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Nic in pharmacy shock

Posted January 5th, 2007 by debritz

Nicole Kidman went to the chemists, and both she and husband Keith Urban were spotted at Woolworths, where he asked where to find the salsa. The charmingly parochial details of the star couple's Bateman Bay holiday are here on the local paper's website.

Clive of Mascot

Posted January 4th, 2007 by debritz

I caught the train to the airport here in Sydney and I swear the recorded voice that warns passengers to "stand clear, doors closing" sounds just like Clive James. Wouldn't it be fantastic if all public announcements were made by celebrities - especially ones with very clear voices.

Moss not getting married today

Posted January 3rd, 2007 by debritz

"Contrary to various entirely false media reports, there has not been any kind of marriage ceremony in Thailand." That's the word from Kate Moss's people about reports that she and Pete Doherty are getting hitched. So sad, really, because it seemed marriage was the logical next step for this relationship made in tabloid heaven.

What a year it's been

Posted December 31st, 2006 by debritz

I'm not normally one for repeating myself, but here's what I wrote on my other blog regarding my professional highlights of 2006:

The Queensland Theatre Companys production of Absurd Person Singular featured great performances, especially by Mark Conaghan and Helen Howard, even though I did have some reservations about the attempted-suicide scene.
Menopause the Musical. You can’t argue with success, and this show had it like no other before. It ran for the rest of the year, breaking all records.

An Inspector Calls. An oldie but a goodie.
Interviewing Woody Allen about Match Point. It was a terrific film and an absolute privelege for me to talk to one of cinema’s modern masters.

Seeing Topol in Fiddler on the Roof. A theatrical experience that won’t come my way again, and a joy to see someone who was truly born to perform on the stage.


By the book

Posted December 29th, 2006 by debritz

On the subject of bookshops, I noticed while browsing through Dymocks at Chermside that there was about four times as much shelf space for books in the "Motivation" category than for "Poetry and Plays". An interesting reflection of our society, I think.

The good, the bad and Britney

Posted December 29th, 2006 by debritz

I can't get that Supernaut song I Like it Both Ways out of my head since reading the results of a US poll that determined George W. Bush was both "the good guy of 2006" and "the bad guy of 2006". In the AP-AOL News poll, it was a landslide to Bush in the bad-guy stakes, with him roundly defeating the likes of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. In the good guy race, he pipped the troops in Iraq. Asked about celebrity role models, the surveyed groups chose Oprah Winfrey over Michael J. Fox as the best, while Britney Spears outclassed Paris Hilton as the worst.
PS: Did I just write "outclassed"? Class doesn't enter into it.

Wrong John

Posted December 29th, 2006 by debritz

For a minute I couldn't believe my eyes. John Edwards has launched a bid to become the Democratis nominee in the 2008 US presidential election. Then I realised he's the guy who ran with John Kerry in 2004, not the Crossing Over guy who's just John Edward and presumably already knows the outcome.


Posted December 28th, 2006 by debritz

The American Film Institute says (among other things) that the VHS cassette is dead. That must explain why those combined VHS-DVD machines that used to cost almost $1000 are now under $200. Now, who's taken bets on how long it is before DVDs are declared deceased?

It's Sir Bono to you

Posted December 26th, 2006 by debritz

I'm not really going to enter into the debate about knighthoods, but the honorary titled endowed upon Bono made me think how different things have become. As I understand it, the original knights of history and myth got their award for being allies of the monarch, and they were bound by a code of chivalry that basically meant they did good deeds. Has Bono ever saved a maiden in distress from a fire-breathing dragon? If not, why not?
PS: It is fairly impressive to be able to call yourself "Sir" or "Dame". The Australian honours, which just put some letters behind your name that nobody understands, really can't compare.

RIP: Charlie Drake and James Brown

Posted December 26th, 2006 by debritz

Two more additions to my Celebrity Deaths Archive: soul man James Brown and British comedian Charlie Drake. On the subject of the CDA, I have plans to make big improvements to this popular site in 2007. Once I get over my current problems with Debritz.net, I'll get cracking on adding some new features.

Stan Zemanek signs off

Posted December 23rd, 2006 by debritz

It's the end of a radio era in Sydney, with Stan Zemanek hanging up his headphones to concentrate on his health battle against a brain tumour. Zemanek has always been a controversial figure, but my experience of him was a pleasant one. When I interviewed him for my radio column in The Courier-Mail about eight years ago, he was polite, unassuming and thoughtful. Quite the opposite to his on-air persona, in fact.

Wrong captain

Posted December 19th, 2006 by debritz

Whoops, what's wrong with this sentence from a British newspaper report on Matt Lucas's wedding? The Little Britain star's friends do not seem to share his creativeness when it comes to dressing up and at least five had turned up dressed as the evil Captain Cook from Peter Pan. I think they meant Captain Hook, although Cook - the British naval officer who claimed Australian for the Crown - may be regarded as a villian by some.

The lost content

Posted December 19th, 2006 by debritz

I think I've finally found all the posts I lost during my webpage meltdown. Here they are:


Sun, 2006-12-24 Minute="51" Hour="12">12:51

If you think this site looks wrong, you're right. I tried to be too clever
by updating my content management system and something has gone terribly wrong.
Hopefully I'll be able to restore it to what it was, if not make it better,
soon. Fingers crossed ...

Cold, hard logic

Sun, 2006-12-24 Minute="1" Hour="10">10:01

There are many things in this world I know nothing about. Or, perhaps, about
which I know nothing. One of them is exactly what "cold logistics"
means. That, according to the words painted on the on the sides of the
company's shipping containers, is what P&O does. I think it may have
something to do with transporting refrigerated goods, but it could also be that
they're simply prepared to do dispassionately something that makes perfect

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