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Princess Beatrice in hospital

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p><span>Princess Beatrice was admitted into a London hospital over the weekend, according to reports, with at least one royal expert claiming a birth announcement is imminent.</span></p> <p>Robert Jobson, the leading British Royal commentator has tweeted: “Princess Beatrice, is reportedly in a London Hospital. Looks like the birth of the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild imminent.</p> <p>The last time Princess Betrice was seen publicly was at a garden party for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice of which she is patron. The organisation was marking its’s 10th anniversary at its Russell House Facility.</p> <p>The royal and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi announced they were expecting their first child together in June, a sibling for Edoardo’s son and Beatrice’s stepson Wolfie, aged five.</p> <p>The baby will be Queen Elizabeth’s 12th great-grandchild and the fourth royal baby born in 2021. Already, the royal amily have had the first child of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Feburary, son August. Followed by Zara and Mike Tindall’s third child who arrived in March, baby Lucas.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Megan Markle welcomed their second child on the 4th of June, Lilibet.</p> <p>Beatrice has been admitted to The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, where her sister gave birth to her first child. This was also the same hospital where Beatrice and Eugenie were born.</p> <p>Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married in July 2020, at their secret wedding which was only attended by a few family members including the Queen and Prince Phillip. They had been planning a large celebration however were forced to postpone and go ahead on a reduced scale due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>This will be a special time for sisters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, both becoming mothers in 2021.</p> <p>Princes Eugenie is staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, the former home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Proud grandparents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew have visited with the family and are looking forward to the birth of their second grandchild.</p> <p>This is despite Prince Andrew facing growing legal dramas surrounding the sexual assault case.</p>

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Prince Philip's last words to his son on the eve of his death

<p>Prince Charles has revealed the last conversation he had with his father, Prince Philip, the day before he died. </p> <p>A new documentary shows that the Prince of Wales called his father on April 8th 2021 to discuss plans for the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday in June. </p> <p>The Daily Mail reports that Prince Charles called his father at Windsor to chat about celebrating the centenary. </p> <p><span>Charles said, “We’re talking about your birthday.”</span></p> <p><span>He had to speak up a bit more loudly due to Philip's failing hearing, as Charles repeated, </span>“We’re talking about your birthday!"</p> <p>“And whether there’s going to be reception!”</p> <p>To which Philip replied, “Well, I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?”</p> <p>In what may have been their last ever conversation, Charles responded, “I knew you’d say that!”</p> <p>Philip died the following day, April 9th 2021, at aged 99. </p> <p>The final exchange between the father and son comes from a BBC documentary that will be broadcast around Britain next week. </p> <p><em>Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers</em> is set to feature other senior royals share their personal recollections of the late Duke of Edinburgh. </p> <p>The duke's other children, Andrew, Anne and Edward, will also share emotional stories of their father. </p> <p>Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall, says in remembrance, "It felt like the end of an era."</p> <p>“They’re a very difficult generation to live up to but I’m very proud and very pleased that I knew him.”</p> <p><span>Her husband Charles adds, “We were lucky to have him for nearly 100 years.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Woman spends over $700 a month feeding and CLOTHING rescue pigeons

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">23-year-old Lincolnshire, UK, resident Meggy Johnson rescued her beloved pigeons Sky and Moose when they were chicks (also known as squabs), and has given them a life few pigeons dare to dream of.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson found each pigeon after it had been abandoned, and hand-fed them with a tube around the clock for six weeks, caring for them until they became as tame as any other pet. She found Sky in September 2019, when a workman brought the chick to her pet supply store in a plastic bag. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 498.7593052109181px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844150/241734627_2854750591443745_4861876269133303799_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5cc821e4d2e2429d8cbb496825100aa9" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A gentleman came into my shop swinging a Tesco carrier bag around with Sky in and said ‘I’ve brought you a pigeon’,” Meggy told </span><a href="https://metro.co.uk/2021/09/13/woman-spends-4000-a-year-on-fashionista-pet-pigeons-15249463/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Metro.co.uk</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “It’s funny to look back now, and she’s nicknamed ‘Carrier Bag’ because of it. I said, ‘Be careful if you’ve got a baby pigeon in there!’ She was only two weeks old at the time and so small. She had to be hand-fed around round the clock like a mummy pigeon would do.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meanwhile, Moose came into her care in May of this year, when someone called to let her know a one-eyed baby bird had been born. “He was born with a gentleman in Middlesbrough who contacted me and I said, ‘Yes please, I’d love to rescue him and give him a chance.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844143/124102563_2639594969625976_2117161696564980499_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ecbead2fc5634c7c8e2fb7f8bfd464d7" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now both pigeons are fully grown, and completely spoiled. Johnson estimates that she spends as much as $755 a month on the birds, adding up to over $7500 a year. This includes typical pet supplies, plus extra creature comforts like teepees and teddies, as well as an extensive wardrobe of 17 outfits that cost around $50 each.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The outfits aren’t just a fashion statement – they’re also practical. “They do look super cool, but the outfits are also really practical because they catch their poo and help keep the house clean. You can also attach a little flight leash to take them into the garden for some fresh air – Sky likes to sit on my shoulder and sunbathe, and she’s never even attempted to fly off.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 374.9379652605459px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844144/148904057_2708219529430186_2290819989056113107_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ec524e9fc9804446a1633a117deed47e" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson also cares for two other birds – Clee the pigeon and Snowy the domesticated dove – but unlike Sky and Moose, who occupy a room in Johnson’s home, they live in her pet supply store. Both birds are disabled and cannot fly, so they wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson rescued Clee in April when a member of the public found him wedged between a wall of their home and their garage, and Snowy was added to the brood after being found in a hospital car park in October 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844147/200534816_2791671084418363_7725484971032862860_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/124a1c52ae2c471e9bb3f436faa96565" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wild pigeons usually only live for two years, but domesticated birds can live for up to 15 years, so Johnson expects her birds to live long and comfortable lives under her care. Johnson said that while some people have said rude things about the birds, most are surprised to see how friendly and smart they are. She hopes to change the negative attitudes people have towards pigeons, and help show people that they’re clever, sweet animals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some people say, ‘Ew pigeon’ and call them ‘flying rats’, which is something as a pigeon-lover that really upsets me, but most people are more open-minded. The bond that you can get with them is amazing – Clee comes running to his name and follows you like a dog. They make the best pets, they’re so funny. When you hand feed them they get so trusting. You can sit with them, and they’ll come and jump on you and sit on your shoulder.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re very special little birds.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Meggy Johnson/Facebook</span></p>

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‘Curt not caring' - Will and Kate’s birthday tribute for Harry

<p>Prince Harry turned 37 this week on September 15, but the birthday message his brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate, was about as succinct as it could possibly get.</p> <p>The message from Prince William and Kate – on their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Twitter and Instagram accounts read: ‘<em>Happy Birthday Prince Harry!</em>’</p> <p>The message was paired with a photo of the prince and a balloon emoji.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy Birthday Prince Harry! 🎈 <a href="https://t.co/Lw1nR9wNDl">pic.twitter.com/Lw1nR9wNDl</a></p> — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1438035372974514178?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Royal experts have been quick to label the birthday message as ‘curt’ rather than ‘caring,’ and pointed out it shows there are still tensions between the siblings which are yet to ease.</p> <p>Royal author Duncan Larcombe told <em>The Sun</em>, the Cambridges "curt" message "only serves as proof the ice between the brothers has still not thawed".</p> <p>"Short of ignoring the Duke of Sussex's 37th landmark completely, their social media post was the bare minimum from a couple who once welcomed Harry as their official Royal gooseberry," Larcombe explained.</p> <p>While Prince Harry celebrated his birthday in the US, with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children, Prince William and Kate Middleton sent the birthday message from their home in London in the UK.</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Lily Allen shares rare snaps of her daughters as flower girls

<p>Lily Allen has celebrated her first wedding anniversary with stranger things actor David Harbour.</p> <p>Marking this special occasion, the singer shared a video of the couple enjoying a romantic dinner, while also posting never before seen photos taken from their Las Vegas wedding.</p> <p>“1 year down with this guy. Happy Anniversary baby @dkharbour. I prefer my life with you in it. You can stay” Lily captioned the post with. Among these shared images were photos of Allen’s two daughters – Ethel and Marnie who were flower girls on the big day.</p> <p>In the sweet snap, the girls, who Lily Allen shares with ex-husband Sam Cooper, were dressed in cute matching pink ruffled dresses as they pink and orange roses.</p> <p>Allen wore a short blazer dress with a veil and the newlyweds then took Ethel and Marnie for a bite to eat at In-N-out burgers, which they then went on to eat in a car park.</p> <p>David Harbour wrote on Instagram “in a wedding officiated by the king himself, the people’s princess wed her devoted, low born, but kind credit card holder in a beautiful ceremony lit by the ashen skies courtesy of a burning state miles away in the midst of a global pandemic”. At the time he shared photos from the ceremony and car park reception.<br /><br />“Refreshments were served at a small reception following”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CE7KngMnprf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CE7KngMnprf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Harbour (@dkharbour)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The couple went public with their relationship in 2019 after they were seen catching a West End production of The Lehman Trilogy. A photo of the couple sharing a kiss followed in New York at Madison Square Garden later that year before they made their red-carpet debut at the SAG awards in LA in January 2020.</p>

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How to cope when you’re caring for your parents – and your kids

<p>Changing demographics and social norms in Australia have given rise to a new phenomenon known as the ‘sandwich generation.’ This term refers to those caught between caring for their own children and their ageing parents.</p> <p>This all began when people chose to start their families later. The fertility rate for women aged 35-39 has more than doubled over the last 30 years, while the rate for women aged 40-44 has tripled.</p> <p>At the same time, rising property prices and higher costs of living are enticing adult children to remain living at home for longer.</p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum, Australians are also living longer. The life expectancy of Australians currently stands at 82.5 years, up more than 10 years from the 1960 rate of 71 years.</p> <p>Those sandwiched between care of their own children and the care of their parents have been coined ‘the sandwich generation’.</p> <p>Compounding the pressure on many ‘sandwich’ families is the rising proportion of women in the workforce. Where women may previously have been at home and more available to fulfil caring roles, they are now, more often than not, occupied with their own busy jobs.</p> <p><strong>Getting help</strong></p> <p>Being caught in the sandwich generation can be emotionally and physically exhausting. What is the best way for carers to manage their competing priorities? After all, caregivers can only continue to provide good support it they look after themselves.</p> <p>Recruiting the right help is one of the best ways carers can relieve the pressures they are feeling.</p> <p>Kate Spurway founded her company - NurseWatch - with the ‘sandwich generation’ in mind, aiming to provide care for those with busy lives and heavily competing demands on their time.</p> <p>As a home care provider, NurseWatch is a little different from others companies in this area because Spurway has given the company a strong focus on wellness and prevention, as well as treatment.</p> <p>NurseWatch provides support not only for ageing parents, but also for the ‘sandwich’ carers themselves who are generally in their 50s or 60s and may have health concerns of their own.</p> <p>The staff at NurseWatch offer yoga, massage, health coaching and mindfulness, as well as wound care, post-hospital care, assistance with medical appointments, and medication assistance.</p> <p>Highly qualified and experienced carers work with clients to establish personalised environments and routines which are designed to preserve vitality and wellbeing, as well as restore good health.</p> <p>Spurway says it’s important for older people to remain active in their communities – by continuing to take part in activities they love, whether it be furniture making, ballet, or going on a holiday. She says the staff at NurseWatch can help facilitate these activities if the designated carer is running short of time.</p> <p>NurseWatch follows a ‘wellness, care, social’ model: creating wellness in a caring environment, while providing nurturing, social engagement.</p> <p><strong>Being present…</strong></p> <p>Caring isn’t easy, and for those with competing demands on their time, it’s almost impossible. Acknowledging this fact, accepting help is needed, and then putting the right systems and routines in place, will not only take care of the caring, it will help the ‘sandwiched’ carers regain balance – and ultimately help them to be more present for their loved ones who need them.</p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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How NOT to announce your pregnancy in 2021

<p>Former US reality star <span>Jedidiah "Jed" Duggar and wife Katey have faced backlash over their "</span>insensitive" pregnancy announcement.</p> <p>The 22-year-old and his wife broke the news that they are expecting their first child in an Instagram post that didn't exactly go to plan.</p> <p>The couple embraced each other in the photo, with Katey holding up a board that read, <span>"And then there were 3. Baby Duggar. Spring '22."</span></p> <p>Jed then captioned the post, <span>"She tested positive, but not for Covid. Baby Duggar Spring '22."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTc1z4dvshp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTc1z4dvshp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jedidiah 🤍 Katey Duggar (@jed_duggar)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The controversial captioned grabbed people's attention, with many slamming the message as "insensitive".</p> <p>TV personality Katie Joy condemned the couple, saying how inappropriate the message was given the current COVID-19 outbreak in their home state.</p> <p><span>"Arkansas is facing some of the worst with COVID right now due to low vaccination rates," Joy wrote. </span></p> <p><span>"656,000 Americans have died from COVID since the virus hit 18 months ago."</span></p> <p><span>Fans of the couple reacted in a similar way, with the post racking up over 1,000 comments. </span></p> <p><span>One user replied, "Having 2 family members pass from COVID, I find this very tasteless and insensitive."</span></p> <p><span>Another wrote, "I hate this. It's so tacky and distasteful. People are dying."</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843927/pregnancy_instagram.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a0f6ec83835e4109add0e80f13353efb" /></span></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @jed_duggar</em></p> <p><span>Despite the </span>controversial caption, many users congratulated the couple on their happy news.</p> <p>Jed and Katey also shared a video to YouTube where they filmed the reactions of their families finding out about the pregnancy.</p> <p><span>"Praise the Lord, they all know," Katey said in the video. "It's all so surreal. I'm super excited," Jed added.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram @jed_duggar</em></p>

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Prince Harry comes together with royal family in tribute to Prince Phillip

<p>Prince Harry will soon join with members of the British Royal Family, including brother Prince William, as a special tribute is paid to his late grandfather, Prince Phillip.</p> <p>The Duke of Edinburgh will forever be remembered by all of his children and grandchildren in a documentary that will air later this month. The BBC recently announced the release of<span> </span><em>Prince Phillip: The Royal Family Remembers</em>, revealing it was something that began as a tribute for the Duke’s 100th<br />birthday, but was reworked following his death in April.</p> <p>“More than a dozen members of the Royal Family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay historic tribute to the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh” a press release stated.</p> <p>All children of the Queen and Duke, along with their adult grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family, have agreed to take part in this unique portrait of the longest-serving consort in royal history.</p> <p>This landmark documentary features interviews filmed both before and after the Duke’s death in April. Producers were given special access to the Queen’s private home movie collection, which is sure to unearth some unique footage.</p> <p>Between the footage and the interview, it’s said the documentary will be “an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best”.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843910/new-project.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/51030a792e54409f928e261d7152e908" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>Prince Harry has made a number of TV appearances since his exit from life as a senior royal in March 2020, but none of those have been alongside other members of the Royal Family. His two Oprah appearances and his appearance in the mental health docu-series<span> </span><em>The Me You Can’t See –<span> </span></em>both covered his trials and tribulations with the royals and his perhaps worst memories in recent times.</p> <p>This TV appearance will more than likely have a more positive angle for the Duke of Sussex to reflect on. Prince Harry flew from the US to the UK to attend his grandfather’s funeral, marking this occasion as the first time he’d seen his family since the claims of racism within The Firm, among a number of other revelations.</p> <p>This new documentary isn’t the first time the family are paying tribute to their patriarch. Days after passing, the Queen and Prince Phillip’s four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – remembered their farther in a special that aired on the BBC.</p> <p><em>Prince Phillip: The Royal Family Remembers airs in the UK on September 22 at 9 pm (6 am September 23rd AEST).</em></p>

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"Grief hits us like tsunamis": Heartbreak for Richard E Grant

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Actor Richard E. Grant has shared how his heart is breaking following the death of Joan Washington, his wife of 35 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grant said he was overwhelmed by the support he received from fans, fellow actors, and loved ones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[We’re] overwhelmed by the messages of love, condolence &amp; support we have received from loved ones and strangers from all over the world and the appreciation from actors Joan taught over the years,” the </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Posh Nosh</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star wrote on Twitter.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Overwhelmed by the messages of love, condolence &amp; support we have received from loved ones &amp; strangers from all over the world &amp; the appreciation from actors Joan taught over the years. Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other without her 💔 <a href="https://t.co/VDhpFQwmrh">pic.twitter.com/VDhpFQwmrh</a></p> — Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardEGrant/status/1434221078696562691?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other without her.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grant announced his wife’s passing on Twitter on Friday, sharing a video of him dancing with her to a song by the Platters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“ONLY YOU! Joan - Love of my Life &amp; Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia,” he captioned the clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our hearts are broken with the loss of your life last night. 35 years married &amp; 38 together.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">🎵ONLY YOU!🎵Joan - Love of my Life &amp; Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia. Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night. 35 years married &amp; 38 together. To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine 💔💔💔💔💔💔 <a href="https://t.co/YcdVAVK1ja">pic.twitter.com/YcdVAVK1ja</a></p> — Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardEGrant/status/1433723682870997001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Washington worked as a voice and dialect coach with many Hollywood stars during her long career.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She worked with Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, and Vanessa Redgrace, as well as with actors on both </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Star Wars: The Phantom Menace</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Attack of the Clones</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hollywood stars have since shared their tributes to the leading dialect coach, including Chastain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My heart is broken,” she wrote on Twitter. “Joan Washington had such a profound impact on me, yes, as an artist, but mostly as a woman. Every day I was excited to go to work and giggle with Joan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was a barometer of truth with a wicked sense of humour. I loved her very much.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mad Max</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Favourite</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> actor Nicholas Hoult shared a message thanking Washington for her kindness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can never thank her enough for all her kindness, the lessons she taught me and the memories I’ll cherish,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Comic and actress Dawn French also paid tribute to Washington.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Joan Washington will ALWAYS be remembered by those of us who knew her and were taught by her, as a PHENOMENAL WOMAN. So much love to Richard E. Grant and all the family,” French said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Richard E. Grant / Instagram</span></em></p>

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"Deep sadness": Hugh Jackman's tragic news

<p>Hugh Jackman has announced his dad, Christopher, died on Father's Day and the Hollywood star has shared a powerful tribute to his father who "taught him everything" after his mother abandoned him as a child.</p> <p>The Australian actor, 56, shared the news on Instagram alongside an image of his father, saying: 'In the early hours of Father's Day (AU), my Dad peacefully passed away. And whilst there is deep sadness, I am filled with such gratitude and love. My Dad was<br />in a word, extraordinary. He devoted his life to his family, his work and his faith. I pray he is now at peace with God.’</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTelQMJrQSe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTelQMJrQSe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Christopher Jackman was a British-born, Cambridge-educated accountant, who was believed to have been around 84 years old.</p> <p>Christopher and his ex-wife - Hugh's mum - Grace, are both British and while Hugh was born in Australia, he is a British citizen, having said: “My parents are English and I have a British passport so I'm a British citizen.”</p> <p>Grace left Oz and returned to her native England in the late '70s, leaving her husband to raise Hugh alone and his siblings alone when Hugh was eight-years-old..</p> <p>Recalling his difficult childhood previously Hugh has said: ''It was traumatic. 'I thought she was probably going to come back. And then it sort of dragged on and on.”</p> <p>It wasn't until Hugh was '12 or 13' that it dawned on him his mother would never return. In 2012, Hugh broke down on <em>60 Minutes</em> when discussing his mother leaving his father, himself and his siblings. He said: “My father is my rock. It's where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what.”</p> <p>“It's always about the family,” he added of the values that his father has instilled in him. “Dad used to pray every night that mum would come back,” he added.</p> <p>Hugh once told an Australian magazine: “The thing I never felt - and I know this might sound strange - I never felt that my mum didn't love me.”</p> <p>The star told has said he felt traumatised and ashamed for years after his mother left but that he’s since come to realise over time that she was struggling with postnatal depression without a proper support system.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.36645962732916px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843797/hugh-jackman-mum-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e0061752e2164e4893c50b4574d967c1" /></p> <p>“At the time, it was difficult,” he said. “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.</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... Realising it wasn't going to happen was probably the toughest time to be honest.”</p> <p>Years later Hugh spoke to his mother about her decision to leave, and realised she had her own battles, which he wouldn't have been able to understand as a child.</p> <p>“I know she was struggling. She was in hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression,” he said.</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,” he added.</p> <p>Hugh explained that having children of his own with wife Deborra-Lee Furness - they share son Oscar, 21, and daughter Ava, 16, both adopted - gave him “another level of empathy and understanding” that allowed him to build bridges with his mother.</p> <p>Fortunately, Hugh and his mother reconciled years later, and are now frequently pictured together at the actor's ritzy events and in social media posts.</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.46853146853147px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843798/hugh-jackman-6-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9a19c66ec31a4b2093b1a14d676f0465" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Frequent heartfelt tributes to his father</strong></p> <p>Hugh frequently shared heartfelt tributes to his father on social media. For Father's Day 2018, the Oscar-nominated star shared a touching post on Instagram alongside a photo of the beaming pair. 'Happy Father's Day to the man who taught me to show respect for others,' he posted.</p> <p>'For education, for being led by your passions. Who taught me to never stop growing and learning.’</p> <p>Hugh added: 'To work hard and realize that preparation is the bedrock for success. And above all, to find purpose beyond oneself.'</p> <p>The well-known actor finished the post with a simple: 'I love you Dad!'</p> <p><strong>25th wedding anniversary of his own</strong></p> <p>The Broadway actor recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary to wife Deborra-Lee Furness.</p> <p>In April, Hugh shared photos from their 1996 wedding day alongside a heartfelt tribute.</p> <p>'Being married to you, Deb, is as natural as breathing. From nearly the moment we met... I knew our destiny was to be together,' he began.</p> <p>'In our 25 years - our love has only grown deeper. The fun, excitement and adventure more exhilarating; the learning even greater.’</p> <p>In an interview with NBC's <em>Today </em>show earlier this year, he called his wife the 'most optimistic person' in his life.</p> <p>“Deb is the lightest, most optimistic person I've ever met in my life. Like, if you ever want to play who's the happiest person in the room, Deb wins,” he said.</p> <p>The couple moved from Sydney to New York with their children in 2008, where they own an apartment in the West Village.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Bindi’s heartbreaking tribute to Steve Irwin

<p>Bindi Irwin took to Instagram over the weekend to share a heartfelt post for her late father Steve Irwin, marking the 15-year anniversary since the Aussie icon passed away.</p> <p>The tribute depicted a photo of her daughter Grace, expressing how she wishes “with all her heart” that her dad could “hug my beautiful girl”. It’s been 15 years since he passed away. I hold onto the thought that he’s her guardian angel now, watching over the most special part of my life, Grace Warrior.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTZVzkohH1s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTZVzkohH1s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The heart-warming tribute posted was accompanied with a throwback photo of young Bindi with her father.</p> <p>Steve Irwin passed away on the 4th of September, 2006 after an accident involving a stingray on the Great Barrier Reef, whilst he was filming a documentary. </p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s controversial request to Queen

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have an offer to the Queen that has left courtiers surprised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple have offered to fly in to see the Queen and introduce her to great-granddaughter Lillibet, if the monarch agrees to meet them in the coming weeks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Harry has also extended an “olive branch” to his family as he and Meghan plan Lillibet’s christening, with hopes to hold it at Windsor Castle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, senior staff are said to be stunned by the request, which has come months after the couple criticised the Royal Family in their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Harry and Meghan have made this offer but a lot of people are shocked by the sheer nerve of it,” a source said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They may genuinely want to see the Queen but it’s breathtaking given what they’ve put her through this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Her Majesty’s staff have not responded so far. In fact there has also been discussion about Christmas - and whether an invitation should be sent to Harry and Meghan, after they spurned one last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The source continued to say that the Queen still holds affection for Harry, and “would love to see Lillibet and her brother Archie”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But courtiers are surprised by the move, especially from Meghan, after what has happened.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following Harry’s solo return to the UK to unveil the statue of Princess Diana, insiders say he is not likely to return until his 37th birthday on September 15.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Queen Elizabeth is also bracing for Harry’s memoir, due to be released next year, and has reportedly ordered staff to be ready to refute any claims in the book, according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The family are concerned he will go into his feelings about Diana’s death, her treatment by the royals and how he initially felt about his father’s relationship with Camillia,” one source said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s why it’s all the more surprising that this offer for a meeting has been made now.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buckingham Palace declined to comment.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Son interrupts Zoom interview with X-rated carrot

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though many parents have experienced unexpected interruptions with working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, one New Zealand politician’s experience has taken the cake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carmel Sepuloni shared a clip from her live interview on Twitter of a moment that many can relate to.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the video, Ms Sepuloni is giving an interview for Radio Samoa when the door opens and her son appears, holding an unusually-shaped carrot in view of the camera.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hang on, my son is in the room,” she says, turning to see her son with the vegetable in hand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though she attempts to grab the carrot off him, he manages to hold onto it, and the moderator starts to laugh off camera.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The segment then cuts away, as Ms Sepuloni can be heard saying “Sorry!” off camera.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">That moment when you’re doing a LIVE interview via Zoom &amp; your son walks into the room shouting &amp; holding a deformed carrot shaped like a male body part. 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️ Yes, we were almost wrestling over a carrot on camera, and yes, I’m laughing about it now but wasn’t at the time! 🥴 <a href="https://t.co/oUbcpt8tSu">pic.twitter.com/oUbcpt8tSu</a></p> — Carmel Sepuloni (@CarmelSepuloni) <a href="https://twitter.com/CarmelSepuloni/status/1432178595112251401?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 30, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That moment when you’re doing a LIVE interview via Zoom &amp; your son walks into the room shouting &amp; holding a deformed carrot shaped like a male body part,” Ms Sepuloni captioned the clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes, we were almost wrestling over a carrot on camera, and yes, I’m laughing about it now but wasn’t at the time!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others were quick to share the sympathy and understanding for the mother and politician.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“OMG I’ve taken to jamming my door shut as no one reads the sign that says I’m in video calls,” one person wrote. “My worst was a giant teddy bear attacking me whilst I was on a work zoom.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">A big up’s to all our parents working from home and parenting at the same time — I see you! ❤️ <br /><br />*Note to self: I will never buy the odd shaped carrot pack again. 🙅🏽‍♀️🥕</p> — Carmel Sepuloni (@CarmelSepuloni) <a href="https://twitter.com/CarmelSepuloni/status/1432178774305509379?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 30, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Sepuloni followed up the tweet, writing: “A big up’s to all our parents working from home and parenting at the same time - I see you!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Note to self: I will never buy the odd shaped carrot pack again.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Radio Samoa</span></em></p>

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How to groom your dog at home

<p>Looking to save a little money by grooming your own dog at home? Here’s what you need to know before tackling this tricky task yourself.</p> <p><strong>How to groom your dog</strong></p> <p>Learning how to groom your dog isn’t just about making him look good. It also supports his overall health. But up with your pup’s grooming has been more challenging of late, due to coronavirus restrictions and led many of us to think about whether we can take it on ourselves (and save some money in the process). The good news is that you can groom your dog at home. As long as you have the right dog grooming supplies, such as gentle soaps, shampoos, and the best dog nail clippers, you can feel confident about taking matters into your own hands. Here’s what you need to know.</p> <p><strong>A little bit of at-home grooming goes a long way</strong></p> <p>Whether or not you take your pup to professional groomers, it’s important to regularly maintain at least some level of at-home grooming because it allows you to examine your pup for signs of problems you might otherwise miss. Good at-home grooming habits can make professional grooming easier for you, your dog, and your groomer, if and when you decide it’s time to return to the pet salon.</p> <p><strong>The secret benefit of grooming your dog</strong></p> <p>Regular grooming is a powerful tool in the battle against shedding, points out Matt Clayton, founder of Pet Hair Patrol, which is devoted to helping pet owners keep their homes clean. “Brushing, bathing and trimming will not only keep your pet’s coat healthy and looking good. It also helps remove the hair your dog has shed before it can make its way to the floor and your furniture,” Clayton says.</p> <p>So, here’s how to groom a dog –safely, swiftly, and right in the comfort of your own home.</p> <p><strong>Start with a ‘consultation’</strong></p> <p>Approach this the way professional groomers do, suggests Lisa MacQueen, former dog groomer. Begin by evaluating what your dog needs. Are his nails clicking on the floor when he walks? If so, a nail trim is in order. Is he pawing at his eyes? It could be time for a fringe trim.</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.6166883963494px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843727/dog-supplies-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/357668d7530d43d8b1e7373510fc241e" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Set up your supplies</strong></p> <p>Depending on what your dog’s grooming will consist of, you’ll want to assemble some or all of these supplies:</p> <p>Clean towels and washcloths.</p> <p>Cotton balls.</p> <p>Soap and shampoo specifically for dogs. MacQueen warns against using products meant for humans – or worse, for dishes – as these can be irritating to your dog’s skin.</p> <p>A washbasin, sink, tub, or even a baby pool.</p> <p>A breed-appropriate hairbrush. Long-haired dogs need pin brushes, which have long, round-ended stainless steel or chrome-plated pins, while short-, medium-, and some long-coated breeds need bristle brushes. There are also slicker brushes and curry combs for removing matted and dead hair, as well as smoothing the coat.</p> <p>Clippers or scissors specially designed for dogs.</p> <p>A dog-appropriate nail trimmer and styptic powder (which will stop the bleeding in case you make a mistake).</p> <p>Your dog’s favourite treats and toys.</p> <p>Wine or your favourite drink (for you, for when you’re finished).</p> <p><strong>Set the mood</strong></p> <p>Before you begin any grooming session with your doggo, take them on a nice, long walk to make sure they’ve done their business and feel all tuckered out. Plan to groom your dog in a contained area – for example, a bathroom, so that you can close the door. If your dog seems fearful, do your best to remain calm. Lavish love and treats on her, and try to keep the experience positive. If your dog seems particularly stressed out, that might mean giving up and trying again another day.</p> <p><strong>Doing your dog’s do</strong></p> <p>Regular brushing to remove loose hair will help to keep your pup’s coat – and your house – looking fresh. For longer, thicker hair, brush daily, advises MacQueen. For short hair, you can brush weekly. Not all dogs love getting their coats brushed, but no dog should cry or whimper during the process. So definitely be careful about combing through knots and mats.</p> <p>“Go slow,” suggests dog salon owner Cindy Kelly, because this is an opportunity not only to remove the dead fur but also to stimulate the oils in your dog’s skin. Brushing is a good place to start your grooming session, adds veterinarian Jennifer Freeman. This is especially true if you’re planning on giving a bath, and even more so for long-haired dogs prone to tangles. Tangled hair can mat, which can turn bathing into a less-than-fun experience for both you and your dog.</p> <p><strong>The dreaded bath</strong></p> <p>Some dogs love water. Others… not so much. If your dog seems anxious, give lots of praise and encouragement, in addition to treats and toys, suggests Dr Freeman. Also make sure that the bathing space is large enough for your dog and that the water temperature isn’t too hot or too cold. If your dog won’t tolerate a tub-type bath, try a “sponge bath,” using a soft cloth to gently apply water and shampoo. Whichever method you choose, be mindful of your dog’s eyes; both water and shampoo can sting. Also, as soon as you’re done shampooing your dog, thoroughly rinse off any leftover soap. Not doing so can lead to dermatitis or “hot spots,” which is what Dr Freeman calls moist and infected lesions on your pup’s skin.</p> <p>Although your dog will likely enthusiastically participate in the drying process with a series of full-body shake-offs, you should help him along. Towel him off, starting with his head, face, and ears and working your way down his body (feet last). Helping with the drying process is particularly important for dogs with heavier coats since damp spots in the undercoat can lead to those hot spots discussed above.</p> <p><strong>The kindest cut</strong></p> <p>Dog groomers tend to have diverging views when it comes to pet parents trimming their dog’s hair at home. Some believe that dog haircuts are best left to the professionals. Others think that you’re in the best position to decide if you’re capable of tackling an at-home trim for your canine companion. PetMD offers the following tips to do so safely.</p> <p>Use professional shears or dog clippers (ideally, with a No. 10 clipping blade).</p> <p>Use a professional-style grooming table, which can secure your dog during a haircut.</p> <p>Start with dry dog hair, not wet. (Do your trimming after you brush, wash and fully dry your pup.)</p> <p>Use only the tips of your shears to trim the feet, face and tail.</p> <p>When trimming the ears, keep your non-cutting hand on the edge of the ear to ensure that you only cut hair and not skin.</p> <p>If you’re dealing with a matted coat, use clippers, not scissors.</p> <p>Try to avoid shaving your dog at home, but if you must, start with a dry, clean dog. Using a blade that isn’t dull, start around your dog’s neck and work your way down. Take even more care around the thin skin, such as where the limbs meet the torso (which can catch on the spaces between blades) and near the nipples (a female dog can have as many as ten).</p> <p>And if you ever don’t feel comfortable, stop. There is no shame in deciding you’d be more comfortable if a professional tackled this task.</p> <p><strong>Eyes and ears</strong></p> <p>Using a moistened cotton ball (no soap), gently wipe your dog’s eye area to remove any debris or goo, MacQueen recommends. For the ears, use a warm, damp washcloth to wipe what you can see. Never use a Q-tip or other cotton swab to clean your dog’s ears: “The canal ear of a canine is longer/deeper than a human’s, but equally delicate, and improper techniques could lead to serious ear injuries and significant pain.” Some dogs need the hair plucked just inside the ear to keep air circulating. But you should only do this if your veterinarian discusses it with you first.</p> <p><em>Photos: Reader's Digest</em></p> <p><em>Written by Lauren Cahn</em></p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/how-to-groom-your-dog-at-home">Reader's Digest</a></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Weatherman's ruff day on the job

<p>Many people around the world have settled into a schedule of working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. </p> <p>However, things don't always run smoothly as one weatherman discovered during his latest live broadcast.</p> <p>Canadian <span>weatherman Anthony Farnell was presenting the day's weather forecast live on air when an unexpected visitor crashed the show. </span></p> <p><span>Anthony's Goldendoodle named "Storm the Weather Dog" wandered into his live report on Canada's Global News TV station and started searching for treats in front of the green screen. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>Despite Anthony's best efforts to get his pup off screen, Storm kept surveying the area looking for something to eat.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>the weatherman walked off screen in an attempt to lure Storm out of the live broadcast, but to no avail. </span></p> <p><span>Anthony eventually gave in and grabbed a snack for his demanding pooch before continuing with the weather forecast. </span></p> <p><span>Since working from home, Storm has become somewhat of a regular during Anthony's broadcasts, from barking loudly to crashing the scenes. </span></p> <p><span>The dog's most recent appearance has left viewers in stitches, with the video racking up over 200,000 views. </span></p> <p><span>"My new favourite WFH problem. I don't know why, it just gets funnier," wrote one person on Twitter, resharing the video.</span></p> <p><span>Storm has become an online sensation, with an Instagram account that boasts over 3,000 followers. </span></p> <p><span>Check out the hilarious video below.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yp6qeLTM3iU" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credit: Global News</em></p>

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Tributes to Diana pour out on anniversary of her death

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charles Spencer has memorialised his sister Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash 24 years ago, with a special gesture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earl Spencer lowered the flag to half-mast at the family’s home of Althorp, where the princess is buried.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Needing no words to describe the tribute, Earl Spencer shared the photo on his personal social media accounts, receiving a flood of supportive messages in return.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTO6chjs_yf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTO6chjs_yf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Charles Spencer (@charles.earl.spencer)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Althorp House’s official social media accounts, an image of Althorp Park, which surrounds the house, with an explanation of the tribute Earl Spencer made following Diana’s passing in 1997.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These trees are English oak, some which are over 200 years old. In 1998-1999 Earl Spencer arranged for a planting of a new avenue of oak trees in memory of his sister, Diana, Princess of Wales,” the caption explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There are 36 of these oaks, one for each year of her life.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTPBGz9IRV7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTPBGz9IRV7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Althorp House (@althorphouse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Darren McGrady, Diana’s former personal chef at Kensington Palace, also shared a tribute to the People’s Princess.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“24 years ago today. Gone too soon. Amazing Boss,” he wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of Diana dedicated to McGrady.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">24 years ago today. Gone too soon. Amazing Boss. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/princessdiana?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#princessdiana</a> <a href="https://t.co/GhuBx33eRn">pic.twitter.com/GhuBx33eRn</a></p> — Darren McGrady (@DarrenMcGrady) <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenMcGrady/status/1432514485328220162?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Transport for London workers who started the famous All On The Board initiative that writes poems and inspirational quotes at different underground stations, shared a poem in tribute to Diana.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">On this day 24 years ago the world lost Princess Diana and two boys lost their mother. <br />Forever loved and never forgotten. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrincessDiana?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PrincessDiana</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Diana?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Diana</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Diana24?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Diana24</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/allontheboard?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#allontheboard</a> <br /><br />Poem from ‘All On The Board’ book - <a href="https://t.co/sOrkgCWuNE">https://t.co/sOrkgCWuNE</a> <a href="https://t.co/K815N5UNS6">pic.twitter.com/K815N5UNS6</a></p> — All On The Board (@allontheboard) <a href="https://twitter.com/allontheboard/status/1432638896186200067?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On this day 24 years ago the world lost Princess Diana and two boys lost their mother. Forever loved and never forgotten,” they captioned a photo of the sign at a tube station.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The princess passed away on August 31, 1997, after her car crashed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in France.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Queen enjoys a week with the grandchildren at Balmoral

<p>The Queen has spent a very special week with Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children at Balmoral - a place which holds many fond memories for the Queen of all the times she visited with Prince Philip at her side.</p> <p>Over the week, the Queen and her extended family enjoyed fishing, riding horses and hiking according to a royal insider.</p> <p>Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all attended. It was a time for the Cambridges to spend some 'special time' with the monarch.</p> <p>It’s thought this special week at the Queen’s Scottish estate in Aberdeenshire over the Bank Holiday weekend would have 'lifted the monarch's spirits.'</p> <p>But at the same time, it would be ‘bittersweet’ for the Queen as it’s the first time she’ll be hosting a family gathering at Balmoral without Prince Philip.</p> <p><strong>First time the family has visited since Prince Philip’s death</strong></p> <p>Writing in <em>Vanity Fair</em>, Katie Nicholl revealed the occasion marked the first time the family had been able to come together for a trip since Prince Philip's death in April.</p> <p>Meanwhile another insider revealed the annual trip over the last week of August had become a tradition for the family, with the monarch reserving the Bank Holiday weekend for time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.</p> <p>They said: 'In the past it has turned into one big sleepover with lots of the Queen's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her Majesty enjoys it immensely.'</p> <p>The royal expert also reported the Queen has been known to leave gifts for her grandchildren on their beds during their stay at Balmoral.</p> <p>The monarch arrived at the Aberdeenshire estate in late July and typically remains until early October.</p> <p>It comes after a source claimed the Queen was 'itching for things to get back to normal' during her annual break and she hoped to host a BBQ for the royal family at the castle.</p> <p><strong>Fergie and Prince Andrew are coming as well</strong></p> <p>It was also revealed Fergie was invited to stay at the Queen's Scottish retreat this summer as well.</p> <p>‘Sarah Ferguson is coming,' the source said. 'She will be here with Andrew.' It's not clear whether Fergie and Andrew will be joined by their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.10047846889955px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843650/prince-philip-and-queen-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ea6723b72c024dc5904081bbe490f301" /></strong></p> <p><strong>No doubt this holiday will be bittersweet</strong></p> <p>The stay at Balmoral will no doubt be bittersweet for the Queen, who has many fond memories of her time spent at the estate with her late husband.</p> <p>While never truly off duty it was the closest the Queen and Prince Philip would come to a real holiday.</p> <p>There have been reports of raucous, drink-fuelled evenings and jovial house parties, and quiet days with old-fashioned parlour games by the fire.</p> <p>In April, the Queen released a very special photograph of herself and Prince Philip in the hills near Balmoral, giving us another special insight into how much they enjoyed their time at the estate.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Kate Middleton prepares for Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s return to school

<p><span>The Cambridge family have made the most of their summer holidays.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, are set to return back to school while their little brother, three-year-old Prince Louis will start his second year of nursing school.</span><br /><br /><span>While the three siblings along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been vacationing in the UK this year, it is reported the family opted for a trip to the Isles of Scilly during their summer break.</span><br /><br /><span>A royal insider told<em> OK! magazine</em> that Duchess Kate chooses to be a hands-on parent, and because of that, the family have had a highly organised, jam-packed summer.</span><br /><br /><span>"Because of who they are, William and Kate have had to be highly organised parents,” the source said.</span><br /><br /><span>“But as parents, Wills and Kate have developed this brilliant knack of letting as much as they can seem spontaneous and that’s how the children see it.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843571/george-charlotte-louis-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/72520a753d714687b08e3eeb4ef4cdb9" /><br /><br /><span>The insider added that Kate ensures her children are on their best behaviour while in public.</span><br /><br /><span>They said: “Table manners, thank you letters, little courtesies are being drilled into the children so they become automatic.</span><br /><br /><span>“If George has been naughty, and he has been on occasion, Kate and William are good at explaining to him the rights and wrongs of what’s happened”.</span><br /><br /><span>Both Charlotte and George go to Thomas’s Battersea, an exclusive primary school in London.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Louis will attend Willcocks Nursery School for another year, before he follows in his older siblings steps and graduates to Battersea.</span></p> <p><span><em>Images: Getty Images</em></span></p>

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Prince William and Kate Middleton contemplate a big move

<p>Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly "seriously considering" relocating their family to Windsor full time. </p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children <span>Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three, currently split their time between Norfolk and Kensington Palace in London. </span></p> <p><span>Their residence in Norfolk, known as Anmer Hall, was a wedding gift from the Queen and is located on the royal family's Sandringham Estate.</span></p> <p><span>The family are contemplating the move to Windsor to further support the Queen and have everyone in one place. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>The royal children attend school in London, and travelling back and forth to Norfolk has become </span>increasingly difficult. </p> <p><span>"Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn't really work any more," a royal insider said to the Mail on Sunday.</span></p> <p><span>"It's a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."</span></p> <p><span>Queen Elizabeth has spend the majority of the last two years at </span>Windsor Castle to allow for less staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Her Majesty has worked out of Buckingham Palace when needed, but hasn't stayed at the residence for a number of months. </p> <p><span>William and Kate are said to be exploring accommodation options in Windsor.</span></p> <p><span>Following the resignation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle form the monarchy, Prince Charles has been keen to streamline the family going forward, with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William leading the charge.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Princess Anne have all continued their duties for the monarchy and attended a number of events since the pandemic began in 2020.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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‘Creepy Mummy’ Jacinda Ardern doll proves a big hit

<p>In the face of a growing COVID outbreak, New Zealand residents were given a reason to laugh on Monday when they were shown a ‘creepy’ doll version of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.</p> <p>Ms Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford took to Instagram to share a video of the disturbing hand-made doll, sent to them by someone unknown.</p> <p>In the video, Gayford says the doll has become one of their three-year-old daughter, Neve’s favourite toys and she calls it ‘Creepy Mummy.”</p> <p>Aware that everyone in New Zealand is in a strict lockdown, Gayford says on the video: "Well Hi everyone, welcome to Monday. Who doesn't want a 30-second distraction to try and help get them through the start of the week?"</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTLNkXZhlZq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTLNkXZhlZq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarke Gayford (@clarkegayford)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"So, I give you this. We get given all sorts of wonderful hand-made arts and crafts here and when I say we — Neve," he continues, brushing the doll's hair with her facing away from the camera.</p> <p>"And there's some real talent in this country, some incredible talent, and she's a very lucky three-year-old.</p> <p>"Some of the things make their way into our home and into our three-year-old's heart," he said.</p> <p>"Including this wonderful dolly, which Neve has even given a name," he says, before dramatically revealing the doll's face.</p> <p>"She calls this dolly 'Creepy Mummy' and 'Creepy Mummy' would just like to say: 'Hang in there. You got this. Even though it's Monday.'"</p> <p>According to Gayford, the doll was sent to them without any details attached, but it's much loved by the smallest member of their family— despite the nickname.</p> <p>Fans loved the video, many agreeing it was the laugh they needed as New Zealand faces an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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