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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Dolly magazine closes

In shock magazine news just in, Dolly magazine is to close.

Bauer Media has axed the print edition of Dolly only seven months after it went to a bi-monthly print issue, with a tandem mobile focus.

Dolly magazine launched in 1970. In the latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures, it had a January to June circulation of 30,010.

Nick Chan, CEO at Bauer Media, said in a statement: “Dolly readers predominantly engage with the brand on digital and social platforms and they do so with greater frequency than is possible with a bi-monthly magazine – this means it’s no longer feasible to continue publishing the magazine on a regular basis.

“Dolly has played a part in the lives of many Australians over the years, which is why we’re delighted its outstanding content continues but now, exclusively, on the channels today’s teens prefer to interact with most.”

Full-time staff at the magazine are expected to be offered other positions within Bauer.

Want to grab a copy? The last bi-monthly issue of Dolly, with three collectors covers featuring members of band In Stereo, goes on sale from December 5.

The magazine which launched Dolly Doctor (the place to get all the info you need about periods, boys, sex, etcetera) and THE model comp for young girls who aspired to be models, and the career of the inimitable Lisa Wilkinson (see her moving post below) will be kaput in its current format.

#RIPDolly. A magazine that for 46 years was a bible to so many generations of young Aussie women - including yours truly. I collected every single issue when I was in high school devouring the fashion, the pop stars, the big sisterly advice and of course, the iconic Dolly Doctor. As the old jingle went, Dolly was a girl like me. To then get my first job there was a joy I'll never forget...and I went to on spend seven years there - five of them as editor. It launched the careers of so many - journalists, editors, stylists, graphic designers, and brilliant photographers like @grahamshearer and of course models who have gone on to become household names like @mirandakerr and as you can see here, a very young and at that point, completely unknown, #NicoleKidman. This was July 1983, and the issue was one of our biggest sellers during my time as editor. Such sweet memories. Vale Dolly. So many of us will never forget you. Pic: @grahamshearer Styling: @pashassnaps
A photo posted by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson) on

Ah, drats! Another iconic Aussie magazine bites the dust.

Here are some of the most memorable Dolly magazine covers. Starting with the Miranda Kerr cover, when she won the Dolly Model of the Year competition in 1997 at age 13.

And more:

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Roxy Jacenko: Today Extra INTERVIEW - VIDEO

Roxy Jacenko has appeared on 'Today Extra' and she explained where her drive for business came from (she is founder of Sydney PR business Sweaty Betty), and her personal struggles, as well as why she shares what she does on social media, and talks about her "bitch of a year", and a "year that I never, ever thought I'd face", and how it has been very tough but why sees herself as "very lucky."

Ben Fordham starts with: "I knew you when you were a nobody, and now you're one of the most defining women of 2016."

Roxy replies: "I don't know about that... wow looking at that 'Celebrity Apprentice' footage, that feels like a decade ago. Gosh!"

She remembers she was at that studio last when she was interviewed about the series, alongside Stephanie Rice.

Her first job was at a McDonald's drive through, the Drummoyne one to be exact, at 14 and nine months.

"I was straight out there. The second I could get a job I was right out there. And then I worked at Kodak, and then a florist."

Sonia Kruger asks where her drive for business comes from.

"You know I think I was taught from a very young age: if you want, you work. My parents weren't from a wealthy upbringing, they were workers. So for me, yes they could have given me everything I wanted, but they were like, no, if you want it, go out and get a job. So, it was always instilled in me from a very early age, if you want, you work!"

Roxy also then talks about the PR industry she just "fell into" and how stories about her life "became a free for all."

"You have to realise that when you're in an industry where you're asking, say, a newspaper columnist to do a story on one of your client's brands, and then at the same time they say, but what's happening with you, I can't be the person to say: "I'm not going to tell you, I'm ringing you about a particular brand."

"So, it does become open slather, and yes, I call it as I see it, and if someone asks, I am an open book, and I also think that's something that's quite refreshing. I'd rather be an open book than pretend I'm something that I'm not."

Asked about her year, where, as Ben said: "Your husband had a high profile court battle, you had cancer, well you've got cancer, right..."

She answers:

"The reality is... everyone has challenges. My challenges have sort of [been] compounded into a period of four months.

"It was a year that I suppose I never, ever thought I'd face, but at the same time... I've got two amazing children, I've got a business that's amazing, I've got great staff, and I think I'm also very lucky. You know, yes it's been tough but at the same time I'm very lucky, I look at the positives. I think my positives outweigh my negatives"

She also answered the question about "sharenting" - defined by sharing lots about children online.

She admits she's "the poster girl" for it.

"There's nothing wrong with sharing pictures of your children; you do it because you're proud," she says to Sonia, who admits to be a 'sharenting' mum also. "I know we all do it because we're proud. We're not doing it for any other reason. You have to be careful what you share. I would never share a picture of the children in the bath, or anything like that.

"Choose what your share... whether it's on your own page, or on the Instagram of your five year old," she says with a smile, "But at the same time, be smart about what you choose."

Ben asks where Roxy thinks she will be in ten years time?

Roxy replies: "Well, I think I'll probably be doing the same thing. I'm a worker, I always have been. I don't know anything other than work. If I go on a holiday, it means get up in the morning, get onto your emails, do your work, and then enjoy your holiday. So, I don't know anything different, but at the same time... it would be nice to... I was thinking one day of retiring in my 40s, but the way I'm going with my spending habits, there's no chance that's going to happen... but obviously continue with my business.

Roxy also then talks about daughter Pixie's hair bow business (Pixie's Bows), and how maybe she'll retire at six, and "I'll work until I'm 150."

Asked about her husband Oliver, she says: "Yeah he's good, he's good, I mean as good as you can be in that environment.

"We're all very proud of him, he's taken it on the chin, and he's getting on with it."

Here is that interview in full:

To see Roxy's interview on '60 Minutes' Australia CLICK HERE.

To read about her breast cancer diagnosis CLICK HERE.

To read the Josie's Juice interview with Roxy on her book 'The Spotlight', CLICK HERE.

Friday, 25 November 2016

'The Candyman' Mansion Party: WIN TICKETS + KIIS Interview

'The Candyman' aka Travers Beynon is opening his house up for a private party... and you can attend.

He talked about this unique opp (c'mon, aren't you just a little bit curious?) during his appearance on the 'Kyle and Jackie O Show' yesterday on KIIS FM radio. See below for more details.

Often controversial, 'The Candyman' wanted to set the record straight about what the media gets wrong about him ('A Current Affair' featured him on the show many times, with the photo of dog collared women on each report).

He said during the Kyle and Jackie O interview:

"They say that I degrade women, but when you have so many women like I do, you can’t afford to degrade women. It’s not going to work."

Added Kyle: "Exactly, why would they be there if you did? They’re not being made to be there."


"The only thing I could ever be accused of is being obsessed by women."

'The Candyman' actually has custody of his two eldest children.

"I have four children, two from a previous marriage that I have sole custody of, which no-one really brings up, but as you can imagine for a father to have sole custody, I must have been alright in the judges eyes. Two years I spent in the courts.”

How did he make his money? Travers started out as a model, investing his money, and turning it into millions. Today he has a wife (his second), and more than five girlfriends at any one time.

And now, the 'Seven Deadly Sins' party at 'The Candyman' mansion, on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

It's happening on December 3, and you can win tickets.

Go to this Facebook post below, and tag three friends for your chance to win:
Follow 'The Candyshop Mansion' on Facebook HERE.
And follow him on Instagram HERE.
Here are some of the many pics on his Facebook account:

The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.

Taking Gold Class cinema experience to another level.

Here is Travers and Kyle, and Jackie O:

And a photo posted on the KIIS site:

'Mariah's World': Extended Trailer + Australian Screen Date

'Mariah's World': it's happening!

Screening on Australian TV on December 5, on Foxtel's E! Channel, it's an eight part docu-series.

The series follows Mariah Carey as she kicks off her 'Sweet Sweet Fantasy' tour of the UK, Europe and Africa, while planning her upcoming wedding to James Packer. Well, that's not happening anymore, as the world now knows. The footage will still be included. It was previously reported James would indeed appear in the show.
The series is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (of the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', 'The Simple Life', and 'I am Cait' fame).

Here is the latest clip on Mariah talking about her failed engagement... kinda. On 'Ellen'.
'Mariah’s World' premieres on December 5 at 1pm and 9.30pm on E! on Foxtel.

Mariah Carey Talks James Packer: 'Ellen' VIDEO

Mariah Carey has appeared on Ellen DeGeneres's show 'Ellen' overnight, and chatted for the first time about fiancé James Packer - inadvertently.

Ellen says: "He (James) didn't want to be in the docu-series..."

"Allegedly...", replies Mariah.

Here is the full clip:

And click here for the extended trailer on Mariah's new show 'Mariah's World' - screening on Australian TV soon. See Australian screen date and extended trailer HERE.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Glamping: Cockatoo Island REVIEW + PHOTOS

Are you a camper? You know, roughing it a little, your sleeping bag on a patch of grass, maybe feeling the lumps under your body?

For some people, this is their idea of heaven.

Me? Well, I don't know... I am not a camping gal, in the traditional sense of the word.

But: a raised bed, a table to pop in my mini 'home' to have a meal and snacks from, ample space to store my bags, and STILL have room to move?

Now THAT'S my kinda mini break.

That place? Cockatoo Island!

Glamping at Cockatoo Island is my new fave thing to do, and here are the many reasons why...

What I love most about my new fave destination is that it's right in the heart of Sydney, no driving hours from Sydney suburbia to get to your spot close to nature.

In fact, first things first - here is how you get to Cockatoo Island:

Harbour City Ferries offer a regular public service to and from Cockatoo Island seven days a week - see the timetable here

You can also catch a private water taxi - Google them if this is the way you want to go.

Alternatively, you can kayak over to the island and leave your kayak next to the slipway - yes, for real!

Or, if you have a boat (can we be friends?) you can berth your boat at the marina. 

Visit the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre(link is external) website for bookings.

You're already mentally packing, aren't you!

Okay, here's what you'll need to know:

There are two cafes on the island - Societe Overboard and the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre.
(link is external)
Opening times vary and can be weather dependent, so please check their websites for updates.
The Visitor Centre also has small sundry food items for sale (such as long life milk, two-minute noodles, etc). There are vending machines located around the island stocked with snacks and cold drinks.

A word about the truly wonderful staff - we arrived a smidge late to Cockatoo Island, and the lovely staff made us some bloody delicious burgers before they shut shop. Can I tell you, eating burgers and having wine overlooking the most beautiful in Sydney was a real travel 'moment' for me, and my crew in tow. My four person glamping tent companions were my daughter and I, and a friend and her goddaughter. It's SUCH a bonding experience to come with little ones. They are in awe of the vast expanse of Cockatoo Island, and roughing it (but not really) the whole time.

The very well set up and equipped kitchen nearby (make your own brekkie in the morning with that awesome view on the BBQs set up in the open air (but undercover) kitchen area, and you want want to leave as you lap up the sunshine and have your bacon and egg rolls in the seated area (you can order the breakfast pack in advance, and pick up from Societe Overboard).

In line with that, you might wonder: can I bring my own food and beverages?

Yes, you can.

But, no alcohol is permitted on the island - though you can buy it, which is what we did. Can you imagine sipping some bubbles on your personal deck as the sun goes down? Yes... exactly like that.

The two cafes listed above are licensed to serve alcohol. Takeaway beer and wine can be purchased from Societe Overboard to be consumed at your tent, the campground kitchen or the campground firepit.

You can order the prepared BBQ packs for dinner (in addition to the breakfast packs), again pre-ordered from Societe Overboard, a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

A note on money: come with cash, as there are no ATMs on the island, however EFTPOS facilities are available in all retail outlets and minimum purchase amounts may apply. Cashouts are not available.  
Camping, especially if you are wanting to go for a walk at night around Cockatoo Island (which I highly recommend; it's so serene and a touch eerie... if you and the kiddies are into that, you'll have a surprising amount of fun) might elicit fears for belongings. You can use the Cockatoo Island lockers, located in the Muster Station (close to the Visitor Centre), which is also for day visitors and campground guests to store luggage. They have power outlets inside them for charging devices.

Charges apply to use lockers and only gold coins are accepted. Small lockers $2 / Medium lockers $4 / Large lockers $6 - for 8 hours. Lockers are recommended for overnight campers who arrive early or want to stay after checkout and explore the island.
It may be an obvious thing to know, but in case you don't: you can't bring your vehicle to Cockatoo Island. The closest parking is available at Woolwich, with plenty of unmetered spaces. Valentia Street Wharf in Woolwich is just one ferry stop from the island.

Or, train it in and catch a ferry across to Cockatoo Island.

There is disability access - Cockatoo Island has wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities (because of the heritage nature of the island some surfaces are uneven).

Here are some Instagram pics from my truly wonderful time at Cockatoo Island glamping:

A photo posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on

A photo posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on

A photo posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on

You can also undertake various tours on Cockatoo Island. It's all right here, you don't even have to move around much, or leave Cockatoo Island at all.

We did the Ghosts of Biloela tour... scary stuff, but very interesting!

Here is more on Ghosts of Biloela:

It's is an interactive geo-locative audio drama app for smart-phone users. A site-specific work which takes place on Cockatoo Island, it is a fictional drama which tells the story of the girls incarcerated in the Biloela Reform and Industrial School for Girls (1871-1888) who suffered terrible treatment through this ill-conceived government program. The interactive story transports listeners back to Cockatoo Island’s reformatory school through storytelling and audio-rich soundscapes.

The story of Cockatoo Island’s industrial training school and reformatory for girls is far less well-known that the island’s convict and shipbuilding history. It is a story that needs to be told and  by integrating this little-known chapter of Australian history to an app that will lead users to the actual sites on the island where the story took place is an interesting and unusual way of telling it. It also has some contemporary resonances considering the work of the current Royal Commission into Child Abuse and the important focus on this issue.

The Ghosts of Biloela app

Ghosts of Biloela is an interactive geo-locative story app for smart-phone users. A site-specific work which takes place on Cockatoo Island, it is a fictional drama set in the Biloela Reform and Industrial School for Girls (1871-1888).

A “reformatory” institution based in the island’s former convict prison, Biloela housed a congregation of wayward girls, both orphaned and delinquent, who suffered terrible treatment from this ill-conceived government program.

The interactive story of Ghosts of Biloela takes listeners back to Cockatoo Island’s reformatory school through storytelling and audio-rich soundscapes.

Follow the adventures of Mary Anne Meehan, the newest inmate and the app’s central character, as she plans her escape from the island and the despotic regime of the heartless Superintendant Lucas with the help of her new friend Sarah Bourke. Despite the bleak conditions under which they live, the girls find comfort and strength through friendship and solidarity.

As you explore the ruins and remains of the girls’ school on Cockatoo Island, Ghosts of Biloela uses your phone’s GPS location to trigger the audio stories. Listeners are encouraged to roam freely, using the map to find the hotspots unlocking different chapters of Mary Anne’s tale. The path you take is up to you. If you’re away from the island, you can still experience Ghosts of Biloela in armchair mode.

A historical drama anchored in the geo-locative technology of the future, this smart phone app blends electrifying binaural soundscapes with a compelling choose-your-own-adventure.

Ghosts of Biloela features an all-star cast including Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty BluesMiss Fisher's Murder Mysteries); Jada Alberts (ClevermanWentworth), Sophie Hensser (Love ChildUnderbelly), Nathan Lovejoy (Sammy J and RandyThe Code) and Marcus Graham (Secret CityHiding).

More on the history of the Biloela Reform and Industrial School for Girls

After the closure of Cockatoo Island’s convict gaol in 1869, the prison buildings were put a new use in 1871 as the home of the Biloela Reform and Industrial School for Girls.

Designed to provide care, education and training for neglected and abandoned girls, the Industrial School housed orphans and neglected girls while the Reformatory incarcerated girls convicted of crimes.

During the institution’s first few years, the girls’ treatment was appallingly harsh under the cruel and violent regime of the Superintendant George Lucas and his wife Mary Anne. Following the investigation by the Royal Commission into Public Charities (1873-74), both Lucas and his wife were dismissed and conditions gradually improved.

In 1879 the reformatory was closed but the industrial school remained until 1888 when it was moved to the former Roman Catholic Orphanage at Parramatta.

For more, go here:

Or you can do the solo tour with personal headphones provided, on each important landmark on Cockatoo Island. You can even skip ahead on your headset recording if you want to hurry it up it a tad if you have tired kiddies. Or you want to focus on your fave Island spots.

You guys, there is SO much to do! That's why it's highly recommended you stay for two nights.

Here are the ways to glamp:

Glamping (for two people on the waterfront)
The glamping package includes: 
  • One pre-erected tent (3m x 3m)
  • Two single raised camp beds with all linen, quilts and towels
  • Two sun lounges
  • Lantern
  • Cool box
  • Toiletries
Monday to Thursday: From $150 per night 
Friday to Sunday: From $175 per night

Two-bedroom Glamping (for four people on the waterfront)
Ideal for families or larger groups, our two-bedroom option includes:
  • Two pre-erected tents with covered communal area in the middle
  • Four single raised camp beds with all linen, quilts and towels
  • Table and chairs 
  • Lanterns 
  • Cool box
  • Toiletries
Monday to Thursday: From $310 per night 
Friday to Sunday: From $360 per night 

Mini glamping (for 2 people)

All the fun of glamping on a smaller scale:
  • One pre-erected tent (2.4m x 2.4m)
  • Two single raised camp beds with all linen, quilts and towels
  • Two chairs
Monday to Thursday: From $130 per night 
Friday to Sunday: From $155 per night

Check-in and check-out times

Check-in from 2:00pm; check-out 10:00am
The whole campground is also wheelchair accessible, with a disabled shower and toilets available. The tents have a raised platform which is not suitable for wheelchair access. To discuss accessibility contact stay@cockatooisland.gov.au

For all info: http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay/glamping

General Enquiries:
02 8969 2100 
Email info@harbourtrust.gov.au(link sends e-mail)
Accommodation Enquiries:
02 8969 2111 
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm 
Email: stay@cockatooisland.gov.au(link sends e-mail)

Cockatoo Island Rangers: 0434 652 153
8:00am - 4:00pm daily
Cockatoo Island Security: 0433 632 791
4:00pm - 8:00am daily
Josie's Juice highly recommends Glamping on Cockatoo Island!
More pics from Glamping!