Autopsy report says Michael Jackson a wreck

UPDATE: 25 AUG 2009

Michael Jackson death was homocide says LA coroner




The Los Angeles coroner has described Michael Jackson's death as homicide and confirmed he had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his body.
After weeks of leaks and speculation, the conclusion of the Los Angeles chief medical examiner was announced on Monday by law enforcement officials.

Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, has already admitted administering the drug propofol to the "King of Pop".

Details of his treatment were revealed separately on Monday in documents unsealed by a court in Houston, Texas, where Dr Murray practises.

Court documents showed that Jackson consumed a cocktail of drugs in the hours before he died, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to a newly unsealed affidavit accompanying a search warrant used in the investigation of Jackson's death, Dr Murray told detectives he gave the "King of Pop" propofol to treat insomnia.

Jackson suffered cardiac arrest and died on June 25 aged 50. Since then, police have investigated his death with a focus on prescription drugs and the role of doctors who treated him, including Dr Murray.

An autopsy report in to Jackons' death remains sealed while police complete their investigation into the role prescription drugs may have played in his death and the actions of his doctors.

According to court records, Dr Murray told detectives he had been giving Jackson 50 mg of propofol every night for six weeks using an intravenous drip.

Dr Murray told detectives he feared Jackson was forming an addiction and began trying to wean the pop star off the drugs. He lowered the dosage to 25 mg and mixed it with two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam. On June 23, two days before Jackson's death, he administered those two medications and withheld the propofol.

On the morning Jackson died, Dr Murray said, he tried to induce sleep without using propofol, according to the affidavit. He said he gave Jackson valium at 1.30 a.m. When that did not work, he said, he injected lorazepam intravenously at 2 am.

At 3 am, when Jackson was still awake, Murray administered yet another drug, midazolam.

Over the next few hours, Murray said he gave Jackson various drugs. Then at 10:40 am Murray administered 25 mg of propofol after Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug, according to the court records, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At least two doctors gave Jackson propofol in Germany. Dr Murray said Jackson had declined to tell him about what treatment he had received from other doctors.

He said he had seen injection marks on Jackson's feet and hands. When he asked Jackson about them, the pop star told him he had been given a "cocktail" to help him. In addition to Dr Murray, authorities subpoenaed medical records from several other American doctors.

Dr Murray has already acknowledged obtaining and administering propofol to Jackson the morning that he died. Dr Murray told police he left Jackson alone under the influence of the medication to make telephone calls to his office and family.

He returned to find Jackson was not breathing and performed CPR.

Jackson was declared dead in hospital.


UPDATE: AUG 2009
King of Pop’ lives on another planet.

Michael Jackson’s outlandish life is being overshadowed in his death by events so preposterous they seem to come from a fiction writer’s overactive imagination.

They include a petition to award him a Nobel peace prize; a growing list of people who claim to be the real parents of Jackson’s children; a lawsuit from an alleged ex-wife; and a sect that believes the ‘King of Pop’ lives on, albeit on another planet.

Jackson died in Los Angeles on June 25 at age 50 from an apparent cardiac arrest. His son Prince Michael, 12; his daughter Paris, 11, and seven-year-old son Prince Michael II — known as ‘Blanket’ — are the immediate heirs to the late singer’s music empire. Their legal guardian is Katherine Jackson, the children’s paternal grandmother.

According to a case filed recently in Los Angeles, a woman named Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise claims to be the children’s sole biological mother.

Documents filed by Fields Cruise, and posted on celebrity website TMZ.com, also claim Prince Michael I was fathered by a man who lives in France, while Paris Jackson’s father was Fields Cruise’s ‘unofficial college sweetheart.’

Fields Cruise told a judge she gave birth to the children without being pregnant with them.

‘There is technology that is in existence,’ she told reporters after she filed the case,’to remove the conceived children from her body and insert them into the bodies of the surrogates who gave birth to them.’

Fields Cruise also claimed that Jackson ‘always knew’ he was the biological father of Connor Cruise, the 14 year-old black child that actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted in 1995, when they were still married.

One day before Fields Cruise filed her case, British ex-child star Mark Lester said that he might be Paris Jackson’s father.

‘I gave Michael my sperm so that he could have kids — and I believe Paris is my daughter,’ Lester, who played Oliver Twist in the 1968 film musical ‘Oliver!,’ told the British tabloid News of the World.

Jackson family spokespeople said the 51-year-old Briton was a friend of Jackson and is godfather to all three of his children, but denied Lester’s parenthood claim.

Jackson had his first two children, Prince Michael and Paris, when he was married to Debbie Rowe, an assistant to his dermatologist, between 1996 and 1999.

Rowe signed over parental rights to the children to Jackson, who later had a third child, Prince Michael II, by a surrogate.

Rowe’s boss Arnold Klein even weighed in with a cryptic statement on paternity. ‘To the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children,’ Klein told ABC News in early July.

Rowe and Jackson may have divorced, but one Nona Paris Lola Ankhesenamun Jackson claims to be the singer’s legitimate wife — and filed a case in Los Angeles court five days after the singer’s death asking ‘that all my husband’s properties, monies and assets must be transferred to me immediately.’

While there is no evidence linking the woman to Jackson, she also claims Jackson’s children are hers and that she did not authorize them to live with their grandmother.

Separately, a woman by the name of Billie Jean Jackson — like Jackson’s famous hit song ‘Bille Jean’ — showed up in court claiming an unspecified link to ‘Blanket’ Jackson.

Jean asked the judge to hire a handwriting expert to check Jackson’s will for forgeries; asked for the right to visit Blanket every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm; and asked to not to be ‘arrested’ by Katherine Jackson or estate executor John Branca.

Meanwhile, gossip magazines allege that 25-year-old rapper Omer Bhatti is Jackson’s love child, conceived in a one-night stand with a Norwegian fan.

Bhatti lived at Neverland ranch for eight years and was with the Jackson family at the singer’s funeral. Friends told reporters however that he was a merely Jackson protege, and Bhatti has denied any biological link to the singer.

That hasn’t stopped the late singer’s estranged father Joe Jackson from claiming that Bhatti was Michael’s son.

‘Yes, I knew he had another son, yes I did,’ Joe Jackson told ABC News in a July 31 interview. Bhatti ‘looks like a Jackson, he can dance like a Jackson,’ he added, offering no further proof.

Soon after Jackson’s death, a website opened nominating the singer for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for having ‘given of himself completely and selflessly in a lifelong effort to help better global conditions for children, and all of humankind.’

As of Saturday more than 31,000 people had signed the petition — even though Nobel prizes are not awarded posthumously.

Some people say they see Jackson’s ghost in a CNN documentary filmed at the late star’s Neverland estate soon after his death.

Others may be consoled by the Raelian Movement, a group that says Jackson — named a Raelian Honorary Guide in 1992 — probably lives on.

‘Considering all the good things Michael did on Earth for peace and love, I’m sure he is alive today on the Elohim’s Eternal-Life Planet,’ group leader Rael said in a July 7 statement.

Raelians believe that all life on Earth was created by human scientists from another planet known as the Elohim, who ancient humans mistook for gods.

Jackson ‘is among the few humans from Earth to be so cloned, and will return to Earth with the Elohim’ when humans will welcome them back, the statement read.



UPDATE: 27 July 2009

MJ’s hair to be turned into diamonds



Since Michael Jackson’s sudden death on June 25, the rumor mill over details of his bizarre personal life has ground away nearly non-stop, and on Friday, one company said it was turning his hair into diamonds. That one is true.

The claims this week included a report in Rolling Stone magazine that a prosthetic nose he wore apparently went missing when he was taken to the morgue, and a British tabloid trumpeted a headline that he fathered a secret love-child.

In one by-product of the “Thriller” singer’s death, a Chicago company said on Friday it had obtained some of the hair Jackson burned while filming a 1984 Pepsi commercial and planned to create a limited edition of diamonds from it.

“Absolutely this is for real,” said Dean Vanden-Biesen, founder of LifeGem, which has a patent on a process that extracts carbon from hair, turns it into crystals and then into high-quality laboratory diamonds.

VandenBiesen told Reuters he thought the company could make about 10 diamonds. No sale price has been set but VandenBiesen said LifeGem created three diamonds from locks of Beethoven’s hair in 2007, and sold one of them for around $200,000.

Separately, the August 6 issue of Rolling Stone magazine reported that not only was the left arm of Jackson’s dead body “scored with needle marks” - claims that have arisen before - but he wore an artificial nose that was missing when he was taken to the Los Angeles county morgue.

“The prosthesis that he normally attached to his damaged nose was missing, revealing bits of cartilage surrounding a small dark hole,” the magazine said in an unsourced report.

MORE UPDATE

It had been believed that Michael Jackson — who passed away June 25 — had only three children; 12-year-old Prince Michael, Paris Michael Katherine, 11, and 7-year-old "Blanket."

But that's all changing now.


This combo photo shows Bhatti (L) and Michael Jackson. Bhatti, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jackson's young son Blanket, lived at the singer's Neverland Ranch for several years in the late '90s and sat on the front row of the singer's memorial along with The Jackson Family.
Bhatti, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jackson's young son Blanket, lived at the singer's Neverland Ranch for several years in the late '90s and sat on the front row of the singer's memorial along with The Jackson Family.

Omer Bhatti first met Michael in Tunisia in 1996. The then-12-year-old impressed the pop legend with his dance moves. Omer has since performed with the singer and worked as a Michael tribute act across the globe. The dancer's stepfather Riz once worked as a driver for MJ while his mother is thought to have been a nanny.


UPDATE: 3 July 2009

New photos have emerged of Michael Jackson's final rehearsals for his big comeback just two days before his death.
The pictures were released by AEG, the promoters of his 'This Is It' tour which was to have taken in 50 dates at the O2 Arena in London.
In the images, the name of the tour is spelt out in huge letters at the back of the stage.

According to AEG the photos were taken on June 23 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles - two days before Jacko died from a suspected cardiac arrest.

Michael Jackson looks thin and tired from his strenuous work out routine.

After not performing for years, the star intended to take to the stage for the mega concerts in London. In one of the pictures his face looks like a mask.







UPDATE: 3 July 2009



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A sensational video has emerged of Michael Jackson rehearsing for his planned tour just two days before his death.

The footage was released by AEG, the promoter of Jacko’s ‘This Is It’ residency at the O2 Arena in London.
And the King of Pop proved he still had it in the clip as he showed off some moves to his 1996 hit ‘Don’t Care About Us’ together with eight male dancers.

As his guitarist played a solo, Jacko raised a finger just like in his heyday.

The video, which lasts one minute 40 seconds, ends with a dance section.

It was shot on June 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the King of Pop had also rehearsed the night before his sudden death.

Jacko appears in the video to be slightly emaciated - perhaps exhausted from his ambitious plan to return to the stage after many years for 50 mega-concerts.

He had planned to perform his biggest hits on the tour, including ‘Thriller’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Bad’.

Magician Ed Alonzo, who had been part of Britney Spears’ ‘Circus’ show, watched Michael’s last rehearsal before his death on the Wednesday.

He told ‘USA Today’: “”It was an amazing show. The thing was just days away from being perfected. It was incredible.

“Even though it was just a walk-through with the dancers, his moves were dead-on — the same Michael Jackson we [saw] through the years in music videos.”




A leaked copy of the autopsy report on former King of Pop Michael Jackson paints a disturbing picture of the dead singers health leading up to his death.

According to the British tabloid The Sun, the dead entertainer weighed just 51kg (112lb), was bald, emaciated and the bridge to his nose had vanished and its right side had partially collapsed.

The newspaper said the autopsy report details the 80s pop icon was wearing a wig which covered just “peach fuzz” on his head, while the singers body was riddled with needle holes, scarred by at least 13 cosmetic surgery operations.

The tabloid reports that Jackson’s body was “severely emaciated” from eating just one meal a day and pathologists only found partially dissolved pills in his stomach – which have been sent for toxicology tests.

The autopsy also found unexplained bruising on Jackson’s knees and on the fronts of both shins and there were cuts on his back, indicating a recent fall.

The report also said four needle puncture marks were found above Jackson’s heart, apparently the result of trying to inject adrenaline in an attempt to revive him.

Three of the injections had penetrated the heart wall — causing damage — but a fourth missed and hit one of the 50-year-old star’s ribs – several of which had been broken in the attempts to revive him

Quoting an unnamed source it says is close to the Jackson family, The Sun said: “Michael’s family and fans will be horrified when they realize the appalling state he was in.


According to the reports of the British daily The Sun, Micheal Jackson’s autopsy results are supposedly leaked to the media. However, the news was reported to be false by E! Online. Also, there are certainly no pictures of the superstar after the autopsy; if there were, they certainly have not made their way to the media. The supposed, ‘exclusive’ last photo of MJ was published by “The Insider” that shows him receiving medical treatment, taken through the ambulance door or window. TMZ.com, the website that had first reported that the king of pop was taken to a hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, also confirmed that the autopsy results have not been leaked.

Earlier, reports had made their way online that Jackson’s body was mutilated by needle and knives scars, had lost all the hair etc, which might or might not be true; it has not been confirmed yet.
A statement released by the Los Angeles County coroner states that “The report that is being published did not come from this office. I don’t know where the information came from, or who that information came from. It is not accurate. Some of it is totally false.”

The Jackson family is said to be unsatisfied with the results of the first autopsy and have ordered for a second, private one in the upcoming days.

As for the autopsy photos, it is a remote possibility that they will ever see the light of the day, as the whole affair was a closely guarded and watched. His body is now locked in a special vault from where it will be transferred to his family.
“He was skin and bone, his hair had fallen out and had been eating nothing but pills when he died. Injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement caused by years of plastic surgery show he’d been in terminal decline for years.

“His doctors and the hangers-on stood by as he self-destructed. Somebody is going to have to pay.”

The same unnamed sources claim the family were preparing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Jackson’s private doctor, cardiologist Dr Conrad Murray, who was hired just 11 days ago by AEG Live — the firm masterminding Jacko’s 50-date residency at London’s O2 Arena, which was due to start next month.


Jackson's Drug Use
Michael Jackson's former nanny Grace Rwaramba, who worked for the King of Pop for 17 years before being fired recently, tells The Times of London how bad his drug abuse was.


"I had to pump his stomach many times. He always mixed so much of it," she said.
"There was one period that it was so bad that I didn't let the children see him. He always ate too little and mixed too much," Rwaramba added.
At one point, she teamed with Jackson's mother Katherine and sister Janet for an intervention, which angered him.
"We tried to do an intervention. It was me, Janet, his mother. I coordinated it. He was so angry with me," she explained.
Rwaramba is expected to be interviewed by the police as part of the ongoing investigation into Michael's death.



Michael Jackson might die from the effects of plastic surgeries
According to the maxillofacial surgeon, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Tamara Chkadu, a famous singer may die from hypoxia, caused by plastic surgery on nose

The cause of the death of Michael Jackson could become a chronic hypoxia - oxygen deficiency caused by the decrease in nasal moves because of the numerous plastic surgeries, told renowned maxillofacial surgeon, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Tamara Chkadu.

King of pop Michael Jackson has died in the night on Friday at a hospital in Los Angeles. Cause of death has not yet been established.

«It was clear that the singer was plastic nose - all the small tip of the nose, breathing passages greatly reduced. This could lead to chronic hypoxia, which in turn often leads to even sudden cardiac arrest - said the doctor.

Interlocutrix agency explained that
hypoxia typically occurs at night during sleep when a person has no control over his breathing.

In doing so, the surgeon pointed out that many plastic surgery alone can not be the direct cause of death, but severely undermine the health of their effects - often stay under general anesthesia, administration of drugs in the postoperative period.

«In addition, we see that Michael Jackson had complications after plastic surgeries, perhaps even necrosis - tissue dying off. Singer obviously did not just plastic nose, and chin implant inserted, changed the form of school


UPDATE:8 July 2009

Quotes from Michael Jackson's memorial service

Michael Jackson’s daughter joined his loved ones in paying tribute to the late star as the world bid its final farewell to the 'King of Pop'.



Paris, 11, was surrounded by the singer’s siblings on stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre on Tuesday (07.07.09) as she broke down trying to tell the audience at his memorial service how much he meant to her and her brothers, Prince Michael I, 12, and Prince Michael II, seven.

Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter Paris Katherine Jackson: "Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine, and I just wanted to say I love him so much."

Jackson’s brother, Jermaine Jackson: "As you know I’m lost for words, I was his voice and his backbone, I had his back and so did the family. We thank you. Thats all I can say, we thank you very much."

Jackson’s brother, Marlon Jackson: "Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone."

Singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson: "I never thought I’d be here today. This is my little brother over there (in the casket) and you just don’t think that you’re going to ... live to see him gone. But he will never really be gone. He is going to live forever and ever and ever and ever." "The world will never, ever forget Michael Jackson. I love you my brother. I celebrate your life. I’m proud I had the chance to know you."

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy: "Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down. Though it ended way too soon, Michael’s life was beautiful. Sure there was some sad times and maybe some questionable decisions on his part, but Michael Jackson accomplished everything he dreamed of." "The more I think about Michael and talk about Michael the more I think that ’King of Pop’ is not good enough. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived."


Actress Brooke Shields, a longtime friend of Jackson: "Whenever we were out together and a picture was taken there would be caption of some kind, and the caption usually said something like, ’an odd couple’ or ’an unlikely pair.’ But but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships." "I was 13 when we met and from that day on our friendship grew. Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date, and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond."

Martin Luther King III: "On June 25th, because he was the best, I believe heaven and earth did pause indeed to say of Michael Joseph Jackson, ’Here lived a great entertainer who who did his job well."

Rapper and actress Queen Latifah: "Somehow when Michael Jackson sang, when he danced, we never felt distant. Michael was the biggest star on Earth."

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton: "I want to say to Michael’s children, there wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy, it was strange what your daddy had to deal with. He dealt with it anyway. He dealt with it for us."

Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder: "This is a moment I wished I wouldn’t live to see ... As much as we may feel that we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more."

Former basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who spoke alongside Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant: "I want to thank Michael for opening up so many doors for African Americans, to be on daytime shows, late night shows. He allowed Kobe and I to have our jerseys in peoples homes across world, because he was already there and he opened all those doors for us."




The world bid its final farewell to the 'King of Pop'.




Some 18,000 fans and friends will crowd into the Staples Center sports arena and a nearby, overflow theater for the two-hour ceremony memorializing Jackson, who died June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles mansion.

UPDATE: 10 AUG 2009



Oliver! star Mark Lester donated sperm to Michael Jackson
Mark Lester, famed for playing the title role in the hit 1960s musical Oliver!, has revealed he donated sperm to Michael Jackson and that he believes he may be Paris Jackson's biological father.
Mr Lester, 51, was a close friend of the late pop superstar. He is godfather to Paris, 11, and Jackson's two other children, 12-year-old Prince, and Prince Michael II, the seven-year-old nick-named Blanket.

Former child actor Mr Lester said he was willing to take a paternity test to find out the truth.
"It's a been a secret for so long," he told the News of the World. "I gave Michael my sperm so that he could have kids – and I believe Paris is my daughter.

"In 1996, Michael asked me if I would give him my sperm and I said yes. It was a gift to him, no money was paid, it was something I was honoured to do. He wanted children so badly.

"I do feel a definite bonding with Paris and I think there's a definite possibility that she's part of me.

"I want to have contact with her, Prince and Blanket regardless of whether any or all of them are mine. I think it's cruel that I've now been excluded from them."

The father of four said the resemblance between his 15-year-old daughter Harriet and Paris has been noted.

"Paris is very pale, with blue eyes. All my daughters, apart from my eldest, are fair with blue eyes. So many people have commented on how alike Harriet and Paris look," he said.

Mr Lester said that Jackson first revealed his desperation to be a father to him in January 1996. Both were aged 37 and Mr Lester already had three children.

"He realised having kids was a natural thing but that he just couldn't do it," Mr Lester said.

"I mentioned the fact there are alternative ways of going about it. I think he'd already tried using his own sperm but it hadn't worked for him, so I made an off-the-cuff comment saying, 'Try mine!"'

He said Jackson eventually agreed and the donation was arranged through a clinic in Harley Street, London, in February 1996.

Eight months later Jackson announced that he had married nurse Debbie Rowe and three months later the couple revealed the birth of their first child, Prince.

Paris was born just over a year later, in April 1998.

Mr Lester said he was speaking out because he feared being cut out of the lives of Jackson's children.

Up until the pop singer's memorial last month, he was in contact with them on a weekly basis, the former child star said.

But since Jackson's mother Katherine had been granted custody of the children, he said all his phone calls and emails had gone unanswered.

"This isn't what Michael would have wanted," Mr Lester said. "I feel I have to come forward, as my only way of saying, 'Please don't shut me out'."

 

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Silicone implant is not safe


A size ‘F’ silicone implant in the breast of a Russian beauty burst during a transatlantic flight, forcing the woman to stay in hospital instead of enjoying California’s beaches.

The 45-year old woman, identified as Irena D., boarded the Boeing 767 in Moscow and set off to Los Angeles, Life.ru website writes.

As soon as the plane lifted off the runway she started feeling unwell. But as the plane landed, the pain in her breasts got even worse, and the woman collapsed on the airport floor.

The woman was rushed to hospital, where doctors found that one of her silicone implants had become damaged.

“It is unlikely that the flight by itself caused this damage,” one of the doctors said.

“The lady must have had problems with her bust before the trip, and the pressure change and overload during the flight worked as catalysts.”

At the moment Irena is out of danger, staying in bed and under medical surveillance. But doctors seriously doubt that she will ever be able to restore her beautiful breasts to size F.

 

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Louis Vuitton sues Red Cross charity shop for selling fake purse



Luxury brand Louis Vuitton sued a second-hand clothing shop operated by the German Red Cross because it was selling a counterfeit purse.

A mystery shopper in Marburg saw the fake Louis Vuitton in a store window and bought it for €3. After informing Louis Vuitton parent company LVMH of the sale, a suit was filed against the thrift shop claiming €2,600 in damages.




“This is just our standard procedure,” a LVMH spokeswoman said from Paris. “The issue has already been resolved in a quick and friendly manner.”




The organisation still claims good ties with the German Red Cross and is planning a charitable auction with proceeds going to the Red Cross.

But volunteers at the shop in Marburg, near Frankfurt, still feel under threat.

“We still have to decide whether the shop can be kept open," a spokesman said. "None of our volunteers are specialised in recognising textiles."

He added that such an incident could be repeated as the shop was run by volunteers and on donations.




Thomas Spies, Social Democratic state representative, called on LVMH to drop the action against the German Red Cross over the misunderstanding.

Citing the Red Cross’s mission, he said it wasn’t fair for the corporation to be pursuing the charitable shop.

How to Spot a Fake Louis Vuitton Handbag
There are many ways to distinguish an authentic Louis Vuitton from a replica.
When shopping online and you see a bag with a cheap looking tag, then it is an obvious fake. They do not tag their bags with a strand of string with a circular piece of plastic marked in brown LV, nor do they tag their items

 

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Couples are abandoning "till death do us part" wedding vows




AUSTRALIAN COUPLES are abandoning "till death do us part" wedding vows in favour of those with a get-out clause, just in case their love "shall falter or fail".

Celebrants claim that only one in five couples from almost 40,000 marriages in NSW last year stuck to traditional vows.

Instead, some are dropping phrases about lifelong commitment, replacing them with finite pledges including "as long as our love lasts''.

A few even make agreements to review their marriage after as little as five years.

Divorce rates have dipped slightly, but one in three marriages ends in divorce and celebrants say the trend is acknowledged in ceremonies.




Celebrant Coral Kortlepel said many newlyweds had accepted "if you're not happy, you don't have to stay together'' and some were writing it into their wedding vows.

"I actually had a couple recently that said: `I will love you today, I will love you tomorrow and if our love shall falter or fail, I will respect you for the period of time that you were in my life','' she said.

"People are starting to think that you're not meant to be with one person your whole life and perhaps they needed to learn a lesson from a marriage, but then move on, if they're not happy.''

Celebrant Michael Teulon said he presided over a couple who made a ``three-to-five year agreement, plus options'', instead of committing for life.

But others said they refused to oversee marriages not entered into "for life'', arguing that these were not valid.

"The way the laws are, a marriage must be voluntarily entered into by a man and a woman for life, so I wouldn't actually perform a marriage, if the couple were putting a clause into their vows saying it might not be for life,'' celebrant Elaine Searle said.




Newlyweds Abbey and Rick Steadman dropped "till death do us part'', but replaced it with a promise to commit to each other for life.

Mrs Steadman said she thought it was wrong for couples to enter into marriage, if they thought it might not last forever.

"When you get married, you should be with that person your whole life. What is the point of doing it, if you're not?'' she said.

 

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Bluetooth dress signal the future of fashion


Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova presented a prototype dress to reporters that is designed to light up when the wearer's mobile telephone rings.
British fashion student Georgie Davies dreamed up the knee-length short-sleeved white dress as part of a school project with mobile phone-maker Sony Ericsson to figure out ways of incorporating new technology into fashion.


Davies said the dress is designed to eventually be connected to the wearer's phone by Bluetooth wireless technology, so she can be alerted to a call even in noisiest of places.
"When you're in a pub or a bar, you can never, ever hear your phone," 20-year-old Davies told Reuters on Wednesday.




One shoulder of the dress down to the hip is embellished with translucent white scales that move and light up.
Sharapova showed off the dress to a gaggle of photographers and a crowd of passers-by from the window of a luxury department store in central London.


 

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Is it safe to download music illegally?


The next time you think it safe to download music illegally, think again. You might just end up being fined $116,000 per song like this woman did.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset of Minnesota,US,32-year-old mother of four was found guilty by a jury of willfully violating the copyright of 24 songs, and was fined a total of US$1.92 million, or $116,384 per song according to an Associated Press report.

Downloading songs without paying for them or sharing the music files online are both violations of copyright.


Even if you have purchased a CD or an MP3 file from a legitimate online store, it is illegal for you to make copies of the song other than for your own use.

Many people may not know this, but the money you pay when you 'buy' the song actually goes towards purchasing a licence and a right to listen to the song. You do not own the song itself.

You only have the copyright to a song when you recorded it at home, using your own melody and lyrics.

Don't want to end up in court over copyright infringement? Here are some of the things people do online that could potentially end up with a hefty fine:

1)Sharing music online without obtaining the rights to do so

2)Downloading music from sites, without paying and/or without permission from the copyright owners

3)Adding the file as 'background music' to a website or blog without obtaining the licence or rights to do so

 

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400 South Koreans have applied to marry a millionairess


A 49-year-old woman worth 20 billion won (approximately $16 million) has placed an online ad with the matchmaking company Sunoo in an attempt to find a husband.
Potential candidates should be single white-collar workers with at least a bachelor’s degree, between the ages of 39 and 49 years old. It’s preferable that they be living in Seoul or Gyeonggi Province.
As for her, she is “an elegant, slim, feminine and active woman who enjoys sports and traveling,” as well as “a genuine, considerate and open-minded person who has a heart of gold.”

Almost 400 South Koreans have applied to marry a millionairess who advertised for a soulmate but only eight "serious-minded" applicants will make the final cut, a matchmaking agency said.
The 49-year-old woman who is reportedly worth 16 million dollars has been seeking a husband through an online advertisement since May 20, a spokeswoman for Sunoo matchmaking agency said.

Some 394 men -- including doctors, lawyers, accountants, soldiers and government employees and ranging in age from 26 to 49 years -- responded to the advertisement.

"As a business operator, she was too busy to find her husband herself," the spokeswoman told AFP.

"We initially planned to keep the bid open until the end of this month but the woman felt burdened by unwelcome media attention and she wanted it closed Tuesday."

The woman picked eight of the men for interviews and is expected to meet two or three of them per month over the next three months.

They are aged between 37 and 49 and include company employees, teachers and bank workers.

"The bride prefers average but serious persons to high-flying professionals," the spokeswoman said.

"She wants a soulmate with a passion for life, who will share the ups and downs of life with her."

 

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Teenager Tattoo Nightmare



Teenager Kimberley Vlaminck shows the 56 stars she claims were mistakenly tattooed on her face - after asking for just three.


Kimberley Vlaminck paid £55 for 'the graffiti that has ruined my life'

The 18-year-old blamed a language mix-up after she fell asleep in Rouslan Toumaniantz's chair.
Kimberley faces a £9,000 bill for corrective surgery in Courtrai, Belgium - and moaned: "I look like a bloody freak."

"I look like a bloody freak."

Kimberley Vlaminck with her family

Romanian Toumaniantz

Romanian Toumaniantz, 37 - who is adorned with tattoos, piercings and rings - claims she was awake throughout and complained only after her dad and boyfriend threw a fit.

He said: "She looked in the mirror several times. She asked for 56 stars and that's what she got."

Kimberley Vlaminck is suing the tattoo artist for £10,000 after she allegedly asked him for three stars on her face - but ended up with 56.She has launched legal proceedings against Toumaniantz seeking damages, plus the money for the operation.

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Malaysian Boy born without the male genital organ



While the 10-month-old’s birth certificate clearly indicates his sex as male, a poser hangs over the child’s future. Muhammad Nabil Mustaqim Rodzake does not have a penis.

When born without the male genital organ on Aug 10, last year, he was subjected to a DNA test, only to be confirmed he possessed more male characteristics. Thus, he was registered a male in the BC at the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital. Met at the family home in Kampung Batu Lima near here, Muhammad Nabil Mustaqim’s mother, Zatul Bazamah Abd Rahman, said her son – the second in the family – was not only born without a penis but also without a right thumb, right ear and proper eye lids.

The family is now seeking help from medical specialists to “fix” the problem, she said. Zatul Bazamah, 26, said her son was peeing naturally, through the anus. “We are all sad just to think that he will grow up without the male’s most important organ, and the emotional stress that awaits him,” she noted.

Muhammad Nabil Mustaqim is now receiving specialist treatment both at the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital and Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah. “We have been told that our son needs to wait a little longer to determine a suitable treatment for the genital while his other physical defects could be fixed through plastic surgery when he is four years old,” said Zatul Bazamah.

Meanwhile, the baby’s father, Rodzake Namis, 34, hopes the treatment could be carried out sooner for fear that it might affect his son emotionally, if it were to be done when he was older. – Bernama

 

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Japan: Hiring fake family, friends and colleagues.




Japanese company does thriving trade in 'fake friends'. In Japan, it’s particularly important to have lots of attendees at weddings, so now when people can’t make it, brides and grooms can fake it!
It's the wedding season in Japan but instead of opting for a small event in tough times, couples can rent fake family, friends and colleagues to plump up the guest list.




Many in Japan see weddings as a formal event that must be attended by as many family members, friends and co-workers as possible. At the party, bosses often give speeches, colleagues or friends stage performances, and families greet other guests.

But what if you've got no one to do that for you?

"We'll attend the wedding as your friend instead of your friend," Hiroshi Mizutani, who heads Office Agents in Tokyo, a company that rents out guests, told Reuters.

"Suddenly, a guest might not be able to make it. Or maybe you are concerned about the gap in the number of guests you have compared to your partner. Or, there are many temp workers these days and they may be uncomfortable inviting the boss."

For ¥20,000 yen ($230), Office Agents provides a staff member to attend the ceremony. For an additional ¥5,000, that person can perform a song or a dance. Pitch in another ¥10,000 and that person can make a speech that would make you proud.

Bonus #1: You’ll save on wedding invites.

Bonus #2: You get to pick what your family looks like.




As recession hits Japan, Mizutani said work-related requests are rising, with clients asking for a fake boss, who in real life may have become too busy for the wedding after losing his job, or coworkers for temporary workers that switch offices often without getting to know those they work with.

At one wedding, all 30 of the family, friends and coworkers of the groom were fakes, Mizutani said. This was the second marriage for the groom, who wanted to avoid inviting the same guests from the first wedding.

The firm gets about 100 wedding requests per year and has some 1,000 fakes available for various occasions, including funerals and training seminars.



It even offers fake lovers to introduce to your family and stand-in secretaries for those that want to look important.

The key qualification for Office Agents' staff is that they do not stand out.

"What's important is that these are normal people... normal as in they are cheery and clean and look like they have regular jobs," Mizutani said.

Sometimes not even the marriage partner is aware.

"People are proud and they don't want to tell their partner that they do not have many friends," Mizutani said.

"The environment is so that people don't have anyone to invite. It may be that they are lonely and it may also be that the way people work are changing."

 

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Tips On How To Win a Girl's Heart


How to Win a Girl's Heart

1. Courage:
Most girls like guys with confidence. Just walk up to her and start a simple conversation. (Example: "Hi, waiting for a friend?") If you didn't get it the first time, try and try again.

2. Prove that you really love her and are not simply crushing or lusting for her. Ask her about herself, talk to her, don't just move in for the kiss.

3. Care for Her:
Ask her about her day. It's a simple way to show her that you are interested in what she does. When she starts to talk, you must give her your full attention. Look her in the eye and don't check anyone else out! And most importantly, don't interrupt!

4. Don't tell girls - for that matter, anyone at all - they have a flaw unless you are OBVIOUSLY poking fun at them, even then only if you know they can take a joke, and know you well enough to know how to react to your teasing. Otherwise you risk putting them off.

5. Show respect to other girls too. When she realizes that other girls take interest in you then she will automatically get to the point where you want her to be.

6. Make sure to be good friends with her friends. If her friends like you, chances are she will.

7. Make her feel like the most beautiful thing in the world, you can actually directly say that... Girls LOVE to know they are beautiful, but don't push it, then you just feel awkward and can't hold a conversation about something else. Just saying something like "you look beautiful today!" will make her happy. As long as you mean it.

8. Make sure she feels safe with you, most girls want to have someone they can trust and turn to when something goes wrong. and even when she is having a good day let her know your intrested in it, if she has something plannned for after work or school and you know about it ask her how it went and if you let on to where it shows you like her she'll pick up on the ideas and hints. girls are smart with things like this...TRUST ME.

9. Feel good and bad for her... if she is having a suckish day let her know you feel her pain and you want to try to make her feel better. then ACTUALLY ATTEMPT TO MAKE HER FEEL BETTER!!!!!!!!

10. Simple little touches will help, if her head hurts tell her your sorry and stroke her face a little bit, -only if she is single- make a point to pick a pretend fuzz ball off of her back or something and then quickly stroke her back with your hand but make sure you don't rub her down.

11. I agree with make her friends yours, if her friends say they hate you or you are annoying to them, try to be nice. just say your sorry for anything you have done to them and say you really care about so and so... and you want to get along with them for her sake.

12. And if you can make a girl laugh you can make her do anything if you try hard enough, but don't take advantage of this. let her be your best friend.

13. Oh also a great tip, let her wear your jacket if your in a room and she is kinda cold. it makes an even bigger impression if you take it off of your back and give it to her to wear, but make sure it's clean and smells REALLY GOOD!!!!!

14. Women take pride in hygiene, and if a man has good hygiene it works really good on her, use the floss and spray on some axe of anything that smells amazing, mustang, hollister and aeropostale are really great scents just use this tip and you'll be fine. good luck and remember to respect her at all times.

15. Be ready to catch up cause girls can run you around, so be ready and dont ever complain about how much a girl may be running you around, but if she asks you: speak the truth.


 

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US family Christmas photo turns up in Czech Store ad



It’s an international mystery: How did a US family’s Christmas card photo end up in the Czech Republic, splashed across a huge storefront advertisement?

Danielle Smith said Wednesday that the photo taken of her family last year got sent to family and friends, and was posted on her blog and a few social networking sites. The photo showed her and her husband Jeff holding their two young children.

About 10 days ago, one of Smith’s college friends was driving through Prague when he spotted their huge smiling faces in the window of a store specializing in Europeann food. He snapped a few pictures and sent them to a flabbergasted Smith.

‘It’s a life-size picture in a grocery store window in Prague - my Christmas card photo!’ said Smith, 36, who lives in the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon.


The translation reads: “We will prepare and deliver your requests in two business days.”

Mario Bertuccio, who owns the Grazie store in Prague, said the photo was from the Internet. Details were sparse, but he said he thought it was computer-generated. When told it was a real photo - of a real family - he said he started taking steps to remove it.

‘We’ll be happy to write an e-mail with our apology,’ said Bertuccio, who said he would send the Smiths a bottle of good wine if they lived in his eastern European country.




The Smiths and photographer Gina Kelly hadn’t authorized anyone to use the pictures. Kelly said she has asked a professional photographers’ organization to help figure out how her image wound up in Prague.

Smith has gotten 180,000 hits to her Web site since she recently posted the story about the well-traveled snapshot. She said the photo wasn’t used in an unseemly manner, it was just used to tell potential shoppers about the store’s delivery service.

Smith said next time she posts a photo on the Internet, she’s going to lower the resolution or add an electronic watermark to make it hard to reproduce.

‘This story doesn’t frighten me, but the potential frightens me,’ Smith said.


Danielle Smith’s blog: www.extraordinarymommy.com/blog

 

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Traditional Hairstyles for Modern Korean Beauties

Traditional hairdos for Korean women are largely divided into chignons,(A chignon is basically a twist or a roll of hair.) the most basic form, and graceful and elaborate ornamental arrangements. Even today, they are worn on festive occasions or by brides having a traditional wedding.


1. Plaited-braids




The plaited-braid was only allowed for unmarried women in the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). The three-strand braid is tied with a long, red pigtail ribbon (daenggi) at the end, while an ornamental piece (baesssi daenggi) decorates the hair.

2. Traditional Wedding Hairdo




This features flamboyant adornments with a simple chignon beneath. It matches the traditional wedding garment or "hwarot," a magnificent wedding gown in crimson silk with wide sleeves.

3. Modern Interpretation




The bride's hair is pulled back into a chignon, and a toque decorated with corals and beads sits on the crown of the head. Worn along with the hairdo is the "nogwonsam," or green, decorative ceremonial topcoat.


4. Gisaeng Style




While traditional Korean dresses are represented by the words "elegant" and "refined," the clothes worn by female entertainers of the Chosun Dynasty exude splendor and voluptuousness. Accentuating them, the hairdo known as "tre meori" features a braided coil. This style is often found in the genre paintings of the era.


5. Fusion Wedding Hairdo




A combination of Korean chignon and Western bun, this hair style maximizes Eastern beauty.



How To Do A Classic Chignon Hairstyle:
They look simple in the front, and gorgeous at the back.



1. Get a brush and smooth out your hair.

2. Make a low ponytail using a hairband, right at the nape of your neck.

3. Split your ponytail in half, take a brush and tease the two sides you split.

4. Take one of the sections and smooth it out with a brush.

5. Twist under and secure it using bobby pins.

6. Repeat step 4 and 5 with the other side.

7. Finish it off with a hairspray or gel.

 

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Transsexual To Play Australian Rules football


An Aussie Rules fan is about to become the Australia's first transsexual to play competitive football.
Will, 25, was born a woman and had a sex change two years ago. Since then the Collingwood supporter has been desperate to play football.

He has been spurred on by former Magpies captain Nathan Buckley who told him, "Don't be afraid to be yourself."

Will, who did not want to use his full name, recently met with Victorian Country Football League president Glenn Scott, who told him he could play, but for insurance purposes he would have to legally change the gender on his birth certificate to male.

Mr Scott promised to educate players on transgender issues in a bid to ensure he was not vilified.

Will, 25, hopes to play in the Bendigo Football League and says he does not want special treatment.

"I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to play football, just with slightly different circumstances of how I came to be a guy," he said.

The move has been backed by Buckley, who said he was "knocked over" by a "touching" letter from Will.

"It was like he was pouring his heart out to me and I felt compelled to let him know that I respected the fact that he trusted me with that stuff," Buckley said. "I just think it's tremendously courageous. Everyone should be encouraged to be themselves."

Will has had a double mastectomy and is taking hormones to deepen his voice and boost hair growth. However, he does not feel the technology is advanced enough to create a functioning penis.

Since the operation he has longed to play football."I thought, well, if fat blokes who are in their 40s are playing football, surely I can. The only thing stopping me is other people's prejudice."

Will expects to face some prejudice in his first game.

"There might be a bit of resentment there, particularly if I turned out to be better than one or two players," he joked. "They would probably hold that against me because they'd be thinking, 'God, he doesn't even have a penis and he can kick the ball better than me'."

 

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