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The benefits of steam cleaning your home

<p>Steam cleaning is fast becoming the preferred method for keeping homes dirt and grime free. As well as saving you money, it is easy, non-toxic and highly sanitary.</p> <p>As we age we can sometimes become more susceptible to germs, allergies can be more common and cleaning thus becomes all the more important. Here are the many reasons why you should consider steam cleaning.</p> <p><strong>Non-toxic:</strong> Not only is steam cleaning an effective way to clean, sanitise and deodorise almost every surface in your home, it will also kill 99 per cent of bacteria and doesn’t require the use of toxic and potentially harmful chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. Only heat and water are used, so as a result your house remains free from chemical residue and pollution. Say goodbye to E.Coli, salmonella, and staph, as well as dust mites and bed bugs.</p> <p><strong>Easy peasy:</strong> Most steam cleaners are lightweight and therefore easy to maneuver so you can easily clean hard-to-reach areas and also clean cushions, pillows, pet bedding, curtains and other soft furnishings.</p> <p><strong>Child and pet friendly:</strong> The non-toxic nature of steam cleaning makes your home a much safer environment for children and pets.</p> <p><strong>Allergies:</strong> As steam cleaning only uses water and heat to create an all-natural steam that removes dirt and grim from any non-heat sensitive surfaces, it won’t aggravate allergy symptoms or cause respiratory issues.</p> <p><strong>Penny pinching:</strong> On top of the initial purchase, the only money outlay for steam cleaning is for the water and electricity used to heat it. Thus, it can end up saving you money in the long term that you would’ve spent of detergents, cleaners and other products used throughout the home.</p> <p><strong>Effective:</strong> Steam cleaning, unlike bleach, will actually kill mould in your bathroom, which could otherwise cause all sorts of healthy problems. While bleach just turns mould white so it blends in with the surface, steam cleaning kills the mould from the cracks and hard to reach places.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p>

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House-sit and see the world on a budget

<p>Holidaymakers, listen up! If you’ve ever wondered if there is such a thing as a free holiday, then you’ll be pleased to hear that house-sitting comes pretty close.</p> <p>For your next holiday – in Australia or further afield – you might want to turn to house-sitting instead of hotels. It’s a win-win situation for all involved – holidaymakers get free accommodation (minus the tiny agency fee) and house owners looking for a sitter save on getting a caretaker or pet boarding costs. What’s not to like about that? Apparently nothing. House sitting is becoming increasingly popular.</p> <p><strong>How does it work?</strong><br />In exchange for free accommodation, homeowners hand over their keys to people willing to take care of their house while they're away. House-sitters pay a small annual one-off fee, which is sometimes refundable for those who don't find a suitable opportunity. It just depends on what service you use. Aussie House Sitters provide a service for $65 per year.</p> <p><strong>What will I need to do?</strong><br />Mainly you will be responsible for keeping the house safe, tidy and in a good condition until the owner returns. It is quite common for house-sitters to have to look after pets too. Some homeowners will request specific tasks for you to do, such as taking care of the garden, but this should all be discussed and agreed on in advance.</p> <p><strong>Is it safe?</strong><br />The service provides information to help people ensure their security, such as advice on checking references and having a friend or neighbour drop in occasionally for long-term sits.</p> <p><strong>Why should I consider a house-sit?</strong><br />It's a great way to have a cheap holiday, or a great chance to stay in a wonderful residential properties you'd never normally be able to afford. The mutual benefits are literally amazing. In terms of cost alone, a house sitting arrangement can save both parties lots of money.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Warming oceans may force New Zealand’s sperm and blue whales to shift to cooler southern waters

<p>The world’s oceans are absorbing more than <a href="https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/science/climate-issues/ocean-impacts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">90% of the excess heat and energy</a> generated by rising greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p>But, as the oceans keep warming, rising sea temperatures generate unprecedented cascading effects that include the melting of polar ice, rising seas, marine heatwaves and ocean acidification.</p> <p>This in turn has profound impacts on marine biodiversity and the lives and livelihoods of coastal communities, especially in island nations such as New Zealand.</p> <p>In our latest <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X22007075?via%3Dihub" target="_blank" rel="noopener">research</a>, we focused on great whales – sperm and blue whales in particular. They are crucial for maintaining healthy marine ecosystems, but have limited options to respond to climate change: either adapt, die, or move to stay within optimal habitats.</p> <p>We used mathematical models to predict how they are likely to respond to warming seas by the end of the century. Our results show a clear southward shift for both species, mostly driven by rising temperatures at the sea surface.</p> <h2>Computing the fate of whales</h2> <p>Data on the local abundance of both whales species are <a href="https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v690/p201-217/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">deficient</a>, but modelling provides a powerful tool to predict how their range is likely to shift.</p> <p>We used a <a href="http://macroecointern.dk/pdf-reprints/AraujoNew2007.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">combination of mathematical models</a> (known as correlative species distribution models) to predict the future range shifts of these whale species as a response to three future climate change scenarios of differing severity, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (<a href="https://www.ipcc.ch/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IPCC</a>).</p> <p>We applied these models, using the whales’ present distributions, to build a set of environmental “rules” that dictate where each species can live. Using climate-dependent data such as sea-surface temperature and chlorophyll A (a measure of phytoplankton growth), as well as static data such as water depth and distance to shore, we applied these rules to forecast future habitat suitability.</p> <p>We chose a scenario of “<a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00177-3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">modest</a>” response to cutting greenhouse gas emissions (the IPCC’s mitigation strategy RCP4.5), which is the most likely given the current policies, and a worst-case scenario (no policy to cut emissions, RCP8.5), assuming the reality will likely be somewhere between the two.</p> <p>Our projections suggest current habitats in the ocean around the North Island may become unsuitable if sea-surface temperatures continue to rise.</p> <p>These range shifts become even stronger with increasing severity of climate change. For sperm whales, which are currently abundant off Kaikōura where they support eco-tourism businesses, the predicted distribution changes are even more evident than for blue whales, depending on the climate change scenario.</p> <p>While our results do not predict an overall reduction in suitable habitat that would lead to local extinctions, the latitudinal range shifts are nevertheless bound to have important ecological consequences for New Zealand’s marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them.</p> <h2>How whales maintain ecosystems</h2> <p>Great whales are marine ecosystem engineers. They modify their habitats (or create new ones), to suit their needs. In fact, these activities create conditions that other species rely on to survive.</p> <p>They engineer their environment on several fronts. By feeding in one place and releasing their faeces in another, whales convey minerals and other nutrients such as nitrogen and iron from the deep water to the surface, as well as across regions. This process, known as a “<a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0013255" target="_blank" rel="noopener">whale pump</a>”, makes these nutrients available for phytoplankton and other organisms to grow.</p> <p>This is very important because phytoplankton contributes about <a href="https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/plankton-revealed" target="_blank" rel="noopener">half of all oxygen to the atmosphere</a> and also captures <a href="https://www.imf.org/Publications/fandd/issues/2019/12/natures-solution-to-climate-change-chami" target="_blank" rel="noopener">about 40% of all released carbon dioxide</a>. By helping the growth of phytoplankton, whales indirectly contribute to the <a href="https://theconversation.com/tiny-plankton-drive-processes-in-the-ocean-that-capture-twice-as-much-carbon-as-scientists-thought-136599" target="_blank" rel="noopener">natural ocean carbon sink</a>.</p> <p>On top of this, each great whale accumulates about <a href="https://www.arcticwwf.org/the-circle/stories/protecting-the-earth-by-protecting-whales/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">33 tonnes of carbon dioxide in their body</a>, which they take to the ocean floor when they die and their carcass sinks.</p> <p> </p> <figure></figure> <p> </p> <p>Ultimately, the impact of warming oceans on whale distribution is an additional stress factor on ecosystems already under pressure from wider threats, including acidification, pollution and over-exploitation.</p> <h2>A way forward to help whales</h2> <p>Sperm whales are the largest toothed whales (odontocetes) and deep-diving apex predators. They primarily feed on squid and fish that live near the bottom of the sea.</p> <p>Blue whales are baleen whales (mysticetes) and filter small organisms from the water. They feed at the surface on zooplankton, particularly dense krill schools along coastlines where cold water from the deep ocean rises toward the surface (so-called <a href="https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/upwelling.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">upwelling areas</a>).</p> <p>These differences in feeding habits lead to divergent responses to ocean warming. Blue whales show a more distinct southerly shift than sperm whales, particularly in the worst-case scenario, likely because they feed at the surface where ocean warming will be more exacerbated than in the deep sea.</p> <p>Both species have important foraging grounds off New Zealand which may be compromised in the future. Sperm whales are currently occurring regularly off Kaikōura, while blue whales forage in the South Taranaki Bight.</p> <p>Despite these ecological differences, our results show that some future suitable areas around the South Island and offshore islands are common to both species. These regions could be considered sanctuaries for both species to retreat to or expand their habitat in a warming world. This should warrant <a href="https://environment.govt.nz/assets/Publications/Files/Environmental-Report-Card-Marine-Areas-with-Legal-protection_0.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">increased protection of these areas</a>.</p> <p><strong>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/warming-oceans-may-force-new-zealands-sperm-and-blue-whales-to-shift-to-cooler-southern-waters-188522" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Ash Barty’s memoir cover revealed

<p dir="ltr">Ash Barty has revealed the cover of the memoir titled <em>My Dream Time</em> due for release later in the year. </p> <p dir="ltr">The retired athlete used her Indigenous heritage in naming her autobiography <em>My Dream Time </em>which will be published by HarperCollins.</p> <p dir="ltr">The stunning cover shows a smiling Ash with the beautiful Queensland sunset in the background.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m so happy to share the cover for My Dream Time,” Ash wrote on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is the story of my journey to be the best I could be, not just as a tennis player but as a person. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m now working on the final manuscript and selecting photos, I’m excited to share the finished book with you soon!</p> <p dir="ltr">“We shot the cover at sunset in Queensland with the talented @nics_mindset. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I hope you like it.”</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/tv/ChJl1i4BqWW/?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/tv/ChJl1i4BqWW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Ash Barty (@ashbarty)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The book is ready for pre-order from <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781460762820/my-dream-time-a-memoir-of-tennis-and-teamwork/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a> but will be released in Australia and New Zealand on November 3, in the UK on November 10 this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fans in the USA and Canada will have to wait a while longer for its release on January 10, 2023.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ash already has a series of children’s books titled <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/books/ash-barty-s-books-released" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Little Ash</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: HarperCollins/Instagram</em></p>

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6 strange beauty tricks that actually work

<p>When it comes to the world of beauty, there are plenty of weird and whacky tricks and tips doing the rounds. It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction or that which actually works and that which fails miserably. Fortunately, we’ve managed to find nine slightly whacky but oh-so-worth it tricks of the trade to give you everything from longer lashes to ready-in-minutes waves.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Use a cotton ball for extra long, thick lashes –</strong> Forget expensive fibre lash formulations. For plenty of oomph, take a mascara wand/brow brush and rub it onto a cotton ball. This transfers some of the fibres onto the brush. Work the brush through your lashes then apply another coat of mascara for instant length and volume.</li> <li><strong>Red lipstick to conceal dark circles –</strong> It sounds bizarre but the proof is in the pudding. Apply a red or orange-based lippie under your eyes and onto your eyelids (wherever there’s a shadow) with a concealer brush or your finger. Apply your favourite creamy concealer over the top and blend. What dark circles?</li> <li><strong>DIY heated eyelash curler –</strong> If you’re keen on super curly lashes but don’t have a heated curler, this trick is for you. Simply use the heat from your hairdryer to heat up any metal lash curler by holding it under a stream of warm air for five to 10 seconds. Just make sure you test the temperature on the back of your hand before applying to your eyes.</li> <li><strong>Potato skin brightener –</strong> There are a number of reasons that the skin under your arms might be darker than the rest of your body. To lighten your underarms naturally, cut a potato in half and rub into your armpits morning and night. Potatoes are high in the enzyme catecholase that has natural lightening properties.</li> <li><strong>The right way to apply a natural flush –</strong> If your chosen blush tends to be a little on the rosy side, try applying under your tinted moisturiser or foundation. This creates a subtle, “barely there” effect which is perfect for daytime.</li> <li><strong>Use card to prevent mascara smudges –</strong> If applying perfect mascara is a chore, try this easy trick for smudge proof lashes. Place a thick piece of card against your top lash line before applying your product. Any leftover mascara will smear onto the card instead of onto your eyelids.</li> </ol> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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3 foods to improve your eyesight

<p>Failing eyesight is often thought to be a natural part of ageing, but did you know it’s actually more impacted by a modern lifestyle? It’s true. Wind, dust, chlorine fumes, smoking, freezing temperatures and physical injury aren’t good friends to the health of your eyes, and let’s not get started on long hours spent in front of a computer screen or tablet.</p> <p>What is good for your eyes is a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly ones that give your body vitamin A. The great thing about this is what while we can’t turn back the clock (although sometimes we all wish we could!), you can change what you eat. To improve your eye health today, pop these foods on your shopping list.</p> <p><strong>Kale</strong></p> <p>This leafy green is a superfood for good reason. Kale has been linked to a reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and reducing the risk of many cancers, as its cancer-protective compounds help block the growth of cancer cells. Other foods rich in carotenoids, such as spinach and collared greens, are also well worth putting on your shopping list.</p> <p>Some experts also suggest that green and yellow coloured foods are even more effective at reducing risk for macular degeneration and cataracts than orange ones, like carrots. Green, yellow, orange – why does colour matter?</p> <p>In this instance, green and yellow foods are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin, which are two nutrients that are thought to protect the retina against oxidative damage and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.</p> <p><strong>Apricots</strong></p> <p>Did you know that a pigment called beta-carotene gives fruits and vegetables, like apricots and carrots, their rich, bright hues? The other fun fact about this pigment is that in the body it changes into vitamin A, or retinol, which is important for good vision and eye health. While carrots have long been thought to be the best food for your eyes, apricots have actually been shown to have more beta-carotene contents.</p> <p>Whether fresh or dried, either is good for your health. This little fruit is also packed with potassium, calcium, iron and dietary fibre. With powerful antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, working together, your eyesight is in good hands.</p> <p><strong>Blueberries</strong></p> <p>Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, these delicious dark berries may help improve the health of many of the body’s tissues, including the eyes. Do you like to walk your dog in the evenings? Blueberries are also thought to improve night vision due to a compound in its make-up called anthocyanins.</p> <p>While this isn’t proven, they have plenty of other health benefits for your eyes. Blueberries are thought to help slow the progression of cataracts, one of the leading causes of vision loss around the world. The anthocyanins in blueberries are also thought to protect retinal cells from damage caused by ageing and light. </p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Stirring musical tribute to Olivia Newton-John

<p>In honour of Olivia Newton-John, two musical powerhouses have delivered an emotional tribute to the late entertainer. </p> <p>While on their world tour, British rock band Coldplay were joined on stage at London's Wembley Stadium by singer Natalie Imbruglia to perform a hit song from <em>Grease</em>. </p> <p>Together, they performed the track <em>Summer Nights</em> to the 90,000-strong crowd, with the audience singing along to every word. </p> <p>For their rendition, Imbruglia handled the role of Sandy while Coldplay’s Chris Martin sang the part of John Travolta’s character, Danny, duetting on its shared chorus along with Jacob Collier.</p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1PEqVarGq14" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Before the tribute to Olivia, Coldplay and Imbruglia also performed <em>Torn</em>, which Imbruglia popularised when she released her version of the Ednaswap song as her debut single in 1997.</p> <p>Natalie Imbruglia was among the thousands of entertainers to pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John after she died of breast cancer at age 73, writing an emotional post online. </p> <p>She said, "Devastated to hear of the passing of Olivia Newton John. When I was a little girl I used to close my eyes and sing her songs and dream of one day being on a stage somewhere, singing, just like her. She was magic."</p> <p>"A huge inspiration to me and so many other young kids who where singing into their hairbrush."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p>

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“Overbearing idiots” fined for surfing through Venice’s Grand Canal

<p dir="ltr">Two “overbearing idiots” who were caught surfing through Venice's Grand Canal have been identified and had their boards confiscated.</p> <p dir="ltr">A furious Mayor Luigi Brugnaro shared footage of the pair calling for them to be found and punished for “making a mockery of the city”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Here are two overbearing idiots who make a mockery of the City,” his translated tweet read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I ask everyone to help us identify them to punish them even if our weapons are really blunt... we urgently need more powers for the Mayors in terms of public safety!</p> <p dir="ltr">“To those who spot them, I offer a dinner!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="it">Ecco due imbecilli prepotenti che si fanno beffa della Città… chiedo a tutti di aiutarci a individuarli per punirli anche se le nostre armi sono davvero spuntate… servono urgentemente più poteri ai Sindaci in tema di sicurezza pubblica!<br />A chi li individua offro una cena! <a href="https://t.co/DV2ONO3hUs">pic.twitter.com/DV2ONO3hUs</a></p> <p>— Luigi Brugnaro (@LuigiBrugnaro) <a href="https://twitter.com/LuigiBrugnaro/status/1559808148843765760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 17, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In a later post, the Mayor Brugnaro announced that the pair were caught and fined. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Speaking of the two “heroes” of this morning, we have identified them!” he updated his followers.</p> <p dir="ltr">He did not disclose how much their fine was but thanked everyone for their cooperation on catching the two. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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“We’ll see it through with you”: Jimmy Barnes farewells beloved friend

<p dir="ltr">Jimmy Barnes has paid tribute to his lifelong friend and acclaimed promoter Colleen Ironside as part of a multi-day farewell in Thailand.</p> <p dir="ltr">Barnes took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to share a slew of photos from the memorial service for his “kind friend”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Day 1 of saying goodbye to our dear Colleen at Wat Taht Thong, Bangkok,” the rocker wrote.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f4b0682c-7fff-28fd-bd42-5f1ac675f833"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“This will take four days until cremation. Old friends and family will gather and talk about the years. The monks will chant every night and we will sing yours songs. We see it through with you my kind friend.”</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/ChSywmRh4cy/?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; 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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/ChSywmRh4cy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jimmy Barnes (@jimmybarnesofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The post is the latest Barnes has made in honour of Colleen, with the former Cold Chisel member sharing details of his friend’s upcoming service.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re off to Thailand to farewell my good friend Colleen Ironside,” Barnes <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChJS9tSr6L4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shared</a>, along with a way for fans to join a livestream of the service.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ironside was one of Australia’s first globally acclaimed music promoters and the managing director of the Asia-wide tour company Live Limited.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 69-year-old died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Hua Hin, Thailand, on July 22.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-06c39954-7fff-54bb-7b9d-80ba049c5789"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Following her passing, Barnes, who considered Ironside as part of his family, shared a heartfelt tribute to her online.</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/CgY6suuO-Us/?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/CgY6suuO-Us/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jimmy Barnes (@jimmybarnesofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“It’s taken me a few days to write something about the loss of our dear friend Colleen Ironside,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My friend for forty five years, so close to all of us that she’s one of the family.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Through all we went through you were always there for me, you never changed. I will miss you, 🙏 x.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-32c19075-7fff-6ff3-ed84-57265584ac0a"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @jimmybarnesofficial (Instagram)</em></p>

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Anne Heche to be taken off life support

<p dir="ltr">US actress Anne Heche will be taken off life support days after she was reported to be brain dead.</p> <p dir="ltr">The decision comes after the 53-year-old was matched with an organ recipient, per CNN, in line with her wishes, after Heche was pulled out of her burning car, which she had <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/actress-fighting-for-her-life-after-horror-car-crash" target="_blank" rel="noopener">driven into an LA home</a> while driving 104 km/h on August 5.</p> <p dir="ltr">Heche's publicist broke the news that the <em>Six Days, Seven Nights</em> star was "not expected to survive" on Friday, revealing that Heche had "suffered a severe anoxic brain injury".</p> <p dir="ltr">“We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” her spokesperson told <em>Page Six</em> at the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-02f14bcd-7fff-85ab-3ecc-d0d822147ddc"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdUqTdKLo6E/?utm_source=ig_embed&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/CdUqTdKLo6E/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Anne Heche (@anneheche)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The following day, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in a statement that the investigation into the crash would not move forward.</p> <p dir="ltr">"As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case," the LAPD said in a statement to <em><a href="https://pagesix.com/2022/08/14/anne-heche-police-investigation-dismissed-following-stars-death/?_ga=2.230917663.184706205.1660479883-1122528718.1567945808" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Page Six</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”</p> <p dir="ltr">After the results for Heche’s blood test following the crash <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/anne-heche-s-blood-test-results-revealed-after-horror-smash" target="_blank" rel="noopener">detected “the presence of drugs” in her system</a>, police investigations escalated to a “preliminary” felony DUI.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gossip magazine <em>TMZ </em>reported on August 10 that the investigation was escalated after a woman claimed she was injured and needed medical assistance due to Heche crashing into her home.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7a45620a-7fff-a523-348f-68564680d4f2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">However, an LAPD public information officer told <em>Page Six</em> that the felony was preliminary due to pending further toxicology testing.</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/ChKkPVLukOi/?utm_source=ig_embed&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/ChKkPVLukOi/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by James Tupper (@mrjamestupper)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Heche, who never regained consciousness after the crash, is survived by her 13-year-old son Atlas, who she shares with actor James Trupper, as well as her 20-year-old son Homer, shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-661f6c10-7fff-c097-316a-6f5c947cb84c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday, Tupper shared a sweet tribute to his late wife to Instagram, posting a single photo of Heche along with the caption: “love you forever 💔”.</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/ChLAEgaPFFF/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Coley Laffoon (@coleylaffoon)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Laffoon took to social media to wish his ex-wife peace on her journey, sharing a throwback photo of Heche with their son as a baby.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s important to remember the real love in the best times. Thank you Anne. Peace on your journey,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-dd5ef628-7fff-d8e9-c738-71dae7ec97e9"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @anneheche (Instagram)</em></p>

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Rugby League icon dead at 49

<p dir="ltr">The NRL world is in mourning following the death of legendary coach and former player Paul Green at the age of 49. </p> <p dir="ltr">The premiership-winning coach had reportedly not complained about any illness and was found dead at his home in Brisbane on Thursday. </p> <p dir="ltr">A post-mortem will be carried out to determine his cause of death.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Former Melbourne Storm and Maroons hooker Cameron Smith, who was coached by Green in the earlier days said he was “heartbroken” upon hearing the news.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A very sad part of the day,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s certainly rocked myself…and everyone in the rugby league world.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s a sad day for everyone involved in the rugby league family and community. We send our best wishes and condolences out to the entire Green family.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was fortunate enough, he was my kicking and catching coach when I was coming through at the Broncos and he was also my coach when I was at Wynnum.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I had a small amount to do with him but in the time I did, it was actually really interesting the year I was at Wynnum I ended up signing with another club to leave but we had a really tough start to the season. Greeny managed to turn the Wynnum Seagulls around and we won the premiership that year.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He’s a fighter. It’s a very sad day to see Greeny go like that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Green had an incredible NRL career, playing 162 first grade matches between 1994-2004 and winning the prestigious Rothmans Medal in 1995 as the game's best and fairest.</p> <p dir="ltr">He played for several different clubs including Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos.</p> <p dir="ltr">Green eventually swapped his playing boots to coaching ones as he took on the North Queensland Cowboys from 2014-2020.</p> <p dir="ltr">He helped the Cowboys finally win their first ever premiership in 2015. </p> <p dir="ltr">Green last coached Queensland’s State of Origin side in 2021 and was due for a comeback into coaching in 2023 with the new NRL team, Dolphins. </p> <p dir="ltr">Green is survived by wife Amanda and children Emerson and Jed.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Beyond Bali: Indonesia’s other islands

<p>Bali is one of the world's most popular overseas holiday destinations. But did you know that Indonesia has more than 17,500 other islands with just as much to offer? Go off the beaten track and explore some the country’s other gems.</p> <p><strong>Sumba</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/sumba-indonesia.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /><br /></strong></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p>This rugged island in the east of Indonesia looks very different to the more touristy volcanic islands in the north. During the dry season the island can go up to seven months without a drop of rain, turning the lush jungle landscape into a parched and arid desert that more resembles Africa than southeast Asia. But once the rains come, the land springs back to life, a sparkling palette of vibrant greens, thundering waterfalls and muddy rice paddies ready for the next crop. The ancient breed of Sumba pony is a part of every day life and can be seen all over the island, used to work farms, as transport and in traditional ceremonies. Sumba is famous for its surfing, most notably for a legendary break simply called The Left that’s considered one of the best in the world. There’s only one resort on the island, the ultra luxe Nihiwatu, and guests stay in Swiss Family Robinson-style fantasy villas with private swimming pools, butler service and incredible views.</p> <p><strong>Gili Islands</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/gili-islands.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /><br /></strong></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The Gilis, as they are known, are made up of three small islands sitting just off the coast of Lombok, to the east of Bali. They have long been a backpacker haven, but small-scale development is opening them up to a wider audience. There’s a great mix of buzzing bars, quiet beaches and vibrant local culture. It’s one of the best places in Southeast Asia for diving with around 25 dive sites around the islands. The water is crystal clear and a consistent 28 degrees, and once under the surface you’ll see reef sharks, rays, parrot fish, eels, octopus, the occasional whale shark and plenty of turtles – Gili is known as the turtle capital of the world.</p> <p><strong>Java</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/java.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /><br /></strong></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p>Java is the geographical and economic centre of Indonesia, and home to the capital Jakarta as well as a number of other major cities. But before you dismiss it as another busy, smoggy Asian capital, there’s much more to Java. A visit to the smaller villages of the island will give you the chance to experience Indonesian life as it is lived every day and, while Java’s not known for its beaches, there are some nice strips of sand that are blissfully crowd-free. The island’s most famous landmark is the vast Borobudur complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from the ninth century that’s easily one of the most stunning temples in Southeast Asia. Active travellers can climb the moon-like peaks of Mount Bromo to see volcanic craters that still bubble with smoke.</p> <p><strong>Flores Komodo</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/komodo-flores-island.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /><br /></strong></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p>These pristine islands form part of the Nusa Tengarra chain of islands that make up the southern arc of the Indonesian archipelago. The name is a giveaway for the islands’ most famous resident – the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Reaching up to three metres in length and an impressive 130 (or so) kilograms, these are pretty fearsome beasts and are known to eat wild pigs, deer and even smaller dragons. They can move at around 20 kilometres an hour, so it’s best to keep your distance. Flores is also home to a row of semi-active volcanoes that make for superb hiking and both islands are ringed with sparkling water and unspoilt beaches.</p>

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Do you need travel insurance for domestic trips?

<p>When adding up your travel budget, insurance can seem like an unnecessary extra that you never really use – especially on a domestic trip. But before you dismiss the idea, here are a few reasons why you should insure every trip.</p> <p>1. You’ve booked your tickets, packed your bags and bought your sunscreen – then disaster strikes. There can be any number of reasons that you need to cancel a trip: a close family member gets sick, you have an accident, a cyclone hits the resort you’re staying at or your employer cancels your leave. Travel insurance will cover the out of pocket costs associated with cancelling flights, rental cars or accommodation. It can also cover any additional expenses that you incur if an airline cancels your flights.</p> <p>2. Theft doesn’t just happen overseas and insurance will cover you for any of your property – and, sometimes, cash – stolen while you’re travelling. It can also cover items that are lost or accidentally damaged during your trip.</p> <p>3. No one thinks they will injure another party or cause damage to property while they’re travelling, but it happens. If you’re at fault you could be sued and damages can run into the millions. Travel insurance generally includes coverage for personal liability, which covers you for legal expenses and compensation you may be required to pay to the other party.</p> <p>4. If you travel a few times a year, purchasing an annual policy makes domestic insurance really cheap. Because you are covered by Medicare premiums are much lower than international policies. For only around $200 a year you can have full coverage around the country – and that’s less than the cost of one night in a hotel because of a delay.</p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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“Ugliest city in the world” found

<p dir="ltr">A city in Belgium full of abandoned factories and industrial plants has been labelled the “ugliest city in the world”.</p> <p dir="ltr">At one point in the 1800s, Charleroi in south Belgium was known as the “Black Country”, thanks to the booming coal industry.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then in 1950, oil was used more than coal and the industries slowly moved to the country’s north before Charleroi became abandoned.</p> <p dir="ltr">The abandoned city soon became notorious for its crime, deprivation and general decline to the point that it was voted as the ugliest city in the world by citizens in 2009.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, artist Nicolas Buissart has slowly changed that, with tours of his hometown claiming that the label of being the ugliest city in the world was the “perfect marketing opportunity”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Along with his friend, the pair created a website “Charleroi Adventure” and had people sign up to be given a tour.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At first, the authorities blamed me for spreading the image of Charleroi as a depressing place,” Buissart told The Sun.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I explain the history of Charleroi, and then we move to the factories. I have keys to some of the abandoned buildings, so I show people around.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If the weather is good, we can climb a slag heap – which is the waste material produced from mining. Then there are bars that we can visit.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For bigger groups, we can have a barbecue by the riverside.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Buissart also regularly shares photos of the ugly city from his tours, which have since gained traction from locals.</p> <p dir="ltr">Check out some of his snaps below.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Why do I wake up thirsty?

<p>If you wake up in the morning feeling thirsty, you might be dehydrated.</p> <p>There are a few things which might be at play here, including not drinking enough the day before.</p> <p>The temperature overnight will also impact your hydration levels, with warm conditions meaning you will sweat overnight.</p> <p>However, even during cold weather, we still lose fluid from breathing, which you’ve probably noticed when your breath becomes visible in the cold.</p> <p>Often people avoid drinking fluids just before bed to avoid waking in the night to visit the toilet, which may further exacerbate dehydration.</p> <p>And one of the commonest causes for waking up thirsty is consuming too many diuretics, especially alcohol. Diuretics are things which cause you to lose fluid through urine, but beyond what you would normally lose from the volume you have consumed.</p> <p>So why is it so important to stay hydrated, and what can we do to ensure we are?</p> <h2>How do I know if I’m dehydrated?</h2> <p>Our brains release a hormone called “antidiuretic hormone” when it senses we are becoming dehydrated. It also releases this during the night to help us retain fluid since we can’t drink water while we sleep.</p> <p>This hormone does two things. It makes us feel thirsty, prompting us to go and drink water, and it tells our kidneys to absorb more water back into the body, rather than turning it into urine.</p> <p>This response occurs when we are dehydrated by 1-2% of our body weight. So if you weigh 70kg, and you have lost 1.4kg of weight over the day, it is a 2% loss of body fluids. (We know this amount of weight loss is fluids and not body weight, as it would almost be impossible for people to lose this amount of fat and/or muscle in a day).</p> <p>The colour of your first morning urine is a really good indicator of how hydrated you are. The darker the colour, the more dehydrated you are. You should be aiming for your first morning urine, as viewed in a white toilet bowl, to be the colour of hay.</p> <h2>Why is hydration important?</h2> <p>Staying hydrated is crucial for the <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19724292/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">optimal functioning of our body</a>.</p> <p>Dehydration, even at 2% of body weight, can impact <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17921463/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">physical performance</a> – this includes things like fine motor skills, coordination, and strength and endurance when working and exercising. It also makes you feel like you are exerting yourself more than normal, which means you will tire more easily.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4207053/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cognitive performance</a> and ability are also affected at 1-2% dehydration. This includes the ability to concentrate, solve problems and make decisions.</p> <p>Dehydration also increases your risk of feeling more unwell with heat, and of course in heat you are more at risk of dehydration. Health is further impacted if dehydration goes beyond 2%. At about 10% dehydration (so losing 7kg of fluids in a 70kg person), delirium can set in, as well as renal failure and even death.</p> <p>Recommendations tell us we need to consume <a href="https://theconversation.com/do-i-have-to-drink-eight-glasses-of-water-per-day-we-asked-five-experts-93025" target="_blank" rel="noopener">around two litres of fluid</a> per day, much of which can come from the food we eat, and importantly fluid losses <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15673099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">can be corrected within 24 hours</a>.</p> <h2>What are diuretics and why do they make us dehydrated?</h2> <p>Diuretics are a class of drugs that make the kidneys remove salt and water from the body through urine, usually to treat high blood pressure. But naturally occurring diuretics are also found in our diet.</p> <p>Alcoholic drinks above 4% alcohol concentration cause our body to turn more fluid into urine than the amount of fluid we’re actually drinking. Given most beers, wines and spirits are above this level, a night with friends having a couple of glasses of alcohol may cause dehydration.</p> <p>Coffee is also a diuretic as it contains two chemicals, caffeine and theophylline, which both increase blood flow to the kidneys – this makes them excrete more fluid. Intakes below 450mg of caffeine (about three to four coffees) are unlikely to impact hydration levels, and most people have a lot of milk and water with their coffee which would replenish most of the fluid lost.</p> <p>Other known diuretics include cranberry juice, ginger, fennel, apple cider vinegar and some teas including green, dandelion and nettle. There are <a href="https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s00345-002-0293-0.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">many</a> herbs that are known to be diuretics. However, this does not mean they should be avoided as they offer many other important nutrients, and fluid recommendations account for diuretics in foods consumed in typical serve sizes.</p> <p>Eating foods high in salt does not lead to total water loss from your body, but it causes fluid loss from your cells. This is problematic for your body and the way cells are regulated. So it’s crucial to drink plenty of fluids when consuming a high-salt meal or diet.</p> <h2>How can I stay hydrated?</h2> <p>Activities that lead to increased sweating, such as training, playing sport or even gardening, can cause dehydration. So be sure to increase your fluid intake if you have been active, or if the weather is warm.</p> <p>All fluids contribute to your intake, but water is very effective.</p> <p>Recently a <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26702122/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">group of researchers</a> looked at the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status relative to water.</p> <p>Sparkling water, sports drinks, cola, diet cola, tea and coffee were equivalent to water. Milk (any fat percentage) from either dairy or soy, milk-based meal replacements, oral rehydration solutions and <a href="https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/ijsnem/23/6/article-p593.xml?rskey=JTFcHB&amp;result=603&amp;utm_source=TrendMD&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=International_Journal_of_Sport_Nutrition_and_Exercise_Metabolism_TrendMD_0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">beer</a> under 4% alcohol were superior to water. And of course alcohol above 4% alcohol concentration was inferior to water.</p> <p><strong>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-do-i-wake-up-thirsty-183731" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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11 things your itchy skin can reveal about your health

<h2>Kidney disease</h2> <p>Intense itchy skin all over the body often occurs in people with late-stage kidney disease or those who suffer from chronic renal failure. In fact, 42 per cent of dialysis patients suffered from moderate to extreme itchiness, according to a study published in Renal Failure. “Some people describe it as a nuisance,” says dermatologist, Dr Anthony M. Rossi. “[The itch] is so intense that people wake up in the middle of the night scratching.” Science has yet to uncover why kidney disease causes itchiness, but doctors suspect it has to do with the build-up of toxins in your body when your kidneys are unable to remove the waste from your bloodstream.</p> <h2>Liver disease</h2> <p>Itchy skin all over could also be a silent sign of liver disease. Where incessant itchiness shows up late-stage in kidney disease, it can be an early symptom of liver disease. “If your liver is not functioning properly to detoxify the body, byproducts like bile acids back up,” says Dr Kathleen Cook Suozzi, assistant professor in the department of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. “The primary goal is to treat the underlying liver disease and prescribe medications that can eliminate bile acids.” Doctors will typically prescribe medications that can inhibit your body’s uptake of bile acids or help reduce the amount of bile acid returning to the liver.</p> <h2>Dermatographia</h2> <p>If after lightly scratching your skin, your fingernails leave thin, raised red welts on your skin that take 15 to 30 minutes to disappear, you may suspect dermatographia or dermatographism, a form of chronic hives. “It’s an extreme skin condition, where your skin is sensitive to touch and releases too much histamine,” says dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Cameron Rokhsar. Although the cause of this condition is unclear, it may be triggered by stress, infections, allergens, or medications, he says, adding that areas commonly touched by other skin or clothing are the most susceptible to dermatographic flare-ups. It’s easy to diagnose but often goes undiagnosed because it’s not severe or bothersome enough for people to make an appointment with their dermatologist. If the itch becomes severe, your doctor can prescribe an antihistamine to relieve the inflammation, he says. For patients with severe hives who don’t get better with antihistamines, omalizumab injections in a doctor’s office may provide relief.</p> <h2>Spinal disease</h2> <p>Chronic itchy skin on the upper middle section of the back (without a rash) can be a hallmark of neuropathic itch, a symptom of nerve malfunction. Before providing treatment, doctors will first rule out spinal cord disease as a cause. Research has shown that spinal disease, whether due to age or injury, can apply pressure on the nerve and pinch it, which results in an itchy sensation on the skin. Neuropathic itches can occur on one side of the body or both, but it’s a big red flag if scratching brings no relief. “People with eczema get a good sensation from scratching,” says Dr Rossi. “But [nerve itch] doesn’t improve with scratching. The itch intensifies most of the time.” Some people say it feels like insects are crawling on them. Once spinal cord disease or other health conditions have been ruled out, neuropathic itches can be treated with capsaicin cream, which is derived from capsicums, to burn out the nerves that are firing irregularly on the skin.</p> <h2>Coeliac disease</h2> <p>Extremely itchy bumps or blisters on knees, elbows, buttocks, and/or hairline may be signs of dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), a skin manifestation of coeliac disease, says dermatologist, Dr John Zone. Basically, when a person with coeliac disease eats food containing gluten, their immune system responds by producing antibodies called immunoglobulin A (IgA). These IgA antibodies travel to and bind with the skin cells to trigger an itchy response. The prescription Dapsone can provide short-term itch relief for the skin, but if the intestinal damage is serious patients have to adopt a strict gluten-free diet for life. If they continue to eat gluten, coeliac patients can develop malnutrition, anaemia, bone loss, ulcerative colitis, and even cancer.</p> <h2>Lymphoma</h2> <p>“The other thing that you want to rule out are blood disorders,” says Dr Suozzi. “Anywhere from five to 30 per cent of lymphomas such as Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s can present with itch.” Itchiness with or without a rash can be the first symptom of Hodgkin’s disease – likely caused by cytokines, cell signal molecules that trigger inflammation in response to infection. If your doctor suspects lymphoma, she may order a chest X-ray. If you’re diagnosed with the disease, the itching will cease soon after starting chemotherapy or radiation therapy.</p> <h2>Thyroid disease</h2> <p>“Thyroid disease, whether it’s overactive or underactive, can cause weird sensations in the skin,” says Dr Rohskar. “No one knows the association but it may be that the changes in the sweat glands can cause skin dryness.” Itchy, dry skin is more common in people who have hypothyroid because skin tissue contains thyroid hormone receptors that are seeing diminished cellular activity in the absence of thyroid hormone.</p> <h2>Allergies</h2> <p>Allergies are one of the most common chronic health conditions in the world. In fact, many skin allergies are classified under the umbrella term contact dermatitis, the itchy rash on your skin that you get when you come into contact with an allergen. Plants, nickel, or compounds found in personal care items like baby wipes and makeup are just a few of the allergens that can cause contact dermatitis. If the itchiness is localised to your eyes, if could be a sign of eyelid dermatitis. Your dermatologist or allergist can use a patch test to figure out what your triggers are. “It’s like a treasure hunt when we’re trying to look into all the products that people use,” says Dr Suozzi. A strong topical steroid is prescribed for relief.</p> <h2>Menopause</h2> <p>If you’ve finally hit menopause, you may have noticed a sudden change in your appearance – including dry, itchy skin. The loss of oestrogen, an essential building block for collagen production, leads to thinner, itchier skin due to a diminished supply of natural oils that keep your skin’s moisture intact, says OB/GYN, Dr Sherry Ross. Maintain your fountain of youth with aloe vera gel or calamine lotion, which help hold water in your skin’s outermost layer to alleviate drying and itching.</p> <h2>Breast cancer</h2> <p>Paget’s disease of the nipple is an incredibly rare form of breast cancer where cancer cells collect in or around the nipple. According to Rare Cancers Australia, Paget’s disease of the nipple is more common in women and is often found in people over 50 years old. The first sign is scaly, red, itchy patches around the nipple and areola. “Sometimes it’s misdiagnosed as eczema of the nipple,” says Dr Suozzi. “But when it’s breast cancer-associated, it’s unilateral.”</p> <h2>Pregnancy</h2> <p>The Royal Australia College of General Practitioners states that 1 in 200 women will develop pruritic urticarial papules and plaques (PUPP), an outbreak of itchy red rashes commonly seen on the abdomen, though they can also appear on your legs and arms. Most women can’t do much about the itch because the rash typically doesn’t develop until late into the third trimester when most medications are off-limits. “It’s not proven but some people say [PUPP] can happen with multiple gestations like twins,” says Dr Rossi. “And some people think it’s because the skin gets stretched out.” Fortunately, it’s harmless and goes away after pregnancy.</p> <p><strong>This article originally appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/beauty/skin/11-things-your-itchy-skin-can-reveal-about-your-health?pages=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader's Digest</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Poxy McPoxface, TRUMP-22, Mpox: Public called on to rename monkeypox virus

<p>The World Health Organisation has called on the expertise of the public to help them rename the monkeypox virus after claiming the name is "misleading".</p> <p>Names for viruses are usually chosen by a committee behind closed doors, but the WHO has decided to open up the process to allow submissions from all over the world. </p> <p>Names such as Poxy McPoxface, TRUMP-22 or Mpox have been put forward so far, prompting the WHO to say they will choosing a serious name. </p> <p>WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said, "I am sure we will not come up with a ridiculous name."</p> <p>Dozens of submissions have now been made from a range of contributors including academics, doctors, and a gay community activist.</p> <p>One more technical submission came from Harvard Medical School emergency physician Jeremy Faust, who said the virus should simply be called OPOXID-22.</p> <p>Another proposal, TRUMP-22, appeared to be refer to former US President Donald Trump who used the controversial term "Chinese virus" for the new coronavirus, although its author said it stood for "Toxic Rash of Unrecognized Mysterious Provenance of 2022".</p> <p>Pressure is growing for a new name for the disease, largely because critics say it is misleading, since the virus did not originate in monkeys. </p> <p>A group of leading scientists wrote a position paper in June calling for a name that was "neutral, non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing" amid fears the name can be used in a racist way.</p> <p>"It's very important we find a new name for monkeypox because this is best practice not to create any offence to an ethical group, a region, a country, an animal etc," Miss Chaib said.</p> <p>"The WHO is very concerned by this issue and we want to find a name that is not stigmatising," she added without giving a timeline of when the new name may be decided. </p> <p>Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 and named after the first animal to show symptoms.</p> <p>The WHO declared the current outbreak a public health emergency in July having reported more than 32,000 cases from over 80 countries.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Feeling tired after a long day of thinking? Here’s why

<p dir="ltr"> A long day of thinking can feel just as tiring as a day of hard labour, and now we know why.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to a recently-published study in the journal <em><a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2022.07.010" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Current Biology</a></em>, the all-too-common feeling of being mentally worn out is due to build-up of glutamate, a chemical in the brain’s prefrontal cortex that is useful but dangerous in high doses.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>An important messenger in our brains</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Normally, <a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22839-glutamate#:~:text=Glutamate%20is%20the%20most%20abundant,places%20at%20the%20right%20time." target="_blank" rel="noopener">glutamate acts as a neurotransmitter</a>, or “chemical messenger”, that stimulates the nerve cells in our brains to send messages between them. This helps us learn and process information, with glutamate also allowing for nerve cells to build the foundations of our memories.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, when we have too much glutamate in our brains the nerve cells can become overexcited, which can lead to the cells becoming damaged or dying. Glutamate levels that are too high are also associated with several conditions that affect the brain, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, strokes, and multiple sclerosis.</p> <p dir="ltr">In this new study, the team of researchers say a build-up of glutamate in the prefrontal cortex alters our control over decisions and makes the continued use of our prefrontal cortex more energy-consuming. As a result, we’re more likely to make decisions that are low effort and have high rewards.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wanting to understand what mental fatigue actually is, Mathias Pessiglione and his colleagues at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University in Paris monitored the brain chemistry of two groups of people over the course of a workday.</p> <p dir="ltr">One group, who were performing mentally difficult work, showed signs of fatigue such as reduced pupil dilation where the group performing relatively easier tasks didn’t.</p> <p dir="ltr">The team also noticed that members of this group began to shift their choices towards tasks that were little effort but came with high rewards they didn’t have to wait long for.</p> <p dir="ltr">Importantly, the team found that the group doing hard work had higher levels of glutamate in the synapses of the prefrontal cortex.</p> <p dir="ltr">Their findings also go against popular theories that mental fatigue is all in our head.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Influential theories suggested that fatigue is a sort of illusion cooked up by the brain to make us stop whatever we are doing and turn to a more gratifying activity,” Pessiglione said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But our findings show that cognitive work results in a true functional alteration – accumulation of noxious substances – so fatigue would indeed be a signal that makes us stop working but for a different purpose: to preserve the integrity of brain functioning.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Can we deal with glutamate build-up?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Though we can now explain why we’re feeling so tired, Pessiglione said there are only two ways to deal with the build-up of glutamate in our brains and our fatigue.</p> <p dir="ltr"> “I would employ good old recipes: rest and sleep!” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is good evidence that glutamate is eliminated from synapses during sleep.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Even so, the findings from Pessiglione and his team could have practical implications.</p> <p dir="ltr">For example, the researchers say that monitoring prefrontal metabolites - such as glutamate - could help detect severe mental fatigue, which could be beneficial for managing work agendas to avoid burnout.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pessiglione also advised people to avoid making important decisions when they’re tired.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the future, the team hopes to discover why the prefrontal cortex is so susceptible to fatigue and the accumulation of glutamate, and whether these markers for fatigue could be used to predict how people recover from conditions such as cancer or depression.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-383bbd64-7fff-2ec5-3606-8d318b130987"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Kate Middleton to face Roger Federer in tennis

<p dir="ltr">The Duchess of Cambridge will go head-to-head with Roger Federer in a tennis match for a special charity event. </p> <p dir="ltr">Kate Middleton will go against the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion to help raise money for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.</p> <p dir="ltr">All funds raised will go toward two organisations backed by the Duchess, Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association. </p> <p dir="ltr">Children between the ages of 8-15 will have the opportunity to meet the professional tennis player and enjoy a game or two with him. </p> <p dir="ltr">The exciting match, which was reportedly suggested by Kate, will go ahead on September 22 as part of the Laver Cup which was co-founded by Federer. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Her Royal Highness is passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport,” a statement from the Palace read.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Excited to announce that Laver Cup is partnering with The Duchess of Cambridge this year to raise funds for two incredible charities – @actionforchildrenuk and the <a href="https://twitter.com/LTA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LTA</a> Tennis Foundation. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing you in London! <a href="https://t.co/7B82Gkj5EE">https://t.co/7B82Gkj5EE</a></p> <p>— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer/status/1559843493610246145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 17, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The Laver Cup is a three day tournament which sees six of the best tennis players across Europe go against six of the best tennis players from the rest of the world. </p> <p dir="ltr">Federer is no stranger to the royal family, having played tennis with Prince George, nine, and attended Pippa Middleton’s wedding. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Her Royal Highness is passionate about supporting grassroots  tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport," the palace said in a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Laver Cup will see Federer’s <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/federer-sends-tennis-world-in-a-spin" target="_blank" rel="noopener">return to the court</a> after struggling with his right knee after undergoing three operations to help repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Twitter/Getty</em></p>

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Tips on keeping wine fresh

<p>We’ve all been in the situation (once or twice) before where we’re the only one home one evening, decide to have one glass with dinner and don’t finish off the bottle. So how can you keep the rest of the bottle as fresh as possible? Here we take a look whether simply resealing the bottle is enough or, is it worthwhile investing in one of the various gadgets on the market.</p> <p>Most wine connoisseurs will tell you that wine is almost always best enjoyed on the day it is opened. You’ll find that some restaurants don’t bother with fancy resealing devices and use the cap or cork it came with, as they say that some wines last well into the next day. So why should you bother with one of these whizz bang gadgets? On the other hand, research shows that some restaurants use an argon gas preservation system and that it works really well.</p> <p>As you may have discovered yourself at home, wine doesn’t go off that quickly, per se, but it can lose its quality before becoming unpleasant. The villain to blame in this process is oxygen. If you’re a red wine drinker, you’ve likely heard that giving it time to breathe is a good thing. Well although a little air is often good for wine, the longer it is exposed to oxygen the more it changes. Some wines, typically robust reds, benefit from a day or two of “development” in an open bottle. But in most, fruit smells and flavours dissipate. The wine starts to oxidise and taste sharp and “vinegary”. That’s why wine-saving devices are typically designed to limit contact with air.</p> <p><strong>Winesave</strong><br />A user-friendly delivery system that uses gas that's used by many restaurants to form a protective “blanket” between the wine and the air in the bottle. The at-home version comes in a canister: you attach a tube to the nozzle to squirt the gas into the bottle before reapplying the original seal. Can keep wine well for at least five days.</p> <p><strong>Wine Shield</strong><br />A piece of flexible, circular plastic inserted into a partly drunk bottle to become a floating lid, claiming to keep wine fresh for up to five days after opening. Fiddly to insert – it’s done via the sachet in which each “shield” is packaged – but not hard once you have the knack. You then reapply the original seal. Will keep the wine in good condition for at least three days.</p> <p><strong>Vacu Vin</strong><br />This gadget is designed to suck air out of the bottle. Popular with wine critics, it vacuums out the air. While it is said to not be as great on day two as some of the other devices, it is better on day five than the others.</p> <p><strong>Screw cap</strong><br />In some cases the original metal seal that came with the bottle will keep the wine pleasant on day two but it won’t last until day five like some of the others. At least it is free, though, right?</p> <p><strong>Wine stopper</strong><br />Often made from stainless steel with a plastic interior, these don’t seem to do much. It’s a stretch to do anything that a cork (or screw cap) wouldn’t. So I guess this is a good option if you lose the cork or screw or you have trouble replacing it after you’ve finished.</p>

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Readers Respond: How did your parents fall in love?

<p dir="ltr">We grew up watching our parents and wondered how they fell in love…or whether they loved each other at all.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some couples stay together for the sake of the kids, their family’s reputation, or because it's just safer or easier.</p> <p dir="ltr">But when it comes to those happy relationships, we sit there and want to know how they fall in love. </p> <p dir="ltr">Read some of your responses below. </p> <p dir="ltr">Michelle Hartog - My dad was playing doubles in tennis, mum was on the opposition team. He said he took one look at her and said, “that's the girl I'm going to marry”. </p> <p dir="ltr">Geraldine Robertson - My mum was a special nurse for my father who had a stroke at a very young age.</p> <p dir="ltr">Alice McMurdo - They lived across the road from each other, since they were born. When my darling dad died it was the first time in my beautiful mum’s life that he wasn’t there.</p> <p dir="ltr">Julie Luck - My mum was a post office switchboard operator and my dad a technician on the other side of the board. She liked seeing his feet from her side while working and liked the rest of him when they eventually met. </p> <p dir="ltr">Anne Scott - They met at a dance and got married in 1947.</p> <p dir="ltr">Cheryl Cunningham - I am not sure. I do know my father loved my mother a great deal although I think he loved her more than she loved him. My dad was an exceptional man and a wonderful father.</p> <p dir="ltr">Julie Clifford - My dad saw my mother riding her bike in her teens with long auburn hair down her back and thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nancy Wilson - Went on a picnic with friends and the guys threw me in the lake and I landed on him. And that's God's truth, we’ve been married 61 years.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elaine Stewart - It was love at first sight when my father saw my beautiful mother at a dance and they were married three months later. They were true soulmates.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kathy Davey - My mum was a nurse, dad a farmer. They met at a dance and eloped. Mum continued living in nursing quarters until dad got brave enough to tell the family.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you would like to share your parents’ love story, click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtyNZ/posts/pfbid02r1QhAJYXrEv7jSayvw1bbbaecbiXJaj8QXBpopnzZbtE8iGrnqd14csKvSBHx4Aml" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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World’s hottest grandma shocks with Shane Warne claim

<p dir="ltr">Gina Stewart, the <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/world-s-hottest-grandma-reveals-paparazzi-hell" target="_blank" rel="noopener">world’s hottest grandma</a> has claimed that she was “quietly” dating Shane Warne.</p> <p dir="ltr">The legendary cricketer, 52, died of natural causes on March 4 in a luxury villa on the Thailand holiday island of Koh Samui.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now six months later, the 52-year-old model has revealed that she and the late cricketer were chatting online for months in 2018 before eventually meeting up. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I have been devastated over the last few months,” she told The Daily Star.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The world lost a legend and I lost a friend and confidante. The unthinkable happened.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was dating Shane but it wasn’t well-known. He wanted to keep it personal.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair met up after a game that Warne played and they “hit it off straight away and spent the whole night talking”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stewart claims that they got “extremely close” and that she promised Warne to keep their relationship out of the public eye. </p> <p dir="ltr">She said they would have to wear hats and sunnies to avoid paparazzi who were stalking her house. </p> <p dir="ltr">Despite not speaking at the time of his death, Stewart felt it was right to open up about what a lovely person Warne was.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I couldn’t speak until now and I just want people to know he was a truly caring humanitarian.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Anne Heche's official cause of death revealed

<p dir="ltr">Anne Heche’s death has been ruled an accident just days after she was taken off life support.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 53-year-old was pulled out of her burning car after she crashed into a Los Angeles mansion while driving 140km/h on August 5.</p> <p dir="ltr">The actress fell into a coma where the “<a href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/anne-heche-s-blood-test-results-revealed-after-horror-smash" target="_blank" rel="noopener">presence of drugs</a>” was found in her body as she remained on life support.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having been labelled labelled legally dead two days prior, Heche, an organ donor, was <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/anne-heche-to-be-taken-off-life-support" target="_blank" rel="noopener">taken off life support</a> on August 14 after recipients for her organs were found.</p> <p dir="ltr">On August 17, almost two weeks after the horrific incident, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled Heche’s death an accident.</p> <p dir="ltr">The ruling read that Heche died due to inhalation of smoke and thermal injuries, with "sternal fracture due to blunt trauma" listed as another "significant condition".</p> <p dir="ltr">The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) also confirmed that the investigation into the crash would not move forward.</p> <p dir="ltr">"As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case," a spokesperson said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the news of Heche’s death, her representative issued a statement about the loss of a “joyful soul”.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend," the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."</p> <p dir="ltr">Heche is survived by her 13-year-old son Atlas, who she shares with actor James Trupper, and 20-year-old son Homer, shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Ash Barty's bizarre new job title

<p dir="ltr">Ash Barty has traded her tennis whites for a corporate outfit after announcing she is the new Chief of Inspiration for Optus.</p> <p dir="ltr">The retired tennis star shared the news that she had joined the telecommunications giant in an Instagram post, saying she is excited to work with her new team.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Saying ‘yes’ to your goals, dreams and ambitions is something I’m pretty passionate about!” her post began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m excited to join the @optus family as their Chief of Inspiration, a role with a purpose to help people go after their personal fulfillment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m humbled by this opportunity and hope to be a voice that might inspire future generations to say ‘yes’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Also pretty keen to work alongside @danielricciardo and the rest of the Optus ambassador family. #itstartswithyes.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The post included a funny clip with F1 star Daniel Ricciardo, who is encouraging Ash as she plays a bit of golf.</p> <p dir="ltr">Using Optus’ slogan “it starts with yes”, Ricciardo asks Ash to share another moment when she said yes.</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/tv/ChWWYs8BcMX/?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/tv/ChWWYs8BcMX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Ash Barty (@ashbarty)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“When I said yes to my gut, and my heart, and trust myself in that I was making the right decision in retiring for me,” she responded as the clip ends.</p> <p dir="ltr">The exciting announcement comes just weeks after the tennis player "said yes" and <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/game-set-and-match-ash-barty-ties-the-knot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tied the knot</a> with long-term partner Garry Kissick in an intimate wedding in Queensland.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ash, 26, and Garry, 29, announced their engagement in November 2021 and the professional tennis player was unsure of whether or not she should share the news.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Garry and I have been together for a long time now and I had designed the ring with him,” she previously said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are obviously excited now for the next chapter. We were at home on the couch with the puppies.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was very much just us. It was perfect for us. Everyone has their unique way of doing it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">So when the pair married in a secret wedding, Ash shared an image wearing the wedding dress and Garry in a suit with the simple caption, “Husband &amp; Wife”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ash was also vocal about having an intimate wedding with close family and friends, and so further details of the special day have yet to be revealed.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, it is believed that Ash’s incredible wedding dress was designed by Suzanne Harward, who has been creating wedding dresses since 1975.</p> <p dir="ltr">The dress sits around the $10,000 price point.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair then jetsetted to Queenstown in New Zealand for their honeymoon with Garry regularly sharing <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/adorable-honeymoon-photos-of-ash-barty-and-husband-garry-kissick" target="_blank" rel="noopener">adorable couple photos</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Their wedding comes just a few short months after Barty shocked the tennis world by <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/ash-barty-announces-retirement" target="_blank" rel="noopener">announcing her retirement</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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“I am here to kill the Queen”: Crossbow assassin charged

<p>A man from the UK has been charged after storming the grounds of Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow. </p> <p>Jaswant Singh Chail allegedly told a police officer, "I'm here to kill the Queen", before being apprehended and handcuffed.</p> <p>The 20-year-old assailant is being charged under the Treason Act with intending to "injure the person of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, or to alarm her majesty".</p> <p>He has also been charged with threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.</p> <p>The incident took place at the royal residence west of London on Christmas Day 2021, when the Queen was staying at the castle. </p> <p>Prosecutors allege the former supermarket worker from Southampton in southern England was wearing a hood and a mask and carrying a loaded crossbow with the safety catch off.</p> <p>His attempts to kill the Queen were immediately thwarted and he was taken into police custody. </p> <p>Prosecutor Kathryn Selby said the Supersonic X-Bow weapon allegedly carried by Chail had the potential to cause "serious or fatal injuries".</p> <p>Prosecution lawyers maintain Chail wanted revenge on the British establishment for its treatment of Indians and sent a video to about 20 people claiming he was going to assassinate the Queen.</p> <p>Prosecutors also allege that the man had tried to join the British Army and the Ministry of Defence Police in order to get close to the Royal family to carry out his revenge plan.</p> <p>Charges under the Treason Act of 1842 are rare, with the last person charged and convicted in 1981. </p> <p>The man in question, Marcus Sarjeant, was charged under the act after firing blank shots at the Queen as she rode on horseback in the Trooping the Colour parade in London.</p> <p>He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Supplied</em></p>

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Brooklyn Beckham roasted over bragging about how he makes his money

<p>Brooklyn Beckham has been roasted online after a cringe-worthy video emerged of him bragging how he makes his money. </p> <p>The son of David and Victoria Beckham featured in a now-viral TikTok with the person filming asking about his career, and how he was able to afford the multi-million dollar red McLaren P1 he was driving. </p> <p>He has since come under fire for claiming it is his job as a chef that helped him afford the luxury car, rather than growing up in a very rich and famous family. </p> <p>Daniel Mac, who films himself asking random drivers of pricey vehicles how they pay for them, excitedly grilled Brooklyn, who frequently posts videos of himself cooking various dishes at home.</p> <p>“Hey, man! What do you do for a living? Your car’s awesome!” asked Mac, who wrote atop the clip that the car costs a whopping $US1.2 million ($A1.7 million).</p> <p>“Um, I’m a chef,” the smiling 23-year-old replied after realising he recognised the influencer.</p> <p>“You’re a chef! Really? Are you like the best chef in the world?” Mac asked, prompting Brooklyn to respond, “Tryna be!”</p> <p>When the TikToker inquired about his “chef name,” the husband of heiress Nicola Peltz simply said, “My name’s Brooklyn.”</p> <p>As for what advice he’d give to those trying to venture into the culinary world, he encouraged, “Just follow your passion. Whatever makes you happy, just keep doing it!”</p> <p>As if Mac’s tone weren’t sarcastic enough, the barrage of comments left under his post called out the influence for being completely "tone-deaf".</p> <p>“‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘My parents are rich so I just kinda vibe,’” one person wrote in reference to Brooklyn’s legendary soccer star dad and pop star-turned-fashion designer mum.</p> <p>“‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘I was born,’” someone else similarly joked, as another remarked, “Born into a multi-millionaire family and now married a billionaires’ daughter. But he’s a chef!!”</p> <p>“Not him pretending being a chef got him that car … Brooklyn, please,” someone else quipped, while another pointed out that he’s likely “never worked a shift in a restaurant in his life.”</p> <p>While the post welcomed a lot of comments about nepotism, other defended Brooklyn saying, "He genuinely seems like a nice guy who isn’t harming anyone, and yet people have to comment that he’s only where he is because of dad?”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram / TikTok</em></p>

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Chilling note reveals Princess Diana may have predicted her fatal car crash

<p>Two years before the car crash that claimed the life of Princess Diana, the royal predicted she would "either end up dead or be seriously injured" in a car accident that "could be staged".</p> <p>The eerie revelation, which became known as the "Mishcon Note", is discussed in detail in the upcoming docuseries, <em>The Diana Investigations</em>, of which<em> </em><a href="https://pagesix.com/2022/08/17/princess-diana-predicted-fatal-car-crash-in-chilling-note/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>The Daily Beast</em> </a>obtained a preview.</p> <p>In October 1995, Diana requested a private meeting with her personal legal adviser, Victor Mishcon, allegedly to “tell him about something that was on her mind.”</p> <p>Mishcon took diligent notes during their conversation, in which Diana allegedly said “reliable sources,” whom she refused to name, had informed her “that a car accident might be staged.” </p> <p>Diana apparently predicted she would “either end up dead or be seriously injured.”</p> <p>Two years later, in August 1997, Diana died after her driver Henri Paul slammed their Mercedes into a pillar at 104km/h in Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel. </p> <p>Paul was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs, but he was also trying to dodge the relentless paparazzi, who were trailing them on motorcycles.</p> <p>According to the experts in the docuseries, Mishcon gave the notes of his meeting with Diana to the London’s Metropolitan Police commissioner at the time, Sir Paul Condon.</p> <p>It wasn’t until after Condon’s successor, John Stevens, assumed the commissioner role that the public found out about the note, as Condon had locked it away in a safe.</p> <p>“When the coroner announced his inquest, I made sure that letter was immediately given to the royal coroner, who at that time was Michael Burgess and then subsequently became Lord Justice Scott Baker,” Lord Stevens told Daily Beast.</p> <p>“I saw Lord Mishcon about a month before he died, in about the spring of 2005, and he held course to the fact that he thought [Diana] was paranoid, and he hadn’t held much credence to [the note].”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Facebook messages lead to abortion charges for mother and daughter

<p dir="ltr">Social media users have been warned that Facebook messaging isn’t as private as we think it is, with users being urged to even delete their Facebook accounts after private messages between two women were handed over to police and led to them being charged.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jessica Burgess was charged after allegedly obtaining and giving abortion pills to her daughter Celeste earlier this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">The then-17-year-old was 23 weeks pregnant when she and her mum discussed using medication to induce an abortion and burn the foetus afterwards.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were initially charged with the felony of removing or concealing a body, as well as concealing the death of another person and false reporting.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, after receiving a tip from a woman who said she was a friend of Celeste’s and saw her take an abortion pill, detective Ben McBride then applied for a warrant to seize laptops and phones from the pair, and compelled Facebook to turn over messages they sent on the platform.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a result of reviewing the messages, Jessica was also charged with performing or attempting an abortion at more than 20 weeks of pregnancy - which is illegal under a Nebraska law enacted after <em>Roe v. Wade</em> was overturned - and performing an abortion as a non-licenced physician.</p> <p dir="ltr">When they were first interviewed, Jessica and Celeste told investigators the baby was born unexpectedly as a stillborn in the shower, before taking the foetus and burying it several miles out of town.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, court documents said the body showed signs of “thermal wounds”, and that the daughter confirmed that she and her mother burned the foetus in an exchange where she wrote that they would “burn the evidence afterward”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The two women pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing last week, where the prosecutor said it was the first time he has charged anyone for illegally performing an abortion after 20 weeks.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before the controversial overturning of <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, states weren’t allowed to enforce abortion bans before the point where the foetus is considered viable outside the womb, which is roughly 24 weeks.</p> <p dir="ltr">In one of the messages, Jessica tells her daughter she has obtained the medication and instructs her on how to use them.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to court documents written by a detective, Celeste “talks about how she can’t wait to get the ‘thing’ out of her body”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I will finally be able to wear jeans,” one message read.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said the warrants from investigators hadn’t mentioned abortion, but the case has raised concerns about how data companies collect could help prosecutors enforce abortion restrictions.</p> <p dir="ltr">#DeleteFacebook has since been trending online, with many sharing their fury and urging women to delete their accounts.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Every woman should delete Facebook right now,” 19-year-old activist Olivia Julianna wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Journalist Emily Crockett <a href="https://twitter.com/emilycrockett/status/1557093270299328515" target="_blank" rel="noopener">noted</a> that the case occurred before Roe was overturned, arguing it was “just a preview of what’s to come”.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ccd24f46-7fff-a649-e272-af388f6afcc4"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“If you don’t #DeleteFacebook, at least make sure you never talk about anything over Facebook Messenger that you wouldn’t want turned over to the police,” she added.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Did Dad book us into a doghouse by mistake?

<p>There are some things in life that you can’t leave up to dads alone and booking the accomodation for the family holiday is one of them.</p> <p>Kylie Keefe’s dad was trusted with the difficult task and accidentally made a huge mistake. He somehow managed to book a tiny house for the family of 4 grown adults and two big dogs.</p> <p>Sharing the funny mishap on TikTok, which has been viewed over 29 million times, Kylie said: “So my dad rented this Airbnb for four people and two dogs for four nights.”</p> <blockquote class="tiktok-embed" style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" cite="https://www.tiktok.com/@kyliekeefe2/video/7130339777303498030" data-video-id="7130339777303498030"> <section><a title="@kyliekeefe2" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@kyliekeefe2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@kyliekeefe2</a> so my dad rented this Airbnb for four people and 2 dogs for two nights <a title="fyp" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/fyp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#fyp</a> <a title="airbnb" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/airbnb" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#airbnb</a> <a title="tinyhome" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/tinyhome" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#tinyhome</a> <a title="♬ original sound - Kylie Keefe" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/original-sound-7130339750841617198" target="_blank" rel="noopener">♬ original sound - Kylie Keefe</a></section> </blockquote> <p>Viewers have compared the property to a child’s dollhouse and some even suggested they’d all have to sleep standing up.</p> <p>"That's the dog house," one person commented, while another added: "I'm sure Dad is bragging about how good of a deal he got."</p> <p>Kylie’s stepmum, Erika, shared a tiny house tour, showing a double bed on a mezzanine level as well as two “pullout chairs” which were expected to turn into beds.</p> <p>The property managers of the tiny house, ACL Tiny Houses, later confirmed that Kylie’s dad had accidentally booked for two people instead of four.</p> <p>However the listing said it “sleeps three comfortably”. There are also two other tiny houses nearby that can be booked on the same property.</p> <p>Kylie confirmed that the actual Airbnb was very cute and they were simply laughing at their dad’s mistake.</p> <p><em>Image: TikTok</em></p>

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Historical home renovators share kitchen tips and tricks

<p dir="ltr">A US couple who have renovated several historic homes have made a splash on social media, with nearly two million people following their process of restoring old residences.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, the number of people tuning in to see Adam and Jessica Miller’s renovating ventures grew to a fever pitch because of their latest and much more personal project: renovating Jessica’s childhood home, that also happens to be 115-years-old.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c459232f-7fff-c21b-ac91-91b8f26f1d73"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">After buying the home from Jessica’s parents, the Millers were eager to preserve the home for future generations, including their four sons, but taking on the 1906 home hasn’t been easy.</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/CJWgfz2pfPH/?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/CJWgfz2pfPH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Adam Ramsey Miller (@oldhouseadam)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“When Adam and I decided to purchase my family home from my parents, the main concern was to keep all the original woodwork on the outside intact,” Jessica told <em><a href="https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/kitchen-renovation-tips-tiktokkers-historic-home/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Realtor.com</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">After replacing the significant amount of water-damaged columns, the couple spent nine months restoring the outside of the home before turning their attention to the kitchen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since breathing new life into the space all while maintaining its character, the couple have shared some tips and tricks for those planning on renovating their own ageing kitchen.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Make your renovation suit you</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">No matter the extent of renovations you’re planning for your kitchen, any changes you make to this frequently-used space should prioritise function - which can differ person to person based on your lifestyle.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Be very aware of what you need out of the kitchen in terms of function. Let it work for your family and lifestyle,” Jessica said.</p> <p dir="ltr">In their home, she said they chose two different countertops - nonporous, spill-friendly quartz and heat-resistant soapstone - to make their kitchen feel “like it was all found in the house and opened up to reveal a grand kitchen space”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Avoid blindly following trends</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Though it may be tempting to follow the latest trends, the Millers suggest leaning into the concept of designing a space that suited and highlighted the beauty of their historic home.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Once we leaned into this concept, it opened up a whole new world free of restraints,” Jessica said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We were inspired by Old-World European functionality mixed in with the vibe and history of the home.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4d199794-7fff-e927-a425-a5b2858f7fcb"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">If you do want to incorporate certain trends, such as a large island or natural wood finishes, you still can in a way that stays true to the look and feel of your home.</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/CPhGEdwpClH/?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/CPhGEdwpClH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Adam Ramsey Miller (@oldhouseadam)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Work with what you have</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Old homes come with plenty of quirks which make them unique, and adjusting the existing layout rather than ripping down walls and cabinets can help maintain the home’s unique character.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Don’t assume that you need to start down to the studs,” said Jessica. “Most of the time you can use the existing layout and cabinets.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Since Jessica’s parents renovated the kitchen 11 years ago, Jessica said they didn’t feel the need to tear out cabinets, opting instead to tweak the “vibe” of the space.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We also kept the range hood but adjusted the colour from cream to a warm white to change with the overall vibe. The kitchen layout was solid, so we didn’t have to adjust anything there,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Expect costly surprises</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Renovations can be a costly undertaking for any house, and rehabbing an older home is no exception - and can even come with surprise costs.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Millers can attest to that fact, and suggest saving a buffer of at least 10 percent of your expected costs just in case.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We ran into more water damage in the island than we expected based on a small leak from the sink. This led to a complete island rebuild and new plumbing from the sink into the house,” Jessica said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Since we worked with a local plumber, we only had to increase our plumbing budget by a couple hundred dollars.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I would say keep a solid 10% set aside for any unforeseeable expenses.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-83c8bb77-7fff-036c-5675-89751765d5d7"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @oldhouseadam (Instagram)</em></p>

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Record listing of Kenny G's former waterfront estate

<p dir="ltr">The sprawling Washington estate formerly belonging to saxophonist Kenny G has <a href="https://www.mansionglobal.com/listings/5774061-42122-re-undisclosed-98004?mod=chiclet&amp;pos=5&amp;page=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hit the market</a> for an eye-watering $US 85 million ($AU 121 or $NZ 134 million) - claiming the title of most expensive listing in the greater Seattle area.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sitting on four acres, the 1100-square metre mansion was designed by celebrity architect Richard Landry and features a “very European feel to the exterior” of sandstone and glass, according to listing agent Anna Riley.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s the premier address we have in Washington,” Ms Riley said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Most properties in Hunts Point are 1 acre. This one is 4.3 acres on Lake Washington, a beautiful fresh-water lake. It’s a really rare, world-class property.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The property also boasts plenty of celebrity-worthy amenities, including a pool, a tennis court, a four-bedroom staff house, a pool cabana with changing rooms and showers, and a dock big enough to house a 150-foot yacht, a seaplane and jet skis.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It has an unrivalled dock. It’s almost like having your own marina,” Ms Riley said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Inside the home, you’ll find high ceilings with custom mouldings, a wood-panelled office, and a two-storey formal dining room that features 24-carat gold leaf ceiling details painted by hand and a hand-carved fireplace mantle.</p> <p dir="ltr">The home also features a saltwater fish tank and wet bar in the recreation room, and a marble fireplace and private balcony in the upstairs primary suite.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for views and water access, the home has nearly 100 metres of waterfront and access to a sandy beach, with views extending beyond the gardens and water features to the mountains and lake.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One of the coolest things about the property is that it has an outdoor stage and two really grand lawns,” Ms. Riley said. “You could do epic entertaining here.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s an amazing property for doing charitable events and large-scale entertaining,” she added.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>Careless Whisper </em>crooner reportedly sold the home to Bruce and Jolene McCraw in 1999, four years after it was built.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0d210c2c-7fff-443d-5bc2-0674118e5210"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: @kennyg (Instagram) / Mansion Global</em></p>

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