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David Vandyke backs Sir John Hawkwood despite top weight in Tatts Club Cup

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David Vandyke concedes Jiayuguan deserves Tattersall’s Club Cup favouritism over his Christmas Cup winner Sir John Hawkwood but has faith in his horse’s toughness and fight to complete the summer staying double on Friday.

Sir John Hawkwood copped a 1-1/2 kilo penalty for his Christmas Cup win, where he saw off an unlucky Jiayuguan and Lucky Lucky Lucky in a blanket finish.

“I guess we got the money and the cup, so we deserve some more weight and I would prefer to have that in the bank,” Vandyke said. “If you look at it on weights, it is hard for him to beat the other two in that blanket finish in the Christmas Cup.

“But he is still getting better and he has won with a big weight in England before he came out here.

“He is a strong stayer and we think he could develop into a Sydney Cup sort of horse and it is another opportunity to get some black type.

“He is very tough and I think he will carry the extra weight and still be there at the finish.”

Jiayuguan is a $3 favourite to turn the tables on Sir John Hawkwood ($4.60) with Ladbrokes, while the Tony McEvoy-trained Lucky Lucky Lucky is at $5.50 with the stable expecting him to improve.

Lucky Lucky Lucky is coming off a runner-up finish in the ATC Cup before being run down late in the Christmas Cup.

“He has come on from  that last run and is flying on the track,” McEvoy’s racing managing, Rick Connolly, said.

“He might have just needed that run at 2400m and Kerrin McEvoy has stuck with him, which is a good sign, and he meets the winner a lot better at the weights.

“He gets a track that will really suit him because he loves firm going.”

Meanwhile, Magic Millions Classic favourite Capitalist will have a track gallop with Mooshakissa at Randwick on Friday after missing a barrier trial because of an elevated temperature on Tuesday.

“His temperature is back to normal now,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said. “It wasn’t a big thing.

“We’ll see how he goes on Saturday and then decide when he goes up on the float to the Gold Coast.”

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Best hangover recipes (lots of bacon)

Francesinha (Portugal’s answer to the croque-madame) is a huge meat-filled monster topped with egg and cheese and smothered in a beer-based sauce. French fries optional (Recipe here). Photo: William Meppem
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Mexican hangover cure: Huevos rancheros (Recipe here). Photo: William Meppem

Fluffy buttermilk waffles with maple bacon butter (Recipe here). Photo: Steven Siewert

Frank Camorra’s BLT with avo and HP-mayo (Recipe here). Photo: Marina Oliphant

Stacks on! Adam Liaw’s American pancakes (Recipe here). Photo: Edwina Pickles

Matt Wilkinson’s bacon roll with homemade brown sauce (Recipe here). Photo: Simon Schluter

Hair of the dog: Luke Mangan’s classic Bloody Mary cocktail (Recipe here). Photo: Marco Del Grande

Or try Jill Dupleix’s vegetarian shakshuka (Recipe here). Photo: Edwina Pickles

Hash brown meets Japan’s famous savoury pancake in Adam Liaw’s ‘okonomirosti’ mash-up (Recipe here). Photo: William Meppem

Brigitte Hafner’s croque monsieur with toasted ham, cheese and gherkin – beer optional! (Recipe here). Photo: Marina Oliphant

Pan-fried bubble and squeak patties are a great way to use up leftover roast vegetables (Recipe here).

Baked eggs with spicy sausage. Just add a cooling dollop of labna (Recipe here). Photo: William Meppem

Frank Camorra’s french toast with banana and crispy bacon (Recipe here). Photo: Marcel Aucar

Spice up your fried rice with funky kimchi (Recipe here). Photo: Marcel Aucar

Slept in? Lunch on Caroline Velik’s fresh ‘n’ zesty tortillas with spicy tomato, fish and black beans (Recipe here). Photo: Marina Oliphant

This cheat’s chicken pho is ready in half an hour (Recipe here).

Jill Dupleix’s buttermilk fried chicken with corn (Recipe here). Photo: Marina Oliphant

Sriracha-slicked maple bacon (Recipe here). Photo: Edwina Pickles

Adam Liaw’s huge meat-filled toasted sandwich monster is topped with egg and cheese and smothered in a beer-based sauce. Photo: William Meppem

Matt Wilkinson’s bacon sandwich. Photo: Simon Schluter

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Big Bash League 2015: Record-breaking Perth Scorchers sell out all home games

Scorchers fans show their support during the Big Bash League match between Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers at WACA on December 21, 2015. Photo: Paul KaneRecord stand from Klinger and Marsh as Scorchers beat RenegadesPerth Scorchers crush Brisbane Heat at the WACAAdelaide Strikers cruise to win over Perth Scorchers
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There’s bad news for fans hoping to watch the reigning Big Bash premiers in action this summer, if they haven’t already got tickets, with the Perth Scorchers officially selling out their remaining two home games.

The Scorchers are the first club in Big Bash League history to sell out all home matches in the regular season with all tickets for Perth’s January 16 clash against the Melbourne Stars sold by 9:30pm on Wednesday night.

The Scorchers sold out the first two matches of the season, against the Adelaide Strikers on 21 December and the Brisbane Heat on Boxing Day, and Saturday’s match against the Sydney Sixers will also be a full house.

Perth Scorchers CEO Christina Matthews said it was “extremely pleasing” news for the club to sell all the tickets before the turn of the New Year.

“Combined with the very promising viewing figures from our first ever Women’s Big Bash League broadcast game against the Sixers, which attracted an average national audience of 183,000, I hope this result is more than numbers and is also a reflection of the Scorchers’ ability and proactive desire to play an important role in the Western Australian community,” she told the Scorchers website.

“We have already had more than 8000 boys and girls take part in our junior programs across the summer and it has been heartening to see many of those children attending matches wearing their shirts from those initiatives.

“That is the power of the Big Bash League to the next generation and the Scorchers are proud to be a part of that.”

So far this season close to 40,000 fans have attended the Scorchers’ two Big Bash League games, with an attendance of 20,553 at the club’s season opener falling just shy of the Perth’s home attendance record of 20,783 set in the Big Bash | 03 final against the Hobart Hurricanes.

The Scorchers’ regular season attendance record of 75,327, set in the club’s championship winning season last year, looks likely to be trumped this year thanks to the sell-outs.

Ms Matthews said Perth has also achieved a club membership record this season with more than 5,000 members signed up.

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How much harm can one little fly do to your food

It only takes a single fly to alight on your picnic lunch to make you uneasy about what germs may have landed with it. But what harm can come from a fly landing on your food?
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Manytypes of flypose a health risk but none hang about our homes more than the house fly. It’s a ubiquitous presence during the warmer monthscan be a substantial annoyance and also be a potential health risk.Musca domesticais one of the most widespread nuisance insects in the world.After laying eggs, maggots will hatch out and eat their way throughdecaying organic material before pupating and then emerging as an adult fly a few days later. The adult flies can live up to a month and may lay hundreds of eggs over that time.

When it comes to passing on pathogens, it’s not necessarily the fly itself but where it’s come from that matters. Flies don’t just visit freshly made sandwiches. They spend far more of their time in rotting animal and plant waste. As well as leaving behind pathogen-filled footprints, the flies leave their poop on our food. They vomit too.

In most instances, spotting a fly on your food doesn’t mean you need to throw it out. While there is little doubt that flies can carry nasties fromwaste to our food, a single touchdown is unlikely to leadto illness for the average healthy person.Flies thatwander about for a few minutes vomiting and pooping on your food or food preparation area are more of a concern. The more time passes, the greater the chance of pathogensgrowing and multiplying on our food.

Ensure your food is coveredand don’t leave “leftovers” sitting about outside.Screens will help block flies from coming inside, butminimising garbage around the house is critical. Insecticidal surface sprays around bin areas will help.An old-schoolfly swatworks a treat too.

Cameron Webb is a clinical lecturer and principal hospital scientist, University of Sydney.Read the full article on The Conversation.

Trump spokeswoman wears bullet necklace on TV

Katrina Pierson said her necklace was made of “real ammo”. Photo: YouTubeDonald Trump says Hillary Clinton got ‘schlonged’ Islamic State has a new recruiter in chief: Donald Trump
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Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman has defended her decision to wear a necklace made of bullets on television.

The ammunition was real, Katrina Pierson said. But her later suggestion that she might wear a foetus to make a point about abortion – that was not to be taken literally, she assured.

Ms Pierson wore the arresting jewellery during a CNN interview on Tuesday, US time.

Afterward, CNN host Jim Sciutto asked Ms Pierson on Twitter if there was a message behind the necklace.

“Made in #Texas! Real ammo. #2A Support your local small business owners! #Trump2016” she responded. Made in #Texas! Real ammo. #2A Support your local small business owners! #Trump2016https://t.co/6T4zYWDqeR— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) December 29, 2015

Mr Trump is staunchly against gun control. He said the Paris massacres would have been “much, much different” if Parisian citizens had been allowed to carry guns.

Ms Pierson faced often-sarcastic criticism of her jewellery.

“Surely @KatrinaPierson wore bullet necklace on #CNN to bring attention to 90 Americans fatally shot daily #gunsense,” one Twitter user, Shannon Watts, wrote.

In response, Ms Pierson mused: “Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time& bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never [sic] ger to be on Twitter.” Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time& bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never ger to be on Twitter https://t.co/UTomoyYXLK— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) December 30, 2015

Another Twitter user said that might not be practical.

“Of course it will be interpreted literally,” lamented Ms Pierson, whose boss has suggested building a wall the length of the US-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.

She put the criticism down to her being a woman.

“The liberals freaking out about my accessories are sexist. They only approve of women in pant suits and jackets. Oh, and tampon earrings.”

In 2013, an MSNBC host wore tampon earrings to protest against a law in Texas banning abortions after five months.

Mr Trump was labelled a sexist this week after referring to his political opponent Hillary Clinton being “schlonged” in the 2008 presidential race.

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