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Inside Dolly Parton's tragic childhood

<p>Dolly Parton is known as one of the greatest country performers of all time. Her timeless grace, shining talent and endearing personality has kept her at the forefront of music for the past 50 years.</p> <p>This year, she was honoured for her legacy in music at the 2019 Grammy Awards.</p> <p>However, the starlet did not always come from riches and glory – and she lets that be no secret. While growing up, Parton’s life was unbelievably different.</p> <p>From rags to riches, Dolly is a story for the books – growing up as one of 12 children living under a one room house in rural Tennessee, she paved a successful career and planted herself as the woman who defined country music.</p> <p>Her sad childhood</p> <p>Growing up, Dolly came from a poor, tobacco-farming family – the fourth born to a long list of children in 1946.</p> <p>Despite her humble beginnings, the 9-5 singer has not been afraid in confronting her past by sharing her tough story.</p> <p>The one bedroom home housed up to 14 people and because of this, a number of children – up to three or four – were made to sleep in the same bed each night.</p> <p>“The kids peed on me every night. We slept three and four in the bed. I would wash every night. And as soon as I go to bed, the kids would wet on me and I'd have to get up in the morning and do the same thing,” Parton explained to <a href="https://www.thelist.com/94995/untold-truth-dolly-parton/">Playboy in 1978</a>.</p> <p>The extent of poverty that overwhelmed her family kept her from changing the bed sheets at night when her brother or sisters wet the bed.</p> <p>“That was the only warm thing we knew in the winter time. That was almost a pleasure to get peed on because it was so cold,” she said.</p> <p>“Lord. It was as cold in the room as it was outside. We'd bundle up to go to bed.”</p> <p>The summer months however were easier for the children, Dolly explaining they would wash themselves in the river during the hot weather using handmade soap.</p> <p>But in the winter time, they’d be forced to use a small pan filled with water.</p> <p>“We’d have a pan of water and we’d wash down as far as possible, then we’d wash up as far as possible…” the singer shared.</p> <p>As the family grew larger with every child Parton’s mother gave birth to, more responsibility would be passed down to the oldest children of the family.</p> <p>Particularly when it came to raise the youngest family members.</p> <p>“My mother, through the years, when we were born, since there were so many of us, used to say, ‘This one’s gonna be your baby,” she said.</p> <p>“That just meant that you got to take extra care of it. You have got to get up with it at night and rock it back and forth.”</p> <p>Unfortunately for the family, when Dolly was just nine years old, she lost her ‘baby’ – her little brother, Larry Parton – who tragically passed away as a newborn.</p> <p>“There is a lot of heartache and stuff that goes on with that,” the star confirmed.</p> <p>Dolly’s rise to stardom</p> <p>Despite the heartache that surrounded the family, a little more than a year later Dolly was singing and playing guitar on Tennessee television and radio shows.</p> <p>Parton’s uncle, Bill Owens believed in his young niece and introduced her to a man who contributed to creating a radio program and a local TV show called the <em>Cas Walker Farm</em> <em>and</em> <em>Home Hour</em>.</p> <p>Before she or her family knew it, Dolly was a regular performance on the show.</p> <p>In 1959, just a few years after Dolly was performing and making her way through to the hearts of Tennessee locals’ hearts, Johnny Cash introduced a then 13-year-old Dolly to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.</p> <p>Her performance in result, was so popular the young girl earned three encores.</p> <p>When the young star graduated from high school, Dolly was on the way to Nashville, Tennessee.</p> <p>From there, Parton’s explosive career in music truly started to begin.</p> <p>Swipe through the gallery above to see Dolly Parton through the ages.</p> <p>Did you know about Dolly Parton’s sad childhood story? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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New Today show hosts cause outrage over sexist Dolly Parton comments

<p>The <em>Today</em> show is no stranger to controversy and criticism, and this time people think it's for good reason.</p> <p>The Channel Nine breakfast show caused fury this morning after new co-hosts Tony Jones and Tom Steinfort made crude comments about Dolly Parton’s breasts at the Grammy’s.</p> <p>During a segment about the 61st Grammy Award Show where Dolly Parton and her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, performed a rendition of <em>Jolene</em>, news reporter Tom enraged viewers after remarking: “She is age defying and gravity defying.”</p> <p>The cringeworthy comment was awkwardly laughed off by <em>Today</em>’s entertainment reporter Brooke Boney.</p> <p>“I beg your pardon, Tom Steinfort!” she retorted.</p> <p>However, sports reporter Tony Jones was not discouraged from making his own crude statement.</p> <p>“Seeing those two on stage, I thought, was fantastic… and Miley of course,” he blurted out.</p> <p>Weatherman Steve Jacobs, the third male panellist on <em>Today,</em> did not make the situation better when he exploded into laughter.</p> <p>"Too many boys. See what happens when we get them together!" Brooke said in disbelief. </p> <p>"There we go, there we go," groaned Georgie Gardner, adding: "Its dysfunctional family at work. Let's get someone to save us. Deb over to you."</p> <p>Salvaging the situation as best she could, Georgie moved the conversation along to Deborah Knight.</p> <p>“There we go, there we go, it’s dysfunctional family at work. Let’s get someone to save us. Deb over to you,” she said.</p> <p>People watching the segment were not impressed, taking to Twitter to criticise the male hosts' behaviour.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Accidentally turned on <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheTodayShow</a> but thought I'd stick around to watch Brooke Boney discuss the Grammys, only to hear the male co-hosts make boob jokes about Dolly Parton and Brooke have to laugh it off. EFFING GROSS.</p> — Safia van der Zwan (@SafiaAlexis) <a href="https://twitter.com/SafiaAlexis/status/1095061501788880896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheTodayShow</a> an industry icon, extraordinarily talented, acclaimed Dolly Parton performing at the Grammys &amp; the two male co-hosts feel it "appropriate" to bring Dolly's breast into the picture NOT once but TWICE! <br /><br />GROW THE F%ck UP! <a href="https://twitter.com/deborah_knight?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@deborah_knight</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/todayshow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#todayshow</a></p> — Liza Michelle (@HotChocLMWB) <a href="https://twitter.com/HotChocLMWB/status/1095085024867545088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>A fan of Parton commented on the <em>Today</em> show panelists’ crude comments.</p> <p>“How disappointing and disrespectful to lady of 73 who was just honoured by her entire industry as person of the year,” she wrote.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Dolly Parton’s stunning outfits at the Grammys.</p> <p>Did you see this segment on the <em>Today</em> show? Do you think the hosts’ comments were inappropriate? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The magic of Andre Rieu

<p>André Rieu breathes magic into the world of classical music with his new 3-CD box set, exclusive to Australia.</p> <p>From best-loved hits from the silver screen including<span> </span><em>Titanic, The Godfather, Romeo and Juliet</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>The Sound of Music</em>, through the most beloved and epic melodies, the 54 track collection highlights his vast repertoire.</p> <p>Central to everything that André Rieu does is the violin. Just as Johann Strauss II did in the 19th century, Rieu leads his concerts from the violin. You could say it is the soul to his music-making and this collection offers some of the most lush and romantic music ever written.</p> <p><iframe width="881" height="521" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EJqiV55JnX0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Featuring themes and tunes from some of the greatest movies, musicals, pop singers and his adored Maastricht concerts including 'What A Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, 'I Could Have Danced All Night' from<span> </span><em>My Fair Lady</em>, 'Someday My Prince Will Come' from<span> </span><em>Snow White,</em><span> </span>'You Raise Me Up', 'Lips Are Sealed' and the Radetzky March.</p> <div class="article-body"> <p><em><strong>What do you find magical about classical music?</strong></em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Wyza. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/the-magic-of-andre-rieu.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> </div>

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The inspiring life of an opera singer

<p>If Graeme Macfarlane has a true home, it would have to be the Joan Sutherland Theatre of Sydney’s Opera House. The long-serving tenor was in the first opera staged at the iconic building back in 1973 and is still with the company – and still singing.</p> <p>“If someone had told me at school that I was going to be an opera singer, I would have laughed at them,” he says.</p> <p>“It was the furthest thing in my thoughts. I could never imagine having a full-time career as a singer way back then, but it all just happened and followed without me doing anything really.”</p> <p>Macfarlane, now 67, won a competition back in the early 1970s, which led to a place at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, then to a contract role as a singer and ultimately to a place in the “company” that is now Opera Australia. It’s a career of almost 40 years and he still loves it.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/myZWcQRLjrw?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>He may have left some of the roles of romantic leads behind him, but Macfarlane still loves his job and enjoys taking on the interesting and minor characters found in operas – the role of Goro, the matchmaker in Madama Butterfly, or that of Benoit, the landlord in La Boheme, which he has played many times and is back performing at the Opera House.</p> <p>“I love playing characters,” he says. “I go to work to have fun and play dress ups!”</p> <p>But doesn’t he get bored playing the same characters over many years? Never. Macfarlane says he relishes the challenge of bringing something fresh to each new production.</p> <p>“And I think you can get a lot out of a little too,” he adds. “I am doing Benoit at the moment, which is not a huge role, but he’s a really interesting character. So you can always find something. And when you come back and revisit something I can find you can actually add on as well. You can find something more – in the space between. There is something about doing it and then coming back to it that the role grows.”</p> <p>With his many years of experience Macfarlane often finds himself in the role of mentor to up and coming singers – but he never gives advice, he says, just encouragement. His role is to share his love of singing.</p> <p>However, it’s been a tough couple of years for Macfarlane. He’s is now in remission from cancer – the prognosis is good - that he fought throughout 2015 (but was so dedicated that he only missed a few weeks of performing).</p> <p>He has also just qualified as a psycho-therapist, which he feels dovetails nicely with performing. He says singing and music is therapy and he has no plans to retire from the stage.</p> <p>“That’s what I like about it,” he adds. “It is a really good tool for getting me to connect with my clients’ emotions and open up a bit. Music is something that stays within us. I think about people with Alzheimer’s like my dad. If he hears a song from the past he will know it immediately, remember it all and burst into song.”</p> <p>This is common, Macfarlane says. “A lot of Alzheimer’s people haven’t spoken, but when they hear music – something they know especially – they will move and they will sing.”</p> <p>Far from being elitist, opera connects with everyone, he adds.</p> <p>“It’s something deeply ingrained in us all. You [the audience] go on the journey with us. It’s an in-the-moment thing. We are all experiencing it in the moment; the conductor, the orchestra too. It’s the only way it can happen.</p> <p>“That’s what’s so exciting about it.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Lynne Testoni. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/the-surprisingly-inspiring-life-of-an-opera-singer.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Did Michael Bolton just fall asleep during interview with Larry and Kylie?

<p>Michael Bolton might have been celebrating a bit too hard the night before when he appeared to fall asleep live on air on <em>The Morning Show</em>. </p> <p>The crooner was on air to promote his latest album for his 50th anniversary, called <em>Symphony of Hits</em>.</p> <p>There were technical difficulties earlier, as the hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies tried their best to get his attention, but with no luck.</p> <p>After Emdur introduced Bolton with apparent enthusiasm, things quickly turned awkward as Bolton did not respond or acknowledge that the hosts had said anything to him.</p> <p>It was after this that he appeared to shut his eyes for a mid-morning snooze.</p> <p>Attempts to wake up Bolton from the hosts fell on deaf ears.</p> <p>“What time is it in Florida?” co-host Kylie Gillies inquired.</p> <p>“Cocktail time,” Emdur joked.</p> <p>Once the hosts worked to get the technical difficulties sorted, Bolton declared, “I can hear you perfectly,” before jumping straight into the interview.</p> <p>It appears Bolton was unaware he was on air whilst taking what looked like a snooze.</p> <p>The rest of the interview went off without a hitch, with 65-year-old Bolton animatedly explaining why he was proud of the music he’s created over the years.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">We take a trip down memory lane with the legendary <a href="https://twitter.com/mbsings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mbsings</a>, as he re-releases some of his biggest songs with an orchestral and Australian twist! 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TMS7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TMS7</a> <a href="https://t.co/879kS0ZNmu">pic.twitter.com/879kS0ZNmu</a></p> — The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/morningshowon7/status/1092570258601201664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>After the interview, the singer took to Twitter to clear up the misunderstanding of his apparent nap on live TV.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!! In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting! We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FakeNews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FakeNews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/50thAnniversary?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#50thAnniversary</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SymphonyOfHits?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SymphonyOfHits</a> <a href="https://t.co/xE3aV7GelL">pic.twitter.com/xE3aV7GelL</a></p> — Michael Bolton (@mbsings) <a href="https://twitter.com/mbsings/status/1092973922310447105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">6 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The tweet read: “I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!!” Bolton joked.</p> <p>“In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting! We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch. #FakeNews #50thAnniversary #SymphonyOfHits”.</p> <p>Are you a fan of Michael Bolton? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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5 things you didn’t know about Fleetwood Mac

<p>Fleetwood Mac have been together since 1967, so it’s safe to say that the group have some stories. The Grammy-award winning band have had amazing success all around the globe and only a few have managed to see what really goes on behind the scenes. Here are a few things you might not have known about Fleetwood Mac.</p> <p><strong>1. Founding member Jeremy Spencer left the group in 1971 to join a cult</strong></p> <p>Jeremy Spencer had missed rehearsal the day before a gig and they were unable to find him for a few days. Once the band did find him, he refused to rejoin the group and they were forced to find a replacement. Spencer’s replacement, Peter Green, made things worse for the group at the time by openly mocking the audience.</p> <p><strong>2. Mick Fleetwood’s wife, model Jenny Boyd, was having an affair with his best friend and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston through the mid-70s</strong></p> <p>The pair divorced in 1977, where Fleetwood quickly rebounded from the end of his marriage by becoming involved with Stevie Nicks.</p> <p><strong>3. “Landslide” was never released as a single and the reason it’s so popular today is largely due to a cover version by the Smashing Pumpkins</strong></p> <p>Although Billy Corgan recorded a solo recording of the song in 1993, the song was used as a b-side. Later on, in 1994, <a href="https://youtu.be/AR42F88-000">the Smashing Pumpkins</a> had the song on their compilation <em>Pisces Iscariot.</em> The song became a radio hit, and caused Fleetwood Mac to revisit the song and record a newer version on their live reunion album called <em>The Dance </em>in 1997.</p> <p><strong>4. Stevie Nicks’ cocaine habit in the ‘70s and ‘80s was so bad that she burned a hole in the cartilage of her nose</strong></p> <p>Naturally, after hearing this information, Nicks’ was motivated to kick her habit. A plastic surgeon had warned her that she could lose her nose or die.</p> <p>Nicks told <span><em><a href="http://rockalittle.com/rs103097.htm">Rolling Stone</a></em></span>: "He [the plastic surgeon] said to me, 'The next toot that you do could be your last. The tissue in your nose is very delicate. It could go straight up to your head, and then you could drop to the floor and die a lousy, two-hour death.”</p> <p><strong>5. Christine McVie wrote “You Make Loving Fun” about her affair with the band’s lighting director, Curry Grant</strong></p> <p>Grant and McVie’s relationship started while she was still married to John McVie. The pair remained married while the band was writing and recording <em>Rumours</em>, despite the duo being separated and seeing other people.</p> <p>Did you know these facts about Fleetwood Mac? Have you ever seen them in concert? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Celine Dion speaks out after dramatic weight loss

<p>Celine Dion has hit back at body shamers about her sudden weight loss, saying that if they don’t like the way she looks, they should “leave [her] alone”.</p> <p>Dion shocked fans with her gaunt appearance in Paris, whilst attending Fashion Week.</p> <p>However, this didn’t stop the <em>My Heart Would Go On</em> singer from firing back at those who have raised their concern.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823144/celine-dion.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/77f3b75f6a3c492e93dc53e60241c859" /></p> <p>The 50-year-old spoke on <em>The Dan Wotton Interview</em> podcast about the comments and criticism saying:</p> <p>“I want to feel strong, beautiful, feminine and sexy. If I like it, I don’t want to talk about it,” she expressed.</p> <p>“Don’t bother. Don’t take a picture. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823143/celine-dion-skinny.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/84fe7d3bf7744407a3635d5e1a915fad" /></p> <p>It’s possible the mother-of-three feels more outspoken since launching her new gender-neutral clothing line for children, called Celinununu.</p> <p>She told the <em><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/celine-dion-weight-loss-dating-rumors_us_5c51a721e4b0f43e410d166f?ec_carp=5589467888602149885">Huffington Post</a></em>:</p> <p>“I feel that now I have a voice, which is kinda weird as that’s what I’ve been doing all my life – using my voice, but in singing and performing,” she said.</p> <p>“But I use my voice as well for things that I choose I want to do and things that I say to my team I don’t want to do.”</p> <p>Do you think Celine Dion’s sudden weight loss is cause for concern? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</p>

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Pink’s husband shares controversial video of daughter firing gun

<p>Pink’s husband Carey Hart has shown his 7-year-old daughter how to shoot. A video was posted to Instagram, where 7-year-old Willow is focusing intently on the rifle and her target before firing the rifle.</p> <p>The caption reads:</p> <p>“Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old.” Hart explained.</p> <p>Hart then goes on to say:</p> <p>“For the record non of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands.”</p> <p>He ended the post with the hashtag "#knowledgeispower".</p> <p>Willow can be heard in the video asking if the safety is on before taking a shot.</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/BtQjb7eAxmb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtQjb7eAxmb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old. For the record non of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands. #knowledgeispower</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/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Jan 30, 2019 at 4:30am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s clear that Hart expected a negative reaction by the wording in his post, but he has received a flood of support from commenters all around the world.</p> <p>One user said that it was “parenting done right!” whereas another said that they were happy “she’s learning how to handle them responsibly".</p> <p>A commenter even explained how Australians can get involved with shooting for sport.</p> <p>“Anyone that is uncomfortable with firearms in a country with relatively strict gun control, do a quick Google for rifle ranges near you,” the user explained.</p> <p>“Go down talk to the range officer and find out what you need to do to try it (in qld Australia just fill in the paperwork and be supervised by an RO). You may not want to take up shooting, but at least you will have an understanding of how safe it is.</p> <p>“Hey, you never know, you might really enjoy it.”</p> <p>Do you think it's important to learn about gun safety? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Proud grandma Barbra Streisand's sweet moment with granddaughter

<p>Josh Brolin’s baby daughter Westlyn Reign may be small, but she already shares a special bond with her grandmother Barbra Streisand, who is married to Josh's actor dad James Brolin.</p> <p>Josh shared a heartwarming snap to his Instagram account on Monday, which showed the legendary singer and actress cradling her stepson’s daughter in a black-and-white photograph.</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/BtMvMPsgHhH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtMvMPsgHhH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Classic beauties. Time stands still.❤️❤️ #beanandgranny #family @barbrastreisand</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/joshbrolin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Josh Brolin</a> (@joshbrolin) on Jan 28, 2019 at 4:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 76-year-old star was beaming with pride as she held her granddaughter close.</p> <p>“Classic beauties. Time stands still,” wrote the <em>Avengers: Infinity War</em> actor underneath the post.</p> <p>Streisand then shared the same photograph to her own Instagram account, but this time in colour, writing: “We were at a restaurant, but the most delicious thing was my granddaughter Westlyn!”</p> <p>50-year-old actor Josh and his entrepreneur wife Kathryn Boyd welcomed their first child together in early November.</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/BpxlACZlWBT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpxlACZlWBT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Dearest Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce our little girl Westlyn Reign Brolin (Bean). Mama Kathryn was stellar during this miracle birth and Bean is a flawless gem through and through. We are blessed to the core and appreciate so much the love and support during this pregnancy from ALL who have partaken in our journey, directly and/or indirectly. ❤️❤️🍼🏋🏻‍♀️🍀 #beanlove #dogtown @kathrynbrolin</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/joshbrolin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Josh Brolin</a> (@joshbrolin) on Nov 4, 2018 at 2:12pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Dearest Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce our little girl Westlyn Reign Brolin (Bean),” he captioned a video of little Westlyn fast asleep. “Mama Kathryn was stellar during this miracle birth and Bean is a flawless gem through and through.</p> <p>“We are blessed to the core and appreciate so much the love and support during this pregnancy from ALL who have partaken in our journey, directly and/or indirectly,” he said. </p>

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Meet Cassandra Thorburn's sexy dance partner on Dancing With The Stars

<p>Cassandra Thorburn has decided to live her best life and go on the 2019 reboot of <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>. The 47-year-old was announced as one of the contestants on the show last week, and has wasted no time in showing off her new dance partner.</p> <p>Although Thorburn was hesitant about appearing on the show, she decided to do so for her late father.</p> <p>"I decided to do it because it was one of the last conversations I had with my Dad before he passed away. It had been offered to me and at first I thought, no that's crazy. I couldn't possibly do that," she revealed.</p> <p>"If you don't do something, an opportunity that you never thought would come up and if you said no… you will regret it one day. And I thought, 'OK so let's go for it'. Plus learning to dance, you know every girl would love to learn to dance. It is so lovely, what a skill."</p> <p>Thorburn's dance partner on the reality TV show is a 24-year-old Italian man by the name of Marco De Angelis. De Angelis is a retired competitive dancer who has travelled the world for dance competitions.</p> <p>Thorburn announced the partnership on her Instagram, with the caption, “I consider myself the wildcard in the DWTS cast… having an absolute ball… turns out dancing makes me happy!” and tagged the retired dancer.</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/BtASq2lA1eE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtASq2lA1eE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I consider myself the wildcard in the DWTS cast... having an absolute ball... turns out dancing makes me happy! @marcodeangelis_off @channel10au</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cassthorburn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Cassandra Thorburn</a> (@cassthorburn) on Jan 23, 2019 at 8:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>De Angelis starred in a show called <em>Burn The Floor</em>, which is a show dubbed “the world’s toughest dance company” but finished up on the series in early January.</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/BtDt-mhAXBj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtDt-mhAXBj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I’m so happy to announce I’m a ⭐️Dancing With The Stars Australia🇦🇺⭐️ Pro dancer!!!!! And I’m partering with this beautiful woman Cassandra Thorburn! We both are very excited and working hard to show you our best!!!😍💪🏻 @cassthorburn @channel10au @dancingon10 #DWTSau • Sono molto felice di annunciarvi che faro parte di ⭐️Ballando Con Le Stelle Australia🇦🇺⭐️ come ballerino professionista!!!! Saró in coppia con questa bellissima donna Cassandra Thorburn, famosa giornalista e entrambi non vediamo l’ora di iniziare e mostrarvi il nostro meglio!!!😍💪🏻</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/marcodeangelis_off/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Marco De Angelis</a> (@marcodeangelis_off) on Jan 25, 2019 at 4:48am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It looks like De Angelis is thrilled about appearing on the new season of<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars<span> </span></em>as show as well, as he took to his Instagram page to share the news.</p> <p><span>Are you excited to watch the reboot of <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Just like dad! Phil Collins hands the drums to son Nic on Aussie tour

<p>Legendary musician, Phil Collins, has taken his 17-year-old son on the road with him.</p> <p>Nic Collins is enjoying every chance he gets to learn more about what his dad does and explained how the experience has brought them closer together. The pair are travelling around Australia on the ‘Still Not Dead Yet’ tour.</p> <p>“It’s fun. Dad kind of retired so he could spend more time with me and my brother,” Nic said.</p> <p>“But I always wanted him to go back on the road, so touring with him and sharing these memories with him has been great.</p> <p>“We have a really good relationship, and, like any son and dad, you have your arguments here and there — and the same thing with my mum — but there has never been anything (bad) between us, we have always got on really well.”</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/Bs4T0k9lycT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4T0k9lycT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A bit of pad warm up from before our first show in Brisbane a few days ago. (Ft. Lee Sklar) /// 3 shows in Sydney, 1 in Adelaide, 2 in Perth, 2 in Melbourne, 1 in Christchurch (NZ), and 1 in Napier left to go and then back home. #StillNotDeadYet #Australia #NewZealand</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/nic_collins/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Nic Collins</a> (@nic_collins) on Jan 20, 2019 at 6:35pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, just because Nic is the son of Phil Collins doesn’t mean he gets away with making mistakes.</p> <p>“He’ll [Phil] tell me if he’s not feeling something. He’ll say ‘this was too slow or too fast’ — I’m lucky that hasn’t happened too often so I’m doing a decent job.</p> <p>“I’m just the drummer and I do what I’m supposed to do and that’s my thing. I’m not going to say, ‘I’m the boss’s son’,”</p> <p>This humble attitude has made Nic realise that he’s closer to his dad than he initially thought.</p> <p>“It’s really cool to share it with him and see the love that he gets every night from the people that turn up to the show.</p> <p>“I realise we have a lot more in common than I thought we did.”</p> <p>Did you know Phil Collins had a son? Let us know in the comments</p>

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A ‘hearing helper’ gave this musician a new lease on life

<p>If you live outside a capital city and are experiencing hearing issues, help is at hand at a reasonable cost. Michael is from Wagga Wagga and loves music. Read his story here.</p> <p>Wagga Wagga resident Michael Pym, 78, started playing the trombone in his local concert band more than 50 years ago.</p> <p>Since then, he has played under 33 conductors, attended more than 2,080 rehearsals and taken part in around 450 performances. He plays in the Riverina Concert Band every week, which includes two-hour rehearsals, as well as regular workshops and performances.</p> <p>He is one of the original members of the band, and has been marching and performing in the local Anzac Day parade since 1972.</p> <p>“We do stuff from everywhere - classical pieces, Phantom of the Opera, ABBA. Anything you can think of we have played,” he says.</p> <p>When Michael started having trouble with his hearing five years ago, he quickly became worried his musical pursuits would be affected.</p> <p>“I wasn’t picking up messages if people didn’t speak clearly, or on TV, and I also wasn’t able to hear what the conductor said. Conductors don’t always speak clearly or loudly,” he adds.</p> <p>Despite having concerns about his hearing, Michael put off addressing the problem for quite some time. He isn't alone. In Australia, four million people are affected by hearing loss, yet most people wait years before addressing the problem. Stigma, cost and distance from high quality solutions and service providers are the most common reasons for putting it off.</p> <p>Some wait for things to get worse, risking secondary complications such as depression, anxiety and a higher risk of dementia.</p> <p>“I kept putting it off because I didn’t think it was necessary. I have an audio test each year and my loss was just marginal,” he explains. A visit to the doctor also revealed that Michael did not have an underlying health issue.</p> <p>Yet increasingly Michael was finding it difficult to keep up with the voices around him.</p> <p>“A lot of the sermons (at church) were lost to me,” he says. And he constantly found himself having to ask people to repeat themselves, especially during band rehearsals and performances.</p> <p>One day Michael caught up with an old friend who had also experienced hearing difficulties. He told Michael about a hearing aid solution by Blamey Saunders that could be<span> </span><span>ordered</span><span> </span>and personalised in the comfort of his own home. </p> <p>Given Michael lives in a regional town, the accessibility of the service appealed to him.</p> <p>“I didn’t have to travel anywhere, I was able to ring them [<span>Blamey Saunders hears</span>] up and the hearing aids arrived in the post. I just put the batteries in, popped them in my ear, and away I went,” he says.</p> <p>Making<span> </span><span>adjustments</span><span> </span>were also a breeze, according to Michael. “I thought that I probably needed slightly shorter ear tubes so I sent them an email and said I don’t think I measured that right, and the next day they sent me, free of charge, a set of shorter tubes.”</p> <p>“I’ve got all the gear, for example equalisers and information to tune on the computer, as well,” he says.</p> <p>One month on, Michael says the hearing aids have made a big difference to his life.</p> <p>“The<span> </span><span>hearing helpers</span><span> </span>are coming along very well. It’s helped a lot. Conversation and TV are now much more legible and my first effort at playing in Riverina Concert Band with aids was successful. I can now hear the conductor's instructions and have a much better idea of what is going on,” he says happily.</p> <p><em>Written by Mahsa Fratantoni. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/a-hearing-helper-gave-this-musician-a-new-lease-on-life.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Samuel Johnson reveals sweet crush: “Cassandra Thorburn is banging”

<p>They’re soon to be rivals on the upcoming season of <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> on Network 10, but despite the fierce competition, Samuel Johnson couldn’t help but gush over his co-star Cassandra Thorburn.</p> <p>It was announced earlier today that Samuel and Cassandra would be competing in the reality show alongside cricketer Sir Curtly Ambrose, and with Samuel revealing his crush on Cassandra, there may be love in the air.</p> <p>Sitting down with Nova’s <em><a href="https://www.nova969.com.au/shows/fitzy-wippa">Fitzy and Wippa</a></em>, Samuel opened up on the radio show about his innocent crush on the mother-of-three, who split from ex-husband Karl Stefanovic in 2016.</p> <p>The radio hosts asked for Sam’s opinion on Cassandra’s <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> promotional photo, where she is seen wearing a red mini dress.</p> <p>“She’s banging,” said Sam. “She’s looking good and she’s got the moves, I’ll tell you what.”</p> <p>The radio hosts then asked if the actor was single, to which he replied: “I’d go there. Who wouldn’t? Have you seen this photo?”</p> <p>The 40-year-old did reveal that he’s finding the moves challenging, saying, “There is no Latin in these hips”, but believes that Cass, 47, could “go all the way” on the show.</p> <p>“I did tell her she looks great, and it looks like she’s going to go all the way because she’s got the moves,” said Samuel. “She’s got swagger and she looks banging, she’s got the goods!”</p> <p>Fitzy then replied, “If you win it for [your charity] Love Your Sister, and you find love with Stefo’s ex at the end of it – oh my god!”</p> <p>It didn’t take long for Sam to think of a response, saying: “Imagine if I got the trifecta and found Latin in these hips!”</p> <p>Samuel hopes that by competing on the show, he can raise money for his cancer charity Love Your Sister.</p> <p>The actor and his late sister, Connie Johnson, started the charity in 2012, with the aim to raise $10 million for cancer research in Australia.</p> <p>“I promised the country I’d raise $10 million for cancer research and I want to dance my way there,” he said when asked about his decision for joining the star-studded show.</p> <p>“My sister wanted me to dance my way there. For me, I’m not coming back to telly, I’m coming somewhere to dance my way towards this promise that I’ve been trying to fulfil for seven years. I’d do it whether the cameras were there or not.”</p> <p>Will you be watching <em>DWTS</em>? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Dancing With The Stars is coming soon to Network 10.</em></p>

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What is it like to be a radio announcer?

<p>Remember cheeky<span> </span><span>John Blackman</span><span> </span>from Hey Hey It’s Saturday? These days you can hear Blackman on radio on<span> </span><span>Magic 1278</span>.</p> <p>His Magic 1278 colleague<span> </span><span>Gareth McCray OAM</span>, is a former teacher based on the Central Coast near Terrill Beach which he calls “a little touch of paradise”. McCray is currently juggling doing a Doctorate with his on air duties.</p> <p><strong>Q. What is life like when you are a radio announcer?</strong><span> </span></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>Constantly sleep deprived (a bit like permanent jetlag). Alarm set for 3.40am each morning and arrive at Magic at 4.40am. Prepare show, broadcast  from 6am to 10am, then from 10am to 11am sign autographs for adoring fans waiting outside studio. Go home, check emails for any corporate and voice over requests, play golf occasionally, mess around until dinner, retire at 10pm. I live in Camberwell with my gorgeous wife Cecile and beautiful 41 year-old daughter Tiffany.</p> <p><strong>Q. What is the best advice you have ever been given?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>Be nice to people on the way up because you know you’ll meet them on the way down.</p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>I was told by a very wise high school teacher many years ago that it’s easy to pick out people’s faults. We subconsciously keep track of all the flaws of all the people in our lives. Whether someone is vain, self-centred, arrogant, petty, bitter, or obnoxious. We can easily slap a label on every person we meet. However she told me to find the good in everyone. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.<br /><br /><strong>Q. What is the most common request as a radio announcer?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>Get off! (only joking) How did I get into radio? Can I play a favourite song?</p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>It’s either – “can you play this for me” or “who is the most famous person you have ever interviewed” – for me it was His Holiness Pope John Paul II who I spent two weeks with as the publicist for the beautification of Mother Mary MacKillop.</p> <p><strong>Q. What are your favourite feel good songs?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span><em>Friends In Low Places</em><span> </span>by Garth Brooks and<span> </span><em>You’re a Lady</em><span> </span>by Peter Skellern - played on radio everywhere in 1972 when Cecile and I were honeymooning in Manly in Sydney.</p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>Bob Carlisle<span> </span><em>Butterfly Kisses</em>.<br /><br /><strong>Q. What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t on radio?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>Riding my bicycle daily, playing golf, watching golf, football, cricket and tennis.</p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>I enjoy doing my routine with Karate for the past 25 years. I enjoy spending time helping out in my local community and spending time with my children.<br /><br /><strong>Q. What are your favourite musical memories?</strong><span> </span></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>Falling asleep with jetlag in the front row of an ACDC concert in Melbourne after just getting back from an overseas trip.</p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>In the 1970’s spending two weeks with Led Zeppelin as my father’s company did the Security – it was awesome! Also, seeing The Beach Boys, 10CC, Led Zeppelin; Billy Joel, Back Sabbath, Stevie Wonder, John Denver live – the list is too long!<br /><br /><strong>Q. John, what are your favourite memories of being on<span> </span><span>Hey Hey It’s Saturday</span>?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>A trip to Hollywood in the 1990’s, meeting Chevy Chase, taking the mickey out of Molly Meldrum – the laughter – the camaraderie, actually getting paid to have fun with your mates!</p> <p><strong>Q. How did you get involved with Hey Hey It’s Saturday?</strong><span> </span></p> <p><strong>John:</strong><span> </span>Back in 1971, I got a job announcing on Saturday mornings between 6am and midday. That’s where I met Daryl and struck up a professional and personal friendship that has stood the test of time for over 45 years. I see Daryl (Somers) occasionally and Wilbur (Wilde) often – he’s my golfing buddy.  Red and Russell (Gilbert) hardly ever although I see Livinia (Nixon) every night – when she’s presenting the weather on Channel 9.</p> <p><strong>Q. Gareth, you are a former teacher. How did you make the leap from teacher to radio announcer?</strong></p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>Teaching the Higher School Certificate English course I found that one of the aspects was understanding the media. I had plenty of theoretical experience but no practical. I wanted to broaden my knowledge so I rang radio 2CH and asked could I come in and observe – they said yes. While I was there the then manager – a brilliant man – Chris Brammall got talking to me and before I knew it he offered me a job and here I am some 30+ years later still enjoying sharing my love of life with a wonderful family of listeners. The moment we stop learning we stop living. I love discovering new things and understanding things I have never come to grips with in the past.<br /><br />I am also working on a Doctorate. Still progressing slowly as work keeps getting in the way but I am look at the use of imagery in the works of my favourite author<span> </span><span>Charles Dickens</span>. It only enhances my love of life and learning and hopefully it enriches my skills as a broadcaster!<br /><br /><strong>Q. Gareth, you received a OAM for your services to Radio, Education and the Community on Australia Day 2015. How did it feel to be honoured in such a wonderful way?</strong></p> <p><strong>Gareth:</strong><span> </span>It was one of the great moments in my career to know that what I was doing was making a difference in the lives of so many others. It also made me appreciate the help that so many other people gave me in enriching the lives of others. We are a family and no one person does it all – it is a group achievement.</p> <p><em><strong>What do you like listening to on radio? Join the conversation below.</strong></em></p> <p><em>Written by Editor. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/what-is-it-like-to-be-a-radio-announcer.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Cassandra Thorburn confirms new reality TV gig – and she looks amazing!

<p>Cassandra Thorburn has announced a mega comeback after her bitter split from former <em>Today</em> show host Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>The mother-of-three has confirmed that she will be a contestant on the newly revamped <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:448.5074626865672px;" src="/media/7822983/dtws.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/68b7337228864e8a93274a433c7ccde3" /></p> <p>Speaking to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/" target="_blank">Herald Sun</a></em>, Thorburn said: “Once we get into learning the choreography of something and going over and over that dance, that is going to get physically demanding."</p> <p>Adding of her fitness levels: “I have lots of stairs at my house, like a lot of stairs. I have like 96 stairs to get to my house so I’m up and down those a lot.”</p> <p>Thorburn, 47,  has been a tabloid favourite ever since she and Stefanovic announced their separation in 2016 after 21 years of marriage.</p> <p>Stefanovic, 44, went on to marry fashion designer Jasmine Yarbrough, 34, in a lavish ceremony held in Mexico in December, only a few days before he was sacked from his role as <em>Today</em> show presenter.</p> <p>But Thorburn is moving forward, as the former journalist prepares to face off against actor Samuel Johnson and former West Indies cricketer Curtly Ambrose.</p> <p>“I decided to do it because it was one of the last conversations I had with my dad before he passed away,” she said.</p> <p>“It had been offered to me and first I thought, no that’s crazy. I couldn’t possible do that. If you don’t do something, an opportunity that you never thought would come up and if you said no … you will regret it one day.</p> <p>“And I thought, ‘OK so let’s go for it.’ Plus learning to dance, you know every girl would love to learn to dance. It is so lovely, what a skill.”</p> <p>Will you be tuning into<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em>? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The sensory video craze sweeping YouTube: A guide to ASMR

<p><span>Does watching a video of someone eating a pickle or gently brushing their hair leave you feeling almost euphoric?</span><br /><br /><span>If so, you are not alone.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) - also known as the 'brain tingles' or ‘braingasms’ - and it’s become something of a phenomenom lately.</span></p> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>Just what is ASMR?</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <p>In a nutshell, ASMR is the very<span> </span>pleasurable and relaxing sensation<span> </span>that occurs when some of us listen to soft sounds such as whispers or finger tapping.</p> <p>“It… is associated with a pleasant tingly feeling on the scalp and back of the neck,” explains Nick Davis, PhD, a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, UK.</p> <p>This buzz may also travel down the spine, and can spread to the back, arms, and legs, he says.</p> <p>Déjà vu is a similar brain sensation.  And there’s a similar reaction in some people when they listen to music.</p> <p>If you get chills listening to music, there’s some evidence that your brain may be wired for stronger emotions and you may have stronger emotional intelligence.</p> <p>People with ASMR report a boost in mood immediately, Davis says.</p> <p>“It seems to last for several hours after watching the video.”</p> <p>It’s different strokes for different folks when it comes to the sounds and visual cues that trigger brain tingles, but whispering, hair being played with or brushed, and soft talking seem to be top ASMR triggers.</p> <p>“In a study, we found that people like low-pitched sounds and detailed activity, while people tended to find that background music made it harder to experience ASMR,” Davis says.</p> <p><strong>It's a digital phenomenon</strong></p> <p>YouTube seems to be the place to go for an ASMR fix.</p> <p>There are more than 13 million ASMR videos on YouTube.</p> <p>Visit the site and type “ASMR” in the search bar and hundreds of videos will appear that feature tapping sounds, “sleep-inducing haircut,” cutting soap, paper crinkling, bag folding, page-turning, whispering, and more.</p> <p>Some videos go on for more than three hours.</p> <p>ASMR is not entirely new, but it has gained steam because of YouTube, says Hugh S. Manon, PhD, associate professor of Screen Studies and Director, Screen Studies program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, at Clark University in the US.</p> <p>“It is a uniquely digital phenomenon, as it requires one-way communication without distraction, although some group classes do exist,” says Manon.</p> <p>“It’s a way of using digital technology to counteract the effects of digital technology,” namely it counteracts the desire to check and recheck our smartphones for texts, social media updates or even watch TV on demand.</p> <p>“It’s fascinating because it is so strange,” he says.</p> <p><strong>ASMR for sounder sleep?</strong></p> <p>Most ASMR devotees say that they watch these videos before bedtime to relax and get a good night’s sleep, according to a 2015 study in PeerJ, the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences.</p> <p>“ASMR helps [some] feel more relaxed, less stressed, or helps them to fall asleep. Another significant percent…like to experience ASMR just because they enjoy it, not because it helps them in any way,” says Craig Richard, PhD, founder of ASMR University and professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at Shenandoah University’s School of Pharmacy in the US.</p> <p>He is also the host of ASMR University Podcast and author of Brain Tingles.</p> <p>“It’s the same reason that some people rely on white noise machines to destress and go to sleep,” says Judy Ho, PhD, a clinical psychologist in the US.</p> <p>“It’s really about paying attention to sensory or auditory cues to distract yourself from negative thoughts or feelings.”</p> <p>Some research shows that those who experience ASMR have significantly reduced heart rates while watching videos compared to people who do not experience ASMR. Stress is known to increase heart rate.</p> <p>“Our studies show that ASMR videos do indeed have the relaxing effect anecdotally reported by experiencers—but only in people who experience the feeling,” says study author Giulia Poerio, PhD, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology in a news release.</p> <p>In fact, the average reductions in heart rate experienced by our ASMR participants was comparable to other research findings reported in <em>PLOS One </em>on the physiological effects of stress-reduction techniques, such as music and mindfulness<em>. </em></p> <p><strong>It either works for you or it doesn't</strong></p> <p>Not everyone gets brain tingles, and there is no precise data on how many people experience ASMR in response to triggers.</p> <p>“It is not currently known why only some people experience ASMR. It could be due to increased sensitivity of specific brain pathways or to increased production of specific brain chemicals,” says Richard.</p> <p>An ongoing survey of more than 25,000 participants from 100-plus countries confirmed that ASMR is a global occurrence and is experienced by individuals of all ages, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.</p> <p>“This supports that ASMR is a biological response rather than a specific cultural phenomenon,” Richard says.</p> <p>Research tells us that people who respond best to ASMR are open to new experiences, have lower levels of awareness (they’re less cautious or vigilant) and tend to be extroverted.</p> <p>In addition, those with mild depression or “the blues” do better than those with more severe mood disorders, Ho says.</p> <p>“It’s literally something that works for you or doesn’t,” Manon adds. But it’s not entirely risk-free:</p> <p>“If a person relies on it as a substitute for therapy or medication to treat a psychiatric disorder, it could be dangerous,” Ho says.</p> <p>Nonetheless, she clarifies, “If you respond to mindfulness, this can be another tool in your arsenal. It just shouldn’t be the only tool you rely on for depression, anxiety or other psychological disorders.”</p> <p>Going forward, clinical studies that compare ASMR to currently used therapies for anxiety and insomnia may help shed some light on the phenomenon, Richard says.</p> <p>“These studies would utilise standardised assessment tools and physiological measurements to provide a more accurate view of the effect of ASMR on specific conditions.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Denise Mann Chatterton. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/sensory-video-craze-sweeping-youtube-guide-asmr">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here's our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p class="p1"><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p> </div> </div>

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How to: Stream music online

<p>These days, there are so many options for listening to music both offline and online.</p> <p>One of the perks of online radio is that you have greater variety with fewer ads all the while being able to tailor a playlist to your individual music taste. In this how-to-guide, we look at the online music provider Spotify which is very easy and free to use with a basic account.</p> <p><strong>What is Spotify?</strong></p> <p>Spotify is an online music-streaming service that you can download onto your computer or use while online (either way, you will need to have a decent Internet connection).<span> </span></p> <p>You can stream many different types of music on the service by simply typing the band or artists name into the search bar on the top-left.</p> <p>While Spotify has a HUGE music collection, there are a few record labels that won’t allow their bands or artists to have the music available on Spotify – so unfortunately some albums from The Beatles haven’t been made available yet!</p> <p><strong>How do I use it?</strong></p> <p>There a three main ways to get started: Free and Premium ($11.99/month).<span> </span></p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with getting started on a free account – it just means every now and then ads will interrupt your music or play list – not unlike a radio station.<span> </span></p> <p>Spotify gives you the option to create and share your own playlists. So if you’re wanting to educate your children or grandchildren on some classic hits from your youth, you have an avenue to do so.</p> <p>Spotify also includes a radio feature which picks songs at random based on your previous song choices. This is a great way to discover new artists within a genre that you like.</p> <p><strong>What kinds of music can I find on it?</strong></p> <p>Not all artists or labels can be found on Spotify but you can find anything from songs categorised in decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s etc) to travel tunes, sleep playlists, Jazz and Blues, country and plenty more.</p> <p>You can either search by band name, artist name, song title, or select a pre made playlist like a top 100 or just pick a radio station tailored to your wants and needs.</p> <p>If you prefer listening on you mobile you can download the free Spotify App from the App store and listen on the go or at the gym.</p> <p><strong>How do I make a playlist?</strong></p> <p>First, go to your account or ‘Your Music’ section and select ‘New playlist.’ You can name your playlist whatever you like and once it’s saved go to the search bar and start typing.</p> <p>By typing in a band/artist or song you’ll hopefully find what you’re looking for and by right clicking on the song you can instantly add it to any of your playlist.</p> <p>Have you used Spotify before? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by Editor. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-stream-music-online.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Top 9 most memorable Motown songs

<p><strong>Master blast from the past.</strong><br />Created by Berry Gordy the MOTOWN record label was born in 1959 in Detroit Michigan. Tambourines, hand clapping, blasting brass sections the MOTOWN sound is unmistakeable.</p> <p><strong>1. Stop In the Name Of Love, Supremes - 1965</strong><br />This MOTOWN classic has become an anthem over the years with Diana Ross up front singing her heart out.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UGJQPkfwlAc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> <strong>2. I heard it Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye - 1967</strong></p> <p>This song was covered by almost everyone in the MOTWN family but its Marvin’s’ version that has stood the test of time</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BYFt1P6C6ng" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> <strong>3. My Girl, The Temptations - 1964</strong></p> <p>David Ruffin sings along to that bass guitar makes this feel good song unforgettable. It does not matter how many times you hear it, this Motown classic still gets you swaying and smiling.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e4oasdg8JZ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. Superstition, Stevie Wonder - 1972</strong><br />Stevie Wonder is one of Detroit’s favourite sons and when he belts this track out there is no mistaking the brilliance of Stevie</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0CFuCYNx-1g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. Tracks Of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - 1965</strong><br />Smokey sings his broken heart out, proving you can still dance to a sad love song.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rNS6D4hSQdA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. Reach Out, Four Tops - 1966</strong><br />You never get sick of Levi Stubbs heartfelt lead vocals on this track, one of the Four Tops most recognizable hits</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c56Sj7kMbLk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. Dancing In The Street, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - 1964</strong><br />This songs makes you get up and dance every time its<br />played.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9KhbM2mqhCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. Aint No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - 1967</strong><br />Later covered by the legendary Diana Ross but this motown classic by Marvin and Tammi is the original and the best.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xz-UvQYAmbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. Lets Get It On, Marvin Gaye - 1973</strong><br />One of the sexiest songs ever written and Marvin delivers it to perfection. Nothing else to say really.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x6QZn9xiuOE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/top-10-most-memorable-motown-songs.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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The 9 most expensive, valuable and collectable records of all time

<p>Records give more a sense of the history of music than anything else and somehow their market value reflects this; for example, manufacturer’s mistakes/alterations or the death of the artist can dramatically affect the resale value of a record.</p> <p>And generally speaking, rare records from the ‘60s and ‘70s (the ‘golden era’ of music), which only had a few hundred copies pressed, are the most valuable (even if that band is largely unknown) – commanding four-figure sums in some cases.</p> <p>Moreover, singles in many cases are more valuable than both EPs and LPs.</p> <p>But who sits at the top of the pile with the most valuable and collectable record that ever went to market? And which records still in circulation are worth a few quid?</p> <p>Spoiler alert: this list contains The Beatles</p> <p><strong>Nick Drake – <em>Five Leaves Left </em>(1969)</strong></p> <p>Nick Drake fits the description of musician-turned-legend following his untimely death at the age of 27.</p> <p>With only three albums released by the young artist, Drake’s records are extremely rare and an original pressing of the artist’s debut, <em>Five Leaves Left</em>, can sell for upwards of £1000 depending on its quality, of course.</p> <p><strong>The first pressing</strong></p> <p>There is debate over which is the true first pressing but it is largely accepted that the textured pink label with incorrect 4th and 5th song order (<em>Way To Blue</em> <em>and Day Is Done</em>) printed on its sleeve, and machine stamped matrix numbers is the real McCoy. NB: You will find no A1/B1 matrix on first pressings; a first pressing will read A2/B2.</p> <p><strong>The pink label</strong></p> <p>There are two types of ‘smooth’ pink label variants out there also, one with incorrect running order on the label and one corrected. But the textured label pressings, with all aforementioned characteristics, tend to be the most valuable. All three variants have ‘Made In England’ printed on the label whereas reissues do not.</p> <p><strong>The Beatles – <em>Please Please Me</em> (1963)</strong></p> <p>Records by The Beatles are of course very collectable, but this in itself is strange when you consider that there are literally millions out there and most are relatively easy to get hold of. To collect records properly, you must be prepared to put the hours in authenticating a record, so get comfortable!</p> <p><strong>The Beatles anomaly</strong></p> <p>Generally speaking, the fewer records pressed by bands/artists, the more valuable it will invariably be. However, The Beatles command a different value. As the pioneers of modern pop music, the appeal is worldwide. Any first pressing will be worth something, yet condition is still essential if you want to make/spend the big bucks.</p> <p>Having pressed and sold millions of records, it’s near impossible to find a first pressing of a Beatles record in mint/near-mint condition, so when one comes along, collectors will pay a premium.</p> <p><strong>Please please tell me what it's worth</strong></p> <p><em>Please Please Me</em> was first pressed on the gold and black Parlophone label but it soon switched to yellow and black. These minor details can mean everything. Stereo copies on the gold and black label will fetch you in excess of £5000.</p> <p><strong>Queen – <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>/<em>I’m In Love With My Car</em> (1978)</strong></p> <p>Extravagance all round!</p> <p>A rare edition of Queen’s most celebrated anthem was also served, at one time, as an invite to an EMI event replete with goodies including the entry ticket, matches, a pen, a menu, an outer card sleeve, EMI goblets(?) and a scarf! So, the record stands out quite a bit.</p> <p>Never ones to shy away from a bit of colour, the Queen single was pressed on a brilliant royal blue vinyl and this copy/set is valued at the rather colourful sum of £5000.</p> <p><strong>The Beatles – <em>The White Album</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p><strong>The Beatles anomaly #2</strong></p> <p>What can I say? The Beatles just about dominate any musical list. But they also take on a special kind of reverence and mean different things to different people making their value susceptible to change on an individual's basis.</p> <p><strong>Valuation of <em>The White Album</em></strong></p> <p>Ok, this is the hard part. There are a multitude of criteria to adhere to and hoops you have to jump through to guarantee yourself/part with some dough. Ready? Here we go:</p> <ul> <li>Is it a US copy, a UK copy?</li> <li>Is ‘The Beatles’ embossed or printed on the front?</li> <li>Does it contain the poster, all portraits?</li> <li>Are all known misspellings present (i.e. ‘Rocky Racoon’, not ‘Raccoon’)?</li> <li>Is the serial number a seven-digit number and is it preceded by the correct number of zeros, is it then preceded by a prefix ‘A’ (wide), ‘A’ (thin), a black dot or the prefix ‘No.’ (Two variants)?</li> <li>Is it one of only 12 made with the serial: A2000000 to commemorate 2,000,000 copies sold?</li> </ul> <p> And, so on and so on...</p> <p>Essentially, if it’s a US first pressing, with all misspellings, a serial number and embossed lettering you’re looking at $800 for one in good condition. But, if the serial number is low, it is worth more (serial number 0000001 sold for $15,000 in 2009). If the serial number is between 2 and 9 add 2000 per cent. For serial numbers under 10,000 add 50 per cent. Add $15 if poster is included and $7 for each Beatles portrait.</p> <p>A UK first pressing with all the trimmings in very good condition could cost you a maximum of £1000 but expect to add 50 per cent with serial numbers below 10,000 and an extra couple of quid for posters and portraits. Got it? Good!</p> <p><strong>Sex Pistols – <em>God Save The Queen/No Feelings</em> (1977)</strong></p> <p>This is an interesting one because the 1977 run of the Pistols’ single doesn’t just exist on one label.</p> <p>On A&amp;M, only 300 copies are said to exist after it was withdrawn from sale. This pressing is valued at approximately £10,000.</p> <p>A&amp;M also circulated promo copies and one of the few known to be in circulation recently sold on eBay for $17,179 (£11,728). However, there is an even rarer copy on L.T.S.</p> <p>Only two copies are to exist, one of which sold recently for no less than £12,629.</p> <p>And finally, a third label, The Town House, is known to have pressed the 7” single in 1977 onto a single-sided 10” acetate. Although an unknown amount of copies were produced, one of the only ones believed to exist sold in 2011 for a mega $23,000 (£15,702).</p> <p><strong>Anarchy in the record industry</strong></p> <p>That there are three separate, very small releases of this single highlights the band’s turbulent relationship with labels, all of which contribute to and complement their punk legacy; their value and their place in history. But it also shows the lengths collectors will go to get their own piece of history. Added to that is the irony that music’s most outspoken non-conformists, the epitome of anti-establishment attitude, are among the world’s most collectable and thus the most expensive bands.</p> <p><strong>The Five Sharps – <em>Stormy Weather</em> 78rpm single (1952)</strong></p> <p>The story of this particular record is as wild as the track suggests.</p> <p>The band was famously paid in hot dogs and soda for the session in New York where they cut two songs in one day. The single was put out on Jubilee #5104 and the members had to buy their own copies (despite not being paid for the session) because sales of the record were so poor.</p> <p>But the legend of this 78 is just beginning unbeknownst to the band.</p> <p><strong>From hot dogs to big bucks</strong></p> <p>Initially, <em>Stormy Weather</em> encounters some misfortune of its own and takes a turn for the worst in 1961.</p> <p>Record collector, Billy Pensabene, took a copy of the 78 he had found to Times Square Records, run by Irving “Slim” Rose, who borrowed the 78 to play on his ‘Sink Or Swim With Swingin’ Slim’ radio show which broke whilst in his care.</p> <p>The story goes that Slim promised Billy a replacement copy of the 78 and so put adverts up in the shop window offering $25-$50 for a copy. Time went by and still no 78.</p> <p>Then things went from bad to worse. Slim, in a last-ditch attempt to be a man of his word and reclaim a copy, visited Jubilee Records and asked owner, Jerry Blaine, to reissue the 78.</p> <p>Unfortunately, The Five Sharps’ session was one of a batch of 80 masters that had been destroyed in a fire. A nationwide search was underway and <em>Stormy Weather</em> became the most sought-after doo-wop record in history.</p> <p>Despite a somewhat roguish attempt by Jubilee to re-record the track using completely different musicians under the same Five Sharps moniker, the legend continued to grow for that original 78.</p> <p>Over the next 15 years only three copies ever turned up; one chipped, one cracked and one in very good condition.</p> <p>The third was sold in 1977 and is now valued at around £16,910.    </p> <p><strong>The Velvet Underground ­– <em>The Velvet Underground</em> and <em>Nico '66</em></strong></p> <p>An early version of the band’s debut cut to acetate is the only known version to exist and was bought with two other records for just 75 cents at a New York City stoop sale.</p> <p>The band’s agent at the time, the eminent pop artist, Andy Warhol, assembled the acetate to ship around to various labels and differs in order to the album now affectionately known as The Banana Album.</p> <p>In 2006, owner, Warren Hill, sold it at auction for $25,200. Following Lou Reed’s death in 2013 and the rise in interest in both the band and records, who knows how much it is worth today.</p> <p><strong>The Quarrymen – <em>That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Dang</em></strong></p> <p>The only known pressing of this pre-Beatles cut is as rare as they come and with a price tag to match.</p> <p>It is said to be the most valuable record in the world according to industry bible, Record Collector.</p> <p>The Quarrymen (McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe) cut the single at a local studio.</p> <p>McCartney recalls: “We shared the record. I kept it for a week, George kept it for a week, John kept it for a week, Colin Hanton kept it for a week, then Duff kept it for 23 years.”</p> <p>Worth a mesmerising £200,000-plus it’s no surprise this is the Holy Grail in the collector’s world. Even the 1981 replica copies (only 25 made) are worth £10,000. Paul McCartney is said to be the current minder of the original who bought it back from band-member and long-time guardian, Duff, for an undisclosed amount.</p> <p><strong>John Lennon/Yoko Ono – <em>Double Fantasy</em> (1980)</strong></p> <p>And finally, surprise surprise, a Beatle!</p> <p>Lennon and Ono’s album is on this list for sheer shock value. It’s value is somewhere in the region of £355,173. But before you spit your tea out and dust off your copy of this classic, there is only one copy worth this much, and its history is chilling.</p> <p>On December 8th 1980, outside John Lennon’s apartment building, Mark David Chapman asked Lennon to sign his copy of the LP. Just five hours later, Chapman would return and murder Lennon.</p> <p>Not only does the album have the last known signature Lennon gave, but it also has Chapman’s fingerprints on it.</p> <p>A disturbing logic it seems as to its apparent value, but like I have outlined: records offer more of a sense of the history of music than all other formats and you can’t get more of a sense of music history than the last signed artefact of one of the world’s greatest musicians owned by his assassin.</p> <p><em>Written by Andy Richardson. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/9-most-expensive-valuable-and-collectable-records-all-time">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. 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