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How to dress like a grown up with Shane Watson: If faux fur is good enough for the Queen…

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So the Queen will no longer be wearing new outfits featuring fur. She has not ruled out revisiting her old mink — the ermine on her historic state robe will stay in place.

But, from now on, whenever Her Majesty attends engagements in especially cold weather, ‘fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm’.

So, there you have it. The ultimate endorsement of faux fur — and, arguably, the last nail in the coffin of the real thing. If it’s good enough for HM, then it’s good enough for us.

And the timing could not be better. No one would suggest that the Queen waited until the faux fur market was ready to rise to the occasion, but winter 2019 is a good season for faux fur.

Shane Watson says winter 2019 is a good season for faux fur. And, if you want to get your daughters drooling with envy, then look to Shrimps (pictured)

Shane Watson says winter 2019 is a good season for faux fur. And, if you want to get your daughters drooling with envy, then look to Shrimps (pictured)

Shane Watson says winter 2019 is a good season for faux fur. And, if you want to get your daughters drooling with envy, then look to Shrimps (pictured)

Faux has come a long way. It’s gone from transparently fun — the texture of soft toys in unconvincing colours — to glossy, good-looking, fabulous faux fur that’s preferable to the real thing, and not just for ethical reasons, but because it’s lighter, leaner and a lot easier to look after.

Is it warmer? Almost certainly not, but really, how warm do you need to be?

Oh, and there is, of course, the question of price. Once, a woman in possession of a mid-length mink was also in possession of a fortune, or a husband with one.

FAKING IT: THE NEW RULES 

Steer away from black — go for glossy browns.

Midi length and double-breasted is the new look.

Shrug on a faux fur over a jacket for extra warmth.

If in doubt, go for a thick, detachable collar.

Now, the joy of a faux fur coat is that it costs no more than any other coat, but it can be as authentically furry (we’re past the moment when people worried that to wear imitation fur was to encourage interest in the real thing) or as Disney Fantasia as you feel in the mood for.

Right now, however, what appeals is something the Queen might take a shine to. Not so much the lynx effect or the shocking-pink teddy bear (love those, but they’re a rock chick vibe, and we are now in sophisticated lady mood).

The look to aim for is luxe casual: smart trousers and a silk shirt plus a substantial glossy midi-fur coat; or slinky midi dress, boots and fur coat.

HM wouldn’t wear these top-ranking furs quite like this but, since the surprising picture of her with her hands in her pockets, we know she would if she could.

Moving with the times is all about making faux fur your go-to smart-casual option. I have my eye on Mango’s long, minky, dark-brown belted coat (£169.99, mango.com), which would look great shrugged on over anything from jeans and a polo-neck to a party dress. (Note: shrugging sounds like a fashion affectation, but it’s just a way of making a coat more relaxed, like an afterthought.)

Mango also does a smart double-breasted faux fur in light taupe (£119.99).

Meanwhile, Jakke does a nice chocolate-brown three-quarter coat (£160, jakke.co.uk) that has Princess Margaret written all over it. The brand is a good, reasonably priced place to start for faux fur.

So the Queen will no longer be wearing new outfits featuring fur. She has not ruled out revisiting her old mink — the ermine on her historic state robe will stay in place (pictured in 2007)

So the Queen will no longer be wearing new outfits featuring fur. She has not ruled out revisiting her old mink — the ermine on her historic state robe will stay in place (pictured in 2007)

So the Queen will no longer be wearing new outfits featuring fur. She has not ruled out revisiting her old mink — the ermine on her historic state robe will stay in place (pictured in 2007)

As is the label Stand. It does a terrific slouchy, oversized leopard coat (£299, irisfashion.co.uk) and one in taupe (£280, trilogystores.co.uk).

If you want something more casual, Topshop has a chocolatey, teddy bear, double-breasted short coat (£75, topshop.com).

One step closer to ‘with jeans only’ is Zara’s short, hooded, faux fur coat (£79.99, zara.com).

Zara does plenty of teddy bear-style fur, including a slouchy light-brown coat (£95.99). This is a long way from your glossy faux mink, and looks dressing-gowny on me, but some people love it.

And, if you want to get your daughters drooling with envy, then look to Shrimps. The label more or less kicked off the advent of zany, bright and bushy faux fur (remember those double-dipped stoles).

Currently on its website is a faux fur — tigerish with a black trim — that would not look out of place on The Crown, on Margaret, maybe even Anne, with Rayne patent shoes and a silk headscarf (Vivien coat, £595, shrimps.com).

This is a look that’s going to run and run.

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Brisbane suicide murderer Rowan Baxter rejected sharing custody of children with Hannah Clarke

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Rowan Baxter rejected an offer to share custody of his children, aged three to six, with his estranged wife Hannah Clarke before he killed them all in a horrific car fire. 

Ms Clarke, 31, and her kids Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, burned to death after Baxter, 42, set the Kia Sportage on fire on Wednesday morning. 

Prior to the murder-suicide, Baxter ignored his lawyer’s advice to accept an offer that allowed him to have custody of the three children 165 days of the year, it was revealed on Saturday. 

A source close to Baxter told the ABC that the killer would alternate between three days and four days of custody per week if he accepted the deal. 

‘He got the children back but… he wanted 50-50, that was it. It was his way or nothing,’ he told the national broadcaster. 

‘In my view, it wasn’t about the children at all, he just couldn’t move past the relationship with Hannah.’ 

Rowan Baxter, 42, rejected an offer to share custody of his children, aged three to six, with his estranged wife Hannah Clarke before he killed them all in a horrific car fire

Rowan Baxter, 42, rejected an offer to share custody of his children, aged three to six, with his estranged wife Hannah Clarke before he killed them all in a horrific car fire

Rowan Baxter, 42, rejected an offer to share custody of his children, aged three to six, with his estranged wife Hannah Clarke before he killed them all in a horrific car fire

Hannah Clarke (pictured with children Trey, Aaliyah and Laianah) was murdered by her estranged husband on Wednesday

Hannah Clarke (pictured with children Trey, Aaliyah and Laianah) was murdered by her estranged husband on Wednesday

Hannah Clarke (pictured with children Trey, Aaliyah and Laianah) was murdered by her estranged husband on Wednesday

Baxter allegedly kidnapped his six-year-old daughter on Boxing Day last year, which allowed the Ms Clarke to get a domestic violence order (DVO) against him. 

In January, the DVO was varied and Baxter regained access to his children, which is when he refused to sign the consent form that would give him 165 days of custody per year during mediation, according to the source.

The father instead signed non-legally binding parenting agreement that gave him the same level of access as Ms Clarke – but the agreement was voided when he allegedly assaulted his wife in breach of the DVO.  

On Wednesday, Baxter rushed into his estranged wife’s car, put a knife to her throat and told her to drive, then set her on fire with their three children when she stopped for help.  

Her shattered father Lloyd Clarke has pieced together the horrific timeline of events that led to the tragic loss of four lives and Baxter’s suicide.

Despite suffering burns to 97 per cent of her body, heroic Hannah was able to give police at the scene a detailed statement about what happened. 

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left, with his grandson Trey) was a hands-on grandpa to Hannah's three children

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left, with his grandson Trey) was a hands-on grandpa to Hannah's three children

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left, with his grandson Trey) was a hands-on grandpa to Hannah’s three children

She was taking the children to school after 8am from her parents’ house in Camp Hill, Brisbane, while her killer lay in wait. 

A notorious control freak, Baxter had been spiralling since Hannah left him with the kids in November and decided to get his revenge. 

‘Rowan must have been lurking somewhere close, either hidden around the side of the house or in the neighbour’s driveway,’ Mr Clarke told Daily Mail Australia.

‘His car was found down the street, this was definitely premeditated.’ 

Hannah got the children into the car and walked to the back seat to buckle Trey’s seatbelt as the girls could do their own. 

That was all the time her killer needed. 

‘He was very quick, being an ex-athlete. So as she’s doing that, he’s run into the passenger seat and held a knife to her throat and told her to drive,’ Mr Clarke said. 

‘She got down to the corner here, turned left, and saw a neighbour washing his car and drove towards him to get help.’ 

A shrine grows at the scene where Hannah and her three kids were doused in fuel and set alight, while one person leaves a poignant sign about domestic violence (pictured)

A shrine grows at the scene where Hannah and her three kids were doused in fuel and set alight, while one person leaves a poignant sign about domestic violence (pictured)

A shrine grows at the scene where Hannah and her three kids were doused in fuel and set alight, while one person leaves a poignant sign about domestic violence (pictured)

The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just metres from the home of Ms Clarke's parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove her children to school

The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just metres from the home of Ms Clarke's parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove her children to school

The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just metres from the home of Ms Clarke’s parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove her children to school

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday

Michael Zemek was the heroic first responder to the horror that was about to engulf Raven Street and traumatise dozens of residents. 

As Hannah stopped alongside him and yelled ‘he’s poured petrol on me’, Baxter realised his time was up, and lit the fire while he was still inside the car. 

‘When he gets trapped in a corner, he has no empathy so he would have just gone ”ok, that’s it, light it, boom, gone”,’ Mr Clarke said. 

‘In a way I hope he poured it (the petrol) on the girls because that would have been quicker.’ 

As the car was engulfed in flames, Hannah jumped out while her activewear was on fire and the flaming petrol melting her skin. 

Mr Zemek helped her smother the flames by dropping to the ground and rolling, then sprayed water on her horrific burns with his garden hose. 

He suffered burns to his face and hands in the process and is still recovering in hospital. 

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) is seen enjoying a day with her own grandmother (far left)

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) is seen enjoying a day with her own grandmother (far left)

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) is seen enjoying a day with her own grandmother (far left)

Hannah Clarke pictured with her 'main man', son Trey in a beach snap

Hannah Clarke pictured with her 'main man', son Trey in a beach snap

Rowan Baxter and Hannah Clarke (pictured) are seen on their wedding day

Rowan Baxter and Hannah Clarke (pictured) are seen on their wedding day

Left: Hannah Clarke pictured with her ‘main man’, son Trey in a beach snap. Right: Mrs Baxter on her wedding with her husband

Astonishingly, even with burns to every part of her body except the sole of one foot, Hannah was able to explain exactly to police what had happened. 

‘She still had enough strength and was still conscious enough to give a detailed description to the first responders saying what had happened,’ Mr Clarke said. 

‘He ambushed her and got into the car. She managed to give a detailed report to medicos and first responders there, the police,’ he told A Current Affair.

‘Almost like a police report they said. She was so articulate. At this time he did this and he did that.

‘To the end she fought to make sure if he survived he got punished doing to her babies. She was so brave.

‘I didn’t know she’d been able to be that detailed. She made sure she got out as much information as possible.’ 

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (centre) and son Nat (right) as they paid tribute to their family

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (centre) and son Nat (right) as they paid tribute to their family

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (centre) and son Nat (right) as they paid tribute to their family

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) and Suzanne (right) are seen meeting baby Trey for the first time, along with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was to die at three years old along with his sisters and mum

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) and Suzanne (right) are seen meeting baby Trey for the first time, along with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was to die at three years old along with his sisters and mum

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) and Suzanne (right) are seen meeting baby Trey for the first time, along with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was to die at three years old along with his sisters and mum

The shattered father said he wrestled with how much he wanted to know about his daughter’s last moments and there was more detail the police hadn’t yet shared. 

‘I do want to find out and I don’t want to find out,’ he said. 

‘I don’t know what his agenda was, was he driving somewhere to do it somewhere else, was he just going to do Hannah?’ 

Witnesses told Daily Mail Australia that even while Hannah was on fire her thoughts were with her children. 

‘My children are in the car, save my children,’ she called out. 

But it was too late. The heat was so intense that the kids had no hope, and tradies who tried to open the doors burned their hands. 

‘She loved her kids, there was nothing she wouldn’t have done for them. Even at the end she fought to save them,’ Hannah’s mother Suzanne said. 

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) was an active and involved granddad, often taking the kids out on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) was an active and involved granddad, often taking the kids out on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) was an active and involved granddad, often taking the kids out on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were 'her world'

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were 'her world'

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were ‘her world’

By contrast, cowardly Baxter tried to fight off neighbours trying to put out the fire in the car, then stabbed himself in the chest until he died. 

During the A Current Affair interview, Hannah’s devastated mother revealed she had even discussed writing a will, saying: ‘She said to me only last week, ‘Mum should I do a will?’

”What happens to my babies if he kills me? Because he’ll go to jail for murder, who gets my children?’ She said, ‘I want you and dad to have them or Nat. I don’t want his family to have them’.

‘I didn’t think he’d hurt the kids. She was concerned he would kill her. I believed that could be possible.’

The family said the dedicated mum would do anything for the young kids, and was working to start a new life for them.

Hannah Clarke was burnt alive along with her three children after her abusive husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, set their car alight on the school run in Brisbane on Wednesday morning

Hannah Clarke was burnt alive along with her three children after her abusive husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, set their car alight on the school run in Brisbane on Wednesday morning

Hannah Clarke was burnt alive along with her three children after her abusive husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, set their car alight on the school run in Brisbane on Wednesday morning

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren before the horrific murders

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren before the horrific murders

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren before the horrific murders

Sat clutching each other’s hand during the interview, the Clarkes said they began to fear for their daughter’s safety when she finally left her abusive husband in November last year.

He hadn’t been physically abusive to her before that, instead using financial, sexual and emotional manipulation.

Asked whether she was concerned about her daughter’s life, her mother said: ‘More so when she was getting ready to leave.

‘While he felt he was still in control of the situation it was all not physically as dangerous.

‘But we knew there was no way she could say ‘I’m going’ and walk out the door.’

BRISBANE MURDER-SUICIDE: HOW COWARDLY RAMPAGE UNFOLDED

JANUARY, 2020

Queensland Police officers are called to a family violence incident that allegedly involved the couple.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:

Ex-NRL star Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is spotted filling a jerry can with fuel at a local service station. 

8.20AM:   

Baxter dives into his estranged wife Hannah Clarke’s white Kia Sportage as she was preparing to do the school drop off on Raven Street, Camp Hill, a wealthy suburb of Brisbane.

He douses Ms Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in petrol and sets the car alight. 

Neighbours hear an explosion which sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ blast. At least four explosions followed. 

Baxter grabs a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.

He tries to stop neighbours from saving his wife and children before dying in the street.

Ms Clarke escapes the burning car and screams: ‘He’s poured petrol on me.’ 

Horrified witnesses see her skin peeling off her body.

One heroic neighbour hoses her down in an attempt to save her life and suffers burns himself. 

She is rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.   

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

Ms Clarke dies in hospital from the horrendous burns she suffered in the quadruple murder suicide.

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Terrorists will generally be Muslim men, says Ryanair boss

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Ryanair’s boss has called for Muslim passengers to be checked at airports in a bid to prevent terror attacks, claiming ‘that is where the threat is coming from’.

Michael O’Leary said terrorists ‘will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion’ – and that families with young children should be let through security as they are less likely to ‘blow’ people up. 

The 58-year-old added that the only way to ‘deal with the threat’ was to vet ‘single male’ Muslims travelling on their own. 

His comments have since been slammed by a Labour MP for ‘encouraging racism’.

Michael O'Leary said terrorists 'will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion' - and that families with young children should be let through security as they are less likely to 'blow' people up

Michael O'Leary said terrorists 'will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion' - and that families with young children should be let through security as they are less likely to 'blow' people up

Michael O’Leary said terrorists ‘will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion’ – and that families with young children should be let through security as they are less likely to ‘blow’ people up 

‘Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males travelling on their own,’ Mr O’Leary told The Times.

‘If you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero.’

He added: ‘You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion. Thirty years ago it was the Irish.

‘If that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat.’

The 58-year-old added that the only way to 'deal with the threat' was to vet 'single male' Muslims travelling on their own

The 58-year-old added that the only way to 'deal with the threat' was to vet 'single male' Muslims travelling on their own

The 58-year-old added that the only way to ‘deal with the threat’ was to vet ‘single male’ Muslims travelling on their own

The 58-year-old Ryan air boss added that the only way to 'deal with the threat' was to vet 'single male' Muslims travelling on their own

The 58-year-old Ryan air boss added that the only way to 'deal with the threat' was to vet 'single male' Muslims travelling on their own

The 58-year-old Ryan air boss added that the only way to ‘deal with the threat’ was to vet ‘single male’ Muslims travelling on their own 

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said Mr O’Leary was ‘encouraging racism’ and asked why he wouldn’t suggest white people be given the same treatment ‘to see if they’re being fascists’.

‘If he can tell me what colour Muslims are then I’d be very happy to learn from him – you can’t judge a book by its cover,’ he told the Times.

He added: ‘In Germany this week a white person killed eight people. Should we profile white people to see if they’re being fascists?

‘He’s being very blinkered and is actually encouraging racism.’

The airline chief is no stranger to controversial remarks – particularly his murderous intentions towards environmentalists and travel agents.

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said Mr O'Leary was 'encouraging racism' and asked if it means we should 'profile white people to see if they're being fascists'

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said Mr O'Leary was 'encouraging racism' and asked if it means we should 'profile white people to see if they're being fascists'

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said Mr O’Leary was ‘encouraging racism’ and asked if it means we should ‘profile white people to see if they’re being fascists’ 

He once said: ‘The best thing you can do with environmentalists is shoot them.’

Mr O’Leary also believes travel agents deserve the same treatment, saying once: ‘Screw the travel agents.

‘Take the f***ers out and shoot them. What have they done for passengers over the years?’

He famously proposed coin-operated toilets on flights and dressed up as the pope to launch Ryanair’s new route from Dublin to Rome.

He once addressed Ryanair customers asking for their money back with: ‘You’re not getting a refund so f**k off. We don’t want to hear your sob stories. What part of ‘no refund’ don’t you understand?’  

The airline chief is no stranger to controversial remarks – particularly his murderous intentions towards environmentalists

The airline chief is no stranger to controversial remarks – particularly his murderous intentions towards environmentalists

The airline chief is no stranger to controversial remarks – particularly his murderous intentions towards environmentalists 

The Ryanair boss once made a joke about the budget airline he runs, claiming his flights are fuelled with ‘Leprechaun wee’ and his ‘bulls**t’.

And when describing himself, he has often used choice phrases, including: ‘People either see me as Jesus, Superman or an odious little s**t. I think I’m Jesus. A prophet in his own time.’ 

Mr O’Leary’s remarks come the day after a white female Muslim convert admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack on St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was born Michelle Ramsden but converted to Islam in 2007 and is believed to have become radicalised in 2015 after following extremists online.

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Bullied Queensland boy with dwarfism Quaden Bayles targeted by online trolls

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Internet trolls have been slammed after making false claims about a Queensland boy who was bullied for having dwarfism.

A video of nine-year-old Quaden Bayles, filmed by his mother, went viral earlier this week after he had a tough day at school dealing with bullies.

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In the video, Quaden is seen sobbing and asking to end his life.

“This is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does,” Quaden’s mother Yarraka said in the confronting video.

“Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?

“I seriously don’t know what else to do.”

And despite an outpouring of support from all over the world, internet trolls have targeted the young boy, setting up fake Instagram accounts using his photographs.

A warning of the fake accounts was posted both on Quaden’s Instagram page and the Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism Facebook page, of which the nine-year-old is a champion.

“ANOTHER FAKE ACCOUNT PLEASE REPORT AND GET SHUT DOWN NOW!”

But it’s not just the fake accounts.

Queensland boy Quaden Bayles and his mum Yarraka.

Trolls have made claims that Quaden is not a young boy, but an 18-year-old actor. These are false.

But it’s not the first time Quaden has been targeted by internet trolls.

At the age of four, and after a video of him pulling funny faces in a mirror was posted online, trolls began attacking him for the way he looked.

Internet bullies have also gone after Quaden’s mum.

But the pair are not letting anyone stand in their way and are calling out bullying, with the support of many.

“A woman who is posting how painful it is for her child to be bullied is getting bullied… people really suck and this just proves how sick and toxic humans have become,” one person wrote in a comment on Yarraka’s Facebook page.

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“I am so sorry that people are vile. Please know that we are not all like that. Thank you for not hiding in the shadows and for doing what is not easy.”

“It really irritates me that all you trolls out there are making this little boys life even harder by spreading rumors,” another person said.

“He’s 9yrs old period. You can’t believe everything you hear. Look it up!”

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