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22-year-old dies of cervical cancer after GPs turned her away 15 times

<p>A 22-year-old woman died of cervical cancer after GPs turned her away 15 times and told her not to worry about the “Jade Goody effect”.</p> <p>Emma Swain pleaded with her GP for a smear test as she was experiencing symptoms, but was told she was too young by medical professionals.</p> <p>Instead, doctors had placed the blame on her contraceptive pill for her symptoms and told her what happened to Jade Goody was unlikely to happen to her.</p> <p>In 2009, TV personality Jade Goody died from cervical cancer at the age of 27.</p> <p>Emma first approached her doctor about a smear test in May 2013 after experiencing back pain and bleeding after sex.</p> <p>But her request was refused because the cervical screening is only offered to women over the age of 25.</p> <p>Her GP has since admitted that if the 22-year-old had been given the smear test, she may still be alive.</p> <p>Devastated at the loss of his daughter, Darren Swain <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-22-cervical-cancer-told-23084319" target="_blank">told the Mirror</a>: “To have watched one of your children go through that and to know it could have been ­prevented is ­incredibly hard to ­accept.</p> <p>“We trusted these people – the professionals – to know what they were doing. I’ll never forgive them.”</p> <p>Darren, 51, said: “Basically, he told her she was worrying over nothing. He couldn’t have been more wrong. It cost Emma her life.”</p> <p>Over the course of four months, Emma contacted her doctor 14 times but was advised to swap her brand of contraceptive pill.</p> <p>She changed her pill five times during those four months.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Emma was diagnosed with cervical cancer in December of that year and died the following year in 2014.</p> <p>Emma’s family has since been fighting a six-year legal battle, one that they have recently won.</p> <p>Her family has been awarded compensation for her death.</p> <p>In a letter to the dad-of-three, Dr Stephen Golding, Dr Hendrik Parmentier and practice nurse Maureen Dillon from The Haling Park Partnership in Croydon, South London, apologised for what ­happened to Emma.</p> <p>They wrote: “We admit that if the care and treatment provided to your daughter had been of a reasonable standard, on the balance of probabilities, she would have survived.”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the surgery told the Mirror: “Since Emma’s death, the practice has reviewed its processes to ensure lessons have been learned.”</p>

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Andy Roddick dazzles in Cinderella costume for daughter’s third birthday

<p>Professional tennis player, husband, father and now princess Andy Roddick can do it all.</p> <p>Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker, shared an adorable photo of the retired tennis player with their three-year-old daughter Stevie.</p> <p>The father-daughter duo were dressed up in princess costumers, with Roddick wearing a Cinderella gown and his daughter opting for Elsa from Frozen.</p> <p>"She has these grown adults wrapped around her tiny little finger,' the actress <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIHPsqEl_QF/" target="_blank">captioned the photo</a>. "This is three."</p> <p>However, A-Rod and Stevie weren’t the only ones that looked straight out of a fairytale, with Decker sharing photos showing the rest of the family in costume.</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/CIHPsqEl_QF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIHPsqEl_QF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Brooklyn Decker (@brooklyndecker)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The post was met with hundreds of comments, gushing about how cute the “royal” family was and admiring the sporting star's get up.</p> <p>"Thank you so much for posting that! So precious!" one user wrote. "What an awesome dad!"</p> <p>"Love this...and love to your whole family!" commented another.</p> <p>Decker and Roddick tied the knot in 2009 and also share a five-year-old son Hank.</p>

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The conspiracy to keep Charles and Camilla apart

<p>It was one of the last century’s most iconic “remember-where-you-were-when” moments: On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles wed Lady Diana Spencer in a fairy tale wedding watched by 750 million people, according to the BBC. It was, as Diana later said, the worst day of her life.</p> <p>“I can’t marry him,” she told her sisters during a pre-wedding lunch. But she did. Of course, we all know the ending to that story. The unhappy, scandal-wrought marriage ended in divorce in 1996, but not before Prince Charles’s enduring love for Camilla Parker Bowles had become common knowledge.</p> <p>In 2005, Prince Charles finally wed Camilla, and by all accounts, they’re as happy together as Diana, who died in that tragic car crash in 1997, always suspected they’d be. Today, with Prince Charles as the next in line for the throne, the question most often asked about Prince Charles and his second wife is whether she will ever be queen? But Charles and Camilla’s love, which has endured since they first began dating in 1972, begs another question …</p> <p>Why didn’t Charles marry Camilla back then?<br />The question was tackled in Sally Bedell Smith’s biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. According to Bedell Smith, right from the start, Charles adored the then-Camilla Shand, who’s close in age to Charles (Diana was 13 years younger) and has always treated him as an equal rather than as someone she idolised. However, the royal family wasn’t interested in having Camilla as its princess. For one thing, she was perceived as an “experienced” woman, which was a nonstarter for the royal family back then in terms of their notion of a suitable spouse for Prince Charles. For another, she wasn’t perceived as “aristocratic” enough to be a princess, according to a report by the Daily Mail on another biography of Prince Charles.</p> <p>“Lovely for you two to have a fling, but this absolutely cannot end in marriage,” Prince Charles’s great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, advised him, according to the UK’s Express. Soon after, Charles was called away on naval business overseas (convenient, eh?), and used the time to put distance between himself and Camilla. Camilla soothed herself by reconnecting with her former beau, Andrew Parker Bowles. And that’s precisely where Bedell Smith theorises that a scheme was hatched to get Camilla married off to Andrew.</p> <p>The forcing of Andrew’s “hand”<br />It’s rumoured that Camilla’s father planted a fake Camilla-Andrew engagement notice in The Times, apparently forcing Andrew’s hand. Literally. Prince Charles returned home to news of Camilla and Andrew’s engagement. According to Bedell Smith, in the absence of the fake engagement announcement that led to Andrew’s actual proposal to Camilla, Charles might have married Camilla, despite his family’s objections.</p> <p>Instead, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, and Charles went on to date a number of “suitable” women until he met Diana Spencer in 1980. But all the while, Camilla remained in his heart, and occasionally in his plans, as Charles, himself admitted. By the end of 1995, the Parker Bowles couple was divorced, the Prince and Princess were on their way to a divorce, and Diana had famously told television interviewer Martin Bashir that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”</p> <p>The happy ending for the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall<br />Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles got their long-awaited happy ending in 2005 when they married in a civil ceremony, which his mother, the Queen, did not attend (although she did turn up at the reception). Camilla was given the title, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.” Today, they’re still happily married.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/the-conspiracy-to-keep-charles-and-camilla-apart"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Mum who killed her six children released early from jail

<p>WARNING: Graphic content.</p> <p>A mum who killed her six children has been freed after she served half of her 17-year jail term.</p> <p>The release of Mairead Philpott, 39, of the UK, sparked outrage with crime prevention campaigners saying: “Justice has not been done”.</p> <p>Philpott’s children died in an arson attack she and husband Mick plotted at their Derbyshire, England home in 2012.</p> <p>She was released from prison on Sunday after serving only eight and a half years for manslaughter.</p> <p>On Friday, David Spencer, of the Centre of Crime Prevention, said: “It makes an absolute mockery of the UK’s criminal justice system. Justice has not been done”.</p> <p>“Child killers like Mairead Philpott should not be free to roam the streets.</p> <p>“She has served barely more than a year for each of the six innocent lives she callously took away.</p> <p>“She is back on the streets while the taxpayer coughs up for her to get a new identity, protection, ­counselling and a place to live.</p> <p>“The Home Secretary has promised a review of sentencing. This needs to be delivered urgently to ensure killers like Philpott serve the long sentences their horrific crimes deserve.”</p> <p>Tory MP for mid-Derbyshire Pauline Latham said: “Mairead Philpott should be serving a whole life sentence instead of being freed halfway through it.”</p> <p>She described the crime as “horrifying” and said that “it will never, ever be forgotten in Derby”.</p> <p>Philpott’s mother Vera, who is no longer in contact with her daughter, said she was furious by her early release.</p> <p>Speaking at her home in Derby — less than two kilometres from where her grandchildren died — she said: “I don’t want her near my door.</p> <p>“The sentence is not nearly long enough and we disown her after what she’s done.”</p> <p>Philpott was freed from HMP Send in Surrey on the first day she was eligible to be released on licence.</p> <p>“They launched a massive operation to make sure she was safe and not seen,” a source said.</p> <p>“Her convoy was like one given to a celebrity rather than a mum who killed her six children.</p> <p>“Heaven knows how much it all cost, and it all seemed a bit much at a time of tight budgets.”</p> <p>Philpott is currently staying at a halfway house, where she will be offered counselling, life coaching, yoga and therapy sessions before being helped to find new accommodation.</p>

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Royal thief pleads guilty to stealing 77 valuable items

<p>A Buckingham Palace employee has pleaded guilty to stealing a total of 77 items from the royal residence between 11 November 2019 and 7 August 2020.</p> <p>Adamo Canto, from North Yorkshire in the UK reportedly stole multiple items, including an official signed photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a signed photo of the Duke of Sussex and a royal state banquet photo album of US President Donald Trump’s state visit.</p> <p>Some of the items were incredibly valuable, with an approximate worth of thousands of dollars in resale value.</p> <p>Other items stolen by the 37-year-old including a Companion of Bath medal belonging to Vice Admiral Master Tony Johnstone-Burt, who is the Master of the Household.</p> <p>The medal was sold on eBay for £350.</p> <p>The theft came to light when Vice Admiral Johnstone-Burt noticed his medal was missing as he was required to wear it for Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s birthday celebration, this year.</p> <p>"I discovered my Companion of Bath medal and box for sale," his court statement read. "It was up for sale for £500. However, it had been sold for £350."</p> <p>When Police searched his home they realised Canto had stolen the items as he was carrying out his cleaning duties, as due to the pandemic, he was allowed access to areas he normally would be barred from.</p> <p>In total, 77 items were taken including royal memorabilia stolen from the linen room, the Royal Collection ticket office, the Queen’s Gallery shop, the Duke of York’s storeroom as well as things belonging to staff members.</p> <p>The court heard Canto began selling off the stolen items on eBay and while they were being sold for "well under" their real value, he tallied up £7,741. The value of some of the items taken is thought to be between £10,000 and £100,000.</p> <p>Canto has now pleaded guilty and is out on conditional bail. He will be sentenced at a later date.</p>

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Reese Witherspoon shares stunning family photo with three children

<p>Reese Witherspoon has given fans a beautiful portrait of her husband Jim Toth, and three children, Ava, Deacon and Tennessee, to mark a special occasion.</p> <p>The 44-year-old <em>Legally Blonde</em> actress took to social media to give thanks to medical workers and frontline employees who have been working throughout the pandemic to care for others.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838995/reese-witherspoon-family-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a81f7a5f5c7b4531a922b8019de19eb4" /></p> <p>"Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Feeling very grateful for all the frontline workers, medical workers and people who are caring for others today," Reese wrote, noting the significance of their work through the US holiday.</p> <p>She then added: "And I’m deeply grateful for ALL of you! Sending my LOVE."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838994/reese-witherspoon-family-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a33585d238f4473ab742674011c664c8" /></p> <p>Reese got to work on her Thanksgiving feast as early as Wednesday, sharing that she had already begun baking for her family.</p> <p>The beloved celebrity is extremely close to her family and previously opened up to Entertainment Daily on raising her children at different stages during her life.</p> <p>She said: "When [you're a young mother], you're like, 'Oh, they're going to be fine!'</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838992/rylee-rose-10.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d3f5a29670f1494cb556d03c402cb493" /></p> <p>"As you get older, it's, 'Am I taking them to the ballet?' When you get past survival, I think that's what's so interesting… about motherhood.</p> <p>“It's about what you think you're creating for your children, when it's really just an artifice."</p>

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ALDI shopper causes $180k in damages after smashing alcohol

<p>Footage of a woman going rampant and causing severe damage to an ALDI store by smashing bottles of alcohol has caused great concern among customers. </p> <p>The video was recorded at a supermarket in Stevenage, UK, on Wednesday (local time) afternoon.</p> <p>Footage shows the woman wearing a hoodie and a backpack removing bottles of alcohol off the shelves with her arms.</p> <p>She then slips in the mess she created and falls to the ground.</p> <p>“Oh god, she’s not right,” a man is heard saying off-camera.</p> <p>The woman quickly gets back up and starts her tirade of breaking more bottles.</p> <p>The man off camera notices the woman has cut her hand and it’s covered in blood, while another person reveals the police won’t arrive for a while.</p> <p>“I’ve never seen anything like this,” someone is heard saying.</p> <p>A man who was waiting in the check-out line asked the woman to “calm down” and the woman threw a bottle of booze at his leg.</p> <p>The store manager estimated the damages to cost approximately $AUD180,270 when taking into account the loss of stock and revenue due to being forced to close the store to clean.</p> <p>According to The Comment, police officers arrived at the scene at around 2.30 pm and arrested the woman, who was taken to hospital and treated for her injuries.</p> <p>Image credit: <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/entertainment/viral-weird/woman-smashes-500-bottles-of-alcohol-in-five-minutes-during-bizarre-aldi-rampage-c-1662545" target="_blank">7NEWS</a></p>

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“The greatest of all”: Maradona dead at age 60

<p>The football world is paying honour to one of the game’s best-ever players after Diego Maradona died aged 60 on Thursday.</p> <p>He become renowned for leading the win for Argentina in the <em>World Cup</em> in 1986.</p> <p>The country's president, Alberto Fernandez, has declared three national days of mourning for the World Cup Winner.</p> <p>Fernéndez told media he was “incredibly sad” over the death of Maradona.</p> <p>The football world united to pay tribute to one of the game’s greatest-ever players after Argentine legend Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 on Thursday.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838927/diego-maradona.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8de706950c1e427a9300b96654e2be20" /></p> <p>He won the club’s only two Series A titles and as a result became one of the most beloved men in his homeland and Napoli in Italy.</p> <p>Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Maradona as a true icon.</p> <p>“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius,” Ronaldo tweeted.</p> <p>“One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”</p> <p>Messi, who took over after the Argentina’s leading player, shared a heartfelt post on Instagram.</p> <p>“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal,” Messi said.</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/CIBeukIlowA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIBeukIlowA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends.</p> <p>His former teams also paid homage to the star.</p> <p>“You are eternal in every heart in world football,” the Twitter account of the Argentina national team wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of Maradona holding the World Cup.</p> <p>Napoli’s Twitter said: “Always in our hearts, Ciao Diego.”</p> <p>Boca posted: “Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego.”</p> <p>Fellow celebrity Greg Lineker also took to social media to remember Maradona.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">ARGENTINA: Football legend Maradona dead at 60 <a href="https://t.co/OF5n07ksXf">pic.twitter.com/OF5n07ksXf</a></p> — AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/1331638885810581517?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time,” he said.</p> <p>“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”</p>

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Meghan Markle opens up about "unbearable grief"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she had a miscarriage in July, and shared her experience in a piece for<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/25/opinion/meghan-markle-miscarriage.html?action=click&amp;module=Opinion&amp;pgtype=Homepage" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>.</p> <p>She said she had a feeling of "an almost unbearable grief" and explained her reason for sharing something so personal.</p> <p>"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," she wrote.</p> <p>The Duchess felt a "sharp cramp" while looking after her son Archie, who was born on 6th May 2019.</p> <p>"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal."</p> <p>She's urged people to "commit to asking others 'are you okay?" over the Thanksgiving holidays in the US.</p> <p>An insider confirmed to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55068783" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em></a><span> </span>that Meghan is currently in good health despite going through the miscarriage.</p> <p>A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "It's a deeply personal matter we would not comment on."</p> <p>Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said that it was a "sad reality" that there was a stigma around pregnancy loss and baby death.</p> <p>"The isolation we have all felt this year has made it even more difficult for parents whose baby has died during the Covid-19 pandemic and has brought back painful emotions for all those who have lost precious loved ones," she said.</p> <p>Dr Christine Ekechi, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it was "important" that any stigma or shame surrounding this issue was removed.</p> <p>"Sadly, early miscarriages are very common and they can be a devastating loss for parents and their families," she said.</p> <p>And Alice Weeden, from charity the Miscarriage Association, told the BBC: "When somebody, particularly in the public eye, talks about it openly, it's helpful for other people to know that they are not alone."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The rise of the brown nomads and tips on how to do it

<p>Grey Nomads are a stalwart of the outback campsite, but COVID has seen a surge in younger families hitting the road: the Brown Nomads. These are people whose interstate or overseas jaunts have been thwarted by closed borders, or who have been freed from the 9-to-5 grind and want to take the “work from anywhere” concept literally. However, while adventuring sounds fun, it doesn't always generate a secure income. Consider some good financial planning so you can enjoy the nomadic life <em>and</em> still maintain financial security.</p> <p><strong>Before the trip</strong></p> <p>The options for how to stretch finances depends on your specific circumstances. It's important to see a financial planner early on in this process, but there are a few general tips I can offer.</p> <p><u>Reduce debt.</u> Pay it down as much as you can and see if consolidation makes sense. Do not carry credit card debt into this adventure.</p> <p><u>Plan your income and expenses.</u> Income sources include savings, investment dividends, long service leave, redundancies, ongoing business, or profits from asset sales. Plan expenses, including buying your start-up gear. Many nomads budget for $1000 per week, but it varies. Once you know how much you'll need you can start planning where to take the funds from.</p> <p><u>Interrogate your tax and maximising options</u>. If you’ve received a lump sum and want to use it to kick start your nomadic life, there may be some tax-efficient ways to stretch this amount. Consider various strategies, including a variety of superannuation strategies, consider paying down debt and investing in the name of the partner who didn’t earn an income, or earned less.</p> <p><u>Time your trip to suit your finances</u>. Are there are any benefits to going this or next financial year based on your circumstances?</p> <p><u>Get your financial foundations in place</u>. There are a few things you’ll need to get right as a basis for any secure financial future. These include having an emergency fund, creating a spending plan, getting the right insurances, optimising all aspects of superannuation including fees and investments inside, and having an up to date estate plan.</p> <p><strong>On the trip</strong></p> <p>Now you’ve hit the road and money is flying out the door and not so much is flying back in.</p> <p><u>Review your tax</u>. With the income changes there may be tax incentives you are now eligible for. You could make a spousal superannuation contribution, which will reduce your tax bill. You may also be eligible for the Family Tax Benefit.</p> <p><u>Manage your income streams.</u> Are you relying on income from dividends, term deposits that pay interest or rental income? Should you be? Any income linked to investments can change. Make sure you have enough money parked somewhere to see you through.</p> <p><u>Spend less money. </u>It sounds obvious, but in my experience, people spend what they have. I’ve had clients go from spending $200,000 per year to $40,000 after switching to a nomadic life for a year. When you aren’t in the ‘rat race’ you’ll be surprised how much joy life gives you for free and all the expenses you no longer have.</p> <p><u>Use the nomad community</u>. Experienced nomads will tell you their biggest expense is usually fuel. Find the cheapest with apps like Fuel Map Australia. Second to fuel is accommodation. WikiCamps Australia is one of many apps that has information about sites, including where the free ones are.</p> <p>Packing up and hitting the road does not have to cripple you financially. If you set yourself up right and plan well, you could have the adventure of a lifetime while you’re young, fit and healthy and return to a solid financial foundation.</p> <p>Helen Baker is a licensed Australian financial adviser and author of two books:  <em style="font-weight: bold;">On Your Own Two Feet – Steady Steps to Women’s Financial Independence</em> and On<em style="font-weight: bold;"> Your Own Two Feet Divorce – Your Survive and Thrive Financial Guide</em>.  <em style="font-weight: bold;">Proceeds from the books’ sales are donated to charities supporting disadvantaged women.  </em>Helen is among the 1% of financial planners who holds a master’s degree in the field. Find out more at <a href="http://www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au"><strong>www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au</strong></a></p> <p><strong><em>Note this is general advice only and you should seek advice specific to your circumstances.</em></strong></p>

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Now's your chance to own a ghost town in remote WA, deserted 70 years ago

<p><span>Urban explorers and the paranormal curious, listen up — you could soon the be proud owner on an entire abandoned town in remote Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span>The former township of Cossack, on the coast, is now up for sale after laying abandoned for 70 years.</span></p> <p><span>The ghost town, established in 1863, was once a thriving hub for the pearling industry, located on the Butchers Inlet.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>However over time, the population left to be absorbed into larger towns, eventually deserting the area completely.</span></p> <p><span>Today, Cossack's historic buildings all lay abandoned, trapped in an eerie timewarp.</span></p> <p><span>Tourists pass through, using the nearby hiking trails and paying a visit to the beautiful beaches — the town is surrounded by a coastal reserve.</span></p> <p><span>As well as 12 historic buildings and nearby Jarman Island, the town boasts archaeological sites dating back to the 1870s, some of which contain evidence of the impact of European settlement on the Aboriginal communities.</span></p> <p><span>The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are seeking buyers with proposals that will bring social and economic benefits to the region, so the idyllically-located town may just be a future tourism hotspot.</span><span>While no price tag has been assigned to the town, proposals that prioritise innovative low-impact tourism ventures will be top of the list, with things like eco accommodations, camping, dining venues, museums and galleries that will help support the regeneration of the town among the governement's criteria.</span></p> <p><span>Those keen to place a bid can do so before November 20, at 2pm, with proposals and registrations of interest to go to LJ Hooker Commercial Perth.</span></p> <div class="styles__Wrapper-sc-2o34ro-0 cmwkBV"> <div class="styles__Column-sc-2o34ro-3 jJDKrX"> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Katherine Scott. This article first appeared on <a href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/a-wa-ghost-town-deserted-70-years-ago-is-now-on-sale/44e8a83b-18fc-4c23-b84b-cfe9cd84b150">Honey</a>.</em></p> </div> </div>

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11 things you do in your car – but shouldn’t

<p>Driving in your car can feel like a portable home. It’s often so comfortable that sometimes you pick up a few bad habits along the way, such as eating in the car to having sex. Read on to find out what you should not do in your car.</p> <p>Putting your feet on the dashboard<br />Whether you’re in the passenger seat or driving your car, your feet should stay off the dashboard. In a 2017 NerdWallet report, 3% of drivers admit to putting their feet on the dashboard or out the window while driving with cruise control. Although this is a relatively small percentage, there is no reason for keeping your feet up – even if you’re sitting shotgun. In 2015, a US couple was in a car accident where the passenger had her feet on the dashboard. She broke both of her legs in several places and urges people not to make the same mistake.</p> <p>Eating<br />Almost everyone is guilty of eating or drinking behind the wheel at one point or another. Richard Reina, product training director of an aftermarket auto retailer says sipping on a cup of coffee or water is generally fine; just make sure you’re able to grip the wheel and keep your eyes on the road. “However, the more involved a snack or meal gets, the more distracted you might become,” he says. It might be tempting to reach for a fallen French fry, but it’s also incredibly dangerous.</p> <p>Storing unnecessary items<br />Some people treat their cars like their home away from home, but it shouldn’t act as a storage unit. Reina says large items in your car could block your visibility, creating dangerous blind spots and limiting your view when reversing. If there’s an emergency or an accident, anything not bolted down could easily move around your car and injure someone if you brake rapidly. Plus, storing items in plain sight can make you a target for theft.</p> <p>Using headphones<br />Listening to music during road trips and long commutes isn’t a problem, but using headphones or earbuds isn’t the best way to listen to it while driving. “Headphones decrease your awareness by filtering out other noises more than your car’s speakers,” he says.</p> <p>Blasting music with the windows down<br />In addition to annoying other drivers, playing loud music with your windows down in your car serves as another distraction. Much like earphones, driving with loud music distracts drivers from hearing important noises around you, Reina says.</p> <p>Having sex<br />Having sex in public – including a parked car – could result in your arrest. Some people have even had sex in their car while driving. According to a study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, 33% of men and 9% of women in its study participated in some sort of sexual activity while driving, Women’s Health reports.</p> <p>Smoking<br />Smoking health risks are generally well-known. If you do decide to smoke, however, there’s research showing you should avoid doing so in your car. After just half a cigarette burns in a car, the quality of the air can reach levels 10 times over what the US Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous. Plus, smoking in a closed environment like your car increases third-hand smoke exposure. When people sit in a car that someone has smoked in, the nicotine and other pollutants covering the car release into the air and get on your skin and mouth, according to Psychology Today.</p> <p>Changing clothes<br />It’s not always illegal to change in your car. However, you could get in trouble for public nudity or indecent exposure depending on where you live, if anyone sees you, and the local laws. It’s better to be safe than sorry and change in an appropriate, private place instead, if possible.</p> <p>Doing your makeup<br />Focusing on anything other than driving means you’re distracted and more prone to accidents. “Putting on makeup while driving doubles the reaction time a driver needs to put their foot on the brake,” says Traffic School owner Stephanie Schwartz. Most people also adjust their mirrors to see themselves while they’re putting on their makeup, which means you’re not using your mirror to look at the cars around you. Even if you’re parked, keeping your makeup in your car could actually damage some of your products and make them vulnerable to melting and mould growth.</p> <p>Driving without shoes on<br />Many drivers might be guilty of this, according to Reina. It’s not necessarily the least safe thing you can do behind the wheel, but it still isn’t a good idea. “For instance, you might need to brake very hard suddenly and find yourself unable to apply the proper force with a bare or socked foot as you would with a shoe on,” Reina says. “Additionally, if you need to step out of the car in an emergency, you run the risk of injuring your feet or wasting precious time putting shoes back on.”</p> <p>Arguing<br />Road rage, angry outbursts, and arguing in your car can make you vulnerable in more ways than one. According to a 2014 research review from the Harvard School of Public Health, it’s possible angry outbursts both on and off the road can trigger a heart attack or stroke hours later. The psychological stress can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which other research found can have adverse effects up to six years later. Even if you’re having a more mellow conversation with someone in your car, you still put yourself at risk. More than half of distracted driving accidents are because of talking with another passenger, per federal data, the Washington Post reports.</p> <p>Driving with your seat too far back<br />Drivers should be in the best possible position to control their car – and people don’t have that same control if they’re too far from the wheel. “Aside from your ability to reach the pedals and react quickly to road events, you may need to control your lights, wipers or other systems at a moment’s notice and have a hard time doing so if you’re seated too far back,” Reina says.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by<span> Emily DiNuzzo</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/11-things-you-do-in-your-car-but-shouldnt"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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The letters to Santa that will leave you heartbroken

<p>A little boy’s sweet letter to Santa has broken the hearts of thousands online after he admitted he just wants to be loved.</p> <p>The young boy, known as Will, wrote a letter to Father Christmas as part of the US Postal Service’s “Operation Santa”, an initiative that helps children and families in need at Christmas.</p> <p>In his handwritten note, Will said all he wants for Christmas is to be loved the way he is.</p> <p>He wrote: “Dear Santa, do you support the LGBTQ community?</p> <p>“And if you can speak to God can you tell him I love him and [ask] if he loves me for being gay?</p> <p>“Thank you. Love, Will.”</p> <p><img style="width: 325.47169811320754px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838953/screen-shot-2020-11-27-at-114254-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0038ae4a3d224784aafff131860dcfb3" /></p> <p>The heartwrenching message was posted to the postal service’s website, which then made its way on to Twitter.</p> <p>“This letter to Santa broke my heart,” wrote Twitter user Nancy.</p> <p>Her tweet ended up going viral and garnered 200,000 likes and over 22,000 retweets.</p> <p>“This hurts my heart so much. I hope Will and all the other little LGBTQ+ babies know (and get told) they’re so, so loved,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Being a queer kid is so difficult. I hope this little boy knows that God does love him no matter what,” another said.</p> <p>Others said they were “crying” and a “blubbering mess” after reading the note.</p> <p><img style="width: 320.4272363150868px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838954/screen-shot-2020-11-27-at-114306-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbaf55a583dd49d2bbaf5d4fb1d43e60" /></p> <p>Some of the other emotional letters including a child asking for help to pay his parent's bills.</p> <p>“We also need internet so I can study,” the child said.</p> <p>One girl called Kayla asked Santa to bring her a sofa bed, saying her parents spell on a sofa in their one-bedroom unit.</p> <p>She added that her dad “works a lot” and she doesn’t want him to wake with “back pain”.</p> <p>Another child, Almir, spoke about his mum who recently passed away from cervical cancer, and said how hard it has been on his entire family.</p> <p>He asked Santa to help his loved ones at Christmas, and also asked for some gloves and a coat to keep him warm.</p> <p>“These break my heart,” one person declared.</p> <p>“This is the most heart breaking thing,” another agreed.</p> <p>Operation Santa began in the US in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorised local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters – a program that eventually became known as Operation Santa.</p>

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"Bubble boy" Thomas Collins dies after being unable to return home to QLD

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A young boy who struggled with an auto-immune disease for most of his life passed away on Saturday.</p> <p>Thomas Collins was just 3 years old when he died after being diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) just days after he was born.</p> <p>The deficiency means he has no ability to fight off diseases and makes the risk of infections life-threatening.</p> <p>He spent 858 days in the hospital and was kept in a "plastic bubble" to stop him from catching diseases.</p> <p>Tom's conditions worsened while in a Melbourne hospital and the young family weren't able to move back to Queensland for support from their other family members due to COVID-19 restrictions.</p> <p>Tom's parents Leah and Morgan Collins have been fighting for their son to be let into Brisbane as he was nearing the end of his days but were unable to get a response from Queensland Health in time.</p> <p>The reason the family were in Melbourne was due to a specialist in a Melbourne hospital being the only person who could deliver the treatment Tom needed.</p> <p>The family shared their heartbreak on Facebook.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftomsbattle%2Fposts%2F913107189094286&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=760&amp;appId" width="552" height="760" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe> <p>“It is with deepest sorrow and fractured hearts that we tell you of Thomas’s passing this evening,” the Collins family posted on Facebook.</p> <p>“He passed peacefully in the arms of his parents.</p> <p>“Despite our best efforts we were unable to get him home to Queensland.</p> <p>“No response from Qld was received in time. We understood the potential conditions were very distressing and would have separated our family during transport.</p> <p>“We would then be forced to quarantine in the room he would have passed in as he was unlikely to survive 14 days quarantine.</p> <p>“We chose to do what our son needed most, which was to be with his parents in a peaceful environment to the end. We were able to do that for him.”</p> <p>“Sadly, we now have a choice between 14-day hotel quarantine, or wait 14 days south of the border to get back to Queensland, via NSW,” they said.</p> <p>“We wished we could be surrounded by family during this time but this is the hand we have been dealt.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Heartwarming update on F1 legend Michael Schumacher

<p><span>Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has given an incredibly heartwarming update on F1 legend Michael Schumacher.</span><br /><br /><span>Todt told media outlets that he has been closely following the motorsport career of his son Mick.</span><br /><br /><span>Schumacher is one of the world’s most successful F1 drivers, but his career came to a screeching halt when he suffered severe brain injuries while on a skiing trip in the French Alps back in 2013.</span><br /><br /><span>The formula legend has not been seen in public since.</span><br /><br /><span>Information on the 51-year-old’s condition has also been a tightly kept secret, with only tiny snippets of information being released so far.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Todt has always been a reliable source of information given his extremely close relationship with the Schumacher family.</span><br /><br /><span>The 74-year-old was team principal at Ferrari during five of Schumacher’s seven titles, and has revealed that Michael is closely watching the meteoric rise of his 21-year-old son Mick.</span><br /><br /><span>Mick Schumacher is currently on the verge of securing an F1 seat at Haas in 2021 after an extremely successful stint in FIA Formula 2.</span><br /><br /><span>“Of course he is following him,” Todt told <em>RTL France.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year which will be a great challenge.</span><br /><br /><span>“We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”</span><br /><br /><span>The comments have led the public to believe the F1 legend is conscious, following years of speculation he’s been in a vegetative state ever since his skiing accident.</span><br /><br /><span>Todt however has not given much details on the health of Schumacher.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” Todt said of the former Ferrari superstar.</span><br /><br /><span>“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights. We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Frenchman is one of just a few family and friends allowed into Schumacher’s mansion on Lake Geneva, where the German racing legend is believed to be recovering.</span><br /><br /><span>The former Ferrari boss revealed back in 2019 that he watched an F1 race on TV with Schumacher.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland,” Todt told <em>Radio Monte-Carlo.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house.</span><br /><br /><span>“He does not give up and keeps fighting.”</span><br /><br /><span>“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was.</span><br /><br /><span>“Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.”</span></p>

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Unlikely new weapon in the war on COVID

<p>A new study in the UK has shown that mouthwash has been shown to kill coronavirus in just 30 seconds.</p> <p>Scientists at Cardiff University found that there were "promising signs" that over-the-counter mouthwashes may help to destroy the virus.</p> <p>Dr Nick Claydon said the study could lead to mouthwash becoming an important part of people's routines.</p> <p>Dr Claydon, a specialist periodontologist, said: "If these positive results are reflected in Cardiff University's clinical trial, CPC-based mouthwashes... could become an important addition to people's routine, together with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks, both now and in the future."</p> <p>Dr Richard Stanton, lead author on the study, said: "This study adds to the emerging literature that several commonly-available mouthwashes designed to fight gum disease can also inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (and other related coronaviruses) when tested in the laboratory under conditions that are designed to mimic the oral/nasal cavity in a test tube.</p> <p>"This study is not yet peer reviewed and published which means it has not yet been scrutinised by other scientists as is the usual process with academic research. It has now been submitted for publication in a journal.</p> <p>"People should continue to follow the preventive measures issued by the UK government, including washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance."</p> <p>Prof David Thomas, from the university, said the initial results were encouraging, but the clinical trial would not produce evidence of how to prevent transmission between patients.</p> <p>"Whilst these mouthwashes very effectively eradicate the virus in the laboratory, we need to see if they work in patients and this is the point of our ongoing clinical study," he said to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54971650" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>BBC</em></a>.</p> <p>"The ongoing clinical study will, however, show us how long any effects last, following a single administration of the mouthwash in patients with Covid-19."We need to understand if the effect of over-the-counter mouthwashes on the Covid-19 virus achieved in the laboratory can be reproduced in patients."</p>

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Grandparents' genius trick to "visit" family safely

<p>Thanksgiving is approaching in the USA, and with many opting not to travel to spend the holidays with their families due to COVID-19, the holiday will look slightly different this year.</p> <p>Missy and Billy Buchanan from Texas knew travelling wasn’t an option for them due to being in the high risk category.</p> <p>So they came up with the perfect idea to make sure their family didn’t miss their presence, by sending them life-sized cardboard cutouts.</p> <p>Between them, Missy and Billy have four grandchildren that range in age from three to 12, and still wanted to be present in the annual family dinner.</p> <p>"As COVID19 numbers continue to rise, we wanted to show that you can have fun and help keep everyone safe, too," Buchanan said on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10220993189732428&amp;set=a.1183512640954" target="_blank">Facebook post.</a></p> <p>"I have so many friends who have been impacted by COVID19. For us, it's an act of love. And our kids and grandkids are having such fun with 'us'".</p> <p>The cut outs stand at six feet tall, and gave their kids a shock when they arrived in the mail.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmissy.buchanan.5%2Fposts%2F10220993219733178&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=702&amp;appId" width="552" height="702" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>And while some of the grandkids were a little terrified at first, they ended up thinking it was hilarious.</p> <p>"My daughter got hers first. She texted, 'Omg!' and called and said, 'This is the funniest thing we've ever seen,'" Buchanan told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/grandparents-send-cardboard-cutouts-grandkids-place-thanksgiving-74375764?cid=social_fb_abcn&amp;fbclid=IwAR2MaBadeXyNx7RcuD5rYWI5aPny5gwWNyM8oMKgNE8TlqNAuF2JXJYpP-Q" target="_blank"><em>Good Morning America,</em></a><span> </span>adding they've been having fun putting them in different parts of the house.</p> <p>"The kids get to pass them as they go to bed every night and say goodnight to Ama and Poppi," the Buchanan's son Matthew told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/parents/grandparents-send-cardboard-cutouts-thanksgiving-2020-t200477" target="_blank"><em>TODAY.</em></a></p> <p>The Buchanan's said they hope their fun solution can show other families that you can still be safe and have fun celebrating, even from a distance.</p> <p>"Grandparents can lead the way on this," she said. "I think they're having more fun with the cut-outs than they would have had we been there in person!"</p>

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Deborra-Lee Furness opens up about parenting with Hugh Jackman

<p><span>Deborra-Lee Furness and husband Hugh Jackman have long been advocates for adoption, but have largely kept their two children away from the spotlight.</span><br /><br /><span>We often don't hear from the 64-year-old about her own two kids, 20-year-old Oscar and 15-year-old Ava, whom she adopted with Hugh.</span><br /><br /><span>In a rare interview with People, Deborra has spoken about parenting their two kids and maintaining a dynamic that explores their diversity.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's so interesting being a parent, and they've both made me smarter than I think I ever could have been on my own," Deborra revealed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838963/hugh-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/03bfbd9cfd1d43f2af9f0c55d46c7355" /><br /><br /><span>"But when you're a parent, you can't lie to them or yourself. They will shine a light on every one of your flaws, your Achilles heel, whatever. You've got to look at yourself."</span><br /><br /><span>Oscar has Bosnian heritage and Ava has Mexican lineage, so Deborra says she has taken a special interest in "epigenetics" - the study of how your behaviours and environment can impact the way your genes work.</span><br /><br /><span>"What I'm very interested in is epigenetics, and it's even more so when you have adopted children because I'm coming from my lineage of my mother, how she parented me, how her mother parented her, and I'm translating that to my children."</span><br /><br /><span>"But my children also have a separate lineage. So it's almost like we have more players at the table."</span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-two says she has made a conscious effort to open both Oscar and Ava up to their cultural traits.</span><br /><br /><span>"When my son was younger, he found out he was part Bosnian, so we went and got this Croatian/Bosnian cookbook and he was very proud to carry that around when he was 7 years old."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838964/hugh.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4bdf004262284206813b3a5470ec7a15" /><br /><br /><span>"My daughter has a Mexican lineage, so we've been to Mexico."</span><br /><br /><span>She then went on to say: "We completely embrace the ancestors and the extended family; they're family to us. And it's in there, even though it's generational. It may be subtle, but it's in there."</span><br /><br /><span>In a recent interview with the Herald Sun, Hugh spoke of his unwavering love for his children.</span><br /><br /><span>"I don't think of them as adopted – they're our children. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn't the way we were meant to have children."</span><br /><br /><span>"Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone's in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it's something we feel very deeply."</span></p>

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Beloved 98-year-old grandma turned Facebook chef dies of coronavirus

<p>Lucy Pollock is not the only person who turned to cooking and baking during the coronavirus lockdown.</p> <p>However, she is one that stuck out after her videos, originally meant for friends and family, online began to gain traction and stick in the hearts of everyone watching her.</p> <p>Over time, the beloved 98-year-old’s cooking show<span> </span><em>Baking With Lucy</em><span> </span>amassed over 40,000 followers.</p> <p>Sadly though, the woman did not make it long enough to share any of her delicious Christmas recipes, passing away on Sunday after being diagnosed with coronavirus and suffering from a fatal lung infection.</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/inhercozykitchen/posts/232858605036662" data-show-text="true" data-width=""> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>As Lucy would say, " Happy Tuesday!!" Here is a beautiful photo of my mom and me at an art show Latrobe Art Center when...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/inhercozykitchen/">Baking With Lucy</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/inhercozykitchen/posts/232858605036662">Tuesday, November 24, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p>The Pennsylvania woman’s daughter Mary Ellen Raneri was the one who announced the sad news in a video shared to Pollock’s popular baking video page.</p> <p>"The beautiful, lovely Lucy, talented woman and amazing mother, passed away last night at 3 in the morning," she explains in the video.</p> <p>"It was very unexpected. It was due to a lung infection and also, she tested positive for COVID, so it's quite an eye-opener for us and for everybody.</p> <p>"It's kind of ironic that what she struggled so hard to help people with eventually ended up hurting her."</p> <p>Raneri was able to visit her mother prior to her death and sang<span> </span><em>You Are My Sunshine</em><span> </span>in their final moment together.</p> <p>She closed her eyes, she looked really happy, and she was at peace," she said in the video.</p> <p>Pollock brought joy to thousands in her humble kitchen, cooking up almost a century's worth of family recipes, baking dishes that had been passed down through generations, donated by friends, and taken from frayed, handwritten notes.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838935/lucy-pollock.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ef471798165452e895bde030b4f8207" /></p> <p>In mid-March, Raneri shared a photo on Facebook of her mother making cinnamon scrolls.</p> <p>The pair were then encouraged to make "live videos" of themselves cooking up more dishes.</p> <p>Raneri would often stand nearby and read out recipes while her mother baked due to her poor eyesight.</p> <p>Pollock would bake while her husband Phil filmed her and the humble, family-friendly videos took off quickly – with Pollock earning worldwide recognition, an upcoming cookbook and a national television appearance on NBC's Today show,</p> <p>"I can't believe that I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning doing this," Raneri said in the sad video.</p> <p>"Because at this point we'd all be scurrying around, yelling at each other 'Who's going to get the flour?' and 'Where are we going to put it?' But life has twists and turns.</p> <p>"I feel like my heart is breaking right now. But I wanted to tell everybody that I think right now she's in a really good place, and I'm going to go with that."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838934/lucy-pollock-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/10634dde307746af8dd66b63045051a8" /></p> <p>Pollock's cookbook will go ahead as planned.</p> <p>"I don't think I knew how much I loved my mum until we started to do this project together," Raneri said of the cookbook.</p> <p>"I loved her, but I don't think I knew how much I admired her. She was an amazing person."</p> <p>Pollock will be buried in a private service on Friday.</p> <p>The service will be live streamed at 11 a.m. on the Baking with Lucy Facebook page.</p>

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Surprised mum discovers "weird" creature in home

<p>An Aussie mum was left very confused after spotting a bizarre "creature" in her home.</p> <p>She posted on the popular Facebook page Mums Who Clean, asking for help identifying the creature.</p> <p>“Does anyone know what this weird-looking creature is please?” she wrote on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/mumswhoclean" target="_blank">Mums Who Clean</a><span> </span>page.</p> <p>Many thought it was a stingray.</p> <p>“Not gonna lie, I thought it was a mini stingray at first glance!” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “Go home stingray, you’re drunk!”</p> <p>Luckily, a pest controller on the page provided info as to what it is.</p> <p>“Pest controller here!” said one.</p> <p>“It looks weird, I’ll admit! But it’s nothing concerning, simply the dropped tail from a broad-tailed gecko (Phyllurus platurus).</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838939/gecko-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3bde4f6931ac4e8788ced0b2e895b2f1" /></p> <p>“They throw the tail off to act as a decoy when threatened.”</p> <p>Many were surprised after learning the truth.</p> <p>“Well you learn something new every day,” said one. “I’m Australian, and in 45 years I have never seen a gecko that looks like that and thank God, because I would literally **** my pants!”</p> <p>Wrote another: “I would be more worried that the tail has been dropped, because where the hell is the gecko?</p> <p>“Just move houses, it’s safest that way!”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/baffled-aussie-mum-asks-internet-for-help-after-discovering-weird-creature-in-home-c-1648095" target="_blank"><em>7news</em></a></p>

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Madeleine McCann suspect injured while awaiting trial

<p><span>A suspect involved in the disappearance of the British toddler who vanished from a Portugese holiday resort 13 years ago has suffered two broken ribs in an incident at a German court.</span><br /><br /><span>Christian Brueckner is serving time on a drug conviction and was taken to Braunschweig state court on Monday for a hearing on that case.</span><br /><br /><span>Court spokeswoman Jessica Knab-Henrichs told <em>The Associated Press</em> that he was treated in hospital for two broken ribs.</span><br /><br /><span>He was then returned to the court where the hearing was carried out.</span><br /><br /><span>While details have not been released yet, the spokeswoman says the incident is under investigation.</span><br /><br /><span>Brueckner is a suspect in the disappearence of Madeleine but prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence to hold him on the McCann case alone.</span><br /><br /><span>Brueckner will finish serving his drug trafficking charge in January, but he has been convicted in of the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal and sentenced to another seven years.</span><br /><br /><span>That conviction is under appeal.</span><br /><br /><span>McCann was 3 at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while vacationing with her parents and siblings in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region.</span><br /><br /><span>German authorities in June said they had identified the 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case and were looking into him on suspicion of murder.</span></p>

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"Do not lose heart": Trump party plea after finding uncounted votes

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Thousands of votes have been discovered on memory cards in Georgia, with the majority believed to be voting for President Donald Trump.</p> <p>However, the amount of votes was not enough to overcome Trump's deficit in the state.</p> <p>Trump continues to contest the results of the 2020 presidential election, which saw Joe Biden elected as President instead of Trump.</p> <p>Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party David Schafer said election monitors had discovered a memory card containing votes that had not been uploaded.</p> <p>“Walton County election officials have found a memory card that was apparently not uploaded. The number of uncounted votes is not as large as in Floyd or Fayette but the President will pick up votes,” he said.</p> <p>The head of Arizona's Republican Party has insisted that the election is "far from over".</p> <p>“Do not lose heart,” Arizona <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/topics/us-republican-party" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Republican</a> Party chairwoman Dr Kelli Ward said in a video message on Monday.</p> <p>“Do not allow the negativity and the fake news to bring you down. Arizona is in this fight 100 per cent. We are out to make sure that our elections in our state have integrity.”</p> <p>Dr Ward said she was working "hand-in-hand" with the Trump campaign.</p> <p>“So stay strong, stay firm, understand that this election is far from over,” she said.</p> <p>“We do not have a president-elect at this time. States have not certified elections, and that’s what makes a president-elect – not the media, not the pundits, not the talking heads, not the fake news.”</p> <p>On Monday, Trump hailed a “big victory” in Clark County, Nevada after election officials threw out the results of a county commissioner race due to voting “discrepancies”.</p> <p>“Big victory moments ago in the state of Nevada,” the President tweeted.</p> <p>“The all Democrat County Commissioner race, on same ballot as President, just thrown out because of large scale voter discrepancy. Clark County officials do not have confidence in their own election security. Major impact!”</p> <p>The Clark County Commission cited the narrow 10-vote margin between Democrat Ross Miller and Republican Stavros Anthony as well as a range of discrepancies, including people who voted twice.</p> <p>“We have found discrepancies that we can’t explain that would cast a doubt on whether or not that margin of victory is solid,” Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria told commissioners.</p> <p>“That’s the only race in the entire election we have any concern related to the outcome. And it’s because of the margin.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Nurse arrested for third time after death of 17 babies

<p>A UK nurse previously arrested twice during investigations into the deaths of infants at a neonatal unit has been arrested again - this time on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another nine.</p> <p>Countess of Chester Hospital nurse Lucy Letby was originally arrested in 2018 and 2019 on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six others.</p> <p>The 30-year-old has been questioned in the past by detectives for two days while her Chester home in northwest England was searched, but was released without charge.</p> <p>Police have revealed that Letby, who was once the face of a £3 million fundraising campaign, had been arrested again after new information came to light.</p> <p>Detectives described the investigation as “extremely challenging”.</p> <p>“It has been more than three years since we first launched an investigation into a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes said.</p> <p>“In that time a dedicated team of detectives have been working extremely hard on this highly complex and very sensitive case, doing everything they can as quickly as they can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses.</p> <p>“Today, as part of our ongoing enquiries, the healthcare professional has been rearrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of nine babies.</p> <p>“The woman is currently in custody helping officers with their enquiries.”</p> <p>Cheshire Police has been investigating the deaths of infants and non-fatal collapses at the UK hospital for a long time now, after the hospital reported 17 infant deaths and 16 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016.</p> <p>“Parents of all the babies have been kept fully updated on this latest development and they are continuing to be supported throughout the process by specially trained officers,” Hughes said.</p> <p>“This is an extremely difficult time for all the families and it is important to remember that, at the heart of this, there are a number of bereaved families seeking answers as to what happened to their children.”</p> <p>A friend of Letby has described the nurse as being dedicated to her “dream job” and insisted that she ”wouldn’t hurt a fly”.</p> <p>“We’re still reeling from it to be honest,” she told the Daily Mail.</p> <p>“Even after sleeping on it I think everybody around here is still in a state of shock and disbelief.</p> <p>“Lucy was doing the job she dreamed of doing and appeared nothing but dedicated and professional. You can’t imagine her hurting a fly let alone defenceless babies.”</p> <p>A resident who lives on the same street as Letby told the Daily Mail said she was shocked when she heard of her arrest.</p> <p>“I can’t add much more to what’s been already said about her,” she said.</p> <p>“I knew her when she was a little girl and she was as sweet as anything. I’ve seen her grow up and she seemed a lovely woman.</p> <p>“So this is news is deeply and utterly shocking. I can’t fathom it.”</p> <p>A spokesman for the Countess of Chester Hospital said it was “co-operating fully” with the investigation.</p>

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12 easy ways to save $20 a day

<p><strong>Define your budget</strong><br />Saving $20 a day can be as basic as sitting down and crafting a realistic budget. “Our society has done a poor job at teaching people how to save as well as construct a real budget and stick to it,” says Tom Graneau, author of Pennies to Power. He asserts that our money problems can be traced to a lack of discipline rather than a lack of funds. Graneau recommends putting away 15 to 20 per cent of your pay every time you’re paid, making it unlikely you’ll have that extra $20 lying around to spend on something frivolous.</p> <p><strong>Consign your clothes</strong><br />When you’ve grown bored with a once-beloved item of clothing, consider its condition. If you feel it’s too good to be put in a charity bin, a local consignment shop or online consignment space could be the perfect place to score some extra cash. “Selling clothes through consignment is a great way to earn money,” says consignment website co-founder Brielle Buchberg.</p> <p><strong>Make your own coffee</strong><br />This sounds way too simple but your daily café runs seriously add up, especially if you like the fancy stuff. Once you factor in a café latte, perhaps an overpriced pastry, and a second coffee run later in the day, by the end of the week you have seriously blown your budget. Become a DIY barista and make your own concoctions.</p> <p><strong>Say bye to gym memberships</strong><br />Many of us belong to a fitness studio, and those memberships don’t come cheap. If you use them regularly, fine, but it not you could try exercising with the help of a Fitness app instead. Look for one that offers live classes so, even though you are exercising in the privacy of your own home, you can still get that group camaraderie. It will cost you a fraction of the price of a gym membership.</p> <p><strong>Get paid for your opinion</strong><br />As a consumer, your thoughts are incredibly valuable to marketing companies. So much so that you can often find paid survey opportunities when you reveal your purchasing habits and how you decide to buy items.</p> <p><strong>Mark two no-spend weeks on the calendar</strong><br />Depending on your consumer habits, this could be a real exercise in frugality. “Other than petrol in your car and groceries in your fridge, try at least two no-spend weeks each month where you don’t pay for any extras (like that new tech gadget you don’t need),” advises Jill Caponera, a Consumer Savings Expert. “You’d be surprised how much extra money you’ll save when you’re not constantly spending it.</p> <p><strong>Experience your city… for free</strong><br />Boredom can lead to unnecessary spending, yet finding inexpensive entertainment can feel impossible. However, there are likely dozens of fun and free events either in your city or a nearby destination that can save you money while offering up a unique experience you might never have otherwise considered. Type keywords like ‘free events’ in your search engine along with the name of your city or town to discover what’s happening nearby.</p> <p><strong>Don’t be afraid to borrow</strong><br />If you’re a good neighbour, you likely have trustworthy relationships with the folks who live nearby. Before you go out and purchase, say, a power tool or a leaf blower that you may only use once a year, chat to your neighbours to see if they have the item available to borrow. The savings add up and you’re reducing waste at the same time. It’s a win-win.</p> <p><strong>Keep your budgeting style old school</strong><br />Money-saving apps are great, but they aren’t for everyone. Caponera suggests using the good old ‘envelope system’ if you prefer to keep your cash in plain sight. “Set aside a specific amount of money in individual envelopes to cover different categories of your budget,” she says. “If you’ve budgeted $400 a month for groceries, take that amount out of your bank account at the beginning of the month and put the cash in a labelled envelope. This will help you to keep your spending in check and not dip into extra money that could be saved for the future.”</p> <p><strong>When you treat yourself, create a savings ‘match’</strong><br />This idea is truly genius. According to a campaign run by a non-profit organisation, you should match the cost of what they describe as ‘non-essential indulgence’ in savings. This means that if you really want that giant cookie from the coffee shop, you should match its cost in your savings account (or a labelled envelope in cash). Think of it this way, if you can’t afford to save the matching amount, you can’t afford the treat either.</p> <p><strong>Sell some stuff</strong><br />Whether you bought into the Beanie Baby craze of the ’90s or have some other collection that simply isn’t bringing you joy anymore, it’s time to let it go. Find an app to help you list and sell items that you no longer need, or get some neighbours together for a joint garage sale. When multiple families join forces for a sale, it tends to attract more buyers looking for a great deal.</p> <p><strong>Skip takeaways</strong><br />This always feels easier said than done, but if you plan your lunches and dinners for the week, your bank account will come out ahead. Take a look at grocery ads for weekly sales and what could make for a cost-effective but healthy dinner. Bringing your own lunch to work every day also saves you a packet, so if you make more dinner than you can eat, you can have leftovers for lunch.</p> <p><em>Written by Kelly Bryant. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/food-home-garden/money/12-easy-ways-to-save-20-a-day?pages=1">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em><span></span></p>

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The Crown creator defends “made up” scenes

<p>Peter Morgan, the brains behind The Crown has defended his decision of including imagined scenes in the latest season of the hit Netflix show.</p> <p>Season four, which is based on real-life events but not entirely factual, premiered on Netflix on Sunday with a number of new characters, including Princess Diana and then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.</p> <p>In the first episode of the new series, Lord Louis Mountbatten, played by Charles Dance, confronts his great-nephew, Prince Charles, for having an affair with Camilla, who at the time, was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.</p> <p>In the episode, Mountbatten writes a scathing letter to Charles, accusing him of contemplating such “ruin and disappointment” to himself and his family, and orders him to instead marry “some sweet and innocent well-tempered girl with no past.”</p> <p>In the show, Charles receives the letter after finding out Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA - but some critics say there is no evidence that such a letter was ever written.</p> <p>Writer Morgan addressed the show's portrayal of the interaction in an episode of The Crown podcast, explaining that, while he "made up" the scene, he believed that the fictionalised interaction would have aligned with Mountbatten's views.</p> <p>"I made up in my head — whether it's right or wrong — what we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, 'Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It's time you got married and it's time you provided an heir,'" Morgan said.</p> <p>"I think everything that's in the letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe — you know, based on everything I've read and people I've spoken to, that that represents his view.</p> <p>"We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten's death but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it," he added.</p> <p>Critics have claimed the show has been filled with lies and misinformation. </p> <p>"People actually do believe it because it is well filmed, lavishly produced, well acted with good actors. You can't just dismiss it as tabloid rubbish," Hugo Vickers, historian and author of The Crown Dissected, told CNN.</p> <p>"In this particular series, every member of the royal family, in my view, comes out of it badly, except the Princess of Wales," he said. "It's totally one sided, it's totally against Prince Charles."</p> <p>Vickers told CNN that the show contains a number of "mischievous" inaccuracies — including scenes which show Queen Elizabeth at odds with Thatcher — adding that viewers could watch the show and assume it to be true.</p> <p>"Anyone watching, they may say, 'I saw it on The Crown, it must be true.' It's not true," he added.</p> <p>Last year, the British royal family denied any involvement with the Netflix series, after Morgan claimed to meet regularly with "people who are very high-ranking and very active within the organisation."</p> <p>Donal McCabe, the Queen's communications secretary, said in a letter to the UK's Times, which Buckingham Palace subsequently forwarded to CNN: "The Royal Household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme's accuracy."</p>

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Dolly did it! Fans praise Dolly Parton for "curing coronavirus"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><span>Dolly Parton has been praised by country music fans for "playing an important role in the COVID battle" after making a very generous donation.</span></p> <p>She gave USD $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville to fund coronavirus projects.</p> <p>One of these projects were human trials of the Moderna vaccine, which was found this week to be nearly 95 per cent effective against the virus in early studies.</p> <p>A Vanderbilt spokesperson said Parton’s “generous” gift was helping “several promising research initiatives”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">When I donated the money to the Covid fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure real soon. <a href="https://t.co/dQgDWexO0C">pic.twitter.com/dQgDWexO0C</a></p> — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) <a href="https://twitter.com/DollyParton/status/1328741440470528000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Fans are saying that "Dolly is our saviour" and others are saying that as she donated to the researchers that are now helping with the vaccine, she helped cure COVID.</p> <p>Dolly announced her generous donation to the Medical Center back in May.</p> <p>“My longtime friend Dr Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards that research of the coronavirus for a cure,” the star wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ever wanted to own a real castle?

<p>A unique home on Australia's North Shore has hit the market, and it is expected to topple price records because there is not much quite like it in the quiet pocked of Sydney. The century-old castle in was built more than 100 years ago and is up to buy for over $25 million – and it is expected to go quickly.</p> <p>Innisfallen Castle has stood overlooking the serene Sydney water for over 100 years and in that time has had just two owners.</p> <p>The property was listed on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5045027" target="_blank" title="">NSW State Heritage Register</a> on 2 April 1999, making its preservation a top priority and solidifying the home as a permanent slice of history.</p> <p>Innisfallen castle is a remnant of a bygone British era, sandwiched between the Aussie bush and glorious Sydney Harbour.</p> <p>Inside the home, there is a grand entrance that backs on to a staircase, which in turn leads up to a stone turnet that offers million-dollar 360-degree views of Sydney.</p> <p>The castle has not permanently stayed in the past though and has had minor upgrades that include a wine cellar, a gym and even a perfect space for a sauna underground.</p> <p>The interior rooms reach just a little over four metres high and have late Victorian-style interiors.</p> <p>Despite having modern fixtures added in the castle throughout the years, the decorations and styling has largely remained the same since the house was built – including the plasterwork and stained glass.</p> <p>The heritage listed castle was made in 1902 from sandstone that was quarried on the site.</p> <p>The property now sits on 8000 square metres of land and was named after a ruined Abbey at Killarney in Ireland and means 'Isle of the Field.</p> <p>The first owner was Henry Willis - a federal politician who went on to pass it down to his son.</p> <p><em>Images: Channel Nine</em></p>

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See inside Matt Damon’s $22 million Byron Bay beach pad

<p>Matt Damon and his family have been welcomed with open arms by the closely-knit beach town of Byron Bay, NSW.</p> <p>To seal in their spot as residents, the actor has reportedly scooped up a $22 million mansion in the area.</p> <p>The unbelievable home was snapped up after a little over four days on the market,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/oscarwinner-matt-damon-rumoured-buyer-of-22m-byron-bay-home/news-story/bb64832c4ae44fe83b48b34dca23f5ec" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a><span> </span>reported.</p> <p>While it has not been confirmed if the Hollywood heavyweight added the five bedroom property under his belt, he is a heavy contender.</p> <p>The home has sweeping views that overlooks Wategos Beach and is regarded as the of the area's most prestigious homes.</p> <p>In the middle of a quiet coastal town, the incredible property has all the bells and whistles including a heated infinity pool, tall ceilings and open spaces to host large gatherings. </p> <p>The property also offers three bathrooms and three car spaces.  </p> <p>The Los Angeles based actor was spotted with his wife and three children holidaying in the coastal town in 2019 and rumours have ignited as to whether the family would be settling down.</p> <p>In 2019, Matt reportedly rented out the $4 million ($3.07m USD) property directly next door to Chris Hemsworth's property.</p>

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Serena Williams gives rare look into beautiful home

<p><span>Serena Williams has given an update on her daughter Olympia from the comfort of her glamorous walk-in-wardrobe.</span><br /><br /><span>The star revealed she had signed her little girl up for tennis lessons on Thursday in an Instagram video, while perched behind her was her clothing and handbags.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838404/serena-williams-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a2be5edc8404957b4262881273fa370" /><br /><span>The 39-year-old's items could be seen neatly placed in sectioned compartments, and fans could also see the room's lush wooden flooring.</span><br /><br /><span>As she walked around the stunning space, Serena explained: "I signed Olympia up for tennis lessons. Don't even start with me, because I'm not giving her tennis lessons.</span><br /><br /><span>“I signed her up for some, but the lady has no idea that it's my daughter.</span><br /><br /><span>“So we'll see how that goes. I'm not a pushy mum, but I know how I like techniques. I wanna make sure she's good."</span><br /><br /><span>The stars personalised show space for bag’s was also showing behind her along with a select few pairs of expensive footwear.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838407/serena-williams.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/884ac43e24eb48048271c17b81e88277" /><br /><span>Serena is reportedly living in her stunning mansion that she has owned for over two decades, in Palm Beach, Florida.</span><br /><br /><span>The star is living with her husband Alexis Ohanian and daughter Olympia.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838406/serena-williams-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/26fcf5e316064b6b9c3ca64b40b9c807" /></span></p>

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