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How to hang art (without messing it up)

<p>While everyone may have different tastes in art, there are some general tips and tricks you should keep in mind when hanging your favourite pieces.</p> <p><strong>Keep it level</strong><br />From photographs to sculpture to pastels, art is meant to be seen. That means it's important to hang it at eye level. It's typically a good idea to have the centre of the artwork about 1.5 metres from the ground.</p> <p>Also make sure that the work is hanging properly. A crooked painting can ruin the entire atmosphere of a room. And heaven forbid you hang it upside down!</p> <p><strong>Think big picture</strong><br />Unless you have your own private gallery at home, you'll need to make sure your art fits with the rest of your possessions - particularly your furniture.</p> <p>Art should enhance your home decor, not clash with or take away from it. Keep this in mind when it comes to art placement, as well as the colour of frames and the works themselves.</p> <p><strong>Safety in numbers</strong><br />While you don't want to overwhelm the senses, it's a good idea to remember how art can work in groups.</p> <p>For instance, say you want to hang a painting above your sofa. While your first inclination may be to centre it directly above the furniture, unless the artwork in question is the right size, it could throw off the look of the room. If it's too big it will dwarf the sofa, and if it's too small it just won't look right compared to a big piece of furniture.</p> <p><strong>The 1.45 rule<br /></strong>This one tip guarantees success when placing your art. Always make sure the centre of the artwork is exactly 1.45m above the floor. This is the average human eye-height and is often used as a standard in galleries and museums. </p> <p>People tend to hang art too high but if you stick to this rule, you’ll create consistency across all the artwork in your home, as all your pictures will share a midline as you look around, no matter what the outside dimensions may be.</p> <p><strong>Step by step</strong></p> <ul> <li>Measure and lightly mark 1.45m on your wall with a soft pencil</li> <li>Measure the height of your artwork and divide by two to get the centre measurement</li> <li>Measure the top of your picture frame to the tightened wire</li> <li>Subtract the tight wire measurement from the half height amount to achieve your ‘to the hook’ amount. This helps you establish how high above 1.45m your hook should be placed</li> <li>Lightly mark your wall just above 1.45m with your ‘to the hook’ amount</li> </ul> <p>With groups of pictures, think of the group as one picture.</p> <p><strong>Avoid catastrophe</strong><br />When you’re hanging a frame, check the picture wire and attachment points for wear. Picture wire is made from many fine wires wound together. Over time and after many moves, some of these fine wires can start to break. This will usually occur right where the centre point of the wire is; the point at which it rests on the wall hook.</p> <p>As you’ve adjusted your frame to keep it level, this wears away at the wire and eventually it can snap – with potentially disastrous results. If a painting or picture is particularly heavy, make sure you use a double strand of picture wire and be very careful about your choice of wall hooks and mounting locations.</p> <p>If your walls are made from gyprock, purchase a stud finder from your local hardware shop. This will help you locate your home’s timber framework so you can place screws or hooks at the points of greatest strength. If you prefer to use special gyprock mounting hooks, pay very close attention to their weight limits and always use a bigger hook than you need for the job.</p> <p><em>Written by Stewart Bunn. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/how-to-hang-art-without-messing-it-up.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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A life in pictures: Prince Harry turns 35!

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Loving father, accomplished veteran and doting husband - Prince Harry has it all. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When we first met Prince Harry in 1984, he was a tiny cherub in his mother’s hands who made headlines around the world as they stood on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital, London. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was the second son to Prince Charles and Princess Di, and a warm, cheeky welcome after the arrival of his big brother Prince William who was born in 1982. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Growing up in the eyes of the public as the son of “the most photographed woman in the world” and the future King of England was not an easy feat - but thankfully he had a close support system in his family to rely on and the world never got to miss out on seeing a cheeky Hazza stick his tongue out at the cameras or adorably smile up at his mother or big brother. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since growing up in the spotlight, Prince Harry has made a name for himself by supporting children with HIV and AIDS through his charity Sentebale. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has also campaigned alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to promote mental health awareness. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2018, a 33-year-old Prince Harry married American-born Meghan Markle who became Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in a highly televised wedding which had hearts melting all around the world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex share one child together, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who graced the world in May of 2019. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Harry’s life in pictures. </span></p>

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A life in pictures: Colin Firth turns 59!

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British actor Colin Firth is celebrating 59 laps around the sun today. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Firth is widely known for starring in blockbuster hits including </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Love Actually, The King’s Speech</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mamma Mia. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The charming Hollywood veteran reached a new high in his career in 2010 when he was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars. He didn’t take out the win then, but it wasn’t long before he deservedly claimed the trophy as his own in 2011 for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The King’s Speech. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film also went on to earn a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I have a feeling my career just peaked," he joked, as he accepted his incredible award back in 2011 and dedicated it to his mother, Shirley. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He thanked "all the people who have been rooting for me back home" and his wife Livia for "putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty". </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think I'm feeling not joy – but relief that it's over. That seems to be the default position. You could say I'm grateful – and relieved," he said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colin Firth has been married to Livia Giuggioli since 1997 and he has three songs, Will, 28, Luca, 18, and Matteo, 16. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Colin Firth's life in pictures. </span></p>

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6 hacks to remove water stains from wood

<p>Grab any of these household products and you’ll be able to buff out those water rings, easy.</p> <p><strong>1. Baking Soda</strong></p> <p>Get those white marks—caused by hot cups or sweating glasses—off your coffee table or other wooden furniture by making a paste of one tablespoon baking soda and one teaspoon water.</p> <p>Gently rub the spot in a circular motion until it disappears.</p> <p>Remember not to use too much water to remove water stains from wood.</p> <p><strong>2. Petroleum Jelly</strong></p> <p>Your most recent party left lots of watermark rings on your wood furniture.</p> <p>To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight.</p> <p>In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.</p> <p><strong>3. Toothpaste</strong></p> <p>You leave coasters around, but some people just won’t use them.</p> <p>To get rid of those telltale watermark rings left by sweating beverages, gently rub some non-gel toothpaste with a soft cloth on the surface to remove water stains from wood.</p> <p>Then wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry before applying furniture polish.</p> <p>For even stronger cleaning power, mix equal parts white toothpaste and baking soda.</p> <p>Rub the paste parallel to the wood grain, wipe it off, and then polish with lemon oil.</p> <p><strong>4. Salt</strong></p> <p>Make watermarks left from glasses or bottles disappear by mixing one teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste.</p> <p>Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone.</p> <p>Restore the lustre of your wood with furniture polish.</p> <p><strong>5. Car Wax</strong></p> <p>Someone forgot to use a coaster and now there’s an ugly white ring on the dining room table.</p> <p>When regular furniture polish doesn’t work, try using a dab of car wax to remove water stains from wood.</p> <p>Trace the ring with your finger to apply the wax.</p> <p>Let it dry and buff with a soft cloth.</p> <p><strong>6. Vinegar</strong></p> <p>To remove white rings left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain.</p> <p>Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up.</p> <p>To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.</p> <p>Did you know that vinegar can not only remove water stains from wood but also remove blood stains?</p> <p>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.ca/home-garden/cleaning/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-wood/">RD.com</a></p> <p> </p>

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Duchess Meghan turns 38! See her best moments here

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duchess of Sussex turns 38 today and it is her second birthday as an official member of the royal family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While her and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, are notorious for keeping private matters of their family strictly under wraps, it is understood the royal member will spend her special day with her hubby and newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor who was born almost three months ago. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a royal expert, the Duke of Sussex will be making this birthday extra special for his wife of 15 months and will reportedly be handing her a picture frame with a special engraving from both him and baby Archie. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal member is also believed to be receiving a piece of jewelry that holds sentimental value to Prince Harry. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This year there will be a birthday gift from Archie and the odds are on a sepia or black and white photograph of her precious son in a solid silver frame from Aspreys," a royal insider told </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fabulous Digital</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The precious present is likely to have an engraving chosen by Harry that will make it extra special.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And Harry has a weakness for designing jewellery for Meghan, so it is expected that the royal will design another stunning piece - likely to be earrings - as a Sussex surprise."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Duchess Meghan has had a big year as a royal indeed - from the celebration of her first wedding anniversary to the arrival of her first child and it seems like there is no slowing down for her as Prince Harry hinted they would be aiming for one more child to complete their family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to have a look at Duchess Meghan’s time as a royal member. </span></p>

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Styling tips for over-60s – be confident in what you wear

<p>I’m not naturally rebellious, but as the years go by there are rules I find irritating to say the least; in particular I get annoyed about ‘rules’ on what I should or should not wear.</p> <p>At the age of 63, I figure I am only responsible to myself as to how I dress. Not that I plan hanging out on a nudist beach any time soon, but after years in the corporate world it is a relief to no longer wear a ‘uniform’ – actual or perceived.</p> <p>Coincidentally, as I now have the freedom to wear what I want, I have also taken a much stronger interest in my personal presentation. I understand the importance of self-image and take the time to get dressed and feel my best.</p> <p>I have a personal rule that I won’t go to the shops unless I am tidily dressed and have added a pop of lipstick. It was too easy in my early retirement to hang around all day in gardening clothes, but I quickly found that I felt bad when I did so.</p> <p>So, in figuring out what clothes work for me in my retirement (I prefer to call it re-wirement) I have learned a lot about what works for my body and my lifestyle. I have determined my personal style.</p> <p>I hang out in some online style groups, I share my ‘#everydaystyle’ (thanks to Nikki Parkinson of <a href="http://www.stylingyou.com.au/">Styling You</a> for that inspiration) on Instagram, and I dress to please myself. I know what makes me feel confident and what doesn’t. I know I like a balance of style and comfort. I know I like to be aware of the latest trends and colours, but not be a slave to them. And I know that a lot of the so-called style rules don’t work for me.</p> <p>I don’t own a crisp white button up shirt – I’m tall and a bit overweight with short hair – I look butch in that style.</p> <p>I do wear distressed skinny jeans – skinny jeans suit my shape and flatter my legs (one of my best assets). I like the distressed look as one of my nods to current trends.</p> <p>I do sometimes wear dresses and skirts above my knee, again because my legs are good. I don’t wear super mini skirts like I did in my late teens and 20s but I won’t have anyone tell me I can’t. I don’t because I would spend all day tugging at the skirt. That’s the same reason I haven’t embraced the off-the-shoulder trend; I hate strapless bras and I don’t want to be fussing with a top that pops up (or heaven forbid, down!).</p> <p>I rarely wear high heels because I get a sore back and ankles when I do, but I do like an ankle boot with a low heel and I am a great fan of kicks. I can stay current without breaking my neck and those styles suit my lifestyle.</p> <p>I know that my wardrobe needs to be travel friendly because we travel domestically a lot and internationally when we can. That dictates the fabrics that I select – I love natural fibres but silk isn’t practical for me.</p> <p>Unlike my legs, my arms aren’t in great shape, so I don’t often wear a sleeveless dress or top. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t – I see plenty of women older than me with great muscle definition rocking sleeveless tops.</p> <p>So, I only have one ‘rule’ to share with you. Know what suits you, what you can afford and what makes you feel your best. Wear that!</p> <p><em>Written by Jan Wild. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/in-praise-of/in-praise-of-personal-style.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Discover the fascinating history behind 6 superstitions

<p>Ever wondered about the origins of common superstitions? Discover why raw onion is believed to ward against baldness, why four-leafed clovers are considered lucky and much more. Author <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsearch.ep%3Fauthor%3DMax%2520Cryer">Max Cryer</a> investigates in the fascinating book <u><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsuperstitions-max-cryer%2Fprod9781925335170.html"><em>Superstitions and we we have them</em></a></u> from <a href="http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Superstitions.html">Exisle Publishing</a>.</p> <p><strong>1. The superstitions behind umbrellas</strong></p> <p>The name is descended from the Latin diminutive <em>umbra,</em>meaning shade or shadow. For many centuries umbrellas were soley for protection from the sun. It wasn’t until the 1700s that it seemed to occur to anyone they could also protect from rain. <br /><br />Naturally superstition gathered around them. The most common of them was not to open an umbrella inside the house - something bad will come of it. Nor must it ever be laid - even unfurled - on a bed or table.<br /> <br />And any woman yet unmarried who drops her umbrella must wait for someone else to pick it up. If she retrieves it herself, she will never wed.</p> <p><strong>2. The superstition behind our beds</strong></p> <p>For those who are unmarried, a suspicion might offer some help. It concerns ‘turning’ or ‘making’ a bed each day:</p> <p><em>If one day you would be wed,</em><br /><em>Turn your bed from foot to bed.</em></p> <p>Married or not, the susperstitious abide by the belief that whatever side of the bed you get into a night is the side you must get out of in the morning. Not doing so will cause disruption. In fact, the belief resulted in the saying that someone disgruntled ‘got out the wrong side of the bed’. (However, any potential disruption caused by inadvertently getting out on the ‘wrong’ side can be adverted by putting one’s socks on the right foot first, then the left.)<br /> <br />The jury is still out on the ancient and vexed superstition regarding getting out of bed ‘backwards’. One school of thought decrees it is to be back luck, but the opposition says it is good luck. It’s probably best avoided by getting out of bed frontwards.</p> <p><strong>3. The superstitions behind baldness</strong></p> <p>In spite of extensive advertising claims to the contrary, most men afflicted by baldness find the condition irreversible. An American superstition claims that baldness can be delayed by cutting the existing hair very short, then singeing the cut ends.</p> <p>Another superstition claims that when a man starts to go bald, he can slow the process by stuffing cyclamen leaves up his nose. And sprinkling parsley seeds on the head three times a year is also believed to help.<br /> <br />Three other cures have come to us from ancient traditions - albeit two of them might be rather difficult to obtain:</p> <ul> <li>Rubbing with raw onion might help, but it is best done when you’re going to be alone for a while. After rubbing, smear with honey.</li> <li>Believed to be more effective is a poultice of goose dung.</li> <li>Best of all - if you can get it - herbalist William Bullein’s Bulwarke of Defence against all <em>Sickness</em>(published in 1562) offers the best preventative: poultices made of fat from the body of a bear. </li> </ul> <p><strong>4. The superstitions behind peas</strong></p> <p>If your peas don’t come from frozen in a bag from the supermarket, but are actually shelled out of their pods within the household,watch out for any pod which contains either just one pea - or nine, for good luck will then come to you. And if the pod which housed nine peas is rubbed on a wart, it will cure it. . . or so the superstition says.</p> <p><strong>5. The superstitions behind garlic</strong></p> <p>As far back as Ancient Egypt, garlic has been credited as a protection against a wide range of problems - and not just for its notable flavour.<br /><br />At least two versions of its origin ignore that it is just a plant, <em>allium sativum</em>, a tasty and aromatic member of the onion family. Early Egyptians perceived garlic as a gift from the gods, but post-biblical mythology decreed that it grew where Satan’s left food trod as he was evicted fom the Garden of Eden (the print of his right foot gave rise to ordinary onions).<br /><br />Supstition has credited garlic with various powers: protecting sailors from storms and shipwreck; giving soldiers courage; protecting miners from evil underground demons; if placed under the pillows of babies, protecting them overnight; and as a household garlands to protect against illness, witches, robbers and vampires.</p> <p>The perceived connection between vampires and garlic was slow in reaching the English language. The first vampire story in English, <em>The Vampyre</em> by John Polidori (1819) makes no mention of garlic. Irish author Bram Stocker’s later vampire novel, <em>Dracula</em> (1897), introduced the powerful effects between vampires and what they greatly fear: daylight - and garlic. But as a protection it had been widely used for long before that - against toothache, sunstroke, leprosy, even bed-wetting.</p> <p>Medical research can identify a genuine physical condition called alliumphobia - a powerful dislike, even fear of garlic. And there is a medical theory that some people simply must not each garlic because it causes disorder in certain blood types. Scholars point out that this condition, and its necessary repudiation of anything to do with garlic, may be a contributing factor to the legend of vampires and their avoidance of garlic.</p> <p>The vampire legends were believed historically in southern Slavic countries and Romania, where an eye was kept on those who rufused to eat garlic. Consequently, superstition decreed that cloves of garlic be placed in the mouths of the deceased before they were buried, to ward off any passing vampies.<em>Do you avoid walking under ladders because you think it is bad luck?</em></p> <p><strong>6. The superstitions behind four-leafed clover</strong><br />A four-leafed clover has superstition going into a spin. Find one, and you’ll be able to see fairies and recognise evil spirits, which will give you the ability to tell who is secretly a witch. Carry it with you and evil spells will bounce right off you, and in your house the milk won’t turn sour. If a young woman puts the precious leaf inside her shoe, the first man she meets after stepping out will be her future husband, or (this suspicion has a let-out clause) if that’s not the case, it will be someone of the same name.<br /><br />It has been estimated that in nature, there may be one four-leaf clover approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers. When found, each of the four leaves has a duty to fulfil; the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.<br /> <br /><em>Note:</em> It is perhaps worth adding that in recent years horticulturalists have successfully developed a clover plant with four leaves exclusively, so the purchase of a ‘four-leave-clover kit set’ will enable you to grow as many as you like.</p> <p><em>This is an extract from Max Cryer's <a href="http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Superstitions.html">Superstititions and why we have them, Exisle Publishing</a>. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsuperstitions-max-cryer%2Fprod9781925335170.html">Get your copy here!</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by Max Cryer. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/discover-the-fascinating-history-behind-6-superstitions.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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A life in pictures: Celebrating musical legend Ringo Starr

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, Ringo Starr rose to fame in the early ‘60s as the drummer of the legendary rock group The Beatles. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The veteran musician officially joined the group in 1962 after replacing Pete Best. Quickly a “Beatlemania” took hold and they climbed to the top of the charts all across the world with their single </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I Want To Hold Your Hand. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I was 13, I only wanted to be a drummer,” Ringo said on his </span><a href="http://www.ringostarr.com/about"><span style="font-weight: 400;">website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This year, the former Beatles member, with the help of his friend, Sheila E. Richard Lewis, is hoping to create “a wave of peace and love across the planet.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For his birthday, the 79-year-old sent an invitation to fans to join him on the streets of Chicago to celebrate his birthday by saying or thinking words of “peace and love”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve said it before but I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than peace and love,” Starr said in a statement. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s so great how every year it keeps growing, with the wave of peace and love starting in the morning on July 7 in Australia and ending in Hawaii, with celebrations in all the time zones in between. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am so happy to be back at Capitol Records, and for our great sponsors who are carrying the message of peace and love around the world, like the David Lynch Foundation, Life is Good, SiriusXM, Modern Drummer and Starbucks. I also want to thank each and everyone of you for continuing to help spread peace and love, Ringo.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Ringo Starr’s life in pictures. </span></p>

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How was the crossword puzzle invented?

<p>Can doing crosswords really help you stay happier and healthy for longer? </p> <p><u><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fan-actor-and-his-time-paperback-sir-john-gielgud%2Fprod9781557834157.html">Sir John Gielgud</a></u> believed so. The star of <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Farthur-1981-arthur-2%2Fprod9325336162033.html"><em>Arthur</em></a>, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Fchariots-of-fire%2Fprod9321337051796.html"><em>Chariots of Fire</em></a>, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-power-of-one-popular-penguins-bryce-courtenay%2Fprod9780143204794.html"><em>The Power of One</em></a> and <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Fthe-portrait-of-a-lady%2Fprod0044007820520.html"><em>The Portrait of a Lady</em></a> solved a crossword every day until he died, aged 97, with a completed crossword by his bedside.</p> <p>He used to say, “Completing the crossword is the only exercise I take.” And the Shakespearean actor spent every spare moment on set doing his beloved crosswords.</p> <p>The Queen, who has just celebrated her 90th birthday, also enjoys a good crossword. Actress Betty White, 94, is also passionate about her crosswords. “I do mental exercises. I don't have any trouble memorising lines because of the crossword puzzles I do every day to keep my mind a little limber.”</p> <p><strong>Ever wondered how the crossword was created?</strong><br />Newspaper man Arthur Wynne was originally from the UK and moved to New York in 1905. While he was working at the newspaper The New York World as editor of the ‘fun’ section in 1913, he created the ‘word-cross puzzle’. This diamond shaped word game was derived from the ancient game of acrostics and wordsquares, which was a Victorian past-time. There were 31 simple clues and it was published on Sunday December 21, 1913.</p> <p>Due to its popularity and newly named the ‘crossword’ Wynne’s creation was published in the newspaper for ten years before a pair of Harvard graduates came up with the idea to publish a book of crosswords (as their Auntie Wixie was a fan). A publishing phenomena was born!</p> <p>So, how does doing crosswords help you? Of course, we all know, they are a great (healthy) escape from the demands of everyday life. They also make you think and provide much needed mental exercises, which may keep the brain healthier, for longer.</p> <p><strong><em>Did you know crosswords were created 103 years ago?</em></strong></p> <p>Crosswords also improve your vocabulary - new words, new meanings, and new understandings of words. They teach organisational skills. After all, it’s often necessary to work back and forth between the Across and Down clues to solve the puzzle. Your spelling skills also get a workout and you pick up all sorts of <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/trivia">general knowledge</a>.</p> <p>So you can feel good about the time you spend wrestling with <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/wordsearch">clues</a> – you’re improving your memory and sharpening your brain. Love crosswords? The <a href="https://lovattspuzzles.com/lovatts-wyza-free-big-crossword-magazine-promotion/">first 500 readers who apply with be sent a free copy of Christine’s BIG Crossword Magazine</a>.</p> <p><strong>Mindfulness and puzzles</strong><br />One of the buzz words in today’s world of mental health is <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/health/how-learning-about-mindfulness-can-help-you-stress-less,-help-your-relationships,-feel-happier-and-healthier.aspx">mindfulness</a>. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation principles. It is especially helpful for people who worry about the past, or the future.</p> <p>When solving a <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">crossword</a>, you may find that your mind is totally focused on the clues and answers, to the extent that you are not particularly aware of anything else. You might say it’s a form of meditation, except that in meditation the aim is to have no thoughts at all, which is not an easy stage to achieve.</p> <p>When solving crosswords you are keeping your mind engaged, which means you are not thinking of the past or the future, so you are giving that part of your brain a rest. This is fine as long as you are not crosswording while driving or minding a toddler!</p> <p><strong>Puzzles can be wonderful ‘companions’</strong><br />“Our Lovatts puzzlers often write in to tell us that our <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">crosswords</a> and puzzles are invaluable companions and our puzzle magazines are well-travelled too. Many of our correspondents also say that their memory and word skills have improved since <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/health/these-6-easy-daily-habits-will-help-protect-your-brain.aspx">taking up puzzle-solving</a> - especially if they don’t settle for easy puzzles but tackle the more challenging ones,” says passionate puzzler, <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/lifestyle/wyza-life/what-is-it-like-creating-puzzles-for-a-living.aspx">Christine Lovatt</a>.</p> <p> “<a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">Crosswords</a> and other word puzzles use the right side of the brain whereas <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/sudoku">Sudoku</a> or other logic puzzles use the left side. So if you can do both, you are giving your brain a total workout,” she adds.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-were-crosswords-invented.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Happy 50th anniversary! Palace releases new portraits of Prince Charles

<p>Two new portraits of Prince Charles have been released by the Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>The 70-year-old royal was invested with the title by the Queen on July 1, 1969 at Caernarfon Castle when he was 20 years old.</p> <p>To mark the occasion, Clarence House published two new photographs, one of the Duke of Cornwall and one with his wife Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>“This portrait of The Prince of Wales has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of His Royal Highness’s Investiture,” Clarence House wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“The photo was taken at Llwynywermod, The Prince and The Duchess’s home in Wales.”</p> <p>The second picture, featuring the Cornwall couple, was taken outside the residence.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall told PA news agency at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Swansea’s city status that her husband was celebrating the anniversary “quietly”. </p> <p>Swansea was granted <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/prince-charles-wales-week-camilla/" target="_blank">city status</a> after Charles was invested as Prince of Wales.</p> <p>Upon being asked how the prince would be marking the milestone, she said, “Another anniversary I know – celebrating quietly.”</p> <p>The new pictures came at the end of Wales Week as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are completing their annual tour in the country.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the striking new portraits, as well as Charles over the past 50 years in his role as the Prince of Wales. </p>

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