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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Angela Bishop's Husband Peter Baikie Dies, age 54

Angela Bishop, a firm fixture on our TV screens for many years, as entertainment reporter for Channel 10, has had a tragedy in her family - her husband Peter Baikie has died, after being diagnosed with a "rare form of cancer" in February 2016.

A statement was released on today, with Bishop stating she was "devastated".

"It is with a heavy heart that Angela Bishop, family and friends advise you of the passing of Angela's much-loved husband, Peter Baikie," the statement said.

"Peter is the adored father of Amelia, brother of Wendy Rylance, cherished son-in-law of Bronwyn Bishop and brother-in-law of Sally Bishop."

"His courage in fighting this disease left all that shared his journey full of immense admiration. He found his tower of strength in his wife Angela and the love of his daughter Amelia."

"He fought courageously till the end and passed away on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends."

Peter, Amelia, and Angela. Photo: supplied
Angela Bishop, 50, is the daughter of former federal politician Bronwyn Bishop. Angela and Peter's daughter Amelia is age 10. Josie's Juice recalls being pregnant at the same time as Angela.

In this article, Angela said:

"Amelia is everything to us. I didn't plan on having her late, that was just when I met my husband [they married in 2005]. And then it took us a couple of years to have her. I would have loved for it to happen earlier.

"We were ready, but nature took a while to catch up. We feel utterly blessed to have her and maybe that's because it took a while."

The statement contained: "Peter was a car fanatic, a motorbike lover and a gifted mechanic. He embraced life with all it had to offer him - but without doubt his family and friends were the highlights in his world."

"The love shown to Angela and family during his final days by Peter's circle of friends is testament to the man he was. He will be dearly missed but forever loved."

RIP Peter. Such a sad story.

Georgie Gardner: 'Today' show host announcement

Georgie Gardner is the NEW 'Today' show host!

It was just announced on the show!

Following the departure of Lisa Wilkinson a few weeks ago, Georgie - who was the newsreader for the Today show, and left the show three years ago - will step in as co-host.

Georgie will join Karl Stefanovic from next year, as well as newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys, and sports presenter Tim Gilbert on the Today's panel.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

David Cassidy Dies Age 67

David Cassidy, the pop culture idol of the 1970s most renowned for his role on 'The Partridge Family', died Tuesday in a Florida hospital. The musician / actor was aged 67.

His publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed his death, with a statement from his family:

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

David had been hospitalised for several days with organ failure, and announced his diagnosis with dementia in early 2017.

He performed at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York in March, talking about his dementia, and said his arthritis made playing guitar difficult.

RIP old school spunk.

Here is breaking news report, with some archival footage below:

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!


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

Don't have Netflix yet?

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