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The cutest nicknames owners call their pets

<p>The best thing about having a pet, apart from their never-ending love and companionship, is that you can call them anything you want and they’ll usually respond to it based on your tone.</p> <p>Twitter user and pet owner @metroadlib posted a sweet tweet explaining that while her dog’s name is Cooper, she calls him a range of other things. These names include:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">my dog's name is cooper.<br /><br />i call him--<br />boubba<br />boub<br />honeybunny<br />coopypoopy<br />heyloverthisismorethanacrush<br />stinkboy<br />&amp; sweetboy.<br /><br />i use sweetboy the most.<br /><br />i call this mfer "cooper" exactly 7% of the time.</p> — fooler initiative (@metroadlib) <a href="https://twitter.com/metroadlib/status/1088123017681608706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This tweet resonated with a range of pet owners, who were quick to share what names they call their pets (apart from their actual names).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Koda<br /><br />Kodes<br />Kodesters<br />Koda Popeye<br />Koda Pops<br />Popeye my Popeye<br />Lovebug<br />This Little Butthead<br />Football Head <a href="https://t.co/TDiSi05DeU">pic.twitter.com/TDiSi05DeU</a></p> — chesapeake bae // ᜀ ᜋᜒ (@adotsaint) <a href="https://twitter.com/adotsaint/status/1088128527529058304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Turns out this is a common practice amongst pet owners, with one owner lamenting that his wife called one of their dogs by a nickname so much that it’s all he responds to now.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Our puppy was originally named Gary, here is how it has evolved since:<br />Gary<br />Gar Bear<br />Honey Bear<br /><br />He will now only answer to Honey Bear thanks to my wife. (He’s the white one in this photo) <a href="https://t.co/BCxhXGgnsL">pic.twitter.com/BCxhXGgnsL</a></p> — Thomas Newman (@ThomasNewman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasNewman/status/1088126652763308038?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This practice isn’t limited to dogs either, as cat owners joined in with their nicknames.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">This is Plum. also known as Plumbelina, Plumpert, Plumbarton Oaks, Plumples, Lil’ Baby, BunBun, and Plom. <a href="https://t.co/AekT7ptKRd">pic.twitter.com/AekT7ptKRd</a></p> — tekla 💜✨ (@alketrolyat) <a href="https://twitter.com/alketrolyat/status/1088125529151148034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Do you have any nicknames you call your pets? Let us know in the comments!</p>

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Planning a trip with the grandkids? Here’s how to make it fun!

<p>In order to make sure that your trip with your grandkids will be fun for everyone, it's important to keep a few things in mind before heading off.</p> <p><strong>Get their input</strong></p> <p class="p3">Rather than just planning everything out for the kids, why not get them to help make a decision about the itinerary. By getting them involved in the decision making process it will make them feel more of an equal player on the trip. </p> <p class="p3">Ian Jackson, Boomers Travel Insurance Managing Director, says it's increasingly common for Australians to take their grandchildren on overseas holidays, exposing them to difficulties not ordinarily encountered at home.</p> <p class="p3">“Different countries have different policies on allowing children to enter and leave without their parents,” Jackson advises. “Children travelling with a guardian can leave and return to Australia with only their passports, but other countries have strict rules that require documents beyond the regular passport and visa.”</p> <p class="p3">Jackson also says it is important to check requirements with the embassy, high commission or consulate of each destination country.</p> <p class="p3">Some countries required evidence that a child had parental permission to travel, or might request other documents to identify the parents such as birth certificates, adoption papers or custody orders.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Be aware of the Smart Traveller Insurance Guidelines when travelling with children</strong></p> <ol> <li>Be aware of documentation required by authorities in all countries to be visited.</li> <li>Carry a letter of permission from parents in addition to any other documents required.</li> <li>Be aware of medical requirements and plan to ensure access to child medications.</li> <li>Ensure all travellers are fully covered by travel insurance.</li> <li>Carry emergency contact numbers, including insurer’s help line.</li> <li>Be aware of airline procedures for unaccompanied children if collecting from airports.</li> <li>Consider providing children with identity wristbands showing emergency contact numbers, in case of separation.</li> <li>Register travel plans with the Australian Government<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/" target="_blank"><span>here</span>.</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>Save on insurance</strong></p> <p>Selecting a travel insurance is important to ensure that you are covered when things don’t go to plan. Be sure to choose a plan that offer cover for children when travelling with their parents or grandparents. This is often at no extra cost, as long as they are up to the age of 25 years, not in full-time employment, and are travelling with the policy holder.</p> <p><strong>Plan out the trip</strong></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Travelling with young grandchildren, whether domestically or internationally, requires some extra planning.<span> </span></span>It is advisable to have a letter from the parents giving permission for to be travelling together, with their contact details, who is going on the holiday, how you are connected and all of the holiday details.</p> <p class="p2">Carry copies of the parents’ passports and the child’s birth certificates. Make sure you also have copies of any relevant papers when it comes to custody of the child.</p> <p class="p6">Make sure your grandchildren have proper identification, including local and home contact information on them at all times during the trip. It’s also a good idea to have a recent photo of them in case they do get lost.</p> <p class="p6">By also emailing yourself important information and current photos to an email account you will be able to access anywhere, and you can ensure you will always have the information you need close at hand no matter what.</p> <p class="p3">If your grandchild will be taking any medication during the trip, make sure you are completely clear on the medications and the dosages. Also, ensure you have a notarised authorisation form from your grandchild's parents in case he or she needs medical attention during the holiday. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Top ideas to ensure it is a great trip for everyone</strong></p> <ol> <li>Talk to the parents who will know if their child is ready to be away from home without them, and what they enjoy. Learn their sleeping and eating schedules, and try to stick to them as best as you can even with time zone differences. </li> <li>Take the child out for the day before the big trip – perhaps to the zoo or to the beach – as a test run if you don’t usually spend much time alone with them. It will also give you a chance to test your endurance against that of your grandchild.</li> <li>Discuss the planned holiday with the children to get their input and to get them excited about it. </li> <li>Keep in mind that the memories from time spent together are going to be more important, long term, than where you go.</li> <li>Remember that you are going to have to put their interests first and plan accordingly. And be prepared to change plans midway if things aren’t working out. </li> <li>Don’t be too ambitious – particularly with activities that are regulated like a stage show or a museum.</li> <li>Be prepared to give everyone a little space rather than being in each other’s pockets 24/7.</li> <li>Pack on the light side but if your grandchild has a particular favourite toy having that along may help sleeping in strange rooms and cities. Taking along familiar (packaged) snacks is also a good idea at least for the journey from Australia.</li> <li>Give the kids some of their own spending money. It’s even more exciting for them to work out what souvenirs to buy when it’s a foreign currency.</li> </ol> <p>Have you taken a trip with your grandkids? Did you all have fun? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/planning-a-trip-with-the-grandkids-here%E2%80%99s-how-to-make-it-fun!.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Prince Harry’s lookalike cousin named one of the world’s most eligible bachelors

<p>Prince Harry’s first cousin has just been named one of the world’s most eligible bachelors – and he looks a lot like the Duke of Sussex.</p> <p>Louis Spencer, who carries the title Viscount Althorp, has been included in the list by <em>Tatler</em> magazine – along with a number of other unmarried men from royal families across Europe – as one of the world’s most suitable bachelors.</p> <p>The list also includes Denmark’s Prince Nikolai, Prince Mateen from Brunei and Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece.</p> <p>Viscount Althorp is 24 years old and the fourth child and eldest son of Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer.</p> <p>Charles' first wife, Victoria Lockwood, is the mother of the aristocrat.</p> <p>He is Princess Diana’s first nephew and is the first cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>The Viscount has kept a relatively low profile over the years but was seen attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in May last year.</p> <p>Clearly, good looks run in the family as the older sister of the young aristocrat, Kitty Spencer, is a model for Dolce &amp; Gabbana and Bulgari. </p> <p>Louis' aunt, the Princess of Wales, was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world – and was a main source of news for tabloids before and after her death in 1997.</p> <p>The aristocrat will one day inherit his father’s estate and title – due to British primogeniture law his older sisters, Kitty, Eliza and Amelia will miss out.</p> <p>He will also inherit the famous Althorp estate where Diana lived from seven years old until she was married to Prince Charles.</p> <p>It is also the location where Princess Diana is buried.</p> <p>Swipe through the gallery above to see Prince Harry’s charming cousin.</p> <p>Do you think Prince Harry and Louis Spencer look alike? Let us know in the comments below.  </p>

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Lisa Curry opens up about her new life as a grandma: "It's so much fun"

<p><span> </span>Lisa Curry has opened up about her new life as a grandmother.</p> <p>Talking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/parenting/celebrity-families/lisa-curry-grandchildren-53881" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a>, the Olympic swimming champion said welcoming her first grandchild Flynn was one of the highlights of 2018 for her.</p> <p>Flynn, the first son of Curry’s daughter Morgan and her husband Ryan Gruell, will turn one in March.</p> <p>“Flynn is just the most adorable child, he’s just amazing,” said Curry.</p> <p>“He’s crawling now, I don’t think it’ll be too long before he’s taking his first steps … And the best thing about being a grandparent is you’re able to have so much fun with them and then give them back!”</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/BnyA257BxLn/?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/BnyA257BxLn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Kombi love, and granbaby love .... ahhh life is good 😊💕🌸 #grannieandflynn @morgangruell9 @3hotgrannies</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/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Sep 16, 2018 at 2:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/BrpR3D1grtM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Swimming with Grannie 😊 #grannieandflynn @morgangruell9</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/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Dec 21, 2018 at 1:51am PST</p> <p>The 56-year-old said the whole family spoils the baby, including her new husband Mark Tabone. </p> <p>“Morgan was dancing in a big show on New Year's Eve in Singapore and Dad had to go back to work so Mark and I got to babysit Flynn for a day and night, half a day, and it was so much fun, it was really good.”</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/BpymnTlAYKB/?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/BpymnTlAYKB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">8 months old today😊 My little granbubba💙#grannieandflynn @morgangruell</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/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Nov 4, 2018 at 11:42pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After her stint on <em>I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here </em>in 2017, Curry is now a happy TV viewer at home.</p> <p>She also revealed her favourite contestant in the latest season of the reality TV program, and it is not who she expected.</p> <p>“I really like Jacqui Lambie … but before the show I didn’t like her at all,” Curry said.</p> <p>“I thought, ‘Oh yuck, get out of my face,’ but now, I’d love to sit down and have a chat with her, I think she’s pretty cool.</p> <p>Curry added, “And that’s a shame about society I guess, we form an opinion or a perception about someone and we don’t even know them, which is sad and it’s wrong and then you get to know them and they are nice people so it’s wrong to judge people when you don’t know them.”</p> <p>Curry said she made some friends from her time in the South African jungle. She kept in touch with host Julia Morris and fellow teammates Keira Maguire, Tegan Martin and Natalie Bassingthwaite, who all attended her wedding last year.</p> <p>“I don’t really stay in contact with the others,” said Curry. “You’re thrown into a situation and sometimes you make friends and sometimes you don’t.” </p>

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Pet detective reunites countless pets with their owners

<p>It’s selfless work, but Townsville woman Heather McKindley doesn’t seem to mind. She runs the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/townsvillelostpets/">Lost and Found Pets Townsville</a> website and Facebook pages and by doing this, she reunites lost pets with their owners.</p> <p>McKindley has been so successful, she’s lost count!</p> <p>“I love animals. I just see how many animals are looking for their homes and the number of people in the Townsville community who have lost their pets get upset,” she told <a href="https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/pet-detectives-selfless-work-reunites-countless-pets/news-story/3d8c014d716fd28b7f15153c4e79a47f?nk=8816fb0f5873221c98cd55f3e0795a30-1549257599">The Townsville Bulletin</a>.</p> <p>As McKindley runs seven Facebook pages, it’s safe to say she’s amassed quite a following – with one page having over 8500 people looking for their animals.</p> <p>Her most commonly helped pets include dogs, cats and even birds.</p> <p>As McKindley struggled to fill her time after leaving the army, she figured that a good way to be productive was to help people find their lost pets.</p> <p>“I have chronic manic depression because of the aArmy … I have panic attacks and things,” Ms Mckindley explained.</p> <p>“At home I can just do things at my own pace, this way I can still help people,” she said.</p> <p>“I just keep going on the page and talking to the people.</p> <p>“I spend a lot of time talking to people, I make a lot of phone calls to vets.”</p> <p>Ms McKindley also generously drops off the pets she finds, which can sometimes lead to interesting stories.</p> <p>“A dog was taken from Townsville… its owners went to see the Cowboys (NRL team). When they were away at the game, the dog went missing.</p> <p>“I found the dog in Charters Towers.</p> <p>“The neighbours had taken the dog for a drive and dumped it.”</p> <p>Have you ever lost a pet and been happily reunited? Share your story with us in the comments below.</p>

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Prince Charles' caring move to protect Prince Harry from heartbreak

<p>A young Prince Harry had asked his father if he could collect his mother Diana’s body in the wake of her tragic death, but Prince Charles said no, it has been revealed in a documentary.</p> <p>At just 12 years old, the young prince’s life had taken an unexpected turn – his beloved mother and much-admired Princess had died in a devastating car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.</p> <p>At the time, the Duke of Sussex had requested to go with his father to retrieve his mother’s body from Paris.</p> <p><img style="width: 374px; height: 210px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823220/gettyimages-76309556.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/28eac53d7a8c4a95bddf85d6b4a6feb4" /></p> <p>Princess Diana suffered fatal injuries in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, after a horrific car crash. Her companion Dodi Fayed and driver and security guard Henri Paul also died in the crash.</p> <p>At the time of the accident, the Queen was holidaying in Balmoral with Prince Charles and his young sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>According to the <em>Mirror</em>, the young 12-year-old asked his father if he could travel with his father to Paris to collect Diana’s body.</p> <p>In an effort to prevent further heartbreak and calamity for the young prince, now aged 34, Prince Charles refused his son’s request, with the father of two and ex-husband to Diana travelled alone to Paris to retrieve her body.</p> <p><img style="width: 190px; height: 238px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823221/gettyimages-1041872276.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ecdfdfdcc17d49afa61c6fd1bd6decec" /></p> <p>Richard Kay, a friend of the late Princess and a journalist told <em>7 Days That Shook The Windsors – </em>a documentary that aired on London-based Channel 5 – that the young princes were the main priority for the Royals.</p> <p>Kay said: “The Queen and Prince Charles’ view was that the boys were their main priority ... Charles took the decision that he was going to Paris to bring back Diana’s body.</p> <p>“This was a surprising and brave move. He was an ex-husband, he had no right to be there other than as the father of her sons.”</p> <p>Years later, Prince Harry admitted he “shut down all his emotions” after he lost his mother, for two long decades.</p> <p>“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well," Harry confided. </p> <p><img style="width: 363px; height: 204px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823222/gettyimages-1041872328.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8257fd57f2154109a80f562d7e03d4e6" /></p> <p> </p> <p>The prince revealed he chose not to think of his mother or her death, and avoided the topic altogether as a way of dealing with his mother’s death.</p> <p>“[I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back.</p> <p>“So from an emotional side, I was like, ‘Right, don’t ever let your emotions be a part of anything'.”</p>

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The "peculiar" incident in Prince Philip’s childhood that shaped his entire life

<p>Prince Philip’s childhood was what one would describe as rocky, and when the royal was only a toddler, an incident occurred that would shape his entire life from that moment onwards.</p> <p>Being a part of the Greek royal family at the time, Philip and his family had to flee the country during the war against Turkey.</p> <p>Due to this, his uncle King Constantine I abdicated the throne, forcing Prince Philip’s father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, to be exiled from the country.</p> <p>In what one could only describe as manic, the Prince’s father and mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, smuggled their daughters and baby boy out of the country.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823192/philip2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/184a59c6236148289114a3c90294956d" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince Philip's parents Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg</em></p> <p>“He was only 18 months old, and I think he was, the story goes, he was smuggled out of the country in an orange crate,” said <a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/01/31/20/25/the-windsors-prince-philip-peculiar-childhood-incident-greece" target="_blank"><em>9Honey’s</em></a> royal columnist, Victoria Arbiter, in <em>The Windsors </em>podcast.</p> <p>“So, it was quite an auspicious beginning to his life,” she said.</p> <p>Growing up in the Parisian town of Saint-Cloud, the blonde hair, blue-eyed boy stayed with his immediate family for a few years before moving.</p> <p>At the age of seven, Prince Philip travelled to London to live with his maternal grandmother, Victoria Mountbatten, in 1928. At the time, she was residing at Kensington Palace – the home of his grandchildren years later.</p> <p>During this time, the Prince formed a close relationship with his uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the man he credits for his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth.</p> <p>“He was raised by the Mountbatten family and passed from pillar-to-post a little bit, he had a bit of a rackety childhood,” said Juliet Rieden, author of <em>The Royals in Australia</em>.</p> <p>“Philip really grew up in and out of boarding schools,” said Victoria, going on to say, “He didn’t have a warm family life – his father was largely estranged, it was his uncle Louis Mountbatten who raised him.</p> <p>“It was a difficult childhood and I think that’s really where Philip became a survivor.</p> <p>“It was quite a tragic childhood for someone in his position,” Ms Rieden told the podcast.</p> <p>“You would think, ‘Oh, he’s born a Royal, he must have had an easy life, it must have been a great early start.’ But it really wasn’t, it was a very difficult life.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823193/phillip1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ba33af8af8fb41df89fb30c61e233171" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince Philip at Gordonstoun School in Scotland</em></p> <p>Philip went on to study at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, an all-boys boarding school which proved to be tough but surprisingly, the Prince enjoyed it.</p> <p>“Philip embraced everything Gordonstoun had to offer. He killed it in sports, he killed it in academics, he was so well respected there, it spoke to his philosophy and embraced every element of it,” said Victoria.</p> <p>“I think that’s where he really came in to his own.”</p>

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Naomi Osaka reveals mum's bizarre reaction to Aus Open win: "Didn't even say congrats"

<p>Impressing parents can be tough, even for world number one player Naomi Osaka.</p> <p>The 21-year-old has revealed her mother’s bizarre reaction to her triumph at the Australian Open.</p> <p>“I called my mom after I did all the press,” Osaka told the WTA Insider Podcast. “She didn't even say congratulations. She just yelled at me to go to sleep. So I felt really loved.</p> <p>“And then I called my sister when I got back to the hotel. She was really happy for me, so that was really … I really love talking to my sister.”</p> <p>Osaka emerged as the 2019 Australian Open champion after defeating Petra Kvitova in Saturday’s final. With this new title, Osaka has become the first Asian player in tennis history to earn the world’s number one ranking.</p> <p>However, these achievements still could not get her parents to offer congratulations. Osaka also said her father “doesn’t say anything” about her win.</p> <p>“I guess for me if my mum calls me and she’s excited, that would be the most happiest moment for me, and also my dad,” she said.</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/BnhGwAqlAeC/?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/BnhGwAqlAeC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ (@naomiosakatennis)</a> on Sep 9, 2018 at 12:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Osaka said she was still getting used to being number one. </p> <p>“I feel like for the past two years, all I really wanted to do was to be in the Top 10 because I thought that's how you make a name for yourself,” said Osaka.</p> <p>“To be in this position now is really unreal. I feel like I want to do well during the entire year and not just the hardcourt tournaments.” </p>

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The important role the Queen Mother played in Prince Charles’ life

<p>Prince Charles revealed the close bond he shared with his grandmother, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 2002 during an emotional eulogy.</p> <p>“She was, quite simply, the most magical grandmother you could possibly have,” he said at the time.</p> <p>The message was televised throughout the UK, and showed a teary Charles grieving the loss of his beloved “Granny”.</p> <p>“For me, she meant everything, and I had dreaded this moment. Somehow, I never thought it would come. She seemed gloriously unstoppable.”</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/01/30/11/46/prince-charles-queen-mother-relationship" target="_blank">9Honey’s</a><span> </span>The Windsors</em><span> </span>podcast delves deep into Charles’ relationship with his grandmother, which began early on in his life.</p> <p>Their bond grew stronger after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended the throne.</p> <p>“[The Queen Mother] was more of a mother to him whilst his mother was obviously busy with the duties of being a Queen,” says Juliet Rieden, author of<span> </span><em>The Royals in Australia</em>.</p> <p>“I think she was a touchstone to him.”</p> <p>Elizabeth was seen offering words of encouragement to her grandson, who would one day take his mother’s place on the throne.</p> <p>“My darling Charles … Everyone loves you and is proud of you and I absolutely know you will be able to do wonderful things for this country,” she wrote at the time, when Prince Charles was 20 years old.</p> <p>“Not only leadership but by being your own kind-hearted, loving and intelligent and funny self.”</p> <p>She would consistently write the Prince letters during his time in Australia, where he attended school for two terms. </p>

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The siblings of Serena Williams you may not know about

<p>Serena and Venus Williams are considered to be the most well-known siblings in the world – alongside being the most athletically trained.</p> <p>But while the world cannot get enough of the two tennis legends, what they may not know is that the pair have other siblings that they also share a special bond with.</p> <p>The Williams sisters are the only biological daughters of parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price, but before that, the couple have five and three children from previous marriages respectively. </p> <p>Here are the eight siblings you may not know about:</p> <p><strong>Yetunde, Isha and Lyndrea Price</strong></p> <p>The late daughter of Oracene Price and half-sister of the Williams’ sisters spent time working for the two as their personal assistant.</p> <p>But after a tragic turn of events, Yetunde was killed due to gun violence in 2003 at the mere age of 31 years old.</p> <p>“When [Venus and Serena] received the calls from all of us here, they were saying, ‘Are you sure this is correct?’ They couldn’t believe it,” said a spokesperson to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/crime/serena-venus-williams-sister-yetunde-price-murdered/" target="_blank">People</a> </em>magazine at the time.</p> <p>In honour of their late sister, the two athletes opened the Yetunde Price Resource Centre in Compton.</p> <p>“It meant a lot to us, to myself and to Venus and my other sisters as well, Isha and Lyndrea, that we’ve been wanting to do something for years in memory of her, especially the way it happened, a violent crime,” said Serena during the opening in 2016.</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/BfxNSmNFA0H/?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/BfxNSmNFA0H/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#Sister Isha 💜💜💜💜💜</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/lyndrea_imani/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Lyndrea I Price</a> (@lyndrea_imani) on Feb 28, 2018 at 9:28pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Oracene had two other daughters with ex-husband Yusef Rasheed – Isha and Lyndrea – who’s career paths couldn’t be further from their much more famous sisters.</p> <p>Isha is a lawyer and Lyndrea works in fashion merchandising. Venus recently revealed that she considers Isha as one of her role models.</p> <p>“She’s always saving my life,” said Williams. “I’m grateful for her. I have three older sisters, one younger, and I have my mom. Those were the role models in my life. We’re a tightknit family. We were taught that your sisters are your best friends.”</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/Bd0K6tZh7_Y/?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/Bd0K6tZh7_Y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Women. They are so prominent strong and vital to my life. My mom raised 5 women (one passed) and 3 grand children. I love this photo because we have a close bond. This is what keeps me humble. They are not afraid to tell me anything after all I am the youngest of 5. I'm so happy Olympia has my mom as her grandma (of course she has Alexis Stepmom as well) and I"m happy she has aunts like my sisters Venus , Isha , Lyn and Alexis' sisters Amy and Hayley. Alll women! Coincidence? I think it not. She will fit right in. @voguemagazine @tonnegood hair @angelameadowssalon hair @vernonfrancois makeup @natashagrossmakeupartist @orijahnelmua</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/serenawilliams/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Serena Williams</a> (@serenawilliams) on Jan 11, 2018 at 8:02am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Serena has also spoken about the love she has for her sisters through an Instagram post.</p> <p>“My mom raised 5 women (one passed) and 3 grandchildren,” she wrote. “They are not afraid to tell me anything, after all I am the youngest of 5.”</p> <p>“I’m so happy Olympia has my mom as her grandma (of course she has Alexis’ Stepmom as well) and I’m happy she has aunts like my sisters Venus, Isha, Lyn and Alexis’ sisters Amy and Hayley. All women! Coincidence? I think it not. She will fit right in.”</p> <p><strong>Richard III, Ronner, Sabrina, Chavoita and Dylan Starr Williams</strong></p> <p>Not much is known about the remainder of Serena and Venus’s other siblings, who they are related to through their father Richard.</p> <p>In 2018, a report published in<span> </span><em>The Telegraph</em><span> </span>revealed that Chavoita LeSane, 45, has power of attorney of their father’s property.</p> <p>Dylan Starr, the youngest of the clan was born in 2012 to Richard Williams’ partner Lakeisha Graham.</p> <p>Richard told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newyorker.com/" target="_blank"><em>New Yorker</em></a> in 2014 that he did not want his youngest child to follow in the footsteps of his professional tennis player daughters, saying he didn’t want him to choose tennis as his future career path. </p>

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Ian Thorpe's exciting baby news

<p>Ian Thorpe and his partner Ryan Channing have decided to become new parents. The former Olympian and his partner were recently spotted at a fertility clinic in LA.</p> <p>As Channing, 28 and Thorpe, 36, have been dating for three years, the pair felt like this was the natural next step.</p> <p>Thorpe revealed to <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6601561/Ian-Thorpe-planning-father-U-S-surrogate.html"><em>The</em><span> </span><em>Daily Mail</em></a>: <span>"We're talking about it and have for a while, but it's still early days. </span></p> <p>"Yes, we decided to visit the clinic in LA – it's all part of the plan at this stage," he said.</p> <p>Channing explained why they had decided to go with a clinic in LA instead of Australia.</p> <p>"Becoming parents is something that Ian and myself would love to make happen," he said.</p> <p>"Unfortunately the laws in Australia are difficult for same sex males in regards to surrogacy – California state law has really progressed in this space which makes it the best option legally."</p> <p>Channing added, “[It's] something I would love to see progress further in Australia so same sex couples don't have to trouble abroad to achieve their family goals.”</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/BjEm-30nv1_/?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/BjEm-30nv1_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We met nearly three years ago.... since then we haven’t spent more than a week apart. Today marks two weeks apart. Miss you IT 💟😍</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/ryanchanning/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> ⚡️ RYAN CHANNING</a> (@ryanchanning) on May 22, 2018 at 12:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Thorpe revealed to<span> </span><em>Woman’s Day</em><span> </span>in 2017 that his next goal in life is to become a father.</p> <p>“I've always wanted to have a family – a family of my own,” he revealed.</p> <p>“I've loved being an uncle and I would love being a father as well."</p> <p>The Olympian came out as gay in 2014 during an exclusive interview with legendary talk-show host Michael Parkinson, after years of speculation and fending off rumours about his sexuality.</p>

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Can you take your beloved pet with you to a retirement village?

<p>Consider this scenario: you find a retirement village you like yet there is a ‘no pet’ policy. It can seem harsh and unnecessary, right?</p> <p>If you further question the policy, often a village manager will say they allow goldfish but that’s it – no birds, cats or dogs. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a logical reason why residents can’t have pets in a retirement village. But there are reasons and they are more to do with the owners and not the pets themselves!</p> <p><strong>Potential pet disputes</strong><span> </span></p> <p>Speaking to village managers and some resident associations, you’ll find the reasons behind a ‘no pet’ policy are not a general dislike of animals. It’s more about the possible behaviour of residents about these animals.</p> <p>What seems to happen in retirement villages is a dispute arises between neighbours because of a pet. The village manager is forced to try and handle the situation and this ends up being very difficult.  </p> <p><strong>Issues with neighbours</strong><span> </span></p> <p>There are many real life stories about such disputes in retirement villages around Australia. A bird singing happily in its cage every morning might be music to its owner’s ears, but to the neighbour next door, it’s a raucous, ear-piercing noise which is disturbing their tranquil environment. It is unfortunate but see the problem?  </p> <p>There have been situations where a neighbour has gone to their state tribunal (each state has a retirement village tribunal which can make a judging on disputes) and village operators have become caught up in the dispute, ending up being required to pay court costs in the thousands of dollars.</p> <p>If you ask, village managers will tell you loads of stories about disputes between neighbours centred around the noise a pet makes or the behaviour of a friendly pet which some people love and others find incredibly annoying.</p> <p>For example, there’s the dog that jumps up on people too much or goes into the next door neighbour’s yard and digs up their garden. The list goes on and on. It is hard not to feel a little bit sorry for the managers because they are the ones who end up being the adjudicator, trying to find a solution to these uncomfortable situations.  </p> <p><strong>Who makes the rules?</strong><span> </span></p> <p>Unfortunately, it is easy to see how the manager of a retirement village could end up opting for a ‘no pet’ policy. It is the manager of a retirement village who usually applies pet guidelines, often supported by representatives of the village residents committee and within the guidelines of the village contract.  </p> <p>However, if you want to move into a retirement village and you want to take your pet with you, the first step is to check the village contract and its pet policy. Most contracts have a line relating to your right to quiet, safe and uninterrupted occupation. It becomes a legal responsibility of the village to deliver these rights to you and if pets impact on your peace and quiet, then the village is failing to deliver under the terms of the contract.</p> <p>There’s another rule to look out for which is called the non-replacement rule. For example if you move into a retirement village, they may say you can bring your pet dog or cat but once your beloved pet passes on, you can not get another.  </p> <p>Again, this can seem very harsh. Perhaps the village manager is concerned about what will happen to a young puppy or kitten that may well outlive the resident. This is a tricky situation as it means someone will have to find a new home for the pet.</p> <p>The obvious solution to this situation is for a resident to leave clear instructions as to what members of their family will take over the care of their pet, should they pass on. Once this is done, there should be no concern about the pet’s future, making the owning of a new pet more viable. It is worth at least asking the question to see if you can negotiate.  </p> <p><strong>Can I bring my pet?</strong><span> </span></p> <p>Thankfully, there are quite a few newer retirement villages catering for the market for retirement villages which allow pets. These villages stipulate a clear pet policy in their resident’s contracts, outlining which pets are allowed and which pets are not. There is also added information on how the animals need to be looked after and how they need to behave. For example, cats with bells around their necks are often allowed, as are small to medium size dogs.  </p> <p>While it requires more work and more effort on the retirement village’s part, many residents find it an attractive option to be able to bring their pets with them. It seems if guidelines for pet behaviour are set out clearly in the beginning and disputes are handled in the very early stages – before they escalate and get out of control – having pets can work very well in retirement villages.  </p> <p>This type of pet policy has even been applied to serviced apartments and it’s been found to work – providing a huge win for pet owners all round. And it’s clearly worth it. Most people benefit a great deal from owning a pet. After all having a beloved pet around is great for your health and heart.</p> <p>Did you bring your pets to your retirement village? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by Editor. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/pets/can-you-take-your-beloved-pet-with-you-to-a-retirement-village.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Duchess Kate opens up about every day struggle: “It’s so hard”

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has opened up about her parenting struggles.</p> <p>The mother of three talked about her issues with parenting life at the launch of national support line FamilyLine in London on Tuesday during her visit to Family Action charity.</p> <p>The free helpline service aims to provide practical information, guidance and emotional support for parents and carers in need via telephone calls, email or text messaging.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The Duchess of Cambridge is at <a href="https://twitter.com/family_action?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@family_action</a>’s Lewisham base today to launch their new service ‘FamilyLine’ – which uses a network of volunteers from across the country to support parents &amp; carers through <br />phone calls, email and texts. <a href="https://t.co/2NiOe64tY1">pic.twitter.com/2NiOe64tY1</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1087702911679901701?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>While she has a nanny and a housekeeper to help out with her children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – the Duchess admitted she still has moments of feeling isolated.</p> <p>“It’s so hard,” the Duchess told volunteers at the charity. “You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother, particularly in the early days, but after the age of one it falls away. After that there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read. Everybody experiences the same struggle.”</p> <p>The Duchess also viewed the “Family Monsters” campaign film, which was produced to mark the charity’s 150th anniversary. The film puts the spotlight on hidden “monsters” that families face, such as debt, addiction, mental health issues, relationship problems and lack of quality time.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Every family has its monsters, watch &amp; share our film so we can all talk about &amp; face our monsters together <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MyFamilyMonsters?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MyFamilyMonsters</a> <a href="https://t.co/h9AKVfWpKf">https://t.co/h9AKVfWpKf</a> <a href="https://t.co/1rkAqi6RMP">pic.twitter.com/1rkAqi6RMP</a></p> — Family Action (@family_action) <a href="https://twitter.com/family_action/status/1083331472935796736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Since last year, the 37-year-old has been working with practitioners and academics from a wide range of fields to discuss what more can be done to promote better lives for children with a focus on the earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to infancy.</p> <p>Dawn Daley, one of the helpline’s users, said the Duchess “felt like she was just another friend, she was easy to talk to… When we got emotional, she said [we] were brave to share our stories. She was very compassionate. It’s good someone like Kate is there to let other people know that we all have our struggles.”</p>

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Turia Pitt shares sweet photo with one-year-old son: "Just a couple of smurfs"

<p>Inspirational burns survivor Turia Pitt has shared an adorable photo of herself with her one-year-old son Hakavai, sporting matching outfits on a day out to the beach.</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/Bs49JwtAFIp/?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/Bs49JwtAFIp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Just a couple of smurfs.</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/turiapitt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Turia</a> (@turiapitt) on Jan 21, 2019 at 12:29am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 31-year-old mum shared the snap to her Instagram account, where she’s amassed a large following of 844,000 people, with the caption, "Just a couple of smurfs."</p> <p>Turia Pitt and her fiance Michael Hoskin, celebrated Hakavai’s first birthday last month, and the photos couldn’t be more adorable. </p> <p>The theme of the party was tropical, as the family celebrated around a themed picnic in the park. Close family members and friends were in attendance.</p> <p>Pitt shared in her newsletter at the time: <span>“Hakavai turned one! I know, crazy right? We had a little party for him on the weekend. </span><span>I know I'm biased, but he's pretty cute.”</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrUcKu3AX7x/?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/BrUcKu3AX7x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Hakavai is 1! We had a little party for him on the weekend and I shared some pics with my letter gang earlier today. Thought you might want to see them too! ❤️❤️❤️ [📷@samwphoto]</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/turiapitt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Turia</a> (@turiapitt) on Dec 12, 2018 at 11:37pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Pitt also shared her tips for new mothers in her newsletter.</p> <p>"It's something I'd love you to try, especially now when there's a lot going on, and everyone is in a mad rush to get things done before the holidays. </p> <p>"What would make today great?</p> <p>"Note: you're not asking, 'What do I have to get done today?' You're asking yourself what would make your day awesome," she explained.</p> <p>"Is it calling your best friend? Finishing off that major pitch? Buying a new plant? Going for a run or a surf? Whatever it is, actively visualise yourself doing that thing today.</p> <p>"And then I need you to prioritise it. Give it value. Whatever would make your day great today, do it. I hope you take this tip on board, and start asking yourself this question. It can, and will, radically change your day."</p> <p>Do you have any tips for new mums? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Why Serena Williams doesn’t celebrate her daughter’s birthday

<p>It’s hard to believe a celebrity child not having a birthday bash that other everyday kids’ envy, but that’s exactly what Serena William’s has instilled as she raises her daughter Alexis Olympia.</p> <p>The tennis champion says she will not be celebrating her daughter’s birthday – not now, not ever.</p> <p>“Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,” Williams revealed at a US Open press conference in August 2017.</p> <p>“We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, we don’t do that.”</p> <p>According to Serena’s faith, Jesus Christ never celebrated his own birthday, which means those practicing the religion should follow the same path.</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/BqcoJgDHE_Z/?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/BqcoJgDHE_Z/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a> on Nov 21, 2018 at 7:24am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Serena, who was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness, most likely grew up without celebrating her own birthday, so the entire stance isn’t too unusual for her.</p> <p>And birthdays aren’t the only thing that’s forbidden in the religion. Those who are Jehovah’s Witness reject blood transfusion, don’t take part in sex before marriage and don’t celebrate Easter and Christmas due to its ties to paganism.</p> <p>And due to their dedication to peace, they do not take part in politics or war, and don’t affiliate with people of different religious backgrounds – although they are told to respect all faiths.</p> <p>Despite being raised by her mother as a Jehovah’s Witness, Serena mentioned how she had trouble early on connecting with the beliefs.</p> <p>“Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it,” she said right before Olympia’s birth.</p> <p>The mother-of-one revealed it was her husband Alexis Ohanian who encouraged the star to become more involved.</p> <p>“Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead,” she said. “He puts my needs first.”</p>

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Why Steve Irwin didn’t want kids with wife Terri

<p>Terri Irwin has revealed that she and late husband Steve were not planning to have children.</p> <p>In a new interview with <a href="https://www.pressreader.com/australia/who/20190128/282102047847575"><em>Who</em><span> </span>magazine</a>, the 54-year-old mother of two said they were not thinking of having children until six years into their marriage.</p> <p>The couple, who starred in <em>The Crocodile Hunter</em> together until Steve’s death in 2006, got married in 1992.</p> <p>“When we got married, Steve said, ‘I’m just an action man. I don’t know how we would ever have kids.’ And I didn’t feel strongly one way or another,” said Terri.</p> <p>“But after almost six years of marriage, he burst through the door one evening and said, ‘We’ve got to have children! Who do we leave all this to? Who will carry it on?’</p> <p>“I go, ‘Just because you have children doesn't mean they'll like or do what you do’. He said, ‘Nope! We have to have children and they will love wildlife and so this’.”</p> <p>They later welcomed daughter Bindi in 1998 and son Robert in 2003.</p> <p>At one point, Steve was considering leaving television to spend more time with their children. </p> <p>“I remember him saying to me, ‘I don’t think I’m going to film anymore, I think I’m just going to spend time with my kids’,” Terri told the ABC’s <em>Anh's Brush With Fame</em>.</p> <p>“He never thought he would have a long life. He had this sense that his life would be cut short.”</p> <p>Steve died in 2006 at the age of 44 during a documentary shooting, where he was attacked by a stingray in Batt Reef, Queensland.</p> <p>Terri, Bindi and Robert are now starring in <em>Crikey! It’s the Irwins</em> on Animal Planet, as well as working for their wildlife park Australia Zoo in Queensland, and conservation non-profit Wildlife Warriors.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Good morning Australia and New Zealand! We’ll be back in khaki tonight for “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” at 6:30pm (5:30pm Qld) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnimalPlanet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AnimalPlanet</a>. <a href="https://t.co/q9Sgir6p7J">pic.twitter.com/q9Sgir6p7J</a></p> — Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/TerriIrwin/status/1086374146630504449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Dad always said that he didn’t care if people remembered him, as long as they remembered his message,” Bindi told <em>People</em>.</p> <p>“Every day we work with the beautiful animals at Australia Zoo and do the best we possibly can to ensure dad’s dreams and goals continue.”</p>

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8 of the smartest animals that learn even faster than you

<p>If you thought humans were the fastest learners on the planet, you'd be wrong. Here are 8 animals that learn even faster than you. </p> <p><strong>1. Crows know physics</strong></p> <p>Not only can crows recognise faces to differentiate between predatory and benign species, they also understand basic physics, have been known to change entire migration patterns to avoid farms where crows have been killed in the past, and may even memorize city garbage routes so they can snag the inevitable food droppings on trash day.</p> <p>Talk about some of the smartest animals! Cool, calculating, and known to harbor a grudge, crows shouldn’t be compared to gangsters, per se, but we do feel obligated to remind you that a group of them is called a murder. </p> <p><strong>2. </strong><strong>Pigs use mirrors</strong></p> <p>Pigs may as well be man’s best friend, according to a 2015 paper from the International Journal of Comparative Psychology.</p> <p>Like dogs, pigs have been shown to understand emotions, demonstrate empathy, solve mazes, learn simple symbolic languages and, most adorably, make best friends.</p> <p>As some of the smartest animals in the world, the youngest pigs even put our youngest humans to shame.</p> <p>In an experiment where wee British piglets had to use mirrors to divine the path to a hidden bowl of food, piggies as young as six weeks old learned the concept of reflection within a few hours—a milestone that takes baby humans several months to grasp.</p> <p><strong>3. </strong><strong>Octopi are master escape artists</strong></p> <p>True prison-breakers of the sea, these tentacled creatures have proven time and again their talents for popping lids off screw-top jars, compressing their bulky bodies through slit-small holes, and climbing impossibly out of aquarium tanks to their freedom.</p> <p>Otto, a German aquarium octopus, was even known to throw rocks at the glass and spray water at overhead lamps to short-circuit the annoyingly bright lights (on more than one occasion).</p> <p>Add to their rap sheet the recent innovation of assembling shelters from coconut shells, and there’s no denying cephalopods will one day be our overlords. But would you call their plural "octopuses" or "octopi"? </p> <p><strong>4. </strong><strong>Raccoons pick locks</strong></p> <p>If you’re planning a whimsical animal burglary, you’ll definitely want a raccoon anchoring your squad. In a bizarre 1908 study by ethologist H.B. David, raccoons were able to pick complex locks in fewer than 10 attempts, even after the locks were rearranged or flipped upside-down.</p> <p>Various studies conducted from the '60s to the '90s found that raccoons also boast an impeccable memory, able to recall solutions to tasks for up to three years. Plus, a recent study showed raccoons can solve an ancient Greek puzzle that can even stump humans. </p> <p>Bonus fact: Thanks to their broad hearing range, raccoons literally hear earthworms moving underground. (How this will benefit you in your heist is for you to determine.)</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><strong>Squirrels use sleight of hand</strong></p> <p>If you’ve ever second-guessed yourself while trying to remember an online account password, know that you have stooped to sub-squirrel intelligence. According to a Princeton University study, grey squirrels are capable of remembering where thousands of nuts are buried—for months at a time.</p> <p>They’ll even use subterfuge to trick would-be nut takers; in a 2010 study, squirrels who knew they were being watched dug fake caches for their nuts, making a show of digging holes and patting them over with dirt while hiding their precious nuts under their armpits or in their mouth until they could find a more suitable hiding spot elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>6. </strong><strong>Dolphins cheat</strong></p> <p>Dolphins are often cited as the second smartest animals on Earth due to their relatively high brain-to-body size ratio, the capacity to show emotion, and impressive mimicry of the dumb apes who research them.</p> <p>Now, findings from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi suggest dolphins may also be the second-sneakiest animals on Earth. When dolphins at the Institute were trained to pick up litter in their tanks and exchange them with trainers for fish, one dolphin named Kelly discovered a way to game the system.</p> <p>By hiding scraps of litter under a rock in her tank, Kelly discretely tore single sheets of discarded paper into multiple pieces, then turned them in one at a time to maximize her fishy reward. Kelly’s clever deception, it seems, was no accident; researchers say she did it all on porpoise. </p> <p><strong>7. </strong><strong>Bees hold dance-offs</strong></p> <p>Honeybees have evolved what we call “swarm intelligence,” with up to 50,000 workers in a single colony coming together to make democratic decisions.</p> <p>When a hive gets too crowded in springtime, colonies deploy scouts to look for a new home. If any scouts disagree on where the colony should build its next hive, they argue their case the civilized way: through a dance-off.</p> <p>Each scout performs a “waggle dance” for other scouts in an attempt to convince them of their spot’s merit; the more enthusiastic the dance, the happier the scout was with his spot.</p> <p>The remainder of the colony votes with their bodies, flying to the spot they prefer and joining in the dance until one potential hive reigns #1 bee disco of the neighborhood.</p> <p><strong>8. </strong><strong>Elephants don’t need Facebook</strong></p> <p>In case you’ve forgotten, elephants have incredible memories.</p> <p>They’re able to recall specific routes to watering holes over incredible stretches of terrain and over the span of many years—and they never forget a friend, either. In 1999, an elephant named Shirley arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Immediately, a resident elephant named Jenny became animated and playful. It wasn’t love at first sight; Jenny remembered Shirley from when they performed briefly in a circus together—22 years earlier. </p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brandon Specktor. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/8-smartest-animals-learn-even-faster-you">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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8 cat breeds with the friendliest personalities

<p>Every cat lover knows the stereotype: Cats are aloof, indifferent, and moody. But there are some breeds that are known in the animal-loving community for being more social and affectionate. These are the cat breeds that experts say make the friendliest pets.</p> <p><strong>1. Maine Coon</strong></p> <p>There’s a reason these cats have the nickname “gentle giants”. While larger than the average cat – they usually range in size from nine to 18 pounds – experts note that they tend to be big softies.</p> <p>Their meow is a high-pitched, light sound, often surprising to hear coming from such a massive fur ball.</p> <p>These friendly cat breeds also generally get along great with humans and other cats alike, making them ideal choices for multi-pet households.</p> <p>“[Maine Coons’] sweet natures and playful silliness are a delight to have around,” says Patricia Washburn, author of <em>Self-Care for Cats (And Their Humans)</em>.</p> <p><strong>2. Burmese</strong></p> <p>A majestic-looking feline originally from southeast Asia, the Burmese is a great choice if you want a cat that’ll cuddle up in your lap.</p> <p>Relatively small in size but often stocky, these friendly cat breeds love curling up for a snuggle, and they have no problem letting their humans know when they want attention.</p> <p>“Burmese cats are exceptionally affectionate,” says Bruce Silverman, VMD, a practicing vet at Chicago’s Village West Veterinary.</p> <p>“This has actually been very consistent with the Burmese during their vet visits.”</p> <p><strong>3. Siamese</strong></p> <p>They may be villainous, scheming characters in Disney’s <em>Lady and the Tramp</em>, but don’t let that fool you – Siamese cats are truly kind kitties!</p> <p>Animal expert and communicator Libby Brittain praises Siamese cats as “inquisitive and intelligent”.</p> <p>Aloof, these cats are not – they’re known as one of the most curious breeds, if not the most curious, and often take interest in what their humans are up to. </p> <p>One thing that Brittain notes, though, is that Siamese are one of the most vocal cat breeds, so much so that “you can carry on a conversation” with them.</p> <p>While some cat owners love that, others might prefer a less noisy pet.</p> <p><strong>4. Bombay</strong></p> <p>Who says black cats are bad luck?</p> <p>These black beauties make great companions and, despite being nicknamed “the miniature panther,” they tend to be far more pal than predator.</p> <p>In fact, Washburn calls them “gorgeous creatures who are often great with kids,” and they’re known for being friendly cat breeds that get along with owners and strangers alike.</p> <p><strong>5. Persian</strong></p> <p>These fluffy white felines might be the chosen companions of Bond villains, and while it is true that Persians generally love being held and pampered, the bad-guy association doesn’t hold up.</p> <p>“Just like their sweet faces, this breed is gentle and loves returning affection that they are given,” says Rachel Barrack, DVM, founder of <em><a href="http://www.animalacupuncture.com/">Animal Acupuncture</a></em>.</p> <p>She notes that, while they love a good cuddle, they tend not to be particularly rambunctious or playful.</p> <p>But while they may not make the best choice for people looking for a peppy pet, they’re an affectionate companion for those seeking something a little more laidback.</p> <p><strong>6. Exotic Shorthair</strong></p> <p>Exotic Shorthairs are directly related to Persians ­– they were bred to be a mix of Persians and American Shorthairs.</p> <p>As such, they’re similar to Persians in both looks and personality. Since their short coats require significantly less grooming than Persians’ ample fur, they’re often touted as ideal alternatives to Persians for people with busier schedules.</p> <p>As for disposition, “Exotic Shorthairs are very friendly and … seem to become very loyal to at least one of the humans they live with,” Emily Parker, cat behaviour expert at <em><a href="https://www.catological.com/">Catological</a></em>, told <em>RD.com</em>.</p> <p>On the flip side, though, Barrack notes that Exotic Shorthairs may not immediately be friendly to people they don’t know.</p> <p>“Sometimes it takes this breed a bit of time to warm up to strangers, but these cats are loyal and dedicated pets,” Barrack says.</p> <p><strong>7. Ragdoll</strong></p> <p>Most cat people know exactly how the Ragdoll cat got its name: When a human picks it up, it’ll go limp like a rag doll.</p> <p>But there’s far more to Ragdolls than just passive balls of fur – these friendly cat breeds love to play with their trusted humans and have been known to even come when they’re called.</p> <p>“They’re super affectionate and love to follow their people around,” Washburn told RD.com.</p> <p><strong>8. Abyssinian</strong></p> <p>If you’re looking for a playful, spunky cat with a great personality, these tawny-coloured cats make a purr-fect choice.</p> <p>Known for being boisterous and active, the Abyssinian “loves activities, is super playful, and loves people of ALL ages – young kids included,” according to Barrack.</p> <p><em>Written by Meghan Jones. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/8-cat-breeds-friendliest-personalities?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. 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Princess Mary shares rare photos of twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine

<p>Australia’s own royalty Crown Princess Mary has shared rare pictures of her twin children in celebration of their eighth birthday.</p> <p>In the three images, which were captured by the Princess herself and shared on the Danish Palace’s official Instagram account, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine could be seen posing at a Danish countryside.</p> <p>“Today Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine fill eight years, and on the occasion of the birthday, the Crown Princess has the joy to share a series of new pictures of their royal highnesses,” the Instagram caption said.</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/BsXRJfPAhEM/?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/BsXRJfPAhEM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I dag fylder D.K.H. Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine otte år, og i anledning af fødselsdagen har Kronprinsparret den glæde at dele en række nye billeder af Deres Kongelige Højheder 🇩🇰 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️</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/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:29pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The twins are the youngest children of Princess Mary and Prince Frederik. The couple’s oldest child, Prince Christian, is 13 years old, while the second, Princess Isabella, is 11 years old.</p> <p>The portraits represented some of Princess Mary’s latest photography works. Within the past few months, numerous images on the Instagram account ranging from the Kenya trip to the royal family’s palace interiors have credited the Tasmanian-born Princess.</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/Brc1QDGAtH-/?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/Brc1QDGAtH-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Julestemning i Riddersalen i Frederik VIII’s Palæ, Amalienborg, her på tredje søndag i advent. 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️</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/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Dec 16, 2018 at 5:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Princess Mary’s ascendance from a common Australian girl to Danish royalty has been well-documented. Princess Mary and Prince Frederik met at a Sydney pub during the 2000 Summer Olympics. She moved to Denmark the year after and became engaged to the Crown Prince in 2004. In her transition to the royal life, Princess Mary renounced her Australian citizenship.</p>

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