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Top 9 most memorable Motown songs

<p><strong>Master blast from the past.</strong><br />Created by Berry Gordy the MOTOWN record label was born in 1959 in Detroit Michigan. Tambourines, hand clapping, blasting brass sections the MOTOWN sound is unmistakeable.</p> <p><strong>1. Stop In the Name Of Love, Supremes - 1965</strong><br />This MOTOWN classic has become an anthem over the years with Diana Ross up front singing her heart out.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UGJQPkfwlAc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> <strong>2. I heard it Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye - 1967</strong></p> <p>This song was covered by almost everyone in the MOTWN family but its Marvin’s’ version that has stood the test of time</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BYFt1P6C6ng" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> <strong>3. My Girl, The Temptations - 1964</strong></p> <p>David Ruffin sings along to that bass guitar makes this feel good song unforgettable. It does not matter how many times you hear it, this Motown classic still gets you swaying and smiling.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e4oasdg8JZ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. Superstition, Stevie Wonder - 1972</strong><br />Stevie Wonder is one of Detroit’s favourite sons and when he belts this track out there is no mistaking the brilliance of Stevie</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0CFuCYNx-1g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. Tracks Of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - 1965</strong><br />Smokey sings his broken heart out, proving you can still dance to a sad love song.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rNS6D4hSQdA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. Reach Out, Four Tops - 1966</strong><br />You never get sick of Levi Stubbs heartfelt lead vocals on this track, one of the Four Tops most recognizable hits</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c56Sj7kMbLk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. Dancing In The Street, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - 1964</strong><br />This songs makes you get up and dance every time its<br />played.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9KhbM2mqhCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. Aint No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - 1967</strong><br />Later covered by the legendary Diana Ross but this motown classic by Marvin and Tammi is the original and the best.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xz-UvQYAmbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. Lets Get It On, Marvin Gaye - 1973</strong><br />One of the sexiest songs ever written and Marvin delivers it to perfection. Nothing else to say really.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x6QZn9xiuOE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/top-10-most-memorable-motown-songs.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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5 reasons to go to Western Australia

<p>There's a lot to see and do in Australia's largest state. The natural beauty of the state can be breathtaking.</p> <p><strong>Wildflowers</strong></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqkKb4il9qg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BqkKb4il9qg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Emily Hudson (@emilyhudson12)</a> on Nov 24, 2018 at 5:38am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>WA’s wildflower season begins in September and sweeps south until end of November. Wildflowers are already blooming on WA’s mid-north coast. South-west WA boasts 8000 unique varieties of wildflowers. One of the best places to see them is the Margaret River region, particularly along the 135-kilometre Cape to Cape Track.</p> <p>Stirling Range National Park, Albany and the Fitzgerald River National Park near Esperance also have great wildflower displays. Kings Park Botanic Garden in Perth showcases 3000 of WA’s 12,000 species of native flora. If you can only make it to Perth – you should stop here for a walk. </p> <p><strong>Waterfalls</strong></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BspXkjHl6Zj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BspXkjHl6Zj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Halls Creekmotel (@halls_creek_motel)</a> on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:12pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>WA doesn’t do ordinary waterfalls. It has the only two horizontal waterfalls in the world. Both can be found in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. </p> <p>Tidal fluctuations force an extraordinary amount of water through two narrow cliff passages. This creates a discrepancy with the ocean level of up to four meters and a unique waterfall effect. To see it for yourself head to the Kimberley Towns of Broome or Derby. From there you can take a tour of the falls by boat or plane. </p> <p><strong>The world’s largest outdoor gallery</strong></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsLJDj6Fnsc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BsLJDj6Fnsc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Robin Mascall (@aussierob78)</a> on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:28am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The white salt plains of Lake Ballard in WA house a collection of 51 individually cast black chromium steel sculptures designed by artist Antony Gormley. This incredible gallery is 10km long. Each sculpture represents a local resident of Menzies, a town 45 minutes drive away from Lake Ballard. </p> <p>The best times to visit the gallery are early morning or late afternoon. That’s when the shadows are long and stretch across the lake. Allow at least two hours to fully appreciate Lake Ballard. WA tourism also recommends you walk with a friend and always carry water with you. </p> <p><strong>Quokkas</strong></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqFbxYrhz5J/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BqFbxYrhz5J/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Wombat &amp; Friends (@wombatandfriends)</a> on Nov 12, 2018 at 7:13am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>WA is the only place in the world where you can take a quokka selfie. The cheerful-looking marsupials are mainly found on Rottnest Island near Perth. Quokkas have round compact bodies and tend to be about the same size as a cat.  They are herbivores and they tend to be most active at night. But you will still see plenty around in the day to take photos with. </p> <p><strong>The Margaret River </strong><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BseFMzslZJQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BseFMzslZJQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chasing Waterfalls (@_annabelclaire_)</a> on Jan 10, 2019 at 2:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Margaret River is WA’s premium wine region. It has more than 100 wineries as well as boutique breweries, art galleries and fine restaurants. The region produces about 15 per cent of Australia’s premium wine including Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate and Moss Wood. </p> <p>It’s not just about the wine. In the Margaret River, you can easily go from award-winning wineries to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests and ancient caves. The region is also known for big wave surfing, rock climbing canoeing and whale watching tours. </p> <p>Have you been to Western Australia? What was it like? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Alison Godfrey.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/western-australia-why-go/">MyDiscoveries</a>.</em></p>

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Betty White turns 97! Here's her secret to a long life

<p>Six time Emmy award winner Betty White has nearly been around for an entire century. As the star has turned 97 recently, she shared with <a rel="noopener" href="https://parade.com/634316/samuelmurrian/betty-white-on-her-legacy-memories-and-her-recipe-for-living-a-long-happy-life/" target="_blank">Parade </a>her favourite memories and how she’s managed to live a long and happy life.</p> <p>“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.” White revealed.</p> <p>White’s life tips tend to focus on the positive side of life.</p> <p>“Enjoy life,” she says. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”</p> <p>As she’s had a lot of time to focus and reflect upon her life, there’s not a lot White tends to dwell on.</p> <p>“I don’t have time to miss much,” she says, “because I’m still working.”</p> <p>“I just love to work, so I’ll keep working until they stop asking.”</p> <p>She also gave some straight-forward advice for the new-comers in the brutal world of show business.</p> <p>“Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared,” she says.</p> <p>“Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”</p> <p>Speaking of show business, she’s not worried about the entertainment industry’s fate either as a new generation of funny men and women break through the ranks.</p> <p>“I think the business is in pretty good shape; I don’t have to fix it.” She smiles. “I will, but I don’t have to.</p>

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Bride-to-be labelled as “ungrateful brat” for hating engagement ring

<p>A bride-to-be has been slammed as “ungrateful” after she complained that her partner proposed to her with a family heirloom instead of the “blingy” ring she had originally asked for.</p> <p>The anonymous woman took to online forum<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.weddingbee.com/" target="_blank">Wedding Bee</a><span> </span>to discuss her “hate” for the ring that her boyfriend of 10 years proposed with.</p> <p>“A few months ago, my boyfriend asked me to send him photos of the ring styles I liked and I told him exactly what I wanted,” she wrote, describing her dream jewel as a “larger canary yellow diamond ring on yellow gold”.</p> <p>She further added, “I like really blingy looks.”</p> <p>Shortly after, his family got involved. “His mother called me later … she wanted me to have his grandmother’s ring.”</p> <p>The proposal finally came early in the year. “The ring he gave him is with his grandmother’s diamond which I didn’t want and I’m suppose [sic] to pass it down to our future children,” she wrote.</p> <p>“At first I liked the ring … but the more days that go by the more I hate it.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">'Ungrateful' woman HATES her family heirloom engagement ring  <a href="https://t.co/w1gDRdRvOF">https://t.co/w1gDRdRvOF</a> <a href="https://t.co/KGLLI8Q8V6">pic.twitter.com/KGLLI8Q8V6</a></p> — The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottishSun/status/1085850579073683456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>People were quick to call her out for being a “brat”.</p> <p>“That’s a big blingy ring,” wrote one user. “You sound extremely ungrateful. Hate is such a strong word. That’s his grandmothers ring that you say you hate. How disrespectful.”</p> <p>“I understand you’re disappointed it isn’t the large yellow diamond you wanted, but the stone you got is lovely,” said another. “I wouldn’t say anything until you’ve let a lot of time pass, because it will sound extremely ungrateful.”</p> <p>However, others sympathised with the woman, saying the bride-to-be’s disappointment was understandable.</p> <p>“I don’t think it’s ungrateful at all to want to love your ring!” one said. “You should probably talk about it (calmly) with him before any resentment builds.”</p> <p>“I’m not a fan of the idea that a woman should just shut up and be happy that their boyfriend proposed,” another user chimed in. “You have to wear this ring and be proud of it every day – not him, not his mother.”</p> <p>Do you think the woman has the right to be angry? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Man banned from cruise following dangerous stunt

<p>The Royal Caribbean cruise company has banned a man for life after his dangerous stunt went viral on the Internet.</p> <p>Nick Naydev, a 27-year-old passenger from Washington, US, posted a video on Instagram of him jumping off the 11th floor deck of the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship and into the ocean when the vessel was docked in Nassau, Bahamas. </p> <p>In the video, Naydev’s friends could be seen watching and laughing as Naydev took the leap.</p> <p>The video, which was posted last Friday, has racked up 118,908 views as at the time of writing.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsgYghHnrsF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BsgYghHnrsF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nick Naydev (@naydev91)</a> on Jan 11, 2019 at 11:28am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Naydev said on Instagram that he was intoxicated at the time. </p> <p>“I was still drunk from the previous night,” he wrote.</p> <p>He also informed his followers that for the following three days, he could barely walk and sleep from the pain. “My feet were actually fine. It was my neck and tailbone that hurt… I’m good now.”</p> <p>After the Royal Caribbean staff found him in the ocean, Naydev and his friends were kicked off the ship and told to find their own way back home from the Bahamas.</p> <p>According to <em>Fox 13 News</em>, Royal Caribbean contacted the local police, but no charges were made. </p> <p>“When the cops showed up they were super chil [sic] and actually laughed at the video,” Naydev wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>A friend of Naydev said the man was known for attempting stunts like this. </p> <p>“He’s jumped from those kind[s] of heights before, and we didn’t really care about the consequences with the cruise company,” Konstantin Kryachun, who filmed the jump, told <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/man-gets-banned-royal-caribbean-cruises-jumping-off-ship-viral-fame-205324887.html"><em>Yahoo! Lifestyle</em></a>.</p> <p>“We just wanted to get a video of it and make it go viral.”</p> <p>The viral clip prompted the cruise company to take further action.</p> <p>“This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. </p> <p>“We are exploring legal action.”</p>

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5 movies that best depict life in older age

<p>There is nothing better than putting your feet up on a Saturday afternoon and watching a good movie. With so many films, it can be difficult to choose a movie that best suits you. To help out, we’ve put together a list of 5 movies that best reflect life after 50. From the humorous and hilarious, to the meaningful and challenging moments that come in this season of life, these movies are sure to entertain you. </p> <p><strong>The Notebook (2004)</strong> <br />This tale of love and loss based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel is a favourite for people of all ages. Told from the perspective of a war veteran, we soon realise that he is telling his ailing wife the story of how they met. This tale of young romance and a love that surpasses time, circumstance and health will resonate with you. </p> <p><strong>Meet The Fockers (2004)</strong><br />Everyone loves a good laugh, and this comedy starring Robert DeNiro as the eccentric father-in-law of Ben Stiller’s character, will have you in hysterics. Depicting the highs and lows that occur when two very different families combine, this film is filled with heart-warming and hilarious moments. </p> <p><strong>It’s Complicated (2009)</strong><br />Love does’t always run smoothly, and Meryl Streep’s performance as a divorcee who continually has flings with her ex is a hilarious crack-up. </p> <p><strong>Christmas With The Kranks (2004)</strong> <br />Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis reveal what life with an empty nest is like when they decide to ‘skip’ Christmas and go on a second honeymoon. Everything goes pear-shaped when their adult daughter decides to come home for the holidays, and we see them find the balance between enjoying retirement on their terms and caring for their daughter. </p> <p><strong>The Bucket List (2007)</strong> <br />Our retirement is the prime time of our life, so what happens when we throw caution to the wind and decide to live out our dreams? Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, this poignant story of two friends as they travel and fulfil their life's ambitions is sure to inspire you. </p> <p>So, shut the curtains, turn the lights off, fire up the popcorn, kick back and enjoy!</p> <p>What’s your favourite movie? Leave a comment below. </p> <p><em>Written by Jessica Morris. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/5-movies-that-best-depict-life-after-50.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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Why are humans such avid collectors?

<p>From the time we were cave dwellers exploring our surroundings, there has always been something intrinsic about human nature that makes us love to collect things.</p> <p>Centuries later, as we ventured forth to discover news lands, collecting became the norm — as a matter of record — but also to reflect individual passions and a sense of place.</p> <p><strong>Status and nostalgia</strong></p> <p>In some circles, collecting has come to represent wealth and prestige, or in cases of largesse, philanthropy. In 2016, for example, French billionaire Francois Pinault announced he would donate his large private art collection worth more than $1.4 billion to a new museum in Paris.</p> <p>For us more budget-conscious folk, whether it’s stamps, porcelain dolls, rare records, coins, fine china, or vintage t-shirts, many of us are drawn to collecting items that say something distinctive about who we are or a time in our lives where our identities were forged. It's not hard to imagine a punk rocker who collects Doc Martens boots to pay homage to the 1980s.</p> <p>Indeed, collectibles are often steeped in nostalgia. They can be a link to our past, people we love, a bygone era we admire, or they may represent a hoped-for rags-to-riches find.</p> <p>There is something gorgeous about seeing a casual collector discover that something they bought for next to nothing could now fetch them a handsome sum. Who hasn’t heard the story of someone buying a work of art in a quaint old shop in the middle of nowhere, only to later have it valued and find it is worth a bomb?</p> <p><strong>Gathering and observing</strong></p> <p>The great thing about collectibles is that we can act as both gatherer and observer. Some of us love to do the gathering and some of us prefer to look at what other people are fascinated by.</p> <p>Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of TV programs which scratch that itch, from The Collectors to Antique Roadshow to the late Peter Wherrett’s Torque, which was ostensibly about motor cars but one could argue it was about a collection of snazzy and not-so snazzy vehicles Wherrett wanted to show off.</p> <p><strong>The psychology of collecting</strong></p> <p>Such is our fascination with collectibles that some psychologists have asked why we have this urge. Those in the field of psychology seem keen to find the answer, and depending who you talk to, they will either assert that they have a pretty clear idea or that it’s still a subject for hot debate.</p> <p>Even Sigmund Freud had a theory about why we love collecting things — he thought it had to do with our need to feel like we have control over our environment, and that starts when a child begins potty training.</p> <p>Others psychologists agree collecting can start early in life. Psychologist Dr Rebecca Spelman says our fascination with collecting objects begins when we’re young. A fluffy blanket or favourite teddy bear teaches us that it is possible to have an emotional bond with an object. We then develop a positive relationship with the idea of holding on to and amassing material things.</p> <p>A more worrying theory about collecting is that there is a fine line between it and hoarding. Some people collect to deal with grief or a sense of loss in their life, which can turn into hoarding as this acts as a comfort and a way to keep the world out.</p> <p><strong>A collecting community</strong></p> <p>Collecting takes many forms and there are many communities to support it — some strait-laced, some more outrageous — which mirror and support these passions.</p> <p>However, it can also sometimes be difficult to find out important details or a valuation about a prized object.</p> <p>WYZA’s General Manager Scott-Bradley Pearce says a “fantastic old teapot” which belonged to his partner’s grandmother was rather a mystery for quite some time.<br />“We had very little information about the teapot and it took quite some research for us to find out where it came from and about the maker,” he says. “The problem was that it was made in the UK and there were no local specialists in Australia I could find to value it.”</p> <p>If you could access an online collecting community, which included valuations, would you use it? And what other things would you need? Let us know in the comments below?</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/why-are-humans-such-avid-collectors.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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The Palace announces Duchess Kate's surprise new project

<p>For the past three months, Duchess Kate has been working on a special project – and the Palace finally revealed it on Tuesday. The Duchess of Cambridge is creating a garden for the annual Chelsea Flower Show in May.</p> <p>The announcement came as the Duchess made her first official engagement of the year at King Henry’s Walk Garden in London.</p> <p>Titled “RHS Back to Nature Garden”, the Duchess’s garden has been designed in collaboration with award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects.</p> <p>“[The Duchess] is very hands on, model making, emailing images, coming up with all the ideas that we want to capture,” said Davies. “She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas.”</p> <p>Davies also revealed that Duchess Kate “has a clear idea of the colour palette she wants” and an interest in using natural materials.</p> <p>The woodland-themed garden is hoped to “recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said.</p> <p>Sue Biggs, director general of the show’s organiser Royal Horticultural Society said the Duchess’s contribution will help encourage individuals of all walks of life to embrace nature.</p> <p>“For over 200 years the RHS has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, for health and wellbeing and to help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to learn and grow,” said Biggs.</p> <p>“So, to have the Duchess advocating this with us, and to be continuing our partnership with NHS England will, we're sure, further highlight the powerful benefit that access to gardens, nature and growing plants can have for all our health and happiness.”</p> <p>The Duchess is also set to continue working with Davies and White on two further gardens for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July and the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in the fall.</p>

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Australian Open’s official water bottles spark outrage

<p>The Australian Open’s official choice of bottled water has baffled the public for the second year in a row.</p> <p>As fans came out to watch the first day of the Melbourne tennis tournament on Monday, they found something strange about the bottled water made available by the Open organisers.</p> <p>“Turns out the ‘official water of the Australian Open’ is Chinese,” reporter Rachel Baxendale posted on Twitter. “In what universe do we need to import bottled water?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just bought a bottle of water at the tennis. Turns out the "official water of the <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a>" is Chinese. In what universe do we need to import bottled water? <a href="https://t.co/HGYDqoawRr">pic.twitter.com/HGYDqoawRr</a></p> — Rachel Baxendale (@rachelbaxendale) <a href="https://twitter.com/rachelbaxendale/status/1084746524259577856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The water came from the Shenzhen-based brand Ganten, which has also sponsored the International Volleyball Federation and soccer team Juventus.</p> <p>Senator Derryn Hinch chimed in on the Twitter post, suggesting the lucrative nature of the sponsorship.</p> <p>“In a universe where the deal was worth millions of dollars a year to Tennis Australia,” Hinch said.</p> <p>Many Aussies were disappointed that the organisers did not tap an Australian brand, while others questioned the need to provide bottled water at all, given the availability of clean water fountains.</p> <p>This is the Open’s second year with Ganten, after partnering with US brand Titan Fitness Water in 2016 and Aussie-made Frantelle in 2017.</p> <p>In response to the same controversy last year, Tennis Australia said the Open had “a long history of partnering with international brands” given its “global” nature.</p> <p>“Australian Open … attracted fans from 72 countries and was broadcast on 65 channels to more than 220 territories and 900 million households,” said the governing body.</p> <p>“It is a truly global event … The Australian Open continues to expand its global reach and partnerships, which helps to grow the sport at all levels in Australia.”</p> <p>Tennis Australia has not commented on the continued partnership this year.</p>

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The moment that broke Andy Murray: "I've never had that"

<p><span>Andy Murray was sent to tears at the Australian Open on Monday night as the Melbourne Arena crowd gave him a standing ovation in what might be his last professional match.</span></p> <p>The game was at 5-1 in the fifth set, and Murray was about to serve when the crowd showed their respect for the 31-year-old Brit.</p> <p>The two-time Wimbledon champion responded by wiping his tears and raising his racket in appreciation. He went on to hold his serve, and the game soon ended with the 6-4 6-4 6-7 (7-5) 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 victory of Murray’s opponent, Roberto Bautista-Agut.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Murray receives a standing ovation from the crowd before he serves in the fifth set 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/cH27iOZc5K">pic.twitter.com/cH27iOZc5K</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1084782710009286656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end."<br /><br />- Andy Murray 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/84qZiqau1C">pic.twitter.com/84qZiqau1C</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1084789219388739584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In the post-match conference, Murray said he was “really appreciative” of the audience. </p> <p>“I was emotional at that moment,” said Murray to reporters.</p> <p>“It was cool. I don’t think I’ve had that before in any matches. I don’t know if when I came to serve at Wimbledon for Wimbledon, I don’t know if that happened. Look, it was brilliant.”</p> <p>Murray said the match would make a great end to his 14-year career in tennis. </p> <p>“I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done without the amount I’ve been able to practice and train, you know, whatever,” said Murray.</p> <p>“I’d be OK with that being my last match.”</p> <p>Murray is currently facing a dilemma between taking a surgery on his chronic hip injury or playing a farewell match at Wimbledon in July.</p> <p>“Having an operation like that, there’s absolutely no guarantees I’d be able to play again,” said Murray.</p> <p>“That is the decision that I have to make. It will improve my quality of life, I’ll be in less pain doing normal things like walking around and putting your shoes on.”</p>

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Pregnant Duchess Meghan returns to work with growing bump

<p>Duchess Meghan is back to work after a relaxing Christmas and New Year break as she visited women at Smart Works in London.</p> <p>Before making an appearance, the 37-year-old was named the charity’s new Royal Patron as well as becoming the Patron of the National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.</p> <p>Both of those roles will be handed down by The Queen.</p> <p>The Duchess arrived at the women’s charity with her growing baby bump on Thursday morning, as she appeared polished and simple. Her makeup was done in her usual minimal fashion, and her hair was styled in a slicked back bun.</p> <p>Meghan was greeted by Juliet Hughes-Hallett, the founder of Smart Works and took part in a panel with other volunteers on how to further help over 11,000 unemployed women as they make their way into the working world.</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/BsddSNIlM76/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsddSNIlM76/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duchess of Sussex visits @smartworkscharity, after this morning’s announcement Her Royal Highness will be its Patron. The charity helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. After dropping into a roundtable discussion with volunteers and clients, The Duchess met some of the women who have been successful in their interviews after being coached at @smartworkscharity. Many of these women have come from prison, job centres, care homes and homeless shelters – where they have been unsuccessful in over 20 applications. Several women shared their stories with The Duchess today and told HRH how the charity has given the self-belief to improve their lives.📷PA</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 10, 2019 at 8:11am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This isn’t the first time the royal has visited the organisation, as since becoming an official member of the royal family, the Duchess has met with the women a number of times before.</p> <p>The charity organisation focuses on dressing and coaching 3,500 women across the UK so they can gather the confidence to land a job.</p> <p>Meghan also helped style a woman named Patsy as she prepared for a job interview.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BseNRFiBrsm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BseNRFiBrsm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by womensweeklymag (@womensweeklymag)</a> on Jan 10, 2019 at 3:10pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duchess of Sussex was beaming with joy as she walked through the racks of clothes and accessories, while meeting many women in need along the way.</p> <p>One of those women was Ruma, who was unemployed for close to a year before nabbing a part-time job.</p> <p>She visited the charity as she needed new outfits for her job.</p> <p>In regard to the Royal appointment, Juliet said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works.</p> <p>“An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives.</p> <p>“The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”</p>

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Cruise through time: The coast of Papua New Guinea

<p>It’s like stepping back to an earlier age when foreign travel really was exploration where anything can happen. PNG is a land that has many attractions ranging from excellent diving, world-renowned walks, rare flora and fauna, and hot springs and volcanoes. There’s an exotic foreignness in this near neighbour.</p> <p>The coast and islands are beautiful. Elsewhere that spells over-development: seek untrammelled golden sands and you’ll find it shaded by highrise hotels; look for fish and coral living in unpolluted topical waters and you’d find you’ve arrived long after the developers. In PNG you are well ahead of the rush.</p> <p><strong>Tufi<br /></strong>The coast surprises in its diversity. Arriving by sea to Tufi, a clifftop village with a population of just 400 people, you cruise into what can only be described as a beautiful jungle-fringed fiord. From here you can go deep-sea fishing or scuba diving, or take a short walk to seek huge birdwing butterflies. Besides these, the world’s largest butterflies, PNG boasts 2000 species of orchids and over 700 bird species including 43 Birds of Paradise.</p> <p>At a pretty nearby beach you can swim and snorkel amongst the coral. Or head up a river accompanied by a colourful local guide. An aluminium tinny takes you part way up the river, to transfer to dugout outrigger canoes fitted with bamboo platforms on which to luxuriated while young local girls skilfully paddle the craft under fallen trees and around sand bars.</p> <p>Eventually, you arrived at a glorious river beach enclosed by high hills and broad leaf vegetation. Here the men of the village slice and dice a tree trunk to extract taro while numerous naked children used the outing as a chance for a party. Australia seems a long way away.</p> <p><strong>Rabaul<br /></strong>As news reports once showed, Rabaul is situated on a beautiful bay, treacherously fringed by volcanoes. It’s now a virtual ghost town after the major volcanic eruption of two decades ago – and it looks like a ghost, too, with the old city centre covered in grey volcanic dust. Eruptions are ongoing and most locals live in nearby Kokopo, a few kilometres from the town that was once referred to as “the Jewel of the Pacific”.</p> <p><strong>Fergusson Island<br /></strong>Also volcanic, Fergusson Island is the largest of the D’Entrecasteux Islands in the Solomon Sea off the southeast tip of the mainland. This is a lesson in volcanic landscapes writ large with fields of bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers. The water has coated everything in a rime of white calcium and the local villagers use the scalding pools as cooking pots.</p> <p>New Britain, New Ireland, the Bismark Sea – the colonial heritage of Papua New Guinea lives on in names and government structure. English is very widely spoken. But a voyage along the coast of PNG has the atmosphere of a journey of discovery of ancient culture and customs and of a new nation endeavouring to establish its place in the world.</p> <p><strong>Mystic Sepik<br /></strong>Of all the rivers in PNG the most renowned is the Sepik that flows for about 1000 km from the Highlands to the Bismark Sea. Throughout PNG you’ll find remarkable carvings and traditional masks but in the Sepik you find artworks that were born in your worst nightmares. You can buy it directly from the villages or there are excellent art and craft shops in Port Moresby holding artefacts from across the entire nation.</p> <p>Despite PNG being a very foreign land, there are constant reminders of Australia and the two nations’ connection. In the island community of Kwato there’s a memorial to Reverend Abel who felt the best way to civilise the local populace was by introducing cricket. The city of Alotau was the World War II site of the 1942 battle of Milne Bay where the Australian forces became the first to force the Japanese army to retreat on land.</p> <p><strong>Kokoda Trail<br /></strong>A place of pilgrimage that also combines a rite of passage is the Kokoda Trail that runs for 100 km across the rugged Owen Stanley Range north of Port Moresby. It was the scene of some incredible bravery and fortitude from the Australia troops that pushed the Japanese back along it in 1942 in perhaps the worst conditions in the world. Mud and mountains, heat and humidity all ensure it remains a 10-day challenge that is very rewarding to accomplish.</p> <p><strong>Simply cruising<br /></strong>By far the easiest way to get around the coast and islands of PNG is on a small cruise ship.<span> </span></p> <p><span><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/cruise-through-time-the-coast-of-papua-new-guinea.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></span></p>

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Travel hacks to save you time and money

<p class="">You take a holiday to relax. But often many of us feel like we “need a holiday to get over the holiday”. </p> <p class="">The three main causes of post-holiday stress are worries about money, the constant to organise and over-planning activities. </p> <p>So, how do you make it easier on yourself? These travel hacks will help. </p> <p><strong>1. Book a package deal or a tour</strong></p> <p>Leave the organisation to someone else. Package deals often come with significant discounts. You don’t need to plan. You just need to turn up and go. </p> <p><strong>2. Use a travel agent</strong></p> <p>Travel agents can do all the organisation for you. Come prepared with your wish-list, your budget and your must-haves and they will do all the research. This takes a great deal of planning stress off your shoulders. It also means that if something does go wrong – the travel agent can help to sort it out. </p> <p><strong>3. Go far, far away</strong></p> <p>If you are going on holiday to de-stress, get as far away from home as possible. Remove the possibility that you could “just duck back and get something”. </p> <p><strong>4. Find the fast airport security line</strong></p> <p>One airport security line always seems to move faster than the others. Here’s how to pick it. Avoid lines with children or families. Scan the passengers – pick the one where the people have removed items such as laptops ahead of the scanners. Avoid lines with large groups. Instead, pick one with more singles.</p> <p><strong>5. Pack your charger in your hand luggage</strong></p> <p>These days many planes have USB ports in the seats. If you pack your charger in your carry-on you will have a fully charged device when you step off the flight.</p> <p><strong>6. Portable power</strong></p> <p>Taking a lot of photos with your phone will zap your batteries power. Don’t stress about it. Simply pop a portable phone charger in your bag. You can use it to recharge when needed. </p> <p><strong>7. Packing cells</strong></p> <p>These small plastic or fibre pockets allow you to separate your luggage into different containers. They save you serious time searching through and unpacking your luggage. Keep your underpants in one, your T-shirts in another. If you are travelling with family and share a bag you can colour-code each person’s belongings. </p> <p><strong>8. Don’t pay twice for insurance</strong></p> <p>Sometimes your travel insurance package will cover car insurance while overseas. If it does, you do not need to pay the insurance for the hire car. Make sure you check your policy</p> <p><strong>9. Have adequate insurance</strong></p> <p>Make sure your travel insurance policy covers as much as possible. You never know when you might need it. </p> <p><strong>10. Carry-on essentials</strong></p> <p>Put all your medications into your carry-on luggage. We also recommend adding a spare pair of underpants and socks, swimwear and a toothbrush.</p> <p>Do you have any other travel hacks you use? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/travel-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money/">MyDiscoveries</a>.</em></p>

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Top tips for travelling with hearing difficulties

<p>Planning a trip can be stressful — especially for the one in three Australians over 55 with hearing difficulties. But hearing loss is no reason to avoid travel; by planning ahead and managing the problem early, you can set yourself up for a safe, worry-free, enjoyable trip.</p> <p><strong>How could untreated hearing loss impact you on holiday?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Making reservations over the phone could turn into a frustrating task</li> <li>You could miss airline boarding and in-flight announcements</li> <li>You might not hear hotel room-service knocking on your door</li> <li>You could find it hard to follow dialogue during guided tours or live performances</li> <li>Understanding foreign accents could be even harder</li> <li>It could prove impossible to hold a conversation in cafes or restaurants.</li> </ul> <p>Coupled with some clever listening techniques, a reliable and adjustable hearing aid is one of the best ways to manage a hearing difficulty on holiday. Hearing aids take the hassle out of planning and ensure smooth sailing throughout your trip. Just ask Australian sailor Angus Lockheart.</p> <p>Angus has sailed thousands of nautical miles in and outside Australian waters. He’s been living on a yacht with his wife for more than five years. “A yacht’s living space is much smaller than a house, and a couple spend more time together,” said Angus.</p> <p>But as his hearing loss increased, so too did his wife’s frustration at having to constantly repeat herself. With his living quarters tightening in on him, Angus finally ordered a pair of Blamey Saunders hearing aids online. They were posted to a port for him to collect, perfectly programmed using his results from Blamey Saunders hears’ online hearing test.</p> <p>“The difference is amazing!” Angus said. (And Mrs. Lockheart is pretty happy too.)</p> <p>When flying to your dream destination, you can wear hearing aids through airport security screenings and on your flight without any damage to your devices or discomfort to you. But people with impaired hearing can’t sit in exit row seats for safety reasons, so double check the seat on your ticket and notify your flight attendant.</p> <p>Back on land, outback traveller David Lloyd has visited some of Australia’s most remote deserts with hearing aids but says not all aids are created equal. “The first problem that I faced was feedback when flies flew past, but I was able to stop that happening,” said David, who recently switched to a hearing aid that can be adjusted to suit any environment using a program on his smartphone.</p> <p>Travellers should look for a hearing aid that has self-adjustment capabilities, such as Blamey Saunders aids, which allows you to adjust your settings on the go — using an app on your smartphone or Windows computer.</p> <p>For additional support, Blamey Saunders hearing aid users can contact the company’s telehealth team by phone or email. The team can even adjust a person’s hearing aid settings for them remotely, making things easier for people in remote areas.</p> <p><strong>Managing your hearing difficulties while travelling:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Print itineraries, maps, reservation numbers, and tickets in advance</li> <li>You can usually rely on the terminal display for boarding information but it’s a good idea to ask a staff member to notify you when it’s time to board</li> <li>Inform your flight attendant of your hearing loss and ask that any in-flight announcements are repeated to you in person</li> <li>If background noise is an issue, you can try strategies; such as choosing to sit in the least noisy part of a restaurant, or adjusting your hearing aid to a directional setting</li> </ul> <p><strong>Looking after your hearing aids while travelling:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Always remove your hearing aids when you swim. Most are water resistant but are not designed to withstand full immersion</li> <li>Keep your hearing aids in a drying jar whenever you’re not using them, especially when holidaying in a hot climate, as sweat can damage a hearing aid’s delicate circuitry</li> <li>If you take out travel insurance, make sure it covers your hearing aids</li> <li>Make sure you have enough batteries to last your trip, and store them in a safe place, away from sun and moisture and out of reach of pets and children</li> </ul> <p><strong>Has your hearing ever affected your travel plans? Let us know in the comments.</strong></p> <p><em>Written by Mahsa Fratantoni. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/top-tips-for-travellers-with-hearing-difficulties.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em><strong> </strong></p>

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"No excuse": Passenger shocked by $9 sandwich on Jetstar flight

<p>A man has been left disappointed and unimpressed by his $9 “soggy” sandwich after a flight with Jetstar.  </p> <p>A good sandwich shouldn’t be too hard to come by, at least that’s what Nick Mosley thought when he hungrily tucked into what was supposed to be a deli sandwich trio on his flight from Bali, Indonesia to Perth, Australia.</p> <p>What was meant to be a treat after a long holiday quickly became a frustrating expense.</p> <p>Unfortunately for him, what he bit into was less than appetising – a bare lettuce leaf with an egg and mayo mix spread on to the bread with smeared margarine.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter to share his disappointment, he posted a few pictures of the sad-looking sandwich and wrote: “I must say @JetstarAirways have a cheek charging AUS$9 for sandwiches… without any fillings…. Great for their bottom line but not so good for filling the tums of customers.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I must say <a href="https://twitter.com/JetstarAirways?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JetstarAirways</a> have a cheek charging AUS$9 for sandwiches... without any fillings... Great for their bottom line but not so good for filling the tums of customers <a href="https://t.co/dok9GicE9E">pic.twitter.com/dok9GicE9E</a></p> — Nick Mosley (@BrightonNick) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrightonNick/status/1082244098331799552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2019</a></blockquote> <p> “I had a bit of a craving for a sandwich. Having eaten many sandwiches in my life, it wouldn’t have cross my mine to peel back the bread to check the filling,” Nick <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6589237/UK-tourist-stunned-paying-5-petrol-station-sandwich-Australian-airline.html">told the Daily Mail.</a></p> <p>"However, after the first mouthful of somewhat soggy bread and margarine, peel back I did.</p> <p>“I paid for it so there is really no excuse for serving inadequate products. It was a shocker – it made a petrol station sandwich look like a gastronomic feast,” he said.</p> <p>The airline reached out to the unsatisfied customer offering a refund and an apology.</p> <p>Have you ever paid for an expensive meal only to be left unsatisfied? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Surviving adult children living at home

<p>Imagine a life where you have free home-cooked meals, free laundering and free rent. It sounds like the stuff of dreams – especially in Sydney – but it is actually the experience of many single adults living in New Zealand and other western countries today.</p> <p>‘Boomerang Kids’ is the term for this social trend of adult children living at home with parents, but while the arrangement offers great financial benefit to the adult child, what is its impact on their Baby Boomer parent?</p> <p>Social demographer, Mark McCrindle’s extensive research into ‘Boomerang Kids’ reveals that more than one in four 20-34 year-old males still live at home with parents and in the US these numbers are even higher.</p> <p>“One of the key benefits of staying longer with parents is costs savings. Housing affordability is a major cause of adults staying in the family home,” he says.</p> <p>Below is a list of the main challenges this social trend can present for the Baby Boomer parent:</p> <ul> <li><span>Retirement plans are delayed and retirement savings significantly decrease.</span></li> <li><span>Baby Boomer parents, while enjoying the social interactions available in a multigenerational household, can often feel the pressure and may feel like their hard work is being taken for granted.</span></li> <li><span>Baby Boomer parents can feel sandwiched between taking care of their own parents while still having their Gen Y children living with them and studying.</span></li> <li><span>It can have a negative influence on younger children living at home.</span></li> <li><span>Couples with adult kids at home can suffer through more arguments and bickering than if they were empty nesters (studies have shown this).</span></li> <li><span>You can actually be holding back your child from success and life fulfillment by ‘robbing’ them of drive by giving too much.</span></li> </ul> <p>Rest assured there are also many benefits to having adult children living at home and many studies support this.</p> <p>For example parents can be more assured about the safety of their children, who they associate with etc. Living with your adult child can foster closer relationships and allow the parent to give ongoing guidance and advice on a regular basis. It's not uncommon to hear parents having very little contact with their child once they leave home and perhaps start a family of their own early.</p> <p>Another added benefit to having a child at home longer is that when your child does eventually leave home they are more financially secure, having been able to possibly save a deposit for a home rather than have spent most of their income on rent - and that is one less worry for the parent. The adult child can also be an invaluable source of support for the parent through maintenance and upkeep of the home and in caring for their parent if they are ill.</p> <p><strong>Here are some tips for surviving with adult kids still living at home:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Agree on a plan or budget</strong>: Very few parents and boomerang children have a formal arrangement or contract covering costs and the length of the "tenancy" or live in arrangement.</li> <li><strong>Have open conversations</strong>: Communicate how you feel about things you may be uncomfortable or uncertain about with the arrangement.</li> <li><strong>Tough Love approach</strong>: Take a step back from the parent-child relationship and try to be more clinical and business-like. Don’t roll over!</li> <li><strong>Discuss costs: </strong><span>As well as discussing food costs, parents and adult children should also discuss the cost of utilities, which are often large but not included in discussions.</span></li> <li><strong>Discuss domestic chores:</strong> Domestic duties must be divided and organised, otherwise they tend to<span> become the parents' responsibility, particularly mothers.</span></li> <li><strong>Time:</strong><span> It is often hard to forecast how long the arrangement will last, but Mark McCrindle strongly advocates for this, at least a scheduled time to reassess the arrangement.</span></li> <li><span><strong>House Rules:</strong> For example, have a protocol or expectations around friends or boyfriends and girlfriends of adult children i.e. whether partners are permitted to stay over in the home; parties etc. Use of utilities: TV, music, specific rooms in the house etc.</span></li> </ul> <p>These small but crucial steps can assist in creating a harmonious environment where you and your adult children can co-exist harmoniously.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Danielle Cesta. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/relationships/surviving-adult-children-living-at-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></em></p>

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Get headaches? 5 things to eat or avoid

<p>Last week I had a headache. Two hours in a traffic jam, hot day, no water, plans thrown into chaos. That day I was one of the five million Australians affected by headache or migraine. Over a year one person in two will experience a headache.</p> <p>Mine was a “tension-type” headache, the most common category. Migraines are less common but about one person in eight will experience one in any given year.</p> <p>Headaches are really common, so here are five things the research evidence indicates are worth trying to help manage or avoid them.</p> <p><strong>1. Water</strong><br />A study was conducted in people who got at least two moderately intense or more than five mild headaches a month. The participants received a stress management and sleep quality intervention with or without increasing their water intake by an extra 1.5 litres a day.</p> <p>The water intervention group got a significant improvement in migraine-specific quality of life scores over the three months, with 47% reporting their headaches were much improved, compared to 25% of the control group.</p> <p>However, it did not reduce the number or duration of headaches. Drinking more water is worth a try. Take a water bottle everywhere you go and refill it regularly to remind you to drink more water.</p> <p><strong>2. Caffeine</strong><br />Caffeine can have opposing effects. It can help relieve some headaches due to analgesic effects but also contribute to them, due to caffeine withdrawal. A review of caffeine withdrawal studies confirmed that getting a headache was the number one symptom of withdrawal, followed by fatigue, reduced energy and alertness, drowsiness, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, fuzzy head and others.</p> <p>When people were experimentally put though controlled caffeine withdrawal, 50% got a headache, with withdrawal symptoms occurring within 12-24 hours, peaking between 20-51 hours and lasting from two to nine days. Caffeine withdrawal can happen from a usual daily dose as low as 100 mg/day. One cup of brewed coffee contains 100-150mg caffeine, instant coffee has 50-100 mg depending on how strong you make it and a cup of tea can vary from 10-90mg. It appears that maintaining usual caffeine consumption may subconsciously relate to avoidance of withdrawal symptoms.</p> <p>Caffeine can lessen or worsen headaches.Jonathan Thursfiled/Flickr, CC BY</p> <p>Caffeine can dampen down pain. in a systematic review that included five headache studies with 1,503 participants with migraine or tension-type headache, 33% of participants achieved pain relief of at least 50% of the maximum possible after receiving 100 mg or more caffeine plus analgesic pain medication (ibuprofen or paracetamol) compared to 25% for the analgesic group alone.</p> <p>A study in over 50,000 Norwegians, who have high caffeine intakes (more than 400 milligrams a day), examined the relationship with headaches. Those with the highest caffeine intakes (more than 540mg/day) were 10% more likely to get headaches, including migraine.</p> <p>But when headache frequency was examined, high caffeine consumers were more likely to experience non-migraine headaches infrequently (less than seven per month) compared to those considered low caffeine consumers (less than 240mg a day). This was attributed to potential “reverse causation” where high caffeine consumers use caffeine to damp down headache pain. They found those with the lowest caffeine intakes (125mg a day) were more likely to report more than 14 headaches per month, which may have been due to greater sensitivity and avoidance of caffeine.</p> <p>Hypnic headaches are a rare type that occurs in association with sleep. They typically last 15-180 minutes and are more common in the elderly. Hypnic headaches are treated by giving caffeine in roughly the amount found in a cup of strong coffee.</p> <p><strong>3. Fasting</strong><br />Some people get a headache after fasting for about 16 hours, which equates to not eating between 6pm and 10am the next day. A study in Denmark found one person in 25 has been affected by a fasting headache. These headaches are most likely to occur when fasting for a blood test or medical procedure or if you are following a “fasting” weight loss diet or a very low energy meal replacement diet.</p> <p>Fasting headaches are likely to be confounded by caffeine withdrawal. Check the test procedure instructions to see what fluids, such as tea, coffee and water are allowed and drink within those recommendations.</p> <p>In a study 34 people with new-onset migraine who kept a headache diary for about a month, those who ate a night-time snack were 40% less likely to experience a headache compared to those who didn’t snack. For susceptible individuals this may prevent fasting headaches. Try a slice or wholegrain toast with a topping like cheese and tomato or avocado and tuna, with a cuppa.</p> <p><strong>4. Alcohol</strong><br />Headache is the classic feature of alcohol induced hangovers. The amount of alcohol needed to trigger a hangover varies widely between individuals, from one drink to many. A number of factors mash up to produce a throbbing post alcohol headache. Increased urination and vomiting both increase risk of dehydration which leads to changes in blood and oxygen flowing to the brain.</p> <p>Congeners, a group of chemicals produced in small amounts during fermentation, give alcoholic drinks their taste, smell and colour. Metabolites of alcohol breakdown in the liver can cross the blood-brain barrier contributing to hangover.</p> <p>Alcohol can trigger tension-type headaches, cluster headaches and migraine. People with migraines have been shown to have lower alcohol intakes  compared to others. The wise advice is to drink responsibly, boost your water intake and don’t drink on an empty stomach. If you are sensitive to alcohol, avoidance is your best option.</p> <p><strong>5. Boost your intake of folate-rich foods</strong><br />More folate in your diet helps migraines. ahmadpi/flickr, CC BY</p> <p>Some migraineurs are diet-sensitive. Triggers include cheese, chocolate, alcohol or other specific foods. A recent study found women with low dietary folate intakes had more frequent migraines. However a daily folic acid (1mg) supplement made no difference.</p> <p>Boost your intake of foods rich in folate such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, seeds, chicken, eggs and citrus fruits. Use our Healthy Eating Quiz to check your nutrition, diet quality and variety. Keep a headache diary to identify triggers and then discuss it with your GP.</p> <p><em>Written by Clare Collins. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/get-headaches-heres-five-things-to-eat-or-avoid-76611">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Prince Philip involved in car crash: "Very shocked and shaken"

<p>Prince Philip got into a car crash whilst driving his Land Rover near Sandringham Estate. The Queen quickly rushed to the 97-year-old's side upon hearing the news.</p> <p>The other passengers were transferred to hospital after the accident due to minor injuries and cuts.</p> <p>The Duke was seen by a doctor at his medical facilities on the Sandringham Estate. He was later given the all clear.</p> <p>As a witness helped the Duke out of the vehicle, he "was conscious but very shocked and shaken".</p> <p>After the incident, Prince Philip and the female driver of the other vehicle were given a breathalyser reading at the scene and both gave negative readings.</p> <p>Nick Cobb told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46912691" target="_blank">BBC News: </a>“A couple of cars coming towards us flashed their headlights. The first vehicle we saw was a Sandringham Estate Discovery police car, which is a plain car but with blue flashing lights.</p> <p>“There was quite a bit of debris on the road so we had to go into the middle of the road and go past slowly. I saw a 4x4 on its side and a car next to it in a hedge. Six or eight ordinary cars all parked round with people helping, then just next to that a normal police car directing traffic.</p> <p>“I couldn’t tell you whether [Prince Philip] was in or out of the vehicle that point, I’d say he was in. I didn’t know it was him at the time.”</p>

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Is our wellbeing genetic?

<p>The question of nature versus nurture – whether genetics or our environment plays the biggest role in determining our personality – has been a hotly debated topic in scientific circles for decades. Now, some fascinating research is being carried out in Australia to determine the role of our genes and the environment in how resilient we are to life’s difficulties.</p> <p>We spoke to Dr Justine Gatt, Group Leader and Senior Research Scientist at <span><a href="https://www.neura.edu.au/">Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)</a></span> and <span><a href="http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/contacts-people/research-staff/dr-justine-gatt">School of Psychology at UNSW</a></span>, about the findings from her research into the genetics of wellbeing, and whether or not it is possible to become more resilient and experience a greater sense of wellbeing as we age.</p> <p><strong>What is resilience?</strong><br />Resilience is often defined as someone’s ability to survive trauma – such as a job loss, death of a loved one, illness, natural disaster or financial difficulties – without developing a mental health problem.</p> <p>In scientific terms, resilience can be better explained as the process of being able to adapt positively after a traumatic experience, says Gatt. “It’s more [about] the steps that you take to deal with that particular stressor so that you’re functioning well,” she says.</p> <p>Some factors associated with resilience include:</p> <ul> <li>Having a positive outlook on life and satisfaction with your achievements</li> <li>Having the capacity to manage feelings and impulses</li> <li>Having a positive view of yourself and your abilities</li> </ul> <p>Unlocking the secrets of resilience will lead to ways to help develop this process in others, says Gatt. “A lot of psychiatric research focuses on how to predict and prevent mental illness. There’s a lot less focus on how people are flourishing,” she says. “Wellbeing is not just the absence of mental health symptoms – it’s a completely different state of being – so it’s important to understand it in its own right,” she says.</p> <p><strong>The TWIN-E study</strong><br />To unravel the underlying mechanisms of wellbeing and resilience, Dr Gatt and her colleagues are studying a group of 1600 healthy adult twin volunteers over time.</p> <p>The <span><a href="https://www.neura.edu.au/project/heritability-emotion-cognition-twins/">TWIN-E Emotional Wellbeing study</a></span> began in 2009 with the aim of identifying key risk factors for emotional vulnerability and resilience in the twins, including the role their genes and environments play in their vulnerability or resilience to trauma.</p> <p>In the first part of the study, identical and non-identical twin volunteers from the <span><a href="https://www.twins.org.au/">Australian Twin Registry</a></span> completed computer questionnaires as well as cognitive tests. They also provided saliva samples for the researchers to study their genes.</p> <p>Brain imaging was also carried out on some of the twins to help the scientists determine if different brain networks influenced their wellbeing and resilience.</p> <p><strong>What the researchers found</strong></p> <p>From this study, Dr Gatt and her team were able to develop a 26-item questionnaire called the <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24863866">COMPAS-W scale</a></span> to measure wellbeing.</p> <p>They used this scale to study how different genes contribute to wellbeing in their twin sample. “What we found was that genes account for 48 per cent of our wellbeing. That means almost half of our wellbeing is determined by our genes. Our environment accounts for the other half,” says Gatt.</p> <p>In the next phase of research, Gatt and her colleagues will perform a 10-year follow-up study on the twins to see how their brains have changed over time and to determine how these changes are associated with levels of resilience.</p> <p>The researchers also plan to study the role the twin’s genes have played in their resilience to trauma.</p> <p><strong>What the findings mean</strong></p> <p>If you don’t like the idea that your wellbeing might be determined by a gene variant that you may or may not have, there’s no need for alarm. The underlying genetics of wellbeing and resilience could be far more complex than previously thought.</p> <p>“It’s likely a large number of genes have very small effects on wellbeing and resilience,” says Gatt. “The other thing is that these genes might not necessarily predispose you to be more or less protected from trauma. They might just influence how malleable you are to your life experiences – whether or not you are more or less sensitive to the impacts of positive and negative environments,” she explains.</p> <p>Even if you do assume that approximately 50 per cent of your wellbeing is determined by your genes, there’s still a lot you can do on the environmental side, says Gatt. She has developed <span><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8AF7u-ZqkfwSXdXN2pSdmRIcjQ/view">six key resilience tips</a></span> that are likely to form the basis of e-health tools to help people to become more resilient.</p> <ol> <li>Learn to deal with stress in a positive manner.</li> <li>Own worth. Develop your sense of self-worth. Hold firm to your values and boundaries.</li> <li>Build your self-confidence. Understand your strengths and your weaknesses.</li> <li>Have a positive outlook. Include fun activities in your life.</li> <li>Set meaningful goals. These should support your interests and talents.</li> <li>Satisfaction with life. Maintain your physical health, practise mindfulness and gratitude.</li> </ol> <p>How resilient do you think you are?</p> <p><em>Written by Dominic Bayley. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/is-our-wellbeing-genetic.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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How puzzles enchant your mind

<p>In today’s digital age, we log on more than log off. We are constantly sliding from one screen to another with our minds often switching to autopilot. Our brains are no longer being challenged because information is served straight to us, often so quickly we hardly have time to even process it. So it's probably a good time to take a step back and engage in some mindful activities that will not only stimulate your brain but help boost memory retention.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">The benefits of solving puzzles</strong><br />Puzzling is hardly a newfound pastime. In fact, crossword puzzles originated in England in the 19th century. There’s a reason it continues to be a beloved hobby for people of all ages.</p> <p>Puzzling is incredibly fun – almost downright addictive for the daily indulgers. It’s also a great practice to share with others, forming a creative and competitive bond between friends.</p> <p>Most importantly, puzzling has been proven to boost your health. In fact, a large-scale and robust online trial, as reported by Science Daily, has found that the more regularly people do word puzzles such as crosswords<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword" target="_blank"></a>, the better their brain function in later life.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">The puzzle instinct</strong><br />The simple world of black and white puzzles – from crosswords and wheel words, to sudoku and brainteasers – were once confined to the pages of magazines and newspapers but now devotees are able to head online to interactive websites like youplay.com to fulfil their puzzling cravings.</p> <p>However, the classic art of puzzling by hand is making a comeback as people start to prefer holding physical paper in their hands instead of playing on a computer screen. This all comes down to personal preference.</p> <p>Puzzles can enchant your mind in a few ways, which include:</p> <p><strong>1. Using both side of your brain.</strong> When you puzzle, you use both the left and right side of your brain. Although the concepts seem simple, there is an underlying mental component to puzzles.</p> <p><strong>2. Challenge your brain to a workout. </strong>There are a variety of puzzles available that boost verbal skills, improve memory and brain function, encourage creative and strategic thinking, develop problem-solving skills as well as distracting and keeping your mind busy. The best thing about puzzles is that they offer a sense of achievement upon completion.</p> <p><strong>3. Boost your self evaluation skills. </strong>It can be initially hard to see why puzzles would increase your self evaluation skills. However, trying to figure out what pieces fit where and why that one doesn't go there is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating your choices. This can be carried into your every day decision making processes.</p> <p>With the classic art of puzzling getting such a fresh makeover and mindful activities being embraced as essential, more people are turning to puzzling to stimulate, educate and reward themselves in their daily practices. Regardless of whether they are seasoned crossword connoisseurs or simply keen to dip their toes into the puzzling realm, smart never goes out of style.</p> <p><em><strong>What puzzles do you enjoy doing?</strong></em></p> <p><em>Written by Editor. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/ways-to-enchant-your-mind.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Duchess Meghan breaks royal protocol with bold fashion choices

<p>Royal watchers are once again left wondering whether Duchess Meghan has broken royal protocol, as she eschewed some of the unwritten rules at a public engagement this week.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex was seen rocking dark nail polish on her toes and a Roland Mouret gown that showed her bare legs at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s new show Totem on <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/pregnant-duchess-meghan-stuns-in-glamorous-6k-gown">Wednesday night</a>. The event was held for Prince Harry’s charity foundation Sentebale.</p> <p><img style="width: 263.15789473684214px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822824/duchessmeghan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c1ba004123544f8fa3954df17f438a65" /><img style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" src="/media/7822825/duchess-nail-polish-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/acca8f033c5846f9b4df107e251e34bf" /></p> <p>It has long been reported that women of the royal family are required to wear pale polish and hosiery for official appearances. The tradition is said to originate from Queen Elizabeth II, who always wears flesh-coloured stockings and reportedly finds colourful nail polishes vulgar.</p> <p>However, royal expert Marlene Koenig said the Duchess was not breaking any rules with her lack of tights.</p> <p>“There are no rules for royal women regarding pantyhose,” Koenig told <em>BAZAAR.com</em>. “While most women (royal or commoner) wear pantyhose with suits or gowns for a good slim line, it is not required by any decree from the Queen.”</p> <p>Royal correspondent Omid Scobie also said the Duchess’s polish choice was not an issue.</p> <p>“There’s no actual protocol about dark nail polish,” said Scobie. “It’s simply about being appropriate – we’d never see this at a royal engagement.”</p> <p>Scobie also said “there’s a lot more flexibility on what one can wear” for non-royal events. </p> <p>This is not the first time Duchess Meghan has broken longstanding royal beauty customs. Since joining the royal family, she has also been criticised for styling her hair loosely, using a cross body bag instead of a clutch, wearing a sheer skirt at a public event, taking off her wedges to go barefoot in Sydney’s Bondi Beach and more. </p> <p>What do you think of Duchess Meghan's royal style? Do you think she's breaking royal protocol? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Be inspired by the world's most creative designers

<p><span>French creative ideas hub </span>Creapills<span> recently posted this stunning video below featuring some of the most forward-thinking furniture design ideas in the world. What do you think? Are they the types of engineering or interior design concepts you could imagine fitting into your home? For the Reader's Digest DIY crowd, at the very least you should gain some valuable inspiration for your next project...</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCreapills%2Fvideos%2F1674369469261067%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=476" width="476" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Are you going to try out any of these ideas? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Reader's Digest. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/diy-tips/be-inspired-worlds-most-creative-designers">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Unruly tourist’s Bunnings hat for sale in hilarious ad

<p>It’s only been a few days since the young foul-mouthed tourists who wreaked havoc in New Zealand made headlines for telling locals he was “going to punch your brains out” and now, in true internet fashion, the iconic Bunnings hat he was donning is being “auctioned” in an ad.</p> <p>A Kiwi woman took to the world wide web on Wednesday evening to list a size 12 Bunnings hat for sale, with the price starting at $NZ1.</p> <p>The woman’s hilarious product description included how she came across the hat, which she claims was found near Takapuna Beach – the location where the rowdy tourists were filmed igniting a feud with locals, according to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12191671" target="_blank"><em>New Zealand Herald</em></a>.</p> <p><span>The seller also takes no responsibility for what comes out of the wearer's mouth, as she claims the hat may incite foul language.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsnAdp3F-PD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/BsnAdp3F-PD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bunnings Hat (@bloodybunningshat)</a> on Jan 14, 2019 at 1:12am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Bunnings hat. Used condition. Found near Takapuna Beach discarded. Although this is a very attractive and stylish hat, I cannot be responsible for any obscenities that may flow from your mouth or rude hand gestures while wearing the hat,” the seller wrote.</p> <p>It has been reported that the tourists caused chaos throughout Auckland and Hamilton restaurants as they claimed to have found ants and hair in their food, before demanding a refund.</p> <p>The hat seller chose to take it another step further after 26-year-old Tina Marie Cash admitted to shoplifting at a Caltex station in Albany.</p> <p>“User beware. Not recommended for children even under adult supervision. This hat has no ants or hair in it. Could be useful if you decide to go travelling to see our beautiful country, perhaps see the Hobbits?</p> <p>“One size fits all. There are no sunglasses or rope with this purchase. Similar to one shown.”</p> <p>Currently the bid is at NZ$101 with 23 bids in total.</p> <p>Those who came across the witty ad decided to get involved by asking a few safety questions about the hat.</p> <p>“If I wear this hat will it give me anger issues?” asked one person, to which the seller replied: “I cannot guarantee that you will not have outbursts while wearing this hat. May be the hat that has issues or the wearer of the hat.”</p> <p>The seller says all proceeds made from the item will be donated to Auckland’s Mercy Hospice. </p>

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What do I need to know about making a will?

<p>A will is one of the most important legal documents you'll create during your life. Here’s what you need to know today.</p> <p><strong>Why do you need a will? </strong></p> <p>Essentially a valid will can save your family and loved ones a lot of time and money at a difficult time.</p> <p>If there are issues in administering a will, there may be significant repercussions and increased costs associated with the delay. For example, in matters of intestacy, the courts must establish a possible list of the testator's kin, a laborious process that could take years.</p> <p><strong>So, what is a will exactly?</strong></p> <p>It is a legal document that disposes of the testator's (the person making the will) property in the event of his or her death. A person must make the will with testamentary capacity - in other words, the will maker must be of sound mind and reasonable health.</p> <p>The will should also be executed properly and duly witnessed by independent persons. The document must exclusively deal with property owned by the testator and must not have been revoked by the creation of another will.</p> <p>If a will is effectively declared, then it may proceed to probate (the will is proved) under the provisions of the <em>Probate and Administration Act.</em> After the death of the testator, the Supreme Court must grant the executor the power to discharge the will. With this authority, the executor may pay debts, deal with title on real property and administer the estate according to provisions in the will.</p> <p>If a will is found to be invalid, then the rules of intestacy apply. In these cases, the Supreme Court may appoint an administrator and grant letters of administration to see that the estate is adequately administered.</p> <p><strong>Important points to remember </strong></p> <p>Because a will is a legally binding document, testators will often need to be certain about the choices outlined in the will. Always seek professional advice.</p> <p>Family members who claim to be ignored or under-represented in a will can make a Family Provision claim to apply for a more amenable execution of the will. This is a costly and time-consuming process, so be sure to create a fair document and carefully evaluate who will benefit from the execution of the will.</p> <p>The divvying up of assets upon one’s passing can easily lead to unnecessary rifts and arguments within a family. So be sure to create an airtight and equitable will that doesn’t leave room for ambiguity or altercation.</p> <p>Although it may be tempting to use a DIY will-making kit to save yourself a few dollars, seeking the professional knowledge and experience of a solicitor could well save your estate valuable time and money in the future.</p> <p>A professionally crafted will be much easier to deal with for those included in the will. The document will be held within your solicitor’s offices and promptly moved to probate upon your passing, solving a very common problem affecting many families – finding the will.</p> <p><strong>Here are 8 top tips for making a will:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Have a legal professional draft your will </strong>as their knowledge and expertise will indemnify your estate against intestacy.</p> <p><strong>2. Consider your choices of executor or executrix. </strong>Also, consider the list of potential beneficiaries under your will. Be honest and frank about your choices.</p> <p><strong>3. Put together a clear and thorough list of all your assets and possessions </strong>include bank accounts, shares, business interests and other valuable items (including, but not limited to, art pieces, coin collections and other ephemera).</p> <p><strong>4. If you have specific items you want left to specific people, begin communicating </strong>these decisions to your legal representatives and family members.</p> <p><strong>5. Make sure that older versions of your will are not floating around </strong>the family home or being stored by previous legal representatives- many people will draft several wills over the course of their life, a frustrating factor that may come into play once probate is necessary.</p> <p><strong>6. Constantly update your will </strong>and contact your lawyer as your estate changes- if a will is out of date or refers to possessions which no longer exist, the court may find that the will is invalid.</p> <p><strong>7. Think about any additional powers that may be required</strong> in the execution of your estate- for those with business and other financial interests, granting special powers to your executor may result in a more equitable and smooth probate process.</p> <p><strong>8. Be truthful and open about the list </strong>of potential beneficiaries under your will- if a Family Provision claim is made later, it might disrupt the validity of other provisions contained within your will.</p> <p>Don’t forget to contact your solicitor in order to get a better understanding of the process involved in drafting a will and always seek professional advice. <br /><br />What are your thoughts on putting a will in place? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by Wyza. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-making-a-will.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Save Money In Ways You've Never Thought Of Before With These 5 Tips

<p>It can be tricky knowing when to get started, especially when you don't know where to begin. These tips aim to help you get started.</p> <p><strong>1. Find your hidden savings accounts</strong></p> <p>Take your savings wherever you find them, even if they aren't in the bank.</p> <p>"You can definitely start with the change in the middle console of your car," said Sheldon Crow, branch manager at Bellco Credit Union in Arvada, Colorado.</p> <p>"If it works for you, that is a savings account."</p> <p>Guys who toss their pocket change each night into a jar or drawer may be astonished at how much they've piled up in change.</p> <p>Do you have gift cards lingering in your wallet, a pile of tips you haven't bothered to deposit, store credit, a cash-back account you're ignoring, or a reloadable charge card you forgot you reloaded?</p> <p>Maybe you let your PayPal or Venmo account balance increase whenever you sell something on eBay or a friend pays you back for a night out.</p> <p>Honor your cash-stashing habits as creative ways to save money, whatever they are.</p> <p><strong>2. Pick an inconvenient bank</strong></p> <p>It's great to do all your banking in one place, especially if you bank online.</p> <p>But when the money you saved is just a few keystrokes away, even determined savers can give in to the temptation to make a quick transfer to cover a bill, or withdraw savings from the ATM "just this once."</p> <p>So make it a challenge to access that money.</p> <p>Deposit savings in a different institution from your everyday accounts.</p> <p>Shred the ATM card so you have to bank in person.</p> <p>Pick one that's far away from your home or work, with inconvenient hours.</p> <p>Choose a bank that charges big fees for withdrawals or a brokerage that makes you wait 48 hours for a transfer. </p> <p><strong>3. Pay it off—but keep paying in</strong></p> <p>If you're finally making your last car payment, or paying off a credit card or a student loan, avoid the temptation to bump up your spending or accrue new debt.</p> <p>Instead, divert into savings the same amount you've been paying all these months.</p> <p>Such money-saving tips don't change your standard of living, so you won't notice any difference in your budget, but you'll be paying yourself instead of a creditor. </p> <p><strong>4. Set aside a portion of every windfall</strong></p> <p>Congrats, you got a bonus (or a big tax refund or a check from a relative).</p> <p>Good for you! Use this rule of thirds: Put one-third into savings, one-third to reduce debt, and the final third to spend on something wonderful for yourself.</p> <p>Don't save the whole amount, which will make you feel virtuous, but deprived.</p> <p>This plan gives you balance—you allocate some of your unexpected cash to the past (paying off debt), some to the future (saving), and the rest on a present for yourself. </p> <p><strong>5. Open a roundup savings account</strong></p> <p>Understanding that people need encouragement to save, the financial industry came up with a clever and painless way to do it: automatic savings.</p> <p>Every time you use your debit card to make a purchase or pay a bill, these accounts round up the purchase amount to the nearest dollar, transfer the difference from checking to savings, and keep track of how much you're putting away.</p> <p>It's just like your change jar, only virtual.</p> <p>Bank of America calls their product the "Keep the Change" Savings Program, and many banks and credit unions offer something like it.</p> <p><em>Written by Lisa Greim. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/money/save-money-ways-youve-never-thought-these-10-tips">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Make your retirement funds go the distance

<p>You only get one shot at going into retirement, so it is essential that you go in with your eyes wide open. That means being aware of where your income may be coming from, how to plan for living and recreational expenses, and making decisions that are balanced and have an eye on the long term.</p> <p>The earlier you start preparing, the more options you will have, so here are some top tips to get the ball rolling.</p> <p><strong>Where do you stand now?</strong><br />Even if you haven’t been especially concerned about financial planning throughout your working life, it is important to do so as you enter retirement, where you are no longer able to rely on earned income.</p> <p>The first part of the planning process is to get a clear understanding of where you currently stand financially. What assets do you have and what are they worth? This includes your home, your savings and investments accounts, your superannuation, and your possessions.</p> <p><strong>Key dates to be aware of</strong><br />The next step is to establish the key milestones as you transition to retirement. The first milestone is your “preservation age” — the age at which you can access your super. Provided you have retired from the workforce, the minimum preservation age is 55 years if you were born before July 1960. This age increases on a sliding scale up to age 60 for those born after June 1964.</p> <p>The second milestone is the age at which you are eligible for the age pension. For those born before July 1952, this will be 65. For those younger than that, it can be as high as age 67, depending on your date of birth. Eligibility also depends on the income and assets tests.</p> <p><strong>Plan around your lifestyle decisions</strong><br />Once you know when your super and pension income will kick in, you can start to plan your finances around the lifestyle activities you want to engage in during the potentially long years of retirement ahead. For example, you may want to:</p> <ul> <li>Travel in the earlier stages of retirement, before settling down</li> <li>Make some renovations around the home in the earlier years, so you don’t have to worry about them later</li> <li>Make major recreational purchases, such as a boat or motorhome</li> <li>Downsize your home or move to a retirement village down the track</li> </ul> <p>Ideally, all of these major lifestyle decisions should be projected early, so that you can allocate funds for them, decide where those funds should be drawn from, and ensure that you have enough left to generate an ongoing income.</p> <p><strong>Assess your income options</strong><br />Get a clear picture of where your retirement income may come from. This could include:</p> <ul> <li>Income from super</li> <li>Investments outside super</li> <li>Part-time employment</li> <li>The age pension</li> <li>Home equity release or selling the family home</li> </ul> <p>In assessing these income sources, you need to consider whether one may impact another. For example, selling the family home or working part-time may impact your age pension.</p> <p><strong>Take full advantage of entitlements</strong><br />While the age pension on its own may not be enough to fund the lifestyle you want to enjoy, it can certainly be a handy supplement to your ongoing living income. Apart from the pension itself, there may also be other benefits, such as travel concessions, cheaper medicines, and reduced council and water rates, which can translate into a significant amount of savings every year.</p> <p>Structuring your investments to maximise entitlements is therefore a critical issue and some professional financial advice can make a big difference in that regard.</p> <p><strong>Is work an option?</strong><br />Not everyone is particularly keen on making a sudden shift from full-time work to full-time leisure, so if you are still interested in continuing to work part-time, it can help you delay drawing down on your super and other assets.</p> <p>There are incentives within the social security system to encourage this, so seek advice to see how it may be a good option for you financially.</p> <p><strong>Budgeting is essential</strong><br />There may be a temptation to splurge a little when you first receive a large lump sum from your super, but make sure you project your living expenses properly before taking the plunge.</p> <p>More than ever, a simple budget is essential to ensure you don’t outlive your income in retirement, so ask for advice and get things in writing to make it as tangible as possible.</p> <p>Don’t forget to include emergency funds in your budget to take care of any surprises or spikes in expenses, such as unexpected illness, a house move, or a family crisis.</p> <p><strong>Get advice early</strong> <br />As you can see from the factors mentioned here, there are many interconnected elements to planning income and expenses for retirement: speak to a financial planner to help put the puzzle together, structure a diversified investment strategy, maximise entitlements, and map out your lifestyle and living expense needs.</p> <p>What are your biggest concerns about getting through retirement without financial worry? Share your thoughts below.</p> <p><em>Written by Bridges. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/make-your-retirement-funds-go-the-distance.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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15 reasons why we love charismatic Cary Grant

<p>From a turbulent childhood to an illustrious Hollywood career, Cary Grant is one of the best-known actors to have dominated screens during the Golden Age of cinema. In honour of the great man’ s birthday on 18th January 1904, we’ ve rounded up 15 fascinating facts you may not know about this debonair entertainer and highlighted a few of his best movies.</p> <p><strong>1. What’s in a name?</strong><span> </span><br />A lot, it seems, in the case of Sir Cary Grant. His birth certificate welcomes one Archibald Alexander Leach to Bristol, England, in 1904. After launching his career in Hollywood, industry bigwigs insisted he adopt a more star-friendly moniker, and in 1941 he legally changed his name to the elegant sounding Cary Grant.</p> <p><strong>2. His younger years</strong><span> </span><br />Grant’ s path to the US and stardom wasn’ t a smooth one. After losing his mother when he was only nine, Grant was expelled from school and left home aged 14 to join the Bob Pender Troupe, a band of travelling comedians comprised exclusively of young men. Soon after, the ensemble enjoyed a successful two-year stint touring America where Grant refined his acrobatic skills and vaudeville antics. He decided to stay in the good old U.S of A, and continued to work as a travelling performer and seat warmer at dinner parties. By 1927 he’ d met producer Arthur Hammerstein and had a few Broadway performances under his belt. He was well and truly on his way up!</p> <p><strong>3. The truth about his mother<br /></strong>Although his father told nine-year-old Cary Grant his mother had passed away, the truth was far more complicated. She had in fact been committed to a mental health facility, the Country Home for Mental Defectives, and Grant’s father quickly remarried and left his son in state care. Grant discovered the truth following his father’ s death 20 years later, after which he had his mother released and set up in her own home with sufficient care in Bristol. Grant visited his mother often and, incredibly, she lived another 40 years and died at the age of 93.</p> <p><strong>4. Marriages and mental health</strong><span> </span><br />“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops,” says Cary Grant.<br />In stark contrast to the majority of the light-hearted, straight-laced comedic characters he portrayed, regular and intense bouts of depression plagued Grant’ s adult life. He notoriously struggled in his relationships with women (he was married five times) and in a desperate attempt to save his mental health Grant took part in around 100 LSD therapy sessions starting after the breakdown of his third marriage in 1963. He later credited the sessions with easing him back to health and even bequeathed his doctor with $10,000 at the conclusion of his therapy.</p> <p><strong>5. Was he or wasn’t he?</strong><br />“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me,” Cary Grant The relationship between Cary Grant and Randolph Scott has been well documented. It all began on the set of Hot Saturday (1932), and before long the pair were living together and hitting the Hollywood party scene (some speculate it was the gay Hollywood scene). He and Randolph lived together for 11 years before Grant embarked on one of his five marriages (after pressure from studio execs to ‘ settle down’ ). Indeed, it wasn't the first time Grant shared a residence with a man; he previously resided with the openly gay Hollywood designer Orry-Kelly.</p> <p><strong>6. Clever collaborator</strong><span> </span><br />Highly sought after and immensely talented, Cary Grant shared the screen with some of Hollywood’ s brightest stars, from James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn and Doris Day, to Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.</p> <p><strong>7. Hitchcock muse</strong><span> </span><br />Alfred Hitchcock once said that Cary Grant was, “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life.”The infamous director cast Grant in four of his iconic films, Suspicion (1944), Notorious (1946), To Catch A Thief (1955) and North by Northwest (1959).</p> <p><strong>8. Dress up fun</strong><span> </span><br />In the obscure and kooky 1949 film, I Was a Male War Bride, Grant plays French officer, Captain Henri Rochard. After marrying his sweetheart, Lieut. Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan), he is forced to dress as a woman and attempt to enter America with other, legitimate, war brides. What ensues is hilarious; if you haven’ t seen it already, get the popcorn ready and prepare to be entertained!</p> <p><strong>9. Charade, 1963</strong><br />Directed by Stanley Donen, Charade is set in Paris and tells the story of stylish Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) and her acquaintance Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). After her husband is found dead, and a series of men begin following her, Joshua agrees to help Lampert, but not all is as it seems. The comedy-thriller serves up twists and turns and a brilliant performance by both Grant and Hepburn.</p> <p><strong>10. Alice In Wonderland, 1933</strong><span> </span><br />Cary Grant graced the silver screen in almost 80 films, and of the many highlights, his role as the Mock Turtle in the 1933 blockbuster, Alice In Wonderland, is one of our favourites.</p> <p><strong>11. An Affair to Remember, 1957</strong><br />Heralded as one of the greatest romantic films of all timeAn Affair to Remember had it all, including electric chemistry between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. They play star-crossed lovers promised to others (Grant’ s character is engaged and Kerr is a married woman), who nonetheless pursue a passionate affair. Heartfelt and authentic, Grant quickly became the man the average woman dreamed of having a sordid affair with.</p> <p><strong>12. Cary Grant the radio star</strong><span> </span><br />Not only did Cary Grant charm audiences with his good looks and acting prowess, but he also worked in radio for a number of years. From 1934 to 1955 he could be heard in over 70 radio performances in programs like Theatre of Romance, The LuxRadioTheatre and Suspense.</p> <p><strong>13. Generous gent</strong><br />Cary Grant was a magnanimous humanitarian who made significant contributions to War Relief Funds in America and the UK. In 1944 he gave his pay-check from the film Arsenic and Old Lace to the U.S War Relief Fund. The sum of 100,000 he donated at the time would be worth around $1.5 million today.<span> </span><br />This wasn’ t the first time Grant made such a donation. In 1940 the British War Relief Fund received the proceeds from his role in The Philadelphia Story, which also starred Katherine Hepburn. The gesture was so well received that King George VI awarded Grant a King’ s Medal of Service in the Cause of Freedom in 1947.</p> <p><strong>14. He almost accepted the role of James Bond<br /></strong>We would have loved to have seen Cary Grant as the suave, gun-totting 007, but he was concerned about committing to more than one film, and worried he was too old, at the age of 58, to play the role with the vigour it deserved. Sean Connery ultimately took the lead and became arguably the most loved Bond in the series’ history</p> <p><strong>15. A humble and philosophical soul</strong><span> </span><br />“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.</p> <p>What else do you think makes Cary Grant special? Comment down below.</p> <p><em>Written by Louise Smithers.</em><span> </span><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/15-reasons-why-we-love-the-charismatic-cary-grant.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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5 books that will inspire you

<p><span>Books provoke the full gamut of human emotions. Here are five that will leave you inspired and motivated. </span></p> <p><span><strong>A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle</strong><br />Eckhart Tolle's follow-up to his 1997 best-seller, The Power of Now gained international popularity in 2008 when it was included in Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. In it, Eckhart explains how the ego contributes to our anger, dysfunction and unhappiness. A New Earth teaches us how to become aware of ego-based attitudes and situations and how letting go of these can awaken us to our life's true purpose. <br /><br /><strong>You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay</strong><br />Louise Hay is the Queen of Affirmations. The 88-year-old metaphysical teacher and motivational speaker wrote You Can Heal Your Life in the early 80s after beating cancer with daily affirmations, visualisations, internal cleansing and psychotherapy. Louise believes that our beliefs and thoughts create our world. This book will inspire you to love and accept yourself and make necessary changes that will lead to good health and happiness. <br /><br /><strong>A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson</strong><br />Marianne shares her views and insights she gained while studying A Course in Miracles, a book she credits with transforming her life. A Return to Love reminds us to have faith, sway towards the light, love is a powerful force and miracles do happen. After reading this profound spiritual guide, it's easy to put the belief system of 'Ask, Believe, Receive' into action. <br /><br /><strong>I Can See Clearly Now by Dr Wayne Dyer</strong><br />“There are no wrong roads. Every experience we have in our life is there to teach us something.” These are the words spoken by Dr Dyer in a public television special to promote his newest book. I Can See Clearly Now is a memoir but it's more than that. It's a teaching of the five key principles that Dr Dyer has used throughout his life to overcome the same challenges that many of us face. <br /><br /><strong>The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav</strong><br />Harvard graduate Gary Zukav's The Seat of the Soul, is about soul values and sharing perceptions that will help others. Covering topics like evolution, karma, reverence, heart, addiction, choice and psychology, The Seat of the Soul is a deep, meaningful teaching that will invoke thought and reflection. Like all the books listed above the Seat of the Soul is a must read.<br /></span></p> <p><span>Do you have any inspirational books? Let us know in the comments!</span></p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Jennifer Morton. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/5-books-that-will-inspire-you.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></em></p>

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The 4 most confusing computer technology terms explained

<p>Before we get started, here is a quick overview of the amount of space available in computers.</p> <ul> <li>The letter “G” (for “giga”) before a unit of measure means the value is multiplied by 109 (one billion).</li> <li>The letter “T” (for “tera”) before a unit of measure means the value is multiplied by 1012 (one million million).</li> <li>Therefore, 1 Tera = 1,000 Giga and 1 Giga = 1,000 Mega.</li> </ul> <p>Some of the most confusing terms are:</p> <p><strong>1. Processor speed</strong></p> <p>This is the speed at which a computer can run applications.</p> <p>It is measured in hertz (abbreviation: Hz). As technology develops, recent computers’ processing speeds have come to be noted in either MHz (megahertz) or GHz (gigahertz) because they are so fast.</p> <p>The higher its processing speed, the faster a computer will be able to run word processing applications (Word), music players, imaging software, etc.</p> <p>For example, programs will respond faster on a computer with a 2 GHz processor than on one with a 1.66 GHz processor.</p> <p><strong>2. RAM (Random Access Memory)</strong></p> <p>A type of computer data storage; in common usage, RAM basically represents the memory available to the programs running on your computer (word processor, music player, internet browser, etc.).</p> <p>More RAM allows you to run more applications at once.</p> <p>For example, you could surf the web while listening to music, chatting with a friend on an instant messaging program, and working on a word processing document without your computer slowing down-but only if it has a sufficient amount of RAM.</p> <p>If not, you could experience a delay in the different applications’ response, causing them to “freeze” temporarily.</p> <p>Therefore, the more RAM there is on your computer, the better. Newer computers usually have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.</p> <p><strong>3. Hard disc drive</strong></p> <p>More commonly referred to as the “hard drive”, this is where your computer stores data such as music files, photos, videos, and various documents.</p> <p>The storage capacity of hard drives is measured in bytes. The bigger your hard drive, the more files you can store.</p> <p>Nowadays, most computers usually come with a hard drive of over 500 GB. There are also external hard drives, which are not built into a computer.</p> <p>You can connect them to your computer through a USB port (see next point), allowing you to store your files.</p> <p>It is recommended to back up (i.e. copy) your files onto an external hard drive; in the event that your computer crashes, at least you won’t have lost all your data (music, photos, documents, etc.).</p> <p>Some newer external hard drives have a capacity of over 5 TB (5,000 GB).</p> <p><strong>4. USB (Universal Serial Bus) Port</strong></p> <p>This is the place where you plug in devices that may not have come with your computer. The “U” in “USB” stands for “universal”, which means that this port is usually found on both Mac computers and PCs, and is the standard type of plug for most computer add-ons like external hard drives, joysticks (to play games), and digital camera and cellphone cables.</p> <p>Mainly, USB ports allow you to use these devices, or in the case of camera and cellphone cables, transfer data (files such as music, pictures, etc.) from your computer to the other device, or vice-versa.</p> <p>The USB port is also where you would plug a USB key, which is basically a small memory stick (perfect to keep in your purse!) where you can store data to transfer it from one computer to another, or just as a back up for safekeeping.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Marieve Inoue, Divine.ca. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/science-technology/4-most-confusing-computer-technology-terms-explained?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Brain training: Games and apps to keep your mind active

<p>For those of us who grew up without the Internet to help us with our homework or an iPhone to carry around in our back pockets, technology in this digital age can seem daunting indeed. </p> <p>Our kids or grandkids may have even tried to keep us up to date by buying us the latest gadget – perhaps even gifting a smartphone, an iPad or some other tablet for Christmas or a birthday. </p> <p>Well pull it out of the drawer, dust it off, plug it in and start to use it for a little brain training. Why? Because those “apps” that young kids these days keep talking about can actually help to keep your mind sharp. </p> <p>Apps is short for Applications, the programs that operate on your device. Microsoft Word, the calculator and the digital album you keep your photos in are all examples of apps on your computer, tablet or smartphone. </p> <p>There are plenty of fun brain training apps that can help keep your mind active and stimulated. Mental exercise is good for your general health and wellbeing and potentially helps prevent the onset of dementia. </p> <p>Rather than simply relying on the weekend newspaper’s crossword or Sudoku to give your brain a workout, here are six exciting and creative apps to keep your mind active.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lumoslabs.lumosity&amp;hl=en">1. Lumosity </a></span></strong></p> <p>This application is among the most popular in the world, boasting millions of downloads and subscribers. It offers users an array of games, which test your mind in the most interesting ways possible. Focusing on core skills related to memory, focus, problem solving and flexible-thinking, Lumosity is an app with the potential to really increase your mental dexterity and offer noticeable results. </p> <p>Price: Free for limited access; subscriptions are $15/month or $80/year. <br />Available for Apple and Android. </p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wonder&amp;hl=en">2. Elevate</a></span></strong></p> <p>Elevate is an amazing app that has made waves in the digital world. The application won the coveted Best iPhone App of 2014 from the Apple App Store. This pays testament to both its popularity and effectiveness. The brain training exercises are fun and challenging, offering users the chance to hone their skills in listening, memory and comprehension. Elevate is a “freemium” app, which means that a basic version of it is available for free, however, there are also in-game purchases available for consumers.  </p> <p>Price: Free for limited access; in-game purchases range from A$0.99-A$193.34 per item.<br />Available for Apple and Android.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yourelink.Eidetic&amp;hl=en">3. Eidetic</a></span></strong></p> <p>A comprehensive brain-training package, the app offers users the chance to focus their attention on improving their memory function. The program is based around offering real-world help with memory improvement, offering difficult puzzles for the user. The application is easy to use, with plenty of in-app assistance offered to even the most inexperienced user. There are in-app notepads and statistics to aid in the understanding of your brain training progress.</p> <p>Price: Free.<br />Available for Android.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cognifit-brain-fitness/id528285610?mt=8">4. Cognifit Brain Fitness</a></strong></p> <p>Put together by a team of neuroscientists, Cognifit Brain Fitness is one of the best brain-training apps available online. The games are enjoyable and designed to keep you coming back for more. There’s also a handy progress tracker that allows you to follow and monitor your brain development.</p> <p>Price: Free for up to 4 games; annual subscription fee of $120.<br />Available for Apple.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/happify/id730601963?mt=8">5. Happify</a></span></strong></p> <p>This bubbly app proves that happiness can be learned. After research revealed the healing power of positive thought, the app developers decided to put the theory to the test. Proceeding on the basis that positive reinforcement can lead to a happier life, Happify offers users a simple way to reflect on their thoughts. The program offers a series of quizzes and polls, as well as a ‘gratitude journal’ that allows for reflection and ordered thought. The end results, according to developers, will be a series of new, positive life habits. By learning new behavioural patterns, the brain can be re-trained into a happier form.</p> <p>Price: Free; but also has in-app purchases.<br />Available for Apple.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-zen/id689013447?mt=8">6. Personal Zen</a></span></strong></p> <p>This charming little app is one of the funniest on offer, allowing players the opportunity to interact with two animated characters. Developed by US researchers, the principle behind the app is simple: by focusing on positive energies, the brain is relaxed and therefore more malleable. After a little bit of game play, users often report feeling more tranquil and mentally focused. It’s also a good all-around diversion and relaxation aid!  </p> <p>Price: Free <br />Available for Apple.</p> <p>Would you try one of these brain-training apps? How do you prefer to keep your mind sharp?  </p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/brain-training-games-and-apps-to-keep-your-mind-active.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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