Far from improving her relationship, a woman’s visit to a marriage counsellor inadvertently led to her being assaulted by her own husband.
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A counsellor told the woman she could liven up her sex life by writing a letter to her husband describing exactly how she would like him to make love to her, Ipswich Magistrates Court was told.

But when the husband read the letter – which was left on a table in the couple’s home – he mistakenly thought it had been written by his wife for another man and flew into a jealous rage.

The devastated 42-year-old drove over to his parents’ house to discuss the apparent affair, then spotted his wife’s car at a park in Walloon west of Brisbane, thought she was meeting her lover there and confronted and attacked her.

In court, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage and was sentenced to six months’ prison but released on immediate parole.

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Locals say the huge fire has reduced the building to rubble.A big industrial fire at the Healesville shopping centre has left destroyed a dry cleaning service and taken more than three hours to extinguish.
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Fire crews were called to the blaze at midnight but needed specialist equipment to douse the fire, which engulfed the 150-metre by 30-metre building.

The Country Fire Authority had to call in the help of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade when it realised the extent of the chemical-fuelled fire in the 90-year-old building.

It took 16 fire fighting appliances to battle the Maroondah Highway blaze, which threatened to take hold of the country town’s main strip.

Locals were tweeting that French’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services was now just rubble after the roof collapsed.

CFA’s Mark Kennedy told the ABC that the flames were more than nine metres high when crews arrived on the scene.

“The roof had collapsed into the building and to one side of the building was a row of shops, including a bank and a supermarket that were immediately under threat,” he said.

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Singer or sister? Speculation is rife over who this woman is. Who is she? Kim Jong-un is pictured during a visit to Kumsusan Palace with an unidentified woman.
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This screen grab shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, centre, with a mystery woman paying tribute to his late grandfather Kim Il-sung.

A mystery woman pictured accompanying North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un to recent events has prompted speculation in Seoul about whether she is his partner or his younger sister.

The North’s state television on Sunday aired footage of the woman joining Kim Jong-un as he paid tribute to his late grandfather Kim Il-sung on the anniversary of his death in 1994.

Top officials including ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam and army chief Ri Yong-ho accompanied the leader to Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Palace, where the embalmed body of the nation’s first president lies in state.

The TV footage showed the woman, apparently in her twenties or thirties, walking next to the leader. She bowed with him before a portrait of Kim Il-sung.

The short-haired woman, clad in a black suit, was also pictured sitting next to Kim Jong-un at a concert by a state orchestra on Friday.

Some South Korea media reports suggested she was Kim’s younger sister Yo-Jong, who is believed to have studied in Switzerland along with him in the 1990s. Others suggested she may be Kim’s wife or lover.

Seoul’s intelligence agency and unification ministry, in charge of cross-border affairs, declined to comment.

The speculation highlighted the degree of secrecy in the North about the private lives of its rulers.

Kim Jong-un took power after the death of his father Kim Jong-il last December but the outside world does not even know his exact age.

An unidentified woman pictured standing behind Kim Jong-un during mourning for his late father last December was identified by some sources as the new leader’s younger sister.

JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said the woman pictured in recent days may be Hyon Song-wol, a famous state singer rumoured to be the leader’s lover.

It said she disappeared from public view in 2006 but was seen on TV again in March, apparently late in pregnancy.

“Hyon was a friend of Kim since they were teenagers and there is a rumour among the North’s elites that she was his lover,” it quoted an unidentified Seoul intelligence official as saying.

But Yang Moo-jin of Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies said there was “little chance” the mystery woman was Kim’s partner, given that the country’s past first ladies have rarely made public appearances with leaders.

“She could be Yo-Jong or perhaps a daughter of one of the mistresses of the late Kim Jong-il … so that Jong-un can publicly showcase the solidarity in the ruling family,” Yang said.

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Pumpkin soupIf it’s true that you can judge a great cook by their soup, these three easy recipes will turn anyone into a kitchen maestro.
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THAI-STYLE PUMPKIN AND COCONUT CREAM SOUP

Chilli, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass put an Asian spin on pumpkin soup.

SERVES 6

2 tbsp olive oil

4 brown shallots, finely sliced

60g fresh ginger, grated

1 tbsp chopped lemongrass (white part only)

good pinch chilli powder

6 cups peeled and diced butternut pumpkin

2 cups vegetable stock or water

1 can coconut cream

1½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp white pepper

splash fish sauce (I use Squid Brand)

juice of 1 lime

2 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

coriander leaves (optional)

roasted, chopped macadamia nuts

Place olive oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots, ginger, lemongrass and chilli powder and cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add pumpkin and stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently until pumpkin is very tender.

In a blender, purée soup in small batches until very smooth. Rinse saucepan and place purée in it. Add coconut cream, season with salt, pepper and fish sauce, and heat through without allowing soup to boil. Taste and adjust seasoning, then add lime juice and finely shredded kaffir lime leaves (keep some aside for garnish).

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with lime leaves, coriander (if using) and macadamias.

CURRIED PARSNIP SOUP

Good quality curry powder gives this soup its kick.

SERVES 4

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra

2 tbsp butter

8 brown shallots, finely sliced

4 large parsnips, roughly chopped

2 tbsp curry powder

4½ cups milk

1¼ cups cream

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp coriander leaves

Heat 3 tbsp oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until soft but not coloured, then add parsnip and curry powder and cook for 5 minutes. Add milk and cream, bring soup almost to the boil and cook gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes (try not to let it boil). Allow soup to cool slightly, then roughly purée it using a hand-held blender (or transfer to a food processor or blender). Reheat soup gently, season to taste and serve in bowls garnished with coriander and a drizzle of olive oil.

QUICK HAM AND VEGETABLE SOUP

I have a saying: “What you put into a soup or stock is what you get out of it,” so use the freshest and best ingredients you can. Enjoy!

SERVES 4

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

6 cloves garlic,

finely chopped

1½ cups Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into 1cm dice

1½ cups celeriac, peeled and cut into 1cm dice

1½ cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into

1cm dice

3 cups double-smoked ham, cut into 1cm dice

10 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock

1½ cups frozen or fresh peas

8 asparagus spears, trimmed and chopped

8 small yellow squash, each cut into 8 wedges

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp tarragon leaves rustic baguette and good-quality butter, to serve

Place oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook onion and garlic for 6-7 minutes or until both are very tender but not coloured. Add artichoke, celeriac, pumpkin and ham and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add stock and bring to the boil, then turn heat down to a gentle simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are almost soft. Add peas, asparagus and squash and cook until tender. Season to taste and garnish with tarragon. Serve with rustic baguette and butter.

Photography: Vanessa Levis. Styling: Bhavani Konings. Bowls (curried parsnip soup) from Golden Brown Fox, goldenbrownfox南京夜网. All other props, stylist’s own. Shot at Luke Mangan’s Glass Brasserie, Sydney.

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Malcolm Turnbull says it’s better for his constituents if he stays in the shadow cabinet.Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull will not cross the floor on gay marriage because he believes he has more value to his constituents if he stays in the shadow cabinet.
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Mr Turnbull – who is the Coalition communications spokesperson – broke ranks with his opposition colleagues last week to call for civil unions.

In a speech, he described those who claim legalising gay marriage would undermine the institution as “dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy”.

“I am utterly unpersuaded by the proposition that my marriage to Lucy, or indeed any marriage, is undermined by two gay men or two lesbians setting up house down the road – whether it is called a marriage or not,” he said.

With two same-sex marriage bills currently before the lower house, the former opposition leader also said he would cross the floor if he was given a “free vote” in Parliament.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced last year she would grant Labor MPs and senators a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, even though the party platform was officially changed to embrace the issue at the 2011 ALP national conference.

Ms Gillard has publicly stated on numerous occasions that she does not support same-sex marriage.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott – who also opposes same-sex marriage – is against a conscience vote for Coalition MPs.

Coalition MPs can still cross the floor but frontbenchers would be obliged to resign their position and go to the backbench.

Last night on the ABC’s Q&A, Mr Turnbull said he had still considered crossing the floor but had decided against it.

“It’s something I’ve weighed up,” he said.

Mr Turnbull said that he had argued his opinion inside the party room but would not cross the floor because it was better for his constituents in the inner-city Sydney electorate of Wentworth.

“There’s a greater benefit … value for my constituents can be served by me staying within the shadow cabinet, rather than resigning and crossing the floor on every issue,” he explained.

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