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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Portrait Couture - Simona Janek shows how to do 'glamour shots' the right way

Glamour shoots. The very words conjur up these images in my head, best captured by the hilarious Ellen:

So, when I was offered the opportunity to have a photo shoot done on me, for me, only me, not kids, no props, just... me, I thought yes. I do need new profile pics. Not for my Facebook page, although I will likely be using them for that. But mainly, they would be perfect to update my social media pics so I am not using two year old photos.

Plus, the people behind the shoot - GM Photographics - well, I really love their work. Think incredibly beautiful wedding shots of Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules, and a host of too-divine, stylish photography. See more here: http://www.gmphotographics.com.au/

The woman behind the hair and makeup was to be Simona Janek, an absolute makeup genius; see her site here: http://www.simonajanek.com.au

But I had no idea until I got there that the person shooting me for the day was Simona herself! She's been learning the ropes from GM Photographics' Graham Monro - her husband - for eons, and has now mastered the art of photography herself. I was excited! The prospect of posing for a woman suddenly made me even more comfy.

Simona's company is Portrait Couture, and below... the evidence that with an incredibly talented photographer, some natural lighting, expert makeup and hair [Simona's hairdresser asked if I wanted 'high hair'... I said, "Yes! Go high!!"] and hauling half my wardrobe and accessories along for the day and surrendering to Simona styling me up, the final shots can be rather fab. Check them out, below.

This is the shot used on the Ventura Press page, my fabulous book publisher. Again, by GM Photographics and the master, Simona:

What do you think? Like them? Would you go and get new shots done for you? Or group shots of your family, or you and your partner? I LOVE the idea now, and would recommend it to anyone. I felt incredibly special and pampered, and kinda got my mojo back. 

And you know what... it's not that exy. Check the site for pricing: http://www.gmphotographics.com.au/portrait-couture/simona-janek/

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing - news just in

In sad news just in, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have announced they are divorcing. 

"Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children," Cruise publicist Amanda Lundberg tells E! News. "Please allow them their privacy." Read more here: http://au.eonline.com/news/tom_cruise_katie_holmes_divorcing/326967

Remember this Cruise family cover? It was the first time the couple showed off baby Suri:

And looks like we'll be seeing this clip on replay on news broadcasts:

It's sad news. Did you think this couple would last?

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Anti-cheating ring: yes or no?

The 'anti-cheating' ring - is this really necessary?

The site www.thecheeky.com is selling a ring which leaves an imprint which says "I'm married" - and suddenly this controversial jewellery piece is all over the internet.

The description on the site:

"With Arnold, Tiger and two timing IMF guy in mind, we have created this wedding ring for people intent on cheating. The negative engraving on the inside means that when you are in the ‘Club’ and an attractive woman…or man comes along to chat, slipping your wedding ring off is not an option. The mark left on your skin says…’I’m Married’

Material: Made of strengthened Titanium. Life time guarantee, ‘til death and all that."

For a price of US $550, it can be yours.

What do you think? Is this really necessary?

I am a fan of men wearing their wedding ring when they're married - see links below - but this? I think it's going a tad far...

Read more here:



And here is where you can buy the ring: http://thecheeky.com/anti-cheating-ring

So, would you? Wear one, I mean. Or 'make' your partner wear one? 'Fess up...

Schools on strike: what teachers and mums think

So, this morning as I sat down to work from home after dropping my kids off to daycare I found myself hearing the headlines again on the teacher's strikes affecting NSW teachers and kids and wondering: say if I was working full time in an office? What would I arrange for my school aged kids [the twins start school next year, so from 2013 on, this is likely] when teachers go on strike? What would I do? I have no babysitter help on tap. What do other full time mums/workers do?

So I used the best public barometer possible - Facebook! - to ask my friends what the thought about it all. The replies blew me away. Talk about a passionate, knowledgeable lot. With their permission, their thoughts are reproduced here.

Veronica starts: "I was going to post about it this morning but I held back as it is a very controversial subject. I endured strikes for many years whilst my girls were in a state school but really its gotten ridiculous of late. I realise that teachers have their argument but what is it teaching our children?? That its okay to have a hissy fit and just stop work and rebel against authorities whenever you don't agree with something? I have worked for more than 20 years and on occasion have disagreed on issues of employment and pay but never felt the need to just walk off the job! I don't understand why private schools and catholic schools never do it, is it because they get paid more I wonder?"

Nicole - a primary school teacher currently on leave to have her first baby - added: "Catholic school teachers don't get paid more. I've worked in the catholic system for 13 years and although in that time there have been a couple of strikes organised that catholic schools participated in, I have never. I figure that we belong to a union. It is a part of the role of that union to negotiate conditions on behalf of it's members. If it can't do that then we should be looking closer at the effectiveness (or lack of) of that union.

Veronica replies: "Yeah I thought that was the case Nicole. At the end of the day I think children and families are the ones that suffer. Glad I pulled mine out of the public system for many reasons and this was just one of them."

Another teacher - primary school teacher Elizabeth weighs in: "The strike that teachers are taking part in today, is all about fighting for the rights of the children we teach. The government has chosen to introduce new "initiatives"that will directly affect the quality of education that your children will receive. We have placed on hold our wage negotiations in favour of fighting to guarantee lower class sizes, fairness for students with disabilities and making sure we have qualified teachers in all classes. We understand parents frustrations when we choose to stop work. We do not do this lightly!"

Fabiana, a mother of a 21 year old and a 19 year old said: "Well when my boys were at school , it used to shit me big time having to organise baby sitters etc. But now that they are no longer at school I really don't care for me it is a bonus less traffic on the roads LOL... One thing that does not make sense is that the O'farrell govt was voted in by the majority of the people, teachers and parents alike so what is everyone getting upset about, not just teachers but everyone they voted him in, They wanted him he was the best thing for the state and for them. So I say get over it and get on with it. It is what it is and striking and getting angry is not going to change anything. Well that is my view

Nicole, the teacher, adds: "Lets face it-No teacher teaches for the Money. No amount of striking is going to change that. The amount of liability that teachers face is so out if balance with the remuneration which is why the education system loses it's best teachers. Whilst I advocate for individual teacher accountability, the details of liability need to be readdressed. The conditions that Elizabeth refers to also need to be addressed so that the needs of every student can be better met."

says Veronica: "I agree Fabiana....we as voters have the power to make change and when we elect leaders whether it be state or federal govt we become accountable. Striking doesn't fix things.....if we don't like what the government is doing than we have the power to change it at the next elections. Unfortunately as humans we will NEVER be 100% happy with alot of stuff in our communities, states, countries but getting angry doesn't have positive outcomes. I believe as an individual in an organisation such as hospitals, schools & employment we can all make a difference in others lives whether they be children, adults whatever without having to change policies or get angry with the government."

Nicole adds: " Teachers in the state school system are under huge pressures to do admininstration, mark books, prepare interesting lessons, stand in front of a class of kids who have their headphones in, their phones on, playing games on their laptops and they are not allowed to do anything about it. Prior to unions our kids would be working down coalmines 12 hours a day so lets stop bagging them - they've virtually had most of their powers taken away anyway."

Veronica adds: "But how are they any different to any other schools?? this happens in most other schools as well and they also have to abide by law and policies in most cases but they don't strike. I am a nurse and saw what went on with the nurse's strikes where 'some' not all of them walked out of the job in order to get more nurses for every patient...yes it worked BUT the difference here was that there were still nurses back in the hospitals caring for patients. They didnt just abandon hospitals and patients altogether, only some of them walked out. Why can't the same happen with teachers? instead of disrupting childrens and parents lives as they do on what seems like a monthly/two monthly basis."

Karina, also a teacher, weighs in: "I work in the private school system and my kids are in private schools but I am with you state teachers all way!... It's about the kids..... that's way days like these are necessary!"

Adds Nicole: "There are so many issues that need open discussion. Striking really is just one small issue. Unfortunately those who are not in the education system (which includes our ministers) remain unaware. Whatever you can do to bring these to open discussion can only be beneficial."

Says Fabiana: "Look I really don't get it, according to the paper this is why the strike is on "Teachers are striking because the state government is refusing to change its position on its Local Schools Local Decisions policy, which gives principals the power to control 70 per cent of a school's budget and hire up to half of its staff." What is wrong with this? don't universities work like this? and catholic schools?"

Adds Veronica: "I agree Fabiana, which is why they are not a private school where the principal has most of the control with parents direction. I don't get it either."

Sandra, about to graduate as a primary school teacher, adds: "Giving the power to the principals helps get rid of dead wood teachers. In the catholic or private system majority of teachers are on yearly contracts therefore if they are not performing they go."

Elizabeth: "Private and catholic school parents pay to attend their school. Public schools rely on funding from the government to pay staff as well as resource the school. There are no guarantees from the government to fund our schools both in staff and support for students past 2014. What happens to our students when they cut funding and the principal can't afford to pay staff wages or more importantly meet the needs of the students. Especially those students with special needs. They have already closed support classes for language disorders and reading support classes. They have gotten rid of behaviour support teachers and district learning support teachers. It is now up to 1 single classroom teacher to meet the individual learning and emotional issues of up to 30 or more students. The governments reply to this is that classroom teachers will have on line training to deal with these issues. On line training that happens out of school hours. We need to look at England's and Americas school systems. How successful are they. This is the way that our government is moving to cost cut. What is the price of a quality education?"

Nicole: "Catholic school education relies heavily upon government funding just as the public system does. Elizabeth refers to some of the myriad of issues facing schools and teachers which will not be resolved by ministers who are themselves unaware and unknowledgable of the industry. One issue is for principals to have greater control over the staffing of their schools which would allow them to use the same funding in creative ways to better suit the specific needs of their school. At the moment the arrangement of staffing is all prescribed."

Veronica: "Damn FB, I am supposed to be folding clothes and watching a movie LOL......I agree that there obviously issues that need to be resolved but there has to be a better way to get the message across other than striking. Can't parents and teachers sign petitions, send letters to local government, as well as state govt leaders etc and if they are going to strike not have the whole school do a dissapearing act??? I'm all for supporting childrens education and claiming back resources lost. I also hear what teachers are saying how its for the benefit of the children but the constant striking and putting children and parents out constantly is having the same effect as the lack of resources, benefits, control they are fighting for. Ok....gotta go now.........

Elizabeth: "I agree with the not striking issue. No teacher wants to strike. Not only do we upset the community of parents that we work with but we also forgo our wage for the day. This issues has been worked on for nearly a year. We have signed petitions, visited our local member with a delegation of teachers and been in constant talks with the government. Nothing has gotten the guarantees that we need re class sizes, funding and staffing. We know that there are going to be changes that we don't agree with. That's life in any job. But these changes should not affect the quality of education that kids are getting. That's what we want the government to sign off on.

Fabiana: "Just wondering have any of you looked back at your old school photos from primary school? Only those that attended public schools? Well I did and I had over 30 kids in each of my classes. Plus there was only 1 Teacher in all my classes, no support teacher no district learning, wonder how the teachers coped and I know we had some rowdy kids in my class these days they would be considered to have ADHD or something or other."

Adds Fabiana: "Sorry Elizabeth just a question, if the government are not guaranteeing funding after 2014 would that mean that they need to privatise or sell off the public schools first? Or do you mean they are not guaranteeing the amount of funds that the schools are being allocated? Do the education department forecast the number of people of in the area with school children using the data from the local councils to understand the needs for those schools and then allocate a percentage of their school allocation budget or do all schools get the same funding? not sure how it works I know that we paid a over $400 a year for my son in high school that was just school fees not books etc for a "free public schooling" wondering how it works?"

Answers Elizabeth: "There has been no mention of privatising schools yet. They are just not guaranteeing they same amount of funding after 2014. As to how they work out funding, at the moment staffing of schools is based around student numbers. That's why with these changes that may no longer happen. Less money for principals may mean employing less teachers despite the number of students. Funding for kids with special needs used to be based on individual students. Now if a student has mental health issues or asperges they no longer qualify for individual funding. Schools are given a specific amount of flexible funding that is to be spent meeting the needs of these students as well as those with language disorders and mild intellectual disabilities. How this is work out we are not sure and the gover nment refuses to release the costings. Hope this answers your question.

  • Weighs in Genevieve: "Have to agree with nsw strike. If principals get full power the kids will.suffer especially for extra Circular activities and potty any child with additional needs."

    Adds Claudia, mum of two: " I've come into this late, but more control to principals equates more corruption. Nepotism and favouritism will be king. Qualifications won't matter. It will be who you know, not what you know. It is almost impossible to get a parent in the budget committee as it is, although the bylaws of the P&C require for one to be appointed. Giving the one person in the school 70% of the power only spells disaster. At the moment, to increase income, some principals are allowing an extraordinary number of kindy enrolments. This number is not maintained throughout the 5 remaining yrs. Resources all go to the lower classes to increase revenue. Tell me what level of education the higher yrs can expect , if resources are mostly spent on the lower yrs. In an ideal world, the principal would share it equally. Somehow I dont think that will be the case.

    Adds Maria: "Striking is the only way to make your viewpoint heard. A Union is the head but the neck of the union is it's members, and that's where the strength lies."

Ricki-Lee for Covergirl: reader competition! Meet Ricki-Lee in person in Sydney

Are you a Ricki-Lee fan? Okay, just how much?

Because 'Josie's Juice' is hosting a fantastic opportunity to meet your pop idol - next week! But you must enter today!

Thanks to cosmetics giant Covergirl, this exciting competition - for one lucky reader - includes this:

Covergirl are giving  you and a friend the chance to attend the exclusive Covergirl Australia party and meet Ricki-Lee in person! The event is on Tuesday July 3 and will see the unveiling of the stunning new campaign featuring new ambassador, Ricki-Lee.  Performing for Covergirl for the first time,  Ricki-Lee will wow guests with a medley of her newest songs! Sydney’s iconic Museum of Contemporary Art will host the event with a bevy of celebrities and VIPs partying the night away.

To WIN a chance to see Australian pop princess and new face of COVERGIRL, Ricki-Lee perform for 
Covergirl in Sydney, simply write in 25 words or less: why Covergirl performs for you.
The prize pack includes entry for a winner and their guest to the VIP event. Entrants must be 18 years or older and be New South Wales residents, able to travel to the event on Tuesday, July 3 2012. Event start time is 7pm.

So what are you waiting for? Enter TODAY - as winner will be drawn this time tomorrow.

Watch Ricki-Lee's latest song 'Do It Like That':

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Spice Girls Reunion - to promote 'Viva Forever' musical

The Spice Girls - behind the infectious tune below - are back. Well, sort of. Read on:

The Spice Girls have given die-hard fans what they "really, really want" - by reuniting onstage to announce the details of a musical based on their songs.

Producers says that the stage show called 'Viva Forever' isn't a biography of the band, but there will be real-life references for the 1990s group in its story, with themes of female empowerment and friendship, tested by fame. The show is set to open in London in December.

"We're going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power," said Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, who attended the media launch with Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown - also known, in order, as: Baby, Ginger, Sporty and Scary Spice.

Here's the first song the Spice Girls released. Perhaps the musical can finally explain what this line means: "I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want. I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really really really wanna zig-a-zig-ah."

Just who are the producers behind the show?

It's Jennifer Saunders writer and comedienne from 'Absolutely Fabulous', and 'French & Saunders'), and Judy Craymer, producer of the worldwide smash-hit musical 'Mamma Mia'!

And here is the poster artwork for the show

Ready to book tickets? Go here:

Nora Ephron: 'When Harry Met Sally', 'Sleepless in Seattle' director/writer has died

The woman who wrote and directed the movies 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Sleepless in Seattle' - Nora Ephron - has died in Manhattan of complications relating to acute myeloid leukaemia. She was 71. 

She was the brilliance behind this scene:

And this one:

Nora was born in New York to a Broadway playwright and a Hollywood screenwriter, so her career path was in her genes.
She put her mother's advice - "take notes, everything is copy" - to good use, turning observations on relationships into hugely successful romantic comedies. [Gosh, that is brilliant advice].
Nora wrote essays for major US magazines from the late 1960s plus several non-fiction books, including two memoirs.
She was married three times: once to Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporter who helped uncover the Watergate scandal.
Nora's divorce from Bernstein resulted in a novel, 'Heartburn', which she turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
Her first marriage to writer Dan Greenburg ended in 1976. And Nora's third marriage to Nicholas Pileggi - who wrote the screenplays for the Martin Scorsese films Goodfellas and Casino - lasted more than 20 years.
Rumours of her death circulated on Tuesday evening after her friend, celebrity columnist Liz Smith, published an online memorial. Smith said Nora's son had informed her a funeral had been scheduled for his mother.
Her film credits also include: 'You've Got Mail', 'Silkwood', and 'Julie and Julia', which was her final film, in 2009.
She was nominated for an Oscar three times - but never won the award.
Nora is survived by her husband and two sons.
What's your fave Nora Ephron flick?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Jenny McCarthy: Playboy July/August 2012

Here is Jenny McCarthy on the cover of the latest issue of US Playboy magazine. What do you think? Show it off... or, what's the point?

She says in her interview with US People magazine: "I'm really proud of it. The pictures are really gorgeous and classy. They could be out of W magazine. They're really elegant. It's probably a lot more sophisticated than a lot of the stuff you'd see of people with their clothes on."

To prep for the shoot, 39 year old Jenny decided to not lose weight - instead, get firmer.

"The one thing I like about Playboy is they don't have the anorexic look," she says. "The women are voluptuous. So I didn't really want to diet. I just wanted to tone up."

Jenny first appeared in Playboy in 1993, and she has been named Playmate of the Month and Playmate of the Year. This is her first appearance in the magazine since 2005. Read more about the People interview here: 

So... thoughts? Put it away, or show it off?

Katy Perry: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', plus 'Part of Me' trailer

Here is Katy Perry's appearance overnight on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' [before she hops on a plane to Sydney for her movie premiere - see below for trailer.

And here is the trailer for her movie 'Part Of Me' in 3D. She will be in Sydney this Saturday for the premiere. Will you go and see the movie?

'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' - season 7

Yep, another season of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' - the seventh!

Will you watch?

Here is the trailer:

Here's a run down, for K-fans only:

- Kourtney and Scott are preparing Mason for the arrival of his little sister
- Khloé has resolved to spend more time with loved ones
- The youngest sisters, Kylie and Kendall have an exciting new job at a Seventeen magazine
- Rob is finding his own way in business
- Bruce and Kris go through a rough patch after Bruce reveals that he feels neglected by his wife [cough... really?]

In an expanded season - with 18, one-hour episodes - the family is on a roll.

'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' premieres Tuesday, June 26th at the new time of 8.30pm, on E! [Foxtel].

Monday, 25 June 2012

Giuliana & Bill: Season 5

This is the season.

The one where even more challenges - and triumphs - come the way of Giuliana & Bill.

On the heels of its most watched season ever, Style's hit series 'Giuliana & Bill' returns for a fifth season as they face their toughest challenge yet – Giuliana’s breast cancer diagnosis. 

As they have done with all of life’s obstacles, the couple embraces their vow to love each other ‘in sickness and in health’. 

This season, viewers will get an intimate look into Giuliana’s journey as she returns to work, leaving Bill to find balance with their new houseguests – Giuliana’s parents, Anna and Eduardo. 

What’s more, this season will celebrate the couple’s achievements - the opening, finally, of their restaurant RMP Italian in Chicago, which features many of Mamma DiPandi’s [Giuliana’s mother’s] recipes and forces the couple to look for a new home in Chicago. 

While their immediate focus is on Giuliana’s recovery, their dream of starting a family is also top of mind. 

“Since day one of our marriage, Bill and I have welcomed Style into our lives, from traveling with us to Italy for our wedding, to following our struggles to conceive,” said Giuliana Rancic. 

“In 2011, we faced our scariest obstacle yet when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but as we start 2012, I am focused on living in the present. Bill and I look forward to this new year of opportunity and good health and can’t wait to once again share our journey with the Style viewers.”

I was lucky enough to interview Bill before the premiere of season 4; here is the interview: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/interview-bill-rancic-giuliana-bill.html

Season five of Giuliana and Bill premieres June 25 at 8.30pm on Style [Foxtel].

Adoption - one woman's real life story: "When we saw her she smiled at us and we just cried."

The concept of adoption has always fascinated me, warmed my heart, and moved me to tears.

I have been wanting to write about the whole process for years, and what it's like for a child to find out about their adoption later in life. 

I was fortunate to speak with someone who adopted over a decade ago. Her name is *Sally, and with her husband *Michael, she describes the journey from infertility, to adoption, to pure joy when meeting adoptive daughter *Amanda.

How long had you been trying to have a baby?
"We hadn't really tried as such, but we hadn't used any protection since we got married, and that was for about five years. We realised we needed to investigate further as we didn't have any obvious health scares. 

What was the adoption process like?
It took two years to complete forms, have interviews, and conduct counselling. Once accepted, we were in a pool of couples for two years. Every two years you renew your option to stay in the pool or opt out. The pool of couples are of a variety of backgrounds, ie different religions, ethnicity, and ages. 

How long after you started the process did you get the news?
The two years we were in the pool it was coming up to our renewal... and then we recieved the phone call from the agency.

How did you feel when got the news about Amanda?
"We were over the moon when we got the call. Michael got the the call first, then he called me. We were at work and as you can imagine, we couldn't function for the rest of the day. It was unbelievable, considering that that year there were only six babies up for adoption. 

How did you feel when you first saw her?
We first saw Amanda in a photo by email, sent by the foster family where she was living for the first five months of her life. We got the call on a Tuesday, we had Wednesday off to sign papers, Thursday we were back at work, then Friday to Monday was the Easter period. During these few days we were quickly preparing Amanda's room. On that Tuesday we got the call, we actually we got to see her. When we saw her she was in a bassinet, and when we looked at her and she smiled at us and we just cried. The foster mother said babies know when they know who their parents are. I grabbed her out of the bassinet and held her so tight and cried for ages. She was just gorgeous.

How did you tell Amanda she was adopted?
Amanda has always known she was adopted from a very young age. As we have an open adoption (meaning being able to communicate with the birth parent, and telling Amanda she is adopted) we received photos and letters from her birth mum, and we would respond to them. There are some great kid's books about adoption. One we would read over and over was 'Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born', by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Plus we'd read many more books about adoption. I made a book about Amanda's story, with lots of photos, on how it all happened, which is something the agency recommend. We'd go through that as well. We talk openly about it with her especially if she asks questions. Now she is older she has a laugh when people say to her, "You look like your father. She rolls her eyes and has a giggle. We explained to her that families are created in different ways and this is one way.

It's important for me to let you know that adoption was our first option, rather than IVF. We felt in our hearts that there was a child for us somewhere (we were also considering international adoption) and there are so many children who need someone to love them.

My aim in telling my story is to promote adoption as a positive experience, because I'm tired of hearing the negative; sometimes people are so insensitive to people's feeling.

I am so happy with the work being done by Hugh Jackman's wife Deborra-lee Furness, who is involved with National Adoption Awareness Week. It's helping to promote what adoption is all about, and that's very important work."

For more on National Adoption Awareness Week, go here: http://www.adoptionawarenessweek.com.au/

* All names have been changed.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis: Who magazine

The latest issue of Who magazine features Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis who, after fighting to save their 14-year relationship, finally confirmed the rumours that dogged them for months. While confirming on June 19 that they have "amicably separated," the decision wasn't made lightly, sources reveal. 

So what went wrong?

"Vanessa went seven years between albums and several years between film projects while he became Captain Jack Sparrow," a source told Who. You can read the full story in this week's issue.

On the cover is the latest group of Hollywood women who appear to be going too far in their quest for the perfect showbiz body. One rock and roll star believes her most effective diet is fish fingers and lemon water, while an actress and mum of three feels she has to "work out all the time". Find out who they are in the issue. 

And in an exclusive interview, the reality-TV Osbourne family reveal how they have been devastated by son Jack Osbourne's multiple sclerosis diagnosis, just three weeks after he welcomed his daughter, Pearl, into the world. 

"I kept thinking, 'What did I do wrong? What did I eat or drink when I was pregnant?' "an emotional Sharon Osbourne says. "I feel like it's somehow my fault." 

In an effort to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, Sharon, Ozzy, Jack and his fiancée Lisa Stelly speak exclusively to Who about their reactions, and how Jack and Lisa's wedding is providing a positive focus for the family.

Grab the latest issue of Who magazine today. 

Grant Hackett: 60 Minutes interview

This story makes me feel a little ill - the 60 Minutes interview with Grant Hackett. Here is a clip, courtesy of the Herald Sun:

Read more on the Herald Sun piece here:


So, what are your thoughts?

I feel sad about the whole situation: that something so private is now so public, because they are high profile identities. I feel sad for the children who may be young, but understand tension between parents. I feel sorry that Grant has not seen his children for so long. I feel sad for Candice who has had to endure something so psychologically damaging. I feel sad that a marriage has broken down, especially one with children. I feel sad that Grant felt the marriage was over but did not address it in a far better way.

Share your thoughts here.

Kylie Minogue: about Madonna, on 'Fashion Police'

Kylie Minogue lets fly on TV show 'Fashion Police' on Madonna's recent nip slip. She said: "Was she caught up in the moment? Was it premeditated? Who knows? I think it’s got people more perplexed than excited by it." Watch:

Oh... and here is the nipple reveal:

Did you see Kylie on 'The Soup' and 'Chelsea Lately'? Oh em gee - the clip on 'The Soup' is to die for... it features Joe Manganiello from 'True Blood'. Watch:

'Fashion Police' featuring Kylie repeats tonight at 11pm, on the E! channel, on Foxtel.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

'Veep' season 1: the making of 'Veep'

The first episode of 'Veep' will screen on Showcase [Foxtel] tonight, at 7.30pm, with the second ep following straight after. The new comedy series looks like 'The Office' meets 'The West Wing.' Here is what the series is all about, with a brilliant making-of backgrounder:

For more, see: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/veep-julia-louis-dreyfus-hbofoxtel-new.html. Will you tune in?

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Pyjamas in public: yes or no?

Okay, it's a topic that can't be ignored any longer: wearing your pyjamas in public. Have you done it? I have been tempted. And I may have had a pyjamas top underneath my sloppy joe [jumper, hoodie, etc] when my babies were young and I had to hop out and grab something, but it was likely to be long-sleeved top or tee I wear to bed and not an actual PJ part.

You can read more here: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/wearing-your-pyjamas-in-public-sydney-can-comfortably-say-yes/story-e6freuy9-1226406059605

Go on, confess... have you? There are several Facebook pages either supporting - or hating on - PJ public wear:


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