Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hello Sailor at the Wharf4Ward

Natalie Bassingthwaighte & hubby Cameron McGlinchey  plus Hamish & Andy or Ham for short                 
Kerri-Anne Kennerley channels her inner Big Bird in bright yellow while James Tobin waves
Ronan Keating with Storm Uechtritz plus X-Factor's Jae Waetford

 Sony Foundation's biggest annual fundraiser, Wharf4Ward, went off with an expected bang at Woolloomooloo Wharf and raised a whopping $880,000 for the Sony Foundation's national youth cancer program, You Can.

Held across all six top restaurants at the Finger Wharf in Woolloomool- Otto, Chinadoll, Kingsleys, Criniti's, Manta and AKI's — Wharf4Ward 2014 with a nautical theme proved to be a spectacular afternoon.
Sony Music artists joined personalities from TV networks Seven, Nine and Ten at what is shaping up to be the social event of the year - and there can't be anyone who has not been touched by cancer either via a friend or family member.

You Can is establishing specialised youth cancer centres around Australia for 16-25 year olds with cancer, who are currently falling through the gaps in our health care system.
Australia's first You Can Centre opened in Perth in May 2013, with a $1.8 million donation from Sony Foundation, and a second is currently under construction at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

And top entertainment for the day included Human Nature and X-Factor winner Dami Im with the Royal Australian Navy Band.
And a fashion note - surely it's time Australian blokes dressed in pastel light suits and ditched those heavy black numbers especially on a glorious summer day

 left : Sam Armytage looking very summery

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Missing In Action

On Wednesday November 5th (one day after the Melbourne Cup) a memorial service will be held for the late Gough Whitlam the former Prime Minister who died at age 98.

Already word is buzzing around town that the venue, the Sydney Town Hall will not be nearly big enough for the crowds expected from former PMs, the current PM Tony Abbott , a host of show business faces and business names to ordinary members of the public including a large contingent of Indigenous Australians.

Former Fairfax scribe Mike Carlton has been on the blower to some Labor Party heavies and is already trying to organise a live link to the old Parliament House in Canberra to host an expected few hundred more mourners.
While Gough's extended family will be attendance one family member will miss the service Andrew Esteban Romero Whitlam is Gough's "adopted" son although it's never been confirmed by the late Whitlam if he actually adopted the Argentinian.
Baci as he is known to pals whipped up dresses in a Double Bay boutique for society ladies for a number of years before joining his family restaurant business in Rushcutters Bay.
It was there as we reported back in February that Baci was busted in an undercover sting while attempting to sell cocaine to police. He was sentenced to two years jail. Above is the only photo taken of the late Gough Whitlam and Baci together.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pooch Wrestling at Banter

An interesting collection of guests turned out for the opening of the swish new French restaurant Banter in Surry Hills. Karim Ghabi of Casablanca nightclub fame hosted the evening while the delectable Laura Dundovic accompanied him greeting guests.

 One face we haven't seen out on the town lately, Fashion school supremo Leanne Whitehouse (left) who has been embroiled in a controversy over the Pm's daughter.  She sat quietly in a booth with designer Charlie Brown.
And we also got to meet Bentley, the largest feline in town who arrived in the arms of a friend of Christa Billich.
Bentley surveyed the scene with a rather haughty look and later wrestled a poor dog to the ground before going to sleep in a violinist's case which he was soon ejected from by a disgruntled musician.

From sampling some of Banter's delicacies on the night, this should be another fine addition to Sydney night life.


Monday, October 20, 2014

The Wit & Wisdom of Eddie Obeid

The family companies may be feeling the pinch- son Moses Obeid looks set to lose the lease of the Rushcutters Bay Marina, but our favourite ex-Labor Power Broker & ICAC witness Eddie Obeid retains his sense of humour.
As the Shuttle revealed in LatteLife Newspaper , if Eddie were to face again any sort of formal tribunal, he has a 6'4" transvestite nephew who once belonged to the legendary Sydney drag troupe, Sylvia & The Synthetics who is very fond of his uncle. Said nephew is itching to turn up in short black dress, huge sunnies and a large picture hat to lend support to Eddie.
We digress : Mr Obied has been tweeting lately his views, not only one of Sydney's top nosheries but shows he also has a cracking sense of humour as you can see in his second tweet.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What do you wear in bed?

It was a question posed To Marilyn Monroe who famously responded "Chanel No 5".
Ten years ago, director Baz Luhrmann made a mini–romance film in the form of a commercial for the perfume starring his pal Nicole Kidman  with Nicole being the kind of woman who would wear Chanel No. 5. Now he has produced another film-commercial starring supermodel Gisele Bündchen (in our pic with Baz) and actor Michiel Huisman from the HBO series Game of Thrones

 Titled The One That I Want it's about the 21st-century woman who has it all but draws the line on her career when her marriage is in trouble. But you have to see it for yourself. We were lucky to have New York's top social snapper Patrick McMullan supply a us a few pics from the gala A-list premiere of the film hosted by Karl Largerfield in New York.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Asia food festival launches

 Food lovers gathered at the impressive Chinese restaurant China Republic on the edge of Chinatown for the launch Asia On Your Doorstep. Above Lord Mayor Clover Moore with Sydney MP Alex Greenwich presided over the opening ceremony to launch a month of wonderful Asian food events that draws tens of thousands of locals and tourists. Pictured above are also are lawyer Julie Singleton and socialites Diana Hamill and Glen Marie Frost who joined into the spirit along with many Asia media and some very impressive Consul Generals from Thailand, China and Indonesia. For more details of where events are happening go to the website Asia on Your Doorstep.
Virginnia Judge and Mel Nathan   Virginnia Greville and China Consul General Li Huaxin    Terry Potijak and the ABC's Tony Delroy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Wedding Craze

Maybe not a craze but it's certainly popular. Australian gay couples are getting hitched in New York at a furious pace. Last week we had Rupert Noffs (right) the brains behind Gideon Shoes, the brand of choice for young Hollywood types, swapping wedding bands with
his long time partner Matty Bennett in Central Park.

Now on the weekend fashion photographer James Houston and restauranteur Brian McGrory (right) promised undying love to each other in the Big Apple.
And the famous Gumleaf Mafia turned out to cheer on the happy couples with Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and Melissa George joining other famed gay wedding enthusiasts Elton John and David Furnish.
And gosh, aren't they handsome couples?

## One guest at the 80th birthday party last week for artist Charles Billich was TV presenter Krystle McGill who had just flown in from Hollywood.
The bubbly Krystle says she has some pretty exciting news but can't reveal anything just at the moment. And to ensure Nosey Parkers like moi didn't pry details from her she brought along a minder in the form of an agent.              

Krystle caused quite a stir at this year's Golden Globes when actor Jon Voigt turned the tables on her and decided to interview her as seen in the clip below

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Charles Turns 80

Sydney based, Croation born artist Charles Billich (left with wife Christa Billich) has turned 80 and he threw a bash to celebrate. Charles looks at least 10 years younger-how does he do it?
" I surround myself with beautiful people and they keep me young " was the reply and there were heaps of them with around 200 venturing into the sensational Billich Gallery in The Rocks on a Saturday night to party. One thing we love about Charles (apart from the art of course), the Pommery keeps flowing out of his very own stylishly decorated magnums. Here a few snaps from the night and below, some Billich art.
 And not just one birthday cake..80 !. OK they were only cupcakes but it's a neat idea.

Model agent Grant Dwyer & Don Spencer (he's Russell Crowe's dad-in-law) Fran McPherson (yes- she's The Body Elle McPherson's mum), Helen Appelton & Noushin Rahimia

Nightclub boss Karim Gharbi & glam date, Hans Whitman & Shari-Lea Hitchcock, Angela Belle McSweeney
Charles Billich's self portrait & some of his famous nudes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wedding Bells

While the world's paparazzi have gathered in Venice to catch a glimpse of Hollywood heart throb George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, New York ex-pat Aussies are heading to Central Park today for the nuptials of ex-Sydneysider Rupert Noffs and his partner Matty Bennett.

Noffs has been living in New York for four years and has been overseeing the set-up of his burgeoning shoe empire Gideon Shoes, favoured by young Hollywood types like Justin Timberlake, and which runs as a charity to aid young Aussies to enter the fashion world. Profits are ploughed back into the Street University in Sydney's western suburbs run by his older brother Mathew. He is also the grandson of the late reverend Ted Noffs the much loved founder of the Kings Cross' Wayside Chapel.
Rupert Noffs with partner Matty Bennett & mum Mandy Noffs in the middle
Ted Noffs
Wedding gossip :
# There is much talk amongst Hollywood insiders that Clooney's eventual plan is a run for Governor of California with many remarking that wife Amal 
Alamuddin has the charisma of Jackie Kennedy. 
 # One guest at the Noffs' nuptials will be top US publicist and reality TV star Kelly Cutrone who has guided Gideon Shoes to US success. Cutrone had a famous run-in with Sydney gossip scribe Ros Reines as we detailed in 2011.
# Rupert's grandmother was the flamboyant turban-wearing Double Bay identity Lois Rodie who owned the popular Coral Lea boutique.                                                

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Foto Fail

The Brownlow (football ) Medal circus has really gotten into top gear in the past few years and is now a fairly glam event as this picture selection shows- girlfriends of footie players in expensive gowns and jewelry.

But what possessed the picture editor of the newspaper who published the pics on the left, a series of snaps of footie players and their girlfriend clutching bottles of beer with the brand clearly exposed that just happened to match the name of the Crown Casino where the event was held?.

It's a big NO NO to ever publish photos of -especially- sport's stars holding identifiable alcoholic drinks like beer because of the obvious message sent to young readers. Glasses of liquid are fine as they could always be soft drinks. We won't name the newspaper ( Daily Telegraph) whose picture editor needs a good scolding

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Web Finds

Our web spotters include New York based Aussie marketing guru David Art Wales who snapped this friendly gent known to you and me as David Bowie on a flight from New York to Austin. And in Cattle Class !

Above is the Head Belieber, Justin who has supplied this quick video to us of him accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge (whatever that is) viewed below :

Finally the latest from Dame Edna Everage who is now in the second year of her Farewell Tour

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gary Shead's new exhibition

 Gary Shead with Shakespearean actor John Bell                                                          Peter Kingston & Stuart Purves
Gray Shead is regarded as one of Australia's finest lyrical, figurative painters. His new exhibition opened at the Australian Galleries in Paddington and is based on Dante Alighieri’s 14th century literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy.. By evening's end the gallery had sold nearly $750K worth of paintings but at his prices that may not be that many. They ranged from $16500 to $375,000. Here are a few snaps from the night. You can view the exhibition online here or at the gallery at 15 Royston Street Paddington until October 5th.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fashion Follies

New York Fashion Week has just concluded and TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has sent a reporter out to interview fashion punters attending. Just one hitch-every fashion 'name' and designer the reporter asks about is a phony.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Devil's Playground returns

Jack Thompson plays The Cardinal in Devil's Playground
stars of the show: Nicole Shostak, Jarin Towney, Andrew McFarlane, Morgana Davies, Don Hany, Simon Burke
Devil's Playground is a new psychological thriller & sequel to the 1976 Tom Keneally & Fred Schepsi film.The series begins in 1988 and features the character from the original film now grown up, (played again by Simon Burke) a secular confessor to the Catholic clergy who becomes entangled in political and theological intrigue. It stars Jack Thompson, John Noble & Toni Collette. We popped along to the Henrietta Supper Club in Kings Cross to meet and dine with the cast.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another star-studded evening!

 Well almost. You know you are possibly at the smartest shindig in town that night if the inevitable Stenmark Twins are rolled out. The occasion was the launch of some of the most extaraordinary Gin Palaces to hit Sydney. The type that are usually seen moored off Cannes or St Tropez.
Princess Yachts commandeered the sparkling new marina at Rose Bay to show off their latest wares and the punters were not disappointed. Luxury beyond compare, sleek and beautiful and looking very fast. And we did love the idea of plonking the odd Rolls Royce alongside the luxury boats. Or are they ships?
Kris Smith with Laura Csorton and the Stenmark twins        Larry Emdur and Sydney's top caterer Mandy Quinn

Kim Komes to Town


 The Kim Kardashian Circus came to Sydney and the required paparazzi moment was supplied.
Kim and assorted entourage stepped out last night and spent an hour at the new restaurant and bar,  Bar De Thé.

What a coup for them ! It opened quietly less than a month ago in East Sydney and has become a favourite meeting spot for Sydney's smart set.

Final word goes to Foxtel's Melissa Hoyer who was granted an audience with the reality star and received an allotted eight minutes.

And eight was what she got. Not a second more or a second less.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Peter & Hugh's Goodbye to Joan

 One little fact unreported about Joan Rivers' star-studded funeral- as she wanted it to be- was the song she was finally bade goodbye with that brought tears as well as applause to her last exit. The late Australian singer Peter Allen was a good friend of Joan's and each would go to see their respective shows in whatever city their paths crossed. Indeed the Shuttle who worked with Peter in London recalls Joan turning up to see Allen sing on three occasions when he appeared at a club called Madisons in Camden Lock.
And so Hugh Jackman who portrayed Allen in The Boy From Oz bicycled to Joan's farewell to sing the song Peter originally wrote about the late Judy Garland : Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage.
Here is Peter's original recording of that song.