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Natalie Barr rages against popular fashion trend

<p>Natalie Barr has rallied against a popular fashion trend that is talking Hollywood by storm. </p> <p>The 53-year-old Sunrise presenter has shared a photo to Instagram of her donning a pastel green dress, revealing she had to hide a gaping cut out in the front. </p> <p>The midriff of the dress featured a hugely popular cut out, that Natalie had to cover with a simple white belt to cover up. </p> <p>She posted the photo to her social media, saying she was "struggling to find clothes".</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVM2Aw0FSKX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVM2Aw0FSKX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Natalie Barr (@natalie_barr7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Her caption read, "<span>Ok girls.. anyone else struggling to find clothes without cutouts all over them!!" </span></p> <p><span>"I mean I hate to sound old but really.. they’re taking over. Love the dress but had to hide this one under a belt this morning."</span></p> <p><span>She also included hashtags that read "#attackofthecutouts #amijustgettingold".</span></p> <p><span>Many of her followers agreed with her in the comment section, saying they were "hearing her" as many also struggled to find clothes. </span></p> <p><span>The trend of cut out dresses has quickly become all the range on runways and red carpets, with many big stars adopting the trend into their everyday looks. </span></p> <p><span>It involves frocks having sections cut out in various areas, including the midriff or chest, to show off a hint of skin in more risqué fashion. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @natalie_barr7</em></p>

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How to quarantine in A-list style

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the introduction of hotel quarantine in March 2020, people have encountered all kinds of trials and tribulations that come with being stuck in a hotel for 14 days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, if you’re a celebrity arriving in Australia for quarantine, things have been the height of luxury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luxury home hotel service </span><a href="https://luxico.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luxico</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has been accommodating A-listers in private quarantine throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as well as offering exclusive services like a 24/7 concierge to carry out your every request. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As some Australian states are discussing the complete removal of hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers after a series of trials, Luxico is expanding their clientele. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After perfecting its service for VIPs, the company is now opening their luxury homes and concierge service to the masses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Starting at $400 a night, the service can include everything from a full grocery order that is unpacked and ready for your arrival, intensive Covid cleaning measures, and a concierge to run errands. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not only is the concierge there to greet you in person when you arrive, they also offer to share all their knowledge about the local area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many celebrities who have been wanting to remain under the radar have been embracing the service for months. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was revealed in March that Julia Roberts and Ed Sheeran teamed up to quarantine together in the luxurious </span><a href="https://luxico.com.au/rentals/allrentals/sweven-estate"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sweven Estate</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with their families for two weeks at $4,700 per night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property is available for bookings until the end of the year, for those willing to hand over $33,000 for the week-long quarantine. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property is not even the most expensive property offered by Luxico, as a </span><a href="https://luxico.com.au/rentals/allrentals/wisteria-place"><span style="font-weight: 400;">four bedroom mansion in South Yarra</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Victoria, is going for an extraordinary $5,700 per night. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Byron, property </span><a href="https://luxico.com.au/rentals/allrentals/twenty-six"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Twenty Six</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> features an infinity pool and ocean views, and can be booked for $6,500 per night. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luxico also offered “ultravillas”, that come with a personal butler, daily maid service, fully-stocked kitchen on arrival and a Sommelier’s Honesty Bar with some of the world’s best alcohol.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Luxico</span></em></p>

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“I'd be uncomfortable”: Police closing in on missing campers suspect

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The families of campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay - who went missing 19 months ago - have spoken publicly for the first time, sharing their desperation for answers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, were last seen on March 20 last year while on a camping trip in a remote area of East Gippsland, Victoria.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hill left his home in West Gippsland the day prior, collecting Ms Clay from her Pakenham home before they travelled to Wonnangatta Valley in his white Toyota LandCruiser.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hill didn’t tell his wife that he was with Ms Clay, and was last heard from on November 20 via HF radio, stating he was at Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Clay told friends she was going away and was expecting to return on March 28 or 29.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police believe a third party was involved in their disappearance and launched a renewed appeal for information as they narrow down their search.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844954/clay-russell.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bf837acd1b0b4b11b68e2686ca14e3da" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Image: Victoria Police</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Mr Hill’s daughters say they believe he is no longer alive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t really believe he could be alive. He wouldn’t hide,” his daughter Debbie </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/family-of-missing-wonnangatta-campers-russell-hill-carol-clay-break-silence-as-police-close-in-on-what-happened/news-story/22eea65cb86ed84a6b45351551321438"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s really hard. It’s not getting any better. It’s not knowing … you’re just stuck.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s nothing to go by,” Colleen said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Clay’s sister Jill said she believes something went wrong, and has a message for whoever was responsible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I immediately knew there was something horribly wrong,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My message is that you’re undertaken a heinous act. You’ve got to live with that for the rest of your life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We need closure. We need to know what happened and we need to know where their bodies are so we can put them to rest.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robyn, Mr Hill’s wife, also said she feared the worst while speaking to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">NCA NewsWire</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in May.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I won’t ever see him again,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t see how they will come home. He hasn’t spent any money, he hasn’t done anything. I just want them found, one way or the other.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hill’s vehicle was found by fellow campers the day after he last made contact. The vehicle showed signs of minor fire damage, and was found next to their completely burnt-out campsite.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844956/clay-russell2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7607cfa3c5694886ad75b0a4dd2b96cb" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Russell and Ms Clay’s campsite. Image: ABC</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since then, police have extensively searched the area, with members of the local police, Missing Persons Squad detectives, search and rescue squad, air wing, dog squad, and Australian Federal Police assisting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police later moved the search 80km northwest in April, but the search stopped after detectives found two shovels in thick bush off the Great Alpine Road.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, police have not been able to link the shovels to the pair’s disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper is confident the investigation’s twists and turns are leading police to a suspect.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’d be uncomfortable,” Stamper told 7 News, in a big hint that police are close to a breakthrough.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every day takes us further from the last time Russell and Carol were last seen alive, however I want to reassure the community that we are far from giving up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Both families are also still desperate for answers about what happened to Russell and Carol and why, and I know our investigators are doing all they can to try and get those answers for them."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To aid in their investigation, police are calling for anyone in the Wonnangatta area around March 20 to get in contact regardless of whether they say or heard anything.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detectives also wish to speak to anyone in the area around Howitt Plains and Zeka Spur Track on March 19 and 20, as well as anyone in Wonnangatta Valley and Wonnangatta Station between March 20-24.</span></p> <p><strong>Anyone who sees Mr Hill or Ms Clay are urged to call triple-zero, while anyone with other information relating to their disappearance should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.</strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Victoria Police / Facebook</span></em></p>

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The Wizard of New Zealand is officially off the payroll

<p dir="ltr">The Wizard of New Zealand (who isn’t Gandalf) is in reality a man by the name of Ian Brackenbury Channell, and he has been on Christchurch city council’s payroll for 23 years, drawing a salary of $16,000NZD per annum for his work promoting the city through “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services”. That means he’s been paid roughly $368,000NZD over the course of 23 years to dress up as a wizard.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, his tenure has come to an end, with the council electing not to renew his contract in January 2022. While his job title makes it sound like he could be called upon to cast protection spells in times of crisis, and other things wizards (who aren’t Gandalf) do, his primary role was to “conduct lunchtime orations in Cathedral Square” for an hour every weekday between November and March.</p> <p dir="ltr">He was also expected to make up to 200 hours worth of appearances to promote Christchurch, welcome dignitaries, help with tourism promotions and be interviewed by the media. The $40/hour pay rate works out to be roughly eight hours of work a week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Channell was born in England, and began publicly performing as a wizard after moving to New Zealand in 1976. The council initially tried to stop him (they were probably Team Gandalf), but the public protested, with the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Association describing him as a “living work of art”. Prime Minister Mike Moore eventually asked Channell in 1990 if he would consider becoming the Wizard of New Zealand (he probably couldn’t find Gandalf’s best contact number).</p> <p dir="ltr">In his letter to the Wizard, Moore wrote, “I am concerned that your wizardry is not at the disposal of the entire nation. I suggest therefore that you should urgently consider my suggestion that you become the Wizard of New Zealand, Antarctica and relevant offshore areas … no doubt there will be implications in the area of spells, blessings, curses, and other supernatural matters that are beyond the competence of mere Prime Ministers.”</p> <p dir="ltr">His 23 years of service have seen him perform in Christchurch, raindance across New Zealand and Australia during droughts, and even receive the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, more recently his behaviour has included making sexist remarks about women, including telling a television host that he liked to tease women by telling them they were devious, and that they used “cunning to get men who are thick”.</p> <p dir="ltr">He went on to say, “I love women, I forgive them all the time, I’ve never struck one yet. Never strike a woman because they bruise too easily is the first thing, and they’ll tell the neighbours and their friends … and then you’re in big trouble.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Following this, the council made the decision to write to Channell, thanking him for his services to Christchurch, and informing him that his contract would not be renewed in the new year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Of this decision, the Wizard said, “I feel really insulted and deeply hurt by the whole thing. I am being airbrushed out of history. They don’t like my vibes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What I am doing is very delicate. I can’t do it in a commercial environment or a PC environment.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As a result, it looks like Christchurch will be officially farewelling its quirky spokesperson early next year – unless Channell decides to carry on his duties in an amateur capacity.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Joseph Johnson/Getty Images</em></p>

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Chris Hemsworth to visit the NSW central west

<p dir="ltr">In a bid to attract tourists to the small town of Cowra, population 13,000, the town’s tourism team put together an amazing ‘Get Chris to Cowra’ campaign – and it worked! The Chris in question being Australia’s favourite of the Hollywood Chrises, of course: Chris Hemsworth, best known for playing Thor in the Marvel movies.</p> <p dir="ltr">The campaign launched last week with an entertaining video showcasing all of the amazing things Cowra has to offer, as well as giving viewers a glimpse into the process behind getting the campaign off the ground. The primary goal behind the campaign was to boost tourism after years of drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, with attracting Chris Hemsworth himself surely feeling like a pipe dream.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9z6_2FA38R8" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">The campaign includes a proposal for a ‘Big Chris’, in the style of Australia’s Big Landmarks like the Big Pineapple and the Big Prawn. The statue would be “four storeys tall and a beard like spun canola” according to the campaign<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.getchristocowra.com.au/the-big-chris" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The website says of the proposed statue, “standing over forty metres tall, the proposed Big Chris will stand testament to mankind's ingenuity, daring, and engineering skills, and will be a glimmering beacon for international and domestic visitors alike. The Big Chris will be the crown jewel in the rich tapestry of visitor sights and experiences that is Cowra.” Plus, they want the statue to be “constructed from chiselled marble (much like Chris Hemsworth's jawline)”. Who could resist visiting such a marvel of modern engineering?</p> <p dir="ltr">And now the town might have to actually follow through on their proposal, because the God of Thunder himself has taken to Instagram to accept the town’s gracious offer, promising to visit the town next year.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CVJppLMhS9e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVJppLMhS9e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Writing on Instagram on Tuesday, Hemsworth said, “Big love to all the folks in Cowra for this amazing campaign, warmed my heart and made me smile! I’m off shooting a film over seas soon but upon return next year I’m comin in hot!!</p> <p dir="ltr">“Like many regional towns around Australia, Cowra has suffered from a lack of tourism due to COVID-19 pandemic. So when things open up be sure to check out all the amazing places Australia has to offer!”</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-19/chris-hemsworth-agrees-to-come-to-cowra/100549628" target="_blank">ABC</a>, Cowra Tourism manager Glenn Daley said he was experiencing “a little bit of disbelief”, understandably so. "I was actually out in the paddock doing some farm stuff, and the assistant manager called and said 'we've got him'!"</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Cowra Tourism, Jun Sato/GC Images</em></p>

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UK bakery under fire over using “illegal” sprinkles

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A bakery in the north of England has come under fire after using sprinkles that are illegal in the UK. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Richie Myers, owner of Get Baked in Leeds, was infuriated when an unknown customer reported him to trading standards over the use of the confectionery. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the UK, the sprinkles</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> contain an additive known as Erythrosine, which is not banned in the UK but is reserved solely for use </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in processed cherries, according to the International Association of Colour Manufacturers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">West Yorkshire Trading Standards confirmed to the </span><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-58896391"><span style="font-weight: 400;">BBC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> it has taken action to ensure the usage of the sprinkles is stopped.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Richie dubbed the issue “Sprinklegate”, and shared a recount of the issue to Facebook, which has garnered worldwide attention. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The baker who is “passionate about sprinkles” called out the customer that reported him, saying he “hopes they fail”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844935/get-baked-fb1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/300d0a19e7034e87bc56d943c1ab3ca8" /></p> <p><em>Image credits: Facebook - Get Baked</em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As an investigation began into the elusive sprinkles, Richie said this hurt his small business, as they were a key ingredient in many sweet treats. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He told the BBC that it had been a “horrendous ordeal” and that he had “genuinely lost sleep” over it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Richie provided an update on “sprinklegate”, he said he had no choice but to stop using the sprinkles and was trying to think of a suitable replacement. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844936/get-baked-fb2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1821d891cbed49eaba6d0cb5d3ae8a6c" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Facebook - Get Baked</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite having to change their famous recipe, Richie and the Get Backed team have kept their signature sense of humour through the whole “sprinklegate” ordeal.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVD0_wdMlpb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVD0_wdMlpb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by GET BAKED® (@getbakeduk)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By posting their hilarious updates online, Richie said he has been presented with “opportunities he could only have ever dreamed of”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a recent Instagram post, Richie addressed the person who reported them to the trading standards, saying, “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I honestly cannot thank you enough. You have inadvertently flung us forward 5 years and saved me a f** load in marketing budget, not that I ever have a marketing budget, but you’ve still done a sensational deed.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I owe you a pint.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Instagram @getbakeduk</span></em></p>

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The psychology of COVID compliance

<p><span style="font-size: 14px;">A study by Australian and Canadian researchers has identified some common psychological features of people who don’t follow COVID-19 restrictions or advice. It’s a diverse bunch, but in general, the COVID non-compliant are less likely to be cooperative and considerate, less willing to learn new information, but more extroverted.</span></p> <div class="copy"> <p>They’re also more likely to be male, and less likely to get their news from official sources.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0255268" target="_blank">Published</a> in <em>PLOS One, </em>the study analysed results from an online survey of 1575 people in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, taken in April and May 2020. Participants each spent 30–40 minutes answering questions relating to COVID attitudes and beliefs, as well as questions around personality, cognitive ability, and demographic information.</p> <p>“It was very interesting to see that people openly talked about planning for the next week, going to visit a friend or family – something which was strongly discouraged,” says Associate Professor Sabina Kleitman, lead author on the paper and researcher in psychology at the University of Sydney.</p> <p>Overall, around 90% of the participants were compliant with their current COVID restrictions. This varied very slightly from country to country – with 82% compliance among US residents, 88% in Australia and 94% in both Canada and the UK.</p> <p>“It was a quite a remarkable consistency at the time,” says Kleitman.</p> <p>“Now it could have changed completely, because that was during the first wave of the pandemic and the nations were very similar [in COVID restrictions]. Now they’re wildly apart.”</p> <p>The researchers divided results into groups based on attitudes towards COVID, and compliance.</p> <p>“It was a surprise to us to see that the non-compliant, they’re not the youngest,” says Kleitman.</p> <p>The least compliant group had a mean age of 29.1 – with a wide variation across the sample. They were cognitively similar to the compliant, but had a few personality differences – including being more self-interested, and less open to new information.</p> <p>“We did not find any differences between groups in actual metrics of intelligence and decision making we employed in the study, but we found the differences in <em>intellect</em>: the openness to new experiences personality dimension,” says Kleitman.</p> <p>The non-compliant were less worried about COVID, but not less worried in general – they were just as likely to be anxious about non-COVID things as their compliant counterparts.</p> <p>“We also thought neuroticism would play a role,” says Kleitman. “We thought people who are more predisposed to general worries and anxieties might be driving the compliance.</p> <p>“In our study [it] did not. Instead, it was just worries about COVID which separated these two groups.”</p> <p>Kleitman says that while lots has happened between April 2020 and now, the research has potential implications for messaging around COVID restrictions – particularly the tight rules currently in place in Greater Sydney, which aim to keep the Delta outbreak in check.</p> <p>“At the moment, our message is beautiful: we are all in it together,” she says. “It’s absolutely right, but is it reaching a non-compliant group who prioritize self-interest? I don’t think so.”</p> <p>The non-compliant are also less likely to use official sources and traditional media for their information, so Kleitman suggests other methods need to be used to get the word out.</p> <p>“I’m not saying that the message needs to change, but we need some additional messages, and perhaps we need additional mechanisms for delivering them.</p> <p>“Perhaps through a trusted family doctor talking on community radio stations, and other community leaders discussing the dangers of being infected and spreading it to their loved ones, and benefits of compliance, including vaccination; perhaps through the creative use of social media.”</p> <p>She adds that financial support is critical for increasing compliance. “Business and people affected by lockdown need the government’s support not to lose their livelihoods.</p> <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. 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She has a BSc (Honours) in chemistry and science communication, and an MSc in science communication, both from the Australian National University.</em></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> </div>

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Cleo Smith’s family speaks with new details

<p><em>Image: Facebook</em></p> <p>Police are now focusing on a “worst-case scenario” in the hunt for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith – as her shocked parents revealed she had been sleeping metres from her baby sister before she disappeared from the family’s tent.</p> <p>A disturbing picture of what happened the night she vanished is emerging, with police revealing there were a “lot of people” circulating the campsite at the time and Cleo’s parents revealing horrifying details about the moment they realised she was gone.</p> <p>Four-year-old Cleo was last seen at 1:30 am on Saturday near the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon in Western Australia before she vanished.</p> <p>Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith said she had woken up around 6 am on Sunday to find their tent zipper was nearly completely open and her daughter was nowhere to be seen.</p> <p>She revealed Cleo had been sleeping in a separate area of the tent, with her baby sister just metres away.</p> <p>For that reason, police are now focusing their efforts on investigating the “worst-case scenario” that little Cleo was abducted from the tent while her family lay sleeping, with a complex criminal investigation underway.</p> <p>They have also admitted that she may have been taken interstate by now.</p> <p>Inspector Jon Munday said Cleo could “potentially be anywhere now” given it's been five days since she was last seen.</p> <p>“We can’t rule out the fact Cleo may be still in the area, we can’t rule out of the fact she’s left the area and if she’s left the area that is probably our worst-case scenario because that really paints a sinister picture with what’s happened,” he said.</p> <p>"It’s a race against time. We’re just trying to find some answers.”</p> <p>The entire area where Cleo vanished has been declared a potential crime scene, with the campsite closed and investigators imploring anyone who has been in the area to come forward.</p> <p>Inspector Munday said the case was a “mystery we’re trying to unravel”, as he revealed “quite a lot of people” had been staying at the Blowholes campgrounds that night.</p> <p>“We’re tracking and tracing all of those people at the moment, but there’s also nothing to indicate that there’s any cause for the wider community to be alarmed,” he said.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Cleo's distraught mother Ellie Smith and partner, Jake Gilddon, spoke publicly about her disappearance for the first time since posting about it on social media over the weekend.</p> <p>Ms Smith said Cleo would never wander off and would have asked for help to unzip her sleeping suit if she needed to use the toilet.</p> <p>“She’s lazy when it comes to walking,” Ms Smith said.</p> <p>“She would never leave that tent alone.”</p> <p>Asked if they feared someone had taken Cleo, Ms Smith said the family was still hoping to find her.</p> <p>Ms Smith said someone had to know where Cleo was.<br />“Someone has to – it’s been four days,” she said.</p> <p>“I got her some water and she went to bed,” Ms Smith said. “I checked on Isla, made sure she was OK. I got back in bed and that was it really.</p> <p>“We went back to sleep. (I later) woke up to Isla wanting a bottle. As we passed the divider, I went into the other room and the zipper was open. Cleo was gone and that was about it for Saturday morning until everything started.</p> <p>“She was gone. The tent was completely open. It was about 30cm from being open.</p> <p>“I turned to Jake and said: ‘Cleo’s gone.’</p> <p>“We went looking, checking, making sure she wasn’t around the tent. Then we got in the car and started driving around everywhere.”</p> <p>Ms Smith said she was very familiar with the area.</p> <p>“We literally grew up probably like 100m from where our tent was – that was where we stayed at the same age, so we just looked everywhere that we went as kids and we couldn’t find her,” she said.</p> <p>“Then we realised we have to call the cops because she’s not here.”</p> <p>Ms Smith described what was going through her mind at the time.</p> <p>“Where is she? She needs breakfast. What is she doing? Everything was going through my head,” she said.</p> <p>Appearing emotional during the interview, Ms Smith described her ongoing anguish.</p> <p>“We haven’t really slept. We’ve had so much family help us and support us,” she said.</p> <p>“Everyone asks us what do you need and really all we need is our little girl home.”</p>

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Tributes pour in for shock death of Hey Hey It’s Saturday star

<p>Australian entertainer Desmond “Dezzy” McKenna has passed away in Thailand. </p> <p><span>The musician, better known as 'Animal' on <em>Hey Hey It's Saturday</em>, had been residing in Thailand since the mid 1990s. </span></p> <p><span>He was a regular guest on the variety show alongside Red Symons, Wilbur Wilde and Daryl McKenzie, and became a fan favourite. </span></p> <p><span>Desmond's brother Brian announced the news on social media, saying "So sad. Sorry to say that my brother Des "Animal" McKenna died last night in Thailand."</span></p> <p><span>"He was a saviour and huge inspiration to me. Remembering all the wonderful times."<br /></span></p> <p><span>Social media has been awash with tributes to the extraordinary life and career of the musician, as fellow entertainers shared their memories of Des. </span></p> <p><span>Singer Joe Camilleri also paid tribute, writing, "Des 'Animal' McKenna has gone ahead… we had fun playing music and listening to jazz… so with a heavy heart I will give Pharaoh Sanders Floating Points a spin and think of the times we shared."</span></p> <p><span>Des worked in the music industry for many decades, and played with big names in the Aussie music scene including Men At Work, Goanna, Joe Camilleri and many more. </span><span></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVHDrbgBlMb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVHDrbgBlMb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Joe Camilleri (@jojocamilleri)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FWilburWildeOfficial%2Fposts%2F1017533772123516&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="608" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Mr Desmond McKenna, an Australian musical icon and one of the best drummers on the planet, passed away on 15 October 2021. <br /><br />Many Australians will remember Des playing drums on ‘Hey Hey.’<br /><br />Vale. <a href="https://t.co/UHs0hW264g">pic.twitter.com/UHs0hW264g</a></p> — Rockin Robin Tweet Tweet (@Robin18601078) <a href="https://twitter.com/Robin18601078/status/1449714552619159556?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><em>Image credits: Channel Nine</em></p>

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Police release new image in search for Cleo Smith

<p><em>Image: WA Police</em></p> <p>Cleo Smith’s biological father has reportedly spent three hours talking to police after his four-year-old daughter went missing at a remote campsite.</p> <p>According to Seven News, Daniel Staines was asked to give a statement at Mandurah Station, 1000km south of where Cleo went missing.</p> <p>He reportedly did so willingly and appeared with his parents by his side. There is no suggestion he has had anything to do with his daughter’s disappearance.</p> <p>It came as police released footage of the campsite Cleo disappeared from as a desperate search for the missing four-year-old entered its fourth day.</p> <p>Cleo was last seen at about 1:30 am on Saturday at the Blowholes Campground in Macleod, 50km north of Carnarvon in Western Australia’s north.</p> <p>Her parents woke up a few hours later at 6 am and realised she was gone, and set about their search with other campers before contacting police.</p> <p>Her sleeping bag had also disappeared, and other campers in the area reportedly heard a car screeching away from the area at about 3am.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844916/new-project.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/90e7c861c4c84440b03053444bba9c78" /></p> <p>Image: WA Police</p> <p>The remote campsite, popular among Carnarvon families, is surrounded by sand dunes, shrub lands and rocky terrain, with a few surrounding beach shacks owned by locals.</p> <p>Apart from the small cluster of shacks and caravans, the area is desolate, with a pristine beach being the only thing disrupting the otherwise vacant land.</p> <p>The grounds take their name from nearby blowholes, which can be spotted about 1km north of the campsite when waves smash against the cliffs and shoot through the rock holes.</p> <p>Adjacent to the campsite is a white sandy beach and coral-filled lagoon, which is popular among families for snorkelling and picnics.</p> <p>While beautiful and picturesque, the area can also be deadly, with ‘king waves’ – powerful, unexpected waves up to 10 times bigger than the waves before them that come without warning. This is a frequent occurrence.</p> <p>The Carnarvon Shire Council closed the Blowholes observation area in July last year after a person was nearly swept into the ocean after a dangerous king wave.</p> <p>“There is a well-documented history of multiple fatalities and injuries on the Quobba coastline from king waves,” the council’s warning read.</p> <p>“King waves inundate areas of the coastline far above the normal expectations of most people. Extreme caution is advised visiting the coastline at present.”</p> <p>WA Police inspector John Munday revealed that in search for Cleo, authorities were “throwing everything we can at this search in these initial stages”.</p> <p>An Australian Maritime Safety Authority jet had been brought in, along with other patrols including drones, helicopters and SES crews.</p> <p>Police were investigating the possibility she had been abducted, revealing that her red sleeping bag was also missing from the campsite.</p> <p>“It’s a very tough environment there, we feel desperately for the family in this very unusual situation where we don’t know where Cleo is,” Inspector Munday said.</p> <p>We’ve brought in forensic examiners from our homicide and crime division as well, we’re not ruling anything in or out.”</p> <p>He said on Sunday crews were “going as hard as we can, as long as we can, to try and find Cleo.”</p> <p>Police are also investigating the possibility that she has wandered off and become lost.</p> <p>So far, three nautical miles south of the camp has been covered in the marina search, as well as one nautical mile north, and one nautical mile out to sea.</p> <p>Cleo was last seen wearing a pink/purple one piece sleepsuit with a blue and yellow pattern.</p>

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"Most beautiful girl in the world" rushed to emergency

<p>Thylane Blondeau, dubbed the "most beautiful girl in the world" has taken to Instagram to share details of a medical scare. </p> <p>The 20-year-old French model shared the news with her 4.6 million Instagram followers on Monday, saying how her terrifying ordeal began over a year ago. </p> <p>Thylane explained how she had emergency surgery for an ovarian cyst that "exploded" in her stomach, and how that was just the beginning of her health issues. </p> <p>She shared photos of her wearing hospital gowns, laying in a hospital bed, at check-up appointments and her surgery scars, along with a lengthy caption describing the ordeal. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVIzqL9sMJG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVIzqL9sMJG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Thylane 🦋 (@thylaneblondeau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Her caption read, "<span>A year ago I had an emergency operation for an ovarian cyst that had exploded in my stomach. 3 months after, my belly started to hurt again and at the beginning everyone (and I ofc) thought it was because of the operation."</span></p> <p><span>"I've seen more than 4 radiology centres in Paris and all of them said the same thing, "don't worry U have nothing it's all in your head."</span></p> <p><span>After experiencing unbearable pain that she "couldn't handle anymore", Thylane visited the emergency room. </span></p> <p><span>She explained that after she had numerous doctors dismiss her concerns, she finally sought the help of doctor Olivier Kadoch who found a 5.6cm cyst touching her ovary. </span></p> <p><span>"He [Kadoch] sent me to do an IRM and an hour after… the doctor called me and asked me to go straight to the hospital to do an emergency operation."</span></p> <p><span>The French model professed how thankful she was for her time in hospital, writing "Today I'm finally feeling better. I'm finally feeling free, I really thought I was crazy for complaining about my stomach for so long." </span></p> <p><span>"Happy that I've never gave up."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @thylaneblondeau</em></p>

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Amateur diver uncovers 900-year-old treasure

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An amateur diver has found a sword believed to have belonged to a crusader knight from about 900 years ago off Israel’s northern coast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shlomi Katzin made the discovery while scuba diving off the Carmel coast, as well as finding ancient stone anchors, metal anchors, and pottery fragments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sword, which has a one-metre-long blade and a 30-centimetre hilt, was found encrusted with marine organisms and is thought to have emerged after the sands shifted.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844945/sword1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/565203079d5d45c78dd0063de5299054" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hilt of the sword found by Mr Katzin. Image Shlomi Katzin / IAA</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Katzin took his find ashore after fearing it would be stolen or buried once again in the sands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After reporting the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Robbery Prevention Unit, Mr Katzin was awarded a certificate for good citizenship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the sword would be put on public display once it had been cleaned and analysed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The sword, which has been preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and evidently belonged to a crusader knight,” </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/diver-finds-900-year-old-crusader-sword-on-seabed-18-october-2021.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said Nir Distelfeld</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit Inspector.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was found encrusted with marine organisms but is apparently made of iron. It is exciting to encounter such a personal object, taking you 900 years back in time to a different era, with knights, armour and swords.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVLK-IToofQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVLK-IToofQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Israel Antiquities Authority (@antiquities_en)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kobi Sharvit, the head of IAA’s Marine Archaeology Unit, said the Carmel coast had provided shelter for ships during storms over the centuries of shipping activity, making it a hotspot for treasured finds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These conditions have attracted merchant ships down the ages, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The recently recovered sword is just one such find.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eli Escosido, the IAA’s general director, praised Mr Katzin for coming forward with the discovery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crusaders fought in a series of religious wars during the medieval period, with the most commonly known campaigns occurring in the eastern Mediterranean region.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Shlomi Katzin / IAA</span></em></p>

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Entire family found dead inside luxury hotel sauna

<p>Police are investigating the highly suspicious death of an entire family in a five-star holiday hotel sauna. Police have suggested they may have been murdered, according to reports citing local law enforcement.</p> <p>The family all died minutes apart from what was initially described as “asphyxia”.<br />Sergey Burenkov, 60 and his wife Natalya Burenkova, 58, from Moscow, Russia were holidaying in Albania with their daughter, Katya, 31, and her partner Nikita Belousov, 37,</p> <p>Initially, attention was focused on the ventilation system of the sauna complex.</p> <p>There were also claims that Chlorine in a pool may have caused these deaths, but was dismissed as a “fabrication” by the Russian embassy in Tirana, the capital of Albania.</p> <p>Other claims that alcohol poisoning may have been responsible have all been rejected amid claims the family members do not drink.</p> <p>Reports say no fault has been found with the sauna or its ventilation system.</p> <p>The family died soon after going for a sauna after arriving at the luxurious Gloria Palace Hotel on the 15th of October.</p> <p>One local report said there are now “suspicions among persecutors that we may be dealing with murder, but it is still too early to come to an accurate conclusion on how it was committed.”</p> <p>If this is true, it is unclear why the tourist family were targeted.</p> <p>Reports say they had ordered drinks and food to sauna complex but by the time a waiter delivered it, they were all dead.</p> <p>“I shouted several times that the drinks and fruit were ready,” the hotel employee said to the Albanian media.</p> <p>“No one answered so I walked inside and saw them all.”</p> <p>“One person was lying on a sunbed, two were on the (sauna) benches. The last one was sitting with his legs in the pool.”</p> <p>“They have all suffocated.”</p> <p>The Russian embassy is working with local police to establish the cause of their deaths</p>

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Domestic and international cruises to restart this summer

<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">NSW Premier Dominic Perottet is keen to kick-start the cruising industry for the first time in 18 months. With the beginning of the pandemic seeing the cruising industry brought to an immediate halt, this announcement is long overdue, with the federal government saying “there is no reason” why they can’t resume this summer. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Perottet announced he is “in discussion right now with the federal government” according to 9News, indicating moves could be made after months of industry campaigning. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know they are passionate about it and the Prime Minister has spoken to former Premier Gladys Berejiklian about getting cruising back on track,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are open to doing that and working with the federal government to bring back cruising. I know the Prime Minister is extremely passionate about doing that as well.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a federal government spokesperson, “Once 80% vaccination has been reached there is no reason why domestic and international cruising cannot begin this summer in a similar way to the opening up of international aviation.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is very encouraging to hear governments are discussing plans for cruising and we look forward to having further engagement,'' says Joel Katz, managing director of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As reported earlier this month, cruise fans will most likely be able to board a ship with an overseas destination before they can set sail in Australia again. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The CLIA has labelled this situation “absurd”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is believed that 18,000 Australian jobs supported by the $5 billion industry remain under threat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A clear path for the return of cruising is yet to be established by the Australian government,” Royal Caribbean cruise lines announced recently on Facebook. </span></p>

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Travel expert’s tip for ultimate plane seat preference

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A travel blogger has shared her Holy Grail tip for getting the most out of a plane journey by having extra space. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chelsea Dickenson, who goes by @cheapholidayexp on social media, has been sharing her holiday tips and tricks to help travellers get the most out of their holidays for years, but her latest plane hack has proven to be very popular. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The savvy traveller revealed how people travelling in pairs can secure a whole row of seats to themselves on a plane, by using a common superstition to their advantage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Chelsea’s video that she shared to TikTok and Instagram, she explained that when booking seats on a plane for two people, it’s important to look for an empty row of three seats. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CU4wk9RI50_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/reel/CU4wk9RI50_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chelsea | Cheap Holiday Expert (@cheapholidayexp)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once a free row is found, the pair should book their seats on the window side and aisle side, leaving one free seat in the middle. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Chelsea, it’s unlikely someone would book a single seat in the middle of two others. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also suggests booking towards the back of the plane, as the front rows often fill up the quickest. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Surprisingly, one way travellers are almost guaranteed to have the empty seat remain free is to book in the 13th row, as the number is shrouded in superstition! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While Chelsea says this hack doesn’t always work, if the middle seat is booked you can always ask the solo traveller if they would like to switch so you can be seated next to your holiday partner. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video has garnered over 300,000 views across her social media channels, with many viewers pledging to try the hack in their future travels. Give it a whirl!</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Shutterstock / Instagram @cheapholidayexp</span></em></p>

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How a trip to the beautician ruined one woman's "whole life"

<p>A woman in Russia has told how she "lost her face" in the days after a seemingly innocent trip to the beautician. </p> <p>Svetlana, 37, claims the procedure she underwent has the opposite intended effect which destroyed her looks and “irreversibly aged her 10 years”.</p> <p>“My skin sagged like a rag, the face completely departed from the skull,” Svetlana said.</p> <p>“The connection of the skin to the skull, the so-called ligaments of the face, disappeared.”</p> <p>A criminal case has been launched into her situation in Russia, as Svetlana says her career and love life have been ruined by the botched procedure and wants to warn other women. </p> <p>“It’s very scary,” she said.</p> <p>“As if you were killed, you decompose – and see it every day in the mirror."</p> <p>“It’s like your face is melting and you can’t stop it."</p> <p>“Doctors don’t know how to treat it.”</p> <p>Her issues began when her cosmetologist advised that she undergo a removal of old lifting gel implants using injections of Longidaza. </p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ntv.ru" target="_blank">Russian channel NTV</a>, the drug has multiple uses and was recently approved for overseas use.</p> <p>Svetlana originally sought out the treatment after her boyfriend kept “joking” that she was “old” and that he would find himself a younger model.</p> <p>However, Svetlana, who is an architect, said once she undertook the surgery, he dumped her when it went horribly wrong.</p> <p>Her "skin became saggy" after the drug "destroyed the collagen" on her face. </p> <p>She had consulted a surgeon in March 2020, <span>who she claims assured her that the Longidaza would break down excess gel under the skin beneath her eyes.</span></p> <p>“In the evening I went to the mirror and saw that my face had began to change,” Svetlana explained.</p> <p>“The skin under my eyes dried up and literally fell through."</p> <p>“In the morning, the volume of dried tissue under the eyes increased even more."</p> <p>“Rapid changes were taking place, every hour my face was altering."</p> <p><span>“I couldn’t understand what was going on.”</span></p> <p><span>After the drastic changes in her appearance, Svetlana said she became reclusive and stopped interacting with people. </span></p> <p>“Everyone asked what happened to me, why I didn’t look like myself, what was wrong with my eyes.</p> <p>“I continued to swell a lot, and stopped leaving the house so as not to scare anyone.”</p> <p>She hopes that by sharing her story, other women will educate themselves on the dangers of cosmetic procedures. </p> <p>“Two years ago I was successful, everything worked out for me, my career was going in an upward trajectory, everything was fine.</p> <p>“And this fatal mistake – my visit to a beautician – broke my whole life.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: East 2 West News</em></p>

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Just two minutes of “doom-scrolling” can worsen your mood

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just two minutes of exposure to COVID-19 content can leave you feeling less optimistic and feeling worse, according to new research.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A team of scientists from the UK and Canada exposed 1000 participants to COVID news, COVID-related acts of kindness, or nothing at all, to determine whether negative news or kind acts would affect mood.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When compared to the group exposed to nothing at all, those who were exposed to COVID-related news experienced an “immediate and significant” reduction in happiness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team found that this drop in mood could occur after just two to four minutes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for those who consumed content about COVID-related acts of kindness, the study found they didn’t experience the negative consequences.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers, led by psychologist Dr Kathryn Buchanan, claim that exposure to negative content can be particularly problematic on social media as they make “passive consumption of news almost unavoidable”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Even a few minutes of exposure to COVID-related news on social media can ruin a person’s mood,” the team wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Given that many people spend five to 10 times the amount of time interacting with COVID-related news each day, this likely offers a conservative estimate of the emotional toll.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They also argued that additional work would be needed to confirm that the effect would be felt after exposure to content about other large-scale threats, such as climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study, published in </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0257728" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">PLOS One</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, also had some advice for those looking to avoid these negative effects.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team offered several solutions: the increase in positive stories produced by media outlets, seeking out positive content, or engaging in other activities that can bolster happiness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They concluded: “We would all do well to be mindful of these effects and consider balancing our doom-scrolling with some kindness-scrolling.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Girl reunited with boy who saved her from house fire

<p><em>Image: Nine News</em></p> <p>A young girl has been reunited with the stranger who risked his life to save her from an out-of-control house fire in Perth’s north.</p> <p>Emergency services were called to the home on Mayfield Drive in Brabham at 7:30 pm on Monday, after bystanders alerted crews to a blaze.</p> <p>A witness who called triple zero said they saw someone dash inside the property to save a young girl.</p> <p>The person has now been revealed as 16-year-old schoolboy Jack Monaghan.</p> <p>After seeing heavy plumes of smoke and hearing screaming, Jack ran from the footpath straight into the house, only to find room after room blackened by smoke.</p> <p>“You could smell in the smoke and the damage it was causing, so I knew at her age especially she needed to get out of there,” Jack said.</p> <p>“She was screaming ‘help help help, someone help me please’ and she was crying.</p> <p>“I could hear the fear in her voice, so I knew that she needed help and no one else was around.”</p> <p>Dakota Drew, 12, was inside fearing for her life.</p> <p>“I would have probably not got out if he didn’t knock on the door,” she said.</p> <p>“I was so surprised that he’d risk his life to save mine and try and save my dogs.”</p> <p>While Jack managed to free one dog, unfortunately the other was unable to be saved.</p> <p>“I told her that her and her dog needed to get out because it wasn’t safe,” Jack said.</p> <p>“So, I took her and the dog out to safety.”</p> <p>Jack said he attempted to save the second dog but the smoke was too thick.</p> <p>“I stood back and put my shirt over my face and tried to go in and help this dog but I thought I was going to pass out,” he said.</p> <p>For 15 minutes he fought the blaze with a garden hose.</p> <p>“The flames were metres out of the windows, and they were exploding as you can see all the rubble that has come out,” Jack said.</p> <p>Today the pair reunited at the scene of survival. Despite the brave act, Jack doesn’t consider himself a hero.</p> <p><span>"I'd like to think anyone else that was put in my position would do the same thing," he said.</span></p>

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The best (and worst) days to start a diet, according to science

<p><strong>Best: the day you feel ready</strong></p> <p><span>Being prepped to make a life change will help you get started. </span></p> <p><span>But being confident that you know the exact day may be more of a gut feeling: often the most successful dieters start because of a wakeup call, says dietitian, Amy Stephens. </span></p> <p><span>Maybe you went to the doctor and he told you that you’d have to go on medication unless you did something to get your cholesterol down, or a family member has a heart-to-heart with you about your health, or a friend gets sick. </span></p> <p><span>“When these things happen you set a goal that’s more emotional rather than weight-based, and that’s often more successful,” explains Stephens. “If things get rough along the way, you can remind yourself why you’re on this journey,” she says.</span></p> <p><strong>Best: after your birthday </strong></p> <p>Experts dub this “the fresh start effect.” I</p> <p>n a study from the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that people were more likely to act on their health goals after landmark dates, including holidays and birthdays.</p> <p>When you’re thinking about how to start a diet, this is an ideal time. They explain that after a milestone, you’re less likely to dwell on past mistakes, making it easier to perform behaviours more in line with “the new you.”</p> <p>It also helps you think in big-picture ways, which can drive you toward your goals. You’ve got this!</p> <p><strong>Best: Monday</strong></p> <p>It’s a new start to the week and you’re ready to take that “new beginnings” mindset to heart.</p> <p>You know any Monday is a great day to begin anew. People report seeing Monday as a “reset” button and greater motivation to tackle their goals at the start of the week, reports <em>The Monday Campaigns. </em></p> <p>Besides, if you’ve been indulging all weekend, you’re probably ready to embrace lighter, fresher food.</p> <p><strong>Best: any day in October</strong></p> <p><span>With the abundance of sweet treats, alcohol, and holiday cheese platters around the months of November and December, it’s no wonder that research in the New England </span><em>Journal of Medicine</em><span> has shown that it can take people as many as five months to lose the weight from too many canapés. </span></p> <p><span>Though there are good ways to beat the holiday bulge if it does happen, the easier fix is to make that resolution in October, says study co-author Brian Wansink. </span></p> <p><span>The idea is that preventing kilos is much simpler than trying to shed them later.</span></p> <p><strong>Best: after a big life change</strong></p> <p><span>Let’s say you moved to a new home and are all settled in. </span><span>Or you’re in a line of work where you have the summer off. </span></p> <p><span>“A new lifestyle and routine is the perfect time to start with new good habits,” says Stephens. </span></p> <p><span>That might mean you make small tweaks to start marching toward your larger goal, like starting the day with a healthy breakfast (now’s the time to break out your avocado toast skills) or reducing the amount of sugar you have in your coffee.</span></p> <p><strong>Worst: new years</strong></p> <p><span>The problem with new years is that we pick lofty goals that are difficult to achieve – and weight loss is one you shouldn’t plan for. </span></p> <p><span>“You’re simply setting yourself up for more failure. If it hasn’t worked in the past, why would this new years resolution be any different?” says Stephens. </span></p> <p><span>If you’d like to set a goal when the clock strikes midnight, plan one thing at a time, like vow to stop eating in front of the TV or eat dessert every other night instead of every night, she advises. </span></p> <p><span>Then, set your weight loss goal another time.</span></p> <p><strong>Worst: when you have big project due at work</strong></p> <p><span>When life gets super busy and you’re preoccupied by something – you had a baby, you’re really busy at work, you’re taking on caregiver responsibilities for a family member – today is not the day to vow to lose weight. </span></p> <p><span>Stressful, busy circumstances are not the time to test your resolve and stick-to-it-ness, and there are also practical limitations, like lack of time or sleep. </span></p> <p><span>For dieting to be successful, “all the stars need to be aligned,” says Stephens. </span></p> <p><span>Now more than ever good health habits are important (eating energising food, for instance), but tackle that weight loss goal once life calms down.</span></p> <p><strong>Worst: Friday</strong></p> <p><span>The weekend is coming up and you have brunch, pizza, and ice cream cones on the calendar. </span></p> <p><span>Cornell University research found that people’s weights tend to be lowest on Friday or Saturday and highest on Sunday and Monday. </span></p> <p><span>But that’s not a bad thing – you don’t necessarily have to vow to be super strict on the weekends. They concluded that people who compensate during the week for extra kilojoules consumed over the weekend actually lost the greatest amount of weight over time. </span></p> <p><span>“Long-term habits, it appears, make more of a difference than short-term splurges,” the researchers conclude. </span></p> <p><span>All that to say: go ahead and treat yourself over the weekend – it can help you stay the course.</span></p> <p><strong>Worst: Saturday or Sunday </strong></p> <p><span>Along with occasional splurges being good for your psyche, the weekend is a bad time to start because you have too much free time, says Stephens. </span></p> <p><span>Your schedule is off, so it’s harder to stick to the healthy habits you practise all week. </span></p> <p><span>For instance, you may not be sitting down to oatmeal in the morning but rather running out for coffee and a muffin. </span></p> <p><span>Rather than cooking a meal at home, you’re going out to eat. </span></p> <p><span>Save it for when you have a normal routine or a more rigid schedule, like the workweek, which can help you stick to a diet.</span></p> <p><strong>Worst: right after a holiday</strong></p> <p><span>For many people, this is when they let loose and eat to their heart’s content. </span></p> <p><span>But dieting right after might be even worse. In an older study from 2002, researchers examined the psychological impact of planning a diet for the future. </span></p> <p><span>They discovered that planning to go on a diet can cause some people to overeat. You may have heard of it as the “last supper effect.” </span></p> <p><span>You think, what the heck, I’m going to come home and be super strict with myself, so might as well load up on as many cakes as I can now, but that can slide you into a worse place than you started.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/the-best-and-worst-days-to-start-a-diet-according-to-science" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>. </em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth declines Oldie of the Year Award

<p>Over her 95 years, the Queen has received many prestigious accolades. </p> <p>But she is refusing to accept the Oldie of the Year award, saying she doesn't think she meets the criteria. </p> <p>Her Majesty has "politely but firmly" turned down the award, which is given each year to <span>celebrate the achievements of members of the older generations who have made a special contribution to public life.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>She sent the organisers of the awards her "warmest best wishes", along with saying "you are as old as you feel".</span></p> <p><span>Author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, who is chairman of the awards, wrote to the Queen's office inquiring if she would accept the award, with her platinum jubilee to be celebrated next year. </span></p> <p><span>However, in a letter published in the November issue of the Oldie magazine, the Queen's assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker wrote, "Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient.”</span></p> <p><span>In the end, the main Oldie of the Year award went to the French-American actor and dancer Leslie Caron, who at 90 is five years younger than the Queen. </span></p> <p><span>The former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst, 79, won the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year, while the celebrity cook and TV presenter Delia Smith, 80, was presented with the Truly Scrumptious Oldie award.</span></p> <p><span>Gyles Brandreth was delighted to receive the letter from Balmoral Castle, writing, “Perhaps in the future we will sound out Her Majesty once more.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Eagle-eyed royal fans spot unusual Buckingham Palace detail

<p>In a new photo of Buckingham Palace released this week, eagle-eyed royal fans have spotted an unusual detail. </p> <p>A photo of the royal residence was shared to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1448259206776246278" target="_blank">Royal Family's Twitter account</a>, following Her Majesty's private audience with British pianist Imogen Cooper to present her with the Medal for Music. </p> <p>As the picture was posted, royal spectators were quick to zoom in on the image to hunt for hidden elements and insights into royal daily life. </p> <p>As the image was examined, fans noticed an unseen collection of photographs kept on one of the Queen's side tables. </p> <p>While the Queen is known for displaying family photos throughout her various properties, one photo in the collection stood out to royal fans.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844889/buckingham-palace.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/19967d78ffeb445faf62f3dce9b77a1e" /></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The photo to the left of the vase of roses is of Peter Phillips, the Queen's eldest grandson, and his ex-wife Autumn.</p> <p>While it is unclear when the framed photo was captured, the couple finalised their divorce in June 2021 after 13 years of marriage. </p> <p><span>Other images spotted include a black-and-white wedding photo of Zara and Mike Tindall from 2011 and a photograph of Prince William and Kate Middleton from their engagement photoshoot in 2010.</span></p> <p><span>The fourth photo in a smaller gold frame has caught a lot of attention, as it shows a picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from 2018. </span></p> <p>A number of social media users were quick to share their reactions to the background photographs, with many calling them “beautiful”.</p> <p>“Lovely to see a photo of Meghan and Harry on display,” one person tweeted.</p> <p>“Her Majesty said even though they've left their jobs they would always be members of the family and great to see a reflection of that.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Succession star’s secret backyard wedding

<p>Australian actress Sarah Snook has revealed she married comedian Dave Lawson in a secret ceremony last year. </p> <p>The 33-year-old <em>Succession</em> star told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vogue.com.au/culture/features/succession-sarah-snook/news-story/681fdf0ac48b0aad26af57b0f9becdd0" target="_blank">Vogue Australia</a> that the pair started living together as friends at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. </p> <p><span>"At the beginning of the pandemic last year, I got locked down in Melbourne with one of my best mates and we fell in love," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"We've been friends since 2014, lived together, travelled together, always excited to see each other, but totally platonic."</span></p> <p><span>Snook continued, "We've just never been single at the same time."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVGwelchKms/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVGwelchKms/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vogue Australia (@vogueaustralia)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Sarah admitted that she was the one who proposed to Dave, before they tied in the knot in her Brooklyn backyard surrounded by her housemates and <em>Succession</em> co-star Aussie Ash Zukerman — who also played witness.</span></p> <p><span>"It's been a ride," Sarah added. "There's so much heartache and sadness in the world, but on a micro personal level, I've been very fortunate.</span></p> <p><span>"There's a really lovely grace in that without the pandemic, we might not have ended up together so quickly."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVHZguTvZ1l/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVHZguTvZ1l/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vogue Australia (@vogueaustralia)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Sarah plays the character of Siobhan 'Shiv' Roy in HBO's hit drama <em>Succession</em>, with season three premiering on Binge on October 18th. </span></p> <p><span>Despite playing a tough character on screen, Sarah's personality reflects her Adelaide upbringing and trademark Aussie wit. </span></p> <p><span>Her career defining role in Succession has been one that brought many challenges, but Sarah also meticulously chooses her work. </span></p> <p><span>“I always feel like I’ve played by choice and good fortune, interesting, complex, strong and a good diversity of women, in terms of their characters." </span></p> <p><span>"They often have a strength and they’re not pushovers, but there’s usually been a redeeming softness that they’re protecting. And Shiv has that as well, but her defense of that softness is so different from who I am as a person.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram @sarah_snook</em></p>

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“It didn’t stack up”: ICAC investigation into Gladys Berejiklian begins

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the opening day of a corruption inquiry into Gladys Berjiklian, private evidence was revealed of the then-premier expressing her “shock” when she was forced to sack former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video evidence was recorded over a month ago, prior to the former Premier announcing her shock departure from the top job.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip from 2020, Ms Berejiklian is questioned via video link by Scott Robertson, the Council Assisting of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Mr Robertston directed his questions towards what she knew about Mr Maguire’s allegedly corrupt behaviour when she asked him to resign  as Parliamentary Secretary in 2018.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844928/icac1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ad5c3f39aedf4c75924e2c789902fcfe" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: ICAC</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Did you suspect Mr Maguire was engaged in corrupt conduct?” Mr Robertson </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/icac-gladys-berejiklian-corruption-inquiry-first-day-hears-private-evidence/f054f374-bf74-4af2-9b92-2a99a81c1a23" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">asked</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I couldn’t make any assumption at that stage, he was professing his innocence,” Ms Berejiklian replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being repeatedly pressed about her suspicions, Ms Berejiklian eventually answered “no”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the recording finished, Mr Robertson told the Commission that there were questions about whether the evidence should be accepted in the current investigation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If not, Mr Robertston continued, the Commission should “consider why Ms Berejiklian did not make a report to this Commission concerning Mr Maguire”.</span></p> <p><strong>The current investigation</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ICAC is investigating allegations that Ms Berejiklian breached her own ministerial standards by not disclosing her relationship with Mr Maguire when she was Treasurer under Mike Baird or to her own cabinet when she was Premier.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There will be evidence to the effect that a number of public officials would have acted differently if they knew about Ms Berejiklian’s relationship with Mr Maguire,” Mr Robertson </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/investigations/live-streaming-of-public-inquiries/operation-keppel-live-stream" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in his opening address.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Robertson provided examples of Ms Berejiklian declaring past conflicts of interest, such as the appointment of people she knew to government boards, and the employment of her cousins by the public service.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Ms Berejiklian “never gave a disclosure to the NSW ministerial code of conduct about Mr Maguire”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844929/icac2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/334e03d0134049d6856159180fd42c92" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: ICAC</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Berejiklian is also being investigated for three other allegations surrounding the awarding of two grants to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Clay Target Association in Wagga Wagga.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, it is alleged that she breached the public trust by failing to report any suspicions of corrupt conduct in relation to Mr Maguire.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allegations that Ms Berejiklian behaved in a way “that was liable to allow or encourage” Mr Maguire’s allegedly corrupt conduct are also being investigated in the inquiry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.</span></p> <p><strong>“It didn’t stack up”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Toohey from the Office of Sport appeared as the first witness, and rubbished the $5.5 million grant awarded to the Australian Clay Target Association. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There wasn’t any real design work … it didn’t stack up,” Mr Toohey told the ICAC.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Maguire publicly touted the project and claimed that the gun range could be used as the venue of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games if it received funding.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Invictus Games doesn’t have shooting events,” Mr Toohey said.</span></p> <p>Day two sees second witness speak</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On </span><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-inquiry-live-updates-paul-doorn-to-appear-as-icac-investigation-into-conduct-of-former-nsw-premier-continues-20211018-p590zt.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">day two</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of the inquiry, the ICAC heard that the Office of Sport was asked to draft an urgent funding submission for the grant, despite the office regarding it as a low priority project.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Former Office of Sport executive director Paul Doorn told the ICAC on Tuesday that he could not remember why the submission was so urgent.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844930/icac3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f37a0f9a86a24cb49468ef43b22580ae" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paul Doorn appears as a witness during day two of the ICAC’s investigation. Image: ICAC</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He already told the ICAC that the project didn’t appear to benefit the state of NSW, and upgrading the Wagga Wagga club could pose a risk of cannibalising any events that would go to the government-owned shooting facility in Olympic Park.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why would you invest in a facility where you’ve already got a facility that could host [major events?” Mr Doorn said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The commission also heard that Mr Maguire, who was the member for Wagga Wagga, lobbied for government funding for the facility twice, but that the proposal lacked details.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Doorn also agreed that he would have told the government that the information provided was insufficient for funding to be allocated to the gun club.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The investigation is ongoing, with Mr Baird, Stuart Ayres, John Barilaro, and Ms Berejiklian to give evidence over the next two weeks.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: 9NEWS</span></em></p>

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“A proud day”: NSW announces $500 million boost for domestic violence survivors

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a new $484 million support package for survivors of domestic violence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Perrottet </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-domestic-violence-government-invests-500-million-dollars-to-increase-refuges-social-affordable-housing/76011799-24d0-417f-8ba1-d0a787d59418" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">announced</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the package during Tuesday’s press conference, saying the investment was “the biggest single investment in domestic violence” in the state’s history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently, one in two women seeking a place at one of these refuges is turned away due to a lack of space, according to domestic violence campaigners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new measures will include 75 new and refurbished refuges, with many to be built in regional and rural areas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said she was pleased that a “large” part of the investment was going to regional NSW.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVMIeuqBV3t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVMIeuqBV3t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bronnie Taylor MLC (@bronnie.taylor)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Coming out of lockdown, we know specialist services will be in high demand in the weeks and months ahead,” Domestic Violence NSW chair Annabelle Daniel said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Particularly in regional, remote and rural NSW.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The funds will also be directed towards specialist services, as well as social and affordable housing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Both are critical in supporting women and children leaving domestic violence and enabling them to build new futures together,” she </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-19/new-refuges-for-women-escaping-domestic-violence/100549520" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman said one woman killed every nine days by a current or former partner on average.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This will change lives, this will save lives,” he said of the new package.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wendy, a survivor of domestic violence, also appeared at the press conference and spoke about how support services helped her recover from the experience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was an emotional mess and I had nowhere safe,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I woke up every day in an environment that was no longer safe for me and I found it difficult to get out.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844933/domestic.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fae18ce01ecb403dbc5378e895b2002e" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wendy spoke to reporters about her experience. Image: ABC News / YouTube</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wendy went on to describe how access to affordable housing helped her rebuild her life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I found stability, I am studying, I am doing law,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s not just about getting out of a domestic violence situation, it’s about what you’re surrounded with afterwards.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Taylor said it was “a proud day” for NSW.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This really matters and it really counts, because what it enables people to do is to go forward and live their best life.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: ABC News / YouTube</span></em></p>

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“17 days of hell”: Missing man charged for wasting police time

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A New Zealand man who went missing with his three children has been charged with wasting police resources following a 17-day search for them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thomas Phillips, 34, is due to appear in the Te Kuiti District Court in November in relation to the search and rescue operation called Operation Marokopa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The man will be appearing on the 5th of November on a charge of causing wasteful deployment of police personnel and resources,” </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/marokopa-mystery-father-three-kids-spent-17-days-in-bush-man-charged-with-wasting-police-time/5ZYETBLUYJRDDQIDWLVKIY3PJY/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">police said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Operation Marokopa was related to the search for Mr Philips and his three young children: Jayda Jin, 8; Maverick Callum-Phillips, 6; and Ember Phillips, 5.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family went missing on September 11 in a remote area of Marokopa, on New Zealand’s North Island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The search began on September 12, when Mr Philips’ car was discovered below the tideline at nearby Kiritehere Beach.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On September 28, Mr Phillips and his children </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/new-zealand-family-returns-home-safe-after-12-days-missing" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">appeared at his parents’ family home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Marokopa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he is yet to speak publicly about the disappearance, his family say he had taken the children camping in dense bush.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He apologised to his sister for putting the family through the lengthy ordeal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inspector Will Loughrin, Waikato West Area Commander, said the disappearance of Mr Phillips and his children put the rest of their family through “17 days of hell”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police said it was unclear how the group survived for so long in the rough conditions of the bush.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They were using a tent. They were in dense bush area.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inspector Loughrin said the group had set up a tent in an area about 15km away from where Mr Phillips’ ute was found.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he announced their return, Inspector Loughrin also said it was unknown how they got around the remote, forested areas, or whether they had any help.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The search effort saw police deploy a fixed-wing plane and drones to search the area, with the assistance of the Coastguard and Raglan and Taranaki surf lifesaving teams.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mayor John Robertson said the family’s sudden reappearance was “unreal” when interviewed at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After three weeks, all the sorts of emotions you go through of all those initial days of hope. We knew he was a good bushman … most thought he’d gone to the bush,” Mr Robertson said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And then, you know, the search changed over the days. And now - wow. Most of us thought we would never see (this).”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Robertson said it would be difficult to find someone in the area where Mr Phillips’ car was discovered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You really have to know it, but I guess he’s a bushman and he would know the area well,” Mr Robertson said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I guess he could live in a tent, though I don’t know the details of how long he was in the bush or where he was.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s another mystery to this. Three weeks is a lot of time for kids to be with him and survive all that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police said they would provide no further comments as the matter was before the courts.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Waikato Police / Facebook</span></em></p>

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Tony Bennett sets a new Guinness World Record

<p>Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett has set a new <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2021/10/legendary-tony-bennett-officially-the-oldest-person-to-release-an-album-of-new-ma-678310" target="_blank">Guinness World Record</a>.</p> <p>The music legend has released a collaboration with Lady Gaga titled <em>Love for Sale</em>, making Bennett the oldest person to release an album of new material. </p> <p>When the project was released on October 1st, Tony Bennett was <span>95 years and 60 days old.</span></p> <p><span>Despite their 60-year age gap, Lady Gaga said she </span><span>finds inspiration performing alongside the senior crooner.</span></p> <p><span>"I see a young boy every time I sing with him, and it just makes the experience of singing so freeing." </span></p> <p><span>"To have it be about two souls singing together ... and then at the same time, I also take in all his wisdom. The wisdom of all his years."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUsr56LPOFf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUsr56LPOFf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The new album celebrates the legendary music of Cole Porter, </span>bringing Bennett and Gaga together for another collaboration. </p> <p><span>In 2011, they recorded the song <em>The Lady is a Tramp</em>, and three years later they released a collaborative album entitled </span><em><span>Cheek to Cheek</span></em><span>.</span></p> <p><span>Tony Bennett's latest world record is not the first time the singer has appeared in the Guinness books. </span></p> <p><span>Throughout his 70-year </span>career, he holds four other records:</p> <ul> <li><span>Oldest person to reach No.1 on the US album chart with a newly recorded album for </span><em><span>Cheek to Cheek</span></em><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Longest time between UK top 20 albums: 39 years.</span></li> <li><span>Oldest person to enter the UK top 20 album chart with </span><em><span>Duets: An American Classic</span></em><span> when he was 80.</span></li> <li><span>Longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist.</span></li> </ul> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Melissa Caddick’s husband releases album about her disappearance

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After making a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/it-s-time-for-the-truth-to-come-out-melissa-caddick-s-husband-speaks" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">series of bombshell claims</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the husband of missing fraudster Melissa Caddick has released an unusual album about the day police raided her home and her disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hairdresser and DJ Anthony Koletti released his new album online after his music was featured on Channel 7’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Spotlight</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">investigation into Ms Caddick’s case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Caddick was accused of ripping off her family, friends, and investors, prompting corporate watchdog ASIC to raid her multimillion-dollar Dover Heights home in search of evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following day, Ms Caddick disappeared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three months later, her decomposed foot was found on a beach hundreds of kilometres from her home, prompting the emergence of a string of theories about her fate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some theories include that she cut off her foot and faked her disappearance, or that she may have taken her own life.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844940/caddick1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f041784b7f2491a8e0c87ed4cb18353" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melissa Caddick and Anthony Koletti. Image: 7NEWS</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bizarre album, titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Raid</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, was inspired by the case and was released under the name Paws Off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tracks consist of looped phrases with Mr Kholetti impersonating police officers and speaking as himself to represent interactions he had with police on the day of the raid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The opening track, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Introduction</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, includes a spoken snippet from Mr Kholetti </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/anthony-koletti-releases-album-about-melissa-caddicks-disappearance/news-story/47a46aae9b3eec0d9f743ed203216d55" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">saying</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">: “November 11, 2020, 5am. This is a true account of what happened on the day of the raid. Parental guidance is recommended.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The next track, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Good Morning</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, includes the sound of snoring and Mr Kholetti’s impersonation of a female police officer, saying, “No, no, we don’t have any proof or evidence, we’ll just get them”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yeah that’s good enough for me,” Mr Kholetti replies in a deeper voice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another voice says, “Freeze, don’t move.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another track called </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ten Minutes Too Late</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Kholetti entertains conspiracy theories about the disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you walked out on your own accord, or if you were taken from the front door, I woke up 10 minutes too late,” he says in the song.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turn Your Bodycam Off</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Kholetti impersonates a female police officer, singing, “You should turn your bodycam off so we don’t get in trouble”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We can take whatever we want and we don’t owe you an explanation for anything,” he says, appearing to impersonate police officers involved in the raid conducted by ASIC.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You and ASIC hurt hundreds of people unnecessarily. It could have been prevented.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also claims a female officer “interrogated our family for 14 hours” on a track titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bragging</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Truth is, you let a young girl from a large corporation brutally interrogate a lady for 14 hours and you did nothing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album comes after Mr Kholetti appeared on Channel 7’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spotlight</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> program over the weekend, claiming Ms Caddick was killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police believe it is more likely Ms Caddick took her own life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She wasn’t the kind of person who would chop off her foot and go AWOL,” Mr Kholetti said on the program.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know why she died. Someone got greedy and wanted her dead.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: news.com.au</span></em></p>

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The science behind Jackson Pollock’s art

<div> <div class="copy"> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">Whatever you think of Jackson Pollock’s abstract art, it seems there’s a bit of science to it. In fact, a Google Scholar search unearths nearly 19,000 papers on the subject.</span></p> <p>The latest research by Roberto Zenit, from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and colleagues adds a detailed technical analysis from a fluid dynamics perspective.</p> <p>Their key discovery, <a rel="noopener" href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0223706" target="_blank">published</a> in the journal PLOS ONE, reveals that Pollock’s technique is carefully executed to avoid what is known as coiling instability.</p> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">“When a jet, or filament, oozes down into itself, it may coil,” Zenit explains. “The best example is honey dripping onto toast – the filament forms coils when it lands.</span></p> <p>“Coiling happens when the fluid is too viscous,” he adds. “Gravity pushes down, but the liquid doesn’t want to flow… so it coils to find a balance.”</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jackson-pollock.org" target="_blank">Pollock</a>, who died in 1956, is considered one of America’s most influential artists of the Twentieth Century, with his radical works captivating art buffs, historians and scientists alike.</p> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">Films of him in action lend themselves to scientific analysis of his technique, which involved rhythmically pouring a continuous stream of paint onto a horizontal canvas, using a device such as a stick, knife or brush to regulate the flow.</span></p> <p>It eventually came to be known as <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780444509444500128" target="_blank">fractal expressionism</a> – a representation of nature’s patterns, inspiring scientists to make comparisons with nature’s systems and to explore how he managed to achieve this.</p> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">Zenit, who was intrigued by the technicalities of the fluid method, saw the historical videos as an opportunity to gain insights into how Pollock painted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">He and his team carefully observed the speed and height of the artist’s unique painting action, then recreated it so they could zone in on what he was doing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">“We can vary one thing at a time so we can decipher the key elements of the technique,” he says. “For example, we could vary the height from which the paint is poured and keep the speed constant to see how that changes things.”</span></p> <p>Thus, the researchers made a connection between his technique and classical hydrodynamic instability (coiling instability), contradicting previous suggestions that the curved lines resulted from this instability.</p> <p>“What we found is that he moved his hand at a sufficiently high speed and a sufficiently short height such that this coiling would not occur,” says Zenit.</p> <p>They also showed that the paint filaments did not fragment into droplets – suggesting that descriptions of his painting style as a “dripping” technique are not accurate: dripping implies that a fluid breaks up into discrete droplets whereas Pollock’s fluid filaments tended to be continuous rather than fragmented.</p> <p>That analysis showed that another hydrodynamic instability was avoided, Zenit explains.</p> <p>It gets more technical. Like many painters, Pollock used solvents to alter the fluid properties of his paints, creating varying thicknesses. The researchers found that with more viscous paint he would reduce the height and increase the speed of his movements, and vice versa with thinner paint – in all instances carefully avoiding coiling instability.</p> <p>The results of this research could help authenticate the artist’s coveted paintings.</p> <p>“If you see a painting with filaments with too many coils or droplets, it is unlikely that Pollock painted it,” says Zenit.</p> <p>The study is also part of a new line of research aiming to understand painting from a fluid mechanics perspective, which the authors suggest could have practical applications for instances where coiling is undesirable, like inkjet printing or fabricating optic fibres.</p> <p>“Painters are experts in manipulating fluids, so are fluid mechanicians,” says Zenit. “This gives us an opportunity to learn from each other.”</p> <p>How – and how not – to do it</p> <p>In the first video below, paint is deposited on a moving canvas from distance low enough and at a speed high enough to avoid coiling.</p> <p><span style="font-family: inherit;">In the second, something is out, and the result is clear to see.</span></p> <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 100%;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;" src="https://players.brightcove.net/5483960636001/HJH3i8Guf_default/index.html?videoId=6098936274001" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> </div> <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 100%;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;" src="https://players.brightcove.net/5483960636001/HJH3i8Guf_default/index.html?videoId=6098938078001" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9.6px; text-transform: uppercase;">CREDIT: rOBERT zENIT</span></p> <em>Image credits: Shutterstock                         <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. Please do not remove this section as it allows us to keep track of republished articles --> <img id="cosmos-post-tracker" style="opacity: 0; height: 1px!important; width: 1px!important; border: 0!important; position: absolute!important; z-index: -1!important;" src="https://syndication.cosmosmagazine.com/?id=27088&amp;title=The+science+behind+Jackson+Pollock%E2%80%99s+art" alt="" width="1" height="1" /> <!-- End of tracking content syndication -->          </em></div> <div id="contributors"> <p><em>This article was originally published on <a rel="noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/science/physics/the-science-behind-jackson-pollocks-art/" target="_blank">cosmosmagazine.com</a> and was written by Natalie Parletta. </em></p> </div> </div>

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Unseen Beatles footage to feature in new docu-series

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new documentary will contain previously unseen footage of The Beatles towards the end of their time as a band which will present a different take on the creation of their final studio album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Let It Be</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Originally intended as a film, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Beatles: Get Back</span></em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/peter-jacksons-documentary-the-beatles-get-back-unveils-brand-new-footage-in-extended-trailer/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has become</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a three-part documentary that follows the group as they worked, recorded, and prepared for their final rooftop performance.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CU-G43YFxhD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CU-G43YFxhD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Disney+ (@disneyplus)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the latest extended trailer, the British stars can be seen workshopping songs and messing around in the studio, as well as discussing the group’s imminent break-up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trailer also reveals footage surrounding the departure of George Harrison and the planning they undertook for their final Savile Row concert.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See it here:</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tb83rbm0IVI" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Get Back</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, directed by Peter Jackson, sees the archived footage undergo the same restoration treatment used in his WWI project </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">They Shall Not Grow Old</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, giving it a vibrant hue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The documentary is due to premiere on Disney Plus across three consecutive nights, starting on November 25.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Beatles / YouTube</span></em></p>

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Don Bradman's private retreat hits the market

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A home once owned by renowned cricketer Sir Donald Bradman is on the market following his daughter-in-law’s decision to sell.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property has been listed with a price guide of $1.95 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bradman first bought the home in Adelaide Hills 62 years ago with his son John, who changed his last name to Bradsen to avoid unwanted attention.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">John’s former wife, Judith, has lived there for the past 27 years.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844909/bradman9.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a91958992cda4f46a6b284d34226ed05" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The original certificate of title signed by Sir Donald Bradman. Image: Raine &amp; Horne Strathalbyn</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The press were always interested in Don, so this place provided a space where he could enjoy his family life without being observed,” Ms Bradsen </span><a href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/bradmans-hills-haven-at-117-sheoak-rd-crafers-west-set-to-bowl-market-over/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He could just be himself here because when we dined out people would always approach him. Nobody knew he owned it, nobody. Only very close family friends of Don and then John and mine enjoyed the property.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Bradsen said her father-in-law would often spend time at the property enjoying the outdoors and doing maintenance work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In the early days, he would come up here often,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He spent a lot of time clearing the woody weeds and he enjoyed the odd bonfire.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He had a fire get away from him once in the valley. We would joke about it later, and I’m not sure if the CFS was called or not back in the day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property, known as Glenquarry Farm, sits on a whopping 8.893-hectare allotment, and is believed to have been built by a runaway from a British naval expedition in 1836.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A four-bedroom freestanding home sits on the property, as well as outbuildings, a cellar, a studio, and a stable.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property also features a decommissioned Mt Lofty freestone quarry, extensive gardens, and a stretch of lawn well-suited to a game of cricket.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Natural stone, slatted timber, and open fires are found throughout the home, which also includes a separate wing for guests and an undercover, gabled courtyard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home has also seen several renovations over the years, with “The Don” playing his part.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every time I paint I think of him telling me what to do because he was a keen painter,” Ms Bradsen said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The simplicity of the house really reflects his tastes - the modesty of the cottage, I think he enjoyed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He always had his own chair and he would sit on the verandah and watch everyone play, and our children climbed over him and loved him dearly.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Bradsen has said it was time to move on to a new home after living alone at the property for many years, and hopes a new family can enjoy it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m downsizing and I’d rather have this place enjoyed by more than just one person,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paul Clifford of Raine &amp; Horne Strathalbyn is managing the sale of the home, which has been described as a “unique and historic hideaway” according to </span><a href="https://www.raineandhorne.com.au/strathalbyn/properties/117-sheoak-road-crafers-west-5152-south-australia"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images, Raine &amp; Horne Strathalbyn</span></em></p>

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George Negus sells home for 3600 percent profit

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Television current affairs giant George Negus  has sold his home in Balmain East after owning it for 42 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The terrace </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/real-estate-george-negus-sells-balmain-east-home-for-3600-per-cent-profit-crown-jewel-of-the-hawkesbury-river-for-sale/?rsf=syn:news:nca:news:spa:strap" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">was sold</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by BresicWhitney agent Chris Nunn for an undisclosed price, though Mr Nunn gave a $2.6 million guidance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 79-year-old first acquired the home in 1979 for $70,000, while he was still single and working on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">60 Minutes</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the Brisbane-born journalist has spent most of his time on NSW’s North Coast from 1988, after he and his wife Kirsty Cockburn bought a 12-hectare property in Glennifer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 124-square-metre terrace offers views of the water and CBD from the second level and includes three bedrooms and one bathroom.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ground floor opens up to a timber deck area with sandstone garden beds, and features a skylight over the living area that brightens the space.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also includes a stone kitchen and contemporary bathroom, with </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bresicwhitney.com.au/buy/6-william-street-balmain-east-27953?listing_type=buy&amp;search_type=sold&amp;suburb=balmain-east" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> describing it as having “potential for your own touches”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images, BresicWhitney</span></em></p>

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9 ways to unwrinkle your clothes without an iron

<p><strong>No iron? No problem.</strong></p> <p>We’ve all experienced that horrible feeling of dressing for an important engagement only to discover that the shirt we were planning to wear to that job interview, big meeting or dressy event is full of wrinkles. As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, a shirt will not unwrinkle as you wear it. But there’s no reason to panic! We’re going to show you how to get wrinkles out of clothes without an iron.</p> <p>Some of these methods may surprise you, and some will come in especially handy when you’re travelling. So let’s get to it.</p> <p><strong>Unwrinkle clothes in the dryer</strong></p> <p><span>Curious how to get wrinkles out of clothes without spending your whole morning tending to each garment? Toss ’em in the dryer. First, check your garments’ labels for the laundry symbols to determine whether you can safely tumble dry them. If you can, spritz the items with water and toss them in with a damp item or two (like damp socks). You can even throw a couple of ice cubes into the dryer. When they melt, they give off steam that’ll help your garments ditch their wrinkles.</span></p> <p><strong>Use a hair dryer to get wrinkles out of clothes</strong></p> <p><span>Lay the wrinkled item on a flat surface and blast hot air with your hair dryer. Keep the dryer a few centimetres above the fabric. Like magic, the wrinkles will disappear before your eyes. You can spritz or flick a few drops of water on the item before blowing it dry to help soften it.</span></p> <p><strong>Steam away wrinkles in the shower</strong></p> <p><span>You know how to hand-wash clothes when you’re away from home. Now learn how to unwrinkle a shirt when you’re travelling. Hang the wrinkled item in the bathroom when you shower. Shut the door to create a sauna effect. It may take up to 20 minutes of hanging in the sauna-like atmosphere to completely remove the wrinkles.</span></p> <p><strong>Use a hair straightener to unwrinkle clothing</strong></p> <p><span>A flat hair iron works really well on stubborn wrinkles, especially for hard-to-iron areas like collars, cuffs and sleeves. Just make sure your device isn’t rusty, stained with hair products, or holding loose hairs. And be careful of the heat setting and the pressure you use. You don’t want to damage your clothing or burn yourself.</span></p> <p><strong>Release wrinkles with a damp towel</strong></p> <p><span>This is such a simple method, but it totally works. On a flat surface, place a damp towel over the wrinkled clothing. Use your hands to press down and smooth out deep creases. Hang the item to air dry.</span></p> <p><strong>Try spray vinegar</strong></p> <p><span>You can actually make your own DIY wrinkle-release spray using white vinegar. It’s cheap, gentle and chemical-free. Mist the wrinkled garment with a mix of one-part vinegar and three-parts water, then let it air dry. Vinegar in your washing machine is also a great way to deodorise and clean clothes.</span></p> <p><strong>Steam out wrinkles with a kettle</strong></p> <p><span>Did you know, you can get wrinkles out of clothes with nothing more than a teapot? Boil water in a kettle, then hold your garment about 30 centimetres away from the steam. Voilà! Wrinkles are gone.</span></p> <p><strong>Make an iron out of a saucepan</strong></p> <p><span>Boil some water in a metal saucepan. When it reaches a rolling boil, toss the water down the sink. You’re going to use the bottom of the saucepan as an iron to smooth out the wrinkles in your garment. Make sure the bottom of the pot is clean, though, and be careful because it’s going to be hot.</span></p> <p><strong>Tuck it under a mattress</strong></p> <p><span>Here’s how to get wrinkles out of clothes with nothing but your mattress. Lay your garment on a flat surface, smooth out the wrinkles, and then roll it up like a burrito. Slide your fabric burrito under the mattress and wait 15 to 30 minutes. Remove it and – surprise! – no more wrinkles.</span></p> <p><span><em>Written by Lois Alter Mark and Lauren Diamond. This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/9-ways-to-unwrinkle-your-clothes-without-an-iron" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a rel="noopener" href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V" target="_blank">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></span></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Renée Zellweger sells sprawling Spanish Hacienda

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Actress Renée Zellweger is selling her private California ranch, prompting rumours she is making a sea change with her new beau.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridget Jones</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Judy</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star has listed her 9-acre property for $USD 5,999,999 ($AUD 8,136,970), as </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/renee-zellweger-selling-her-haute-hacienda-in-topanga/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of her romance with recently-divorced Ant Anstead have surfaced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anstead recently purchased a home in Laguna Beach, where Zellweger had </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/home/renee-zellweger-selling-spanish-style-l-a-home-for-6m-amid-ant-anstead-romance/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reportedly</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> been spending “a lot of time” with the British actor, a source told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">PEOPLE</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/21540-Hillside-Dr_Topanga_CA_90290_M12624-99501" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Zellweger has given her home a total, “down-to-the-studs” rebuild since purchasing it for $USD 3.35 million in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enclosed by private gates, the sprawling “authentic Spanish Hacienda” home boasts views of the Topanga and Malibu hills from nearly every room and is surrounded by wilderness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the home has four bedrooms, Venetian-plastered arches, three fireplaces, a media room, and a chef’s kitchen boasting top-of-the-line appliances.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 410-square-metre home also includes a lounge room that opens out to a pool and patio, and is floored with hardwood and Spanish tiles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pool sits next to a spa tub and firepit in a large tiled area that offers a great spot for entertaining guests or soaking up the views.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images, realtor.com</span></em></p>

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