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Two men accused of stabbing to remain in custody

Two men accused of stabbing a man in the stomach outside his home in Sydney’s inner west will remain in custody.
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Police allege Anthony Rich, 33, and Curtis Ollerenshaw, 19, were among three men and one woman who got into an argument with Kalepo Ulberg, 24, in front of his Hurlstone Park house about 9.15pm on Friday.

The men assaulted Mr Ulberg before one of them stabbed him in the stomach, police said.

He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

Mr Ulberg told Channel Nine he didn’t know what could happen.

“They jumped me straight away and I got back up and I went ‘just run’, otherwise there were three guys on top of me.”He said the stab wound was deep.

“Lucky it didn’t hit any organs or anything.”

Police charged Mr Rich, of Dulwich Hill, with reckless grievous bodily harm, affray and resisting police in relation to the incident.

Appearing via audiovisual link, he cried and waved at several family members who were in court.

“I love you,” he told them.

Mr Ollerenshaw, of Marrickville, also appeared briefly in court charged with resisting police, reckless grievous bodily harm and affray.

The pair did not apply for bail when they appeared at Parramatta bail court on Saturday and will appear at Burwood Local Court on February 3.

A third accused, Dillan Hockey, 19, is expected to face court at a later date.

He’s been charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and affray.

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Appeal for Kristy overwhelms family

GALLERY: Grill’d Bendigo getshuge response to Kristy Thomson Appeal support day
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KRISTY Thomson’s stepfather says the level of support from the Bendigocommunityhas been staggering.

Grill’d owner Richard Nash holding his jumper, with Geoff Dudley to his right and other members of the Kristy Thomson appeal committee.

Kristy Thomson’s stepfather Geoff Dudley presents an AFL jersey to Grill’d owner Richard Nash on Saturday

Geoff Dudley said his stepdaughter Kristy and their family have beenoverwhelmed by the generosity of peoplewho have pledged assistancethroughfundraisers and private donations.

He said Kristywas close to getting out of hospital and intotheRoyal Talbot RehabilitationCentre.

But he said she faced months of intensive rehabilitation.

“She’s battling on. She’sstaying positive,” he said.

“She’s been getting about in a wheelchair. The way she’s going things are looking up for her.”

Ms Thomsonsuffered serious spinal injuries when a tree fell on herin Rosalind Park on December 30 last year.The branchfell on herfour-year-old daughterPatiya May, whodied.

Mr Dudleysaid Kristycouldn’t believe the amount of public support since the tragedy.

“She’s so appreciative and just overwhelmed by it all,” he said.

“It’s hard to put into words. I can’t evenkeep up with the amount of fundraisers that are going on.”

Mr Dudley paid tribute to Grill’d Bendigo ownerRichardNash, who donated all proceeds from the burger shop on Saturday toward the Kristy Thomson appeal.

Mr Dudley,and others from theKristy Thomson appeal committee, presented Mr Nashwith a signedjersey from North Melbourne Football Club – who Mr Nash barracks for.

“Rich isa legend,” Mr Dudley said.

“He’s done an extraordinary job. Everyone in Bendigo has been unbelievable. Why would you want to live anywhere else when people here show so much generosity?”

All money raised from the appeal will go towards coveringcosts associated with Kristy’s treatment of her injuries, rehabilitation and ongoing care.

Kristy Thomson Appeal fundraising committee chairman Michael McKern thanked the team atGrill’d Bendigo for their hard work at the weekend.

“The community response was outstanding,” he said.

“They werevery, very busy at Grill’d and the staff were amazing.”

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Ricky Blows them away at Geurie

Dr Remlap enjoys a drink after the Geurie Picnic CupQueanbeyan jockey Ricky Blewitt has landed four winners including the feature race The
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Geurie Picnic Cup in sweltering conditions.

Blewitt piloted 10 year old geldingDr Remlap to an all the way win in the Bernie Wilkins Memorial Geurie Picnic Cup. The Narromine trained horse upset favourite Red Letters who finished second, Panov was third.

Dr Remlap started at $2.80 ahead of the favourite who started at $2.30with the bookmakers, Panov $6.

The winning margin 3.5 lengths.

Blewitt paid tribute to trainer Kylie Kennedy who had earmarked the Cup for Dr Remlap.

”It was great to win 4 races. I have done it twice now, once at Malawa” he said.

”Kylie has done a good job with Dr Remlap, it was also good to win for her mate Kelly Milliner from Trangie in the first race because it was her first ever winner” he said.

Kylie Kennedy said she expected a tough battle with Red Letters and was happy the veteran horse ran well.

” Red Letters beat us at Orange, so it was always going to be tough but Ricky rode him well and he was too good I am very happy” she said.

Dr Remlap rolled home by 3.5 lengths

Ricky Blewitt with Kylie Kennedy

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Kiss A Rose collapses, dies after race at Caulfield

There was high drama and then tragedy in the mounting yard at Caulfield as three-year-old filly Kiss A Rose collapsed and died after running in the $120,000 Robert Taranto WJ Adams Stakes.
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The Peter Moody-trained galloper had finished unplaced behind another mare, Shamal Wind, in the feature event over 1000 metres.

As she was brought in to unsaddle in the enclosure directly in front of the stands she collapsed.

Her strapper and staff from the Moody stable, along with Racing Victoria staff, showered her with water and ice, but the stricken horse, lying prone, died within minutes.

Dr Grace Forbes, the Racing Victoria veterinary surgeon on duty at the Saturday afternoon fixture, said afterwards that the death was not heat related.

Racing Victoria’s heat policy comes in to play when the wet bulb, which measures humidity, registers 28 and above or the temperatures tops 35.

On Saturday the highest point the wet bulb reached was 27.7 and the temperature high was 31.5, a Racing Victoria spokesman said.

The green screens were erected around the filly, who was having her fifth career start, and she expired within minutes.

The last race was delayed as a float was brought in front of the stands and her body removed.

Racing Victoria will now conduct an autopsy and investigate the incident.

Champion jockey Glen Boss, who rode the heavily backed but well beaten favourite Lord of the Sky in the race, was fuming at the length of time the horses were left waiting at the barriers in warm temperatures before the event got under way.

”We were down there seven minutes before we jumped. My horse was gone before we even ran,” an angry Boss said afterwards.

*Leading trainer Tony Vasil is the subject of a stewards inquiry folllowing allegations that he assaulted a stable hand at Caulfield on Friday.

It is alleged that Vasil, whose Prince Harada was a beaten favourite in one of Saturday’s features, assaulted an employee of Peter Moody’s close to the Caulfield horse swimming pool as he rode a bike close to where Vasil was attending the horse.

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Sunday high fire risk, Monday higher

Firefighters say Monday will be a high fire danger day due to moderately high temperatures combined with a “messy” wind change and potential lightning strikes in parts of Victoria.
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The CFA’s deputy chief officer, John Haynes said total fire bans had been declared for Sunday, a day of extreme heat, in the state’s south west, central and north central districts.

But Monday poses a bigger fire threat due to a wind change and lightning.

“We’ve got total fire bans tomorrow (Sunday) but it looks like Monday is going to be our big fire danger day for this week, and all also in to Tuesday,” Mr Haynes said.

“Monday is going to have a wind change during the day, so it’s going to be a lot windier and then a change of direction, and also some potential lightning later in the day, which will cause more fires.

“Although we haven’t got a lot of wind, it’s been so hot and dry that any slight variation of wind could now cause a pretty serious fire.”

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rod Dixon said Sunday’s temperatures were expected to be reach 42-44 degrees inland, 39 in central Melbourne and up to 43 in the Yarra Valley.

He said the wind change was expected early on Monday, reaching speeds of up to 50 kilometres an hour.

“In terms of the change, it’s a bit of a messy change; it’s not like a usual straight northerly going around to a southerly,” Mr Dixon said.

“There’s a southerly change in the west during early Monday morning, and then that extends eastwards probably early during Monday afternoon.”

Possible lightning strikes are predicted during Monday afternoon, mainly for the north west, central and eastern districts.

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Benji starts bright in new code

Benji Marshall has made an encouraging start to his Super Rugby career, getting through 40 minutes for the Blues in his first game of rugby union in more than a decade.
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The former West Tigers and Kiwis rugby league star played the opening two quarters at five-eighth in the Blues’ 38-35 pre-season loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday in Masterton.There was no sign of nerves from Marshall, who distributed the ball well, made the odd run at the line and took on the responsibility of re-starts and kicking for touch.Marshall tried his trademark sidestep once – and met the considerable force of Hurricanes flanker Ardie Savea – but mostly, he was content sticking to basics and getting a feel for his new position.

‘‘I didn’t set the game on fire but, in terms of trying to get control and feel for playing 10, everything I wanted to get I got out of it,’’ said a happy Marshall.‘‘It wasn’t about being the best player on the field. It was just trying to get through what we practised and get a feel for the game.’’

Marshall didn’t shy away in defence, although he failed to hold on to Tim Bateman in the build-up to the Hurricanes’ third try. He even opted to get stuck into a couple of rucks, with mixed results.

Blues coach John Kirwan was pleased with Marshall’s first hitout and ruled out a switch to fullback.

‘‘I think (first-five) is his position,’’ said Kirwan. ‘‘He certainly put his hand up today so we’ll put him out there again next week and we’ll just keep working on him. It was a good start.’’

The match, in front of a sold-out crowd of 6000, was an entertaining one, which produced 11 tries – six for the Hurricanes and five for the Blues.

The Blues recovered from a 19-0 deficit to lead 21-19 at halftime, and 35-24 at three-quarter time, but more direct running from the Hurricanes in the final spell produced the rewards and lock James Broadhurst scored the winning try with eight minutes to go.

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GALLERY: BDCA leading Addy vote-getters of the past six years

For the past six years, the Bendigo Adverter, with support from Bicknells Independent Sports, has held its BDCA Player of the Year Award.
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After every first XI game, the Addy sports department has awarded votes on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Past winners have been

2008: Craig Howard (Strathdale)

2009: Craig Howard (Strathdale)

2010: Scott Johnson (Golden Square)

2011: Andrew Smith (Eaglehawk)

2012: Scott Johnson (Golden Square)

2013: Scott Johnson (Golden Square)

But over those six years, who have been the top-75 vote-getters.

Scroll through the gallery and find out.

1 – Scott Johnson (Golden Square) – 152 votes.

2 – Adam Burns (Kangaroo Flat) – 135 votes.

3 – Nick Crawford (Bendigo United) – 128 votes.

4 – Andrew Smith (Eaglehawk) – 126 votes.

5 – Craig Howard (Strathdale, Sandhurst this year) – 106 votes.

6 – Heath Behrens (Bendigo United) – 106 votes.

7 – Nick Scullie (Sandhurst) – 93 votes.

Ben Gunn (Strathfieldsaye, Bendigo United this year) – 87 votes.

9 – Ben DeAraugo (Strathdale) – 86 votes.

10 – Grant Connelly (Golden Square) – 86 votes.

11 – Mark Ryan (Bendigo) – 83 votes.

12 – Dom Taylor (Strathdale) – 81 votes.

13 – Gavin Bowles (White Hills) – 80 votes.

14 – Matt Fitt (Eaglehawk) – 78 votes.

15 – Linton Jacobs (Strathdale) – 75 votes.

16 – Andrew Hosking (Kangaroo Flat) – 74 votes.

17 – Cameron Taylor (Strathdale) – 71 votes.

18 – Jono Davison (Strathdale) – 68 votes.

19 – Hayden Polglase (Strathdale, Bendigo) – 64 votes.

20 – Jason Abbott (Eaglehawk) – 64 votes.

21 – Linc McRae (Eaglehawk, Huntly) – 64 votes.

22 – Marcus McKern (Golden Square, Bendigo) – 64 votes.

23 – Tim Robertson (Sandhurst, Kangaroo Flat) – 64 votes.

24 – Leigh McDermott (Bendigo United) – 62 votes.

25 – Anthony West (Sandhurst, Eaglehawk) – 61 votes.

26 – Phil Hetherington (Golden Square) – 61 votes.

27 – Aaron Monro (White Hills, Eaglehawk this year) – 60 votes.

28 – Tim Wood (Strathfieldsaye, Golden Square this year) – 60 votes.

29 – Miggy Podosky (Bendigo United) – 58 votes.

30 – Matt White (Eaglehawk) – 57 votes.

31 – Adam Hargreaves (White Hills, Strathfieldsaye) – 54 votes.

32 – Quinton Bentley (Golden Square, Sandhurst, Huntly this year) – 54 votes.

33 – Brodie McRae (White Hills, Huntly) – 53 votes.

34 – Ben Devanny (Strathfieldsaye) – 52 votes.

35 – Ryan Grundy (Huntly) – 51 votes.

36 – Greg Lyon (Strathfieldsaye) – 50 votes.

37 – Darren Gregory (White Hills) – 49 votes.

38 – Sam Johnston (Huntly) – 49 votes.

39 – Glenn Franzi (Bendigo) – 48 votes.

40 – Brad Orton (Kangaroo Flat) – 47 votes.

41 – Brent Hamblin (Kangaroo Flat) – 47 votes.

42 – Cory Jacobs (Eaglehawk) – 47 votes.

43 – Wayne Fidler (Bendigo United) – 46 votes.

44 – Dylan Gibson (Sandhurst, Huntly this year) – 45 votes.

45 – Brett Andrews (Bendigo) – 43 votes.

46 – Matt Pinniger (Bendigo United) – 43 votes.

47 – Tyrone Downie (White Hills) – 41 votes.

48 – Liam Smith (Strathfieldsaye) – 40 votes.

49 – Michael Hill (Bendigo) – 39 votes.

50 – Braden Hocking (Strathdale) – 38 votes.

51 – Darren Clutton (Golden Square) – 38 votes.

52 – Josh Collinson (Huntly) – 38 votes.

53 – Mark Di Fede (Bendigo United) – 38 votes.

54 – Tony Taig (Kangaroo Flat) – 38 votes.

55 – Marcus Smalley (Bendigo United) – 37 votes.

56 – Andrew Bourne (Eaglehawk, Sandhurst) – 36 votes.

57 – Mark Holland (Sandhurst) – 36 votes.

58 – Andrew Sheehan (Bendigo, Sandhurst) – 34 votes.

59 – Brett Elvey (Huntly) – 34 votes.

60 – Brad O’Shea (Strathdale, Golden Square) – 32 votes.

61 – Matthew Pask (Sandhurst) – 32 votes.

62 – Richard Tibbett (Eaglehawk) – 32 votes.

63 – Stephen Brown (Strathfieldsaye) – 32 votes.

64 – Tim Edwards (Strathdale, Bendigo) – 31 votes.

65 – Travis King (Strathdale) – 31 votes.

66 – Jason Johnson (Golden Square) – 30 votes.

67 – Daniel Larke (White Hills) – 29 votes.

68 – Darren Petersen (Bendigo) – 29 votes.

69 – Shane Taylor (Eaglehawk) – 29 votes.

70 – James Pietromonaco (Golden Square) – 28 votes.

71 – Justin Hargreaves (White Hills, Strathfieldsaye) – 28 votes.

72 – Andrew Chalkley (Strathdale) – 28 votes.

73 – Andrew Stove (Strathfieldsaye) – 26 votes.

74 – Brenton Jones (Sandhurst) – 26 votes.

75 – Chris Pinniger (Bendigo United) – 26 votes.

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Fatal crash closes Sturt Highway near Hay

SUNDAY 12.30pm:THE condition of a female involved in yesterday’s horror crash near Hay is improving.
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Initial reports indicated the passenger was taken to Hay Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

She has since been transferred to Griffith Base Hospital, where a spokeswoman said she remained in a stable condition.

Police are yet to provide any further information aboutthe crash and the ages of all involved remain unknown.

The Sturt Highway reopened shortly before 1am this morning.

The scene of a fatal crash between a car and truck on the Sturt Highway east of Hay. The accident, which occurred shortly before 5pm on Saturday forced the closure of the highway. Picture: Daisy Huntly

The scene of a fatal crash between a car and truck on the Sturt Highway east of Hay. The accident, which occurred shortly before 5pm on Saturday forced the closure of the highway. Picture: Daisy Huntly

The scene of a fatal crash between a car and truck on the Sturt Highway east of Hay. The accident, which occurred shortly before 5pm on Saturday forced the closure of the highway. Picture: Daisy Huntly

The crash scene near Hay. Pic: Daisy Huntly

The crash scene near Hay. Pic: Daisy Huntly

The crash scene near Hay. Pic: Daisy Huntly

SATURDAY 9pm:A FEMALE is deadand another is fighting for their life after a car and truck collided near Hay this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the crash on the Sturt Highway, about 10km east of Hay, just before 5pm.

A female passenger of the sedan died at the scene.

Another female passenger was taken to Hay Hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the male driver suffered minor injuries.

Their ages are not yet known.

The truck driver was not injured but taken to hospital to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.

Police from Deniliquin Local Area Command have launched an investigation into the crash and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The highway is still closed in both directions.

SATURDAY 5.30pm:The Sturt Highway is closed in both directions 10km east of Hay due to a serious car and truck accident.

Westbound motorists can detour via Murrumbidgee River Road, then take the Mid Western Highway to Hay to then rejoin the Sturt Highway.

Eastbound motorists are advised to use the Mid Western Highway to Goolgowi, then take the Kidman Way to Griffith to then rejoin the Sturt Highway.

Emergency services are on site working to clear the accident and reopen the highway.

There is no forecast at this stage as to when the highway will be reopened.

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Who is the Labor candidate, asks Jay Weatherill

IN an embarrassing moment for embattledSouth Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, the Labor leader admitted while in in Crystal Brook on Saturdayhedidn’t know who the local Labor candidate was for theMarch 15 state election.
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The seat, seen as crucial for Labor to retain office, is to becontested by candidate Marcus Connelly, the nephew of a late former Speaker inthe Don Dunstan era.

MrWeatherillwas visiting a command station for the Country FireService atCrystal Brook,near Port Pirie, when hewasasked by Fairfax Media aboutMrConnelly’s absence.

He replied: “Who isMarcus Connelly?”

After being told he was the local candidate MrWeatherillcontinuedthat hewas on a “flying visit so we’re justpopping in here”.

He praised the dedication and skill of firefighters involvedin the marathon Bangor blaze then inspected the incident control room.

When he emerged the said to the Premierhe was surprised he didn’tknow who the candidate was. MrWeatherillsmiled and said “yes”.

He said Mr Connelly was probably not available and reiterated thathe was “just coming through this big area”.

Later, talking to another reporter, MrWeatherillmentioned that theLabor Party was seeking to promote “our Labor Partycandidate” but did not mention Mr Connelly by name.

Earlier, when contacted by Fairfax Media, Mr Connelly said he wasunaware of the Premier’s visit.

This incident comes barely 24 hours after Mr Weatherill said he was prepared to do “whatever it takes” to present a unified government ahead of the March 15 state election.

The newly-created ‘faceless man’ in Port Pirie politics, Marcus Connelly said he was ‘disappointed’ that the Premier had not known who he was.

“I can understand that he is extremely busy and that there are a lot of new candidates, but that is disappointing,” he said.

“He has probably only met me once.

“Coming through my region, he should have some idea who the Labor candidate is.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

“I had a phone call about it later in the day. To be fair to them, there was a courtesy phone call.”

Labor candidate Marcus Connelly

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When a passion for work careers into an addiction

For some people work never stops, even if they aren’t physically there. They are workaholics, the people who are mentally at work 24/7, for whom work eclipses everyone and everything else in their lives.
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Kate* sensed she was heading for a personal train wreck. Having landed her dream job in international education administration, she was working around the clock to meet targets, sometimes for three weeks at a stretch without a day off.

“It consumed me,” Kate admits. “I couldn’t stop thinking about work. I’d go to sleep worrying about work, I’d dream about work and I’d wake up thinking about it. Even when I had free time I wasn’t able to be present and available with family and friends. “

Suffering constant headaches and irritable bowel syndrome, the 30-year-old was too exhausted from work to do anything when she did get time off.

Yet still Kate couldn’t help herself. “One time I burst into tears to my partner. I said ‘I’m not a machine. I’m treating myself like a machine.’ He said ‘You need to stop.’ I said ‘I can’t stop. I just need to get over this deadline and then we’ll see’.”

The term workaholism was coined half a century ago by American psychologist Wayne Oates. He defined a workaholic as “a person whose need for work has become so excessive that it creates a noticeable disturbance or interference with his bodily health, personal happiness and interpersonal relations, and with his smooth social functioning.”

Australia is often outed for being a nation of workaholics that belies its laidback image. We’re second only to the Japanese in hoarding annual leave: just half of us take all our holidays compared with a third of workers in Japan according to an international IPSOS poll.

The most recent Australian Work and Life Index found we have higher rates of work intensity than Europeans. Two-fifths of working Australians report that they are working at very high speeds and to tight deadlines three-quarters of their working time: a third believe they have too much work to do for one person.

Yet many workaholics talk about the buzz they get from working – the adrenalin rush of being under intense pressure and having to meet deadlines. Between 8 and 25 per cent of workers identify as workaholics, according to a study recently published in the US Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

But whereas society takes a dim view of the high alcoholics get from drinking, or gamblers get from a punt, workaholism has been called the “respectable addiction”.

“It’s such a rewarded problem,” points out 65- year-old Sydney academic Veronica* who has battled workaholism her entire working life and attends Workaholics Anonymous. “You get prestige, you get money, you get all these strokes for being a workaholic. It’s very hard to see how it can damage yourself and your relationships.”

For every workaholic who craves the sense of achievement work delivers, there is a workaholic driven by insecurity and perfectionism, warns organisational psychologist Leanne Faraday-Brash. “It’s not about getting a reward for effort,” she says. “It’s about trying to stave off fear and anxiety.”

At the extreme end of the workaholism spectrum is what the Japanese call karoshi, or death by overwork. In December 27-year-old advertising copywriter Pradnya Paramita died after tweeting she had worked 30 hours straight at the Jakarta office of Young & Rubicam. In August 21-year-old Merrill Lynch intern Moritz Erhardt died of an epileptic seizure in the shower of his London flat after working 72 hours non-stop.

Not all workaholics are corporate high-flyers. WA members include builders, housewives and even an out-of-work busker. They’re plagued by to-do lists, feel lots of people depend on them, and get caught up in the process of working rather than delivering a finished product.

Researching his bookChanging GearsGreg Foyster attended a Workaholics Anonymous meeting in Melbourne and quickly realised he strongly identified with the stories being shared.

“It was a bit of a shock to me,” the 30-year-old recalls. “Everyone had this intense focus on their work; they scheduled all their time, even their days off. They suffered paralysing perfectionism – they couldn’t leave things half-finished but they tried to do too much in a day so they were never going to achieve it all.”

It was all too familiar to Foyster who used to define himself by his advertising career. He was always taking work home, constantly getting sick, and when he wasn’t spending all his waking hours on advertising work, would be reading philosophy as part of his quest for self-improvement.

“I had this philosophy that if you didn’t spend 13 hours a day working or improving yourself in some way, it was time wasted,” Foyster says. “If you’ve worked for a couple of years in a high-stress job working long hours you just get used to that mode of being.” “

Foyster’s girlfriend Sophie finally forced him to abandon the rat race for a simpler life. “I’ve got more out of my relationship than I ever would in any job,” he says.

Workaholics frequently report growing up with absent fathers who worked long hours. Foyster’s own father had a heart attack at 42, which Foyster attributes to stress and overwork.

He vividly remembers his dad catching him lying on his bed reading in year 12. “He said ‘ Why aren’t you working Greg? This is a time of stress’,” Foyster recounts. “I learnt from my dad that work equals stress.”

Veronica attributes her workaholism to growing up with an alcoholic mother. “I felt rather isolated emotionally,” she recalls. “When you’re used to relying on yourself [as a child] you do that in the workplace as an adult. You find it very difficult to ask for support, and you have unrealistic expectations of what you can do.”

Workaholics Anonymous branches exist in cities around the world but workaholism is not officially listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an addiction. It is instead considered a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder. There is debate about whether workaholism is simply pathologising the normal behaviour of working hard.

Faraday-Brash argues that while hard workers “will walk over broken glass to get the job done”, they are able to switch off when they are not at work. This is impossible for workaholics.

“They take work to bed, they find it hard to disengage on holidays; when they’re away from work they’re fretting that they’re not getting stuff done,” Faraday-Brash says. “They start shutting down their feelings altogether. They lose compassion and empathy for other people because it is all about getting the job done.”

The damage workaholism does to personal relationships can reinforce the behaviour. “When they’re very busy at work they neglect other people. Then they go home and get grief which reinforces the idea that work is a bit of a haven from personal conflicts,” Faraday-Brash says.

Veronica believes her workaholism cost her one long-term relationship, and has affected her ability to develop deeper friendships. “If you have any personal issues you can easily hide from them in your work,” she says.

“Among my friends I was known as someone who was always late, ‘you can’t rely on her’. It would make my flesh creep, I would squirm, I felt terrible shame.”

Veronica has a number of chronic illnesses she attributes to her workaholism, including gastric reflux, insomnia and anxiety, as well as an eating disorder.

Workaholics are more likely to have alcohol problems, get dementia, suffer heart disease, gastro-intestinal problems and diabetes. One study found a third of people being treated for sex addiction were workaholics.

The train wreck education administrator Kate feared never eventuated. She was made redundant and the deadline which had dominated her life disappeared. “Circumstances probably did for me what I wouldn’t have felt confident doing myself,” says Kate, who goes to Workaholics Anonymous weekly.

But while people like Kate and Veronica are trying to shed their workaholism, others embrace it.

Unashamed workaholics who contacted Extra all reported working long hours including weekends, found it impossible to switch off from work and copped grief from family and friends for always working. They claim such commitment is necessary to succeed in their careers, and insist they actually enjoy being in a workaholic state.

“I absolutely love what I’m doing,” internet entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan says. “So when people say to me ‘how many hours a week do you work?’ I tell them I don’t work any hours a week – I live this stuff.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Anna Hopkins, who runs her own cafe Whole Meal in Darlinghurst and is developing a range of protein products. “Society calls me a workaholic, but I love what I do so I don’t consider it work,” the 32-year-old says. “You do what you do so you get the results you want. Steve Jobs didn’t talk about work/life balance when he was inventing the iPhone.”

For recovering workaholics like Kate and Veronica the risk of crossing the line into unhealthy working always lurks. They are learning to set acceptable work boundaries, let go of unrealistic expectations, prioritise tasks and enjoy recreation.

“I’m learning at WA to value myself as a human being, regardless of whether I’m working, regardless of what I do for work, regardless of what position title I have,” says Kate.

*Names have been changed to protect anonymity.

BREAK THE TREADMILL

If you answer ”often” or ”always” to at least four of the following, you may be a workaholic:

• You think of how you can free up more time to work.

• You spend much more time working than initially intended.

• You work to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression.

• You won’t listen when told by others to cut down on work.

• You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.

• You deprioritise hobbies, leisure activities and exercise because of your work.

• You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.

Steps to cure workaholism:

• Gradually reduce work hours.

• Plan time for recreation.

• Exercise every day.

• Avoid talking shop over lunch.

• Carefully select leisure activities.

• Refuse to feel guilty when you are not working.

Workaholics deprioritise hobbies, leisure activities and exercise. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

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