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World reacts with shock to Olympic athlete slapped on live TV

<p>Judo fans were left in shock when German athlete Martyna Trajdos was shaken and slapped in the face by her coach before an Olympic bout in Tokyo.</p> <p>The live broadcast showed the bizarre moment ahead of Trajdos' elimination round of 32 fight with Hungary's Szofi Ozbas on Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>The German ultimately lost the fight, with Ozbas emerging triumphant by Waza-Ari.</p> <p>However, the footage of Trajdos and her coach inevitably caught the attention of viewers, with many voicing their concern for her well-being.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CR1VL4nqyy6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CR1VL4nqyy6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Martyna Trajdos (@martyna_trajdos)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>But Trajdos defended the pre-fight ritual <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CR1VL4nqyy6/" target="_blank">on Instagram</a>: "Don't worry guys! That's the ritual which I chose before fights. My coach is just doing what I want him to do to fire me up!</p> <p>"I wish I could have made a different headline today.</p> <p>"As I already said that’s the ritual which I chose pre competition! My coach is just doing what I want him to do to fire me up!"</p> <p> </p>

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Tragic update from wife of terminally ill veteran

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Queensland man whose battle with terminal cancer saw Wiggles star Anthony Field commit </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/veteran-with-terminal-cancer-speechless-after-blue-wiggle-s-kind-act" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">an act of kindness</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has died at the age of 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brendan Nikolajew, an army veteran who served in Afghanistan, had been fighting cancer on-and-off for more than three years after a small lump was discovered on one of his testicles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was recently given the devastating news that he had weeks to live and on Tuesday, his wife Leah shared a tragic update.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To all our beautiful friends and family, it breaks my heart to let you all know that my beautiful husband passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon,” she wrote on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I held him close and lay next to him until his last breath. I made sure he knew how loved he was by everyone who knew him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The last few days of his life were extremely hard for him as he struggled to breathe and was quite confused, he fought right to the end and did not want to leave but eventually made the decision to finally be at peace and watch us from the stars.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRzjAkAhR1v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRzjAkAhR1v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Brendan Nikolajew (@brendans.cancer.fight)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leah said her “little family” were “absolutely broken” after his passing and “still can’t imagine how we are going to continue on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around so bloody hard and I am proud to be his wife,” Leah continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope we can all keep his memory alive by never giving up and living our life with Brendan’s ferocity and passion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you all for the beautiful kind messages of love.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blue Wiggle Anthony Field, who previously pledged to donate the royalties from the group’s new album to Brendan’s wife and children, shared his own tribute to Brendan.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Rest In Peace Brendan. <a href="https://t.co/pak9Uf79dH">pic.twitter.com/pak9Uf79dH</a></p> — Anthony Field (@Anthony_Wiggle) <a href="https://twitter.com/Anthony_Wiggle/status/1419777483537215490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest in Peace Brendan,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo of the veteran with his family.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: brendans.cancer.fight / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Lady Kitty Spencer shows fans BTS look at her five wedding dresses

<p><span>Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana’s niece, has married in an incredibly heart-stopping wedding and now, she has shown fans an inside look into what she wore.</span><br /><br /><span>The blushing bride was anything but simple on her special day, as she donned five dresses for the wedding weekend in Italy.</span><br /><br /><span>The 30-year-old wore haute couture gowns, curated by a team from Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda.</span><br /><br /><span>Spencer expressed how lucky she was to wear the “masterpieces”.</span><br /><br /><span>"Our final fitting in Milan," Kitty wrote next to a few still images. "Our fittings were filled with laughter, many happy tears, pure joy and unbridled passion.</span><br /><br /><span>"What beauty you created @dolcegabbana I love you and thank you from the bottom of my heart."</span><br /><br /><span>One of her hand-made gowns included a jaw dropping baby-blue tulle Cinderella-esqe ball gown .</span><br /><br /><span>It featured a matching cape, and cross-stitched floral embroidery. She wore it on Friday night at the pre-wedding soirée.</span><br /><br /><span>On the actual day of the wedding, Spencer donned a lace gown with a high neck and long, puffed sleeves.</span><br /><br /><span>She was walked down the aisle by two of her brothers, as it is understood her father was unable to attend due to a shoulder injury.</span><br /><br /><span>Kitty’s second dress on her wedding day was a double organza silk gown, which was hand-painted and had flower and crystal embellishments.</span><br /><br /><span>Her third dress was a metallic cocktail dress, which she danced in during the wedding reception.</span><br /><br /><span>The next day, Spencer spent her time at 17th century Roman mansion Villa Aurelia with loved ones to continue the festivities.</span><br /><br /><span>For the Sunday event, Kitty wore another stunning gown, which had floral detailing again and was accompanied by breathtaking jewellery.</span></p>

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Greta Thunberg's first vaccine comes with global statement

<p>Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, took to social media, tweeting: "Today I got my first COVID-19 vaccination dose. I am extremely grateful and privileged to be able to live in a part of the world where I can already get vaccinated."</p> <p>But then she went on to blast the more wealthy countries for taking more than their fair share of the vaccines. She wrote: "The vaccine distribution around the world is extremely unequal.</p> <p>The Swedish climate activist, 18, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a fox-print face mask with a bandaid on her upper arm, using the hashtags '#VaccineEquity' and '#VaccineForAll'.</p> <p>Thunberg is one of a number of famous people, encouraging others to get the jab as soon as it's available to them. What she says about the distribution of the vaccines has been backed up by media such as the <em>New York Times </em>which reported recently: <em>"</em>84 percent of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Only 0.3 percent of doses have been administered in low-income countries.''</p> <p>Other celebrities including David Beckham and Billie Eilish, have asked world leaders to share surplus COVID vaccines with poorer countries.</p> <p>Before the G7 summit in June, Unicef ambassadors warned in an open letter how important it would be to ensure the "fair and equitable" supplies of vaccines internationally or the world would continue to be at risk from future mutations of the virus.</p>

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“That’s not a cliff”: Ben Roberts-Smith downplays fresh allegations in court

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The case between Ben Roberts-Smith and <em>The Age</em>, <em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em>, and <em>The Canberra Times</em> newspapers, as well as several journalists, has recommenced, with an Afghan villager currently testifying.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man has told the court a radio device was planted on the farmer’s dead body the day he was allegedly killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The claim ties into the central allegation that the war veteran kicked a handcuffed, unarmed famer named Ali Jan over a cliff during a September 2012 mission.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nine Entertainment Co, the publisher of two of the papers, alleges Mr Roberts-Smith made an agreement with Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) colleagues to execute Ali Jan, which the soldiers then attempted to cover up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Roberts-Smith has denied all wrongdoing and previously recalled in court that he encountered a suspected Taliban spotter in Darwan who was legitimately engaged and killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mohammad Hanifa, who says he is Ali Jan’s step-nephew, told Sydney’s Federal Court through an interpreter and via video link that he and Ali Jan were interrogated and beaten up by soldiers during a raid on the village.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said one soldier told him to “shut up” and pointed a pistol at his forehead after he denied being a Taliban member.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hanifa said there was an interpreter with the group and described one of the men as a “big soldier” with “blue eyes”, who punched him “many times”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he warned Ali Jan not to laugh or smile, and that he saw Ali Jan “kicked really hard” by the big soldier after Ali Jan smiled again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was rolling down, rolling down, until he reached the river,” Mr Hanifa said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The soldier was looking at him, he was standing there and looking at him.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he then heard a shot and saw two soldiers “dragging” Ali Jan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the witness was shown a photograph of the dead man, he identified the man as Ali Jan and became animated when he saw a device in the photo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These other things, the bag and the other device, they were not there,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They have put these things on his body.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barrister Nicholas Owens SC, who is representing Nine, asked the witness whether he had seen Ali Jan carrying a radio that day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“By God, by God, he had nothing with him,” Mr Hanifa replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier, Mr Hanifa said the farmer was not connected to the Taliban.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was providing for his children and he was protecting his family and his property.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trial had been on hold for a month due to Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak, but has since resumed after concerns were raised regarding the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan which could make it difficult to hear from Afghan witnesses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hanifa’s testimony comes as </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sydney Morning Herald </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Age</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> revealed an image of Mr Roberts-Smith which was altered by the Department of Defence.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 335px; height: 223px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842683/7ab17256de68be9cbd6e333ff20fcb433ddc0944.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e9957241a6b46a6a632eda515190197" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: ADF</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photo, released in early 2011, shows Mr Roberts-Smith wearing a blank patch on the front of his uniform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The newspapers allege they have obtained the original photo, taken on April 6 2010, which shows Mr Roberts-Smith wearing the Crusader’s Cross.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crusader’s Cross symbol dates back to the Crusades in the Middle East during the 11th and 12 centuries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many Muslims find the symbol offensive, especially when it is displayed by western soldiers in their country.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">EDITOR’S UPDATE</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While under cross-examination by Bruce McClintock SC, Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, the farmer agreed that he referred to the soldiers who had conducted the raids on the villages as infidels.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr McClintock asked whether Mr Hanifa “hated” the soldiers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If they are coming to our houses, go inside to our women, of course that’s what you call them - infidels,” the witness said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr McClintock also accused Mr Hanifa on several occasions of lying to the court, including his description of the uniform of the “big soldier”, which he described as wet and sandy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court had previously heard Mr Roberts-Smith had swum across a river to catch a suspected Taliban member prior to the raid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The evidence you’ve given about seeing the big soldier wet is completely untrue, isn’t it?” Mr McClintock asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whether you call it a lie that’s up to you, but I have seen this person with my own eyes,” Mr Hanifa replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Key images of the “cliff” from which Ali Jan is alleged to have been kicked have also been released to the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photographs of Mr Hanifa’s village had been marked by Mr Roberts-Smith while he gave evidence several weeks earlier.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 199.41634241245137px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842692/capture.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c144cfe3755e4628938144e11a1abd37" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Federal Court of Australia</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the locations, marked as point “B” on the photograph, is a source of contention, with Mr Roberts-Smith saying it represented a rooftop where his squad waited for extraction after the mission, whereas Nine claim it represents the area where Ali Jan was kicked into the creek bed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While looking at photographs and images showing a steep embankment down into the creek, the veteran told the court: “A cliff is a cliff - and that’s not a cliff to me.”</span></p>

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Fergie opens up about William and Kate wedding snub: “I don’t think I was worthy”

<p><span>Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York has spoken out about the scandal that plagued her in 2011.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal, who was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 until 1996 has opened up about her being left off the invitation list for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>She shares daughter Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie with Andrew and has been a controversial figure in the royal family for decades.</span><br /><br /><span>She told <em>Town &amp; Country</em> that being excluded from William and Kate’s wedding was not a situation that she fought.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842686/sarah-ferguson-plus-william-and-kate-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/73d23f3821a1454b935f8ca2317c8ea1" /></p> <p> <em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>"I didn't think I was probably worthy to go to their wedding," she told the publication.</span><br /><br /><span>“I took myself to Thailand, actually, to be far away from it so that I could try and heal."</span><br /><br /><span>Ferguson admitted to Oprah in recent years that the snub upset her greatly.</span><br /><br /><span>"I think what I felt was that I went through the phase of feeling so totally worthless and that (it) was quite right they didn't invite me.</span><br /><br /><span>“Why would they - why would they invite me?</span><br /><br /><span>"I felt that I ostracised myself by my behaviour, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake?"</span><br /><br /><span>Just a year before the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Ferguson found herself caught up in a major scandal.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842687/sarah-ferguson-plus-william-and-kate-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/047e85441656431093299643b3dc322b" /></p> <p> <em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>She was caught by an undercover reporter who reported her attempting to sell a meeting with Prince Andrew for cash.</span><br /><br /><span>The fallout from this saw her being left off the guest list for the upcoming nuptials.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was so difficult," she went on to say.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because I wanted to be there with my girls, and to be getting them dressed and to go as a family. And also it was so hard because the last (royal) bride up that aisle was me."</span><br /><br /><span>By 2018, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed, Fergie was back in the family's good books and received an invite.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842688/sarah-ferguson-plus-william-and-kate-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c090e71110514bb8b33512f15c159ee3" /></p> <p> <em>Image: Getty</em><br /><span>The Duchess is enjoying being a new grandmother after the birth of grandson August to daughter Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank.</span><br /><br /><span>Her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice is also expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi later this year.</span></p>

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Mick Jagger’s son ties the knot!

<p><span>Mick Jagger’s son Gabriel can now say he is a married man.</span><br /><br /><span>23-year-old Jagger tied the knot with his Swiss socialite wife, Anouk Winzenried, in an incredibly intimate ceremony in London.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple released one official photo of their special day in a picturesque garden.</span><br /><br /><span>Gabriel donned a navy suit with a light pink tie and an off-white boutonniere.</span><br /><br /><span>His bride decided to go for a simple look by wearing a white dress paired with hoop earrings and her hair tied into a half-up-half-down style.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842694/mick-jagger-plus-gabriel-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2d58be8f4249454a9a9eb530d4adad54" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @Gabriel Jagger </em><br /><br /><span>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> reported the rock star and his mother Jerry Hall were in attendance.</span><br /><br /><span>The ceremony was hosted at Gabriel's stepfather Rupert Murdoch's Oxfordshire mansion.</span><br /><br /><span>Gabriel and Winzenried first met while she was working on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple announced they were engaged back in January of 2020, but their wedding plans were on hold due to the pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>Mick Jagger is currently in a relationship with Melanie Hamrick.</span><br /><br /><span>He has seven other children including daughters Karis, 50, Jade, 49, Elizabeth, 37, Georgia, 29 and sons Lucas, 22, James, 35, and Devereaux, four.</span></p>

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New “striking” evidence in Dorante-Day claims

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Simon Dorante-Day, the Queensland grandfather who believes he is the son of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has shared a new, “striking” piece of evidence for his claim.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has released a new photo comparing the 55-year-old’s son against two images of The Queen, causing a stir on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the image of Liam Dorante-Day in the centre, it can be compared against a photo of her majesty in her earlier years on one side and a more recent image of her on the other.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The similarities are hard to deny, that’s for sure,” Mr Dorante-Day told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">7NEWS.com.au</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The teeth, the smile, all of it. And Liam has Prince Charles’ ears, that’s plain to see.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others online have agreed, saying the likeness in the photos was “undeniable”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He is the double of The Queen in her older years,” one said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve never seen anyone so alike! Wow,” wrote another.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Check the teeth in picture on the right with your son,” a third added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Striking similarities,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many of Mr Dorante-Day’s supporters say they used to be sceptics - but have since been convinced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I first came across [this] story I honestly rolled my eyes and thought these claims were rubbish,” one said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But it’s the photos that continue to convince me I’m wrong. I hope the truth comes out to the public one day.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another added: “The picture speaks volumes. I wish someone could wave a magic wand and bring this to a conclusion.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new evidence comes weeks after another photo of Simon compared to a younger Queen Elizabeth shocked many.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 280px; height:210px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842714/d16914878b71a9bf81af5f2369cb61938ad7eb94-4x3-x0y24w280h210.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a807af7ee39444d88e2ef71b6e4370d" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have the Queen’s eyes. Out of all the pictures and comparisons, you should use this one when anyone doubts you,” said one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A blind man could see you are theirs! They won’t ever admit it because it has too many implications. It’s really sad they won’t/can’t just tell the truth,” another sympathised.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Heartbreaking new details in little boy’s death

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A house fire in Melbourne over the weekend has resulted in the death of a four-year-old boy, whose grieving mother has revealed more shocking information about the tragedy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nadia Kirushnaneethan had been cooking in the kitchen, only to enter the loungeroom and find it engulfed in flames.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">7NEWS</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, she revealed that she broke a window in an attempt to get her son, Rithish, out of the house.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I broke the window to take him but unfortunately the gas, the fire, came and it pushed me out,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was crying a little bit and after I didn’t hear his voice anymore.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother-of-three rushed to rescue her young children from the fire, alongside a family friend who was boarding at the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two of the children, aged eight and three, were rushed out of the home and later taken to Dandenong Public Hospital suffering smoke inhalation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family friend suffered serious burns while attempting to save Rithish, but he was unable to rescue the child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tragically, Rithish was killed in the blaze.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family had been living at the rental property for two weeks, with the grieving mum revealing she had enquired about installing smoke alarms in the home days before the tragic incident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, she was told installation would be delayed due to Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-for-rithish" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GoFundMe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has been started to help the family pay for accommodation and funeral costs for the little boy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So far, more than $72,000 has been raised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police said the fire has been deemed non-suspicious and that a gas heater in the loungeroom likely started the blaze.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just ask the community to be really diligent with their heaters, especially in the winter,” Victoria Police’s Dandenong Local Area Commander Peter Koger said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p>

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“Today wasn’t my day”: Barty faces shock Olympic defeat

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ash Barty has experienced a shock loss in the first round of the Olympic singles, defeated in straight sets by world No. 48 Sara Sorribes Tormo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Spanish player won against the young Aussie 6-4, 6-3.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though she made a rebound in the second set after losing two of her first three service games.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But at 3-3, Sorribes Tormo took the lead for 5-3.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barty made 27 unforced errors, compared to five from Sorribes Tormo, and admitted she was too “loose”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was a tough day. A disappointing day. I can’t lie about that,” Barty told Channel 7. “I can’t hide behind the fact that I wanted to do really well here. Today wasn’t my day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I knew I wanted to try to take the match on and it would be a fine line of not pushing too hard and not getting in the patterns I didn’t want to get stuck in. [I was] too erratic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hot weather in Tokyo has seen some tennis players like Daniil Medvedec and Novak Djokovic ask for play to shift to night time to avoid the heat, but Barty couldn’t disagree more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s brutal. Like an Australian summer,” Barty said. “I enjoy the heat and love playing out here in these conditions. Wasn’t meant to be.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After winning Wimbledon just two weeks ago, Barty’s Tokyo performance was “all over the place”, according to tennis commentator Jose Morgado.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">American sports reporter Timothy Burke described Barty’s playing as “the worst tennis I’ve seen her play in quite a while”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charles McNulty, a theatre critic for the LA Times, believed Sorribes Tormo “exploited [Barty’s] backhand weakness”, while tennis writer Tumaini Carayol said the match was always going to be a tough one for the Aussie champ.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sorribes Tormo always looked like an extremely difficult opponent for Barty on these slow Tokyo courts, and so she was,” Carayol tweeted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barty had hoped to take home two gold medals from Tokyo, but her recent victory with Storm Sanders in the opening rounds of the doubles means she could still claim one gold medal.</span></p>

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Naomi Osaka's feud with Piers Morgan heats up

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Twitter feud has started between Naomi Osaka, conservative commentator Megan Kelly, and Piers Morgan, after Kelly and Morgan hit out at the tennis star over her recent magazine feature.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Osaka recently appeared on the front cover of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sports Illustrated </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in a swimsuit photoshoot, making history as the first Japanese and Haitian woman to do so.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After sharing the cover on her social media pages, Osaka attracted criticism for appearing in the media after her recent break from the spotlight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since taking time away from the tennis court on mental health grounds, Osaka has announced a collaboration with Barbie for her ‘Role Model’ doll, a Netflix mini-series about her, and made appearances in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Time Magazine</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sports Illustrated</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of these media engagements would have been in the works for months, but sports pundit Clay Travis called Osaka out for her latest media appearances during her break.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kelly and Morgan echoed their support for his criticisms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue,” Travis said on Twitter.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Let’s not forget the cover of (&amp; interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag! <a href="https://t.co/PAAUEwAVi0">https://t.co/PAAUEwAVi0</a></p> — Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) <a href="https://twitter.com/megynkelly/status/1417154841898622977?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">ANOTHER magazine cover for brave inspiring Naomi! <br />No wonder she had no time for beastly media press conferences! 🤣 <a href="https://t.co/ckrKodKBc5">https://t.co/ckrKodKBc5</a></p> — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/1417186968472072194?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a now-deleted tweet, Osaka hit back at Kelly and criticised her for not doing her ‘research’ and for ‘spewing negativity’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year,” Osaka wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, after appearing to block Kelly, the commentator continued the attack on the tennis star. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Poor <a href="https://twitter.com/naomiosaka?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@naomiosaka</a> blocked me while taking a shot at me (guess she’s only tough on the courts). She is apparently arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. Truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it. <a href="https://t.co/izyRzOrUVm">pic.twitter.com/izyRzOrUVm</a></p> — Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) <a href="https://twitter.com/megynkelly/status/1417193630671032320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Morgan also weighed-in, saying he has been blocked by Osaka as well.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Yep, and she just blocked me too. The only media Ms Osaka wants to tolerate are sycophantic magazine editors telling her how perfect she is. <a href="https://t.co/oLcyJviR4v">https://t.co/oLcyJviR4v</a></p> — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/1417194272886038534?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, others were quick to jump to Osaka’s defence, including tennis great Martina Navratilova.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A**hole much, Megyn?!? You have no idea what you are talking about. But go ahead and take your shot. It missed badly!!!” Navratilova tweeted.</span></p>

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19-year-old athlete fights for life after tragic accident

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A 19-year-old Sunshine Coast triathlete is fighting for life in hospital after a severe bicycle crash on the weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alexa Leary was out on her normal morning ride at Pomona on Saturday when she was seriously injured before being transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she remains in an induced coma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The athlete suffered a fractured scapula, ribs, shoulder blade, and wrist, a major knee injury, and a collapsed lung. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her family has been told she also suffered major brain damage, with blood clots discovered on her brain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Leary, a competitive triathlete and trainer at F45 Noosa, has been described as “beautiful”, “bubbly”, and “strong”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are all feeling the effect of Alexa’s situation and it’s rocked us. We are trying to continue life as normal but under the smiles we are beyond broken,” F45 Noosa said in a post.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Her family are standing by … taking each moment she doesn’t decline as a mini victory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We need to keep this family in our thoughts and prayers, they need us and we need Lex to pull through.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lexi girl, you are stronger than you know, braver than us all and we totally know you will conquer this mountain. Come one Lexi, we are all waiting for you.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLOYyLIBqEf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLOYyLIBqEf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ALEXA LEARY ✨ (@alexaleary.tri)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her sister Maddy shared on Instagram that the blood clots were the biggest concern, with doctors initially saying they would try and treat them on Tuesday, July 20.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, on Tuesday night Maddy said “they didn’t touch the blood clots today. They said maybe tomorrow, instead.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alexa’s boyfriend, Will O’Dwyer, has posted images of his girlfriend alongside messages telling her to “stay strong my darling, I love you, you can do this”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Belinda, Alexa’s mum, took to Facebook to share that doctors had to “take the risk” to give her daughter blood thinners, otherwise the clots “could take her life”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Race Pace Coaching have described Alexa as “an awesome and tough athlete” who is “tenacious as they come”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She will need every ounce of her resilience over coming days and into the future with a long period of hospitalisation appearing inevitable,” the group said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her brother Max described his sister as “a ray of sunshine” and said “the Leary household has never been so cold”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have always been strong and it’s not fair how much s*** you have been through this year; but you have to keep fighting … We want our big sister back,” he said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Alexa Leary / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Hidden Aussie beach cracks the top 10 in the world

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney-based content creator has gone viral for his footage from beaches that are very definitely off-the-beaten track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adam Rikys shares clips on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@adamrikys/video/6985683756568808706?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tiktok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> where he drops a pin on a new location in Australia using Google maps, then zooms in with stunning images of the beach, proving we’re a country full of hidden beachy treasures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In one of his latest videos, the creator chooses Turquoise Bay in Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Found in Cape Range National Park near Exmouth, Turquoise Bay was ranked as the sixth best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards earlier this year.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Perth is OK! (@perthisok)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With its crystal clear waters and white sand, it’s easy to see why it scored a top spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the area is prone to strong currents, with inexperienced swimmers advised to take caution.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Venture Wanderer / Instagram, Hike Australia / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Mum “humiliated” and allegedly put on no-fly list over nappy change

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> A woman in the US has shared how she was “humiliated” by a flight attendant mid-flight while trying to discard her baby’s nappy in the rubbish.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Farah Naz Khan, an endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism doctor from Seattle, shared the ordeal on social media, including how she was yelled at by a flight attendant who was then “harassing” her in a call to her personal mobile number after the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anybody with connections at United Airlines? Had a horrific experience today with a flight attendant and then got a harassing phone call from the very same flight attendant,” Ms Khan wrote in a Facebook post, which she later edited to include the full story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I walked back to the front holding my diaper wipes container and ... the pad that we used to change my daughter’s diaper on, the flight attendant accosted me and said: ‘Did you just dispose of a diaper back there? That’s a biohazard’,” Ms Khan told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seattle-woman-humiliated-flight-attendant-over-dirty-diaper-says-she-n1273777" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NBC News</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan said that she then asked whether he wanted her to retrieve the nappy and that the flight attendant said yes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan continued to say the experience made her feel “humiliated” and “belittled”. After asking another flight attendant for a garbage bag to put the nappy in, she became angry when the attendant told her she hadn’t done anything wrong. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After filing a customer service incident report once the plane landed, things took a bizarre turn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later in the day, Ms Khan received a phone call from the flight attendant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I recognised the voice,” she told <em>NBC News</em>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He said, ‘Due to a biohazard incident on the plane today, we’ve placed you on the no-fly list’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This made me very angry, because I suffered the humiliating experience … They are placing me on a no-fly list?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I also didn’t dispose of the diaper on the plane, even if it was considered a biohazard. I walked it off the plane and threw it away myself outside the flight.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also accused the flight attendant of using “profanities” during the call.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[He said] ‘You people bring your children everywhere. Don’t you know that some people just want a peaceful flight and don’t want to listen to your effing children?’,” Ms Khan said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also allegedly said to her: “I hear your obnoxious daughter in the background.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan also shared her experience on Twitter, including the hashtag #racism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said she didn’t believe she had been placed on the no-fly list, after she was able to fly back to Houston a few days later.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan confirmed she had heard from United Airlines, which uses Mesa Airlines to run regional services, but the conversation was “unsatisfying” as the airline could not say how the flight attendant obtained her phone number or whether he had been disciplined.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, a Mesa spokesperson said: “The details as described by our customer do not meet the high standards that Mesa sets for our flight attendants and we are reviewing the matter.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Surprise discovery of huge tropical fish on US beach

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large colourful fish has washed ashore on the US coast, with aquarium officials describing it as a rare occurrence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 45-kilogram opah fish, also called a moon fish, was found on Sunset Beach in Seaside, a city in northwest Oregon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While rare this far north it is not unheard of,” Seaside Aquarium said of the unusual appearance of the fish in the area in a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/SeasideAquarium/posts/6224256220917665" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keith Chandler, the general manager of Seaside Aquarium, told CNN that finding an opah on the Oregon coast is “uncommon” and that the fish was “in such great shape”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re pretty cool fish, and we don’t normally see them on the shore,” said Mr Chandler.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was pretty exciting for locals.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Due to the condition of the fish, Mr Chandler believes it had been on the beach for less than an hour before aquarium staff were notified.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Unfortunately, it washed up not living, but we got to it before the birds,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Chandler said the opah is being stored in a large freezer, and that one lucky school group would get the chance to dissect the fish once the school year starts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/opah#overview" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, little is known about the opah since they live deep in the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The species is usually found in temperate and tropical waters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The NOAA describes the opah as having a silvery-grey, round body, with a rose red belly, red fins, and eyes encircled with gold.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Seaside Aquarium / Facebook</span></em></p>

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“Completely ridiculous” fine issued to Norwegian beach handball team

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norway’s beach handball team has been fined 1500 euros (approximately $2500 NZD) over a violation of the sport’s uniform rules during the European Championships match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the bronze medal match against Spain, the Norwegian women’s team wore bike shorts instead of bikini bottoms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The European Handball Federation (EHF) said in a statement that the shorts were “not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the game”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team was fined 150 euro per player.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Abid Raja, Norway’s sports minister, said it was “completely ridiculous” and that attitudes needed to change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Norwegian Handball Federation (NHF) criticised the fine and took to Twitter to say it was proud of the women for saying enough was enough.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Norway's women's beach handball team was fined €1,500 for refusing to wear bikini bottoms at a European championship game.<br /><br />Men wear shorts but IHF rules say women "must" use bikini bottoms, despite players saying that bikini bottoms are restrictive and uncomfortable to play in. <a href="https://t.co/VwP2cxAE1H">pic.twitter.com/VwP2cxAE1H</a></p> — AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/1417545591005974529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We at NHF stand behind you and support you. Together we will continue to fight to change the rules for clothing so players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with,” it said in the post.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Beach Handball rules, female players must wear tops and bikini bottoms while men must wear tank tops and shorts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Athletes’ uniforms and accessories contribute to helping athletes increase their performance as well as remain coherent with the sportive and attractive image of the sport,” the uniform regulations said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Female athletes must wear bikini bottoms … with a close fit and cut out on an upward angle towards the top of the leg.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I knew there was a double standard for uniforms worn by male and female athletes... but this picture of Norway's beach handball team says a lot. <a href="https://t.co/qdZBKU7pTK">https://t.co/qdZBKU7pTK</a> <a href="https://t.co/KoWdOvecmr">pic.twitter.com/KoWdOvecmr</a></p> — Dr. Ji Son (@cogscimom) <a href="https://twitter.com/cogscimom/status/1417582965110894594?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision has been widely criticised on social media, with some calling the differing rules for the mens’ and womens’ uniforms a “double standard”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Norwegian Handball Federation / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Five weird signs you’re iron-deficient

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though iron is one of the most important nutrients that is needed for many functions of the body, many of us don’t get enough of it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Iron deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency worldwide,” said Dr Kelly Prichett, assistant professor of sports nutrition at Central Washington University.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The World Health Organisation estimates that nearly half of the world’s 1.62 billion cases of anaemia - where an individual is lacking healthy red blood cells - can be traced back to an iron deficiency.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When your body is low in iron, common signs include feeling tired, faint, or becoming breathless more easily. However, there are some more unusual signs that could indicate a dip in your iron levels, including these five.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Odd cravings for inedible items</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the reasons why are still unknown, people with severe iron deficiencies often crave non-food items including dirt, clay, paint chips, cardboard, and cleaning supplies, according to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/iron-deficiency-anemia" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The condition, called pica, can be difficult to identify as many are ashamed to admit they have these unusual addictions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pica typically occurs in young children or during pregnancy, but </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2850349/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">case studies</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> have shown that older people can experience pica too.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Brittle or spoon-shaped nails</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fingernails can be a surprisingly good indicator about your health, including when you’re experiencing iron problems.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with weak and brittle nails, spoon nails can be a sign of iron deficiency. Also called koilonychia, spoon nails occur when the inside of your nail sinks in, leaving your fingernail shaped like a spoon. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since spoon nails can also be caused by exposure to petroleum-based solvents, trauma (such as a jammed finger), and other issues, doctors may need to perform a blood test for iron deficiency anaemia when there aren’t any other obvious causes.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Dry and cracked lips</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While many of us are familiar with chapped lips caused by harsh cold, a dry room, or licking your lips, people with low iron levels may be prone to a more specific kind of cracking that affects the corners of the mouth, called angular cheilitis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These cracks can make it difficult to eat, smile, or even shout.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a study of 82 people with the condition, 32 percent were found to have an iron deficiency.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In those cases, creams or ointments won’t do the trick and the underlying iron deficiency must be addressed to stop the cracking from coming back.</span></p> <p><strong>4. An oddly swollen tongue</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Atrophic glossitis, also known as a swollen and tender tongue, is another less-than-obvious symptom of an iron deficiency.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jfma-online.com/article/S0929-6646(13)00406-3/pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2013 study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of people with iron deficiency anaemia, nearly 27 percent of the 75 participants were found to have atrophic glossitis, as well as dry mouth, a burning sensation, and other oral health issues.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The swelling results in the tongue appearing smooth rather than bumpy, and can cause problems with chewing, swallowing, or talking.</span></p> <p><strong>5. A constant craving for ice</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Craving ice is a specific type of pica </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15804997/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">called pagophagia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and is one of the most common symptoms of a severe iron deficiency.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the reasons behind this craving are unclear, some experts hypothesise that chewing ice may increase alertness in iron-deficient people - who often feel sluggish and tired - or that it may soothe swollen tongues.</span></p> <p><strong>What to do about it</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you experience several of the above symptoms, booking an appointment with your doctor may be the best next step. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are feeling more tired than usual, struggle to catch your breath while walking up stairs or exercising, feel dizzy or often feel weak, you may need to check your iron levels with your doctor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the meantime, eating iron-rich foods such as red meat, poultry, eggs, fish, nuts, or dark leafy green vegetables can help you take in some more iron.</span></p>

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5 tips to cope with overwhelming feelings

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As we struggle with living in isolation, keeping up with work and staying connected to family and friends, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/therapywithshar/?hl=en" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharnade George</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a celebrity therapist, presenter and writer, shares her five tips for getting on top of overwhelming feelings and learning to cope with them.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Acknowledge the feeling</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When you start to feel panicked, anxious, or out of control, acknowledging the feeling and being able to name it is the starting point for understanding it and managing it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This advice extends beyond feeling overwhelmed, too. All of our emotions tell us something, and understanding how an emotion feels in your body and how you respond to it can make managing it that much easier.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Know what you can control</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To alleviate panic, it’s important to know what you can and can’t control in your day-to-day life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Being able to identify controllable and uncontrollable aspects of your life can help you decide where to focus your energy and what things you might choose to let go of.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For example, if the news is leaving you feeling overwhelmed, you could choose to limit your consumption by watching it once a week or avoid reading it while scrolling on your phone - letting you control what you see.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This graphic is very empowering to us - focus on the things you can control! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WellspringMiami?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WellspringMiami</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RestoringHeartsAndMinds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RestoringHeartsAndMinds</a> <a href="https://t.co/YmtnmyM5XQ">pic.twitter.com/YmtnmyM5XQ</a></p> — Wellspring Miami (@WellspringMiami) <a href="https://twitter.com/WellspringMiami/status/1241459301656518656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a similar vein, making time for things you know will make you feel better, such as exercise, meditating, journaling, or eating something that brings you joy, can be another way to alleviate panicky feelings.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Take a breath</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since panic causes breathlessness, using </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.healthline.com/health/breathing-exercises-for-anxiety#abdomen-breathing" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">breathing techniques</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - such as lengthening your exhale or breathing from your diaphragm - can help you feel calmer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an overwhelming moment, George recommends breathing in for four seconds, then breathing out for four seconds, and repeating the exercise three times.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Use affirmations</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Positive affirmations can help to ground and relax you when things get stressful.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNjxmYohp2P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNjxmYohp2P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sharnade | Celebrity Therapist (@therapywithshar)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead of thinking about how out of control the world may seem at the moment, George recommends repeating phrases such as “I am doing my best” and “I can manage this” to shift your focus and stay calm.</span></p> <p><strong>5. Avoid catastrophising</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though it can feel difficult to not catastrophise - when your mind assumes the worst possible outcome of a situation will happen - practicing alternative thoughts and behaviours can help.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Engaging in mindfulness can help you control your thoughts and allow you to recognise when they are irrational.</span></p>

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Loneliness changes our brains

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether we are isolated due to COVID-19 lockdowns or any other reason, feeling lonely is a common response which can affect our brains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Research published in </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20039-w" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nature Communications</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has found that the brains of those who report feeling lonely look and respond differently to the brains of people who don’t.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It seems like persistent feelings of isolation can affect the size of different areas of the brain, as well as how those areas communicate with the rest of the brain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers examined the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, genetics, and psychological self-assessments of approximately 40,000 middle-aged and older adults available in the UK Biobank: a database available to scientists around the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In comparing the data of participants who reported feeling lonely against those who didn’t, scientists have found several differences in the brains of the lonely.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These differences are centered around a set of brain regions called the default network. These regions are involved in reminiscing, planning the future, imagination, and thinking about others, and we use this network to remember the past, envision the future, and think about the hypothetical present.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The brains of lonely participants were found to have default networks that were more strongly networked and contained a larger volume of grey matter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This may be due to lonely people being more likely to use their imagination, past memories, or future hopes to overcome their social isolation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In the absence of desired social experiences, lonely individuals may be biased towards internally-directed thoughts such as reminiscing or imagining social experiences,” said lead author Nathan Spreng from the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) at Canada’s MacGill University.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI0fP8wA5W6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI0fP8wA5W6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Neuro (@theneuro_mni)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Loneliness has been identified as a growing health problem, with previous studies showing that older people experiencing loneliness have a higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are just beginning to understand the impact of loneliness on the brain,” said Danilo Bzdok, a researcher at the Neuro and the study’s senior author. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Expanding our knowledge in this area will help us better appreciate the urgency of reducing loneliness in today’s society.”</span></p>

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4 facts to know about scoliosis

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scoliosis is a common condition where a person’s spine is curved, affecting between two and three percent of the New Zealand population.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This condition is sometimes hereditary and primarily affects school-aged children, especially among girls.</span></p> <p>What are the signs of scoliosis?</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.scoliosis.gen.nz/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New Zealand Scoliosis</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, common signs of this condition include one shoulder being higher than another, the head not being centered over the body, and an obvious curve in the spine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:478.75px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842579/outward-signs-of-scoliosis.gif" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c562f83321eb41fc9f9cedc369d8eade" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are four facts you should know about this unusual condition.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Most types develop just before puberty</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, the most common form of scoliosis, is most commonly detected between the ages of 10 and 15. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If asymmetry is detected in a child’s shoulders, shoulder blades, spine, or pelvis, seeing a paediatric spine specialist is recommended. The specialist can then perform an X-ray so the doctor can measure the degree of curvature in the spine.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Early treatment is key</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detecting the condition while children are young can help reduce the risk of the spine continuing to curve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For children with spines that curve between 20 and 40 degrees, bracing may be needed if the spine continues to curve. However, one third of those with curves in this range do not progress further.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the spine curves more than 40 degrees, surgery may be required to correct the spine.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Scoliosis isn’t just a cosmetic issue</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Without treatment, scoliosis can worsen over time as the child grows up. In those with spines that curve more than 70 degrees, lung function can be impaired, while those with curved spines of 90 degrees or more may experience poorer lung and heart function.</span></p> <p><strong>4. You can still live a normal, active life with scoliosis</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily, there are new opportunities to treat scoliosis that didn’t exist only a few years ago that can reduce the need for surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, minor curves are the most common form, with 3 adolescent girls per 1000 having a curve that requires surgery or a brace according to Scoliosis Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even for those who require surgery, treatments continue to evolve and have good outcomes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If your child has scoliosis, don’t be afraid of it,” said Michael Vitale MC, of Columbia University.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The key is being aware of it and getting the diagnosis early so you can begin treatment. When treated early, there’s a lot of hope for stopping curve progression and allowing kids to live a perfectly active, normal life.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Scoliosis South Australia / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Princess Diana’s niece ties the knot in dreamy Italy wedding

<p dir="ltr">Princess Diana’s niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, has tied the knot!</p> <p dir="ltr">The 30-year-old married multi-millionaire fashion mogul Michael Lewis, 62, in an elegant and intimate ceremony at Villa AldoBrandini in Frascati, Italy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among some of the guests on the small invite list included her brother Louis Spencer, Kitty's sisters, twins Eliza and Amelia, Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her husband Ceawlin Thynn, the Marquess of Bath, pop star Pixie Lott, and Idris Elba's wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRwK4gnNd-H/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRwK4gnNd-H/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dolce&amp;Gabbana (@dolcegabbana)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The socialite looked stunning and regal in a Victorian-inspired Dolce &amp; Gabbana custom gown, which had a high neck, and a long train.</p> <p dir="ltr">Dolce &amp; Gabbana released a behind-the-scenes video of the hand-made gown created for the wonderful occasion.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lady Spencer is the eldest daughter of the Princess of Wales' brother, Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; 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font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRwDqpeKjX-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dolce&amp;Gabbana (@dolcegabbana)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Despite her royal relatives, the 30-year-old has attempted to pave her own career by becoming a professional model.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her engagement to Lewis was announced in January 2020, and they tied the knot after two years of dating.</p> <p dir="ltr">While it appears neither Prince William or Prince Harry were present for the special day, the pair are reportedly very close with Princess Diana’s family.</p> <p> </p>

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Terri Irwin shares sweet image for Bindi's birthday

<p><span>Bindi Irwin is 23 and her family is paying tribute in the sweetest way they know how.</span><br /><br /><span>It is The Crikey! It's The Irwins star’s first birthday as a mother to baby Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, who was born in March this year.</span><br /><br /><span>Bindi's mother Terri Irwin was one of the first to wish her daughter a happy birthday on July 24, after taking to Twitter to post a sweet message alongside an image of Bindi, Terri, and the late Steve Irwin.</span><br /><br /><span>"Happy birthday, beautiful Bindi. You have always been our greatest adventure!" the 57-year-old wrote, alongside the beautiful throwback.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy birthday, beautiful Bindi. You have always been our greatest adventure! <a href="https://t.co/regYdMy5fr">pic.twitter.com/regYdMy5fr</a></p> — Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/TerriIrwin/status/1418685505449857029?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Bindi's husband Chandler Powell, 24, also took to social media to honour his wife.</span><br /><br /><span>Sharing a photo of Bindi holding a smiling Grace as Chandler holds a turtle, he wrote: "Happy birthday to the most amazing woman I know. Wife, mother, and Wildlife Warrior.</span><br /><br /><span>“My favourite thing about you is your kind heart.</span><br /><br /><span>"You dedicate each day to bringing happiness and love to everyone around you. Today it's our turn to celebrate how incredible you are. I love you ❤️"</span><br /><br /><span>Chandler also shared an image of Bindi cradling baby Grace in her arms to his Instagram Story.</span><br /><br /><span>Bindi's 17-year-old brother Robert Irwin shared his own well wishes on Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>The young Irwin posted a photo of Bindi, Chandler, himself and Grace, who is sporting a very fashionable pair of purple sunnies.</span><br /><br /><span>"Happy birthday @bindisueirwin 😊," Robert's message began.</span><br /><br /><span>"You've always been the best sister, and now it's so cool to see you as such a wonderful mum to little Grace! I'm so proud of you! (Ps. You and Chandler are raising an absolute fashion icon 😂😎)"</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRtWhHkDIC9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRtWhHkDIC9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Robert Irwin (@robertirwinphotography)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Australia Zoo also shared a heartfelt message for the now 23-year-old ahead of her birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>"Tomorrow is @BindiSueIrwin's first birthday as a mother💕 She has inspired the world with her kindness and passion for making the world a better place," Australia Zoo wrote on Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>Bindi herself closed out her special day with a post of her own on Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>"My first birthday as a mama has been the most beautiful gift. Our sweet Grace Warrior's face says it all," Bindi's message read.</span><br /><br /><span>"Today I celebrated by feeding Monty the crocodile and hugging my gorgeous girl (not at the same time!). 💛</span><br /><br /><span>“Thank you for the lovely birthday messages and kind support, it means the world to me."</span></p>

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Nicole Kidman’s drastic transformation

<p><span>Nicole Kidman is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, and her commitment to a role knows no bounds – including dramatic hairstyle changes.</span><br /><br /><span>And now, in preparation for another role, the Aussie superstar has debuted a new look where she looks barely recognisable.</span><br /><br /><span>Sharing a photo from the set of her new project <em>Roar</em>, the actress is shown with a pixie cut hairstyle for the eight-part Apple TV series.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842668/nicole-kidman-hair-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8264d1ddc1fe46319cb703346b8aded9" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @NicoleKidman</em><br /><br /><span>The 54-year-old is currently shooting the new show in Sydney’s Cronulla alongside Judy Davis and Simon Baker.</span><br /><br /><span>The new series is based on Irish author Cecelia Ahern’s collection of 30 short stories, where each one will function as a stand-alone story.</span><br /><br /><span>Her new hairdo is a far cry from the long strawberry blonde locks she previously sported.</span><br /><br /><span>“On set,” she captioned the snap.</span><br /><br /><span>“What’s going on with the hair I’m scared,” one person wrote in the comments.</span><br /><br /><span>“This gives me Julie Andrews vibes from<em> Sound of Music</em>,” another added.</span><br /><br /><span>“You let them cut your fabulous hair??? I hope that’s a wig. But you’re still beautiful,” a third person said.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicole’s latest show, <em>Nine Perfect Strangers</em>, is due to drop on Amazon Prime Video on August 20.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842670/nicole-kidman-hair.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c88fdd23e4914f96a56dd3051983c1a9" /></p> <p><em>Image: Nine Perfect Strangers</em><br /><br /><span>The program was filmed in Byron Bay, Australia, and features Nicole, Melissa McCarthy and Asher Keddie.</span></p>

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Couple blasted for “horrific” tiered meals for guests

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A couple has been slammed online for their unusual method of selecting meals for the guests at their wedding.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The wedding invitation was shared on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/weddingshaming/comments/itnewu/bigger_cash_gift_better_dinner/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reddit</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with the caption “Bigger cash gift = better dinner?”, and shows the food guests can choose - depending on how much they plan to spend on the wedding gift.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So that we may prepare your preferred dinner, please circle your gift level and indicate a meal of choice for each person in your party,” the invitation read.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The note included four tiers: “Loving Gift”, “Silver Gift”, “Golden Gift”, and “Platinum Gift”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The “Loving Gift” includes gifts worth up to $250, with guests being served roast chicken or swordfish.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The next tier up, the “Silver Gift”, would see guests giving presents worth between $251 and $500 being served sliced steak or poached salmon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For guests spending between $501 and $1000 on the gift, they can choose between any of the choices for the lower tiers, filet mignon, or lobster tails.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The final tier, for presents worth between $1001 and $2500 plus, allows guests to choose any of the other options or a two-pound lobster. As well, they receive a souvenir champagne goblet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, vegetarian and kosher options are only available at the platinum level.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:373.4375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842676/89xd5zz0dfn51.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b628df38a8444fe481acbc818cf80ae0" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Reddit</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The post sparked outrage, with some calling it a “tacky” decision.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That is horrific. My response would be zero and I will bring McDonald’s,” one person wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Who doesn’t want a souvenir champagne glass from someone else’s wedding? For $2500, I can fly to Ireland, stay a week, and buy a Waterford flute …” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This seems more like something you would encounter at a charity dinner than at a wedding. It’s still tacky and horrific …” a third said.</span></p>

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Olympic athlete jailed for 25 years

<p><span>Olympic kayaker and silver medallist Nathan Baggaley has been jailed for 25 years, over an elaborate plot to smuggle more than 500 kilograms of cocaine into Australia in 2018.</span><br /><br /><span>His brother Dru was handed down a sentence of 28 years’ jail.</span><br /><br /><span>Both brothers were convicted of attempting to bring in 650 kilograms of white powder (with an estimate of 512 kilograms ro be considered pure cocaine).</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842696/nathan-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/465a8cf904c049858f187dae4733fc26" /></p> <p><em>Nathan <span>Baggaley, 45. Image: Getty Images</span></em><br /><br /><span>A Brisbane Supreme Court jury has found both the brothers guilty over the detailed high-seas plan to import cocaine worth up to $200 million.</span><br /><br /><span>Defence barrister Mark McCarthy, argued Dru should be handed a 20 year prison sentence, while Nathan’s defence lawyer, Anthony Kimmins, recommended his client should get 14.</span><br /><br /><span>Justice Ann Lyons handed the brothers their punishment, telling them: “It is clear that I must impose a sentence on both of you which is to punish your drug-related crime in a way which signals plainly to anyone who considers like offending that courts are both able and willing to make it clear that actions of this nature will receive quite substantial penalties.”</span><br /><br /><span>Justice Lyons said to Nathan: “You could have easily removed it [the boat] from the ability of Dru to use it … you knew full well what was happening, and you went along with it ... You played an essential role, it was one where you were trusted.”</span><br /><br /><span>To Dru she said: “You did not cooperate with law enforcement officials … you were caught red handed and on film disposing of the cocaine.”</span><br /><br /><span>A last-ditch bid for leniency by the lawyers defending the brothers failed on May 24.</span><br /><br /><span>Justice Lyons rejected a last-ditch bid for leniency on May 24, after Dru argued that thought he was picking up tobacco packages.</span><br /><br /><span>She decided that Nathan knew what the boat he bought was going to be used for.</span><br /><br /><span>Dru and boat driver Anthony Draper were both arrested on July 31, 2018.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842697/nathan-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fe801c64b7d54e64bae7ff31460e3de1" /></p> <p><em>Dru <span>Baggaley, 39. </span>Image: Supplied</em><br /><br /><span>NSW law enforcement had to employ a surveillance plane, a navy ship and a RAAF plane,</span><br /><br /><span>The dramatic chase was ended by a number of specialist heavily armed SERT officers on a Queensland Water Police vessel.</span><br /><br /><span>Nathan had claimed his brother told him he was buying the boat for a proposed whale-watching business at Byron Bay and that he was unaware of the drug plot.</span><br /><br /><span>Dru claimed he thought he was going to get packages of tobacco, not cocaine, and alleged he was kidnapped and forced to go on the long voyage.</span></p>

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New money-saving tech seniors are tapping into

<p>With the effects of COVID hitting the wallet, rising electricity, healthcare and housing costs nearly 9 out of 10 Australians say they are feeling cost of living pressures, or ‘bill burden’.</p> <p>ABC data shows living costs for age pensioner households recorded the largest rise of all household types due to the highest expenditure for automotive fuel and pharmaceutical products. </p> <p>Thrifty Nala Perkins, 75, is one pensioner who found she is able to keep rising expenses under control by tapping into easy money-saving tech platforms that are predominantly used by young Australians.</p> <p>“I save around $4000 a year on groceries and shopping bills by using shopping apps such as Trolley Saver, which compares specials across the major supermarket chains as well as Half Price, which tracks everything reduced by 50% in Coles and Woolies,” says Ms Perkins.</p> <p>“There are so many comparison sites to make sure I can get the best price for my electricity bills and I save on petrol, with Motormouth,” she adds.</p> <p>“Once you get the hang of it, these programs are really easy to use.”</p> <p>“I also make use of special discounts offered on email and always look for the 30% off deals.”</p> <p>“The supermarket receipts can also get my fuel bill down.”</p> <p>“I also make $700 a month by renting out my car to neighbours when I'm not using it, on Car Next Door.”</p> <p>“I have to watch the dollars so you could say I’m thrifty.”</p> <p>“I’m good at getting discounts with my groceries and fuel, and I’m a stickler for paying my credit cards off every month.”</p> <p><strong>Tech savvy pensioner Nala Perkins shares her top 6 Money Saving platforms:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Track specials across all the supermarkets with <a href="http://www.scan2list.com.au/">Scan2List</a>, <a href="https://www.ourgroceries.com/overview">OurGroceries</a> and <a href="https://m.trolleytracker.com.au">Trolley Tracker.</a></li> <li>Find discounted prescription medications and health products through <a href="https://www.pharmacyonline.com.au">Pharmacy Online</a>.</li> <li>Most cars sit idle 96% of the time, <a href="https://www.carnextdoor.com.au/how-to-list-your-car">Car Next Door</a> safely connects neighbours to share cars.</li> <li>Websites such as<a href="https://motormouth.com.au/mobile-app.html"> MotorMouth</a> reveal the cheapest petrol around the country.</li> <li><a href="https://www.getreminded.com/">GetReminded</a> keeps track of when to shop around for household services due to expire. </li> <li>Easy to do all Centrelink business on the mobile app <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dhs.centrelinkexpressplus&amp;hl=en_AU&amp;gl=US">Express Plus</a>.</li> </ul>

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"WOW!" Beach handball team responds to Pink's amazing offer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Popstar Pink has offered to pay the fines issued to the Norwegian beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms during a match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the match between Norway and Spain last weekend, the European Handball Federal (EHF) handed the Norwegians’ a $240 fine per player for “improper clothing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The organisation said the shorts violated the athlete uniform regulations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fines, totalling $2410, caused widespread backlash with athletes and celebrities taking to social media to criticise the decision, including Pink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The popstar even said she was “happy to pay” the fines for the team, and praised them for protesting the “very sexist” uniform rules.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.</p> — P!nk (@Pink) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1419127641068630016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In response, the team shared the tweet on their Instagram Stories and thanked Pink for her support.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“WOW! Thank you so much for the support,” the team wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ruling also drew criticism from Norway officials, who argue that the womens’ uniform requirements were not practical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In 2021, it shouldn’t even be an issue,” Norwegian Volleyball Federation president Eirik Sordahl told national news agency NTB.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While beach volleyball players have not been required to wear bikinis since 2012, rules from the International Handball Federation (IHF) state that “female athletes must wear bikini bottoms” which have a “close fit”, be “cut on an upward angle towards the top of the leg”, and a side depth of 10 centimetres or less.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Male players, on the other hand, are allowed to wear shorts.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Here are the rules for the men’s vs. women’s uniforms. Ridiculously <a href="https://t.co/8wDXG22sTd">pic.twitter.com/8wDXG22sTd</a></p> — KT SLP (@MrsThornSLP) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsThornSLP/status/1419246549763244040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norway asked the EHF for permission to play in shorts ahead of the tournament, but were told that rule violations would be punishable by fines.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team complied until their last match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The EHF is committed to bring this topic forward in the interest of its member federations, however it must also be said that a change of the rules can only happen at IHF level,” EHF spokesperson Andrew Barringer said in an email.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clothing has been an issue in beach sports for a long time, with some women players finding bikinis degrading or difficult to play in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Norwegian Handball Association (NHF) had been pushing for changes to the uniform regulations and planned to protest with the thigh-length tights the team wore.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norway’s team captain told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the team felt forced to wear bikini bottoms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So then we are forced to play with panties. It is so embarrassing,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“First we were told about a fine of 50 euros ($AUD 80) per person per match, something that would have landed us a fine of about 4,850 euros ($AUD 7760). We accepted that. However, just before the match we were told that we will be disqualified if we play like that. So we had to go with bikini bottoms.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p>

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Teen entrepreneur calls out the older generations

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Australian high schooler who has become a multi-millionaire off of his online business ventures has called out older generations for labelling millennials as “lazy” and “entitled”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jack Bloomfield has become a successful ecommerce entrepreneur through a series of ventures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 17-year-old has penned an open letter, saying young people are “doing incredible things”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If I had a dollar for every time I heard yet another insult about Millennials like me, I could probably actually afford to be every bit as lazy as we’re always accused of being,” he wrote in a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/17yo-selfmade-millionaires-open-letter-to-adults/news-story/3ab4fd514b3aa838b14b5ca12f96ca40" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> piece.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Honestly, it feels like kids my age should all be walking round with helmets on given just how much of a beating we take from older generations.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxrT1FTl-Kg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxrT1FTl-Kg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jack Bloomfield (@jackbloomfield)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All we get told is how lazy and entitled we are.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But you know what? We’re not listening.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We don’t want to spend 40 years chained to a desk taking a pay cheque like you did.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We want to be in charge of our own future.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And we’re making it happen whether you like it or not.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since starting his first business at the age of 12, Jack has gone on to become a multi-millionaire and public speaker.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today Extra</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> last year that schools needed to do more to support aspiring entrepreneurs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It all comes back down to support of kids like myself who want to go out there and start something really big with their lives,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“No one’s really talking about starting a business, especially teachers and schools around the country, so it was all self-education.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Instead of watching Minecraft or whatever I watched at the time, I started typing up how to start your own online business just on YouTube, just spending hours and hours educating myself trying to figure out how this whole thing’s going to work.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bloomfield concluded his piece by praising the achievements of other young people who are "trying to launch the next revolutionary business that will change the way we live or work".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We want to be in charge of our own future," he said. "And we're making it happen whether you like it or not."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jack Bloomfield / Instagram</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p>

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This must be the world’s tastiest flute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two friends - one a pastry chef, the other a flautist - have combined their talents to create what appears to be the world’s first ever, playable chocolate flute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indian chef Vinesh Johny partnered with his friend, flautist Parth Chandiramani, to create the tasty project.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vinesh Johny (@vineshjohny)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It took a lot of time and research understanding the intricacies of making a wind instrument, to finally create an actual playable flute entirely out of chocolate,” Johny explained on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He used his specialist pastry chef tool to craft the instrument, which he shared with the world in a video posted on July 7, also known as World Chocolate Day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the post, Johny credits Chandiramani for bringing his creation to life: “This mad idea could only happen with one of the greatest flute players in the country.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chandiramani also shared the creation on his Instagram page.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Parth Chandiramani (@parth_chandiramani)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Vinesh Johny came up with this brilliant idea of making a flute entirely out of chocolate. It was such a fun experience seeing this fabulous idea come to life. Thank you Vinesh for giving me the honour of playing this delicious chocolate flute,” he said...</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t just get to play it, I got to eat it too!” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, Chandiramani plays the Indian song - ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ composed by A.R. Rahman for the soundtrack of the 1994 film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kadhalan</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Vinesh Johny / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Sex Pistols lead singer causes strife

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two former Sex Pistols members are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming series about the rock icons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are hoping to include the songs in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a new show based on a memoir written by Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, has called the series “disrespectful” and has refused to grant permission for the songs to be included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edmund Cullen, a lawyer representing Jones and Cook, told a London High Court judge that the former bandmates have a “brittle and fractious” relationship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He argued that decisions regarding licensing requests could be made on a “majority rules basis”, based on the terms of a 1998 band agreement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lydon has argued that his consent is required for the music to be licensed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cullen said the band’s original bassist, Glen Matlock, and the estate of Matlock’s replacement, Sid Vicious, were in support of Cook and Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark Cunningham, Lydon’s lawyer, said in written arguments that the memoir depicts Lydon “in a hostile and unflattering light” and at one point describes the singer as “the annoying little brat with the great bone structure who’s always asking for more”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court case will continue this week.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> stars Anson Boon as Lydon and Maisie Wiliams as Jordan Mooney - also known as Pamela Rooke - and is due to be broadcast next year.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Johnny Rotten / Instagram</span></em></p>

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What to Watch: Olympic Games, Tedd Lasso and more

<p><strong>Anyone else in desperate need of new shows to watch during these trying times? Thought so. Thank goodness Pamela Connellan’s latest round-up of the best treats for your eyeballs is right here.</strong></p> <p>The 2021 Olympics are on right now and yes, they’re going to be different to other years but that doesn’t mean we won’t be glued to our television screens. In good news, Tokyo is only one hour behind Australia’s East Coast time zones and just two hours ahead of the West Coast so this makes these Olympics ideal viewing for Australians.</p> <p>As well, the experts are saying this could be a great Olympics for Australia because we could possibly pick up our highest medal tally since 2008.</p> <p>Channel 7 has exclusive broadcasting rights and coverage will be spread across three of the network’s channels – channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate. It will also be streamed online via 7plus and the network will host a 24/7 live stream covering all the games and commentary around the clock. Thankfully, all of these services are free.</p> <p>If you don’t have free-to-air, 7plus can be accessed via an app on AppleTV or Chromecast from a laptop. 7plus will require a login that just takes an email address and a few personal details. Channel 7’s coverage will start every weekday at 5:30am and 6am on weekends, finishing after midnight AEST.</p> <p><strong>When do the Paralympics start?</strong></p> <p>The Paralympics will kick off just over two weeks after the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Channel 7 is also hosting these Games and will be showing them across the network as well as online. The Paralympics Opening Ceremony is set to start on August 24th and will close two weeks later on September 5th.</p> <p><em>You can watch the 2021 Olympic Games on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate plus the events will be all be streamed live on</em>&lt; <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/reP1gVGpFKo" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Watch Ted Lasso on Apple TV – rating at Number Three across Australia</strong></p> <p><strong>Ted Lasso is a comedy TV series which scored 20 Emmy nominations this year and right now, it’s rating as the third most popular TV series in Australia by </strong><a href="https://www.justwatch.com/"><strong>JustWatch.</strong></a></p> <p>Critics are saying the series star, Jason Sudeikis, is very good along with his co-stars Hannah Waddington, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein.</p> <p>Created by Bill Lawrence who also produced <em>Scrubs,</em> the plot revolves around an unflappable American football coach named Ted Lasso (played by Sudeikis).</p> <p>Ted is summoned to London to coach a Premier League soccer team and yet, he’s set up to fail in every possible way. Although no one appreciates him, particularly the club’s owner, Rebecca (played by Hannah Waddington), Ted responds with consideration and kindness all the time.</p> <p>Somehow, his optimism and enthusiasm are contagious, even to the gruff Richmond captain, Roy Kent, (played by Brett Goldstein).</p> <p>All in all, this is a feel-good comedy and is proving to be irresistible to audiences the world over. The first season is streaming now on Apple TV and the second season streams on Friday July 23rd on Apple TV+ with 12 half-hour episodes released weekly on the streaming service.</p> <p><em>Watch the first and second seasons of Ted Lasso on </em><a href="https://tv.apple.com/?ign-itscg=MC_20000&amp;ign-itsct=atvp_brand_omd&amp;mttn3pid=Google%20AdWords&amp;mttnagencyid=a5e&amp;mttncc=AU&amp;mttnsiteid=143238&amp;mttnsubad=-498734364170-c&amp;mttnsubkw=74330531010__5BSi2b5W_&amp;mttnsubplmnt="><em>Apple TV now…</em></a></p> <p><strong>There’s a new movie about the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin – out soon</strong></p> <p><strong>Called <em>Respect</em>, the new movie traces the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from when she was a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her heady days of international superstardom. <em>Respect </em>is the remarkable true story of this well-known and loved music icon’s journey to find her voice.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qTtxoz3OIlU" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Music legends don’t get much greater Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson is the actor who plays the role of Aretha in this new musical biopic. This must have been a daunting task but as an Oscar winner, Hudson is well-equipped to take on the role. Recently, Hudson told <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> that she’d been handpicked for the part by Franklin herself:</p> <p>“I know that Aretha was adamant that [her life] be a film. If it’s not a film, it’s nothing. I’m just honoured that she picked me to play her. I mean, who can say that? And again, I would have never done it without her wishes,” said Hudson.</p> <p>Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson, <em>Respect </em>is produced by Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason Jr.</p> <p>Respect will be in Australian cinemas by August 19th…</p> <p><strong>The highly-anticipated third season of <em>Succession</em> will be streaming on Foxtel and </strong><a href="https://goto.binge.com.au/c/2231614/823586/11099"><strong>Binge</strong></a><strong> later this year</strong></p> <p><strong>Award-winning drama series <em>Succession</em> will return for a third season in the Australian spring. The first teaser trailer is here and the season looks set to be an all-out war. </strong></p> <p>Ambushed by his rebellious son, Kendall, at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LVGE48hpWFA" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Set in New York, the bitingly funny, critically acclaimed drama series <em>Succession</em> explores themes of power, politics, money, and family, centred around the Roy family and their family-controlled media conglomerate. Joining the already impressive ensemble cast for season three are Oscar winner Adrien Brody (<em>The Pianist</em>) and Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgard (<em>Big Little Lies</em>).</p> <p><em>Season 3 of Succession will premiere in spring of 2021 and all episodes of the first two seasons are now streaming on <u><a href="https://binge.com.au/">Binge…</a></u></em></p> <p><strong>Yotam Ottolenghi’s <em>Keeping Cooking Simple</em> is streaming now on Stream from the Opera House</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w_c_msoXB1o" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>It’s hard to remember what we used to cook before Yotam Ottolenghi burst into our culinary consciousness. From his introduction of bold new flavours and ingredients, to his consistent foregrounding of vegetables in his meals, Ottolenghi’s books continue to excite and inspire food-lovers everywhere.</strong></p> <p>Spend an hour with Yotam Ottolenghi and Adam Liaw, as they discuss what makes a recipe simple, cooking for fussy children and how Ottolenghi’s books saved the humble cauliflower. This is an amazing talk and lasts for 55 minutes – all recorded live at the Sydney Opera House back when Ottolenghi visited in January 2019.</p> <p><em>Yotam Ottolenghi’s Keeping Cooking Simple is streaming now on the Opera House’s free channel, </em><a href="https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/stream.html"><em>Stream</em></a><em>, or on </em><a href="https://youtu.be/w_c_msoXB1o"><em>YouTube…</em></a></p> <p><strong>What’s My Marion’s Kitchen Channel All About?</strong></p> <p><strong>On her YouTube channel, Marion Grasby says she’s a little bit Thai (courtesy of her mum) and as you might be able to tell from her accent…a little bit Australian (courtesy of her dad).</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4FNQGT0kT1c" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/4FNQGT0kT1c">https://youtu.be/4FNQGT0kT1c</a></p> <p>Marion continues, saying she’s a food producer, television presenter and cookbook author who lives in Bangkok and travels all around Asia to find the most amazing recipes, dishes and ingredients to share with everyone on YouTube. She posts new recipes at least three times per week.</p> <p>So, on Marion’s channel, you’ll find recipes from all over Asia. From spicy Thai noodles to soup dumplings and Chinese fried rice. There are Thai noodle soups, Asian beef burgers, Japanese noodle soups and more. To find out more, take a look at her YouTube channel – <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN1h109PDDp_wYIFsoWmZrQ"><strong>Marion’s Kitchen</strong></a>.</p> <p><em>You can join in with </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN1h109PDDp_wYIFsoWmZrQ"><em>Marion’s Kitchen</em></a><em> here – along with her other 1.38 million subscribers on YouTube…</em></p>

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Against cancelling Chaucer

<p>Was Chaucer a toxic misogynist, or a staunch women’s ally?<span></span></p> <p>Spying is a risky profession. For the 14th-century English undercover agent-turned-poet Geoffrey Chaucer, <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=kYzgDwAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA95&amp;dq=Chaucer+military+intelligence&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwikmuL34d_xAhWRcc0KHRMHB0kQ6AEwAHoECAkQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=Chaucer%20military%20intelligence&amp;f=false" target="_blank">the dangers</a> – at least to his reputation – continue to surface centuries after his death.</p> <p>In his <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/why-is-chaucer-disappearing-from-the-university-curriculum-leicester-essay-a-s-g-edwards" target="_blank">July 2021 essay</a> for the Times Literary Supplement, A.S.G. Edwards, professor of medieval manuscripts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, laments the removal of Geoffrey Chaucer from university curricula. Edwards says he believes this disappearance may be propelled by a vocal cohort of scholars who see the “father of English poetry” as <a rel="noopener" href="https://muse.jhu.edu/article/727754" target="_blank">a rapist, racist and antisemite</a>.</p> <p>The predicament would have amused Chaucer himself. Jewish and feminist scholars, among others, are shooting down one of their earliest and wisest allies. This is happening when <a rel="noopener" href="https://voegelinview.com/feminist-thought-of-geoffrey-chaucer-the-wife-of-bath-and-all-hire-secte" target="_blank">new research reveals</a> a Chaucer altogether different from what many current readers have come to accept. My decades of research show he was no raunchy proponent of bro culture but a daring and ingenious <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/for-the-birds-hardly-valentines-day-was-reimagined-by-chivalrous-medieval-poets-for-all-to-enjoy-respectfully-155099" target="_blank">defender of women and the innocent</a>.</p> <p>As a <a rel="noopener" href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=iDoS8ewAAAAJ&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">medievalist who teaches Chaucer</a>, I believe the movement to cancel Chaucer has been bamboozled by his tradecraft – his consummate skill as a master of disguise.</p> <p><strong>Outfoxing the professors</strong></p> <p>It’s true that Chaucer’s work contains toxic material. His “<a rel="noopener" href="https://chaucer.fas.harvard.edu/pages/prologue" target="_blank">Wife of Bath’s Prologue</a>” in “The Canterbury Tales,” his celebrated collection of stories, quotes at length from the long tradition of classical and medieval works on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12914/" target="_blank">evils of women</a>, as mansplained by the Wife’s elderly husbands: “You say, just as worms destroy a tree, so a wife destroys her husband.”</p> <p>Later, “<a rel="noopener" href="https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/%7Echaucer/teachslf/pri-par.htm" target="_blank">The Prioress’s Tale</a>” repeats the anti-Semitic <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.adl.org/education/resources/glossary-terms/blood-libel" target="_blank">blood libel</a> story, the false accusation that Jews murdered Christians, at a time when Jews across Europe <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.montana.edu/historybug/yersiniaessays/pariera-dinkins.html" target="_blank">were under attack</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/411132/original/file-20210713-21-fxqh4g.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/411132/original/file-20210713-21-fxqh4g.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="An illustration of two women characters from Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales'" /></a> <em><span class="caption">The Prioress and the Wife of Bath from Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales.’</span> <span class="attribution"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/the-prioress-and-the-wife-of-bath-from-old-england-a-news-photo/1036139720" target="_blank" class="source">Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)</a></span></em></p> <p>These poems in particular generate accusations that Chaucer propagated sexist and antisemitic material because he agreed with or enjoyed it.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=5rDoDwAAQBAJ&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;dq=elaine+tuttle+hansen+chaucer+and+the+fictions+of+gender&amp;source=gbs_navlinks_s" target="_blank">Several</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40555" target="_blank">prominent</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691160092/chaucer" target="_blank">scholars</a> seem convinced that Chaucer’s personal views are the same as those of his characters and that Chaucer is promoting these opinions. And they believe he abducted or raped a young woman named Cecily Chaumpaigne, although the <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.umsl.edu/%7Egradyf/chaucer/cecily.htm" target="_blank">legal records</a> are enigmatic. It looks as though Cecily accused Chaucer of some such crime and he paid her to clear his name. It’s unclear what actually happened between them.</p> <p>Critics cherry-pick quotations to support their claims about Chaucer. But if you examine his writings in detail, as I have, you’ll see themes of concern for women and human rights, the oppressed and the persecuted, reappear time and time again.</p> <p><strong>Chaucer the spy</strong></p> <p>Readers often assume Chaucer’s characters were a reflection of the writer’s own attitude because he is such a convincing role player. Chaucer’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=E4DXD7Sk7WcC&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;dq=life+of+Chaucer+Riverside+Chaucer&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwiws4jr0uXxAhWnEFkFHXbCAOQQ6AEwAHoECAsQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=life%20of%20Chaucer%20Riverside%20Chaucer&amp;f=false" target="_blank">career in the English secret service</a> trained him as an observer, analyst, diplomat and master at concealing his own views.</p> <p>In his teens, Chaucer became a confidential envoy for England. From 1359 to 1378, he graced English diplomatic delegations and carried out missions described in expense records only as “<a rel="noopener" href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-riverside-chaucer-9780199552092?lang=de&amp;cc=lt" target="_blank">the king’s secret business</a>.”</p> <p>Documents show him scouting paths through the Pyrenees for English forces poised to invade Spain. He lobbied Italy for money and troops, while also perhaps investigating the suspicious death of Lionel of Antwerp, an English prince who was probably poisoned soon after his wedding.</p> <p>Chaucer’s job brought him face to face with the darkest figures of his day — the treacherous <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-II-king-of-Navarre" target="_blank">Charles the Bad, King of Navarre</a>, a notorious traitor and assassin, and Bernabò Visconti, lord of Milan, who helped devise a <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=0YoxAAAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA179&amp;dq=Bernabo+Visconti+torture&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwizxdyM8t_xAhVZGs0KHZgQCn0Q6AEwCHoECAQQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=Bernabo%20Visconti%20torture&amp;f=false" target="_blank">40-day torture protocol</a>.</p> <p>Chaucer’s poetry reflects his experience as an English agent. He enjoyed role-playing and assuming many identities in his writing. And like the couriers he dispatched from Italy in 1378, he brings his readers covert messages split between multiple speakers. Each teller holds just a piece of the puzzle. The whole story can only be understood when all the messages arrive.</p> <p>He also uses the skills of a secret agent to express dangerous truths not accepted in his own day, when misogyny and antisemitism were both entrenched, especially among the clergy.</p> <p>Chaucer does not preach or explain. Instead, he lets the formidable Wife of Bath, the character he most enjoyed, tell us about the misogyny of her five husbands and fantasize about how ladies of King Arthur’s court might take revenge on a rapist. Or he makes his deserted <a rel="noopener" href="http://mcllibrary.org/Houseoffame/" target="_blank">Queen Dido cry</a>: “Given their bad behavior, it’s a shame any woman ever took pity on any man.”</p> <p><strong>Chaucer the chivalrous defender</strong></p> <p>While current critiques of Chaucer label him as an <a rel="noopener" href="https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40555" target="_blank">exponent of toxic masculinity</a>, he was actually an <a rel="noopener" href="https://books.google.com/books?id=E5BCs9mylBsC&amp;pg=PA379&amp;dq=Chaucer+human+rights&amp;hl=en&amp;newbks=1&amp;newbks_redir=0&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjKqeXc1OXxAhV3F1kFHZztDcYQ6AEwAXoECAoQAg#v=onepage&amp;q=Chaucer%20human%20rights&amp;f=false" target="_blank">advocate for human rights</a>.</p> <p>My own research shows that in the course of his career he supported women’s right to choose their own mates and the human desire for freedom from enslavement, coercion, verbal abuse, political tyranny, judicial corruption and sexual trafficking. In “The Canterbury Tales” and “The Legend of Good Women,” he tells many stories on such themes. There he opposed assassination, infanticide and femicide, the mistreatment of prisoners, sexual harassment and domestic abuse. He valued self-control in action and in speech. He spoke out for women, enslaved people and Jews.</p> <p>“Women want to be free and not coerced like slaves, and so do men,” the narrator of <a rel="noopener" href="https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/%7Echaucer/teachslf/frkt-par.htm" target="_blank">“The Franklin’s Prologue” says</a>.</p> <p>As for Jews, Chaucer salutes their ancient heroism in his early poem “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/English/Fame.php" target="_blank">The House of Fame</a>.” He depicts them as a people who have done great good in the world, only to be rewarded with slander. In “The Prioress’s Tale” he shows them being libeled by a desperate character to cover up a crime of which they were manifestly innocent, a century after all Jews had been brutally expelled from England.</p> <p>Chaucer’s own words demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that when his much underestimated Prioress tells her antisemitic blood libel tale, Chaucer is not endorsing it. Through <a rel="noopener" href="https://sites.fas.harvard.edu/%7Echaucer/teachslf/pri-par.htm" target="_blank">her own words and actions</a>, and a cascade of reactions from those who hear her, he is exposing such guilty and dangerous actors as they deploy such lies.</p> <p>And was he a rapist or an abductor? <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/07/document-casts-new-light-on-chaucer-rape-case" target="_blank">It’s unlikely</a>. The case suggests he might well have been targeted, perhaps even because of his work. Few authors have ever been more <a rel="noopener" href="https://scholarship.depauw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1133&amp;context=studentresearch" target="_blank">outspoken about man’s inhumanity to women</a>.</p> <p>It is bizarre that one of the strongest and earliest writers in English literature to speak out against rape and support women and the downtrodden should be pilloried and threatened with cancellation.</p> <p>But Chaucer knew the complexity of his art put him at risk. As his character the Squire dryly observed, people all too often “demen gladly to the badder ende” – “They are happy to assume the worst.”<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have listed their luxurious New York City home for $30.9 million (US$21.5m) just two years after adding it to their property portfolio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With four bedrooms and six bathrooms, the apartment takes up the entire front of a historic Central Park West building and boasts stunning views of Central Park.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The residence has been described as a “quintessential New York City apartment” by </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1182-mvmrmk/151-central-park-wes-9cn-manhattan-new-york-ny-10023" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the realtors</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with period details, high ceilings, and grand rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Highlights of the home include a sunlight-drenched living room, a wood-panelled library with one of two wood-burning fireplaces, and a main dining room with the second fireplace and an eat-in chef’s kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amenities include a large guest bathroom, a wet bar with wine storage, and a main suite consisting of a large bedroom, a sitting area, an ensuite with a marble bath, and two dressing rooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If cleaning the home seems a daunting task, the home also includes its own staff quarters with a full bath and laundry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The unit is located in the Kenilworth, a ‘white glove’, full-service building with an attended elevator and a resident manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the residence does come with a hefty HOA fee (like a maintenance fee) of more than $21,000 a month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple moved into the 1,115 sqm manor house in 2019, shortly after selling another New York mansion for almost $20.5 million.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Catherine Zeta-Jones / Instagram, Sotheby’s International Realty</span></em></p>

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Brothers destroy home in family dispute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A legal battle between two brothers and their sister over their inheritance has stepped up a notch after the brothers hired a bulldozer to demolish the family home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Malcolm and Garry Taylor travelled from Queensland to Murtoa, in regional Victoria, claiming they were doing “renovations” on the property.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In reality, they were doing what they could to ensure their sister Kerrie “didn’t get a cent” when the house was sold.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The siblings have been in a legal standoff over their late parents’ estate for several years, culminating in the destruction of the home the day before it went to auction in 2019, which was filmed by the brothers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage showed the brothers taking turns demolishing the house with a rented excavator.</span></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" width="698" height="573" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/2454133.html"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After their mother Lois died in December 2013, Kerrie was made executor of her estate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The brothers challenged this decision and claimed Kerrie had killed their mother.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The stoush started when Malcolm and Garry found out their children would receive $10,000 in trust payments as part of the estate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Victoria County Court has heard the brothers would “rather pull [the house] down piece by piece” than share the money resulting from its sale with their sister.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to court documents, Malcolm called the real estate agent involved in the sale in November 2018, claiming Kerrie “killed his mother” and that he would “continue to take items from the house until there was nothing left”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Court documents also said the destruction caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages and the cancellation of the auction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Damage included the graffiti of “Lois was murdered here” and the outline of a body in her bedroom by Malcolm, according to court documents. Malcolm denied any knowledge of the graffiti in court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair will be sentenced on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to criminal damage, with a judge lamenting how family disputes bring out the worst in people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is expected they will be fined rather than jailed.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Daily Mail</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">/ Supplied</span></em></p>

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Angelina Jolie’s secret Sydney home hits the market for $11 million

<p>A stunning Sydney home used by Angelina Jolie while she filmed <em>Unbroken</em> has hit the market.</p> <p>The Hollywood actress secretly used the home as a private wharf to secretly travel to Cockatoo Island, and now it is up for $11 million.</p> <p>The bright and airy house at 37 Duke Street, Balmain East was used by Jolie specifically for its private jetty, as she would board the boat that would then ferry her to Cockatoo Island undetected to direct her Academy Award-nominated film.</p> <p>Marcus Lloyd-Jones from Modern House said that the privacy of the home was what entranced Jolie, and now other buyers too.</p> <p>The property sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac that is used by only two other residences.</p> <p>Modern House’s Marcus Lloyd-Jones said this privacy was a major drawcard for Jolie and for interested buyers too.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842167/angelina-jolie.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f56a0f52284421fb86fdb62347bdfaf" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Angelina Jolie during Unbroken. Image: Supplied</em></p> <p>“She was driven in [to the five-car garage], she would walk along the jetty, jump on whatever boat it was and go to Cockatoo Island to direct the movie and back the same way,” Mr Lloyd-Jones said.</p> <p>“It was incredibly private.”</p> <p>While Jolie used the home strictly as a thoroughfare, the home has many wonderful features including three incredible levels with harbour views.</p> <p>The Nordon Jago Architects-designed house sits on a 790-square-metre waterfront block with its own private beach, leased jetty and mooring for a 50-foot boat and boat storage.</p> <p>“Everything about this house is on a grand scale from the five-car garage to the 21.5-metre lap pool,” Mr Lloyd-Jones said.</p> <p>“I’d like somebody to show me a larger lap pool in Balmain and the list keeps going.</p> <p>“If somebody has a car collection or a large boat it’s truly the best of Sydney. That’s what’s on offer.”</p>

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Elon Musk selling final Earth home so he can "focus on Mars"

<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk has listed the last home he owns of his $100 million real estate portfolio, in a quest to “own no house” and focus solely on his mission to Mars.</p> <p>It’s been no easy feat letting go of his beloved properties, however this San Francisco mansion has been a little harder to let go of for Musk.</p> <p>Deemed his “special place,” the nine-bedder has proven to be a difficult property to shift.</p> <p>After initially listing the home last year, it failed to receive any substantial offers so the 49-year-old took it off the market.</p> <p>However, this week Musk announced he would be selling the 47-acre lot for an eye-watering $48.6 million (US$37.5 million).</p> <p>“Decided to sell my last remaining house. Just needs to go to a large family who will live there. It’s a special place,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO wrote.</p> <p>Musk, who has an estimated net worth of $185 billion, initially purchased the home in 2017 for US$23.4 million.</p> <p>The incredible Hillsborough retreat is over 100-years-old and has every feature possible including Bay views, a pool, hiking trails and mesmerising canyons.</p> <p>Not only that, but the incredible mansion even features a ballroom, banquet dining room and a well-preserved but completely updated professional kitchen.</p> <p>Musk vowed to get rid of his homes and belongings in order to devote his life “to Mars and Earth.”</p> <p>“Don’t need the cash,” the eccentric billionaire tweeted in May 2020.</p> <p>“Possession just weighs you down.”</p>

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