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Author: Suzanne Carbone
Source: The Age
Date: 29 May, 2013

The baby of Kate Middleton and Prince William is destined to be swathed in royal blue or pink but one little garment we definitely know the colour of is green. Australian conservationist Sean Willmore, president of the International Ranger Federation, gave the Queen’s grandson a tiny T-shirt for his first child when invited to St James’ Palace in London to discuss the environment with Prince Charles.

Willmore, the founder of a group to protect park rangers, the Thin Green Line Foundation, received the royal summons to attend the Illegal Wildlife Trade Seminar and had a convivial reception with the royals about his passions.

”For Prince Charles and Prince William to recognise the need for representation of the front-line workers in conservation – our rangers – is a milestone to say the least,” Willmore said. ”It was humbling to be in the regal St James’ Palace talking about front-line conservation, ranger training, ranger fatalities, and support for their families, and having the princes engaged in this mission. Both Prince Charles and William were genuinely interested in where they might be able to help the rangers.”

Willmore’s affinity with nature is backed by his ambassadors and supporters: Dr Jane Goodall, Tim Flannery, Gotye and Tex Perkins. The late Bryce Courtenay was also on ”Team Green”. Willmore also gave Prince William the fund-raising album Greenline Grooves featuring songs by Perkins, Gotye , the John Butler Trio, Clare Bowditch and Ash Grunwald. The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to be due to give birth on July 13 and his/her royal highness has a summer T-shirt waiting.

Remembering Rona

Singer Tottie Goldsmith is devastated at the death of her mother, Rona Newton-John, 70, from brain cancer and will honour her memory the way she wanted: with cocktails. ”Mum wanted a cocktail party – she loved Frank Sinatra.” The sister of Olivia Newton-John passed away in the US after being visited by Tottie and her daughter, Layla, and her two other children, Fiona Edelsten and Brett Goldsmith, that she had with ex-husband and nightclub identity Brian Goldsmith. Tottie said: ”I had three weeks with her at home – I am blessed. Mum died with such peace and dignity and with so much love around her. When I get waves of missing her, I remember she wasn’t in pain.” The cocktail party is likely to be held when Olivia returns to Australia. Brian recalled his first wife as ”the most gorgeous-looking girl” who struggled to get work as an actor in London because of her beauty. ”She looked like Vanessa Redgrave.”

Crabb cooks with gas

Switching from political spin to salad spinners, apron-loving ABC identity Annabel Crabb is back with another series of Kitchen Cabinet to inspect the pantries of Canberra’s best and worst cooks. Possibly due to her rising fame as a Logie nominee as most popular female talent and the Graham Kennedy Award for most outstanding new talent, Aunty’s political commentator has been given a prime-time slot on ABC1 when the series screens in July. Crabb will ring the door bell of Jenny Macklin , Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy, Sussan Ley and Bill Heffernan, Craig Emerson and Nick Xenophon. In addition to tasty recipes, the series sometimes exposes men’s secret bedroom business, last season’s gem being Joe Hockey’s Bart Simpson duvet. Crabb can’t wait to whiff the kitchen aromas again, saying: ”Counting vanilla beans as a legitimate work expense has been a personal career dream all my life.” The ABC says there’s no need to raise this in estimates, Senator Abetz. Crabb loses every single receipt.

Feeling homely in TV

When actor Noni Hazlehurst signed on to star in Channel Seven’s popular 1950s drama A Place to Call Home, she took on an extra role as mentor. Her onscreen grand-daughter played by talented actor Abby Earl is performing in the Bell Shakespeare production Phedre at the Malthouse and Hazlehurst will be attending Wednesday’s matinee to support the theatrical side of her career. The duo have bonded tighter than the false-eyelash glue in the make-up department and the industry veteran is helping Earl navigate through the fame factory that is the topsy-turvy world of TV. Earl said: ”She said to me, ‘I will help you through this industry. You can call me at any time, day or night and I will be there for you’. It wasn’t an empty promise. She is a very special woman, and has been there for me.”

Undoing the Botox

Not that there is anything wrong with having Botox but PR showman Max Markson issued a media release titled ”Retraction regarding 10 most botoxed celebrities”. Must have been due to Megan Gale tweeting: ”I cannot tell you enough @DoctorMariusz how offensive I find your claims & so called ‘suspicions’ to be. I have NEVER indulged in any kind of injectable or plastic surgery.” Markson’s statement said: ”Please destroy, delete and no longer refer to last week’s news release regarding Australia’s 10 most botoxed celebrities issued by Markson Sparks! Dr Mariusz Gajewski has publicly apologised to all the persons named in the news release and is deeply sorry for any embarrassment caused.” Even his Botoxed clients managed to raise an eyebrow.

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