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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Renée Zellweger Responds: Appearance Talk

Renée Zellweger has spoken out about basically being trolled for her appearance. And this is what she had to say:



In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE magazine (US, sister mag to WHO magazine), the Oscar winner says she looks different because she is healthier and happier than ever – and she's okay with people taking notice. 

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," Zellweger, 45, says of the attention she received after an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday. 

She called the conversation about her appearance "silly," and says she is choosing to address it because "it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door." 

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," Zellweger continues. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things." 

She now shares her life with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall – and she's clearly happy with her life with him.


"I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself," she says. 

She adds:

"People don't know me in my 40s. People don't know me [as] healthy for a while," she says. "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy." 


Read the original People article here.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sam and Lisa Respond: 'The Bachelor'/'The Project' Interview: VIDEO

It's here, you guys.

Sam and Lisa respond to the interview with Blake and Louise on last night's 'The Project', by Carrie Bickmore.


UPDATED: the full video interview is below the transcript here.



Here is what went down with Sam and Lisa, after they watched the footage that WE watched (as seen in the transcript, in the link above… get it?)



Sam's response on watching Blake say that she had asked him not to reveal his love for Louise when he broke of their engagement…

“That’s the biggest load of shit I’ve heard in my life.”

Adds Lisa: “It’s just a web of lies.”

Adds Sam: "I had suspicions he was interested in someone else, because he’d said to me that he’d invested a lot of feelings in the top four, [but] when I raised my suspicions with him, he flat out denied it.”

“I would have preferred for him to say that because I don’t think it looks bad on me at all.”

Asks Carrie, did she have suspicions he had feelings for somebody else.


From last night's clip, Carrie asks: "How does a man how dumped you on live TV woo you again… and Sam responds to THAT letter Blake gave Louise.


Lisa says: "Well, he actually called me after the finale, and he said that he was quite upset about everything that had gone on, and I was giving him a bit of support but still letting Sam know that he was in contact with me, and then he asked me if I still had feelings for him, and I could still see a future with him."


Lisa's reply: "I told him to get lost… I said how dare you say that to me, and how dare you ruin the friendship between Sam and me. If you wanted to chose me, then chose me as your number one; I would never be second to anyone."


She adds: "I messaged Louise and told he tried to contact me… and she won't reply, I think she's a little bit too naive to actually believe it."


Lisa then adds that she's happy to have found her new friend in Sam. “I feel like I went on this journey to find Sam,” she says. Cute.

When, when will this drama end!?

To watch the entire interview, click here.

Oscar Pistorius: sentenced to 5 years in prison

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to a maximum of 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in news just in.



This sentencing comes a month after the paralympian, 27, was convicted of culpable homicide after a six-month trial in the High Court of South Africa, in the city of Pretoria.

In handing down the sentence, Justice Thokozile Masipa said: “The decision on sentencing is mine and mine alone.”

“The loss of life cannot be reversed. Hopefully the sentence today can provide closure for the family and all concerned” she said.

“Considering the degree of negligence – the house arrest sentence would not be appropriate.”

She added: “I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force."



Jennifer Byrne Presents - 'Malala: Life After The Taliban' VIDEO

Ensure your daughter (and you son) watches this… I did. It demonstrated how far a powerful young women will go, against the odds.

Jennifer Byrne presented an Australian television exclusive interview with the world’s youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, student activist Malala Yousafzai. Jennifer is an impeccable interviewer, and she demonstrates this here.

It was absolutely essential viewing. (This iView version is available in this link below until November 2, 2014, and was originally broadcast at 6.30pm on Sunday 19 October 2014. The file size is approximately 140 MB).

Click here to watch.




Ribs & Burgers: '3 for 3' Third Birthday Offer

Last week, Josie's Juice was a guest at Ribs & Burgers - and, you guys… what a feed.

And now, you get to celebrate with this restaurant, celebrating three years in Australia this week.

On October 29, they are offering all patrons their delicious cheeseburgers (below, stop salivating) for three bucks each. And: you can get up to three of them, for three dollars each. So, people with a healthy appetite: this is your moment; you can hoe into three of these babies for under 10 dollars.



If you're keen, you can venture into other items on the menu… you be glad you did.

Think: the most tender, meat-falling-off-the-bone ribs, the lightest cabbage salad with just the right amount of pine nuts, the best milk-bar style chips, and… the creamiest Milo thickshake. We loved all the fare from the menu, but that Milo thickshake? Oh my. I'd go back JUST for that (and a rib and two mini burger combo).

The decor inside a Ribs & Burgers joint is old school and the styling is as delicious as the food. I seriously love the vibe; an old Cottee's wooden box which holds the takeaway carry bags, the menu on a massive chalk board, and my fave part: all the old butcher store motifs, with old meat mincers gracing the walls and frames featuring mincer illustrations, even wait staff decked out in butcher aprons. This place is an interior decorator's dream. Here are some pics:






 



The ribs and burgers meal combo







And so, back to the birthday deal, the 3 for 3.

Here's the blurb:

On October 29, to celebrate turning three this year, Ribs & Burgers will be offering customers $3 R&B Birthday Cheese Burgers for five hours over the lunch period at all venues across NSW, VIC and QLD.

As a thank you gesture from Ribs & Burgers for helping it to reach the 3-year milestone, customers will be able to enjoy mouthwatering R&B Birthday Cheese Burgers at a celebratory low cost.

The company has seen rapid growth since its launch in 2011, attracting a very loyal fan base within a very short space of time. In only three years Ribs & Burgers has opened 10 restaurants across Australia and with another set to be opening soon in NSW as well as overseas, so the brand looks set for many more good years ahead!

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WHEN + TIME + WHAT + WHERE:

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014 11.00am – 4.00pm sharp

$3 R&B Birthday Cheese Burgers, at all Ribs & Burgers stores in NSW, VIC and QLD.


Like them on Facebook here.

And find out more about the brand, the menu, the store locations and more right here.

More pics!




La Roche-Posay launches SkinChecker with puppy love: VIDEO

A health campaign with a cute little mascot to make the message more palatable, make us take notice? Yes, this is that kinda campaign.

In time for summer, top dermo-cosmetic skincare brand La Roche-Posay (which is also availalble in Australia, launching recently) launches SkinChecker, a world-leading campaign to educate and encourage the general public to spot signs of skin cancer.

Using an emotive video of Dalmatian dogs checking their spots (naw, cute!) this campaign sends the message that we all need to check our skin – and our loved ones’- regularly.

The video links to an exclusive SkinChecker portal at laroche-posay.com.au/skinchecker, hosts simple guides on how to examine skin and information on what to look for when checking moles for signs of melanoma using the easy ABDCE method.




La Roche-Posay, a brand recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide, has partnered with the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia to launch SkinChecker. Australia is the first country in the world to launch the campaign.

As well as the online campaign, on Thursday 6 November, the SkinChecker public event will take place in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall, where people can have a free mole screening conducted by a dermatologist from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.
As a longstanding partner of dermatologists, this campaign is born from La Roche-Posay’s frustration of seeing skin cancer diagnoses on the rise.

“This campaign sends a strong message that we all have a role to play. It provides accurate and simple information to empower everyday Australians to become better skin checkers.” says Caroline Collier, La Roche-Posay General Manager, Australia.


Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma is by far the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the 4th most commonly diagnosed type of cancer after prostate, bowel and breast cancer. And it’s increasing - this year, over 14,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma, up from 11,405 in 2010.

However, if diagnosed early enough, 90% of melanoma cases can be treated effectively.

“Skin self-examination is not a frequent behaviour in the population, and it is one of the most powerful tools to achieve early diagnosis of skin cancer and melanoma,” says Associate Professor Pablo Fernandez-Peñas, from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.

La Roche-Posay’s commitment to the cause goes back several years since it teamed with the International Dermoscopy society to provide dermatologists and healthcare professionals across the world with training days, podcasts and a dedicated information site: UV-damage.org

But with skin cancer rates increasing, La Roche-Posay wants to engage more people in the fight. This campaign aims to spread a simple message: everyone can become a SkinChecker and stop this cancer now.

As easy as ABCDE
Checking your skin couldn’t be easier, with the simple mnemonic ABCDE, developed and promoted by dermatologists worldwide. It’s a five-point method of Asymmetry, Border, Colour, Dimension and Evolution, which helps you identify a potential problem and seek medical advice.

Visit laroche-posay.com.au/skinchecker to watch the video and download the method.

More about LA ROCHE-POSAY:

Created by a pharmacist in 1975, this dermo-cosmetic brand is recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide. At the heart of all La Roche-Posay’s formulas lies a commitment to a brighter future for those with sensitive skin issues, from infancy through to adulthood. All of the brand’s products offer minimalist and effective formulas, containing its very own unique French thermal water as the miracle not-so-secret ingredient. All of La Roche-Posay’s products are safe, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.


Facebook Pancake Recipe Status Updates Explained

If you are starting to notice recipes for pancakes in the Facebook newsfeed, it's a 'thing' right now.

It starts like this (as cut and pasted from my friend Kasey's FB status update):


I can't think of anything to say so I'm just going to post a pancake recipe 
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups White Wings self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup caster sugar
25g butter, melted
Step 1
Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in centre. Add milk mixture. Whisk until just combined.
Step 2
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush pan with butter. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, cook 2 pancakes for 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles appear on surface. Turn and cook for 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining mixture, brushing pan with butter between batches. Serve.
Photo: taste.com.au/Ben Dearnley


The internet has now gone totally ba-nanas for a humble Aussie pancake recipe.

The recipe for basic pancakes - you can see it here, because I know you are craving pancakes now - was first published on taste.com.au in March 2010.

Until now: a few weeks ago, the recipe started popping up on websites and Facebook feeds around the world, accompanied by the phrase: “I can’t think of anything to comment so here’s a pancake recipe”.

Have a look at your FB feed. You will start to see them… especially as status updates or in Facebook threads which are not even remotely relevant. Expect worldwide flour and sugar shortages!

YUM. I want them now...