Garden chess board adds to attractions at impressive three-level Paddington residence

first_img41 Upper Cairns Tce, PaddingtonAlthough Dr McPhillips is moving only next door, he hopes the next owners have the same type of idea as he did.“I hope the next person can retire here and enjoy the place with their family,” he said. A lift services all levels, allowing for easy movement, which makes it especially easy to get heavy groceries to the kitchen. 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington“That was definitely her choice. She wanted something bold, something stylish. She liked art,” Dr McPhillips said.He said the design incorporated the transformation of the original workers’ cottage into a modern, aesthetically pleasing masterpiece. The stylish Paddington home exudes a Zen feeling once inside the front door. To the left is a ground-level water feature, and to the right, another elevated water feature.With more than half a dozen areas to entertain guests within the home, Dr McPhillips said he most enjoyed the space upstairs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington“I do like having a beer on the balcony,” he said with a smile.The property, designed by architect Frank Macchia, is nothing short of intriguing. On the ground level, there is a large garden chess board, frequently used by Dr McPhillips and his children. This area can be seen from the top level of the home. 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington.THIS impressive property features a wealth of inviting and innovative spaces, from a large garden chess board and water features to stylish entertainment spaces the whole family will love.The time has come for Brisbane doctor Mick McPhillips to let another family enjoy what was to be his retirement home. Dr McPhillips and his late wife Clare built the three-level home in 2009, with the dream of enjoying the impressive, architect-designed property with their five children and grandchildren.Mrs McPhillips was instrumental in many of the design choices within the home, including blackbutt flooring. 41 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington.“Although it could be considered an ‘open house’, the design is such that there is privacy and mystique on each level,” he said. The house has alarmed security and there is an intercom on each level.last_img read more

Smalling makes case for defence

first_imgChris Smalling thinks he and Phil Jones have proved they deserve to be the long-term centre-half partnership for Manchester United. Their performance was one of the plus points in an otherwise forgetful stalemate. Smalling believes the friendly, which his former United team-mate Paul Scholes described as a “waste of time”, was just a one-off and he is confident of seeing England put on a better show when they play the final Euro 2016 qualifier of the season in Slovenia on Sunday. “It was like we had lost the game to be honest,” Smalling said, reflecting on the Ireland friendly. “We felt we could have done a lot better. “But at the end of the day we did keep our unbeaten run going and we kept a clean sheet so we’ll try and take some positives from it. “We probably needed the game in Dublin given the time off we’ve had. We needed to get it out of the way and make sure that we train really hard this week.” Smalling and the rest of his England team-mates will report for duty on Wednesday to begin preparations for the game in Ljubljana. If they win, England will move nine points clear at the top of Group E with four matches to go. “We know if we do the job on Sunday, qualification is near enough there,” Smalling said. “And then we can go into the summer relieved and happy whereas if we don’t win this game it is a long break so I don’t think there will be any problems with people getting up for it.” United were left with a considerable gap to fill at the heart of their defence last summer following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. but they ended the season with the fourth best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League. Goalkeeper David de Gea deserves a large chunk of the credit, but Smalling and Jones, who finished the campaign as Louis van Gaal’s first-choice centre-half pairing, merit praise too. Smalling admits he was facing a decisive season at United last term and he feels he passed it with flying colours. “Yes, I think it was (a make or break season),” the 25-year-old England centre-back said. “When you consider the outgoings at centre-back, players had to step in and luckily I’ve been one of those who has had a good run, especially in the second half of the season. “I think we (Jones and I) have proven we can fill the gap. It’s one where it just builds over time and we’ve had our chance this season and now it is all about building on that next season.” It does not look like Roy Hodgson has plans to install the pair as his preferred combination at centre-back any time soon, though. After naming him vice-captain, the England coach clearly has plans to give Gary Cahill a prominent role over the next year. The 67-year-old remains fiercely loyal to Phil Jagielka too and there are John Stones and Calum Chambers to consider too once they have come through the European Under-21 Championship. Hodgson went with the Smalling-Cahill combination on Sunday for England’s dull 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ronald Koeman hails Ryan Bertrand after full-back receives England call-up

first_img Koeman admits the call-up came as a bit of a surprise given Bertrand only played his first 90 minutes of the season against Swansea last Saturday following a spell out injured. But the Dutchman, who said Bertrand was the best player on the pitch following the 3-1 win at St Mary’s, insists he has the quality to shine on the international stage. “Was it a surprise? A little bit because of course it’s very fast after the first time playing 90 minutes,” said Koeman at his pre-match press conference. “But I was also surprised about the level Ryan was at already last week. “Maybe a little influence is some injuries to different players in that position but w e know if Ryan is back and playing on his level then he’s one of the national team. “That’s good for the player, the confidence of the player and it’s good for Southampton. “Already he’s a good player in my opinion because it’s always a difficult position. “You don’t have really very good left full-backs and the qualities of Ryan are important in our way of playing. The 26-year-old defender has been drafted into the Three Lions squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania. Bertrand now has an opportunity to stake his claim for the left-back slot after Manchester United’s Luke Shaw broke his leg in two places against PSV Eindhoven last month. Press Association Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has backed Ryan Bertrand to take his chance with England. “I like to play with offensive left and offensive right full-backs. He’s on that level that we are happy he is a Southampton player.” Bertrand is set to start against his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Jordy Clasie could be added to the squad. The Dutch midfielder, a summer signing from Feyenoord, has yet to play in the Premier League this season due an ankle injury but is now back in training. last_img read more

Tipp footballers to take on Derry

first_imgTipperary will play Derry in Round 4A of the All Ireland Football qualifiers next weekend The draw for 4a and 4b rounds was made this morning. Clare will face Roscommon. This mornings draw pitted Mayo against Westmeath in 4B while Cork tale on Donegal.Neutral venues will be used for these fixtures and details will be finalised later today by the C.C.C.C.Donegal will have to settle for the qualifier route following their Ulster final defeat to Tyrone yesterday.They were paired against Cork following the draw for the Round 4A and 4b All-Ireland football qualifiers earlier today in a tie that will take place in the last weekend of July.Following their two point defeat yesterday, Kieran McGeeney said he still predicts a fruitful summer for the Donegal men.last_img read more

Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation

first_img Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report says It’s the latest bump in an up-and-down season for Kimbrel, who has struggled to find consistency since signing with the Cubs on June 7 after sitting out spring training and nearly half the season. While the 31-year-old seemed to have found a groove after a rough start to his Chicago tenure, converting six consecutive save chances last month, he recently suffered a brutal blown save in Milwaukee, allowing a pair of 10th-inning homers in a 5-3 loss after the Cubs had taken a lead in the top of the inning.  Related News The Cubs will have to shuffle their bullpen once again after Craig Kimbrel landed on the injured list Monday with right knee inflammation. The team said Kimbrel reported feeling discomfort after his most recent outing Saturday against the Brewers and underwent an MRI, which revealed the issue.  He told reporters Monday that the knee problem is something he would “absolutely” be able to pitch through if necessary, but the team was being cautious in the way it handles the injury. Kimbrel expressed frustration with the setback, saying (via the Sun-Times) he finally felt as if he was back to his expected standards after the late start to the season. “I was getting real close,” he said. “I was feeling really good.”center_img Rockies removing Wade Davis from closer role, Bud Black says Steve Cishek would be the logical choice to take over closer duties in Kimbrel’s absence.He and Pedro Strop filled the role before Kimbrel’s arrival, but Strop is currently on the IL with a neck problem.last_img read more