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Couch surfing on the rise among the homeless

Few young couch surfers realise they’re only one step away from the streets. In the past year, Matthew Kelberg has stayed with more than 20 different friends. Unable to find work, Matthew, 20, has had to sleep on “random couches” to avoid the streets. Even then, there were times he couldn’t find anywhere to stay. “I’ve had to…

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Model: “I am an amputee. And I am beautiful.”

Before Courtney Jones’ accident, she’d made a living from being beautiful. Catalogues showed off the green-eyed Melbourne model’s slim figure in lacy lingerie and ripped jeans. She dreamed of becoming an actress, and even trained for a year-and-a-half in Los Angeles. “I was totally convinced beauty was about perfect. Perfect symmetry and gloss,” Courtney tells Mamamia. But while on…

Japanese artist Yasushi Takahashi marriage proposal

Hero, Shocker and Whinger of the Week

Welcome to Mamamia Rogue’s Shocker, Hero and Whinger of the Week. It’s the first week of summer and the heat seems to be making people go a little cray-cray. The pollies, in particular, are saying and doing sillier things than usual. But first, let’s talk about what crazy things people do in the name of…

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Marriage equality OK

BALLARAT councillors have united to show support for same-sex marriage after a woman told an emotional tale of receiving a homophobic flyer. Photographer and filmmaker Michelle Dunn told Wednesday night’s council meeting she had endured countless offensive comments and had been verbally abused since she and her wife came to Ballarat three years ago. Ms…