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6 tips to help your dog live longer

<p>Our furry friends are more like family than just mates, and it pains us terribly when they age – sometimes ungracefully.<br /><br />Tim Norris, dog healer and founder of canine myofunctional therapy (canine massage), acupuncture and dog rehabilitation service <u><a href="http://bothendsofthelead.com.au/">Both Ends of The Lead</a>,</u> walks us through how to care for an older dog to guarantee them a long and pain-free life.</p> <p><strong>1. Do not overfeed your dog</strong></p> <p>This can lead to heart disease and joint problems. Feed your dog a nutritious diet to keep them at a healthy weight.</p> <p>These are two ways you can do a ‘self-check’ on your dog to see if they are not overweight.</p> <ol> <li>Stand so that you have a view of your dog from above or over them. You should see there is an obvious waistline just behind their ribcage.</li> <li>If you are unsure, run your hands lightly down the side of your dog’s body and you should be able to feel their ribs.</li> </ol> <p>If you are still not sure if you are overfeeding your dog after doing the checks, then you should speak to your vet and get their advice.</p> <p>There are many variables that determine how much to feed your dog. If you feed them a kibble diet, then the recommended amount to feed is usually stated on the packaging.</p> <p>If you have bought your food from your local vet, then they will normally recommend how much to feed specifically for your dog.</p> <p>We are now starting to see more people feeding a natural raw diet to their dog.</p> <p>If you do decide this suits your dog better, it’s recommended you seek out a certified animal nutritionist to guide you on how much to feed and also how to balance the meals appropriately for your dog specifically.</p> <p>As your dog ages and becomes less active (just like people), it’s likely you will need to feed them a little less, otherwise you risk a range of joint issues like arthritis through overfeeding.</p> <p>If you have a dog that appears underweight, then it is advisable to check with your vet to see if there are any conditions your dog may have that is stopping them from putting on weight.</p> <p>Most pet food brands have a senior range, which will usually include more omega 3, 6 and 9 for bones and joints. Try these ideas on <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/how-care-your-ageing-pet">how to care for an ageing pet</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>2. Don't exercise your dog too much or too little</strong></p> <p>Many breeds of dogs are classed as a senior dog once they reach seven years of age, so it’s important to adapt the way you exercise them to minimise the impact on their joints and help them age more safely.</p> <p>High intensity chase games like throwing a ball can increase the risk of injury and joint problems like arthritis for senior dogs.</p> <p>The jumping, twisting and turning can put a great deal of excess strain on an older dog’s body and although many senior dogs will still enjoy chasing a ball, you should consider if this really is the most appropriate and safest way to exercise a senior dog.</p> <p><strong>3. If your dog is old, don't throw a ball too much</strong></p> <p>If you do still throw a ball for your senior dog, it’s good to spend at least five minutes warming up their muscles first.</p> <p>This can help reduce the risk of an injury for them.</p> <p>You can do this by just letting them walk at their normal speed until they are warmed up and then throw the ball along the ground, so there is no jumping or twisting for them.</p> <p>If you ever see your dog uncomfortable or slowing down when chasing the ball, this is a good time to stop.</p> <p>If they are sore after chasing a ball or stiff the next day, then it would be wise to stop throwing the ball for them and find a different way to exercise them.</p> <p><strong>4. Make sure your home is safe</strong></p> <p>If you have floor surfaces like floorboards, vinyl or tiles, these can be very slippery for an older dog, making it easy for them to fall and injure themselves.</p> <p>Placing non-slip surfaces down in areas that your dog uses heavily can help make the floors safer for your dog.</p> <p><strong>5. Use a step if your dog jumps on and off furniture</strong></p> <p>If your senior dog likes to jump up on the couch or bed, think about having a halfway step so they can get up and down easier. This will help to reduce the impact on their joints and the injury risk.</p> <p>I have treated many dogs who have damaged muscles and ligaments jumping off a bed or couch. They are very avoidable injuries, so using a halfway step or not letting them up on the furniture would certainly have helped in these situations.</p> <p>I have recently helped a 15-year-old poodle called Cino who has arthritis and damaged his leg jumping off the couch. Cino responded very well to acupuncture and massage. I also showed his owner how to massage Cino’s muscles and use a heat pack for his arthritis. The good news is that Cino is no longer in pain and his owner now has a ramp to help him get up and down off the couch.</p> <p>Another dog I worked with recently was a 10-year-old English staffy called Alfie. He tore knee ligaments jumping off the bed and I was able to help rehabilitate Alfie without the need for surgery.</p> <p>A crucial part of Alfie’s rehabilitation was the personalised home care programme I developed for Alfie’s owners to follow. This helped Alfie recover faster and get back to running the house again... but no more jumping off the bed!</p> <p>The personalised face-to-face or online home care programmes are an important service I offer. Having the owner actively involved in the process of helping rehabilitate their dog can make a huge difference to the outcome... just like it did for Alfie.</p> <p><strong>6. A calm, relaxed home can help your dog feel less stressed</strong></p> <p>Stress can affect our dogs in very similar ways to how it affects us. We can all recognise the impact stress can have on our own health. Our dogs are like sponges and will often show signs of stress when they see that their owners are stressed.</p> <p>Many dog owners testify that their dogs recognise and respond to their emotional states. So, doing all we can to minimise our own levels of stress is a great starting point to help keep our dogs calm and healthier.</p> <p>Being mindful of what your dog is exposed to in the home environment is important. Be aware of what the triggers are that stress your dog and then do all you can to minimise the impact of them if they are exposed to them.</p> <p>The key to a relaxed home environment for your dog always starts with a relaxed dog owner.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><span><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/6-tips-help-your-dog-live-longer?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></em></span><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><strong><em><u><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S">here’s our best subscription offer</a></u></em></strong><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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What Prince Philip is really like as a grandfather

<p>Queen Elizabeth II may be the head of the Commonwealth, but it’s her husband, Prince Philip who has remained the family’s strongest support.</p> <p>While it is rare to see the Prince interacting with his grandchildren in a public setting, especially after his retirement, that is not to say that his relationship with his family members isn’t strong. It is said that Prince Philip values his role as a father, grandfather and now great-grandfather above anything else.</p> <p>Matt Smith, who famously played the role of Prince Philip in the highly acclaimed Netflix series <em>The Crown</em> said that upon meeting Prince William and asking for advice on playing his grandfather, the Duke of Cambridge responded with very few words, saying: “Just one word – legend.”</p> <p>The royal couple share eight grandchildren together: Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.</p> <p>And while Prince William made his admiration for his grandfather known, he is not the only one to praise him, as Philip’s other grandchildren have also expressed their love for him.</p> <p>“I think Grandpa is incredible,” said Princess Eugenie in a 2016 documentary, <em>Our Queen at Ninety</em>. </p> <p>“He really is strong and consistent. He’s been there for all these years, and I think he’s the rock, you know, for all of us.”</p> <p>Author of <em>The Diana Chronicles</em>, Tina Brown wrote in her book: “A member of the Balmoral staff noted that Prince Philip, who had effectively lost his own mother at the age of 10 when she was committed for three years to an asylum in Switzerland, was brilliantly effective with his grandsons, offering them gruff tenderness and outdoor activities like stalking and hiking to tire them out.”</p> <p>She also looked back at the time of Princess Diana’s death, and said Prince Philip played a crucial role in the healing of Prince William and Prince Harry in 1997.</p> <p>According to Brown, Prince William was not in the right emotional state of mind to walk in the cortege at his mother’s funeral, but with the support of his grandfather, he changed his mind.</p> <p>It is reported that Philip said to William, “If I walk, will you walk with me?” and he did.</p> <p>In a recent display of affection, Prince Philip decided to attend his grandson, Prince Harry’s wedding to the now Duchess of Sussex in May, even though he went through a hip replacement surgery only a few weeks prior to the occasion.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/celebrities/news/a22736656/prince-philip-relationship-with-grandchildren/" target="_blank"><em>Harper’s Bazaar</em></a> spoke to a former royal reporter, Philip Dampier, who said: “He has taught them [his grandchildren] many things from his own experiences, telling them not to worry about the press too much as ‘it will be tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’.”</p> <p>“Philip has made more than 5000 speeches in his royal career and he has tips on how to do them. His door is always open if any of his grandchildren want advice on any subject.”</p>

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The life-changing lesson Turia Pitt has learnt since becoming a mum

<p>Turia Pitt is known to never slow down. As a woman driven by the thought of making her next move better than her last, a life changing event has taught her to take each day as it comes.</p> <p>She’s a survivor, after making it through the terrifying fire that caused severe burns across 65 per cent of her body and which didn’t change her outlook on life. Then there was competing in different marathons across the country – even while pregnant.</p> <p>But the athlete recently welcomed a baby boy into the world, her 10-month-old son Hakavai, and now that he’s her priority, Pitt has rethought her philosophy.</p> <p>“I no longer have any desire to do an Ironman,” Pitt told lifestyle magazine<span> </span><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/how-turia-pitt-is-back-on-track-after-giving-birth/news-story/8646541de13b0fe05c6c998282507cc8"><em>Stellar</em></a>. “Having a baby has changed me and when you become a mum you quickly realise your whole life fits in around your kids.”</p> <p>She became famous after she was labelled an inspiration for her strength through the tragedy that occurred while running an ultra-marathon in 2011. And while she is known for her resilience, she says that motherhood hasn’t reduced her passion or drive but has repurposed it.</p> <p>“I don’t want to be out running for five hours straight,” she said. “I know how precious life is and I’d rather be with my son.”</p> <p>But with Pitt, she’s always looking for a new challenge and this time round it’s the New Zealand Kathmandu Coast to Coast race next February which she is also an ambassador for. This will be the first race she will be competing in after giving birth, which is why she will be taking it slowly by competing in the 30km mountain run section.</p> <p>She hopes, that through the race, she gives women the message that any goal, regardless of how small, is important and motivating.</p> <p>“I don’t want to achieve anything crazy, I just want to get my fitness back and finish with a smile on my face,” she says. “These sorts of events are good for mums who are going through the motions of going to work, coming home, cooking dinner and doing the washing. It can be monotonous if there’s not something exciting happening or something to work towards and look forward to.”</p> <p>Pitt, 31, admits to being delusional as she assumed her son would be easy to raise. Instead he turned out like every other child who needs constant care and attention.</p> <p>“I thought I could live my life and spend time with Hakavai, but he is my life at the moment. I had no idea.”</p>

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Woman catches mother-in-law doing unthinkable – but her husband doesn't agree

<p>Mother-in-laws, you either love em’ or you hate em’.</p> <p>This story is of the latter, after one woman took to parenting forum <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a> to air her grievances, and it’s received quite the reaction.</p> <p>The poster had suspicions that her MIL had been snooping through her things when alone in her and her husband’s home.</p> <p>And it turns out, she was correct, and understandably, very annoyed.</p> <p>But her husband didn’t share the same sentiments. Instead, he was upset that his wife had “set traps” to catch his mother out.</p> <p>“I’m fuming but feel validated,” the post began.</p> <p>“MIL and I don’t get on.”</p> <p>“Husband asked her to come and check on our fish when away for a long weekend. I have previously suspected MIL has looked through my things when she’s been here but had no proof,” the woman wrote.</p> <p>After setting up her chest of drawers in a way that only she would know had been tampered with, the woman’s suspicions were proven.</p> <p>“Came home to find that they have been completely moved around, all documents out of their order, content of files all over the place, etc.</p> <p>“I’m fuming but feel validated that I’m not paranoid!”</p> <p>After approaching her husband on the matter, the woman said he did not agree with her suggestion of confronting his mother about her actions and was instead disappointed in his wife for “setting traps.”</p> <p>“I said I did it because she has blatantly been through our things and needed proof, which I have,” she said.</p> <p>Users on the forum agreed with the poster, saying that her husband should “grow a backbone and confront his mother,” but there were also many suggestions on how to mess with his mother the next time she goes rifling through drawers.</p> <p>Some suggested leaving notes telling her to “f*ck off” in her usual snooping spots, while one suggested leaving immigration papers around to “give her something to worry about.”</p> <p>Do you think the woman has the right to be angry? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“Berserk” reason mum banned from son’s wedding

<p>A wedding is a momentous celebration, highlighting two people's love for each other, but it can also be a horribly toxic experience when some people start to make ridiculous demands in the hopes to make their big day perfect.</p> <p>Turning to online parenting forum <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3375869-Uninvited-from-sons-wedding-AIBU?pg=1" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a>, a woman recounts the story of how she is now uninvited to her son’s wedding.</p> <p>“My only son has met, got engaged to and then moved in with a girl he met through work,” she began.</p> <p>“At first she was OK and stayed at ours,” she continued, adding that her future daughter-in-law was “not very sociable” but she respected his choice and is happy, as long as he is.</p> <p>“I went out bought a new dress, and all the works ready for it, then he turns up and says no-one can wear certain colours as that’s what she wants,” wrote the woman.</p> <p>“Fine, except one of those was the base colour of my new outfit,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Obviously I wouldn’t wear plain white or cream, but it has a cream underlay and the rest is pink and grey floral.”</p> <p>She said her son asked her not to wear it.</p> <p>The situation has gotten so out of hand that the son will constantly call her throughout the week to ask if she’s found another dress yet. “I reply not yet – still looking, which I am and it’s still over a month away,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I agreed not to wear it after hearing her throw a tantrum whilst on the phone to him and thought that it should be fine.</p> <p>"Now she's gone bezerk, and yesterday she sent a text telling me not to turn up as I will not be allowed in."</p> <p>The mother of the groom said the situation is making her incredibly upset and asked fellow users for advice on whether she should attend the wedding anyway.</p> <p>The majority of users were on the mother’s side, as they failed to understand how not yet finding a replacement dress is enough to uninvite the mother of the groom.</p> <p>“Since when did brides tell their husbands to be family what to wear? She’s batsh*t!” wrote one person.</p> <p>Another said, "Someone who is so rude and stroppy about a dress, is not going to turn into a reasonable and polite person the minute the wedding is over. There will be tantrums over everything, and everyone having to walk on eggshells around this very volatile young woman."</p> <p><img width="367" height="550" src="/media/7820343/e79cea4da2831ab6267dbaff58b3cc58.jpg" alt="E 79cea 4da 2831ab 6267dbaff 58b 3cc 58"/></p> <p>Others commented that there must be more to the story, but the woman made it very clear that she agreed not to wear the dress the first time she was asked. She even shared a photo of her dress for those who doubted her, and once users saw the photo, they couldn’t understand what the issue was.</p> <p>"God, I hope a load of guests ignore the colour rules lol will she have bouncers on the door kicking people out," said one user.</p> <p>One said at this point she would text her son the following: "I wish you a happy marriage and wedding, but I don’t support it and won’t be attending. My door is always open to you both but I’m stepping away until you both behave I’m a more adult and reasonable way."</p> <p>Others advised her to be the bigger person for the sake of maintaining a relationship with her son.</p> <p>"I would look at keeping the peace and get a new dress. However, are u still invited to the wedding?"</p> <p>What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Prince George has a new obsession and he cannot stop talking about it

<p>The innocence and inquisitive nature of a child is something we all wish we still had, and Prince George has proven that while he may be the future King, he’s no different to any other five-year-old.</p> <p>During a visit to the Acorn Children’s Hospice on Tuesday, Prince William told a group of children about little George’s new obsession, because the kids were taking part in an activity based around it.</p> <p>The children in the room were making and painting dinosaurs, so Prince William told them: “George is obsessed with dinosaurs. We’ve been learning all about them.”</p> <p>William may be busy with his royal duties, but the Prince still manages to find time for his children, proving his devotion to his kids. Speaking previously about his daughter, Princess Charlotte, he revealed that she is “obsessed” with fashion, “mad about pink” and “loves dancing".</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge has also shared a personal insight into his own life, as he revealed his and Duchess Kate’s favourite food is sushi.</p> <p>After a Japanese chef gifted the royal a Bento Box, William responded by saying: “Thank you very much. My wife and I love sushi. We might have to come down here for lunch when no one else is in.”</p> <p>William’s visit to the Acorn Children’s Hospice was one that remains close to his heart, as his late mother Princess Diana opened it.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018091862477/prince-george-teaching-prince-william-kate-middleton-about-dinosaurs/" target="_blank"><em>Hello!</em></a> reported the hospice’s President Kay Alexander shared a few touching words dedicated to Diana and her involvement with the hospice, telling the audience she was “going to get tearful".</p> <p>William replied: “Don’t, you’ll start me off as well.”</p> <p>Kay had nothing but kind words to say about the Duke as she praised his caring nature.</p> <p>“The fact that he can come round like that and just chat to anyone is the biggest, best thing that could happen to those parents. He is a star.”</p>

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Princess Mary and her kids dress up in traditional costume for royal visit

<p>The royal family of Denmark were looking thrilled as they touched down on the Faroe Islands for the start of their four-day tour on Thursday.</p> <p>At the front of the crowd was Crown Princess Mary, who was dressed in a traditional Faroe outfit much like the rest of her family.</p> <p>Her daughters, Princess Josephine and Isabella joined her as they wore the female dress which consisted of an open sweater laced together with silver buttons and topped off with a cape.</p> <p><img width="498" height="245" src="/media/7820061/princess-mary-nz-1_498x245.jpg" alt="Princess -Mary -NZ-1"/></p> <p>Her husband, Crown Prince Frederick and their two sons Princes Christian and Vincent wore similar styles of clothing with a waistcoat, blue stockings and the signature floppy hat.</p> <p>The family travelled from their home in Copenhagen by boat and were greeted by Islanders as they approached the shore.</p> <p><img width="498" height="375" src="/media/7820062/princess-mary-8_498x375.jpg" alt="Princess -mary -8"/></p> <p>Like many young children, Princess Josephine, 7, felt cheeky after the long boat ride and was spotted squeezing her older sister Isabella’s cheeks.</p> <p>The Islanders presented Princess Mary with an elegant posy as a token of appreciation and to welcome them on their four-day visit to the island.</p> <p>The couple will also be visiting the Island’s capital of Torshavn on Thursday where the Crown prince will take part in an official greeting ceremony on the quay. There, they will be welcomed by the Prime Minister before taking a trip to the rowing club of Knorrur.</p> <p>This will be followed by multiple events around the island as they take part in various activities.</p> <p><img width="500" height="625" src="/media/7820063/danish-royals-1_500x625.jpg" alt="Danish Royals 1"/></p> <p><img width="498" height="670" src="/media/7820064/danish-royals-2_498x670.jpg" alt="Danish Royals 2"/></p> <p>The visit comes only days after the slaughter of pilot whales and white-sided dolphins as part of the islands annual hunting season. With around 800 pilot and beaked whales, as well as dolphins being killed every year for their meat, the tradition dates back to the 16th century and has become a yearly tradition for the Islanders.</p> <p>While the hunts have been criticised to be inhumane and cruel, the local government believes it’s a form of sustainability and allows the 18 islands to stay self-sufficient as resources for farming are scarce.</p> <p>Each whale provides several hundreds of kilos of meat and blubber, which if imported from abroad, will cost Islanders money out of their own pockets.</p> <p>The Faroese hunt on average 800 pilot whales yearly, with around 100,000 whales surrounding the island.  </p>

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Dad grieves for daughter at wrong grave for 30 years

<p>A UK father has made the heartbreaking discovery he has been grieving for his daughter at the wrong grave for more than 30 years because of a mistake with the headstone.</p> <p>Manchester man George Salt’s daughter Victoria sadly died two days after being born in July 1988. She was buried at Southern Cemetery in Manchester.</p> <p>But an error made more than three decades ago – the headstone had been moved to an empty spot– meant he had been grieving the loss of his daughter at the wrong grave.</p> <p>The mistake was only realised this year when George found the gravestone, which also had 17 other names on it, had been moved.</p> <p>After checking grave records cemetery workers discovered the gravestone had been placed in the wrong spot in the 1980s and decided to move it to the correct location.</p> <p><img width="809" height="455" src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/AA11/production/_102873534_grave.jpg?width=809&amp;height=455&amp;mode=max" alt="Victoria's gravestone" class="responsive-image__img js-image-replace" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>George, who had visited the grave twice a year for 30 years, told the BBC he’s devastated.</p> <p>“I looked down and was completely gobsmacked. I thought ‘where’s the stone gone?’.</p> <p>“I feel so let down. When you go to a grave you sit and talk and say what your troubles are and things like that, but the annoying thing is I’m talking to a piece of ground where she isn’t there.”</p> <p>George told The Mirror he had suspected something was wrong in 1988 but was reassured by authorities the gravestone was in the right place.</p> <p>Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, told Mirror Online: “We completely understand Mr Salt’s distress and we would like to extend our sincere apologies for any upset caused.</p> <p>“There are more than 200,000 graves at Southern Cemetery and we strive to ensure the plots are well looked after.</p> <p>“The public grave had not been disturbed for around 30 years so it is unclear why the headstone had at some point during that period been moved to a vacant plot close by.”</p> <p> </p>

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Duchess Kate reveals the unique nickname Prince Harry has given her

<p>The royal family really are just like us, with each member of the family having a special nickname of their own. With Queen Elizabeth being known as “Lilibeth”, Duchess Meghan as “Meg” and Duchess Camilla as “GaGa”, the tradition of nicknames has now extended to Duchess Kate.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=839&amp;v=nDKGAPppxwU" target="_blank">BBC Radio One</a></em>, it was revealed that Prince Harry likes to call Duchess Kate, “Cath” – a short form of her full name Catherine.</p> <p>Presenter Scott Mills asked, “That really confused me because everyone else calls you Kate – all the press call you Kate. Is this a thing just in the family?”</p> <p>“I’m not sure, actually,” said the Duchess. “I’m not that familiar with it, I have to say. But I’ll answer to most things, to be honest.”</p> <p>The Duchess has previously revealed her childhood nickname: Squeak – a name that she shared with her pet hamster.</p> <p>Speaking to the children at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 2012, she mentioned that, “There was one called Pip and one called Squeak because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak.”</p> <p>Though in her later years, the Duchess was known to prefer the name Catherine when being referred to, a name that Prince William still calls her by.</p> <p>Do you have a special nickname? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The new royal rule Prince George must follow in front of the Queen

<p>While Princess Charlotte was seen curtsying to VIPs and dignitaries in Berlin last year, the three-year-old is not yet required to curtsy to her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – at least, not for a while.</p> <p>However, it’s a different scenario for her older brother and third in line to throne, Prince George.</p> <p>Now that he is 5 years old – he celebrated his 5<sup>th</sup> birthday on July 22 – the young royal is now expected to bow every time he sees his 92-year-old great-grandma.</p> <p>Historian Marlene Eilers Koenig, told <em>Hello! Magazine</em>, “Certainly, by age five. The only person they will be expected to curtsy or bow to is the sovereign.”</p> <p>The tradition of when to curtsy or bow and to who is a minefield in itself, with many old royal protocols still remaining in place.</p> <p>Even the newest addition to the royal family, Duchess Meghan, has been put through her paces during ‘princess training’ to learn all the ins and outs.</p> <p>Only women curtsy, while men are required to bow. However, your rank changes depending on if you were born a full-blood royal or a commoner.</p> <p>If a woman marries into the royal family, she adopts her husband’s rank when he is present – but if the female is on her own, her status lowers a few ranks.</p> <p>For instance, royal expert Christopher Wilson claims that Duchess Meghan is expected to curtsy to Prince Harry’s cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie if her husband is not with her.</p> <p>But, if Harry is by her side, the opposite is required to take place – Beatrice and Eugenie must curtsy to Meghan.</p> <p>It is also believed that Meghan has to curtsy in front of her new sister-in-law Kate, whenever she is in her company.</p>

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Heartbreaking promise Prince William made to Diana before her death

<p>During the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the former couple hotly-argued whether she would be allowed to keep her title as ‘Her Royal Highness’.</p> <p>Reportedly, the Queen was happy for her to retain the title, however, Charles was against it, so Diana then became Diana, Princess of Wales.</p> <p>The change separated Diana further from the Royal family and meant she had to curtsy to all members, including her own sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>William, who was 14 years old at the time of his parent’s divorce, made a promise to his mum to ease her “distress” over the title change.</p> <p>According to Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, William vowed that he would reinstate her HRH title.</p> <p>In his book <em>A Royal Duty</em>, Burrell wrote: “She told me how he had sat with her one night when she was upset over the loss of HRH, put his arms around her and said, ‘Don’t worry, Mummy. I will give it back to you one day when I am King.”</p> <p>However, William’s promise was sadly left unfulfilled as his mother died in a car crash just one year after the divorce was finalised.</p> <p>Last year, in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of his mother’s death, William revealed his regrets over his final conversation with his mother.</p> <p>In a documentary called <em>Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy</em>, the second in line to the throne said he rushed off the phone when she called from Paris as he was playing with Harry and their cousins in Balmoral.</p> <p>A few hours later, she died in the car crash.</p> <p>“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, ‘see you later’. If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else. But that phone call sticks in my mind, quite heavily,” Prince William said.</p> <p>Prince Harry also revealed how the regret of their last phone call has lingered with him.</p> <p>“It was her speaking from Paris. I can’t really necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is probably regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” he said.</p> <p>“Looking back on it now it’s incredibly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life. Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling her life was going to be taken that night.”</p>

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Prince Harry just said no to a big family – 5 kids is “too many”

<p>The good news is that Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan are planning a family. But don’t expect there to be lots of mini Harry’s and Meghan’s running around.</p> <p>During the royal couple’s first official overseas tour in Ireland this week, a woman joked to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they should get started on a family soon, but the prince brushed off the suggestion the couple should follow in the well-wisher’s footsteps and have five children.</p> <p>Royal fan Elaine Adam-Stewart, 43, told Harry: “My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children – when are you and Meghan going to get going?” <em><a href="https://people.com/royals/prince-harry-no-to-big-family/">People</a></em> reported.</p> <p>Luckily the good-humoured prince saw the funny side, with Elaine telling <em>People</em>, “He laughed and said, ‘Five children? Too many.’”</p> <p>Earlier in the day, Harry and Meghan shared some lovely candid moments with a couple of <a href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-hair-toddler-ireland/">toddlers at Croke Park</a>, with one of the cheeky children unable to stop touching the duchess’s hair – 3-year-old Walter Kieran immediately went to grab Meghan’s beautiful wavy, long locks. Attentive husband Harry joined in on the fun by giving the mischievous toddler a mock scolding, wagging his finger at him.</p> <p> <img width="500" height="375" src="/media/7819786/1-harry-and-meghan_500x375.jpg" alt="1 Harry And Meghan"/></p> <p><img width="500" height="359" src="/media/7819787/3-harry-meghan_500x359.jpg" alt="3 Harry Meghan"/></p> <p>Harry also had his own obsessed little fan to contend with, when 4-year-old Dylan Mahon tugged at the royals’ red beard (pictured top), with the prince playfully grimacing and Meghan attempting to stifle a laugh. The royal told the young boy, “You might have a beard soon – you never know!”</p> <p>When asked about baby plans during Harry and Meghan’s BBC interview in November, just after the pair announced their engagement, the prince exclaimed, “Of course. You know, one step at a time. Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”</p> <p>During another interview last year, Prince Harry admitted he was looking forward to fatherhood, telling <em>The Telegrap</em>h, “I would love to have kids.” While in a 2016 interview with <em>Best Health</em> magazine, Meghan revealed her bucket list items and shared, “I want to travel more, and I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Is this the strangest baby name ever?

<p>While it seems some celebrities are competing for the most bizarre baby names, one mum has revealed how she was left baffled after her friend announced the name she had chosen for her baby daughter.</p> <p>Writing on <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/becoming-mum-pregnancy-996/baby-names-643/1791462-strangest-baby-name-ever.html?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Daily+chat+email+7th+July&amp;utm_content=Daily+chat+email+7th+July+Version+A+CID_dc286bc6e0b4d8f1fe862ce50f5a09e8&amp;utm_source=Emails+via+Campaign+Monitor&amp;utm_term=Read+more" target="_blank"><strong>Netmums</strong></a>,</span></em> Annalise said her friend had chosen the “strangest baby name EVER”, a name she had never encountered before.</p> <p>The baby had been named “Abcde”, which Annalise was instructed to pronounce as “Ab-si-dee”.</p> <p>She added: "I've never heard of this name before – has anyone else?"</p> <p>The fellow parents on the online forum were as equally confused by the name, with one user writing: “It should be illegal to saddle children with names like that. Awful."</p> <p>Another added: "That is the silliest name I've ever heard – but kudos for the imaginative pronunciation. Some parents are too cruel."</p> <p>While some were not sure whether the name was a joke, others said it was “cruel” for the child.</p> <p>One user joked: "It's great because if they have another they can call it fghij then the next klmno and so forth."</p> <p>After hearing the name, one mum did research and surprisingly found that other children have been given the name Abcde.</p> <p>In 2014, Vocativ reported that in the United Stales alone 328 girls had the name.</p> <p>It is believed the name originated in Hawaii, where the first Abcde was born at Kona Hospital in October 1986.</p> <p>What is the most bizarre name you have heard of? Share it in the comments below. </p>

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Ray Meagher reveals why he never had kids

<p>For 30 years while starring as Alf Stewart on <em>Home and Away</em>, Ray Meagher has played a father, stepfather and foster father on the popular show.</p> <p>Now in a new interview, the Aussie actor has revealed why he never had children of his own.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/ray-meagher-why-i-never-had-kids/news-story/74b4a0974fbeb721751694cc59ed91e6?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=editorial" target="_blank"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Daily Telegraph</span></em></strong></a>, Ray Meagher said: “When I was younger as a freelance actor, I wondered whether I’d be able to feed myself let alone anybody else.”</p> <p>“It's a funny old profession, it’s very precarious, it's a pretty dodgy old profession employment-wise.</p> <p>“I have a stepdaughter Rebecca (the daughter of his wife Gilly) who is in her early 40s and I talk to her at least once a week and see her for brekkie or brunch whenever the H<em>ome and Away </em>schedule permits, which is maybe once a fortnight, and I love that.”</p> <p>Meagher no longer has to worry about the uncertainty of his acting career, with his role on<em> Home and Away</em> spanning three decades –  earning himself the title of the longest serving soap actor in Australian history.</p> <p>Last night at the Logies, Meagher took home the award for Most Popular Actor. </p> <p>During his acceptance speech, Meagher thanked his former co-star Cornelia Frances, who passed away in May this year.</p> <p>"A lot of the young people go off to Hollywood to audition for bigger and better things. This lady decided to try to get into that studio in the sky,” he said.</p> <p>“When she got up to the pearly gates, I hope St Peter didn't have the temerity to say, 'You can't come here'. </p> <p>"I think she would have looked over the top of those horn-rimmed glasses and said, 'Peter, you are the weakest link. Goodbye'.</p> <p>"Cornie, we know you are up there looking down with the champagne. We are not going to mourn your passing anymore. We are going to celebrate your life."</p> <p>In the interview, the actor explained his wife's absence at the significant event. </p> <p>“Gilly would rather swallow a tonne of bricks than go to the Logies­,” Meagher said. </p> <p>“She says ‘That’s your work, you go and you don’t have to worry about me … not knowing a whole heap of people’ so she’s very comfortable with that.”</p> <p>In an interview with the <em>Daily Mail</em> in May, Meagher revealed that he was reluctant to leave Summer Bay as he wasn’t sure how he would cope in retirement.</p> <p>“I've never really thought about it [retirement],” he said.</p> <p>He added: “You know, I'm not sure what I'd do if I retire - I'm not into gardening. I hope it's a long way off. The main thing at this age is to try and stay fit and healthy and well and, so far, touch something, that's working, at least.”</p>

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4 common mistakes owners make when feeding their dog

<p>There’s a lot of information out there, and confusion about the best diet for your dog is common. Dr Simone Maher, Chief Veterinarian at Animal Welfare League NSW and Michael Zajac, Purina PetCare Expert look at the common mistakes owners make when feeding their pooch.</p> <p><strong>Mistake 1: Underestimating the kilojoule content in all those little snacks and treats</strong></p> <p>“We all find it hard to resist those puppy-dog eyes, but it’s important if we’re treating them, we take it out of their daily allocation (keep a little aside in a container for treats!) to avoid overfeeding. If you really can’t resist sharing, make sure you account for this and feed a little less at meal times,” says Dr Maher.</p> <p>"A good rule of thumb is that treats should not make up any more than 10 per cent of your dog's total daily diet as they are not complete and balanced nutrition. Alternatively, by offering your dog a non-food-related treat (playing with their favourite toy), you can strengthen the dog and human bond, along with keeping your dog fit and active. Another good way to help manage your dog's waistline is by keeping an eye on their body condition; run your hands along the side of your dog. Their ribs should be easily palpable, with minimal fat covering followed by an easily noticeable tapering of the waist” says Mr Zajac.</p> <p><strong>Mistake 2: Not educating yourself with what foods are toxic to canines</strong></p> <p>Dr Maher says: "Many people don’t realise that onions are highly toxic to dogs and cause destruction of red blood cells. This is dose-related, so people rarely notice the effects if it is a tiny amount in a Bolognaise for instance – but a pile of leftover onions after a barbeque can be deadly. Play it safe and avoid feeding your dog any onion at all."</p> <p><strong>Mistake 3: Attempting to meet nutrient needs through a home-cooked diet</strong></p> <p>“If you’re lucky and pay very careful attention to every essential nutrient your dog requires (and have time on your side!) you may be able to pull this off. But for most of us, meeting the criteria for micronutrients, amino acids and fatty acids – and ensuring we get this consistently correct – is a time-consuming and exhausting process,” says Dr Maher.</p> <p><strong>Mistake 4: Feeding cooked bones is a no-no</strong></p> <p>“I have many people tell me that they’ve always done it, and never have a problem – but I get to see the dogs that DO have a problem, and it’s not pretty,” says Dr Maher, adding, “Shards of bone get lodged between teeth or in the upper arcade of the mouth, or the bones get ground down and set like cement in the intestinal system. Be kind to your dog – and your vet – the severe, often surgical constipation that results from this, is not nice for anyone!"</p> <p>Mr Zajac adds: "Some of the reasons why pet owners give their dogs cooked or raw bones is for a treat or a way to clean their dog's teeth. Some other safer options for a shinier smile and fresher breath are to get into a regular habit of brushing your dog's teeth with a tooth brush, or even offering your dog a dental chew treat - these are often low in calories and double as a treat." </p>

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Donald Trump’s children share childhood photos to celebrate his 72nd birthday

<p>Tributes have poured in from Donald Trump’s children in honour of the US President’s 72nd birthday.</p> <p>Ivanka, the President’s eldest daughter and senior advisor, took to social media on Thursday to share a series of childhood photos of herself and Trump.</p> <p>She wrote: “Happy birthday Dad! I love you very much. Wishing you your best year yet!!!”</p> <p>She shared three throwback photos of her as a small girl smiling with her father at different events, including a baseball match.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="503" src="/media/7819159/1_500x503.jpg" alt="1 (153)"/></p> <p>Eric Trump also shared a series of old and new photos with the caption: “Happy Birthday Dad! It is amazing how far we have all come! We are very proud of you and everything you have accomplished!”</p> <p>Eric’s photos included him and his father walking at the White House and another with the President’s youngest grandson, Luke.</p> <p>Donald Trump Jr, Trump’s eldest son, shared a screenshot of a Drudge Report with the headline “TRUMP’S BEST BIRTHDAY!”, that also mentions the economy, North Korea, the World Cup and the jobless rate.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 36.157407407407405% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkApYNVgzGY/" target="_blank">What do you get the guy that has everything in his birthday? Nothing he works hard and gets it himself. What more could someone ask for than what he’s accomplished in the past 16 months? Happy Birthday Dad. #maga #birthday #happybirthday</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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/donaldjtrumpjr/" target="_blank"> Donald Trump Jr.</a> (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Jun 14, 2018 at 8:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He also shared a photo of the family and wrote: “A great throwback and a cool family shot to wish my dad @realdonaldtrump a very happy birthday. Watching what you’re accomplishing every day makes me more and more proud of you.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>The President’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, also shared a family snap on Instagram to celebrate his birthday.</p> <p>“Happy Birthday Mr. President/Grandpa! We love you and are so proud of you!" she wrote. </p> <p>Trump is the oldest President to be sworn in for a first term. Before Trump, Ronald Reagan was the oldest, being sworn in as Commander in Chief at the age of 69.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Donald Trump’s birthday tributes. </p>

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Why it's time to start thinking about your carbon pawprint

<p><em><strong>Guy Pearse, Global Change Institute Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, explains why it’s time to start thinking about your carbon pawprint.</strong></em></p> <p>People around the world are worrying about their carbon footprint. But what about their furry friends’ carbon pawprints?</p> <p>Consider the numbers: there are currently around 1 billion pet cats and dogs worldwide (not to mention hundreds of millions of stray ones), and pet ownership rates are vastly higher in western countries. About 40% of US households own at least one dog, compared with about 6% of Chinese homes.</p> <p>However, the gap is closing fast, as the number of pets and the demand for food and other goodies in developing countries spiral. In India, dog ownership is growing annually at double digit rates, while in Vietnam and Thailand, the number of dog owners increased by around 50% between 2004 and 2007.</p> <p>The ecological consequences of pets are significant when you consider the land needed to produce the energy and resources required for a large dog are equivalent to that of a four-wheel drive Land Rover; a medium dog is equivalent­ to a VW Golf. Or so say Brenda and Robert Vale, authors of the provocatively titled Time to Eat the Dog. Among many reason­able observations they note that we face real problems “when everyone starts to have a big car, big house, big family and a big dog”. They also note that many pets in the west have larger ecological­ footprints than humans in some developing countries.</p> <p>So, while the rising population of pets is significant enough, the rising affluence of pets is also important. The range of products and services hitting the market and encouraging pet owners to humanise their pets is staggering. There are dog houses with reverse-cycle air conditioning, some with flat screen TVs, and there are DVDs specifically catering to the tastes of different animals. From pet treadmills to electric blankets, a spiralling number of online stores and big box pet warehouses are selling aspirational pets an energy-intensive good life.</p> <p>As pet owners decide that “what’s good for me is good for my pet”, they are creating a large, powerful and emissions-laden industry. In the United States alone, pet care is currently a $50 billion industry, having almost doubled in a decade. It is a microcosm­ of the same problem occurring with humans as developing countries become more affluent.</p> <p>At the heart of the decadence is the trend towards “luxury” pet food, and the biggest beneficiaries are the four corporations that dominate the booming pet care industry and control 80% of its largest component – the global pet food market.</p> <p>With pet faeces reportedly making up 4% of waste to landfill in some cities, clearly a great deal of pet food is being made. The food itself requires hundreds of millions of tonnes of meat and grain, as well as vast amounts of energy, most of it drawn from fossil fuels. It then has to be tinned, bagged and transported to all points of the planet.</p> <p>Who are the companies encouraging us to humanise our pets with their luxury pet food? Surprising as it sounds, think chocolate, toothpaste and cleaning­ products: the largest pet food manufacturers are Nestlé, Mars, Procter &amp; Gamble and Colgate. Each of these companies would like us to believe that their booming pet care businesses are climate-friendly, but it’s mostly spin behind the earnest-sounding pitches.</p> <p>Let’s look at one of these companies: Mars – which makes Pedigree and Whiskas. Their stated mission is to “make a difference for people and the planet through our performance”, which indicates a strong emphasis on saving the environment.</p> <p>There are well-promoted but isolated examples of the company using green power to make its pet food, such as wind turbines in Yorkshire adjacent to a Mars pet care factory. Mars says it has the “first sustainable pet food manufacturing facility in the world”. The company points to emissions cuts due to a host of energy efficiency, recycling and packaging improvements, and its website features pictures of solar panels being installed at Mars Chocolate headquarters in New Jersey.</p> <p>The company says its operations generate around 15 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution, about 4% less than in 2007.</p> <p>It has much grander plans for the future: a “Sustainable in a Generation (SiG) program”. The company says it is “committed to achieving zero fossil fuel energy use and zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2040”. The distant timeline may be squint-inducing, but it sounds impressive enough – until you read the fine print.</p> <p>The commitment applies only to the company’s direct emissions. Most of the Mars carbon footprint lies elsewhere: supply chain emissions make up 87%. The company admits that “sourcing our raw materials leads to greater impacts than our factories and offices” – something many companies­ skate over – and it plans to “develop similarly robust pro­grams for each element of our value chain”. Until it does, however, we are left with a company nonsensically determined to cut its emissions to zero so long as the emissions tied up in producing its rice, beef, meat, dairy, corn, wheat and the rest of the supply chain are excluded.</p> <p>What is crystal clear is that Mars, Nestlé and the other “Big Pet Care” corporations are expanding into developing countries at a rapid rate, and enthusiastically pushing “luxury” pet food brands intended to “humanize” pets.</p> <p>None of this is to suggest that pets are an emissions-intensive extravagance that must be forsaken in the fight against climate change. They are an important and very beneficial part of our lives – on average pet owners have lower blood pressure and fewer mental health issues, spend less time in hospital and ultimately live longer. But we shouldn’t exempt pets from our efforts to tackle climate change, and companies that cater to pets shouldn’t greenwash the contribution to climate change of the products, services and pet lifestyle they promote.</p> <p>The American Pet Products Association’s publication of 2011 trends in the pet care industry captures the current situation beautifully. The number-one industry trend is “Reducing Your Pet’s Carbon PAW print”:</p> <p><em>Around the world people are making conscious efforts to help our planet Earth, and the pet industry is no exception. From natural litters to toys, accessories and organic food options, Earth-friendly pet products are sprouting up everywhere.</em></p> <p>True enough, but what are the other pet care trends cited by the Association?</p> <p>Designer shampoos and fashion; hotel accommodation; electric toothbrushes and self-flushing litterboxes; automatic doors and touch-activated toys; toy gyms, spas and massagers; self-warming pet mats; not to mention faux mink coats, hipster lumberjack vests, designer plaid jackets, matching jewelled collar and leash sets…</p> <p>You can just picture advertisements for these products in the pages of the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.petairways.com/" target="_blank">Pet Airways</a></strong></span> in-flight magazine, being enjoyed en route from Beijing, Rio or Mumbai, “<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/PurinaOne/info" target="_blank">making the world a better place one pet at a time</a></strong></span>”.</p> <p>Do you agree?</p> <p><em>Written by Guy Pearse. Republished with permission of <a href="http://theconversation.com/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Conversation</span></strong></a>.</em><img width="1" height="1" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/9878/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation"/></p>

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