• Coles Mini Swap. Picture: Phoebe Loomes

    ‘Crazy’ scenes as customers turn out for Coles Little Shop swap

    THERE truly is nothing like the collective energy of human beings brought together by a shared passion for something they love. Here, at Coles Little Shop Swap Day in Kellyville, in Sydney’s Hills District, the energy is focused and intense. “They just need the Lipton Tea and they needed the water but we swapped already with someone else. Why wait for Coles?” So says Paul, a chipper dad from Kellyville who was here before me, (I arrived at 9am). The event is scheduled to kick off at 10am, but by 9.10 around 20 other early birds have started hovering around an empty desk outside the supermarket. Orange bollards are dotted…

  • Travel

    DWTS’ Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Wedding: Their Castle Venue Has a Taylor Swift Connection!

    Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are in for one royal wedding. The Dancing with the Stars pros are gearing up to walk down the aisle in July at Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York. “My jaw dropped when I first saw it,” Murgatroyd says in the current issue of PEOPLE of the historic estate. Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Murgatroyd, 30, adds that she’d always envisioned getting married in a church but was quickly persuaded by Chmerkovskiy, 37, that Oheka Castle was the ideal venue. “Maks has loved this place for years and I took on the suggestion and I fell in love with it immediately,” she says. “It’s a whole castle…

  • Reginald Larry-Cole

    I was on benefits and wanted to die but I turned it around and now run £4.3million car finance business

    JUST over a decade ago Reginald Larry-Cole had a successful business, a loving family and expensive cars on the driveway to his dream home. But just a few months later in December 2008, he lost it all when his car finance business Creditlab went bust during the height of the financial crisis. Reg, 48, launched his new businesses in 2012 after his first company collapsed during the financial crisis in 2008 Reginald, now 48, ended up on benefits and feeling suicidal. “You’re massively affected when you’re used to running a business that is turning over a couple of million pounds, and then you suddenly go down to £64 a week…

  • Napoleon Perdis is a beauty legend. Picture: Supplied

    Napoleon Perdis appoints administrators

    Napoleon Perdis has long been considered to be the king of Australian beauty — but today, it seems his empire is crumbling. The cult makeup chain’s 56 Aussie stores are now closed for stocktake, and Simon Cathro, Chris Cook and Ivan Glavas of Worrells Solvency Accountants have been appointed as administrators. Stores will open again tomorrow with items expected to go on sale. The company began when Sydney makeup artist and businessman Napoleon Perdis started his own studio in the city’s inner west in 1992, before launching his own range which were sold through his Paddington store in 1995. The range expanded into department stores and ended up expanding internationally,…

  • Mary Nesbitt-Larking has been a vegan for five years. Picture: Facebook @Mary Nesbitt-Larking

    Vegan served ‘embarrassment of a plate’ after ordering meal

    A UK woman who recently paid $16 for a vegan pizza was shocked when a “shameful” meal turned up at her table. Mary Nesbitt-Larking had ordered a vegan margherita pizza from popular UK chain Pizza Express in Hatfield, England when she was told the store had run out of vegan cheese. The starving 26-year-old decided to order the meal anyway, but asked for pine nuts to be added to the dish. After an hour-long wait, her pizza was finally served — but it consisted of nothing but a base, tomato sauce and some raw red onion. And to add insult to injury, the woman was charged an additional $3 for…

  • Science

    NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun

    Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.   Roughly the size of a small car, the spacecraft lifted off at 3:31 a.m. EDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At 5:33 a.m., the mission operations manager reported that the spacecraft was healthy and operating normally.  …

  • Travel

    Heaven On Earth At Six Senses Con Dao

    Watching the sun rising and reflecting in the wet sandy beach from your bed in a precious villa, having a walk on a mile long beach, sheltered by the green forested hills, followed by an incredible breakfast with excellent food, it’s the very best way to start your day.  At Six Senses Con Dao it’s reality:

  • Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit 2018 - Day 2

    Palmer Luckey talks VR and the military at Vanity Fair confab

    Palmer Luckey has no qualms about developing autonomous tech for the US military. There were already hints of that in the mission statement of his new company, Anduril. ‘Anduril aims to rebuild the bridge between the tech and defense communities.’   Onstage Wednesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles, Luckey said the company’s engineers ‘work on autonomous systems, and applying that to warfare.’   Luckey, who has a penchant for wearing Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops, was wearing both (along with a pair of shorts) onstage as he spoke with Mike Allen of Axios. His comments and descriptions of his company’s products, which include autonomous sensors, show…

  • Australia bid farewell to the outgoing passenger card in June 2017. Picture: Supplied

    Another country scraps those annoying airport forms

    WHEN all you want to do is check in for your flight, breeze through security and hopefully squeeze in some duty-free shopping, filling in the passenger departure card is a nuisance. It’s a whole thing. You have to find somewhere to lean on while you write. And also, a pen. Then you have to fumble for your passport, because no one actually remembers their passport number and dates of issue and expiry, and then your boarding pass, because you’ve already forgotten the flight number. Thankfully for us, Australia axed the annoying outgoing passenger cards last year. New Zealand said it would stick with them — but now, they’ve finally given…