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Festive frenzy: ALDI's $20 Special Buy just in time for Christmas

<p>Is there anything ALDI can’t do? The budget friendly supermarket has introduced an innovative product that every wine lover will want to get their hands on, especially with Christmas holidays right around the corner.</p> <p>Coming to stores this weekend, ALDI is bringing out a tote bag that is also a hidden wine cooler.</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/BrWpIEol7jO/?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/BrWpIEol7jO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 😊Happy Days😊 (@ms_joanna_a)</a> on Dec 13, 2018 at 8:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The bag features a large main compartment, removable/reusable drink pouch with dispenser, external zippered pocket, concealed insulated cooler and adjustable/detachable shoulder strap.</p> <p>The nifty tote is a part of ALDI’s Special Buys range and is sure to bring in a crowd when it hits stores this Saturday.</p> <p>It’s priced at an affordable $19.99, but be quick, because we doubt this product will stay on shelves for long.</p> <p>Also on offer are ALDI’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/the-25-aldi-bargain-just-in-time-for-christmas-but-be-quick" target="_blank">affordable magnums</a> which include La Mule Rose ($19.99), Chateu Peyredoule Merlot Petit Verdot &amp; Malbec Blend ($29.99) and a range of speciality Craft British Beers ($3.99 each).</p>

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Viewers' outraged as Nine drops Peter Stefanovic: "Wrong brother"

<p>Aussie viewers have vented their frustration over news Peter Stefanovic has left Channel Nine after 15 years, saying the “wrong brother” had been dropped.</p> <p>The announcement of Peter’s departure came last night, following recent reports that he would lose his hosting gig for <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Weekend Today</em>.</p> <p>Nine Network fans were quick to respond on social media, with many saying that embattled <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today </em>host Karl Stefanovic should’ve been given the flick instead.</p> <p>One viewer wrote: “Would prefer Pete over Karl any day.”</p> <p>Another added: “The wrong brother has left the building… The Nine Network really need to pay attention to the water cooler talk happening in the nation … Australia is over Karl. It’s time for a new look <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today</em>.”</p> <p>The shock announcement comes days after Nine denied a <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Daily Telegraph</em> report that Peter was being replaced on <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Weekend Today</em> due to poor ratings and the controversy surrounding the Ubergate scandal.</p> <p>While travelling in an Uber with his wife Sylvia Jeffreys, Peter was overheard having a speakerphone conversation with his brother Karl, complaining about Nine and their colleagues.</p> <p>In a statement released by Nine, a spokesman said the decision between Channel Nine and the veteran reporter was mutual.</p> <p>“Peter has decided to explore new opportunities and is looking forward to spending weekends with his wife,” they said.</p> <p>“He has been a respected member of the Nine News team and <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Weekend Today</em>, and we wish him all the best for the future.”</p> <p>Peter said he had “an amazing time at Nine being a foreign correspondent, news reporter and covering some amazing stories for <em style="font-weight: inherit;">60 Minutes</em>”.</p> <p>“I’ll miss my friends at Nine very much. It has been a huge privilege to work alongside so many great people,” he said.</p> <p>Peter’s departure comes a fortnight after <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today</em>’s executive producer Mark Calvert stepped down following a year of struggling ratings.</p>

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How Princess Mary will be celebrating Christmas

<p>It’s no secret that the Tasmanian turned Danish Royal has experienced Christmas in every season. Whether it’s Australia’s scorching hot summer or Europe’s minus temperatures.</p> <p>And this year, with all that experience under her belt, the Princess has decided to go all out with her Christmas decorations at the Danish palace.</p> <p>Taking to social media, the Danish royals’ official Instagram account shared a snap of the family’s extravagant tree, covered in multiple baubles and ornaments with the top nearly touching the high ceiling.</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>The family chose to not wrap their tree with fairy lights, choosing to use candles instead. Whether or not that’s a fire hazard, we don’t know, but the Danish royals tend to light the wicks after dinner as a tradition on Christmas Eve.</p> <p>The photo came complete with the caption: “Christmas party in the Knights Hall in Frederik VIII’s Palace, Amalienborg, here on the third Sunday in advent.”</p> <p>Other elements of décor included pine cones and golden baubles carefully placed on top of a marble table.</p> <p>Last Christmas, the Crown Prince and Princess celebrated Down Under where they enjoyed the warm weather and played soccer at Palm Beach in New South Wales.</p> <p>But this Christmas, we’re sure they’ll be covered up in a lot more layers as Denmark is sure to bring a colder front this holiday season!</p>

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Looks like Doria Ragland won’t be celebrating Christmas with the Royal Family after all

<p>Although the Royal Family has many traditions to follow, the Queen has famously made exceptions for Prince Harry’s new wife, Duchess Meghan.</p> <p>Last year, the 37-year-old former actress was allowed to attend Christmas with royals even though traditionally only those who were already married into the clan received an invite from the Queen.</p> <p>An insider told <em>Us Weekly</em> at the time: “Attending as a fiancée is a first for the family. Given that Meghan doesn’t have family in the UK, it’s only right that she spends Christmas with Harry and his.”</p> <p>As the Queen had previously been lenient with bending the Christmas rules for Meghan, it seemed believable when previous reports claimed her mother, Doria Ragland, had been invited to Sandringham to join the royals.</p> <p>A senior source told <em>Daily Express</em>: “It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country — unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family.”</p> <p>However, now royal correspondent Victoria Murphy has gone on record to dispute the unconfirmed claims in a new interview.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Yahoo UK</strong></span></a>’s <em>The Royal Fox</em>, she said: “My understanding is that she’s not going. I don’t think that’s because they weren’t able to or anything like that, I just think it’s not usual for in-laws to go ... I know it was suggested that she was going to go, but that was never confirmed.”</p> <p>Although Doria will not be joining the royals for Christmas, she is expected to spend more time with her daughter as Meghan prepares to welcome her first baby into the world.</p> <p>Doria, who will become a grandmother for the first time in spring, will have rooms set aside for her in the couple’s new home, Frogmore Cottage.</p> <p>However, it is believed that Doria will not be making a permanent move to the Windsor Castle estate as she continues to travel between the UK and the United States. </p>

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The royal honour Duchess Meghan will receive from the Queen next year

<p>Although Duchess Meghan is preparing to unwind with the royal family in Sandringham over Christmas, the Duchess of Sussex will have a busy schedule to maintain in the new year.</p> <p>Apart from welcoming her first child and relocating to Frogmore Cottage with her husband Prince Harry, the 37-year-old will also receive a special honour from the Queen.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Times</u></em></strong></a>, the Queen will pass down to Meghan one of her royal patronages in early 2019.</p> <p>Her Majesty, 92, is a patron of more than 600 organisations that she is passionate about supporting.</p> <p>Reportedly, Harry and Meghan discussed the move with the Queen last week at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>It is believed that Meghan has privately met with various groups to learn more about what they do as she prepares to make her decision.</p> <p>The Duchess is expected to announce the first of her patronages in January or February next year.</p> <p>Before she begins her maternity leave in spring, Meghan will make an official visit to each of the organisations she confirms her partnership with.</p> <p>While it’s an honour to receive one of the Queen’s patronages, it’s not unusual for younger members of the royal family to inherit the monarch’s roles.</p> <p>In 2016, the Queen gave Duchess Kate the patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.</p> <p>The same year, Prince William received the patronage of the Amateur Swimming Association, while Prince Harry was named patron for the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League.</p> <p>According to the Royal Family’s official website, more than 3000 organisations currently list a member of the family as the patron.</p> <p>As the family are inundated with requests from support groups each year, the royal family choose to collaborate with organisations that reflect their values and passions.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge mainly supports groups that focus on the arts, children’s health, mental health and sport.</p> <p>It is believed that Meghan’s first patronages will support women’s rights and empowerment. </p>

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Today show's awkward on-air apology to Coles

<p>Channel Nine has issued an awkward on-air apology after the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today </em>show told their viewers misleading information about Christmas.</p> <p>On Sunday, the Nine Network incorrectly reported on <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Weekend Today</em> that Coles had run out of turkeys for Christmas.</p> <p>“Yesterday we wrongly reported that Coles has run out of turkeys,” the hosts said.</p> <p>“Thankfully we’ve been informed by Coles that the information wasn’t correct and Coles assured us they have a steady supply of turkeys right across the country, so if you’re thinking of having one on your table for Christmas lunch this year, you needn’t worry.</p> <p>“There are plenty of turkeys to be had.”</p> <p>In the lead up to Christmas, turkey is one of the most popular meats in supermarkets across the country.</p> <p>According to an Insights Report, fellow retail giants Woolworths sells 400,000kg of fresh turkeys each year.</p> <p>The cost of turkey and other Christmas meats was expected to surge this year due to the impact of the drought.</p> <p>Massive premiums of almost 80 per cent on grain have been forced on drought-affected farmers.</p> <p>Some Aussie farmers have put the price of their turkeys up by five to 10 per cent in order to cover the cost of the grain.</p> <p>In the Christmas quarter last year, Coles scored $9.1 billion of its annual sales, which was $271 million more than any other sales period.</p> <p>Will you be eating turkey on Christmas Day? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Kate’s star sign reveals exactly who she is

<p>Duchess Kate has been a royal for several years, but her star sign confirms one of the key reasons why she’s flourished in the significant role she married into.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge was born in Reading, England, on January 9, 1982 – meaning that her sun sign is Capricorn and her moon sign is Cancer.</p> <p><a href="https://honey.nine.com.au"><em><strong><u>Nine Honey</u></strong></em></a> reveals that because she is Capricorn, Kate has a grounded approach to life and has the ability to focus on getting things done, especially when they are of significance.</p> <p>This character trait is revealed in her dedication to her royal work since marrying into The Firm in 2011, while also managing to balance her busy life as a mum-of-three.</p> <p>Capricorns are also known to enjoy the simple things in life and don’t mind taking things slow in order to reach their long-term goals.</p> <p>Her patience was shown during her relationship with Prince William, which began during their years as students at St Andrews University in Scotland.</p> <p>Although the couple began dating in 2004, they split in early 2007 to have a break for a short period.</p> <p>Clarence House refused to directly address the rumours of their break-up, saying in a statement: “We don't comment on Prince William's private life." </p> <p>However, during their engagement interview in 2010, William opened up about their break.</p> <p>"We were both very young," William explained.</p> <p>"It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.</p> <p>"It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better,” he said.</p> <p>Kate added: “I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.</p> <p>"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time. Looking back on it."</p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Nine Honey</em>, those who have the moon Cancer in their star sign have the ability to connect with other people’s emotions and are very empathetic.</p> <p>This can be seen in Kate’s work with the mental health awareness initiative ‘Heads Together’, which she helped develop with her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry.</p> <p>Recently, it was also announced that <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-role-announced-for-duchess-kate-immensely-grateful"><strong><u>Kate will be the Patron</u></strong></a> for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p>

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"Bit disappointing”: Coles faces intense scrutiny for selling underweight butter

<p>Coles has faced intense scrutiny after a customer claimed that the 500 grams of butter they purchased from the supermarket was 70 grams underweight.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, a shopper shared photos of two different slabs of 500 grams Coles branded butter on a kitchen scale.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/Coles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Coles</a> we bought a number of your 500g butter to make some delicious cookies for Xmas but only found that all of them were quite under the advertised 500g. Attached are 2 examples of the actual weight. Would appreciate an explanation 🤗 <a href="https://twitter.com/acccgovau?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@acccgovau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/baking?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#baking</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/advertisingfail?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#advertisingfail</a> <a href="https://t.co/ctTzirkKV2">pic.twitter.com/ctTzirkKV2</a></p> — Dou Obed (@Doubiewacky) <a href="https://twitter.com/Doubiewacky/status/1072661558680018944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The scale showed one slab to weigh 433 grams and the other at 430 grams.</p> <p>“Hey Coles, we bought a number of your 500g butter to make some delicious cookies for Xmas but only found that all of them were quite under the advertised 500g,” tweeted the customer.</p> <p>“Attached are two examples of the actual weight. Would appreciate an explanation.”</p> <p>But despite the photos, and the customer claiming the packs were unopened, many users were sceptical over the authenticity of the claim, saying: “Packs look opened to me” and “Have you checked your kitchen scales?”</p> <p>The customer responded saying that their scales were accurate and working perfectly fine.</p> <p>“They were a bit squashed but no manipulation here,” they said, as they mentioned how the scales were checked before the butter was weighed and “besides, zeroing scales generally does the job but checked it against a known weight anyway”.</p> <p>And it turns out, they weren’t the only ones to experience the faulty measurements as another shopper also faced the same problem with the 500 grams of butter.</p> <p>“I’d planned a ‘bakeathon’ only to find each of the three Coles 500g butter packs were only around the 430-440g mark … bit disappointing Coles,” they wrote.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6489717/Coles-slammed-selling-butter-70g-underweight.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em>, a spokesperson from Coles said: “We take accuracy in measurement very seriously.</p> <p>“Household scales may be inaccurate as they are not made to commercial standards and generally have not been recalibrated since purchase,” said the spokesperson.</p> <p>“The measuring equipment used by our supplier is required to be accurate within very strict tolerances and is regularly tested for compliance.</p> <p>“As always, we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100 per cent happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.</p> <p>“We will be following this up with our supplier.” </p> <p>Have you ever purchased an item from a supermarket that weighed less than advertised? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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The ridiculous amount a royal visit costs: "I cannot stand over this type of expenditure"

<p>The staggering price of a royal visit has been revealed after one councillor in Ireland shared a breakdown of the cost of a visit from Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>In June, the heir to the throne and his wife visited Cork, Ireland, for an overnight stop in the university town.</p> <p>Despite their short stay, Cork City Council spent an excessive amount of money to prepare for the trip.</p> <p>And now, Thomas Gould, Sinn Féin Councillor for Cork North Central, has shared a breakdown of the cost on Twitter.</p> <p>He wrote: "Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 ($31,078) for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761 ($320,310).”</p> <p>"I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761. I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more. <a href="https://t.co/WmaUK4SI6o">pic.twitter.com/WmaUK4SI6o</a></p> — CLLRThomas Gould (@ThomasGouldsf) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasGouldsf/status/1072292561333686272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The cost for the visit included $9331 spent on polishing door handles in Town Hall and $9780 on replacing a light in the foyer.</p> <p>However, the council has defended the costs in a statement to CCN, saying the expenditure included “specialist reconditioning, polishing and lacquering of over 260 individual brass items by a local specialist firm".</p> <p>The council also spent money on "reconditioning, polishing and lacquering door handles, escutcheons, push plates, finger plates, brass fittings and kick plates.</p> <p>"These items had not been refurbished since they were first put in place over 80 years ago and were due to be refinished but the project was brought forward due to (the) Royal visit," they said.</p> <p>During Charles and Camilla’s stay, they also visited the English Market which was decorated with $14,669 worth of banners to mark its 230th birthday.</p> <p>What are your thoughts on the cost of Prince Charles and Camilla's royal visit to Ireland? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Carrie Bickmore shares first photo of baby Adelaide

<p>She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl over the weekend, and now Carrie Bickmore has taken to Instagram to share a photo of baby Adelaide.</p> <p>“The nights are long (forgot how long) … but the years are short. Treasuring every moment,” she captioned the adorable snap.</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/BrQ3mopn8Tn/?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/BrQ3mopn8Tn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The nights are long (forgot how long)...but the years are short. Treasuring every moment. #Adelaide</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Dec 11, 2018 at 2:19pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bickmore made the joyful announcement on Sunday by sharing a family photo with her husband Chris Walker and her new bub to Instagram.</p> <p>“Welcome to the world little ADELAIDE (or Addie as your siblings have already started calling you) We are absolutely besotted with you,” she captioned the photo.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrJwCsdHSDx/?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/BrJwCsdHSDx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Welcome to the world little ADELAIDE (or Addie as your siblings have already started calling you 💖) We are absolutely besotted with you 😍</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Dec 8, 2018 at 7:59pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As she recorded her final radio segment for the <em>Carrie and Tommy</em> show, Bickmore shared her excitement as she was preparing to welcome a third child into her family.</p> <p>But despite the joy, Bickmore <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/absolutely-besotted-carrie-bickmore-announces-birth-of-third-child" target="_blank">broke down into tears</a> as she revealed her concerns for her other two children, and how their bond may be affected due to having a third child.</p> <p>“They’re so cute together,” said Bickmore.</p> <p>“And I know families of three and I know they’ll all love each other so much, but I don’t want anything to happen to their bond. So it makes me a little sad.”</p> <p>She also spoke about Evie and Ollie’s predictions of the baby’s gender, and Evie won that round.</p> <p>“Ollie thinks we’re having a boy and Evie thinks we’re having a girl so one of them is going to be very disappointed and one very excited,” said Carrie before the birth of Adelaide.</p>

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New role announced for Duchess Kate: “Immensely grateful”

<p>The palace has announced a new role Duchess Kate will undertake in the new year, being a Patron for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to the hospital with her husband Prince William, to meet with children receiving treatment.</p> <p>The royal mother-of-three is hoping to bring attention to the inspiring work being achieved by medical professionals at the hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p> <p>The official announcement said that Kate hopes to learn more about how the hospital supports its patients and the special services they provide to children with rare conditions.</p> <p>"Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children," the announcement reads.</p> <p>"Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early 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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrQEbL7lanK/?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/BrQEbL7lanK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">"It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead." — The Duchess of Cambridge, today announced as Evelina London Children's Hospital Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.</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_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 11, 2018 at 6:53am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Next year, the hospital, which is part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where the Queen is a Patron, will celebrate its 150th anniversary.</p> <p>Director of Evelina London, Marian Ridley, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron.</p> <p>"The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patient.</p> <p>"It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary.</p> <p>"We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses' support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron."</p> <p>For the special hospital visit, Kate wore a polka dot L.K. Bennett dress, paired with pearl drop earrings.</p> <p>William and Kate happily mingled with staff and parents at the hospital, learning about the services offered and the patients occupying it.</p> <p>Evelina London offers specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions across London. </p>

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Fergie describes Christmas with the royals as “exhausting”

<p>Although Christmas with the Royal Family would be a celebration like no other, Sarah Ferguson has claimed the festive gathering at Sandringham is “exhausting”.</p> <p>The 59-year-old ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, spent many Decembers partaking in the family’s traditions while she was married into the family from 1986 until 1992.</p> <p>Despite many fans watching the royals’ annual parade to St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk on Christmas Day, Fergie has said that the day is less exciting than what it seems.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.newidea.com.au/"><strong><em><u>New Idea</u></em></strong></a>, Fergie said that Christmas celebrations were draining as the Queen didn’t relax on royal protocol and each guest is expected to follow strict rules.</p> <p>The Duchess of York said she had to change her outfit seven times over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to wear a new outfit for each separate event.</p> <p>A change of outfit is reportedly required for the Christmas Eve banquet, Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and casual change of clothes for walking the grounds.</p> <p>This Christmas also marks Duchess Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland’s, first visit to Sandringham for the Christmas season.</p> <p>According to royal expert Jean Broke-Smith, Doria Ragland will have to prepare herself for a unique celebration.</p> <p>“There will be advisors on hand to help Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, but it is going to be difficult,” the advisor and judge on <em>Australian Princess </em>told <em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>“For one thing she will need to bring a trunk full of clothes from California.”</p> <p>The thoughtful gesture by the Queen to invite Doria to Christmas at the palace is a first for the royals, with the Middletons never receiving the invite before.</p> <p>“It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country – unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family,” the <em>Express</em> previously reported. </p>

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Donald Trump’s bizarre 20-minute "temper tantrum" caught on camera

<p>Has Donald Trump, to no one’s surprise, officially lost the plot?</p> <p>With the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives only last month, it hasn’t taken long for the leader of the free world to lash out in an on-camera argument with House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.</p> <p>Seated in the Oval Office, President Trump discussed funding for the infamous border wall between the US and Mexico with the two leaders.</p> <p>A partial shutdown is edging closer, as December 21 will see funding for many agencies to expire.</p> <p>The discussion quickly took a turn when Trump put forward the request for $US5 billion to help build the wall, but Democrats were only ready to shell out $US1.3 billion.</p> <p>The conversation became more heated with every passing second, as the three politicians “pointed fingers, raised their voices and interrupted each other repeatedly as they fought over policy and politics” as reported by the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/schumer-pelosi-set-to-meet-with-trump-on-wall-but-house-gop-stands-firm/2018/12/11/2604b1ae-fd56-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.d408be7ad7e1" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em>.</p> <p>Neither side was ready to back down, as they fought to have their way.</p> <p>But in true Trump fashion, the President chose to take it one step further and make personal attacks against the leaders.</p> <p>Schumer repeated former President Barack Obama’s words as he warned Trump: “Elections have consequences, Mr President.”</p> <p>He probed Trump even further by saying he should not shut down the government just because he “can’t get his way”.</p> <p>“You just say my way or you shut down the government,” Schumer said as he lashed out.</p> <p>The constant back and forth continued as Trump attacked Pelosi’s political performance, saying: “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now.”</p> <p>“Please don’t characterise the strength I bring to this meeting,” she shot back.</p> <p>She went on to say: “The fact is you do not have the votes in the House.”</p> <p>Reporters in the room were left dumbstruck as they witnessed the argument first-hand, which went on for 20 minutes, with Pelosi constantly asking Trump to turn the cameras off for the meeting.</p> <p>Pelosi also said: “This has spiralled downwards.”</p> <p>The argument ended after Trump threatened to shut down the government, saying it’s a measure he’s willing to take if it means he gets what he wants.</p> <p>Pelosi and Schumer both advised the President to not make such a drastic decision, but he remained firm on his word as he said: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. I’m going to shut it down for border security.</p> <p>“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down.”</p> <p>After the heated discussion, Pelosi and Schumer took to the White House lawn to speak to reporters about the incident that had just occurred.</p> <p>“We came in here in good faith and we are entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view,” said Pelosi. “He says, ‘We can pass it in the House right now’. He doesn’t have the votes in the House, to pass whatever his agenda is with that wall in it.</p> <p>“We are telling him, we will keep the government open, with a proposal that Schumer suggested. Why doesn’t he just think about it? In fact, I asked him to pray over it.”</p> <p>When asked about the productivity behind-the-scenes, Pelosi said: “You want to know who is more productive behind the scenes? I hear some of the reporters saying, ‘Why do we not want transparency in this discussion question?’</p> <p>“We don’t want to contradict the president when he is putting fourth figures that have no reality … I didn’t want to, in front of those people, (say) ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”</p> <p>Schumer accused Trump of throwing a “temper tantrum” saying: “This temper tantrum that he seems to throw – will not get him his wall, and it will hurt a lot of people because he will cause a shutdown.</p> <p>“He admitted he wanted a shutdown. It is hard to believe he would want that.”</p> <p>Addressing the press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Our position is the president’s position.</p> <p>“We share the president’s goal … we need to secure the border.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="480" height="290" scrolling="no" src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/d456664a-3c87-4298-8f8b-dff1c2373b96" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>In a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell warned it would be a “very, very long month” if the Democrats refused to back Trump's requests over the wall.</p> <p>“For the nation’s sake, I hope that my Democratic friends are prepared to have a serious discussion and reach an accommodation with the president on funding for border security,” he said.</p> <p>This was the first time after the midterm elections that Trump came face-to-face with Democrats in the Oval Office.</p> <p>Something tells us this is only just the beginning.</p>

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The cheeky Christmas tradition Prince George has inherited from Princess Diana

<p>Prince George, in all his cuteness, is known to be a little bit mischievous in the public eye. He has been caught giggling and making faces at large royal events, like a royal wedding – typical of any young child.</p> <p>With his public cheekiness, it only makes sense that his naughty tendencies continue in private. And what can encourage cheekiness more than Christmas and presents?</p> <p>According to <span><em><a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2016121935316/Prince-William-Prince-George-opening-Christmas-presents/">Hello Magazine</a></em></span>, Prince William, the young royal’s father, revealed to a radio DJ in 2016 that George has a brazen habit of sneakily unwrapping his Christmas gifts early.</p> <p>Prince William revealed that Prince George, who was three years old at the time, had started sneaking under their family Christmas tree in Anmer Hall and would begin unwrapping a few gifts.</p> <p>“I had a really nice chat with Prince William who told me that this was their last week at work, as it were, before Christmas,” <em>KISS FM</em> DJ AJ King shared with <em>Hello</em>.</p> <p>“He said they were all really excited about it and that George is already opening his presents. He thought it was quite funny. That’s kids for you, even the ones that are princes!”</p> <p>This Christmas habit has appeared to be hereditary as Princess Diana, Prince George’s late grandmother, once admitted to doing this herself as a young child in <span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/02/13/diana.auction/index.html">letters she had written which were auctioned off in 2010.</a></span></p> <p>Diana wrote to her personal beautician, Janet Filderman, stating that she could never keep a parcel’s wrapping intact until “the big day”.</p> <p>“I rushed to open your Christmas present, which I thought was quite good considering the 25<sup>th</sup> is actually two weeks away!!” Diana wrote on December 14<sup>th</sup> 1985.</p> <p>Diana also referred to Prince William, who was three years old, in the letters.</p> <p>“I could not resist opening my present, as a parcel of any shape or form has ever been safe with me and I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places!”</p> <p>At least Prince George wasn’t the first, and probably won’t be the last, to inherit this “dreadful” habit.</p> <p>When do you open your Christmas presents? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The small supermarket chain that has upstaged ALDI, Coles and Woolies in “customer satisfaction”

<p>Every year, Australian supermarkets battle it out to win over shoppers with their exclusive deals, fresh produce and affordable prices.</p> <p>Now, it has been revealed that a little-known grocery chain in South Australia, called Foodland, has edged out its major competitors for customer satisfaction.</p> <p>New research from Roy Morgan found that in the past six months, Foodland scored 91 per cent in customer satisfaction.</p> <p>German retailer ALDI came second on 89 per cent, followed by Coles on 85 per cent, Woolworth son 84 per cent and IGA taking the fifth spot on 80 per cent.</p> <p>The Supermarket Satisfaction Report looks at customer satisfaction levels over nine product categories in supermarkets.</p> <p>Foodland, which is owned by IGA, has the highest level of satisfaction for the bread, dairy and delicatessen categories.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7822381/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ab6d2e463dc4277a0bd0b652463f28b" /></p> <p>ALDI was the leader in fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, meat and general merchandise.</p> <p>Aussie shoppers found that Woolworths was the leader in packaged groceries and seafood.</p> <p>Between Coles and Woolies, Coles has higher customer satisfaction for bread, dairy, fresh fruits and meat.</p> <p>However, Woolies scored higher than Coles in seafood, packaged groceries, delicatessen and general merchandise.</p> <p>Roy Morgan’s CEO Michele Levine said: “'Not only is overall satisfaction an important measure of how a retailer is performing but understanding the performance of supermarkets across a range of product areas provides a deeper understanding of how different supermarkets 'stack up' against each other.</p> <p>“South Australian based Foodland has continued its good run in satisfying Australian consumers winning a third straight monthly satisfaction award in October.”</p> <p>Ms Levine explained how Foodland is now placed to win a third straight annual award at Roy Morgan’s Customer Satisfaction Awards early next year.</p> <p>“Foodland's customer satisfaction rating of 91 per cent in October was just enough to overcome fellow 2018 monthly award winner ALDI on 89 per cent,” she said.</p> <p>“The 'Big 2' Australian supermarkets Coles and Woolworths were close behind in battle for third with Coles on 85 per cent and Woolworths on 84 per cent.”</p> <p>Ms Levine said Coles and Woolworths are facing an “increasingly competitive marketplace with ALDI making significant gains in recent years”.</p> <p>Next year, supermarkets will also be facing off against another German supermarket retailer as Kaufland enters Australia.</p> <p>Roy Morgan’s latest research was based on interviews with over 500,000 Aussie shoppers in their own homes. </p>

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The strange way the Queen eats bananas

<p>It’s completely fascinating to see the ways in which royals live.</p> <p>Former head chef of Buckingham Palace from 1982-1993, Chef Darren McGrady, revealed on <span><em><a href="https://www.today.com/food/queen-elizabeth-eats-bananas-knife-fork-former-chef-reveals-t142748">Today Food</a></em></span> the Queens’ peculiar ways of eating bananas.</p> <p>With something we wouldn’t think twice about, like picking up and peeling a banana in order to eat it, the Queen and other royals can’t touch the food with their hands and have to go through a tedious routine in order to eat their fruit.</p> <p>McGrady revealed that the Queen enjoys eating her banana with a knife and fork, however this sounds slightly difficult to comprehend.</p> <p>Is it already peeled? Does it roll on the plate?</p> <p>Don’t worry – McGrady has also provided us with the answers and it all comes down to the way the food, or fruit, is prepared in the palace kitchen.</p> <p>He explained that the ends of the banana are cut off and the peel is sliced down the centre to make it easy to push apart with a fork and knife before being sliced in circles for easy eating. This is definitely fancier than how regular people eat bananas.</p> <p>But that’s not all. Not only are bananas eaten in a surprising way but the same goes for pears.  </p> <p>“The purveyor would bring about 200 for us to choose the ripest by hand,” McGrady explained. Then they would be eaten by “slicing off the top and eating it with a teaspoon like a boiled egg!”</p> <p>McGrady also revealed the routine of a formal dinner event.</p> <p>“I am often asked what the royal family have for dessert, and people are surprised when I say fresh fruit … That’s because what Americans call dessert, the royal family call pudding,” he said.</p> <p>Dessert is served after ‘pudding’ which usually consists of four kinds of fresh fruit.</p> <p>The Queen’s diet aside from formal royal events is said to be clean, simple and healthy. McGrady shared with <span><em><a href="http://recipes-plus.com/article/10-eating-habits-queen-revealed-royal-chef-53">Recipes Plus</a></em></span> that the Queen doesn’t eat starchy foods such as pasta or potatoes – although this rule is wavered during banquets and special occasions.</p> <p>The royals don’t eat garlic and steer clear of shellfish, although a lot of the Queen’s meals consist of fish and vegetables, according to the chef. She is also said to enjoy chocolate sponge cake occasionally after a meal.</p> <p>Would you ever eat a banana like the Queen? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Nightmare discovery in Aussie bush: Have you ever seen this scary critter before?

<p>A hiker has revealed the frightening encounter she had while bushwalking in an Australian national park.</p> <p>Erin Clare-Barrow was trekking up Mount Majura in the ACT when she spotted a huge wolf spider.</p> <p>To make matters even worse, the camouflaged spider was also carrying dozens of baby spiders on its back.</p> <p>The terrifying photo was shared to the ACT Parks and Conservation Service Facebook page.</p> <p>“Look away arachnophobes. This wolf spider was spotted on Mt Majura carrying her babies,” the Conservation Service wrote.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FACTParks%2Fposts%2F2080061945637458&amp;width=500" width="500" height="726" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“They’ll stay on her back for nearly a week until they’re ready to venture on their own. Who would have thought spiders could be so maternal?”</p> <p>The scary image has gained a lot of attention, receiving over 1200 likes and 1800 comments.</p> <p>“Thanks ACT Parks … there’s tonight’s nightmare sorted,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“How can I unsee this?” another asked.</p> <p>One user suggested that the appropriate response to seeing this spider on a hike was to “burn down the mountain and rebuild”.</p> <p>Have you ever seen a wolf spider? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Popular ALDI product recalled over contamination fears

<p>A mayonnaise that is stocked at ALDI has been recalled over contamination fears due to faulty packaging.</p> <p>The NSW Food Authority issued the warning for all batches of the 466g jar of Colway Real Mayonnaise.</p> <p>Authorities fear that the recalled jars have the “potential for glass breakage” to appear inside.</p> <p>Customers have been urged not to eat the product and return it to stores for a full refund.</p> <p>“Faulty packaging could cause injury or result in glass contamination,” the warning reads.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/recall?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#recall</a>: ALDI is recalling Colway Real Mayonnaise 466 g from all ALDI stores. The recall is due to faulty packaging and potential for glass breakage. All batches. <a href="https://t.co/TgdTAWN61o">https://t.co/TgdTAWN61o</a> <a href="https://t.co/DetKJgH2Kk">pic.twitter.com/DetKJgH2Kk</a></p> — NSW Food Authority (@NSWFoodAuth) <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWFoodAuth/status/1070293926437941249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>If you are concerned about your health, you should seek medical advice.</p> <p>For more information about the recall, customers can contact the ALDI Food Recall Hotline on 1800 709 993.</p> <p>This is the second supermarket product to be recalled this week due to faulty packaging.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/check-your-freezer-urgent-recall-issued-for-popular-supermarket-dessert"><strong><u>600g Nanna’s Family Apple Pie</u></strong></a> with a best before date of October 21, 2020 or October 22, 2020 were recalled due to the potential presence of glass.</p>

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Postage rules: The items that are banned from being mailed this Christmas

<p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/" target="_blank">Comparethemarket.com.au</a> has advised those shopping for the upcoming holiday season to be aware of the rules and regulations before sending gifts through mail or by plane.</p> <p>According to the price comparison website, there is a long list of gifts that never make it to the intended recipient.</p> <p>Abigail Koch, a travel insurance expert for <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/" target="_blank">comparethemarket.com.au</a>, said it’s important for consumers to read up on the policies of their chosen postal service or airline.</p> <p>“Although most airports and destinations share common restrictions, it is worthwhile checking the rules and regulations of specific airlines you travel with, as well as the places you’re visiting or sending parcels to,” she said in a statement.</p> <p>“If you’re not careful, you may end up delayed, stuck at security or missing your flight altogether.</p> <p>“While travel insurance may cover missed flights for reasons outside of your or the airline’s control, it won’t cover you if you are at fault.”</p> <p><strong>Items banned from mailing</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Cards including cash:</strong> Cards with cash are not permitted to be sent overseas under any circumstances, and if over $200, then domestically also. Choose to opt for a gift card or a quick bank transfer.</p> <p><strong>2. Jewellery:</strong> A few countries refuse to accept gold, silver and stone jewellery unless they’re insured.</p> <p><strong>3. Toy cap guns:</strong> Don’t even bother trying to mail this one, as the children’s toy falls under explosive material and will not be posted under any circumstances, regardless where you’re sending it.</p> <p><strong>4. Gifts costing over $2000:</strong> If sending a gift that costs above $2000, then you must register it with the Customs and Border Protection Service.</p> <p><strong>5. Hair products: </strong>These products contain flammable ingredients such as peroxide and are banned from mailing.</p> <p><strong>6. Fruit and vegetables:</strong> While the fruit hamper you built may be nice to look at, sending produce interstate is a lengthy process. You will need to obtain a permit due to pest and disease risk.<span> </span></p> <p><strong>Items banned from planes</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Toys with lithium batteries:</strong> Lithium batteries, such as the ones inserted into toys are banned from carry-on luggage.</p> <p><strong>2. Ice skates:</strong> If travelling to a cooler climate, Aussies should pack their skates in their checked baggage and not their carry-on luggage. Sharp blades are considered a potential hazard and are banned from plane cabins.</p> <p><strong>3. Alcohol:</strong> If you plan on taking a few drinks overseas, then make sure to purchase them from duty-free. Bottles of wine, beer and spirits over 100ml are not permitted on flights unless purchased from the duty-free store or placed in your checked baggage.</p> <p><strong>4. Darts:</strong> Make sure to purchase magnetic darts instead of the sharp kind, as security may have an issue if the dart board is in your carry-on.</p> <p><strong>5. Slingshots:</strong> Slingshots are considered a form of weapon so make sure if you’re travelling with one, pack it in your checked luggage.</p> <p><strong>6. Cricket bats or golf clubs: </strong>These items should remain at home, as hockey sticks, billiard cues, baseball bats, golf clubs and cricket bats are all banned from flights.</p>

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Amal Clooney takes on Donald Trump in fiery speech

<p>Amal Clooney was last spotted leaving Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding early to give an empowering speech about her work as a human rights lawyer at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.</p> <p>On Wednesday night, she came into the spotlight again at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards, where she spoke sharply about President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Amal, who was being honoured as the 2018 Global Citizen of the Year, criticised his mistreatment of journalists and the “chilling effect” it was having internationally.</p> <p>She said that journalists around the globe are “under attack like never before” from autocratic regimes including North Korea, the Philippines, Hungary, Turkey and Brazil.</p> <p>“The U.S. president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she said.</p> <p>She also mentioned the tragic torture and death of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Washington Post</em> journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul October this year.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNCA70?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UNCA70</a> dinner in New York, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Myanmar?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Myanmar</a> case of <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Reuters</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo</a> <br /><br />‘The chilling effect is real.’<br /><br />She also talks about the effect of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/US?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#US</a> President <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@realDonaldTrump</a>‘s description of press as an enemy of the people. <a href="https://t.co/m0rE7XCz0R">pic.twitter.com/m0rE7XCz0R</a></p> — Michelle Nichols (@michellenichols) <a href="https://twitter.com/michellenichols/status/1070594928013651968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>This is the first time Amal has come out against Trump so strongly, but she has previously made her feelings about the president and his influence known.</p> <p>“The president of a country should not publicly ridicule a woman who has come forward to allege abuse,” she said at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.</p> <p>Amal and her husband George Clooney donated half a million dollars to March for Our Lives and joined one rally with students in Washington D.C in March.</p>

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