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Hello. I'm Cameron Williams. Welcome to A Current Affair. We begin with the shark patrol spotting the man-eaters before they spot you. With shark numbers on the rise, we took to the skies

Those watching from the sky claim come.It's pretty easy to see them. We're taking to the sky with the Australian Aerial Patrol. They monitor the coastline for shark activity, warning lifeguards and alerting phimers if they spot anything unusual. Operations manager Barry Sandry.We can see down into the water at 500 feet, and flying at a reasonable speed, we'll see pretty much anything that's moving in the water at all. With aerial patrols like this one, their biggest indicator as to where the sharks may be are with the big schools of baitfish that lie close to the shoreline. They're looking for any interruptions in that school of fish that suggest a predator may be lurking beneath. It's not long before we spot a bait ball off Port Kembla.If there's any patches appearing inside the black ball, it would possibly indicate something is in there disturbing them. We then advise the appropriate beach safety authorities. (SIRENS WAIL) 99% of all the shark attacks that have taken place have taken place in and amongst baitfish schools. Michael Brown is from Surfwatch Australia.We have a lot of baitfish that are both coming down from Queensland, and also up from Victoria as well. As we get more and more baitfish that are congregating around our beaches, obviously we'll start seeing more sharks.He's long been calling for a national bait-monitoring program, which would give lifeguards a heads-up when large schools of fish are approaching swimmers.If those lifesavers are aware that, come 2:00 in the afternoon, the risk is going to jump dramatically, even if they could respond to that attack 30 seconds faster, that in itself could be the difference between life and death.Since records began, there have been 685 unprovoked shark attacks in Australia - most occurring in Queensland, with 245 incidents. 82 of those have been fatal. Closely followed by NSW, with 237 shark attacks and 67 fatalities. Western Australia has had 87 attacks. There have been 48 in South Australia. 43 in Victoria. 15 in Tasmania. And 10 in the Northern Territory. On New Year's Day, the shark alarm sounded at Bondi beach - normally packed with swimmers, the water was eerily empty for around 30 minutes.I've never seen so many people in my life running out out wafter.I was really scared. Imagine - it's the first time I came here. I don't want to die!I was thinking, "Oh, no, someone's going to have their leg bitten off."Fortunately for swimmers the, shark was scared off by helicopter. Others have not been so lucky.It is a huge fear, to be eaten - especially eaten alive. I can vouch for that. It's not something that tick.Former navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder lost his arm and leg to a bull shark in Sydney Harbour nearly four years ago.There were three times during that day that I did think I was dead. Once when the shark was shaking me under water. The second time on my way swimming back to the safety boat. The third when I started having respiratory problems in the ambulance. A lot of times in hospital, I did wish I had died. Against the odds, he survived, and hasn't let the attack stop him from returning to the water.I went back into the water for the first time, I think, three months after the shark attack. I went for a surf down at Bondi, and for some reason I just - doesn't worry me anymore. The sharks are there. Lightning is really going to strike twice?Given the receipt sightings and close calls, like lifeguard Danny Sheather, who was knocked off his board at Dee Why by a 2.5m shark this week, researchers are keen to reassure Aussie beach-goers the chance of becoming a victim are small. On average, you have only a 1 in 300,000 chance of being killed by a shark.The chances of encountering a shark are miniscule. The chances of being bitten by a shark are even smaller. And the chances of that bite being severe are almost unimaginably small.Vic Peddemors heads up the shark research group at NSW Fisheries. There's no evidence to suggest that sharks are actually interested in humans. We believe it's a mistaken identity. We believe that there's no cause that sharks see humans as potential prey.Go and do the things that you love and enjoy them, and if you get in the water, then you're signing your waiver and you accept the risk. Yeah, the odds are still pretty good, aren't they? They're even better with our friends in the sky. Now the latest on the bushfire threats and heatwave conditions gripping the nation. Joining me live is Nine News reporter Laura Turner in Kilmore, north of Melbourne, very close to the scene of the Black Saturday disaster. Laura, welcome. Let's hit the

trouble spots. We'll start with Victoria.Grassfires have been popping up right across Victoria throughout the day. One of the first was actually in Mill Park, a relatively suburban area. That's where we saw residents fighting the fires with their garden hoses at their back fence. That was a grassfire that actually started in someone's backyard. The CFA was able to contain that blaze, along with the MFB, and stop any property losses there very quickly. Also burning right at the moment out of control is a fire in Portland in south-west Victoria. The CFA says that, right at this moment, a number of camp grounds are under threat.We can see how strong the wind was, too. What's the situation in Tasmania?Tasmania's actually been the hardest hit of all states in Australia today. A huge bushfire has already destroyed two homes there. Residents there are being put on high alert tonight to activate their bushfire plans. Another fire as well in South Australia, just near the border with Victoria - a little town called Finnis is on high alert at the moment. More camp grounds under threat there as well.It seems so far, so good in NSW and Queensland. But like everywhere around the country, they're sweltering?That's right. It's been hot everywhere today. Let's have a look at some of the temperatures that we got

today. Let's have a look at some of
the temperatures that we got to. Brisbane was actually pretty bearable.

Hobart had their hottest-ever day - 41.8.

They deserve a break in Perth. Thank you very much for that, Laura Turner in Kilmore. Nine News will keep you updated on weather conditions and any bushfire threats right across the

weather conditions and any bushfire
threats right across the weekend. Retirement - it used to be a simple decision. These days, planning where to live when you pull up stumps has never been more complicated. We've searched the length and breadth of Australia to make the job easier, and find you some very affordable hidden gems.

Couldn't imagine living anywhere else at all.Living here is easy. When we found this, that was it.If it's a sea change you're after, or an acre of land up bush, it pays to listen to retirees who've been there, done that in every single Australian state - like Johnny and Irene Bulmer.We haven't joined anything yet. We don't seem to have the time!They've always got the view from their porch to compensate... Crawf the dog doesn't mind chasing a stick around the crystal-clear waters. Yep, it's tough alright: -- -- alright.The life, the serenity - it's like the Riviera.Like hundreds of other retirees, the Bullocks headed four hours of east Melbourne to the Gippsland region, and one of the most popular and affordable towns is Paynesville.Today's retirees are very different. They have far higher expectations as to how their retirement life will look.Mark McCrindle is a social researcher who says retirees who know exactly what they want are ahead of the pack.Value for money is the number one thing. They want to end up in a picturesque place with some good lifestyle. A nicer house that they perhaps had, and a little money left over for a rainy day as well. Neither of us are beach people.But John and Christine Henderson knew exactly what they were after when they went in search of a place to retire.A lot of the coastal places, you've got holiday houses and, people are coming and going. It's very busy. Whereas this is a stable community, and you get to be part of it.After looking at 150 homes within three hours of Sydney, they finally settled inland, at Singleton in the Hunter Valley. Christine loves gardening, so we'd probably spep spend two or three days a week in the garden. Two or three days a week on the house.But when they do get out and about, there's always the golf - or, if the mood takes them, the wineries. All at a fraction of the cost of living in Sydney, but close to relatives too.Got a wonderful library in Singleton. We have a tenpin bowling alley in Singleton. Good library.I just said that, darling.Sorry.We might leave the Hendersons there, and head to Queensland, where the Sunshine Coast is where it's at, in townships like Mooloolaba, where we find Nola and Geoff Hewlett, who moved here six years ago from Adelaide.The difficult part was making the decision. Once we made the decision, we've been very happy. They've never looked back, lapping up the waterside lifestyle. Not only that, but Geoff is a reg yoorl at the local bowls club - outside and in.We get a very reasonable meal. Two for $20 at night. And the wine is a reasonable place us a. They want a place with a bit of buzz - cafes and restaurants and places to go and do. And they look for infrastructure.Back in Victoria, Faye and Ivan Thompson have joined the fled heading east. Here was so peaceful, so quiet. No more rush, no more hurry for the city.Faye's vice-president of the bowls club in a town renowned for its canals and laid-back lifestyle, but where the waterfront property is a fraction of big-city prices. The cheapest in Australia that you can get, that you can have absolute waterfront housing.Kadri Kutt from the local tourism group says Paynesville's million-dollar views speak for themselves, and the secret's getting out, with construction going through the roof and plenty of activities for our more senior cits.There's lots of social groups. There's adult education classes. Craft. Art galleries. Movie theatres. Shopping. It's basically you've got everything within this area.So where else in Australia should retirees consider? In Tasmania, the beautiful Huon and Tamar valleys have become popular for their laid- back lifestyles and sheer beauty, but it's the east coast township of St Helens that's the real hot spot right flow.It's a very small place - 2,000 people - but it's very picturesque. It's a boning and fishing Mecca, and it's a few hours from Launceston and, indeed, Hobart. In South Australia, the so-called Copper Triangle, including towns like Wallaroo, tick most of the boxes for retirees, as does Victor Harbor with its proximity to Adelaide. But it's Robe in the far south-east of the state which is number one with the over-55s.It's on the bay. It's got the boating opportunities. Nice lifestyle there. But also a good price.In Western Australia, Margaret River might have become more pricey these days, but the region itself is still a favourite. While Mandurah is home to one of the fastest-growing retirement communities in Australia. But it's Albany and Denmark, another three hours drive away, which are the real coastal favourites.They're nice places on the coast with a lot to do, but good value in terms of what you can get for your money.No matter where you choose, most who have made the move all have one thing in common - they wish they'd done it years ago. We find this place pretty good.Do it real quick. Because it's growing so fast down here.We don't have noisy neighbours. No wild parties or anything like they do in the city.It's the serenity! For more information about that story, go to our website. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year resolutions, but it's very easy to get hooked by fad diets that won't you do any good at all. Tonight, the diets you should ditch.

All of these diets try and shock. They're celebrity-endorsed...You can change the way you look... Cleverly marketed... And say they've found the secret to losing those unwanted Christmas kilos. Lemon detox is the celebrity super- detox that works in just seven days!There's no shortage of products claiming to help us in our weight-loss quest.I lost a dress size in a week.I lost 30 pounds, and I feel fantastic.There are 18,000 diets in the world. If any diet was that good, it would have world domination.From milkshakes and potions, to pills and how-to guides.They are just a method of torture.By 2020, it's thought up to 80% of Australians could be overweight. That's despite us spending $825 million on weight- loss products and programs last year alone. So tonight, we're going to reveal the diets you should steer clear of.They all are trying to get attention by making outlandish claims, and I guess that's part of the problem.Here a are the top three, as voted by 230 of the country's top dieticians, including Melanie McGrice from the Dietitians Association of Australia. All of these three diets are what we call fad diets. A fad diet is a diet that is a quick-fix diet that means it's not going to have sustainable results.At number three on the worst fad diet list - the Six Weeks to OMG diet.It says eating broccoli is just as bad for you as drinking Coca-Cola.Designed by personal trainer Venice Fulton, it also suggests having cold baths to burn calories, drinking black coffee, skipping breakfast, and avoiding fruit.Obviously the OMG diet is definitely targeted towards young women.The next on the list is aimed at an older age group. At number two, it's the acid alkaline diet.Basically cuts out all of your breads and cereals, decreases your intake of dairy products and meat and protaken products. So it actually restricts you from eating a large number of foods.Claiming you'll lose weight and slow the signs of ageing by reducing the acid in your body and restoring your PH balance. But it doesn't really leave much left to eat.Look, there's no science at all to back up these claims.Someone who's used to cutting back on certain foods is Sally Symonds. It's hard to believe, but she used to weigh 106kg.I tried the pills. I trade the shakes. I tried low carbs. I tried tablets. Failed with all of them.Now down to 53kg, she's reinvented herself as a healthy life mentor, ditching the fads for a more healthy approach.Do not diet. Eat less sugar. Eat less fat. Eat breakfast. Drink more water. Eat more vegies. That's the complete opposite to the number one worst fad diet - the very popular lemon detox diet, where you don't eat anything at all. Introducing the lemon detox diet! You probably won't even notice the 3-6kg in weight you've lost.You really are stripping your body not only of fluid and carbohydrates, but also of muscle and nutrients. It's actually doing a lot more harm than good.Don't tell that to convert Aniko Kiss whoorbgts lost 9kg in 15 --, who lost 9kg in 15 days, and says it works.My glowing skin proves. It the weight loss proves it.The diet may promise you'll lose up to 1kg a day, but this is all you're allowed - water, syrup, lemon and a pinch of Kiyan pepper, mixed together as a drink. Of course you're going to have a fast weight loss if you're not having anything other than liquids for 14 days.So what is the best way to keep off the kilos?For starters, they might like to decrease their alcohol intake for the new year. Focus on getting more exercise. Having heaps of fruit and vegies. And watching their portion size.The fastest way to lose weight is to do it once, so you never have to do it again.

Still to come on A Current Affair - I catch up with the very elegant Angela Lansbury, a screen legend. You've been wonderfully helpful to me, talking with you. I've really enjoyed it. Usually

Get ready for The Block All Stars. It's all happening again.And in a Block first, we're back to where it all began. Welcome to Blocktastic Bondi.

We're doing The Block again 'cause we are crazy.We were kind of the worst renovators on the easiest series. We came last the first time we did it and we want to do better that that this time. We're taking the kids with us because we don't want to be apart from them. Nobody thinks that we're gonna win but we've got a few ideas up our sleeves and we want to prove that we can do it. We've learnt a lot in the past ten years and we want to win.We're coming back for more punishment. I can't believe it. I think we could pull out a few surprises. We know what colours are in this time. I think the others better be scared. Look out.We're coming to get you.We're here to win.We must be crazy but we definitely feel like we have something to prove this time. We won the most rooms on our season but we definitely didn't win The Block. We fought a lot and we survived it, we got married.And we're going to have a red-hot crack at trying to win.As hard as it is, you love it.Sometimes last season we didn't see eye to eye.I wouldn't mind winning the title just to walk away to say you're the All Stars winner. That's pretty big. All Stars? I don't know why we're All Stars.None of them have taken out the top prize and incredibly they're lining up for one more shot at the title.I feel a bit sick about the whole thing.This time they're in charge of the entire build.We've pretty much gone from renovators to builders.This is not a standard reno.I'm nervous or when I need to poo?And here's the best bit - from front to back 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms 2 living areas and gardens front and rear. Oh my god.Kitchen, laundry and we're giving them just 6 weeks to get it all ready for auction.This is what we expected, hey!There's twists and turns everywhere.I can't do this.With more shock-a- block moments than ever before. Block All Stars is too smart for me. Keep it together, keep it together, keep it together.Who will win The Block All Stars?

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This program is not captioned. The battle to save one of Australia's last great wild frontiers. And cricket goes pink for a day - tomorrow on 'Weekend Today'. Welcome back. Great to have your company.

Welcome back. Great to have your
company. Stage and screen legend Angela Lansbury is admired around the world for her brilliant performances, especially for the role of Jessica Fletcher in 'Murder, She Wrote'. Now 87, Angela is in Australia rehearsing 'Driving Miss Daisy', bringing new energy and charm to a much-loved story. I found out she's virtually one of us, with a strong connection to a very well-known Aussie. She's got an eye for our cricketers, too. Angela, welcome to Australia again - it's not your first visit.It certainly isn't. But many years in between, I have to say that.1959, you were telling me.Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. The cricket generation of the time was a bit boisterous.They sure were. I wish I could remember their names. They were a handsome crowd. They really got up to shenanigans. I remember we were all aghast, because they'd be playing a test match the next morning, and you thought, "How are they going to do it?" But they did.There must be something very exciting about 'Driving Miss Daisy', to drag you here so early in the year.You know, it's a play that has been haunting me for years, and then of course it became subsequently a hugely successful movie, and time went by and the writer has been after me for years to do it - this is years after the movie. But when he got the idea that I might be available to do it with him, he said, "I'd love to do it with you, Angie. Will you come to Australia?" So I said, "Yes, I will. I'm coming."Your experience is so vast in all sorts of performances. You often play quite a flinty character.Mm-hmm. We don't ever see that in Angela Lansbury, do we?No. I hope not. I don't think so.You are to shut shoot the presidential nominee through the head.Where does it come from?I think it's because I've always been afraid of people who were that way, and I've had to justify why I was so good at playing those flinty characters. I can't honestly put my finger on it. It's through observation and fright, and a fear of people behaving that way towards me.

There's been the elegant Jessica Fletcher, the first lady of mystery writing.Careful, Howard. Agatha Christie's ghost may strike you dead!'Murder, She Wrote' - it's just there, isn't it, part of all of our DNA now.It really is. I'm very grateful to have had that chance to play this wonderfully warm, liberal woman who really was every woman to a lot of people. Five Tony Awards, I think. Six Golden Globes. A number of Oscar nominations. No-one ever talks about Mrs Aris goes to Paris. I love that.I'm so glad! I'm so glad to hear you say that. I love that movie.Come on! Let's have a go!I don't like my movies, and I never watch them. I don't think I've even watched it since I made it, but I loved making it so much.When you are at work, do you have a fear of what wecule a "senior moment" during a crucial line or two?Oh, gosh yes.What do you do then? Absolutely. Oh, no way. No, no question about it.How do you cope? We all do, you know? Once I get it, it's in there.Children, will you push the bed back into place, please?I think we could all do with a nice cup of tea. # True as it can be...You have a very unusual name, Mr Pauper. And I never forget one.Thank you very much for coming to Australia to play this. It's going to be so well-received.I hope it will be enjoyed. I think it will. You're very sweet, Cam. You've been wonderfully helpful to me, talking with you. I've really enjoyed it. Usually I don't!Thank you very much. I'm glad that you say that. I've got one more question for you, because a lot of Aussies wouldn't be aware that you've got a connection to political royalty in Australia.Yes. I'm very proud to say that I am distantly related to a man who has certainly occupied a very important part of Australian politics over the years, and that is Malcolm Turnbull. In 1959, when Malcolm was still a little lad - probably four or five years old - in fact, we used to have picnics that beach on Bondi together with my kids.Is that right?That's what we did, yeah.I hope you get back to Bondi again this time.I hope to. I really do.Thanks, Angela.My pleasure. Thank you so much for having me. She's lovely, isn't she? I was completely smitten, as you could tell. 'Driving Miss Daisy' opens in Brisbane next month, before thurg country. All those dates are on our website. -- before touring the country. All those dates are on website. After the break on ACA - the armed bandits caught on camera terrorising staff.They're cowards. An element of cowardice. This program is not captioned.

Next week - dramatic video of terrifying bottle-shop robberies. VOICEOVER: Robbed at kneepoint. On A Current Affair - suburban bottle shops targeted by armed gangs. Butcher knives, kitchen knives, meat cleavers.The chilling new security vision - staff and customers terrorised. Now, the police hunt to track them down. Don't miss that exclusive report on Monday, only on ACA. That's our program tonight, and for the week. Have a great weekend. I'm Cameron Williams. Goodnight. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media - www.redbeemedia.com.au. This program is not captioned.