Fancy a woolly mammoth fossilized tooth; sculptured walrus tusk or museum-quality human skull? This could be the auction for you

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The estate sale of beloved Potts Point philanthropist, Lillian Hoffman (1924-2010) is up for auction and if you take a read of the release below, she was quite the acquirer of some amazing dust collectors...

“Lillian Hoffman may have lived in Sydney for only a decade yet she managed to create a lasting impression and leave quite a legacy, becoming a well-loved local in her adopted suburb of Potts Point.

A woman who lived a thousand lives, Lillian was raised in the small Michigan town of Three Oaks, which her wealthy parents all but owned. Her family’s money allowed her to indulge her passion for collecting and travelling from an early age, perhaps inspired by her grandfather who set up a museum filled primarily with Native American artifacts. Lillian recalled combing the shores near the family’s Lake Michigan home looking for Indian wampum (shell beads used as currency) while the other kids were out swimming.
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A cool celebrity association: Pacino chooses Aussie coffee campaign as first ever endorsement

In a credible coup for an Australian company, screen legend and Oscar-award winning actor Al Pacino has just shot a print and television advertising campaign for the Australian pure coffee brand, Vittoria.

As the first ever product endorsement in his career, the television campaign is being directed by Academy Award Winner Barry Levinson, best-known for films such as Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, Wag the Dog and Sleepers.

The campaign, which was shot in and around Cafe Dante in Greenwich Vilage on Friday, is being produced by RSA, the production company owned by Ridley Scott.
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The triumphant return of the drive-in. Randwick Racecourse gears up for some panel van action

This year will see the revival of a near-extinct pastime for everyone to enjoy with the launch of ‘Racecourse Drive In’ – the first drive-in cinema, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – in 30 years.

And so the media release spiel goes: “Racecourse Drive In Cinema is giving modern movie lovers a classic cinematic experience. It’s a time-honoured spectacle under the stars offering an evening like no other, and just like the golden days, families with kids will love it as much as couples and friends. It’s the perfect way to spend weekends after sunset.
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Knock, knock, knocking on god's waiting room door? Or the party to re-launch an old faithful munchery

It was like being back to the future (or knocking on heaven’s door?) as Sydney’s Double Bay believers celebrated the re-opening of a meeting and munching institution.

The Cosmopolitan was an epicentre. It was always the hang-out for quite the power pack – Packer, Rivkin et al – but in amongst the constant closings and openings of venues in Double Bay, the Cosmo suffered a mild deprivation/irrelevance/old school stroke.

Well, it is now back with its signature outdoor, stare-at-me area and a very cosy indoor restaurant and bar that looks nicely refreshed. Bit like some of the guests faces, really.

Looking just a tiny bit frayed around the edges (some of the guests not the schmick-looking venue) there were smiles that looked like they belonged to people I once knew. There were also people who I thought had already passed on...
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Life on the info autobahn or a blog about taking a long time to achieve absolutely nothing

How long is it since I have sent a FEW HOURS on one project? Or read one book in one sitting. Or an entire TV programme or movie. Or one magazine. Or one newspaper. Back to front?

It gets to me every day, that I can never, ever, spend a whole lot of time doing one thing. To work on one project without the distraction of everything else. We have become a culture of short and sharp consumers. We soak up shots of info like they are a quick caffeine fix. Forget the detail, we just want to digest the headline followed by minimal words, thanks very much. Whether online, verbally or aurally, our minds dart from one subject to the next like lights on a pinball machine, never fixing on one train of thought, one notion, one idea or ideal. We sit at our computers ready for a day of work. We check Twitter (if it isn’t already being checked when it’s by the bed). We get caught up with a Twitter train of thought and weigh in on the debate. There’s an hour gone. We flip over to email and respond to questions that seem to have a sense of urgency when in fact they shouldn’t.
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