Race to win at art auction
THE last time the Prahran Mission organised a sommelier-related fund-raiser, it was cancelled because the special guest, former health minister and wine connoisseur Michael Wooldridge, had to sort out a legal headache over the failed Prime Trust retirement village group. On Thursday, there is a different soiree in conjunction with art auction house Deutscher and Hackett called "A Hand Up" and quite a few notables have lent theirs. The woman with her sleeves always rolled up is the mission's fund-raising manager, Erica Myers-Davis, the cousin of Olympic 100 metre champ Usain Bolt. Event patron Lyn Williams, the widow of the late, great artist Fred Williams, has donated his $6000 Waterfall lithograph and Andrew Taylor, the husband of actor Rachel Griffiths, donated his $1600 silkscreen Outside: El Contento. Myers-Davis moonlights as DJ Lady Erica and has donated photos of street art and graffiti she took in Venice. As Bolt proves, the fastest person in the race wins.
Psychics predicted this
BABY booties are being speed-knitted for the royal delivery of Kate and William. New Idea has gonged itself as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for announcing the pregnancy two weeks ago and someone pleased with herself is Teymara, astrologist and "transformational consultant", who predicted a baby "fairly soon" after their wedding. Depends how you define "fairly" and "soon" but Teymara believes the heir to the throne will be a girl. The last word goes to British TV raconteur Piers Morgan, who tweeted: "Congratulations to every magazine editor for calling Kate Middleton's pregnancy especially those who did covers on it 11 months ago."
Chewing more fat
DURING the season to stuff yourself silly comes the book Eat Fat Be Thin, a kind of "eat and pray that the food you love" doesn't spend a moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips. Andi Lew, an author and advocate for natural health, and Dr Natalie Kringoudis, a Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist, believe "good fats help you to lose weight". The duo are what they eat and that's sugar-free, dairy-free and wheat-free recipes. Lew, the wife of Elwood chiropractor Dr Warren Sipser, is lean and mean, in the nicest possible way, but would-be attackers should steer clear. She is a jiu-jitsu disciple of the Ben Hall Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy and her forte is BJJ - Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a grappling and wrestling martial art. A handy hobby to have to battle the buffet crowd at Christmas parties, unless it's a more refined offering of sugar-free, dairy-free and wheat-free treats. And she does a mean "robot" dance. With Michael Jackson entertaining the angels with Billie Jean from a dance floor in the sky, Lew is da bomb.
Madame and Mr White
STILL to sign up for an "overcoming your shyness course", the cavorting host of Madame Brussels, Paula Scholes, did not hesitate in calling her breast cancer fund-raiser "Jugs For Jugs". Blessed with an ample set, Miss Pearls (pictured) summoned a posse on the terrace to savour beverages from jugs to aid the National Breast Cancer Foundation. A new friend is Marco Pierre White, the debonair British chef who walked into her venue during a private party for the 80th birthday of her mother, Margaret, and was invited to stay and play. The star of MasterChef: The Professionals donated "himself" for the auction, a "mystery lunch or dinner" with him for a mother and daughter, worth $750, and being a courtly gent White bought himself back for a higher, undisclosed fee because he has a mother and daughter to entertain while he is in town. Another drinking establishment that caught his discerning eye was Bar Americano, a gem in a lane, off a lane. "I had a delicious drink in the smallest private club in the world. From an obscure tiny lane you step into a beautiful jewellery box." The white-coated, bearded waiter named Jacob added to the appeal of stepping back in time. "I'd love to own something like that because it's a pleasure." Marco, get your hands on your credit card and make an offer.