Troisi move to Victory vindicated, World Cup next stop

Twelve months ago James Troisi’s career was going nowhere. But things are certainly looking up now. Photo: Getty ImagesTwelve months ago James Troisi’s career was going nowhere. Yes, the 25-year-old attacker might have been on the books of joint owners Juventus and Atalanta, but that was a technicality.
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He wasn’t playing, there was little interest and he knew that his hopes of cracking a place in the World Cup squad were non existent in those circumstances.

So when then Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou asked him to consider joining the A-League club on a season-long loan deal, the Adelaide born Troisi decided to heed the request.

It isn’t easy for players in his situation – mid 20s, having played for the national team and been in Europe most of their professional careers – to return and play in domestic competition.

Some might see it as a step back, some might feel their pride dented, while others would regard it as a failure.

Not so Troisi. Even if he might have had doubts he impressed right from the start during his time with Victory, initially under Postecoglou, then under Kevin Muscat.

There was a moment or two when things could have turned out differently for Troisi in Muscat’s early days as a coach, when he publicly upbraided Troisi when the player seemed to be heading straight for the dressing room having been substituted for tactical reasons in the first half against Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium. Muscat made his player return to the bench and watch the rest of the half from the pine.

To his credit he knuckled down and made himself an indispensable part of Victory’s midfield and attack, eventually finishing the season as runner-up in the Johnny Warren medal behind German import Thomas Broich.

His form also put him right in the frame for a World Cup place, something he acknowledges would not have happened had he stayed in Europe. His presence in Brazil is vindication of his decision to come back, reload, and then go again.

”Ange gave me a phone call overseas and told me to come back but obviously I still have a lot to do. I have had a very successful season and want to continue that. I am here today for what I have been doing,” he said.

”Everyone is anxious and trying very hard, everyone wants to be in the final 23 or even the 11. We are all working hard, but unfortunately that’s how it is in football, some people have to miss out.”

Not that he believes he will.

“I think I have done enough to get into that final cut. I will continue to work hard in training and I am feeling good about it,” he said after another intense training session when Postecoglou called his players together on several occasions to talk as he watched them competing in a small-sided game.

Numerous players were missing good opportunities, but Troisi said the coach wasn’t talking to them about their profligacy in front of goal in a training game.

”No, it was towards the end, and everyone was pretty tired, but it was quite a conditioning session today and one of the last ones we will have leading up to the game on Monday (against a Brazilian club side)”, Troisi added.

For so many players the World Cup is a shop window, and Troisi is no different. He is hoping to relaunch his career in Europe, but says the focus has to be on the task ahead first. Like his teammates he, too, is happy that the public, and perhaps even the opposition, have written off Australia’s chances before a ball has been kicked.

”I am still contracted in Italy for two more years, after this I will sit down and see what options I have.”

Told by a journalist that the Chilean team had made a TV commercial to motivate their players which focused on their group but didn’t mention Australia, Troisi shrugs.

”I haven’t seen it, but for us it doesn’t really matter, we are going to focus on the three games and do the best we can. In a way, maybe it’s good. No-one thinks we are going to be successful, so we want to show them differently.”

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Tony Abbott says Malcolm Turnbull isn’t after his job

Turnbull Abbott “Not my job to impugn the integrity of people”: Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had dinner with Clive Palmer. Photo: Rob Homer

Clive Palmer says he will block legislation until he gets more staff. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Abbott has dismissed the idea that Malcolm Turnbull is going after his job, saying it is “perfectly reasonable” that senior Coalition MPs meet with members of the crossbench following Mr Turnbull’s dinner with Clive Palmer last week.

In a sign of the delicate relationship between Mr Abbott and Mr Palmer, the Prime Minister would also not be drawn on whether he thought the Palmer United Party leader was honest.

“It’s not my job to give a character reference for my political competitors,” he told Channel Ten. “But on the other hand, it’s also not my job to impugn the integrity of people who may well be our negotiating partners.”

The Coalition faces a tough battle to get key budget measures through the Senate, such as the GP co-payment and changes to pensions, Newstart and university fees. Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party have all expressed opposition to the plans.

Mr Abbott has begun talks with incoming senators Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm but so far Mr Palmer has warned he will hold the government’s legislative agenda to ransom until he gets more staff.

Last Wednesday night, Mr Palmer had dinner with Mr Turnbull in a Canberra restaurant in a move that sparked fears among Coalition MPs that it was an attempt to destabilise Mr Abbott’s leadership, according to reports.

The Prime Minister on Sunday dismissed any suggestion about an attack on his leadership.

“I think it’s perfectly reasonable for senior members of the Coalition to talk with independent and minor party senators because … we have a budget to get through the Parliament.”

Mr Abbott added that there was “nothing wrong” with Mr Palmer having a relationship with the Communications Minister and others.

“Over time, I’m confident that he will have a constructive relationship with the government.”

Mr Abbott also hit back at opposition to the Coalition’s first budget from other parties.

“Whether it’s Bill Shorten, whether it’s the Greens, whether it’s others – it’s one long chorus of complaint. And in the end, what the public wants is a government that knows where it wants to go,” he said.

“The man with the plan has an extraordinary advantage over the person who has just got the complaint.”

Mr Abbott said that he was currently talking to “various minor party and independent senators”.

“They’re really courtesy calls as much as anything,” he said.

He conceded that it would not be easy to negotiate the budget through the Senate but appeared to take heart from history, noting that it was unusual for governments to have an upper house majority.

“And yet, almost no government has failed to get the major elements of its budget through.”

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Raped 15 years ago, Claire McFarlane readies for her final fight

Claire McFarlane Final fight: Claire McFarlane. Photo: Kate Geraghty
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Seeing it through: Claire McFarlane must travel to Paris to appear in court as she seek compensation. “It is such a struggle.” Photo: Kate Geraghty

When Claire McFarlane boards her flight to France on Monday, she won’t be looking forward to strolling the Champs-Élysées or soaking up the Parisian sun as so many of her fellow passengers will.

Instead, Ms McFarlane will be mentally preparing herself for the final step of a 15-year battle for justice from the French legal system.

In July 1999, the then-21-year-old aspiring artist was dragged into a lane near the fifth arondissement bar where she worked and was bashed, raped and left for dead.

After spending weeks in hospital, and incurring thousands of dollars in medical bills, Claire returned home to Australia and tried to rebuild her life. In Paris, police archived the case.

Almost a decade later, and just two weeks shy of the expiration of the 10-year statute of limitations, a DNA match identified Cameroonian-born French citizen Eric Priso-Nseke Mouelle as Ms McFarlane’s attacker.

Police told her to fly to Paris straight away to participate in a line-up.What seemed to be a resolution to her ordeal turned out to be the start of a new nightmare as she struggled to negotiate the complex and costly French legal system.

She had to engage her own lawyer and estimates she spent about $30,000 on legal fees and associated expenses leading up to and during the two and a half year-long criminal procedings.

Mouelle, it transpired, had sexually assaulted another young woman in the same location weeks prior to his attack on Ms McFarlane, but police had not made it public. In November 2011 he was sentenced to 12 years jail with a non-parole period of five years for both offences.

McFarlane received a small amount of money in victim’s compensation, which went towards paying off her medical debts.

But in October 2013, her request to recoup her legal expenses was rejected by French authorities.

On advice of her lawyer, Ms McFarlane decided to appeal, only to be told she would have to appear in court to give evidence.

“Having to relive the trauma and intensity of the attack over and over again for the past five years has almost destroyed me,” she said.

“But I thought I’ve come so far I need to see this through to the end.”

Ms McFarlane’s case will be heard on Thursday. She estimates it will cost her another $5000 in legal fees, plus airfares and accommodation expenses.

“I feel I have completed a civil duty by taking an extremely violent man off the streets of Paris so that he does not hurt any more women. It is such a struggle to come to terms with the fact that I may never be reimbursed by the French government for doing so,” she said.

Ms McFarlane, who runs her own business from her home in Byron Bay, has launched an appeal via crowdfunding website gofundme to help cover her expenses.

Ms McFarlane says Thursday’s hearing will be her last fight with the French criminal justice system.

“Next week no matter what happens this will be the end for me. I’m done.”

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James Holland dares to dream

Australia midfielder James Holland. Photo: Getty ImagesAustralia midfielder James Holland says Monday’s match against Clube Parana, a Brazilian second division side, will form a key part of the Socceroos preparation for their opening World Cup clash with Chile.
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“It’s really important,” he said. “I think [coach] Ange [Postecoglou] is still trying to instilhis philosophy and how he wants to play. The fact that we all play at different clubs we need that game time to help instilthat philosophy in our game. This game is important for sure.”

Holland, 25, is hopeful he will make the cut for the 23-man squad, saying there’s no point in being in Brazil if you don’t think you can.

“I think every player has to believe in themselves, that’s natural,” he said. “If you don’t believe in yourself you won’t get very far, I think that’s important.”

Holland’s move to Austria, Vienna has developed his game – he has played Champions League soccer this season – and given him the chance to stake his claim on the international stage. But, he believes, there is more to come.

“I hope there’s a long way to go,” he said. “That’s the plan. You always want to improve. I’m lucky enough to get my opportunity over the last 18 months and I took it and hopefully I can keep riding that wave and keep on improving.”

“I think in football your whole world can change in 24 hours and I think the World Cup is an opportunity for everyone, but at the same time we’re here for Australia and we’re here for the team. If you focus on that everything else will fall into place.”

He argues that Australia’s inexperience and rawness can work in its favour.

“I think when you have a young team you have an ambitious and a hungry team so I think that can be the the difference,” he said. “I’m not sure if experience matters. If you’re good enough you’re old enough. It doesn’t matter how old you are.

“So I think that’s what we have. Every player wants to win, every player wants to work for each other and I think that will be the difference. As a group we focus on what we want to achieve and to be honest Ange has mentioned that we don’t want to put limits on what we can do.

“Anything’s possible and that’s the mindset we want to go in with.”

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Google receives 12,000 requests to be ‘forgotten’ on first day

Google is fielding thousands of applications to change their search results.Over 12,000 people have lodged requests to be “forgotten” by Google on the first day the search giant offered the service.
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The deluge of requests comes after a ruling in early May by the European Court of Justice that gave individuals the right to have outdated or inaccurate articles or links removed from search results.

Google has previously labelled the court’s finding disappointing.

“The court’s ruling requires Google to make difficult judgments about an individual’s right to be forgotten and the public’s right to know,” said a Google spokesman in a statement.

Grounds for removal include “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed”.

The service is only available to European citizens. If they are successful, the links will only be removed from European search findings.

Google has so far declined to indicate how quickly the links will be removed. The forms will be fielded by Google staff rather than software.

But the results don’t disappear completely, as a message will be displayed with the findings to note the results have been modified to comply with legal requirements.

Applicants must include an explanation of why the information should be removed and digital copies of photo identification.

Google is setting up an advisory committee to guide the process.

The group will include former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Oxford Internet Institute ethics professor Luciano Floridi.

In a written statement, Mr Floridi said the committee would require some hard and rather philosophical thinking.

“I’m delighted to join the international advisory committee established by Google to evaluate the ethical and legal challenges posed by the Internet,” he wrote.

The successful court case that necessitated Google’s action was brought by a Spanish man, Mario Costeja Gonzalez, who successfully fought the tech giant to have 16-year old articles about his home being repossessed removed from search results.

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THEN AND NOW: D-Day rememberedPHOTOS

THEN AND NOW: D-Day remembered | PHOTOS In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
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In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid created these composite images, comparing parts of Britain and France to how they looked in 1944. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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‘Craftwashing’: What makes a real craft beer?

Small brewers claim many products wearing a ‘craft beer’ label are in fact produced by the major brewers.Craft beer fight: Competition probe circles beer makers Lion, Carlton & United
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They have raised the ire of small craft breweries and attracted attention from the competition regulator. Some call them faux or ”undercover” craft beers, while Choice uses the term ”craftwashing”.

Whatever they’re called, Australia’s bars, pubs and liquor stores are awash with beers that appear to have been produced by microbreweries – but are owned by the two multinationals that control most of Australia’s beer market.

Choice calculates 47 per cent of the craft beer market is controlled by the two big brewers. This includes Little Creatures, owned by Lion, and Matilda Bay, owned by CUB, which started life as independent breweries that were bought out. Matilda Bay still refers to itself as ”Australia’s original craft brewer”.

Lion’s portfolio includes James Squire and White Rabbit, while CUB owns Fat Yak and Redback.

CUB says Matilda Bay has its own brewery and brewer who creates beers that are typically not mainstream lagers. ”Finally, beer is judged on its quality. It is either good beer or not; the drinker will decide,” a spokesman said.

But it’s not just about taste – some consumers want to support small, independently owned businesses. Some beer drinkers may know these labels are owned by the big companies, but Choice believes ”it’s not clear to consumers”.

”We think of a small operator and there’s a premium that people pay,” says Choice’s Tom Godfrey. ”I think the big breweries are cashing in on that.”

The situation angers craft brewers as they try to win tap spots in the cut-throat draught beer market. The big brewers can offer incentives to pubs to serve their ”undercover” craft beers on tap – at the potential expense of ”real” craft beer.

”[They are spending] lots of money trying to look like craft beer,” says Simon Walkenhorst from microbrewer Hargreaves Hill. ”To me that whole ethos is so far away from the craft beer ethos we follow … Why pretend to be something you’re not?”

One reason may be that craft beer is a source of growth in an otherwise stagnant beer market.

Last month the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from CUB over its branding of Byron Bay Pale Lager and fined it $20,400. The packaging gave every impression it was a product of the Byron Shire – when it had been brewed under licence by CUB at Warnervale, between Newcastle and Sydney.

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Drew Barrymore: ‘I just want a quiet life’

For someone who was a child star by the age of six, a cocaine addict at 13 and in rehab by 14, Drew Barrymore seems remarkably grounded, balanced and, dare I say it, ordinary. It’s the way the 39-year-old actor prefers it these days. “I’m real. I’m just a normal person,” says Barrymore, who arrives for our interview wearing no make-up, her signature locks hanging loosely and framing her smiling face.
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“I just want a quiet life,” the former wild child turned queen of domesticity says convincingly. “I’ve been doing [show business] 38 years and you just get to that point – it’s silly to like fall prey to expectations of people you will never see, or meet or care about. It doesn’t matter what people think.”

Refreshingly, the mother-of-two also refuses to adhere to Tinseltown’s obsession with thinness (“I simply love food”) and cosmetic surgery. “Why is everybody fighting it?” she says of the obsession to never age. “Everybody is looking like a catfish at the moment … I’m desperate not to get on that hamster wheel from hell. It looks psychotic.”

Barrymore was not always this pragmatic, admitting there was a time when she felt enormous pressure to be stick-thin, perfectly preened and wrinkle-free. “I would actually make myself so unhappy to try to fit a mould that I do not fit into,” she says, in a subtle reference to the diet merry-go-round she endured in her 20s. “This is the body God gave me,” she says. “Why fight it? I don’t want to get up at 5am in the f…ing morning and go to the gym.”

We’re in a hotel suite at the Four Seasons in New York for a round of interviews Barrymore is doing for her latest movie, Blended, a romantic comedy in which she co-stars with her regular sidekick, Adam Sandler. The film, shot mostly in South Africa, is about two single parents who, after a disastrous blind date, end up on holiday with their respective children.

Barrymore, whose family joined her during the film shoot, says it was an incredibly fun movie to make with long-term friend Sandler – their on-screen chemistry is infectious. “We have been close for 20 years,” she says. “We both still really care about the films we do and try to bring out the best in each other. We have sort of done a movie [together] every 10 years.”

Barrymore giggles as she recalls how her first two movies with Sandler mirrored her own life. The Wedding Singer was filmed when she was in her early 20s and still navigating the path to love, having divorced bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994 after an eight-week marriage. Fifty First Dates was filmed in her late 20s after another short-lived marriage, to comedian Tom Green, in 2001. It lasted five months.

Barrymore is thankful the role of a single mother she plays in Blended is far from reality. Happily married to art consultant Will Kopelman, they have a 20-month-old daughter, Olive, and in April welcomed daughter Frankie. “Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy and happy,” says the proud mum.

Barrymore met Kopelman in 2009 through mutual friends and they dated a few times before going their separate ways. But they reconnected two years later and were married in 2012.

Barrymore says a “huge part” of her attraction to him was his strong family values. “His parents have been married 43 years and are the best people and that was so important to me,” she says. Her sister-in-law has taken to calling her “Jew Barrymore”, in reference to her embracing their Jewish family traditions. “I do Passover,” Barrymore says, “and my daughter [Olive] was born at the height of Yom Kippur [a Jewish holiday].”

As for converting to Judaism, Barrymore says she is considering it. “It’s nice to be near family because I’ve never had that,” she says. “Growing up, I never had family or family dinners. We didn’t sit around the dining table.”

Her family life was indeed chaotic. Born into one of the most famous theatrical dynasties in America (her grandfather John Barrymore was a screen legend of the 1930s), Barrymore’s mother, Jaid, a struggling actress, took her daughter to nightclubs, including the iconic Studio 54, when she was just 10. Her alcoholic father, John, also an actor, left before she was born and she did not see him until he was dying of bone marrow cancer in 2004, aged 72.

Barrymore made her screen debut while she was still in nappies, starring in a television commercial for dog food at 11 months of age. A cookie advertisement followed and then her first film, Altered States, aged five. But it was a year later, when she was six, that Barrymore became an overnight sensation after her godfather, Steven Spielberg, cast her as Gertie in the 1982 Academy Award-winner E.T.

At the time, People magazine dubbed her the “hot tot” and, aged seven, she became (and remains) the youngest host of Saturday Night Live. “I feel like I came out of the womb and was punted – there you go, out in the world!” she has said.

Barrymore’s meteoric rise came at a cost, however, and behind the scenes the youngster was spiralling out of control. She started drinking at 11, smoked her first joint at 12, and by 13 she was cocaine addict. At 14 she entered rehab, but lasted only two weeks. A suicide attempt followed soon after, forcing her back into rehab.

By the time Barrymore was 15 she was living in her own apartment and had been granted “legal emancipation” from her mother. They remain estranged, and raising the topic leads to one of the few times in our interview when Barrymore’s sunny disposition changes. “It’s only been, like, 25 years that we’ve been estranged,” she glares, explaining that she has no contact with her mother.

Barrymore describes their relationship as complicated. “Of course it’s hard. It’s very difficult. Yep. I will keep it at that so it doesn’t gain any more headlines.”

She later alludes to the neglect she suffered from her parents while growing up. “I’m glad I had film, because it was something that really saved me and was a wonderful family for me and a great outlet and structure for me. I will provide my kids with structure and family and consistency, so hopefully it won’t be anything of a similar situation.”

She says the thought of her daughters drinking and taking drugs at a young age seems unfathomable and shocking. Asked what she would say to her daughter Olive if she wanted to become an actor, Barrymore says without hesitation, “I would tell her when she’s 18 she can absolutely do that. I will support them in anything they want to do when they are adults; they will not have the same lack of support that I did.”

Luckily, Barrymore, who was openly bisexual in her 20s, found a role model in Spielberg (who famously sent her a rug with a note “cover yourself up” when she posed nude for Playboy). The director encouraged her to branch out beyond acting. Barrymore did just that, setting up a production company, Flower Films, in 1995. And last year she launched a line of affordable cosmetics, also called Flower.

Then there is her wine label, Barrymore Pinot Grigio, created in 2012, and this year she added “photographer” to her resumé with the release of Find It in Everything, a book of photographs Barrymore took of heart-shaped objects that made The New York Times best-seller list. “I was shocked,” she says of that success. “When my publicist told me, I thought, ‘Oh, it must be number 72 on the list.’ But it was 17!”

Barrymore’s business ventures keep her busy, but she says her number-one priority is her family. Learning to cook new dishes, spending quality time with her husband and daughters, and attending family gatherings with the Kopelman clan are what she cherishes. “I try to be a good shiksa [non-Jewish] wife,” she says. “We spend every weekend together and we don’t have a babysitter.”

Barrymore tries to keep her privacy, but is still harassed by the paparazzi in LA, where she lives. “[I’ve realised] it just doesn’t matter at the end of the day. It’s your life. There’s so much more shit going on in the world. It just isn’t real. Anything people say about me is so minor when you compare the real issues affecting our world. It doesn’t mean that when people say nasty things it doesn’t hurt me. Of course it does. I’m f…ing human.”

Barrymore says her greatest pleasure is sitting around the dinner table with her family eating great food, before climbing into bed with her husband to watch television. “My life is so boring. Why is anyone photographing us?”

At 39 and having chalked up more than 50 films, would the actress consider retiring? “Well, I’m only making a film every three years at this point, so that’s a good pace for me right now. I just know I can’t raise kids and be on a movie set all day. I don’t want to miss it. I don’t want to regret that I was not there enough. I’m at that point where nothing else is important.”

And with that Barrymore disappears to meet her husband and daughters.

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Flights remain grounded as ash clouds clog air routes

Virgin Australia and Qantas have grounded flights to and from Darwin Airport.Flights to and through Australia’s top end are likely to resume later on Sunday as airlines closely monitor volcanic ash clouds clogging air routes to the north.
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But planes heading in or out of Darwin will be grounded until at least midday as the ash clouds dissipate to manageable levels.

Flights across Australia were cancelled on Saturday night after two of the three ash clouds released by a volcano eruption in Indonesia entered Australian airspace, over central Australia and Darwin.

While the Sangeang Api volcano continued to erupt throughout Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Volanic Ash Advisory Centrehas reported a significant decrease in volcanic activity.

Senior meteorologist Mark Kersemakers told Fairfax Media the new eruptions would have little to no impact on Australia.

“We believe the ash we were tracking from the initial eruption on late Friday afternoon is the main issue and will dissipate in the next six to 12 hours,” Mr Kersemakers said.

Qantas spokeswoman Kira Reed said all flights to and from Darwin on Sunday had been suspended until midday. Qantas is hoping to resume the two suspended domestic flights at that point.

Virgin Australia spokeswoman Jacqui Abbott said flights to and from Darwin would resume early on Sunday afternoon. She added services to Denpasar Airport in Bali would resume at a similar time, as soon as it was reopened.

Jetstar has been contacted for comment.

The Bureau of Meteorology is not expecting any health or ash fall implications in Australia.

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Michael Rogers revels in the thrill of winning

ZONCOLAN: With a stage win in the Giro d’Italia already his, Australian Michael Rogers could easily have ridden to the finish in Trieste on Sunday believing that his return to grand tour racing from a provisional doping ban had been mission accomplished.
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But after claiming his second win for the 3449km race in Saturday’s 20th stage – 167km from Maniago to Monte Zoncolan in the Dolomites – Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), who was recently cleared by the Union Cycliste Internationale after testing positive for clenbuterol at the Japan Cup last October, explained how he could draw more from himself at the end of what has been a brutal Giro.

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Over the last three weeks, Rogers, 34, who won stage 11 to Savona in a late solo attack, has also ridden superbly to help his Polish teammate Rafal Majka ride into sixth place overall in the Giro that will end on Sunday.

“I enjoy the working part of it,” a beaming Rogers said after his victory.

“With the experience I have, I enjoyed teaching a team that is full of energy and a team I have found here.

“But at the end of the day, the thrill is still winning.”

Rogers, from Canberra, also cited the “life lesson” that his five months out from racing due to his clenbuterol case had provided.

“I learned that it’s what you create and give. It’s not what you have physically,” Rogers said.

“I saw opportunities in this race and I took advantage of them; whereas before maybe I wasn’t as hungry.”

On Saturday, Rogers and Francesco Italian Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF) were leading the stage on final kilometres of the 167km race that ended with the 10km climb up Monte Zoncolan that has an average gradient of 14.9 per cent with a maximum of 22 per cent.

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The pair, the remnants of an initial 19-rider breakaway that formed early in the stage, appeared set for a head-to-head battle on the final climb when a fan pushed Bongiorno into Rogers, forcing the Italian to put his foot down to avoid crashing.

With Rogers having accelerated just as the incident happened with 2.9km to go, he had no idea of what happened – and didn’t know until after seeing a replay later.

But after Rogers rode away, he too found himself having to ideal with unruly fans; and while not impaired as Bongiorno was, he was left to shout and swipe them away.

“It was a bit of a problem with some of the fans up there on the mountain all day drinking the local drop or something …” said Rogers.

“One spectator hit my handlebars a couple of times and I asked him to move and kept on hitting them and force was required.

“They have to give us a little bit of room. We can’t ride through gaps that don’t exist.”

Despite the bedlam, Rogers maintained his focus and survived racing through the gauntlet of fans, yet never believing the win was his until the final turn to the finish.

Without getting any time gaps between him and those chasing, Rogers drew on his time trialling prowess that led him to win three world titles in the discipline.

“I just time trialled to the top,” Rogers said.

“It is the first time I have been up Zoncolan, so I didn’t really know it very well. I tried to give it everything I could.”

Nearing the finish, Rogers found just enough energy to kiss the wedding ring on his left hand twice in dedication to his Italian wife Alessia and three daughters, and his family in Canberra and then swing his right arm in celebration before crossing the line.

In his wake came second placed Italian Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) at 38 seconds, then Bongiorno in third at 49 seconds after being passed by Pellizotti.

At 4 mins 45secs and in 17th place came overall race leader Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar), fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in 18th and Italian Fabian Aru (Astana) in 22nd place – all at the same time.

For Quintana, the result virtually assured him overall victory – barring disaster.

With Sunday’s last and 21st stage, 172km from Gemona del Friuli to Trieste, being flat, it is likely to end in a bunch sprint with everyone finishing at the same time.

Going into Sunday’s final stage, Quintana lead was 3mins 7secs over Uran and 4mins and 4secs on Aru.

Meanwhile, Australian Cadel Evans (BMC) was in eighth place overall at 12mins flat after he dropped a place with his 33rd place on the stage at 7mins 20secs.

Rupert Guinness has been covering the Giro d’Italia as a guest of Eurosport. Eurosport have been covering every stage live, up to an including Sunday’s final and 21st, Gemona del Friuli to Trieste – 172km – from 10.30pm on Eurosport Channel 511, Foxtel.*Times are subject to change

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