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How should your cutlery drawer be arranged? Huge debate sparks online

<p><span>A New Zealander has unwittingly set off a furious debate about how one should arrange their cutlery drawer, in a post on social media platform </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/comments/9of3ee/how_does_nz_arrange_the_cutlery_drawer/" target="_blank">Reddit</a><span>. Should it be a left-right configuration of fork, knife, spoon? Or knife, fork, spoon? And which direction do you place the head of the cutlery?</span></p> <p>The post was headlined: “How does NZ arrange the cutlery drawer?”</p> <p>“How is the cutlery drawer arranged in your kitchen?” they wrote.</p> <p>“My whole life I’ve gone with the (L-R) fork, knife, spoon configuration (teaspoons below) but have stayed places where knives are on the far left.”</p> <p>“What’s the setup at your place?”</p> <p>As it turns out, people are very passionate when it comes to their cutlery configuration of choice, with hundreds giving their opinion. Some became quite angry about the issue voicing some very cutting commentary. “I actually get so irate over this,” said one Reddit user.</p> <p>One person spoke of a familiar cutlery situation many of us will be familiar with – both order and chaos.</p> <p>“Large knives, knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons at the bottom,” they said of their ordered drawer. “And then other two drawers a mess of utensils until you have a clean out every three years, because you just can’t find the f***ing quarter cup.”</p> <p>Another user agreed, saying, “This is the standard my household follows.”</p> <p>And one person praised the owner of the cutlery drawer as a <span>“cultured individual with a fine taste in cutlery organisation”.</span></p> <p>But the debate was far from over. The utensil talk became even more controversial with the issue of which direction you should place the head of your knives, spoons and forks. Should it be towards the drawer handle or to the back of the drawer?</p> <p>“What sort of animal would arrange the handles towards the back of the drawer?” wrote one person.</p> <p>But as another Reddit user pointed out, “If all the handles are at the front then all forks, knives and spoons look the same.”</p> <p>However, another commenter admitted their cutlery drawer was “pure chaos”.</p> <p>“I just throw them all in the drawer together, no organisation, pure chaos,” they wrote. When someone branded the disrupter a “monster” they replied, “Survival of the fittest.”</p> <p>How do you arrange your cutlery drawer? Let us know in the comments section below</p>

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The breathtaking moment the Queen unveils new portrait of herself

<p>In honour of 100 years of the Royal Air Force Club, Queen Elizabeth has unveiled a new portrait of herself.</p> <p>The painting, which was concealed behind a red curtain, drew gasps from the audience as it was revealed at the anniversary event. </p> <p>Her Majesty looked pleased with the outcome of the image, which shows her sitting in a drawing room in Windsor Castle, wearing a light blue dress with her Launer London handbag sitting beside her.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen unveils a new portrait that was commissioned to celebrate 100 years of <a href="https://twitter.com/TheRAFClub?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheRAFClub</a>. Started in February 2018 and set in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, the portrait was painted by Benjamin Sullivan – who won the BP Portrait Award in 2017. <a href="https://t.co/4ZkETFJrPD">pic.twitter.com/4ZkETFJrPD</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1052527258844504064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The Queen’s handbags rarely make it into her portraits, however, one appeared in her official 90th birthday photos because Mike and Zara Tindall’s daughter, Mia, was holding it.</p> <p>Reportedly, the 92-year-old monarch owns more than 200 Launer handbags, starting her collection in 1968 when designer Sam Launer first sent her one.</p> <p>During the event at the RAF club, the Queen chatted with guests and admired a new stained glass window feature, which was commissioned to pay tribute to the role women have had in the RAF over the past century.</p> <p>She is also took her gloves off to sign the visitors book, revealing her favourite nail polish colour, Essie Ballet Slippers.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The portrait includes a number of <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAirForce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RoyalAirForce</a> elements: the background features a Spitfire from 253 Squadron which the artists grandfather, F/Lt JM Sullivan, flew over Albania during WW2. The image on the right is a portion of ‘Hurricanes in Flight‘ (1944), by Eric Ravilous. <a href="https://t.co/Bn7CgYTUT4">pic.twitter.com/Bn7CgYTUT4</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1052528011906609152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The Queen’s relationship with the RAF and the British army is historic.</p> <p>Earlier this month, the former husband of Camilla, Andrew Parker-Bowles, revealed the Queen’s “<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-queen-reveals-the-most-ghastly-day-of-her-life-and-it-s-heartbreaking/"><strong><u>most ghastly</u></strong></a>” day of her life was on July 20, 1982, when the Irish Republican Army attacked London.</p> <p>"[Queen Elizabeth] said to me it was 'the most ghastly day of my life'," he told <em>The Express.</em></p>

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Could this be the end of The Reject Shop?

<p>With Australia being one of the most expensive countries in the world, it's no surprise that shoppers are constantly on the hunt for a bargain.</p> <p>However, despite our love for a good discount, one of the country’s most popular discount store chains, The Reject Shop, is struggling to survive.</p> <p>Yesterday, the company was forced to slash its profit forecast, triggering a staggering 44 per cent slump in its price.</p> <p>The Reject Shop slashed its profit forecast from $17.7 million to between $10 million and $11 million for the first half of the year.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au/"><strong><u>news.com.au</u></strong></a>, Queensland University of Technology associate professor Gary Mortimer said there were a number of key factors making it extremely difficult for The Reject Shop to thrive.</p> <p>Mr Mortimer believes the greatest challenge for the business has been the rise of the discount department store, which allowed many other retailers to offer the same goods at the same prices.</p> <p>“The appeal of The Reject Shop was that you could go in and buy a bag of lollies for $1 and a bottle of shampoo or conditioner for $2,” he said.</p> <p>“But, now you can go to stores like Kmart (and similar stores such as Big W and Target) and pick up pretty much the same thing for the same price.”</p> <p>Business trends expert Dr Lauren Roswarne from The University of Melbourne believes Kmart’s recent store renovations has also meant that shoppers can now find bargains “in an environment less ramshackle and a little more Zen than the Reject Shop offers”.</p> <p>In recent years, discount stores have also had to deal with the ever-expanding German retailer, ALDI.</p> <p>Mr Mortimer believes the bi-weekly ALDI Special Buy sales have made it difficult for The Reject Shop to keep up with an ever-changing range of merchandise.</p> <p>“The growth of ALDI has also been a major challenge because they are very focused on low prices and they will constantly evolve their biweekly specials,” Mr Mortimer said.</p> <p>Dr Rosewarne believes The Reject Shop needs to offer an experience to customers to encourage foot-traffic.</p> <p>“The Reject Shop never had a ‘destination’ or ‘experience’ element to it for customers, nor an ability to truly offer visitors goods they couldn’t get elsewhere,” she said.</p> <p>“These two things need to be worked on by chain retailers wanting to survive in a challenging space. A store needs to be more than a place to by an emergency roll of wrapping paper or a close-to-expiry box of cereal in 2018.”</p> <p>However, The Reject Shop’s managing director, Ross Sudan, believes the drop in sales is due to an “extremely challenging consumer environment”, rather than any decisions made by the company.</p> <p>“The continuing absence of real wage growth and increases in the cost of many basic expenses (including mortgage rates) ensures that competition for the discretionary spend of consumers remains high,” he wrote in a market statement.</p> <p>“In addition, we have seen increased investment in promotional pricing across many retailers, particularly in the fast-moving consumable goods (FMCG) space, resulting in additional investment in our FMCG pricing to ensure our value proposition is not damaged.”</p> <p>Despite the dramatic reduction in profit forecast, Mr Mortimer believes the company still has its edge – selling items for a bargain price.</p> <p>“The Reject Shop often based itself on procuring cancelled orders and oversupplied products and tapping into parallel-sourced products manufactured for the Indonesian or Filipino market, for example,” he said.</p> <p>“It will source those products and supply them in store at a cheaper price than many other stores.”</p> <p>Do you shop at The Reject Shop? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The $13 Kmart appliance sending shoppers wild

<p>Coffee is famously known to provide everyday Australians with the energy they need to get things done – and now, caffeine addicts are turning towards an affordable staple to give them their daily fix.</p> <p>Kmart, known for its budget items, has done it again, as its latest coffee grinder has sent social media wild with people around the country grinding their own coffee beans – and it only costs $13.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 480px; height: 480px;" src="/media/7821463/41191743-1-f.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bcbffbc683574a538243a5d13951a731" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.kmart.com.au/product/coffee-grinder/128170">Kmart Australia</a></em></p> <p>Making a promise where you will receive “the same taste in every cup” the coffee grinder is easy to use and operates using a simple “one touch” method.</p> <p>Despite being made to grind coffee beans, savvy shoppers have found various other uses for the handy item.</p> <p>Customers have shared their hacks for the budget item, as some are using it to create a perfect combination of spices, ground rice or crushing nuts. Proving that there isn’t just one use for this compact appliance.</p> <p>Another shopper posted her secret on how to make pancakes using the grinder, saying she used the item to grind flax and sunflower seeds into flour which was the main component of the recipe.</p> <p>Posters on popular online forum Reddit shared a photo of the appliance stocked at Kmart, with plenty available due to the high demand.</p> <p>Coffee fans were also pleased to know that they can now save money as buying coffee every morning was proving to be an expensive habit.</p> <p>“This may surprise you, but beans are more cost-effective way to go, if you like a strong cup,” explained one commenter.</p> <p>“A half kilo of Blend 43 will give you about 125 cups at two teaspoons per cup, but you can get a kilo of beans for the same price and get about the same number of cups.”</p> <p>But not everyone was a fan, as some speculated the quality of the appliance saying that it’s better to splurge on a high-end, milling grinder instead.</p> <p>“You’ll be looking for a while to find a good (grinder) for under $60,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“’Good’ coffee grinders use a milling action, rather than chopping, and I excitedly snapped-up my DeLonghi when Big W had them for $90.”</p> <p>But if you’re on a budget, then it won’t hurt to try it out.</p> <p>Will you be checking out the $13 coffee grinder from Kmart? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Another Aussie fashion label goes bust

<p>Yet another Australian fashion retailer has bitten the dust, joining the likes of Diana Ferrari, Maggie T, Oroton, and David Lawrence.</p> <p>After 76 years, men’s fashion chain Roger David has gone into administration, its collapse because of competition from online and international retailers, reports<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/rogers-david-goes-into-administration/news-story/e8f278b7030938c6e2b039cf63e99f97" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>It is now in the hands of administrators KordaMentha.</p> <p>“Despite the directors’ best efforts with the business, it simply could not compete with the influx of multinational retailers and the rapid, global evolution of online shopping,” Roger David directors said in a statement yesterday.</p> <p>“Thank you also to Roger David’s loyal customers who have been on a journey with Roger David since we opened our doors,” said the directors.</p> <p>“Like you, we are heartbroken but forever grateful to have served generations of your family since 1942.”</p> <p>KordaMentha administrator Craig Shepard said that, "Roger David, like many other fashion retailers, has been buffeted by global competition, stagnant sales and rising fixed costs," according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/heartbroken-roger-david-collapses-into-administration-20181018-p50adk.html" target="_blank">The Sydney Morning Herald</a></em>. "The company has been exploring all options, including a sale of the business, but has been unable to find an alternative to administration."</p> <p>“The competition in the market, the internationals and in general online, it has just got tougher and tougher."</p> <p>Roger David had already closed over half of its stores, downsizing from 135 to 57 locations, and the administrators announced that a closing down sale would begin immediately. Shepard said gift cards for the brand would be honoured for a month.</p> <p>The chain, which employs over 300 staff, is due to operate throughout the Christmas shopping season.</p>

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Grant Denyer hits back at 'fake' contestant claims: "They're not actors, they're just Aussies"

<p>Grant Denyer has fired back at claims that the contestants on his hit new TV show <em>Game Of Games</em> are paid actors.</p> <p>Despite only being on air for a short time, viewers took to social media to raise their concern over the contestants and their over the top behaviour.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I realise it's a new show and trying to get people interested but the Contestants are too over the top and obviously actors for the first shows. Tone it down a little I think. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfGamesAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameOfGamesAU</a></p> — Guerilla Radio™🎙🎧 (@Guerilla_Kmac) <a href="https://twitter.com/Guerilla_Kmac/status/1048869321814855680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">These contestants have to be getting paid to act like this right? 😂<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfGamesAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameOfGamesAU</a></p> — Em Martin (@emilymartin1995) <a href="https://twitter.com/emilymartin1995/status/1051408308014215168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I get it that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfGamesAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameOfGamesAU</a> needs whacky contestants but I reckon they could be toned down a bit. We Aussies love a bit of fun but we’re not nut jobs who can’t stand still for 2 minutes.</p> — Les Egan (@selnage1960) <a href="https://twitter.com/selnage1960/status/1051412030471659520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Real people????? .......come on these actors are clearly way OVER actors.<br />Get some genuine people and we might stay tuned in <br />Good show / Bad acting <br /><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfGamesAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameOfGamesAU</a></p> — chops (@cablefan_espnhd) <a href="https://twitter.com/cablefan_espnhd/status/1051410815994146816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/tv-shows/grant-denyer-hits-back-at-claims-game-of-games-contestants-are-actors/news-story/187b1545489e040747d93adc7c2653b2" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Denyer shut down the claims and said that the contestants are not paid actors or professionals.</p> <p>“They’re not actors, they’re just Aussies,” he said.</p> <p>“Sometimes when you put a call out to contestants, obviously the most animated ones become more attractive or appealing to you.”</p> <p>The show is inspired by a concept created by Ellen DeGeneres in the US, which is what Denyer claims is the reason behind the contestants' dramatic behaviour.</p> <p>“I think because Ellen has such a massive international reputation and her show is so globally known and loved, that I think everybody came with that Ellen spirit,” he told news.com.au.</p> <p>“You know how her show is OTT and all her fans and people in the audience just go crazy, so I think people kinda came with the same spirit.”</p> <p>And it wasn’t only viewers at home who noticed the dramatised behaviour, as Denyer himself told them to take it down a notch.</p> <p>“We definitely noticed because Australian contestants aren’t like American contestants, but they were really full on and just gave it 1000 per cent. Some we were a little concerned about,” he said jokingly.</p> <p>“I just think they wanted to put on the biggest possible show they could, and they watched so much American television they thought that’s how you had to act.</p> <p>“We had a little word to them and just said, ‘It’s OK, you can be yourself, it’s fine. You’re in a safe place.’”</p> <p>Another reason for the “next level” contestants is the nerves of going into something where you don’t know what to expect. All of the episodes of <em>Game Of Games</em> were filmed before the pilot was aired on Network Ten.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of nervous energy,” Denyer said.</p> <p>“The set is so big that it’s quite overwhelming and the challenges they face are also quite nerve-racking.</p> <p>“We stress them out. Yes, we give them a chance to win $50,000 per show but we make them work for it. They could be three stories in the air … and we drop them through a random trapdoor of which they have no idea where it goes. Or we shoot them in the face with a giant cannon full of explosives and paint. They’re intimidating situations.</p> <p>“We’re seeing really crazy and whacky responses from the contestants. It surprised us a lot.”</p> <p>Despite the backlash, the show has proven to be a huge hit for Network Ten, as users on social media are praising the show as enjoyable to watch.</p> <p>“In this world where everything is dark and angry and frightening, there’s more room for this on television now than ever,” said Denyer to news.com.au.</p> <p>“There’s enough people making serious television shows around the world … why can’t we just make a show where people fall down stuff or get shot in the face with stuff?</p> <p>“It is so simple, it’s brilliant,” he said.</p> <p><em>Game Of Games</em> airs Sunday nights on Network Ten and the WIN Network at 7.30pm. </p>

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan discuss baby names on Melbourne tram

<p>Just as Prince Harry and Meghan touched down in Sydney to kickstart their 16-day royal tour, Kensington Palace announced that the couple are expecting their first child in the northern hemisphere spring next year.</p> <p>Since then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been flooded with congratulations and baby talk as they set out to complete their 76 official engagements.</p> <p>And yesterday, a brave school boy asked the question that the world wants to know – what they are going to name their firstborn?</p> <p>While the royals travelled on a Melbourne tram, 12-year-old Charlie Wolf asked the couple about the names they are considering for their first child.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821458/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3e16bbd75eb24e8382a381a68066cdee" /></p> <p>“We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone, we’re going to sit down and have a look at them,” Meghan replied.</p> <p>The newlyweds took the tram to the beach to meet lifeguards and volunteers that help keep the beach clean.</p> <p>This morning, Harry and Meghan visited Sydney’s Bondi Beach to take part in OneWave, an initiative that raises awareness about mental health in a fun way.</p> <p>Later this evening, Prince Harry will be joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he climbs the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mount the Invictus Games flag.</p> <p>Tomorrow the royals will attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, which will take place at the Sydney Opera House.</p> <p>It is expected that the 34-year-old prince will give a speech to fans and athletes during the opening ceremony.</p> <p>He will return for the closing ceremony on October 27.</p> <p>What baby names do you think will be on Prince Harry and Meghan's list? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The products ALDI refuses to sell

<p>It’s a well-known fact that ALDI stores are smaller in size compared to two of Australia’s supermarket juggernauts, Coles and Woolworths. With ALDI stocking around 1400 products, the number pales in comparison to 20,000 per store at its competitors.</p> <p>Despite that, ALDI has been expanding its range by introducing more organic options and other products, but the German retailer has made a bold statement as it has said there are a few products it will never introduce to its stores.</p> <p>And while you may the discount supermarket is talking about branded products, that is not the case, as ALDI has started stocking well-known labels such as Vegemite, Cadbury and Nescafe. Instead, the foods that have been exiled from the company’s shelves is an entire category rather than a specific item.</p> <p>The decision is a controversial one, as rivals Coles and Woolworths have recently been seen expanding its business models with in-store cafés, walk-in cheese rooms and self-serve nut bars. Whatever you need, you’re able to get it from under one roof.</p> <p>So, naturally shoppers assumed ALDI would follow suit, but you won’t be seeing that happen anytime soon. Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/the-products-aldi-say-they-will-never-sell/news-story/9f47c89889aa1ff9f9385f8175cf53c3" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Adrian Christie, the company’s customer service head, revealed the items that you shouldn’t expect to see in ALDI stores near you.</p> <p><strong>1. Freshly baked bread</strong></p> <p>A bakery is generally a focal point in most grocery stores, but ALDI believes it’s a waste of space.</p> <p>While the smell of freshly baked bread is enough to lure shoppers in, with ALDI, who is known to stock its products in cardboard boxes on shelves, believes it will take the simplicity out of what it is known for.</p> <p>“The focus of our business is the things that we don’t do that allow our customers to save money,” said Mr Christie.</p> <p>“There is no way we could pass on that price of adding complexity to our business and hit the hip pocket of our customers, so we focus on keeping things simple.”</p> <p><strong>2. Sushi</strong></p> <p>Woolworths has been seen rolling out sushi bars to its many grocery stores around the country. Some may say it’s unnecessary, while others probably have no idea how they lived without it. But ALDI agrees with the former.</p> <p>According to ALDI, having a space dedicated to making food items as small as sushi will not only be a waste of space, but the sushi would be sold at extortionate prices to help cover the costs.</p> <p><strong>3. Roast chickens</strong></p> <p>The news of ALDI <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/why-aldi-doesn-t-sell-roast-chooks" target="_blank">refusing to sell roast chickens </a>came last month when the company’s Australian CEO Tom Daunt revealed that while the item was one of Coles' and Woolworths' best selling items, the work that goes into cooking the chickens wasn’t worth the small profit margin.</p> <p>“Our philosophy is, let’s focus on what matters and do the right thing about the cost,” he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>The Australian</em></a>.</p> <p><strong>4. Music</strong></p> <p>While this one has nothing to do with food, it is a big factor when thinking of the many different ways ALDI differs from its more powerful counterparts.</p> <p>If you’ve ever stepped foot in an ALDI store – which if you haven’t, what have you been doing your whole life? – you may have noticed that ALDI stores are eerily quiet. The only sound you seem to hear is the hustle and bustle of shoppers and the beeps of the register.</p> <p>But there’s a reason for that, and it doesn’t just have to do with the company not wanting to pay royalties for music.</p> <p>“You won’t hear music in our stores because music is often a tactic to make you relax and linger. But that’s a cost, so we strip that out and make our stores simplistic.</p> <p>“We select a range of food at the right prices and then people don’t linger which makes our stores more efficient – you come in and you leave.”</p> <p><strong>5. Loyalty programs</strong></p> <p>Loyalty programs are a great tactic for companies to connect with its shoppers. It also ensures they keep coming back.</p> <p>And with Coles having Flybuys and Woolworths having its Rewards program, people are starting to question when ALDI will be jumping on the bandwagon. But unfortunately, for avid ALDI shoppers, that isn’t ever going to happen – but for a good reason.</p> <p>“A loyalty program is great for insights that can manipulate and can help shape the market. But in terms of value, is that value for the customer or the shareholder?” Mr Christie said.</p> <p>The company slammed the initiative after it mentioned how a customer will be rewarded with a meagre item such as a toaster after they spend thousands of dollars to rack up enough points. And while Coles and Woolworths are constantly giving consumers the opportunity to earn double the amount of points during promotional periods, Mr Christie remains unconvinced.</p> <p>“Loyalty schemes entice you to spend more, so customers need to realise what they are giving up for the rewards.</p> <p>“Our approach to loyalty is to provide good prices.”</p> <p><strong>Final verdict</strong></p> <p>All in all, ALDI has a vastly different approach to its business than Coles and Woolworths, but that doesn’t mean the supermarket giants are harming themselves in the process.</p> <p>After introducing loyalty programs, gadgets, gizmos and other things that bring shoppers through its door, ALDI has been experiencing immense growth throughout its business.</p> <p>On Monday, Coles revealed it had experienced a sales growth of 5.1 per cent in the first quarter of the financial year due to its hugely successful Little Shop campaign.</p> <p>And Woolworths isn’t struggling either, as its new metro stores which include cafés, indoor seating with phone chargers, sandwich presses and other appliances where customers are able to prepare their own food, have proved to be a great decision for the company.</p> <p>ALDI is currently Australia’s third largest supermarket, as it obtains 9.2 per cent of the total $102 billion market.</p> <p>So regardless of whether you choose to side with ALDI on its simplistic approach, or Coles and Woolworths for their “more is more” tactics, neither side is struggling to stay on top of the game.</p> <p>Do you prefer to shop at ALDI or at its competitors, Coles and Woolworths? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Cassandra Thorburn suffers new heartbreak: “We are devastated”

<p>Cassandra Thorburn has shared a touching photo on Instagram of her father, the journalist Max Thorburn, holding her hand. Beside it, is a retro photo of him as a young man. He passed away yesterday after battling cancer, aged 72.</p> <p>She captioned the image with:</p> <p>“A journalism career spanning over 50 years in TV, newspapers and radio. A role model to many and my biggest supporter. Thank you for being the beloved poppy to my children and my Dad. Max Thorburn 27/4/1946 - 18/10/2018.”</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/BpEA5zjhHq3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpEA5zjhHq3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A journalism career spanning over 50 years in TV, newspapers and radio. A role model to many and my biggest supporter. Thank you for being the beloved poppy to my children and my Dad. Max Thorburn 27/4/1946 - 18/10/2018</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cassthorburn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Cassandra Thorburn</a> (@cassthorburn) on Oct 17, 2018 at 10:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>In an interview with the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6289411/Cassandra-Thorburn-shares-heartfelt-tribute-father-Max-passes-away.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, the 47-year-old told of her family’s devastation at the loss of their father and grandfather, and paid tribute to the life lessons he taught her.</p> <p>“My dad’s passing is a loss to so many. I was just blessed to be his daughter and my children had the most incredibly devoted poppy,” said Thorburn.</p> <p>“What more can be said? He fought hard for 3 years and the last six months have been excruciating. We are devastated.”</p> <p>“My dad taught me to accept life is full of imperfect people, including ourselves, and to approach each day as an opportunity to do better. If you hurt someone be man enough to admit it and make amends. True gifts.”  </p> <p>Thorburn thanked those who have supported her in a post on Facebook in the aftermath of the death of her father, who was also a councillor in Mildura, Victoria.</p> <p>“Thank you for all the messages and calls of love and support,” she said. “A man who made a difference passed today. A man who was also just Dad and Poppy and was so deeply loved. My Achilles heel will always be with me.”</p> <p>The devastating loss comes after a difficult few years for Thorburn with her much publicised split with Karl Stefanovic, co-host of <em>Today</em>, in 2016.</p>

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The sentimental meaning behind Prince Harry’s bracelet

<p>You may have noticed a recurring feature in Prince Harry’s attire as he tours Australia with wife Duchess Meghan. It’s popped up in images of the Duke of Sussex for years, and it has a very poignant backstory attached to it.</p> <p>Prince Harry wears the silver bracelet in memory of his late mother Princess Diana, and, movingly, it can be seen on his wrist in his wedding photos with Meghan. The 34-year-old has worn it for some 20 years.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821449/harry-wedding-bracelett.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c321e2da2f49436685868139135d5635" /></p> <p>It’s thought that Prince Harry got the bracelet in Africa on a trip with his father Prince Charles, and brother Prince William, after the tragic death in August 1997 of his mother Princess Diana, reports <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/why-harrys-worn-the-same-sentimental-bracelet-for-20-years/news-story/7faa443393f0cba77cde39fdfdf9d1e8" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>"I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a8954/prince-harry-african-parks/" target="_blank">Town &amp; Country</a></em> last year on an animal conservation effort in the country.</p> <p>“My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags – we were going to Africa to get away from it all.”</p> <p>The Prince developed an affinity for Africa finding solace there, describing his visits as "like being plugged into the earth. You leave this place with a real appreciation of what it means to be alive".</p> <p>"This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognised, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet.”</p> <p>Of course, Africa also holds a special place in Prince Harry’s heart as <span>it was in Botswana that he and Duchess Meghan enjoyed a romantic holiday together, just four weeks after their first date.</span></p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has also paid tribute to Princess Diana with jewellery on the couple’s Australian tour, according to <em>news.com.au</em>. She wore some of the late royal’s most prized pieces at Admiralty House in Sydney on their first official engagement, wearing Princess Diana’s butterfly earrings and matching bracelet.</p>

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Prince Harry’s emotional “personal” message to struggling Aussie farmers

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span>The Duke of Sussex gave an emotionally powered speech to the residents of Dubbo yesterday after he touched upon the stigma of mental health and the importance of asking for help when needed. The Prince highlighted the hard work farmers do to help run the nation, describing them as the “backbone of this country”, and while times are tough due to the drought, if they all stick together then can push forward.</p> <p>Here is his speech in full:</p> <p><em>Thank you to the mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Shields, the Honourable Mr Grant, distinguished guests and to you all for welcoming me and my wife so warmly and wet today.</em></p> <p><em>And thank you the Tubbagah ­people from the Wiradjuri nation for welcoming us to their country.</em></p> <p><em>Sixty-four years ago, my grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were right here visiting the war memorial. So, it’s a great pleasure to be able to visit this area now and be able to report back how much life has changed in the Great Western Plains region since then.</em></p> <p><em>Today we are here to meet as many of you as possible and to get an insight into some of the challenges and rewards of life in this thriving ­regional centre.</em></p> <p><em>Coming out here brings back memories of 2003 when I spent some time jackarooing on a small 16,000ha property near Roma in Queensland.</em></p> <p><em>From chasing cows through the bush and getting chased by countless bulls, it was a fantastic experience and I certainly perfected the great Aussie salute.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 328.05555555555554px;" src="/media/7821424/gettyimages-124147773.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/504bf813feed40d6aa3893bbd500e3e7" /></p> <p><em>But the best part about visiting country Australia is the people.</em></p> <p><em>You are the salt of the earth.</em></p> <p><em>Honest, hard-working and as tough as they come and that ­resilience, sense of humour and commitment to the land are the qualities that make you unique. You are the backbone of this country. We were told that there are about 80,000 farm businesses in Australia employing around 310,000 people.</em></p> <p><em>Australian farmers produce almost 93 per cent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply.</em></p> <p><em>So, you are vital to this country and in a very practical way. The rich traditions of the Australian outback are legendary.</em></p> <p><em>You have a lot to be proud of.</em></p> <p><em>But I know that life has not been easy. You have just lived through two years of drought.</em></p> <p><em>And despite recent welcome rain it is going to take a lot more and a long time to recover.</em></p> <p><em>It must be hard not to lose hope when you endure so many dry months end on end knowing that you are powerless to do anything about it.</em></p> <p><em>This morning we visited Mountain View farm and learned about the ­reality of trying to feed your sheep and livestock when the hay is coming from interstate.</em></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/BpByb_7nK7X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0px; text-align: left;"></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; text-align: left;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpByb_7nK7X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Meeting the Woodley Family at Mountain View Farm, who have been running a livestock and crop farm for over five generations since 1887. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the family to feed their cattle, and learned more about the impact of drought and adaptation strategies in Dubbo and across New South Wales. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Dubbo</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em>We have learned about the knock-on effect of drought on the community and families, livestock and crop losses, financial hardship, job losses, intergenerational issues, concerns over the future and the lack of time for rest and relaxation can take a huge mental and emotional toll on farmers and their families.</em></p> <p><em>People in many farming communities generally don’t seek the support they need for multiple reasons because they are often more isolated, their social networks are smaller and there is still a stigma surrounding mental health.</em></p> <p><em>We know that suicide rates in rural and remote areas are greater than in urban populations and this may be ­especially true among young men in remote regions.</em></p> <p><em>But outside all of that, here’s what I also know: You are one huge ­community.</em></p> <p><em>And with that comes an unparalleled level of internal support and understanding.</em></p> <p><em>All you need to do is to ask for it and your neighbour, your peer, your fellow farmer is literally right around the corner.</em></p> <p><em>Chances are they may well be suffering too and will relish the opportunity to either listen or talk themselves.</em></p> <p><em>And as I said earlier, you are all the toughest people out there.</em></p> <p><em>The most persistent, the ones who can weather the storm or the drought.</em></p> <p><em>But you need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage to ask for help when you need it.</em></p> <p><em>You must not silently suffer.</em></p> <p><em>You are all in this together.</em></p> <p><em>And if I may speak personally we are all in this together because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made.</em></p> <p><em>You will be continually amazed how life changes for the better. You will continually be amazed how your life changes for the ­better once you put your hand up. It’s not easy and there are no quick fixes.</em></p> <p><em>But it’s about being the best version of yourself for you and for those around you.</em></p> <p><em>Initiatives and support services such as the Australian Men’s Shed Association, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which we visited this morning, and Headspace are working hard to help those who are struggling.</em></p> <p><em>Your culture of mateship and reputation for looking out for each other ensures that when people are ready to ask for help they will be heard.</em></p> <p><em>Hardship also brings out the best in people and we have been ­impressed and inspired by the stories of farming communities and the wider Australian community rallying to support each other through this challenging time.</em></p> <p><em>And there’s a lot to celebrate here in the city of smiles. Dubbo, I am told, is now a popular tourist destination ­renowned for its zoo festivals, boutique wineries and the old Dubbo jail.</em></p> <p><em>After lunch we’ll be kicking a football and shooting some hoops with the boys and girls from the Clontarf and Girls academies.</em></p> <p><em>The quality of life and shared values of people here in rural and ­regional Australia are very special.</em></p> <p><em>Meghan and I would like to thank you, Dubbo, for inviting us here today and for sharing your ­stories.</em></p> <p><em>And the rain was a gift.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Harry gives the sweetest speech about Meghan’s pregnancy on Aussie tour

<p>Prince Harry has taken a moment in his busy tour schedule to acknowledge the happy news of his “upcoming baby” with wife Meghan.</p> <p>The speech marked the first time Harry has spoken publicly about Meghan’s pregnancy, which was confirmed by Kensington Palace on Monday.</p> <p>Whilst addressing guests during a reception at Admiralty House, the Duke of Sussex said the couple were overjoyed to announce the happy news while in Australia.</p> <p>"We genuinely couldn't think of a better place to announce the, err, upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl, so thank you very, very much," he said.</p> <p>While the 34-year-old prince has been to Australia several times, the tour is Meghan’s first time Down Under.</p> <p>"I'm very excited to show her this incredible country of yours," he said.</p> <p>Harry also managed to showcase his knowledge of Aussie culture during the speech by kickstarting his message with “g’day” and referencing drop bears.</p> <p>"We started off well today with some sleeping koalas, or 'drop bears' as some of you know them," Harry quipped.</p> <p>"We're both absolutely delighted to be here, and really impressed to see you serving beer and tea at an afternoon reception in true Aussie style."</p> <p>Harry also thanked the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove for allowing them to stay at Admiralty House.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex joked that he and Meghan had been “inviting all [their] mates over”.</p> <p>The afternoon reception gave the royal newlyweds the chance to meet with Australians from various sectors, including charity, entertainment and sport.</p> <p>Meghan wore an olive green dress by US designer Brandon Maxwell for the engagement and chatted with singer Missy Higgins, who was accompanied by her baby daughter, Luna.</p> <p>The former actress also met teacher and TV personality Eddie Woo, who offered some parenting advice to the 37-year-old.</p> <p>Eddie told Meghan that raising his three children required “a lot of energy”.</p> <p>Reportedly, Meghan responded: “We’re ready! We’re excited to join the club.”</p>

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The surprise cost of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s visit to Australia

<p>Prince Harry and Meghan’s 16-day royal tour will see them visit various parts of Australia including Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Fraser Island.</p> <p>Now, it has been revealed that the royal tour is expected to cost Australian taxpayers a hefty $1 million.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au"><strong><u>news.com.au</u></strong></a>, a spokesman for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) said the total cost of the tour was “not yet known but is expected to be consistent with past royal visits”.</p> <p>Prince Charles and Camilla’s trip to Australia for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year,cost taxpayers more than $1 million.</p> <p>The heir to the throne and his wife’s tour included 10 days travelling around Queensland and the Northern Territory.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also spend 10 days in Australia, with another six in Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.</p> <p>According to the DPMC spokesman, it is normal for the host nation to cover some of the logistical costs of a visiting royal, including transport and accommodation.</p> <p>“The Australian Government covers some of the costs associated with a royal tour,” he said.</p> <p>“Any expenditure meets official procurement guidelines.”</p> <p>The royals, who will complete 76 official engagements on their tour, are travelling with an entourage made up of 10 members of staff, including private secretaries, personal assistant, hairdresser, a royal communications team and an orderly to carry luggage.</p> <p>When Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall travelled Down Under just six months ago, their entourage was made up of 13 support staff.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales and Camilla’s transportation costs to regional areas including Darwin totalled $314,690.78.</p> <p>Australia also paid for Prince Charles to make a trip to Vanuatu during the tour as well.</p> <p>Prior to the trip, Clarence House also sent a party of four to Australia to scout venues and timetables, which cost $131,000.</p> <p>“The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet paid for 13 staff from Clarence House accompanying Their Royal Highnesses from London,” a spokesperson said in response to a question from Labor’s Jenny McAllister during a senate hearing in May.</p> <p>“Clarence House paid for an additional staff member to accompany Their Royal Highnesses from London. Clarence House also paid for an Australian based member of the travelling party to accompany Their Royal Highnesses while in Australia.”</p> <p>There were also additional costs for domestic travel and security.</p> <p>When Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George visited Australia in 2014, their trip cost taxpayers $474,137, not including security and GST.</p> <p>A large expense of their 10-day trip was transportation, which totalled $251,338.</p> <p>Other costs included media liaison ($85,366), domestic travel including meals and accommodation ($73,638), and hospitality and event-related costs ($59,486).</p> <p>What are your thoughts on the cost of Prince Harry and Meghan’s trip to Australia? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s heartfelt moment as 5-year-old steals the show

<p>Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a visit to Dubbo as part of their Australian royal tour.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan were greeted by local politicians and school children at Dubbo airport, including one 5-year-old who gave the newlyweds a very special welcome.</p> <p>Young royal fan Luke Vincent managed to wriggle his way past security and cameras to meet the couple face-to-face.</p> <p>After giving Harry a hug, the Buninyong Public school student reached out and touched Harry’s beard.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821410/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbb7037aea5b4ce2b0089c0c9388b2ba" /></p> <p>Luke, who has Down Syndrome, then gifted Meghan a bouquet of flowers and embraced her as well.</p> <p>The youngster’s school principal, Anne Van Dartel, told <em>7 News</em> that little Luke loves beards.</p> <p>“Luke’s favourite person is Santa Claus … and now it’s Prince Harry,” she said.</p> <p>“Luke waited beautifully today and waited for Prince Harry and Princess Meghan to come to us. And he even brought her flowers.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821412/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e6053eb217d4aa691d0efe955ca5051" /></p> <p>Ms Van Dartel explained that when Luke first reached out to Harry she was nervous because they had been instructed that there was to be “no touching”.</p> <p>“I was very concerned when he started rubbing Prince Harry’s face and his hair, but Prince Harry was completely gracious and was so polite and realised what was happening and his infatuation with his beard,” she said.</p> <p>“We can only thank him so much for treating Luke with such respect who didn’t understand the situation. The way that Prince Harry and Princess Meghan interacted with him was just delightful.”</p> <p>Ms Van Dartel, who went to Dubbo airport with some of her school students to give the royals a warm welcome, said Luke’s moment with the couple was very special.</p> <p>“He’s often the star of the show at school, and now he’s the star of the show all around the world,” she said.</p>

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Under the spell of The Ghan

<p><em>Justine Tyerman boards The Ghan, the famous transcontinental train, from Darwin to Adelaide. Here is the first of a four-part series about her journey.</em></p> <p>The sleek silver Ghan, with the twin bright red diesel-electric locomotives throbbing at her prow, was a magnificent sight at Darwin’s Berrimah Railway Station as coaches and taxis arrived with 285 excited passengers ready to embark on our great train adventure from Darwin to Adelaide. We were about to travel through the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia, a 2979km journey spread over four days and three nights.</p> <p>The sheer size, length and spectacle of the 903m, 38-carriage, 1700 tonne train set my heart pounding. I instantly fell under the spell of this iconic train originally named the Afghan Express after the 19th century Afghan cameleers who helped blaze a trail through the country’s remote interior.</p> <p>Although construction began in 1878, it wasn't until 2004 that the last section of the railway track from Alice Springs to Darwin was finally completed. The locomotives and the carriages all proudly bear the emblem of an Afghan riding a camel.</p> <p>My Gold Service cabin with ensuite bathroom was mid-ships so the walk with my small wheelie case was manageable in the tropical heat but those at the extremities of the train were shuttled in style.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821396/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7c7198d49e814601b592acf4840077e3" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>My ensuite bathroom with lovely Appelles bath and body products.</em></p> <p>My hospitality attendant Aaron greeted me with a beaming smile and soon after appeared in my cabin to chat about what excursions I wanted to do during the days ahead.</p> <p>“All of them,” I said, unable to choose from the fabulous selection available each day. Having done the excursions, Aaron helped me come to a decision in no time.</p> <p>Train manager Bruce then welcomed us all aboard via the in-cabin radio which also broadcast an excellent commentary and a series of stories about the places, events and people along the route.</p> <p>Restaurant manager Nick popped by to discuss my preferred dining times in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. The cuisine on The Ghan and her sister The Indian Pacific, a trip I completed in June, is as legendary as the history of these great train journeys. Not to mention the beverages …</p> <p>A glass of champagne mysteriously found its way into my hand as the massive train slid so smoothly from the station, I was only aware we were moving by watching the people waving on the platform slowly disappear from view. A toast to The Ghan seemed a fitting way to celebrate the departure of such a majestic train on another epic journey across the continent. The Ghan has a presence, history and grandeur like no other and to be finally embarking on the trip sent bubbles of excitement through my veins. They matched the effervescence in my glass.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 333.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821395/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bfe4305a9cd6419fa6045699e220b978" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A toast to The Ghan seems a fitting way to celebrate the departure of such a majestic train on our epic journey across the continent.</em></p> <p>“This is the life,” I thought as I settled into my super-comfortable cabin and watched the Northern Territory countryside flicker by. Tall termite mounds like cylindrical chimneys scattered the bushy terrain which had been recently scorched in a controlled burn-off. The ant-like insects build amazingly clever dwellings for themselves with a central vent for air-conditioning. They devour an enormous quality of matter and return all the nutrients to the earth. The structures are aligned north-south to catch the sun. You learn all sorts of fascinating things by listening to the commentary on The Ghan.</p> <p>Soon after, we crossed the broad Elizabeth River and it was lunchtime.</p> <p>I dined in the ornate Queen Adelaide Restaurant on tropical chicken salad with fresh mango, flat beans, red onion, bamboo shoots, macadamia, lotus root, coriander and mesclun with lime pepper dressing, followed by a divine mango parfait with wild berry salsa. White tablecloths, fine china, waiters, wine … and that was just a light lunch.</p> <p>Travelling solo, Nick seated me with a variety of different people at every meal. On this occasion I lunched with three highly-entertaining Australian widows, one of whom knew a family from my hometown of Gisborne, New Zealand. Such a coincidence.</p> <p>As we chatted, we travelled through sparsely-vegetated hilly terrain cut by dry river beds, and rocky outcrops as though it had rained massive boulders.</p> <p>Unlike the Indian Pacific where there were hours of on-train time to daydream and relax, the daily excursions on The Ghan Expedition took up the bulk of the daytime hours. Early afternoon, we arrived at the Northern Territory town of Katherine to be met by coaches waiting to take us on a variety of excursions. Following Aaron’s advice, I chose a cruise and hike in two of the 13 gorges on the Katherine River in the 292,000-hectare Nitmiluk National Park.</p> <p>We boarded barges and cruised slowly up a spectacular steep-sided, rocky sandstone gorge carved by the Katherine River over millions of years. The commentary of our skipper-guide Sam added wonderful layers of meaning and history to the experience.</p> <p>Nitmiluk means ‘cicada country’ to the indigenous Jawoyn people, she said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9a899824b5844b6381ffc5b4cb074710" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821397/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9a899824b5844b6381ffc5b4cb074710" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Cruising the Katherine River in the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. </em></p> <p>“Listen and you’ll hear the buzzing sound, especially in the evening,” Sam explained.</p> <p>She also pointed out huge gashes in the rocks on both sides of the river indicating fault lines, and trees like the paperbark with uses such as cooking foil and the larruk with anti-inflammatory and insect repellent properties.</p> <p>The white sandy beaches alongside the river looked like idyllic spots for picnics and swims until Sam drew our attention to the signs: “Crocodile nesting area – do not enter.”</p> <p>They’re mainly freshwater crocs here, not the monster ‘salties’ I’d seen in Darwin, but you still wouldn’t want to get anywhere near them. Thereafter I imagined I saw many crocodiles submerged in the river, but they were “probably rockodiles” according to Sam.</p> <p>The kayakers we passed on the river must have been incredibly brave or foolhardy – I couldn’t decide which.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821398/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/050daa96945643b9a174632cd393abda" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Kayakers on the Katherine River near a croc nesting beach.</em></p> <p>Turning my attention upwards while keeping my arms well clear of the water, I was transfixed by the staggering height of the sheer cliffs on either side of our barge, reaching 60 to 100m high, depending on the depth of the river. The Katherine rises up to 9-10 metres during times of flood – the extreme sideways lean of the trees are an indication of the strength of the current.</p> <p>Today the river was so low we had to hike between the two gorges, boarding another barge on the other side.</p> <p>Between the gorges, Sam pointed out aboriginal paintings etched in the rock walls high above us, still intact after thousands of years. Some indigenous art in the region dates back 40,000 years, the oldest known art forms on the planet.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 333.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821399/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/65609f519a0f409b9cdcff88e5259132" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Aboriginal paintings etched in the rock walls are still intact after thousands of years.</em></p> <p>As we neared a deep pool in the upper reaches of the second gorge, Sam told us a Dreamtime story of the Jawoyn people.</p> <p>“According to legend, Bolung, the rainbow serpent, carved the gorge in his own image then laid to rest in the 40m deep pool right below us.</p> <p>“There’s a whirlpool here and Jawoyn people won’t swim, fish or drink water from the pool for fear of a flood or other calamity.</p> <p>“The serpent is one of few common threads in aboriginal culture. Indigenous people in the Flinders Ranges area have a similar story.”</p> <p>Sam also explained the kinship system of the aboriginal people whereby a skin name is handed down by your mother meaning those of the same name cannot marry. The penalties for breaking the rules are severe – a spear to the back of the legs.</p> <p>We passed by an impressive towering rock known as Jedda Rock after the 1955 Australian-made movie of the same name, the first feature film to star aboriginal actors.</p> <p>The rocks in the Katherine Gorge are around 1.6 billion years old, Sam explained.</p> <p>As we neared the end of the cruise, I spotted a large cage on the water’s edge.</p> <p>“It’s a croc trap,” said Sam just in case we had forgotten we were in crocodile country.</p> <p>Jay, a cheery Jawoyn lad with a huge smile shouted “Boh boh” to us as he tethered the barge to the jetty and we disembarked.</p> <p>The Jawoyn don’t say “Goodbye”, they say “Boh boh – See ya later”.</p> <p>A huge plume of smoke threatened to obliterate the sunset as we bused back to the train. A controlled burn was taking place somewhere in the distance, turning the sun into a fiery red ball in the western sky.</p> <p>Later, as I emerged wet and drippy from the shower, I discovered we were actually travelling right through the fire, hot and red and fiery with flames leaping up trees and lots of smoke. It was really dramatic. Travelling through an Aussie bush fire, courtesy of The Ghan.<br /><br />That evening, I just had to try the crocodile sausage entrée with a lemon aspen sauce on the dinner menu. Having been warned by my Aussie mates that croc was bland, I found it surprisingly tasty.</p> <p>Sticking with exotic, I had an excellent chickpea saffron dahl served with pickled okra and basmati rice as a main course, and yummy ginger and macadamia nut pudding with caramel sauce and coconut ice-cream for dessert.</p> <p>As I snuggled into my comfy bed ­ beautifully-made by Aaron with crisp white linen ­ in the air-conditioned comfort of my cosy cabin, I looked back over the photos I’d taken that day.  <br />The grandeur of the Katherine Gorge was quite overwhelming. The deeply-furrowed, weathered old faces of the rocks towering above the river gave me a powerful sense of the ancientness and dignity of the land. Truly one of the Australia’s most stunning natural wonders.</p> <p>FACTBOX:</p> <p><em>Justine travelled courtesy of Rail Plus and Great Southern Rail.</em></p> <p><em>This is the fourth trip I’ve booked with international rail specialists Rail Plus.</em></p> <p><em>* Visit <span><a href="https://www.railplus.com.au/australia-by-rail/australias-great-train-journeys/the-ghan-expedition/ghan-expedition-prices-book.htm">https://www.railplus.com.au/australia-by-rail/australias-great-train-journeys/the-ghan-expedition/ghan-expedition-prices-book.htm</a></span> </em><em>for more information on this and other epic train adventures around the world, or phone 09 377 5420 from New Zealand.</em></p> <p><em>*A veteran of many rail journeys organised through Rail Plus, I’ve also travelled on the Indian Pacific (see my series of four stories <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/what-it-s-like-travelling-across-australia-on-board-the-indian-pacific">here</a>); the <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/on-the-unesco-world-heritage-bernina-express-from-switzerland-to-italy"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bernina Express</strong></span></a>; and the <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/under-the-spell-of-the-ghan/?fbclid=IwAR1sKUlw_jRAM_KpZz4aHroNF617ZWdP4mogk89UeX2F0QspZYtsKCrS0iI"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TranzAlpine</strong></span></a></em></p> <p><em>Rail Plus has a dedicated team of experts to advise you on Great Train Journeys all around the world including the famous Eastern and <a href="https://www.railplus.com.au/great-train-journeys/eastern-oriental-express/prices-book.htm"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Oriental Express</strong></span></a>, next on my list.</em></p>

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The mind-boggling optical illusions on the new $50 note

<p>While the new Australian $50 note, just released by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), may look similar to the old one, it may just blow your mind. The freshly minted banknote has some very clever optical illusions built into it, designed to prevent forgery.</p> <p>Don’t be surprised if you find yourself, or see others, holding the new note in the air, titling it, and waving it from side to side, transfixed.</p> <p>Look closely at the vertical clear panel. If you tilt the note, it looks as if a black swan is taking flight.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821444/flying-swan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ac7321e563a34d65a05b3f069a15c8b6" /></p> <p>Below the swan sits a church with the number 50 embossed on it. Move it side to side, and the number reverses.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821445/reversing-50.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4cbb9158776a4c83ab8a2802557015ab" /></p> <p>There are also two floral patches with a “rolling colour effect” – they change colour as you tilt them up and down.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821446/rollinig-colour.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e03a8877f6784610960d724c83990bdb" /></p> <p>You can see a visual demonstration here:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_BdQfwNQ4Zk" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p>Apart from being fun optical illusions to play with before you hand over your brand spanking new $50 note, the additions will make it “very difficult for counterfeiters” to reproduce, says RBA Assistant Governor Lindsay Boulton, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/australias-new-50-banknote-revealed/news-story/41af319c2b7e419dbaed5b25291bf284" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.  </p> <p>The new banknote follows on from the new $5 (released in 2016) and $10 note (released in 2017) with the inclusion of a tactile feature for the vision impaired. The $5 note has one dot, the $10 has two, and now the $50 has four (presumably the upcoming $20 will have four), to help those affected differentiate between denominations.</p> <p>It’s an important addition given the $50 note is Australia’s most widely circulated banknote (46 per cent of all banknotes) and the one most dispensed by ATMs.</p> <p>Chris Edwards, who lost his eyesight in his teens, told the website the innovation would make a huge impact on his life.</p> <p>“When you go to your ATM, the $50 is the note that often gets spit out. While I’ve been confident using a $5 or $10 note to buy a coffee, now I feel much more confident in paying with cash for a meal for the family or a round of drinks for my friends,” he said.</p> <p>The introduction of the tactile feature has an inspiring backstory. Connor McLeod of NSW, who is blind, decided to take action when he realised that he couldn’t count the money his grandmother had given him. The 13-year-old started a petition, signed by tens of thousands of people, taking his idea to the Human Rights Commission and Vision Australia.</p> <p>The new $50 note is in circulation from today, with the new $20 and $100 notes due in 2019 and 2020.</p> <p>Will you be trying out the optical illusions on the new $50 note? Tell us in the comment section below.</p>

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The healthiest supermarket foods in Australia revealed

<p>Many products on supermarket shelves claim to be “nutritional”, which can make it difficult to discern which items are worth the buy.</p> <p>But now, the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Healthy Food Guide </em>has revealed the winners of their annual top health food picks.</p> <p>“Our team of dietitians have closely analysed hundreds of brands across 10 major food categories to discover the most nutritious and best value for money,” the experts wrote.</p> <p>Here are the winners of each category.</p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">1. Bread</strong></p> <p>The winner of the bread category was Burgen Wholemeal &amp; Seeds as it is packed with a high level of fibre and has a low number of carbohydrates.</p> <p>Other standout entrants included Helga’s Square Loaf and Mission Foods’ low-carb wraps which can be used as a bread substitute.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821427/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2153280cc3b24bd085efdd34f4c30e79" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">2. Lunch box snacks</strong></p> <p>Parents looking to reduce lunch box prep time without compromising nutrition should consider Woolworths’ Perfection Fresh Qukes Baby Cucumbers.</p> <p>The snack, which comes in packets of five, was named the winner for the category.</p> <p>All of the lunch box finalists were low in sugar and contained less than 144 calories.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821428/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/66935432c9814bbd81520810acc59243" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">3. Pantry staples</strong></p> <p>The winner of the pantry staple category was Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This product made the top spot for its ability to make “healthy cooking a breeze” as well as its nutritional benefits.</p> <p>Coming in behind the popular olive oil was San Remo’s CousCous and microwaveable Quick Cups by SunRice.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 306px; height:306px;" src="/media/7821429/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3993e33b7e374d37878b89cc6fc6152f" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">4. Best cereal</strong></p> <p>Shoppers are flooded with a choice of breakfast cereals in the supermarket, with many having labels that are hard to decipher.</p> <p>The cereal which came in first was a porridge by Freedom Foods which comes in sachets and contains more wholegrains than many of its competitors.</p> <p>Other contenders for the spot were Woolworth’s home brand muesli, as well as other porridge and granola-based breakfasts.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821430/4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3423c10c783d44bb9bb0879a6432a45d" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">5. Vegetarian food</strong></p> <p>In recent years, supermarkets have expanded their selection of vegetarian options. Impressively, a burger took the title for this category as it contains six grams of both protein and fibre, in addition to being gluten-free. Coles’ homebrand Southern Smoked Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers were named the winners.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 305px; height:305px;" src="/media/7821431/5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce3e33bf25694cc4be87e4f1ffaa5690" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">6. Yoghurts</strong></p> <p>According to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Healthy Food Guide</em>, nine out of ten Australian’s aren’t consuming enough dairy.</p> <p>The magazine recommends shoppers look to increase their intake by purchasing Rokeby Farms’ Whole Protein Style Quark, which was named the best yoghurt for its high level of protein.</p> <p>However, if the strong flavour is too much, shoppers can also choose Danone’s YoPro, which packs 15g of protein compared to Rokeby’s 17g.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:489.74763406940065px;" src="/media/7821432/6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aeb860f77893451db6966d6d5c043604" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">7. Ready meals</strong></p> <p>While some ready meals lack in taste and nutritional value, the magazine highlighted their top pick. Michelle Bridges and Woolwoths’ Beef and Tomato Casserole contains three servings of vegetables per meal. Super Nature bowls was also a top contender for the category.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821433/7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/344fc376213b40af9f9cbdeca8d31c87" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">8. Best allergy-friendly snack</strong></p> <p>The winner for the best allergy-friendly snack was Carman’s Super Seed &amp; Grain Crackers in the Ancient Grain and Cracked Pepper flavour.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 450px; height:323px;" src="/media/7821434/0.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9c93aa0512034e2b9158b05ecd95cd20" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">9. Best packaged savoury snack</strong></p> <p>The experts at the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Healthy Food Guide</em> magazine voted The Happy Snack Company Roasted Chic Peas (Lightly Salted) as the winner in this category.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 450px; height:323px;" src="/media/7821435/00.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7704f4b66a7347ce9daa25cba080f0d1" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">10. Best packaged sweet snack</strong></p> <p>The brand which took home the title as the best packaged sweet snack was Emma &amp; Tom’s Milk No Added Sugar in Espresso. The brand's products are free from preservatives, concentrates and artificial flavours.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 450px; height:323px;" src="/media/7821436/000.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1819b2ecc6a0429aadd0d7da4c1e2e6f" /></p> <p>Do you buy any of these products? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The big change coming to Medicare that will affect you

<p>The Government has announced that Medicare rebates for knee MRIs ordered by GPs for anyone over the age of 50 will cease from November 1 of this year.</p> <p>This means the patient will be hit in the hip pocket for $500 per scan, or have to wait months to see a specialist, reported <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/there-will-be-no-medicare-rebates-when-gps-order-knee-mris-for-the-over-50s-from-november-1/news-story/7722858e2037b8aafc94a5cc6277573d?utm_content=SocialFlow&amp;login=1" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p>The cost of knee MRIs to tax payers had increased dramatically according to a Medicare review conducted by the Government, more than doubling from $16 million to $38 million over five years. It found that knee MRIs had tripled in that time.</p> <p>Lobby group National Seniors has called the coming change “ageist”.</p> <p>“The idea of picking on people that are 50 does seem to be ageist to me,” Ian Henschke, National Seniors chief advocate told the publication.</p> <p>“How fair is it that a 49-year-old can get a rebate but a 50-year-old can’t?”</p> <p>Some prominent athletes have spoken out in agreement, saying that scrapping the rebate discriminates, and makes no sense at a time when older Australians are being encouraged to keep fit to stave off medical issues.</p> <p>“Like millions of Australians I do everything I can to keep fit as I get older, so it makes me angry that the Government is penalising me because of my age,” said former basketball champion Rachel Sporn, a three-time Olympic medallist who is 50 years old.</p> <p>“It seems completely contradictory that we’re constantly encouraging older Australians to stay healthy while, at the same time, we’re making access to critical healthcare harder and more expensive. It doesn’t make sense.”</p> <p>Wayne Schwass, the former Sydney Swan and North Melbourne premiership player, will celebrate his 50th milestone in November and has called the changes “ridiculous” and “farcical”.</p> <p>But those in regional areas could be hit the hardest, said Dr Siavash Eshaghi, president of the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association, who has called the removal of the Medicare MRI rebate “like an ageing tax for over 50s”.</p> <p>“It will be worse for people in regional areas who will be forced to wait in pain for an MRI until the next available appointment with the visiting specialist in their town or travel long distances at their own cost to get an appointment,” he said.</p> <p>But Dr Harry Nespolon, president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, says that GPs may actually be ordering too many MRIs, but banning them for the over-50s would mean that GPs wouldn’t be able to order the tests for some who may need it most, like those who have injuries from an accident or sport.</p> <p>Furthermore, patients will be hit with two expensive visits to a specialist – for a referral and a review of their scan.</p> <p>“The impact of the measure should be reviewed to see if there are groups in the community who are adversely affected by the decision," Dr Nespolon said.</p> <p>The Medicare MRI ban for over-50s will affect around 80,000 Australians a year.</p> <p>Meanwhile over 9,400 Australians have signed a petition protesting the changes.</p> <p>What do you think about this Medicare rebate change? Let us know in the comments section.  </p>

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Woman's touching act of kindness for stranger after losing baby

<p>A US supermarket employee has told of a moving encounter he had with a customer, posting about the experience on Facebook, which has drawn an emotional response from users of the platform.</p> <p>Nick DeClemente was working at Publix supermarket in Jacksonville, Florida, when a woman approached him at the bakery counter.</p> <p>“A lady just came up to the bakery counter and asked if we had any 1st birthday cakes on order for Saturday or Sunday. She said she wanted to pay for one,” he wrote in his post.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnick.declemente%2Fposts%2F1849337795163510&amp;width=500" width="500" height="530" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>But the cake was for someone else, a complete stranger she may never meet. The woman had had a stillborn baby boy a year ago, and wanted to make a tribute to him in his memory. She wanted to pay for the cake anonymously.</p> <p>“I asked what the customer name was, thinking she was paying for a specific person,” wrote DeClemente. “She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else's cake.”</p> <p>On Facebook, DeClemente posted an order form for a Sesame Street “smash cake” for a 1st birthday that he chose for the woman to buy. Beside it is a receipt for $US33 ($AU46).</p> <p>“She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this,” he said. “It was probably one of the most touching things I've seen in all my years working in retail.”</p> <p>DeClemente’s post provoked some heart-warming comments from Facebook users.</p> <p>“Speechless and teary-eyed!” wrote one person.</p> <p>And this from another, “Wow. As a momma to three miscarriage angels, this both warms my heart and breaks it at the same time. Sending her all the love and prayers in the world.”</p> <p>DeClemente said he hoped the stranger’s act of kindness would prove cathartic for her.</p> <p>“I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward,” he wrote.</p> <p>What acts of kindness have you witnessed? Let us know in the comments section.</p>

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Red Symons delivers heartbreaking eulogy to his son on live radio

<p>Radio show host Red Symons has delivered a heartbreaking tribute to his “remarkable son” who, two weeks ago, passed away after a lifelong battle with cancer.</p> <p>After being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of four, Samuel Symons, 27, died after he lost the war with the disease.</p> <p>“Samuel, I have always loved you. I will always love you. I shall always have you,” said Red on 3AW on Thursday.</p> <p>Samuel spent most of his life in and out of the hospital, having to deal with constant doctor appointments and receiving treatment.</p> <p>He was diagnosed with another brain tumour in 2017.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821450/red-symons.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/81199fc2e9584231a168d47b77d77dc5" /></p> <p>“At four years old you sort of come to terms with the fact that he’s not going to be here.</p> <p>“Twenty years later, he’s got a masters degree. He was the most qualified person in the family.”</p> <p>Doctors warned Red about the side effects of the treatment, saying that it may hinder his intellect, and with that, Red said his son must have been intelligent to begin with.</p> <p>Samuel was an active member in the community, as he contributed to introducing policies in the healthcare system based off of his own experiences.</p> <p>“Rather than complain, he accepted his illnesses with humour, dignity and grace and continued to amaze us by achieving the unachievable,” his mother Elly Symons said.</p>

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Duchess Meghan reveals her “life changing” banana bread recipe

<p>It is a widely known tradition to never rock up to a country home empty handed, and the Duchess of Sussex took that literally when she arrived at Dubbo on Wednesday with homemade banana bread, baked by the royal herself.</p> <p>Meghan, 37, prepared the delicious loaf in the kitchen of the Admiralty House, the place the Duke and Duchess are temporarily calling home in Sydney.</p> <p>She brought it with her as she visited Mountain View Farm where her and husband Prince Harry discussed the plight of farmers and the affect the drought has had on the residents in the region.</p> <p>The bread, which was a combination of chocolate chips and a hint of ginger, proved to be a huge success, as those who were lucky enough to try it praised it endlessly.</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/BpC-NGKFLiV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpC-NGKFLiV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duchess Of Sussex Baked A Loaf Of Banana Bread For The Picnic They Attended In Dubbo #DubboAustralia #Picnic #DuchessOfSussex #MeghansBananaBread #MeghanMarkle #RoyalBaby #Delicious #Ginger #ChocolateChips #BananaBread</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/the_kensington_royals/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Kensington Royals</a> (@the_kensington_royals) on Oct 17, 2018 at 12:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And it wasn’t the first time Meghan had dipped her hands into baking the bread.</p> <p>In her now-defunct lifestyle blog, <em>The Tig</em>, she shared the recipe for the “Life Changing Bread".</p> <p>The blogpost claims that the bread, although delicious, is also healthy as it’s a low-carb gluten and grain-free loaf.</p> <p>The recipe was passed down from the Duchess’s friend and stylist Talia Brown.</p> <p>An aide had a few words to share about the royal, saying: “She loves baking and just decided to take something along with her on the spur of the moment.”</p> <p>Benita Woodley, who is the daughter of Scott and Elaine, the farmers who are responsible for Mountain View Property where the Duke and Duchess shared a meal, said the bread was delicious.</p> <p>“It was such a nice and thoughtful thing for her to do. We are really touched.”</p> <p>After the news of Meghan’s banana bread hit social media, users began praising the Duchess, with some asking: “Is there anything this woman can’t do?”</p> <p>Marilyn Hulslander from Over60's cookbook, <em>The Way Mum Made It</em>, has been making this special banana bread for the last 40 years, and it's as close to the Duchess's as you're going to get.</p> <p>So, from the Duchess’s kitchen to yours, try the recipe yourself:</p> <p><em>Banana Bread just like Duchess Meghan's:</em></p> <p><strong><span>Serves:</span></strong> 8–10</p> <p><strong><span>Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>125 g unsalted butter, chopped</li> <li>1 cup caster sugar</li> <li>1 teaspoon vanilla extract</li> <li>2 large eggs</li> <li>¾ cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)</li> <li>1¼ cups self-raising flour</li> <li>¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda</li> <li>1 teaspoon salt</li> </ul> <p><strong><span>Method:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and flour a loaf tin.</li> <li>Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar thoroughly, adding the vanilla while mixing.</li> <li>Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add the banana and beat on low speed.</li> <li>In a separate bowl, combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and add to the banana mixture. Continue mixing on low speed until combined, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.</li> <li>Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then cut around the sides and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Note:</strong><span> </span>This basic recipe can be enhanced by adding ½ cup of chopped walnuts, shaken with a little bit of flour, and stirred into the mixture after you’ve finished beating. You can also add a teaspoon of ground ginger if you like.</p> <p><span>Will you be trying out this delicious banana bread recipe? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Why Duchess Kate hasn't met Pippa's baby yet

<p>On Monday, Duchess Kate’s younger sister Pippa Middleton gave birth to her first child at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.</p> <p>Kate’s other sibling, James Middleton, was quick to visit his new nephew, however, the Duchess of Cambridge was nowhere to be seen.</p> <p>While royal reporter Richard Palmer said Prince William and Kate were “thrilled” for Pippa and her husband James Matthews, it is likely the royals will be unable to visit their family while they remain in the Lindo Wing at the hospital.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pippa Middleton has given birth to a boy, born on Monday at 1.58pm and weighing 8lb and 9oz. Kensington Palace says: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James."<br /><br />......</p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1052210305667919872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Kensington Palace confirmed that Kate’s schedule was unfortunately already booked on Tuesday as she took part in an unannounced charity engagement.</p> <p>The court circular, which documents the engagements of the royal family, explained what the meeting was about.</p> <p>“The Duchess of Cambridge this morning held a meeting of experts convened by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to inform Her Royal Highness’s charitable ‘Early Years’ initiative,” it said.</p> <p>According to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Express</em>, Kate will wait until Pippa comes home to meet her new nephew in order to avoid a media circus.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 358.66666666666663px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821422/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/97b8f4a5de6248bfa6d409ba30d25f8f" /></p> <p>Pippa also didn’t visit Kate in hospital after she gave birth to any of her three children.</p> <p>Although the sisters share a close relationship and both acted as each other’s matron’s of honour, the pair choose to catch up behind closed doors, rarely being seen together in public.</p> <p><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/more-baby-joy-pippa-middleton-welcomes-her-first-child"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Pippa’s baby boy</strong> </span></a>was born on Monday at 1.58 pm after a three-hour labour, weighing 3.88kg.</p> <p>The newborn is the cousin of future king Prince George, 5, his sister Princess Charlotte, 3, and their baby brother Prince Louis, who is five months old. </p>

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The one thing Prince Harry has given up for his pregnant wife

<p>Prince Harry has given up his love of alcohol by not consuming the beverage for the last three months, all to support his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>The royal, who was known for his wild antics and his partying ways, reportedly stopped drinking alcohol the moment he discovered Meghan was pregnant.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/7502079/prince-harry-gives-up-alcohol-support-meghan-pregnancy/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, a royal insider claimed, “Meghan obviously cannot drink during her pregnancy and Harry wants to be there to support here.</p> <p>“When they are in London, they have been spending more nights in together as he cannot go out drinking with friends like he used to.”</p> <p>The last time the famous couple were spotted drinking was in July, at an event in Dublin where they shared a glass of champagne together. The Duke and Duchess also caused a few whispers when they chose to skip Princess Eugenie’s wedding reception, an occasion where the alcohol was being served by the dozen.</p> <p><span>Taking to social media on Monday, Kensington Palace made the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together, with the baby news causing a frenzy worldwide.</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/Bo_QEK5nLor/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_QEK5nLor/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Established in 1916, @TarongaZoo is Australia's oldest zoological park – their commitment to conservation science has culminated in the development of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, whose work in forensic science has helped put controls in place to reduce illegal wildlife laundering. The new Institute, which will offer never-before seen learning opportunities for Australian students, was opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 2:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The post, which was shared via Twitter and Instagram, shows a photo of the happy couple and was released a few short hours after the pair landed in Sydney for their two-week tour and to host the Invictus Games.</p> <p>In his younger days, Prince Harry was infamous for going rogue as he learnt to adjust to life in the spotlight. A tabloid regular, the young royal was often photographed stumbling drunk out of bars and night clubs.</p> <p>In 2012, images of a naked Prince Harry were released to the public, after he was spotted at a Las Vegas hotel drinking heavily.</p> <p>But it’s safe to say that his rowdy partying lifestyle is now behind him, as he prioritises his royal duties and his devotion to be a good husband and an even better father above anything else.</p> <p>Meghan has previously spoken about her love for alcohol and a glass of wine, revealing in a 2015 interview, “It’s delicious and I enjoy it.”</p> <p>Before adding, “Do the things you enjoy within reason. Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine.”</p> <p>The Duchess also previously touched on her health and diet mantra in an interview with Best Health, where she admitted that she never wanted to feel “deprived” of the things she enjoys, because once you start placing restrictions on yourself, you start to “binge”.</p> <p>Instead, she believes in balance as she encourages “lifestyle eating”, not dieting.</p>

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Police announce new road rule

<p>While all Aussie drivers already know about speed cameras, red light cameras and mobile phone cameras, there could soon be another camera catching out negligent drivers on the road.</p> <p>New technology could soon allow police to detect when drivers are too tired to be operating a vehicle.</p> <p>According to the <em>Herald Sun</em>, high-tech cameras are being tested to see if they can scan motorists’ pupils and accurately detect their level of fatigue.</p> <p>The device would be used by police to assess Aussie motorists who they’ve pulled over for driving in an unsafe manner.</p> <p>Victoria Police have shared their support for the technology that will scan drivers while they are in their car, however, the research by VicRoads and Monash University is not yet complete.</p> <p>Before the cameras are used on Victorian roads, a year-long trial will take place to test the results of Australia’s first ever roadside fatigue detection test.</p> <p>The trial will assess the fatigue levels of drivers who have been awake for 32 hours before and after taking part in a two-hour monitored drive.</p> <p>The participants will drive a duel control vehicle and be accompanied by a qualified driving instructor.</p> <p>In Victoria, 20 per cent of road crashes were caused by drivers who were fatigued.</p> <p>Roger Chao, a vehicle access director, believes the new technology could have the capability to save lives.</p> <p>“Roadside tests for drugs and alcohol have helped take impaired drivers off our roads – we want to see if a roadside fatigue test could have similar results and help keep all road users safe,” he said. </p> <p>Will you be happy to see police officers use this new camera? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman receives massive fine for breaking three road rules at once

<p>Reckless road behaviour has seen a young mother cop a huge fine for breaking three road laws at once. The 32-year-old woman from Kilkenny in Adelaide’s inner-west, was allegedly texting on her mobile phone while driving yesterday morning, and ran a red light at the same time at a busy intersection in Adelaide’s CBD. In the back seat, her three-year-old child was unrestrained.</p> <p>According to a South Australia Police<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/front-page-news/child-unrestrained-and-driver-using-mobile-while-disobeying-traffic-light#.W8fCdmIzZTZ" target="_blank">statement</a>, the woman was issued three fines on the spot, amounting to a whopping $1,341, and scored a total of nine demerit points. This included $394 for using a mobile while driving, $524 for disobeying a traffic light, and $423 for failing to have her child in an approved child restraint.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A young mum has racked up $1,341 in fines today, in a motoring trifecta which could’ve had fatal consequences <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIVEaaNews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIVEaaNews</a> <a href="https://t.co/8P8CJLjxnX">pic.twitter.com/8P8CJLjxnX</a></p> — Matthew Pantelis 🎙 (@MatthewPantelis) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewPantelis/status/1052424497259827201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“This incident occurred at a major city intersection, at peak hour and not only put the life of the child and driver at risk but other road users,” said Superintendent Craig Wall, Officer in Charge, Eastern District.</p> <p>“To say Police are extremely disappointed in this driving behaviour is an understatement and is one of the reasons police facilitate traffic operations and actively target this type of driving behaviour."</p> <p>Over a nine day period in March, around 30 South Australian drivers a day were pulled over during the state police’s seatbelt safety blitz<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/traffic/operation-belt-up-results#.W8fQJmIzaqA" target="_blank">Operation Belt Up</a>.</p>

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Gold-digger grandma steals $300,000 from Centrelink

<p style="text-align: left;">A grandmother from Geelong in Victoria has admitted to the crime of stealing close to $300,000 in taxpayers' money in the hopes to secure her dead partner's multi-million-dollar assets.</p> <p>76-year-old Noel Newling was proven guilty after discovering she had been giving false information to Centrelink regarding her relationship status.</p> <p>Since 1997, Newling had accumulated up to $287,000 from taxpayers while she was in a relationship with a wealthy man.</p> <p>Newling had no intention to admit to the crime, but after her deceased partner's will stated to give the majority of his $4 million assets to charity, Newling had no other choice as she hoped to overturn the legal document, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/a-current-affair/2018/extras/latest/181017/great-granny-gold-digger?ocid=social-9ACA" target="_blank"><em>A Current Affair</em></a>.</p> <p>The government was under the impression that Newling had been single for the past decade, but the truth was far from it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" width="698" height="573" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1784460.html"></iframe></p> <p>The 76-year-old had been in a relationship with a man named Michael Stansfield, who happened to have accumulated quite a bit of money throughout his years.</p> <p>Mr Stansfield was a share trader and passed away in 2016. Newling’s late partner left her with $50,000, a $185,000 property and a $34,000 car.</p> <p>He then proceeded to distribute the rest of his wealth to different charities.</p> <p>Newling claims she was unaware of Mr Stansfield wealth, but once his earnings came to light, she attempted to challenge the will to obtain the money for herself.</p> <p>In order to do that, Newling had to admit to fraudulent behaviour in the Geelong County Court, otherwise her chance of acquiring the money was close to zero.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/crime-court/geelong-court-leopold-greatgrandmother-noel-jennifer-newling-jailed-for-centrelink-rort/news-story/2874acc65c3489c39c5e2b11fe84604a" target="_blank"><em>The Geelong Advertiser</em></a> reported that, Judge Susan Cohen issued a sentence for Newling, and gave her two years and 10 months in prison but would be released in four months with a two-and-a-half-year good behaviour bond.</p> <p>Newling was faced with an influx of reporters outside court, where she said that she knew that her behaviour was wrong but gave the excuse that she “had to live".</p> <p>She has now been asked to repay the government for all the money she has taken over the years, something that Newling says can only be paid back once she has her late partner's estate.</p>

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New recall: Target removes popular item from shelves

<p>Popular discount department store Target has issued a warning to parents after a popular children’s toy has been considered a potential “choking risk”.</p> <p>The Young Ones Light and Sound Guitar sold at Target Australia, Target Country and their online store from July 2014 to September 2018 has been recalled after the item was deemed too dangerous for children to play with.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 353.3969010727056px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821367/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cb32d3c1236e4c1394bcdf61d2182727" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo: <a href="https://www.target.com.au/">Target Australia</a></p> <p>The company made the decision after a discovery where a small part of the toy could “detach with applied force”, which “may pose a choking risk to small children".</p> <p>Due to the findings, the company has made the decision to remove the item from its shelves and has advised those who have purchased the item to “stop using the product” and return it to their closest Target store “as soon as possible".</p> <p>Those who have purchased the item will receive a full refund from the company, regardless of having a receipt or not.</p> <p>For further information, contact Target’s Customer Support Centre on 1300 753 567 or visit the company’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/war-widow-daphne-dunne-wants-another-kiss-from-prince-harry/news-story/e019948991de6276e09aae94dc7b9933" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>

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Can you guess this TV judge from this 1980s throwback pic?

<p>You may know him from a hit TV show on Channel Nine, but back in the '80s this star looked a lot different to the man he is now.</p> <p>Wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, a black scarf and rocking a full head of dark curly hair, the TV personality is seen sitting on his bed in a photo that was uploaded to his Instagram on Tuesday.</p> <p>“What Barbra Streisand had, I had to have. That’s how I rolled,” wrote the TV star in the caption.</p> <p>He proceeded to make fun of himself with a string of hashtags that included “#curlyperm #unidays #proofs #badhairday #university #1980 #studentlife #eyebrows #warwickuniversity”.</p> <p>Have you guessed who it is yet?</p> <p>The mysterious man in the photo is none other than The Block judge and interior designer Neale Whitaker.</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/Bo8cQEclO6C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo8cQEclO6C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">What Barbra Streisand had, I had to have. That’s how I rolled 😉😂 #curlyperm #unidays #proof #badhairday #university #1980 #studentlife #1980s #eyebrows #warwickuniversity</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nealewhitaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Neale Whitaker</a> (@nealewhitaker) on Oct 14, 2018 at 11:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>These days, Neale is now almost always seen donning a suave outfit, and t<span>he design guru is best known for his gig on The Block, where he critiques and praises teams' home makeovers and designs.</span></p> <p>Neale also features on Love it Or List It Australia on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel, starring alongside Selling Houses Australia's Andrew Winter.</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/BmxW_rRgPdF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmxW_rRgPdF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">So @haydenandsara @theblock you’ve thrown down the gauntlet. This is how I looked in the 1980s. Do I still dress like this now? 😉😂😂 #vintage #headshots #1980s #80sstyle #londonstyle</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nealewhitaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Neale Whitaker</a> (@nealewhitaker) on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And this isn’t the first time the TV judge has shared a flashback from the past. In August he posted an image to his Instagram showcasing four photos of himself from the '80s wearing rather questionable attire.</p> <p>“This is how I looked in the 1980s. Do I still dress like this now?” Neale captioned the image. </p>

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Buckingham Palace left red-faced after Princess Eugenie blunder

<p>On Friday, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank said “I do” in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>While the wedding was quickly overshadowed with the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child, a mistake by Buckingham Palace has added to the insult.</p> <p>The official Instagram account of The Royal Family made one disastrous blunder while announcing the sale of commemorative mugs marking last Friday’s nuptials.</p> <p>The post, which informed followers that the limited edition mugs were available “only till Saturday”, mistakenly referred to Princess Beatrice, rather than Eugenie.</p> <p>“This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description,” the caption said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 313px; height: 418px;" src="/media/7821438/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5e178aa9c1e4366a095fb6c1e229f37" /></p> <p>Princess Beatrice is Eugenie’s older sister and was chosen to be her maid of honour on her wedding day.</p> <p>The post was quickly deleted and has been uploaded again with the correct details.</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/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Available only till Saturday! This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the Wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description! #RoyalWedding Purchase yours today!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/buckinghamroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@buckinghamroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 10:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Channel Nine confirms Karl Stefanovic's future on Today show

<p>After speculation surrounding the future of Karl Stefanovic on the<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show, it has been announced that the breakfast show host will be returning in 2019.</p> <p>The network confirmed that the TV personality will continue his role alongside his co-host Georgie Gardner.</p> <p>“The nation wakes up with<span> </span>Today, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner,” Nine announced through a press release.</p> <p>“In 2019, Australia’s longest running breakfast television program will continue to bring viewers up-to-the-minute news, current affairs, sport, politics, entertainment, fashion, health and lifestyle from Australia and around the world.”</p> <p>The news comes after Nine Network’s CEO Hugh Marks blamed Stefanovic’s personal life for the dip in ratings for the once popular morning show.</p> <p>“No doubt the constant publicity surrounding issues with his personal life have had an impact on Karl, his colleagues and on the show. We can’t hide from that,” Hugh said.</p> <p><span>“Clearly, it’s been a tough and challenging year for Karl and Today,” he added.</span></p> <p>Stefanovic’s tumultuous marriage to Cassandra Thorburn was a tabloid favourite as the pair had a rocky relationship ever since they announced their split in 2016.</p> <p>To make matters worse, Stefanovic’s relationship with fashion designer Jasmine Yarbrough did not sit well with fans as she is nine years his junior.</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/BkXZNsXlRLD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkXZNsXlRLD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Football on. Kids in bed. Double denim. Doesn’t get any better. 👖👖</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/karlstefanovic_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> karl stefanovic</a> (@karlstefanovic_) on Jun 23, 2018 at 4:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>What once was one of the most popular breakfast shows in the country is now struggling to stay afloat. Only last month ratings showed that<span> </span>Today<span> </span>hit a 12-year low.</p> <p>With the 44-year-old hosting the program since 2005, entertainment reporter Peter Ford predicted Stefanovic’s downfall over a year ago.</p> <p>“The<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show ratings are bad … they’ve done private market research at Nine into Karl and it’s coming up that women have turned on him,” Ford said back in April 2017. </p>

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Nicole Kidman's surprising admission about ex-husband Tom Cruise

<p><span>Nicole Kidman has opened up for the first time about the immense power of her former husband Tom Cruise in Hollywood, and in a rare comment about their relationship, the star spoke of her “love” for him in the revealing interview. </span><br /><br /><span>The Oscar winner said she was reluctant to talk about her first marriage out of respect for her current husband, country singer Keith Urban. (The loved-up pair recently released a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/nicole-kidman-sings-emotional-duet-with-husband-keith-urban" target="_blank" title="video">video</a> which showed them performing an emotional duet together.)</span><br /><br /><span>"Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I'm always reluctant to talk about, because I'm married now to the man who is my great love [Keith Urban], and it almost feels disrespectful," the star told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/women-and-power-nicole-kidman.html" target="_blank" title="New York Magazine"><em>New York Magazine</em></a>.</span><br /><br /><span>Kidman admitted her union with Cruise was first and foremost about love, but the relationship afforded her “protection” from predatory behaviour in Hollywood as a young actress in the industry.</span><br /><br /><span>“I got married very young, but it definitely wasn't power for me – it was protection,” she said. “I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed.”</span><br /><br /><span>The star added, "I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of [the marriage] at 32, 33, it's almost like I had to grow up.”</span><br /><br /><span>In light of the #MeToo era, and the sexual harassment and abuse that had been rampant in Hollywood for years, Cruise’s immense sway in Tinseltown can be seen in a whole new light. </span><br /><br /><span>That said, the Aussie actress admitted that she’d had her share of “#MeToo moments” throughout her life.</span><br /><br /><span>“But do I want to expose them in an article? No. Do they come out in my work? Absolutely. I’m open and raw. I want to have my well of experience and emotion tapped into, used — and I’m not just talking about sexual harassment. I’m talking about loss, death, the full array of life,” said the 51-year-old.</span><br /><br /><span>Kidman and Cruise became a power couple after meeting in 1990 as co-stars of <em>Days of Thunder</em>, marrying that same year. They would go on to star together in <em>Far and Away</em> two years later, and in the controversial <em>Eyes Wide Shut</em> in 1999. They adopted two children, Isabella, who is now 25, and son Connor, now 23. The marriage ended in 2001 amid speculation Kidman wanted to have no part in Scientology, of which Cruise is a devoted disciple. </span><br /><br /><span>The actress is set to appear in a movie about the Fox News sexual harassment scandal playing Gretchen Carlson, the former news anchor who was the first woman to file a sexual harassment suit against the now-disgraced Fox News chief Roger Ailes. </span></p>

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