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Tony Abbott’s weird Royal quip

Written By kom limapulan on Kamis, 24 April 2014 | 13.56

PM Tony Abbott describes the royal couple as 'bigger than Kelly Slater' at the Parliamentry reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

THE Royal couple will spend the day in Canberra for the second-last day of their Australian tour — stay with us for all the news as it happens throughout the day.

Check out the video above for footage of the Royals' reception. Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the pair as "bigger than Kelly Slater". Umm, OK.

"A couple of years back, Kelly Slater visited Manly in my electorate. There were over a thousand screaming fans as you'd expect when the world's greatest surfer visits the world's greatest beach.

"But as I have seen with my own eyes, sir, ma'am, in Manly, you are bigger than Kelly Slater."

We're sure the Royals will return to Britain thrilled the Prime Minister of Australia thinks their visit was better than that time a surfing champ who once dated Pamela Anderson visited his home town.

The Duchess of Cambridge has stepped out in a green coat dress by Catherine Walker. Westfield's Gabe Robinson shows you how to get her latest look for much less.

"Tony, please stop talking about surfing." Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Abbott: Royals bigger than Kelly Slater

Tony you had one job: Don't compare the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Kelly Slater. AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

1:50pm: The live stream has now finished - we'll have video footage of the reception for you shortly. The reception will wrap up in around 20 minutes, and from there, the Royals will head to the National Portrait Gallery for a guided tour.

Prince William says he and younger brother Prince Harry will attend next year's Anzac centenary celebrations at Gallipoli.

1:25pm: Watch the live stream at the top of the page for all the coverage of the Parliament House reception. So far we've had speeches from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, and a speech by William in which he revealed he and brother Harry will take part in next year's Centenary of Gallipoli campaign. He also summed up the couple's thoughts on their visit to Australia:

"Reluctantly, Catherine, George and I leave Australia tomorrow. Thank you for the warmth and generosity that has been shown to us during our visit. We go away with wonderful memories, and George goes away with his cuddly wombat, which he has taken to chewing so lovingly. We greatly look forward to coming back. And when we do return, it will be to marvel again at all that Australia is, and will yet become."

Kate is accompanied by Margie Abbott in Parliament House. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

"We greatly look forward to coming back. And when we do return, it will be to marvel again at all that Australia is, and will yet become."

1:15pm: William and Kate stand for the national anthem at Parliament House:

1pm: Tune into the live stream at the top of the page for live coverage of the royal reception at Parliament House. The place is packed:

Gallery: William and Kate's day in Canberra

12:50pm: As we wait for the Royal couple to arrive at Parliament House in just under ten minutes' time, let's look at some pictures of this morning's tree planting at the National Arboretum:

Kate and William watch two children help them with a tree planting. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Feeling homesick? The royals don't look too chuffed in this snap. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Kate's emerald dress isn't the first Catherine Walker-designed outfit she's worn on tour. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

A cold morning in Canberra for the tree planting ceremony. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

11:10am: William and Kate have wrapped up their brief visit to the National Arboretum. Their next stop is at 1pm, when they're due to arrive at Parliament House for an hour-long reception hosted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Local six-year-olds Oliver and Sebastian Lye were on hand to help the royal couple plant the English oak tree near the arboretum's Pod Playground.

The oak was chosen because it is a symbol of England, representing strength and endurance. The arboretum was established following the devastating 2003 Canberra bushfires.

William and Kate both shovelled soil on to the tree's base before the boys watered it with red watering cans.

The couple then mingled with 50 lucky Canberrans who won a ballot to be a part of the event, even playing with children in the playground.

10:55am: As with yesterday's visit to Adelaide, interacting with local youth is an important part of today's activities. Here, Kate chats with students from a local school:

10:50am: Kate gets involved in the tree planting:

But has Newscorp journalist Kristen Shorten, who's at the event, unearthed a scandal? It appears the tree was pre-planted!

10:40am: William's looking bright in a yellow tie today, but let's face, it, Kate's bespoke green dress is the focus of attention. This isn't the first time she's donned an outfit by French-born, London-based designer Catherine Walker on this tour - she also wore one of her outfits at Wellington Airport back on April 8. Walker was also a favourite designer of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kate's previous, prone-to-wardrobe-malfunction Catherine Walker outfit, worn as she arrived at Wellington Airport. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

10:35am: Kate's looking stunning in a long-sleeved, emerald green Catherine Walker dress.

10:30am: William and Kate are arriving at the National Arboretum...should get our first look at today's frock any minute now.

10am: William and Kate are scheduled to arrive at the National Arboretum in just under half an hour to start their official engagements for the day. While there, they'll assist in a tree planting and meet local students.

It's a busy day for the royals: after the tree planting there's a reception at Parliament House with Tony Abbott, a tour of the National Portrait Gallery and later, an evening reception at Parliament House.

The morning must be tinged with sadness for the royals, with news overnight that Camilla Parker Bowles' brother Mark Shand has died after suffering a serious head injury after falling following a night out in New York.


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Most of Australia is taking a sickie this week

With the weather in the sunny mid-twenties in Sydney, many are hitting the beaches. Source: News Limited

THE calendar has been kind to Aussie workers this year, with the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends falling within a 10-day period.

For many, the prospect of having 10 days off for the price of three was too tempting.

Many Aussie workers are taking Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as annual leave this week and getting themselves a great holiday deal. And why wouldn't you, with the weather so enticing?

There's good things in store for those hardworking individuals who are keeping the economy going too. The roads are empty and you can get a seat on the trains. The carpark at the Easter show is full though.

Wouldn't you rather be doing this, than stuck in the office? Source: Supplied

But what if you don't have annual leave stored up? Many of those who didn't plan ahead are brazenly chucking a sickie to get time off between the long weekends.

In Queensland, experts predicted absenteeism would soar by 25 per cent in the midst of back-to-back long weekends, reports the Courier-Mail.

News.com.au contacted a number of HR and employee absenteeism experts to comment on the matter ... but ironically all were on holidays.

So what did absenteeism look like across Australia in 2013?

According to a 2013 report by Direct Health Solutions (DHS), absenteeism rose to 8.93 days on average per employee, a year. This costs the economy $27.5 billion a year in sick leave costs and loss of productivity.

The 2013 survey found that 63 per cent of organisations had absenteeism levels higher than the average target of 6.9 days per employee a year.

Queensland and South Australia had the highest levels of sick leave, at 11.1 days and 10.9 days respectively, reported the DHS. Employees in the ACT took 10.6 days annually. NSW (8.3 days) and VIC (8.7 days) were both below the national average.

"Absenteeism, either for genuine reasons or not, is very disruptive for businesses, and needs to be handled well", said Paul Dundon, Managing Director of Direct Health Solutions.

The report indicated that illness (e.g. cold and flu, headaches, gastro and mental health) and home and family responsibilities are primary reasons for absenteeism.

Have you or anyone you know taken a sickie this week? Tell us below or join the conversation on Twitter @newscomauHQ


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Teen dies days after Royal visit

Michael Ryall, known as Mikey, was 16 years old. Source: Facebook

A POPULAR teenager has died in a NSW Blue Mountains lake after his younger brother and a fisherman failed in a desperate and heartbreaking rescue attempt.

Michael Ryall, 16, was angling at Wentworth Falls Lake with his 15-year-old brother yesterday afternoon when he caught a fish but let it slip back into the shallows.

Michael, a fit sportsman from nearby Lawson, entered the cold water to try and retrieve the fish but got into difficulty about 5pm.

His brother and another fisherman plunged in after him.

"They actually got to Michael and were able to take hold of him but unfortunately he could not be saved and he disappeared under the water," Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson told AAP.

Michael and his girlfriend, Cassie Dennis. Source: Facebook

Michael's brother and the fisherman scrambled back to safety. Police and other emergency services searched the lake, a popular recreational spot northeast of Katoomba. They found Michael's body about 10.30pm last night.

His girlfriend of eight months Cassie Dennis told Fairfax Media that Mikey was her ''whole world'', and she would ''miss the way he always protected me''.

Cassie's family also expressed their heartache saying they were "grasping at straws just at what to do".

Cassie's mother, Sandra Dennis, told Fairfax Media. ''He was a breath of fresh air, that boy. Wise beyond his years. He wasn't into all the material stuff that young boys are now.

''He really was the boy next door. He was exactly who you'd want your daughter to end up with, and I can honestly say we were blessed to have him in our lives. I've got daughters, and I loved him like a son I never had."

Cassie's mother, Sandra, says Mikey was the son she never had. Source: Facebook

It remains unclear precisely how he died or why he got into difficulty so quickly.

He was said to be semi-clothed when he entered the water.

Michael was doing his HSC at school and his death has thrown both his family and the Blue Mountains community into mourning.


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Modern Family Oz is no meat pie short of a picnic

The cast of Modern Family hit the sights of Sydney with Phil trying to convince everyone to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Courtesy: ABC and Network TEN

Modern Family takes a trip to Australia. Courtesy: ABC

The cast of Modern Family filming scenes in Sydney. Source: Supplied

WHILE Aussies may cringe at the cliche-laden Modern Family Australia episode, it seems Americans have lapped it up.

US viewers have taken to social media in droves, tweeting their praise for the Down Under special after it aired today in the States.

Local fans are likely to be left reeling at some of the obvious references, but guess what - the Yanks loved it!

So what Aussie cliches left us cringing but our Northern counterparts rolling on the floor with laughter?

EVERYTHING IN AUSTRALIA WILL KILL YOU

"I don't know if I can keep Phil safe here anymore, I think he's going to die here," says Sofia Vergara's character after Phil Dunphy's many run-ins with wildlife. From jellyfish stings and mosquito bites to allergic reactions, the hapless dad just can't seem to stay out of harm's way.

Dunphy does conquer our dangerous nation in the end however, and Crocodile Dunphy is born. His new Paul Hogan-inspired nickname was even trending on Twitter within minutes of the show going to air.

ALL AUSSIES LOVE VEGEMITE

Of course the episode wasn't without a Vegemite reference or two, one which left Dunphy a little worse for wear. It seems we'll never escape our long-running "happy little Vegemites" moniker.

Poor old Phil suffers an allergic reaction to Vegemite. Source: Supplied

DINGOES STEAL EVERYTHING - INCLUDING LAPTOPS

This joke left us a bit cold. Claire loses her much-prized laptop, A.K.A. "her baby", to a wild dog. Cue the 'dingo ate my baby' analogy. Still too soon?

Claire Dunphy's laptop gets nicked by a stray dog. Source: Supplied

BOXING KANGAROOS ARE A THING, BE ALERT

In one scene, Phil cops a blow to the head from a rogue kangaroo. Apparently angry roos are just hopping around Australia, ready to take a swipe at anyone or anything that dares get in their way.

Phil Dunphy licks his wounds after being socked by a vicious kangaroo. Source: Supplied

ALL AUSSIE MEN ARE SURFER DUDES

The Modern Family message to single women seems to be - flop yourself on Bondi Beach wearing an itsy bitsy bikini and a hot surfer will fall into your lap. Who knew it was that simple?

This dreamy lifeguard (played by actor Zack Tyerman) catches Haley's eye on the beach. Source: Supplied

AUSSIES AND KIWIS ARE 'THE SAME THING'

The ol' Kiwi-Aussie-same-same-but-different monster rears its offensive head in the episode. New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) plays a loud, obnoxious Kiwi television presenter who is mistaken as an Aussie by Mitch and Cam.

Rhys Darby's character promises Mitch and Cam the opportunity to meet Hugh Jackman. Source: Supplied

WE'LL SMASH A MEAT PIE, ANY HOUR ON THE CLOCK

We can't help but think the Kiwis might be slightly offended when they watch the episode and witness one of their most famous comedians running with the Aussie meat pie gag.

Mitch and Cam turn their nose up at a tasty meat pie. Source: Supplied

But for all the cliches and obvious references, the one-off episode really did showcase Australia at its best.

Between the shots of the cast strolling by the harbour, diving in the Barrier Reef and sunbaking on Bondi Beach, the one character that shone is our country itself.

Alex Dunphy (Ariel Winter) dons a rashie and hits Bondi Beach. Source: Supplied

While the episode has already aired in the States, locals will have to wait until Sunday night to form their own opinion.

That is, those who didn't already download it via iTunes when it was accidentally made available in the Australian store this morning. Oops.

The Modern Family cast filming under Sydney's Harbour Bridge.

The Aussie Adventure episode is expected to be seen by 125 million viewers worldwide and it seems we might be expecting a few of them here soon if fan reaction is anything to go by:

Cam and Mitch from Modern Family want to ditch a sight seeing tour to hang out with Hugh Jackman. Courtesy: ABC and Network TEN

Tourism Australia and Ten are hoping their partnership with the hit US sitcom brings major tourism dollars with it.

Oprah Winfrey's visit in 2010 saw almost half of US visitors say they were inspired to visit Australia after seeing her show.

Qantas, who hosted Ellen DeGeneres during her trip also reported a 22 per cent increase in inbound flights following the episode.

The family attempt to get photos "down under" while in front of the Opera House. Classic. Source: Supplied

The airline flew the Modern Family cast and crew out here for the production, and the Aussie episode even includes a short segment aboard the flying kangaroo at the conclusion of the show.

So, amid all the things we already knew about our beautiful country, here's the one thing we learnt from Modern Family, courtesy of doe-eyed teen Haley Dunphy: "This country's number one export is hot surfers."

Oh, and here we thought it was Kylie Minogue.


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Royals try out DJing and graffiti in Adelaide

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 14.06

Kate's dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit shows off one of the season's most popular colours

Fans in Adelaide show their excitement for the arrival of Prince William and Kate during the Australian Royal Tour. Courtesy: Channel Ten

The Royals arriving in Adelaide this morning. Picture: Calum Robertson Source: News Corp Australia

ON the third-last day of their Royal visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the day in Adelaide and surrounds. Stay tuned for all the news and goss as it happens.

4:49pm: A more detailed look at Kate's outfit from today:

Kate's dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit shows off one of the season's most popular colours

2:30pm: The Royals have departed for Canberra, where they'll be reunited with Prince George and have no further official engagements until tomorrow. Let's look back at a few pics of their brief but busy day in Elizabeth, South Australia:

Just call him Prince Wil.i.am. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Locals reported that Kate and William seemed genuinely interested in hearing about the issues faced by the youth in the area. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Kate speaks to performers at the youth community centre The Northern Sound System in Elizabeth. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Presented with a skateboard, emblazoned with the name 'George'. Pic: Tricia Watkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

Meeting a young local. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

DJ Duchess drops the beat. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

William, if this whole 'Being a royal' thing falls through, at least you can fall back on your DJ career. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Kate and Prince William watch a skate park display at the Northern Sound System. Pic: Tricia Watkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

No-one's going to tell you off for graffiting when you're the future King of England. Pic: Tricia Watkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

Unveiling the plaque for 'Prince George Plaza'. Yep, he's not yet one and he's got his own plaza. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

1:30pm: William has passed up the chance to show off his scooter skills at a skate park in Adelaide for fear he might "stack it". Prince William also tried his hand at aerosol art, adding his own touches to a billboard display.

Kate and William in Elizabeth, South Australia today - royal wave down pat. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Wills and Kate were treated to an exhibition of scooter and bike riding on the concrete bowl of the skate park, the action performed by young members of the Elizabeth Riders group.

Hosted by committee member Luke Haldenby, the royal couple watched on as the riders showed off their trick moves.

But when it came to having a go himself, 15-year-old Luke, said the Prince was a bit reluctant.

"He said he would probably stack it," Luke said.

The Prince was also presented with a custom skateboard designed by local artist Casey Zechef which featured Prince George's name. Luke said both the Duke and Duchess loved the gift.

The Royals took in a skating demonstration, and even tried their hand at DJing and graffiti art. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

"He thought it was amazing, he loved it. Even Kate loved it too, she thought it was cool that it said George on it." Other members of the riding group said they were impressed by William's skills with the aerosol can, describing him as a "true Aussie".

"He was actually pretty good considering that was his first time," they said.

1:15pm: The Royals took their time greeting locals in the forecourt of the Playford Civic Centre before they head into the reception, their final engagement of the day.

Having DJed earlier in the day, Wills is now trying his hand at graffiti:

And they've unveiled a plaque to acknowledge the naming of Prince George Plaza. Yes, nine months old and Prince George has his own Plaza - what were YOU doing at that age?

1pm: Having the gift of a skateboard, the couple had a quick chat with the teens who performed for them and then headed off to the civic centre, where they'll unveil the plaque for the forecourt renaming.

One local teen, Hikaru, 18, was eager for Kate and William to arrive at the reception.

"I don't think anyone could be not excited," he said.

He said he would probably ask the royals about life in the UK if he got the chance.

The couple's final official engagement for the day is a reception at the Playford Civic Centre, attended by around 200 locals under the age of 30. There are reports some South Australian dignitaries feel put out they didn't get an invite to the reception, but it's a reflection of the day's focus on the youth of the area, who battle high unemployment rates.

12:50pm: The Royals at the skate bowl:

12:45pm: The Royal couple are now touring the local skate park in Elizabeth, where they'll watch a skateboarding demonstration. It's a short but busy day for the Royals - their official engagements are due to end at 1:15pm local time (although they are running behind schedule), when they'll then fly back to Canberra to be reunited with Prince George.

12:07pm: This picture of the Royal arrival earlier gives a clear full-length look at Kate's Alexander McQueen outfit:

The Royals arriving in Adelaide this morning. Picture: Calum Robertson Source: News Corp Australia

12:05pm: DJ Duchess in da house! The Royals are enjoying a relaxed visit with the local youth of Elizabeth. Check out Kate hitting the DJ decks:

DJ Kate in da house! Source: Twitter

And DJ Will having a go:

11:50am: More pics coming through of the Royal couple meeting locals at the Northern Sound System community centre in Elizabeth:

11:45am: That was quick! The Royals have arrived at the Northern Sound System community centre in Elizabeth.

William and Kate will spend only about two hours in Elizabeth - named in honour of the Queen - but all of that time will involve the area's young people.

Kate is wearing a dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit with a flared skirt, while William is a navy suit and maroon tie.

The couple's first stop is at a community music program which offers young people the chance to make and listen to music, and gives them a foot in the music industry door.

That will be followed by a demonstration at an adjacent skateboard park before the royals wind up their Adelaide stopover with a reception where they will mingle with a group of invited guests, all aged under 30.

Youth unemployment in Elizabeth sits at almost 20%, and the royal visit is seen as a much-needed boost.

11:40am: Another look at that gorgeous McQueen outfit. The Royal couple are now on their way to their first stop: the Nothern Sound System, a youth community centre in Elizabeth, a suburb north of Adelaide.

11:30am: A first look at Kate and Wills - Kate looking stunning in a pink Alexander McQueen outfit that she's teamed with pearls.

11:15am: Kate and William have touched down in Adelaide.

11am: The royals are due to land in Adelaide just before 11am local time (11:30am AEST). From there they'll head north to Elizabeth, a suburb 25km north of Adelaide, for a day spent focusing on the youth of the area. Later in the afternoon, they'll attend a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia.

Union Jacks aplenty! Elizabeth spectators await the arrival of Wills and Kate. Source: Supplied

The crowds are already building in Elizabeth in anticipation of the royal arrival — they're expecting 50,000 people to line the streets today.

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The world’s most outrageously fattening foods

Because it needed sour cream ... Picture: avlxyz. Source: Flickr

If you thought deep fried Mars Bars were the ultimate bad food, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

YOU might think that the United States, with its supersized portions, absurdly high obesity rate, and uniquely American innovations like the Doritos Locos Taco, is home to the world's most fattening foods. But you'd be wrong!

Their national dishes have nothing on these artery-clogging bad boys from around the world. Here are 10 of the most decadent foods you'll find in other countries.

Acaraje, Brazil

You know what's really not great for you? Palm oil. A mere tablespoon of the stuff contains a whopping 7 grams of saturated fat — which is too bad, because saturated fat makes food taste really great.

Case in point, Brazil's acaraje: black-eyed peas formed into a ball, deep-fried in palm oil, and then stuffed with vatapa and caruru (spicy pastes made from dried shrimp, ground cashews … and more palm oil).

We feel sick just looking at it. Picture: Fernanda Ramalho. Source: Flickr

Churros, Spain

Forget your boring breakfast of Special K and skim milk. In Spain, a popular way for locals to start the day is with a meal of churros.

These fried-dough pastries are dipped in sugar and cinnamon and then — here's the fat kicker — dipped in a thick hot-chocolate drink. Talk about a morning sugar rush!

But they taste soooo good. Source: ThinkStock

Poutine, Canada

On its own, the humble potato is a relatively healthy starch. But in the hands of Canadians, it becomes poutine — French fries smothered in gravy and cheddar-cheese curds.

This cheesy dish is so popular that it's even sold at Burger King in Canada, where (according to the chain's nutritional information) the dish contains 740 calories and 41 grams of fat.

And that's just the traditional version. There are entire restaurants that solely serve varieties of poutine.

Smoke's Poutinerie dishes up Triple Pork Poutine (with chipotle pulled pork, double-smoked bacon, and Italian sausage), Nacho Grande Poutine (with homemade chilli, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and jalapeño peppers), and Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine (with prime ground beef, double-smoked bacon, and cheese sauce).

A plate of Canadian cholesterol. Picture: mastermaq. Source: Flickr

Khachapuri, Georgia

Eating off a plate is so boring. What if your food were served up inside a bread boat instead — and what if the bread boat were filled with melted cheese?

Georgians have the right idea with their khachapuri. It's a bread bowl that is stuffed with melted cheese and topped with an egg and a large pad of butter!

Who doesn't like a boat of cheese? Picture: Danielaorexplode. Source: Flickr

Nutella Crepes, France

Just one serving (2 tablespoons) of sweet, chocolatey Nutella spread has 200 calories (110 of which are from fat). And when using a spoon (or a finger) to eat the hazelnut spread straight out of the jar just isn't enough, you'll want to head to France for a Nutella crepe.

There, many street carts and restaurants fry up batter in butter and make thin pancake-like pockets in which to deliver your Nutella. Even better, the crepes are usually topped with powdered sugar and sometimes even whipped cream.

Just because crepes are thin doesn't mean they're healthy. Picture: Carlosficto. Source: Flickr

Aligot, France

You know the stereotype that French women don't get fat? We have to wonder how that's possible when a dish like aligot is served up in the country's L'Aubrac region.

Aligot is made with mashed potatoes, butter, cream, garlic, and melted cheese, all whipped together into a thick, rich dish.

According to calorie-counting website FatSecret , 1 tablespoon of aligot contains 6 per cent of the recommended daily amount of saturated fat.

This looks like a giant piece of mozzarella. Picture: Tavallai. Source: Flickr

Deep-Fried Mars Bars, Scotland

After you've tried the deep-fried fish and deep-fried potatoes in Scotland, what should you have for dessert? A Mars bar — deep-fried, of course. Who wouldn't love a chocolate bar gone all melty and encased in a satisfyingly crunchy shell of fried dough?

Answer: The Mars candy company, which reportedly feels that the deep-fried dessert is not in line with the company's goal of promoting a "healthy, active" lifestyle. Because, you know, nothing says healthy like chocolate candy!

So right or so wrong? Picture: Christian Cable. Source: Flickr

Jalebi, India

Sure, plain ol' fried dough is unhealthy on its own. But India really steps up the game with jalebi, deep-fried dough that is soaked in a sugary syrup.

The colour of these says enough. Picture: clicheshots. Source: Flickr

Calzone, Italy

Did you know that a traditional calzone uses the same amount of dough as an entire pizza — and that it's meant to serve four people? Or did you, um, think that the whole delicious calzone was all for you?

We have the Campania region of Italy to thank for birthing this version of pizza that is even unhealthier than the original.

In a calzone, tomatoes, mozzarella, and other traditional pizza toppings are stuffed into an easy-to-eat dough pocket and then served.

Homemade heart attacks. Picture: Dario Alvarez. Source: Flickr

Ramen, Japan

Ramen has exploded in popularity over the last few years — and we don't mean the sad, dehydrated Cup Noodles kind of ramen, either. We're talking about the traditional Japanese soup dish, consisting of noodles in broth, topped with a variety of meats and vegetables.

Soup is basically a health food, right? Unfortunately, the broth (often made with beef, lard, and oil) really packs a fat punch, even if the noodles aren't fried.

Don't let a Japanese soup fool you. Picture: avlxyz. Source: Flickr

This story appeared in the Huffington Post .


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Aussie rapper ‘violated’ by fans

Australian born rap artist Iggy Azalea manages to crowd surf while performing in Toronto. Video: Rosa Azalean

AUSTRALIAN rapper Iggy Azalea has revealed why she cannot crowd-surf anymore while performing live for her fans.

Azalea told New York City hip hop radio station Hot 97 that she has had no other choice but to upgrade her security at live gigs because her fans have tried to grope her.

"I had to stop [crowd-surfing] ... I'm only doing like 2000-seaters, but I still have to have barriers even if it's like 200 people because people try to f****r me," she said.

She also admitted that she wears two pairs of underwear and tights underneath her pants when she's performing onstage.

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"I will get lurk tweets for like a week before my show, like 'I'm about to go to the Iggy Azalea show and I'm going to f****r her,' and I'll see it and be like, please don't! That's a violation. I don't actually like that stuff," she said.

IGGY AZALEA'S WORD: 'I don't give a f*** about a bikini line'

Azalea emphasised her fans had no right to think that they were allowed to touch her inappropriately, just because of the explicit nature of her songs.

Upset with fans ... Iggy Azalea in New York City. Picture: Cindy Ord Source: Getty Images

"Like, they think I'm real sl***y, like "Oh, she got a song called 'P***y,' I know what she wants. She wants these two fingers," she said.

"Why would I want a stranger to ever f****r me? Buying my album for $12 doesn't mean you get to f****r me when I come to your city."

Azalea also added that the attempts to grope her were common among female fans.

"Girls will try to do it more than guys 'cause girls think it's cool, like, 'We both got vaginas, it's fine.' Doesn't make it okay."

Listen to her interview below:


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Royal lookalikes cashing in on lucky genes

The unofficial royal look-a-likes on Sunrise. Courtesy: Channel Seven/Sunrise

Good timing: Royal lookalikes Simon Watkinson and Gabriella Douglas are in town. Source: News Corp Australia

THEY'RE the famous royal lookalikes making the big bucks, all thanks to their uncanny resemblance to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In a perfectly timed visit, the couple's doppelgangers, Gabriella Douglas and Simon Watkinson, are in Australia this week, the very same week that the real deal is in town.

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The pair have been flown in to launch Peter Alexander's new Mother's Day campaign and were mobbed by shoppers at an in-store Myer appearance in Sydney's CBD today.

Douglas, who impersonates Kate as a part-time occupation, says she fell into the job after the royal wedding in 2011 after being constantly stopped on the street and compared to Middleton.

"A lot of my family had always said I looked like Kate when I was younger ... eventually my mum was like 'you should be earning a bit of extra pocket money', so she sent my photos to an agency and they asked me to do an amazing shoot for Grazia in the UK, which turned out to be an eight-page spread and a cover", the 26-year-old brunette tells news.com.au.

"It's just good fun really, I pick and choose the jobs that I really like and the ones I get to travel with."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Source: AFP

Gabriella Douglas, Kate's doppelganger. Source: News Corp Australia

Douglas has been working with Prince William lookalike, Simon Watkinson, for the past three years and said together, the pair manage to fool the public everywhere they go.

"Some people were fooled, some people were curtseying. One lady was crying when she thought she saw William," Douglas said of her Sydney appearance today.

"Everyone wants a photograph. A lot of the tourists are fooled, they ask: 'How's your granny?'"

Gabriella Douglas and Simon Watkinson front a campaign for Peter Alexander. Source: Supplied

Growing up in Windsor, Douglas attributes her similar accent to the fact that both she and Kate are from Berkshire and says she had a lot of exposure to the royals as a young girl but never saw herself imitating the daughter-in-law of the Queen.

"I actually met Prince William when I was younger, I had piano lessons at Eton College [where William went to school], and he held the door open for me one day."

Douglas, who also works for UK online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, even has her own Kate Lookalike website and an Instagram account dedicated to her appearances.

Watkinson, who also has his own website, actually grew up in Adelaide but is now based in the UK and is currently the No.1 Duke of Cambridge impersonator in Europe.

"It's happened to be a good little side job for me," he said during an interview on Seven's Sunrise, adding that he has intently studied William's mannerisms and quirks over the years.

Asked whether Kate and Wills had seen what the pair were up to, Watkinson replied: "I've been told that they've seen the stuff that we do. I think they've got a pretty good sense of humour."

Can you spot the difference? Source: News Corp Australia

Wills, is that you? Source: News Corp Australia

Fans can catch the "royals" at Myer in Melbourne on Saturday, and in Peter Alexander stores in Perth on Sunday and Adelaide on Monday.

We're not so sure about "Prince George" but "Wills and Kate" could be the real thing. Source: News Corp Australia


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Royal lookalikes cashing in on lucky genes

The unofficial royal look-a-likes on Sunrise. Courtesy: Channel Seven/Sunrise

Good timing: Royal lookalikes Simon Watkinson and Gabriella Douglas are in town. Source: News Corp Australia

THEY'RE the famous royal lookalikes making the big bucks, all thanks to their uncanny resemblance to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In a perfectly timed visit, the couple's doppelgangers, Gabriella Douglas and Simon Watkinson, are in Australia this week, the very same week that the real deal is in town.

ROYAL DIARY: Kate and Wills hit Adelaide

The pair have been flown in to launch Peter Alexander's new Mother's Day campaign and were mobbed by shoppers at an in-store Myer appearance in Sydney's CBD today.

Douglas, who impersonates Kate as a part-time occupation, says she fell into the job after the royal wedding in 2011 after being constantly stopped on the street and compared to Middleton.

"A lot of my family had always said I looked like Kate when I was younger ... eventually my mum was like 'you should be earning a bit of extra pocket money', so she sent my photos to an agency and they asked me to do an amazing shoot for Grazia in the UK, which turned out to be an eight-page spread and a cover", the 26-year-old brunette tells news.com.au.

"It's just good fun really, I pick and choose the jobs that I really like and the ones I get to travel with."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Source: AFP

Gabriella Douglas, Kate's doppelganger. Source: News Corp Australia

Douglas has been working with Prince William lookalike, Simon Watkinson, for the past three years and said together, the pair manage to fool the public everywhere they go.

"Some people were fooled, some people were curtseying. One lady was crying when she thought she saw William," Douglas said of her Sydney appearance today.

"Everyone wants a photograph. A lot of the tourists are fooled, they ask: 'How's your granny?'"

Gabriella Douglas and Simon Watkinson front a campaign for Peter Alexander. Source: Supplied

Growing up in Windsor, Douglas attributes her similar accent to the fact that both she and Kate are from Berkshire and says she had a lot of exposure to the royals as a young girl but never saw herself imitating the daughter-in-law of the Queen.

"I actually met Prince William when I was younger, I had piano lessons at Eton College [where William went to school], and he held the door open for me one day."

Douglas, who also works for UK online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, even has her own Kate Lookalike website and an Instagram account dedicated to her appearances.

Watkinson, who also has his own website, actually grew up in Adelaide but is now based in the UK and is currently the No.1 Duke of Cambridge impersonator in Europe.

"It's happened to be a good little side job for me," he said during an interview on Seven's Sunrise, adding that he has intently studied William's mannerisms and quirks over the years.

Asked whether Kate and Wills had seen what the pair were up to, Watkinson replied: "I've been told that they've seen the stuff that we do. I think they've got a pretty good sense of humour."

Can you spot the difference? Source: News Corp Australia

Wills, is that you? Source: News Corp Australia

Fans can catch the "royals" at Myer in Melbourne on Saturday, and in Peter Alexander stores in Perth on Sunday and Adelaide on Monday.

We're not so sure about "Prince George" but "Wills and Kate" could be the real thing. Source: News Corp Australia


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The world’s most outrageously fattening foods

Because it needed sour cream ... Picture: avlxyz. Source: Flickr

If you thought deep fried Mars Bars were the ultimate bad food, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

YOU might think that the United States, with its supersized portions, absurdly high obesity rate, and uniquely American innovations like the Doritos Locos Taco, is home to the world's most fattening foods. But you'd be wrong!

Their national dishes have nothing on these artery-clogging bad boys from around the world. Here are 10 of the most decadent foods you'll find in other countries.

Acaraje, Brazil

You know what's really not great for you? Palm oil. A mere tablespoon of the stuff contains a whopping 7 grams of saturated fat — which is too bad, because saturated fat makes food taste really great.

Case in point, Brazil's acaraje: black-eyed peas formed into a ball, deep-fried in palm oil, and then stuffed with vatapa and caruru (spicy pastes made from dried shrimp, ground cashews … and more palm oil).

We feel sick just looking at it. Picture: Fernanda Ramalho. Source: Flickr

Churros, Spain

Forget your boring breakfast of Special K and skim milk. In Spain, a popular way for locals to start the day is with a meal of churros.

These fried-dough pastries are dipped in sugar and cinnamon and then — here's the fat kicker — dipped in a thick hot-chocolate drink. Talk about a morning sugar rush!

But they taste soooo good. Source: ThinkStock

Poutine, Canada

On its own, the humble potato is a relatively healthy starch. But in the hands of Canadians, it becomes poutine — French fries smothered in gravy and cheddar-cheese curds.

This cheesy dish is so popular that it's even sold at Burger King in Canada, where (according to the chain's nutritional information) the dish contains 740 calories and 41 grams of fat.

And that's just the traditional version. There are entire restaurants that solely serve varieties of poutine.

Smoke's Poutinerie dishes up Triple Pork Poutine (with chipotle pulled pork, double-smoked bacon, and Italian sausage), Nacho Grande Poutine (with homemade chilli, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and jalapeño peppers), and Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine (with prime ground beef, double-smoked bacon, and cheese sauce).

A plate of Canadian cholesterol. Picture: mastermaq. Source: Flickr

Khachapuri, Georgia

Eating off a plate is so boring. What if your food were served up inside a bread boat instead — and what if the bread boat were filled with melted cheese?

Georgians have the right idea with their khachapuri. It's a bread bowl that is stuffed with melted cheese and topped with an egg and a large pad of butter!

Who doesn't like a boat of cheese? Picture: Danielaorexplode. Source: Flickr

Nutella Crepes, France

Just one serving (2 tablespoons) of sweet, chocolatey Nutella spread has 200 calories (110 of which are from fat). And when using a spoon (or a finger) to eat the hazelnut spread straight out of the jar just isn't enough, you'll want to head to France for a Nutella crepe.

There, many street carts and restaurants fry up batter in butter and make thin pancake-like pockets in which to deliver your Nutella. Even better, the crepes are usually topped with powdered sugar and sometimes even whipped cream.

Just because crepes are thin doesn't mean they're healthy. Picture: Carlosficto. Source: Flickr

Aligot, France

You know the stereotype that French women don't get fat? We have to wonder how that's possible when a dish like aligot is served up in the country's L'Aubrac region.

Aligot is made with mashed potatoes, butter, cream, garlic, and melted cheese, all whipped together into a thick, rich dish.

According to calorie-counting website FatSecret , 1 tablespoon of aligot contains 6 per cent of the recommended daily amount of saturated fat.

This looks like a giant piece of mozzarella. Picture: Tavallai. Source: Flickr

Deep-Fried Mars Bars, Scotland

After you've tried the deep-fried fish and deep-fried potatoes in Scotland, what should you have for dessert? A Mars bar — deep-fried, of course. Who wouldn't love a chocolate bar gone all melty and encased in a satisfyingly crunchy shell of fried dough?

Answer: The Mars candy company, which reportedly feels that the deep-fried dessert is not in line with the company's goal of promoting a "healthy, active" lifestyle. Because, you know, nothing says healthy like chocolate candy!

So right or so wrong? Picture: Christian Cable. Source: Flickr

Jalebi, India

Sure, plain ol' fried dough is unhealthy on its own. But India really steps up the game with jalebi, deep-fried dough that is soaked in a sugary syrup.

The colour of these says enough. Picture: clicheshots. Source: Flickr

Calzone, Italy

Did you know that a traditional calzone uses the same amount of dough as an entire pizza — and that it's meant to serve four people? Or did you, um, think that the whole delicious calzone was all for you?

We have the Campania region of Italy to thank for birthing this version of pizza that is even unhealthier than the original.

In a calzone, tomatoes, mozzarella, and other traditional pizza toppings are stuffed into an easy-to-eat dough pocket and then served.

Homemade heart attacks. Picture: Dario Alvarez. Source: Flickr

Ramen, Japan

Ramen has exploded in popularity over the last few years — and we don't mean the sad, dehydrated Cup Noodles kind of ramen, either. We're talking about the traditional Japanese soup dish, consisting of noodles in broth, topped with a variety of meats and vegetables.

Soup is basically a health food, right? Unfortunately, the broth (often made with beef, lard, and oil) really packs a fat punch, even if the noodles aren't fried.

Don't let a Japanese soup fool you. Picture: avlxyz. Source: Flickr

This story appeared in the Huffington Post .


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