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It might not sound like music to you, but for that young tot sitting on the kitchen floor banging those pots and pans, it’s show time. There’s a lesson to be learned here and it’s not just about compost piles and home gardens. At the Macarthur Centre...


People don’t necessarily head out to a 19thcentury inn hoping to check out the only working servery hatch in Australia, unless of course they’re looking for ghosts, in which case, they’re in the right place. Built in 1834 by landowner George Taber and...


After a vigorous trek along the Jingaa walking track in the Dharawal National Park, the huffing and puffing turns to sighs of relief with the sight of a stream falling over rocks into a secluded freshwater swimming hole. A welcomed reprieve if you...


By the time, you’ve found the blanket, bought the brie, and packed the basket, the novelty of a romantic picnic can wear thin. That’s where Jo Rapisardi and her food fairies can help, setting things up in Macarthur Park with flowers, champagne and a...


Vintage glamour is the inspiration for shoots by Bek Morris, of Bexterity Pin Up Photography, transforming her subjects into oldschool pinup stars. Some shots are sweet and cheeky with a patriotic flair, while others are decidedly smouldering.

Ganged pilchards have the attention of the tailor and salmon along Terrigal and Wamberal Beaches. Whiting and bream are devouring live nippers and blood worms at Ettalong Point and The Pines. Whitebait presented on small ganged hooks are accounting for...


DUD deals and service are driving borrowers and savers from banks to peer-to-peer lenders. Those seeking money are paying 4 per cent less interest than they would on a traditional personal loan. Those lending cash are being given the opportunity to...


TELSTRA and Commonwealth Bank are the two most important stocks for small investors. They are important for two reasons. There is a heap of Telstra and CBA shares out there, and thanks to privatisations, a big part of that heap is owned by those small...


BUY COMPUTERSHARE ( CPU) First half earnings were in line with guidance. Headwinds persist but we believe management’s focus on cost savings and acquisitions will support earnings growth. ECHO ENTERTAINMENT ( EGP) Echo’s numbers were strong and ahead...

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...

Across 4 Points of punctuation in parts of intestines (6) 7 Grave around four becoming trenchant (8) 8 New rides provided for those taking food (6) 9 Deep mats damaged in wild rush (8) 11 See cape put around the one who got away ( 7) 13 Typically...


Manly’s Toby B. Styling grew up near Scottish immigrant Pamela Thompson and her family at Killarney Heights, and met for the first time five years ago with a brief yet memorable conversation. As both had partners at the time nothing happened until two...


Q My bride to be and her gaggle of bridesmaids are trying to get me to do a crazy routine for our first dance. I’m a dreadful dancer and the whole thing is making me sick with nerves. What should I do? A This could well and truly be a snapshot of the...


Dress A gown with beaded lace bodice and tulle skirt from Velani Couture, Five Dock Honeymoon Four weeks travelling around the US WHILE celebrating a mutual friend’s 18th birthday in Balmain in 2006, Elise and Brock’s worlds overlapped. They found...


Married January 23, 1965 AURORA and Phillip have their sisters to thank for introducing them more than 50 years ago. They wed on January 23, 1965 at St Jerome’s Catholic Church in Punchbowl, and enjoy socialising, dancing and their family...


Dress A strapless floor-length gown with flowing skirt by When Freddie Met Lilly, Brisbane Honeymoon Fiji for 10 days AFTER Nick met Jess in 2010 through mutual friends, he moved from Sydney to Tamworth — with a plan. His plan was to win her over,...


Dress A strapless Maggie Sottero dress with intricate beading, from Sweethearts in Blacktown Honeymoon Hawaii for 2½ weeks MELISSA and Natale met by chance at an ice cream shop in Windsor, and their lives became a little sweeter. Their first meeting...


MAKE your wedding photos stand out with stunning props from Props To You. They provide rustic vintage and eclectic props for weddings and events and also have a range of ceremony, party and photo shoot props. If your wedding needs a bright addition...


DRESSING th the b brideid and dh her maidsid is a big job, and the groom and his groomsmen often take a back seat. New Sydney men’s accessories label Huxby Haberdashery has launched a custom- made ser vice that lets grooms design their own ties, bow...


IF you’re looking for a creative hens’ party option, consider booking a flower arranging workshop with Rainy Sunday. The classes are 1 ½ hours long and can cater from six to 20 “hens”. Classes are $ 65 per person and include the workshop, your...


Born July 1, 2014 Weight 3.84kg Hospital Prince of Wales, Randwick WHEN a newborn is nicknamed “happy”, that’s the same word that can also describe her lucky parents. Meet “happy-as” Hazel Mackie, who has been a dream for Coogee parents Ian and Lisa...


Born June 27, 2014 Weight 3.1kg Hospital Royal North Shore Private IT didn’t take long for Harry to learn that lots of smiles equals lots of attention. Having older brother Jack, 3, around makes it tough to get all of the attention, but it does mean...


Born September 25, 2014 Weight 2.8kg Hospital Sutherland BRIELLE likes to carefully study everything around her and is mostly quiet and serious. She even cries quietly, but when she smiles she lights up and laughs loudly. She loves to spend time with...


Born June 22, 2014 Weight 3.15kg Hospital Campbelltown Public IMOGEN is a happy, smiley baby who loves to be cheeky and poke her tongue out. She enjoys playing peekaboo and also likes to look at her reflection in the mirror. The day she was born was...


Born November 5, 2014 Weight 3.19kg Hospital Royal Prince Alfred ILIAS is quickly growing up into a little man who loves smiles, hugs and giggles. He’s starting to really find his voice, letting his mum and dad know that he’s having fun, or that it’s...


Born January 24, 2014 Weight 3.45kg Hospital Nepean MADDEN is a good little baby who is a real blessing for his parents. The little tacker, who put on 1kg in his first three weeks, is now full of health. He loves baths and relaxes as soon as he can...


Born September 9, 2014 Weight 4.2kg Hospital Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick BRIGHT-eyed Olivia loves a good giggle, being outdoors and splashing around in the water. She was very excited when she met her big brother Ignatius, 1, for the first...


Every man and his dog is “grateful” in Hollywood these days, so overused and abused is the expression of appreciation for life’s lucky breaks. But no one knows the meaning of the word more than Melbourne actor Sullivan Stapleton who has just won the...


HE first drew applause as a dancer in Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs, now Aaron Glenane (right) is set to impress as Australian music impresario Michael Gudinski in Seven’s upcoming telemovie Molly. The 28-year-old joins Samuel Johnson (who will play Meldrum)...


LUNCH companions don’t come more fun than Gina Liano, the undisputed star of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, who was in Sydney to promote the return of Arena’s reality cult series (tonight, 8.30pm). Her decolletage matched her sparkling anecdotes —...


IT’S hard to recall exactly which calamity in Canberra managed to steal the spotlight from Australian Of The Year Rosie Batty (there have been so many), but her time has come on tomorrow night’s panel show Q&A. Devoted to the national crisis of...


POWER restaurants are where deals are done, millions are made and some food is eaten — mostly thanks to expense accounts. Then there’s the tag of “power restaurant” itself, which gets thrown around a little too liberally at times and has been...


SERVES 4 PREPARATION TIME 5 MINUTES COOKING TIME 6-8 MINUTES 1 large yellow sweet potato Vegetable oil, for deep-frying Sour cream and sweet chilli sauce to serve 1Fill a deep-fryer with vegetable oil and heat to 140C. 2Using a vegetable peeler,...


WHAT is it about chips? Even though we know they’re in no way good for you, the flavour and texture are so more-ish, that all good sense flies out the window. Whether it’s hot chips fresh from the deep-fryer, or a packet of crisps grabbed slightly...


NATHAN Johnson is head chef at French restaurant Felix, which is part of the seventh annual March Into Merivale food festival, starting on Wednesday. What did you have last night for dinner? Honestly — no fudging. Staff meal at work — pasta and salad....


Prinnie Stevens could be in the jungle right now wrestling with creepycrawlies, elephant poo and other celeb contestants. Instead, she’s on stage singing the music of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live, and she couldn’t be happier with her choice. “I...


AUDIENCES for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer are in for an intense re-telling of the classic one-act production. As the play starts, Mrs Venable (Robyn Nevin) leads Dr Cukrowicz (Mark Leonard Winter)...


IN Kill the Messenger, playwright Nakkiah Lui tells two troubling stories about people dying: victims of “institutionalised racism”. Paul, an Aboriginal man with a drug addiction, was turned away from a hospital emergency ward. They thought he just...

THEATRE BLOOD BROTHERS The gritty musical is almost sold out, Hayes Theatre Co until March 15. Bookings: 8065 7337 MICHAEL PALIN The former Python looks back on his career, State Theatre, Wednesday & Thursday. Ticketmaster: 136 100 HATS OFF! The...


In A Most Violent Year, a businessman whose company distributes fuel across New York City, Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), faces a crisis. His trucks are being hijacked, the drivers assaulted and the consignments stolen. Abel suspects one of his...


HAVING begun the so-called “silver dollar” phenomenon — sweet comedies aimed squarely at the baby-boomer market — the residents of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are back, in fine fettle, evidently ready for more nudge-nudge, wink-wink...


THE so-called found-footage genre, or point-of-view cinema as some marketing types prefer to call it, peaked early in its short and predictable life with the ultra-low-budget chiller Paranormal Activity in 2007. That and its seemingly endless run of...

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 125 minutes (MA15+) The hotly anticipated screen reading of the trashy bestseller isn’t nearly as shocking as expected. It’s not that interesting, either. JUPITER ASCENDING 127 minutes (M) The Wachowskis return with an overblown...


Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, had a great honour last week. She got to meet a dear friend of mine. On Wednesday, Catherine visited a pottery factory in Stoke on Trent, England, where she designed some mugs to raise money for the East Anglia...


Correct me if I’m wrong but Joanna Lumley, actress, champagne swiller and owner of the world’s most seductive voice is not, in fact, a nutritionist. Neither is she, as far as I can see, a dietician, a biologist or even a cook. Yet this hasn’t stopped...


I COUDLN’T care less that Pete Evans’s fiancé has had three boob jobs, pierced nipples and now boasts tattooed toes. Likewise, I don’t give a monkey’s that he credits her as the inspiration behind his paleo evangelism (see main piece). Rather, what...


BRAVO to the Productivity Commission for finally coming up with a childcare funding proposal that’s straightforward, broad and fair. It’s encouraging to know that women are now being recognised as a life form with talents more diverse than...

ONE of the greatest triumphs of my career was beating a triple-barrelled Sloane Ranger to a job on one of the UK’s great newspapers. How I, a provincial Antipodean with horsedrawn vowels and overgrown hair, saw off Anastasia Bingley-Crompton-Goldsmith...

CHARGE: Whitewashed the facts of the Iraq war. Overlooked the flaws (racist, lacking moral confliction) of its hero Chris Kyle. Glorified snipers. Echoes of Nazi propaganda. METHODS: More conservative versus liberal war than smear campaign, the...


THE guild awards are in and the votes are counted … so let’s take a look at the likely winners ahead of tomorrow’s Oscar ceremony. Eight films are vying for best picture, including Clint Eastwood’s headline-grabbing Iraqi war drama American Sniper....

CHARGE: The film slanders WWII code-hacker Alan Turing by downplaying his homosexuality and insinuating he committed treason. METHODS: A blog on the New York Review of Books labelled the movie “a poor imitation of Alan Turing” and “a bizarre departure...

CHARGE: “The film falsely portrays President Lyndon B. Johnson as being at odds withth Martin Luther King Jr.JrJr.” METHODS: S: In a Washington Post op-ed blatantly aimed at academy voters (it ended with the directive: “The movie should be ruled out …...

CHARGE: Homosexual undertones in the on-screen relationship between Olympic gold-medallist wrestler Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) and millionaire coach-benefactor John du Pont (Steve Carell) were “sickening and insulting”, claimed the...


Many women know Bobbi Brown through her muchlauded line of cosmetics, but as an innovator, less so. Last week, the make-up artist turned global brand visited Australia — her fastestgrowing market — to talk beauty and business. Brown, who has inspired...


SMOKING HOT WHERE Diane von Furstenberg HOW Make-up guru Pat McGrath proved the classic smoky eye never goes out of style. Here she used layers of black and brown eye pencils, and a selection of charcoal shadows to achieve a diffused but smoking hot...


KEIRA Knightley, star of The Imitation Game, could take home the Best Actress in a Supporting Role trophy at tomorrow’s Academy Awards but beauty experts say she’s already a winner in the makeup category. The English actress, who is six months...


A FLOCK of fashion peacocks descended on Fendi’s New York flagship store opening last weekend. The singer was surprisingly understated compared to some of her fellow attendees in a simple shimmery bronze dress and fuzzy pink coat. PETRA NEMCOVA The...


New York Fashion Week has wrapped and the fashionable caravan of buyers and media has moved on to London. So what did the internet make of all the wonderful clothes, new ideas and sweatladen work we saw? Not much, really. Google “New York Fashion...


SINCE supermodel Jessica Hart wore Rebecca Vallance’s black leather leggings last month (left) the style has become a top seller. While a celebrity endorsement is worth its weight in gold, the comfortable slim-fit design has fans coming back for...


RISING style star and Once Upon A Time actor Georgina Haig (pictured) says she doesn’t leave home without getting her garb right. “Tomorrow I’m casting for a period film so I’ll wear a demure outfit so they can imagine me in costume,” she said. Since...


AUSSIE retailer Kookai flew British glamazon Lily Donaldson to Las Vegas last month for its new winter campaign. It’s a big coup for the label, which recently photographed fellow Victoria’s Secret model Marloes Horst. Creative director Danielle Vagner...


NEW York pulled out all the stops last week — lavishing the runway with fur, fringing and shimmery gold fabrics. Taking cues from style icon, Diana Vreeland, Marc Jacobs sent girls out in sequined coats, skirts and gowns decorated with everything from...


There’s more than a touch of Desperate Housewives about Real Housewives Of Melbourne newbie Pettifleur Berenger (pictured). Think of this pocket rocket as the delicious and provocative ex-model, Gabrielle Solis of Wisteria Lane — the character bought...

WHICH rock star who really should know better was eager to source some coke on a recent trip to Sydney? WHICH reality show episode’s shock ending might not have been quite the surprise that it seemed? One contestant not only expected it to happen but...


SOME of the sparkle went out of Sydney life a year ago today, with the tragic death of media personality Charlotte Dawson (pictured), who took her own life. Warm, generous and funny, Charlotte could have been a great role model for young women...


Julianne Moore defies all expectations of the “older actress” by continuing to enjoy a red-hot career. Still sexy at 54, Moore seems to be more in demand than ever, clocking up a body of work that would make any actress envious. She’s had a busy 12...

She was born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960 Her father was a paratrooper in the US Army and her mother was a Scottish social worker Moore once planned to become a doctor Her family moved 23 times before she turned 18 and she went to nine...


ADENE Cassidy drew an impressive crowd as she unveiled her new Double Bay boutique on Wednesday night. The former Channel 7 TV reporter and wife of grandson of the founder of Fisher and Paykel, Andrew Paykel, has ventured into the retail fashion world...


BUSINESS is clearly booming for men’s outfitters The Academy Brand with the label opening the doors to its third Sydney store on Thursday night. New dad and founder Anthony Pitt was joined by his TV presenter wife Lara Pitt, former MasterChef...


JUST when you thought Hugos Manly couldn’t get any better the northern beaches restaurant has scooped up the suburb’s most prime real estate. The popular Manly haunt has increased its seating to include an extra 53 seats on the waterfront deck out the...


IT’S exactly what you want to be greeted with when walking into a room — suited-up models with an anti-ageing, wrinkle busting serum in their hot little hands. That’s what guests were welcomed with on Tuesday when they entered the Quayside Room at the...


GRAEME Murphy’s Swan Lake got a rapturous response from Friday’s opening night audience. The 2002 work is one of the Australian Ballet’s most loved and widely performed productions — with good reason. Inspired by the love triangle between Princess...


KATHY Griffin has fired a shot at Cate Blanchett. On the eve of the Oscars, the E! Fashion Police panellist said: “Cate Blanchett is a Woody Allen apologist, so she will have to pay for that.” Griffin was referring to Blanchett’s support of the Blue...


TEN months after replacing ing Leila McKinnon while she he took maternity leave, Deborah Knight has been announced as the permanent host of Weekend Today. The mother of two will co-host the Channel el 9 morning show alongside ide popular TV...


FUTURE Music Festival is set to take place on Saturday and won’t be short on celebrities. Model and presenter Kris Smith, actors Kyle Pr yor, Alec Snow and Nic Westaway and football’s funnyman Beau Ryan will be heading down to the festival’s...


EITHER Samara Weaving ng has a huge crush on Justin Bieber ber and doesn’t want to own up to it, or she really was the target of hackers when her Instagram am account suddenly began posting numerous pictures es of the pop star on Thursday. ay. The 22-...

THE Real Housewives of Melbourne have put their bitter rivalries aside to ask for a pay rise. Buoyed by news the second series of their show has been bought by US network Bravo, which will screen it in prime time, the women believe they deserve more...


SASS & Bide stamped an Aussie flavour on London Fashion Week last night in a first for the brand’s creative designer Anthony Cuthbertson, who revealed his collections would soon be aimed at the culturally tricky Middle East market. Cuthbertson made...


He’s the young Aussie model rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most beautiful people — most notably American socialite Paris Hilton. Yet despite the relentless rumours, 18-year-old Jordan Barrett insists there’s nothing going on between him and...


CARRIE Bickmore (pictured) has two good reasons to look forward to the Logies this year. The May 3 awards ceremony will be the Channel 10 presenter’s first night out after having her second baby in early April. But the date will also mean she has...

MONDAY Hoyts Lux Bar at Broadway hosts a live telecast of the Oscars, from noon. TUESDAY The 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing season kicks off with an exclusive lunch at Rosehill Gardens. Bondi Hardware holds its annual End-of-Summer Birthday party on Hall...

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JUST as Cricket Australia was considering bringing Shane Warne back into the fold, the outspoken spin king has accused Darren Lehmann of rising above his station as coach. In his latest outburst, Warne yesterday warned Lehmann about taking charge of...


CHOKER is a term that should be used solely to describe the leash used to restrain excitable dogs. It’s an extremely derogatory sporting term and shouldn’t be used to describe the demise of an individual or a team. What really riles me is when the term...


CYCLONE Marcia ruined selectors’ plans to bring Michael Clarke back against a minnow nation, but Australia are confident the captain’s hamstring has been fortified to handle the extra intensity of now returning against a flying New Zealand. Head of...

WEST INDIES V PAKISTAN A REVITALISED West Indies triggered a sensational Pakistan batting collapse to notch their first World Cup victory by 150 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch yesterday. The Caribbean cricketers scored 310-6, with 115 runs...

FEBRUARY Clipsal 500 Adelaide February 26 – March 1 Friday: Practice (1-3), qualifying (rounds 1-2) Saturday: Practice 4, Races 1 and 2 Sunday: Qualifying ( 3), Top 10 shootout, Race 3 MARCH 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix March 12 –...


JAMIE Whincup is now considered the greatest driver in the history of the sport. The Red Bull record-breaker won an unprecedented sixth V8 Supercars title last year and has entered season 2015 vowing to continue his remarkable reign. The 32-year-old...


#1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup THE V8 King. Vying for a seventh crown and the driver everyone wants to beat. #2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Looking to consolidate on a year of resurgence for HRT and return to the top. One to...


HEADWATER treated some of Sydney’s best two-year-olds with contempt and vaulted to Golden Slipper favouritism with a brilliant win at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. The Group 2 $250,000 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) was the most-anticipated juvenile race...


CHRIS Waller admits he feels extra pressure training Sydney’s fan favourite Catkins. “She is a lovely horse, always gives her all, and you become so protective of them because you don’t like to see her getting beaten,’’ Waller said. “When you are...


DESPITE obvious joy and relief, trainer Mick Price was typically grounded in assessing Lankan Rupee after the resurrected world champion sprinter won at Flemington yesterday. “He’s just Lankan Rupee, not Black Caviar,’’ Price said, as if comparing the...


Nic Ashman looks at the best of today’s racing action across the state BARBARA Joseph is certain Cherokee Warrior will be suited by the shape of the track when he contests the Cowra Services Club Diggers Cup (1700m) today. Cherokee Warrior races...


TRAINER Luke Griffith received a compelling endorsement about Just A Girl’s sprinting ability from Sydney’s premier jockey James McDonald after they combined to win at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. “Just A Girl has done a great job,’’ McDonald said....

THE emotional extremes of horse racing were exemplified as Fine Mist’s connections celebrated and the Washington Heights camp were left disappointed and deflated at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. Fine Mist improved her record to four wins from just seven...


IF the Group 2 was an indication of what we can expect from this threeyear-old generation in the Group 1s in coming weeks, then bring on the Sydney autumn carnival. Hallowed Crown won an absolute thriller at Rosehill Gardens yesterday from Sweynesse,...

THE Sydney Cup is the target for Greatwood after the import’s strong win in yesterday’s Listed race over 1900m at Rosehill Gardens. Trainer Gai Waterhouse, who has two Sydney Cup wins under her belt, said the son of Manduro was showing all the signs...

JAMES McDonald kept pace with premiership frontrunners Blake Shinn and Hugh Bowman with a winning treble at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. Sydney’s defending premier jockey completed his hat-trick when he drove Devonshire Duke to a narrow win in the...


A love of the outdoors and a growing trend towards healthy living is fuelling a passion for heading out into the great outdoors. Families and young couples make up the bulk of the $7 billion caravaning and camping industry, which has responded by...


BLACK DIAMOND APOLLO LANTERN Shine the light on your camp for hours with this energy efficient LED light $ 84.95, paddypallin. com. au COLEMAN PROPANE COFFEE MAKER Don’t miss out on the perfect cuppa when you’re camping. $149, bcf. com. au ROAMER...


OPTIMUS CRUX GAS STOVE Small cooking chores will be a breeze with this lightweight and foldable gas stove $ 84.95, paddypallin.com. au


You’ve seen them on ABC TV, now The Octonauts and the Funday Telegraph are giving you the chance to join in the adventure with the chance to win one of three family passes to their spectacular new live theatre show. The Octonauts are an eight-person...


Have you ever wanted to help the RSPCA with their animal rescue work? Tyson has one of the coolest jobs to do with animal welfare — he’s an inspector for the RSPCA. He loves his work saving animals and chats to us about his awesome job. FACT...


Hi Harry, Have you ever dyed your fur? I really want to have pink hair but my mum says I’m not allowed to yet. I think that a dog with purple fur would be so cool, and a cat with green fur would be so funny, haha. From Tammy Hi Tammy, How’s your...


Q;Q How do hurricanes see? A: With one eye! Q: What does a cloud wear under his raincoat? A: Thunderwear! Q: What did the lightning bolt say to the other lightning bolt? A: You’re shocking! Q: What happened to the cow that was lifted into the air by a...


LIKE so many around the world I am a big fan of the Simpsons. If you are a fan like me, do I have the game for you and better yet, it’s free! We have been exploring the app store to uncover our favourite games for your enjoyment. I introduce to you,...

Gold family passes: J. Watson, Schofields and L. Cannatelli, Allambie Heights Signed singlet: Z. Marulanda, Mount Riverview Merchandise pack: L. Blanning, Maianbar


The Nail Lab owner, Monika Carvalho, shares her tips on how to get a perfect pedicure What’s the difference between a salon versus home pedicure? You have a trained professional using salon quality products rather than doing it yourself. Think about...


The British It-girl’s style has oft been imitated, so it’s no surprise she’s finally launched her own vintage-inspired denim line. This is her first fashion collaboration and the first of two collections for AG Jeans Pixie dress, $ 399, 8987 3400


The Australian accessories label has teamed up with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to employ female Kenyan artisans. Crafted from cotton canvas, embroidery, silk screening and traditional Maasai hand beading, this twopiece collection is just the...


Emerald may have been Pantone’s colour of the year in 2013, but Le Creuset is backing Palm as the new green. This verdant hue, with Le Creuset’s signature hand-painted gradient, will add a little freshness to your kitchen. $ 25-$ 599, lecreuset.com.au


The newest addition to the line is a rich face oil. A mix of 10 plant and nut oils, including rosehip, burriti, arnica and Brazil nut hydrates your skin. And it also smells fabulous. $ 44.95, available Thursday, gotoskincare.com


A heat- activated polymer gel lining envelops skin with a mixture of jojoba and olive oils, ceramides and vitamin E. Can be used up to 50 times. $ 59.99, priceline.com.au


Extracts of wild mint and sage help soften and relax foot tissue, while their antifungal properties keep feet healthy. $15.95, thearomatherapycompany.co.nz


These polishes are five- free, made without DBP ( dibutylphthalate), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. $19.90, faby.com.au


Contains green tea and exfoliating beads to tame unruly cuticles. $15, thenaillab.com.au


Keep your heels smooth and buff away rough, dry skin with a pumice stone before you soak your feet. $ 5, amcal.com.au


SABATINI Warehouse sale, up to 80 per cent off current season, winter samples and one-off pieces. Prices from $20. Extra 15 per cent off when you mention Shop Smart. Where: Suite 305, Level 3, 61 Marlborough St, Surry Hills When: Tomorrow, 4pm- 8pm,...

JUST BATHROOMWARE Birthday sale, up to 30 per cent off leading designer bathroomware brands including Duravit, Villeroy & Boch, Gessi and more. When: Ends next Saturday Where: In store, see justbathroomware.com.au for locations

SAMBAG Warehouse sale, up to 80 per cent off past season stock and samples including shoes, bags, dresses, leather, cashmere and swimwear. When: Thursday, 9am-7pm, Friday, 9am– 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am– 5pm Where: 2C Hayes Rd, Rosebery LUV MY...

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BRASILFIT Warehouse sale up to 70 per cent off a range of workout wear. When: From Wednesday- Saturday Where: Suite 51/ 20-28 Maddox St, Alexandria


ARE Jai Que was run down in her heat of the Bathurst Cup, but trainer Mick Clayton believes his brilliant beginner can turn things around in tomorrow’s big final. In last Monday’s fourth heat Are Jai Que, chasing her 16th win in 21 starts, went like a...

NSW trainers Jason Mackay and Beau Hedley have backed Greyhound Racing NSW to chart the sport’s future success and have added to the industry’s widespread condemnation of alleged live baiting. GRNSW chief executive Brent Hogan has been stood down and...

MONDAY Bathurst – Ladbrokes Bathurst Gold Cup THURSDAY Dapto - Country Motor Company Puppy Classic shortcourse final SATURDAY Wentworth Park – Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Prelude DOGS TO FOLLOW HARDAWAY RAIDER Was a certainty beaten when...


This two-year-old made an impressive debut, winning over 400m in a slick 22.58. It is not often one sees a greyhound come from sixth at box rise to lead at the first turn in a 400m event, and then go on with the job to win. Check out the full replay at...


EVE McGregor, the former chair of Greyhound Racing NSW, has broken her silence on the animal cruelty scandal that has rocked the sport. McGregor voluntarily stood down from her role in charge of GRNSW following the damning Four Corners report last...


LEADING trainer Peter Moody celebrated Black Caviar Lightning Stakes day with a running treble at extraordinary odds at Flemington. Moody, whose runners a few years ago went around at skinny odds merely because of his winning habit, produced a $61...


GODOLPHIN’S John O’Shea unearthed a potential Doncaster Mile contender when San Diego made an impressive comeback over 1350m at Rosehill Gardens yesterday. San Diego showed considerable ability during his three-year-old season but suffered a tendon...

MY Kitchen Rules star Manu Feildel will be a special guest at Tamworth Jockey Club’s third heat of the Country Championships. The French chef will be joined by new MKR contestants, Will and Steve — both former investment bankers from the...

STAY tuned for official confirmation tomorrow that Canterbury will be the quarantine and training and stabling facility for the overseas horses here for The Championships in April. The first arrivals — the Japanese quartet of To The World, Tosen...

EXPECT Twitter account Team Headwater to have a lot more followers in coming weeks. Only moments after Headwater raced away with the Silver Slipper, he was installed the $4.60 favourite with the TAB to win the Golden Slipper. A minute later, the page...

GODOLPHIN’S Henry Plumptre was smiling like a Cheshire cat despite Sweynesse’s narrow loss in the Hobartville Stakes yesterday. He had every right as Godolphin’s Australian breeding operation, Darley, bought into the winner Hallowed Crown late last year.

WHAT about the race tonight in Singapore where all nine runners are owned by the China Horse Club. You’d like to hope the money is right. Our boys Tommy Berry, Hugh Bowman and Blake Shinn made hasty exits from the jockeys’ room to catch flights.

WHAT about Joe Pride’s tweet just minutes after Lankan Rupee won the Group I Lightning Stakes: “All I saw was confirmation that Terravista is WBS (world’s best sprinter) #franking form.’’

CAN we assume the rail was off at Rosehill yesterday given no one went near it? Would’ve been nice to see one or two decent chances have a crack. Most of the leaders rolled off the fence and the fields tended to follow.

THE ATC has postponed the reopening of the Kensington track after jockeys noted plenty of “kickback” during last Tuesday’s trials.


#17 DJR Team Penske Marcos Ambrose Expect him to be a real race threat by the end of season. Big Bathurst chance. #18 Walkinshaw Performance Lee Holdsworth Moves to new stable looking for wins. Will have to beat Courtney and Tander. #21 GB...

SUPER-CONFIDENT Indian batting firebrand Virat Kohli says a packed house at the MCG today excites him rather than intimidates him. Having the scariest quick in the game, South Africa’s Dale Steyn, yelling in his face and trying to knock his head off...


THEY seem determined to terrify their supporters along the way, but Sydney FC’s race for the top four is still on track. Victory over the Mariners last night took the Sky Blues level with Wellington in fourth and makes it 15 goals scored in four...


DIVING is a scourge of football, it’s against the rules and no one likes seeing players fall down — but, honestly, get over it. It’s gamesmanship and while we play for points, trophies and money, players are going to do what they can to get a...


WANDERERS were denied a share of the spoils in cruel fashion at Coopers Stadium last night. Reduced to 10 men for the final, seven minutes, Western Sydney looked likely to gain a draw until Sergio Cirio drove home a Craig Goodwin cross to seal it for...


A CALM if not cool Lydia Ko is poised for a final pairing duel today with another talented teenager in pursuit of a first Women’s Australian Open crown. Ko overcame two dropped shots to post a one-under 72 in the searing heat that baked Royal...


SURFING star Stephanie Gilmore has admitted she has her eye firmly on former mentor Layne Beachley’s record of seven world crowns — and plans to snare a few more for good measure. Gilmore, at 27 the oldest woman surfer in the world top 10, has no...

AN untimely ankle injury to superstar Penny Taylor was the turning point as Dandenong crashed out of the WNBL finals yesterday. The Rangers were in cruise control, leading Sydney Uni Flames by 15 points with eight minutes to go in the third term at...


LOSING new general James O’Connor 20 minutes before kick-off last night spun the Reds’ week into the chaos that can only be cured by stubborn guts, pride and a brilliant 75m try from nowhere. The Queenslanders somehow did it in stirring fashion with a...


YOU just trust a league player. Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has vowed to study rugby’s rule book in the bye week after his dead- ball clanger nearly cost his side a win against Melbourne. The former Wests Tigers player deliberately knocked the...

THE Crusaders have rebounded from last week’s shock loss to defeat a disjointed Highlanders 26- 20 in Dunedin. Both teams ran in two tries, but the Highlanders looked a little rusty after sitting out the opening round with a bye, and their error rate...


SHE hasn’t won a national title yet, but Canberra’s Rebecca Wiasak is Australia’s latest cycling world champion. Wiasak won the 3000m individual pursuit at her first track cycling world championships in Paris after teammate Amy Cure took bronze. She...

THE Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather announced the bout yesterday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed...

MANNY Pacquiao attracted a big bet almost immediately when TAB markets went up on his May 2 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. One punter bet $6000 on the Filipino idol at $3, after Mayweather went up at $1.30. “The super fight has already attracted the...

CHELSEA have suspended two more people from the club’s stadium as their investigation into the Paris Metro racism incident gathers pace. A commuter, described in media reports as French-Mauritanian Souleymane S, was blocked from boarding a train by...

JACK Nicklaus isn’t ruling out Tiger Woods breaking his record of 18 major championships provided he rediscovers his game. Nicklaus said that Woods will have to do that on his own. “You go through things, and you have to have a positive thing happen...

MIAMI Heat forward Chris Bosh was in hospital on Friday, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra declined to confirm reports that doctors suspect a blood clot in his lung. “It’s too early for an ultimate diagnosis,” Spoelstra said, although he added that Bosh’s...

BERNARD Tomic has defeated Yoshihito Nishioka and will face American Donald Young in the semifinals of the ATP Delray Beach Open in Florida. Australia’s Tomic, playing his fourth quarter-final of the season, ended the run of the 19-year-old Japanese...


NEWLY installed Souths captain Greg Inglis (pictured) is $8 to score the first try of the match in tomorrow morning’s World Club series clash with St Helens in the UK. Both Souths and St Helens are the champions of their respective competitions with...

SPORTS BETTING NEWS AND ODDS WITH SHAYNE O'CASS


SOUTH Africa have beaten India in the last two one-day clashes between these sides. Admittedly, they were in the back end of 2013 in South Africa where they beat the Indians by huge margins (141 and 134 runs respectively). The South Africans have won...


Have you taken up the 12th Man Challenge yet? There’s a stack of prizes to be won thanks to TAB’s innovative live trivia game including $25,000 to be won in betting vouchers. Log on to www.12thmanchallenge.com.au and play during the India v South...

PUNTERS expect Australia’s recent dominance over New Zealand to carry over into next Saturday’s encounter at Eden Park. Australia has won four of the last six against the Black Caps including the last time the two sides met in February 2011 where the...

TOTTENHAM will be out to atone for last week’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool when they host West Ham. West Ham have taken maximum points in just one of their last six matches in the EPL while Spurs have been hit or miss during that time, winning four and...

The West Indies’ brand of calypso cricket will ensure Manuka Oval is bursting at the seams when they take on Zimbabwe in the World Cup. The once powerful Windies were shocked by minnows Ireland in a horror beginning to the tournament so will be...

The Sydney Kings have been competitive despite some recent defeats and represent tremendous value at the $4.50 in their NBL game against Melbourne United. These teams met on Friday in Sydney and both have been under pressure, losing five in a row...

Hashim Amla is ready to cut loose when South Africa take on the Indians in a Cricket World Cup blockbuster. Amla is $3.50 to High Bat for SA. South Africa ($1.55) to beat India ($2.45) Today, 2.30pm

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THE kid has talent. So you ferry him from the pool to the nets to the pitch to the velodrome. Eventually, however, a choice must be made. How to decide? It’s not about the money. Of course not. But BRW’s list of the 50 top earners in Australian sport...

FOR the three football codes that have employed Karmichael Hunt on lucrative contracts, the charges against the Bronco cum Sun cum Red have obvious ramifications. A high profile athlete charged with cocaine use inevitably gains widespread media...

THE criticism of the World Cup format has mostly surrounded the length of the tournament. But the real drawback so far has been the lack of close finishes with none of the first eight games up for grabs in the final over. That said, who didn’t enjoy...


A SMALL township that leaves a big impression, Huskisson on the edge of Jervis Bay is a stunning slice of coastal lifestyle. The beautiful NSW inlet was a well-kept secret for the best part of last century, but more recently the cat has well and truly...


Right on the waterfront, this grand property is a money spinner in the heart of Huskisson on Jervis Bay. Sitting on 3600sq m of beachfront land, it is on two land titles with two road entrances. There are two homes and seven holiday cabins, a deep...


ONE of the world’s tallest residential towers caught fire early yesterday in Dubai’s busy Marina district, sending flames several storeys into the sky and causing hundreds of people to be evacuated, yet no one was hurt, civil defence officials...

INVESTIGATORS probing the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have uncovered new footage featuring militia trawling through burning wreckage and Australian luggage and bragging over what they thought had been a military transporter. The...


Whether it ’s your first time on a horse or you’re in touch with your inner cowboy, Sydney Trail Riding Centre’s guided rides will have you sitting up high and moseying through the grassy plains. Don’t be surprised, though, if you recognise your...


Little did the park’s owners know that the racecourse they had just built would one day play a pivotal role in Australia’s military history. Holding its first meeting in 1914, a mere three years later, Menangle Park became the training ground forf...


A day at the Botanic Garden is no longer just a walk in the park among more than 2000 plant species. Liveliness is encouraged. Hiking and jogging paths weave through the ground’s impressive sculpture and flora collections, plus there’s a world-class...


DO you know a name fit for an emu? The inquisitive male and female arrived from a private farm where they had lived since the Australian Wildlife Park, adjacent to Wonderland theme park, closed in 2004.004. Having been raised att the park, the pair,...


ANIMAL RESCUE NOT all animals at Taronga arrive happy and healthy. These sea turtles are in intensive care at the zoo’s hospital to receive acute treatment for serious injuries caused by marine debris. The hospital commonly sees animals that have...


NOT even a bulldozer could stop this puggle. The baby echidna, that is too young for keepers to tell its gender, was left seriously injured when its burrow was accidentally dug up by a bulldozer in Coonamble just before Christmas. Believed to have...

What animals have you worked with? What is your favourite species of birds? Favourite animal you’ve worked with? What goe goes on behind the scene scenes that the public do don’t see? What’sWh been you your best experience?exp BRENDAN HOST IS A...


DON’T panic if you see this not-so-little lady walking around the zoo, it’s all just part of her training. This is Billy, one of the zoo’s original stars of their famed bird shows. A brolga, she is one of Australia’s tallest native birds, standing...


Needless to say, her postcard (which I found strategically taped to the tv remote), was a bit of a wake up call. Not just from the fear of letting down my best friend, but the realisation we were wasting our lives. We were existing, but not really...


FROM man-made wonders like the world’s largest stone Buddha in Sichuan, China, to the largest living tree on the planet, General Sherman in Sequoia National Park, California, planet Earth never ceases to amaze and astound. Journalist and author...

ISLAMIC State militants have carried out suicide bombings in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people. The group said it was in retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the extremists’ aggressive new branch in North Africa. The bombings in the...

A POLICE interrogation video of two girls accused of nearly killing a classmate to please a fictional character shows them describing their calculated plan to kill their friend. “People who trust you become very gullible,” one of the girls tells...

AN enraged man who was unhappy with his haircut faces criminal charges after police say he threw items around a Connecticut salon. Stamford Police Sergeant Kelly Connelly said Alan Becker, 47, was angered further when he learned the trim he got would...


WHY buy just a flashy handbag, or a pair of pricey heels when there is a whole palatial Versace pad for sale in Sydney? From the taps and tiles to the custom-made curtains, the extraordinary Sandringham home has been decked out with the Italian...


IT might not be much to look at but this four-bedroom house fetched an impressive $1.51 million at auction. Agent James Agostini of McGrath said 20 registered bidders were keen to secure the “blank canvas” set on a large 525sq m block near shops and...


Check out Sydney-based interior designer Greg Natale’s book The Tailored Interior. His work oozes streamlined, late-’70s glamour. Think Studio 54. Colour. The ‘70s palette favoured orange, ochre, purple, aqua and red. Avoid the decade’s other great...


We are not going to let a few players wreck our image and brand


NRL chief executive Dave Smith has launched another attack on player misbehaviour, pledging to rub serious offfield offenders out of the game for a considerable time. Responding to allegations that up to five Gold Coast Titans could be caught up in a...


THIS is a quote from former Brisbane Bronco great Petero Civoniceva on the day Karmichael Hunt made his NRL debut way back in 2004. “The thing that amazes me about Karmichael is for such a young kid he just didn’t feel the pressure.” Could it perhaps...


WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika says there is no room in the game for players who use recreational drugs, but he will reserve his opinion of Karmichael Hunt until the legal proceedings are finalised. Cheika is in shock after police served Hunt notice...


PARRAMATTA’s Anthony Watmough is smarter than y you may y think. H His frank and for forthright q quotes about taking on former club Manly in roundro one may have ruffled the f feathersh of fS Sea Eagles fans, but it also grabbed the attention of media...

THE NRL continues to consider using up to 10 officials per game this season. If the officialdom increase goes ahead, ANZAC Day will prove an interesting logistical exercise with 50 officials required to cover five matches in four states. Meanwhile,...


“He put a cheap shot on me that sent me flying back,’’ Willie Mason on that infamous Auckland ‘play fight’ with brother Les.


Monday morning 5.45 World Club Challenge 2015 NRL premiers South Sydney Rabbitohs v St Helens live on Gem.

GREYHOUND racing’s live-baiting revelations are disgusting and abhorrent. What’s worse is those who govern the sport allowed it to happen.


THE Gold Coast Titans have just seven days to overcome the cocaine crisis which has engulfed the club or they can kiss goodbye any chance of signing off-contract star Daly Cherry-Evans. The almost impossible task is what besieged Titans officials are...


THE NRL is under fire for building its new TV campaign around former confessed cocaine addict Robbie Williams. The 41-year-old now says he is clean-living, but former ARL boss Ken Arthurson expressed concern at the NRL’s link with Williams at a time...

THE TAB has suspended betting on the Titans’ opening premiership game against the Wests Tigers as a result of the drugs scandal currently engulfing the club. They have also suspended betting on the team to have most losses. “Given the recent...


NEW Parramatta winger Reece Robinson bagged 22 points and the Panthers showed the NRL could soon have a new member of the Jennings family last night. Star recruit Anthony Watmough enjoyed a winning start in his first game in the blue and gold, while...

THE Dragons’ sky-scraping Fijian winger Eto Nabuli has the potential to be one of the personality players of the NRL — as long as he can stay on the field. Nabuli did some good things in the Dragons’ 18-12 win over Warrington in the opening match of...


HOW many Burgesses does to take to win an NRL trophy? Last year, it was Sam and George doing much of the heavy lifting on grand final day. But with Sam headed back to England to play rugby union, it is now up to George’s twin, Tom, to fill the void....


BRAD Fittler will be responsible for helping build a Blues dynasty in a newly-created coaching role with the NSWRL. Fittler has been appointed performance development coach — with the responsibility to oversee the state’s best under 16, 18 and 20...


SO desperate were the Wests Tigers to keep rising star James Tedesco injury-free this season, they taught him a new running style. Last night, the talented fullback almost ran through the back fence at Campbelltown Stadium. Producing a scorching...


CULT winger Akuila Uate showed he had overcome a knee injury that plagued him for much of last season by scorching over for a hat-trick of tries in Newcastle’s big win over the Raiders last night. Under pressure from young flyer Jake Mamo and teenager...


OFF the field, the Titans are in major trouble. On it, they might have similar problems. Rocked by a cocaine scandal, the Gold Coast capped a nightmare 24 hours last night when a two-try haul by Tautau Moga helped the Cowboys to a thumping win. With...


MOVE over “Mini”, your predecessor has arrived. It has been long known that Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has the raw potential to replace retired Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello and last night he proved it. With Minichiello watching on from the...


GREG Inglis wants to finish his career at the Broncos, the club he rejected in 2010 just days after agreeing to a handshake deal. Inglis is the most in demand footballer of any code and admits he is considering his options for next season despite...


OPPOSING star fullbacks Billy Slater and Brett Morris both made successful returns after shoulder reconstructions as Melbourne edged Canterbury in a high-scoring NRL trial last night at AAMI Park. The Storm powered home with the last four tries of the...


TEST, Origin and City-Country players missed a combined 64 NRL matches last season as a result of injuries suffered in representative matches. The number of NRL games rep players missed was almost three times the number in 2013 and a 73.5 per cent...


IF you think you are Australia’s No.1 NRL expert, then Nissan SuperCoach is the game for you. And you can get a jump on your rivals by assessing the form of key Rabbitohs players in tomorrow morning’s World Club Challenge match against UK champions St...

ENGLISH Super League club Hull KR are looking to extend former Canberra Raiders skipper Terry Campese’s contract by 12 months. Campese, who joined Hull KR on a one-year deal in December, has impressed club officials with his leadership both on and off...


SAINT THE Waratahs have already had their biggest victory of the year, irrespective of other results. Dual-code legend Russell Fairfax has recovered from serious illness and is back at work as the team’s media manager. SINNER THE low-life scumbags...


TOTTENHAM Hotspur could be the next English Premier League giants heading to Sydney. Talks have been in progress with Destinations NSW, ANZ Stadium and FFA for a number of weeks about Spurs playing Sydney FC. It would be a full-strength team arriving...


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FOOTBALL Cathy Freeman — inspirational with her determination and dedication, a strong indigenous woman.

1. Which player ended up in hospital after last week’s NRL All Stars game? 2. How many countries are playing in cricket’s World Cup? 3. Who was Australia’s first Indy Car series champion? 4. Who is the only Aussie to win four Olympic gold medals on...


THE UTS Balmain Tigers are hosting Sydney University Lions in the national water polo league at Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain today with a decidedly pink and blue theme in aid of Cancer Council NSW. The water polo community was rocked by cancer scares...


THE chase continues for the big exclusive interview with Robert Allenby, not that you’ll be reading about it on these pages. Your columnist has had another spicy text message exchange with the grumpy golfer. Buzz: Phil Rothfield, Rob. You up for a...


FOX Sports has signed commentator Andrew Voss to join the network’s 2015 rugby league coverage. He will call matches on Saturdays and Sundays. Voss left Channel Nine in bitter circumstances 18 months ago and was restricted to calling Warriors games...

FORMER Bulldogs, Sharks and Eels forward Reni Maitua has signed up with his old junior club the Coogee Wombats as captain-coach. He’ll be part of a star-studded Souths junior competition, including a number of former NRL stars. Nathan Merritt (left)...

LUNCH time guests at the flash Verdi Restaurant in Darlinghurst didn’t know which way to look on Thursday with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, former Australian cricket captain Mark Tubby Taylor and my old mate Philip Ronald Gould all enjoying a...

ANYONE could have forgiven flashy Wests Tigers winger Keith Lulia if he’d retired from rugby league after breaking his neck last year in a game against the North Queensland Cowboys. Not so. Keith has put in a big off-season and convinced Jason...

THE Socceroos’ victory and success of the Asian Cup has created enormous interest from state governments and tourism bodies. Perth has won the right to host the first Socceroo World Cup qualifier mid-year. Other states and venues are scrambling for...

GET your child immunised or forget the government childcare rebate. That’s the suggestion from the Productivity Commission’s report into childcare, released by the Abbott government this week and cautiously acknowledged by Social Services Minister...

A COMMON refrain this week, as the Nanna’s frozen berries scandal has raged, is that Australians are conditioned to expect ever-cheaper supermarket prices, and simply won’t pay extra for Australian-made fresh produce. That might be true in the midst of...


IT seemed rude to say no. I was 22 and incredibly stupid and living in South-East Asia. Some friendly guy gave me a couple of pills for a party we were planning to go to. I carried the pills around in my handbag for a couple of days and then,...


THE office of Prime Minister Tony Abbott is searching for a new personal cameraman and photographer following the resignation of Josh Wilson last week. It is not known where Wilson, known as “Hot Josh” among his admirers, is headed although insiders...

GRAHAM: I have boundless admiration for you, Sophie, you epitomise everything good about this world (“An oarsome dream”, 15/2). Your ability to rise above all that has been thrown at you is truly inspiring. If only all others would follow your example,...

I WAS interested to read the two stories featured on the front page (“Painkiller” and “Sophie Delezio’s Olympic dream”, 15/2). What sets Sophie and other teenage girls apart? One has experienced lifethreatening trauma on two occasions, leaving her...

The biggest club in Australia with 28,000 members (“Dogs unleashed: How we plan to be Australia’s No. 1 sports club”, 15/2)? I hate comparing codes because each game has its unique strengths, but being the “biggest” must mean most popular. Richmond...

While nobody wants to condone a cull, it is worth remembering that the harbour and surrounding waters are the cleanest they have been since colonisation (“How sharks are biting back”, 15/2). Restrictions on commercial fishing, marine parks and...

Recent events have taught Prime Minister Tony Abbott absolutely nothing. Now he wants to hit the poor again by not paying unemployed school leavers the dole for six months (“Cabinet blue over wait for the dole”, 15/2). Is he desperate to be a one-term...

Just let them get on with governing. I am sick of the leadership “speculation” (“No chance Lib anger at Tony will ever Peta out”, 15/2). It is a concoction made by the press gallery. They have been laying into Abbott since he was the Opposition...


IT’S the question from the Lindt Cafe siege relating to one of the most infamous weapons in Australian history. Where did Man Haron Monis get the gun he used to hold 18 people hostage and execute Tori Johnson? Legal sources told this column that...

A SYDNEY man will appeal after a magistrate rejected his argument that his silicone child-sex doll did not meet the definition of child abuse material. The 32-year-old IT worker argued the doll, which police say is shaped like a girl of 12 to 14 years...

A POLICE officer has won an appeal against a charge of assaulting police on a boozy night off duty after a judge found an arresting officer unnecessarily grabbed her around the throat. Port Macquarie officer Kylie Anne Williams was arrested for drink...


MANY athletes say great achievements are all about marshalling the power of your mind. Not Courtney Atkinson. The Australian dual Olympic and world champion triathlete says it’s all about pure, simple physical suffering. “Being a triathlete means you...


BEETROOT: Fantastic to see so many vegies in Courtney’s fridge. “I drink a bit of beetroot juice as it helps with reducing the lactic acid and helps you push your body a bit further and harder,” he said. WATERMELON: “Great in helping my muscles...

“If you want to get fit and strong you need to go hard and fast,” Courtney Atkinson said. “Intensity is the key to a great workout, not how long you train. “In fact one of my strength workouts is only seven minutes long.” Atkinson trains on an empty...


EVEN celebrities and rock stars swoon when it comes to animals, with Taronga Zoo a must- see destination for A- list visitors. In Sydney for the Australian launch of her lingerie line Klum Intimates, German supermodel Heidi Klum made sure to visit the...


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SIBLINGS Owen, 9, Heath, 7, and Torah, 2, have all been fully immunised, yet they all recently caught whooping cough. The Gordon children, from Cromer, will be coughing for months because of the illness. Whooping cough infections have doubled in NSW,...


PARENTS who refuse to vaccinate their children must be stripped of childcare payments unless their care is quarantined to the family home. The Productivity Commission’s report into childcare has adopted a tough line on vaccination on the basis that...


FORMER union boss John Maitland is being sued by the Australian Taxation Office for almost $2 million in unpaid taxes. A statement of claim lodged in the Supreme Court of Victoria last week claims the former Doyles Creek chairman, who was dragged into...


IT was “like a bomb going off” and the aftermath is a massive trail of destruction and a multi-billion-dollar damage bill. As thunderstorms continued to batter southeast Queensland late yesterday, hundreds of square kilometres of the state were left...


A CAMEO appearance at a Sydney auction from real estate tsar John McGrath has got the property world in a spin. The McGrath Estate Agents chief executive, who began the company in the late 1980s, was the surprise auctioneer at the sale of a Haberfield...

THEY are still on flood watch but residents of northern NSW appear to have escaped the full wrath of Cyclone Marcia. Heavy rainfall caused by the aftermath of the severe weather is expected to cause only “minor to moderate flooding”. And while flood...

CALL it a coincidence of catastrophe. While Cyclone Marcia wreaked havoc across Queensland, popping up regularly on our TV screens in the reality series I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! was Maureen McCormick, the star who played Marcia Brady in the...

A MAN allegedly carrying $335,000 worth of the drug ice fled on a bicycle and led police on a foot chase through the CBD before falling off his bike and being arrested. Organised Crime Squad officers, acting on a tip-off, approached a man, 47, at a...


MOST new parents dread screaming babies and sleepless nights, but for Yasmin and Michael Burley, that is what dreams are made of. Their five-week-old baby boy Tate will never cry, never be able to suck on a bottle, and will be lucky to live out his...


A HIDDEN $6 million Tax Office debt is the latest twist in Geoffrey Edelsten’s tangled financial web. Documents reveal liquidators from Pitcher Partners are chasing the controversial businessman for the debt, which is on top of another $9 million in...


NSW Premier Mike Baird is the political candidate from central casting. Tall, handsome, and popular, he also is a deft financial manager with a clear plan for the state. In an era of political disappointment, Baird, 46, is that rare beast — nice,...


THE hysteria over the latest frozen berries contamination is a bit over the top. It’s turned smoothie lovers into hypochondriacs checking their eyes in the mirror for any signs of yellowing and rushing to the doctor with the mildest tummy ache. And was...

FAR from being owed an apology and compensation from the Australian government, one-time al-Qaeda pin-up boy David Hicks should be apologising to us. He was in Pakistan on September 11, 2001, when his “dear brother” Osama bin Laden launched the...


HE’S out on bail on gun charges but Mohammad Qais Niazy is clearly not worried about making a very public taunt to the police. An alleged core member of the Afghani Murderers gang, Niazy has used Facebook to post pictures of himself sniffing a white...


AN Australian surfboard maker who is “sick of surfers dying” has developed a revolutionary electronic shark repellent device. Katana Surfboards owner Dave Smith enlisted the help of an electronic engineer to develop the Surfsafe device, tested...


A MORBIDLY obese man on a mission to lose hundreds of kilograms has been suffering from severe weight issues since he was a teenager and once used his size as a weapon. Andre Nasr, 35, is still in Concord Hospital eight months after specialist rescue...

FOR the first time in its 80year history, Yellow Pages won’t just provide information; it will be asking you a question. This year the book will be an awareness-raising tool for charity organisation R U OK? Barry Du Bois, Living Room TV presenter and...


EXPECTANT mothers in south-west Sydney are pleading with the state government to reopen an abandoned birthing unit at Camden Hospital. The ward has been closed, reopened, then closed again, infuriating local residents forced to battle up to onehour...


INSIDE a Campbelltown home echoes the laughter of a young child with a cheeky smile and some infectious dance moves. But Jose-Ellen is little girl in a big fight. At just 18 weeks into Amelia Petsalis’s pregnancy, she was told her baby would have...


A CALL for a children’s ward at Fairfield Hospital has been on an ongoing wish list for local residents forced to admit their young ones to a busy adult emergency department. Adriana Diaz joins a string of parents calling for a specialised unit at the...

THE Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph and NewsLocal have launched Fair Go For The West 2015. It builds on the work achieved last year, but the job is not done. The fundamental funding inequity remains; the west is still short-changed when it comes...


EVERY three months, Turrella resident Natalie Boog wakes at 5am to drive out to Flemington Markets. Armed with $400 collected from 10 friends and neighbours — $40 each — Ms Boog sets about filling a tub with cheap, seasonal produce. The author of...

FOUR more people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, a week after a nationwide recall was issued for contaminated frozen berries. The Health Department yesterday reported two new cases in NSW and Queensland, adding to 14 other confirmed cases across...


MERV Hughes is the biggest loser in the South African jungle, dropping a drastic 14 kilograms in the three weeks he’s starred on I’m A Celebrity, Get me Out Of Here. In total, the 11 celebrity contestants have lost a combined 75.6kg with the former...

A MAN who denied being in a de facto relationship with the mother of his two children, despite living with her for 13 years, said it was an “association of convenience’’. The man, 36, also said he initially considered the younger woman, who initially...


PENNY, a one-year-old working springer spaniel, loves her chicken wings but prefers hunting down a different kind of bird — the extremely rare eastern bristlebird. Classified as endangered under NSW’s threatened species laws, it is precariously close...

FINDING some money for its big 50th birthday bash wasn’t a problem. The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra celebrated a major milestone yesterday, chalking up a half century of producing the billions of coins that we use every day. Opened in 1965 by...


IT IS a song about mateship and of friends saying goodbye to each other forever. And whenever Australian actor Mark Lee hears a rendition of the Pearl Fishers duet, he is instantly transported back to filming the ending of the 1981 movie...


SHE spent her entire life championing the “underdog” and a year to the day since her death, one of Charlotte Dawson’s projects has been realised. On February 22 last year the nation’s entertainment world woke to news that Dawson, a judge on...


HE has flown prime ministers, international rock stars, the Australian cricket team and even a Penthouse Pet but the career highlight for Qantas captain Harry Loughnan is a little closer to home. The 63-year-old has officially hung up his pilot’s cap,...

THE hunt for a man accused of targeting men through lonely hearts ads has intensified after police linked him to other offences. Beau Robert Bartlett is wanted in connection with the robbery of a man in Liverpool in December. The 31-year-old allegedly...


WHEN Samantha Turnbull went looking for inspiring books for her little girl Liberty, she found nothing but princesses and fairies. Shocked at what she described as the “princessification” of everything and anything aimed at young girls right down to...

AN Australian charity that finds foster homes for orphans in Ethiopia has stepped in to save 17 teenagers from a life on the streets. Beyond the Orphanage has been given permission by the Ethiopian government to care for the orphaned girls, who had to...

UNSUSPECTING people are being offered $7000 to provide their personal information to scammers posing as officers with the Department of Finance. Office of Finance and Service CEO Simon Smith said the scammers are seeking information including dates of...


waterslide. Dining is also well taken care of with the hotel’s four restaurants and bars. Those looking for indulgence also won’t be disappointed; the Angsana Spa is a true highlight, offering a wide array of treatments from massages to facials and...


AUSTRALIANS have tragically short memories. Whenever a senior Opposition spokesman appears, they should remember that they are watching a member of a failed and disgraced government lacking all credibility. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen’s embarrassing...


IT was the leak that rocked the 2010 election, claims that Julia Gillard had opposed an increase to the age pension. According to Channel Nine’s Laurie Oakes, the former PM told the budget razor gang that “elderly voters did not support Labor”. For...

A MAD Monday booze cruise and a player’s buck’s party helped lead police to a multi-million dollar cocaine ring allegedly involving some of Australian sport’s biggest stars. Investigators allege they gathered surveillance on a booze cruise held as...


A SYDNEY mayor was rushed to hospital yesterday after he was punched in the face by a former councillor as he handed out sandwiches during a ward by-election. Ryde’s Liberal Mayor, Bill Pickering, who last year initiated a NSW Commission Against...


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HE was idolised for hunting down opposition batsmen but former cricketer Glenn McGrath has come under fire for taking aim at an altogether different prey. Photographs emerged yesterday showing the Australian Test legend sitting and smiling with a...


AUSTRALIA is considering radical reforms to temporarily suspend the Australian citizenship of homegrown terrorists along with terminating the citizenship of dual nationals. Almost half of the foreign fighters who have fled Australia to fight alongside...

IT IS the “silent epidemic” threatening to leave a generation of women infertile. Increased sexual activity combined with falling condom use has led to a 120 per cent increase in chlamydia cases. An estimated 356,000 Australians contracted the...


such an honour and I am so excited,” Richie said. Organisers hope the star will attract a young, fashionconscious crowd to join thousands of already passionate punters who will be focused on the $3.5 million race. “We’re delighted that someone with...

A SECRET plan to kick millionaires off the aged pension was shelved by the Abbott government’s budget razor gang in favour of slashing the indexation of payments for every pensioner in Australia. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal cabinet’s budget razor...


AN ANTI-AUSTRALIAN backlash has begun in Indonesia’s Aceh province in response to Tony Abbott’s controversial tsunami aid comments. Groups of young people and activists have started a social media campaign, with the hashtag #KoinUntukAustralia or...


IT WASN’T too long ago her beloved onscreen character Marilyn became a mum and now Home and Away star Emily Symons is about realise her own dream of motherhood. The 45-yearold actress is now 15-weeks pregnant and will give birth to her first child in...


AS if Sonia Kruger wasn’t busy enough being mum to a newborn. The 49-year-old Mornings and Big Brother host is about to add co-host of The Voice to her resumé. “I’ve been a fan of the show since it started and I reckon I’ve watched just about every...

5. Hollywood star Salma Hayek gave birth to Valentina at 41. “I thought I was going to have to work really hard at getting pregnant because of my age, but then I just got pregnant.” 1. Aussie fashion designer Collette Dinnigan gave birth to her son...


HE is a rugby league Immortal and an Australian sporting legend, celebrated by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as one of the most talented men to ever play the game. By any account, Graeme “Changa” Langlands, the man who captained his country 15...


FROM the outset, the romance between fashion designer Jodhi Meares and rock star Jon Stevens was, some believed, destined to fail. There were, after all, three people in the relationship: the diminutive former swimsuit designer, the one-time...


A MYRIAD of lanterns, floats and projections will light up the city’s streets and buildings tonight as almost 3000 performers and thousands more spectators celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Twilight Parade celebrations for Chinese New Year will kick...

AN Australian nurse has been flown to London after potential contact with the ebola virus while working in Sierre Leone. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the nurse, whose details have not been released for privacy reasons, will undergo a...


FORMER top coach Greg Hodge has not reapplied for his AustSwim teaching or swim school licence, as the sport’s governing body moves to increase their protection of children. Hodge is currently under police investigation after three women came forward...


ELECTRICITY consumers are paying billions of dollars to fund a federal Government solar scheme which is allegedly fuelling a rush of cheap imports by dodgy installers. Under the Solar Credits scheme, households who purchase solar panels from an...

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