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Carrie Underwood ‘not ready’ for public after 40 facial stitches

Carrie Underwood has told fans she will look “different” the next time they see her after she received over 40 stitches on her face following a fall at home in November.
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The US country singer, who originally only reported that the fall had left her with a broken wrist, revealed news of her more severe injuries in a post on her fan club website on Monday, Entertainment Tonight first reported.

Underwood said she had not been “ready” to talk about her facial injuries, due to the level of “uncertainty as to how things will end up”.

???”In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike [Fisher, Underwood’s ice hockey player husband] that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in,” Underwood wrote.

Since the incident, Underwood has posted one new picture of herself on social media – a selfie on her Instagram account promoting her fashion line, Calia by Carrie Underwood, which showed the singer’s face largely hidden by a scarf. It is not known if the picture was taken after the incident. When in 5 degree weather, wrap your @caliabycarrie scarf around your neck and face…you keep warm AND look like an awesome winter snow ninja! #WinWin #StayThePath #LetItSnow #BabyItsColdOutsideA post shared by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Dec 27, 2017 at 12:30pm PSTMy boys playing in the snow! Thanks, Peterborough, for the good times! Next year, I’ll bring some better boots! #ICantFeelMyToesA post shared by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Dec 30, 2017 at 6:51am PSTThank you for being so brave and courageous in sharing your news with us @carrieunderwood! We you no matter what! You are beautiful inside and out! Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy New Year! Looking forward to what 2018 will bring for us Carebears! #CU6??? Renee (@ReneeGiann) January 1, 2018Shout out to @carrieunderwood for being so candid and open about this past year. We love you! Also, working on new music in 2018? YES!??? Carrie Underwood Fan (@CUnews4Fans) January 1, 2018Dear @carrieunderwood, we love you no matter how you could ever look. Sooooo??? Shayna (@Voices_Carrie86) January 1, 2018My heart. @carrieunderwood I’m praying for you girl! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. We love you so much! Here’s to an awesome 2018!!!!!??? M e l i s s a (@carriedawayxo) January 1, 2018Sending lots of love & hugs to you @carrieunderwood! Wishing you a wonderful 2018, you are beautiful, strong & inspiring! Proud to be a fan & will support you always!??? **CUFAN4EVER** (@IBCARRIEdAWAY) January 1, 2018 read more »

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Losing her daughter Larissa to Rasmussen’s encephalitis inspired Chris Harris to write

Writing to remember: Chris Harris has written a book following the loss of her daughter, Larissa, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at 17 years of age and died, aged 28, in 2009 from a rare condition. Picture: Jonathan CarrollAT 17 years old, the future was looking bright and promising for Larissa Harris.
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She was an intelligent,generous and slightly shyteenager who hada passion for the written word and a determination to excel at whatever she did.

But it was just before atrial HSC exam at Merewether High that she suffered a seizure thatwould prove to bethe first of many.

“Ittraumatised everyone in the room, and they had to postpone the exam,” her mother, Chris Harris,said.

“Everybody thought it was because she had been studying hard, and she had been – she would stay up at night going over her notes.

“But then she continued to have seizures.”

Larissa was diagnosed with epilepsy at 17, which was treated and controlled with medication while she completed aCommunications degree at the University of Newcastle.

“She wanted to be a journalist, a writer,” Mrs Harris said.

“But her condition became progressively worse.”

In 2006, doctors at Sydney’s Prince Of Wales hospital diagnosed Larissa with a rareinflammatory neurological disease calledRasmussen’s encephalitis, characterised byfrequent and severe seizures, loss of motor skills and speech, weakness on one side of the body, and inflammation of the brain.

“She went from being this intelligent, lovely, brilliant girl, tohaving continual seizuresover the next year or two,” Mrs Harris said.

“At the end of 2006, she had an operation on her brain, and she was in hospital for nine months, bedridden.

“She lost her ability to do most things.”

Larissa’sjourney from that first seizureto her death11 years later at the age of 28has been documented in a book written by Mrs Harris.

“I started to write a journal when she got worse in 2006, and it became rather huge,” the Glendale womansaid.

“It just felt like something I should do.

“I wanted people to know about this disease. I wanted to let people know how brave she was and what she’d achieved in her short life.”

Writing to remember: Chris Harris has written a book following the loss of her daughter, Larissa, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at 17 years of age and died, aged 28, in 2009 from a rare condition. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

In Losing Larissa: A Mother’s Story, Mrs Harris recounts the nights she spent sleeping on hospital floors to be by her daughter’s side, the occasional run-ins with insensitive medical staff,andthe guilt,anger, andfrustration she felt watching her eldest child suffer, all while witnessing theimpact it had on the rest of the family.

“I looked after Larissa at home for close to 18 months, and then she wanted to go into care at Wallsend nursing home,” Mrs Harris said.

Larissapassed awayin 2009, surrounded byher whole family.

Mrs Harris hopes the book, available at MacLeans Booksellers in Hamilton, and via Amazon, would provide comfort to other carers.

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Bono, it’s time to stop using ‘girly’ as a negative term

If you thought that U2 dropping their unsolicited album onto every single iPhone was the most unwanted noise Bono could gift you with, think again. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 57 year-old thought it appropriate to provide comments, fitting to the year that was.
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The frontman, whose weepy ballad All I Want is You reached number one in , lamented that male musicians no longer have an outlet for their rage because the industry has become too feminised. Although that’s not the word he used.

“I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment???and that’s not good. When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me.” he told the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner.

“You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine???I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is f—— over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde.

“In the end, what is rock and roll? Rage is at the heart of it.”

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, didn’t denounce female artists but it does seem like his lamentations on the lack of white male rage in such a fluid music genre is code for “too many women are dominating charts”.

Just like the comments made recently by Matt Damon over Harvey Weintsein, and the #MeToo Movement, Bono appears able to only view progress made by women as it affects – and in his eyes – detracts – from men.

But as gender and education professor Pam Gilbert has said, labels like “girly” and “girlie-man” are detrimental to both sexes; and they’re nominally employed toward males as a form of bullying.

“Boys learn that masculinity is a performance reliant on physical control, autonomy and independence.” she wrote in her research. “Being labelled a “girlie-man” is life’s greatest fear. Therein lies mockery, derision and rejection.”

Such rejection was evident just last week when Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton jokingly berated his nephew for wearing the princess dress he received as a Christmas gift. “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” Hamilton said in a video that has since been deleted. After a backlash on social media, Hamilton was quick to apologise. Bono has offered no such apology, despite the outcry on Twitter. Bono thinks music is too girly and there’s not enough anger? I’m a girl and I was really angry when he put a U2 album on my phone without asking me??? Jessie Thompson (@jessiecath) December 28, 2017Oh Bono. You have no idea of the rage us ???girly’ people have. https://t苏州夜场招聘/6xX1or7A1P??? Heather Boyd (@HevBoyd) December 28, 2017 read more »

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Man, teenage girl flown to hospital after near drowning

A man and a teenage girl were flown to hospital on the Central Coast after five swimmers narrowly avoided tragedy on New Year’s Day after being caught in a rip.
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The group had been swimming about 1km south of the flags at the popular Birubi Beach in Port Stephens about 5pm on Monday when they found themselves in trouble.

NSW Surf Life Saving duty officer Glen Dunkley said luck had been on the swimmers’ side.

Five swimmers were pulled from a rip by local surfers. Photo: Glen Dunkley

He said it was lucky a group of local surfers spotted the distressed swimmers in the water and were experienced enough to phone triple-0 and help pull them from the water.

Luckier still was that surf life savers were still on the beach. They were packing up for the day when the call to help came in at 5.05pm.

Beach patrols end at 5pm.

Mr Dunkley said two people were pulled out of the water in a serious condition. Both were unconscious when they were helped onto the beach.

The other three were in distress but not otherwise injured.

Mr Dunkley said there was no doubt that the surfers who pulled the five swimmers from the water and Birubi Point surf life savers who provided immediate assistance had saved their lives.

“Surf life savers from Birubi surf club did an amazing job to stabilise them until the ambulance and other emergency services arrived,” Mr Dunkley said.

“They undoubtedly saved two lives with their actions.

“It could have easily been a much worse outcome without the actions of these lifesavers.”

Surf life savers from the Birubi Point club provided treatment for near drowning on the beach while waiting for ambulances and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to arrive.

The helicopter transported a 27-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl to John Hunter Hospital for observation.

They were both reported to be in a stable condition.

The Port Stephens incident comes after a 30-year-old man was caught in a rip and drowned at Frazer Beach on the Central Coast on New Year’s Eve.

Mr Dunkley said it was important that beach-goers swim between the flags and knew their limitations.

“Even flat surf can be dangerous,” he said.

“If you’re unsure of how to swim, then don’t risk it. Know your limitations and swim between the flags and at patrolled beaches.”

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John Morris vows to attend 50 gigs in 2018

You’re never too old for rock and roll Rock On: John Morris at Lizotte’s, his favourite music venue in Newcastle.
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John and Brooklee Morris at the Midnight Oil gig at Hope Estate in October.

Peter Garrett at the Midnight Oil gig at Hope Estate in October. Photos: Simone De Peak.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldmusic journalist Josh Leeson published a piece last Saturday in which helisted his top 10 gigs of the year.

The Herald’s Weekender editor Jim Kellar and journalist Lisa Rockman also listed their top gigs of the year.

John read the article withgreat interest.

“I feel I need to share my top gigs from the perspective of a 59-year-old school teacher, who went to 47 gigs in 2017,” John said, before revealing he planned to trump that number this year.

When you go to a gig, it’s always good to have a crew. John’s crew includeshis wifeBrookleeandfriendsTim and Julie Lockwood. They love live music.

On his last birthday, Julie told him: “You’re never too old to rock and roll”.

“We really love Aussie rock. Those ‘70s,‘80s and‘90s bands have still got it,” John said.

“These rockers are true performers and always seem to have a great time on the stage themselves.

“They don’t just sing their hits but tell a few jokes and stories as well.”

John has been going to gigs for years, back to the old Newcastle Workers Club days.

“When I saw my very first band, Bon Scott and AC/DC at the Civic Theatre, I was in fifth form (year 11) at high school,” he said.

“It blew me awayand I’ve always loved Oz rock since then. We love to dance in the mosh pit and sing along.

“It brings back so many memories of good times.”

He’s a big fan of Lizotte’s at Lambton.

“We’vebeen to Lizotte’sover 60 times. It is our favourite venue in Newcastle,” he said.

“Brian Lizotte and his staff are so friendly and always go out of their way to make our evening enjoyable.

“There is a waitress there called Phoebe who always gives us a hug and a high five and remembers our names.”

Here’s John’s list:

1. Midnight Oil, Hope Estate (October 21): What a great night –took the whole family. After the show, we waited in the car park for the traffic to thin out, eating homemade pink cupcakes and drinking cups of tea.How rock and roll is that!And yes,I used to go to the Ambassador nightclub many moons ago [The Ambassador was a Newcastle nightclub famous for its rock shows and a regular haunt for Midnight Oil].

2. The Life and Music of Stevie Wright and the Easybeats, Lizotte’s, June 16: What a talent, what a sad ending! What a night with Tim and Julie!

3. The Angels/Rose Tattoo/Mi-Sex,Doyalson RSL, November 10: One word … loud!

4. Thirsty Merc, Caves Beach Hotel, February 18: Ray Thistlewayte is a talented man.

5. INXS, Don’t Change Tribute Show, Lizotte’s, December21:The lead singer had Michael Hutchence to a tee.

6. AC/DCDirty Deeds tribute show, Mezz Bar, November 24: Brought back memories.AC/DC was the first band I ever saw in 1974.Bon Scott rules!

7. Stars, Lizotte’s, August 20. Mighty rock and mighty roll!

8. The Radiators, Beresfield Bowling Club, November 17: Hada one-on-one chat with lead singer Brian after the show.

9. Russell Morris, Belmont 16 footers, September 9: No relation but wish he was.

10. Casey Donovan, Lizotte’s, October 14: What a voice!She bared her soul.

John had to leave out the likes of Pseudo Echo, Dragon, Living End, Kevin Borich, Jimmy Barnes, Icehouse, James Reyne, Ross Wilson, DV8, Daryl Braithwaite, Mental as Anything, The Heroes, Hoodoo Gurus, Killer Queen and Spy vs Spy.

“If you think there’s no music in Newcastle you’re not trying,” he said.

Scary Shark SignA couple of years back, we were hearing often about great white shark sightings in Lake Macquarie.

Jaws Sign: Swimmers at Toronto foreshore. Picture: Marina Neil

Quite a few pictures and videos surfaced ofwhite pointers in thelake.

We haven’t heard of any new ones lately, but Herald photographer Marina Neil did snap a picture of this shark sign at Toronto on New Year’s Eve.

It warnedpeople against swimming after dark and includeda promotional image from the movie Jaws. Hmmm.If sharks like the one from Jaws are lurking around Toronto,we’llbe sure to giveswimming a missin the day, not just the night.

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