Just when you thought league couldn't go much lower

The whole Joel Monaghan incident has made me and no doubt countless of other parents of young footy players really, really angry. I have a young son who loves his league. He and his ilk hold their sports stars up as people they admire. But as moral guardians? Ha. Never a chance.

If Monaghan and his posse are the types of brainless, morally bankrupt fools who continue to infiltrate the game and think their antics can be forgiven and forgotten, then it ain’t no place for rugby league’s junior players.

Sure, we’ll get everyone saying ‘but they’re not all like that’. Of course. We know that. But the stats aren’t looking good.

Drug use, alcohol-fuelled benders, the appalling treatment of women and gambling addictions have been well documented in the wide world of rugby league (yes and in many other spheres of public life I might add) but the incidence of each seem remarkably high when compared to the amount of professional league players in the country.
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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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