Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

Five minutes before these photos were taken we saw Yoko Ono getting into her limousine.

Well played, NYC.


Archie: the exclusive photo shoot

by Elizabeth on January 15, 2012 · 1 comment

in Celebrities, Family

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@elzxbth) you’ll already know about the tiny celebrity that we’ve been hosting for the past week.  We’ve been looking forward to meeting this young man for months but like many we were nervous about his reputation for unpredictable outbursts.

During his stay we hoped to interview the 5 month old known as Archie, and ask him how he felt about his notoriety.  Was there any connection between his nicknames (Fuzz Nut, Bubba Chubs, Drools Flannigan) and that stint in juvenile detention?  Who is that mystery brunette he’s often photographed with?  Any regrets about that Wiggles tattoo on his backside?

We were disappointed to discover that he was completely silent on these issues, and after our months of preparation his refusal to answer even one of our questions was a crushing blow.


So I suppose it was to be expected that when it came to the photo shoot Archie was just like any other celebrity on set.  He showed up late and brought a sullen looking entourage.  He also insisted on wearing his own absorbant underwear for the shoot (we couldn’t help but notice his compromised motor control on the day) and half way through the shoot he simply removed them entirely.

The crew decided to press on with the shoot despite Archie’s vulgar behaviour.  These exclusive photos are a revealing account of one young man’s spiral of disgrace and disrepute.


After the shoot there were tantrums when he discovered that his sippy cup had not been filled with dew collected from the morning’s roses, as had been specified in his backstage rider.  I guess somebody also forgot to remove the brown M&Ms from the bowl in his dressing room.


Thank God his manager was able to calm him down before he called in the lawyers.


Archie is my cousin’s latest masterpiece, and is actually a lovely little bundle of smiles and toes and wobbles.  Auntie Liz misses that face very much, and hopes that he and his entourage come back very soon x

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Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

by Elizabeth on October 6, 2011 · 1 comment

in Celebrities, iPhone

Of all the quotes and clever graphics circulating the web today, this one is my favourite.


Strange day.  This morning I didn’t need to be in court for jury duty until 10am, so I had a bit of a sleep in and took my time getting into the city.  When we arrived we all had to hand in our phones so I spent a few hours being “unplugged” from the world.

It was some time before we were brought into the court room, and as soon as we took our seats the judge advised us that the trial had come to a close.  No reason was given, but I notice that the same defendant is listed in tomorrow’s criminal trial list so I’m guessing that they’re starting over with a new jury.  Perhaps we heard evidence that was determined to be inadmissible?  Whatever the case it was disappointing to not be able to see it through.

On the other hand, this left us suddenly free for the afternoon and I decided that I’d hit the shops rather than go back to work.  I don’t often make it into the city during the usual 9-5 bustle so I took my time and saw lots of new things.  I was in Harvey Norman testing out a cute little MacBook Air when I opened Safari and saw the news for the first time.



How fitting that I should discover the news on one of his groundbreaking devices.

I’ve been planning to buy that MacBook Air for a while, and tonight I finally placed the order.  It’s going to be a long two weeks while I wait for it to make its way from Hong Kong to my desk at work, but I know from experience that it will be amazing.  All because of the vision of one man with the courage to think outside the square.

Rest peacefully, Mr Jobs.  And thank you for putting so many tools into the palms of our hands.

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NOT COOL, Bieber.

by Elizabeth on September 24, 2010 · 5 comments

in Celebrities

Urge to kill… rising…

Found at BuzzFeed



by Elizabeth on January 24, 2010 · 0 comments

in Celebrities, TV/Movies

“Leno” is a dirty word in this household, after the events of the past couple of weeks. If you’ve been following the messy tale of the NBC late-night talk show lineup you’ll know what I’m talking about.

If not, Pee-wee Herman explained it briefly a few nights ago on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien – a show which ended on Friday.

Tim and I have been downloading his shows like crazy since it all blew up a couple of weeks ago. It has been almost exactly 3 years since we both sat in the audience for his “Late Night” show in New York City, and last night we took a break from packing boxes to watch his last ever show on NBC.

Is this not the classiest man in show business? Who’d have thought that he could somehow wrap up the whole situation with such grace.

I won’t attempt a deep autopsy of this situation, especially as most Australians are largely unaware of Conan and the long history with NBC that ended last week. But if you do happen to know his show, you really need to see this clip from 1998.

Sad, right?

I can’t wait to see him back on the air a year from now, kicking NBC’s butt from another network the way that Letterman did…



This would still be a tragedy of monumental proportions if the Queen wasn’t in the photograph.

I’m sorry, friends. I guess I just didn’t want to go through this alone.



by Elizabeth on July 31, 2009 · 1 comment

in Celebrities, Cool stuff, Videos

I’m sure most of us are already aware that the world kicks ass because Rainn Wilson is in it, but did you know that he’s also behind the website SoulPancake?

What is SoulPancake? Well, it’s more of a mission than a Web site…

We want to make discussions about Spirituality, Creativity, and Philosophy cool again. Were they ever cool? I have no idea. But it seems like a good idea. We want to engage the user to “Chew on Life’s Big Questions”™. (I was kidding about the ™ symbol; you can use that phrase however you want. Even to sell frozen taquitos.) Where do you go on the Interwebs if you want an irreverent, fun, and profound take on God and Art and the Soul and Faith and Beauty? Fox.com? Maybe. But maybe also here at SoulPancake.com.

We provide some rockin’ content (interviews, blogs, challenges, contests, features, and more), but it’s really all about having YOU—the SoulPancake community—bring this site to life. Say what’s on your mind. Be real. Talk about WHY WE’RE HERE. And if I say something that offends you, let me have it.

Just remember: Life is a rich, weird, difficult experience. So join us as we go on the spiritual and artistic journey that is SoulPancake.


One of my favourite discoveries from SoulPancake was the following video. I know “flashmobbing” has been done a thousand times already, but there was something particularly awesome about this little stunt at Grand Central Station.

Frozen Grand Central from ImprovEverywhere on Vimeo.
From ImprovEverywhere.com, over 200 people freeze in place on cue in Grand Central Station in New York.

Click here to read Rainn’s blurb about the video, and the discussion that follows in the comments. Who’d have thought Dwight Schrute would be such an insightful guy?

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Louis CK, on why nobody is happy.

Today is pretty great so far, so I don’t fall into that category! After a really late night we slept until noon, and now Tim is making coffee and banana pancakes. Afterwards we’re planning to sit down and do some sums on the cars we test drove yesterday.

Life is grand ♥

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Madonna has lost her mind.

by Elizabeth on November 12, 2008 · 2 comments

in Celebrities, WTF?

After weeks of separation, Guy Ritchie has finally been reunited with his boys – but not without a long list of demands from his psycho ex. All evidence points to the fact that Madonna’s brain has short-circuited, resulting in this list.

The rules include:

– The children be able to talk to Madonna by phone three or four times a day at times set by her
– The couple’s separation not be discussed with the children
– The children be prevented from looking at newspapers, magazines, TV or DVDs
– They must only eat macrobiotic, vegetarian food with no processed or refined food
– Any water they drink, even if used to dilute organic juice, had to be Kabbalah water
– They only wear clothes sent by Madonna, but if something had to be bought, it should not contain man-made fibres
– They should not be bought any toys that are “spiritually or ethically unsound”
– Their hands must be regularly cleaned with disinfectant
– They must not to be photographed while with Ritchie or see his friends, particularly female ones
– At bedtime, Ritchie must only read The English Roses, a series of children’s books written by Madonna about “the five most fab young lasses in London”

If you can stomach any more of this, head to The Age.

I’d find this funny if it wasn’t so hypocritical. Thumbs down.


Remember a few weeks ago, when Sarah Silverman was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show? She used the opportunity to announce that she was cheating on him with Matt Damon, and the resulting video became hugely popular on YouTube.

Here’s the clip, in case you missed it:

Jimmy finally responded on his post-Oscars show last night. Some of the cameos in this video are awesome, but I think Brad Pitt and McLovin probably top the list.

As soon as a non-bleeped version appears on YouTube I’ll update this post, but until then it’s mostly “safe for work”.


RIP, Heath Ledger.

by Elizabeth on January 23, 2008 · 5 comments

in Celebrities, Current Affairs

Heath Ledger is dead. It’s so unexpected, although so much has come to light over the past 12 hours about his recent personal struggles. It really goes to show how little we know about the private lives of celebrities, even in this age of blogging and instant “news”.

But whatever his state of mind, I find it hard to believe that there was anything deliberate or sinister about his death. He was sick with pneumonia when he died, had a history of sleeping difficulties, and was found with a bottle of sleeping pills on his nightstand. His death is all the more tragic because it appears to have been so accidental.

I’ve probably read a bit too much commentary on this news today, but it’s also been pretty hard to avoid. The whole situation is so sad, and I am truly sorry that we will never see his potential as an actor realised.


On a related note…

I’m normally pretty forgiving of Britney Spears and all her faults, but today I’m angry with her. A talented actor and father lost his life today because of one careless mistake, and as a result his little girl will never know him. Britney needs to get her shit together before her own two babies find themselves without a mother. I don’t care if it’s hard, or if rehabilitation takes time, this bullshit needs to end.

Amy Winehouse can screw up her life as much as she wants for all I care, as long as she doesn’t bring children into it. It’s time for Britney to realise that her life belongs to those little boys now. If she continues to make a joke of her messy life I will lose all respect for her. For good.

Maybe Britney’s state of mind is somewhat justified by the pressure placed on her by the media, but that doesn’t absolve her of responsibility to get it under control. She has the time and money to move out of LA and away from the cameras, to treat her addictions and to get professional help to manage her mental instability. All of this is achievable.

To do anything less is a slap in the face to people like little Matilda Ledger, and the other people that Heath has left behind.



by Elizabeth on December 21, 2007 · 1 comment

in Celebrities, Funny Stuff


Poor kid. And Britney too – she looks like she needs a big hug and a long rest from her life.

Girls, if you’re reading (and I know you are), get in touch ok? I have a spare room, and a Playstation 3. We can play Singstar in our PJ’s and brush each others’ hair.

Especially yours, Britney.

Call me.

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TomKat revealed

by Elizabeth on December 3, 2007 · 1 comment

in Celebrities

I hope the person who took this photo sold it for millions and millions of dollars. This is one of the best celeb photos ever taken.


Tom’s nose. Discuss.

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Ian Smith can’t quit!

by Elizabeth on November 3, 2007 · 1 comment

in Celebrities, TV/Movies, Videos


I found today’s news about Ian Smith quitting Neighbours very distressing. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s legal. Surely once you’ve been on Australian TV screens for 30 years, you’re not allowed to stop without the unanimous consent of its citizens? Am I right? Of course I am.

I am appalled, and I feel betrayed. If Neighbours can go on without Harold, then what sort of a world are we living in? Can we even be certain that the sky is blue anymore, or is that just another elaborate hoax that we’ve been fed to distract us from the big issues?

I’m cranky, so just watch this damn video. It even contains the legendary Haaaaaa-roooooold Madge scene.

We’ll miss you, Harold. Ian Smith for PM.

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