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Tinseltown turning Catherine Zeta-Jones into Jane Collins

By Claudia Connell and Claire Cisotti for the Daily Mail

Published: 19:06 EST, 15 December 2017 | U..



By Claudia Connell and Claire Cisotti for the Daily Mail

Published: 19:06 EST, 15 December 2017 | Updated: 19:16 EST, 15 December 2017

They may be separated by more than three decades but there is something strangely, strikingly similar about Catherine Zeta-Jones, 48, and Dame Joan Collins who’s … ahem … famously ‘shy’ about revealing her age.

Is it down to their glossy raven hair? The immaculately applied make up? Or simply the same diva-ish swagger? Here Claudia Connell examines the likenesses between the two British glamourpusses and charts how Michael Douglas’ famous wife is morphing into Catherine Zeta-Joan!

If you thought the last person who looked good in a white trouser suit was John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, then think again.

Catherine looked sexy in her three piece white suit earlier this year. But, as ever, it’s Joan who trailed the blaze – sporting the same look 17 years earlier.

No diva, whatever her age, is complete without a fur coat, and Catherine Zeta Jones is learning from the master. Fake or real, when Dame Joan was pictured stepping out for dinner in 2011, and Catherine while out and about in New York, the message was the same. Some serious money and attitude coming through!

Dressed in demure black lace, Catherine and Joan look like they could be mother and daughter. And their taste in fashion isn’t the only thing these two have in common. Both women now sell products through the shopping channel QVC. Catherine recently launched her line of homeware, while Joan flogs her range of cosmetics and skin care. Could fashion lines follow?

Some actresses may dress down when they travel but these two wouldn’t dream of it. Looking like they’re both about to perform the Paso Doble on Strictly – or do some fancy sword moves as a Zorro stunt double – Joan and Catherine prove there is no such thing as slipping through an airport incognito.

Joan was the best-dressed shopper in town when she nipped into Waitrose to pick up some groceries a few years back. As usual, she couldn’t slum it along with the supermarket yummy mummies in tracksuits and trainers. Instead, she dressed up in a smart navy suit and straw hat. She didn’t even stop to pick up her free coffee. Catherine looked equally low key in her ‘celebrity in disguise’ uniform of Blue Brothers’-style straw hat, sunglasses and and blazer while arriving at in Los Angeles airport recently. While a deadringer for Ms Collins, Dame Joan would never be seen dead in leggings.

When it comes to their grooming routines, the words ‘less is more’ are not ones you’re likely to hear Catherine or Joan say.

In the past, Catherine has endorsed cosmetics for Elizabeth Arden while Joan launched her own beauty range three years ago.

Both are fans of the dramatic smoky eye and the glossy lip. Naturally, they also understand the importance of the perfect pout.

Have they just read the reviews for their latest movies? Or maybe they’re just trying to prove they can still raise their eyebrow? Whatever the reason, both actresses looked like they’d heard some shocking news.

How does a great diva holiday in luxurious locations without exposing her skin to the sun’s damaging rays? Why, she wafts around up in a chic kaftan and straw hat of course!

Joan, who spends most summers in St Tropez where she has a home, opted for a mini floral kaftan to go over her white bikini in 2015. She completed her look with a straw boater, shades and her trademark scarlet lipstick. You’d think if she was so keen to avoid the sun, she’d holiday in Skegness.

Similarly, Catherine doesn’t like to risk a single UV ray penetrating her peachy, Welsh complexion, so when she jetted off to Barbados in 2005 she opted for a very Joan-like look with sunglasses and a hat – although she loses points for her lack of lipstick.

Catherine and Joan have both been honoured by the Queen for their work — although in Joan’s case it was for her charity work rather than her acting talents. Perhaps Her Majesty isn’t a fan of The Bitch and The Stud? Back in 1997 Joan looked the picture of sophisticated glamour when she collected her OBE from The Palace. Two years ago she was honoured with a long-awaited Damehood.

Catherine is currently Dame-less but was given a CBE in 2011 for her services to the film industry and charity and, like Joan, wore an elegant wide-brimmed hat for the occasion.

When they’re not parading on the red carpet both women love the understated appeal of nautical stripes. Joan teamed her Breton top with a blazer and white gloves when she travelled through Heathrow in 2009 while Catherine kept it casual with a navy cardi in New York the following year.

Joan has admitted that she’ll often resort to wigs on bad hair days, but on days when your hairdresser isn’t around with a handy hairpiece, a peaked cap will do the job nicely. It goes without saying that oversized sunglasses complete the look for both women.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms




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 unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official




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




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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