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8/31/2014: INSIDER: JONATHAN ADLER AT COCO REPUBLIC


COCO REPUBLIC, ALEXANDRIA A STYLISH crowd found its way to Coco Republic’s Alexandria flagship store on Tuesday night for the Jonathan Adler Sydney launch. Sydney’s top designers, developers, editors, stylists and interiors enthusiasts were among the...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: GUCCI BASEL TIMEPIECES COLLECTION


WATSONS BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL, WATSONS BAY AN elegant dinner was the perfect setting for Gucci to unveil its latest timepiece and jewellery collection. The 45 guests were fed in the Sunset Room at Sydney’s Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel as the retailer...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: JOHN WALKER & SONS DIAMOND JUBILEE WHISKY LAUNCH


CONCERT HALL FOYER, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IT was billed as an exclusive global first event. And what a first! Johnnie Walker unveiled one of only 60 bottles in the world of its extremely rare Diamond Jubliee whisky on Thursday night. And the $200,000...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: FROM THE GROUND UP CHARITY LAUNCH


DISTRICT 01, SURRY HILLS IT was a miserable Thursday night, however District 01 in Surry Hills still managed to lure an impressive and very cool crowd to its Randle Lane space for the launch of James Noakes’ charity initiative, From the Ground...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: GLASSHOUSE FRAGRANCES CHRISTMAS COLLECTION


STONELEIGH, DARLINGHURST A PRIVATE residence in Darlinghurst was transformed into a Christmas-themed New York-style soiree on Wednesday night for Glasshouse Fragrances. Almost 50 guests were treated to mulled wine — the perfect treat on a wintry...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: STU AND RACHEL PULL UP STUMPS BUT STAY FRIENDS


After 14 years of marriage, former cricketer Stuart MacGill and actress Rachel Friend have called it quits. Confidential can reveal the much-loved pair, who met in 1999 when the onetime Neighbours star turned-journalist was doing a story on MacGill...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Life after Sass & Bide is about kicking back


AFTER spending 15 years building one of Australia’s most successful fashion labels, founders Heidi Middleton and Sarah Jane Clarke are clearly embracing the new chapter of their lives. The friends, who in July announced they were ending their...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Stylish newlyweds are toast of the town


SYDNEY will be lucky enough to host fashionista Olivia Palermo tomorrow. The 28- year- old will attend Magnum’s 25th birthday party tomorrow night at Catalina, Rose Bay. Model and entrepreneur Palermo, who is in town with new hubby Johannes Huebl,...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Anna’s web of love


ANNA Heinrich truly is making the most of her newly found “celeb” status since appearing on The Bachelor. The criminal lawyer is set to launch her own website under the title of Love Always Anna Heinrich. The promotional picture of the web page shows...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Secrets of a tuckshop mum


Seven’s Sunday Night has been promoting an exclusive story set to air tonight on a “prominent” local media personality who will divulge her secret double life as a high-class escort, and Confidential can now reveal who she is. Amanda Goff. The...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Footy WAGs race in


GERMAN soccer WAGs Ann Kathrin Brommel and Montana Yorke have been confirmed as guests for the Spring Racing Carnival. The ladies will attend the Germanthemed Emirates marquee during Melbourne Cup week. They became known around the world after...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Giuliana shares tips from the red carpet

HOLLYWOOD red carpet expert Giuliana Rancic is returning to Australia. The chief reporter for E! News will host a public fashion event at Westfield Parramatta on September 23. Rancic — who turned 40 this month — will share some of her fashion tips...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Warney says Emily is just ‘fantastic’

SPIN king Shane Warne has opened up about his romance with glamorous DJ and model Emily Scott. Warne has described the relationship as “fantastic, easy and chilled”. “It’s all going good, she’s been fantastic,’’ he told Confidential. “It was a big...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Stage is set for these young players to rule as theatre Kings


AT a recent masterclass conducted by renowned US acting coach Larry Moss, 23-year-old David Harrison was so blown away by the work of some of his fellow students he decided to invite them to form a theatre company with him. The result is a new...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: For gods’ sake — 200 Aztec treasures to die for


WHEN the Australian Museum surveyed visitors on what they knew about the Aztecs, they found what interested people the most was the ritual of human sacrifice. “It was probably the only thing they knew much about,” exhibitions project co-odinator Fran...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Farce needs far more magic


Woody Allen’s strict policy of delivering a film a year was a marvellous thing back in the ’80s when he was incapable of putting a foot wrong. These days, he’s sticking to the schedule when often he should be lavishing extra time on his...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Kiwis tap into a fresh vein of vampire humour


HOUSEMATES can be frustrating when they refuse to do the dishes, and even more so when they leave bloodstains all over your furniture or bring home unwanted werewolves. These are some of domestic situations explored in What We Do In The Shadows, a...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Aussie crime mystery is real arresting tale


IN addition to being one of our best screen actors, Joel Edgerton writes a pretty good screenplay. The Square (2008), directed by his brother Nash, was an underrated suburban noir about a man tempted into a maelstrom of crime by his lover. Edgerton...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Brilliant drama proves a must-see for parents


WATCHING a child grow up before your eyes is something that usually only the parents experience. In Richard Linklater’s wonderful cinematic experiment, Boyhood, we get to see Texan kid Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow from age seven to 18. From scene to...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: People love to watch him like a Hawke


Ethan Hawke is an actor’s actor. With one of the most recognisable faces on the big screen and a body of work as impressive as his physical presence, he gives an instant weight to a project. Lately, plenty have gained instant credibility from Hawke....

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Lost the plot My Top 10 TV clichés


1WIVES ARE ALWAYS BRUNETTES Your generic TV wife will have shoulder-length wavy brown hair and wear smart jeans with a pastel top, changing into a floral dress for special occasions. This also applies to TV commercials. Wifey doesn’t need to have any...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Help, my kids think I’m old, decaying and about to die


THE Grim Reaper is hovering behind me, stretching out its bony hand. At least, that is the fear of the kids after discovering their father and I had reached the ancient age bracket of the 40 pluses. Clearly we are now more dead than alive and liable...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Church needs to beg for our forgiveness


Some stories never leave you. They settle in your bones and you revisit them, year after year, as if time might bring fresh insight or healing. Such is the case with B’s story. I was lying on her bedroom floor when she told me, feet propped on her...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: How Meghan’s made a real arse of herself


OH Meghan Trainor I know you’re the new poster girl (left) for body acceptance but there is so much wrong with your No.1 song I Don’t Know Where To Start. Loving the pastel-toned video and cute hip-shimmy beat, and good on you for calling out...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Why can’t all women be like Sam Armytage?


FOR the love of some decent television can we please get Sam Armytage on The Bachelor? I know it’d be a mash up of different networks but goodness knows the show needs a girl with some gumption. Roped into watching it by one of my daughters —...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: I’m not taking the piss, it’s good to wee in sea

AMID all the joyous news about Sonia Kruger’s baby you may have missed the other exciting announcement this week — that it’s officially OK to pee in the sea. Who among us hasn’t pretended we needed to “cool off” only to stand waist deep in the waves...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Head to the CBD if you want to be a fashion VIP


We’re hosting Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in Sydney on Thursday and I have ice buckets for my sore feet at the ready. The Vogue staff walk from one end of the CBD to the other hosting events and visiting some of the amazing parties the retailers will be...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Ella Bache gets Ellery treatment


FASHION designer Kym Ellery has every reason to be in high spirits. With an Ella Bache uniform launch, film premiere in Paddington tomorrow and fashion parade in Paris next month, there’s plenty to be excited about. In seven years her eponymous label...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Designer dad has inside view on Father’s Day gifts


HE is arguably the best-clad dad in Cronulla, so Marcs head menswear designer Adam Johnston is well placed to share his shopping tips for Father’s Day next weekend. With five small children (pictured with Peggy, Dolly and Betty) time is in in short...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: SIZZLING SWIMWEAR


SPEEDO has gone off-brand, casting a playboy model in its latest campaign. LA-based Gold Coast model, Lisa Seiffert (right) was photographed by Aquabumps photographer, Eugene Tan. While the brand won’t comment on the model’s portfolio, Seiffert looks...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: BLOGGERS PARADE

THE Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney will release tickets tomorrow morning for its Fashion Bloggers parade. Starting from $50, the September 25 show will highlight spring trends from the Style Network’s talent including Sara Donaldson and...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: LOOK OF THE WEEK EMMA STONE


EVERY time Stone graces a red carpet I love her just a little bit more. The Valentino gown she wore to Wednesday’s Venice Film Festival opening ceremony was a st unning choice and complemented her strawberry- bl onde hair and pale skin.

8/31/2014: INSIDER: WHO WORE IT BEST


It was a huge week for red carpet events and, from Los Angeles to Italy, it was all about the strapless red dress. ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO THE model should have switched her heels for a neutral or red pair — the black competed with the rest of her look...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: GIGI HADID

THE in-demand model’s playful ensemble was a cute choice for an event celebrating Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Bruce Weber shoot on Thursday night in New York. Neutral pumps lengthened the 19-year-old’s already long legs and the white lace worked with...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: JENNIFER ANISTON

MOST people were focusing on the actor’s belly at Wednesday’s Life of Crime premiere in Los Angeles, with an obvious bump sparking talk she was pregnant. But the 45-year-old’s sexy metallic frock deserved at least a little recognition, even if it was...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: MEGAN FOX

THE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star wore a Jonathan Saunders printed dress to the film’s South Korea premiere in Seoul on Wednesday. I wish Fox had taken cues from the designer’s resort 2015 runway show, which featured the gorgeous dress without a...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: ROSE McGOWAN

THIS neo-punk look did the actor no favours at The Wrap’s Shortlist Film Festival in Los Angeles on Thursday. I’m not a big fan of her hospital identification band bracelet but perhaps it was part of the theme she was going for. The boots, leather...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: GET TO THE Hart OF THE MATTER


It has taken 10 years but Jess Hart has finally put herself in the driver’s seat. The Australian beauty, best known for her pale, crystal-green eyes and infamous tooth gap, has spent the first two decades of her life singing to the tune of others. Now,...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Mimi stands tall, proving models don’t have to be


When Mimi Elashiry walks for David Jones at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out on Thursday, it won’t be so much of a twirl on the runway as a victory march. She’ll be making a stand for height-challenged models everywhere. Kate Moss, Devon Aoki, Dayle Haddon,...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Catalina prepares for knees- up


FEW A-listers have survived at the top of the lists for as long as one of Sydney’s most fashionable restaurants, Catalina at Rose Bay, which celebrates its 20th birthday on Wednesday. During that time there has been a revolution in food towards...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: GUESS WHO DON’T SUE

WHICH politician’s son is getting noticed in the CBD for all the wrong reasons? He either makes a habit of taking a long lunch daily or has little tolerance for alcohol. Which woman left a message for a high-powered corporate executive but should quite...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: MODELCO NATURAL SKINCARE LAUNCH


CAFE SYDNEY, CIRCULAR QUAY SYDNEY’S glamazons flocked to Cafe Sydney on Tuesday morning to check out ModelCo’ ambassador, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley launch the natural Skincare Collection with ModelCo’s founder and CEO, Shelley Barrett. In attendance...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: WOLF BLASS 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION


ON SEVEN AT DAVID JONES, CBD WHAT better way to enjoy a five-course meal with matching wines than with the legendary Wolfgang Blass himself. Blass, or “Wolfie” as he is known to those close to him, was the star guest at this Sydney soiree and he...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: JESS STASOLLA, 25, AND PASQUALE ZINNATO, 32


Dress A long-sleeved mermaid-style gown with beaded lace, long train with tulle overlay custom made by Jojo at De Lanquez Bridal, Leichhardt Honeymoon Italy and France for four weeks JESS and Pasquale have been part of each other’s lives for close to...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Call Justine for more than roses


IF you’re after a florist, event creator or stylist for your wedding, the folk at Justine Rose pride themselves on how happy they make each and every couple on the big day. On weekends they can be found at weddings installing living artworks and...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: The perfect big-day getaway


FOR a truly unique wedding experience, Paperbark Camp would love to host your wedding ceremony, reception and even accommodate up to 28 friends and family. Nestled by the pristine waters and white sandy beaches of Jer vis Bay, the luxury camping site...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Something stunning for all


FOR inspiring collections of glamorous bridal wear, look no further than Roz la Kelin. As a bridal designer, she is committed to creating a dress to suit your body shape and make you feel special on your big day. From diamonds to pearls for your...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Why Greece is the word


GREEK is good. Or so it would seem with the proliferation of “Greek street food” diners popping up all over town. The boys from Pony and Crust opened Zeus in Drummoyne a few weeks back and their rustic-yet-slick pita pocket-sized Lyons Rd venue has...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: COFFIN BAY OYSTERS – TWO WAYS


MAKES 4 SERVINGS PREPARATION TIME 30 MINUTES COOKING TIME 15 MINUTES 12 Pacific oysters, unshucked 12 angasi oysters, unshucked 500g rock salt roasted sesame seeds and finely shredded spring onion, to serve ocean trout roe and chives, cut into...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: No other food gives you that aw, shucks moment


OVER the past several months I’ve been filming the second series of Paddock to Plate, and I must say our wide brown land continues to amaze me, as do its passionate producers. First stop this series was South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, an incredibly...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: QUICK BITE MATT KEMP


Matt Kemp is the new head chef at the revamped Charing Cross Hotel, Waverley. What did you have for dinner last night (honestly, no fudging)? Thrice-cooked chips and one of our lamb pizzas. What one ingredient are you obsessed with now and...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Sam dances to Justin’s beat


SHE’S bringing sexy back on Channel 7 and he’s the pop prince who enjoyed global success with the track he penned by the same name. And it’s this cheeky point that bonds the two celebrities during a hot new Justin Timberlake exclusive interview by...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Renee and the crew win Emmy


EXTRA co-host Renee Bargh scored one for the gumleaf mafia in Hollywood at last week’s Emmy Awards — picking herself up a trophy along with her cast and crew, who were awarded the gong for the most outstanding daytime entertainment syndicated series....

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Adele slides into view in Code


WITH her SLiDE co-star Brenton Thwaites’ career taking off in Hollywood, University of Southern Queensland graduate Adele Perovic is poised to take her own step up into the big league. Joining the A-list ensemble cast in mustsee ABC political thriller...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Matt Moran piles up our Plate


IT’S the way to any TV critic’s heart — via their stomach — so after taste-testing the gourmet menu Matt Moran created from his food finds during the second season of his hit LifeStyle series Paddock To Plate we give the latest offering five stars...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Stuck for dad’s day? Buy him a handbag


Why can’t men be more like women when it comes to being recipients of some fantastic or interesting gifts? Women have so many categories of fashion alone that you can find a small mountain of presents without even trying. But not so men. With...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Long way to the top


Phil Rudd started drumming with AC/DC in 1975. Nearly 40 years later he has released his first solo album. The title, Head Job, suggests that extended time spent around ribald writers Bon Scott and Brian Johnson has rubbed off. “It’s tongue in cheek,...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: SELL

PACIFIC BRANDS ( PBG) Delivered another disappointing full year result and further asset sales may be required to stabilise the business with the only jewel being Bonds UNITED GROUP ( UGL Cashflow is a major concern for UGL and with a challenging...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: HOLD

INFOMEDIA ( IFM) Supplies service catalogues and data to auto dealers worldwide. Online subscriptions underpin an 18 per cent profit growth with 4 per cent yield.. SERVCORP ( SRV) This global manager of fully serviced offices forecasts 15 per cent...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: SELL

INVESTA OFFICE FUND ( IOF) Its office portfolio is quality. But it is only growing yield at 3 per cent a year and is fully priced. There are better yields, with growth. TREASURY WINE ESTATES ( TWE) The wine group faces many uphill challenges. Do not...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: Raising the barre


LAURA and Charles Gray spent eight years transforming their Freshwater home, making it perfect for their family. In fact, they did two sets of renovations, extending up a level, and out the back. However, the pair are now about to become empty...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: HOT HOMES


COUNTRY COMFORT 515 SPRING CREEK RD, MOUNT HUNTER Over two lots, this 88ha estate is 75km from Sydney’s CBD and only 10 minutes from Camden. The property has protected valleys, manicured English-inspired gardens, a pond and a Tudor style main home as...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: How Rachel had a whale of a sale


GLOBAL star Rachel Griffiths and hubby Andrew Taylor have sold their Palm Beach pad in a matter of weeks. The two-bedroom beach shack on Whale Beach Rd, which could be considered humble by Hollywood standards, set the House Husbands actress back...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: A rather regal opportunity


The home of former Lord Mayor William McElhone has just been listed with price hopes of more than $3 million. The meticulously renovated villa at 4 Rockwall Cres, Potts Point was built in 1903 as a “gentleman’s residence” and was remodelled by Kennedy...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: Jen to make a pretty profit


Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins is selling her luxurious Bondi apartment, a property she bought off the plan for $895,000 in 2007. Now the two bedroom unit, at 23/7 Henderson St, which has a price guide of more than $1.1 million through McGrath...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: Reign of recruitment to sell


IT’s taking a while to find the right candidate for the Reign of Recruitment’s sprawling Point Piper estate. The 1500sq m property Villa del Mare on Wolseley Rd has been on and off the market since it was first listed back in November 2011. This week...

8/31/2014: REAL ESTATE: A piece of Goulburn history


Rossiville Homestead, one of Goulburn’s oldest homes, has come on the market with a price tag of $2.75 million. The 68ha estate was part of a land grant given to Captain Francis Nicholas Rossi by Governor Darling. Once earmarked to be a hospital, then...

8/31/2014: COAST AND COUNTRY: Take a walk back in time with a Wellington wander


ALONG the Mitchell Highway, Wellington is a popular stopover on the way west to Dubbo. There are still 19th century buildings in the town. And many are part of a historical town walk that takes in art galleries, the Oxley Museum and the landmark...

8/31/2014: PUZZLES: SAMURAI SUDOKU

Samurai sudoku puzzles consist of five overlapping sudoku grids. The standard sudoku rules apply to each 9 x 9 grid. Place digits from 1 to 9 in each empty cell. Every row, every column, and every 3 x 3 box should contain one of each digit. The puzzles...

8/31/2014: PUZZLES: 20 QUESTIONS


Current Affairs 1 Which brand of toilet paper is under fire from consumers for reportedly changing to an inferior version? 2 A group of hackers is holding which country’s economy at ransom until the country’s president does something about the...

8/31/2014: PUZZLES: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1 Which singer recently held her first concert in 35 years? 2 David Gyngell is head of which TV network? 3 What has a hunter seen if they shout ‘Tally-ho’? 4 Which city will host the 2016 Olympic Games? 5 Snakes inject venom from which part of...

8/31/2014: PUZZLES: SUDOKU

Fill the grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 boxes contains the digits from 1 to 9 only once.

8/31/2014: PUZZLES: CRYPTIC

Across 4 Does without in favour of common attempts ( 7) 8 Huge service I have shortened ( 7) 9 Air sent off is becoming more spiteful ( 7) 10 Family member loses right for happiness ( 7) 11 Following naturally, when half using differently ( 7) 12...

8/31/2014: WEATHER: FISHING


THE yellowfin have been plentiful around Browns Mountain and the continental shelf with some of the larger fish weighing up to 76kg. Chris Beldon, fishing aboard vessel Casey, landed one fin about 30kg, while dropping another at the boat estimated at...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: COLE HACKING- FITTON


Born February 3, 2014 Weight 3kg Hospital Bowral Hospital BABY Cole Hacking-Fitton is the youngest of five siblings in a family that also includes a big dog and two cats. They recently moved from Sydney’s west to the state’s picturesque Southern...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: KOOPER THOMAS SEXTON- GEAR


Born August 22, 2013 Weight 4.5kg Hospital Westmead KOOPER is an extremely positive baby, smiling and laughing even when he is sick. He loves to play with his dog Buddy and friends from play group. He also enjoys eating his greens, particularly his...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: THOMAS OSCAR WYNNE


Born August 12, 2014 Weight 4.36kg Hospital Westmead Private BABY Thomas has brown hair and dark-blue eyes just like his father. He is a big, healthy baby who loves cuddles with his parents Brian and Erin, who both think he has a resemblance to his...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: ZOE RAE SNYDER


Born January 31, 2014 Weight 4kg Hospital Hornsby ZOE is a very happy baby, full of smiles and giggles. At the moment her favourite foods are apples, sweet potato puree and banana rusks. Her best friend is the family dog Dexter, with whom she often...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: SKYE LY


Born January 7, 2014 Weight 2.8kg Hospital Sydney Southwest Private WHEN little Skye gets excited she can’t help but kick her feet and blow raspberries. She can be a fussy eater, but really enjoys pureed sweet corn, yoghurt and avocado. November...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: GRAYSON ALLAN-NATHAN MAZOUDIER


Born October 13, 2013 Weight 3.8kg Hospital Royal Hospital for Women WITH his go-getter attitude, Grayson loves to always be on the go. His favourite toy is his green ball, which he crawls after all over the house. Recently he has begun walking. He...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: HANNAH FRANCES GRAY


Born December 19, 2013 Weight 3.9kg Hospital Figtree Private HANNAH melts the hearts of her family with her infectious smile and sparkling blue eyes. Her early arrival surprised everyone, but made for an exciting Christmas for her family. Hannah is...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: Love was their just desserts


William Savopoulos and Marissa Bonett were childhood sweethearts, meeting as impressionable teenagers in high school — and they have been inseparable ever since. “At first we were friends and then realised just how much we liked each other,” Marissa...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: ELISE WILKINSON, 26, AND DARYL WELLER, 33


Dress A dazzling gown with ruffled organza skirt and crystal beaded bodice by Mori Lee from Briony Leigh Bridal in Miranda Honeymoon The couple are planning their honeymoon for 2015 IN 2008, a clair voyant told Elise Wilkinson she was about to meet...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: SUZY AND ADOLPHE PARFAIT


Married August 21, 1964 SUZY and Adolphe have taken their romance worldwide after initially meeting in Mauritius. They fell in love and after marrying, moved to Nairobi, where Adolphe studied and Suzy worked for UNESCO. In 1983 they migrated to...

8/31/2014: INSIDER: LILY CAKIR, 30, AND ROWEN YOUNG, 31


Dress An Art Deco era-inspired, fitted gown with beading and sequins from ShopBop.com Honeymoon A week in Port Douglas ROWEN had an evening fit for a king when he first met Lily in the summer of 2009. They met at the Bavarian Bier Cafe, bonding over...

8/31/2014: SPORT: More pain for Tomic

BERNARD Tomic is in extreme doubt for Australia’s Davis Cup World Group playoff against Uzbekistan after withdrawing from the US Open with a hip injury. Tomic said he had also been battling flu and was in no shape to take on fourth-seeded Spaniard...

8/31/2014: SPORT: IT’S A REAL ROLLERCOASTER RIDE ON THE TOUR WITH BERNIE

August 2012 - John McEnroe accuses Tomic of giving up during his straight-sets loss to Andy Roddick at the 2012 US Open. Some media blast him as ‘Tomic the tank engine’. September 2013 - Tomic’s father John receives eight-month suspended jail sentence...

8/31/2014: SPORT: POSITIVE PICTURE FOR JANKOVIC

NOVAK Djokovic has the seven majors and $65 million in prize money while girlnext-door Ana Ivanovic sweeps up the mega-money endorsements. But Jelena Jankovic is determined once again to prove that there is more to tennis in Serbia than her two...

8/31/2014: SPORT: A TALL TALE THAT NETTED A LAUGH

As Gael Monfils hit ball after ball into the net during his first service game Friday at the US Open — resulting in four double-faults — a thought occurred to him: “Seems pretty high, huh?” So after getting broken to fall behind 2-0 to...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: Popa has no time for reflection


WANDERERS coach Tony Popovic says now is not the time to reflect on Western Sydney’s history-making Asian Champions League run as he looks to prepare his team for the semi-final stage of the competition. The Wanderers leave for Dubai today, where they...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: Pararoos fury as funding axe falls

THERE can be no Pararoos team without funding, and if there is no team, there is no longer a job for coach Paul Brown. That is the message Brown received yesterday from Football Federation Australia following the Australian Sports Commission’s...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: BATISTUTA REVEALS HE SOUGHT AMPUTATION


FORMER star Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina’s record goal scorer for the national team, says the pain in his ankles after retiring in 2005 was so intense he couldn’t get out of bed to visit the toilet. In desperation he asked a doctor to amputate his...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: Smeltz is well placed to fire

SHANE Smeltz doubts there’s a better place to revive his A-League career than Sydney FC. Smeltz is out to re-claim the mantle of the competition’s most feared striker after a wretched final season with Perth Glory. The New Zealand international...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: Troubled Torres loaned to Milan

CHELSEA striker Fernando Torres will end his miserable spell at Stamford Bridge by joining AC Milan on loan for the next two seasons. The once-prolific Spanish goal scorer moved to the Blues from Liverpool in 2011 for a record sum of $88m. He has...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: New boys begin Mersey mission

MARIO Balotelli and Adam Lallana could debut for Liverpool tonight after being named in the Reds squad for the clash at Tottenham Hotspur. Italian striker Balotelli is available since completing his $29.2 million transfer from AC Milan on Monday,...

8/31/2014: FOOTBALL: European goal for Red Devils

MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal admits he must deliver Champions League football to Old Trafford next season before he can turn his attention to winning silverware. Van Gaal faces a major rebuilding mission at Old Trafford following United’s...

8/31/2014: SPORT: REDS TO TEST FRUGAL SPURS


TOTTENHAM ($2.60) are yet to concede a goal after two games of the EPL season but that statistic will be put to the test against Liverpool tonight. The Reds are $2.60 to win at White Hart Lane, just as they did last season when they thumped the hosts...

8/31/2014: SPORT: No place like home


MANLY are $1.20 favourites to bounce back to the winners list against Penrith ($4) in the Sunday arvo clash at Brookvale Oval. The Sea Eagles were cruising to the minor premiership a month ago but consecutive losses to Souths and Parramatta, along...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Euro giants chase the glittering prize

THE UEFA Champions League draw was conducted in the early hours of Friday morning and there are some mouth-watering clashes looming. Defending champions Real Madrid are equal $4.50 favourites to lift the trophy for an 11th time and are at a short...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Next stop Cronulla for Thurston’s boys

CRONULLA ($11) are being given virtually no chance of stopping the Cowboy’s charge towards the finals with a mammoth line of 30.5 in favour of the Sharkies. The Cowboys ($1.05) have won five of their last six games and are one of the form teams...

8/31/2014: SPORT: GWS hope to spoil Dogs’ farewell party

THE GWS Giants are $3.75 to cap off the season with a win over the Western Bulldogs today. The Giants have won five games in 2014, four more than last year including their historic win over the Swans in Round 1. The Bulldogs are $1.28 to farewell...

8/31/2014: SPORT DETAILS: SUNDAY SPORTSWORD No 125

ACROSS 1. The ‘Marrickville Mauler’ (4,6) 6. Norm Provan’s nickname (6) 10. Eddie the Eagle’s sport (3,7) 11. 1990-92 French Open champ, ... Seles (6) 13. Eels’ 2014 recruit who spent two years as a Mormon missionary (7,7) 16. Defender at the...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Power and the petulant Early days, but Kyrgios needs to learn how to keep his on- court emotions in check


YOU didn’t get up at 2am to watch Nick Kyrgios’ first round match at the US Open but you were delighted by the result. A solid four set win over the 21st seeded Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Just the kind of performance Rafael Nadal had said Kyrgios...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Stars get ready to shine


YOU scratch your head when trying to nominate who will be the shining star of the forthcoming Australian summer given the number of big events that will be staged here. Tim Cahill in a valedictory performance for the Socceroos in the Asian Cup or,...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Hird’s return just a bit bizarre


THERE was something bizarre about James Hird’s return to Essendon – and not just the fact the nominal coach returned to a back-room role until the end of the season while fill-in Mark Thompson retained control. With the spectre of an unresolved court...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: A GRAND FINISH FOR MINI


ANTHONY Minichiello knows his eight-month-old daughter Azura will never remember her dad as a footballer. Too young to walk, gorgeous little Azura will only have photographs to remind her how small she was the year her doting dad said goodbye to the...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: SPORTS DAD OF THE YEAR


THE Philips Sports Dad of the Year will highlight 10 elite athletes across a broad range of sporting fields, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments. This year’s nominated sports dads will be profiled at...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: IN THE BOX SEAT

GIVE me a couch. Give me a remote. Then give me some bloody peace. Of all the presents you can gift the old man this Father’s Day, nothing beats that wonderful sporting odyssey better known as a weekend in front of the box. Forget another Bunnings...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: MATT BALLIN

PARTNER: SHANNAN CHILDREN: FLETCHER (5), , MURPHY (3) & MACKENZIE (2) “I love to take the kids for a babyccino and chat after school, preschool or daycare. It is great to have them all together, screaming and laughing at their milk moustaches.” “My...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: LUKE HODGE

PARTNER: LAUREN CHILDREN: COOPER (6) & CHASE (222 MONTHS) “Coop always calls me up and wishes me good luck on the day of the game if I am travelling and Chase echoes whatever Coop says! Celebrating the premiership with Coop and Chase on the sidelines...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: ALEX BROSQUE

PARTNER: NADIA CHILDREN: CHRISTINA (4) & MILAA (11 MTHS) “The girls like to play around with the ball, which is great because Barbies and dresses aren’t my thing.” “We miss Alex when he has to travel. But seeing the girls’ reactions when he gets back...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Refugee crisis can no longer be ignored

NEARLY half of Syria’s population has been displaced either internally or externally in the worst humanitarian c risis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, data released by the International Rescue Committee shows. The complex civil war,...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Toothy resident dies after biting swimmers


PANCHO the 3.7 metre, 136kg American crocodile that made its home in the backyard waters of the exclusive Gables by the Sea community is dead. Pancho was accused of biting two swimmers who jumped into the canal that runs through the manicured...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Singer’s third try to fix assault case


SINGER Chris Brown is to appear in court for a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates back to October 2013. Brown was scheduled to appear yesterday for a plea hearing but was unable due to travel issues. The hearing was...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Russia’s diplomacy push led by tanks


WITH their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control of the small coastal town of Novoazovsk in eastern Ukraine yesterday and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city. None...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Comedian Rivers still in serious condition


AMERICAN comedian Joan Rivers remains in serious condition in a New York hospital, two days after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office. Daughter Melissa Rivers said in a statement yesterday her mother was “receiving the best treatment and...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Clinton quits job as TV reporter


CHELSEA Clinton is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter had been working at the network since 2011,...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Cee Lo on ecstasy charges


GRAMMY- winning US singer Cee Lo Green has pleaded “no contest” to giving a woman ecstasy before going to her hotel, but insists he was innocent. A judge sentenced Green to three years’ probation, 360 hours of community service, 52 Alcoholics...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: Why Qantas is flying steady, despite losses


THE Australian airline industry is awash with red ink. The combined losses of Qantas and Virgin last year topped $3.1 billion. That’s the reality of all those cheap seats. It is also fundamentally unsustainable. Something has to give. Prices have to...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: Where’s our interest rate cut, Gail?


ON the March 7, 2011, the chief of one of Australia’s biggest banks, Gail Kelly, made a promise. Quizzed by the ABC’s 7.30 host Leigh Sales on whether she would cut interest rates for customers when bank funding costs fell, the Westpac CEO Kelly was...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: BUY


PACT GROUP ( PGH) Having only just go back to the original IPO price, Pact remains good value given its margins, cashflow conversion and an attractive dividend yield VIRTUS HEALTH ( VRT) Share price weakness since the result is a buying opportunity...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: BUY


SHINE CORPORATE ( SHJ) Founders retain control of this long established plaintiff litigation lawyer, listed in 2013 to grow and acquire. A strong 2014 result and forecast. VOCUS COMMUNICATIONS ( VOC) A very sound record result for this telco,...

8/31/2014: BUSINESS: HOLD

M2 GROUP ( MTU) Even after a 20% gain since the start of August, MTU is still worth holding on to with the company guiding for 15 — 20% profit growth for this financial year AURIZON ( AZJ) Outlook for revenue growth and increasing dividends remain...

8/31/2014: FUNDAY TELEGRAPH: BOOK ZONE


This is Joe Abercrombie’s first story for young adults. It is the story of Yavi, a prince born with only half a hand, in a land where physical strength is prized far more than brains. When his father and brother are killed, Yavi is forced to take the...

8/31/2014: FUNDAY TELEGRAPH: WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners of the Legends Of Oz Hoyts screening! Sienna Dellacorte, Kingsgrove, age 7 Emilie Beasley-O’Neill, Cremorne, age 3 Erin Digan, Randwick, age 9 Krystal Poi-Terekia, Westmead, age 9 Madeleine Macdonald, South Windsor, age...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: fashion


VOGUE FASHION’S S NIGHT OUT Special offers and events from retailers rs across the CBD. When: Thursday fromm 5pm Where: Sydney CBD JOSH GOOT Warehouse sale with h up to 75 per cent off. When: Ends today, 10am-0am- 4pm Where: Ground Floor, r, 2-14...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: furniture & interiors

APOLLO BLINDS Blinds, awnings and shutters on sale with every second item half price. When: Ends today Where: In stores see apolloblinds.com.au for locations TWO GIRLS AND A CONTAINER Get 20 per cent off sale on all Marquee lights. When: Ends...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: MY CHAMELEON


Warehouse sale with up to 70 per cent off designer brands including Christopher Esber, Camilla Skovgaard, Dion Lee and more. When: Thurs, noon-7pm, Fri, 10am-6pm, and Sat 10am- 4pm Where: 7 Randle Ln, Surry Hills

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: footwear & accessories

NUKLEUS Winter clearance sale with 30-40 per cent off organic cotton underwear when you use the code “Shopsmart.” When: Ends today Where: nukleusorganicwear.com.au MARY-KYRI SHOES Get 70-80 per cent off all stock. When: While stocks last Where:...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: beauty

NAPOLEON PERDIS Spend $175 and get a limitededition gift with purchase. se. When: While stocks last Where: In stores, see napoleonperdis.com for locations ocations CLINIQUE Spend $60 or more on the Clinique for Men range and receive a free travel...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: outdoors

ELEVATED GARDEN Self-watering gardening systems 30 per cent off. f. When: Ends today Where: Eden Gardens, 307 07 Lane Cove Rd, Macquariee Park STYLISH OUTDOORS Get 20 per cent off a range ange of outdoor furniture. When: While stocks last Where:...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: homewares res & gifts

HOUSEHOLD LINENS End of line clearance, with ith 50 per cent off. When: While stocks last Where: household-linens.com

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Health & wellbeing g

THE HEALTHY MUMMY Y End of winter sale, with 20 per cent off everything. ing. When: Ends today Where: healthymummy.com om

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: kids

TINY TRIBE Designer baby and children’s wear clearance, sizes 000-7, with up to 70 per cent off. When: While stocks last Where: tinytribe.com.au

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Computing for Seniors – it’s never too late to start!


Are you petrified by computers? Does the sight of a keyboard make you tremble? Does computer jargon seem like gobbledy-gook? Have you tried to crack computers – only to give up in despair? Now there’s good news! Computer expert Jeff Clarke has written...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Expert’s Tips on Bowel Problems


You will be astonished to learn that a lot of diseases which seem to have little to do with your bowel are actually caused by a bowel suffocating with undischarged wastes. Do you suffer from any of these complaints? Stomach problems, migraines,...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: How to Reverse Diabetes Symptoms

(SPECIAL) – Here’s important news for anyone with diabetes. A remarkable book is now available that reveals medically tested principles that can help normalize blood sugar naturally... help reverse many symptoms of diabetes. People report better...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Tinnitus Relief

High pitched whistling, hissing, buzzing, ringing, humming and other annoy ing sounds that noone else can hear but you? Tinnitus affects hundreds of thousands of people across Australia so if these symptoms are familiar then take heart, you are not...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Fibromyalgia Relief!

A new book reveals how to get relief from Fibro - myalgia symptoms such as chronic muscle pain, fatigue, memory or concentration problems, sleeping probl-ems, headaches, numbness and tingling, and sensitivity to cold. The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook...

8/31/2014: RACING: Sprinter Chica is a real winner


CHICA Destacada means “outstanding girl” in Spanish and the greyhound by the same name has been exactly that for her trainer Doreen Drynan following her victory in the Group 1 National Sprint Championship in Western Australia last weekend. The star...

8/31/2014: RACING: RUN OF THE WEEK LADY RONRAY WENTWORTH PARK, 25 AUGUST, 520M


Lady Ronray had won four of five provincial starts before making a dazzling Wentworth Park debut. Despite bungling the start from box seven, Lady Ronray took the lead at the half-way mark and won in slick 30.21 (fastest on night). FULL REPLAY AT...

8/31/2014: RACING: THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY BULLI — South Coast Challenge Heats (472m) FRIDAY DAPTO — Sportingbet Megastar Prelude (520m) Top three placegetters qualify for Group 1 Sportingbet Megastar on September 12. Free entry to all patrons. SATURDAY WENTWORTH PARK — Group 3...

8/31/2014: RACING: The Pumper’s back


FLOATING around the Kimberley on an 80-foot boat with trainer Lee Freedman and big-time owners Keith Biggs and Rod Russell has left Jimmy Cassidy in the perfect frame of mind before his latest spring carnival. The Pumper makes his longawaited return...

8/31/2014: RACING: Walter’s memory to live on with race honour

IT’S wonderful news that the late Guy Walter will be honoured with a race in his name. The Australian Turf Club has already applied to the Australian Pattern Committee to have the Wiggle Stakes renamed the Guy Walter Stakes. And no, it won’t be the Guy...

8/31/2014: RACING: O’HARA OFF SCREEN


SO, just where the bloody hell was Kathy O’Hara on TVN? O’Hara was an omission from the network’s Rosehill coverage yesterday. The blonde hoop has proven a real on-screen talent in recent weeks, and was even given the stewards’ blessing to leave the...

8/31/2014: RACING: CLARIFICATION

WE told you last week how Newcastle Jockey Club had slashed prizemoney for next month’s Cameron Handicap and Spring Stakes. NJC boss Cameron Williams said this needed to happen so the club could ‘’hopefully break even this financial year’’. In the...

8/31/2014: RACING: Cricket champs hit the race course

MEMBERS of the almighty Bombers celebrated their recent indoor cricket grand final triumph with a day at the races. The lads were hoping for a few wins so they could finally afford to embroider their baggy maroon caps. The Bombers were favourites to...

8/31/2014: RACING: FUTURE GUARANTEED

FERNHILL, the picnic meeting at the foot of the mountains that attracted a decent crowd last year, has been locked in for the next five years, with this year’s action to be held on October 18.

8/31/2014: AFL: Longmire keeps his cool in a no-win situation

It would have been nice to win, but the Swans didn’t have to yesterday. John Longmire has bigger fish to fry than Richmond, starting with the Dockers next week at ANZ Stadium. A completely different looking Swans team will return next Saturday with a...

8/31/2014: AFL: Dockers seal top four spot

FREMANTLE secured a double finals chance after coming from behind to beat Port Adelaide by eight points in last night’s top-four showdown. The Dockers trailed by 12 points early in the third quarter, but turned the match on its head with the next nine...

8/31/2014: AFL: It’s just not cricket for emerging Giant


IT’S not surprising the Giants have formed a partnership with the Sydney Thunder, they already have Simon Katich as their runner and talented batsman Stephen Coniglio in their midfield. Today, they will add another talented cricketer to the list when...

8/31/2014: AFL: Silver secured at a stroke

AUSTRALIA’S lightweight quad scull women’s team have won silver at the world championships in Amsterdam on a tough day for their teammates. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet that we’ve won the silver medal,” Maia Simmonds said. In windy conditions,...

8/31/2014: AFL: Sam sweating on Rams call

MICHAEL Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, is confident he’ll play this season, though maybe not for the St Louis Rams. Sam, a defensive end, led St Louis with six tackles on Friday in a 14-13 loss at Miami in the Rams’ final...

8/31/2014: AFL: Day firmly in the title hunt

AUSTRALIAN Jason Day is three shots off the lead in a tie for third after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts. The Queenslander fired a five-under-par 66 in the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, led by American...

8/31/2014: AFL: CROWS NEED FAST START TO SURVIVE

They could be alive, they could be finished. Whatever scenario, Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson wants just one thing: a fast start against St Kilda in today’s AFL encounter at Adelaide Oval. The Crows will discover if they’re in the hunt for the...

8/31/2014: MOTORSPORT: CRASH TEST DUMMY


JASON Bright picks up the phone. He doesn’t bother to say hello. He is straight to the point. “Don’t you crash my car,’’ he fires. “Don’t even think about crashing my car.’’ Bright, the 328-race veteran with his sights set on winning this year’s...

8/31/2014: MOTORSPORT: Power forced to make up lost ground


AUSTRALIA’S Will Power is confident his IndyCar championship tilt is on track despite a poor qualifying run for today’s season finale in California. The 33-year-old will start the 500-mile race, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, in a lowly 21st...

8/31/2014: MOTORSPORT: ROSBERG HIT WITH BIG FINE

NICO ROSBERG has been fined a six-figure sum for his crash with Lewis Hamilton at last week’s Belgian Grand Prix. Mercedes called both to a meeting yesterday and said in a statement: “During this meeting, Nico acknowledged his responsibility for the...

8/31/2014: MOTORSPORT: STEWART SET TO RESUME

HAMPTON: NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: Ablett’s better than GI or Billy


You are off to the Reds. How will you cope with another code change? I think it all starts back to my childhood. I was always trying to play as many sports as I could. If the kids were playing soccer, even though I’d be carrying a rugby ball or...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: Genia set for a berth

FATHER-TO-BE Will Genia has targeted a 40minute hitout for Brisbane City at Ballymore on Saturday as his first step to regaining the halfback job for the Wallabies. He will return a fit, refreshed and hungry competitor, having not played for three...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: We helped Hunt: ARU

THE Australian Rugby Union has revealed it has provided financial assistance to secure the services of crosscode star Karmichael Hunt. After months of giving every indication it would not top up any offer for the former AFL and rugby league player to...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: Ben starts with a win

FORMER Wallabies captain Ben Mowen has made a winning start to his French rugby career with Montpellier, scoring an upset 21-20 win over Clermont. The 29-year-old Mowen, who announced in January that after just three months in the post he would be...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: BLACK & BLUE With all due respect, this belting was coming


THEY say the trick when you come across a bear is to stand still and hope it gets bored. You certainly don’t poke it. This is good advice for the Wallabies, who poked a big black bear last week and then got mauled at Eden Park. New Zealand played...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: NRC gets up to speed and will go distance


RUGBY union’s sleek new competition has already overtaken the speed of Super Rugby. Just one week into the National Rugby Championship, GPS data has revealed players covered more ground, and at a greater speed, than the Super Rugby average. While the...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: Subbies in line to shine for Stars

THREE Balmain subbies will join forces with four Wallabies when the Sydney Stars clash with Melbourne Rising as the NRC steps into the rugby league heartland of Leichhardt Oval today. The Stars, largely comprised of Sydney University players, will...

8/31/2014: RUGBY UNION: UPCOMING GAMES

TODAY Sydney Stars v Melbourne Rising Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, 3pm Perth Spirit v Brisbane City University of WA, Perth, 5.30pm THURSDAY North Harbour v NSW Eagles Brookvale Oval, Sydney, 7.30pm SATURDAY UC Vikings v Queensland County Viking...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: IT’S A STARC NEW WORLD FOR AUSSIES


MITCHELL Starc says he’s physically ready to power back into Test cricket as frontline quicks Ryan Harris and James Pattinson nurse their way back to full fitness. The NSW left-armer believes his body is now equipped to endure the rigours of a...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPORTING SURVEY


DBI Overall celebrity score is calculated by combining the awareness and the attribute scores AWARENESS Indicates the percentage of people who are aware of the celebrity either by name or face APPEAL Measures likeablitiy of the...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: The 500-run ODI barrier set to be smashed

SOMETHING big happened in Harare during the week and nobody batted an eyelid. It might be a who-cares Australian one-day cricket tour in the lead-up to the footy finals, but South Africa chased down 327 against the Aussies in a 50-over match. And they...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: Ireland likely to meet the Randy- Petes

IRELAND is poised to play a World Cup warm-up game against Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval on February 8. The squad is also likely to spend four days in Sydney preparing for their Cup opener against the West Indies in New Zealand eight days...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: Hat- trick fails to save Zimbabwe

PROSPER Utseya became just the second Zimbabwean to take a hat-trick in a one-day international but South Africa still won with ease yesterday. Utseya sparked a remarkable collapse as he dismissed Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller with...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: Lyon’s back from the spin bin

AUSTRALIA have realised they must utilise spin more effectively to win the oneday tri-series in Harare, with Nathan Lyon to be recalled to face Zimbabwe tonight. Selectors will make at least two changes from the side that lost to South Africa, with...

8/31/2014: CRICKET: TOP ODI SCORES

9-443 SL v Ned, Amstelveen, 2006. 9-438 RSA v Aus, Johannesburg, 2006. TOP T20 SCORES 5-263 Bangalore Challengers v Pune Warriors, Bangalore, 2013. 6-260 SL v Kenya, Johannesburg, 2007.

8/31/2014: SPORT: Halep, Kerber, Venus all crash to shock exits


THE US Open women’s draw has been blown wide open as world No.2 Simona Halep, sixth seed Angelique Kerber and two-time champion Venus Williams tumbled out of the third round. Two players at opposite ends of the tennis age spectrum authored the upsets...

8/31/2014: NRL: HALL PASSES MUSTER AND HUNTS FOR NEW DEAL


GLENN Hall has admitted his future is in doubt, with the veteran forward saying he may be forced to put himself on the open market with the Cowboys stalling on a new deal. Hall, 33, said he is hopeful of snaring a new one- year deal which will see him...

8/31/2014: NRL: Bennett wants Packer

HE famously urinated on Suncorp Stadium and is currently serving time in Lithgow Jail for a vicious assault. But Russell Packer has emerged as the Broncos’ No.1 recruitment target, with incoming coach Wayne Bennett in talks to bring him to Red...

8/31/2014: NRL: Bird in a flap over his lack of Titans leadership


GOLD Coast captain Greg Bird has applied the blowtorch to his own leadership in a bid to salvage pride at the club. With over 1200 NRL games worth of experience retired, suspended or injured, Bird finds himself as the man who must ignite something in...

8/31/2014: NRL: MASTER COACH FEELING NO PRESSURE FROM HIS BRONCOS HOMECOMING

WAYNE Bennett can’t promise premierships but the master coach has promised not to let external pressure derail his quest to rebuild the Broncos. Speaking for the first time about his impending return to Brisbane, Bennett, 64, said he does no doubt he...

8/31/2014: SPORT: WEMBLEY COUP


SYDNEY will be in a position to host an NFL game and more major international sporting events following a landmark partnership deal between ANZ Stadium and London’s Wembley Stadium. The alliance between the Olympic venue and London’s most famous...

8/31/2014: SPORT: SUNDAY SESSION


SAINT THE fantastic atmosphere at the MCG on Friday night for Hawthorn v Collingwood. Your columnist was among the crowd of just under 50,000 at the home of AFL — not bad for a club game. Read all about it in my column in tomorrow’s Tele. SINNER THE...

8/31/2014: SPORT: PETER WYNN’S FACE IN THE CROWD


If this is you pictured in the photo, email your contact details and a selfie (photo) to sport@sundaytelegraph.com.au, fax us on (02) 9288 3311 or send a letter to: Peter Wynn’s Face in the crowd, PO Box 205, Eastern Suburbs MC, NSW, 2004. Entries...

8/31/2014: SPORT: JOSH STARLING’S SPORTING HERO


I was a Souths fan as a kid but loved Freddy Fittler because of the way he dominated Origin... he owned it!

8/31/2014: SPORT: THE DON BOWS OUT

ONE of the best and most decent men I have met in the rugby league and sporting media is finally calling it a day. Gentleman Don Moseley has been a radio around-the-grounds man for more than 30 years. Always accurate, reliable, no agendas and a great...

8/31/2014: SPORT: BRAIN BUSTER

1. Which Sydney rugby league club won three premierships, the last in 1943? 2. Who is the new manager of Manchester United? 3. In what city was Aussie Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo born? 4. Who is captain of the Western Sydney Wanderers? 5. Who...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Female athletes vie for honours


WORLD swimming champion and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Cate Campbell (right) heads an impressive list of six female athletes nominated for the 2014 Women’s Health Sports Woman of the Year. Campbell will line up against snowboarder Torah Bright,...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Head Chook a bit like Bart


NO wonder the Roosters are timing their run for the 2014 premiership so perfectly. They are the NRL leaders in high performance coaching, headed up by Trent Robinson ( right) who actually studied sports science at university. He’s become like...

8/31/2014: SPORT: SET OF SIX WITH ADAM TRELOAR (AFL)


1 FAVOURITE TV SHOW The Simpsons 2 FAVOURITE MOVIE Gridiron Gang 3 FAVOURITE CAR Audi 4 DREAM DINNER GUESTS The Rock, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant 5 FAVOURITE DRINK Fanta 6 FAVOURITE RESTAURANT Noi Due in Mortlake

8/31/2014: SPORT: Room in hall for Debbie

THE Sydney Cricket Ground’s Media Hall of Fame launch was a wonderful occasion for all those so justifiably inducted. Still, it hasn’t stopped an unbelievable response to my item last week that a woman, notably ABC stalwart Debbie Spillane, could have...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Blocker will bounce back

STILL on radio, it will be interesting to see if 2GB are affected in the ratings by the departure of the very popular Steve Roach. Blocker sent me a text on Friday, which said: “I’ve been down before. I’ve got to accept what’s happened and I’ll bounce...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Triple M copping a terrible flogging

THE 2GB Continuous Call team has again flogged its rivals at Triple M in the NRL radio ratings. Ray Hadley’s team has more than doubled the Triple M figures on both Saturday and Sunday between midday and 6pm. Triple M now has to decide if it’s worth...

8/31/2014: SPORT: TIGERS’ MR FIX-IT

WESTS Tigers could do a lot worse than employ former Western Sydney Wanderers boss Lyall Gorman to fix the mess they are now in. Gorman started from scratch with the Wanderers and built them into the most successful sporting franchise in the country...

8/31/2014: SPORT: Matty for Dally Ms

WE told you recently how the Matty Johns show was doing blockbuster ratings each Monday night. Now Fox Sports is looking at an outside broadcast for the Dally M awards on Monday, September 29. Matty and fellow hosts Gorden Tallis, Bryan Fletcher,...

8/31/2014: SPORT: FLASHBACK 2002


NRL CEO David Gallop warned NRL clubs of likely penalties for salary cap breaches. The subsequent discovery of breaches by the Melbourne Storm in 2010 by the NRL resulted in it stripping the 2007 and 2009 premierships and 2006, 2007 and 2009 minor...

8/31/2014: AFL: IT’S SAFETY FIRST FOR SWANS


THE Swans saved a bevy of stars, including Lance Franklin, for their premiership charge as Richmond held on at ANZ Stadium last night to make successive finals series for the first time since 1975. Despite losing by three points after leaving out five...

8/31/2014: AFL: Draw ensures Bombers won’t have to fly


ESSENDON face an elimination final against North Melbourne next weekend after playing out a draw with Carlton in yesterday’s last-round clash at the MCG. A defeat would have left the Bombers vulnerable to finishing eighth and possibly having to play...

8/31/2014: AFL: Cats win to set up clash with Hawks

TOM Hawkins led the way with a career-high seven goals as Geelong powered to a 62point win over the Brisbane Lions last night. The result shored up third spot for the Cats and set up a qualifying final clash with arch-rivals Hawthorn. With Fremantle...

8/31/2014: RACING: HALLOWED’S TURF


TRAINER James Cummings described Hallowed Crown as a cool customer while jockey Josh Parr loves the attitude of racing’s new star. There was no fluke about Hallowed Crown’s win in the Group 3 $125,000 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, the...

8/31/2014: RACING: Gai plans foreign assault on the spring


GREATWOOD for The Metropolitan and Bonfire to the Caulfield Cup. That is trainer Gai Waterhouse’s plans for the former English stayers after they ran the quinella in the Listed $100,000 Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. “I got such...

8/31/2014: RACING: Maroon Bay’s ready for new life at stud


MAROON Bay, due to be mated with champion stallion More Than Ready this week, finished her race career on a high with a tough all-the-way win in the 1100m sprint at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. “She leaves for Vinery Stud (tomorrow),’’ co-trainer...

8/31/2014: RACING: Big blue breakthrough


RACING’S sleeping giant has stirred with Godolphin celebrating its first Sydney Saturday winner with Sweynesse over 1400m at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. Sheikh Mohammed’s famous Godolphin royal blue racing silks are being used for the first time by...

8/31/2014: RACING: Waller grounded despite Aeroplane’s runaway success


SYDNEY’S premier trainer Chris Waller has realistic expectations for Georgey Aeroplane despite the stayer’s very easy win at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. “There are no lofty ambitions with this horse but he can win a good race next winter,’’ Waller...

8/31/2014: RACING: No ambivalence for cup

KEN Lantry has been training for nearly four decades and has never had a starter in his home track feature, the Newcastle Gold Cup. But Lantry is daring to dream after Ambivalent’s tough win in the More Than Ready Handicap (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens...

8/31/2014: RACING: Moody rules out Cox Plate for star


PETER Moody does not stare at his mantelpiece when plotting campaigns for his horses. If he did he would have talked up the Cox Plate for Dissident yesterday. But Moody has always maintained that the horse comes before the wish list. (Moody has not...

8/31/2014: RACING: Chivalry touted as best colt in state


GLEN Boss described Chivalry as the best colt in Victoria after his amazing last-to-first performance to win the 1200m sprint at Caulfield yesterday. “There’s no doubt he’s the best colt in Victoria. He’s a serious colt. He’s as good as I’ve been on...

8/31/2014: RACING: Weinholt wins but Cluster catches the eye

LINDA Meech’s hit-and-run trip to Sydney was made worthwhile when Weinholt triumphed in the last at Rosehill. But one bloke entitled to feel even happier was Peter Snowden, who watched Cluster storm home from the back of the pack to grab second in the...

8/31/2014: RACING: Waller beat goes on in four- four time

ANOTHER Sydney Saturday, another Chris Waller first four. Waller prepared the first four across the line yesterday in the TAB Quaddie Handicap (1500m), except he wasn’t convinced it would be Rugged Cross. Rugged Cross, who was backed on track from $9...

8/31/2014: RACING: Top stable and hoops for Wyong

GODOLPHIN’S trainer John O’Shea is taking an unusually large team to the Wyong provincial meeting today. The stable’s famous royal blue racing silks will be worn by riders of eight starters across six races. Godolphin representative and Hall of Famer...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Gifts for the guys


For the most part, Mother’s Day trumps Father’s Day. There’s so much more fanfare for mum and more options when it comes to presents. But that doesn’t mean you should revert to socks and jocks for Father’s Day. Sure, it might be what he needs but it’s...

8/31/2014: SHOP SMART: Grooming guys


There was a time when all a bloke needed was a bit of soap and a splash of water before he was done in the bathroom, but that was then. Male grooming is now big business. According to IBIS World’s Cosmetic and Toiletry Retailing market research...

8/31/2014: FUNDAY TELEGRAPH: WIN A HOUSE OF MAGIC PRIZE PACK!


Celebrating the release of House Of Magic, the Funday Telegraph team has five House Of Magic prize packs to give away. When a lovable stray cat is rescued by retired Magician Lawrence, he is thrown into a mansion filled with magic and wonder. But...

8/31/2014: FUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Famous Faces


Andy Griffiths has been working with Terry Denton on wacky books since 1997. Their latest collaboration is The 52-Storey Treehouse and is available now. The 26-Storey Treehouse stage production will run at The Sydney Opera House in September FACT...

8/31/2014: FUNDAY TELEGRAPH: LAUGH TILL YOUR FACE HURTS

Q: stairs? Q A: They How slide do monkeys down the get banana-ster! down the Q: potato What chips? do you call a monkey that sells A: A chipmunk! Q: What kind of a key opens a banana? A: A mon-key! Q: Why did the monkey like the banana? A: Because...

8/31/2014: FUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Hi Aurelien,

France is such a great place for a holiday. I’m with you, I would never eat snails. I like to eat croissants, crepes and baguettes when I’m feeling French. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower has had over 250 million visitors? It is the most visited...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: BRENT HARVEY


PARTNER: SHAYNE CHILDREN: COOPER (10), LACIE (8) & HUDSON (2) Brent says “The travelling is hard on the kids and I certainly miss them a lot but I always make sure a goodnight phone call happens.” Shayne says “Brent is very hands-on as a father. I...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: MARK MINICHIELLO


PARTNER: MILENA CHILDREN: LUCA (4), LEO (2) & ROCCO (1) Mark says “I talk to the boys every day when I’m away. I couldn’t go a day without at least saying goodnight and telling them I love them. “ Milena says “Mark really is their hero in every way,...

8/31/2014: NRL: THE SPRING CHICKENS RISE


THE Sydney Roosters must be able to smell September in the air because this was one gutsy victory over a ruthless Melbourne Storm last night. Bring on this Thursday night, when 106 years of hate will collide when the premiers and arch-rivals South...

8/31/2014: NRL: About time we made refs explain our pain


THEY decide careers. They have the power to shatter dreams and with one whistle, can dictate if a coach or player adds or subtracts a zero to their contract. Yet, in 2014, the digital age, where fans are asked to pay to watch footy on TV in their...

8/31/2014: NRL: Prime- time Kyrgios the big apple in New York as he eyes Hewitt’s crown

NICK Kyrgios is already being afforded top billing in New York, but the teenager’s coach says Australian tennis’s new Kid Dynamite is still years away from reaching his peak. Forget Broadway, Kyrgios is the hottest ticket in town, with US Open...

8/31/2014: NRL: Panthers draw the short straw

YES, the Panthers have been dudded with the NRL draw this season. Two Monday nights and a Sunday night match in their final three rounds at home is hardly going to spin the turnstiles. But does this mean, that in order for finals-bound Penrith to pull...

8/31/2014: NRL: SET THE IQ FOR ...


A final round Thursday night NRL blockbuster. Hate against hate. Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs at 7.30pm on Nine.

8/31/2014: NRL: QUOTE OF THE WEEK


”I’m going to get scorched in Melbourne (for saying it), but this is my favourite grand slam.’’ Aussie tennis teen Nick Kyrgios after his first round win at the US Open.

8/31/2014: NRL: Courage, thy name is McCabe

THE fortitude and resilience of Brett Morris during this year’s Origin series to play on through injury will forever be etched in league folklore. But the toughness shown by Wallabies star Pat McCabe, who retired this week due to a third neck...

8/31/2014: NRL: At 42, Slater is just a marvel

AT 42, Kelly Slater continues to show why he is one of the greatest sportsmen ever. Blokes his age are usually riddled with back, knee and calf issues let alone thundering into 5m waves over sharp coral reefs. He’s as good as Jordan, Tiger and anyone...

8/31/2014: NRL: Enjoy your retirement Donny

SAD day today. Flash scores around-the-grounds without 2GB’s Donny Moseley won’t be the same. Happy retirement Donny. Today you remind us as fans, that our love of sport isn’t only for the athletes.

8/31/2014: NRL: Cam left to rue a golden shot lost

CAMERON Smith shot from the hip about how the Melbourne Storm had lost control against the Roosters. Leading 12-8, the Storm looked on target to keep a topfour finish within reach until the wheels wobbled with 23 minutes remaining. “A couple of...

8/31/2014: NRL: Lozza a proud dad as band of Brothers fall short


BEROWRA under-12s achieved something Queensland couldn’t — stop Laurie Daley. The Daley-coached Brothers lost their grand final 22-12 to Berowra, who wear the maroon of Queensland, in the North Sydney junior rugby league grand final...

8/31/2014: NRL: Archer sends video fix straight to the bin


NRL referees boss Tony Archer believes empowering video referees with the ability to overrule decisions would create another unnecessary interruption to the game. The intervention of video referees was one solution put to Archer yesterday in the wake...

8/31/2014: NRL: Bozo’s ref remedy


RUGBY league Immortal Bob Fulton believes referees should be given the same backing and financial support as a 17th NRL club, adding that on-field officials are just as important as any club, coach or player. Fulton and former Australian cricket coach...

8/31/2014: NRL: Locky warns stars will take rugby money and run


DARREN Lockyer has warned NRL boss Dave Smith that today’s league stars are more likely to quit the code than when the Broncos great rejected a $1.8 million package from the Australian Rugby Union. Having snared Wendell Sailor and Mat Rogers for the...

8/31/2014: NRL: FEISTY PARRA WON’T GIVE IN

IT took just 28 minutes for Parramatta’s season to potentially implode yesterday. That’s all the time Newcastle needed to pile on 34 unanswered second-half points to leave the Eels’ play-offs hopes hanging by a thread. A victory over the Knights...

8/31/2014: NRL: No pride as Tigers lose sixth straight

MICK Potter is all out of answers — especially when it comes to his future as the Wests Tigers coach. “I’ll just let it takes its course,’’ he shrugged when asked whether or not his NRL coaching career would end next week in the Tigers’ season-ender...

8/31/2014: NRL: Sticky’s big chance to wreck old club’s finals dreams


CAN the rugby league gods come up with a better script than this? Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has the chance next Saturday to hammer the final nail into Parramatta’s finals coffin. The former Eels coach, who announced he would be leaving the Western...

8/31/2014: NRL: EAGLES’ ROCK HITS


CAST an eye over the Manly 200 club and it’s easy to understand why the Sea Eagles’ history is so proud, fierce and factionalised. Despite a constantly-evolving backdrop of off-field sub-plots, Manly remain one of the most iconic brands in the NRL,...

8/31/2014: NRL: DEFIANT MANLY SAY THEY’RE FAR FROM BEING PACK OF PUSHO VERS

MANLY insist they have the forwards to shake up the finals. Beaten twice in the past three weeks by South Sydney and Parramatta, their bruising run to the finals continues when they play Penrith at Brookvale today. With one international forward in...

8/31/2014: NRL: THE 200 CLUB


TIM Grant never gave up on his childhood dream. “That is all I thought about when I was kid,’’ Grant said. “Playing first grade with the Panthers and winning a premiership with them.’’ Grant’s dream should have been crushed the day he was told he...

8/31/2014: NRL: METRES TO GALLEN


THEY could become arguably the most scrutinised statistics in rugby league history. In the wake of the Cronulla Sharks pleading guilty to “unwittingly” taking performance-enhancing substances in 2011, does NSW captain Paul Gallen’s playing record...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Keep it in the family


This may come as a surprise, but yes, cars can last longer than a flight to Finland. Not only is Rob Landsberry’s 1932 Chrysler De Soto proof but also after 82 years, this beauty is practically part of the family. Passed down to a third generation, it...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Workshop reveals the delicate art of printing


FOR anyone who’s uttered the words, “I can make that myself ”, only to realise it isn’t as easy as it looks. But then again, they probably didn’t have the helping hands of a professional keen to share some insights. As part of Willoughby’s Spring...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Awash with colour

You may think pink when it comes to spring, but after colourful Taiwan Day during the Willoughby Spring Festival you’ll be seeing everything in the brightest colours imaginable — gemstone-hued dresses in the formal dance groups, lush green vegetables...

8/31/2014: NEWS: ORIGINS

The name Chatswood comes from the Mayor of Willoughby Richard Harnett’s wife’s name, Charlotte or as she was known, “Chattie”. The wooded part is obvious, as prior to residential development of 1876 it was central for timber and farming. When the...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Tongan loyalty suits Sam right down to the tee


IT seems John Ibrahim’s long- time bodyguard Tongan Sam’s dedication to his boss knows no bounds. Beyond being willing to take a bullet for his boss ( we presume), Sam, whose real name is Semi Ngata, has of late been getting around wearing a T- shirt...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Killer mystery with no answers


THE Police Integrity Commission will not investigate the conduct of police who knew about crucial evidence for almost four years before it emerged to sink a high-profile murder trial. The evidence only became public after it was stolen from an...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Lawyer is cut down to size


HSU barrister Mark Irving’s walk out of the royal commission into union corruption past the media throng must have felt like a march through the desert. Irving did the walk after whistleblower Kathy Jackson (pictured) revealed they used to have sex in...

8/31/2014: NEWS: NOT TOO DUSTY: SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ON THE LAND


THESE amazing pictures capture the very spirit of Australia’s heartland. Keen photographer Dan McIntosh has spent years documenting his life in the Outback. From incredible all-encompassing dust storms, kids sharing an outdoor bath, and even sheep...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Wheely stupid selfies

ONE-in-three young drivers has admitted to taking a “selfie” behind the wheel, as Australia’s peak motoring body warns many are still ignorant of the tragic consequences and the hefty fines. A survey of 7000 drivers aged 18 to 24 found that texting...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Polio still a real risk in Australia

POLIO is just a plane flight away and Australia is still at risk, the Health Department’s latest Communicable Disease Intelligence reports. While the risk of imported polio is considered low, the consequences would be “very serious”, the report...

8/31/2014: NEWS: It’s true: TV’s just ads with break for shows


TALK about “ad nauseam” — local TV viewers are being bombarded by up to 46 minutes of advertising during peak prime-time programming, a Sunday Telegrap survey has found. A study of last Sunday night’s top shows across freeto-air channels 7, 9 and 10...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Spike in exotic pet crime as man caught with a hedgehog


FORGET cats and dogs, one man wanted a pet with a little more spike. A Raymond Terrace man faced court this week, charged with keeping an African pygmy hedgehog in captivity without a licence. Pleading guilty, he was handed a $770 fine, a criminal...

8/31/2014: NEWS: New test to detect mouth cancer


SYMPTOMS of oral cancer can feel like a cold, so by the time most people know they have it, it ’s too late. But 26- year- old Sydney researcher Samantha Khoury hopes to save lives with a new invention that detects the early stages of the cancer with a...

8/31/2014: WORLD: MODERN ART PUTS SOME POP INTO THE CLASSICS


SHE’S a cover star and a classical beauty, and this is one artist’s attempt to fuse those two facets of Angelina Jolie together. Multimedia producer Eisen Bernard Bernardo, 28, from the Philippines, has created a series of quirky works placing...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Scientists go ape at new ebola drug trial

AN experimental ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after...

8/31/2014: WORLD: Scramble to reach survivors after gold mine collapses


RESCUE teams in Nicaragua have been scrambling to reach at least 20 workers trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine. Two workers buried near the surface managed to dig their way out after the collapse...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: OUR BUNDLES OF JOY . . . NOW FOR THE TOYS


BEAU RYAN FOOTY SHOW, EX-FOOTBALLER Best present: My little girl Remi (20 months) is still pretty young to hand out Father’s Day presents, so the best present, which worked out to be the worst Father’s Day present I gave my Dad about three years ago...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: MARK GASNIER


FORMER NRL STAR, FOX FOOTBALL COMMENTATOR Best present: Surfboard. Worst present: I have only had two and, touch wood, they have been OK so far. Ultimate present: A trip to the Mentawais.

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: GERARD BEALE

Best present: We always got dad a new pack of undies each year — that was his present and I’m not sure if he liked it or not but he had no control over it. Worst present: Probably the new pack of undies each year! Ultimate present: I don’t think you...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: SHANE WATSON


PARTNER: LEE CHILDREN: WILL (1) Shane says “Having Will makes me want to perform well all the time to make him proud of me and not do anything silly on the field so he would think anything differently of me.” Lee says “Shane adores Will and wants to...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: RYAN HOFFMAN


PARTNER: MEL CHILDREN: ZACH (1) Ryan says “I love taking Zach to swimming lessons. He is a real water baby and it’s great to be in the pool with him. I think I have more fun than him sometimes.” Mel says “Ryan’s best asset as a father is the positive...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: JAMIE DWYER


PARTNER: LEONI CHILDREN: JULIAN (5) AND TAJ (3) Leoni says “He is a very loving and easygoing dad. He loves playing all sports with the kids, which they love too. Sometimes he is just like one of them!” Taj says “The best thing I love about my Dad is...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: SYDNEY SWANS


NICK MALCESKI Best present: Sleep-in followed by breakfast in bed with the little man. Worst present: Vacuum cleaner. Ultimate present: Round of golf (after a sleep-in). MIKE PYKE Best present: Meal out with family. Worst present: Gift...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: SHANE SMELTZ


FOOTBALLER Best present: A special hand-made card from my two little girls telling me how much they love me. Worst present: There hasn’t been one. Ultimate present: That everyone in my house sleeps in until 10am and I can wake in peace. Expectation:...

8/31/2014: LIFESTYLE: SHANNON ECKSTEIN


PARTNER: BELINDA CHILDREN: ELLIE (2) Shannon says “Ellie is just starting to speak on the phone, which is cute. I ring home most nights when I’m away to see how her day has been.” Belinda says “Shannon leaves early in the morning for swimming...

8/31/2014: OPINION: Allied with US, we will defeat evil

FINALLY, this is starting to look like a fair fight. Today we reveal Australia is to join a coalition of nations in delivering weapons to the Kurdish forces fighting against the monstrous terror group Islamic State. Australia’s F18 Super Hornet jet...

8/31/2014: OPINION: Veteran’s carer

TODAY marks the start of Legacy Week, the annual fundraising drive for one of our most important charities. Legacy provides help, support and comfort to 90,000 families of Australian war veterans, including the small and precious group of just 200...

8/31/2014: OPINION: Silly political games as world fights terror


AUSTRALIA’S National Security Committee agreed to a US request to help arm the Iraqis against the advance of brutal Islamic State terrorists in the past fortnight. Labor was kept in the loop and was briefed on the mission, making some of last week’s...

8/31/2014: OPINION: TANK STREAM


DEAD PARROT SOCIETY EARTH to NSW parliament. Former Premier Kristina Keneally recently received a “Monty Pythonesque” letter from parliament, auditing her for expenses incurred from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014. This would be perfectly fine except for...

8/31/2014: OPINION: Inconvenient truth is, we’ve been sold a PUP on China


CHINA — what a great place. Fabulous. We love it. Solid friend to Australia. Won’t hear a bad word about the joint. That, apparently, is the only acceptable opinion nowadays on the great nation to our north. And when anyone raises even a murmur to...

8/31/2014: LETTERS: Hey Clover, why don’t you show more heart, less art


After reading about the dilemma of no services for the people who live in the country (“The ghost hospitals that haunt our country”, 24/8), I think maybe it’s about time city councils with plenty of money to spare could give to these hospitals what...

8/31/2014: LETTERS: HAVE THE CHANGES HELPED STUDENTS?

I refer to the article by Leigh Van Den Broeke (“Maths is failing girls”, 24/8). The article suggests that only a tiny percentage of girls undertake the trio of advanced maths , physics, and chemistry in the HSC, apparently because the majority choose...

8/31/2014: LETTERS: THE HOLIDAY THAT WAS A WINNER

Disability pensioner Kenedi (“An average punter with $3m”, 24/8) shows how well one can “battle” on a disability pension; $50 for Keno, then to the pokies. Just back from an overseas holiday and now $3 million. Why work? F. W. ANNING ASCOT QLD

8/31/2014: LETTERS: TXT THE EDITOR

CUDDLES: $500 million to be spent refurbishing sports grounds (24/8). How wonderful, maybe the homeless can sleep in the change rooms. BETTY: Cutting back on $500m for sporting venues and putting more money towards bush hospitals’ needs seems to me to...

8/31/2014: LETTERS: THE DARK SIDE OF BULK- BILLING

The article relating to doctors bulk billing by Samantha Maiden (“Doctors defend poor to enrich themselves”, 24/8) was spot on. Wherever there is easy giveaway money, there is rorting. The bad doctors rorting the bulk-billing scheme give other doctors...

8/31/2014: LETTERS: GETTING BLOOD FROM A PATIENT

Last week I went to my GP. He told me he needed me to have blood tests. There were five different tests involved. At $7 each, that equals $35 under the co-payment scheme along with $7 for the consultation. That comes to $42. Then there is the...

8/31/2014: LETTERS: LEGALISE DRUGS ON THE PLAYING FIELD

Why not make drugs legal and allow them to be used under strict medical supervision, this will make it a level playing field (“Why I can’t quit Sharks”, 24/8). We see players being given painkiller injections so they can return to the field of play....

8/31/2014: LETTERS: DISABILITY PENSION IS TOO GENEROUS

Kenedi, a disability penisoner for 13 years, wins $3 million. If he can afford to travel to Macedonia and come home to spend $50 on Keno tickets, methinks the pension is too generous. It is given by taxpayers to enable a disabled person to live with...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Sick kids call for angels


THERE aren’t many things seriously ill children have to look forward to, but for eightyear-old Taiana, a weekly visit from her friend Carole Elliott is a definite highlight. Ms Elliott, 70, is a palliative care volunteer at The Children’s Hospital at...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Packaged dinners a huge hit

SHOPPERS are looking for quick, fresh and healthier prepackaged dinner options, if Product of the Year Award submissions are any indication. Woolworths’ Gold, its Creative with Jamie Oliver range and Coles “ready-to” packaged meals are just some of...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Forget the Heimlich, Ray was saved by ‘Hadley manoeuvre’


THEY call it the “Hadley manoeuvre”. Prominent Sydney radio host Ray Hadley had a brush with death this week when he choked on a piece of meat while at lunch in a Homebush steakhouse. It was only the quick thinking of his producer, Chris Bowen, who...

8/31/2014: NEWS: No bail for accused murderer

A MAN charged over the murder of a young Sydney fatherof-two has been denied bail. Diego Carbone, 23, was arrested on Friday as he tried to board a flight to Thailand. Carbone was later formally charged with the murder of Brad Dillon, 25, who was...

8/31/2014: NEWS: COMMON MYTHS

BURNS: Avoid ice or frozen goods. Running tap water is best. SNAKE BITES: No tourniquet. Apply a firm bandage around the wound area. STINGS: Hot showers are best for marine stings. Scrape bee stings to remove stinger.

8/31/2014: NEWS: Day a tiny town finally got a win


AFTER 14 losses in a row, the Geurie Goats needed a miracle — and it arrived yesterday in the form of Wallabies legend Matt Burke. Wearing thongs and jerseys fitting a little too snugly over their paunches, the Goats grinned in disbelief as Burke...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Mum- in- law’s desperation fuels marijuana legalisation bid


QUEENSLAND Liberal MP Warren Entsch has revealed the desperation of his mother-in-law who was forced into “dark alley deals’’ to buy drugs for her son who suffered from multiple sclerosis. Backing calls for the legalisation of medical marijuana and...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Australia tops shark death list

OVER the past three decades Australia has had more people die from shark attacks than any other nation in the world. Research has found that surfers are the group hardest hit, followed by swimmers and scuba divers. A total of 32 people died between...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Driver in a lucky escape

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing today into a car smash involving a young male driver, who was lucky to escape without serious injury. The man was driving in Casula at about 1.30am when he lost control of a black Toyota Corolla, mounted the footpath and...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Relax in a hidden oasis


ALONG Victoria Avenue, you’ll notice an abundance of teashops, each displaying perfect rows of delicate cups and stacked canisters, a beauty that comes through symmetry but doesn’t help in deciding where to go. TenRen’s Tea has found its...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Hey, the Gangnam’s all here


LOVE it or hate it, that cowpoke lasso dance by Psy has you bopping in your seat singing the only three lyrics you know, “Hey — sexy lady”. With such a catchy tune and borderline silly dance, it’s quite clear that K-pop, short for Korean Pop, is really...

8/31/2014: NEWS: So much more than canine companions


Fun but not obnoxious, attentive but not overbearing. Those are the endearing traits of a golden retriever — perfect friend, loving companion and practically synonymous with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. While these canine companions are a vital benefit for the...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Les bows out with final goal: Pele interview


BRAZILIAN football great Pele is coming to Australia to celebrate the retirement of SBS broadcaster Les Murray. Murray will interview Pele on stage at Sydney’s State Theatre on November 20, with an audience Q&A session afterwards. He has also been...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Kids charged for punching two old men

TWO elderly men were allegedly punched in the face and robbed of a wallet by a gang in Sydney’s west. Police said the men, aged 60 and 61, were walking along John St, Lidcombe at 12.15am yesterday when they noticed they were being followed by four to...

8/31/2014: NEWS: THE GANG

INMATE X Allegedly directed threats to be made against the key witness. Awaiting trial for allegedly threatening a person with intent to influence a witness, perjury and making a false statement under oath. NATHAN THOMAS STUART, 30 Found not guilty...

8/31/2014: NEWS: THE LIES

“I lied about doing six arm robbiers and I also said that I was counting money with (the inmate) which was also are lie and I lied because I got caught with herion and guns so I blamed the above people because I knew they have been in trouble with the...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Tony’s bombproof Beemer


BOMBPROOF BMWs designed to withstand AK47 bullets and terrorist attacks have won the contract to replace the Prime Minister’s fleet of ageing Holden VIP limos. Government documents have confirmed that BMW has won the $6.2 million battle after a war of...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Running for the joy of it


SHE might be little, but she’s already proved she has plenty of fight. Diagnosed with leukaemia at just two years old, Luella Ugarte, now seven, is about to tackle a race many adults would find difficult; the Blackmores 3.5km family fun run. But it...

8/31/2014: NEWS: THE $35,000 COUGH


IT was a cough that ended up costing $35,000. When a doctor referred Ira McClure for further treatment she had no idea the health facility was supportive of a controversial spiritual healing/new age group based in northern NSW. During the course of...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Gardeners dig the internet


THIS horticulturalist is bringing a technological edge to gardening that ’s winning the industry over. Matthew Carroll, the inventor of a “wikipedia” for plants called Hortipedia, said the industry was focusing more and more on technology. Mr Car...

8/31/2014: NEWS: THE PROPERTIES

$20M PATINACK FARM, RICHMOND GROVE AT SANDY HOLLOW ( 1337ha, 3305ac). One of Australia’s premier horse breeding nurseries in the rich Hunter Valley of NSW. $7M TREMAYNE AT BROKE, NSW ( 1397ha, 3453ac). In the heart of Hunter Valley wine country,...

8/31/2014: NEWS: THE HORSES

560 HORSES AT THE MAGIC MILLIONS SALES ON THE GOLD COAST ON SEPTEMBER 28 STALLIONS Murtajill ($1m) Monaco Consul ($1m) Trusting ($ 2m) Lope De Vega ($3m) BROOD MARES Allez Wonder ($750,000 Bel Mer ($1m) Devil Moon ($700,000) Heavenly Glow...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Starved of anorexia specialists


HAVING a child succumb to the eating disorder anorexia is a frightening experience and even more so if you live outside Sydney where resources are scarce. Deborah Gibson’s daughter Madeline Moore was recently admitted to an eating disorders clinic in...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Mental health in fatal crisis

YOUNG men in the bush are almost twice as likely to take their lives as those living in cities in a devastating toll that underlines the crisis in mental health care in the country. Even though 30 per cent of the population live outside metropolitan...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Children’s vaccine to cost $500

PARENTS will face a $500 bill if they wish to protect their children from the deadly Meningococcal B disease after a new vaccine was rejected for subsidy for a second time. The hard-to-diagnose Meningococcal B infection, which starts with flu-like...

8/31/2014: NEWS: RU OK bid to phone loved ones

HAVE you forgotten how long it’s been since you last called your mum? Can’t remember what her voice sounds like? You could be one of over half of Australians checking in with loved ones through a quick text or Facebook post instead of an actual phone...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Winners bound for Gallipoli


HALF of them don’t even own a passport, but six Western Sydney students are off on the trip of a lifetime to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs. The Year 10 and 11 students have each scored a seat on a trip to London, Paris and Gallipoli for their...

8/31/2014: OPINION: One year since we got rid of Labor bunglers


AS the first anniversary of the election of the Abbott government approaches we are daily reminded of how and why Australians rejected Labor last September. Thanks in part to Paul Kelly’s authoritative book Triumph and Demise, with its detailed...

8/31/2014: OPINION: Paying foreign workers less hits a vein of fear and envy


FROM a majestic project such as the Snowy Mountain scheme to a drab stretch of country road, so much of our infrastructure could not have been created without top-up labour from foreign workers. Be they post-war settlers who came here, worked their...

8/31/2014: FRONT PAGE: AUSSIE GUN RUN TO IRAQ


AUSTRALIA will air drop guns and munitions into Iraq to help Kurdish fighters against Islamic State terrorists. PM Tony Abbott will today announce he has answered an SOS from the US.

8/31/2014: NEWS: The LOVE special


Teresa Palmer on her son Bodhi, plus famous couples reveal how they keep the romance alive INSIDE

8/31/2014: NEWS: BANKROLLING NATHAN TINKLER


In a week when the failed businessman and footy team owner is back in the headlines, Gerry Harvey reveals the extent to which he tried to keep Tinkler’s empire afloat

8/31/2014: NEWS: KERR— BLING!


Oh what a difference a new boyfriend can make. Supermodel Miranda Kerr was famous for her simple tastes in jewellery but it seems her new relationship with Aussie billionaire James Packer has changed all that

8/31/2014: NEWS: FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE


The best lastminute gifts on the market

8/31/2014: NEWS: A FAMILY IN PAIN


A freak accident at home has left a young dad facing the prospect of raising four daughters alone

8/31/2014: NEWS: SPECIAL CRIME INVESTIGATION


Jailhouse phone calls that brought an alleged armed robbery gang unstuck

8/31/2014: NEWS: Why Guy’s the perfect picture of a top dad


HE may be adored by thousands of fans, but it’s the love of his two young children that gives Guy Sebastian the most joy. Thinking about his first Father’s Day as a dad of two, the pop star is totally in love with two-year-old Hudson and...

8/31/2014: NEWS: It’s a $1b rip-off on our credit card rates

AUSSIES are being gouged a billion dollars a year by credit card companies who have jacked up borrowing rates despite the falling cost of funds. More than a dozen lenders are charging punitive rates in excess of 20 per cent, despite the cash rate...

8/31/2014: NEWS: PARRA’S LAST CHARGE OF THE LANCER BRIGADE


IT WAS a once in a century event yesterday when Parramatta’s main street was overrun with tanks and light horseman from one of Australia’s oldest regiments. Macquarie St was transformed into a military hub as the town celebrated their hometown...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Sex attack in top school

ONE of Sydney’s most elite schools has been rocked by allegations of unwanted sexual contact among a group of boarding students. Police are investigating the accusations, which could result in indecent assault charges being laid, and have already...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Facebook terrorist was drive-by shooter

A DRIVE-BY shooting targeting the home of colourful Sydney businessman Jim Byrnes was carried out by Islamic State fighters Khaled Sharrouf and his friend Mohamed Elomar, according to police and Mr Byrnes. No one was injured in the shooting just after...

8/31/2014: NEWS: No sale for Clarkes


TEST captain Michael Clarke and wife Kyly failed to sell their luxury southern Sydney home yesterday. Two groups were in furious negotiations with agents in bidding for the Lilli Pilli property but failed to surpass the $2.7 million vendor bid made by...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Air power about as far as we should go

THE government’s decision to provide air transport to carr y weapons for Kurdish fighters battling ISIS rebels escalates Australia’s involvement without increasing the risk. What the US badly needs are flags of support and with seven other nations...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Our alert level may need to go higher

FEARS t hat homegrown terrorists based in Syria and I raq are plot t i ng ter ror attacks against British targets will prompt a review of Australia’s own official terror alert, which is currently set at “medium’’. Attorney- General George Brandis has...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Home buyers are voting with their feet


THEY are the suburbs where locals let their feet do the talking. A recent ranking of Sydney’s most walkable suburbs shows that the areas where it is easiest to live without a car are becoming increasingly popular property markets. Research from...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Land sale camp out

DESPERATE times call for desperate measures and none are feeling the pinch quite like Sydney’s first home buyers. Just ask Lisa Nguyen and her partner Daniel Lee, who have been camping outside a Stanhope Gardens real estate office for four nights for...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Little miracles born after 12 years on ice


AS three-year-old Pia kisses her new baby sister Orla, both are oblivious to the miracle of their beginnings and the roller-coaster their parents have endured to make it to this point. Both girls were conceived 12 years ago and their tiny embryos put...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Fan letters seized in Wran’s cell


NEARLY a dozen letters from prison inmates expressing support for Harriet Wran and others from her co-accused have been found by police inside her jail cell, according to an official source. Wran, the daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran, had...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Shy teen who struggles to share her story, even with friends


MANUELA Musu was sitting with Mattia, a boy from her class, in the small neat bedroom she shares with her five-year-old sister Benedetta. They were not particularly close for reasons neither chose to understand. Manuela was not particularly close to...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Horrors of war hit home for Diggers

AUSTRALIA’S brave Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are likely to begin suffering the delayed trauma of war’s horror in large numbers from now on, a major veterans charity has warned. There is a typical seven- year ‘ incubation period’ for war trauma to...

8/31/2014: NEWS: First sunny day just a damp squib

TOMORROW marks the first day of spring but don’t pack away your brollies just yet. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Neale Fraser said Monday is expected to be the only day without rain this week. “There has been rain every day ( in Sydney) since the...

8/31/2014: NEWS: The sport stars who have truly won over a nation


THEY are the young guns of Australian sport and are more popular than some of the country’s great champions. Surfing star Sally Fitzgibbons, tennis teenager Nick Kyrgios and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo are more popular than Adam Scott, Sally Pearson,...

8/31/2014: NEWS: POPULAR YOUNG GUNS


MOST POPULAR FEMALE AND MALE ATHLETE According to 13-34-year-olds: Sally Fitzgibbons and Michael Clarke AUSTRALIA’S MOST RECOGNISABLE SPORTS PERSON: Ian Thorpe THE NEW WAVE : Nick Kyrgios and Daniel Ricciardo WHO DO WE TRUST?: Sally Fitzgibbons WHOSE...

8/31/2014: NEWS: Corby’s jailed boyfriend says he paid for drugs


SCHAPELLE Corby’s boyfriend has allegedly admitted to Bali drug squad officers that he owned the marijuana that has landed him in jail. And police say that he told them, under interrogation, that he bought the drugs in the east Java city of...

8/31/2014: NEWS: MP slams council ‘ junket’

A STATE government MP has slammed a councillors’ study trip to San Francisco and New York as a “junket”, saying the ratepayers’ cash should have been spent on local services. Elected representatives and senior planning staff from Canada Bay, Gosford,...

8/31/2014: FRONT PAGE: MANNY


TEN years ago Manny Musu was carried bloodied and limp from the bombed shell of the Australian embassy in Jakarta. Her mother was dead and she herself wasn't expected to live. Today, the 15-year- old speaks for the first time about her miraculous...

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