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Friday, 23 June 2017

Darren Simpson Dies of Heart Attack

Darren Simpson, celebrated chef, has died.

According to an article in 'The Daily Telegraph', the father of two is believed to have suffered a heart attack on Thursday night after a recent attempt at rehabilitation in a clinic, then hospital near his Byron Bay home.

Continues the report:

"The restaurant and food industry friends of celebrity chef Darren Simpson have used social media to pay tribute to the former TV foodie who has died after a long battle with alcohol addiction-related illness."

Irish-born Darren was named UK’s Young Chef of the year at the age of 21, the youngest ever winner of the prestigious award, open to those under 25.

Darren trained in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including Le Gavrouche, the River Cafe, and Sir Terence Conran’s Sartoria in Savile Row.

Remember when Darren worked for Aqua Luna? He'd been headhunted in 1999, to become the head chef at the venue. He then opened the award-winning La Sala, a modern Italian restaurant, in Woollahra in 2005.

He went on to be a 'My Restaurant Rules' judge, and recently attracted media attention when he was appointed head chef of the upgraded The Avenue in June.

So sad. RIP Darren.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Katy Perry: Live Stream VIDEOS + James Corden Interview

Katy Perry is currently revealing herself all over the world wide web.

Or the 'Witness' World Wide to be exact. That's the name of her new album, y'all: 'Witness'.

See the intriguing full length clips below.

But first, in real time, her actual live stream:

Her lengthy live stream (my daughter showed me her YouTube live stream video of her at 3.25am US time, when she was fast asleep and suddenly I was intrigued... like the rest of the world). Her 'home' shows her life with her makeup artists, assistants, pets, chefs and a constant stream of celebrity guests.

Here are some highlights from the past 24 hours or so:

And, she's revealing even more in her interview with James Corden when he came to visit:

Here are her performances on the inside:

The whole fabulous album PR stunt is sponsored by Covergirl, who teamed up with Katy for their new campaign called #projectPDA. The campaign, which stands for Project Public Displays of Application, intends to challenge the stigma of applying makeup in public.

Katy Perry has a new image (and stylist?), new hair, and new album. Looks like 2017 is her kick ass year.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Turia Pitt: Pregnant - VIDEO

Turia Pitt has just revealed she is pregnant with her first child, with fiancé Michael Hoskin.

Here is how she announced it on Instagram, where she captioned the pic: All I wanted was a back rub... 🤰😂 (we are stoked - bring it on! ❤️❤️❤️)

And below, clip from '60 Minutes' Australia last night with her announcement...

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Turia and Michael found out only days before they were meant to head off to Nepal to start the very full on 12-day trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Turia took a pregnancy test because she had been feeling unusually tired and told '60 Minutes' her first reaction to it was: "Fuck.", revealing it to Michael by leaving the test in the bathroom while he was brushing his teeth:

She said: "I had a mouthful of toothpaste. I couldn’t really say much but I knew what was going on and I was just – I was like wow I can’t believe it!"

Turia reveals she was reluctant to cancel the trek, because it was for the burn survivor charity Interplast, but said that she had to make decisions for two people now.

"I wanted to do the walk, and then I thought about it and you know it’s not just myself I have to think about and Everest Base Camp there’s high altitude, low oxygen, not much sanitation and if something happens to you it’s really hard to get to a medical facility."

Turia is known as a bloody legend for not only surviving her burns ordeal, but for the inspirational work she has done extensive with Interplast since she recovered from severe burns she gained during a 100km marathon in the Kimberley region, when she and other runners became trapped in a grass fire.

Added Michael, saying they're 'stoked':

"We’ve been through something pretty traumatic and I mean we’re past that now – and you forget how hard that was so I reckon this will be more fun."

Adds Turia: "It makes me stoked I’m still here. Not every woman in the world gets to experience this and I get to with my best friend, my partner."

The couple's baby is due in December 2017.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

'Yummy Mummies': Channel 7 show - VIDEOS

Yummy Mummies.

The very words conjure up images of sexy mothers, mothers who wear heels and get their hair and nails done, go to the gym, and look after themselves, but hell yes they are also smart, together, clever women who know how to cut a lunch, sign off on business deals, and.. well, dare we say it... the moniker implies they are MILFs.


This is the name of the new show about to screen on Channel 7.

Oh yes.

The premise?

According to inside7.com.au, it's described as:

Channel Seven's new YUMMY MUMMIES follows four glamorous mothers-to-be as they navigate their pregnancies and make elaborate plans for motherhood with outrageous opinions of what to expect while they're expecting. As the bumps get bigger so do the demands and expectations.

We meet LORINSKA MERRINGTON, RACHEL WATTS, JANE SCANDIZZO and MARIA DIGERONIMO who await the arrival of their soon to be pampered princes and princesses. These Yummy Mummies are committed to their stylish social calendar and are firm in the belief that no baby will come between them and their elaborate lifestyles. These women are straight talking, hilarious and extremely desirable. When they're together no subject is off limits.

Here are the women:

And here is a mini trailer:

But this... this longer trailer released today is EVERYTHING (that baby shower...!)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Vivid at Taronga Zoo: Tickets + Info

You may have seen Vivid, this year, or last, or the year before that.

But have you seen Vivid at Taronga Zoo?

In a precinct that has "kiddie fun" written all over it, this collab at our fave Aussie zoo with our fave, and internationally renowned light show, Vivid, will be something to behold.

Called 'Lights for the Wild' it's an illuminated trail of giant animal lanterns lighting up Taronga Zoo, with Vivid as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Running for 23 nights from 26 May - 17 June, the Vivid Sydney / Taronga Zoo journey begins at the Zoo’s heritage-listed main entrance, brought to life with world-class dazzling projections. With your interactive wristband on, head through the gates and explore the illuminated trail that winds through the stunning grounds of Taronga Zoo.
For the first time, it will be a fully interactive and immersive event!
You can become part of the experience and interact with the light sculptures like never before with a state-of-the-art wristband that lets you become a light for the wild.
Alongside the festival favourites from last year’s Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo including the 10 legacy species lanterns, 'Lights for the Wild' 2017 will introduce us to a whole new cast of characters and surprises including a giant interactive Port Jackson Shark.

The giant multimedia light sculptures are here: meet the magnificent Sumatran Tiger, the vividly coloured Marine Turtle, a swarm of tiny buzzing bees and a giant interactive Gorillagram.
Created by Ample Projects, the collection of multimedia light sculptures is among the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns ever featured in Vivid Sydney.
“Each of these incredible installations and light sculptures tells a fascinating tale about conservation. People will have the opportunity to discover stories about these beautiful animals and learn how Taronga is working to help save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years,” said Taronga’s Director, Cameron Kerr.

“Our aim through Vivid Taronga is to inspire guests to become as passionate for the wild as we are and take positive action for wildlife conservation.”

Here is preview:

After the animals have retired to their night quarters for the evening, the lights of Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will take centre stage.

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is a ticketed precinct, with tickets on sale here: http://bit.ly/2p0CTpt
As Taronga is for the wild and not-for-profit, Taronga has an absolute commitment to the conservation of wildlife and to securing a shared future for wildlife and people. All ticket proceeds go directly back to Taronga Zoo’s work in conservation and wildlife care
Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open every night from Friday 26 May to Monday 19 June 2016, between 5.30pm – 9.30pm. For more information visit: taronga.org.au/vivid  

A note: animal exhibits at Taronga Zoo will not be open during Vivid Sydney hours. 

Also, of note: Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is sourcing 100% Green Power, accredited renewable energy for all lighting installations and projections that will form part of the light show.  Sourcing 100% Green Power is part of Taronga’s commitment to sustainability and will help work towards Taronga’s 2020 Carbon Reduction Target.

Here is a snippet from last year's Vivid at Taronga Zoo:

About Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. For more information visit: www.vividsydney.com  
You can also buy a Blue Pass, but these are limited.
Each night there will be a limited allocation of Blue Pass tickets that include a round trip on Taronga's Sky Safari cable car experience. See the zoo like never before and gain a truly unique perspective of Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo.
Follow the social media conversation here:
And don’t forget to share your experience - and your photos - here #VividTaronga

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Schapelle Corby, Mercedes on 'Kyle and Jackie O': VIDEOS

This morning, Kyle and Jackie O spoke to Schapelle Corby’s sister, Mercedes about how Schapelle is doing, whether she'd be the new 'The Bachelorette', those masks, that handbag with missing boy William Tyrell's image on it, and lots more.

Here is the whole interview, in segments:

Mercedes said that Schapelle is doing well, and they chatted about how the family had avoided the media upon her return to Australia - and that this would be staying a family secret.
Mercedes also revealed that she was with Schapelle at that moment she was on radio with the duo:
Said Kyle: “Can I get proof of life, just a ‘whats up b*tches!’
"Just a hello in the background", Jackie added.
"Oh she’s shy!" Mercedes replies. "Give us a proof of life!" Kyle said.
"Proof of life! One hello…" Mercedes pleads.
“Kyle and Jackie O. Hello,” Schapelle whispers back.
“Hi darl,” Kyle said.
“Yeah she’s shy!” Mercedes said.’
“Welcome back babe!” Kyle said.
“Well we got a hello,” Jackie said.
“She whispered it, she whispered it.”
“Well we know she’s alive, that’s good!”
‘Yeah, she’s alive,’ Mercedes confirmed.
And then, this: addressing the rumour that Schapelle could be the next 'Bachelorette'.
‘Is that laughable, or plausible?’ Jackie asks.
"Is that the one where they give out the roses, isn’t it?"
"Yeah, the one where you find love." Jackie replied.
"Yeah, she won’t be doing that! Haha!"
Well, Schapelle IS still in a relationship, with her Balinese partner, Ben Panangian, who she met in prison.
And she added that Schapelle wouldn’t be talking to the media anytime soon... and that media should “go home” and remove themselves from the family’s home.

Pippa Middleton, James Matthews honeymooning in Sydney


The not-quite-royals are in Sydney right now, right under your nose, getting extra blankets to combat the cold snap and seeing the Vivid lights just like you and I.

Okay, these elements I do not know for sure... but, Pippa Middleton and her brand new husband James Matthews are DEFINITELY in Sydney, fresh off their wedding day, and honeymooning in Syd-erney, after disembarking from a flight from New Zealand.

The couple were spotted by waiting paparazzi at Sydney Airport late on Tuesday night.
This photo by Janie Barrett, friend of Josie's Juice, for THIS article for SMH online.
And photos of them touching down have since been snapped up by publications in Britain.
Pippa is of course the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and aunt to the third and fourth in line to the British throne.

Welcome to Syders, you two!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Miranda Kerr And Evan Spiegel: Married

They've had a whirlwind romance, and now... they're married.

Miranda Kerr has married Evan Spiegel.

Evan is the Snapchat CEO, and the couple tied the knot in front of family and friends at their home in Brentwood, California on Saturday (US time).

The wedding had less than 50 guests.
"It was a small intimate wedding," says a source, who added that the bride looked regal and like a "natural princess", it was reported in this article.
In addition to being an intimate affair it was also an emotional one. Both the bride and groom had tears in their eyes, according to the insider from the report.
"The vows were beautiful," says a wedding guest.
The uber successful Australian model - Josie's Juice first met Miranda in the year 2000 when she was a model at the launch of 'The Body Shop' cosmetics line - announced her engagement to the expert and savvy tech mogul after one year of dating Miranda.

"He's just a really kind person and very genuine and very authentic and I really appreciate that about him," she explained before adding, "And also, he's very intelligent."

This is the second marriage for Miranda, who was previously married to actor Orlando Bloom for three years.

They married in 2010 and then split in October of 2013. The two have one child together, a son named Flynn

This is the first marriage for Spiegel.

In another article in E! News, Miranda did admit she's open to the idea of expanding her family with her new hubby.

"I am very content with having just one [child], but I am definitely open to the possibility of having more. [Flynn] will often say, ‘My friends have brothers or sisters, will I have a brother or sister one day?' I say, ‘Maybe, honey.'"

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Schapelle Corby: Instagram Account + Leaves Bali

Schapelle Corby is now a free woman... and she has made her debut on social media.
The convicted drug smuggler, known in Bali as the “ganja [marijuana] queen” has broken her silence on Instagram on Friday night... but news of her new Instagram account only broke on Saturday afternoon, Sydney time.
The news comes just hours before channel 7 is scheduled to board a Virgin Australia flight back to Brisbane.
This, just posted:

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And this, her first post:

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And now this:

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Follow her here:


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Ariana Grande Concert Bombing

The Islamic State terror group Isil has claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing that killed 22 people - including children - in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester.

Accoridng to this article in the UK's 'The Telegraph':

In a statement released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's official Amaq news agency, they said it was revenge for attacks on "Muslim lands".

"One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester," it said,  appearing to challenge the Manchester police theory it had been a suicide attack.

The jihadist group also claimed the attack, which killed at least 22 people - including children -  and injured 59 more concertgoers leaving a packed Ariana Grande performance at Manchester Arena, was planned beforehand.

They described the venue as a "shameless".

Isil did not publish a name or picture of the assailant, which they have done for some major attacks in the past. 

If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault on the UK since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

US officials drew parallels between the blast and the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.


Arrest in Ariana Grande Concert Bombing + Queen's Statement + Theresa May Statement

In news just in, an arrest has been made in connection with the Ariana Grande concert bombing, which killed 22 (updated from 19 people)

And, the Queen  has spoken of her shock. In a statement, she also thanked the emergency services and expressed admiration for the response of people in Manchester.

"The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity."

Sadly, the first victim of the attack has been named as Georgina Callander, 18.

She was an Ariana Grande "superfan" from Lancashire who met her idol in 2015 and was excited to see her on stage last night.

Runshaw College, where Callander was a student, released a statement, saying: “It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday’s Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College."

An eight-year-old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, was also confirmed as a fatality after beaming separated from her mother and sister.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has released a statement also.

This, taken from The Guardian.

She has condemned the attack in the strongest terms possible, saying that it stood out for its “appalling, sickening cowardice”.

"It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society, with cold calculation.

This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom. And, although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worst ever to hit the north of England ...

The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert, which was attended by many young families and groups of children. 

All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives …

We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage. 

She said terrorists would never win and the spirit of Manchester and Britain would not be broken. Concluding her statement, she said:

At terrible moments like these it is customary for leaders, politicians and others to condemn the perpetrators and declare that the terrorists will not win. But the fact that we have been here before, and the fact that we need to say this again, does not make it any less true. For, as so often while we experience the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best.

The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester. The attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together. And in the days ahead those must be the things we remember.

The images we hold in our minds should not be those of senseless slaughter, but the ordinary men and women who put concerns about their own safety to one side and rushed to help, of the men and women of the emergency services who worked tirelessly to bring comfort, to help and to save lives, of the messages of solidarity and hope of all those who opened their homes to the victims. For they are the images that embody the spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain, a spirit that through years of conflict and terrorism has never been broken and will never be broken.

There will be difficult days ahead. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of those affected, we offer our full support to the authorities, to the emergency and security services as they go about their workand we all, every single one of us, stand with the people of Manchester at this terrible time. And today, let us remember those who died and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win and our country, our values and our way of life will always prevail.