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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 https://orthoinfo.aaos.org.
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.”
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.
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
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!
Wollongong local, surfer and musician; Jae Haydon has tragically passed away in Bali following a surfing incident where his body was found washed up on a beach.
Wollongong surfers say he was well known in the local surfing community and an excellent musician.
Jae Haydon was surfing in Uluwata Beach on Monday when reportedly a wave knocked him off his board and he disappeared into the surf. Later on, that evening, a body believed to be Haydon’s washed ashore at Pedang Pedang that evening.
Jae’s sister, Heidi Haydon, said in a text: “My mum and I are feeling the love from all and know that you would understand we would appreciate privacy at this time.”
There has been a flood of tributes by friends and family on social media to the ‘amazing guy taken too soon’.
In 2015, Mr Haydon recorded a cover song each day for 30 days as part of a fundraiser, Sing for Spinal Cord Injury, aimed at raising $10,000 for the spinal cord rehabilitation centre Sargood. His sister, Heidi, was left paralysed from the chest down after a drug-affected driver ran her motorbike off the road in 2009 which has brought this cause very close to his heart.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help “afford the costs to bring Jae Haydon’s body back home” and “give him the best send off and celebration of life”
How do you get in to the sport of competitive Woodchopping?
Where does Woodchopping timber come from?
And how do woodchoppers avoid slicing off a pinky toe!?
Woodchopping veteran, Sydney Royal Easter Show commentator and 2018 Champion of the RAS medallion recipient Lindsay Parnell joined us in the Show Radio studio to answer all our woodchopping questions and share a yarn about his life in the world of competitive chopping.