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Secrets to happiness from a peasant lifestyle

Last year, I watched in horror as my elderly father crawled crab-like along the edge of the roof to secure bird netting over the vigorous grapevine he planted more than 50 years ago. He’s since delegated this particular responsibility to his children, but only after a spirited, drawn-out struggle. How to build stronger bones at any age Even though your ...

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Australian cops are taking the drug war to Colombia’s jungle

Australia has joined a unique multi-national taskforce to tackle the growing problem of illicit drugs being exported from South American countries including Colombia. Paramilitary police, army and navy officers from Australia, Europe and America are for the first time working together with Colombian authorities to target drug cartels, News Corp reported on Sunday. Australian Federal Police have set up a ...

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Melbourn victory impressed everyone with their intensity against Brisbane Roar

MELBOURNE Victory impressed everyone with their intensity against Brisbane Roar in the A-League semi-final. The question was: could they use the same blueprint against the Premiers, Sydney FC, and could they maintain it for 90 minutes? Well, they were asked to do it for 120 minutes. Although Sydney FC looked to have the greater momentum from half-time onwards, after two ...

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NBL: NBA veteran Steve Blake signs with Sydney Kings as import player

THE Sydney Kings have signed 13-year NBA veteran, Steve Blake, sources told foxsports.com.au. The introduction of Blake comes just a few days after the team released import, Michael Bryson, who struggled to make an impact in his short stint with the Kings. Blake, 36, will fill the Kings’ third import spot, providing a steady point guard presence for a team ...

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Malcolm Turnbull faces civil war over same-sex marriage

by Phillip Coorey Malcolm Turnbull has not ruled out allocating several millions of dollars to the cases for and against same-sex marriage in a move that would appease Coalition conservatives but anger moderates and further entrench Labor’s opposition to a national vote. With same-sex marriage now a flashpoint for the factional tensions tearing at the Coalition, Mr Turnbull came under pressure on Monday from former prime minister Tony Abbott and ...

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Train passengers reveal the best and worst commutes in Australia

MANY of us have no choice but to use them, so the least they could do is make the experience as pleasant as possible. But when it comes to train travel, it appears the commuters of Melbourne are Australia’s longest suffering, with Sydney’s public transport users not far behind. To find the country’s most contented commuters you have to go ...

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Andrej Lemanis: I’m proud my side plays so-called “dirty” basketball

AUSSIE coach Andrej Lemanis says he is proud his side plays so-called “dirty” basketball as the Boomers sealed their quarter-final berth. The Boomers coasted to a 93-68 victory over winless China to lock in a top four berth after three wins from four pool games. Team USA star Paul George said after Australia’s 10-point loss the Australians had a reputation ...

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DIY Your Own Korean Beauty-Inspired Gel Sheet Mask

I’m a face mask fiend, especially when it comes to the slightly terrifying-looking, always-effective sheet mask category. I love that there is no scrubbing or washing involved! And sure, I might look like Jason from Friday the 13th for a good 10 minutes, but the glow my skin retains afterwards makes me feel confident enough go nude — on my ...

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Rio Olympics 2016 swimming: Cate Campbell thanks Australia for outpouring of support

A tearful Cate Campbell has thanked her country for “an outpouring of support’’, a day after she crumbled under the weight of favouritism in the 100m freestyle at the Rio Olympics. “Australia really came through when I needed it,’’ the world record-holder said. “The Olympic Games are a bit like a soap opera, there’s highs and lows, there’s triumph and ...

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ABC Queensland police reporter denies being under influence of a dangerous drug

Police are reviewing the conduct of two Brisbane officers who detained an ABC reporter outside a hardware store and accused him of being “off his chops” on drugs. ABC Queensland police reporter Josh Bavas, who denies being under the influence of a dangerous drug, used his mobile phone to film the encounter at a Bunnings store in southern Brisbane. He ...

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