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12/14/2014: INSIDER: Highlife gets under skin of highlands’ rich listers


NOT even the crisp Southern Highlands air can release the heat in a situation, which has arisen with the publication of the latest edition of Bowral bible, Highlife magazine. What has really set some of the publication’s gentrified readers off is an...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: GUESS WHO DON’T SUE

WHICH famous footy star (and we’re not saying which code) not only refused to do a selfie with a devoted and long-time female fan but let her know in no uncertain terms that he was not impressed with her request? This is quite bizarre since the bloke,...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS


THE Sydney Town Hall was overflowing with A-listers on Thursday night, with the attention focused on anyone but them. Inspiring stories of human courage, bravery and selflessness were instead the focus of the annual Pride of Australia awards — held in...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT LAUNCH


NOW this is how you do a car launch. Erect a huge marquee against one of the most spectacular backdrops in Sydney, order crates of French bubbles and have one of the most beautiful women in Australia there as a special ambassador. Thursday night’s...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: THE BIG BOAT CHALLENGE


SYDNEY celebrities donned their best “nautical chic” attire for the Solas Big Boat Challenge ahead of the this year’s 70th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The Oatley family invited Network Seven presenters, media identities and...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: SEED HERITAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY


MELBOURNE clothing brand Seed Heritage partnered with skincare brand Philosophy to throw a Christmas party on Wednesday night. It was a rare event which saw both beauty and fashion media come together to preview Seed’s new season collections and catch...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: OPERA BAR REOPENING


IT was raining cats and dogs, but still they came! A swag of VIPs, media types and movers and shakers headed harbourside for the reopening of Opera Bar on Wednesday night — despite the inclement weather. The big reveal showed a complete redesign, menu...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: KRISTY’S WEATHER WATCH


Kristy Hinze-Clark will decide at the last minute whether or not to brave the high seas in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race. The model mum says her final decision will be based on weather and being away from her daughters — Dylan, three, and...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Kerr’s break- up heartache


MIRANDA Kerr admits it has been very tough breaking up with her Hollywood ex Orlando Bloom. And she says she’s still very much single despite countless rumours about her dating life. “It is tough. It’s not easy going through all of that and I never...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Wicked way to bring sick kids festive joy


BRIGHTENING up a grey day for little ones at Sydney Children’s Hospital was a mission the cast of Wicked were only too happy to do. Seven of the stage show’s stars, including lead actor Lucy Durack, sang Christmas carols to children in The Starlight...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Don’t take Savage’s name to heart


HE’S got a hard exterior but urban music supremo Savage has revealed he is a big softie at heart. The New Zealand rapper, famous for current chart hits Swing and Freaks ( with Timmy Trumpet), made the surprising admission to Confidential during the...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Our fireworks will be best, says Rusciano


EM Rusciano promises an unforgettable night when she and Luke Jacobz host the official Sydney New Year’s Eve show on the harbour at the end of the month — with more than a few costume changes. The comedian and The X Factor host Jacobz will hold court...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: All pumped up for parenthood


ERIN McNaught and hubby Elliot Gleave, aka Example, are on the countdown to becoming parents. The former Miss Universe Australia and Neighbours star has spent the past few months on the Gold Coast with her family and has been joined by her muso...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Copping it Sweet for fifth bub


GARY Sweet looked like any other doting father as he took his fifth child home from hospital. The 57-year-old acting veteran and 32-year-old partner, Nadia Dyall, were photographed leaving a Melbourne hospital with the newborn and are yet to reveal...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Lee’s livid over Em’s axing


LEGENDARY Australian racehorse trainer Lee Freedman has blasted Channel 9 for firing his daughter Emma from her position as the Today Show weather girl. Freedman furiously broke the news of Emma’s sacking on Saturday morning, blaming a...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Laura loves to laugh


WHEN it comes to finding a man, personality trumps all for Laura Dundovic. The 27-year-old model and TV presenter (right) is single and open to meeting Mr Right. “I look for a really ‘go’ sense of humour and I like someone that is really motivated,”...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Forecast is good for Tom’s little Storm


TOM Williams and wife Rachel Gilbert are planning to add to their brood. The 44-year-old The Daily Edition host said the pair, who are parents to 11-month-old daughter Storm Eve Napier, will have more children. “We definitely want to have more. Its...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: VERY IMPORTANT PARTIES

MONDAY Professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons is celebrating the launch of her new book, Live Like Sally, at Hugo’s, Manly Wharf. The Australian Fashion Chamber is celebrating Christmas and a year of Australian fashion with a cocktail party at AMP...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Our holiday wish list


Yashwini Gopal, 10 I would first like to go to Disneyland in California, spend a week there, then go to Thailand and ride an elephant. After that, I’d go back home and read a book. Oliver Harrison, 5 Going to an island and swimming with some dolphins....

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Editor’s note


CRAMMING all of Sydney’s summer holiday highlights into a few pages proved to be quite a mission for this edition, with a huge line-up of exciting activities on offer. In the coming weeks, there are Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve events to...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Countdown to fun begins


CHRISTMAS CHEER DECORATIONS have been in public spaces since October, but it’s now that the countdown to Christmas really gains momentum. The Nutcracker Clara receives a nutcracker doll for Christmas, which sets her off on a dreamy adventure of evil...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: The weather is great so dive into the summer fun


A for… Australia Day Nothing says Sydney in summer quite like fireworks, so head to Darling Harbour on January 26 to catch the display, plus a host of family friendly activities. At Hyde Park, Nickelodeon’s Summer Playground will have visits from Dora...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Fresh faces in animal kingdom


HEAD off on a wild adventure at Taronga Zoo, with a new gorilla baby, two chimpanzee babies, a dinosaur trail and a high ropes course to explore. The baby gorilla boy, named Mjukuu, heralds the second generation of western lowland gorillas in the...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Trust is a must with primates


With a baby gorilla in her midst, it’s going to be a busy summer for Taronga Zoo senior primate keeper, What do you enjoy about working with gorillas? They are incredibly intelligent and gentle. It’s heartwarming saying good morning or good night and...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: JOIN THE ADVENTURE

Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, Mosman Open: 9.30am-5pm, taronga.org.au Cost: Adults $46, children $33 (under 4s free, family discount tickets available)

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: MILLION DOLLAR ARM


OVER the years Disney has made a real niche out of family-friendly sporting films. Everything from the Mighty Ducks franchise to Angels In The Outfield has been given the Disney treatment. Now comes another off the Disney production line, Million...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Live, learn and laugh


AZTECS Learn about this Mexican civilisation through artefacts and interactive displays. An Aztec school holiday program will include dress-ups, cactus bowling and a full-day workshop. When: January 3-26 (exhibition runs until February 1) Where:...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Dad gets paid to play with Lego all day, every day


RYAN McNaught plays with Lego for a living as one of just 12 certified Lego professionals worldwide. The Melbourne dad has built Lego versions of Asia Pacific’s tallest skyscrapers for a new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. He chats with Laura...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Brick by brick


• Visit ancient Pompeii, recreated by Lego master builder Ryan McNaught. Free entry. When: From January 10 Where: Nicholson Museum, Sydney Uni More: sydney.edu.au/museums • Check out McNaught’s Christmas tree in Pitt St Mall. It’s the largest Lego...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Action takes to centre stage


THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Sophie and her mummy are just sitting down to tea when there’s a knock at the door – it’s a tiger! Based on Judith Kerr’s book, and following a smash hit season in London’s West End, it promises oodles of magic, plenty of...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Under the big top


TOTEM The Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil has built a reputation for being the best and most eye-catching circus around. Its latest show, Totem, is no exception. Featuring death-defying acrobatics, roller-skating Native Americans and Cirque du...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: FRIGHT OR FLIGHT (SYDNEY FESTIVAL)

Feathers will fly as experimental circus troupe 3 is a Crowd cluck and peck their way through a series of spellbinding aerial acts and offbeat acrobatics, inspired by the behaviour of birds. WHEN: January 13-18, 5.30pm WHERE: The Famous Spiegeltent,...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Cheesy approach


HANNAH Chandler was ‘writing’ stories before she could actually write – dictating imaginative tales to her mother at age three. It’s little surprise the 12-year-old from Newcastle has become one of Australia’s youngest published authors with I Don’t...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Recommended reads


Frogger, Knights of Bonalla book 3 By Paul England Review by Sarah Spooner, 10, Narooma Public School If you like adventure books, this book is for you. Brad and Lee go on adventures back through time on their go-cart and, on one of their...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Have you read a good book lately?

Please send your review (maximum 250 words) to laura.albulario@news.com.au, along with your full name, age and a parent’s contact number.

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: Take your seat for an adventure


ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Now showing If you’ve ever had one of those days where everything you touch turns into a disaster, you’ll find plenty in common with Alexander. What makes Alexander’s terrible day even worse...

12/14/2014: FUN GUIDE: INTO THE WOODS


Releases January 8 Into the Woods boasts an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick – and that’s just the actors. With the likes of Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk all woven into the...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: HAPPY PLUGS

If ostentatious headphones aren’t your thing but you want something snazzier than simple earbuds, Happy Plugs are it. These stylish Swedish earphones come in a range of colours but are discreet enough to slip into the smallest handbag. Happy Plugs...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: MORRISON HOMEWARES

Flirting with the idea of adding bling to your home, but aren’t brave enough? Try a touch of bronze or brass. Less obvious than silver or gold, it still adds shine to any decor. $19-$55, morrisonshop.com

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: BIJOUGEM

If you’re of the more-is-more school when it comes to accessories, you’ll love this range of handmade jewellery featuring colourful, semi-precious stones. The Statement Ruby Gemstone Cuff, $150, bijougem.com.au

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: Party on in pretty style


Luminous cheeks Make sure you shine in all the right places with a luminizer. This liquid formula gives a pearlised, golden-pink glow that will work on all complexions. Mix it in with your foundation or strategically apply over cheekbones for a fresh,...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: Putting on the glitz


If there’s ever a reason to frock up, it’s New Year’s Eve. It is the one night when everyone is in high spirits and you can go all out in a pretty party outfit. So forget the go-to little black dress, this year it’s all about colour, embellishment...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: fashion


RACHEL GILBERT Get 20 per cent off selected items in the spring / summer 14 collection. When: While stocks last Where: In store and rachelgilbert. com STELLA MCCARTNEY Up to 80 per cent off women’s accessories. When: Ends tomorrow Where: gilt....

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: footwear & accessories

WITTNER End-of-season sale, up to 70 per cent off selected spring /summer 14 lines. When: From Thursday Where: In stores and wittner. com. au BETTS Mid season sale as well as get 25 per cent off the best of summer styles. When: While stocks last...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: kids

ATTIPAS AUSTRALIA Get 30 per cent off the whole Attipas range with the code ‘‘ SHOPSMART’’. When: Until December 24 Where: attipas.com.au TINY TRIBE Designer baby and children’s wear clearance, sizes 000-7, with up to 70 per cent off. When: While...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: furniture & interiors


DARE GALLERY Buy one, get the other item half price. When: Ends today Where: In stores APOLLO BLINDS Buy one, get one free. When: Until December 24 Where: In stores EMPIRE LANE DESIGN Closing down sale, with discounts across the range. When:...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: homewares & gifts

LAVENDER HILL INTERIORS Save up to 50 per cent. When: Ends today Where: lavenderhillinteriors.com. au DESIGN HUNTER Get 20 per cent off almost everything in store in the pre-Christmas sale. When: While stocks last Where: 316 Bronte Rd,...

12/14/2014: RACING: Unbeaten Prince has star qualities


WINSOME Prince is being touted as the next star of greyhound racing after he maintained his unbeaten record at Bulli last week. The Melinda Finn-trained sprinter made it 11 wins from 11 starts with a brilliant come-from-behind victory over 400m on the...

12/14/2014: RACING: Classic final draws some of the best young chasers to Lismore

SOME of the most promising young greyhounds in NSW will go head to head in Tuesday’s Northern Rivers Vet K9 Reproductions Maiden Classic at Lismore. Trainer Frank Hancock seemingly has a stranglehold on the $ 20,000- tothe- winner event, with three of...

12/14/2014: RACING: THE WEEK AHEAD

MONDAY Nowra – Nowra Spring Puppy Classic final (365m). TUESDAY Lismore – Northern Rivers Vet Series Maiden final (420m). See the best young greyhounds in the Northern Rivers vie for $20,000 in prizemoney. Goulburn – Goulburn Workers’ Club Cup...

12/14/2014: RACING: Top service paramount to punters

THE NSW TAB celebrated its 50th birthday last week and long-time Wentworth Park TAB operator Mike Dwyer reflected on his 39 years working at racetracks. “I have seen some massive changes since I started my career at racetracks,” he said. “My first job...

12/14/2014: RACING: WINSOME PRINCE


WINSOME Prince is arguably the most exciting prospect in greyhound racing at the moment. The boom pup took his overall record to 11 out of 11 with another superb victory at Bulli. Making his 400m debut, he was slow leaving the lids but once he got...

12/14/2014: RACING: Young Dylan sizes up to best in business


JIMMY Cassidy turned mentor yesterday by inviting aspiring jockey Dylan Parrott to spend the day with him. Parrott was at Rosehill a few weeks back with his father David when he spotted The Pumper and asked for his goggles. Cassidy weighed out,...

12/14/2014: RACING: Are black days ahead?

TENSIONS between TVN and Sky Racing are reaching boiling point — again — as both try to thrash out a suitable fee for vision rights before Christmas. The situation has become so frustrating that there’s even talk of Sydney and Victorian racing being...

12/14/2014: RACING: CHRIS A CLASS ACT

CHRIS Waller handled himself like a pro when slugged $30,000 for presenting Junoob to the races with a prohibited substance in his system. Waller was genuinely embarrassed his horse had been given frusemide, a ‘’potent diuretic’’, at 3.30am the day of...

12/14/2014: RACING: TYE LANDS ON HIS FEET


STILL on Junoob, chief steward Ray Murrihy recalled how Opinion’s jockey Tye Angland lodged a protest against Junoob on the day of The Metropolitan because of interference. “We made a decision to give Junoob the race after a protest, then a few months...

12/14/2014: RACING: WHAT’S IN A NAME

REMEMBER Kardashiancrusader, the trotter (or pacer, whatever) named after reality TV star Kim Kardashian who was captured beautifully by our artist Boo Bailey last week? Kardashiancrusader is by It Is I out of Khloe, the same name as Kim’s younger...

12/14/2014: RACING: HELP FOR SINGO

STEWARDS did owner John Singleton a favour when they fired in a protest after the Villiers Stakes, and decided to uphold their own objection and promote Strawberry Boy from fourth to third place. The difference between third and fourth prizemoney was...

12/14/2014: RACING: KENSO NO WET BLANKET

IT’S amazing what a bit of rain does to grass. After looking as yellow as any given suburban lawn in the middle of January, the Kenso looked surprisingly green after being given a decent haircut last week.

12/14/2014: RACING: SASHAYING DOWN WICKET

STEVE Smith — Adelaide Test champ and Australia’s cricket captain-in-waiting — started his week off well when a horse he part-owns, Sashay, trialled impressively at Warwick Farm.

12/14/2014: RACING: NO FLIGHT CONTROL

WHICH Aussie slammed down so many beers en route to Honkers, he was denied service before the plane had passed over Brisbane?

12/14/2014: BIG BASH 2014/15: ROOKIE’S BOWLED VISION FOR ABORIGINAL Y OUTH

THE good judges began scribbling the name of Jonte Pattison into their little black book a couple of years ago. Now the rest of the cricket world are about to witness the 18-year-old spin bowler’s talent for themselves. The Central Coast teen has...

12/14/2014: BIG BASH 2014/15: Lumb expects belting partnership with Smith


MICHAEL Lumb has promised to smash a few more over the ropes for the Sydney Sixers as they prepare for their opening game of the Big Bash League. The England opener has arrived for his fourth season of Big Bash cricket, but he will have a new partner...

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: $80M EXPANSION PLAN


AN $80 million-a-year TV deal could underpin expansion to a 12-team A-League competition by 2017. A third Sydney team, based on the south coast (the Sutherland /Wollongong corridor), and a second Brisbane team lead the expansion race. Free-to-air...

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: Unlike some, I refused to put a price on my Socceroos shirt


LET me tell you about the blackest day in Australia’s footballing history. I know, because I was there. Frankly, I have had a gutful of revisionist historians trying to spin what I regarded as largely a grab for cash into something more noble. For...

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: FOSTER’S ACCUSATION

“At the 1997 Confederations Cup we voted to strike on principle ... those that did not show courage in Saudi Arabia later banked the dividends we risked our careers to acquire”

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: SLATER’S REACTION

“I have had a gutful of revisionist historians trying to spin what I regarded as largely a grab for cash into something more noble”

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: Big Blue shootout


SYDNEY FC and Melbourne Victory last night showed why they are being tipped by many as serious contenders for A-League silverware. Archie Thompson scored a hat-trick for the Victory, while the competition’s second leading scorer over the past decade —...

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: Schedule storm closing in on Wanderers

THE Wanderers should enjoy their time in Morocco at the Club World Cup because, even by their frenetic standards, there is a perfect storm coming their way. The draw for next year’s Asian Champions League this week filled in the gaps in Western...

12/14/2014: FOOTBALL: Stubbins vows to lead fight

NEWCASTLE coach Phil Stubbins has declared he’s up for the fight despite the growing pressure from the club’s winless start to the season. Friday night’s 2-0 loss to Perth Glory at nib Stadium stretched Newcastle’s winless run to 10 games, leaving the...

12/14/2014: SPORT: SAIL OF THE CENTURY


COMANCHE skipper Ken Read has admitted there is concern the newest supermaxi in the world may not go the distance in one of the world’s toughest ocean races and that it was a risk bringing the 100-footer to Australia. A brutally honest Read, a veteran...

12/14/2014: SPORT: A RACE OF SURVIVAL

THE Sydney to Hobart has some of the highest safety standards for a yacht race in the world. This is why the attrition rate is relatively low. However, the strength of the wind and size of the waves usually correlates with the retirement rate. In...

12/14/2014: SPORT: FANNING’S TAKING THE TUBE, LOOKING TO FIND THE GAP


KELLY Slater said if he can go from outsider to winner and secure a 12th world championship at the Billabong Pipeline Masters it would be the most “meaningful” world crown of his career. “Technically I’m still in the hunt for one of the narrowest...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Scott’s roll reversal

ADAM Scott’s broomstick putter will be obsolete in 13 months, but it was already heading for an early trade-in yesterday. It is a measure of his ball striking that he is still joint leader heading into a thrilling finale as the hottest of favourites...

12/14/2014: SPORT: A haul of fame still difficult question

A HALL of Fame project to ride the high-flying mood in Australian golf is to be launched — and the most intriguing question is whether Adam Scott should be one of the celebrated inaugural inductees. By the standard of the Hall of Fame initiatives in...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Australian PGA C’ship at Royal Pines (par 72)

206: Wade Ormsby (AUS) 68 67 71, Scott Strange (AUS) 69 66 71, Adam Scott (AUS) 68 69 69 207: Jason Scrivener (AUS) 73 66 68, B Weekley (USA) 66 72 69 208: M Hendry (NZL) 70 71 67 210: David Smail (NZL) 68 71 71, Scott Stallings (USA) 72 70 68 211:...

12/14/2014: SPORT: The Aussie iron you can’t break


MEET the miracle man. Cancer, no problem. Life-saving heart surgery, not once but twice, bring it on. It would be easy to declare ironman Jackson Maynard as Australia’s bravest athlete. If you disagree, good luck finding someone who has been through...

12/14/2014: SPORT: His heart tried to stop nine times in 40 minutes: The condition that ended career of next Cadel

WILL Walker was riding so well in the road race at the national cycling championships last January that he liked his chances of finishing in the first three — until he nearly died halfway through the race. He hasn’t been on a bike since because his...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Toulon pair face hearing

LONDON: Toulon’s Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage will face a tribunal for remarks made at last week’s European Champions Cup loss to Leicester. Castrogiovanni hit out at Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill, who had claimed the prop...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Peterson ban appeal denied

LOS ANGELES: Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his NFL ban in the wake of a child abuse charge has been denied, the league said yesterday. The NFL issued a statement saying an appeals officer had affirmed the season-long suspension handed out to the...

12/14/2014: SPORT: The very best flock to slam

ALL 100 top-ranked men and 99 of the top 100 women have entered to play the Australian Open in January. Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said yesterday the field for the tournament was one of the “deepest and strongest” in the Grand Slam...

12/14/2014: SPORT: French head Down Under

FRENCH team Ag2r La Mondiale will make their 17th appearance in the Tour Down Under next month, it was confirmed yesterday. “It’s the ideal race to start the season,” said team director Laurent Biondi. “Our roster is ambitious with Domenico Pozzovivo,...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Day, Tringale shoot to front

NAPLES, FLORIDA: Australia’s Jason Day and American partner Cameron Tringale shot an eight-under 64 yesterday in modified alternate-shot play to reach 25-under 119 and stretch their lead to three strokes in the Franklin Templeton Shootout. They opened...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Players served up $100m pool

LONDON: ATP chiefs revealed overall prizemoney for the men’s tennis tour will exceed $US100 million ($A108 million) for the first time in 2015. Players will see the prize pool reach $US135m by 2018 as the ATP reaps the rewards of the sport’s huge...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Kane able to get Kiwis home

SHARJAH: Skipper Kane Williamson hit a half-century while paceman Matt Henry grabbed 4-45 to lead New Zealand to a four-wicket win over Pakistan in the second one-dayer yesterday. Williamson scored 70 not out off 91 balls for his 12th fifty — his...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Grace streaks ahead in Africa

MALELANE: South Africa’s Branden Grace strengthened his lead at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek yesterday with a second-round 66 to move to 16 under after a stunning 10under opening round of 62. Meanwhile, China’s Feng...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Belmonte sets 1500m mark

MADRID: Spain’s Mireia Belmonte broke the 1500m world record by almost three seconds at her national championships yesterday. The new mark of 15min 19.71sec takes over from New Zealander Lauren Boyle’s previous record of 15:22.68. Belmonte won four...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Sam centre of Bath victory

LONDON: Bath marked Sam Burgess’s full rugby union debut by keeping alive their European Champions Cup quarter-final hopes with a home win over Montpellier. Burgess — whose previous two Bath appearances since his high-profile switch from league had...

12/14/2014: SPORT DETAILS: SUNDAY SPORTSWORD

ACROSS 1. ‘Steelmen’ Scottish Premiership club (10) 6. 2004 Olympic butterfly champion, Petria ... (6) 10. Tennis arena such as Wimbledon or Kooyong (5,5) 11. 1990-94 Commonwealth swimming champion, Karen Van ... (6) 13. Portugal’s 1988 Olympic...

12/14/2014: SPORT DETAILS: Grade game swapped from ‘ dangerous’ wicket

THE controversial match between Randwick Petersham and St George has resumed, but on a different wicket. Play was called off after just 14 overs last weekend due to dangerous pitch conditions at Petersham Oval — an occasional occurrence in grade...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Next great Korea move


As part of its publicity blitz, Asian Cup organisers are asking us to “adopt a team”. Given this involves slightly less emotional investment than owning a pet rock, I’m giving it go. Insultingly, the official website tried to hook me up with Bahrain....

12/14/2014: SPORT: Abbott’s courage bowls us over


Iattended Phillip Hughes wake in the Macksville Services Club but, not wanting to impose, only stayed long enough to shake a few hands. But even then I got a vivid impression of the anguish the players were feeling. Juggling beer and champagne glasses...

12/14/2014: SPORT: NRL plans reveal scary similarities

First they want to play the game in decent stadiums. Then there is a proposal to play four quarters instead of two halves to increase revenue. And, in the same week, Wests Tigers announce they intend to play the Auckland Nines in sleeveless...

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: It’s party time in Dural estate


TUCKED away behind a long country driveway, Aveley is the quintessential Englishstyle estate in Dural. The vast seven-bedroom home is on 2ha of lush rolling greenery with pruned hedges and established trees including mature pines. Listed with Ray...

12/14/2014: WEATHER: FISHING

GAME fishermen that ventured to sea this week are grinning as marlin have been frequenting the warmer currents that are pushing south past Sydney. Striped and black marlin have been tagged and released between the 40 fathom to 70 fathom mark off...

12/14/2014: WEATHER: CATCH OF THE WEEK


Fatma Agar caught this 15kg mulloway at Stanwell Park Beach. She wins this week’s Okuma high performance spinning reel.

12/14/2014: MADFIT: SHANE SMELTZ KICKING ARSE


GOALS under pressure. That’s the trademark of Sydney FC’s star striker Shane Smeltz, the second highest goal scorer ever in the A League. He has also scored many a goal on the world stage, including for NZ against the world champions Italy in the World...

12/14/2014: MADFIT: NO GLUTES NO GLORY


The glutes or butt is your body’s largest and most powerful muscle, powering you to run fast and jump high. So if you wa be a sports star forget the bicep curls and start working on yo end. Shane’s go-to exercise is the Glute Bridge and the great thing...

12/14/2014: MADFIT: GOT BALLS?


Want a tasty snack that will pack on the muscle and not a gut? Then Shane’s home made protein balls are it. Chuck a few scoops of Man Shake protein with a handful of nuts, seeds, shredded coconut and a scoop of peanut butter into the blender with a...

12/14/2014: MADFIT: SHANE'S FRIDGE

Shane’s fridge gets a big A+ from me PROTEIN: From grass fed beef which is much better than grain-fed beef, thanks to higher amounts of good fats. LIQUID CHICKENS: That's what The Rock calls 'em. Better known as eggs. BRIGHT COLOURS: Greens, reds,...

12/14/2014: CANDICE FALZON: How Ivy Mae saved Dave


IF you’d ever told me that in just a week life could leave you so very high yet so insanely low, I’d have probably argued it just wasn’t possible. But today I can absolutely tell you it’s true, I’ve now ridden the wild carousel that is emotional chaos....

12/14/2014: WORLD: GAME ON AS LOHAN OPENS UP HER LIFE


LINDSAY Lohan has launched a new mobile game that offers fans the chance to experience her life in the spotlight. Lindsay Lohan’s The Price of Fame is “a parody on celebrity culture and paparazzi” and enables players to become world famous celebrities...

12/14/2014: WORLD: Storm over climate pact

NEGOTIATORS scrambled on the final day of UN talks on Friday to break a deadlock between rich and developing countries on forging the elements of a world pact to curb climate change. A years-old dispute over sharing responsibility for tackling the...

12/14/2014: WORLD: Giant landslide wipes out area

RESCUERS have struggled to reach more than 100 people missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried houses in a hilly district on Java, Indonesia’s main island. About 105 houses were swept away by the mud. Rescuers have retrieved...

12/14/2014: WORLD: 4 students shot at US high school

A GUNMAN has opened fire outside a US high school, wounding four students in what police believe was a gangrelated shooting. The victims were at Portland’s Rosemary Anderson High School or in affiliated job training programs, police said. A...

12/14/2014: WORLD: YES, EVERY ANIMAL CAN DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN


THESE animals know better than John Travolta about Stayin’ Alive. Incredible pictures from around the globe show the animal kingdom isn’t just about killer instinct. It’s about killer moves, too. In images that prove the wild world isn’t so far...

12/14/2014: WORLD: Islamic State falling apart


THE economy in the selfstyled Islamic State “caliphate” bridging Iraq and Syria is starting to show signs of strain. Prices of most staples have more than doubled as coalition airstrikes make it difficult for products to move in and out of militant...

12/14/2014: WORLD: SECRETS AND LIES


The report on CIA detention and interrogation of terrorists, prepared only by Democratic staff, is a missed opportunity to deliver a serious and balanced study of an important public policy question. It has given us instead a one-sided study marred by...

12/14/2014: BUSINESS: Crumbling empire of flashy Dr Debt


With a weary tone, Melbourne lawyer Michael Webb says there’s no point asking his client, Geoffrey Edelsten, about the settlement deal that he’s struck with his business adversaries in the US, because Edelsten probably does not understand it himself....

12/14/2014: BUSINESS: Oil prices a climate changer


THERE’S something deliciously exquisite about the oil price plunging to multi-year lows just as another climate change conference slides to yet an inevitable failure. Above a foreign (former) field in Lima, Peru, the 12,000 or so usual suspects were...

12/14/2014: PUZZLES: 20 QUESTIONS


Current Affairs 1 Which TV network has joined Foxtel in a joint venture on the pay-TV platform’s streaming service, Presto? 2 Hackers have released a second wave of private data from which hacked multinational company? 3 Which two writers shared the...

12/14/2014: PUZZLES: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1 In traditional lore, how many reindeer pull Santa Claus’s sleigh? 2 Australia’s Iggy Azalea has been nominated for how many 2015 Grammy Awards? 3 In which country is Milford Sound? 4 What is the largest city in Vietnam? 5 What is the name of Bill...

12/14/2014: 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.

12/14/2014: PUZZLES: CRYPTIC

Across 4 Good, casual walker who likes a bet ( 7) 8 First cool fruit at inside in weather conditions ( 7) 9 Pun returned before tailspin concerned with wedding ( 7) 10 Dug nail out feeling faint ( 7) 11 Infinite result, not so much . . . ( 7) 12...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: How cup of tea brewed up love


Alisha Kelly and David Scott’s love story started outside a bar in Sydney’s south, late on a Saturday in the June of 2009. They instantly connected at famed Shire bar Northies, and Alisha said it wasn’t long before David asked her out for a cup of her...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: LYNETTE BOLTON ASK A PLANNER


QMy wedding is in the days leading up to Christmas. How can I acknowledge this without ruining my overall theme? AIf a green and red theme or employing Santa to be your celebrant isn’t your thing there are plenty of subtle and stylish ways to...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: MEGAN RULLIS, 29, AND IZAAC TRPESKI, 34


LITTLE did they know then that catching each other’s eyes across a restaurant would lead to “ever after”. While dining with separate groups of friends Izaac noticed Megan then invited her over for a glass of wine. As they chatted their shared...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: PAM AND KEN BELL


PAM and Ken met in Moree when Ken travelled to the area to work in shearing sheds. The young couple fell in love and were engaged for a short period before marrying at the St Pius X Mission Church on December 12, 1964. Their family includes three...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: SUSAN SYDES, 30, AND MORGAN CREAGH, 30


A CONTIKI Tour to America in 2009 brought Susan and Morgan together. They soon fell for each other, although with Susan from Sydney and Morgan from the Hunter Valley their future together was not clear. Despite the long distance, they met every...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: JULIA BARANOV, 44, AND RONALD ROSENBAUM, 47


AFTER meeting online in 2007, Julia and Ronald began dating and hit it off so well that they moved in together after just one year. They love to walk along the beach, watch sci-fi movies and travel together. The couple rarely argue, and the time they...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: Perfect prepping for the bride


CLEAR, glowing skin and pearly white teeth are the perfect addition to any Bride’s big day. The Californian Hamptonsstyle salon offers non-evasive and express treatments. CCC’s signature Skin Laundry facial delivers a deeper cleanse for your skin by...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: Capturing the day in pictures


IF you’re after a boutique photographer to capture the story of your wedding day, the photographers at Silver Boat Photography deliver a fusion of photo journalistic and artistic styles to create the perfect memories of your wedding. Their goal is to...

12/14/2014: WEDDINGS: Nature’s beauty seals the day


FOR a personalised service for your wedding flowers, talk the team of talented designers, planners and stylists at Sydney Wedding Flowers to customise your wedding flowers. The decor will reflect the theme of your special day from the ceremony to the...

12/14/2014: BABIES: PHOENIX AND GABRIEL KUTALADZE


WHEN London-based Hayley Bowen found out she was pregnant it was a surprise, which turned into shock when the ultrasound showed she was having twins. The first-time mum says the pregnancy cemented the idea of she and partner Alex returning to Sydney...

12/14/2014: BABIES: Camping with my kids. What could go wrong?


FRESH air, wholesome sunshine and old fashioned fun. Or at least that was the idea. Guilt stricken after spending hours at the office, the husband arrived home filled with enthusiasm for his latest scheme: family camping. The troops were divided on...

12/14/2014: BABIES: MATILDA GRACE LARSEN


MATILDA is a miracle IVF baby for her parents Warwick and Kelly. She loves going to the park and being outside. Her bright blue eyes receive many compliments from everyone she meets.

12/14/2014: BABIES: SIERRA FAITH LISLE


SIERRA is the happy, smiley twin of Evan Lisle. They have a special bond and are able to soothe each other. If either one is upset, their parents put them together and it fixes everything.

12/14/2014: BABIES: JONAH ELVIS YOUNGMAN


JONAH has recently found his voice and loves to practise making lots of noise in the middle of the night. He enjoys cuddles from big sister Adia, 2, as well as being walked in his pram by mum.

12/14/2014: BABIES: HENRY CHARLES GRIMA


HENRY is an active baby who loves crawling on his tummy. He enjoys his fruit, especially oranges, mangoes and blueberries. He also loves bathtime, when he kicks and splashes endlessly.

12/14/2014: BABIES: ANASTASIA VITHOULKAS


ANASTASIA is the first child for Alex and Con and has brightened up their world. She loves watching TV with her daddy. She can’t wait for Christmas and looks forward to being christened next year.

12/14/2014: BABIES: JAMES BENNETT


“JOLLY” James enjoys watching his big brother Alexander, 4, play and gets really excited when his grandparents visit. He loves it when the Wiggles are on TV as they get him dancing and moving.

12/14/2014: TELEVISION: Hinch’s break back into TV


WHATEVER you do, don’t tell Derryn Hinch to “break a leg” ahead of his relaunch back into the TV news business, anchoring his own show, Hinch Live, on Sky News Australia next month. Given his latest health misadventure, the human headline almost took...

12/14/2014: TELEVISION: African safari a real eye-opener


WORKING in television can be wild, but for the ITV production team behind Channel 10’s, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Australia, the reality of setting up camp in South Africa has been an eye-opener. Executive producer Lara Hopkins (pictured, with...

12/14/2014: TELEVISION: Mia’s looking to her big future


RICKY Martin saw her singing potential on Nine’s The Voice earlier this year. Now Mia Morrissey has been scouted to showcase her modelling talents for Sydney’s premier plus-size agency, BGM Models. With acting credits already under her belt — and in...

12/14/2014: TELEVISION: Hughes to play man of match


IF the performances of his Australian team-mates and NSW fast bowler Sean Abbott are any indicator, the inspirational force of Phillip Hughes is sure to make an impact on the opening game of this year’s T20 Big Bash series, which kicks off between his...

12/14/2014: TASTE SUNDAY: Pub grub is worth a shout


I’LL never forget my first great pub meal. Elevated to the dining room at the Central Hotel in Tamworth when a raspberry lemonade and a packet of chicken chips just wouldn’t cut it, I was given free rein of the menu by the publican who doubled as my...

12/14/2014: TASTE SUNDAY: POTTED SALMON


SERVES 4 PREPARATION TIME 39 MINUTES (PLUS TIME FOR CHILLING) COOKING TIME 10 MINUTES 300g salmon fillet, skin on, pin-boned Salt for seasoning 100g butter 1 bay leaf 1 clove, whole Pinch cayenne pepper Pinch grated nutmeg 3 tbs sour cream 1 tbs...

12/14/2014: TASTE SUNDAY: When guests drop by, I like to get my trout out


IN CASE you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is just around the corner. It’s been a long lead-up, with Christmas decorations for sale in department stores earlier than ever. This year, I spotted them at the beginning of September and I must say it made me do...

12/14/2014: TASTE SUNDAY: TASTE CONFIDENTIAL


AS politicians they were like chalk and cheese but ex PM’s Bob Hawke and John Howard at least share the same taste in food with both dining at Beppi’s on Wednesday night. Hawke, celebrating his 85th birthday with a party of six, occupied a private...

12/14/2014: TASTE SUNDAY: WILLIAM PETERSEN

PETERSEN is co-owner and baker at Infinity Bakery, which has just opened a third store, in Paddington. What did you have last night for dinner? Honestly, no fudging. Fuji (my wife) brought me dinner to the bakery and it was an amazing homemade meal —...

12/14/2014: ENTERTAINMENT: From war legend to moving show


IN the week leading up to Christmas in 1914, the festive spirit spread along the Western Front with a series of unofficial ceasefires during which British and German soldiers offered each other seasonal greetings. Some even met in “no man’s land”...

12/14/2014: ENTERTAINMENT: Brilliantly dark play brings colour into a beige world


ABSENT Friends is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s bleakest comedies, described by the playwright as being “about death and the death of love”. Set in the soulless world of 1970s middle-class suburbia where so many women still played second fiddle to their...

12/14/2014: ENTERTAINMENT: HOT TICKETS

THEATRE A CHRISTMAS CAROL Joyous adaptation of Dickens’ timeless tale, Belvoir St Theatre until December 24. Bookings: 9699 3444 SWITZERLAND Psychological thriller about Patricia Highsmith, Drama Theatre, SOH until Saturday. Bookings: 9250...

12/14/2014: MUSIC: I’d rather have fun than be one of the cool kids


Carrie Underwood isn’t cool. In fact, the American country superstar says she’s far from it. “I am awkward in most situations,” she tells Insider. “To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever feel like one of the cool kids and that is OK. I know my...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Diaz still has a song in her soul


When Cameron Diaz was first approached about playing the drunken, meanspirited Miss Hannigan in the newly minted version of Annie, she says she was “fairly worried” that she’d have to sing on screen again. (Last time she was seen belting out a tune on...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Paddington’s charm like a warm bear hug


THE Lego Movie now has some serious competition for the title of best children’s film of the year. Michael Bond’s books about a young bear found by a family at London’s Paddington station is now a live action family film for which the adjective...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Gritty biopic is a real artistic masterpiece


UGLINESS and beauty are constant companions in Mr Turner, a fascinating film about the great British painter who died in 1851 having helped pave the way for modern art with his experiments in capturing the effects of light. There’s beauty in its...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Another version of the Bill Murray show


BILL Murray is a bad influence the same way popes are Catholic: it comes with the job. To cast him as a broke, drunken wastrel who ends up babysitting an 11-year-old is about as sure a comedy bet as you can make. But the moment he appears on screen...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: NOW SHOWING

INTERSTELLAR 169 minutes (M) Matthew McConaughey leads an expedition in time and space in this ambitious, stirring sci-fi adventure. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 108 minutes (MA15+) The raunchy revenge comedy’s funnier sequel has the hopeless stars planning a...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: ST VINCENT

Roadshow Director Theodore Melfi Rating M Running time 102 minutes Verdict Curmudgeon comedy on a familiar path

12/14/2014: INSIDER: MR TURNER

Transmission Films Director Mike Leigh Rating M Running time 149 minutes Verdict An engrossing portrait of a great artist

12/14/2014: INSIDER: 10ways to balls up the work Christmas party


1BE THE DRUNKEST PERSON IN THE ROOM EVERYONE deserves a tipple — if you can’t enjoy yourself at your work Christmas party, then when can you? Just don’t be the one who enjoys themselves more than anyone else. Be the second drunkest — no one...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: I got my kids to grade me and now I’m in the stew


Is there any greater barometer of how childhood has changed than school reports? Remember when teachers had the freedom to say what they thought and parents therefore knew exactly how their child was faring in class? Take mine from 1978: “I have found...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: I like Ange better when she’s chucking a wobbly


FEW Hollywood stories are as compelling as the beatification of Angelina Jolie (left). In just over a decade the pouty, tattooed, blood vial-adorned ingenue has repackaged herself as a devoted wife, philanthropist, breast cancer survivor and...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: I hope Albert’s $1b gets royally screwed


POOR Princess Gabriella Therese Marie Grimaldi. The feisty four-day-old daughter of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene (above) had the temerity to push herself into pole position — not an easy thing when you’re limbering up for a grand canal exit and...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Fellow page-turners read me like a book

AFTER another year of patchy commitment to my book club I fully expected to be expelled when we met for our annual Kris Kringle on Wednesday night. Once again I bought the thickest, most expensive book I could find in the hope my fellow clubbers would...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: DRESS FOR SUCCESS


IT’S only been a couple of weeks but the David Lawrence print dress (pictured), $249, is shaping up to be this summer’s bestseller. Since dropping in store, hundreds of units have sold and it has been one of the most requested looks for magazine...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: LONDON CALLING


IF you stroll into the Belinda boutique this week, you will notice the lace trend has taken over. The Double Bay store has invested heavily in the look from UK-based designers Christopher Kane and Erdem (pictured). Co-owner Jacky Yencken says...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: CHRISTMAS SPIRIT AT BASSIKE


LOCAL brand Bassike has joined forces with ceramics company Mud Australia to create a limited edition collection of Christmas decorations. Proceeds from the porcelain line will go to the Mirabel Foundation to support children orphaned due to parental...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Spoiled rotten in the land of the rising Dior collection


Ihave earned the hashtag #spoiltrotten this week. I’ve been in Tokyo for the first runway show Christian Dior has staged for a dedicated “fall” collection. Dior flew in more than 180 guests, including Audrey Tautou and Hailee Steinfeld, taking over...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: LOOK OF THE WEEK OLGA KURYLENKO


THE actor finished her r ed c ar pet r un on an impressively hi gh note t hanks to t hi s st unning Ralph & Russo cr eati on. The France- based Australi an couturiers ensured Kuryl enko’s beauty was unsurpassed at Wednesday’s Dubai I nternational Fi l...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: PIXIE LOTT


THE singer’s festive mood also extended to her outfit at the BBC Music Awards at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in London on Thursday. The bow looked ridiculous and it’s usually wise to dress accordingly when it’s below freezing outside. Had her jacket...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: REESE WITHERSPOON


A SASSY little pink Balenciaga dress was a modern departure for the generally classic dresser and a great choice. The pink lip colour and nude pumps complemented her look nicely at the premiere of her new comedy drama Inherent Vice in Hollywood on...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: DIANE KRUGER


IT’S perfectly acceptable to resemble a Christmas angel in mid-December, right? The German actor looked so gorgeous in this structured, embellished Chanel Couture design at Thursday’s 2014 Glamour Awards in Milan, Italy, I want to perch her on the top...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: GIULIANA RANCIC


FLESH tones have a tendency to make its wearer look washed out and without coloured accessories or statement make-up that’s exactly what happened to the E! host. A red lip would have saved the look at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Entertainment...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: KAROLINA KURKOVA


THE fiery heels, pink clutch and stunning lace dress proved a potent combination on the model at the New York event. I love this look.

12/14/2014: INSIDER: OLIVIA MUNN


DAMN those sample sizes! The colour was sensational but Munn’s dress looked two sizes too small for her at the New York event.

12/14/2014: INSIDER: NICKY HILTON


COLOUR is great but the socialite’s candy coat and accessories were simply too much. Hipster Solange Knowles could pull this off; Nicky can’t.

12/14/2014: INSIDER: WHO WORE IT BEST

STARS, socialites and supermodels donned Valentino for its haute couture presentation on Wednesday.

12/14/2014: INSIDER: French flair in skincare wows the local market


When Gwyneth Paltrow wrote about her love of French pharmacies on her lifestyle website Goop several years ago, few of the products listed could be bought without booking a ticket to Paris. Fast-forward to 2014, and the much-blogged-about concept of...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: The eyes ( and knockout lips) have it this party season


BLAME it on Joan Smalls. When the supermodel — and Estee Lauder spokesperson — stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet in May wearing an electric violet pout as her statement accessory, she ignited a make-up trend that is still going strong this party...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: COUNTER CONFIDENTIAL BEST MARSALA BEAUTY BUYS


Pantone has nominated ‘Marsala’, an earthy wine-red hue, as its top colour for 2015. Here’s how to dip your toe — or lip or eye — into the trend. Lancome Hypnose Dazzling in #201 Rouge Cabaret, $44, department stores For a limited time only, Lancome’s...

12/14/2014: INSIDER: Mini and me not little version of Posh and Becks


They broke the mould when Terry Biviano was created. The fashion plate wife of rugby league star Anthony Minichiello and mother to their one-year-old daughter, Azura Tresor is more like a Hollywood star from the 1940s than a Sydney WAG. Always...

12/14/2014: FRONT PAGE: Sacrifice I'll never regret


AUSTRALIA’S courageous cricket captain Michael Clarke last night revealed his determination to play the Test against India in honour of Phillip Hughes may have ended his career. An injured Clarke collapsed on Adelaide Oval yesterday before his team...

12/14/2014: NEWS: MICK'S PICKS EDITOR'S BEST


TODAY we introduce you to Samantha Watkins, a Newcastle teenager with suicidal thoughts who has finally decided to live. She contacted us in response to our youth suicide campaign because she, like us, believes the only way to deal with this issue is...

12/14/2014: NEWS: CHOOSE SYDNEY’S BEST CHRISTMAS DISPLAY


Help us choose the most impressive front yard lightshow and raise money for children’s hospitals at the same time

12/14/2014: NEWS: Jen Hawkins as the Christmas Angel


Plus party dresses, summer hair and Hamish’s love letter to Santa GLOSSY LIFTOUT INSIDE

12/14/2014: NEWS: Footy SOS to Gaz


Retired rugby league legend Mark Gasnier has been asked to make a comeback

12/14/2014: NEWS: SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE


The A-Z guide of what to do during a Sydney summer

12/14/2014: NEWS: I won’t let my granddad disappear


After reading one of her grandfather’s stories about the invisibility of old age, reporter Jordan Baker realises she is part of the problem. Do not miss this incredibly personal story about the fears associated with growing old

12/14/2014: NEWS: 600,000 bolts


For the past two weeks, NSW has been in a state of shock from lightning

12/14/2014: NEWS: How red tape left a little girl to die


Fifteen times members of the public warned that a toddler was at risk but no one listened. She died with a fractured skull.

12/14/2014: NEWS: Why life really is golden for gorgeous Gibney


SHE’S fabulous and 50 — and proving that age is just a number, she’s still television’s most bankable female star. As she celebrates her birthday today, Rebecca Gibney believes we have finally reached the era of TV’s Golden Girls. “We are seeing...

12/14/2014: NEWS: DISHONOURABLE DUO


DISGRACED former Labor powerbrokers Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi have been stripped of their “honourable” titles by NSW Governor David Hurley. The unprecedented move was made in response to a formal request by Premier Mike Baird following the corrupt...

12/14/2014: NEWS: $13m drug stash in crashed car boot

SANTA has delivered early for NSW Police’s St George Local Area Command, with officers staggered to discover more than $ 13 million in drugs in the boot of an abandoned car. The green Toyota Camry sedan crashed into two parked cars on Hartill Law Ave...

12/14/2014: NEWS: the twelve ROADSIDE ANGELS of Christmas


THEY’RE the impatient babies of 2014: born in hallways, bathrooms, between roundabouts, on the side of the road and in back seats. And while each birth story is different these gorgeous bundles of joy share one thing in common — their dramatic entry...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Kyle’s nut water is smashed


A COCONUT water brand that radio king Kyle Sandilands part owns and model Lara Bingle endorsed has been caught making questionable health claims. Popular H2Coco prompted a Consumer Affairs Victoria investigation for spruiking its water as “a complex...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Libs caught in a sexism and the city plot


A LIBERAL MP has launched an extraordinary attack on the Prime Minister and his most trusted adviser Peta Credlin. Veteran Queensland Liberal MP Warren Entsch has lodged an official complaint against Mr Abbott with whip Philip Ruddock. His decision...

12/14/2014: NEWS: $ 5b bulge in family and child payments

JOE Hockey has warned childcare and family-welfare payments are set to explode by $5.6 billion in a cost blowout that will reignite the debate over means-testing. The Treasurer’s budget update tomorrow will confirm the Senate’s refusal to pass...

12/14/2014: NEWS: MINI PAYS $3M FOR DUMP IN VAUCLUSE


FORMER NRL Roosters’ captain Anthony Minichiello and his designer wife Terry Biviano have scored a “renovator’s delight”, after forking out more than $3 million for a Vaucluse fixer-upper. The first couple of football have been househunting for 12...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Aussies turn jihad brides

A TEENAGER and her 20year-old friend have become the first Australian women to “go it alone” to join terrorists in Syria and offer themselves as potential jihadi brides, intelligence agencies believe. The girls, Hodan, 18, and Hafsa, 20, who are...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Presto offers gems from the vault


THE world’s best TV vault is set to open for Australian subscribers of new streaming service provider Presto after an exclusive deal with acclaimed international studios HBO and Showtime. The joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media is set to...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Thank You


Words cannot express our sorrow at Phillip’s passing, but your love and support has given us great strength at this very difficult time Gregory, Virginia, Jason and Megan Hughes wish to express our sincere appreciation to the people of Australia...

12/14/2014: NEWS: STATE OF SHOCK


IN a cracking start to summer, nearly 600,000 lightning bolts smashed into NSW in the first nine days of the season. Since the start of December nine people have been treated for lightning strikes and 104 severe storm warnings were issued as the skies...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Peanut’s fate sealed from the beginning


HER nickname was ‘Peanut’ because she was chipmunk cute with big brown eyes and a cheeky grin. But in the last 24 hours of her life, someone bashed the toddler so furiously, bruises on her buttocks went through to the muscle. The knocks to her head...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Fears for son held in China


THE father of a Sydney man who may face a Chinese firing squad for alleged drugsmuggling says he has no idea if his son is innocent. In the family’s first interview, Russell Gardner said his son Peter was “doing OK” despite staring down the barrel for...

12/14/2014: NEWS: I was a suicidal teen, then I chose to live


WHEN teenager Samantha Watkins woke up in a hospital bed after another attempt to take her own life, she decided it would be the last. “You don’t want to just survive, you want to live. I realised if I don’t do something, it’s not going to change,” Ms...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Self- harm a serious warning

CHILDREN as young as eight years of age are engaging in self- harm as a way of coping with stre ss and feelings of hopelessness. The disturbing claim was made in a submission by a southern NSW health care ser - vice as part of an investigation into...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Sydney mum arrested in Malaysia over drugs

A SYDNEY mother of four has been arrested in Malaysia after 1.5kg of methamphetamine was allegedly found in her laptop bag at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The 51-year-old woman was on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Shanghai to Melbourne via...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Whingeing Hicks has a lot to say sorry for


CONVICTED terrorist David Hicks, aka Mohammed Dawood, the one-time al-Qaeda golden boy, is at it again, playing the victim, and being applauded by leftist stooges like Sarah Hanson-Young. It’s bad enough that Hicks was invited to a Human Rights...

12/14/2014: NEWS: WHY PLAY THE GENDER CARD?


TIS the season to bash Tony Abbott, even though compared to his immediate Labor predecessors he is a paragon of virtue. A lot of the criticism of the Prime Minister has been unfair, considering the mess his government inherited. But his resort to the...

12/14/2014: NEWS: MERRY CHRISTMAS, DEAR READERS

Thank you for the feedback all year, good and bad, and apologies for not always responding. The wisdom of our readers remains the most important guide for opinion columnists. It helps guard against hubris and the in-house navel gazing that can afflict...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Kids the biggest loser if mum diets


CHILDREN of overweight parents are running the risk of being stunted as whole families are put on diet regimes by mums who don’t want to prepare separate meals. Hanan Salah, a paediatric dietitian, said cutting carbs or limiting bread in children’s...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Chemo fee only NSW has to pay

CANCER patients are being left financially crippled by a chemotherapy fee of up to $184 in public hospitals which is only charged in NSW. The fee is the result of the refusal of the NSW government to sign a hospital pharmaceutical reform deal with the...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Council is the Grinch who sold Christmas


A SYDNEY council is accused of being the Grinch who sold Christmas. Shopkeepers trying to sell Christmas trees outside their stores were outraged when Randwick City Council demanded a formal development application, detailed environmental impact...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Cathedral lights up for charity


SYDNEY’S best-behaved nightclub is back, with nocturnal crowds amassing outside St Mary’s Cathedral for a spectacular Christmas light show. For the first time in its seven-year history, the animated light display projected on to the cathedral’s...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Murder by ice test case fails


A WOMAN has been found not guilty of murdering a man who was killed when her alleged meth lab exploded inside a house in Ryde. The charge against Irene Lin was a test case for whether those accused of running dangerous meth labs, often from inside...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Mentor program put under threat

A PROGRAM that gives atrisk teenagers a surrogate grandfather and hope is in danger of shutting down after the state government stopped its funding. Bossley Park deputy principal Kathii Langadinos said she was devastated to hear the program run by...

12/14/2014: NEWS: A kiss of life for suburbs


TAKING stores out of shopping centres and putting them back on the high street will be a central plank in the state government’s metropolitan strategy. Other central aims of the strategy, released by Planning Minister Pru Goward today, include...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Sky’s the limit for new schools

SYDNEY could soon have its first high-rise public school in western Sydney with talks under way between the Department of Education and Parramatta City Council. The talks are at a preliminary stage, but are in response to the construction boom under...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Tragic baby toll we don’t have to pay


DOZENS of babies lost to sleep accidents and sudden infant death might still be alive if parents had known about or heeded safe sleep messages. A review of 108 sudden deaths in infancy in NSW between 2008 and 2012 found 95 per cent of babies were...

12/14/2014: NEWS: The SIDS hazards on the shelves

BABY shops are selling products known to increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome without warning parents of the potential hazards to sleeping babies. Bassinet and cot pillows, bumpers and lambswool underlays all violate safe-sleeping...

12/14/2014: LAW & ORDER: Tale with punchline


HE should have kept his head down, in more ways than one. Police believe they know the identity of the man who was ironed out by a coward punch in an online video of what has become known as the “roid brawl” at the Stereosonic music festival at Sydney...

12/14/2014: LAW & ORDER: Ex-union boss faces probe

THE bankruptcy examination of jailed former HSU boss Michael Williamson looks set to go ahead next year. But don’t get your hopes up, sources say most of the proceeds were laundered — through his stomach. Our source says it’s looking likely that the...

12/14/2014: LAW & ORDER: Field appeal on the cards

DON’T be surprised if former NRL star Craig Field lodges an appeal against his conviction over the one-punch killing of cattle farmer Kelvin Kane. Field, a former South Sydney captain and Tigers half, was found guilty of manslaughter by a NSW Supreme...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Golden memory of what was dam fine old town


BRIMMING with anticipation, the Crocker boys bolted down the stone streets of old Jindabyne to get a frontrow seat for the “fifth” quarter of the local football derby, their legs struggling to keep up with their wild imaginations. Punches were bound...

12/14/2014: OPINION: Tony’s choice: dump Peta or lose election


DESPITE signing off on a series of significant policy triumphs, the Coalition hasn’t finished the year with a tick in public opinion polls. The reaction from some members of the government has followed a traditional path – blame the leadership. But...

12/14/2014: OPINION: Disunity is death, but there’s no COS in team

IT IS clear the Abbott government’s internal problems are not going to be solved by a two-week Christmas break and some eggnog. A senior and respected MP, Warren Entsch, has made a personal complaint about Mr Abbott to the party whip, after the PM...

12/14/2014: OPINION: How could they have let her die?

SHE could have been saved. That’s the core of the heartbreaking story we bring you today about the unsolved murder of a Central Coast toddler nicknamed Peanut. In most cases we are loath to criticise the Department of Family and Community Services,...

12/14/2014: OPINION: Trouble ahead as push to move Credlin grows


CROCODILE farmer, railway porter, medical marijuana advocate and Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Liberal MP Warren Entsch has lived a life of swashbuckling adventure. Fond of calling a spade a shovel, the Far North Queensland MP has also emerged as a...

12/14/2014: OPINION: A family Xmas sends me crackers


YES, it’s that time of year again. We all try to pretend that it’s fun but, really, Christmas is about as enjoyable as testing a giant festive Nutcracker doll on your testicles. Yes, I could go on and on about the ridiculous carols every shopping...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: People divided by the size of PM’s paid parental leave


I had my three children in the early 1990s and only received the child allowance from the government, which was about $10 a week per child (“Baby pay backflip”, 7/12). There was no baby bonus and I don’t know about entitlements for child care because...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: WORDS FAIL THOSE LEFT BEHIND

In 2010 while my wife was in a psychiatric hospital after her second suicide attempt, I received an anguished call from a close friend. He was calling to inform me that his younger sister, my dear friend and much loved ex girlfriend, had taken her...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: NOT ALL WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

Chef Pete Evans is more correct about water fluoridation than the head of the AMA (“My crazy rules: TV chef cops big serve”, 7/12). The medical chief is indignant, but wrong. Chemical fluoride is added to much of the water supply across NSW but the...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: PSEUDOSCIENCE A TOOTHLESS TIGER

It is always comical to see anti-fluoridationists with no healthcare education, training, experience, or knowledge, term mainstream, peerreviewed science to be “pseudoscience”. It is even moreso when they then give their personal recommendations on...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: TXT THE EDITOR

STEVE: I disagree about men causing wet wipe tsunami (“Giant wet wipe tsunami landing west in the poo”, 7/12). I’m a plumber and spent four years doing Dept of Housing work. Women are the main problem, they flush pads, tampons and baby wipes. Guys are...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: FUNDING NEEDED FOR TEENS AT RISK

I wish to commend the Sunday Telegraph for your articles on teen suicide (“We need to keep talking to break this tragic taboo”, 7/12). My 19-year-old son tragically took his own life two years ago. Since then two other young people in my circle of...

12/14/2014: LETTERS: REFORM MUST BEGIN WITH SENATE

Well said Piers Akerman (“Joe’s going nowhere, just like Mr Turnbull”, 7/12). Joe Hockey has the hardest job in the developed world trying to convince Australians and the shameful anti-Australian senate that the blank cheques and international lending...

12/14/2014: NEWS: One fun summer’s day in the wild life of 5SOS


THEY were dangerous words to say by way of introduction. “I want you to meet this teenage band. They are called 5 Seconds Of Summer. I think you’ll like them.” It was June 2012, when 5SOS’s manager Matt Emsell, introduced me to the band as they...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Grieving mum keeps son’s dream alive


THE grieving family of a Sydney man killed in a Cambodian nightclub fire is calling on the Australian government to investigate the blaze. Tom Ricketson’s mother Nell Brown and sister Ella Ricketson are shocked at media reports that Cambodian police...

12/14/2014: NEWS: BOARD GIRL LOSES LEG

A TEENAGE girl’s leg has been severed in a horror boating accident. The 15-year-old was wakeboarding behind a power boat at Bundalong on the Murray River when she fell into the water. When the boat turned back its propeller struck her left leg,...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Sam’s recipe for fun on beaches


THE aroma of fresh pippies simmering in mum’s kitchen always brings back memories of summer for Samantha Harris. The indigenous model, who grew up in far north NSW, said the family recipe was the celebration dish at the end of a successful pippi hunt...

12/14/2014: ADVERTISEMENT: Advice to Men Who Don’t Make Enough Money


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...

12/14/2014: NEWS: This chimp’s not a chump, he’s a champ!


IT’S not all monkeying around for Taronga’s chimps, as this clever bub is proving. Just one year old, Fumo has quickly established himself as the gifted child of the group. One of three babies born within the past year, he’s already outshining his...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Charlie: not glamorous but hopefully amorous


MEET Charlie, the new lad on the block currently wooing Taronga’s two resident female Australian sea lions in the hope of bringing a new baby to the zoo. The eight- year- old sea lion arrived last month, on loan from Sea World on the Gold Coast, for...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Honeyeaters busy as bees


THESE birds might be the busiest at Taronga, having produced a bumper breeding season this spring. So far 47 regent honeyeater chicks have been born, with another 15-20 expected until the season finishes in January. Six of the youngest are in the...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Hippo throws weight about


SHE might be just 12 weeks old but you definitely wouldn’t know it from looking at her. Kibibi, which means ‘ little lady’ in Swahili, is Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s youngest hippo. She may be the smallest of their six, but hippos aren’t your...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Santa’s secret visit to zoo

THEY’RE normally given to Santa to feed his reindeer but this year Santa was giving them away, delivering an early Christmas to some lucky animals at Taronga. The zoo’s keepers arrived early to decorate their animals’ enclosures. Taronga’s tallest...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Renae Robinson

RENAE ROBINSON IS A PRIMATE KEEPER WHO HAS WORKED AT THE ZOO FOR THREE YEARS. Animals you look after: Gorillas, chimpanzees and some small monkey species. Why primates: I fell in love with it from day one. Every day is just so different, you never...

12/14/2014: NEWS: FUN FACT

Chimpanzees are biologically more closely related to humans than gorillas, sharing between 88-95 per cent of the same DNA.

12/14/2014: NEWS: 11,000 pets need home


FOSTER parents great and small are being sought by the RSPCA to help head off ballooning numbers of abandoned dogs and cats. The organisation expects at least 11,000 animals to flood its shelters this holiday season, with up to half having to be put...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Drought dries up farm cash

FARMERS on the brink of ruin in the drought-affected northwest of the state have more than doubled in the past year. Average farm debt in the region rose 12 per cent in the last fiscal year, with farms that are three months in arrears servicing bank...

12/14/2014: NEWS: Helping to win World War II nearly killed me

IHEARD the bugle call at age 18, and decided then and there to do my bit Being on defence work, I was exempt from joining services so I had to ask my boss. He called the army and asked if they wanted me. Not being deaf at the time I heard one say over...

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: A spirit of place that is magnetic


JOHN and Hillary James have lived around the world in 60 years, from west Africa to the hills of Ubud, but eventually found their favourite place on Earth at the foot of the Blue Mountains. After 18 years of building on, and caring for, the unique...

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: HARBOURFRONT GLAMOUR


21 EASTBOURNE RD, DARLING POINT Inspired by the world’s five-star boutique hotels, this eastern suburbs listing is luxury all the way from the ground floor resort-style pool with its “his” and “hers” change rooms to the top floor parents’ retreat....

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: BURWOOD BEAUTY


2 Culdees Rd, Burwood Heights Sitting in a leafy street in Burwood Heights, this Federation cottage is on a huge 1366sq m block near sought-after schools. The charm of yesteryear is still evident throughout the property with tessellated tiles, bay and...

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: BEACHSIDE BEAUTY


82 GRANDVIEW CRES, KILLCARE This stunning beachside spot has come on the market for the first time in half a century. The glamorous near new beach house has an enviable list of luxury features as well as forest and ocean views. Over three levels there...

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: Ex- home of star cobblers kicks off


THE end of an era went under the hammer yesterday when the long-time workshop of the Perkal Brothers cobblers sold for $1.71 million. For more than 30 years the tight-knit siblings made footwear for Australia’s rich and famous including media tycoon...

12/14/2014: REAL ESTATE: Reserve smashed by huge $235,000


YESTERDAY’S auction action began with a bang in Earlwood when a classic Californian bungalow sold for $235,000 above the reserve price. Rocky Bartolotto called the auction to a crowd of more than 50 at 28 Collingwood Ave, Earlwood. Bidding started at...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: A SORE POINT FOR CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS


AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke has suffered a lengthening list of hamstring and back problems over the last two years, with his exit from the Adelaide Oval just the latest example. DEC 2012 Retires hurt during the Test in Hobart due to a right...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: Veteran Haddin ready to be new top dog

BRAD Haddin will fight Father Time and fatigue as Australia’s debut Test captain in waiting against India at the Gabba. Michael Clarke’s stunning admission he may have played his last Test after sustaining serious hamstring and back injuries in...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: ABBOTT DISPLAY JUST PURE HEART


WE’VE hung on every word from Michael Clarke. We’ve read every line of Dave Warner’s heart-felt tributes to mate Phillip Hughes. Steve Smith and Shane Watson have both displayed remarkable strength to speak, with tears in their eyes. The one story...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: PROOF FANS LOVE KYRGIOS


EVERYTHING is pointing towards a delectable summer for Aussie tennis ace Nick Kyrgios. Twitter released it’s annual review last week of the most popular tweets of the year. Phillip Hughes’s tragic death, Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill and Kyrgios...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: DES TOSSES UP OVER TOP DOG

CANTERBURY coach Des Hasler is a smart enough guy. Seems odd then that his search for a captain to replace Michael Ennis has taken so long to complete. You’d think NSW Origin halfback, the Bulldogs’ firstchoice goalkicker, the 2014 One Community...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: SEZER FED TO WOLVES

GOLD Coast Titans dodged a bullet last Thursday. The Titans failed to send a media manager with young pivot Aidan Sezer to the jersey launch of the Auckland Nines in Sydney. So what? Given the drama surrounding Gold Coast captain Greg Bird, what do...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: QUOTE OF THE WEEK


“IT put a dampener on our wedding day.’’ Gold Coast’s Greg Bird’s frank assessment of being fined for urinating on or near a police car.

12/14/2014: CRICKET: SET THE IQ FOR ...


AUSTRALIA v India — second cricket Test from the Gabba in Brisbane — Thursday from noon on Channel Nine.

12/14/2014: CRICKET: Hughes’ brother scores 63 in his comeback game


IN the most remarkable coincidence, Phillip Hughes’ brother, Jason, scored exactly 63 runs in his comeback to grade cricket yesterday. Hughes hit two sixes in a Mosman run chase for victory at Drummoyne Oval before being caught on the boundary on the...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: It’s a footmark in history for Lyon


ADELAIDE’S reputation for dramatic twists late in Test matches was enhanced by one of the great last days in the history of the game. The other reputation that was enhanced was that of the often maligned off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who finally got the...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: HERO OF ADELAIDE TAKES A BIG TURN FOR THE BET TER

NATHAN Lyon has produced the most emphatic spin bowling performance by an Australian since the retirement of the great Shane Warne. Lyon took 12 wickets in the match as he inspired his side to an emotional 48run victory over India in Adelaide. In a...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: First bad decision was rejecting the technology


UMPIRE Marais Erasmus made a “howler” yesterday and Mark Taylor says the non-use of the Decision Review System is part of the problem. Australia’s offspinner Nathan Lyon and his captain Michael Clarke couldn’t believe it when opener Murali Vijay, on...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: Marsh now fit, raring to throw

IT might only be a small consolation, but Michael Clarke’s pending replacement Shaun Marsh is almost back to full fitness ahead of the second Test. The West Australian was restricted to fielding in the slips after serious elbow surgery had limited his...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: Hazlewood in line for Gabba gig

JOSH Hazlewood is firming for a Test debut in Brisbane, with Australia’s pace attack in need of a freshen-up after slogging it out in Adelaide. Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle dipped in pace on day five and it’s doubtful both can go around again at the...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: Kohli happy to go down blazing for victory

VIRAT Kohli has evoked the spirit of West Indies’ great Frank Worrell by directing his Indian side to play attacking, entertaining cricket right to the last ball in yesterday’s first Test at Adelaide Oval. Kohli, who was stand-in skipper for injured...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: TOP KNOCKS

OPENER Murali Vijay was heartbreakingly dismissed for 99, trapped in front by Nathan Lyon. The opener dug in for 234 balls, putting on 185 with his captain Virat Kohli in the partnership that threatened to take the game away from Australia. But if...

12/14/2014: CRICKET: FASTEST BALL


MITCHELL Johnson didn’t quite wind up to the 150km/h zone he was nudging in the first innings, but touched 146 with a bouncer to Kohli in the 37th over. Kohli was untroubled, weaving nicely out of the way, but copped a big stare-down from Johnson.

12/14/2014: SPORT: BARK TO THE FUTURE


THE wait is finally over. After an excruciatingly long process, the NRL is expected to release the 2015 season draw tomorrow. And if you’re a Canterbury fan, it has been worth the wait. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the Bulldogs will return to...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Nishikori leads the way in the battle to claim a deciding set


STATISTICS say he is the best closer that men’s tennis has produced and Andre Agassi labels him “one of the greatest shot-makers ever’’. Japan’s Kei Nishikori will lob at his fifth Brisbane International off the back of what he sees as a crucial...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Barba’s revenge date to come early


BEN Barba won’t have to wait long for a chance to prove Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett he was wrong. Barba’s new club Cronulla is scheduled to host Bennett’s Broncos in round two. Told by Bennett he didn’t have a future at the Broncos last...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Sal throws her weight around

OLYMPIC champion Sally Pearson is breaking gym equipment in her bid to be the world’s fastest hurdler. Barely six months after frail hamstrings almost ruined her Commonwealth title defence, Pearson is achieving feats in the gym she never thought...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Childress can’t life sad Kings

JOSH Childress said allowing Wollongong to stay in the game “bit us on the butt” after a phenomenal effort from the former NBA player wasn’t enough to earn his side a win against the Hawks. Childress scored 34 points at 67 per cent shooting and...

12/14/2014: SPORT: The Nines could be cooking with Gaz


MARK Gasnier has secretly been approached by St George Illawarra to make a shock comeback in the Auckland Nines. Gasnier said that while he was reluctant to take the spot of a younger player, he would give serious consideration to pulling on the big...

12/14/2014: SPORT: SONNY DAYS HERE AGAIN


JUST four months after ending his NRL career at the Sydney Roosters, Sonny Bill Williams will be back to haunt his former code at the spiritual home of modern-day league by playing a trial against the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium. The Sunday Telegraph...

12/14/2014: SPORT: REBEL RABBITS


THIS is the flash new logo rebel South Sydney Rabbitohs supporters are using to launch their own licensed club premises next to their home ground at ANZ Stadium. Souths Leagues and Sports club is signing up members for their clubhouse on the ground...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Fox brings back the wow factor


TO celebrate a massive year of live sport in 2015, Fox Sports is giving fans the chance to get even closer to the action. The network will cover the cricket World Cup, rugby World Cup, Asian Cup, V8 Supercars, NRL, AFL, the US Masters at Augusta,...

12/14/2014: SPORT: SUNDAY BEST

SAINTS THE power batting of Dave Warner, the courage of Michael Clarke and the class of Steve Smith to hit unforgettable centuries in Adelaide for their little mate Phillip Hughes. And don’t forget Sean Abbott taking 6-14 for NSW at the SCG on...

12/14/2014: SPORT: PETER WYNN'S


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...

12/14/2014: SPORT: CAITLIN THWAITES'S SPORTING HERO


Nicole Richardson. She represented Australia in two sports (netball and softball), which is something I was trying to do with both netball and volleyball.

12/14/2014: SPORT: BRAIN BUSTERS

Which two clubs will wear singlets in the NRL Nines? Where was Aussie golfer Adam Scott born? Which NFL team did Aussie punter Mat McBriar sign with last week? In which country is surfing’s feared Banzai Pipeline? Who was top try scorer for the...

12/14/2014: SPORT: $10M SUPER SCREENS FOR ALLIANZ STADIUM


ALLIANZ Stadium is about to install two giant high-definition super screens that will be the biggest at a rectangular sporting venue in the southern hemisphere. The screens will be a massive 277 sq m, more than four times bigger than the current size...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Mini enjoys the quiet life


ROOSTERS legend Anthony Minichiello has knocked back an approach to make one final appearance at the Auckland Nines. He’s also rejected the temptation of signing a $ 1 contract in case the Roosters run into injury problems next year. We bumped into...

12/14/2014: SPORT: NRL’s blind date disaster

THE NRL’s delay to release a 2015 season draw has created serious promotional issues for the code. Printers last week decided they could no longer hold back deadlines to produce 2015 sporting diaries that cover cricket, racing, rugby union, AFL,...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Fight night free for all

SPORTS agent Khoder Nasser will call a press conference on Thursday to announce his latest boxing promotion next month. Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper are confirmed starters and he hopes to include Sharks skipper Paul Gallen on the card. The...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Roosters boss can control time

ROOSTERS supremo Nick Politis still carries plenty of clout at NRL headquarters. When The Sunday Telegraph last week revealed the round 1 draw for next year, Politis was straight on the phone to commercial boss Paul Kind complaining about playing...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Old foes fight over money

THE Wanderers pay dispute saw another stoush in the long- running feud between former Socceroos Robbie Slater and Craig Foster. SBS pundit Foster recalled a 1997 Socceroo pay dispute and took a swipe at Fox Sports expert Slater for taking a different...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Mary’s madness

DRAGONS coach Paul McGregor needs a reality check. Appealing to the NRL to immediately reinstate Russell Packer when he is released from prison, McGregor said “it was an unfortunate incident — but it was man v man”. Unfortunate? How about...

12/14/2014: SPORT: Soccer’s rising son

TONGUES were wagging in soccer circles last week when Steven Lowy, son of Westfield boss Frank Lowy, appeared in a glossy magazine feature talking about the possibility of taking over his dad’s role as FFA chairman. Steven didn’t rule out running for...

12/14/2014: BIG BASH 2014/15: STARS AIM HIGH WITH STAIRWAY TO KEVIN


KEVIN Pietersen might be a part-time cricketer these days, but that’s probably all the more reason why he has come to Melbourne fully switched on. Yes, he is here to enjoy his six-week stint as the marquee player for the Melbourne Stars in the Big...

12/14/2014: BIG BASH 2014/15: Freddy or not, look who’s here to turn up the Heat


THANK goodness for Andrew Flintoff. Never before has cricket been in such need of an icebreaker and he delivered on cue yesterday. “I’ve probably got more chance,” the 37-year-old replied when asked about the prospects of an international comeback for...

12/14/2014: RACING: NO LIGHTWEIGHT


RAY THOMAS VILLIERS STAKES HELEN Page trained a Villiers winner 25 years ago but had not had a starter in Sydney for a decade. Her 20-year-old apprentice Luke Tarrant had never ridden outside of Queensland. But the trainer and rider combined with...

12/14/2014: RACING: Christmas present for Waller after no cheer last week

SYDNEY’S premier trainer Chris Waller found the perfect way to put a horror week behind him with a winning hattrick in the first three races, including Saigon Tea’s thrilling triumph in the Listed $100,000 Christmas Cup (2400m) at Royal Randwick...

12/14/2014: RACING: SCHOFIELD: DO NOT BE DUPED


AFTER a frustrating Friday at Rosehill when the stable had to settle for five minor placings, premier trainer Chris Waller was back in the winning groove from the opening race at Royal Randwick yesterday. Dupe ‘Em, cleverly ridden by in-form Glyn...

12/14/2014: RACING: Golden Moon on horizon


WHEN trainer Rod Northam sold Odyssey Moon to bloodstock agent James Harron, he boldly declared: “You have just bought yourself a Golden Slipper winner.’’ And Odyssey Moon took the first steps towards the world’s richest twoyear-old race by winning on...

12/14/2014: RACING: Thankful Sam shows her class

SAMANTHA Clenton had her first ride for Chris Waller yesterday — and it won’t be her last. The 21-year-old apprentice showed vigour and poise to drive Beyond Thankful to a narrow win in the Alconex Fire Handicap (2000m) at Royal Randwick...

12/14/2014: RACING: Courage in Ball’s family

TAB REWARDS PLATE (1000M) JUST like his older brothers, Ball Of Muscle has a genuine will to win — as evidenced at Royal Randwick yesterday. Ball Of Muscle ($2.40 fav) went five weeks between runs, looked to be out on his feet late but found another...

12/14/2014: RACING: STEWARDS SWOOP ON SUSS SULKIES

STEWARDS last night scratched six horses from the $100,000 Ballarat Pacing Cup just 35 minutes before the Group 1 race. The horses, including shortpriced favourite Guaranteed, were reportedly found to have illegally wide sulkies. The race was reduced...

12/14/2014: RACING: Sharp Rocket Boy blasts away rivals


TRAINER Michael Hawkes was moved to use words such as “annihilation”, “special” and “exceptional’’. Jockey James McDonald said the easy win reminded him of the day he rode It’s A Dundeel to his runaway 2013 ATC Australian Derby romp. None of the...

12/14/2014: RACING: Daintree’s dry run for Christmas cheer

WARWICK Farm trainer Rick Worthington is hoping for a end to Sydney’s summer deluge so he can fill the stable’s Christmas coffers via Daintree Boy and Magic Archer today. Worthington has taken the precaution of pencilling in contingency plans with the...

12/14/2014: RACING: Berry good day tipped for pair

FATHER-SON duo Kevin and Tommy Berry threaten to make today’s Buttsworth Industrial Supplies Maiden Plate (1600m) a family affair via the strapping sixyear-old mare Aegina. The daughter of Canny Lad hasn’t run a place in her four runs to date but has...

12/14/2014: RACING: HAWKESBURY

BEST BET: Race 6: No. 18 Herne’s Oak. Has had excuses for some seemingly lacklustre performances but there’s no doubt he is a talent. Ran well first-up in a deep race. Stick with him. NEXT BEST: Race 2: No. 5 Hebden. Is a well bred Godolphin filly...

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: KSUBI


Shopping for sunglasses is now a lot easier, with Ksubi having just launched its online eyewear store. If you’re looking for run-of-the-mill designs to hide behind, then this isn’t for you. Lacerta sunglasses, $249, ksubieye.com

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: The end is nigh


Can you believe another year is nearly over? Hopefully your Christmas shopping is just about done and you can focus your energy on ringing in the new year in spectacular style. If you need some help we have your frock and make-up inspiration sorted....

12/14/2014: SHOP SMART: GRANA

It’s time to throw out your polyester basics, because when silk is this cheap why would you wear anything else? Not only do they do Chinese silk tanks and shirts, but there are also Peruvian pima cotton tees and Japanese denim at seriously slashed...

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