of 86 per cent.</p> <p>Its absorption score was 53 per cent and cost per wash came down to 15 cents per load.</p> <p>Taking the title of second place was the Soften Fabric Conditioner Sunny Glow with an overall rating of 69 per cent.</p> <p>The product, which cots $2.99, scored a higher rank in regard to softness than its predecessor as it obtained a 90 per cent softness rating. Although it lacked in the absorption department, scoring 38 per cent.</p> <p>The cost per wash came to 15 cents per load.</p> <p>Coming in at third place was the Comfort Hypoallergenic Pure Fabric Conditioner, costing consumers $6.99.</p> <p>Bringing in 69 per cent for the overall score, CHOICE rated its softness score at 84 per cent and its absorption at 38 per cent.</p> <p>While pricier than the first two products, it averaged out to be 4 cents per load, which is more affordable than its counterparts.</p> <p>But not every product performed as well as one would hope, with CHOICE revealing the fabric softeners that scored less than 50 per cent, claiming that water would do a better job.</p> <p>Costing a mere $4.10, Cornwells White Vinegar was given a ranking of 50 per cent with a softness score of 24 per cent and absorption rating of 90 per cent.</p> <p>The average cost per load is 3 cents.</p> <p>Fluffy Summer Breeze Fabric Conditioner which will set you back $5.00 didn’t even make it to the half way mark as it was given an overall rating of 49 per cent.</p> <p>The softness score was 57 per cent and the absorption score is 38 per cent.</p> <p>The product costs 5 cents per load.</p> <p>And perhaps the most surprising of all, CHOICE awarded plain water an overall score of 48 per cent.</p> <p>With an absorption score of 87 per cent and softness score of 22 per cent, the consumer company compared the results to white vinegar.</p> <p>Coming in at last place was Fluffy Summer Breeze Fabric Conditioner Concentrate which is priced at $1.80.</p> <p>Obtaining an overall score of 48 per cent, its softness score is 59 per cent and has an absorption rating of 31 per cent.</p> <p>The cost per wash is 9 cents a load.</p> <p>Do you have a favourite fabric softener? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

Money & Banking

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Prince Harry’s $35 million fortune under threat

<p>It has come to light that Prince Harry’s $35 million trust fund, set up for him by his late mother Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, could be targeted for tax reasons thanks to a US legal loophole.</p> <p>Despite Harry and Meghan marrying in May this year, the new Duchess of Sussex is still technically a US citizen. While it’s believed she has officially applied to become a British citizen, apparently – even though she is a royal now – her application process doesn’t receive any special treatment and could take several years before she is granted UK citizenship.</p> <p>Which means, in the meantime, the former actress is legally required to pay US income tax on any earnings or allowances she receives whilst residing in Britain. But now that she is married to Prince Harry, it could mean his own earnings could be affected too.</p> <p>Royal aides speaking to the <em>Sunday Express</em> in the UK, stated, “We’re looking at a level of financial exposure the royal family has never had to face before.”</p> <p>They added, “It’s the royal household’s worst nightmare … Everything has to be declared.”</p> <p>Along with Meghan’s own $7 million fortune she amassed during her acting career, British media has reported that the US taxman could also have his eye on her designer clothes, jewellery, homes and gifts the new Duchess has received as royal proceeds.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex lives off his $35 million trust fund inheritance, earning an annual salary of around $525,000 a year. But the US government could potentially count that towards Meghan’s income in the UK too.</p> <p>Do you think Harry and Meghan should have to pay US tax on their royal earnings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Entertainment

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New phone scam trap: The chilling voicemail message you should never call back

<p>Thousands of Australians around the country have been victims of a new voicemail scam that once listened to, will stop you dead in your tracks.</p> <p>The voicemail is of a robotic-sounding voice threatening a lawsuit against the receiver and advising them to call back immediately.</p> <p>If the recipient chooses to ignore the call, the voicemail claims that an arrest warrant will be issued.</p> <p>But the chilling voicemail, which demands the victim to pay off their tax debt, has already racked up thousands of dollars from those who fell into the trap.</p> <p>According to authorities, those who are more susceptible to falling for the elaborate scam are elderly people as they are more likely to believe the voicemail, and once they call back, they are threatened by the fraudsters.</p> <p>“The reason behind this call is that there is a lawsuit case getting filed under your name,” says the computer-generated message.</p> <p>“The moment you get this message I want you to get back to me on my department division number. Now, if we don’t hear from you, we have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested so get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you.”</p> <p>A reporter received a call on Wednesday with the number 08 6102 5755. But since then, the number is no longer in use by the scammers.</p> <p>Since July 1, the Australian Taxation Office has been alerted of 28,000 scam attempts, including this latest lawsuit phone call.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/security/the-scary-voicemail-message-you-shouldnt-return/news-story/db566be54f53036480ccc68e7f94199f" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Kath Anderson, the ATO’s Assistant Commissioner, said those committing fraud are becoming smarter and are finding cunning ways to exploit those who are vulnerable.</p> <p>The phone numbers are always Australian numbers with this particular scam carrying Western Australia and Victoria area codes.</p> <p>But according to police, the scammers are most likely calling from overseas and using a call forwarding service to obtain Australian numbers.</p> <p>“Be wary if someone contacts you demanding payment of a tax debt you didn’t know you owed,” said Ms Anderson.</p> <p>“Our advice is simple – the ATO will never ask you to make a payment into an ATM or via gift or prepaid cards such as iTunes and Visa cards, or direct credit to be paid to a personal bank account.”</p> <p>While it’s assumed that the taxation office uses aggressive tactics to reclaim debt, Ms Anderson says the ATO never demands immediate payment of debts.</p> <p>“That’s just not how we do business."</p> <p>She adds, “If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a call, hang up and call us on 1800 008 540.”</p> <p>The ATO also advises people to refrain from handing out personal details over the phone, as 6000 Australians have issued their tax file numbers and bank account details since July 1.</p> <p>“Your identifying information can be used by scammers to break into your life if they are compromised,” said Ms Anderson.</p> <p>“If you’ve received an unsolicited email or text, or if you have any doubts about whether any contact is legitimately from the ATO, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to check.</p> <p>“Scammers have been known to impersonate tax agents too, so it’s recommended that you hang up and call your agent direct on a number you have sourced independently.”</p> <p>Have you received any strange phone calls as of late? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

Technology

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What life was like with the king of rock: Elvis Presley

<p>At the age of just 12, Jerry Schilling met someone who would change his life. It was a Sunday afternoon and he was recruited to play with a young singer by the name of Elvis Presley, who’d just laid down his first recording.</p> <p>“He wanted to play, but they only had five people, so they let the little kid play – that was me,” says the now 74-year-old music industry veteran from his West Hollywood home, the same one Elvis bought him back in the 1970s.</p> <p>“He’d recorded a record [<em>That’s All Right</em>] and by the next week it had become a huge hit in Memphis. We still played football every Sunday. I thought I’d be out because everybody wanted to play then.”</p> <p>The friendship endured and, when Jerry was in his senior year of college, Elvis asked if he would work for him as part of a close, trusted group that would become known as the Memphis Mafia.</p> <p>“He really knew human nature,” says Schilling. “He really wanted people around that he trusted and luckily I was one of those people. The people who worked for him – who handled his money or his security – we all lived together. We were the original entourage, if you like.</p> <p> “He was the guy we worked for, but it wasn’t that kind of relationship. We were like a big group of dear friends. A lot of the time it was us against the world, because people forget in those early days Elvis wasn’t liked by everybody. Politicians, religious leaders … They didn’t like the controversy. He made Justin Bieber look like a baby.”</p> <p>Then, of course, there were the encounters with other celebrities: the Beatles spent time at Elvis' home, the gang would hang out with Sammy Davis Jr in Vegas, and Schilling was with him when Elvis offered to swap pants with the members of Led Zeppelin.</p> <p>Perhaps the most extraordinary experience, however, occurred in 1970 when Schilling accompanied Elvis to the White House to meet Richard Nixon.</p> <p>“It was bizarre in a way, but in another way, it was a true American story. He was a poor boy from Mississippi, who moved to Memphis, with his roots in the projects, who went on to become one of the most – if not the most – popular guys in the world. And he met his President. To be honest I was more of a Kennedy guy, so I wasn’t that thrilled about meeting Nixon until I met him. And I’ve gotta tell you I saw two guys who were at the top and they were the only ones who know what it’s like to be in that powerful position.”</p> <p>Eventually, in 1976, with Elvis on a path of self-destruction, Schilling left to manage the Beach Boys. He visited Australia a couple of times on tour with them, then again in 1976 when he was managing Billy Joel and the singer performed at the Sydney Opera House.</p> <p>What is your favourite Elvis song?</p> <p><em>Written by Carrie Hutchinson. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/a-life-with-the-king.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

Music

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Carrie Bickmore’s emotional farewell from The Project

<p>With her third child on the way, Carrie Bickmore is saying farewell to The Project to focus on her new bub as she goes on maternity leave.</p> <p>Posting to Instagram on Thursday before her last episode, Carrie posted a snap of herself alongside The Project team.</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/BqMTcADg3U-/?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/BqMTcADg3U-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">My last night on the desk.🤰Maternity leave is such a strange time. I always feel genuinely sad leaving a job I love and work family who I genuinely enjoy spending time with but on the other hand I am so excited and (slightly terrified!!😱) heading off to have another bub and spend precious time with my beautiful family. I am looking forward to having my head out of the news cycle and into smelly nappies. See you back on the desk next year. 😘😘</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Nov 14, 2018 at 11:15pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo included co-hosts Waleed Aly, 40, Peter Helliar, 43, and Rachel Corbett, 37, as Carrie held back emotions.</p> <p>Carrie will go on maternity leave to focus on her newest family member but will return to hosting the show next year.</p> <p>“My last night on the desk,” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“Maternity leave is such a strange time. I always feel genuinely sad leaving a job I love and work family who I genuinely enjoy spending time with but on the other hand I am so excited and (slightly terrified!!) heading off to have another bub and spend precious time with my beautiful family.</p> <p>“I am looking forward to having my head out of the news cycle and into smelly nappies. See you back on the desk next year.”</p> <p>Towards the final moments of her last episode, her co-hosts gifted her with a photo of Peter, Rachel and Waleed in baby clothes.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7821993/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/792679b6e15b47ee9941bd93443dca23" /></p> <p>“You need some lovely artwork for the nursery, I think,” said Pete.</p> <p>“Something calming,” added Rachel as Carrie laughed.</p> <p><span>Carrie made a few admissions on last night's show, as she said it was “hard” for her colleagues to work with her during her time being pregnant, as she had been in “so much pain”, but she appreciated the support of her co-hosts.</span></p> <p>She was also presented with a giant bouquet of flowers.</p> <p>Carrie announced her pregnancy back in June.</p>

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Edwina Bartholomew’s secret $10 supermarket beauty hack

<p>Anyone who works on breakfast TV has to be a morning person, right? <em>Sunrise</em> host and reporter Edwina Bartholomew has an early wake-up call of 3am, before she heads off to the gym.</p> <p>“I go to the gym at 3.15am and I get to work around 4.30am. Then I go straight into makeup,” Edwina shared with <span><em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/sunrise-host-edwina-bartholomews-3am-beauty-routine/news-story/1055fd459a88383e5e44ba9718caaa17">news.com.au</a></em></span>.</p> <p>With such early starts and a gruelling schedule, just how does the TV favourite manage to keep her skin looking so amazing?</p> <p>Edwina revealed that she showers and completes her skincare at the gym, after her workout, before heading to the Channel 7 studios, so her skin is fresh and prepped before the makeup artists get started on her.</p> <p>“I wear a lot of makeup for work, lashes and everything. It’s very thick, so when I’m not working I don’t wear any makeup at all really,” the <em>Sunrise</em> star explained.</p> <p>“I might wear a tinted sunscreen and mascara, but that’s all. I try not to wear any on weekends,” she confided, highlighting her focus on minimalistic makeup to allow her skin to breathe on her days off.</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/Bp5O-NLHROH/?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/Bp5O-NLHROH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">First time wearing @evetildawn millinery and she made me matching earrings!! @kathcarlinmakeup used @revlonanz #boldmatters lippie. $2 from every lipstick sold until Sunday goes to @droughtangels #oaksday</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/edwina_b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Edwina Bartholomew</a> (@edwina_b) on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:30pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Although she doesn’t use much to conceal imperfections during the day, she dedicates her time to an amazing and diligent skincare routine.</p> <p>And you will be surprised by one of the products she credits for her glowing complexion ­– a budget $10 men’s face scrub by Bulldog, which she buys when she’s doing her groceries.</p> <p>“This is a man’s product, just from the supermarket, but it works really well,” Edwina admitted.</p> <p>“It’s an exfoliating face wash that just does the job … you feel like you’re really taking it all off. I love it,” she exclaimed.</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/Bn4tIP_HNOB/?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/Bn4tIP_HNOB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">@sunriseon7 from Rodeo Drive #emmys2018 #hometime</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/edwina_b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Edwina Bartholomew</a> (@edwina_b) on Sep 18, 2018 at 4:32pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Another part of her regime she swears by is a hack to get rid of puffy eyes – hydra gel eye patches.</p> <p>“I wear these into work in the car and I find they wake my eyes up. People think I’m a bit mad, but I get really puffy eyes,” Edwina admitted.</p> <p>Do you have a cheap supermarket beauty product hack you swear by? Tell us what it is in the comments below.</p>

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