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DNA kits deliver unwelcome family surprises

For Christmas last year, I bought my husband and I a home-test DNA kit. I thought it would be a laugh, a bit of fun.

As far as we know, we’re very boring Caucasian people who hail from very standard British stock. To find out that maybe I have a bit of German heritage, or that he has got a tiny dash of Eastern European coursing through his veins, would be a bit of a thrill!

Eight months later, we still haven’t cracked the seal on the packages, let alone considered sending off the tests for results.

Because here’s the deal: I’m a tiny bit afraid about what we might discover.

Stories like Linda Ketchum’s have put the fear of God into me!

Linda did some genetic exploration as she “thought it’d be fun to learn a little about my genetic ethnicity, to trace how all the pieces came together”.

But what she discovered was well more than she bargained for.

It turns out that her dad isn’t her real father after all. Both of her parents have passed away, so she can’t ask them any of the hundreds of questions her research has stirred up. But so far, all the facts point to her real dad being another man, Bill, who has also passed away.

Furthermore, her heritage isn’t at all what thought it was. Believing she had German, English and Scottish ancestry, she in fact has a huge contingent of Hispanic relatives!

“I looked in the mirror, and I didn’t know who I was anymore,” she says of her DNA discovery.

“Every Hispanic person I saw on the street, I thought, ‘Are you my cousin?’”

This modern problem – it was only in 2007 that these types of at-home DNA kits became available – is expected to affect even more people as time goes on.

The home genetics industry is growing, and will generate $60 billion in sales by 2020, so the number of people interested in exploring their history (and unearthing all of their hidden family secrets) is on the up.

This means that PTDD (post-traumatic DNA-test-results disorder) is going to be increasing too!

With my DNA kits sitting in our junk corner in our kitchen, the question I have to ask is: do I want to know those answers?!

P!nk spotted soaking up Gold Coast sun

Eagle eyed fans have been left star struck after spotting pop superstar P!nk enjoying a day out on the Gold Coast.

The So What? singer was seen strolling along the sand at Main Beach, near Marina Mirage, with her daughter Willow and husband Carey Hart on Wednesday.

The famous family appeared to be making the most of the coast’s picture perfect weather conditions, spending quality time together soaking up the sunshine between shows in Brisbane.

The energetic performer wowed crowds with her aerial acts and impressive set at her first show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Tuesday night.

P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma Tour kicks off again tonight and continues in the sunshine state until August 22.

PHOTO CREDIT: Marcus Greig

It’s understood the family are staying at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast, with Hart sharing a snap of the sunrise over Main Beach earlier this week.

A lil sunrise action. I guess jet lag isn’t all bad 🤦🏻‍♂️

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Dora the Explorer

Meet the actress playing ‘Dora the Explorer’ in the live-action movie being filmed on Gold Coast

Get excited ladies and gents, we’ve just been given our first sneak peek of the real-life Dora the Explorer!

Isabela Moner, the actress playing the much-loved animated character in the live-action movie being filmed on the Gold Coast, shared the image to her personal Instagram account this week.

“So excited to show you the First Look of me as #DoraTheExplorer,” Moner wrote alongside a photo of her dressed up in Dora’s iconic orange shorts and pink top.

The 17-year-old American actress and singer appears to be settling into life down under quite well, sharing a number of snaps of her enjoying our Aussie landmarks and experiences including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“The fam and I are loving @australia so much,” Moner wrote in the caption of one of her Instagram photos.

So excited to show you the First Look of me as #DoraTheExplorer

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Production on the Paramount Pictures blockbuster began this week, with much of the film to be shot at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford.

“I’m honored and excited to bring Dora to life. I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model… she is a strong, adventurous and fun-loving girl,” Moner said in a statement earlier this year.

“I can’t wait to put on the backpack and begin her next adventure!”


P!nk touches down on Gold Coast

Pop superstar P!NK has jet-setted into the Gold Coast ahead of the Brisbane leg of her Beautiful Trauma world tour.

The So What? singer touched down just before 6.00pm on Monday before quickly being ushered to a waiting vehicle.

It’s understood the mother-of-two will call the coast home for the next week, as she begins a number of concerts at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The first show kicks off at 7.30pm tonight in front of an almost sold-out crowd.

P!nks return to Queensland comes after she enjoyed a mini-vacation in beautiful Byron Bay with her family two weeks ago. It’s understood she’s again opted to stay beside the beach for her time on the Gold Coast.

Its been a tough few weeks for the performer, who had to postpone four Sydney shows after being admitted to hospital due to sickness.

Meet the Gold Coast girls looking for love with Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins

We’ve finally been given our first look at the 25 girls vying for the heart of Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins on Season Six of The Bachelor Australia!

Among them are four stunning Gold Coast Bachelorettes hoping to sweep the international rugby star off of his feet when the much-loved reality TV dating show kicks off on Wednesday.

Here’s everything you need to know about our very own Coast ladies!

PHOTO: Ashlea | Supplied by The Bachelor Australia

Ashlea, 30, Property Consultant

Career-driven Ashlea has had her fair share of heart break but that has by no means dampened her spirit. The unshakeable optimist is on the lookout for her prince charming, someone that will love and accept both her and her son. Her ideal partner will be spontaneous and trustworthy with a big heart.

Why did you apply for the show?

I wanted the opportunity to meet someone out of my comfort zone. A guy who didn’t approach me at a bar or through a form of social media.

How would you describe your perfect partner?

Great personality and sense of humour, family orientated, genuine and trust worthy. Someone who is not afraid of communication and takes pride in their life and health.

PHOTO: Rhiannon | Supplied by The Bachelor Australia

Rhiannon, 28, Sales Representative

Fun, playful and energetic, Rhiannon has a dry sense of humour and loves to be sarcastic. The Queenslander is finally ready to be with someone she can love and adore, and is looking for a manly man who makes her feel giddy. She really appreciates thoughtfulness, so a perfect date could be something casual as long as they had her in mind when they planned it.

Why do you think you’re still single?

I am still single because it’s taken me a long time to feel ready to open up again. Now I know what qualities and attributes I am looking for in a partner. I’ve been extremely picky and don’t want to waste anyone’s time or my own unless I am sure they are a good fit for me.

Describe your dream date

Anything by the water on sunset, a few drinks and some food would honestly be perfect.

PHOTO: Blair | Supplied by The Bachelor Australia

Blair, 27, PE teacher

Sassy and quick-witted Primary School Teacher Blair loves to laugh, even if it is at her own expense. Blair is highly competitive, constantly running at 100 miles-an-hour and enjoys an active lifestyle to use all that energy. The 27-year-old has never been in love but is looking for a tall, tanned man with muscles to share her love of the beach and outdoors.

What is one trait that might make The Bachelor run the other way?

I have a really high belly button. It is a bit creepy.

If you could pick someone to play you in a movie about your life, who would it be and why?

Cameron Diaz–because she is tall, tanned and always seems to be having a lot of fun.

PHOTO: Cat | Supplied by The Bachelor Australia

Cat, 24, Fashion Designer

Wild, crazy and creative, Cat is a full of energy go-getter. She not only has her own fashion label but also enjoys styling woman to feel both powerful and sexy. The often unapologetically brazen 24-year-old is looking for a funny guy who is down to earth, but more importantly her best friend.

Describe your dream date?

Doing a fun activity together and ending it with a romantic picnic/dinner with some red wine.

Describe yourself in five words:

Vivacious, witty, caring, quirky and adventurous.

The Bachelor Australia premieres Wednesday, 15 August at 7.30pm.