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Australia's oldest person bids farewell to iconic beach house

<p>In a heartwarming tale that speaks to the enduring love for cherished places and the passing of generational torches, Marija Ruljancich, Australia's oldest person, has bid farewell to her beloved holiday retreat.</p> <p>The Sorrento pile, nestled on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, has found new hands, marking the end of an era and the dawn of a promising new chapter.</p> <p>Marija, who reached the remarkable milestone of 110 years in 2023, has been the guardian of this beachside haven for countless years. With its origins tracing back to 1960, when it was designed by the esteemed architect Daryl Jackson AO for local businessman Robert Riley, the house has stood as a testament to timeless design and cherished memories.</p> <p>The sale of this iconic property has not only captured the attention of locals but also stirred the hearts of many across the nation. Despite its undisclosed transaction sum, it's understood that the sale falls within the property's estimated range, a fitting exchange for a home steeped in history and affection.</p> <p>What truly warms the soul is the buyer's commitment to honouring the legacy of Riley House. With plans to restore the dwelling to its original glory, there's a palpable sense of joy and relief within Marija's family. The Melbourne-based buyer, driven by a passion for preserving architectural heritage, sees beyond the bricks and mortar; they envision a continuation of the house's story, enriched by their own memories and experiences.</p> <p>As Liz Jensen of Kay & Burton Portsea recounts the emotional journey of the sale, it's evident that this isn't merely a transaction; it's a celebration of life, love, and the power of preservation. </p> <p>"Congratulations to Australia’s oldest living person," Liz wrote on Instagram, "as today she successfully sells her long-held and much loved Sorrento mid century beachside family holiday home designed by Architect Daryl Jackson AO."</p> <p>The buyer's dedication to retaining even the smallest details, such as the built-in speaker nestled within the dining room cupboard, speaks volumes about their reverence for the past and their vision for the future.</p> <p>Amid whispers of demolishing the home, the decision to uphold its structure stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of community and connection. For those who walked through its halls during inspections, the house isn't just a property; it's a repository of memories, a canvas upon which stories of old Sorrento are painted with every creaking floorboard and whispering breeze.</p> <p>For Marija and her family, and for all those who have been touched by its charm, the legacy lives on – a timeless reminder of the beauty found in preserving the past while embracing the promise of tomorrow.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram | </em><em>Kay & Burton Portsea</em></p>

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Crude religious joke on The Project sparks wave of backlash

<p>A crude religious joke on <em>The Project</em> has prompted a wave of backlash, with many calling for a formal apology from the panel show. </p> <p>On Tuesday night's episode, the panel were joined by special guest Reuben Kaye: a queer comedian known for pushing social boundaries in his comedy. </p> <p>Reuben, who dresses in drag for his performances, was relaying details of the online hate he receives, particularly from the Christian community, when he made the X-rated remark.</p> <p>"I think it's hilarious when someone messages me and says 'You have to accept Jesus' love or you will burn in hell', because I love Jesus."</p> <p>"I love any man who can get nailed for three days straight and come back for more,” Kaye quipped.</p> <p>Waleed Aly looked stunned by the joke, while co-host Sarah Harris burst into laughter.</p> <p>Some viewers, however, were not amused by the joke, with outraged religious believers taking their criticism online. </p> <p>“Absolutely disgusting comment about Jesus. He just insulted millions of people of faith,” one wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>An upset parent wrote, “Having to explain the offensive joke to my eight-year-old before <em>Survivor</em> kicked in, thanks legends. Shame on you guys. Have some respect and offer a public apology.”</p> <p>Another said, “Having to watch this FILTH during dinner time with a young family. You owe the public an apology &amp; furthermore, this horrible program cancelled.”</p> <p>One outraged viewer wrote, “The three nails sick derogatory joke allowed to air on tour show tonight is you giving permission to mock and ridicule Christianity and my Lord and saviour Jesus.”</p> <p>Despite the backlash from the Christian community, others thought Kaye's joke was "hilarious", and praised the comedian for his blunt delivery. </p> <p>“More of this on <em>The Project</em> please. I p***ed myself,” said one.</p> <p>Another wrote, “I can’t believe Reuben Kaye just said that on national, prime-time television. What an icon!”</p> <p>Kaye is known for his edgy jokes, saying elsewhere during his interview on <em>The Project</em>, when asked about his busy tour schedule, “I’m so thickly spread around this country that I might as well be systemic racism.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: The Project</em></p>


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A poem looking back on the horror of polio

<p><em><strong>Pippa Kay, 65, is a writer with many interests. She enjoys time with her family, sailing, reading, writing, and all sorts of travel. She belongs to writing organisations including the Society of Women Writers and the Fellowship of Australian Writers.</strong></em></p> <p align="center"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">POLIO</span></strong></p> <p align="center">When we were kids a monster came to play. <br /> Its slobber slimed our toys. It swam at our beach<br /> uninvited; splashed us and ran away;<br /> hid in our homes, always just out of reach.<br /> Hands over ears couldn’t stop its snigger<br /> as it crept under beds, slept on the floor.<br /> It wasn’t scared of us. It was bigger<br /> stronger and worse than anything before.<br /> It shared our breath and caught the goodnight kiss<br /> mothers blew from lips to land on our cheeks. <br /> Chance chose its victims. It was hit and miss <br /> slaughter. <br /> This killer stalked our town for weeks<br /> in nineteen-fifty-three. Our legs were chained,<br /> voices frozen. Some children couldn’t walk.<br /> Some couldn’t breathe. Infants were constrained<br /> in iron lungs. Many died before Salk’s<br /> vaccine arrived. <br /> With open arms and doors<br /> We asked the virus vanquisher to stay.<br /> We rolled up our sleeves, took the jab, because<br /> we wanted this monster to go away.</p> <p><em>Do you have a poem to share? Share your story with Over60 <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">here</span></strong></a>. </em></p>


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