PS has seen a full email trail from the executive committee citing ever-changing regulations. Someone specifically dictates what Chow can and can’t cook in his kitchen, and for whom.
Minutes of an executive committee meeting that named and humiliated Chow as a suspected cooking cook – without his knowledge, approval, or input – were pinned around the building’s public areas. She cried when she saw them. They were immediately taken down and followed by a condescending apology from the executive committee.
Indeed, life inside the handsome Broughton House sounds more like an episode Fawlty . Tower compared Downton Abbey.
Chow, who had never met Mordants and moved into a compact two-bedroom two years ago, said that until now, he was happy in the building.
“But this whole thing got really ridiculous and toxic,” Chow, who now keeps everything he cooks in his kitchen after his recent slow-cooking lasagna caused another condemnation, told PS this week.
Chow said his catering business was “devastated” by COVID-19. During the lockdown, she cooked meals for neighbors in the building, with the approval of the executive committee, even when she was disabled with carpal tunnel syndrome. Organizers later praised his “good and tasty food” for which he charged a nominal $15 each, “barely covering the cost”.
“They really appreciate it, especially the elderly. I felt like we were building a good community spirit at a time when everyone was cut off,” Chow said, adding that he didn’t see Mordants, who have three combined apartments occupying half the floor in the corridor, during that period.
Chow, who registered his home with Sydney City Council as a food court, scoffed at claims he runs a “commercial kitchen”. From March 18, two weeks before receiving Mordant’s letter, he agreed to the executive committee’s request to carry out only “cold preparations”.
“Many of the kitchen windows faced the same light source, but it turned out that I was the only one causing the problem. How about the Vietnamese restaurant next door?” she says.
“I really feel I have been an unfair target. I’m not a multimillionaire. I’m just a woman trying to start over like many other small businesses. How about giving your little one a break? ”
Sexy in green
From old-school mining billionaires to new-age hydrogen heroes, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest definitely has its mainstream media schtick down pat. However, when it comes to Millennials and social media, things are done a little differently. But what are we to do with last week’s call to social media influencer, who found his way into PS’s inbox, offering pneumatically augmented Instagram chicks and beef to sign up to realize his green hydrogen ambitions? How much was washed? MAFS and Older brother has-beens can even spell hydrogen, let alone that hashtag?
For almost half a century, Robert Rosen photographing the rich, the famous and the fat, from London to Sydney, resulting in his extraordinary work Glittering the exhibition is currently displayed at the Powerhouse Museum.
“I couldn’t do it today, everyone is so obsessed with selfies and uploading them on social media. It’s just not the same as being immortalized in a moment at an event. I really don’t understand the whole selfie thing. I felt it was really lethal,” Rosen told PS ahead of his return to Sydney from Bali, where he moved 12 years ago.
On Thursdays from 6pm at the Powerhouse, Rosen will join the journalists Lee Tulloch and curator of power plants Glynis Jones in conversation to discuss his life and work, along with the stories behind taking candid photos of people like Sir Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Elle McPherson, Peter Morrissey, Divine, Paul Capsis, Nina Simone, george boy, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Luciano Pavarotti, Lady Sonia McMahon, Elton John and Michael Hutchence.
And there we thought all the drama around cute illegal refugees, Gun dogs and Boo, when Johnny Depp and his wife at that time Amber Heard confined to the Gold Coast in 2015.
The shocking claims made in the Depp defamation case against Heard are certainly illuminating, no doubt especially for its former owner, the motorcycle millionaire. Mick Doohanwho own the luxurious complex where they live.
Heard previously described a “three-day hostage situation” while on the property. A few years ago it was claimed in a London court during Depp’s failed defamation case that he allegedly used blood from his severed finger – an injury he claims occurred when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him – to paint a message on one of Doohan’s mirrors during the rampage, which left the house “totally destroyed”.
The damage bill was reported to be over $200,000, with blood all over the house, furniture shattered and artwork vandalized.
Former home manager Depp Ben King told the court that floors should be re-sanded, curtains cleaned, paint and plaster replaced and chipped stone benches repaired after Depp’s stay.
Go, go, don’t go
Perhaps Leonard Joel’s chief jeweler, Hamish Sharmaneeded a bit of a “J Lo” effect to help shift the massive 41.7-carat yellow diamond ring, which failed to sell at a glittering auction house Tuesday night in Woollahra, with hopes of fetching up to $2 million.
But Sharma told PS it was a highlight Jennifer Lopeznew green diamond engagement ring from her boomerang lover Ben Affleck which helped seal the $600,000 sale of a slightly smaller green diamond ring, buyers cite Lopez’s fireworks as inspiration.
“We have seen an unprecedented number of large and valuable diamonds being sold through Leonard Joel over the past 18 months. This sale is all about timing,” said Sharma.
“I think Australian investors still need to be educated about big diamonds making great investments, just like art.
“Of course, the benefit of diamonds is that you can wear them to beautiful restaurants, and you can’t do that with paintings.”
Another lot at auction, a spectacular diamond bracelet featuring 51 stones together weighing 51.76 carats, also failed to sell although it was expected to fetch nearly a million dollars.
It turned out that the bracelet was modeled on one that once belonged to Marie-Antoinette and was commissioned in Sydney by an unidentified man as a surprise gift for his wife.
But he didn’t like it.
Unlike Marie-Antoinette, who in January 1791, who, while imprisoned in the Tuileries Palace in Paris, secretly wrapped her finest jewelery in cotton and stored them in wooden crates then sent for safekeeping in Brussels. Marie-Antoinette’s diamond bracelet survived intact (unlike its owner) and was sold by Christies last year for – wait – $11 million.
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