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The ridiculous amount a royal visit costs: "I cannot stand over this type of expenditure"

<p>The staggering price of a royal visit has been revealed after one councillor in Ireland shared a breakdown of the cost of a visit from Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>In June, the heir to the throne and his wife visited Cork, Ireland, for an overnight stop in the university town.</p> <p>Despite their short stay, Cork City Council spent an excessive amount of money to prepare for the trip.</p> <p>And now, Thomas Gould, Sinn Féin Councillor for Cork North Central, has shared a breakdown of the cost on Twitter.</p> <p>He wrote: "Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 ($31,078) for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761 ($320,310).”</p> <p>"I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761. I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more. <a href="https://t.co/WmaUK4SI6o">pic.twitter.com/WmaUK4SI6o</a></p> — CLLRThomas Gould (@ThomasGouldsf) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasGouldsf/status/1072292561333686272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The cost for the visit included $9331 spent on polishing door handles in Town Hall and $9780 on replacing a light in the foyer.</p> <p>However, the council has defended the costs in a statement to CCN, saying the expenditure included “specialist reconditioning, polishing and lacquering of over 260 individual brass items by a local specialist firm".</p> <p>The council also spent money on "reconditioning, polishing and lacquering door handles, escutcheons, push plates, finger plates, brass fittings and kick plates.</p> <p>"These items had not been refurbished since they were first put in place over 80 years ago and were due to be refinished but the project was brought forward due to (the) Royal visit," they said.</p> <p>During Charles and Camilla’s stay, they also visited the English Market which was decorated with $14,669 worth of banners to mark its 230th birthday.</p> <p>What are your thoughts on the cost of Prince Charles and Camilla's royal visit to Ireland? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Princess Eugenie debuts new hair at royal engagement

<p>Princess Eugenie has debuted her new hair while attending an event at the Queen’s Gallery in London.</p> <p>The 28-year-old granddaughter of the Queen has taken inspiration from her cousin’s wife, Duchess Kate, donning a darker shade of chestnut brown.</p> <p>Eugenie, who is the daughter of Princess Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, shared her new look with fans in a post on her Instagram this week.</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/BrQAQSuFe0f/?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/BrQAQSuFe0f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">As patron of the Tate Young Patrons, I was happy to host a reception at The Queen’s Gallery where we got to see two magnificent shows on Russia. A must see in London. @royalcollectiontrust @tate #queensgallery #buckinghampalace</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/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Dec 11, 2018 at 6:16am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Eugenie wrote: “As patron of the Tate Young Patrons, I was happy to host a reception at The Queen’s Gallery where we got to see two magnificent shows on Russia. A must see in London.”</p> <p>On October 12, Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Prior to her big day, Eugenie was seen in London with auburn red hair, showing a subtle comparison to her redhead mother.</p> <p>However, when her wedding arrived Eugenie chose to dye her hair a darker auburn shade. </p>

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Pink snaps back at parenting police with witty message

<p>Pink doesn’t have time for those who critically analyse her parenting skills.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the pop star shared a photo of her son Jameson Moon Hart indulging in chocolate, and the mother-of-two paired it with a witty caption.</p> <p>“Chocolate is good for babies, right?” she wrote. “Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.”</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/BrUJROJhqNW/?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/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Chocolate is good for babies right? Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.</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/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Dec 12, 2018 at 8:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The sarcastic comment comes after Pink’s husband Carey hart posted a photo of himself and Jameson taking a ride on a dirt bike.</p> <p>Hart, who posted the photo three days ago, had already predicted the amount of backlash he was going to receive, as he wrote in the caption: “Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad.”</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/BrL6yovHUYg/?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/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Jamo has his race face on😂😂😂. Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad @FoxMoto @Dualigans @giantbicyclesusa @RideDunlop @Guts_Racing_Inc @WorksConnection @Fmf73 @motionpro @Twin_air @GalferUsa @ODIgrips @mactools38 @acerbisusa @Bel_RayCompany @GoodRide @HinsonRacing</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/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Still, his followers took to the comment section to criticise Hart, saying that the 23-month-old wasn’t adequately protected, and the activity wasn’t age appropriate.</p> <p>“Your face and body protected but his isn’t,” wrote one person, with others agreeing to the sentiment, saying that Jameson should have been provided with more than a helmet.</p> <p>“Nice eye protection for the kid,” said another.</p> <p>Hart responded to the backlash by telling them to “move along".</p> <p>But despite the onslaught of negative comments, there were many positive ones as they praised the parents for making sure their children Jameson and 7-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart grow up with fond memories.</p> <p>“I wish my dad was like you when I was young,” wrote one follower. “You can’t wrap them in cotton wool all the time and you’re a professional. Don’t stop being an awesome dad.”</p> <p>Another person wrote: “I took my kids riding at that age. They loved it and wanted to go as fast as possible. As you said, ‘You are a professional’. Screw everyone else, your son is having a blast and you are making memories.”</p> <p>Do you think Pink and Carey are in the wrong with their parenting style? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The exact moment Queen Elizabeth II knew Prince Philip was the one

<p>This year, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 71st wedding together after tying the knot in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.</p> <p>The couple have overcome many adversities together and their marriage is the longest of any British sovereign.</p> <p>The duo first met when Elizabeth was just eight, at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (Philip’s cousin) and Prince George, Duke of Kent (Elizabeth’s uncle) in 1934.</p> <p>However, they crossed paths again five years later and it was on this day that the then heir-to-the throne fell in love with her future husband.</p> <p>When Elizabeth was 13, she visited the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth with her sister Margaret and her parents.</p> <p>Speaking on <a href="https://honey.nine.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>9Honey</strong></span></a>’s <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Windsors</em> podcast, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter says: “[The princesses] were escorted around the property by an 18-year-old blonde-haired blue-eyed midshipman, Prince Philip, who was charged with taking care of the girls while the royal parents were off doing duties."</p> <p>“She was totally in lust, I think," says Juliet Rieden, author of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Royals in Australia</em>.</p> <p>"He was devilishly handsome. People at the time said that he looked like a Greek God, this shock of blonde hair, he was very tall, he was very muscular."</p> <p>On the weekend of the royal family’s Dartmouth visit, Philip joined them for dinner on their yacht.</p> <p>Elizabeth’s infatuation with the officer was noticed by Lord Louis Mountbatten, an aide to the King who was also on the trip.</p> <p>It was several years before the couple dated because of Elizabeth’s age, however, Arbiter believes that moment was when their relationship began.</p> <p>Rieden explains, "It’s been widely reported that the Queen was smitten the minute she met him. That was it.</p> <p>"Of course, she was only 13 and he was 18, so they wrote letters to each other while he was off on naval service. They were writing to each other all the time."</p> <p>In 1946, Philip asked King George VI for permission to marry his daughter and the future Queen.</p> <p>The King agreed on the condition that the official announcement would not be made until Elizabeth turned 21 the following April.</p>

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Duchess Kate’s star sign reveals exactly who she is

<p>Duchess Kate has been a royal for several years, but her star sign confirms one of the key reasons why she’s flourished in the significant role she married into.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge was born in Reading, England, on January 9, 1982 – meaning that her sun sign is Capricorn and her moon sign is Cancer.</p> <p><a href="https://honey.nine.com.au"><em><strong><u>Nine Honey</u></strong></em></a> reveals that because she is Capricorn, Kate has a grounded approach to life and has the ability to focus on getting things done, especially when they are of significance.</p> <p>This character trait is revealed in her dedication to her royal work since marrying into The Firm in 2011, while also managing to balance her busy life as a mum-of-three.</p> <p>Capricorns are also known to enjoy the simple things in life and don’t mind taking things slow in order to reach their long-term goals.</p> <p>Her patience was shown during her relationship with Prince William, which began during their years as students at St Andrews University in Scotland.</p> <p>Although the couple began dating in 2004, they split in early 2007 to have a break for a short period.</p> <p>Clarence House refused to directly address the rumours of their break-up, saying in a statement: “We don't comment on Prince William's private life." </p> <p>However, during their engagement interview in 2010, William opened up about their break.</p> <p>"We were both very young," William explained.</p> <p>"It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.</p> <p>"It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better,” he said.</p> <p>Kate added: “I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.</p> <p>"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time. Looking back on it."</p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Nine Honey</em>, those who have the moon Cancer in their star sign have the ability to connect with other people’s emotions and are very empathetic.</p> <p>This can be seen in Kate’s work with the mental health awareness initiative ‘Heads Together’, which she helped develop with her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry.</p> <p>Recently, it was also announced that <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-role-announced-for-duchess-kate-immensely-grateful"><strong><u>Kate will be the Patron</u></strong></a> for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p>

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This country now has the world’s most powerful passport

<p>Last year, Singapore was the most powerful passport in world. However, it is now tied in second place with Germany after the United Arab Emirates climbed the ladder this year to be the world’s most powerful passport, as reported by the <span><em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&amp;objectid=12170816">New Zealand Herald</a></em></span>.</p> <p>The Middle Eastern state added four new countries to its easy entry destinations, bringing their total to 167 countries.</p> <p>New Zealand travellers are 6<sup>th</sup> on the list and can enjoy visa-free travel to 112 countries and obtain automatic entry visas in 50 countries upon arrival.</p> <p>Australia’s passport is in 7<sup>th</sup> place beside Malaysia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Latvia.</p> <p>Australians are free to travel to 109 countries visa-free and get automatic entry visas on arrival from 52 nations.</p> <p>Holders of Iceland and Maltese passports can enter 162 countries without a prearranged visa.</p> <p>The reason that the United Arab Emirates has surprised many people is due to the fact that last year the nation wasn’t even listed in the top 10 on the travel list.</p> <p>Dubai’s leader welcomed the news through a tweet stating, “Congratulations to the UAE and it’s people and big thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s teams.”</p> <p>The least powerful passports include Iraq and Afghanistan which grant visa-free access to only 32 and 29 countries.</p> <p><strong>Passport power ranks:</strong></p> <ol> <li>United Arab Emirates</li> <li>Singapore, Germany</li> <li>Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and USA</li> <li>Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada and United Kingdom</li> <li>Czech Republic and Hungary</li> <li>Malta, Iceland, New Zealand</li> <li>Malaysia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia and Australia</li> <li>Estonia</li> <li>Romania and Bulgaria</li> <li>Cyprus and Liechtenstein</li> </ol> <p> </p>

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New role announced for Duchess Kate: “Immensely grateful”

<p>The palace has announced a new role Duchess Kate will undertake in the new year, being a Patron for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to the hospital with her husband Prince William, to meet with children receiving treatment.</p> <p>The royal mother-of-three is hoping to bring attention to the inspiring work being achieved by medical professionals at the hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p> <p>The official announcement said that Kate hopes to learn more about how the hospital supports its patients and the special services they provide to children with rare conditions.</p> <p>"Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children," the announcement reads.</p> <p>"Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years."</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/BrQEbL7lanK/?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/BrQEbL7lanK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">"It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead." — The Duchess of Cambridge, today announced as Evelina London Children's Hospital Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.</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 Dec 11, 2018 at 6:53am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Next year, the hospital, which is part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where the Queen is a Patron, will celebrate its 150th anniversary.</p> <p>Director of Evelina London, Marian Ridley, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron.</p> <p>"The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patient.</p> <p>"It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary.</p> <p>"We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses' support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron."</p> <p>For the special hospital visit, Kate wore a polka dot L.K. Bennett dress, paired with pearl drop earrings.</p> <p>William and Kate happily mingled with staff and parents at the hospital, learning about the services offered and the patients occupying it.</p> <p>Evelina London offers specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions across London. </p>

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The cheeky Christmas tradition Prince George has inherited from Princess Diana

<p>Prince George, in all his cuteness, is known to be a little bit mischievous in the public eye. He has been caught giggling and making faces at large royal events, like a royal wedding – typical of any young child.</p> <p>With his public cheekiness, it only makes sense that his naughty tendencies continue in private. And what can encourage cheekiness more than Christmas and presents?</p> <p>According to <span><em><a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2016121935316/Prince-William-Prince-George-opening-Christmas-presents/">Hello Magazine</a></em></span>, Prince William, the young royal’s father, revealed to a radio DJ in 2016 that George has a brazen habit of sneakily unwrapping his Christmas gifts early.</p> <p>Prince William revealed that Prince George, who was three years old at the time, had started sneaking under their family Christmas tree in Anmer Hall and would begin unwrapping a few gifts.</p> <p>“I had a really nice chat with Prince William who told me that this was their last week at work, as it were, before Christmas,” <em>KISS FM</em> DJ AJ King shared with <em>Hello</em>.</p> <p>“He said they were all really excited about it and that George is already opening his presents. He thought it was quite funny. That’s kids for you, even the ones that are princes!”</p> <p>This Christmas habit has appeared to be hereditary as Princess Diana, Prince George’s late grandmother, once admitted to doing this herself as a young child in <span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/02/13/diana.auction/index.html">letters she had written which were auctioned off in 2010.</a></span></p> <p>Diana wrote to her personal beautician, Janet Filderman, stating that she could never keep a parcel’s wrapping intact until “the big day”.</p> <p>“I rushed to open your Christmas present, which I thought was quite good considering the 25<sup>th</sup> is actually two weeks away!!” Diana wrote on December 14<sup>th</sup> 1985.</p> <p>Diana also referred to Prince William, who was three years old, in the letters.</p> <p>“I could not resist opening my present, as a parcel of any shape or form has ever been safe with me and I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places!”</p> <p>At least Prince George wasn’t the first, and probably won’t be the last, to inherit this “dreadful” habit.</p> <p>When do you open your Christmas presents? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Donald Trump’s bizarre 20-minute "temper tantrum" caught on camera

<p>Has Donald Trump, to no one’s surprise, officially lost the plot?</p> <p>With the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives only last month, it hasn’t taken long for the leader of the free world to lash out in an on-camera argument with House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.</p> <p>Seated in the Oval Office, President Trump discussed funding for the infamous border wall between the US and Mexico with the two leaders.</p> <p>A partial shutdown is edging closer, as December 21 will see funding for many agencies to expire.</p> <p>The discussion quickly took a turn when Trump put forward the request for $US5 billion to help build the wall, but Democrats were only ready to shell out $US1.3 billion.</p> <p>The conversation became more heated with every passing second, as the three politicians “pointed fingers, raised their voices and interrupted each other repeatedly as they fought over policy and politics” as reported by the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/schumer-pelosi-set-to-meet-with-trump-on-wall-but-house-gop-stands-firm/2018/12/11/2604b1ae-fd56-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.d408be7ad7e1" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em>.</p> <p>Neither side was ready to back down, as they fought to have their way.</p> <p>But in true Trump fashion, the President chose to take it one step further and make personal attacks against the leaders.</p> <p>Schumer repeated former President Barack Obama’s words as he warned Trump: “Elections have consequences, Mr President.”</p> <p>He probed Trump even further by saying he should not shut down the government just because he “can’t get his way”.</p> <p>“You just say my way or you shut down the government,” Schumer said as he lashed out.</p> <p>The constant back and forth continued as Trump attacked Pelosi’s political performance, saying: “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now.”</p> <p>“Please don’t characterise the strength I bring to this meeting,” she shot back.</p> <p>She went on to say: “The fact is you do not have the votes in the House.”</p> <p>Reporters in the room were left dumbstruck as they witnessed the argument first-hand, which went on for 20 minutes, with Pelosi constantly asking Trump to turn the cameras off for the meeting.</p> <p>Pelosi also said: “This has spiralled downwards.”</p> <p>The argument ended after Trump threatened to shut down the government, saying it’s a measure he’s willing to take if it means he gets what he wants.</p> <p>Pelosi and Schumer both advised the President to not make such a drastic decision, but he remained firm on his word as he said: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. I’m going to shut it down for border security.</p> <p>“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down.”</p> <p>After the heated discussion, Pelosi and Schumer took to the White House lawn to speak to reporters about the incident that had just occurred.</p> <p>“We came in here in good faith and we are entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view,” said Pelosi. “He says, ‘We can pass it in the House right now’. He doesn’t have the votes in the House, to pass whatever his agenda is with that wall in it.</p> <p>“We are telling him, we will keep the government open, with a proposal that Schumer suggested. Why doesn’t he just think about it? In fact, I asked him to pray over it.”</p> <p>When asked about the productivity behind-the-scenes, Pelosi said: “You want to know who is more productive behind the scenes? I hear some of the reporters saying, ‘Why do we not want transparency in this discussion question?’</p> <p>“We don’t want to contradict the president when he is putting fourth figures that have no reality … I didn’t want to, in front of those people, (say) ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”</p> <p>Schumer accused Trump of throwing a “temper tantrum” saying: “This temper tantrum that he seems to throw – will not get him his wall, and it will hurt a lot of people because he will cause a shutdown.</p> <p>“He admitted he wanted a shutdown. It is hard to believe he would want that.”</p> <p>Addressing the press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Our position is the president’s position.</p> <p>“We share the president’s goal … we need to secure the border.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="480" height="290" scrolling="no" src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/d456664a-3c87-4298-8f8b-dff1c2373b96" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>In a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell warned it would be a “very, very long month” if the Democrats refused to back Trump's requests over the wall.</p> <p>“For the nation’s sake, I hope that my Democratic friends are prepared to have a serious discussion and reach an accommodation with the president on funding for border security,” he said.</p> <p>This was the first time after the midterm elections that Trump came face-to-face with Democrats in the Oval Office.</p> <p>Something tells us this is only just the beginning.</p>

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Fergie describes Christmas with the royals as “exhausting”

<p>Although Christmas with the Royal Family would be a celebration like no other, Sarah Ferguson has claimed the festive gathering at Sandringham is “exhausting”.</p> <p>The 59-year-old ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, spent many Decembers partaking in the family’s traditions while she was married into the family from 1986 until 1992.</p> <p>Despite many fans watching the royals’ annual parade to St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk on Christmas Day, Fergie has said that the day is less exciting than what it seems.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.newidea.com.au/"><strong><em><u>New Idea</u></em></strong></a>, Fergie said that Christmas celebrations were draining as the Queen didn’t relax on royal protocol and each guest is expected to follow strict rules.</p> <p>The Duchess of York said she had to change her outfit seven times over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to wear a new outfit for each separate event.</p> <p>A change of outfit is reportedly required for the Christmas Eve banquet, Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and casual change of clothes for walking the grounds.</p> <p>This Christmas also marks Duchess Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland’s, first visit to Sandringham for the Christmas season.</p> <p>According to royal expert Jean Broke-Smith, Doria Ragland will have to prepare herself for a unique celebration.</p> <p>“There will be advisors on hand to help Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, but it is going to be difficult,” the advisor and judge on <em>Australian Princess </em>told <em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>“For one thing she will need to bring a trunk full of clothes from California.”</p> <p>The thoughtful gesture by the Queen to invite Doria to Christmas at the palace is a first for the royals, with the Middletons never receiving the invite before.</p> <p>“It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country – unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family,” the <em>Express</em> previously reported. </p>

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The strange way the Queen eats bananas

<p>It’s completely fascinating to see the ways in which royals live.</p> <p>Former head chef of Buckingham Palace from 1982-1993, Chef Darren McGrady, revealed on <span><em><a href="https://www.today.com/food/queen-elizabeth-eats-bananas-knife-fork-former-chef-reveals-t142748">Today Food</a></em></span> the Queens’ peculiar ways of eating bananas.</p> <p>With something we wouldn’t think twice about, like picking up and peeling a banana in order to eat it, the Queen and other royals can’t touch the food with their hands and have to go through a tedious routine in order to eat their fruit.</p> <p>McGrady revealed that the Queen enjoys eating her banana with a knife and fork, however this sounds slightly difficult to comprehend.</p> <p>Is it already peeled? Does it roll on the plate?</p> <p>Don’t worry – McGrady has also provided us with the answers and it all comes down to the way the food, or fruit, is prepared in the palace kitchen.</p> <p>He explained that the ends of the banana are cut off and the peel is sliced down the centre to make it easy to push apart with a fork and knife before being sliced in circles for easy eating. This is definitely fancier than how regular people eat bananas.</p> <p>But that’s not all. Not only are bananas eaten in a surprising way but the same goes for pears.  </p> <p>“The purveyor would bring about 200 for us to choose the ripest by hand,” McGrady explained. Then they would be eaten by “slicing off the top and eating it with a teaspoon like a boiled egg!”</p> <p>McGrady also revealed the routine of a formal dinner event.</p> <p>“I am often asked what the royal family have for dessert, and people are surprised when I say fresh fruit … That’s because what Americans call dessert, the royal family call pudding,” he said.</p> <p>Dessert is served after ‘pudding’ which usually consists of four kinds of fresh fruit.</p> <p>The Queen’s diet aside from formal royal events is said to be clean, simple and healthy. McGrady shared with <span><em><a href="http://recipes-plus.com/article/10-eating-habits-queen-revealed-royal-chef-53">Recipes Plus</a></em></span> that the Queen doesn’t eat starchy foods such as pasta or potatoes – although this rule is wavered during banquets and special occasions.</p> <p>The royals don’t eat garlic and steer clear of shellfish, although a lot of the Queen’s meals consist of fish and vegetables, according to the chef. She is also said to enjoy chocolate sponge cake occasionally after a meal.</p> <p>Would you ever eat a banana like the Queen? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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First class passenger's touching act of kindness on flight for mother with sick daughter

<p>A travelling mum has shared the touching act of kindness she received from a stranger on her flight.</p> <p>Kelsey Zwick was travelling from Orlando to Philadelphia in the US with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, so her baby could receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.</p> <p>Sharing the inspiring story on Facebook, Kelsey said she had boarded the American Airlines flight with her daughter when a flight attendant approached them and said a first class passenger wanted to switch seats.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKelseyAbbottMcArthur%2Fposts%2F10113814031412134%3A0&amp;width=500" width="500" height="708" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“To the man in 2D. Today you were travelling from Orlando to Philly,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter. We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).</p> <p>“We pre-boarded the plane, got cosy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby. The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats. You were giving up your comfortable, first class seat to us.”</p> <p>Kelsey said the generous act brought her to tears and she “can’t wait to tell Lucy someday”.</p> <p>Explaining how much she was touched, Kelsey wrote: “Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!”</p> <p>Unable to sufficiently thank the good Samaritan properly as they passed each other in the aisle, Kelsey shared the story on Facebook with the hope of tracking him down.</p> <p>Her post quickly went viral and left many teary-eyed.</p> <p>One reader of the selfless gesture wrote: “To have been seen by this man and for him to extend himself in such a quiet, but significant way absolutely tugs every single one of my heart strings.”</p> <p>Another added: “Oh wow. That brought tears to my eyes knowing there ARE good people in the world.”</p> <p>Although Kelsey has not been able to track down the generous man, she has promised to pass on the kindness she received.</p> <p>“It reminded me how much good there is in this world.</p> <p>“In the meantime … we will pay it forward. AA588 passenger in seat 2D, we truly feel inspired by your generosity.”</p> <p>Have you ever received a random act of kindness? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Why the Kimberley region is an icon of the outback

<p><em>Travel writer David McGonigal shares his insider tips for exploring the stunning WA Kimberley region.</em></p> <p>Few Australian towns have developed more in recent decades than Broome. However, just 10 minutes outside town little has changed in 50,000 years.</p> <p>The colours of the Kimberley are a constant. They are a brilliant pallet of red soil and blue sky, golden beaches and aquamarine sea. So are the strong characters that inhabit this harsh and largely empty landscape. I wrote after my first visit 30 years ago: “It’s a truly beautiful part of the country that in many ways epitomises the image of Australia that Australians like to present to the world.”</p> <p>That hasn’t changed and is more important than ever as the rest of Australia becomes more urbanised. The Kimberley’s main travel season is April to September, when the days are warm and the skies are clear.</p> <p><strong>Kimberley towns</strong><br />Kununurra began in the 1960s as the centre of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. There’s a <u><a href="http://www.visitkununurra.com/">wide range</a></u> of accommodation options and many charter flights over the Bungle Bungles and Argyle Diamond Mine. These days it is a modern town with full facilities.</p> <p><u><a href="http://www.experiencewyndham.com.au/">Wyndham</a></u> was born as the port for the Halls Creek gold rush in 1886. It is a sleepy town of 800 people on Cambridge Gulf and the view from Five Rivers Lookout is spectacular. </p> <p><u><a href="http://www.hallscreektourism.com.au/">Halls Creek</a></u> is the northern end of the Canning Stock Route and the Tanami Track and an entry point for Wolfe Creek Crater and the Bungle Bungle Range. The nearby ruins of Old Halls Creek date back to the first discovery of gold in WA in 1885 when 15,000 optimists were living here. </p> <p>As its name suggests, Fitzroy Crossing came about from people waiting for the flooded Fitzroy River to drop so it was safe to travel across the causeway. Of course, the inevitable delay required a drink and that gave rise to the 1897 Crossing Inn. Geikie Gorge is close by, but this is also a good base to explore Mimbi Caves as well as Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge.</p> <p><u><a href="http://www.derbytourism.com.au/">Derby</a></u>, established in 1883, is the Kimberley’s oldest town and remains an important administrative centre with a population of 4,500. The famed hollow boab prison tree stands about 7km from town. Derby has the Kimberley’s main Royal Flying Doctor Service base.</p> <p><u><a href="http://www.visitbroome.com.au/">Broome</a></u> is one of Australia’s most important tourist towns. Originally a pearling community it now has a wide range of hotels and resorts and tourist operators. Expect to see expensive jewellery such as pearls and Argyle diamonds on display in the shops. You can still ride a camel along Cable Beach and Sun Pictures outdoor picture gardens is always packed on Saturday nights.</p> <p><strong>Travel by road</strong><br />Trans-Kimberley options are either the Great Northern Highway or the Gibb River Road, or ideally both. The highway comes into Broome from the south along Eighty Mile Beach then passes through Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Wyndham and Kununurra before becoming the Victoria Highway to Katherine and Darwin. It’s just over 1000km from Broome to Kununurra. The renowned 700km back-country journey along the Gibb River Road begins outside Derby to the south west and ends near Wyndham. The main side trip is up to Kalumburu and/or Mitchell Falls.</p> <p>The dirt road up the Dampier Peninsula from Broome passes by the Aboriginal communities of Beagle Bay (don’t miss seeing the pearl-shell altar in the church), Middle Lagoon and Lombadina before arriving at Cape Leveque and One Arm Point. Sunset at Cape Leveque turns the blood-red ridge behind the white sandy beach to crimson. The Aboriginal-owned resort of <a href="http://www.kooljaman.com.au/">Kooljaman</a> offers five levels of accommodation and a camp ground.</p> <p>Purnululu National Park is the site of the wonderful orange-and-black banded beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. It is only open between April and December and the rough 53km access road can be negotiated only by 4WD vehicles and single-axles off-road trailers. There are no shops in the park but there are scenic flight options.</p> <p>The Gibb River Road heads north from Derby past <a href="http://www.mowanjumarts.com/">Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre</a> and the old Derby Leprosarium on the way to the turnoff to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Like Geikie Gorge these cut through the ancient coral reef of the Napier Range.</p> <p>The whole Gibb River Road is a grand outback experience and the swimming holes, stations (some offer accommodation) and camping sites along the way provide an unforgettable experience. The road has improved a lot in recent years and opens in April or May when the rivers have dropped and Main Roads has graded it to repair the ravages of the Wet.</p> <p>Around midway along the road there’s the turnoff to Kalumburu and the Mitchell Plateau. The 270km road to Kalumburu is only slightly worse than the Gibb River Road – the track out to Mitchell Falls is <em>considerably</em> worse.</p> <p>For National Parks information go to the <u><a href="https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/">official website</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>Aboriginal tourism</strong><br />Since the late, renowned Sam Lowell OAM began taking tours in 1981 the Kimberley has been a great place to discover the unique perspective of the original Australians. That can be done in many ways including staying at the multi-award-winning <a href="http://www.kooljaman.com.au/">Kooljaman</a>.</p> <p>At Geikie Gorge, the <a href="http://www.darngku.com.au/">Darngku Heritage Cruises</a> provides a special insight into Aboriginal heritage and visits places not accessible to the regular visitor. To explore the opportunities <u><a href="http://www.kimberleydreamtimeadventures.com.au/">Kimberley Dreamtime Adventure Tours</a></u> offers several tours out of Broome.</p> <p>Of course, there are also opportunities to buy Aboriginal art in the area where it was created. There are many galleries throughout the Kimberley. Just ask the local tourist offices.</p> <p><strong>Exploration by air</strong><br />The distances in the Kimberley are vast and the population sparse so air travel is a logical option. Two sights are best seen from an aerial perspective: Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater and Bungle Bungle.</p> <p>The WA government set up the <u><a href="http://www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Kimberley_Aerial_Highway/56b2690cd5f1565045dac438">Kimberley Aerial Highway</a></u> linking charter flights to ground operator tours.</p> <p>Several cattle stations across the Kimberley welcome fly-in visitors. For remote coastal luxury there’s <u><a href="http://www.farawaybay.com.au/">Faraway Bay</a></u> where you have to fly in because any other access is impractical. The resort takes pride in its cuisine and the setting is superb.</p> <p>The Kimberley overall offers grand settings and a sense of space that is unique. No matter how you travel, time in this special part of Australia reveals much of what makes Australia special.</p> <p>For general information visit <u><a href="http://www.westernaustralia.com/">www.westernaustralia.com</a></u></p> <p>Have you visited the Kimberley region? Join the conversation below.</p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <span><strong><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/why-the-kimberley-region-is-an-icon-of-the-outback.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></strong></span> </em></p>

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Cruise couple's costly mistake leaves them stranded in foreign country

<p>Kevin Rohrer and his girlfriend were enjoying their Caribbean adventure as they explored the culturally enriching city of Havana in Cuba.</p> <p>But the good times were cut short after they returned to the dock where their cruise ship was supposed to take them on the rest of their four-night voyage – only to realise the ship had already left without them.</p> <p>The Norwegian Sky cruise was listed on an itinerary to leave Havana at 5pm, so the couple arrived at the dock at 3:30pm, ready to go, but the ship had left earlier than scheduled.</p> <p>“It was a frightening situation. We were devastated,” says Mr Rohrer in a complaint issued to the cruise company.</p> <p>“We exchanged money and we took a taxi to the airport. American Airlines told us they wouldn’t take a credit card and quoted us 472 pesos (NZ$680). We didn’t have that much money.”</p> <p>After putting all their money together, the American couple were able to book a flight home for two but were not thrilled about their cruising experience being cut short.</p> <p>It also wasn’t comforting to know that the cruise company left them in a foreign country to fend for themselves, and considering the itinerary said the ship will depart at 5pm, the pair had no idea as to how it could have happened.</p> <p>But regardless of the frustration and countless complaints, Mr Rohrer and his girlfriend were not going to be given compensation for their experience, according to Michelle Couch-Friedman from consumer rights group Elliott Advocacy, who Mr Rohrer reached out to for help with his case.</p> <p>Speaking to Elliott Advocacy, Mr Rohrer revealed that after the cruise line had departed, it was then the couple discovered the time to have changed from 5 pm to 2pm. According to him, the company “made no effort to inform travellers of the change".</p> <p>Ms Couch-Friedman obtained a copy of the cruise itinerary, which was booked through a third party. Turns out Mr Rohrer was correct, as it clearly stated the cruise departure time to be 5pm.</p> <p>But in a newsletter sent to the couple prior to their journey from the company, it stated all passengers in Havana should be “all aboard (the ship) at 1:30pm.”</p> <p>The cruise line had changed the itinerary and passengers were informed through their daily newsletter.</p> <p>But Mr Rohrer stood his ground as he said he never had the opportunity to look over the newsletter before the incident occurred.</p> <p>“I provided that figure showing the time of ‘all aboard’ news flyer that was sent to our cabin while we ate breakfast on the boat the third day (second day for Cuba),” he said.</p> <p>“But I didn’t get to read it at the time of the discovery (we had a tight schedule with the Cuban Tour Advocacy). I had folded that flyer and put it in my pocket during our disembarkment from the ship. I read that flyer while waiting for a flight out of Cuba.”</p> <p>But the cruising company did not budge, as they pulled out the terms and conditions, which read: “In all ports of call, it is also the guest’s responsibility to be back on-board the ship no later than one (1) hour prior to the ship’s scheduled departure time. Please be aware that shipboard time may differ from the port of call and it is the guest’s responsibility to follow the shipboard time. In the event a guest misses the ship, it will be the guest’s responsibility to pay all expenses incurred to rejoin the ship.”</p> <p>After an investigation by Ms Couch-Friedman, the cruise company claimed that all passengers were informed a month before of the time change through e-documents.</p> <p>“Additionally, the day before calling into Havana, the Cruise Director announced the new time repeatedly throughout the day and additional signage was placed on the gangway for all those disembarking to see,” the company said.</p> <p>But Mr Rohrer says that he was not notified of any changes to the schedule.</p> <p>But despite the circumstances, Ms Couch-Friedman said that the cruise company's contract of carriage was stated clearly during the time of booking, as timings on the itinerary were never guaranteed.</p> <p>“In the event of strikes, lockouts, stoppages of labour, riots, weather conditions, mechanical difficulties or any other reason whatsoever, Norwegian Cruise Line has the right to cancel, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary without prior notice,” Norwegian’s terms and conditions read.</p> <p>“Norwegian Cruise Line shall not be responsible for failure to adhere to published arrival and departure times for any of its ports of call.”</p> <p>Ms Couch-Friedman advised passengers to remain alert as cruise itineraries could change at short notice.</p> <p>“This is especially important if you have booked your own shore excursion,” she said.</p> <p>“It may cost a little more money to book the excursion through the cruise line, but you can be certain that the boat won’t sail away without you during your adventure.</p> <p>“In the end, it’s the traveller’s responsibility to know when to be back on-board that ship. If you miss your cruise home, unfortunately, there’s no one to turn to for a refund or reimbursement.”</p> <p>Do you think the passengers were in the wrong or the cruise company? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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What floats your boat – choosing the right cruising category

<p><span>When it comes to travel trends, nothing has exploded with quite the same magnitude as cruising. Catering for multi-generational getaways, romantic couple’s retreats or adventurous solo expeditions, cruise lines have capitalised on demand from a diverse customer base by crafting voyages for all budgets and preferences. Setting off to sea can be done in style and sophistication, venturing downriver doesn’t have to break the bank. Jump aboard this travel trend, see what the fuss is about and pick a cruise category that suits you.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Mainstream cruising</span></strong></p> <p><span>Mainstream cruising, also referred to as the ‘contemporary’ category, refers to the mass-market, resort-style ships, generally with the capacity for upwards of 3000 guests. The consequences of these big numbers include smaller average cabin size and decent but not exceptional service. The onboard vibes are busy, energetic and potentially noisy; there is always something going on and the climate is communal and social. Activities and facilities generally include pools, waterslides, ice-skating rinks, rock-climbing, Broadway performances, comedy nights, movie theatres, bars, lounges, clubs, gyms and spas. The onboard entertainment, affordable rates and special package deals endear these lines to families.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Good for:</span></strong><span> A convenient budget holiday with extended family and active kids, where shore excursions are not a priority. Mainstream cruising is popular for a reason – there truly is something for everyone, and the idea of unpacking once and having everything you need nearby is certainly appealing.</span></p> <p><strong><span>You can expect:</span></strong><span> Competitive and affordable rates (but additional onboard costs), lots of families and young people, and a lively nightlife</span></p> <p><strong><span>Lines:</span></strong><span> Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line</span></p> <p><strong><span>Premium cruises</span></strong></p> <p><span>Premium and deluxe-level cruising also offers a myriad of diversions, although facilities and service are of a distinctly higher quality. State rooms are more spacious, the food and dining options more varied, and the décor more refined. Some lines like to provide more traditional cruising experiences with suggested dress codes and assigned dining, but usually you will find a very relaxed atmosphere with some extra perks like excellent Internet access and more privacy. The differentiating factor between premium and deluxe is typically the size of the boat and its capacity; the more intimate and personalised the experience, the more you can expect to pay.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Good for:</span></strong><span> A little bit of glamour on a multi-generational trip that caters for everyone. Impressive, professional standards are a guarantee, although you should do your research as there is some variation between lines.</span></p> <p><strong><span>You can expect:</span></strong><span> families and couples, great service, extra perks and a spectrum of interesting activities and workshops like movies, cooking demonstrations and snorkelling</span></p> <p><strong><span>Lines:</span></strong><span> Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises</span></p> <p><strong><span>Luxury cruises</span></strong></p> <p><span>With top of the line, luxury cruises, you get what you pay for. This means high staff to guest ratios (there are often more staff on board than guests), low capacity (guests can be as few in number as 50) and larger rooms (sometimes all cabins are suites with balconies). Sleek, smaller-sized vessels with beautiful interiors promise peace, privacy and an intimate, personalised experience. The necessary bi-products, however, are fewer onboard activities and no large-scale entertainment activities; the focus is instead on demonstrations, lectures and port excursions in interesting spots inaccessible to mainstream cruises. All-inclusive costs cover gratuities like alcohol with meals, and the special extra touches like fresh flowers, quality tableware, bath products, branded linens and sometimes even butler service.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Good for:</span></strong><span> Ticking off those bucket-list destinations in supreme style and comfort, and spending relaxed, leisurely time with a loved one.</span></p> <p><strong><span>You can expect:</span></strong><span> Intriguing, well-crafted shore excursions in lesser-known locations, faultless service from attentive and professional staff, and plenty of inclusions</span></p> <p><strong><span>Lines:</span></strong><span> Silversea Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Sea Cruises</span></p> <p><span>Whatever floats your boat can be found in the wide array of lines and packages on the cruise market. Ocean cruises aside, there are also niche lines, river cruises and sailing ships to test out. All you’ll need is to pick a destination and duration, and cast away!</span></p> <p><em><span>Written by Sophie Cullen. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/what-floats-your-boat-choosing-the-right-cruising-category/">MyDiscoveries</a>. </span></em></p>

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Caught on camera: The sweet moment Duchess Meghan reacts to her baby kicking

<p>Earlier this week, Duchess Meghan was seen cradling her baby bump as she attended the British Fashion Awards.</p> <p>While the Duchess of Sussex was standing on stage at the event, an audience member managed to record a sweet moment between the mum-to-be and her royal baby.</p> <p>The video shows the 37-year-old former actress standing on stage with her hands resting on her bump when she suddenly grabs her tummy protectively and closes her eyes.</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/BrSjdDLDDhN/?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/BrSjdDLDDhN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Baby Sussex is full of energy !! Look how he/she kicks mummy hard and Meghan close her eyes 💕😍 Baby Sussex is playing Polo Video by @_pammyyy</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/harry_meghan_updates/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Meghan &amp; Harry 💍 supporters</a> (@harry_meghan_updates) on Dec 12, 2018 at 6:03am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans on social media quickly pointed out that Meghan was responding to a powerful kick from her baby.</p> <p>"That baby is playing polo in Meghan’s belly,” one fan commented.</p> <p>Another wrote: “Baby Sussex is full of energy!! Look how he/she kicks mummy hard and Meghan close her eyes."</p> <p>One person added: “That blink she gave tells us that was a kick kick!!"</p> <p>The Duchess was on stage to present the award for British Designer of the Year (Womenswear) to Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.</p> <p>Waight Keller designed Meghan’s wedding gown for her royal wedding on May 19.</p> <p>Meghan also delivered a short speech about the role of the fashion industry.</p> <p>"As all of you in the room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it's very personal and sometimes it's emotional," she said.</p> <p>"But for me, this connection is rooted in, really, being able to understand that it's about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women."</p>

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Increasing your veggie intake

<p>In 2017, the CSIRO released its <span><a href="https://www.totalwellbeingdiet.com/media/659795/fruit-vegetables-and-diet-score-april-2017.pdf">Fruit, Vegetables and Diet Score</a></span> report, which shows that two-thirds of Australian adults are not eating enough vegetables and 51 per cent are not eating enough fruit.</p> <p>Why is this a problem? Quite simply, fruit and vegetables are vital for good health. The nutrients and phytochemicals in vegetables especially are believed to reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.</p> <p>Vegetables are also fundamental to keeping your weight at a healthy level because they’re nutrient-dense and high in fibre but low in kilojoules – as long as you don’t always serve them in a pool of butter or cheese sauce. Vegetables are also much cheaper than meat, especially if you buy what’s in season, and don’t forget that frozen veg can be a great economical yet nutritious option.</p> <p><strong>Eat a rainbow</strong></p> <p>As well as making sure that you get your recommended daily intake of vegetables, try to eat as wide a variety as you can. Just eating broccoli and carrots, for example, certainly isn’t bad for you, but you’ll be missing out on all the health benefits other vegetables provide. Plan to get several colours on your plate to make the most of the different nutrients available.</p> <p>Getting more vegetables into your diet doesn’t mean you have to give up meat altogether but choosing to have a few meat-free meals a week is a great way to increase your vegetable consumption. Here are a few simple swaps and adjustments you can make.</p> <p><strong>Breakfast</strong></p> <p>If you usually have bacon and eggs for breakfast on the weekend, try the infamous smashed avo on toast, or stick with eggs but replace the bacon with sides of spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes.</p> <p>Try a green smoothie. They can be surprisingly delicious but can also be high-kilojoule if they’ve got a lot of fruit (rather than veggies) in them. In other words, think of a green smoothie as a meal in itself rather than a drink on the side.</p> <p>Make a vegetable frittata with capsicum, onion, mushrooms and spinach. For portability, you can also bake this in muffin tins – it makes a great lunch too, especially with a salad on the side.</p> <p><strong>Lunch</strong></p> <p>If you’re a fan of the humble sandwich, it’s easy to ramp up your veg. Instead of just the predictable tomato and lettuce, think about delicious additions like roasted eggplant or zucchini, shredded carrot or cabbage, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.</p> <p>And then there’s the Instagram-friendly salad in a mason jar. You don’t really have to create a work of art, but starting with a delicious grain (freekeh, brown or black rice, quinoa, etc) and adding a rainbow of veg, a sprinkling of seeds or nuts, and a simple dressing (packed separately to add when you’re ready to eat) is tasty and healthy.</p> <p>More likely to grab takeaway and eat at your desk? Go for a salad that’s heavy on the dark leafy greens and avoid super-rich dressings. Or choose a tofu and vegetable stir-fry instead of the red beef curry (and opt for brown rice rather than white, if it’s an option).</p> <p><strong>Dinner</strong></p> <p>Remember the rainbow – go for at least three different coloured vegetables in your meal, even if you are eating meat as well.</p> <p>Soup is super! Homemade veggie soup is an easy way to get a whole range of vegetables into your meal. Think hearty minestrone, zesty gazpacho, or a refreshing summer soup with peas, lettuce and mint. Whether you like your soup hot or cold, smooth or chunky, there’s an infinite number of options. If your soup only has a couple of different coloured vegetables in it, think about serving it with a salad to round out your rainbow.</p> <p>If dinner is usually focused on meat, try using a different protein source, whether it’s tofu, vegetarian sausages, or just a combination of legumes and grains.</p> <p>For more ideas on eating for your best life, check out <span><em><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-midlife-kitchen-mimi-spencer/prod9781784723187.html?source=pla&amp;gclid=CjwKCAiA5OrTBRBlEiwAXXhT6JqzKabGAtAcLOFc2P_OBAWd_uCFVYBfTWbgVLIcy_YS_TOdYP4nHRoC5gEQAvD_BwE">The Midlife Kitchen</a></em></span> by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice.</p> <p>How do you add vegetables to your regular meals?</p> <p><em>Written by Tiffany Hutton. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/increasing-your-veg-intake.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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Have the guts to be healthy

<p>A decade ago, no-one was talking about gut health. Today, it has many medical experts excited including British scientist Dr Michael Mosley, who was among the first to put it on the map. Mosley says it’s akin to discovering the wonders of the universe — except it’s within us.</p> <p>Yes, your digestive system, and in particular the large intestine — gut health’s pin-up — is now hailed as one of the best ways to achieve good health. Who would have thought?</p> <p>Achieving gut health is all about taking care of the “microbiome” which is the go-to word to describe the healthy bacteria that live in our gut. And with more than 50 trillion creatures, representing at least 1000 different species, comparing it to discovering the universe is not totally far-fetched.</p> <p>Recent studies show that a healthy gut can have an impact on your mood and may also help reduce depression and anxiety.</p> <p>Some researchers, including Professor John Cryan, a neuropharmacologist and microbiome expert from University College, Cork in the UK, believe microbiome research could lead to the development of new mental health therapies. He says the term “psychobiotic” has been coined as a way of describing a targeted intervention of the microbiome for brain health.</p> <p>“We are in a really interesting time — the evidence about gut health is growing all the time and we’re still scratching the surface. What excites me the most is what we’re learning about how gut health improves your mental health,” says Chloe McLeod, an accredited practicing dietitian. “Studies are showing that getting your bad bacteria under control can have a direct impact on your mental wellbeing.”</p> <p><strong>So how do you know if you have a healthy gut?</strong><br />It’s not rocket science to work out that it starts with what we eat. And a bit like a superhero action film with goodies and baddies, some foods will help your microbiome thrive, while others are the “enemy”.</p> <p>These baddies are the usual suspects such as junk food, and packaged foods and snack foods high in salt and sugar, as well as too much alcohol, caffeine, and deep-fried foods. Unsurprisingly, the goodies include fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a few new candidates such as fermented foods and certain types of fibre.</p> <p>McLeod says it’s easy to incorporate the right good-gut foods into our diet. And no, it doesn’t mean to you have to eat volumes of sauerkraut or stuff that tastes like cardboard!</p> <p>For example, if you’re already eating veggies, make sure you include some that are high in prebiotics — a type of fibre that stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the large intestine — such as fresh asparagus, onions, leeks, and beetroot. Other foods high in prebiotics are legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and soybeans, and fruits like nectarines, white peaches, grapefruit, and green bananas.</p> <p>“We need to eat about 30 grams of fibre every day [the average Aussie gets about 18 grams of fibre per day]. We need a mix of soluble fibre such as insoluble fibre, and resistance starch,” McLeod says.</p> <p>Soluble fibre can’t be digested so it helps to slow the emptying process in our stomachs, making us feel fuller. It’s found in foods like rockmelon, pears, berries, oranges, broccoli, carrots, oats, barley, and legumes.</p> <p>Insoluble fibre absorbs water to help soften the contents of our bowels and helps regular bowel movements. It is in foods like wholegrain breads and cereals, nuts, seeds, wheat bran, and the skin of fruit and vegetables.</p> <p>You will probably have seen probiotics in the supermarket and health food store, so what are they all about? They promote healthy bacteria in the gut, and they can be useful if you’ve been ill and have been taking antibiotics as they can wipe out a lot of the gut’s good bacteria. Probiotics are found in foods such as the aforementioned sauerkraut, kimchi [pickled cabbage], homemade kombucha tea, miso soup, and kefir, a probiotic milk drink.</p> <p>McLeod says the new hero on the block in relation to gut health is another form of fibre, the aforementioned resistant starch. This is food that is slightly undercooked but has been cooled down and is later reheated. The main examples of this are al dente pasta, brown rice, and rolled oats which have been soaked overnight.</p> <p>A typical day of eating foods to boost gut health might be:</p> <p>A breakfast of rolled oats that have been soaked overnight in water, eaten with milk of your choice with some fresh fruit;</p> <p>A small handful of unsalted mixed nuts and seeds, and plain, unsweetened yoghurt;</p> <p>Lunch of a mixed salad with chickpeas;</p> <p>Dinner could include plenty of vegetables, some sweet potato (cooked and cooled for resistance starch), and a piece of grilled salmon or lean red meat about the size of your palm.</p> <p>“If you haven’t been eating a particularly healthy diet and you switch over to this style of eating, you will notice a difference in a matter of weeks,” says McLeod.</p> <p>“You’re likely to think more clearly, have more energy, your mood will improve, and as a result — you’ll get more out of life.”</p> <p>What have you done to improve your gut health that works for you?</p> <p><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/have-the-guts-to-be-healthy.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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“I owe my life to that dog”: Husky sniffs out owner’s ovarian cancer three times

<p>If you didn’t think dogs could get any better, then keep reading because you’re about to be proven wrong.</p> <p>While dogs are known to have highly developed senses, one Siberian Husky by the name of Sierra has the gift of detecting when her owner is ill.</p> <p>Stephanie Herfel, from Wisconsin in the US, discovered her pooch’s special talent after she was dealing with pain in her abdomen. It was then that Sierra did something out of the ordinary.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D1636991369654084%26id%3D100000297100983&amp;width=500" width="500" height="613" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes,” Ms Herfel told Journal Sentinel.</p> <p>“She did it a second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid. I mean hid!”</p> <p>Seeking professional help, Ms Herfel was told she had an ovarian cyst and was prescribed painkillers to help alleviate the discomfort. But when she came home, Sierra hid in the closet and rolled up in fear.</p> <p>Ms Herfel didn’t think much of it, but when she went to get a second opinion, a gynaecologist delivered the terrifying news – she had stage three ovarian cancer.</p> <p>After going through a full hysterectomy and chemotherapy, Ms Herfel believed that would be the end of her tiring journey, but she was wrong.</p> <p>In 2015, a year after Ms Herfel was said to be cancer-free, Sierra once again displayed the same behaviour she did in 2013, when Ms Herfel was first diagnosed.</p> <p>A little while later it was confirmed that the cancer had returned and spread to her liver and pelvis.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D1958007604219124%26id%3D100000297100983&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>But Sierra isn’t the only dog to be able to detect when something isn’t quite right in her owner.</p> <p>It is said that other dogs also share this special gift.</p> <p>“It’s almost like the dog knows what’s going on and is scared,” said Ashley Wagner, from the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance, explained to Journal Sentinel.</p> <p>“The dog didn’t want to be near her.”</p> <p>Ms Herfel is currently working on a book that is based around the relationship she shares with her dog. </p>

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Princess Mary debuts surprising new hairstyle

<p>Princess Mary has become a style icon with her elegant wardrobe and her signature long brunette hair.</p> <p>The Crown Princess of Denmark manages to always have her long locks styled to perfection and now, she has stepped out with a new and sophisticated hairstyle.</p> <p>Mary, who was accompanied with her husband Prince Frederik, was spotted with the new look while attending an official dinner in Latvia with President Raimonds Vejonis and his wife Iveta Vejone.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdetdanskekongehus%2Fphotos%2Fa.252278945110694%2F817791728559410%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="497" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Although Mary usually prefers to wear her hair out, she styled her hair in a low bun, with her hair pinned away from her face.</p> <p>When looking at her bun straight on, it appears as if Mary has dramatically chopped her hair off.</p> <p>However, from the side angle the low bun becomes visible.</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/BrD2O38A5o1/?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/BrD2O38A5o1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Kronprinsparret deltog her til aften i en officiel middag på Riga Slot med det lettiske Præsidentpar som værter. Deres Kongelige Højheder er i disse dage i Letland for at deltage i fejringen af landets 100-års selvstændighed. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix ©️</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/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Dec 6, 2018 at 12:57pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The royal Aussie wore a suit by Danish designer Jesper Hovring to the event, paired with Pura Lopez shoes.</p> <p>Earlier in the week, the 46-year-old mum posed for photos with her father John Donaldson and her children, Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 11, and seven-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdetdanskekongehus%2Fphotos%2Fa.284013581937230%2F819033198435263%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="577" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Mary’s father moved to Denmark after she tied the knot with Prince Frederik in 2004.</p> <p>Sadly, her mother Henrietta ‘Etta’ Donaldson died from a heart condition in 1997, when Mary was in her 20s.</p> <p>"I was 26. It happened too early," Mary said in 2016 of her mother's devastating death.</p> <p>"It's so hard to see when it is so close and so personal, but as you get older, you learn to appreciate the time you had together as a gift. And the loss offers something that you wouldn't have otherwise. It makes a strong person."</p> <p>The Crown Princess previously told Danish media about the pain she endured following the loss of her mother.</p> <p>"I felt alone in my pain," she told Danish reporters.  </p> <p>"As if nobody understood what I was going through and I had come to a standstill while the whole world around me kept moving forwards."</p> <p>"I would have liked to have spent more time with her," she said.</p> <p>In 2001, Mary’s father remarried after meeting English author Susan Horwood. </p>

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Royal photo album released: Monaco twins celebrate their 4th birthday

<p>Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco are celebrating an exciting milestone in their family, the fourth birthday of their adorable twins.</p> <p>To celebrate the birthday of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, Albert and Charlene hosted a superhero-themed birthday bash.</p> <p>Guests of the elaborate party, which took place on the grounds of the Palace of Monaco, enjoyed a visit from very special guests, including Spider-Man and Monaco’s Fire Department.</p> <p>The twins’ 40-year-old mum and former Olympic swimmer, Charlene, shared an adorable photo album from the day on her Instagram account.</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/BrNiaRVlTnJ/?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/BrNiaRVlTnJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“Such fun at our party! Thank you to our firemen for the surprise visit! Our True Heroes.” Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella turn 4 today.</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/hshprincesscharlene/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> HSH Princess Charlene</a> (@hshprincesscharlene) on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photos of the special day give fans a rare glimpse into the royal family’s private life.</p> <p>In one snap shared to social media, Gabriella and Jacques can be seen enjoying a ride in the fire truck’s towering crane on the grounds of the palace.</p> <p>In another photo, the twins are seen standing next to their cake as they are surrounded by their friends.</p> <p>"Such fun at our party! Thank you to our firemen for the surprise visit! Our true heroes," Princess Charlene wrote.</p> <p>This isn’t the first themed party the royal twins have enjoyed.</p> <p>For their second birthday, Albert and Charlene planned a safari-themed party and last year they embraced a museum theme.</p> <p>Albert, who is the son of Hollywood actress turned royalty Princess Grace of Monaco, admitted the twins are “very active, very playful, absolutely adorable , lots of fun and a lot of work”.</p> <p>He said: “Jacques is very reserved. He is sure of himself, but he likes to take his time doing things, to observe them, and no one can force him to do anything. Gabriella, for her part, is not afraid of anything. With her it is always full steam ahead!"</p> <p>Prince Jacques will inherit the throne despite his twin sister being older than him.</p> <p>The twins also have two half-siblings from Albert’s previous relationships, Jasmine Grace Grimaldi, 26 and Alexandre Coste, 15.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the full photo album. </p>

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Bridezilla reveals ridiculous dress code for guests based on how much they weigh

<p>A bride has come under fire for setting a very specific dress code for her wedding guests according to their weight.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook to share the ridiculous guidelines, one guest revealed the number of items the bride expects her guests to purchase for a choreographed group dance.</p> <p>“The dress code is very specific because it will be used to create an incredible visual effect,” wrote the bride.</p> <p>“If done right, it will make our synchronised dancing along the beach really pop.”</p> <p>If guests are female and weigh less than 71kg, they need to don a green velvet jumper, orange suede pants and a Burberry scarf.</p> <p>Those women who weigh above 72kg must opt for an all-black outfit consisting of pants, jumpers and shoes.</p> <p>Men are not exempt from the bizarre dress code either, with those weighing under 90kg expected to come in a purple fuzzy jacket, a soda hat, all white trainers and plain glow sticks.</p> <p>But if their weight is above 90kg, then they must come in a full camouflage with black sneakers.</p> <p>The bride-to-be has also set a strict dress code for children, requesting them to wear red from head to toe, as they will be used to create a heart.</p> <p>“It needs to be true red, not blood orange or some bulls***!” She said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 281.1094452773614px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822373/6hvdkel64c221.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4efdf2ca59094067a8e69a72b13b74bc" /></p> <p>But that’s not all, as after the dance routine, guests are expected to change into formal clothing as the wedding is held at an “extremely upscale” venue.</p> <p>“Please, if you look like trash, so will we. All jokes aside, we want you to invest in an outfit valued at at least $1000,” she wrote.</p> <p>“This includes jewellery, accessories, makeup and hair. Remember ladies and gents, this wedding is 24k themed for a reason.”</p> <p>The bridezilla concluded the list of demands with a firm reminder that they have a year-and-a-half to organise their outfits and she doesn’t want to hear excuses.</p> <p>After viewing the post, many users responded with criticism and disbelief, especially because she wants them to wear fuzzy jumpers during summer.</p> <p>“She basically wants the women to look like fuzzy palm trees,” said one person.</p> <p>“If you want me to wear at least $1000 in clothes, jewellery etc. You best be buying that stuff for me or reimbursing me for stuff I won’t wear again,” said another.</p> <p>Many believe the post to be a hoax, but those invited to the wedding have insisted that the list of demands is definitely real.</p> <p>What do you think of this bridezilla’s extreme dress code request for guests? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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Mum-to-be cancels baby shower after family mocks unique name

<p>An angry mum-to-be has decided to cancel her baby shower after she discovered her friends and family were mocking the name she has chosen for her unborn son behind her back.</p> <p>The post, which was originally posted on Facebook, has been shared to a forum on Reddit and shows the woman going on a furious rant about her family’s behaviour.</p> <p>She calls out those who are questioning her sanity for wanting to name her son Squire Sebastian Senator.</p> <p>The rant starts off with an explanation as to why the event has been cancelled.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822379/skf5qmmcuw221.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9923d418a247406cbcd6d7a654f5a301" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: </em><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/insanepeoplefacebook/comments/a43e0k/woman_cancels_babyshower_over_name/"><em>Reddit</em><em> </em></a></p> <p>“It brings me pain to have to tell you this, but I am cancelling the event. I will text you soon if you’re invited to my smaller, more inclusive party. At least here no one will judge me,” she said.</p> <p>“Why? Why am I doing this?</p> <p>“Because ya’ll have been talking sh*t about my unborn baby. AN UNBORN CHILD. How can you judge an unborn child? What is wrong with you?”</p> <p>She then went on to accuse her family and friends of spreading rumours about her because the name isn’t according to their taste.</p> <p>“No, I am not crazy. No, I am not mentally unstable. No, I was not drunk when I named my child,” she said. “His name is Squire Sebastian Senator. That is that.”</p> <p>The name, which according to the expectant mother is inspired by family history, is expected to be said in full. No nicknames allowed.</p> <p>“You cannot force me to change his name. This is the name I was meant to give him.</p> <p>“No this is not his full name. Squire Sebastian Senator is only his first name. This is how it will be. He will not be allowed to have a nickname, he is to be called by his full and complete first name.”</p> <p>Clearly taken aback by her family’s “judgemental” actions, the woman went on to further explain her reasoning behind the unique name.</p> <p>“We come from a long line of both squires and senators,” she said. “If you look back in our family tree, the survival of this clan is literally rooted in squiredom. We are all related to senators too.</p> <p>“This name conveys power. It conveys wealth. It conveys success.”</p> <p>“My baby’s name WILL be a revolution,” she went on to say. “It will push people to question everything.”</p> <p>The enraged mother also revealed that she will instead be having an intimate baby shower, which is “more inclusive” with those who support her reasoning behind the name.</p> <p>“F**k you all. Fake ass family,” she wrote. “You won’t get to be a part of my baby’s life and it’s all because you had to judge him.”</p> <p>Do you think the mum-to-be has a right to be furious? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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New police investigation: Was Madeleine McCann killed by a drunk driver?

<p>She disappeared at the age of three and has been missing for 11 years. Madeleine McCann was on a holiday in Portugal with her family when she vanished in 2007 while her parents were having dinner in a nearby restaurant.</p> <p>Sadly, there hasn’t be a credible sighting of her since that night.</p> <p>For 11 years British police, Scotland Yard and the toddler’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have worked endlessly over the past decade to try and locate her.</p> <p>In what could be a positive sign, a new lead came into play recently. As reported by <span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7820354/madeleine-mccann-looking-for-parents/">The Sun</a></em></span>, British police are re-examining the theory that the toddler woke up in the middle of the night, left the apartment and began walking around the villa looking for her parents.</p> <p>According to the theory, Madeleine walked out of the complex and could have possibly been struck by a drunk driver, who placed her body in a car and buried her later.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Scotland Yard officers are looking into the possibilities of a kidnapping or burglary gone wrong.</p> <p>“A meeting took place at the HQ of the General Attorney’s Office, which was attended by the prosecutor from Portimao, who is in charge of the Portuguese inquiry,” a Portugal informant said.</p> <p>“One of the lines of investigation that continues to be pursued is that Maddie could’ve walked out of the holiday flat herself,” shared David Edgar, a former investigator on Madeleine’s case, as he explained his theory.</p> <p>As reported by <span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7779795/madeleine-mccann-investigator-claims-missing-could-be-alive/">The Sun</a></em></span>, Edgar is adamant the toddler was kidnapped by a child sex gang.</p> <p>“She is most likely being held captive, possibly in an underground cellar or dungeon and could emerge at any time,” he added.</p> <p>The former investigator also believes Madeleine is still in Portugal and is being held against her will and that someone in Portugal knows what happened to the young girl.</p> <p>Edgar urged that now is the time to come forward with information.</p> <p>“Unless a body is found there is hope. Everyone hopes for a positive outcome and Kate and Gerry will never give up, even when the funding runs out. I hope they get an answer, they’ve been waiting for so long,” he pleaded.</p> <p>British Home Office has announced that it has allocated an extra 150,000 pounds ($265,275 AUD) to Scotland Yard so they can continue their investigations to find Madeleine. Metropolitan Police are following two new leads which they have informed Maddie’s parents about, and they are “hopeful of getting a result”.</p> <p>Edgar hopes they’re chasing up his theory which he didn’t have the resources to pursue himself when he was working on the case.</p> <p>“Not for want of trying, but as a private investigator, I was faced with certain restrictions and stumbling blocks unlike the official authorities,” he explained.</p> <p>Kate McCann wrote a heartbreaking letter to the <em>Telegraph</em> where she revealed that each year she still buys presents for her daughter at Christmas time.</p> <p>“The presents I buy for her usually have to jump out at me,” she wrote. “She would be a teenager now so I always try and pick something that would be suitable and enjoyable for her no matter what age she is when she gets to open them.”</p> <p>The heartbroken mother added, “In my head I guess I just want everything to be right for her when she comes back home. The loft is filled with the presents I have bought for Madeleine and her wardrobe too.”</p> <p>Kate also shared that she hasn’t touched her daughter’s bedroom since she went missing and that it’s in the same condition as it was before her disappearance.</p> <p>She confided in the letter that during the time Maddie went missing she felt “numb”, and now, over 10 years later, everything she does on a daily basis is tinged with sadness.</p> <p>Do you think this new investigation will finally lead to answers? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Inside Duchess Kate’s $3.6 million home before she became a royal

<p>The home Kate shared with her sister Pippa before she became the Duchess of Cambridge has been put up for sale for a cool $3.6 million.</p> <p>The three-bedroom apartment located in Chelsea, London, belongs to the Duchess’ parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Sunday Times</a></em>, they are expected to make a cool $2.2 million profit from the sale.</p> <p>The home was purchased by the Middleton’s for $1.6 million in 2002, and now with the Duchess residing in Kensington Palace and Pippa living in a $31 million luxury townhouse in London with her husband James Matthews and their baby boy, the home is no longer needed.</p> <p>After the birth of Prince George in 2013, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved into Apartment 1A. The beautiful home consists of 20 bedrooms and has a view of Hyde Park.</p> <p>Pippa Middleton isn’t doing too bad either, as her and her multi-millionaire husband James recently completed the renovations on their five-story London mansion, which had already featured a gym, an underground cinema, a lift, a “staff room” and six bedrooms.</p> <p>The renovations cost a total of $2.2 million.</p> <p>The Middleton family's apartment sits on a quaint street in Chelsea with the home consisting of three floors with a number of rooms, along with the three bedrooms.</p> <p>Also shown in photos is a small kitchen and a large dining area decorated with classic furniture and patterned curtains.</p> <p>Kensington Palace did not provide a comment on the home being put up for sale.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see all the photos of Kate’s home before she became the Duchess of Cambridge. </p>

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Prince Harry’s $35 million fortune under threat

<p>It has come to light that Prince Harry’s $35 million trust fund, set up for him by his late mother Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, could be targeted for tax reasons thanks to a US legal loophole.</p> <p>Despite Harry and Meghan marrying in May this year, the new Duchess of Sussex is still technically a US citizen. While it’s believed she has officially applied to become a British citizen, apparently – even though she is a royal now – her application process doesn’t receive any special treatment and could take several years before she is granted UK citizenship.</p> <p>Which means, in the meantime, the former actress is legally required to pay US income tax on any earnings or allowances she receives whilst residing in Britain. But now that she is married to Prince Harry, it could mean his own earnings could be affected too.</p> <p>Royal aides speaking to the <em>Sunday Express</em> in the UK, stated, “We’re looking at a level of financial exposure the royal family has never had to face before.”</p> <p>They added, “It’s the royal household’s worst nightmare … Everything has to be declared.”</p> <p>Along with Meghan’s own $7 million fortune she amassed during her acting career, British media has reported that the US taxman could also have his eye on her designer clothes, jewellery, homes and gifts the new Duchess has received as royal proceeds.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex lives off his $35 million trust fund inheritance, earning an annual salary of around $525,000 a year. But the US government could potentially count that towards Meghan’s income in the UK too.</p> <p>Do you think Harry and Meghan should have to pay US tax on their royal earnings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Father-of-four opens letterbox to find random act of kindness

<p>A father-of-four from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was very surprised after opening his mailbox to find a kind anonymous note.</p> <p>Sharing his discovery on discussion website Reddit, he revealed upon opening the note he also noticed $20 was attached.</p> <p>The heartwarming message on the note read, “Hello, this is a random act of kindness."</p> <p>“I think this $20 would be of more benefit to you than it is to me. All I ask is that maybe one day you do an act of kindness for someone else.”</p> <p>The man told <span><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/father-four-opens-letterbox-find-random-act-kindness-023106840.html">Yahoo7</a></span> that he believes the letter was hand-delivered and he spent some time trying “to think if it was someone I know”.</p> <p>Revealing how he spent the money, he shared, “I used it on activity books and pencils for the kids. They had been asking all week for some.”</p> <p>Following his feel-good post, the Queensland father received his fair share of scepticism on the internet, with the picture he posted attracting an abundance of comments as well as various reactions.</p> <p><img style="width: 345px; height: 368px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821984/1-letter-money.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fa595084b67c4c81b96f3f60034fea01" /></p> <p>One user wrote, “Far out, your house must look pretty rough to elicit random donations.”</p> <p>While another asked if he needed the money to which he replied, “Nope but the kids enjoyed it.”</p> <p>A third person commented, “So apparently you look like the kind of guy who needs $20. How do you feel about that?”</p> <p>And the criticisms didn’t stop there. Another user responded, “I can’t be the only one who thinks this is a little weird and creepy? Why not just hand it to a bum on the street?” while another directly stated the note is “clearly fake”.</p> <p>However, the dad-of-four clapped back at the dubious non-believers, writing, “It’s most definitely not a fake. I posted because it’s great people do this. Some people still have time in their lives to think of others.”</p> <p>The Queenslander added that he hoped they will someday “receive something like this that will change their mind”.</p> <p>Some Reddit users were hopeful and optimistic, with one person commenting, “Awesome. Hope you pay it forward one day”, to which the father responded, “I most definitely will.”</p> <p>Do you believe in small acts of kindness like this one? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Awkward ending as Ellen DeGeneres reunites two long-lost friends

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A girl who took to Twitter to find her long-lost friend was reunited with her on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show – but things didn’t go according to plan.</p> <p>Virginia resident Brianna Cry tweeted in November a childhood snap of her sitting with a young girl who she met for one night on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006.</p> <p>She hoped the tweet would help her track down her friend Heidi, and after going viral, Brianna found her friend 11 hours after she had posted the photo.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. <a href="https://t.co/LRtk6ClvV3">pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3</a></p> — Bri (@briannacry) <a href="https://twitter.com/briannacry/status/1066257032473399297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The heartwarming story reached Ellen, and so of course, the talk show host had to reunite them by inviting them both on the show.</p> <p>The two women met for the second time after 12 years, but the reunion fell short as it became obvious that Heidi wasn’t as eager to meet Brianna as everyone hoped she would.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Heard you were looking for me~ <a href="https://t.co/Dz4z1wapRv">pic.twitter.com/Dz4z1wapRv</a></p> — heii (@heii_tree) <a href="https://twitter.com/heii_tree/status/1066427544960815109?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The segment started off with Brianna and Heidi sitting down on the couch with Heidi feigning shock when she discovered Brianna flew from interstate just to meet her.</p> <p>“You flew in from Virginia?” asked Heidi.</p> <p>Ellen then proceeded to ask Heidi if she felt a “connection” with Brianna on the dinner cruise where the two originally met, but her answer wasn’t what anyone was expecting.</p> <p>“I think … yeah I did,” she said. “I mean, it was just for the one day. I’m sorry, but it was.”</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ocFwp9_wA0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p>Despite Ellen’s best efforts, the awkwardness between the pair didn’t go unnoticed by viewers.</p> <p>“They don’t even look like they’re glad to see each other,” tweeted one person.</p> <p>“The Asian girl didn’t seem enthused at all to see her long lost friend from that cruise. I felt sorry for the other girl. She was just kinda pushed to the side,” wrote another.</p> <p>One thing that did excite Heidi was Ellen presenting both ladies with $10,000 to help pay for university.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Newspaper's awkward Julia Roberts typo goes viral

<p>A local newspaper has had its chance in the spotlight after making an unfortunate typo in the headline of a Julia Roberts story.</p> <p>The <em>Post-Journal</em> of Jamestown, New York, paid tribute to the Hollywood actress and her phenomenal career spanning over 30 years, but while their intentions were pure, the headline was what caught people’s attention the most.</p> <p>It read: “Julia Roberts Finds Life And Her Holes Get Better With Age.”</p> <p>While it meant to say her “Roles Get Better W<span>ith Age”, it was too late to retract the mistake, as the article on the 51-year-old had been published and soon, was in the hands of readers around the city.</span></p> <p>It didn’t take long for the blunder to make its way around the world as users took to Twitter to share photos of the printing error.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Headline of the day <br /><br />Julia Roberts Finds Life And Her Holes Get Better With Age <a href="https://t.co/85oU83ijgi">pic.twitter.com/85oU83ijgi</a></p> — raf taylor (@truthis24fps) <a href="https://twitter.com/truthis24fps/status/1072126786253791232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">I feel this title about Julia Roberts and Holes perhaps needs a little finessing <a href="https://t.co/z2o7EmJKbk">pic.twitter.com/z2o7EmJKbk</a></p> — Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrJenGunter/status/1072268067181289472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheEllenShow</a> can’t believe this headline in our local paper... Julia Roberts will be glad to know her holes are getting better with age😂😂 <a href="https://t.co/gvZkOsBjyN">pic.twitter.com/gvZkOsBjyN</a></p> — elizabeth (@eadavisus) <a href="https://twitter.com/eadavisus/status/1071797333497647104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">9 December 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In the story, the Oscar winner spoke about her age and how her life experiences reflect the roles she chooses to play.</p> <p>“You know, I’m happy and I have fun at home, so it would take a lot for someone to say: ‘Look, you can play this part where you’re happy and have fun.’ Well, I just do that at home,” she said.</p> <p>Despite starring in mega hit rom-coms in the past, back in October, Julia said she was done playing the damsel in distress as she cannot convince the audience that she’s a naïve character.</p> <p>“There came a point in my career where people thought I had turned on romantic comedies, which I love them, I love to be in them, I love to watch them,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.etonline.com/" target="_blank"><em>Entertainment Tonight</em></a>.</p> <p>“But sometimes, they just don’t work at a certain point of life experience.”</p>

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Clint Eastwood’s “secret daughter” photographed for the first time with her seven siblings

<p>Whispers of Clint Eastwood having an eighth child who he gave up for adoption before he became a household name have been going around for years.</p> <p>And on Monday night, the rumour was confirmed as all of Clint’s children, including his mysterious first born, came to support their father for the premiere of his movie<span> </span><em>The Mule</em>.</p> <p>Clint has eight children from six different women, two of which are his ex-wives.</p> <p>His unknown daughter goes by name of Laurie Eastwood and is Clint’s firstborn. She was photographed with her seven siblings whilst attending the event.</p> <p>Clint, 88, was spotted having a drink with Laurie as the two were engulfed in a conversation at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Clint’s youngest offspring, Morgan Eastwood, 22, confirmed the news as she posted a photo of all the siblings together and captioned it: “SO RARE for all 8 Eastwood siblings to be in one room!!!”</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/BrPa_rUHkte/?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/BrPa_rUHkte/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">All 8 of us together 🖤 love my brothers and sisters so much</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/francescaeastwood/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Francesca Eastwood</a> (@francescaeastwood) on Dec 11, 2018 at 12:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Clint’s daughter, Alison Eastwood, with first wife Maggie Johnson, also shared a happy snap of the reunion to her own Instagram.</p> <p>“I’m not sure there has ever been a picture of all 8 kids together but here it is,” she wrote.</p> <p>It is assumed that Laurie was born during Clint’s secret affair with a woman in Seattle, during his engagement to Maggie in 1953.</p> <p>Patrick McGilligan, Clint’s biographer, had previously spoken about the existence of Laurie, and claimed the Hollywood star was in a serious relationship with her mother.</p> <p>“Clint has a way of bringing his progeny – his big extended family – together and he’s been doing this for a long time,” McGilligan told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6484713/Clint-Eastwood-pictured-time-secret-daughter-Laurie.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>“One of the things that’s interesting about him is that, after a certain point in time, they were no longer hidden from the public view. He, in various ways, tried to be a father to them.”</p> <p>“He seems to be very comfortable with it, and I think to some extent that’s admirable.”</p> <p>Also attending the premiere was Maggie, who was married to Clint from 1953 to 1984.</p> <p>Clint is currently dating 55-year-old Christina Sandera, who is 33 years younger than him. She accompanied the film maker to the premiere to show her support.</p> <p>Clint has a total of eight children, including Laurie, Alison, Kyle Eastwood, Kimber Tunis, Jacelyn Reeves, Scott Eastwood and Kathryn Reeves, with the youngest being Morgan. </p>

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Should this classic Christmas song be banned? Radio stations pull the plug on yuletide tune

<p>It’s one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, but<span> </span><em>Baby, It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>has come under fire as feminists are demanding for the song to be banned from radio stations claiming the lyrics promote date rape.</p> <p>Stations in the US and UK have already begun taking it off air as campaigners have slammed the song as inappropriate, and now radio channels around the world are being pressured into following the same path.</p> <p>But despite the outrage, many feminists have rejected to take part in the protest as they say those disagreeing with the song need to lighten up.</p> <p>Originally written in 1944, the Academy Award-winning song has been reproduced by singers such as Michael Bublé and Dean Martin.</p> <p>The song tells the story of a man who is attempting to get a woman to stay with him and was first featured in the 1949 film<span> </span><em>Neptune’s Daughter</em>starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.</p> <p>A line that is causing offence is: “Say what’s in this drink? No cabs to be had out there,” with those who disagree with the song's message claiming the line implies drink spiking.</p> <p>Another line that has caused a stir is: “I ought to say no, no, no – Mind if I move in closer?”, which has come under fire for promoting non-consensual sex.</p> <p>Appearing on UK breakfast show<span> </span><em>Good Morning Britain</em>, feminist Daisy Buchanan raised the issue by saying: “This is a song about trying to get away from a man and being assaulted. She’s trying to say no.”</p> <p>But host Piers Morgan wasn’t having any of it, as he refuted the claim by saying: “Radical feminists like you want to suck the joy out of everything and make this look like sexual assault. She gave consent, she stayed. Do you not read the lyrics? She’s flirting with him.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, Anna Kerr, from Sydney’s Feminist Legal Clinic, says the lyrics of the acclaimed song are “definitely creepy".</p> <p>“There is even a line that seems to subtly reference the female being drugged by the male,” she said. “Songs that normalise and even celebrate predatory sexual behaviour by men are never OK.”</p> <p>Agreeing with those sentiments is Jazzlyn Breen, from the University of Sydney Women’s Collective.</p> <p>“In this day and age, especially in the light of #MeToo movement, I find it really unnerving that people would enjoy listening to content which insinuates the use of date rape drugs,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>But controversial author and sex therapist Bettina Arndt considers the entire controversy to be ridiculous.</p> <p>“This … ludicrous campaign against a funny, traditional Christmas song is the reason people are turning off feminism,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s a sweet, light hearted portrayal of a man trying to seduce a woman – nothing more. Why are we taking any notice of this tiny group of narrow-minded, man-hating nut cases who see this as date rape? Ordinary people still enjoy this type of light hearted banter and flirtation and need to stand up against the puritanical feminists.”</p> <p>People took to Twitter to share their own opinions of the song, with one user saying: “The song Baby It’s Cold Outside is about rape … I’m disturbed.”</p> <p>But another disagreed, saying: “Christmas songs being offensive and banning them, is bloody ridiculous.”</p> <p>Do you think<span> </span><em>Baby It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>insinuates date rape? Decide for yourself below:</p> <p><strong><em>Baby, It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>song lyrics</strong></p> <p>I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>I gotta go away (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>This evening has been (Been hoping that you’d dropped in)</p> <p>So very nice (I’ll hold your hands they’re just like ice)</p> <p>My mother will start to worry (Beautiful what’s your hurry?)</p> <p>My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)</p> <p>So really I’d better scurry (Beautiful please don’t hurry)</p> <p>Well maybe just a half a drink more (I’ll put some records on while I pour)</p> <p>The neighbours might think (Baby it’s bad out there)</p> <p>Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)</p> <p>I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)</p> <p>To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)</p> <p>I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?)</p> <p>At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)</p> <p>I really can’t stay (Baby don’t hold out)</p> <p>Baby it’s cold outside</p> <p>Ah, you’re very pushy you know?</p> <p>I like to think of it as opportunistic</p> <p>I simply must go (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>The answer is no (But baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)</p> <p>So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm)</p> <p>My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious!)</p> <p>My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore)</p> <p>My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious!)</p> <p>Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before) (And I don’t even smoke)</p> <p>I’ve got to get home (Baby you’ll freeze out there)</p> <p>Say lend me a coat? (It’s up to your knees out there!)</p> <p>You’ve really been grand (I feel when I touch your hand)</p> <p>But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)</p> <p>There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Think of my life long sorrow!)</p> <p>At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died!)</p> <p>I really can’t stay (Get over that old out)</p> <p>Baby it’s cold</p> <p>Baby it’s cold outside</p> <p>Okay fine, just another drink then</p> <p>That took a lot of convincing!</p>

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