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Budget ways to dress up your home

<p>I want to expand on that post, by showing you that when it comes to the finishing touches in your home, budget can be beautiful.</p> <p>There’s nothing better than decking out your home without spending a lot of money, and below I’m going to tell you which pieces of decor and furniture you can skimp on that are still incredibly stylish.</p> <p><strong>Lamps<br /></strong>Mood lighting in a space is super important, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money here. You have my full approval to spend around $60 on a table lamp and under $150 for a floor lamp. With table lamps, opt for varieties with a large base and shade. They’ll take up more space on a table, which means more visual impact.</p> <p>The one thing to look out for with floor lamps is sturdiness. Some cheaper floor lamps can have unstable, wobbly legs (especially tripod varieties). So give your lamp a shake in-store to make sure it’s well grounded. </p> <p><strong>Art prints<br /></strong>I’m a big fan of investing in original art from local artists when decorating a living room, for example. But if you’re dressing a spare room, hallway, office or other room that you don’t spend a tonne of time in, a cluster of budget art prints is the way to go. </p> <p>There are tonnes of online stores that sell prints for around $20 or $30 each (quote art is still on-trend and I love it). Buy four prints, pop them in some cheap IKEA frames, and hang them in a line down your hallway. Instant update for under $200 total. </p> <p><strong><u>Bonus tip:</u></strong> Canvas art is usually priced really well too, it’s light as a feather, and makes a big impact for minimal spend. </p> <p><strong>Mirrors<br /></strong>If your budget is tight, cheap mirrors are the way to go. The beauty of the more affordable ones is that they’re smaller and lighter, so they’re easy to hang using velcro Command hooks or similar.</p> <p>If you want to make a big impact with your mirror, consider four smaller square mirrors hung on the wall in a grid. It’ll take up the space of a much larger mirror, but without the price tag and hassle of hanging something so heavy. </p> <p><strong>Stools<br /></strong>I usually say that anything you sit on should be invested in, because comfort is essential. However, stools are the exception. The truth is, you won’t spend a lot of time on the stool itself (15 minutes while having a tea or coffee), so you don’t have to spend hundreds here.</p> <p>To ensure sturdiness, though, go for a metal bar stool that comes in one piece. That way, the legs won’t wobble and you don’t ever have to worry about it falling apart underneath you. Pop a cushion on top if you need some extra comfort.</p> <p><strong>TV unit<br /></strong>The TV unit is one of the furniture pieces I always advise clients to skimp on if they’re on a budget. This is because you generally don’t even look at it when watching TV, and it’s not a piece built for comfort. It’s literally a rectangular box that elevates your television off the floor.</p> <p>I suggest you go cheap here and save your money to spend on other items. There are TV units on the market for under $70 that come on wheels and still have cavities in them for your DVD player, stereo or set-top box. </p> <p><strong>Hall table<br /></strong>I love a hall or entry table inside the door of a home. It’s a great place for dropping keys and mail. And if nothing else it gives you a space to decorate! The good news is that you can go cheap here too.</p> <p>The one thing to be careful of is not sitting anything too heavy on a hall table. The height of a hall table means that it’s already quite fragile. Cheaper versions often feature thin legs. So either secure it to the wall so it can’t topple over, or ensure it only holds light decor that won’t smash should it get knocked over.</p> <p><strong>The moral of the story<br /></strong>I like a home to have a mix of new and old, pieces you’ve splurged on and items you’ve gotten for a steal. It makes your space feel more well-rounded and personal. So don’t be afraid to go cheap when you need to. It saves you money and then you can invest in more costly design elements that really matter!</p> <p><em>Written by Chris Carroll. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/budget-ways-to-dress-up-your-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Hugh Jackman receives hilarious 50th birthday message from actor Ryan Reynolds

<p>Ryan Reynolds has delivered a very special message to Australian actor Hugh Jackman </p> <p>The<span> </span>Deadpool<span> </span>star and the<span> </span>Wolverine<span> </span>actor have been at a playful head for years now, but for Jackman’s birthday Reynolds has pulled out all guns so the former Marvel movie star can return next to Reynolds for a film together. </p> <p>Reynolds kept the trolling going with a 50th birthday message for Jackman during his<span> </span>The Man. The Music. The Show.<span> </span>concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.</p> <p>In a surprise video posted to social media, Jackman shared a hilarious Reynolds wearing a birthday party hat starting off a sweet message to his friend. </p> <p>“Hello Hugh. I was just going to wish you a happy birthday,” the Deadpool star said. </p> <p>“Then I saw what you said. In a word, ‘hurtful.’ Enjoy the show, Hugh Jackman.”</p> <p>Reynolds then belted out the “Happy Birthday” song for the Aussie star — but ended it with his own expletive-filled message.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3kABhRlKUS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3kABhRlKUS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Man The Music The Show 🎩 (@themanthemusictheshow)</a> on Oct 13, 2019 at 7:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“And I’m not even f—ing professionally trained Jackman you piece of s—,” Reynolds yelled at the camera as he gave the middle finger, which was censored, at the very end of the video.</p> <p>In his tweet featuring the birthday message video, Jackman wrote, “At first I thought – Ugh, now I actually have to apologize. But then … @VancityReynolds.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the duo’s hilarious years together. </p>

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Are you always hungry? 8 reasons you can’t stop eating

<p>Can't understand why you're always feeling so hungry? Chances are you're not getting enough sleep, you're spending too much time on Facebook and you're not drinking enough water.</p> <p><strong>You went to bed too late</strong></p> <p>Skimp on sleep and you mess with your hunger hormones: ghrelin surges, leaving you feeling hungry, and leptin (which helps you feel full) sinks. Sleep loss also appears to boost blood levels of a chemical that makes eating more pleasurable – similar, believe it or not, to the effects of marijuana, according to a small, recent study from the University of Chicago. Participants who slept only about four hours at night (instead of a healthier 7.5 hours) couldn’t resist what the researchers called ‘highly palatable, rewarding foods fit for the munchies, like cookies, candy, and chips – even though they had a big meal two hours before. Your goal, starting tonight: seven to nine hours of shut-eye.</p> <p><strong>You opt for the short stack instead of the omelette</strong></p> <p>And almost every time, not long enough after your last syrup-slathered bite, your stomach is grumbling and you’re left wondering how that’s even possible. Oh, but it is: researchers at the University of Missouri found women who ate a high-protein sausage and egg breakfast felt less hungry and fuller throughout the morning, and even ate fewer kilojoules at lunch, compared to women who had a low-protein plate of pancakes and syrup in the morning, or skipped breakfast altogether. And speaking of bypassing breakfast, try not to: in another study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), results showed eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, reduced brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behaviour, compared to breakfast-skippers. “Protein can fight off cravings and increase satiety at meals,” says dietician Angela Ginn-Meadow, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.</p> <p><strong>You only eat low-fat this and fat-free that</strong></p> <p>Those processed foods aren’t necessarily better for you: some have extra sugar, others more salt, and many might not even save you kilojoules. But we digress. You’re right to try and avoid trans fats, and not go crazy on the saturated versions. But you can (and should) make room for a little heart-healthy unsaturated fat in your diet, because similar to protein and filling fibre, it can also help you feel full: “Fats slow stomach emptying, as well as trigger satiety hormones,” says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass<em>.</em> All fats, including the healthy fats in olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados, are high in kilojoules, so stick to proper portions. The American Heart Association recommends healthy adults limit fat to 20 to 35 per cent of total daily kilojoules. </p> <p><strong>You need water</strong></p> <p>Those pangs of hunger may actually be your body telling you you’re thirsty, says Ginn-Meadow, who serves as senior education coordinator for University of Maryland Centre for Diabetes &amp; Endocrinology. So before grabbing a snack from the pantry, sip some water or have a cup of tea and wait a little to see if your cravings pass. Staying well-hydrated may also help you manage your appetite and weight, according to a study from the University of Illinois. Scientists studied the dietary habits of more than 18,300 adults and found the majority of people who upped their daily water intake by one, two, or three cups cut up to 850 daily kilojoules, as well as reduced their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol.</p> <p><strong>You sweat all the small stuff</strong></p> <p>We’ve all been that person mindlessly munching through a bag of chips while frantically trying to meet a deadline, or spooning ice cream from the container after getting into a fight with a friend. But when you’re stressed out all the time, cortisol hormone levels remain high, which then trigger hunger hormones. “Also, chronically elevated cortisol produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels, and is also tied to insulin resistance, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes,” adds Sass. “In this state, when blood glucose is high, but insulin isn’t functioning normally, hunger is increased, because the body thinks the cells are being starved.”</p> <p><strong>You (still) eat white bread</strong></p> <p>You have absolutely heard the advice to switch to whole grain versions: they contain fibre, so they are more filling; they contain more nutrients, so they’re healthier for you; and they are a good source of complex carbohydrates – the kind that take longer to digest, so blood sugar rises more slowly and steadily. Refined grains – found in that white bread you insist on using, as well as white rice and many sugar, white-flour foods like biscuits and crackers – have been stripped of their fibre and cause blood sugar levels to spike, then plunge, leaving you hankering for more bread, or another biscuit or three, soon after. “Essentially when your blood sugar drops it signals a need for fuel, even if kilojoules have just been stored,” explains Sass. Another reason to break the white-bread habit: researchers tracked the eating habits and weight of more than 9200 Spanish university graduates for an average of five years, and found those who only ate white bread were more likely to become overweight or obese than those who favoured whole grain bread.</p> <p><strong>You wait too long between meals</strong></p> <p>Four to five hours apart is about right. If it’s going to be closer to six hours, have a small snack in between, says Ginn-Meadow. “Eating on time allows you to better recognise hunger and satiety cues,” she says; “it also lets your body completely digest complex carbs and protein, which can help maintain a healthy metabolism.” Just make sure your meals are balanced with nutrient-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, and lean protein.</p> <p><strong>Your social feeds are filled with food pics</strong></p> <p>You scroll through shot after shot of the gorgeous birthday cupcakes your sister-in-law Instagrammed. You know she totally did not bake them herself, and yet your stomach is still grumbling. There’s a reason, according to a scientific review published in the journal <em>Brain and Cognition</em>. Researchers say when we see an attractive image of food, blood rushes to the parts of our brain associated with taste. So even if we’re not physically hungry, we want to eat.</p> <p><em>Written by Teresa Dumain. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/diet/always-hungry-8-reasons-you-cant-stop-eating?slide=all"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Never before seen: Princess Eugenie shares intimate video from wedding

<p>Princess Eugenie has celebrated the first anniversary of her marriage to Jack Brooksbank in a beautiful way. </p> <p>Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, 29, took to Instagram on Saturday to share intimate behind-the-scenes footage from her special day along with an adoring caption in dedication to her new hubby. </p> <p>"This was the greatest day of my life... forever and always!" Eugenie wrote.</p> <p>"Happy one year anniversary, my Jack!!"</p> <p>The clip showed previously unseen footage of the glorious royal wedding including all the hard work that went into making Eugenie’s special day all the more valuable to her - sharing details of the colourful floral arrangement and the intricate happenings in the royal’s tiara and wedding dress. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3gsnFxl6Ks/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3gsnFxl6Ks/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a> on Oct 12, 2019 at 1:16am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Royal fans were also treated to glimpses of special moments between the bride and groom, including Eugenie and Jack smiling at each other, laughing with each other and sharing their first kiss on the church steps. </p> <p>The princess was not only one to celebrate the big day as other royals sent their warm wishes to the loved up couple. </p> <p>The Royal Family Twitter account shared a heartwarming snap of both Eugenie and Jack sharing a kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel after they said their vows on their big day. </p> <p>"Congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank on their 1st Wedding Anniversary!" the photo was captioned.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">🥂👰🏻 Congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank on their 1st Wedding Anniversary!<br /><br />Today marks one year since Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank exchanged vows as St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on October 12th, 2018. <a href="https://t.co/NsQplFH1Qx">pic.twitter.com/NsQplFH1Qx</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1182924767545966593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Duke of York shared his own sweet sentiments for his daughter’s wedding anniversary, along with a touching video capturing more unseen moments at the couple’s ceremony. </p> <p>The footage showed his then 28-year-old daughter arriving at the ceremony, along with a clip of Prince Andrew walking Eugenie down the aisle. </p> <p>"Wishing @princesseugenie and Jack Brooksbank a very Happy First Wedding Anniversary!" Prince Andrew captioned the video.</p> <p>Princess Eugenie’s big sister, Beatrice will soon have her own intimate moments to share when she ties the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020. </p>

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Here are New Zealand’s best natural hot springs

<p>New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal activity and across the land you’ll find various heated waterways safe for wallowing in.</p> <p>New Zealand’s beautiful beaches and waterways are a major attraction and, turning up the temperature from just plain cool to steamy, some of the best soaking spots boast heated water – and, even better, no-one has to pay the electricity bill because nature provides the power.</p> <p><strong>Hot Water Beach, Coromandel</strong></p> <p>Two hours either side of low tide, Hot Water Beach (aka Te Puia) fills up with visitors eager to dig their own spa pools in the sand. On the Coromandel Peninsula between Tairua and Whitianga, this thermal sandpit is a star attraction, with temperatures ranging from tepid to scalding.</p> <p>Either dig with your hands or hire a spade and, while it’s perfectly fun to soak here in summer, on a cold winter’s day it’s hard to beat. At night, when the moon is out and the stars are twinkling, it’s utterly heavenly. But do be warned, the open sea can be rugged so less experienced swimmers must take extra special care.</p> <p><strong>Travel tip:</strong> Hot Water beach is 2.5 hours’ drive from Auckland – make sure you don’t forget your swimming costume and towel. When you’ve had enough of those thermal charms, choose from one of the cafés, but note that many do close during the winter. Nearby Hahei has eateries, a brewery, bicycle hire and kayak tours. The area is also home to Cathedral Cove – a spectacular natural archway and a marine reserve that is popular with snorkellers. Explore on your own or take advantage of various tour companies offering excursions.</p> <p><strong>Te Rata Bay, Lake Tarawera</strong></p> <p>On the southern shore of Rotorua’s Lake Tarawera, Te Rata Bay (also referred to as Hot Water Beach) is understandably popular. Fringed with pohutukawa trees and alive with native birds, as well as wild wallabies, the thermal vents on this beach help keep campers’ coffee hot while they roast their daily catch in sandpits.</p> <p><strong>Travel tip</strong>: Accessible by boat or via a fabulous five-hour bush walk (the 15km Tarawera Trail), you’ll need to plan ahead to visit the beach. If you plan to stay overnight at the campground (or glamp it) you must book, and stock up on supplies as there are no shops. Happily, water taxis are easy to arrange through Totally Tarawera, with plenty of options for enjoying this area either overnight or as part of a day-trip.</p> <p><strong>Kaitoke Hot Springs, Great Barrier Island</strong></p> <p>The largest and furthest-flung island in the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier/Aotea is 90km from Auckland. A rugged rock that’s completely off-grid, it tends to attract a capable sort of citizen.</p> <p>Renowned for unspoiled beaches, impressive wildlife and rich history, it’s also home to a picturesque thermal pool. Kaitoke Hot Springs is an easy, pram-friendly 45-minute walk from Whangaparapara Road. But be sure to take any provisions you need with you, as aside from two long-drop lavatories, this beautiful spot is completely non-commercial.</p> <p><strong>Travel Tip</strong>: Isolated Great Barrier/Aotea Island is popular with visitors who enjoy fishing, surfing, hiking and anything to do with nature. Recently awarded International Dark Sky Sanctuary status, be sure to look heavenward after dark when the stars astonish. Accessible by a 30-minute flight or a five-hour ferry ride, there’s plenty of accommodation and a reasonable selection of eateries (although you’re wise to take some food). Be sure to allow a good few days to get to grips with all the island has to offer.</p> <p><strong>Kawhia Ocean Beach, Waikato</strong></p> <p>Less crowded than Coromandel’s Hot Water Beach, hot springs can be found at Kawhia’s Ocean Beach for two hours either side of low tide.</p> <p>Steeped in history, Kawhia is where the Tainui waka (one of the original canoes carrying the first Polynesians) came to rest after its epic trans-Pacific voyage, and today is a sleepy little spot, far from the madding crowds and all the better for it. If you’re not sure where to dig to gain access to the steaming seams, a friendly local will show you the way. But be warned, because this is a black sand beach, it can really heat up in summer, so don’t forget your shoes.</p> <p><strong>Travel tip</strong>: Kawhia is a peaceful King Country town 200km from Auckland. It offers accommodation (including a campground), a museum, a couple of cafés, a general store and a fish and chips shop. Popular with history buffs, fossil fans and fisher people, it’s heavenly all year round. And do experience the cooler charms of nearby Waitomo Caves if time allows.</p> <p><strong>Welcome Flat Hot Pools</strong></p> <p>Just 20km south of Fox Glacier you’ll find Welcome Flat Hot Pools, near a conveniently positioned DOC (Department of Conservation) hut. Surrounded by snowy peaks and forest, there are several temperature options with even the fussiest bathers catered for – provided they don’t mind mud.</p> <p>The pools are accessed via the Copland Track, which is 18km one way (it takes about seven hours to complete), so ensure you book ahead for one of the 31 beds in the DOC hut. Of course, you’ll need to take your food, sleeping bag and swimming suit as well. It’s open year round, so pack for the conditions and keep an eye on weather reports.</p> <p><strong>Travel tip</strong>: Welcome Flat is found in South Westland in the South Island, four hours’ drive from Queenstown or six hours’ from Christchurch. The Fox Glacier region is bursting with tourist highlights, from kayak tours to scenic flights. The Hobnail Café and Souvenir Shop is a great spot to refuel, Gillespies Beach is grand if you’re into geology, rainforest and seals, and always look out for the kea, New Zealand’s cheeky parrot.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/new-zealand-best-natural-hot-springs/"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Where is Da Vinci’s $450m Jesus painting?

<p>A highly anticipated exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works at the Louvre is set to open on October 24.</p> <p>Nearly 120 of the Italian artist’s most famous art pieces will be brought together with <em>Mona Lisa</em> at the Paris museum to commemorate the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of his death.</p> <p>However, with less than two weeks to go before the show opens, there are doubts as to whether the popular <em>Salvator Mundi </em>– the first Leonardo to be found for more than a century – will be featured.</p> <p>The painting, which depicted Jesus in Renaissance dress, emerged as the world’s most expensive after it sold at a 2017 auction for US$450.3 million to Prince Badr bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>The painting’s whereabouts is currently not known. New York art historian and dealer Robert Simon claimed he had heard that it was “being kept in a secure art storage facility in Switzerland” as of months ago, while <em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-10/da-vinci-s-450-million-masterpiece-kept-on-mbs-s-yacht-artnet">Artnet.com</a> </em>alleged it was stored on a superyacht owned by Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/salvator-mundi-set-to-be-a-no-show">The Art Newspaper</a> </em>went further to claim that the <em>Salvator Mundi </em>will be “a no-show”, given that the museum had yet to secure the approval for the loan four weeks prior to the opening.</p> <p><span>A spokeswoman for the Louvre told the <em>Observer</em>: “I confirm the Louvre has asked for the loan of the <em>Salvator Mundi</em>. We don’t have the answer yet and thus, don’t have any further comment.”</span></p> <p>The painting’s authenticity has also been called into question. It was initially attributed to the “school of Giovanni Boltraffio”, a student of Leonardo’s, before it was upgraded to “a work by Boltraffio” in 1958. The piece was only authenticated as “an autograph work by Leonardo” in 2011.</p> <p>Several experts have challenged the attribution, with some <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvator_Mundi_(Leonardo)#cite_note-nytimes.com-85">claiming</a> the painting was a “studio work with a little Leonardo at best”.</p>

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Huge cruise ship squeezes through Greek canal with just centimetres to spare

<p><span>A 24,344-tonnes, 22.5-metre-wide cruise liner has made history to become the largest ship ever to travel through the narrow Corinth Canal.</span></p> <p><span>On Wednesday, 929 passengers on board held their breath as the Braemar cruise liner squeezed through the canal, which was 24 metres wide at its narrowest point.</span></p> <p><span>The ship was so close to the rocky walls of the canal that passengers could reach out their hands and almost touch the surface, UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruises said.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3Y6vKyn3y6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B3Y6vKyn3y6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Transiting the #CorinthCanal this morning on #Braemar... fabulous views! #🚢 #fredolsen #cruise</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/andyeastwooduk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Andy Eastwood</a> (@andyeastwooduk) on Oct 9, 2019 at 12:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The 6.4-kilometre-long canal is a waterway that separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>The trip was part of the 25-night Corinth Canal &amp; Greek Islands cruise, which took off from Southampton, UK.</span></p> <p><span>“This is such an exciting sailing and tremendous milestone in Fred Olsen’s 171-year history, and we are thrilled to have been able to share it with our guests,” said Clare Ward, director of product and customer service.</span></p>

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How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

<p>Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’ famous ballad, “<a href="http://www.scotland.org/features/the-history-and-words-of-auld-lang-syne">Auld Lang Syne</a>.” Standing at the brink of a New Year, arms around each other, they ask: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”</p> <p>The question is meant to be rhetorical, of course – the answer is “No.” The years may pass, but we should hold on to our friends.</p> <p>For many older adults, however, this question takes on a different meaning, as they confront the onset of dementia in a friend. Dementia, which <a href="http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/109998">afflicts an estimated 3.8 million people</a> in the U.S. alone, affects cognitive abilities <a href="https://www.alz.org/documents_custom/2017-facts-and-figures.pdf">such as language and memory</a> that are often understood as the necessary foundation for individual identity and human personhood.</p> <p>As such, dementia raises questions about what are the boundaries of the human, what is required to have meaningful social relationships and more generally what makes life worth living (or no longer worth living).</p> <p>Research has long shown that <a href="http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/85/2/135.long">feelings of loneliness accompany the onset of dementia</a>. And research has suggested that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424087/">social interaction is beneficial for the person with dementia</a>.</p> <p>I recently conducted research that took these findings a step further. It appears that the opportunities for personal growth exist not only for the people with dementia but also for their friends.</p> <p><strong>A dreaded illness, worsened by loneliness</strong></p> <p>In the U.S., <a href="https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X10000693">people with dementia are often rhetorically and metaphorically likened to zombies</a>, and dementia is often described as a condition ambiguously positioned between life and death.</p> <p>Such ideas contribute greatly to the stigma, fear and shame that commonly attend a diagnosis of dementia.</p> <p>And if dementia is one of the most dreaded forms of decline associated with aging, it is also one of the most common. The condition affects about 14 percent of people over age 71. The <a href="http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/109998">prevalence of dementia</a> increases with age, rising from about 5 percent among people in their 70s to 24 percent of those in their 80s – and of those who reach age 90, approximately 40 percent are affected.</p> <p>What is it like for people to experience the onset of dementia in a friend, and how do they respond? Close family members are often expected to step up to meet the challenges of dementia, and many try to do so. It is less clear, however, what role friends can or should play. Little research has addressed the topic.</p> <p>I recently published <a href="http://rdcu.be/tFtH">an article</a> and <a href="https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/successful-aging-as-a-contemporary-obsession/9780813585338">a book chapter</a> based on interviews with individuals who self-identify as friends of someone with dementia (as well as some health care providers and family members).</p> <p>The basic idea behind this research is that there may be lessons to learn from those who have found both reasons and ways to maintain relations of friendship after the onset of dementia – lessons that could be shared with others who find themselves confronting similar situations. The friend who remains in a relationship with a friend who has dementia may gain knowledge about the illness and grow in unexpected ways.</p> <p>The research documents how some people find value, interest, meaning and pleasure in friendships with people who are living with dementia. Among the findings, several stand out.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Through experience, people gain specific forms of knowledge about how to interact well with the person who has dementia. How the condition affects people can vary enormously, and there is no instruction manual for interacting well with people who have dementia. Still, some of the techniques and approaches that these friends have developed may be worth trying for others, as well.</p> </li> <li> <p>Talking about dementia – in other words, making this sometimes difficult and uncomfortable topic “speakable” – can be a critical first step toward approaching it collectively, as something for a community to deal with instead of only as an individual problem.</p> </li> <li> <p>People I interviewed describe friendship with the person who has dementia as a relationship that is capable of changing, rather than simply enduring.</p> </li> <li> <p>People who have remained engaged as friends after the onset of symptoms describe dementia as an impetus for personal and interpersonal transformations that can involve learning, growth and unexpected gifts – as well as sadness and loss.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Friends play important role in wider support circle</strong></p> <p>How friends respond to dementia is important for a number of reasons.</p> <p>First and foremost, friendships matter to older adults with dementia for all the same reasons that friendships matter to anyone: They are sources of pleasure, support and social identity.</p> <p>Second, the difficulties and burdens faced by informal, unpaid caregivers of people with dementia (mostly female relatives) <a href="https://www.nap.edu/catalog/23606/families-caring-for-an-aging-america">might be less overwhelming</a> if friends and other social connections remained more present in the lives of people with dementia.</p> <p>Third, there is a large and growing number of older adults with dementia who – due to changing patterns of marriage, childbirth, longevity, living arrangements and geographic mobility – simply <a href="https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/law_aging/2003_Unbefriended_Elderly_Health_Care_Descision-Making7-11-03.authcheckdam.pdf">do not have family members available and willing</a> to <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.14586/full">make medical decisions</a> or step into caregiver roles. For them, how friends, neighbors, co-workers and others respond can be <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/health/near-the-end-its-best-to-be-friended.html?_r=0">a matter of life-and-death</a>.</p> <p><strong>Light in the darkness</strong></p> <p>Dementia can seem like a frightening and depressing topic, but this research gives reasons to feel hopeful. While medicine has at present no cure and <a href="https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Dementia-Information-Page">few effective treatments</a> to offer, that does not mean that there is nothing we can do.</p> <p>There is a lot we can do to make life better for older adults with dementia. And we ought to do what we can – not only because people with dementia are fellow members of our human community, but also because any one of us might find ourselves affected in the future.</p> <p>One of the verses of <a href="http://www.scotland.org/features/the-history-and-words-of-auld-lang-syne">“Auld Lang Syne”</a> that is less often sung by New Year’s revelers includes the line: “We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne.” Helping people faced with the onset of dementia in a friend learn from others how to fill, share and take sustenance from that “cup of kindness” is one of the ways that anthropological research strives to make the world a bit better place.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/how-being-friends-with-someone-who-has-dementia-can-be-good-for-you-both-76750" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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“Utter disbelief”: Wallabies player’s mother involved in Israel Folau scandal

<p>Wallabies players are said to be in “utter disbelief” after a mother of young Wallabies star Jordan Petaia has admitted to “infiltrating” Israel Folau’s church.</p> <p>Helen Petaia confessed to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/wallabies-mother-infiltrates-church-run-by-israel-folaus-father/news-story/8ba7761db554bea22040c64a981e1037" target="_blank">The Herald Sun</a></em><span> </span>that she was the anonymous parent who had gone undercover in Folau’s church to learn more about it.</p> <p>She explained that she became concerned when Folau started inviting players to the church that was set up by his father Eni in 2013. The church is called the Truth of Jesus Christ Church.</p> <p>"I honestly do not want my son involved in what I have come to understand is false teachings and counterfeit Christianity,” she told <em>The Herald.</em></p> <p>Helen explained that it “disturbed her greatly” after deciding to attend the church for herself.</p> <p>“I’ve gone, I’ve checked it out and I would call them an isolated hate group.”</p> <p>However, her actions might have had the opposite effect as the Wallabies camp has sent a flood of messages of support for Folau.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/mother-of-wallabies-star-jordan-petaia-infiltrates-church-run-by-israel-folaus-father/news-story/582fd00bbcfc19736916671db0f5ac72" target="_blank"><em>The Australian</em></a>, “many of the messages expressed players’ disappointment and ‘utter disbelief’ that Petaia’s mother had gone to such ‘extreme lengths’, going to the media to warn of Folau’s ­religious beliefs and her concerns about his influence on young rugby players.”</p> <p>Helen has since spoken out about the controversy, saying that Folau’s father Eni has said that she’s “going to hell”.</p> <p>“I have no doubt many Christian parents would be concerned if their child was to become entangled in the false teachings and religious practices Israel Folau endorses,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup-2019/jordan-petaias-infiltrated-israel-folaus-church-to-protect-her-son/news-story/1815de9c460381a387a6c4e6584de084" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p>“There are many Christian leaders who agree with my assessment of the Folau church.”</p>

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URGENT: Worldwide recall of common heartburn drug over cancer fears

<p>A popular medicine for heartburn and stomach ulcers known as Zantac has been urgently recalled in all markets over fears that it’s contaminated with a chemical that’s linked to cancer.</p> <p>The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) at the UK’s Department of Health has sent an alert to healthcare professionals, calling for all unexpired stocks of four types of Zantac to be returned. These four types are made by GlaxoSmithKline.</p> <p>The recall is due to the possible contamination of ranitidine, which is the active substance in the medication that reduces stomach acid levels. There is an impurity that is linked to the development of certain cancers.</p> <p>Traces of the impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) are found in some food and water supplies, but can be dangerous at higher concentrations.</p> <p>The four affected products, which are all prescription-only medicine are:</p> <ul> <li>Zantac 150mg/10ml Syrup,</li> <li>Zantac 50mg/2ml Injection</li> <li>Zantac 150mg Tablets</li> <li>Zantac 300mg Tablets<span> </span><span> </span> </li> </ul> <p>Doctors have been told to stop supplying the product immediately and to return all remaining stock to their supplier, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/zantac-cancer-ranitidine-recall-heartburn-drug-prescription-gsk-health-a9148401.html" target="_blank">The Independent</a>.</em></p> <p>It’s important to note that over-the-counter products that also bear the Zantac name are made by a different company and therefore are unaffected.</p> <p>Dr Andrew Gray, MHRA deputy director of inspections, enforcement and standards, said: “Whilst this action is precautionary, the MHRA takes patient safety very seriously.</p> <p>“Patients should keep taking their current medicines but should speak to their doctor or pharmacist if they are concerned and should seek their doctor’s advice before stopping any prescribed medicines.”</p> <p>He added: “Currently, there is no evidence that medicines containing nitrosamines have caused any harm to patients, but the agency is closely monitoring the situation, and working with other regulatory agencies around the world.”</p>

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Elton John opens up in hilarious memoir about Queen Elizabeth and beloved friend Princess Diana

<p>In Elton John’s new autobiography titled<span> </span><em>Me</em>,<span> </span>the famous musician offered up some salacious information about Queen Elizabeth and his dear friend, Princess Diana. </p> <p>John, 72, recalled some of his favourite memories and first-hand experiences with members of one of the world’s most famous families. </p> <p>In a refreshing twist, the musician shared a delightful story about the British Monarch and her nephew, Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley. </p> <p>The Queen requested he check on his sister, Lady Armstrong-Jones, who had left a party early feeling sickly. </p> <p>However, despite Linley doing his best to avoid fulfilling the request, the Queen did not back down and instead asserted her authority. </p> <p> "When [Linley] repeatedly tried to fob her off," John wrote, per the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=74968X1525087&amp;xs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Farticle%2Felton-john-tells-gobsmacking-tales-about-the-queen-and-diana-grpn0k5j7&amp;sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.townandcountrymag.com%2Fsociety%2Ftradition%2Fa29388157%2Felton-john-queen-elizabeth-princess-diana-memoir-me-stories%2F" target="_blank">Times</a>, "the Queen lightly slapped him across the face, saying: “‘Don't'—slap—'argue'—slap—'with'—slap—'me'—slap—'I'—slap—'am'—slap—'THE QUEEN!'"</p> <p>After the Queen had noticed John had witnessed the entire situation, she winked at him playfully. </p> <p>"I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but... in private she could be hilarious”. </p> <p>The 72-year-old also shared some heartfelt memories of his late royal friend, Princess Di, who passed away in 1997. </p> <p>John wrote the royal was "blessed with an incredible social ease, an ability to make people feel totally comfortable in her company.”</p> <p>He also noted it was a quality both Prince William and Harry possess as well. </p> <p>The celebrity met Princess Di at a party in 1981, and apparently they were both quickly taken with her. </p> <p>He recalled the pair “immediately clicked,” and "ended up pretending to dance the Charleston while hooting at the disco’s feebleness.</p> <p>"She was fabulous company... a real gossip: you could ask her anything and she’d tell you."</p> <p>Elton John also recalled a specific instance where actor Richard Gerge and<span> </span>Rocky’s<span> </span>Sylvester Stallone fighting over Princess Di at one of John’s wedding parties. </p> <p>"Straight away, Gere and Diana seemed very taken with each other," the 72-year-old wrote. </p> <p>It was a rapport that did not go down well with Stallone. </p> <p>"I think he may have turned up to the party with the express intention of picking Diana up, only to find his plans for the evening ruined”. </p> <p>The musician added he was soon having to step in between the two actors who were seen "squaring up to each other, apparently about to settle their differences over Diana by having a fist-fight".</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Elton John with the royal family.</p>

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Royal Fab Four’s new video sends mental health website into a crash

<p>A new video narrated by the Royal Family’s ‘Fab Four’ has sent a UK government website into a crash as more than ten million people rushed to view it online.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined forces to voice a short film for the Public Health England’s new platform, Every Mind Matters.</p> <p>Written by <em>Love Actually</em> screenwriter Richard Curtis and directed by British photographer Rankin, the clip also featured celebrities such as Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Sir Bradley Wiggins and more.</p> <p>The three-minute ad, which was broadcast across multiple British TV channels, is aimed at encouraging people to take simple steps to look after their mental health and boost their wellbeing.</p> <p>“Everyone knows that feeling, when life gets on top of us,” Prince William could be heard saying in the ad.</p> <p>Prince Harry added: “We feel stressed, low, anxious or have trouble sleeping. Me, you, your brother, your mother, your friend, colleague, or your neighbour…</p> <p>“We think there’s nothing to be done, nothing we can do about it.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ThvogdoC-q4"></iframe></div> <p>“There’s a new way to help turn things around,” Duchess Meghan said. “Every Mind Matters will show you simple ways to look after your mental health.”</p> <p>Duchess Kate concluded, “It will get you started with a free online plan designed to help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and make you feel more in control.”</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2019100778657/prince-william-kate-middleton-meghan-markle-harry-reunite-nhs/">HELLO!</a></em>, the launch of the initiative follows 18 months of planning and piloting with the help of clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people with experience of poor mental health.</p> <p>The Every Mind Matters website crashed following the broadcast, with users being shown an error page that read: “Something went wrong. Please refresh the page or try again later.”</p> <p>A Public Health England spokeswoman said: “We’re back up and running now. We think it was due to high [traffic]. We had technicians working on it immediately and we’re back up and running now.”</p> <p>A Public Health England survey of more than 3,000 adults found that 83 per cent of people had experienced early signs of poor mental health in the last 12 months, including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping.</p> <p><a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/every-mind-matters-advert-demand-to-view-royal-couples-mental-health-campaign-ad-crashes-website-a4256311.html">More than a quarter of these</a> waited longer than six months before addressing the issue, with more than half reporting coping mechanisms such as smoking, drinking, unhealthy eating and avoiding social situations.</p>

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Busy in blue: The Queen is back to work and expressing concerns over one important aspect of her job

<p>Queen Elizabeth II is back to work today, after relaxing on a months-long summer holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.</p> <p>In true HRH fashion, her schedule is packed over the next few weeks, but she was full steam ahead and visited one of her patronages at Haig Housing.</p> <p>Haig Housing is the UK’s largest military housing charity as it provides over 1,500 properties across the country to armed forces veterans at affordable and accessible rates.</p> <p>For the visit, she decided to wear a matching hat and a blue double-breasted coat. The Queen finished the look with black gloves and a matching black bag.</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/B3eva4Lnj8T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B3eva4Lnj8T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Today Her Majesty The Queen visited @haighousing in Morden to officially open their new development of 70 homes. Haig Housing is the country’s largest military housing charity, with over 1,500 properties across the UK, providing affordable and accessible accommodation to armed forces veterans -some who have been severely wounded - and their families. 🎥The Bowman family welcomed The Queen into their new home. Michael served in the Grenadier Guards for 14 years, and is one of the newest residents in the development. The Queen has been Patron of @haighousing since 1952, and 70 years ago, in 1949, opened a Haig Housing estate in Jersey. (📷 swipe ⬅️⬅️) The Queen also met @royalairforceuk veteran Ken Souter, who served with 73 squadron from 1940 and flew Hurricanes in North Africa. Her Majesty recently sent Ken a birthday card to celebrate his 100th birthday 🎂 After meeting more residents and schoolchildren from the London Borough of Merton, along the Queen Elizabeth Terrace - a block named in her honour, The Queen unveiled a plaque to declare the development officially open. 📷Press Association 🎥TheRoyalFamily</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/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Oct 11, 2019 at 6:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She was greeted by local schoolchildren and Haig Housing staff upon arrival before meeting residents whose new homes in the Centenary Development have been specifically designed to meet their needs.</p> <p>The Queen has been patron of Haig Housing since 1952. It was also at Haig Housing where she met with 100-year-old World War II vetran Ken Souter, where she was “glad to see” that his special birthday card turned up.</p> <p>It is tradition that the Queen sends every citizen who turns 100 a hand-signed card, but after they’re sent off in the mailbox, it’s out of her hands.</p> <p>She added that she's "always worried" about whether or not they'll arrive on time, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/RE_DailyMail/status/1182622399419879424?s=20" target="_blank">royal reporter Rebecca English.</a></p> <p>Souter was thrilled with the visit, saying that the Queen is a “truly amazing lady”.</p> <p>“It was an honour to meet her on her first day back on public duty,” he said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen meets <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAirForce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RoyalAirForce</a> veteran Ken Souter, who joined 73 squadron in 1940 and flew Hurricanes in North Africa.<br /><br />Her Majesty recently sent Ken a birthday card to celebrate his 100th birthday 🎂 <a href="https://t.co/ql0xQSElVj">pic.twitter.com/ql0xQSElVj</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1182611056734150658?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Next week, the Queen will make several public outings, including the State Opening of Parliament, where she is expected to give the Queens’ Speech.</p> <p>She will also be attending a service with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the 750th  anniversary of the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey.</p>

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Young boy reels in massive record-breaking shark

<p>An eight-year-old Australian boy is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame after reeling in a monster shark last weekend.</p> <p>Jayden Millauro caught a tiger shark weighing 314 kilograms, which beats the previous 1997 world record holder by 2 kilograms.</p> <p>Jayden explained to Nine News that he had been fishing since he was one-and-a-half and was with his father Jonathan Millauro and captain Ibby Dardas when he caught the monster shark.</p> <p>"The adrenalin was pumping from the moment we all spotted the shark at the boat," Jayden's dad Mr Millauro told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/shark-world-record-boy-nsw-port-hacking-081535670.html" target="_blank">Nine News</a></em>.</p> <p>"So Jayden grabs the rod, we harnessed him up."</p> <p>The family is currently waiting for confirmation on whether or not Jayden holds the world record, the Australian record as well as the NSW record for the monster shark.</p> <p>The trio were out fishing off the coast of Browns Mountain, which is 160kms south of Sydney.</p> <p>Jayden weighs around 40 kilograms himself, so hauling in the fish was no small feat.</p> <p>He admitted to<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em><span> </span>that he was nervous he’d lose the fish off the line.</p> <p>“I don’t want to lose it. I was really excited when they got it,” he told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/eightyearold-challenges-world-record-with-314kg-tiger-shark/news-story/0bd69f800d41d9524ba4d9e0e10248dc" target="_blank">Daily Telegraph.</a><span> </span></em></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Jayden with the record breaking shark.</p>

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Japan upset Scotland at chaotic Rugby World Cup in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis

<p>Japan has dominated Scotland to triumph with a 28-21 win, meaning that this is the first time that Japan have reached the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.</p> <p>Japan were faster and relentless in their attacks against Scotland, much to the delight of the red-and-white crowd who were cheering on their every move.</p> <p>Japan coach Jamie Joseph said that the team went “another level” in the match.</p> <p>"Tonight we went another level," he said.</p> <p>"They wanted it as much as the Scots and gave as much as they could. This is what it takes to win big test matches."</p> <p>Wing Kenki Fukuoka scored two tries while Kotaro Matsushima and Keita Inagaki also scored as the team held off attacks from Scotland.</p> <p>However, Japan were aware that their win came at a price, as the country is reeling from the damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis.</p> <p>"Whilst we are celebrating tonight there are a lot of people who aren't," Joseph said.</p> <p>Rugby fans are shocked at the outcome, as it means that this is the second time Scotland have failed to reach the last eight. Their last loss was back in 2011, but they haven’t let it get them down.</p> <p>"We had a mountain to climb after that first half but we started climbing it and I thought the effort the players put in to get back to within seven points was excellent," said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-14/japan-scotland-rwc-result-typhoon-hagibis-winner/11598394" target="_blank">The ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>"We were obviously aware that this was huge for the home nation. The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic and you didn't want to be the team that was losing in that atmosphere."</p>

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Cracks found on older Boeing 737 planes during inspections

<p><span>Boeing is facing yet another safety issue after structural cracks were found in 38 of its 737 NG airplanes around the world.</span></p> <p><span>The inspections ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) discovered that out of the 810 jets that had been examined, 38 had cracks in a “pickle fork”, or the part that attaches the plane’s body to the wing structure. This amounted to about 5 per cent of the planes inspected.</span></p> <p><span>Boeing and airline officials said the planes will be grounded for repairs.</span></p> <p><span>So far, two airlines have disclosed that they have jets that need to be grounded. Southwest Airlines announced on Wednesday that it had grounded two of <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/10/business/boeing-737-ng-grounding/index.html">the 700-plus NG jets in its fleet</a> due to the cracking issue, while Brazilian carrier Gol Linhas Aereas confirmed it took 11 out of its 115 planes out of service. </span></p> <p><span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-boeing-airplanes/boeing-says-cracks-found-on-38-of-810-737-ng-jets-inspected-globally-idUSKBN1WP2BD">Last week</a>, the FAA ordered airlines to inspect their 737 NG fleets after Boeing alerted the agency about structural cracks. Aircrafts that have made at least 30,000 flights must be inspected within seven days, while planes between 22,600 and 29,999 cycles are to be inspected after 1,000 flights.</span></p> <p><span>Today, about 6,800 of the 737 NG jets are in service around the world. </span></p> <p><span>The report came as Boeing continues its effort to seek approval for the 737 Max to fly again. All 737 Max jets have been grounded since March following fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, which killed 346 crew and passengers.</span></p>

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Top three health and fitness trends to try

<p>Well, what better place to find out than at the annual Australian Health &amp; Fitness Expo which was held in Melbourne this April.</p> <p>Hundreds of new products and services were on display, all with the promise to make your life healthier, happier and more enjoyable. We did the research for you and here are the top three trends to keep an eye on.</p> <p><strong>Clean eating</strong><br />From snacks to cereal to supplements, judging by the impressive range of products on display at the expo, the list of additives and artificial sugars is fast diminishing. There’s a strong trend towards using wholefoods such as nuts, seeds and dried fruit to curb the cravings and help you with mindful snacking and if you’re keen to go gluten free there’s a lot more in store for you as well.</p> <p>If you’ve been struggling to find a natural protein supplement, you’re in luck too. <br />Protein powders, which you can shake with water and drink as a mini meal, are being introduced in a more natural form, sweetened with stevia, which is derived from the stevia plant instead of aspartame and other artificial sugars.</p> <p><strong>HIIT &amp; mixed method training</strong><br />One of the huge trends in fitness is functional or mixed method training. This simply refers to combining various types of exercises which strengthens different parts of the body all at the same time, creating a strong foundation for the functional movements our body is exposed to in our everyday lives. It’s a very time efficient way to train and using props like resistance bands, free weights and plyometrics (think frog jumps) makes for a very effective total body workout.</p> <p>Another stable hit in the fitness world is HIIT (high intensity interval training). HIIT is superior when it comes to fat burning and can be modified to suit any fitness level. The basics are go as hard as you can for 30 sec or 1 min then recover and repeat.</p> <p>You can perform HIIT on a spin bike, while running, skipping etc. An example of this drift is the introduction of 30 min indoor walking classes where participants step on to an indoor walker (looks like a cross trainer but it isn’t) and switches between intensity and pace while being directed by an instructor and some good tunes. Indoor walking is a low impact type of training and could soon be coming to a gym near you. Watch the video!</p> <p><strong>Gadget heaven</strong><br />It was gadgets galore at the health &amp; fitness expo this year with trackers and devices monitoring your health and fitness and using apps to make sense of the data collected.</p> <p>One of the things that caught our attention was a pair of pants. Now, perhaps you can’t describe pants as a gadget but this range of clothing is practically magical and deserves a spot on the list.</p> <p>The clothing fabric is made with a special fibre technology called Celliant® which is infused with minerals that when activated by your body heat turns into an infrared light. Your body heat is therefore re-used as infrared light which aids in blood circulation and improves oxygenation of tissue.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/exercise/top-three-health-and-fitness-trends-to-try.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Man awarded $12.5 billion for bizarre side effects to Johnson & Johnson medication

<p>US pharmaceutical giant Johnson &amp; Johnson has been ordered to pay a hefty NZ$12.5 billion in damages after they failed to warn that its drug, Risperdal, could cause bizarre breast growth in men. </p> <p>Nicholas Murray told a court in Philadelphia the psychiatric medication, normally prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, had made him grow breasts. </p> <p>His attorneys, Tom Kline and Jason Itkine, argued the drug had links to gynecomastia, an incurable condition - and accused Johnson &amp; Johnson of making billions of dollars while illegally marketing and promoting the drug. </p> <p>“(Johnson &amp; Johnson is) a corporation that valued profits over safety and profits over patients,” they said in a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jnj.com/our-company/johnson-johnson-statement-on-todays-risperdal-verdict" target="_blank">statement.</a></p> <p>However Johnson &amp; Johnson immediately challenged the ruling, explaining the damages as “grossly disproportionate” in a statement. </p> <p>“The company is confident (the ruling) will be overturned,” it said. “We will be immediately moving to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict.”</p> <p>The company said the courts exclusions of key evidence left it unable to present a meaningful defence, including what they described was on the drug label that “clearly and appropriately outlined the risks associated with the medicine” or Risperdal’s benefits for patients with serious mental illness.</p> <p>“Further, the plaintiff’s attorneys failed to present any evidence that the plaintiff was actually harmed by the alleged conduct,” the company added.</p> <p>Thousands of lawsuits have been filed over the drug, including in Pennsylvania, California and Missouri.</p> <p>Mr Kline and Mr Itkin said this was the first time a jury had made the decision to award punitive damages and had come up with an amount. </p> <p>Risperdal was approved for the treatment of adults by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1993 and brought in about A$1 billion in sales in 2018.</p>

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Spots to never skip when spring cleaning

<p><strong>Never, ever skip these spots when spring cleaning</strong></p> <p>Washing windows and scheduling a carpet cleaning may be a good start to spring cleaning, but your home isn’t white-glove test clean if you neglect these areas.</p> <p><strong>The underside of chairs and tables</strong></p> <p>You’re probably not going to find gum stuck to the table (at least we hope not) but the underside of tables and chairs deserve some attention. “This is an often overlooked spot that gets grimy and gross as people pull their chairs up to the table with their dirty hands,” says professional organiser, Jamie Novak, author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Keep-This-Toss-That-Unclutter/dp/1621452158/?tag=readerwp-20"><strong><em>Keep This, Toss That</em></strong></a>. If you have young children, you have an additional reason to clean: chances are there are probably bits of food and streaks of tomato sauce on the underside of the table. Curious kids may be tempted to pick at the underside of the table and put the dried-up food in their mouth.</p> <p><strong>Sconces, chandeliers and other lighting</strong></p> <p>Is your eyesight getting bad or is your room really that dim? Although we usually dust the fan blades, we often neglect the actual globes and lamp shades of lighting fixtures. “At first glance, these may not seem dusty, but once you wipe one you will see a noticeable difference,” says Novak. Remove the globes and wash in soapy water, rinse and air dry. Dust the inside of a lampshade and then wash with soapy water in the sink. Rinse and let air dry.</p> <p><strong>Splashback</strong></p> <p>The area behind your kitchen sink, stove or prep area largely goes unnoticed because we focus more attention on the benchtop areas where we can clearly see the messy surface. Over time, the splatters and grease can accumulate quite a build-up, Novak says. “A quick wipe and it may be very noticeable just how dirty the area has become.” Don’t forget about your bathroom splashback area and the sneaky grime build-up area behind the tap. An old toothbrush will get into the crevices around the base of the tap and handles.</p> <p><strong>Small appliances</strong></p> <p>According to Novak, small appliances are something we shouldn’t miss during spring cleaning. Can openers, toasters, kettles and coffee machines are our daily culinary heroes of the kitchen and all that constant use takes a toll. We either put them away dirty or leave them exposed to the grease and food splatters. Empty the crumb trays in the toaster and clean can openers to prevent food contamination.</p> <p><strong>Washer and dryer</strong></p> <p>Your clothes may smell clean, but according to Anna Caricari, the laundry room is constantly accumulating dust. “Rust and mould can also grow quickly because of the use of water and chemicals,” says Caricari. If your washing machine isn’t smelling so fresh, wipe down around the barrel and compartments. For top loaders, fill the washing machine with hot water and pour 2 cups of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Cycle through a wash and rinse. For front loaders, mix the above ingredients and add 1/4 cup water to make a detergent and place into the detergent tray.</p> <p>Don’t forget the dryer vents, which when plugged contain flammable material. Always remove the lint after each cycle.</p> <p><strong>Under the bathroom and kitchen sink</strong></p> <p>We may open those cabinets on a daily basis but usually just reach for the stuff in the front. Do we know what’s lurking in the back? Robert Weitz, a certified microbial investigator says we should definitely put these on our spring-cleaning checklist. The only way we will know if there is a leak or water damage is to have a clear and clean view. “You may have a problematic leak that is causing unhealthy mould or staining, which can lead to much greater problems,” says Weitz.</p> <p><em>Written by Lisa Marie Conklin. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/spots-to-never-ever-skip-when-spring-cleaning?slide=all"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a><span><em> , </em></span><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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How your body image can change in two minutes

<p>Have you ever looked at yourself in a full-length mirror and wished you looked more like the beautiful people who grace the covers of glossy magazines? If so, you are by no means alone.</p> <p>Body dissatisfaction is so prevalent that some academics have referred to it as <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232553767_Women_and_weight_A_normative_discontent">“normative discontent”</a>. Many of those affected not only feel dissatisfied with their bodies, they actually believe they are heavier than they really are – a phenomenon known as body size misperception.</p> <p>Our <a href="http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2016.00334/full">recent study</a> found that people’s perception of their own and others’ body weight could change in as little as two minutes.</p> <p>Participants were asked to view images of people that had been digitally manipulated to appear lighter or heavier than they actually were and decide whether these images looked fatter or thinner than “normal”.</p> <p>After 120 seconds of exposure to manipulated thin bodies, the original-sized body images looked abnormally large to participants while the thinner images were rated as normal.</p> <p>The opposite was also true: exposure to heavier bodies made participants see original body sizes as skinny.</p> <p><strong>Chasing the thin ideal</strong></p> <p>It is hardly news that many are negatively affected by the thin, supposedly ideal images propagated by the media.</p> <p>The connection between social pressure to be thin exerted by these images and feelings of body dissatisfaction – a risk factor for developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa – was first made by <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Eating_Disorders.html?id=xM7x05fvUHAC&amp;redir_esc=y">German psychologist Hilde Bruch</a> in the 1970s.</p> <p>Then, in 1980, a study showed that the measurements of <a href="http://river-centre.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/1980-Garner-Sociocultural-Playboy.pdf">Miss America contestants and Playboy centrefold models</a> between 1959 and 1979 were decreasing, supporting claims that the media’s “thin is beautiful” message was spreading.</p> <p>Although many studies in the intervening decades have confirmed this link, there is still relatively little understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying the perception of our own bodies in relation to what we see on TV and in magazines.</p> <p><strong>Retuning the brain</strong></p> <p>Since the time of Aristotle, it has been known that prolonged viewing of certain stimuli can cause after-effects that alter the perception of subsequently viewed objects. Often, the after-effect produces an appearance that neutral stimuli are in a sense opposite to the original stimulus to which the observer was overexposed.</p> <p>One famous example is the <a href="http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/mot-adapt/index.html">motion after-effect</a> – also known as the waterfall illusion. Here, exposure to movement in a particular direction, such as the downward motion of a waterfall, can cause stationary rocks beside the waterfall to appear to move in the opposite direction, that is upwards.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EyWT9IIXV3s?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="caption">Keep staring at the dot in the middle to experience the motion after-effect.</span></p> <p>Similar effects can be seen for <a href="http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(08)01346-8">other object properties</a>, such as <a href="https://freudforthought.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/colour-after-effects/">colour</a>. As these phenomena have been studied for centuries, their physiological basis is pretty well understood. After-effects are accompanied by a reduction in responsiveness of neurons in the visual areas of the brain.</p> <p>These reductions were once assumed to be the result of tiredness of the overworked cells, but more modern theories propose that the change in brain activity serves to <a href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/fitting-the-mind-to-the-world-9780198529699?cc=au&amp;lang=en&amp;">tune our perceptual systems</a> to the environmental conditions. This gives us a frame of reference for what is normal or expected as determined by our visual diet throughout our lives.</p> <p>Although early studies concentrated on simple stimuli, such as motion or colour, our recent investigations have shown that higher-level properties, such as body size and shape, can cause similar after-effects.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/132905/original/image-20160803-12196-rlv82n.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/132905/original/image-20160803-12196-rlv82n.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="caption">Stare at the cross on the left for around 30 seconds without moving your eyes. Then transfer your gaze to the cross on the right. You should see an after-effect of the complementary colour in the circles even though they are actually white. As they are opposite colours, the positions of the red and green circles will swap, as will the positions of the blue and yellow circles.</span> <em><span class="attribution"><span class="license">Author provided</span></span></em></p> <p>It is likely that the neural adaptation associated with these after-effects is the underlying physiological basis of body-size misperception.</p> <p>Our recent study showed that after-effects could actually transfer from others’ bodies to the perception of one’s own. That is, viewing abnormally thin versions of other people’s bodies caused participants to see themselves as heavier than they actually were and vice versa.</p> <p>While this observation fits nicely with the narrative connecting media exposure with body-size misperception in the real world, it also suggests that mechanisms mediating the perception of one’s own and others’ body size and shape are overlapping.</p> <p><strong>Variety is the spice of life</strong></p> <p>Body image is a complex construct, but a better understanding of these mechanisms opens new avenues for a fuller understanding of body size misperception, including how best to manage severe forms of this problem.</p> <p>To give one example, group treatment of people with anorexia nervosa, as commonly occurs in specialist treatment facilities, may be inadvisable given that exposure to extreme body shapes of other sufferers can exacerbate the misperception of one’s own body size.</p> <p>But what should be the advice for us, the dissatisfied mirror-gazers in the general population? While a healthy lifestyle brings many benefits, a strict diet will not correct the misperception of one’s own body size.</p> <p>Instead, the over-sized person you see in the mirror may be more effectively beautified by changing your visual diet. In visual stimuli, as in food, moderation (of skinny celebrities) is key. And, of course, variety (in terms of shape and size) is the spice of life.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/62428/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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Dream retreat: The country farmstay that comes with 500 animal residents

<p>When it comes to back-to-nature getaways, some things are to be expected – fresh air, impressive countryside sceneries and a sky full of stars. However, the Edgar’s Mission Tiny Houses take it a step further, allowing guests to stay with more than 450 rescued farm animals on a 153-acre haven near Lancefield, Victoria.</p> <p>The houses offer sweeping views of the Macedon Ranges, with sheeps and goats roaming around the backyard for the guests to observe, interact and feed with the Weetbix provided at the paddocks.</p> <p>Across the grounds also live pigs, chickens, cows, turkeys, rabbits and geese that have been rescued and housed the Edgar’s Mission sanctuary. Among the animals are Leon Trotsky the piglet and Tim Tam the goat, who have been equipped with customised wheelchairs to enable them to make their way around independently.</p> <p>Edgar’s Mission was established in 2003 by Pam Ahern, who was seeking to care for a Landrace/Large White cross piglet she procured from a commercial piggery. Since then, the tiny piglet has grown into a 400-plus kilogram pig, and the sanctuary community population has risen to hundreds.</p> <p>“We often laugh, saying that Edgar’s Mission grew exponentially pretty much like the eponymous Edgar Alan Pig,” said digital communications manager Kyle Behrend.</p> <p>In 2014, the not-for-profit organisation was looking for a new place to house their extended family of furry friends after having outgrown their original 60-acre space – and that was when they found the Macedon Ranges, Behrend said.</p> <p>The team soon saw the potential of the area to further their cause. “Daily we look out over the beautiful surrounding vistas. This is such a treasure we want to share with the world,” said Behrend.</p> <p>“I guess the idea of the tiny homes, grew out of a tiny thought several years ago on seeking more creative ways to capitalise of the tourism aspect of not only Edgar’s Mission but the greater Macedon Ranges.”</p> <p>The three tiny houses are also designed to reflect the organisation’s values. No animal fibres are used for bedding and soft furnishings, and all the stocked products are sourced from environmentally-friendly companies such as Aesop and Earth Choice.</p> <p>Despite the small size, all the houses pack a kitchenette, mini library, sleeping and living quarters, self-contained bathroom and a deck on which to sit back and soak up the sunlight.</p> <p>“The Tiny Houses are a tool in showing that we can have everything we need in a small space whilst reducing our impact on the environment,” said Behrend.</p> <p>“We trust the Tiny Houses will afford our guests the opportunity to connect with nature, animals and themselves.”</p> <p>In return, guests are expected to be mindful about what they bring to the lodging. “We do ask that when guests come, they don’t bring any animal products out of respect for our animals here,” Behrend said.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the pictures from the Tiny Houses.</p> <p><em>Photo credit: Edgar’s Mission</em></p>

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The beautiful ways Bindi Irwin will honour dad Steve Irwin on her wedding day

<p>Bindi Irwin is set to wed Chandler Powell next year at Australia Zoo and now Bindi Irwin has revealed she will honour her late father, the iconic Steve Irwin, at the ceremony. </p> <p>The conservationist and animal expert has been carrying out the Crocodile hunter’s legacy since he passed away in 2006 alongside her family, revealed that her brother and mother will become an important part of the special day. </p> <p>“I really want to include Dad on the day and make sure that he is with us in some way,” Bindi told<span> </span>People.</p> <p>“Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.”</p> <p>Bindi says her and Chandler will hold a candle lighting ceremony for Steve. </p> <p>“So we’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honour and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is.”</p> <p>Bindi announced her engagement to Chandler on her 21st birthday in July, after the couple had been dating for over six years. </p> <p>Steve irwin passed away on the documentary series<span> </span>Ocean’s Deadliest<span> </span>when he was attacked by a stingray off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef on September 4, 2006. He was 44. </p> <p>“Out of everyone in our family, Dad would always get the most emotional out of everyone,” Bindi said. </p> <p>“We’re all very emotional people, but Dad, anytime we would achieve anything as kids, he would just start crying. </p> <p>“I remember the first time I ever filmed with little ants on camera, I was telling the camera that these little ants are so important to protect and he just started crying.”</p> <p>“It was really special that he was the one that was so excited about the big moments in our lives and there isn’t a bigger moment that I can think of than getting married to Chandler,” she added. </p> <p>“It’s going to be a really special day.”</p>

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King Carl of Sweden strips five grandchildren of royal status

<p>The King of Sweden has stripped five of his grandchildren of their royal status as the monarchy faces increasing amounts of pressure to cut back on annual bills.</p> <p>The children, aged between one and five, are the offspring of two of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s younger children – Prince Carl and his wife Sofia, and US-based Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O’Neill.</p> <p>The children will still be a part of the royal family, but will be forced to drop their titles of His and Her Royal Highness. They will also not be able to use taxpayer’s money.</p> <p>Princess Madeleine said that the change “has been planned for a long time” and it would allow her three children a “greater opportunity to shape their own lives”.</p> <p>Carl and Sofia were also thrilled with the decision, saying: “We see this as positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life”.</p> <p>The family has come under fire as of late after their expenditure was reaching enormous amounts.</p> <p>Currently, taxpayers are forking out $21 million annually to help the monarchy fund their lifestyles.</p> <p>According to the Swedish royal court’s top official, Frederik Wersall, the royal family understood and had accepted the need for change.</p> <p>“We have a large royal family. If you include the next generation, there are currently 10 people in the line of succession,” he told Swedish media.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Sweden’s royal family.</p>

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Fibre-rich breakfast ideas

<p><span class="image-caption">Courtesy of Sanitarium.</span><span></span></p> <p>These breakfast ideas contain fibre which keeps you feeling full for longer and is great for digestion too. It can be hard finding ways to incorporate fibre into your diet in sufficient quantities but adding it to your breakfast means you’re off to a great start!</p> <p>If you’re looking for an easy and wholesome way of starting your day, a breakfast smoothie is a quick and tasty fix. Likewise, the bircher muesli is prepared the night before and just needs a few blueberries or <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/pick-the-right-fruit-for-better-health.aspx" title="Pick the right fruit for better health">your choice of fruit</a> added before serving. <span>The corn fritters would make a delightful addition to a weekend brunch. </span></p> <p><strong>Breakfast Smoothie</strong><br />Serves 4 <br />Ingredients:</p> <ul> <li><span>2 cups FibreStart </span></li> <li><span>1 cup frozen mixed berries </span></li> <li><span>1 ripe banana, peeled </span></li> <li><span>1 Weet-Bix, broken </span></li> <li><span>1 tbsp honey </span></li> <li><span>½ cup crushed ice </span></li> </ul> <p>Method: <br />Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. <br />Divide between glasses, serve and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Berrylicious Bircher Muesli</strong><br /><span>Serves 4 <br /></span><span>Ingredients: </span></p> <ul> <li><span>1½ cups rolled oats </span></li> <li><span>½ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped </span></li> <li><span>¼ cup sultanas </span></li> <li><span>1½ cups FibreStart, plus extra to serve </span></li> <li><span>1 cup Greek style yoghurt </span></li> <li><span>125g blueberries </span></li> </ul> <p>Method: <br />Place the oats, almonds and sultanas in a large bowl. <br />Add FibreStart and yoghurt and stir to combine. <br />Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. <br />When ready to serve, add the blueberries. <br />Serve in bowls, adding extra FibreStart to achieve your preferred consistency.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/fibre-rich-breakfast-ideas.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Top 10 tips for your financial back-up plan

<p>It’s natural to procrastinate over a daunting task, but the bottom line for any financial plan is how well it provides for the protection of you and your family if the worst happens. These tips will help you identify the key elements your plan should include to get the right cover at the right price.</p> <p><strong>How much is enough life insurance?</strong><br />When it comes to insuring your life, working out how much cover you should have may seem like a very subjective question, but there are certainly some guidelines to follow.</p> <p>If, for example, the family breadwinner was suddenly taken out of the picture, how much would the family need to invest to replace their income and how much capital would you need from an insurance payout to fund that investment?</p> <p>You may also want to have additional cover amounts to pay out a mortgage, cover specific emergencies or situations, or fund special purposes, such as a children’s education fund.</p> <p><strong>Are you insuring your greatest asset?</strong><br />Do a quick mental calculation of your annual income multiplied by the number of working years you have left before retirement. The answer is the amount you potentially risk if you don’t have income protection to cover you against sickness and accident.</p> <p>You can generally insure up to 75 per cent of your gross income and you can tailor cover with a “waiting period” that ties in with your sick leave entitlements, to keep premiums to a minimum.</p> <p><strong>How do you "bridge the gap" between life cover and income protection?</strong><br />If you really want to protect your lifestyle against the threat of major diseases such as a heart attack, stroke, or cancer, then why not consider trauma cover? You can insure yourself for a lump sum that is payable upon diagnosis of a range of medical conditions. You can then use this cover to fund a lifestyle change, an extended recuperation holiday, pay off debts to de-stress your life — the choice is yours.</p> <p><strong>Are you protected from a fate worse than death?</strong><br />Financially speaking, a total and permanent disablement can be a fate worse than death. You could completely and permanently lose your ability to earn income, but on top of that you may incur even greater expense burdens related to your condition, such as home renovations for wheelchair access, special vehicles, and expensive medical treatments. To protect against this financial threat, you can attach lump sum total and permanent disablement cover on your life insurance plan.</p> <p><strong>Will the cover in your super fund be enough?</strong><br />Relying on your super alone to take care of your insurance needs can be a shaky strategy. Will it be enough cover to give you the level of protection you need? Will you be able to continue coverage if you leave your employer? If not, will you still be insurable if you want to take out cover privately?</p> <p>Your financial planner can help you answer these questions and complement your work super cover with personal insurance plans.</p> <p><strong>It’s not all about the breadwinner</strong><br />A full-time homemaker in a family will also need to be protected, in case something happens to them. Lump sum life insurance cover on their life can be used to fund the cost of home help or even replace the breadwinner’s income if the breadwinner wants the flexibility to leave work and take care of children.</p> <p><strong>Don’t compromise on quality</strong><br />Not all insurance plans are the same — especially when it comes to income protection and trauma insurances. Benefit definitions and supplementary benefit inclusions can make thousands of dollars of difference when it comes to claim time, so consult a financial planner to ensure you have quality cover at the right price. When it comes to personal insurance, value is far more important than cost.</p> <p><strong>What about the children?</strong><br />Did you know that you can even insure children against premature death? It may not be a pleasant thought, but the harsh reality is that there will be significant expense if a child was to die.</p> <p>You are also ensuring that they will have the option in future to convert their cover to their own personal insurance when they reach adulthood, thus avoiding any insurability issues that may emerge at that time.</p> <p><strong>Have a review system in place</strong><br />Cover needs can fluctuate dramatically at different stages of life, so you could suddenly find yourself dangerously under-insured or wastefully over-insured. An annual review program with a qualified financial planner will help keep your plan relevant to your needs and potentially save you real dollars.</p> <p><strong>Are you paying too much?</strong><br />Using a financial planner to help with your protection program gives you the benefit of their inside knowledge on a range of insurers. They can save you the hassle of comparing plans so you can achieve the most economical solution.</p> <p>No single insurer will be cheapest for everybody at every age, so the expertise of someone who understands the market is invaluable for sourcing the best cover at the best price.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/top-10-tips-for-your-financial-back-up-plan.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Robert De Niro sued for harassment and gender discrimination

<p>Robert De Niro has been accused of gender discrimination and harassment in a $12 million lawsuit filed by former employee Graham Chase Robinson.</p> <p>In a court document obtained by <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6446423-Robinson.html">the <em>Hollywood Reporter</em></a>, Robinson alleges that De Niro and his film production company Canal Productions subjected her to a “hostile work environment” and “years of gender discrimination and harassment”, including “gratuitous unwanted physical contact”, “abusive and sexist comments”, and underpayments “because she was not a male breadwinner”.</p> <p>According to Robinson, whose most recent position at the company was vice-president of production and finance, De Niro called her a “bitch” and a “spoiled brat”, asked her to “scratch his back” and “put away his boxers”, and made her work 20 to 30 hours of overtime per week without any additional pay.</p> <p>De Niro also allegedly implied Robinson deserved a lower salary than a male staff “whose job required no greater skill, effort or responsibility” because she was “a woman without children”.</p> <p>“De Niro made demands of Ms Robinson that he never imposed on males,” said Robinson’s lawyer Alexandra Harwin.</p> <p>“De Niro’s treatment of Ms Robinson was inappropriate, demeaning, abusive, and intolerable, and he needs to be held accountable.”</p> <p>The complaint comes after De Niro’s company filed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/19/robert-de-niro-sues-ex-employee-embezzlement-netflix-binge">a $6 million suit</a> against Robinson in August, accusing her of embezzling money and binge-watching television shows during office hours.</p> <p>Robinson argued that De Niro’s decision to sue her was “filled with baseless, bad faith and frivolous allegations” designed to “destroy her reputation” and prevent her from pursuing her claims.</p> <p>“Now, when her name is Googled, these allegations pop up on the screen,” the file read. “The results have been devastating to Ms Robinson. Her reputation and her career have been destroyed.”</p> <p>In response, De Niro’s lawyer Tom Harvey said Robinson’s claims are “beyond absurd”.</p>

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Starting a business later in life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Should age be a barrier to entrepreneurship? A quick look at the statistics suggests that the answer is a resounding “no”, with nearly 30 per cent of business owners in Australia aged over 55. This includes 11.8 per cent who are aged between 55 and 59, 9.7 per cent between 60 and 64 and 7.8 per cent 65 and over.*</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, what motivates people to start a business later in life? For many, it may be a case of fulfilling a dream that was simply impractical earlier in life, due to family or financial circumstances. For others, it might be a desire to take a new direction in life after becoming stagnant in their current job or being made redundant. Some may also see it as a way of staying engaged and active in their retirement years, rather than just putting their feet up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whatever the reason, starting a business offers some real benefits, as well as some challenges. So what key aspects should you consider?</span></p> <p><strong>What are the positives?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the plus side, you will have lifetime of experience to draw upon. Your experience in your previous jobs may have given you skills and attributes that are essential to running a business, such as technical know-how, an understanding of human relations, and a more sober ability to assess what you are good at and what you may need assistance with. These are qualities that you would not necessarily have had in your younger days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may also have developed a strong network of contacts and experts with specialist knowledge whose experience you can draw on, such as accounting and finance, legal, sales and marketing, and tradespeople.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Financially, you may also be in a better position as an older person, since you may have the expenses of family and a mortgage behind you, and you may have savings, superannuation or a redundancy payout available to help fund the venture.</span></p> <p><strong>Consider the negatives</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is equally important to consider what may hold you back. For starters, the skills required in the business you are starting may not correlate to experience you have gained from previous employment. For example, if you have been working in a white-collar business all your life and want to start a café, there may be a steep learning curve about suppliers, food service regulations, and retail practices.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s also important to be realistic about your physical stamina and health. You’re not as young as you used to be and you don’t want to end up running a business that becomes a burden. You need to have a real passion for the business, so that you enjoy it as part of your lifestyle and are not doing it purely for financial gain. In other words, make sure it is a joy and not a jail!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ensure your spouse is happy with the venture, too. The last thing you want is for the business to drive a wedge between personal relationships.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Possibly the biggest negative, however, is the financial risk. Assuming that one day you will want to retire completely, you need to be wary about overcommitting your financial resources to the business. If things don’t work out as you plan, or if selling the business proves to be a struggle, you may find yourself risking your retirement lifestyle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you have weighed up the pros and cons, and have decided to go ahead, you need to get your planning in place.</span></p> <p><strong>Be prepared</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before you jump into a new business venture, you need to do your homework. That means doing some research and analysis on the market for your product or service to understand your competitors and your target customers. If you are buying into an existing business, get a professional to help assess its financial state and viability.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you have established that there is a good business case, the next step is to put together a business plan. This is essential for articulating concrete business goals, sales and marketing plans, financing arrangements, cashflow projections, staffing issues, and regulatory/compliance obligations. It is vital to seek professional input on your plan to make sure it is sound.</span></p> <p><strong>Have an exit strategy</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before you commit to going in, make sure you have a defined path for getting out too. That means:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ensure you are not overcommitting retirement funds and superannuation, so that you have a fallback if things go belly up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are dipping into retirement funds, have a plan to allocate a portion of your profits to replenish your retirement savings, so that your retirement is not overly dependent on business income or the sale of the business.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have a succession plan for a smooth and financially successful exit from the business down the track. Will it be passed to another family member? What financial records will you need to keep on top of to maximise future sale value? How will the business be sold?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To get such a plan in place, it is wise to speak with a financial planner who has the experience to integrate your business plans with your overall financial plan. They can also work with your accountant to make sure all the bases are covered. Drawing on the expertise of competent advisers is a critical aspect to making your venture the success that you want it to be.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">*Australian Bureau of Statistics: Counts of Australian Business Operators by Selected Characteristics, 2012</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/work/small-business/starting-a-business-later-in-life.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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Elton John reveals shocking Princess Diana confession

<p>Elton John has lived quite a colourful life, from getting into an argument with Princess Diana to sharing a joke with the queen, the musician has not held back in his new autobiography,<span> </span><em>Me</em>.</p> <p>Releasing shortly after his musical biopic<span> </span><em>Rocketman</em>, the honest memoir explores every moment of his extraordinary life.</p> <p>But possibly the most anticipated revelation is regarding his relationship with the late Princess Diana, who he first became friends with in 1981 at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party.</p> <p>He revealed that her thirst for gossip and company was irresistible, and after her separation from Prince Charles, there was a moment where Hollywood A-listers Sylvester Stallone and Richard Gere competed for her attention.</p> <p>Elton’s husband David found the two “squaring up to each other” and preparing to trade blows.</p> <p>It was then that Stallone stormed off, saying: “I never would have come if I’d known Prince f***in’ Charming was gonna be here.”</p> <p>The 72-year-old also addressed his infamous row with Diana, which he says was over a photography book featuring nearly naked men, by designer Gianni Versace – the proceeds of which were going to Elton’s Aids Foundation.</p> <p>Diana had originally agreed to write the foreword but decided against it at the last minute.</p> <p>The two made up in July 1997 after Versace was shot and killed. It was seven weeks before Diana herself passed away.</p> <p>Elton paid tribute to the royal by playing<span> </span><em>Candle In The Wind</em>, which he admitted to only listening to once since.</p> <p>He also revealed that he felt uncomfortable that the single, which is the biggest-selling UK song of all time, stayed at Number 1 for five weeks as it meant footage of Diana’s funeral was played constantly on<span> </span><em>Top Of The Pops.</em></p>

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How to invent a Tolkien-style language

<p>The success of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies brought the languages that JRR Tolkien invented for the Elves to the attention of a much wider public. There are <a href="http://www.councilofelrond.com/content/elvish-resources/">now numerous books and websites</a> that allow devotees to learn Quenya and Sindarin. The <a href="http://www.oocities.org/petristikka/elvish/tikka.pdf">origins of Quenya in Finnish</a> and the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2hthyc">Welsh inspirations of Sindarin</a> have fascinated Tolkien fans, with many learning and expanding on the tongues that were created by the author the best part of 100 years ago.</p> <p>Though enchanting, language invention has also baffled readers and critics alike. Bewildered critic <a href="https://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/TOLFAIR.HTM">Robert Reilly exclaimed in 1963</a>: “No one ever exposed the nerves and fibres of his being in order to make up a language; it is not only insane but unnecessary.” But that’s where he was completely wrong.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6de_SbVUVfA?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <span class="caption">JRR Tolkien recites the Quenya poem Namárië, sung by Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings.</span></p> <p>Language invention for works of fiction has a long history, from <a href="http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/utopia/more1/moreutopia.html">Thomas More’s Utopia</a> and <a href="http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item104566.html">Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels</a>, all the way to Tolkien’s immediate predecessors, such as <a href="https://archive.org/details/acrosszodiacsto01greggoog">Percy Gray</a> and <a href="http://www.sacred-texts.com/atl/vril/">Edward Bulwer Lytton</a>.</p> <p>Tolkien himself began composing his Middle-earth mythology at a time when the vogue for artificial languages was at its zenith. At the turn of the 20th century <a href="http://www.omniglot.com/writing/esperanto.htm">Esperanto</a> was taking the world by storm, and it competed with more than 100 other artificial languages, including Volapuk, Ido and Novial. It is also worth remembering too that this same period was a time of language experimentation. Russian zaum, the Dada movement and Modernism (among others) were attempting to break language and make it afresh.</p> <h2>Tolkien’s vice</h2> <p>In <a href="https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008131395/a-secret-vice">A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages</a>, edited by myself and Andrew Higgins, we present Tolkien’s own reflections on his language invention. In particular, the full publication of A Secret Vice, a paper Tolkien gave in 1931 at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he talked about his engagement with Esperanto and his contribution to nursery languages (codes children use, often for playful communication). Tolkien went on to unveil his many experiments in inventing new languages that would be aesthetically pleasing, including a sketch of a previously unknown imaginary language, published for the first time in the new book. He also commented on the “coeval and congenital” art of creating a world and characters that would speak these languages – the first seeds of the vast secondary world of Middle-earth.</p> <p>The book also includes a hitherto unpublished new essay on phonetic symbolism, in which Tolkien muses on the idea that the sounds of words may fit their meanings. Tolkien’s drafts and notes for both essays are also included. Some of these notes make mention of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein – hardly the literary company one expects Tolkien to be seen alongside.</p> <p>Contemporary popular culture has witnessed a renewed interest in fictional languages. Perhaps the best-known recent examples are <a href="http://docs.dothraki.org/Dothraki.pdf">Dothraki</a> and <a href="http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/2014/5/8/high-valyrian-101-learn-and-pronounce-common-phrases">High Valyrian</a>, the languages invented by linguist David J. Petterson for HBO’s Game of Thrones. But they are by no means the only ones. Even non-fans of the Star Trek franchise will have at least heard of <a href="http://www.kli.org/about-klingon/klingon-history/">Klingon</a>, and James Cameron’s Avatar also includes an invented language: <a href="http://learnnavi.org/">Na'avi</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0knxW76bDuI?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <span class="caption">The creators of Na'avi, Klingon and Dothraki explain how to make a language.</span></p> <p>Whether intentional or not, Tolkien’s language creation has been highly influential for this new generation of inventors. In A Secret Vice, Tolkien outlined several rules for constructing imaginary languages, which later inventors appear to have followed.</p> <p>First, invented names and words should be coherent and consistent. Their sounds should both be aesthetically pleasing and fit the nature of the people who speak them. For example, the phonetic make-up of Klingon befits its militaristic speakers (who else would recite <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiRMGYQfXrs">Shakespeare’s “To be, or not to be” as “taH pagh taHbe”</a>?)</p> <p>Second, fictional languages should have a grammatical structure behind them. In <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Language-Dothraki-Conversational-Original/dp/0804160864">Living Language Dothraki</a>, Peterson gives all the grammatical rules you need to form questions such as “hash yer dothrae chek asshekh?” (“do you ride well today?”).</p> <p>And finally, invented languages should be an integral, indeed vital, part of myth-making - as Tolkien said: “Your language construction will breed a mythology”. There are far too many examples to list here, but what may have astounded Tolkien is the central position that language invention has achieved in the building of new entertainment franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, and Game of Thrones.</p> <p>Like Tolkien himself, many inventors of today’s fictional languages have been linguists and communicators: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Did-eVQDc">Marc Okrand</a>, the inventor of Klingon, has a PhD in linguistics from Berkeley; <a href="http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/directory/frommer">Paul Frommer</a>, creator of Na'avi, is professor emeritus of clinical management communication at the University of Southern California. Tolkien’s legacy also lives on in the many thousands of constructed languages (con-langs) which are invented just for fun and discovery through groups like <a href="http://conlang.org/">The Language Construction Society</a>.</p> <p>What is rarer, and shows Tolkien’s genius, is that the complex interweaving of myth-making and language invention that make Middle-earth feel real was the achievement of a single man. And that is a tough act to follow.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/57380/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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Helena Bonham Carter uses psychic to contact Princess Margaret for acting tips from beyond the grave

<p>Actress Helena Bonham Carter has revealed that she’s reached out to Princess Margaret via a psychic to ask for her permission to play her in Netflix’s show<span> </span><em>The Crown</em>.</p> <p>Princess Margaret passed away at the age of 71 back in 2002, so Bonham Carter thought that it would only be right to reach out and get permission before she went forth playing the lady herself.</p> <p>“She said, apparently, she was glad it was me,” Bonham Carter, 53, revealed at <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/helena-bonham-carter-tells-cheltenham-3398590" target="_blank">a sold-out session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival</a> on October 5.</p> <p>“When you play someone real, you really want their blessing because you do have a responsibility.</p> <p>“I asked her, ‘Are you OK with me playing you?’ And she said, ‘You’re better than the other actress that they were thinking of.’</p> <p>“That made me think maybe she is here because it’s a really classic Margaret thing to say – she is really good at complimenting you and putting you down at the same time.”</p> <p>Reaching out to someone from beyond the grave is nothing new for Bonham Carter as she always talks to a psychic when playing a real person who has passed away.</p> <p>The Queen’s younger sister also included some rules for Bonham Carter to follow.</p> <p>She said, “You’re going to have to brush up and be more groomed and neater.”</p> <p>Bonham Carter has been excited to play the role for a while, as Princess Margaret is known in a “one dimensional” way by the public.</p> <p>“Everyone has such a particular idea of Margaret. It’s very daunting and I don’t really look like her,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/helena-bonham-carter-known-vulnerable-tricky-combination/" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a> </em>in December 2018.</p> <p>“But like the Queen, no one really knows what they’re like privately, so you can make your own choices.”</p> <p>She also confirmed that she researched for the role by talking to people who knew her closely, including relatives and three former ladies-in-waiting.</p> <p>“They really loved her, and when you go to the inner circle of people … they were very happy to talk about her because they miss her,” she said.</p> <p>“I felt very lucky to suddenly be the receptacle of all these stories. I think, for a lot of the friends, they are so tired with her being portrayed in a one-dimensional, very bitchy understanding of her.”</p>

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Loved up royals! Princess Mary and Prince Frederik step out in Paris for royal tour

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Mary is arguably one of the best dressed royals and has once again proven she knows how to perfectly put together an outfit. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Danish royal along with her husband, Prince Frederik are in France for a three-day working visit. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple is leading a business delegation of around 50 Danish companies and business organisations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking both loved up and stylish, the couple were photographed sharing a smile as they visited the Grande Arche de la Defense building for the first day of their trip. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 47-year-old donned a dark blue midi-dress, featuring elegant pleats, cinched waistline and delicate buttons running across its centre. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal topped off the gorgeous ensemble with a pair of blue heels and a matching clutch. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking picture perfect next to his wife and future Queen of Denmark, Prince Frederik donned a smart navy suit and a blue and white tie to match his wife. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later during the evening, the couple reunited for a reception celebrating 30 years of La Grande Arche. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She changed into a darling black polka-dot dress, by Black Halo, with a boat neckline for the occasion. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's been a busy time for the Australian princess, who was just recently promoted to Acting Monarch by her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery to see Princess Mary’s stunning looks. </span></p>

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