G’DAY neighbours and fellow North Shore readers – it’s been another busy week in Jono Coleman Land.
I had a nice chat with ex local boy Peter Garrett and his wife at The Art of Music fundraiser for the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy people at the Art Gallery of NSW on Saturday night. It happens every two years and is organised by super singer Jenny Morris and Mental as Anything artist Reg Mombassa (who also designs the mambo T shirts).
They ask well-known painters to base a picture on a well-loved song and auction the works on the night. Music Therapy helps handicapped people of all ages to communicate and get involved through music and beats and percussion. On the night most of the art started at about $10,000 or $20,000. I didn’t dare scratch my nose or raise my glass in case the auctioneer thought I was bidding. Hugo Weaving spent $20,000 on a tiny Robert Klippel piece and Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward bid too.
I saw Iva Davies from Icehouse (another ex Lindfield lad) trying not to go broke for charity. A highlight of the night is to hear the artists sing the songs in front of their art. On the night Home and Away star Josh Quong Tart did a great version of Crowded House’s Distant Sun plus songs from Steve Kilbey and the Church.
Across town the other night it was an unofficial Foxtel birthday party for production head and ex Comedy channel boss Graham Burrells (who grew up in East Lindfield with David Brown from SBS TV and Madelaine Say who flew up from Melbourne). Graham was also celebrating his staging of the Winter Olympics coverage on Foxtel. So it was a special birthday and a belated thanks from fellow bosses Kim Williams and Brian Walsh . During the evening at Blanc at Kings Cross I chatted with swimming legend Ian Thorpe , a fit Matt Shirvington plus my old mate wine man and Triple M grill teamer Stewie McGill and his TV star wife Rachel Friend . (We worked together on London Tonight as reporters. There was Twitter fan and social commentator Melissa Hoyer and ex 2Day FM star and Foxtel legendary presenter Mike Hammond . Among the others who helped us sing happy birthday were the lovely Amanda Tabberer , Kiwi actress from Outrageous Fortunes Robyn Malcolm and Lauren Miller Cilento (Harry Miller’s super agent daughter) and her talented hubby Josh.
I received a lovely text from Barry O’Farrell saying he was enjoying reading my column – thanks Barry, I’m still waiting for to hear from the Premier or our mayor. Anyway, it’s nice to know people read their local paper. Got to run now, I’m off to talk to Matt Preston from MasterChef and Poh Ling from Poh’s Kitchen about her ABC cooking show.
I wonder if we will ever get over the phrase PLATE UP. My kids drive Margot mad at our house at meal time. “Come on Mum, time to plate up … time’s up.”
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