Sunday, August 28, 2016

Diamonds are everyone's best friends

Michel & CoCo Germani cut the ribbon at their Chatswood Chase boutique
Top end jeweler Michel Germani is back in town in a big way. After a three year sojourn in Shanghai he is back and will be opening several boutiques in Sydney. If you are not familiar with Michel's beautiful creations you should do yourself a favour. Big celebrity names are among his most loyal customers and the creations he produces really are quite exquisite as you can see below. His men's watches rival many of the better know brands.
Paris Dwyer & Todd Tai

Michel has opened a new shop in Chatswood Chase- Whispers went to the opening bash -and has one planned for Castle Hill and even better, a new store will open later this year in Sydney's Hilton Hotel

Zahrina Robertson*Natasha Tszyu * Karen Ledbury*Alevtina* Natasha Nizko

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Our" ABC scoops the rest

It may be just some light celebrity reporting but the ABC has scooped the well funded private media networks with their exclusive photos and report on the filming of the movie Thor in Brisbane with actor Chris Hemsworth ( the Hemsworth brothers were brought up in Byron Bay about a 90 minute drive from Brissy). The ABC have confirmed their pictures were taken by an ABC staff photographer and that they would never buy in paparazzi pics in a tale like this. They have also done a follow-up today on how the LIVIN top Hemsworth is wearing -with profits going to a suicide prevention charity-are selling like hotcakes.
My source also says Hemsworth was active in informing the ABC of their filming schedule as he wants to promote LIVIN and deliberately chose the national broadcaster as he is a great believer in it.

The former Mrs Edelsten

Did she ever take the name Edelsten? Whispers cannot remember but wowsie- just look at Geoffrey Edelsten's former flame Brynne Gordon now. Hot!

This snap just landed in our in-tray and we had to bring it to you asap. You can thank us later.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dream on Salim

Melbourne has Geoffrey - Sydney has Salim

Budding personality Salim Mehajer who is Deputy Mayor of a suburb somewhere in the west ( we mean that nicely) has made a promotional video. We think that's what is (and is Salim still Deputy Mayor or was the Council dissolved?)
There's lots of exhorting to the viewer to "dream, dream" about what? We aren't sure. Any way it's a chance for Salim to show off one of his fab cars. the last time we had a 'celebrity' who expected us to be transfixed by his expensive motor cars was the colourful Geoffrey Eldesten iof Melbourne but sadly his stable of luxury vehicles all disappeared from the garage one day and were last seen speeding off in a cloud of dust with a posse of debt collectors driving them. We hope Salim fares better. Watch and dream.

INSTANT UPDATE : Oh dear..since the 7 Network ran some videos of Salim in a less than happy mood his Dream video has gone private. Never fear, another version has appeared on Youtube.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Less is more..

Apparently everyone will be watching the much criticised 60 Minutes tonight ( late of Lebanese kidnap fame) as they broadcast a "hard hitting" interview with publicist Roxy Jacenko whose clients we have now all but forgotten. We have an appointment with some old friends so sadly will miss it.
A Telegraph feature pushes the tabloid TV show with a shocking revelation and we quote:

“Someone wrote on Hunter’s Instagram, ‘How’s your mummy’s fake cancer?’” she said.
“It makes me angry, I mean the reality is you’d have to be sick in the head to think that someone would actually manipulate a timeline on cancer. People die from cancer.”
A two year old with an Instagram account? And a two year -old who can read and understand such a complex issue as cancer?. The mind boggles.  Pictured- Roxy with Hunter as he prepares dinner.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

For our US readers

we get around 1000 per day:

## an amazing reaction to our report on Sam Neill's put down of the local licensing laws that seem to be decimating Sydney's night life. Many views came from Europe & the US. What does this mean for tourism?. Also perhaps the entire population of the Southern Highlands has now read up on the local dramas there.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sam Neill slams Lock Out Laws

Actor Sam Neill was at Parramatta to announce the move there of John Poulson's short film festival Tropfest, covered by Whispers so many times including the very first one years ago which had only 20 guests that included Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (and moi).

The controversial lock out laws that now make nightclubs serve their last drinks at midnight have devastated Kings Cross and the Golden Gay Mile of Oxford Street. Sam had some pretty strong criticism of the laws. Will we be going to Parramatta to attend Tropfest? Hmmm, may have to think long and hard about that. It took 90 minutes to get to the presser but I suppose there is always the ferry.

Usain Bolt's inspiration?

This little Joey kangaroo? Probably not. But it's a good excuse to re-publish Whisper's snaps from 3 years ago of the sensational Usain Bolt, the Jamaican born superstar who surged through   a field of his rivals to win in 9.81secs

Later Usain said that "his relatively slow speed was down to the lack of recovery time after the semi-final." Bolt is a class act and when he attended a Sydney sports dinner three years ago at Darling Harbour he specifically requested that with little time to sight see, he would love to see some of our indigenous animals so the cute cuddlies were delivered to Usain to hold and we were there for the exclusive snaps. Aren't they cute?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Dramas in The Shire

Southern Highlands' fans: Miriam Margolyes,Nicole & Keith,Leo DiCaprio, Lady Renouf,Lord McAlpine. Arnie
James Fairfax
The Southern Highlands is undoubtedly the most beautiful and desirable country property in Australia. It's green gentle rolling hills, just a 2 hour drive from Sydney are home to numerous celebrities like Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes, superstar Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban who call the former Governor's retreat Bunya Hill their country base, Fairfax publishing scion James Fairfax along with numerous Eastern Suburb's residents who have hobby farms there. The late UK Conservative Party heavyweight Lord McAlpine called the Shire home as did the late Lady Renouf for some years and even the ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a representative to look for a suitable property while last year film heartthrob Leo DiCaprio declared it was his favourite spot in all the world.

Three years ago publisher Jane King decided the local newspaper scene needed a bit of shake-up, moved there with her family and produced a Southern Highland's version of her Eastern Suburbs free newspaper LatteLife. Her son Cristian King who manages the three King newspapers took on the job of reporting on local council affairs and was soon ruffling some very important feathers out of their complacent stupor.
Bunya Hill
But a few weeks ago Latte Life's advertisers found an anonymous old-style Poison Pen Letter landing on their doorsteps alleging all sorts of scurrilous goings-on. To show there were no hard feelings all the advertisers decided to step up their support for the newspaper and many delivered the letters to the local cop shop. Now the Australian Federal Police has stepped in to forensically examine the offending missives.

Cristian King
Meanwhile manager Christian King- defending himself -succeeded in having an attempted Apprehended Violence Order from a local councilor thrown out of court and is also suing a councilor for defamation.

And to show he has no hard feelings, Cristian has now put himself up for election in the Wingecarribee Shire Council which if successful could see him as Australia's youngest Councilor. Ex-Wingecarribee Mayor Julie Arkright  has stepped into the breach to take over Cristian's council reporting.
I'm told the local coffee shoppes and pubs are abuzz with chat on the matters with many viewing it as the most exciting series of events to have happened in the area in decades!
# Whispers occasionally does some work for LatteLife Newspapers.

Friends in High Places

Michael and Judy McMahon are stalwarts of the Sydney restaurant scene and their harbourside eatery Catalina in Rose Bay is right at the top of the very best spots for a bite to eat in the Eastern Suburbs. It even has it's own tame pelicans to charm diners and next door is the base for the quaint flying boats that deliver passengers to ritzy Palm Beach.

Judy has just turned 60 so that's as good a reason as any to hold a shindig so she gathered some old pals at Catalina for lunch which included our esteemed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his lovely wife Lucy as our snap shows with birthday girl Judy. And the menu? : glazed Toothfish and braised octopus with couscous to start with followed by roast lamb with roasted baby beetroots washed down with Pommery Rosé Champagne. We reckon Malcolm needed a spot of relaxation. For Tuesday & The Census was just around the corner.

It's a Win for Bieber !

In Whisper's shameless clickbait experiment  reporting of some very important news - the fact that nude photos had been published (not by us !) of heartthrobs Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber there has been an interesting development.
In just 4 days nearly 40,000 plus visitors have come to this little corner of the internet to seek news of Orlando's hunky frame but as of today over 60,000 have come to hear about the Bieber's bare-all action. So that puts Bieber at No 1 in the Nude Male Hunks stakes.

Even more pleasing over 38,000 readers have come to hear all about David Jones Spring Summer fashions and nearly 26,000 readers clicked to read about the opening of Eleven Bridge.
Jessica Gomez at the David Jones Spring Summer Fashion Parades

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Eleven Bridge opens

Despite Sydney's nightlife seemingly vanishing before our very eyes with the new Lock Out laws, celebrity chef Neil Perry re-opened his Rock's restaurant as Eleven Bridge on Monday night. Previously named Rockpool, Perry closed the eatery six months ago.
A favourite with celebrities and fine diners- Whispers once sat at a table next to Joan Collins , Russell Crowe and media mogul Lachlan Murdoch (and that was a slow night), the foodie world was stunned when Perry suddenly closed up shop with a restaurant in a prime location and famed the world over.
But always one step ahead of his rivals, Perry had always planned to turn Rockpool into a more informal diner and Eleven Bridge was born.
You can peruse the new restaurants menu here but don't be too shocked at the prices. Hey, it's The Rocks and the NSW Government has just announced plans to spend $200M on refurbishing Circular Quay and The Rocks. Already a major tourist area it badly needs a re-vamp and Perry who also designs menus for Qantas is not one to miss a trick.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

What a difference a day makes. The art of click bait is demonstrated. In just 90 minutes of posting a link to celebrity nude snaps nearly 19,000 readers called by this corner of the internet. At least DJs got a healthy look-in with over 11,000 views in 2 days.

Justin Bieber Nude

It's just outrageous.
The internet has gone crazy again over a nude snap of a pop star.And not just any star- it's the world's biggest pop star Justin Bieber who is flaunting his body for all the world to see.
We know our readers will be as shocked as we are at this behavior.

If you wish to further shocked and outraged then you will have ..

Thursday, August 4, 2016

David Jones Fashion on a wet & windy night

Wow what a star-studded guest list and yet, yet, no Terri Biviano at the David Jones Spring Summer fashion gala at Fox Studios tonight. What can it mean?. Above on the left is our esteemed Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop and her partner David Panton. Next is one of our favourite Hollywood stars Rachael Griffiths followed by our favourite talent show winner Guy Sebastian with Jules Egan and our very favourite nightclub mogul Justin Hemmes.

Below are some lovely fashion snaps as we know you just love all these glamorous frocks and following that some beefcake, both male & female.
We just can't list all the fab designers who were on hand. You'll have to go to your nearest David Jones store and check out the racks. But where was Terri I hear you ask? It's not a Sydney party without Ms Biviano and at least 3 footballers. Was it the weather? It was raining cats & dogs but your intrepid reporter did his duty and stepped out to assist in the consumption of champers and to ogle models on your behalf. Someone has to do it!

 TATTOOED NECK of THE MONTH had to be this handsome male model in tonight's parade and HAIRSTYLE of THE MONTH was won by Alice Hill with her homage to Brigitte Bardot.
 And because we always cater to all your needs- here is supermodel Jessica Gomez. Gosh. What fun.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Michael Coppel and Philip McIntyre in association with Louise
Withers present the World Premiere Tour of John Cleese’s official adaptation of Fawlty Towers Live on Stage – touring Australia and New Zealand from August 2016.

Fawlty Towers Live will be based on the BBC TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. It will be adapted for the stage by John Cleese, with direction by Caroline J. Ranger and set design by Liz Ascroft.
Manic, snobbish, condescending, sycophantic and rude, Basil Fawlty is without doubt one of the funniest, most iconic and most memorable British comedy characters ever written. This original adaptation and all-new Australian cast, will bring all your beloved characters to life onstage in an unmissable evening of hilarity!

Sydney: Roslyn Packer Theatre FROM 19 AUGUST

NOTICE : Careless Whispers will be back onboard tomorrow after a bout of illness. Even the office cat Mildred who can adequately fill our shoes couldn't be available due to a de-sexing operation. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

P.J. O'Rourke: 'Dangerous State of The Nation" at Sydney Opera House

 Best-selling author P.J. O'Rourke is heading straight to our stage to deliver his Dangerous State of the Nation.  Roaming foreign affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine for 20 years,  He is also a libertarian Republican satirist who recently reluctantly backed Hilary Clinton as "the second-worst thing that can happen to [America]." Former gonzo Editor of National Lampoon and writer of Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government, he is now the H.L Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.  TICKETS HERE for August 9th.
Read Susan Chenery's interview with O'Rourke in The Saturday Paper

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What the world needs now..

In an event organised by stage star Trevor Ashley at the Sydney Town Hall, fellow thespians lined up to appear in a concert to aid the victims of the terrible Orlando shootings :  From Sydney With Love – A Concert for Orlando. Among the performers :  Magda Szubanski, Joel Creasey, Bob Downe, Paul Capsis, iOTA, Emma Matthews, Simon Burke and Virginia Gay.
Her is the finale What The World Needs Now.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Barry wins the Archibald

 Louise Hearman's portrait of Barry Hunphries has won the 2016 Archibald portrait contest
Finalists 'Pat  by Alan Jones * Peter Weiss by Nicholas Harding* Deng by Nick Stathopolous* Self by Benjamin Aitken
                                                           Wendy Whiteley by Natasha Bieniek
Winner of the Wynne Prize:Spring Frost by Eiloth Gruner

           The Archibald Portrait exhibition is now open at the art Gallery of NSW : entry is free

Thursday, July 14, 2016

All yours for Fifty Bucks !

This is the beautiful island of Kosrae which is part of Micronesia. It's about 5000 kms from Sydney and when you think "tropical paradise" it just doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful beaches. friendly locals and constant sunny gorgeous weather.
And for $49 you can buy a ticket in a lottery to win the lovely little Nautilus Resort pictured below which is a "16-room complex emphasizes comfort, convenience and consideration. Striking tropical gardens surround the restaurant and bar, with an inviting swimming pool nearby for leisurely dipping".
The Australian family who built this resort in 1992 want to return to Oz. Whispers got a ticket but you have to hurry as there are just 11 days left.
Go here to get your winning ticket :

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Star Trek Beyond on a Winter's night

Star Trek stars with director Justin Lin (centre): John Cho,   Karl Urban,  Zachary Qunto,   Chris Pine
Another night and another Sydney opening. Tonight is was Star Trek Beyond. And what a night! Blustery, cold and wet and very uncomfortable. Still once we were ensconced in the warm theater to watch 2 hours of escapism it was jolly good fun. And what a rather empty Red Carpet. Not even Terri Biviano turned up on a night like this! Who is she? Well might you ask but she's a regular on the carpet along with assorted footballers and news readers who jostle to stand in front of a hastily erected  & dreaded "media board", the scourge of social snappers and paparazzi alike as they all get the same pic which is dated and unsaleable by tomorrow. Good movie though.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gratuitous Justin Bieber pix

Yes it's time for the latest Justin Bieber (semi) nude pix that has the internet going crazy. Whisper's spy disguised as an intern in the Calvin Klein advertising agency says The Bieber gets an extra $1M every time he does this. So that's OK then. What has this to do with Sydney?. Nothing, It's all about clickbait and we are shameless,

Monday, July 4, 2016

Adventures in Paradise

                                     Ben May of Mrs Sippy.                                  photo by Tamara Dean

Earlier we reported on the success of the Balinese version of Bondi's famous Icebergs restaurant which has played host to just about every visiting celebrity who spends time in Sydney. Opened by Maurice Terzini in 2014 has become the hot spot for slebs and locals in the island resort.

Now Andrew Stanway who launched the highly successful Mrs Sippy restaurant in Double Bay is in the process of building his Mrs Sippy Bali right near the upmarket Potato Head Beach Club but dramas have broken out. Bali's highly partisan newspapers have claimed all sorts of dramas have caused work to halt on the almost completed luxury bar and restaurant. There have been claims of falsified documents and even the Bali police have gotten involved although that's pretty normal for Bali.  Usually booking a table at the local Policeman's Ball smooths those ruffled feathers.
               Fortunately a mediator has stepped in to negotiate a settlement between the warring parties that include Stanway and his partner Ben May and a local who claims to own part of the land Mrs Sippy is being built. Stanway has called the whole thing a storm in a Balinese teapot and says he will open his venue in September.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gabi Grecko Update

That saucy minx Gabi Grecko ( see our tale below) has been revealing more about her latest antics that includes a "mile high sex romp with NYPD officers."

What can poor Geoffrey Edelston be thinking as his former flame appears to  have re-joined the Oldest Profession. And what does his mum think?
Whispers once sat with her at a table at a Melbourne charity do and she said "Geoffrey always falls in love with the wrong type of woman". Indeed.
According to the current issue of Womans Day Geoffrey say he "didn't know Gabi was a prostitute".

Read about Gabi's Mile High Tricks Here

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Gabi's new life in Brooklyn

I know Dear Readers, that you have been pondering on just what the fragrant Gabi Grecko has been up to since she departed these shores and from the life of fabled businessman Geoffrey Edlesten, pictured right at the Melbourne Cup.
A tale has just emerged in the Times of Israel titled :

"Ex-prostitute alleges Orthodox businessmen mistreated her "

 No they aren't referring to Geoffrey of the hideous colourful suits, but one Jeremy Reichberg of Brooklyn in New York who has been arrested for bribing police officers.

Gabi says she met Reichberg at a "Manhattan bachelor party" and that "she initially expected the job to be limited to “sitting on people’s laps and drinking with them.” She described the men as “really creepy and very rude and offensive.” 
Read it for yourself here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Society plays guessing game

It's been the talk of the Eastern Suburbs over the past week: who is the writer of this article referring 
Financial Review journalist Joe Aston who writes the gossipy Rear Window column has written a rousing defense of Roxy Jacenko who has been as would be expected, supporting her husband Oliver Curtis during his insider trading trial for which he has just been found guilty. Curtis will find out on Friday if he will receive a jail sentence.
Whispers met Curtis last weekend where he was keeping a low profile at a racing royalty Ingham's family christening held at Doyles in Circular Quay. We didn't like to bring up any controversial subjects. We've also attended many of Roxy's PR events and she's always pleasant and we find, one of the more efficient publicists in town. She's been receiving some flack for her choice of outfits while attending court but nothing new there- Roxy just dresses as she always does.
But this line has set the tongues wagging as names of columnists have been bandied about :
"And the laziest journos in the game, the furry-teethed ones with two decades of free canapes (literally) under their belts, write their one dog-tired column a week (don't ask us what their other workdays are devoted to), loathe Roxy" Ouch !

Read Joe's column here.
Update : Curtis was jailed for 2 years with a minimum of one year to be served.