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Aussie town welcomes first baby in 15 years

<p dir="ltr">A remote Australian town has welcomed its first baby in 15 years with the father just making the delivery after trekking a crazy 280km. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jessie Harvey rushed to Richmond Hospital in outback Queensland about 3am on April 30 when she started experiencing contractions. </p> <p dir="ltr">There were no midwives or births at Richmond Hospital and the doctor who had checked Jessie fainted soon after telling her she was 8cm dilated.</p> <p dir="ltr">The hospital called for help from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and staff were relieved to have someone experienced on hand.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the only problem was Jessie’s partner Sam McGrath was 280km away working on a remote cattle station at East Creek, Woodstock when he received the surprising news. </p> <p dir="ltr">He immediately jumped into his ute and drove the hundreds of kilometres and shockingly made it in time for his son’s birth. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I had just taken a sip out of my coffee when I got the call. I grabbed my bag and chucked it on the ute then had to high-tail it into town,” he told Daily Mail Australia. </p> <p dir="ltr">RFDS doctor Shima Ghedia helped deliver baby Darby who was welcomed into the world with cheers after being the first baby born in 15 years in the remote town. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It was honestly amazing everyone was so stoked, so happy to see a child being born [at Richmond],” Sam said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was pretty well a cheering vibe, everyone was quite ecstatic.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Readers respond: Who is your favourite royal family member and why?

<p dir="ltr">OverSixty readers are avid fans of the royal family and we thought it was time to ask who your favourite royal family member is and why. </p> <p dir="ltr">Your responses didn’t disappoint and we can see why you appreciate the royal family.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here are some of your answers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elizabeth Ann Bailey - The Queen...very hard public life 24/7. Everybody is just waiting for her to make a mistake. She is an amazing lady.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jan Dower - Princess Anne, she quietly carries out her Royal duties without any fuss or fanfare. She is always dressed lovely, not as fashion conscious I guess as some of the other Royal ladies however it suits her.. She is loyal to her family, well spoken and she loves animals.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ariete Jardim - Prince Harry because he is more normal than all the others and he says what he feels without having to check if it’s allowed or not.</p> <p dir="ltr">Marilyn Spencer - Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles for his stance on conservation. Princess Anne, what you see is what you get. No pomp and ceremony just hard working Anne.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wilma Mumford - Apart from the Queen I’d say Prince Harry! Sick of people downgrading him as I bet their lives aren't perfect.</p> <p dir="ltr">Caroline Jay - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth…She has served her country for 70 years and I’m sure it hasn’t all been easy, regardless of her luxury lifestyle. My next favourites have to be William and Kate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Helen Joan Harmon - Princess Anne, the quiet achiever.</p> <p dir="ltr">Alec Anne Phillips - A tie between the Queen and Princess Anne. They both earn their money with their dedication and hard work over decades without causing scandals. Princess Anne's first marriage and remarriage was done without the dramas of her two brothers. </p> <p dir="ltr">Irene Hood - After all she's been through, the Queen is incredible. When most people her age are gone, or in aged care, she is active, intelligent and dedicated to the Commonwealth and having to put up with appalling behaviour from some of her family members. So, here's to the Queen, followed by Princess Anne, Sophie, William and Kate. </p> <p dir="ltr">Julie HoyPoy - Princess Anne and Camilla, both quietly hard working. </p> <p dir="ltr">If you would like to share your favourite royal family member click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtyNZ/posts/pfbid0KkTmZsVEQVKnxxtAWVcf9vMAqC52hRPYHBbcMmSwtpGAwRMjS7urhD4aWNexzTdzl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Emma Watkins fears due to debilitating condition

<p dir="ltr">Emma Watkins has opened about her greatest fears when it comes to starting a family due to a debilitating condition. </p> <p dir="ltr">The former Yellow Wiggle married partner Oliver Brian in a small afternoon garden party in the gorgeous Longmeadow Estate in the Victorian town of Tyrendarra earlier this month.</p> <p dir="ltr">She has since opened up about her fears of not being able to become a mum due to her endometriosis. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Speaking plainly, I just don’t know if I will be able to,” the 32-year-old told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/former-yellow-wiggle-emma-watkins-reveals-baby-battle-after-marriage/news-story/e66cf271152aa4a6f9480744ffa80cf4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“After stage four endo, I am pretty realistic in the fact I don’t know what my chances are. If it happens, that would be amazing, if it doesn’t, that is okay too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Endometriosis is a disease that affects more than 11 per cent of Australian women and girls where the tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. </p> <p dir="ltr">The debilitating condition which takes at least seven years to diagnose could also impact a woman's fertility. </p> <p dir="ltr">Check out Emma and Oliver’s wedding photos <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/emma-watkins-shares-gorgeous-wedding-snaps" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram </em></p>

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Meet the ute-driving pup bringing joy to the world

<p>The owners of a now-viral pup who was filmed behind the wheel of a work ute have been blown away by the fact that their innocent video has brought so much joy to people around the world.</p> <p>Lexi the Jack Russell was recorded steering the Zschech family ute around a paddock on their farm in south-western Victoria – and the global responses they have received have been overwhelming.</p> <p>"I've had messages from Finland, Canada, America, Great Britain," Cam Zschech, Lexi's owner, told A Current Affair.</p> <p>"It took off a bit more than I thought. I had all these people messaging me. I can't believe it. I still can't believe it really."</p> <p>Ian and Cam have a 1500-acre farm just outside Hamilton, Victoria, and they run grain crops and have about 2000 ewes.</p> <p>"I've been here (for) the long 21 years of my life. It's a place that I'll probably be forever," Cam said.</p> <p>"We got Lexi about 14 months ago. She was really quiet when we got her. We thought we had a good one, but she's turned out to be so much more than that."</p> <p>As it turned out, Lexi has become an internet sensation after her efforts behind the wheel.</p> <p>"I learned to drive with Dad in the passenger seat. We'd put it in low gear and we'd idle along and I would steer. I thought I'd try and teach Lexi," Cam said.</p> <p>The attention that their pooch has received has brought the father and son even closer together.</p> <p>"It's great," Ian said. "And here we are, near Hamilton. It's a beautiful part of the world."</p> <p>For those wondering just how accomplished Lexi is behind the wheel, don't overthink it. To efficiently feed all the sheep, Cam often leaves the ute in low gear and Lexi jumps on the back to distribute hay around the paddock.</p> <p>However, Lexi's latest role, where she sits up in the driver seat, is only to make people smile. She’s only ever left in the ute on their property, in a controlled environment, along a flat paddock.</p> <p>Cam and Ian said they are just out to give everyone a laugh.</p> <p><em>Image: A Current Affair </em></p>

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The Queen moved to tears in emotional Jubilee moment

<p>In an emotional display, Queen Elizabeth has been moved to tears at a Platinum Jubilee celebration. </p> <p>In the finale at Her Majesty's Official Platinum Jubilee Celebration <em>A Gallop Through History</em>, the Queen's granddaughter Lady Louise drove Prince Philip's carriage through the performance. </p> <p>The Queen, along with her companion for the night Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, were both seen wiping away tears at the heartwarming family display. </p> <p>Lady Louise shared her grandfather's love of carriage driving and following his death in 2021, he left her his carriage and two horses.</p> <p>Carriage driving was one of Prince Philip's favourite past-times, with the late royal often racing carriages near Norfolk and represented Britain at several world and European championships.</p> <p>At the age of 91 he had a carriage made to his specifications, using dark green materials, aluminium and steel. This is the beloved carriage he left to Lady Louise and that she drove during the celebration.</p> <p>Since her grandfather's death, Lady Louise has been seen driving the carriage in Windsor and participating in events including the British Indoor Carriage Driving Championships in April.</p> <p>The Commonwealth and the four nations of the United Kingdom were be celebrated, while there were military and equestrian displays from around the world including Azerbaijan, India, Oman, France, Norway, Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago.</p> <p>Over 500 horses and 1,000 performers took part in the event which will be broadcast on ITV in the UK and the Seven Network on May 20th in Australia.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Loyal to the end: touching detail surrounding Symonds' tragedy

<p dir="ltr">The cricket world is in mourning following the devastating death of legendary player Andrew Symonds. </p> <p dir="ltr">The 46-year-old died on Saturday night after his car veered off the road in a single vehicle accident near his home in Hervey Range, in the city of Townsville, Queensland. </p> <p dir="ltr">Two witnesses who were first on scene following the awful accident have given more insight into what happened – including the fact that Symonds' two very loyal Blue Heelers were also in the vehicle at the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him,” the unnamed witness told Courier Mail.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him. My partner tried to get (Symonds) out of the car, to put him on to his back.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was unconscious, not responsive and had no pulse.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Waylon Townson was another witness and told 9News that Symonds had no pulse when he tried to help. </p> <p dir="ltr">"He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out," he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn't get much response."</p> <p dir="ltr">Police continue to investigate the incident which has seen Symonds leave behind a wife and two kids. </p> <p dir="ltr">Symonds’ wife Laura has spoken out since his death saying the family is still in “shock” and described him as “the most laid-back person”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m just thinking of the two kids. He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids,” she said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was never good with his phone but he always had time for everyone."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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The old-fashioned baby names set to make a comeback

<p>Baby names, a lot like fashion trends, tend to go in an out of style. </p> <p>According to experts, names come in 100-year cycles, with names such as Albert and Joan predicted to become popular again. </p> <p>The Census conducted in 1921 has allowed historians to study its data of the most popular names for children under one at that time.</p> <p>They've also used analysis of current trends to predict which baby names are set to make a comeback 100 years later. </p> <p>The new findings come from family history company Findmypast, which also revealed that the Royal Family has had a long influence over baby names. </p> <p>Mary McKee, Head of Content Publishing Operations at Findmypast, said, "History always has a tendency to repeat itself and baby names are no exception."</p> <p>"All roads point to Joan, as parents are increasingly look to name their baby girls after strong female historical figures. And who better to take inspiration from than Joan of Arc."</p> <p>"When it comes to boys' names, these have a tendency of coming back into fashion but as their nickname equivalent - Frederick becomes Freddie, Archibald becomes Archie."</p> <p>"So there is every chance that Ronald could come back into circulation as Ronnie."</p> <p>Here are the top 10 girls names that are set to make a resurgence:</p> <p>- Joan</p> <p>- Mary</p> <p>- Margaret</p> <p>- Dorothy</p> <p>- Gladys</p> <p>- Irene</p> <p>- Iris</p> <p>- Elsie</p> <p>- Ada</p> <p>- Mabel</p> <p>And here are the top 10 boys names that are expected to make a comeback.</p> <p>- Ronald</p> <p>- Arthur</p> <p>- Robert</p> <p>- Albert</p> <p>- Freddie</p> <p>- Edward</p> <p>- Archie</p> <p>- Ernest</p> <p>- Isaac</p> <p>- Harris</p> <p>The royal family have always shown to have an influence, with the name Elizabeth increasing in popularity by 16 per cent in the Queen's birth year.</p> <p>Prince Harry's birth in 1984 made the name fashionable after a slump in the 1960s and 70s.</p> <p>The influences of the royals is expected to continue with the births of Duke and Duchess of Sussex's babies, Lillibet and Archie.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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“They were loved”: Prince William chokes up in memorial speech

<p dir="ltr">Prince William has shown his emotional side while unveiling a new memorial to the victims of the Manchester arena attack, choking up while sharing his own grief from losing his mother, Princess Diana.</p> <p dir="ltr">The royal unveiled the Glade of Light memorial on Tuesday to honour the 22 victims who died in the 2017 attack, per the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/prince-williams-tears-for-diana-during-manchester-attack-memorial-speech/3MI35LKHSTVBUAL7AHAMWST36M/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The white marble halo-shaped memorial features the names of the victims, as well as personalised memory capsules where their families can place mementos and messages.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For Catherine and I, it is very important that we are with you here, today,” William told the victims’ families who attended the unveiling, his hand placed on his chest.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d39ec276-7fff-f8d8-3be1-4f220b727f9a"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“To remember the twenty two lives so brutally taken. To acknowledge the hundreds of lives that were irrevocably changed and to pay tribute to the resilience of this great City.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There is comfort in remembering.</p> <p>In acknowledging that, while taken horribly soon, they lived. They changed our lives. They were loved, and they are loved.</p> <p>It is why memorials such as the Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be here today. <a href="https://t.co/e14xAUzWSt">pic.twitter.com/e14xAUzWSt</a></p> <p>— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1524072136708698112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 10, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">It was when the prince later spoke about his experience grieving for his mother at 15 when he appeared to choke up.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As someone who lives with his own grief, I also know that what often matters most to the bereaved is that those we have lost are not forgotten,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is comfort in remembering. In acknowledging that, while taken horribly soon, they lived. They changed our lives. They were loved, and they are loved. It is why memorials such as the Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be amongst you today.<br />“Catherine and I know that the atrocity’s impact will last a lifetime and beyond, and that the healing process is still ongoing. We want to assure all of you who are struggling that you are very much in our thoughts.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Both he and the Duchess of Cambridge then walked around the memorial garden, where Kate placed a bouquet of flowers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple then shared part of William’s speech on Twitter, along with several photos from the ceremony.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes nearly a year after William and Prince Harry <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/lifestyle/beauty-style/harry-and-william-s-brotherly-feud-set-aside-for-princess-diana-s-big-unveiling" target="_blank" rel="noopener">unveiled a bronze statue of Diana</a> on what would have been her 60th birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3bc77f-7fff-549a-8a18-adefefd67654"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @KensingtonRoyal (Twitter)</em></p>

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Cristiano Ronaldo's twin baby daughter's name revealed

<p>Cristiano Ronaldo's partner has revealed the name of their baby daughter. </p> <p>The name reveal comes just weeks after the soccer superstar and his parter Georgina Rodríguez announced that one of their twins, a baby boy, had died. </p> <p>Georgina posted a series of sweet photos of the pair's baby girl on Instagram on Saturday, writing, "Bella Esmeralda 💚 180422."</p> <p>The post has racked up over 5 million likes, as well as a flood of comments wishing the couple congratulations on the safe arrival of their baby girl.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdQcTPHMz1k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdQcTPHMz1k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The parents told the public of the devastating news of the <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/you-are-our-angel-ronaldo-s-baby-boy-dies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">loss of their son</a> on April 18th in an emotional Instagram post. </p> <p>"It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away," Ronaldo wrote.</p> <p>"It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel. Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.</p> <p>"We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support."</p> <p>"We are all devastated at this loss. and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time. Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p>

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Hugh Jackman shares touching Mother's Day tribute

<p>Hugh Jackman has shared a heart-warming tribute to his mum Grace in honour of Mother's Day. </p> <p>After mending his once-distant relationship with his mother, the actor posted a photo of the pair on Instagram with the caption, "Happy Mother's Day to my dear Mum… and to all of you who are celebrating today".</p> <p>Hugh is no stranger to sharing snaps of him with his mother online, following the pair's reconciliation after several years of estrangement. </p> <p>The actor has spoken openly in the past about the difficult relationship, telling Woman's Weekly in 2012 that Hugh was just eight years old when his British mother returned to England. </p> <p>She left him and his four siblings behind with their father, Christopher Jackman, in Sydney, and Hugh admitted it took him years to come to terms with it. </p> <p>"At the time, it was difficult. One of the main things I remember is that horrible feeling that people were talking about you and looking at you because it was odd for the mother to leave," he confessed.</p> <p>"For many years, I thought it was not going to be forever, so I clung on to that. Up until about the age of 12 or 13, I thought Mum and Dad would get back together. Finally realising it wasn't going to happen was probably the toughest time to be honest."</p> <p>Despite leaving so abruptly, Hugh said he "never felt that my mum didn't love me" and added that he'd "spoken about it at length with her since". </p> <p>"I know she was struggling. She was in hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression," he continued.</p> <p>"And then you add five kids into the mix and the fact she had emigrated from England and there wasn't a support network for her here, plus the fact that Dad was at work all day - and you realise that as parents we make mistakes."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p>

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“Misguided”: Schools replacing Mother’s Day in inclusivity bid ruffle feathers

<p dir="ltr">Attempts by schools to be more inclusive this Mother’s Day by celebrating “Parent’s” or “Family Day” has ruffled some parents’ feathers, with some critics arguing it was more about “eliminating mums” than involving diverse families.</p> <p dir="ltr">Montessori School - an inner Sydney school which covers preschool and primary - will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a “Parent’s and Carer’s” morning tea instead, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/fury-over-schools-banning-mothers-day/video/df83423e904e8752e42e2bb17b9f281d" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, Stanmore Kindy have switched to a “Parent’s Day” for “inclusive reasons”, with another “up-market” preschool in Sydney’s eastern suburbs also following suit.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to <em>The Telegraph</em>, the latter school sent a letter home to families last week to advise them that they had “decided to change the name of our annual Mother’s Day breakfast to a Family Day Breakfast”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This will allow all families to be included,” the letter read.</p> <p dir="ltr">On NSW’s Mid North Coast, Bellingen Public School has also followed the trend, with the local Parents and Citizens’ Association running a stall for “Mother’s and Parent’s Day” with the aim of making the wording as inclusive as possible.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are hoping to have some gifts on the stall that will also suit dads who are doing both jobs,” the organisers told parents.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So keep that in mind too when considering gift donation ideas.”</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after official advice for Mother’s and Father’s Day was issued by early childhood advocacy group Early Childhood Australia in April, offering a guide for including “diverse” families on both occasions.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We know Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are important days to celebrate, but they can be tricky for children from diverse families,” the advice read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present some challenges for families that don’t have a mum and dad.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The advice suggested that educators give children the option to make a gift for a “special adult” that isn’t necessarily their mum or dad to “avoid gender stereotypes in children’s crafts”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Steer away from cards with flowers for mum or ties for dad,” it added.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Women’s Forum Australia chief executive Rachael Wong told <em>The Telegraph</em> that “Parent’s Day” could be just as insensitive as “Mother’s Day”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Perhaps the change has been made in a bid to be sensitive to those whose mothers are no longer around for various reasons, but what about those who no longer have any parents?” she asked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wouldn’t Parent’s Day also be insensitive? Given attempts to abolish terms like ‘mother’, ‘women’ and other female-related terms from the public discourse, it is reasonable to suspect that this is yet another attempt to erase women in a misguided attempt to be ‘inclusive’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The mother of one child who missed out on a Mother’s Day event agreed, saying she thought the name change was “part of a wider trend of eliminating mums, which is upsetting”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s nonsensical because same-sex female couples can celebrate Mother’s Day and same-sex male couples can celebrate Father’s Day,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A sensitive approach for children who don’t have mums is to have a ‘Mother’s and Special Friends Day’.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c901077a-7fff-d3d6-ff60-3b6940d45252"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Princess Charlotte turns seven

<p>In celebration of Princess Charlotte's seventh birthday, three new photos of the young royal have been released. </p> <p>The charming photos, taken by Kate Middleton, were released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Charlotte's birthday, on May 2nd. </p> <p>In a statement, Prince William and Kate said they were "delighted to share" the new images of their daughter.</p> <p>The photographs were taken in Norfolk this weekend by the duchess, who has been taking official portraits of her children for their birthday for many years now.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdB9Oe3toeX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdB9Oe3toeX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In one of the photos, Princess Charlotte is seen cuddling with their pet dog Orla as she has a beaming smile on her face. </p> <p>The release of the images follows three new photos of Prince Louis, the youngest Cambridge, who celebrated his fourth birthday on April 23rd. </p> <p>Both Princess Charlotte and her older brother Prince George, 8, have been taking a more visible role of late, joining their parents at major events.</p> <p>It is rumoured that the royal children will play a starring role at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. </p> <p>They are likely to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour and could also take part in the carriage procession through the Mall, following in the footsteps of Prince William who took his first formal carriage ride aged four.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram </em></p>

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Lisa Curry opens up on Steve Irwin losing Australian of the Year award

<p dir="ltr">Former Olympian Lisa Curry’s new memoir has revealed how crocodile hunter Steve Irwin lost the title of Australian of the Year over a controversial photo, with the Aussie swimmer expressing her regret over a “shemozzle that should never have happened”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Curry was chair of the National Australia Day council in 2004,  when the decision to bestow the title on Irwin was overturned at the last minute and cricket star Steve Waugh received it instead.</p> <p dir="ltr">The switch came amid outcry over a photograph of Irwin holding his then-baby Robert while feeding a crocodile at the family-run Australia Zoo in early 2004.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite telling Irwin he would be the recipient of the award, the council made the call in the belief that he could nominate again in a few years’ time - with no-one imagining Irwin would be fatally stung just two years later.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to News Corp papers, Curry said she would have made a different decision if faced with it today, and that she would award Irwin the award posthumously if that were possible.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was such a shemozzle that should never have happened,” she said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Today, I would have just said, ‘No, we are going ahead with it’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Sometimes you do things to please people, to please the media or the public, and these days I’d go, ‘No. This is what we are doing. The person deserves it and it’s going to stand’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 59-year-old opened up about the controversy - and her life as an Olympian, motherhood and her relationships - in her memoir, <em>Lisa: 60 years of Love, Life &amp; Loss</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Amid never-before-told stories from her life and career Curry also wrote about the <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/lisa-curry-honours-late-daughter-with-touching-birthday-message" target="_blank" rel="noopener">death of her daughter</a>, Jaimi, and how she struggled with her grief in the years after.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for the Steve Irwin “shemozzle”, Curry wrote that despite him losing out on the award, she wants his family to know he will always be a “worthy recipient”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Steve was aware that he’d won because, in those days, it was my job to ring the recipients and let them know,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was so hard to make a decision to take away somebody’s award, which they’d won fair and square.</p> <p dir="ltr">“After speaking with Steve, it was agreed he would withdraw his nomination. He could renominate another year. Steve Waugh ended up winning it that year and he was a very good Australian of the Year for 2004. I don’t know whether he knew that Steve Irwin had been the first choice.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I want (Steve’s) family to know that he was, and always will be, a worthy recipient of that award.”</p> <p dir="ltr">To read the full <em>Saturday Telegraph</em> story, click <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/crocodile-hunter-steve-irwin-lost-his-australian-of-the-year-over-a-crocfeeding-controversy-lisa-curry-reveals/news-story/eef3272d3b47c6ebdc89ec6c02254ad3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ff8afc74-7fff-5c37-5746-cdec412c7583"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: @lisacurry (Instagram) / Getty Images</em></p>

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For the love of Greys – retiree volunteers and retired ex-racers

<p>It’s an unexpected match made in heaven, but retirees hoping to give their time to a good cause could find one in a four-legged friend looking for a home.</p> <p>With National Volunteer Week (16 – 22 May 2022) soon upon us, it’s timely to recognise all volunteers. But there’s a very special group of retirees who go the extra mile for Greyhounds.</p> <p>Contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds are big goofy sooks and will swamp you with adoration and love. They’ll also adopt a place on your couch or bed as a loyal pet. This is why many volunteers and foster carers not only adopt a grey or two, but also actively want to save them from greyhound racing.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, the RSPCA <a href="https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-are-the-animal-welfare-issues-with-greyhound-racing/#what-needs-to-change" target="_blank" rel="noopener">does not support greyhound racing</a> due to the many unresolved animal welfare concerns associated with the so-called sport. These concerns motivate rescue groups, as well as activists.</p> <p>CPG (the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds) is a dedicated group of volunteers across Australia who work together to inform the public about the cruelties of dog racing – <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CoalitionForTheProtectionOfGreyhounds" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FB</a>,<a href="http://www.greyhoundcoalition.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> </a><a href="http://www.greyhoundcoalition.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">web</a>,<a href="https://www.instagram.com/coalitionprotectgreyhounds/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> </a><a href="https://www.instagram.com/coalitionprotectgreyhounds/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Insta</a>,<a href="http://www.greyhoundcoalition.com/cpg-in-the-media" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> </a><a href="http://www.greyhoundcoalition.com/cpg-in-the-media" target="_blank" rel="noopener">media coverage</a></p> <p>Retired nurse Annie is one of CPG’s amazingly enthusiastic volunteers. She’s a media spokesperson for the group and is often busy doing radio and newspaper interviews. Her love affair with Greyhounds started long ago.</p> <p>“I saw an ad on Facebook by Gumtree Greys for foster carers, applied and was introduced to Holly. This beautiful black greyhound girl had been an Irish Champion and ‘Bitch of the year’ in 2012. She was bought by an Australian syndicate at two years old and kept to breed from,” said Annie.</p> <p>Holly whelped many litters until she was nine years old and had her last puppies by caesarean. When Annie took Holly to be desexed, the vet said she was a mess inside and had been sewn up with nylon non-dissolving sutures.</p> <p>“Holly taught me all about how gentle, quirky, dorky, loving and unintentionally hilarious greyhounds are, like the way their jaws quiver when they are happy. All of my future foster greyhounds learnt how to become great pets with guidance from gorgeous Holly,” said Annie.</p> <p>“I foster greyhounds because they deserve the chance of a good life as a dog and pet, not just a product or commodity. Greyhounds bring me so much joy. In return, I speak out for them because of what they suffer on Australia’s many racing tracks.”</p> <p>Annie says she’s appalled by the fact that in 2021, there were <a href="https://greyhoundcoalition.com/2021-australian-track-deaths-and-injuries/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">212 greyhound deaths</a> on Australian dog tracks and over 10,000 injuries, according to statistics from official stewards’ reports. Because of this, she volunteers for CPG and other greyhound-related voluntary bodies. She’s also a motorbike enthusiast and uses her motorbike riding to raise money for greyhound welfare.</p> <p>Alicia – one of CPG’s newest volunteers – is semi-retired. She works part-time in journalism and interior design, but adores Greyhounds. Her male black Greyhound, Fluffy, is now nearly seven years old and has been retired from racing for four years.</p> <p>“Fluffy is one of the lucky survivors from the greyhound racing tracks, as he only won one race and is loving his retired life on the couch! He’s a soppy sook despite his size and the name suits him down to the ground as he is not an Anubis or Nero by nature,” said Alicia.</p> <p>“My lovely boy is very nervous due to his past racing days. He’s frightened of loud noises such as cars or motorbikes, as well as thunder and lightning. He absolutely loves children and babies, as he instinctively knows they won’t harm him.”</p> <p>She says greyhounds are ideal companions for retirees as they are lazy couch potatoes, love cuddles, are very affectionate and generally don’t need more than one walk of 20 minutes a day.</p> <p>“I volunteer with CPG by writing content for publication. They really need more people who have at least five years’ experience writing news releases and placing them with media outlets. Greyhounds are innocents with no voice, so we speak up for them,” said Alicia.</p> <p>She said CPG’s <a href="https://greyhoundcoalition.com/5-key-demands/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">five-point plan</a> is aimed at reforming the racing industry. As well as increased penalties for mistreatment, the plan includes tracking each dog from birth to death so they don’t ‘disappear’, reduced breeding, sanctuaries and safer tracks.</p> <p>Fran, previously a lecturer in Environmental Science, is spokesperson and leader of the Tasmanian activist group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Let-Greyhounds-Run-Free-425546354301519/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Let Greyhounds Run Free</a> (LGRF), which formed as a result of the ABC's Four Corners program on live baiting and the subsequent Parliamentary Inquiry into the Tasmanian Greyhound Industry. LGRF has held several rallies against greyhound racing, and continues to lobby for the end of this cruel, archaic industry. </p> <p>Fran began her greyhound journey back in 2000 when she came across a Greyhound Adoption stall at a local event. She was instantly hooked after meeting a few of these four-legged beauties and adopted the timid and scared Miss Ruby. It was Ruby who introduced Fran to the dark life of a racing greyhound. </p> <p>Ruby was soon joined by regal Jena. Ruby was terrified, and Jena was injured and a severe epileptic - why we may never know, and it was then that Fran vowed she would do whatever she could to end greyhound racing.</p> <p>All these years later, having had the joy of six hounds and several more foster hounds, she now has the privilege of living with Paddy and Jennifer Jane.</p> <p>Paddy became well known in promotions for Let Greyhounds Run Free's rallies. He is also a champion at helping timid and shy foster greyhounds come back to life after their traumas, and adjust to life as it should be, in a safe and loving home. </p> <p>“I have stories about all the beauties who have blessed my life. They are the most gentle, loving, soul-filled, quirky beings and I'm so very grateful I met ‘Miss Ruby Two Shoes’ way back then in 2000” says Fran. </p> <p>Meanwhile, retired lawyer Jeff is also a tireless campaigner, volunteer and lover of greyhounds. He’s been a supporter of the worldwide campaign to end greyhound racing for the last 15 years or so.</p> <p>“When my pet greyhound died in 2015, I promised myself to continue fighting for the cause. That was the year when the live baiting scandal broke in Australia,” he said.</p> <p>“I followed the news reports and the inquiries closely. When an opportunity arose to become an admin at the new Facebook group ‘<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1376102522706650/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ban Greyhound Racing – Australia Wide</a>’, it was an ideal way to support the growing anti-racing campaign.”</p> <p>Jeff said the group’s focus has always been on activism.</p> <p>“There are many other social media outlets where people can share pictures of their rescued greyhounds and discuss their care, behaviour and feeding. On our page, we try to be a resource for current information about the Australian racing industry.”</p> <p>Those interested in adopting or fostering a goofy hound, should contact one of the groups listed <a href="https://greyhoundcoalition.com/links-to-greyhound-rescue-groups/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>, while anyone interested in volunteering with CPG, can find out more <a href="https://greyhoundcoalition.com/volunteering-with-cpg/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. For further information about greyhound welfare issues, see CPG’s hot topics listed <a href="https://greyhoundcoalition.com/media-resource/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 7.95pt; line-height: 12.6pt;"><em>Images: Supplied</em></p>

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Dad swears at teacher for overstepping the line

<p dir="ltr">A father snapped at a teacher after she insisted he invite all the students in her class to his son’s birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Taking to Reddit, the father asked if he took it too far by swearing at the teacher who kept pestering him to invite the 24 children instead of only nine to his son’s sixth birthday party. </p> <p dir="ltr">He said he explained to the teacher that he could not host 24 children and their parents and it was his choice to do whatever he wanted in his house.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I get a call from my son’s teacher and she tells me that she understands he is having a birthday party and that he invited a few of his friends from class, but not everyone,” the post begins. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I said yeah, there are a few kids in there that he has problems with and also I don't think we can really handle hosting 24 kids and their parents.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She then tells me that there is a rule that if any kids in the class are invited that all kids in the class are invited. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I told her it is an event off school hours on private property in my home. She can no more tell me what I do there and who I can and can't invite anymore than I can decide who is invited to her Thanksgiving dinner.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The teacher however kept insisting the rule was in place to stop kids from getting their feelings hurt to which the father then asked if he should invite the students from his son’s other classes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She then said ‘He is in my class. He is under my supervision. This is my rule’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I then told her that my son is only under her supervision while he is in class. I am the one throwing the party, and she doesn't get to make rules for my house or me. She then said if it involves her class, she does.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair went back and forth on the touchy subject before the father snapped and told her to go f**k herself. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I said, ‘Lady, it's pretty clear that you're too used to bossing around kids who have to listen to you and that you don't seem to understand that your little fiefdom ends at the end of the school day and doesn't go further than schoolhouse gates. I am not a 6 year old in your class. I'm a 38 year old union electrician planning a private event in my own home, off school hours. If you think you're the one to make the rules for me, in my home on which I pay the mortgage on, you can go f**k yourself and there isn't a goddamn thing you can do about it. She then kind of stammered and I ended the call.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The husband said that his wife agreed that the teacher had no business telling them who to invite to their home but that he may have taken it a step too far for swearing at her. </p> <p dir="ltr">He did confess that he wished that he didn’t swear at the teacher but stood firm on his decision that the teacher had no right to do what she did. </p> <p dir="ltr">Reddit users sided with the father who said the teacher overstepped the mark by getting involved in a matter that did not involve her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The gall of this woman is laughable and her thought process simply defies logic,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She was out of line for calling you in the first place, and then had the audacity to double down and insist that literally anything that involves students in her class is her business. Out-freaking-rageous! Tell the principal, and if you aren't satisfied with that result, call up the superintendent's office,” another comment read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This teacher got out of her lane and you forced her a** back into it. Exactly what you should have done. NO ONE gets to tell you who to have at your own damn house. Frankly I would be talking to her supervisor as well. That is not ok, and she has OBVIOUSLY gotten away with this before,” someone else wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Unless she's paying for the party she has ZERO say,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Queen’s great grandchildren playing outside Windsor Castle

<p dir="ltr">An adorable video showing the Queen’s great grandchildren playing outside Windsor Castle has been shared online.</p> <p dir="ltr">The footage shared to Twitter shows the children in a horse drawn carriage outside the castle with photographers nearby.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is unclear which of the Queen’s 12 great grandchildren are there; it is evident that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Princess Eugenie’s son August are there.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nearby, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank can be seen looking on and helping the kids get into place.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So excited!!! The Queen's great grandchildren at Windsor Castle!!! For sure we will have a new portrait for Platinum Jubilee 😍🫶🏻 This will be awesome 🥹 <a href="https://t.co/oGDnXkVdH6">pic.twitter.com/oGDnXkVdH6</a></p> <p>— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@NewsCambridges) <a href="https://twitter.com/NewsCambridges/status/1519640706150965248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">It is rumoured that the photographers are helping piece together the new portrait for Platinum Jubilee in June or Trooping the Colour. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is being celebrated to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession February 6, 1952.</p> <p dir="ltr">The four day UK bank holiday weekend runs from June 2 to June 5 and will include celebrations, public events and community activities.</p> <p dir="ltr">A reflection of the Queen’s 70 years’ reign will be shared as well.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Mother goes viral for making her hair "look cute" while in labour

<p>While there are many things that race through a woman's mind when she is in labour, not everyone is too concerned with how they look. </p> <p>Secora Hawks, however, had her mind on other things. </p> <p>The US woman shared a video diary online to document the birth of her daughter Olive, posting her experience in hospital to TikTok.</p> <p>As the woman navigated her contractions, she decided to make herself "presentable" for the birth. </p> <p>"I just took a shower so I can re-braid my hair," she says in the clip.</p> <p>"I am just trying to do my hair quickly before the pain starts again."</p> <div class="embed" style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: none !important;"><iframe class="embedly-embed" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; width: 610px; max-width: 100%; outline: none !important;" title="tiktok embed" src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tiktok.com%2Fembed%2Fv2%2F7079483270496308526&amp;display_name=tiktok&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tiktok.com%2F%40secora%2Fvideo%2F7079483270496308526&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fp19-sign.tiktokcdn-us.com%2Ftos-useast5-p-0068-tx%2Fbfd3fa845fe8431bad95fd1287b7ac0d_1648320648%7Etplv-tiktok-play.jpeg%3Fx-expires%3D1651802400%26x-signature%3DyrlhpIbSZJfuyZmU%252BYRtkYMSmFQ%253D&amp;key=59e3ae3acaa649a5a98672932445e203&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=tiktok" width="340" height="700" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div class="embed" style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: none !important;">In the video, which has now been viewed over 12 millions times, she tries to explain to her online followers the pain she is feeling while waiting at home to get the go ahead from the midwives to come in for delivery.</p> <p>At one point her pain is so bad that she has to take a break from doing her hair. "Babe I can't braid my hair. It looks so bad," she yells over to her partner.</p> <p>"Really doubted I was going to do my hair while in labour but I was committed," she captioned the post.</p> <p>Followers were stunned that the mum had the energy to be able to get herself ready for the trip to the hospital, as she said it was "Definitely the worst pain in my life".</p> <p>Other mums shared their stories of pushing through the pain to enjoy one last moment before birth. "I was in labour on thanksgiving and didn't want to miss dinner so I dealt with labour pains until I finished eating and then went," one recalled.</p> <p>Secora updated her followers that the video of her doing her hair was recorded at 10pm, and she ended up giving birth to her daughter Olive just hours later at 3am the next morning.</p> <p><em>Image credits: TikTok</em></p> </div>

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"Australian GeoGRAPHIC!": Hilarious echidna pic breaks the internet

<p dir="ltr">A hilarious yet graphic photo of an echidna’s penis has shocked the internet after randomly popping up in their news feed.</p> <p dir="ltr">The photo was uploaded by Australian Geographic asking readers if they had ever seen an echidna’s penis before. </p> <p dir="ltr">The photo in question shows a four-tipped penis with scientists looking into why the mammal’s reproductive system is the way it is. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Have you ever seen an echidna’s penis?” the post read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You’ve probably asked your friends this in jest, but scientists are working away at unlocking the mystery of the bizarre, four-tipped reproductive system. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Labelled one of the ‘weirdest penises of the animal kingdom’, it's bright red and has four heads.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Now there's a dinner conversation starter…”</p> <p dir="ltr">The internet’s reaction was lighthearted, with many in the comment section leaving funny remarks. </p> <p><iframe style="overflow: hidden; border: initial none initial;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fausgeo%2Fposts%2F10158869200833339&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="780" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">“Such prickly little buggers obviously they need all the help they can get,” someone joked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Australian GeoGRAPHIC,” the best comment read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I'm guessing it's for Russian roulette impregnation,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I cannot unsee this. Scarred for life,” someone else joked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wears condoms. They fit like a glove,” another comment read. </p> <p dir="ltr">“If I were a female echidna, I’d shuffle away as fast as I could from this thing and if I couldn’t out shuffle it, I’d bury myself as quickly as possible,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the funny comments, Australian Geographic linked back to a <a href="https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2021/05/echidna-penises-why-theyre-so-weird/?fbclid=IwAR3kQEzjVHQDodmTLm7FbqgH7ixIxcm8V0UFNzIHx9xgXofvsqkJaCc2tHI" target="_blank" rel="noopener">research article</a> about why echidna penises are weird.</p> <p dir="ltr">”We’re not really sure why it looks so weird but we do know that they only use their penis for mating, not urine,” reproductive biologist Jane Fenelon said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Because they don’t need it for urine, they had the freedom to make it much more elaborate and this is something you see in other species that only use it for mating.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Australian Geographic</em></p>

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Unseen video of Princess Diana with "sulky" Prince William unearthed

<p>Royal fans have gone wild over a new unearthed clip which shows Princess Diana telling a "sulky" four-year-old Prince William that "Harry will have all the fun" as she tries to coax him out of a hiding place. </p> <p>The archival footage has been widely shared on shared on TikTok, and shows the late Princess of Wales playing with her children in the gardens of Highgrove House, Prince Charles' home in Gloucester in 1986.</p> <p>But when a young Prince William refuses to come inside after going on the swings with his younger brother, and hides behind some greenery, Diana is quick to tease, "Alright! Harry will have all the fun then."</p> <p>Holding a two-year-old Harry in her arms, Diana walks away from little William, adding "No, it's alright" as he starts to protest "No!".</p> <p>Eventually the family are all seen walking towards their home - and one fan commenting on the hilarious moment said, "Normal mum with normal kids. Gosh I miss her."</p> <p>Another person commented, saying "And it's as easy as that! Princess Diana was such a beautiful example. I miss seeing her!"</p> <p>A third added, "Oh that was great to hear her voice, she was so beautiful and such a heart she had."</p> <p>A fourth delighted viewer wrote on the social media platform, "I can watch this over and over again."</p> <p>You can check out the video <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@1ladyydianawales/video/7081946231685008642?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1&amp;q=%401ladyydianawales&amp;t=1651026834271" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Image credits: TikTok @1ladyydianawales</em></p>

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