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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Azzedine Alaïa dies age 82

A true icon of fashion has died: fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, at age 82.

Here are video snippets - some vintage - on the famed and much loved maestro: he invented the 'body con' or 'bandage dress.'










Malcolm Young: Early Onset Dementia death at age 64.

The death of Malcolm Young is deeply upsetting for myriad reasons.



The most obvious is that the world has lost a musical genius. He was the founder of global behemoth of a band AC/ DC, and was the rhythm guitarist who invented the riffs that will forever go down in history.

His age - only 64 - is another reason he really is gone too soon. The man was still young.

And then there's dementia.

This illness claimed his life. His age at diagnosis was in his early 60s.

By definition, according to Dementia Australia:

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s mental functioning. It is a broad term which describes symptoms such as loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions.

The term younger onset dementia is used to describe any form of dementia diagnosed in people under the age of 65. The latest figures show that younger onset dementia affects approximately 25,938 Australians with dementia having been diagnosed in people in their 50’s, 40’s and even as early as their 30’s. Due to dementia in younger people being less common than dementia occurring after the age of 65 it can be difficult to diagnose. 

A natural born musician who conjured many of the signature riffs which made AC/DC a global rock force had fought for several years.
His brother and bandmate Angus paid tribute to the special bond they shared on the musical stage since their debut in 1973.



Due to his early onset dementia, he had to relearn his legendary riffs during AC/DCs 'Black Ice' tour. Malcolm's last performance was in 2010 in Spain.
Meanwhile, this guy Andrea Boma Boccarusso compiled 50 AC/DC riffs for your listening pleasure - he does both Malcolm's part and Angus's part:
According to this excellent piece my master music writer Kathy McCabe:
Young was a renowned perfectionist and uncompromising strategist, who took the hard decisions needed to propel AC/DC from the unforgiving Australia pub circuit to international success.
Just as he stood anchored rock solid on the stage, so he was the boss off it, in the studio and their business affairs, infamous for abruptly firing managers, producers or musicians when they didn’t measure up to his exacting standards.
And this snippet about his beginnings:
Young and his family immigrated from Glasgow to Australia as 10 pound Poms in 1963, landing at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Brother Angus's words are incredibly special and offer further insight into his perfectionist musical world:
With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.
As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man.
He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted.
He took great pride in all that he endeavored.
His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.
As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.
He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.
Malcolm, job well done.
Such beautiful words.
We will leave you with his best work to remember and enjoy:


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Same Sex Marriage: YES! ABS announces results

It's a YES!

The same sex marriage vote result is in... and it's a YES!


At 10am AEST in a room in Belconnen in the ACT, the Australian Bureau of Statistics handed down the vote, the result Australian postal vote survey.


Here is a breakdown of the result:



12,727,920 Voters
7,817,247 / 61.6% Yes
4,873,987 / 38.4% No
36,686 / 0.2% Unclear

BUT... that doesn't mean the law will automatically change.

The voluntary postal survey – which was always a plan B to the compulsory plebiscite – is not a binding mechanism with the effect of altering the Marriage Act.

Having deferred the decision to the Australian public, politicians will now need to act on that verdict by facilitating, amending and passing a bill.

The Turnbull government is determined to push it through before Christmas.

With only two parliamentary sitting weeks remain for the year, from Monday November 27 to Thursday December 7,  MPs will have to agree on how to legalise same-sex marriage in that time.

And now the work begins...



Friday, 10 November 2017

Netflix Offline Viewing aka 'Travel Lifesaver'

Oh hey parents! Have you been on one of those things called a 'holiday'? Or as I like to call it, taking your life to another spot, with less stuff and without those little luxuries and 'assets' which keep you sane...

You KNOW what I am talking about, folks...

And if you're going to be a Miss Judgey McJudgey Pants, well... keep reading!

Because if you're yet to discover the art of the pre travel download, listen up: this advice is life changing.

Enter Netflix!

My whole fam has a device, some more than one (leave that judgement at the door.... la la la la la la la... not listening!) and before we go away we load up on the good stuff, i.e., smash that home wifi by downloading alllll the shows we love, which is perfect for car travel, and proved to be fantastic during our mini break at a cabin at Shelly Beach, where there was no wifi to speak of (well, the signal was so weak it may as well have been non existent).

Add some noise cancelling headphones so you don't have to listen to anyone else's show (like the ones the generous folks from Netflix Australia/New Zealand Josie's Juice as a proud 'Steamteam Blogger' member - see below), some snacks (I am actually, legit called the snack queen when I go away with my friends), and you are in zone out heaven.




Think about it: long drive, all those "Are we there yet?" questions, NO Wifi, NO 'personal hotspot' to speak of, and... AH, look at that: your little ones' (and big ones') iPad are loaded up with all their fave 'Netflix Originals' shows, classic movies, and so much more. Everyone is quiet, everyone is happy.

Now, we don't advocate no family chatter at all when you all go away. But sometimes, sanity prevails when that time out from each other is needed, and you want to zone out in front of a screen. We've ALL done it, and it's kinda what makes you actually FEEL like you're on holidays.

For my daughter, it's all about 'Haters Back Off' and revisiting 'Total Drama Island', and movies like 'The Cat In The Hat'.

For my son, he likes to revisit the classics: 'Thomas And Friends' is still his fave, and his choices are almost endless via the kiddie movie selection.

Follow the conversation and see what all the other Netflix Streamteam Bloggers are up to and their viewing choices. See #StreamTeamANZ - and see the handy guide below!


SO!

Make downloading Netflix part of your packing process prior to travel.

Don't have Netflix yet?

GO here NOW: https://www.netflix.com/au/

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Antonio Carluccio Dies Age 80: Josie's Juice Tribute

Antonio Carluccio has died, age 80.

Touted the 'Godfather of Italian Cooking' he once said: “I consider vegetables the Cinderella of the food world,” the cook, author, restaurateur and television presenter once said. “That’s why I wanted to give them a bit of love'" he added when he released 25th cookbook called 'Vegetables.'

Josie's Juice was fortunate to share some quality time with the lovely Carluccio at his media event at a beautiful house in Bondi in October 2015, when he was in Australia as the face of Italian passata and peeled tomato brand Ciro.


Antonio Carlucco. Source: Twitter

His death was announced on his website, by the restaurant business, Carluccio's, on Twitter and by his agent.

Here is the news on his own Twitter page @cookcarluccio

 

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His Twitter profile says:

Godfather of Italian gastronomy. OBE, OMRI. Italian cookery writer, chef, restaurateur and food expert.
His cause of death was not immediately revealed.

Carluccio, who was born and raised in Italy, had restaurants in Britain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates bearing his name.


He also appeared in several television shows and wrote more than 22 cookbooks.
"Antonio built Carluccio's from one restaurant to the fantastic brand it is today," the restaurant company said in a statement. 
"It isn't just Antonio's name above our doors, but his heart and soul lives and breathes throughout our restaurants."
RIP big fella! We were thrilled to have some quality time with you and will be forever grateful for that time on the balcony overlooking Bondi beach.

Here is just one clip from the day:




And here is our much cherished photo together:




Here is the full statement:


Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE 19th April 1937 to 8th November 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE sadly passed away this morning.

Commendatore Antonio Carluccio was an OBE, OMRI and a much loved and respected Italian cookery writer, cook, restaurateur, food expert and loved TV personality, he was regarded as the Godfather of Italian cooking. Raised in the rural North West of Italy, Antonio had a rare and privileged breadth of culinary knowledge.

Antonio was appointed Commendatore by the Italian Government in 1998 for services rendered to Italy, the equivalent of a British knighthood. He also received an OBE from The Queen in 2007 for services to the catering industry.

In 1981 Antonio opened the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden, London, which traded for 26 years. In the same year he also was runner up in the Sunday Times Cook of the Year.

In 1999 Antonio co-founded Carluccio’s and it is his dedication and legacy which has made the restaurant group one of the UK’s most successful and well-known brands.

Antonio was awarded the AA Hospitality Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. Winners of this award are congratulated for making significant contributions to their industry, which have had a notable impact, and have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to progress in their field.

Source: http://antonio-carluccio.co.uk/commendatore-antonio-carluccio-died/

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Sophie Monk 'The Bachelorette' chooses Stu

Sophie Monk has chosen her man as the first celebrity 'The Bachelorette'.

Tonight she could choose either Jarrod or Stu.




And she chose...

STU!

The pair knew each other before 'The Bachelorette' even kicked off, and while it has been widely reported the still married (but separated) Stu, who is also a father to four girls, is a squillionare (actual estimated and also widely reported worth at just under $500 million dollars), Sophie seemed to fall for the late comer to the house Stu.

And here we are.

But Jarrod's tears... oh boy!

Did you pick tonight's outcome?


Lisa Wilkinson pays tribute to Rebecka Delforce + VIDEO 'Australian Story'

What a story, what a tribute.

Lisa Wilkinson has paid tribute to her co-worker and friend Rebecka Delforce, who died last week.

Lisa hired Rebecka at Cleo magazine in the 1990s.

Here is a photo of Lisa and Rebecka and the Cleo team:


Rebecka's funeral was yesterday and today Lisa wrote an incredible tribute. Titled 'A Little Bit of Perspective About What's Really Important', and subtitled: 'Let me tell you the story of Rebecka Delforce.'

It's a must read. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE.

Rebecka's partner Darren Stratti died nine years ago, in tragic circumstances.

Rebecka and Darren's story was told on 'Australian Story' several years ago. It''s a MUST watch. What a love story, what a life story, what an inspirational couple.

Here is a description of the episode, which screened on 29 September, 2008

Rebecka Delforce and Darren Stratti were primary school sweethearts. Life took them on different paths but when they met again as adults, they knew that they were meant to be together. Darren Stratti talked about 'falling in love twice' - once with Rebecka and again with her dream to build a children's village in Africa. In 2007, after four years of planning and fundraising, the couple moved to Tanzania to start putting up the buildings. But within a year, tragedy struck in an event that became headline news back home in Australia.

Darren was a school mate - we went to the same school, and all I recall is a towering presence of a man.

RIP Darren and Rebecka.