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How to hold a successful garage sale

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clearing your home of clutter or old and unwanted items is an important task when you’re planning to sell or move house, but it can be also be a great way of simply freshening up and re-organising your home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you hold a garage sale after the clean up, you also have a chance to make some extra money and have a fun day with family, friends and neighbours. If you don’t know where to start, the key is planning and preparation. Here are our five tips for a garage sale.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Decide on a date</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Choose a Saturday or Sunday, three to four weeks ahead. You need time to collect, clean up, arrange and price items. By deciding on a date in advance, you also have a deadline to work towards. Make sure the date does not clash with any major local events or sport activities, and that helpers are free to assist on that day. </span></p> <p><strong>2. Start Collecting </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Begin sorting through your home for goods you are willing to sell, including everything you want to get rid of. You will be surprised - your junk can be another person's treasure. Remember, though, that some items may need to be cleaned or repaired to ensure a good price. It’s important that you tell as many neighbours, friends and family as possible that you are having a garage sale, as they may have some items they want to sell and may be willing to help out on the day. </span></p> <p><strong>3. Spread the word</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Advertise in your local paper two weeks before the day, but don’t forget to use social media (many neighbourhoods have their own Facebook pages) or websites such as gumtree.com.au. Facebook has recently launched its ‘Market’ in Australia aimed at helping people find things for sale locally. Ask local shops and supermarkets if they allow signs in their windows, and consider community notice boards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also place signage on the corner of your street and main road, either the evening before or early on the morning of the sale. Often your local real estate office will be able to help you with the supply of pointer signs because agents are frequently asked to help their clients with garage sales. Remember to keep all signs and advertisements brief - the day, date, start and finish time and your property address is all that is required.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Be prepared </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make sure all items are clearly priced with stickers before the day. Keep pricing simple – saves having to do a lot of adding up on the day. Have plenty of change available, including small change and notes. Money belts are useful for collecting cash or you can use a till as long as it is never left unattended. It is also a good idea to have a calculator, pencil and paper, bags, boxes and newspaper to wrap valuables. And don’t forget to have drinks and seating handy for you and your helpers – it can be a long morning! </span></p> <p><strong>5. On the day </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t be surprised if you find serious buyers knocking on your door an hour or two before start time. A good ‘official’ starting time is 9am, so that visitors won’t disturb you too early. During the day, remember to keep your house locked at all times, and ensure you have a secure place inside your home to put cash as it accumulates. State a clear finish time so people are not coming too late in the day. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the sale has finished, donate leftover items to a local charity. By being prepared you will be able to relax and enjoy the day, ending up with a clean house and a little extra cash at the end.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Stewart Bunn. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-to-hold-a-successful-garage-sale.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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Sam Armytage goes public with new boyfriend

<p>Samantha Armytage has revealed that she is in a relationship with former farmer Richard Lavender.</p> <p>The <em>Sunrise </em>host, who has remained <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/samantha-armytage-confirms-new-romance-there-are-good-things-happening">tight-lipped</a> about her relationships in the past, shared her story in a joint interview for <em><a href="https://www.who.com.au/who-sexiest-2019-sam-armytage-richard-lavender">Who</a> </em>magazine’s “Sexiest” issue.</p> <p>Armytage said when she was first introduced to the 60-year-old man by a mutual friend around Easter this year, “there was a connection” between them from the beginning.</p> <p>“His eyes were the first thing I saw,” Armytage said.</p> <p>Lavender said he “had no idea” who Armytage was because he doesn’t watch TV a lot. As their relationship progressed, Armytage asked Lavender, “Can you watch this show once so you know what I actually do for a living?”</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/instantly-attracted-sam-armytage-goes-public-with-new-boyfriend/news-story/5988406a31f7e540a84730db8482f1e1">news.com.au</a></em>, Lavender was a farmer who now works in rehoming, retraining and breeding thoroughbred horses in Bowral, NSW.</p> <p>Despite coming from different fields, the couple found that they shared a lot of interests. “We both enjoy horses, skiing, architecture, art,” she said. “That’s really important to have a lot in common. And so far, so good.”</p> <p>Armytage said she likes that Lavender is not part of “the media circus”, while Lavender said she is “very natural” as a TV personality.</p> <p>“I think a lot of the people who are in showbusiness are a bit flouncy,” he said. “I’ve seen a few celebrities in public – it’s not always attractive.”</p> <p>Lavender comes to and stays in Sydney during the week while Armytage is filming <em>Sunrise</em>, while the weekends are dedicated to spending time together on his property in the Southern Highlands.</p> <p>Armytage said the couple are “happy and having fun” right now.</p>

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The looks that stop the nation: Best outfits from Melbourne Cup

<p><span>The race that stops the nation is here, and stars from Australia and around the world are dressed to impress for the occasion.</span></p> <p><span>Celebrities and punters arrived at Flemington Racecourse ahead of the main event at 3pm.</span></p> <p><span>Lady Kitty Spencer, who attended the event as the special guest of sponsor Lexus and the Victoria Racing Club, stunned in form-fitting multi-coloured ombre dress with bell sleeves. She paired the sparkly attire with an elaborate black headpiece and strappy heel. </span></p> <p><span>The last time Lady Kitty attended the Melbourne Cup was in 2015, where she wore a white ensemble with a silver-and-white headpiece.</span></p> <p><span>Former <em>The Block</em> contestant Elyse Knowles dons a plunging leopard-print dress, complemented with a black wide-brimmed hat and pointy-toed heels.</span></p> <p><span>TV presenter and former pageant queen Rachael Finch has chosen a Roland Mouret red dress with a wide-brimmed hat, strappy heels and a clutch bag in matching colours.</span></p> <p><em><span>Studio 10 </span></em><span>host Angela Bishop has chosen a long black frock with eye-catching red heart print, paired with a headpiece and a set of long earrings.</span></p> <p><span>Jock Zonfrillo, restaurateur and one of <em>MasterChef</em>’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/food-wine/new-masterchef-australia-judges-finally-announced" target="_blank">new judges</a>, has gone for a three-piece suit with black, white and red plaid pattern as he appeared with his wife Lauren, who stunned in black floral dress.</span></p> <p><span>Former tennis player Sam Groth showed up in navy suit and white pants, while his wife Brittany has opted for a long Bohemian-style blue dress.</span></p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery to see the pictures from the Melbourne Cup. </span></p>

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Princess Charlotte’s striking resemblance with fellow royal

<p>Princess Charlotte has often been compared to her royal family members – some say she bears a striking resemblance to her father Prince William, while others believe she inherited her looks from her grandmother, Princess Diana.</p> <p>Now, a new royal has been pointed out as Charlotte’s lookalike.</p> <p>28-year-old cousin Lady Kitty Spencer is Princess Diana’s niece and a cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry. Spencer is Princess Charlotte’s first cousin once removed.</p> <p>Over the weekend, Lady Kitty shared a throwback photo of herself riding a horse in 1992.</p> <p>“Lexus Melbourne Cup here we come!! Channeling my inner jockey since 1992!” she wrote on the caption.</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/B4UNWWHheix/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4UNWWHheix/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Lexus Melbourne Cup here we come!! Channeling my inner jockey since 1992! 🐎 🏆 @lexusaustralia @flemingtonvrc #MelbourneCup #MelbCupCarnival #LoveCupWeek #ExperienceAmazing</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kitty.spencer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kitty Spencer</a> (@kitty.spencer) on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans were quick to notice the Lady’s striking resemblance with Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>“Gosh you look like Princess Charlotte here,” one wrote.</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/Bw72MZGlW5P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/Bw72MZGlW5P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on May 1, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“So cute!! Princess Charlotte looks like you!!” another commented.</p> <p>“Beautiful and like Princess Charlotte,” one added.</p> <p>Another photo that Lady Kitty shared from November 2018 from her first day at school also had fans pointing out her similarities with Princess Charlotte. “I thought she was Charlotte,” a fan wrote.</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/BqexQAQhkBd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqexQAQhkBd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">First day of school 🤓 #tbt</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kitty.spencer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kitty Spencer</a> (@kitty.spencer) on Nov 22, 2018 at 3:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Celebrate Christmas like a Royal

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the holiday season approaches, many of us will be busy buying presents, testing out Christmas recipes, and organising festive feasts for our loved ones, so it’s only befitting to ensure you host an impeccable dinner party.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zarife Hardy, Director of the Australian School of Etiquette, shares her etiquette tips and reflects on some royal traditions so you can celebrate Christmas as the Royals would.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Royal Family have traditionally spent Christmas Eve together at the Queen’s country home, with the grandchildren putting the finishing touches to the tree. Holiday rituals in the royal household today come from ways of celebrating popularised by Queen Victoria herself. Some of these traditions have become the accepted way we celebrate Christmas nowadays.</span></p> <p><strong>Royal traditions</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Royals will lay out all their presents in the drawing room, opening their gifts on Christmas Eve. The Monarch’s gifts are unlikely to be pricey, as the Royals tend to buy each other jokey things. At 8pm, a candlelit dinner is served, with the ladies in gowns and jewels, and the men dressed in black tie. While it is a formal affair, it is also a wonderful opportunity for the families to catch up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the morning of Christmas Day, a full English breakfast is served before everyone attends the traditional church service. Afterwards, they return home for a turkey roast with all the trimmings, before gathering to watch the Queen's speech at 3pm. In 1840, the Christmas Day menu for Queen Victoria and her family included both roast beef and a royal swan or two. Today, the staff can put their feet up, as the family insist on serving themselves their own buffet supper.</span></p> <p><strong>Dos and don’ts</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reflecting on these traditions, there are some key etiquette learnings that trace back to Queen Victoria’s days — many of which Queen Elizabeth II still likes to follow today.</span></p> <p><strong>Here are some tips to properly prepare you for the holidays:</strong></p> <p>1. Send Christmas cards. Most people enjoy receiving cards and Queen Victoria was a huge fan of the Christmas card.</p> <p>2. Be a gracious guest. If you have been invited to someone’s house for lunch or dinner, show your manners: be on time, bring a gift, don’t drink too much, and know when to leave.</p> <p>3. Always greet guests at the door. Be the perfect host — greet your guests at the front door, introduce them to everyone, and have plenty of food and activities. Do as much preparation as possible the day before so you can enjoy the celebrations with your guests.</p> <p>4. Be generous but don’t get into debt! You don’t have to spend a fortune on gifts — it is nice to give something small to everyone, particularly the children. If funds are limited, bake cakes or biscuits, and present them in a festive gift bag or tray.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Royal Family doesn’t gift expensive items, rather they like to give each other gag gifts. Prince Charles was once given a white leather toilet seat but found it so comfortable, he now brings it with him on all overseas tours.</span></p> <p>5. Show gratitude even if you don’t like the gift. Keep in mind that the person took time to think about you and select something he or she thought you would like.</p> <p>6. Have fun at the office party but don’t forget where you are. It is never okay to drink too much, tell off-colour jokes, or get too close to other colleagues.</p> <p>7. Spend extra time with children or grandchildren. Be prepared to remind them of all the manners you have taught them — it’s easy to forget during the chaos of Christmas.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">8.. Don’t forget your thank you cards. Make sure to send a written acknowledgement to all who have given you a gift, hosted an event you attended, or done something special for you. Most importantly, enjoy every moment — Christmas only comes once a year, so be kind, be generous, be grateful.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Zarife Hardy. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/celebrate-christmas-like-a-royal.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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Budget ways to dress up your home

<p>I want to expand on that post, by showing you that when it comes to the finishing touches in your home, budget can be beautiful.</p> <p>There’s nothing better than decking out your home without spending a lot of money, and below I’m going to tell you which pieces of decor and furniture you can skimp on that are still incredibly stylish.</p> <p><strong>Lamps<br /></strong>Mood lighting in a space is super important, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money here. You have my full approval to spend around $60 on a table lamp and under $150 for a floor lamp. With table lamps, opt for varieties with a large base and shade. They’ll take up more space on a table, which means more visual impact.</p> <p>The one thing to look out for with floor lamps is sturdiness. Some cheaper floor lamps can have unstable, wobbly legs (especially tripod varieties). So give your lamp a shake in-store to make sure it’s well grounded. </p> <p><strong>Art prints<br /></strong>I’m a big fan of investing in original art from local artists when decorating a living room, for example. But if you’re dressing a spare room, hallway, office or other room that you don’t spend a tonne of time in, a cluster of budget art prints is the way to go. </p> <p>There are tonnes of online stores that sell prints for around $20 or $30 each (quote art is still on-trend and I love it). Buy four prints, pop them in some cheap IKEA frames, and hang them in a line down your hallway. Instant update for under $200 total. </p> <p><strong><u>Bonus tip:</u></strong> Canvas art is usually priced really well too, it’s light as a feather, and makes a big impact for minimal spend. </p> <p><strong>Mirrors<br /></strong>If your budget is tight, cheap mirrors are the way to go. The beauty of the more affordable ones is that they’re smaller and lighter, so they’re easy to hang using velcro Command hooks or similar.</p> <p>If you want to make a big impact with your mirror, consider four smaller square mirrors hung on the wall in a grid. It’ll take up the space of a much larger mirror, but without the price tag and hassle of hanging something so heavy. </p> <p><strong>Stools<br /></strong>I usually say that anything you sit on should be invested in, because comfort is essential. However, stools are the exception. The truth is, you won’t spend a lot of time on the stool itself (15 minutes while having a tea or coffee), so you don’t have to spend hundreds here.</p> <p>To ensure sturdiness, though, go for a metal bar stool that comes in one piece. That way, the legs won’t wobble and you don’t ever have to worry about it falling apart underneath you. Pop a cushion on top if you need some extra comfort.</p> <p><strong>TV unit<br /></strong>The TV unit is one of the furniture pieces I always advise clients to skimp on if they’re on a budget. This is because you generally don’t even look at it when watching TV, and it’s not a piece built for comfort. It’s literally a rectangular box that elevates your television off the floor.</p> <p>I suggest you go cheap here and save your money to spend on other items. There are TV units on the market for under $70 that come on wheels and still have cavities in them for your DVD player, stereo or set-top box. </p> <p><strong>Hall table<br /></strong>I love a hall or entry table inside the door of a home. It’s a great place for dropping keys and mail. And if nothing else it gives you a space to decorate! The good news is that you can go cheap here too.</p> <p>The one thing to be careful of is not sitting anything too heavy on a hall table. The height of a hall table means that it’s already quite fragile. Cheaper versions often feature thin legs. So either secure it to the wall so it can’t topple over, or ensure it only holds light decor that won’t smash should it get knocked over.</p> <p><strong>The moral of the story<br /></strong>I like a home to have a mix of new and old, pieces you’ve splurged on and items you’ve gotten for a steal. It makes your space feel more well-rounded and personal. So don’t be afraid to go cheap when you need to. It saves you money and then you can invest in more costly design elements that really matter!</p> <p><em>Written by Chris Carroll. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/budget-ways-to-dress-up-your-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Where is Da Vinci’s $450m Jesus painting?

<p>A highly anticipated exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works at the Louvre is set to open on October 24.</p> <p>Nearly 120 of the Italian artist’s most famous art pieces will be brought together with <em>Mona Lisa</em> at the Paris museum to commemorate the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of his death.</p> <p>However, with less than two weeks to go before the show opens, there are doubts as to whether the popular <em>Salvator Mundi </em>– the first Leonardo to be found for more than a century – will be featured.</p> <p>The painting, which depicted Jesus in Renaissance dress, emerged as the world’s most expensive after it sold at a 2017 auction for US$450.3 million to Prince Badr bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>The painting’s whereabouts is currently not known. New York art historian and dealer Robert Simon claimed he had heard that it was “being kept in a secure art storage facility in Switzerland” as of months ago, while <em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-10/da-vinci-s-450-million-masterpiece-kept-on-mbs-s-yacht-artnet">Artnet.com</a> </em>alleged it was stored on a superyacht owned by Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/salvator-mundi-set-to-be-a-no-show">The Art Newspaper</a> </em>went further to claim that the <em>Salvator Mundi </em>will be “a no-show”, given that the museum had yet to secure the approval for the loan four weeks prior to the opening.</p> <p><span>A spokeswoman for the Louvre told the <em>Observer</em>: “I confirm the Louvre has asked for the loan of the <em>Salvator Mundi</em>. We don’t have the answer yet and thus, don’t have any further comment.”</span></p> <p>The painting’s authenticity has also been called into question. It was initially attributed to the “school of Giovanni Boltraffio”, a student of Leonardo’s, before it was upgraded to “a work by Boltraffio” in 1958. The piece was only authenticated as “an autograph work by Leonardo” in 2011.</p> <p>Several experts have challenged the attribution, with some <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvator_Mundi_(Leonardo)#cite_note-nytimes.com-85">claiming</a> the painting was a “studio work with a little Leonardo at best”.</p>

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How I survived an online dating scam

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By the time Jan Marshall, an online dating scam victim from Melbourne, realised that ‘'Eamon Donegal Dubhlainn" did not exist she had already lost $260,000 in life savings, become isolated from her family and friends, and was spiralling down a dangerous path of self-loathing and isolation. It wasn’t until she stopped blaming herself that she was able to turn it all around.</span></p> <p><em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> spoke with the anti-fraud ambassador to talk about her experience, her long road to recovery, and how she’s now helping other Australians to avoid making the same mistake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It took only 72 days for Jan to fall prey to an international romance scam but years to come to terms with what had happened.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2012, 62-year old Jan moved from Brisbane to Melbourne for work and to be closer to family. She was looking for companionship, someone with whom she could explore Victoria, when she decided to try online dating for the first time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jan joined free dating website Plenty of Fish and almost immediately she was approached by a man called “Eamon”, who was posing as a lonely engineer from the UK.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t have a lot of experience with online dating, and I certainly didn’t have the awareness that people would be out to get you. So I took it on face value and I responded to the initial declarations of interest and affection and eventually love,” says Jan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Through emotional manipulation, the scammer started to earn Jan's trust and worked his way into her heart</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, he would reveal intimate details about himself, laying the groundwork for Jan to do the same. Then talked about what they liked and didn’t like, their interests, passions and previous relationships. Above all he made Jan feel special and loved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“By the time he popped the question, ‘Would you marry someone like me?’ I said yes,” Jan admits. “And that’s exactly what they want to do, they want to get you into that state because they know that when you’re in that state they can manipulate.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her scammer was persistent, too. He would email and message Jan at all hours, and this left her sleep deprived.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eventually he managed to isolate her from family and friends. “They get you to the point where you don’t have any control. If there’s anybody out there who’s trying to warn you—and I did have friends who were trying to warn me—they [the scammers] are pretty skilled at separating you from those people. And whether you like it or not you just retract,” she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By the time Jan realised she was part of an elaborate financial scam it was too late. She had already lost $260,000. Jan was told the money was for business ventures in Dubai and Europe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was always supposed to be a loan, and that I would get the money back,” Jan explains. “When you are in love with them you trust them, you are generous to them, you want them to be happy, and when they raise issues with you, you help them. The same way you would with any family member.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It wasn’t until that man broke contact with me that I realised it was a scam.” While Jan reported the incident to Victorian police, who eventually traced the scam back to Nigeria, she says she doesn’t expect to ever see the money again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Luckily I was working at the time and that enabled me to deal with some of the financial issues but I still am not able to recover financially from that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was retrenched from my job, so I spent about 14 months unemployed. I had to borrow money from friends. I got hardship money out of the little bit of super I had left, and that got me through, and I’ve since started another job. But there’s still credit card debt and tax debt,” she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Many of the people I’ve spoken to talk about the fact that financially they can never recover.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the official ambassador for ACORN, a police service that tracks and investigates online crime, Jan is hoping her story will prevent others from making the same mistake. She has also set up a blog, Romance Scam Survivor, dedicated to the cause, and launched a support group and meet-up for victims and vulnerable individuals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Going public with her story was challenging at first, says Jan. “Initially like many others I really blamed myself. You think you have done wrong, and the attitude of society is that you’ve allowed yourself to be tricked.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What I realised as I researched scams and what happens in scams is that actually I’d been manipulated by professionals—skilled professionals—and it’s much, much more than a trick. It’s deliberate and criminal fraud,” Jan says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So coming to terms with that helped me to realise that it wasn’t something that I had done, and when I understood how the scammers worked I was able to turn it around from blaming myself to starting to speak out about it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year, the ACCC received 2620 Australian reports of romance scams, with a total of $22.7 million lost in online dating fraud incidents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However experts say the figures are a gross underestimate, as many victims are too embarrassed or reluctant to report scams.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Romance scams continue to cause significant emotional and financial harm to the community. We know these figures are only the tip of the iceberg,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard in a statement released earlier this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nearly one in four of the reported romance scams started on social media, particularly Facebook. However, online dating sites are also popular with con artists.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If online dating sites don’t have advice about safe dating practices, then consumers should carefully consider whether those sites have their best interests at heart,” Ms Rickard said.</span></p> <p><strong>Protect yourself online</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Never provide your financial details or send funds to someone you’ve met online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Run a Google Image search to check the authenticity of any photos provided as scammers often use fake photos they’ve found online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be very wary if you are moved off a dating website as scammers prefer to correspond through private emails or the phone to avoid detection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t share photos or webcam of a private nature. The ACCC has received reports of scammers using this material to blackmail victims.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you think you have fallen victim to a fraudster, contact your bank or financial institution immediately and report it to: </span><a href="http://www.scamwatch.gov.au."><span style="font-weight: 400;">www.scamwatch.gov.au.</span></a></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Mahsa Fratantoni. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/relationships/how-i-survived-an-online-dating-scam.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au. </span></a></em></p>

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Are these the top 5 TV families of all time?

<p>Are these the top 5 TV families of all time? Whether dysfunctional or picture-perfect, fictional families have taught us that anything is possible with the support of a loving family. What is your favourite TV family of all time?</p> <p>Whether dysfunctional or picture-perfect, fictional families have taught us that anything is possible with the support of a loving family. What is your favourite TV family of all time?</p> <p>Join our countdown of the top 5 TV families!</p> <p><strong>1. The Bundys (Married With Children)</strong></p> <p>With his half-baked wife, ditzy daughter, nerdy son, annoyingly perfect neighbours and unrealised professional football dreams, it’s no wonder poor old Al Bundy barely cracks a smile throughout the ten seasons of Married With Children (1987-1997).</p> <p>His career as a shoe salesman also irked the unconventional father figure, but we fell in love with this unlikely family unit nonetheless, and their flaws only made us adore them more. Oh, Al!   </p> <p><strong>2. The Fletchers (Home and Away)</strong></p> <p>The enduring Fletcher family has been roaming the streets and surfing the waves of Summer Bay for decades. The best known of the Fletchers would still have to be Sally (Kate Richie) and her adopted parents Pippa (played by Vanessa Downing and Debra Lawrence) and Tom (Roger Oakley).</p> <p>The foster-parents-come-caravan-park-managers with seemingly endless love and room to spare encountered a multitude of trials and tribulations but always managed to keep the family together, even after Sally called a mentally unstable murderer “a real psycho” or when she discovered her imaginary friend was actually her twin brother.</p> <p><strong>3. The Clampetts (Beverly Hillbillies)</strong></p> <p><em>"Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jed </em><br /><em>A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed </em><br /><em>And then one day he was shootin' at some food </em><br /><em>And up through the ground came a bubblin' crude </em><br /><em>Oil, that is. Black gold. Texas tea…”</em><br />A ragtag bunch, if ever there was one, the endearing Clampetts!</p> <p>Dominating TV ratings during the 1960s, The Beverly Hillbillies told the story of a simple Ozark-mountain family who struck gold, made millions and moved to an exclusive California address. Throughout its nine year run between 1962-1971, the Clampetts starred in 274 slap-your-knee Benny Hill style funny episodes.</p> <p>Hilarious scenarios arise as their untrustworthy banker does his damnedest to keep their oil earnings in the bank by lavishing them with an opulent lifestyle and appeasing unhappy neighbours who want them out of town. Overall, it’s a rollicking good time! </p> <p><strong>4. The Keatons (Family Ties)</strong></p> <p>During the height of President Reagan’s reign the world was introduced to a young Republican named Alex P. Keaton, played perfectly by Michael J. Fox in his breakout television role.</p> <p>Born to a couple of ex-hippies – architect Elyse and community radio employee Steven – the family also included less-than-intelligent, but flirty as hell, Mallory, middle-child syndrome prone Jennifer and, later, baby Andrew.</p> <p>The sometimes political but always funny storylines had that beautiful sitcom quality of wrapping up neatly after half an hour, and they never failed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.</p> <p><strong>5. Dorothy And Sophia (The Golden Girls)</strong></p> <p>No list would be complete without the ragtag team of Dorothy Zbornak and her mother, Sophia Petrillo. These two women were so different it was hard to believe they were related, the side-splitting banter between the kooky mother and sensible daughter was so good it turned a show featuring a mature, all female cast into a smash hit. We love them for it!</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see our top 5 TV families of all time.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of Wyza.com.au</em></p>

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Skin checks: Don't neglect your skin

<p>It is perhaps not too surprising that Australia has a relatively high skin cancer risk compared to other countries. In fact about two in three of us will be affected to some degree before the age of 70 and over 750,000 new cases of Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma are diagnosed and treated each year.</p> <p>Skin cancer can usually be treated effectively, but there is always a potential for some instances to become quite serious or even fatal and the symptoms are not always very obvious. This makes it vital to maintain a sound strategy for managing your skin cancer risk.</p> <p><strong>The first line of defence</strong><br />As with any health issue, prevention is always better than cure. With so much of our lifestyle being outdoors, it can be easy to forget how much sun exposure we are subjected to. While we may be more conscious of it if we are at the beach or some other relaxation activity, we may not be so vigilant during everyday activities, such as gardening or driving. The sun does not discriminate, however, so constant protective action is essential.</p> <p><strong>The key preventative issues to remember are:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Avoid sun exposure in the peak danger times of 11am -3pm (daylight saving time)</li> <li>Wear a broad brimmed or legionnaires’ hat, long sleeved collared shirts and longer trousers/skirts</li> <li>SPF 30+ sunscreen applied 20 minutes to exposure and reapplied every two hours</li> <li>Close fitting sunglasses - Australian Standard AS1067.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Get familiar with your own skin</strong><br />Even the most cautious sun-smart habits, however, do not eliminate the risk of potentially dangerous skin cancers occurring. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently detected by visual checks, rather than any specific pain or discomfort. That means it is essential to be vigilant in inspecting your own skin every three months to keep a track of anything suspicious and to notice any changes in skin blemishes, moles or spots. Some advice on how to do this by yourself (or with the help of a friend or partner) can be found here <a href="http://%20www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/check-for-signs-of-skin-cancer.html">cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer</a></p> <p>Jot down the dates of inspection and any observations on abnormalities or changes. Particular issues that need further investigation by a medical professional include:</p> <ul> <li>a new spot that is different from other spots around it</li> <li>change in shape, size, or colour of a spot, mole or freckle</li> <li>spots, sores or moles that are not healing, itch, tingle, bleed or weep</li> <li>a spot that becomes raised or develops a lump</li> </ul> <p><strong>Regular professional check-ups are essential</strong><br />If you are concerned about any abnormalities you should see your usual doctor, but even if you don’t detect anything yourself it is important to get regular inspections from your doctor on an annual basis, or at more frequent intervals that they recommend if they believe you are higher risk.</p> <p>Skin cancer clinics are also quite prevalent and may be an option for these check-ups. These are usually operated by GPs, but make sure you check up on the qualifications and experience of the person who will examine you.</p> <p>Such examinations will often identify scaly growths or lesions caused by sun damage particularly on the face, scalp, lips, and the back of the hands. While the majority of these are not cancerous and can be treated quickly and simply with a freeze spray or topical creams, they can eventually become cancerous if left untreated.</p> <p>For further information on screening and for details on the various types of skin cancers, visit:<br /><a href="http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/skin-cancer/">cancercouncil.com.au/skin-cancer/</a></p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/skin-checks-dont-neglect-your-skin-this-summer.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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How to hang art (without messing it up)

<p>While everyone may have different tastes in art, there are some general tips and tricks you should keep in mind when hanging your favourite pieces.</p> <p><strong>Keep it level</strong><br />From photographs to sculpture to pastels, art is meant to be seen. That means it's important to hang it at eye level. It's typically a good idea to have the centre of the artwork about 1.5 metres from the ground.</p> <p>Also make sure that the work is hanging properly. A crooked painting can ruin the entire atmosphere of a room. And heaven forbid you hang it upside down!</p> <p><strong>Think big picture</strong><br />Unless you have your own private gallery at home, you'll need to make sure your art fits with the rest of your possessions - particularly your furniture.</p> <p>Art should enhance your home decor, not clash with or take away from it. Keep this in mind when it comes to art placement, as well as the colour of frames and the works themselves.</p> <p><strong>Safety in numbers</strong><br />While you don't want to overwhelm the senses, it's a good idea to remember how art can work in groups.</p> <p>For instance, say you want to hang a painting above your sofa. While your first inclination may be to centre it directly above the furniture, unless the artwork in question is the right size, it could throw off the look of the room. If it's too big it will dwarf the sofa, and if it's too small it just won't look right compared to a big piece of furniture.</p> <p><strong>The 1.45 rule<br /></strong>This one tip guarantees success when placing your art. Always make sure the centre of the artwork is exactly 1.45m above the floor. This is the average human eye-height and is often used as a standard in galleries and museums. </p> <p>People tend to hang art too high but if you stick to this rule, you’ll create consistency across all the artwork in your home, as all your pictures will share a midline as you look around, no matter what the outside dimensions may be.</p> <p><strong>Step by step</strong></p> <ul> <li>Measure and lightly mark 1.45m on your wall with a soft pencil</li> <li>Measure the height of your artwork and divide by two to get the centre measurement</li> <li>Measure the top of your picture frame to the tightened wire</li> <li>Subtract the tight wire measurement from the half height amount to achieve your ‘to the hook’ amount. This helps you establish how high above 1.45m your hook should be placed</li> <li>Lightly mark your wall just above 1.45m with your ‘to the hook’ amount</li> </ul> <p>With groups of pictures, think of the group as one picture.</p> <p><strong>Avoid catastrophe</strong><br />When you’re hanging a frame, check the picture wire and attachment points for wear. Picture wire is made from many fine wires wound together. Over time and after many moves, some of these fine wires can start to break. This will usually occur right where the centre point of the wire is; the point at which it rests on the wall hook.</p> <p>As you’ve adjusted your frame to keep it level, this wears away at the wire and eventually it can snap – with potentially disastrous results. If a painting or picture is particularly heavy, make sure you use a double strand of picture wire and be very careful about your choice of wall hooks and mounting locations.</p> <p>If your walls are made from gyprock, purchase a stud finder from your local hardware shop. This will help you locate your home’s timber framework so you can place screws or hooks at the points of greatest strength. If you prefer to use special gyprock mounting hooks, pay very close attention to their weight limits and always use a bigger hook than you need for the job.</p> <p><em>Written by Stewart Bunn. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-to-hang-art-without-messing-it-up.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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A life in pictures: Prince Harry turns 35!

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Loving father, accomplished veteran and doting husband - Prince Harry has it all. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When we first met Prince Harry in 1984, he was a tiny cherub in his mother’s hands who made headlines around the world as they stood on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital, London. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was the second son to Prince Charles and Princess Di, and a warm, cheeky welcome after the arrival of his big brother Prince William who was born in 1982. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Growing up in the eyes of the public as the son of “the most photographed woman in the world” and the future King of England was not an easy feat - but thankfully he had a close support system in his family to rely on and the world never got to miss out on seeing a cheeky Hazza stick his tongue out at the cameras or adorably smile up at his mother or big brother. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since growing up in the spotlight, Prince Harry has made a name for himself by supporting children with HIV and AIDS through his charity Sentebale. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has also campaigned alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to promote mental health awareness. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2018, a 33-year-old Prince Harry married American-born Meghan Markle who became Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in a highly televised wedding which had hearts melting all around the world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex share one child together, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who graced the world in May of 2019. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Harry’s life in pictures. </span></p>

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A life in pictures: Colin Firth turns 59!

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British actor Colin Firth is celebrating 59 laps around the sun today. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Firth is widely known for starring in blockbuster hits including </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Love Actually, The King’s Speech</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mamma Mia. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The charming Hollywood veteran reached a new high in his career in 2010 when he was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars. He didn’t take out the win then, but it wasn’t long before he deservedly claimed the trophy as his own in 2011 for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The King’s Speech. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film also went on to earn a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I have a feeling my career just peaked," he joked, as he accepted his incredible award back in 2011 and dedicated it to his mother, Shirley. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He thanked "all the people who have been rooting for me back home" and his wife Livia for "putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty". </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think I'm feeling not joy – but relief that it's over. That seems to be the default position. You could say I'm grateful – and relieved," he said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colin Firth has been married to Livia Giuggioli since 1997 and he has three songs, Will, 28, Luca, 18, and Matteo, 16. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Colin Firth's life in pictures. </span></p>

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