One for the country Robert!
Bob Hawke was at the SCG for the second test on Wednesday, when some cheerful fans urged him to skull a beer “for the country”.
Here’s what happened.
One a scale of one to munted, how heavy to you think marijuana use in Australia is? You might not have picked we tie for equal first place with New Zealand as the heaviest pot users in the world. A study of users published in The Lancet found between 10 and 15 per cent of Aussies and Kiwis had tried marijuana in the past year compared to something under 2 per cent for people in Asia. Australia and New Zealand also share the highest rate of usage of drugs such as speed and crystal meth, with 2.8 per cent of their populations having ingested, injected or inhaled them over a 12-month period. Interestingly, however, the most harm came from tobacco use. About 1.3 per cent of deaths in Australia are attributed to illicit drugs, compared with 11.7 per cent linked to tobacco use. Alcohol abuse is responsible for 0.8 per cent of deaths, it said. So, have you dabbled? How often and when?
If you thought you couldn’t love the Cloon anymore than you already do, there’s this. He was interviewed in the lead-up to the Oscars with Viola Davis (star of The Help), with whom he is good friends. And he jumped in to smash the myth that women couldn’t lead in film and still be successful. “There’s this strange thing that’s happened over the last 25 or 30 years where there’s this decision being made that women aren’t able to carry the box office. Now, Bridesmaids has proved that to be bullshit, and The Help has proven it to be bullshit. But it’s much harder to get a film with a woman lead made. When a man hits 40 is when roles just begin to happen. And for women it doesn’t happen. I find that to be a very concerning issue.” Clooney is in for a shot at Best Actor for his role in The Descendants.
The actress won the United States Cosmopolitan Magazine ‘Fun, Fearless Female’ award and was featured on the front page opposite headlines like ‘His best sex ever’ and ‘…you have to try this sex trick’. Problem is, she’s 17. But are the critics being over-sensitive? Some think so. Fanning turns 18 at the end of February. Cosmo said: “We’re thrilled to feature Dakota Fanning on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and she looks stunning. Dakota … is a mature, fearless young woman and we are proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year.” This controversy comes not long after a perfume ad featuring Dakota Fanning was banned for being too ‘overtly sexual’. What do you make of all this?