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Dashcam Captures Narrow Miss As Wind Storm Topples Trees on Australian Highway: VIDEO


Check out this footage of a driver's incredibly narrow miss as wind storms battered a small country highway in Victoria, Australia late last month.  Be sure to also take note of the cars on the other side of the road and how close they come to disaster too.

And if you listen carefully, you can even hear what might possibly be the car's passenger casually telling the driver to "stop" just before the trees topple. I can think of a few other four letter words that I might have shouted out in that situation though.


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LYNX Hair Ad Encourages Guys to Kiss the Boy of Their Dreams: VIDEO


In a new Australian ad for LYNX Hair, our hero is told that because his hair won't always look as good as it does now - before a life, a wife and possibly kids - he should go out and kiss the hottest girl (or boy).

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Sam Smith and His New Boyfriend are Lovers on Holiday in Boatload of Instagram Pics: PHOTOS

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British singer Sam Smith, who was coy about his new relationship in an interview last month in which he confirmed that he was dating an extra from his "Like I Can" music video, spent the holidays with his special guy, a dancer named Jonathan Zeizel.

Smith shared a boatload of photos of Zeizel and friends on a trip to Sydney, Australia and a lush resort area. The two appear smitten with one another after sharing their first selfie (above) last month, and not concerned about going public with it.

The cheeky Instagram shots include one in which Smith and Zeizel recreate the iconic scene from Titanic, captioned, "I'm flying Jack, I'm flying..."

Check out more shots that suggest Smith is currently feeling like he's 'King of the World', AFTER THE JUMP....


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Gay Coming-of-Age Aussie Drama 'Subject To Change' to Premiere Next Year: VIDEO


A new Aussie drama pilot from Daniel Mercieca and Rory Delaney called Subject to Change featuring two gay leads is set to debut in festival screenings in 2015 with a chance for a TV pick-up by the end of the year. The show is a coming-of-age narrative set in the working class suburb of Hedley, Australia and focuses on three close friends (neat freak Ben, tomboy Karly and drama queen Evie) who must face complex and difficult emotions while growing up in suburbia.

Mercieca, producer and film director of the pilot, created the show to introduce new, positive role models who grew up in surbubia instead of major cities in Australia where pride flags and "wear purple" days are frequent. Mercieca personally funded 75 percent of the production costs of the film and is seeking further donations for the project.

Watch the teaser for Subject to Change, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Grieving Partner of Sydney Siege Victim Tori Johnson Speaks Out for the First Time: VIDEO


As we reported previously, Tori Johnson, the cafe manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia who was killed during the hostage siege earlier this week, was openly gay and in a fourteen year relationship with his partner Thomas Zinn. 

JohnsonSpeaking out publicly for the first time on Australia's Today show this morning, Zinn spoke about the love he shared with his "humble, fair, and generous" partner as well as how the flower memorial at Martin Place has comforted him during this time of mourning. 

Zinn also released a statement on behalf of Johnson's family that read in part:

This tragedy will remain with us forever. But the uniting effects of this week, how they have galvanized our city, our country makes us even more proud of Tori and Katrina and proud of all Australians.

Mother of three Katrina Dawson was the other hostage killed during the siege.



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Gay Man Killed In Sydney Siege Died Protecting Hostages: VIDEO


Tori Johnson, the cafe manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, was killed yesterday as he fought off an armed terrorist who took the cafe and its patrons hostage. Johnson was trying to disarm the terrorist to provide cover for the other hostages as they fled during a moment in which the terrorist fell asleep. Johnson is being praised as a hero whose actions "certainly saved many lives,” as Don Baxter of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations put it. From an op-ed in The Huffington Post by James Peron:

Tori Johnson was 34. He managed the Lindt Chocolate Café for two years. Employees and customers all said he was a good man, a kind man. He was also a gay man.

Johnson tried to take the gun to protect the other hostages as they fled, but he was shot in the attempt. His attack distracted the terrorist. The others escaped and the sound of the gunshot brought in the police, who killed the armed man. Another hostage also died on the scene, but of a heart attack on the way to hospital after being shot.

Syd2Tori is survived by his partner of fourteen years, Thomas Zinn:

Tori's partner Thomas, and his family, issued a statement: "We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori, gone from this earth but forever in our memories as the most amazing life partner, son and brother we could ever wish for."

As NewNowNext notes, the terrorist responsible for the attack, "Monis, [was] a radical Muslim cleric from Iran...He was killed when police raided the cafe. Five hostages were injured, as well, as was a police officer, who suffered minor injuries from gunshot pellets to his face."

James Peron's op-ed in The Huffington Post draws attention to the political climate that surrounds Johnson's death. A gay man who died a hero, Johnson nevertheless died a second class citizen as Australia does not allow same-sex couples to marry. He and his partner were never afforded full equal rights under the law. Though Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised Johnson as "good people" and commended him for his heroism, Peron points out,

"Yes, Tori was good people, but to Abbott he still wasn't good enough, at least not when it came to marriage...If Abbot wishes to honor the heroism of Tori Johnson he should push for marriage equality. At the very least, he should get [out] of the way and allow his own party caucus freedom to vote their conscience."

Watch a news report on Johnson's death and the siege that ensued at the cafe in Sydney, AFTER THE JUMP...

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