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October 28th, 2012


DYNAMIC Democratic Party candidate for re-election in the 2012 U.S. Presidential elections, born in Honolulu, Hawaii and a civil-rights lawyer and teacher before pursuing a political career, elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996 serving from 1997 to 2004, closely elected the 44th and current President of the United States of America, notedly the first African-American to hold office and popularly named the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2009 … PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

FUN FACTS: On October 8 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a measure that expands the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability and in May 2012 became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support legalizing same-sex marriage.



July 6th, 2012


6’5″ AUSSIE swimming sensation winning gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, 100m freestyle gold medallist & 4x100m freestyle relay gold medallist at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai and will represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic games in the mens 100m freestyle, mens 4x100m freestyle relay and the mens 50m freestyle events and currently holds the 4th fastest 100m freestyle swim in history with a time of 47.10 seconds… JAMES MAGNUSSEN!

FUN FACTS: Magnussen has earned the nickname “The Missile” because of his amazing backend speed – coming from behind to win in the last 50m!



January 30th, 2012

POPULAR touring performer and the biggest selling solo artist in Australian chart history, singer, recording artist, songwriter and actress who shot to fame portraying tomboy mechanic “Charlene” on popular TV soap Neighbours winning her multiple Logie Awards, her first single LOCO-MOTION spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian charts and was the highest selling single of the 1980′s, spectacularly performed at the closing ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics, sensationally headlined the 1994 Sydney gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, is a celebrated breast cancer survivor, winner of multiple ARIA & Brit Awards, winner of the 2004 Best Dance Recording Grammy Award for COME INTO MY WORLD, received an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and in 2011 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard… KYLIE MINOGUE!

FUN FACTS: Kylie is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments such as “I am not a traditional gay icon. There’s been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits…”

KYLIE MINOGUE Limited Edition Print available at TOONARAMA – The Exhibition @ ArtBoy Gallery January 12 – 29



December 5th, 2011


Super HOT Personal Trainer and dedicated Paralympic Athlete competing in the 2010 Australian National Athletics Championships in Perth, the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand and currently training to take part in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, named the 2010 Nivea Face of the Year, a finalist in the 2010 Men’s Health Man Competition, a CLEO 50 Most Eligible Bachelor 2011 & featured in StonningTOON @ the premiere Publican Gallery exhibition showing at the Prince Maximilian… JACK SWIFT!

FUN FACTS: A keen sportsman, Jack Swift was just 21 when a workplace accident resulted in the lower part of his right leg being amputated. Whilst recovering in hospital he was introduced to triple Paralympic athletics star Don Elgin who encouraged him to take up Paralympic sport and in 2012 will compete for Gold in the below-the-knee amputee category at the London Paralympic Games!

Please show your support for the Australian Paralympic Team and help them reach the next Paralympic Games here:



May 23rd, 2011


Super handsome British actor who smoulderingly appears on the big screen in The Count of Monte Cristo, Stardust, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Blood Creek, portrays Theseus in the upcoming 2011 big budget blockbuster Immortals, and was recently cast as SUPERMAN in the 2012 film Man of Steel, but is best known for playing the role of Charles Brandon the 1st Duke of Suffolk on the Emmy award winning Showtime series The Tudors for which he was named by Entertainment Weekly “Most Dashing Duke” and praised his work on The Tudors for displaying “charm, depth and a killer bod”, hot model for Dunhill fragrances… HENRY CAVILL!

FUN FACTS: Dubbed the “Unluckiest man in Hollywood” by Empire magazine for his series of near misses, Cavill was originally cast as Superman in 2004 but a change of directors for the movie saw Brandon Routh recast in the title role, Stephenie Meyer author of the popular Twilight books called Cavill her “perfect Edward” and wanted him to star in the series – but by the time production started on the films he was deemed too old for the role and it famously went to heart-throb Robert Pattinson instead, Cavill was a final contender for the role of James Bond in 2005 but producers decided an older Bond was required and Daniel Craig became the star of Casino Royale! D’oh!


Venuti La Vita – Maria Venuti 70th Birthday Party & 50 Years In Entertainment

March 22nd, 2011

Maria Venuti celebrated her BIG 70th birthday on the 13th of March in opulence and elegance – with a hint of cheekiness!

The 450 guests arrived at Doltone House, Pyrmont for Venuti La Vita with Variety, the Childrens Charity on an evening of perfect weather and stunning city backdrop. With a red theme for the party, the guests were greeted with the Maria Venuti signature Campari red cocktails with either blood orange or POM Wonderful Juice, Yellowglen Sparkling, De Bortolli wines and canapés to enjoy before the life of the party arrived.

But how on earth does a person with 50 years of entertainment experience and an exuberant personality arrive with a grand entrance? In a Carabinieri (Italian Police Car) of course! Sirens blazing, as the car came speeding down the wharf. The guests in amazement and hysterics as the larger then life Maria Venuti is escorted from the car by Dancing With The Stars dancer, Carmelo Pizzino.

Covered head to toe in red sequins, feathers and diamantes, Carmelo and his Dancing With The Stars friends liven up the mood while dancing and posing around Maria, as she waves to the guests, smiles for photos and sprawls herself over the Carabinieri.

“Welcome to my boudoir” Maria said to the guests, inviting them inside the  absolutely breathtaking red and black room, suitable for a King and Queen, complete with chandeliers, candelabras and a red baby grand piano on stage. With table settings fit for royal guests, chocolate gift boxes from Dolci D’oro and platters of Adriano Zumbo macaroons are waiting to be enjoyed.

To the back corner of the room, stylist and emcee for the night Glenn T created a phenomenal display of Maria’s dresses, right back from the start of her career – it was like stepping into the museum of a drag queen! Feathers, sequins and diamantes splashed around all over the place. Outrageous outfits and colour, colour, colour!

With some of Australia’s biggest names in entertainment, politics and business – the stars came out to play and celebrate a fabulous 50 years of entertainment and 70 years of life with Maria. Some of the guests included Alan Jones AO, Michael Caton, Barry Crocker, Vince Sorrenti, Trevor Ashley, John Foreman, Peter Everett and Susie Elelman just to name a few.

Glenn T, the emcee for the night conducted himself in nothing but a 10 out of 10 manner, with class, humour and nothing but love and admiration for Maria.

Maria started off the evening, in a fabulous gold number with “Let’s Get My Party Started” and the jazz classic, “Almost Like Being In Love”… To finish off with an emotional standing ovation.

To continue on with the night entertainment was the wonderful John Paul Young singing his world famous 1978 track “Love Is In The Air”. Getting the room intimate and in the mood, all of the guests young and old got into it – every person in the room had a smile from ear to ear.

Three chefs chosen from three of Maria’s favourite Italian restaurants, each course was specifically designed for the 450 guests. To start off the Italian culinary feast, the gorgeous entrée is served. Luca Ciano, executive chef of Casa Barilla whips up Orecchiette pasta with goat ragu, chestnuts and baked ricotta. Delicious! Both Michael Yabsley and Alan Jones were sitting beside me and raved on about how delicious it was!

Alan Jones AO made an outstanding and heartfelt contribution to the evening, speaking beautifully about Maria’s life, about the book she recently launched and about the wonderful mark she has embedded in the entertainment industry and how Maria is a true Australian icon. And that she most certainly is.

Lucio Galletto of Lucio’s prepares the main, fish with cuttlefish and silverbeet. As this is being served, Carmelo and Alana from Dancing With The Stars dance for everybody.

The entertainment just doesn’t stop. It’s now time for Barry Crocker to get up and do his thing. Sounding tremendous, he brought Maria up on stage to sing with him – both creating a very special moment for all.

Vince Sorrenti. I am laughing as I write this. This man is a master at making people laugh. He had the room in stitches and there were tears running down faces from being in hysterics. He is a very funny man, with alot to say and had every person in that room completely in the moment with him – including Maria laughing away at our table.

The sole purpose for Maria’s birthday is to raise money for the charity she has long been an ambassador for – Variety. Up came Variety Vice President Penny Docherty along with Glen Wheeler to do the auction and raffle which guests spent many dollars on buying tickets for and bidding. Thousands of dollars were raised, with several luxury packages including a trip to New Zealand and other goods such as a face lift from All Saints Cosmedical, Catherine Manuell designer luggage (won by John Foreman), 14 vouchers of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants, a Carla Zampatti dress, a John Serafino suit, Master/Slave shoes tickets to the Opera and Hairspray, products from Troy Thompson hairdressing, pearls from Nader Jewellers, a Rachel Gilbert dress, Fashion Identity company package, Chrissy L jewels, a couple of nights at The Cullen Hotel, Top3 by Design, Social Royalty, NathanPaul Swimwear (won by Vince Sorentti), V Club Gym membership a luxury Hunter Valley package plus much much more!

There is even an extra auction thrown in there by Glen – the chance to see Michael Caton from Packed to the Rafters sing to all 450 guests! Raising $700 for Variety, Michael sang “Volare”, an Italian love song. (Stay tuned for the footage!)

Dessert is served. Darren Simpson of La Scala on Jersey serves guests his divine pannacotta with whole figs stewed in Vin Santo. Perfect in taste and perfect in texture – I ate both my dessert, and Alan Jones’.

Everybody knows the event is coming to an end. But there is still a vital part missing. The cake.

Now this isn’t just any cake. This is a birthday cake so fabulous, so over the top, so Maria Venuti it’s not funny! Designed by Antony Bullimore from Planet Cake in Balmain, this magnificent 3 tier cake, each tier a different animal print, covered in diamantes, with stars and a diamante encrusted microphone protruding through the top of the cake! But wait, there has to be a candle right? Seventy candles to be exact! Maria blows out her candles and cuts the cake, with her astonishing daughter Bianca beside her, wearing an jaw-dropping Patrîcia Nascimento gown.

As cake is prepared for the guests (as if the dessert wasn’t enough!), there is yet another surprise in-store. Trevor Ashley who stars as Edna in musical ‘Hairspray‘ spent the remainder of the evening trying to upstage Maria, coming on in drag as Maria, with one of the most hilarious routines I’ve ever seen. This time, every single guest was laughing uncontrollably, with tears streaming down their faces.

It’s clear that Trevor Ashley has a close relationship with Maria as he was able to do mannerisms, voice pitches and other little Maria-isms perfectly. This was most certainly the highlight of the event, I’ve never laughed so much!

It has come to an end – a night that I had hoped would go on for much longer, but was over with in what seemed 30 minutes. A truly successful evening for both Maria and Variety. Glenn T gave Maria a gorgeous bunch of flowers from Merci Bouquet which were wrapped in leopard print. Maria said her thankyou’s and sang one final time with a medley of her favourite tunes, dedicating them to everyone that was there to share her special night.

The big band played a few songs to dance to, by this time people started to leave with their substantial gift bags in tow – containing pasta, pasta sauce and Grissinni from Barilla, Coast To Coast magazines, a bottle of Lindemans Pink Chardonnay, Cocolo Chocolates, Pukka Tea, vouchers for ParaMedical Skin Clinic, Master/Slave, Survivor Fitness and to top it off, a cute thankyou card from Maria with a cartoon of herself by Brett Willis Cartoons.

A magical night, a rollercoaster of emotions and a mutual love for a very special lady. I have no doubt Maria Venuti will never forget her night, as it was made for her and all about her.

Happy milestones Maria. Love Adrian xox


January 24th, 2011


Super BUFF Fitness Industry professional with over 18 years experiance, popular Personal Trainer and well known as the tough-love Trainer to the Blue team on Channel 10′s TV reality weight-loss program The Biggest Loser since being recruited in 2007… SHANNAN PONTON!

FUN FACTS: An iconic Aussie guy who loves the beach and the bush, Shannan Ponton sees the Australian terrain as one big gym.

Shannan’s training mantra : Hard but fair! Train… don’t complain!



December 6th, 2010


Super HOT Aussie Actor who plays the highly sexed town heart-throb Jason Stackhouse in the hit HBO vampire series TRUEBLOOD based onThe Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels, ex HOME AND AWAY and SUMMERLAND Soap sex symbol and currently starring in the psychological big screen thriller RED HILL... RYAN KWANTEN!

FUN FACTS: Kwanten’s acting achievements and graduation from HOME AND AWAY to a starring role in the cult American vampire series TRUE BLOOD have made him one of Australia’s most significant exports and was recently named GQ Magazine’s ’2010 Man of the Year’ at the Sydney Opera House!



November 15th, 2010


Impossibly handsome star of channel TEN’s factual TV series Bondi Vet, regular guest host on TV’s the 7PM Project & The Circle, author of best seller book “The Family Guide to Pets”, writer of the popular “Pet Page” inWoman’s Day Magazine, corporate ambassador for well known Optimum pet care brand and ambassador for Assistance Dogs Australia, a charity that aims to increase the independence of people with physical disabilities… DR CHRIS BROWN! (plus guest stars Gary the Cocky and Daphney the Dog)

FUN FACTS: Aside from a new series of Bondi Vet, Chris is also finetuning his ‘off-shoot’ profession and party trick of hypnotising animals. Aside from chickens, Chris now claims to have attempted hypnosis on pigeons, ducks, rabbits, a cow and an alligator…with seriously varying degrees of success!



August 16th, 2010


Australia’s favourite pyjama king entrepreneur who started his popular sleepwear mail order business from his mum’s dining room table and grew it into an internationally recognised brand, opened a chain of successful retail outlets around the country and most recently Hollywood, a RSPCA superhero and dedicated animal welfare activist… PETER ALEXANDER!

FUN FACT: A passionate dog lover, Peter’s cherished dachshund Penny was his constant companion and a regular star of his catalogues until her death in 2004 and continues to be the mascot for his brand.



July 19th, 2010


Super HOT Australian celebrity photographer with work appearing on covers and editorials for top magazines L’uomo Vogue, Inside Sport, Men’s Health, GQ, Sports Illustrated, DNA, FHM, and Details, as well as major advertising brands ROLEX, SONY, adidas, Calvin Klein underwear & current campaigns for ED HARDY in Australia and USA, hit television shows Australia’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, Football Superstar & Australian Idol and the sensational MEN OF CRICKET, GOD’S OF SPORT & GOD’S OF FOOTBALL charity calendars and books… PEDRO VIRGIL!

FUN FACT: With a background in SPFX and prosthetics, art direction, film and television, Pedro’s photography work involves a dynamic fusion of mood, special effects, lighting and cinematography to create an image that perfectly tells a story.



CARTOON 100% HOTTIE – Lucy Holmes

May 17th, 2010


Smokin’ Hot star of ’100% KYLIE’ the International Smash Hit Kylie Minogue Tribute Show, breakfast radio host on Melbourne’s 89.9 Light FM, backing vocalist for artists such as Delta Goodrem, Westlife & Guy Sebastian and star of multiple ad campaigns and TV appearances including DANCING WITH THE STARS, IT TAKES TWO and as a grand finalist on channel 9′s STARSTRUCK… LUCY HOLMES!

FUN FACT: The 100% KYLIE show was declared on twitter by Kylie herself as “the BEST KYLIE ACT out there!”