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"Unbearable pain": Olympic hopeful dies after training accident

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olympics hopeful Alegna Osorio Mayari has died aged 19 after being hit in the head by a hammer in a tragic training accident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The teenage athlete was struck by a hammer at a track and field stadium in Cuba in April.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After going into a coma as a result of her severe head injuries, it has been confirmed that she passed away on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We share this unbearable pain with her family,” said Osvaldo Vento, the president of Cuba’s national sports institute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Cuban athletes are in mourning. After an accident during training and a tough battle for her life, athlete Alegna Osorio passed away,” said Reynaldo Varona Martinez, a Cuban sports director.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“From Deporcuba we send the most sincere message of support to [her] family, friends and the great family of Cuban athletics in this difficult hour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest in Peace, Lots of light for your soul.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Team USA hammer thrower Gwen Berry also shared her condolences with Mayari’s family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Wow. Sending love to her family during this time. This is so sad,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mayari won bronze at both the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics and the 2019 Pan-American under-20 championships.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cuban media outlet </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://noticiascuba.net/fallece-atleta-medallista-de-los-juegos-olimpicos-de-la-juventud/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Noticias Cuba</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> have described Mayari as one of the country’s “young promises of athletics”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Osoldo Vento / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Will Dwyer speaks out about Farmer Wants a Wife pregnancy

<p><span>A farmer from the hit show <em>Farmer Wants a Wife</em> has responded to major claims from contestant Hayley Love who alleged he is the father of her unborn child.</span><br /><br /><span>The harsh criticisms clearly don’t seem to phase Will Dwyer, who paired with Jaimee on the show, but struck up a secret relationship with Hayley after filming ended.</span><br /><br /><span>Will declined to comment on her public announcements, but took to Instagram to post a graphic that read: “A WOLF DOES NOT CONCERN HIMSELF WITH THE OPINIONS OF SHEEP”.</span></p> <p><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842749/will-dwyer-hayley-love-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c9a65a4a09bf4dd6b8017897dd53efc4" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Will chose Jaimee on Farmer Wants a Wife. Image: Supplied</em></p> <p><span>Hayley was originally paired with Farmer Matt Trewin on the show, and came forward to allege she and Will connected after the finale episode in December, and before the reunion episode that was taped in January.</span><br /><br /><span>Hayley alleges they split in April after she told Will she was pregnant.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement, she revealed she had “decided to keep the baby, because I have enough love for this child with or without a biological father. I will be enough for him or her.”</span><br /><br /><span>In a follow-up statement posted to social media, Hayley admitted she had been “absolutely terrified” to come forward and share her story.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842750/will-dwyer-hayley-love-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ac984a25d9264646bbd3a3f8ca94489c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Hayley at her first ultrasound. Image: Instagram</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>After weeks of blind items about a “<em>Farmer Wants a Wife</em> pregnancy scandal”, the story hit FWAW fans like a bomb yesterday.</span><br /><br /><span>“I started my relationship with Farmer Will in December, before the reunion episode was filmed a few weeks later in January,” Hayley wrote in her statement on Thursday.</span><br /><br /><span>“He told me he wasn’t with Jaimee, and Jaimee was in contact with me before the reunion,” she added.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’d started chatting online. (Then) I visited him at his house in Longwood and when our sexual relationship started, he told me he had feelings for me and I had feelings for him.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842748/will-dwyer-hayley-love-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/61fbd80a1e084d3e9534683d7a6483a4" /><br /><br /><span>“From there, I saw him as often as I could, staying at his house for a few days at a time.”</span><br /><br /><span>It is understood Farmer Will and Jaimee will still appear together in the reunion episode.</span><br /><br /><span>The reunion will air on Seven on August 11.</span></p>

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Slice of Charles and Di's wedding cake goes under the hammer

<p><span>Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer wed in a globally broadcasted wedding 40 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>On July 29, 1981, the chosen guests of their special day were treated to an extravagant slice from a five-tier wedding fruit cake, which was made by Dave Avery, head baker with the Royal Navy.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with their wedding cake, there were 22 others baked and sent out - including one that was made for Clarence House staff to enjoy.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842754/princess-diana-charles-wedding-cake-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/17b9450a439048149d03d4ff800619d3" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em></p> <p><span>One leftover slice of cake is going under the hammer in the UK and is expected to sell for £500 ($950).</span><br /><br /><span>The piece of cake, weighing in at 800g was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House.</span><br /><br /><span>She used glad wrap to preserve the topping.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Smith kept the piece of history wrapped and stored in a floral cake tin.</span><br /><br /><span>She topped it with a handwritten label reminding anyone to "handle with care".</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842753/princess-diana-charles-wedding-cake-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7b08a293936241f8a17b18c5496c1096" /><br /><br /><span>The label was signed by Mrs Smith and dated 27 July, 1981.</span><br /><br /><span>Her family sold the piece of cake to a collector in 2008 but it has now found its way back onto the auction block, on their 40th wedding anniversary.</span><br /><br /><span>The cake features white icing, and a 3D sugared image of the royal coat-of-arms coloured in gold, red, blue, and silver.</span><br /><br /><span>It also has a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray..</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842756/princess-diana-charles-wedding-cake.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7977aa5e32846608bf7e531b8920038" /><br /><br /><span>"It appears to be in exactly the same good condition, but we advise against eating it," Chris Albury from Dominic Winter Auctioneers informed the BBC.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Albury expects the listing to get between £300 and £500 ($570-$950)</span><br /><br /><span>It also includes an order of service, ceremonial details and a royal wedding breakfast programme.</span><br /><br /><span>The auction will take place on August 11.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty Images</em></p>

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"In your face, ALDI!": Shopper shares hack to slow down checkout

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An ALDI customer has shared a hack for beating the fast pace of the store’s checkouts and has received a mixed response from others online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI staff are known for their high speed scanning of groceries at the checkout, and a shopper has shared an image of the simple thing she does to slow them down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photograph shows a series of grocery items spaced out along the conveyor belt, with around 30cm between each item.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She claims this trick ensures she has enough time to pack items into her trolley or bag at the other end of the checkout.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In your face ALDI! Just so we got time to pack!” she captioned the photo.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 351.4548238897397px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842759/56af82373d000fbf58e0cc7cf01a0e13364e9926-161x229-x0y67w459h653.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53b9ae1571cb47468cd7c6896aa0f03f" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While many have praised the technique, others were angry and accused the shopper of being “selfish” and “annoying”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Stop trying to pack your bags at the checkout. Put your groceries back into your trolley after they’ve been scanned and pack them at the packing area like you’re supposed to. You don’t need to do stupid things like this if you just follow the rules,” one person said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People like you packing their bag at the register is so annoying and selfish. Try packing them at the bench like everyone else,” another added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you are selfish enough to do that I hope they really throw them at you,” a third wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How childish,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A former ALDI worker also contributed to the debate, saying she had come across this tactic in the past.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I worked at ALDI and people did this, I would hold the first item back from the sensor with my arm until everything piled up,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meanwhile, others praised the idea and told people “to lighten up”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Great idea. Might try it next time I don’t feel like taking on the ALDI ninja fast cashiers lol,” said one.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Hollywood A-lister made Hugh Jackman clean up vomit in his trailer

<p>The Hollywood star wasn’t happy when Hugh Jackman’s best mate since kindergarten – Gus Worland - vomited in his trailer and he made the Aussie actor clean it up.</p> <p>Worland recapped the whole story on KIIS FM’s <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> today and then he challenged listeners to call in and guess who the Hollywood star was.</p> <p>The incident happened in the earlier days of Jackman’s career when Worland was visiting Jackman on a movie set. One of Jackman’s co-stars invited them both to have a drink in his “much bigger trailer”.</p> <p>Worland said he walked into the trailer “… and it’s got a Cuban cigar in each corner with a cigar cutter … and there’s a tub of drinks and stuff.”</p> <p>“We sit down and start having a conversation and I’m struggling to get the words out because I’m so excited that I’m in his company,” Worland said about Jackman’s co-star.</p> <p>Worland’s nerves got the better of him and he said he was “drinking a little bit too quickly” and he found himself not feeling well, he said on the radio show.</p> <p>“Jacko’s looking at me going: ‘Are you OK, mate?’ I said, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine.”</p> <p>But he wasn’t. He added: “I’m smoking this cigar, I’m drinking these drinks and I’m hammered within an hour. I just go, ‘Oh no, I can’t hold this.’ I tried to shimmy out of the horseshoe [table] set up … which is a difficult thing to do … and I don’t quite get to the door of the trailer and I throw up everywhere.”</p> <p>Worland said that Jackman found it fairly funny but the other celebrity didn’t have the same sense of humour about the situation and he told Jackman he’d have to clean the whole thing up.</p> <p>“That takes Jacko about 20 minutes,” Worland recalled.</p> <p>Kyle Sandilands asked Worland: “He got Hugh Jackman to mop up your chunder?”</p> <p>“Yeah,” Worland said.</p> <p><strong>So, who was the Hollywood A-lister who wasn’t impressed?</strong></p> <p>Eventually a listener called through with the right answer – it was John Travolta and it was when Travolta and Jackman were filming <em>Swordfish.</em></p> <p>Worland was on the <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> to promote a new initiative for his Gotcha4Life Foundation called the ‘Mind Your Mate’ campaign.</p> <p>“I want everyone to write down a list of all the people in their life that they love and actually go to our website <a href="https://www.gotcha4life.org/">gotcha4life.org</a> and pledge your mateship to them,” Worland said. “And I can send you some tips and tricks to make sure your relationship is stronger than ever before.”</p> <p>Gotcha4Life is an Australian mental fitness charity which Worland set up which takes action to engage, educate and empower people to improve their mental health and end suicide.</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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New reports show lockdowns may push into 2022

<p>As Australia's Covid crisis rages on, it's been reported that Scott Morrison and national cabinet leaders are preparing for targeted lockdowns which will run into next year. This has been backed up by the PM’s own refusal to rule out 2022 lockdowns, when he stated “No one can give those guarantees.”</p> <p>“The virus is unpredictable and it would be irresponsible to do so,” Morrison added.</p> <p>According to <em>The Australian</em>, the Doherty Institute has prepared scenarios to be presented to national cabinet today which show the outcomes of the different approaches including the vaccination rates we need for Australia to start opening up.</p> <p>The Treasury department will then work on the economic cost of different outcomes and they will use this data to formulate our future COVID-19 policies.</p> <p>This news comes as Greater Sydney's lockdown has been extended by another month with NSW recording its worst day since the pandemic began on Thursday with 239 new infections.</p> <p><strong>Hard-hit hot spot zones say they have an “unfair deal”</strong></p> <p>The mayors from Sydney's eight hot spot zones have taken to social media and other means to state they feel they’re not being treated fairly.</p> <p>Cumberland mayor Steve Christou joined in today telling the <em>Today</em> show, his community was getting an "unfair deal".</p> <p>"I'm just here trying to do the best and represent the interests of my community, who, at the moment, are getting an unfair deal," he told the program.</p> <p>"They don't deserve this," he added.</p> <p><strong>Growing push to restrict the unvaccinated</strong></p> <p>There's a growing push to make moves to restrict the movements of the unvaccinated when Australia opens up after the pandemic.</p> <p>Speaking to 3AW, NAB boss Ross McEwan said a bank survey had found 80 per cent of the population planned to get the jab, while 10 per cent were undecided and 10 per cent were against it.</p> <p>McEwan said those who got the jab should be rewarded: “Let’s target the 80 per cent who do want to get the job done and get the vaccination into their arms. Then work on the 10 per cent who can be swung across. Then let’s open this economy up because everybody’s had a chance," he said.</p> <p>“Let’s get 90 per cent of the population vaccinated and give them freedom. For those that don’t want the vaccination, well they can stay at home.” he said.</p> <p>There are also plans to ease travel restrictions on those who are vaccinated, including international travel and quarantine-at-home when arriving back from overseas trips. Other plans include restrictions on restaurants and cinemas for those who aren’t vaccinated.</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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Johnny Ruffo pens heartwarming tribute to healthcare workers

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Former </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Home and Away </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">actor Johnny Ruffo has shared a heartwarming tribute to healthcare workers on social media, as he continues to undergo treatment for brain cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alongside his expression of gratitude for the hardworking nurses who have been treating him, Ruffo posted a picture of himself, masked-up, with a nurse dressed in PPE gear and also wearing a mask.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grateful for the nurses at Life House keeping me entertained and putting up with my s*** talk during treatments,” he wrote in the caption.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You guys are the real heroes!”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CR3QXHxnq6v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CR3QXHxnq6v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">X-Factor</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star has been providing regular updates on his battle with brain cancer with his hundreds of thousands of followers, often with his partner Tahnee Sims by his side.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an earlier update from July 20, Ruffo shared photos of himself in hospital, with one image showing his head wrapped in bandages, and others showing his sutured head.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQVKtgol1zW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CQVKtgol1zW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the discomfort he looked like he was in, Ruffo was still smiling as he underwent treatment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His latest post has been flooded with positive comments from his fans and fellow celebrities, including comedian Dave Hughes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Onya mate! You’re a bloody legend,” Hughesy wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Keep fighting Ruffo, us aussies need you in our lives,” one fan commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A true inspiration to all of us,” another added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ruffo has been battling brain cancer for a second time, after it returned in November last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know I now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned,” he wrote on Instagram on November 24.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I will dig deep and beat this s*** disease.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Johnny Ruffo / Instagram</span></em></p>

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“One silver lining”: Lisa Wilkinson offers glimmer of a bright side

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the announcement of 239 new COVID-19 cases in New South Wales on Thursday, Lisa Wilkinson has described the numbers as a “gut punch”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Like most people in NSW at the moment - that number that started with a two today felt like a real gut punch,” Lisa said on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Project </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">on Thursday night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think we thought that it might nudge close to 200 but the fact that it was so far over the 200 number really felt like the game has changed - we’re in a whole different realm. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think anybody thinks for a moment that we will be out of this at the end of August.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CR6QCEeHrOj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CR6QCEeHrOj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Project (@theprojecttv)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Wilkinson has found one positive during these dour times, pointing out that vaccine hesitancy has lowered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There is one silver lining, because I think a lot of us are looking for a silver lining at the moment, and that is that in NSW the vaccine hesitancy has halved from 33 percent at the end of May to down to 14.6 percent. So at least that’s going to lift those numbers and hopefully give a lot of people who get the vaccine a fighting chance,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And, unlike other states, there’s no supply issue, really, in NSW, because AstraZeneca is now being recommended for everybody to have,” co-host Waleed Aly added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So it’s not like you’re waiting for vaccines to arrive - and you can actually fulfil that increased enthusiasm.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Melbourne Institute has found that the rate of vaccine hesitancy has been significantly reduced in NSW and Victoria following recent outbreaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seven percent of adults in NSW are still unsure about getting vaccinated, down from 14.3 percent at the end of May.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au/publications/research-insights/ttpn/vaccination-report" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> produced by the institute has said “policies to reduce vaccine hesitancy need to be carefully targeted at populations most vulnerable and most likely to transmit the virus, as well as geographic areas with the lowest vaccination rates”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 10</span></em></p>

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“This is bulls***”: Kyle hits out on censoring of Pauline Hanson

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s has sparked more controversy, after she was censored for attempting to undermine Australia’s vaccine rollout on one of Sydney’s biggest radio shows.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Hanson was sharing her anti-vaccination views on KIIS 106.5’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kyle and Jackie O Show</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, when producers intervened and began censoring the audio mentioning vaccinating.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While Ms Hanson was describing why she was choosing not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, all the audience could hear was a drawn-out “bleep”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The show is on a 30-second delay and has a censor to block any comments that can’t be verified live or that could cause trouble for the network.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When callers alerted him to the censoring, host Kyle Sandilands had a strong reaction when he found out the reason behind it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Can somebody tell me what’s being beeped out and why it’s being beeped out?”, Sandilands asked producers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our censor is saying some of what Pauline is saying is not government approved,” one producer replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re not a government show,” he said. “This is not the ABC.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The same producer told Sandilands the show has to “be mindful of what we’re telling listeners”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Based on what?”, Sandilands queried.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[Based on] the public health system and what they’re telling us,” they replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sandilands then apologised to Ms Hanson, who said it wasn’t the first time she had been censored for her views on vaccinations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve been censored also by Channel Nine and 2GB because they won’t have me on because of what I say,” Hanson explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You can’t have a difference of opinion in this country anymore because they shut you down. So therefore you’re letting the authorities control what you say and think.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m a member of parliament, surely I have a right to actually express my opinion.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokeswoman for ARN, which represents the popular radio show, said the live to air censor “monitors all content and makes a decision on what is appropriate to be broadcast on air and be published in accordance with the station’s regulatory obligations”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Kyle and Jackie O don’t shy away from talking about the hot topics that matter to their audience,” the spokeswoman told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“KIIS1065 makes every effort to fairly represent the views of its guests but has an obligation to balance freedom of expression against expression of views that may be out of step with government health advice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We take our responsibilities very seriously, and appreciate that some views expressed by guests on the station may not always be shared by the wider community.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ARN said the governing body for broadcast media, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, has a “focus on protecting the Australian public from misinformation about COVID-19 and information that is out of step with government advice.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pauline Hanson’s claim on the show that COVID-19 vaccines haven’t been tried and tested like those for diseases such as measles and mumps is unfounded.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance’s (NCIRS) </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ausvaxsafety.org.au/safety-data/covid-19-vaccines" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">AusVaxSafety</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> surveillance initiative, 53.9 percent of Australians who have been vaccinated reported no adverse event, while 46.1 percent reported adverse side effects including fatigue, headaches, injection site pain, and muscle aches.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p>

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“Wonder woman on the water”: Jess Fox’s golden moment

<p><span>For nine years, disappointment has shrouded Australian olympian Jess Fox.</span><br /><br /><span>But now, she has just become an Olympic gold winner in Tokyo for the first ever women’s C1 Olympic final on Thursday afternoon.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox is the first slalom paddler to win an Olympic medal of each colour in canoe and kayak events.</span><br /><br /><span>The world watched on as Britain’s Mallory Franklin initially took an early lead in the final by registering an astonishing time of 108.68.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRv6hdDjQV0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CRv6hdDjQV0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Fox (@jessfox94)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Germany’s Andrea Herzog also impressed with a time of 111.13, which earned her a spot in the provisional silver medal position.</span><br /><br /><span>Brazilian athlete Ana Satila also had a solid time, but she sadly copped a brutal 50-second penalty for narrowly missing Gate 22.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox quickly passed the first checkpoint more than two seconds ahead of Franklin‘s time.</span><br /><br /><span>She briefly got stuck at Gate 15, however she showed her talent by quickly escaping from the white water at Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox secured a historic gold medal with an unbelievable time of 105.04.</span><br /><br /><span>She was three seconds faster than anyone else.</span><br /><br /><span>“She is a wonder woman on the water. What a performance!” <em>Channel 7</em> commentator David Culbert cried.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox’s mother and coach could be seen embracing the champion moments after she completed her run.</span><br /><br /><span>Australia has reacted in pure elation, with Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley tweeting: “JESS FOX!!!!!!!! You are my freaking hero!!!!! So amazing!!!!”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">JESS FOX!!!!!!!! You are my freaking hero!!!!! So amazing!!!! 😭😭😭😭 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a></p> — Kurt Fearnley (@kurtfearnley) <a href="https://twitter.com/kurtfearnley/status/1420648484915400710?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Channel 7 reporter Tom Browne wrote: “I don’t think there has ever been a more deserved gold medal winner. Jess Fox is a legend. Completely compelling.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fox Sports presenter Sarah Olle shared her own message: “The Olympics are so cool because you become inexplicably happy for someone you don’t know. Thanks for the ear to ear smile, Jess.”</span><br /><br /><span>Aussie tennis star Dylan Alcott wrote: “JESS FOX YOU FLAT OUT LEGEND!!! OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Could not think of an athlete more deserving – an incredible athlete but an even better person. YES!”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">JESS FOX YOU FLAT OUT LEGEND!!! OLYMPIC CHAMPION!! Could not think of an athlete more deserving - an incredible athlete but an even better person. YES! <a href="https://twitter.com/jessfoxcanoe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jessfoxcanoe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/olympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#olympics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gold?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gold</a></p> — Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) <a href="https://twitter.com/DylanAlcott/status/1420648900738699268?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Fox promised she would return for the Paris Olympics in 2024.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was amazing to be a part of this women’s C1 event here in Tokyo for the first time ever,” she told <em>Channel 7</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was a tough couple of days – mentally, emotionally, it took everything out of me. So to put down a run that I’m proud of, I’m over the moon.</span><br /><br /><span>“I hope we’ve inspired some girls and boys today … I felt the love over from Australia.”</span></p>

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Karl fires up on Deputy Premier: "There's no playbook"

<p>John Barilaro, the NSW Deputy Premier, has admitted authorities are not sure “what’s working and what’s not working”, during a heated interview on <em>Today</em>.</p> <p>“One of the things we keep saying is, it’s difficult to quantify what’s working and what’s not working,” he said on Thursday morning.</p> <p>“And the reality is, even though we continue to see a rise in numbers, those numbers aren’t accelerating into hundreds and hundreds.</p> <p>“In one way the restrictions are working but, of course, more needs to be done and that’s why yesterday there were a number of changes in relation to being able to move out of your local government area.”</p> <p>The show’s host Karl Stefanovic appeared enraged by the Deputy Premier’s admission.</p> <p>“Sorry to put this to you, but I think you just said you don't know what’s working and what isn’t. Is that what you said?” Stefanovic asked.</p> <p>Barilaro responded: “Yeah, look, there’s no playbook, Karl. There is no rule book.”</p> <p>He went on to claim that reducing mobility is the key to success.</p> <p>“The reality is, to be able to say that I know how to get this under control or the government knows how to get this completely under control... is still testing the government and its resources.”</p> <p>Stefanovic then asked the politician: “If you don't know what’s working, how can they (people of NSW) have any level of confidence as to when they will come out of lockdown?”</p> <p>“Well, Karl, over the past 18 months we have managed a number of outbreaks. The Delta strain is really challenging us because it’s transmissible and contagious,” Mr Barilaro fired back.</p> <p>“We are putting in place all the learned experience of the last 18 months (and) the advice from health and we will continue to throw more at this.</p> <p>“I can assure the public that they should have confidence because (of) what we have done in the past. But we are not going to pretend that we have every answer because we don’t.”</p> <p>NSW announced 177 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, marking July 28th the worst day since the latest outbreak began on June 16.</p> <p>The state government’s inability to reduce numbers in positive cases has forced them to extend the lockdown for another four weeks at least.</p>

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“Heroic” officers and bystanders free trapped baby

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shocking footage has captured the moment police officers and bystanders lifting a car to save a trapped baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident happened in the town of Yonkers in New York on Friday, when a 43-year-old driver allegedly crashed into a car then careened across the road and into the front of a local barber shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the car moved across the road, a woman was crossing the street with her eight-month-old daughter in her arms. The pair were hit by the car and landed on the bonnet as it crashed into the shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two police officers, who were nearby ordering breakfast, rushed to the scene to investigate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once it was discovered the baby was trapped underneath the car, the officers and several bystanders worked together to lift the car and free the baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Luckily, two veteran officers of Yonkers’ finest just happened to be getting breakfast next door and quickly took action along with members of the community to rescue a child trapper under the vehicle and render aid to her mother,” Police Commissioner John Mueller said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The actions taken are nothing short of heroic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother and daughter were left with serious injuries but are expected to survive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother suffered a fractured femur and the baby had a fractured skull and third-degree burns on her back and foot, according to police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The driver, David Poncurak, was uninjured.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was charged with several offences, including second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Yonkers Police Department</span></em></p>

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Hidden Aussie beach cracks the top 10 in the world

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney-based content creator has gone viral for his footage from beaches that are very definitely off-the-beaten track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adam Rikys shares clips on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@adamrikys/video/6985683756568808706?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tiktok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> where he drops a pin on a new location in Australia using Google maps, then zooms in with stunning images of the beach, proving we’re a country full of hidden beachy treasures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In one of his latest videos, the creator chooses Turquoise Bay in Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Found in Cape Range National Park near Exmouth, Turquoise Bay was ranked as the sixth best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards earlier this year.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Perth is OK! (@perthisok)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With its crystal clear waters and white sand, it’s easy to see why it scored a top spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the area is prone to strong currents, with inexperienced swimmers advised to take caution.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Venture Wanderer / Instagram, Hike Australia / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Mum “humiliated” and allegedly put on no-fly list over nappy change

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> A woman in the US has shared how she was “humiliated” by a flight attendant mid-flight while trying to discard her baby’s nappy in the rubbish.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Farah Naz Khan, an endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism doctor from Seattle, shared the ordeal on social media, including how she was yelled at by a flight attendant who was then “harassing” her in a call to her personal mobile number after the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anybody with connections at United Airlines? Had a horrific experience today with a flight attendant and then got a harassing phone call from the very same flight attendant,” Ms Khan wrote in a Facebook post, which she later edited to include the full story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I walked back to the front holding my diaper wipes container and ... the pad that we used to change my daughter’s diaper on, the flight attendant accosted me and said: ‘Did you just dispose of a diaper back there? That’s a biohazard’,” Ms Khan told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seattle-woman-humiliated-flight-attendant-over-dirty-diaper-says-she-n1273777" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NBC News</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan said that she then asked whether he wanted her to retrieve the nappy and that the flight attendant said yes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan continued to say the experience made her feel “humiliated” and “belittled”. After asking another flight attendant for a garbage bag to put the nappy in, she became angry when the attendant told her she hadn’t done anything wrong. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After filing a customer service incident report once the plane landed, things took a bizarre turn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later in the day, Ms Khan received a phone call from the flight attendant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I recognised the voice,” she told <em>NBC News</em>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He said, ‘Due to a biohazard incident on the plane today, we’ve placed you on the no-fly list’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This made me very angry, because I suffered the humiliating experience … They are placing me on a no-fly list?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I also didn’t dispose of the diaper on the plane, even if it was considered a biohazard. I walked it off the plane and threw it away myself outside the flight.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also accused the flight attendant of using “profanities” during the call.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[He said] ‘You people bring your children everywhere. Don’t you know that some people just want a peaceful flight and don’t want to listen to your effing children?’,” Ms Khan said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also allegedly said to her: “I hear your obnoxious daughter in the background.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan also shared her experience on Twitter, including the hashtag #racism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said she didn’t believe she had been placed on the no-fly list, after she was able to fly back to Houston a few days later.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan confirmed she had heard from United Airlines, which uses Mesa Airlines to run regional services, but the conversation was “unsatisfying” as the airline could not say how the flight attendant obtained her phone number or whether he had been disciplined.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, a Mesa spokesperson said: “The details as described by our customer do not meet the high standards that Mesa sets for our flight attendants and we are reviewing the matter.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Surprise discovery of huge tropical fish on US beach

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large colourful fish has washed ashore on the US coast, with aquarium officials describing it as a rare occurrence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 45-kilogram opah fish, also called a moon fish, was found on Sunset Beach in Seaside, a city in northwest Oregon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While rare this far north it is not unheard of,” Seaside Aquarium said of the unusual appearance of the fish in the area in a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/SeasideAquarium/posts/6224256220917665" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keith Chandler, the general manager of Seaside Aquarium, told CNN that finding an opah on the Oregon coast is “uncommon” and that the fish was “in such great shape”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re pretty cool fish, and we don’t normally see them on the shore,” said Mr Chandler.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was pretty exciting for locals.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Due to the condition of the fish, Mr Chandler believes it had been on the beach for less than an hour before aquarium staff were notified.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Unfortunately, it washed up not living, but we got to it before the birds,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Chandler said the opah is being stored in a large freezer, and that one lucky school group would get the chance to dissect the fish once the school year starts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/opah#overview" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, little is known about the opah since they live deep in the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The species is usually found in temperate and tropical waters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The NOAA describes the opah as having a silvery-grey, round body, with a rose red belly, red fins, and eyes encircled with gold.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Seaside Aquarium / Facebook</span></em></p>

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Tragic update from wife of terminally ill veteran

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Queensland man whose battle with terminal cancer saw Wiggles star Anthony Field commit </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/veteran-with-terminal-cancer-speechless-after-blue-wiggle-s-kind-act" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">an act of kindness</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has died at the age of 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brendan Nikolajew, an army veteran who served in Afghanistan, had been fighting cancer on-and-off for more than three years after a small lump was discovered on one of his testicles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was recently given the devastating news that he had weeks to live and on Tuesday, his wife Leah shared a tragic update.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To all our beautiful friends and family, it breaks my heart to let you all know that my beautiful husband passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon,” she wrote on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I held him close and lay next to him until his last breath. I made sure he knew how loved he was by everyone who knew him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The last few days of his life were extremely hard for him as he struggled to breathe and was quite confused, he fought right to the end and did not want to leave but eventually made the decision to finally be at peace and watch us from the stars.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRzjAkAhR1v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CRzjAkAhR1v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Brendan Nikolajew (@brendans.cancer.fight)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leah said her “little family” were “absolutely broken” after his passing and “still can’t imagine how we are going to continue on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around so bloody hard and I am proud to be his wife,” Leah continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope we can all keep his memory alive by never giving up and living our life with Brendan’s ferocity and passion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you all for the beautiful kind messages of love.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blue Wiggle Anthony Field, who previously pledged to donate the royalties from the group’s new album to Brendan’s wife and children, shared his own tribute to Brendan.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Rest In Peace Brendan. <a href="https://t.co/pak9Uf79dH">pic.twitter.com/pak9Uf79dH</a></p> — Anthony Field (@Anthony_Wiggle) <a href="https://twitter.com/Anthony_Wiggle/status/1419777483537215490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest in Peace Brendan,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo of the veteran with his family.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: brendans.cancer.fight / Instagram</span></em></p>

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"Bigger boobs and bad dreams": Steve Price's take on vaccine side-effects

<p>Carrie Bickmore has revealed she noticed a subtle change to her breasts after having the Pfizer vaccine.<br /><br /><em>The Project</em> co-host admitted to her fellow panelists Waleed Aly, Peter Hellier and Steve Price on Monday night’s program that she couldn’t help but notice the “lump” on her chest..</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/CPzOiPhn7n9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CPzOiPhn7n9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Reports have revealed a number of women have noticed their boobs had increased in size after receiving the jab.<br /><br />The Australian Department of Health has stated that inflamed lymph nodes are a less common side effect, but like many other women, Bickmore couldn’t help but notice the small bump on her chest.<br /><br />“This is exactly what happened, and I will admit I clicked on the clickbait today because mine didn’t go up a size, but I was thinking when I was in the shower, after I got my Pfizer, I noticed a lump, and I thought, ‘that’s weird, I will keep an eye on that’,” Bickmore said.<br /><br />“I texted a girlfriend who had the jab around the same time as me the next day and asked how she was feeling.<br /><br />“She said, ‘Fine, but my lymph nodes are up under my arms’, and I was like, ‘of course, that’s what it is!’”<br /><br />Price complained his side effects weren’t quite as interesting.<br /><br />“You get bigger boobs and I get bad dreams from the second jab of AstraZeneca,” Price told Bickmore.<br /><br />“That was the side effect I had.”<br /><br />The side effect which has been labelled the “Pfizer boob job”, is temporary according to experts.</p>

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Greta Thunberg's first vaccine comes with global statement

<p>Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, took to social media, tweeting: "Today I got my first COVID-19 vaccination dose. I am extremely grateful and privileged to be able to live in a part of the world where I can already get vaccinated."</p> <p>But then she went on to blast the more wealthy countries for taking more than their fair share of the vaccines. She wrote: "The vaccine distribution around the world is extremely unequal.</p> <p>The Swedish climate activist, 18, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a fox-print face mask with a bandaid on her upper arm, using the hashtags '#VaccineEquity' and '#VaccineForAll'.</p> <p>Thunberg is one of a number of famous people, encouraging others to get the jab as soon as it's available to them. What she says about the distribution of the vaccines has been backed up by media such as the <em>New York Times </em>which reported recently: <em>"</em>84 percent of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Only 0.3 percent of doses have been administered in low-income countries.''</p> <p>Other celebrities including David Beckham and Billie Eilish, have asked world leaders to share surplus COVID vaccines with poorer countries.</p> <p>Before the G7 summit in June, Unicef ambassadors warned in an open letter how important it would be to ensure the "fair and equitable" supplies of vaccines internationally or the world would continue to be at risk from future mutations of the virus.</p>

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Surviving winter with steam breathing

<p>The WellO2 breathing exercise device is a non-medical device,<span> </span><strong>brand new to Australia!</strong><span> </span>Cold weather can be tough on all of us, but if you have asthma, winter can literally take your breath away. Asthma causes the airways to swell and narrow. When people with asthma are exposed to triggers — which make asthma symptoms worse — they might cough, wheeze or have trouble breathing. For many people, cold air is a common asthma trigger.</p> <p>For many people, asthma is harder to control during winter months, for a few reasons. First, the cold, dry air can irritate your airways and cause the muscles inside to spasm. Then there’s all those cold and flu viruses going around. A cold or respiratory tract infection can exacerbate asthma symptoms.</p> <p>Steam has been used to loosen tight phlegm from the airways for years – anyone who has been told to breathe over a bowl of warm water- or sit in a sauna – will know that steam is helpful in alleviating congestion. Steam plus RMT has been shown to help improve respiratory fitness and overall health and wellbeing.</p> <p>Start training with your WellO2 device today. Many people report seeing the benefit of using their WellO2 in two to four weeks!</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:324.67532467532465px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842666/rd_2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cf8fc5e57fb6450f930588ab05253074" /></p> <p><strong>5 Ways to get lung fit!</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>Stay hydrated</strong><span> </span>– It might seem simple but keeping well hydrated helps maintain the health of the mucosal lining in the lungs.</li> <li><strong>Slow relaxed breaths</strong><span> </span>-Deep breathing helps you to expand and allow your lungs to reach their full capacity.</li> <li><strong>Nasal Breathing</strong><span> </span>– Our nose is an important part of the respiratory system. It warms and humidifies the air we breathe and helps protect the airways from allergens, pollutants, and pathogens.</li> <li><strong>Sit straight, stand tall and breathe with the diaphragm</strong><span> </span>– Our lungs are soft structures, so making room for them to expand and contract as we breathe is incredibly important. Breathing patterns become abnormal with excessive use of the upper rib cage, which leads to insufficient use of the diaphragm while breathing.</li> <li><strong>Invest in a WellO2</strong><span> </span>– Breathing exercise devices, such as WellO2 are beneficial not only for those experiencing ongoing respiratory concerns, but for individuals looking to engage in conscious breathing for everyday general wellness.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Hear from some of our very happy customers, WellO2 really can change lives!</strong></p> <p>“I have been using the Well02 for just over two weeks now and I’m starting to see a real improvement with my Asthma, which is always at its worst in Spring. For the first week, I used the breathing device for 5 minutes in the morning then 5 mins at night. I must say, it was a very strange feeling when I first started using the device and I did notice that it would make me cough, which I understand is normal. Due to the coughing, I did take a few free breaths between each inhalation which helped. By the second week I was using the device 10 minutes x 2 a day. I am no longer coughing and have adapted very well. I found the set up of the device very easy but I did watch the YouTube video to make sure I was doing it correctly. I am pleased to say, since using the device, my use of ventolin has decreased. This alone is a huge advantage. I have also noticed I’m not as “puffed” out as I usually am on my nightly walks. I’m looking forward to seeing the continued benefits.” – Melissa H, NSW</p> <p>“I suffer from asthma and chronic bronchitis resulting in difficulty breathing and regularly coughing up thick mucus. The mucus is hard to cough up at times and makes it hard to breathe so I was expecting big things on my first use. It was much gentler than I imagined and although I felt slightly dizzy using it I did cough up a bit of mucus, my initial thoughts were I wanted it hotter and harder but I felt a bit more free in my chest after the first few days.</p> <p>After the first week I was really feeling it under my lower ribs like “real” exercise. I’m not sure if I am doing it too hard as sometimes it makes a whistling noise and I can’t find anywhere in the instructions or online if this is a good or bad thing.</p> <p>I’ve now upped it to level 2 and things are going well – this level seems better suited to me for some reason although I did miss a few days which resulted in an itchy throat feeling like I was getting a cold. The one thing I find difficult is finding the time to fill it, clean it and use it. I would prefer it just sat in the room and I could breathe it in as it did the work and I could do other things without having to hold it. I do love how small it is though – you can just store it away out of sight.</p> <p>Overall I highly recommend it as I’ve had some relief from my chronic symptoms – my chest and nose feel clearer, and breathing easier. I’m also not as affected by pollution and smokers as I was before.” – Rachel K</p> <p>“I am into my third week of using Wello2. My Asthma is Bronchial and generally comes on with the dampness or cold weather (particularly night air). Given my location in Qld, there are not too many very cold nights at this time of the year (October) although the humidity can also play a part at times, it isn’t too late. I have found the Well02 to be more beneficial to me now at night prior to going to bed, I think it helps open the airways and helps me relax a little more going to sleep. I did get up one night with a breathing problem and used the Wello2 at 3am to assist with breathing and I did find the steam did help and also helped me relax to return to sleep., I also find dismantling the parts for cleaning is much easier now than it was in the beginning, they were very stiff to move initially. I would certainly say that the device has been useful to me during the period I have been using it.” – Glenys Davison.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:324.67532467532465px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842665/rd_3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/59a1c231b898475495bade4760bcb51e" /></p> <p><em><strong>For a limited time, we are offering a discount of A$100 to Over60 readers for the WellO2 steam breathing device (normally RRP A$399) or the Travel Pack (normally A$450). We offer a 60-day money back guarantee and ongoing support for your breathing journey with our Breathing Club. Simply enter code ‘Over60’ at checkout.</strong></em></p> <p><span>If you would like any further information on WellO2, simply head to our website </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.wello2.com.au/" target="_blank">www.wello2.com.au</a><span> or contact us at hello@wello2.com.au</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z7-JL_06cL0" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://wello2.com.au/" target="_blank">Well02</a>.</strong></em></p>

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Farmer Wants a Wife contestant comes forward about bombshell pregnancy

<p dir="ltr">A contestant from 2021’s season of <em>Farmer Wants a Wife</em> has revealed behind-the-scenes details about the bombshell pregnancy rumours surrounding the popular Channel 7 program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley Love has alleged to News.com.au that she is indeed pregnant with Farmer Will Dwyer’s child.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley, 25, said she and 39-year-old sheep and cattle farmer Will struck up a relationship shortly after the show wrapped up filming its finale in December.</p> <p dir="ltr">The contestant appeared on the show as one of the pool contestants who was vying for Farmer Matt Trewin’s love.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is understood they ended their romance in April after Hayley told Will she was pregnant.</p> <p dir="ltr">Farmer Will chose contestant Jaimee as his final pick in the finale which aired last week.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842741/farmer-wants-a-wife-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d4ac203ef7e34b459ef315bbeb7f4030" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Will chose Jaimee. Image: Channel 7</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley had been sent home earlier in the week by Farmer Matt, who chose to stay with Tara.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am 22 weeks pregnant with Farmer Will’s child,” Hayley wrote in the statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I started my relationship with Farmer Will in December, before the reunion episode was filmed a few weeks later in January. He told me he wasn’t with Jaimee and Jaimee was in contact with me before the reunion.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’d started chatting online. (Then) I visited him at his house in Longwood and when our sexual relationship started. He told me he had feelings for me and I had feelings for him. From there, I saw him as often as I could, staying at his house for a few days at a time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I started my relationship with Farmer Will in December, before the reunion episode was filmed a few weeks later in January. He told me he wasn’t with Jaimee and Jaimee was in contact with me before the reunion.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’d started chatting online. (Then) I visited him at his house in Longwood and when our sexual relationship started. He told me he had feelings for me and I had feelings for him. From there, I saw him as often as I could, staying at his house for a few days at a time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley went on to say she could not deny her feelings for Will and found it difficult to stay away from him.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You must remember we went on this television show to find love. I thought I could have that with him,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley claimed that another woman allegedly contacted her on Instagram to confess her feelings for Will.</p> <p dir="ltr">It was then, she says, she made the decision to end things.</p> <p dir="ltr">“On the 2nd April I left his house thinking, ‘I’m never coming back, I’m done.’ The next morning I found out I was 6 weeks pregnant. I was terrified to tell him,” Hayley wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">She went on to say she was surprised by Will’s reaction to the pregnancy.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842742/farmer-wants-a-wife-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ff05a0a24e514e978364f41a4fa9b1bc" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Channel 7</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a very quick phone call where he said ‘Yeah well we kinda knew that you were pregnant’. I said ‘no worries, I just thought you should know’,” Hayley wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ve tried to keep things amicable with him, to be clear on what his involvement with our child will be. I’ve asked him to do all the appointments and he did come to the ultrasound.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“At the end of the day I have decided to keep the baby because I have enough love for this child with or without a biological father. I will be enough for him or her.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley has also revealed why she decided to come forward and share her story: “I am speaking my truth before it gets misconstrued by the public and tabloids who don’t know the full story.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is my story to tell.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Farmer Will had been posting about his reality TV experience on Instagram and tagging 32-year-old paediatric nurse Jaimee.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the finale has aired, he hasn’t shared any more posts with Jaimee.</p>

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“Prince Charles wasn’t happy”: Royal cake-maker spills on Charles and Diana’s wedding creation

<p>Dave Avery, the man who designed and made Prince Charles and Diana's wedding cake for their big day, has revealed it was the prince who called him to make changes to the design – after Diana had approved it.</p> <p>The head baker of the Royal Naval Cookery School, Avery designed the couple's five-tier fruit cake which stood at 165cm for the July wedding 40 years ago in 1981.</p> <p>Avery, then 37, had been selected to bake the royal wedding cake – an auspicious task but one that he was more than capable of. Avery, now 78, told 9Honey via Zoom from the UK, he still clearly remembers walking into Buckingham Palace for his first meeting with Princess Diana – known at the time as ‘Lady Di.’</p> <p>“I’ll never forget it," says Avery. "She was beautiful. She was very pleasant, very polite, we had a few little chats.”</p> <p>Avery had been given the task of designing the wedding cake and he’d gone to the palace to show his plans to Diana. She had approved the designs with no changes but when Avery arrived back at the Royal Navy Cookery School in Chatham, he received word from the palace that Prince Charles was not happy.</p> <p>"I got a phone call that Prince Charles wasn't happy," says Avery. But thankfully, it wasn't a criticism but rather – something the Prince wanted added.</p> <p>"We hadn't put on the Red Dragon," says Avery. Once we added the Red Dragon symbol of Wales, which was Prince Charles' call sign when he was flying helicopters with the Navy, the Prince was happy.</p> <p>The cake’s design included hand-painted symbols representing Prince Charles' military roles, the Prince of Wales emblem, St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Highgrove – one of which took eight hours to complete.</p> <p><strong>How big was this Wedding Cake of the Century?</strong></p> <p>The five-tier cake stood at 165cm and took some time to bake with the bottom tier alone taking Avery 12 hours. As well, Avery used a spirit level and set square to ensure the dimensions were perfect.</p> <p>He was sworn to secrecy during the 14-week process of designing and making the cake and says the pressure was on to get everything perfect: "If there was anything wrong, the whole world would have known about it, not just me," he says.</p> <p>When it came to the baking of the cake, Avery turned to a favourite recipe he had from his mother for a rich fruit cake.</p> <p>"But I had to take things out and add things in to improve it. I had worked on that recipe for up to five years until I got it absolutely perfect."</p> <p>As perfect as it is, Avery says he won’t be sharing this recipe: “I’ve been asked many times, but no,” he adds.</p> <p><strong><em>The Wedding of the Century</em></strong></p> <p>2021 marks 40 years since Prince Charles married Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral on July 29th - a wedding which drew a global television audience of more than 750 million people.</p> <p>A new documentary has been made to mark the occasion which will screen on BritBox Australia, aptly titled <em>Wedding of the Century.</em></p> <p>The original documentary includes remastered footage of the wedding plus never-before-seen interviews with those closely involved in the wedding planning, including the florist and one of the photographers.</p> <p><strong>Was it all successful?</strong></p> <p>After the wedding, Avery received a letter from the new Prince and Princess of Wales saying "how thrilled they were with the cake."</p> <p>They even saved the second tier to use at Prince William's christening on August 4th, 1982. Diana loved Avery's work so much she asked him to make William's first birthday cake, too, "a sponge with nursery rhymes around it.”</p> <p>These days Avery has retired from the Royal Navy after serving for 22 years. He went on to open a cake shop, baking wedding cakes (naturally) before going back into teaching.</p> <p>As Avery says: "It's the wedding of the century, it's the cake of the century.”</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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Lady Kitty Spencer shows fans BTS look at her five wedding dresses

<p><span>Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana’s niece, has married in an incredibly heart-stopping wedding and now, she has shown fans an inside look into what she wore.</span><br /><br /><span>The blushing bride was anything but simple on her special day, as she donned five dresses for the wedding weekend in Italy.</span><br /><br /><span>The 30-year-old wore haute couture gowns, curated by a team from Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda.</span><br /><br /><span>Spencer expressed how lucky she was to wear the “masterpieces”.</span><br /><br /><span>"Our final fitting in Milan," Kitty wrote next to a few still images. "Our fittings were filled with laughter, many happy tears, pure joy and unbridled passion.</span><br /><br /><span>"What beauty you created @dolcegabbana I love you and thank you from the bottom of my heart."</span><br /><br /><span>One of her hand-made gowns included a jaw dropping baby-blue tulle Cinderella-esqe ball gown .</span><br /><br /><span>It featured a matching cape, and cross-stitched floral embroidery. She wore it on Friday night at the pre-wedding soirée.</span><br /><br /><span>On the actual day of the wedding, Spencer donned a lace gown with a high neck and long, puffed sleeves.</span><br /><br /><span>She was walked down the aisle by two of her brothers, as it is understood her father was unable to attend due to a shoulder injury.</span><br /><br /><span>Kitty’s second dress on her wedding day was a double organza silk gown, which was hand-painted and had flower and crystal embellishments.</span><br /><br /><span>Her third dress was a metallic cocktail dress, which she danced in during the wedding reception.</span><br /><br /><span>The next day, Spencer spent her time at 17th century Roman mansion Villa Aurelia with loved ones to continue the festivities.</span><br /><br /><span>For the Sunday event, Kitty wore another stunning gown, which had floral detailing again and was accompanied by breathtaking jewellery.</span></p>

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Fergie opens up about William and Kate wedding snub: “I don’t think I was worthy”

<p><span>Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York has spoken out about the scandal that plagued her in 2011.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal, who was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 until 1996 has opened up about her being left off the invitation list for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>She shares daughter Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie with Andrew and has been a controversial figure in the royal family for decades.</span><br /><br /><span>She told <em>Town &amp; Country</em> that being excluded from William and Kate’s wedding was not a situation that she fought.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842686/sarah-ferguson-plus-william-and-kate-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/73d23f3821a1454b935f8ca2317c8ea1" /></p> <p> <em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>"I didn't think I was probably worthy to go to their wedding," she told the publication.</span><br /><br /><span>“I took myself to Thailand, actually, to be far away from it so that I could try and heal."</span><br /><br /><span>Ferguson admitted to Oprah in recent years that the snub upset her greatly.</span><br /><br /><span>"I think what I felt was that I went through the phase of feeling so totally worthless and that (it) was quite right they didn't invite me.</span><br /><br /><span>“Why would they - why would they invite me?</span><br /><br /><span>"I felt that I ostracised myself by my behaviour, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake?"</span><br /><br /><span>Just a year before the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Ferguson found herself caught up in a major scandal.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842687/sarah-ferguson-plus-william-and-kate-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/047e85441656431093299643b3dc322b" /></p> <p> <em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>She was caught by an undercover reporter who reported her attempting to sell a meeting with Prince Andrew for cash.</span><br /><br /><span>The fallout from this saw her being left off the guest list for the upcoming nuptials.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was so difficult," she went on to say.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because I wanted to be there with my girls, and to be getting them dressed and to go as a family. And also it was so hard because the last (royal) bride up that aisle was me."</span><br /><br /><span>By 2018, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed, Fergie was back in the family's good books and received an invite.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842688/sarah-ferguson-plus-william-and-kate-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c090e71110514bb8b33512f15c159ee3" /></p> <p> <em>Image: Getty</em><br /><span>The Duchess is enjoying being a new grandmother after the birth of grandson August to daughter Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank.</span><br /><br /><span>Her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice is also expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi later this year.</span></p>

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Named and shamed: Full list of Sydney protestors charged

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After thousands of unmasked protestors travelled to the Sydney CBD to protest the city’s lockdown measures, detectives have fined and charged over a dozen people who attended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The individuals were identified through social media posts, CCTV footage, and thousands of reports submitted by members of the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An estimated 3500 people attended the “freedom” rally on Saturday, July 24, gathering at Victoria Park, opposite Broadway Shopping Centre, before marching into the CBD and back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the controversial event, over 6000 reports have been made to NSW Police, equating to nearly two reports per person who attended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The full list of offenders who were charged or fined, as reported by </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-nsw/nsw-people-arrested-in-lockdown-protests-and-their-suburbs/news-story/ceedf135601e9aeb6a75552cd256704d" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Telegraph</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristian Pulkownik - the man who allegedly struck a police horse, who has appeared in short hearing and charged with animal cruelty, unlawful assembly, and breaching health orders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Remon Korkise - a second man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly striking a police horse, who was also charged with assaulting an officer and breaching health orders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joseph Mekhael - a known Covid denier, charged with participating in the rally and breaching bail. He was granted strict bail that allows him to leave his home for court or medical appointments.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nikola Dedovic - a protestor who travelled from Wollongong to attend, where he allegedly pushed a police constable on a pushbike before running into the crowd.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jon-Bernard Kairouz - a Tiktok star who recently went viral for ‘predicting’ NSW’s daily Covid case numbers, and has been ordered to appear in court for breaching public health restrictions.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anthony Mundine - a Covid denier and former boxer, Mundine was among the several people issued with court attendance notices for breaching public health rules.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allan Omer - a 52-year-old who attended the rally and pleaded guilty to charges of resisting an officer, failing to comply with police directions, and defying COVID-19 public health orders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guerino Scevola - a man who allegedly assaulted </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reporter Robert Ovadia during the rally and was refused bail at Newtown Local Court.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thomislav Mijic - police allege he assaulted an officer during the protest, and he was denied bail when he appeared before a magistrate at Liverpool Local Court.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">John Ruddick - a Liberal Democratic candidate for the seat of Warringah, Rudick received a $1000 fine for breaching Covid restrictions. He also said the rally would be an “experiment” to see whether “corpses would pile up” after the mostly maskless protestors marched.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ali Bazzi - the alleged senior member of the Comanchero bikie gang received a $1000 fine for attending the rally, where he took a selfie with former NRL player Taylor Winterstein.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frank Winterstein and Taylor Winterstein - International rugby league player Frank Winterstein and his wife Taylor - both anti-vax campaigners - were both issued with $1000 fines for attending the rally, and shared videos and photos of themselves not wearing masks at the event.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">High-profile individuals, business owners, and a NSW Ambulance paramedic were among those who attended the rally but have not had any action taken against them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daily Telegraph</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, these people included:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nellie Tilley - a socialite and high-profile interior designer, who claimed she was not an “anti-vaxxer” or against wearing masks but attended because she wants to visit her sick father in hospital.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sally-Ann John - a NSW Ambulance paramedic who live streamed the protest on social media. Her employer has referred her to police for investigations.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kiran and Kirt Mallie - Central Coast cafe and yoga studio owners who shared footage from the rally on social media.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rhyss Keane - a gym owner who has previously been fined for keeping his business open during lockdown.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller made his position clear on any further attempts to defy lockdown orders and march this coming weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Can I just put this warning out now to everyone: We will be heavily policing that event,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We will take the ground very early.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You will be arrested.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The community has spoken about that behaviour ... and it won’t be tolerated.”</span></p>

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Watch out! This type of Facebook post could cost you $11,000

<p>The State Opposition has called for harsher, targeted public health orders to crack down on anti-lockdown rally organisers and viral social media spruikers.</p> <p>These tough new measures include $11,000 fines for people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to attend.</p> <p>As well, protest organisers would be fined $20,000 and unlawful attendees would be fined $5,500 which is an increase from the current $1000 penalty.</p> <p>Shadow Police Minister, Walt Secord, said these fines would be a deterrent for those spreading anti-vax sentiments and other incorrect information: “We should throw the book at these idiots who spread misinformation and lies along with the Delta variant,” he said.</p> <p><strong>Police Commissioner calls them “anarchists”</strong></p> <p>These new measures come after Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller, warned about “online chatter” on a possible second protest this Saturday. Commissioner Fuller described the organisers as “anarchists” who would not respond to court injunctions.</p> <p>Because of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, fines for not wearing a mask have more than doubled - increasing from $200 to $500.</p> <p>The NSW government has reported there will be thousands of extra officers hitting the streets across Greater Sydney to enforce these tighter controls, as they continue to deal with the growing outbreak.</p> <p>Police have also been handed greater powers to close down business, construction sites and other premises which are not complying with the current health orders.</p>

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Babysitter charged with murder of baby 35 years later

<p>In 1985, Terry McKirchy was given a light sentence of attempted murder for shaking five-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely, he suffered permanent brain damage.</p> <p>But the baby never recovered from his injuries and lived his entire life with severe disabilities. He was never able to communicate, needed metal rods inserted near his spine to keep him upright and used a feeding tube to eat.</p> <p>In 2019, a medical examiner from Florida said Dowling finally succumbed to his injuries and died, aged 35.</p> <p>At the time of the incident, McKirchy, 59, told his parents Dowling had fallen off the couch, according to Fox News. The baby was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with shaken infant syndrome.</p> <p>When his mother, Rae, saw him on the night he suffered his injuries, she told police her boy's hands "were clenched and he was turning blue," according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.</p> <p>Ms Dowling and her husband, Joe, said their first son never progressed past a five-month-old after suffering his injuries and continued to depend on his family and others for support all his life.</p> <p>The couple said in a statement: “Benjamin never crawled, fully rolled over, walked, never talked, never fed himself, he never enjoyed a hamburger or an ice cream cone, he could never tell us when he had an itch or anything hurt."</p> <p>“When he cried in pain, we as a family and caregivers had to guess as to what was wrong and hope that we could satisfy his need,” they added.</p> <p>The babysitter spent weekends in jail as part of her sentence but a Broward County Grand jury recently indicted McKirchy as guilty of first-degree murder and she is now jailed near her home in Sugar Land, Texas, pending her return to Florida.</p> <p>Confusion as to why McKirchy wasn't charged with a harsher sentence at the time centres around the fact she was pregnant at the time. David Weinstein, a Miami defence lawyer and former prosecutor who's not involved in the case, said perhaps witnesses were not available or the available medical evidence was not strong.</p> <p>Now the homicide case appears stronger because the medical and scientific evidence has progressed. As prosecutors said in a statement: “The passage of time between the injuries sustained and the death of the victim were considered by the forensic experts who conducted the autopsy and ruled the death was directly caused by the injuries from 1984."</p> <p>“This case was presented to the grand jury, which determined that this was a homicide.”</p> <p>Mr Dowling’s parents said their son “would never know how much he was loved and could never tell others of his love for them.”</p> <p>“Benjamin did smile when he was around his family, although he could never verbalise anything, we believe he knew who we were and that we were working hard to help him,” they said.</p> <p><em><strong>Image credit: AAP</strong></em></p>

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"Disturbing" Rebel Wilson ad slammed by experts

<p><span>An ad starring Australian starlet Rebel Wilson has been deemed “disturbing” by financial counsellors.</span><br /><br /><span>The Afterpay advertisement stars Wilson telling a young girl that “if credit cards and cash had a baby you could pay it over time without ever paying interest”.</span><br /><br /><span>Financial Counselling Australia chief executive Fiona Guthrie said the campaign has gone a step too far.</span><br /><br /><span>“It minimises the risks of using buy-now, pay-later products and the fact she is talking to a young child, explaining a credit product, is very disturbing,” Ms Guthrie said on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say financial counsellors are seeing more and more people who use the buy-now, pay-later scheme calling into increasing debt.</span><br /><br /><span>“People think they’re harmless, but the reality is they are a form of credit and should be treated that way,” she said.</span><br /><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_rCu47xQN34" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <br /><span>FCA has written a number of complaints about the Wilson clip to Ad Standards, which manages complaints about advertisements under the industry’s self-regulated system.</span><br /><br /><span>“We want it discontinued as soon as possible,” Ms Guthrie said.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say the AD is one of several that Afterpay is currently running.</span><br /><br /><span>“Why these celebrities want to associate themselves with a product that can cause such harm is beyond us,” Ms Guthrie said.</span><br /><br /><span>“ASIC’s 2020 report found that one in five people are missing payments. It also found that as a result some people are cutting back, or going without essentials, such as food.”</span><br /><br /><span>“These slick and expensive campaigns only serve to lull consumers into using buy-now, pay-later more. There is a high risk of getting into debt, especially if you are using the product multiple times or have more than one account.”</span><br /><br /><span>In her complaint to Ad Standards, Ms Guthrie said Afterpay wasn’t available for people under 18.</span><br /><br /><span>“It would not be acceptable to explain the benefits of personal loans or credit cards to children in an advertisement and it should not be acceptable in this case,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The use of children is gratuitous and inappropriate.”</span><br /><br /><span>She said the ad also failed to show how buy-now, pay-later products worked.</span><br /><br /><span>She also went on to say that anyone who missed an instalment would cop late fees.</span><br /><br /><span>“We urge Ad Standards to review this advertisement and ensure it is discontinued from all platforms in Australia as soon as possible,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Earlier this week, Afterpay and its competitor Zip Co claimed that banks were forcing mortgage applicants to delete their accounts before approving home loans.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement to TND Afterpay defended its advert, saying it was proud to divert Australians away from credit cards.</span><br /><br /><span>“Afterpay has strict controls in place to ensure that only consumers who are 18 and over can use our product. We verify the identity of all our customers,” the spokesperson said.</span></p>

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Ian Thorpe gets his Olympic report card

<p><span>Ian Thorpe has proven he doesn’t need to be in the pool at the Olympics to be a star.</span><br /><br /><span>Twenty-one years after first winning gold at the Sydney Olympic Games, Thorpe has given his expert commentary for Channel 7 during the Tokyo games – and fans are absolutely loving it.</span><br /><br /><span>From winning gold medals to predicting the future, Ian Thorpe has proved he can do it all at the Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>Twenty-one years after first winning gold at the Sydney Games, Thorpedo is playing a starring role in Tokyo – but in a very different capacity.</span><br /><br /><span>The Australian swimming legend is giving his expert analysis for Channel 7.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842727/ian-thorpe-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/60b14eeb144d4ffcb3369202de846398" /></p> <p><em><span>Thorpe always believed Titmus was going to bring it home late. Image: Supplied. </span></em><br /><br /><span>Through the swimming legend’s insight, he predicted what Katie Ledecky’s final time would be and got within a second of the stopwatch.</span><br /><br /><span>Thorpe went at it again during Aussie superstar Ariarne Titmus’ second blockbuster showdown of the Games with Ledecky in the 200m freestyle final on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think Ariarne has Ledecky covered in this race,” Thorpe said.</span><br /><br /><span>“She can transition a lot better into different speeds. So she’ll build up her speed, whereas Katie Ledecky seems to get stuck in one gear.</span><br /><br /><span>“She has a consistency that comes with that speed, but she can’t increase it in any way — it doesn’t develop.</span><br /><br /><span>“Whereas when you saw Ariarne come over the top of Ledecky in the 400m freestyle final, she was gradually increasing that speed and there was a 0.4 second difference in their last 50m.”</span><br /><br /><span>Thorpe was right again, proving his expertise is on point.</span><br /><br /><span>Ledecky went hard and Titmus was trailing the whole way up until the final lap.</span><br /><br /><span>The 20-year-old from Tasmania eventually overtook her biggest rival in the final 25m to win gold medal No. 2.</span><br /><br /><span>Thorpe took time to point out Titmus’ turning ability, and said she was accelerating into the wall and springing off of it better than Ledecky was.</span><br /><br /><span>The Aussie finally took the lead for the first time at the final turn.</span><br /><br /><span>His fellow Channel 7 commentator Leisel Jones, who has competed in four Olympics, praised Thorpe when Japan’s Ohashi Yui won the 200m women’s individual medley.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m going to say Thorpey called that before we started,” Jones said during Seven’s broadcast.</span><br /><br /><span>“He said, ‘Watch for Ohashi Yui to go for the double’.”</span><br /><br /><span>“After seeing that 400 IM, this was the clear frontrunner in this race,” Thorpe said when explaining why he tipped Ohashi to win again.</span><br /><br /><span>Aussie watchers have praised the Olympic swimmer for his brilliant commentary, with one saying: “He is amazing, I love listening to him.</span><br /><br /><span>Another wrote: “Ian Thorpe owns commentary. He regularly calls the winner 50m out.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Love <a href="https://twitter.com/IanThorpe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IanThorpe</a> commentary for the swimming.</p> — Eric (@bananman1234) <a href="https://twitter.com/bananman1234/status/1420593762816847872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>A third person added: “How wonderful Ian Thorpe’s commentary. He is so informative, speaks so calmly.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">And how wonderful is Ian Thorpe’s commentary.He is so informative,speaks so calmly.Great👏</p> — Lynette (@lynettekc) <a href="https://twitter.com/lynettekc/status/1420566887612616704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/lynettekc/status/1420566887612616704?s=21" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/lynettekc/status/1420566887612616704?s=21</a><span></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe is the Ricky Ponting of swimming commentary.</p> — justin1flynn 🐯🏆🏆🏆 (@justin1flynn) <a href="https://twitter.com/justin1flynn/status/1420558861140852741?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p> </p>

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This must be the world’s tastiest flute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two friends - one a pastry chef, the other a flautist - have combined their talents to create what appears to be the world’s first ever, playable chocolate flute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indian chef Vinesh Johny partnered with his friend, flautist Parth Chandiramani, to create the tasty project.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vinesh Johny (@vineshjohny)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It took a lot of time and research understanding the intricacies of making a wind instrument, to finally create an actual playable flute entirely out of chocolate,” Johny explained on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He used his specialist pastry chef tool to craft the instrument, which he shared with the world in a video posted on July 7, also known as World Chocolate Day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the post, Johny credits Chandiramani for bringing his creation to life: “This mad idea could only happen with one of the greatest flute players in the country.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chandiramani also shared the creation on his Instagram page.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Parth Chandiramani (@parth_chandiramani)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Vinesh Johny came up with this brilliant idea of making a flute entirely out of chocolate. It was such a fun experience seeing this fabulous idea come to life. Thank you Vinesh for giving me the honour of playing this delicious chocolate flute,” he said...</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t just get to play it, I got to eat it too!” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, Chandiramani plays the Indian song - ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ composed by A.R. Rahman for the soundtrack of the 1994 film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kadhalan</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Vinesh Johny / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Sex Pistols lead singer causes strife

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two former Sex Pistols members are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming series about the rock icons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are hoping to include the songs in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a new show based on a memoir written by Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, has called the series “disrespectful” and has refused to grant permission for the songs to be included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edmund Cullen, a lawyer representing Jones and Cook, told a London High Court judge that the former bandmates have a “brittle and fractious” relationship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He argued that decisions regarding licensing requests could be made on a “majority rules basis”, based on the terms of a 1998 band agreement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lydon has argued that his consent is required for the music to be licensed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cullen said the band’s original bassist, Glen Matlock, and the estate of Matlock’s replacement, Sid Vicious, were in support of Cook and Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark Cunningham, Lydon’s lawyer, said in written arguments that the memoir depicts Lydon “in a hostile and unflattering light” and at one point describes the singer as “the annoying little brat with the great bone structure who’s always asking for more”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court case will continue this week.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> stars Anson Boon as Lydon and Maisie Wiliams as Jordan Mooney - also known as Pamela Rooke - and is due to be broadcast next year.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Johnny Rotten / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Against cancelling Chaucer

<p>Was Chaucer a toxic misogynist, or a staunch women’s ally?<span></span></p> <p>Spying is a risky profession. For the 14th-century English undercover agent-turned-poet Geoffrey Chaucer, <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=kYzgDwAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA95&amp;dq=Chaucer+military+intelligence&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwikmuL34d_xAhWRcc0KHRMHB0kQ6AEwAHoECAkQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=Chaucer%20military%20intelligence&amp;f=false" target="_blank">the dangers</a> – at least to his reputation – continue to surface centuries after his death.</p> <p>In his <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/why-is-chaucer-disappearing-from-the-university-curriculum-leicester-essay-a-s-g-edwards" target="_blank">July 2021 essay</a> for the Times Literary Supplement, A.S.G. Edwards, professor of medieval manuscripts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, laments the removal of Geoffrey Chaucer from university curricula. Edwards says he believes this disappearance may be propelled by a vocal cohort of scholars who see the “father of English poetry” as <a rel="noopener" href="https://muse.jhu.edu/article/727754" target="_blank">a rapist, racist and antisemite</a>.</p> <p>The predicament would have amused Chaucer himself. Jewish and feminist scholars, among others, are shooting down one of their earliest and wisest allies. This is happening when <a rel="noopener" href="https://voegelinview.com/feminist-thought-of-geoffrey-chaucer-the-wife-of-bath-and-all-hire-secte" target="_blank">new research reveals</a> a Chaucer altogether different from what many current readers have come to accept. My decades of research show he was no raunchy proponent of bro culture but a daring and ingenious <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/for-the-birds-hardly-valentines-day-was-reimagined-by-chivalrous-medieval-poets-for-all-to-enjoy-respectfully-155099" target="_blank">defender of women and the innocent</a>.</p> <p>As a <a rel="noopener" href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=iDoS8ewAAAAJ&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">medievalist who teaches Chaucer</a>, I believe the movement to cancel Chaucer has been bamboozled by his tradecraft – his consummate skill as a master of disguise.</p> <p><strong>Outfoxing the professors</strong></p> <p>It’s true that Chaucer’s work contains toxic material. His “<a rel="noopener" href="https://chaucer.fas.harvard.edu/pages/prologue" target="_blank">Wife of Bath’s Prologue</a>” in “The Canterbury Tales,” his celebrated collection of stories, quotes at length from the long tradition of classical and medieval works on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12914/" target="_blank">evils of women</a>, as mansplained by the Wife’s elderly husbands: “You say, just as worms destroy a tree, so a wife destroys her husband.”</p> <p>Later, “<a rel="noopener" href="https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/%7Echaucer/teachslf/pri-par.htm" target="_blank">The Prioress’s Tale</a>” repeats the anti-Semitic <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.adl.org/education/resources/glossary-terms/blood-libel" target="_blank">blood libel</a> story, the false accusation that Jews murdered Christians, at a time when Jews across Europe <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.montana.edu/historybug/yersiniaessays/pariera-dinkins.html" target="_blank">were under attack</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/411132/original/file-20210713-21-fxqh4g.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/411132/original/file-20210713-21-fxqh4g.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="An illustration of two women characters from Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales'" /></a> <em><span class="caption">The Prioress and the Wife of Bath from Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales.’</span> <span class="attribution"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/the-prioress-and-the-wife-of-bath-from-old-england-a-news-photo/1036139720" target="_blank" class="source">Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)</a></span></em></p> <p>These poems in particular generate accusations that Chaucer propagated sexist and antisemitic material because he agreed with or enjoyed it.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=5rDoDwAAQBAJ&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;dq=elaine+tuttle+hansen+chaucer+and+the+fictions+of+gender&amp;source=gbs_navlinks_s" target="_blank">Several</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40555" target="_blank">prominent</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691160092/chaucer" target="_blank">scholars</a> seem convinced that Chaucer’s personal views are the same as those of his characters and that Chaucer is promoting these opinions. And they believe he abducted or raped a young woman named Cecily Chaumpaigne, although the <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.umsl.edu/%7Egradyf/chaucer/cecily.htm" target="_blank">legal records</a> are enigmatic. It looks as though Cecily accused Chaucer of some such crime and he paid her to clear his name. It’s unclear what actually happened between them.</p> <p>Critics cherry-pick quotations to support their claims about Chaucer. But if you examine his writings in detail, as I have, you’ll see themes of concern for women and human rights, the oppressed and the persecuted, reappear time and time again.</p> <p><strong>Chaucer the spy</strong></p> <p>Readers often assume Chaucer’s characters were a reflection of the writer’s own attitude because he is such a convincing role player. Chaucer’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=E4DXD7Sk7WcC&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;dq=life+of+Chaucer+Riverside+Chaucer&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwiws4jr0uXxAhWnEFkFHXbCAOQQ6AEwAHoECAsQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=life%20of%20Chaucer%20Riverside%20Chaucer&amp;f=false" target="_blank">career in the English secret service</a> trained him as an observer, analyst, diplomat and master at concealing his own views.</p> <p>In his teens, Chaucer became a confidential envoy for England. From 1359 to 1378, he graced English diplomatic delegations and carried out missions described in expense records only as “<a rel="noopener" href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-riverside-chaucer-9780199552092?lang=de&amp;cc=lt" target="_blank">the king’s secret business</a>.”</p> <p>Documents show him scouting paths through the Pyrenees for English forces poised to invade Spain. He lobbied Italy for money and troops, while also perhaps investigating the suspicious death of Lionel of Antwerp, an English prince who was probably poisoned soon after his wedding.</p> <p>Chaucer’s job brought him face to face with the darkest figures of his day — the treacherous <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-II-king-of-Navarre" target="_blank">Charles the Bad, King of Navarre</a>, a notorious traitor and assassin, and Bernabò Visconti, lord of Milan, who helped devise a <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=0YoxAAAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA179&amp;dq=Bernabo+Visconti+torture&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwizxdyM8t_xAhVZGs0KHZgQCn0Q6AEwCHoECAQQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=Bernabo%20Visconti%20torture&amp;f=false" target="_blank">40-day torture protocol</a>.</p> <p>Chaucer’s poetry reflects his experience as an English agent. He enjoyed role-playing and assuming many identities in his writing. And like the couriers he dispatched from Italy in 1378, he brings his readers covert messages split between multiple speakers. Each teller holds just a piece of the puzzle. The whole story can only be understood when all the messages arrive.</p> <p>He also uses the skills of a secret agent to express dangerous truths not accepted in his own day, when misogyny and antisemitism were both entrenched, especially among the clergy.</p> <p>Chaucer does not preach or explain. Instead, he lets the formidable Wife of Bath, the character he most enjoyed, tell us about the misogyny of her five husbands and fantasize about how ladies of King Arthur’s court might take revenge on a rapist. Or he makes his deserted <a rel="noopener" href="http://mcllibrary.org/Houseoffame/" target="_blank">Queen Dido cry</a>: “Given their bad behavior, it’s a shame any woman ever took pity on any man.”</p> <p><strong>Chaucer the chivalrous defender</strong></p> <p>While current critiques of Chaucer label him as an <a rel="noopener" href="https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40555" target="_blank">exponent of toxic masculinity</a>, he was actually an <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=E5BCs9mylBsC&amp;pg=PA379&amp;dq=Chaucer+human+rights&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjKqeXc1OXxAhV3F1kFHZztDcYQ6AEwAXoECAoQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=Chaucer%20human%20rights&amp;f=false" target="_blank">advocate for human rights</a>.</p> <p>My own research shows that in the course of his career he supported women’s right to choose their own mates and the human desire for freedom from enslavement, coercion, verbal abuse, political tyranny, judicial corruption and sexual trafficking. In “The Canterbury Tales” and “The Legend of Good Women,” he tells many stories on such themes. There he opposed assassination, infanticide and femicide, the mistreatment of prisoners, sexual harassment and domestic abuse. He valued self-control in action and in speech. He spoke out for women, enslaved people and Jews.</p> <p>“Women want to be free and not coerced like slaves, and so do men,” the narrator of <a rel="noopener" href="https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/%7Echaucer/teachslf/frkt-par.htm" target="_blank">“The Franklin’s Prologue” says</a>.</p> <p>As for Jews, Chaucer salutes their ancient heroism in his early poem “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/English/Fame.php" target="_blank">The House of Fame</a>.” He depicts them as a people who have done great good in the world, only to be rewarded with slander. In “The Prioress’s Tale” he shows them being libeled by a desperate character to cover up a crime of which they were manifestly innocent, a century after all Jews had been brutally expelled from England.</p> <p>Chaucer’s own words demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that when his much underestimated Prioress tells her antisemitic blood libel tale, Chaucer is not endorsing it. Through <a rel="noopener" href="https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/%7Echaucer/teachslf/pri-par.htm" target="_blank">her own words and actions</a>, and a cascade of reactions from those who hear her, he is exposing such guilty and dangerous actors as they deploy such lies.</p> <p>And was he a rapist or an abductor? <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/07/document-casts-new-light-on-chaucer-rape-case" target="_blank">It’s unlikely</a>. The case suggests he might well have been targeted, perhaps even because of his work. Few authors have ever been more <a rel="noopener" href="https://scholarship.depauw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1133&amp;context=studentresearch" target="_blank">outspoken about man’s inhumanity to women</a>.</p> <p>It is bizarre that one of the strongest and earliest writers in English literature to speak out against rape and support women and the downtrodden should be pilloried and threatened with cancellation.</p> <p>But Chaucer knew the complexity of his art put him at risk. As his character the Squire dryly observed, people all too often “demen gladly to the badder ende” – “They are happy to assume the worst.”<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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“Almost magical”: Oprah quietly sells luxe estate for nearly $19 million

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oprah Winfrey has quietly sold one of her investment properties for a cool $US 14 million ($AUD 18.9 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale of the former talk show star’s waterfront estate on Washington’s remote Orcas Island was recorded on Tuesday and conducted off market, according to vice president of Coldwell Banker Bain’s global luxury division Jen Cameron, who represented the buyer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There was a rumour that the property might be for sale or the seller might consider selling it,” Ms Cameron said. “And so, with the interested party, we approached the representative to see if that was true - and that’s pretty much how it went.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winfrey bought the 43-acre estate known as Madroneagle in 2018, paying $US 8.3 million ($AUD 11.2 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property includes a 950 square metre mansion which Winfrey has remodelled, as well as several other houses, a greenhouse, a 800-metre beach, a shop, and a mother-in-law apartment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Windermere broker Wally Gudgell represented Winfrey in the sale, and dealt with her property manager and fitness guru Bob Greene both for the original purchase and the latest deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They just figured she’s too busy and never going to really use it, and that’s why they were willing to sell it,” Mr Gudgell said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also features a slew of luxury amenities, including a wet bar, wine cellar, decorative wood-fire pizza oven, and heated floors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There are very few properties as magnificent as this,” Ms Cameron said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know what went into it - the thoughtfulness, the detail, the architecture, the quality. The home is so special in itself, but the whole property is magnificent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s a reverence in it - a place where you go to restore yourself and rejuvenate. It’s incredibly magical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was really excited that somebody would have interest in really opening this property and making memories there.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The buyer of the home is listed in property records as Lophodytes LLC, but Ms Cameron declined to comment on their identity.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: A.J. Canaria and John Duffy / Puget Sound Business Journal</span></em></p>

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For sale already?! Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones list NYC home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have listed their luxurious New York City home for $29.4 million (US$ 21.5m) just two years after adding it to their property portfolio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With four bedrooms and six bathrooms, the apartment takes up the entire front of a historic Central Park West building and boasts stunning views of Central Park.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The residence has been described as a “quintessential New York City apartment” by </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1182-mvmrmk/151-central-park-wes-9cn-manhattan-new-york-ny-10023" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the realtors</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with period details, high ceilings, and grand rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Highlights of the home include a sunlight-drenched living room, a wood-panelled library with one of two wood-burning fireplaces, and a main dining room with the second fireplace and an eat-in chef’s kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amenities include a large guest bathroom, a wet bar with wine storage, and a main suite consisting of a large bedroom, a sitting area, an ensuite with a marble bath, and two dressing rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If cleaning the home seems a daunting task, the home also includes its own staff quarters with a full bath and laundry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The unit is located in the Kenilworth, a ‘white glove’, full-service building with an attended elevator and a resident manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the residence does come with a hefty HOA fee (like a maintenance fee) of more than $21,000 a month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple moved into the 1,115 sqm manor house in 2019, shortly after selling another New York mansion for almost $20.5 million.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Catherine Zeta-Jones / Instagram, Sotheby’s International Realty</span></em></p>

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Inside Andrew O’Keefe’s North Bondi home going under the hammer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home of former Channel 7 game show host Andrew O’Keefe and his ex-wife, Eleanor, has been put on the market with a $4.5 million price guide.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The two-level, four-bedroom, two-bathroom North Bondi residence was designed by award-winning architect Sam Marshall and will be going under the hammer at a yet-to-be-determined date.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Within walking distance of the beach, the home fuses a beach house with a country homestead across multiple living areas extending to the front and back gardens.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four bedrooms are large and parents can enjoy a second level retreat, accessed by a suspended staircase.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With high ceilings, plywood finishes, and a solar hydronic heating system, the home has been designed to maximise exposure to sunlight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The landscaped gardens are maintained by water tanks and a self-watering system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ric Serrao, the principal real estate agent of Raine and Horne Double Bay/Bondi, and his colleague Mark Yeats anticipate the house will be popular.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s one of the most private eco-friendly properties I’ve seen in the local area for some time,” Serrao said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The garden is fantastic and full of sun and charm.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Best known for hosting </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deal or No Deal </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Chase Australia</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, O’Keefe bought the property with his former wife as a single-level home on a 468 sqm block for $1.89 million in 2007.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They later commissioned the renovation by Sam Crawford.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple separated in 2017, and later divorced in 2019.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Raine &amp; Horne </span></em></p>

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