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‘His face was hilarious’: Nicole Kidman responds after awkward Jimmy Fallon clip goes viral

Nicole Kidman has spoken up about her disastrous first date with US talk show host Jimmy Fallon two days after its on-air revelation.
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The clip of their amusingly awkward interview soon went viral, clocking up more than 14 million views on YouTube.

Speaking to Fallon on Tonight Show, Kidman revealed how Fallon had a shot with her 10 years ago when she went to his apartment for a date.

But he spectacularly blew it by wearing sweat pants and a baseball cap, putting a video game on and serving her old Chinese food retrieved from his refrigerator.

In his defence, Fallon said he had no idea their meeting had any romantic element. “You mean I dated Nicole Kidman?” he asked her.

The revelation left Fallon red-faced and flustered, retiring to the couch at one point for “therapy”.

Two days after the episode aired, Kidman told Access Hollywood she was surprised at how the pair misjudged the event.

“I can’t believe that two people can so mis-read the same situation,” she said.

Kidman said Fallon and his crew had no idea of her intention to let the old cat out of the bag, and they did not edit anything out of the show.

“I kinda just went in there going, ‘Oh, I don’t know, they were like asking me about Paddington and Nashville and stuff like that in the pre-interview and I didn’t mention this for anything. I was just, like, I think I’ll just bring this up because there we go,” she said.

“His face was hilarious. I was there. I watched him. He didn’t edit anything out.”

“It was fun. I’m so glad Jimmy was so good-natured about it. He was laughing, but I think he was pretty shocked.”

Kidman’s husband Keith Urban may also have been caught by surprise when the date was unveiled on air. Kidman said Urban was aware of the encounter between the two, but not the finer details.

“He knew the story because we watch Fallon… I don’t think he knew it in that detail,” Kidman said.

This is likely to be Kidman’s last word on the failed date with Fallon. Kidman has vowed to not speak more on the issue, referring herself in third person on one occasion.

“This is like, we’re done, no more, please. I need to shut up. Nicole needs to shut up. Please do not lure me back into the Fallon trap,” she told Access Hollywood.

As for Fallon, not long after the interview aired he tweeted “I am so embarrassed”.

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Health: Making real connections

Nurse Susan Power likes developing connections with her patients. Nurse Susan Power likes developing connections with her patients.
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Nurse Susan Power likes developing connections with her patients.

Nurse Susan Power says one part of continued care nursing she particularly enjoys is having regular contact with patients on extended hospital stays. This type of contact enables her to develop relationships with patients that are deeper than they would be in other nursing environments, she says.

“It’s not exciting like the emergency department and you’re not seeing new life every day like you are in the maternity ward, but there’s this whole other aspect where you’re looking at someone’s ongoing care and how you’re going to manage that.”

Power has been appointed nurse unit manager at Box Hill Hospital’s new 32-bed continuing care ward, which is slated to open mid to late February. Part of her responsibility is to oversee the development of the nursing culture in the new ward to help ensure patients receive the best care.

She participates in clinical work and patient interaction, managing the financial needs of the ward and taking care of its HR capacity through the recruitment and management of staff.

“The new role will be different in that we’re establishing a ward that hasn’t been occupied by any patients or staff previously,” says Power. “It’s a rare opportunity to be able to build a ward from the ground up.”

Power is a hospital-trained nurse. She has a bachelor of nursing conversion degree and a graduate certificate in health administration. She completed the graduate certificate at RMIT in 1999 to facilitate her transition into management roles requiring health services administration skills.

“I’ve found with nursing that many opportunities present themselves and it’s good to be able to grasp them,” says Power.

Box Hill Hospital’s continuing ward is on a recruitment drive for more staff in areas such as nursing, medical and allied health.

One of Powers’ first priorities is to source the nursing team.

“We’re looking at getting registered nurses and enrolled nurses into positions that are both part time and full time,” she says. “We’ll be looking at actively recruiting people who may have experience in acute or rehab-type nursing. Or they may come from a different field. We’re willing to interview people if they are interested.”

Having a significant hand in opening a new hospital ward is daunting in some respects, says Power, but she’s optimistic she can make a positive impact in the next 12 months.

“A good career outcome would be other people sourcing me out to say, ‘You’ve opened up a new ward and put together a whole profile of staff that are cohesive. What can you do to help us do the same for our new ward?’ That would be a good outcome if I’m looked at by my peers or colleagues as a resource to help them in a similar situation.”

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Man hit by four-wheel drive in Redfern

The victim was pinned to the speed camera pole in Redfern, witnesses say. Photo: James Brechney The victim was pinned to the speed camera pole in Redfern, witnesses say. Photo: James Brechney
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The P-plate driver appeared to lose control of the Mercedes Benz when he drove onto the footpath. Photo: James Brechney

The victim was pinned to the speed camera pole in Redfern, witnesses say. Photo: James Brechney

The victim was pinned to the speed camera pole in Redfern, witnesses say. Photo: James Brechney

A man is fighting for his life after being hit by a four-wheel drive in Redfern.

Witnesses say the man was standing on the footpath near the intersection of Redfern and George streets when the incident occurred just before midday on Saturday.

A witness said the P-plate driver appeared to lose control of the Mercedes-Benz four-wheel drive, and drove onto the footpath, pinning the man to a speed-camera pole.

One witness said the victim’s arm and leg seemed to “rip open” and that “there was blood everywhere”.

Emergency services rushed the man to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Police said he was being treated for injuries to his lower right leg.

The P-plate driver was also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It is not yet known whether alcohol was a factor, however the driver underwent blood and urine tests.

Police said the driver was cooperating with inquires. The incident will be investigated by the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.  REDFERN: Redfern St is closed eastbound between George St & Pitt St after a car and pedestrian accident. Exercise caution — Live Traffic Sydney (@LiveTrafficSyd) January 10, 2015

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Now is the time for some thoughtful thinking

Get your thinking caps on.
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Get your thinking caps on.

Get your thinking caps on.

Get your thinking caps on.


Hello returning Benign to Fivers — it’s lovely to have you back. For those new to the column, you’ve joined at just the right time. Since 2012, these words have been universally acknowledged as career advice haute cuisine, but 2015 will be hauter than haut.

Why? Because my new year resolution was to become a thought leader. And I’ve already achieved it. (I got my accreditation from the Society for the Promotion of Integrated Thought Leadership in the mail yesterday).

How? That’s a very good question and, as a thought leader, it is my solemn duty to answer as condescendingly as possible.

There are two questions you need to answer before you begin the rigorous process of becoming a Fully Accredited Thought Leader:

1. Have you ever thought? (This is the hurdle into which many aspiring inspirers plough head first, never regaining their balance to finish the race. Keep in mind that “No I haven’t” is a thought.)

2. Are you a leader? (Don’t forget that, today, you are widely considered to be a leader if you have a loud voice, enjoy talking over people or have ever said “I’m a leader”.) Once you’ve defied death making it through that horrifying gauntlet you come to the practical examination. It involves months, and often years (although in my case, days), of intensive tweeting and LinkedIn posting. The more earnest and self-evident the message, the more likely you are to gain the attention and favour of The Society.

But be warned: being a daily inspiration to billions can be a thankless task. Sometimes, though, you just have to make a sacrifice for the good of humanity.

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The prince and the president: Ali’s plans to replace Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA

It’s hard to cast a member of the Jordanian royal family, given the power, wealth, prestige and influence such a position holds, as a latter-day David.
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But even Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, the son of a Middle Eastern king, might appear small before  the entrenched political power of Sepp Blatter, the Goliath of global football politics.

Yet the 39-year-old prince, a former student at the UK’s elite army officer academy Sandhurst, has shown the backbone that the Old Testament upstart did when confronting his powerful adversary.

Prince Ali has put himself forward as a candidate to replace the 78-year-old Swiss as president when FIFA elections take place in May on a ticket of reform, transparency and honesty – all words that increasingly ring hollow when applied to football’s global governing body.

Blatter, a master manipulator and one of the shrewdest appliers of the art of realpolitik in the sporting world, appeared set to ride out the storms of controversy which have broken following corruption allegations and a litany of other criticisms relating to the way FIFA has conducted its affairs in the past decade – specifically following the organisation’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The septuagenarian had gone back on his word – he had earlier promised not to stand for a fifth term as FIFA president – and, with the absence of a challenger of substance, he looked set to continue his reign for another four years.

Prince Ali is still an outsider, but, after announcing his candidacy at the start of the year, he will now embark on a footballing diplomatic offensive, talking, listening, persuading and absorbing messages from supporters and those he must convert if he is to have any chance of pulling off an upset win when the decision over the FIFA presidency is taken in five months time.

The prince is in Australia at the moment for the opening of the Asian Cup, where his nation, Jordan, is in a group comprising Japan, Palestine and Iraq.

While he is here for the football, he is also here for the politicking – and he spoke on Saturday to a round table of Australian and overseas media outlining the simple themes behind his message for change.

A long time Arsenal supporter, the father of two acknowledges that it is an uphill struggle. Earlier this week, senior figures from the Asian Football Confederation, headed by Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, pledged their support for Blatter, saying they had already committed their vote to the much-pilloried figurehead of football and would not be going back on their word.

Still, Prince Ali looked unconcerned on Saturday when he said he was putting himself forward because it was time for a major change in the way the game was run and administered.

FIFA needed more transparency, he said, and should be an organisation with nothing to hide. He has already called for the Garcia report to be made public – something FIFA is unwilling to do in full – and says a raft of changes are needed to pull the organisation into the 21st century.

“I think that there is a consensus from a number of people in the football world that we need to make a positive change to evolve the organisation and have an opportunity to develop in an appropriate way. I am willing to do this [challenge Blatter] to help progress the sport in the proper way.

“I know its a very big challenge [but] I have total faith in the football world. In the coming months I am looking to sit down and talk to all our member associations and listen to them first.

“I am not coming here to dictate, but I have programs I want to implement. There’s a lot more we can do to develop the sport.”

The prince says that he is not seeking to take charge for the long term, seeing himself as a circuit-breaker to facilitate root-and-branch change in an organisation that has become ossified and tainted by the allegations of sleaze and corruption which have dogged it in the Blatter era.

“I think that anyone who is a stakeholder in the game needs to feel confident in FIFA … I want to bring back confidence, I am looking to make a real change. That’s why I am putting my hat in the ring.

“I honestly think we can make that change in a proper and appropriate way. Reform is crucial.

“At the end of the day we should have nothing to hide.

“FIFA as an organisation tends to be a bit secretive. We should be open and happy and confident to be engaged with everyone. We have to bring the administration of the sport into the current time we live in.”

Prince Ali’s candidature has been seen as a front for interests in the background, senior European figures who want Blatter gone but are not prepared to challenge themselves.

He says that he is acting on his own behalf.

“This sport is for the world, I am my own man. I have had a lot of encouragement from many people round the world who care about the sport. I am not worrying about the numbers. I have total faith in them [FIFA Congress members] that they are decent people who will vote for the future of football. This is a matter for the entire world.

“We have to really focus on restoring people’s confidence in the organisation. I will never make promises that I can’t deliver on.”

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