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Prince Andrew speaks publicly for first time in MONTHS

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Prince Andrew has spoken publicly for the first time after being forced out of the public spotlight in 2019 after the death of Prince Philip last week.</p> <p>The Duke of York attended a service for his father at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor, and told reporters that his mother, The Queen, has been left with a "huge void in her life".</p> <p>"The Queen, as you could expect, is an incredibly stoic person and she described his passing as a miracle, and she is contemplating is the way I would put it," he said.</p> <p>"She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones who are closer, are rallying round to make sure that we are there to support her.</p> <p>"And I know there is a huge amount of support, not just for her but for everybody as we go through this enormous change."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840647/prince-andrew-philip-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/99924d95cb054cdb8623caa07194d18f" /></p> <p>Prince Andrew also spoke of his father's final months and their conversations before he passed to reporters.</p> <p>"My father said to me on the telephone a few months ago, 'We're all in the same boat and we must always remember that but occasionally we, in the family, are asked to stand up and show compassion and leadership'," he said.</p> <p>"And unfortunately with my father's death, it has brought it home to me not just our loss but the loss that everybody else has felt for so many people who have died and lost loved ones during the pandemic.</p> <p>"And so, we are all in the same boat, slightly different circumstances because he didn't die from COVID, but we are all feeling a great sense of loss.</p> <p>"But at the same time the tributes have been absolutely amazing, that I have seen, and the messages that I am getting have been absolutely outstanding and I just want to say how grateful I am, we are, for these tributes."</p> <p>Andrew continued: "He was a remarkable man, I loved him as a father. He was so calm.</p> <p>"If you had a problem he would think about it and that's the great thing I always think about, he was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen, so it's a great loss.</p> <p>"I think the way I would put it is we have almost lost the grandfather of the nation and I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who is feeling it, probably more than everybody else."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The final private words between Prince Charles and Prince Philip

<p>A royal insider has revealed that the last moments between Prince Charles and Prince Philip were ones of peace as the pair found "much common ground".</p> <p>After Prince Philip, 99, became aware he was unlikely to recover, he asked to see his first-born son, Prince Charles.</p> <p>The pair had an emotional conversation, with the Duke advising Prince Charles on how to look after the Queen when he was gone as well as how Prince Charles should lead the Royal Family after his passing.</p> <p>Royal author Robert Jobson said the pair “found much common ground in the past few months” after a lifelong relationship of highly publicised disputes.</p> <p>“They have always loved one another – that was never in question. But there was a deeper respect and it was growing,” a source close to the Royal family told the media.</p> <p>“They shared common ground on the future direction of the monarchy, on religious issues – even on the environment. They both believed in inter-faith dialogue and that talking openly and honestly can only help strengthen communities and understanding.</p> <p>“A father and son who loved each other and enjoyed a relationship of mutual respect and affection.</p> <p>“Over the last year of Philip’s life, they were the closest that they’ve ever been.”</p> <p>Prince Charles made a touching video statement about the passing of his father, calling him his "dear papa" and saying he misses him "enormously".</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/tv/CNfo4fljDil/?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/CNfo4fljDil/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I particularly wanted to say that my father, for the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth,” Prince Charles told ITV in a<a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/1380929422732181507" target="_blank"><span> </span>video statement</a>.</p> <p>“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.</p> <p>“He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.</p> <p>“My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.</p> <p>“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.”</p>

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Natalie Barr gives inside look into life at Sunrise

<p><span>Natalie Barr has given fans an inside look to her morning schedule while working on <em>Sunrise</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The morning show host documented her mornings, from the moment she wakes up at 3 am to the second she’s on set.</span><br /><br /><span>On <em>Sunrise’s</em> Instagram account on Thursday, she said: “Morning everyone! Well, Sam Mac and Beretts have taken over the <em>Sunrise</em> Instagram feed and now it’s my turn.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840626/nat-barr-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0bba55cfee28492e85bf4059f989d8df" /><br /><br /><span>The 52-year-old appeared in front of the camera with a make-up free selfie video from her Sydney home.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s just gone three o’clock in the morning, I’m in the kitchen about to make a coffee.”</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Sunrise</em> host went on to show fans how she likes her morning cuppa, but not before insisting she only has one a day.</span><br /><br /><span>“I make my own coffee, my husband has this fancy machine we’ve had for about 10 years,” she explained.</span><br /><br /><span>By 3:30 am, Nat is at the Channel Seven headquarters of Martin Place, where she meets colleagues and debriefs on today’s most important news.</span><br /><br /><span>The star then said she pops into the office she shares with her co-host David Kock, and has a skin of daily newspapers.</span><br /><br /><span>She then is on her way to wardrobe, where the breakfast TV star gets “out of my jeans, into my dress,” which is already hung up on a rack and ready for her to put on.</span><br /><br /><span>Nat told fans that Seven Styling decides every aspect of her outfits each day, including the pieces of jewellery she wears.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840625/nat-barr-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/13ce9465cbb949fcb0c9c988edced949" /><br /><br /><span>“So when I come in, my dress is hanging out with a little tag on it with my name,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“They even put our jewellery into a little glad bag hanging off the hangar.”</span><br /><br /><span>The veteran journalist recently became A co-host on <em>Sunrise</em> after serving as news reader for 17 years.</span><br /><br /><span>She revealed that before the 5:30 program start time, she is in hair and make-up.</span><br /><br /><span>“We probably spend nearly an hour in hair and makeup, I just come in with wet hair, I wash it probably every second day,” she explained.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840624/nat-barr-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5f48e626113847028a742a997e84f0ce" /><br /><br /><span>Later on, Barr took viewers through a tour of the studio.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Channel 7/Sunrise Instagram</em></p>

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Grant Denyer's emotional tribute to daughter Sunday as she marks special milestone

<p>When a newborn arrives, as a parent your routine can go completely out of whack.</p> <p>Plenty of sleepless nights, nappy changes, and chaos ensues, but among the challenges are also the unexpected moments of pure joy in the most mundane of moments.</p> <p>Proud new father-of-three Grant Denyer took to Instagram to share a heartwarming tribute to his youngest daughter Sunday Mary Mae Denyer as she turns eight weeks old.</p> <p>Alongside a beautiful photo of the Gold Logie winner giving his youngest child a bath, the 43-year-old spoke candidly about the lifetime of adventures he's set to have with his baby girl.</p> <p>"Dear Sunday... Oh the things we'll do together, the places we'll see, the love we'll feel. I've got some amazing things to show you my gorgeous girl and I hope I can teach you as much as you teach me," Grant explained.</p> <p>He continued: "We're in this together kiddo, thick and thin. I hope you'll never stop looking at me this way but I know your eyes are on the horizon... because for you, everything about tomorrow is a wonderful mystery... but for me, please just let me enjoy this moment... because today is truly a gift. That is why it's called 'the present.'</p> <p>"This is just a bath to you but a whole lot more to me. A memory I'll cherish until my dying day. I love you so much.</p> <p>"Lots of love from your protector, teacher, source of love, greatest cheerleader &amp;... your Dad. The happiest 2 months this man could ever imagine," the<span> </span><em>I'm A Celeb</em><span> </span>runner-up concluded.</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/CNW4GjKMkEo/?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/CNW4GjKMkEo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Grant Denyer (@grantdenyer)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Understandably, Grant's stirring words struck a chord with his followers but it was the television star's wife Chezzi who was the most moved.</p> <p>"I'm not crying, you are!! What an old pair of sobs we are... love you babe," the podcast host said.</p> <p>Mum Chezzi also took to her own Instagram to share a dedication herself.</p> <p>"Today marks two of the most incredible months of my life... with this delicious soul 💜#sundaymarymaedenyer #8weeksold," she penned next to a heart-melting snap of the two-month-old smiling.</p> <p>The Denyer's welcomed their third child on February 10.</p>

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Oatlands driver who killed four kids to be hit with jail sentence

<p><span>Samuel William Davidson is set to find out how long he will spend in prison for mowing down a group of children on a Sydney footpath.</span><br /><br /><span>The 31-year-old had been drinking, and had consumed drugs at the time of the accident.</span><br /><br /><span>He was speeding when his ute mounted a kerb at Oatlands, in Sydney’s northwest, on February 1 of 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>The children had been walking to a supermarket to buy ice-cream.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840632/oatlands-children-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9838e5e4b23a4de3bf6a103e0b1c3591" /><br /><br /><span>Davidson, who was a professional truck driver, plead guilty to the manslaughter of Veronique Sakr, 11, and her cousins, Sienna Abdallah, eight, and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13.</span><br /><br /><span>The man had been speeding at the time and also pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the injuries caused to three other kids who were hurt, including a boy who has suffered permanent brain damage.</span><br /><br /><span>Davidson was travelling 133km/h in a 50km/h zone.</span><br /><br /><span>He clocked in at 111km/h during the time of impact.</span><br /><br /><span>After the incident, Davidson could be heard saying: “What have I done? ... I have killed people ... I am going to jail.”</span><br /><br /><span>Police said he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 which was three times the legal limit.</span><br /><br /><span>The man also had MDMA in his system.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840631/oatlands-children-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/978950a04de14c7fad8b7ecb3ff7b3f4" /><br /><br /><span>Danny Abdallah, who is the father of three of the children who were killed, told the court in March that while he blamed not only Davidson but also the culture accepts consuming excessive drugs and alcohol as good.</span><br /><br /><span>“This culture needs to stop, because of this culture I buried half of my children,” Mr Abdallah said.</span></p>

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"Hurtful": Bride shares aunts furious wedding RSVP

<p>A bride has revealed the furious RSVP she received from her aunt after not inviting her partner of two years to the wedding.</p> <p>Taking to Reddit, the woman shared the "rude" response, explaining she had to cut down on her guest list due to the pandemic, but her aunt didn't take it well.</p> <p>"Most rude and hurtful," Aunt Edith scrawled across the invitation sent back in the mail.</p> <p>She added her partner's name 'Uncle Danny' and wrote a cross alongside 'Declines with regret'.</p> <p>Before adding: "Family shouldn't separate family. You shouldn't have sent one at all.</p> <p>The bride continued to explain that Uncle Dany wasn't very well-liked among the rest of the family and she had only met him a handful of times.</p> <p>Many agreed with the bride's right to invite who she wanted to, with one person telling the aunt to "harden up".</p> <p>"That‘s a quick way to quit being invited to family gatherings ever again," one person wrote.</p> <p>There were a few who thought the couple was actually rude for not inviting the partner, given they had been a couple for two years.</p> <p>"It's possible to think the couple was rude for not inviting a guest's long-term partner while also thinking the aunt's reaction was over the top," was one response.</p> <p>While others agree with that point, though stressed Covid changed the situation.</p> <p>"I think Covid makes a very big difference though. Without Covid, you should invite partners. With Covid, guests lists are very restricted," one person wrote.</p>

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REVEALED: What William told Kate when she met him at the altar

<p>The public have been hungry for every detail they could get surrounding the marriage ceremony of Prince William and Duchess Kate.</p> <p>While the wedding was back in 2011, there were still conversations, details, and particulars that royal fans have not been privy to – however professional lip readers have managed to decipher what William had whispered to his then-fiancé when they met each other to say their “I do’s.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840640/oatlands-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/27c9fc8673ab40908779b190110b77d6" /></p> <p>Surprisingly enough, they even figured out what Prince Harry had remarked to his big brother when Kate entered Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>Peering over William’s shoulder as he watched Kate slowly make her way down the aisle, he told William: “Right, she is here now… Well, she looks beautiful, I can tell you that.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840639/oatlands-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d738fe118f544f30912442a7cb1c437c" /></p> <p>A CBS’ news lip reader also caught Pippa Middleton telling her sister that she looked “amazing”.</p> <p>It was a similar sentiment to William who lovingly told his to-be fine: “You look beautiful”.</p> <p>Later on during the day, the couple were awed by the massive crowds that greeted them as they stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Kate remarked: “Wow, that’s amazing… That’s a lot of people.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840641/oatlands.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1e57f876c16414da2a91148af761b9b" /></p> <p>William turned to her a little later on, and told her: "Go on, a little kiss, go on."</p> <p>The moment that followed resulted in photographs that were deemed some of the most iconic of 2011.</p> <p>Just seconds later, William was believed to have said: "Let's give them another one. I love you. One more kiss, one more kiss. OK?"</p>

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Scott Morrison issues urgent new advice for AstraZeneca vaccine

<p class="p1">Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced urgent changes to the federal government's rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.</p> <p class="p1">The announcement comes after a consultation with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), which recommended people under the age of 50 to avoid the AstraZeneca vaccine and instead be given the Pfizer vaccine.</p> <p class="p1">The link was discovered by European authorities, prompting the UK to offer people aged under 30 an alternative vaccine due to the risk.</p> <p class="p1">The updated advice is expected to impact Australia's vaccine rollout.</p> <p class="p1">"ATAGI has met to consider the medical evidence regarding unforeseen but yet rare and serious side effects mostly associated with younger people from the AstraZeneca vaccine," Mr Morrison said.</p> <p class="p1">The changes were due to "rare, but serious blood clots" caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine, said Professor Paul Kelly, adding he was at the meeting with ATAGI.</p> <p class="p1">vaccine in adults aged less than 50 years who have not already received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine," Prof Kelly said. </p> <p class="p1">"This is based both on the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age, and thus increased benefit of the vaccination, and the potentially lower, but not zero risk, of this rare event with increasing age."</p> <p class="p1">Prof Kelly said the adverse reaction to the vaccine is less common in older people.</p> <p class="p1">The PM urged elderly Australians to get the jab, which is why it is encouraged they take the AstraZeneca vaccine.</p> <p class="p1">"It's important for them to be vaccinated, because the vaccine protects against very serious illness, and we have seen in the more than 900 deaths that we've had in Australia - they have predominantly been with older Australians," Mr Morrison said.</p> <p class="p1">"So that would mean that the health advice would encourage them taking that vaccine to protect them from what is a global pandemic."</p>

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Prince Philip dies aged 99

<p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Prince Philip has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Born on June 10, 1921 in Greece, the Duke of Edinburgh was just months away from celebrating his 100th birthday.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">At noon London time, the Royal Family released a statement.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, his Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Further announcements will be made soon.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. <br /><br />His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. <a href="https://t.co/XOIDQqlFPn">pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1380475865323212800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Governor-general David Hurley said it was a “sad and historic day”. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been informed.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“As we mourn, we should also reflect and give thanks for His Royal Highness’ lifetime of service, devotion and commitment,” said the governor-general.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“And commitment to the Commonwealth and the many hundreds of organisations – including many here in Australia – of which he served as Patron and for whom he was a passionate advocate and supporter.”</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Mr Hurley said Prince Philip had visited Australia 21 times.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“He was a popular, engaged and welcome visitor to our shores.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“His impact was profound – not least on the more than 775,000 young Australians who have participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award since it began here in 1959.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“As we reflect and remember, we think especially of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, who have lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“On behalf of the Australian people, I extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty and family, the people of the Commonwealth and to all those who share in this sad news.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“We give thanks for the Duke of Edinburgh’s service, his loyal and loving devotion to Her Majesty and his commitment to Australia, The Commonwealth and all her people.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“May he Rest in Peace.”</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Royal advisers will meet tomorrow to finalise details of the funeral service, which will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, rather than at Westminster Abbey.</span></p>

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Drunk driver who killed four children receives 21 years in prison: “No sentence can help ease that pain”

<p>Samuel William Davidson will spend a minimum of 21 years behind bars after he ploughed into a group of children on a Sydney pavement, a court has ruled on Friday.</p> <p>The man, who was on drugs, drunk and speeding was sentenced to a maximum of 28 years in jail for the tragic crash in Oatlands killed siblings Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 8, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11.</p> <p>He will be eligible for release in January 2041.</p> <p>Danny Abdallah, the father who lost three of his children in the devastating crash said nothing could bring them back, and the lengthy jail term was “God’s will.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840643/oatlands-children-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/de3c9b35c61d4357bbfdb22374af89d8" /></p> <p>“Whether he gets one year or 100 years we won’t get Antony, Angelina, Sienna and Veronique back,” he said while standing alongside his stricken wife Leila.</p> <p>“The most beautiful, innocent and pure-hearted children were killed on the 1st of February 2020</p> <p>“We will all have our hearts broken until the day we take our last breath and no sentence can help ease that pain.”</p> <p>Mr Abdallah said the sentence meant that the Davidson family had also lost a son, meaning it was a “lose-lose” situation for everyone.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840642/oatlands-children-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1cc506b89c8b47518d037831bfafeb81" /></p> <p>“Our focus was never really about what serving a sentence was going to be,” he said.</p> <p>“When we made that choice of forgiveness we focused on our kids.</p> <p>“We knew justice would be served and it was served because it was God’s will this sentence.”</p> <p>The mother of Veronique, Bridget Sakr said too many lives have been lost due to dangerous driving that is often influenced by drugs and alcohol.</p> <p>On February 22, seven children were walking along the footpath to a local IGA. They had been meaning to buy ice cream to evade the summer heat.</p> <p>At around 7:30 pm, the group of kids were hit by Davidson who had been travelling at 133km/h after 12 hours of drinking and drug-taking.</p> <p>Judge Bennett revealed that the graphic scene had seen the kid’s bodies found metres apart from each other.</p> <p>Out of the seven that were struck, only three survived with horrible injuries.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840644/oatlands-children.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5e2000f47cfb43ebb5c6b9de97a072ea" /></p> <p>Judge James Bennett spoke in court on Friday, saying Davidson’s “horrific” actions and “menacing” driving that day showed he had abandoned all his morals.</p> <p>“The manner of driving was such that tragedy was inevitable,” the judge said.</p> <p>“The magnitude of the tragedy extends to the unimaginable.”</p>

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Inquest finds deaths of Sydney children murdered by their father were "preventable"

<p class="p1">A coronial inquest into the murders of teenagers Jack and Jennifer Edwards by their own father has found their deaths were entirely preventable.</p> <p class="p1">The children were brutally killed by their 67-year-old father John in July 2018, after he stalked his daughter to their West Pennant Hills home they shared with their mother Olga Edwards.</p> <p class="p1">Jack Edwards, 15, and his sister Jennifer, aged 13, were huddled under a bedroom desk when they were killed.</p> <p class="p1">John had purchased a semi-automatic pistol a few short days before he "half-skipped" down the house's front stairs and drove to his West Pennant Hills home to take his own life, State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan was told in September 2020.</p> <p class="p1">Five months later, the children's grieving mother committed suicide.</p> <p class="p1">NSW Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan on Wednesday made 24 recommendations in a report of more than 270 pages.</p> <p class="p1">“The evidence before this court plainly reveals that the deaths of Jack and Jennifer were preventable,” she said in a summary of her findings.</p> <p class="p1">The inquest looked into how Edwards was so easily able to get his hands on gun permits and licences despite a history of domestic violence.</p> <p class="p1">Edwards had a 40-year history of violence and abuse towards his six former partners and 10 estranged children, but police had not charged him with any offence since 1998 and approved his gun licence in 2017.</p> <p class="p1">He then purchased five guns over the next year, including two pistols he removed from his storage locker at a Sydney gun club the day before the murders.</p> <p class="p1">“The deaths of Jack and Jennifer serve as a stark reminder of the broader systemic problems that face too many women and children every day,” O’Sullivan said.</p> <p class="p1">The coroner ultimately found systemic failures were present by New South Wales Police, the Family Court system and the Firearms Registry.</p> <p class="p1">In response to the findings, a NSW Police spokesperson said the force would “review the findings and consider all recommendations that are directed to police”.</p> <p class="p1">“Following the deaths of the Edwards children, Commissioner (Mick) Fuller publicly committed to undertaking a review of the NSW Firearms Registry,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p class="p1">“Since 2018, the NSW Firearms Registry has undergone an extensive restructure which has resulted in enhanced compliance and better identification of breaches of the legislation.</p> <p class="p1">“Continued improvements and further reforms are scheduled throughout 2021.”</p>

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Police reveal cause of horrific Tiger Woods car crash

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Authorities have revealed that golf star Tiger Woods was driving at an "unsafe" speed nearly double the 70km/h speed limit when he crashed in California in February.</p> <p>The SUV was travelling up to 140km/h before it veered off the road and rolled several times, leaving Woods with a shattered right leg.</p> <p>“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” said Alex Villanueva.</p> <p>“Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140km/h).”</p> <p>There were “no signs of impairment” or evidence of any “distracted driving”, and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investigation to be made public, officials said.</p> <p>Fans have complained that Woods hasn't been charged for speeding, but police said as there were no witnesses or police present, he won't be charged.</p> <p>The crash would have been investigated further “if there was a significant injury or fatality” and had involved another person, said Captain James Powers.</p> <p>Woods himself doesn't recall the incident, but investigators did not check his phone or test his bloodwork as there was "no evidence of any impairment or intoxication", according to Powers.</p> <p>Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed this in a Facebook Q&amp;A with reporters.</p> <p>“He was lucid, no odour of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics or anything like that,” Villanueva said. “That was not a concern so no field sobriety test and no drug expert needed to respond. This is what it is — an accident.</p> <p>“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash.</p> <p>“This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime, they do happen unfortunately.</p> <p>“The Deputy on the scene assessed the condition of Tiger Woods and there was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever.</p> <p>“He was not drunk … we can throw that one out.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Family devastated by death of "vanlife" travel star

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Young woman Lee Macmillan, who was known for her road trips alongside Aussie ex-partner Max Bidstrup, took her own life last week.</p> <p>Her devastated loved ones have launched hashtag #speakupforlee to raise awareness about depression and mental illness in her honour.</p> <p>The news was announced by their popular Instagram page @maxandlee_, who had more than 74,000 followers watching their "vanlife" trips.</p> <p>Announcing on Instagram they were going “their separate ways”, the pair admitted it was “incredibly difficult for us to talk about on here”.</p> <p>The post on Wednesday revealed Lee had suffered from depression for a long time.</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/CNEjvGAhzEr/?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/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Max &amp; Lee + Occy | Vanlife (@maxandlee_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday,” the post reads.</p> <p>“She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many.</p> <p>“If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health.</p> <p>“And that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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How Brisbane's lockdown will affect long weekend travel

<p>It was supposed to be the first public holiday in Australia without border restrictions since the start of the pandemic.</p> <p>But a sudden lockdown in Brisbane, only a few short days before Easter long weekend, has left Australians uncertain about their Easter travel plans will be affected.</p> <p>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a three-day lockdown on Monday for Greater Brisbane as the state recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19, including four locally acquired infections.</p> <p>The lockdown applies to Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands and started at 5pm, Brisbane time, on March 29.</p> <p>It is expected to end on Thursday, just before the Good Friday public holiday.</p> <p>Some states have already shut borders to parts of Queensland in response to the announcement.</p> <p>Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown was tough but necessary as the new cases were the highly infectious UK strain.</p> <p>“We‘ve seen what’s happened in other countries. I don’t want to see that happen to Queensland. I don’t want to see that happen to Australia. I know in is a really big call. I know it is really tough,” she said.</p> <p>“We have Easter coming up, we have school holidays coming up, but let’s do it now and let’s do it right and let’s see if we can come through it at the other end.”</p> <p>Those travelling from interstate and within Queensland to Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period will be required to follow lockdown rules, which means people cannot leave their house except for food, exercise, essential work and medical reasons.</p> <p>But there is less certainty around travellers who were expecting to visit the city from Friday onwards, as well as people from Brisbane travelling to other states.</p> <p>Who has shut its border to Queensland?</p> <p>In light of the Brisbane lockdown, states and territories have changed border conditions and issued travel advice.</p> <p>It is not clear at this stage how long the border restrictions will last, and whether they will extend beyond Brisbane's three-day lockdown period and into the Easter weekend.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong><span> </span>has shut the border to Greater Brisbane, with the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City designated as a "red zone" under the state's travel permit system.</p> <p>This means non-Victorian residents from Brisbane cannot enter the state without an exemption.</p> <p><strong>Western Australia<span> </span></strong>has reclassified Queensland as a “medium risk” state and from today, will reintroduce a hard border closure with Queensland. This means only travellers with exemptions can enter WA from Queensland.</p> <p>Those arriving in WA from Queensland since March 27 have to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania<span> </span></strong>has shut its border with Greater Brisbane. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said on Monday anyone travelling to the state from Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich or the Redlands will not be able to enter without quarantining for up to two weeks.</p> <p><strong>South Australia<span> </span></strong>closed its border to Greater Brisbane at 4 pm on Monday, including Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan.</p> <p>From that time, only South Australian residents, essential workers or people relocating will be able to enter SA from Queensland, and they will have to self-isolate for 14 days. They’ll also have to be tested on days one, five and 13.</p> <p>Anyone who has arrived from that Greater Brisbane hotspot area since March 20 must get tested immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.</p> <p>“We are not happy to do this, in fact, we know that this is going to be a huge inconvenience to people, especially in the lead-up to this Easter period,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said.</p> <p>“We know there is a flight which is due into South Australia at 4.45 pm and that is why we have pulled this press conference together as quickly as possible to give that advance notice to people who might be on that flight coming into South Australia.”</p> <p>The<span> </span><strong>Australian Capital Territory<span> </span></strong>now considers Greater Brisbane a hot spot area and is urging people against travelling there at this time.</p> <p>Mandatory quarantine applies to all people entering Canberra since March 15.</p> <p>The<span> </span><strong>Northern Territory</strong>’s chief health officer said on Monday travellers from the Queensland council areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswitch, Logan, Redlands and Gladstone since March 25, or from Byron Shire Council in NSW since March 27, must self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test in the next 72 hours. They must remain in self-quarantine until a negative test is returned.</p> <p><strong>NSW<span> </span></strong>has said it will not close its border with Queensland despite the three-day lockdown.</p> <p>However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said people should reconsider their Easter travel plans.</p> <p>“New South Wales is in a cautious position, we are not shutting down our border,” Ms Berejiklian said on Monday.</p> <p>“In relation to Easter, we recommend people who are considering going to Greater Brisbane, change your plans, and consider changing your plans if you’re going anywhere in Queensland.”</p> <p>NSW says those arriving in the state from the Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas on or after March 27<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#travellers-from-queensland" target="_blank">must complete a self-declaration form</a>.</p>

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Parramatta Eels and staffer respond to Scott Morrison’s viral clip

<p>The Parramatta Eels have addressed a viral clip that made its way through Twitter after it was posted by the club's sports scientist Tahleya Eggers.</p> <p>The video took aim at Scott Morrison after their win over the Sharks on Saturday night.</p> <p>Eggers could be seen crossing her arms, looking unimpressed by the politician who was making the rounds in the Eels dressing room, shaking hands with players after the game.</p> <p>Ladies Who League took to Twitter, writing: “I’m sick to my stomach. Scott Morrison doesn’t have time for women but has time to hang around with the Sharkies at the footy. I’m disgusted."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">She is all of us <a href="https://t.co/SHLecsnPMX">pic.twitter.com/SHLecsnPMX</a></p> — Social Kristancing (@DesignedToFade) <a href="https://twitter.com/DesignedToFade/status/1375763483522830339?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 27, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The Prime Minister has copped backlash in recent weeks after he failed to meet with organisers of the ‘March 4 justice’ rally in Canberra, however, chose to make appearances at the AFL and NRL.</p> <p>The organisers were asked to meet Morrison in private, but they rejected the offer and asked that the PM meet them in an outdoor setting instead.</p> <p>A spokesman for Morrison said there was a standing offer for a private meeting, but the meeting never eventuated.</p> <p>Addressing her viral reaction on Sunday, Eggers wrote in a tweet that is now deleted: “Proud to claim this one."</p> <p>“I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”</p>

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"Blue and lifeless": Mum urges others to learn CPR after rescuing baby from ESKY

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Jacci Hutchinson has urged everyone she can to learn infant CPR after she rescued her best friends 8-month-old child from an esky.</p> <p>Jacci had been visiting her best friend Raewyn's house and all of their kids were playing together until Hutchinson realised that 8-month-old Bailey was missing.</p> <p>She realised there was an esky by the door and peered inside, only to find Bailey submerged in the water.</p> <p>"I thought it was a doll submerged in the water," Jacci tells<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-health/mums-chilling-warning-after-saving-baby-from-drowning-in-an-esky-i-thought-it-was-a-doll-20210406-h1uyxm?utm_source=nine&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=homepage" target="_blank"><em>Essential Baby</em></a><em>.</em><span> </span>"I went into shock. I don't think my brain could actually believe what I was seeing."</p> <p>"I put my hand in and touched his leg and felt his cold, wet skin," she recalls. "That's when I finally snapped. I realised... he was real and he was there in the water."</p> <p>After realising that Bailey was in the water, Jacci sprang into action.</p> <p>"I pulled Bailey out. I held him downwards to try and clear his airways. And I screamed for help," she continues.</p> <p>"I laid him on the carpet and looked up for a second and saw my friend calling an ambulance. Panic set into the house."</p> <p>"After that, I don't remember anything else except his little face. He was blue and lifeless."</p> <p>Luckily, Hutchinson was fully trained in CPR and immediately sprang into action to rescue Bailey.</p> <p>"I performed CPR for what felt like forever, but was only a short amount of time before his colouring started to improve," she recalls.</p> <p>"That's when I rolled him over and rubbed him on his back, and he arched his back and let out a cry. I rolled him back over and his eyes started to open, but he was very disoriented and drowsy."</p> <p>"So I monitored him pretty closely, wrapped him in a blanket and it was at that moment, the ambulance arrived."</p> <p>Bailey was rushed to hospital after paramedics arrived and returned home a short time later to his devastated but relieved mother.</p> <p>"She (Raewyn) just kept hugging me and saying, 'I don't know what I would have done if you weren't here," Jacci recalled.</p> <p>Bailey is now 14 years old, but the incident is something everyone else remembers, despite it happening in 2007.</p> <p>It also <span>prompted Jacci to change career paths into infant aquatics and water safety.</span></p> <p>She has since completed her certificate IV in ambulance care and works as a swim instructor trying to raise awareness about CPR.</p> <p>"It is easy to learn, and having the confidence to respond and react in an emergency could make all the difference," Jacci explained.</p> <p>"I would encourage every single parent or caregiver to learn CPR.</p> <p>"Kids are drawn to water, and it only takes a very small amount.</p> <p>"I still get a chill every time I see an esky."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Young mum given three years to live after beautiful gesture

<p><span>Megy Gough received the shock of her life when she was told she’d have just three years left to live.</span><br /><br /><span>Following a wonderful gesture where she rallied 30 vendors to gift a $50,000 wedding to a couple who survived bowel cancer, she found out in November 2019 that she had the same horrible disease.</span><br /><br /><span>The disease had already spread to her liver and lymph nodes, and doctors declared her cancer “inoperable”.</span><br /><br /><span>However the mother-of-one is determined to watch her four-year-old daughter, Harper, grow up.</span><br /><br /><span>“My heart breaks at the thought of not being able to watch her grow up to be the woman that we're raising her to be. But, for her I know I have to fight this disease,” Mrs Gough told the <em>Gold Coast Bulletin.</em></span><br /><br /><span>The 31-year-old skin with her husband are fighting hard, despite losing their jobs at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840595/daily-story-a-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/02fc17707b644c5087829c927129f58e" /><br /><span>The pair are trying to fund integrative oncology, which is not covered by Medicare and will cost her more than $50,000.</span><br /><br /><span>While it won’t cure her disease, doctors say, it will buy her time.</span><br /><br /><span>It was only four years ago that Mrs Gough gave back to the community by helping a cancer-stricken couple.</span><br /><br /><span>She roused dozens of vendors to donate their services for a $50,000 wedding as a present for Rebecca Limb and Matt McLean.</span><br /><br /><span>“After the wedding I was providing her with assistance around growth shampoos, to help with her hair regrowth after her chemotherapy. Now the tables have turned. I could never have imagined that I would be walking down the same tough road though just a couple of years later,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Gough said she missed key signs that her health was deteriorating, and put her symptoms down to exhaustion as she had started her own company within the same year.</span><br /><br /><span>She admitted her health had become a “last priority”.</span><br /><br /><span>After delaying a doctor’s visit for six months, she says it is a decision that became the “biggest regret of her life”.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Gough underwent 17 major rounds of chemotherapy after she could not find any doctors in Queensland willing to give her surgery.</span><br /><br /><span>She eventually found a Sydney doctor to take on her case.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840597/daily-story-a.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7ae29be7be14378b6d7b9000de35ba6" /><br /><span>They gave her a peritonectomy in August to remove half of her bowel and 75 per cent of her liver, gallbladder, appendix and stomach lining.</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly, the family received another devastating blow when it was discovered there were two nodules in a scan that had become active.</span><br /><br /><span>Doctors also found cysts on her ovaries tha were determined to possibly be cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to undergo surgery to remove spots on her lungs, but ended up in an induced coma for five days, with liver failure and a collapsed lung.</span><br /><br /><span>The harsh reality has not deterred Mrs Gough’s hope, as she remains determined to have more time with her family.</span><br /><br /><span>The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help the couple through their hardship.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve always struggled and hated asking for help. I would prefer to help,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I realised you either ask for help or you could potentially never see your daughter grow up.”</span></p>

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"I'm not judging you": Stranger leaves heartwarming note for mums camping in caravan park

<p>A heartwarming note posted in a caravan park in Victoria has welcomed mums during the school holidays.</p> <p>The letter, posted to Facebook page<span> </span><em>Mum Central</em>, was addressed to "all the mums" and has since been liked over 1,200 times.</p> <p>“To all of the mums, when I look at you or are in ears reach of you trying to discipline or comfort your child I want you to know I am not judging you,” the note reads.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMumCentralAU%2Fposts%2F1901262980032974&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=609&amp;appId" width="500" height="609" 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>“I admire you, your strength, patience and the pure determination you have to try to give your family beautiful memories is priceless.</p> <p>“Love and respect to you all! Happy Easter.”</p> <p>Mums of course loved the note and shared their joy at the understanding note leaver.</p> <p>“Think we would have appreciated this note that time we camped at Shoal Bay,” one person said.</p> <p>“I’ve had a retired couple say that to us in Mildura, it was so lovely to hear and talk about when they’d travelled with their three kids. Kids and camping can be mayhem(but worth it),“ another added.</p> <p>“I wish all campers thought like this. Taking children camping is sometimes difficult,” a third chimed in.</p>

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3 crucial things to consider before downsizing or in other words, rightsizing

<p>Have you ever wondered whether it was time to <em>rightsize</em> your home, but have been overwhelmed because you have no idea where to start?</p> <p>As we grow older, there’s a tendency for our family homes to become unsuited to our lifestyle and needs. That can manifest itself in myriad tiny ways – whether it’s suddenly too difficult to try and maintain a garden, or perhaps our health and vitality isn’t quite what it used to be, and living in a more supportive environment starts to sound like a dream.</p> <p>Selling up and moving out of your beloved family home may seem daunting, which is why it’s so important to carefully weigh up your options before making a decision that’s ultimately going to benefit you.</p> <p>Retirement living is purpose-built for those nearing retirement and offers many lifestyle and practical benefits.</p> <p>Residents are able to enjoy a strong sense of community, feel safe, secure and value their independence can dedicate their time to those activities they enjoy doing most.</p> <p><img style="width: 409.51113601344724px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840591/nelsons-effect-hero_man-image.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d88a34170bf24aae8ca768ba12f600f3" /></p> <p>And while it may seem like a distant reality – or one that also doesn’t seem affordable – there are so many properties out there to choose from – such as <a href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/nelsons-grove/">Nelsons Grove</a><span> Pemulwuy </span>– that have just what you are looking for.</p> <p>Your house is worth more than you think, which means downsizing or rightsizing isn’t as difficult as it sounds. As of March 2021, the average price for four-bedroom homes in Merrylands, Greystanes and Guildford NSW as listed on <a href="http://realestate.com.au">realestate.com.au</a> ranged between $830,000-$890,000.</p> <p>“Based on the above pricing, it’s one of the best times in many years to sell your home and make the move to Nelsons Grove,” says Braden Graham, sales manager of Nelsons Grove.</p> <p>But before you take the plunge, it’s important to do your research, and we've put together a three-point checklist to help you make the right decision.</p> <p><strong>1. Does a retirement village suit your lifestyle?</strong></p> <p>Before making a move, it's wise to make a checklist of the things that are important to your lifestyle.</p> <p>If you're an outdoors person, do you prefer living near the coast? Is it important that you're close to the city? Once you've outlined exactly what you need, it's easier to make a decision.</p> <p>Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy is located only a few blocks away from both Cumberland and Fox Hills golf courses and is situated right behind Pemulwuy Marketplace, making the weekly grocery run a lot easier.</p> <p>It’s also very close to gorgeous parklands and nature reserves, making it perfect for those who like to spend their time breathing in the fresh air.</p> <p><strong>2. Book a tour of the properties you're interested in</strong></p> <p>It's crucial to make sure any retirement village you have your eye on is going to be a good fit for you, so be sure to check out the amenities on offer.</p> <p>A tour can also help you decide on how many bedrooms you prefer, and whether you should opt for a villa or an apartment.</p> <p>Visiting the village is also a great way to check out the community and have a peek at facilities such as the pool, gym, cafes, and anything else you will spend your precious leisure time on.</p> <p>And don't forget to look at the activities calendar. Social events are a great way to get to know your neighbours and form new and lasting friendships.</p> <p>And if you don't want to leave the comfort of your own home to take a first look, Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy offers virtual tours, where you can chat with a friendly sales team and take a look at what's on offer right from your living room.</p> <p><strong>3. How much will it cost and what is available in your price range?</strong></p> <p>The cost of living in a retirement village will vary depending on your individual needs and preferences, but it can be surprisingly affordable.</p> <p>You should be able to choose a space that is right for you and your budget with a variety of options from cosy apartments to roomy villas.</p> <p>The cost will also depend on what kind of services and support you will need, so keep that in mind when budgeting.</p> <p>Perhaps you will require a cleaning service, or someone to prepare hot, healthy meals. All of this will contribute to the eventual bottom line.</p> <p>So if you feel like it’s time to embrace the retirement life you crave, and if you're ready to take the plunge, take a <a href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/nelsons-grove/tour-community-centre/"></a> with Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy or book a personalised appointment and come see it first-hand for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.</p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with Lendlease Retirement Living, </em></strong><a href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/nelsons-grove/"><strong><em>Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy</em></strong></a><strong><em>. </em></strong></p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley says "most men are fantastic" after parliamentary sex scandals

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>TV veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley has given her take on the latest parliamentary sexual misconduct scandals to rock Canberra in the last month or more.</p> <p>She told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/kerrianne-kennerley-weighs-in-on-sexual-violence-against-women/news-story/53c0507ad12a6587195b80b466698e56" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph's Confidential</em></a><span> </span>that most men, in general, are not to blame when it comes to sexual violence against women.</p> <p>"Most [men] are actually fantastic. They want to help, they see the reasoning (behind inclusive discussions)," she explained.</p> <p>"There is only a small percentage of people who clearly have issues in their life."</p> <p>“I think all the marches have been fabulous. I’d like to see one that has as many men marching for the same reason because it’s not a female problem it is a social problem.”</p> <p>The "marches" KAK is referring to were the #March4Justice rallies, held in more than 40 Australian cities and towns, had thousands marching to protest against sexual violence against women.</p> <p>She also shared her opinion with<span> </span><em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>"I think the next march, I want to see just as many men marching side by side with women, because it is not a female sexual harassment issue," she stated.</p> <p>"It's a bullying issue, it's a social issue."</p> <p>"I think it's important to have people standing side by side to say this behaviour - whoever it's happening to - is not good enough," she added.</p> <p>Kennerley's comments come after other prominent figures in media, including Ita Buttrose, spoke their opinions about the issues in Canberra.</p> <p>“I think every woman in Australia should support the call (for better safety) and make sure our voice is heard,” Buttrose said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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TV show Neighbours disgraced as alleged claims of racism leave set

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Neighbours star Shareena Clanton has slammed<span> </span><em>Neighbours</em><span> </span>and its production company for its "non-response" claims to racism on set.</p> <p>Clanton has revealed she has "evidence and documentation" to support the claims announced yesterday.</p> <p>She shared on Instagram saying that she has "clear documentation" of complaints she made to the show's HR department as well as incidents where other actors used the "N-word".</p> <p>Clanton also has evidence of another senior staff member calling himself a "slave-driver" in reference to their working relationship.</p> <p>Her condemnation comes after a second<span> </span><em>Neighbours</em><span> </span>star revealed racist incidents they experienced onset from 2014 to 2016.</p> <p>Clanton was furious about Fremantle Media's response, saying it was a "non-response" on Instagram.</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/CNSmYtLLcvl/?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/CNSmYtLLcvl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Shareena Clanton (@shareenaclanton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"The non-response from Fremantle Media held no accountability/action/remorse/reform," she said.</p> <p>“I did not “make up”/“allege” anything. These events happened. I have evidence and documentation that confirm the truth of these racist comments and ongoing disrespectful/inappropriate behaviours/crass comments on @neighbours.</p> <p>“I have no qualms critiquing such power structures. What do I have to gain here by speaking truth to one of the most powerful and multi-million dollar global production houses like Fremantle Media? I’m the one at risk of being blacklisted,” she pointed out.</p> <p>Meyne Wyatt played Nate Kinski and tweeted that the industry "needs to do better".</p> <p>He mentioned a specific incident during his time on the show where the "c-word" was used.</p> <p>“It involved the C word and I called it out and it didn’t happen around me again,” he said, but he added that he walked in on it, “so I have no doubt things were being said behind my back”.</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/CNUN7kcBbK0/?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/CNUN7kcBbK0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meyne Wyatt (@meyneg)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Wyatt was the first Indigenous series regular after 30 years of Australia's best-known TV show and that racist attitudes were "prevalent throughout the industry".</p> <p>“I don’t see a lot of Indigenous actors on the show or on any prime time Television series, whether it be Neighbours, Home and Away, anything on Channel 7, 9 or Ten for that matter,” he added. “Stan and Netflix take note!”</p> <p>“The comments and jokes and innuendos were ridiculous!” he wrote. “It made for a very unsafe environment for anyone in the LGBTQIA+ community and the s*** needs to be stamped out. Racism and Homophobia needs an active and present force behind it to be driven out! Neighbours do better! The Film and TV Industry do better! Australia do better!”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woolworths shopper's grave warning after $333 mistake

<p>A shopper has warned others about her concerning checkout experience at Woolworths, saying she was left “very disappointed” by the disturbing incident.</p> <p>NSW customer Tania took to Facebook to share her disbelief when she realised, she’d been charged $333 for an item that should have only cost her $17.</p> <p>She said she had only realised the grave error when the checkout attendant told her that her total had come out to nearly $500 for just three bags of groceries.</p> <p>“When I went to pay the cashier said to me that will be $471,” she explained.</p> <p>“My reply was no way those groceries cost that amount. She proceed with yes $471. I again replied no way there is something wrong,” she added.</p> <p>“I was ready to walk away and not pay leaving my groceries behind. She then proceeded to go back through the items.</p> <p>“I noticed straight away a deli item that had scanned at $333 dollars, which should have only been $17.”</p> <p>Tania maintains she should have received the incorrectly scanned item for free, but says she was “ignored”.</p> <p>“I was ignored. I repeated myself several times,” she continued.</p> <p>“Completely ignored as she had no idea what to do or say to me. I proceeded to front desk to raise the issue and was told sorry we have issues with some of the bar codes scanning.</p> <p>“I did not receive item for free, which I thought was a policy Woolworths honours, obviously not. I am just glad I questioned the price and didn’t pay for it without realising at the time.”</p> <p>Tania said it was a “quite stressful” situation for herself and others who were behind her, claiming they were “mortified”.</p> <p>Another Woolies customer took to the comments to reveal that his wife had also been charged $254.74 for three cabanossi sticks, after reading Tania’s posts.</p> <p>“Happened to wife yesterday, got item for free but still waiting for refund,” the shopper wrote, sharing an image of the receipt.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840559/woolworths.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a792223e50a140988f4842678e905e5d" /></p> <p><em>Image: Facebook</em></p> <p>A Woolworths representative has responded to the online post, agreeing Tania should have received the item for free.</p> <p>“We understand that this item should’ve been given to you free of charge,” the representative said.</p> <p>“We spoke to our Store Management team and they advised us that you’re able to receive the item in question free of charge, as per our Scanning Policy.</p> <p>“Next time you shop with us, please see our Store Manager who will be able to sort this out for you.”</p> <p>Woolworths also apologised for the incident, writing: “We take pride in offering our customers a great experience in our stores, and we’re disappointed this wasn’t the case on this occasion.</p> <p>“Technical errors such as this is rare, and we’re looking into what may have caused this. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by this error.”</p>

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Daryl Somers issues apology to Kamahl

<p>Former Hey Hey It's Saturday host Daryl Somers has issued an apology to Kamahl after the Malaysian-born singer opened up about the "humiliation" he endured on the once-beloved variety show.</p> <p>In the statement, Somers says he “deeply regret(s) any hurt felt” by Kamahl and that he “never set out to offend anybody.”</p> <p>Unearthed skits from the show - including one in which Kamahl was hit in the face with white powder and told "you're a real white man" afterwards - have been making the rounds on the internet recently, with Kamahl commenting on the racial abuse he was subjected to on the show.</p> <p>“They wouldn’t hit John Farnham or Jimmy Barnes in the face with a powder puff,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/AngelaBishop/status/1376658568858923015" target="_blank">he told<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>on Tuesday</a>, adding it “hurt” to be humiliated on live national television.</p> <p>Responding to the uproar in a statement to 3AW, Somers - who is gearing up to host Channel 7's Dancing with the Stars: All Stars - apologised to Kamahl and others who found the show's content "offensive".</p> <p>“I want to make it very clear that I and all members of the<span> </span><em>Hey Hey</em><span> </span>team do not condone racism in any form,” Somers said.</p> <p>“I have always considered Kamahl a friend and supporter of the show, so I deeply regret any hurt felt by him as a result of anything that took place on the programme in the past.”</p> <p>He went on to say he supports diversity in the entertainment industry, claiming the show “never set out to offend anybody but always strived to provide family entertainment”.</p> <p>He added that he is “proud” of the long-running show’s contribution to Australian television, but added that “in the context of modern society” the material was “plainly inappropriate” and “would not go to air today”.</p> <p>The “long overdue” apology — which begins with Somers asserting that he is “currently in the middle of recording<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars: All Stars</em>” — has been slammed by some social media users.</p> <p>“Just say sorry. No need to contextualise. It was vile then and remains so now,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/JaniceKPetersen/status/1377039408143036416" target="_blank">one said</a>.</p> <p>“The Daryl Somers “apology” to Kamahl … the good old “these things were ‘appropriate’ in the past &amp; we are so much more evolved now” defence. Yeah nup; it was racist back then &amp; it’s still racist now,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/TracyWesterman/status/1377055382451855363" target="_blank">another wrote</a>.</p> <p>“At no point in Daryl Somers’ ‘apology’ did he apologise. He does fit in a hell of a lot of flexing though,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/thebigjohnnyd/status/1377043262377132034" target="_blank">one more quipped.</a></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/AdamNBednarczyk/status/1377062331776036864" target="_blank">Another chimed in</a>: “I see this more as a PR-written “apology” than a Daryl Somers’ apology but anyway, let’s move on.”</p> <p>Kamahl, however, has accepted the apology, writing: “To whom it may concern, “This is to say that I, Kandiah Kamalesvaran, AKA Kamahl, accept and acknowledge the apology from friend Daryl Somers, unreservedly”.</p>

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Piers Morgan slams Harry and Meghan: "Princess Diana would be horrified"

<p><span>Piers Morgan has said that Princess Diana would be horrified to see Prince Harry “smearing” the Queen after claiming that he knew the late royal well.</span><br /><br /><span>He also said that Harry’s split from Prince William would also have broken his mother’s heart.</span><br /><br /><span>While speaking to US TV host Tucker Carlson in his first interview since he resigned from his gig as co-host of Good Morning Britain, Morgan slammed Harry and Meghan.</span><br /><br /><span>"I knew Princess Diana well," he told Carlson during <em>Tucker Carlson Today,</em> which aired on Monday night.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840574/piers-morgan-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f2a751eebcb04953b52f076a01637e77" /><br /><br /><span>"I think she would be horrified by the split between Harry and his brother, by the schism now between Harry and the royal family generally, by the appalling smearing of the Queen, which is already causing damage in some of the Commonwealth countries, who are buying into this outrageous lie that the Queen is somehow racist, presiding over a racist institution."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan quit his hosting role on <em>Good Morning Britain</em> after one too many remarks about the Duchess of Sussex.</span><br /><br /><span>The show received a number of complaints from viewers, and even Meghan herself.</span><br /><br /><span>However, leaving the show hasn’t made him change his tune, telling Carlson he still doesn't believe Harry and Meghan's claims.</span><br /><br /><span>"Seventeen different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue or massively exaggerated or unproveable," Morgan said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I was an outrage. I wasn't allowed to have an opinion ... I was told that you have got to believe Meghan Markle, and if you don't believe what she's saying you are a racist."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan also slammed Meghan’s mental health comment, and said it was "impossible to believe" two people in the palace had denied her the help she needed.</span><br /><br /><span>"You're accusing two people in the palace of being unspeakably cruel simply to protect the brand of the Royal family," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"If that is true, let's have the names of these people and let's go to them and ask them if this is true - 'did you tell a suicidal woman, who told you she was suicidal, not to get help?'</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840575/piers-morgan-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c532fd05105b421c80a2d24ba4bc4010" /><br /><br /><span>"I find that impossible to believe. You wouldn't have two people in the palace who will be that callous to a woman telling them that she was suicidal."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan said there was "a lot of anger" building over the interview in the UK over "the very ugly smearing of our Queen".</span><br /><br /><span>"Particularly at a time when her husband Prince Philip, who's 99, was fighting for his life up in hospital," he added.</span><br /><br /><span>"Everything about this was tacky, tasteless, disingenuous and, I'm afraid, I believe in some cases downright lying on a global scale."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan has claimed in the past that Meghan “ghosted” him as a friend after she met Harry in 2016.</span><br /><br /><span>He said he had previously met up with the then-Suits star in London after connecting with her on social media.</span></p>

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"Just so frightening": Kate Ritchie's heartbreaking confession

<p><span>Kate Ritchie has opened up about her major fears when she left the soap <em>Home and Away</em> after 20 years on the show.</span><br /><br /><span>The star who played Sally Fletcher for more than two decades admitted to Anh Do on an episode of <em>Anh's </em><em>Brush With Fame,</em> that she wasn’t sure she could “survive” if she walked away from the role.</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie left <em>Home And Away</em> in 2008 at the age of 28, having played Sally since the show’s pilot episode, at just eight-years-old.</span><br /><br /><span>“I didn’t know where she ended and I began or vice versa, and I had to work out whether I was more than that,” said Ritchie.</span><br /><br /><span>She explained that it had “became really obvious” when it was time to finally leave the show.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was just so frightening. What do I actually do when someone doesn’t hand me a schedule on a Friday afternoon and tell me where to be on a Monday?</span><br /><br /><span>“And they were just the logistics that I knew I’d miss. I think it was the other stuff about missing the character and trying to figure out my identity without this other person, that was the stuff I hadn’t really considered too much and that hit me quite hard,” she said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840566/kate-ritchie-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a83838f8f3774c24ace14c050b7c9d54" /></p> <p><em>Kate Ritchie and the late Heath Ledger on the set of Home and Away. Image: Home and Away</em><br /><br /><span>The star is now 42, and found herself choking back tears as she recalled stepping away from the character of Sally Fletcher, who she described as her “best friend for 20 years”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She gave me purpose and a sense of achievement. I feel differently now, after loads of therapy,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I thought the only thing I’d ever done of value in my life was when I was her. I was lost, and I wondered how I was going to survive without her. How were people going to react to me if I wasn’t Sally? Sally was a great person, a great friend and a great daughter … did people only feel something for me because they liked her?”</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie has gone on to continue her work as an actor, but can also boast that she has since added TV host, children’s author and a radio host under her belt as well.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the best thing to come out of all of this, is that I’m great without [Sally]. I nearly choked on the words! We’re all great without our security blankets,” she told Do.</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie shared the clip from tonight’s episode to her Instagram account, admitting that she “worr[ies] so often of what people think. Of me revisiting the same old chapter of my life. The chapter people continue to ask me about and the one that defined me. Publicly and personally. One day I’ll move through that worry … But for now I’ll speak with Anh.”</span></p>

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Duchess Kate’s exciting new venture

<p><span>The Duchess of Cambridge launched her Hold Still photography project in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery last year.</span><br /><br /><span>The endeavour aimed to encourage those in the UK to document their experiences during the pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”</span><br /><br /><span>The heartfelt project is now turning into a photography book called Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>Inside, it will feature 100 portraits from the project, along with accompanying stories, and a foreword from the Duchess herself.</span><br /><br /><span>“When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers,” the royal wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal.</span><br /><br /><span>“Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals' stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic,” she continues.</span><br /><br /><span>“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an image – your stories are the most crucial part of this project. I hope that the final 100 images showcase the experiences and emotions borne during this extraordinary moment in history, pay tribute to the awe-inspiring efforts of all who have worked to protect those around them, and provide a space for us to pause and reflect upon this unparalleled period.”</span><br /><br /><span>The new book will be available both online and in bookstores in the UK starting May 7.</span><br /><br /><span>The sales will be split between the mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.</span></p>

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"Sick and violated": MasterChef star Laura Sharrad's disturbing messages

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>MasterChef star Laura Sharrad has called out a message sent via Instagram, saying that it left her feeling "sick and violated".</p> <p>She didn't share the contents of the message with her Instagram followers but explained she was "not okay" after reading it.</p> <p>“Today I opened a really disturbing message sent to me on Instagram,” the 25-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories.</p> <p>“It was something no woman should ever have to read. I feel so sick. I feel violated. I feel unsafe. I feel disgusted. I feel a lot of things. All of them bad things. Simply, it’s not okay.</p> <p>“I thought about posting this all afternoon as I rarely share things about how I’m actually feeling. This is meant to be a happy place. Today I am not okay.”</p> <p>Sharrad appeared on MasterChef in Season 6 before returning in last year's<span> </span><em>Back To Win</em><span> </span>series, where viewers criticised her for her "bad attitude".</p> <p>Other viewers suggested she received favourable treatment as she previously used to work with judge Jock Zonfrillo.</p> <p>Her fellow contestants, Brendan Pang and Khanh Ong, defended her when claims came out.</p> <p>“She’s a really close friend of mine and I was really surprised by how much backlash she got because I think it’s unfair," Ong said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/masterchef/masterchef-khanh-ong-defends-laura-sharrad-64262" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a>.</p> <p>“Social media seems to jump on a beautiful woman and I think that’s what it is. They found her and instead of attacking her because they just don’t like that she’s on TV again, they’re attacking her for pasta. That’s not the reason that you’re angry, I honestly think that. It happened to Chloe (Carroll) in my year and I think it’s so unfair.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Olivia Newton-John lists stunning Byron Bay retreat

<p>Olivia Newton-John has listed her picturesque wellness retreat in Byron Bay.</p> <p>The British-born Australian singer and actress has put their Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa on the market, which is set attract global interest.</p> <p>Between Newton-John and co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin and Warwick Evans, they have described the decision to sell the paradise as bittersweet.</p> <p>“For over 16 years and winning more than 55 global awards, Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa was a dream that became a wonderful reality,” the<span> </span><em>Grease<span> </span></em>star said in a statement on behalf of the owners.</p> <p>“Over these blessed years, co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Warwick Evans and myself have helped make Gaia ‘heaven on earth’ by creating a healing and loving place that has become so important to us and our guests from all over the world.</p> <p>“Having won so many humbling and outstanding awards, we have decided it is time to ‘pass the baton’ to new custodians so they can continue our positive message that Gaia is ‘your timeout to reconnect, breathe and surrender’.</p> <p>“It’s bittersweet, but as a team, we always agreed that we would ‘go out on top’ and we couldn’t be more proud of the Gaia we have built with our incredible family team.”</p> <p>Colliers’ real estate agents Karen Wales and Gus Moors told realcommercial.com.au that the Byron Bay retreat is sure to receive interest on a global scale.</p> <p>“The current owners wish to entrust their custodianship to likeminded visionaries who are inspired to continue their ‘G.R.O.W.’ ethos – Gratitude, Respect, Organic, Wellness,” Mr Moors said.</p> <p>Mr Moors said that the location of the retreat makes it an attractive offer for potential buyers.</p> <p>“Highly-profitable luxury retreats are rarely traded, given the strong combination of excellent cashflow and enviable lifestyle offering,” Mr Moors said.</p> <p>“The opportunity to secure such a large, tourist-zoned site in the pristine hinterland of Australia’s highest growth tourism region overlooking the coastline of Byron Bay will never be replicated.”</p> <p>The Gaia retreat was founded in 2005 and has over 22 rooms, suites and villas along with a day spa, restaurant, swimming pool, walking tracks set over eight hectares and tennis court.</p> <p>“The simplicity of Gaia Retreat &amp; Spa as a pioneer of barefoot luxury means an incoming owner has limited medium-term capital expenditure requirements through its understated, yet high quality, interior design,” Ms Wales said.</p> <p>Gaia over the years has developed a strong customer base.</p> <p>“Unlike many other Australian luxury retreats, Gaia is easily accessible from the domestic and international airports of Ballina and Gold Coast, thereby ensuring year-round demand,” Ms Wales said.</p> <p>Byron Bay has fast become a celebrity hotspot – a phenomenon fronted by Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.</p> <p>Newton-John described the mesmerising paradise as a “special magical place”.</p>

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Rod Stewart's "hidden track" inside his Beverly Hills home

<p>He has long been known as a railway enthusiast, even if at times he chose not to talk about it. But Sir Rod Stewart's legendary choo-choo layout -–26 years in the making – just has to be seen to be believed.</p> <p>The rocker's astonishingly detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.</p> <p>Called Grand Street And Three Rivers City, it also features a railway station crossed by numerous bridges at rush hour.</p> <p>Also featured in the landscape are period cars and lorries, driving alongside the train tracks.</p> <p>Everything is dramatically lit in the colours of late afternoon sunshine.</p> <p>Sir Rod told<span> </span><em>Railway Modeller</em><span> </span>magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.</p> <p>"It's the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn't be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean," he said.</p> <p>Sir Rod was inspired by American Railways because that is where we has living when he began creating the model in 1993.</p> <p>At the time, he had recently built a new house in Los Angeles and included an attic room specifically for the layout.</p> <p>While Sir Rod acknowledged it took a while for him to publicly admit he was a railway enthusiast, he agreed in his interview with the magazine that attitudes now appear to be changing towards model railway making.</p> <p>But he added that he was still wary about answering questions on TV about it because "it's hard to talk about something so all-encompassing" if he was meant to be discussing his music.</p> <p>His passion was first inflamed when he was "eight or nine" on a family holiday in Bognor Regis where he saw a "marvellous" railway layout in a model shop.</p> <p>He said his father had once given him the advice that "every man needs a hobby".</p> <p>"Mine's model railway," said Sir Rod, who had a toy railway as a child. When he wanted a station for it, his dad bought him a guitar instead, which many might think turned out to be a shrewd move.</p> <p>His fortune stands at £190 million, according to the Sunday Times' UK Musicians' Rich List, and he has had nine No 1 albums and 62 hit singles in the UK.</p> <p>Sir Rod said guests are stunned by his magnificent model railway when he runs it for them at his LA home. He said: 'When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it 110 per cent. For me, it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.</p> <p>"I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said No! No! Nah!"</p> <p><span>Photos: Facebook and Model Railroader Magazine</span></p>

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