‘I have no regrets’: the world through Kylie’s eyes

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Kylie Minogue is in Australia to launch a new range of glasses bearing her name. She told Daily Life about how she’s coped with the break-up of her engagement to Joshua Sasse, and the plans for her new album. What made you decide to do a range of eye wear, especially at this time in your life/career?

I’m celebrating 30 years of making music, and for me this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate a new creative process. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 22, so optical and sunglasses are a part of my everyday life, and this felt very authentic and exciting. Celebrity collaborations are a dime a dozen. What makes this one different?

The collection is inspired by my own life and is made for everyone who wears glasses and looks for quality and style. I had to really stop and think about how I wear my own glasses, what makes me choose a certain style and lens, on what occasions I wear them, how they make me feel and how I could create a collection for others to enjoy. I started by amassing all the various frames I own, some of which are over 20 years old. They were so diverse – designer brands, cheap and cheerful as well as vintage frames. It really didn’t matter where they came from, rather, they all represented a different era, style or purpose. What was the most interesting thing you learned from working on the project?

There was so much to consider – from shape, size and colour to texture, materials and finishing touches. I wanted styles that I would wear and styles that might not necessarily suit me but would work for my friend or loved one.

Glasses are not only functional but can be a great way to express yourself and to change your look. As frames around your eyes, glasses are perhaps one of the most important aspects of how you style yourself. I like to be able to go from functional in the day, to a little more glamour in the evening, but it’s not just about day and night, it’s about glasses to match your mood or style on any given day. With hindsight, what career and personal decisions would you have made differently?

Hindsight is illuminating but not always what we want to see. I certainly wished I hadn’t stressed quite as much or had such insecurity at times. I wish I had trusted my instincts on some occasions when I didn’t and I wish I had listened to better advice when I didn’t. But overall, I have to look at the glass as half full and acknowledge that I am all of the moments of my life, the good and the not so good. Hah, there’s definitely some fashion moments I would rather forget! What’s a song you wish you had written?

Oh God, where to even start!? I just heard Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time on the radio today and as it’s fresh in my mind and I have always loved it, I’ll go with that one for starters! You’ve had some ups and downs this year, how are you feeling?

I feel great actually. It’s not been the easiest times of late but that [her split from fiance Joshua Sasse] is a purely personal matter and I have no regrets. Life is about love and experience and learning and evolving and I am richer and thankful for all of the experiences in my life. I’m also very touched and thankful for the generous support from my fans.

Looking ahead, I’ve already started to work on my new album. Being back in the studio and working with a new team, everything feels really fresh and exciting. The early stage of the recording process is always energising and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. At a time like this, what is the best advice to get?

My current motto is to go for it, whatever it is that inspires you. Having said that, I am mindful of achieving the right balance in my life and am working hard on that also. To enjoy the little moments of goodness when they appear, to be present with the people I love and to spread light wherever possible.

The Kylie Minogue Eyewear collection, exclusive to Specsavers, will be available in stores nationwide from Thursday.

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Hunter BreakfastTuesday, March 7, 2017

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MORNING SHOT: INSTA @emmabg_ Did enjoy the weather over the weekend 👌🏻🌩Hunter roads: All Hunter roads are clear this morning.

Hunter trains: There is a good service on the Central Coast and Newcastle line and the Hunter line.

Hunter weather: Partly cloudy with a slight of showers in Newcastle (23 degrees), Raymond Terrace is in for a cloudy day with showers (22 degrees), cloudy day for Maitland with showers (25 degrees) and a cloudy day with a medium chance of showers in Scone (26 degrees).

​►A GROUP of Hunter MPs and community representatives flewto RAAF Base Amberley base on Monday for an up-close look at an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter –the futuristic jetbound for RAAF Base Williamtown from December 2018. More here.

​►A BARMAN who repeatedly raped a drunkpatron during a sickening two-hour ordeal at a Newcastle pub, in which the victim was either unconscious or barely conscious,has been jailed for a maximum of 12 years and seven months. More here.

​►PORT Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s shotgun wedding proposal to Dungog Shire Council last week –“Merge with us or you’ll wither and die” –has been politely sidestepped by Dungog mayor Harold Johnston. More here.

​►NEWCASTLE Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes believes would-be thieves who broke into her council-issued car were opportunistic and not targeting her specifically. More here.

​►MEN of certain professions often downplaytheir creativity but a new project likened to Newcastle’s version of Sculptures By The Sea aims to bring them out of their collective sheds. More here.

​►IF Knights fullback Dylan Phythian looked distressed as he was helped from the field at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, it was not just because of the pain in his left knee. More here.

​►When Adyn Burns was 17, he had no fear. He’d got into the habit of doing backflips. Then one day, he saw a bridge. It was 5.6 metres high. More here.

​►It’s the city’s blue ribbon heartland and Merewether is continuing its red hot run, with five properties selling under the hammer for in excess of $1 million last week. More here.

​►Two dogs that killed 15 pet chickens in a Gillieston Heights yard have been collected by a Maitland City Council ranger. More here.

​►THE family of a missing Lambton teenager say their daughter has been found safe and well after a public appeal. More here.

​►Despite the weekend drizzle, many people grabbed their gloves and bags to brave the weather for Clean Up Australia Day. More here.

​►Maitland councillor Henry Meskauskas is continuing his war against developers wanting to increase their lot yields. More here.

►AT her 105thbirthday on Monday, Coralee Wainman laughed and chatted with family and friends, fielded questions about her extraordinary life, and showed no signs of growing tired of the fuss thatsurrounds such celebrations. More here.

► Seeing Matt Stonham play his first game of football since having a seizure and collapsing on the field felt like “cycle complete” for Lake Macquarie coach Anthony Richards.More here.

► THE children from Bluebird Early Education Centre may have been the smallest Clean Up Australia Day crew in Port Stephens on the weekend, but their efforts packed a punch. More here.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► MOAMA:A 27-year-old woman has been chargedwith the murder of her five-year-old son and attempted murder by drowning of her nine-year-old son, after refusing to appear on video link in the Deniliquin Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

In a brief hearing, the charges were revised to include murder following the discovery of the boy’s body in the Murray River, near Moama, on Saturday morning.More here.

►MOUNT ISA:A Victorian man has been arrested for stealing a motor vehicleand a string of other offences afterPolice tracked him over900 kilometres through north west Queensland.More here.

Police divers search the Murray River for the five-year-old on Friday. Picture: LUKE HEMER, RIVERINE HERALD

►NEWCASTLE:When Adyn Burns was 17, he had no fear.He’d got into the habit of doing backflips.Then one day, he saw a bridge. It was 5.6 metres high.

LONG RIDE: Police eventually caught up to the offender in Charters Towers after he stole fuel in Camooweal and a car in Julia Creek.

“At a young age I was doing flips off the house,” Adyn, who lives in Newcastle, said.“Then I found that bridge. I thought that’d look pretty awesome.”

The bridge was in Dubbo, where Adyn was living at the time. It was 2006. More here.

► MAITLAND:Two dogs that killed 15 pet chickens in a Gillieston Heights yard have been collected by a Maitland City Council ranger.

Newcastle’s Adyn Burns backflipped off a bridge in Dubbo when he was 17.

The large, brown dogs wandered into the Cessnock Road property just before 11am and began terrorising the birds, which had been hand-raised by the family that lives there. (Warning: this story contains graphic content.) More here.

► KANGAROO FLAT:A seven-year-old child has avoided injury after being struck by a train.Police believe a catastrophe was avoided after a message was relayed to the V/Line driver “just in time” that the young child was on, or near, the tracks.More here.

One of the two dogs that killed the pet birds. Picture: Perry Duffin

► ORANGE:Anotherfew minutes and 100 families in Orange could have been going without food.

The driver was able to slow the train enough to avoid a serious incident, but was seconds away from a major trauma for all involved.

Vandals attacked Glenroi’s Community Centre in Gamera Road on Friday night.The centre is home toFoodCare, Glenroi Community Group, the Mergeprogram and Narcotics Anonymous.FoodCare is a not-for-profit group which providesdiscounted groceries and free milk and bread to 100 families.More here.

►CARDROSS:GuyMilson has been farming his land for the past 38 years.”People ’round here the call me a newcomer,” he said. “They tell me you haven’t had time to unpack your bags.”

Vandals attacked the Glenroi Community Centre on Friday night. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

Food security isn’t just an issue for developing countries; in Australia we’ve already experienced the perils of food shortages.But during four decades on the farm,rarely has Mr Milson seen as season as good as this one – and neither has the rest of Australia.More here.

National news Grazier Guy Milson on his property Cardross. Photo: Andrew Meares

► Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is not travelling west this week for the final gruelling days of the West Australian state election, but his government’s low standing and the taint of a resurgent Hansonism are playing their roles in the local contest.More here.

► An estimated 400 restaurants, cafes and hair and beauty salons will get a visit from the Tax Office this month, as part of the agency’s continued focus on the illegal cash economy.More here.

► The argument is self-evident: weekend penalty rates are out-of-kilter because in a modern, secular, 24/7 economy, Sunday has become just like any other day.So why pay loadings for hours that are no longer unsociable – no longer deleterious to family and home life?Here’s one reason. Because, it turns out, the loudest, clearest proponents of this change take a different view about their own leisure time.More here.

► More than half the world’s turtles and two-thirds of some bird species along Australia’s east coast are being found to have ingested plastics as the toll from pollution mounts, a leading CSIRO researcher said.More here.

National weather radarInternational news►KUALA LUMPUR:Expelled from Malaysia after the nerve agent assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport, North Korea’s ambassador packed a television set into his luggage and flew home on Monday.More here.

►JAKARTA:The sensitive topics of Papua and the impact of the worst oil spill in the history of Australia’s offshore petroleum fields have been raised in talks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Indonesia.More here.

► NORTH KOREA:If panic is a product of proximity, you can understand why Japan is extremely nervous about a surprise volley of North Korean ballistic missiles splashing down on Monday in nearby seas.And you can understand why Australians, safely a long way distant, tend to regard the latest Pyongyang provocation as just another clownish outburst by a tinpot dictator.It’s time to shake off the complacency.More here.

On this dayThe faces of Australia:Dakota BradleyWhile most11-year-olds spend the lead-up to Christmas thinking about presents, Dakota Bradley is busy preparing a hamper for police officers who have to work on December 25.

Dakota Bradley in her police-decorated bedroom.

The Raworth girlhas known since she was six that she wants to be a police officer.

She is so sure,she hasdecked out her room with police patches,toys, photos,letters and more.Read more here.

Man arrested under Bankstown balcony after allegedly murdering partner

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A man has been charged with murdering his partner after police found him lying under a neighbour’s balcony at an apartment block in Sydney’s west.

Robert Cooper, 44, will face Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday charged with murdering his partner Donna Green, 55, in what police will allege in court was a domestic violence-related attack at their apartment in Bankstown.

Concerned family members contacted police about 7.30pm on Sunday when they could not get in touch with Ms Green at the apartment on De Witt Street.

When officers entered the apartment that night, they found Ms Green not breathing.

Police performed CPR on her until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived, but she could not be revived and died at the scene.

Homicide Squad detectives and officers from the Bankstown Local Area Command launched an investigation into her death.

On Monday, Mr Cooper was discovered lying under the front balcony of a neighbour’s apartment.

Two elderly neighbours told Channel Seven that they found the man underneath their ground-floor balcony in a very confined space.

“He was under there for about half an hour before the police turned up,” the man said.

“Police said ‘Oh, Mr Cooper, we’ve got a warrant for your arrest’.”

Mr Cooper was arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station. He had no shoes on and appeared to be limping as he was loaded into a police vehicle.

He was charged with one count of murder, and was refused police bail before his scheduled court appearance on Tuesday.

A neighbour, Leon Sofilas, told Channel Seven he heard yelling and smashing bottles on Saturday night coming from the apartment where Ms Green died.

It was not immediately clear when she allegedly was attacked.

“There was a lot of smashing, yelling, screaming, beer bottles being smashed, and then silence,” Mr Sofilas said.

“I could have helped. Like what if .. what if I had’ve went and knocked on the door?”

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‘We elected a guy with that hair?’: Letterman takes aim at ‘Trumpy’

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Alec Baldwin, whose impersonations of US president Donald Trump have become must-watch television, deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom, says former late night talk show king David Letterman.

“Sadly, he’s not going to get it from this president,” he adds.

Letterman, who was a prominent figure in American late night TV for 33 years, offered Baldwin high praise in a wide-ranging interview with New Yorker magazine in which he took clear aim at America’s commander-in-chief.

“Trump’s the president and he can lie about anything from the time he wakes up to what he has for lunch and he’s still the president; I don’t get that,” says Letterman.

“I’m tired of people being bewildered about everything he says,” Letterman adds. “We gotta stop that and instead figure out ways to protect ourselves from him.”

The 69-year-old US television legend, who retired in 2015, says he has known Trump since the 1980s and would not easily have been swayed by his new-found presidential “fame”.

“I was one of a few people who had routinely interviewed him,” Letterman says. “I’m not blinded by the white-hot light of ‘president-elect.’ I mean, we elected a guy with that hair?”

In those days, Letterman says, Trump was generally regarded as a “joke of a wealthy guy”.

“We didn’t take him seriously,” Letterman says. “He’d sit down and I would just start making fun of him. He never had any retort.

“He was big and doughy and you could beat him up,” Letterman added. “He seemed to have a good time and the audience loved it and that was Donald Trump.”

Letterman also revealed he and his 13-year-old son Harry refer to Trump as “Trumpy”.

In the interview with journalist David Marchese, Letterman criticised Trump’s anti-media agenda and described his chief strategist Steve Bannon as “the Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

“How is a white supremacist the chief adviser to our president?” Letterman says. “Did anybody look that up?”

Letterman also described press secretary Sean Spicer as “a boob who just got out of a cab and now here he is” and senior adviser Stephen Miller as “creepy”.

Miller is the presidential adviser who told a US interviewer in a shrill tone: “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Letterman noted presidential adviser (and former Trump campaign manager) Kellyanne Conway was a favourite.

“This thing about her telling everyone, go buy Ivanka’s shoes. Then they had to counsel her. Boy, if this administration decides you need counselling, whoa.”

Letterman also took aim at the administration’s targeting of transgender students.

“Are you kidding me? You’re a human, I’m a human. We’re breathing the same air,” he said. “Who the f— are you to throw a log in the road of somebody who has a different set of difficulties in life?”

A portion of the conversation between Letterman and Marchese was dedicated to the present landscape of late night talk shows, many of which use political satire as drawcard.

Notably, The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon was criticised for what was seen as a soft interview with Trump.

“It’s like criticising a penguin for not flying,” Letterman said of the interview, suggesting he felt Fallon’s hosting style was not naturally combative.

“I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump,” Letterman adds.

“But the thing about it is, you don’t have to concoct a complicated satirical premise to joke about Donald Trump.”

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Donald Trump’s revised travel ban omits Iraq but still doesn’t please its critics

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1. Trump’s new travel order

Donald Trump has signed off on his second version of his so-called ‘Muslim Ban’ after his first was struck down by the courts. [Executive Order]

The second is drastically revised. It omits Iraq – which the US is partnering with to defeat Islamic State right now in Mosul and across the border in Syria. [Reuters]

It still applies to Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It will not apply to existing visa holders and still bans refugees for 120 days, but it makes no distinction between refugees from Syria or elsewhere, as the previous order did.

Travel ban 2.0 has 10 days before it comes into effect (March 16) unlike the first order, which took effect immediately and sparked nationwide chaos. [Full summary of differences]

Optics wise, Trump signed this order off-camera (the White House later issued a photo) and sent out the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to address the media and set out the case for the ban. They did not take any questions.

The ACLU, which halted Trump’s first travel ban, is vowing to take the second to court, describing it as “prejudice rewritten.” 2. Aust politics

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Turnbull is considering a fresh push from within the bureaucracy to establish a Department of Homeland Security, which has been vigorously opposed every time it’s been proposed. [Peter Hartcher/The Sydney Morning Herald]

This would be a bad idea, Hartcher elaborates in a comment piece. [Fairfax]

Iraq’s Ambassador to Australia has warned of “sleeping colonies” of extremist recruiters using money to lure young Muslims to Islamic State. [Primrose Riordan/The Australian]

From me. A Liberal source tells me the WA party’s polling is far worse than the published polls and Colin Barnett is bracing for a wipeout with polling conducted one week ago showing the Liberals behind 57-43. [Fairfax]

Labor’s Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen looks to give an interesting speech to the Lowy Institute – he will argue the Coalition’s preference for bilateral trade deals is the ‘third-best outcome’ and that Australia should be focusing on regional and multilateral deals, a slightly unfashionable view given the failure of the Doha trade talks and now the likely collapse of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Donald Trump opposes. [Philip Coorey/Financial Review]

Mark Kenny called the major organisations who called for Sunday penalty rates to be abolished on a Sunday and none of them answered. [Fairfax]

Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells wants to introduce a “reasonable person” test to resolve the deadlock over Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act which makes it unlawful to “insult” or “offend” a person based on their race. [Oped/The Australian]

Leadership speculation: Tony Abbott’s friend Catherine McGregor says the former PM thinks Turnbull will fall after the budget but that he himself blew his chances at making a comeback by being too impatient, which is Tony Abbott in a nutshell, full stop. [The Daily Telegraph]

Abbott is back overseas – in Poland today and in London later this week. 3. The ABC

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie. Photo: Andrew Meares

Hundreds of middle and upper managers are set to lose their jobs in major redundancies to be announced today at the initiation of the ABC’s new managing director Michelle Guthrie. [Quentin Dempster/The New Daily]

Meanwhile, News Corp, which owns Sky, is quoting female Sky News presenters criticising their rivals at the ABC for installing women into prominent broadcasting roles usually held by male presenters to mark International Women’s Day. [The Daily Telegraph] 4. Murdoch’s Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch, Jerry Hall and Lachlan Murdoch leave Kirribilli House after a Malcolm Turnbull event for big business in January. Photo: Christopher Pearce

And in the UK, Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s bid to acquire Sky has hit a hurdle.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has given a statement to the Commons confirming she is referring the proposed takeover to the nation’s communications regulator Ofcom.

The minister cited media plurality and News Corporation’s behaviour in the past as two of the areas where she would be “minded” to intervene. This does not bode well for Murdoch, who already owns two newspapers in Britain – The Times and The Sun – as well as a stake in Sky.

But the minister told the Commons she has not taken a decision.

Labor’s Tom Watson, who led the attack over the News of the World hacking scandal, immediately asked if Ofcom would consider evidence provided to the Leveson inquiry.

Ofcom can consider all evidence, the minister said.

An armed British police officer on security patrol outside the Ministry of Defence in London earlier this month. Photo: Bloomberg

Also making news in Britain: authorities say they have thwarted 13 Paris-style Islamic state inspired terror attacks since June 2013. [BBC] 5. Russia urges restraint after North Korean missiles

The Pentagon is leaving open the possibility that North Korea fired more than the four ballistic missiles that landed in the Sea of Japan.

“There may be a higher number of launches that we’re not commenting on. But four landed and splashed in the Sea of Japan,” a Pentagon spokesman said. [Reuters]

The missiles represent “a new kind of threat,” says Japan’s Shinzo Abe. [Japan Times]

Russia is urging restraint by “all parties” saying a “political and diplomatic” solution is needed. [Sputnik International] 6. French elections

Former French PM Alain Jupp?? says he will not seek to replace conservative candidate Francois Fillon ahead of next month’s first presidential poll. Fillon is due to be placed under formal investigation next week. [France 24]

Jupp?? lost to Fillon in the primary. Ordinarily, a runner-up ruling themselves out once and for all would prompt a sigh of relief.

But Jupp?? says he’s not running because it would be way too difficult to unite the party with voters drifting to centrist Macron and on the right to the Front National leader Marine Le Pen. [Reuters]

Gideon Rachman on the implications of the populist right in Europe and across the world and its effect in isolating Germany is an excellent read. [Financial Times]

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