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How to stop procrastinating when it comes to exercise

Posted on 17/10/2018 by

Photo: Jakob HelbigAccording to ex-boxing champ Mike Tyson, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. Personally, not having a day-to-day, hour-by-hour plan would see my world collapse into chaos pretty quickly, so I’m happy to risk it going tits up after a punch in the face (thanks Mike), and I’m picking that you’d agree.

So yes, I’m a planner, particularly when it comes to fitness. I ask my 12 Week Body Transformation members to carefully map out every detail of their lives to accommodate training, shopping and cooking, as I know it is vital for success. But sometimes the world seems plan-crazy, with endless planning meetings and people employed just to maintain our diaries and to plan meetings to arrange more planning meetings. So while I get the importance of careful planning, sometimes it comes at the expense of planning’s little friend: action! Without action, planning becomes irrelevant. Those careful hours of preparation will then be unceremoniously flushed down the toilet of inactivity.

That is when I pull out my JFDI card. For the uninitiated, JFDI stands for “Just Do It” (flavoured with a colourful profanity that, I might add, is designed to express the urgency of the task at hand and a degree of frustration at its tardy execution). Like, for goodness sake: just get on with it! Stop procrastinating, making excuses, bitching and whingeing. Just. Freakin’. DO IT.

Exercise is the prime reason for whipping out the old JFDI card. If I hear one more, “I must get back to training” or “I must get fit so I can go to the gym” or “I must get flexible so I can get back to yoga”, I’m going to stick something sharp in my eye.

Weirdly, the agonising over getting started is often worse than the task itself. We can find ourselves self-flagellating over not getting on with it sooner, and bask in the strange sense of fulfilment we get when we stand up from a long spell in front of the computer and are greeted by stiff and sore leg muscles.

And now is the time. In just 28 days, it will be spring.

Michelle’s tipAdd a timeline to any plan you make – then stick to it!

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Sydneysiders choking on the air they breathe

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Smog screen: Emissions from coal-fired power stations, motor vehicles and wood fire heaters have been identified as the main problem. Photo: Kate Geraghty Sydney Harbour

Ongoing exposure to air pollution will cut months from the life expectancy of Sydneysiders, a new report says.

Long-time city residents will have their lives reduced by an estimated 72 days for men and 65 for women by ongoing inhalation of fine particle pollution.

Emissions from coal-fired power stations, motor vehicles and wood fire heaters have been identified as the main contributors to the toxic cocktail, which causes an estimated 520 deaths in Sydney every year, based on exposure to 2008 levels, as well as being linked to cardiovascular and asthma hospitalisations.

Sydney’s air kills more people than traffic accidents. Last year the NSW road toll was 339.

The health risk assessment of air pollution in Australia report was released on Thursday by the National Environment Protection Council as part of its work developing mandatory national standards for fine particle emissions.

Barry Buffier, NSW Environment Protection Authority chairman and chief executive, said the effects of air pollution on human health were significant. He said the impact statement has been developed with all states and territories and was supported by a large body of scientific evidence and robust analysis.

For the past 15 years Sydney’s Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has measured the city’s air quality and surrounds with a particular focus on the tiny aerosols that circulate but cannot be seen.

David Cohen, the head of ANSTO’s aerosol-sampling program, said the quality of Sydney’s air had improved markedly from 30 years ago but that improvement had stablised since 2008. Professor Cohen said the ongoing reliance on coal-fired power generation and population growth tied to increasing vehicle usage threatened to reverse hard-won improvements.

The concentration of these particles varies during the seasons, but, as a whole, fine particle pollution has serious health implications. A study published in the Environmental Research Letters journal found that 2.1 million people died prematurely each year because of fine particle pollution, particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter. Most deaths were from cardiopulmonary disease and a smaller percentage from lung cancer.

Professor Cohen said the city’s pollution could be halved if emissions from coal-fired power stations, wood fires and diesel vehicles were turned off immediately “if we had a magic switch”. ”Between 50 and 60 per cent of the airborne sulphate in the Sydney basin is generated by the 25 million tonnes of coal burnt in the eight major power stations in NSW,” Professor Cohen said.

NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant has advocated her support for banning and phasing out solid fuel heaters in built-up urban areas as an option to control wood smoke.

The health risk assessment report, a collaboration between the University of Sydney, Southern Cross University, the University of Western Sydney and University of Wollongong, found if the amount of fine particle pollution was reduced by up to 17 per cent the impacts would be immediate. In the first year of reduced exposure, there would be 140 fewer deaths in Sydney, they estimated.

Researchers Professor Geoff Morgan, Dr Richard Broome and Professor Bin Jalaludin acknowledged  “the impacts of air pollution on health cannot be directly counted, and must be evaluated from estimates of health risk based on scientific research”.

Asthma Foundation NSW chief executive Michele Goldman said the move towards mandatory air quality standards was overdue and focused attention on the need to upgrade air quality monitoring.

“A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows Australia has failed to halt the dangerous rise in air pollution,” Ms Goldman said.  “These new standards will help us focus on the major sources of pollution, motor vehicles, wood burning stoves and power stations and various industrial activities and how to limit pollution from those sources.”

“This also presents an opportunity to overhaul our air quality monitoring systems. According to the EPA’s own listing there are only six stations capable of monitoring PM2.5 in the whole Sydney region, only two of those located in the main metropolitan concentration with none in the CBD. The foundation questions the EPA’s claim that the current arrangement will be sufficient to provide a true snapshot of Sydney’s air pollution.”

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Rats plague vulnerable elderly of Millers Point, UN told

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Troubled waters: The former Sydney Ports Harbour Control Tower at Millers Point. Photo: David Porter Barangaroo Photo: David Porter

Hordes of rats up are “moving up the hill” as wharves are knocked down at Barangaroo and 600 public housing tenants are “forcibly displaced”, a United Nations aged care conference has been told in New York.

The rats are relocating to Millers Point, where bubonic plague broke out in 1902, and residents say they are using towels to barricade their bedrooms to keep them out.

It wasn’t exactly the image Australia was trying to present to the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing beamed worldwide on the UN’s own television network.

Earlier in the session, First Secretary (Human Rights), Australian Mission, Tanisha Hewanpola told delegates that Australia was committed to promoting and protecting the rights of older persons.

“Nationally Australia has introduced a range of policies and other initiatives aimed at strengthening the protection of older persons,” she said.

But Sydney lawyer Kim Boettcher, from the Aged-care Rights Service, didn’t seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet when she stood up to address the session on Thursday afternoon.

She told delegates of “a storm brewing on the edge of Sydney Harbour which epitomises the problem we face with no international legal instrument for older people in place”.

Over the past year residents had been door knocked and interviewed by the authorities with no legal representation, no attorney, no guardian or even a support person in the room, telephoned, texted and inundated with letters about moving out, Ms Boettcher said.

“As the wharves are being knocked down for the casino to be built, hordes of rats are moving up the hill and to the area where these people live.  Nothing is being done about the rats.” she said.

“It is clear that we need infrastructure, businesses and healthy national economies but not by breaching the human rights of older people.

“The residents are being asked to sign consent forms over a cup of tea and an informal chat, which would result in the handing over of all of their most personal medical, legal and family information …   It is left to attorneys and advocates to raise the alarm.

“It so easy to move people on once you know all about them and you can find an excuse to put them in an aged care home, under the care of the state guardian, in a mental health facility … but which isolates from their lifelong friends and community.

“One of the elderly residents told me last week that to relocate them away from their community, is ‘one step short of putting you up against a wall and shooting you because it’s saying you are of no value to society.  You are worthless.’ ” she said.

Lawyer Edwina Lloyd, who has been selected as the ALP candidate for Sydney, has also stepped in to defend the residents.

Ms Lloyd said the UN speech meant the Baird government’s disrespectful treatment of older people was now on the international agenda and that the performance of Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton had become a global embarrassment.

“If the sale of Millers Point residences continues, it will damage the state’s reputation as a modern, progressive and caring society that takes the rights of older people seriously,” she said.

“At the very least, Minister Upton should front up and talk to the people she is displacing.  They have written to her, called her and even gone to her office, but she will not even pay the tenants the basic courtesy of speaking to them.

“The Baird government has underestimated the resilience and determination of the Millers Point community.  They don’t intend on going anywhere.

“But Mike Baird can step in right now, fix the mess and the stop the sales.  He can stop pressuring tenants to leave their homes, and start supporting this beautiful but vulnerable community.”

Opposition spokeswoman for housing and local government Sophie Cotsis said the government had no plans for the area or for new housing.

“Where are the proceeds going? There is no allocation in the budget,” she said.

“If any of the money was to go back into the public housing system that would be in the 2014/15 budget and I can’t find a reference to the proposed sale. My concern is this is just going to be a massive fire sale and the taxpayers of NSW will lose.

“Which other properties are the government going to sell around the city? Will they be selling places at Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst, Redfern and Waterloo?

“Housing will be an election issue. This government is selling off more public housing properties than they have built. They have halved the housing budget and they are not serious about building public housing if they were they would have had a proper strategic plan. The auditor general made a recommendation last year in July to the government to release a social housing policy and we are still waiting for it.”

A statement from the Department of Family and Community Services said rats were a perennial problem for the inner city and that the department has not received any reports of increased rodent activity in Millers Point.

It stated the IPad offer was not linked to the Millers Point project and was part of an incentive offered to public housing tenants across NSW to take part in a customer survey about internet and smartphone usage.

Of the minister’s involvement it said an independent project facilitator, Lynelle Briggs, had been appointed by the NSW Government to manage the Millers Point project.

It stated: ‘All proceeds from the sales will be reinvested in the social housing system as required under the Housing Act 2001.This will be in addition to Government’s current budgeted program for new supply of social housing in 2013/14, which  includes commencing 276 new builds and forecasts completing 379 in that period.’

It said the Millers Point properties were increasingly unsuitable for public housing, with many of the older premises presenting problems for tenants with mobility issues and that they were isolated from local amenities.

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Life’s tough when you are homeless and have a dog

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Don’t give up: Alex Anderson and George. Photo: Brendan EspositoLife’s tough when you are living on the streets. It’s tougher trying to find a bed for the night when you have a dog in tow. Most hostels don’t welcome canine sleepovers. But for Alex Anderson, it’s a tale with a happy ending. On the eve of Homeless Persons’ Week, he is no longer part of the statistics which in March showed a 26 per cent increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets of Sydney. Mr Anderson was living in Jubilee Park,  Glebe where he had settled for six months after a relationship breakdown. Now he lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Pyrmont, he has qualified as a forklift truck driver and is about to start a job.

He is also about to become a YouTube celebrity after the charity Professionals 4 People and crisis accommodation hostel Jewish House in Bondi made a heartwarming movie about the transformation of his life.   It starts with Rabbi Mendel Kastel convincing Mr Anderson in February to leave his pitch in the park, sees him arrive at the hostel, get a haircut and new clothes. Even George, his dog, got checked over by a veterinary surgeon. Asked about life in the park, he said: “I used to have to stay awake all the time in case I woke up to find my dog had gone. Quiet but not really quiet. Wondering whether someone was going to come and rob you or not. “I wasn’t going to give my dog up. I’d like to thank Jewish House, without them I wouldn’t be able to have kept George.” Of his new apartment, he said, “It’s the Taj Mahal.” With some advice for others sleeping on the streets, he added: “Don’t give up. Never give up. If I can do it, anybody can do it. You have just got to find one person who will help you.” Professionals 4 People, which connects young professionals with charitable organisations that require their services, has launched a campaign called #time4good encouraging people to get involved with their communities. Founder Lyndi Polivnick said: “I could have spent my time watching TV but I thought I’d do something a bit useful. It has been so worthwhile. I think the video might go viral.” Rabbi Kastel, the CEO of Jewish House, said: “People who are homeless deserve to be treated like everyone else – with respect and care. That is why it is so encouraging to see young professionals using their spare time to support the homeless, a disadvantaged group of people who are very often overlooked by society,”

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Skipping school for just one day affects NAPLAN results, study finds

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School of life: Leonie Percy, her son Lael, and partner Jarko Laukkanen. Photo: James AlcockLike SMH Student on FacebookEducation: full coverage

Missing just one day of school has negative consequences for a student’s academic achievement, the first major study linking poor attendance to lower NAPLAN results has found.

And school attendance patterns established as early as year 1 can predict how often a student will show up to class right through high school, according to the research.

The average public school student in NSW misses almost three weeks of school each year. Australia is alarmingly slack when it comes to school attendance, with high school students skipping more days of school than almost any other developed country.

On Monday, the harmful effects of that absenteeism will be exposed by the results of a study to be presented at the Australian Council for Educational Research’s annual conference.

An analysis of the attendance records and NAPLAN results of more than 400,000 students from Western Australia found any absence from school leads to a decline in academic performance.

The study dispels the belief there is a safe level of absence students can get away with before their grades will suffer.

“We were able to show that actually every day counts and days that you’re missing in year 3 and year 5, we can detect that all the way through to year 9,” the report’s co-author, Stephen Zubrick, from the University of Western Australia, said.

“A 10-day period of unauthorised absence in a year is sufficient to drop a child about a band in the NAPLAN testing.”

Year 3 numeracy achievement in 2012 declined by 1.6 NAPLAN points for every unauthorised day of absence in the first two terms of that year.

The most startling finding,  Professor Zubrick said, was that students arrive in year 1 “with their school attendance careers already in their pockets”.

“For most children, year 1 sets the pattern for what school attendance will look like in the future,” Professor Zubrick said. “You’re learning more than reading and writing. You’re learning to show up.”

Absence was found to have a greater impact on writing than it did on numeracy and reading.

While poor attendance is a problem across the socio-economic spectrum, families in affluent areas often interrupt schooling for overseas holidays.

Professor Zubrick insists his message is not about finger wagging or guilt trips, but says “we do need to recognise that when a child is standing on the Eiffel Tower, so to speak, they may be learning a lot about the world but they’re not necessarily learning everything they’d be learning at school.”

The average attendance rate for NSW public school students in 2013 was 92.6 per cent – about 14 days off per year – and has been relatively consistent over the past decade. Attendance is much poorer among high school students with the average student missing 20 days per year.

Julie Townsend, the headmistress of St Catherine’s School in Waverley, said the girls’ school had a “very strict” attendance policy and did not consider a family holiday to be an appropriate reason for missing school.

“We [tell parents] that we only teach for about 185 days a year and we expect that they take their holidays during the very generous holiday period,” she said. “If the parents go – and that’s just happened this week – we call them in and we talk about the breakdown of our relationship and that our values aren’t aligned. We take a very hard line on it.”

She said acceptable grounds for leave could include compassionate reasons, health complications or the commitments of elite athletes.

In a major international survey of 15 year olds, conducted by the OECD in 2012, almost one-third of Australian students said they had skipped at least one day of school in the previous two weeks.

That means Australian students skip school more frequently than any other developed country except Turkey and Italy. In high-performing countries such as Japan and Korea that figure was less than two per cent.

The NSW Education Department’s school attendance policy states principals have the authority to grant students exemptions from school for up to 100 days per year. Reasons can include family holidays if they are “in the best educational interests of the child”, employment in the entertainment industry or participation in elite sporting events.

Ross Tarlinton, the headmaster of St Joseph’s College, said it was always his priority to maximise a student’s attendance but he would make exceptions for ill-health, family or sporting commitments and occasionally travel.

“I had a boy who went with his father who was doing some pro bono medical work in a Third World country for a short period of time to have that experience and I let him go,” he said. “That boy came back so rich for the experience. ”

The head of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Jenny Allum, said understandingthat you have to show up even when something else might be more desirable is an important life lesson.

“School isn’t something you normally or mostly do. It’s something you always do,” she said.

”If you’re making a commitment to something else over school, boy that better be important.”

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Brothers get their gorilla on for City2Surf

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Monkey madness: Rob, Paul and Michael Stanley-Jones stretch during the 1997 City2Surf. Photo: Craig GoldingRob Stanley-Jones is not expecting to run a personal best in this year’s City2Surf. It is taking longer and longer each year, now that he is one of the most beloved and sought-after entrants in the85,000-strong race.

“Everyone has a phone on them, everyone wants a photo, and we can’t help but oblige,” he says. “We stop, we make their day, and we keep going. But we don’t mind – it’s all about fun.”

For 28 years, Mr Stanley-Jones, 42, and his brother Paul, 44, have entered the world’s biggest run dressed as gorillas. It is a tradition that started when the pair were teenagers growing up on Sydney’s northern beaches. The family would usually run the City2Surf together, but Paul and his best friend at school wanted to “do something different and dress up”.

“We went to the fancy dress store and had a look,” Paul says. “The suit just stood out and we thought – we’ve got to do that!”

Paul and his family drive down each year from Evans Head, near Ballina, sometimes bundling into the car straight after the race for the 10-hour trip home. In past years when the brothers have been away, their parents “filled in” to keep the tradition alive. The next generation are being inducted, too –Paul’s eldest son, Jack, usually runs in costume but has been sidelined this year by a broken leg.

It can be sweltering under all that fur, but the brothers look on the bright side. “We’ve got a few standard lines we use about hair-conditioning,” Rob says. “It is hot, but we lose a fair bit of weight on the day.”

There are other characters – Superman, Spiderman and a superfluity of Sydney nuns –  also pounding heartbreak hill but Paul and Rob believe the gorillas have the record for consecutive appearances. They are now such stalwarts of the race that spectators and residents will wait on the roadside proffering water, hugs and, of course, selfies. Last year, they had their photo taken with Tony Abbott and have high-fived countless sports stars, celebrities and other well-wishers.

Rob has battled testicular cancer and he and Paul previously used the race to raise money for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse foundation. This year’s event will also be tinged by sadness – their father Michael passed away from leukemia a few weeks ago and will not be at the finish line to greet them.

“It is a very strong family tradition and it will be quite sad,” Rob says. “We’ll probably shed a tear or two.”

But for these self-confessed pranksters, it is all about entertaining the crowd – and the show must go on.

“Usually what we do is run up behind people and scare the hell out of them,” Rob says. “Everyone around us gets a really good kick out of it. It makes people’s day, it makes people laugh.”

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Mottram to go the distance in City2Surf

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UP a notch: Olympian Craig Mottram will run in his first City2Surf. Photo: SuppliedHe has won medals, broken records and represented Australia at four Olympic Games, but Craig Mottram has never run the City2Surf before.

Years of competing internationally during the European summer kept him from tackling the world’s biggest fun run. Now that the champion distance runner is based in Australia year-round, spending time with his young family and building his career outside athletics, he said the event was “one of the key races on the calendar”.

“It’s the biggest and arguably the best fun run in the country, if not the world,” he said. “Because my attention is not as heavily focused on running as it once was, I’ve got to pick events that excite me and the City2Surf is certainly one of those. It’s [about] being involved with 85,000 other people for a great cause.”

Mottram, 34, won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Athletics Championships in the 5000 metres and silver at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He holds the 5000-metre Australian record, as well as the record for fastest lap around The Tan, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens running track.

He has been doing his homework on the 14-kilometre course for The Sun-Herald City2Surf, presented by Westpac.

“It’s a challenging course; there’s a bit to consider,” he said. “One of the elements people underestimate is the ability to run downhill and the last third of this race is downhill, so if you want to maximise your potential and opportunity, you’ve got to be in a position to run down hills as well as up them.

“I’ve spoken to lots of people who have [run it]. Apparently the atmosphere is second to none and … people get carried away at the start.”

Mottram said preparing for the City2Surf had given fresh focus to his training.

“For me, running still burns brightly; it’s still a passion,” he said. “I train every day for general fitness, but when I … can sink my teeth into a challenge, everything goes up a notch.”

The final countdown: Craig Mottram’s final week tips:

– stick to your routine

– drink plenty of fluid

– don’t change your diet

– get a good night’s rest from two nights before

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Date with Kate: Jesinta Campbell gets ready for City2Surf

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Picnic time: Jesinta Campbell, right, and Kate Waterhouse have a picnic outside Tamarama Beach Surf Club.A former Miss Universe Australia, Jesinta Campbell, is gearing up to run the The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac next Sunday. The 22-year-old TV presenter tells Kate Waterhouse about preparing for the big race, staying away from the internet, and those engagement rumours with her boyfriend, Lance “Bubby” Franklin of the Sydney Swans.

What’s your involvement with the City2Surf?

I’ve come on board as the ambassador for Westpac. I think for me the biggest thing was to raise the awareness and funds for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter rescue service. Growing up on the Gold Coast, the Westpac chopper was always in the skies patrolling the beaches, so it’s something I’m very familiar with. They do such amazing work. So for me it was just a great cause and a great way to stay motivated and fit.

What has been your training regime in the lead-up to the big race?

I upped my running. I run on the treadmill, I run on the soft sand, I run on the road, just so that I’ve got an overall fitness. I never actually run the full 14 kilometres because I find that on the day you have so much adrenaline and there is so much excitement that that will get you across the line. Westpac has also had the SongFit app that’s got a training program on it as well, so I’ve been following that.

Is Buddy going to be running the City2Surf with you?Getaway. That is so much fun and you always go away with the most amazing crew and you get to see parts of the world that sometimes you would never even dream of visiting. So that’s probably my favourite part of my job.

What’s next in the pipeline for you?

I’m working on a few projects at the moment [and] some online material. I get asked so many questions by people like “What foundation do you use?” or “How do you get your hair like that?” or “What do you eat for breakfast?” so I thought the best place for me to tell people was through online videos. They’ll just go up on YouTube in the next month or so. We’re just creating the content at the moment. They’re nothing fancy; it’s literally me at home welcoming people into my world. So I’m looking forward to just putting those up and sharing that with people. I’m enjoying working on my own little projects and plodding away with my work on TV and my ambassadorships with Jeep, ASICS, Crown and Harris Scarfe. We’ve got all the campaigns coming up for them, which is exciting.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I hope to keep expanding on what it is that I’m doing and I hope I can still continue the work that I’m doing. I love every aspect of my job. I hope I get to travel more. I really want to travel more next year. That’s like a big goal for me. So travelling more and seeing more of the world. You never really know how life is going to turn out. I hope that I’m still as happy in five years’ time. BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO A picnic at Tamarama.

WE ATE Sonoma muesli, yoghurt and strawberries.

WE DRANK Vegetable juice.

JESINTA WORE Asics sportswear and a Westpac City2Surf singlet.

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In my wardrobe: Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood talks taste and habit with Georgina Safe

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An actor who recently starred in Channel Seven’s period drama A Place to Call Home, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood is a strict vegan who eschews leather and fur clothing and loves British designer Stella McCartney for her animal-friendly designs.


Wear what makes you happy.


Fluoro colours. [They’re] for highlighting your scripts, not for putting anywhere near your skin – unless you’re riding a bicycle, in which case safety first and fluoro-up!


Putting on a pair of heels. Unless I’m planning on doing some serious pavement pounding, I always love having a clip-clop soundtrack to my day.


My Burberry jacket. It’s the first piece of really fancy-pants expensive clothing I ever bought myself, and I vividly remember that moment. I was in Los Angeles for a callback for the part of Khaleesi in Game of Thrones and when I tried on that jacket it made me feel like a movie star and I had to have it. The role didn’t go my way but the jacket still gives me a lovely buzz.


Ultra-cushioned running socks that have a left foot and a right foot. I swear they make me run faster!


From my dad, who taught me when I was three that trousers go on your legs and should only be worn as a hat on very special occasions.


Buying my first bra as a young girl in a small country town with my mum shouting out across a store that was inevitably full of kids I knew from school: “What about this one? Looks more comfortable!”


My new Oroton sunglasses. They are still in that crystal clear, scratch-free, newly-bought stage, but that won’t last long because I’m totally clumsy and will inevitably drop them down a flight of concrete stairs in the near future.


Cats. They make wearing nothing look effortless and always know how to strike the perfect pose when you’re watching them.


Dead animals. I try to avoid not just fur but also leather, because there is nothing sexy about the cruelty involved.


Alin le Kal, the Melbourne-based designer behind my utterly divine gold-beaded Logies dress this year; Coco Chanel for some retro French chic; and my mum, who is the best op-shop fashionista I know.


British designer Stella McCartney: her vegetarian shoes are sublime.


My idea shopping date involves a casual wander along King Street in Newtown, where I particularly like the gorgeous dresses at Elise Boutique and Mulberry Street.


My style is very eclectic, and it’s a mystery even unto myself what I will or won’t like – but Frankie Magazine generally hits the spot!


I would pack a knife to cut open coconuts, my blue Balinese sarong to use as a picnic blanket in the evening and a shade cloth during the day, my Oroton sunglasses and a yacht so I can sail home when I miss my husband. And my dad to man the yacht so I don’t get lost at sea on the way home.

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NSW Waratahs hero Bernard Foley reveals how he nailed title-winning kick

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bernard FoleyWhen the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley didn’t flinch.

He immediately stepped up to take the kick – even though from 43-metre the attempt might be slightly out of his range.

With the score at 32-30 in the Crusaders’ favour, he knew the game hung in the balance and only he could save the day.

Cool as a cucumber, Foley at least knew he was in a place he had been before – against the Blues at the Allianz Stadium last year, when his attempt just after the full-time siren sailed over to clinch NSW a home win.

One big difference: this time it was a Super Rugby final and before a 61,000-plus crowd on the edge of their seats begging for the Waratahs to win their first Super title.

Several teammates still came up to Foley with various words of encouragement, but as he recalled later he just “tried to brush them off” and just went through his normal kicking routine fully prepared to “live with the consequences”.

Good for him, the Waratahs and their fans that his boot sent the ball through the posts for his eighth successful kick from 10 for the night – with seven penalties and a conversion.

Within a blink, ANZ Stadium was suddenly shaking to the roar of jumping and cheering Waratahs players, officials and fans – as the scoreboard read 33-32. The Crusaders were left in total despair.

“I knew it was right on my distance. I knew I didn’t have much left in it,” Foley said. “I had to give it a lot. The rugby Gods are smiling over us. It was just reward I suppose for what the team has done. To win like that is probably a dream come true.”

Foley admitted knowing he could handle such pressure kicks had helped, but that he had come to the final prepared for such an ending to a truly gripping final.

“These are big moments where you have to take the kick,” Foley said. “That’s why I did the extras after training. That’s why I would kick 100 balls a week. Normally I let ‘KB’ [Kurtley Beale] take the long ones … but I had been kicking them well tonight. That’s why you kick goals, to take that responsibility. I thought it would just sneak in if anything and it did exactly that.”

One irony not lost on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika was the role in the outcome played by his team’s kicking coach Andrew Mehrtens, the former All Black and Crusader star who had publicly tipped against the NSW side winning. “The two times he has tipped against us, we have won,” a beaming Cheika said. “The sucker punch has been ruled in, guaranteed. He can keep tipping against us, no problems whatsoever.

“They had the hangman’s noose out for him on Thursday, but in saying that [Foley] kicked a goal from 43 metres.

“[That was] probably just a touch outside his range, under pressure, under the guidance of Andrew; and even though he has had a small involvement around a day a week – and sometimes I have been there – every little inch counts

“In a way he has been a big contributor in relation to the result. I love the irony of the situation. There is no doubt about it.”

Foley also credited Mehrtens for having helped him kick from a longer range, saying: “We have worked in putting a bit more length in the kick. That proved a bit tonight.”

Cheika also said the way Foley embraced the moment, and with the backing of the team that knew what was at stake, symbolised the growth in self belief within the squad.

“Normally Bernard is kicking from 40m, that’s his range; but I saw the players really believed in him,” Cheika said. “There was no hesitation, no doubt. He just stepped up and said, ‘I’ll take responsibility for this.’ That really pleased me.

“Obviously, kicking the goal was pretty good too; but one thing we are trying to bring in here is [a] real acceptance of responsibility and not being scared to take on responsibility, or worried about losing or missing or not making a kick.”

Asked if the confidence of the Waratahs to back themselves made the difference on Saturday night, Cheika said: “I think so. It’s what we have done all year.”

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