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Buddy Franklin involved in Rose Bay car crash

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 19.39

Three cars involved in the crash / Picture: Craig McDonald/Twitter Source: Supplied

SYDNEY Swans $10m recruit Lance "Buddy" Franklin has been caught in a new bingle.

The club's star recruit was interviewed by police after a car crash in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Franklin, 27, was understood to have been driving along New South Head Road, Rose Bay, near Cranbrook Road, when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into four parked cars, about 7.05pm Wednesday night.

The car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, is believed to belong to his girlfriend, television presenter and model Jesinta Campbell.

Photos of the crash quickly appeared on Twitter with Rose Bay resident Craig McDonald tweeting: "Buddy Franklin has just totalled three parked cars on New South Head road outside my place."

Pictures show the 4WD smashed head-on into the vehicles, causing serious damage to the hood and deflating the air-bags.

Police attended the scene and were seen taking a statement from Franklin about the crash.

A spokesman from Rose Bay police station said Franklin returned a negative blood alcohol test.

Police said no one was injured in the crash and the driver, who they described as 27-year-old man from Bondi, was believed to be travelling alone at the time.

Franklin left the scene with friends and his car was towed away.

Rose Bay resident Phoebe Edwards, owner of one of the vehicles, said: "I just came out to take the rubbish out and someone has wiped out the back of my car."

It's not the first time Franklin has experienced car trouble since relocating to Sydney.

Earlier this year teammate Dan Hannebery crashed Franklin's Mercedes.

"Franklin had lent the car to teammate Dan Hannebery. Franklin was not driving nor was he a passenger in the car," the club said at the time.

One of the cars involved in the crash / Picture: Simon Palan/Twitter Source: Supplied

Model Jesinta Campbell and boyfriend Buddy Franklin / Picture: Instagram Source: Supplied


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Klitschko takes bizarre to new level

Boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko speaks at the pre-fight press conference. Source: AP

EVEN by heavyweight boxing standards, the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai press conference at Dusseldorf's InterContinental Hotel was a little on the weird side.

And that's not counting the bizarre appearance of former champ Shannon Briggs who gatecrashed the event, ripped off his T-shirt then called Klitschko a chump and Leapai a bum before dropping to the carpet to punch out a series of push-ups.

No, I'm talking about the respect and seemingly genuine affection with which the undisputed champion addressed the challenger.

"Alex," he said at one point, "welcome to the big time".

It was a long way from Mike Tyson telling Lennox Lewis, "I want to eat your children".

Not once did Klitschko send an even slightly derogatory or threatening remark Leapai's way as he embarked on a series of heartfelt and often rambling answers to questions that included quotes from Nelson Mandela and references to the collected works of Sylvester Stallone ("If you have love anything is possible. Rocky had love. He loved Adrian.")

Klitschko even stuck around long enough after the formal proceedings to take part in a Kodak moment happy snap with Leapai and his family.

The big bloke seemed almost too good to be true, which raises the question: is he too good to be true?

Alex Leapai had to be physically restrained after American heavyweight Shannon Briggs crashed the official pre-fight media conference and produced a bizarre 15-minute tirade against the Australian.

At first glance you'd have to say no, Wladimir Klitschko and his older brother Vitali are exactly what they seem: your average everyday polite, quietly spoken, socially and politically conscious, heavyweight boxing champion, patron of the arts PhDs.

At 38, Wladimir is younger of the two by four years. He is also the shorter, by three centimetres. Seeing him up close for the first time, his size is one thing that is not quite as impressive as expected.

True, at 198cms, or 6'6", he is no midget, but neither is he the gigantic superhuman that his more excitable publicists would have us believe. He is a big, quite lean heavyweight, that is all. Around the same height but less heavy set than the likes of Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe, and a good five inches shorter than former world champ, Nikolai "The Russian Giant" Valuev.

At Tuesday's media conference his height was accentuated as he stood beside 183cm Leapai, although their contrast is nothing in comparison to that between Klitschko and his petite American actor fiancee Hayden Panetierre who barely comes up to his waist.

He and Panetierre share an interest in social activism. She is a campaigner against the slaughter of whales and both addressed crowds in Klitschko's native Ukraine during recent political unrest.

It is unknown if Panetierre, the face of the Neutrogena cosmetics range whose on-screen credits include a seminal role in Scream 4, shares her fiancee's love of chess, golf and contemporary art, but she has appeared at several events sponsored by his personal charity which raises funds to aid underprivileged children in Africa and South America.

Wladimir Klitschko has hit back at reports that his camp set up the Shannon Briggs' press conference invasion, in fact the heavyweight champion has pointed the finger at Alex Leapai.

Both Kiltschko and his brother, who retired from boxing to concentrate on Ukrainian politics, are ambassadors for UNESCO.

Like I said, he seems almost too good to be true and if there is a possible skeleton in the Klitschko closet, it comes in the shape of anabolic steroids.

Vitali was thrown off the 1996 Ukrainian Olympic team after testing positive to a banned substance which he claimed was prescribed for a leg injury. Wladimir took his place and won gold.

Although neither Klitschko has ever failed a test during their professional careers rumours of steroid use have dogged the brothers for years.

In the lead-up to their 2011 fight Englishman David Haye joked about Wladimir Klitschko's dependence on performance enhancing drugs and later that year when Klitschko was hospitalised for kidney stones, conspiracy theorists were quick to point out long-term steroid use as a possible cause.

The Klitschko camp has steadfastly denied any drug use but has been criticised for refusing to allow specific testing for steroids at several fights.

Another area of the Klitschko brothers activities which has raised eyebrows is their involvement in a series of what could probably be described as "graphic but artistic" nude photographs.

Opinions about the pictures have probably attracted as much if not more online traffic than the debate over possible drug use — and reached precisely the same dead end.

Best just to put them in the same category as Tuesday's media conference. Weird.


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Is Gina really quitting Real Housewives?

Gina Liano with her partner of eight years, Dean Giannarelli. Source: News Limited

The season finale of The Real Housewives of Melbourne screens this Sunday night, and as the show heats up, so too do the real-life goings-on of the women involved.

In fact, it seems that most of the Housewives drama is happening off-screen at the moment. Here's a wrap-up of the craziest Real Housewives scandals of the past few days:

1) THAT anonymous blog post

Online reaction to the show in recent weeks has been almost unanimous in its support for barrister Gina Liano, who has appeared, on camera, to show remarkable restraint in the face of verbal attacks by Andrea, Lydia, and friend of 20 years Janet.

On Sunday, an anonymous blog appeared online that presented an alternative view of the show's public favourite.

Letter2Gina is a prolonged, badly-written attack on Liano written by someone who claims to have worked on the show. Among the cheap digs — Gina wears too much perfume, she smokes on set (yawn) — were intimations that Gina's positive portrayal on the show is perhaps due to her litigious, controlling nature.

Fact or fiction? Either way, the blog gained traction when fellow Housewife Lydia retweeted it — causing many to question whether she was in fact behind the anonymous post. Oh warw.

Lydia retweeted a link to the offending blog post. Source: Twitter

Foxtel have denied the blog post came from anybody in their camp, posting a statement on the RHOM Facebook page that reads in part:

Some of you may have seen an anonymous blog that appeared on social media recently. This blog has nothing to do with Arena, Foxtel or the production company, Matchbox Pictures and while social media discussion about the series is welcome, we encourage everyone to be respectful when making any comments about the housewives.

2) Gina's man unmasked

Yes, he of the 'geographically impossible' relationship — Gina's partner of eight years, who Jackie 'psychically predicted' had cheated on her in the first episode. After a temporary break, the pair have reconciled. The mystery man is Florida-based Australian property developer Dean Giannarelli, and while the pair were spotted at last month's Melbourne Grand Prix, Liano told TV Week she had no plans to settle down.

'I don't think marriage is what either of us needs," she said.

Dean Giannarelli and Gina Liano at last month's Grand Prix. Picture By Julie Kiriacoudis Source: News Corp Australia

3) Will Gina quit the show?

She's hinted as much in an interview with TV Week. "I think it would be difficult for me to put myself in that position again," Gina told them.

"When I went into it the first time, I had no idea I would be targeted and it would be such a hate campaign."

It seems unlikely she would leave the show, though, given her status as the audience favourite. Just look at the current result of this poll over on fansite iRealHousewives, with more than 3,000 people voting for their favourite Melbourne Housewife:

Results of the 'favourite Housewife' poll. Look, Andrea and Lydia could charge up to the front at any moment. Source: Supplied

4) Has the bullying gone too far?

As the slanging matches on the show have escalated in recent weeks, Mama Mia's resident recapper even quit her post in dramatic style, declaring that the show "is awful and I don't want to write about it anymore." (Fear not, dear reader, we'll continue to bring you our weekly recaps. We're going to see this thing out to the bitter end, together).

In particular, Housewives Lydia and Andrea seem to have been caught by surprise at the public backlash against them, and two weeks ago forced producers to edit out some of their harsher comments about Gina at the last minute.

Housewives Lydia (l) and Andrea have faced a barrage of online criticism from fans of the show. Picture Simon Cross Source: News Corp Australia

We can reveal that review DVDs of the show, which usually arrive at news.com.au more than a week in advance, have still not been sent out for Sunday's finale. Foxtel say the episode, filmed months ago, is still being edited. The preview at the tail-end of last week's episode teased an epic showdown between Gina and Andrea that ended with Gina calling her nemesis a 'f**king moron'. Will that scene even make the cut come Sunday?

5) Just what will be revealed on the reunion show?

As public criticism has grown louder, several of the ladies have taken to Twitter to promise that 'all will be revealed' on the Alex Perry-hosted reunion show, already filmed and screening in two parts from May 4. Will we finally learn the details of that legal email Gina forwarded to the other ladies? Will Andrea and Lydia explain to viewers exactly why they've attacked Gina so much in recent weeks? And will Jackie ever stop saying 'Shine shine shine'?

The Real Housewives of Melbourne will feature six new housewives who enjoy the lavish, pampered and cultured lifestyle who own private jets, amazing homes and are married to high profile businessmen, including one to a rock star and another to a plastic surgeon

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MKR’s final four teams revealed

My Kitchen Rules contestants Helena and Vikki Moursellas are in the final four. Source: News Corp Australia

IT'S been a long haul, but MKR's grand final week teams have finally been revealed.

Victorian twins Helena and Vikki, SA mums Bree and Jessica, WA besties Chloe and Kelly and QLD surfer dads Paul and Blair are your top four teams for 2014.

The very last team to cook in tonight's ultimate instant restaurant round, Helena and Vikki, were trailing top scorers Paul and Blair, sitting comfortably on the top of the leaderboard with 70 points.

While the twins' overall score of 65 couldn't trump the dads, it was enough to signal elimination for Tassie girls Thalia and Bianca.

Sent home: Thalia and Bianca were eliminated during Wednesday night's episode. Source: News Corp Australia

"We came with a love of food, but we are leaving with a true passion and we know that this is what we want to do with the rest of our lives," Bianca said of her time on the show.

Thalia added: "I got to cook alongside my best friend. I'm so glad we got to do this together."

Sticking to a mostly Greek menu, the twins went in fairly confident tonight. An early hiccup with the octopus entree saw Helena rattled and forced to head back to the shop to buy more seafood.

Tassie bestiest Thalia and Bianca have been eliminated from the show while Helena and Vikki remain in the competition. Courtesy: My Kitchen Rules.

But the girls regained their composure and were given a near perfect score from the judges for their first dishes of the night. Pete said his kataifi wrapped prawns with zucchini salad were"a celebration of all of produce the ladies used."

Their mains - lemon and oregano lamb with Greek beans and Piri Piri quail with saffron rice - were less of a hit but Manu said the quail was cooked to perfection.

Helena and Vikki's desserts, a hazelnut mousse cake and galaktoboureko with ice cream and grilled figs, also failed to find favour with the judges. Pete said his mousse cake was his least favourite dish of the night and that the use of macadamia nuts on top puzzled him.

The girls scored 24 out of 40 from their guests, with Chloe and Kelly unsurprisingly awarding them just five out of 10.

Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay have scored a spot in MKR's top four. Source: News Limited

The battle for MKR's $250,000 prize money begins on Sunday night, with Paul and Blair facing off against Chloe and Kelly in the first semi-final. The winning team will head straight to Tuesday night's grand final.

Monday night's second semi-final pits mums Bree and Jessica against twins Helena and Vikki to determine the second grand final team.


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Debris washes up near WA beach

All the news you need to know.

DEBRIS washed up on a West Australian beach is being examined and photographed in a bid to find out if it has anything to do with missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

The debris was found washed ashore on a beach, 10km east of Augusta, and was reported to police.

Authorities say it is now at Bussellton police station where it has been photographed.

The images have been sent to Malaysian officials and to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Mystery jet ... A shadow of a Royal New Zealand air force P-3 Orion aircraft involved in the search for the missing plane. Picture: Rob Griffith

The Australian-lead Joint Agency Coordination Centre said the photos were being examined "to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370".

But the JACC would not comment further and the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Department, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, told a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur the possible debris was not confirmed to be related to the plane.

Speaking alongside the country's Defence and acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, both men initially appeared puzzled by suggestions any part of the plane could possibly have been found on a WA beach.

Later Mr Rahman said: "That's not been verified yet as a part of the aircraft, we have not received any verification, any information that is related to MH370."

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is also investigating the debris which was found this afternoon.

The debris will be given to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority later tonight.

Investigators are urging people to be cautious of the debris and its origin, saying the more they look at it, the "less excited" they are.

Another report claimed aircraft debris had been found in the Scott River in the south-west of WA.

Nine News reports three objects have washed up, one is believed to be the length of a car with "distinct rivets".

WA INVESTIGATION: Is it MH370 plane debris? Follow the updates.

The news comes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia won't be abandoning the search for MH370, even if no wreckage is located during the underwater search.

Is it MH370? ... Debris has been found near the coast off Western Australia. Source: News Corp Australia

The air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been suspended for the second day in a row due to poor weather.

Officials say heavy seas and poor visibility are making the air search ineffective and potentially hazardous.

The Prime Minister said he had "no advice whatsoever" to suggest there is any truth in claims the plane may have landed somewhere.

"Our expert advice is that the aircraft went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean, we have identified a probable impact zone, which is about 700km long, about 80km wide," Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

Waiting for news ... Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 rest during a meeting at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing. Source: AFP

Despite not finding any trace of the plane yet, the search isn't finished, he said.

"Australia will not rest until we have done everything we humanely can to get to the bottom of this mystery," Mr Abbott insisted.

"We are not going to abandon the families of the six Australian citizens that were on the plane. We are not going to let down the families of the 239 people on that plane by lightly surrendering while there is reasonable hope of finding something."

He said even if at the end of scouring the underwater search area crews locate nothing, it won't be abandoned.

"We may well rethink the search but we will not rest until we have done everything we can to solve this mystery.

"We owe it to the families of the 239 people on board, we owe it to the hundreds of millions, indeed billions of people who travel by air, to try to get to the bottom of this.

"The only way we can get to the bottom of this is to keep searching the probable impact zone until we find something or until we have searched it as thoroughly as human ingenuity allows at this time."

Malaysian authorities last night announced that an international investigations team, comprising experts from all around the world, will be set up to investigate the unprecedented missing plane.

Mr Hussein said the team would look at three aspects — operational, human and medical — but would not address criminal aspects which are being handled by the Malaysian police.

Members of the team will be announced next week. Mr Hussein said the team would work under terms of reference to be drafted by the Ministry of Transport.

And Mr Hussein also vowed that the search for the plane would continue.

He said that after the current search area, which has now been 80 per cent completed, was finished assets, including more undersea vessels, would be added to the search.

The New Straits Times quoted sources close to the investigation saying that the failure to turn up any debris at the current southern Indian Ocean search site was causing a rethink among investigators.

Sombre ... A man stands in front of a billboard in support of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have a meeting at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing. Source: AFP

The latest report comes as authorities prepare to send the robotic vehicle underwater today for mission number 10.

After being suspended yesterday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search today about 855 kilometres north west of Perth.

But again the weather may affect the effort, with heavy rain, widespread low cloud and south easterly winds predicted.

Visibility is expected to be limited to one kilometre.

Sources told the New Straits Times that they were considering revisiting the scenario that the plane had landed at an unknown location.

"The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible, as we have not found a single debris that could be linked to MH370. However, the possibility of a specific country hiding the plane when more than 20 nations are searching for it, seems absurd," the sources said.

The sources told the paper that another possibility was that the plane had crash landed in a remote spot.

Anguish ... Relatives of the missing MH370 passengers at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing. Picture: Wang Zhao Source: AFP

MH370 went missing March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing along with its crew and 227 passengers, most of them Chinese.

The hunt for the jet has focused on a search area about 1500km north west of Perth after pings believed to be from the plane's black boxes were detected there.

The air search has been suspended due to bad weather as a result of Tropical Cyclone Jack.

"It has been determined that the current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility, and would make any air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous," the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said in a statement.

Up to 10 military aircraft were part of the visual search. The 10 ships involved in the search will be able to continue their planned activities.

The unmanned submersible Bluefin-21 is still scouring the ocean depths on its ninth mission trying to locate wreckage from MH370.

So far it has searched about two thirds of the underwater area, with no contacts of interest found to date.

Unhappy with investigation ... Sarah Bajc with her boyfriend Philip Wood, a passenger on MH370. Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied

Meantime, family members of passengers lost on the missing flight have criticised the Malaysian government for an investigation they say has been mismanaged.

Appearing on US morning television, Sarah Bajc, the girlfriend of MH370 American passenger Philip Wood, told Today host Matt Lauer passengers' loved ones all just "wanted to go back to square one".

"We just don't believe they're using proper evaluative techniques to check the data," she said. "It's day 45 and we're basically on the same position we were on the first day."

Ongoing search ... The unmanned submersible Bluefin-21 is still scouring the ocean depths. Source: Getty Images


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Secret plot in Game of Thrones

Written By kom limapulan on Senin, 21 April 2014 | 19.39

As the April series premiere inches closer, here is yet another trailer for 'Game of Thrones' season 4.

There ain't nothing like the Hound, dawg. Source: Supplied

SPOILER ALERT. This article discusses major plot points from Game of Thrones episode three. If you haven't caught up yet, stop reading now.

I owe a grovelling apology to one Sansa Lannister. In all the excitement after Joffrey's death last week, I rashly pinpointed her as a prime suspect in his murder. But less than five minutes into episode three, that theory was exposed as dragon pucky.

I should have known better. Sansa has always been far too dull and, let's face it, a bit too stupid to pull off an elaborate regicide. As it happens, she was involved in Joffrey's murder, but only as the gullible tool of Westeros's schemer-in-chief, Littlefinger.

I don't remember seeing Littlefinger at the wedding feast though, so we don't know the full extent of his plot just yet. Who else was involved?

REMINDER: We're talking about the TV show here. If you've read the books, that's fantastic, but keep any earth-shattering spoilers to yourself or I'll take a leaf out of Styr's recipe book and eat your parents.

Key points

•Episode three began with the pudgy drunkard whisking Sansa out of King's Landing on a row boat. The pair met up with a mysterious ship nearby, which looked a lot like the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean, but actually belonged to Petyr Baelish. Littlefinger proceeded to tell Sansa that the necklace given to her by the drunkard - you know, the "priceless family heirloom" - was actually created on his own orders just a few weeks ago. Littlefinger didn't spell it out, but it seems as though the necklace was filled with poison, and poor, gullible Sansa was used to smuggle it into Joffrey's wedding feast.

•With that new information in mind, here's how the scheme probably unfolded. Littlefinger had the necklace created. The drunkard gave it to Sansa, pretending it was a family heirloom. Sansa then wore it to the feast. And finally, someone extracted the poison and slipped it into Joffrey's cup. We still don't know who the final conspirator was, but I'm willing to rule out Sansa, Tyrion, Margaery and Cersei.

•That leaves us with an even shorter shortlist of suspects: Olenna, who definitely fiddled with Sansa's necklace at the feast, Tywin, who may have grown tired of Joffrey's impetuous attitude, or ... Tommen. Hey, maybe the show's quietest character desperately wanted some lines.

•Speaking of the next king, Tommen appears to be far more malleable than Joffrey ever was. Tywin took the opportunity to give the youngster a history lesson over Joffrey's corpse in the High Sept. The old fox is already turning Tommen into his pawn. "A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn't," Tywin said. "A wise young king listens to his councillors and heeds their advice until he comes of age. And the wisest kings continue to listen to them long afterwards." Translation: "Do as I say, you little pipsqueak."

You're not much good to me now, Joffrey. Source: Supplied

•When Tommen and Tywin exited the High Sept, leaving Cersei and Jaime alone, we got to see the best and worst of the Kingslayer in a single scene. On the one, err, hand, he refused to condemn Tyrion without evidence. On the other, he pretty much raped Cersei right next to his son's corpse. Are we supposed to root for this guy, or is he just screwing with us? Some clarity would be nice.

•Sam and Gilly have hit the end of their magical, "Are you a wizard?"-induced honeymoon stage. Concerned for his wildling babe's safety at Castle Black, given the small army of thieves and rapists at the place, Sam sent Gilly and her son to Mole's Town, which appears to be a haven for, you guessed it, thieves and rapists. Gilly was not impressed by this attempt at chivalry.

•Stannis, despairing over the fact that he has no army, argued with Ser Davos over the merits of paying soldiers to fight. That argument appeared to be settled by the revelation that Stannis has no gold with which to pay said soldiers anyway. But then Ser Davos realised they could borrow money from the Iron Bank of Braavos.

•Tywin found Oberyn enjoying some casual nudity in a brothel, and sought to make a deal with the Dornish prince. In return for a place on the Small Council, and a meeting with Gregor Clegane (who killed Oberyn's sister), Tywin asked him to be the third judge in Tyrion's trial. He's clearly using Joffrey's death as an excuse to do some devilish diplomacy.

•Podrick brought such coveted items as a quill, parchment and some cheese to Tyrion in his cell. He then proceeded to describe the many ways in which Tyrion is screwed. When it emerged that Podrick was asked to testify against his boss at trial, Tyrion ordered him to leave the city, and a bunch of people presumably started crying in front of their TV sets.

•Finally, after almost two full episodes, we caught up with Dany as she approached Meereen. The city sent out a "champion" to meet her. He urinated on the ground, Daario killed him, then Daario urinated on the ground too. After all that silly, masculine fuss, Dany broke out her badass attitude and implored the slaves of Meereen to revolt against their masters.

Best one-liner

Arya got pretty sanctimonious when the Hound decided to rob a defenceless man and his daughter. She called him "the worst s**t in the Seven Kingdoms."

"There's plenty worse than me," he replied. "I just understand the way things are. How many Starks have they got to behead before you figure it out?"

Ouch.

Best Tywannical glare

Cersei was stewing throughout her father's conversation with Tommen in the Great Sept. "This is hardly the place or the time," she snapped at one point.

But Cersei was particularly irritated when Tywin openly criticised her dead son, Joffrey, while standing over his corpse.

"Your brother was not a wise king. Your brother was not a good king. If he had been, perhaps he would still be alive," Tywin told Tommen. Cersei said nothing. She just stared bitterly into the distance.

Nipple count

Eight. That's more like it. As you may have come to expect by now, they were all exposed in Oberyn's presence, as he enjoyed some downtime with the staff of Littlefinger's brothel.

"Hodor" count

Zilch. Hodor didn't appear in this episode. Thankfully, that means Bran, the king of boredom, was also absent.

Least appropriate sexual tension

"Why have the Gods made me love a hateful woman?" Jaime asked, just before having sex with his sister, despite her protestations, alongside the dead body of their incestuous son. It was wrong in sooooo many ways.

Most disgusting moment

The scene in which Styr told a little boy he was going to eat his parents was pretty unsettling.

He will leave you scarred for life. Source: Supplied

Most Sansastically irritating character

I'm normally a massive fan of Samwell Tarly, but he was acting like a complete fool in this episode. Gilly is obviously less safe in Mole's Town than she was at Castle Black. Obviously! And when she turns up dead or something, Sam will realise he is anything but a wizard, because he won't be able to revive her. What a silly little man.

Burning questions

•Why did Littlefinger conspire to kill Joffrey? I'm not sure what he's gained from the king's death, apart from the uplifting *cough* company of Sansa on his creepy ship.

•Will Oberyn really allow himself to be manipulated by Tywin, or is he planning something surprising and sinister?

•Will Stannis raise a sellsword army after borrowing money from the Iron Bank? If so, what will he do with it? I thought he was running off to focus on all the ice zombies up north.

What did you think of episode three? Comment below (no spoilers please), or talk to us on Twitter: @SamClench | @newscomauHQ


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MKR meltdown we didn’t see coming

On tonights MKR, Thalia and Bianca dropped to the bottom of the leaderboard. Courtesy: My Kitchen Rules

THALIA and Bianca bit off more than they could chew and dropped to the bottom of the leaderboard on My Kitchen Rules tonight.

The Tasmanian besties, the youngest team in the competition, were in a flood of tears after being hit by a wave of kitchen disasters on the Channel 7 cooking show.

They scored a disappointing 58 out of 100 — one point behind Chloe and Kelly.

Thalia and Bianca rolled out an overly ambitious menu that had judge Manu Feidel worried from the start.

Tears before bedtime ... it was all go in the kitchen, but the night ended badly for Thalia and Bianca.

The girls plated up entrees of fried silverbeet ravioli with basil filling as well as salmon rillettes with olive oil crackers. The mains were blue-eye trevalla with potato scales and pea sauce as well as pinot-braised duck with red cabbage and pear salad.

Desserts were palm sugar bavarois with poached pear as well as rhubarb and hazelnut tartlet with cinnamon ice cream.

"We have never cooked six dishes for one dinner party in our lives," Thalia admitted.

Thalia and Bianca struggled early. They had never cooked duck in pinot before and by the time the other teams arrived, they were more than an hour behind target.

Overly ambitious ... Thalia and Bianca were a little bit too adventurous with their menu. Source: Supplied

Feildel praised the pear's salmon entree — his only criticism was that the salmon was "a little overcooked" — but Evans had issues with the ravioli.

"As a dish, I'm struggling with it," Evans said. "The basil doesn't go with this fried ravioli. The silverbeet was pretty much non-existent."

Thalia and Bianca's confidence started to crumble. "It's pretty hard to pick yourself up after a negative critique," Thalia said.

The pair battled duck that wasn't crisping and potato scales that weren't sticking to the fish as the battled to plate up their mains.

"We definitely have an ambitious menu which is coming back to bite us," Bianca said. "We're so unhappy with what we're about to serve to the judges and the teams."

The tears started flowing.

Falling short ... the feisty pair struggled to come up with the goods. Source: News Corp Australia

"Everything that could have gone wrong, did," Thalia said. "These are our worst dishes in the competition and they're supposed to be our best."

"This looks horrible — I don't even want to serve it," Bianca said as she scoped the mains.

Feildel wasn't impressed with his trevalla, which he said was overcooked, but Evans was much more praiseworthy about the duck.

"I think your emotions are getting to you because if you had tried what I had you'd be very impressed," Evans said. "The duck was cooked to perfection — falling off the bone. This is home cooking at its best and you should be very proud of what you've created."

Another pair of wannabe chefs, mother and daughter duo Cathy and Anna have been eliminated from the show. Courtesy: My Kitchen Rules

The desserts were another mixed bag — and came after another hiccup when Bianca slipped and lost a tart and ice cream, which caused more tears.

Evans said the bavarois should have been set more and was too spiced. It was his least favourite dish of the night. Feildel loved the tart base and hazelnut but felt the rhubarb wasn't cooked enough.

In the end, Evans scored Thalia and Bianca 4 for entree, 9 for main, and 3 for dessert. Feildel scored them 8 for entree, 5 for main, and 7 for dessert. The Tassie girls scored 5 out of 10 from Bree and Jessica as well as Chloe and; Kelly, and 6 out of 10 from Helena and Vikki and Paul and Blair.

"We feel absolutely devastated," Thalia said after the scores were announced.

There are two instant restaurants to go. Tomorrow night Bree and Jessica plate up. Paul and Blair head the leaderboard with 70 points followed by Chloe and Kelly with 59. Helena and Vikki are still to cook.


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Kim Novak admits face work, slams Oscar bullies

From Vertigo to now, Hollywood hottie Kim Novak as she looks today on stage at the Oscars.

Kim Novak on the Oscars red carpet earlier this year. Source: NewsComAu

VETERAN actress Kim Novak has lashed out at the "bullies" who mocked and criticised her appearance at the Academy Awards last month.

The 81-year-old, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, said she was too humiliated to leave her house after the wave of ridicule and jokes made about her slow speech and rigid appearance while presenting an award alongside young actor Matthew McConaughey.

In an open letter on Facebook, she said she regretted taking medication to help her relax before the Oscars because "it affected my behaviour."

Kim Novak has a message for those shocked by her appearance at the Oscars: Mind your own business. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

"However, I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives. We need to stand up to them in a healthy way by speaking out, working out and acting out.

"I am speaking out now because I don't want to harbour unhealthy feelings inside me anymore." Addressing what she called "the elephant in the room," she added in the posting: "Years ago, I walked away from Hollywood partially because I didn't stand up to the bullies.

Novak as she appeared in the 1958 film "Vertigo". Source: News Limited

"I caved in to the pressure instead of fighting for what I felt was right ... and I didn't have the courage to prove myself to my peers through my work." She continued: "After my appearance on the Oscars this year, I read all the jabs. I know what Donald Trump and others said." Trump had tweeted, "Kim should sue her plastic surgeon!" after her appearance at Hollywood's biggest occasion on March 2.

Novak said she would not deny that she had had fat injections in her face.

"They seemed far less invasive than a facelift," she wrote. "In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can and I feel better when I look better."

She contrasted the negative reaction in the US to that when she was honoured at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

"I received an overwhelming standing ovation. Yet, in Hollywood, after the Oscars, I was bullied by the press and the public on the internet and TV," she wrote.

Novak presented an award with Matthew McConaughey in one of the most talked-about segments of the night. Picture: AP Source: AP


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Now THAT’S a top day of footy

Tom Hawkins has booted five goals with Geelong, trumping reigning premiers Hawthorn by 19 points.

The Wests Tigers have edged out Parramatta to win 21-18 in front of more than 50,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.

That's 12 of the last 13, for the record. And Hawthorn reckons there's no such thing as the Kennett curse. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

WOW. Anyone got something for a sore thumb? Your reporter has just spent the most fantastically entertaining afternoon surfing the remote between two of the best football games you'll ever see.

The football season, which in both the AFL and NRL had sort of bumbled and stumbled along with no clearly defined storyline to date, is now officially on.

Here's what we know after an epic Easter Monday afternoon of footy action.

We know that the two teams who came last and second-last respectively in last year's NRL – the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels – are both the real deal in 2014.

And we know that the AFL premiership does not belong exclusively to Hawthorn, and that Geelong, the most consistently excellent team in football since 2007, is still as genuine a threat as ever.

In the NRL, the Tigers won 21-18. In truth, the Eels were the better team. They outscored the Tigers four tries to three. Jarryd Hayne is a genius. He is both playmaker and dangerous runner, and NSW could do a lot worse than consider him for the number six jersey.

Hayne was both a train and a plane tonight. And a real pain for the Tigers defence. Pic. Phil Hillyard Source: News Corp Australia

Chris Sandow is also finally actually earning the big bucks he's been pocketing for years now, while the outside backs and forwards are big, fast and skilful.

All that still somehow wasn't enough. Before a brilliant crowd by Sydney standards of 50,000 at ANZ stadium, the Tigers gutsed a win out in a manner which, let's be honest, was largely out of character for a team which has always been known for excitement rather than grit.

The Tigers scored two tries from intercepts and/or loose balls, with the boot of the evergreen Pat Richards and nerveless 19-year-old pat Richards ultimately proving the difference. It was a win grabbed rather than earned. But win they did.

Luke Brooks kicks the winning field goal. The teenager has poise beyond his years (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

So this we can now say with confidence. Both the Eels and Tigers are going places this year. Not saying either team will jog a victory lap, but there was nothing flukey about the play by both teams today, nothing sketchy, nothing overly loose. It was tough, entertaining football of a type which symbolised not just the rise of last year's dual cellar dwellers, but the genuine premiership aspirations of just about every team in the competition.

Manly, Melbourne, the Roosters and Rabbitohs no longer have this thing to themselves. That's the ultimate take home.

In the AFL, Geelong and Hawthorn entered today's match as competition front-runners. Whoever won would remain unbeaten and probably tear away from the pack. Most people thought that would be Hawthorn. They didn't reckon on a force of nature, who Bruce McAvaney, in his inimitably excitable and slightly drooling way, calls "Stevie J". The Cats went on to win 15.16 (106) to 12.15 (87)

He's getting better with age. Picture Jason Edwards. Source: News Corp Australia

Every time you thumb-flicked the TV back to the AFL, Steve Johnson had the ball and did something intelligent with it. With him and Hawkins and Bartel and Selwood, there is still much to love about the Cats' premiership chances. The bookies aren't yet convinced. The Cats remain third favourite behind the Hawks and Dockers, but you know that old saying about betting against champions…

So now we have a narrative in the AFL as well. We've got two or three standout teams at the top with an honourable mention to the rising Port Power. Then there's a pack of willing chasers who may or may not improve. The competition is still not as open as the NRL. But at least we know the Hawks are beatable.

Whatever the long term ramifications, this afternoon's action has really kick-started the season in both codes.

It's been hard to get a handle on the footy this year, no matter which code you follow. But now we've got something to chew on. In Australia's two biggest cities, in our two biggest stadiums, in a season when crowds have been at times disappointing, our two biggest codes today stood up and showed why so many people care – and why we should keep caring.

Here's hoping we see a few more afternoons like it.


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Mourners farewell tragic Peaches

The autopsy on Peaches Geldof has proved inconclusive, police say, as they await toxicology results.

MOURNERS have started to arrive ahead of the funeral of Peaches Geldof as a host of celebrities prepare to say farewell to the television presenter and model.

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Bob Geldof is expected to lead tributes to his daughter later at the same church where the funeral of her mother, Paula Yates, was held.

Mystery death ... Peaches Geldof died at the age of 25 on April 7. The autopsy proved inconclusive and the results of the toxicology tests could take weeks.

Family tragedies ... the funeral of Peaches Geldof will be held at Davington Church — where she was married and her mother, Paula Yates, was laid to rest in 2000. Source: Getty Images

Musician and television personality Jools Holland was among the first to arrive at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, near Faversham in Kent.

Security ... police outside Davington Church prior to the funeral of Peaches Geldof. Source: Getty Images

Dozens of locals also looked on as cars began to arrive outside the church, which is where the 25-year-old socialite married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012.

Unbearable ... Bob Geldof described his daughter as the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us". Source: AFP

The funeral of TV presenter Yates was held there after she died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

Bono and Annie Lennox are expected to be among the mourners who will attend the funeral, according to reports.

The Geldof family have said the service will be held in private.

Mystery still surrounds the sudden death of Geldof on April 7.

Too much pain ... Peaches Geldof leaves behind two sons - Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra. Source: Getty Images

Her body was found at the home she shared with her husband and their two young sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, in Kent, after officers were called "following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman".

Former Boomtown Rats singer Geldof paid tribute to his daughter alongside his partner Jeanne Marine and Peaches' sisters Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger, saying she was the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us".

Kent Police said it was being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".

An inquest is not expected to be opened and adjourned by the coroner until after the results of toxicology tests are known.


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