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Dolly Parton turns down offer of statue

<p>Dolly Parton took to social media on Thursday (3 am Friday AEDT) to declare that she does not want the Tennessee legislature to approve putting up a statue of her at the state capitol.</p> <p>"I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds," she wrote.</p> <p>"I am honoured and humbled by their intention," she continued — but not that humbled, necessarily, by the governing body's attempt to come up with some feel-good legislation amid all of its famously divisive and controversial bills.</p> <p>The country-pop superstar said that she has "asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration. With all that is going on in the world, I don't think that putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time."</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/CLcIEhsjBDP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLcIEhsjBDP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Enshrining Parton at the Capitol had been in the talks for years and the suggestion especially picked up steam when there was increasing pressure to remove statues of famous Confederates from the Capitol, with some saying the biggest star from Tennessee would be a good replacement instead.</p> <p>In January, Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston) introduced a bill that would create a "Dolly Parton fund" and entrust the State Capitol Commission with developing a plan for placing a Parton statue. The bill was scheduled to go up for consideration Tuesday before the House state government committee.</p> <p>Parton has however left the door open for a statue of herself at some point in the future - when she doesn't have to show up for it.</p> <p>"I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I'm gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I'm certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean. In the meantime, I'll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud."</p>

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Catherine Zeta-Jones reveals exciting news

<p><span>Catherine Zeta-Jones is a style icon in her own right, and now fans are cheering as she reveals the launch of her own clothing collection.</span><br /><br /><span>The glamorous mum-of-two has taken to Instagram to share some of the designs we can expect to see her in the new range, including a stylish pink pleated skirt and matching jumper, and a chic pair of monochrome striped trousers and a silk black shirt.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLXFYivn8BR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLXFYivn8BR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"I am so excited to announce my latest project for @casazetajones, a Ready-to-wear clothing collection!" Catherine wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>"I created a collection that not only embodies my vision, but represents a real lifestyle that dresses women from morning to night, from 'everyday to extraordinary'. I hope you all love it as much as I have loved creating it."</span><br /><br /><span>The ready-to-wear collection is just the latest addition to Catherine's lifestyle brand.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLZnfpbLPlH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLZnfpbLPlH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Casa Zeta-Jones was launched back in 2017 and includes home décor, beauty, and footwear.</span><br /><br /><span>The website has even revealed that dance-leisure items and coffee are also on the way.</span></p>

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Isla Fisher shares heartfelt post and rare throwback photo

<p><span>Isla Fisher has made a heartfelt post for her husband Sacha Baron Cohen.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair is easily one of Hollywood’s favourite success stories, and to celebrate Valentine's Day, Fisher shared an extremely rare photo dedicated to the actor.</span><br /><br /><span>This week, Fisher shared the throwback photo of her and Baron Cohen from when they were only dating.</span><br /><br /><span>The 45-year-old moved to America shortly after her stint on Australia’s biggest soap, <em>Home And Away.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“19 Valentine Day’s later,” she captioned the photo.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839920/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6eb7bef4e69d462e9d04e9f94af8fa78" /></p> <p><em>IMAGE: Instagram </em><br /><br /><span>The two actors met each other in 2002, and got engaged two years later in 2004.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair weren’t married until six years later, in a ceremony in stunning Paris after Isla converted to Judaism.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s not the first time the actress has shared a throwback of her and her husband, with Fisher taking to Instagram back in October of last year to celebrate her husband’s birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>“Happy Birthday boo,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“You have had an amazing year as an activist, actor, father and husband. Thank you for trying as hard as you can to make the world a better place.”</span><br /><br /><span>The couple have been living in Sydney during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839921/daily.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/14632b8345e54a39a44d7cda433f38b5" /></p> <p><em>IMAGE: Instagram </em><br /><br /><span>For the occasion, Isla reunited with her Home And Away co-star and long-time friend Kate Ritchie for her 45th birthday in the Balmain, Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie took to social media to share an adorable selfie that delighted Aussie fans.</span><br /><br /><span>Kate, 42, co-host of a popular radio drivetime show on Nova FM, wrote in the caption, “Still making me giggle like a naughty teenager after all these years … Thank you, Isla.</span><br /><br /><span>“You are one of the best.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839922/new-project.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/edf7cd2fba4d409cbf184390bde6d580" /></p> <p><em>IMAGE: Instagram </em><br /><br /><span>Isla kickstarted her acting career when she starred on<em> Home And Away</em> from 1994 to 1997.</span><br /><br /><span>She then moved to America where she has become one of the world’s favourite Hollywood actresses.</span><br /><br /><span>She got her big break in 2005 when she starred in the romantic comedy <em>Wedding Crashers</em>, alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.</span><br /><br /><span>She has since gone and starred in <em>Confessions of a Shopaholic, Now You See Me </em>and <em>Keeping Up With The Joneses.</em></span></p>

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The super-cute habit Princess Charlotte has picked up from mum

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Eagle-eyed royal fans noticed that Princess Charlotte has copied a habit from her mum, Duchess Catherine.</p> <p>Princess Charlotte was seen pulling her ponytail over her shoulder and curling it around her fingers, just like her mum has been known to do during public appearances.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Our first ever mention in an article because of this video, click below to watch Kate and Charlotte being an iconic mother daughter duo ❤️👑 <a href="https://t.co/HFfY8jPjyO">https://t.co/HFfY8jPjyO</a></p> — Royal Fancams (@RoyalFancams) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFancams/status/1358801630565703682?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The royal fan TikTok account RoyalFanCams shared a montage of the pair doing the move.</p> <p>Royal fans loved the similarities between the pair, flooding the comment section with heart emojis.</p> <p>Duchess Kate has been open about her struggles during the coronavirus pandemic, which includes homeschooling her kids and giving them haircuts.</p> <p>"During lockdown, we've had to take on additional roles that others in our communities or in our lives would have helped us with," the mum of three said in a recent video call with parents.</p> <p>"I've become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children's horror."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Lady in red: Rebel Wilson stuns in a Meghan Markle classic

<p>Ahead of the 2021 Super Bowl, Rebel Wilson showed up at the 10th annual NFL Honors, which was held on February 6 at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.</p> <p>The 40-year-old opted for a fiery red dress by Safiyaa. The gown wasn't just eye-catching due to the colour, but also its elegant silhouette.</p> <p>She finished off the look with glam, old Hollywood-inspired hair and makeup.</p> <p>And it's safe to say the Isn't It Romantic actress was over the moon with her get-up on Saturday.</p> <p>"Loving myself SICK in this dress," Rebel captioned her Instagram post, alongside a few photos of her posing in the fabulous dress.</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/CK7f1vwLUoP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CK7f1vwLUoP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Her friends and followers hyped her up in the comments with Sharon Stone replying, "As u should be."</p> <p>"Hello gorgeous wombannn!!" Pitch Perfect co-star Alexis Knapp responded, with Rebel's stylist, Elizabeth Stewart adding, "AHHH MAZING."</p> <p>Rebel wasn't the only one who loved the dress, as Meghan Markle wore the same gown back in March 2020 during an appearance at the military music festival.</p> <p>The Suits star decided to keep things simple with minimal accessories and her hair tucked back behind her ears.</p> <p>Meghan rocked glamorous makeup with a smokey eye, bronze contour and a glossy nude lip.</p>

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Princess Eugenie steps out ahead of baby due date

<p>Princess Eugenie’s due date is fast approaching but that doesn’t mean she is slowing down on carrying out her royal duties.</p> <p>The royal made a surprise virtual appearance in a video with her friend and co-founder of<span> </span><em>The Anti-Slavery Collective</em>, Julie de Boinville.</p> <p>In a clip posted to twitter, Eugenie said: "17 years ago, 21 Chinese undocumented immigrant labourers were drowned by an incoming tide after picking cockles off the Lancashire coast."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Princess Eugenie, co-founder, and her friend Julia de Boinville, co-founder, The Anti Slavery Collective, wanted to take the opportunity to remember the anniversary of the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster. <a href="https://t.co/cjncjpUWai">pic.twitter.com/cjncjpUWai</a></p> — Princess Eugenie Source (@SourceEugenie) <a href="https://twitter.com/SourceEugenie/status/1357731228749885455?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 5, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"They were all working illegally, picking cockles for hours on end to send money back to their families while their gangmasters took all of the profits," added Julia.</p> <p>"While their story is so tragic, it really isn't very unique and it's something that happens in modern slavery and has only worsened in the last years<strong>.</strong><span> </span>There's an estimated 24.9million victims of forced labour globally across the world."</p> <p>"Please join us in remembering them today," Julia concluded the clip.</p> <p>While Eugenie’s budding baby bump was not in the frame, royal watchers are desperately waiting in anticipation for the arrival.</p> <p>Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank married in October 2018 and have reportedly been residing in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK home, Frogmore Cottage.</p>

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Pipped at the post: Queen loses mantle of most popular royal

<p>Queen Elizabeth II might be the world's longest-reigning monarch, but according to a new survey, she isn't the most popular royal.</p> <p>A survey conducted by a British based marketing company called<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://yougov.co.uk/ratings/politics/popularity/royalty/all" target="_blank"><em>YouGov</em></a><span> </span>polled 1,486 people and asked them who their favourite royal family member was.</p> <p>Prince William took out the top spot, with 75 per cent thinking he's the most popular and most famous royal family member.</p> <p>The Queen took out the second spot with 73 per cent, and Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge was in third with a 67 per cent popularity rating.</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/CIl8yC9l2RR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CIl8yC9l2RR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Meghan and Harry's popularity amongst the groups surveyed had dropped dramatically, with Meghan having a 32 per cent positive opinion and Prince Harry having a 41 per cent positive opinion amongst the groups.</p> <p>According to the data, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is more popular than the Duchess of Sussex who has a 40 per cent negative opinion rate.</p> <p>The rankings were different among the age groups, with millennials saying they preferred the Queen but liked Prince William and Duchess Kate a lot more.</p> <p>Baby Boomers had the same rankings as Millennials, but every generation surveyed said that Prince Andrew was the least popular royal as he was caught up in the Epstein controversy.</p>

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Carrie Bickmore unrecognisable in throwback photos

<p><span>Carrie Bickmore has become a familiar face on Australian screens, and to many across the country, there is no confusing the iconic Bickmore.</span><br /><br /><span>However The Project host looked unrecognisable in old throwback photos that she shared.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKvpf5UHnFG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKvpf5UHnFG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Sharing three pictures to her Instagram page, Carrie wrote: "The 90's.....when you didn't get the chance to take a photo multiple times til you got one with your eyes open."</span><br /><br /><span>A younger Carrie, then in her teen years, is seen in various peak 90s nostalgic outfits with her eyes half closed.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKkHz7bnN8h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKkHz7bnN8h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The journalist showed she was a representative of an iconic era filled with choker necklaces, shift dresses and crazy hair.</span><br /><br /><span>Carrie clearly even had an eye for fashion back then, although that comes as no surprise.</span></p>

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Meghan Markle reveals the one thing that got her through lockdown

<p>When Meghan and Harry decided to split their time between North America and the UK at the start of 2020, the world looked drastically different.</p> <p>It was a time when "COVID" and "lockdown" wasn't part of our daily vocabulary and a time when you could jump on a plane at any given moment and fly halfway across the world if the budget allowed for it.</p> <p>But after moving to California in March, the world turned upside down and forced the royal pair to lockdown in their family home in Santa Barbara.</p> <p>But luckily, there were able to find comfort in something that many of us can relate to - their dog.</p> <p>Speaking to HELLO! magazine, the CEO of Meghan's beloved patron charity, Mayhew, opened up about the conversations they've had with the royal since lockdown began.</p> <p>Explaining that Meghan has remained in touch with the staff from the animal welfare and dog rescue charity, sharing their experiences with each other, they've come to a deeper understanding.</p> <p>"Whenever we talk to the Duchess about the charity, she always references how important her dogs are and what a support they are, particularly during everything that's happened this year, with COVID, and with the personal trials and tribulations she went through this year," CEO Caroline Yates explained.</p> <p>The CEO added that it was "really nice" to share those experiences and to understand "how important animals are when things are tough and what a comfort they can be."</p> <p>Meghan, who lives in her Santa Barbara mansion with Prince Harry and one-year-old son Archie, owns two rescue dogs. A beagle named Guy and a black lab named Pula.</p>

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Lisa Curry returns to the pool with adorable grandson

<p>In a swimming career that spanned 23 years, Lisa Curry was consistently ranked as one of the top 25 swimmers in the world.</p> <p>Representing the country a total of 16 times from 1977 to 1992, she remains the only Australian competitor to have held Commonwealth and Australian record in every stroke except backstroke.</p> <p>And now, after a long break, the 58-year-old is making her way back into the pool.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram on Monday, the athlete shared a video of her returning to the pool.</p> <p>"Rolling the tired heavy arms over," Lisa began.</p> <p>She added: "Time to get my mojo back - first swim for ages - seems like forever... actually was I ever an olympic swimmer but at least my nieces googles suit me And Flynn.... omg... cutest ever! @morgangruell @ryan.gruell."</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/tv/CKdVcPknali/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/tv/CKdVcPknali/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the video, Lisa starts off her swim with a few laps of freestyle.</p> <p>It then cuts to her grandson Flynn, who is eagerly waiting for his swimming lesson.</p> <p>"Are you a good swimmer, will you be good like granny?" Lisa can be hear asking her grandson.</p> <p>"Yeah!" Flynn enthusiastically replies, before giving a demonstration of his freestyle using his "big arms."</p> <p>"Good boy! Yay! What Olympics is that? 2040 Olympics, 50 freestyle," the proud grandmother can be heard telling Flynn.</p> <p>Fans quickly made their way to the comments to react to Lisa's return to the pool as well as her adorable relationship with her grandson.</p> <p>"I hope he has your love for the water," Flynn's father Ryan said.</p> <p>"Congrats Lisa, it's so hard to get up and moving after tragedy &amp; trauma. You're doing so well," another person wrote.</p> <p>"Your stroke hasn't changed!! Flynn's big arms are gorgeous," a third penned.</p> <p>"You're wonderful and always inspiring," a fourth mused.</p>

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Duchess Kate honours Scotland in collared tartan dress

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge knows how to make a statement, so it isn't surprising that she managed to steal the show as she appeared alongside her husband Prince William this week.</p> <p>Coinciding with Burns Night on Monday, the Duke and Duchess spoke from their living room in their country residence, Anmer Hall, where they made their own contribution to the traditional Scottish celebration.</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/CKej8RUlF21/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKej8RUlF21/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The couple teamed up with NHS Charities Together and Tayside Health Fun to host a traditional Scottish lunch for close to 200 staff at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.</p> <p>The lunch consisted of haggis, neeps and tatties - traditional Scottish cuisine.</p> <p>Kate paid homage to the Scottish culture by opting for a tartan outfit, as she made sure to look the part.</p> <p>Sharing the clip to Instagram, Kensington Palace wrote: "This #BurnsNight, we've teamed up with @nhscharitiestogether to provide staff at @nhstayside with a Burns celebration lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties."</p> <p>The caption concluded with a simple message: "Thank you for all that you do."</p>

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Duchess Kate shares touching message from living room

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Duchess Kate shared a touching message from her living room as she joined a heartwarming video call with nurses from across the UK.</p> <p>She dedicated the video to them for their valiant efforts on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic as the UK strain continues to cause chaos.</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/CKVyxZPFFox/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKVyxZPFFox/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"You hear time and time again about the amazing things nurses up and down the country are doing - going that extra mile. It's the things that are not part of the training… but the things that come from your heart, and I think that's what matters so much now: these acts of kindness to the patients you're looking after," she told them.</p> <p>The Palace also wrote a Tweet about nurses.</p> <p>"Nurses up and down the country are going that extra mile, at a time when patients need it the most.</p> <p>"These acts of courage, strength, and kindness matter so much right now &amp; we owe you a huge thank you for all that you have done &amp; continue to do throughout these difficult times."</p> <p>The post was a hit with fans, being viewed by 980,079 people.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Unexpected Prince Harry cameo in Biden's inauguration leaves fans stunned

<p>While people around the world tuned in to watch Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' historic inauguration, eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a sneaky appearance by Prince Harry.</p> <p>A large portrait of Prince Harry was spotted in the background of photos taken during President Biden's official visit to Arlington Cemetery.</p> <p>Royal reporter Omid Scobie shared the photo.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by a royal at President Biden’s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InaugurationDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InaugurationDay</a> visit to Arlington Cemetery. Well, kinda.<br /><br />Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot a giant photo from Prince Harry’s 2013 visit hanging in the background while <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeBiden?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoeBiden</a> caught up with the Clintons. <a href="https://t.co/qWtJrFwRrL">pic.twitter.com/qWtJrFwRrL</a></p> — Omid Scobie (@scobie) <a href="https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1352023086263132163?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by a royal at President Biden’s #InaugurationDay visit to Arlington Cemetery. Well, kinda. Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot a giant photo from Prince Harry’s 2013 visit hanging in the background while @JoeBiden caught up with the Clintons," he joked.</p> <p>Prince Harry has close ties to the Biden family after working closely with Dr Jill Biden after the pair met during a reception for wounded soldiers at the British Ambassador's Residence in Washington.</p> <p>Jill then travelled to London to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games in 2014 and was joined by her husband at the 2016 games in Orlando.</p> <p>Biden has joked that he was a "little worried" about the pair's friendship, stating: "Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry."</p> <p>An insider close to Prince Harry's wife Meghan Markle told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://hollywoodlife.com/2021/01/20/meghan-markle-prince-harry-inauguration-emotional-joe-biden-kamala-harris/" target="_blank"><em>HollywoodLife</em></a><span> </span>that the inauguration was "very personal" for the couple.</p> <p>"Harry's been friends with Joe and [wife] Jill [Biden] for years and Meghan has a huge amount of respect and admiration for them and for Kamala Harris," the source claimed.</p> <p>"It's just a monumental moment in history — watching the first female VP being sworn in will for sure be emotional for Meghan."</p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys shares 11-month-old Oscar's latest milestone

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Sylvia Jeffreys has revealed the latest milestone that her 11-month-old son Oscar has picked up while exploring the world.</p> <p>She shared it on Instagram, showing off that he had taken a sweet snap of himself.</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/CKN4G8LLnrT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKN4G8LLnrT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sylvia Jeffreys (@sylviajeffreys)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Found this in my camera roll. Baby’s first selfie. Impressive for an 11-month-old, but he needs some urgent guidance on angles," she jokingly captioned the pic.</p> <p>It won't be long until little Oscar is teaching his little brother how to take unflattering photos of mum as Sylvia and her husband Peter Stefanovic announced they were expecting baby number two.</p> <p>"When you find out you're getting a best bud for life. Oscar's little brother due in April next year. We are so lucky. 💫💫💫" Sylvia captioned the photo.</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/CGbwg6hHQ7V/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CGbwg6hHQ7V/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sylvia Jeffreys (@sylviajeffreys)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sylvia revealed on air that it was a struggle going through IVF but she was grateful that it had made her fall pregnant again.</p> <p>"We're so thrilled after not the easiest path first time around; we're grateful for this gift, another boy," Sylvia told<span> </span><em>Today Extra</em><span> </span>viewers.</p> <p>"Two boys under two is going to be wild. If you have any advice how to handle the chaos, let me know!"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woman's shower habits spark online debates

<p>A Twitter user has divided the internet after explaining her shower habit and asking the social media platform if it was "normal".</p> <p>“Help me settle a debate," Alice wrote to her followers.</p> <p>“It’s normal to shower with your back to the shower right? Not facing the water?” she asked.</p> <p>Many were quick to share their thoughts on the matter.</p> <p>“I face the water to keep my hair from getting wet and then spin round and hold my hair out of the way to do my back,” one person said.</p> <p>“See I’m not the only one who thinks facing the water is strange,” another added, tagging their friend.</p> <p>People said that they prefer their back to the water so they don't get hit in the face.</p> <p>“Aye but you’ve got to at least face the shower at least once to get hit on the face with the water,” one person then demanded.</p> <p>“I don’t like my face in the water at all, unless I’ve had a terrible day and you do that thing they do in films, where you put your hands on the wall and lean forward with your hair streaming down, like you’ve just blown up an entire planet and need some time to think,” another person joked.</p> <p>One user was "shocked" to learn that people have their backs to the wall.</p> <p>“I just assumed EVERYONE faced the water. Back to the shower is for hangover recovery only, usually breathing deeply and steadying yourself against the wall, praying you’re not pushing sick down the plug hole before the time’s up.”</p> <p>Alice disagreed.</p> <p>“I always face away from the water,” she said. “You stand underneath the water with your back to the shower head so water runs over you!”</p>

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Erin Molan quits booze after drunk dialling Gladys Berejiklian at 1AM

<p><span>It’s not out of the ordinary for a friend to call in for a chat once the drinks have started flowing – however it is a little unusual when the friend is the premier of NSW.</span><br /><br /><span>Erin Molan can vouch that she did indeed make contact with Gladys Berejiklian, during a night out on the town.</span><br /><br /><span>While speaking on <em>2Day FM's Morning Crew</em> with Hughesy, Ed and Erin, Molan admitted she was with Nine colleagues Belinda Russell and Lizzie Pearl when Berejiklian's name came up in conversation.</span><br /><br /><span>"It might have been, say, 11pm, potentially midnight, 1 am — I'm not quite sure," the well-connected journalist recalled to the NSW premier who joined in on the radio program.</span><br /><br /><span>"We were talking about how well you've handled the pandemic, and how we all look up to you.</span><br /><br /><span>"I said to the girls, 'Well, Gladys and I are basically best friends, do you want me to call her and I'll tell her how we all feel?'"</span><br /><br /><span>Molan clarified that she and Berejiklian had become well acquainted with each other after bonding over their shared experience of working in male-dominated industries.</span><br /><br /><span>"I might have used a bit of creative license and talked up our friendship, slightly more than what it was, but I feel like we could then grow into that role," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Molan did however end up calling the politician, revealing the phone was not picked up.</span><br /><br /><span>"So, the premier of the state didn't answer, nor has she returned my call since. So I just wanted to check the status of our friendship, Gladys," she continued.</span><br /><br /><span>A clearly amused Berejiklian verified the radio host's "version of events", saying she thought she'd texted Molan back.</span><br /><br /><span>"If I didn't, I apologise — in my head I did," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Can I be honest? I did have a missed call from midnight, and do you know what I thought, Erin? I thought you'd pocket-dialled me ... I thought, 'Maybe she's looking after [daughter] Eliza or doing something'."</span></p>

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Jacinda Ardern's big dreams

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A recently found newspaper clipping from 1997 shows Jacinda Ardern always had big dreams for herself.</p> <p>The news article was written as she won a speechmaking award and the then "sixth-former" at the Mirronsville College shared her goals.</p> <p>She said that she wanted to be New Zealand's first female Prime Minister.</p> <p>Ardern is currently the second New Zealand woman to be Prime Minister, but the article has gone viral on Twitter.</p> <p>Ardern won the Waikato regional competition of the United Nations Association of New Zealand speech contest, with her speech focusing on drug usage and the measures that need to be taken within society.</p> <p>"My argument was that the UN needs to allocate far more resources to the situation," Ardern says in the interview.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I love this! Dream big. Ad Astra Per Aspera! <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a> <a href="https://t.co/LmMdMu7yxW">pic.twitter.com/LmMdMu7yxW</a></p> — Tanya Blazewicz (she/her) (@tanyablazewicz) <a href="https://twitter.com/tanyablazewicz/status/1349588008949858304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>After she won the competition, she delivered her speech to members of the UN in an annual conference.</p> <p>It'd be 11 years later when she made history as the first female world leader to bring her child to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.</p> <p>She's also clearly taken her speech to heart, as she's introduced a strengthened approach to alcohol and drug addiction in New Zealand in July 2020.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince William's sweet birthday surprise for Duchess Catherine

<p>As the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 39th birthday, Prince William had to get a little more creative than he was last year.</p> <p>This is due to the stage five lockdowns in the UK as well as a strict lockdown across the country, which means Duchess Kate was unable to celebrate with her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/01/kate-middleton-39th-birthday" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a>, Kate had a quiet birthday party at home with home-baked cake.</p> <p>“Catherine isn’t one for lots of fuss or big parties—being with William and the children is her favourite way of spending her birthday," according to a friend.</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/CJ0fGo9liMU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CJ0fGo9liMU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As an extra treat, presents and birthday mail have been redirected to Anmer Hall, which is where the family has been living since the start of the Christmas holidays.</p> <p>Prince William also lined up some surprises for the birthday girl, including family video calls with her family and friends.</p> <p>Despite relaxing on her birthday, royal author Ingrid Seward said that the Duchess will be eager to get back into work in the New Year.</p> <p>“Kate will want to get straight back to work, which won’t be easy with the little ones at home, but she has shown how important her work is to her,” said royal author Ingrid Seward.</p> <p>“It’s not just shaking hands, she’s got to the root of the Early Years campaign and she’s going to be doing much more in this area.”</p> <p>“2020 was a big year for William and Kate,” Seward added. “They emerged from it more popular than ever, but it was also important for them as a private couple. With such busy diaries, they don’t actually get much time together and this has been an exceptional year.</p> <p>"The lockdown has meant they’ve had more time together and this has brought them closer together. The lockdown has been challenging at times but for Kate it’s given her the gift of more time with her husband. When you look at them as a couple, they look really happy together.”</p>

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