The Royal Baby No Longer In Uterus

IT’S A BOY! Duchess Of Cambridge AKA Kate Middleton has given birth to a baby boy at 11:01AM (8:01pm AEST) at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital in London.

The newest royal was born weighing 8lbs 7oz (around 3.8kg), a few hours after the Duchess went into labor.

The beautiful boy is fifth-in-line for the throne after his siblings Charlotte and George. 

She left the hospital with the baby and her husband just seven hours after the birth. This obviously caused a media frenzy outside the hospital with the world media flocked to get a photo of their first outing.

The palace’s official twitter announced, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”


With over 30 different ways of making the ANZAC biscuit, this age-old debate hit’s our social media posts once a year, are ANZAC biscuits best soft or hard?

Historian Allison Reynolds sifted through old recipe books (pun intended) trying to discover the beginnings of this renowned Australian cookie.

The first version of ANZAC biscuit reportedly appeared around 1823, while Reynolds traced the first printed ‘Anzac biscuit’ recipe to an Australian publication called the War Chest Cookery Book dated in 1917.

This favoured cookie was made by women who were looking for a sturdy biscuit that would travel well to overseas troops.

The ingredients were carefully chosen because they were readily available, and less likely to spoil on long trips.

A reader poll carried out by the Daily Mercury shows that the majority of readers preferred soft ANZAC biscuits!

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the chewy Anzac biscuit or you prefer the crunchier kind, the Anzac biscuit is apart of a day that acknowledges those who suffered and still suffer from the effects of war. It’s a day to remember the strength of the human spirit and the value of mateship, but above all else, it is a time to remember those who have fallen.

Lest we forget.

Why dont you have a go and let us know by hashtagging your pic #softisbest or #theharderthebetter.

See below for both recipes.

Makes 24

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Skills needed: Basic


1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 tsp lemon rind, finely grated

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp boiling water

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Sift flour into a bowl. Add oats, coconut, sugar and lemon rind. Stir to combine. Make a well in centre.

Place butter and golden syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100%) for 30 seconds or until butter has melted. Stir to combine. Combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a bowl. Add to butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add to flour mixture. Stir to combine.

Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place balls, 3cm apart, slightly flattened, on prepared trays. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.


Recipe: Katrina Woodman


Makes 35

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Skill level: Basic


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup coconut

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp boiling water

Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut. Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.

Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients.

Take teaspoonfuls of mixture and place on lightly greased oven trays – allow room for spreading.

Cook in slow oven – 150C for 20 minutes. Loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.




ACL Injuries on the Rise

According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the number of young Aussies going under the knife for knee reconstruction has risen by more than 70 per cent in the last 15 years.

These knee constructions can occur when the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is damaged. Sports that place young sportsmen and women most at risk of damaging their ACL include AFL, rugby and netball. Associate Professor Christopher Vertullo, director of Knee Research Australia, contributes the raise in surgery to younger athletes, longer sporting seasons, more intense training, high level of competition and a lack of free play.

Comparison between a ‘normal’ ACL and a torn ACL.


But don’t be concerned. Stopping all sport isn’t the answer. Although common, ACL injuries are mostly preventable. Regular exercise and ability programs, which develop healthy movement patterns and strengthen muscles around commonly injured points, can reduce ACL injuries from 80 per cent to 50 per cent.

For more information on how to keep your ACL healthy, have a chat with your local GP or visit

Wollongong musician dies in Bali surf

Wollongong surfer Jae Haydon has died after surfing record waves off the coast of Bali on Sunday. Haydon was 35. He was known as a member of Lost in Line and a passionate musician. He was touring Indonesia at the time.

Two surfers reportedly pulled his body onto their board, but was washed off. His sister has released a statement asking for privacy during this time.

“Obviously in the 10-15-foot conditions the whitewash would have been powerful and obviously they weren’t able to maintain him on the board and lost him,” said Mark Brightwell, a friend of Mr Haydon’s.

Friends became increasingly alarmed after a broken surfboard identical to the 35-year-old’s later washed up at the nearby Uluwatu beach.

Indonesian authorities confirmed Badung lifeguards found a body floating in the water on Monday night, News Corp Australia reported.

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Yesterday was a very tragic day not only for our local community but for the surfing community as a whole. @jaehaydon was surfing solid Uluwatu when he had a terrible accident finding himself unconscious and after failed attempts by a few fellow surfers to get him up on a board he was eventually lost in solid 6-8ft waves beneath the uluwatu cliffs. Jae was one of the nicest most well liked and not to mention talented young guys around! He would always light the room, stage, yard whatever venue with his warmth and incredible tunes that he was so good at and so well known for! These are a few pics jay sent me on the same board surfing the same place a year ago looking very comfortable! R.I.P jayboy you will be missed sending love to your family ❤️

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Ex soldier finds a handbag that suits him

After several years of not fitting into his old army uniform, Ex Danish militant, Henk Haasjes, has found a butter use for his uniform, as a handbag.

Credit: the internet

The Cringila local who served as a Dutch peace keeper deployed in Lebanon in the 80’s said


“Every Anzac Day I’d wear it, even though I didn’t march because I’m not a member of an RSL club, I never really got involved. But Anzac Day I’d wear it,” Mr Haasjes said.

“But the last couple of years it didn’t fit me any more. I was standing there trying to do up the buttons.”


Instead of feeding the moths is his wardrobe Haasjes was looking for a better use of his uniform and was reminded of a mutual friend’s company that up cycles unused clothing into stylish handbags. Up cycling is the process of converting discarded materials into something useful and beautiful.

So he and his wife, Mary dug up his old military shirt and beret and sent them off to Holland

The handbag includes all the patches on his army shirt – including the one bearing his name – with the UN light blue beret turned into an inside zip pocket.

Mr Haasjes say he feels very proud that his old uniform get’s to live on and believes that its a great way to remember the families of fallen soldiers

“It’s something you’re never going to throw away.”





From moth rag to fabulous handbag

Cringila local Henk Haasjes isn’t letting a few extra kg’s ruin his Anzac day, by recycling his old military uniform to create a gift for his wife!

After serving in the Dutch compulsory military service program for 2 years, he folded up his uniform and packed it away, only to be pulled out and worn each year on Anzac Day.

But over recent years, and perhaps a few too many Anzac day biccies, Mr Haasjes has outgrown them saying the ‘last couple of years it didn’t fit me any more. I was standing there trying to do up the buttons’.

He hated the idea of leaving these unused and hanging in his closet for the moths to eat but thanks to some friends of his still living in Holland, the uniform has found a second life.

Mr Haasjes’ friends run an online business where they turn old clothing into bags and used the pants, shirt and beret to create a handbag for his wife Mary.

The duo love the idea that the bag comes with a story and is something the family will never throw away, handing it on from generation to generation.



In Jervis Bay Sharks come to Stay

On the 23rd of April 2018, the iconic Hyams beach in the Southern sector of Jervis Bay was evacuated after a 2.5 metre Great White Shark was spotted just off the shore at 8:24am. This sighting comes after a spate of recent sitings in preceding days.

The beach is unpatrolled, so it is understood a helicopter sounded the alarm, which called on people to evacuate the water.

The shark sighting was reported on the ‘SharkSmart’ Twitter feed, a series of tips and information from the NSW government to help reduce your risk of shark attack, and the popular shark alert APP Dorsal Shark Tracking.

There have been a number of great white shark sightings in the area over the past two weeks, from Huskisson, to Sussex Inlet.
While Shark sitings are fairly regular around the Jervis bay region, the last fatal shark attack in the area can be traced back to almost fifty years ago with the death of Kor Van Helden in 1966.
Would you go into the water even if you got a Dorsal app update confirming the presence of a shark?


ACL injuries on the rise amongst young Australians

A recent report has indicated that knee reconstructions are on the rise in Australia. Specifically ACL injuries. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, and its basic purpose is to stabilise the knee.


Damage to the ACL typically happens when someone changes direction at speed while playing sport, this can happen in many sports but some of the most common are Netball, AFL and rugby. Obviously these three sports are incredibly popular in Australia, and so it is no wonder why there are high rates of these injuries reported by Australians. In fact, Australia has the highest rates of knee reconstruction in the world.



This is concerning many health professionals, because the operation and subsequent rehab can be quite expensive, and in Australia, where the cost of medical bills are largely shared amongst the population this becomes a public health issue.



With close to 200,000 ACL reconstructions being performed in Australia between 2000 and 2015, at an average cost of $8,364, the cost of these operations can add up quickly.


ACL injury is also a largely preventable injury, and because ACL tears typically cause long term disability and damage to the knee it is very important that young Australians take care of their knees. Particularly if they are active or play sport.


There are a variety of exercises you can do to take care of your ACL, for more information on this you should contact a physiotherapist or your local GP for a referral

Australia’s Debating Between Crunchy or Chewy ANZAC Biscuits

Do we prefer our biscuits crunchy or chewy?

The ANZAC Biscuit has transcended time, and become an icon of Australia. Despite an entire nation agreeing upon a single recipe, this is the one thing we cannot agree on.

Video Courtesy of ABC Rural

It’s the oats, flour, and maple syrup that can make this vital difference. The more of these, the more soft and gooey they’ll be. Who doesn’t love the caramel sensation of an ANZAC biscuit melting in your mouth?

Or perhaps you’ll put in less, and cook them for longer, giving them the golden brown crispy edges that give them an unforgettable crunch.

It’s that time of year when the smell of ANZAC biscuits follow you down the street. You cannot escape it, so why bother? Why not just embrace the Australian legend? Choose your side, bake some, and share them with your friends and family while you relax and watch the iconic Collingwood v Essendon game at the MCG.

Which do you prefer? Let us know on our Facebook Page.

The first ANZAC Biscuit recipe was traced back to 1917. That year, the War Chest Cookery Book was published with an ANZAC Biscuit recipe. However, this recipe contained eggs, and involved sandwiching jam and cream between two. Read about how Jack Schmidt attempted to settle the fire around sconegate; does jam or cream go on first? I can only image how the debate might’ve been settled in 1917.

However, the enduring recipe we know and love today has been traced all the way back to 1924.

It’s a boy! But what will the Royals name their Fresh Prince? 

The Royal Family has a Fresh Prince after the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a healthy baby boy at St Mary’s Hospital at 11:01am London time this morning.

Will and Kate’s baby is the biggest Royal newborn in recent memory, weighing in at 3.8kg or 8 pounds 7 ounces in the old measurement.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well” read the Palace Bulletin, posted outside Buckingham Palace.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

A six-hour Labour

Big brother Prince George was born in just over 10 hours, while Charlotte emerged after only two and a half hours. Their new baby brother arrived after a six-hour labour.

Prince William fetched George and Charlotte after the baby had arrived, taking them to meet their little brother for the very first time. George wore his school uniform and Charlotte gave the crowds a little wave.

Later,  Kate and William emerged from the hospital, debuting their new son on St Mary’s famous Lindo Wing steps.

Arthur, James or Albie?

The couple are yet to reveal the name, but it’s expected in a day or two, as was the case with George and Charlotte.
The Royal Family has stuck to a conservative range of names for generations, but Will and Kate still have a number of options to choose from.

Top tipped names at the moment in order of likelihood are: Arthur, James, Albert, Philip, Fred, Alexander, Edward, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, Jack, Louis, Michael, Alfred, Charles, David, Jonathan, Peter and William (like father, like son!).

An early Morning

Sometime before 6am London time, Kate and William headed into St Mary’s Hospital, ready to meet the baby who is now fifth in line to the throne. The Palace announced Kate was in labour shortly afterwards.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour,” Kensington Palace tweeted.

A Challenging Pregnancy

Kate’s pregnancy was announced during her first trimester as The Duchess was suffering terribly from hyperemesis gravidarum – an extreme form morning sickness – that forced her to cancel several engagements.

She remained house bound for several weeks but returned to duties once her illness subsided, continuing to work into the eighth month of her pregnancy.  Once Kate headed off on maternity leave, London’s St Mary’s Hospital began their pre-Royal baby hospital spruce up, painting their front fence and tidying up the famous Lindo steps.

Congratulations Kate and William!

We can’t wait to see Prince Arthur, or James, or Albie (or…?) grow up!