The Oscars: Return of the Y-fronts

Thirty-three years after Risky Business and the white Y-front has made a blazing Hollywood comeback, courtesy of Michael Keaton’s ballsy Birdman outing, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s revelation that he had worn his ‘tighty whities’ to the Oscars and Neil Patrick Harris’ semi-nude hosting performance. But it wasn’t the worst thing the night offered. Read on…

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And the Oscar might go to…

I’m trying something new for this year’s Oscars predictions. I’m flying blind. Because for the first time EVER, I’ve seen barely any of the nominated movies. Well, until last night when I farmed the kid out for a sleepover and binged on The Imitation Game AND American Sniper. So here goes nothing. My tips are…

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Drop everything: we’re in Eurovision!

When considering the pros and cons of living in Australia, about the only negative that has ever sprung to mind is that, because of where our girt-by-sea land sits on the world map, we could never be in Eurovision. We could look at the smorgasbord of cheese on offer each year — the Irish Guinness…

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Thank God for girlfriends

Sydney in January is fantastic. For a start, most of the people who live here bugger off on holidays. Apart from the one million people who converge on the harbour for the new year fireworks, you practically have the joint to yourself. It’s a month of beach and barbecues. Even if you’re not so inclined,…

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Reader’s request: how to be a world champion

You’ve seen in the new year and made the usual resolutions to eat less, exercise more and give up all your vices. Seriously, where’s the fun in that? How about branching out a bit? Why not become a world champion? I’m not talking about turning yourself into the next Usain Bolt or Serena Williams. That…

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This is still our Sydney

It’s Monday morning and I’m running late. Walking late. It’s twenty minutes to ten when I turn left from Phillip St into Martin Place. I don’t look at the Lindt cafe as I pass. My eyes are focused on the Channel Seven news ticker. I can’t remember now what it says but I’m sure Michael…

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Sports pursuits for our G20 visitors

Dear world leaders. Welcome to Australia. I will be your sports concierge during your G20 visit. Any sport you’d like to see or try, to take your mind off the weighty problems of the world, I’m your guy. For those of you with tickets to the much hyped Shirtfront Showdown between Tony ‘The Duke’ Abbott…

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Eurovision: It’s not over till the bearded lady sings

As Austria’s Conchita Wurst belted out her Eurovision power ballad Rise Like A Phoenix, the Twittersphere lit up with calls for the song to feature in the next Bond movie. And why not? It has all the required elements. Rousing lyrics, a soaring melody, dramatic instrumentation. But let’s not stop there. Why not make Conchita…

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