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"We're not going to survive": Aussie couple stuck in extended quarantine speak out

<p>A couple stuck in hotel quarantine beyond the expected 14-day requirement say they understand why the system has been put in place but they would at least like some fresh air and empathy after being stuck in a room with no balcony.</p> <p>Geoff and Karen Crooks are having to remain in hotel quarantine for a further two weeks after the extremely contagious UK strain of coronavirus spread at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane.</p> <p>"We're not going to survive in this room for another 14 days," Mr Crooks told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>host Leila McKinnon.</p> <p>Mr Crooks was unable to attend his brother's funeral due to the quarantine directive and said it hasn't been easy due to the lack of help and him waiting all day to see a nurse.</p> <p>"Understand what issues we're having," he said.</p> <p>Mrs Crooks said the news they would have to remain in quarantine for an extra two weeks was broken to them by police just over an hour before they were scheduled to leave, which wasn't easy to hear.</p> <p>But their issue is not with hotel quarantine, they just want it to be more comfortable.</p> <p>"I doubt very much whether the premier of Queensland has even talked to anybody who's gone through quarantine and understands just the circumstances you've got to stay in. This room is 10 paces across," Mr Crooks said.</p> <p>Mr Cooks has now been tested five times, with all tests coming back as negative, including a pre-travel test which was done in the US and a test he requested because of sinus issues while in quarantine.</p> <p>He said he was surprised more wasn't done earlier as the severity of the UK strain has been known for quite a while.</p> <p>"It was three levels above us, six days before that we knew about it," Mr Crooks said.</p> <p>While the couple knows they won't be let out soon, and they don't expect to be, they do want others to know that they aren't sitting by the pool drinking cocktails.</p> <p>"We were prepared to do quarantine, we knew all about it, we've done our homework, that's part of the system. (But) it's about doing it again (and) making sure the facility was better than the last time, have some compassion," Mr Crooks said.</p> <p>He said their new room is smaller than their first and now had no balcony.</p> <p>He would like Ms Palaszczuk to give people a call and talk to them to understand the issues with the rooms, which he said were designed for a one-to-two night stay, not for two or four weeks of quarantine.</p> <p>Mrs Crooks said it was lucky she and her husband get on, but she feels for those doing it on their own.</p> <p>The couple said an online quarantine community has helped during their stay.</p> <p>"We would just like to say thank you to all those guys supporting us because there's a heap of people in our position," Mr Crooks said.</p>

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"Too much skin": Woman forced to change before takeoff

<p><span>A young woman was left embarrassed and confused after she claimed a Virgin Flight staff member approached her before she boarded her flight, telling her she was showing “too much skin”.</span><br /><br /><span>Catherine Bampton, 23, said she was waiting to board her flight VA1447 from Adelaide to the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning, when she said she was approached by a staff member.</span><br /><br /><span>The Gold Coast resident said she was “publicly embarrassed” by the female staff member.</span><br /><br /><span>“She told me in front of everyone that the pilot was refusing for me to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing,” Miss Bampton from Palm Beach said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was in so much shock and was so confused because my clothes weren’t revealing.”</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839499/virgin-airline-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d3fc9c931a434a679690244a62f3b579" /><br /><span>Miss Bampton then claimed that the crew member asked if she had another top to put on and was asked to change into it.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was so embarrassing and humiliating,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone else waiting to board the plane was sitting there watching … and you could see they were staring in shock with their mouths open.”</span><br /><br /><span>The university student went on to ask the staff member what was wrong with her previous attire.</span><br /><br /><span>According to Miss Bampton, the woman responded with: “The pilot doesn't like people showing too much skin.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839500/virgin-airline.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2ac5849bdf5445a90deac056d0f7142" /><br /><br /><span>“I asked her if you couldn’t show your arms and back and she didn’t know what to respond.”</span><br /><br /><span>Miss Bampton was wearing sneakers with high-waisted trousers and a high-necked halter top at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>She is now wanting an apology from the pilot and wants the airline to be aware of the situation.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don't want them to do it to other people because they shouldn’t be allowed to do that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Virgin Australia’s website states that there are minimum dress requirements that travellers must meet.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the website states that wearing singlets is acceptable.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839500/virgin-airline.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2ac5849bdf5445a90deac056d0f7142" /><br /><br /><span>Virgin Australia states: “The dress guidelines on our aircraft are similar to other airlines here in Australia and the vast majority of those who fly with us meet or exceed them,” a Virgin Australia Group spokesman said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As Australia’s most loved airline, it’s always been our intention that those who travel with Virgin Australia feel welcome and have a comfortable journey.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are undertaking a review of the incident, and while no formal complaint has been received by the guest as yet, we’ve proactively tried to reach out to better understand what happened.”</span></p>

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Bindi Irwin shares adorable new baby update

<p><span>Bindi Irwin has given the world an adorable new snap of herself with her husband Chandler Powell as the pair prepare for the birth of their first baby.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKCitgRhRAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKCitgRhRAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The 22-year-old uploaded a photo of the couple cradling Bindi’s baby bump.</span><br /><br /><span>“All the love in the world,” the post read.</span><br /><br /><span>Bindi revealed in December of 2019 that she was excited 26 weeks into her pregnancy after announcing it in late August.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJHPpithBsr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJHPpithBsr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>While she has not confirmed her due date, she is thought to be set for an April delivery.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beautiful daughter is the light of our lives,” Bindi shared to social media in November.</span><br /><br /><span>“Beyond thankful that she chose us to be her parents. I can’t wait for her to be here next year.”</span></p>

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New study reveals how to reverse type 2 diabetes

<p>A new study suggests that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through a short-term low carbohydrate diet.</p> <p>CSIRO conducted research with labs across the world and discovered a dietary pattern that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats is actually more effective for improving your blood glucose management.</p> <p>They analysed 23 published clinical trials from around the world, which compared low-carb diets to mostly low-fat control diets.</p> <p>Patients who were careful about the number of carbs they consumed were more likely to drive their diabetes into remission without adverse effects, they were also able to achieve a higher amount of weight loss after six months.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.8417997097242px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839505/screen-shot-2021-01-15-at-21953-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e3b24e41b7514401b391f40cd308680b" /></p> <p>George Inatey decided to cut out carbohydrates from his diet, and he claims he is now a new man.</p> <p>Within six months the type 2 diabetic went from weighing over 100kg down to 62kg.</p> <p>He also no longer requires several insulin injections a day to control his diabetes.</p> <p>His blood pressure and cholesterol have also improved.</p> <p>"It was the most liberating thing I've done in my life in 40 years," he told 9News.</p> <p>Researchers say most of the benefits went away after 12 months, which could be due to the intensity and challenges of maintaining a strict diet.</p> <p>It's an option people should consider but in consultation with a health professional.</p>

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Aus Open panic as Andy Murray tests positive to COVID

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tennis legend Andy Murray has tested positive for coronavirus before his flight to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open, leaving his attendance to the tournament in jeopardy.</p> <p>Murray is currently isolating at home and is still hopeful of travelling to Australia when it is safe and is possible.</p> <p>He is said to be in good health and is hoping to still take part in the tournament which begins on the 8th of February.</p> <p>Tournament organisers have spent several months coming up with an arrangement that was acceptable to local and national government agencies regarding the admission of more than 1,000 tennis players and associated personnel to Australia.</p> <p>The new rules for players are they are set to arrive in Australia soon, complete a two week period of quarantine and be cleared of coronavirus before competing in the tournament.</p> <p>A statement from the Australian Open didn't provide any answers as to whether Murray would be playing.</p> <p>"Andy Murray has advised that he has tested positive to COVID-19 and is isolating at home in the UK.</p> <p>"Unfortunately this means he will be unable to join the official AO charter flights arriving in Australia in the coming days to go through the quarantine period with the other players.</p> <p>"The AO fans love Andy, and we know how much he loves competing here in Melbourne and how hard he'd worked for this opportunity."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Rebel Wilson heart-breaking admission: “So sad”

<p>Rebel Wilson is as straight forward and honest as they come, quickly shooting to stardom for her affable personality and hilarious comedy gigs.</p> <p>But now the actress has opened up about her own heart-breaking experience with sexual harassment in Hollywood, admitting she is still not comfortable naming who the perpetrator.</p> <p>The 40-year-old spoke candidly on Ant Middleton’s show<span> </span><em>Straight Talking</em>, saying an actor asked her to perform an act on him, while his friends watched and recorded it.</p> <p>"Then he pulled down his pants and I was a bit entrapped in a room," she said, adding that both he and his friends were harassing her.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ3mQOKrvfY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ3mQOKrvfY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When asked if she had reported the situation, she responded: "I called my agent immediately and said this happened. We made an official complaint to the studio.</p> <p>"But I'm such a professional that I was like, well I'm still going to continue with the job. Which now I might not have."</p> <p>The beloved A-lister also revealed that a similar situation happened when she was in a hotel room in Australia.</p> <p>"One was with a director in a hotel room, but nothing happened because, (this was in Australia), his wife called abusing him saying he was trying to sleep with me,” she said.</p> <p>"Things that happened to me aren't that severe, but I'm still scared of naming the people.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKCOs2Rl6Ia/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKCOs2Rl6Ia/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ant Middleton (@antmiddleton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Rebel went on to reveal that losing 20kg was also sparked by years of self loathing, saying that she felt “so sad” for her former self.</p> <p>She went on to say that she felt "so sad" for herself.</p> <p>"I wasn't loving myself in the way that I should from 20 to 40 – that's 20 years. I feel so sad that I did that to myself, just not loving yourself in the right way," she said.</p>

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Jacinda Ardern's big dreams

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A recently found newspaper clipping from 1997 shows Jacinda Ardern always had big dreams for herself.</p> <p>The news article was written as she won a speechmaking award and the then "sixth-former" at the Mirronsville College shared her goals.</p> <p>She said that she wanted to be New Zealand's first female Prime Minister.</p> <p>Ardern is currently the second New Zealand woman to be Prime Minister, but the article has gone viral on Twitter.</p> <p>Ardern won the Waikato regional competition of the United Nations Association of New Zealand speech contest, with her speech focusing on drug usage and the measures that need to be taken within society.</p> <p>"My argument was that the UN needs to allocate far more resources to the situation," Ardern says in the interview.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I love this! Dream big. Ad Astra Per Aspera! <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a> <a href="https://t.co/LmMdMu7yxW">pic.twitter.com/LmMdMu7yxW</a></p> — Tanya Blazewicz (she/her) (@tanyablazewicz) <a href="https://twitter.com/tanyablazewicz/status/1349588008949858304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>After she won the competition, she delivered her speech to members of the UN in an annual conference.</p> <p>It'd be 11 years later when she made history as the first female world leader to bring her child to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.</p> <p>She's also clearly taken her speech to heart, as she's introduced a strengthened approach to alcohol and drug addiction in New Zealand in July 2020.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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US tennis star bound for Melbourne despite positive COVID test

<p><span>US tennis star Tennys Sandgren has been given a special exemption to fly from Los Angels to Melbourne, despite testing positive for coronavirus this week.</span><br /><br /><span>The world number 50 revealed the news through a bizarre series of tweets where he explained he had been eventually allowed to board a flight filled with other players and officials as they head down under for the Australian Open.</span><br /><br /><span>On Thursday morning (Australian time) Sandgren told loyal followers that he had tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, and was expected to miss the Australian Open flight.</span><br /><br /><span>It was his second time testing positive after his first diagnosis in November 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>However just one hour later the 29-year-old tweeted, “Update: maybe I can fly tmrw”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839484/tennis.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fe3d20df1a394899b244efa034704764" /><br /><br /><span>The decision to allow him to fly is apparently all thanks to Tennis Australia boss and Aussie Open tournament director Craig Tiley.</span><br /><br /><span>“Wait hold on I think they are trying to get me on 15 min after the plane was supposed to depart.. my bags still aren’t checked lol,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“Wow I’m on the plane. Maybe I just held my breath too long.</span><br /><br /><span>“Craig Tiley is a wizard.”</span><br /><br /><span>Given the strict restrictions around international travel, many were confused as to how Sandgren was allowed to travel, let alone with hundreds of others on a flight to Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>A Tennis Australia spokesperson attempted to clear up confusion, telling 7NEWS the star is non-infectious as he his test was a ‘weak positive’ and was no longer alive in his body.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months,” the spokesperson said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Vic government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights.</span><br /><br /><span>“Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrival in Australia, a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A lot couch virologists out there. My two tests were less than 8 weeks a part. I was sick in November, totally healthy now. There’s not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point. Totally recovered!</p> — Tennys Sandgren (@TennysSandgren) <a href="https://twitter.com/TennysSandgren/status/1349544148781568001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>After copping serious heat for his tweets, the tennis star took to social media to explain his words.</span><br /><br /><span>“A lot (of) couch virologists out there. My two tests were less than 8 weeks a part,” Sandgren wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was sick in November, totally healthy now. There’s not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point. Totally recovered!”</span><br /><br /><span>About 1200 players, officials and support staff will be landing in Melbourne on 15 charter flights that will arrive from Thursday evening (AEDT).</span><br /><br /><span>All who travelled will go into quarantine in three Melbourne hotels - the Grand Hyatt, Pullman Albert Park and View Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>They will quarantine for two weeks before the Australian Open begins on February 8.</span><br /><br /><span>Players will be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for up to five hours a day for training and treatment, in order to reduce the risk of injury.</span><br /><br /><span>Players will be overseen by COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria staff in a secure training facility.</span></p>

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New cluster declared as UK virus strain spreads

<p>Queensland health authorities are pleading with residents who visited a wide-ranging list of venues to come forward for testing as a cluster of the UK variant of coronavirus is declared.</p> <p>Hotel Grand Chancellor, which has been used to house international arrivals was marked as a hotspot for the first time on Wednesday, as experts linked all six cases to the building.</p> <p>Dr Jeanette Young, Queensland Health's chief health officer has announced that anyone who has been at that hotel since December 30 must get tested immediately.</p> <p>She revealed the hotel will no longer be quarantining international arrivals and all 129 quarantined-occupants are being taken to another hotel as a precautionary measure.</p> <p>“The safest thing to do, is to move all the guests out of the hotel to other hotels, immediately,” Dr Young said.</p> <p>“That has now started. So all those 129 remaining people in that hotel will move. they will get tested.</p> <p>“So far it‘s floor seven … and that’s where it has spread.</p> <p>“We can’t work out exactly what happened and we are struggling to see how it got out.</p> <p>“Police are leading the investigation.”</p> <p><strong>Venues:</strong></p> <p><em>Anyone who has been at the following venues at the following times and dates, must get tested even if they are not showing symptoms.</em></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Hotel Grand Chancellor</strong>, Brisbane City: Any time since December 30</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Woolworths</strong><span> </span>Calamvale North: January 3, 11am-noon</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Bunnings Warehouse</strong>, Acacia Ridge: January 5, 2pm-2.40pm</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Nextra Newsagent</strong>, Sunnybank Hills: January 5, 8am-8.15am</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Coles</strong><span> </span>Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown: January 5, 7.30am-8am</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Sunnybank Cellars<span> </span></strong>(formerly Lucky Star Bottler), Sunnybank: January 6, 2.05pm-2.15pm</li> </ul> <p>Currently, six people have been diagnosed with the UK strain of coronavirus at Hotel Grand Chancellor, including a cleaner who passed the virus onto her partner.</p> <p>Western Australia is also enforcing strict rules to combat the virus, with the state now making masks mandatory in all of its domestic airports.</p> <p>Those who fail to adhere to the new rule will face an enormous fine of $50,000.</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement yesterday, which applies to everyone over the age of 12.</p> <p>Travellers are permitted to take off their masks while seated, to eat, drink and take medication.</p>

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"We don't have a choice": Jacqui Lambie's detention centre push

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tasmania Senator Jacqui Lambie has made a controversial call to send returned overseas travellers to Christmas Island for quarantine.</p> <p>She says that officials "have no other choice" to deal with the infectious UK COVID strain, saying that the current system doesn't work.</p> <p>"Those in power in Canberra don't have any other choice. We have a new strain running around now. Lot more contagious. We have to lift the bar," Ms Lambie told<span> </span><em>Today.</em></p> <p>"We have empty detention centres, (I) don't give a stuff if it's Christmas Island. If you're an overseas traveller coming home, and we have to get a little bit hardcore for you for the safety of everybody else in the country and that means you have to stay in these places, so be it.</p> <p>"If that means we can also get more home in quicker time than we owe it to Australians to do that".</p> <p>She also urged Prime Minister Scott Morriston to develop a coordinated national response to COVID.</p> <p>"We have a new strain running around now. Lot more contagious. We have to lift the bar. We don't have a choice," she said.</p> <p>"What I'd like to see is some leadership over this whole COVID stuff from Scott Morrison.</p> <p>"We let the state leaders and premiers work this out and I have to be honest with they've done a good job, but it's about time the Commonwealth stood up and started actually taking lock stock and barrel of this.</p> <p>"Get them in those camps. Get them in those detention centres so we can get them back to daily lives and back in the country and get them working."</p> <p>Many on Facebook agreed with Lambie's comments.</p> <p>"Christmas Island is better alternative than being quarantined in a hotel room for two weeks! Even criminals in gaol get daily outdoor exercise," one agreed.</p> <p>"They should have been doing this from the start. Hotel quarantine clearly isn't working," another said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Salmonella recall warning issued for Woolworths product

<p>The fear of salmonella contamination has prompted Woolworths to recall its coleslaw.</p> <p>The Woolworths Coleslaw 110g, 250g, 400g and 800g plastic tubs have been available at supermarkets and metro stores in NSW and the ACT, as well as some stores in regional Victoria.</p> <p>The affected product have a use-by date from January 12 to January 21.</p> <p>The NSW Food Authority has issued a warning, saying the product may cause illness if consumed.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 274.9469214437367px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839454/screen-shot-2021-01-13-at-90743-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f136493aff634a48b66bbf8e9af1ed09" /></p> <p>“Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund,” the authority said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Woolworths issued a statement, saying the recall only applies to products with a site code represented by the letter S after the use-by date.</p> <p>“Woolworths takes product safety seriously and apologises for any inconvenience caused by this recall,” the company said.</p> <p>Customers can call 1800 103 515 for more information.</p> <p><strong>Victorian stores affected by the recall:</strong></p> <p>White Box Rise</p> <p>Lavington</p> <p>Bright</p> <p>Albury Central</p> <p>Benalla</p> <p>Wodonga</p> <p>Mooroopna</p> <p>Epsom</p> <p>Golden Square</p> <p>Yarrawonga Central</p> <p>Bendigo Market Place</p> <p>Kerang</p> <p>Cobram</p> <p>Thurgoona</p> <p>Swan Hill</p> <p>Lansell Plaza</p> <p>Shepparton</p> <p>Kyabram</p> <p>Echuca</p> <p>Kennington</p> <p>Shepparton East</p> <p>Corowa</p> <p>Wangaratta</p> <p>Moama</p> <p>Seymour</p> <p>Northland</p> <p>Airport West</p>

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"I was petrified": Rebel Wilson reveals she was kidnapped at gunpoint

<p>Rebel Wilson has spoken about the horrifying moment she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of men in rural Africa.</p> <p>The Australian actress appeared on the UK TV special Ant Middleton &amp; Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking, where she was interviewed by SAS Australia instructor Ant Middleton.</p> <p>Speaking to the 40-year-old, Wilson was asked about the moment where she felt the most fear in her life.</p> <p>She revealed that she had been travelling with a group of women in Mozambique when they were ambushed by armed men.</p> <p>“We were on this cattle truck and these men came on another truck with a lot of guns. (They pulled up beside us) with the big guns and they were like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to get off your truck.’” she said.</p> <p>Wilson said the group was taken to a house and held hostage overnight.</p> <p>“I felt like I was very good in the crisis. I was like a team leader,” she added.</p> <p>“They sat us down, and I said, ‘Everybody link arms,’ because I was petrified in the night that they might want to take one of the girls or something.”</p> <p>They were allowed to leave the next day.</p> <p>“They came and said, ‘Your truck is ready now. You can go, go, go,’” she said.</p> <p>“We just got back on that truck and got out of there and crossed the South African border a few hours later.”</p> <p>The Pitch Perfect star still doesn't know the reasoning behind the kidnapping, but she's developed her own theory.</p> <p>“I think maybe those guys, maybe, used us to smuggle illegal things in the bottom of the truck,” she added.</p> <p>She did not specify when the incident happened.</p>

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The blunt comment from Dan Andrews' wife that made him cut his holiday short

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has revealed that he returned to work two weeks earlier than planned after a cheeky comment from his wife.</p> <p>He had been taking a holiday over the Christmas and New Year's period but revealed his wife was the reason for his early return.</p> <p>“To be honest, Cath said to me last night ‘you’re on the phone, 20 hours a day, you should just go back’,” he told reporters when asked about his unplanned return on Thursday.</p> <p>This is due to Andrews monitoring the recent coronavirus spike in Victoria from home.</p> <p>“I’ve been at home. About 25 minutes from here,” he said.</p> <p>“So yes, I did not plan on being here with you today, but I am almost sure I think I was due to come back on about the 20th.</p> <p>“It’s not about me, I’m not, I’m not seeking your collective sympathy. Their job is a job to be done … I’ve been following things very closely and very actively and this is the right thing to do.”</p> <p>The premier came under fire for taking leave as Victoria recorded its first cases of community transmission in 61 days.</p> <p>"Why is Dan Andrews on holidays? I'm sure we all remember the outrage last year when Scott Morrison went on leave," one man tweeted.</p> <p>Another added: "Where is the faithful leader Dictator now? Martin Foley, said Victoria is in a crisis right now, panicking, scared, all the leftards wanted to smash Scott Morrison for being on his pre-arranged holiday. Where is the Dictator?"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Regional NSW on alert after positive test 200km from Sydney

<p>Residents at two popular holiday destinations are on alert after a person who tested positive to COVID-19 visited a local store and a restaurant.</p> <p>New advice has also been issued for those at a local cricket match.</p> <p>An infected person was at the Nostalgia Factor Shop at Kangaroo Valley on December 27. Anyone there between 11:20 am and 11:30 am has been told to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.</p> <p>The same goes for anyone who at the Taj Indian Restaurant in the beachside town of Huskisson.</p> <p>People who dined there on December 27 between 4:45 pm and 5:20 pm must get tested.</p> <p>Further, those who played a game of cricket at the Ollie Webb Cricket Ground in Parramatta for almost four hours on December 28 are considered close contacts and must get tested and isolate for two weeks regardless.</p> <p>Those sitting on the grand stand should also get tested and isolate until negative.</p> <p><strong>Here is the list of venue alerts:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Birdie Noshery &amp; Drinking Est, Orange:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12 pm to 2pm</li> <li><strong>BWS Berala:</strong><span> </span>Various times from December 22 to 31</li> <li><strong>Coffee Club, Stockland Shellharbour:</strong><span> </span>December 27 from 11.30 am to 12.45pm</li> <li><strong>Gourmet Cribtin, Broken Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 2 from 10 am to 10.40am</li> <li><strong>Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 8.52 pm to 11.30pm</li> <li><strong>#HairManagement, Bass Hill:</strong><span> </span>December 24 from 11.15 am to 12.30pm</li> <li><strong>La Piazza, Bankstown Sports Club:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 12 pm to 2pm, and 10 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>Monkey Mania, Bankstown Sports Club:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 10 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>OKS Beauty and Hair, Lidcombe:</strong><span> </span>December 31 from 10.30 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>Ollie Webb Cricket Ground, Paramatta:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 7.30 am to 11am</li> <li><strong>Reading Cinema Auburn:</strong><span> </span>December 30 between 10.10 am and 12.10pm</li> <li><strong>Saravanaa Bhavan Indian restaurant, Parramatta:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 10.20 am to 10.50am</li> <li><strong>St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, Wollongong:</strong><span> </span>December 27 from 9 am to 10.15am</li> <li><strong>Sydney Marina Dine In &amp; Takeaway, Pendle Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12.30 pm to 12.50pm</li> <li><strong>Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 1 from 12.46 pm to 1.06pm</li> <li><strong>Sydney Marina Dine In &amp; Take Away, Pendle Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12.30 pm to 12.50pm</li> <li><strong>Venus Nail Salon, Bass Hill:<span> </span></strong>December 24 from 12.30 pm to 1pm.</li> </ul> <p>The full list of venues, including for casual contacts, can be found<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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"Just ripped our hearts out": Lisa Curry reveals final moments with late daughter Jaimi

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>It's been four months since Lisa and Grant Kenny's oldest daughter Jaimi passed away on September 14th after a private battle with a long-term battle.</p> <p>The pain is still fresh for the family, as Lisa marked the time in a heartbreaking Instagram post and recounted the moment the family learned about Jaimi's fate.</p> <p>"Four months ago, the doctor gave us the news we had dreaded for years, that Jaimi would not survive the night," she began.</p> <p>"It was like they just ripped our hearts out. Total disbelief ... and even though we had prepared ourselves for the worst for weeks, months and even years and thought we were prepared... nothing... absolutely nothing prepares you for that moment or those words.</p> <p>"Our beautiful girl couldn't beat the enemy... but she fought and fought.. every single day.😢 We miss her so much🌸❤️"</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ-pDGELX3a/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ-pDGELX3a/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She also shared another snap of her daughter in "her happy space" as Jaimi looked delighted at a bouquet of flowers.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKAMDwEre1s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKAMDwEre1s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Jaimi, in her happy space," Lisa wrote.</p> <p>Fans were incredibly supportive of her posts, sending her strength.</p> <p>" You probably don’t even know how many people you’ve helped in writing these words. Love and strength to you too," one fan wrote.</p> <p>"A beautiful tribute. I'm so desperately sorry for your pain," another wrote.</p> <p>Another fan said she hopes Lisa finds peace.</p> <p>"Love to you. Your courage, emotion, devotion and love shines through. It is breathtakingly beautiful. May you find peace."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"> <div class="post-editor-container"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Baby suffers horrifying side effects from steroid cream

<p>A mum has been left horrified after her baby doubled in size and grew hair on her face from a steroid cream she was given to treat dry skin.</p> <p>The parents sought medical treatment for the five-month-old girl after she ballooned to 11 kilograms.</p> <p>Doctors ran a number of tests after the young girl was rushed to the hospital in China to find out exactly what was causing the weight gain.</p> <p>Medics said they were taken aback when the parents revealed the only food she was consuming was her mother's breast milk, which was tested and found to be normal.</p> <p>The problem was becoming increasingly worse a month later, despite doctors asking the parents to reduce the child's food intake.</p> <p>She had swelled to double her size and grown dark hair on her forehead and cheeks.</p> <p>After another visit to the hospital, the baby was taken to a specialist unit where a nurse noted that four other babies had been suffering from the same symptoms.</p> <p>When the mother was asked if she had applied any creams on her daughter, she responded with "Yifulin", the cream she had been using to treat her daughter's dry skin.</p> <p>After examining the product, they realised it contained 30mg of clobetasol propionate, which doctors say should only be used for a short amount of time.</p> <p>The five-month-old was using the product for a minimum of two months before the side effects began to take place.</p> <p>The lotion has since been removed from shelves in China after other parents came forward to complain about its side effects.</p> <p>According to the doctors treating the baby girl will be difficult and the hair growth may take several years to fall out.</p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley shares update after horrific accident

<p>Kerri-Anne Kennerley is on the mend after recovering from a break in her collarbone on the set of musical<span> </span><em>Pippin</em>.</p> <p>The Aussie TV legend fell off the trapeze and "plunged to the ground" from a height of 4 metres.</p> <p>Her fans have been anxiously waiting to hear from her after Kennerley confirmed that she had broken her collarbone and suffered a chip to her ankle.</p> <p>She shared on Instagram of herself in an arm cast with her fellow castmates, seemingly in good spirits.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ5pLJ7FU7F/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ5pLJ7FU7F/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kak 💁🏼‍♀️ (@kerriannekennerley)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It was so nice to see my @pippinaustralia family. They have been so supportive and I miss performing with them and being apart of the show.</p> <p>"Thank you for everyone's well wishes I am truly blessed to have the best fans and friends in the world," she concluded.</p> <p>Fans wished her well in her recovery.</p> <p>"Good to see you up and around Kerri Anne,love your strength and determination," one sweetly wrote.</p> <p>"So good to see you on the mend!" another agreed.</p> <p>After the incident, Kennerley said that the experience of appearing in Pippin has been "exceeding all my expectations".</p> <p>"Good riddance to 2020.<span> </span><em>Pippin</em><span> </span>has genuinely been one of the great experiences of my life exceeding all my expectations."</p> <p>"What happened is just a random misstep in the trapeze and circus world. I've always felt safe in their hands but accidents just happen. I was trained well and loved getting stronger and the routine smoother."</p>

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Miraculous transformation for 6-year-old hero

<p dir="ltr"><strong>Warning: Graphic content</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Parents of Bridger Walker, the young boy whose face was horrifically damaged when he bravely saved his sister from being mauled by a dog, has revealed their son’s incredible transformation.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839450/boy-mauled-by-dog-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9e96542f01094e209f598d4f0be24b76" /></p> <p dir="ltr">6-year-old Bridger from Wyoming in the US was left with 90 stitches after he was attacked on July 9, 2019.</p> <p dir="ltr">He also walked away with a huge scar that snaked down the right side of his face.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839448/boy-mauled-by-dog-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/45d89329e50b4df0a9700f2f0a4f06cb" /></p> <p dir="ltr">A little more than five months after the horrific incident, his dad Robert Walker has shared photographs of the young boy, saying his son’s progress is “nothing short of miraculous”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Bridger has now had three laser treatments, and at his last treatment he also had a steroid injection to help with some of the tightness,” he wrote, with three images of the 6-year-old hero attached.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Bridger has full sensation, does not have any drooping, and has not lost any muscle control,” he continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We have gone from genuinely wondering whether he would ever smile again to hardly noticing his scars.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839447/boy-mauled-by-dog-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ddaf73e5389c401c98fe37db54390e4a" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Walker has paid tribute to some of the country’s top skin experts, Dr Dhaval Bhanusali, Dr Cory B. Maughan, and Dr Sandra Lee (aka Dr Pimple Popper).</p> <p dir="ltr">The dermatologists heard of little Bridger’s story when it hit headlines across the globe and decided to take on his case pro bono.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839451/boy-mauled-by-dog-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8746533b798843ecb1d0185068334ea9" /></p> <p dir="ltr">“We are so very grateful for what @drbhanusali and @corymaughan have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time,” Robert added.</p> <p dir="ltr">He went on to explain that Bridger still is “shy” around dogs but is “slowly getting over his fears”.</p>

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High school sweethearts tie the knot after 70 years apart

<p>High school sweethearts who were separated close to seven decades ago reunited during the coronavirus pandemic and are now married.</p> <p>Their love story began 68 years ago, when Fred Paul and Florence Harvey first laid eyes on each other.</p> <p>The couple met when they were teenagers in Wandsworth, a small town in Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada. They spent all their free time together, going for walks after church, stealing kisses in between classes, and attending concerts.</p> <p>Every night during the two years they were together, Paul, 84, would flicker his porch light before going to bed. It was his way of telling Harvey, who lived across the bay, good night and that he loved her.</p> <p>"She was my first love. My first girlfriend and my first true love."</p> <p>But when Paul turned 18, and Harvey was 15, the two ended up going their separate ways. Paul relocated to Toronto for work. A year later, when he came back to look for her, Harvey had moved to another town.</p> <p>Eventually, they both married other people and started families.</p> <p>Come 2017, Harvey was single once again after she had lost her husband of 57 years to cancer. The couple were happily married and had five children together.</p> <p>Two years later, Paul's wife of nearly 60 years, also passed away. They had two children together.</p> <p>It was the shared grief over losing their spouses that brought them back together.</p> <p>Harvey reached out to Paul after hearing the tragic news, to reassure him that things would get better.</p> <p>During that first conversation which took place after Valentine's Day, they spoke about their lives, their children and grandchildren and celebrated each other's happy moments.</p> <p>"I never thought it would go past that," Harvey, 81, told CNN. "But we went from talking once a week, to twice, to three times, to every day for hours. We had really reconnected even though we hadn't seen each other in all those years. I knew this was it."</p> <p>"When I found out she was in town and was coming to me, it was 10:30 at night. I ran out of bed and got dressed and wrote 'Welcome Florence' in chalk on the driveway and when she arrived, I walked to the car, gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and I held her hand and I knew right away that she had taken my heart," Paul said.</p> <p>Just three days after reuniting, the couple made the decision to get married</p> <p>Despite their family questioning it, Paul and Harvey knew exactly what they wanted.</p> <p>Paul was also one month away from starting treatment for stomach cancer, but Harvey was committed to being by his side throughout the good and the bad, no matter what that meant.</p> <p>On August 8, Paul and Harvey exchanged vows in front of family and close friends at Norval United Church in Georgetown, Ontario.</p> <p>"You were the first young man to walk me home in my teens," Harvey told Paul during the ceremony. "I guess you'll be the last man to walk me home."</p> <p>Now, the couple plan to go back in time and retrace the first half of their love story by visiting the childhood town where they met and fell in love all those years ago.</p>

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Bunnings launches LEGO-style collectables perfect for the grandkids

<p><span>Bunnings have just announced their latest drop that is sure to give kids across Australia something to enjoy as the summer holidays come to an end.</span><br /><br /><span>The mega warehouse store has just released a range of five “building blocks” toys for fans to collect.</span><br /><br /><span>It is very similar to the Woolworths “Ooshie” campaign that took Australia by story, however the five Building Block collectibles have been designed to complete a Bunnings Black Warehouse.</span><br /><br /><span>For the 168-piece scales-down model of the store, it retails for $30. However pint-sized DIY experts can recreate with just a few assembly blocks.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839471/bunnings-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/97931a12d91c403a815ef0a5056017b9" /><br /><br /><span>"Each add-on will be a replica of features you can easily spot inside a Bunnings Warehouse so that customers can collect and build some of their favourite in-store features," a Bunnings spokesperson said.</span><br /><br /><span>A new mystery collectible items will be available with every Bunnings person from January 14 up until May.</span><br /><br /><span>The first add-on feature includes Bunnings truck, which has been described as a replica of "the quiet hero, always ensuring the shelves are fully stocked with more than 40,000 products for customers to choose from."</span><br /><br /><span>"This model truck always delivers and can be assembled using 117 durable building blocks. Wherever you live, this Bunnings Truck will transport you and your kids to a fun place, every single time you play with it."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839472/bunnings.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f1911d73782340d6982b7a023026102e" /><br /><br /><span>Each item will cost $10, and is available storewide and online while stock lasts.</span><br /><br /><span>WA restrictions have limited availability for Bunnings Building Block add-ons. It will be available in Armadale, Broome and Bunbury stores and through Click and Deliver online in WA only.</span></p>

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The great car parking debate: is this allowed?

<p>A woman dubbed "Parking Karen" prevented a teenage driver in Queensland from parking by standing in an empty spot with a dog because she was holding the space for her husband.</p> <p>Taking to TikTok to post footage of the incident, Marli McLaren from Mooloolaba wrote: “Anyone else dealt with a Karen before? (She) tried to reserve a park by standing in it HAHA.”</p> <p>The video, which was posted on Wednesday, shows the woman in standing with her dog on a leash in the middle of a parking spot.</p> <p>“Please move,” the teenager can be heard saying to the woman, who initially ignores her and waves her husband’s car over.</p> <p>“I’m not moving, I’m sorry, you can’t do that,” the teenager says.</p> <p>Instead, the woman walks over and says, “is there any reason why you’re filming me?”</p> <p>“Because you can’t do that,” the teenager responds.</p> <p>The woman then says she is going to call the police.</p> <p>The video went viral, accumulating over 1000 comments and 60,000 views.</p> <p>“The dog would be so embarrassed,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Nothing says ‘I lost the battle’ quite like calling the police over nothing,” another said.</p> <p>“OMG even at Mooloolaba! There’s so many Karens on the coast, it’s deadly,” a third joked.</p> <p>But some didn't have an issue with the woman claiming the space.</p> <p>“I would have just let her have it, some battles aren’t worth fighting,” one person wrote.</p> <p>Others branded the teenager as a "Karen" for not allowing the woman to take the spot.</p> <p>But some users couldn't believe people were defending "Parking Karen" and attacking the teenager.</p> <p>“It’s called a car park, meaning u get your car and park there - not a human park,” one observed.</p> <p>McLaren posted a follow-up video to explain what happened afterward.</p> <p>The woman didn't end up calling the police and ended up moving because her husband found another parking spot - but not before calling the teenager "immature" for recording her.</p> <p>“You handled it very well! That woman made my blood boil,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Awesome work for holding your ground, these people are annoying,” another said.</p> <p>“How are you so much more mature than that lady holding the spot?” a third person asked.</p> <p>“Our future has a chance!”</p>

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10 habits of cheapskates you can follow to save money

<p>Secrets of the frugal and wealthy<br />Frugal people tend to be wealthy people, but that doesn’t mean they live extravagantly. In fact, their cheapskate mentality is exactly what helps them get rich and stay that way.</p> <p>Drive inexpensive cars<br />People who are smart about money understand that a car begins to lose its value as soon as it’s driven off the lot, and they refuse to invest a substantial amount of money in a depreciating asset. Instead of plunking down chunks of his massive fortune on sports cars, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg drives a Volkswagen hatchback with a manual transmission. And IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad doesn’t buy cars at all – he uses public transport instead. Some cheapskates have done the math and realised using car services like Uber is even more cost-effective than buying a car.</p> <p>Invest in quality over quantity<br />Contrary to common belief, cost-conscious people aren’t cheap in the traditional sense of the word. In other words, they don’t buy junk just to save money. They would rather invest in a high-performing, top-notch gadget that will give them their money’s worth, than have to make repairs to or replace a cheaper version. In the long run, this saves the money it would take to constantly replace something cheaper.</p> <p>Prepare meals from scratch<br />Cheapskates don’t overpay for convenience. In the supermarket, they bypass the washed and chopped veggies and go straight for the whole heads of broccoli. They bypass the frozen food section and go straight for the fresh stuff – even if it means buying more than they need. That’s because they have a no-waste mentality – if they make too much, they save every scrap and label it before putting it in the freezer so they know what needs to be eaten first. This way, they stretch their grocery budget as far as possible.</p> <p>Don’t feel the need to constantly upgrade<br />Whether it’s a smartphone or a smart home, cheapskates don’t cave into pressure to keep up with the Joneses. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has dubbed the hamster-wheel pursuit of the latest and greatest gadgets “the upgrade treadmill.” And some extremely wealthy people have been known to live in the same home for a long time, even as their wealth grows. Billionaire Mark Cuban has famously lived in his house for almost two decades.</p> <p>Avoid the Diderot Effect<br />The Diderot Effect is a social phenomenon whereby someone acquires something of high quality and feels the need to make “reactive” purchases to complement the original one. For instance, a person buys a new rug. They’re enamoured of the rug, but it matches nothing in the room – so they make a slew of additional purchases in order to furnish a room that complements the rug. Frugal people are aware of this cycle, so they avoid temptation and don’t fall prey to it.</p> <p>Sidestep fees<br />Frugal people avoid fees – both hidden and otherwise – like the plague. Instead of automating all their payments, they’re constantly monitoring all of their bills and subscriptions to make sure new fees haven’t been introduced (and to make sure they’re not paying for goods and services they don’t need). If shipping fees for online purchases are too steep, they buy in-store. And ATM fees? Forget it. Cheapskates understand that dribs and drabs add up.</p> <p>Don’t shop for fun<br />Just like physically fit people don’t eat when they’re bored, financially healthy people don’t shop for entertainment. Their spending is far too intentional for that. When they’re stressed, upset or defeated, they don’t resort to retail therapy, because they know the high from mindless shopping is short-lived and will hurt them in the long run. Instead, they’ll turn to self-care – like exercising, laughing with loved ones or listening to music – to blow off steam and reap “rewards.”</p> <p>Try repairing before replacing<br />When something breaks, the easiest thing to do is replace it. But cheapskates would sooner expend energy than spend money – and some repairs don’t cost a whole lot, anyway. Things like dishwashers, shoes and furniture often need only easy, low-cost repairs – even when you hire someone to do the fix for you. Cheapskates will always pursue the repair route before thinking of buying something new.</p> <p>Opt for community-sponsored activities that are low-cost or free<br />The money-conscious are practically allergic to high-cost entertainment like live concerts or going to the movies (and buying popcorn!). But that doesn’t mean they lock themselves up inside and have no fun. In most communities, activities that cost little to nothing abound. Renting movies at the library, attending local productions and sports competitions, and taking advantage of free museum days top a cheapskate’s weekend itinerary.</p> <p>Save every cent – literally!<br />One of the everyday tricks of cheapskates is to save their spare change in a money jar instead of keeping it in their wallets, where they’ll be tempted to spend it. They literally empty out the change compartment each day and forget about. It’s one of the most practical ways possible to save money without even feeling it – and it adds up faster than you’d think. Remember: you can be frugal, but don’t be cheap!</p> <p class="p1">Written by <span>Kristine Solomon</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/money/10-habits-of-cheapskates-you-can-follow-to-save-money?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p>

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ALDI shoppers form dozens-long queue for unlikely item

<p>A shopper shared a surprising photo of a queue that "went the length of the store" while she was trying to get into her local ALDI.</p> <p>Mum Maria revealed the "crazy" scene at ALDI's annual "Back To School" Special Buys sale.</p> <p>Many look forward to this sale as it started nationally on Wednesday, January 13th.</p> <p>“Another crazy day at ALDI,” wrote Maria on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034012533313136" target="_blank">Aldi Mums</a><span> </span>Facebook page.</p> <p>“Back to school sale. People everywhere, line up to the end of the store.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839476/aldi.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/78fd6fccb97b43b29905c5a858238c7a" /></p> <p>People are eager to get their hands on the store's popular $14.99 school shoes, especially with the pandemic tightening budgets around the nation.</p> <p>Other shoppers agreed that busy scenes were the norm at their local ALDI stores.</p> <p>“Yes, I had to line up for half an hour to pay,” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “I was 3rd in line but the woman who was first took every box of the white double strap jogger.”</p> <p>Some were quick to point out the lack of social distancing at the stores.</p> <p>“Hope they were all wearing masks,” said one.</p> <p>“I wanted to go but thought social distancing and COVID are more important.”</p>

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Fergie taps into personal lineage for her inspired first novel

<p><span>Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson has a new fictional novel coming to the shelf, which is inspired by her family history.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess of York has taken on the challenge of portraying her great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas and is set to be released in August.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839480/sarah-ferguson-novel-a-heart-for-the-compass.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b07cae45e9f24b41b7caf25fc7536780" /><br /><br /><span>The former wife of Prince Andrew has released children's books in the past, but became inspired for her new novel when she was “researching” her ancestry.</span><br /><br /><span>“Digging into the history of the Montagu-Douglas Scotts, I first came across Lady Margaret, who intrigued me because she shared one of my given names,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“But although her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, were close friends with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, I was unable to discover much about my namesake’s early life, and so was born the idea which became Her Heart for a Compass.</span><br /><br /><span>“With real historical events and facts to hand, my imagination took over.”<br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839478/sarah-ferguson-novel-a-heart-for-the-compass-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e8539deadd15429689a5a634e773b11f" /></span><br /><br /><span>The 61-year-old went on to say: “I invented a history for her that incorporated real people and events, including some of my other ancestors.</span><br /><br /><span>“I created a friendship between my heroine and Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s sixth child, and I drew on many parallels from my life for Lady Margaret’s journey.</span><br /><br /><span>“I have long held a passion for historical research and telling the stories of strong women in history through film and television.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am proud to bring my personal brand of historical fiction to the publishing world.”</span><br /><br /><span>Despite Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson divorcing in 1996, the pair still remain great friends and live together at the Royal Lodge in London.</span></p>

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The Wind in the Willows — a tale of wanderlust, male bonding, and timeless delight

<p>Like several classics penned during the golden age of children’s literature, The Wind in the Willows was written with a particular child in mind.</p> <p>Alastair Grahame was four years old when his father Kenneth — then a secretary at the Bank of England — began inventing bedtime stories about the reckless ruffian, Mr Toad, and his long-suffering friends: Badger, Rat, and Mole.</p> <p>Alastair, born premature and partially blind, was nicknamed “Mouse”. Small, squinty, and beset by health problems, he was bullied at school. His rapture in the fantastic was later confirmed by his nurse, who recalled hearing Kenneth “up in the night-nursery, telling Master Mouse some ditty or other about a toad”.</p> <p>The Wind in the Willows evolved from Alastair’s bedtime tales into a series of letters Grahame later sent his son while on holiday in Littlehampton. In the story, a quartet of anthropomorphised male animals wander freely in a pastoral land of leisure and pleasure — closely resembling the waterside haven of Cookham Dean where Grahame himself grew up.</p> <p>In peaceful retreat from “The Wide World”, Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad spend their days chatting, philosophising, pottering, and ruminating on the latest fashions and fads. But when the daredevil, Toad, takes up motoring, he becomes entranced by wild fantasies of the road. His concerned friends must intervene to restrain his whims, teaching him “to be a sensible toad”.</p> <p>Unlike Toad’s recuperative ending, however, Alastair’s story did not end happily. In the spring of 1920, while a student at Oxford, he downed a glass of port before taking a late night stroll. The next morning, railway workers found his decapitated body on tracks near the university. An inquest determined his death a likely suicide but out of respect for his father, it was recorded as an accident.</p> <p>Kenneth Grahame, by all accounts, never recovered from the loss of his only child. He became increasingly reclusive, eventually abandoning writing altogether.</p> <p>In his will, he gifted the original manuscript of Willows to the Bodleian Library, along with the copyrights and all his royalties. Upon his death in 1932, he was buried in Oxford next to his first reader, Mouse.</p> <p>A ‘gay manifesto’?<br />Biographical readings are a staple in children’s literature, and the criticism surrounding The Wind in the Willows is no exception. First published in 1908 — the same year as Anne of Green Gables and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz — the novel was initially titled The Mole and the Water-Rat. After back and forth correspondence with Grahame, his publisher Sir Algernon Methuen wrote to say he had settled on The Wind in the Willows because of its “charming and wet sound”.</p> <p>Today, one of the mysteries surrounding the novel is the meaning of the title. The word “willows” does not appear anywhere in the book; the single form “willow” appears just twice.</p> <p>When Willows was first released in Britain it was marketed as an allegory — “a fantastic and whimsical satire upon life”, featuring a cast of woodland and riverside creatures who were closer to an Edwardian gentlemen’s club than a crowd of animals. Indeed, the adventures structuring the novel are the meanderings of old English chaps nostalgic for another time.</p> <p>The four friends, though different in disposition, are bound by their “divine discontent and longing”.</p> <p>Restless enough to be easily bewitched, they are rich enough to fill their days with long picnics and strolls. Most chapters are sequenced in chronological order, but the action revolves around different types of wandering – pottering around the garden, messing about in boats, rambling along country lanes.</p> <p>With the exception of a brief encounter with a jailer’s daughter, an overweight barge woman, and a careless mother hedgehog, there are no women in Willows. And excluding a pair of young hedgehogs and a group of field mice, all male, there are no children either.</p> <p>Given the novel’s strong homosocial subtext and absence of female characters, the story is often read as an escapist fantasy from Grahame’s unhappy marriage to Elspeth Thomson. Peter Hunt, an eminent scholar of Willows, describes the couple’s relationship as “sexually arid” and suggests Grahame’s sudden resignation from the bank in 1908 was due to bullying on the basis of his sexuality.</p> <p>Indeed, Hunt ventures to call the book “a gay manifesto”, reading it as a gay allegory heavy with suppressed desire and latent homoeroticism. In one scene, for example, Mole and Rat “shake off their garments” and “tumble in-between the sheets in great joy and contentment”.</p> <p>Earlier, while sharing a bed in the open air, Mole “reaches out from under his blanket, feels for the Rat’s paw in the darkness, and gives it a squeeze.” “I’ll do whatever you like, Ratty,” he whispers.</p> <p>For this reason, and others, some critics suggest that Willows is not a children’s book at all, but a novel for adults that can be enjoyed by children.</p> <p>Conservatism<br />Whether we read Willows as a simple animal story or a social satire, the narrative reinforces the status quo. Badger, for instance, resembles a gruff headmaster whose paternal concern for his friends extends to an earnest attempt to reform the inebriate Toad.</p> <p>Toad is a recognisable type of schoolboy, charming and impulsive but wildly arrogant and lacking self-control. In the end, he is punished for his foolish behaviour and forced to forgo his flamboyant egotism in humble resignation at Toad Hall. Similarly, Mole and Ratty are afflicted by wanderlust, but inevitably retreat to their cosy, subterranean homes. All of Grahame’s animals return to their “proper” place.</p> <p>This return to civility and quiet domesticity exemplifies a criticism often levelled at children’s literature: that such stories are more about the fears and desires of adults than those of children. (Alice in Wonderland, for instance, emphasises the importance of curiosity and imagination, but is also an attempt to socialise children into responsible citizenship.)</p> <p>Willows is a story about homecoming and friendship, but also a psychodrama about uncontrolled behaviour and addiction in Edwardian England.</p> <p>Creatures of habit<br />Perhaps the most famous scene in Willows — now also a popular ride at Disneyland — is Mr Toad’s Wild Ride. In the novel, the incautious Toad, who is oddly large enough to drive a human-sized car, is frequently in trouble with the law and even imprisoned due to his addiction to joyriding.</p> <p>At times delusional, the self-proclaimed “terror of the highway” writes off several vehicles before spiralling into a cycle of car theft, dangerous driving, and disorderly behaviour.</p> <p>Eventually, Toad’s motorcar mania becomes so unmanageable that his exasperated friends are forced to stage “a mission of mercy” – a “work of rescue” that contemporary readers might recognise as an intervention. This subtext of addiction underpins the arc of recovery, and is crucial for understanding the novel’s key themes: the limits of friendship, the loss of pastoral security, and the temptations of city life.</p> <p>Interestingly, in Badger’s attempt to help Toad break the cycle of withdrawal and recovery, and in Toad’s temporary abatement and relapse, the text points to another form of addiction: to alcohol.</p> <p>When Toad is banished to his country retreat — a typical “cure” for upper-class alcoholism at the time — Badger stresses he will remain in enforced confinement “until the poison has worked itself out of his system” and his “violent paroxysms” have passed.</p> <p>Again, the biographical foundation of the work is clear. Grahame’s father, Cunningham, was an alcoholic whose heavy drinking resulted, like Toad’s intoxication, in social exile, financial strain, and the loss of the family home.</p> <p>In The Wind in the Willows, Grahame employs animals to render all the ups and downs of human experience. In doing so, he captures the conflict and consonance between freedom and captivity, tradition and modernity.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Kate Cantrell. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-the-wind-in-the-willows-a-tale-of-wanderlust-male-bonding-and-timeless-delight-151091">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Unearthed video of Princess Diana shows rare talent

<p dir="ltr">Footage of the beloved Princess Diana playing the piano during her and Prince Charles’ 1988 tour of Australia has resurfaced, sending royal fans into a frenzy.</p> <p dir="ltr">The video sourced from the Nine News archives captured the effervescent couple during a visit to the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Charles and Princess Diana are seen in a room filled with music students, staff and other members of the media.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then 26-year-old Di is seen gently taking a seat at the piano where she gives an impromptu performance.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrincessDiana?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PrincessDiana</a> playing the piano in Melbourne, Australia. So beautiful 💗 <a href="https://t.co/XbJscVRmpf">pic.twitter.com/XbJscVRmpf</a></p> — Princess Diana of Wales (@DianaPrincessOW) <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaPrincessOW/status/854052461300125696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">She effortlessly plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.</p> <p dir="ltr">Charles, who was 39 at the time, was also seen attempting to play the cello.</p> <p dir="ltr">The royal tour that included Princess Diana polishing off the ivories was part of their 1988 visit to Australia.</p> <p dir="ltr">It came five years after the couple first visited Australia together – a tour which remarkably included Prince William when he was just a toddler.</p> <p> </p>

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"This is going to kill me": Grant Denyer's stunning dig at I'm a Celeb castmates

<p>Grant Denyer has taken a swipe at his I'm A Celeb campmates, admitting he wished he'd turned down the offer to appear on the show when he first laid eyes on the cast.</p> <p>Speaking to TV Week, the Aussie star explained that he's "not really into" reality stars, which the show seems to be dominated by this year.</p> <p>But despite "instantly" regretting his decision to head into the Aussie jungle, he revealed he quickly grew fond of his fellow campers.</p> <p>“When I arrived, I was like, ‘I’ve made the wrong decision,’” former<span> </span><em>Family Feud</em><span> </span>host Denyer, 43,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/im-a-celebrity-get-me-out-of-here/grant-denyer-im-a-celeb-regret-66421" target="_blank">told the publication</a>.</p> <p>“It hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought, ‘Oh, my God – I can’t be here around the clock with these fame-seekers bouncing off the walls busting to be on camera. This is going to kill me.’”</p> <p>He said it didn't take long for everyone to realise they all needed each other, as the cast formed a strong bond.</p> <p>“If we didn’t do that, the show would have smashed us and we would have walked out in droves,” he says.</p> <p>“It was that harrowing.”</p> <p>He added his<span> </span><em>I’m A Celebrity</em><span> </span>experience was “a thousand times harder” than he imagined it would be.</p> <p>“I thought most of it was just made for television,” he said.</p> <p>“As it turns out, it’s not. You’re starving, you’re exhausted, you’re being punished every single day with some ridiculous challenge to frighten the life out of you, and you’ve just got nothing left in the tank to fight back.”</p> <p>But he did reveal one upside, saying he lost "heaps" of weight while in the jungle.</p> <p>“I’ve lost 7kg off my tiny frame,” Denyer said.</p> <p>“That’s probably the only benefit to going in there.”</p>

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Victory for terrorised tenants

<p><span>A family who claimed their Christmas was ruined after their landlords began camping out in their backyard have had a surprising development.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicky and William first made headlines when they spoke out about their landlord refusing to leave the backyard of their home, claiming it left them traumatised.</span><br /><br /><span>However, local council have since come to the family's aid, advising the landlord their stay was no longer permissible and could result in an infringement notice.</span><br /><br /><span>The council told 9News that the landlord has since returned to Sydney and does not plan to repeat their cruel conduct.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839492/landlord-tenant.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bc13f56064644c8aa22aa23e179e33c7" /><br /><br /><span>The couple's fallout with their landlord Pascale Hubert and her partner began after Nicky received a shock text on Christmas night.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Hubert advised the family that the couple would now be occupying the backyard.</span><br /><br /><span>"The text message said, 'Dear Nicky and William, I am the owner' … there was no names, no introductions, anything like that and it just said, 'as of tonight I will be occupying the rear yard'," Nicky told <em>A Current Affair</em> at the time.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839491/landlord-tenant-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7b004ccc23ba42b286c0a83e2eede300" /><br /><br /><span>The couple soon found Ms Hubert and her partner near the rear end of the property with a camp set up.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicky and William said the campsite at the back of the property had a shed, however there was no running water or toilet.</span><br /><br /><span>It left the couple wondering where exactly they were leaving their bodily waste.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839492/landlord-tenant.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bc13f56064644c8aa22aa23e179e33c7" /><br /><span>"I noticed they've got a bucket, been doing poos and wees in the bucket. It's disgusting," William said.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicky and William also claimed the landlord's partner was aggressive and that they had filmed the family in their own home.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only that, but the couple claim their trampoline was dragged out of the backyard, and reinforcements were put in place when the couple tried to ask for help.</span><br /><br /><span>Police had no idea how to handle the situation, and even the real estate agent managing over the property was stunned when they heard of the backyard bust up.</span><br /><br /><span>Funnily enough, the backyard is not part of the lease, but it is all on the one title.</span><br /><br /><span>"They can actually stay on the property in a tent for two days at a time, so they're allowed to stay here in the backyard for two days at a time but no more than 60 days in a 12-month period," Nicky said.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement to <em>A Current Affair</em> Clarence Valley Council said: "They were advised that occupying the property for longer than is permissible may result in Council issuing an infringement notice."</span><br /><br /><span>"Mrs. Hubert contacted us immediately on receipt of the letter to advise she was unaware of the regulation and apologised for staying longer than permissible."</span><br /><br /><span>The couple's lease ends in April and they're now looking for a new place to live.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839493/landlord-tenant-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e484bc0a393041b796448c98e2916ae7" /><br /><br /><span>The full statement from Laura Black, the Acting General Manager of Clarence Valley Council, as provided by Nine News reads:</span><br /><br /><span>“On Thursday 7 January we issued advice to the property owner of ... Clause 77 of the Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005, which states that</span><br /><span>'The prior approval of the council is not required for: (a) the installation of not more than 2 caravans, campervans or tents on any land, so long as they are not occupied for more than 2 days at a time and are not occupied for more than 60 days (in total) in any single period of 12 months'.</span><br /><br /><span>“They were advised that occupying the property for longer than is permissible may result in Council issuing an infringement notice.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mrs Hubert contacted us immediately on receipt of the letter to advise she was unaware of the Regulation and apologised for staying longer than permissible. She and her husband had by then returned to Sydney and do not plan to return and repeat offend.</span><br /><br /><span>“We also advised the tenants of ... of the action taken.</span><br /><br /><span>“We will work together with local real estate agents to help them to better understand the rules around camping on private property. The attached fact sheet with more information is available to the community on our website.”</span></p>

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"That smell!": Permanent portaloo upsets neighbours

<p>NSW Central Coast residents are furious with their neighbour who abandoned a caravan and portaloo five years ago in their suburban street.</p> <p>The caravan is on an overgrown section on the street, but it's the portaloo that infuriates neighbours.</p> <p>"Disgusting, absolutely disgusting," neighbour Kylie Griffith told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>"It looks like a bogan's house, like someone that doesn't care for it."</p> <p>Although things are bad now, they were worse when owner Hervander Bhandari was living there.</p> <p>He submitted plans to build a grand home after buying the site for $135,000 in 2014.</p> <p>"It was five storeys high," neighbour Stephen Crampton said.</p> <p>"The bricks turned up, the portaloo and virtually he was staying in it all the time."</p> <p>Neighbours were disgusted as they watched his personal routine, which included showering with a garden hose.</p> <p>That didn't bother them as much as the smell from the portaloo.</p> <p>"When he flushed the toilet, the water used to come back out of the port skip here and down the roadway, down his block of land into the neighbour's driveway, down the gutter and into the stormwater," Mr Crampton said.</p> <p>"It was disgusting. It was shocking. You would go, 'oh no, not again, that smell'.</p> <p>"We would have to have all our windows up and everything, we couldn't put up with it."</p> <p>Mr Crampton had enough and contacted the Central Coast Council, who instructed him to keep a diary of his movements.</p> <p>After enough evidence, the council took Mr Bhandari to the NSW Land and Environment Court, claiming that his living situation was illegal.</p> <p>Mr Bhandari told the court he has no interest in taking part in the case and it's currently understood that he has moved home to India.</p> <p>The Central Coast Council has said that Mr Bhandari has until January 17th to clean up the site before council moves in.</p> <p>Neighbours are upset at the decision as the council has told them they will only remove the portaloo, which means that the stack of bricks and the caravan will stay on the land.</p> <p>"They need to get rid of that stinking old caravan cause the smell is still here," Mr Crampton said.</p>

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Why Victorian retirees are chasing the sun north to Queensland's Hervey Bay

<p><strong>With State borders once again open, there’s never been a better time for Victorians to enjoy a warmer climate and become part of a friendly community by moving north to Queensland’s stunning Hervey Bay.</strong></p> <p><strong>Why Hervey Bay?<span> </span></strong> </p> <p>Located just a three-and-a-half hour drive or 40-minute flight from Brisbane, and with a population of around 50,000 people, Hervey Bay is renowned for its visiting humpback whales and pleasant climate.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839405/hervey-bay-is-known-as-a-whale-watching-mecca.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1a61ad41a7f9404d926326585ac73922" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Hervey Bay is known as a whale watching mecca</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>Hervey Bay boasts average high temperatures of 23 degrees, which compares very favourably to average August high temperatures of a chilly 16°C in Melbourne.</p> <p>Hervey Bay’s relaxed appeal and pleasant climate makes it a perfect year-round destination for swimming, sailing, fishing, yachting, waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling and more.</p> <p>The township’s golden beaches stretch for about 14 kilometres, with the gorgeous calm waters sheltered from winds and swells by Fraser Island.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839404/hervey-bay-has-14km-of-stunning-beaches-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/37cacecda4db4a419e2a6fe2cd688146" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Hervey Bay has 14km of stunning beaches</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>The cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes on the main Esplanade running alongside the bay also add a further seaside charm.</p> <p><strong>About the Fraser Shores retirement villages in Hervey Bay</strong></p> <p>Many of Hervey Bay’s incoming residents are finding their way to the two conveniently located<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.frasershores.com.au/" target="_blank">Fraser Shores retirement villages.</a></strong></p> <p>Operated by Blue Care (a service group of UnitingCare Queensland), these two villages are collectively home to some 441 single-storey homes.</p> <p>Importantly, these villages are providing the social benefits and community interaction that research shows many over 50s are craving in the post-COVID-19 environment.</p> <p>Residents at the Fraser Shores retirement villages came together to have fun and support each other during the worst of COVID-19.</p> <p>This same great sense of community means it is easy for incoming residents to meet new friends and be part of an active and supportive network.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839403/the-fraser-shores-villages-have-a-great-community-spirit-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4565e66373aa4b4d937344c679290fb8" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>The Fraser Shores villages have a great community spirit</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>A well-organised residents’ committee arranges functions and social activities, including outdoor and indoor bowls, pool and billiards, movie nights, tai chi, line dancing, yoga, arts and crafts, exercise and computer classes.</p> <p>Residents at the Fraser Shores villages can also receive individually tailored support and care for peace of mind from a range of Blue Care community services, if and when they need it.</p> <p>In addition, the homes at Fraser Shores are surrounded by amazing resort style facilities, giving residents unlimited use of the full-sized bowling green, swimming pool, community centre, licensed bar, fitness centre, craft and computer room, outdoor barbeque areas, libraries and so much more.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839402/enjoy-the-full-sized-bowling-green-at-fraser-shores.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0cce54b726094314ab79aa779a2e7827" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Enjoy the full-sized bowling green at Fraser Shores</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p><strong>Room to move in the Fraser Shores homes </strong></p> <p>COVID-19 has<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.downsizing.com.au/news/787/Downsizing-no-more-Australian-over-50s-want-more-living-space-and-independence-due-to-COVID-19" target="_blank">accelerated</a></strong><span> </span>many over 50s housing trends already underway, including the desire for independent living and more personal space in or around the home.</p> <p>More than half of respondents to a survey of over 50s Australians say two or more bedrooms are essential, up from 48 per cent in a survey undertaken before the pandemic.</p> <p>At Fraser Shores, incoming residents can choose from a wide selection of spacious brick-and-tile, two- and three-bedroom homes – including an executive model with three bedrooms, two en-suites and a hobby room. Home prices range from $250,000 to $505,000.</p> <p>All designs offer careful orientation and large doors and windows for maximum cross-ventilation. This helps village residents take advantage of coastal breezes. All homes are built at ground level for easy access and feature spacious modern kitchens, bedrooms and living areas.</p> <p>Finally, each home is equipped with an emergency call system, which is monitored on-site 24 hours a day by trained staff with first aid certification.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839401/enjoy-a-dip-at-the-fraser-shores-swimming-pool.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/024a264bcaf449f28148d7de045f3580" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Enjoy a dip at the Fraser Shores swimming pool</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p><strong>Your perfect grey nomad adventure starting point</strong></p> <p>For the grey nomad brigade chasing fun, sun and adventure, the Fraser Shores villages represent the perfect home base. It’s an ideal starting point to explore the rest of Queensland’s coast and highly diverse inland environment. </p> <p>For instance, Bundaberg, home to the famous rum, sugar cane industry and the Mon Repos turtles, is little more than an hour's drive away.</p> <p>Maryborough, one of Queensland's most historic towns, is also a short trip, while further south, you can take in the natural beauty of the Great Sandy National Park with its massive dunes, wide ocean beaches and towering cliffs.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839400/the-great-sandy-national-park-is-a-fantastic-spot-for-grey-nomads-to-explore.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9fb6f28f80bd4debb7c14058e118cbeb" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>The Great Sandy National Park is a fantastic spot for grey nomads to explore</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>Fraser Shores residents can utilise onsite recreational vehicle, caravan and boat storage, while also knowing their home will be in a safe and secure environment when they leave to go on their travel adventures.</p> <p>The villages are also close to a commercial and professional centre, housing medical specialists, a large general medical practice and a wide variety of shops and services. The new state-of-the-art St Stephen’s Hospital is also just down the road.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Given the above, it’s no surprise that so many over 50s are making the move north to Queensland.</p> <p>In fact, during 2018-19, Queensland’s over 50 population swelled by 6,970 - more than any other State - thanks to interstate migration. At the same time, Victoria’s over 50 population dropped by 650 due to interstate migration.</p> <p>Fraser Shores Retirement Villages embody quality, resort-style living among a friendly and like-minded community, in an attractive coastal environment which is the envy of the rest of Australia.</p> <p>To make an inquiry about Fraser Shores,<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.frasershores.com.au/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839399/the-mini-golf-course-and-full-sized-bowling-green-at-fraser-shores.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/770aad7d1a1746aeb75ec801257f0d66" /></strong></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>The mini-golf course and full-sized bowling green at Fraser Shores</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><em><span>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.frasershores.com.au/" target="_blank">Fraser Shores. </a></span></em></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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