‘I conquered Everest at just 21, but K2 was my biggest challenge’

British climber Jake Meyer made it to the top of 'Savage Mountain'.
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Clean break: the risk of catching Covid from surfaces overblown, experts say
Prioritising eye protection and face masks will prevent the spread of coronavirus more than disinfecting surfaces, research showsAustralia vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen cases of Covid-19 first began emerging in Australia, some people reported disinfecting their groceries before bringing them into their homes, and there were also concerns that the virus could be living on the surfaces of packages in the mail. During Victoria’s extended lockdown, teams of workers could be seen walking city streets disinfecting traffic light buttons, benches and even fences.An epidemiologist with La Trobe University, Associate Prof Hassan Vally, said just over one year later it has become clear surface transmission is not as significant a factor in Covid-19 spread as once feared. While surface transmission is not impossible, Vally said its role in spread needs perspective. Continue reading...
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Last of the large trees: a day at the Errinundra forest blockade
Many people are dedicated to protecting the forests of Victoria, spending days and nights sleeping under tarps and banners. Photographer Rachel Mounsey asks them why they keep returningThe word was out: a section of the unburnt forest on the edge of the scorched Errinundra plateau was set to be logged and the small nearby community of Goongerah in Gippsland’s far east were on alert. Goongerah is nestled on the edge of the plateau. The ‘green’ town has a history of conservation and many of its residents settled there in the early 80s to blockade against the fast train that was set to pass through the region. Thanks to their efforts, the train line didn’t go ahead. Continue reading...
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How we stay together: 'We're on each other's team'
After 11 years they still pinch each other’s bums: ‘There’s a high school crush-like attraction that just never went away’Names: Rikki Hodge-Smith and Ben Smith Years together: 11Occupations: Writer and defenceRikki Hodge-Smith thought she was playing it cool when, on her first date with her now husband, she trotted out that well-worn line: “If it doesn’t work out as a relationship, then we’ll be friends.” Continue reading...
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Shelby Sherritt: the Ballarat cancer survivor who became a TikTok pottery queen
Once known as the 20-year-old who survived cancer, Shelby Sherritt now has half-a-million TikTok followers who are more interested in her artFor years, Shelby Sherritt was known as the “cancer girl”.“All my friends were like ‘Oh, she’s going through treatments’ or ‘That’s the girl from high school that got cancer’,” she says. Continue reading...
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Scholes disagrees with Solskjaer over Manchester United's AC Milan draw
Manchester United have been drawn against AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League after easing past Real Sociedad in midweek.
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Archaeologists uncover ancient ceremonial chariot near Pompeii
Ornate carriage embellished with erotic scenes may have been used for marriage rituals
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Meghan Markle and Harry 'risk being accused of having ideas above their station'
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are only seeking "favourable" coverage from the press and are trying to "rewrite the history" of Megxit after the duke's interview with pal James Corden, it has been claimed
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Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez issues damning Barcelona transfer declaration
Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez was in talks over a move to Barcelona last summer but has now put those ambitions behind him and committed himself to the Serie A giants
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It’s Always Sunny star Mary Lynn Rajskub explains who’s to ‘blame’ for Gail the Snail being so gross
It's Always Sunny was recently renewed for four more seasons.
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Republicans test history in vote against pandemic relief
Every House Republican voted early Saturday against a popular $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that would send $1,400 checks to most Americans and hundreds of billions more to help open schools, revive struggling businesses and strengthen state and local governments
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Arrests after hundreds take part in anti-lockdown protest in Dublin
Protesters clashed with Irish police as they marched through the city centre
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Man dies in ‘hit-and-run’ before another is stabbed on same road
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Denise Van Outen's hubby-to-be gets the 'hump' as she flirts at work not at home
TOWIE narrator and Dancing on Ice injured retiree Denise Van Outen spoke about her outgoing nature and life with commodities trader Eddie Boxshall and admitted the pandemic had strained their relationship
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Man strangled his fiancée to death then ordered pizza and drugs
Justin Rowlands, 23, ordered cannabis, ecstasy, Subway and Dominos and ate next to Lauren Griffiths' lifeless body.
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Are you the ultimate The Office US super fan? Find out in this quiz
If you can't even name the type of vegetable grown on Dwight's farm -just don't even bother
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England collapse under ill-discipline as Wales win Triple Crown
Wales secured the Triple Crown and kept alive their hopes of a Grand Slam with a memorable 40-24 win over England, whose title ambitions were ended in what Eddie Jones had described as a make or break game in Cardiff.
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Behind the scenes on the new Sky drama COBRA filmed in Old Trafford
The production is nurturing new talent
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Body found in River Thames near school as police urge public to stay away
Officers have asked the public to avoid the area in south west London as they search a tow path near the river after receiving reports of a body being found in the water
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Corrie's Georgia Taylor slams 'pervy' troll who made grim comment about Toyah
Georgia Taylor hit back at a troll who made an inappropriate comment about the way her character Toyah Battersby dressed when she arrived in Coronation Street as a teenager in 1997
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Jurgen Klopp faces the sack if Liverpool miss out on Champions League, says Paul Merson
Liverpool are currently five points behind fourth spot in the Premier League.
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Line of Duty series 6 set to air next month as BBC unveil new trailer
The much-anticipated sixth season of Line of Duty is set to air next month. BBC producers confirmed the news alongside a teaser trailer of what is to come
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Wales beat England in Six Nations thriller as hosts' Grand Slam hopes grow
WALES 40-24 ENGLAND: Eddie Jones' men were no match for their hosts at the Principality Stadium, as Wales claimed the Triple Crown
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Lorraine Kelly's secret struggle with heartache as her dad fought for his life
EXCLUSIVE ITV’s undisputed queen of morning telly opened up candidly about having days when she was so distressed about her dad that she struggled to go to work
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M6 shut over fears major lorry fire could cause exploding fruit to hit cars
Highways England said the lorry ablaze on the section of highway at north Staffordshire is carrying canned fruit 'popping' due to the heat with the potential to hit passing vehicles
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Eleven more people have died with Covid-19 in Greater Manchester's hospitals
The region's hospital death toll has now reached 5,602, the latest NHS figures show
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More than 850 cattle on ship face slaughter amid bluetongue fears
A vets’ report has concluded the animals had suffered from lengthy journey
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Saudi Arabia rocked by multiple explosions as tensions with Iran-backed Houthis intensify
A BALLISTIC missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebel group was intercepted over Riyadh according to Saudi security sources.
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Sue Perkins ‘smashed a baguette into Paul Hollywood’s b******s’ on Great British Bake Off
The pair's friendship was based purely on 'violence' behind the scenes.
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CPAC 2021: Richard Grenell teases run for California governor
Grenell will discuss plans with Trump during dinner at Mar-a-Lago, according to report
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'I haven't given up the search for missing Esther and will return to France'
EXCLUSIVE Dan Colegate has spoken out after French police said this week they have done “all they can” to find her and that further searches are unlikely to resume until Spring
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Lady Gaga's dad calls for dognappers to be charged with attempted murder
Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dog walker, were handed over to LAPD unharmed on Friday.
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Exceptionally low tide leaves Venice canals almost empty
Boats and gondolas beached as water levels plummet
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The latest Coronavirus infection rates for every borough in Greater Manchester
All ten local authority areas in Greater Manchester have a higher rate of infection than the national average for England
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Ukraine explosion: One killed after oxygen blast in hospital ward treating Covid patients
A flare-up in an oxygen pipe sparked a fatal blaze
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Winning lottery numbers for Saturday's £3.8million Lotto jackpot
Follow our live blog for all the latest National Lottery action on Saturday, February 27 - the huge Lotto draw jackpot could change a lucky winner's life
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'Banter of James Nesbitt in Bloodlands is gone but his eyes still twinkle
What we now have is a grown-up and grieving DCI Tom Brannick who is on a mission to find his wife’s killer as he attempts to dodge top brass who try and stop him
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Fireworks shot at police at ‘sickening’ anti-lockdown protest in Dublin
This is the moment a firework was fired at “police officers faces” before they charged crowds of enraged anti-lockdown protesters in Dublin.
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Could anyone be prosecuted over the unlawful killing of Jack Barnes?
The Crown Prosecution Service told the Manchester Evening Newsthey would "await the written judgement of the coroner" before considering the findings "in detail"
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Man 'dies of broken heart' after year apart from wife in care home due to Covid
Lynn believes Alastair's condition tragically deteriorated because he was denied proper contact with her after the pandemic struck meaning they were apart for a year
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Alabama girl, 7, sells lemonade at her mom's bakery to pay for her own brain surgeries
Liza Scott set up a stand inside Savage's Bakery in Homewood and has been selling homemade lemonade to drum up funds for her life-saving treatment.
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Angry Dunk slams "horrendous" Mason after disallowed Brighton goal controversy
There were farcical scenes at the Hawthorns after Mason appeared to lose control of the match following an incident in the first-half
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Islamist party supporters march for unity in Tunisia
Thousands of flag-waving marchers have demonstrated in Tunisia’s capital in a show of support for the majority party in parliament
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Gogglebox fans can't get enough Sophie and Pete Sandiford's props
Brother and sister duo Sophie and Pete Sandiford delighted Gogglebox viewers on Friday night with their wonderful collection of colourful mugs
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Bolton boss Evatt on late win over Barrow, penalty shout and Maddison's absence
Shaun Miller came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner in League Two against Evatt's former club
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Coronation Street’s Sally Carman reveals when she’s marrying co-star Joe Duttine
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Teen sweethearts reunite 33 years on from split after chance Benidorm meeting
EXCLUSIVE: Gaynor Williams and Dean Ryan say 'it felt like we’d never been apart' after fate brought them together after 33 years 'just rolled away' - and they have an even stronger connection than in their teens
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Fatcat boss who quit in row over £3.9m pay rehired on massive £3,000 a day
EXCLUSIVE Mike Betts, 59, left Motability Operations, which provides cars to disabled people, amid anger at his £1.7million salary and a projected bonus of £2.2million - but now he's back
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