The Australian Women's Weekly May 2021

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women we admire

Toni Collette The Aussie actress is making her directorial debut! Toni and The Crown’s Nick Payne will write a screen adaptation of the novel Writers & Lovers. Serena Williams After auctioning off personal memorabilia, Serena gave all proceeds to the Black Dog Institute’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre. Cate Blanchett Cate is adding her star power to the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) this year. She will present the Book of the Year prize. MATT PORTEOUS. @EMMA WATKINS/INSTAGRAM. GETTY IMAGES. @CAMILLAANDMARC/INSTAGRAM. @PEANUTS_BUSH_ADVENTURES/INSTAGRAM.…

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finish this sentence …

The best business advice I’ve been given is … never expect anyone to know who you are. The one thing I won’t do to win Celebrity Apprentice is … be duplicitous. The last text I sent said … “What a week, on high speed, where did it go?” The last time I cried was … in happiness, talking about my kids. My greatest DIY disaster was … walking up a set of stairs with red paint and tripping. It was like a crime scene! One style trend I’ll never try is … a bath in the bedroom when there is no bathroom in sight! My guilty pleasure is … time. There never seems to be enough of it so when I get it, I sink into it with pots of tea, books, and falling in and…

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aussie spirit

It was called a once-in-a-century flood. For five relentless days rain clouds soaked NSW, with some areas receiving more than 400mm of rain in less than a week. Farms were devastated, homes were destroyed and hearts were broken. More than 80,000 residents faced the grim prospect of returning to flood damage after evacuating their houses. Yet amid this fearsome force of nature, communities banded together to help those in need. Surf lifesavers rescued a calf that had been swept away, while others used drones to track down missing livestock. Bride Kate Fotheringham, who was cut off from her groom by the deluge, was flown to the altar by an obliging helicopter pilot. SES volunteers – the “angels in orange” – were quick on the ground, responding to more than 23,000…

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soaring success

It’s a case of many happy returns for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), which celebrates its birthday in May. This iconic institution traces its origins to a postman performing surgery on a Kimberley stockman named Jimmy Darcy in 1917, using nothing but a penknife, morphine and instructions tapped out in Morse code. The postmaster valiantly repaired Jimmy, but it took the nearest doctor more than a week to arrive, and Jimmy did not survive. Reverend John Flynn was shaken by Jimmy’s death and vowed to provide a “mantle of safety” for people living in remote Australia. A medical student named Clifford Peel suggested a novel way of doing this: aeroplanes. On May 17, 1928, a plane took off from Cloncurry, Queensland, with Australia’s first flying doctor on board. In…

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they said what?

“I am going to snap if you ask me about a kangaroo!” Rose Byrne joking about the most annoying question she gets asked by Americans. “But the attention on me is not my natural habitat … The first day was probably a bit nightmarish.” Natalie Barr talking to TV Blackbox about replacing Samantha Armytage as the new co-host of Sunrise. “She is effectively … the Prime Minister for Women.” Scott Morrison speaking at a press conference about Minister Marise Payne’s new appointment. “I’ll do eye-gazing with her and sing songs … I chant for 20 minutes every day, religiously … I like to earn my breakfast, so I’ll just have some green powders that I mix with brain octane oil … It’s all quite LA, really.” Orlando Bloom talking to The Times about his baby daughter and…

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american idol

In 1939, jazz singer Billie Holiday was handed a song that would change her life. Strange Fruit had been written two years earlier by Jewish poet Abel Meeropol and when Billie sang it to close her shows, the haunting lynching story of “black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze” shot her to fame – and put her firmly in the crosshairs of the FBI. This is the story told in new film The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, which is due to hit cinemas on April 22. According to civil rights activist the Reverend Al Sharpton, while it was drug possession that would see Billie (played in the film by Oscar-nominated actress Andra Day) jailed in 1947, it was fear of the effect of Strange Fruit that made the crime agency target…