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Sunday, 13 January 2019

'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' Australia 2019 celebrities revealed: PHOTOS


Have you been following the jungle shenanigans?

A new slew of celebs are back to join the hit Channel 10 show 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' Australia for 2019, and before you say, "UM, WHO!" or "These are NOT celebrities!" or "I don't know anyone on this bloody show!" the helpful team at the show have created a handy ready reckoner for so you can complain and whine to your hearts' content:

 Here are some of the celebs in the jungle... more pics to come...

The girls from Gogglebox, Angie and Yvie:

Watch their banter here:

Jacquie Lambie, Richard Reid, Dermott Brereton:

Who else?

- Natasha Exelby (ex newsreader famous for her mid on-air surprise)
- Ajay Rochester (ex 'The Biggest Loser' host)
- Luke Jacobz (TV presenter)
- Justin Lacko (model)
- Justine Schofield (ex 'MasterChef' now TV chef and author)
- Sam Dastyari (ex politician)
Tahir Biljic (comedian, and my fave on this show)

Monday, 7 January 2019

Annalise Braakensiek dies, age 46

Australian model Annalise Braakensiek was found dead in her Sydney apartment on the afternoon of Sunday January 6, 2019.
In this report by Melissa Hoyer just in, police and ambulance crews came to her Potts Point apartment at about 3.30pm after friends and family became concerned about her whereabouts.
The report says:
Close friends have told news.com.au the jewellery creator, lingerie designer and health guru hadn’t been heard from for a few days.
Police rescue and ambulance attended the apartment where they found Ms Braakensiek, 46, deceased.
There were no suspicious circumstances, police said, and they will prepare a report for the coroner.
Annalise split from her stockbroker husband Danny Goldberg in April after 16 years together.
Reports Melissa:
At the time, in a deleted Instagram post, she wrote: “I don’t know if a broken heart mends or learns to live in pieces”.
She had bought the Potts Point apartment in November last year following the separation. When she bought the Victoria Rd property, she talked about plans to decorate in her signature style.
Read more in the article here.
I personally remember Annalise as the beautiful woman on the cover of the fresh new magazine I started working at, Cream magazine, owned by Antonino Tati.
At the time Annalise was HUGELY popular and I thought it was so clever for Antonino to choose Annalise to be on the cover of his new mag, and in such a fun and left of centre style shoot.
Here is that cover:
Here are Annalise's last Instagram posts. SO sad. RIP, beautiful Annalise.
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Everything seems to feel twisted and upside down at the moment... am I right?!!!! Life’s challenges have been deep, dark, difficult, demanding and down right scary lately. For me and so many others I know. But today is a new day! πŸŒˆπŸ¦‹ and I’ve also had some of the best jobs, travels and experiences of my life this year for which I’m THAT grateful. So, here’s to happiness and light, endless possibilities and new beginnings!!!! πŸ’«πŸ‘ŒπŸ¦„πŸŒΌ✨☀️πŸ”₯ I’ve just bought my own little beautiful space !!!! Out of my beloved Bondi πŸ’” (which has been my home since I first moved to Sydney as a young teenager) but into a new gorgeous area. New beginnings in every way whilst doing my best to mindfully continue to let go of what doesn’t serve me or my higher self well. Sheesh it’s hard work, just like practicing yoga and headstands ! But I know it’s good for me and ultimately all the pain and hard times are going to be a blessing πŸ™Œ and here’s to looking at it all from a new perspective too πŸ’«πŸŒ™Time to breathe in the new beginnings and let go of the old..... bring on 2019 already I say!!!! πŸ’ƒ❤️ πŸŒΈπŸ‘⚡️πŸ™ŒπŸŒˆπŸ’«πŸ’―❤️✅ Huge thanks to all of you who have carried me though this turbulent year. I can’t tag you all but you know who you are. I love you beyond. Huge thanks for all you supportive beautiful people who follow and support me via SM too. I know you can’t judge yourself by “likes” but they mean a lot, especially from my faraway friends and family. I’m sorry I haven’t had the resources to post as much as usual but now I have a home I will be able to again soon. And design jewellery. Create art. Cook @annalisewithlovelunch delicious healthy #glutenfree #meatfree meals, entertain under my own roof again ( and top of, helloooo rooftop parties here we come!) and laugh and love more than ever. Hell yasssss!!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘ but please know that every bit of support is deeply felt and appreciated, so obrigadaaaaaaaa πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜»πŸ˜˜ gracias. Grazie mille. Arigato. Danke sehr πŸ™πŸΌ #yoga mega inspiration and pic by the beautiful @nude_yogagirl #magical day your way 😘😘😘 #ruok #checkin #support #love
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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Deborah Knight Co-Hosting Today, Replacing Karl Stefanovic

In news just in, Deborah Knight is the NEW co-host in Australia's 'Today' show

In a move never before seen on Australian commercial network breakfast TV, two women will be hosting a prime time brekkie show.

We are HUGE fans of Deborah Knight! Well done, Deb!

Former co-host of 'Weekend Today' and '60 Minutes' reporter Tom Steinfort will replace Sylvia Jeffries as the show's newsreader. 

Here is the announcement:

Respected journalists Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight will host a new look TODAY with Tom Steinfort joining the line-up as newsreader, it was announced this morning.
Joining the hosts will be legendary Melbourne sports presenter Tony Jones, Nine Finance Editor Ross Greenwood and former ABC journalist and Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney as entertainment reporter.
The new-look team will begin on-air on Monday, January 14.
Alongside the core presenting team will be the who’s who of Nine News reporting and presenting talent, including Political Editor Chris Uhlmann, Richard Wilkins, Lara Vella and Christine Ahern and Jessica Millward.
While on Weekend TODAY, David Campbell joins Allison Langdon, Jayne Azzopardi and Clint Stanaway.
Rounding out the morning programming will be TODAY Extra, hosted by Sonia Kruger and David Campbell for three days a week, with Richard Wilkins joining Sonia in the seat Thursdays and Fridays. The new line-up forms Australia’s most dynamic – and ground-breaking – morning presenting team across the whole week.
Darren Wick, Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “Georgie Gardner, Deb Knight and Tom Steinfort will spearhead an energised and exciting TODAY Show in 2019. We’ve brought together a team from within the Nine family who are already well-known, trusted and liked by Australian viewers.
“Georgie has established herself as one of the most respected presenters on television. Our viewers adore her. What you see is what you get. Authentic, caring and compassionate. Deb Knight is hands-down one of the best interviewers in the country. An incredibly hard-worker, she cuts to the chase with every conversation.
“And Tom Steinfort is among the best of a new breed of reporters. His career has taken him from the Melbourne newsroom to A Current Affair, European correspondent for Nine News and onto 60 Minutes.
“TODAY in 2019 has a new focus. But the show will retain everything that’s made it an institution for four decades. The perfect mix to start your day – news, information you can use and fun.”
Overseen by Director of Morning Television, Steven Burling, viewers will wake up to a fresh TODAY Show.
Steven Burling said: “Today viewers expect our reporters to deliver breaking news from overnight and early morning – but our team will also set the daily agenda; unique stories, exclusive interviews and content that will have people talking throughout the day.
“These are serious journalists but also fun personalities, Australia will love waking up with them in 2019.”

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Olivia Newton-John doing well: VIDEO

Following the bizarre - and swift - rumours that national icon Olivia Newton-John had only 'weeks to live', the timeless singer, actress and wellness advocate has quashed rumours... by appearing in her own video!

Here is that video posted by our Liv, age 70, on her Twitter account.


We are thrilled you are well, Livvy!

Read more on how the whole rumour mill started right HERE.

ONJ - photo: 'Sunday Night'

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Olivia Newton-John: reports she has 'weeks to live' untrue

Reports have surfaced all day (on January 2, Australian time) that singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, age 70, has 'weeks to live', but it turns out they are untrue.

Olivia ('Sunday Night')

According to this article on Radar Online, this is what their version of Olivia's prognosis is:
Ravaged by a spreading and incurable cancer, songbird Olivia Newton-John is clinging to life in the hopes she can see her only child, Chloe Lattanzi, marry in the new year!
“Olivia’s bodily functions appear to be shutting down, but she refuses to let go until she makes it through Chloe’s wedding day!” a source exclusively spilled to RadarOnline.com.
Olivia and daughter Chloe (Getty)
It continues:

“I refuse to die in a hospital room. I’ll go on my own terms, in our home and in my own bed — but not until Chloe says, ‘I do,’” the “Xanadu” star told a close pal.

BUT! According to this article this afternoon on news.com.au, those reports of Olivia's weeks long terminal state are untrue.

It says:

But those in the star’s inner-circle have told news.com.au that ONJ is A-OK.
An Australian source said Newton-John, famed for her role in Grease and a string of musical hits, is perfectly well and had enjoyed the Christmas and New Year period.
Her American representative Michael Caprio laughed when contacted by news.com.au, saying reports of his client’s imminent demise were “hilarious”.
“No she has not,” Mr Caprio said. “You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids.”
It is believed  the Radar Online story followed a report in the US tabloid National Enquirer, which promoted a “tragic world exclusive” story late last month.
The headline read “THE END“Losing third fight with cancer; going home to die on her ranch.” 

Olivia in the early days

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

conceiveplease + infertility support for both partners in the relationship

Infertility is one of the most heartbreaking experiences in life, and unless you've been through it, it can be hard to understand how upsetting the whole ordeal can be, even after you've triumphed as a couple and had your precious baby. That memory lingers, and you truly never forget the whole experience. And this also applies to the many people who experience trouble conceiving Baby Number Two, a common condition known as 'Secondary Infertility'. 

Enter, all-natural, holistic fertility kit conceiveplease, created by one of the world’s leading fertility specialists.

It's sold at www.conceiveplease.com as well as selected pharmacies, including Pharmacy 4 Less. 

conceiveplease supports couples who are struggling to fall pregnant to do so naturally, without turning to IVF.

The kit has seen amazing success with one couple who had really struggled with 'secondary infertility' becoming pregnant for the second time using the kit.

conceiveplease is the first of its kind as it targets both the man and the woman in the equation - after all it takes two to tango, right!

It’s really inclusive for the man, as he not only gets to take vitamins to improve his long term health, but this can include him in tracking ovulation and planning for intercourse.

The comprehensive booklet in the kit also offers lifestyle tips on how to keep things a bit romantic - those who have been through this journey know the whole thing can go from "hey, let's have fun making a baby" to "this is the pitts." It can turn from a romantic moment into a clinical and perfunctory act pretty quicky.

There’s even a meditation CD in there too. It has all bases covered!

Here is a success story (which we love!) and a gorgeous picture to prove it!

Name: Pru Sweeten

Age: 35

Occupation: Fertility Nurse and Fertility Research Nurse 

Lives: Woollahra, NSW

Husband's name: Andrew

Age: 38

Occupation: Medical Technology Sales 

How old were you when you first started trying to a baby?

I was 32 when we first started trying for a baby.

How did you find out about conceiveplease?

In my line of work, I knew I had to track my cycle and was aware of techniques to detect ovulation and to be able to detect the right time to conceive. I became aware of the kit through work circles and was lucky enough to be one of the first people to get my hands on it.  

How long were you trying for a baby before you turned to conceiveplease?

I decided to use the kit from the moment we decided to start trying for a baby as I knew it would improve my chances of a successful pregnancy. 

Did you find the kit easy to use?

I did. It is a bit of a no-brainer. A lot of women of reproductive age who have been trying to fall pregnant and have used a home-kit before will find this a lot easier than most to use. It’s only four steps and each one is clearly explained in the instruction booklet, so it’s hard to mess up really. 

Did you feel as though using the kit gave your husband a better sense of inclusion and involvement in the pregnancy? In what ways?

Definitely. It takes two to tango so it’s important that the men’s part of the process is included and conceiveplease allows for this. It increases the awareness of sperm health – a lot of the focus in other fertility products is on the female in terms of her reproductive health, but it is just as important for men to watch what they eat and exercise and include all the other factors to help improve sperm quality, such as taking the multi-vitamins.
Also, because it is in a pack and everything is included together in one box, it is so easy for couples to use together. In my experience, men are only told to get sperm-health vitamins if there is an issue, but every guy, in my opinion, should be taking them to improve their fertility fitness. It’s a very inclusive kit and it also means that your husband feels very included with your fertility tracking, taking your temperature and of the pregnancy in its very early stages. It makes it more of a team effort heightens the sense of excitement. 

You mentioned you turned to IVF after 12 months. Why was that?

I used the kit for 12 months when we were trying naturally for a year, but we sadly had two miscarriages. So, the kit did actually work for us twice, unfortunately those pregnancies just were not viable. We went down the IVF path as we knew that medical intervention could implant the most viable embryo for us. It is so important to remember though that IVF treatment varies so much for every couple. However, with our medical backgrounds, we knew for us as an individual couple, it was the best choice for us at that time. 

You actually continued to use the kit in conjunction to IVF treatment … how do you feel the kit complements the IVF process?

The vitamins are of use because you need them with both a natural and IVF conception (male and female). The meditation CD included in the kit really helps to de-stress you. You still rely on the pregnancy test when you undergo IVF, so that is essential in my view as well. All the education included in the booklet within the kit is relevant to everyone – no matter what fertility treatment they undergo.

The beauty of being able to purchase the elements of the kit separately, meant that when we decided to undergo IVF and no longer needed to track my hormones and temperature (as the clinic was doing all that for me), we could still buy the other essential items separately like the vitamins, the pregnancy testing sticks and the meditation CD, which really helped calm me down when I was nervous. 

Would you suggest anyone going down the IVF path use conceiveplease kit?

They wouldn’t need the entire kit, but they can buy the individual elements of it as mentioned above – the vitamins, the health and lifestyle booklet and the meditation CD. 

What do you think is so great about conceiveplease and the various elements of the kit? Can you talk a bit about how the various elements helped you in your journey?

I think in particular the LH tester was amazing because ovulation can occur at different times of your cycle – it can be early or later each month. The ovulation (LH) testing sticks are a real educational tool as they detect exactly when you’re ovulating, so you know exactly when to have timed intercourse. It is a really great way to feel confident about your conception journey. You know if you’re having intercourse at that time, that you’re giving yourself the best chance of conception in that month. 

How long did it take you to fall pregnant after using the kit and IVF (i.e.: how many rounds of IVF did you need?)

We conceived on the first attempt. 

When was your baby born?

My beautiful little boy Michael was born in August 2017

Karl Stefanovic 'Steps Off' 'Today' show

Karl Stefanovic ‘steps off’ the 'Today' program, in breaking media news.

According to this 'The Age' article, Karl has “stepped off” as co-host of Nine's Today breakfast show.

In the article, it states:

On Wednesday, network bosses phoned the Gold Logie winner in Aspen - where he is honeymooning with his new wife - to finalise his departure.

It comes one day after his brother Peter, co-host of Weekend Today, learned his contract had not been renewed.

While Peter has left Nine, Karl will continue as host of reality show This Time Next Year, which resumes filming in February. He is believed to have at least one year left on his multimillion dollar contract, but his long-term future with the network is uncertain.

It continues:

Today’s entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins and newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys, who is married to Peter, will remain with Nine - but their on-air roles may change.
Sources claim the network could no longer tolerate Today’s declining ratings - which were not helped by a stream of negative media reports about its biggest star.
“Nine looked at the coverage of Karl’s wedding in horror,” says one person. “It was the final straw; they knew it was damaging their brand and pissing off their viewers.”
In 2016, Stefanovic split with Cassandra Thorburn, his wife of 21 years and mother of their three children. On Saturday, in a lavish ceremony in Mexico, he married fashion designer and model Jasmine Yarbrough.

“Yachts and big overseas weddings don’t translate to Today’s audience,” a source says. “You have to remember it’s aimed at white-bread suburban Australia.”

The article adds:

Nine’s Adelaide newsreader Brenton Ragless, currently hosting Today’s summer edition, is tipped to join Georgie Gardner as permanent co-anchor. The network has not confirmed this, nor has it announced Peter’s replacement on Weekend Today.

“Nine and Karl Stefanovic have agreed it is time for him to step off the Today Show,” said the network’s news chief, Darren Wick.

“Karl remains on contract with the network and will continue to host This Time Next Year, which records in February.”

TV ratings stats show that during this year’s official ratings period, 'Today' averaged 351,000 viewers nationally - well behind the 453,000 watching 'Sunrise' on Seven.

The 'Today' show's executive producer Mark Calvert resigned from the network earlier this month. He has been replaced by former 'A Current Affair' boss Steven Burling, who will now oversee Nine’s entire morning schedule.

The article adds:

Sources claim Karl’s reputation has been tarnished by a series of missteps over the past two years.

“He used to be seen as as a ‘larrikin’,” says one person. “But now some viewers see him as arrogant.”

To add to the woes, the article also continues:

Reports of tension between Karl and Gardner have plagued the show for more than a year.
This came to a head in May with the so-called “Ubergate” scandal. According to New Idea, a driver overheard a phone call in which Peter claimed he “hated” his job, while Karl accused Gardner of being too cautious and “sitting on the fence”.

Sources say Nine’s management was also dismayed by paparazzi photos of Karl and Yarbrough frolicking on James Packer’s “super yacht”. Nor were they amused by the couple selling their wedding photos to Who magazine, which is part of a publishing stable owned by Nine’s biggest rival, Seven West Media.

Read the rest of the article HERE.