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The best landscape design ideas for 2018
How to make a vegetable garden
Depp may face perjury charge in Australia over 'war on terrier'
Puppy that failed police college lands swanky new career
NSW RSPCA raid puppy farm, confiscate nearly 100 dogs
Victorian camel milk farm begins exports to Asia
For some transgender students, the school bathroom is a battleground
Toilet paper price hike prompts Taiwanese shoppers to panic-buy stock
2018-02-27 06:53:39 Taiwanese supermarket shelves have been stripped bare by people panic-buying toilet paper. The weekend shopping frenzy came as suppliers warned the price of the household staple was on the rise. Here's how the story unrolled. Suppliers give a bum steer? On Friday, toilet paper suppliers told Taiwanese supermarkets they would raise prices by 10 to 30 per cent from next month   Read More ...
Stolen Edgar Degas painting found in suitcase on bus by French customs officials
2018-02-25 04:06:15 French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen. The French Culture Ministry said that customs agents in Marne-la-Vallee were surprised to find a work of art bearing the signature "Degas" inside a suitcase in the bus' luggage compartment. The ministry said none of the passengers claimed the suitcase during the search   Read More ...
Lax vaxing blamed as virus which can kill nine out of 10 cats returns
2018-02-21 06:30:53 A cat virus which was thought to have been almost eradicated in Australia has quietly re-emerged, killing hundreds of cats and kittens over the past few years. In the most recent outbreak this month, two stray kittens died in Melbourne, prompting the RSPCA to issue an urgent warning to pet owners, asking them to get their cats vaccinated. Fairfax Media understands a south-west Sydney council pound is also struggling with repeated outbreaks   Read More ...
Parent company of Outdoor Furniture Specialists becomes latest retailer to fall into voluntary administration
2018-02-01 12:10:12 The parent company of a franchised outdoor furniture business that lists 27 stores on its website has fallen into the hands of administrators, as insolvency experts say the rough start to 2018 for the retail sector is something everyone should have seen coming. Anthony Elkerton and Justin Holzman of DW Advisory were appointed as voluntary administrators to The Outdoor Furniture Specialists Pty Ltd, the parent company of The Outdoor Furniture Specialists brand, on January 24   Read More ...
Shady tradie: Byford landscaper owes $17,000 for work he never did
2018-01-24 05:08:39 A Byford landscaper who has been court-ordered to provide refunds for work not carried out is the subject of a warning from Consumer Protection. Trevor James Potter, trading as Trevors Landscape Services and Liven Your Landscape (both unregistered), allegedly owes consumers close to $17,000. Since October 2016, 15 complaints have been lodged against the landscaper who is said to have taken deposits and failed to carry out the work or provide refunds   Read More ...
Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan
2018-01-19 06:38:17 Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof. A new study has found dog ownership is linked to improved heart health for humans. This is an important finding, given heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. While the new study focuses on dogs and heart disease, it raises the broader question of how pet ownership affects human longevity   Read More ...
The best landscape design ideas for 2018
2018-01-15 06:10:11 Love trawling the web in search of expert advice and trend forecasts on what’s set to be hot for the year ahead? We have you covered with these insider landscape design ideas and trends, so you can make 2018 the year for your outdoor space. According to Matt Leacy, founder and creative director of Landart Landscapes, the key landscaping trends we’ll see a lot of in 2018 are textured flooring, fire pits, outdoor rooms and strip lighting   Read More ...
Wanted man cut from wall after he disappears during toilet visit
2018-01-11 22:14:13 Police have had to cut a man out of a wall to arrest him after he was seen entering a bathroom and never came out. Staff at an apartment building on Elizabeth Street in the CBD watched the strange scene unfold from about 3am on Thursday when the 31-year-old homeless man entered a bathroom in the foyer. Three hours later he had still not emerged   Read More ...
Wanted man cut from wall after he disappears during toilet visit
2018-01-11 22:12:40 Police have had to cut a man out of a wall to arrest him after he was seen entering a bathroom and never came out. Staff at an apartment building on Elizabeth Street in the CBD watched the strange scene unfold from about 3am on Thursday when the 31-year-old homeless man entered a bathroom in the foyer. Three hours later he had still not emerged   Read More ...
Woman dies in house fire at Armstrong Creek, near Geelong, four others escape
2017-12-25 21:08:39 A house fire near Geelong has killed one woman, while four others escaped. Emergency services were called to the Armstrong Creek home early on Boxing Day. There had been reports of an explosion before the blaze took hold. Four occupants were able to escape but one woman, aged in her 20s, died in the blaze. A woman and two men were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries   Read More ...
'Croydon Cat Killer': English pet owners warned to protect animals from alleged serial killer
2017-12-19 10:19:06 England is being plagued by an alleged serial killer targeting cats and small animals. So far, 400 animal deaths have been attributed to the attacker. The unknown killer has been given a number of names in the media, including the Croydon Cat Killer, Croydon Cat Ripper, and M25 Animal Killer and the UK Cat Killer. How long as this been happening? Reportedly, about two years   Read More ...
3 DIY jobs even a total newbie can master
2017-12-12 12:14:53 There’s no shame in being a rookie when it comes to DIY home improvement – it’s just a matter of knowing which jobs you can tackle on your own and which to leave to a professional. If you’re a recent home-buyer, you probably don’t have piles of cash lying around, but there are still a few things that might require attention in your home, especially when you first move in   Read More ...
RSPCA investigates video of Perth dog groomer 'swearing, smacking' dog
2017-12-09 08:08:43 Shocking video has emerged of a Perth dog groomer roughly treating a pet while washing it at their Dianella facility. The footage, taken at Happy Dog Grooming on Walter Road, was posted on Facebook by a concerned pet owner who warned others about taking their animal to the store for a haircut. The footage has been viewed around 58,000 times, and shows a woman swearing and smacking the pet while allegedly washing it   Read More ...
Easy ways to transform a tired bathroom without renovating
2017-12-05 00:16:49 Mouldy grout and dated tiles are just some of the not-so-redeeming features of a tired bathroom, but regular renovations are an expensive and unsustainable option, so how do we fancy-up the bathroom without ripping out the tiles? We spoke to some experts to find out. Spring clean. “The first step would always be to declutter your bathroom and give it a thorough clean – the tiles, any dust and water marks,” says Leah Peretz of renovation experts Just in Place   Read More ...
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations | Studio 10
2017-12-01 05:04:14 The Living Room's James Treble shows us a few simple decorating tips to get you into the Christmas spirit. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Yarralumla home wins National Luxury Project Home at Master Builders awards
2017-11-26 08:07:59 A Yarralumla property has been named one of the country's best luxury homes. The modern home - which previously won ACT's best home - was named National Luxury Project Home ($1-$2 million) at the Master Builders Awards in Hobart. The property, which has achieved a six-star energy rating, features a private upstairs master suite and three large bedrooms, a super-sized garage and an outdoor life-size chessboard   Read More ...
Snake tank sparks Adelaide house fire
2017-11-25 16:28:17 A house fire that started in a snake tank has left a man in hospital in Adelaide. He and his partner raced out of their Kilburn home with various pets after the fire started on Saturday afternoon, likely sparked by an electrical fault in the snake tank, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade said. The man was hospitalised with smoke inhalation and the fire confined to the kitchen and a bedroom but the snake died   Read More ...
What to consider when refreshing your bathroom for sale
2017-11-16 01:09:57 When it comes to selling a home, it can be easy to neglect the details in favour of the big picture. “Bathrooms have the potential to dramatically shift a home’s impact,” says Kylie Dorotic, co-director at Golden. “Refreshing a bathroom should always be considered when looking to enhance a property for sale.” Knowing your target market is perhaps the most crucial element in clarifying which features to address   Read More ...
How a blind puppy and his rescue dog mate formed an unbreakable bond
2017-11-14 10:15:44 When Rhodesian ridgeback Samson was born without eyes, no-one expected the puppy to live to adulthood. And when mixed-breed Ayah came down with a lethal virus shortly after being rescued last year, her carers expected it would be a death sentence. But not only have the two dogs pulled through, they have formed what appears to be an unbreakable bond. Rare illness left newborn pup blinded Born in Kalgoorlie last year, Samson suffers from a rare condition — congenital bilateral anophthalmia — that resulted in him being born without eyeballs   Read More ...
Easy and budget-friendly ways to revive the look of a dated, dull kitchen
2017-11-09 05:11:20 The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, which means it’s especially prone to wear and tear. And walking into a kitchen that feels grimy, dated or dull can be particularly uninspiring when you want to cook or entertain. “[Kitchens] are highly functional spaces that need to work well for all tasks,” says interior stylist Emma Blomfeld   Read More ...
Pet owners want to be able to take their animals on Sydney's buses and trains, survey finds
2017-11-02 02:11:14 In Switzerland, Molly and Daisy could travel by train, tram or bus with a daily ticket. They could also ride the Paris Metro with a valid ticket. But Anne Robinson cannot board a bus with her cocker spaniels for the short hop from her home in Randwick to the beach. "I would definitely catch public transport with my dogs if I could," Ms Robinson said   Read More ...
Canberrans respond generously to plight of kittens dumped in creek as kitten season hits the ACT
2017-10-27 09:10:29 Ever-generous Canberrans have risen to the challenge again and donated thousands of dollars to help the RSPCA ACT care for five abandoned kittens. Close to $7000 has been raised which will more than cover the kittens' care before they are adopted. It also leaves plenty of extra funds to care for other kittens and mother cats coming into the Weston shelter with kitten season just about to peak   Read More ...
The pursuit of genius loci in home design and architecture
2017-10-24 05:10:26 They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression and nowhere is that truer than when you step into somebody’s home. In Roman mythology “genius loci” was a spirit that was said to guard a place. These days the term is often associated with architecture as the spirit or sense of a place. It’s indefinable. Some places feel welcoming, comforting   Read More ...
How to make a vegetable garden
2017-10-21 06:13:56 Keen to learn some vegetable garden tips so you too can harvest a bumper crop this spring? If you want a healthy vegetable garden in your backyard there are some tried-and-tested tips to help ensure success. We spoke to garden expert Ann McKeon to get her advice for how to make a vegetable garden at home. All in? Then follow these simple steps to grow a great veggie patch from the ground up   Read More ...
Online puppy scams: how I nearly fell for it
2017-10-21 00:13:47 The online dog-for-sale ad looked trustworthy enough. Key points: Would-be buyers have lost nearly $300,000 on puppy scams since January Puppy scammers place online ads for animals that don't exist Some promote fake courier companies to transport the animals A 12-month-old Dalmatian needed a new home, because its owners were moving house. I made contact with the advertiser, introducing myself and my lifestyle, making my puppy pitch to prove that my partner and I would be responsible parents   Read More ...
The Block 2017: How to make a tiny bathroom feel luxe
2017-10-17 03:15:17 Home renovators and buyers alike are increasingly seeking retreat-like bathrooms steeped in luxury. “Custom finishes, artisan tiles, mood lighting and statement features like a stone bath, universally spell luxury,” says stylist Jane Ledger of Spacecrush. But how do you achieve this look when faced with a bathroom in a minuscule space? “There is no reason why it still can’t feel lavish,” says interior stylist Rebecca Johnson of Bird Lifestyle   Read More ...
Kitchens and bathrooms: Rooms at the heart of the home
2017-10-16 03:12:19 Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes – and they can either considerably add to a selling price or detract from it if a new owner has to budget for a renovation. These two areas receive closer scrutiny than almost any other space during a home inspection because of the important roles they play in modern lifestyles. Designer Sonja McAuliffe of Archertec Interiors says the best result in both areas is an outcome of careful thinking and planning   Read More ...
Perth pet cat found with 'arrow' shot through its ear
2017-09-27 09:10:48 A cat has been found with a 30-centimetre arrow through its ear in Ellenbrook. A resident heard the cat "crying out in pain" on Tuesday and called the RSCPA to help locate the distressed animal. An RSPCA Inspector found the cat hiding in the backyard of a home on Musselbrook Trail and it was rushed to a local vet clinic for urgent care   Read More ...
Kitchen garden: Gardening with vegetable seedlings
2017-09-11 16:15:54 Last year, Jim Kerr of Macquarie and his daughter Heather Kerr of Hughes started selling vegetable seedlings on a stall at Jamison Trash and Treasure Rotary Markets believing they would do it once or twice. However they got hooked on the thrill of sharing gardening stories and chats with the locals. Heather is currently revising their planting schedule for this month and the stall will return early in October (Sundays 7am-noon)   Read More ...
ACT firefighters help extinguish NSW house fire in Michelago
2017-08-29 00:32:27 ACT firefighters have helped their NSW counterparts extinguish a house fire east of Michelago. Emergency services were called to the home on Tinderry Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning where they found the property ablaze. The house was evacuated before firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported. ACT Fire & Rescue remained on scene with NSW Fire & Rescue and the NSW Rural Fire Service until the fire was under control   Read More ...
The key to enjoying your outdoor space in winter? Consider an outdoor fireplace
2017-08-25 09:06:56 Ah, winter … season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Whoops, that’s actually autumn, isn’t it? (Sorry, Keats.) Sweet season of delight? Um, I guess that’d be spring. (Apologies to you also, Elizabeth Bentley.) Winter. What’s good about winter? Well, there’s football. And football. And, uh … football. But when it comes to getting out the door, most of us need a bit of a psychological push   Read More ...
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge concedes that destiny is out of Dogs' hands
2017-08-19 12:10:01 Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge acknowledged that the reigning premiers' destiny in 2017 was out of their hands after the Dogs conceded the last five goals of the game in a 17-point loss to Port Adelaide in Ballarat on Saturday. The result meant Beveridge's side had to wait to see how Essendon and Melbourne fared in the rest of round 22, after the Eagles helped by losing to GWS, before knowing if they had a chance of making the final eight ahead of their final round clash with Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium on Friday night   Read More ...
Australia's Wesfarmers posts record annual profit on coal, home improvement
2017-08-17 01:40:04 Aug 17 (Reuters) - Australian retail-to-mining conglomerate Wesfarmers Ltd on Thursday posted a record annual profit but just missed analyst forecasts, boosted by the coal and home improvement units although supermarket sales were flat. The company declared a final dividend of A$1.20 per share, up from A$0.95 a share last year. $1 = 1.2618 Australian dollars Reporting by Rushil Dutta; Editing by Byron Kaye and Stephen Coates   Read More ...
The household items you didn’t know were recyclable
2017-08-14 05:05:23 Recycling has been around for decades and each week Australians religiously fill their recycling bins with paper and glass products. But there is a wide range of items that have become recyclable over time that you may not be aware of. Jenni Downes is a research consultant at UTS’ Institute for Sustainable Futures. She says while recycling rates are rising they aren’t climbing as steadily as councils would wish   Read More ...
Inspired by The Block to renovate? Here’s how to start planning your budget
2017-08-05 10:08:23 The new series of The Block inspires many of us to embark on a renovation project. Home improvement has almost become a national obsession. As each room on The Block is revealed it sparks DIY gusto across the nation, making even the novice do-it-yourself enthusiast think they are capable of renovating singlehandedly. It is hard not to feel apprehensive when initially beginning a home renovation, with the journey of dust and disorder ahead   Read More ...
Inspired by The Block to renovate? Here’s how to start planning your budget
2017-08-04 01:08:20 The new series of The Block inspires many of us to embark on a renovation project. Home improvement has almost become a national obsession. As each room on The Block is revealed it sparks DIY gusto across the nation, making even the novice do-it-yourself enthusiast think they are capable of renovating singlehandedly. It is hard not to feel apprehensive when initially beginning a home renovation, with the journey of dust and disorder ahead   Read More ...
Seven common myths about pet cats
2017-07-31 16:14:25 Cats are enigmatic creatures to many, appearing in fairy tales and old religious stories as things of mystery. But in reality cats are just animals, like humans. Here are some of the more common misunderstandings about cats you may have grown up firmly believing. 1. Cats always land on their feet and have nine lives While it sometimes appears cats have near magical powers to land on their feet and get out of trouble, they can, and do, hurt themselves by falling off things   Read More ...
Western Bulldogs premiership forward Tory Dickson says Dogs are building momentum
2017-07-31 07:06:36 Western Bulldogs premiership hero Tory Dickson says the Dogs are building momentum, with the forward taking a "never say never" approach to the remainder of the season. After a turbulent premiership defence in which they have been thwarted at various times by injury, illness and poor form, the Dogs have won three in a row, briefly returning to the top eight after their 30-point win over Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday before being dislodged later in the day by West Coast   Read More ...
What landlords want you to know about decorating rentals
2017-07-26 18:10:16 When you move into a rental place, it’s normal to want to make it your own by hanging pictures or even painting an accent wall. That’s why renters have to walk a fine line between making themselves feel at home and making changes that will cost them their bond. But all is not lost. Sometimes, modifications can be made with the owner’s approval   Read More ...
Australia blows the whistle on moving house by rail
2017-07-12 16:02:38 MOVING house? Don't let the train take the strain -- that's the message from Australian rail chiefs after publishing footage of passengers lugging furniture and fridges on busy commuter services. The slapstick images taken in Brisbane show a man labouring to trolley a refrigerator into a lift and down to a platform. He manages to wheel the large item onto a train, before the footage shows him backing it out again as security officers intervene and issue a fine   Read More ...