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Queen threw shoes and a racket at Prince Philip during argument on Australian tour - NEWS.com.au
Queen threw shoes and a racket at Prince Philip during argument on Australian tour
It appears even the Queen gets peeved by her husband.In the newly released biography Prince Philip Revealed, author Ingrid Seward writes of a right royal dust-up between Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip while they were on a tour of Australia in 1954. The couple, who wed in 1947, were afforded a rare weekend off during their tour but were trailed by a camera crew filming a documentary about their tour. According to the book, a camera operator was horrified to see Philip charging out of the couple’s chalet, “followed by a flying pair of tennis shoes and a racket and a very angry Queen shouting for him to come back. Then the indignant Queen grabbed hold of her husband and dragged him back inside.” RELATED: Dominic West cast as Prince Charles in The Crown RELATED: Have you been keeping up with the news? Test yourself with our quiz There was a stunned silence before the royal press secretary strode over and told the crew to shut off the cameras or they would be arrested, according to the book. The offending film was reportedly handed over and given to the monarch. The Queen reportedly came out to meet the crew and thanked them for the film. “I am sorry for that little interlude,” she said, according to the book. “But as you know it happens in every marriage. Now, what would you like me to do?”. RELATED: Queen’s rare outing sparks controversy The incident was depicted in an episode of Netflix series The Crown with Claire Foy and Matt Smith. Seward writes that the couple, who have been married 73 years, had their squabbles through the years. Philip could be “very tough” on the Queen and frequently called her a “bloody fool and accused her of talking rubbish,” Seward claims. The Queen, perhaps used to being diplomatic, “seldom answered back but would change the subject and started talking in riddles that would divert him as he tried to figure out what she was talking about,” the book says. RELATED: Queen ‘disappointed’ with Prince Harry’s Christmas decision Philip, who turned 99 in June, retired from royal duties in 2017. The Queen, who is 94, carried out her first public engagement since Britain’s coronavirus lockdown last week where she visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory with her grandson Prince William. This story originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced here with permission
SAS Australia: Schapelle Corby flooded with support on social media - NEWS.com.au
SAS Australia: Schapelle Corby flooded with support on social media
Schapelle Corby mightve quit the ruthless SAS Australia show last night but Australians arent ready to quit her just yet.Fans of the Channel 7 reality show were devastated to lose Corby to the second episode after she struggled to keep up with a physically demanding challenge. Corby — who earlier said she’d gone on the show as “part of her healing”, not to change people’s perceptions of her — opted to leave the gruelling environment after being forced to sprint in the mud as a punishment for Underbelly actor Firass Dirani talking back to soldiers. “Staff, my time has come. I’ve had enough. I can’t run this for one second longer,” she said before quitting. “I’ve finished, I’m done.” RELATED: SAS star hits out at ‘villain’ portrayal RELATED: James Weir recaps SAS Australia 2020 episode 2 SAS Australia show features 17 celebrities, who face the toughest physical and mental challenges of their lives, being pushed to their limits in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW. Corby spent nine years in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison for the drug bust and was released in February 2014. After spending another three years on parole in Bali, Corby was deported from the island on May 27, 2017. Viewers adored Corby on the show with dozens admitting her brief appearance on the show had changed their opinion about the convicted drug smuggler. Instagram influencer Haus of Cruze took to social media last night to profess his love for Corby. “Who else is absolutely obsessed with Schapelle in SAS right now? Like, I love her,” he said. In the show’s Monday night premiere, Corby was interrogated in a dark room about the moment 4.2kg of marijuana was found in her boogieboard bag in Bali. “Take me back to the moment you thought this was a good idea,” one of the soldiers barked at her, after playing footage of her sentencing. “I didn’t,” she said. “I went to Bali for a holiday. And then in Bali airport, I picked up my boogie board, and the handle had been cut.” The soldiers continued: “You didn’t know someone had cut your boogie board up? Is that what you’re trying to say? How come a court of law can prove you guilty? And then you’re saying, ‘It wasn’t me’. What, it just magically turned up in your boogie board and you thought, ‘Ugh, don’t know how that happened’?” Corby has always maintained the drugs were planted in her boogieboard bag when custom officers found them in October 2004. Corby broke down in her SAS interrogation, admitting she “lived in psychosis” for years at the prison. “I suffered. I started to have mental illness really bad in 2008. And I lived in psychosis for four years,” she said. The 43-year-old explained that her father’s death in 2008 was the underlying trigger for her psychosis. “So mid-2008 I started losing my mind … Hallucinating. I couldn’t eat. I don’t eat meat anymore because my hallucinations were so vivid I thought I was eating my dad’s human flesh.” “I am not fully recovered from it. (My dad) used to come to visit me a lot. I didn’t think that he would die and I didn’t understand that would be the last time that I would see him,” she said. In an interview after leaving the show, Corby said she was “relieved” to go but felt “very proud” of herself. “What I did was pretty hardcore, the endurance... I feel very good,” she said. Corby said she “felt safe” on the show and trusted the SAS instructors. “They welcomed me, I felt safe with them, they seemed very genuine and really helped me and I had to put my trust in them,” she said. “I feel like I gained a lot.”
QLD election 2020 live updates: Deputy premier Miles labels One Nation 'freaks and weirdos' - NEWS.com.au
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has put the hammer down on her push to combat crime in North Queensland, promising to trial a curfew to boot kids off the streets in Cairns and Townsville if her party is elected at the end of the month.
Both Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington are adamant they will not form a minority government with any cross bench MPs, and have both returned to the key battleground of Townsville to make another pitch to voters in three marginal seats. But, with at least six per cent of Queenslanders having already cast their vote in the last two days, its possible it could be too late for any last-minute sweet talking. As of 3.30pm on Tuesday, 228,000 people had already voted, according to the Electoral Commission of Queensland. And, by cut off last Friday, the ECQ had received 890,000 postal vote applications, with many of those applicants expected to cast their vote when they receive their forms this week. Already, 6 per cent of the states 3.3 million voters have made up their mind and cast their vote, with that number expected to rise in coming days. Official, there are still ten days to go in this election campaign, with many voters expected to remain traditional and cast their vote on October 31. Both Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Frecklington have returned to Townsville, where they are fighting to win the ultra-marginal seat of Townsville (held by ALP with 0.4 per cent majority), and neighbouring seats of Thuringowa (held by ALP by 4.1 per cent), and Mundingburra (held by ALP by 1.1 per cent). In the words of political scientist Dr Paul Williams, the three Townsville seats could decide the election. If the LNP pinches all three marginal seats, the Labor Party is in real danger of losing any hopes of a majority government. Its the third time in as many weeks that Ms Frecklington has visited the north Queensland city, and the second time Ms Palaszczuk has. Previously, Ms Frecklington has focused her announcements in Townsville on manufacturing, whereas Ms Palaszczuk committed to a TAFE funding boost. The major issues concerning Townsville are crime and tourism, neither of which have been the focus of any announcements made by the two leaders in the campaign so far.
SAS Australia: Who is Ant Middleton and his team of directing staff? - NEWS.com.au
SAS Australia: Who is Ant Middleton and his team of directing staff?
Ive spent 12 years in the military, four years in the special forces. Ive saved lives and Ive taken lives.So said chief instructor Ant Middleton in the first few minutes of the season premiere of Channel 7’s hit new reality show SAS Australia. So just who are the elite team of ex-Special Forces soldiers putting pampered Aussie celebs through their paces? Read on for each member of the team’s impressive resumé – and some surprising facts about each of them, including Middleton’s own debilitating phobia and another member of the team’s shock axing from the UK version of the show mere months ago. ANT MIDDLETON’S SECRET PHOBIA RELATED: SAS Australia episode 2 recap Middleton joined the Special Boat Service (SBS, the sister unit of the SAS) in 2008 and spent four years there. He also served in the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers – meaning that he has achieved the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces (P Company, Commando Course, UK Special Forces Selection). He transferred his Special Forces skills to personal security and was selected to protect VIPs, including government officials and high-profile celebrities. He also operated as a security expert in South Africa and across various other countries for governments in West Africa. An impressive resumé, yet Middleton’s reputation suffered in 2013 after he was sentenced to 14 months in jail for a violent assault on two police officers. In a 2016 interview with The Sun, Middleton said he fled the scene after the assault and massively regrets the incident, for which he served four months. “My survival skills were in overdrive and I needed time to think so I headed to the river. “Eventually the police dogs were out in force and it was time to give myself up. “It was alcohol-fuelled. Once I realised what I’d done, I thought, ‘Oh my God’. “It really hit home. “That night was a turning point in my life but did not ruin my life. It was a clash of authority. I just lost my temper.” In July this year he attracted criticism yet again over his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement. His job as Chief Cadet of the Royal Navy was reportedly under threat after he labelled protesters “absolute scum” in a tweet. He was forced to delete it and later apologised clarifying, “I did not mean to say that BLM are scum. I was trying to make a comment about violent protestors of any kind who I despise.” In a recent interview, Middleton revealed he suffers from a surprising phobia for someone with such a tough background: He’s claustrophobic, and is close to having a panic attack in most small spaces including lifts. “I suffer from claustrophobia – not an ideal condition to have when you’re in the Special Forces,” he told the Daily Star. “I’m OK in crowds, but could you put me into the boot of a car without me flipping out? No. Could I spend any meaningful time in a small caving tunnel? No. “A small lift is enough to bring me close to a panic attack – those moments when you find yourself taking long, deliberate breaths to try to keep yourself calm.” The 39-year-old added: “I hate the lack of control. When I get into those situations, I’m immediately looking for the exit route.” “If I enter a lift and I know I’m completely locked in, that’s when I say to myself, ‘F**k, if something goes wrong, I’m going to have to prise those doors open. Breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe: Whatever you do, don’t stop.’” OLLIE OLLERTON’S SHOCK AXING RELATED: All you need to know about SAS Australia At 18, Ollerton joined the Royal Marine Commandos and toured operationally in Northern Ireland and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. After five years, he passed SAS selection and joined the Special Boat Service (SBS) where he underwent further training to qualify as a Special Forces Combat Frogman. During his six years in the SBS he undertook a number of high-profile missions including hostage rescue, counter narcotics, counter terrorism, homeland security, counter insurgency operations and humanitarian efforts. But Ollerton’s appearance in SAS Australia comes just months after he was controversially axed from the UK version of the show, titled SAS: Who Dares Wins. At the time, Ollerton said he was “shocked” at his mysterious dismissal from the top-rating show. “I’m disappointed and shocked at the same time because we had record viewing figures,” he said in August. “Five years ago we put our heads above the parapet for the first time ever – threatening our security as former members of the Special Forces – to bring that show to fruition. I expected that loyalty to be reciprocated. It clearly wasn’t. “I’d rather have left after doing something wrong, as at least I would have understood it.” Ollerton claimed at the time his dismissal was due to the network seeking a more diverse line-up. “I feel people forcing the diversity agenda upon us are actually keeping racism alive and creating a divide. It doesn’t allow us to unify,” he said. MARK ‘BILLY’ BILLINGHAM’S NEAR-DEATH KNIFE ATTACK RELATED: Roxy Jacenko reveals brutal fallout of SAS appearance Billingham joined the Parachute Regiment in 1983 and served until 1991 holding an array of positions, including patrol commander for operational tours in multiple locations and training instructor for the regiments as a military specialist. Billy joined the SAS in 1991 as a mountain troop specialist and was responsible for planning and executing strategic operations and training at the highest level in numerous locations (Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and Africa). He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for leading a hostage rescue mission and received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery. Billy has also worked in private security for several A-list celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood. He also survived a near-fatal knife attack at 15 after he was caught in a fight with two brothers from a rival neighbourhood gang. “The pain was incredible, but I knew I had to move or I was going to die there, so I somehow found enough strength to crawl back to my house, bleeding all over the place,” he later said. “My mum must have heard me, because she came outside and found me lying on the step, bleeding to death. They rushed me to hospital in an ambulance. When I woke up, the doctors said it had been very close – if I’d lost any more blood, I’d have died.” JASON ‘FOXY’ FOX’S POST-SPECIAL FORCES BATTLE RELATED: Fans ‘shattered’ after Schapelle’s brutal SAS exit Fox is a former Royal Marine Commando and Special Forces Sergeant, who served 20 years in the military; 10 with the Special Forces in the Special Boat Service (SBS). He has planned and led operations including hostage rescue, counter terrorism, counter insurgency, maritime counter terrorism, surveillance, body guarding and counter narcotic missions. He’s also trained as a combat swimmer, demolitions expert, Special Forces dog handler and jungle survival expert. After leaving the Special Forces, Jason moved into the television and film industry to support production crews who were working in environmentally hostile areas, such as the jungle, the Arctic or the desert. He’s also spoken honestly about the depression he experienced after post traumatic stress disorder and chronic burnout forced him to leave the Special Forces. “I was in my mid-thirties, fit as anything, enjoying the prime of my career, and yet I had been advised to quit the one thing I’d excelled at – soldiering in extreme conditions,” he recalled. “A psychiatrist’s professional diagnosis was that 10 years of elite military service had taken a heavy toll on my mental health – I was a failure in my job.” Eventually, therapy held him see a way forward: “It was only once I had later spoken to friends and opened up about my problems that the healing began.” SAS Australia continues 7.30pm next Monday and Tuesday on Seven.
SAS Australia: Firass Dirani hits out at ‘villain’ portrayal - NEWS.com.au
SAS Australia: Firass Dirani hits out at ‘villain’ portrayal
Firass Dirani has spoken out about his portrayal on Channel 7s new show, SAS Australia.After last night’s second episode, the actor posted a video on his Instagram story in which he said: “I knew it. I knew they were gonna make me into the villain. There has to be a villain, ladies and gentleman, and lo and behold, right here, this it is.” RELATED: James Weir recaps SAS Australia 2020 episode 2 Dirani, best known for his roles on House Husbands and Underbelly: The Golden Mile, has angered chief instructor Ant Middleton in both episodes of SAS Australia so far. On two occasions the whole group of celebrities were punished after Dirani went against the instructors’ directions or made disrespectful comments. Those punishments proved too much for Schapelle Corby and Roxy Jacenko who both quit the show as a result. Viewers were not impressed by Dirani’s behaviour, slamming the star on social media. Dirani recently spoke to TV Week about SAS Australia and said it was a “great experience” that he “absolutely do again”. “It was a gruelling experience; people lost their minds in the cold. But I’m at an age in my life where I want to test my resilience and heart,” Dirani said. “In a year when the world has faced so much, I wanted this challenge. “I wasn’t there to comply; I wanted to get punished!” he said. “If I couldn’t handle it, I knew I’d break and hand in my number, so I wanted to test myself and see how much I could take.” The actor said it was brutal to watch the effect of the physical challenges on his castmates and revealed some of the injuries suffered on set. “Some people lasted only a few days – Shannan (Ponton) got hyperthermia and lost his memory for 45 minutes, and Erin (McNaught) couldn’t see properly after a bad accident caused her face to swell up,” Dirani said. SAS Australia continues on Monday night on Channel 7 at 7.30pm
Scalpers pounce on AFL Grand Final’s 20-year first - NEWS.com.au
Scalpers pounce on AFL Grand Final’s 20-year first
SAS Australia: Fans kick off on social media after Schapelle Corby leaves - NEWS.com.au
SAS Australia: Fans kick off on social media after Schapelle Corby leaves
An unlikely new reality TV queen has emerged after tonights second episode of SAS Australia and fans were devastated to see her go.After raising eyebrows with the initial announcement that she was set to appear on Channel 7’s intense new reality TV offering, Schapelle Corby became a fan favourite. But her time on our screens was short-lived, with the convicted drug smuggler choosing to bow out from the show tonight, leaving social media users devastated. Corby — who said she chose to go on the show as “part of her healing”, not to change people’s perceptions of her — opted to leave the challenging environment after being forced to sprint in the mud as a punishment for Underbelly actor Firass Dirani talking back to soldiers. “Staff, my time has come. I’ve had enough. I can’t run this for one second longer,” she said before quitting. RELATED: Schapelle’s ‘painful’ Sunrise interview RELATED: James Weir recaps SAS Australia 2020 episode 2 Viewers couldn’t get enough of her on the show, many of which expressed their own surprise over their new-found respect for the controversial figure on Twitter tonight. Other disappointed viewers revealed they had only decided to tune in to see her complete the gruelling challenges. In Monday night’s premiere, viewers watched as former Bali inmate Corby was interrogated by tough chief instructor Ant Middleton. “Take me back to the moment you thought this was a good idea,” one of the soldiers barked at her after playing footage of her sentencing. “I didn’t,” she said. “I went to Bali for a holiday. And then in Bali airport, I picked up my boogie board, and the handle had been cut.” The soldiers continued: “You didn’t know someone had cut your boogie board up? Is that what you’re trying to say? How come a court of law can prove you guilty? And then you’re saying, ‘It wasn’t me’. What, it just magically turned up in your boogie board and you thought, ‘Ugh, don’t know how that happened’?” As tears rolled down her cheeks she made an extraordinary revelation: “I suffered. I started to have mental illness really bad in 2008. And I lived in psychosis for four years.” The 43-year-old explained that her father’s death in 2008 was the underlying trigger for her psychosis. “So mid-2008 I started losing my mind … Hallucinating. I couldn’t eat. I don’t eat meat anymore because my hallucinations were so vivid I thought I was eating my dad’s human flesh.” “I am not fully recovered from it. (My dad) used to come to visit me a lot. I didn’t think that he would die and I didn’t understand that would be the last time that I would see him,” she said. Speaking to Stellar earlier this month, she said her experience on the show was worth it to “put herself out there” again. “There is a lot of hate towards me, I get that,” she said. “But it’s not about what people think of me. I’m not trying to change their perceptions or give them more to hate. I really don’t care what people think of me. I’m at that point of my life now where I am not hurting anybody. This was about whether I could get control of my mind. It was for myself, and I’m so proud I did it.” SAS Australia continues next Tuesday from 7.30pm on Channel 7.
Daniel Andrews urged to let Victorians go back to work in CEO letter - NEWS.com.au
Daniel Andrews urged to let Victorians go back to work in CEO letter
The bosses of seven of Australias biggest companies have pleaded with Daniel Andrews to let Victorians return to work in order to urgently kick start the states languishing economy.The open letter, sent to the Victorian Premier late on Wednesday, was signed by the heads Wesfarmers, Coca-Cola Amatil, BHP, the Commonwealth Bank, Orica, Newcrest Mining and Incitec Pivot. In it, they praised medical staff and emergency services workers and thanked Victorians for their “resilience and ingenuity” during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also congratulated Mr Andrews for getting the state’s deadly second wave under control, but warned harsh lockdown measures were taking a dark toll. “The current situation is not sustainable,” the CEOs wrote in the letter. “Victorians are hurting badly, personally and economically. Medical experts have warned of the devastating effects the restrictions are having on health and mental wellbeing.” RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus updates RELATED: Melbourne crushes world virus record The powerful group said Victoria was facing “social and economic challenges of an unprecedented scale, and which will take many years to resolve”. “All this raises serious questions about how we will attract future talent to Victoria,” the letter continued. “We urgently need to kick start our economy, and as leaders of some of Victoria’s biggest businesses we want to do our bit.” Mr Andrews has said retail and hospitality businesses can reopen from November 1 if they have a COVID-safe plan, but that could be brought forward if case numbers remained low. But the business chiefs said now was the time for a staged reopening of workplaces, starting with offices and small businesses. “Safely opening up more Victorian workplaces, based on medical advice and guidance, and enabling the collaboration and creativity that will result, is critical to our State’s economic future,” the bosses said, adding their own companies were spending millions of dollars on COVID-safe workplace plans. “Our businesses have chosen Melbourne because of this great city’s ability to nurture and attract great people capable of doing great things, supported by the small businesses that make Melbourne one of the most liveable places on earth,” they said. “With Victoria having made such progress against the virus, it is time now to provide more Victorians with the ability to return to their workplaces in a safe and staged manner.” The letter was signed by Wesfarmers’ Rob Scott, Coca-Cola Amatil’s Alison Watkins, BHP’s Mike Henry, CBA’s Matt Comyn, Orica’s Alberto Calderon, Newcrest Mining’s Sandeep Biswas and Incitec Pivot’s Jeanne Johns. About 800 Victorian businesses a day are signing up to the Federal Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, the Herald Sun reports.
Nick Cummins criticised for tackling Shayna Jack on SAS Australia - NEWS.com.au
Nick Cummins criticised for tackling Shayna Jack on SAS Australia
Viewers have taken to Twitter to question the behaviour of Honey Badger Nick Cummins after a game of murder ball which is basically rugby without rules saw him tackle Australian swimmer Shayna Jack so hard she feared she had a broken rib. The incident occurred in episode two of SAS Australia and led to Jack getting emergency medical help when she collapsed to the ground. Thankfully she was fine, and was told she was suffering from low blood sugar with help given to get her fluids back up. RELATED: Unseen truth of terrifying SAS stunt RELATED: Merrick Watts tortured himself at home to prepare for SAS Australia However, viewers weren’t impressed with how rough Cummins has been on the show. One Twitter user asked if the Honey Badger was a “bit of a pr*ck?” or “am I reading it wrong?” “Good on ya Merrick for helping your teammate out. Umm, shouldn’t honey badger of been a gent and helped his teammate out though,” said another. “Is the honey badger dumb? Poor girl is injured due to him and all he can do is a thumbs up?” “Good old Honey Badger, breaking hearts and now breaking ribs.” “Is it non pc to say Honey Badger needs to calm down on tackling the women?” said comedian Dave Hughes. While the commanders went through each contestant at the end of the day, even they admit that Cummins is “a bit reckless”. It comes after he went up against AFLW star Sabrina Frederick in a boxing match during episode one. RELATED: ‘Berated’: Roxy Jacenko hangs up on Triple M interview While is was Frederick’s decision to go up against him, Cummins charged at her and landed many blows to her head. The move left other cast mates crying on the side lines. Frederick’s effort was applauded by Chief Instructor and ex-Special Forces soldier Ant Middleton who said her decision to choose the toughest opponent showed “true strength of character”. “The hand-to-hand combat task was the ultimate test of character and bravery,” Middleton told 7NEWS.com.au. “Sabrina had the luxury of choosing her enemy and she chose a tough opponent, showing true strength of character and how much she wanted to test herself and get the absolute most out of this experience. “Nick did exactly what was asked of him. They both held a good and correct account of themselves.”
James Weir recaps SAS Australia 2020 episode 2 - NEWS.com.au
James Weir recaps SAS Australia 2020 episode 2
Schapelle Corby quits Channel 7s SAS Australia on Tuesday night after being brought down by a stupid mistake, which obviously isnt the first time. Only this mistake is different because we know for certain it’s not her fault. It’s on camera and everything. An ex-WAG also craps off – but only after her dark past is dredged up and she’s labelled a “con woman”. She issues an emotional defence of her misdemeanours and poses a question to the nation: What Australian hasn’t told a white lie here or there? And she’s right. As it says in the bible, let he who has never tried to trick their boyfriend with a fake sonogram cast the first stone. JAMES WEIR RECAPS: Read all the recaps here LISTEN TO THE NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS PODCAST BELOW So why does Schapelle quit? It’s not because she can’t handle the living conditions. They’re all sleeping in potato sacks on cold concrete and using a hole in the ground as a toilet – it’s basically the Hilton compared to Kerobokan. Out of all the celebrities here, Schapelle knows how to cope with this environment as well as relate to fellow inmates. We see her in action, engaging Shane Warne’s son in scintillating conversation as they scoop murky liquid into their food tins. “Do you know what it is Jackson? Tomato soup,” she informs him. “Is that good? I’ve never had it. I’ve only had like, 10 different foods before,” he grunts. “Are you, like, on a paleo diet or something?” she innocently asks. If any of you have little kids who are fussy eaters, just pose this question next time they turn their nose up at whatever you’ve served them. FYI, Shane Warne’s son is not on paleo. “I’ve just always had the same thing.” “Oh, you don’t like to experience new food. Oh this is huge for you then!” Keep in mind this entire conversation is about tinned soup. Let’s go back to shoving people out of helicopters again. After struggling through a short physical task, controversial ex-WAG Arabella Del Busso is hauled into the interrogation room where the soldiers are doing some googling. They open up a bunch of internet tabs and methodically scroll through each one as they try to untangle the web of lies. “(She) has apparently used more than 10 aliases in her past. False cancer treatment. Altered photos of herself to appear pregnant. (She’s a) con woman,” one of the soldiers spits. Arabella tries her best to get ahead of the story before the soldiers start making false assumptions. And we get it. People read “10 aliases” and “faking cancer” and they just have knee-jerk reactions. It all comes down to context. Like when I ramraided that McDonald’s drive-through. Out of context, it’s alarming. But with context, I’m the real victim because they were out of Flakes. “A lot of people think I’m an evil con artist. Don’t get me wrong, I have told lies throughout my life but I want people to know I’m not this evil person the media are portraying as,” she says as the soldiers make her purge more details. “My ex-partner was an NRL player. And we separated late last year. But now since then I’ve faced scrutiny in the media … That I’m a liar. I told my partner that I had a pregnancy scan. And I showed it to him and said it was ours when in fact it wasn’t a scan at all. Our relationship was coming to an end and I didn’t know how to deal with losing someone.” Unlike my ram-raid anecdote, context does not help Arabella. “If you’re gonna be a liar or a thief, be a thief,” the soldiers warn. “Because you can’t get to the bottom of a liar.” Or, you could just be neither and then go to university to study accounting or engineering or something. That’s probably a better goal. Arabella is still convinced we just don’t understand her side of the story. She stares down the barrel of the camera and issues an emotional plea. “I have told a lie but, the way I see it, a little white lie here or there is not going to hurt any one. I’m sure we all do it,” she says. “I’m not honestly the only person in the whole of Australia that has told a white lie here or there.” Mmmhmmm. Mhmmm. Look, Arabella – if that is one of your 10 real names – your white lie isn’t as relatable as you think. Have we told a white lie about being late to work because of traffic when, really, we just decided to stop for coffee? Sure. Have we used a fake sonogram to try to trap a boyfriend? We’ve considered it many times but there’s a difference between thinking about doing it and actually doing it. She quits the show and is officially banned from the Officeworks printing counter. As she trudges away into the night, she does some honest reflecting. “I’ve had to make mistakes along the way to be able to realise, ‘OK, you know what, you can’t do that in life’.” Um, sure. Only in hindsight does faking a sonogram seem wrong. Soldiers decided on day one that the guy from Underbelly is a twerp and they zone in on him even more at the next day’s challenges. He makes half-smart comments and uses the limited drinking water to wash mud off his movie star face. The soldiers go all Major Payne on him with insults and then punish the rest of the group by making them sprint through the mud. Schapelle struggles. Mentally, she’s bulletproof but her fitness isn’t up to everyone else’s standard. Jeez, what have you been locked up in a tiny cell for a decad- Oh. Right. “Staff, my time has come. I’ve had enough. I can’t run this for one second longer,” she puffs before quitting. Obviously we’re devastated. Schapelle is the only reason we’re watching. We blame that guy from Underbelly. He’s ruining everything. He’s the reason everyone had to run. And, more importantly, he’s the reason why we were forced to watch people running. No one should have to experience that in prime time. Twitter, Facebook: @hellojamesweir