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Dad grieves for daughter at wrong grave for 30 years

<p>A UK father has made the heartbreaking discovery he has been grieving for his daughter at the wrong grave for more than 30 years because of a mistake with the headstone.</p> <p>Manchester man George Salt’s daughter Victoria sadly died two days after being born in July 1988. She was buried at Southern Cemetery in Manchester.</p> <p>But an error made more than three decades ago – the headstone had been moved to an empty spot– meant he had been grieving the loss of his daughter at the wrong grave.</p> <p>The mistake was only realised this year when George found the gravestone, which also had 17 other names on it, had been moved.</p> <p>After checking grave records cemetery workers discovered the gravestone had been placed in the wrong spot in the 1980s and decided to move it to the correct location.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="responsive-image__img js-image-replace" src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/AA11/production/_102873534_grave.jpg?width=809&amp;height=455&amp;mode=max" alt="Victoria's gravestone" width="809" height="455" data-highest-encountered-width="624" /></p> <p>George, who had visited the grave twice a year for 30 years, told the BBC he’s devastated.</p> <p>“I looked down and was completely gobsmacked. I thought ‘where’s the stone gone?’.</p> <p>“I feel so let down. When you go to a grave you sit and talk and say what your troubles are and things like that, but the annoying thing is I’m talking to a piece of ground where she isn’t there.”</p> <p>George told The Mirror he had suspected something was wrong in 1988 but was reassured by authorities the gravestone was in the right place.</p> <p>Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, told Mirror Online: “We completely understand Mr Salt’s distress and we would like to extend our sincere apologies for any upset caused.</p> <p>“There are more than 200,000 graves at Southern Cemetery and we strive to ensure the plots are well looked after.</p> <p>“The public grave had not been disturbed for around 30 years so it is unclear why the headstone had at some point during that period been moved to a vacant plot close by.”</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Erik Thomson speaks out after 800 Words cancelled: "It didn't have to end"

<p>Soon to be reaching his 30th year of acting, Erik Thomson’s hugely successful show<em> 800 Words</em> has not been approved for a fifth season.</p> <p>The show, which earned Thomson a win in the Best Actor category at the <em>Logies</em>, will end after the fourth season, set to air soon on Channel Seven. </p> <p>Thomson’s character George Turner is a newspaper columnist, in the fictional New Zealand seaside town of Weld. And now, due to the show being shelved, season four will be the last time we see George Turner on our television screens.</p> <p>The 51-year-old actor finds the situation “disappointing” as he believes the show still had potential and a great viewership.</p> <p>“<em>800 Words</em> could have run for more seasons,” Thomson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/erik-thomson-800-words-cancelled-50696" target="_blank">TV WEEK</a></em>.</p> <p>“The plan was to jump ahead a year to see how things panned out, but that’s not going to happen, unfortunately.</p> <p>“Networks these days are interested in the shiny new ball, but not always in ways to keep that ball shiny.”</p> <p>Thomson believes reality television is partly to blame, with television networks strongly relying on reality shows. The actor says that scripted drama is not given the priority it deserves.</p> <p>“In many ways, reality shows have become like drama series,” he says. “They cast all these archetypes. There’s the villain, the smart arse and the underdog. I get it, but hopefully with a bit of luck the pendulum will swing back to more scripted drama that runs for longer than six-to-eight episodes.”</p> <p>But Thomson is still grateful for the opportunities he has been given.</p> <p>“I’ve been fortunate to be in shows people just have to be home for on a Tuesday night, whether it be <em>All Saints</em> or <em>Packed to the Rafters</em>,” he says. “I’ve been lucky.”</p> <p>He added, “This is my 28th year as a professional actor. I’m heading towards that three-zero years in the business. I keep pinching myself!”</p> <p>As for what the future holds, Thomson is looking into darker roles after shooting horror film <em>Awoken</em> in Adelaide with his fellow <em>800 Words</em> co-star Benson Jack Anthony, and will soon be starring in Aussie film <em>Storm Boy</em>.</p> <p>“The journeys I want to go on now aren’t as family-orientated,” he says when talking about his shift from the “nice guy” roles that he is known for playing. </p> <p>“I’m thinking darker drama or even some edgy, dark comedy projects. I’m working with some writers and there are possibilities floating around.”</p> <p>And one of those ideas may involve a reunion with Thomson’s <em>Packed to the Rafters</em> co-star Rebecca Gibney.</p> <p>“We’ve talked about it,” he says. “But Rebecca has just finished <em>Wanted</em> [the Channel Seven drama series] and everyone is in different parts of the world. I dare say it could happen.”</p> <p>Are you disappointed that <em>800 Words</em> won’t be returning after its fourth season? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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This is how you actually pronounce Princess Eugenie’s name

<p>With Princess Eugenie soon to be walking down the aisle to marry her fiancé Jack Brooksbank in October, it’s time the world learns how to pronounce the royal's first name, because sorry to say, if you think you have been pronouncing it correctly, chances are you haven't.</p> <p>Most people are caught pronouncing the Princess's name as “You-Janie” or “You-Jee-nie” but neither of these two versions is correct according to her mother Sarah Ferguson (Fergie).</p> <p>The proper way to pronounce her name is “YOO-junnee” and if you’re still confused, Fergie even came up with a helpful guide on how to pronounce it correctly.</p> <p>“Whenever we used to meet foreign people who were struggling with it, my mum and I would help them by saying, “It’s like Use Your Knees,” Eugenie told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/5406073/pronounce-eugenie-correctly-princess-full-name/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>.</p> <p>“But whatever. I am now used to every pronunciation.”</p> <p>Eugenie – otherwise known as Eugenie Victoria Helena of York – shares her name with Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, and her middle name Helena is named after Princess Helena, Queen Victoria’s daughter.</p> <p>But there is a chance that the Princess may have a change in name after her wedding which will be held at Windsor Castle on October 12.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018012245637/princess-eugenie-jack-brooksbank-title/" target="_blank">Hello!</a></em>, her new title will be a mixture of her royal status and her husband’s name, which means she will go by HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank.</p> <p>This information was confirmed after it was discovered that her fiancé will remain a commoner instead of being bestowed the title of Earl of Northallerton, but Eugenie doesn’t seem to mind.</p> <p>“Eugenie couldn’t care less about titles and is perfectly happy to be Mrs Brooksbank,” a source has told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/992532/Princess-Eugenie-wedding-Royal-family-James-Brooksbank-earl-title" target="_blank">The Express</a></em>.</p>

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The incredibly common disease making everyday life painful

<p>I have vivid memories of my gorgeous grandma sitting in her favourite chair in our living room at the end of the day, watching the chaos and bustle of family life unfolding around her.</p> <p>In my mind, she is always rubbing her knees, and when it came time for her to go to bed, helping her up was always accompanied by groans and utterances (she was far too polite to swear) as her joints had seized up and moving was agony.</p> <p>I know now that she had osteoarthritis (OA), and probably quite severely. But back then it was just "grandma's knees" and something that was to be expected for all older people.</p> <p>Sadly for many older people, and some younger ones too, this is true – this type of joint disease is incredibly common, and more so as we age. Figures show that half of us will get OA in our knees during our lives, and 1 in 4 of us will have it in our hips by the time we reach 85 years old. Other joints commonly involved include hands, neck and lower back.</p> <p>OA is really a process of "wear and tear". The overuse of our primary weight bearing joints (ie knees and hips) as well as joints we are constantly moving (such as the small joints in our hands) eventually leads to destruction of the cartilage, whose role is to provide a cushion between the bones ends.</p> <p>Once this cartilage starts to erode, fluid and inflammation build up in the joint, the bone ends become ragged and can even start to chip off, and eventually all that is left is bone rubbing against bone.</p> <p>The symptoms caused by this process vary depending on which joints are affected, but classically include:</p> <p>- Pain on movement, especially when getting out of bed in the morning, or, as in my grandma's case, after sitting or resting for a long time</p> <p>- Pain in the affected joints at rest</p> <p>- Swelling in and around the joints – this may be particularly evident in joints such as knees and hands</p> <p>- Weakness of the muscles around the joints</p> <p>- Creaking or crackling in the joints with movement</p> <p>- Restricted movement in the affected joints</p> <p>- Permanent deformity of the joints, especially evident if the fingers are affected.</p> <p>Sadly, there is no magic cure for avoiding OA, but knowing if you are at risk is important, as there are steps you can take to try and look after your joints.</p> <p>Although most of us will develop some degree of OA as we get older, there are definitely groups of people who are likely to be affected at a much younger age – these include those with a strong family history of OA, athletes who have "overused" their joints or had repeated injuries (the classic being rugby players who often need joint replacements in their 40s and 50s), people with high impact occupations such as farmers, and those who are obese as the extra weight puts more strain on ageing joints.</p> <p>If you think you fall into a high risk group, it's important to try and minimise the impact on your joints as much as you can – you can do this by altering what kind of exercise you do (for example water based activities are far less likely to cause a problem than running on a hard surface); ensuring you wear good, cushioned footwear at all times; reducing your weight if that is an issue; following a good "Mediterranean" diet high in olive oil, fruit, vegetables, fish and nuts; and avoiding injury where possible. Easier said than done I know.</p> <p>The other key piece of advice for anyone suffering from OA is to talk to a health professional early. The pain and immobility OA causes can have a huge impact on your life, and eventually may start to affect your mental well-being as well as your ability to function as you would like. You don't need to suffer to that extent and managing your symptoms early will lead to a much better quality of life.</p> <p>There are great options now for pain relief, most of which work best if they are used regularly, as well as good exercise regimes that will help ensure your joints stay mobile and functional for as long as possible. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture can help some people reduce the swelling and pain, and good physio or hydrotherapy can vastly improve functioning.</p> <p>If the "first line" treatments haven't worked, I would suggest you ask your doctor what else can be done – more invasive management includes steroid injections into the affected joints, surgery to "clean up" the wear and tear in a joint, or joint replacement where the affected joint is removed and replaced with an artificial one. The good news is that OA is an area where much research is happening, so the future will hopefully bring different treatment options that avoid the need for major surgery.</p> <p>If you or a loved one suffer from OA, or any other type of joint problem, I would highly recommend you get in touch with Arthritis Australia (<em><a href="https://arthritisaustralia.com.au/">www.arthritisaustralia.com.au</a></em>) – they are there to help, support, connect and advise and have a wealth of really useful resources.</p> <p><em>Written by Dr Cathy Stephenson. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/106397044/dr-cathy-stephenson-the-incredibly-common-disease-making-everyday-life-painful" target="_blank">Stuff.co.nz</a>.</em></p>

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Billy Connolly and wife slam Michael Parkinson's claims: “He’s a daft old fart”

<p>Billy Connolly and wife Pamela Stephenson have slammed UK TV host Michael Parkinson's claims Connolly can no longer recognise him. </p> <p>According to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comedy/comedians/michael-parkinson-mistaken-billy-connollys-illness-say-friends/"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Telegraph</em></a></strong></span>, the Scottish comic refuted Parkinson's claim on Sunday that, the last time they saw each other, he wasn't sure if Connolly knew who he was or not. </p> <p>Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 after a fan warned him his walk showed "distinct signs" of it. On the same day as his Parkinson's diagnosis, he also learnt he had prostate cancer, which he was later given the all-clear from.</p> <p>In spite of the claims by Parkinson – that Connolly's "wonderful brain is dulled" – Connolly told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Telegraph</em> his friend was mistaken.  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Mike Parkinson is a daft old fart - doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Billy’s doing great and still funny as hell</p> — Pamela Stephenson (@PamelaStephensn) <a href="https://twitter.com/PamelaStephensn/status/1031544889941614593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"I would recognise Parky if he was standing behind me – in a diving suit," he said. </p> <p>Connolly's wife, Kiwi Pamela Stephenson, also slammed the idea, posting a succinct rebuttal to Twitter:</p> <p>"Mike Parkinson is a daft old fart – doesn't know what he's talking about. Billy's doing great and still funny as hell."</p> <p>Producers working on TV projects with the Scottish comedian also denied Parkinson's description of Connolly. </p> <p>"We have been busy filming with Billy over the summer and can report happily that he's on top form – as sharp and hilarious as ever," producers at Indigo Television said in a statement. </p> <p>On Sunday, Parkinson – affectionately known as "Parky" in the UK, by those close to him and the wider public - told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Saturday Morning with James Martin</em> that Connolly's <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/mind/billy-connolly-s-sad-new-battle"><strong><u>"wonderful brain has dulled".</u></strong></a></p> <p>"To know someone as long as I knew and loved Billy [...] it was an awful thing to contemplate, that [recognising a friend] had been taken from him in a sense," Parkinson said. </p> <p>While he is best known as a stand-up comedian, Connolly has featured in a number of movies, including Lemony Snicket's<em style="font-weight: inherit;"> A Series of Unfortunate Events</em>, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Brave</em> and <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies</em>.</p> <p><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz"><strong><u>Stuff.co.nz.</u> </strong></a></em></p>

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The traffic light rule you've probably broken – and it could cost you $448

<p>Are you doing the right thing when the traffic light turns from green to yellow?</p> <p>The law around the country states clearly that you can be booked for running a yellow light.</p> <p>The Queensland Government website states: “You must stop on a yellow light, unless it is unsafe to do so.</p> <p>“The yellow light is not the end of the green light phase—it is the beginning of the red light phase.”</p> <p>The South Australian government explains: “You must not enter the intersection unless you are so close to the stop line that you are unable to stop safely without entering the intersection or risking a rear-end crash with vehicles following you.”</p> <p>A pamphlet released by Transport for New South Wales revealed ten of the road laws most misunderstood in the state.  </p> <p>“A yellow (amber) traffic light or arrow means stop,” the pamphlet read.</p> <p>“A driver approaching traffic lights showing a yellow traffic light must stop if the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line or traffic lights. </p> <p>“Penalties apply for drivers who fail to stop at a yellow light, unless it is unsafe to do so.”</p> <p>So what are the penalties if you fail to stop at a yellow light?</p> <ul> <li>Queensland – three demerit points and $391 fine</li> <li>NSW – three demerit points and $448 fine</li> <li>Victoria – three demerit points and $396 fine</li> <li>Tasmania – three demerit points and $122.25 fine</li> <li>South Australia – three demerit points and $464 fine</li> <li>Western Australia – four penalty units and two demerit points</li> <li>Australian Capital Territory – three demerit points and $474 fine</li> <li>Northern Territory – $100 fine</li> </ul> <p> </p>

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"Game changer": Erin Brockovich throws her support behind Tracey Spicer's campaign

<p>Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has shown her solidarity with Tracey Spicer’s women’s organisation, NOW Australia, an initiative that was created in the wake of the #metoo movement.</p> <p>Brockovich has applauded the former Network Ten newsreader for spreading awareness of the Time’s Up campaign – a movement that fights for women’s safety in the workplace, throughout Australia.</p> <p>Brockovich, who has a Hollywood movie named after her starring Julia Roberts, called the initiative a “game changer” in Australian society.</p> <p>“I think there’s going to be a whole lot to go around on this NOW movement,” she said to Lisa Wilkinson while appearing on <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/2018/8/19" target="_blank">The Sunday Project</a></em>, “It’s a game changer for [Australian women].”</p> <p>“It is a moment where so many of us have been labelled and judged and suppressed where we can actually within ourselves speak up and speak out and rise.</p> <p>“We have always been the one that changes the game.”</p> <p>After gaining inspiration from the Time’s Up movement in America, NOW Australia was established in March to provide survivors of harassment with legal and counselling resources.</p> <p>Lisa Wilkinson has also applauded the movement and Spicer’s determination to get people talking, saying she was doing “fabulous work".</p> <p>“The power that has come as women realise that they’re not alone and that their combined voice is going to see change,” said Lisa as she highlighted how quickly organisations such as Time’s Up and NOW Australia lifted from the ground.</p> <p>The movement was created after many Australian musicians raised their voice against sexual harassment and abuse of power in the industry.</p> <p>In December 2017, hundreds of women took a stance and released an open letter to the Australian music industry titled #MeNOmore. Some of these names include The Veronicas’ Jessica Origliasso, Tina Arena, Missy Higgins and Sarah Blasko.</p> <p>Saying: “We all have our own stories or know someone who does. We are not whingers or vibe-killers. We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music.</p> <p>“In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job.</p> <p>“But today we say, no more.”</p>

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Farewell Indian Pacific – now I’m addicted to train travel

<p><strong><em>Justine Tyerman completes a four-part series about her journey on the famous trans-continental Indian Pacific train from Perth to Sydney. On day 4 of her epic 4352km, three-night, four-day trip from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, Justine goes hiking in the spectacular Blue Mountains, and soon after she disembarks in Sydney, she already has the next train trip lined up…</em></strong></p> <p>My last day on the Indian Pacific trip from Perth to Sydney was spent off the train amid the stunning landscape of the Blue Mountains National Park, 80kms inland from Sydney. In fact, it was here at Katoomba Station that we said our fond farewells to the Indian Pacific train and many of the passengers who continued direct to Sydney. The rest of us caught a commuter train to the city later in the day where we were reunited with our luggage.</p> <p>Desperate for some exercise after days of sitting and consuming alarming quantities of delicious food, I chose to do a hike rather than the Scenic World attractions at Katoomba, a series of thrilling experiences I can highly recommend from an earlier trip with my family.</p> <p>The Prince Henry cliff track between Katoomba and Echo Point was a two-hour guided hike with Blue Mountains Guides, Mark and Dylan, a couple of awesome, funny and extremely knowledgeable guys who love showing visitors around their ‘backyard’ – the Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage area, part of the Blue Mountains National Park. The park covers an area of 267,954-hectares, an uplifted sedimentary plateau, 1215 metres above sea level at its highest point.</p> <p>Like most patriotic Kiwis, I am reluctant to rave about Australian scenery but the Blue Mountains are an exception - the Katoomba Cascades and Wentworth Falls, sheer cliffs and sandstone escarpments hundreds of metres high and the beautiful forested Jamison Valley are jaw-dropping.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img style="width: 500px; height:375px;" src="/media/7820352/1-the-iconic-three-sisters-rock-formation-glowing-in-the-winter-sun.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0c1a9912b00e4093b0b226af6c91e2d9" /></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The iconic Three Sisters rock formation glowing in the winter sun.</em></p> <p>At Echo Point, the famous Three Sisters rock formation was bathed in sunshine. A few years ago, we scaled the perpendicular stone and steel steps of the Giant Stairway to a platform cut into the ‘tummy’ of the first sister. Standing 922m, 918m and 906m tall, the Three Sisters are a truly astonishing sight especially on a clear winter day when the blueness of the Blue Mountains is at its most vivid.</p> <p>Geology tells us the sisters were formed by erosion of the sandstone over many millennia by the wind, rain and rivers which are gradually breaking down the cliffs surrounding the Jamison Valley.</p> <p>However, I prefer the Aboriginal legend which tells of three beautiful sisters - Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo - who lived in the valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law.</p> <p>The brothers were unhappy about this and decided to use force to capture the sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder in order to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.</p> <p>Meanwhile, at Scenic World, our fellow train passengers plummeted 310 metres down the world's steepest scenic railway through a natural rock tunnel to an old coal mining site, hiked through a Jurassic forest on the valley floor exploring relics of the 1880s mining era, glided back up the sheer cliff face to the top of the plateau in a huge 84-person cable car and then took a ride in the glass-bottomed ‘Skyway’, 270 dizzying metres above the Jamison Valley and the Katoomba Falls. Adrenalin-pumping stuff!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/272be71415e24cca81d47cc430e4e976" /><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820353/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/272be71415e24cca81d47cc430e4e976" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Katoomba escarpment overlooking the spectacular Blue Mountains and Jamison Valley.</em></p> <p>After a delicious lunch at Katoomba and a few toasts to our outstanding Indian Pacific experience, I boarded an ordinary train back to Sydney, feeling quite bereft. No more cosy cabin, convivial Outback Explorer Lounge or five-star Queen Adelaide restaurant just down the hall.</p> <p>To prolong the magic, I read all the literature I had been storing up for when I got bored on the Indian Pacific... which never happened.</p> <p>The history of train travel across Australia is a fascinating read. In 1917, after decades of debate between Australian states, a coast-to-coast rail line was completed. However the track was made up of three rail gauges which necessitated a different train for each section of line. As a consequence, passengers from Sydney to Perth had to change trains five times to complete their journey.</p> <p>It was not until 1969 that a standard gauge railway line from Sydney to Perth was completed. A competition was then held to find an appropriate name for the transcontinental train. Henry Roach’s ‘Indian Pacific’ was chosen as the winner because it perfectly expressed how the rail track joins the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east.</p> <p>On February 23, 1970, the newly-christened Indian Pacific departed from Sydney’s Central Station on its first unbroken journey across the continent. Four days later, a cheering crowd of 10,000 welcomed the train at East Perth Railway Station.</p> <p>In 1983, the Crystal Brook to Adelaide line was converted to standard gauge allowing the Indian Pacific to operate via Adelaide.</p> <p>In 1996, the ‘Tea and Sugar Train’ between Port Augusta and Forrest ceased operation after 80 years. In its heyday, the train visited 47 communities on a weekly basis to deliver food, mail and other supplies. Every fortnight, a doctor, dentist and social worker would also travel on the train.</p> <p>In 2000, the Indian Pacific carried the Olympic flame from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta as part of the Sydney Olympics Torch Relay.</p> <p>In 2020, the Indian Pacific will celebrate 50 years of service. What a grand occasion that will be.</p> <p>I also read up on statistics about the Indian Pacific. Some were mindboggling… the train carries 3000 litres of water for each carriage and churns through 58 litres of diesel per trip, not to mention 22,000 bottles of wine, 30,000 litres of milk and 37,000 servings of lamb rack, the most popular dish, per year. In total, 715,000 dishes are served in the Queen Adelaide and Platinum Club restaurants each year.</p> <p>Thirty crew look after up to 300 passengers in Platinum and Gold Service, both all-inclusive of onboard meals, beverages and off-train excursions.</p> <p>Platinum Service guests dine in the Platinum Club with flexible dining options for both intimate dinners and large groups.</p> <p>Platinum Service cabins feature day lounges that convert to either double or twin beds by night and en suites equipped with a full-size shower and Appelles toiletries. Platinum passengers have complimentary private transfers to and from the terminal, in-cabin morning tea and optional in-cabin breakfast.</p> <p>Gold Service guests dine in the Queen Adelaide Restaurants and have access to the Outback Explorer Lounges, the social hub of the train, serving Australian wines, beers and spirits.</p> <p>Gold Service twin cabins are equipped with three-seater day lounges that convert to upper and lower sleeping berths at night and compact en suite facilities with Appelles toiletries.</p> <p>Both classes enjoy cabin steward service, in-cabin music and journey commentaries.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 375px; height:500px;" src="/media/7820355/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1c3a77219e0f4abd83191704c1ec5e4c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Saying goodbye to the Indian Pacific train at Katoomba Station.</em></p> <p>The average Indian Pacific train length is 731 metres weighing 1390 tonnes, pulled by one diesel electric GE 7FDL-16 locomotive from Perth to Adelaide and two from Adelaide to Sydney to handle the mountainous terrain. Annually the Indian Pacific covers 452,608kms, the equivalent of travelling around the world eleven times.</p> <p>The logo on the carriages is the wedge-tailed eagle, Australia’s largest eagle. Its massive 2.3m wingspan is a metaphor for the journey that spans a continent.</p> <p>It was a strange sensation to disembark at Sydney’s bustling Central Station and farewell my NAMs who were by this time OAMs (Old Aussie Mates). It took some time for the ground to stop swaying beneath my feet and for me to re-engage my brain and take charge of my life again.</p> <p>The traffic, people, high-rise buildings, asphalt, noise and neon lights jangled at my senses and I wanted to take refuge back on the Indian Pacific.</p> <p>The four-day trip was blissfully easy and shamelessly self-indulgent – no meals to cook, housework to do, laundry to wash, gardens to weed, lawns to mow, deadlines to meet or decisions about which direction to take. It’s the most leisurely, stress-free, luxurious way to travel for people of all ages – family groups, friends, couples, the young, the not-so-young and the in-betweens. I could just imagine the fun a group of friends or family would have on such a trip. I can also see how a long-haul train journey like this leads to another . . . and another . . . It’s addictive.</p> <p>I certainly haven’t got the Aussie Outback out of my system yet. In fact just the other day, I contacted Rail Plus and booked The Ghan, another epic trans-Australian train journey, this time from Darwin to Adelaide. Then there’s the Trans-Siberian, the Orient Express, the Silk Road and the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland… the possibilities are endless, and oh so tantalising.</p> <p><em>Read Justine’s account of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/what-it-s-like-travelling-across-australia-on-board-the-indian-pacific">Day 1</a></strong></span>,<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong> <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/on-board-the-indian-pacific-the-magic-of-the-nullarbor">Day 2</a></strong></span></em> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/indian-pacific-off-train-excursions-highlight-of-train-journey">Day 3</a></em></strong></span><em> of the Indian Pacific.</em></p> <p><em>Justine Tyerman was a guest of Rail Plus and Great Southern Rail.</em></p> <p><em>* The <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.railplus.co.nz/australia-by-rail/australias-great-train-journeys/indian-pacific/itinerary.htm">Indian Pacific</a></strong></span> is a four-day, three-night 4,352km, 65-hour journey from Sydney on the Pacific Ocean to Perth on the Indian Ocean and vice versa operated twice a week by Great Southern Rail; and is one of many great train journeys offered by Rail Plus.</em></p> <p><em>* Visit <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.railplus.co.nz/great-train-journeys/">Rail Plus</a></strong></span> for more info on this and other epic train adventures around the world: or call 09 377 5415</em></p>

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Waleed Aly reveals surprise obsession

<p><em>The Project</em> co-host Waleed Aly made a surprise revelation during last night’s episode, confessing that one hobby caused him to visit convenience stores in the middle of the night.</p> <p>During a segment on the show, the co-hosts discussed how gamers are being encouraged to consume energy drinks by social media influencers.</p> <p>A report by <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Daily Telegraph</u></em></strong></a> shed light on how gamers are being encouraged to use supplements so that they can stay up all night and play video games.</p> <p>Aly confessed that he would consume the energy drink  Bolt in the early hours of the morning so that he could keep playing Mario Kart.</p> <p>“As a kid I was massively into Mario Kart, I don’t think you all know this but I was one of the best Mario Kart players in the world,” the Gold Logie winner said.</p> <p>“I used to duck off to 7-11 at like three in the morning and go get [energy drinks].”</p> <p>The revelation stunned his co-hosts, with Steve Price the most shocked by the admission.</p> <p>Price asked: “Where were your parents when this was happening?</p> <p>“What were they doing letting you go running around the streets at three in the morning?”</p> <p>“Oh they didn’t let me, I just did it,” Aly said.</p> <p>Comedian Tommy Little thought his secret hobby was funny, joking that while “most kids sneak out and drink in the park and you’re like, ‘I need more energy for Mario Kart'."</p> <p>Gaming isn’t Aly’s only hidden talent, with the TV presenter also being the lead guitarist for Melbourne based band Robot Child.</p> <p>Aly performed Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ at the 2015 Walkley Awards and Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ at the Melbourne Reclink Community Cup in 2016. </p>

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Jamie Oliver faces backlash over new product

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">An English MP has accused Jamie Oliver of cultural appropriation after the celebrity chef launched a new product.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Jamie has released a new range of ‘punchy jerk rice’ and the £2.30 (AUD$4) product has been hit with a wave of criticism for copying an original Jamaican recipe.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The MP in north west London, Dawn Butler, suggested the father of five used the word 'jerk' to increase sales of his rice.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Ms Butler tweeted: “#jamieoliver @jamieoliver #jerk I'm just wondering do you know what #Jamaican #jerk actually is?"</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“It's not just a word you put before stuff to sell products. @levirootsmusic should do a masterclass. Your jerk Rice is not ok. This appropriation from Jamaica needs to stop.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="width: 443.3566433566433px; height:500px;" src="/media/7820336/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0392f065cceb4f3593e7f7611a5214f4" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Jerk is a type of cooking that originates in Jamaica, where meat is marinated or dry-rubbed in a seasoning made up of allspice, Scotch bonnets, but usually also contains garlic, cayenne pepper and cinnamon.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Some critics also slammed the chef for using ingredients that aren’t traditional.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">"I saw this description of Jamie Oliver's Jerk Rice. On what planet can "garlic, ginger and jalapenos" be described as 'Jerk'?"</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Others have been quick to jump to Jamie’s defence, arguing that the UK is a multicultural country and that cooking different cuisines isn’t the same as cultural appropriation.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One person tweeted: "Now while I do think Jamie needs taking down a peg or three you're all getting very silly over this appropriation stuff."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">"If no one cooked/ate food from other cultures in the world what a boring life we'd lead."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Replying to Ms Butler’s tweet, UK MP Neil O’Brien wrote: “If Jamie Oliver isn’t allowed to make Jerk chicken because it’s cultural 'appropriation' she’s going to go mad when she finds out about 'Jamie’s Italy'."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. </span></p>

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Roger Federer's rare outburst as Novak Djokovic makes history

<p>Novak Djokovic made tennis history on Monday, and for once it was the great Roger Federer on the receiving end of it.</p> <p>The Serbian won the only ATP Masters title that had eluded him thus far in his glittering career, beating the Swiss favourite 6-4 6-4 at Cincinnati.  </p> <p>Djokovic is the first man to win all nine Masters tournaments since the concept was introduced in 1990.</p> <p> “Thanks for letting me win here once,” Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation. “I didn’t play my best tennis today, but I managed.</p> <p>“It’s been a rollercoaster week.”</p> <p>As usual Federer was gracious in defeat, saying post-match: “Novak, he’s a great champion and this is what this should be about, this press conference. Not about me missing second-serve returns, it’s about him making history. That’s my opinion.”</p> <p>However, Federer’s temper flared during the match and he was handed a code violation for a rare outburst of obscenity. His frustration continued to show as the Swiss superstar angrily stared down a spectator behind him who yelled out just before he served.</p> <p>In his victory, Djokovic managed to break one of Federer’s most remarkable streaks.</p> <p>Federer has held serve in 100 consecutive games at the US tournament — which he has won seven times — but with the score locked at 3-3 in the opening set, Djokovic stopped Federer from making it 101.</p>

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The surprising way Coles staff dealt with the latest blunder from the supermarket giant

<p>Staff members at Coles have been applauded for their conduct as they worked through a technical difficulty on Sunday afternoon. After an IT glitch caused a nationwide system issue, the staff were seen handing out food, freebies and vouchers to apologise for the situation.</p> <p>The glitch, which ran for approximately three hours, caused Coles to shut down stores around the country as it was unable to process sales. Capital cities affected were Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.</p> <p>Customers took to social media to praise staff members for the way they handled the issue, with many calling for pay rises for the workers.</p> <p>“Wow! I really feel for the staff members lately! Plastic bag debacle, mini shop, issues with online shopping, plastic bag backflip again, now this! They all need a pay rise!” one user wrote.</p> <p>“These things happen. Thank you for your communication throughout the process. It’s a rare occurrence that you’re not open so I don’t think you should be criticised on the off chance you’re unable too. Keep up the great work Coles,” said another.</p> <p>A spokesperson from Coles told <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6075567/Coles-staff-praised-following-minor-problems.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em> that they couldn’t be happier with the way their workers behaved during the glitch.</p> <p>“We are always really proud to hear these wonderful stories about team members and want to thank them for their efforts,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Also, thank you to those customers who provide this positive feedback.”</p> <p>The company went on to explain the glitch and how it stopped customers from purchasing products and processing payments.</p> <p>“Due to circumstances beyond the control of our team members, some of our stores around Australia are unable to open this morning until further notice due to an IT issue which is affecting some of our registers,” the statement said.</p> <p>“We thank customers for their patience during this time and would like to assure them that we are working hard to ensure all of our stores are open again as soon as possible.”</p> <p>The outage comes after the criticism of Coles' overuse of plastic with their Little Shop campaign and the decision it made to offer plastic bags at no charge.</p> <p>The backlash came predominantly from environmentalists and customers who are conscious shoppers.</p>

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10 hours lost at sea: Woman "lucky to be alive" after falling from cruise ship

<p>A British woman has been miraculously rescued after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night after she fell from a cruise ship.</p> <p>Kay Longstaff, 46, fell from a Norwegian Star ship, which was sailing from Port of Vargarola near Pula, Croatia.</p> <p>She was taken to hospital on Sunday in the town of Pula and is believed to be out of danger.</p> <p>The woman fell from the ship about 95 kilometres off Croatia’s coast shortly before midnight on Saturday (8am AEST).</p> <p>A Croatian rescue ship found her swimming in the water on Sunday morning not far from where she was believed to have fallen.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="i-amphtml-fill-content i-amphtml-replaced-content" src="https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2018/08/19/20/kay-cruise-rescued.jpg?width=745&amp;height=558&amp;mode=max" alt="The Norwegian Star was 60 miles off the coast of Croatia when the woman fell" title="The Norwegian Star was 60 miles off the coast of Croatia when the woman fell" width="745" height="558" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Kay, who fell overboard, being interviewed by local media. </em></p> <p>Speaking after the rescue, Kay told reporters <span>she felt "very lucky to be alive".</span></p> <p>“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for about 10 hours. These wonderful guys rescued me," she said. </p> <p>A hospital official confirmed: “The British woman brought to the hospital and her life is not endangered.”</p> <p>Croatian authorities are set to examine CCTV footage from the ship to find out how the woman fell overboard.  </p> <p>David Radas, the spokesman from Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7050800/british-woman-fell-off-cruise-ship-croatia-saved-10-hours/">The Sun</a>: “It is still not confirmed whether the British woman has fallen off or jumped from the cruising ship.</p> <p>“Norwegian Star will examine their CCTV cameras.”</p> <p>A spokesman for the cruise company said: “A report was made that a guest aboard Norwegian Star had gone overboard while the ship was returning to Venice.</p> <p>“As soon as the report was made the ship began a search and notified the appropriate authorities.</p> <p>“The ship will be delayed on her return to Venice.”</p> <p>Ship captain Lovro Oreskovic added: “The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water.</p> <p>“We were extremely happy for saving a human life.”</p>

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Qantas plane’s terrifying mid-air plunge as pilot is left incapacitated

<p>An investigation has been launched by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) after an incident on a Qantas-owned cargo plane left a pilot incapacitated due to lost cabin pressure.</p> <p>The Boeing 737 departed from Brisbane on Wednesday night making its way to Melbourne when the crew were alerted to a “wing body overheat warning” causing a reduction of cabin pressure.</p> <p>The drop forced the crew to wear oxygen masks and descend 20,000 feet over Narrandera in southern NSW.</p> <p>Due to the First Officer becoming incapacitated, the captain was then forced to descend a further 8,000 feet and divert the aircraft to Canberra a little while after midnight.</p> <p>Emergency services were waiting at the airport from 11.46 pm on Wednesday, with firefighters and paramedics on standby. Both pilots were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.</p> <p>As it was a freight service, no passengers were on board.</p> <p>The bureau is currently compiling evidence to find out exactly what caused the incident.</p> <p>“As part of the investigation, the ATSB will collect and examine information on the aircraft’s flight data recorders and interview maintenance and flight crew,” it said in a statement.</p> <p>The VH-XMO Boeing 737-376 was operated by Express Freighters Australia – a cargo airline based in Sydney. It is a subsidiary of Qantas.</p> <p>The airline claimed that the air conditioning system was partially at fault for the incident.</p> <p>“The Boeing 737 freighter diverted into Canberra on Wednesday night following a fault with the cabin on-board air conditioning system that affected the ability to maintain pressure in the cabin,” a Qantas spokeswoman said.</p> <p>“The aircraft landed normally in Canberra and the pilots went to the hospital as a precaution. They were discharged shortly after.”</p> <p>Qantas will be conducting its own investigation and the plane is currently being inspected by engineers.</p> <p>A final investigation report is expected by the end of the year.</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s new $47 million hideaway

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Champion Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is in the process of moving into a $47 million (AUD) mansion located in Majorca, Spain, nearly five years after he suffered a catastrophic brain injury due to a skiing accident.</p> <p>Purchased by his wife Corinna, the mansion was previously owned by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is an estimated 161,000 square feet.</p> <p>Schumacher, who has not been seen publicly since 2013, was in a medically induced coma for six months after his accident and has been incredibly private about his life since. It is said that he is receiving full-time care at his current home in Switzerland.</p> <p>Schumacher’s lawyer told a court in 2013 that he “cannot walk” after a German magazine falsely claimed he could “walk again”. As a result, they were forced to pay Schumacher $78,000 dollars for invading his privacy.</p> <p>Katia Rouarch, the mayor of Andratx (a municipality in Majorca), confirmed the Schumachers' purchase of the Spanish property to Swiss magazine <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.illustre.ch/magazine/majorque-se-prepare-accueillir-michael-schumacher" target="_blank">L’Illustre</a></em>.</p> <p>“I can officially confirm Michael Schumacher is going to move into our municipality and that everything is being prepared to welcome him,” she said.</p> <p>The mega mansion, which contains two swimming pools, a helipad and guest villa, is surrounded by scenic views and extravagant properties.</p> <p>While it is not confirmed when the German racing legend will arrive, or how long he will stay, the location is memorable to the couple as Schumacher and his wife Corinna spent time on the island before his tragic accident.</p> <p>German tabloid <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bild.de/" target="_blank">Bild</a></em> claims that Corinna has bought the property in order to spend time with family and friends.</p> <p>Real Madrid president Perez had bought the house for $39 million but decided to sell the property after the death of his wife Mari Angeles Sandoval.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Don’t get fooled by this annoying airport prank

<p>Most travellers are familiar with the urgent scan in an airport for an available power outlet, so that you can charge up a dying device before boarding a flight.</p> <p>Now, airport pranksters are preying on traveller’s desperation for battery power with a new trick.</p> <p>The jokesters are placing stickers of fake power outlets at airport gates and then watching with amusement as people unknowingly attempt to plug their charger into a sticker.</p> <p>The stickers look realistic, causing even the savviest to fall victim to the stunt.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life. <a href="https://t.co/TYEJKmY6Zg">pic.twitter.com/TYEJKmY6Zg</a></p> — Brandon #BeForTheGame (@Atrioc) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atrioc/status/1026327505072869376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sadly, the prank has gained a lot of traction and has started occurring in airports all over the world.</p> <p>“Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life,” one person said on Twitter.</p> <p>The stickers have been placed in various places around the airport, including on garbage bins.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Will the person who’s putting fake outlet stickers all over the airport please die already thanks <a href="https://t.co/zamnWgQMlh">pic.twitter.com/zamnWgQMlh</a></p> — Alish Erman (@alishisthebest) <a href="https://twitter.com/alishisthebest/status/1019787984583847936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>According to <em>The Sun</em>, the pranksters are getting their hands on these fake power point stickers by purchasing them online.</p> <p>Have you seen one of these power outlet stickers while travelling? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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True love: 98-year-old shows his devotion to sick wife by walking 10km every day to see her

<p>At 98 years old Luther Younger, a Korean War veteran, walks 10 kilometres each way to visit his wife, who is currently paralysed and hospitalised according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2018/08/17/elder-man-walks-miles-to-be-alongside-hospitalized-wife" target="_blank">Spectrum News Rochester</a></em>.</p> <p>Having been married for over 50 years, Luther’s devotion to his wife Waverlee is inspiring to say the least.</p> <p>“I ain’t nothing without my wife,” Luther told Spectrum News. “It’s been a rough pull. It’s been tough.”</p> <p>Luther and his wife both live with their daughter, Lutheta Younger. Working with her sister Joyce Johnson, they both have taken responsibility for their parents and vouch to take care of them the same way their mother did when she and her siblings were younger said Lutheta.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Luther Younger and his wife, Waverly, have been married more than 50 years. Due to health issues, she's been hospitalized for nearly two weeks. Even in the rain, he walks to be by her side. <a href="https://t.co/O1NbFS9hOP">pic.twitter.com/O1NbFS9hOP</a></p> — Spectrum News ROC (@SPECNewsROC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SPECNewsROC/status/1030296964968140800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 August 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“I moved them out of their house, moved them in with me,” she said.</p> <p>According to Lutheta, her father has been making the 10-kilometre trip for a long time now.</p> <p>“He doesn’t have to, but he wants to. I can drive him. He just doesn’t want to wait; he’s impatient.”</p> <p>Waverlee has suffered from brain cancer since 2009, but Luther still remembers the good times they shared together.</p> <p>“She’s the best cup of tea I ever had,” he said.</p> <p>“She would come in and kiss me and say ‘baby’ and feed me in bed, and this is what I need right here.”</p> <p>“The whole time she was sick, he would stay overnight [in the hospital],” Lutheta said, “You know, he just wants the best for my mom.”</p> <p>A <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/luther-and-waverlee-yonger" target="_blank">GoFundMe</a></em> page has been set up for Luther and his family to help with hospital expenses and travelling costs to and from the hospital.</p>

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Billy Connolly’s sad new battle

<p>Comedian Sir Billy Connolly is suffering from the dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease.</p> <p>Close friend of Connolly, Sir Michael Parkinson, revealed in an interview on <em>Saturday Morning with James Martin </em>that the star “no longer recognises close friends”.</p> <p>The Scottish comedian announced his Parkinson’s diagnosis five years ago, but now one of his oldest friends confirmed that the disease is beginning to have an impact on his mind.</p> <p>During the interview, Michael recalled a recent catch-up with the 75-year-old, revealing they shared an “awkward dinner”.</p> <p>He said: “The sadness of Billy now is that wonderful brain is dulled.</p> <p>“I saw him recently — he’s now living in America — and it was very sad, because I was presenting him with a prize at an awards ceremony.</p> <p>“We had an awkward dinner together because I wasn’t quite sure if he knew who I was or not.</p> <p>“But we were walking out after the presentation to go down and have our picture taken, and he turned to me and put his hand on my shoulders.”</p> <p>Connolly was diagnosed with the long-term degenerative disorder in 2013, after having surgery for prostate cancer.</p> <p>Side affects of Parkinson’s include involuntary shaking, stiff muscles, slow movement, memory problems and balance issues.</p> <p>Sir Michael Parkinson became close with Connolly after the comedian made multiple appearances on his chat show.</p> <p>Michael added: “To know someone as long as I knew and loved Billy … it was an awful thing to contemplate, that that had been taken from him in a sense.</p> <p>“He was just a genius and the best thing that happened to me on the show.”</p> <p>Last year, Connolly was knighted for his contribution to the entertainment industry as well as his charity work, which has involved raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease in recent years.</p> <p>At the time the comedian revealed: “When I’m in front of people and performing, I don’t give it much attention.</p> <p>“And I perform despite it. That’s why I put on the song A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On — just to stick two fingers up to it.</p> <p>“There’s a whole lot of shaking going on. It’s kind of weird, this instability,” he said.</p> <p>“The only time it stops is when I’m in bed and then I can’t roll over. I’m like a big log.</p> <p>“It’s the first thing I think about in the morning because getting out of bed is quite hard.”</p> <p>Previously, the 75-year-old explained to a British documentary the moment he received his diagnosis.</p> <p>“The doctor said to me, ‘You realise this isn’t curable?’ and I thought ‘What a rotten thing to say to somebody.’</p> <p>“I always thought he should have said, ‘You realise we are yet to find a cure?’ to put a little light at the end of the tunnel. There’s a lot to be said for that.”</p>

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How doctors know you're lying about how much you drink

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">It seems "Trust me, I'm a doctor" doesn't cut both ways. New research has found that 71 per cent of GPs think their patients, when asked about how much alcohol they drink, are economical with the truth.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">As someone who worked as a doctor for six years, to say we all think you're a bunch of liars with a can of petrol-strength lager hidden in every pocket is something of a misrepresentation. It's more that it's medically important that we know how much you're actually drinking, rather than how much you tell us you are.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">It's strange, perhaps, in a culture where the ability to down more beers than you can count on two hands is a badge of honour (or even a vote-winner, as William Hague apparently thought in 2000), that boozy pride tends to evaporate as soon as you walk into the waiting room. But we know you're embarrassed by it, and that you guilt-trip yourself over those six glasses of rosé you knocked back at the weekend.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><span>We know you don't really tot up every drink, or remember the recommended limits, and we know how easy it is to underestimate. We get it – just like people upgrade their CVs to make that summer job in Starbucks seem like they were running the company single-handedly.</span></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">We're good at reading people; we meet a lot of you, often for very short periods of time, and we're not accusing you of lying.</p> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">But sometimes it's crucial, life-saving, even, that we don't take everything we're told at face value. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">So don't make our lives harder than they have to be. Being straight with us about the little things saves us all time and lets us get to the heart of the matter. Rest assured, you won't be the person who drinks the most in that morning's clinic – and that includes the doctor.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Doctors are human, and we totally get it. Don't forget, once we clock off we don't just go sit in a cupboard and recharge our batteries for the next day – sometimes we're the ones getting overly rosé-happy on a Friday night. We have lives, and families, and we know how scary it is to be a patient. Sometimes, we are the patients.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">We also make poor decisions, say the wrong things when we're stressed and get embarrassed. Don't underestimate the relief that comes from being open about your issues: the truth feels good once it's out there, so let's say it how it is. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Written by Adam Kay. Republished by permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/106276454/trust-me-doctors-know-youre-lying">Stuff.co.nz.</a></em></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"> </p> </div> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "></div>

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Lifestyle

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The special plan revealed for Duchess Meghan’s wedding dress

<p>Good news for royal fanatics, Duchess Meghan’s dress may soon be available for the public to have a look at after sources revealed that the silk Givenchy gown will be displayed in an exhibition at Windsor Castle. The Royal Collection Trust confirmed to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1005617/Meghan-Markle-Duchess-of-Sussex-royal-wedding-dress-goes-on-show-Windsor-Castle" target="_blank">Daily Express</a></em> that official announcements would come closer to the date.</p> <p>But it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Sussex’s dress may become the focal point of an exhibition as in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge’s custom Alexander McQueen dress was on display only a few short months after her marriage to Prince William. Alongside that, her shoes, earrings, tiara and replicas of her bouquet and wedding cake were also on display.</p> <p>Meghan’s beautifully simple dress embodied the Duchess’s personality perfectly as it was a modern take on a traditional silhouette. Paired with an extravagant 5-metre tulle veil with organza embroidery, Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller and the Duchess were able to keep the creation a secret until the big reveal on May 19.</p> <p>“I aimed for a very modern and fresh design, just like I find Meghan to be, so I really wanted to represent her,” Keller told WWD after the wedding. “I wanted her to feel absolutely incredible in the dress and, also, I wanted her to feel like it was absolutely right for the occasion.”</p> <p>The Duchess and Kensington Palace chose Keller for her “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring and relaxed demeanour.”</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/kates-wedding-dress-attracts-350000-visitors-so-far/" target="_blank">People</a></em>, over 350,000 fans came to see Duchess Kate’s wedding dress in just the first six weeks it was on display. So, it is apparent, that Meghan’s gown will attract just as much attention to Windsor Castle.</p>

Beauty & Style

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8 gentle and effective ways to remove facial hair

<p>Removing facial hair is not one of the most pleasant activities, but with so many methods available, it is becoming even easier to get rid of the fuzz along your upper lip, chin or between your brows.</p> <p>Here are the most effective ways to remove facial hair.</p> <p><strong>1. Plucking</strong></p> <p>Plucking is one of the most widely used methods of facial hair removal as tweezers are commonplace in most households.</p> <p>"Tweezing is better for smaller, localized areas like your brows and chin since it's much more labor intensive," dermatologist Lavanya Krishnan told the <a href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Good Housekeeping Institute</strong></em></span></a>.</p> <p>"I recommend cleansing your tweezers once per day with warm soap and water, then storing them in a dry place."</p> <p><strong>2. Waxing</strong></p> <p>When you wax, you can either opt to use a soft wax which is pulled off with cloth strips or a hard wax which is pulled off on its own.</p> <p>Although waxing is loved by many for being thorough, cosmetic surgeon Michelle Yagoda warns of its consequences. </p> <p>“Waxing can cause irritation because the skin can be sensitive to the products being applied to the surface," she said. </p> <p>"An inexact technique may result in incomplete extraction of the hair follicle and breakage of the hair shaft, so the skin surrounding the hair shaft can then become inflamed."</p> <p>If the retaining hair follicle becomes entrapped, it may lead to an ingrown hair. Before going to a new beautician for a wax, it is always worth reading their reviews first.</p> <p><strong>3. Shaving</strong></p> <p>Many prefer not to shave their facial hair because of the belief that it will make hair grow back thicker, however, Dr Krishnan confirmed that this old wives’ tale is just a myth.</p> <p>"It's just a myth that your hair will grow coarser and more densely after shaving," said Dr. Krishnan. </p> <p>"The follicle gets cut in half so it feels pricklier, but it's not any thicker."</p> <p>If you choose to shave facial hair, it is important to take precautions to avoid irritation. Pre-shave oil can help avoid razor burn and using a razor with only two blades help reduce the potential of causing redness. It is also recommended that you apply a hydrating moisturiser to the face after you are finished.</p> <p><strong>4. Threading</strong></p> <p>Threading, a practice common in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, involves using a doubled cotton thread pulled super-taut to roll over spots where you want hair removed. To try this method, you will need to visit a professional who specialises in threading.</p> <p><strong>5. Depilatory creams</strong></p> <p>Depilatory creams work by applying the cream to the area you wish to remove your hair, and then wiping the cream away with the hairs.</p> <p>"Depilatory creams use chemicals such as calcium thioglycolate or potassium thioglycolate, which break disulfide bonds in keratin, thereby weakening the hair," said dermatologist Christine Choi Kim.</p> <p>If you want to try these creams, it is important to always do a patch check first to check for any allergies.</p> <p><strong>6. Topical prescriptions</strong></p> <p>As well as over-the-counter creams, you can also receive prescriptions from a dermatologist for hair removal creams.</p> <p>"There are prescription meds like Vaniqa, which is a topical once-a-day treatment used to reduce hair growth," explains Dr. Krishnan. While they are effective, the hair will grow back when you stop using the cream.</p> <p><strong>7. Laser hair removal</strong></p> <p>If you are looking for a permanent option you can try laser hair removal, however, sessions can be pricey.</p> <p>"Lasers shoot a certain wavelength of light that's specifically absorbed by the hair follicle itself," said Dr. Krishnan. When the laser is absorbed, it converts into heat and kills the hair follicle. Laser hair removal requires a few sessions to fully destroy the follicles.</p> <p><strong>8. Electrolysis</strong></p> <p>Similar to laser hair removal, electrolysis is a permanent hair removal option but it destroys each follicle one at a time to prohibit hairs from growing. </p> <p>Which hair removal method do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

Beauty & Style

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Thrifty mums share $19 Kmart hack for transforming laundries

<p>Thrifty mums have shared their genius Kmart hacks for transforming their laundries into stylish, organised spaces.</p> <p>One popular tip, posted to a Facebook group, involves turning a $19 drink dispensing station into a clever way to store and dispense fabric softener and laundry liquid.</p> <p><img id="i-7885303e7667ee51" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/02/4F399B8C00000578-6076965-Clever_mums_have_revealed_how_this_19_drinks_dispenser_pictured_-a-5_1534727662912.jpg" alt="Clever mums have revealed how this $19 drinks dispenser (pictured) from Kmart can be transformed into a chic and stylish laundry liquids station" width="634" height="683" /></p> <p>The hack was so well-received that several mums shared photos of how they’ve used the dispensing station in their laundries.</p> <p><img id="i-efbe7f25673da0e7" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/02/4F39995B00000578-6076965-The_drinks_dispenser_along_with_a_jar_and_a_black_placemat_makes-a-6_1534727662965.jpg" alt="The drinks dispenser along with a jar and a black placemat makes for a stylish nook " width="634" height="724" /></p> <p><img id="i-22bd2c2eec77cee4" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/00/4F39996800000578-6076965-image-a-104_1534722934483.jpg" alt="Melynda revealed how a quote board added to her corner made for an interesting touch " width="634" height="845" /></p> <p><img id="i-c86153dd09d89cfb" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/00/4F39996300000578-6076965-image-m-106_1534723034735.jpg" alt="This laundry uses both the drinks dispenser and quote board, however, a grey caddy helps to store extra products  " width="634" height="448" /></p> <p>Another mum also revealed how she used a $10 Big W ladder and $6 Kmart felt baskets to create extra storage in her laundry room.</p> <p>Queensland mother-of-six, Joelle Skinner, shared ton her blog: 'Phase two of laundry room organisation, a place for all of the kids' shoes! I thought and thought on this one, whether to use shelves or drawers or even purpose built shoe storage. But finally came up with this, which fits perfectly in this little space!”</p> <p>“I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it's like they were made for each other!” she added.</p> <p><img id="i-17267e801984bac7" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/04/26/03/4B8F1BE700000578-5657957-Posting_on_her_page_Jedi_Mum_Tricks_Mrs_Skinner_recently_shared_-a-132_1524709348165.jpg" alt="Posting on her page, Jedi Mum Tricks, Mrs Skinner recently shared a number of ways she's simplified the process - the latest 'hack' involving $6 felt baskets from Kmart and a $10 ladder from Big W" width="634" height="845" /></p>

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Finance

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Motorist cops parking ticket – but can you spot the errors?

<p>A motorist who received a parking ticket for leaving his car too close to a police officer’s vehicle has shared a copy of the fine online.</p> <p>The man’s friend shared the photo to Reddit, however, users were quick to point out a number of inconsistences with the fine, questioning whether it was legitimate or not.</p> <p>Can you spot the errors on this parking ticket?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/45bd108b53174f2682d51a923bf920ad" /><img style="width: 483.2317073170732px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7820350/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/45bd108b53174f2682d51a923bf920ad" /></p> <p>On the top left corner of the infringement notice, the word ‘district’ is spelt incorrectly, with the fine reading: ‘Monaro Police Dsitrict’.</p> <p>The suspicious fine also leaves the ‘officer’ field blank, as well as the ‘COPS Event No’ and time and date of the report.</p> <p>The postcode of Jindabyne is also incorrect as it is 2627, not 2726.</p> <p>Commenters were questioning the legitimacy of the fine because of the errors, with one person suggesting that someone had “bodgied up some fake cards”.</p> <p>One user said it was unusual for infringement notices to not be completely filled out as “police must fill in paperwork correctly”.</p> <p>Constable Naomi Nemec from Jindabyne police station told the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Daily Mail Australia</u></em></strong></a> that the notice was likely fake as it did not contain a vehicle registration number.</p> <p>However, motorists should still be careful not to park too close to another car as it is an offence to park within one metre of another vehicle, according to NSW Transport’s Road and Maritime Services. </p>

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Woolies blames plastic bag ban and Coles' Little Shop promo for slump in sales

<p>Plastic bags and Coles’ miniature toys are being blamed for a slump in Woolworths sales. </p> <p>The supermarket giant reported a sales hit for the first quarter of the 2019 financial year, with its full-year results tracking at 1.3 per cent, down from 3.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2018.</p> <p>Woolworths group chief executive Brad Banducci told news.com.au part of the slump was due to customers adjusting to the phasing out of single-use plastic bags.</p> <p>He said the company expect sales to improve over the course of the half the year.</p> <p>“Our customer satisfaction metrics are broadly back to levels prior to the removal of single-use plastic bags, including Time in Queue,” he said.</p> <p>Woolworths officially banned single-use plastic bags from stores in June, a move that proved contentious with customers.</p> <p>Mr Banducci admitted the supermarket had been caught off guard by the backlash to the plastic bag ban and would have done things differently “a second time around”, but “wouldn’t have changed our decision”.</p> <p>“The impact and the time for customers to get used (to the ban) has been greater than any of us had thought,” he said. “It has been a more painful adjustment than we thought. We know from our experience in pilot stores (it takes) eight to 10 weeks for people to adjust, so we’re still in the early stage.”</p> <p>Competitor Coles’ Little Shop miniature toy promotion was also blamed for the sales drop.</p> <p>Speaking to analysts, Mr Banducci said the Coles Little Shop had reduced the overall number of visits to Woolies, “particularly with grandparents buying plastic toys for their kids”.</p> <p>He said Coles Little Shop was a “successful program and it’s having traction”.</p> <p>“Were the numbers greater than we expected? Probably a little bit,” he said.</p> <p>Mr Banducci said the focus was on fixing the basics and being ‘consistently good’ at the fundamentals.</p> <p>Woolworths increased its full-year net profit by 12.5 per cent to $1.72 billion, with total sales up 3.4 per cent to $56.7 billion.</p> <p> </p>

Money & Banking

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Big W’s new strategy pays off

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Big W has struggled through a tough decade of sales but now, a new strategy is attracting shoppers back to the department store.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The company reported its first positive sales growth in nearly a decade, with sales increasing by 0.7 per cent to $3.566 billion.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Big W’s losses also narrowed from $151 million last year to $110 million, a 27 per cent improvement in the bottom line.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Woolworths group chief executive Brad Banducci said on Monday that Big W’s comparable sales growth accelerated to 2 per cent in the last three months of the year because of the kids, home and seasonal apparel offerings.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“The fourth quarter was quite strange,” said Mr Banducci.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“(We had an) endless summer followed by a snap winter. It was a quarter of two halves, quite confusing.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Woolworths said by the end of the financial year, Big W had slashed prices on more than 4500 items, refreshed 165 stores, opened one new store and closed three struggling stores.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The improvement in sales is also down to the department store choosing to “reset” its product ranges “in line with customers’ core needs”, while introducing click-and-collect to all stores.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Woolworths attributes lower prices, improved ranges and better digital offerings for a 3.5 per cent increase in the number of items purchased by each customer and a 1.4 per cent increase in the number of customer transactions.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Mr Banducci said that Big W’s turnaround “progressed in FY18”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“Prices are significantly more competitive than this time last year, the majority of stores have been refreshed and the range is beginning to resonate with customers,” he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“In FY19, we expect a further reduction in losses as we continue to build momentum in the business but, as always, financial performance will depend on trading over the key Christmas period.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Big W CEO David Walker said the toy sale carrying over into July helped Big W have a strong start to the new financial year.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“The key challenge for us was obviously the late start to winter,” he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“Typically when winter starts late you don’t make up the sales. We were fortunate, we tailored our buy for winter and ended up finishing the year with lower inventory, so we’re in a good position now.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Despite the improvement, DGC Advisory retail analyst Geoff Dart said it was “too early to say it’s a turnaround”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“They’ve certainly been doing a lot of promotional activity, but I’m still not convinced it’s sustainable. It’s pretty easy to buy sales, as Coles have found and are now paying the penalty. It’s important to look at the gross margins and the EBIT.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Mr Dart said Big W needs to go slightly up-market to avoid competing with Kmart and instead take market share from Target and Myer.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“Kmart absolutely own cheap and cheerful, Target is cheap fashion, Myer has failed to hold the middle ground,” he said. “I think the big opportunity is to cannibalise Myer.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Do you shop at Big W? Let us know in the comments below. </span></p>

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Family's despair after power bills increase by 400% due to law change

<p>When Lee and Warren Mullaly purchased their new home in Forster, NSW they were thrilled. Having pre-installed solar panelling would ensure that their electricity bill would remain low, and while that was the case for a period of time, this year, the semi-retired couple are paying over $400 each quarter.</p> <p>“The government incentive finished and even though we were aware this was going to happen, we still thought our bills were going to be significantly lower,” Lee Mullaly told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/changes-to-solar-feedin-tariffs-have-caused-huge-increases-to-power-bills/news-story/a5bafadf063bcb2f99b0d739feac0296" target="_blank">News.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>Without a battery, the Mullaly's only find their solar panels beneficial during the day as the power produced must be used immediately.</p> <p>And in the evenings when the panels are not generating electricity, any power they use during that period comes from the grid. With their bill previously coming in at $95 a quarter, they are now facing an increase of $1400 more than what they paid the year before.</p> <p>This is the consequence of the Solar Bonus Scheme that was initiated by the NSW Government, ending on 31 December 2016. With the scheme paying households 60c or 20c per kilowatt an hour for the electricity they provided to the grid, many families benefited greatly.</p> <p>Now, as the scheme has shut down, households have taken a hit, and with a battery costing $15,000 to install for the semi-retired couple, the Mullaly's believe that the outlay wouldn’t be worth it.</p> <p>“We’ve got to watch what we spend, we haven’t got a lot of money coming in and we’ve got to weigh up the benefits,” said Lee Mullally.</p> <p>The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) sets a recommended price for retailers, but it is not mandatory for retailers to follow. This year, the suggested benchmark dropped by 44 per cent due to below average wholesale electricity prices.</p> <p>Solar expert and ShineHub co-founder Alex Georgiou said this year’s changes to feed-in tariff rates could see families losing around $300 a year on a 5-kilowatt system.</p> <p>“If a person is not home to use solar power during the day, around 75 per cent of this is sent back to the grid,” he said.</p> <p>While an average household could have earned $657 a year selling power to the grid at a price of 12 cents, this year, that price would drop to $355 if they get 6.5 cents.</p> <p>When asked if she would consider a solar panelling system now, Mrs Mullaly said she would never do it without installing a battery first.</p> <p>“If you are thinking about getting panels you need to get a battery because ultimately it will be a huge saving and will take the worry away.”</p> <p>Do you have solar panelling on your home? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Leigh Sales' frustrating moment on 7.30: "Not what I asked"

<p>Treasurer Scott Morrison has refused to concede that Malcolm Turnbull’s position is under threat, despite strong rumours of a leadership spill and an extraordinary energy policy backflip.</p> <p>Appearing on ABC’s <em>7.30 </em>– after Mr Turnbull declined the interview – host Leigh Sales directly asked Mr Morrison whether there was a “legitimate threat” to the Prime Minister’s leadership.</p> <p>“I don’t believe so, and the reason for that is we’re getting on with the job and just announced another big change in terms of going forward with the ACCC,” he responded.</p> <p>“That doesn’t mean there’s not a leadership threat,” fired back anchor Leigh Sales.</p> <p>“Well no one’s calling me about it.”</p> <p>Asked repeatedly where the source of the destabilisation is coming from, Mr Morrison deflected, saying: “I don’t know. I would have to ask you and the media who are reporting it.</p> <p>“Whoever is talking to the papers would know the answer to that question, but I wouldn’t. Clearly, some people are talking to each other and they are talking to the media, so that’s just obvious.”</p> <p>Sales asked again why he thought there were rumours of a leadership spill, he said: “I don’t know because I’m not part of it. You would have to ask them.”</p> <p>Trying a different tack, Sales asked what effect a leadership change would have on the government’s support.</p> <p>Mr Morrison responded by saying he didn’t anticipate a challenge.</p> <p>“That’s not exactly what I asked,” Sales eventually interjected.</p> <p>Sales then went on to ask him why the Prime Minister “drastically” changed his energy policy twice, if his leadership was stable.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t describe it as drastic changes. The policy remains as we took it to the party room with improvements,” said the Treasurer. “We were working through these issues with our colleagues, and at the end of the day what became clear is in the absence of bipartisan support for this policy... we wouldn’t have been able to get it through the House of Representatives.”</p> <p>Mr Turnbull announced on Monday he would scrap the target from the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy, as it does not have enough support to be passed.</p> <p>“It’s clear that in the absence of bipartisan support, the legislation to move forward the emissions component of the National Energy Guarantee will not be able to pass the House of Representatives,” he told reporters.</p> <p> </p>

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s heartfelt message to drought-stricken farmers: “We want to do our bit”

<p>They are one of the most loved celebrity couples and now, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have sent a heartfelt message to Aussie farmers as they continue to battle the country’s devastating drought.</p> <p>The stars shared that they have donated $100,000 to Nine’s Fighting For Our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal, and encouraged others to also contribute to the cause.</p> <p>During the video for the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today</em> show, Keith said: “We wish we could be with you today but I'm on tour, but it's very important for us to be a part of this today and do our bit for the farmers.”</p> <p>Nicole added: “We love Australia and we realise there's been a crippling drought crisis and the rural communities are doing it really, really hard right now so we want to do our bit.</p> <p>“We would like to donate $100,000 to the Farm Aid Telethon and we're asking anybody else out there that would like to do anything, this is how you can do it.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fiwakeupwithtoday%2Fvideos%2F1797425870378409%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>The couple appeared emotional as they made the plea for Aussies to join together to support struggling farmers.</p> <p>Nine’s Drought Relief Appeal has so far raised over $7 million, with the first $1 million being distributed between three organisations.</p> <p>The Lions Club’s Need For Feed project has received $500,000 for livestock and feed resources, the Queensland Country Women’s Association has been given $250,000 to help farmers pay for groceries and bills, and the New South Wales CWA has been allocated $250,000 to assist farmers with groceries and bills.</p> <p>On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to $1.8 billion.</p> <p>“I want to say to our farmers, we have your back. There is no set-and-forget,” Turnbull told reporters in the New South Wales town of Forbes.</p> <p>“We are constantly working to ensure that you get every support you can, and of course let's all pray for rain,” Turnbull added.</p> <p>To donate to the Fighting For Our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal, <a href="https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/latest/august/drought-relief-fund"><strong><u>click here.</u></strong></a></p>

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“We failed two years in a row”: Heartbreaking reason Shannon Noll is raising his voice for our Aussie farmers

<p>Having risen to fame after coming second on television show Australian Idol, Shannon Noll is now raising his voice for a good cause.</p> <p>Noll, who was raised on a farm with his older brothers, remembers the time when he worked alongside his father in Condobolin in NSW’s Central West.</p> <p>With some of his most precious memories created amongst sheep and growing calves, Noll said he wouldn’t change country life for anything in the world.</p> <p>But after his father's passing due to a farming accident, the place that he once found great solace in was taken due to the drought, and while he held onto hope that one day the farm would become what it once was, the absence of rain made that harder to envision as the days went on.</p> <p>“We failed two years in a row and it’s just crippling to see your crops dying,” Noll told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/17/14/47/shannon-noll-drought-nine-farm-aid-telethon-farmers-jason-owen-dubbo-new-south-wales-condobolin" target="_blank">9NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>“We were in so much debt but also not being able to feed your stock is one of the most heart-wrenching things in the world,” he added.</p> <p>After facing financial downfall, Noll made a mutual decision with his brothers to sell the farm that had been in his family for almost a century.</p> <p>“To walk off that property that my grandfather’s father bought was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We felt like we let everyone down, let dad’s memory down.</p> <p>“But those two years were the first of a 10-year drought, we just never would have made it through.”</p> <p>Because of this, Noll feels a personal connection with the Australian farmers who are currently facing this exact situation at this present moment.</p> <p>With NSW and Queensland facing the worst drought in over 70 years, farmers are forced to either sell their animals or watch them die due to lack of resources.</p> <p>“I was talking to a merino breeder in Condo recently and after this shearing, they have to make a decision about how many of their flock they’ll have to sell to keep the rest alive,” said Noll.</p> <p>“There’s no water in the dam and not a blade of grass in sight. I don’t think some people realise it’s not just about their farmers’ livelihoods; it’s about their history and their heritage.</p> <p>“Some of these families have been working on bloodlines for 30 or 40 years. You wouldn’t believe how hard that is.”</p> <p>This is why Noll has travelled to Dubbo where the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/latest/august/drought-relief-fund" target="_blank">TODAY show</a></em> will air a special Farm Aid Telethon to recognise our farmer's hard work through a time of immense hardship. Joining him will be former X-Factor contestant Jason Owen who comes from a town in the central west of NSW with a population of only 12 people.</p> <p>“I’ve honestly never seen it this dry in my life and it is so hard to go home and see friends and family struggling,” Owen told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/17/14/47/shannon-noll-drought-nine-farm-aid-telethon-farmers-jason-owen-dubbo-new-south-wales-condobolin" target="_blank">9NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>“The weather is something completely out of our control, but we certainly can still try to make a difference in the lives of these people.”</p> <p>As they struggle to make ends meet, many farmers are struggling with their mental health and Owen has a message out there for our Aussie farmers.</p> <p>“People do care and please don’t ever think there is no one out there for you. No matter how hard the times, people want to listen and are there.”</p> <p>The singer has promised to donate 100 per cent of his profits from his two recent shows and his new song to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.westernmagazine.com.au/story/5181366/hay-runners-to-help-drought-stricken-farmers-this-australia-day/" target="_blank">Burrumbuttock Hay Runners</a></em> – a charity that donates bales of hay to farmers.</p> <p>“If the stock isn’t getting fed they are dying and then the farmers are faced with the horrible decision of putting them down.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t wish that suffering on anyone.”</p> <p>Nine’s Fighting for our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal has already raised over $4.3 million. If you wish to donate, then you can jump online, visit any Westpac branch or call 1800 732 165 between 5.30 am and 10 pm AEST on weekdays or 7 am to 10 pm AEST this weekend.</p> <p>Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.</p>

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The cast of A Place To Call Home prepare to say farewell

<p>As the sixth and final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em> airs, the actors have opened up about their fondest memories on the show.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">TV Week Close Up</em></strong></span></a>, the stars looked back at their time on the show and the impact it’s had on Aussie viewers.</p> <p>The series creator, Bevan Lee, set the drama in the 1950s, showcasing all the various attitudes attached to the time.</p> <p>"It set out to show us what has been, but also what still is," said Craig Hall, who plays Dr Jack Duncan.</p> <p>“It was a measuring stick for how either far we've come, or how little we've travelled."</p> <p>The show also tackled issues such as intolerance and bigotry, through David Berry’s character, James Bligh – scoring the actor a Logie nomination for his performance.</p> <p>"I could see it was about issues that are often taboo in families and we know we've opened people's minds – and that's powerful," Noni Hazlehurst, who plays Elizabeth Bligh, said.</p> <p>Marta Dusseldorp, who plays Sarah, says she was captivated with the show after reading the script of season one.</p> <p>"I still relish that first season," the 45-year-old said.</p> <p>"I've never read anything like it. I felt so excited to be a part of that."</p> <p>Craig said he appreciated the sense of nostalgia the story evoked.</p> <p>"It represents a time when we think, 'Ah, those were the days,'" he said. "In the first two seasons, you think, 'It'd be nice to live in this world.'"</p> <p>However, in the following seasons, viewers are then exposed to the destructive family secrets that begin to unravel.</p> <p>"I've learnt a lot about the damage caused by secrets and by not being who you are – they are the strong themes of the show," Noni said.</p> <p>The actors also reflected on how the show was dropped by Channel Seven, before being saved by Foxtel.</p> <p>"We were all devastated when it ended on season two; there was unfinished business," David, 34, said.</p> <p>"And now that there's a definite ending, there's a sense that we get to define it – that's empowering and exciting."</p> <p>Will you be watching the final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em>? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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