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6 hacks to remove water stains from wood

<p>Grab any of these household products and you’ll be able to buff out those water rings, easy.</p> <p><strong>1. Baking Soda</strong></p> <p>Get those white marks—caused by hot cups or sweating glasses—off your coffee table or other wooden furniture by making a paste of one tablespoon baking soda and one teaspoon water.</p> <p>Gently rub the spot in a circular motion until it disappears.</p> <p>Remember not to use too much water to remove water stains from wood.</p> <p><strong>2. Petroleum Jelly</strong></p> <p>Your most recent party left lots of watermark rings on your wood furniture.</p> <p>To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight.</p> <p>In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.</p> <p><strong>3. Toothpaste</strong></p> <p>You leave coasters around, but some people just won’t use them.</p> <p>To get rid of those telltale watermark rings left by sweating beverages, gently rub some non-gel toothpaste with a soft cloth on the surface to remove water stains from wood.</p> <p>Then wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry before applying furniture polish.</p> <p>For even stronger cleaning power, mix equal parts white toothpaste and baking soda.</p> <p>Rub the paste parallel to the wood grain, wipe it off, and then polish with lemon oil.</p> <p><strong>4. Salt</strong></p> <p>Make watermarks left from glasses or bottles disappear by mixing one teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste.</p> <p>Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone.</p> <p>Restore the lustre of your wood with furniture polish.</p> <p><strong>5. Car Wax</strong></p> <p>Someone forgot to use a coaster and now there’s an ugly white ring on the dining room table.</p> <p>When regular furniture polish doesn’t work, try using a dab of car wax to remove water stains from wood.</p> <p>Trace the ring with your finger to apply the wax.</p> <p>Let it dry and buff with a soft cloth.</p> <p><strong>6. Vinegar</strong></p> <p>To remove white rings left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain.</p> <p>Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up.</p> <p>To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.</p> <p>Did you know that vinegar can not only remove water stains from wood but also remove blood stains?</p> <p>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.ca/home-garden/cleaning/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-wood/">RD.com</a></p> <p> </p>

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Duchess Meghan turns 38! See her best moments here

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duchess of Sussex turns 38 today and it is her second birthday as an official member of the royal family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While her and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, are notorious for keeping private matters of their family strictly under wraps, it is understood the royal member will spend her special day with her hubby and newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor who was born almost three months ago. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a royal expert, the Duke of Sussex will be making this birthday extra special for his wife of 15 months and will reportedly be handing her a picture frame with a special engraving from both him and baby Archie. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal member is also believed to be receiving a piece of jewelry that holds sentimental value to Prince Harry. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This year there will be a birthday gift from Archie and the odds are on a sepia or black and white photograph of her precious son in a solid silver frame from Aspreys," a royal insider told </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fabulous Digital</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The precious present is likely to have an engraving chosen by Harry that will make it extra special.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And Harry has a weakness for designing jewellery for Meghan, so it is expected that the royal will design another stunning piece - likely to be earrings - as a Sussex surprise."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Duchess Meghan has had a big year as a royal indeed - from the celebration of her first wedding anniversary to the arrival of her first child and it seems like there is no slowing down for her as Prince Harry hinted they would be aiming for one more child to complete their family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to have a look at Duchess Meghan’s time as a royal member. </span></p>

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Australian map at US zoo leaves people astounded

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A map that was made to educate visitors at an American Zoo has instead gone viral for its hilarious blunder. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photo of what is meant to be an Australian map highlighting the Great Barrier Reef in  Queensland has been poorly thought out after it was realised that the entire state of Victoria was cut out from the map. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funnily enough, the sign which was snapped at a Zoo in Indiana US, also featured an orange section made to bring attention to the Great Barrier Reef turned out to be not entirely accurate either. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7829034/1-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/47aa0df164374f16a777056946dfb0bb" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source: Reddit/hashtag-123</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The reef extends way further south,” one person responded.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Tasmania has eaten Victoria,” one person pointed out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The picture went viral on Reddit and users made light of the serious blunder. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We detached and floated over to become New Zealand's new west island,” another person said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s very cold so we all voted to just move the whole state north, I hope nobody minds? We will probably vote to move it all back when it’s summer,” a third social media user wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another hilarious comment read: “Can't attack you if they can't find you on the map!”</span></p>

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Styling tips for over-60s – be confident in what you wear

<p>I’m not naturally rebellious, but as the years go by there are rules I find irritating to say the least; in particular I get annoyed about ‘rules’ on what I should or should not wear.</p> <p>At the age of 63, I figure I am only responsible to myself as to how I dress. Not that I plan hanging out on a nudist beach any time soon, but after years in the corporate world it is a relief to no longer wear a ‘uniform’ – actual or perceived.</p> <p>Coincidentally, as I now have the freedom to wear what I want, I have also taken a much stronger interest in my personal presentation. I understand the importance of self-image and take the time to get dressed and feel my best.</p> <p>I have a personal rule that I won’t go to the shops unless I am tidily dressed and have added a pop of lipstick. It was too easy in my early retirement to hang around all day in gardening clothes, but I quickly found that I felt bad when I did so.</p> <p>So, in figuring out what clothes work for me in my retirement (I prefer to call it re-wirement) I have learned a lot about what works for my body and my lifestyle. I have determined my personal style.</p> <p>I hang out in some online style groups, I share my ‘#everydaystyle’ (thanks to Nikki Parkinson of <a href="http://www.stylingyou.com.au/">Styling You</a> for that inspiration) on Instagram, and I dress to please myself. I know what makes me feel confident and what doesn’t. I know I like a balance of style and comfort. I know I like to be aware of the latest trends and colours, but not be a slave to them. And I know that a lot of the so-called style rules don’t work for me.</p> <p>I don’t own a crisp white button up shirt – I’m tall and a bit overweight with short hair – I look butch in that style.</p> <p>I do wear distressed skinny jeans – skinny jeans suit my shape and flatter my legs (one of my best assets). I like the distressed look as one of my nods to current trends.</p> <p>I do sometimes wear dresses and skirts above my knee, again because my legs are good. I don’t wear super mini skirts like I did in my late teens and 20s but I won’t have anyone tell me I can’t. I don’t because I would spend all day tugging at the skirt. That’s the same reason I haven’t embraced the off-the-shoulder trend; I hate strapless bras and I don’t want to be fussing with a top that pops up (or heaven forbid, down!).</p> <p>I rarely wear high heels because I get a sore back and ankles when I do, but I do like an ankle boot with a low heel and I am a great fan of kicks. I can stay current without breaking my neck and those styles suit my lifestyle.</p> <p>I know that my wardrobe needs to be travel friendly because we travel domestically a lot and internationally when we can. That dictates the fabrics that I select – I love natural fibres but silk isn’t practical for me.</p> <p>Unlike my legs, my arms aren’t in great shape, so I don’t often wear a sleeveless dress or top. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t – I see plenty of women older than me with great muscle definition rocking sleeveless tops.</p> <p>So, I only have one ‘rule’ to share with you. Know what suits you, what you can afford and what makes you feel your best. Wear that!</p> <p><em>Written by Jan Wild. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/in-praise-of/in-praise-of-personal-style.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Princess Mary shares rare family photograph with surprise guest

<p>Rarely do we get treated to candid family photos from any royal families over the world, however the Danish royal family are sharing a rare look into their private life.</p> <p>Princess Mary has shown there is nothing quite like a European summer and in an extremely thoughtful move, the Danish royal family have shared a family photograph with a very special addition.</p> <p>In a gorgeous candid snap, Prince Frederik and his wife Princess Mary are pictured at Gråsten Palace, in southern Denmark, along with their four children - as well as Frederik's mother and Mary's mother-in-law Queen Margarethe.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdetdanskekongehus%2Fphotos%2Fa.284013581937230%2F956215991383649%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="497" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The family are known to spend many family summers at the grand mansion where they get the opportunity to sit back and put their feet up in their own home.</p> <p>Aussie-born royal Mary had a wide grin on her face as did her four children, Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 12, and 8-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.</p> <p>It was the extra addition to the family, 79-year-old Queen Margarethe, who surprised fans. Pictured in simple, casual clothes, the grandmother of eight and mother to two was shown cosying up to some of her grandchildren – a rare sight indeed!</p> <p>Not only were fans treated to a photograph of the whole family outside their gorgeous palace, they also took to Instagram to share another sweet snap, this time showing the Queen just with her grandchildren.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_NpTMh4d6/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_NpTMh4d6/" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Jul 16, 2019 at 11:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As Aussies continue to shiver through a chilly winter, it is no wonder we are a little envious of Princess Mary and her family, who are all basking in the glorious European sun.</p>

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The intimate family pictures of Turia Pitt before the fire that almost took her life

<p>Turia Pitt’s life changed in September 2011, when she got trapped in a grass fire during a 100-kilometre ultramarathon in Western Australia’s Kimberley.</p> <p>The then-24-year-old suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body and faced years of cosmetic and reconstruction surgery to treat her injuries.</p> <p>Pitt donned a mask for 23 hours a day for almost two years to help heal her burns before she decided to never wear it again. However, she said she was still worried over her appearance then.</p> <p>“When I look at photos of myself before I think bloody hell, I was actually good looking,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/bushfire-survivor-turia-pitt-open-up-about-outback-marathon-fire/news-story/403732379ded3c4e87970795e24d5d09" target="_blank"><em>60 Minutes</em></a> in 2013.</p> <p>“I am concerned about my appearance … I realised I was just as vain as anyone else.</p> <p>“I was really pissed off at everyone because they kept saying you just look different ... in reality, I looked really bad.”</p> <p>But in her journey to recovery, Pitt has come to accept and celebrate her altered appearance.</p> <p>In 2014, Pitt was featured on the cover of <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.dailylife.com.au/life-and-love/real-life/why-turia-pitts-australian-womens-weekly-cover-is-important-to-me-20140625-3aue5" target="_blank"><em>Australian Women’s Weekly</em></a>. </p> <p>“Being on the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly is a huge honour,” said Pitt.</p> <p>“For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty. There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don’t have the confidence, and that’s what gets you over the line.</p> <p>“Beauty is: standing up straight, having confidence, looking people in the eye and having the ability to look in the mirror and think, ‘Yep, I look damn fine today’.”</p> <p>Pitt also remains open about what she called “the before” – or her life before the fire – to her fans, often sharing throwback pictures on her social media pages.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see rare and intimate photos of Pitt before and after the fire.</p>

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Discover the fascinating history behind 6 superstitions

<p>Ever wondered about the origins of common superstitions? Discover why raw onion is believed to ward against baldness, why four-leafed clovers are considered lucky and much more. Author <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsearch.ep%3Fauthor%3DMax%2520Cryer">Max Cryer</a> investigates in the fascinating book <u><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsuperstitions-max-cryer%2Fprod9781925335170.html"><em>Superstitions and we we have them</em></a></u> from <a href="http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Superstitions.html">Exisle Publishing</a>.</p> <p><strong>1. The superstitions behind umbrellas</strong></p> <p>The name is descended from the Latin diminutive <em>umbra,</em>meaning shade or shadow. For many centuries umbrellas were soley for protection from the sun. It wasn’t until the 1700s that it seemed to occur to anyone they could also protect from rain. <br /><br />Naturally superstition gathered around them. The most common of them was not to open an umbrella inside the house - something bad will come of it. Nor must it ever be laid - even unfurled - on a bed or table.<br /> <br />And any woman yet unmarried who drops her umbrella must wait for someone else to pick it up. If she retrieves it herself, she will never wed.</p> <p><strong>2. The superstition behind our beds</strong></p> <p>For those who are unmarried, a suspicion might offer some help. It concerns ‘turning’ or ‘making’ a bed each day:</p> <p><em>If one day you would be wed,</em><br /><em>Turn your bed from foot to bed.</em></p> <p>Married or not, the susperstitious abide by the belief that whatever side of the bed you get into a night is the side you must get out of in the morning. Not doing so will cause disruption. In fact, the belief resulted in the saying that someone disgruntled ‘got out the wrong side of the bed’. (However, any potential disruption caused by inadvertently getting out on the ‘wrong’ side can be adverted by putting one’s socks on the right foot first, then the left.)<br /> <br />The jury is still out on the ancient and vexed superstition regarding getting out of bed ‘backwards’. One school of thought decrees it is to be back luck, but the opposition says it is good luck. It’s probably best avoided by getting out of bed frontwards.</p> <p><strong>3. The superstitions behind baldness</strong></p> <p>In spite of extensive advertising claims to the contrary, most men afflicted by baldness find the condition irreversible. An American superstition claims that baldness can be delayed by cutting the existing hair very short, then singeing the cut ends.</p> <p>Another superstition claims that when a man starts to go bald, he can slow the process by stuffing cyclamen leaves up his nose. And sprinkling parsley seeds on the head three times a year is also believed to help.<br /> <br />Three other cures have come to us from ancient traditions - albeit two of them might be rather difficult to obtain:</p> <ul> <li>Rubbing with raw onion might help, but it is best done when you’re going to be alone for a while. After rubbing, smear with honey.</li> <li>Believed to be more effective is a poultice of goose dung.</li> <li>Best of all - if you can get it - herbalist William Bullein’s Bulwarke of Defence against all <em>Sickness</em>(published in 1562) offers the best preventative: poultices made of fat from the body of a bear. </li> </ul> <p><strong>4. The superstitions behind peas</strong></p> <p>If your peas don’t come from frozen in a bag from the supermarket, but are actually shelled out of their pods within the household,watch out for any pod which contains either just one pea - or nine, for good luck will then come to you. And if the pod which housed nine peas is rubbed on a wart, it will cure it. . . or so the superstition says.</p> <p><strong>5. The superstitions behind garlic</strong></p> <p>As far back as Ancient Egypt, garlic has been credited as a protection against a wide range of problems - and not just for its notable flavour.<br /><br />At least two versions of its origin ignore that it is just a plant, <em>allium sativum</em>, a tasty and aromatic member of the onion family. Early Egyptians perceived garlic as a gift from the gods, but post-biblical mythology decreed that it grew where Satan’s left food trod as he was evicted fom the Garden of Eden (the print of his right foot gave rise to ordinary onions).<br /><br />Supstition has credited garlic with various powers: protecting sailors from storms and shipwreck; giving soldiers courage; protecting miners from evil underground demons; if placed under the pillows of babies, protecting them overnight; and as a household garlands to protect against illness, witches, robbers and vampires.</p> <p>The perceived connection between vampires and garlic was slow in reaching the English language. The first vampire story in English, <em>The Vampyre</em> by John Polidori (1819) makes no mention of garlic. Irish author Bram Stocker’s later vampire novel, <em>Dracula</em> (1897), introduced the powerful effects between vampires and what they greatly fear: daylight - and garlic. But as a protection it had been widely used for long before that - against toothache, sunstroke, leprosy, even bed-wetting.</p> <p>Medical research can identify a genuine physical condition called alliumphobia - a powerful dislike, even fear of garlic. And there is a medical theory that some people simply must not each garlic because it causes disorder in certain blood types. Scholars point out that this condition, and its necessary repudiation of anything to do with garlic, may be a contributing factor to the legend of vampires and their avoidance of garlic.</p> <p>The vampire legends were believed historically in southern Slavic countries and Romania, where an eye was kept on those who rufused to eat garlic. Consequently, superstition decreed that cloves of garlic be placed in the mouths of the deceased before they were buried, to ward off any passing vampies.<em>Do you avoid walking under ladders because you think it is bad luck?</em></p> <p><strong>6. The superstitions behind four-leafed clover</strong><br />A four-leafed clover has superstition going into a spin. Find one, and you’ll be able to see fairies and recognise evil spirits, which will give you the ability to tell who is secretly a witch. Carry it with you and evil spells will bounce right off you, and in your house the milk won’t turn sour. If a young woman puts the precious leaf inside her shoe, the first man she meets after stepping out will be her future husband, or (this suspicion has a let-out clause) if that’s not the case, it will be someone of the same name.<br /><br />It has been estimated that in nature, there may be one four-leaf clover approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers. When found, each of the four leaves has a duty to fulfil; the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.<br /> <br /><em>Note:</em> It is perhaps worth adding that in recent years horticulturalists have successfully developed a clover plant with four leaves exclusively, so the purchase of a ‘four-leave-clover kit set’ will enable you to grow as many as you like.</p> <p><em>This is an extract from Max Cryer's <a href="http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Superstitions.html">Superstititions and why we have them, Exisle Publishing</a>. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsuperstitions-max-cryer%2Fprod9781925335170.html">Get your copy here!</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by Max Cryer. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/discover-the-fascinating-history-behind-6-superstitions.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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A life in pictures: Celebrating musical legend Ringo Starr

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, Ringo Starr rose to fame in the early ‘60s as the drummer of the legendary rock group The Beatles. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The veteran musician officially joined the group in 1962 after replacing Pete Best. Quickly a “Beatlemania” took hold and they climbed to the top of the charts all across the world with their single </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I Want To Hold Your Hand. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I was 13, I only wanted to be a drummer,” Ringo said on his </span><a href="http://www.ringostarr.com/about"><span style="font-weight: 400;">website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This year, the former Beatles member, with the help of his friend, Sheila E. Richard Lewis, is hoping to create “a wave of peace and love across the planet.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For his birthday, the 79-year-old sent an invitation to fans to join him on the streets of Chicago to celebrate his birthday by saying or thinking words of “peace and love”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve said it before but I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than peace and love,” Starr said in a statement. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s so great how every year it keeps growing, with the wave of peace and love starting in the morning on July 7 in Australia and ending in Hawaii, with celebrations in all the time zones in between. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am so happy to be back at Capitol Records, and for our great sponsors who are carrying the message of peace and love around the world, like the David Lynch Foundation, Life is Good, SiriusXM, Modern Drummer and Starbucks. I also want to thank each and everyone of you for continuing to help spread peace and love, Ringo.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Ringo Starr’s life in pictures. </span></p>

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How was the crossword puzzle invented?

<p>Can doing crosswords really help you stay happier and healthy for longer? </p> <p><u><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fan-actor-and-his-time-paperback-sir-john-gielgud%2Fprod9781557834157.html">Sir John Gielgud</a></u> believed so. The star of <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Farthur-1981-arthur-2%2Fprod9325336162033.html"><em>Arthur</em></a>, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Fchariots-of-fire%2Fprod9321337051796.html"><em>Chariots of Fire</em></a>, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-power-of-one-popular-penguins-bryce-courtenay%2Fprod9780143204794.html"><em>The Power of One</em></a> and <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Fthe-portrait-of-a-lady%2Fprod0044007820520.html"><em>The Portrait of a Lady</em></a> solved a crossword every day until he died, aged 97, with a completed crossword by his bedside.</p> <p>He used to say, “Completing the crossword is the only exercise I take.” And the Shakespearean actor spent every spare moment on set doing his beloved crosswords.</p> <p>The Queen, who has just celebrated her 90th birthday, also enjoys a good crossword. Actress Betty White, 94, is also passionate about her crosswords. “I do mental exercises. I don't have any trouble memorising lines because of the crossword puzzles I do every day to keep my mind a little limber.”</p> <p><strong>Ever wondered how the crossword was created?</strong><br />Newspaper man Arthur Wynne was originally from the UK and moved to New York in 1905. While he was working at the newspaper The New York World as editor of the ‘fun’ section in 1913, he created the ‘word-cross puzzle’. This diamond shaped word game was derived from the ancient game of acrostics and wordsquares, which was a Victorian past-time. There were 31 simple clues and it was published on Sunday December 21, 1913.</p> <p>Due to its popularity and newly named the ‘crossword’ Wynne’s creation was published in the newspaper for ten years before a pair of Harvard graduates came up with the idea to publish a book of crosswords (as their Auntie Wixie was a fan). A publishing phenomena was born!</p> <p>So, how does doing crosswords help you? Of course, we all know, they are a great (healthy) escape from the demands of everyday life. They also make you think and provide much needed mental exercises, which may keep the brain healthier, for longer.</p> <p><strong><em>Did you know crosswords were created 103 years ago?</em></strong></p> <p>Crosswords also improve your vocabulary - new words, new meanings, and new understandings of words. They teach organisational skills. After all, it’s often necessary to work back and forth between the Across and Down clues to solve the puzzle. Your spelling skills also get a workout and you pick up all sorts of <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/trivia">general knowledge</a>.</p> <p>So you can feel good about the time you spend wrestling with <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/wordsearch">clues</a> – you’re improving your memory and sharpening your brain. Love crosswords? The <a href="https://lovattspuzzles.com/lovatts-wyza-free-big-crossword-magazine-promotion/">first 500 readers who apply with be sent a free copy of Christine’s BIG Crossword Magazine</a>.</p> <p><strong>Mindfulness and puzzles</strong><br />One of the buzz words in today’s world of mental health is <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/health/how-learning-about-mindfulness-can-help-you-stress-less,-help-your-relationships,-feel-happier-and-healthier.aspx">mindfulness</a>. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation principles. It is especially helpful for people who worry about the past, or the future.</p> <p>When solving a <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">crossword</a>, you may find that your mind is totally focused on the clues and answers, to the extent that you are not particularly aware of anything else. You might say it’s a form of meditation, except that in meditation the aim is to have no thoughts at all, which is not an easy stage to achieve.</p> <p>When solving crosswords you are keeping your mind engaged, which means you are not thinking of the past or the future, so you are giving that part of your brain a rest. This is fine as long as you are not crosswording while driving or minding a toddler!</p> <p><strong>Puzzles can be wonderful ‘companions’</strong><br />“Our Lovatts puzzlers often write in to tell us that our <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">crosswords</a> and puzzles are invaluable companions and our puzzle magazines are well-travelled too. Many of our correspondents also say that their memory and word skills have improved since <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/health/these-6-easy-daily-habits-will-help-protect-your-brain.aspx">taking up puzzle-solving</a> - especially if they don’t settle for easy puzzles but tackle the more challenging ones,” says passionate puzzler, <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/lifestyle/wyza-life/what-is-it-like-creating-puzzles-for-a-living.aspx">Christine Lovatt</a>.</p> <p> “<a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">Crosswords</a> and other word puzzles use the right side of the brain whereas <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/sudoku">Sudoku</a> or other logic puzzles use the left side. So if you can do both, you are giving your brain a total workout,” she adds.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-were-crosswords-invented.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Happy 50th anniversary! Palace releases new portraits of Prince Charles

<p>Two new portraits of Prince Charles have been released by the Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>The 70-year-old royal was invested with the title by the Queen on July 1, 1969 at Caernarfon Castle when he was 20 years old.</p> <p>To mark the occasion, Clarence House published two new photographs, one of the Duke of Cornwall and one with his wife Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>“This portrait of The Prince of Wales has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of His Royal Highness’s Investiture,” Clarence House wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“The photo was taken at Llwynywermod, The Prince and The Duchess’s home in Wales.”</p> <p>The second picture, featuring the Cornwall couple, was taken outside the residence.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall told PA news agency at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Swansea’s city status that her husband was celebrating the anniversary “quietly”. </p> <p>Swansea was granted <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/prince-charles-wales-week-camilla/" target="_blank">city status</a> after Charles was invested as Prince of Wales.</p> <p>Upon being asked how the prince would be marking the milestone, she said, “Another anniversary I know – celebrating quietly.”</p> <p>The new pictures came at the end of Wales Week as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are completing their annual tour in the country.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the striking new portraits, as well as Charles over the past 50 years in his role as the Prince of Wales. </p>

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Robert Irwin just recreated an iconic photo of his dad – and it will blow you away

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Steve Irwin’s son Robert has honoured his late father by recreating an iconic photo from 15 years ago.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the 15-year-old shared a picture of himself feeding a crocodile named Murray at the family's Australia Zoo alongside a photo of his father in the same outfit, tossing food to the croc at the exact same location.</p> <p>“Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart,” Robert wrote on <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertIrwin/status/1146378432680357894">the post</a>.</p> <p>Steve died in 2006 at the age of 44 while filming for the documentary <em>Ocean’s Deadliest</em> near Port Douglas after a stingray struck him.</p> <p>He is survived by wife Terri and children Bindi and Robert, who have all continued to work with animals and advocate for wildlife conservation. The family now manages the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, where they care for more than 1,200 animals and oversee a wildlife hospital.</p> <p>Bindi, 20, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.insider.com/steve-irwin-son-photo-crocodile-fifteen-years-apart-2019-7" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a> last year that she will continue the work that his father had done. </p> <p>“I’ve gotten older, I've realised that I'm able to carry on in his footsteps and make sure that his legacy continues on forever,” she said.</p> <p>“I really believe that dad is with us every single day, and I think that his spirit lives on in all that we do, and that’s something that I hold really close. Dad was extraordinary. He’ll always be my superhero.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Robert Irwin's uncanny recreation of his dad's iconic photo.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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"You look like sisters": Bec Hewitt’s 13-year-old daughter is all grown up!

<p>Bec Hewitt and her eldest daughter Mia with tennis champ husband Lleyton Hewitt attended the prestigious Paris Fashion Week, alongside the world’s most fashionable celebrities.</p> <p>When Bec posted a sweet photo of herself and Mia attending the event, many people were shocked as the 13-year-old looks completely different to how the public remembers her.</p> <p>The daughter of Bec and Lleyton is now definitely all grown up.</p> <p>Bec shared the photo via Instagram where Mia was wearing a stylish black dress over a sheer polka dot blouse, while Bec looked lovely in a floral dress and choker necklace.</p> <p>Fans lost their mind upon seeing the younger Hewitt.</p> <p>"Wow, you look like sisters! Gorgeous," wrote one.</p> <p>Another said: "OMG!!!! Mia is so grown up! She is nearly taller than you! You both look absolutely stunning! Gorgeous."</p> <p>Aussie songstress Delta Goodrem agreed, commenting, "OMG so beautiful, and so grown up."</p> <p>Bec has previously opened up on her close relationship with Mia, as she penned a sweet post for her daughter's 13th birthday.</p> <p>“I'm a real believer that our kids are here to teach us as much as we teach them,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I am always learning from Mia! How to be patient, how to be positive and how to be a better person. [Mia] is wise beyond her years! Such a kind, gentle, intelligent, calm yet bubbly person to be around!”</p> <p>Bec and Lleyton have two other children along with Mia – son Cruz, 10, and youngest daughter Ava, 8.</p> <div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see what Mia Hewitt looks like now. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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12 of the greatest moments in Australia’s Olympic history

<p>Australia has a long and proud Olympic history, punching well above its weight in the prestigious competition. See some our greatest ever Olympic moments.</p> <p><strong>1. Betty Cuthbert wins gold in Tokyo after being injured in Rome four years earlier</strong></p> <p>At the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, Betty Cuthbert became known as Australia’s “Golden Girl” when she bolted her way to three gold medals. Only 18 years old and unknown, the fair-haired Cuthbert sprinted into the hearts of Australians, winning the 100m and 200m and being part of the gold medal-winning 4 x 100m relay team.</p> <p>But injury struck at the 1960 Rome Olympics, and Cuthbert was forced to retire. But she wouldn’t hang her spikes up for long.</p> <p>Cuthbert represented Australia again at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 400m. It was a huge victory for Australia as well as a personal victory. At 26 years old she had proven wrong critics that said she was too old to win another Olympic gold medal.</p> <p><strong>2. Herb Elliott wins 1500 metres gold at the Rome games</strong></p> <p>One of the world’s greatest middle distance runners, Elliott trumped his nearest opposition at the 1960 Rome Olympics by 20 metres with a gold medal run of 3:35.6 seconds, bettering his own world record by a whole second.</p> <p>Olympic gold was the icing on the cake for the Aussie athlete who had dominated middle distance running internationally since 1957. How good was he? Elliott was unbeatable at his peak. Between 1957 and 1961, he never lost a 1500m or one mile race.</p> <p>After his win, the Olympic champion credited his coach Percy Cerutty for his success, whose unorthodox training often had him running up and down sand dunes in the Victorian beachside town of Portsea.</p> <p><strong>3. Dawn Fraser wins Olympic gold in Tokyo despite setbacks</strong></p> <p>With four Olympic gold and four silver to her name, Dawn Fraser, is considered one of Australia’s greatest Olympians. Her Olympic medal tally is second only to Ian Thorpe’s in the official count of Australia’s most successful Olympians. Many commentators have often wondered how many more gold she would have won if she hadn’t copped a lengthy ban from the Australian Swimming Union, accused of taking the flag at the entrance to the Japanese emperor’s palace at the 1964 Tokyo games.</p> <p>Despite the controversy and a setback before the games, in which she was injured in a car crash just eight months before competition started, Fraser won her fourth gold in Tokyo in the 100m freestyle beating Sharon Stouder of the United States who claimed the silver.</p> <p>The win made her the first Olympic athlete of either sex to win Olympic gold medals in the same event at three successive Olympic games (1956, 1960 and 1964) - a tremendous achievement.</p> <p><strong>4. Peter Norman’s stand for human rights in Mexico City </strong></p> <p>Track and field athlete Peter Norman, originally from Coburg in Victoria, won the silver medal in the men’s 200m final after competing in a tough field at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. His time of 20:06 seconds was a personal best and it remains an Australian record to this day.</p> <p>But it was Norman’s stand for social justice at the medal ceremony that became the topic of everyone’s conversation. When first and third placegetters, US athletes, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos raised a black glove for African American rights, Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge in solidarity.</p> <p><strong>5. Duncan Armstrong wins gold in Seoul and Laurie Lawrence is ecstatic</strong></p> <p>Who can forget swimmer Duncan Armstrong’s gold medal-winning swim at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in the 200m men’s freestyle final? It was a sublime swim by Armstrong to come from behind and snatch gold from US rival Matt Biondi in the final five metres of the race, but his coach’s celebrations were just as worthy of a gold medal.</p> <p>Laurie Lawrence became a household name overnight when he was ecstatic and inconsolable after the race, even giving broadcast journalist Stephen Quartermain a playful but firm “love tap” on both cheeks in the post swim interview. To Quartermain’s question “Did you think he could do it, Laurie?” Lawrence famously answered: “What do you think we come here for…silver? Stuff the silver, we come here for the gold!”</p> <p><strong>6. The ‘Oarsome Foursome’ row to victory in Barcelona</strong></p> <p>Their faces popped up on TV in canned fruit advertisements for years after; such was the Oarsome Foursome’s fame after their victorious win in the coxless fours rowing at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.</p> <p>The win was all the sweeter for James Tomkins, Mike McKay, Andrew Cooper and Nick Green considering how they struggled in lead-up regattas against the likes of the USA and Slovakian teams. But thankfully they found their form on the day of the final and surging ahead of the pack, they managed to hold off a late challenge by the US team to win the race by three quarters of a length.<em> </em></p> <p>Following Barcelona, the foursome continued to dominate rowing for years to come, winning another gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, this time with Drew Ginn stepping in for Cooper who had retired a year earlier.</p> <p><strong>7. Kieren Perkins wins a second 1500m gold medal against the odds</strong></p> <p>Queenslander Kieren Perkins’ gold medal-winning swim in the 1500m at the1992 Barcelona Olympics was something special to behold, but his comeback to win a second gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games in the same event is considered one of the greatest in Olympic sporting history.</p> <p>In the lead up to Atlanta, Perkins was out of form. Hope rested with his rival and favourite for the race, Australian Olympic swimmer, Daniel Kowalski. To compound his problems, Perkins had only just made the 1500m final, scraping into the race by just 0.24 seconds.</p> <p>His average qualifying swim meant he was the slowest of eight competitors and relegated to lane eight on the outer edge of the pool.</p> <p>But Perkins ended up dominating the race, beating Kowalski and Britain’s Graeme Smith and finishing in a sub 15-minute time of 14:56.40 seconds.</p> <p>Many will remember his jubilant celebrations when he jumped from the pool and rushed to hug his then girlfriend Samantha Liu, and then his post race media interview, draped in the Australian flag.</p> <p><strong>8. Jane Saville wins bronze in Athens after disappointment in Sydney</strong></p> <p>Hearts broke around the nation at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when just 200m from the finishing line, Australian Olympic walker, Jane Saville, was disqualified on the home stretch of the women’s 20km racewalking event for having two feet off the ground.</p> <p>Saville couldn’t hide her disappointment after the race, and when asked by a reporter, if there is anything she needed, a clearly distraught Saville replied, “A gun to shoot myself.”</p> <p>But never to be dismayed in the long term, Saville showed what true heroes are made of when she walked her way to a bronze medal four years later at the Olympic Games in Athens.</p> <p> “Nothing will make up for a gold medal in front of your home town, but this is where the Olympics began and any medal here, I’m absolutely ecstatic with,” she said about her bronze.</p> <p><strong>9. The Australian woman’s water polo team wins gold after a nail biting finish in Sydney</strong></p> <p>With scores locked at 3-3 and with only 1.3 seconds left on the clock, Yvette Higgins slammed home a powerful shot that flew past three defenders and into the back of the net. The crowd went wild. Australia had snatched victory from the Americans 4-3 in the final of the women’s water polo at the Sydney Olympic Games in front of a hometown crowd.</p> <p>It was a fairy tale finish for the team that only three years earlier had won the right to have their beloved sport included in the Olympic program.</p> <p><strong>10. Craig Steven’s courageous decision for his mate Ian Thorpe</strong></p> <p>Ian Thorpe’s gold medal winning swims are legendary, but it was fellow swimmer, Craig Stevens, who showed enormous courage when he was presented with one of the most difficult decisions any athlete would ever have to make.</p> <p>Viewers watched in disbelief when at the Australian swimming trials for the 2004 Athens Olympics Thorpe fell into the water at the starting block of the 400m freestyle and was disqualified.</p> <p>Stevens made it through, and was faced with the impossible decision of whether to relinquish his only individual swim at the Olympics to Thorpe who was the world record holder in the event, or to race it himself. Stevens bravely chose to relinquish.</p> <p>Luckily Thorpe didn’t let his teammate down in Athens, winning the 400m freestyle and the Olympic gold medal in a time of 3:43.10 seconds.</p> <p><strong>11. The Kookaburras win gold in Athens</strong></p> <p>The rumoured ‘curse’ that explained why the gold medal had eluded the Kookaburras at multiple Olympic Games, was finally broken in 2004 when the Australian men’s hockey team triumphed over the Netherlands in a match that went into extra time.</p> <p>The Dutch team had beaten the Aussies already in the group stages and they came out strong in the final, scoring the first goal in the 29th minute before Travis Brooks from Australia hit back with a Kookaburras goal.</p> <p>Locked at one goal a piece in regulation time and with neither team able to score, play spilled over into extra time. What followed was eight tense minutes of sudden death playoff that could have gone either way, before the Kookaburras smashed home a goal in the 78th minute, courtesy of Jamie Dwyer.</p> <p><strong>12. Anna Meares wins silver in Beijing after becoming seriously injured and then gold in London</strong></p> <p>Track cycling athlete, Anna Meares, was faced with disaster just seven months before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when she had a heavy fall at the World Cup in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Meares, originally from Blackwater in Queensland, suffered a dislocated shoulder, a fractured neck and torn ligaments – serious injuries for anyone to have to deal with let alone an athlete preparing for the Olympic Games.</p> <p>Arriving home in a neck brace and a wheelchair, her chances of competing at Beijing looked bleak. Her partner Mark Chadwick became her full-time carer, tasked with cooking her meals and helping her with simple daily tasks.</p> <p>Her fall may well have marked the end of her professional career in cycling but just two weeks after her accident Meares forced herself back on her bike.</p> <p>By the time of the Olympics in Beijing, Meares had recovered enough from her injuries to make an unbelievable comeback by winning a silver medal in the women’s sprint cycling.</p> <p>Four years later she won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, beating her long-time rival, Victoria Pendleton, from Great Britain who had the hometown advantage in London and who had beaten her four years earlier in China.</p> <p><em>Written by Dominic Bayley. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/are-these-12-of-the-greatest-moments-in-australias-olympic-history.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Susan Boyle opens up about plans to start a family at 58

<p>Susan Boyle has revealed her plan to start a family at the age of 58.</p> <p>The singer, who shot to fame after appearing on <em>Britain’s Got Talent </em>in 2009, said she is interested in “fostering” children in a recent interview on <a rel="noopener" href="https://play.acast.com/s/bizarrelife/8b29568b-712d-4781-afe6-aaee983aaaf4" target="_blank" title="The Dan Woottan Interview"><em>The Dan Wootton Interview</em></a> podcast.</p> <p>“I’ve never had any of my own, that’s my biggest regret, but I love kids,” said Boyle.</p> <p>“When things quieten down a bit I would like to get into fostering.</p> <p>“I’m 58 so I’ve got something to bring my family home to. I’ve a lovely house, why not share it?”</p> <p>Boyle has been kept busy this year with releasing her new album <em>Ten</em> and competing on <em>America’s Got Talent: The Champions</em>.</p> <p>Boyle became an ambassador for Save the Children in 2013. At the time, she said working with the charity made her feel as though she was “adopting the kids”.</p> <p>She said, “I love children and I feel like I’m adopting the kids. I feel like a mammy.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jo4_XWVEIO0"></iframe></div> <p>She also released a song – a posthumous duet of <em>O Come, All Ye Faithful </em>with Elvis Presley – for the charity, with all the proceeds going to donations.</p>

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