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Readers Respond: What is the most unprofessional thing a doctor has said to you?

<p dir="ltr">When you go to your family doctor or specialist the last thing you’d expect is something unprofessional being said. </p> <p dir="ltr">But unfortunately, it appears to be more common than we think and it is unacceptable. </p> <p dir="ltr">We asked our readers to shed some light on some of the unprofessional comments they’ve received from doctors and they are nothing but shocking.</p> <p dir="ltr">Check them out below.</p> <p dir="ltr">Julie Lancashire - At 90 years my mum got her pacemaker replaced after 10 years and the doctor saying he didn't expect he'd be doing it again. She's now 93 and counting!</p> <p dir="ltr">Carole Meyer - I was patted on the head and told I didn’t need to know how many stitches I had after giving birth.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rosalea Mifsud - I asked our doctor of 35 years if my husband could have Legionnaires' disease as he was extremely ill after opening the potting mix. Instead of swabbing or testing urine, his reply was “I don’t know as I have never had a patient with it”. My husband was ill for 2 months, but never diagnosed. He had a blood test which showed he had a virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jean Ahmet - My husband had a large operation to remove cancer. When he went for a check up a year later the registrar said to him “see you next year if you are still around”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Terrie Giancola - My husband was told he was considered “not viable” for surgery for liver cancer by a surgeon at a large public hospital in Melbourne, “go home enjoy what time you have left you won’t feel any pain”. Twenty-two years later after successful surgery at a large private hospital we both still remember the callousness of that comment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Margaret Gauld - Asking me what I was thinking about during an internal examination.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elizabeth Mcdowell - Went through years of pain and one day called into the hospital. The doctor checking me said l was faking the pain and wasting his time. Two more years of excruciating pain I saw a specialist who took my gallbladder out. He said it was full of puss and was very infected. Been fine ever since. </p> <p dir="ltr">Liz Wood - I was told to get pregnant and that would fix all my problems. Only thing was I had been told two weeks before having an operation for a burst cyst on my ovaries. I was then told I would not be able to have children. I reported the doctor for his insensitive comments. He had not read my case history.</p> <p dir="ltr">Vicki Pritchard - If you weren’t so overweight it wouldn’t have hurt as much! I fell down the cement stairs. I was in PAIN.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sue Schultz - Your baby shouldn't have died…but you are not the only one that has lost a baby!!!! I was just shattered.</p> <p dir="ltr">Share any unprofessional comments you’ve received <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtyNZ/posts/pfbid02XYbmr2cQdZKdHTMxgHBTbKEMq7HCpVMoKGn2RMPSNjdJ5Ph6LDQGwRtbWQ5EtGV3l" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Lookism: beauty still trumps brains in too many workplaces

<p>Universities position themselves as places where brains matter. It seems strange then that students at a US university would rate attractive academics to be better teachers. This <a href="https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/attractive-female-academics-rated-better-teachers">was the finding</a> of a <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272775719307538?dgcid=coauthor">recent paper</a> from the University of Memphis, which concluded that female academics suffered most from this.</p> <p>It raises an uncomfortable proposition, that beauty trumps brains even in 21st century workplaces. It would certainly be supported by veteran female broadcasters <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/sep/22/bbc-subjects-older-women-to-lookism-says-libby-purves">such as</a> radio presenter Libby Purves, who recently complained about the way the BBC dispenses with women of a certain age.</p> <p><a href="https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/quarter-of-women-asked-to-dress-more-provocatively-for-video-meetings">Another survey</a>, this time in the UK, gave a deeper sense of the problem. It reported that employers were asking female employees to dress “sexier” and wear make-up during video meetings.</p> <p>Published by law firm Slater and Gordon over the summer, and based on a poll of 2,000 office-based staff working from home during lockdown, the report found that 35% of women had experienced at least one sexist demand from their employer, usually relating to how they dressed for video meetings. Women also reported being asked to wear more makeup, do something to their hair or dress more provocatively. Reasons offered by their bosses were that it would “help win business” and be “pleasing to a client”.</p> <p>It seems as though the shift to more virtual working has not eradicated what Danielle Parsons, an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, described as “archaic behaviour” which “has no place in the modern working world”. When employees’ performance is judged on the basis of their physical appearance, potentially shaping their pay and prospects in work, it is known as lookism. It’s not illegal, but arguably it should be.</p> <h2>Beauty and the boss</h2> <p>The Slater and Gordon survey findings affirm that many trends that we describe in our recent book, <a href="https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/aesthetic-labour/book232313">Aesthetic Labour</a>, are widespread and continuing despite remote working. Our book reports over 20 years of research and thinking about this problem. Although our research started by focusing on frontline work in hospitality and retail, the same issue has expanded into a diverse range of roles including academics, traffic wardens, recruitment consultants, interpreters, TV news anchors and circus acrobats.</p> <p>Companies think that paying greater attention to employees’ appearance will make them more competitive, while public sector organisations think it will make them more liked. As a result, they are all becoming ever more prescriptive in telling employees how they should look, dress and talk.</p> <p>It happens both to men and women, though more often to women, and is often tied in more broadly with sexualising them at work. For example, while Slater and Gordon found that one-third of men and women had “put up with” comments about their appearance during video calls, women were much likelier to face degrading requests to appear sexier.</p> <p>When we analysed ten years of employees’ complaints about lookism to the Equal Opportunities Commission in Australia, we found that the proportion from men was rising across sectors but that two-thirds of complaints were still from women. Interestingly, the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272775719307538?dgcid=coauthor">University of Memphis study</a> found no correlation for male academics between how their looks were perceived and how their performance was rated.</p> <h2>Society’s obsession</h2> <p>Of course, workplaces cannot be divorced from society in general, and within the book we chart the increasing obsession with appearance. This aestheticisation of individuals is partly driven by the ever-growing reach and importance of the beauty industry and a huge rise in cosmetic – now increasingly labelled aesthetic – surgery.</p> <p>These trends are perhaps understandable given that those deemed to be “attractive” benefit from a “beauty premium” whereby they are more likely to get a job, more likely to get better pay and more likely to be promoted. Being deemed unattractive or lacking the right dress sense can be reasons to be denied a job, but they are not illegal.</p> <p><a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/146954050200200302#:%7E:text=DEFINING%20THE%20AESTHETIC%20ECONOMY%20An,omic%20calculations%20of%20that%20setting.">Some researchers</a> have described an emerging aesthetic economy. Clearly this raises concerns about unfair discrimination, but without the legal protection afforded to, say, disabled people.</p> <p>Not only has this trend continued during the pandemic, it might even have been compounded. With the first genuine signs of rising unemployment <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/employmentintheuk/october2020">reported this month</a>, research already suggests a <a href="https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2020/08/job-applications-spike-by-more-than-1300-percent-for-some-roles">14-fold increase</a> in the number of applicants for some job roles. For example, one restaurant in Manchester had over <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/28/eight-people-claiming-employment-support-for-every-vacancy-says-thinktank">1,000 applicants</a> for a receptionist position, while the upmarket pub chain All Bar One reported over 500 applicants for a single bar staff role in Liverpool.</p> <p>Employers are now clearly spoilt for choice when it comes to filling available positions, and those perceived to be better looking will likely have a better chance. We know <a href="https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJCHM-04-2020-0314/full/html?skipTracking=true">from research</a> by the University of Strathclyde’s Tom Baum and his colleagues that the hospitality industry was precarious and exploitative enough even before COVID.</p> <p>It all suggests that lookism is not going away. If we are to avoid the archaic practices of the old normal permeating the new normal, it is time to rethink what we expect from the workplace of the future. One obvious change that could happen is making discrimination on the basis of looks illegal. That would ensure that everyone, regardless of their appearance, has equal opportunity in the world of work to come.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/lookism-beauty-still-trumps-brains-in-too-many-workplaces-148278" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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Not “your average beanie”: Smart Aussie invention to help stroke and trauma patients

<p dir="ltr">A new ‘smart helmet’ packed with tech is being developed to monitor brains of patients who have suffered a stroke, injury or trauma by a team of Australian scientists and developers thanks to funding from the Victorian government.</p> <p dir="ltr">Patients with these kinds of injuries often experience brain swelling and have parts of their skull removed to prevent the brain from pushing on structures such as the brainstem, the part of the brain that regulates the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, <a href="https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/brain-drowns-in-its-own-fluid-after-a-stroke" target="_blank" rel="noopener">which can be fatal</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The SkullPro, developed by Anatomics Pty Ltd and the CSIRO, is a customised protective helmet that includes sensors that relay data back to the patient’s neurosurgeon to help them determine the best time to repair the skull.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the helmet, the conditions of patients’ brains can be monitored while they recover at home.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c30fb9f0-7fff-5de6-6b83-53be40564edb"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Neurosurgeons can monitor their brain function in real time thanks to a ‘brain machine interface’ developed using machine learning, advanced sensors and microelectronics.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDApuNgj68s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDApuNgj68s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Anatomics (@anatomicsrx)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Anatomics’ development of the helmet would be among 11 Victorian medical technology products funded through the latest round of MedTech grants.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This isn’t your average beanie. This is a Smart Helmet,” Mr Andrews <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndrewsMP/posts/pfbid02SJfjW1BcypXz8ubJHtQUTPvG349spbWAch4Eib1nguHedjAH1fFhWg4DaPJ9V5kNl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wrote</a> on social media.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It helps monitor the brains of patients who've had a stroke or suffered traumatic brain injury. It lets doctors know how the brain is healing and helps surgeons decide on the ideal time to perform operations on the skull to give patients the best possible chance of a full recovery. It's been researched, designed and manufactured right here in Bentleigh East by Anatomics.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It's the kind of technology that doesn't just save lives – it changes lives too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Andrews added that the series of grants would help support “Victorian innovation” and create jobs.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We're backing Anatomics and 11 other Victorian medical technology manufacturers with a new round of MedTech grants. Creating jobs and supporting Victorian innovation,” the post continued.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2c713391-7fff-9b9e-2205-2217707d9715"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“That's something we can all get behind.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8xqoDDnORs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8xqoDDnORs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Anatomics (@anatomicsrx)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The team developing the SkullPro hope it will lay the foundation for research relating to brain injuries, diagnostics, and treatments in Australia.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a <a href="https://www.anatomics.com/au/news/2020/07/24/smart-skullpro.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a>, Professor Paul D’Urso, a neurosurgeon and the founder of Anatomics, said the grant would “greatly benefit brain injured patients throughout the world”.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The recently announced funding through MTPConnect’s BioMedTech Horizons program will allow Anatomics and CSIRO to lay the foundations for advanced diagnostics and therapies for decades to come that will greatly benefit brain injured patients through-out the world,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We should all be proud of the pioneering R&amp;D (Research &amp; Development) that has already occurred in Australia and the opportunities that this grant will deliver to our future."</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bb14f8a1-7fff-b6d7-650f-abcedbfc94fc"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @anatomicsrx (Instagram)</em></p>

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Sunscreen: here’s why it’s an anti-ageing skincare essential

<p>Every month there seems to be a trendy new product to add to your skincare collection. Lately, a commonplace product that many people already use has taken the top spot, with everyone from dermatologists to influencers swearing by it as the number one way to stay looking youthful through the years: sunscreen.</p> <p>It’s no wonder. It’s thought that solar exposure – also known as “photoageing” – causes up to <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24101874/">80% of skin ageing</a>. So if you’re someone who’s worried about fine lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation, limiting the amount of solar radiation you get is one of the most important things you can do.</p> <p>There are thought to be a number of different triggers for photoageing. Most research has linked it to the expression of a group of proteins called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). These proteins are enzymes that break down elastins and collagens in the skin’s deeper layer (called the dermis). Elastins and collagens are responsible for the skin’s structure, strength and stretchiness.</p> <p>Expression of these MMP proteins has been linked to both <a href="https://europepmc.org/article/med/18459971">DNA damage</a> in skin cells and the <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19116368/">production</a> of <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02505041">reactive oxygen species</a>. Reactive oxygen species are highly reactive chemicals formed from oxygen that can damage other cellular components, such as DNA and proteins.</p> <p>Both of these factors are caused by too much sun exposure. Over time, this damage accumulates to cause characteristic signs of ageing. This may explains why one study even showed people who tended to avoid the sun had <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24101874/">significantly fewer signs of ageing</a> compared to people who enjoyed spending time in the sun.</p> <p>But it isn’t always possible to avoid the sun – which is where sunscreens help. These products contain ingredients (such as zinc oxide) which absorb or reflect UV radiation and dissipate it safely before it can damage our skin cells. This also reduces the cumulative dose of radiation received by the skin.</p> <p>Studies have shown that sunscreens can prevent many signs of photoageing by tackling the triggers, with <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16520862/">numerous studies</a> showing they can prevent the expression of MMPs. A study that compared the effects of <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7490363/">using sunscreen versus a placebo</a> on skin ageing, found that people in the placebo group had higher levels of solar elastosis (a sign of photoageing which causes a loss of elasticity) after two years.</p> <p><a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23732711/">An Australian study</a> compared levels of photoageing in groups assigned to daily sunscreen use versus discretionary sunscreen use. In the daily sunscreen use group, there was no detectable increase in skin ageing over the four-and-a-half year study period compared to the discretionary sunscreen group. <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27749441/">Another study</a> has also shown daily sunscreen use for a year may reverse visible signs of ageing when assessed by a dermatologist.</p> <h2>Choosing the right product</h2> <p>While there is plenty of evidence that sunscreens can prevent photoageing, many only block the UV (ultraviolet) range of the solar spectrum. In the case of photoageing, exposure to <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34585779/">visible radiation</a> (particularly <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-30738-6">blue light</a>) and <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19675547/">infrared</a> have all been shown to contribute to photoageing. Basically, this means that sunscreens can’t protect against photoageing entirely, but can reduce it significantly.</p> <p>Some <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1011134421002517">newer solar filters</a> used in sunscreens have been developed which can block some blue light. Other ingredients sometimes added to sunscreens (<a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30071261/">such as antioxidants</a>) have also been shown to prevent the production of MMPs and reduce <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34789788/">reactive oxygen species</a> – which will likely help in the fight against photoageing beyond the UV spectrum, too. Antioxidants may also protect against factors such as <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31927691/#:%7E:text=Recent%20findings%3A%20Traffic%2Drelated%20air,effects%20on%20premature%20skin%20aging.">pollution</a> and <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17951030/">smoking</a>, which are both linked to faster ageing.</p> <p>Photoageing is a cumulative process that occurs over time. Doing anything you can to <a href="https://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/how-to-stay-safe-in-the-sun">limit exposure</a> will slow this process – such as covering up with clothing when you go outside. But choosing the right kind of sunscreen may also help somewhat.</p> <p>The best product to use comes down largely to personal preference. But in general, the higher the SPF, the greater protection you’ll have against photoageing. You should also try to find a sunscreen with five-star UVA protection on the label, which will help protect against the broadest range of UV radiation.</p> <p>Be sure to regularly use sunscreen or SPF-containing products from spring to autumn. If you’re going to be getting a lot of sun (such as on a beach holiday) it’s best to use a higher SPF product and reapply regularly. Although some people recommend wearing sunscreen even in winter, this is unlikely to be of much benefit to people living in the UK, as UV radiation is lowest this time of year. But if you go on a skiing holiday or live somewhere with lots of snow, sunscreen will still be beneficial as snow reflects solar radiation.</p> <p>All the evidence suggests that by far the most effective way to prevent photoageing is with the use of sunscreens, as these prevent damage from happening in the first place. Now with more choice than ever and formulations always being improved, it’s just a matter of finding what product works best for you.</p> <p>But a final word of warning: slathering on sunscreen before sitting out tanning won’t be enough to protect you completely – and this goes beyond photoageing. Too much sun exposure can carry other risks – such as sunburn and skin cancer – which is something to bear in mind during the summer months.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/sunscreen-heres-why-its-an-anti-ageing-skincare-essential-187322" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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How to get the most out of your next art gallery visit

<p dir="ltr">Art galleries and museums are places of splendour and inspiration that can open doors to other worlds, cultures and historic secrets. </p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the joy many experience within the walls of an exhibition, others can find it dull, exhausting and even in some cases, boring. </p> <p dir="ltr">With all this in mind, there are a few ways you can capitalise on your next gallery experience to get the most out of it without being left feeling exhausted by the end of the day. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Don’t try to see everything in one visit</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When you step inside a gallery, the first impulse many feel is to soak in as much art and culture as you can. </p> <p dir="ltr">Justin Paton, the head curator of international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, says there's no shame in only looking at the things that really grab your attention. </p> <p dir="ltr">"I think you walk through openly, you walk through curiously, you walk through with your antennae up," he <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-art-show/how-to-look-at-a-painting/10826778">told ABC RN's The Art Show</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Look for that physical response — it might be adoration, it might be arousal, it might be revulsion.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"Those bodily cues, those ungovernable responses, are exactly what should make us look twice, make us look a third time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"See what the wall label says about it, and if that doesn't correspond with the way you're feeling about it, look again, go and find out more."</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Slow down</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Studies have shown that many people tend to zoom their way through galleries, with research finding many people move on after <a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2016-10247-001">less than 30 seconds</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">When you're not rushing through trying to see everything, you can afford to slow down and appreciate the things that speak to you. </p> <p dir="ltr">"If you spend good time with one work it is infinitely more valuable than doing a grainy tour of a museum and coming out exhausted," Paton says.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A great painting will flip switches and unlatch thoughts."</p> <p dir="ltr">This helps when you’re looking at what you’re connecting with, rather than what art or exhibitions you feel like you should be seeing. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Get to know the art</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When first observing art, we all have the instinct to judge a piece on its immediate appearance, prompting comments such as “I love it” or “I hate it” or “Surely a child could’ve done this”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Resisting this urge will let you connect with the artist and their intentions on a deeper level, and reading more about a certain work will give you a more elaborate insight into an artists’ inspiration. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It's nice to think about artworks as you would think about people: not rushing into a judgement too fast," says Paton.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Lighten up! Don’t take it too seriously </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Alongside the reverence and reflection that comes into art, there is also plenty of room for humour and silliness. </p> <p dir="ltr">"People in the past, they had a sense of humour, they liked to have a joke. They weren't a stuffy, serious culture," says Art historian Mary McGillivray.</p> <p dir="ltr">"When you're looking at a painting and you think, 'That's a bit suspect,' it almost certainly will be.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"There's a lot of penis jokes in art history, let me tell you."</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Do your homework</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A little planning can go a long way when it comes to your next art gallery visit. </p> <p dir="ltr">Looking at what exhibitions are currently on, utilising digital maps, or even booking in a guided tour will help you get the most out of any museum. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Those tours will give you so much more insight into what you're looking at, and it's way more engaging to hear someone talk about art in a collection that they're interested in," says McGillivray.</p> <p dir="ltr">Public programming can also include art and dementia programs, tactile tours for kids, student learning initiatives, and programs created for, and facilitated by, First Nations people.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Don’t feel like you don’t belong</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">You absolutely do!</p> <p dir="ltr">Public art galleries and museums are open to everyone for a reason: to share a love and appreciation of art, history and culture with as many people as possible. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Galleries are not meant to be elitist, they're not meant to be just for some people to understand and everyone else to stay away from. Everyone deserves to have a go at enjoying those collections," McGillivray says.</p> <p dir="ltr">"You're allowed to talk, you're allowed to laugh, you're allowed to joke, you can walk through really quickly or you can slow down or sit down. There's no right or wrong way."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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“Insensitive idiots”: Channel 7 slammed for airing unauthorised Newton-John biopic

<p dir="ltr">Channel Seven has come under fire from fans for airing <em>Hopelessly Devoted To You</em>, an unauthorised Olivia Newton-John biopic the same day the iconic actress and singer passed away.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 2018 miniseries, starring Delta Goodrem as a young Olivia, hit a sour note for fans grieving on Tuesday night, with many taking to social media to share their thoughts.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We should be honouring Olivia, not have this horrible wood duck imitation on,” one fan tweeted. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Why am I watching Delta Goodrem play Olivia Newton-John on TV and not... I don't know, Olivia Newton-John? 😭” wrote another.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Australia doesn’t want to see Delta Goodrem as Olivia, you insensitive idiots,” one quipped, before adding, “We want to see original music featuring Olivia.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the haste to put something on tonight Olivia Newton-John related, Channel 7 miss the mark with Olivia biopic starring Delta Goodrem,” a third <a href="https://twitter.com/Ancray/status/1556972888728928256" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shared</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’d rather watch something ACTUALLY starring Olivia, not someone pretending to be her!”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-705a392e-7fff-3098-0a57-6e9b387c7c26"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">To make matters worse, some savvy users pointed out that one media outlet used a photo of Goodrem as Olivia in their post breaking the news of Newton-John’s death.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">not popcrave using a pic of delta goodrem 😭 <a href="https://t.co/FwfKCaFlPN">pic.twitter.com/FwfKCaFlPN</a></p> <p>— David Mack (@davidmackau) <a href="https://twitter.com/davidmackau/status/1556726103246602240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 8, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The post has since been deleted and the outlet reshared the news with two photos of Newton-John.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after Goodrem paid tribute to Newton-John, describing her as a mentor, friend, and inspiration in a heartfelt Instagram post.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9af153f3-7fff-67d2-a732-017e50e42ca3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“The whole world will feel this heartbreak today because the entire world felt Olivia’s unmatched light,” she wrote, sharing two black-and-white photos of the pair.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChA2VU4P0mF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChA2VU4P0mF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Delta Goodrem AM (@deltagoodrem)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“A force for good. A force for nature. Strong and kind, my mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who always guided me… she was always there for me. Family to me.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t have all the words I would like to say today but I hope everyone will join in celebrating our beloved Olivia, her heart, soul, talent, courage, grace… I love you forever.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2c3e2f14-7fff-81eb-95f1-397e6597e870"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Lifetime</em></p>

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"Look after her, Bert": Patti Newton's sweet request

<p>Patti Newton has shared a loving tribute to Olivia Newton-John following her death at 73.</p> <p>Patti took to Instagram to post the heart-warming message, which featured her late husband Bert alongside the famed actress at the Logie Awards in 1982.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChCXTTmp70k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChCXTTmp70k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This beautiful lady has been an inspiration to us all. Always in our hearts. Look after her Bert. Love you both.” She captioned the post.</p> <p>The photo was quickly inundated with sweet messages and tributes from fans.</p> <p>"What a beautiful photo of two legends and icons and well said Patti," one fan commented.</p> <p>"Beautiful memory of two of Australia's wonderful entertainers. I will miss them both," wrote another.</p> <p>"Heaven has gained another beautiful person. Rest In Peace beautiful Olivia," added a third.</p> <p>Bert Newton unfortunately died last year following a health battle, at age 83. Patti laid her husband to rest in November 2021.</p> <p>Olivia <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/honouring-dame-olivia-newton-john" target="_blank" rel="noopener">d</a><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/honouring-dame-olivia-newton-john" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ied peacefully at the age of 73 </a>in her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Experts warn new homes aren’t future-proof

<p dir="ltr">With thousands of new homes being built across <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/industry/building-and-construction/building-activity-australia/latest-release" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australia</a> and <a href="https://www.stats.govt.nz/information-releases/building-consents-issued-april-2022/#:~:text=Key%20facts,the%20year%20ended%20April%202021." target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Zealand</a>, industry experts have raised concerns that they are already outdated.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a world of pandemics, working from home, and climate change, experts say these new homes aren’t fit for purpose now, let alone for whatever the future holds.</p> <p dir="ltr">Electric vehicle charging stations, multi-split air conditioners, double-glazed windows and built-in 5G technology top the list of features that could help achieve this, according to Peter Li, general manager of Sydney-based apartment marketing agency Plus Agency.</p> <p dir="ltr">Li told the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/what-are-the-top-ways-to-future-proof-your-home-and-increase-its-value-20220729-p5b5nw.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sydney Morning Herald </a></em>that multi-split air conditioners, where air isn’t circulated throughout an apartment block or even a single unit, is particularly crucial in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You basically have your own air within your own property but also within separate rooms. So if someone gets COVID, and they’re isolating in the master room, the other bedrooms won’t be affected,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">With a growing market for electric vehicles, Li said charging stations in homes are also key.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you compare to Asian countries, a lot of Australian apartment building blocks don’t even have electric vehicle charging stations,” he added.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Even though we are pushing green energy, the buildings don’t come with electric car charging stations, how green is that?”</p> <p dir="ltr">Li noted that adding these features when homes are first being built will also be cheaper than years down the track, with most of the infrastructure being provided by telcos and electric vehicle companies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Andy Marlow, an architect and the director of sustainable architecture firm Envirotecture, said a majority of new homes are also “baking in” carbon emissions from the energy used to build and the energy produced to run the home, which Marlow said contributes to emissions and creates health problems.</p> <p dir="ltr">“These buildings are not fit for purpose now, and they are definitely not fit for purpose in the future,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When you build something that is substandard, which is basically our entire housing stock, it is very unlikely somebody will fix that soon.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Marlow said the key to building future-proofed homes lies in building comfortable dwellings with good insulation, good quality air, and reliable ventilation, and that existing products like double-glazed windows that address these issues should become standard.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Single glazing is just crap. Science shows us that single glazing will get condensation on it, it’s just physics,” he said, adding that this leads to mould and asthma.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Everything has been solved, every technical problem has been fixed. There’s a wonderful bit of evidence out of California, where they mandated double glazing and within nine months it was cheaper than single glazing.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Wealth over shelter</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Professor Alan March, an expert in urban planning at the University of Melbourne School of Design, explained that the problem stems from the perception of the property market as a vehicle for creating wealth rather than providing shelter.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The land value and the overall value is so inflated that people are not so interested in the interior and actual benefit they receive from the structure itself as to secure the number, the numeric value, and so that changes the nature of the housing market towards wealth building, or just avoidance of renting,” March said.</p> <p dir="ltr">One feature he said is key for Australian housing is resistance and adaptability to heat waves through natural ventilation and the ability to retrofit cooling systems or integrate battery-powered solar panels.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though building codes could change to allow for the construction of homes that suit the country’s varying climates, March said recent Covid-induced financial challenges have meant the building and construction industry are and will remain conservative.</p> <p dir="ltr">With Covid looking to be an ongoing challenge the world will face alongside increasing effects of climate change, here’s hoping that can change before it’s too late. </p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-22b064c9-7fff-87bf-6bc4-1b85e7f7e781"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Rugby star dead at just 28

<p>Queensland rugby league has been rocked after Michael Purcell sadly passed away on the morning of Sunday the 7th of August following a tragic car accident in Brisbane.</p> <p>The talented winger-fullback had played a total of 82 games for the Ipswich Jets and Brisbane tigers, he was only 28-years-old and had stand-out talent.</p> <p>Nicknamed “The Kangaroo Catcher” he was said to have once chased down a kangaroo during a race and was one of the fastest players in Queensland. His super speed led him to signing an NRL contract with the Melbourne Storm in 2021.</p> <p>“I am shattered, it’s so, so sad,” said Ben Walker, Purcell’s former coach at the Ipswich Jets, to the <a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/michael-purcell-dead-ipswich-jets-and-brisbane-tigers-player-dies-in-car-crash-at-28/news-story/799b098ca32602dcb44f0a7e9f27b44e" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Courier Mail.</a> “He was a really talented kid who definitely had the ability to play NRL.</p> <p>“We signed him to the Ipswich Jets and he ended up scoring 66 tries in 71 games. He had incredible speed.”</p> <p>His death has deeply rocked the rugby league community with tributes flooding in following the devastating news.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Queensland Rugby League has been rocked by the tragic death of former Ipswich Jets speedster Michael Purcell. He scored 66 tries in 71 games for the Jets and ran New York Marathon at age 18 as part of Rob de Castella’s indigenous running program. Sad news. <a href="https://t.co/BBpnkzZteJ">pic.twitter.com/BBpnkzZteJ</a></p> <p>— Pete Badel (@badel_cmail) <a href="https://twitter.com/badel_cmail/status/1556220720002109440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sending our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Purcell after his sudden passing. </p> <p>Michael spent time with us during the pre-season of 2021 and also featured in our Albury trial 💜</p> <p>— Melbourne Storm (@storm) <a href="https://twitter.com/storm/status/1556410197639196672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of former Suzuki Brisbane Tigers Hostplus Cup player Michael Purcell also known as the Kangaroo Catcher 🧡🖤</p> <p>Purcey, 28-years young was Tigers player no. 1344 and played nine games for the Tigers across ...<a href="https://t.co/xz97Unka0k">https://t.co/xz97Unka0k</a></p> <p>— Suzuki Brisbane Tigers (@EastsTigers) <a href="https://twitter.com/EastsTigers/status/1556212953656860674?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Saddened to hear that the 'Kangaroo Catcher' Michael Purcell has passed away. A much loved member of the Jets family</p> <p>— Craig Sheppard (@CraigMSheppard) <a href="https://twitter.com/CraigMSheppard/status/1556247959075188736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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New details of actor Anne Heche's fiery crash

<p dir="ltr">A man who witnessed actress Anne Heche’s fiery car crash in Los Angeles has described the life-threatening incident as “horrific” and revealed he could “hardly breathe” while trying to help the trapped star.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lynne Bernstein said he and his wife saw a car driving down their street at a “high rate of speed” before his wife heard Heche’s car crash into their neighbour’s house.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bernstein, who tried to assist Heche out of her blue Mini Cooper, said the flames and smoke made it “hard to breathe”, telling <em>Fox News Digital</em> that Heche was “conscious” but that he didn’t know how “coherent” she was.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The smoke was just getting way too intense, we could hardly breathe,” Bernstein said. “The smoke was making it hard to breathe.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bernstein added that the tenant whose home Heche crashed into left her house from a side room and was “shocked” at what had happened, telling a group of people to “get out of my house” before realising what had happened.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to Bernstein, another neighbour, Dave Manpearl, asked Heche if she was alright and she rescinded that she wasn’t.</p> <p dir="ltr">Manpeal, who also attempted to rescue Heche from the burning car, exited when flames overtook it, telling the <em>Daily Mail</em> he was “positive” that she was dead.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was positive that the driver was dead. That she had burned up,” he said “It took at least 30 minutes for the fire department to douse the flames, extract the car and pull her out of the car.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Heche was then transported to a hospital in critical condition, according to emergency responders.</p> <p dir="ltr">A second witness told <em>Fox News Digital</em> the crash “scared the entire neighbourhood”. Yaroslav Borets added that these types of accidents don’t often occur in their neighbourhood.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Something we will remember for a long time,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is generally a safe place.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the vehicle had a single occupant when it crashed into a two-storey home built in 1952, and that the occupant was taken to a local hospital by paramedics.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure and rescued one female adult found within the vehicle who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition,” the <a href="https://www.lafd.org/alert/knockdown-structure-fire-08052022-inc0707" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a> read.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to <em>FOX 11</em>, no other injuries were reported and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has also emerged  that Heche joked about drinking vodka and chasing it down with wine on an episode of <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/better-together-w-anne-heche-and-heather-duffy/id1534627568" target="_blank" rel="noopener">her podcast</a> that was released on the day of the crash - which has since been removed from the internet.</p> <p dir="ltr">Heche and her co-host Heather Duffy spoke about drinking vodka supplied by a podcast sponsor and chasing it with white wine, with Heche opening up about having a “bad day”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t know what happened, sometimes days just suck and I don’t know if you ever have them [but] some days, those no good, very bad days, and some days days just end up like this,” Heche told listeners.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-54905d80-7fff-9234-94d6-26e2f6f4753b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Sometimes days just suck and I don’t know if you ever have them, but you know some days, Mama says just gonna be like this. Some days there’s those no good, very bad days.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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“Absolutely despicable”: Teens attack off-duty chief inspector with pole

<p dir="ltr">A Sydney mayor has condemned an alleged attack against an off-duty police officer, describing the act as “absolutely despicable”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald, who also serves as a councillor with Blacktown City Council, was on his way to work on Monday morning when he intervened when three teenagers were seen harassing other passengers and railway staff at Rooty Hill station, per <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-nsw/senior-cop-allegedly-assaulted-by-three-teens-at-rooty-hill-train-station/news-story/de5e5f399ce968fc04a2a1b6800f2849" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police said Inspector Fitzgerald approached the teens, aged 14, 13, and 12, at about 4.30 am and asked them to stop what they were doing, informing them he was a police officer.</p> <p dir="ltr">When he went to arrest the 14-year-old with the help of a member of the public, the boy resisted before verbally abusing and assaulting Inspector Fitzgerald, police allege.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s alleged Inspector Fitzgerald was struck multiple times to the head with a bike seat pole.</p> <p dir="ltr">He was taken to hospital for head injuries that required stitches and was later released.</p> <p dir="ltr">The member of the public was also allegedly assaulted but didn’t require medical attention.</p> <p dir="ltr">More police rushed to the station, arresting all three boys and taking them to Mount Druitt police station.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tony Bleasdable, the mayor of Blacktown City, said on Tuesday that he condemned the attack on Inspector Fitzgerald, who he described as “one of our city’s finest”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Cr Fitzgerald is a pillar of our community who has earned widespread respect over many years,” Mr Bleasdale said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Not only is he a dedicated police officer, he is a community volunteer, and a passionate Blacktown City Councillor who has given so much to his community for so long.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As mayor, I condemn this alleged attack on one of our city’s finest and denounce violence in all its forms.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Bleasdale said the council wanted to promote a culture of nonviolence through their work with NSW Police, the PCYC and other organisations, and encouraged residents to call out violence before wishing Inspector Fitzgerald a speedy recovery.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Council is committed to creating a safe community for our residents to live, work and play,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We pursue this through our crime prevention plan and work with our local police in particular.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Council encourages residents to call out violence in any shape or form and report any acts of violence to police.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wish Bob a speedy recovery.”</p> <p dir="ltr">All three boys were charged with affray, with the 14-year-old facing another charge for resisting an officer in execution of duty, and the 13-year-old facing charges for causing grievous bodily harm to a police officer on duty reckless as to actual bodily harm and common assault. The 12-year-old was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a police officer on duty reckless to actual bodily harm.</p> <p dir="ltr">They were refused bail and faced children’s court on Tuesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">As police inquiries continue, anyone who witnessed the attack or who have footage from the incident, are urged to contact Mt Druitt Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-739a7620-7fff-c8d4-9482-55bec567a06b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: The Daily Telegraph</em></p>

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"Too young to leave us": Aussie woman killed in holiday accident

<p>A young woman from Melbourne has tragically died while on holiday with her family after a devastating motorcycle crash. </p> <p>Saarah Hannah Bulbul, 25, was on the back of the bike when the rider lost control and crashed on July 28 in Istanbul, Turkey, according to <a title="www.heraldsun.com.au" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/saarah-bulbul-tributes-for-mitcham-lawyer-former-vermont-secondary-college-student/news-story/9f4af8645dcf99c1fa8cbf531cf0420b" data-tgev="event119" data-tgev-container="bodylink" data-tgev-order="9f4af8645dcf99c1fa8cbf531cf0420b" data-tgev-label="leader" data-tgev-metric="ev">The Herald Sun.</a></p> <p>While the driver managed to escape uninjured, Sarah died from her injuries on the way to the hospital.</p> <p>Ms Bulbul was travelling through Turkey with her parents and two sisters before the tragic accident, as the family will remain in Turkey, confirming Saarah will be buried at a family cemetery there.</p> <p>“We’re all devastated, she genuinely was full of life and had everything she ever wanted and everything was going right for her,” Saarah’s heartbroken sister Nesi told the Herald Sun.</p> <p>“It’s just way too quick and soon, and it doesn’t seem real yet.”</p> <p>Ms Bulbul was about 10 months into her first job as a lawyer with Grindal Legal in South Melbourne, after completing her degree at the city’s Swinbourne University. </p> <p>“She loved her job and she was smashing it, she loved working there and recently they told her she was going places,” sister Nesi said.</p> <p>Ms Bulbul's former high school principal Tony Jacobs described Ms Bulbul as “a vibrant, animated and energetic member of the school community”.</p> <p>“Saarah will always be remembered and sadly missed by all school friends and teachers,” Mr Jacobs said.</p> <p>“Our thoughts go out to the family and closest friends over the loss of someone too young to leave us.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Facebook / LinkedIn</em></p>

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New discovery reveals last moments of Pompeii’s middle class

<p dir="ltr">A series of new finds in Pompeii’s archaeological park have shed light on the final moments of middle class Romans before they were buried beneath volcanic ash and debris from Mount Vesuvius.</p> <p dir="ltr">Plates, glasses, vases, amphorae and terracotta objects left behind in chests and cabinets have been recovered from four rooms in a house that was first excavated in 2018.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gabriel Zuchtriegal, the director of the popular Italian tourist destination, said the discovery revealed precious details about the ordinary citizens of the city.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the Roman Empire there was a significant proportion of the population which fought for their social status and for whom the ‘daily bread’ was anything but taken for granted. It was a social class that was vulnerable during political crises and famines, but also ambitious to climb the social ladder,” Dr Zuchtriegal <a href="http://pompeiisites.org/en/comunicati/the-discovery-of-furnishings-from-the-house-of-the-lararium-in-regio-v-a-snapshot-of-middle-class-pompeii/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">explained</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the House of the Lararium at Pompeii, the owner was able to embellish the courtyard with the lararium and the basin for the cistern with exceptional paintings, yet evidently funds were insufficient to decorate the five rooms of the house, one of which was used for storage. </p> <p dir="ltr">“In the other rooms, two on the upper floor which could be reached by a mezzanine, we have discovered an array of objects, some of which are made of precious materials such as bronze and glass, while others were for everyday use. The wooden furniture, of which it has been possible to make casts, was extremely simple. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We do not know who the inhabitants of the house were, but certainly the culture of otium (leisure) which inspired the wonderful decoration of the courtyard represented for them more a future they dreamed of than a lived reality.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In the rooms on the lower floor of the house, all of the furnishings were able to be recovered by creating casts of the furniture.</p> <p dir="ltr">One bedroom even contained the remains of a bed frame and trace fabric from the pillow, similar to three cot-like beds unearthed last year in another Pompeiian home believed to be slaves’ quarters. </p> <p dir="ltr">Next to the bed, archaeologists found a bipartite wooden chest that was left open when the owners fled. Although heavily damaged by beams that crashed onto it during the eruption, it still held an oil lamp decorated with a relief of the Greek god Zeus being transformed into an eagle.</p> <p dir="ltr">A small, three-legged table was found next to the trunk, with a ceramic cup containing glass ampules, and two small plates sitting on top.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the storeroom, they found a wooden cupboard with its backboard still intact and the shelves caved in.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many of the items from the upper floor were found in the rooms below, including everyday items such as ceramic vessels, two bronze jugs, a bronze bowl with a beaded base, and an incense burner in the shape of a cradle.</p> <p dir="ltr">One of the unique and most interesting finds was a small cast of waxed tablets, made up of seven triptychs (carvings with three panels) that have been tied together by a small cord.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e3893194-7fff-a6cd-0f25-7ced2314fcef"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Parco Archeologico di Pompei</em></p>

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Indian airline cracks the code to halving disembark times

<p dir="ltr">A low-cost Indian airline has come up with a game-changing solution to get passengers off planes quicker during disembarking. </p> <p dir="ltr">A lot of planes rely on one door at the front of the plane to get travellers off the aircraft when they arrive at their destination.</p> <p dir="ltr">This often means passengers at the back of the plane have to let hundreds of others off the plane before they get the chance to disembark in an orderly fashion. </p> <p dir="ltr">To combat the wait, some airlines, including Virgin Australia and Qantas-owned Jetstar, regularly allow passengers to disembark from a set of stairs at the rear of the plane. </p> <p dir="ltr">But India’s largest carrier IndiGo has gone one step further and has introduced a third door for passengers to exit through.</p> <p dir="ltr">They have utilised the door in the middle of the plane, which is only ever used in an emergency, as another exit for passengers. </p> <p dir="ltr">The carrier reckons it could almost halve the time it takes to get passengers off the plane from up to 13 minutes to a mere seven minutes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The new Three-Point Disembarkation process will be carried out from two forward and one rear exit ramp, making IndiGo the first airline to use this process,” an IndiGo spokesman told India’s <a href="https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/indigo-introduces-process-for-faster-de-boarding-of-passengers-101659598634339.html">Hindustan Times</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr">A video uploaded by Indian business journalist Sumit Chaturvedi shows the new process with passengers leaving an IndiGo Airbus A320 aircraft via the various ramps.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Indian carrier Indigo today introduced a new Three Point Disembarkation <br />which it claims will enable its customers to exit the aircraft faster than before. The new process <br />will be carried out from two forward and one rear exit ramp. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndiGo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndiGo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ChhaviLeekha?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChhaviLeekha</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/IndiGo6E?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IndiGo6E</a> <a href="https://t.co/n7Xajg8dk0">pic.twitter.com/n7Xajg8dk0</a></p> <p>— Sumit Chaturvedi (@joinsumit) <a href="https://twitter.com/joinsumit/status/1555098794609455104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“An A320 aircraft usually takes around 13 minutes for its passengers to de-board the aircraft. However, the new process will make the drill faster and will reduce the disembarkation time from 13 minutes to seven minutes,” an IndiGo spokesman said.</p> <p dir="ltr">As well as being a major bonus for anxious passengers who are eager to make a swift exit from the plane, the changes could also greatly help the airline. </p> <p dir="ltr">The quicker passengers can leave the plane, the shorter the turnaround time to get it back in the air with more fare-paying passengers on board.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the revolutionary change exciting many, others are sceptical at the airline’s claims. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ben Schlappig of US aviation blog<a href="https://onemileatatime.com/news/indigo-deplaning-a320-three-doors/"> One Mile At A Time </a>questioned if all the claimed time savings would occur in real-life settings. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The process of actually getting out the door is one bottleneck, but I’d think that getting down the aisle is another thing that takes time, and that’s still an issue, even with a second door in the front.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9300df50-7fff-1f10-f327-9cda09fc8532"></span></p>

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Record coral cover doesn’t necessarily mean the Great Barrier Reef is in good health (despite what you may have heard)

<p>In what seems like excellent news, coral cover in parts of the Great Barrier Reef is at a record high, according to <a href="https://www.aims.gov.au/information-centre/news-and-stories/highest-coral-cover-central-northern-reef-36-years" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new data</a> from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. But this doesn’t necessarily mean our beloved reef is in good health.</p> <p>In the north of the reef, coral cover usually fluctuates between 20% and 30%. Currently, it’s at 36%, the highest level recorded since monitoring began more than three decades ago.</p> <p>This level of coral cover comes hot off the back of a <a href="https://theconversation.com/another-mass-bleaching-event-is-devastating-the-great-barrier-reef-what-will-it-take-for-coral-to-survive-180180" target="_blank" rel="noopener">disturbing decade</a> that saw the reef endure six mass coral bleaching events, four severe tropical cyclones, active outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish, and water quality impacts following floods. So what’s going on?</p> <p>High coral cover findings <a href="https://theconversation.com/a-lot-of-coral-doesnt-always-mean-high-biodiversity-10548" target="_blank" rel="noopener">can be deceptive</a> because they can result from only a few dominant species that grow rapidly after disturbance (such as mass bleaching). These same corals, however, are extremely susceptible to disturbance and are likely to die out within a few years.</p> <h2>The data are robust</h2> <p>The <a href="https://peerj.com/articles/4747/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Great Barrier Reef spans</a> 2,300 kilometres, comprising more than 3,000 individual reefs. It is an exceptionally diverse ecosystem that features more than 12,000 animal species, plus many thousand more species of plankton and marine flora.</p> <p>The reef has been teetering on the edge of receiving an “in-danger” <a href="https://theconversation.com/not-declaring-the-great-barrier-reef-as-in-danger-only-postpones-the-inevitable-164867" target="_blank" rel="noopener">listing</a> from the World Heritage Committee. And it was <a href="https://theconversation.com/this-is-australias-most-important-report-on-the-environments-deteriorating-health-we-present-its-grim-findings-186131" target="_blank" rel="noopener">recently described</a> in the State of the Environment Report as being in a poor and deteriorating state.</p> <p>To protect the Great Barrier Reef, we need to routinely monitor and report on its condition. The Australian Institute of Marine Science’s long-term monitoring program has been collating and delivering this information since 1985.</p> <p>Its approach involves surveying a selection of reefs that represent different habitat types (inshore, midshelf, offshore) and management zones. The <a href="https://www.aims.gov.au/monitoring-great-barrier-reef/gbr-condition-summary-2021-22" target="_blank" rel="noopener">latest report</a> provides a robust and valuable synopsis of how coral cover has changed at 87 reefs across three sectors (north, central and south) over the past 36 years.</p> <h2>The results</h2> <p>Overall, the long-term monitoring team found coral cover has increased on most reefs. The level of coral cover on reefs near Cape Grenville and Princess Charlotte Bay in the northern sector has bounced back from bleaching, with two reefs having <a href="https://www.aims.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-08/AIMS_LTMP_Report_on%20GBR_coral_status_2021_2022_040822F3.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more than 75% cover</a>.</p> <p>In the central sector, where coral cover has historically been lower than in the north and south, coral cover is now at a region-wide high, at 33%.</p> <p>The southern sector has a dynamic coral cover record. In the late 1980s coral cover surpassed 40%, before dropping to a region-wide low of 12% in 2011 after Cyclone Hamish.</p> <p>The region is currently experiencing outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish. And yet, coral cover in this area is still relatively high at 34%.</p> <p>Based on this robust data set, which shows increases in coral cover indicative of region-wide recovery, things must be looking up for the Great Barrier Reef – right?</p> <h2>Are we being catfished by coral cover?</h2> <p>In the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s report, reef recovery relates solely to an increase in coral cover, so let’s unpack this term.</p> <p>Coral cover is a broad proxy metric that indicates habitat condition. It’s relatively easy data to collect and report on, and is the most widely used monitoring metric on coral reefs.</p> <p>The finding of high coral cover may signify a reef in good condition, and an increase in coral cover after disturbance may signify a recovering reef.</p> <p>But in this instance, it’s more likely the reef is being dominated by only few species, as the report states that branching and plating Acropora species have driven the recovery of coral cover.</p> <p>Acropora coral are renowned for a “boom and bust” life cycle. After disturbances such as a cyclone, Acropora species function as pioneers. They quickly recruit and colonise bare space, and the laterally growing plate-like species can rapidly cover large areas.</p> <p>Fast-growing Acropora corals tend to dominate during the early phase of recovery after disturbances such as the recent series of mass bleaching events. However, these same corals are often susceptible to wave damage, disease or coral bleaching and tend to go bust within a few years.</p> <p>Inferring that a reef has recovered by a person being towed behind a boat to obtain a rapid visual estimate of coral cover is like flying in a helicopter and saying a bushfire-hit forest has recovered because the canopy has grown back.</p> <p>It provides no information about diversity, or the abundance and health of other animals and plants that live in and among the trees, or coral.</p> <h2>Cautious optimism</h2> <p>My <a href="https://theconversation.com/almost-60-coral-species-around-lizard-island-are-missing-and-a-great-barrier-reef-extinction-crisis-could-be-next-163714" target="_blank" rel="noopener">study</a>, published last year, examined 44 years of coral distribution records around Jiigurru, Lizard Island, at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>It suggested that 28 of 368 species of hard coral recorded at that location haven’t been seen for at least a decade, and are at risk of local extinction.</p> <p>Lizard Island is one location where coral cover has rapidly increased since the devastating 2016-17 bleaching event. Yet, there is still a real risk local extinctions of coral species have occurred.</p> <p>While there’s no data to prove or disprove it, it’s also probable that extinctions or local declines of coral-affiliated marine life, such as coral-eating fishes, crustaceans and molluscs have also occurred.</p> <p>Without more information at the level of individual species, it is impossible to understand how much of the Great Barrier Reef has been lost, or recovered, since the last mass bleaching event.</p> <p>Based on the coral cover data, it’s tempting to be optimistic. But given more frequent and severe heatwaves and cyclones are predicted in the future, it’s wise to be cautious about the reef’s perceived recovery or resilience.</p> <p><strong>This article originally appeared on The Conversation.</strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Five ways to make your holidays more sustainable

<p>COVID-19 has resulted in the most severe disruption to the global tourism industry in <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2020.1758708">modern times</a>. And although many countries have now reopened to visitors from overseas, the economic impact is likely to be felt for many years. </p> <p>Prior to the pandemic, awareness had <a href="https://globalnews.booking.com/bookingcom-reveals-key-findings-from-its-2019-sustainable-travel-report/">been growing</a> regarding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/18/environmental-damage-of-tourism-comes-under-mps-spotlight">environmental sustainability of tourism</a>. From over-consumption of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/20/national-parks-america-overcrowding-crisis-tourism-visitation-solutions">precious resources</a> to the destructive impact on <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/22/the-world-needs-wildlife-tourism-but-that-wont-work-without-wildlife">natural habitats</a>, tourism can put enormous strains on <a href="https://theconversation.com/tourists-not-welcome-how-to-tackle-the-issue-of-overtourism-101766">destination communities</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://www.responsibletravel.com/copy/what-is-overtourism">Overtourism</a> has also been highlighted as an issue in many places. The Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Mount Everest, Majorca, Barcelona and Venice have all <a href="https://theconversation.com/overtourism-a-growing-global-problem-100029">felt the affects</a>. </p> <p>Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-canadian-airlines-feel-the-pressure-of-flight-shaming-and-the-greta-2/">Greta Thunberg’s</a> climate-change activism has added the term “flight shame” to our vocabulary. Her work has encouraged airlines to engage in tree planting or invest in wind farms to offset their carbon emissions, and travellers to think before they fly. </p> <p>As global restrictions begin to ease, now is a good time to think radically about the purpose of tourism and the way we all travel. This is a chance to <a href="https://unlearn.travel/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Unlearn-Bruce-Poon-Tip.pdf">reset everything</a>we know – and not simply return to business as usual.</p> <p>Obviously, one of the difficulties is that many of us are used to going wherever we want, whenever we want – which is not sustainable. But a few changes to our travel plans can play a key role in shaping the future of the travel industry. </p> <p>Below are five suggestions to help you travel in a more purposeful way.</p> <h2>1. Choose carefully</h2> <p>Carefully consider your desired destination and avoid places impacted by overtourism. Visiting during off-peak seasons will likely save you money and enhance your overall experience - and let you skip the queues.</p> <p>It’s also worth thinking about a different type of “holiday” or travel experience. You could volunteer for a <a href="https://sustainabletourism.net/case-studies/companies-and-organizations/ngos/">local NGO</a> or consider travel opportunities that support <a href="https://planeterra.org/what-we-do/our-projects/sisterhood-of-survivors/">marginalised groups</a>, for example.</p> <h2>2. Travel slowly</h2> <p>Travel like Greta to minimise your environmental impact. Travel less for longer, swapping the quantity of experiences for quality. Instead of taking three separate long weekends, why not take just one two-week holiday. </p> <p><a href="https://www.smartertravel.com/art-slow-travel/#:%7E:text=What%20Is%20Slow%20Travel%3F,and%20traditional%20food%20preparation%20methods.">Slow travel</a> is a mindset. Rather than pursuing Instagram-worthy photos and trying to squeeze as many attractions into your trip as possible, leave your phone at home and explore each destination at your own pace.</p> <p>Keeping sustainability in mind, it’s also worth considering opportunities that allow you to slowly experience a certain city, country or region while supporting local projects. Try a walking tour that supports previously <a href="https://sockmobevents.wordpress.com/author/sockmobevents/">marginalised locals</a> or rent a <a href="https://planeterra.org/what-we-do/our-projects/belize-bike-with-purpose/">bike with purpose</a> and help to fund educational programmes for local students.</p> <h2>3. Plan how you spend</h2> <p>Wherever you go, make sure you seek out local initiatives including local guides and local accommodation providers. This will make sure your money goes directly to people who will benefit from your support.</p> <p>Sites such as <a href="http://good-travel.org/">Good Travel</a> list businesses that prioritise environmental action and support local communities. You can also find out about locally made products sold at local businesses employing local people. This helps to ensure positive impacts remain in the community. </p> <p>And if you’re thinking of heading to Africa, <a href="http://www.fairtrade.travel/Home/">Fair trade tourism</a> is also a great resource to find out about businesses recognised for promoting responsible practices. Certified businesses range from eco-lodges, resorts, safaris, educational centres, township tours, golf clubs and cruises – so there are a lot of different options to choose from.</p> <h2>4. Eat like a local</h2> <p>Food accounts for over a quarter of global <a href="https://ourworldindata.org/environmental-impacts-of-food">greenhouse gas emissions</a>, so it lies at the heart of tackling climate change, reducing water stress, pollution and restoring land. </p> <p>There are many ways to minimise your food miles when you travel. For a start, avoid eating at restaurant chains and instead, try to eat like a local. Visit markets, local neighbourhoods or local vendors for your foodie needs.</p> <p>You could even check out a food tour or meal-sharing host. <a href="https://www.travelingspoon.com/">Traveling Spoon</a> has a whole host of online and in-person cooking classes with locals from around the world. Eating locally supports local jobs and can also teach you about new cuisines.</p> <h2>5. Immerse yourself</h2> <p>An immersive type of travel prioritises people over places and avoids overcrowded spaces. This allows you to make real connections and can also help you gain insights about local traditions, cultures and history. For example, you could go trekking with a <a href="https://www.adventurealternative.com/experiences/">local guide</a>, enrol in a language course or attend a local festival or event. </p> <p>Ultimately, the pandemic has presented an opportunity to rethink and act radically and really consider the actual purpose of tourism. This is not only important from an environmental perspective, but travelling in a more purposeful way is more likely to help support local people in destination communities. And it also helps to contribute to a future where tourism is less harmful to people, places and the planet.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/five-ways-to-make-your-holidays-more-sustainable-143379" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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Actress fighting for her life after horror car crash

<p>US actress Anne Heche is fighting for her life following a <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/news/news/new-details-of-actor-anne-heche-s-fiery-crash" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fiery car crash</a> in Los Angeles.</p> <p>The 53-year-old crashed her Mini Cooper into a house at a great speed, and was subsequently hospitalised with severe burns. </p> <p>According to the New York Post, the star is reportedly in a "critical condition".</p> <p>A spokesperson for Heche told the Post, "Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma."</p> <p>They explained that Heche, who also crashed into an apartment garage earlier in the day, suffered "significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention".</p> <p>The Post also reported that the Los Angeles Police Department received a warrant to test the actress' blood, as they worked to determine if the crash was a result of drugs and alcohol.</p> <p>According to the Post, a representative for the LAPD confirmed the warrant was "obtained the same day as the traffic collision, which was August 5. The warrant was to draw blood, and an investigation is ongoing pending the blood test results."</p> <p>"If found intoxicated, [Heche] could be charged with misdemeanour DUI hit and run. No arrests have been made so far."</p> <p>Witnesses to Heche's first crash tried to help the star out of the vehicle, but she allegedly backed up and drove off before crashing into another home where her car became "engulfed" in flames.</p> <p>Aerial shots from the accident show smoke billowing out of the home she crashed into while photos from the scene capture Heche being put on a stretcher before being taken to hospital. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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City lit up in pink to remember Olivia

<p dir="ltr">Tributes continue to flow for Olivia Newton-John after her passing on Tuesday morning, as her family is set to accept an offer from the Victorian government to farewell the singer, movie star and philanthropist at a state funeral.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tottie Goldsmith, one of Newton-John’s nieces, <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/olivia-s-niece-reveals-final-heartbreaking-moments" target="_blank" rel="noopener">confirmed the family would accept the offer for a state funeral</a> on Tuesday night’s episode of <em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We will,” she told the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">“On behalf of not just our family but I think Australia needs it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She’s so loved and I think our country needs it so we’re going to accept it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Earlier, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he wished to speak to the star’s family before speaking about any plans for a state funeral.</p> <p dir="ltr">"As for celebrating her life and her music and film and all the other amazing contributions that she made, we would, of course, want to speak to the family and be as respectful as we can," he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We've only just learned this sad news."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Premier also announced that landmarks across Melbourne would be lit up in pink on Tuesday night to pay tribute to the <em>Xanadu </em>star.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-68b09051-7fff-eda5-4938-d9484cce6309"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The glowing landmarks included Flinders Station, Federation Square, the MCG, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Rod Laver Arena and the Recital Centre.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Spotted tonight in Melbourne on my way to another <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MIFF2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MIFF2022</a> in the city. Lit up pink for Olivia Newton-John <a href="https://t.co/ILhviG0b0D">pic.twitter.com/ILhviG0b0D</a></p> <p>— Glenn Dunks (@glenndunks) <a href="https://twitter.com/glenndunks/status/1556954666323550208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">💕 Flinders Street Station, Melbourne. Beautifully lit in pink this evening, in tribute to the late Olivia Newton John 💕 <a href="https://t.co/vNjp3C2baX">pic.twitter.com/vNjp3C2baX</a></p> <p>— Sarah Tudor (@sarahtudor12) <a href="https://twitter.com/sarahtudor12/status/1557020740977070080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Tonight our Spire is lit pink in a commemorative illumination of landmarks across the city, honouring Olivia Newton-John and her establishment of the Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne. 💗 <a href="https://t.co/Rt5NgwI1Xg">pic.twitter.com/Rt5NgwI1Xg</a></p> <p>— Arts Centre Melbourne (@artscentremelb) <a href="https://twitter.com/artscentremelb/status/1556920226394132484?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Tonight, landmarks across our city will be lit up in pink to remember Olivia Newton-John and her enormous contribution to cancer awareness, research and treatment,” Mr Andrews shared on social media that afternoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Vale Olivia Newton John.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-877b96ca-7fff-58b5-09cd-9beb00c6761b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @RositaDaz48 (Twitter)</em></p>

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How Olivia Newton-John’s legacy lives on

<p dir="ltr">The news of <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/honouring-dame-olivia-newton-john" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dame Olivia Newton-John’s death</a> at the age of 73 rocked the world following an extremely brave fight against breast cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr">For almost 30 years, Olivia pushed through several treatments and even founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre in 2012 to help others who were in the same boat.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her heartbreaking death surrounded by family has just proven how powerful her voice was in the treatment for breast cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Diagnosed at the age of 44 in 1992, Olivia’s fight was exactly that: a constant battle to ensure she pushed through her cancer treatments.</p> <p dir="ltr">Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre is part of Austin Health which has seen incredible breakthroughs because of the late <em>Grease</em> star.</p> <p dir="ltr">The chief executive of Austin Health, Adam Horsburgh said without Olivia, the centre would not exist.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Without her drive and her commitment, the centre would not be here,” he told <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/aug/09/this-was-her-dream-olivia-newton-johns-legacy-lives-on-at-cancer-research-centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Guardian</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And her ongoing support over many years has ensured the success of the centre.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It has enabled us to provide care and support to thousands of patients over the past 10 years.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Todd Harper, the chief executive of Cancer Council Victoria said if it weren’t for Olivia’s determination, research would not be where it is today.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Olivia was a pioneer in the cancer field and her work provided inspiration for many,” he said in a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Her advocacy enabled the work of dedicated scientists advancing scientific discoveries and offered hope to many affected by a cancer diagnosis.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She led the focus on wellness and the importance of physical, emotional and spiritual support not only for the person going through a cancer diagnosis but their carers, families and friends.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Olivia’s impact can’t be overstated, and her legacy will continue in the work of world-leading research, treatment and care.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The ONJ centre first opened in June 2012 and is currently involved with about 200 clinical trials for a variety of cancers, including brain, bowel, breast, melanoma, gastrointestinal, head and neck, pancreatic, prostate and lung cancer</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChAntToP_D0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Olivia Newton-John (@therealonj)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The news of Olivia’s passing was announced by her husband on Instagram via his late wife’s account, and included an appeal to continue her good works in the field of cancer research:</p> <p dir="ltr">“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Olivia's niece reveals final heartbreaking moments

<p>Olivia Newton-John's niece has shared details of her heart-breaking last days before she <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/honouring-dame-olivia-newton-john" target="_blank" rel="noopener">died of breast cancer</a> at age 73. </p> <p>In an interview with <em>A Current Affair</em>, Tottie Goldsmith broke down in tears as she reflected on her aunty's last days of her decades-long health battle. </p> <p>"It's not a shock, we've known how sick she's been, especially in the last five days," she told Tracy Grimshaw. </p> <p>Tottie then went on to reveal her heart-wrenching final moments with Olivia, saying, "I couldn't get to America in time and I wanted to say goodbye, so I asked [her husband John] if he could hold the phone up to her ear... But he got me on FaceTime so I managed to see her."</p> <p>"I told her all the things I needed to say," Tottie continued. "She was leaving us... but I feel like she got it."</p> <p>She then shared an emotional conversation she had with her aunty while she was undergoing treatment. </p> <p>She said, "There was one day at the Olivia Newtown John Centre and she was really skinny and unwell and I said to her, 'Are you afraid of dying', and she said, 'Plonker, I'm not afraid. I've done more in my life that I could have ever imagined.'"</p> <p>"She's struggled with a lot of pain and it's been a tough road," Tottie added. </p> <p>"It wasn't just the cancer that got her. It was other complications and being in a hospital with a very susceptible immune system."</p> <p>Tracey then asked Tottie what Olivia was most proud of in her life, and without skipping a beat, Tottie responded "Chloe" before breaking down in tears. </p> <p>Chloe is Olivia's daughter who she shared with ex-husband Matt Lattanzi.</p> <p>"She loved that girl so much. Chloe's <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/lifestyle/family-pets/no-words-emotional-images-from-olivia-newton-john-s-daughter" target="_blank" rel="noopener">doing it really tough</a>, but she's been amazing."</p> <p>At the end of the interview, Tottie said her family would be accepting Victorian Premier Dan Andrews' offer of a state funeral for Olivia, as she said, <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">"On behalf of not just our family, but I think Australia needs it."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: A Current Affair / Instagram</em></p>

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Young fan invites Prince George to her 6th birthday party

<p dir="ltr">When Prince George was invited to a young girl’s sixth birthday he had to politely decline. </p> <p dir="ltr">The nine-year-old Prince was invited to an anonymous girl’s sixth birthday party over the school holidays.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the Prince had to politely decline and a beautiful letter was written by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge and sent to the young girl apologising for not being able to attend. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked me to thank you for your letter, in which you invite Prince George to your 6th Birthday party,” the letter read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I am sorry that it took so long to reply.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Their Royal Highnesses were extremely grateful for your kind invitation. Having given careful consideration to the possibilities, however, I very much regret that Their Royal Highnesses reluctantly feel they have to decline.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were immensely touched that you should take the trouble to write as you did to their son, Prince George.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy your birthday."</p> <p dir="ltr">The eldest child of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton only recently <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/prince-george-is-nine" target="_blank" rel="noopener">celebrated his birthday</a> on July 22. </p> <p dir="ltr">In honour of his birthday, Kensington Palace released an adorable portrait of the future king on holiday in the UK earlier this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">“George is turning 9!” the caption simply read with a cake and balloon emoji.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgSe4v0NTfN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The image shows a huge grin from the young prince as he enjoys a holiday at Norfolk with his family.</p> <p dir="ltr">The photo was taken by the Duchess who has regularly been sharing snaps of her family as they celebrate milestones.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince George was born on July 22, 2013 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London and made his first appearance as a day old baby in his mother’s arms as she left the hospital.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram/Getty</em></p>

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Adoring fans in shock after learning Nigella's age

<p>Nigella Lawson is currently delighting Australian screens with her long anticipated My Kitchen rules debut.</p> <p>The iconic food writer has replaced chef Pete Evans on the 2022 season of the hit Channel 7 series and has managed to single-handedly revive the struggling franchise while it competes with its rival show, Married At First Sight on channel 9.</p> <p>Lawson published her first cookbook in 1998 and her TV show Nigella Bites ran for two years. The beloved chef turned 62 in January, leaving people everywhere stunned to learn her real age.</p> <p>One person said: "Can someone explain to me how Nigella Lawson can look so stunning ALL THE TIME? she 62yo and looks 42 What kind of witchcraft is she performing!"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Can someone explain to me how Nigella Lawson can look so stunning ALL THE TIME?<br />she 62yo and looks 42<br />What kind of witchcraft is she performing!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MKR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MKR</a></p> <p>— VišnjaCreates (@VisnjaCreates) <a href="https://twitter.com/VisnjaCreates/status/1556596614097420288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 8, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>While another tweeted: "Nigella Lawson is 62???? As a white woman she looks very decent, even her hands don’t show her age wow"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Nigella Lawson is 62???? As a white woman she looks very decent, even her hands don’t show her age wow</p> <p>— Hi, its me. (@JeffChangx) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffChangx/status/1554596637925834752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>The mother-of-two has credited her youthful look to avoiding the sun and eating “lots of fats”. She previously told Oprah that she was “trying to go with” ageing.</p> <p>Comments continued to roll in: "I’m sorry but HOW is Nigella Lawson 62?!"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I’m sorry but HOW is Nigella Lawson 62?!</p> <p>— 𝕃ach⚜️ (@L_JA21) <a href="https://twitter.com/L_JA21/status/1478900970843222016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 6, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>"Nigella Lawson is 62. I refuse to accept this."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Nigella Lawson is 62. I refuse to accept this. <a href="https://t.co/uJ5t88fhrO">pic.twitter.com/uJ5t88fhrO</a></p> <p>— Zoë Paramour (@ZoeParamour) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZoeParamour/status/1503459961153720325?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>It has been understood Nigella will only feature in half of the reason with former MasterChef judge Matt Preston back for the second half.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Feel like you don’t have control over your life following a breakup? You’ll recover, says science

<p>Losing a person in your life, from relationship breakup, divorce or death is a stressful event and now researchers have looked at how long it takes to recover a personal sense of control.</p> <p>Relationship breakups reduce your sense of control – but only temporarily.</p> <p>A study in PLOS One has found that people feel they have less control over their lives in the 12 months following a separation. But after this, their sense of control gradually recovers.</p> <p>Conversely, people feel more in control in the year following the death of a partner. Perhaps oddly divorce has no impact on one’s sense of control – although the research refers to the end of the process, not the often-traumatic beginning.</p> <p>The researchers, who are based at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany examined data from the Socio-Economic Panel Study, a German longitudinal study which has been running since 1984. In 1994, 1995 and 1996, study participants were asked about their sense of control over their own lives.</p> <p>The researchers examined 1,235 people who had separated from their partners, 423 who divorced, and 437 whose partners died.</p> <p>Women were more likely to have lost some of their sense of control following a separation, but, like men, on average they regained this sense of control after a year. Younger people were more likely to report an increased sense of control after a breakup than older people.</p> <p>The opposite was true if a participant’s partner had died. In that case, older people were more likely to experience an increase in control and younger people were more likely to report a decrease.</p> <p>“After losing their spouse, individuals might not only regain capabilities to shape their own daily routines but also recognize to be able to deal with life despite this tragic experience, resulting into higher perceived control,” suggest the researchers in their paper.</p> <p>The researchers couldn’t find a link between perceived control and divorce. They state this is possibly because divorce is formalised at least a year after separating, meaning at this point people have recovered their sense of control.</p> <p>“Our findings suggest that people sometimes grow from stressful experiences – at least regarding specific personality characteristics,” write the authors.</p> <p>“In the years after losing a romantic partner, participants in our study became increasingly convinced in their ability to influence their life and future by their own behaviour.</p> <p>“Their experience enabled them to deal with adversity and manage their life independently, which allowed them to grow.”</p> <p><strong>This article appeared on <a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/breakups-relationships-control/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cosmosmagazine.com</a> and was written by Ellen Phiddian.</strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shuttertock</em></p>

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Five easy ways to use less water at home – and not just in a drought

<p>With so much of the world suffering from drought, you might think your ability to help is minimal. But when you consider the average person in the UK uses around <a href="https://www.water.org.uk/news-item/vast-majority-of-brits-have-no-idea-how-much-water-they-use-each-day/">142 litres of water a day</a>, it’s easy to see how small changes to your routine can add up.</p> <p>More than half of the water that is extracted from rivers, streams and aquifers in the UK feeds the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env15-water-abstraction-tables">public water supply</a>. These abstractions, as they’re called, worsen drought conditions by draining local waterways, depriving vegetation, fish and other aquatic life of the water they need to survive droughts.</p> <p>Filling paddling pools to cool off, taking multiple showers each day to stay clean, watering the garden to revive wilting plants – all these extra activities contribute to a sharp increase in public water use on hot and dry days. And these impacts can endure for months, as freshwater systems need a lot of additional rainfall to recover from droughts.</p> <p>If each person can reduce their water use during a drought, it would significantly benefit the natural world in its recovery. Here are five things you can do, starting today.</p> <h2>1. Shower less</h2> <p>Most of the water you use is <a href="https://www.water.org.uk/news-item/vast-majority-of-brits-have-no-idea-how-much-water-they-use-each-day/">in the shower</a>. For every minute you’re under the shower head (depending on how powerful it is), around 10 litres of water drains away. Since most people shower for <a href="https://www.mirashowers.co.uk/blog/trends/revealed-what-brits-are-really-getting-up-to-in-the-bathroom-1/#:%7E:text=Most%20Brits%20(62%25)%20bathe,latest%20UK%20shower%20habits%20survey.">an average of seven minutes</a>, half of your daily water use takes place first thing in the morning.</p> <p>Turning off the shower while shampooing your hair or applying shower gel can help conserve water, as can shortening the length of your shower overall. Be sure not to switch to a bath though – the average soak in the tub uses <a href="https://www.water.org.uk/news-item/vast-majority-of-brits-have-no-idea-how-much-water-they-use-each-day/">around 80 litres of water</a>.</p> <h2>2. Use rainwater in the garden</h2> <p>During a dry spell, the average gardener can use <a href="https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/siteassets/documents/uwu-0618-web-version.pdf">hundreds of litres</a> of water to keep their plants hydrated. Some people will use a watering can (good), others might leave a sprinkler on all day (bad). Most use drinking water, which is a waste – plants are happy with rain water.</p> <p>Add a water butt that collects the rain which falls on your roof and use it for the garden. To find out how to install one, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jk0lstsu5o">watch this</a>. </p> <h2>3. Use the short flush</h2> <p>Per flush, your toilet uses about <a href="https://www.water.org.uk/news-item/vast-majority-of-brits-have-no-idea-how-much-water-they-use-each-day/">5 litres of water</a>, and up to 10 litres in older models. If available, use the short flush to significantly reduce how much water is wasted.</p> <h2>4. Cut back on car washing</h2> <p>If you need to wash your car, do it the old-fashioned way with a bucket and soap rather than hosing it down. The water contained in a bucket (<a href="https://www.water.org.uk/news-item/vast-majority-of-brits-have-no-idea-how-much-water-they-use-each-day/">roughly 30 litres</a>) is significantly less than the average that flows through a hose (around <a href="https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/siteassets/documents/uwu-0618-web-version.pdf">15 litres per minute</a>). Better yet, avoid washing your car entirely during a drought.</p> <h2>5. Reuse water</h2> <p>If you’re washing vegetables, you could collect the water in a bowl in the sink and later give it to the plants in your house or outside. While you’re waiting for warm water to come out of a tap, use the cold to fill the kettle. Close the tap while you’re lathering your hands with soap or brushing your teeth. Though these are only small savings, they do make a difference over time.</p> <p>Inflatable pools are lovely for cooling down on the hottest days. A cleaning pump can filter the water and recycle it without you needing to use more water to keep the pool clean.</p> <h2>Save water, save money</h2> <p>All these tips can significantly reduce your water use and combat the effects of drought on the environment. They can also save you money.</p> <p>If you’re able to renovate your home, it’s worth installing a system for collecting rain water which, combined with a pump, can flush toilets. In Belgium, for example, it is common practice to have such a system installed (effectively, a large underground water butt) in newly built houses. </p> <p>Most people would struggle to afford these kinds of measures, and so drought-proofing homes and communities should be part of the effort to adapt countries to the extreme weather expected in a rapidly warming world.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/five-easy-ways-to-use-less-water-at-home-and-not-just-in-a-drought-187885" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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Alex Jones to pay eye-watering sum in damages

<p dir="ltr">Alex Jones, the host of far-right radio show InfoWars, has been ordered to pay a total of $US 49.3 million ($NZD 78.43 million) in damages for falsely claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax.</p> <p dir="ltr">A Texas jury ruled that Jones pay $45.2 million in punitive damages, after awarding $4.1 million in compensatory damages the previous day, per <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62444302" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jones has repeatedly claimed that the shooting at Sandy Hook primary school, Connecticut, where 20 children and adults were killed was a “hoax” carried out by actors who opposed the Second Amendment right to bear firearms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nail Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the plaintiffs in the case and whose son died in the shooting, asked the court for $150 million, claiming they endured harassment and emotional distress as a result of his misinformation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Heslin told the court that Jones’ falsehoods had made his life “hell” and led to harassment and death threats from people who believed he had lied about his son’s death.</p> <p dir="ltr">The $4.1 million in compensatory damages were issued on Thursday to cover the actual costs incurred by the plaintiffs as a result of Jones’ defamation, including the private security they hired out of fear a Jones supporter may attack them during the trial.</p> <p dir="ltr">The following day’s $45.2 million are meant to deter Jones from repeating his offence.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We ask that you send a very, very simple message and that is: Stop Alex Jones,” a lawyer for the parents said in court on Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Stop the monetisation of misinformation and lies. Please.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Lawyers representing Heslin and Lewis accused Jones of trying to hide evidence, arguing that he committed perjury by denying having sent any messages about the shooting - with one attorney revealing that Jones’ legal representative accidentally sent them two years of Jones’ text messages.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Did you know 12 days ago your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?” said attorney Mark Bankston, according to HuffPost.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And when informed did not take any steps to identify it as privilege?”</p> <p dir="ltr">"If I was mistaken, I was mistaken, you've got the text messages right there," Jones said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite his long-held position that the shooting was fake, Jones acknowledged that it was “100 percent real” in court.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I unintentionally took part in things that did hurt these people’s feelings, and I’m sorry for that,” Jones said.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the radio host has continued to use his media platform to claim the case was rigged against him, with his InfoWars depicting a judge being consumed by flames.</p> <p dir="ltr">During his brief appearance in court, Jones was rebuked several times by the judge for lying under oath, including one moment where he was told: “This is not your show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The trial is one of three brought against Jones by family members of the Sandy Hook victims, and comes after he has lost a series of defamation cases filed by parents by default after he failed to produce documents or testimony.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, this is the first trial where a jury agreed to award financial damages.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-71a17443-7fff-4a6b-001a-e0fe0b49116b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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“People are going to die”: Over 1000 uncared for after council aged care services end

<p dir="ltr">More than 1000 elderly residents on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula have been left without care after the local council stopped providing care services and made more than 110 staff redundant.</p> <p dir="ltr">In July, private aged care service providers took over the care of more than 3500 residents who had previously been cared for by the council, with 2063 people transferred to Mecwacare and 1554 to Bolton Clarke, per <em><a href="https://www.watoday.com.au/national/victoria/nobody-s-checked-i-m-alive-more-than-1000-stranded-as-council-retreats-from-aged-care-20220808-p5b81l.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">WA Today</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Aimee Bonfield, a spokeswoman for Bolton Clarke, said “essential services” were being provided for 300 residents, with services starting or scheduled for another 200.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All remaining clients have been contacted and we remain in touch on a regular basis to update on progress and to address any immediate needs,” she said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Bolton Clarke has a strong track record of understanding local needs and supporting wellbeing and independence for older people on the Mornington Peninsula.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But, at least 1000 residents have been left without care, including Barbara Rimington, who has a fused back from spinal surgery and has undergone surgery for lung cancer and was receiving assistance with cleaning from the council.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since Bolton Clarke took over on July 1, the 77-year-old said she hasn’t received any care and is “one of the luckier ones” because she is still relatively independent.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The council said they are monitoring,” she said. “Pig’s arse they are. Nobody has contacted me to see if I am still alive.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Rimington said she was worried for others who needed help with shopping, since there are limited delivery options available on the peninsula.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Are any of these people eating?” she said. “People are going to die. Some people are totally isolated. It’s an indictment on the whole of society.”</p> <p dir="ltr">89-year-old Michael Nolan said he and his wife, 85, were left in the lurch by Mecawacare and haven’t received care for more than a month.</p> <p dir="ltr">The council used to provide assistance to Nolan once a fortnight, helping with cleaning and tasks around the home, such as checking smoke alarms, changing light bulbs, and changing bed sheets.</p> <p dir="ltr">“[Mecwacare] has been on the job since July 1 and nothing is happening,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We have to try and do the cleaning ourselves and we tackle it a little bit at a time, but it takes us days and days to do because I can’t bend down, otherwise I fall over.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Mecwacare has had months and months to prepare for this. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It is typical of the former federal government, they want to give everything over to private enterprise.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Anthony Marsh, the mayor of Mornington Peninsula, said the council decided to “transition” away from using its own staff to prepare for the federal government’s open-market system, and that the council had no say in the providers that would replace them.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The peninsula had no provider other than council delivering these services and we needed to ensure our residents had choice and the advantage of a competitive market environment,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We did not get a say in the appointment of new providers; that was done by the federal government.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Marsh said the council was assured by both providers and the government that essential services would continue from July 1, and that an offer to keep some staff on “to help with the transition” was turned down.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The welfare of our older residents is a major priority for council, and we will continue to advocate to the federal government to make sure older people receive the support they need to remain independent and involved in the community,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">A government spokesman said the government was “continually reviewing” the transition and selection process for councils that chose to exit the Commonwealth home support program and was aware of the situation on Mornington Peninsula.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e0887fa8-7fff-732a-46d4-1c85b94eac52"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“The department is aware of the transition of clients from Mornington Peninsula Shire council to Mecwacare and Bolton Clarke and is actively working with My Aged Care and the providers on outstanding transition issues,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Australia’s wellbeing budget: what we can – and can’t – learn from NZ

<p>Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has <a href="https://twitter.com/JEChalmers/status/1545191023386951680" target="_blank" rel="noopener">confirmed</a> Australia will follow Aotearoa New Zealand’s example and put wellbeing at the centre of the national budget.</p> <p>So what is a wellbeing budget? To understand that requires a short explanation of how Australia’s budget works now, and how wellbeing goals will change the process.</p> <p><strong>How the budget has worked till now</strong></p> <p>Governments around the world budget in different ways. Some deliver little more than a statement of economic policy aspirations. Others, like Australia and New Zealand, publish detailed and useful information.</p> <p>The standard Australian budget since the 1980s has included an economic outlook, official estimates of likely revenue and expenses, and details on proposed changes to taxes and spending. There are sections on risks, estimates of debt, and much else besides.</p> <p>Preparing the budget is a mammoth undertaking by bureaucrats, ministers, and ministerial offices.</p> <p>Nevertheless government decisions actually only affect the budget at the margins.</p> <p>The bulk of spending is locked in to programs that roll on year after year – such as aged pensions, health and defence. Budgeting is incremental. Cabinet’s key budget decision-making body, the <a href="https://www.finance.gov.au/about-us/glossary/pgpa/term-expenditure-review-committee-erc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Expenditure Review Committee</a>, will work for months to shift just 2-3% of spending.</p> <p>There are exceptions. When a major new tax such as the GST is introduced, for example. Or when a government spends big in response to a global financial crisis or pandemic. But these are rare.</p> <p>Government budget decisions at the margin are, however, what the media and political debate focuses on, because they show the government’s priorities.</p> <p>These priorities typically change each year, reflecting political imperatives.</p> <p>The grab-bag of disparate spending increases in the Morrison government’s last budget, <a href="https://budget.gov.au/2022-23/content/overview/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener">for example</a>, reflected an impending election. Its <a href="https://archive.budget.gov.au/2021-22/download/glossy_overview.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2021-22</a> budget reflected the pandemic. Its <a href="https://archive.budget.gov.au/2019-20/download/overview.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019-20 budget</a> reflected its long-term plan to deliver a surplus.</p> <p><strong>New Zealand makes the shift</strong></p> <p>Until 2019 and its first wellbeing budget, New Zealand’s process was so similar to Australia’s that observers lumped them together as the “Antipodean” model of budgeting.</p> <p>No longer. The New Zealand government’s policy decisions still remain mostly at the margins. But the way those marginal decisions are made has changed.</p> <p>Priorities are no longer just set according to the government’s whim but are more constant – reflecting long-term goals identified as important to national wellbeing. These priorities aren’t meant to change significantly between years, or terms, or even decades.</p> <p><strong>Setting national priorities</strong></p> <p>New Zealand first wellbeing budget in 2019 set out five priorities for budget funding:</p> <ol> <li>transition to a sustainable and low-emissions economy</li> <li>social and economic opportunities</li> <li>lifting Maori and Pacific peoples’ opportunities</li> <li>reducing child poverty</li> <li>improving mental health.</li> </ol> <p>These priorities have stayed the same over four wellbeing budgets – albeit with some minor changes, such as adding physical wellbeing to the mental health objective.</p> <p>Extra funding has been allocated to these priorities in each of the four years. The 2022 budget, for example, had <a href="https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/minister-finance-wellbeing-budget-2022-speech" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an extra NZ$580 million</a> (about A$525 million) for health, social and justice program contributing to Māori wellbeing.</p> <p><strong>Has it made a difference?</strong></p> <p>It is not yet apparent what wellbeing budgeting has achieved for New Zealand. But that’s to be expected.</p> <p>Challenges such as child poverty, greenhouse emissions or mental health need decades of sustained effort, not four years of the standard budgeting cycle. These are areas that have often been neglected precisely because they can’t provide some “announceable” outcome in time for an election.</p> <p>Criticisms of the New Zealand process for <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-shouldn-t-blindly-follow-nz-wellbeing-budget-model-20220708-p5b084.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">not yet improving outcomes</a> thus fail to appreciate the point of the reform. They are even more unfair given the context of the past two years, with the challenges of COVID-19, supply chain disruptions and global inflation.</p> <p><strong>Evidence from Scotland</strong></p> <p>A sense of the long-term benefits of wellbeing measures comes from Scotland.</p> <p>It has not yet gone as far as New Zealand with a wellbeing budget, but for 15 years it has had a “<a href="https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">well-being framework</a>” helping to shape spending priorities.</p> <p>The <a href="https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">National Performance Framework</a> was adopted in 2007 with a ten-year vision to measure and improve wellbeing outcomes.</p> <p>Updated in 2018, it covers 11 major outcomes – from “a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy” to children growing up “loved, safe and respected” – with 81 measures of improvement (such as social and physical development scores as measures <a href="https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/measuring-progress/national-indicator-performance" target="_blank" rel="noopener">of child well-being</a>).</p> <hr /> <figure class="align-center zoomable"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" sizes="(min-width: 1466px) 754px, (max-width: 599px) 100vw, (min-width: 600px) 600px, 237px" srcset="https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=600&amp;h=595&amp;fit=crop&amp;dpr=1 600w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=30&amp;auto=format&amp;w=600&amp;h=595&amp;fit=crop&amp;dpr=2 1200w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=15&amp;auto=format&amp;w=600&amp;h=595&amp;fit=crop&amp;dpr=3 1800w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;h=747&amp;fit=crop&amp;dpr=1 754w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=30&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;h=747&amp;fit=crop&amp;dpr=2 1508w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/473524/original/file-20220712-16-97lchi.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=15&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;h=747&amp;fit=crop&amp;dpr=3 2262w" alt="Main goals of Scotland's national performance framework." /></a><figcaption><span class="caption">Main goals of Scotland’s national performance framework.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="source" href="https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Scottish Government</a>, <a class="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CC BY</a></span></figcaption></figure> <hr /> <p>Public policy researcher <a href="https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-02230-3_3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jennifer Wallace</a> (and current director of the Carnegie UK Trust) says the Scottish experience:</p> <blockquote> <p>tells a strong story of how a focus on wellbeing can reorientate government by creating a shared language for public services and a sense of unity of purpose.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Not perfect, but a step in the right direction</strong></p> <p>New Zealand’s wellbeing budget is not a complete departure from a standard budget. It still has economic content and, like any set of papers produced by a government, cannot escape politics.</p> <p>Nonetheless it puts wellbeing spending at the forefront of the government’s most important policy statement of the year. It is working on measuring progress in more sophisticated ways than standard indicators such as GDP.</p> <p>It encourages departments and their ministers to prepare policy bids with a view to these priorities. It makes wellbeing a benchmark by which to judge the budget – even by critics.</p> <p>New Zealand has long been a budget innovator. It led the world in introducing outcomes and outputs budgeting – categorising spending according to desired results rather than inputs such as staff and buildings. This is now considered standard good practice for a developed country.</p> <p>In Australia the wellbeing budget could turn out to be an equally useful model – though there will always be more work to be done.<img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/186725/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /></p> <p><em><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/stephen-bartos-901192" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stephen Bartos</a>, Professor of Economics, <a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-canberra-865" target="_blank" rel="noopener">University of Canberra</a></em></p> <p><em>This article is republished from <a href="https://theconversation.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/australias-wellbeing-budget-what-we-can-and-cant-learn-from-nz-186725" target="_blank" rel="noopener">original article</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Research shows it’s harmful to smack your child, so what should parents do instead?

<p>Today, if a parent smacks a child mid-tantrum in the supermarket, they are likely to get looks of disapproval from other shoppers. Smacking is not as socially acceptable as it used to be.</p> <p>Recent <a href="https://www.australianchildmaltreatmentstudy.org/the-prevalence-of-corporal-punishment-in-australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">research</a> shows only 15% of people aged 16-24 view physical discipline as necessary to properly raise children. This compares with 38% of people over 65.</p> <p>But it still happens – and it is very harmful to children. So we need to help parents find alternative methods of discipline.</p> <h2>It is more common than you might think</h2> <p>In 2017, the royal commission into child sexual abuse recommended a national study on how common child abuse is in Australia. Early findings <a href="https://www.australianchildmaltreatmentstudy.org/the-prevalence-of-corporal-punishment-in-australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">released last month</a> revealed 61% of those aged 16-24 said they were physically hit for discipline four or more times during their childhood.</p> <p>The research also found those who were hit had almost double the risk of depression and anxiety. This partly because those who had been smacked as a child may have also experienced other forms of mistreatment, such as harsh parental reactions, neglect or insufficient support.</p> <p>This fits with other research showing negative consequences if children are smacked or hit. A 2016 <a href="https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000191" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review</a> of more than 70 international studies showed it was linked to reduced compliance with parents’ instructions over time, children having increased aggression and antisocial behaviour, mental health problems, and lower self-esteem.</p> <p>In adulthood, it is also linked to antisocial behaviour and being either a victim or perpetrator of intimate partner violence.</p> <h2>What does the law say?</h2> <p>Currently, the use of reasonable force for the purpose of discipline in the home remains lawful under <a href="https://aifs.gov.au/resources/resource-sheets/physical-punishment-legislation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">criminal law provisions</a> or common law principles made by courts. This is despite the fact it is illegal in most Australian states and territories in other settings such as schools, or between adults – where it is classed as assault.</p> <p>Many countries are changing their laws because they understand the harms and because it is a violation of <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/instruments-mechanisms/instruments/convention-rights-child" target="_blank" rel="noopener">children’s right</a> to live a life free from violence. Already, <a href="https://endcorporalpunishment.org/countdown/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">63 countries</a> have banned corporal punishment for children, including New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Wales, Scotland, France and Japan.</p> <p>Parenting and family researchers have <a href="https://theconversation.com/lets-talk-about-making-smacking-children-illegal-16399" target="_blank" rel="noopener">long been pushing</a> for an end to corporal punishment <a href="https://www.3aw.com.au/growing-calls-to-make-smacking-children-illegal-as-england-considers-move/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in Australia</a> as well.</p> <h2>Parenting is stressful</h2> <p>But this is not just about law reform. Raising kids can be challenging at the best of times. Kids misbehave or may not be in control of their emotions, and parents need to provide guidance to their children about what is appropriate behaviour.</p> <p>The good news is there are <a href="https://rdcu.be/cEvhu" target="_blank" rel="noopener">evidence-based alternatives</a> to smacking. These are <a href="https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220607-what-should-you-do-when-a-child-misbehaves" target="_blank" rel="noopener">strategies</a> that aim to help children understand what behaviours are expected, teach them to work through their feelings and learn how to repair a situation or solve a problem.</p> <p>These approaches lead to much better outcomes for parents and children, including more realistic expectations on the part of the parent and a better relationship between the parent and child. They also improve a child’s well-being and mental health.</p> <h2>So, what are the alternatives to smacking?</h2> <p>Here are some approaches to consider with your child:</p> <p>1. Give clear and consistent limits about what you expect</p> <p>Children need to know how you want them to behave and for this to be clear. An example might be: “It’s not OK to hit your brother” or “You can’t take lollies off the supermarket shelves without asking me first.”</p> <p>2. Manage your own emotions</p> <p>Anger is contagious, so try not to lose your temper in front of your kids. Instead, pause before you react: take three deep breaths, have a cold drink of water, or step outside for a moment.</p> <p>3. Be a good role model for your child when you don’t manage situations well</p> <p>Parents need to show how they manage their own emotions - or make amends when they act in less-than-ideal ways. Parents should be brave enough to say “I’m sorry I got angry and shouted at you. I wasn’t very patient.”</p> <p>4. Explore the emotions behind behaviour</p> <p>Kids can be uncertain or confused by their emotions. So, try and help them understand their feelings. This could include saying something like “I can see you felt left out and jealous”.</p> <p>Also validate their emotions because this helps them feel accepted by you while learning to understand and manage their feelings. For example, say “It’s difficult when this happens”.</p> <p>When they are calmer, you could explore other feelings behind their actions.</p> <p>This is about separating feelings (jealousy, frustration) from behaviour (hitting). All feelings are okay, but not all behaviours.</p> <p>5. Resolve problems when everyone is calm</p> <p>No one can think, talk or listen properly if they are upset. Take time to do some breathing or something soothing with your child. Or perhaps they need a run around to release strong feelings.</p> <p>6. Support children to make amends</p> <p>When everyone is calmer, help them work out the solution or next step. This teaches them how to resolve situations, repair relationships and take responsibility for their behaviour. You might say something like, “It can be embarrassing saying sorry to someone you’ve been angry with. What do you think might help?”</p> <p>7. Explore natural consequences</p> <p>If something is broken, children might need to fix it, use pocket money to replace it, or explore what might make the situation better.</p> <p>Children need family rules about behaviour and it can be useful to discuss what should happen if these are broken.</p> <p>Getting discipline right is not easy as a parent, grandparent or carer. And this can be especially difficult if you were brought up with smacking (and have older relatives telling you it is “fine”).</p> <p>It’s worth remembering a <a href="https://www.childmatters.org.nz/downloads/CUB.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">slogan</a> frequently used when we talk about an end to smacking: “children are unbeatable”. They deserve the same protection from violence as adults.</p> <p><strong>This article originally appeared in <a href="https://theconversation.com/research-shows-its-harmful-to-smack-your-child-so-what-should-parents-do-instead-186739" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Why Hopelessly Devoted to You wasn't meant to be in Grease

<p>It's arguably the most famous song from the 1978 musical movie <em>Grease</em>.</p> <p>But it turns out, <em>Hopelessly Devoted to You</em> was never meant to feature in the film. </p> <p>The singer and actress, who <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/honouring-dame-olivia-newton-john" target="_blank" rel="noopener">died of breast cancer</a> at age 73, was famed for her role in Sandy Olsson in the film, but her solo song in the movie was added after <em>Grease </em>had wrapped filming. </p> <p>On <em>The Project</em>, Peter Helliar relayed the movie trivia after her death, saying the show-stopping ballad wasn't intended to be included in the movie.</p> <p>"<em>Hopelessly Devoted to You</em> wasn't supposed to be in the film," he said.</p> <p>"It was recorded after and it was her stand out moment from the film - apart from the bad Sandy moment at the end."</p> <p>'That was filmed and written after the film was made. She had it in her contract that there was a song for her."</p> <p>"The only Oscar nomination the film got was for that song," Peter continued. </p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i52mlmJtyJQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Olivia last performed the song in 2019 when she reunited with her <em>Grease </em>co-star John Travolta for an event celebrating the hit musical in Florida.</p> <p>Sporting their famed <em>Grease </em>costumes for the first time since the film's release, Olivia took to the microphone for a special moment on stage with John and sang a segment of the movie's ballad with the help of the audience. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Paramount Pictures / Getty Images</em></p>

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With the strokes of a guitar solo, Joni Mitchell showed us how our female music elders are super punks

<p>The iconic Joni Mitchell’s recent surprise performance at the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxiluPSmAF8&amp;feature=youtu.be">2022 Newport Folk Festival</a> prompted a world-wide outpouring of love and respect. </p> <p>This was her first musical performance since suffering from a brain aneurysm in 2015 that left her unable to walk and talk. Last year, she spoke of having <a href="https://www.nme.com/en_au/news/music/joni-mitchell-addresses-health-issues-in-rare-speech-at-2021-kennedy-center-honors-3112447">polio as a child</a> as “a rehearsal for the rest of my life”. </p> <p>The tributes for Mitchell celebrated her triumph from illness to recovery, but they also paid homage to Mitchell’s career that has pivoted on protest. </p> <p>Mitchell is largely associated with folk scenes of the 60s and 70s. She has produced a prolific body of work, advocating for social change. As a committed activist she has spoken against environmental degradation, war, LGBTQI+ discrimination, and most recently, removed <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/29/22907696/joni-mitchell-spotify-joe-rogan-podcast-misinformation-covid-19">her music catalogue</a> from Spotify in a protest against anti-vaccine propaganda. </p> <p>Now, with the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7wOdpxGctc">strokes of a guitar solo</a> she repositioned herself from folk hero to punk provocateur, defying the “permissible” ways older women “should” behave. </p> <p>In commanding public space and using one of the most traditionally masculinised expressions of popular music practice, she directly challenged the sorts of expectations many people have around gendered norms, particularly what women in their elder years look and sound like.</p> <h2>Not everyone gets to age on stage</h2> <p>Some of the most persistent social restrictions placed on women and gender diverse musicians are in relation to age. </p> <p>Ongoing expectations of older women are to be passive, quiet and very much in the background. They are rarely asked, or expected, to “take up space” in the same ways their male counterparts do. </p> <p>Whereas men step through phases of youthful experimentation into established music legends, there are tiresome obstacles for female and gender diverse people to do the same. </p> <p>And while exceptions are often exceptional, they are not plentiful.</p> <p>It’s not just age. Women have long been sidelined when it comes to acknowledging their skills on the electric guitar. Much like Mitchell.</p> <p>The electric guitar has been an important part of rock and punk genres. There is a symbiotic relationship between how these genres – and the instrumentation that defines them – have unwittingly become gendered. The electric guitar solo in particular has come to be associated with machismo: fast, loud, expert, brave. </p> <p>If you like to imagine a world where women don’t exist, google “best guitar solos ever”. </p> <p>A recent <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/04/02/opinion/grammys-rock-guitar-solo.html">New York Times article</a> suggested things are starting to change. Citing guitarists like Taja Cheek and Adrianne Lenker, the Times suggested the guitar solo has shifted from a macho institution into a display of vulnerability, a moment (perhaps many) of connectivity. </p> <p>Mitchell’s performance sits somewhere in this domain. </p> <p>For the hundreds of thousands of women and gender diverse guitarists world-wide, myself included, the electric guitar and the genres it is entwined with offer a cool, optional extra: to test the cultural norms of gender with other markers of identity like class, culture, sexuality and age, to blur ideas of what we should and shouldn’t do.</p> <h2>Australian women to the front</h2> <p>Australian women and gender diverse rock and punk musicians are often subject to a double act of erasure – missing from localised histories, and also from broader canons of contemporary music, which often remain persistently rooted in the traditions of the UK and the US.</p> <p><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55669013-my-rock-n-roll-friend">Tracey Thorn’s brilliant biography</a> of the Go-Between’s drummer Lindy Morrison is a love lettered homage that steps out the complex local, emotional, personal and structural ways that Australian women and gender diverse people are often omitted from cultural spaces. </p> <p>“We are patronised and then we vanish,” writes Thorn.</p> <p>The work of women and gender diverse artists is often compared to the glossy pedestal of the male creative genius.</p> <p>In this light, we don’t play right, we don’t look right, we don’t sound right. </p> <p>And then, somehow, we don’t age right. </p> <p>Other reasons are far more mundane. Women contribute around <a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/blog/economics-blog/2019/Value-unpaid-work-care.html">13 hours more unpaid work</a> than men each week. </p> <p>Carrying plates overflowing with generous gifts of labour, the maintenance of a music practice – a largely underpaid endeavour – is often the first to fall by the wayside. </p> <p>Add to the mix ingrained social networks of knowledge sharing, and the dominance of men making decisions higher up the chain, and it is easy to see how women and gender diverse musicians stay submerged as men rise to the limited real estate of music elders. </p> <p>The problem isn’t so much about starting up. It’s about finding the time to keep up.</p> <h2>Our female and gender diverse music elders</h2> <p>There are so many Australian female and gender diverse music elders. Some are visible, but many ripple beneath the surface. </p> <p>Regardless of genre, in maintaining decades-long practice, they are the super punks whose legacy can be heard in venues across the country. </p> <p>The challenge now is to support the current crop of excellent musicians beyond the flushes of youth so that we have a more sustainable, textured and diverse Australian music culture. One where Mitchell’s defiance of expectations represents the status quo of how older women should and can be.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/with-the-strokes-of-a-guitar-solo-joni-mitchell-showed-us-how-our-female-music-elders-are-super-punks-188075" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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United States returns stolen artefacts to Cambodia

<p dir="ltr">The United States have given back 30 artefacts that were allegedly stolen by a late antiquities dealer, who had been accused of leading a trafficking network that resold objects that were looted from the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among the objects that were officially returned to the country was a 10th-century sculpture of the Hindu god Skanda atop a peacock. </p> <p dir="ltr">Deeming the work a “masterpiece,” authorities in New York alleged that the late antiquities dealer Douglas Latchford had stolen the sculpture in 1997 and subsequently sold it for $1.5 million.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Skanda sculpture had come from the ancient Khmer capital of Koh Ker, which is also where a 10th-century sculpture of Ganesha that allegedly passed through Latchford’s hands was once located. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Ganesha sculpture was also given back to Cambodia, along with several other artefacts.</p> <p dir="ltr">While the US District Attorney’s office did not place a monetary value on the artefacts, the works returned were of great spiritual and artistic significance. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ricky J. Patel, a special agent with Homeland Security, said in a statement, “These antiquities we returned were ripped from their country. Beyond their extraordinary beauty and craftsmanship, many are sacred artefacts pried from temples and palaces to be smuggled across borders and peddled by those seeking profit, without any regard to the intangible value they have to the people of their homeland.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The artefacts are due to go on display in a museum in Cambodia later this year. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Britney Spears makes musical comeback with Elton John

<p dir="ltr">Britney Spears is set to make her long-awaited return to the music scene by collaborating with Elton John on a new song. </p> <p dir="ltr">While rumours of the collaborations have been circulating for several weeks, a spokesperson confirmed the news to the PA news agency earlier this week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Britney and Elton’s collaboration project will be a track titled <em>Hold Me Closer</em>, which is rumoured to be an updated version of John’s 1971 single <em>Tiny Dancer</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elton hinted at the collaboration on Instagram as he posted an image of a rose and rocket emoji alongside the title of the song. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChAf5zxj2y2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ABBA’s Florida mansion hits the market

<p dir="ltr">A mansion built specifically for ABBA is up for sale, and its new owners will also walk away with a collection of memorabilia, recording equipment, cassettes, and even a stereo that once belonged to the iconic Swedish pop band - as long as they can afford the $US 3.9 million ($NZD 6.21 million) price tag.</p> <p dir="ltr">The sprawling home was designed by the stars themselves in the style of a Swedish longhouse and built in 1982 - just before the band officially broke up.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bandmates Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were believed to have lived in the house until 1986, when it was purchased by an unnamed couple who lived there until they passed away earlier this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Even after all these years, the band’s recording equipment and tapes remain completely untouched inside the home.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lisa Farmer, the listing agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, revealed that the architect who worked with the band to design their home had no idea that the two Swedish couples were actually the people behind <em>Waterloo </em>and <em>Dancing Queen</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We found the architect and spoke to him on the phone. He said he was in a trailer on the site before the home was built with both couples, all four members of the band, face to face, designing the home,” Farmer said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At the time, he didn't realise it was ABBA until a few days later when he got a call from a reporter in London who apparently got wind of it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He said he met with two Swedish couples and that's how he found out it was ABBA.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Farmer added that it was “super cool” that there were things left behind from the band that were never even used.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There's some stereo equipment that the people who bought the house never even used,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It's in this one area where [ABBA] might have done some recording. There's an actual ABBA cassette that was left inside the cassette player.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The six-bedroom home on the island of Tierra Verde features a “community space with two-storey vaulted ceilings” according to the <a href="https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-3357-7xnejq/873-2nd-avenue-s-south-bay-st-pete-pinellas-point-tierra-verde-fl-33715" target="_blank" rel="noopener">listing</a>, as well as two identical wings on each side, complete with a master suite, loft area, and two bedrooms with jack-and-jill bathrooms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Recent upgrades include a new roof with skylights, battery-ready solar panels, renovated guest baths, and a fresh coat of paint.</p> <p dir="ltr">'[The band] specifically requested a Swedish longhouse design. It's got a really neat central, common living area that's big and open with a really nice stone fireplace,” Farmer said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What's kind of unique is that the two wings on both sides of the house are exactly identical and symmetrical.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The layout of the home is pretty special and just makes for a great house for somebody who would like to entertain or has a big family.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b898f197-7fff-fd60-62e7-5de8234a0133"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty Images / Sotheby’s International Realty</em></p>

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Moving company accidentally sells $120,000 worth of family belongings

<p>An elderly couple from Bribie island in Queensland are fighting for compensation after a removalist company sold their belongings during their interstate move to Bega, NSW.</p> <p>Gary and Lorraine Taylor are in their late 70s and had originally planned to use removal company ‘Wridgways’ before they liquidated in July 2021. This saw ‘Kent Removals and Storage’ taking on 160 new clients.</p> <p>The Taylors had packed all of their worldly possessions, including furniture and sentimental belongings, into two removal trucks. One truck contained $120,000 worth of furniture - little did they know they would never see these belongings again.</p> <p>Kent Removals &amp; Storage have since apologised and describe the incident as a result of human error, where the company had been court-appointed to assist liquidator Hall Chadwick. Chadwick was in charge of selling off Wridgways’ assets, which included items like office furniture.</p> <p>This is where the swap unknowingly took place - and the Taylor’s container was accidentally sent to online auction company ‘Grays Online’.</p> <p>Of course, everything was auctioned off for a fraction of the price.</p> <p>Lawyers representing the retiree couple say they would have to take $50,000 from their pension to recover only a few of the items, leaving them in complete limbo. Some of the furniture was unfortunately split between the two moving containers, meaning what did arrive couldn’t be assembled.</p> <p>“We’ve been married for 60 years, and 60 years of our bloody furniture has just gone down the tube and nobody cares,” Gary told 7NEWS.</p> <p>Lorraine spoke through tears as she told <a href="https://7news.com.au/news/nsw/elderly-couple-left-in-limbo-after-home-contents-sold-off-by-removalist-company--c-7794935" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7NEWS</a> the incident was “very hard to describe”.</p> <p>“It’s not believable what we’ve been through,” she said.</p> <p>“Its been terrible for both of us, and for our family.”</p> <p>Kent Removals and Storage CEO, Steve Alves has said the matter had been referred to Kent’s insurers but that, “the matter was incorrectly internalised between Kent, Grays Online and Hall Chadwick with a view to establishing liability for this error”.</p> <p>“As Kent Relocation Group contracted with Mr and Mrs Taylor and, irrespective of where the liability resides, Kent Relocation Group could and should have taken a lead role in this process and did not.”</p> <p>Alves said the company “apologises for the way in which this matter has been handled”.</p> <p>“Our team will focus on ensuring we support Mr and Mrs Taylor in any way we can to bring closure to this matter for them.</p> <p>“In terms of the missing items, given the quantum of the potential claim, the matter has been referred to Kent’s insurers along with an instruction to ensure that the matter is expedited in a prompt, efficient and reasonable manner for Mr and Mrs Taylor”.</p> <p>So far only 40% of the moving charges have been refunded, but since the matter was escalated Alves said Kent Removals &amp; Storage would work to refund 100% of all moving chargers. As to whether they will see a refund of their $120,000 worth of lost furniture, they must wait for the companies’ insurance process to run its course.</p> <p><em>Image: 7News</em></p>

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Brutalism is back with a luxury twist

<p dir="ltr">Known for bold lines, stark colours and minimalist designs, brutalism has come back into the fore, this time with some added luxury.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the hallmarks of the controversial architectural trend remain - think clean lines, a colour scheme featuring grey, and concrete as a material of choice - this new iteration emphases beauty and comfort.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We call this look Brutal Beauty - it celebrates the popular architectural and interior aesthetic of Brutalism, but in a more inviting and appealing way," Heather Nette King, an interior stylist and style ambassador for Carpet Court, explains.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Designers and architects are putting a contemporary spin on the Brutalist aesthetic by using raw concrete in new and inventive ways – think kitchen islands, furniture, benchtops, cabinetry and even home accessories. And they’re introducing contrasting materials, such as beautiful, textured fabrics and luxurious metallics, to add softness and elegance. </p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-2d627624-7fff-1ab1-b9c5-23ce5303706d"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s a celebration of contrasts, resulting in homes that speak of minimalism, yet feel refined, sophisticated and supremely comfortable."</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/brutal-beauty1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>The revived trend of Brutalism, known as Brutal Beauty, features raw concrete, minimalist design, and luxurious accents. Image: Carpet Court</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Using raw concrete as a primary design element has surged in recent years according to King, appearing in new builds and extensions across the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It speaks of strength, authenticity and our growing desire to live more simply – the idea of building once and building well," she adds.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As a look, Brutal Beauty works particularly well in new dwellings or contemporary renovations where architectural ornamentation is quite minimal."</p> <p dir="ltr">If you're thinking of incorporating some aspects of Brutal Beauty into your home, Nette King has four top tips to help you out.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Rein in the colours</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When it comes to Brutalism and colour, a minimal selection is best. Nette King recommends setting the mood of your home with layers and light and dark greys across your flooring and upholstery, accented with bold black art and accessories.</p> <p dir="ltr">To keep your spaces feeling open and bright, she suggests using white on your walls and ceilings.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Opt for furniture with strong, sculptured lines</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-93a56779-7fff-5bc2-9187-741697291df2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Brutalism is all about defined lines and minimalism, which you can embrace with minimalist seating and coffee and dining tables with simple, curved lines.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/brutal-beauty2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Bold artworks, a limited colour palette and furniture with simple, curved lines are hallmarks of Brutal Beauty. Image: Carpet Court</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Comfort is key</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike its predecessor, luxury and comfort are key considerations. Nette King suggests furnishing your spaces with deep-seated sofas, upholstered bedheads and tactile bedlinen to emphasise the sense of luxury.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Add warmth with timber</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">With critics of Brutalism describing its limited colour scheme as cold, selecting cabinetry or furniture featuring rich timber tones, such as walnut, can help you avoid this and create some cosiness in your home.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7184a3fb-7fff-abfd-6a92-f9e434229287"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Carpet Court</em></p>

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