23.09.2022
Tennis champion Ash Barty reveals future career plans after shock retirement’

Ash Barty has offered a glimpse at what her life after tennis may look like.

The tennis superstar told The Herald Sun on Friday that he hopes to work with children in some way.

‘There were so many other interests during my career that I had,’ she said.

‘So many other ways I wanted to contribute. It’s allowed me to fully commit and be fully engrossed in what comes next. That’s what excites me the most.

‘That curiosity is back and the spark is back to see how else I can impact other people’s lives’ Ash continued.

‘That’s what life is about, particularly the kids, and being able to impact them in a positive way.’

The 26-year-old declared in March she would be putting down her racquet to ‘chase other dreams’ just six months after claiming the title at Wimbledon.

Barty announced her retirement in an emotional video revealing she was physically and emotionally ‘spent’.

The athlete appeared upset as she revealed she wanted to ‘chase other dreams’.

‘It’s the first time I’ve said it out loud, so it’s hard to say but I’m so happy and I’m so ready,’ she explained in the video in which she was joined by former doubles partner and good friend Casey Dellacqua.

‘I know I’ve done this before but in a very different feeling and I’m so grateful of what tennis has given me, all of my dreams plus more but I know the time is right now for me to step away and to put the rackets down.’

Barty grabbed the world No.1 spot on June 24, 2019, and never relinquished it with high finishes in Grand Slams for the next two-and-a-half years.

Following her departure, she’s been focusing on her personal life and married Australian professional golfer Garry Kissick in July after five years of dating.

She is building a multi-million dollar mega-mansion in Ipswich, increasing her burgeoning property portfolio, and has signed endorsement deals with Jaguar, Vegemite, Fila, Rado, and Uber Eats.

‘I have lived in the Springfield area my entire life and mum and dad have lived there for their entire lives. My sisters are not far away. We are excited that we are in our new place. It’s beautiful,’ Barty recently told the Courier Mail.

The animal lover added that it was important for her that their four beloved dogs Rudy, Maxi, Affie and Chino have space to run around in the new home.

Barty earned US$23.8 million (AU$37.75 million) in prize money and millions more in sponsorships, making her the 14th best-paid female player in history.

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    The genial – and very tall – host of teatime quiz show Pointless, which he has presented with his chum Alexander Armstrong for ten years, has blown away would-be rivals with his new cosy crime novel, titled (ironically) The Bullet That Missed.

    The latest book in his mega Thursday Murder Club series sold a staggering 216,662 copies in its first three days – with hardback sales alone of 127,743 copies making it the fastest-selling British book since records began.

    You can almost hear the Champagne corks popping at his publishers though, in truth, it was always going to do well. Osman’s brilliant debut, about four pensioners busting crimes from their Kent retirement village, sold a million copies in seven months. Its sequel, The Man Who Died Twice, published in September last year, became one of the fastest-selling novels.

    Not a bad start for an idea that came to him fully formed in a flash while visiting his elderly mother in sheltered accommodation.

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    “It’s something they can turn to when they’re 40 or 50, a confirmation that their dad really loved them. I know they’re proud of me and I wanted to recognise that publicly. My father never once told me he loved me.”

    Osman was nine when he and his elder brother, Mat, were called into the living room and told by their father, David, that he was leaving home.

    “I think it’s safe to say that was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” he says today. Osman senior never had anything to do with his sons from that day on although he met Richard 20 years later when he became a grandfather.

    “I thought there might be something to salvage. But it proved to be a very underwhelming experience. We realised we didn’t know each other particularly well,” says Osman.

    “What a child needs is an adult in their life who loves them unconditionally. Some are lucky in that they have two. I had my mum and I count myself incredibly lucky that I had – still have – her.”

    The pensioner sleuths Brenda inspired – Elizabeth, a retired intelligence agent; Ron, an ex-trade unionist; former nurse Joyce, for whom no situation cannot be improved by getting out the biscuits; and ex-psychiatrist Ibrahim – set about solving murder mysteries.

    Their adventures have proved so addictive to readers that a Steven Spielberg film adaptation is currently in the works, directed by British Mamma Mia! creator Ol Parker. “I leave that world to be what it is. It’s a completely different discipline and not one I’ve ever proved myself in,” says Osman modestly.

    “What I am pleased about is that they plan to maintain the British setting with the references to Hobnobs and Oliver Bonas and Sainsbury’s, for example, remaining intact.”

    What about casting? “It’s not up to me and that’s quite as it should be,” he smiles. “That said, people occasionally shout “Helen Mirren” at me in the street, presumably as a suggestion for the role of Elizabeth. My belief is that I won’t know who’s playing which part until the lights dim at the premiere.”

    Osman has also spawned a new publishing phenomenon – so-called “cosy” crime. The Rev Richard Coles has recently joined the fray with his debut novel, Murder Before Evensong.

    “But I’m on the foothills of his Himalayas,” admits Coles. “I did ask him how to get through the enormous piles of books that needed my signature.” Osman’s advice? “Pop on a podcast and stop complaining!”

    After more than 1,300 episodes of Pointless, Osman has stepped down to concentrate on his writing career. The fourth book in the Murder Club series will be published in September next year with more to follow.

    And writing the books has proved easier and easier. Certainly the broadcaster did not suffer the notorious difficult second book syndrome.

    “I already had the four principal characters and it was pretty much written before the first one came out so I wasn’t distracted by all the hullabaloo,” he says. “That gave me the freedom to write what I wanted.”

    PD James reputedly would not put pen to paper until the very last piece of the jigsaw was fixed in her mind. Jackie Collins, by contrast, would open the yellow legal pad on which she wrote (longhand) and let her characters take her on a journey.

    Where does Osman sit on that spectrum? “Midway between the two. I know how the story starts, I know where I’m headed and I know how it ends. That said, my characters do take me on a journey. Ultimately, the fun is how you get from A to B. And I love a book where all the baddies get their just deserts.”

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  • 22 минуты назад 30.09.2022Showbiz
    Karen Pirie star Lauren Lyle opens up on character’s background: ‘She’s kind of angry’

    Outlander star Lauren Lyle has gone from period drama to modern-day detective for her latest role in ITV’s Karen Pirie. Lauren portrays detective constable Karen Pirie who is tasked with reopening a cold case about a Scottish barmaid who was brutally murdered 25 years ago. Ahead of the gripping series being released, Lauren gave an insight into her character’s roots.

    Karen Pirie is an ITV adaptation of Val McDermid’s bestselling novel about a determined female detective assigned to work out who killed Rosie Duff.

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    The Scottish actress recently opened up to Express.co.uk and other media about why her character comes across as “kind of angry”.

    Lauren explained: “First of all, she is she’s just a really underestimated determined young woman that is completely thrust upon something that she doesn’t expect.

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    George confirmed the fact to CBS Mornings in a joint interview with his other half, admitting: “It’s just been easy. Like the easiest thing in our lives by far. We’ve never had an argument,” before Amal verified the actor’s surprising statement to be true.

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    The red-lipped, dark-haired beauty gazed with adoration at husband George, and he reciprocated the look of love while modelling a chic black suit, complete with a white shirt and a bow tie.

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    Meryl Streep, 73, third wheels with daughter and husband Mark Ronson as trio hold hands

    Meryl Streep, 73, looked happier than ever as she stepped out for an awards show created by George and Amal Clooney’s Foundation for Justice, with her daughter – who was accompanied by husband Mark Ronson – by her side.

    Mark, famous for producing some of Amy Winehouse’s most famous tracks, including ‘Back to Black’, wore a black crushed velvet suit at the event, complete with a tiny bow tie, while Meryl also opted for an all-black outfit.

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    Fern Britton breaks silence on Phil Vickery kiss as fans fear for her being ‘heartbroken’

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    Phil was pictured in a public embrace with a woman, who is reportedly very close friends with Fern, with unearthed social media snaps documenting their close bond.

    Fern has since taken to Twitter to share her thoughts on the snaps to her 120,900 followers and set the record straight on what happened.

    She told concerned fans: “Good morning all. Just to clear up any concerns re @TheSun front page. It is not true.”

    Fern has not yet further elaborated on which particular detail of the story is false.

    This comes as a source came forward, claiming they knew Fern’s reaction to the kiss photos.

    They claimed of Fern’s emotions: “Fern finds the situation weird and awkward and has learned that Lorraine is clearly not a great mate.

    “She’s shocked and is struggling to process her mixed emotions.

    “On the one hand she had felt like she’d moved on from Phil but she hadn’t expected this new romance and it’s been hard to see”, the source added to the MailOnline.

    Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Fern and Phil for comment.

    Fern and Phil announced they were ending their marriage in January 2020 after 20 years together.

    The statement read: “After more than 20 happy years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways. We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children.

    “We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thank you for your continued kindness and support.”

    The couple share one daughter together called Winnie, who was born in 2001, with Phil also becoming a stepfather to Fern’s three children from her first marriage.

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    Prior to this 2019 trip, there are plenty of pictures of the pair enjoying days out together, however, since the bike ride, the pals haven’t been pictured together recently.

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    “Behaving this way in public will feel like a betrayal.”

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    “I only wish I was the sort of person who could have persevered through that, but I couldn’t.”

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  • 22 минуты назад 30.09.2022Showbiz
    Camilla’s sweet way of showing her close relationship with Queen without saying a word

    Royal biographer Angela Levin joined Christine Lampard on Lorraine to speak about her latest book, Camilla: Outcast to Queen Consort, and time she spent with Queen Consort Camilla. Angela detailed how the former Duchess of Cornwall introduced her to the late Queen as they viewed horses at the Buckingham Palace stables.

    Christine asked: “Tell me about the time she introduced you to the Queen.”

    “Yes, well that was really funny,” Angela replied. “I was at home and got a phone call from Buckingham Palace saying was I doing anything in the afternoon because the Duchess would like to meet me at Buckingham Palace.

    “So obviously I dropped everything, rush over there and they said, ‘Oh she’s got a surprise for you but it might not happen.

    “Don’t be upset if it doesn’t.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, well what is it?’

    “And they said, ‘You’ll just have to wait and see. It’s a big surprise. We’ll know in 10 minutes whether you’re going to get the surprise or not.’

    “I didn’t know what it was really, chocolate or? Anyway, she arrived and shook hands, I’d practised my curtsy already so I knew how to do that and then the Queen arrived.

    “She introduced me to the Queen and she said, ‘Come on in, we’re going to look at something amazing.’

    “So I walked into Buckingham Palace stables and there they were, there was a man called Monty Roberts who could talk to horses and tell them what to do.

    “The idea was in 20 minutes he could get a horse that had never been ridden and never had a saddle, okay for someone to ride.

    “I thought that would be not on but the idea of it was they were talking non-stop and laughing because they both adored horses.”

    Angela noted Camilla did not have to say a word about her relationship with the Queen as the royal expert could see it for herself.

    The biographer remarked it was a clever tactic of being able to give someone an insight into royal life without speaking directly about it.

    Also in the interview, Angela spoke about how she felt compelled to write a biography about Camilla.

    “I decided that somehow I had to rebalance things,” Angela explained.

    “One was The Crown which I felt had been quite cruel to her and the other was Prince Harry who had said really nasty things about her too.

    “I decided it shouldn’t just be me saying, ‘Oh actually I spent some time with her in 2015. I spent about three months with her to write a really long piece.’

    “I needed to have people who really know and will give me their names and don’t say, ‘Keep me anonymous.’

    “Then, you don’t know if it’s really true. Somebody close to them, who could that be? It could be you.”

    Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am.

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