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‘I got here at 3am and there were people in front of me’

The fifth and final Ashes Test match begins in Sydney today and with that comes an annual tradition. Although the series has already been won by , thousands of SCG Members lined up in the early hours this morning to secure the best seats at the historic ground. One patron even began queueing at 3am.
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Fans, both young and old and from all parts of NSW, were undeterred by the poor weather as they queued for hours, with the line stretching hundreds of metres. Despite the members gates opening at 7am, Leo Mellrose was among the first patrons to line up. “I got here at around 3 in the morning and there were still seven people in front of me”.

Mr Mellrose has attended all days of the Sydney Test Match for four decades and says that he sees the practice of lining up as an “annual tradition”.

“I usually get down here an hour earlier [in the line] for an Ashes Test Match. It’s the one you want to get to”

Tim Ruddell has been coming down from Newcastle with his family for 20 years with 15 members of his family. “We got here at 4:15 this morning to be the first 50 people here”. Queuing for the Sydney Test Match has become a family tradition for Mr Ruddell. “Twenty years ago, it was the parents who were running for the seats. Now the kids have grown up and they’re the ones making the mad dash”.

English supporters are also partaking in the tradition. Anna Hall, a British national living in Sydney, has attended the first day of the Sydney Test Match for the past six years. “It’s tradition with my friends, the 5am dash,” she explained. “It took over 45 minutes just to get a coffee; that’s how many people are here.”

The past two Sydney Test Matches have been affected by rain, and it appears the weather may wreak havoc once more with rain predicted on the first, fourth and fifth days.

However, this hasn’t deterred fans from piling into the stadium by their thousands. Ian McGuire, who has gone to the past 30 test matches at the ground and the last four with his grandson says that it is important to “turn up and hope for the best”.

The first three days of the Test match have been sold out.

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Sixers’ poor form continues in Geelong

The struggling Sixers produced their most insipid batting display of the season as the Melbourne Renegades surged into third spot on the Big Bash table with an eight-wicket win.
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On the same day he was named in ‘s ODI squad to face England this summer, Renegades captain Aaron Finch returned to his best scoring 51 from 38 balls to ensure his side chased down the Sixers’ 8-111 with 4.3 overs to spare.

Finch had only scored 12 runs in three matches so far this season, but rediscovered his touch blasting six boundaries and two sixes. It always looked likely to be his night after he took arguably the catch of the tournament early in the Sixers’ innings to dismiss the luckless Jason Roy – the Renegades captain leaping off the deck to knock the ball into the air with his left hand before finishing the job.

Roy’s dismissal was indicative of the Sixers’ misfortune at GMHBA Stadium in front of 23,586 fans in Geelong. The visitors managed just one maximum despite the short boundaries on offer, in the 20th over from stand-in captain Johan Botha who finished unbeaten on 32 as one of only two Sixers’ batsmen who scored better than a run a ball.

“We struggled a bit with the bat, we were up against a high quality team,” Botha said.

“Really good bowling unit, there’s a lot of experience in their bowling and they just didn’t let us get away.

“Finchy took a great catch at mid off early to one of our really good strikers. When you lose those guys, all of a sudden the power play is gone and you don’t have much on the board.”

It was a different story for the Renegades who scored freely after a slow start, with Finch ably assisted by the in-form Cameron White (49 not out).

The Sixers have now lost their first five matches of the year with an away trip to Hobart early next week to follow before the second Sydney Smash of the season.

Their season continues to lurch from bad to worse after news tweaker Stephen O’Keefe had surgery on Wednesday in Sydney to repair an ankle syndesmosis injury suffered in Monday’s loss against Perth. That will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Daniel Hughes has missed both games this week with a quadriceps strain while captain Moises Henriques is still unavailable indefinitely as he takes personal leave.

Nic Maddinson may also join the injury list after damaging his shoulder in a fielding drill between innings, but did manage to return to the field.

“We’d obviously like to win some games, you don’t want to go through a whole comp and not win anything,” Botha said.

“We’ve got a few days off which is probably not a bad thing to regroup, take two days away from it.

“Our aim now is to take a few points from a few teams that could be gunning for a top four spot. Other teams have tried to do it to us in the past, deny you points when they’re not in the comp any more.”

Mickey Edwards was the latest Sixer to be handed a debut, but it wasn’t one to remember in front of a boisterous crowd an hour out of Melbourne. He managed 0-31 off three overs.

The crowd endured an uninspiring showing from the Sixers with the bat before coming to life as Finch and White took charge, making light work of the straight forward run chase.

After losing the toss and being sent in, the Sixers produced their fourth lowest score in history and was never going to be enough to defend against an explosive Melbourne Renegades batting line up.

So sluggish was the early Sixers’ run rate they sat at just 2-20 after the powerplay and 3-40 at the halfway mark.

Were it not for some late innovation by Botha and Englishman Sam Billings, the visitors probably would not have cracked the hundred.

In fairness, the Renegades bowled very well, giving away just one extra through 20 overs and restricting the visitors to just eight boundaries.

Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the Renegades’ attack, finishing with 3-29 off his four overs.

But his most significant contribution came from short fine leg when he fielded sharply and hurled a venomous throw to the non-striker’s end, hitting the stumps with Maddinson short of his crease.

Maddinson didn’t dive to make his ground, clearly unaware of the danger being posed by the West Indian from 30m away.

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King tides, swell time

The tide is high and the fishing is easy,according to Jason “One For” Nunn, from Fishermans Warehouse at Marks Point.
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FISH OF THE WEEK: Ryan Thoroughgood wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this snapper hooked off Swansea this week.

The January “super moon” saw tides peak in Lake Macquarie at 2.11 metres on Wednesday.

Each day this week tides up and down the coast have pushed huge amounts of water in and out of estuaries.bearing out the old adage “no fun without the run’’.

”There has been anincredible volume of water moving and that fires up our estuaries,” Jason said.

“These big tides always coincide with the full moon.

“It’s no different to the big tides in June and July except maybe no one but the fishos noticed them because they were all asleep in bed.”

Flathead featureAnglers have been catching, and hopefully releasing a lot of big flathead in the lake.

It’s a critical time of the breeding cycle with females typically “nesting” with upwards of half a dozen males this time of year and fully roe-ed up.

“Lake Macquarie is a designatedFlathead Trophy Fishing Area and the program is getting a lot of momentum,” Jason said, referring to the Fisheries intiative.

“It’s important to protect the big females at this time of year as they are laying millions of eggs.

“As part of the Trophy Flathead program, anglersare encouraged to release all flathead over 70cm and if they catch one that has been tagged (pink tag on the second dorsal fin), to record the tag number, measure the fish, note the location and pass on the information to fisheries.”

Go shallowThe big tides have been inundating areas not used to water (including a few cafes up Tea Gardens way, and the odd boat ramp car park). As a result, bream and flathead have been pushing up into shallower areas usually inaccessible chasing food.

“There have been some magnificent bream caught on high tide in these areas,” Jason said.

“Similarly lots of whiting getting caught on worms and surface lures, and flathead responding to surface lures too, as they push up into shallow waters chasing poddy mullet

“It’s been impressive.

“We’ve seen good numbers ofmulloway up to 80cm and 90cm caught on this moon cycle too and we’re starting to see patches of squid turn up.”

Prawn talkAs the moon subsides attention will turn to the next prawn run, which typically triggers sevento 10 days after the full moon.

December’s run was poor due to lack of rain, but with time running out for the prawns to make a move, hopes are high for January.

Current affairsWater movement is the talk offshore too, with an unusualeast-west current bucking the normal “downhill” north-to-south trajectory.

“Anglers fishing The Farm this week reported casting east and sinkers pulling due west,” Jason said.

“The upshot is warmer water of exceptional clarity being pushed in close.

“The water is very clear because we’ve had no rain and so there’s been no run-off.”.

“This clarity can hinder shallow water fishing as the fish will tend to shut down during the day so bestto hit it early and late, or head out wider.

“There is no surer sign that summer is hear than lots of trag,” Jason said.

“It indicates water temps are consistent top to bottom in close.

“There are heaps of souries on The farm, lots of flying fishing on inshore reefs, bonito, trag, reds, flathead and few kings.”

“It won’t be long before we see black marlin about.

“There are already reports of blacks up at South West Rocks and Port Macquarie.

“We’ve already seen a few stripes and blues, and some really good dolphin fish from the The Farm out to the Shelf.

“Last year all the stripes got pushed south by the current and we missed out.

“This year it is really augering well in the lead-up to the traditional gamefishing tournaments of late January and February.”

Darting aboutBeaches are firing for whiting and dart and strangely enough, there’s still a few salmon about and a very nice run of tailor.

“Anglers have been getting the whiting off the sand and along the breakwaters,” Jason said.

“The dart have been good size, as have the tailor which have pushed into the lake as well –fighting fish up to 55cm.”

Rules are rulesHoliday makers chasing crabs should bemindful that regulations vary from waterway to waterway.

For example, in Lake Macquarie you can only use witches hats, whereas in Port Stephens, witches hats are illegal.

If unsure, contact local fisheries to verify therules.

You’d hate the sweet taste of blue swimmers for lunch being tainted by a fine.

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Glenn Maxwell left on outer by axing from China one-day side against England

Glenn Maxwell admits he can rub people up the wrong way and is not “everyone’s cup of tea” and the disconnect between the maverick Victorian and n set-up has been laid bare by his shock axing from the one-day squad.
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The selectors delivered their latest curveball of the summer by includingChris Lynn at the expense of Maxwellfor five ODIs against England despite the Queenslander being unable to throw with his dominant hand due to a shoulder injury and battling a hamstring problem.

If that was not a sufficient slap for the 2015 World Cup winner, n captain Steve Smith gave the 29-year-old a smackdown, questioning how he trains.

There is a back story beyond the numbers as to why the all-rounder is on the outer 18 months out from the next World Cup and Smith alluded to it on Wednesday.

“I think just looking at the way he trains, I think he could train a little bit smarter,” Smith said. “We’ve all seen the way he can come out and play, do all his funky stuff and be cool with that. When he puts his head down he’s actually a really good batsman, as we’ve seen in Shield cricket, he’s got some big runs there.

“If he keeps his head switched on and trains really well and focuses on basic things more than the expansive things, I think that will help him have his consistency. If he’s having those consistent performances he’s certainly a person you want to have on your team.”

On the outer: Glenn Maxwell played for against India in September but has been dropped from the ODI squad. Photo: AP

On top of queries about his preparation attitude, the other issue burning behind the scenes is whether Maxwell’s outspoken manner, and often polarising personality within the team, has hurt his chances.

Fairfax Media reported on thisafter his career-best Sheffield Shield score of 278 against NSW at North Sydney Oval, in November, after he had been overlooked for the first Test. And speaking onABC Grandstandduring the fourth Test in Melbourne last week Maxwell opened up briefly on the subject.

“Maybe sometimes I rub people up personally a little bit different,” he said. “I am a bit outspoken and a bit opinionated.”

The public flashpoint of that came when he wasfined by the n leadership groupfor questioning at the SCG last summer why then Victoria captain and national wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was batting above him at state level.

In a refreshingly honest interview last week Maxwell confronted the perceptions about him.

“I might not be everyone’s cup of tea as far as what they like to watch but I’ve always tried to play the game how I wanted to play it and how I’d like to see it played,” he said.

But Maxwell’s approach to training was on Wednesday defended by his batting coach at Big Bash League team Melbourne Stars.

Trent Woodhill, also a batting coach of Smith who helped hone the modern-day great’s game, believes Maxwell is unfairly maligned.

“In my time with Glenn, closely over the last 12 months, he’s developed a training routine that allows him to become more consistent with his ball striking,” Woodhill said.

“I think he could train a little bit smarter”: Steve Smith on Glenn Maxwell’s consistency. Photo: AP

“We’ve seen that with his performances in Shield cricket, his (Test) hundred in India and his performance in the IPL last year. His performances would illustrate that he’s on the right track.”

The powers that be in the n team, however, would appear to have a different view.

Dropped during ‘s most recent ODI series in India in September, Maxwell was left out of the squad to face England because he had not scored enough runs, national selector Trevor Hohns said.

“No one is in any doubt about Glenn’s ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat,” Hohns said.

“What we have wanted from him is more consistency but in his past 20 matches in this format he has averaged 22 and we need more than that from a player in the side’s batting engine room.”

n squad:Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

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Bobo spares Sydney’s blushes against the Jets

Sydney’s dominant eight-point lead at the summit of the A-League remains intact but the air of invincibility surrounding the Sky Blues in their own backyard disappeared quickly in surviving an onslaught from the Newcastle Jets on Wednesday night.
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Sydney FC’s undefeated run at Allianz Stadium extended to 24 games, setting an A-League record, after Brazilian striker Bobo scored a late equaliser to clinch a 2-2 draw. However, it masked an otherwise underwhelming performance from the Sky Blues who were largely outclassed by an impressive Newcastle side who were unlucky not to breathe much-needed life into the race for the Premiers’ Plate.

The second-half of Sydney’s 6-0 win over Perth four days earlier was meant to be a benchmark for 2018, but replicating that performance never looked likely. Instead, Newcastle may have shown the rest of the league a way to beat the Sky Blues, being harder in the tackle, compact in defence and quick on the break.

“Their midfielders and wide players, their fullbacks get forward, their midfielders come inside and we had planned to negate that. It was very important because they take risks going forward with both fullbacks we planned to counter attack on both flanks,” Jets coach Ernie Merrick said.

It took just 10 minutes for Newcastle’s plan to pay dividends. On his return from injury, Jets’ fullback Daniel Georgievski delivered a superbly weighted cross for his forward, Andrew Nabbout, finding the run of the striker who emphatically slammed a header past Andrew Redmayne to stun the 18,055 mostly Sydney fans.

Their shock lead lasted just five minutes. In a breathtaking response, the reigning Johnny Warren medallist Milos Ninkovic embarked on a solo mission – beating four challenges inside the box before chipping the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper Glen Moss to make it 1-1 in sensational fashion.

It sparked Sydney into life when in possession but frailties showed defensively. Chances to Jason Hoffman and Nabbout should have restored the Jets’ lead before the break.

Sydney’s indecision was eventually punished after the hour-mark. Their failure to clear a corner was instinctively punished by rising star, Joseph Champness, who reacted the quickest to the loose ball and calmly side-footed into the roof of the net.

The Jets didn’t look like surrendering, and when the league’s top scorer, Bobo, rounded Moss to seemingly score a certain late equaliser, Jets’ defender Lachlan Jackson thwarted it with a desperate lunge to keep the score at 2-1. However Sydney’s class again salvaged a result late in the game.

With three minutes to play, Bobo headed in Adrian Mierzejewski’s cross to draw level, shattering the hearts of the travelling supporters who came so close to toppling Sydney at a venue they label a “fortress”.

“You’ve got to give credit to Newcastle, they came with a game plan to defend and hit us on the break and they’ve got pace up front and our rest defence behind the ball wasn’t what it usually is in the first half,” Sydney coach Graham Arnold said. “By the time I could get the boys in at half time and fix that, then I thought in the second half there was only one team that looked like winning.”

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Jet lag effects on business class passengers v economy

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Jet lag. We all suffer from it, but like so many of life’s small afflictions – poverty in one’s youth, taxes – jet lag affects the rich classes less.

Even though a flyer in business class is crossing exactly the same number of time zones as those in sardine class, there’s every chance they will cope better with jet lag. There’s the soothing environment of the business class lounge, the stress-free, no-wait boarding, a wide and well-padded seat with heaps of legroom if this is a long-haul flight. That seat will probably morph into a lie-flat bed, and most airlines allow their business class flyers to dine on demand, with the opportunity to sleep, work, eat and watch the inflight entertainment to their own schedule. Savvy business-class travellers will tailor all of the above to chime with the arrival time at their destination, jump-starting their adjustment to a new time zone.

Cross four time zones or more and you can expect to feel the effects of jet lag. South-east keeps Eastern Standard Time, GMT plus 10 hours. Travelling west, if your final destination is anywhere in India (GMT+5.5 hours) or further west and you can expect to experience jet lag. Between March 31 and October 30, the period when daylight savings no longer prevails in Victoria and NSW, a trip to Hawaii involves a time change of five hours. Fly there or anywhere further to the east and you can expect a few difficult nights.

Sleep experts reckon your brain and body can only adapt to a new time zone at the rate of about one hour per day. In a worst-case scenario, such as a trip to Europe, east coast US or South America, that means disrupted sleep patterns for a week.

Flying east is worse than flying west. The reason, according to researchers, is that our circadian rhythm, the internal body clock that tells us when to sleep and when to get up – is slightly longer than 24 hours. We find it easier to stay up a couple of hours longer at night than we do to rise two hours earlier in the morning. Therefore, the theory goes, travelling west, and hitting the sack at a later hour, comes more naturally than the early wake-up when you travel in an easterly direction.

The big-ticket item that tells our bodies when to wake up is the bright light of a new day. We have evolved as hunter-gatherers who operate most effectively in daylight. After a long flight, experts recommend we use that morning light to synchronise our brains with local time. If you hit Europe shortly after dawn, which is when many flights from arrive, the best thing you can do to help adjust your body clock to local time is to take a stroll outdoors as soon as possible. If you reach your destination in mid-afternoon or later, you want to tell your body it’s time to start winding down, and a couple of hours in full sunshine is not in your interests.

Even with the right exposure to light, adjustment to a new time zone can’t happen quickly. The reason is a protein, SIK1, which counteracts the impact of light on the brain, slowing down the process of adaptation. When SIK1 became part of the process of human evolution, mother nature wasn’t considering the impact of long distance travel in the jet age.

There are a couple of online jet lag calculators based on the principle of strategic light exposure and avoidance to overcome jet lag. One is the Jet Lag Rooster, jetlagrooster苏州夜总会招聘, another is the Jet Lag Advisor from British Airways, britishairways苏州夜总会招聘/travel/drsleep.

Another strategy is starvation. This is based on the idea that our bodies have a second clock set not by daylight but by the time we eat. When food is scarce, this clock overrides the circadian clock, instructs the body to sleep less and resets when we start eating again.

There’s an intuitive appeal to this theory since in times of food scarcity, it would be in the interests of our hunter-gatherer ancestors to spend less time in the cave and more hours out biffing mastodons.

Based on this concept, back in the 1980s following experiments on rats and his own eight offspring, Charles Ehret, a molecular biologist of some renown, devised the Argonne Anti Jet Lag Diet. For several days before a long-haul flight, Ehret suggested that long-distance flyers alternate days of normal meals with next-to-nothing days. On flight day, the traveller would eat lightly but then chow down on a big breakfast to coincide with early morning in the destination time zone.

The US military, CIA, Canadian National Swim Team, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir have all used the Argonne Diet and reported less serious jet lag, but given freedom of choice, starvation is never a popular option and the diet has failed to gain traction.

A more appealing solution is the anti-jet lag fast invented by the Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston. Using this method, the traveller fasts for 12-16 hours before breakfast time at the destination. Since most of us have no trouble dieting between dinner and breakfast that shouldn’t be a stretch, although it might mean saying “No” when the meal trolley rumbles down the aisle, and on a long flight that takes real willpower.

Another jet lag beater is building a stopover into your trip, even if it’s a short one. Professor Dorothy Bruck, emeritus professor of psychology at the College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Melbourne, says: “Having a two day stopover when flying from to Europe allows your body clock to move closer to the time at your European destination.”

Europe-bound flyers in particular now have a big choice of stopover options, with the Middle East ports of Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai now added to the traditional favourites of Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Sri Lanka is yet another option via non-stop flights from Melbourne to Colombo with SriLankan Airlines, and Perth is yet another option for east coast flyers when Qantas kicks off its non-stop Perth-London flight in March 2018.

Our understanding of the circadian rhythm took a great leap forward last year when three American researchers, Jeffrey Hall at the University of Maine, Michael Rosbash at Brandeis University, and Michael Young at the Rockefeller University, were awarded the 2017 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for their decades-long work on the circadian clock. Their work sheds light on a fundamental mechanism, namely how our cells can keep time. Harnessing that knowledge, and coming up with a remedy that helps us overcome jet lag more quickly, is probably still many flights away,

See also: Dreamliner v Airbus A350 – which plane is better on a long haul flight

See also: The foods you need to avoid when flying

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Goodfellas star on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’ll kill the motherf—–‘

Paul Sorvino isn’t mincing his words when it comes to disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
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In a recent doorstop interview, the Goodfellas star went on a verbal spray more terrifying than any of the mob characters he’s played on the big screen.

“He ought to hope he goes to jail,” he told a TMZ reporter. “Because if we come across [one another] I think he’ll be lying on the floor somehow, magically.”

When the journalist asks him to clarify, the 78-year-old fires back: “He’s gunna go to jail. Good for him if he goes, because if not he’s gunna have to meet me. And I will kill the motherf—–. Pure and simple.”

Paul Sorvino with daughter Mira Sorvino in Florida in 2005. Photo: diana zalucky

Sorvino’s daughter, Mira – who has starred in films such as Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Mighty Aphrodite – is one of the numerous women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment.

She told The New Yorker the disgraced movie mogul massaged her shoulders and chased her around a hotel room while the pair were at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival.

In a first-person piece for Timemagazine, Ms Sorvino said she had been afraid of Weinstein ever since.

“We live in a culture in which sexual harassment and rape are rife, part of the power dynamic between men and women in the workplace,” she wrote.

“That my silence could be complicit in its continued thriving, possibly putting other young girls and women (and boys and men) in danger in Hollywood and beyond, was not something I could live with.”

In the interview with TMZ, Mr Sorvino praised his daughter for speaking out. He also said he had no idea of the allegations against Weinstein until the explosive investigations published in The New York Times and New Yorker.

“If I had known, he would not be walking,” he said.

“He’d be on a wheelchair. My daughter is a wonderful person [for coming forward]. A courageous and wonderful human being and [she] doesn’t deserve to be treated this way by this pig. This pig will get his comeuppance.”

Police in America, UK and France are investigating the claims made against Weinstein, with two investigations currently under consideration by the LA district attorney. I’ve been waiting for this….Paul Sorvino on Harvey Weinstein harassing and blacklisting his daughter Mira Sorvino….

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How Hannah cut down on waste

Losing weight and saving money are still top of the nation’s New Year’s resolution list but many people are embracing a new challenge this year – waste reduction.
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The ABC’s War on Waste brought the issue vividly to life, inspiring many to change their ways – if they just knew where to start. It doesn’t help that the waste-free lifestyle is often associated with expensive organic bulk food stores or articles about people who can fit all their rubbish for the entire year in a tiny jar.

It may seem like you can only achieve this if you have cash to spare and hours on hand to make your own soap. But others argue that waste-free living actually saves money. What’s the truth of it?

Hannah Thiem, 21, from Camperdown in Sydney, has been trying to reduce her waste for the past three years with varying success.

“I think part if it comes down to how ‘Instagrammable’ you want it to be,” she says.

It might be hard to quash the urge to buy lots of new Mason jars to fill with coloured beans and grains from the health food store, but you can definitely do it without.

Maurice Cabrera, the manager of Alfalfa House Community Food Co-op in Newtown, Sydney, suggests looking at what you already have in your pantry. Much of the packaging from food you already have may provide a great new home for your bulk-bought food. Old pillow cases make great carriers for fruits and vegetables too.

Alfalfa House sells fresh produce and also dry goods like flours, herbs, spices, rice, grain and legumes in bulk, and customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable packaging to shop with. The co-op also offers free, sterilised, preloved jars for items like cleaning products as well as new jars for $1-3 for food.

Cabrera believes waste-free living can actually create savings for consumers. “I can see how the general perception could be that it is more expensive, but when you strip back what you need to cook with on a weekly basis in terms of the quantities that you need to use, that’s where the cost-saving is made.”

Almost everyone has a story of buying a very specific ingredient for a new recipe that they never use again, but when you buy without packaging, you only need to buy the amount the recipe calls for.

Thiem started on her waste-free journey when she still lived with her parents and has now moved out of home with her husband.

“I’ve definitely gone backwards recently because it is pretty expensive,” she says. She buys meat from butchers with her own containers and loose vegetables in the supermarkets without much extra expense, and most baking goods pose few problems. However, she was shocked by the price of pasta, which is under $1.50 per bag from the supermarket but $10-15 per jar at some bulk food stores. She’s prepared to pay some premium but that’s “just not even comparable”.

Thiem finds cooking herself reduces food packaging waste, and also makes some of her own cosmetics, including deodorant and toothpaste.

However, this has some drawbacks. “I find it annoying the link between environmental stuff and make-your-own, because you have to spend all your time making things, but I think there is some truth to it,” Thiem says.

This is where shops helping people to live waste-free come in handy. There’s a huge variety of these, but if reducing costs is your objective, co-ops owned by members may provide the best solution because members pay close to cost price and there’s often a further discount for volunteers.

Alfalfa House sells cleaning products like laundry powder, shampoos and body wash in bulk so you can avoid making them yourself.

“The high cost of living zero-waste is your time … but once you’re up and running, then it’s very simple,” Cabrera says.

Tips for waste-free living success:

– Search through your pantry and cupboards to find containers for food as well as existing plastic and cloth bags to use; pillow cases can easily be used to carry fruits and vegetables, and keep them nice and fresh – Start incrementally by product, and only start buying package-free products once you have run out of their packaged alternatives – it will seem like less of a change this way and will also reduce or stagger your set-up costs – Invest in a high-quality, reusable water bottle so you stop buying plastic ones – Buy a keep cup if you drink takeaway drinks – Make your own lunch, eat lunch in cafes, or bring your own lunchbox if getting takeaway food and ask for your lunch to be put in this if buying it – Look for workshops or Facebook groups for tips on how to make your own products – Alfalfa House runs some – Do it with friends for moral support, and don’t beat yourself up if you forget something or haven’t reached a particular goal by the time you had wanted to – Look around to find a type of bulk food store that works for you, or head to farmers’ markets

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Chinan teen stuns Raonic at Brisbane International

Brisbane: n teenager Alex de Minaur has sprung a major upset at the Brisbane International, ending the tournament of big-serving fourth seed Milos Raonic in a stunning performance on Pat Rafter Arena.
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The 18-year-old, who was born in Sydney but splits his time between and Spain, withstood the huge serve of the world number 24 to record a 6-4 6-4 victory, the biggest of his career by some margin.

He was lost for words after the victory, struggling to comprehend what just happened. Dressed in green and gold as if it were a Davis Cup tie, the Brisbane crowd responded in kind to help lift him over the line.

“I can’t believe it. It’s going to take a while for me to believe what just happened right now. I’m lost for words actually,” he told the Seven network.

“I was going to come out here and give it my all. I actually ended up playing an unbelievable match. It’s crazy. It’s honestly crazy.”

De Minaur, a wildcard in Brisbane with a world ranking of 208, was given little to no chance of unseating Canada’s Raonic, who beat Roger Federer in the final of this tournament in 2016 and is a former world number three.

It was Raonic’s first ATP event since October last year as he recovered from wrist and calf injuries but his record suggested he would be far too good for the n, who now finds himself in the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour event.

There he will meet another wildcard, American Michael Mmoh, who upset eighth seed Mischa Zverev from Germany.

The withdrawal of big names like Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have softened the draw to the extent that De Minaur may end up in a semi-final.

De Minaur played like had nothing to lose, then proceeded to do the exact opposite. Raonic helped his cause with a glut of unforced errors – 18 to just one off the racquet of de Minaur – but part of that was due to the pressure put on his serve by the youngster.

The n took on the Raonic serve early and produced some brilliant returns. He later admitted he was guessing, rather than reading, the serve but the results were the same.

“I was just guess, really. I’m not going to lie. I tried to change my returning position a bit. He probably didn’t have his best serving day, which helped me a bit.”

De Minaur has been working closely with Lleyton Hewitt, who was in the stands to enjoy a remarkable victory in a tournament that has already featured a series of unlikely results.

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‘A bogan’s dream come true’: Summernats car festival kicks off

Not many little girls dream about owning a one tonner ute.
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But for veterinary student Nadine Clifford entering a car for the first time at Summernats is a “bogan’s dream come true”.

She knew she wanted a HQ one-tonner Holden ute with twin headlights since she was four-years-old.

Ms Clifford bought it in 2013 and has been working on it ever since only finishing the final touches at 2am yesterday.

Nadine Clifford of the Central Coast finished restoring her car at 2am to drive to Canberra. Photo: Karleen Minney

She did all the work herself, learning from youtube tutorials and her family’s expertise.

“It’s bright yellow because I wanted it to be like the Disney princess Belle,” Ms Clifford said.

While most of her friends from university are a bit perplexed by her love of hotted up cars, she feels right at home at Summernats.

“Women are completely outnumbered but there are always women in the car scene you can chat to and look after you and the venue is really female-friendly,” she said.

“I’ve got older ladies who sort of treat me like a mum.”

She is one of thousands of car enthusiasts set to take over Canberra from Thursday when the four-day Summernats festival kicks off.

More than 100,000 people are expected to come through the gates with 2000 people entering a car.

Safety measures will be amped-up this year after aman died when he fell off a ute last year.

Revellers are now banned from riding in the back of utes.

Organisers have also tried to crack down on sexual harassment and cancelled theMiss Summernats competition in a bid to appeal to a more female-friendly crowd.

Anthony Brakel of Nowra finished working on his LX Torana on Tuesday night to exhibit it for the first time. Photo: Karleen Minney

While thousands of interstate visitors are expected to attend Summernats, co-owner Andy Lopez wants to see more Canberra locals check out the “one of a kind” event.

“Come along and have a look – it’s real spectacle, there’s so much stuff to do,” he said.

“It is absolutely a celebration of innovation and achievement of people who build and modify cars.”

Mr Lopez said the festival worked with the ACT government, ACT Policing, Worksafe and security to ensure attendees’ safety.

Thursday will feature the city cruise, with about 300 hotted up cars rumbling down Northbourne Avenue as well as burnout heats later in the afternoon.

The four day festival will feature live music from the likes of Wolfmother and Thundamentals performing.

And with scorching temperatures predicted for the weekend, festival goers are urged to be sun smart.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said Saturday and Sunday would see temperatures between 36 and 37 degrees and little relief on Saturday night.

“There’s a risk of people getting heat stroke if they’re outside all day and in the sunshine,” he said.

“It’s good to advise people to dress sensibly, hats and long sleeves and that sort of thing.

“Get in the shade and drink plenty of water.”

Road closures across the city will be in place at various time between Thursday and Sunday.

Stirling Avenue will be closed between Knox Street and the Federal Highway from 10am on Thursday to 7pm on Sunday.Lonsdale Street will be closed between Cooyong Street and Girrahween Street from 9pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday.Elouera Street will be closed between Torrens Street and Mort Street from 9pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday.with Han Nguyen

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