Skulls and Vodka? Dan Aykroyd and his celebratory bevy . . .



Maybe it is just my love of skulls, but am excited to see that Crystal Head Vodka, one of the fastest growing ultra-premium vodka brands on the market is now available in Australia.

After resetting the bar for 'purity in vodka' internationally, Crystal Head has recently come to Australian shores, combining  the ultimate spirit, purest product and highest quality ingredients.

Crystal Head Vodka is quadruple-distilled and triple-filtered through Herkimer diamond crystals. Produced from water sourced from a deep glacier lake in Newfoundland, Canada, it is a pure spirit free of any additives such as sugar, glycerin or citrus oil. Boy, it actyally sounds healthy.

The pure spirit of Crystal Head Vodka is complemented by its striking skull-shaped bottle, which celebrates the mystical legend of the 13 Crystal Heads.

These mystical Crystal Heads have been unearthed in places of great spiritual power around the globe and scientific analysis places the age of each skull at between 5,000 and 35,000 years old.

Each skull was carved from a single piece of pure crystal quartz. No one knows how they were made, or why they were made. There are no discernible tool marks to provide any clues.

The brand was founded by Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander. Aykroyd, a well-known actor, musician, entrepreneur and spiritualist; a believer in what he calls the "invisible world" where otherworldly presences are a "form of reality as valid as our normal reality." Partner and veteran fine artist, John Alexander has exhibited extensively in the United States and around the world. Together, they were avid researchers of the legend of the 13 crystal heads. And from this inspiration, the idea was born.

"Crystal Head prides itself on the quality of its vodka, which originates with deep glacial aquifer water from one of the planet’s purest sources – Newfoundland, Canada. The award winning quadruple distillation and triple filtering processes are achieved at one of the last government owned facilities in the world – the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Distillery Corporation”, enthuses Aykroyd.

Crystal Head Vodka was named a “Rising Star” by the Beverage Information Group of America, publishers of Cheers magazine and producers of the annual Cheers Beverage Conference.

According to Charles Forman, Editor, Cheers Magazine, “Crystal Head Vodka, through its attractive packaging, product quality and well-timed entrance into the market has shown that even during a challenging economy, consumers are willing to trade up to the right brand.”Visit

The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman and Julia Gillard get it on in Sydney . . . figuratively . . .

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The good life and games seriously continue . . . .


This story first appeared on on Wednesday , August1.

The Vibe, the pop culture, the Foxtel party at The Ritz. Fifi and Jules & Hamish and Andy's party in Notting Hill, a night on the Caledonian Sun ship. The the fun and games have certainly kicked in!




Oz swimming medallist, Christian Sprenger, strips off for Hottie . . .












Let the branding and the gains begin!

This morning, Christian Sprenger may have just scored Australia's 100m Breastroke silver medallist . . .but he had already won a zillion fans as the 'face' and 'body' of undies brand, Hottie.

Sirie Pelmos, who runs the undies brand, Hottie, just had an update from Chritstian's, umm, mum: "Hey Sirie. U have no idea of the emotion we are experiencing!!!! The messages are amazing. But most of all he is amazing. Saw him about 11pm and catching up for a big lunch tomorrow. Held the medal. Wow. It is huge. Thanks for your support. Xxxx"

Now a  silver medallist; a 3 medal winner at the World Cup and a double Commonwealth champion, Christian Sprenger fronts the campaign for Australian underwear brand Hottie Australia’s new men’s line.

Sprenger cuts an enviable toned 1.9 metre tall frame in his Hottie boxer briefs.  “Christian represents the best Australia has to offer; good humour, good sportsmanship, dedication and commitment to the community.  He is a university student, all-round nice bloke and an elite athlete. Hottie Australia is proud to have him on board.”  Says Hottie director, Sirie Palmos.

Mr Sprenger is emerging as one of Australia sport’s pin up boys, winning a silver today (and one at the Beijing Olympics), nine individual FINA World Cup races, even breaking Kosuke Kitajima’s 200m breast stroke world record at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

Sprenger produced the race of his career but revealed afterwards he almost never got to London as he considered quitting the sport last year.

However he said a change in coach and dropping his former pet event, the 200m breaststroke, had made all the difference.

"I lost a bit of drive in the sport, I think mainly because the 200m was dragging me down," an emotional Sprenger said, he told

"I wanted a bit more dimension to my swimming. My attitude changed at training, I changed coaches, just a new environment helped a lot.

"I was starting to focus on university a bit more, and thinking about life outside of swimming because obviously it's not going to last forever.

"The stars aligned for me tonight ... I'm thankful every day now I didn't give it up and gave it one more shot. "I'm just so glad to be here."

"My goal was to break the minute this year and sometimes you just have those swims and everything falls into place, and for me it was tonight," he said.

"This was it for me. So I went into the race thinking, 'this could be my only chance' and that's how I swam the race. I swam like there was no more races ever again."

Take a look at Christian in his mode . . .