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New first for baby wildlife warrior

<p>Life with a newborn is full of milestones from the moment a mother finds out she is expecting.</p> <p>Bindi Irwin and husband Chandler Powell have celebrated their first time venturing out of their newborn baby bubble to enjoy their first family dinner.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Bindi shared a photo of her family standing in the middle of a lavish tropical jungle with fairy lights hanging above them.</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/CO6cg3khLwn/?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/CO6cg3khLwn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"First family dinner adventure with our sweet girl. I'm a proud mama," she wrote underneath the snap.</p> <p>The couple's clearly beaming smiles speak for themselves as they crowd over their daughter's pram.</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/CO1AdWehQMg/?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/CO1AdWehQMg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo was taken by none other than Bindi's talented brother, Robert Irwin.</p> <p>It has been a week full of milestones for Bindi, who celebrated her first Mother's Day last week.</p>

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Antiques Roadshow find stuns owner

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man from Oxfordshire, UK has broken down in tears after bringing his late father’s Rolex in to be evaluated on Antiques Roadshow.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The middle-aged man carried two extra straps and an invoice along with his late dad’s watch which was purchased for $240 in 1972.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He bought it for himself in 1972, when I was seven and me, my mum, my dad and my brother went to Birmingham to buy it,” the man said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When expert Richard Price said the watch was worth around $36,400, leaving the man speechless.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It means absolutely everything to me, it’s part of my dad. Very, very special watch that is, and it will be forever,” the man said to his family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Richard also said that the straps alone were worth a “chunk of money”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His late dad passed on the Rolex to his son a few months before he passed away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, “My dad, he loved this program and he would have loved to see his watch on here but he wouldn’t have cared what it was worth.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans shared their emotional reactions on Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The emotion of the guy knowing how much his late father’s Rolex is worth and his son’s face seeing his dad react like that is proper #antiquesroadshow,” one said.</span></p>

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Piers Morgan labels Prince Harry as a "spineless self-pitying twerp"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Piers Morgan has blasted Prince Harry after the Duke of Sussex said that the First Amendment is "bonkers".</p> <p>Prince Harry said in a podcast with actor Dax Shepard that he's "got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.</p> <p>“I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time.</p> <p>“But, you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalise or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said.”</p> <p>Morgan, 56, was furious with the royal, saying that Prince Harry was a "spineless whiny crybaby".</p> <p>“Harry’s gone from being a courageous war hero to a spineless whiny crybaby who blames his family for all his supposed woes and who like his wife, shamelessly and cynically weaponises issues like mental health and racism to silence critics.</p> <p>“Harry has lost his country, his dignity and now seems to be losing his mind too as he condemns everything from his grieving grandmother to free speech.</p> <p>“It’s time His Royal Hypocrite stopped abusing his family, stopped moaning about everything all the bloody time, stopped exploiting his royal titles for huge financial gain, stopped trashing America’s constitution – and grew a pair.”</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/CO0ZB1Gptmw/?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/CO0ZB1Gptmw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Armchair Expert Podcast (@armchairexppod)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Harry also angered royal fans with his comments about the royal family as he said that he felt like he had to leave.</p> <p>Harry continued: “Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and a family when I know that it’s going to happen again because I’ve seen behind the curtain?</p> <p>"I’ve seen the business model, I know how this operation runs, how it works. I don’t want to be part of this. Then once I started doing therapy the bubble was burst. I plucked my head out of the sand. I said, ‘You are in this position of privilege.</p> <p>"Stop complaining, stop thinking as though you want something different. Make this different, because you can’t get out. So how are you going to do this differently? How are you going to make your mum proud? How are you going to use this platform to really effect change’?”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Russell Crowe's kids are all grown up!

<p>Russell Crowe's ex-wife, Danielle Spencer, has shared a rare photo of their two children all grown up.</p> <p>The couple's sons, Charles and Tennyson tend to stay out of the spotlight but they made a special appearance in a photo recently posted on Spencer's Instagram.</p> <p>"Here I was telling the boys to smile — and then I didn't. Ah well," the 52-year-old Aussie actress and singer captioned the photo.</p> <p>The photo was shared earlier this month as the family celebrated Mother's Day in Sydney.</p> <p>"Have had a lovely Mother's Day,' Spencer added. "Hope all the mums out there have been spoilt today."</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/COpqAhRjdj1/?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/COpqAhRjdj1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Danielle Spencer (@daniellespencerofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Spencer and Crowe first met in 1989 on the set of the Aussie drama The Crossing.</p> <p>They quickly formed a friendship before tying the knot in 2003, months after they welcomed Charles.</p> <p>They announced their separation in 2012, after spending nine years together.</p> <p>The couple was officially divorced in 2018 but remain close.</p> <p>"I've loved Danielle Spencer since 1989 — that's never going to change — and that's one of those things where I stare at her and go, 'How did this fail?' I still can't work it out, because my feelings for her have never changed," Crowe told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3025475/Danielle-Spencer-opens-split-Russell-Crowe-admits-wants-similar-amicable-connection-ex-divorced-parents-future.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Times</em></a><span> </span>in 2015.</p>

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"Sign of strength": First look at Prince Harry's mental health series

<p>The first trailer for Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey's mental health series has been released.</p> <p>The series is called<span> </span><em>The Me You Can't See</em><span> </span>and has both Prince Harry and Oprah sharing about their mental health struggles.</p> <p>One moment in particular for Prince Harry was harrowing as he walked behind his mother Princess Diana's coffin in a funeral procession.</p> <p>In the trailer, Prince Harry says: "To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today's world more than ever, it is a sign of strength."</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dWevopoBmAE"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>"What words have you heard around mental health? Crazy? To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today's world more than ever, it is a sign of strength," Prince Harry continued.</p> <p>"The results of this year will be felt for decades, the kids the families, husbands, wives everybody."</p> <p>Prince Harry also had a poignant interview with actor Dax Sheppard, where he spoke about his decision to leave the monarchy after seeing "what it did to my mum".</p> <p>"In my early 20s, it was a case of, 'I don't want this job. I don't want to be here, I don't want to be doing this, look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down, have a wife and a family when I know, that it's going to happen again?'</p> <p>"Because I know, I've seen behind the curtain. I've seen the business model, I know how the operation runs and how it works, and I don't want to be a part of this."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mother’s worst nightmare realised

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Liz Willcox put baby Jasmyn down to sleep one night in 2017, there were no signs to suggest that it would be the last time she would see her baby alive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the next morning, the mother-of-three woke to find her worst nightmare realised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The little girl had died in the night, at only five months and one week old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I looked at the baby monitor and saw how still she was,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just started grabbing her and she was cold and lifeless,” the mother continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I alerted my husband Ben, we called an ambulance and he started performing CPR.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But I just shut down.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The coroner determined Jasmyn was an “an extremely healthy baby” and there was “no reason for her death”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That’s when Liz found out about SIDS.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - or SIDS - is the sudden, unexpected death of a child younger than one year old while they sleep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the exact cause is unknown, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Rita Machaalani says a baby dies suddenly every second day in Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“No one can comprehend how a healthy baby put to sleep can be found dead the next morning,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A ‘stigma’ usually surrounds the parent that they must have done something, but that’s far from the truth.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Often, she says, a coroner will list the baby’s death as “undetermined”, which means that more children might be dying from the syndrome than officially reported.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Jasmyn’s passing, Liz was contacted by a charity group called River’s Gift.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The group was established in 2011 by Alex Hamilton and Karl Waddell after their son, River, died in his sleep at only 128 days old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liz can only hope other parents who face the same experience can get help quickly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You’ll love to get a hold of them earlier. There needs to be something to get charities in touch with them earlier,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think for us, you never want to plan your child’s funeral. It starts here.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She and Ben are now preparing a legacy in honour of Jasmyn called </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/unitingforjasmyn/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Uniting for Jasmyn</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple also held a gala in conjunction with River’s Gift in 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second gala, postponed from last year due to COVID, will be held this year on July 10, almost four years to the say since Jasmyn passed away in Eaton’s Hill.</span></p>

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Natalie Portman cosying up in beautiful Hunter Valley architectural wonder

<p>Reports have claimed A-lister actress Natalie Portman has been seen wondering through the picturesque wine region of Hunter Valley, Australia.</p> <p><em>The Post<span> </span></em>claimed the 39-year-old and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, were seen standing in ankle-high grass as they peered into the blue-roofed brick, stone and wood getaway home in the Hunter Valley.</p> <p>Their hour-long tour appeared to be guided by the famed architect Glenn Marcus Murcutt, who is the only Australian to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2002).</p> <p>His modern designs focus on creating living spaces that have low impacts on the environment and priorities indoor-outdoor living.</p> <p>The house is a sight to see, and one that amplifies his environmental ethos, with its horizontal lines and perfect blend of wood and glass.</p> <p>The house appears to have hardly any protection from the elements, but seamlessly creates the perfect balance between integrated design and environmentally friendly.</p> <p>The actress is rumoured to be cosying up into the stunning retreat which offers mountains as a staggering backdrop behind the house.</p> <p>“Layering and changeability: this is the key, the combination that is worked into most of my buildings. Occupying one of these buildings is like sailing a yacht; you modify and manipulate its form and skin, according to seasonal conditions and natural elements, and work with these to maximise the performance of the building,” said Murcutt in 1996.</p> <p>Natalie Portman and her husband have been married since 2012 and have two children, Amalia and Aleph.</p> <p>Portman is in Australia filming her role as Jane Foster in the anticipated Marvel movie “Thor: Love and Thunder.”</p>

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This new tourist attraction will make you dizzy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A newly opened tourist attraction makes you feel like you’re floating on air, all while catching panoramic views of mountains and a valley that disappears beneath you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vøringsfossen waterfall offers views of the landscape near Eifjord in Hardanger, western Norway.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The project, designed by architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, has been over a decade in the making and is now ready for visitors brave enough to traverse the 99 steps that connect the two sides of the Måbødalen valley.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bridge is part of a series of developments in the area that aim to make the spot even more attractive to visitors, including new viewpoint platforms and footpaths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The bridge is, of course, the heart of the project that connects two sides of the river and the waterfall together,” Hølmebakk told CNN Travel.</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/CF4dRB8MJji/?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/CF4dRB8MJji/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk (@carlviggoholmebakk)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bridge has been designed to fuse the natural and man-made seamlessly - with Hølmebakk and his team closely studying the local landscape and scanning the terrain with digital equipment to ensure they didn’t damage the environment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though those with a fear of heights may want to steer clear, the bridge will become another reason to visit one of Norway’s top destinations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The floating-on-air design is inspired by Norwegian folklore and its Romantic tradition, Hølmebakk said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But turning this concept into reality wasn’t a small task, as the team had to combine conventional building methods with helicopters and mountaineers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Construction began back in 2015, but Vøringsfossen’s mountainous location meant that work could only be done during the short summer season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bridge is suitable for both older people and children, but won’t be wheelchair-friendly until the accessible footpath currently in development is completed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By 2022, a cafe will also be on site, giving visitors a perfect spot to catch their breath after walking on the bridge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hølmebakk saw the bridge at each stage of construction but said he still marvelled the first time he saw it finished and was able to step onto the walkway.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said the scale is pretty incredible and crossing it was “fantastic”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even so, Hølmebakk stresses the bridge will always come second to the landscape.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The architecture is not the main part, but the beautiful nature, and the waterfall.”</span></p>

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Russell Crowe "put through a wall" on crazy night out

<p><span>NRL great Bryan Fletcher has opened up about his encounter with Russell Crowe that left the two scrapping on a boozy night out.</span><br /><br /><span>Featuring on Brett Finch’s '<em>Uncensored</em>' podcast, Fletcher revealed the wild night he had with his South Sydney teammates and Crowe in the mid-2000s.</span><br /><br /><span>Fletcher was the Rabbitohs captain in 2003 when he joined the club from the Roosters, however the team had suffered a nightmare season after winning only three games.</span><br /><br /><span>The 47-year-old said he'd never met Crowe before his move to South Sydney, but had heard a rumour that the Hollywood star had promised to take the 2002 team to the Playboy Mansion if they made the finals.</span><br /><br /><span>Fletcher says he was left with his mind in a scramble after Crowe contacted him near the middle of the 2003 season.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841241/rabbitohs-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/03710573c68e4e7699511d8951dec960" /><br /><br /><span>Fletcher however believed it was not actually Crowe on the other end of the line, and instead one of his teammates was pranking him.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said, ‘How’s Meg? Is she good in the cot?’” Fletcher told Finch, referring to Meg Ryan who Crowe was dating during that time.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said something more crude than that.</span><br /><br /><span>“Then there was awkward silence and he goes, ‘Fletch, it’s Russell. Russell Crowe’.</span><br /><br /><span>"And when he dropped his voice I knew straight away it was him and I’ve just gone, ‘F***, how do I get out of this?’”</span><br /><br /><span>It turns out Crowe had wanted the South Sydney players to bring a pair of nice clothes after their training in order to take them out.</span><br /><br /><span>“My imagination just starts going so by the time I get to Sutto (John Sutton) who’s the 17th bloke, I said, ‘Sutto, you’re not going to believe this bro, we are going to the Playboy Mansion’,” Fletcher said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone is frothing, thinking they’re going to the Playboy Mansion.”</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly enough, the Rabbitohs didn’t go to LA, but instead arrived at a hotel in Woolloomooloo where cricket greats Shane Warne and Merv Hughes were waiting to kick them into gear with some inspirational words.</span><br /><br /><span>However the night took a turn around 9 pm when Crowe brought out some bottles of Absinthe.</span><br /><br /><span>“We went through 10 bottles. Ten bottles later and we’re going mad. It’s on. Blokes are cheering and carrying on,” Fletcher said.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say Crowe had challenged him to some footy.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was an odd time but I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got to humour Russ, he’s put this drink on for us’,” Fletcher said.</span><br /><br /><span>“So Russell comes running at me and I tackle him how I always have my whole career and I miss him. He runs behind me and dives down behind an imaginary set of posts.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said, ‘Good on you Russ’ and kept walking. I take two steps and I get pushed in the back. It’s Russ. He just stops in front of me and he goes, ‘You f***ing dog. You’re a f***ing cat. You’re a waste of money, you’re South Sydney’s worst ever captain’.</span><br /><br /><span>"He was right but he didn’t have to say it to my face.</span><br /><br /><span>“The boys have jerried to what’s going on … I got the s**ts and said, ‘Let’s just do this again’.</span><br /><br /><span>“He basically gets up and runs at me and I get under his ribs and drive him … and put him through a wall and the boys are just going, ‘What the f*** are you doing? Why are you doing this?’</span><br /><br /><span>“Russ pops up, just shakes his head and goes, ‘That’s what I want to see!’ That was his motivation, so we end up having a terrific night, getting on the p***.”</span><br /><br /><span>Crowe's motivational tactics seemed to do the job as the Rabbitohs would go on to thrash Melbourne Storm that weekend.</span><br /><br /><span>However their victory was short-lived.</span><br /><br /><span>“We beat them 42-10 and we did not win another game all year,” Fletcher admitted.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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“Take a lesson out of the Queen’s book”: Karl’s swipe at Harry

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Karl Stefanovic has hit out against Prince Harry after the Duke’s latest interview where he compared his royal life to a mix “between </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Truman Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and living in a zoo”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke of Sussex also took aim at Prince Charles in his appearance on the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> podcast, saying Charles passed “genetic pain and suffering” onto him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also revealed the realisation he had in his 20s that he didn’t want to be involved in royal life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coming after Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Stefanovic signalled he’d had enough of Harry’s “whining”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a great thing that he got away from all that prying press in the UK,” Stefanovic said sarcastically.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When co-host Allison Langdon sympathised with Harry’s mental health struggles and said “you have got to take the mental health stuff pretty seriously”, Stefanovic doubled down on his criticism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Of course, Ally, but I’m just saying it’s ridiculous how he keeps whining about his childhood. He grew up in privilege, in a palace,” Stefanovic countered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I mean, just give it a rest bro.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He looks happier too when he was partying in Vegas, I’m just saying.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stefanovic was so “riled” by Harry’s latest outburst that he returned to the subject later in the show.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The guy doesn’t need to go from his [Californian] mansion and start rabbiting on about how hard life is when he has got enormous privilege, and to keep bagging his family,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just get on with it. Take a lesson out of the Queen’s book and just get on with it. Carry on. I’m not saying anything more about that … it’s really riled me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry described the “get on with it” attitude in his latest interview and said his desire to “break the cycle” within his own family drove the move to California.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s the job right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it. I was in my early 20s and I was thinking I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family, when I know it’s going to happen again?”</span></p>

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Outrage over woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann

<div> <div class="reply-list-component"> <div class="reply-component"> <div class="reply-body-component"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply-body-wrapper"> <div class="reply-body-inner"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A woman has been slammed for claiming that she could be missing UK toddler Madeleine McCann on TikTok.</p> <p>The UK toddler was just three years old when she disappeared from a villa in Portugal in 2007, with her disappearance leading to an international search.</p> <p>Unfortunately, investigators haven't been able to figure out what happened to Madeleine, with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann trying desperately over the last decade to find their daughter.</p> <p>The TikTok user, a young blonde woman, has been slammed after she claimed to be staying near the villa as a child, and captioned her TikTok clip "My mates joke about me being Madeleine McCann".</p> <p>The video shows pictures of the woman when she was a toddler and another picture of Madeleine, showing similarities between the two.</p> <p>She was quickly slammed for the video.</p> <p>“What people do for views,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“You shouldn’t joke about something that still brings pain to people,” wrote another.</p> <p>“Why use this to try and get fame, wanna have a reality check?” another wrote.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841209/hero-maddy-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f95da898fff4dad893506d33ead944d" /></p> <p><em>Screenshots from the TikTok video</em></p> <p>The video comes just a day after Madeleine's parents posted a message to their daughter on Facebook, as Madeleine would've been 18 on Wednesday May 12.</p> <p>The message reads: "We love you and are waiting for you".</p> <p>They also left birthday cards and gifts in her bedroom, which remains unchanged since she left, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-parents-18th-birthday-24096738" target="_blank"><em>The Mirror</em>.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Farmer rescues “five little baby girls” found crying, abandoned

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Texan farmer made a shocking discovery on his ranch near the southern border with Mexico.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Five abandoned girls from Honduras and Guatemala were reportedly found on Sunday, May 9 (local time) by farmer Jimmy Hobbs while he was “doing the rounds of his property”, according to local congressman Tony Gonzales.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While we thank God they were found alive, these tragic scenes are happening more and more,” he tweeted.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Take a good hard look at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BidenBorderCrisis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BidenBorderCrisis</a> These young girls were found outside a ranch near Quemado, Texas in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TX23?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TX23</a>. The Del Rio Sector border patrol tell me they are uninjured, healthy, and in good spirits. 🙏 <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> enough is enough let’s work together solve this crisis. <a href="https://t.co/mt5P7ysN9g">pic.twitter.com/mt5P7ysN9g</a></p> — Tony Gonzales (@TonyGonzales4TX) <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyGonzales4TX/status/1391529589256695810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a video posted on social media, Mr Hobbs described the moment he found the girls.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“About 8.30 in the morning, just driving along and then all of a sudden I see them, laying there, right beside the bank of the river,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Five little baby girls, all by themselves - hungry, crying, one didn’t have any clothes on. One wasn’t even old enough to walk.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three of the girls are reportedly from Honduras, aged seven, three, and two, while the other two, aged five and 11-months-old, are from Guatemala.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hobbs said he called Border Patrol and gave the girls something to eat and drink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” he told congressman Gonzales.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unaccompanied children are often sent across the border with the hope they can stay in the US following Biden’s winding back of some of the harsher border policies of the Trump administration.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unaccompanied children have been exempted from expulsion under President Biden, allowing them to stay in America while pursuing asylum claims.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the US-Mexico border has also been reduced from an all-time high in March, according to authorities, with more adults found coming without families.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: Tony Gonzales / Twitter</strong></p>

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‘Breathing’ mountains could help us understand earthquake risks

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> As the Earth’s surface shifts over time, oceans have opened and closed while new mountains climb towards the sky.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But mountains can also sink back to Earth, usually due to stress caused by the same collisions of tectonic plates that triggers earthquakes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These events happen in cycles, and you could imagine it like the chest of a rocky giant breathing unevenly, explains Luca Dal Zilio, a geophysicist at the California Institute of Technology.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The best example of this phenomenon? The 2,200 kilometres of peaks that make up the Himalaya. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By understanding the complex forces driving this cycle, the local risk of earthquakes that threaten millions of people living nearby can be more well-understood.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since similar geological ‘breaths’ have been documented worldwide, the review Dal Zilio and colleagues recently </span><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-021-00143-1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">published in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nature Reviews</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> could be the key to understanding the processes behind many of Earth’s mountain ranges - and the risks they might pose.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Compiling more than 200 studies of Himalayan geology, the paper looks to lay out the intricate mechanisms behind this ‘breathing’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lengthy expanse and geologic complexity of the Himalaya make it a terrific natural laboratory, says study co-author Judith Hubbard, a structural geologist at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.</span></p> <p><strong>Inhaling and exhaling over time</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Himalaya formed from a tectonic pileup about 50 million years ago, when the Indian continental plate crashed into the Eurasian plate. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To this day, India continues moving northward by almost two inches every year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the land doesn’t slide under Eurasia, instead causing the Eurasian plate to bulge and bunch and drive the mountains slightly higher in a long inhale.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eventually, this pressure will hit a breaking point, where the land masses will shift in an earthquake in a geologic exhale, or cough.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A deadly example of this exhalation came in 2015, when a 7.8-magniture earthquake caused a part of the Himalaya to sink by almost 600 centimetres.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Different parts of a mountain range can exhale at different intensities. While some cough violently, others might experience a series of hiccoughs. They might not exhale the exact same way each time either.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Even the same patch can have different behaviours at different times,” says Rebecca Bendick, a geophysicist at the University of Montana. “And pretty much nobody has the foggiest clue why.”</span></p> <p><strong>Putting the pieces together</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To understand how this process works, scientists have to piece together mountain-building processes that happen on varying scales of time - from slow moving tectonic plates to near-instantaneous shifts of earthquakes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since these phenomena are measured differently, looking at the shape of the fracture between the two plates can help scientists bridge the gap.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the Himalaya, the fault spanning 2200 kilometres has several kinks and bends remaining from the original collision that formed the range. These features have continued to slowly evolve and can influence how an earthquake progresses today.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the recent review, Hubbard found a paper suggesting that structures surrounding the fault - such as bends beneath the surface - limited the magnitude of the 2015 quake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dal Zilio says that other structures that might be present across the rest of the range could similarly limit how far a quake might spread.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The ultimate goal is to know what kinds of earthquakes we can expect and what kinds of damage they will produce,” Hubbard says. “If we’re trying to learn about that exhale or cough process but the earth isn’t exhaling or coughing, it’s really hard to learn about it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To fill in the gaps, some researchers are looking at the scars left from past earthquakes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But there are many challenges that present major obstacles, especially when the terrain is too difficult to measure using current technology.</span></p> <p><strong>Shifting forward</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the cycle of inhalation and exhalation continues, the system will also change and make understanding it even more difficult. Some of the accumulated stress from every inhale will permanently deform the rock, even after the next exhale, as the release of all of the stress would mean that no mountain would still be standing, Hubbard notes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As India continues to inch closer under Eurasia, other landscape features will also change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bendick says, “at some point, Nepal will cease to exist”, as the Indian plate’s movement over the next tens of thousands of years will cause the southern border to move ever northward and slowly squeeze Nepal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At that very long time scale, nothing is fixed,” she says. “‘Set in stone’ is not the right phrase.”</span></p>

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Sad end to stranded baby whale

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A juvenile minke whale got stuck in the River Thames and freed on the night of Sunday, May 9.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following its rescue the animal was later found beached against a river wall and had to be put down after vets found its condition was “rapidly deteriorating”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The whale was then loaded onto a truck at Teddington lifeboat station and taken to Whipsnade Zoo for post-mortem tests, the results of which are not expected for a few weeks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rob Deaville, who took part in the tests, said the whale was thought to be about two years old and was likely still dependent on its mother.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The juvenile female minke was first stranded on Richmond Lock’s boat rollers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Crew from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) worked late into the evening to free the 4.2m-long whale and managed to move it. But the mammal escaped and was later seen swimming between Richmond and Teddington on Monday morning before becoming stuck once again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A vet from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) administered the injection to put it down after it became stranded.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the full results of the post-mortem tests will take several weeks, Mr Deaville said told the BBC they had found “no evidence of any recent feeding” and “evidence of starvation over a few days”, which he explained was consistent with the whale being found in the Thames.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though parasites were also found in the whale’s stomach, Mr Deaville said vets did not believe this was significant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minke whales are the smallest of the great whales and can grow up to 10m in length.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Deaville said he believed the number of whales found in the river had increased over recent years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It could be because there are increased numbers of them or it’s man-made impacts. The jury is still out,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The samples taken from the whale will not only help establish what happened to the creature, but will provide research material “for years to come”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re going to learn a lot about it - it’s life and the species as a whole,” he said.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: SKY News</strong></p>

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The mystery of Russia’s “eighth wonder of the world”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With its luminous and fragile nature, amber has been treated with reverence by many and even protected by Prussian law since the 13th century.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Amber Room, a series of panels crafted from six tonnes of amber, mounted on gold-leaf walls, and decorated with mosaics and mirrors, is an exemplary demonstration of the material’s beauty designed for royalty in Prussia and Russia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it is also shrouded in mystery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The room was originally designed in the early 18th century for King Frederick I of Prussia, before it was gifted to Russian Tsar Peter the Great. When it was eventually moved to the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg, the panels were incorporated into a larger room decorated with candelabra, mosaics, gilded figures, and even more amber. The Baroque chamber became known as the “eighth wonder of the world”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the Nazi invasion of Russia in 1941, the Amber Room was dismantled and moved to K</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">önigsberg castle in the German state of Prussia. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">K</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">önigsberg was a “transfer base for [looted] cultural objects, which would be stored in the city for further transportation to other parts of Germany”, says Anatoly Valuev of the Kaliningrad History and Arts Museum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, when the Red Army seized the city in 1945, the Amber Room could not be found.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though some thought fire had destroyed it, “no traces of burning amber were found,” said Valuev. “And it was assumed the room survived after all, and it was hidden in the castle’s basement or it was taken somewhere else.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the belief it was hidden somewhere, two separate investigations conducted in 1946 and the 2000’s turned up nothing. Searching through hundreds of locations around the city and in the town’s castle ruins, the soviet specialists found artworks and jewellery hidden in the castle basement. But no sign of the Amber Room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As hopes of finding the chamber started to die, a change of tack was needed. In 1979, the former USSR began reconstruction of the room with guidance from two remaining original items: a single box of relics and 86 black-and-white photos of the space taken just prior to World War Two.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the reconstruction took 23 years, the recreated Amber Room has been on display at Catherine Palace in the </span><a href="https://www.tzar.ru/en/objects/ekaterininsky/amberhall"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tsarskoye Selo State Museum and Heritage Site</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in St Petersburg since 2003, bringing the glowing orange and gold resin to life once again.</span></p>

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Farmer’s mistake alters the French border

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along the border between Belgium and France, the boundary between the two countries is usually marked by a series of stone markers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, when local enthusiast David Lavaux was walking through the forest, he noticed one of the stone markers had moved 2.29m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Belgian farmer behind it was apparently annoyed by the stone being in his tractor’s path and moved it to be inside French territory instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident that could have caused international uproar has instead been met with smiles on both sides of the border.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He made Belgium bigger and France smaller, it’s not a good idea,” Mr Lavaux, who is also the mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, told French TV channel TF1.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was happy, my town was bigger,” the Belgian mayor said with a laugh. “But the mayor of Bousignies-sur-Roc didn’t agree.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aurélie Welonek, mayor of neighbouring Bousignies-sur-Roc, said with amusement to La Voix du Nord, “We should be able to avoid a new border war”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The farmer will be asked to return the stone to its original location by local Belgian authorities. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But if he refuses to comply, the case could end up involving the Belgian foreign ministry, which would have to summon a Franco-Belgian border commission which has been dormant since 1930.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Lavaux also noted non-compliance could see the farmer facing criminal charges.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If he shows good will, he won’t have a problem, we will settle this issue amicably,” he told Belgian news website Sudinfo.</span></p> <p><strong>Image Credit: David Lavaux</strong></p>

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Thank Neanderthals’ diet for your big brain

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span><a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/118/20/e2021655118"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> could dramatically alter our perception of Neanderthals as brutish meat eaters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study examined bacteria collected from Neanderthal teeth and found that our ancient cousins ate so many roots, nuts, or other starchy foods that they radically changed the types of bacteria in their mouths.</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/COtBLAINKos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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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/COtBLAINKos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by MPI-Science of Human History (@mpi_shh)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although this might not come across as significant, the findings suggest our ancestors started eating lots of starch at least 600,000 years ago - right around the time that they needed more sugars to expand their brains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The work suggests that ancestors of both humans and Neanderthals were cooking starchy foods at least 600,000 years ago, and that they had already adapted to eating starchy plants long before the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago, according to Harvard University evolutionary biologist Rachel Carmody.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Our ancestors’ brains doubled in size between 2 million and 700,000 years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though researchers have long attributed brain growth to the use of stone tools and cooperative hunting style of early humans that let them eat more energy-rich meat, how this actually worked has long puzzled researchers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For human ancestors to efficiently grow a bigger brain, they needed energy dense foods containing glucose” - a type of sugar - molecular archaeologist Christina Warinner of Harvard and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History said. “Meat is not a good source of glucose.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, the starch-filled plants collected by hunter-gatherers do act as an excellent source of glucose. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By studying the DNA of bacteria stuck to the teeth of Neanderthals, chimps, gorillas, howler monkeys, and preagricultural humans that lived more than 10,000 years ago, researchers found that the bacteria in preagricultural humans and Neanderthals strongly resembled each other.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In particular, they found an unusual group of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Streptococcus</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> bacteria in their mouths, which has a special ability to free sugars from starchy foods by binding to an enzyme in human saliva called amylase.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The strep bacteria that consume sugar were found on Neanderthal and ancient modern human teeth, but not on chimps, which the researchers said shows they were eating more starchy foods.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It also suggests they inherited these microbes from their common ancestor, who lived more than 600,000 years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although evidence of Neanderthals eating grasses, tubers, and cooked barley has already been found, this new study indicates that they ate so much starch that it altered the composition of the microbiomes in their mouths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This pushes the importance of starch in the diet further back in time” to when human brains were still growing, Warinner said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because the amylase enzyme is more efficient at digesting cooked starch rather than raw starch, the research also suggests that cooking was common by 600,000 years ago, Carmody said. </span></p>

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Could a blood test diagnose mental illnesses?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian scientists have developed the world’s first blood test that can accurately predict whether people have mood disorders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following research into specific levels of a brain protein, researchers from the University of South Australia have developed a kit that can distinguish between three brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) proteins with precision.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A link between mature BDNF (mBDNF) proteins and depression has been well-documented for some time, but it hasn’t been until now that the three forms of proteins could be distinguished in blood samples.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Researchers say strong evidence suggests that psychological stress decreases mBDNF and that depression is caused by a lack of the protein.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A study conducted with 215 people in China, including 90 patients with clinical depression and 15 with bipolar disorder, found clear links between low levels of the protein in blood and severe depression.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study also found that the severity of a person’s depression correlated with a lower mBDNF level.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Patients on antidepressants were also found to have higher levels of the protein than those who weren’t taking them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">UniSA Professor Xin-Fu Zhou said existing commercial kits aren’t specific, while the one developed by the university had an accuracy of 80 to 83 percent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As mBDNF and (another of the three proteins) proBDNF have different biological activities, working in opposition to each other, it is essential that we distinguish between these two proteins and detect changes in their levels,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers believe mBDNF levels could be used to diagnose depression and bipolar disorder.</span></p>

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Toddler survives ordeal with flesh-eating bug

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A mother in Melbourne has spoken out about the terrifying ordeal her family went through after her daughter almost lost her leg to a flesh-eating infection caused by Strep A.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At just 11 months old, Eden contracted the bug after a bout of severe colds that affected her for weeks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the night she was rushed to hospital with a fever, it was discovered she had Strep A that was affecting her leg.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were obviously very scared because it was a very dangerous bug that got into her system quickly,” Eden’s mother Tania O’Meara </span><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/melbourne-toddler-almost-loses-her-leg-to-strep-a-as-murdoch-childrens-research-institute-trial-vaccines-c-2808830"><span style="font-weight: 400;">told 7NEWS</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily the doctors were able to save her leg, but Eden was left scarring on her right calf.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was a very precarious point in her life,” O’Meara said.</span></p> <p><strong>The need for a vaccine</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Josh Osowicki from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute said Strep A is a “high-priority” bug for vaccine development.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As part of their efforts, researchers at the institute are deliberately infecting healthy volunteers with the bacteria to trial different vaccines and treatments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve kept the participants in an inpatient environment and we had really close clinical support and we’ve watched them really closely,” Dr Osowicki said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We hope the vaccine can stop other children going through what Eden went through,” O’Meara said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Strep A causes a lot of different disease, from a strep throat or a mild skin infection to really severe and dangerous infections,” Dr Osowicki said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The infection kills more than 500,000 people globally every year, with young children, the elderly, and pregnant women especially at risk.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: 7NEWS</strong></p>

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Woman develops new accent overnight

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Angie Yen has never been to Ireland or any immediate family from there, the Brisbane dentist claims to have woken up one day with an Irish accent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 27-year-old believes she has foreign accent syndrome, a isolating and uncommon speech disorder.</span></p> <p><strong>What is foreign accent syndrome?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The condition, typically triggered by a head injury, stroke, or brain damage, impairs a person’s ability to control the muscles used to produce speech.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The result of this is that people can appear to develop what sounds like a foreign accent overnight - despite never speaking with that accent before, nor mixing with people who do or spending time abroad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Angie hasn’t suffered a stroke, head injury, or brain damage, so experts say her case isn’t so simple.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead, the accent change came about following tonsil surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t have any issues with talking or eating or anything like that, if anything the throat was ust very, very sore,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everything was normal, I was just on painkillers, so I was living life normally. There was nothing out of the ordinary.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ten days after the surgery, while singing in the shower hours before a job interview, she noticed something strange.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was singing notes that I didn’t think I could hit before, even though my throat was quite sore. I knew something wasn’t right.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When she spoke, her voice didn’t sound like hers either.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was very shocked … I called up one of my friends who had travelled all over the world and asked where my accent is from. He said - you sound like you’re Irish,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While she hasn’t been formally diagnosed with the condition, her primary doctor says her symptoms sound like they match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He referred me to get some scans for an MRI and also some blood tests to rule out anything underlying that could be going on,” Angie said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The thing that has Angie, her doctors, and experts baffled is that the change didn’t occur until 10 days after surgery.</span></p> <p><strong>Spreading awareness</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Angie has led a very private life, she has decided to document her journey spreading awareness about the condition on TikTok.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I felt that somewhere in the world someone might wake up with this one day and just feel as lost, alone, and isolated as I am,” she said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope by spreading awareness and letting people know that this is a serious health issue, that eventually we can encourage people to get the help they need and take it seriously.”</span></p> <p><strong>Mixed accents</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While most commenters said Angie sounds Irish, there has been a mixed response.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve also gotten Canadian, American, Jamaican, British, New Zealand - all over the world,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And most countries I’ve never been to. It’s very, very bizarre.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That’s not too uncommon for those with foreign accent syndrome, according to Lyndsey Nickels, a Professor of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People with foreign accent syndrome don’t speak with all the features of a foreign accent, but there are enough things about the way they speak to make it seem as though they have a different accent,” Nickels told 7NEWS.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Different listeners may have different opinions about what the accent is because the features usually don’t clearly match a single accent.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nickels confirmed the disorder is thought to be caused by brain damage which can make “moving or coordinating the muscles that we use to produce speech” more difficult.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This causes inaccuracies in the speech, sounds with vowels being particularly vulnerable,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the condition is so rare, many people - including some doctors - accuse sufferers of faking it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speech pathologists can help those with the condition to improve speech muscle movement and coordination to regain accuracy in their speech.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: 7NEWS</strong></p>

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Jimmy and Jane Barnes mark 40th wedding anniversary in unusual fashion

<p>Jimmy Barnes and his wife Jane are set to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on May 22nd in an unusual way.</p> <p>The couple is set to launch their long-awaited family cookbook filled with delightful family feasts and their secret classics.</p> <p>Jimmy and his wife Jane have amassed more than 100 million views with their at-home performances, with the rock husband revealing that Mrs Barnes had been smashing it despite only just beginning guitar, piano, and the bagpipes.</p> <p>Their book together will be released by Harper Collins in October.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841252/jimmy-barnes-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4b136bae68db4b0fa1f4e76491360ee3" /></p> <p>“Jane’s a great cook, this is what she does. And she loves it. I’m a good cook but I get flustered,” Barnes said.</p> <p>“It’s funny me and Jane in the kitchen together because she’s calm and really enjoying it and I’m sending bits of food flying everywhere and breaking out in a sweat.</p> <p>“I’m a good finisher, I’ll come in, clean up and serve it up. And I’m the gravy king.”</p> <p>“When we get home after working, cheese toasties are all I think about and Jane does the best cheese toasties, she makes them with love. And it just tastes better because of that,” Barnes said.</p> <p>“The great thing about us doing this cookbook is the recipes have nurtured our family and helped them to grow and get through the good times and the tough times.</p> <p>“We didn’t go for anything too tricky or things we thought we had to do; it’s the food that us fed our family.”</p> <p>The cookbook isn’t the only project the Barnes’ family has in the works though, with the creative Rockstar revealing he will also release his second children’s book.</p> <p><em>Rosie the Rhinoceros</em> is inspired by Rosie Rodgers, who is the youngest daughter of Mahlia Barnes and tells her grandpa she is a unicorn.</p> <p><em>Rosie The Rhinoceros</em> follows his first children’s book <em>Och Aye The G’nu</em>, which was inspired by his grandson Dylan.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841253/jimmy-barnes-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8e2ca6e979014265903d7320ac4b7926" /></p> <p>“She laughed a bit when I told her the story and then I’ve kept reading it to her at different points when it was edited; she thought the cover was cute,” Barnes says.</p> <p>“I can’t wait to sit with the finished book so I can sit down with her as she thumbs through the pictures and I’m sure she’ll love it, she loves to read.”</p> <p>Barnes credits his wife for giving him the passion to read, going all the way back to their first date.</p> <p>He recalled that the pair was swapping their “favourite” books as you do, and Jane nominated Shakespeare.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841255/jimmy-barnes.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f7605036c11a46d2acf9af4ccdca8dc2" /></p> <p>Barnes had left school as soon as he could at 16 to join the rock’n’roll circus so had never learnt of the great playwright.</p> <p>“So she brought me Shakespeare for Children to introduce me to his work and they were such fantastic stories. And then I read the ‘real’ Shakespeare,” Barnes said.</p> <p>“It was her way of introducing me to one of her favourite writers and it just blew my mind when I read Shakespeare. I remember I wrote six songs in a week after I started reading his works. It’s gone full circle now and now I’m reading the Shakespeare for Children books to the kids.</p> <p>“Jane was always dropping classic books in front of me, suggesting I read them, and I would just soak them up. And she did the same with food, with culture, with travel.”</p> <p>Rosie The Rhinoceros will be released by Harper Collins on September 29.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Woman’s complicated revenge on ex

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When it comes to getting revenge on your ex, this feat takes the cake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fitness coach Sarah Vilard said she wanted to show her former partner what he was missing by pretending to tie the knot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a video she posted on TikTok, which has since gone viral on the platform, Sarah wrote: “Remembering the time when I faked getting married and had a photoshoot to get revenge on my ex.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also shared photos from her alleged fake wedding while Gnarls Barkley’s hit song </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Crazy</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> played in the background.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The snaps included her and her “husband” embracing outside a manor house and one of her and a friend holding hands at her supposed wedding reception, all while wearing a strappy bridal gown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sarah had her hair professionally styled and paid for a make-up artist and a bunch of roses for her fake wedding bouquet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She captioned the clip, “Yup I’m crazy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While her methods seem questionable, Sarah shared in the comments that her ex did text her after seeing the photos and joked that she had been “obsessed” with him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The viral video also had viewers divided on her methods.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Girl you went too far,” one wrote. “But that’s a nice hubby, you should have kept him.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another added: “I don’t hate this. Bravo!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A third said, “I mean, at least you look gorgeous!”</span></p>

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New Princess Charlotte photo evidence for Aussie "son" of Charles and Camilla

<p>A Queensland man who claims he is the secret love child of Prince Charles and Camilla has released a shocking series of new photographs comparing his family to members of the royal family.</p> <p>Simon Dorante-Day made global headlines since he went public with his claims that he says are a culmination of years of research.</p> <p>And now, the British-Australian man has featured Princess Charlotte, Prince Charles, Prince William, and other senior royals to further prove his claim.</p> <p>One comparison photograph has piqued interest for the “striking similarity” between Princess Charlotte and Dorante-Day’s daughter Meriam.</p> <p>Dorante-Day also released a photograph of his son Liam alongside Prince Charles and also Prince Andrew which surprised many with one observer saying there was “no denying this one”.</p> <p>Dorante-Day told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS.com.au</em></a><span> </span>that he himself is surprised by the resemblance between his children a number of other royals.</p> <p>“The one of Liam and Prince Charles really got me,” he said.</p> <p>Dorante-Day went on to say: “I think it’s really hard to look at that one and not see the resemblance, it’s pretty compelling.</p> <p>“The one with Princess Charlotte and our Meriam is also a head-turner. We have always had people tell us how much she looks like Charlotte - even by people who don’t know about our background.</p> <p>“But to see it in black and white is pretty hard to refute.</p> <p>“We are always receiving these sorts of comparisons that supporters on my Facebook page and royal fans and watchers have put together.</p> <p>“They’re always fascinating and definitely gives people food for thought.”</p> <p>A number of curious people have commented on the similarity between the Dorante-Day’s and British royal family members.</p> <p>“There is no denying here,” one person said.</p> <p>Another wrote: “I must say the area above the top lip is typical Windsor on all the children including yourself Simon.”</p> <p>Said one more: “Wow. it’s amazing how much you and your children look like the royal family I wish you good luck and hope the truth comes out in the end.”</p>

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University students jailed after finding KFC loophole

<p>A group of Chinese university students have been sentenced to up to two and a half years in jail after they found a loophole to receive AUD $40,000 worth of KFC.</p> <p>The university students from east China’s Jiangsu Province scammed KFC through their mobile apps,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1223171.shtml" target="_blank">the<span> </span><em>Global Times</em><span> </span>reports.</a></p> <p>The group obtained free KFC meals and made profits by reselling it.</p> <p>In total, the fast food giant had economic losses equating to 200,000 yuan ($40,000).</p> <p>One student discovered that through his WeChat account, he could get meals and coupons without fronting up the money.</p> <p>The young person would sell coupons as well as meals to make a profit.</p> <p>He would also order meals for himself.</p> <p>In the time period between April and October 2018, his dealings led for the company to lose over 58,000 yuan ($11,000).</p> <p>The other students that were part of the elaborate scam had losses that ranged from 8,900 yuan ($1700) to 47,000 yuan ($9400) each.</p> <p>The court ruled the main instigator, whose last name is Xu, would be given a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence, along with a 6000 yuan ($1200) fine.</p> <p>They were charged for “crimes of fraud and imparting criminal methods”.</p> <p>The other four scammers were sentenced from 15 months to two years in jail.</p> <p>They were also fined between 1000 yuan ($200) and 4000 yuan ($800).</p>

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These ‘tin heads’ are looking for apprentices

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Robert and Margaret Gaston realised they had a lot of tins some 16 years ago, it signalled the start of collecting spree.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today the West Australian duo have a collection of more than 12,000 unique tins on display in a huge shed on their Geraldton property dubbed the Tin Heads Museum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With some dating back hundreds of years, it wasn’t long before their collection drew overseas tourists, journalists, and even an international TV crew.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can claim the biggest collection in Australia,” Mr Gaston said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But as dementia started to affect Mrs Gaston’s memory and Mr Gaston’s health began declining, Robert started the search for the next generation of tin heads.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s too much history in the place to chuck it all away,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Tin Heads Museum is more than just a collection for the pair who relish finding new tins, discovering the stories behind them, and chatting with similarly-interested visitors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The oldest tin in their collection was made in about 1635.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another features Queen Victoria and dates from 151 years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You could come along and say ‘oh, my grandma used to have a tin like that and I was only allowed to have a biscuit when she said I could’. It brings back memories in people,” Mr Gaston said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The profits from museum visitors are all donated to the Heart Foundation, with Mr Gaston planning to hand over $2,000 this year alone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Gaston said the new owners could take the museum on as a business or donate the funds to a worthy cause.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was hoping to spend the rest of my life here but that’s not going to happen now,” Mr Gaston said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I would love to know </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">that it was going to be in good hands so that it can carry on because I would love to be able to come back myself in a few years' time and have a look at it again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And it should mean a lot to the people of Geraldton — that there's something in Geraldton that you won't find anywhere else in Australia.”</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: ABC</strong></p>

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Avoid these three things to maximise your retirement income

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Everyone wants to start their retirement with enough funds to live as comfortably as possible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the biggest sources of many Australians’ retirement incomes will be their super funds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, the banking royal commission found that super funds have some problems and don’t always serve our best interests as customers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are three traps to avoid that could potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars.</span></p> <p><strong>Falling for bigger returns</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Switching from an industry super fund to a retail fund might sound appealing, but the large returns these retail funds offer also come with high and potentially costly risks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on 7.30, Michelle Bradley-Smith detailed how a cold-call from a smooth talking financial advisor put her retirement at risk.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They were very persuasive,” she told the program.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With just $120,000 in her industry super account and rapidly approaching retirement, Ms Bradley-Smith was convinced to move her super from the industry fund into a higher-risk AMP account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He said that his company could make me another $24,000 as opposed to what the company I was with at the time could make me,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And it sounded like $24,000 extra when I only had seven years of work left. It sounded good.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the 2018 banking royal commission started repeatedly calling out AMP’s conduct, Ms Bradley-Smith realised she made a grievous error.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She paid more than $4,000 upfront to transfer her super and had committed thousands more in annual fees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the next six months, she watched as super balance began to shrink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After them telling me that they were there to make money, I lost … $7,000 and that’s not what I was there for,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I thought, ‘I’m going to be losing money. By the time I’m 67 I might not even have $100,00’.”</span></p> <p><strong>Having multiple accounts</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Approximately a third of Australian super accounts are known as “unintended multiples”, totalling about 10 million accounts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite campaigns aimed at reducing the problem, nearly 40 percent of Australians have more than one super account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not consolidating existing funds can mean you pay more in fees across all of your accounts, ultimately reducing the amount of money available when you retire.</span></p> <p><strong>Unnecessary insurance</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most super accounts come with multiple forms of insurance such as life insurance, and total and permanent disability insurance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When combined with multiple accounts, each coming with their own insurance, this can become a problem.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One in four Australians are not aware whether or not they have life insurance through their superannuation,” the Productivity Commission chairman Michael Brennan told 7.30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And one in six have duplicate accounts, which means they’re paying premiums on more than one account.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though this might not seem like much of a problem, it comes with some unintended consequences.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They can’t claim on both [accounts],” Mr Brennan said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that you might be paying for multiple forms of insurance and only gain some of the benefits when it comes to claiming them.</span></p>

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Four new stamps issued in memory of Prince Philip

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Four new stamps have been issued by the Royal Mail in the UK to remember the Duke of Edinburgh.</p> <p>The four stamps are in black-and-white and showcase the life of Prince Philip.</p> <p>The first stamp, which is a portrait of Prince Philip as a young man was taken by the photographer Baron whereas the second stamp is Prince Philip attending the passing out of his son, Prince Andrew, at Dartmouth Naval College.</p> <p>The third stamp is Philip at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the last stamp is a portrait taken by photographer Terry O'Neill.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We're proud to present a commemorative collection of stamps and collectibles honouring the life and work of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. <br /><br />Explore the collection: <a href="https://t.co/hvTzqbqIdm">https://t.co/hvTzqbqIdm</a> <a href="https://t.co/vI0t9KRebm">pic.twitter.com/vI0t9KRebm</a></p> — Royal Mail (@RoyalMail) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalMail/status/1392766571035123713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Simon Thompson, chief executive of Royal Mail, said: "Throughout adulthood, the Duke of Edinburgh dedicated himself to the service of this country, the Commonwealth and to the many causes he was involved with.</p> <p>"For more than seven decades he was at the centre of our national life. His passing is a key moment in our history which we mark with this set of commemorative stamps."</p> <p>The stamps are available for pre-order at a cost of £5.76 (NZD $11.27).</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Robert De Niro seriously injured on set of new movie

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robert De Niro is recovering after suffering a serious injury while filming.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">De Niro, 77, hurt one of his quad muscles while on the set of Martin Scorsese’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Killers of the Flower Moon</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Oklahoma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I tore my quad somehow … [It was] just a simple stepping over something and I just went down,” De Niro said in an interview with </span><a href="https://www.indiewire.com/2021/05/robert-de-niro-leg-injury-martin-scorsese-flower-moon-1234637854/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">IndieWire</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “The pain was excruciating and now I have to get it fixed. But it happens, especially when you get older; you have to be prepared for unexpected things.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily, the actor clarified that his injury was “manageable”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">De Niro went on to describe his role in the Scorcese film as a “sedentary” one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t move around a lot, thank god. So we’ll manage,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://people.com/movies/robert-de-niro-leg-injury-update-pain-was-excruciating/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">People</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine, De Niro returned to New York to receive medical treatment for the injury on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A representative for the actor reportedly told the magazine De Niro’s departure “will not affect production as he was not scheduled to film again for another three weeks.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">De Niro will play cattleman William Hale alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play Ernest Burkhart, Hale’s nephew.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The movie, set in 1920s Oklahoma, is currently being produced by AppleTV+. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Based on the nonfiction book written by journalist David Grann, the film will dive into the serial murders of the Osage Nation that sparked a “major investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover”, according to </span><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5537002/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">IMDb</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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Awkward Ellen’s uncomfortable Oprah Winfrey interview

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the announcement that </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/ellen-sensationally-quits"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen DeGeneres will quit her talk show</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after 18 months of scandal, a question from Oprah Winfrey left her speechless.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres show, Oprah mostly avoided bombshell questions, instead asking questions like “How are you actually feeling? How are you </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">really</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> feeling?” of her friend of over 25 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winfrey also ignored the many allegations of bullying, misconduct, and a toxic workplace environment that have plagued </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ellen Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> recently.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn’t until Oprah brought up one topic that the very real differences between the two stars was revealed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen appeared visibly uncomfortable as Oprah spoke about the guilt she felt finishing </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Oprah Winfrey Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2011 after 25 seasons and the knowledge that the decision would affect the huge team of employees that had “built their financial life” on the show continuing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When you have a large staff as you do, as I did, that staff becomes your family. These are your tribe; these are your people. You would not be who you are without those people doing the work that a lot of people don’t recognise is going on behind the scenes,” Oprah said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You often don’t think, as I often didn’t think, when you’re looking at people: Car insurance, mortgages, college educations being paid … for everybody on that staff, they have built their financial life, their family life, based on this show,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For me that was hard too.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen couldn’t hide her discomfort by that point, looking off camera and fidgeting with her hands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staying silent, Oprah moved the conversation along and the show soon went to a commercial break.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.53846153846155px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841216/ellen.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6d1acee106b24fc5869c4b2c48707b0a" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At another point in the interview, Oprah told her friend she expected she would “miss the camaraderie of the audience” once </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ellen Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> wraps up next year, and asked Ellen what it had been like telling the crew.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was hard,” Ellen said. “There were tears … It was really hard.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I DO love everyone here, we DO have a relationship … I wanted to give them a year to celebrate with me and stay with me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But just hours after Ellen’s announcement, former producer Hedda Muskat slammed the host in an </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/she-was-not-holding-back-former-ellen-producer-s-parting-shot"><span style="font-weight: 400;">explosive interview with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Muskat was one of the first producers hired during the show’s debut season and claimed viewers had finally “woken up” to Ellen’s true nature.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long time now. Her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting, and she’s not really ‘stepping down’ - the viewers fired her,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When asked what she thought DeGeneres should do after her show comes to an end, Muskat said her former employer should “work on a farm with all of the animals and the pets and the dogs and the cows and the pigs because she can relate to animals far more than she does with people.”</span></p> <p><strong>Image credits: YouTube</strong></p>

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Friends is back 17 years later!

<p>A Friends reunion special at HBO Max is finally coming after being long-delayed.</p> <p><em>Friends: The Reunion</em><span> </span>will debut on HBO Max on May 27.</p> <p>The special show will debut exactly one year after it was originally set to hit the stream service.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the program had to be delayed multiple times due to production shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p><em>Friends: The Reunion</em><span> </span>was originally set to film in February 2020 but was only able to begin filming in April.</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/CO0h9nnnNwi/?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/CO0h9nnnNwi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Kudrow (@lisakudrow)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Familiar faces are set to hit<span> </span><em>Friends</em><span> </span>including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.</p> <p>The iconic group returned to the iconic comedy's original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.</p> <p>Variety reported in 2020 that each of the six stars were paid at least US$2.5 million (approx. $3.2 million) for participating in the special.</p> <p>A number of A-listers are also set to appear in<span> </span><em>Friends: The Reunion<span> </span></em>including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Cara Delevingne, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon Lady Gaga, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck and Malala Yousafzai.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841218/lisa-kurow.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ca1fc73db260413ca66c3350da7689e6" /></p> <p>The special was directed by Ben Winston.</p> <p>The executive producers included Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.</p> <p>While the exact cost of WarnerMedia keeping the rights to the original<span> </span><em>Friends<span> </span></em>is not disclosed, reports suggest the streaming service is paying US$400 million (approx. $518 million).</p>

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Audiobooks could help supercharge your hearing

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than 400,000 audiobooks available to download on your device of choice, their appeal continues to grow.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But for those who have trouble hearing, audiobooks can seem like a hard way to enjoy a good book. Whether your hearing has been affected since you were young or it has started to decline more recently, audiobooks can be more helpful than you might realise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you want to improve your hearing skills, you might be considering - or have already started - an auditory training program. You might be a candidate for auditory training if you are getting a hearing aid for the first time or have trouble understanding speech despite having ‘normal’ hearing, a condition called “hidden hearing loss”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently, specialised programs and smartphone apps are available and are designed to feel like a video game when you interact with them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those of us who like a good story and dramatic voices, audiobooks are a great candidate for auditory training while enjoying literature.</span></p> <p><strong>Why audiobooks?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since hearing is about recognising </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> interpreting sounds, Nancy Tye-Murray, AuD and professor at Washington University School of Medicine, says audiobooks help us exercise “those linguistic areas of your brain that are crucial for comprehension”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can also use them to practise listening to and understanding foreign accents or multiple people speaking at the same time - minus the social pressure and with the option to rewind anytime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Those with hearing aids can even stream audiobooks directly into their hearing aids via Bluetooth, depending on how advanced the technology is.</span></p> <p><strong>How to get started</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rather than diving into the deep end, you can find an audio version of a book you own a physical copy of, meaning that you can read and listen simultaneously.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Tye-Murray, it’s best to start off in a quiet space and by listening to a book with a male narrator, since lower pitches are usually easier to hear.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adjusting the speed can also help, starting at a lower speed than normal speech and increasing it as your skills improve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But before you pick up your physical book, Tye-Murray recommends listening at a slower speed without reading along “until you’re comfortable with changing to normal speed”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Start really paying attention to how much you comprehend,” she said. “After you finish listening to a chapter, you might jot down a few sentences that capture the essence of the chapter” to help you strengthen your brain’s comprehension muscles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you’re comfortable with lower pitched voices, you could choose one narrated by a woman and repeat the same steps.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since listening can be tiring, it’s important to pace yourself too. 20 minutes to half an hour is a good place to start and you can always rewind if you lose focus.</span></p>

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Mystery shrouds Michael Schumacher as wife lists Geneva mansion

<p><span>Michael Schumacher's wife is selling their mansion on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, reports say.</span><br /><br /><span>Corinna Schumacher has listed the renowned 20,000 square-metre farmhouse on the market for £5 million ($AU9 million), according to German magazine <em>Bunte</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The Schumachers bought the "Sur le Moulin" estate in 2002 for £3 million, and not long after Michael would go on to win his fifth F1 world title.</span><br /><br /><span>The Schumacher family have reportedly left the home mostly vacant, and are moving to another home in Gland where Michael can continue his rehabilitation.</span><br /><br /><span>The Lake Geneva house has been described as "an exceptional property in a quiet and protected location".</span><br /><br /><span>“After the Schumachers moved, the house was left without permanent residents," reported <em>Bunte</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>"At times, their housekeepers and bodyguards stayed there. Corinna Schumacher’s horses also grazed on a two-acre site some time ago.”</span><br /><br /><span>Schumacher faced horrifying head injuries in a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps in 2013, and his current condition remains a mystery to the public.</span><br /><br /><span>While most information is not available, Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari revealed he’s had opportunities to visit the former driver.</span><br /><br /><span>Jean Todt says the Formula One legend has been able to follow son Mick's career as he follows in his dad’s footsteps.</span><br /><br /><span>“Of course he is following him,” Todt told <em>RTL France.</em></span><br /><br /><span>Todt has been visiting Schumacher monthly and shares information on his condition.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” Todt told <em>RTL</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights.</span><br /><br /><span>“We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”</span><br /><br /><span>Schumacher won five consecutive World Drivers’ Championships with Todt by his side from 2000 to 2004.</span><br /><br /><span>In January 2020, a leading neurosurgeon told fans that Schumacher would be “very altered” and “deteriorated”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We must imagine a person very different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and deteriorated organic, muscular and skeletal structure,” Nicola Acciari told Contro Copertina.</span><br /><br /><span>“All as a result of the brain trauma he suffered.”</span><br /><br /><span>The comments came after Todt said Schumacher is “still fighting”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true," Todt said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house. He does not give up and keeps fighting.</span><br /><br /><span>“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship cannot be the same as it once was just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Hotel where Michael Hutchence died sells for 300 percent profit

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay, the spot where Princess Diana stayed in 1996 and INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was found deceased in 1997 has been sold for $180m to an apartment developer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sources told the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wentworth Courier</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the deal was brokered by the Agency’s Steven Chen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The buyer, Melbourne apartment developer Fridcorp, later released a statement confirming the purchase of the refurbished 140-room hotel, refurbished by Bates Smart, and land in a joint venture with Piety Group from vendor Shanghai Group, who had paid $140m four years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 3670-square-metre luxury hotel originally opened as a Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1991 and was the hotel of choice in the 90s for famous guests, including Princess Diana, Madonna, Bill Clinton, and Elton John.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The circa $180m price tag is triple the $60m that the site sold for only eight years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is understood the deal was done on Friday, May 7.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3PG1gNlTij/?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/B3PG1gNlTij/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by InterContinental Double Bay (@intercontinentaldoublebay)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Several other prominent Sydney-based apartment developers are known to have been interested in the hotel and given its record price, sources say it “Absolutely must be a development site”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement sent to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Courier</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Fridcorp confirmed the sale and noted that in 2011, Woollahra Council granted a permit to demolish the existing hotel and take advantage of the gorgeous harbour views by adding an eight-storey residential building and retail offering. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prior to this, the hotel was rebranded as the Sir Stamford Double Bay in 2001 and operated until 2009, then underwent a complete facelift and became the Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay in 2014.</span></p>

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Mind-blowing historical “time capsule” discovered in café rafters

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When workers were peeling back the old walls of the Liverpool eatery, they weren’t expecting to find a fragile piece of culinary history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The menu, dated from Wednesday, 15 January 1913, belonged to the former Yamen Caf</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Bold Street and was just one of the artifacts found in the rafters of LEAF, the ca</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that now occupies the same site on Bold Street.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staff of the LEAF Caf</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in central Liverpool said the discovery had “blown their minds”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The historical menu offered an appetising selection of “refreshments, luncheons and afternoon teas”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">LEAF founder and owner Natalie Haywood told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the discovery was almost “creepy” since LEAF sells specialty teas just like its predecessor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Specials of the day included sweetbreads and peas, irish stew, and banana fritters, and the set menu featured boiled fowl, tournedos bearnaise, and meringues chantilly with pears, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of the port city at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A bowl of tomato on the menu cost four old pennies, the equivalent of £1.20 (AUD$2.14) today.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 499.99999999999994px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841121/_118384859_menu.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/16062d041de84dfea92c5f15a5773802" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haywood said, “When I saw it I was staggered, it’s like a time capsule hidden in the walls.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To see what they were doing then, how forward-thinking and creative as a restaurant, is so inspiring.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We have always known this is a historic building but having the menu in our hands has made it all feel real, something dating back to the First World War.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a food historian, the menu wasn’t the typical fare for average working class Liverpudlians of the time and the prices were out of reach for most.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bryce Evens, associate professor in history at Liverpool Hope University, said it was aimed at an “upper middle class clientele” and that the “meaty” menu had a continental influence “typical only of the better-off in Britain at the time”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a bustling maritime city, the foreign dishes and wider use of vegetables on Yamen’s menu illustrated Liverpool’s “cosmopolitanism” and “status as a major city of empire and trade and exchange”, Mr Evans said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the area now has a “bohemian” feel, Bold Street was the equivalent of London’s Bond Street in 1913, boasting car showrooms, high-end clothing stores, and fine dining.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841120/_118385638_hat.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/095667b65361449884f60465b7e60e46" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with the 108-year-old menu, other finds included a waiter’s hat with “Yamen” embroidered on the rim, instructions for the English card game whist, and a packet of playing cards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haywood said the items were found in the rafters of the mezzanine, which was being transformed from an office space into an area for private events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Down came fluttering from the ceiling this menu from 108 years ago. It’s in absolutely unbelievable condition,” Haywood said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With this find, LEAF now plans to recreate some of the dishes as a tribute to the Yamen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two permanent additions to the menu will be the Irish stew and Welsh rabbit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once lockdown restrictions are lifted in England and the refurbishment is complete, Haywood also plans to host a special evening where a more extensive range of the menu items will be served.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credits: LEAF</strong></p>

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