Doreen and Allan Goldies are celebrating 65 years of a marriage deeply embedded in travel, love and Wallsend

YOUNG AT HEART: Doreen and Allan are still “as in love as 65 years ago”, their family has said. Picture: supplied.In the day and age of speed dating, relationship apps and quick flings, one Wallsend couple is proving that more than half a century doesn’t take the edge off love.
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Doreen (nee Cohen) and Allan Goldie are celebrating their ‘blue sapphire’ anniversary –65 years together on Wednesday, January 31.

It’s quite impressive when considering research in the UK last year revealed that the average relationship for young adults in 2017 was just 4.2 years.

So how did Doreen and Allan break the millennial relationshiprecord by 60.8 years?

“They have just always had fun around each other,” the Goldies’ daughter, Michelle, revealed. “They travel a lot now that they’re getting older and all the photos they take just have them smiling and laughing their heads off.”

A Wallsend love story spanning 65 years LONG-LASTING: Doreen and Allan’s marriage, and love, has stood the test of time.

Doreen and Allan with their letters of congratulations.

Doreen and Allan.

Doreen and Allan at the at The Great Wall of China, June 9 2017.

Doreen and Allan on their wedding day on January 31, 1953.

On a cruise at the Luxor Temple in Egypt, June 17 2013.

TweetFacebookAlthough the long-standing couple now live in Wangi Wangi, Wallsend featured heavily in their story.

Both born in the Newcastle suburb, they met when Allan was 15 and Doreen was 13.

In the 1940s young adults who were ‘courting’ weren’t allowed to be alone, but Allan found a loophole when they would both sit on the Cohen family porch.

It was on another naughty escape from their guardians that Allan first kissed Doreen on the cheek in the paddocks behind their house.

They were married 6 years later, on January 31, 1953, at the Wallsend Methodist Church.

From there, the family blossomed –the loving couple have welcomed 4 children, 10 grandchildren and (so far) 7 great grandchildren into their family.

Doreen and Allan spend most of their time travelling now, and are partial to relaxing cruises all over the world –only if they’re together however.

“They’re old school, they spend nearly no time apart,” Michelle said. “It’s a wonder they don’t get sick of each other, but I think that’s part of what makes their relationship so special.”

“They hold hands, everything they do they do together. It’s rare that they’re apart, and mum just keeps doting on dad like they’re still dating.

“I suppose you get sick of tired of yourself when you’re doing things, let alone someone else. There’s been less than you could count on one hand the times they’ve done separate things.”

One such occasion was on the eve of a friend’s wedding, when Allan was on the bucks night and Doreen was on the hens evening.

While playing pool, Allan had a cramp in his leg so bad he had to lay down to alleviate, and meanwhile at the hen’s night Doreen was going through a similar struggle.

“The next day we realised they had got a cramp in the same leg at the same time, even though they weren’t together,” Michelle said. “That might give you an indication of how close they are.”

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The next Full Moon brings a lunar eclipse, but is it a Super Blood Blue Moon as well? That depends…

Atotal lunar eclipsewill occur on Wednesday, January 31, and is in the perfect position to see it. But it’s also being called many other lunar things, from a Blood Moon to a Blue Moon and a Super Moon.
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So what is really going to happen on the night?

This is the first time in three years that we have the chance to see a total lunar eclipse from , and the Moon will spend just over three hours passing through Earth’s shadow.

The great thing about lunar eclipses is that they are lovely to watch and no special equipment is needed to see the events unfold.

The steady progression of an eclipse as the Moon drifts into the Earth’s shadow, June 16, 2011. Phil Hart, Author provided

From light to darkAt first we’ll see the Full Moon begin to darken. For Wednesday’s lunar eclipse the shadow will approach from the bottom-right, leaving the top part of the Moon in sunlight.

It takes an hour before the Earth’s shadow crosses the Moon entirely and once the Moon is completely engulfed the period known as totality begins.

Totality brings its own surprise. The Earth’s shadow is not completely black, but has a reddish hue. This has led many cultures, including someIndigenous n communities, to describe a lunar eclipse as a Blood Moon.

Sunlight still manages to reach the Moon but it must first pass through Earth’s atmosphere. This both reddens the light (by scattering away the shorter wavelengths or blue light) and also bends the path of the light, directing it into the shadow.

This week’s lunar eclipse is a fairly deep one and totality will last just over an hour. Thereafter, the Moon will begin to emerge from the shadows, and it will be another hour before we see the brilliance of the Full Moon once more.

How I can see it?The eclipse can be seen by the entire night side of the globe and everyone will experience the event at precisely the same moment. What affects the eclipse timings are local time zones.

For Western , the eclipse occurs in the early evening, within an hour after sunset. The Moon will be low to the eastern horizon at the start of the eclipse but will move higher in the sky and towards the northeast as the eclipse progresses.

For the rest of , the eclipse occurs two to three hours after sunset. The eclipse will begin with the Moon in the northeast and climbing towards the north.

Check in with your local planetarium oramateur astronomy group, as many organisations arehosting eclipse eventsso that you can share the occasion with others.

But if the weather doesn’t cooperate in your local area, you can also follow the eclipse via live streaming bySlooh, theVirtual Telescope, ortimeanddate苏州夜总会招聘

A lunar eclipse over San Francisco Bay in 2014 (note the moons have been enlarged slightly for clarity). John ‘K’/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Super Blood Blue MoonIt seems these days that it’s not enough to be treated to a beautiful natural phenomenon like a total lunar eclipse. Instead, I’ve been hearing a lot of hype surrounding this eclipse and the numerous names applied.

It’s true that lunar eclipses can only occur around the time of Full Moon. That’s when the Sun is on one side of the Earth, while the Moon is located on Earth’s opposite side.

Most of the time the Full Moon sits above or below Earth’s shadow and the Moon remains flooded with sunlight. But twice a year, the three bodies fall into line so that Earth casts its shadow on the Moon.

As well as being a Full Moon, eclipses can also be described as a Blood Moon because of the Moon’s reddish appearance, as mentioned previously.

But the descriptions of Super Moon and Blue Moon may not be quite what they seem.

Look to the sky … it’s a Super Moon!

I’ve written before about theSuper Moon sensationand it’s a term that has only taken off in the past seven years.

Back in March 2011, NASA published an article describing a “super full moon”. The precise time of Full Moon that month occurred 59 minutes before perigee, that is, the Moon’s closest approach to Earth as it travels along its elliptical orbit.

As quoted in the article:

It must have seemed a worthwhile curiosity to report on at the time.

Seven years later and the Super Moon craze is now a bit out of hand, with some claiming three Super Moons a year depending on thechosen definition.

As a Super Moon this lunar eclipse is definitely on the outer limits, with the Full Moon occurring 27 hours after perigee and at a distance of more than 360,000km (calculated in the usual way from the centre of Earth to the centre of the Moon).

Considering that it’s alsoquite difficultto tell the difference in both size and brightness between a regular Full Moon and a Super Moon, this one is really pushing the limits of credibility.

Once in a Blue MoonAccording to Philip Hiscock, a folklorist at the Memorial University, USA (now retired), the classic saying “once in a blue moon” is more than 400 years old. It originated as something so absurd it could never actually happen, similar to saying “when pigs fly”.

But it is possible on rare occasions forthe Moon to turn blue.

Intense volcanic activity or smoky forest fires can fill Earth’s atmosphere with dust particles that are slightly larger than usual. As a result, red light is scattered away, giving everything a blue tinge, including the Moon (normally the atmosphere scatters blue light, hencewhy the sky is blue).

But when it comes to this lunar eclipse, it’s not the colour of the Moon but a quirk of our timekeeping that is in play.

What a difference a day makesA Full Moon occurs every 29.5 days, but our months are longer (excluding February). This mismatch of timing means that every couple of years there comes a month with two Full Moons.

In recent times, a Blue Moon has referred to the second full moon of a calendar month. For most of the world, this lunar eclipse is occurring during a Blue Moon, except for ’s eastern states of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the n Capital Territory.

Those states follow daylight saving, which pushes the Full Moon into the following day and out of the month of January (theactual time of Full Moonis 12:26am AEDT, February 1). This leaves January with only one Full Moon for those states and territory.

But there’s more. This modern definition of Blue Moon arose only 30 years ago.

Theoriginal definitionis as follows: if four Full Moons occur between an equinox and a solstice (for example, in the three months between a spring equinox and a summer solstice) then the third Full Moon should be called a Blue Moon.

This ensured that theproper namesof the Full Moons (common in North America, such as the Harvest Moon) were correct relative to the equinoxes and solstices.

But regardless of the exact flavour of this lunar eclipse, what’s certainly true is that we are part of a grand universe, and Wednesday night is the perfect reminder of that.

Tanya Hill is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy), Museums Victoria.This article was originally published onThe Conversation. Read theoriginal article.

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It turns out douchebag Dean isn’t the worst man on MAFS

The promos for Married At First Sight already had women searching for their pitchforks, so upon seeing controversial groom Dean put forward his male supremacist views to a #MeToo generation via TV cameras, it came as a shock that anyone else could be more offensive.
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But then we hadn’t yet met his best mate Liam.

So while Dean layed the ground work for women’s heckles to be raised, with sexist commentary about the role of a man and a woman, Liam not only backed it up but went one step further. But more on that later.

Dean (centre) prepares to get married with best friend Liam (far right) by his side on Married At First Sight. Photo: Nine

The 39-year-old “stubborn alpha male” from Sydney (as the experts politely deemed him) was looking for love because his recently deceased mother wanted him to have children (“I’m trying to sort you out mum”).

“My perfect wife would be tall, beautiful, brunette, definitely like a slim girl and loving your makeup and your nice shoes. That’s what women are all about and that’s what us men are attracted to,” Dean eagerly boasts.

“In a relationship I feel like I need to be the leader ‘cos I’m the man. I’ve got no problem being the man; I like to be in charge of what we do in our life.

“Men have lost a little bit of their masculinity in , a lot of guys are afraid to be men now and they are just getting whipped by their women.”

Cutaways of apes beating their bare chests could easily have been inserted here. MAFS settles for slightly ominous music.

So what woman could MAFS’ experts honestly match Dean with without running the risk of being accused of entrapping a woman in a misogynistic relationship?

Or is the better question why Dean should even have been selected out of the 5000 applicants?

It turns out 34-year-old Perth marketing consultant, Tracey, also has very “traditional gender values”.

“I’m an old fashioned girl when it comes to dating,” she tells viewers. “I like to look after my man, like he’s the man. I’m totally happy to take a step back.”

She has an eight-year-old daughter, Grace, to another man but when the relationship failed she got botox and a breast enhancement (And Dean “will be really attracted to her” confirms one of the female experts).

“I still believe in my happily ever after,” says Tracey. And we hope she gets it, but have serious doubts about Dean.

Yet psychology expert John Aiken likes the look of this pairing, despite Tracey admitting that her adoption as a baby means she fears rejection (and possibly makes her vulnerable to overbearing men).

“I am who I am, so she has to take it or leave it,” Dean asserts.

Cut to their marriage and Tracey and Dean quickly size each other up in the looks department.

“Oh my god, he’s a giant,” exclaims Tracey from the limousine.

“She’s got a good body, tall but not too tall and just really good rig and just beautiful; big eyes, big lips, good smile; she’s gorgeous,” Dean told viewers as she came down the aisle.

Tracey also approved. “That spark was there for sure, 100 per cent.”

“I can’t remember anything right now,” Tracey told Dean at the altar. “I remember your name but, Dean. God I’m flirting already.”

But before viewers could get swept up in any possible romance, Dean reasserts his male chauvinism.

“I’m not going to lie, I kept looking down to her chestal (sic) area and yeah, that’s just another bonus really,” he confides to the cameras. “I couldn’t help it, I’m a man and it’s just natural.”

So vows exchanged and a fair number of kisses, it was then the turn of Dean’s high school mate to steal the douchebag lime light.

The self- professed shallow player, decided that after learning Tracey had a daughter that he needed to intervene.

“I’m texting him right now to tell him to run,” Liam told a fellow mate of Dean. “The child thing is like, it’s a massive deal, I think it’s a problem for him.”

As the cameras circled, and the happy couple try gradually to get to know one another, Tracey gets suddenly alerted to the fact that she needs to fast track her news or risk having Liam sabotage her to Dean.

Pulling Dean aside she tells him: “I’d rather you hear it from me .. I would rather put it all out there, so I have a daughter.”

“Oh my God wow,” Dean replies, while telling viewers “I wasn’t really expecting that.”

“It has definitely thrown me a little bit. I’ve had a lot of big news tonight but that is a bit of a shock,” he added for the cameras. “As for dynamic it has definitely freaked me out a little bit.”

But it doesn’t stop him from returning to the hotel suite with his new bride.

And with promises of “confronting challenges … we’ve never seen before in this experiment” from the love experts, this season surely will fire up plenty more controversy.

Sarah and Telv

Meanwhile viewers are given a romantic reprieve in the other pairing of 38-year-old Sarah, who is a beauty specialist in Victoria but whose Greek family hail from Perth, and Telv, a mechanical FIFO worker who lives in Perth but originally hails from Melbourne.

“I’m a very proud Aboriginal man, growing up as a kid was definitely hard; we didn’t have a lot, a little bit poor and definitely get bullied a little bit… I don’t want [my kids] to go through the same shit that I went through, that’s why I work so hard so they can have everything that I didn’t. I may be a blokey, bloke – typical tradie, rough as guts – but I’m here to find love and I can’t wait to see if I do.”

Sarah desperately wants to become a mother (and Telv promises during their reception that he can deliver on that) after a failed engagement left her traumatised.

“I ended up pregnant with twins and he abandoned me,” she tearily tells the cameras. “We had a home and a life together, it was a very hard time going through. I ended up having a double miscarriage with twins, and if I’m honest I’m really petrified of someone doing that [again].”

But her protective brothers Ben (“I am against it, I don’t think this is the best life choice for you at the moment after everything you’ve been through in the past”) and Adam (“we both think you’re crazy but we do love you, we are there for you and we will be there for you … But if someone hurts our family, we’re wogs, we will go after them”) look set to upend this marriage.

Reading between the cultural lines and awkward pauses, enhanced by the cameras, there seems to be a clear bias against Telv.

“I’m going to break this off,” says Ben at the reception. “How the hell are we going to know if he’s good enough for her or not?” he adds speaking to his brother outside.

Adam agrees: “She doesn’t need any more of this bad shit in her life.”

But Sarah is taken with her groom (as is one of her male friends) and the brothers back down – even giving their tick of approval.

Telv too is more than happy with his bride.

“Wow the experts have absolutely nailed it… she’s gorgeous; she’s quite curvy and she has an incredible smile too. So yeah’s she’s ticking boxes for like days, so it’s perfect.”

While the couple settle in for a slow and steady approach to the marriage, it looks like sex will be on the cards for other couples as the season progresses and one scandal that “rocks the experiment to its core.”

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Rest is history: Fed’s big moment in the bath

Roger Federer’s most defining career moment in Melbourne happened in the bath not on centre court.
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Federer was kneeling down helping bath his kids in a hotel room during the n Open when he ripped the meniscus in his knee. He had not had serious injuries before and even though physicians don’t consider a meniscus injury the most serious of knee issues, it still required surgery and was more serious than Federer had confronted before.

It was after this surgery that Federer received the most critical piece of advice that guided what was to happen after. He took six clear months off playing. The logic was that particularly older athletes need to retrain their body to perform with a changed joint and so avoid what could otherwise become career-ending bone stress.

Federer was well advised and he took the advice, which is part of the reason, according to sports physician Gary Zimmerman, who works across a range of sports and has previously consulted to the n Open, that he finds himself in the situation he is now.

Federer agrees with him He said as much after winning his 20th career Open title on Sunday night. The rest, the management of his body, the decision to be selective in when he plays have persuaded him that age is now just a number and he can continue to play and win now he has struck on a formula that works.

According to Zimmerman, the reason Federer can do this when other athletes cannot is in some ways as inexplicable as why he can win more than others. Federer is a perfect blend of a rare and gifted physical specimen with a good musculoskeletal system that suits the lower impact style of game he has. He happens to have a body that suits playing and a game that is the model of others.

Rafael Nadal, his great contemporary has, in contrast, a muscular game that is more taxing on the body as evidenced by the constant injury complaints he has battled. Nadal plays full throttle to win. His game does not have the gears that Roger’s has to be able to win when in second.

So the question that has teased this tennis generation remains just as vexing now that Roger has slipped into the twenties of Open titles. Can Rafa catch him?

If Federer can have this flowering in the supposed autumn of his playing career and win three titles in 12 months why can’t Rafa?

Of course he could. It was unexpected when Federer did it, but that does not make it impossible for another to do so. It is all speculation but from a sports medicine perspective Zimmerman agrees that Nadal’s history of injury from the style of game he plays makes it more unlikely that he will now catch Roger.

There is also no reason he figures, that Roger should stop winning now. Roger agrees.

“I don’t think age is an issue, per se,” Federer said. “It’s just a number.”

These three titles in 12 months after not winning any title for 4 years is a stanza of dominance the equal of any stage of Federer’s career. And yet he is theoretically at the end of his career. How can it be the end of his career when it is also his peak?

“I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself.”

Put it in context. Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are in the big five of tennis along with Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Between them these players have shared nearly all grand slam tournament wins in the past 10 years.

They are among the elite. They have each won three Open titles.

Federer has done that in a year. In his mid-30s.

With 20 titles Federer has won 10 per cent of the available Open titles played since the Open era began in 1968. Beyond that Federer has carved a more abstract place in sport in this country. He is the most loved sporting personality to compete in that is not n. The science of this is ??? I reckon it’s true.

Viv Richards was close. His aloofness and swagger made him as appealing as his game. He felt hard to know and that made him all the more appealing. Maybe Usain Bolt too. His appeal was in his cool swagger and that he could do what no one else could. But Roger is different.

Federer is appealing because of the beauty in the way he strikes a ball but that with his success he has this Boy’s Own Annual righteous sweetness in the way he does it. He doesn’t mind having a bit of a sook, he doesn’t pants around and he loves his wife and kids. He is self-deprecating and has Hugh Grant’s hair. He wins the way you would like to think you would if you could. That is his charm. Someone might get to his numbers one day, but will they ever get to the complete package?

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Experts predict what to expect for Perth property this year

Scarborough BeachHope is on the horizon for Perth’s property market in 2018 with early signs of recovery emerging, according to local experts.
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Just weeks into the New Year, agents are reporting an increased demand for rental properties and a boost in buyer confidence.

Property analyst and commentator Gavin Hegney said 2017 began in the doldrums but finished with the prospect of 2018 being better.

“So hence 2017 was the year the market was turning if you like,” he said.

“It started with trade-up buyers buying into areas with low interest rates, in areas they thought they could never afford. That market through 2017 probably put on, in certain areas, five or 10 per cent in value.”

Mr Hegney predicted trade-up buyers would continue to be active this year, which was the first sign of market recovery.

“The next area to watch for is the rental market, which will assist in the broader market and we are already seeing the velocity of properties turning over quickly and the number of properties available for rent dropping,” he said. “So there are already signs there that the rental market it is starting to correct.”

Acton chief executive Travis Coleman said although it was still early in the year, there was a definite shift in the mood of buyers.

“There’s increased confidence and in the western suburbs we’re actually seeing a shortage of stock,” he said.

“We certainly believe buyer sentiment has shifted and can only lead to an increase in activity which will continue to see the WA property market moving in the right direction.”

JLL buyers’ advocate Lachlan Delahunty said 2018 would not be a story of rapid growth and hot markets, but more a conversation around affordability and an early stage recovery.

“The break in the clouds around the decline in property prices here in WA is a significant enhancement in affordability,” he said.

“The combination of low property prices, low interest rates and stagnant income growth has made housing affordability in Perth the best it has been in a decade.”

Mr Delahunty said Perth values dropped by almost 11 per cent to bottom at $505,000 in late 2017.

“Additionally, Perth is now ranked the most affordable capital city to rent a house in , with a median rent of $350 per week representing only just over 19 per cent of full time adult weekly earning. Compelling, when Sydney exceeds 34 per cent,” he said.

The end of 2017 displayed the first signs of relief since 2014 with a 0.1 per cent rise in dwelling values, Mr Delahunty said.

“However, during the late parts of 2017 we have started to experience an increase in sales volumes and a large spike in buyer activity,” he said.

An improvement in the rental market and vacancy rates were generally the first signs of a recovery, he said.

“And that’s exactly what we are seeing in Perth now. In 2017 we saw a reduction of almost 18 per cent for listings across the residential market,” he said.

“In combination with strong leasing activity, rental returns grew 3.8 per cent on houses and returns on units grew 4.3 per cent. Quantifying the belief in a recovery. However, the biggest question is will this optimistic data quantify into real value? I think so.”

Ken Preston, LJ Hooker WA manager, predicted moderate improvement across most Perth markets in 2018, however there was also capacity for many suburbs to return to something similar to their former glory.

“The last quarter of 2017 saw the first improvement in price growth for numerous years, albeit minor, but an upward shift, nonetheless,” he said.

“I think we’ve gone past the city-wide median house price declines.

“In terms of the rental market, suggestions are that 2018 will present some favourable unemployment data, which in turn brings population growth, therefore we should see an upward trend now that the days of declining rents appear over in most suburbs.”

Realmark Coastal director Sean Hughes said the rental and sales markets were showing signs of improvement, with multiple buyers and tenants willing to negotiate to secure great property opportunities.

“We expect that this year will trend slowly in the positive, gathering momentum over the course of the year,” Mr Hughes said.

Peard Real Estate Group chief executive Peter Peard said the rental market should record a noticeable recovery, on the back of a falling number of vacant rental properties.

“There are now around 9000 vacant rental properties in Perth compared to around 12,000 two years ago,” he said.

“When the number of vacant rental properties falls below 6000 then landlords will be in a stronger position to increase rents.

“Factors favouring the rental market during 2018 include a decline in the number of new investment properties coming onto the market as well as a crackdown on investment lending by APRA, which is making it more difficult to secure finance.

“As the supply of rental properties begins to tighten during 2018, we should see rents start to increase in some high-demand areas of Perth.”

Mr Peard said the sales market would be steady, with no further downward pressure on property prices due to an improving state economy and a better outlook for the employment market.

“We expect 2018 to be overall a steady year for the Perth property market,” he said.

“We have reached the bottom of the current cycle. The recovery will be more noticeable during 2019 when the economy gains more momentum and the decline in new home building construction over the past two years begins to favour property sellers.”

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Radiance of the Seas cruise ship arrives in Newcastle photos

There are more than 850 crew on board the cruise liner.The 293-metre- long Radiance of the Seas cruise ship arrived in Newcastle Harbour on Tuesday morning. The Royal Caribbean ship houses up to 2500 passengers andarrived shortly before 7am.
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The ship came from Port Kembla and is heading back to Sydney at 5pm.

Radiance of the Seas has a nine-storey central atrium, lifts facing the sea and eight different restaurants.

Radiance of the Seas cruise ship in Newcastle on Tuesday morning.

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DECEMBER: P&O Pacific Jewel cruise ship docked at Carrington in Newcastle harbour. It arrived this morning and will depart this evening. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

DECEMBER: P&O Pacific Jewel cruise ship docked at Carrington in Newcastle harbour. It arrived this morning and will depart this evening. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

DECEMBER: P&O Pacific Jewel cruise ship docked at Carrington in Newcastle harbour. It arrived this morning and will depart this evening. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

DECEMBER: P&O Pacific Jewel cruise ship docked at Carrington in Newcastle harbour. It arrived this morning and will depart this evening. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Ruth and David Johnson of Redhead watch cruise ship The World arrive in Newcastle. Picture by Peter Stoop

Radiance of the Seas in Newcastle on January 14 2015. Picture by Peter Stoop

The Shortland ferry passes Rhapsody of the Seas in Newcastle on February 18 2015. Picture by Phil Hearne

Celebrity Solstice entering the port of Newcastle on March 9 2014: Picture by Darren Pateman

Celebrity Solstice visiting Newcastle in March 2014. Picture by Darren Pateman

The view from inside Celebrity Solstice, which was the biggest cruise ship to visit Newcastle when it arrived in March 2014. Picture by Simone De Peak

The Celebrity Solstice’s main dining hall. Picture by Simone De Peak

Staff water the Lawn Club atop Celebrity Solstice in March 2014. Picture by Simone De Peak

An adults-only solarium aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Picture by Simone De Peak

Onlookers farewell Celebrity Solstice as it leaves Newcastle on March 9 2014. Picture by Eddie O’Reilly

Coal ship Ocean Dragon enters Newcastle harbour, where Radiance of the Seas (top left) is docked on January 14 2015. Picture by Peter Stoop

Celebrity Solstice in Newcastle harbour on its second visit to the city on March 13 2015. Picture by Ryan Osland

The Pacific Sun docked in Carrington in February 2012. Picture by Darren Pateman

Spirit of Adventure leaves Newcastle in December 2011. Picture by Phil Hearne

Spirit of Adventure off Nobbys in December 2011. Picture by Phil Hearne

Pacific Sun leaving Newcastle on October 28 2010. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

Arcadia Vale’s Tony Armstrong and Tighes Hill’s Sharon Oakley watch Crystal Serenity coast out of Newcastle in February 2012. Picture by Peter Stoop

The Dawn Princess passes Stockton on March 7 2010. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

Lani and Sasha Holz and Gabrielle and Amelie Bourke, all of Merewether, farewell the Seven Seas Mariner on March 27 2009. Picture by Natalie Grono

Onlookers at a cafe outside the cruise terminal on September 8 2010. Picture by Stuart Quinn.

Sun Princess leaves Nobbys on October 18 2009. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

The Pacific Sun off Nobbys in September 2010. Picture by Darren Pateman

Silver Shadow in Port Stephens in 2006. Picture by Kitty Hill

Pacific Sun at Dyke Point shortly before dawn on September 8 2010. Picture by Darren Pateman

Kurri Kurri’s Ji Forbes, 7, fishes as the cruise ship Millennium departs in 2009. Picture by Ryan Osland

The Silver Whisper laves Newcastle in January 2009. Picture by Darren Pateman

Cruise ship Mercury leaves Newcastle on December 21 2007. Picture by Dean Osland

Cruise ship Mercury leaves Newcastle on December 21 2007. Picture by Dean Osland

Cruise ship Mercury leaves Newcastle on December 21 2007. Picture by Dean Osland

Cruise ship Mercury leaves Newcastle on December 21 2007. Picture by Dean Osland

The Pacific Sun leaves Newcastle harbour on September 8 2010. Picture: Stuart Quinn

Pacific Star passes Nobbys on November 27 2007. Picture by David Wicks

Millennium leaves Newcastle harbour in January 2009. Picture by Ryan Osland

The Sun Princess, as seen from Carrington on October 18 2009. Picture by Kitty Hill

Millennium leaves Newcastle in January 2009. Picture by Ryan Osland

Onlookers watch The World arrive in Newcastle harbour. Picture by Peter Stoop

Cruise ship Mercury arrives. Picture by David Wicks

Pacific Star visits Newcastle in 2007. Picture by David Wicks

Cruise ship The World enters Newcastle on September 13 2006. Picture by David Wicks

The World’s captain Daj Saevic on the bridge as The World visits Newcastle in March 2003. Picture by Peter Stoop

Volendam in Newcastle harbour in March 2010. Picture by Anita Jones

The Silver Whisper leaves Newcastle in January 2009. Picture by Darren Pateman

Silver Shadow in Newcastle harbour on February 19 2004. Picture by Ryan Osland

Rhapsody of the Seas in February 2013. Picture by Peter Stoop

The Pacific Sun sneaks into Newcastle Harbour at dawn in September 2010. Picture by Darren Pateman

The Pacific Sun arrives in September 2010. Picture by Darren Pateman

The Radiance of the Seas leaves Newcastle in October 2013. Picture by Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookthe Herald reported at the time.

Then lord mayor Jeff McCloy donned his robes to welcome passengers into the region as onlookers flocked to the harbour’s edge.

‘‘It was bloody amazing,’’ Mr McCloy said at the time.

‘‘I couldn’t believe the amount of locals along the foreshore who came out to welcome the ship in, and I couldn’t believe the reception we got from the passengers.

‘‘I think I posed for about 300 photos with [passengers]. They were really delighted with the reception we gave them.

“I met people from all over the world who said they never got that sort of reception in Brisbane or in Sydney.’’

The warm welcome worked –Celebrity Solstice returned to the Hunter.

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A complete internal renovation transforms Stockton home

Stockton transformation MAKING A SPLASH: Sherree Doodson chose ‘Terrazzo’ handmade encaustic tiles with mother of pearl for the kitchen splashback.
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NEW LOOK: Large vintage concrete tiles were used on the walls and ceilings of the bathrooms to give them a unique appearance.

The home in Roxburgh Street, Stockton has had a full makeover inside.

Greys were used throughout the home with whites to highlight the ornate ceilings.

Vintage concrete tiles, all individual in nature, provided a fresh look to the home’s bathrooms.

Different shades of grey were complemented with white ceilings and picture rails.

This Stockton home got a fresh new look throughout.

TweetFacebookIt’s nice to keep your cabinetry really simple and if you want any feature your splashback is what you do.

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They used large tiles on the walls and floors, “450 square” in size.

“It’s quite an unusual size to use in a bathroom but it really suited this house,” Sherree said.

“The effect of using that size is it opens your bathroom up, it makes it appear a lot larger than your traditional 300 x 300 or 300 by 600.”

She suggested when looking to do a bathroom renovation“functionality –the layout of the bathroom” should be considered.

Feature tiles were also used in the kitchen.

“The kitchenwas very simple but I prettied it up with some Terrazzo, handmade encaustictiles on the splash,” she said.

“It’s areally old-fashioned style of tilethat they used to use on the floor,but it’s really amazing.

“They’ve got mother of pearl throughout, so under lights it’s really pretty.

“It’s nice to keep your cabinetry really simple and if you want any feature yoursplashback is what you do.”

The four-bedroom home is on the market with a price guide of $1.1 million to $1.2 million and is scheduled for auction on February 17.

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My Kitchen Rules returns to reinforce a harsh truth

My Kitchen Rules is back for 2018, which means another year of tears, shouting matches and Manu Feidel demanding more sauce.
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Monday night saw the Seven Network usher in the ninth – yes, ninth – season of its top-rating reality TV program. And while the show jumped straight into the action with an Italian feast, producers couldn’t mask an inconvenient fact: that with every passing season, MKR becomes less and less about the cooking.

Yes, there are the feel-good vibes as everyday ns share recipes passed down from generation to generation. And you could splice together a short film with the numerous shots of Pete Evans salivating as he takes a break from his controversial paleo diet.

Roula couldn’t stomach the first entree of MKR but now she can’t stomach Jess. Photo: Seven

But the cooking has taken a back-seat in recent seasons. It’s a classic formula: fend off potential boredom with a format viewers have seen again and again by turning up the drama.

Last year, it was West n contestant Josh who had producers clasping their hands with glee when, among other things, he called another contestant a “slut”. The cameras remained glued to the self-appointed seafood king as his relationship cracked and buckled on national television.

Before Josh’s rise, remember that it was Wollongong friends and co-workers Mel and Cyn who got the devil’s treatment. The high-powered women claimed to have been edited selectively and even boycotted the show after realising what had become of their reputations.

Then there were the countless tears from Melbourne small business owner Courtney, who clashed with Josh as the dizzying season came to a close. At one point Manu had to pull the 29-year-old aside to console her.

MKR: Jess telling Roula she would throw her out of her chair if she was in her restaurant. Photo: Seven

This year, it looks like the drama isn’t going away. In fact, season nine’s debut episode left viewers with the distinct feeling the verbal barbs are about to get worse.

The main contenders for the villain treatment this time around (in group one alone, so help us God) are NSW sisters Jess and Emma and Victorian friends Roula and Rachel. The four women shared some pointed words in between critiques of (this season’s) Josh and Nic’s pop-up restaurant and (if the cameras weren’t lying) do not like each other at all.

It was some clever foreshadowing for a future dust-up, with Seven promising that this year a team will be kicked out of the competition for the very first time for “going too far”. Given the insults that flew across the dinner tables in 2017, one can only imagine what lies around the corner.

This is not to say that drama is inherently bad. This is, after all, reality TV. But MKR was already treading a fine line between traditional cooking show and something akin to Jerry Springer to begin with. There’s a reason few of its contestants become household names – within or beyond the culinary scene – once the cameras stop rolling.

Let’s hope this big dust-up happens early on in the show. It’ll be a win-win. Producers can get their ratings boost, while fans settle in for the long run with what they originally signed up for: Manu, in his thick French accent, demanding more sauce.

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‘He reminds me of Thurston’: Tamou big fan of new Panther

He played alongside an Immortal-in-waiting for most of his career and James Tamou is already seeing the Johnathan Thurston effect of James Maloney at the Panthers, despite spending just weeks on the training field with his new teammates.
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One of Penrith’s biggest recruits has given a nod to the club’s latest representative acquisition Maloney, who only weeks before Christmas remained unsure whether he would land at the foot of the mountains in the Matt Moylan swap deal with the Sharks.

But Tamou, who has battled hamstring tightness for much of the pre-season and is cautiously optimistic about being fit for the Panthers’ first trial, has already sensed his former NSW teammate Maloney’s Thurston-like qualities will rub off on Penrith’s maturing squad.

“It kind of reminds me a bit of Johnathan Thurston, in he demands what he wants and when he gets what he wants he can play to his best,” Tamou said. “I think that will help us for sure.

“Off the field he was unreal [in former Origin camps]. I was sitting in the back seat [of the bus] just watching him and laughing. He’s slowly bringing that here as he gets to know everyone. He’s so chilled and laid back he’s easy to get along with, but letting his voice be known, too.

“Even in Origin camp he was doing most of the talking and he’s brought that here as well, which is good to see. It will do the young boys, especially Nathan Cleary, the world of good. He’s still young and it won’t hurt to get that experience and knowledge.”

Maloney’s first hit-out for Penrith could be as soon as the Panthers’ opening trial game on February 17 against the Roosters, which could feature a clash with his n teammate and Origin foe Cooper Cronk.

Tamou’s interrupted pre-season has kept him detached from the main group since a week before Christmas, when he suffered a low grade hamstring strain, which has been complicated by a minor back issue.

“It’s pretty frustrating at the moment because you’re trying to build relationships and it’s getting closer to the season starting,” he said.

“The boys look pretty prepared and I’m still inside not quite getting there yet. It’s getting frustrating, but I’d rather do all this now than in the middle of the season and be missing games then.”

Tamou is the first to admit he made a slow start to life at Penrith but is relieved he won’t be saddled with the tag of marquee signing for the pre-season premiership favourites like he was last year.

Asked to rate his 2017, the 29-year-old said: “Inconsistent. It took a while to get there and I’d have one game and then go missing for a couple and then be back up there.

“Being favourites and me coming into the side definitely played a part [in my form last year], but 12 months on it’s taken a back seat. Instead of being the marked man I guess I can concentrate on the football a bit more.

“If I start well and then build on that, make that the level of footy I want to be at, then I can make a very good contribution to the team.”

The Panthers will cap their pre-season preparations with a clash against the Bulldogs before hosting the Eels in their season opener.

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Bernard Tomic close to quitting I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!

Tennis player Bernard Tomic is on the verge of quitting Ten’sI’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!after only two days in the jungle.
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The 25-year-old, who was left dizzy and sick from a tucker trial challenge, told other contestants he wanted to leave the show and go back to playing tennis.

He admitted he has been struggling to cope with life for some time, something which prompted his decision to enter the jungle to “find himself”.

“Obviously I lost myself the last year,” Tomic said. Although visibly upset after not completing a difficult jungle challenge, Tomic appeared to discover a renewed interest in his tennis career.

“This is the jungle, this is so different. Not what I expected, I don’t think I can do it,” Tomic said.

Bernard Tomic said the show is not what he expected. Photo: Channel 10

“There is no point in me being here anymore and wasting unnecessary time for myself because I need to be out there playing and competing and I feel bad because I just met this bunch of people and you guys are super,” he said.

RELATED ARTICLESAnthony Mundine: Gay people are ‘confusing’ to societyAs the Ten reality show was unfolding live from South Africa on Monday night, even the hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown appeared to be uncertain about what was happening as they were told information through their earpieces that Tomic was asking to speak to producers.

“We actually don’t know anything at this stage,” said Brown, while Morris added: “Will he stay or go? The truth is we don’t know yet.”

The Tomic drama, which included him being attended to by a medic during the tucker trial, managed to overshadow the arrival of “camp leader”Anthony Mundine.

Beranrd Tomic is looked after by a medic during a tucker trial. Photo: Channel 10

Despite sprouting an array of sexist statements soon after his appearance (to the dismay of his female and male camp mates), Mundine was eventually one of the contestants trying to help Tomic, encouraging him to have a night’s sleep before making a final decision.

Jackie Gillies, fromThe Real Housewives of Melbourne, also proved to be an unexpected motivational ally, telling Tomic: “I don’t think you should give up. I think you should power through it and you should do it for your charity, do it for yourself. Don’t give up.”

Tomic had earlier talked about his disillusionment with elite sport after a tough childhood and singular focus on tennis in his teens.

“I didn’t have a childhood and I didn’t have a life since I was eight or nine years old,” Tomic said. “I needed a break to be normal.”

AFL footballer Josh Gibson, who is also a contestant on this year’s series, told Tomic he needed someone new in his corner to keep him “on track” in life and tennis.

“I agree with that, but then if I don’t want to do it there is no point,” Tomic said.

When Gibson asked if he would be happy with his achievements in the game if he retired now, Tomic said “No”.

Jackie Gillies tries to convince Bernard Tomic to stay. Photo: Channel 10

Later in the day, though, after the horrendous tucker trial, Tomic was clearly yearning to be back on a tennis court instead of being in the jungle.

Show host Morris said Tomic was a good guy who was “hypercritical” of himself, while Brown mused about the pressure he must have experienced as an elite sportsman.

“I wonder how much of this is down to his tennis career?”, Brown said. “Indoctrinated into that ‘winning everything’ mentality from a young age, too. He is unable to allow himself to fail. It is a big thing for him.”

Whatever the excuse, Tomic may be leaving much sooner than producers of the Ten show had hoped for.

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