The Late Bloomer
Imagine the shock, 50-years-old and staring down at two blue lines on a pregnancy test. When Anthea Byrnes first started feeling a tad off colour she put it down to menopause. After all, at her age, conceiving a child the old fashioned way is a two-million-to-one shot. It’s also high risk. Anthea’s was a horror pregnancy with so many problems and complications that her doctor doubted she’d go the distance. It was a nail-biting countdown to the big day and Michael Usher was there with Anthea and husband Peter for all the ups and downs.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Doing it Tough
There is none tougher or more resilient than the men and women who work the land in Australia’s Top End. No matter what Mother Nature throws at them, these cattle folk take it on the chin. So when they talk to you with tears in their eyes, you know something is terribly wrong. The recent ban on live exports to Indonesia has ripped their lives apart. Many are facing ruin. And with hundreds of thousands of their cattle stranded, countless jobs are being lost across the industry. Now, the government would have us believe the crisis ended when it allowed trade to resume. Unfortunately it’s not that easy. The damage has been done and there’s little hope of recovery.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Never a Dull Moment
He describes himself as a simple man who got lucky, but luck alone doesn’t sell two hundred million albums or keep you at the top of the music game for four decades. No, Rod Stewart has lashings of talent and an appetite for hard work, as well. At 66, he’s still belting out his greatest hits all over the world. He’s bringing his show to Australia. And if all that’s not impressive enough, he’s just become a Dad for the eighth time with wife Penny. Recently, Charles Wooley was lucky enough to catch up with him at his home in London.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
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