Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson praises Mitchell Pearce before Newcastle Knights clash

“He’d have been sitting there just burning,” said Johns, answering his own question. Loading The only man who would be able to answer exactly how he felt would be Pearce, an 11-year Rooster in the NRL before scurrying for the side door when Cronk cruised into town. Cronk’s retirement announcement couldn’t have been better timed. It came just four days before the premiers take on Pearce’s Knights, who have seemingly gone from zero to 100 in the space of four games behind their captain and Kalyn Ponga. Everyone concerned will…

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Meghan Markle’s fashion faux pas

When Meghan Markle finally packed up her Tibetan singing bowls and flew to London to start her life with Prince Harry in late 2017, there were plenty of reasons to rejoice: Prince Harry had finally found love! The royal family had finally dragooned a new member who brought with her the tantalising whiff of modernity and could help them finally log into Netflix! And, for the British fashion industry, she represented the possibility of a whopping boost to their bottom line courtesy of the so-called “Meghan Effect”. Meghan wearing a…

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Why did so many working class suburbs back the Liberals?

Riverwood has a median household income of about $1000 a week, roughly $425 below the national median. While other parts of the electorate look out on the Georges River, the view from Riverwood is more likely to be the M5 freeway. The Liberal member for Banks, David Coleman, could have lost his seat with a swing to Labor of just 1.4 per cent. He gained a 5.7 per cent swing instead, turning this marginal seat into safe Liberal territory. While the Liberal vote in the more comfortable suburb of Oatley…

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Director snaps at reporter over Margot Robbie question

The curly moment happened while the director and Robbie — along with co-stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio — were fielding questions about Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, which scored rave reviews at its premiere during the film festival. In the drama, Robbie plays actress Sharon Tate who was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. Given Tate’s significance in the real-life story, a reporter questioned Tarantino as to why the talented Aussie star had so few lines in the movie, prompting the furious response: “Well, I just reject your…

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Cleary gets Panthers home, but has he won over Fittler?

For weeks now, Blues coach Brad Fittler has been talking until he’s blue in the face about Cleary’s effort. In that second-half minute, now we all realise what he’s been saying. Now does he gamble, like Cleary did back on half-way, and pick a playmaker whose side has only just extricated themselves from the bottom of the NRL ladder? Fittler doesn’t like messing with the universe. His head might just be a little bit more messed up after Cleary left one lasting impression on the NSW boss, who has twisted…

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Aladdin 2019 remake: Is it the disaster we feared?

After the early footage and Will Smith’s big blue smurfy Genie was dragged on social media, not to mention director Guy Ritchie’s recent efforts, “disaster” wasn’t far from a lot of people’s minds. Well, it’s not. It’s not great either, but it’s far from an entirely cringe-worthy catastrophe. Disney’s classic 1992 movie is beloved by audiences, especially people now in their 30s who grew up with the video playing on repeat, even if its depiction of Arabic characters, besides Aladdin and Jasmine, have been slammed as problematic. But there’s no…

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Queen baffled by self-serve checkout

She joked “you can’t cheat then?” as she was shown the self-service tills while visiting Sainsbury’s to mark the supermarket’s 150th anniversary today. The 93-year-old monarch inspected the technology this morning as she toured the replica store — saying they were sure to help people who were “in a hurry”. As part of the visit, she was told about how rationing was developed during wartime, to how families now use self-service tills to get their weekly shop. Speaking to manager Damien Corcoran, she appeared to be particularly interested in the…

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Titans board orders mid-season review after worst NRL start

Head of football Phil Moss recently departed the Titans to join Cronulla, and the board have broadened Meninga’s role to include oversight and control of the football department. “The Board believes that on-field performances from the Titans over the first 10 rounds of the NRL premiership have not met the club’s standards for success, nor the expectations of our members, supporters and corporate partners,” a statement from the club read. No time frame has been given for the review’s recommendations to be delivered by. The poor start to the season…

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Children’s book author Judith Kerr dies

HarperCollins chief executive Charlie Redmayne announced her death Thursday. The publisher did not provide details. Kerr “was a brilliantly talented artist and storyteller who has left us an extraordinary body of work,” he said. German-born British author and illustrator Judith Kerr. Picture: AFPSource:AFP The beguiling story of the tea-drinking tiger has been shared by parents with young children since it was first published in 1968 and has never been out of print. It has sold more than 5 million copies. Her next book introduced Mog the cat, who starred in…

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Blanche opens up about Bob’s death

“It was both difficult and it was also one of the best times of our lives, because we were so close and intimate during that time while I was his main carer,” she says. “And we often said to each other, we’ve been blessed to have this period together.” In a heartbreaking interview with 7.30 host Leigh Sales, the wife of former prime minister Bob Hawke revisited the 89-year-old’s final moments before his death last week. “You’re going to make me cry,” Ms d’Alpuget told Sales. “I’m trying not to.…

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