Renting a place to call home

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HAVING wrapped filming for the next season of Foxtel hit A Place to Call Home, actor Marta Dusseldorp and her husband Ben Winspear have decided it’s time to depart their Paddington terrace.

It may only be a short-term move — their elegant Paddington home is advertised as being available for a 12-month plus lease and is not for sale.

The rental listing has reignited suggestions that Hollywood might be on the horizon for the couple.

Dusseldorp briefly headed to the US some two decades ago, but couldn’t afford to pursue the challenge.

Marta Dusseldorp. Picture: AAP/Paul Miller

Marta Dusseldorp. Picture: AAP/Paul MillerSource:AAP

She has since become an award-winning stage and television actor. Now at the top of her game, Dusseldorf signalled recently she could be off to America.

The traditional terrace house is described as both contemporary and true to its 19th century traditions.

It features stunning high ceilings, ornate cornices, beautiful woodwork, and kauri floors, costing the couple $2.125 million in 2013.

They’re now asking $1700 a week for the four-bedroom home which comes with two renovated bathrooms.

Downstairs living, dining and kitchen areas open to a large courtyard garden through period French doors.

Phillips Pantzer Donnelley agents William Hesketh and Katrina Borg are leasing the home.

Before any rumoured Hollywood move, the couple will head to Brisbane, where they both will appear in Joanna Murray-Smith’s stage adaptation of Scenes from a Marriage for the Queensland Theatre Company.

The adaptation of theIngmar Bergmanclassic sees the real-life power couple play the warring spouses.

It kicks off in November.

Dusseldorp’s most notable performance is the lead role in the Foxtel Showcase series A Place to Call Home.

She plays nurse Sarah Adams, who has returned to Australia after 20 years abroad to start a new life.

She ends up clashing with wealthy matriarch Elizabeth Bligh, played byNoni Hazlehurst.

Season five will air on Foxtel Showcase from October 8.

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Oort cloud near-miss may cause comet risk

The Max Planck Institute has plotted up to 600 ‘death stars’ – wandering stars likely to pass within 16.3 light years – will plow through our Oort cloud in the next million years.

There’s a ‘Death Star’ headed our way, bringing with it an icy hail of destruction. But there’s still time to linger over a Star Wars sequel or three (hundred thousand).

And it’s not the only one: There are up to two dozen such ‘Death Stars’ likely cut within 3.26 light years of our Solar System. Another 600 could blunder past at 16.3 light years — all close enough to topple distant comets down the gravity well towards the inner planets — including Earth.

Fresh research from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has used data collected by the ESA space observatory satellite Gaia to update his calculations of how many wandering stars are likely to stumble into the Oort cloud — an enormous ‘bubble’ of rubble that surrounds our Sun — and how often.

Dr Coryn Bailer-Jones found that within a typical million years, between 490 and 600 stars will pass the Sun within a distance of 16.3 light-years or less. Some 19 to 24 stars will pass at 3.26 light-years (1 parsec) or less.

But don’t rush out to buy life insurance just yet.

The earliest close encounter is still hundreds of thousands of years away. And it will possibly take tens of thousands of years more before the fallout of its passing comes our way.

“Impacts with regional or even global consequences are exceedingly rare, and occur at a rate of no more than one per million years,” Dr Bailer-Jones says. “Also, monitoring systems give us a fairly complete inventory of larger asteroids and comets, none of which is currently on a collision course with Earth.”

HIP-85605 is the closest ‘Death Star’, predicted to cross through our Oort Cloud beginning some 240,000 years from now.

HIP-85605 is the closest ‘Death Star’, predicted to cross through our Oort Cloud beginning some 240,000 years from now.Source:Supplied

PRIME CONTENDER

An earlier paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics by Bailer-Jones detected 14 wandering stars that will pass within three light years of Earth.

To put all this in perspective: Our closest neighbouring star is Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf some 4 light years away

Bailer-Jones tailored his initial study to include all 50,000 stars upon which we had accurate ‘fixes’ for at that time — including their distances, directions and velocities.

Data collected by the Gaia satellite has since considerably expanded this dataset.

And while the number of ‘Death Stars’ has since been almost doubled, HIP-85605 remains the most likely to become our first and closest encounter.

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The wayward orange dwarf star is on an intercept course with our solar system. Odds are as high as 90 per cent it will crash into our Oort cloud sometime between 240,000 and 470,000 years from now.

It is currently 16 light years away, approaching from the direction of the Hercules constellation. It will likely skim past our Solar System at a mere 0.13 to 0.65 light years (roughly 8000 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun).

Another seems close behind. The star designated Gliese 710 has been calculated as having a 90 per cent chance of coming within our sphere of influence. Currently lurking some 64 light years away in the Serpens constellation, it’s expected to land in our neighbourhood sometime between 1.3 and 1.5 million years from now.

We’ve already experienced a ‘near-miss’: The white dwarf Van Maanen’s star — fortuitously a ‘burnt-out’ star — came close to our Sun some 15,000 years ago. Exactly what impact its passing had on the Oort cloud is as yet unknown.

Threat analysis ... Can these wandering stars end life on Earth?

Threat analysis … Can these wandering stars end life on Earth?Source:Supplied

HIT-AND-MISS

In the face of a fully armed an operational Death Star such as HIP-85605 or Gliese 710, Admiral Akbar would rightly say we “can’t repel firepower of that magnitude”.

Stars are impressive. They’re big. They’re fractious. They’re thermonuclear.

Even our own — a somewhat humble, small specimen — can cast worrisome clouds of superheated plasma our way.

It may sound like an interstellar game of billiards. In many ways it is. But even when they arrive, Swinburn University astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy say’s not to expect being swallowed by a star.

The scale of things is simply too great.

Instead, the threat will be what happens to the masses of comets orbiting in our Solar System’s outskirts — out to as far as one light-year.

“Objects hardly ever meet in space — the distances are so huge — but the gravitational influence of a star is enormous, even something a light-year away can rattle the loosely held Oort Cloud objects,” Dr Duffy says. “(But) there’s no doubt that nearby stars in the past have nudged Oort objects into falling towards the inner solar system.“

Interstellar scale ... An indication of the distances between our Solar System and its nearest neighbours. Source: NASA

Interstellar scale … An indication of the distances between our Solar System and its nearest neighbours. Source: NASASource:Supplied

Astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy talks ‘Death Stars’ and why they’ll take 500,000 years to reach us.

So the real questions are: Are we really in the firing line, what is being fired at us — and what are the chances of a bullseye?

We’re fairly safe down here. It’s taken millions of years, but Jupiter has managed to clean up most of the inner Solar System by pulling wayward comets and asteroids into its heavy embrace. But it is a fragile balance. Those distant, tumbling mountains of rock and ice can be sent wobbling towards us.

The fear is Earth — and all the inner planets — could be subjected to a bombardment not seen for millions of years: ‘Death Star’ Gamma Microscopii (HIP103738) appears to have already drifted to within a light-year of our Sun by 3,850,000 years ago. There are two impact craters on Earth that could possibly be attributed to this event.

The star Eta Carinae has exploded, sending a jet of radiation into deep space. Picture: ESA / NASA

The star Eta Carinae has exploded, sending a jet of radiation into deep space. Picture: ESA / NASASource:Supplied

BAKE’N’SHAKE

If a ‘Death Star’ was a hot one, could its powerful UV radiation be added to the planet-killing arsenal it unleashes? Such radiation could tear apart the DNA of living all things once our thin line of defence — the ozone layer — is stripped away.

As Dr Duffy says, it’d have to get extremely close — impossibly close — for its radiation and gravity to have any direct effect on our planet.

Gamma Microscopii, the G-7 giant which whizzed past some four million years ago, is believed to have been about 2.5 times the size of our own Sun. Its radiation is not known to have had any effect on our world.

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“None of the stars that will likely come close to us are particularly large or bright meaning that they won’t affect the Earth with their UV or heating directly,” he says. “A star 100 times more luminous than our Sun would have to get as close to the Earth as Jupiter for it to be brighter than the Sun in our sky. If it’s a smaller star then it would have to get even closer. Long before then the gravity of this intruder would already have likely flung the Earth out of our orbit. Thankfully no star is predicted to come that close!”

V838 Monocerotis star ... gas clouds billow outwards as the star explodes. Picture: NASA

V838 Monocerotis star … gas clouds billow outwards as the star explodes. Picture: NASASource:Supplied

SUPERNOVAS

Each ‘Death Star’ will take about 30,000 years to pass through our Oort Cloud. We will remain in their ‘spheres’ of influence’ for tens of thousands of years more. There is a remote chance one of them may reach the end of its life cycle and explode during that time.

“We see radioactive isotopes on Earth which point to nearby supernovas over the past few million years,” said Dr Bailer-Jones.

But Dr Duffy points out the odds of one of these stars exploding when close enough to have any impact (and that means within several light years) is infinitesimal.

“However the main reason this isn’t a worry is that none of the nearby stars that are drifting towards us from this study are big enough to explode as a supernova,” he says.

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No. But these stars have a typically Imperial problem: Accuracy.

And, by the time the first of these Death Stars arrive, our race will either already be dead — or so highly evolved as to simply not care.

“While a direct collision by a large comet would be a disaster for the Earth we’re actually a very small target,” Dr Duffy says. “A much bigger target is the gas giant Jupiter with an enormous gravitational pull that attracts the comets and ‘cleans’ up the Solar System. Yet even Jupiter is tiny on that scale so it’s much more likely that any comets that tumble in towards us will just pass harmlessly by.”

Space is big, really big ... A mountain-sized asteroid toppled towards the inner planets from the Oort cloud could take hundreds of thousands of years before it swings past the Sun. Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Space is big, really big … A mountain-sized asteroid toppled towards the inner planets from the Oort cloud could take hundreds of thousands of years before it swings past the Sun. Picture: NASA/JPL-CaltechSource:Supplied

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE

Even if these stars did tumble any Oort objects out of orbit, these could take up to two million years to drift into the inner planets.

Many of the stars set to cross our path are dwarf stars smaller than our own. This means the potential influence they may have on our Oort cloud will be limited.

We can get more Bothan-like data (without the casualties) right now: Instead of R2D2, the carrier of such secret plans would be the European Space Agency’s Gaia telescope. It is helping pinpoint the tracks of these deadly interstellar bodies to determine how many are on the way — and which ones may have done us damage in the past.

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It’s currently cataloguing over a billion objects in our interstellar neighbourhood.

“The Gaia satellite is currently in space creating the best map yet of all the nearby stars allowing us to know to great accuracy just which of the billions of stars in our galaxy will likely ever get close enough to cause us problems,” Dr Duffy says.

“Even though the galaxy contains very many stars,” Bailer-Jones said, “the spaces between them are huge. So even over the (long) life of our galaxy so far, the probability of any two stars have actually collided — as opposed to just coming close — is extremely small.”

Comet Pan-STARRS passed within 100 million miles of Earth in 2013, its closest approach in its first-ever cruise through the inner solar system. Picture: AP

Comet Pan-STARRS passed within 100 million miles of Earth in 2013, its closest approach in its first-ever cruise through the inner solar system. Picture: APSource:AP

* This story is updated from the original, published in January 2015

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Sydney Swans star Gary Rohan explains his disappearing act at SCG

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Sydney’s Gary Rohan soccers through a goal and then ends up in the crowd falling over the fence. Picture: Phil Hillyard

FANS with tickets booked for next week’s elimination final between Sydney and Essendon should be ready for crowd participation if Gary Rohan’s effort against Carlton is any guide.

Moments after Rohan scored the first of his three goals against the Blues he was in the front row of the Bradman Stand getting to know the red and white faithful.

The amazing sequence of events was captured by the Daily Telegraph’s award-winning photographer Phil Hillyard.

Gary Rohan soccers through a goal against Carlton. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Gary Rohan soccers through a goal against Carlton. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

Rohan’s momentum carries him over the fence at the SCG. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Rohan’s momentum carries him over the fence at the SCG. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

“I have got to learn to work out where the fence is before I start celebrating,” Rohan said.

“I went to celebrate and then I saw the fence was coming at me a bit too quick, I went to pull up but I was a bit late and the fence is a bit low at that end. I gave the crowd a bit of entertainment by jumping the fence.”

Gary Rohan joins the crowd, much to their delight. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Gary Rohan joins the crowd, much to their delight. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

The Swans star was among friends so took his time before returning to the field.

“I was trying to get up and everyone was jumping on me,” Rohans said.

“It was pretty funny at the time. They were loving it.”

Rohan checks out the view from the other side of the fence. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Rohan checks out the view from the other side of the fence. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

If the Swans were framing a market for the player most likely to end up in the crowd, Rohan would be a short-priced favourite. It’s not just his blinding speed which puts him in danger of not pulling up in time he’s the sort who loves to get involved in everything. His latest occupation outside the club is working with the juniors at the Swans Academy.

“Every Monday I head down to the academy and help out,” Rohan said.

“I’m interested in coaching, I love coaching kids and watching them develop so I help out. It’s good for me to learn about coaching styles and work with the coaches there. I can’t sit still so instead of going home to sit on the couch I head over to help.”

Gary Rohan (left) at Sydney Swans training this week.

Gary Rohan (left) at Sydney Swans training this week.Source:AAP

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Winx ready for 19 starlight with Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick

Horse Racing: Winx has come from a long way behind to win in her return to racing.

Winx gets in a last workout before tackling the Chlmsford Stakes.

CHAMPION Winx cruised through her final workout this morning, pleasing trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman ahead of the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Winx galloped solo wide out on the Rosehill course proper and although she wasn’t out to make time, she showed that her tough first-up run to win the Warwick Stakes nearly two weeks ago has not taken anything out of her.

The mighty mare wore the ear muffs in the gallop which she will do on Saturday in an endeavour to ensure she doesn’t become fractious in the barriers and miss the start badly gain like she did in the Warwick Stakes.

“Her engine is quite unique,’’ Bowman said. “I’ve never ridden another horse like her.

“She has the rare ability to overcome adversity is what makes her a true champion.’’

Winx prepares to do her last piece of trackwork ahead of Saturday's Chelmsford Stakes.

Winx prepares to do her last piece of trackwork ahead of Saturday’s Chelmsford Stakes.Source:Twitter

Waller said Winx will strip fitter again for the Chelmsford where she is $1.08 favourite on TAB Fixed Odds to win her 19th race in succession.

“She is 3-4kg lighter than she was before the Warwick Stakes,’’ Waller said.

“We gave her a really solid gallop on Tuesday where she was very impressive so this morning was more a maintenance gallop.

“We are really pleased with her, she has done everything right since the Warwick Stakes.’’

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Ethan Brown rides three winners at Sandown Hillside

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Lina’s Hero ridden by Ryan Maloney wins race 4 during the Ladbrokes Park Race Day at Sandown Lakeside Racecourse, Sandown Park Hillside in Springvale, Melbourne, Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

BOOM apprentice Ethan Brown had his best day riding with a winning treble at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

Brown won the opening race on Blondie then added to his haul with back-to-back wins on Motown Lil and Speedeor.

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Speedeor was the second of four winners for Darren Weir, who also scored with Bonus D’Oro, Ubin Thunderstruck and Night’s Watch. It was Speedeor’s first start since November and he has now put together four straight wins.

Ethan Brown steers Motown Lil to victory at Sandown Hillside.

Ethan Brown steers Motown Lil to victory at Sandown Hillside.Source:Getty Images

Mare Bonus D’Oro, who made it three wins on end, is a granddaughter of She’s Archie, who put the trainer on the map when she finished second in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.

The winner of the final race, Night’s Watch, has been entered by his owners, OTI Syndications, for the Melbourne Cup.

Vasil’s new Hero

TONY Vasil only trains a handful of horses but three-year-old colt Lina’s Hero, who ran away with the Benchmark 1300m race at Sandown, could propel him back into the spotlight.

Jockey Ryan Maloney stamped him “as Caulfield Guineas quality” and had “untapped ability” after his four-length win. Lina’s Hero is by Elvstroem who Vasil trained to win five Group 1s but who was a disappointment at stud and was banished to France two years ago. The best horse he has sired is Hucklebuck, but Lina’s Hero is showing the potential to be even better.

Lina's Hero showed stakes-race potential with his win at Sandown Hillside.

Lina’s Hero showed stakes-race potential with his win at Sandown Hillside.Source:AAP

Blondie on Group 1 path

BRENDAN McCarthy will set Blondie for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas after the filly won the Benchmark 70 (1000m) on Wednesday. “This was a good stepping stone for her,” McCarthy said. Blondie won her debut race at Moonee Valley before she finished last in the Blue Diamond. McCarthy was shocked by the run but later found out she had a hairline fracture of the pelvis. “To have her come back is great,” he said.

Originally published as Triple treat for brilliant Brown

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Aussies helping out in epic Houston floods

Australia’s large expatriate community in flood-ravaged Houston has come together to help each other and the thousands of other residents forced to flee their homes.

The southern Texas city, the fourth biggest in the US, is largely under water after 124cm of rain from tropical storm Harvey fell – a record for the continental US.

Boats, rafts and helicopters continued to scour suburbs to save residents who tried to stay in their homes but were then left in life and death situations as flood levels rose.

Geelong-raised David Bryant, 41, who works for BHP Billiton in Houston and is president of the Houston Lonestars Aussie rules team, said Australians were opening their homes to others forced out of their houses.

“The Aussie community is spread out around so there is always a mate not too far away,” Mr Bryant said.

He was unaware of any members of the close-knit Aussie community forced to evacuate to one of the many shelters.

“The people who have had water go into their homes have been able to manage that in their house,” he said.

“It is not to the point where they have had to evacuate.”

Houston is America’s energy capital and the site of US offices for major Australian companies including BHP Billiton, Brambles, Lend Lease, Santos and Woodside.

Mr Bryant, whose wife Sonia is visiting family in Geelong, said luckily his three-storey townhouse near downtown Houston was not in the path of the floods and power went off on Monday but had been restored.

He has taken in a friend, his seven-month pregnant fiancee and their cats.

The roads in the area were safe enough on Tuesday for Mr Bryant and the couple to drive a few kilometres to George R. Brown Convention Center, the Houston area’s largest shelter, to help the Red Cross.

They have been distributing blankets food and other aid to the 10,000 soaked Houston evacuees inside the massive complex.

“It’s basically as if the Melbourne Convention Centre was opened up. It’s on that scale,” Mr Bryant said.

“It’s a pretty big operation.”

Rain from the slow moving tropical storm Harvey is expected to fall for the rest of the week and it will take years for the city to recover.

Local officials have so far reported at least nine deaths.

Neighbouring state Louisiana is also being hit hard.

The US National Guard is preparing to deploy 20,000 to 30,000 troops to Texas to aid the response and recovery effort.

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Texas on Tuesday, but will visit Corpus Christi and Austin and stay away from Houston to ensure the focus of authorities was on the rescue effort.

“We want to do it better than ever before,” Mr Trump, describing his planned response to the hurricane, said.

“We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.

“This was of epic proportion. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”

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Dave Grohl talks secrets of new album Concrete and Gold

Hundreds of Foo Fighters fans line up outside OxfordArts Factory.

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins have plenty of surprises up their sleeves. Picture: Richard Dobson

FOO Fighters dynamic duo Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins aren’t making any promises about Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up making it onto their covers list for their world tour.

The pair slipped into Sydney on Monday to spruik their upcoming new record Concrete and Gold and play an impromptu gig with their covers band Chevy Metal at the Oxford Art Factory.

Hundreds of fans queued outside the small inner-city venue after the band announced the impromptu gig on social media early on Tuesday morning.

Chevy Metal was started by Hawkins several years ago when the Fooeys were on a break.

They perform songs by Queen, David Bowie, Van Halen, Black Sabbath and from some of their other favourite bands.

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters and Chevy Metal. Picture: Richard Dobson

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters and Chevy Metal. Picture: Richard DobsonSource:News Limited

The much-loved rockers blew up social media when they Rickrolled the Summer Sonic festival in Japan recently by inviting Rick Astley on stage to perform his enduring pop anthem Never Gonna Give You Up.

Grohl revealed on Tuesday that the band had been jamming on the song in the warm-up room before their set when they saw Astley was also on the festival bill.

After a few runs of the song, they suddenly realised it shared a similar arrangement to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and later performed a mash-up of the two chart-topping hits with Astley joining them on stage.

The band famously blasted the song at controversial Westboro Baptist Church members who protested outside a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City two years ago.

“We will never forget that song now. Once we started jamming it backstage, we kept Rickrolling ourselves all day long,” Grohl said.

“We were cracking up when we realised it had the same arrangement as Smells Like Teen Spirit. We didn’t know if we were going to do it or not.

“Halfway through the gig, I see standing at the side of the stage and I walked over to him in the middle of a keyboard solo and say ‘Hi, I’m Dave’ and he says “Hi, I’m Rick’, I walked back over to the guys and said ‘We’ve gotta do it.’”

The band’s first studio record in three years, concrete and Gold is released on September 15 and features a surprising cast of special guests including Grohl’s friend Paul McCartney, Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman, who he met in a studio carpark, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.

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Foo Fighters will tour Australia next year. Picture: AFP

Foo Fighters will tour Australia next year. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

There is also a secret superstar — “probably the biggest pop star in the world”, according to Grohl, who contributes backing vocals on one of the songs.

While many people have speculated it is a female pop artist, with Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift thrown into the rumour mill, Grohl let slip in Sydney that the secret backing singer is a “he”. So perhaps it is Justin Timberlake or the other Justin, Bieber.

After teasing fans with their Chevy Metal gig on Tuesday, the entire Foo Fighters band will return to Australia to tour next year.

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‘Attention-seeker’ veterinary nurse repeatedly poisoned her pet dog

Georgina Bretman injected her dog with a drug that made the animal collapse. Picture: Instagram

A VETERINARY nurse at an expensive private clinic in Scotland deliberately poisoned her pet dog in a bizarre case of animal cruelty.

Georgina Bretman injected her black-and-white cocker spaniel, Florence, with a drug that made the animal collapse and suffer from convulsions and seizures,The Sun reports.

The damage was so severe that the two-year-old dog could have ended up in a coma or even dead.

Vets at the out-of-hours practise where Bretman worked became suspicious after Florence was brought in for emergency treatment on several separate occasions — always suffering from the same mysterious symptoms.

Bretman was convicted after a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court of causing the animal unnecessary suffering.

Although no explanation was offered as to why the 28-year-old had harmed her pet, the court was told that she was an “attention-seeker”.

On one occasion her employer gave Bretman an evening off — then correctly predicted that, within a few hours, the dog would suddenly become ill and be brought back to the surgery requiring emergency treatment.

Sheriff Joan Kerr found Bretman guilty of injecting her own dog with insulin resulting in her requiring immediate treatment to “avoid coma or death”.

Florence the dog was rehomed after the allegations against Bretman came to light and the court heard she had returned to good health.

Bretman started working as a veterinary nurse in 2011 for Pet A&E — a clinic in the Kinning Park area of Glasgow which provided care for animals outside normal working hours.

Her former employer Lesley Herd grew suspicious after the dog needed emergency treatment on several occasions after collapsing, twitching and vomiting. Every time, tests showed a low glucose level.

During Bretman’s trial, Mrs Herd said: “The dog was fine between episodes so I really didn’t know what was going on with the dog at all, we couldn’t understand why she was having these episodes.”

In evidence, Bretman denied the charge and said she wasn’t responsible and only ever wanted to find out what was wrong with Flo.

Defence advocate Dale Hughes put to her: “It might be suggested you took a dislike to the dog, that’s why you harmed her.”

Bretman said: “Not at all, I put a lot of energy in. She was my companion.”

Since being taken out of Bretman’s care in 2013, Flo has been free of any problems.

Sheriff Kerr deferred sentence until next month for reports.

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reproduced here with their permission.

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MTV Video Music Awards 2017: Winners and performances

Pink addresses body shamers in a moving speech at the 2017 MTV VMA’s. Courtesy: MTV

Swish Swish singer Katy Perry made an space age entrance … and viewers were not impressed. Picture: Getty Images

PINK delivered a showstopping speech about body image and self-acceptance at MTV Video Music Awards.

The What About Us singer made the stirring statement while accepting her Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres.

Speaking on stage, Pink said her daughter Willow, 6, had recently told her, “Mama … I am the ugliest girl I know”.

“And I said, ‘huh?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair,’” Pink told the crowd at The Forum in Los Angeles.

“And my brain went to, ‘Oh, my god. You are 6. Why? Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old’s ass?’ But I didn’t say anything,” Pink said.

Pink has made an epic statement about body image and self-acceptance at the MTV VMAs.

Pink has made an epic statement about body image and self-acceptance at the MTV VMAs.Source:Getty Images

Pink’s costume included a flag printed with the words ‘wake the f ... up’.

Pink’s costume included a flag printed with the words ‘wake the f … up’.Source:Getty Images

‘We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.’ Pink, her husband Carey Hart and their daughter, Willow. Picture: AFP

‘We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.’ Pink, her husband Carey Hart and their daughter, Willow. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“Then I said, ‘I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.’ She said, ‘I look like a boy,’” Pink said.

“I said, ‘What do you think I look like?’

“She said, ‘Well, you are beautiful.’ I was like, ‘Well, thanks. But when people make fun of me, that’s what they use.”

Pink and Ellen DeGeneres.

Pink and Ellen DeGeneres.Source:Getty Images

“They say that I look like a boy, or I am too masculine, too many opinions, my body is too strong.

“And I said to her, ‘do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘no, Mama.’ I said, ‘do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No, Mama.’

“Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘No, Mama.’

“So, baby girl, we don’t change, we take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl.

“We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.”

‘MY PEE BAG IS KIND OF FULL’

Katy Perry raised eyebrows for her bizarre costumes and hosting style.

In one of the strangest VMAs openings ever, the Swish Swish singer was suspended from the roof, dressed in a silver space suit.

“My pee bag is kind of full,” the host said, in one of her attempts at humour.

Her intergalactic-themed opening monologue failed to impress, with celebs including DeGeneres and Bleachers singer Jack Antonoff seen looking visibly confused and bored.

Her space-themed ensemble.

Her space-themed ensemble.Source:Getty Images

Astronaut or Katy Perry?

Astronaut or Katy Perry?Source:Getty Images

Katy Perry was suspended from the roof at the VMas during her poorly-received entrance.

Katy Perry was suspended from the roof at the VMas during her poorly-received entrance.Source:Getty Images

“I gotta get out of this space suit,” Perry said as she stripped off to a nude body shirt.

“2016 was terrible, but it feels like things are getting a little bit better in fashion.”

Antonoff — who produced Taylor Swift’s new song Look What You Made Me Do — preferred to eat a banana.

Not a slam dunk from Katy Perry.

Not a slam dunk from Katy Perry.Source:Getty Images

She closed the VMAs with a basketball-themed performance.

She closed the VMAs with a basketball-themed performance.Source:Getty Images

Nicki Minaj, dressed in a latex basketball ref’s outfit, joined Katy Perry on stage.

Nicki Minaj, dressed in a latex basketball ref’s outfit, joined Katy Perry on stage.Source:AFP

STYLE STARS

Outfits at the VMAs seemed tamer than usual with many celebrities opting for elegant dresses on arrival … and saving daring ensembles for the stage.

In one of the more standout looks, rapper Nicki Minaj — who closed the show with Perry dressed as a basketball referee — wore an eye-popping pink latex crop top and pants, teamed with diamond cuffs and a $1 million choker.

The pink trend continued for Malibu singer Miley Cyrus who stunned in hot fuchsia during her performance, and stripped off her skirt to reveal barely-there hotpants.

Miley Cyrus didn’t need pants.

Miley Cyrus didn’t need pants.Source:Getty Images

She ripped off her skirt.

She ripped off her skirt.Source:Getty Images

Unlike the Teen Choice Awards, Miley Cyrus didn’t cancel on MTV.

Unlike the Teen Choice Awards, Miley Cyrus didn’t cancel on MTV.Source:Getty Images

Nicki Minaj and her $1 million choker.

Nicki Minaj and her $1 million choker.Source:Getty Images

She was one of the few stars to actually have fun with fashion at the VMAs.

She was one of the few stars to actually have fun with fashion at the VMAs.Source:AP

POLITICAL STATEMENTS

The VMAs also had a political flavour this year.

Presenting the award for Best Pop Video to Fifth Harmony, Paris Jackson took aim at race-fuelled violence in the United States.

“We must show these Nazi supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation, with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, hatred and discrimination,” Jackson — the daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson — said.

“We must resist.”

Paris Jackson used her platform to make a statement about white supremacist violence.

Paris Jackson used her platform to make a statement about white supremacist violence.Source:AP

Another powerful, politically-charged moment was when Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville race riot victim Heather Heyer, appeared on stage in tribute to her daughter.

“I’m here to speak for my child,” Heyer said.

“She’s not allowed to speak now except through me, so I’m going to speak for social justice; I’m going to speak for being outraged and paying attention, I’m going to speak for positive action.”

Paris Jackson calls out ‘Nazi, white supremacist jerks’ at the 2017 MTV VMA’s saying she has zero tolerance for them. Courtesy: MTV

SILENT SHOW

Another notable performance was by Lorde, who did not sing a word on stage.

Instead, the Green Light singer danced to her own song, Sia-style, prompting confusion from her fans.

Lorde then took to Twitter to explain why … she has the flu “so bad” that she needed a pre-show IV drip.

Humble rapper Kenrick Lamar opened the star-studded ceremony with a medley of songs from his album DAMN including Humble and Loyalty, featuring a fire performer who was completely doused in flames.

Lamar went on to win Video of the Year for Humble.

She needed an IV to get through her dance routine.

She needed an IV to get through her dance routine.Source:Getty Images

Lorde powered on despite having the flu.

Lorde powered on despite having the flu.Source:Getty Images

No wonder Lorde needed to lie down.

No wonder Lorde needed to lie down.Source:Getty Images

IBe humble! Kendrick Lamar performs onstage. Picture: Getty Images

IBe humble! Kendrick Lamar performs onstage. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Tomo Milicevic, Shannon Leto, and Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars inside The Forum. Picture: Getty Images

Tomo Milicevic, Shannon Leto, and Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars inside The Forum. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:AFP

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

Video of the Year: Kendrick Lamar “Humble”

Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist: Khalid

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Pink

Best Pop Video: Fifth Harmony (featuring Gucci Mane) “Down”

Best Choreography: Kanye West “Fade”

Song of the Summer: Lil Uzi Vert “XO Tour Llif3”

Best Dance Video: Zedd and Alessia Cara “Stay”

Best Collaboration: Zayn and Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Best Hip Hop Video: Kendrick Lamar “Humble”

Best Direction: Kendrick Lamar “Humble”

Best Art Direction: Kendrick Lamar “Humble”

Best Visual Effects: Kendrick Lamar”Humble”

Best Fight Against the System (awarded to all nominees): Logic “Black SpiderMan”, The Hamilton Mixtape “Immigrants”, Big Sean “Light”, Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”, Taboo “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” and John Legend “Surefire”

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AFP Grant Edwards pulls Air Force plane

Australian Federal policeman Commander Grant Edwards showed his incredible strength at the Thunder Over Dover airshow on August 26, pulling a 190-tonne Air Force plane using just his body. Edwards performed the feat to raise awareness of police mental health, in particular, post-traumatic stress, which he suffers from. ABC News reported Edwards pulled the plane for five metres and will be attempting the pull again on August 27. Credit: Australian Federal Police via Storyful

AFP police Commander Grant Edwards pulls a 190-tonne plane using his body. Picture: AFP/Facebook

YOU have to see it to believe it. An AFP Commander has used every part of his body to pull a 190-tonne US Air Force plane five metres by himself.

Australian Federal Police Commander Grant Edwards showed his amazing level of strength at the Thunder Over Dover airshow, where he managed to pull a US AirForce 190 tonne C-17 Globemaster cargo plane using just his body.

In the video, you can see the plane move along the tarmac as his colleagues cheered him on.

Edwards performed the feat to raise awareness of police mental health, in particular, post-traumatic stress, which he suffers from.

A United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster in flight. Picture: Cpl Mark Doran

A United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster in flight. Picture: Cpl Mark DoranSource:News Corp Australia

According to the Australian Air Force website, the C-17A Globemaster III is a high-wing four-engine heavy transport. It has three times the carrying capacity of the C-130 Hercules, allowing Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world. It can carry up to 77 tonnes, ranging from an Abrams Tank, four Bushmaster vehicles, three Black Hawk helicopters, or be converted to an aeromedical evacuation capacity.

ABC News reported Edwards pulled the plane for five metres and will be attempting the pull again on August 27.

In a post on Facebook, the AFP captioned the picture by saying: “Yes, this is a man pulling a plane. But why? To raise awareness of police mental health issues, our Commander Grant Edwards has set a world record by physically pulling a USAirForce 190 tonne C-17 Globemaster cargo plane five metres along the tarmac at the Dover Airshow in the US.

Show your support by helping us congratulate him on this amazing feat of strength and courage!

#thereisnostigma #ThunderOverDover”

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