Photo of paramedics taking patient to the beach for final time is heartbreakingly beautiful

In the end, it’s the little things that matter.

Ambulance officers from Hervey Bay, Australia took a terminally ill patient to see the beach for one final time, in a heartbreaking photo shared on the Queensland Ambulance Service Facebook page on Wednesday.

“A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again,” the post reads. 

“Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity — tears were shed and the patient felt very happy. Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills — sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!”

One of the ambulance members who took the patient to the beach, Graeme Cooper, told ABC News it was the patient’s last trip back to her house, where she would pass away.

“She was saying how she moved to Hervey Bay with her husband on the spur of the moment and they’ve been here ever since,” he told the news outlet.

“She said she loved the esplanade and the beach and we said, ‘Well, do you want us to take you down by the esplanade and pop you out of the truck and give you a look at the ocean?'”

How beautiful.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/23/paramedics-beach-final-time/

We all want to date flight attendants, according to Tinder

All jobs on Tinder are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Now that they’ve shared U.S. citizens’ proclivity for right-swiping on pilots (for men) and on physical therapists (for women), Tinder has released data on the sexiest jobs around the world.

And the results prove that no matter where you’re from, your thirst for certain professions is more or less universally shared.

In most countries surveyed, love is literally in the air. Especially if you’re a dude.

In Australia, men were more likely to right-swipe on a flight attendant than any other profession, while women were coo coo for swimming coaches first, with students and cabin crew members (not sure how they differ from flight attendants, but carry on) coming in a close second and third.

Flight attendants are the second-most popular among females in Spain too, after store managers. And in Germany, male cabin crew members were top-ranked and male flight attendants (again, how is that different?) were placed fifth.

But wait, there’s more! Colombia’s male flight attendants are rated fifth most popular and France’s male cabin crew are at the very top of the swipe food chain. The UK, Chile, Japan, Korea and Mexico all feature top-ranking male flight attendants and/or cabin crew as well. Who knew?!

Meanwhile, Argentina has somehow managed to avoid the flight obsession. Instead, Tinder users there opt for “liking” people in marketing and product development. Good for you, Argentina!

The rest of the world will be over here, fawning over those dreamboats in the sky.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/08/tinder-most-right-swiped-jobs-world/

Strangers’ serendipitous tattoo discovery turns into a missed connection

Sometimes the planets really do align.

Like in the case of this New Zealander, who just so happened to run into a girl with nearly the same tattoos as him at a caf while waiting for his coffee.

“She said to me ‘Hey, I like your tattoo’ so naturally, I looked up and started to reply ‘oh hey! Than-NO WAY’ on her outstretched arm was a tattoo very similar to my own,” wrote imgur user Graphight.

“We both sat there grinning like idiots so I asked to take a picture to show friends and family. Even the barista was like ‘No way! That’s intense.'” Yep. They are pretty similar.

In the stupor of finding someone with the exact same planet tattoos (which is seemingly kind of common, really), Graphight forgot to ask for a name.

That’s why Graphight is on the lookout. “If anyone knows this person I would love a contact (they are currently in Christchurch New Zealand),” the imgur user wrote. We’ve reached out to Graphight for further comment.

So far, a return visit to the caf proved fruitless, according to a recent update.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/planet-tattoo-love-search/

Trademark case rules there can only be one Kylie and it ain’t Jenner

Messing with the wrong Kylie.
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There can only be one Kylie. And no, she ain’t a Jenner.

Unofficial Queen of Australia, Kylie Minogue has been topping music charts all over the world for 30 years now, so it’s no surprise the pop legend had a bone to pick with a certain 19-year-old impostor Kylie. And even less of a surprise that she came out on top.

Back in February, Kylie Jenner applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to buy a trademark on her first name, because of course she did. But not on Ms. Minogue’s watch. Hooh, no.

The 48-year-old attempted to block the application from a “secondary reality television personality,” citing her “internationally-renowned” fame as a recording artist and “humanitarian and breast cancer activist known worldwide simply as ‘Kylie.'” Burn!

And that burn will sting even more, now that Minogue has won her legal battle, according to The Mail On Sunday. The publication claims that the Patent Office officially rejected Jenner’s trademark application last week.

Being the determined, young fashion and beauty entrepreneur that she is, Jenner has already lodged an appeal to the office.

Sorry, Jenner. You might be the first of your sisters to launch a successful lip gloss line or whatever, but you’re playing with pure fire. Kylie Minogue has owned the domain www.kylie.com since 1996. That’s a year before Jenner was even born.

Nobody messes with our Kylie. Or her numerous pop alter-egos.

Nothing like a veteran Aussie pop star to take you down a peg.

Fun fact! Kylie is an Indigenous Australian word, meaning “boomerang” in the Nyungar language of the Noongar people of Western Australia.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/05/kylie-minogue-blocks-trademark-by-kylie-jenner/

Winkd is the new dating app that puts LGBTQ people first

People carrying umbrellas and balloons march along a street during the 38th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia.
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While dating apps have exploded in popularity, they’re most often built with straight, cisgender men and women in mind.

Winkd is a soon-to-be launched dating app built for the LGBTQ community. Founded by Diana Kalkoul and Neda Robat-Meily, two 20-something Sydneysiders who both have backgrounds in technology, the app aims to be LGBTQ-friendly from the start.

“We’re two queer individuals … that are kind of frustrated with the lack of inclusivity dating apps present people with,” Kalkoul told Mashable.

The pair looked at dating apps like OKCupid traditional and a bit slow and Tinder the first to double-down on mobile but found none were quite right.

“Tinder always catered to the hetero-market first,” she said, “so you could either be male, you could either be female … It was adopted by queer people and kind of augmented, but that was never the purpose.”

Image: winkd

Image: WINKD

Winkd aims to capture some of Tinder’s immediacy, but break down the barriers even further to taking that awkward first step when meeting someone new.

On Winkd, you check into a location, be it a park or a LGBTQ club night, and you can see who else has checked in. Users indicate interest by “winking” at someone on the app, and if there’s a match, the chat window stays live for 20 minutes. Move too slow, and it will vanish.

This element is aimed directly at eliminating “ghosting,” Kalkoul said. “We’re creating a time pressure to push people to go out there and talk to people and get offline.”

While the location feature sounds somewhat similar to the app Happn, a comparison Kalkoul said she’d heard before, she argued that Winkd’s check-in feature will also be an advantage.

“Just because you cross paths with someone, it doesn’t actually mean you could have something in common with them. Whereas if you are going to the same venues and you have the same interests, you’d probably have a lot more in common,” she explained.

Unlike Tinder, the app won’t list the user’s name or age on their profile card it will only be revealed once you match. This was decided for privacy reasons, Kalkoul explained, and to eliminate elements of ageism.

In 2016, Tinder got a lot of press for introducing identifiers other than male or female in the U.S., Canada and UK. Kalkoul said the Winkd team had discussions with the LGBTQ community around whether to have specific trans and non-binary identifiers on the platform, but decided to choose what they saw as the most gender-inclusive approach.

“We decided to go with ‘human,'” she said. “Everyone’s default option once they download the app is actually ‘I am a human seeking a human’ unless they change the settings to male or female.”

Image: WINKD

In her view, having too many options on Tinder to overcompensate for not having had options in the first place may be “a bit of a disaster.”

“They haven’t come up with a good way for people, I think, who fit under a certain umbrella which is queer and LGBT and have one place for an entire community that understands each other to look for each other,” she said. Besides, the feature hasn’t yet launched in Australia, which means Winkd can capitalise on the oversight.

Of course, the gay community also has Grindr, but Kalkoul speculated that people are looking for multiple ways to find each other. “People are so discontent with the ways they’re connecting,” she said, “it’s a way of breaking that down.”

The pair plan to launch the app during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February before rolling out to other Australian cities. Initially, the app will be limited to invited or referred LGBTQ-identifying individuals, or those who are questioning or exploring.

“It’s not up to us to police that people’s identities are very personal but we trust that as we promote it through LGBT platforms, we’ll get the right people and that will keep it safe and autonomous,” she said.

“We are two queer people … creating an app that is going to be inclusive from the get-go.”

BONUS: Her Story creators explain what their Emmy nomination means for LGBTQ community

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/15/winkd-lgbtq-dating-app/

Striking portraits of the LGBTQ community aim to raise breast cancer awareness

40 women answered the call-out to take part in the series.
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A new photographic series called “Beautiful LGBTI Women” isn’t just striking to look at: It also raises awareness for an important cause.

The black and white portrait series of female-identifying members of the LGBTQ community was created by Australian photographer, Lisa White, in association with BreastScreen Victoria to encourage more women in the community to get breast cancer checks.

White, who works under the name “The Social Photographer,” reached out to the LGBTQ community directly for help finding her subjects.

“We called for 20 women to participate and had 40 women respond,” she explained to Mashable over email, adding that the women were aged 26 to 76, however most participants were over 50 years old.

Image: Lisa White

Image: Lisa White

“We decided to photograph them all,” White said. “The women who volunteered told us they loved the idea of celebrating the diversity of LGBTI women and they wanted to support BreastScreen Victoria.”

BreastScreen’s CEO Vicki Pridmore said in a statement that the photographs will assure LGBTQ women the organisation’s staff “will provide inclusive services that understand their needs.”

Image: Lisa White

Image: Lisa White

The photographs have already received a rapturous reaction online. “The participants have been posting their images on social media and have been inundated with positive responses,” said White.

Image: LIsa White

Image: Lisa White

Art that fulfils an important need, while still being beautiful enough to hang on your wall? It’s a big yes from us.

[h/t Buzzfeed]

BONUS: Being LGBTQ and Muslim

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/11/lgbti-portraits-breast-cancer-screening/

18 of the most excellent pop culture tattoos straight out of Australia

Behold the finest pop culture tattoos from Down Under.

Tattoos are pretty much forever, so when you get one, it better be good. And by good, we mean pop culture-referencing.

While there’s a tendency to get a tattoo meaning something significant like your mother’s name, or Chinese characters *shudder* meaning “luck” we’re in admiration of those who’ve used their bodies to pay tribute to their favourite modern day icons.

There’s an inherent risk that a pop culture tattoo will stop being relevant at some point, so we’re giving two thumbs up to these brave souls, who felt the fear and did it anyway.

Oh, and they’re all from Australia too. The land of #yolo.

1. There’s this magic moment from The Simpsons.

“Oh Mindy, you came and you gave without flaking, but I sent you Ben-gay, oh Andy…”

2. Someone already got Frank from Sausage Party.

Sausage Party only came out this year, but that didn’t stop one dude from getting a tattoo of Frank, the movie’s lead character. You can watch it being made right here, yo.

3. Jack Nicholson will never go out of style.

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4. Neither will Twin Peaks.

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5. Pulp Fiction is still so goddamn quotable after all these years.

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6. Elton John and David Bowie forever.

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7. Don’t be afraid of Frankenstein’s monster

8. Because BoJack Horseman is your spirit animal.

9. We’re digging how adorable this Mulan tattoo is.

10. But this Paddington Bear tattoo surely tops it.

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11. If you can’t get over Heath Ledger’s Joker character in Batman, this is perfect.

12. Can’t stand ya!

13. Eric Cartman from South Park isn’t always pure evil.

14. Because there’s no reason to not love the kids from Bob’s Burgers.

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15. This Madeleine tattoo will leave you super nostalgic.

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16. Charm the pants off your friends with this Totoro tattoo.

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17. There’s only one word: “Gaaaastly

18. Finally, for the true blue Australians: Miley Cyrus sporting a Vegemite tattoo.

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BONUS: This psychedelic floor changes colors and patterns as you walk on it

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/23/pop-culture-tattoos-australia/

Guy’s live TV proposal to his cancer-battling girlfriend is too beautiful

*Grabs all the tissues*
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Public and nail-biting declarations of love are the best kinds of declarations of love.

And that’s what Australian viewers got Thursday night on live TV show The Project.

Audience member Tara in the final stages of chemotherapy for breast cancer got a special shout-out from host Carrie Bickmore for her bravery in the face of adversity. But that’s not all she got.

The camera lingered on Tara and her boyfriend Jared, who started speaking.

“Tara is probably the strongest, most toughest [sic] person I’ve ever met. She’s the best mum, she’s the best partner, she’s my best friend. We make the best team.”

Continuing as he rose to his feet, Jared reached into the pocket of his jeans and pull out a ring.

A shocked Tara exclaimed a gorgeously Australian “Oh what?!” clasping her hands to her face as Jared got down on one knee, in front of the nation, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.

Warning: You may cry watching this.

Thankfully, Tara replied in the positive.

Those watching the romantic gesture from home were just about as emotionally destroyed as you’d expect.

Is someone peeling onions in here?

BONUS: Hillary Clinton in first speech since conceding says: ‘Never, ever give up’

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/17/proposal-on-the-project/

Tattooist’s photo-real hip hop portraits win waves of fans on Instagram

Last month Instagram launched their #MyStory campaign in Australia; an initiative aiming to highlight the work of exceptional and talented women on the platform.

Australia’s Iva Chavez is one such woman, whose intricately-detailed tattoos have earned her a position as a featured creative.

Chavez’s journey to tattoo artistry started with a decision made after eight years working as a graphic designer: That her love of drawing was a passion she wanted to make priority.

Considering herself as an artist generally, Chavez says that her tattooing is what finally allowed her to express that art. But it’s not just her killer tattoos that are earning her a dedicated following, Chavez’s pencil portraits of hip hop icons are truly stunning.

Detail @losangelesconfidential

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The tattoo industry is largely a male-dominated one, but Chavez says this motivates her to do her best work.

“If anything, it makes me want to step up my game to show that females can do it just as well as males,” she told Mashable.

That drive to succeed hasn’t made her exempt from the occasional misgendering of her work. “I’ve had a few people tell me, at first they thought I was a guy just from looking at my work. I don’t like that.”

“I’ve had a few people tell me, at first they thought I was a guy just from looking at my work. I don’t like that.”

However, transitioning careers after almost a decade as a graphic designer was much easier than Chavez expected it to be.

One meeting with a studio owner and an apprentice vacancy was all it took.

“Lucky for me, they were looking for a new apprentice at the time. I couldn’t afford to do it full time so I went to the studio every Saturday to learn while freelancing Monday to Friday as a designer. A year and a half later, I was tattooing full time,” she said.

Chavez sketches intricate and intensely detailed portraits before committing the art to a body. One of the benefits of taking to paper, before skin, is the freedom from time constraints: “I guess because I can take my time when drawing on paper.”

Ms Badu

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“My Erykah Badu piece for example took around 30 hours to complete. You need to have a lot of patience that’s for sure! Tattooing a portrait takes me between five to eight hours depending on how much detail is involved.”

Image: Iva Chavez/instagram

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Growing up listening to rap and RnB, Chavez found drawing the artists she loved sparked a passion from a young age.

“I grew up listening to hip hop … and have always loved drawing portraits of hip hop icons. I love capturing detail and like challenging myself with highly detailed pieces to push myself to get better.”

Still my no.1 #15years

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Instagram has played a huge role in exposing Chavez to a global audience. “My followers have doubled in the last year and most of the tattoo inquiries I get are from people who have come across my Instagram.”

L. Boogie

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A global reach does come with a cost, however. “Ive had people post my actual tattoo pics claiming it were theirs,” she said.

Throw #eazyduzit #straightouttacompton

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As for her involvement with the global #MyStory project, Chavez said she was drawn to the idea of promoting a community of female creators.

@bobmarley

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“I loved what the campaign was about. Women using Instagram to tell their stories. Following their passions and breaking barriers and stereotypes,” she said.

“Showing that we really can do whatever we put our minds to.”

Chavez’s Top 5 Instagram accounts you need to follow RN

1. teneile_napoli

2. malikarose

3. janestuarttatts

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4. iliana_rose

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5. emily_rose_murray

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/04/iva-chavez-mystory-instagram-tattoo-artist-australia/