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Dragons hold off table-topping Broncos

The resurgence of St George Illawarra under the coaching of Paul McGregor has continued with the Dragons seeing off table-topping Brisbane 12-10 at Kogarah Oval on Friday night. Touted as wooden spoon contenders after opening the season with back-to-back defeats, McGregor’s side, possessing the best defence in the NRL, held off a furious late flurry of attacking raids from the ...

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Dressing up nerds are onto something

They’re often dismissed as geeks or nerds but it seems people who like to dress up as superheroes or their favourite TV or movie characters are onto something. New research at the University of Adelaide has found cosplay, short for costumed play, is actually helping people develop social and creative skills, find friends and become socially acceptable. “Cosplay and other ...

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Music Review: Wale – The Album About Nothing

In the 21st century it is really difficult to surprise the masses with original and exciting content. Most Hollywood blockbusters are either based on novels, are a sequel, prequel or reboot to another successful movie series or are simply not innovative. Music, particularly rap, is kind of the same. Even though the genre is young compared to others, it has ...

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Undressed: The Evolution of Underwear

From conservative to racy, functional to expressive, the Powerhouse Museum bares all with its new exhibit Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion. The exhibit explores the constriction and manipulation of bodies to conform to the different visions of the ideal figure over the past three decades. There are more than 80 items of underwear on display, including some which ...

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Kardashian cut on Jewish news website

An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian – one of the world’s most photographed women – from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week. The original photo of Kardashian, her husband Kanye West and Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat was altered to put Kardashian behind a restaurant receipt. Kardashian was blurred in another. Nissim Ben Haim, ...

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Movie Review: Disney’s Cinderella

  There are few movies that can survive numerous remakes and still have people lining up at their nearest cinema for tickets, and Disney’s Cinderella continues to be one of them. Famed actor turned director Kenneth Branagh brings the classic “rags to riches” story we all know and love to the big screen and with the help of a wonderful ...

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The arrival of Netflix and Stan causes Foxtel to lift its game

Under threat by several new TV streaming services, Foxtel has called-on Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley to lift the pay-TV service’s profile. The much-loved English actress stars in a multi-platform promotional campaign in which she appears as characters from Foxtel’s range of local and international dramas. Lumley’s tongue-in-cheek characters are drawn from shows such as music drama Nashville, Aussie series ...

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Queen intervenes over baby’s title

If the Queen had not intervened, the new royal baby would be a lord or a lady, rather than a prince or a princess, and would not be an HRH. Under past rules, only a first-born son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would automatically have become a prince. A Letters Patent in 1917, issued by King George V, ...

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Lawyers: ‘No evidence’ Saudi agents backed 9/11

  Lawyers for Saudi Arabia say a judge should reject claims by families of victims of the September 11 attacks that new evidence shows agents of the kingdom “directly and knowingly” helped the hijackers. In papers filed in Manhattan federal court late on Friday, the lawyers said there is no evidence Saudi Arabia supported or caused the attacks. They urged a judge to ...

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Dad stabbed wife in front of kids: court

A Muslim man who fatally stabbed his wife in front of their children started drinking and stopped praying in the weeks before the attack, a Perth court has heard. Messaoud Chiha is on trial in the West Australian Supreme Court, charged with murdering his 45-year-old wife in their family’s Canning Vale home on April 29, 2013. In recorded evidence, one ...

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