- George Michael's grieving boyfriend Fadi Fawaz paid tribute to the late singer
- Fawaz shared a picture on Instagram of the couple's faces merged together
- It is now one year since George passed away at his country home in Oxfordshire
- A sea of tributes has grown outside his house in wealthy Highgate, north London
Published: 09:24 EST, 25 December 2017 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 25 December 2017
George Michael's grieving boyfriend Fadi Fawaz has posted a touching tribute to the late pop icon on the first anniversary of his shock death.
Photographer Fawaz, 44, had been with George since 2009 and was the one who discovered his lifeless body on Christmas Day last year.
George Michael's grieving boyfriend Fadi Fawaz has posted a touching tribute to the late pope icon on the first anniversary of his shock death
Photographer Fawaz, 44, had been with George since 2009 and was the one who discovered his lifeless body on Christmas Day last year
On the first anniversary of George Michael's death, heartbroken fans flocked to his former home in Highgate, north London
Land outside George's former home has become a shrine to the late singer, with fans bringing pictures and other memorabilia to the scene
Today, one fan left a wooden reindeer at the scene. A card attached to the ornament read: 'Dear George Michael, my Christmas angel. Your reindeer'
An extraordinary argument broke out between residents in wealthy Highgate, north London, with some of George Michael's former neighbours wanting the tributes removed
A George Michael fan took pictures of the sea of tributes outside the star's former home. The site is decorated by pictures and flags from around the world
He posted a picture of their faces merged together with a poem written in red letters on the right cheek.
The poem opened with 'I will always miss you till the day I meet you' and was accompanied by the caption 'It is what it is'.
Last week, as he prepared to face his first Christmas with George, Fawaz revealed how he moved out of the house he shared as the grief was too much.
'Wounded' with grief, he fled to the countryside and cannot face staying in London because it brings back too many memories.
He told the Sunday Mirror: 'I will be spending Christmas in the countryside with some friends. I can't stand all the Christmas trees or lights around London.
'It makes me so sad, I just want it over and done with.'
He vowed never to find love again and insisted he would never speak about the day he discovered George's lifeless body in bed at their country manor in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
On the first anniversary of George Michael's death, fans gathered outside his former home in Highgate, north London
A morose looking fan was pictured arriving at George Michael's former home clutching a bouquet of flowers on the first anniversary of his death
The tributes include posters and pictures of the late star, who died in Oxfordshire on Christmas day last year
A fan was pictured arriving at the sea of tributes in north London this morning
Tributes to George Michael included a guitar, candles and several pictures of the late star
A year on from his death, tributes continue to grow outside George Michael's former home in London
Yesterday it emerged George's grave still does not have a headstone, despite it being a year since he died.
The space in Highgate Cemetery, north London, still lacks a formal tribute.
In the weeks leading up to the anniversary of his death, thousands have laid tributes at his former home in Highgate, north London.
An extraordinary row has broken out between residents in the wealthy area of the capital and George's fans.
Some residents want the 'sodden mess' of tributes overarmed, sparking anger from George's devotees.
Some have expressed disappointment at the lack of an official concert or memorial to mark his passing.
The sea of tributes outside George Michael's home continues to grow and more fans arrived this morning to mark one year since his death
Two purple Christmas trees had been placed outside George Michael's former home
The sea of tributes continues to grow as devastated fans flocked to the scene to mark a year since George Michael's death
Yesterday it emerged George's grave still does not have a headstone, despite it being a year since he died. The space in Highgate Cemetery, north London, still lacks a formal tribute
Fawaz – who helped George through rehab in 2015 – has sought comfort in writing poetry about the singer, who was nicknamed Yog.
He describes life without the Careless Whisper singer as 'hell' in one effort title One Christmas Day, which he plans to turn into a song.
This week he was spotted leaving George's Regents Park home, where he still lives.
The pair met in 2009 and became romantically involved after the singer split from his partner of 13 years, Texan businessman Kenny Goss.
George's father Jack, along with the star's sisters Melanie and Yioda have said hearing his hits has proved a challenge since he died.
The singer died of heart failure after a build-up of fat in his liver, a coroner confirmed. His grave is next to that of mother Lesley's.
He was filming a documentary – Freedom – in the weeks leading up to his death.
It began as a chronicle of the singer's legacy, but became a tribute to his life when he died, featuring stars such as Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige and Elton John.
Freedom was narrated by George himself, leaving ex-boyfriend Kenny, 59, unable to watch it as it reminds him he's gone.
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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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