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Destination Melbourne: A Sydneysider discovers the hipster capital

ETW Reporter Ursula Melhem shares snippets of her time away in Melbourne. I recently travelled to Melbourne with a group of girlfriends to attend a friend’s birthday. It was my second time travelling to the cold-ridden city in the state of Victoria. Catching our transportation via airlines both ways, Virgin Australia – to and from Sydney – the trips were filled with humorous ...

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Sheeran, Swift set for battle at VMAs

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will battle it out with top nominee Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. The British singer has six nominations to the American’s seven, with her star-studded Bad Blood video receiving nods in categories including best collaboration, best cinematography and video of the year. Sheeran’s smash Thinking Out Loud is up for video of the year, ...

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl movie review

For teenager Greg (Thomas Mann), high school is a hostile cluster of nations that he feels is best dealt with by using complete neutrality. He coasts from clique to clique without pledging allegiance to anyone in particular. This is his how-to guide of surviving high school life but consequently you don’t make any friends in the process. The only person ...

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Instagram changes format

Instagram has changed its square format with an update that adds portrait and landscape formats to the image-sharing smartphone application. “Square format has been and always will be part of who we are,” Instagram said in a blog post on Thursday. “That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it ...

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Tributes pour in for Virginia reporter and cameraman killed on-air

Two journalists were shot and killed in Moneta, Virginia today while conducting a live news segment, their station has confirmed. WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed in an attack at Bridgewater Plaza during a live interview that has also left one injured. The incident occurred around 6:45am, during the channel’s morning broadcast. It is ...

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Smartphone use creates etiquette challenge

It’s OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation. But not at a family dinner. And definitely not in church. Users of mobile devices are struggling to find the rules of the road for how and when to use the devices around others, but a survey out on Wednesday shows a surprising consensus. The Pew Research Center ...

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Farah set to leave Wests Tigers

Salary cap issues are set to force skipper Robbie Farah out of the Wests Tigers, after the NSW hooker was given permission to negotiate with other NRL clubs for next season despite being under contract. Coach Jason Taylor has previously spoken of the Tigers’ “horrendous” salary cap position. And in a statement on Tuesday night the club said the decision ...

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No More Excuses: $5.28 million invested into stopping domestic violence

For the first time the NSW Government is funding innovative NGO led programs for violent men to change their abusive behaviour towards women and children. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward today announced the successful tenderers who will deliver these programs. The $5.28 million investment over three years will see the Men’s Behaviour Change ...

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Hugh Jackman announces concert tour

The boy from Oz is heading home. Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has announced a live concert tour of Australia in November. Jackman will perform his own stage show, Broadway To Oz, with choirs, dancers and musicians on an arena tour around the country, singing songs from shows he has been in or wanted to be in. “Anybody who knows me ...

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Lawrence tops highest-paid actress list

The odds really were in Jennifer Lawrence’s favour last year as she raked in $US52 million ($A70.71 million), topping a ranking of the highest-paid actresses by a wide margin. The Hunger Games star easily surpassed the $US35.5 million second-placed Scarlett Johansson earned over the past 12 months, according to Forbes magazine’s annual estimates of the earnings of Hollywood’s top female ...

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