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Barnaby Joyce reveals why he lied to the media about being the father of his new child

<p>When journalists asked Barnaby Joyce whether he was the father of Vikki Campion’s unborn child, the former deputy prime minister struggled to give an answer, saying it was a “grey area”.</p> <p>The ambiguous answer caused even more controversy for the scandal-ridden politician, who later had to backtrack his denial and clarify that Sebastian was his son.</p> <p>Now, Mr Joyce has explained the thinking behind his bizarre answer in his new book <em>Weatherboard and Iron: Politics, the Bush and Me</em>.  </p> <p>The politician said his “terrible mistake” was made because he didn’t want to give the media any further details about the affair.</p> <p>“Somehow I thought that creating doubt by not having all the details might switch this frenzy off,” he wrote.</p> <p>“You are not logical when under intense pressure for weeks.”</p> <p>The “grey area” comments made by Mr Joyce opened him up to further ridicule, including from his New England rival Tony Windsor.</p> <p>Mr Windsor tweeted at the time: “If anyone had doubts about Joyce’s character I think they now have a clear picture of this grub, will sacrifice others on his blundering self-centred path. How many more women does he have to damage?”</p> <p>Mr Joyce also revealed in the book that he wanted to go away and die following the scandal that ruined his marriage and career.</p> <p>“When you stop thinking about how sad it will be when you have gone, to thinking, I have hurt so many that I want to go without anybody knowing,” he wrote.</p> <p>In an interview with the <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sydney Morning Herald</em></strong></span></a>, Mr Joyce said he had to receive help from a psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with depression.</p> <p>In his book, he describes how he grew apart from his now estranged wife, Natalie, as he drank heavily and pursued other women in Canberra for years.</p> <p>“When I was at home I was a lie, and when I was in Canberra I was ashamed,” he wrote.</p> <p>“Winston Churchill had his black dog: mine was a half-crazed cattle dog, biting everything that came near the yard.</p> <p>“But the downside comes as well, when you get sad in the afternoon because it’s the afternoon and there are not enough clouds in the sky …</p> <p>“When you stop thinking about how sad it will be when you have gone, to thinking, I have hurt so many that I want to go without anybody knowing.”</p> <p>Mr Joyce dedicated the book to his “beloved daughters and son” and wrote to them: “I wish I could have given you a life outside the spotlight I turned on.”</p> <p>“I wanted the best for you but was blinded in the glare of the exertion.”</p> <p>He also describes Ms Campion as “my at times, typist, editor, critic and ever-patient partner, sitting tortured behind her keyboard trying to make sense of me.”</p> <p>It is believed Ms Campion became pregnant around July or August last year, a time in which she transferred from Resource Minister Matt Canavan’s office into a newly created role for Nationals MP Damian Dunn.</p> <p>During the transition, she did return to Mr Joyce’s office for a number of weeks.</p>

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Palace releases official photo album of Prince Louis’ christening

<p>It has nearly been a week since Prince Louis was christened at The Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace, and now the royal family have released the official portraits from the day.</p> <p>The photos were taken by Matt Holyoak in the Morning Room at Clarence House following the christening.</p> <p>The official portraits show the 11-week-old royal being photographed with various members of his family.</p> <p>The photoshoot included three group shots and one shot of the Duchess Catherine cradling her son in the gardens of Clarence House.</p> <p>The photographer behind the royal snaps talked about what an honour it was to take the photos.</p> <p>"I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event,” he said.</p> <p>"Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs."</p> <p>Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was baptised into the Church of England on July 9.</p> <p>The christening was an intimate gathering, with only 30 people attending the ceremony.</p> <p>Among the guests were Louis’ grandfather Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla, uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, and his brother and sister Prince George and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>Also attending the service was the Middleton family, which included Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton, James Middleton and Pippa Middleton.</p> <p>Sadly, the Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the christening.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the beautiful official christening portraits of Price Louis and his family. </p>

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Prince Harry’s incredibly rare $15,000 christening gift for Prince Louis

<p>To celebrate his nephew’s christening, Prince Harry has forked out $15,000 for a very thoughtful gift for three-month-old Prince Louis.</p> <p>According to reports, the Duke of Sussex bought a rare first-edition copy of A.A. Milne’s <em>Winnie-the-Pooh</em>, which dates back to 1926.</p> <p>Harry is believed to have purchased the book from Peter Harrington, a rare book store in London.</p> <p>It is understood that Harry has decided to build up a library for his two nephews and niece, in memory of his mum, the late Princess Diana.</p> <p>“One of Harry’s happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother,” a palace insider revealed to <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6727671/prince-harry-louis-winnie-the-pooh-christening/" target="_blank"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Sun</span></em></strong></a><em>.</em></p> <p>“She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte and George to enjoy as they get older.”</p> <p>According to the palace source, Harry originally planned to buy a copy of Lewis Carol’s <em>Through The Looking Glass</em> to mark the occasion – which would’ve set him back $46,490 – but he decided <em>Winnie-the-Pooh</em> was more age appropriate.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among just 30 guests invited to the intimate christening.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBAyMPHpOK/" target="_blank">Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace for the christening of Prince Louis.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jul 9, 2018 at 8:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Meghan wore an olive Ralph Lauren dress with a Stephen Jones fascinator to the ceremony.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Prior to the christening, Meghan was seen laughing with the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who also baptised her before her wedding to Prince Harry in May.</p> <p>The couple were seen <a href="http://www.oversixty.co.nz/entertainment/art/2018/07/first-pictures-of-prince-louis-christening-at-st-james-palace/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">holding hands</span></strong></a> as they walked behind Prince William and Kate, before entering Chapel Royal and St James’s Palace in London. </p>

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“Enough is enough!”: Karl Stefanovic slams “hurtful” magazine stories

<p>Karl Stefanovic has taken aim at Australian women’s magazine <em>Woman’s Day</em> for publishing false stories about him on the cover of their latest edition.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the Today host slammed the publication, writing: “Another week another BS cover. Enough is enough,” alongside an image of their latest cover, featuring him and fiance Jasmine Yarbrough.</p> <p>The weekly magazine claimed that Stefanovic’s bosses at Channel 9 banned Yarbrough from walking the Logies red carpet with him.</p> <p>Stefanovic responding, writing: “Jas was invited to the Logies and the red carpet by Nine. We had a wonderful time. These mags are bullies, hurtful and always wrong. Pls stop [sic].”</p> <p><img width="449" height="645" src="/media/7819684/capture_449x645.jpg" alt="Capture (13)" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Yarbrough attended the 60th annual Logies celebrations at the Gold Coast with Stefanovic but did not walk the red carpet with him.</p> <p>The TV personality is no stranger to calling out the tabloids.</p> <p>Just last week, Stefanovic took to Instagram to chastise <em>New Idea</em> magazine for publishing photos of himself and his fiancée supposedly looking tense while playing a game of tennis.</p> <p><img width="445" height="627" src="/media/7819685/2_445x627.jpg" alt="2 (6)" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>"Another day another cover from No idea. Just for the record the only thing broken in this photo was my serve," he wrote, alongside a picture of him holding up the cover which reads in bold, yellow letters: “Karl at breaking point”.</p>

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A letter written by teenage Meghan Markle reveals her true personality

<p>An old letter written by a teenage Meghan Markle sheds light on the personality of the newest member of the royal family.</p> <p>In 1993, Meghan wrote a letter to a fellow classmate who was “very shy” and a “bit of a loner”, according to her former teachers.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex’s former headmistress, Christine Knudsen, at Immaculate Heart High School in California said she received the letter from one of the student’s in Markle’s group.</p> <p>“Meghan wrote her the most wonderful loving note,” says Ms Knudsen in a new documentary How to Bag a Prince that aired on Britain’s Channel 5. “Even though Meghan was not her close friend at all. It just shows the depth of [Markle’s] heart.”</p> <p>The letter reads: “Dear Michelle, You are so strong and so wonderful — your courage in strength in times of hardships is as admirable as your optimism and friendly nature.</p> <p>“I am so lucky to have you in my group and to be able to lead you on this adventure. Never stop sharing your beautiful spirit and always remember how special you are. I am here if you ever need me. I love you, Meghan.”</p> <p>Meghan’s kindness also extended beyond a friend in need.</p> <p>According to her religious studies teacher at Immaculate Heart, young Meghan approached her about how to help the local homeless people.</p> <p>Maria Pollia told the show’s producers: “One day, after class, Meghan approached me and said, ‘So tell me more about serving on Skid Row.’</p> <p>“And so I suggested she continued to volunteer at this soup kitchen in her senior year. Meghan always took it a step further, not just distributing food but learning people’s names, learning their stories.”</p> <p> </p>

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A letter written by teenage Meghan Markle reveals her true personality

<p>An old letter written by a teenage Meghan Markle sheds light on the personality of the newest member of the royal family.</p> <p>In 1993, Meghan wrote a letter to a fellow classmate who was “very shy” and a “bit of a loner”, according to her former teachers.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex’s former headmistress, Christine Knudsen, at Immaculate Heart High School in California said she received the letter from one of the student’s in Markle’s group.</p> <p>“Meghan wrote her the most wonderful loving note,” says Ms Knudsen in a new documentary How to Bag a Prince that aired on Britain’s Channel 5. “Even though Meghan was not her close friend at all. It just shows the depth of [Markle’s] heart.”</p> <p>The letter reads: “Dear Michelle, You are so strong and so wonderful — your courage in strength in times of hardships is as admirable as your optimism and friendly nature.</p> <p>“I am so lucky to have you in my group and to be able to lead you on this adventure. Never stop sharing your beautiful spirit and always remember how special you are. I am here if you ever need me. I love you, Meghan.”</p> <p>Meghan’s kindness also extended beyond a friend in need.</p> <p>According to her religious studies teacher at Immaculate Heart, young Meghan approached her about how to help the local homeless people.</p> <p>Maria Pollia told the show’s producers: “One day, after class, Meghan approached me and said, ‘So tell me more about serving on Skid Row.’</p> <p>“And so I suggested she continued to volunteer at this soup kitchen in her senior year. Meghan always took it a step further, not just distributing food but learning people’s names, learning their stories.”</p> <p> </p>

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Ada Nicodemou reveals astonishing weight loss in bikini magazine cover

<p><em>Home and Away</em> star Ada Nicodemou has revealed the results of an eight-week diet and exercise plan that’s helped her become the fittest she’s ever been in her life.</p> <p>The 41-year-old showed off her abs and lean physique in a bikini in the latest issue of <strong> <a href="https://www.who.com.au/" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Who</span></em></a></strong>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkzWitmAUbv/" target="_blank">A post shared by Ada Nicodemou (@adanicodemou)</a> on Jul 4, 2018 at 1:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The actress achieved her new figure by working out at least five times a week with boyfriend Adam Rigby and following a strict “Keto Diet” – which meant Nicodemou cut out carbs, fruit and alcohol and replaced them with meats, fats and vegetables.</p> <p>Nicodemou had the<em> Who </em>shoot booked at the end of her health kick, and although she dropped 5kg to hit 47kg by the time she posed for the pictures, she didn’t focus on weight loss.</p> <p>Her goal was to replace body fat with muscle for strength and toning.</p> <p>“I’m so proud of myself,” she told <em>Who</em>. </p> <p>“I’ve got the best body I’ve ever had, but I’ve worked really hard and it wasn’t easy.”</p> <p>On Instagram the star wrote: “A ton of hard work, self-discipline around diet and alcohol and belief can get you amazing results regardless of how old you are! A huge thank you to @fitmejones for going above and beyond and Adam for supporting me along the way, and sorry for being grumpy when I was tired and craving carbs.”</p> <p>Now, that she has reached the end goal of her strict diet, Nicodemou admitted that she will relax her diet and adopt a 80/20 approach to treating herself.</p> <p>“Life is to be enjoyed,” she told <em>Who</em>.</p> <p>Nicodemou is mum to her 5-year-old son Johnas, with her ex-husband Chrys Xipolitas.</p> <p>In 2014, the couple also suffered a stillbirth son, Harrison.</p> <p>Now, Nicodemou is eighteen-months into her relationship with Rigby, she said she has “made a decision to be happy”.</p> <p>“I’m choosing to enjoy my life a lot more.”</p>

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Mum discovers bittersweet handwritten note in second-hand book

<p>A Melbourne mum and her daughters are on the search to return a second-hand book to its previous owner, after finding an emotional message inside. </p> <p>Natalie Coleman purchased a second-hand book for her daughter, Leni, from a pre-loved bookshop in Melbourne.</p> <p>When the St Kilda mum brought the 5 Minute Princess Stories book home, she discovered a message written inside the front cover of the book.</p> <p>The letter was from a man named Barry and addressed to his daughter, Alexis.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftrudie.coleman.5%2Fposts%2F1676760875771486&amp;width=500" width="500" height="688" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Dear Alexis. If you’re getting this without me, it’s because unfortunately my circumstances got too grim for me to give it to you yourself,” the note read.</p> <p>“You need to know I always loved you with all my heart.</p> <p>“You were the first thing I thought about when I woke up in the morning and the last thing I thought about at night.</p> <p>“Love Dad (Barry).”</p> <p>After reading the emotional message and knowing the meaning that must be attached to it, Natalie is now determined to track down Alexis and reunite her with her special book.</p> <p>The mum shared images of the book on social media, in the hope that it could help her track down Alexis.</p> <p>“I recently picked up this book from a St Kilda Op-shop for my daughter,” she explained in her post.</p> <p>“The message just breaks my heart… if you know Alexis (Dad named Barry) I would love to return your book.”</p> <p>The post has been shared in several Facebook groups but Alexis has not yet been found.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>“As much as we love the book, we’d like to see it returned to the little girl whose dad wrote the letter,” Natalie told the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/mum-finds-tragic-handwritten-note-left-in-secondhand-book/news-story/ecf779feaad23ba2dc354ae95e5105f5" target="_blank">Herald Sun</a></em></strong></span>.</p> <p>“Any young person would treasure these words from their father.”</p>

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Barnaby Joyce set to release “warts and all” book

<p>It has been confirmed that former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is publishing a tell-all book that will be released in August.</p> <p>Yesterday, the politician disclosed on the register of interests his publishing deal with New Holland for his tell-all book called <em>Weatherboard and Iron</em>, reported <em><a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/margin-call/august-release-for-warts-and-all-barnaby-joyce-book/news-story/c6fcbcf739b80032deb814f827dafe4c" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Australian</strong></span></a>.</em></p> <p>A New Holland spokesman confirmed the book will be released in August and will share Joyce’s account of the most controversial moments of his political and personal life.</p> <p>“The book will be a ‘warts and all’ account of his personal story and commitment to people in the bush, as well as his public stoush with actor Johnny Depp, his citizenship crisis, his resignation as the leader of the National Party (and as deputy prime minister), the inside story of the media frenzy concerning his personal life and the joy of welcoming baby Sebastian,” the publisher said.</p> <p>Joyce also dedicates a few words to his love for ‘the bush’ and other matters close to his heart.</p> <p>“I think this book gives Barnaby the chance to answer what is important to him as a politician, man, father and partner,” Joyce’s publisher Alan Whiticker said.</p> <p>“What comes through is his love of ‘the bush’, his passion for his job and yes, his concern for those closest to him. I believe his story will surprise those people who think they ‘know’ what he stands for. He’s a very good writer with a larrikin sense of humour.”</p> <p>His disclosure on the publishing deal was dated June 5 but was only processed in Parliament House yesterday.</p> <p>Earlier this month, Joyce and Vikki Campion reportedly received $150,0000 for their TV interview with Alex Cullen on Channel Seven's Sunday Night.</p> <p>Shortly after the interview aired, Joyce caught a photographer hiding in the bushes and took to Twitter to call for a tort of privacy.</p> <p>"We certainly wouldn't have done the interview if we thought it was just going to continue on, obviously it is," Joyce told Seven after the incident. </p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys blasts magazine for “marriage woes” claim

<p>Today show newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys has criticised an Australian magazine for publishing a fake story about her personal life.</p> <p>Jeffreys slammed New Idea for an article which claims she and husband Peter Stefanovic are having marriage troubles.</p> <p>"Today’s offering from the 'Fabricated Stories Based on Unflattering Papparazzi Photos' file. Why no byline?" Jeffreys wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>The 32-year-old also included the ‘poo’ emoji with her comment.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj39NgWgaBV/" target="_blank">A post shared by Sylvia Jeffreys (@sylviajeffreys)</a> on Jun 10, 2018 at 11:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Jeffreys also shared the paparazzi photo New Idea used in the article, which shows her and Stefanovic looking serious as they walk in public.</p> <p>The magazine’s headline reads “New Relationship Hell”, adding that the couple is “far from the throes of newlywed bliss”.</p> <p>Jeffrey’s post has received over 8,000 likes, with many fans and colleagues also poking fun at the article.</p> <p>Channel Nine’s Leila McKinnon wrote, “Youse look fab to me, soz about the marriage though.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Nine news presenter Wendy Kingston also used the poo emoji and wrote, “but the sunnies look fab xx”.</p> <p>Karl Stefanovic’s girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough also commented on the post writing: “Hahaha it’s so bad!! Don’t worry love. Our marriage is apparently off as well. Maybe we should move in together?"</p> <p>Jeffreys and Stefanovic wed last year in April during an intimate ceremony in the Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales.</p>

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Carrie Fisher’s brother reveals her one big regret

<p>Shortly before her death in December 2016, Carrie Fisher revealed for the first time in her memoir that she had a <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/2016/11/carrie-fisher-reveals-affair-with-harrison-ford-on-star-wars/">brief on-set affair with Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford</a></span>.</strong></p> <p>Carrie’s brother, Todd, has now revealed in his new book, <em>My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie</em>, that Carrie rued the day she told the public about her three-month fling, which she detailed in her own autobiography, <em>The Princess Diarist.</em></p> <p>In the book, Todd writes that his and Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, didn’t know about Carrie’s affair with Ford when she was a single 19-year-old and he was a married 33-year-old father of two.</p> <p>Todd says that Reynolds disapproved of both the affair and of Carrie’s decision to make it public.</p> <p>Carrie eventually told Reynolds: “You’re right. I shouldn’t have told that story.”</p> <p>At the time of her memoir’s release, Carrie describe their first intimate experience as clumsy.</p> <p> "I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind," she said.</p> <p>"It was so intense," <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://people.com/movies/carrie-fisher-reveals-affair-with-harrison-ford-star-wars/?xid=socialflow_twitter_peoplemag">Fisher told People</a></strong></span> during an interview to promote the book.</p> <p>"It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."</p> <p>Carrie died in December 2016 of cardiac arrest, with Debbie passing away just a day later.</p> <p>In his book, Todd explains how he saw what happened: “The common theory about Mum’s passing was that, after losing Carrie, Debbie Reynolds died of a broken heart. Take it from the son who was there, who knew her better than anyone else on earth — that’s simply not true. Debbie Reynolds willed herself right off this planet to personally see to it that Carrie would never be alone.”</p>

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Australia’s favourite books of all time

<p>Dymocks has released their 2018 Top 101 survey results, with 101,000 Aussies voting which books were their all-time favourites.</p> <p>The results of the national survey show new trends emerging with Aussie’s favourite reads, with half of the books being new to the list and 41 of books being adapted for film or TV.</p> <p>The Harry Potter series took home the top spot followed by <em>All the Light We Cannot See</em> and <em>Big Little Lies. </em></p> <p>Of the 101 books that made the list, 31 were written by Aussie authors – with five of those making the top 10.</p> <p>The genre which is the most popular among Aussies is Fiction and poetry.</p> <p>If you are searching for a book recommendation, this list is sure to help out.</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Aussie favourites</strong></p> <p>1. <em>The Harry Potter </em>series by J.K. Rowling </p> <p>2. <em>All The Light We Cannot See</em> by Liane Moriarty </p> <p>4. <em>The Handmaid's Tale</em> by Margaret Atwood </p> <p>5. <em>The Dry</em> by Jane Harper </p> <p>6. <em>The Book Thief</em> by Markus Zusak </p> <p>7. <em>Pride and Prejudice</em> by Jane Austen </p> <p>8. <em>The Light Between Oceans</em> by M.L. Stedman </p> <p>9. <em>Burial Rites</em> by Hannah Kent </p> <p>10.<em> To Kill A Mockingbird</em> by Harper Lee</p> <p>To see the full list <a href="https://www.dymocks.com.au/top-101" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>click here</strong></span></a>. </p> <p>Did your favourite book make the list? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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10 funny collective nouns for animals

<p>You no doubt know a flock of seagulls and a school of fish, but did you know these wacky collective nouns for animals?</p> <p>1. A business of ferrets</p> <p><img width="499" height="363" src="/media/9413/ferrets_499x363.jpg" alt="Ferrets"/></p> <p>2. A tower of giraffes</p> <p><img width="500" height="500" src="/media/9414/giraffes_500x500.jpg" alt="Ferrets (1)"/></p> <p>3. A crash of rhinos</p> <p><img width="500" height="400" src="/media/9416/rhinos_500x400.jpg" alt="Rhinos (1)"/></p> <p>4. A parliament of owls</p> <p><img width="500" height="353" src="/media/9417/owls_500x353.jpg" alt="Owls"/></p> <p>5. A sleuth of bears</p> <p><img width="500" height="707" src="/media/9418/bears.jpg" alt="Bears"/></p> <p>6. A mob of emus</p> <p><img width="500" height="475" src="/media/9419/emus_500x475.jpg" alt="Emus"/></p> <p>7. A flamboyance of flamingos</p> <p><img width="500" height="635" src="/media/9420/flamboyance_500x635.jpg" alt="Flamboyance"/></p> <p>8. A shrewdness of apes</p> <p><img width="498" height="385" src="/media/9421/apes_498x385.jpg" alt="Apes"/></p> <p>9. A bloat of hippos</p> <p><img width="498" height="215" src="/media/9422/hippos_498x215.jpg" alt="Hippos"/></p> <p>10. An ambush of tigers</p> <p><img width="498" height="385" src="/media/9423/tiger_498x385.jpg" alt="Tiger"/></p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/pets/2015/08/animal-sleeping-buddies/">Unlikely animal sleeping buddies that will melt your heart</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/pets/2015/08/teeny-tiny-animal-gallery/">14 teeny tiny animals</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/pets/2015/07/camouflaged-cats/">Can you spot the cats playing hide-and-seek?</a></em></strong></span></p>

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Serena Williams reignites feud with Maria Sharapova

<p>Serena Williams has hit back over false claims Maria Sharapova made about her in her book titled <em>Unstoppable: My Life So Far</em>, which was released last year.</p> <p>Williams said she was disappointed with the claims made about her, which she described as “hearsay”. </p> <p>Sharapova – who Williams has beaten 18 times in a row and is about to face her fierce rival ahead of their French Open clash – wrote in her recent memoir that Serena “hated” her for hearing her cry after the 2004 Wimbledon final.</p> <p>“I think the book was 100 per cent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little disappointing,” Williams stated, after her third-round win at the French Open against Julia Georges.</p> <p>“I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss, and that’s what I have seen a lot of people do. I think it’s normal.”</p> <p>The tennis champ added, “It’s a Wimbledon final, you know. So, it’s just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn’t in tears.”</p> <p>Williams said she was stunned how much she was mentioned in the Russian tennis player’s book, but also upset that she was portrayed as disliking Sharapova.</p> <p>“The book was a lot about me,” Williams said. “I was surprised about that, to be honest. You know, I was, like, ‘Oh, OK.’ I didn’t expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn’t necessarily true.”</p> <p>Playing at the French Open, her first tournament since becoming a mum to Alexis Olympia last September, Williams continued, “I don’t have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book. Especially having a daughter, I feel like negativity is taught. One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up.”</p> <p>She added, “If anything, I feel like we should encourage each other, and the success of one female should be the inspiration to another, and I have said that 1000 times.”</p> <p>Sharapova, who returned to competitive tennis in April 2017 after a 15-month suspension for doping, also wrote in her book: “Serena and I should be friends; we have the same passion. But we are not. I think, to some extent, we have driven each other. Maybe that’s what it takes … Who knows? Someday, when all this is in our past, maybe we’ll become friends.”</p> <p> </p>

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5 tips to help you make the most of reading to your grandchildren

<p><em><strong>Senior Lectures in Education, Margaret Kristin Merga and Paul Gardner, join Lecturer Saiyidi Mat Roni and Associate Dean Engagement at Murdoch University School of Education, Susan F Ledger, to discuss how to make the most of reading to children.</strong></em></p> <p>Reading to your child is one of the most successful ways of instilling a love of reading in them. But in <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://ro.ecu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3781&amp;context=ajte&amp;z=1522037874&amp;preview_mode=1&amp;login=2097887" target="_blank">our recent study</a></strong></span>, more than one-quarter of primary-school-aged respondents claimed they were never read to at home.</p> <p>Children typically enjoy being read to, and see educational, social and emotional <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0004944117727749" target="_blank">benefits</a></strong></span> to the practice. But families are busy, and finding time to read aloud can be eaten up by the demands of everyday life.</p> <p>Not all parents have been read to themselves as children, so may not have experienced a model they can then follow with their own children. And many adult Australians may be <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/4228.0Main%20Features22006%20(Reissue)?opendocument" target="_blank">struggling readers</a></strong></span> themselves.</p> <p>With this in mind, here are five suggestions that can help make the experience of reading to your children fun, relaxing and educational.</p> <p><strong>1. Give it all your attention</strong></p> <p>For many people, the best time to read with their children is at night, once the children are in bed. But if you find your child too cranky and disengaged at this time (or if you are feeling tired yourself), you might want to try reading to them earlier in the day.</p> <p>Whatever the time, it’s important to give the book and your children all of your attention. Phones and other devices with enabled notifications should be switched off. Everyone should be comfortable, and children should associate time spent being read to with enjoyment.</p> <p>Where possible, we strongly suggest reading to your child becomes part of the daily routine. The <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2002-02073-003" target="_blank">more often</a></strong></span> children are read to, the more substantial the benefits. Reading to children is both an opportunity to model how the written word sounds and a chance for family bonding.</p> <p><strong>2. Engage with the story</strong></p> <p>Children don’t typically enjoy having the story stopped every few seconds for comprehension checking, so we suggest you keep interruptions to a minimum.</p> <p>But recapping is useful when picking up a book again after a break. If parents let their children provide this recap (“So, where are we up to?”) this also enables informal comprehension checking. Opportunities for prediction are also beneficial (“Wow… what do you think might happen next!”).</p> <p>Sharing your response to a book and encouraging children’s responses stimulates critical thinking. These techniques and others can enhance learning and comprehension, but they shouldn’t upset the fluidity of the reading experience or turn it into a test.</p> <p>You can share the task of the reading itself with your children if they want to. This is beneficial for a range of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-9817.2004.00238.x" target="_blank">reading skills</a></strong></span>, such as reading comprehension, word recognition and vocabulary building.</p> <p><strong>3. There’s no age limit</strong></p> <p>You can start reading to your child from early infancy to support their developing <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0193397304001418" target="_blank">language abilities</a></strong></span>, so it’s never too early to start. The skills infants and young children develop through shared reading experiences can set them up for <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://adc.bmj.com/content/93/7/554.short" target="_blank">literacy achievement</a></strong></span> in their subsequent schooling years.</p> <p>Reading to your children remains important beyond the early years, too, with continuing benefits for <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/TRTR.1185" target="_blank">literacy development</a></strong></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.alpaa.com.au/sites/default/files/downloads/kalb_et_al_reading_to_young_children_copy.pdf" target="_blank">cognitive skills</a></strong></span>.</p> <p>We should read to young people for <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0004944117727749" target="_blank">as long as possible</a></strong></span>. There is no age where the benefits of being read to completely expire.</p> <p>Very <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/lit.12141" target="_blank">recent research</a></strong></span> in the UK found struggling adolescent readers can make remarkable gains on their reading comprehension when books are read to them at school. This is perhaps due to the opportunity for students to enjoy books that are too hard for them to read themselves.</p> <p><strong>4. Pick a book you both enjoy</strong></p> <p>We suggest you select a book that interests both you and your child. Reading together is a great opportunity to share your passions while broadening your children’s horizons through making diverse book choices.</p> <p>Don’t be afraid to start reading chapter books to your children while they are still very young. The age to begin this will vary depending on your child’s attention span, but it’s often possible to begin this with pre-schoolers.</p> <p>As long as the story isn’t too complex, children love to be taken on an enjoyable journey into books that are too hard for them to read independently. This can also help to extend child’s vocabulary, among other benefits.</p> <p>It’s a good idea to take your children to the library and model how you choose interesting books for shared reading. Research shows many <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/eie.12143" target="_blank">primary</a></strong></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02188791.2014.961898" target="_blank">high school</a></strong></span> children are easily overwhelmed by choice when they attempt to pick what books to read independently, so helping them with this is a valuable skill.</p> <p><strong>5. Don’t worry about your style</strong></p> <p>Not all of us are destined to be award-winning voice actors, and that’s OK. It’s great to use expression and adopt different voices for the characters in a book, but not everyone will feel able to do this.</p> <p>At multiple points in our research, we’ve come across people who have praised the reading efforts of parents who weren’t confident readers, but who prevailed nonetheless. For example, in our <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol20/SLR_BecomingaReader_V20.pdf" target="_blank">recent paper</a></strong></span> a respondent described being read to by her mother who struggled with dyslexia. This mother, and many other parents, have inspired a love of reading in their children through their persistence.</p> <p>Being taken into the virtual reality of story is a memorable, pleasurable experience that stays with us forever. Reading aloud provides parents with a valuable opportunity to slow down, relax and share the wonderful world of books with their children.</p> <p><em>Written by Margaret Kristin Merga, Paul Gardner, Saiuidi Mat Roni and Susan F Ledger. Republished with permission of <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://theconversation.com/" target="_blank">The Conversation.</a></span></strong></em><img width="1" height="1" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/93659/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation"/></p>

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The most exciting books coming in June

<p>From Bill Clinton’s presidential thriller to the story of writer Truman Capote, here are June release books we can’t wait to read.</p> <p><strong>1. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-president-is-missing-bill-clinton%2Fprod9781780898407.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>The President is Missing</em></span></a> by Bill Clinton and James Patterson</strong></p> <p>There are things only a President can know. There are things only a President can do. And then there are times when the only option is unthinkable- <em>The President Is Missing</em>. The thriller only a president could write.</p> <p><strong>2. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fswan-song-kelleigh-greenberg-jephcott%2Fprod9781786331069.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Swan Song</em></span></a> by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott</strong></p> <p>A dazzling debut about Truman Capote, the literary icon of his age, and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.<br /> <br /> Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatán beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely.<br /> <br /> In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words.<br /> <br /> A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, <em>Swan Song</em> is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.</p> <p><strong>3. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-peacock-summer-hannah-richell%2Fprod9780733640438.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>The Peacock Summer</em></span></a> by Hannah Richell</strong></p> <p>Two summers, decades apart. Two women whose lives are forever entwined. And a house that holds the secrets that could free them both.</p> <p>At twenty-six, Lillian feels ancient and exhausted. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she thought it would. To her it seems she is just another beautiful object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband's Chilterns manor house. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and her world is turned on its head.</p> <p>Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn't care. But when her grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley. Forced to face her past, she will learn that all she thought was real, all that she held so close, was never as it seemed.<br /> <br /> An utterly compelling story of secrets, betrayals and the consequences of a long-ago summer from the internationally bestselling author of <em>Secrets of the Tides</em> and <em>The Shadow Year. </em></p> <p><strong>4. <a href="https://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Floving-pablo-hating-escobar-virginia-vallejo%2Fprod9781786891051.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar</em></span></a> by Virginia Vallejo</strong></p> <p>VIRGINIA VALLEJO: Top Colombian television journalist, cover model and socialite.<br /> PABLO ESCOBAR: Head of the Medellin cartel, the founder of the global cocaine industry and one of the most ambitious - and brutal - criminals in history.<br /> <br /> Over the course of their tempestuous love affair, Vallejo witnessed first-hand the bloodshed, fear and corruption that accompanied the rise of Escobar's crime empire. In this explosive tale of drugs, sex, wealth and violence, Vallejo describes the man she knew and loved. But by the end of their dramatic five-year romance, increasingly plagued by threats of kidnap and death for her knowledge on Escobar's ties to the political establishment, Vallejo would fear for her life - forced to give up her career as a TV anchorwoman and cover model and flee Colombia for the United States. Her testimony would reopen one of the most important criminal cases in Colombian history.<br /> <br /><em>Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar</em> tracks the birth and boom of the cocaine industry and follows Escobar's evolution from billionaire benefactor to ruthless terrorist, responsible for the historic tragedies that forever altered the course of the Colombia conflict and its relationship with the world.</p> <p><strong>5. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-nowhere-child-christian-white%2Fprod9781925584523.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>The Nowhere Child</em></span></a> By Christian White</strong></p> <p>On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family background in Australia, questions arise that aren't easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy's home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. </p> <p>As the mystery unravels and the town's secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense, terrifying and entirely unexpected climax. Inspired by Gillian Flynn's frenetic suspense and Stephen King's masterful world-building, <em>The Nowhere Child</em> is a combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory. It is the remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent who is attracting worldwide attention. </p>

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6 best books for lovers of food and wine

<p>Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and when accompanied by a good glass of wine (or beer, or a cocktail!), we reckon it’s about as close you can get to heaven on earth.</p> <p>If you love food and wine as much as we do, you’ll love these six hand-picked books.</p> <p><strong>1. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fmaggie-s-recipe-for-life-maggie-beer%2Fprod9781925596953.html" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Maggie’s Recipe for Life</span></em></a> by Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins </strong></p> <p>Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins have teamed up to fight one of the most debilitating diseases of our later years, Alzheimer’s. Based on the latest scientific research, Maggie has created more than 200 recipes that help provide the nutrients we need for optimum brain health. More than one million Australians are affected every day by Alzheimer’s or its impact on their family but the good news is that you can eat well to age well, from this moment on.</p> <p>The proceeds from <em>Maggie’s Recipe for Life</em> will be shared between the Maggie Beer Foundation and the Lions Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.</p> <p><strong>2. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Ftequila-mockingbird-tim-federle%2Fprod9780762448654.html" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tequila Mockingbird</span></em></a> by Tim Federle </strong></p> <p>From barflies to book clubs, <em>Tequila Mockingbird</em> is the world’s bestselling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels, <em>Tequila Mockingbird</em> also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. Drinks include: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, The Last of the Mojitos, Love in the Time of Kahlua, Romeo and Julep, A Rum of One’s Own, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita, Vermouth the Bell Tolls and more!</p> <p><strong>3. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fcomplete-food-safari-maeve-o-meara%2Fprod9781742708973.html" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Complete Food Safari</span></em></a> by Meave O’Meara </strong></p> <p>Take a trip around the world to cook with exotic ingredients from thirty-four different cuisines that are guaranteed to impress your friends and extend your week night dinner repertoire. From Germany to Korea, Britain to India, Lebanon to Brazil and beyond, the recipes in <em>New Food Safari</em> have been gathered from talented cooks and chefs who have grown up learning from their mothers and grandmothers – their kitchen wisdom brings each cuisine alive. </p> <p>With mouth-watering descriptions of traditional herbs and spices, seasonal vegetables, favourite drinks and snacks as well as tips on key ingredients and cooking implements, the recipes are simple, delicious and will work every time. Lavishly designed and illustrated this New Food Safari will include over 260 recipes in 416 pages.</p> <p><strong>4. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-wine-bible-revised-karen-macneil%2Fprod9780761180838.html" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Wine Bible</span></em></a> by Karen MacNeil </strong></p> <p>A lively course from an expert teacher, <em>The Wine Bible</em> grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil's information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed: How to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory. Understand the subtle interplay of variety, vineyard, and vintner. What makes a great wine great? How oak affects flavour. The reason behind Champagne's bubbles. And, because of the author's unique voice, always entertained: "In great years Petrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich-Ingrid Bergman in red satin." Or, describing a Riesling: "A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning."</p> <p><strong>5. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/93981/71095/1880?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fgreat-australian-cookbook-various%2Fprod9781760405403.html" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Great Australian Cookbook</span> </em></a></strong></p> <p>This is more than just a cookbook. It is an affectionate snapshot of Australia and the food we love to eat from 100 of Australia's finest cooks, chefs, bakers and local heroes. 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<p>The Duchess of Sussex left her wedding reception guests teary-eyed after delivering an emotional poem dedicated to Prince Harry.</p> <p>Meghan’s poem articulated how “blessed” she felt to have met her prince and said their romance was “love at first sight”, reported <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6387068/meghan-markle-broke-royal-protocol-with-poem/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>The Sun.</strong></em></span></a></p> <p>“Meghan totally stole the show,” one guest shared.</p> <p>“It was the most special part of the entire day and the most unexpected.</p> <p>“She read her poem like the professional actress she is.</p> <p>“Most of the room was ­misty-eyed by the final line. Harry looked so proud and had to wipe away a tear.</p> <p>“She spoke about their first date and falling in love at first sight."</p> <p>Meghan said she knew she had met her prince straight away and "how blessed and lucky she feels to have found such a profound love".</p> <p>Meghan’s two-minute poetry reading to the couple’s reception guests at Frogmore Hall was just one of the many ways the wedding abandoned royal protocol.</p> <p>Prior to this wedding, no royal bride had ever officially addressed their wedding guests.</p> <p>The newlyweds, who married on May 19, had their first date in July 2016.</p> <p>Their first date is believed to have been arranged by fashion designer Mischa Nonoo, a mutual friend.</p> <p>Harry and Meghan went for a drink and reportedly arranged to see each other the next day after it went so well.</p> <p>Last November, Harry revealed that he was smitten “the very first time we met”.</p>

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