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“He looks just like him": Fans blown away by Elvis Presley's lookalike grandson

<p>Lisa Marie Presley has shared a rare and sweet photo of herself and her four children on Twitter and Instagram.</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/By8tI88F-Eo/" 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/By8tI88F-Eo/" target="_blank">Mama Lion with cubs ❤️🖤💚💙🦁🥰</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/lisampresley/" target="_blank"> Lisa Marie Presley</a> (@lisampresley) on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the photo are her 10-year-old twins Harper and Finley, her son Benjamin, 26, and her daughter Riley, 30.</p> <p>The family photo appears to be from a get-together at the end of May in celebration of Riley’s 30th birthday, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/lisa-marie-presley-shares-photo-all-kids/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>.</p> <p>The photo has sent fans into a spin as they believe that her son Benjamin looks just like his grandfather – and Lisa Marie's father – Elvis Presley.</p> <p>An Instagram follower was stunned by the likeness, saying:</p> <p>“Is that your son? Wow, he looks just like your dad.”</p> <p>Another agreed, providing side by side proof on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">You have your opinion and I have mine! I would say they look alike! <a href="https://t.co/pHxxXJavt5">pic.twitter.com/pHxxXJavt5</a></p> — Lisa Reimund (@ya_reimund) <a href="https://twitter.com/ya_reimund/status/1142413146193321985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>51-year-old Lisa Marie often posts photos of her children on social media, and last shared a photo of herself with Benjamin a year ago with the caption:</p> <p>“Flashback!!!! With Ben at Sun Studios filming @goodmorningamerica at Sun Studios on 5/12/2012 during the release of ”Storm &amp; Grace”.”</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/BkRMEX1BF5C/" 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/BkRMEX1BF5C/" target="_blank">Flashback!!!! With Ben at Sun Studios filming @goodmorningamerica at Sun Studios on 5/12/2012 during the release of ”Storm &amp; Grace”.</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/lisampresley/" target="_blank"> Lisa Marie Presley</a> (@lisampresley) on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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10 facts you didn’t know about Meryl Streep

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today marks the 70</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> birthday of Hollywood heavyweight Meryl Streep who has proven time and time again she is a force to be reckoned with. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born 22</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">nd</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> June 1949 in Summit, New Jersey USA, Meryl first came on the scene in the late ‘60s when she performed in several Broadway productions. Eventually in the ‘70s, Streep transitioned to films and thus began her iconic entryway to become one of the most beloved and talented actresses of the 20</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and 21</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">st</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> century. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Streep won Oscars for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Iron Lady </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">among a league of numerous nominations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Hollywood star went on to have four children with sculptor Don Gummer, whom she married in 1978. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are 10 facts you might not know about Meryl Streep. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world-famous actress has had such a wildly successful career which has led to Oscar nominations. Due to this, she has broken her </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">own </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">record of being the single actress to be nominated.</span></p> <p>2. She supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential elections and joined the campaign.</p> <p>3. Streep was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in November 2014.</p> <p>4. The veteran actor has a master’s degree in Fine Arts received from Yale University.</p> <p>5. Streep studied acting in NYC with Michael Howard.</p> <p><span>6. Meryl donated a wardrobe of hers from her 2011 film </span><span>The Devil Wears Prada, </span><span>to a charity auction.</span></p> <p><span>7. She also donated her entire salary received from 2011’s </span><span>The Iron Lady </span><span>to the Women’s History Museum.</span></p> <p>8. Streep is worth an estimated whopping US$90 million.</p> <p><span>9. When the beloved actress was just a teenager, she quit opera lessons and took up smoking and cheerleading instead, according to an interview she had with </span><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/janelevere/2016/08/22/meryl-streep-discusses-musical-training-accessorizing-for-florence-foster-jenkins/?utm_medium=google#506f50555014"><span>Forbes</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p>10. When Meryl was 23, she thought of becoming an environmental lawyer. Unfortunately, she slept through an exam and took that as a clear sign that the career path was not the right one for her.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see the life of Meryl Streep through pictures. </span></p> <p> </p>

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Royal fail! $110 dolls of Duchess Kate and royal children go viral for all the wrong reasons

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An expensive set of dolls of a few members of the Cambridge family has gone viral after one disturbed shopper called them the “stuff of nightmares".</p> <p>Amelia Perrin took to Twitter to share the 15cm figurines at the UK retail chain TK Maxx after spotting the terrifying royal “lookalikes".</p> <p>The dolls were made to replicate the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte from their 2015 official Christmas card – although they notably decided to leave Prince William out.</p> <p>Prince Louis is also a noticeably missing from the strange figurine pack, however, the one-year-old had not been welcomed to the world yet at the time of production.</p> <p>Ms Perrin shared freakishly horrifying images of what is supposed to be the royal family, noting the hefty AU$110 price tag.</p> <p>“Sometimes TK Maxx out-TK Maxxes itself. £60. Arguably the worst thing I’ve ever laid eyes upon,” she wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">sometimes TK Maxx out-TK Maxxes itself. £60. arguably the worst thing i’ve ever laid eyes upon <a href="https://t.co/5yjoyp4sWJ">pic.twitter.com/5yjoyp4sWJ</a></p> — Cardi BTEC (@amelia_perrin) <a href="https://twitter.com/amelia_perrin/status/1141013304434810881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The piece that has shocked many was created by a tableware and collectables brand, Royal Doulton – which surprisingly enough, is selling for AU$435 on its website.</p> <p>“Crafted in exquisite fine bone china, Royal Doulton figurines are beautifully handmade and hand-decorated by skilled ceramic artists,” the website <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royaldoulton.com/young-royals-hn-5883" target="_blank">description</a> read. </p> <p>“The fun-loving spirit and happy personalities of the royal family is portrayed in the figure, Young Royals.</p> <p>“Sculptor Neil Welch has created this limited edition of 1000, inspired by a photograph of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, playing in the garden with her children, their Royal Highnesses Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.</p> <p>“This moment in time taken at their family home at Kensington Palace, reflecting the informality of precious family time the three share.”</p> <p>However, horrified Twitter users reacted to the figurines, one writing: “Their faces are in reverse order of age!”</p> <p>Others joked about the expensive collectable, with one user commenting: “This is a relatively flattering statuette of you with some random children, would I pay £60 for this of me, the answer is yes I would.”</p> <p>Picture: Reuters/Chris JelfSource:Reuters</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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3 people who came back to life reveal what they saw on “the other side”

<p>It’s the question we’ve all asked: What happens after death? These people say they have an idea.</p> <p><strong>Can people really see things when they’re “dead”?</strong></p> <p>No matter what you believe about the afterlife (or lack thereof), there’s no denying that plenty of people have claimed to see visions or have out-of-body experiences after their hearts have stopped.</p> <p>Sceptics might brush those off, but researchers have found that most near-death experiences tend to have common themes: Feelings of leaving or returning to their bodies, a sense of peace, bright lights, and encounters with spirits or people.</p> <p>In fact, medical treatment is good enough now that there’s a difference between clinical death (no breath or pulse, but could still be resuscitated) and biologic death (actually dead).</p> <p>Even cynics might get chills hearing about these otherworldly visions from people who were clinically dead or close to it.</p> <p><strong>1. “The most glorious feeling”</strong></p> <p>In 1994, orthopaedic surgeon Tony Cicoria called his mum from a pay phone during a lake house trip. They’d hung up but he still had the phone in his hand when a blue flash came out. He hadn’t realised there’d been a lightning storm brewing. He felt his body fly backward – and then, confusingly, forward. Cicoria turned around to see his own body lying on the ground. “I’m dead,” he thought. No grief. No ecstasy. Just a fact.</p> <p>After watching a woman start CPR, Cicoria moved on, floating up the stairs to see his kids getting their faces painted, realising that they’d be OK. “Then I was surrounded by a bluish-white light … an enormous feeling of wellbeing and peace,” he told the New Yorker. “The highest and lowest points of my life raced by me. I had the perception of accelerating, being drawn up… There was speed and direction. Then, as I was saying to myself, ‘This is the most glorious feeling I have ever had’ – slam! I was back.” (Weird side note: The doctor who revived Cicoria became overwhelmed with the urge to play and write piano music.)</p> <p><strong>2. “Just love. Unconditional love.”</strong></p> <p>After a four-year battle with lymphatic cancer, Anita Moorjani slipped into a coma in 2006. Doctors were sure it was the end – not realising that in her near-death state, she still had a consciousness. Initially, she felt like she was floating above her body with “360-degree peripheral vision” of the hospital room and beyond, she told <em>TODAY.</em></p> <p>She couldn’t see her late father himself, but she did feel his presence, and he had a message for her. “He said that I’ve gone as far as I can, and if I go any further, I won’t be able to turn back,” she said. “But I felt I didn’t want to turn back because it was so beautiful. It was just incredible because, for the first time, all the pain had gone. All the discomfort had gone. All the fear was gone. I just felt so incredible. And I felt as though I was enveloped in this feeling of just love. Unconditional love.”</p> <p>About 30 hours after falling into a coma, Moorjani flickered back into consciousness. Two days later, her organs started to regain function and the tumours started shrinking. Now she’s cancer-free and is a public speaker and author of books like <em>What If This Is Heaven?.</em></p> <p><strong>3. “It was really bright”</strong></p> <p>Annabel Beam had been diagnosed with two chronic, life-threatening digestive disorders at age four. By age eight, she was ready to give up until something unexplainable happened. She was sitting on a tree branch 10 metres in the air when it cracked; she fell all the way down and into a hollow at the base of the tree, where she was trapped for six hours. She says she died and went to heaven: “It was really bright, and I sat on Jesus’s lap and he told me, ‘Whenever the firefighters get you out, there will be nothing wrong with you,’” Beam told <em>TODAY</em>. “And I asked him if I could stay and he said, ‘No, I have plans you need to fulfil on Earth that you cannot fulfil in heaven.’”</p> <p>When she woke up, her illness had healed. Her mum wrote the book <em>Miracles from Heaven</em>, which was later turned into a film.</p> <p><em>Written by Marissa Laliberte. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/11-people-who-came-back-to-life-reveal-what-they-saw-on-%E2%80%9Cthe-other-side%E2%80%9D/page/1"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Triple the price! Princess Diana’s iconic outfits sell for $500,000

<p>Dresses that were worn by the late Princess Diana in the ‘80s and ‘90s sold for over £260,000 (AUD$478,000).</p> <p>All of the clothes available in the collection were sold by the same collector.</p> <p>One of the outfits that were sold included a designer dress worn by Princess Diana during her visit to the Gulf States in 1986.</p> <p>The blue and white striped outfit was created by the royal’s wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The outfit went for £106,000 (AUD$194,855), which was the highest of all three.</p> <p>Diana also wore a red wool skirted suit that was designed by Jasper Conran, who confirmed that he custom-made the outfit custom for her. The ensemble went for £62,500 (AUD$114,886).</p> <p>The third look, which is also believed to be custom-made by Catherine Walker, was worn by the Princess during the President of Turkey’s state visit to the UK in 1988. It went for £93,000 (AUD$170,950).</p> <p>"Diana's day wear is much rarer than her evening wear, which she auctioned a huge tranche off in the late 1990s," Kerry Taylor, of Kerry Taylor Auctions, explained to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7153301/Dress-Princess-Diana-wore-1986-visit-Gulf-states-sold-two-frocks.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>"Day wear dresses she wore for more formal functions she either gave to friends or charity shops, so they have mostly disappeared. These were very well documented outfits and one of a kind, as they were made specifically for her."</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Diana's iconic daywear outfits.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Getty / Kerry Taylor Auctions</em></p>

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He's so sweet! Prince Harry and Meghan share adorable new photo of Archie

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a beautiful new photo of their one-month-old son Archie on Instagram to celebrate Father’s Day.</p> <p>The photograph, which was posted on the royal couple’s official Instagram account Sussex Royal on Sunday, features Archie clutching Prince Harry’s finger.</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/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" 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/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" target="_blank">Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex! © SussexRoyal</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/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jun 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex,” the post read.</p> <p>In May, the pair also shared a photo of Archie in honour of Mother’s Day celebrated in many countries across the world on the second Sunday of the month, including the Duchess’ native America.</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/BxXS3l4pz2j/" 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/BxXS3l4pz2j/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 12, 2019 at 6:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6 and is seventh in line to the British throne. The baby was first introduced to the public two days after his birth at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/16/uk/archie-photo-meghan-markle-prince-harry-intl-scli-gbr/index.html" target="_blank">The Sunday Times</a></em>, his christening will take place at Windsor Castle in July.</p>

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Remembering Barbara Stanwyck: A life in pictures

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">109 years ago, Barbara Stanwyck whose original name was Ruby Stevens, was born in Brooklyn, US. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The American motion picture and television actress gained traction in 1926 when she nabbed the leading role in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Burlesque. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What made her a legend in her own right was not the number of revered awards, money or fame. Ms Stanwyck died being known as an iconic figure throughout the early ‘30s, for her sheer talent and her versatility that made her a force to be reckoned with during Hollywood’s Golden era. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stanwyck was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress four times for her roles in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Sorry, Wrong Number.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The adaptable and gifted talent won three Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and an honorary Oscar in 1982. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later, Stanwyck was made the recipient of honorary lifetime awards and eventually went on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barbara Stanwyck died 20 January 1990 in Santa Monica. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see a glimpse of Barbara Stanwyck’s life through pictures. </span></p>

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Our 5 favourite fashion Instagrammers over 50

<p>Fashion is big on Instagram, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about the younger generation. Here’s our pick of some of the best people who are demonstrating why you don’t have to become invisible as you age.</p> <p><strong>1. @Funkyforty</strong></p> <p>Yvonne is a Kiwi living in Zurich – so she has great global style. We love her relaxed, natural look (and odd splash of colour). She shows that you can still take some risks with your fashion choices when you are into your fifth decade. We love her passion and courage.</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/BymM6sVo_DY/" 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/BymM6sVo_DY/" target="_blank">A post shared by Funkyforty (@funkyforty)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 9:49pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. @iconaccidental</strong></p> <p>Lyn Slater knows how to make grey hair the epitome of cool. She has what she calls an “urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic” and likes to connect with women who live “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. Her looks are simple and elegant, but with a great edge. There’s a lot of black! She manages to look modern without looking overdressed or trying too hard...</p> <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/BykV1FxnZwy/" target="_blank">A post shared by Accidental Icon (@iconaccidental)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:29am PDT</p> </div> <p><strong>3. @thestylishwoman</strong></p> <p>Sharryn is a stylist based in Melbourne helping women of all ages dress for their body shape. Her style is positive and fun – a great way to get your fashion mojo. She’s a big believer in finding your own personal style and often showcases other women of a certain age that she finds inspiring. Sharryn is also great at discovering new Australian designers who dress older women well. Great to have on your feed.</p> <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/BylqXRygwow/" target="_blank">A post shared by Sharryn (@thestylishwoman)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:48pm PDT</p> </div> <p><strong>4. @fabulously_chic_over_50</strong></p> <p>This Instagram account – and accompanying blog – is for women “who refuse to go quietly into maturity”, says Jonet Wooten, 54 years young. A former photojournalist, she says that shopping with her best friend inspired the creation of her blog.</p> <p>“We both turned to each other and said, ‘Where are the clothes for us?’,” she says. “Neither of us could relate to anything on the racks. We were – literally – stuck between racks of junior crop-tops and dismal granny panties. From that experience, I vowed to keep my finger on the pulse of fabulously chic trends in my age group.” Words to live by.</p> <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/Bvw3bNxguCD/" target="_blank">A post shared by Jonet Wooten (@fabulously_chic_over_50)</a> on Apr 2, 2019 at 11:39am PDT</p> </div> <ol start="5"> <li><strong>@styleatacertainage</strong></li> </ol> <p>Beth Djalali is all about style rather than trends. She rocks the silver bob and has a certain country-style chic. She’s based in the mid-western USA and practicality rules. As she says, “one thing I’ve learned is that when you look great, you feel great and you step out the door armed with confidence!” One of the best elements of Beth’s style is that she has lots of key (and affordable) pieces that are worn over and over again, with just a little twist each time.</p> <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/BylBW0oBj8e/" target="_blank">A post shared by Beth Djalali | Classic Style (@styleatacertainage)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:49am PDT</p> </div> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/our-8-favourite-fashion-instagrammers-over-50.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Alan Jones’ rare admission of regret: “They merit an apology by me”

<p>Alan Jones is not one to regret his actions very often.</p> <p>But during his appearance on Anh Do’s<em><span> </span>Brush With Fame</em>, the controversial 2GB broadcaster expressed his remorse over his distasteful comments regarding former prime minister Julia Gillard.</p> <p>In 2011, Jones took aim at Gillard on his show by saying she should be “put in a chaff bag” and thrown into sea.</p> <p>He then issued a half-hearted apology as he addressed the National Press Club, saying, “Sometimes in the heat of what you’re doing – you’re going at a 100 miles per hour – these things are said.</p> <p>“We don’t always say things that are right, we don’t always say things that are fair, (but) we should try to.”</p> <p>But that wasn’t the end of it, as Jones’ most disgraceful comment came a year after the first, shortly after the death of Gillard’s father.</p> <p>Joking at a private Sydney University Liberal club dinner, the host said: “Every person in the caucus of the Labor Party knows that Julia Gillard is a liar, everybody. I will come to that in a moment. The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame. To think that he has a daughter who told lies every time she stood for parliament.”</p> <p>He then insinuated that Gillard was ahead in the polls due to her heartfelt speech dedicated to her father, John.</p> <p>“Of course she’s ahead in preferred prime minister (polls),” he said. “She cries because her father died, she’s on the news every day.”</p> <p>His derogatory comments were secretly recorded by a journalist, who leaked the audio to the public. It didn’t take long for public outrage to take place.</p> <p>The media shock jock was condemned from both sides of parliament, with the then opposition leader, Tony Abbott, saying, “Alan’s remarks regarding the PM were completely out of line.”</p> <p>Former Foreign Minister, Bob Carr said: “I’ve heard indecent things in politics but never something as thoroughly indecent as this.”</p> <p>The country was furious, and they made sure Jones knew, as a petition for him to be sacked received over 35,000 signatures. Macquarie Radio also suffered after sponsors distanced themselves from the network resulting in a loss of $1.5 million.</p> <p>Jones then issued an apology during a press conference, saying, “The comments were, in the light of everything, unacceptable. They merit an apology by me.”</p> <p>He added: “I spoke without notes for 58 minutes (at the Young Liberals dinner), I have no idea the material that I covered.</p> <p>“I just say it as I see it. It was a raucous night, and everyone was into it. But that’s not an explanation, not an excuse.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">"It's beautiful, it's marvellous, it's me!" <a href="https://twitter.com/AlanJones?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlanJones</a> looks pretty stoked with his portrait's likeness. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ABWF?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ABWF</a> <a href="https://t.co/azXz7wHuNv">pic.twitter.com/azXz7wHuNv</a></p> — ABC TV + iview (@ABCTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCTV/status/1138913893340844032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>When asked about the incident on Anh’s<span> </span><em>Brush With Fame</em>, Jones revealed that a man had made the “joke” about Gillard’s dad to him before he made the comment himself.</p> <p>“I just repeated the story,” he said. “It wasn’t my joke.”</p> <p>He then said the comment should never have seen the light of day in the first place.</p> <p>“A person has got himself into this private gathering, secretly recorded my speech, which is against the law, a criminal offence, but because it was Alan Jones no one cared about that,” he told Do.</p> <p>“When it became public, I rang Julia (Gillard) and she didn’t take my call. I publicly apologised and I legitimately apologised.</p> <p>“I’m not apologising for the fact that I said it because it was said privately and you can’t withdraw any of that, it’s done. But at the same time, the fact that it was made public and had the potential to hurt her feelings and all the rest of it, then you’re obligated to offer an apology and that apology was sincere.</p> <p>“I think you always regret if you visit hurt upon anybody, that’s not what you’ve got the power of the microphone to do.”</p> <p>Jones told Do that since the entire event unfolded, he has not spoken to Gillard but hopes to resolve whatever tension the two have between them.</p> <p>“We had good relationships before that, and I hope one day I’ll be able to speak to her and say, ‘Listen, I’m sorry about it. I didn’t intend it the way you saw it,’” Jones said.</p> <p><em>Anh’s Brush with Fame airs Wednesdays at 8 pm on the ABC and ABC iview.</em></p>

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Hilarious photo of Prince Charles looks EXACTLY like Prince George

<p>A picture showing a young Prince Charles leaning on a balcony looking bored has just been released by the royal family to mark a special day for the Queen.</p> <p>Marking the 67th anniversary, of the Queen's celebration, the royal family members honoured it with supporters by sharing a hilariously adorable picture of a bored looking Prince Charles on the Royal Collection official Instagram account.</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/ByM7amOl74a/" 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/ByM7amOl74a/" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Collection Trust (@royalcollectiontrust)</a> on Jun 2, 2019 at 2:16am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Prince of Wales was not much taller than Prince George is now in the stunning photograph which was taken at the Queen's coronation in June 1953. On either side of the royal heir stood the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.</p> <p>The adorable image has garnered hundreds of comments from royal fans who found the prince’s pose quite comedic.</p> <p>“Prince Charles is still waiting,” one royal fan wrote.</p> <p>Another comment read: “Prince Charles… This could take a while.”</p> <p>The adorable royal was just four years old when the photograph was taken at his mother’s coronation and is now the longest serving heir-apparent of the country after Her Majesty's 67 years on the throne.</p> <p>Fans also noticed the picture’s striking similarity to one taken 65 years later of Prince Charles grandson, Prince George.</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/ByRbxs_A7e2/" 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/ByRbxs_A7e2/" target="_blank">A post shared by Entertainment news today (@entertainment.newstoday00_00)</a> on Jun 3, 2019 at 8:15pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In 2017, the then 3-year-old royal attended the Trooping the Colour Parade where photographers caught the little prince looking slightly unimpressed.</p> <p>Even further, commentators pointed out how a snapshot of Prince William from when he was just a young prince looks eerily similar to that of his father and 5-year-old son too.</p> <p>Image: Instagram @theroyalfamily</p>

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Are these the 10 best things about being 50+?

<p>We want to know what you are looking forward to the most. One reader shares her thoughts.</p> <p>‘What are 10 good things about being over 50?’ I was surprised by the question because I hadn’t realised that I should have 10 new good things after 49. Why is 50 so significant anyway? Nobody ever asked me to think of 10 good reasons for being over 20 or 30.</p> <p>I did try to answer the question, but didn’t succeed because every ‘good thing’ I thought of was to do with retirement rather than with my age – granted, they do go together. So I called a few friends to see what they thought.</p> <p>My friend Anne thought the question nonsensical. ‘The construct is false and the cultural differences too many. What defines age anyway? Remember Milton said: The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven’.</p> <p>Were she still alive, my Mother might have agreed with Anne. When I rang Mum for her 70th birthday I discovered she wasn’t into ‘Big Zero’ celebrations. ‘But I’m still Alma’, she protested. She’d emerged from her childhood, youth, into becoming a bride, mother, grandmother, worker, knitter and traveller. She was adamant that she was the sum total of all that despite being 70.</p> <p>Although I understood what she meant, I was a bit nonplussed because I’d always thought we got used to the idea of being older. These days I suspect that nobody ever does. Our bodies might change but our sense of self continues, so the things that were good in my life still are, despite my age.</p> <p>Other friends were flippant. One reckoned that being 50+ is better than the alternative. Another wasn’t worried about old age because it doesn't last. So, there’s one good thing about being over 50: You’ve made it this far.</p> <p>I’ve noticed people developing a sense of fair play about life as they get older. We’ve had a fair shake of the tree, as Carol said, when she turned 70, ‘It’s OK to die now’. I’m sure she wasn’t planning on immediate exit, but she was saying that, after three score years and ten, everything’s a bonus. She can relax now and just be.</p> <p>Jan agrees, ‘I don't really care what others think about me anymore - my friends and family being exceptions. It's a great relief to find that the 'judgmental anonymous other' has disappeared’.</p> <p>My artist friend, Felicity, doesn’t want to ‘just be’. She wants to grow old outrageously and to confront ‘little old lady stereotypes’. So, she grabbed a mirror – lobbed out her boobs and started a series of nude self-portraits depicting the corporeal reality of her late fifties.</p> <p>Friends have surprised me by becoming more outrageous as they grow older. Gentle, caring, courteous Rosemarie now has her favourite birthday card pinned to the fridge declaring that: ‘The older I get, the more everyone can kiss my a**e’. Who would have thought?!</p> <p>Queensland Liz reckons that simplicity is a virtue in the last third of our lives: ‘We spend the first 25 years of our adult lives building-up material possessions and the next 25 chucking it out. I don’t need this stuff now. I’ve de-cluttered – simplified my life’. I’m not sure if this has to do with being 50 or with retirement, but either way it’s been good for her.</p> <p>More people offer help as you get older, though Liverpool Phil, now 73, still can’t decide if it was good or bad that he was offered a seat on the bus by a pregnant woman.</p> <p>Life gets cheaper as we get older. Jan wrote: ‘I do like concessions: Rates, medical bills; power; and theatre tickets!’ It seems nobody’s told her that the seniors’ concession on power bills has been withdrawn where she lives. My cousin also seemed pretty pleased that ‘We can have salt ‘n pepper hair without the expense of highlights at the salon’.</p> <p>Mostly, though, cost efficiency arises from the fact that we simply don’t need to buy as much once we’re over 50 but that’s not necessarily good for the economy or ourselves. ‘You’re saving in your retirement’, my Financial Adviser exclaimed, ‘Shrouds don’t have pockets! You should be spending the kids’ inheritance!’ In my case, that means giving more to those who need it, in particular Medicine Sans Frontière. They’re on every front line. For me, personally, it means more travel, as long as I can still get insurance.</p> <p><strong>So, with a little help from my friends, here are my 10 best things about being 50+:</strong></p> <p>1. We’ve made it this far</p> <p>2. From now on everything’s a bonus</p> <p>3. Freedom to just be</p> <p>4. We can grow old outrageously</p> <p>5. Friends can still surprise us</p> <p>6. We can live simply</p> <p>7. Life gets cheaper</p> <p>8. You can spend the kids’ inheritance</p> <p>9. More people offer help</p> <p>10. It’s time to spend money on ourselves and others</p>

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How to update your home with style

<p>Moving into a new home - or looking to update your existing space - is undeniably fun. What’s not so enjoyable is working out just how much of your furniture is outdated and needs to be replaced, and which pieces can be kept and made to feel new again.</p> <p>Fear not, though. Below I’m going to show you that with a few small tweaks, some of your existing rooms won’t need every bit of furniture replaced. Because some pieces really can last a lifetime.</p> <p><strong>Your dining setting</strong></p> <p>If you’ve had your dining table for years and years, chances are you probably invested a bit of money in it. With this in mind, there’s no need to ditch this piece and replace it with something new.</p> <p>The easiest way to transform your dining room is to replace your dining chairs.</p> <p>Chairs around a dining table are actually more visually impactful than the table itself, so get hunting for some new chairs in a cosy upholstered fabric. Look to neutral tones such as soft grey; it’s easy on the eye and won’t date quickly. If you choose right now, your chairs will last for decades.</p> <p><strong><span>Inside tip:</span></strong><span> </span>Ask staff members in-store about the ease of which the chair fabric can be cleaned. You might have grandkids around often and you want to ensure your gorgeously upholstered chairs can withstand cute (but grubby) fingers.<span class="s1"> </span></p> <p><strong>Your bedroom suite</strong></p> <p>Feeling like your bedroom is a bit ho-hum? You don’t need to replace the most expensive piece (the bed itself). You just need to find some new bedside tables and fresh new bedding.</p> <p>Think about it; once the bedding is on the bed and all of the pillows are arranged nicely, you don’t actually see a great deal of the bed frame, so there’s no point replacing it unless it’s damaged. Layer up some fresh bedding and transform this zone into a relaxing oasis.</p> <p>When it comes to new bedsides, current trends dictate that they don’t have to match the bed perfectly. Go for some round bedsides in a different finish to the bed (such as marble or a distressed timber top), adorn it with a stylish new lamp and your bedroom is brand new again.</p> <p><strong><span>Inside tip:</span></strong><span> </span>More is more when it comes to cushions and pillows on the bed. Two Euros, four standard pillows, and two statement cushions at a minimum. Also have fun playing with coverlets and throws across the width of the bed.</p> <p><strong>Your living room</strong></p> <p>If your budget is telling you that you can only replace a few pieces in your living room, go for the one that takes up the most visual real estate: the sofa.</p> <p>Your coffee and side tables, along with the entertainment unit, can be easily dressed with new bowls, vases, flowers and other decorative items to give them a new lease on life. Your poor sofa, on the other hand, is probably showing its years the most.</p> <p>A new sofa will dramatically impact the look and feel of your living room, and my advice (like with your dining chairs) is to look for neutral tones and also shop with comfort in mind.</p> <p>Road test every sofa in-store and ensure it’s a piece you’ll want to curl up in for a good decade. It’s worth investing some money into a quality sofa, so you don’t have to replace it again in a few years. Steer clear of budget stores selling sofas for a few hundred dollars. They generally don’t last long!<br /><br /><strong><span>Inside tip:</span></strong><span> </span>Your sofa and armchairs don’t need to match or come from the same suite. Instead, look at the colour of the sofa and find an armchair in a complementary shade. Then, use cushions in that shade on your sofa to tie the two furniture pieces together.</p> <p><em>Written by Chris Carroll. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-to-update-your-home-with-style.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Remembering Marilyn Monroe: A life in pictures

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s a little hard to believe that on this day, 93 years ago, the Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was born. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The beautiful blonde bombshell was an actress, singer, model and for many years the ultimate sex symbol. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apart from her stunningly successful career, Monroe proved to be quite the Brainiac despite never finishing school. Reportedly, the young actress had read more than 400 books in her library before she died, including works from Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust and other Russian classics. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The American icon was not only intelligent and beautiful, but even in her death has been one of the most generous Hollywood stars to ever live. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 1957, Monroe donated the money she had earned from the world premiere of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Prince </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Showgirl </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">to The Milk Fund for Babies. In her will, she placed 25 per cent of her estate in the hands of a children’s clinic. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite being known for her tight blonde curls, alluring eyes and smile as well as her beloved curvaceous figure, Monroe longed for more serious roles in her career and desired to leave “sex roles” in movies behind. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m tired of sex roles. I don’t want to play sex roles anymore. An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine,” she said, according to </span><a href="https://brightside.me/wonder-people/remembering-marilyn-monroe-170305/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brightside</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a final interview before her death, Marilyn requested her finishing words be her own. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Marilyn Monroe passed away on August 5, 1962 in her Los Angeles home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to take a look back at the life of Marilyn Monroe.  </span></p>

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Remembering Peggy Lee: A life in pictures

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born Norma Deloris Egstrom, Peggy Lee was an iconic American singer, songwriter and actress born May 26, 1920.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Known for her allure and reserved nature, the star quickly shot to fame after Benny Goodman heard her husky, unique sound. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her vocals could be heard on radios all throughout the US during the ‘50s, just one of her many hits being a version of Richard Rodger and Moss Hart’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lover. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of her biggest songs that solidified her positions as an American icon was the song </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is That All There Is</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lee was the first female artist to score top ten hits in three different decades. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Her wonderful talent should be studied by all vocalists; her regal presence is pure elegance and charm,” Frank Sinatra said of the talented star in 1994. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lee recorded her final album, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moments Like This </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in 1992.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miss Peggy Lee passed away from a heart attack at her home in Bel Air on January 21, 2002.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She was 81-years-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see the phenomenal Peggy Lee throughout the years. </span></p> <p> </p>

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How to become better at crosswords

<p>Like any activity, the more you practise, the better you get. When it comes to crossword-solving, there are quite a few ways to improve your game.</p> <p>First of all, you don’t have to start with 1 across. Have a look at all the clues and start with the ones you know. That will then give you some crossed letters, for the answers you don’t know.</p> <p>The shorter answers are usually easier to guess, so try tackling the 3 and 4-letter answers. Remember that these words crop up often in crosswords, as they are the stepping stones. The most common are those with lots of vowels, so look out for answers such as aria, iota and ooze etc.</p> <p>Look carefully at the clue to see if it’s plural, in which case the answer will probably end in s, (except for the irregular plurals such as children or cacti). Also, the past tense of a verb will most likely give you a word ending in –ed, a present participle will end with –ing, and a superlative clue, such as ‘Most beautiful’ will probably end in –est as in ‘fairest’.</p> <p>Another thing to look out for is a clue that indicates an occupation. The answer often ends in –er (painter, butcher) or –or (doctor, sailor) or –ist (chemist, artist).</p> <p>Many puzzlers use a pencil and have a guess, keeping an open mind if it doesn’t seem to be working. Keep that rubber handy!</p> <p>If you’re not getting anywhere, take a break and clear your head. Sometimes, after a night’s sleep, the elusive answer suddenly comes to you when you next pick up your crossword. I don’t know how that happens, maybe a part of your brain never sleeps and is thumbing through all the million bits of information stored in your grey matter, to find the answer.</p> <p>Finally, if you just can’t finish that crossword, is it cheating to take a peek at the solution? Certainly not, it’s a learning tool. But try just looking at the unfilled answers one at a time, because when you fill in the letters, it sometimes gives you letters to other tricky answers. Sometimes, just one letter can trigger an AHA! moment, and away you go.</p> <p>When it comes to solving those devious mind-bogglers known as Cryptic crosswords, the secret is to keep a very open mind, as clues can be so deceptive. For instance, “Fashion sense shown by trusty leader” might have you racking your brains for a trusty leader of fashion, when all the while, the trusty leader is merely hiding the answer inside.</p> <p>A daily crossword is the perfect way to spend a coffee break. Click here to play online</p> <p>Look out for the trigger words, that indicate what sort of cryptic device is being used. For instance, an anagram clue will have a word or phrase suggesting reorder, going astray, being jumbled or running amok. For example, “Paces around room (5)” – the word ‘around’ is the trigger here, and as ‘paces’ is the only word with 5 letters, it must be an anagram – space, meaning ‘room’.</p> <p>When solving an anagram, you might find it helpful to write the letters around in a circle.</p> <p>Another cryptic signal is a word that is read backwards. Triggers might be ‘reverse’ or ‘back’, such as “Gateman takes back identification (7)”. When you read ‘gateman’ backwards it reads nametag.</p> <p>When a clue contains the words ‘initial’ or ‘at first’, look out for an acronym clue, such as “First impressions never divulge discovery (4)” and then look at the first letter of the first four words – they spell out find.</p> <p>I could go on forever giving tips for solving cryptic clues because unlike other skills, which you can master on your own, solving cryptic clues doesn’t necessarily come naturally. Our ‘How To Do Cryptic Crosswords’ booklet explains the various types of cryptic clues and how to solve them. Our puzzlers have often written to tell us that, having previously thought they would never be able to tackle these mysterious enigmas, they gradually break through - and what a satisfying feeling it is!</p> <p>So practise with an open mind, and don’t give up, is my advice. Your hard work will pay off eventually, when you become puzzle champions!</p> <p><em>Written by</em> <em>Christine Lovatt. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-become-better-at-crosswords.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p> <p> </p>

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate Mother's Day with sweet new photo of Archie

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have celebrated Mother’s Day with royal fans in the sweetest way – by releasing a new photo of their son Archie.</p> <p>The adorable photo was posted to social media to mark Duchess Meghan’s first official Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on Sunday in the United States, where the royal member used to live – in the UK it was on March 31. </p> <p>The sweet message read: “Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you.”</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/BxXS3l4pz2j/" 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/BxXS3l4pz2j/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 12, 2019 at 6:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Princess Diana’s favourite flowers, forget-me-nots, were pictured below baby Archie’s feet.</p> <p>The first child to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan was welcomed to the world a week ago and was shown to the public several hours after his birth.</p> <p>Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Tindall, who is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, says he found out of the arrival of little Archie via the messaging app, WhatsApp.</p> <p>“He'll be a great dad. Obviously, he's godfather to (his youngest daughter with Zara) Lena, but we've got a great group of young ones in the family now,” he said to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/mike-tindall-hearing-harry-finally-dad-via-whatsapp-fighting/" target="_blank"><em>Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>Mike said that despite his intense and busy schedule, the prince “has been great” with his own children, Mia, 5, and Lena, 10 months. </p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex topped off the heartwarming post of their tiny tot with a moving poem by acclaimed poet, Nayyirah Waheed.</p> <p>“My mother was my first country; the first place I ever lived,” the message finished.</p>

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