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Bob Irwin’s friend sets the record straight: “He hasn’t been back to Australia Zoo"

<p>Bob Irwin’s close friend Amanda French, who co-wrote his Irwin’s autobiography <em>The Last Crocodile Hunter</em> has dropped some major bombs.</p> <p>While in conversation with Brisbane’s <em>Stav, Abby and Matt,</em> Amanda revealed how devastating it was to hear Bindi Irwin’s claims of “psychological abuse” made against her grandfather.</p> <p>Amanda clarified that while there has been bad blood between the family, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans.</p> <p>“Bob resigned from Australia Zoo in 2008 and hasn’t seen the kids since that time,” she began.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841955/bob-bindi-irwin-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e1c2fe82db0842eca1d4701417cf83f2" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bob and his son, Steve Irwin</em></p> <p>“It’s a surprise with what Bindi came out and said. There were some pretty weighty terms that were thrown around, psychological abuse and all that stuff.</p> <p>“You’d have to have some pretty big evidence to back that. It’s a pretty big call to make.”</p> <p>Amanda says Bob refuses to share what exactly went down between him and Australia Zoo, but alluded that management made big changes when Steve passed away.</p> <p>“He’s maintained a very neutral position about it [resigning] even when he published his autobiography,” she said.</p> <p>“The reason why he did that is because he knew there would be consequences for Australia Zoo.</p> <p>“He didn’t see eye-to-eye on issues to do with Australia Zoo at the time and some of the animals.”</p> <p>Amanda also touched on the gifts Bob returned, saying they were only ever sent from Terri and were incredibly “strange”.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841954/bob-bindi-irwin-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/37c1173abd824c8c84079f836aac82b8" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Steve, Terri and Bindi Irwin</em></p> <p>“I’ve been there when he’s received gifts, and it was a shower cap,” she said.</p> <p>“Really strange thing to send a man. To me it’s a passive aggressive thing to do, that’s my perspective. After a while of that, Bob returned one of the gifts.”</p> <p>Amanda also set the record straight on Bindi’s comments about how her family was continuing to financially support Bob, despite having a fractured relationship with him.</p> <p>She said Bob gifted the sanctuary to Steve and Irwin when they got married.</p> <p>“He gave them that zoo.</p> <p>“There was always an agreement that he would be on a pension and looked after.”</p> <p>She went on to say it’s been difficult for Bob, who cannot visit his son’s burial site as it is located in the zoo.</p> <p>“It’s hard for him not to be able to return to his son’s resting place as you can understand,” she revealed.</p> <p>“He hasn’t been back to Australia Zoo since the wildlife hospital was launched in 2008. It was supposed to be dedicated to Bob and his late wife Lynne, because that was where Lynne did the bulk of her wildlife work.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841957/bob-bindi-irwin.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bf6053bc872141e38c564ab626995cc4" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bob Irwin for The Last Crocodile Hunter</em></p> <p>“They retracted Bob’s invitation to attend that launch and he turned up anyway. I organised that event and I remember him turning up on the day and sitting in the audience looking very upset.”</p> <p>Amanda, who has a close relationship with the family, maintained that Bob is a good person.</p> <p>So much so in fact, that many staff members have left the zoo under Terri’s management due to similar issues that Bob had.</p> <p>“When I went back to write the book and spoke to those key people who worked with Bob and Steve, there was still some bad blood there with how they were treated. They adored them [Bob and Steve], and never had a boss like them again.”</p> <p>Amanda says that while she wrote the book about the croc hunter, Bob did try to send his grandchildren letters but was unsure if they were receiving them or not.</p> <p>Due to the confusion, Amanda says Bob chose to “close off the book with a message to his grandkids” instead.</p> <p>Bindi Irwin made upsetting allegations against her grandfather, Bob Irwin in her Father’s Day post dedicated to her own father, her husband, Chandler Powell, and her father-in-law.</p> <p>When asked why she left her grandfather out of the post, Bindi unleashed, saying: “Unfortunately my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family.</p> <p>“He has returned gifts I’ve sent him after he opened them, he has ignored my correspondence and from the time I was a little girl he has ignored me, preferring to spend time doing anything else rather than being with me,” Bindi went on to say.</p> <p>“He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart but it is not healthy to engage in an abusive relationship.</p> <p>“I hope everyone remembers to be kind to one another but most of all care for your own mental health,” she added.</p> <p>“I have struggled with this relationship my entire life and it brings me enormous pain.”</p> <p>Bindi has since taken time away from social media, citing it was for her well-being.</p> <p><em>Images: Supplied</em></p>

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Barnaby Joyce’s relatable ‘dad moment’

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barnaby Joyce had a relatable ‘dad moment’ during his swearing in as Deputy Prime Minister on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The newly-reinstated leader of the Nationals Party attended the formal occasion with his partner Vikki Campion and their young sons Sebastian, three, and Thomas, two.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Joyce reclaimed leadership of the Nationals Party following a leadership spill on Monday, replacing Michael McCormack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before the ceremony began, Mr Joyce was snapped holding Sebastian while Campion held Thomas’ hand, with Campion and the boys finding their seats in the front row shortly after.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the ceremony, Sebastian climbed over his mum and approached his dad, amusing the attending crowd.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos of the two boys off their seats have since started circulating online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Joyce has six children in total, including four daughters from his previous marriage to Natalie Abberfield.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Joyce’s return to the leadership position has been criticised by some as favourable treatment of male politicians, following his resignation from the top spot three years ago in light of sexual harassment claims and accusations he had violated ministerial standards.</span></p>

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Fans share concern over Sam Armytage's dog: "Her dog is obese"

<p>Fans have taken to social media to express concern for Samantha Armytage’s Labrador dog, Banjo.</p> <p>Online commentary has kicked off after recent photos of the only five-year-old dog were shared, with many suggesting Banjo is at a worrying weight.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841979/banjo-armytage.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b9e86791167a4dd2882f98301401bc03" /></p> <p>“Please put Banjo on a diet - he shouldn't be that big, it's not fair on him,” one concerned observer said.</p> <p>Another wrote: “Her dog is obese, she should take the dog for a walk and get off the couch.”</p> <p>Others felt sad for Banjo’s physical appearance.</p> <p>One fan jokingly offered to digitally reduce the dog's waistline, writing, “Hey Sam, I will photo shop your dog for $20. It will look real. Just saying....”</p> <p>Some fans were simply happy for Sam and Banjo who have a lot more time to spend together now since resigning from her role on <em>Sunrise</em>.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841977/banjo-armytage-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/364146f6a4794cef84db14874949b1be" /></p> <p>Samantha made the decision to step down from Channel 7's breakfast program earlier this year, and I’d now fronting her own podcast called <em>Something To Talk About</em> for <em>Stellar magazine.</em></p> <p>Rumours raged for months that Sam may be looking to quit after the couple announced their engagement in June last year.</p> <p>She tied the knot with the millionaire businessman on New Year's Eve, in a beautiful and intimate ceremony at his Southern Highlands home.</p>

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Devastated son slams QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

<p>A heartbroken man has broken down in tears after being refused entry to Queensland to see his dying father, despite being fully vaccinated.</p> <p>Mark Killian and his wife Anneli have flown from Los Angeles to Sydney after being granted a travel exemption by the federal government and NSW Health, but they were refused a quarantine exemption by Queensland Health Officials.</p> <p>Killian's 80-year-old father Frans is currently dying of pancreatic cancer in a hospital on the Gold Coast and weighs just 44 kilograms.</p> <p>He told Karl Stefanovic on Today that all he wants is to say "I love you" to his father one last time.</p> <p>"We just want to be there for those last days, moments... That's all we want. That's all that all of this is about," Killian explained.</p> <p>"I don't think we have ever experienced anything like this in our lives. It has been on a personal level absolutely tragic for our family.</p> <p>"To be locked in a room in Sydney when all it would take is just the show of compassion by [The Premier and the Health Minister of Queensland] that could change the entire trajectory of a family's experience of the last days of their family, it is inconceivable that they would not allow that."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"What's the point of getting vaccinated if we're not up for exemptions for compassionate reasons like this?" <a href="https://twitter.com/AllisonLangdon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AllisonLangdon</a> hits at the heart of the issue surrounding a dying man's plea to allow his fully-vaccinated family to skip hotel quarantine to visit him. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/dd1qogjAJv">pic.twitter.com/dd1qogjAJv</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1407456601301204993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Kilian said that it was a sign of hope when the Queensland Premier addressed the situation directly when fronting the media.</p> <p>"That is at least a development. And then we also got a personal letter from the Prime Minister giving us his compassionate support but also stating that the Federal Government has no ability to affect the state law," he said.</p> <p>"Meanwhile, the Premier of Queensland basically said the opposite. It is a little bit of a passing the buck situation. But at least there is movement."</p> <p>Former Opposition Leader Bill Shorton called on Palaszczuk to exercise compassion.</p> <p>"I know that the Queensland and federal officials are in a bit of a no-win situation because if you say yes to this, then where do you draw the line. But on the other hand, common sense is common sense," he told Stefanovic.</p> <p>"I just want someone to be able to say goodbye to their parent. As a country, we are surely smart enough to put them in a special transport van and you know, the technical experts could come up with a solution.</p> <p>"For everyone who has been through Covid, rather than worrying about how everyone else will react, I reckon at least 5million Melburnians would say give them a chance to say goodbye."</p> <p>Kilian's father Fran made a tearful plea from his hospital bed to the Queensland Government.</p> <p>"Every day that they are in that hotel, is a day less that I have with my son and daughter-in-law in my last days," he said.</p> <p>"Please Queensland Health. Show some compassion. And help an old man see someone before it is too late.</p> <p>"By all accounts, there is no danger to the Queensland community. I'm asking you, begging you actually, to let my son and his wife leave their quarantine to come here to be with me. It is my dying wish. Please."</p>

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Chandler Powell chimes in after Bindi Irwin takes a break from social media

<p>Bindi Irwin’s husband Chandler Powell has given a message of support for his wife after she announced she was stepping down from social media and “taking a break”.</p> <p>The decision follows after Bindi publicly exposed her fractured relationship with her grandfather, Bob Irwin.</p> <p>The Australian conservationist took to Instagram on Monday evening to announce she was temporarily stepping back “from social media and most of my work in the public eye” to be with her “beautiful daughter” and “wonderful family”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBindisueIrwin%2Fposts%2F329952148500766&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="759" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>The previous evening, the 22-year-old claimed she suffered psychological “abuse” because of her estranged grandfather’s silence.</p> <p>The bombshell post followed with the revelation that Bob had “shown no interest” in spending time with her family.</p> <p>“He has returned gifts I’ve sent him after he opened them, he has ignored my correspondence and from the time I was a little girl he has ignored me, preferring to spend time doing anything else rather than being with me,” she said.</p> <p>“He has never said a single kind word to me personally.</p> <p>“It breaks my heart but it is not healthy to engage in an abusive relationship.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841925/bindi-irwin-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/caccff06b61d488cb4a855233711402f" /></p> <p>Speaking on <em>The Latest</em> on Monday evening, Amanda French, who is the author of the book <em>The Last Crocodile Hunter</em>, revealed he was “deeply upset” by the comments.</p> <p>“Naturally Bob’s quite upset about it, and to be perfectly honest we haven’t told him the full extent of the comments because we’re quite concerned about how he might take that,” she said.</p> <p>Following the reaction, Bindi announced she was stepping down from social media temporarily.</p> <p>“I feel tremendously grateful to share our life and conservation work with you but I need some time to focus on the happiness that is my family (both human and animal),” she revealed.</p> <p>“Recently, I’ve had many people reaching out to share their own stories of working hard to protect their mental health. Thank you for sharing and speaking your truth.</p> <p>“To my friends who are dealing with depression, anxiety and other battles every day - I see you.</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/CQYWHY0BN8t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQYWHY0BN8t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chandler Powell (@chandlerpowell)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“These issues are very real and deserve to be discussed and addressed. Surround yourself with the light of people who genuinely care about you and will support you during the good times and the hard times.</p> <p>“Remember there are helplines available. Mental health deserves more understanding and support instead of being dismissed or patronised. You are absolutely worthy of love and kindness,” she concluded.</p> <p>On Monday night, Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell shared a strong message of support for his wife.</p> <p>“You inspire me with your unwavering kindness and your ability to stand up for what is right,” he wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“You are the strongest and most beautiful person inside and out.</p> <p>“Grace has an amazing mama to look up to.”</p>

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Will and Kate's sweet never-before-seen snap for Father's Day

<p>The Cambridge family have released a never-before-seen photo in a sweet video montage for Father's Day in the UK.</p> <p>Father's Day in the UK is celebrated on the 20th of June, and to celebrate the occasion, the family released sweet snaps.</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/CQVbiwUFMHg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQVbiwUFMHg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One photo in the montage shows Prince Harry and Prince William as children with Prince Charles. Another photo showed Kate Middleton being led down the aisle by her father Michael at the couple's 2011 wedding.</p> <p>The photo that caught fan's attention was a photo of Prince William with all his three children which appears to be before Trooping The Colour in 2019.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841912/prince-william-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6c76ecfb11734762a06c8dcaf3ff0b9c" /></p> <p>The photo shows the Cambridge children in matching blue outfits next to their father in uniform.</p> <p>"That new picture on the bottom left is so beautiful... Happy father's day to our Duke of Cambridge, to Prince Charles and Michael Middleton! Amazing dads," one fan commented.</p> <p>"Soooo cute!" said another. "Happy Father's Day to The Duke!"</p>

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Prince Charles' monarchy plan denies Archie title of prince

<p>Prince Charles' rumoured plans to slim down the monarchy when he becomes King has been said to exclude grandson Archie from ever becoming a prince.</p> <p>The move is said to have angered his son, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.</p> <p>Prince Charles will reportedly have a smaller number of working royals performing official duties when he becomes King.</p> <p>"Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became King," confirmed the insider.</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/B41zRstlfEY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B41zRstlfEY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Meghan Markle said in that infamous Oprah interview that she believes that it was racist to exclude her son of a royal title.</p> <p>"They didn't want him to be a prince….which would be different from protocol ... we have in tandem the conversation of, 'He won't be given security. He's not going to be given a title.'</p> <p>"And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."</p>

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Meghan Markle's special message after daughter's birth

<p>Meghan Markle may be on maternity leave after welcoming daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor just two weeks ago.</p> <p>But it hasn't stopped the Duchess of Sussex from sharing a beautiful message about something close to her heart - animal welfare.</p> <p>The Duchess has remained Patron of Mayhew after Megxit and wrote a message for the UK charity's annual report, praising the organisation and others similar for their efforts during the pandemic.</p> <p>"When I reflect on 2020, I always come back to the importance of community and connection," the duchess wrote. "We may have been forced apart, but we found new ways to be close and to support each other through this shared crisis. For many of us, this was made all the easier with our pets by our side."</p> <p>The new mum, who gave birth on June 4 to her daughter with Prince Harry, also spoke about her miscarriage last July, writing about the grief she experienced over the past year.</p> <p>"Over the last year, each of us have felt the profound effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic," Meghan began.</p> <p>"Be it the loss of a loved one, the health challenges far too many faced, or the disproportionate life changes everyone has experienced, it has been an overwhelming process of grief, growth and also of gratitude.</p> <p>"I have heard from so many of you about the impact of having a pet with you at home during the isolation of lockdown; you have mentioned the therapeutic effect of having your animal by your side and the solace and comfort you found in their company."</p> <p>Praising the charity's hard work in these tough circumstances, Meghan hinted that she remains involved in their work from the US.</p> <p>"I have been proud to witness Mayhew adapting to the moment – through virtual rehoming, TheraPaws visits over Zoom and delivering care packages to animals and pet owners in need," she wrote.</p> <p>Meghan, who had two rescue dogs (Bogart and Guy) in Canada before she met Prince Harry, has been a champion of animal welfare charities for a number of years.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty</em></p>

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Rod Stewart's wife in surprising career change

<p>Rod Stewart’s wife, Penny Lancaster has decided to make a drastic career change.</p> <p>The ex-model is now pursuing a career in public service as a City of London police officer.</p> <p>The 50-year-old initially joined the force in 2020 as a volunteer special constable.</p> <p>In April of 2021, she went on and completed her qualifications as a Special Police Constable which means she now has the power to arrest.</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/CQHMjKfMSDP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQHMjKfMSDP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Page Six (@pagesix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Cameras have caught Lancaster patrolling the city streets, and even going as far to catch someone for public urination.</p> <p>According to Good Morning Britain, Lancaster first became interested in a law enforcement role after she appeared on the British series Famous and Fighting Crime in 2019.</p> <p>The TV show pairs celebrities with police officers to get an "inside look" at fighting crime.</p> <p>"When you think of policing, you think of the most violent crimes but we're out there to help the most vulnerable," Lancaster recently said in an interview with the program.</p> <p>"At this particular time there's a lot of incidents on the bridges and I did help someone who was very desperate on the bridge the other night," she said.</p> <p>In an interview with The Daily Mail, the star revealed that being a police officer is "who I am."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841859/penny-lancaster-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/51df2d48b5dc4b7da2a92e4002b92597" /></p> <p>"I could be walking the red carpet with Rod, or I could be in our stable with my goats. But there comes a time when everyone questions themselves and asks, 'Who am I? Who am I at my core?'" she explained to the publication.</p> <p>"This is what I feel I should always have been doing. It's about identity."</p> <p>Stewart and Lancaster married in 2007 after eight years together.</p> <p>The pair have two sons, Alastair, 15, and Aiden, 10.</p>

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Great-great-great-grandma meets newest addition to family

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Scottish woman has become a great, great, great grandmother, with six generations of her family alive at the same time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mary Marshall has a total of 90 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and great great great grandchildren.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 86-year-old is the family’s oldest member, and the youngest is three-week-old Nyla Ferguson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of the mothers are on the same side of the family and all except new mum Toni-Leigh Aitken work, or have worked, as carers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They also all gave birth when they were 18 or younger and live in or around Edinburgh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As head of the family, Mary has eight children, including eldest daughter Rose.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rose Thorburn, 68, has four children, including 50-year-old Chyrel Borthwick.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cheryl’s daughter gave birth to Carrie Dow, a mum-of-four, in 1986.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">35-year-old Carrie’s children include new mum Toni-Leigh, 17.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the birth of Nyla in May, Mary earned the title of Scotland’s only great-great-great grandmother.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said: “I’m a lucky woman, to be honest with you. It’s great to have such a big family. There’s always someone there looking out for you. I’m incredibly happy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mary also said she is forgiven for not buying birthday and Christmas presents for every member of the large family, as she would spend “half the year doing so”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New mum, Toni-Leigh, said: “When we found out I was pregnant, we did make a joke about us breaking some sort of record.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Then we started looking into it and it doesn’t look like anyone else has our family set-up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a bit too early to see a resemblance to her great-great-great-grandma, but it was love at first sight when they met.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Living a short drive away from each other also means Mary, Toni, and the new bub can see each other often.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Toni-Leigh also noted it was “pretty loud” when they have a family get-together.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rose, Nyla’s great-great-grandma, said: “It’s great when you have a new baby. I’m one of eight so I’ve always had a big family in some sense.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whenever we get together, there’s always fun and laughs. There’s always someone there for you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is believed that the family is the only one in Scotland with six generations alive at the same time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most generations alive in a single family has been seven, according to Guinness World Records.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: SWNS</span></em></p>

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Natalie Barr’s sons make a rare appearance in a tell-all interview

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Natalie Barr has finally shared images of her teenage boys following years of keeping them out of the spotlight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> co-host appeared with her two sons, 19-year-old Lachlan and 16-year-old Hunter, for the first time together in the media for an interview and photoshoot for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian Women’s Weekly</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the interview, Natalie talked about her “amazing” new role as co-host of the breakfast show and about her family life with the boys and her husband, film editor Andrew Thompson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While I have only been in the seat for a couple of weeks, I have to admit that I love it,” she said of her move from reading the news to replacing Samantha Armytage in March.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of people said that, ‘Oh, it should be a breeze, you’ve done it before.’ But that was only as a fill-in,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So yes, I know what the job is, but that’s not always the same as actually having the job.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barr said working alongside David ‘Kochie’ Koch “comes with a lot of responsibility”, but the fact she gets along so well with the rest of her colleagues on the show “really helps”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barr also went on to share details of her home life that had been mostly private until now, telling the magazine that “my sons and my husband are my life”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I may have this amazing career, but Andrew and the boys come first,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Of course, I have always been able to run out the door to cover a story when I need to, but I only ever did that when the boys were old enough to deal with it and to be left at home.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said the “beauty” of working on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for 17 years has been that she could “race home” from the studio after finishing up the breakfast show to be a “full time mum for the rest of the day”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I could be with them and watch them grow up every day. In that way, it was magical,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eldest son Lachlan is currently studying at one of Australia’s top film schools while Hunter is finishing Year 10.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barr said she “doesn’t care” what her sons choose to do when they get older as long as “they find something they love doing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think Drew and I have been lucky enough to find careers that we love doing every day,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think that perhaps it’s unusual. Not everyone gets to do what they love. But it would be incredible if they could find that.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Otherwise, all you ever want for your kids as a parent is for them to be happy and healthy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You know, to go out into the world and do what they want to do, to find something worthwhile and find someone who they love to be part of the life,” she explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s really basic, but it’s probably also the secret to a good life.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Australian Women’s Weekly</span></em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth gifted with a new puppy to celebrate Prince Philip’s 100th

<p>She began by celebrating her 95th birthday in a scaled-down Trooping the Colour event.</p> <p>Thursday marked the day the Queen’s husband would have celebrated his 100th birthday.</p> <p>Prince Philip died in April, and while Her Majesty is still understandably reeling from the loss – her family has gone to painstaking lengths to put a smile on her face.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841799/queen-elizabeth-corgi-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0775dc0b507241b9a54f7187e15b09d3" /></p> <p>Reports say both Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and their father Prince Andrew gave the royal a six-week-old puppy as a gift ahead of her 'official' birthday.</p> <p>The sweet gesture followed after one of two new puppies the Queen was given this year earlier, died unexpectedly due to heart problems.</p> <p>She named them Fergus, as a tribute to her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in WWI, and Muick, after a landmark on the royals' Balmoral estate in Scotland.</p> <p>Fergus, the dorgi, died in May at just five months of age, which was an extra blow for the Queen following the death of Prince Philip on April 9.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841800/queen-elizabeth-corgi.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/261d5347b27343d5b52911e6273129a6" /></p> <p>Windsor Castle source is quoted to have said, "The Queen has had a rough time and she is absolutely delighted to have a new corgi."</p> <p>The name of the royal’s latest fur baby is not yet known.</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth is known for her love of Pembroke Welsh corgis, and has been surrounded by the breed her entire life.</p> <p>She was just 18 when she had her first, Susan, which was given her parents.</p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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Big W worker’s act of kindness leaves mum stunned

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Big W shopper had to “hold back my tears” after a store employee’s amazing act towards her two sons, who both have autism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shopper Jacqueline said she had taken her two non-verbal sons, aged three and five, to look at what birthday and Christmas presents they may like from the toy section of her local Big W in Bunbury WA.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The single mum said she had a friendly conversation with one of the team members at the store who was working nearby, explaining her boys’ developmental delays which made it difficult for them to choose gifts from a catalogue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Jacqueline and her sons made their way to the checkout sometime later, the staff member and a colleague gave her a bag to take home - with the two toys her sons had picked out as their favourites inside.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the story on a popular Facebook page, Jacqueline said she didn’t expect the “extremely kind” gifts and thanked the Big W staff for their kindness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just wanted to share something that happened today in my local Big W,” she wrote in a post on the </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/376227143178380"><span style="font-weight: 400;">BIG W MUMS AUSTRALIA Facebook</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I took my boys in to have a look at the toys to hopefully give me an idea on what they might like for birthdays and Christmas,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My boys are five and three but they are also non-verbal autistic with global developmental delay so flicking through the catalogue doesn’t really get us anywhere (the one I did grab got ripped to pieces).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My oldest son found the Little Live Pets Pooping Flamingo and fell in love with it. We kept doing loops back to this flamingo even after he took interest in other things.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At risk of upsetting him and causing a meltdown I said to him that we wouldn’t get it today (something I had been saying before we even walked in the shop). He was clearly disappointed but walked away as asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We moved down to the final aisles that are set up in the middle of the shop purposely for the toy sale and had a look through.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There was a lovely lady that worked there who was going through writing down where everything was and moved the trolley out of the way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had started talking and I made mention of why we were there and why we don’t use the catalogue. I had made mention of how much my oldest loved the flamingo and also the fact that my youngest wasn’t really giving me any ideas however if all else fails we would find some more cars that he doesn’t already have (ASD parents will know).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We continued on our way and finished doing what we were doing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jacqueline said she was stunned when she was stopped and given the bag as they were about to leave.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As we were about to head to the checkout, the lady I had spoken to and another staff member stopped me and handed me a black bag which had the flamingo and a light-up car and said that Big W wished to gift them to us,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My response was ‘Are you sure?’ ha ha. I was completely overwhelmed and trying to hold back my tears.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of the retailer were blown away by Jacqueline’s post.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This made me cry, this is amazing of them. I hope your boys love their gifts,” one said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Beautiful. Sounds like you and your boys deserved something lovely to come your way,” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And that’s why I go to Big W! That is the most wonderful gesture by those ladies and I hope their manager knows about it,” a third said.</span></p>

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10-year-old boy dies a hero after rescuing little sister

<p>A 10-year-old boy has died a hero after he tragically jumped into a river to save his little sister after she fell in.</p> <p>Little Ricky Lee Sneve was with his father and siblings at Big Sioux River in Hudson, South Dakota on Saturday when his little sister Chevelle fell into the water.</p> <p>Nicole Eufers, Ricky’s mother, explained that a number of siblings had fallen in and while his father jumped in to get two of them while Ricky went for his sister.</p> <p>Ricky was able to push Chevelle back to the shore, but when his father Chad Sneve turned around, he was missing.</p> <p>"He saved his sister's life and took his own," Ms Eufers told the Argus Leader.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841808/ricky-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0e6d3b6df73842e7a0d43da4d2748f33" /></p> <p>Ricky's disappearance led to a large-scale rescue operation.</p> <p>However, only a few hours later, the sheriff's office confirmed they had found the body of the 10-year-old.</p> <p>"We unfortunately have a tragic update to the situation in Hudson," the release said.</p> <p>"The dive team recovered the body of the 10-year-old boy. We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.</p> <p>"Our sympathies are with the family and the first responders who assisted in the recovery."</p> <p>A GoFundMe has been set up by Ms Eufers' brother after Ricky's death.</p> <p>"Ricky Lee was a very intelligent and smart young boy who loved his family and was an adventurous little guy," Ricky's uncle Ricky Eufers wrote.</p> <p>"He’d do anything to help his mom or anyone at that, without ever being asked. Ricky gave his life trying to do what he knew was best.</p> <p>"Please help my sister Nicole have some relief in these absolutely difficult times. All donations will be sent to her relief."</p>

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"Crushed with guilt": Decision to put down "pandemic puppy" causes heated debate

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A journalist has sparked debates online over her decision to euthanise her dog she adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madeline Bills published a piece on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Slate </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">sharing the story of her adoption of Bennie, “a six-year old beagle whose photo melted my heart”, just before Christmas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Like many others last year, I was thrilled to adopt a dog,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The so called pandemic puppy boom made for what felt like stiff competition at the time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, the journalist said the New Jersey animal shelter she adopted Bonnie from likely failed to inform her of the dog’s history of aggressive behaviour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After six months of behavioural training and “daily dog anxiety meds” seemed to make no difference to Bonnie’s biting, Bilis made the decision to try and rehome the pooch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But I soon learned the shelter where Bonnie came from wouldn’t help me. A volunteer explained that Bonnie was too dangerous to adopt out again, and their affiliated sanctuaries - including several beagle-specific rescues - declined to take her,” she wrote. “Another dog rescue organisation in New York City told me that her bite history - seven bites at the time, though that number would grow - was too extensive for her to even qualify for a special rehabilitation program.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bilis said both conversations ended with the same conclusion: “behavioural euthanasia”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was adorable - and violent,” Bilis wrote. “I found a resolution many choose but few acknowledge.” </span></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/madelinebilis/status/1402611855252668417"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://twitter.com/madelinebilis/status/1402611855252668417</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The article drew praise from some readers for addressing a difficult topic, which described how Bonnie was involved in several biting incidents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Last Christmas morning, I patted my bed, invitingly my newly adopted beagle, Bonnie, to jump and cuddle,” she began in the piece.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My boyfriend, still under the covers, reached out to pet her soft little head, which was now wedged between us. I turned away to grab my phone, and it happened: a guttural bark, followed by a human scream. I whipped around to see my boyfriend’s hand covered in blood. It was Bonnie’s second bite in the week since I’d adopted her.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bilis recounted another incident where Bonnie bit a man walking past them on the footpath, though she was surprised “the man brushed off the incident”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the number of incidents continued to grow, Bilis said her “desire to stop living with a dangerous animal” grew too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As the weeks went by and no new options appeared, I realised I had a choice: I could send her off with a stranger one day - someone she would certainly injure, and who would perhaps end up euthanising her anyway - or I could allow her to leave this terrifying world peacefully with someone she loves.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She stressed the choice to pursue behavioural euthanasia was “not a decision made out of convenience”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Crushed with guilt, I wondered if there was more I could have done to help my sweet beagle,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unsurprisingly, the article drew criticism online, with other owners of adopted dogs claiming the decision was motivated by inconvenience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One user said that in her “30-year-plus career as a veterinarian who works on dogs with anxieties and behavioural issues, I’ve only had to euthanise two dogs for child safety reason.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many also defended Bilis, agreeing she had no choice in the matter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of people angry about this article but obviously the correct thing to do with a violent and dangerous domesticated animal is put it down,” wrote </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daily Wire</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> host Matt Walsh.</span></p>

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Gladys Berijiklian celebrates dad’s birthday with rare baby snap

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The NSW Premier has shared a previously unseen snap of herself as a baby with her father in celebration of his 89th birthday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the image of herself as a curly-haired toddler being held by her father on social media, Gladys Berijiklian captioned the post: “Happy 89th dad!”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy 89th dad! <a href="https://t.co/hljIjELqrC">pic.twitter.com/hljIjELqrC</a></p> — Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GladysB/status/1403110509663064066?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The post has since been flooded with comments wishing the Premier’s dad a happy birthday, while other commenters noticed their similarities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A spitting image of her dad,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Happy birthday to your dear dad. Your daughter is the best premier ever,” another person commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This comes after Ms Berejiklian made headlines for her social media activity ahead of the first State of Origin game on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bizarre picture showed Ms Berejiklian in a NSW Blues scarf and beanie while holding a can of Coke No Sugar and watching a tiny television fixed on a distant wall.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Getting ready for Game 1. Go the <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWBlues?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NSWBlues</a> ! <a href="https://t.co/Y3BuTlFjIj">pic.twitter.com/Y3BuTlFjIj</a></p> — Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GladysB/status/1402505771003179010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other Twitter users quickly responded with a barrage of memes poking fun at the unusual photo, including a recreation of the picture by Deputy Premier John Barilaro.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Getting ready for Game 2. Go the <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWBlues?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NSWBlues</a>! <a href="https://t.co/AyG5UU7rrv">pic.twitter.com/AyG5UU7rrv</a></p> — John Barilaro MP (@JohnBarilaroMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnBarilaroMP/status/1402795053811048450?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2021</a></blockquote>

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Blind man's heartwarming reunion with his dog

<p>A man from Melbourne was nine years old when he suffered a brain tumour prompting him to undergo several surgeries to remove it.</p> <p>When he turned 21, the damage of the surgeries changed his life forever, permanently removing his eyesight.</p> <p>Since then, Mr Toogood has gotten through life with the help of his family, but most of all his loving sister Lisa who has guided him through the darkness.</p> <p>When his sister isn't around, Mr Toogood relies on his best friend, a cavoodle named Sam who keeps him company with unconditional love.</p> <p>"So, Matt and Sam have spent the last five years together, he doesn't leave Matt's side whenever he's home, he follows him around, inside, outside, so yeah, they're the best companions to each other," Lisa told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>Mr Toogood and Sam were separated for months after Mr Toogood broke his ankle and was hospitalised to undergo rehabilitation.</p> <p>During his time in hospital, Sam was given to another family to be looked after.</p> <p>But, once Mr Toogood went home after hospital, the new owners of Sam refused to give him back.</p> <p>"I love my dog, and I'd love him to come back," Mr Toogood said.</p> <p>Lisa approached the family to ask for Sam back but they threatened legal action telling her, "we could drag this out, it's going to cost whoever a fortune, I know all the court systems are backed up for six to 12 months because of COVID."</p> <p>Lisa had to regretfully break the news to Mr Toogood, telling him Sam wouldn't be able to come home because the family denied he was the rightful owner, despite Sam's microchip being registered in his name.</p> <p>"To have him ring me at night, every day and say 'I miss my dog, where is he? Why would someone do this to me? He was always by my side?' It's just not fair, and it's really hard," Lisa said.</p> <p>Mr Toogood and Lisa decided to ask Anne-Marie's help, a pet detective and founder of Arthur &amp; Co, who tracked Sam down and negotiated with the family for his release.</p> <p>Richard, who is a private investigator and worked for Anne-Marie, went inside the family's house to retrieve Sam.</p> <p>After 15 minutes of negotiation, Richard emerged from the house holding Sam, ready to give him back to Mr Toogood.</p> <p>"My heart is bursting with happiness," Lisa said after seeing Sam in Richard's arms.</p> <p>Richard and Lisa took Sam to the local vet who gave him the all clear and double checked his microchip, which confirmed Mr Toogood as his owner.</p> <p>As Mr Toogood sat on his couch in Melbourne, Richard walked in with Sam in his arms and dropped the delighted dog onto his lap.</p> <p>"Are you going to sleep better tonight, now?" Lisa asked Mr Toogood.</p> <p>"Yes," Mr Toogood replied as Sam jumped up and licked his nose.</p>

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New snap of Bindi Irwin's daughter is fan favourite

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Bindi Irwin has delighted fans by showing her two-month-old daughter Grace on an exciting new adventure.</p> <p>Bindi shared the photo of herself and Grace on a boardwalk adventure, with doting husband Chandler Powell taking the photo.</p> <p>“Adventures with our little bug,” the photo was captioned.</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/CP1gUHUhRUf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CP1gUHUhRUf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo was a massive hit with fans and quickly had more than 189,000 likes on Instagram.</p> <p>Proud dad Chandler revealed that there were lots of wild animals out and about on the bushwalk.</p> <p>“Grace saw her first wild swamp wallaby, noisy pitta and possum," he revealed on an Instagram.</p> <p>“She’s already a legend at spotting wildlife.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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