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The rise of the brown nomads and tips on how to do it

<p>Grey Nomads are a stalwart of the outback campsite, but COVID has seen a surge in younger families hitting the road: the Brown Nomads. These are people whose interstate or overseas jaunts have been thwarted by closed borders, or who have been freed from the 9-to-5 grind and want to take the “work from anywhere” concept literally. However, while adventuring sounds fun, it doesn't always generate a secure income. Consider some good financial planning so you can enjoy the nomadic life <em>and</em> still maintain financial security.</p> <p><strong>Before the trip</strong></p> <p>The options for how to stretch finances depends on your specific circumstances. It's important to see a financial planner early on in this process, but there are a few general tips I can offer.</p> <p><u>Reduce debt.</u> Pay it down as much as you can and see if consolidation makes sense. Do not carry credit card debt into this adventure.</p> <p><u>Plan your income and expenses.</u> Income sources include savings, investment dividends, long service leave, redundancies, ongoing business, or profits from asset sales. Plan expenses, including buying your start-up gear. Many nomads budget for $1000 per week, but it varies. Once you know how much you'll need you can start planning where to take the funds from.</p> <p><u>Interrogate your tax and maximising options</u>. If you’ve received a lump sum and want to use it to kick start your nomadic life, there may be some tax-efficient ways to stretch this amount. Consider various strategies, including a variety of superannuation strategies, consider paying down debt and investing in the name of the partner who didn’t earn an income, or earned less.</p> <p><u>Time your trip to suit your finances</u>. Are there are any benefits to going this or next financial year based on your circumstances?</p> <p><u>Get your financial foundations in place</u>. There are a few things you’ll need to get right as a basis for any secure financial future. These include having an emergency fund, creating a spending plan, getting the right insurances, optimising all aspects of superannuation including fees and investments inside, and having an up to date estate plan.</p> <p><strong>On the trip</strong></p> <p>Now you’ve hit the road and money is flying out the door and not so much is flying back in.</p> <p><u>Review your tax</u>. With the income changes there may be tax incentives you are now eligible for. You could make a spousal superannuation contribution, which will reduce your tax bill. You may also be eligible for the Family Tax Benefit.</p> <p><u>Manage your income streams.</u> Are you relying on income from dividends, term deposits that pay interest or rental income? Should you be? Any income linked to investments can change. Make sure you have enough money parked somewhere to see you through.</p> <p><u>Spend less money. </u>It sounds obvious, but in my experience, people spend what they have. I’ve had clients go from spending $200,000 per year to $40,000 after switching to a nomadic life for a year. When you aren’t in the ‘rat race’ you’ll be surprised how much joy life gives you for free and all the expenses you no longer have.</p> <p><u>Use the nomad community</u>. Experienced nomads will tell you their biggest expense is usually fuel. Find the cheapest with apps like Fuel Map Australia. Second to fuel is accommodation. WikiCamps Australia is one of many apps that has information about sites, including where the free ones are.</p> <p>Packing up and hitting the road does not have to cripple you financially. If you set yourself up right and plan well, you could have the adventure of a lifetime while you’re young, fit and healthy and return to a solid financial foundation.</p> <p>Helen Baker is a licensed Australian financial adviser and author of two books:  <em style="font-weight: bold;">On Your Own Two Feet – Steady Steps to Women’s Financial Independence</em> and On<em style="font-weight: bold;"> Your Own Two Feet Divorce – Your Survive and Thrive Financial Guide</em>.  <em style="font-weight: bold;">Proceeds from the books’ sales are donated to charities supporting disadvantaged women.  </em>Helen is among the 1% of financial planners who holds a master’s degree in the field. Find out more at <a href="http://www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au"><strong>www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au</strong></a></p> <p><strong><em>Note this is general advice only and you should seek advice specific to your circumstances.</em></strong></p>

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Grandparents' genius trick to "visit" family safely

<p>Thanksgiving is approaching in the USA, and with many opting not to travel to spend the holidays with their families due to COVID-19, the holiday will look slightly different this year.</p> <p>Missy and Billy Buchanan from Texas knew travelling wasn’t an option for them due to being in the high risk category.</p> <p>So they came up with the perfect idea to make sure their family didn’t miss their presence, by sending them life-sized cardboard cutouts.</p> <p>Between them, Missy and Billy have four grandchildren that range in age from three to 12, and still wanted to be present in the annual family dinner.</p> <p>"As COVID19 numbers continue to rise, we wanted to show that you can have fun and help keep everyone safe, too," Buchanan said on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10220993189732428&amp;set=a.1183512640954" target="_blank">Facebook post.</a></p> <p>"I have so many friends who have been impacted by COVID19. For us, it's an act of love. And our kids and grandkids are having such fun with 'us'".</p> <p>The cut outs stand at six feet tall, and gave their kids a shock when they arrived in the mail.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmissy.buchanan.5%2Fposts%2F10220993219733178&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=702&amp;appId" width="552" height="702" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>And while some of the grandkids were a little terrified at first, they ended up thinking it was hilarious.</p> <p>"My daughter got hers first. She texted, 'Omg!' and called and said, 'This is the funniest thing we've ever seen,'" Buchanan told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/grandparents-send-cardboard-cutouts-grandkids-place-thanksgiving-74375764?cid=social_fb_abcn&amp;fbclid=IwAR2MaBadeXyNx7RcuD5rYWI5aPny5gwWNyM8oMKgNE8TlqNAuF2JXJYpP-Q" target="_blank"><em>Good Morning America,</em></a><span> </span>adding they've been having fun putting them in different parts of the house.</p> <p>"The kids get to pass them as they go to bed every night and say goodnight to Ama and Poppi," the Buchanan's son Matthew told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/parents/grandparents-send-cardboard-cutouts-thanksgiving-2020-t200477" target="_blank"><em>TODAY.</em></a></p> <p>The Buchanan's said they hope their fun solution can show other families that you can still be safe and have fun celebrating, even from a distance.</p> <p>"Grandparents can lead the way on this," she said. "I think they're having more fun with the cut-outs than they would have had we been there in person!"</p>

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The letters to Santa that will leave you heartbroken

<p>A little boy’s sweet letter to Santa has broken the hearts of thousands online after he admitted he just wants to be loved.</p> <p>The young boy, known as Will, wrote a letter to Father Christmas as part of the US Postal Service’s “Operation Santa”, an initiative that helps children and families in need at Christmas.</p> <p>In his handwritten note, Will said all he wants for Christmas is to be loved the way he is.</p> <p>He wrote: “Dear Santa, do you support the LGBTQ community?</p> <p>“And if you can speak to God can you tell him I love him and [ask] if he loves me for being gay?</p> <p>“Thank you. Love, Will.”</p> <p><img style="width: 325.47169811320754px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838953/screen-shot-2020-11-27-at-114254-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0038ae4a3d224784aafff131860dcfb3" /></p> <p>The heartwrenching message was posted to the postal service’s website, which then made its way on to Twitter.</p> <p>“This letter to Santa broke my heart,” wrote Twitter user Nancy.</p> <p>Her tweet ended up going viral and garnered 200,000 likes and over 22,000 retweets.</p> <p>“This hurts my heart so much. I hope Will and all the other little LGBTQ+ babies know (and get told) they’re so, so loved,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Being a queer kid is so difficult. I hope this little boy knows that God does love him no matter what,” another said.</p> <p>Others said they were “crying” and a “blubbering mess” after reading the note.</p> <p><img style="width: 320.4272363150868px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838954/screen-shot-2020-11-27-at-114306-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbaf55a583dd49d2bbaf5d4fb1d43e60" /></p> <p>Some of the other emotional letters including a child asking for help to pay his parent's bills.</p> <p>“We also need internet so I can study,” the child said.</p> <p>One girl called Kayla asked Santa to bring her a sofa bed, saying her parents spell on a sofa in their one-bedroom unit.</p> <p>She added that her dad “works a lot” and she doesn’t want him to wake with “back pain”.</p> <p>Another child, Almir, spoke about his mum who recently passed away from cervical cancer, and said how hard it has been on his entire family.</p> <p>He asked Santa to help his loved ones at Christmas, and also asked for some gloves and a coat to keep him warm.</p> <p>“These break my heart,” one person declared.</p> <p>“This is the most heart breaking thing,” another agreed.</p> <p>Operation Santa began in the US in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorised local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters – a program that eventually became known as Operation Santa.</p>

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Deborra-Lee Furness opens up about parenting with Hugh Jackman

<p><span>Deborra-Lee Furness and husband Hugh Jackman have long been advocates for adoption, but have largely kept their two children away from the spotlight.</span><br /><br /><span>We often don't hear from the 64-year-old about her own two kids, 20-year-old Oscar and 15-year-old Ava, whom she adopted with Hugh.</span><br /><br /><span>In a rare interview with People, Deborra has spoken about parenting their two kids and maintaining a dynamic that explores their diversity.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's so interesting being a parent, and they've both made me smarter than I think I ever could have been on my own," Deborra revealed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838963/hugh-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/03bfbd9cfd1d43f2af9f0c55d46c7355" /><br /><br /><span>"But when you're a parent, you can't lie to them or yourself. They will shine a light on every one of your flaws, your Achilles heel, whatever. You've got to look at yourself."</span><br /><br /><span>Oscar has Bosnian heritage and Ava has Mexican lineage, so Deborra says she has taken a special interest in "epigenetics" - the study of how your behaviours and environment can impact the way your genes work.</span><br /><br /><span>"What I'm very interested in is epigenetics, and it's even more so when you have adopted children because I'm coming from my lineage of my mother, how she parented me, how her mother parented her, and I'm translating that to my children."</span><br /><br /><span>"But my children also have a separate lineage. So it's almost like we have more players at the table."</span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-two says she has made a conscious effort to open both Oscar and Ava up to their cultural traits.</span><br /><br /><span>"When my son was younger, he found out he was part Bosnian, so we went and got this Croatian/Bosnian cookbook and he was very proud to carry that around when he was 7 years old."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838964/hugh.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4bdf004262284206813b3a5470ec7a15" /><br /><br /><span>"My daughter has a Mexican lineage, so we've been to Mexico."</span><br /><br /><span>She then went on to say: "We completely embrace the ancestors and the extended family; they're family to us. And it's in there, even though it's generational. It may be subtle, but it's in there."</span><br /><br /><span>In a recent interview with the Herald Sun, Hugh spoke of his unwavering love for his children.</span><br /><br /><span>"I don't think of them as adopted – they're our children. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn't the way we were meant to have children."</span><br /><br /><span>"Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone's in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it's something we feel very deeply."</span></p>

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Scott Morrison's "misleading figures" a "new low"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of giving extremely misleading figures about the number of Australians stranded overseas.</p> <p>On September 18th, Morrison promised that all 26,800 Australians would be brought home for Christmas, but the department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that only 14,000 have returned to Aussie shores.</p> <p>Morrison claimed in his press conference yesterday that he brought 35,000 Australians home instead of saying that his government missed the target.</p> <p>"So we are well on the track to deal with the scale of demand that we had at that time," he said. "In fact we have exceeded it, in many respects, with the number of people that have come back."</p> <p>Deputy Labor Leader Kristina Keneally slammed the "misrepresentation" as a "new low".</p> <p>"I think it's important that everyone understands how misleading Scott Morrison was today in his press conference when he spoke about Australians stranded overseas. We need a plan to bring these stranded Aussies home," she wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>In a statement overnight, she said that his figure of 35,000 Aussies being brought home includes people who never registered with DFAT.</p> <p>She said highflyers making overseas trips like Tony Abbott would be included in the figures presented by Mr Morrison as being "stranded" Aussies.</p> <p>"It's hard to comprehend just how low Scott Morrison will go to mislead Australians about his failure to deliver on his promises, but he has set a new low," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Arnott's slams wild claim about Scotch Finger recipe

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A frustrated grandfather slammed Arnotts and accused them of tampering with the ingredients of the beloved Scotch Singer biscuit after he realised that the snack didn't snap into two separate pieces as easily as it used to.</p> <p>He said that the brand of "breaking" the biscuit by changing the recipe without letting customers know.</p> <p>“We have not made any recent changes to the current formulation of this famous bickie,” an Arnott’s spokesperson confirmed to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/arnotts-shuts-down-wild-claim-about-scotch-finger-recipe/news-story/da895f4bb5f48a80852be7cad1510758" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>The grandfather was outraged on Reddit.</p> <p>“Today I attempted to break the iconic Scotch Finger biscuit into two fingers to show my two-year-old granddaughter how to eat these biscuits, that I myself ate at her age, in a right of passage for all Australian kids,” he began the post.</p> <p>“We Australians know innately that when offered a packet of Arnott’s Assorted biscuits you chose the Scotch Finger because the moment you get it, ‘snap’ down the vertical, and you have two perfectly formed biscuits. Two for one.</p> <p>“Well, horror (ensued) as I attempted to snap the Scotchie!” he continued, adding that after he snapped it, it formed two “ill formed stubs”.</p> <p>Shocked by what he had happened, he quickly covered his granddaughter’s eyes.</p> <p>“But she did glimpse the carnage and I’m not sure (if) permanent psychological damage has been done.”</p> <p>“Protest, write to your local supermarket, canvass your local member, inundate Arnott’s Facebook page with your views, phone<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em>, tweet Kochie — do whatever it takes.</p> <p>“I’m old, and I can live with it, but I’m doing it for the kids. If we remain silent it is they who will suffer.”</p> <p>However, Arnotts confirmed that the recipe had not changed.</p> <p>“We bake our biscuits right here in Australia using local wheat, so occasionally if weather conditions have altered the harvest, there can be slight biscuit variations from batch to batch, but the Scotch Finger recipe Aussie know and love remains!” the Arnott’s spokesperson said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Army puts 13 soldiers on notice over war crimes report

<p>The Australian Army has issued 13 soldiers with administrative notices that could see their service with the military terminated over last week’s IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry.</p> <p>Chief of Army Lieutenant-General Rick Burr revealed that those who received a notice now have 14 days to respond to the claims.</p> <p>"Each matter and individual circumstance will be considered on a case-by-case basis," Lieutenant-General Burr said.</p> <p>"It is essential that privacy be respected and that procedural fairness is followed, and that no further comment be made until the process is complete."</p> <p>Last week the IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry found there was “credible information” that Australian special forces soldiers killed 39 civilians or prisoners in the Afghanistan War</p> <p>The Chief of Army was grilled during a press conference, with questions he declined to answer as reporters demanded to know whether he has plans to resign.</p> <p>“We have seen generals in Japan hanged for war crimes that they had no knowledge of,’’ the reporter asked. “Can you tell me why you shouldn’t resign?”</p> <p>But the Chief of Army chose not to answer the question.</p> <p>“There is a process to be followed here. We’ve received the inquiry one week ago,’’ he replied.</p> <p>“We need to follow a very deliberate, very methodical and very fair process, ensuring that we respect every individual’s privacy and right of reply. This will take time.”</p>

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SA pizza bar worker breaks silence

<p>The Spanish national accused of lying to South Australian contact tracers and prompting the nation’s hardest lockdown has expressed remorse for his actions.</p> <p>Speaking for the first time since news broke that a worker of the Woodville Pizza Bar misled the state’s authorities, the man said - via his lawyer - that he was apologetic for any consequences caused by his actions.</p> <p>Last week South Australia announced a six-day lockdown that would be the country’s hardest and shortest - but just three days later, it was announced that it would be over after finding out a worker had misled contract tracers.</p> <p>He reportedly let them know that he purchased a pizza from the shop, but the truth was he worked there.</p> <p>The man’s lawyer Scott Jelbert of Camena Legal said his client did not mean to cause harm with he information he gave contact tracers.</p> <p>"My client is in quarantine and I make this brief statement on his behalf. He is extremely remorseful and deeply sorry for any part his conduct played in any unnecessary lock-down actions," Scott Jelbert said in a statement.</p> <p>"He did not foresee or intend that things might unfold as they have.</p> <p>"Since entering quarantine he has had limited information about government media releases, public opinion and social media."</p> <p>But Mr Jelbert said some of the information circulating about his client was incorrect.</p> <p>"I am however instructed that some information is not fair, accurate or complete notwithstanding the State Government's comments, and he is concerned he has been all but publicly named," Mr Jelbert said.</p> <p>"My client's current focus is on cooperating with the authorities and completing quarantine.</p> <p>"He is sincerely concerned about the impact of the lock-down on South Australians.</p> <p>"My client has not been charged with any breach of the law but in the circumstances, including that such charges may emerge, no further comment about those matters is appropriate at this time."</p>

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“The greatest of all”: Maradona dead at age 60

<p>The football world is paying honour to one of the game’s best-ever players after Diego Maradona died aged 60 on Thursday.</p> <p>He become renowned for leading the win for Argentina in the <em>World Cup</em> in 1986.</p> <p>The country's president, Alberto Fernandez, has declared three national days of mourning for the World Cup Winner.</p> <p>Fernéndez told media he was “incredibly sad” over the death of Maradona.</p> <p>The football world united to pay tribute to one of the game’s greatest-ever players after Argentine legend Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 on Thursday.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838927/diego-maradona.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8de706950c1e427a9300b96654e2be20" /></p> <p>He won the club’s only two Series A titles and as a result became one of the most beloved men in his homeland and Napoli in Italy.</p> <p>Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Maradona as a true icon.</p> <p>“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius,” Ronaldo tweeted.</p> <p>“One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”</p> <p>Messi, who took over after the Argentina’s leading player, shared a heartfelt post on Instagram.</p> <p>“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal,” Messi said.</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/CIBeukIlowA/?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/CIBeukIlowA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends.</p> <p>His former teams also paid homage to the star.</p> <p>“You are eternal in every heart in world football,” the Twitter account of the Argentina national team wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of Maradona holding the World Cup.</p> <p>Napoli’s Twitter said: “Always in our hearts, Ciao Diego.”</p> <p>Boca posted: “Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego.”</p> <p>Fellow celebrity Greg Lineker also took to social media to remember Maradona.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">ARGENTINA: Football legend Maradona dead at 60 <a href="https://t.co/OF5n07ksXf">pic.twitter.com/OF5n07ksXf</a></p> — AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/1331638885810581517?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time,” he said.</p> <p>“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”</p>

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Meghan Markle opens up about "unbearable grief"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she had a miscarriage in July, and shared her experience in a piece for<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/25/opinion/meghan-markle-miscarriage.html?action=click&amp;module=Opinion&amp;pgtype=Homepage" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>.</p> <p>She said she had a feeling of "an almost unbearable grief" and explained her reason for sharing something so personal.</p> <p>"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," she wrote.</p> <p>The Duchess felt a "sharp cramp" while looking after her son Archie, who was born on 6th May 2019.</p> <p>"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal."</p> <p>She's urged people to "commit to asking others 'are you okay?" over the Thanksgiving holidays in the US.</p> <p>An insider confirmed to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55068783" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em></a><span> </span>that Meghan is currently in good health despite going through the miscarriage.</p> <p>A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "It's a deeply personal matter we would not comment on."</p> <p>Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said that it was a "sad reality" that there was a stigma around pregnancy loss and baby death.</p> <p>"The isolation we have all felt this year has made it even more difficult for parents whose baby has died during the Covid-19 pandemic and has brought back painful emotions for all those who have lost precious loved ones," she said.</p> <p>Dr Christine Ekechi, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it was "important" that any stigma or shame surrounding this issue was removed.</p> <p>"Sadly, early miscarriages are very common and they can be a devastating loss for parents and their families," she said.</p> <p>And Alice Weeden, from charity the Miscarriage Association, told the BBC: "When somebody, particularly in the public eye, talks about it openly, it's helpful for other people to know that they are not alone."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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World Health Organisation "unlikely" to list COVID-19 as disease that needs proof

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The World Health Organisation (WHO) is "unlikely" to list coronavirus as a disease that requires vaccination proof, a spokesperson has said.</p> <p>The comment comes after the Morrison government said that international travellers entering Australia will likely need proof they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or face 14 days in hotel quarantine on their own.</p> <p>Dr Margaret Harris from WHO told<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>it would be difficult to make the vaccine mandatory.</p> <p>"That would be unlikely. I think it would be a long way off from us listing that," Dr Harris said.</p> <p>"If that happened, that would be an external review group that would do that as part of the international health regulations.</p> <p>"That would take basically the countries involved in setting up that treaty to make that decision. In other words, that's a very theoretical and quite sort of distant concept."</p> <p>Dr Harris said that Prime Minister Scott Morrison can enforce the "no jab, no flight rule" without the approval of the World Health Organisation.</p> <p>"He can do that," she said.</p> <p>"Those decisions are all national decisions. We make overall recommendations. Generally most countries do follow them. But it is up to the national authorities to decide what regimes, what vaccines they want people to have had and where."</p> <p>They've said if it goes ahead, WHO can't enforce the matter.</p> <p>"It is not that we wouldn't necessarily support it," she said.</p> <p>"What I am saying is we would not necessarily make it (a vaccine) mandatory. That would be a decision for all the countries of the world to make. We as WHO, we are the advisers. We are not the police."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Qantas boss Alan Joyce slammed over COVID vaccination rule

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Furious customers have vowed never to fly with Qantas again after boss Alan Joyce said that vaccinations against COVID-19 would be mandatory for all passengers on international flights.</p> <p>He made global headlines after he revealed that once a vaccine became available, it would be a condition of travel with Qantas.</p> <p>“For international travellers, we will ask people to have a vaccination before they get on the aircraft,’’ he said on<span> </span><em>A Current Affair<span> </span></em>last night<em>.</em></p> <p>“Certainly, for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BREAKING</a>: QANTAS CEO confirms that proof that you've been vaccinated for COVID-19 will be compulsory for international air travel onboard his aircraft. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9ACA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9ACA</a> <a href="https://t.co/dhk3Hsnxn9">pic.twitter.com/dhk3Hsnxn9</a></p> — A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) <a href="https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/1330788260856131584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Joyce also suggested that if people weren't happy with that rule, they might struggle to find an alternative airline to fly with.</p> <p>“I think that’s going to be a common thing, talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” he said.</p> <p>People immediately rejected the policy, with comments on Twitter flying.</p> <p>“What right does Alan Joyce have to demand that we will only be allowed to travel with Qantas if we first prove we have been vaccinated against COVID-19?” someone asked on Twitter.</p> <p>“My health and vaccination status is none of his concern.”</p> <p>"I will never use Qantas ever again and I hope the world boycotts any company that uses this behaviour," another wrote.</p> <p>“I’m no anti-vaxxer, but forced vaccination, especially of such a new drug, is NOT okay,” one person tweeted.</p> <p>“If Qantas really go ahead, we may have to seek judges’ ruling.”</p> <p>The Federal Government has said that a COVID-19 vaccine would not be mandatory in Australia, but could become a condition of entry or re-entry into the country.</p> <p>“While the Australian Government strongly supports immunisation and will run a strong campaign to encourage vaccination, it is not mandatory and individuals may choose not to vaccinate,” the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy says.</p> <p>“There may however, be circumstances where the Australian Government and other governments may introduce border entry or re-entry requirements that are conditional on proof of vaccination.”</p> <p>The International Air Transport Association has also said it is in the final stages of developing a digital health pass that would co-ordinate information about COVID testing and vaccinations to support the reopening of international borders.</p> <p>The IATA Travel Pass would “manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travellers”, the industry body said.</p> <p>“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveller identities in compliance with border control requirements,” the IATA’s director general and chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said.</p> <p>IATA’s senior vice president of airport, passenger, cargo and security, Nick Careen, said the main priority was to “get people travelling again safely”.</p> <p>“In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program,” he said.</p> <p>“The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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COVID-19 vaccination to become compulsory for international travel

<p>The CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, has warned international travellers that compulsory vaccinations will be required in the future.</p> <p>Mr Joyce noted that as soon as a vaccine becomes available, while domestic travel may be exempt, the terms and conditions will change for international journeys.</p> <p>"For international travellers that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they get on the aircraft."</p> <p>"Certainly, for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that's a necessity."</p> <p>The Qantas CEO told A Current Affair that this will be something required all around the world.</p> <p>"I think that's going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe."</p> <p>Alan Joyce also mentioned that by Christmas, 60 percent of the flights from Sydney to Melbourne should be running. </p> <p>"Aussies love to travel, the two cities are unbelievably well connected, and we went from 45 flights a day before COVID, to one flight a day," Mr Joyce said.</p> <p>The route has just re-opened again.</p> <p>"Today we're back to 70 flights on the first day of opening up."</p> <p>And post-Christmas he hopes they'll be able re-activate 1000 jobs for the people who were stood down in the height of the pandemic in March. </p> <p>"If we can get Melbourne and Sydney back to where it was pre-COVID that will be 3000 people that didn't have a role, were stood down, were working at Woolworths, somewhere else that are working for the airline again."</p> <p>The CEO said domestic flights between Sydney and Melbourne have already proven popular, with 25,000 seats sold within 48 hours</p> <p><a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/coronavirus-exclusive-the-compulsory-conditions-for-australians-to-travel-internationally-as-lockdowns-ease/e4bf2f6c-faab-46dd-8528-b7f8120ede2f">Check out the full story here.</a></p>

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“We’re owed a refund”: Carrie Bickmore’s huge birthday blunder

<p><span>David “Hughesy” Hughes turned 50 on Thursday and as a wonderful gift, Carrie Bickmore and her radio co-host Tommy Little hired a skywriter.</span><br /><br /><span>The plan was to write ‘HB Hughesy” with a love heart over Sydney, as a way to honour the comedian who has just moved to the city for his new breakfast radio gig.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the skywriter made a huge blunder and forgot the second ‘H’ in his name, calling him ‘Hugesy’ instead.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838944/hughsey-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c0202c2c3e99426ea6a80476a97fe9ca" /><br /><br /><span>“It’s all about you right now … it’s live. This is live. Live above the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge,” Carrie and Tommy told him as he looked out the window.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is incredible, I’ve never had anything like this before,” Hughesy gushed.</span><br /><br /><span>However it wasn’t before long that they realised the blunder.</span><br /><br /><span>“Is there a spelling mistake?” Tommy pointed out.</span><br /><br /><span>“You spelled my name wrong guys,” laughed Hughesy. “Did you mean that or not?” he asked.</span><br /><br /><span>“Oh no!” Carrie cried.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838945/hughsey-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/998f2a6d13e745aa871dbabc5b3d5e2c" /><br /><br /><span>“Look that is disappointing, but I’m flattered by that,” Hughesy admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>“Well we’re owed a refund from a skywriting company,” Tommy Little laughed.</span><br /><br /><span>Carrie addressed the hilarious mistake on Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>“Oh crap. Tommy and I got @dhughesy a 50TH birthday present and it was written wrong in the sky!!! Happy birthday HUGESY,” the caption read.</span><br /><br /><span>Hughsey received the unfortunate mistake well however, laughing as he said: “You know what? It’s close enough.”</span></p>

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Big W recalls Christmas product after X-rated complaints

<p>Aussie retail chain Big W has been forced to recall a popular Christmas item after it was not what it seemed.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, a customer shared a photo of a seemingly X-rated bath bomb, suggesting it looked like something phallic.</p> <p>“If anyone’s looking for bath bombs … I think Big W might have got their candy cane a bit wrong!” she captioned the image.</p> <p>Her hilarious suggestion quickly prompted the retailer to pull the $2 item from shelves across the country.</p> <p>The post in the group Big W Mums Australia was inundated with comments from shoppers also poking fun at the Candy Cane Bath Fizzer.</p> <p><img style="width: 363.024px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838932/screen-shot-2020-11-26-at-105143-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a1b38f95cd004c5f9311cd018299afbf" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Credit: Big W Mums Australia</em></p> <p>“The label clearly states for external use only. Calm down guys,”’ one customer joked, while another added, “Now that will be a jolly good time!”</p> <p>“I just spat out my drink!” a third person said.</p> <p>“Bath bombs are going to be popular in some household stockings this year, especially all those single ladies,” said another.</p> <p>After drawing attention for all the wrong reasons, Big W recalled the pink item.</p> <p>“We are aware that the candy cane bath bomb in our range did get some attention on social media and we certainly didn’t intend to offend our customers,” a spokesperson said in a statement to news.com.au</p> <p>“Thanks to their feedback, we withdrew the bath bomb from our range on Thursday, November 19.”</p>

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“Should we pixelate that?” Sunrise reacts to X-rated Greg Norman photo

<p>Golfing legend Greg Norman has shocked fans after sharing a very revealing photo to social media.</p> <p>The 65-year-old took to Instagram to post an image of himself walking his dog down a beach in Florida wearing a pair of board shorts.</p> <p>The post is captioned: “A man and his dog on a Sunday.”</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/CH56_o8p7H4/?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/CH56_o8p7H4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>But it was an X-rated detail in Norman’s swimmers that has left the internet buzzing.</p> <p>The image sparked plenty of cheeky comments when it was shown LIVE on Sunrise during Wednesday’s episode of the Channel 7 breakfast show.</p> <p>“Shouldn’t we be pixelating parts of that?” Host David Koch asked.</p> <p>“I don’t know what you mean Kochie, what are you looking at?” newsreader Edwina Bartholomew responded.</p> <p>“It’s just a photo of Greg Norman and his dog going for a stroll on the beach.”</p> <p>Samantha Armytage jumped in, saying that “it pays to advertise.”</p> <p>“It’s a world where you’ve just got to put it all on Instagram.”</p> <p>“Well, he certainly put it all out there!” Koch added.</p>

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Johnny Ruffo heartbreakingly reveals brain cancer has returned

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tributes from fans and celebrities are flowing in for former <em>Home and Away</em> star Johnny Ruffo after he revealed that his brain cancer has returned.</p> <p>He battled the illness in 2017 and was given the all-clear after rounds of chemotherapy, but unfortunately, the illness has come back.</p> <p>Ruffo shared the news on his Instagram page.</p> <p>"After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that i have to let you know i now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned," he wrote.</p> <p>He added: "Though i will dig deep and beat this sh<em>t disease again 👊🏽💜 #f</em>ckcancer"</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH94l3tFD6S/" target="_blank">https://www.instagram.com/p/CH94l3tFD6S/</a></p> <p>A number of his former co-stars and other celebrities offered their support on the post with<span> </span><em>Home and Away</em><span> </span>star Penny McNamee sending her love.</p> <p>"Will be praying for you Johnny. You have so much love and support behind you. Xxx"</p> <p>Dan Ewing, who also acted alongside Johnny on the hit soap added: "Let's get after it Ruffo!!"</p> <p>Carrie Bickmore offered her support as well.</p> <p>"Oh Johnny....Sending so much so love. Kick it's arse 👊🏻"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Coles sells $90 dupe of $700 KitchenAid stand mixer

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Today, Coles is launching one of their biggest Best Buys promotions to date and featuring a wildly popular design dupe.</p> <p>The supermarket has also advised shoppers on how to get an extra 15 per cent off due to a sneaky Black Friday "hack".</p> <p>Coles is launching a 5L $89.99 stand mixer that bears a striking resemblance to the popular KitchenAid mixers, which retail between $699 and $899.</p> <p>The Thomson mixer being sold at coles comes in black and red, features 5-speed settings with pulse function, a stainless steel bowl, a transparent bowl cover with refill opening and an automatic stop when the head is lifted.</p> <p>Coles General Manager for Health and Home, Jonathan Torr, shared a discount "hack" for savvy shoppers to take advantage of during the Black Friday sales.</p> <p>"For an extra special offer, we're giving customers 15 per cent off a range of gift cards – this is our biggest gift card offer yet and a true hack for shoppers who want to save even more at over 90 major retailers across the country," he revealed.</p> <p>"If you're already saving 50 per cent at one retailer, you can save an extra 15 per cent by using the gift card you buy at Coles from today."</p> <p>Coles shoppers are able to get the discounted gift cards between now and December 1st.</p> <p>Torr described today's Best Buys Bonanza sale as "the biggest and best sale we've ever had".</p> <p>"We've taken inspiration from leading kitchen and sporting brands from across the globe and sourced similar products for fraction of the price for our customers," he said of the designer dupes on offer.</p> <p>"We've worked hard to ensure that the products we're offering are not only the best value on the market but are also fantastic quality. "</p> <p>"We're excited to expand Best Buys to more stores and have an exclusive range available only on Coles Online too, which means our amazing deals will be available to even more customers all around Australia," Torr said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Beloved 98-year-old grandma turned Facebook chef dies of coronavirus

<p>Lucy Pollock is not the only person who turned to cooking and baking during the coronavirus lockdown.</p> <p>However, she is one that stuck out after her videos, originally meant for friends and family, online began to gain traction and stick in the hearts of everyone watching her.</p> <p>Over time, the beloved 98-year-old’s cooking show<span> </span><em>Baking With Lucy</em><span> </span>amassed over 40,000 followers.</p> <p>Sadly though, the woman did not make it long enough to share any of her delicious Christmas recipes, passing away on Sunday after being diagnosed with coronavirus and suffering from a fatal lung infection.</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/inhercozykitchen/posts/232858605036662" data-show-text="true" data-width=""> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>As Lucy would say, " Happy Tuesday!!" Here is a beautiful photo of my mom and me at an art show Latrobe Art Center when...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/inhercozykitchen/">Baking With Lucy</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/inhercozykitchen/posts/232858605036662">Tuesday, November 24, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p>The Pennsylvania woman’s daughter Mary Ellen Raneri was the one who announced the sad news in a video shared to Pollock’s popular baking video page.</p> <p>"The beautiful, lovely Lucy, talented woman and amazing mother, passed away last night at 3 in the morning," she explains in the video.</p> <p>"It was very unexpected. It was due to a lung infection and also, she tested positive for COVID, so it's quite an eye-opener for us and for everybody.</p> <p>"It's kind of ironic that what she struggled so hard to help people with eventually ended up hurting her."</p> <p>Raneri was able to visit her mother prior to her death and sang<span> </span><em>You Are My Sunshine</em><span> </span>in their final moment together.</p> <p>She closed her eyes, she looked really happy, and she was at peace," she said in the video.</p> <p>Pollock brought joy to thousands in her humble kitchen, cooking up almost a century's worth of family recipes, baking dishes that had been passed down through generations, donated by friends, and taken from frayed, handwritten notes.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838935/lucy-pollock.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ef471798165452e895bde030b4f8207" /></p> <p>In mid-March, Raneri shared a photo on Facebook of her mother making cinnamon scrolls.</p> <p>The pair were then encouraged to make "live videos" of themselves cooking up more dishes.</p> <p>Raneri would often stand nearby and read out recipes while her mother baked due to her poor eyesight.</p> <p>Pollock would bake while her husband Phil filmed her and the humble, family-friendly videos took off quickly – with Pollock earning worldwide recognition, an upcoming cookbook and a national television appearance on NBC's Today show,</p> <p>"I can't believe that I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning doing this," Raneri said in the sad video.</p> <p>"Because at this point we'd all be scurrying around, yelling at each other 'Who's going to get the flour?' and 'Where are we going to put it?' But life has twists and turns.</p> <p>"I feel like my heart is breaking right now. But I wanted to tell everybody that I think right now she's in a really good place, and I'm going to go with that."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838934/lucy-pollock-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/10634dde307746af8dd66b63045051a8" /></p> <p>Pollock's cookbook will go ahead as planned.</p> <p>"I don't think I knew how much I loved my mum until we started to do this project together," Raneri said of the cookbook.</p> <p>"I loved her, but I don't think I knew how much I admired her. She was an amazing person."</p> <p>Pollock will be buried in a private service on Friday.</p> <p>The service will be live streamed at 11 a.m. on the Baking with Lucy Facebook page.</p>

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Shane Warne shares bittersweet family news

<p dir="auto">The Aussie cricket legend posted a sweet photo of children Brooke, Jackson and Summer after the latter finished her schooling.</p> <p>“Wow. What a day!!!” Warne wrote in an Instagram story.</p> <p>“All three of my beautiful children have now completed year 12.</p> <p>“Which means no more school fees, drop offs, pick ups and fighting for a car park, parent teacher nights, sports all over melb x 3 on weekends, school plays, events, making lunches, sports gear, blazer and being a taxi – oh and an ATM.”</p> <p>Warne admitted that despite the jokes, it was a bittersweet moment for him.</p> <p>“Sort of sad too as they were fun times &amp; will be great memories for all of us,” he said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838942/shane-warne.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/12f6e608fd0f4ac581963ec743a6783e" /></p> <p>“So proud of the young awesome adults you’ve become @brookewarne @jacksonwarne18 @summerwarne!! Love dad.”</p> <p>Warne shares three children with his ex-wife Simone Callahan; son Jackson, 21, and daughters Brooke, 22, and Summer, 19.</p> <p>In May the 51-year-old opened up about failing his family with his off-field indiscretions throughout his career.</p> <p>“I’m not proud of all of my decisions,” Warne told<span> </span><em>Fox Sports</em>.</p> <p>“I made some horrible mistakes and choices with things.</p> <p>“But I was always true to myself and that’s what I’m proud of today.</p> <p>“Some of the things were really hard to take.</p> <p>“I let my family down, I embarrassed my children ... but that’s something I have to live with.</p> <p>“But for all of those bad choices I’ve also been very proud of all the good things I’ve done.</p> <p>“I’ve done a lot of good things but sometimes people like to harp on about the bad things because it’s a better headline.”</p>

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Mystery family breaks Australian art auction record with one purchase

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A large Brett Whiteley painting was sold for $5 million in just five minutes to an unidentified Sydney family – for a grand total of $6.136 million including the buyers' premium charged by the auction house.</p> <p>The sale of the painting set a new record price for an Australian artwork at an auction, and the new owners – a family from Sydney's lower north shore – remain anonymous to the wider public as they have chosen not to be revealed as yet.</p> <p>The painting, Henri's Armchair, measures almost 2 metres high by 3 metres in length and is a reference to French painter Henri Matisse, who Whiteley admired.</p> <p>Elizabeth Evatt sold the painting and hoped that a public institution would buy it so it could be enjoyed by the public.</p> <p>"In parting with it I'm coming to terms with parting with Clive two years ago, it's a huge wrench," she said.</p> <p>"To have this amazing painting in our life everyday was magnificent," Mrs Evatt said.</p> <p>Her husband, art dealer Clive Evatt, died in 2018 and bought the painting directly from Whiteley in 1975.</p> <p>She explained the story behind her husband acquiring the painting, as it had never been offered for sale before.</p> <p>Her late husband stopped in at Whiteley's house on his way home from the races and offered to buy the work on the spot.</p> <p>He led Whiteley out to his car, popped open the boot of his car and showed him his winnings from the racetrack.</p> <p>The pair then grabbed the money, counted it together and the sale of the painting was done and dusted.</p> <p>The auctioneer, Justin Turner, said he felt "really great" after the sale.</p> <p>"This has been an amazing year for the art market, it took us all by surprise, we expected the worst when COVID hit," he said.</p> <p>"I thought if we could get through the year without laying off staff that would be a success," he said.</p> <p>The artist's ex-wife Wendy Whiteley, who controls his estate, said before the auction that she hoped for a good result.</p> <p>"I'm not involved with it at all and I certainly can't afford to buy it," she said.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/brett-whiteley-painting-breaks-australian-art-auction-record-selling-for-dollar6136-million/ar-BB1bnx5x?li=AAgfYrC" target="_blank"><em>abc.com.au</em></a></p> </div>

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Sensitive shredded grant documents recovered

<p>Documents the NSW Premier’s office tried to destroy relating to a grants scandal have been forensically recovered and are set to be handed over to a pork-barrelling probe.</p> <p>The documents, obtained by NCA NewsWire, reveal the Premier’s staff decided which projects will received funding from the Stronger Community Fund grants program, which is a more hands-on level on involvement than Gladys and her team have previously let on.</p> <p>The documents also expose the sudden decision to make changes to the program’s guidelines so money could be funneled to help settle a legal clash between two councils in a Liberal-held area of Sydney.</p> <p>There are also references to other ministers and Liberal members getting involved to steer funding to councils in their electorates.</p> <p>Berejiklian is facing increasing pressure to explain how she headlined the $252 million fund after an opposition analysis discovered 95 per cent of funds went to projects in Coalition-held seats on the eve of the 2019 election.</p> <p>The three documents were made by the Premier’s senior policy advisor Sarah Lau in 2018, as the government was preparing to allocate money from the program, which was set up the previous year to support merged councils.</p> <p>Ms Lau was interrogated by the NSW upper house’s inquiry into the fund last month by MPs from the Labor and Greens party, who were hoping to find out how the allocation decisions were made.</p> <p>The probe heard the Premier had used working advice notes prepared for her to indicate her approval of the funding decisions. But those notes have disappeared, according to Ms Lau, and the only records that still exist are of the Premier’s involvement were email summaries she wrote to Local Government NSW chief Tim Hurst.</p> <p>“It is likely that they would have been shredded,” Ms Lau said of the notes, adding that electronic copies were also deleted in line with her “normal record management practices”.</p> <p>Those electronic copies are the ones that have now been recovered from computer system backups after an order by the upper house.</p> <p>The notes bear the letterhead of the Office of the Premier and have Ms Lau’s name printed in bold up top.</p> <p>All three documents contain references to Hornsby Shire Council, a local government area in Energy Minister Matt Kean’s electorate that has received a substantial amount of attention as the grants scandal has unfolded because it received a hefty $90 million, more than a third of the total funds.</p> <p>The Premier’s office’s handling of the working advice notes is also the subject of a probe by the State Archives and Records Authority.</p> <p>“The complaint raised provides a sufficient basis and meets the threshold … to commence a record-keeping assessment,” the body previously wrote in a statement.</p>

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Man fakes own kidnapping to extort money from his mum

<p>A man from Sydney accused of faking his own kidnapping to extort $10,000 from his own mother has faced court.</p> <p>Raynor Earnshaw, from Toongabbie, is accused of faking an assault on himself and forcing his mother to pay a ransom.</p> <p>The 31-year-old’s mother visited the police on Tuesday morning after she received a message from her son.</p> <p>“If you don’t give me money you’re never going to see me again. Mum I need help!” Earnshaw is alleged to have written to his mum in a text.</p> <p>“Do you think I want this? I need this or I’m done.”</p> <p>The messages ended up sparking a large-scale police response, as they seemed to get darker.</p> <p>“Thanks, mum, that is the start. It’s going to be a finger every f****** 15 minutes,” he told his mum alongside a photograph of a torso with two stab wounds.</p> <p>After discovering leads, police ended up tracking Earnshaw to a cafe in Brighton Le Sands where he was found unharmed and hanging out with friends.</p> <p>CCTV showed the 31-year-old had spent several hours at the cafe and was seen making regular phone calls.</p> <p>He was arrested by police and charged with a number of offences, including giving false information and using a carriage service to menace.</p> <p>Earnshaw faced court on Wednesday and was refused bail.</p> <p>Court orders have also been put in place to prevent him from contacting his mother.</p> <p>The 31-year-old will face court again next month.</p>

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What to expect at Kmart’s Black Friday sale

<p>Kmart is bringing back Black Friday for the second year running - and there’s one item in particular that shoppers are dying to get their hands on.</p> <p>The discount department store will be launching Bright Friday - its version of Black Friday - from this Friday, with a select range of heavily discounted or limited edition items hitting shelves.</p> <p>Kmart is bringing back its extremely popular egg-shaped chair, with similar versions of the chair selling out almost instantly in the past.</p> <p>This year’s Bright Friday $199 version features cream cushions and rattan in a chic brown finish, making it perfect for both outdoor and indoor living spaces.</p> <p>Posts about the chair have started to pop up in different Kmart Facebook groups, with shoppers saying their “backyard needs this”.</p> <p>“Need this in my life,” one person commented, while another person said they would be getting it as a “Xmas present to myself”.</p> <p>But others have warned that the chair will most likely sell out “super fast” like other Kmart Bright Friday deals.</p> <p>Others were excited about Kmart’s other Bright Friday deals, which include a SodaKING maker slashed from $69.95 to $27, a Hollywood light mirror for $69, and a $49 sewing machine.</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/CH7FZ9ZHFY4/?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/CH7FZ9ZHFY4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Anna | Melbourne Mum (@homeiswhereabargainis)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This could be dangerous,” one person wrote on Facebook, while another joked: “I think I just wet my pants of excitement, I can’t wait!!!!!!”</p> <p>But some said they were “not even gonna try (to) go” claiming their local Kmart probably wouldn’t have stock.</p> <p>Kmart is urging customers to try shopping online with shoppers also being able to book a shopping slot during busy times to avoid queuing.</p> <p>Stores in NSW and Victoria will have extended trading hours, as well as mobile check-outs to help customers pay for their items faster.</p> <p>Kmart’s general merchandise general manager Callum Smith said that when it comes to Bright Friday, “once they are gone, they’re gone”.</p> <p>“Black Friday was incredibly popular and well received by our loyal customers last year. As a team, we had some learnings from the event and understanding of the types of products our customers love. We can’t wait for our customers to see what’s on offer this year,” he said.</p> <p>“Some of last year’s much-loved favourites have returned with a new twist as well as completely new lines never seen before.”</p>

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“Very sad”: ABC blasted for all-white line-up

<p class="p1">The ABC is copping an influx of backlash after they revealed their upcoming line-up of news presenters for 2021, with people questioning the lack of cultural diversity among the broadcaster’s key programs.</p> <p class="p1">The broadcaster released its 2021 programmings schedule on Wednesday but it was the publicity photos of the presenters running its flagship news programs that left many unimpressed.</p> <p class="p1">It didn’t take long for viewers and ex-staff members to call out the network for their lack of diversity, with the majority of journalists coming from caucasian backgrounds.</p> <p class="p1">Former Four Corners and ABC News reporter Sophie McNeill took to Twitter to black the broadcaster, saying it was “disappointing”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It's disappointing that my beloved <a href="https://twitter.com/abcnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@abcnews</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ABCTV</a> has still such a long way to go to ensure the network accurately reflects the Australian population <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/diversity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#diversity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatdiversity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#whatdiversity</a> <a href="https://t.co/xvjxCfSOcr">pic.twitter.com/xvjxCfSOcr</a></p> — Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sophiemcneill/status/1331462479902248960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">At some point, when you’re assembling these photos, you’d pause and think “Hmm something not quite right here”. It should so embarrassing that they shouldn’t be able get away with it. But who is going to hold them to account? Everywhere else is even whiter, lol.</p> — Osman Faruqi (@oz_f) <a href="https://twitter.com/oz_f/status/1331453866211123201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p class="p1">Ex-deputy editor of ABC Life, Osman Faruqi, also joined in.</p> <p class="p1">“Do the people who run ABC News not understand how weird this looks?” he asked.</p> <p class="p1">“At some point, when you’re assembling these photos, you’d pause and think ‘Hmm something not quite right here’. It should so embarrassing that they shouldn’t be able get away with it. But who is going to hold them to account? Everywhere else is even whiter, lol.”</p> <p class="p1">Australia’s former Race Discrimination Commissioner and Culture Strategy Professor at Sydney University, Tim Soutphommasane, said the ABC has a “long way to go” in terms of diversity.</p> <p class="p1">“Let’s remember the ABC has it in its charter that it should reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community. So where is it?” he wrote on Twitter.</p> <p class="p1">“And thanks to those who highlight there is diversity elsewhere on the upfront. That is of course good to see. But the diversity is not there in many of the flagship and other high-profile programs, especially news and current affairs.”</p> <p class="p1">In response to the backlash, the ABC released a statement saying it was proud of the “diverse talent” across its programs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We’re proud of the great, diverse talent on the ABC. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ABCyours?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ABCyours</a> <a href="https://t.co/mdo9Zallb1">pic.twitter.com/mdo9Zallb1</a></p> — ABC Communications (@ABCMediaComms) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCMediaComms/status/1331484235132145670?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p class="p1">“Our 2021 slate reflects our commitment to representing and reflecting modern Australia, across diverse backgrounds, ages, genders, abilities and cultures,” the broadcaster said.</p> <p class="p1">The ABC said increasing diversity across the company was a priority, as they talked about their Diversity &amp; Inclusion Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan.</p> <p class="p1">“There’s no doubt that, like all media organisations, the ABC has significant work to do to live up to our goal to reflect the full diversity of our community,” the ABC said.</p> <p class="p1">“But we are making progress.”</p> <p class="p1">The network then shared an image to Twitter, showing all the diverse talent that will be appearing on the ABC in 2021.</p> <p class="p1">But that wasn’t enough to convince some, with Mr Faruqi and Ms McNeill saying there was still a lack of representation in ABC’s top news programs.</p> <p class="p1">“There is a significant gap between what appears to be coming of factual and entertainment TV and news in terms of whiteness, but it’s very funny the ABC is responding to concerns about the lack of diversity on news shows by saying “We also make Superwog!” Mr Faruqi wrote on Twitter.</p> <p class="p1">He added: “It’s really weird that the ABC’s response was to subtweet everyone by pointing to shows about Chinese restaurants (which I can’t wait to watch tbh). They really are in denial, it’s very sad.”</p> <p class="p1">Ms McNeill shared the same sentiments, saying while they are diverse, they are still lacking in major areas.</p> <p class="p1">“It’s not really diversity in ‘Super Wog’ or ‘Chopsticks or Fork’ that I’m chasing. It’s in the flagship, heavy hitting, political programs &amp; at an editorial level,” she wrote.</p> <p class="p1">But not everyone was so quick to criticise the ABC, with some viewers praising the broadcaster for featuring a wide range of programming and working towards even more diversity on screen.</p> <p class="p1">“This is an easy attack but if we move beyond the ‘glam’ of TV, the ABC provides a diverse but not perfect platform. It does provide a variety of voices. Let’s not belittle it or grandstand in front of nodding heads, let’s look at the alternative &amp; commit to make the ABC better,” one person wrote.</p> <p class="p1">“I think ABC Australia has done a much better job of diversifying its presenters than any other visual media here has. Well done ABC,” another person said.</p>

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Guy Sebastian steals the show with X-rated gag

<p>Guy Sebastian shook the table with his raunchy quip at the <em>2020 ARIA Awards.</em></p> <p>The typically usually squeaky-clean celebrity shocked the audience after he looked at comedian Joel Creasey’s bright green Kenzo jumpsuit and dead-panned: “Greg Norman couldn’t wear that!”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838931/guy-sebastian-joel-creasey.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6938ec34385041049236ef5d5659c535" /></p> <p>Golfing legend Greg Norman made headlines for a racy post on social media, with a number of fans pointing out a very X-rated detail in one of the snaps.</p> <p>“Doesn’t leave much to the imagination!” one person commented.</p> <p>“Damn Greg save it for the OnlyFans. Absolute unit!” another user wrote.</p> <p>Joe jokingly responded that his outfit was “subtle”.</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/CH56_o8p7H4/?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/CH56_o8p7H4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Guy’s raunchy quip wasn’t the only unscripted moment during the night.</p> <p>Tim Minchin also told art fans rather bluntly what to do when venues start to reopen, and shows are able to happen again.</p> <p>“Do please buy a f**king ticket,” he said while presenting the Best Female award with Kate Ceberano.</p> <p>Tame Impala were the night’s biggest winners, taking home five awards including Album of the Year.</p>

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First thing the winners did after SAS Australia was finally over

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>SAS Australia</em><span> </span>quickly became a fan favourite after the reality show put celebrities against their biggest fears and tested their physical and mental abilities.</p> <p>The winners of SAS Australia were finally declared after an intensive physical challenge and interrogations. The three that made it to the end are former rugby player Nick Cummins, Australian comedian Merrick Watts and AFLW player Sabrina Frederick.</p> <p>The three celebrities made it through weeks of rigorous tasks that involved physical injuries, mental torture and ice cold water.</p> <p>Merrick was delighted for the show to finish.</p> <p>"To pass it and to get through it and survive it is one of the greatest achievements I've ever had in my entire career."</p> <p>"I did this course to rebuild my own confidence and to show myself my own capabilities but I ended wanting to learn more about the soldiers that sacrifice what they do and how hard it is for them to give over so much of their lives for us."</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/CH-TtQZHqz6/?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/CH-TtQZHqz6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SAS Australia on 7 (@sasaust7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sabrina Frederick said that she has so much respect for the SAS after completing the show.</p> <p>"I have so much respect for the SAS to embark on this and to pass selection. For them to embrace me as one of their own, I will never be able to explain how much that means to me."</p> <p>Merrick revealed just what he did after being declared one of the winners of the show.</p> <p>"We went straight to Maccas and had a massive thickshake. That was definitely the first thing we did when we left," he said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/news/sas-australia-winner-2020-66031" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a>.</p> <p>However, the show has left its mark on Merrick, three months on.</p> <p>"I still have some niggling injuries. I had two fractured ribs and impact damage on my back.</p> <p>"The thing that is unseen from a viewers perspective is we have completely exhausted our bodies and actually changed the physiology of bodies because they've gone into a survival mode. We lost muscle and became very skinny."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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China demands apology from ABC over "racist" kids show

<p>A diplomatic fight has broken out between China and Australia after China demanded a formal apology for a "racist" kids show shown on the ABC.</p> <p>China has demanded a formal apology from the Australian Broadcasting Network due to the show implying that eating insects, rats, jellyfish and hair is an everyday part of Chinese cuisine.</p> <p>The show in question is<span> </span><em>Horrible Histories</em><span> </span>and had an episode focusing on ancient Chinese Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule China.</p> <p>The state-controlled<span> </span><em>Global Times</em><span> </span>in China has claimed that the children's program has drawn outrage and condemnation from Chinese-Australians for “broadcasting a children’s television series with controversial content suggesting insects, rats and hair are used in normal Chinese recipes, which they believe is racism and demand for an apology.”</p> <p>“In an episode of the series, ancient China Empress Wu Zetian, who is played by a white actress, is eating insects, rats, jellyfish and hair, and invites two modern visitors, the program’s hosts, to join the meal,’’ the article states.</p> <p>“As the visitors act disgusted, “Wu” explained it was “perfectly normal” to eat insects in China in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the ABC has denied the episode represented an example of a white person masquerading as Asian, saying that the actress, Sophie Wu, was British-born but has Chinese heritage.</p> <p>“The ABC has received some complaints, which will be considered by ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs as is our usual practice,’’ an ABC spokesman told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/abc-in-hot-water-over-racist-kids-show/news-story/343d979357bd4d20fa5d9940c488a833" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>.</p> <p>Chinese citizens aren't happy with the episode either.</p> <p>“This kind of racist behaviour is indeed too narrow-minded for a country,” a netizen (a citizen) wrote on China’s Twitter-like social networking platform Weibo.</p> <p>“It’s uncanny how they are always talking about anti-racism and they are actually the meanest racists,” another one commented.</p> <p>“We also need an apology,” a Chinese student in Australia told the<span> </span><em>Global Times</em>, “Hopefully ABC and CBBC can prove that they are really against racial discrimination, and not just another biased Westerners playing with double standards.”</p>

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Who is Danny Wallis? The man who bought three houses on The Block

<p>Danny Wallis, a super-rich IT entrepreneur, dominated The Block's auction day and snapped up three out of four houses for almost $12 million.</p> <p>He offered "insane" bids on each house, which led to jaw-dropping moments for the excited contestants.</p> <p>Even host Scott Cam was surprised, as he said that it was "the most unbelievable day in Block history".</p> <p>Fans of the renovation show will remember Wallis, as he's bought Mitch and Mark's property last season for a cool $3.374 million and bidding on all five properties.</p> <p>However, despite his love of buying houses from the TV show, he's insisted he's never watched the show.</p> <p>This didn't stop him from being called a "bit of a nuisance" by Block buyer's advocate Frank Valentic.</p> <p>“I’ve never been at an auction where people get five minutes think time,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/the-block-2019-the-man-who-bought-mitch-and-marks-property/?rsf=syn:news:nca:news:spa" target="_blank">he said</a>.</p> <p>“Danny is a local businessman here in Melbourne … We’ve seen him at a<span> </span><em>Block</em><span> </span>auction before, and he has a tactic of confusing everyone in the crowd,”<span> </span><em>Block</em><span> </span>presenter Shelley Craft explained during last year’s finale, after Wallis offered a bid that left the auctioneer flummoxed: $3,308,050. The auctioneer quipped that it was “$3,308,000 and half a litre of petrol.”</p> <p>Despite his showboating antics, Wallis has plans for the South Australian farmer couple's home.</p> <p>He's going to donate the home to My Room Children's Cancer Charity.</p> <p>“What an amazing day it was and a real thrill to buy the three houses. I was so impressed with the builds this year, the location in Brighton, and the potential as an investor for the properties in the future,” Wallis said in a statement released by Nine.</p> <p>“The My Room Children’s Cancer Charity do so many wonderful things for sick children and their families, and they will benefit so much from having access to Daniel and Jade’s amazing home.</p> <p>“It is made extra special for me because I know Daniel and Jade have been through so much with their daughter Isla over the years, in and out of hospital, and they will understand just how important the house will be for My Room and all the incredible work they do for sick children and their families.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/danny-wallis-who-is-the-blocks-controversial-12m-megabuyer/news-story/6979af8f4e65cf58f8ac741bd8747351" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a></p>

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Ever wanted to own a real castle?

<p>A unique home on the North Shore has hit the market, and it is expected to topple price records because there is not much quite like it in the quiet pocked of Sydney. The century-old castle in was built more than 100 years ago and is up to buy for over $25 million – and it is expected to go quickly.</p> <p>Innisfallen Castle has stood overlooking the serene Sydney water for over 100 years and in that time has had just two owners.</p> <p>The property was listed on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5045027" target="_blank" title="">NSW State Heritage Register</a> on 2 April 1999, making its preservation a top priority and solidifying the home as a permanent slice of history.</p> <p>Innisfallen castle is a remnant of a bygone British era, sandwiched between the Aussie bush and glorious Sydney Harbour.</p> <p>Inside the home, there is a grand entrance that backs on to a staircase, which in turn leads up to a stone turnet that offers million-dollar 360-degree views of Sydney.</p> <p>The castle has not permanently stayed in the past though and has had minor upgrades that include a wine cellar, a gym and even a perfect space for a sauna underground.</p> <p>The interior rooms reach just a little over four metres high and have late Victorian-style interiors.</p> <p>Despite having modern fixtures added in the castle throughout the years, the decorations and styling has largely remained the same since the house was built – including the plasterwork and stained glass.</p> <p>The heritage listed castle was made in 1902 from sandstone that was quarried on the site.</p> <p>The property now sits on 8000 square metres of land and was named after a ruined Abbey at Killarney in Ireland and means 'Isle of the Field.</p> <p>The first owner was Henry Willis - a federal politician who went on to pass it down to his son.</p> <p><em>Images: Channel Nine</em></p>

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Rare home with rich WWII history hits market

<p><span>A historic home that was once used as the headquarters of the US central Bureau has hit the market, becoming one of the rarest properties available.</span><br /><br /><span>Nyrambla, a stunning, antique hillside estate built in 1885 at 21 Henry Street, Ascot, was owned by Brisbane socialite Andree Daws.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Daws, who was married to acclaimed artist Lawrence Daws, Kemp the historic property in pristine condition until she died in August.</span><br /><br /><span>The home was first bought by Mrs Daws’s grandfather George Willoughby Whatmore in the 1920s.</span><br /><br /><span>It eventually was converted into flats after he died in 1929.</span><br /><br /><span>Computers were set up in Nyrambla’s garage, are were used to crack enemy codes during the war.</span><br /><br /><span>Remarkably enough, in April 1943 these computers intercepted and decoded a Japanese signal that lead to the ambush and death of Admiral Yamamoto, who oversaw the attack on Pearl Harbour.</span><br /><br /><span>The bureau stayed in situ at Nyrambla until 1945.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Daws married Lawrence, her fifth husband, in 2013 and went on to turn a part of Nyrambla into an art studio for him.</span><br /><br /><span>His works hang in public collections around the world, including at the National Gallery of Australia, Tate Gallery inLondon and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.</span><br /><br /><span>Some of his paintings also adorned the stunning coloured walls of Nyrambla.</span><br /><br /><span>The home is being sold through expressions of interest.</span></p>

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