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By Laura Fox For Mailonline
Published: 14:20 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 14:25 EDT, 3 November ..

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Published: 14:20 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 14:25 EDT, 3 November 2017

She's been getting over her heartbreak after being rejected by her ex James 'Arg' Argent in Wednesday's episode of TOWIE.

And Gemma Collins seemed to be taking some time out for herself on Friday, as she shared a sassy Instagram video with fans of her reclining on a sunbed.

The 36-year-old reality TV star looked incredible in the curve-tastic black swimsuit, telling fans that she was just 'loving life' in light her pain.

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Getting away: TOWIE star Gemma Collins showed her ex James 'Arg' Argent what he was missing on Friday as she shared an Instagram snap relaxing on her sunbed

Getting away: TOWIE star Gemma Collins showed her ex James 'Arg' Argent what he was missing on Friday as she shared an Instagram snap relaxing on her sunbed

In the relaxed video, Gemma told her fans: 'Hi everyone this is a Friday message from me. I hope you’re all loving life right now in the UK. But I’m just chilling here on my sunbed loving life. I’ll be back soon!'

While Gemma did not reveal where she was, the curvy beauty seemed to be somewhere that was basking in the sunshine.

Gemma also posted a separate snap of her sunbed body clad in a skintight black swimsuit with the caption 'Holidays! Defo gonna bring out a curve swim wear range next year!'

Stunning: The blonde beauty showcased her curved physique in the skintight black swimsuit in a sassy Instagram snapStunning: The blonde beauty showcased her curved physique in the skintight black swimsuit in a sassy Instagram snap

Stunning: The blonde beauty showcased her curved physique in the skintight black swimsuit in a sassy Instagram snap

Moving on: Gemma shared a quick Friday message for her followers on Friday, saying that she would be back soonMoving on: Gemma shared a quick Friday message for her followers on Friday, saying that she would be back soon

Moving on: Gemma shared a quick Friday message for her followers on Friday, saying that she would be back soon

Mystery location: The blonde beauty kept mum on the holidaying spot, although it was clear she basking in the autumn sunshineMystery location: The blonde beauty kept mum on the holidaying spot, although it was clear she basking in the autumn sunshine

Mystery location: The blonde beauty kept mum on the holidaying spot, although it was clear she basking in the autumn sunshine

Relaxed: Gemma seemed keen to get away after being rejected by her former flame Arg, which viewers painfully witness during Wednesday's TOWIERelaxed: Gemma seemed keen to get away after being rejected by her former flame Arg, which viewers painfully witness during Wednesday's TOWIE

Relaxed: Gemma seemed keen to get away after being rejected by her former flame Arg, which viewers painfully witness during Wednesday's TOWIE

Gemma was feeling the heartbreak on Wednesday after she was rejected by her ex-flame Arg, taking to Instagram toshare a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about the end of their romance.

The reality star's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time – but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton – ignoring Gemma's posts.

In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg – but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back together.

Way back when: TOWIE's Gemma Collins was not deterred following Wednesday's airing as she took to Instagram to share a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about their romanceWay back when: TOWIE's Gemma Collins was not deterred following Wednesday's airing as she took to Instagram to share a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about their romance

Way back when: TOWIE's Gemma Collins was not deterred following Wednesday's airing as she took to Instagram to share a series of snaps with ex-flame James 'Arg' Argent, in which she shared gushing captions about their romance

After the scenes aired, she took to Instagram to share a series of incredibly sweet snaps of the couple dating back six years, some of which they were seen kissing, sunbathing and cosying up during sun-drenched holidays.

The stunning star has made no secret of her recent feelings for the hunk, who she dated on and off for seven years, yet she seemed content on the conclusion of the romance as she posted an array of lengthy captions.

She penned: 'Guys we all have to shut the book in life just happy times reflecting on that you just have to say goodbye too but just happy memories… We all started out together 6 years ago and noone outside the Towie bubble will get it…

Back then: Gemma's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time - but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton - ignoring Gemma's postsBack then: Gemma's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time - but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton - ignoring Gemma's posts

Back then: Gemma's adoring comments seemed to go missed by her co-star as he took to the photo-sharing site at the same time – but merely paid homage to his beloved Nanny Brighton – ignoring Gemma's posts

Hold on: In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg - but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back togetherHold on: In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg - but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back together

Hold on: In heartbreaking scenes, Gemma admitted that nothing would 'complete her life' more than a relationship with Arg – but while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for him, others urged the pair to get back together

Keeping quiet: Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his NanKeeping quiet: Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his Nan

Keeping quiet: Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his Nan

'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it’s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories…

'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you… Happy times… It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I’m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won’t change…

'Happy memories… just wanted to share some memories tonight with you all but you do have to let go #newbeginingsahead… So young back then I was 30 in this picture but felt 15 life was just so different back then'.

Happy days: 'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it¿s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories'Happy days: 'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it¿s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories'

Happy days: 'I do love Towie and my friends on the show always it’s been a journey we have all learnt and grown since the show stated our lives have changed sometimes you just cling on to memories'

Not going: 'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you... Happy times... It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I¿m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won¿t change'Not going: 'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you... Happy times... It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I¿m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won¿t change'

Not going: 'ps I am NOT LEAVING the show I want to get married on Towie and share it all with you… Happy times… It was nice whilst it lasted but a girls gotta move on I’m just a hopeless romantic at heart always and I won’t change'

Despite Gemma's gushing details, Arg decided to turn his back on her professions of love as he merely shared a nod to his Nan, as he wrote: 'I do love my Nanny Brighton so much! As each year goes on, She gets a bit crazier but I wouldn't change her for the world! X'

On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma to move on from Arg , after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former lovers.

While the bubbly blonde said no, she did admit she feels Arg is 'in denial' about his feelings – after the hunk himself confessed he 'missed' Gemma if he didn't see her for a few days.

She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial.'

Sad times: She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial'Sad times: She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial'

Sad times: She said: 'I adore him, and he's very fond of me. But unfortunately Arg isn't confident enough in himself to own his feelings for me, he's in denial'

Sad times: Gemma was feeling nostalgic in her series of snapsSad times: Gemma was feeling nostalgic in her series of snaps

Sad times: Gemma was feeling nostalgic in her series of snaps

Heartbroken: On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma Collins to move on from James 'Arg' Argent, after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former loversHeartbroken: On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma Collins to move on from James 'Arg' Argent, after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former lovers

Heartbroken: On Wednesday, fans urged Gemma Collins to move on from James 'Arg' Argent, after he rejected her advances for a second time. At the start of the episode, Gemma's pal Bobby Norris asked if things had been awkward between the former lovers

Divided: However, while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for Arg (above), others urged the pair to get back togetherDivided: However, while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for Arg (above), others urged the pair to get back together

Divided: However, while many viewers claimed she was 'too good' for Arg (above), others urged the pair to get back together

Working through it: As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on' Working through it: As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on' 

Working through it: As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on'

Admitting she needed some time away, Gemma then added: 'Arg doesn't know but I'm leaving for Tenerife tonight. I need to clear my head.'

Later seeking advice from her close friend and resident relationship guru Chloe Sims, the straight-talking salon owner told her that she doesn't see Gemma and Arg continuing their friendship after their dalliances.

She said: 'I just don't believe its natural to be as close as you two are, when you've had feelings and sex. I don't think it can ever work.'

Help: Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby Norris' take on the situation - who let slip her trip to TenerifeHelp: Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby Norris' take on the situation - who let slip her trip to Tenerife

Help: Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby Norris' take on the situation – who let slip her trip to Tenerife

Emotional: With encouragement from Bobby, Arg decided to pay Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands - but the encounter only made things worse Emotional: With encouragement from Bobby, Arg decided to pay Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands - but the encounter only made things worse 

Emotional: With encouragement from Bobby, Arg decided to pay Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands – but the encounter only made things worse

As Gemma began to break down, she added soothingly: 'Have some time out, and hopefully Arg will take on board that he's hurting you and you can move on.'

Not wanting to hurt Gemma's feelings however, Arg decided to get her best friend Bobby's take on the situation – who let slip her trip to Tenerife.

With encouragement from Bobby, Arg later paid Gemma a visit at her shop ahead of her flight to the Canary Islands – but the encounter only made things worse.

Confused: She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex'Confused: She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex'

Confused: She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex'

Fighting feelings: Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else'Fighting feelings: Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else'

Fighting feelings: Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else'

Getaway: She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her - but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyedGetaway: She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her - but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyed

Getaway: She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her – but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyed

She explained: 'Since you've been back, it's been a massive head and heart spin for me. I just need to get out of Essex.'

Starting to cry, as Arg's face fell, she continued: 'I can't make you like me, I can't make you fall in love with me. But I don't know if you'll ever find this with someone else.

'What we have is so special. You're the one person I keep caring for. I just wish one day you'll see sense and be with me. If there's one thing in life that would complete me, its being with you.'

Honest: 'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good'Honest: 'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good'

Honest: 'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good'

Time to go: Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her handsTime to go: Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her hands

Time to go: Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her hands

Difficult: Arg was left stood on the street, disheartenedDifficult: Arg was left stood on the street, disheartened

Difficult: Arg was left stood on the street, disheartened

She then asked Arg if she would come to Tenerife with her – but the hunk soon refused, leaving both teary-eyed.

'You know I love your company,' he said, trying to fight back his tears, 'but I can't come with you. It's not fair. I think going away will do some good.'

Clearly heartbroken, the blonde then headed off into the night with her head in her hands, leaving Arg disheartened.

However, viewers were left divided by the encounter – with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for him.

Confused: Viewers were left divided by the encounter - with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for himConfused: Viewers were left divided by the encounter - with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for him

Confused: Viewers were left divided by the encounter – with some urging the pair to reconcile, while others encouraged Gemma to get over her feelings, as she was 'too good' for him

Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect match.

One kicked things off by writing: 'I wish they would just bang their heads together and get with each other!'

While another added: 'Can gem and arg just get together already..the tooing and froing making me dizzy'

Other fans soon chimed in with the same, writing: 'Slyly want Arg and Gemma to get together…', 'Seriously can arg and gemma get together already? ffs' and 'Can Arg and Gemma just get back together already!'

Reunion: Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect matchReunion: Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect match

Reunion: Many were quick to express their wish for the couple, who dated on and off for seven years, to get back together, as they would be the perfect match

However, other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity', as she can do far better than Arg.

One wrote furiously: 'OMG this is so painful to watch, how DARE a foolish man have GC putting her heart on a sleeve like that'

While another added: 'Gemma is like a little girl when she talks to Arg. Bless. I really hope she gets over him for her own benefit and sanity.'

Others blasted Arg for not reciprocating her feelings, writing: 'Seriously what makes Arg think that he’s going to get better than Gemma?', 'Gem you're way to good for him' and 'Arg just let the best thing that could've happened to him go. What a fool.'

Disagreement: However, a number of other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity'Disagreement: However, a number of other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity'

Disagreement: However, a number of other viewers urged Gemma to move on for her 'own sanity'

Furious: Others questioned why Arg felt he could 'do better' than the blondeFurious: Others questioned why Arg felt he could 'do better' than the blonde

Furious: Others questioned why Arg felt he could 'do better' than the blonde

Another fan pleaded with Gemma to move on, adding: 'I do feel sorry for Gemma but she needs to just forget about arg in that way and try find someone better.'

While another wanted the drama to stop altogether, interjecting: 'So shocked at Gemma this Arg and Gemma thing needs to really stop asap someone is really going to get hurt.'

However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice – and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'.

Get over it: However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice - and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'Get over it: However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice - and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'

Get over it: However, another selection of viewers were more brutal in their advice – and scolded the blonde for being so 'desperate'

One wrote: 'Omg I don't think Gemma can get any more desperate,' while another added: 'Gemma needs to get TF off and stop obsessing over a lil boy'

A further fan firmly sided with Arg, writing: 'Gemma that was embarrassing so desperate. Well done Arg.'

Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy Mallet.

Next up: Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy MalletNext up: Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy Mallet

Next up: Gemma wasn't the only one struggling with affairs of the heart, as Georgia Kousoulou also revealed she was frightened about her future with long-time boyfriend Tommy Mallet

Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlook.

She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff.'

Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it.

Emotional: Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlookEmotional: Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlook

Emotional: Reflecting on her parents' divorce, Georgia broke down to Amber Dowding and Ruby Lacey about her changed outlook

Confused: She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff'Confused: She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff'

Confused: She said through tears: 'I don't know what I'm doing with my life. A few years ago I had a shop, I had a lot going for me, then a lot changed with family stuff'

'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me.'

Her doubts appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell.

He said: 'Georgia's got this thing about not knowing what she wants in terms of kids and engagement. She got upset about it.'

Stressful: Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it'Stressful: Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it'

Stressful: Becoming more emotional about her parents' divorce, she went on: 'I went from being looked after to having to look after everyone and I don't think I'm coping with it'

Opening up: Before adding, as her friends became emotional too: 'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me'Opening up: Before adding, as her friends became emotional too: 'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me'

Opening up: Before adding, as her friends became emotional too: 'I just don't know what I want and I get scared. I don't want Tommy to propose to me as I don't know if its for me'

A little help from his friends: Georgia appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' BlackwellA little help from his friends: Georgia appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell

A little help from his friends: Georgia appeared to be worrying Tommy as he later poured his heart out to Nathan Massey and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell

Venting his confusion, he said in frustration: 'This is one thing in life I just don't know what to tell her! What the f*** do I tell her?', at which his mates encouraged him to reassure her and state his own thoughts out loud.

Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensions.

Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone.'

Before adding reassuringly: 'I will support you in whatever you want to do, 100%.'

Loved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensionsLoved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensionsLoved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensionsLoved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensions

Loved-up: Tommy took Georgia for a romantic dinner in London to talk things through, resulting in the pair resolving their tensions

No pressure: Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone'No pressure: Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone'

No pressure: Addressing her worries about marriage, he told her: 'You don't have to anything. We can go at our own pace, there's no rush. We don't have to prove anything to anyone'

However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completely.

In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to her.

She said: 'When we're together its normal, so it's hard. We just need to cut each other off.

Over for good: However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completelyOver for good: However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completely

Over for good: However things were not as successful for Amber Turner and Dan Edgar, who agreed to cut contact completely

Hurting: In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to herHurting: In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to her

Hurting: In a teary-eyed encounter at a bar, Amber admitted she was struggling to get over Dan after he cheated on her while on holiday, and urged him to stop talking to her

'We can never be friends. It has to be all or nothing, and I think its best if its nothing.'

Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me.'

Taken aback, Dan explained of his actions: 'I do, I do, it's just not the right time.'

Wanting to get away, Amber simply responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on from this weird situation is to cut each other off completely,' before storming off.

Tense: Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me'Tense: Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me'

Tense: Dan agreed that it was the right decision for 'your sake and mine', at which Amber fired back fiercely: 'Well more for my sake, as you don't give a s*** about me'

Taking a stand: After Dan explained their romance had come 'at the wrong time', Amber  responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on  is to cut each other off completely' and stormed offTaking a stand: After Dan explained their romance had come 'at the wrong time', Amber  responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on  is to cut each other off completely' and stormed off

Taking a stand: After Dan explained their romance had come 'at the wrong time', Amber responded bluntly: 'The only way to move on is to cut each other off completely' and stormed off

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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