Asher Keddie Reveals Battle with Shyness

Asher Keddie Reveals Battle with Shyness

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If Asher Keddie could go back in time and give her teenage self some advice it would be, “Don’t wait too long to be brave”.

The WA-raised actor has a string of major awards to her name, but in an interview with InStyle Magazine confesses she has battled a lack of confidence her whole life.

The 38-year-old said it was part of the reason she was a relative late bloomer on the scene.

“I was shy and struggling with it,” the Gold Logie winner tells the magazine, which is out tomorrow. “When you are lacking in confidence, the last thing you want to do is perform.”

Keddie, who is photographed for the interview in glamorous designs by Christian Dior and Gucci, says a lack of confidence is common among actors.

“As an actor you have to be vulnerable or you’re just not going to cut it,” she said.

“Instead of fighting that vulnerability, you have to find a way of embracing it but without false confidence. I like that challenge, but struggle with it. It’s the juxtaposition of wanting to communicate a message and also wanting to not be looked at.”

The notoriously private star also opens up about her new relationship with artist Vincent Fantauzzo, a man she describes as “pretty wonderful”.

But she says they aren’t thinking about marriage. “I like the thrill of not knowing what’s happening,” Keddie said.

“I like the surprise in life across the board.”

Keddie also says she will play the neurotic Nina Proudman in a fifth season of Offspring.

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The Blues Brothers Biography

The Blues Brothers Biography

The Blues Brothers Biography

Formed in 1978, this US group was centred on comedians John Belushi (24 January 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 5 March 1982, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Dan Aykroyd (b. 1 July 1952, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Renowned for contributions to the satirical National Lampoon team and television’s Saturday Night Live, the duo formed this 60s-soul-styled revue as a riposte to disco.

Assuming the epithets Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues (Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Aykroyd), they embarked on live appearances with the assistance of a crack backing group, which included Steve Cropper (guitar), Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (bass) and Tom Scott (saxophone). Briefcase Full Of Blues topped the US charts, a success that in turn inspired the movie The Blues Brothers (1980). Although reviled by several music critics, there was no denying the refreshing enthusiasm the participants brought to R&B and the venture has since acquired a cult status.

An affectionate, if anarchic, tribute to soul and R&B, it featured cameo appearances by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and James Brown. Belushi’s death from a drug overdose in 1982 brought the original concept to a premature end, since which time Aykroyd has continued a successful acting career. However, several of the musicians, including Cropper and Dunn, later toured and recorded as the Blues Brothers Band.

The original Blues Brothers have also inspired numerous copy-cat/tribute groups who still attract sizeable audiences, over 20 years after the movie’s release. In August 1991, interest in the concept was again boosted with a revival theatre production in London’s West End. A critically slated sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, was released in 1998, with Belushi replaced by ex-Roseanne star John Goodman.

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Naughty Max Burst Birthday Balloons

Naughty Max Burst Birthday Balloons

Max just turned 7. He is a Mini Foxie Jack Russell Cross.

Naughty Max Burst Birthday Balloons

His favorite sports are chasing birds, playing one dog soccer and swinging from his rope.

He does not like storms or loud noises but he does love to pop balloons, and if we run out he will chase and pop the occasional blown up rubber glove.
His favorite passtime is sleep, sleep and more sleep. The hardest decision he has to make is where he wants to sleep.
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He does not like to swim or take a bath but will drink the salt water in the swimming pool. He is the best friend a human could ask for.

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Spiders in bananas

Spiders in bananas

Beware of spots on store bananas, world’s deadliest spiders.

Spiders in bananas

Spiders in bananas bought in supermarkets might not look like the world’s deadliest and most toxic spiders at first but only look like a tiny spot on the banana as a British woman shockingly discovered when she bit into the fruit. When 29-year-old Consi Taylor first noticed “a strange white spot” on one of the bananas that she had bought at a local supermarket, she thought it was mold or maybe some bruising on the banana, reported Sky News on Nov. 4, 2013.

To her shock, when Consi Taylor bit into her banana, the spots fell on the carpet and scurried off across the carpet as the world’s most deadliest spiders.

“I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet.”

Consi Taylor’s family was so terrified that they fled their home. Pest experts identified the creepy crawlies as lethal Brazilian Wandering Spiders — and ordered Consi Taylor, her husband Richard and their two young children, three-year-old Benjamin and four-month-old Annabel, to abandon their three-bedroom house in Hampton in south-west London until the home could be fumigated.

Brazilian Wandering Spiders, also known as “banana spiders,” are the deadliest and most toxic spiders and are usually found in tropical South America. The banana spiders can grow to have a leg span of 13 to 15 cm (5.1 to 5.9 in) and a body length of 17 to 48 mm (0.67 to 1.9 in).

The name “banana spiders” or Brazilian Wandering Spiders comes from the spiders’ habit of wandering the jungle floor at night (instead of building a web) and hiding wherever they can, including banana bunches or banana plants.

In densely populated areas in South America, the “banana spiders” search for cover in dark places during the daytime including houses, clothes, cars, boots, boxes and log piles. When disturbed, they will bite and their venomous bite can lead to death within hours. Since “banana spiders” are well-known, an effective antivenom is available and few fatalities occur.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider tends to “wander” into other countries as a stowaway in shipments of bananas and thus appear in banana crates sent to grocery stores and bulk food centers around the world. If kept in the cool during transportation or in the store, they will most likely wait to hatch until it is nice and warm — in someone’s home.

In 2005, 23-year-old Matthew Stevens was attacked by the Brazilian Wandering Spider which was hidden in a box of bananas delivered to the Quantock Gateway pub in Bridgwater. Due to his quick thinking and sending a picture to experts, he received the antivenom and after a week of treatment, he fully recovered from the bite.

Luckily for Consi Taylor, neither she, her husband, or her two young children were bitten by the banana spiders. However, from now on, she is leaving the banana shopping up to her husband and before touching any banana, she takes a very – very—very close look at them.

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John Belushi – Why he died

John Belushi – Why he died

John Belushi - Why he died

Who is right about John Belushi?

Bob Woodward has written a book named Wired that portrays Belushi as a man out of control, whose life came to be ruled by cocaine and other drugs.

Judy Belushi, his widow, has attacked Woodward’s book for a number of reasons, of which the most heartfelt is: That’s not John in the book. Woodward’s portrait doesn’t show the life, the humor, the courage, the energy. He wasn’t just a junkie.

Yet the cops who removed his body from a bungalow at the Chateau Marmont on March 5, 1982, were brutally frank. He looked, to them, like just another dead junkie.

Judy Belushi remembers the good times. She argues that “drugs can be fun,” and that she and John had a lot of ups along with the downs. The difference was that John never knew when to stop. Woodward portrays a man who, at the time of his death, was throwing away a career and alienating key people in the movie industry by a pattern of uncontrolled drug abuse. Judy Belushi speaks of the pressures of show business, of John’s need to find energy and inspiration in drugs so that he could deliver what was expected of him.

In all the important ways, Woodward’s book is apparently reliable. Judy Belushi quarrels with some dates and interpretations, but basically the facts are there, and documented. Their real difference is over the interpretation of the facts. Beginning with the same man and the same life, Judy Belushi sees a lifestyle, and Bob Woodward sees the progression of a disease.

Was John Belushi an addict? Friends shy away from the word, and yet on the evidence in Woodward’s book he was a classic addict, a textbook case of drug and alcohol abuse. You don’t get much worse and live, as indeed he proved.

The protests over Woodward’s unflinching portrait of Belushi’s last days reminds me (not with a smile) of an old Irish joke. The mourners are gathered around the dead man’s coffin.

“What did he die of?” one asks the widow.

“He died of the drink,” she says.

“Did he go to AA?”

“He wasn’t that bad.”

John Belushi did try to stop, many times. It is just that he never tried to stop in a way that would have worked. He tried resolutions and willpower. Every addict knows that willpower hardly ever works in the long run, since when the will turns, the game is over. He tried changing his environment, with retreats to Martha’s Vineyard. Recovering addicts talk cynically of “geographical cures,” as if a habit you carry within yourself can be left behind. He tried placing himself under the discipline of others, and even submitted to “trainers” who were to guard him twenty-four hours a day. That made his drugs their problem, not his. He tried switching from one drug to another, or to “only beer” or “only pot.” All mood-altering substances are interchangeable to the abuser, and the drug of substitute leads inevitably back to the drug of choice. He tried health kicks, with Judy mixing her husband “health shakes” in the mornings, all filled with yogurt and bananas and wheat germ. An abusers body is incapable of efficiently absorbing nutrition. He talked to doctors who issued their dire warnings while writing him prescriptions for tranquilizers. He talked to psychiatrists who wanted to get to the root of his problem, as if today’s drug abuse can be treated by understanding the traumas of childhood.

All of these attempts were valiant. When Judy Belushi speaks of them, she speaks from the bottom of her heart. But they were all doomed. All but the very luckiest of drug abusers and alcoholics have tried and failed at most of those strategies. Those who have been successful at stopping are almost unanimous in describing what finally worked:

1. Complete abstinence from all mood-altering substances.

2. Admission of defeat, and willingness to accept help.

3. Use of a support group, such as AA.

The odds against successfully stopping by going cold turkey and using willpower are so high, according to the Harvard Medical School study “The Natural History of Alcoholism,” that it’s hardly worth trying — except as a prelude to an admission of defeat.

From the evidence in Wired, John Belushi was rarely away from one drug or another for more than a few days. Using Valium or Quaaludes as a “substitute” was just his way of putting his drug of choice on hold. When he did occasionally get clean, it was almost always in response to a specific challenge (doing a movie, meeting a deadline), and it often involved some kind of external control, like a bodyguard who would act as a substitute for Belushi’s own will. When he went back to drug use, it was also often in response to a challenge like a movie or a deadline; whether he was using or abstaining, he connected drugs with his ability to work.

I remember a day here at the Sun-Times building when Belushi was shooting scenes for Continental Divide. I had known him for years on a casual basis; our paths crossed occasionally, from early days of Old Town bars and Second City parties to later interviews and show-biz occasions. I had rarely seen him looking better than he looked that day. He told me he was in great shape. He was off the booze and the drugs. He was exercising.

A man was standing next to him, and he introduced him as “my trainer.” Well, what was he going to call him? “My drug guard?” Alcoholism and drug abuse are characterized by denial and an addict will substitute almost any conceivable illness or weakness for the one he must deny; John seemed to place the entire situation in the category of “losing weight” and “getting in shape.” An alcoholic who has temporarily stopped drinking but does not yet admit his problem will frequently do what John did, which is to describe abstinence as a training program or a diet.

His career was coming apart. Continental Divide did not do well at the box office. There were arguments and major problems during the shooting of Neighbors. Work was at a standstill on the screenplay for Belushi’s next project, titled “Noble Rot.” All the career setbacks are described by Woodward. They were accompanied by episodes of drug and alcohol abuse that grew increasingly alarming to his friends and family.

Judy Belushi, in describing those episodes, often links them with their “causes.” For example, she differs with Woodward on his interpretation of Belushi’s drug use during the filming of “Goin’ South,” one of his early films, which starred Jack Nicholson. In the Woodward version, Belushi’s drug use created problems with the shooting schedule. In Judy Belushi’s version, John had flown to New York for a heavy “Saturday Night Live” taping schedule, had exhausted himself, was diagnosed as having “walking pneumonia,” should have been hospitalized, was nevertheless advised by his lawyer to fly back to the movie location in Mexico — and only then, after being kept on hold for several days in Mexico, began to use drugs. Well, she seems to be asking, can you blame him?

The disagreement over the facts of this episode are unimportant, now that Belushi is in his grave. Judy’s interpretation is revealing. Her rationale, if I follow it, is that John used drugs in response to an intolerable situation, and that drugs were his means of coping with it. He was not just irresponsibly going on a blast.

That is true, but it is half of the truth.

It is true, that for someone with a dependency on drugs or alcohol, there will be situations that literally cannot be gotten through without drugs or alcohol. But the other half of the truth is: The situations that cannot be gotten through without drugs or alcohol are invariably situations caused by drugs or alcohol. Booze fixes a hangover. Then booze causes a hangover. If a non-drinker woke up with a normal hangover, he would go to an emergency room. A surprising number of drug and alcohol abusers walk around every day for years with symptoms that a healthy person would equate with “walking pneumonia,” or worse.

Some reviews of Wired say it describes John as a tragic figure. But disease is not tragic, it is just very sad. And what is sad in John’s case is that he was not lucky enough to find, or be able to accept, help. In the book, Dan Aykroyd cries out that John must be hospitalized, that he needs professional help. John Landis says, “We’ve got to get him formally committed if necessary.” Judy was in agreement, but wondered how they’d ever get John to go along with it. They were right. At the time of John’s death, his friends were apparently mobilizing to “enforce” such help — to intervene.

They were on the right track, but too late. John Belushi himself, on some pages of this book, pounds his fists, cries out against his demons and vows to straighten himself out forever. If he had gone the route of detox, drug counseling, therapy and AA, there is a possibility that he could have stayed drug-free long enough to come down to normal speed, to look soberly at his life, and to accept help. But in the years covered by this book, Belushi was never clean long enough to see very clearly.

To me, the tragic figure in the book is Judy Belushi. Tragedy is when you know not only what was, but what could have been. No matter what she thinks of the Woodward book, for me she comes across in it as a courageous, loving, generous and incredibly patient woman who stood by John as well as she could, who put up with a lot of hell, who did what seemed to be right, and who is not content to have his epitaph read “junkie.”

Yet her behavior toward her husband, as described here, is often an example of “enabling.” Almost all active alcoholics and addicts have “enablers” in their lives — people who make excuses, hold things together, assume the roles of bodyguard, parent, nurse, accountant and alibier. Enabling is obviously done out of love — usually out of a deep and stubborn love that refuses to admit defeat. But groups such as Al-Anon, the organization for friends and associates of alcoholics, argue that the best thing an enabler can do is stop enabling.

Judy tried that on occasion, threatening John with divorce as a last resort. Unfortunately, her battle was not only against her own enabling, but also against the army of enablers that flocked around Belushi in the years of his fame. This was possibly the most enabled man of his generation. The angriest pages in Woodward’s generally dispassionate book are devoted to the friends, fans, agents, producers, employers, groupies and general scum who competed with each other to supply Belushi with drugs.

I remember John from the early 1970s, in Old Town, where, to put it cruelly, you’d put drinks into him like quarters into a jukebox, and he’d entertain everyone in the room. He was eventually “eighty-sixed” (barred) from most of those bars, though, and at the end was frequenting his own private saloons in New York and Chicago.

In Chicago during those early days, we were buying him drinks, In Los Angeles and New York in the later days, Woodward reports, money for cocaine was built into some of his business deals, and his associates were giving him hundreds of dollars in cash, on demand, day or night, to buy drugs. For that matter, what difference would it have made if they hadn’t? Friends and sycophants were sneaking him drugs because it boosted their own images: There are long, painful passages in the book in which Judy is asking people not to give John drugs “because I know you don’t want to hurt him.” The same people are hiding drugs for him in stovepipes, toilet bowls and his pockets.

John Belushi was an actor and a comedian, but the book could have been written about a pilot, a plumber, a taxi driver or a journalist — if their diseases commanded $600,000 advances from Simon and Schuster. Judy Belushi is wrong, I believe, in confusing the progression of John’s disease with the “demands” and “pressures” of show business.

Life involves a lot of pressure. It is easier to handle without the incalculable pressure of drug abuse. The comedian who cannot be funny, the pilot who cannot fly, the journalist who cannot meet a deadline, the mother who cannot be patient with her child, feels demands and pressures that are exactly the equal of Belushi’s — since there is no measuring the intensity of the intolerable. Wired is essentially not a show-business biography, but just the sad natural history of a disease.

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Extraterrestrials – NASA rover shows Mars rodent

Extraterrestrials – NASA rover shows Mars rodent

Extraterrestrials - NASA rover shows Mars rodent

A report posted on UFO Sightings Daily claims that life has been discovered on Mars. The report talks about finding a rat like Creature in one of the photos posted in official NASA website. The photo was sent by the Mars Rover. The website, UFO Sightings Daily, is coordinated by Scott C. Waring. He had been affiliated with the United States Air Force at SAC base (USAF flight line).

He currently owns an ESL School in Taiwan. In this report, Scott has published images of the creature, taken from official NASA website, along with a video of the creature posted on YouTube.

Mr. Waring tells us how the creature was discovered. He also tells us that it is not the first creature discovered on Mars.

“This odd creature was discovered on Mars by a person in Japan in March. This animal was not the first to be discovered in NASA photos but is in a long line of strange creatures.”

He describes the last reported creature and talks about what this particular creature resembles.

“Remember the last one we reported that was very similar to a squirrel (left had column of our site)? Well this one also seems to resemble a rodent but also may be a lizard.”

He explains why it is possible to find such creatures on Mars.

“With water existing on Mars in small amounts, it’s possible to find such desert animals wandering around…although very rare mind you.”

He also suggests that the creatures might have been placed by NASA for experimentation.

“Then again, is NASA placing animals from tiny cyogenic chambers inside the rover onto the surface of Mars to conduct tests?”

Finally, he asks the readers to provide their opinion about the images.

“Check out the NASA photo for yourself and tell us what you think about it in the comments please.”

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Black widows on grapes

Black widows on grapes

Beware of lethal black widow on red, green, black grapes

Black widows on grapes

Black widows on grapes bought in supermarkets might not appear at first like a black widow, the most venomous spider in North America, but as merely some irregularity or red spot on the grapes — until it starts moving. Earlier this month, one shopper in Michigan bought some grapes but after she had taken them home and was getting them ready to be eaten, she noticed something staring at her, reported Fox News on Nov. 22, 2013.

“I looked in the grapes and there was a black widow staring right at me,” said Callum Merry who had the unexpected encounter with a black widow on her grapes.

And Callum Merry from Michigan is not the only shopper who recently discovered a black widow hiding among her grapes.

At the beginning of November, Yvonee Duckhorn was shopping with her four-year-old daughter at an Aldi in Wisconsin when she picked up a clear container of red grapes that was on sale. When she flipped the container with the grapes over to check for mold or any soft grapes, she noticed something was moving inside.

“I saw the legs moving frantically,” Yvonee Duckhorn said. “I’ve seen bugs on fruit before, and I thought, ‘That is a very big spider.’ Nothing I’d ever seen before.”

Yvonee Duckhorn realized that she was actually looking at a black widow on her grapes when she noticed the red marking on the black spider. Following the incident, Aldi Supermarkets pulled all red, green and black grapes from Milwaukee-area stores and promised to beef up inspections, reported the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Black widows can be easily recognized by their distinctive red hour-glass-shaped marking on the body. However, how many people think about checking for a black widow when buying grapes?

No matter whether a black widow is found on grapes in a supermarket or just as you walk out the door (as it happens often in Southern California), black widows are to be respected. They are the most venomous spiders in North America and their venom can cause some major reaction, especially in children, adults, or people with allergies.The bite of a black widow can be lethal.

Black widows, especially the female black widow, have very potent venom. The bite feels like a pinprick. At first you may notice slight swelling and faint red marks. Within a few hours, though, intense pain and stiffness begin. While the much larger body mass of a person can usually fight off the small amount of potent venom, other symptoms can develop including chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. While a severe or even lethal reaction to a black widow spider bite is rare, any of the above symptoms might warrant a visit to the doctor to receive an antivenom.

According to Aquatic Community, “in the United States, compiled black widow spider bite facts show us that between the year 1950 and 1989 there were only 63 reported instances of lethal black widow spider bites. The risk of dying from a black widow spider bite will increase if you do not seek medical attention, and if you have underlying health problems, such as a heart condition. Before the antivenom was invented, up to 5 percent of reported bites were lethal.”

Black widows on grapes or other fruits are becoming more common as food growers are cutting back on insecticides. The black widows’ dark color, even their red marking, make them hard to spot among dark red grapes and thus can easily evade food inspectors.

Besides Michigan and Wisconsin, reports of black widow spiders on grapes have popped up in the past few months in Missouri and Minnesota.

A black widow spider was found in grapes from a Kroger store in Detroit and in early October, two consumers in the St. Louis area reported finding black widow spiders in grapes purchased from different Aldi stores. In September, a black widow was found in a shipment of grapes in the lunchroom of a Twin Cities school.

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Dead baby wakes up crying at funeral home

Dead baby wakes up crying at funeral home

Dead baby wakes up crying at funeral home

dead baby wakes up and cries at the funeral home where he was to be cremated leaving funeral workers startled and shocked. The dead baby woke up two days after he was officially pronounced dead at the Anhui Provincial Children’s Hospital. “The hospital had issued a death certificate for the baby, who was meant to be cremated under standard procedures, according to the Hefei Municipal Funeral Parlor,” reported Shangaiist on Nov. 22, 2013.

The dead baby who woke up and cried before being cremated was discovered to be alive on Wednesday morning by funeral workers in Anhui in eastern China. The funeral workers sent the baby boy who is less than one month old immediately back to the hospital where he had been declared dead.

According to the health department in the Anhui province, the baby boy who unexpectedly woke up two days after he had been pronounced dead suffered from a congenital respiratory system malformation.

After being born, the parents had agreed to stop medical treatment for their baby boy on Nov. 12. However, since the baby boy “still had life signs, we continued to give him transfusions to maintain his life for humanitarian reasons,” said one of the staff members of the Anhui Provincial Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, Nov. 18, however, the baby boy’s health declined, a death certificate was issued, and the baby boy was sent to the funeral home to be cremated. An investigation into the precise circumstances of the incident is ongoing.

However, had the “dead” baby boy not woken up and cried on Wednesday, he would have been cremated alive.

While the baby boy who prevented his cremation by waking up and crying is being treated, the doctor responsible for declaring him dead has been ruled negligent and his license has been revoked.

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Dog’s wife Beth has warrant out for arrest

Dog’s wife Beth has warrant out for arrest

Dog's wife Beth has warrant out for arrest

Dog the bounty hunter‘s wife, Beth, has a warrant out for her arrest in Colorado. This is really out of the norm for this reality TV star, who is usually on the hunt to drag folks in for jumping bail. While Dog and Beth were on a fishing trip in Colorado, they ran into an unruly group of teens, according to MStars on July 28, 2013.

Beth and Dog were fishing when a car sped by with a group of teens inside. Beth allegedly yelled at the kids for their recklessness. Beth called 911 only after she saw that one of this group was carrying a gun and he had his hand on the grip. When police got there, Beth and Dog had left the area, but could you blame them, especially with a gun in the mix?

The teens put in a complaint about Beth yelling at them, saying she called one of the passengers a “tramp” and a “whore.” Under Colorado State law apparently the use of “coarse language” along with “taunting or challenging someone” is a crime, according to the website.

The warrant for this complaint was issued only because the police tried to get a hold of Beth to talk with her about the complaint, but she didn’t call them back. The Chapman’s lawyer has called the Colorado police to say that Beth would be turning herself in.

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