Original Love Boat captain to romance cruising Australians

Love Boat Captain, actor Gavin MacLeod, shares tips for romance before he arrives in Australia

As the countdown to Valentine’s Day gets underway, one of the best known Captains of Romance, the Love Boat’s Captain Merrill Stubing, is dusting off his famous uniform to bring his unique brand of 'love' Down Under.

In a YouTube video that combines the spirit of the iconic 70s show with sage 21st century advice, Captain Stubing - aka actor Gavin MacLeod - can be seen sporting a rose between his teeth for a romantic selfie as he shares his personal tips to help couples of all ages chart their way through the sea of love. View the video here

The launch of the video coincides with the announcement that the 82-year-old Love Boat Captain will be making a special visit to Australia this week, from February 7-8 to oversee a romantic vow renewal ceremony on a Princess Cruises’ Love Boat, Sun Princess, before setting sail to New Zealand to preside over another ceremony in Auckland on February 12.

Gavin, a veteran actor who just received the Golden Palm Star at The Palm Springs Walk of Stars, has starred with scores of beautiful Hollywood womenduring his career.

But according to Gavin, the most beautiful woman he’s ever come across is his wife Patti:

“She’s so beautiful I married her twice." he says.

While Gavin concedes there are many different views on lovetoday, heoffers advice from someone who’s “been there - and done that” with tips to keep the love alive in 2014 and beyond, including

*the risk that mobile phones present to romance

*the lure of a good dance move to shimmy your way into someone’s heart

*the charm of a man who’s manly enough to embraceChick Lit” 

*the magnetism of a man who can handle a beater to whip up some cookies sprinkled with love.

The show’s stories centred on the ship’s crew, led by 'Captain' with celebrities playing guest roles and Princess Cruises’ passengers cast as extras.

Stars who appeared on the show include Joan Collins, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Michael J Fox, Joan Rivers and The Village People.

Gavin’s visit Down Under will only be his second visit to Australia and New Zealand since the LoveBoat recorded a special two-hour episode in Sydney in 1981.

Love Boat fans can follow news of Gavin’s visit Down Under via Princess Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PrincessCruises and on Twitter @princesscruises using the #loveboatdownunder

Gavin’s video can be found http://tinyurl.com/lqxm4pa

 


Broome gears up for Pinctada Cable Beach Polo festival. Chukkas!

Now this is sounding good as bikinis, board shorts and barefoot elegance is the dress code for Australia’s only beach polo event.
The Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013 will be played on the sands of iconic Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia. Happening on May 18-19 the beach polo matches will also include an international clash being played during the weekend tournament.

The cornerstone of the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo Festival, the beach polo action is free to watch picnic-style from the beach or tickets can be purchased to the VIP marquee.

Festival Director Marilynne Paspaley is encouraging all spectators to dress for the occasion and participate in the ‘between chukkas’ fashion events on each day of the tournament.
Sand Chic will be held during Saturday’s beach polo action while Style on the Sand will be featured on Sunday with each day’s fashion event open to all spectators, whether they are enjoying the beach polo action picnic-style on the sand or from the VIP marquee.


“Pinctada Cable Beach Polo is an inclusive event and Sand Chic and Style on the Sand have been introduced to reflect this – these events are designed to involve spectators in the beach polo tournament and the emphasis will be on fun as well as fashion,” Marilynne says.

“The judges will also be looking for innovative styles that reflect the unique nature of Australia’s only beach polo event and its location. Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013 is played on the pristine sands of Cable Beach flanked by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the Kimberley’s distinctive red pindan earth – we are sure this landscape will inspire some stunning and stylish beach chic creations.”

A panel of judges, including fashion leaders and polo players, will determine the daily winners in the ‘fashion stakes’.
The female winner of Saturday’s Sand Chic will receive a Paspaley yellow gold necklace while Sunday’s Style on the Sand female winner will take home a Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl necklace. The male winners of Sand Chic and Style on the Sand will each receive a limited edition 6-litre bottle of Bunnamagoo 1827 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from the vines of historic Bunnamagoo Estate, one of the Paspaley family's vineyards in central NSW.

Visit www.cablebeachpolo.com.au and www.pinctadacablebeach.com.au


Broome gears up for Pinctada Cable Beach Polo festival. Chukkas!

Now this is sounding good as bikinis, board shorts and barefoot elegance is the dress code for Australia’s only beach polo event.
The Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013 will be played on the sands of iconic Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia. Happening on May 18-19 the beach polo matches will also include an international clash being played during the weekend tournament.

The cornerstone of the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo Festival, the beach polo action is free to watch picnic-style from the beach or tickets can be purchased to the VIP marquee.

Festival Director Marilynne Paspaley is encouraging all spectators to dress for the occasion and participate in the ‘between chukkas’ fashion events on each day of the tournament.
Sand Chic will be held during Saturday’s beach polo action while Style on the Sand will be featured on Sunday with each day’s fashion event open to all spectators, whether they are enjoying the beach polo action picnic-style on the sand or from the VIP marquee.


“Pinctada Cable Beach Polo is an inclusive event and Sand Chic and Style on the Sand have been introduced to reflect this – these events are designed to involve spectators in the beach polo tournament and the emphasis will be on fun as well as fashion,” Marilynne says.

“The judges will also be looking for innovative styles that reflect the unique nature of Australia’s only beach polo event and its location. Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013 is played on the pristine sands of Cable Beach flanked by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the Kimberley’s distinctive red pindan earth – we are sure this landscape will inspire some stunning and stylish beach chic creations.”

A panel of judges, including fashion leaders and polo players, will determine the daily winners in the ‘fashion stakes’.
The female winner of Saturday’s Sand Chic will receive a Paspaley yellow gold necklace while Sunday’s Style on the Sand female winner will take home a Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl necklace. The male winners of Sand Chic and Style on the Sand will each receive a limited edition 6-litre bottle of Bunnamagoo 1827 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from the vines of historic Bunnamagoo Estate, one of the Paspaley family's vineyards in central NSW.

Visit www.cablebeachpolo.com.au and www.pinctadacablebeach.com.au


A fabulous 'throw' from Ellie Aitken . . . Prue & Trude would be proud . . .

Just how chic is this? Like the luxe designer Ellie Aitken, everyone would pretty much like seeing their luxurious 80% Cashmere and 20% Merino 'throw' featured in the current issue of Belle magazine.

Ellie says it is the perfect wedding present, Christmas or birthday gift or just a great addition to throw ofver your legs as you watch the tele or read a bok!

Go to www.ellieaitken.com to purchase one for yourself . . . Smart indeed . . .

(image courtesy of Belle magazine)


A night in the bi-level penthouse of the Dorchester hotel, London.

A post like this deserved nothing much more than pictures. The entire hotel is nothing short of extra-ordinary, up-market and opulent.

Thanks to my great friend Eileen 'Red' Bond,  who had a few of her pals over for drinks while we watched the Olymoics including some swimming finaks, and a mighty killer view from the Mayfair hotel landmark, it was a perfect end-of-day tonic. with gin thrown in for good measure. . . .

The 2-level penthouse, which Red happened to acquire for a few day stay, used to be home to the Sultan of Brunei: he lived upstairs, the 'staff' downstairs. A touch of Downton Abbey, really.

The Dorchester is owned by the Dorchester Collection, which in turned is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA), an arm of the Ministry of Finance of Brunei. The Dorchester Collection owns luxury hotels in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Italy.

Funny fact from wiki: The Dorchester is mentioned in an episode of Fawlty Towers when a guest asks about the new chef Terry (played by Brian Hall). Sybil answers: "He used to work at Dorchester", which leads the guest to expectingly think he worked at The Dorchester. Sybil then gives the precision "No, in Dorchester".

The hotel was also featured in X Factor, in 2006, as the location for Sharon Osbourne's bootcamp stage of the competition.

Thanks Red. Always a great night with you. . . . . Now, back to reality.