My Kitchen Rules 2018: Tasmania’s truffle siblings debut

Tasmania’s truffle siblings to debut on My Kitchen Rules 2018 Mole Creek truffle farm manager Henry Terry became a national heart-throb on MKR last season and now is competing on the show with sister Anna.
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Mole Creek truffle farm manager Henry Terry became a national heart-throb on MKR last season and now is competing on the show with sister Anna.

Mole Creek truffle farm manager Henry Terry became a national heart-throb on MKR last season and now is competing on the show with sister Anna.

Mole Creek truffle farm manager Henry Terry became a national heart-throb on MKR last season and now is competing on the show with sister Anna.

Black gold: truffles.

Mole Creek truffle farm manager Henry Terry became a national heart-throb on MKR last season and now is competing on the show with sister Anna.

TweetFacebookMy Kitchen Rulesin group two, when the siblings hostthe first instant restaurant of thegroup on their family farm.

Last season when Coastal MKR contestants Damien and Caroline Aherne, known as Damo and Caz, visited the farm to buytruffles, Caz’s crush on Henry set social media alight.

“Caz got me into this mess I think,” Henry laughs.

The affable brother and sister admit tonot being the most experienced cooks.

“We’re born and bred country kids,” Henry said.

“We’ve grown up with simple food and that’s what we’re going to serve.”

“If we can put out three courses and no one vomits, no one cries and I don’t chop a finger off or break anything, it’ll be a good night,” Anna joked.

“We really want to showcase our love of truffles and how proud we are of what mum and dad have created,” she said.

Henry said to experience something like this with his sister and best mate was “once in a lifetime.”

My Kitchen Rules 2018 begins on Monday night, with the first group of instant restaurants. The siblings are set to star on the screen in group two, next week.

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Notes on a scandal: CBA’s new chief has plenty

The decision to appoint an insider to the top job at Commonwealth Bank has gobsmacked many people who had expected the board to appoint a clean skin with a clean slate.
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But with Matt Comyn, the bank gets a retail banker who has witnessed first-hand the havoc that can be wreaked with scandals, cover-ups and poor whistleblower policies.

Indeed, the Austrac money laundering scandal, which had come on the back of a string of other scandals, almost cost him the top job.

It seems the CBA board settled on an insider because it gets a known quantity. With the royal commission set to kick off in the next couple of weeks, it couldn’t afford to outsource the risk to an outsider.

Comyn is 42 and will be the face of a new culture that the bank desperately needs to create to rebuild trust. He has the challenge of changing an organisation that has a reputation of putting profit before people.

His first move in this area was to accept a lesser salary package than his predecessor Ian Narev.

But at the end of the day his personality will play a role in changing the culture. Comyn has a very different personality to Narev, whose abundance of confidence and background as a consultant didn’t translate well with politicians and some regulators.

Comyn comes across as unassuming, polite and willing to listen, which is what the bank needs as it stares down a royal commission, legal action with Austrac, a public inquiry by the n Prudential Regulation Authority into its culture and most importantly, the court of public opinion.

Comyn takes up the job on April 9, a couple of weeks before the final report by APRA, which is unlikely to be pretty. Narev won’t be there to cop it on the chin.

CBA’s problem was never about its financial performance but its culture, which rewarded success at any cost, and allowed a string of scandals to get out of hand, hence creating a trust deficit in the community.

The handling of the scandals sent a strong message that CBA could do what it liked with little comeback.

The biggest contribution Comyn can make to CBA is stop future scandals and he is the best placed to do it. He has seen first-hand what can go wrong when they are brushed over. He was there when Storm Financial blew up and various other scandals. He saw the ramifications of not dealing with them head on.

It means he should understand the need for accountability so that if a scandal emerges, it is dealt with immediately instead of downplayed. This means sacking wrongdoers instead of promoting them or allowing them to move quietly elsewhere without impunity. It also means respecting the role of whistleblowers.

When The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald broke the CBA financial planning scandal on June 1, 2013, which involved forgery and fraud and a cover-up by management, the bank tried to diminish the issue, saying it happened in the past, it was a few bad apples and victims had been compensated.

Indeed, it didn’t bother to answer most of the questions sent. Instead it released a short statement full of spin and little substance, which didn’t wash well with the public, which had been horrified by the treatment of the bank’s customers who had bravely told their stories. One of them was the mother-in-law of the then treasurer, Joe Hockey, which illustrated the arrogance of the bank and its lack of political savvy.

The community was also disgusted by the treatment of whistleblower Jeff Morris, a financial planner who had only wanted to do the right thing when he saw elderly people being ripped off. He ended up suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and a ruined career for speaking up. Again, a less arrogant bank that wanted to rebuild trust, would have tried to help.

When a Senate inquiry was called that recommended a royal commission in 2014, the bank issued a bland press release with quotes from the PR department rather than the then chairman or CEO. It infuriated the public and both sides of politics which believed such a damning report required a direct quote from a senior member of the bank.

It was this sort of arrogance and dismissal of the issues that landed the bank in a lot of hot water at parliamentary inquiries. It highlighted the growing disconnect between the community and that of senior executives at CBA.

Then in 2016 when the life insurance scandal hit the front pages of The Age and the SMH and ABC’s Four Corners, again the bank tried to diminish the problem, apologising to a few victims but never taking ownership of the treatment of customers.

Again, nobody but the whistleblower Dr Ben Koh was punished.

By the time it got to Austrac, the trust deficit had got too big. This is why the appointment of Comyn will be so important.

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Newcastle family flying high on Travel Guides fame

Food and travel made Newcastle’s Fren family famous in 2017but it was just a taste of things to come.
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POPULAR: Jonathon, Cathy, Mark and Victoria Fren are familiar faces at Oma’s Kitchen and on Channel 9 television series Travel Guides.

Mark and Cathy Fren, who own and run Oma’s Kitchen with the help of their childrenJonathonandVictoria, starred in the first season of Travel Guides last year.

Theirsense of humour made them popular with viewers, many of whom have visited the family’s Watt Street restaurant. Even so, the Frens were shocked when the show’s producers asked them toreturn for season two.

“We are just ourselves on the show, an ordinary family with four different personalities,” Mark Fern told Food & Wine. “But we have come to realise that people are able to relate to us. I mean, who doesn’t say ‘Who farted?’ on a road trip?”

Episode one of season two aired on Monday, where each family jetted off for a week-long holiday to Bologna, the food capital of Italy. The Frens hosted a sold-out themed dinner event and screening on the night, and will continue to do so throughout the series.

So, what can viewers expect in season two?

“If anything is going to go wrong, it happens to us. There are plenty of laughs,” Victoria said. “The most amazing thing is that outof the eight holidays we hadn’t been to any of the destinations. This made it very exiting for all of us. The viewers can look forward to our honest and open reviews of each destination.”

Itis very much a case ofbusiness as usual at Oma’s Kitchen, though.A new Bavarian menu has been introducedwith vegan and gluten-free options as well as sharing platters, and there arenew German beers on tap. The restaurant is now also open for dinner three nights a week.

The signature pork knuckle sharing platter with marinated pork steak and a pork, a beef and a beef/cheese sausage has proven popular at $65. It is served with potato mash, red cabbage, sauerkraut, apple sauce and gravy.​

“As soon as Travel Guides was aired we all became more recognisable. A day doesn’t go by when we are not asked to have a photo taken or told how great the show is,” Victoria said.

“The restaurant is always buzzing with our regulars as well as fans popping in from all over to meet us and ask if Jonathon has a girlfriend yet. But we are all still working extremely hard at Oma’s Kitchen with long days and nights and the usual meltdowns.”

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House of the Week: 1 Park Road, Tighes Hill

Home with links to Tighe family ELEGANCE: The home was built circa 1900 and features a Mr Tighe on the title deed.
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PRIVATE: The residence is on a 621 square metre block with old-school gardens and a choice of quiet places to relax.

TRADITIONAL CHARM: The home could do with some updating but has plenty of original character to work with.

PEACEFUL SETTING: It is positioned in an elevated position on a corner block overlooking parkland and Throsby Creek.

PERIOD FEATURES: There are leadlight windows, fireplaces and french doors throughout this Federation home.

House of the Week: 1 Park Road, Tighes Hill

House of the Week: 1 Park Road, Tighes Hill

House of the Week: 1 Park Road, Tighes Hill

TweetFacebookWhen you walk in, it’s got soul.

Andrew Walker

The property will be sold through an expressions of interest campaign.

Properties in the street are tightly held. The last sale, in October of last year for a renovated three-bedroom residence was $1.075 million.

Mr Walker said location would be a key selling point and the residence offered a lot of potential in terms of possible renovation and restoration.

“The thing about Tighes Hill is it offers so much that people usually associate with somewhere like Merewether or The Junction in the fact that it’s got very good schools close by, parks and Throsby Creek,” he said.

“Tighes Hill is an eclectic suburb and has got this proliferation of little cafes which offer more than just coffee with art and creative endeavours.

“The home itself hasgot enormous scope …when you walk in, it’s got soul.”

One of the daughters of the home’s late owner said it had been a loved residence for over two decades.

Her mother held annualjacaranda tea parties and “verandah drinks” and could often be seen on the side verandah painting her local surroundings.

The views from the front verandah, particularly of an evening as the sun set over Throsby Creek and the Tighes Hill TAFE were “fantastic” and “the setting of the home is lovely” in an unobtrusive, quietstreet that has access to all inner city living has to offer.

The home has a formal lounge and a sunroom. The kitchen adjoins a separate formal dining room with access to a side porch through french doors. There is a second living space at the rear of the home.

It has inspections on February 3 and 4 between 11.15am and 12.15pm.

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Listen up for hearing loss

COMPASSIONATE: New Lambton audiologist Katrina Skirka was amazed at the stoicism of the locals during her recent trip to Vietnam with the Starkey Foundation.
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Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age, anywhere, and the impact, if undiagnosed and untreated, can be devastating.

It’s a reality Katrina Skirka, senior audiologist at ihear New Lambton knows all too well, having just returned from a trip to Vietnam as part of an international health initiative called the Starkey Foundation, where she did over500 sets of ear impressions in five days.

“It made me more able to appreciate the services we have in and try not to take our healthcare system for granted,” Ms Skirkasaid.

Untreated hearing loss can lead tooverall cognitive decline including clouded memory and recall and has beenlinked to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Productivity at work can be effected impedingcareer progression and consequent earning power. It can also affectrelationships with others, often causing frustration andstrain resulting in the person with hearing losswithdrawing from socialising, which is then a majorrisk factor for social isolation, depression and other mental health issues.

“It can be frustrating for family and friends when they have to ‘be the ears’ of a loved one with untreated hearing loss, or repeat themselves frequently,” said Ms Skirka, who has over 25 years experience in the hearing healthcare industry.

“In families or friendships who are separated geographically, maintaining communications can be even harder if the individual with hearing loss is shying away from the phone, Skype or other ways of communicating.”

Telltale signs of hearing loss include:

Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?Do I have trouble following conversations with more than two people?Do I have difficulty hearing what is said unless I’m facing the speaker?Does it sound like other people are mumbling or slurring their words?Do I struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants, malls and meeting rooms?Do I have a hard time hearing women or children?Do I prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?Do I experience ringing or buzzing in my ears?There are several common causes of hearing loss.

“The main ones include excessive noise, infections, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, ageing, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment,” Ms Skirka said.

Research on people with hearing loss and their significant others has shown that hearing aids play a significant factor in a person’s social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve:

Communication in relationshipsIntimacy and warmth in family relationshipsEase in communicationEarning powerSense of control over your lifeSocial participationEmotional stabilityihear is a national company with sites across NSW (including Maitland and Morisset), Queensland, South and WA.

Services include:

Complimentary hearing screeningTrials of the latest hearing aidsFree hearing aids and services for pensioners and veteransHearing aid repairs and batteriesPaediatric Hearing Tests (children over 3 years of age)Noise Protection and swim plugsDiagnostic Hearing AssessmentsWorkcover hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings“We treat all sorts of people –pensioners, veterans, private clients, Workcover clients, children over three years of age,” Ms Skirka said. “Pensioners and veterans can be fitted with free hearing aids every five years.

“Private patients may be eligible to claim back a portion of the cost of their hearing instrument(s) from their private health fund.

“For children, if referred by a GP/ENT they can claim back a portion of their paid invoice from Medicare.”

If you suspect you’re suffering hearing loss, youshould make an appointment with an audiologist, audiometrist or Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.

For more information, ringihear New Lambton on 02 4956 3825, email [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au or visit www.ihear苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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Grammys 2018: The arrivals

Grammys 2018: The arrivals Zayne Malik arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.
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Jenny McCarthy arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Carey Hart, from left, Willow Sage Hart, Pink and Judith Moore arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Coco Austin, left, and Ice-T arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Jonathan Smith arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Kendrick Lamar performs onstage at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Nancy Haslip, left, and Jimmy Haslip arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Rick Ross arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

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Gayle King, left, and Kirby Bumpus arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden

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Sting arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

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Sting, left, and Shaggy arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

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Morgane Stapleton, left, and Chris Stapleton arrive at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

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TweetFacebookFOLLOW THE GRAMMYS ACTION LIVEThe singer was instead approached by the show’s producers to take part in a group tribute to late rocker Tom Petty which she declined, the publication says.

Lorde is the only female artist nominated in the crowning best album category, alongside R&B star Bruno Mars and rappers Childish Gambino, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar. It’s the first time since 1999 that the category hasn’t included a white male artist.

The awkward revelation regarding her onstage shut-out has ignited conversation about the Grammys’ gender bias, especially in the wake of a major study on pop music’s lack of female representation released last week.

The report, published by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, found a glaring discrepancy in the number of female musicians and producers honoured by the Grammys, with just 9.3 per cent of Grammy nominees in the past five years being women.

Lorde’s mother Sonja Yelich appeared to hint at the reason behind her daughter’s Grammys no-show, taking to Twitter to highlight aNew York Timesarticle on those figures.

Lorde is up for the one prizeat the ceremony, being held at Madison Square Gardentoday, for her hit albumMelodrama.Rapper Jay-Z leads the field with eight nominations, while R&B star SZA is the most nominated woman with five nods.

Sia, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, dance trio Mansionair and Hillsong Worship are the only ns up for prizes.

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‘Be prepared to pull the trigger’: why the risk of a market crash is high

I wouldn’t want to scare you but have you seen a chart of the Dow Jones or the S&P 500 index recently? The RSI or Relative Strength Index, a technical indicator used by chartists to measure the speed and change of price movements, is at record highs.
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In the technical world the RSI goes from zero to 100 and if a stock has an RSI below 30 it is described as “oversold”, and if the RSI is over 70, it is described as “overbought”.

While individual stocks are quite volatile and can regularly appear as oversold and overbought, an index like the S&P 500 index, which represents the average of 500 stock prices, is, by definition, not volatile and rarely becomes either oversold or overbought.

At the moment the RSI for the S&P 500 index is trading at 87.9. The Dow Jones RSI is currently 90.5. That means they are both overbought, which is rare enough, but more significantly, I can’t see that they have ever seen an RSI number this high, even in the tech boom, ahead of the 1987 crash, or before the global financial crisis. The momentum behind the US markets has never been higher than now.

On top of that, the S&P 500 price earnings ratio is now at 24.87x; that is the highest since the tech boom and higher than pre-GFC. I own a couple of businesses and I have to tell you, if someone wanted to come and pay me 24.87x post tax earnings for either of them I would retire a gazillionaire. Yet this is the average, repeat, average, valuation of $US25.12 trillion, repeat, trillion, dollars worth of US stocks in the S&P 500.

There has rarely been such positive sentiment. Trump-inspired of course although there are a myriad of other factors you could list to justify it in the short term, anything from economic recovery to anticipation of a solid results season which is ongoing in the US.

I made the mistake in October last year of getting cautious about the US market having a correction. That was 1000 points ago (idiot!), the fastest 1000 point rise in the Dow Jones ever.

As I wrote in October, the year or two ahead of a stock market crash can be quite phenomenal. When you talk about the average return on the All Ordinaries Index being 5.7 per cent a year before dividends, that hides the fact that much of that average number comes from a couple of years of really phenomenal, often exponential market performance, which then inflates the average calculated over many more boring years. The point being that if you don’t ride the waves up as far as they go you will never achieve that average. So this is not a time to sell everything and sit back wagging your finger and telling everybody else it is going to end in tears. You have to ride these moments to the last breath.

Your job then, is to simply take advantage of it for as long as it lasts, call the top when it comes and until then don’t bother making some un-makeable prediction that it will all end badly which will make you get out before the end.

All you need to do for now is note that the risk of a correction is high not low and because of that you need to sit on the edge of your seat, turn your screens on every day, and be prepared to pull the trigger and sell quickly should your guts ever tell you to.

I have our portfolios almost fully invested at the moment, but I have them on a hair trigger. When I see Wall Street fall a few hundred points in one night I will quietly start selling. This herd could turn nasty at any time and with the top of the S&P 500 long-term trading range 17 per cent below where we are now, we could see a 10 per cent correction in the US markets for absolutely no fundamental reason at all, other than the herd deciding to have a sentiment change for some invisible reason, which is usually because some large fund manager somewhere holds an asset allocation meeting and decides to sell, and the rest follow.

It can happen any day. But don’t be too smart for your own good by selling before it happens. These exponential moments only come around once every decade and you can’t miss them.

Marcus Padley is the author of the daily stock market newsletter Marcus Today. For a free trial of the Marcus Today newsletter, please go to marcustoday苏州夜总会招聘.au

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Frank Fawkner is setting a new standard at EXP. restaurantFOOD NEWS

GOOD CAUSE: Frank Fawkner, of EXP. restaurant, is taking part in two collaborative dinners to raise money for OzHarvest. Tickets are on sale now. Picture: Dominique CherryFrank Fawkner has been kicking culinary goals since he opened EXP. restaurant at Oakvale Wines in 2015.
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Last year his Pokolbin restaurant was ranked 75 in theDelicious 100 list and was compared to the likes of Brae and Fleet by a prominent food reviewer. Fawkner launched Fawks Foods and his black garlic production has “already doubled”, he told Food & Wine.

“We work closely with the likes ofNewcastle Greens, Hunter Farm Collective,Wollombi Providore, Mark Alyward, Redgate Farm and Clay Canoe. The newestandmost exciting partnership is with Maher Knives, who are makingnew steak knives withnative wooden handles for the restaurant,and James Watson who is binding kangarooleather folders and coasters.”

As for the menu, the layout has been changed and now starts with aseries of smaller dishes inspired by the seasons –seven snack-style dishes designed to be eatenwith your hands.

“This way we have the freedom ofchanging and evolving them daily depending on what local produce is available,” Fawkner said.

“Also, we are working on a new dessert. One of my favourite ice-creams to eat at home is a Magnum Ego. We are creating a native version with wattle seed ice-cream, lemon myrtle caramel and eucalyptus chocolate.”

Fawkner is collaborating withJoelBickford from The Gantry and Ben Willis Aubergine for two fund-raising dinners (February 8 and March 1). Tickets are on sale now, go toexprestaurant苏州夜总会招聘.au/events for details.

And his biggest achievement to date?“Our little baby Hugo. He is amazing.”

Wine dinnerCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley is hosting a five-course dinner on February 17, expertlypaired with some of award-winning winemaker Neil McGuigan’s favourite drops.Tickets$99 per person.

Coffee breakCafe2U’s newest franchise partner, Jarrod Kidd of Mayfield, had a busy first week on the road serving free coffee to the region’s emergency services from his mobile coffee van.He was joined by fellow Cafe2U franchise partner Rebecca Beetson from Raymond Terrace.

“Fuelling the fire brigade with much-needed caffeine is the least we could do for those putting their lives at risk to protect the corner of the world that we call home, and it’s exactly what being a local business owner is all about,” Kidd said.

He starts his daily route at 6.30am and servescustomers until 2pm, and says he has already noticed some familiar faces joining him for coffee each day.

Cafe2U was recognised for its premium, exclusive blend in 2016 at the Golden Bean awards and was placed in the top 10 ranking brands at the annual 2017 Topfranchise Awards.

BBQ festivalShane Jacobson and Magda Szubanski’s newfilm The BBQwill screen at the 2018 Yak Ales Barbecue Festival (February 10 and 11) at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.

Weekend passholders are invited to enjoy this comedy about the quest for the perfect steak on February 10 at 7pm.

The festival also featuresfour-time world barbecue champion Myron Mixon, three-time world barbecue champion John David Wheeler of Memphis Barbecue Company, Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald of Sugarfire Smoke House, St Louis.

There will be barbecue cooking and butchery demos, a barbecue cook-off sanctioned by theKansas City Barbecue Society (the world’s largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts), bands and more. For more information go tobbqfest苏州夜总会招聘.au.

New dateOrganisers of the annualTrevor Drayton Scholarship luncheon and presentation at Carrington Place have changed the date from February 18 to March 11. Venue owner and chef Scott Webster will be a “celebrity guest chef” on board cruise ship Serenity Solstice which departs Newcastle on February 18.

The Trevor Drayton Scholarship was established to recognise the career of the late Hunter winemaker, Trevor Drayton, and is dedicated to assisting young people wishing to pursue a career in the wine, food and hospitality industries.

At the luncheon guests can enjoy live music, a selection of fine Hunter wines and boutique beers, all matched with dishes prepared by Webster and his kitchen team.They will also have the opportunity to bid on a small number of exclusive auction items. Tickets to the luncheon cost $75.

Burger barMister P’s Burger Bar closed its Pacific Highway, Charlestown, restaurant this month but will be re-opening a pop-up store in Charlestown Square in February.Owner Katrina Phillipssaid it was located at “the old Noodle Hut across from the bus stop” with “plenty of parking just metres away”.

Sizzler lives onNewy Burger Co has brought back the “Sizzler cheese toast” buns this week due to popular demand. Sizzler has just one restaurant in NSW these days but many a fan piled their plate high withSizzler’s signaturecheese toast at the buffet back in the day.Or, if you are watching your waistline, you can replace a bun with a “lettuce wrap”.

Pop-up paellaCarrington Fare’s next pop-up paella night is on Friday, February 23. It costs $22 to eat in and $20 to take away from 6.15pm. Bookings are recommended.

Ramen on the runSusuru Ramen and Gyoza Restaurant is now offering takeaway for lunch and dinner, and you can order from the full menu. Any guesses as to how long it will be until they deliver to your door?

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Milligan’s calculated risk for the World Cup

Mark Milligan’s move to the Saudi Pro League may have much to do with money, but it also represents a calculated risk for the sometime Socceroos captain with the World Cup looming.
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Under previous boss Ange Postecoglou, it is unlikely there would have been any doubt about Milligan’s selection. The ex-Socceroos boss coached him at Melbourne Victory and made him a crucial part of the national set-up, so it is unthinkable that he might miss out.

New Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk will look at everything through fresh eyes, but it is unlikely – given his status within the squad, his experience and his track record – Milligan will miss out. That said, new coaches do not always make choices that are expected.

Milligan has been to three world cups, but only played briefly in one, in Brazil in 2014.

The first time he was selected was as an A-League player in 2006, when he was taken as a 20-year-old for the experience. In 2010 he was a squad player too, playing in China and Japan in the lead-up.

In 2014, Milligan was one of a handful of A-League players to get a call-up for Brazil. By then he was an established player, although his contribution in Brazil was limited by injury.

The strength of the Saudi Arabian Pro-League, home of Milligan’s new employers, Al Ahli, is hard to judge, although few coaches will have a better understanding of it than van Marwijk, who watched plenty of it when he was coaching the Saudi national team.

Al Ahli is one of the biggest clubs in the country, and finished runners-up in the league in the 2016-17 season, when they were also runners-up in the Kings Cup. After 17 games this season the club is second on the ladder, with 34 points from 17 games, two behind leaders Al Hilal.

Milligan and his advisers will have come to the conclusion that whatever happens, his move back to the Middle East was in his best interests.

Whether it was in Victory’s remains to be seen.

It provides Victory with a major headache with just a couple of days remaining in the transfer window but it is unclear whether they will try and move quickly to plug the gap or try to make do with what they have got.

The club is understood to have received $US600,000 for a player who would have been able to leave for nothing in a couple of months, so from a financial point of view Milligan’s departure is good business.

But it does leave Victory short in midfield. The signing of Terry Antonis earlier in the transfer window now looks like a shrewd move, as he can slot into the central midfield role that Milligan held, with Argentinian Matias Sanchez available as a reserve. Leigh Broxham, if not required as a full-back, is also an option in the middle.

At 32, Milligan’s best days are behind him, and he had not been asserting himself in A-League games as much this season. But Victory coach Kevin Muscat will undoubtedly find it difficult to replace him.

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Ruby Rose attends G’Day USA after back surgery

n actress Ruby Rose has left her sick bed after back surgery to attend the annual G’Day USA event in Los Angeles.
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Rose, wearing a sleek silver dress, appeared to walk without the aid of a cane or frame, which she had been pictured with on social media in recent days after having surgery to correct a “spinal issue”.

Ruby Rose attending the G’Day USA event in Los Angeles. Photo: Richard Shotwell

About 10 days ago, Rose, 31, tweeted about the surgery to her 1.3 million followers.

“So… for the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue,” she tweeted. “I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheelchair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine.”

However, some social media users interpreted her comments, which implied she had to “warn” people about her condition, as offensive to people with disabilities.

Rose later tweeted: “I am very deeply sorry if it wasn’t worded correctly. For that I am sorry. I did have a fear as to what was going to happen if I didn’t say something first and I put thought into what I said but I didn’t consider that angle.”

On Sunday night, Rose paid tribute to her friend, actor Heath Ledger, who died 10 years ago and was honoured at the G’Day USA event.

“Celebrating amazing Achievements with @RebelWilson by fellow ns like @MargotRobbie followed by eating chocolate in bed past midnight with my dogs – Thinking about the times I’d drink Beers with Heath at the local pub. This is a great Saturday,” she tweeted.

Other celebrities at the event included Olivia Newton John, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, musician Delta Goodrem, actor John Travolta and actress Isla Fisher.

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