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Dog theft is on the rise: How in danger is your pet and what can be done about it

<p>Dog theft has a devastating impact on people and families and is a known <a href="https://theconversation.com/pet-theft-is-on-the-rise-with-more-than-60-dogs-stolen-in-the-uk-every-week-91418">gateway to animal cruelty</a> and <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/your-money-or-your-pet-76911.html">extortion</a>. Yet <a href="https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9050209">very few criminals get caught, let alone charged</a>.</p> <p>Some victims point to police inaction, others to the courts. But the reality is that the law informs police priorities and resources, and the sentencing of magistrates. The law has also made dog theft a low-risk, high-reward crime which continues to rise in the UK.</p> <p>Under the <a href="http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1968/60/contents">Theft Act 1968</a>, animal companions are legally regarded as inanimate objects when stolen – their sentience and role within the family are not taken into consideration. Nor is pet theft recognised in the <a href="http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/45/contents">Animal Welfare Act 2006</a>.</p> <p>Dog theft crime, and pet theft more generally, is therefore not a specific offence. Instead, stolen pets come under other theft offences such as burglary or theft from a person. Bicycle theft, on the other hand, is recognised as its own offence.</p> <p>This means police records on dog theft are not included in crime statistics, and the only way to access such information is through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to individual police forces.</p> <p><strong>The facts</strong></p> <p>Over the years, <a href="https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9050209">stolen dog figures</a> have been collected by insurance companies and charities and shared by the media, helping to raise awareness of the growing issue. These statistics, however, are always incomplete as police forces do not use a standardised approach to recording pet theft.</p> <p>This means that gathering data from crime recording systems can be time consuming and expensive. The FOI response from Police Scotland, for example, states their systems “do not offer the capability to search according to property stolen”; this is much the same for police forces in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Sussex.</p> <p>My forthcoming <a href="https://www.keele.ac.uk/gge/ourpeople/danielallen/#research-and-scholarship">study</a>, which includes complete FOI statistics for 39 of 44 police forces in England and Wales, found that recorded dog theft crimes rose from 1,545 in 2015 to 1,849 in 2018 – a rise of nearly 20%. Meanwhile, there was a fall in charges related to dog theft crimes: 64 in 2015 to 20 in 2018 – a reduction of nearly 70% (68.7%).</p> <p>In 2018, the police forces with the most dog theft crimes were: Metropolitan (London) (256), West Yorkshire (167), Greater Manchester (145), Merseyside (117), and Kent (108). But overall, only 1% of dog theft crime cases investigated resulted in a charge in England and Wales.</p> <p>Under the Theft Act 1968, sentencing is dependent on the monetary value of the stolen animal (under or above £500), and the crime is treated as a category three (fine to two years in custody) or four offence (fine to 36 weeks in custody) in magistrates court.</p> <p>The Ministry of Justice has rejected multiple FOI requests to establish what exact sentences have been handed down, but media reports show what some dog thieves are receiving if caught.<span class="attribution"><a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/download/success?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.shutterstock.com%2Fgatekeeper%2FW3siZSI6MTU3MTA4NDc0MCwiYyI6Il9waG90b19zZXNzaW9uX2lkIiwiZGMiOiJpZGxfMTIyMzAzNjMzOCIsImsiOiJwaG90by8xMjIzMDM2MzM4L21lZGl1bS5qcGciLCJtIjoxLCJkIjoic2h1dHRlcnN0b2NrLW1lZGlhIn0sImNGK3lsblhKczRzdk13R0xJUGVMMFh3ekhocyJd%2Fshutterstock_1223036338.jpg&amp;pi=33421636&amp;m=1223036338&amp;src=xrXsrrUiknzyi-_dSK0RjQ-2-30" class="source"></a></span></p> <p>In June 2018, a gang of four were tried at Lincoln Crown Court for stealing <a href="https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/real-life-cruella-de-vil-1651862">15 Cavalier King Charles spaniels</a> from a Lincolnshire breeder. Only one of the dogs was later recovered and reunited with its owner, having been thrown from a moving vehicle. All four of the accused pleaded guilty to theft – and the gang members received suspended sentences of between 12 and 16 months.</p> <p>In December 2018, a dog thief who pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court to stealing <a href="http://www.stolenandmissingpetsalliance.co.uk/dog-thief-pleads-guilty-and-received-200-fine-400-costs-and-received-a-drugs-rehabilitation-order-and-my-dogs-are-still-missing-pettheftreform/">two pugs named Betty and Harry</a> and was ordered to pay £200 compensation, £400 costs and received a drugs rehabilitation order – the stolen dogs remain missing.</p> <p>In February 2019, an Amazon driver who stole <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47307136">miniature schnauzer Wilma</a> when delivering dog food was given a 12-month community order by magistrates in High Wycombe.</p> <p><a href="https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/987748/outcry-as-dundee-dog-thief-fined-after-pug-puppy-mysteriously-disappears/">Pixie, an 11-month-old pug,</a> also went missing while being looked after by a family friend in July 2018, and has not been seen since. In September 2019, the dog thief was ordered to pay a £250 fine at Dundee Sheriff Court.</p> <p><strong>Pet theft reform</strong></p> <p>There are currently minimal deterrents for stealing dogs, and it seems the government does not take the crime seriously.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.stolenandmissingpetsalliance.co.uk/">Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (Sampa)</a>, however, is calling for MPs to change this through “Pet Theft Reform” – a campaign which is growing in public and cross-party political support. Campaign petitions in <a href="https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/212174">2018</a> and <a href="https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244530">2019</a> government petitions both passed 100,000 signatures, triggering two parliamentary debates.</p> <p>Sampa has set out two routes to reform. One <a href="https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/212174">is to revise sentencing guidelines</a> in the Theft Act 1968 to “reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right”.</p> <p>Indeed, the <a href="https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8050078">Dogs Trust</a> is also lobbying for dog theft to be recognised as a more serious <a href="https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/dog%20theft%20briefing%20june%202018.pdf">category two offence or above</a>. And according to DEFRA minister <a href="http://bit.ly/2lUfFSS">George Eustice</a>: “The government interpret the latest guidance from the Sentencing Council that the theft of a pet should generally be treated as a category two or three offence.”</p> <p>Although a positive interpretation, this is not the reality in the courts. Also, the sentencing council will not make any revisions to sentencing unless advised by government.</p> <p>The second route <a href="https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244530">is to</a> “amend animal welfare law to make pet theft a specific offence” through the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This would ensure courts consider the fear, alarm or distress to sentient animals rather than their monetary value. It would also mean the proposed six-month to <a href="https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/animalwelfaresentencing.html">five-year sentences for animal cruelty</a> could be used. MP Ross Thomson’s <a href="https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/petstheft.html">Pets Theft Bill</a> made this case – but it failed to complete its passage through parliament before the end of the last session.</p> <p>It is clear that police recording systems for pet theft need to be standardised; dog theft crime statistics need to be more transparent; more resources must be given to help police enforcement; the theft of sentient animal companions should be differentiated from the theft of inanimate objects; the monetary value of the pet should be made irrelevant, and sentences fitting the severity of the crime should also be available in courts.</p> <p>The only way the rise in dog theft can be tackled is by implementing pet theft reform to make this crime a specific offence with custodial sentences. Anything less and the damaging upward trend will likely continue.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Proud parents Harry and Meghan reveal Archie's latest milestone

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared some exciting news regarding their six-month-old son Archie.</p> <p>Archie is crawling.</p> <p>Duchess Meghan shared the exciting news with military families during a surprise visit. Archie is ahead of schedule with this milestone, as most babies begin crawling at the ages of seven to ten months.</p> <p>During the visit, the Duke and Duchess spoke to fellow parents about the difficulties they face as their partners travel to serve the country.</p> <p>Amy Thompson, whose husband Brad is attached to the Welsh Guards, told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/royals/archie-new-milestone-revealed-by-proud-parents/e5d0137a-4c01-4510-89c9-c159138f94e5" target="_blank">9Honey</a></em>:</p> <p>"My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl. [Meghan's] just a normal mum and it was like talking 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/B4j36_wlAPC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B4j36_wlAPC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank you from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to all the military families they met with yesterday. For more details on this surprise visit, please see our previous post. #remembrance #lestweforget Photo ©️SussexRoyal/MOD</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Nov 7, 2019 at 2:16am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The duo also learned about the unique challenges surrounding military life as well as the importance of social networks that exit to support families during deployments.</p> <p>This struck a chord with Prince Harry, as he has previously served in the military.</p> <p>"I can't imagine what it's like to miss so much, as they change so quickly," he said.</p> <p>The couple also spent time speaking with their neighbours, including army wife Leigh Smith and her daughter Molly, 8.</p> <p>"Meghan promised not to tell anyone that I was off school," Molly later told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2019110780244/meghan-markle-prince-harry-reveal-archie-new-milestone/" target="_blank">HELLO!</a>  </em>"She asked me who my best friend was."</p>

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Father adorably interrogates his daughter after returning home with a classmate’s jacket

<p> A little girl, 3, was sweetly questioned by her father after she came home with her classmate’s jacket on.</p> <p> <span>Mila, who lives in North Carolina, is seen in the video wearing a pink and grey jacket that she bought for “five monies” from the “jacket store”.</span></p> <p>Her father, Ehab Rahman, continued to question Mila about where it came from after Mila’s mother Ranya spotted it in her backpack after school.</p> <p><em>Ehab told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/clarissajanlim/this-little-girl-came-home-from-school-with-a-new-jacket?bftwnews&amp;utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc" target="_blank">Buzzfeed News</a><span> </span>a</em>bout the incident.</p> <p>“So as soon as I saw it I was like, ‘OK I have to have this conversation with her’.</p> <p>“And that's when I pulled her to the side and I started interrogating her.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">so mila came home from school today with a random jacket <a href="https://t.co/bAnBo3NOUf">pic.twitter.com/bAnBo3NOUf</a></p> — آيه (@samaraa0) <a href="https://twitter.com/samaraa0/status/1189728296969392129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 31, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span>The clip shows Ehab questioning Mila about where the jacket came </span><span>from.</span></p> <p>“Where did you buy it from?” Ehab asked.<span> </span></p> <p>Mila sweetly replies: “From the jacket store.”</p> <p><span>Her father then asks: “And how much did you pay for it?” to which she replies: “Five.”</span></p> <p><span>When her father asks her what she means, she says: “Five monies”. </span></p> <p><span>Eventually Mila’s father realises that the jacket isn’t hers and says that they have to return the jacket to who it belongs to.</span><span> </span></p> <p>“Okay I think we have to return this jacket because I don't think it's for us,” he says.</p> <p>“I don't think it's for you. Mama didn't buy it for you, I didn't buy it for you.”</p> <p>Her father also mentions that the jacket is “too small”.</p> <p>Mila protests and says that it’s hers.</p> <p>“It's not too small, it fits me!”</p> <p>Mila’s aunt shared the clip on Twitter, explaining the situation.</p> <p>“So Mila came home from school today with a random jacket.”</p> <p>She added: “The jacket belonged to a girl in her class and we were fairly sure the entire time - the questioning was just funny!</p> <p>“We were confused why she would say Connor because we knew it did not belong to him!”</p> <p>She added: “And secondly, for those asking, Mila gave back the jacket to the girl in her class this morning with absolutely no fuss and the Mom thought it was hilarious (I hope this shows that speaking to kids calmly and like they’re adults is important).”</p>

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New research shows that dogs really do chase away loneliness

<p>Feeling lonely? A dog may help. Our research out today confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely.</p> <p>Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park and a general lift in mood all likely help.</p> <p>But our study, published today in <a href="https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-7770-5">BMC Public Health</a>, found dogs didn’t affect psychological distress, the type seen in depression and anxiety.</p> <p><strong>Why are we studying this?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://animalmedicinesaustralia.org.au/report/pets-in-australia-a-national-survey-of-pets-and-people/">Almost two in five Australian households own a dog</a>. And although most dog owners will assure you, in no uncertain terms, their dog is a source of sheer happiness, scientific evidence is lacking.</p> <p>Most previous studies have compared the mental well-being of dog owners to non-owners at a single point in time. The problem with these studies is they cannot tell if dogs actually make us happier, less lonely or less stressed. They also cannot tell us if dog owners are simply in a more positive state of mind in the first place.</p> <p>So, in this study, we measured mental well-being at three points in time: before owning a dog, three months after owning a dog and eight months after owning a dog.</p> <p><strong>What did we do?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://sydney.edu.au/charles-perkins-centre/our-research/current-research/physical-activity-exercise-and-energy-expenditure/dog-ownership-and-human-health.html">Our study</a>, known as the PAWS trial, involved 71 Sydney adults who were separated into three groups:</p> <ul> <li>people who bought a dog within one month of starting the study</li> <li>people who were interested in getting a dog in the near future but agreed not to get one during the study, and</li> <li>people who had no interest in getting a dog.</li> </ul> <p>People filled out surveys to measure their mood, loneliness and symptoms of psychological distress at the three different time-points. We then compared the mental well-being of the groups at the beginning of the study, to the mid-point and to the end-point.</p> <p><strong>Here’s what we found</strong></p> <p>New dog owners felt less lonely after they got a dog compared to the other two groups. The effect happened quite quickly, within three months of acquiring a dog. There was no further decrease in loneliness between three months and eight months.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/298491/original/file-20191024-170462-1dsu3q3.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/298491/original/file-20191024-170462-1dsu3q3.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a> <span class="caption">Aww. The joy of a new dog eased loneliness within the first few months.</span> <span class="attribution"><a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/cute-red-white-irish-setter-pup-1369680155?src=pmJrtCxnszgy7I5x5_29XA-1-47" class="source">from www.shutterstock.com</a></span></p> <p>We also found some evidence that dog owners had fewer negative emotions, such as nervousness or distress, within three months of getting a new dog but this finding was not as clear cut.</p> <p>We found that symptoms of depression and anxiety were unchanged after acquiring a dog. Maybe the dog owners in our study already had low levels of psychological distress before they got a dog, so dog ownership didn’t lower these levels any further.</p> <p><strong>What does it all mean?</strong></p> <p>There are lots of possible reasons dogs can help to lessen feelings of loneliness. We know having a quick cuddle with a dog <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08927936.2015.1070008">boosts people’s mood in the short-term</a>. Maybe daily dog cuddles can also boost owners’ mood in the long-term which could help to lower feelings of loneliness.</p> <p>Dog owners may also meet new people through their dog as <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1348/000712600161673">people are more likely to talk strangers if they are accompanied by a dog</a>. In our study, dog owners also said they had met new people in their neighbourhood because of their dog.</p> <p>So far, there have only been two similar studies to look at mental well-being in new dog owners, one of which was conducted almost 30 years ago.</p> <p>Of these studies, one found dog owners had <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1774745">fewer symptoms of psychiatric disorders</a> after they acquired a dog. The other study found <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/089279307X245473">no difference in loneliness</a> after people brought a new dog home.</p> <p>Dogs may also improve our <a href="https://ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/cir.0b013e31829201e1">physical health</a>, by reducing blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health and increasing the amount of physical activity their owners perform. But, as is the case with mental well-being, the scientific evidence is still limited.</p> <p><strong>So, what happens next?</strong></p> <p>One of the things our study cannot determine is how dogs affect men’s mental well-being. By chance, all the new dog owners in our study were women. So, we don’t know whether dogs affect men’s mental well-being in a different way to women’s.</p> <p>Our next step is to look at mental well-being in a much bigger group of new dog owners to confirm these findings. A bigger study could also provide more insight into the relationship between dog ownership and mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.</p> <hr /> <p><em>If this article has raised issues for you, or if you’re concerned about someone you know, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.</em><!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/125495/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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What the Queen was like as a mother to her children

<p>Queen Elizabeth first became a mother over 70 years ago, when she welcomed Prince Charles to the world in 1948. </p> <p>Soon after came Princess Anne in 1950, just three years before the then-Princess Elizabeth was thrust into the position as the reigning monarch of Great Britain and head of the Commonwealth. </p> <p>It was not for another decade that she had two more children - Prince Andrew in 1960 and their youngest child, Prince Edward in 1964. </p> <p>Despite over 70 years of the royal children of the Monarch being in the spotlight, there is only a handful of information we know about their relationship with their mother. </p> <p><strong>Prince Charles</strong></p> <p>As the heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales has had an abundance of speculation and debate surrounding the strength of his relationship with his mother. </p> <p>Since the Queen’s royal duties came much quicker than she anticipated, she was immediately thrown into the life of a Monarch when her first two children were incredibly young. </p> <p>While there is no doubt Prince Charles was remarkably close to the Queen mother, it is suggested by royal insiders that he was not as close to his own mother. </p> <p>Historian and advisor for<em> The Crown</em>, as well as the author of <em>The Crown: The Official Companion</em>, Robert Lacy, said the Queen thought it to be better to leave her children in the care of nannies and her mother, instead of carting them around the world. </p> <p>She had been brought up in that style herself, after all, with her parents leaving her at home and entrusting her entire schooling to a governess and home tutors," he explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/" target="_blank"><em>Town &amp; Country.</em></a></p> <p>He was also quoted in his controversial 1994 autobiography as saying it was “inevitably the nursery staff” who taught him to play, witnessed his first steps and punished and rewarded him, as a mother would. </p> <p>It was also addressed in a recent biography by Sammy Bedell-Smith that "When Elizabeth became Queen on the death of her father, her dedication to her duties meant even less time for her children.”</p> <p>"She relied increasingly on her husband to make the major family decisions and she depended on the nannies to supervise the daily lives," the historian wrote, and added the Queen and Duke saw their children after breakfast and tea time but "in the manner of the upper class, neither of them were physically demonstrative."</p> <p>It was Prince Charles’ grandmother who seemed to have more of a motherly nature towards her grandson, and royalists were given an insight into just how close they were when he delivered a heartfelt speech at the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002. </p> <p>"For me, she meant everything and I had dreaded, dreaded this moment along with, I know, countless others,” he wrote. </p> <p>Somehow, I never thought it would come. She seemed gloriously unstoppable and, since I was a child, I adored her."</p> <p><strong>Princess Anne </strong></p> <p>Interestingly enough, the second eldest and only daughter to the Queen and Prince Philip, holds entirely different sentiments on her mother’s ability to parent. </p> <p>"I simply don't believe there is any evidence whatsoever to suggest that she wasn't caring. It just beggars belief," Anne said during a sharp-tongued 2002 interview with the BBC to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.</p> <p>According to historian Lacy, Princess Anne had a close bond with her mother particularly in her teen years. </p> <p>"Princess Anne and the Princes Andrew and Edward have all made public their disagreement with Charles in his criticism of the parenting they received. With her love of horses, Anne developed an especially close relationship with her mother during her teenage years, giving her advice about fashion and clothes," he said.</p> <p>Lacy also noted the Queen’s favourite night of the week was “Mabel’s night off” - Mable being the nanny to both Prince Charles and his younger sister as kids. </p> <p>"When nanny Mabel was off duty, Elizabeth could kneel beside the bath, bathe her babies, read to them and put them to bed herself," he wrote. </p> <p><strong>Prince Andrew</strong></p> <p>The royal was born 12 years after his eldest brother, and over eight years on the throne meant the Queen had become “warmer and more flexible,” Lacy wrote. </p> <p>The Queen took a step back from some royal duties to play a hands on role in her third child’s life, as well as Prince Edward who would come four years after Andrew. </p> <p>"Early in the 1960s, Her Majesty decided that she had done her duty by her country, and took the best part of eighteen months off work to produce and enjoy her ‘second family’, the young princes Andrew and Edward, born in 1960 and 1964 respectively," Lacy wrote. </p> <p><strong>Prince Edward</strong></p> <p>Prince Edward was the last of the royal clan to be welcomed in 1964. </p> <p>In the late 1960’s, when Edward was a toddler, Andrew was a young child, and Prince Charles and Princess Anne were well into their early adult years - cameras were allowed into the royal family’s home for a BBC documentary. </p> <p>It was one of the first times the world got to see the Queen as a “playful mother relaxing with her children.”</p> <p>The program included footage of Queen Elizabeth holding her youngest son's hand while the family took a walk around the grounds of Windsor Castle.</p> <p>The sovereign and her youngest child have maintained a close relationship over the years, with Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spending many weekends away with their Queen. </p> <p>"Today Elizabeth II enjoys life as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother," Lacy said.</p> <p>"She clearly delights in the time she can spend with her family, and she seems to be anything but emotionally reserved.</p> <p>"Would she have mothered her children differently if she had the chance? As one of her close friends has said, the Queen was rather scared of parenting when she started out—she’d not been taught it by her own mother. But as she grew into the job, her successive children helped remove her fears.”</p>

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Ukrainian dwarf abandoned by adoptive parents denies claims she’s a “sociopath”

<p>The Ukranian dwarf orphan who was<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/she-tried-to-kill-us-mother-who-adopted-9-year-old-girl-claims-her-new-daughter-is-really-a-22-year-old-sociopath" target="_blank">abandoned by her American adoptive parents</a><span> </span>who accused the dwarf of being an adult pretending to be a child has broken her silence in her first televised interview.</p> <p>Six years ago, in 2013, adoptive parents Kristine and Michael Barnett left Indiana for Canada with their other children and left Natalia Grace Barnett behind, which at the time, Natalia says she was nine.</p> <p>The Barnett family had adopted Natalia three years earlier in 2010 hastily as they were under the impression that she was a six-year-old orphan.</p> <p>However, Natalia’s former adoptive parents became convinced that after adopting her, she was actually 22 and was a sociopathic adult who tried to kill members of their family.</p> <p>“Natalia would do things like place clear thumb tacks on the stairs face up so that when we would walk up the stairs, we would be stepping on thumb tacks to pain and injure ourselves,” Kristine said.</p> <p>However, Natalia has refuted the claims and has spoken to Dr Phil about the accusations, maintaining that she is a child.</p> <p>“It's not true at all. I just want people to hear my side,” Natalia said.</p> <p>Natalia is joined by her new adoptive mother known as Cynthia Mans, who insists that a bone scan that Natalia underwent after she was abandoned proves she is the age she says she is.</p> <p>However, when the Barnett family ordered a bone scan for Natalia, the scans suggested that she had been born in 1989.</p> <p>Cynthia says that despite the first allegations from the Barnett family, herself and her husband did not worry about bringing Natalia into their home.</p> <p>“We're supposed to help. Me and my husband adopted these kids,” she said to Dr Phil.</p> <p>“It's like, who would do it if you don't?”</p> <p>The Barnett family has said that the allegations against them for child neglect have been “devastating”.</p> <p><em>Photo credit: <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/crime/ukrainian-adoptee-allegedly-abandoned-by-indiana-couple-opens-up-to-dr-phil/?utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;xid=socialflow_twitter_peoplemag&amp;utm_campaign=peoplemagazine" target="_blank">People</a>  </em></p>

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Baby number four? Duchess Kate ready for “one more child”

<p><span>The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly vying for “one more child” with her husband, Prince William.</span></p> <p>The senior royal couple has three children already - Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and 18-month-old Prince Louis. </p> <p>However it has been speculated the Duchess, 37, has desires to expand her royal brood by just one more within the next few years. </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/B2CKU6-lbb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B2CKU6-lbb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Sep 5, 2019 at 8:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Kate would love to have one more child. They love playing together and being creative,” a royal insider told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/duchess-kate-would-love-to-have-baby-no-4-with-prince-william/" target="_blank">US Weekly.</a></p> <p>“Painting, baking and building things are all activities they enjoy, and now that Louis' a bit older, he gets involved too."</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/BxqMfZglEOv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/BxqMfZglEOv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on May 19, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The insider added both the royal parents take great pleasure in watching their children grow up into completely different people, with unique personalities. </p> <p>Princess Charlotte was described as “extremely confident” and a lover of attention, while Prince George is typically more “reserved,” and is always looking out for his baby brother as an “excellent leader.”</p> <p>Recently, Duchess Kate was spotted with her two eldest kids, at the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to buy some goodies ahead of Halloween. </p> <p>An onlooker who spotted the happy trio said the royal bought some “Halloween bits for her kids.”</p> <p>“Another shopper said that Kate was in the shop near the clothing and pointed where she was to me. I just couldn't believe it,” the shopper told media.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently returned from a royal tour in Pakistan where they did a number of fun activities - from playing cricket to donning plastic princess tiaras for a tea party. </p>

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Why some animals are able to pause their own pregnancies

<p>Putting your pregnancy on pause until the time is right to give birth sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but for many mammals what’s known as “embryonic diapause” is an essential part of raising their young.</p> <p>Although scientists have known since the 1850s that some animals have this ability, it is only now becoming clear how it could teach us valuable lessons about human pregnancy, stem cells, and cancer.</p> <p><strong>Which animals can do this?</strong></p> <p>More than 130 species of mammal can pause their pregnancies. The pause can last anywhere between a couple of days and 11 months. In most species (except some bats, who do it a little later) this happens when the embryo is a tiny ball of about 80 cells, before it attaches to the uterus.</p> <p>It’s not just a single group of mammals, either. Various species seem to have developed the ability as needed to reproduce more successfully. Most carnivores can pause their pregnancies, including all bears and most seals, but so can many rodents, deer, armadillos, and anteaters.</p> <p>More than a third of the species that take a breather during gestation are from Australia, including some possums and all but three species of kangaroo and wallaby.</p> <p>The record-holder for pregnancy pause time is the tammar wallaby, which has been studied extensively for its ability to put embryos on hold for up to 11 months.</p> <p><strong>Why pause pregnancy?</strong></p> <p>The main advantage to pausing pregnancy is that it separates mating and birth. There are two main ways in which animals do this.</p> <p>The first way is to mate soon after giving birth, to have a backup pregnancy in case something happens to the newborn young. The stress of lactating triggers a pause that lasts during suckling, and the pregnancy restarts once the young leave.</p> <p>The second way is to pause every pregnancy until the time is right (usually depending on the season). For example, minks mate around the start of March but put the embryos on pause until after the spring equinox (March 21), when the days are growing longer in their northern hemisphere homes. This ensures that the young are born in spring when conditions improve, and not in winter.</p> <p>The tammar wallaby combines these two methods (suckling in the first half of the year, short days in the second) to pause for almost a year and give birth in January. This ensures the young leave the pouch the following spring instead of in the middle of a hot Australian summer.</p> <p><strong>What can we learn from diapause?</strong></p> <p>Diapause was first identified in 1854 after hunters in Europe noticed that pregnancy in roe deer seemed to last a lot longer than normal. Since then scientists have been fascinated by this process and it has helped us understand more about basic reproductive processes in all mammals.</p> <p>But it took until 1950 before our knowledge of pregnancy had increased enough so that we could confirm what the hunters had observed 100 years earlier.</p> <p>But how the process worked at the molecular level is still a mystery. Until recently, there seemed to be no connection between which species used it and which didn’t and there didn’t seem to be a unifying mechanism for how pregnancy was paused. Even the hormones controlling diapause are different between mammal groups.</p> <p>However, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1387/ijdb.140074bm">research</a> now suggests that regardless of what hormones affect the uterus, the molecular signalling between the uterus and the embryo is conserved, at least between the mouse, mink and tammar wallaby.</p> <p>Furthermore, <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0033027">researchers in Poland</a> paused embryos from sheep (a non-diapause species) by transferring them into a mouse uterus and then back into the sheep with no ill effects.</p> <p>This indicates the potential for diapause could lie in all mammals, including humans.</p> <p><strong>So when can I pause my pregnancy?</strong></p> <p>It’s unlikely that pausing pregnancy will become the norm in humans. For starters, you’d have to know you were pregnant within five days of conceiving to match the time when most species start diapause.</p> <p>Understanding how mammals pause their pregnancies does have <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5949116/">significant implications</a> for our understanding of how to make healthy embryos. The time when the embryo enters into diapause is the same time in IVF when an embryo is transferred into the uterus. Diapause could help us improve how we grow embryos in culture or how to recognise which is the “best” embryo to transfer.</p> <p>Diapause could also help create better stem cells and find new cancer treatments. The <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/292154a0">first stem cells</a> ever isolated by scientists came from a mouse embryo in diapause, when the cell cycle of the embryo is arrested. Stem cells are also <a href="https://www.cell.com/developmental-cell/fulltext/S1534-5807(15)00658-9">remarkably similar</a> to a diapaused embryo.</p> <p>So understanding how diapause works at the molecular level could lead to new therapies to halt cell division or to identify markers for tumour stem cells, which are thought to be <a href="https://stemcellres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/scrt13">responsible for metastasis</a> in cancer.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/125635/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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Stranger’s kind act for “broken” mum crying in Centrelink

<p>A mother of four young children coping with natal-depression has found herself again, after a devastating moment in Centrelink turned into a beautiful experience. </p> <p>Stephanie Brisbane says her three usually well-behaved children travelled with her to Centrelink to be told by an employee her paid parental application had been denied because a wrong box had been ticked four months prior - meaning the process had to start again which upset Stephanie deeply. </p> <p>“That’s when I just burst into tears,” the 32-year-old told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/sydney-womans-kind-act-for-broken-mum-crying-in-centrelink-114100200.html" target="_blank">Yahoo News.</a></p> <p>She said the moment was heightened when her two-year-old Tiberius began hitting her four-month-old Dakota. </p> <p>“I sat at the Centrelink desk with my three youngest kids going crazy and I just cried,” the mum later wrote about the incident.</p> <p>However the moment she “broke” down was made better when “without saying a word, a beautiful lady came and sat next to my kids, gave them her phone to watch shows on and even handed me a tissue”.</p> <p>The tiny gesture of kindness, Ms Brisbane says, was a simple act that meant the world to her. </p> <p>“She didn’t know that Centrelink has stuffed up my paid parental leave for the second time in four months and it’s taking a toll,” the mum said.</p> <p>“She didn’t know that I have literally just moved house and living out of boxes in chaos and it’s taking a toll.</p> <p>“She didn’t know that I have bad post-natal depression and everyday is a battle and lately it’s been taking a toll.</p> <p>“She just knew that I was a struggling mum.”</p> <p>Unfortunately, the intensity of the situation threw the mother into a panic attack - meaning she wasn’t able to catch the name of the good Samaritan who made her day a little better. </p> <p>After posting the experience at Centrelink to her social media page, the post was then shared on to a local Facebook page which the person who helped her happened to be in. </p> <p>Thankfully, Stephanie was able to find the woman who helped her - a local named Kelly with three children of her own. </p> <p>“You have me in tears,” the fellow parent told Ms Brisbane.</p> <p>“Something honestly just made me get up and come over.”</p> <p>Kelly added she briefly second guessed her decision about approaching the stranger in tears, but ultimately decided she would prefer to be told to “go away” rather than walk out of Centrelink feeling ashamed of herself for not helping someone who looked like they needed it. </p> <p>“I saw myself in you,” Kelly said.</p> <p>“I could see you getting upset and so I just wanted to at least entertain the kids so you didn’t have to worry about them. I wanted to give you a hug and tell you it’s okay.”</p>

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One eyed mare defies the odds and gives birth to twin foals

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A horse stud owner has been left stunned after discovering that his one-eyed mare had defied the odds and given birth to live twin foals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The chances of twin goals being born alive are considered 1 in 10,000.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fabcnews.au%2Fvideos%2F933297287036597%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=476" width="476" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spurrs Stud owner Kevin Spurr said that the birth was a complete surprise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My first thought was ‘don’t tell me another mare has had a foal and run away and left that’,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A bit after that I realised she’d had twins. I was a little bit stunned, actually, I didn’t know what to think.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Katanning Regional Veterinary Hospital owner John Maxwell has been practicing as an equine vet for more than 50 years and has said he has never seen the successful delivery of twin goals that go on to survive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m surprised, very surprised,” Dr Maxwell said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have had a breeder in Wagin that I’ve [aborted] twice because the chances of both surviving were considered almost zero. So this is an exceptional occurrence.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The twin foals, named Snip and Drop, are being well looked after by Mr Spurr and his farmhand Nicole Kumpfmueller. Round-the-clock care is needed for the foals as their mother has one eye and needs to make sure she does not tread on them. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We get out here and they're already waiting and know the routine," Ms Kumpfmueller said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And you have to give them antibiotics twice a day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Every now and then we give them an extra milk bucket as well to make sure they have enough milk because we currently don't know how much she can produce for them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think it's worth it. If you look at them, they're just too cute not to get up."</span></p>

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Justice for Kevin: Man who tore kookaburra's head off could face prosecution

<p>A man who tore the head off a kookaburra in a Perth pub in front of families with young children may still face prosecution.</p> <p>The man, allegedly in his 40s, was at the Parkerville Tavern, when the beloved but chip stealing resident kookaburra known as Kevin stole some chips off his plate.</p> <p>The man allegedly grabbed the kookaburra, pulled the bird's head off and threw it under the table.</p> <p>Kevin was beloved by locals who attended the pub.</p> <p>An RSPCA spokeswoman told AAP that the organisation had not given up on pursuing the man but said that the Animal Welfare Act was unclear.</p> <p>Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has promised to search legal avenues surrounding native wildlife protection.</p> <p>“It is pretty disgusting I think everyone is rightly appalled. We are now checking with the department whether or not this can be characterised as an act of animal cruelty,” she said on Monday to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://10daily.com.au/shows/10-news-first/a191028drqhz/shock-and-disbelief-as-man-who-allegedly-ripped-head-of-kookaburra-may-not-be-prosecuted-20191028" target="_blank">10daily</a></em>.</p> <p>“I think everyone in this community would say there should be some penalty for behaving in this way. And that’s what we are very determined that we will sort this out.”</p> <p>Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has said that a review of the Animal Welfare Act is underway.</p> <p>“If the allegations are true, this is a despicable act. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and WA Police are conducting a joint investigation into the incident,” he said.</p> <p>“The State Government currently has a review of the Animal Welfare Act underway, with an independent panel due to provide advice to the Agriculture Minister next year.</p> <p>“Cases like this will be examined as part of the review.”</p>

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Brutal killing of a beloved kookaburra deemed not to be an offence by RSPCA

<p>A pub-goer has shocked fellow patrons by allegedly ripping the head off a beloved kookaburra named Kevin in an overly aggressive reaction to the bird taking some chips.</p> <p>The man, in his 40s, was dining at Parkerville Tavern when he reportedly became so enraged that he grabbed Kevin, tore him apart from the neck and threw him on the ground.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wildlife/kookaburras-head-ripped-off-in-barbaric-attack-at-parkerville-tavern-ng-b881364437z" target="_blank">Perth Now</a></em>, a woman named Chantelle was nearby with her eight and ten year old children when the incident occurred.</p> <p>“Kevin had flown down onto this bloke’s plate and the bloke grabbed him and I went, ‘Oh my god, he’s got him’, and then he sort of just hesitated for a moment, like seconds, and then put his hands quickly under the table and just ripped his head off,” she told the publication.</p> <p>“The bird squawked when he grabbed it, obviously, but the sound of that... it was just horrible and I was just instantly on my feet. It all erupted then, people were very, very angry and yelling abuse at him.”</p> <p>Other patrons were shocked and demanded the man leave, but he lashed out and told them to “f*** off”.</p> <p>The incident was then reported to RSPCA WA but the organisation has come out in a statement saying that under Western Australia law, the act does not constitute an offence.</p> <p>“It was reported to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline last night that a visitor to the tavern killed Kevin in front of other visitors including families with children. An RSPCA WA Inspector has made inquiries. Sadly, right now under Western Australian law, it does not appear that this horrific act constitutes an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002,” RSPCA WA said in a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/RSPCAWA/photos/a.10152120272653583/10157000620353583/?type=3&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAIS0Hl7OPx5wKZI4grf6PNt_evhCqkzHT2n_I8-z7m4Zm2Rop_wzLiKwVVpTwrE1NEt70zKP4OzTX2JboQle4eehYRVriYRf4nXOXBGxCWX7v91jE-6GSwLh1B5hQIIz-vrccapcvAqRWnabdXzoPIH5axXXAGF9qxKbPJ8rk5v8aFugxpD2P2HmB-s5FjyxpPrFgdcvwQVwnvMrbd8Mj1zo8_8IeEFgCzZcX0Ip6eHLOFAKgpwtCdoq_tGpV8VOo36mVbPphaSY2j-5dYaybFXteUwjInpsv-2xjg1tFN-BC4Q__W4Lt5fZx5oIFMuZWHFOgR_GkX9JxNAFiH&amp;__tn__=-R" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>“Animal Welfare law in WA is based on cruelty and suffering, and due to the quick nature of this bird's demise, it does not appear to meet the level of suffering required to become an offence under the law. Because of that, RSPCA WA Inspectors may not be able to prosecute for animal cruelty.”</p> <p>The RSPCA WA then went on to announce a review to the current Animal Welfare Act, inviting submissions from the public to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare/review-animal-welfare-act-2002?fbclid=IwAR3eDjwZS1ErfsKiNNbVwQZE_9uvfrDYRsalydZ5Rato4kMTCLxv3VfbnYc" target="_blank">help enact the change</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftheparkervilletavern%2Fphotos%2Fa.584488988227854%2F2274794319197304%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="696" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The pub has expressed its sadness over the death of Kevin, saying that the incident is “not the norm and will not be tolerated”.</p> <p>“RIP Kevin. We are still in disbelief about the barbaric attack on one of nature’s gifts. We are so sorry for those who witnessed this despicable act and whilst for many (especially the children) the memory of seeing such a thing will remain fresh for some time yet, please take comfort in knowing that the whole community is standing together against this type of behaviour,” the post read.</p> <p>“This is not the norm and will not be tolerated. The matter is being dealt with by the authorities, so we will know more about what the outcome will be soon. Thank you for everyone’s support. Such a beautiful community.”</p> <p>However, at the time of writing, the pub has released another post and taken the original post down.</p> <p>“As you may have noticed, we have removed the post about the loss of Kevin, our resident Kookaburra, and whilst the investigation is underway, we kindly ask that no further comments regarding the incident are made on our page. We are awaiting further information from the police and will know more soon.”</p>

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“Absolutely monstrous”: Child abuse victim speaks out against PM’s friendship with Hillsong founder

<p>WARNING: This story is graphic.</p> <p>In an emotional interview with<span> </span><em>The Sunday Project</em>, Brett Sengstock opened up about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Hillsong pastor Frank Houston.</p> <p>Frank repeatedly raped Sengstock over five years from the age of seven, and it wasn’t until the age of 16 that he broke his silence to his mother about the abuse.</p> <p>His mother then carried her son’s secret for twenty years before telling church elders about what went on.</p> <p>Sengstock has now revealed how it was handled by Hillsong Church founder and Frank Houston’s son Brian Houston, who is a close friend of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.</p> <p>There’s been intense media scrutiny on the Hillsong Church over the way that Brian dealt with the sins of his father, which included not reporting the incident to police.</p> <p>Brian is also being investigated by the NSW police for failure to disclose his father’s child sexual abuse.</p> <p>“We were big in the church and had strong ties in the church and Frank Houston came over to a Christian camp,” Mr Sengstock told <em>The Sunday Project </em>host Lisa Wilkinson. “Then he came back to my family’s house.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Last month US media reported the White House vetoed one of Scott Morrison’s guests for Donald Trump’s state dinner. This raised lots of questions, which still haven’t been answered. 1/2 <a href="https://t.co/ivcXdzpkt2">pic.twitter.com/ivcXdzpkt2</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1188371475528597504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">27 October 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“One night Frank Houston came in and climbed on top of me and started choking me and turned me over and I passed out. And he raped me. This went on repeatedly for days during that week.</p> <p>“And me and Brian Houston would play on the sand together and Frank would rape me again. Late in the night, back on top of me.”</p> <p>Mr Sengstock said that the abuse continued whenever he encounted Frank Houston as well as at Sengstock’s home in Coogee.</p> <p>After the abuse became known in the 1990’s, Frank contacted Sengstock and offered him $10,000.</p> <p>“Brian Houston facilitated the money but said something to me that rocked me to this day,” Mr Sengstock told<span> </span><em>The Sunday Project</em>. “He said, ‘You know, this is all your fault. You tempted my father.’”</p> <p>Brian has denied he’s ever said this and admitted that the day he confronted his father about the abuse was “the worst day of my life”.</p> <p>”My father, you know, he did some very evil things but there is no way he tried to blame the boy. He took it upon himself,” Mr Houston previously told the <em>Today </em>show.</p> <p>Brian said that he “did not have time” to speak to<span> </span><em>The Sunday Project</em>, and in a statement, the Hillsong Church confirmed the abuse.</p> <p>“The victim was a 36 year old adult when this abuse became known … (and) did not want Pastor Brian or others to go to the police.</p> <p>“At no time did Pastor Brian attempt to dissuade anyone including the victim from going to the police.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Last month US media reported the White House vetoed one of Scott Morrison’s guests for Donald Trump’s state dinner. This raised lots of questions, which still haven’t been answered. 2/2 <a href="https://t.co/Grw0nqC6G8">pic.twitter.com/Grw0nqC6G8</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1188371033352556545?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">27 October 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Scott Morrison has a great friendship with Brian Houston but has flatly refused to answer whether or not he wanted Brian to attend a state dinner hosted by President Donald Trump at the White House.</p> <p>It doesn’t help matters that Scott and his wife Jenny were warmly welcomed to the Hillsong conference by Brian Houston, much to the horror of Sengstock.</p> <p>“It was shocking,” he said. “I couldn’t believe the audacity. Here’s the PM of this country on stage with Brian Houston, who is currently under investigation by the NSW Police, for concealing crimes of his father and they’re up there with their arms around each other. I am absolutely lost for words.</p> <p>“The national apology (to child abuse victims), what was the points in doing it?</p> <p>“It was a scam. I think publicly he did it to appease all the abuse survivors in this country. As for backing it up with anything, it’s absolutely monstrous. An absolute disgrace.”</p>

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New studies reveal dogs are good for our heart health

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new study in the US has proven the link between dogs being good for your heart.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study examined the link between dog ownership and a lowered risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The results showed that dog owners had a 24 per cent lower chance of dying from the disease and it monitored 3.8 million people across the globe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.119.005554"><span style="font-weight: 400;">study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> also showed that dogs also helped those who suffered from a heart attack or a stroke as participants who experience one of the two diseases had a 34 per cent chance of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">not</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> dying from the disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study considered the reasons as to why this was the case, but for dog owners, it’s straightforward.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dogs need exercise and in order to keep our furry friends happy, we indulge them by taking them on walks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Humans getting more exercise is good for heart health, so both parties benefit from this.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.118.005342"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Swedish study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> looked at 300,000 people and found that there are huge benefits for dog owners who live alone, as it lowered the rates of depression in dog owners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study also found that even those who come near a dog experience benefits, as those with hypertension experienced lower blood pressure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Go out and pat a dog, it’s good for your blood pressure.</span></p>

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Royal fright: Duchess Kate stuns shoppers with last-minute Halloween shopping spree at local supermarket

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted browsing for Halloween kids’ costumes at a local supermarket near the family’s country retreat on Thursday.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/10204789/relatable-kate-middleton-praised-royal-fans-spotted-shopping-sainsburys-norfolk/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>, the Cambridge family are spending the half term school holidays at their countryside retreat, which is known as Anmer Hall.</p> <p>An onlooker said the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted picking up Halloween costumes with Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 4.</p> <p>“It was lovely to see her [Kate] just being a normal mum shopping with her kids,” the onlooker said.</p> <p>“I love how she [Kate] just goes about her normal life, she is so down to earth.”</p> <p>Another onlooker told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/kate-middleton-stuns-shoppers-popping-20718032" target="_blank">The Daily Star</a></em><span> </span>about the encounter.</p> <p>"Another shopper said that Kate was in the shop near the clothing and pointed where she was to me. I just couldn't believe it.</p> <p>"She was with Charlotte and George looking at Halloween outfits, but her bodyguard was kind of watching people with phones and telling them no pictures.”</p> <p>Royal expert Phil Dampier said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are making sure that their kids are getting a “normal childhood”.</p> <p>He spoke to Fabulous Digital about it.</p> <p>“William and Kate have made sure that their three children are getting as normal a childhood as possible and they all love the outdoor life.</p> <p>“At Anmer Hall in Norfolk they go for long walks in woods and have frequent trips to the beach.</p> <p>“Kate’s mum Carole is very close to George and often takes him out alone.”</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/B2Bb_K0FDmT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B2Bb_K0FDmT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, joining her older brother Prince George ✏️📚🏫</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Sep 5, 2019 at 1:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans were quick to praise the Duchess for being “relatable”.</p> <p>“Over the years I've enjoyed seeing pics of Kate going about routine things like shopping,” one fan wrote.</p> <p>“She is a perfect representative of the Crown while on royal duties, and just relatable Kate when not on duties.”</p> <p>Another added: “Humble family.”</p>

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Mother who lost 11 babies during pregnancies slams internet trolls

<p>A Melbourne woman who lost 11 babies during pregnancy has slammed internet trolls who called her a “serial killer” and other hurtful names.</p> <p>Samantha Rowe had three stillbirths, six miscarriages and lost twins to cord entanglement.</p> <p>The 40-year-old shared her and her partner Paul Lyons’ story to<span> </span><em>7News</em><span> </span>right before International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day on October 15.</p> <p>Some of the comments she received were heartwarming and triggered all the right emotions. Others, not so much.</p> <p>“Someone called me a serial killer,” Rowe told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/mother-who-lost-11-babies-during-pregnancy-has-message-for-internet-trolls-c-514785" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS.com.au</em></a></p> <p>“It's God telling you you're not meant to have children.</p> <p>"Why would you keep trying? It's sad and it's also selfish.</p> <p>"What age will you give up and stop trying? 50? 60?</p> <p>"Why not try a surrogate with their own sperm and egg? Her body continues to reject pregnancy after pregnancy. It's not fair.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMemoriesofanAngel%2Fposts%2F851185171949924&amp;width=500" width="500" height="701" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>"Lost 11 babies - did they look under the lounge cushion? Maybe check the linen cupboards?"</p> <p>The couple were forced to put their phones away so they don’t come across negative comments.</p> <p>“I was getting really upset,” she said.</p> <p>But she doesn’t regret telling her story.</p> <p>Her aim was to help those in similar situations to share their story and was concerned the negativity would stop that from happening.</p> <p>"That kind of behaviour perpetuates the cycle of isolation because other people who do experience loss see this response from the general public," Rowe said.</p> <p>"These are complete strangers that are persecuting us.</p> <p>"I think then if anyone was perhaps on the fence as to whether they wanted to be honest and upfront about their own experiences, that would make them turn and run away and say, 'we're not gonna tell anyone'."</p> <p>After losing 11 pregnancies, including two miscarriages this year, the couple have turned to the help of donor eggs.</p> <p>They are now eagerly waiting on the arrival of the eggs, which will be implanted next month.</p>

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So grown up! Reese Witherspoon celebrates son’s birthday with heartfelt post

<p>Reese Witherspoon is one who likes to keep a lot of her family life private. </p> <p>However, for her eldest son, Deacon’s sweet 16th she posted a beautiful message along with a snap of the two to celebrate. </p> <p>"Happy 16th Birthday to this guy whose bright smile makes every day better!" she wrote.</p> <p>"Kind, compassionate, hysterical, friendly, and talented," Witherspoon continued. "I'm so lucky to have a son like you!"</p> <p>Witherspoon, 43, shares her son Deacon with ex-husband Ryan Philippe, who posted his own message to Deacon on his Instagram story the night before his son’s milestone age. </p> <p>“The edge of sixteen,” it read. </p> <p>The pair also have another child together, 20-year-old Ava who is their eldest. </p> <p>Witherspoon and her now-husband Josh Toth share a son, Tennesse, who recently just celebrated his seventh birthday. </p> <p>Reese has proven to have some seriously strong genes because her three children look so similar to her it is unnerving. </p> <p>Ava also took to Instagram to share a heartwarming post for her younger brother. </p> <p>“Happy happy sweet 16 to my cooler-than-me little brother with a heart of gold! I couldn’t have gotten any luckier than to have your humor, love, and patience in my life,” she said. </p> <p>“You are always one of the funniest, most thoughtful, peaceful people in the room, and I couldn’t be prouder as your big sister of who you are and who you’re becoming. Happy birthday, D!”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Reese’s three kids, Ava, Deacon and Tennesse all grown up! </p>

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Why some animals have different coloured eyes

<p> </p> <p><strong>Some dogs have two different coloured eyes. Do other animals (besides people) and, if so, why? – George, aged ten, Hethersett, UK.</strong></p> <p>Some dogs are born with one brown eye and one blue eye, which can look very strange, since we’re used to seeing dogs with two brown eyes. This is sometimes called “<a href="https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=pjJKkwJbLBQC&amp;pg=PA211&amp;lpg=PA211&amp;dq=heterochromia+wall+eye&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=QERmm7E3NI&amp;sig=ACfU3U3XvEL1ro-jPAjO3iVmnkAFHukTNg&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwiZntXElZbjAhU8UBUIHVrwBXUQ6AEwF3oECAkQAQ#v=onepage&amp;q=heterochromia%20wall%20eye&amp;f=false">wall eye</a>”, and it’s caused by certain genes that are passed down from parents to offspring.</p> <p>If you look closely, you’ll also see that dogs with two different coloured eyes have unusually coloured coats, too. Their coats might be dappled or streaked with white. This is because the genes for eye colour and coat colour are <a href="https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/jgen/052/02/0425-0440">closely connected</a>.</p> <p>The parents themselves may not show any sign of these unusual coat or eye colours. But usually there’s at least one dog on both sides of the family tree that has the unusual colouring. That’s how the mother and father can both pass on the genes that give some of their puppies the unusual colouring.</p> <p>By now, you might be wondering – what are <a href="https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/gene/603646">genes</a>? Let me explain: every living thing is made up of cells. Each cell contains all the information needed to tell the body what to look like and how to work. Every little bit of information is called a “gene”, and there are lots and lots of genes which decide nearly every aspect of how we are.</p> <p><strong>Passed down from parents</strong></p> <p>For example, there are <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/human_genome.htm">around 25,000 genes</a> in human cells, which can decide everything from our height, to our hair colour or how likely we are to get certain diseases. The genes are made up of DNA, and held together on stringy structures called “chromosomes” in the centre of the cell.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/282211/original/file-20190702-126364-gkw5od.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/282211/original/file-20190702-126364-gkw5od.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a> <span class="caption">See inside a cell, where genes are made of DNA.</span> <span class="attribution"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosome#/media/File:Eukaryote_DNA-en.svg" class="source">Wikimedia Commons/Magnus Manske.</a>, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/" class="license">CC BY-SA</a></span></p> <p>Because every mammal comes from two parents, it has two copies of every gene – one from the mother and one from the father. Each copy may be telling the body to do something different. For example, the mother’s gene might be saying “dark hair” while the father’s says “fair hair”.</p> <p>In that case, the mother’s gene will win and their baby will have dark hair, because the dark hair gene is dominant over the fair hair gene. The baby will only have fair hair if both parents pass on the gene for fair hair.</p> <p>The genes for wall eye and streaky coat are similar to the fair haired gene, in this way. An animal will only have those features if that specific gene is passed down from both parents. When the mother and father carry the gene, but don’t have wall eye themselves, then some of their offspring will have it, though not all of them.</p> <p><strong>Wall eye woes</strong></p> <p>Wall eye is also sometimes seen in rabbits, cats, cattle, sheep and horses. Horses that have one blue eye usually have black and white patches on their coat – they are called “piebald” or “pinto” or “paint”. Some of these horses even have two blue eyes (one of mine does!), which makes them look even more unusual.</p> <p>Humans can also have one blue eye and another of a different colour, like brown or green. This often goes with a white streak in the front of their hair.</p> <p>Sometimes, having wall eye can cause problems. For dogs, the eye that is blue often has problems that <a href="https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/jgen/052/02/0425-0440">can affect its sight</a>. For this reason, breeders don’t let two dogs with wall eye and streaky coat have puppies together. If they do, then the puppies will often be blind and sometimes deaf as well.</p> <p>In horses, wall eye does not seem to cause problems with vision, though having two blue eyes can be <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1002653&amp;type=printable">associated with deafness</a>. Some cats and humans who have it can also have trouble hearing, and humans whose parents both have wall eye may be unable to speak or hear.</p> <p><em><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/jan-hoole-384563">Jan Hoole</a>, Lecturer in Biology, <a href="http://theconversation.com/institutions/keele-university-1012">Keele University</a></em></p> <p><em>This article is republished from <a href="http://theconversation.com">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-why-do-some-animals-have-two-different-coloured-eyes-119727">original article</a>.</em></p>

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Mum runs into trouble with naming her fourth child as the name choice might be ILLEGAL

<p>A Byron Bay mother-of-four has run into a bit of trouble while naming her newborn son.</p> <p>Claire Alexander-Johnston from Byron Bay is a mummy blogger known as JetSetMama and has named her three other children Atlas, Everest and Zephyr.</p> <p>Following the trend, it makes sense that her fourth son would have a unique name.</p> <p>She posted on Instagram and apologised to her 117K strong audience for the delay in letting them know about the name.</p> <p>She wrote: "Sorry this naming business has taken so long! We had a bit of a curveball when we announced your name to our family, as someone pointed out, it's possibly illegal to name you that in Australia, as it falls loosely under the category of 'title' like 'King', 'Duke', 'Lord' or 'Captain'.</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/B3rAu8llYHT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B3rAu8llYHT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Welcome to the family 💙 Citizen Sage Alexander-Johnston. 🌿 You are ten days old. Four delicious kilos already. My favourite child [as long as you never answer me back or disagree with me at all ever 🤪]. You have the colouring of your brother Atlas. The face of your brother Everest [Sochi], and ...well nothing of your sister Zephyr right now 😆 but she’s kind of her own person... [and actually the self-titled Boss of You] ...you’ll work that out pretty fast, don’t worry, I got you. Sorry this naming business has taken so long! We had a bit of a curveball when we announced your name to our family, as someone pointed out, it’s possibly illegal to name you that in Australia, as it falls loosely under the category of ‘title’ like “King” “Duke” “Lord” or “Captain”. We tried to change it. ‘Disco’ even came back into play! 😆 But nothing else felt right for you as a Libra, with a [very sensible and grounded] Capricorn moon. ⚖️ So Citizen you are, and always will be- a Citizen of the world. And amazing Sage 🌿- burning, cleansing, and healing. And in Ancient Greece- a wise man [but you know, no pressure 🤪]. And look, if you have some rough teenage years, and you just wanna hang in the garage punching bongs with “Benji and the crew”, you can always roll out “Zen” as a nickname, and I’ll bring you all snacks and we’ll get through it. Because I’m already so proud, and so in love with you Citizen Sage. You complete me. Welcome to the family, we’re so glad you’re here. ❤️ #citizensage</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/jetsetmama/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Claire Alexander-Johnston</a> (@jetsetmama) on Oct 16, 2019 at 1:16am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We tried to change it. ‘Disco’ even came back into play! But nothing else felt right for you as a Libra, with a [very sensible and grounded] Capricorn moon. So Citizen you are, and always will be- a Citizen of the world."</p> <p>According to legislation in Australia, there are a number of names that are considered unacceptable by Births, Deaths and Marriages.</p> <p>These include swear words, unpronounceable names and names that include numbers or symbols.</p> <p>Another category is names that could be considered a title, which includes “Commissioner”, “Bishop”, “Queen” or “Prime Minister”.</p> <p>Claire spoke to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7592289/Mother-three-reveals-unusual-fourth-child-ILLEGAL.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a><span> </span></em>, saying that her and her partner had put names through a test before choosing it.</p> <p>'When thinking about names we like, Rich and I would put it through the "can they be a rockstar or an accountant?" test. [not that I particularly want either of these professions for any of my children, but you get the drift- "an adaptable name"!],' she said.</p> <p>If they pass the test, the name sticks.</p> <p>Fans of Claire were thrilled, but very curious as to how it passed the BDM.</p> <p><span>"So has it been approved by the BDM!? Such a cool name and so hope it gets approved if its not already,"</span><span> one woman wrote. </span></p> <p>"Wonderful name for a beautiful boy. Very happy for you that you were allowed the name you had your heart set on," another wrote.</p> <p>"Is this his registered name or was it not approved but you're calling him it anyway? Just wondering!!"</p>

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“Unthinkable”: Sad truth hidden in royal wedding snap

<p>Rewind 20 years ago and it would be unthinkable to imagine the Duchess of York beaming proudly alongside her former father-in-law Prince Philip.</p> <p>But at Eugenie’s wedding last year to tequila ambassador Jack Brooksbank, that is exactly what happened in the official royal family portrait.</p> <p>Taking it back to the ‘90s, Fergie was known for being a tabloid favourite, after a series of gaffes and indiscretions.</p> <p>Finalising her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996, the mother-of-two was trying to earn some cash by appearing in Weight Watchers ads and selling Wedgewood tea cups with glee abandon.</p> <p>Even though she still carried her royal title, the lavish lifestyle she was used to living was long gone. No more spending summer with the Queen, who at one point adored her daughter-in-law. And no more carriage driving with Philip, a passion they both shared.</p> <p>Fergie was persona non grata behind palace gates, resolutely shunned.</p> <p>But what made the situation even more complicated was that her daughters were not. The Yorks have always remained close, but it was still a family divided.</p> <p>By the year 2000, Beatrice and Eugenie had reached 12 and 10 years old and started noticing the cold behavior of the royal family towards their mother.</p> <p>Speaking to George Wayne from<span> </span><em>Vanity Fair</em><span> </span>in 2000, the Duchess was asked about the sensitive topic: “Has it reached the point at all where Beatrice will look at you and say, ‘Mummy, why does Grandpa hate you so much?’”</p> <p>Fergie then responded: “Oh, yes. I don’t know if she’s ever used the word ‘hate’. But I think they both want to know why I am excluded from the royal family and family engagements.”</p> <p>Now, 20 years later, the smiles are real, but the hurt Fergie and Andrew’s daughters were forced to endure still live on.</p>

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