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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Justin Bieber - 'What Do You Mean?' Lyric VIDEO

This just in.

The new Justin Bieber video has 'dropped' for his new single 'What Do You Mean?' and is trending like mad over on Twitter, so I feel it's my duty to show it to you here. Share away!

'PeaceNic': Homicide Victims Support Group 'Unite Against Violence' Event, 2015

Following on from the book launch this week of the 'Doujon's Heart' book (see the coverage here), and the incredibly emotional '60 Minutes' Australia' interview (see that interview here), the annual 'Unite Against Violence' walk will be held, to honour and take a stand for all victims of homicide.

While in previous years the event included a walk across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, this year the event moves to Parramatta Park.

Read about last year's event here.

Here is more about this year's event - it's happening TOMORROW!

Homicide Victims Support Group (Australia) Inc. are inviting your support for this community awareness initiative.

They are hosting a picnic at Parramatta Park on Sunday 30 August 2015.
The picnic which they have called 'PeaceNIC' - is an inaugural event (different name this year, but same cause) and promises to be a wonderful day for all participants with free entertainment and activities. Food, drinks and goodies will be available, too.

One of the biggest highlights of the day is the annual 'Ride for Justice', organised by Channel 9’s Simon Bouda. Riders are exclusively members of The NSW Emergency Services, riding in support of HVSG. Seeing the whole fleet of bikes revving it up for good is quite a sight. You can check out their whole route here.

And read more about the incredible Ride For Justice here.

And read more about the focus of this year's event in The Blacktown Advocate here. (Photo credit: Blacktown Advocate):

Kathryn Szyszka (sister of the late Anita Cobby), Simon Bouda, and HVSG executive director Martha Jabour

This is a day for Homicide Victims Support Group members and the community to acknowledge all homicide victims and their families. We aim to create awareness that any type of violence can lead to death. 

Homicide Victims Support Group members are forced to find a way to survive not only the death of their loved one but also the horrific, enduring and unrecognised aspects of this such as the court processes, the media coverage and day to day living. 

The HVSG was set up in June 1993 by the parents of Anita Cobby and Ebony Simpson to offer counselling and support to families and friends of homicide victims. 

Says Chantelle PirottaTrauma and Bereavement Counsellor for the organisation:

"We are seeking your support and involvement with promoting our event and the existence of the group to the wider community. The stark reality is that murder does not discriminate. In New South Wales one murder is committed every three days. Currently there is over three thousand and seven hundred families in the group and that number sadly continues to grow."

More info about the day:

- Jumping castle

- Entertainment by Sydney Youth Jazz
- Activities and games
- Facepainting

All of the above is FREE!
There will be food and goodies available for a gold coin donation. A cake stall, sausage sizzle, popcorn, fairy floss, slushies, tea, coffee, food and drink. YES! Yum (gosh, I love kids' party food).
You are welcome to bring your picnic essentials; rug, chairs, hat, sunscreen, bicycles and helmets (a bike riding track is on the park grounds)
The day is for Homicide Victims Support Group members and the community to acknowledge all homicide victims. Together, we can all create awareness that ANY type of violence can lead to death.

HVSG members are forced to live with the reality of the devastating and horrific ramifications of violence.
You will find PeaceNic at Pavilion Flat Parramatta Park - A short walk from Parramatta train station and bus terminal. Ticketed parking is available within the park and surrounding streets.
The organisers want to thank Rotary Club of Wetherill Park, Rotary Club of Blacktown and Lady of Fatima, Lend a Hand Committee and Simon Bouda for their support.
Here are some photos from past events:

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Samantha X Angels Escort Agency: PHOTOS

You might remember Samantha X - she is the woman who decided to do a complete career turnaround, and went from journo to high-class escort. And now, she is making her next move. Here is Samantha X today:

Samantha X, is wanting to redefine the reputation of the sex industry, just launching her own brand of elite escort agency, Samantha X Angels.

Their credo is: 'integrity, class and sophistication', and the agency now employs 13 women ranging from their 20s to their 60s (including a grandmother of six), a survivor of a life threatening illness and an aspiring lawyer, all of whom have sought out a new career in the 'world’s oldest profession'.

Samantha X’s own, very public, ‘coming out’ as an escort in the media and in her book 'Hooked: Secrets of a High-class Call Girl', polarised the public. The mother of two went from quietly earning $5000 a night to having her story plastered on media outlets worldwide, making her Australia’s most controversial ‘escort mum’.

But the most common responses she received came from smart, educated and professional women looking for advice on how they too could get started in the industry. 

Exploring the idea of starting her own agency, Samantha put a call out to interested women.  

She was inundated with applications - from around the world. After an extensive recruitment process, Samantha has narrowed her “Angels” to 13 women from all walks of life, sizes and personalities. 

“My Angels are intelligent, professional women. Most have backgrounds in the corporate world and most are university educated,” says Samantha. “The majority of clients want warmth, understanding, companionship and conversation just as much as anything else, so that’s what I was looking for, not perfect looks or a particular dress size,” she said.

Each Angel undergoes coaching and mentoring by Samantha on what to wear, how to listen, etiquette, what lingerie men prefer, as well as how to trust their intuition and manage the date. Clients pay for the quality time spent with an Angel (not from a price list of sex acts) and are charged $800 an hour, $4500 for the night.

Here is one of the women:

'Olivia' being photographed

More about the 'Angels': 

Cathryn, 61, is a married grandmother of six. “I love men and being an escort is something I have always wanted to try,” she says. “When I was accepted, my husband said he wanted to punch the air and scream, ‘My wife’s an Angel!” The clients I’ve seen so far have been absolutely gentlemen and my husband is my biggest supporter.” 

Meanwhile Jane is in her 40’s, is single and hails from the corporate world. “I am getting paid to be treated like a goddess by absolute gentlemen as an Angel,” she says. “The clients and I have intelligent conversation and laugh a lot. The sex isn’t why a lot of them are there. I have a client who likes to chat over a cheese platter and wine for most of the time!” 

Samantha X says that sex is big business, and whether people like it or not, the industry will continue to exist. She disagrees that the online porn world is ruining the sex industry. 

“Men in my experience are sick of watching unrealistic porn on their computers. In a world of technology where we are less connected emotionally and physically than ever before, men seem to be starved of affection and intimacy. That’s where we come in," she says.

While Samantha’s focus is now her Angels, she does still see the occasional client, for $1500 an hour. “I don’t see many new clients these days purely because I don’t have the time,” she says. “But there are some men I’ve met over the years who remain dear friends. My dates these days are weekends away, holidays or lovely long dinners.”

“This is the profession I have loved more than any other,” says Samantha.  “It has taught me compassion and patience. It has taught me that the most beautiful souls are hidden under the most unlikely shells and not to judge someone on appearance alone,she said.  

Samantha says she is looking forward to passing on her “wisdom” to her Angels over the coming months and years.

“I’ve taught them that this profession, while lucrative, has good days and bad, highs and lows, just like any job. It’s not always champagne and fine dining, but being able to connect with a human being on a real deep and emotional level.” 

Samantha also has plans to cater to female clientele with the exciting new addition of Samantha X Heroes, her male escorts, set to launch before the end of the year. 

For more information, visit www.samanthaxangels.com.au 

More about Samantha X:

Growing up in London, Samantha attended an elite girls private school before launching her career as a young, bright eyed reporter at a London tabloid newspaper. In the year 2000, she decided to give up London life for sun and sea and set up home in Sydney. There, she spent 10 happy years writing for Australias top magazines - including New Idea, InStyle and Prevention. She also worked as a producer on Sevens Today Tonight and as the regular beauty expert on the networks The Morning Show.

Meanwhile, Samanthas marriage to the father of her two children had broken down. A few failed relationships later, Samantha decided to dip her toe into what she felt was an empowering profession - and became a high-class escort. While she expected glitz, glamour and lets face it, lots of sex, she was surprised to learn that her new career required more ethics and kindness than that of a hard-nosed reporter, where phone hacking, fabricating stories and chasing celebrities down the street were considered de rigueur.

Two years later, after penning her tell-all book, Samantha X went from quietly earning $5000 per night, to having her story plastered on media outlets worldwide, to mixed opinion. But, the overwhelming responses she received came from smart, educated and professional women seeking advice on how to become an escort themselves. A year later, emails were still streaming in from around the world.  Samantha decided to put a call out to women interested in joining a potential new escort agency.  She was inundated with responses, and after an extensive recruitment process, Samantha X Angels was born.

Who are the Samantha X Angels?
Described as providing "an opportunity for women who want to explore their fantasies of being an escort, while providing a high-class, premium experience for carefully vetted clients", the agency currently employs 13 women from all walks of life, personalities and body shapes.

Among them are... "lawyers, grandmothers, cancer-survivors, government and finance professionals, all chosen for their intelligence, warmth and compassion, more than their looks, age and dress size. Some are married and escorting with the approval of their spouses, some are single, and some are somewhere in between. All are thoroughly enjoying being wined and dined by a bevy of wealthy men."

My work as an escort has shown me that what women really have to offer in this industry goes far deeper than their physical beauty,says Samantha, who says that clients are more often seeking companionship and conversation than sexual gratification.

I was looking for women who could hold and lead a conversation. Women who had life experience, who were genuinely excited about pursuing this career, and women who loved the company of men, of course!

Samantha personally vets clients to ensure her Angels are "safe and prepared, and mentors them to ensure clients are getting the quality of conversation, warmth, empathy and overall experience they are paying for."

Clients pay for "the quality time spent with Angels, and not for sexual acts performed and must abide by strict conduct guidelines, as stipulated by Samantha personally."

Prices start from $800 an hour and predominantly include "wining, dining, conversation and, of course, 'that little something extra'."

For more information, visit www.samanthaxangels.com.au 

'Doujon's Heart' Book Launch: Zammit and Gribilas Families: PHOTOS

What a day it was today.

The launch of the long-awaited book 'Doujon's Heart', the story of Doujon Zammit, his life and tragic death, and the far reaching and life altering impact his decision to one day donate his organs should the need arise (that decision was verbalised during a family conversation around the dinner table, before his trip overseas), and how that would change the course of many lives - forever.

The book is very much also the story of Kosta Gribilas, the man who received Doujon's heart in a heart transplant operation half a world away in Greece, the same country where Doujon met his tragic fate.

It's also the story of the incredible friendship forged between two families, joined by tragedy, and forever linked by the chain of events, a story many around the world now know.

And: it's the story of unspeakable sadness, experienced again when Kosta and his wife Poppy lost their beloved baby daughter Konstantina Angelique.

The authors Greg Callaghan and Ian Cuthbertson have captured the stories of all these incredible people, and the collision of events which led to a lifelong bond.

The book is out August 31, and can be pre-ordered now.

The event: a beautiful event held at NSW Parliament House, officially launched by the Hon. Jillian Skinner, MP NSW Minister for Health, introduced by Dr Alan Amodeo, Director of Transplant Australia, with authors Greg Callaghan and Ian Cuthbertson expressing their gratitude working on this immense and emotional project, and Dr Elena Cavazzoni, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service's state medical director, who gave some sobering stats on organ donation (see clip below), and what it all truly means, beyond the actual organ donation.

And then: Rosemarie spoke her beautiful heartfelt words, knowing what a journey it has been, and honouring her family and her 'earth angels', Oliver spoke off the cuff and we shed tears alongside him, and then some concise and emotional words from Kosta, with wife Poppy by his side. Allen and Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman also spoke about how this story came to life in book format, and the audience all agreed with the authors' sentiments: how can you not love these beautiful people?

Here are some snaps and pics from the day (there are probably far too many of me and the families, more than I'd usually post in an event wrap up, but I was so happy for all involved today, and thought I'd also share some of my snaps, too):

Rosemarie and Oliver Zammit, just after the book is officially launched 
Kosta Gribilas signing books, alongside his wife Poppy, below

Rosemarie and Oliver Zammit, and Poppy and Kosta Gribilas
Rosemarie and Oliver Zammit signing books side by side, just as they everything in life
Zeake Zammit and Josie 
Oliver Zammit signing books


Oliver Zammit and Josie

Here is some footage from the day (originally taken on my Instagram page @josiegags - hence the reason they are all (bar one) 15 seconds long:





Wednesday, 26 August 2015

'Endless Love': 1981 Tribute, Starring Brooke Shields: VIDEO

I just watched the 2014 version of the classic movie 'Endless Love' and it was not a patch n the original 1981 version, directed by Franco Zeffirelli (even though it was deemed not hugely successful). Here is the original movie poster:

Have you watched remakes that left you disappointed?

In my YouTube search I found this clip, below. Someone is a dedicated fan!

The only clip that is missing (one of my fave parts!) is when the 'David' character lights a ciggie, and strides to his love's house... to proceed to burn it down.

Says the YouTubers description:

At the height of her popularity just after "The Blue Lagoon", Brooke Shields starred in "Endless Love", an adaptation of Scott Spencer's best selling novel of the same name. Directed by Franco Zefferelli ("Romeo & Juliet"), the film was poised to be a huge success. Unfortunately it was only moderately successful and remains unreleased on DVD in the U.S.. The story of a 17 year old man (Martin Hewitt) in love with a 15 year old (Brook Shields) is quite powerful and though many who loved the book did not like this film version, everyone else (sans critics) love it! The theme song from the film sung by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross was (and still is), one of the biggest hits ever produced. Tom Cruise, James Spader & Ian Ziering all made their major motion picture debuts in the film as well (and all 3 can be seen in this tribute). I hope you enjoy it!

Highlight in this video: the singer Jamie Bernstein who plays Susan, and sings the classic 'Endless Love'.

Of course, Lionel Richie and Diana Ross sang their version, which was used for the soundtrack. That too is so beautiful. Very much a classic.

Jamie's version is so moving. According to the ol' internet, it's the only movie role she has had in her career according to imdb.com. Daughter of the famous composer/conductor, Leonard Bernstein, she is flawless in her rendition.

Here are some vintage interviews with Brooke and co:

Jessica Rowe: 'Is This My Beautiful Life?' - 'Studio 10' VIDEO

Did you watch this, this morning?

Jessica Rowe is completely frank on 'Studio 10' (the TV show she is on daily), about the past few pivotal years of her life, which she details in great length in her new book, 'Is This My Beautiful Life.'

Lui Magazine: Candice Swanepoel + Joan Smalls: PHOTOS

The latest edition of Lui Magazine is out, and it's supermodel heaven.


And the pics: