Sue Ellen Drapery founder sells Yackandandah business after 39 years | The Border Mail


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The crazy nature of 2020 brought a Yackandandah shop owner her busiest trading year, but also indicated she should do something other than work. After nearly four decades, Sue Hillier has sold Sue Ellen Drapery to a local buyer and will leave the High Street store at the end of January. “I think everybody’s got the hint once we put a 50 per cent sale on,” she told The Border Mail this week. “When COVID was on, I had a few weeks off and I enjoyed my time off. You know yourself when you’ve had enough. “I’ve got all these grandkids, I need to spoil them.” But while she was deciding this, Victoria’s second lockdown included mandatory masks and the drapery received probably thousands of orders within days. “I had all these friends come in and help me make masks,” Mrs Hillier said. “We were starting at 3 o’clock in the morning and we were working until 10pm. “We did that for about three days and we thought, ‘no, this is stupid’, so we started about 4 o’clock in the morning and at 8pm that was it, we’re going home. “The big demand’s died off but we’ve still got masks in the shop and we sell masks every day.” IN OTHER NEWS: In 1981, Mrs Hillier, now 59, had a job at the supermarket when her boss returned from an extended holiday. “I was running the place for six months, practically, it’s a bit hard working for someone again,” she recalled. “And the drapery in the town had closed down, so I decided, ‘Oh, we’ll give that a go, and see how it goes, I might do five years and move on’, but 39 years later, we’re still here.” To get started, she and her mother drove to Melbourne and bought items at auction and from warehouses. “Came back with a car full of stuff and put it around the shop and thought, ‘that looks pretty good’,” she said. “Every couple of months off we’d go, whatever we’d make, I’d go back down and spend again, so yeah, we just built it up from that. “The first year I went strawberry picking because I didn’t have enough money to survive on.” With no particular background in needlecraft, Mrs Hillier admitted to “a little bit of a learning curve”. “People would come and ask can I repair things, and I would go, ‘I don’t know, I’m only 19, I don’t know how to do this’,” she laughed. TAFE courses and other training quickly filled those gaps and now Sue Ellen Drapery attracts customers from across the North East as well as tourists. Over the years Mrs Hillier and husband Michael (Mick) raised three sons and a daughter, with 10 grandchildren now also on the scene. “One of the grandchildren told me the other day, he’s six, he goes, ‘Nan, when you sell this shop, I’m coming to have a sleepover for five days’,” she said. “When they come, we sew or we cook or we do something but it’s always such a rush, it will be just nice to take your time about it.” Mrs Hillier always valued the company that came with running a small town shop, remembering with warmth the older ladies who popped in for a cuppa and cake, many of whom have since died. The enforced break this year allowed her rare space for reflection. “It makes you start thinking there’s more to life than just working all the time,” she said. “I need to be doing something else now for me.”

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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said on Thursday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus but was feeling fine.The American comedian said on Twitter that all her close contacts had been notified.“I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now,” she said in a Twitter posting.DeGeneres, 62, host of the popular daytime show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, said she was following health guidelines and would return to her show after the…



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Ellen Page publicly comes out as a transgender male named Elliot, says: ‘My pronouns are he/they’


Ellen Page publicly comes out as a transgender male named Elliot telling fans in a statement: ‘My pronouns are he/they’

  • The 33-year-old Oscar-nominated actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with the revelation 
  • It began: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, My pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot’
  • The Umbrella Academy star’s statement also came with changes to the social media account as it is now @TheElliotPage 
  • Elliot has been married to wife Emma Portner since 2018; Emma voiced her support for her partner on Instagram, writing, ‘I am so proud of @elliotpage’
  • The actor, who shot to global fame after starring in 2007 movie Juno alongside Jason Bateman, publicly came out as gay in 2016

Oscar-nominated star Ellen Page has come out as a transgender male named Elliot, six years after he publicly revealed he was gay.

The 33-year-old actor, who has been married to dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with the revelation, writing: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.

‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To have arrived at this place in my life.’ 

Elliot, who received an Oscar nod for their role in the hit 2008 movie Juno, asking his followers and fans for ‘patience’, admitting that he is ‘scared’ of the ‘invasiveness, the hate, the jokes, and of the violence’ that he may face moving forward.  

‘My job is real, but it is also fragile,’ the actor said, adding: ‘The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.’

Opening up: Oscar-nominated star Ellen Page (seen in March 2014)  has come out as a transgender male named Elliot

'I feel lucky to be writing this': The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

‘I feel lucky to be writing this’: The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

Support: Elliot has been married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, having come out as gay in 2016

Support: Elliot has been married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, having come out as gay in 2016

Emotional: Emma took to Instagram shortly after Elliot shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing, 'Shine on sweet E. Love you so much'

Emotional: Emma took to Instagram shortly after Elliot shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing, ‘Shine on sweet E. Love you so much’

Elliot thanked his loved ones for their support through his journey, expressing his ‘overwhelming gratitude’ for helping him to reach a stage where he felt comfortable to ‘pursue his authentic self’. 

Shortly after the actor posted his statement, his wife Emma voiced her public support for Elliot on Instagram, while reiterating her partner’s plea for patience. 

‘I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,’ Emma wrote.

‘I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.’

Elliot’s decision to publicly reveal that he is transgender comes almost three years after the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony, having only been dating publicly for six months.  

The actor also gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place.

They wrote: ‘I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.

‘I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.’  

The actor, who most recently starred in Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy, also revealed changes to his official social media accounts, posting on Twitter under the username @TheElliotPage, and on Instagram as @elliotpage. 

Star: Elliot (seen in November 2019) thanked their loved ones for their support through his journey and gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place

Star: Elliot (seen in November 2019) thanked their loved ones for their support through his journey and gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place

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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sells her Montecito compound for $45.7 million


Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres may have had a tough year on the professional front, but she’s proven she still has the touch when it comes to selling houses.

The serial property flipper and her wife, the actress Portia de Rossi, have offloaded their sprawling LA compound, located in the exclusive enclave of Montecito, for $45.7 million (US$33.3 million), Variety reports.

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The sale price is lower than the star couple had been hoping for however, with the property hitting the market a month ago with $56 million (US$40 million) price hopes.

The new buyer has yet to be identified, but they reportedly purchased the entire property in cash, records reveal.

Dengeres and De Rossi originally bought the hilltop residence early in 2019 for $38 million (US$27 million), and hastily got to work expanding and modernising the showstopping house.

They then dropped another US$1.9 million on the smaller adjacent home that was also included in the sale.

The nearly 1,000 sqm m property boasts a 760 sqm three-bedroom main house, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a cabana with a gym, and a security office, according to Realtor.

The total offering – set behind large gates and looking out onto the Pacific Ocean – has multiple structures, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and five half-baths, on 9.3 acres of land.

Ellen selling her latest LA house. Picture: Realtor

The home has gated entry. Picture: Realtor


The couple also added a new state-of-the-art security system, featuring multiple cameras and infra-red lasers, following a widely reported burglary at the property.

The sprawling grounds include a koi pond, sports court, many lush plants and sprawling lawns.

Built in 2011, the main house opens onto a veranda with a fire pit, dining area, and seating, and looks out to a vanishing edge pool that juts over the hillside.

Ellen selling her latest LA house. Picture: Realtor

The dramatic main room with walls of glass. Picture: Realtor


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Entering directly into the great room with bamboo ceilings and walls of glass, the large space includes living and dining areas that lead outside.

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Ellen used one of the bedrooms as an office. Picture: Realtor


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The luxurious main bedroom includes a spalike bath with a built-in stone tub that looks out to the mountain and ocean views, and also contains two sinks and a separate shower.

The showbiz couple have bought and sold multiple properties over the years across California.

Ellen selling her latest LA house. Picture: Realtor

The bathroom has a large built-in stone tub. Picture: Realtor


The couple also own a posh Beverly Hills mansion they bought from Adam Levine, another home-flipping celeb, which they picked up last year for nearly $60 million (US$42.5 million).

DeGeneres has been the cause of much negative publicity this year, contending with reports of a negative work environment at her show, leading to the ousting of several top executives.

In April, the talk show host also compared being in coronavirus lockdown to being in prison, when she was filming one of her ‘at-home editions’ of her show.

“One thing that I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what it is,” DeGeneres said in the video.

Ellen selling her latest LA house. Picture: Realtor

The kitchen opens to outdoor dining space. Picture: Realtor


“It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay. The jokes that I have. I feel bad for the kids at home, all the college students, all the parents. I feel bad for a lot of people. But I think that a lot of people out there need words of encouragement, and that’s what I want to do.”

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West Coast Eagle Brad Sheppard and Ellen Taylor-Hawkins make a splash at Medicine Ball


Perth’s new glamour couple Brad Sheppard and Ellen Taylor-Hawkins continue to make a splash as they glammed up to celebrate another milestone.

While the couple have been spotted at a number of AFL events, it was the West Coast Eagle who stepped out on the arm of Taylor-Hawkins to support her at the Medicine Ball.

The medicine student dressed to impress in a stunning one shouldered black sequin gown by Claremont based label Meraki Official headed by Sam Wyllie and Alvin Ferdandez.

“What a journey,” she wrote on Instagram.

“There’s been a few detours, many amazing experiences, countless beautiful people and a few tears along the way.”

“Thanks to everyone that got me over the line, couldn’t have done it without you.”

The pair went “social media official” back in July when Sheppard tagged his girlfriend in a loved-up Instagram story.

Sheppard made headlines in December when he called it quits with the Nine weather presenter Scherri-Lee Biggs off the back of their romantic European holiday during the AFL break in October last year.

Sheppard was awarded the Chris Mainwaring Medal as best clubman at West Coat’s night of nights, The John Worsfold Medal last month.



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Ellen Ryan oficially graduates as a firefighter | Goulburn Post


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Australian Jackaroo and Goulburn’s own Ellen Ryan may be known for her work on the green, but she officially graduated as a firefighter on Friday, October 30. She was one of the 264 new NSW Fire and Rescue recruits out of the FRNSW Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills and will be an on call firefighter based at the Goulburn Fire Station. READ MORE: Man charged following discovery of $1 million of cocaine in Queanbeyan storage facility Others in the Southern Tableland region include Sharon Woods who are based at the Crookwell Fire Station, Harley Jack and Nathan King, who work at the Braidwood Fire Station and Craig Abbott, Naomi Eccleston, Brett Huyton, Brooke Watson and Daniel Wilson at the Yass Fire Station. FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the new recruits should be proud of their achievement. “Becoming a firefighter is no easy feat,” Mr Baxter said. “We attract 6000 to 8000 applications each year, yet of these thousands, only an elite few are chosen. READ MORE: Inmate charged after making threats through carriage service “264 of that elite few stand before us today, each of them from diverse backgrounds but sharing one common goal, to protect the irreplaceable. “It is also pleasing to see that many graduates are joining family members already in service, with some being second generation firefighters. “They have shown they have the diverse skills, capabilities and talents required to undertake the varied work that our firefighters do – from educating the community about fire safety and providing emergency medical care to responding to fires, natural disasters and hazmat incidents. “They’ve been trained to be prepared for anything and I know they will uphold the high standards of integrity, courage and professionalism expected of a FRNSW firefighter.” Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.

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Ellen DeGeneres returns to TV, addresses misconduct allegations


Beloved American TV show host turned TV villain Ellen DeGeneres has debuted the latest season of her controversial talk show with a bang.

Ahead of the show’s season 18 premiere overnight, the 62-year-old’s opening monologue was posted on the show’s social media account before the full episode’s syndicated broadcast.

It was simply titled: “Today we’re starting a new chapter”.

In it, Ellen spends five minutes bluntly addressing the scandalous, toxic workplace rumours that have plagued her for months.

The personality has spent the American summer in lockdown and has been rarely seen in public after her spectacular fall from grace this year.

“How was everybody’s summer? Good? Yeh? Mine was great,” she said sarcastically, holding two thumbs up. “Super terrific.”

“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you,” she says.

“If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome,” addressing the fact that all eyes will be on embattled TV star as she addresses the mounting allegations.

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In the searing monologue, Ellen admitted she’s a “work in progress” but pleaded to viewers that she is still “the person you see on TV”.

“There are a lot of things I want to talk about, I’ve been looking forward to addressing it all directly. And unfortunately, talking to people directly has been illegal for six months,” she joked, referencing the coronavirus pandemic, which saw the United States clock past 200,000 deaths yesterday.

“As you may have heard this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should’ve happened,” she said, echoing a previous letter she sent to her crew.

“I take that very seriously, and I want to say I’m so sorry to the people who were affected.”

The star – once bubbly and bouncy on each episode of The Ellen DeGeneres show – became 2020s biggest villain after several former staff members, celebrities, security guards and guests of the show opened up about their negative experiences with her.

DeGeneres alluded to the firings of top producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman but offered few glimpses of real change or behind the scenes details except for adding the cast and crew had “a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future”.

She said simply they have “made the necessary changes” without revealing what those changes are, except for the fact “we are starting a new chapter”.

She admitted being known as the “be kind” lady is “a tricky position to be in” after current and former employees made allegations of racism and intimidation in explosive articles by Buzzfeed.

They also claimed there was widespread sexual misconduct among the top executives at the show.

She said that while she “is the person you see on TV” … “I am also a lot of other things.

“Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress.

“And I am especially working on the impatience thing because … and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough.”

The Finding Dory star said she knows “I am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility”.

“I take that responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres.”

She joked that that while she’s a “pretty good actress” having played a “straight woman in movies” she said she isn’t good enough to “come out here every day for seventeen years and fool you”.

“This is me,” she said.

“My intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.

“If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well.”

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Ellen DeGeneres ‘bullying’ Mariah Carey is ‘ugliest thing I’ve seen’ as show is axed


Ellen DeGeneres has been accused of ‘bullying’ Mariah Carey in a resurfaced video as a star of the Channel Nine network issued a withering take down of the talk show host.

Singer Mariah had told Vulture that she was pregnant at the time of the interview in 2008 and wasn’t ready to reveal the news but Ellen had other ideas.

She played a ‘prank’ on Mariah involving making her drink alcohol, knowing that her refusal would ‘confirm’ the rumour that she was expecting at the time.

The now 50-year-old performer said that she was made to feel “extremely uncomfortable” at the time by the host, who has been under fire over the “toxic” atmosphere backstage on the show.

The footage was reviewed by one of the channel’s biggest stars, Sylvia Jeffreys, who launched a blistering attack on the 62-year-old comedian.

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Speaking to her Today Extra co-host David Campbell, Sylvia was appalled by what she saw.

She said after the interview was played: “Oh it’s awful, it’s ugly, ugly behaviour.

“And if she was not in on the joke, which she says she is not, then Ellen really has some explaining to do on that one.”

Sylvia continued: “You cannot put a woman in that position.

“That’s maybe the ugliest thing I’ve seen in this whole saga so far… that’s a clear case of bullying.”

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In the interview with Vulture, Mariah said she “had a hard time grappling with the aftermath.”

There were already questions raised about the future of Ellen on Channel Nine after her show was pulled at the last minute and replaced by Desperate Housewives.

With WarnerMedia conducting an internal investigation into accusations of racism, bullying and sexual harassment behind the scenes made by former employees, Channel Nine decided to pull Ellen’s show from the schedules.

Sylvia Jeffreys said Ellen’s trick was the “ugliest thing I’ve ever seen”

A spokesperson for the Australian network said on Monday: “We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced with Desperate Housewives.”

Discussions between Nine and Warner Bros. regarding broadcast rights for the upcoming season, which begins next month, are said to be “ongoing”.

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Ellen DeGeneres to address fans over toxic workplace allegations


Embattled talk show host Ellen DeGeneres says she will address her fans over allegations she has been leading a toxic workplace.

The 62-year-old was leaving a restaurant in California this week when she was questioned by paparazzi about how her show would look when it resumed filming next month without her top three producers, Ed Galvin, Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman.

Last week, all three were sacked following a flood of claims by current and former employees about the negative work culture at the show.

I will be talking to my fans.

In the video, DeGeneres said “I will be talking to my fans”.

While she did not go into any more detail about how, where and when she would do so, there is the chance that she may address the allegations on her popular day-time talk show or in a public statement.

The accusations of the hostile work environment were first reported last month.

DeGeneres was accused of condoning a “toxic work environment” and several former employees said they had been fired for taking medical leave and attending funerals.

Others claimed raising complaints about offensive or racist comments meant they were called “PC police”.

Camera IconThe Ellen DeGeneres Show is set to begin filming its next season next month. Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

She has since released two apologies to her staff, which were each leaked to the press.

In one she said she took “responsibility” as the program bore her name and said that changes would be made.

“I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she reportedly said.

Yesterday Channel Nine — which airs The Ellen Show in Australia — confirmed the series had been pulled locally.

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Instead of airing repeats of the show each day, the network will now be airing re-runs of Desperate Housewives.

“We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced (it) with Desperate Housewives,” a Nine spokesperson revealed.

It comes after TV Blackbox revealed the station was in talks over the renewal rights for the new season which begins next month but are yet to reach an agreement.

The latest season of the show — which has picked up 61 Daytime Emmy awards over the past 17 years — is set to begin filming next month in Los Angeles.



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