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How to date online

<p>Did you know simply by applying a few clever rules you can maximise your chances of finding a more suitable and compatible match. Matt Garrett from <em>Relationships Australia</em>, offers these 7 tips to help you successfully date online.</p> <p><strong>Tip 1: Listen to your gut instincts about when to meet up </strong></p> <p>One of the hardest things to work out is when to move from the online zone to meet up in real life. That can be tricky to pinpoint, but you need to be guided by the feedback you’re getting, says Garrett. He recommends asking yourself some key questions such as: Does the person seem to live up to their profile? Do I feel attracted to them? “Listen to your inner voice about when the time is right, but still hold back a little bit and be a bit cautious,” he advises.</p> <p><strong>Tip 2: Master honest self-flattery </strong></p> <p>You want to be honest about yourself and not tell porkies but you don’t want to be so truthful that you don’t paint yourself in a flattering light. “It’s about finding a balance between truthful information and completely distorted information,” says Garrett. That might mean being a bit creative with your descriptions. For example, are you into painting? You might like to describe yourself as a budding artist instead of a complete novice with no skills. Remember, confidence can be infectious and very attractive to others.</p> <p><strong>Tip 3: Have an open mind </strong></p> <p>Having realistic expectations will keep your online experience enjoyable. You can strike it lucky and find your life partner in your very first encounter but this is the exception rather than the rule says Garrett. He recommends keeping an open mind and being patient. “Meeting people online is just like meeting people in a bar, there are all types and some just won’t be compatible with you. Regardless, you will meet some amazing people and even if you don’t find love straight away you will almost certainly end up with a great circle of friends,” he says.</p> <p><strong>Tip 4: Follow up a description of something you like with a little bit more detail </strong></p> <p>Saying “I love to travel” or “I like movies” is all good and well but that can mean different things to different folks. Here’s a tip: follow up a statement about something you like with more information to give people a little bit more insight into your personality. “If travel is your thing you might say something like ‘I just got back from Vanuatu last week and I had an amazing time,’” says Garrett.</p> <p><strong>Tip 5: Dress smartly </strong></p> <p>Your profile picture should ultimately reflect the sort of person you want to attract, Garrett advises. “You don’t want to dress in a hessian bag, but you also don’t want to look like you’re going to a black tie function on a Saturday night,” he explains. Wearing anything risqué is also a bad idea. He recommends a smart head and shoulders shot with a neat outfit that matches what you’ve said in your profile description.</p> <p><strong>Tip 6: Meet securely and safely when you do meet up</strong></p> <p>Garrett advises following these simple rules for safe and enjoyable meet-ups.</p> <ol> <li>A) Always let someone else know where you’re going and what you are doing</li> <li>B) Always meet in a public place</li> <li>C) Start with a coffee or a drink, don’t go for a full meal</li> </ol> <p><strong>Tip 7: Have fun! </strong></p> <p>Remember it is about the journey and not the destination. Make the best of every situation and remember to be kind. Even if they aren't your true love you may make a new friend or at least have an enjoyable night out.</p> <p>Have you found love or a new friend online? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Dominic Bayley. </span>Republished with permission of Wyza.com.au.</em></p>

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Aussie TV star reveals heartbreaking cancer battle to Lisa Wilkinson in emotional interview

<p>Tom Long was well known for his roles on <em>The Dish</em>,<span> </span><em>SeaChange</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Two Hands</em>, but abruptly disappeared from the public eye after a collapse on stage in 2012.</p> <p>He’s taken a break and hasn’t been seen on stage or screen since then.</p> <p>However, he opened up to Lisa Wilkinson on <em>The Sunday Project</em> about the reason behind his sudden disappearance.</p> <p>Shortly before collapsing on stage, Long was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of rare blood cancer, and had started invasive treatment.</p> <p>“They said two to three years,” the actor told Wilkinson.</p> <p>“Essentially I thought, that’s it.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Tom Long is one of our favourite home-grown actors- star of The Dish, SeaChange and Two Hands. But he’s currently off the screen and in the fight of his life. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/B5jHcUsG5m">pic.twitter.com/B5jHcUsG5m</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1109732688582213632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite his grim prognosis, Long wasn’t going to let it get him down and found a new reason to fight.</p> <p>It was after he was diagnosed that he met his now-wife, Rebecca Fleming, and was hesitant in pursuing a new relationship.</p> <p>After meeting through Long’s neighbour, the pair have been inseparable ever since.</p> <p>“That’s why it took so long for us to get together. I didn’t want to put Bec through [the pain]”.</p> <p>Long was soon dealt with more devastating news – doctors told hime he only had 3-12 months left to live.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7825155/tom-long-hero.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2392d1d23ec84fc09219973b22b83244" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tom Long coming face to face with his prognosis</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The pair were quickly married in a close-knit ceremony in country Victoria a few months after receiving the latest prognosis.</p> <p>“It was magical, but yeah. I didn’t think I'd make it. I was so unwell,” explained Long.</p> <p>Long and his family were getting ready for the end, but Long’s current doctor Miles Prince refused to give up. Prince said “stuff that, let’s try this.”</p> <p>“This” would end up being an innovative therapy in the US, known as Car T-Cell therapy. It aims at reworking the immune system by harvesting white blood cells and genetically modifying them.</p> <p>Under the treatment, the new cells are reintroduced to the body and target the cancer cells.</p> <p>“It can cure leukemias when everything else has failed,” Miles told <em>The Sunday Project</em>.  </p> <p>Long will fly to Seattle on Thursday this week to start the treatment and hopes that if it goes well, the treatment will be available in Australia for fellow Myeloma sufferers.</p> <p>“I am very aware that I could be taken any time but I still, it’s the hope I think,” Tom says. “I go for the hope.”</p>

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How to break up with toxic friends

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It may have come to a point in your life where a person you considered a “friend” might not be someone you need or want in your life anymore. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although it can be difficult to end a relationship with someone you cared about and still may care about, it is important to focus on your well-being.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are the options you can consider when breaking up with a friend and still be as amicable as possible afterwards. </span></p> <p>Talk it out</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When people have intimate relationships with others, there is typically a “talk” involved which resolves any awkwardness, nerves, doubts or questions each person has for the other. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having “the talk” with a friend can help initiate a “break-up” or it can help resolve a friendship so a break up is not necessary at all. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When having the talk, it is important to converse on these goals:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clarifying boundaries </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Defining the relationship, you share with your friends</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">See where each person stands in the relationship </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Talk about a future with this friend</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This talk, if done properly and clearly with respect, can help resolve or amend hidden resentments, miscommunications, boundaries, misunderstandings, jealousy and old fights. </span></p> <p>Take a break</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All friendships at some point, need a definitive break – whether it is forced or happens naturally. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Especially in circumstances where a difficult talk has just been had, it might help to take some time apart from your friend. </span></p> <p>Be blunt</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There may be a time in your friendship where you can absolutely not take it anymore. If this is the case, your best option might be shaking off all the negativity from your friendship by sharing your thoughts and feelings and going your separate ways from your relationship with this person. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When letting it all out with your friend, state what needs are not being met, clarify your feelings, don’t blame anyone, don’t make excuses and be gentle and kind.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are your tips for breaking up with a friend? Let us know in the comments below. </span></p>

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Richard Wilkins reflects on raising a son with down syndrome: “It was a shock”

<p><em>Today</em> show host Richard Wilkins has reflected on what it was like raising a son with down syndrome.</p> <p>He spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank"><em>Today Extra</em></a> on Thursday and revealed why he was forced to send his first son, Adam, 45, into care in New Zealand. Adam was only a baby when this happened.</p> <p>Wilkins said on World Down Syndrome day:</p> <p>”I was only 18 when Adam was born [and] his mum was just 16, very unusual for down syndrome people to be born to such young parents ... It was a shock to be a parent let alone of a down syndrome child.”</p> <p>Wilkins then goes onto say that he put Adam in a home with “some reluctance”.</p> <p>“I was getting on with my life and career, I wanted to travel the world and make music and do that sort of stuff, and it was with some reluctance that after about a year we put Adam in a home.</p> <p>“People said you can have him adopted. But I thought 'he is always going to be my son' and I want a relationship with him. He has had great people in his life over the years.”</p> <p>In 2014, Wilkins revealed that he still feels guilty for putting his first son into a home. He told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4237304/Richard-Wilkins-teen-father-Syndrome-son.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a>:</em></p> <p>“I still feel guilty for not being there all the time and for not being the pin-up boy for father of the year.</p> <p>“He's happy and healthy and living in New Zealand, but he wouldn't be if it wasn't for people who had helped us along the way.</p> <p>“I was still there for him any day of the week, but I had to relinquish everyday care to others.”</p> <p>Did you know Richard Wilkins had a son with Down Syndrome? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Duchess Kate delivers heartwarming speech after being bestowed a new role

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has been bestowed with a new and exciting role in which she is the named patron of The Founding Museum in London.</p> <p>While this is a new position for the royal member, it is her third alliance with museums in the UK overall.</p> <p>What started off as the UK’s first children’s charity, the Foundling Museum is now a public art gallery where Duchess Kate visited before in 2017.</p> <p>Foundling is a historic term used for children, but specifically babies, who have been abandoned by their parents and discovered and cared for by others.</p> <p>When the charity was first established in the eighteenth century, abandoned children were not unusual.</p> <p>Kate revisited the museum on Tuesday for the first time in almost two years, to see the Bedrooms of London exhibition, which displays the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children.</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/BvM230FliJ4/?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="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/BvM230FliJ4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Mar 19, 2019 at 12:02pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Your work connects and celebrates two subjects that are deeply important to me: children, and art,” the Duchess told the audience in a heart-warming speech.</p> <p>“I am passionate about improving children’s life chances and giving them opportunities.”</p> <p>Just hours earlier, the Duchess had attended her <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/duchess-kate-steps-out-for-her-first-ever-solo-outing-with-the-queen" target="_blank">first ever solo royal engagement with the Queen.</a></p> <p>The Duchess admitted that although visiting museums and galleries can be an overwhelming experience for children, she urged them that once they found themselves inside, they would discover all the programs and many exhibitions created with them in mind.</p> <p>“So that they can look forward to the best possible futures, fulfil their whole potential, and have the freedom to explore their creativity.</p> <p>“I have always believed in the power of art,” she continued.</p> <p>“Not only to unlock that creativity, but also to bring us joy, and to inspire, challenge and positively change our lives.”</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge is also patron of the V&amp;A and National Portrait Gallery.</p>

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"Worst time of my life": Grant Denyer reveals drug struggle that nearly cost him his relationship

<p>Grant Denyer has opened up about his struggles with pain medication after breaking his back in a 2008 truck crash.</p> <p>Speaking on his 2DayFM <em>B</em><em>reakfast </em>show on Wednesday morning, Grant revealed that the “hardcore” pain medication he was prescribed gave him hallucinations and episodes that almost cost him his relationship with partner Chezzi.</p> <p>“You go to a hospital, they fix the injury, but they don’t equip you with the skills to get through the next bit, the recovery,” he said.</p> <p>The 41-year-old said he was not prepared for the impact the painkillers would have on him, which he described as “worse than the injury itself”. One of such was recurring nightmares which featured his “deepest, darkest fears”.</p> <p>“I could barely walk, so I had a dream and then I woke up, I believed we were in the middle of a home invasion … I’d go to fight off people that weren't there,” he said.</p> <p>He also said his hallucinations put Chezzi “through the wringer”. “I’ve said this before, I said a lot of horrible stuff that I feel bad about,” he admitted, recalling a time when he accused her of going to London without him.</p> <p>The relationship was tested the most when the medications prompted Grant into an “escaping period”.</p> <p>“I was down the street in my undies — this is Castlereagh Street in the city (in Sydney) — trying to find scotch, in my undies,” he said.</p> <p>“The tipping point, where my wife nearly left me, I was missing for quite a long time now, a couple of hours … I was asleep in the emergency fire escape in a high-rise building, sleeping on the floor in my undies next to a human poo.”</p> <p>Earlier this year, the Gold Logie winner also discussed the truck accident on the <a rel="noopener" href="http://radiotoday.com.au/2dayfms-grant-denyer-breaks-down-recalling-his-crippling-back-injury/" target="_blank">radio show</a> for a 10-year-challenge. He shared his fears back then over the possibility that he might never walk again.</p> <p>“It was the worst time of my life,” he said. “I spent the next four months lying flat on my back in hospital.”</p> <p>Grant also revealed his gratitude for wife (then-girlfriend) Chezzi for staying through the tough time. “She could see through that and it was a very difficult period, I expected her to run for the hills.”</p> <p>Last year at the Logies on the Gold Coast, the presenter dedicated his Gold Logie win to his “beautiful wife” Chezzi.</p> <p>“We are an incredible team and you've been there by my side through the best and the worst,” Grant said in his speech. “And we've had some down times and we've had some great times and I want you to share in this moment because this is yours as much as it's mine.”</p>

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The smart service helping mature Aussies save more on health insurance

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“Thank you for asking”: The thoughtful question that moved Jacinda Ardern

<p>New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has been asked a very thoughtful question by a student at Cashmere High School.</p> <p>Christchurch’s Cashmere high School is devastated by the Friday terror attack on two mosques which saw the death of 50 innocent Muslim people.</p> <p>Three students involved in the Christchurch shooting attended the high school.</p> <p>In the chaos, two students – 14-year-old Sayyad Milne and 16-year-old Hamza Mustafa – died during the attack.</p> <p>Sayyad was described as having “kind eyes, a big heart and a cheeky smile,” and Hamza who had fled the Syrian Civil war with his family loved horses and had aspired to be a vet.</p> <p>Hamza’s younger brother, Zaid, was shot during Friday’s events and still remains in hospital suffering gunshot wounds. Their father was killed as well as the father of another Cashmere student and a former student.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7825026/gettyimages-1136905124.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a9f7e6a556294b70b462cb62cc0902d4" /></p> <p>The school remains in mourning and yesterday, the Prime Minister stood in front of grieving students and the media to honour fallen friends and family.</p> <p>“Keep telling their stories. It's them who we need to honour,” she said.</p> <p>“Don't dwell on his name. Don't dwell on who he is. Dwell on your students and friends, on the Muslim community.”</p> <p>Ardern also spoke about the change coming to New Zealand’s gun laws and asked students to help her make the country a place where “we don’t let racism exist.”</p> <p>Ardern’s leadership dealing with Friday’s events has been highly praised internationally.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">"On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. We are one. They are us. Tātau Tātau." <br /><br />Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's message in the national condolence book for victims of the Christchurch mosques terror attack. <a href="https://t.co/1w0zJ125lD">pic.twitter.com/1w0zJ125lD</a></p> — RNZ (@radionz) <a href="https://twitter.com/radionz/status/1107400086487592961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism," she told New Zealanders in the horrific hours after the attacks.</p> <p>"We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it.</p> <p>“And those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack."</p> <p>The New Zealand leader also reminded students on Tuesday their grief was valid and offered channels to receive help if needed.</p> <p>Nearing the end of her appearance, a young student raised their hand to ask a simple yet profound question.</p> <p>“How are you?” the student questioned.</p> <p>“How am I?” Jacinda repeated.</p> <p>“Thank you for asking,” she said.</p> <p>“I am very sad.”</p>

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan pay tribute to Christchurch shootings victims

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid their respects to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack during a visit to the New Zealand High Commission in London.</p> <p>The two royals laid bouquets of flowers outside the building and signed a book of condolence during the unannounced visit on Tuesday afternoon. They wrote “we are with you” before signing off with the Maori word “Arohanui”, which means “best wishes”.</p> <p>An insider from the Palace said: “Harry and Meghan wanted to pay their respects in any way they could and agreed with Buckingham Palace that they should go and sign the book of condolence as they were the last members of the royal family to visit the country as part of their Autumn tour last year.”</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/BvNENdtnL41/?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/BvNENdtnL41/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited New Zealand House in London today to sign the Book of Condolence which was opened following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch. Their Royal Highnesses visited New Zealand last October. More from @kensingtonroyal.</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/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Mar 19, 2019 at 1:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47629414" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em></a>, New Zealand’s High Commissioner Jerry Mateparae – who welcomed the Duke and Duchess on their visit – said it was “wonderful” to host the royal couple.</p> <p>He said, “We are overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of support we've received from across the UK.”</p> <p>Fifty people died in the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch after a terrorist open fired on Friday.</p> <p>The royal family issued their condolences on Friday in the wake of the attack.</p> <p>The Queen said in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a26835240/royal-family-queen-elizabeth-response-new-zealand-shooting/" target="_blank">a statement</a>: “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.”</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also made a joint statement with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community,” the message stated.</p> <p>“We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today. Kia Kaha.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the photos of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's visit.</p>

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Samuel Johnson’s heartbreaking tribute on DWTS

<p>Actor Samuel Johnson has revealed the person who inspired his dance performance on <em>Dancing with the Stars</em> Monday night.</p> <p>Dancing to the Oscar winning-song<em> Shallow </em>from the movie <em>A Star Is Born</em>, Johnson and his dance partner Jorja Rae Freeman performed a rumba.</p> <p>After his emotional performance, the Gold Logie winner shared his thoughts on his late former girlfriend Lainie Woodlands.</p> <p>"I had a partner, her name was Lainie and she died from a sore heart," he told host Amanda Keller. "I've been thinking a lot because you told me to be romantic this week, that was the brief."</p> <p>Johnson has previously spoken about losing Woodlands, who committed suicide in 2006 on the night he broke up with her.</p> <p>"I haven't been able to be romantic since then, not really," he said. "So, I thought I'd just try and think of her during the song and maybe that'll make it beautiful."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Can we talk about THAT SPIN? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> <a href="https://t.co/t8C4qPVukY">pic.twitter.com/t8C4qPVukY</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1107575797089558529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In a 2015 interview with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/samuel-johnson-opens-up-about-former-flame-i-kind-of-bailed-on-her-and-then-she-killed-herself-20150430-1mwpar.html" target="_blank">Nitty Gritty Committee</a> </em>podcast, Johnson described Woodlands as “the most beautiful creature in the world”.</p> <p>"She was a bit too amazing though, and I couldn't quite handle it," he said then. "I kind of bailed on her and then she killed herself."</p> <p>On the <em>DWTS</em> stage, Johnson said, "When someone takes their own life, you know, you live forever without any of those questions getting answered, like why… And you have to come to terms with the fact that there’s no single answer.</p> <p>"Anyone who's feeling icky... go and do something physical. We should all dance."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">LOVE how <a href="https://twitter.com/Sam_J_Johnson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sam_J_Johnson</a> is never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve! Such a lovely, honest human <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a></p> — Angie Redford (@angdownunder08) <a href="https://twitter.com/angdownunder08/status/1107624233394290688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Another great performance by Sam!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> <a href="https://t.co/hzHYdJR6gD">pic.twitter.com/hzHYdJR6gD</a></p> — georgie (@_lifeofgeorgie) <a href="https://twitter.com/_lifeofgeorgie/status/1107575588842172416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I was holding my breath the whole time! I love you Sam!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSAU</a></p> — Lizzie K (@lizkoroneos) <a href="https://twitter.com/lizkoroneos/status/1107575487881109504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Earlier in the competition, the 41-year-old also <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-m-sobbing-samuel-johnson-s-emotional-tribute-to-sister-connie-on-dwts" target="_blank">dedicated a performance to his late sister</a> Connie, who passed away from cancer in 2017.</p> <p>"I had an extraordinary relationship with my sister over 40 years," said Johnson, who co-founded the Love Your Sister charity with Connie to support cancer research. "The biggest thing she taught me is that now is awesome and to insist on joy."</p> <p><em>If you are experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit lifeline.org.au or beyondblue.org.au.</em></p>

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Get your grandkids involved in the war on waste!

<p> Food waste is a global challenge that has economic, social and environmental impacts. Did you know that 39-45 per cent of all the waste you throw away is organic and recyclable? There is a common misconception that when your household organic food waste goes to landfill, it will break down naturally and return nutrients back into the Earth. Unfortunately, that’s not the case!</p> <p>Organic waste in landfill is compacted and becomes anaerobic to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It also contributes to landfill leachate which can cause water pollution. This organic waste can be diverted from landfill, by recycling it at home in a Worm Farm.</p> <p>By putting worms to work in your own, easy-care Worm Farm, you will be converting your household food waste into nutrient rich, 100 per cent organic fertiliser that your potted plants, garden and vegetables will love.</p> <p>The War on Waste and sustainability in the home has been an important topic of recent discussion, and it’s so easy to reduce your household’s carbon footprint by diverting your food waste from landfill.</p> <p>Worms are Mother Nature’s unique natural recyclers, these living fertilizer tubes are full of countless beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help sustain the life and fertility of our horticultural and agricultural systems. In a worm farm, worms can process up to 4kg of kitchen scraps a week.</p> <p>This includes vegetable peelings, green leafy vegetables, fruit scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds, egg shells, paper and newspaper scraps and even small amounts of citrus and onion. The Can-O-</p> <p>Worms is a worm farm composting system that’s perfect for small to medium households, enabling families to convert their kitchen food waste into a rich fertiliser in an easy, hands-on and satisfying way. Kids of all ages get to handle dirt, hold worms, set up and explore a worm farm and in the process, they discover a new appreciation for the way nature recycles its resources while developing an interest in caring for their community – and best of all, it’s fun!</p> <p>The world’s bestselling worm farm has been designed with built in mounds to encourage worms to move from collector trays to working trays, a unique flow through ventilation to maximise performance and no mess extras like well-designed legs and a drip free tap.</p> <p>The Can-O-Worms is a user-friendly design and can be left on a balcony or in a laundry for apartment dwellers, in a shed or in a shaded location for those with a yard.</p> <p>It is important that you place them somewhere that avoids afternoon sun, and in a convenient spot so that it makes it easy for you to use.</p> <p>At Tumbleweed, we’re committed to educating young New Zealanders to ensure they understand the importance of protecting the environment and showing them how much fun recycling can be.</p> <p>Tumbleweed manufactures Australian designed worm farms and compost bins, from 100 per cent recycled plastic, giving waste materials a new long term second life.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.handyman.net.au/get-your-kids-involved-war-waste">Handyman.net.au</a></em></p>

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The royal baby names Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan may opt for

<p>The first child of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan is expected to arrive within the next two months, and fans are already making predictions for the royal baby’s name.</p> <p>Many observers believe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will give a nod to monarchs of previous generations as per tradition – for example, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave the middle names Elizabeth and Diana for Princess Charlotte. However, others believe that with Duchess Meghan’s tendency to bend the rules, the newborn may receive a completely unique name.</p> <p>Here are some of the leading predictions.</p> <p><strong>If it’s a girl</strong></p> <p>One of the most likely options among bookies is Diana, after the Duke’s late mother. Other classic royal names such as Victoria, Elizabeth and Mary are also among the front runners.</p> <p>The less conventional contenders include Alice and Grace, as are Rachel and Alexandra.</p> <p><strong>If it’s a boy</strong></p> <p>Some traditional regal names lead the list, including Arthur, Albert, Philip and James. Some have also tried betting on <a rel="noopener" href="https://news.ladbrokes.com/novelty/royal-family/victoria-albert-and-arthur-head-likeliest-names-for-2019-royal-baby.html" target="_blank">out-of-left-field options</a> such as baby Brexit (with 500/1 odds) and Thanos (301/1).</p> <p>Shane may also be in the running, as Prince Charles previously hinted. "Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen, my son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia, he and his wife were offered countless thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their forthcoming baby," the Prince said.</p> <p>"Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist."</p> <p>What name do you think the royal baby should have? Let us know your ideas in the comments.</p>

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12 ways to get a great night’s sleep

<p>Good sleeping habits will benefit you with more energy, a better mood, boosted immune system and better performance at work, sport and study.</p> <p>Chilly mornings make it all too tempting to hit the snooze button and roll over for extra zzzzz’s. But did you know that too much sleep can affect our mood and motivation? Ironically it can also make us feel more tired. We all know too well that too little sleep is a major issue too. The trick is to aim for a consistent sleep pattern and focus on the quality of sleep as well as the quantity.</p> <p><strong>Here are 12 great tips to help get you back on track tonight.</strong></p> <p>1. A healthy target is to aim for 7-9 hours each night and aim to keep a consistent bedtime. Try to also wake at a regular time. Aim to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends.</p> <p>2. Get out into natural sunlight. Lack of light can affect our mood. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple step. What a great excuse to read outside with a cup of tea and a great book!</p> <p>3. Consider adjusting medication timings if they have sleep related side effects. Always speak to your health professional for personal advice before altering any medication.</p> <p>4. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, sugary foods or drinks in the evening. Give yourself a ‘cut off’ time and ensure it is a few hours before you plan to sleep.</p> <p>5. Limit alcohol to one or two standard drinks, as studies have shown drinking more reduces sleep quality. Drinking alcohol has been shown to reduce REM sleep, which kicks in roughly 90 minutes after falling asleep. The problem is REM sleep is considered to be the most restorative. Alcohol can also suppress breathing and encourage sleep apnoea.</p> <p>6. Ensure you are comfortable. Consider treating yourself and updating your bed, sheets and pillows.</p> <p>7. Control the climate and lighting within your bedroom. Try thick curtains to help block early morning sunlight.</p> <p>8. Avoid over-stimulation from the computer or TV and aim to always have a few hours free of technology before sleeping. Even charging your phone or laptop in your bedroom could be enough to interfere with your quality sleep as the blue light emitted by your latest favourite piece of technology harms the production of the ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin. A recent survey showed 45% of us are taking a laptop or electronic device to bed with us or are watching TV whilst in bed!</p> <p>9. Try not to over eat at night or go to bed too hungry or too full.</p> <p>10. If you find you are sleeping too much during the day and not enough at night, then slowly cut back on afternoon naps.</p> <p>11. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and increase your physical activity. A pre-breakfast walk will stimulate the senses and improve your motivation for the rest of the day. While an after-dinner walk is also a great idea, stick to a familiar routine in the evening to help your mind and body wind down naturally.  </p> <p>12. Keep a sleep diary. This is a useful way to monitor your sleeping habits and find out more about the ways in which you sleep. Common observations, times and total sleep hours should be recorded. Or if you are into technology then try experimenting with a sleep cycle app such as the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8">sleep cycle alarm clock</a>. Most importantly, know when to get help. If problems persist, pay a visit to your local GP and find out more about your condition and ask for a referral to a specialist. If you're dealing with a sleeping disorder, then don’t despair because help is at hand. To download a free sleep diary <a href="http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/pdfs/sleep-week/SleepDiary-0615_Final.pdf">click here. </a></p> <p><em>This article was republished with permission of <a href="/This%20article%20was%20republished%20with%20permission%20of%20Wyza.com.au.">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Social media: 6 steps to take back control

<p>We’ve heard a lot in recent months about the dark side of social media: excessive use to the point of addiction, lack of privacy, and data capture without informed consent. But in all of this melee, now is the time to remember that the way we use social medial is up to us. In other words, it may be convenient to believe that social media applications are thrust upon us and we don’t have much choice in the matter – but that is not entirely true.</p> <p>It is time we remembered why we use these applications in the first place – to enrich our relationships – and not to have them take over our lives in a dysfunctional way. So, here are some tips for taking back control</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>1. Be selective in your responses</strong></p> <p><a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fejis.2014.3">Research shows</a> that social overload – where your friends frequently ask you for advice on things such as restaurants in a new city, prom dresses for their kids, birthday cake recipes (pretty much anything really) – is stressful. Be selective about the posts you respond to. If a friend is posting 100 times a day you don’t have to respond to all or any of them. Trust me, they won’t mind, because anyone who is doing that amount of posting is not keeping tabs on who is responding anyway.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2. Stop worrying about missing out</strong></p> <p>You have no control over what gets displayed on your screen and when. The social media provider decides that. Which means you have no control over what you don’t see either. Checking frequently is not going to change that – of all of the thousands of things your friends post, you have no idea what you will see and what you won’t – so FOMO (fear of missing out) is pointless. There will always be things you’ll miss no matter how frequently you check.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>3. Don’t let it be a distraction</strong></p> <p>Don’t let interruptions in the form of social media updates distract you. Though this can be easier said than done – because updates can happen anytime, while you are working, playing with your kids or, worse, driving. The <a href="https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-dark-side-of-information-technology/">dangers of such interruptions</a> are well known – reduced attention, productivity and effectiveness at tasks. So make a choice, either don’t let the notifications disrupt you or if you can’t do that, turn them off.</p> <p><br /><strong>4. Don’t be fooled</strong></p> <p>Don’t take everything you see on social media at face value. <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/facebook-social-media-make-unhappy-jealous-people-particularly-sad-copenhagen-university-study-a7490816.html">Research shows</a> that people might experience all sorts of negative emotions – envy, worry, depression – when they see friends post pictures of where they’ve travelled, new houses they’ve bought and how well their children are doing. But it’s important to understand that posts can be misleading because they present only partial views of other peoples’ lives. Don’t compare your “behind-the-scenes” with everyone else’s “highlight reel”.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>5. Set limits</strong></p> <p>Set time limits for how long you’ll spend on your laptop, tablet or phone – even if you are doing other things on that device and are not using social media. While working on these devices, it is natural to take a break, but if you don’t actually step away physically, then your break might consist of browsing social media and getting stuck in an endless cycle between work and social media.</p> <p>Discipline yourself to get up every time you hit your limit, walk around, stretch, talk to someone, go into another room to see what the kids are doing, go to the office water cooler to get a drink – anything. This not only gives you a break from whatever you were doing to replenish your energy, it also prevents you from looking at your social media applications as the predominant alternative to work-related tasks.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>6. Remember reality</strong></p> <p>Finally, actively seek ways to interact with your friends away from social media – meet up in person or call them. Social media is fine for sharing pictures and brief updates, but when you want to share the really important things in your life with those you care about, there is hardly a substitute for hearing their voice or looking into their eyes.</p> <p>Human empathy – the kind that forms the bulwark of a meaningful social life – is very hard to convey through mass posts and text-based responses. A lot is lost between you and your friends when social media is the primary or only means of communication. Going for a walk or a run, having a meal, watching a movie, talking about your job and your kids, seeking support in difficult life situations – all of these things (and more) are what make your friendships warm and alive and real.</p> <p><em>Written by Monideepa Tarafdar. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://theconversation.com/social-media-six-steps-to-take-back-control-95814">The Conversation.</a></span> </em></p>

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Is it really possible to find friends and love online?

<p>Social interaction is a crucial component of our human psyche. We need other people to share experiences with, to discuss what is going on in our lives and in the world around us. Travel buddies, sports mates and close friends are a necessary part of our lives. Looking for new people and experiences to spice up your life?</p> <p><strong>Don’t count the days. Make the days count.<br /></strong>One of the best ways to meet like-minded people is to engage in social groups and activities. Join sports clubs, gaming groups, participate in a new class, or take up a hobby which will allow you to meet people with similar interests. Whether it is a language class, dancing lessons or a chess group, there is a never-ending array of opportunities for you to activate your brain and body, instil meaning into your daily life and meet people in your area with similar tastes and opinions. What’s not to love about that?</p> <p><strong>Why?</strong> Online forums and websites allow you to sift through multitudes of people to fairy quickly find individuals that fit your specific criteria. Here are four of the latest and most popular online resources that might help you meet your next partner, travel companion or activity buddy. Let us know what happens!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stitch.net/">Stitch</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Aim:</strong> To help mature adults find companionship<br /><strong>Use it if:</strong> You want to try a new and all-inclusive way of meeting like-minded people<br /><strong>Cost:</strong> Free starter plan, range of costs depending on your level of interaction (up to $29 a month for gold membership).</p> <p>Stitch helps you to find a companion for every aspect of your life, whether you are looking for someone for travel, events and activities, love and romance or friendship. Australian entrepreneur, Andrew Dowling, created Stitch to help over 50s combat social isolation and find companions for friendship or love.</p> <p>“When you’re younger, you have opportunities (to meet people) like going to uni, having kids, then when you get to a certain age your friends start to move away, you retire, you get divorced,” says Dowling. </p> <p>After launching Stitch in San Francisco in 2015, it grew to more than 3000 members in the first six months. This rapid success, combined with constant interest from his home country, meant that he knew it was time to bring the site to Australia. The site has launched in Sydney and now people from all over Australia can sign up.</p> <p>Robin Miller from Sydney’s North Shore is a single mother who says she finds the prospect of meeting people ‘daunting’. She wants to connect with people who have similar hobbies and travel interests, yet she has found that dating sites want too much information. “One of the things about Stitch that I like is it’s aimed at older people,” she says. Then adds, the process is comfortable. “It’s not rushed, quite secure and I’m not competing with people half my age.” She says that Stitch’s group events take away the anxiety of one-on-ones and are based around an activity, so you already know you have a common interest. </p> <p><a href="http://www.stitch.net/">Stitch</a> prides itself on its steadfast commitment to safety, guaranteeing users that no scammers or con-artists will be able to infiltrate the site. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.elitesingles.com.au/">Elite Singles</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Aim:</strong> To help you find ‘the one', not just anyone<br /><strong>Use it if:</strong> You are looking for a serious relationship<br /><strong>Cost:</strong> Free and premium service (from $22.95 per month)</p> <p>Elite Singles caters to those who are serious about finding a someone special and genuine. They say they utilise a smart profiling system to assess members based on their personal characteristic and partner criteria to guarantee more compatible matches. Their aim is to match members with singles that suit each other’s values, interests and lifestyle, thus abiding by their mantra of 'quality over quantity'. The site caters to people from all walks of life, including options for professional dating, single-parent dating, over-50 dating, gay dating or Christian dating.</p> <p>Elite Single’s staff say they manually check every user to ensure that every account is legitimate and safe. However, still please be aware that you must always be careful when meeting new people regardless of the circumstances. The site gets 18,000 new members every week and has a presence all over Australia and the rest of the world, with a global reputation for pairing compatible 'elites'.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.seniorsholidaytravel.com.au/">Seniors Holiday Travel</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Aim:</strong> To provide a free travel club with no minimum age requirement<br /><strong>Use it if:</strong> You want to explore the world with like-minded travellers<br /><strong>Cost:</strong> Free</p> <p>Often one of the greatest barriers to travel is finding a travel buddy to accompany you. Although solo travel is often a cathartic and enlightening experience, sometimes it is fun to experience the journey with a friend.</p> <p>Seniors Holiday Travel is a club for older travellers covering every aspect of trips. They provide travel agents with your specific needs in mind, a suite of deals, tips and promotions as well as a means for you to meet other like-minded travellers.</p> <p>The site has a 'solo traveller club' with a co-ordinator who organises regular meetings and outings that allow club members to meet other travellers and find a suitable companion. If you have a destination in mind and are looking for someone with whom you can share the experience, simply notify the co-ordinator of your intended destination and they can match you up with another - or a few other - solo travellers.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.companions.com.au/">Companions</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Aim:</strong> Make friends, share interests, and meet new local people<br /><strong>Use it if:</strong> You want to find a new friend<br /><strong>Cost:</strong> Free</p> <p>Whether you are in search of a tennis opponent, a confidante for your morning coffees, a fellow movie buff to take to the cinema or a like-minded person to discuss news and politics with, Companions will help you find a suitable compadre. </p> <p><a href="http://www.companions.com.au/">Companions</a> allows you to identify your interests, which can be as diverse as ‘Tarantino movies’, ‘intelligent conversation’, ‘ballroom dancing’ or anything in between. Joining is free and only takes a couple of minutes, plus members can search profiles, message, chat and discuss topics on forums at no extra cost.</p> <p>Meeting truly compatible people often takes a lot of chance and circumstance, even if you have similar interests and live in close proximity. So why not take a chance to be proactive and make new friends with similar interests today?</p> <p>What have your experiences been connecting with other people online? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/relationships/is-it-really-possible-to-find-friends-and-love-online.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a> </em></p>

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Why Olivia Newton-John hid her third cancer diagnosis from fans

<p>Olivia Newton-John said she is grateful for the "gift of extra time" as she continues to battle cancer.</p> <p>In a new interview with America's <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/health/olivia-newton-john-opens-about-deathbed-rumors-winning-over-cancer-t150031" target="_blank"><em>TODAY</em></a> show, Newton-John revealed that she had been hiding a third cancer diagnosis in 2013 from fans. The 70-year-old singer and actress previously went public with her first breast cancer diagnosis in 1992 and her last in 2018.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“I just decided I wanted to go through it myself.” <a href="https://twitter.com/olivianj?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@olivianj</a> explains to <a href="https://twitter.com/NMoralesNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nmoralesnbc</a> why she chose to keep her third time fighting cancer to herself and the treatments she’s using to manage her cancer <a href="https://t.co/bZo0hEvJvz">pic.twitter.com/bZo0hEvJvz</a></p> — TODAY (@TODAYshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1104001911706009600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">8 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"Because of the speculation," Newton-John said. "I just decided I wanted to go through it myself. I don't know, it was just a decision that I'd keep it to myself that time."</p> <p>Earlier this year, Newton-John took to social media to address the rumours about her health, which emerged after her latest cancer diagnosis was announced. In a video, she said, "Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Happy New Year! Here’s to a wonderful 2019! Love &amp; light, Olivia <a href="https://t.co/1Nd2jIcRb1">pic.twitter.com/1Nd2jIcRb1</a></p> — Olivia Newton-John (@olivianj) <a href="https://twitter.com/olivianj/status/1080621049123868673?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The <em>Grease</em> star said of the video, "They were telling me I was dying, and I thought, 'I don't feel like it, I'm feeling pretty good'.</p> <p>"But you know, rumours start, then it gets out of control and I decided, 'No, I'm going to come out and talk about it', because I have many friends and family around the world and I can’t call everyone, so I need to let them know that I'm OK."</p> <p>Despite having three cancer diagnoses within the past three decades, Newton-John has remained optimistic.</p> <p>"We're all going to die," she said. "I mean, that's probably the hardest thing to accept as a human being, that we know that. So I kind of consider I've had a gift of extra time. I've lost people younger than me, so I'm very grateful. I'm 70, and I've had the most amazing life."</p> <p>In an interview with Channel Seven’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&amp;v=4HhcbZEzZnM" target="_blank"><em>Sunday Night</em></a> <span>last year, the four-time Grammy award winner revealed that she used to be “scared” about her health issues.</span></p> <p>"I'd be lying if I said I never go there," said Newton-John. "There are moments, I'm human. If I allowed myself to go there, I could easily create that big fear. But my husband's always there, and he's there to support me.</p> <p>"I believe I will win over it … That's my goal."</p>

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6 marriage tips from grandmas you’d be a fool not to follow

<p><strong>Be careful what you look for because you might just find it</strong></p> <p>“My great grandmother always told me to be careful what you go fishing for because you may come out with snakes. As a therapist, I share this with my clients when they are suspicious of what their partner are doing. They may think they want to know everything but are the results worth the fallout from that information? Often we tend to think we are ready to know all the dirty details only to realize we were better off before.” —<em><a href="http://www.shannonbattle.com/"><strong>Shannon Battle</strong></a>, licensed professional counsellor</em></p> <p><strong>Saying no has a price</strong></p> <p>“My grandmother told me, ‘What you won’t do for your man, another woman will.’ As a married woman, I’m finally beginning to understand the wisdom in her advice. Sometimes we get comfortable and think our spouse will never look elsewhere. Marriage can get stale so it’s important to be open to making adjustments as we go through different experience, age, or change.” —<em>Shannon Battle </em></p> <p><strong>It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it</strong></p> <p>“As a child, my Southern grandmother taught me that successful relationships were more a result of character than content. As such, her favourite saying was ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’ Now that I work as a marriage counsellor I see how true that is. It’s important to always speak kindly even in tense situations as kind words help couples establish and maintain habits of fair and equitable collaboration that creates a stronger bond.” —Bill Benson, licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical counsellor at The Mental Gym</p> <p><strong>Let him (or her) win</strong></p> <p>“When I first got married my grandma told me to ‘always let him win.’ At the time, I didn’t like this advice because I didn’t think it was fair. Why should I always let him win? As I got older and more mature, I see her point and see why this is such an amazing way to be in a relationship. It’s not that we get taken advantage of, or let ourselves be used or abused, but it’s about letting your partner win with the small things. It’s about compromising for the sake of a peaceful marriage. You give in to smaller conflicts for the good of the whole, and for a more peaceful union.” —<em><a href="http://www.karennaalexander.com/"><strong>Karenna Alexander</strong></a>, dating and relationship coach, based in Connecticut and New York City</em></p> <p><strong>Have a hot meal ready</strong></p> <p>“My grandma always had a delicious meal waiting for my grandfather and told me to do the same. At first when I heard her saying this it seemed outdated and even a little silly. I figured a guy should love me for me, not for my cooking skills. And it’s true, if you have a good guy, you aren’t going to lose him if you are a bad cook. But that said, cooking a meal for someone you love is a way of showing them love and that a you are there for them every day. It’s a form of communication, even on days when you both are exhausted and have nothing left. It’s a way of communicating love and creativity and caring, even when words aren’t spoken.” —<em>Karenna Alexander</em></p> <p><strong>Pretend you can’t open the pickle jar</strong></p> <p>“My grandparents were married for 41 years and my grandma told me her secret: ‘Sometimes you have to let the other person feel needed, even if they aren’t.’ She explained how she would have my grandfather do little things like filing papers, or opening jars for her. She knew how to open a tight jar herself but she would still leave the tight jars until he came home from work. ‘Nobody wants to feel like you don’t need them to do nothing!’ she’d tell me. I understood later in life that even though I can change my own tire, my significant other wants to feel like he is the only one who can do it. And I am okay with that.” —<em>Whitney Tillery, relationship coach and blogger at <a href="http://shewriteablog.com/"><strong>shewriteablog.com</strong></a> </em>(Here are <a href="https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/happy-marriage-feel-loved/1"><strong>12 other tiny ways to make your spouse feel loved</strong></a>.)</p> <p><em>Written by Charlotte Hilton Andersen. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/marriage-tips-from-grandmas-youd-be-a-fool-not-to-follow/"><span><em>Reader’s Digest</em></span></a><em><a href="https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/marriage-tips-from-grandmas-youd-be-a-fool-not-to-follow/">.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><span><em><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></span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Olivia Newton-John reveals new health setback

<p>After a number of health complications, Olivia Newton-John is on the road to recovery as she battles stage 4 breast cancer.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/olivia-newton-john-on-health-scare-cancer-exclusive/?did=348625-20190306&amp;utm_campaign=people-news_newsletter&amp;utm_source=people.com&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=030619&amp;cid=348625&amp;mid=19092272842" target="_blank">People</a> </em>magazine in a new interview, the 70-year-old has revealed how she has spent the last six months recovering from a fractured pelvis due to cancer weakening her bones.</p> <p>Newton-John only discovered the fracture in September, after she felt excruciating pain during a cancer walk for her Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, which is where she received treatment.</p> <p>The <em>Grease </em>star was forced to celebrate her 70th birthday in hospital rather than the extravagant party that was originally planned in Los Angeles.</p> <p>“There were all these things I was going to do for my birthday,” the actress and singer admitted. “But God had other plans.”</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/BSWZ9iwDDoX/?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="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/BSWZ9iwDDoX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Olivia Newton-john (@therealonj)</a> on Apr 1, 2017 at 9:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, despite the drastic change of plans, the Australian-born star was surrounded by her family and friends as they held an intimate dinner in the hospital ward.</p> <p>These challenges are enough to make anyone feel defeated, but Newton-John still remains positive.</p> <p>“I never say, ‘Why me.’ I was like, ‘Wow, I’m in my hospital that I’d dreamt of building for people to have rest and peace and there I was getting the best care,’” she said. “It was quite magical.”</p> <p>This is Newton-John’s third battle with cancer, with the deadly disease spreading to her sacrum. Her first diagnosis was in 1992 and then in 2013.</p> <p>She has chosen to take the natural route when it comes to treatment, as she uses a combination of herbs, oral medication prescribed by her oncologist, and medical cannabis.</p> <p>Despite these trying times, she revealed to the magazine that it’s her support system – comprised of her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, family and friends – that have helped provide her with the strength to push through it.</p> <p>In January, Newton-John was in the centre of a tabloid frenzy as certain publications reported that she was dying and only had a few “weeks” to live.</p> <p>The four-time Grammy award winner addressed the morbid rumours through a video where she revealed that she was doing just fine.</p> <p>But speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/olivia-newton-john-on-health-scare-cancer-exclusive/?did=348625-20190306&amp;utm_campaign=people-news_newsletter&amp;utm_source=people.com&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=030619&amp;cid=348625&amp;mid=19092272842" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>, Newton-John said the entire ordeal was hard on her loved ones.</p> <p>“My friends were calling and believing this stuff. I had to say, ‘You really think if it was that bad you wouldn’t know?’”</p> <p>And progress is being made, as once upon a time the star would be forced to use a walker to get from A to B, then a cane, and now “nothing”.</p> <p>Opening up on the status of her current health, the triple threat star said: “I’m feeling good, just getting stronger.”</p>

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Luke Perry’s daughter breaks her silence on actor’s shock death

<p>Luke Perry’s daughter has broken her silence on the actor’s shock death.</p> <p>Sophie Perry, 18, was travelling in Malawi on a charity trip when her father fell ill last week. She returned to Los Angeles before Luke’s devastating death on Monday.</p> <p>The <em>Beverly Hills, 90210</em> star suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday, February 27 and died five days later at the age of 52.</p> <p>Sophie, the daughter of Luke and ex-wife Rachel "Minnie" Sharp, shared a picture of her and her father on Instagram. Alongside the photograph, Sophie wrote: "A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family."</p> <p>She thanked those who reached out to her with condolences. </p> <p>"I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I.</p> <p>"I'm not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it's all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly."</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/Buo6FIuAhfB/?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/Buo6FIuAhfB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, And in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support. I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I. I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.</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/lemonperry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Sophie Perry</a> (@lemonperry) on Mar 5, 2019 at 11:57am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>According to a publicist, Luke was surrounded by friends and family, including ex-wife Sharp, Sophie and her 21-year-old brother Jack, and fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer.</p> <p><img style="width: 222px; height: 280px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7824452/perryss.jpg" alt="Luke Perry with Sophie and Jack" data-udi="umb://media/edd2cfd7c238433aa4c802ae93621a8a" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Luke Perry with daughter Sophie and son Jack at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival</em></p> <p>Luke's co-stars Shannen Doherty and Molly Ringwald have also taken to social media to pay tribute to the late actor. </p> <p>"I'm struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts," Doherty, who starred opposite Luke on <em>Beverly Hills, 90210,</em> posted on Instagram. "Processing this is impossible right now."</p> <p>Ringwald, who played Luke’s wife on <em>Riverdale</em>, shared on Twitter: "My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry."</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/BuokFQVgoUz/?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/BuokFQVgoUz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives. Processing this is impossible right now.</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/theshando/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> ShannenDoherty</a> (@theshando) on Mar 5, 2019 at 8:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LukePerry?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LukePerry</a></p> — Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) <a href="https://twitter.com/MollyRingwald/status/1102631945819713538?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In a 2017 interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/2019/03/06/11/14/luke-perry-death-daughter-breaks-silence" target="_blank"><em>Us Weekly</em></a>, Luke said he related to his character Fred Andrews in ongoing TV show <em>Riverdale</em> because they were both fathers.</p> <p>"My personal family is really all I care about and I think everyone can relate to that," he said. "You love your family and you care about them, that's the main thing about [Fred] that I connect to.</p> <p>"It's hard to tell people how to raise their kids, and I'm certainly no authority on raising children, but love them as much as you can and talk to them as much as you can, make time for them."</p> <p>To learn more about detecting strokes, click <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/detecting-strokes-here-s-what-you-need-to-know" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Coping methods to help heal from loss

<p>Although the experience of losing someone is a factor everyone will have to face one day, or may have already, it doesn’t mean we can escape the feeling that comes along with this loss.</p> <p>Loss takes on various shapes and forms, whether it is a relationship that has ended, a loved one moving away, someone dying or a transition of some sort.</p> <p>When a feeling of loss comes, it can cause an individual to feel confused, alone and initiate a grieving process that is hard to pull yourself out of.</p> <p>It is important when moving forward from loss and growing from it that one approaches methods to bounce back and have awareness, experts claim.</p> <p>Here are a few general laws to follow when dealing with loss so you can bounce back and be a better, stronger version of you.</p> <p><strong>Acknowledge and accept your feelings </strong></p> <p><span><a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/type_d_personality">Research</a></span> shows many people who neglect their emotions in an unhealthy way tend to have more psychological and physiological problems.</p> <p>Emotions including anger, sadness, confusion, loneliness, fear and many others may come forward when you are hit with a loss. In moments like these it is important to find comfort and solace in support groups, friends, counsellors or ever a good book on the subject.</p> <p>Finding what works for you to help you deal with your emotions will allow you to heal and grow properly.</p> <p><strong>Replace the negative feelings with positive ones</strong></p> <p>Sit down and write a list of the good things that exist within your life and practice self-reflection. <span><a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/type_d_personality">Experts say</a></span> awareness of self is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself and grow accordingly.</p> <p>What are methods you can practice growing forward as an individual? Perhaps taking up activities such as yoga or reading self-help books could be the way you learn more about yourself and expand your mindset.</p> <p><strong>Feel liberated and move forward</strong></p> <p>When you lose something of value to you, whether that is a person, home, the feeling of comfort or a relationship, it can be important to understand and accept this loss. It is also important to modify your relationship with what you lose. Experts believe the way to do this is by forming a detachment towards what is causing the feeling of loss.</p> <p>Although this change may development may take time, you will know you are at a place to move forward when you are able to cherish the good moments and release the painful ones and cut the chord once and for all.</p> <p>How do you deal with loss? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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