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You’ve got mail. Lots of it, Danny

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 30 Juli 2014 | 19.40

Danny Nickerson gets a special Toys R Us shopping trip in a bid to help him with this terminal condition. Courtesy: Fox News 25

IN a world dominated by atrocious acts against mankind, it is reassuring to know there are still many wonderful people who go out of their way to give hope and a little cheer to those less fortunate.

Danny Nickerson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, on October 24 last year — four days after he bumped his head in the playground.

His mum, Carley, said through his Facebook page, Danny's Warriors, that what he really wanted for his sixth birthday was mail.

"He just wanted news, he loves, loves getting mail, seeing things with his name on it," said his aunt Gail Chamberlin, Fox 4 reported.

His birthday went viral and on his sixth birthday last Friday he did receive mail — nearly 100,000 birthday cards and 8,000 parcels were ready for collection at his local post office in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts.

"I think that the hardest thing is touching each piece of mail as we're putting it in boxes and crates and knowing that someone did that," Danny's grandfather George Murphy said.

Happiest boy in the world ... Danny Nickerson, who has an inoperable brain tumour, received 100,000 birthday cards and 8,000 parcels from people from all the world. Picture: Facebook /Danny's Warriors Source: Facebook

He received birthday cards of all sizes from all over the world and it took multiple trips by his dad, Daniel Jameson, over several hours to get them home..

"With all the sadness that we do have in our lives right now it's amazing to see him so happy and so energetic," Carley said as Danny climbed over packages at the post office.

Beforehand his family went to Legoland and then Danny was invited to celebrate his big day with Robert Kraft, the owner of the NFL team New England Patriots. He presented Danny with a Patriots jersey with "Danny" and the number 6 on the back of the jersey.

Danny was then invited into the team practice session and huddled alongside star player Tom Brady and the rest of the team, who sang 'happy birthday" to Danny.

The cards are giving Danny something to do each day and his family are eternally grateful.

"He's running around like an average 6-year-old would do, playing," said his aunt.

Danny though has had 33 radiation treatments and has chemotherapy every two weeks.

He is having another MRI scan in the morning.

"We are all praying it's stable still," said his aunt. "No one really has lived past a year, we know we are on month eight. But we don't really talk about it and we hope there is going to be a cure."

As for Danny, "He knows he has a 'boo boo' and that's really it," she said.

"He knows he has a 'boo boo' and that's really it" Danny Nickerson, six, has an inoperable brain tumour. Picture: Facebook / Danny's Warriors Source: Facebook


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14 things you never knew about Where’s Wally

There he is. Source: Supplied

TURNS out Where's Wally is a bit of a diva.

The star of the iconic children's books and television show is tightly media-managed to retain his mysterious, enigmatic image.

When news.com.au requested an interview during his visit to Australia, we were told he "doesn't do" in-person interviews and would only answer approved questions via email.

It took weeks of back and forth between public relations reps, Dreamworks — who produce the television show — and even got as far as Wally's original creator, Martin Handford.

But finally Wally was able to make time in his busy schedule to answer some of our questions.

Wally is currently visiting Australia. Source: Supplied

What's it like to be so recognisable?

I'm very lucky. Everywhere I go, I get to meet new people. And now here I am in the Lucky Country.

What brings you to Australia?

There's so much to see! The Opera House! The Great Barrier Reef! Cricket! Kangaroo Island! Is that like the Land of Woofs? I can't wait to get started!

Where's your first stop?

Bondi Beach. I love long, relaxing walks on crowded beaches.

Are you travelling solo?

I always travel with my trusted mates Woof, Wenda and Wizard Whitebeard. And I keep an eye out for that sneaky sport, Odlaw. Don't need him tripping up our travels.

Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, Wenda, Woof and Wally. Source: Supplied

What occupation do you list on your customs card?

Exploration Enthusiast.

You nailed the beanie/glasses/windswept hair combo years ago. Are you the original hipster?

Me? LOL. I wear what's most comfortable and travels best. Big-framed glasses mean more room to take in the sights. The beanie keeps my hair in-check when I find myself in a windy situation.

What's the weirdest adventure you've ever had?

I reckon when you've seen everything from Battling Monks to Gobbling Gluttons, it's hard to rate one experience over the other. I live to travel, and there's a ripper adventure around every corner.

Try and find Wally. Source: Supplied

What music gets you in the mood to travel?

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", by the Proclaimers. "A Thousand Miles", by Vanessa Carlton. "Big Jet Plane", by Angus & Julia Stone. And, of course, anything by Journey.

What do you hate?

Calluses, yellow and black-striped jumpers, a day without walking.

What do you feel when you see people dress up as you on Halloween?

It's incredible! One of the best treats ever is to see people show their stripes.

Do you prefer crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Crunchy. It's makes every bite more adventurous.

Where's Wally? It's a hard one. Source: Supplied

What's your favourite ice-cream flavour?

Hands-down, it's Raspberry Ripple. I can easily hide a stray drip and stain. I also enjoy Rocky Road.

Who are your heroes?

The Sydney Swans, Harry Potter's stylist, Michael Palin, and a big "Ta!" to the Australia Post

workers who deliver my postcards all over the world.

Any last words?

See you, when you see me.

Wally is currently visiting Australia. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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Breaking ice with Russian rebels

Kostya Tszyu in 2000 ... the Russian-born boxer who emigrated to Australia proved to be a talking for the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Source: AP

The head of a monitoring group is hopeful police will be able to access the MH17 crash site 'within days'.

KOSTYA Tszyu was a professional face breaker, but in the pro-Russian rebel strongholds of eastern Ukraine he's an icebreaker — a rare point of common ground in a place where they understand as little about Australia as we do of them.

Having driven south through Ukrainian checkpoints and arriving on the outskirts of the separatist-held city of Donetsk, the main staging post for international efforts to secure the MH17 crash site 80km to the west, and close to the Russian border, a stark scene awaits.

On the highway, under freshly dumped mountains of earth that form defensive bunkers reinforced with warrens of concrete blocks and crosshatched timber logs, separatist soldiers wearing bandannas aim AK-47s at all approaching vehicles.

Edgy scenes ... a pro-Russian separatist holds his gun as he takes cover behind a tree at a checkpoint in Donetsk. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

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Under their uniforms they wear blue-and-white striped Russian military-issue singlets.

Though supported by Russia, the separatists want their own new country, albeit one that dwells in the Russian sphere and rejects Ukraine's lean towards Europe.

The soldiers ask for ID and demand we stay in the vehicle as someone more senior is consulted.

As we wait they share vodka in plastic shot glasses, eat boiled eggs and kindly suggest, after a time, that we come behind the bunker because a Ukrainian sniper is operating from woodlands across the open fields.

We are in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, now fully surrounded and outnumbered by Ukrainian troops and the site of the first open conflict in Europe since the Balkans ended in 1999.

An old car arrives — a Russian-made copy of the Fiat, known as the Lada — and the separatists ask us to follow them a few hundred metres to a tollbooth where there are more separatists and more is waiting to be done.

Laughing (for now) ... armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of the crash site. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

The two soldiers assigned to sit in the back seat of our vehicle don't talk kangaroos; they talk Russian expat boxer Tszyu.

They understand why we are here; they know Australia has copped a huge blow in losing 38 citizens and residents of the 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet.

They know most of the world thinks they did it.

A young separatist with passable English asks me who, in my opinion, hit the plane. I turn the question back to him.

The fighter, who has left the Donetsk police force to join the fight and will not give his name, says he has no doubt who shot it down.

"Kiev," he says, referring to the Ukrainian capital, "did this in an act of provocation."

The separatists argue that Kiev downed the plane and blamed it on them in order to draw the west into a war against Russia.

There is no need to take the discussion further: a Ukrainian missile comes sailing in with a whistling scream and strikes the bridge 200m away, sending everyone diving for the trenches.

The separatists get up, slapping off the dust and laughing. That's when you realise these men are prepared to die to break from the Ukraine. And well they might.

Seriously scary ... separatists stand at their checkpoint near the front line. Picture: Bulent Kilic Source: AFP

A young man whom I'd barely noticed is told to remove his shirt and fitted with cable-tie hand and ankle cuffs. He's laid down in the back seat of the Lada. We are instructed to follow the car to Donetsk.

We arrive at a separatist battalion headquarters within the city, where the terrified prisoner is unloaded.

An officer asks to see my media accreditation for the Donetsk People's Republic, necessary to work in the region. I explain that I have none because I have just arrived.

There are shrugs, shaking heads and phone calls, but we are allowed to leave on the promise we get the necessary papers first thing in the morning.

We drive away but then my driver gets a call from the battalion: please come back.

We return to be told the security people have some questions.

We are taken four floors up an unlit stairwell to a door with an eyehole. Our escort knocks and the double-locked door is opened by a powerful young man in a black singlet, nursing a machine gun.

There are two shirtless prisoners facing the wall, hands behind their backs. They look frightened. There is a young blonde woman seated on a bench, rubbing her hands. She too looks very anxious.

Destruction in Donetsk ... a man climbs into his flat in a damaged residential apartment building after the shelling in Donetsk. Picture: Dmitry Lovetsky Source: AP

Severe laws have been mandated by the republic for all law-breakers during this war. And traitors — people working for Ukraine — have gone missing, been taken hostage or turned up dead. Same for the other side.

We are directed into what looks like a classroom and told to sit. No phone calls allowed. A smiling, soft-spoken man, clearly senior in this environment, asks for documents.

He then takes a seat on a stool and examines me. "Would you like a drink? Water? Coffee? Kompot? Cigarette?"

I go for the kompot, which turns out to be a warm Russian fruit drink. The gentleman, talking in the low comforting tones of an interrogator, says that I need accreditation. I explain, again, that to get the accreditation I need to come to Donetsk. I suggest if he lets me go, I'll get it in the morning.

He smiles. "No."

It's after business hours, but he says he will ask the press accreditation people to come here. We must wait.

We are assigned a guard who is not unpleasant, chatting with my driver. But through yellow glass windows to the entrance hall I can see the two shirtless men standing silent, heads bowed. Through the open door the blonde woman keeps looking at me, biting her lips.

The two male prisoners are, from what I can gather, likely suspected Ukrainian spies. It is believed the woman has been arrested for drugs.

We are in the interrogation headquarters of the Donetsk People's Republic and it's not a nice place.

The senior officer proves good to his word. After two hours, someone from the press centre arrives, takes a quick look at my documents and we are able to leave, with apologies for the delay.

Welcome to the DPR.


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Behind the scenes at Bachelor HQ

Meet Blake, 2014's bachelor for The Bachelor Australia. Courtesy: Channel 10

Bachelor Blake Garvey gets some one-on-one time with Katrina. Source: Supplied

THE Bachelor season two is finally upon us.

Cue a collective "woo" from diehard fans of Ten's reality dating show, and a heavy "nooooo" from obliging husbands and boyfriends across the nation.

As viewers witnessed a fresh batch of ferocious women playing tug-of-war with one man, Mr Blake Garvey, we thought we'd provide you with a little insight into what really goes on behind the scenes before tonight's glitzy cocktail party.

Here's the bachelorette pampering schedule:

• Hair and makeup begins about 11am. Each girl gets 90 minutes to be primped and preened.

• Seven hair and makeup artists work frantically to get the 24 girls ready to meet their dream man.

• Most popular beauty items are always fake lashes, bronzer and hair spray.

• The experts work with each ladies' personal style and often have to subtly steer them towards a 'less is more' approach.

• The girls then spend 30 minutes in wardrobe with a head stylist and three styling assistants.

• A total of 300 gowns were sourced for episode one — the most favoured colour this year is black, followed by red, pink, white or navy. But they all love anything that sparkles!

Primped and preened ... The bachelorettes from Victoria. Source: Supplied

After hours of preparation, all 24 ladies are finally camera-ready for episode one. Phew.

As for the Bachelor, he spends the morning at his bachelor pad trying to clear his mind before the big debut. Garvey works out and goes for a swim. He then spends 30 minutes in hair and makeup followed by 45 minutes in wardrobe. Thirty minutes does seem excessive for this perfectly shaved noggin, but hey, he's gotta look sharp!

Brace yourself, Blake. The Bachelor doesn't know what he's let himself in for. Source: Supplied

Here's a quick runsheet of your Bachelor beauties for 2014 to familiarise yourself before tonight:

Emma F, 31: Interior designer from VIC

"I like to think I am quite personable."

Alana, 26: Legal secretary from WA

"My perfect date would be a picnic if it's good weather or a man cooking me dinner, so the majority of the date can focus on the conversation."

Alana, 26. Source: Supplied

Emma F, 31. Source: Supplied

Diana, 28: IT student from QLD

"I always say, you are never fully dressed without a smile."

Emma L, 28: Makeup artist from WA

"I prefer to leave a bit of mystery so I'll probably let them do most of the talking."

Emma L, 28. Source: Supplied

Diana, 28. Source: Supplied

Bridgette-Rose, 24: Law student from QLD

"I don't like men who are conceited, lazy, messy or who don't take their relationships seriously."

Chantal, 26: Design consultant from VIC

"I hope the Bachelor has a good sense of humour and wit. I love a guy who knows when to be serious and when to be silly."

Chantal, 26. Source: Supplied

Bridgette-Rose, 24. Source: Supplied

Holly, 23: Professional netball player from NSW

"I'm six feet tall. I'm very carefree and I don't take life too seriously."

Anita, 30: Dog groomer from VIC

"I have been single for a long time and I now have time to spend on myself. Plus, I am always up for a new experience."

Anita, 30 Source: Supplied

Holly, 23. Source: Supplied

Jessica, 24: Accounting student from NSW

"It's great to view the world with an excited, glass-half-full mentality."

Amber, 26: Personal assistant from QLD

"Most women lead with their boobs or butt, but I think legs are highly underrated and who doesn't love pearly whites?"

Amber, 26. Source: Supplied

Jessica, 24. Source: Supplied

Kara, 24: Law graduate from VIC

"I'm smart, witty, funny, outgoing, fun and can read other people's characters extremely well."

Amanda, 28: Account manager from NSW

"I've done a lot of dating and haven't found the one. It was a last minute decision; I applied the day before applications closed."

Amanda, 28. Source: Supplied

Kara, 24. Source: Supplied

Laurina, 30: Entrepeneur from VIC

"I'm looking for someone with integrity, emotional intelligence, who is affectionate, a gentleman and who has good rhythm and loves to dance."

Lauren, 27: Flight attendant from SA

"The everyday dating scene just wasn't working for me and I feel I need to take a more extreme approach."

Lauren, 27. Source: Supplied

Laurina, 30. Source: Supplied

Lisa, 27: Fashion designer from QLD

"I love romantic picnics, either by the water or in the hinterlands. This followed by a surprise activity I've never done before, like rock climbing or skiing, anything adventurous really."

Louise, 26: Events Planner from QLD

"I'm hoping he is driven, family-orientated, confident, smart, saucy and happy."

Louise, 26. Source: Supplied

Lisa, 27. Source: Supplied

Karla, 31: Nurse from NSW

"I have a real thirst for knowledge. I love facts and titbits of information."

Katrina, 26: Musician/Photographer from NSW

"I was disappointed in the dating scene. I have only been on one date this year and had stopped replying to boys who were messaging me."

Katrina, 26. Source: Supplied

Karla, 31. Source: Supplied

Samantha, 25: Admin assistant from WA

"I just wanted to put myself out there as I don't really have time to meet a guy. I have always worked weekends."

Sam F, 25: Finance and insurance consultant from VIC

"I like to think I'm pretty witty. I have a good sense of humour and I'm good fun to be around."

Sam F, 25. Source: Supplied

Samantha, 25. Source: Supplied

Tiarnar, 31: Model from NSW

"My legs and bum seem to get a lot of attention."

Zoe, 25: Pharmacy training officer from VIC

"I've been living on a remote island for 14 months, volunteering in a developing world country, and it really put my personal life on hold. I thought it was time to do something for me."

Zoe, 25. Source: Supplied

Tiarnar, 31. Source: Supplied

Stacey Louise, 33: Fitness trainer and model from VIC

"I am a dreamer who is still looking for their prince. I have been waiting around on the farm for my perfect man to come along and sweep me off my feet for too long. It's time to put myself out there and chase my dreams."

Shana, 26: Poker dealer from QLD

"My dream date involves being taken by a handsome guy — in the back of a Ute with a mattress, pillows, blankets, strawberries and a bottle of bubbly — to the drive-in movies."

Shana, 26. Source: Supplied

Stacey Louise, 33. Source: Supplied

Who will be left standing, and who will be sent home after tonight's cocktail party?

The Bachelor kicks off tonight at 7.30pm on Ten.


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Head coach’s shocking spray at Sally

All the action from day 6 of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Eric Hollingsworth has made a statement slamming Sally Pearson on the eve of her Games 100m hurdles defence. Source: Getty Images

THE feud between Sally Pearson and Athletics Australia boss Eric Hollingsworth has escalated, with the head coach saying she was a bad example for the team.

In an extraordinary outburst just a day out from Pearson beginning her Commonwealth Games title defence, Hollingsworth has broken ranks and sprayed his best athlete.

Athletics Australia advised the head coach not to comment but instead he poured more fire on what was already a volatile situation anc could be sacked with hours.

News Corp Australia revealed on Sunday that Hollingsworth and Pearson were no longer on speaking terms.

Pearson was then fined for missing the team's camp, preferring to compete in London because she was desperate to have more racing as part of her comeback from injury.

Eric Hollingsworth has made a statement slamming Sally Pearson on the eve of her Games 100m hurdles defence. Source: Getty Images

In a statement released by a PR representative on behalf of Hollingsworth he said: "Sally was coming all along until the last minute when she opted to take a race in London.

"What's lost here is she's the team captain and there's a reasonable expectation she'd be in the camp ahead of something as major as the Commonwealth Games.

"Her no-show sets a bad example to the entire national team."

On the fiery exchange at this year's world indoor championships in Poland in March which sparked the fallout, Hollingsworth suggested Pearson, who had finished second at the event, couldn't handle some tough love.

"I asked legitimate questions of her after the race, and she didn't like the line I was taking. So via her agent she sought a meeting with Athletics Australia's president, CEO and High Performance Director, which I was not aware of until the day of, or day before the meeting," he said.

Sally Pearson starts the defence of her 100m hurdles title on Friday morning AEST. Source: Getty Images

"While I thought at the time it was curious that I wasn't involved in that process in any form, Sally raised her issues, and the powers-that-be found no problems with my actions, and there was no case to answer.

"Subsequently Sally dug her heels in, as is her right, and asked for what is a new 'athlete performance advisor' which is the conduit between the athletes and Athletics Australia.

"I am that person for the bulk of the high-performance athletes, but not all, from a workload point of view.

"So we reassigned Sally which is fine, we had a good working relationship for nearly a decade, but she decided my challenging style wasn't what she was looking for, which is her prerogative."

Sally Pearson starts the defence of her 100m hurdles title on Friday morning AEST. Source: Getty Images

He denied suggestions that the Olympic champion's medical support had been reduced for this campaign.

"We've had a team physio travelling with Sally for the past three months, following her around Europe," Hollingsworth said.

"Since May we've provided this service, and there may have been one day or so where there's been an overlap when we've changed over personnel. To say we've withdrawn support is factually incorrect and a little disappointing."

Hollingsworth's future will be decided in the coming hours after a meeting between chef de mission Steve Moneghetti and athletics team section head Nathan Sims.

Athletics Australia president David Grace, CEO Dallas O'Brien and high performance manager Simon Nathan are currently locked away deciding whether to sack the head coach.

Sims will then present the findings of that meeting to Moneghetti with the final decision to be made by the ACGA given they control everything to do with team personnel in Glasgow.

O'Brien released the following statement late on Wednesday (AEST): "Athletics Australia is aware of the statement issued by Eric Hollingsworth.

"This statement was not made on behalf of Athletics Australia but by Hollingsworth as an individual and in no way should it be read as the opinion of Athletics Australia.

"Given Hollingsworth's current role as a Head Coach of Athletics on the Australian Commonwealth Games Team, we will be meeting with the Australian Commonwealth Games Association urgently to formulate a strong response."

Hollingsworth is out of contract after the Glasgow games.

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Being top of the pops ain’t what it was

Written By kom limapulan on Selasa, 29 Juli 2014 | 19.39

Still got it ... Coldplay's Ghost Stories has the highest first-week sales in Australia so far this year. Source: Supplied

HOW many copies does it take to get a number one album in Australia?

This week British hit maker Ed Sheeran topped the ARIA album charts with just 4646 copies of his album x sold nationally.

The album, which hit No. 1 on over 10,000 sales upon release five weeks ago, took advantage of low sales and no big new releases to return to the top.

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But this week's figures are not even the lowest-selling No. 1 of the year.

Beyoncé's self-titled album holds that unwelcome record with just 4290 copies giving her a No. 1 in January, which is traditionally one of the lowest-selling months.

While INXS's The Very Best is the most popular album 2014 so far, it has been subject to the extremes of this year's sales figures.

Low sales figures ... Ed Sheeran has taken advantage to return to No. 1 in Australia. Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia

After the INXS miniseries the album sold over 22,000 copies one week to hit No. 1, and a few weeks later it sold as few as 4460 copies ... also to reach No.1.

It's not all doom and gloom on the chart — Coldplay sold 34,087 copies of Ghost Stories in its first week of release, while Sia sold just over 12,000 copies of her album 1000 Forms of Fear to hit No.1.

In the US 1000 Forms of Fear was the lowest-selling No. 1 in the US in two years with just 52,000 copies sold across America: enough to top the Billboard Hot 100.

It's another sign of how illegal downloading is crippling the music industry and comes on the back of reports the Australian Government is going to finally crack down on internet Service Providers.

Google 'Ed Sheeran x' and the first thing that comes up is 'download' which takes you to all manner of sites to illegally obtain the record.

It can be streamed (legally) for free or listened to in its entirety on YouTube — none of which count for the ARIA chart, which only registers streaming for individual tracks.

Sheeran's new single Don't is No. 8 on this week's ARIA Streaming Tracks chart.

Sheeran's previous album, +, has sold over 300,000 copies in Australia and is at No. 41 this week after 112 weeks in the chart.

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British dance act Example has already prepared for his new album Live Life Living to suffer from modern music consumption methods.

The album only made it to No. 80 in Australia this month, despite his history of festival appearances and hit singles.

Talking the truth ... UK singer and rapper Example, aka Elliot Gleave, says the album is dead as a format. Source: Supplied

"The album is dead now," Example said. "People just cherry pick songs and stick them on a playlist. That's how people enjoy music now, they make playlists.

"If you look at Calvin Harris as a model he's sold a million albums in the UK. Which is phenomenal even though the UK has 70 million people. But you can get a No. 1 album in the UK now with 15,000 sales on a low week which is ridiculous. Calvin has had nine Top 10 singles from that album (18 Months). An album like that 10 or 20 years ago would have sold 15 million copies. If Calvin is the most successful you can be with mainstream dance music it doesn't really give much hope in terms of what anyone else can sell if they're on a smaller scale. My record label have said they'll be happy with 100,000 sales of this album. And that's in the UK with 70 million people, that doesn't even take into account global sales."

Nine top 10 singles in the UK from one album ... Calvin Harris with former girlfriend Rita Ora. Source: Getty Images

The UK album chart now factors in streaming, but Example said the methodology is flawed.

"We're in a strange place where no one knows how to interpret streaming as far as chart positions go. One thousand plays on Spotify equals one sale. Which is ridiculous. One download on iTunes is worth 1000 plays on Spotify. That doesn't value Spotify much. I'm thinking in a few years CDs won't sell at all, iTunes will have to be cheaper to compete or become a streaming service like iTunes radio."

Meanwhile record labels will be hoping a new Taylor Swift album, due to drop later this year, will once again reactivate music sales.

This year could also see a new Adele album — her 21 album bucked every trend and was the first album to sell one million copies in Australia in over 10 years — proof that people will buy albums if they think it's a quality product.

New albums by Ariana Grande, Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Rihanna, the Madden Brothers, Madonna and Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga should all help sales in the rest of the year.

Visitors Sam Smith and Lily Allen have already returned to the top of the iTunes chart this week after TV promotion while on tour in Australia.

TV ads have reactivated albums by Paloma Faith and Gabrielle Aplin, both now getting radio attention for songs radio initially ignored.

This Friday will see Voice winner Anja Nissen compete with Angus and Julia Stone for positions in the Top 5 of the ARIA chart.

Lowest selling number one album this year ... Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour in Houston, Texas. Source: AP


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Did Eddie give away the answers?

Teenager Khaled El-Katateny walked away from a game show with $100,000 despite not knowing a single answer.

Poker faced ... Eddie McGuire on the Hot Seat set. Source: Supplied

MELBOURNE law student Khaled El-Katateny yesterday walked away from the game show Millionaire Hot Seat with $100,000 despite not knowing the answer to a single question.

The 19-year-old had the audience and home viewers in stitches with his comedic antics, which included asking people to follow him on Instagram and telling host Eddie McGuire he planned to buy 10 jetskis if he won.

But instead of relying on his smarts, the second-year university student claimed he used his incredible knack for being able to read body language.

Khaled El-Katateny on Millionaire Hot Seat. Source: Supplied Source: Supplied

For each of the five questions he was asked, El-Katateny said he repeated the possible answers back and scanned host Eddie McGuire's face for a reaction.

"I didn't play the game — I played the man," he explained.

"If you look at it, you see me working Eddie McGuire. I'm reading every single subtle thing about his face. I was reading the audience behind him too. That's telling me the answer."

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The footage doesn't show any readable clues or cues in McGuire's face and the larrikin teenager is looking down at his screen while repeating the options back.

There is every chance El-Katateny, much as he did during his appearance on the show, is simply taking the mickey.

Although the probability of fluking the answer to five questions from four options is low.

Whatever his trick, he has pocketed $100,000 and a couple of hundred new Instagram followers thanks to his on-air promotion of his account.

"When I got in the chair, there were five questions left to $100,000. I thought I'd make the best out of it and yell out my Instagram."

His username, which he reminded viewers repeatedly, is Kahled_ELK. His profile features a collection of selfies, pictures of his car and happy snaps with mates.

While he told McGuire he'd buy 10 jetskis for him and his mates if he won, El-Katateny has since backtracked on the cash splash.

"I'm definitely going to buy one jetski, but not 10. Look, it has struck a bit of controversy (with my mates).

"I really, really need a car charger for my phone. Every time I go somewhere, my phone dies — especially now it's blowing up."

Before planning how he'd spend the money, he offered it all to his parents but they refused the generous gesture and told him they were proud of the remarkable effort.

Just don't describe the cash as "winnings".

"I didn't win anything — I earned it."


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From pool to plane for our swimmers

Australian swimmers Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt pose after winning the 4x200m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games. Source: AP

AUSTRALIA's swimmers will jet out of Glasgow less than 24 hours after their meet, subjected to a booze ban and curfews that prevent them leaving the village at night.

The aftermath of the disastrous 2012 London Olympics for the swimmers, affected by what official reviews dubbed a "toxic culture", has seen them kept on a tight rein in Glasgow.

The upcoming Pan Pacs competition in August on the Gold Coast means they will miss the Closing Ceremony, after being forced to skip the Opening Ceremony with competition about to kick off.

New Australian breaststroke queen Taylor McKeown said the athletes were disappointed to miss the ceremonies but aware the Pan Pacs were less than a month away.

The London 2012 Olympics saw just one gold medal, sanctions for swimmers over the Stilnox controversy and a review listing incidents including "getting drunk, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit (and) bullying".

Backstroking gold medallist Ben Treffers said the athletes had been on their best behaviour.

"We have had late nights at the pool, we are not getting back from the pool until 11.30 at night,'' he said.

"So it's a lot of late nights, we have got a dry team policy and we are going to stick to that and I don't think we are allowed out at night after the session so its all pretty calm and tame."

Freestyler David McKeon, one of Australia's new middle-distance swimming stars, was adamant the rules were hard and fast.

"There is definitely not drinking on the Australian swimming team," he said.

McKeown said Australia's athletes were already training for the August 21-24 Pan Pacs, even if they were sad to miss both ceremonies.

"It is a little bit disappointing that the Australian swimming team couldn't attend either the Opening or Closing Ceremonies however we came here with purpose, to race fast. And if racing fast and racing well meant we had to miss the ceremonies then so be it," he said.

"We actually fly out tomorrow night. I have already started my preparation. Yesterday was my first big training session after racing."

The renewed focus on success has paid off, with Australia's swimming campaign wildly successful and unearthing a host of new stars.

Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti backed the quick exodus of Australia's swimming team after 17 gold medals leading into the last night of finals.

"I think it's just the nature of sport. They are a very important part of the Commonwealth Games team and they have an important competition (coming up),'' he said.

"For them to perform well at the Pan Pacs they need to go tomorrow night and I fully support that."

The Pan Pacs will see much sterner competition from the star-studded American team, with Japan and Canada also involved in the four-nation swimming meet.

Originally published as From pool to plane for our swimmers
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The Cloud: What you need to know

Cloud computing ... a difficult concept for many to grasp. Source: News Limited

Watch a clip from the film Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Lowe, and Rob Corddry. (Photo/Video: Sony)

THEY are four little words that say so much yet cause so much confusion.

No, not "will you marry me?". That's another story. This is the story of "It's in the cloud".

Cloud computing is something most people do but often with little comprehension of what they are actually doing.

When the US government started to get confused about the term "cloud computing" and what it meant, it ordered the National Institute of Standards and Technology to define it.

It came up with this: "cloud computing can and does mean different things to different people."

Well, that clears things up then, in a cloudy way.

"Cloud computing" is something we say everyday. A lot.

In fact, there are about 48 million times someone has said it on the web, according to Google. Possibly, quite a number of those occasions were sentences that began with "what the hell is…", "what the bloody hell is …" and "how do I get a job as the guy at the National Institute of Standards and Technology who has to define …"

The Australian Communications and Media Authority recently released a report into cloud computing in Australia that found that nearly 14 million people in Australia aged 18 years and older had actively used cloud computer services in the past six months. That's about 80 per cent of the adult population.

For a country famous for its early adoption of technology, that might not seem surprising. Yet it's a fact that would surprise some of those 14 million people we're talking about.

The ACMA report found about 55 per cent of the total population had heard of cloud computing, and only 26 per cent of active cloud computer users were aware they had used the cloud.

Confusion — or maybe ignorance — about cloud computing isn't new. Actually, there's confusion about where cloud computing even came from.

The MIT Technology Review, which investigated various claims about the origins of the phrase, blames Google — or at least Google CEO Eric Schmidt who said, eight years ago: "It starts with the premise that the data services and architecture should be on servers. We call it cloud computing — they should be in a "cloud" somewhere."

Thanks for that, Mr Schmidt.

Blame it on Eric ... Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Picture: Kevork Djansezian Source: AFP

So, what is cloud computing? PC Mag put it well when it called it "a metaphor for the internet" — although it's not quite that either.

In simple terms, using cloud computing means storing your files on a place that is not your local hard drive.

Why would you use the cloud? Back in the day, if you were at work and you wanted to use a file that was on your home computer, basically you were buggered.

(Yes, you could ring up your partner and talk them through finding the file or you could connect to your computer using remote connection software — but "you were buggered" is a better general description.)

People got around that by carrying their files on floppy disks. The problem with that is that files got very big and floppy disks were pretty inconvenient (and, also, not always floppy).

That led to other solutions, such as Zip drives (like floppy disks but less convenient) and USB sticks. But still, there are problems with having one version of a file on a portable drive, and potentially different versions of that file on different computers.

By storing that file on a cloud service, such as Google Drive, no matter where you are, you're always able to access that file (assuming you have access to the internet).

You also don't have to worry about backups, because the cloud service does the back-up for you.

Cloudy but fine ... Different devices can access files on the same cloud. Picture: Alan Oakley Source: News Limited

With people having multiple devices connected to the internet, one of the advantages of using the cloud is that you access the same file across all of your devices.

Let's say you're going on a holiday to Paris. Lucky you.

Using a computer, you log onto the website www.tripit.com and put in your flight details. Then when you're at the airport, you can check the itinerary using your smartphone or tablet.

So, do you use cloud services? Yes, you probably do.

The most common cloud-based system that people use is webmail, such as Gmail.

If you have an iPad or iPhone, then the photos you take are also (assuming you have turned on cloud services) stored on Apple's cloud which, naturally, is called the iCloud.

If you don't have an iPad or iPhone and saw Windows 8 as a step forward in operating systems on Windows 7 (really, what were you thinking?), then you might have your files stored on Microsoft OneDrive.

If you use a Kindle, then the book you are reading is stored in the cloud. You've put holiday photos on Flickr? That's the cloud.

Has someone, wanting to send you a large file, emailed you a link from Dropbox? Well, you've used cloud computing too.

If you're still struggling to get your head around the cloud, the thing to know is that it's not one cloud. It's a bunch of clouds, and each of those clouds is a different service.

Hard disk woes ... The wheels come off for Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape when they clash with the cloud. Picture: Claire Folger Source: AP

Still don't get the cloud? Here's a solution — go and have a look at Cameron Diaz in her undies.

In her latest (box-office flopping) movie Sex Tape, Cameron Diaz teams up with Jason Segel as Annie and Jay, a couple who film themselves having sex and then, accidentally, load it up to the cloud so that it's on a bunch of iPads they gave away.

When Annie expresses some understandable concern that just about everyone they know now has a mobile device containing the sex tape, Jay gives a reasonable defence.

"Nobody understands the cloud," he yells in response. "It's a (expletive) mystery."

Answers to your five questions about the cloud

1.Q: If I was to walk to my files stored on the cloud, where would I walk to?

A: Nowhere and everywhere. Cloud companies have "server farms" around the world, and you won't know where they are and which ones will have your files. But, you know, have a nice walk.

2.Q. Where is the cloud?

We asked Siri, and Google, that very thing. They agree — "a cloud is a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals". Silly Siri.

3.Q: It's all too complicated so why would I want to use it?

A: It's not complicated and you're probably using it already.

4.Q: How much is stored in the cloud?

A: According to recent research by Nasuni, there are 1024 Petabytes of data. Or, as some people like to say, 1,0730,741,824 Gb. Or, as we like to say, a really big lot of stuff.

5.Q: Surely it's all just a fad.

A: Surely you're joking. And stop calling me …


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Greatest medal celebration ever?

All the highlights from day five of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Nigeria's Ojo Onaolapo celebrates his bronze medal with teammates. Source: AFP

WELCOME to our live coverage of Day 6 of the Commonwealth Games.

Stay with us throughout the day's action to get all the latest updates as they happen. All times AEST.

LINK: SWIMMING HEATS WRAP

10.30pm - RISELEY ROUSE SEES HIM THROUGH IN 800m

A BRILLIANT tactical move to the inside has seen Jeff Riseley progress through the opening round of the 800m, Scott Gullan writes.

The Australian looked in trouble at the top of the straight before taking a split on the inside and surging to the line to claim victory in 1min48.63sec.

Sydney's Joshua Ralph finished fifth in his heat (1:52.48sec) and failed to get through.

Olympic champion David Rudisha qualified the fastest (1:46.89sec) with his main danger Botswana's Nijel Amos second in his heat in 1:50.56sec.

Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells went toe-to-toe with 400m hurdles gold medal favourite Kaliese Spencer in an impressive qualifying performance.

The seven-time Australian champion looked good and was still ahead of the Jamaican until the final hurdle before cruising over the line in second position in 55.79sec.

WRAP: CATCH UP ON ALL THE TRACK AND FIELD ACTION

10pm - 'SCOTTISH CATHY FREEMAN' STREAKS HOME IN HEAT

Scotland's Eilidh Child easily wins her 400m hurdles heat. Source: Getty Images

HOMETOWN hero Eilidh Child has made a dominant start to her bid to meet local expectations at Hampden Park.

The 27-year-old 400m hurdler is to Glasgow 2014 what Freeman was to Sydney 2000 and Jessica Ennis was to London 2012: the local golden girl who hoped to give her home crowd the greatest sporting night of their lives.

Running in the first heat, the Perth (Scottish version) native smashed the field, winning easily in a time of 55.56 to qualify.

MIKE COLMAN: CHILD CARRIES HOPES OF SCOTLAND

9.30pm - LAPIERRE FLYING IN LONG JUMP

Australia's Fabrice Lapierre in action during qualifying. Source: AFP

DEFENDING long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre has produced a season's best on his final qualifying jump to again put himself in the medal conversation, Scott Gullan writes.

Three Australians are through to the final with Lapierre ranked fourth (7.95m), Henry Frayne (7.85m) eighth and Robbie Crowther (7.72m) ninth.

England's Olympic champion Greg Rutherford didn't muck around, sailing 8.02m on his first jump to book a spot in the final.

Elsewhere, Nick Hough progressed from 110m hurdle qualifying after coming third in the opening heat (13.70sec) but Sam Baines fell short, coming fourth (14.03sec) in the following heat.

ATHS WRAP: AUSSIE TRIO INTO FINAL

9pm - IS THIS THE GREATEST MEDAL CELEBRATION EVER?

Nigeria's Ojo Onaolapo celebrates his victory with teammates. Source: AFP

A NIGERIAN table tennis player has found a whole new way to salute a bronze medal with one of the more risque celebrations you're ever likely to see.

Ojo Onaolapo got a little over-excited after winning his bronze medal match against India's Sharath Kamal Achanta, deciding the only suitable reaction would be to display his pants to the world. Not exactly in the corinthian spirit, but damn entertaining.

With shorts back on, the 19-year-old was paraded around the arena by ecstatic teammates while compatriots danced in the stands.

If you're in Glasgow and not at the ping pong, you're clearly missing out.

8.10pm — TEEN WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMP FAILS DOPE TEST

Nigeria's gold-medallist weightlifter Chika Amalaha has failed a drug test. Source: AFP

NIGERIAN weightlifting gold medallist Chika Amalaha has failed a doping test at the Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old Nigerian returned a positive test for diuretics and masking agents after winning gold on Friday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Hooper confirmed today.

She will have her 'B' sample tested at a laboratory in London on Wednesday. If it comes back positive, she will be stripped of gold.

Amalaha said last week that she took up weightlifting despite opposition at home, AP reports.

"I started at the age of 12, but my family were strongly against me doing the sport at first," she said. "They kept me telling to stop doing it, but I persuaded them by getting a female coach.

"From then on, it was hard work, training, a lot of pain and dedication that got me here today. And now my family were in the audience and they are so excited and so proud."

8pm — ATHLETE TO STAND TRIAL OVER TOILET INCIDENT

Papua New Guinea's Toua Udia competes in the Clean and Jerk of the men's 77kg. Source: AP

A COMMONWEALTH Games weightlifter from Papua New Guinea has been committed to stand trial over an alleged sexual assault on another man, Robert Craddock writes.

Toua Udia, 22, is alleged to have touched the man in a Tesco toilets less than a kilometre from the athletes village.

He was arrested and charged last Tuesday and has pleased not guilty, claiming it was "a misunderstanding".

Udia was released on bail after surrendering his passport and was given permission to attend the opening ceremony.

He competed in the 77kg weightlifting category on Sunday, finishing ninth.

7.45pm - SWIM TEAM TO GET STRAIGHT ON THE PLANE

AUSTRALIA's swimmers will jet out of Glasgow less than 24 hours after their meet, subjected to a booze ban and curfews that prevent them leaving the village at night, Jon Ralph writes.

The aftermath of the disastrous 2012 London Olympics for the swimmers, affected by what official reviews dubbed a "toxic culture", has seen them kept on a tight rein in Glasgow.

The upcoming Pan Pacs competition in August on the Gold Coast means they will miss the Closing Ceremony, after being forced to skip the Opening Ceremony with competition about to kick off.

The Pan Pacs will see much sterner competition from the star-studded American team, with Japan and Canada also involved in the four-nation swimming meet.

MORE: SWIMMERS TO MAKE EARLY EXIT

7.30pm - AUSSIE TEAM RALLIES AROUND CHAMOUN

AUSTRALIAN team bosses have vowed to support blind weightlifter Malek Chamoun, who was distraught after crashing out of his competition without lifting a weight, Jon Ralph writes.

Chamoun has been one of the inspirations of the Australian team given his qualification despite the degenerative condition retinitis pigmentosa.

He had promised to inspire Australia but he recorded three no-lifts at 140kg in the snatch section of the 85kg competition. It meant he was eliminated from the Glasgow competition and could not even attempt a lift in the clean-and-jerk event.

Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said Chamoun would be supported by the entire Australian team including father George, here in Glasgow.

"He took it really hard and we are all aware of the back story and hopefully we can get around him and support him,'' he said.

MORE: CHAMOUN OUT OF GAMES

SWIMMING HEATS WRAP by Todd Balym

AUSTRALIA'S men's 4x100m medley relay team set themselves for a crack at gold tonight by qualifying fastest for the final in 3:37.36, ahead of Canada (3:37.71) and England (3:38.39).

The team of Josh Beaver, Kenneth To, Tommaso D'Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy will be replaced for tonight's final by a likely team of Mitch Larkin, Christian Sprenger, Jayden Hadler and James Magnussen.

The women, meanwhile, set themselves for an almost guaranteed gold medal as fastest qualifiers for tonight's final in 3:59.44, ahead of England (4:04.56) and Canada (4:07.13).

The heat team of Belinda Hocking, Sally Hunter, Alicia Coutts and Bronte Campbell will be replaced for the final by Emily Seebohm, Lorna Tonks, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell.

Swim team rookie Remy Fairweather has qualified for her first international final, progressing to the 400m freestyle final as the second fastest in a time of 4:07.35 behind New Zealand's Lauren Boyle (4:07.06).

Australian champion Bronte Barratt was third quickest in 4:08.81, but teammate Jessica Ashwood missed the final in ninth in a time of 4:11.23.

Australia's Daniel Tranter will start favourite for tonight's 200m medley final after going through as fastest qualifier from the heats in 1:59.05, ahead of Scotland's 400m champion Daniel Wallace in 1:59.36.

Thomas Fraser-Holmes, the 200m freestyle champion, snuck into the final in eight place in 2:00.97.

FULL COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCHEDULE

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