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'Are you taking a gun?': Why I braved a driving outback trip Wolf Creek solo

Are you taking a gun?” I lost track of how many times I was asked that question in the lead -up to my camping trip into central Australia. “For what?” I would say. “Um, snakes? Dingoes?  And it will be so … dark.” A pause, then, inevitably, “And what about, you know, that guy from Wolf Creek?”  Photography by Tessa Durack.  Snakes, dingoes, darkness and sadistic psychopaths. The first three I get – atavistic fears probably hard-wired into our psyches. The last? Well, that bloody movie was a constant reference…

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Nintendo’s Refusal to Allow Saved Game Backups is Driving Switch Hacking

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Nintendo’s Switch first launched, it wasn’t immediately clear if the console would post strong initial sales and then fade away, like the Wii U did, or if this would be the system to put Nintendo back on the gaming map. It’s now obvious that the Switch’s early surge was no outlier; the console has already moved over 5 million units and has outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in North America four times in…

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Saudi women to be allowed driving licences

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, state media say. Government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving. Rights groups have campaigned for years to allow women in the ultraconservative kingdom to drive, and some women have been imprisoned for defying the rule. “The royal decree will implement the provisions of…

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Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace

An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to 11 other overdose reports that day, including a woman who crashed her car just before a highway entrance. The next day in Cleveland, a rescue squad found an unconscious 43-year-old man who had driven off the road and hit a pole. An overdose antidote brought him back around, police say….

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Ita Buttrose's niece Lizzie Buttrose arrested for drink driving after argument with partner

Ita Buttrose’s troubled niece Elizabeth “Lizzie” Buttrose has been arrested for drink driving — allegedly for the fourth time. It is believed that the Eastern Suburbs socialite, 48, had been arguing with her fiance, Zoran Stopar, at her plush Vaucluse home, and the police were called.  Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Mariah Carey’s blunt response about James Packer Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:50 More Life Videos Previous slideNext slide Video duration 01:56 Lizzie Buttrose’s clash with Real … Lizzie Buttrose’s clash with Real Housewives Eastern suburbs socialite Lizzie Buttrose has a run-in with the Real Housewives…

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Golfer Woods pleads not guilty to driving under influence

Golfer Tiger Woods has pleaded not guilty to a charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) following his arrest in Palm beach, Florida in May. He is now expected to admit to a lesser charge of reckless driving and enter a 12-month probation program. Dashcam footage of his arrest was released by police in Florida after they found him asleep at the wheel. Mr Woods later apologised, blaming the incident on “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications”. A blood sample taken after his arrest tested positive for painkiller Vicodin and…

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