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Madison police chief calls for calm after police fatally shoot an unarmed black teenager. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Sympathy ... Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson. Picture: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/Steve Apps Source: AP

A 19-YEAR-OLD black man who died after being shot by a white police officer was unarmed, the Madison, Wisconsin police chief said on Saturday.

He assured protesters who earlier in the day had chanted "Black Lives Matter" that his department would defend their rights to gather while imploring the community to express their anger with "responsibility and restraint."

Tony Robinson was shot Friday night after assaulting Officer Matt Kenny, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said. Officer Kenny was injured, Koval said, but didn't provide details. It wasn't clear whether Robinson, who died at a hospital, was alone in the apartment.

POLICE SHOOTING: Slain black teen 'wouldn't hurt a fly'

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"He was unarmed. That's going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept," Chief Koval said during a news conference. Police department spokesman Joel DeSpain said Officer Kenny would not have been wearing a body camera.

Late on Saturday afternoon, people filled the Fountain of Life Covenant Church for a community meeting. Family members took the stage and read a statement prepared by Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin.

"I can't even compute what has happened," Ms Irwin's statement said. "I haven't even had a chance to see his body."

She was not present, and the statement said she was taking time to grieve with her children. Robinson's grandmother, Sharon Irwin, was on the stage as the statement was read, but left immediately after.

Taking to the street ... protesters gathered earlier on Saturday holding signs that read 'Black Lives Matter'. Picture: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/John Hart Source: AP

Chief Koval, who said he went to Robinson's mother's house overnight and spoke with the 19-year-old's grandparents, expressed his sympathy on Saturday, saying, "19 years old is too young."

Several dozen protesters gathered earlier Saturday outside of the Dane County Public Safety Building holding signs that read "Black Lives Matter" — a slogan adopted by activists and protesters around the US after recent officer-involved deaths of unarmed blacks — before walking toward the neighbourhood where the shooting took place. Protesters also shouted the slogan on Friday night.

Chief Koval, who struck a conciliatory tone during Saturday's news conference, said he understood the anger and distrust taking hold in the community and that "for those who do want to take to the street and protest," his department would be there to "defend, facilitate, foster those First Amendment rights of assembly and freedom of speech."

Appeal for peace and safety ... Madison Police Chief Mike Koval asked protesters for 'non-destructive' demonstrations. Picture: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/Steve Apps Source: AP

He also asked protesters to follow what he said was the lead of Robinson's family in asking for "non-destructive" demonstrations.

Officer Kenny has more than 12 years of experience, Chief Koval said, and was involved in a 2007 shooting but was cleared of any wrongdoing because it was a "suicide by cop-type" situation. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of this investigation by the state's Division of Criminal Investigation and the Dane County District Attorney's review of that investigation.

A 2014 Wisconsin law requires police departments to have outside agencies probe officer-involved deaths after three high-profile incidents within a decade — including one in Madison — didn't result in criminal charges, raising questions from the victims' families about the integrity of the investigations.

Crime scene ... a police-involved shooting in Madison, Wisconsin left a 19-year-old man dead. Picture: AP/Wisconsin State Journal/Steve Apps Source: AP

Wisconsin State Attorney General Brad Schimel said the department will not share details of the investigation until it is finished. "We are resolved that the result of that investigation will be one in which the public can have confidence," he added.

The shooting came days after the US Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson, Missouri, officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, of federal civil rights charges. A second report found patterns of racial profiling, bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement and court practices in the St Louis suburb.

Grieving ... Kyrisha Isom, left, weeps with Derrick McCann during a rally protesting the shooting death of Tony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin. Picture: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/John Hart Source: AP

There have been several high-profile deaths of black suspects killed by US police officers in recent months. In New York City, Eric Garner died after officers put him in a chokehold and a video showed him repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe." A police officer in Cleveland fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who had been pointing a pellet gun at a playground. And although Milwaukee police determined the officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton acted in self-defence, he was fired for ignoring department policy and treating Hamilton as a criminal by frisking him.

Madison, about 130 kilometres west of Milwaukee, is the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin's flagship campus. About 7 per cent of the city's 243,000 residents are black.

Community support ... Relatives and friends of Tony Robinson, including his grandmother Sharon Irwin (centre) exit a gathering of church representatives, community leaders and residents. Picture: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/John Hart Source: AP

Chief Koval said police responded to a call about 6.30pm on Friday of a person jumping into traffic. A second call to police said the man was "responsible for a battery," Chief Koval said.

Officer Kenny went to an apartment and forced his way inside after hearing a disturbance. Chief Koval said the officer was assaulted by Robinson, and then fired at him.


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Brothers ‘lured by death cult’

Clarissa Ward from CBS spoke to Abu Ibrahim who was trafficked to Syria to join a jihad. This clip is a snippet from the interview. Courtesy: CBC News

THE two teenage brothers blocked from leaving Sydney under suspicion they were heading to fight in the Middle East are being investigated under the tough federal anti-terrorism laws that carry a maximum of life in jail.

Aged 16 and 17, the brothers are also understood to be among the youngest would-be jihadis on the country's no-fly list.

"They are on a watch list and there will be no way they will be able to board a plane under their own names," a source said.

Their passports will have been seized, the source said.

The brothers were freed to return with their parents to their southwest Sydney home after being intercepted at Sydney Airport on Friday night when they turned up with return tickets to an undisclosed Middle Eastern country.

ISLAMIC STATE TEACHING TERROR TO JUNIOR JIHADIS

CCTV footage released yesterday shows them wearing T-shirts and carrying backpacks as they are led away by customs officials apparently after going through passport control.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the arrests of the "misguided young Australians" apparently heading to join Islamic State was a sign the government's tough new foreign fighters laws were working.

"If you get out and try to come back we'll stop you at the border on the way back," he said yesterday.

"It seems they had succumbed to the lure of the death cult and they were on the verge of doing something terrible and dangerous.

"I'm pleased they have been stopped. My message to anyone who is listening to the death cult is: block your ears."

Muslim community leader Dr Jamal Rifi said parents needed help to enable them to spot any telltale signs their children were being radicalised and that young people needed help to "empower" them to reject these messages on social media.

"These two teens were prevented from making a deadly mistake," he said.

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton has called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to confirm his support for a raft of proposed legislation aimed at border security.

He said that the boys had aroused the suspicion of "two alert Customs and Border Protection officers" who referred them to the terrorism unit after their bags were searched.

The brothers were "kids, not killers" who had been saved from potential death, and the case highlighted the need for strong border protection laws.

An AFP spokesman said the teens had not been issued with court attendance notices but had been arrested under suspicion of attempting to prepare for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities pursuant to Section 119.4 Criminal Code 1995.

"They were subsequently unarrested and released into their parents' custody," the spokesman said.

"Investigations in relation to this matter are ongoing."

Originally published as Brothers 'lured by death cult'
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Husband heard wife Prabha’s murder over phone

The scene of the fatal stabbing / Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

A MOTHER stabbed to death in a brutal attack was on the phone to her husband when her killer struck.

Prabha Arun Kumar had finished working a double shift at an IT company and was taking a shortcut home across Parramatta Park about 9.30pm on Saturday.

She was just 300m from her Westmead home when she was attacked.

Prabha Arun Kumar / Picture: Supplied Source: Facebook

Prabha Arun Kumar's home / Picture: Ben Pike Source: Supplied

Chillingly, she was talking with her husband Arun Kumar, at home in India, at the time.

"I think I've been stabbed," she told him before collapsing in a pool of blood. The line then went dead.

The walkway between Argyle and Park Parade in Parramatta, scene of the murder on Saturday night / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Mr Kumar is on his way from Bangalore with the couple's 10-year-old daughter.

"It is a nightmare. I don't know why this happens to good people," Ms Kumar's friend and flatmate, who asked only to be identified as Sarada, said.

Police and SES search the scene yesterday morning. Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source: News Corp Australia

Police described the attack as 'horrific.' Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source: News Corp Australia

Litter lies on the path where the stabbing occurred. Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source: News Corp Australia

"I don't know how I'm going to face her husband. She is very close to her husband and daughter.

"She talks to them every day, as soon as she finishes work she calls her husband and keeps talking. She has a good family."

Flowers at the scene of Prabha Arun Kumar's murder / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Ms Kumar, who was planning to move back to India after her working visa expired, had worked at AMP before starting with Indian-based IT and outsourcing company Mind Tree in late 2012.

The company is based at The Rocks but Ms Kumar had been working with a client at Rhodes when she caught the train home on Saturday, getting off at Parramatta Station about 9pm. It is believed she had knocked back a lift from work because she didn't want to bother friends.

NSW Police at the scene of a murder in Parramatta Park in Westmead. Picture: Ben Pike Source: Supplied

Police are poring over CCTV footage showing Ms Kumar walking from the station along Argyle St and on to Park Parade to see if she was followed into Parramatta Park.

Sarada said her friend used to call when she worked late and she would collect her from the railway station.

"But because she was working late regularly, she felt bad to ask for help. Maybe that is the reason she didn't call," Sarada said.

The path through Parramatta Park cuts between a golf course and Parramatta High School. It is sparsely lit but the attack happened near a cluster of trees that has wide open spaces on either side and was 20m from the nearest light.

A police officer at the scene / Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia

She was found in a pool of blood by a man just after 9.30pm. She was taken to Westmead Hospital but had lost a lot of blood and was pronounced dead at 12.45am.

"It is a horrific attack without any stretch of the imagination," Superintendent Wayne Cox from Parramatta police said. "Certainly my heartfelt condolences go out to the family and we will certainly be working with the family to move through this investigation process with them."

As police and homicide detectives formed Strike Force Marcoala to investigate the murder, Supt Cox said they were particularly interested in talking to people who were around Argyle St and Park Parade on Saturday night.

Sarada told The Daily Telegraph she had warned her friend about the dangers of the park.

"I told her that it is not a safe way to come through because there is people that stop and ask you for money, like $2," Sarada said.

She took aim at her friend's employers, saying they should have helped her stay safe if she was working so late. "I kept warning her, either to take a cab from work or just take a safer route," she said.

"Even if I work late my bosses would provide a cab. She is a single lady, doesn't have anyone here, she works late at night — why they don't think about security of their staff?"

She said that Ms Kumar was "a really nice, quiet and hard working person". "She is very religious, goes to the temple every week. As soon as she comes back from home she takes a bath and she prays," she said.

Ms Kumar's colleagues at Mind Tree yesterday said they had been told by police not to say anything.

Parramatta residents say the park is poorly lit and quiet after the sun goes down. They believe CCTV and extra lighting must be installed to make it safer.

"I'm just lucky that nothing has ever happened to me," said Lara Emery, 25, who lives in the area and was moved to tears when she heard about the murder. She said she would reconsider using the park at night.

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PRABHA Arun Kumar's walk home from Parramatta Railway Station is a long and lonely one during the day, let alone in the dark of a ­Saturday night.

After getting off at the station the 41-year-old turned right on to ­Argyle St and walked 800m to the corner of Pitt St and Argyle St.

On this leg of the journey she walked past the entrance to the Parramatta Westfield shopping centre. From this point, the path quickly becomes very quiet.

There are railway tracks on one side of the road and anonymous ­office blocks on the other.

Retracing Ms Kumar's steps at 3pm on a Sunday, I didn't pass a soul on the footpath between Marsden St and Pitt St.

One can only imagine how deserted it was at 9pm.

She then crossed over at the lights from Pitt St to Park Parade and entered Parramatta Park.

From there it is less than 400m to her home up the long path that leads to Amos St.

If you are standing at the corner of Pitt St and Park Parade in daylight hours, you can see the path all the way up the hill to where Ms Kumar was attacked. The 250m climb is lit by only five street lamps, meaning her attacker would have had plenty of dark spots to hide in.

But Ms Kumar only made it three-quarters of the way up the incline before she was stabbed.

The scene of the crime was almost exactly between two street lamps, meaning she was about 20m from the nearest light at the time of the attack.

Women who live in the area say they would never walk through the park at night because it is "not very well lit".

Police have also said the lighting in the park is not up to scratch.

Originally published as Husband heard wife Prabha's murder over phone
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‘We held hands, kiss on cheek’

Maureen McCormick asks to shower with fellow contestant Chrissie Swan. Courtesy: Network Ten

Young love ... Maureen McCormick dated Michael Jackson when she was a teenager. Source: Channel 10

AMERICAN actor Maureen McCormick has spoken of her time dating the late Michael Jackson.

"We used to go roller skating," she told her fellow campmates on I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

"I used to go over to their house all the time. We held hands. Kisses on the cheeks, never on the lips.

McCormick was two years older than Jackson, who was about 12 when they dated. Both were big stars in their own right.

Too cute ... the Jackson Five visit the set of The Brady Bunch in 1970. Source: Supplied

"He was so cute, he loved our show (The Brady Bunch)," she explained. "He was so sweet and very shy and just in wonderment at so many things. I think he was very in a different world because I don't think he could go out really because he probably would just get mauled."

McCormick said the pair never officially broke up and that she "went on to date a million other people".

Camp life ... Maureen McCormick takes part in a Tucker trial. Source: Channel 10

McCormick, world famous for playing Marcia Brady, also dated Barry Williams, who played her on-screen brother, Greg Brady, and comedic actor Steve Martin.

She added: "Michael Jackson's music has always been some of my favourite," she said. "I grew up with them (The Jacksons). I used to hang at the house and hang out with Michael. We would talk a lot and dream a lot and I think we admired each other."

Teen dream ... Maureen McCormick as Marcia. Source: News Limited

Jackson died at the age of 50 in 2009.

TV and radio host Chrissie Swan found the news amusing, fascinated that McCormick had dated one of the most famous singers of all time.

"She obviously wasn't putting the hard word on Michael Jackson like she has been on us," Swan joked, referring to McCormick's penchant for kissing fellow contestants on the lips.

"We've all kissed her on the mouth, all of us, we've gone further than she did with Michael Jackson."

— The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.


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SBS under fire for ‘censorship’

Two men and a baby ... an advertisement aired on Australian television claims marriage equality 'forces kids to miss out on a mother or father'. Picture: YouTube Source: Supplied

AN ADVERTISEMENT critical of same-sex marriage was pulled by SBS management ahead of their telecast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Sunday night, the ad's sponsors say.

The Australian Marriage Forum said in a statement that the ad was booked and scheduled for broadcast during a Sunday night Mardi Gras special.

Dr van Gend says the ad was booked and paid for before he received an email on Friday to inform him it had been pulled from the Sunday night schedule. "I've unfortunately been instructed to advise you that we choose not to run this TVC for the Marriage Forum during the Mardi Gras telecast," the email from SBS sales manager for Queensland, Nick Belof, said.

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"We hear about marriage equality a lot, but what about equality for kids?" the ad asks.

It shows Dr David van Gend, president of the Australian Marriage Forum and a family doctor, stating: "Children have an equal right wherever possible to both a mum and a dad. So-called marriage equality forces kids to miss out on a mother or a father. That's not equality for the kids who miss out. That's not marriage."

'That's not marriage' ... Dr David van Gend appears as a spokesman against marriage equality in the new advertisement. Picture: YouTube Source: Supplied

The national director of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome, told SameSame.com the ad's timing would only highlight how "out of place anti-gay prejudice is in our increasingly inclusive and respectful society."

"If this campaign has any impact at all, its obvious prejudice and fearmongering will actually increase support for marriage equality," he added.

Mr Croome said children in the care of same-sex couples deserve the same opportunities as other children.

The advertisement was seen on channels 7 and 9 over the weekend, while the parade was underway.

Dr van Gend said: "It is outrageous for a taxpayer funded broadcaster like SBS to apply censorship to one side of the debate on same-sex marriage."

"SBS is funded by taxpayers on both sides of the same-sex 'marriage' debate", Dr van Gend said.

Dr van Gend called the cancellation of the ad a "suppression of free speech on a matter of public importance.

An SBS spokesperson told Fairfax Media that it reserved the right "to determine what advertisements it broadcasts".

'Model family' ... the conventional family represented in the advertisement is a mother, father and two children. Picture: YouTube Source: Supplied


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The bitter family feud behind sports giants

Usain Bolt is a Puma man. Source: AFP

THE town of Herzogenaurach in Germany has a population of 22,000 people. It sits on the Aurach river and is 23 kilometres northwest of Nuremberg.

Herzogenaurach is like any other German town except for one big 'but'. It's the battleground of one of the world's most infamous business rivalries: Adidas versus Puma.

This is not the garden variety rivalry of Coca-Cola versus Pepsi or Apple versus Microsoft. This was deeply personal and it bitterly divided a town for 60 years.

The war between Adidas and Puma began in the 1920s when brothers Adolf (Adi) and Rudolph (Rudi) Dassler were partners in the Dassler Brothers Sports Shoe Company. According to Fortune, Adi was the quiet one who designed the shoes while Rudi was the confident salesman.

What precipitated the split between the brothers is still debated. One version of the story claimed the brothers wives couldn't stand each other. Another said Rudi had an affair with Adi's wife.

Rudi Dassler's legacy. Source: Supplied

Adi Dassler's legacy. Source: Supplied

There are also stories that tell of when Rudi was called up for military service during World War II, he thought Adi and his wife had schemed to have him sent to war to get him out of the way. Rudi also suspected his brother had ratted him out to the Allies, or so the legend goes.

The final straw was, apparently, an incident during an Allied bomb attack. Adi and his wife climbed into a bomb shelter already occupied by Rudi and his family. When Adi walked in, he supposedly said "the dirty bastards are back again", referring to the planes but Rudi thought his brother was talking about him and his family.

From then on, the schism was permanent and it was vicious.

When the war ended, the brothers split the company and set up their businesses on opposite banks of the Aurach river. Adi named his company Adidas (a combo of his first and last names) while Rudi called his business Ruda, before ultimately settling on Puma.

Maybe you're an Adidas fan? Source: Supplied

Herzogenaurach became a town divided. Puma and Adidas dominated the economy of the town and most of its citizens ended up working for the firms. If you worked for Puma, you didn't speak to an Adidas person. If your family worked for Adidas, you didn't marry someone who worked for Puma. Certain local businesses would only serve people who worked for Adidas or it would only serve people who worked for Puma.

People would look down at your feet before they decided if they would acknowledge you.

Klaus-Peter Gabelein of the town's local Heritage Association told the Guardian: "Even religion and politics were part of the heady mix. Puma was seen as Catholic and politically conservative, Adidas as Protestant and Social Democratic."

But the intense rivalry also drove both companies to become two of the biggest sportswear brands in the world.

This model may be wearing an Adidas top but she's also wearing Puma socks. Sacrilege. Source: News Corp Australia

When the Dassler brothers died in the 1970s, they were buried in the same cemetery but at the opposite ends of the grounds. However, there was rumoured to have been a secret meeting between the brothers before their deaths but it was kept secret from their families, their workers and the town because it would've been bad for business.

But the hatchet wasn't officially buried until 2009 when a friendly football match was organised to heal the wounds.


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Real Housewives: ‘I heard you f**k for heroin’

Pettifleur Berenger has joined the ladies on The Real Housewives of Melbourne

The Real Housewives Of Melbourne are better than ever this season. Source: News Corp Australia

SEX, drugs and pole dancing: the scandalous allegations are flying left and right in this week's episode of Real Housewives of Melbourne.

And WTF is Lydia doing with Shane Warne?

Last week's episode of Real Housewives ended with an expositive scene in which Chyka and Janet very sweetly put it to Gamble that she's a pole dancing, stripping, sex-party hosting lady of the night. Strangely enough, Gamble didn't take the allegations well.

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As episode 3 opens we're with Chyka and Lydia, who are catching up for a cocktail. Lydia makes a point of ordering a drink with Kiwi fruit, informing Chyka that it "unblocks you in … all sorts of ways." Lydia, if you were any more unblocked you'd be a colander.

Cocktails in hand, Chyka lets Lydia in on all the Gamble-goss she's missed: Gamble had a nasty breakup that went to court and got splashed all over the media. Rumour has it, she used to be a stripper/prostitute/blow-up doll (circle appropriate).

"But there's more," Chyka intones ominously.

"Janet said that apparently, Gamble has been involved in sex parties."

WELL. At the mere mention of sex parties, Lydia throws her head back, her eyes rolled skyward, re-enacting the restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally:

THAT'S RIGHT, HANDS WHERE WE CAN SEE THEM, YOUNG LADY. Source: Foxtel

Across town, Jackie's filming an ad campaign for Australia's classiest line of pre-mixed alcoholic beverages (sorry, UDL), La Mascara.

As with most of Jackie and hubby Ben's business ventures, the whole ad shoot seems a bit ramshackle: you get the feeling they polished off a second bottle of champers that morning then decided to book a studio and just vibe it.

As Jackie preps for her on-camera appearance, it emerges that Ben and Jackie have been pronouncing 'La Mascara' differently for at least the past 12 months. Obviously this is the sort of thing that could drive a wedge through even the healthiest of relationships, so Ben decides to have it out once and for all:

Ben: "La MA-scara!"

Jackie: "Lama Scara."

Ben: "La MA-scara!"

Jackie: "Llama Scarer."

Ben: "La MA-scara!"

Jackie: "Lime Spider."

Ben: "La MA-scara!"

Jackie: "…………………….SHINE SHINE SHINE."

Alright doll, close enough. Source: Foxtel

Cameras ready to roll, Ben directs Jackie to her mark.

"Remember, stay on the crack, babe," he says, the pair both dissolving into giggles at his Are You Being Served-worthy single entendre.

"I'll focus on YOUR crack in a minute," Jackie responds with a wink.

The crew shuffle awkwardly, no doubt wondering exactly how long it will be until the shoot devolves into an enthusiastic bout of pegging.

Over in her penthouse, Pettifleur sits down to a pot of tea (there'd better be Kahlua in that, Pettifleur, or your Housewife membership is under review) with her gal-pal Charlotte.

"Charlotte is a very good friend on mine," she explains. "She … does my eyebrows."

Charlotte you seem lovely, but have you even switched the bitch? Source: Foxtel

That's not all Charlotte does. Seems Pettifleur has enlisted her eyebrow-waxer to help pen her upcoming self-help bestseller, Switch the Bitch.

But this isn't the average meeting between co-authors. It appears that, rather than collaborating on the no-doubt brilliant tome, the pair had previously agreed to go off and write exactly half of the book each, without — and here's the clincher — first coming to an agreement of what the book was about. Rookie error. It does, however, make for an awkward moment when they compare notes on their respective half-books:

"Mine is an instructional guide to women to say, this is how, this is the formula that you need to do that ultimate dance of love and capturing the heart of the man that you want," Charlotte stammers.

"Absolutely," says Pettifleur.

"And my book is absolutely 100% in how to switch the bitch, hence the title, Switch the Bitch. Why call it Switch the Bitch? Because we need to switch that. We need to be that proud, fabulous, self-satisfied bitch."

It's clear they're both speaking nonsense — and that they're each speaking a very different kind of nonsense to each other. So, like Lennon & McCartney and S2S before them, Charlotte and Pettifleur agree to go their separate ways, citing creative differences.

Pettifleur's not too fazed about losing her co-author though: she still believes the book's going to be a "bestseller around the world." First order of business? A Chinese translation, because "there are a lot of crazy Chinese bitches out there."

Charlotte face suggests she might be used to talking to a certain crazy bitch herself:

Charlotte: "Is there a Booker Prize for eyebrow threading?" Source: Foxtel

With tensions rising between Gamble and Janet, the two meet to have it out with (read: shout over the top of) each other. In private? What are you, high? At a fashion parade of course. As soon as Gamble arrives, she and Janet immediately start SCREECHING WILDLY at each other like a couple of Botoxed Rhesus macaques. 'You're a LIAR," is Gamble's opening line to Janet — a simple hello would've sufficed. Janet doesn't take the attack well:

You know those clowns at Luna Park, where you have to pop the balls in their mouth? Yeah. Source: Foxtel

Then we're straight back into those rumours about Gamble's home life, which it now appears Gamble is convinced Janet made up herself — despite Chyka being the one who initially brought them up.

Gamble: "You called me a pole dancer! A f*cking pole dancer!"

Janet: "I did not! I said you were a STRIPPER."

We're getting into Showgirls-esque territory here, but before Janet can explain the differences between the two occupations, Gamble lets loose with some dirt of her own:

"I know a heroin addict who says you f**k for heroin. I've got his NAME. So don't f**k with me darling, I've done some research on you. I'm gonna destroy your life too!"

Wow — this is a pretty huge allegation. Is Janet Roach, high society lady, doting mother and successful property developer, secretly a heroin-addicted sex maniac? Erm, no. In an aside to camera, Gamble lets us in on her cunning plan: When in doubt, just make some really awful sh*t up on the spot.

"I've got a hothead. I don't always think about what I'm saying. I thought I'd make up something about Janet to make her feel as bad as what I felt," she shrugs.

Innocent bystander Jackie gives her verdict on the whole sorry mess:

"I was hearing one thing, hearing another … I'm still trying to figure it out. I will tell you one thing: She was f**ken fumin', mate!" Ah, Jackie Gillies, the Alf Stewart of Real Housewives of Melbourne.

Jackie Gillies thought bubble: 'DAFUQ.' Source: Foxtel

As the girls continue to squabble, Gina shows up, heralding her arrival by sneaking up on Gamble and grabbing her bum. Gamble doesn't even flinch at this sudden grope from an apparent stranger, which really does nothing to quell all those stripper rumours.

Sensing tension, Gina sidles up to Gamble, asking her how she's feeling about the gossip Janet's whipped up.

Gamble: "I need a lawyer. It's serious, sweetie, it's quite serious."

Gina: "We'll catch up."

Someone's getting suuuuuuuuuued … Source: Foxtel

Just when you thought 'I hear you f**k for heroin' was as weird as this show could possibly get, entire stage right, cricket hornbag Shane Warne. He's enlisted close personal friend Lydia to take part in a celebrity poker tournament to raise money for his charitable foundation.

Real Housewife Shane: "When life gives me VBs, I melt them down into Fosters" Source: Foxtel

Barely a minute into their 'poker lesson' and Shane's away, exhibiting the sort of international playboy sweet-talking that snagged him Elizabeth Hurley:

"You've got an advantage of being a female, a good-looking, attractive female, so straight away when you sit at a table you can intimidate your players," he says.

Hear that, fellas? She's a top bird, this little sheila.

Outside of Shane's solid-gold moves, this 'Lydia learns poker' diversion is a bit boring to be honest — we kept ourselves entertained by inspecting Warnie's much talked-about facial tightness. In fact, we're not actually sure whether this is Shane Warne or if Janet's just had a haircut.

56-year-old property developer and mother-of-two Janet Roach. Source: Foxtel

In the interests of giving Chyka something to do, we next visit her house where she's clearing out her giant walk-in wardrobe with the help of her daughter Chessie (which autocorrected itself to 'Chess' FOUR TIMES before we were able to write it properly, so is definitely a real name).

Carrie Bradshaw has a lot to answer for. Source: Foxtel

Why exactly is Chyka's wardrobe so big? Because it's her son's room, silly. Yes, Chyka last year forced her teenage son BJ (these kids … what names) to vacate his bedroom so she could have more room to store her scarfs and hats. But you know what, she put some newspaper down in the laundry and BJ is just THRIVING.

Like 'Lydia learns poker' before it, 'Chyka cleans out her cupboard' is probably not going to make the end-of-season highlights reel though, is it? Come on Housewives, get back to the bitching.

In a restaurant across town, Janet meets her slightly terrifying pal Manuela for lunch. This is how she describes this dear friend: "Manuela is one of Melbourne's elite. I often say that I'm friends with Manuela because I'm too scared to be enemies with her."

She's also the sort of friend who tells you when your clip-in hair extensions are a bit ratty:

"It's a bit uneven. Didn't do a good job," she sniffs as Janet proudly shows off her Britney-circa-2007 weave.

"You can barely tell they're extensions, right? RIIIIIIGHT?" Source: Foxtel

The episode ends with another power-bitch-gossip-meet-up, as Gina and Gamble meet for dinner to discuss all those sexy sexual sex rumours and how they can best extinguish them.

"If I'm about to get married, the worst thing you can say is that I'm the Queen of the Sluts," says Gamble, who's apparently decided if she's going to be called a prostitute, she'll at least take a royal title too.

Gina feeds Gamble ideas: Janet's jealous. She's trying to destroy you. She's out to get you. I've got your back. It's hard not to feel like Gina's just trying to settle some of her old scores with Janet, and using Gamble to do so.

"Do you want me to talk to her?" Gina asks, her face lighting up at the prospect of a slanging match with her best frenemy.

Again — HANDS ABOVE THE TABLE PLEASE. Source: Foxtel

"Confronting Janet about Gamble may well ruin that friendship, but I think it's difficult to maintain a friendship with someone that lacks integrity," Gina says, setting the stage for a big showdown next week.

NEXT WEEK: Gina confronts Janet about Gamble, and Janet immediately calls her out: "I don't think she gives a sh*t about Gamble, to be honest." JUICY.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne screens 8:30pm Sundays on Foxtel's Arena Channel.

Check back after each episode for our full recap of the show — and in the meantime, join our recapper Nick Bond on Twitter (@bondnickbond) to debate the correct pronunciation of La Mascara (it's clearly 'Lemur Scarecrow').


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Bali Nine duo to see their families

The PM is still waiting for a 'final call' with Indonesia's president over the fate of the Bali Nine duo.

Downcast ... Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in an office of Kerobokan Jail with the head of the corrections department moments before they were transferred to Nusakambangan Island. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

THE families of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will see the death row inmates for the first time in almost a week, since their long-dreaded move to Nusakambangan.

The men are in limbo on the central Java island after arriving last Wednesday in expectation of their imminent executions for their role in the Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot.

Now, Jakarta has indicated it wishes to wait for the result of legal appeals of some of the 10 drug felons ready for the firing squad.

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Andrew Chan boards a plane to Nusakambangan Island. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Myuran Sukumaran boards a plane to Nusakambangan Island. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Visiting Nusakambangan on Monday will be Chan's mother Helen and brother Michael, and Sukumaran's parents Sam and Raji, siblings Brintha and Chintu and other relatives.

They will be hopeful the visit won't be one of their last, with lawyers for the pair preparing yet another appeal for clemency to be heard in an administrative court in Jakarta on Thursday.

Andrew Chan's family ... Helen and Michael Chan at Jogyakarta Airport. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro Source: Supplied

Raji Sukumaran, Myuran Sukumaran's mother, at Jogyakarta Airport. Picture: Adam Taylor Source: News Corp Australia

Raji Sukumaran and her daughter Brintha with Australian Consul Majell Hind at Jogyakarta Airport. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro Source: Supplied

A visitor to the island last week told reporters the Australians were in Besi prison, one of the island's seven jails.

They were in a block of four cells and couldn't see each other but could talk to each other and a Nigerian death row convict in one of the other cells.

She had met the Nigerian, Raheem Agbaje Salami, in a small garden, and described the mood there as "isolated".

Visit ... Australian lawyer Julian McMahon with an Indonesian lawyer and Australian Consul in Bali, Majell Hind, after visiting Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumarana on Nusakambangan Island. Picture: Supplied Source: News Corp Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is meanwhile still waiting for a "final call" with Indonesia's president over the fate of Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33.

Joko Widodo has already taken calls from Mr Abbott on the executions but this latest request hasn't yet been arranged.

In an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera aired on Saturday, Jokowi, as he's known, left the door open to abolishing the death penalty in Indonesia in the future.

"The constitution and existing laws still allow (the death penalty) but in the future if it is necessary to change it and the people really want it, why not?" he said.

The men must get 72 hours notice of their executions, but the attorney-general's department now won't confirm if they will be held in March.


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