Tradition is a nice ole thing but one 'engagement' is quite enough Mr Norman

Tradition can be a lovely thing. But in engagement terms, once is definitely enough. Does anyone else feel a bit cringeworthy about the Greg Norman engagement scenario?

Sure, no-one can ever begrudge anyone of finding magnificent, true, soul-saturating, ever-lasting love... but this whole ‘we’re engaged’ palaver three times on just seems a bit, well, embarrassing. And slightly juvenile. We’re talking a 55-year-old, mega-successful and wealthy man who had been there, done this all before and let’s face it, it wasn’t too long since the last time it all happened.

We’ve all seen first-time engaged couples get caught up the whole wedding preparation thing, and that is truly exciting, fresh and exhilarating.
But really, it shouldn’t be a scenario that keeps getting repeated. And repeated. And repeated.

Around time three shouldn’t you just get married? Quietly. Instead of dragging out the whole betrothal process as pics of some zillion-carat diamond ring get shoved down our throats?

Why not leave being ‘engaged’ to first-timers... not thrice-timers.
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Another 'best job in the world' quest: Belvedere vodka looking for 'dream' bartender

There are a few ‘dream job’ opportunities around at the moment.

For the fashion-minded crew there is a search for the ‘Westfield Insider’: a woman, man, boy or girl who will win a $100K job to let everyone know, via social media platforms, how to find great pieces of everything without spending a fortune.

(Disclosure: I am a part of the search process and hosting the events as we travel the country for the right job applicant.)
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The two most personal things I never want to lose

I am just packing my suitcase to leave my hotel 5am for a 7am flight back home to Sydney from Singapore.

Here I am, with BBC World News on, the main story leading about the unheard numbers of people who are, quite literally, starving, and here I am wondering about where I have put my favorite, black woollen, cable knit peak cap.

And before you say ‘get a grip’ this little hat does hold special significance.

I bought it when I was in Prague with my late dad, a few years before he died (then worn when we scattered his ashes on the Moldau River six years ago.) And no matter how bashed up, make-up stained or “ball-ey” the wool has turned, I think of him every single time I wear it. And the bad news is, I can’t find it.
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As the cooking craze continues, fancy your kid as a designer chef?


Les Petits Chefs at Victor Churchill.

It’s been tagged the Balenciaga of the butcheries; the Chanel of charcuteries; the Missoni of meat. So now, the most stylish and award-winning butcher shops is hosting cooking classes, for adults and for culinary-minded kids.

And the timing couldn’t be better. With Junior Masterchef in production; the runway success of Masterchef still on many minds and the appearance of other kitchen shows like My Kitchen Rules and the upcoming Iron Chef, the Woollahra-based Victor Churchill butchery is catering for the cute crew. The school is the first of its kind in Australia and classes have already booked out in the short term (with ‘students’ flying in from across the country to attend).
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Coffee couture: Mega-stylish Manfredi's fusing food with uber fashionable Beat Poet crew

Loving this idea of a coffee and fashion fusion for the 10th year anniversary of Espresso di Manfredi by Piazza D’Oro. Espresso di Manfredi was created by star Italian chef Stefano Manfredi and Piazza D’Oro master roaster Wayne Archer (after tastings of the world’s finest single origin coffee beans) and ten years on, it’s still going strong.

With the Manfredi Italian style cap on, Beat Poët (one of Australia’s most promising design duos) have created a really great concept for the anniversary celebrations. Beat Poët, Edward Bertouch and James Johnson (pictured above) are transforming Blanco Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, into a celebration of modernism for the coffee label’s anniversary party next Wednesday, August 18, the design team creating a limited edition series of waistcoats to celebrate the Manfredi coffee decade.
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