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Meghan Markle addresses Black Lives Matter movement in new video: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing”

<p><span>Meghan Markle has delivered a moving speech on racism in light of the Black Lives Matter movement recently re-lit by George Floyd’s death in police custody.</span><br /><br /><span>In a powerful video message to the graduating class of the Los Angeles high school she attended, the royal member called the events of the past week “absolutely devastating”, admitting she “wasn’t sure what to say” at first.</span><br /><br /><span>“I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing,” she told the Immaculate Heart High School students.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because George Floyd's life mattered and Breonna Taylor's life mattered and Philando Castile's life mattered and Tamir Rice's life mattered … and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess of Sussex was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she now resides with her husband Prince Harry and their son Archie.</span><br /><br /><span>In the new video shared to social media, the royal recounted her memories of the riots that occurred in the city in 1992, which she described as similarly triggered by “a senseless act of racism”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles. I remember pulling up the house and seeing the tree, that had always been there, completely charred,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Those memories don't go away, and I can't imagine that at 17 or 18 years old, which is how old you are now, that you would have to have a different version of that same type of experience. That's something you should have an understanding of as a history lesson, not as your reality.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“We are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so are we.” - Meghan Markle <a href="https://t.co/km7j5Gu7Bv">pic.twitter.com/km7j5Gu7Bv</a></p> — shondaland tv (@shondaland) <a href="https://twitter.com/shondaland/status/1268604404434755590?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>She went on to apologise that the world isn’t “in a place where you deserve it to be”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The former Suits actress finished off her powerful five-minute speech by urging students of her former highschool take action and be leaders in inspiring change as they forge a path outside high school.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so are we,” she said to the students.</span><br /><br /><span>“You are going to lead with love, you are going to lead with compassion, you are going to use your voice in a stronger way than you've ever been able to, because most of you are 18, or you're going to turn 18, and you're going to vote.</span><br /><br /><span>“I know you know that black lives matter, so I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are equipped, you are ready, we need you and you are prepared.”</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/CBCIojaDggp/?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/CBCIojaDggp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by El Universo Vida y Estilo (@eluniversovidayestilo)</a> on Jun 4, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Both Meghan and Harry have maintained a low profile during the Black Lives Matter protests, having stayed offline during Black Out Tuesday this week on their Sussex Royal Instagram page.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which is overseen by the Queen, Harry and Meghan, this week shared on Instagram and Twitter a Martin Luther King Jr quote, saying “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”</span></p>

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Are your grandkids using headphones more during the pandemic? Here’s how to protect their ears

<p>During the coronavirus pandemic, have your kids been using headphones more than usual? Maybe for remote schooling, video chats with relatives, or for their favourite music and Netflix shows?</p> <p>We have to be careful about both the volume and duration of headphone use. Listening too loudly or for too long can do permanent damage to hearing. The good news is there are ways to prevent long-term harm relatively easily.</p> <p><strong>Hearing loss in children may be increasing</strong></p> <p>Our hearing needs to be protected throughout life, because damage to hearing cannot be reversed. This is why we have workplace noise exposure <a href="https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/noise-safety-basics">standards and guidelines</a>, which tell workers when to use protection such as earplugs or ear defenders.</p> <p>Unfortunately though, hearing loss in children may be increasing. A <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30872125/?from_single_result=Prevalence+of+Childhood+Hearing+Loss+and+Secular+Trends%3A+A+Systematic+Review+and+Meta-Analysis&amp;expanded_search_query=Prevalence+of+Childhood+Hearing+Loss+and+Secular+Trends%3A+A+Systematic+Review+and+Meta-Analysis">study</a> from last year, in which both of us were involved, reviewed the hearing of more than 3.3 million children from 39 countries across a 20-year period.</p> <p>We found around 13% of children had measurable hearing loss by 18 years of age that may impact their ability to decipher sounds important for understanding speech. The study suggested hearing loss in kids is rising – but we don’t yet know why.</p> <p>Not many studies have examined whether headphone use is directly linked to hearing loss in children. But in one <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2684510">study of 9-11-year-old Dutch children</a>, where 14% had measurable hearing loss, around 40% reported using portable music devices with headphones. Could headphones be contributing? Possibly, but unfortunately we don’t know for sure, and more studies are needed.</p> <p><strong>How do we know whether our children’s hearing is being affected?</strong></p> <p>Adults typically first notice a hearing problem by struggling to hear higher-pitched sounds clearly. Sounds may seem muffled, or the ears may feel “blocked”, or they may notice a ringing or buzzing sound, called tinnitus.</p> <p>Unlike adults, children won’t necessarily know how to describe these symptoms. Instead they may use terms they do know, like a bee buzzing, a whistle, or the wind blowing. Parents should treat any reported ear symptom as serious and get their child’s hearing tested. It’s best to visit a hearing clinic first, and then a GP if necessary, although this will depend on your location.</p> <p><strong>Excessive noise damages hearing</strong></p> <p>Our inner ear (cochlea) contains tiny hair cells, which change sounds we hear into electrical signals for our brain. These hair cells are finely tuned and are responsible for different pitches of sound, like keys on a piano.</p> <p>Exposure to loud noise can damage these hair cells and perhaps the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2812055/">nerve</a> that connects the cochlea to the brain. Repeated excessive noise exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss. Unfortunately, by the time someone experiences hearing problems, some irreversible damage has already happened.</p> <p><strong>What should we do to protect kids’ hearing?</strong></p> <p>The risk of hearing damage depends on both loudness and duration of sound exposure. Limiting both helps to reduce the risk of hearing damage.</p> <p><strong>Limiting loudness</strong></p> <p>We measure the loudness of sound in decibels (dB). But it’s important to note that the dB scale is logarithmic rather than linear. That means a 110dB sound (similar to a chainsaw) is actually much more than 10% louder than a 100dB sound. Parents can download free sound meter apps that help with understanding the volume of different environments and activities.</p> <p>A more difficult task for parents is monitoring the loudness within their children’s headphones. Some headphones leak sounds out, while others insulate the sound into the ear. So a child using “leaky” headphones at a safe volume may appear to be listening to sounds that are too loud, but a child with tightly sealed headphones could be playing sounds at potentially damaging levels without parents noticing.</p> <p>To understand their child’s specific usage, parents can:</p> <ul> <li><strong>listen to their child’s headphones</strong> to understand how loud sounds can become</li> <li>check to see if children can <strong>hear you talk at a normal volume from an arm’s length away</strong>, over the sounds playing on the headphones. If they can, their headphone use is more likely to be at a safe volume.</li> </ul> <p>There are headphones designed for children that limit the maximum loudness – usually to 85dB. While a limit is great, listening to 85dB sounds all day every day is not risk-free.</p> <p>Noise-cancelling headphones are another option, albeit expensive. By reducing the intrusion of outside noise, it should mean children can keep headphone volume lower.</p> <p><strong>Managing duration</strong></p> <p>We should also monitor how long we’re exposed to sound. Everyday conversation is around 60dB, which will not be a problem regardless of the duration of exposure. However, <a href="http://dangerousdecibels.org/education/information-center/decibel-exposure-time-guidelines/">guidelines</a> say we can be exposed an 85dB sound (like a rubbish truck) for up to 8 hours at a time. But if the loudness of the sound is increased by just 3 decibels to 88dB, the sound energy is doubled, and safe exposure time would drop to just 4 hours. Operating a chainsaw at 110dB would then be limited to around 1 minute before damage is likely to occur.</p> <p>Exposure to noise is cumulative. Noise can also come from other sources in the child’s environment. Consider a child’s activities throughout a day. Parents should try to avoid consecutive noisy exercises, like headphone use, music practice, then noisy toys or games. Considering the total “doses” of sound in the day means parents should schedule some breaks to allow the ears time to recover.</p> <p>Of course, parents should practise what they preach! Modelling responsible use of headphones and awareness of the enjoyment of being able to hear well into adulthood is key.</p> <p><em>Written by Pater Carew and Valerie Sung. </em><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/are-your-kids-using-headphones-more-during-the-pandemic-heres-how-to-protect-their-ears-139392"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>

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Chezzi Denyer shows off stunning new figure after “going missing on social media”

<p><span>Chezzi Denyer seems to be taking social isolation in her stride and has reappeared on social media with a trim figure.</span></p> <p><span>The wife of television star Grant Denyer showed off her slimmer waist in a new selfie shared to Instagram.</span></p> <p><span>Chezzi is hunkering down with her husband and two children at their 27-hectare farm in Bathurst.</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/CAq8PZrl1um/?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/CAq8PZrl1um/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by chezzidenyer (@chezzidenyer)</a> on May 26, 2020 at 5:19pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Missing on social media but present in real life. It's been glorious,” Chezzi captioned a photo of herself basking in the sun in her kitchen.</span></p> <p><span>Chezzi looked glowing and happy in a short-sleeved sweater featuring puffed shoulders.</span></p> <p><span>She also revealed a sad announcement explaining why she had stayed away from her social media accounts, when she admitted on May 7 there had been a “sudden death in the family” on May 7.</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/CAyXltIlPjp/?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/CAyXltIlPjp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by chezzidenyer (@chezzidenyer)</a> on May 29, 2020 at 2:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Haven't been on socials much lately... We had an unexpected and sudden death in the family. Very sad,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“And there's been a few other things taking up all of our attention lately, so I apologise for being quiet.”</span></p>

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How Julia Gillard forever changed Australian politics - especially for women

<p>When Julia Gillard was sworn into office as Australia’s first female prime minister on a chilly Canberra morning in 2010, it seemed like the ultimate glass ceiling had been smashed.</p> <p>But this momentous occasion was marred by the <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0032318713488316">onslaught of sexism and misogyny</a> Gillard endured from the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/12/gillard-menu-sexist-liberal-dinner">opposition</a>, and especially the <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10361146.2017.1374347?src=recsys">mainstream media</a>, over the next three years of her term.</p> <p>Since she lost the prime ministership in 2013, Gillard has fostered a legacy that extends beyond parliamentary politics, with a focus on <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/an-idea-quickly-agreed-to-julia-gillard-s-next-move-20180403-p4z7mh.html">women’s rights</a>, <a href="https://www.globalpartnership.org/news/gpe-welcomes-julia-gillards-extension-board-chair">education</a> and <a href="https://www.beyondblue.org.au/media/media-releases/media-releases/former-pm-julia-gillard-takes-over-as-new-chair-of-i-beyondblue-i">mental health</a>.</p> <p><strong>The two Es: education and equality</strong></p> <p>Born in <a href="https://www.juliagillard.com.au/about-julia/">Wales in 1961</a>, Gillard’s family moved to Australia in 1966. She grew up in Adelaide as the daughter of a nurse and aged care worker.</p> <p>Gillard was <a href="http://www.aeufederal.org.au/news-media/news/2020/julia-gillard">educated at local public schools</a> before studying at the University of Adelaide and then the University of Melbourne.</p> <p>She told the <a href="https://hbr.org/2019/11/lifes-work-an-interview-with-julia-gillard">Harvard Business Review</a> last year her involvement in the student movement, protesting education cutbacks, was a formative experience:</p> <p><em>That’s what spurred an activism and engagement in public policy in me, and I went on to lead the student movement nationally … people had said, ‘You really should consider politics’. It was a slow dawning over time that it would be a fantastic way of putting my values into action — and realising that someone like me could do it.</em></p> <p>Graduating with an arts/law degree, Gillard joined law firm Slater &amp; Gordon in 1987 and was a partner by 1990.</p> <p>While she has said she felt “<a href="https://apolitical.co/en/solution_article/australias-first-female-pm-on-workplace-sexism-and-leading-as-a-woman">quite at home in many ways</a>” as a young woman in the “larrakin” culture of the law firm, she also worked on affirmative action campaigns in the 1990s. She was a founding member of Labor women’s support network, <a href="https://www.emilyslist.org.au/herstory">EMILY’s List Australia</a>.</p> <p>She continues to maintain this focus on gender and education in her post-politics advocacy.</p> <p><strong>Going to Canberra, creating history</strong></p> <p>Gillard was elected to federal parliament in 1998 and was a <a href="https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=83L">frontbencher</a> by 2001. In 2007, with Labor’s election victory, she <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/gillard-wins-plum-roles-20071130-ge6f6l.html">became deputy prime minister</a> and minister for education, workplace relations and social inclusion.</p> <p>However, despite the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-14/the-rise-and-fall-of-kevin-rudd/5090194">popularity of prime minister Kevin Rudd</a>, the Labor party became increasingly frustrated with his leadership style ahead of the 2010 federal election.</p> <p>These tensions saw Gillard challenge Rudd for the top job in June 2010, in one of the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/killing-season/">most dramatic episodes</a> in recent Australian political history.</p> <p>Gillard’s unexpected promotion would have lasting consequences for her, the Labor Party and Australian political culture.</p> <p>It initiated a “coup culture” in Australian politics, where a <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00323187.2019.1701948">series of challenges</a> saw the removal of four out of the five most recent prime ministers.</p> <p><strong>A sexist backlash</strong></p> <p>The unprecedented removal of a popular first-term prime minister during an election year also prompted an <a href="http://legacy.annesummers.com.au/speeches/her-rights-at-work-r-rated-version/">overwhelming backlash</a> from the opposition, the media and the public.</p> <p>Gillard faced <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10361146.2017.1374347">accusations of disloyalty</a> that marred the historic significance of her victory and status as the “first woman”. It also unleashed what seemed like a ceaseless tirade of sexism and misogyny that she endured for the next three years of her term.</p> <p>The more prominent examples include broadcaster Alan Jones saying Gillard should be put in a “<a href="https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episodes/alan-joness-chaff-bag-is-filling-up-fast/9973982">chaff bag</a>” and taken “out to sea”. A menu at a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/12/gillard-menu-sexist-liberal-dinner">Liberal National Party fundraiser</a> described a dish as “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail – small breasts, huge thighs and a big red box”.</p> <p>Opposition leader Tony Abbott <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/julia-gillard-on-the-moment-that-should-have-killed-tony-abbotts-career-20150622-ghug63.html">stood in front of</a> - and tacitly endorsed - sexist placards.</p> <p><strong>A productive parliament</strong></p> <p>After the 2010 federal election, Gillard had to work with a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-09-08/labors-minority-government-explained/2253236">minority government</a>.</p> <p>But in a sign of her formidable negotiating skills, Gillard’s term as prime minister was <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/2018/dec/23/turnbull-scores-lower-than-abbott-gillard-and-rudd-on-productivity-in-parliament">extremely productive</a>.</p> <p>Despite the surrounding political turmoil, <a href="https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Statistics/Senate_StatsNet/General/parliaments/43rd">570 bills</a> were passed by the Senate, with <a href="https://theconversation.com/labors-legacy-six-years-of-what-exactly-17526">key achievements</a> including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the child abuse royal commission, a carbon price, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/26/julia-gillard-gonski-reforms-shifted-debate-towards-needs-based-funding">education funding</a> and paid parental leave.</p> <p><strong>It wasn’t all warm and fuzzy</strong></p> <p>Yet not all Gillard’s policies are so fondly remembered.</p> <p>On the <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/gillard-defends-welfare-cuts-to-mums">same day</a> Gillard delivered her famous “<a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/transcript-of-julia-gillards-speech-20121010-27c36.html">misogyny speech</a>”, her government passed welfare reforms that moved single parents off the parenting payment and onto Newstart (now called JobSeeker Payment). This reduced people’s payments by $60 to $100 a week, <a href="https://theconversation.com/prejudiced-policymaking-underlies-labors-cuts-to-single-parent-payments-10151">disproportionately affecting women</a>.</p> <p>Her <a href="https://theconversation.com/australias-asylum-seeker-policy-history-a-story-of-blunders-and-shame-118396">asylum seeker policies</a> and opposition to marriage equality also garnered widespread criticism from progressive Australians, particularly the <a href="https://theconversation.com/as-a-gay-man-i-will-not-be-lectured-on-discrimination-by-julia-gillard-15448">LGBTIQ+ community</a> and <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-06-18/refugee-advocate-labels-gillard-a-racist/2762976?nw=0">refugee advocates</a>.</p> <p><strong>‘I will not be lectured by this man’</strong></p> <p>Twelve iconic words have come to define Gillard’s legacy:</p> <p><em>I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man.</em></p> <p>This statement launched a blistering <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihd7ofrwQX0">15-minute speech</a>, in which Gillard called out the sexism and hypocrisy of Abbott during Question Time in October 2012.</p> <p>The anger and frustration she felt about Abbott – <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/ernies-tony-abbott-given-repeat-offender-award-for-sexist-comments-20131010-2v9dz.html">known for his sexist sentiments</a> – and the systemic double standards she’d endured for years, resonated with women <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-10/international-reaction-to-gillard-speech/4305294">around the world</a>.</p> <p>Julia Gillard delivered her “misogyny speech” on October 9 2012.</p> <p>Though it was initially critiqued by the Canberra Press Gallery, which accused Gillard of “<a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0959353515605544">playing the gender card</a>”, the speech went viral.</p> <p>It has become the definitive moment of her prime ministership and is <a href="https://hbr.org/2019/11/lifes-work-an-interview-with-julia-gillard">often the only thing</a> people overseas know about Australian politics.</p> <p>Earlier this year, it was voted the “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/feb/07/julia-gillard-misogyny-speech-voted-most-unforgettable-moment-in-australian-tv-history">most unforgettable</a>” moment in Australian TV history by a Guardian Australia poll. Last month, a senior advisor to former-US President Barack Obama revealed they <a href="https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/obama-white-house-watched-julia-gillards-misogyny-speech-a-lot/">often watched the speech</a> whenever they were frustrated with then-prime minister Abbott.</p> <p>The misogyny speech has even entered into the pop cultural canon, inspiring young women today to create memes and <a href="https://junkee.com/misogyny-speech-tiktok-remix/249379">TikToks</a> paying homage to those famous words.</p> <p><strong>Changing the way we talk about sexism and politics</strong></p> <p>Gillard’s misogyny speech and her time as our first woman prime minister changed the way that politics and sexism were talked about in Australia and highlighted the toxic nature of parliament.</p> <p>Rather than “playing the gender card”, Gillard drew attention to it, calling out the sexism and misogyny that many women in politics had to silently endure.</p> <p>Speaking with Gillard last year in preparation for my <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/media-gender-stereotypes-worse-for-gillard-than-for-thatcher/11996326?fbclid=IwAR0apGhcH9MSRawWL1RzV0EQ6pXKN4pU0MQiDodCbxduktst-GzMc8-jevs">doctoral research</a>, she noted how the conversation around gender and sexism is “everywhere now”, and that people are far more aware of and likely to challenge gendered double-standards.</p> <p>In recent years, we have seen multiple women politicians breaking their silence, from <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-11/david-leyonhjelm-defamation-case-appeal-sarah-hanson-young/12234094">Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young </a> suing fellow senator David Leyonhjelm for defamation, to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/29/liberal-mp-julia-banks-to-quit-parliament-next-election-citing-bullying-and-intimidation">former Liberal MP Julia Banks</a> calling out “gender bias” and “bullying”.</p> <p><strong>Post-politics: ‘what would Julia do?’</strong></p> <p>Gillard lost the Labor leadership in 2013, when Rudd got his revenge and his <a href="https://theconversation.com/rudd-wins-the-game-of-thrones-15573">old job back</a>.</p> <p>But she has left a lasting legacy as a role model for girls and young women. This stems not just from her political career, but for the way she has <a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/julia-gillard-the-prime-of-her-life/news-story/10c72ea64cc06a191ec8a1ba7e8f09b1">gracefully moved on</a>.</p> <p>Since leaving politics, Gillard continues to work in the areas she cares about, with high-profile appointments in education, mental health and women’s leadership. Earlier this month, she was also <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/julia-gillard-on-her-new-role-coronavirus-medical-researcher/12248458">appointed as the next chair</a> of medical research giant, the Wellcome Trust.</p> <p>Like all politicians, she’ll continue to have her critics, but her post-political life and demeanour has <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-will-history-remember-julia-gillard-20181025-p50bxn.html">largely been admired</a>. Gillard’s former foe, Abbott, even attended the 2018 <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-24/julia-gillard-portrait-unveiled-in-parliament-house/10424304">unveiling of her official portrait</a>.</p> <p>And her career continues to resonate with people, particularly women.</p> <p>This was recently seen when she received a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-19/julia-gillard-shares-heartfelt-note-from-airline-passenger/11223258">handwritten note</a> from a stranger on a flight, which thanked her for being “such a strong, intelligent and unapologetic role model for myself and so many of my peers”.</p> <p>The note added that the author and her female colleagues used the phrase “WWJD” or “what would Julia do”.</p> <p>As the woman explained: “It’s our rallying cry to be the absolute best at our jobs”.</p> <p><em>Written by Blair Williams. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/how-julia-gillard-forever-changed-australian-politics-especially-for-women-138528"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>

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"Our wedding day wasn't what we planned"

<p><span>Bindi Irwin has blasted Australia’s major television networks for ruining her “dream wedding” to Chandler Powell on March 25.</span></p> <p><span>She claimed news helicopters flying overhead had forced the couple to change the venue from the “African savannah” section of Australia Zoo to a nearby barn.</span></p> <p><span>The 21-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo from her wedding day, captioning it: “This isn’t the fairytale image capturing the ‘perfect’ wedding day feeling. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.”</span></p> <p><span>Bindi revealed the she and Chandler had wanted to say “I do” in the African savannah, but things went awry when someone tipped off the media.</span></p> <p><span>“On our wedding day we were finally about to get married and the paparazzi flew over us in a helicopter scaring our wildlife. We had to leave our stunning wedding venue on the African savannah for their safety,” she wrote. </span></p> <p><span>“I said goodbye to the place I had dreamed of getting married for so many 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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAz5qqxBogz/?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/CAz5qqxBogz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">This moment. My favourite wedding day photograph. This isn’t the fairytale image capturing the ‘perfect’ wedding day feeling. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. This picture was taken after we had to change our entire wedding. We decided not to have wedding guests due to the global crisis for everyone’s health and safety. Our family and friends couldn’t be there to celebrate with us. However, they all encouraged us to continue on and get married. From their love and support, we felt love win. We changed our wedding date the night before we got married but we were determined to let love win. Everything from the cake to the flowers were different. Thankfully, we worked with local businesses to make it happen. They helped love win. On our wedding day we were finally about to get married and the paparazzi flew over us in a helicopter scaring our wildlife. We had to leave our stunning wedding venue on the African Savannah for their safety. I said goodbye to the place I had dreamed of getting married for so many years. At that moment I remembered the filming barn where I’d spent much of my life with my family working on Crocodile Hunter and Bindi The Jungle Girl. I knew we could make it work and our zoo crew helped us to move everything inside. I watched love win. I was there in my wedding dress, husband-to-be by my side, moving tables and flowers and trying to make our day finally become a reality. At one point I sat on a chair in the corner doing my best not to think about how overwhelming things seemed. I missed the people who couldn’t be there, my dad, Chandler’s family, our dear friends, my family. Chandler stopped what he was doing and sat next to me. I asked him to list me happy things. He proceeded to remind me that love ALWAYS wins. That’s when this picture was taken. Despite everything, we got married and I’ll forever be grateful. Sure, things weren’t perfect but that’s life. Life is messy and beautiful and meant to be felt. We were overcoming great obstacles to prove that unconditional love is the most important foundation. Our wedding day wasn’t what we planned but it was an extraordinary starting point for our marriage to bloom. ❤️</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/bindisueirwin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Bindi Irwin</a> (@bindisueirwin) on May 30, 2020 at 4:50am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Making a split second decision, Bindi then chose to hold the event inside a barn instead.</span></p> <p><span>“At that moment I remembered the filming barn where I'd spent much of my life with my family working on </span><em>Crocodile Hunter</em><span> and </span><em>Bindi the Jungle Girl</em><span>,” she said. </span></p> <p><span>Bindi and Chandler's staff immediately got to work moving the wedding decor indoors.</span></p> <p><span>“I was there in my wedding dress, husband-to-be by my side, moving tables and flowers and trying to make our day finally become a reality,” she added. </span></p> <p><span>Bindi had felt “overwhelmed” by the chaos of the day, but calmed down when Chandler reminded her that “love always wins”.</span></p> <p><span>“Our wedding day wasn't what we planned but it was an extraordinary starting point for our marriage to bloom,” he wrote.</span></p> <p><span>The pair were originally meant to tie the knot on April 4, but were forced to move the date forward to March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></p>

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Meghan Markle lookalike! Can you believe they’re not the same person?

<p>Christine Primrose Mathis has made a name for herself on social media for her incredibly unique trait – being a spitting image of American royal Meghan Markle.</p> <p>The 32-year-old, who works as an air hostess, claims she first started being compared to the Duchess of Sussex when Meghan was working as an actress in the hit show<span> </span>Suits.</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/B8_pENipWxf/?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/B8_pENipWxf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Christine Primrose Mathis (@christineprimrose)</a> on Feb 25, 2020 at 7:10am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, Ms Mathis says she didn’t take much notice of the comparison until Meghan’s face was plastered on every blog, social media site and newspaper.</p> <p>The look-alike’s dark hair and tan complexion mixed with the wash of freckles the Duchess of Sussex has become known for, dazed many people as Ms Mathis roamed the streets of her hometown.</p> <p>So much so, she decided to join a look alike agency in 2019.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836297/meghan-markle-christine-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83256144f01b49578392f71c8a417531" /></p> <p>“Five years ago I was working in first-class as a flight attendant and passengers would say 'hey, you look like that girl from Suits' every so often,” Ms Mathis explained.</p> <p>“I could see the resemblance, but I just brushed it off but when Meghan and Harry got engaged, that's when I started hearing it a lot more often.</p> <p>“At first, I was confused but I definitely took it as a compliment because I thought she was so beautiful.”</p> <p>The lookalike went on to add: “Last year, I signed up with a lookalike agency because after they got married, it became a lot more frequent.</p> <p>“Hopefully, I can get some corporate work and TV work. I've been acting since I was very young and I'm working on getting an audition with my agent. That would be the absolute dream.</p> <p>“Social media can be cruel, I've had people comment that I'm trying to be her or that my hair and make-up is the same. I feel like I've always done my hair like that. I try to ignore the people who are being mean.”</p> <p>The royal twin admitted she even went on to post a video of her to the social media app TikTok where she dressed like Meghan Markle and claimed “people couldn’t believe the resemblance.”</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/CAGvgKmJ8Az/?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/CAGvgKmJ8Az/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Christine Primrose Mathis (@christineprimrose)</a> on May 12, 2020 at 4:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I have had a lot more opportunities from looking like her; she's so famous.</p> <p>“I think most of my following comes from people thinking I am Meghan Markle but at the same time I hope they also like my personality.</p> <p>“A lot of people look up to her and because they can't get in direct contact with her, I guess I'm the next best thing.”</p>

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Palace breaks silence to slam "false" claim against Kate Middleton

<p>Kensington Palace has issued a statement that is rarely given to defend the Duchess of Cambridge against a “false” claim made by<span> </span>Tatler<span> </span>magazine.</p> <p>The media publication is known for reporting on the lives of British royalty, celebrities and socialites and this week was slammed for publishing an article saying Duchess Kate felt “exhausted and trapped”.</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/CArQiUVn65C/?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/CArQiUVn65C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Confessional Eng-Esp (@royalconfessional)</a> on May 26, 2020 at 8:17pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The publication quoted a close friend who said Kate was "furious" after Prince Harry and Meghan decided to step down as senior members of the royal family, which resulted in other royals being forced to pick up extra work.</p> <p>“Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course, she's smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn't want this,” the friend allegedly said.</p> <p>“She feels exhausted and trapped. She's working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.”</p> <p>The report also went on to claim that Duchess Kate had argued with Meghan Markle over whether or not she could wear tights at the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ wedding back in 2018.</p> <p>“There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal,” another friend reportedly told<span> </span>Tatler.</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/B_WfFYOnC9U/?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/B_WfFYOnC9U/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Families (@_royalfamilies)</a> on Apr 23, 2020 at 10:09pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to,” the friend said.</p> <p>However, Kensington Palace has given a terse response, saying the article was riddled with “inaccuracies” and “misrepresentations”.</p> <p>“This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” it said.</p> <p>The statement did not single out any of the magazine's claims in particular.</p> <p>It is extremely rare for palace officials to slam claims made about the royal family in the media.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not shown any annoyances towards tabloid claims and have kept busy during the coronavirus lockdown by conducting several of their official royal duties via video link.</p>

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Ageless Joan Collins celebrates birthday in glamour

<p>Joan Collins, in all her beauty and grace, has left fans desperate to know how she has managed to keep her youthful glow as she celebrated her 87th birthday on the weekend.</p> <p><span>The legendary actress spent her special day in the company of her husband Percy Gibson, 55.</span></p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Collins shared a photograph of the pair holding up a tiny birthday cake perfect for two.</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/CAkMpChFmD5/?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/CAkMpChFmD5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Joan Collins (@joancollinsdbe)</a> on May 24, 2020 at 2:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Joan looked simply stunning and dressed in an elegant white number, and finished off the look with understated jewellery and a slicked back hairstyle.</p> <p>Joan's husband, who is 32 years her junior, looked playful and happy as he put his arm around his wife.</p> <p>“It wasn't just a happy birthday it was a sensational one – I'm still reeling from the brilliant surprises,” she wrote</p> <p>Joan has received lots of messages from loving fans on social media and a few comments on how good she looked at 87.</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/CAiQpj0FLWl/?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/CAiQpj0FLWl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">First thing in the morning my loving #ahubby showered me with #flowers #gifts and #surprises - more to come! 🎂🎉🎁</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/joancollinsdbe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Joan Collins</a> (@joancollinsdbe) on May 23, 2020 at 8:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"You look breathtakingly young- the secret please x" one fan remarked.</p> <p>Another said: "Looking very loved and beautifull.. you never seem to get any older."</p> <p>The performer admitted she has hopes of living until 100 years old.</p> <p>"Will I outlive you all? No, I don’t want that," she said during an interview with Mirror Online.</p> <p>"I’ll settle for 100 years old, like Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie in Gone With The Wind. She lives in Paris and is still going strong".</p>

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Can’t resist splurging on online shopping? Here’s why

<p>The demand for online shopping has obviously increased since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.</p> <p>But less obvious are the subtle psychological drivers behind our collective online shopping splurge. In fact, online shopping can relieve stress, provide entertainment and offers the reduced “pain” of paying online.</p> <p>In the last week of April, <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/posties-ditch-bikes-and-jump-in-vans-to-keep-up-with-demand-at-australia-post/news-story/67a18bcdebf223b5fbeb9dbcbe2957de">more than two million parcels a day</a> were delivered across the Australia Post network. This is 90% more than the same time last year.</p> <p>More recently, data based on a weekly sample (from May 11-17) of transactions <a href="https://www.alphabeta.com/illiontracking">revealed</a> food delivery increased by 230%, furniture and office goods purchases rose 140% and alcohol and tobacco sales rose 45%.</p> <p>Meanwhile, we’ve seen thousands of retail job losses, with Wesfarmers <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/wesfarmers-to-close-or-convert-up-to-167-target-stores-in-massive-restructure-20200522-p54vex.html">announcing plans</a> on Friday to close up to 75 Target stores around the country, and Myer finally <a href="https://insideretail.com.au/news/myer-to-reopen-all-stores-next-week-202005">reopening stores</a> after nearly two months of closure.</p> <p><strong>Why the shopping frenzy?</strong></p> <p>Online sales of many product categories have increased, including for <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/beauty-brains-and-brawn-what-we-are-buying-during-the-pandemic-20200403-p54gve.html">food, winter clothes and toys</a>. This isn’t surprising given people still need to eat, winter is coming and we’re bored at home.</p> <p>But beyond the fact most people are spending more time at home, there are a range of psychological factors behind the online shopping upheaval.</p> <p>Recent months have been stressful due to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-05/almost-one-million-australians-lose-jobs-due-to-coronavirus/12215494">financial uncertainty</a>, the inability to <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-long-will-australia-s-borders-remain-closed">visit loved ones</a> and changes to our daily routines.</p> <p>Shopping can be a way to cope with stress. In fact, higher levels of distress have been linked with <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-4359(99)00002-0">higher purchase intentions</a>. And this compulsion to buy is often part of an effort to reduce <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcps.2017.07.006">negative emotions</a>.</p> <p>In other words, shopping is <a href="https://doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000078">an escape</a>.</p> <p>A <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2013.794670">2013 study</a> compared people living close to the Gaza-Israel border during a period of conflict with those from a central Israeli town that wasn’t under duress. The researchers found those living in the high-stress environment reported a higher degree of “materialism” and a desire to shop to relieve stress.</p> <p><strong>When mall trips aren’t an option</strong></p> <p>Indeed, in a time when typical forms of entertainment such as restaurants and cinemas are inaccessible, <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books?id=ojIoeYe8a1sC&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;dq=Shopping+as+an+Entertainment+Experience&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj-naSGlcHpAhV_73MBHarfBO0Q6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">shopping becomes a form of entertainment</a>. The act of shopping alone produces <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/2489765">increased arousal, heightened involvement, perceived freedom, and fantasy fulfillment</a>.</p> <p>It seems the stress and boredom brought on by this pandemic has intensified our will to spend.</p> <p>What’s more, psychology research has demonstrated humans’ <a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/244/4907/933">inability to delay gratification</a>.</p> <p>We want things <em>now</em>. Even with stay-at-home orders, we still want new makeup, clothes, shoes, electronics and housewares.</p> <p>Another pleasant aspect of online shopping is it avoids the typical “pain of paying” experienced during in-person transactions.</p> <p>Most people don’t enjoy parting with their money. But research has shown the psychological pain produced from spending money <a href="https://doi.org/10.1287/mksc.17.1.4">depends on the transaction type</a>. The more tangible the transaction, the stronger the pain.</p> <p>Simply, paying for a product by physically giving cash <a href="https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1027444717586">hurts more than clicking a “buy now” button</a>.</p> <p><strong>Clear browsing history</strong></p> <p>Interestingly, online shopping also allows high levels of anonymity. While you may have to enter your name, address and card details – no one can see you.</p> <p>It’s easier to buy “<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1057740815000200">embarrassing</a>” products <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/671761">when no one is looking</a>. Apart from lockdown restrictions making it more <a href="https://www.insider.com/personal-advice-for-virtual-dating-in-coronavirus-lockdown-uk-2020-3">difficult to date</a>, this may also help explain why sex toy sales <a href="https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6702036/panic-buying-switches-to-lubricants-and-sex-toys-says-flirt-bathurst-owner/">have surged</a> during the pandemic.</p> <p>Sales of lingerie and other intimate apparel have also reportedly <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/beauty-brains-and-brawn-what-we-are-buying-during-the-pandemic-20200403-p54gve.html">jumped 400%</a>.</p> <p><strong>How have businesses responded?</strong></p> <p>With <a href="https://www.cmo.com.au/article/672354/advertising-marketing-spend-significantly-impacted-by-covid-19/">advertising spend down</a>, businesses have responded in different ways to recent changes in online shopping.</p> <p>Many are offering discounts to encourage spending. Last week’s <a href="https://www.clickfrenzy.com.au/">Click Frenzy</a> became a central hub for thousands of deals across dozens of retailers such as Telstra, Target and Dell.</p> <p>Others have moved operations online for the first time. If you scroll through any major food delivery app, you’ll see offers from restaurants that <a href="https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/guides/live-list-sydney-restaurants-pivoting-takeaway">previously specialised in dine-in services</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, existing meal delivery services such as <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com.au/about/covid-19-updates">HelloFresh</a> and <a href="https://www.liteneasy.com.au/how-it-works/faqs/#faq-group-coronavirus_update">Lite n’ Easy</a> are updating their methods to guarantee hygienic packing and transport.</p> <p>Several small Australian businesses have also <a href="https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/rochford-winery-turns-into-gourmet-grocer-to-survive-003630325.html">pivoted</a>. <a href="http://www.clarkemurphyprint.com.au/">Clarke Murphy Print</a> responded to slowing print jobs by starting <a href="https://www.buildadesk.com.au/">Build-a-Desks</a>.</p> <p>Even established brands are getting creative. For example, Burger King outlets in the US <a href="https://www.contagious.com/news-and-views/burger-king-zoom-billboard-conference-call-campaign-of-the-wee">are offering</a> free burgers to customers who use one of their billboards as a virtual backdrop during conference calls.</p> <p><strong>Don’t buy better, be better</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, with the ease of online purchasing, and our increased motivation to give in to improve our mood or seek entertainment, many people are now at risk of <a href="https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2007.26.3.334">overspending and landing in financial stress</a>.</p> <p>It’s important to control spending during this fraught time. Simple ways to do this <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/life/how-to-control-online-shopping-during-coronavirus-pandemic/12119332">include</a> creating a budget, avoiding “buy now, pay later” schemes, recognising your spending “triggers” and planning ahead.</p> <p>As isolation <a href="https://doi.org/10.1086/671564">increases materialism</a>, it’s also important to keep in touch with family and friends, whether that’s in person (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/coronavirus-australia-lockdown-rules-travel-restrictions-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act-how-far-can-you-drive-visit-friends-family-parents-covid-19-guidelines">if allowed in your area</a>), via video calls or phone.</p> <p>So the next time you’re thinking of pulling out your credit card, why not get Skype up on the screen and play a virtual game of <a href="https://www.wired.com/gallery/board-games-for-remote-play/">Pictionary instead</a>?</p> <p><em>Written by Adrian R. Camilleri and Eugene Y. Chan. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/cant-resist-splurging-on-online-shopping-heres-why-138938">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Duchess Kate like we’ve never seen her before

<p><span>While the British Royal family is currently under lockdown, all royal duties have been either postponed or cancelled.</span><br /><br /><span>While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying their self-isolation in their country home in Norfolk with their three children, they have reminisced on summers gone by.</span><br /><br /><span>Back in May 2019, Duchess Kate used her love for the outdoors to channel her creative side when she teamed up with the Chelsea Flower Show to make a very special garden.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s aim was to bring children together and create an outdoor learning space for kids.</span><br /><br /><span>Dubbed the 'Back to Nature' garden, the design and meaning behind it struck a chord with royal fans and parents across the UK.</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/CAZmGQ6lYDf/?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/CAZmGQ6lYDf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on May 19, 2020 at 11:39pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Duchess aimed to create "special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future,” and used her own magical childhood as inspiration.</span><br /><br /><span>The garden featured a rope swing, climbing steps and plenty of greenery.</span><br /><br /><span>"I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together," Kate said of the design at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>This year, Kate and William have used their Instagram page to share another important image of the garden while the Duchess was working on it in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>The 38-year-old can be seen getting well and truly stuck in.</span><br /><br /><span>"One year on from The Duchess of Cambridge's #BackToNature Garden, the Chelsea Flower Show is going digital!" The caption attached to the photograph read.</span><br /><br /><span>The statement invited people across the UK and beyond to join the show "for practical gardening advice from world-leading designers and experts, all from the comfort of your own home."</span><br /><br /><span>"The Duchess's Back to Nature garden in 2019 aimed to highlight the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world and inspire children, families, and communities to enjoy the great outdoors."</span><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p>

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Elizabeth Hurley dons iconic dress from 21 years ago and looks even better now

<p><span>Elizabeth Hurley has proven age is not an issue when it comes to wearing old clothes, and this includes when she pulled out the iridescent cowl-neck Versace dress she famously wore to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards in 1999.</span><br /><br /><span>The 54-year-old took to Instagram to share an image of her stunning old glamour outfit, which is part of a campaign in which celebrities show off their home-style amid the coronavirus lockdown.</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/CAWD6XylmcI/?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/CAWD6XylmcI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Elizabeth Hurley (@elizabethhurley1)</a> on May 18, 2020 at 2:42pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Just hanging at home watching tv for @harpersbazaarus in a @versace dress I wore 21 years ago to the #cfdaawards,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>A fan took to the comments to write: “And you look even more beautiful today! Teach us your ways!”</span><br /><br /><span>Hurley is still turning heads in the immaculate gown that she wore while accompaniment by her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant back in 1999.</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/CAYoizFn8Zp/?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/CAYoizFn8Zp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by NW Magazine (@nwmag)</a> on May 19, 2020 at 2:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The famous pair ended their relationship just one year later in 2000 after a long 13 years of dating, but have remained close friends.</span><br /><br /><span>Grant is the godfather to Hurley’s son Damian, 18, with Steve Bing.</span><br /><br /><span>“I love him, but he’s very annoying,” Hurley joked about the actor, while appearing on Watch What Happens Live appearance in 2015.</span><br /><br /><span>“My friends used to call him Grumpelstiltskin. He is grumpy," she said, adding he “remains my best friend to this day.”</span></p>

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Self-employed Australians’ hours have fallen 32% since coronavirus hit – double the impact on all employees

<p>pandemic, with total hours worked across the economy officially <a href="https://theconversation.com/were-it-not-for-jobkeeper-unemployment-would-be-11-7-up-from-5-2-in-one-month-heres-how-the-numbers-pan-out-138268">falling 9%</a> between early March and early April 2020.</p> <p>Our analysis, using data from the quarterly <a href="https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/hardship-distress-and-resilience-initial-impacts-covid-19-australia">ANUpoll</a>, suggests the self-employed have been hit harder, with average weekly hours dropping by almost a third between February and April 2020. More than eight out of 10 self-employed Australians say their profits have taken a significant hit.</p> <p><strong>Decline in hours worked for the self employed</strong></p> <p>The ANUpoll is an important economic and social barometer in Australia because it is a longitudinal survey – polling the same group of people multiple times throughout the year. This enables a more accurate snapshot of how individuals are being affected.</p> <p>The <a href="https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/surveys/anupoll">data we are releasing today</a> was collected from 3,155 Australians between April 14 and April 27.</p> <p>It shows the 32% drop in hours worked by the self-employed (from 35.2 to 23.8 hours) was about double that of all employees, whose hours declined by 16% (from 35.5 to 29.7 hours).</p> <p>The following infographic illustrates the degree of decline for all the self-employed in the poll (about 240 people). The blue dots above the red line show those working more hours in April; those below the line show those working less. Note the number at or near zero.</p> <p>Almost a third said their business would be unviable if financial trends continued for two months. If trends persisted for six months, 40% doubted they could survive.</p> <p><strong>The impact on savings and wellbeing</strong></p> <p>The proportion of self-employed saying they were finding it difficult or very difficult to survive on their current income increased from 29% to 36%.</p> <p>This contrasts with an aggregate improvement among employees, most likely due to higher payments for those on lower incomes, such as the A$750 given to social security recipients.</p> <p>21% of self-employed respondents said they had accessed retirement savings or superannuation early, compared with 7% of employees.</p> <p>Among those thinking their business was unviable, 69% reported feeling anxious and worried, compared with 59% of those thinking their business was viable. Life satisfaction was also lower (5.6 out 10 compared to 7.0).</p> <p><strong>What does this mean for the self-employed in 2020?</strong></p> <p>Current policies includes a large amount of targeted assistance for the self-employed. Without that assistance, the outcomes summarised above would be far worse.</p> <p>As physical distancing restrictions are eased, it will be important to continue to monitor how the self-employed are faring to ensure the level of government support is sufficient and well-targeted.</p> <p><em>Written by Matthew Gray and Nicholas Biddle. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/self-employed-australians-hours-have-fallen-32-since-coronavirus-hit-double-the-impact-on-all-employees-138718">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Michael Buble admits he’s received “a lot” of death threats following controversy

<p><span>Michael Buble has admitted he and his wife were targeted by disgruntled fans after a video showing the singer nudging his partner with his elbow sparked a major controversy.</span><br /><br /><span>The Canadian star appeared alongside Luisana Lopilato on Instagram to chat to fans back in April.</span><br /><br /><span>However many supporters became concerned when he appeared to interrupt and grab her.</span><br /><br /><span>The singer's representative put out a statement calling the controversy "a failed effort of cyber bullying".</span><br /><br /><span>Speaking on Argentinian TV show Intrusos, Luisana revealed that while the couple received support over stories surrounding the event, there were a lot of hateful comments too.</span><br /><br /><span>"We received a lot of love from people but you wouldn't believe the amount of people who sent me photos with weapons saying they were going to kill Mike when he reached Argentina, photos of knives from people laughing and saying they were going to cut off his fingers, leave a bomb for us or give him a beating," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"It made me afraid and I still feel a little bit frightened."</span><br /><br /><span>Luisana went on to add: "It's not nice to receive death threats. There were a lot of threats. The positive messages we received outnumbered them but I am worried for my family. I suffered a lot with what happened."</span><br /><br /><span>"It caused Mike a lot of pain too. He loves Argentina and he loves being with me in Argentina when I'm working.</span><br /><br /><span>"He loves the friends he has in Argentina. Can you imagine what it feels like to receive a photo from Argentina of a youngster holding a weapon and the warning: 'This is what you're going to get when you come here!'"</span><br /><br /><span>Buble says he is the victim of a “fake news” campaign.</span><br /><br /><span>"Mike is a gentleman who is always concerned with trying to make me even more happy than I already am,” Luisana said.</span></p>

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Backyard fashion: 91-year-old becomes YouTube sensation with heartwarming quarantine videos

<p>A 91-year-old woman has become a YouTube sensation after modelling her favourite quarantine outfits in backyard fashion shows.</p> <p>Betty McDonald lives in Georgia, where businesses like gyms and bowling alleys have started opening up, before shelter-in-place orders ended on April 30.</p> <p>Due to Betty’s age, she’s particularly vulnerable to the virus and staying home has begun feeling like a chore, especially because she enjoys dressing up.</p> <p>“Ms. Betty is used to social interaction — going to church, the senior citizen’s centre, and Cracker Barrel with friends,” caretaker and neighbour Kim Taylor tells <em>Yahoo</em>.</p> <p>“Not being able to dress up, she has been bored, so I suggested doing a fashion show outside.”</p> <p>“That was music to my ears,” Betty tells <em>Yahoo</em>. After a few twirls in her Albany yard wearing her fanciest garb, Taylor decided to introduce her to YouTube.</p> <p>In two videos posted to Kim Taylor’s YouTube channel, Betty showed off a number of Goodwill outfits from her three closets.</p> <p>In a heartwarming twist, the fashion shows are a tribute to her husband John Henry McDonald who passed away in 2007 after serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. The couple of 58 years first met at a USO dance at Tyndall Air Force in Panama City, Florida.</p> <p>“We danced, we dated, and four months later, we married,” Betty explains in an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwp3k4p-GCQ" target="_blank">April 22 video</a>, adding the pair loved dressing up for outings to the movie theatre and dance club.</p> <p>“He was my best friend and he was my personal chef,” she says in the video. “This is for you, dear John. God bless.”</p> <p>To make sure Betty doesn’t get too exhausted, her and Kim film each outfit on different days, then Kim edits and posts them on YouTube.</p> <p>Reading through the positive comments, Betty feels thrilled as she looks forward to dictating each reply as Taylor types on her laptop.</p> <p>The fashion shows have distracted the 91-year-old from worrying about the coronavirus pandemic, says Taylor.</p> <p>“She is a wonderful lady and when she does her fashion shows, the cares of the world fade away.”</p>

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"Just sour grapes": Ellen's ratings in the wake of allegations

<p>Ellen DeGeneres is known to end every episode of her insanely popular talk show with, “Be kind to one another,” but after a number of allegations have come to light in recent weeks of her diva-like behaviour with staff members and other people, viewers are starting to lose faith.</p> <p>The backlash began in April when a number of people including popular beauty YouTuber Nikkie de Jager accused DeGeneres of being “cold and distant”. Slowly other people started to come forward with their own stories about the 62-year-old, saying she’s rude and entitled.</p> <p>Then, the comedian brought criticism upon herself after she said living in her $27 million mansion was “like being in jail”.</p> <p>“Ellen is at the end of her rope,” revealed a source to<span> </span><em>Us Weekly</em>. “She thought this was all just sour grapes from a few haters. But it’s not a passing thing – the hits just keep coming.”</p> <p>But throughout all the drama, the Emmy award winner has turned to her wife, Portia de Rossi for support.</p> <p>“Ellen’s so grateful to have Portia in her life as a soulmate and a sounding board, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy,” a second source told<span> </span><em>Us</em>. “Their home life is strained right now … her real friends never ask her to be funny or tell jokes. They accept her as it.”</p> <p>And despite all the commotion, Ellen’s ratings continue to climb, which proves the backlash has not affected her show.</p> <p>“Ellen’s been in our homes for so long, it’ll take a lot more than a bodyguard and a blogger to change how people feel about her,” the second insider notes. “Her best response is just being happy Ellen on the show every day.”</p>

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“Anything but a fairy tale”: Duchess Meghan wants to set the record straight about life in the royal family

<p>The Duchess of Sussex wants the biography on her and Prince Harry’s life to be released sooner rather than later because she hopes the book would clear the air on why the couple chose to leave the royal family.</p> <p>According to an insider, the upcoming book titled<span> </span><em>Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family</em><span> </span>by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is expected to be released around the world online on August 11, with the hard copy on sale from August 20.</p> <p>But Meghan seemingly wants an earlier release date, with a friend explaining: “If Meghan had it her way, the book would be released tomorrow instead of three months from now.</p> <p>“She said the book will finally set the record straight and show the world why they were left with no other choice than to leave the royal life.”</p> <p>Meghan wants readers to understand that despite joining the royal family, her life hasn’t been a fairy tale like many assume.  </p> <p>She also wants people to see “the genuine person that she is” and hopes to “shatter this image of being a demanding diva,” added the insider.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry sent shockwaves throughout the world in January when they announced their departure from the royal family, and instead, chose to become financially independent, splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America.</p> <p>While the pair have wealthy friends and a high-flying lifestyle, the insider revealed that Meghan “desperately wants to shatter this image of being a demanding diva who was rude to royal staffers and others on her quest for fame and power.</p> <p>“She said the book will help give her and Harry a clean slate. Meghan seems to think the readers will finally understand the monumental anguish and turmoil she had to endure with a stuff upper lip.</p> <p>“Meghan said people need to see her vulnerable side, something the book does in great detail.”</p> <p>Her friend added: “I think [Meghan] wants people to feel sorry for her, or at least have compassion for her and all she’s been through, which has been anything but a fairy tale.”</p>

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Adele's surprising response to the public reaction her 44kg weight loss has caused

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>According to recent reports, Adele is feeling self-conscious about her 44kg weight loss and treated herself to a brand-new wardrobe “worth thousands” to cope.</p> <p>After unveiling her new look on her 32nd birthday, fans and other celebrities showered her with praise, but the attention has made the Grammy award winning singer feel “embarrassed”.</p> <p>An insider told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://heatworld.com/celebrity/news/adele-self-concious-weight-loss/" target="_blank">Heat</a></em><span> </span>magazine that Adele finds the attention “very embarrassing”.</p> <p>“Adele is finding the attention very embarrassing. She admits that although she may now look the best she ever has, she still gets incredibly self-conscious about her appearance.</p> <p>“She sometimes finds it hard to believe that she looks as good as people say she does. She says she’s shocked when she looks in the mirror, but she’s really enjoying buying so many new clothes.</p> <p>“She is having a blast trying things on – from skimpy dresses to statement red-carpet creations. It’s like she’s making up for lost time, and she’s spent thousands of dollars!”</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/B4A3cg4ASSV/?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/B4A3cg4ASSV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a> on Oct 24, 2019 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Adele has been sticking to a 1,000-calorie daily diet and doing Pilates, with an insider explaining to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.eonline.com/au/news/1123028/how-adele-transformed-her-body-under-the-radar" target="_blank">E! News</a><span> </span></em>that she’s found a groove with her fitness routine.</p> <p>“She goes to different gyms. She goes early in the morning and meets with her trainer.</p> <p>“She gets her workout in first thing. She works out for about an hour and leaves drenched in sweat and looking like she worked very hard.”</p> <p>The insider added: “She's also staying active going on walks and getting in a lot of steps. She is in a groove.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Dame Judi Dench's racy regret

<p>She recently made headlines as the oldest woman to grace the cover of<span> </span><em>Vogue</em>.</p> <p>Now at 85, Dame Judi Dench is expressing her disappointment that she didn’t do more sex scenes throughout her acting career.</p> <p>Speaking to the<span> </span><em>Mirror</em>, the veteran actress looked back on her extensive portfolio and reflected on not taking advantage of the more risqué aspects of her impressive onscreen performances.</p> <p>"I have done a few bed scenes. Not many in the theatre. What a disappointment," she told the publication.</p> <p>Despite her body of work, which includes an Oscar-win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal as Queen Elizabeth in 1999’s<span> </span><em>Shakespeare in Love</em>, Dench was once told she would never appear on film.</p> <p>"They told me I would never make a film. To which there is no reply. I put my chair against the wall. I am not quite sure why. I walked out.</p> <p>She continued, "I did not want to do films anyway. I never thought I'd have a future in films as the stage is my passion. It's never ever the same in a theatre, never. You always got a different reaction to things."</p> <p>But when asked about her acting credits, the<span> </span><em>Bond</em><span> </span>star remains modest and puts it down to “luck”.</p> <p>"It's really called luck. The whole business of theatre is ­suddenly being in the right place at the right time and by chance somebody will say, 'That person might do.'"</p> <p>She continued, "It is not really to do with ­talent I don't think. It just ­happens that you fall into the slot at that time."</p> <p>Sharing some advice to aspiring actors, Dench said to the <em>Mirror</em>: "My advice is go see as much theatre as you possibly can. I think it is very, very difficult. We are just lucky we are employed."</p> <p>Dench’s career has spanned over 60 years and included starring in iconic films including M in the James Bond series, I<em>ris, Shakespeare in Love, Notes on a Scandal, Philomena</em><span> </span>and many more.</p>

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