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  • midlifelove 9:32 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america, barack, brad bitt, change, climate, confession, copenhage, , french, global warming, heat, , nicolas, obama, sarkozy, , ,   

    Climategate or Viagragate in Copenhagen 

    Barack and Nicolas Speak Up For Men

    As Tiger could perhaps attest, women consider athletes the most sexy male profession (78%), while politicians rate as the least sexy (14%), according to a http://www.girl.com.au poll.

    We’d have to beg to differ though where those international diplomatic stars US President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarokzy are concerned.

    Both are leaders married to great women, appear to have excellent relationships, and both make “best-dressed men” lists alongside David Beckham and Brad Pitt.

    So it came as no surprise that at a recent international meeting they went into bat for men not as fortunate as themselves, men feeling the bite of fading virility, dare I say it, men facing up to erectile dysfunction.

    View the results for yourself. And if you like it, go into bat for men too and drop a comment on youtube video

  • midlifelove 9:27 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: glass ceiling, , Mamma Mia, , older women in Hollywood, The Devil Wears Prada, women over 60   

    Meryl Streep – Box Office Queen at 60 

    Meryl Streep is breaking all stereotypes about Hollywood not being a place for older women, according to the cover story in Vanity Fair’s January issue.

    At 60, with three recent movie “hits” to her credit (Mamma Mia, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie and Julia) Streep is the industry’s “new box-office queen,” according to the profile by Leslie Bennetts.

    Producers hope for comparable results from It’s Complicated, a Christmas release featuring a love triangle between Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin.

    Breaking Glass Ceilings

    “She broke the glass ceiling of an older woman being a big star—it has never, never happened before,” says producer Mike Nichols.

    The particular myths she has shattered include:

    There is no life after 40 for women in Hollywood.

    “It’s incredible—I’m 60, and I’m playing the romantic lead in romantic comedies!” says Streep in the interview.

    • Talent of Meryl Streep’s calibre should be reserved for dramatic roles.

    Nora Ephron, who directed Streep in Julie & Julia, says, “I would love to take credit for that amazing performance, but the truth is that she had read everything about Julia Child, she played the cooking tapes over and over between setups … and she even suggested that I cast Stanley Tucci as her husband.”

    There’s no money in making movies for women, particularly older ones.
    Mamma Mia grossed $601 million worldwide, despite some cringe-worthy reviews (for the movie, not its much-lauded heroine).

  • midlifelove 9:45 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Elin, hole in one, Tiger Woods crash, Tiger Woods jokes   

    Tiger Woods Jokes 

    Last month Tiger Woods was commenting on Facebook that you never saw or heard anything of him or his former model wife Elin because they lived such boring lives. Not any more.

    His mysterious late night crash – and the shattered back window – produced a new crop of Tiger jokes within 24 hours.

    Here’s a sampling. After you’ve finished laughing, add your own in the comments box below.

    Tiger Woods is so rich that he owns lots of expensive cars. Now he has a hole in one.


    What’s the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a ball 400 yards.


    Tiger Woods wasn’t seriously injured in the crash, but he’s still below par.


    What were Tiger Woods and his wife doing out at 2.30 in the morning? They went clubbing.


    Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide between a wood and an iron.


    Q: What’s the difference between Tiger Woods and Princess Diana?

    A: Tiger has a better Driver.


    At a celebrity party, Stevie Wonder meets golf champ Tiger Woods and mentions that he, too, is an excellent golfer.

    Tiger is a bit sceptical that the blind musician can play golf well, but he’s too polite to say anything.

    “When I tee off, “the singer explains, “I have a guy call to me from the green. My sharp sense of hearing lets me aim.”

    Tiger is impressed, and Stevie suggests that they play a round.

    When Tiger agrees, Stevie asks, “How about if we play for $100,000?”

    Tiger insists he couldn’t possibly play him for money because of his sight handicap.

    But Stevie argues and badgers Tiger until Tiger finally relents and says, “OK, it’s your money, and I’ll let you pick the time and the place”

    Stevie replies, “I’ll pick the time and YOU pick the place!”

    “Okay, Pebble Beach, what time?”



    I told Tiger Woods one of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball or drive in the wrong lane.


    This just in: Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’ wife, has hired Chris Brown to help her improve her golf swing.


    Apparently, the only person who can beat Tiger Woods with a golf club is his wife


    Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday morning.  It was Woods’ shortest drive since an errant tee shot at the US Open.


    Apparently, Tiger admitted this crash was the closest shave he’s ever had. So Gillette has dropped his contract.


    Tiger woods will make even more $$$ cause sponsors like Durex, Viagra and Herbal Ignite are lining up to sign him up.

  • midlifelove 10:01 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Celebrity, , Jezza, Jonathan Ross, Lotus, Phillip Scholfield, Piers Morgan, Porsche, Renault Espace, Suzuki Wagon, , Toyota Corolla   

    Jeremy Clarkson Proves Naughty Boys Win 

    jeremyTop Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson’s attraction lies in his “naughty boy” ability to beat the rap.  He says outrageous things and gets away with them. He offends almost as many as he entertains, and roars right on unfazed.

    On the surface, Clarkson has everything women desire: He’s a powerful celebrity, he’s outrageously wealthy, and he has a cool ride.

    In fact, the only thing Jezza doesn’t have going for him is that he’s no longer single. Happily married to his manager since 1993, he now lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, Frances Catherine Cain, and their three children, Emily, Finlo and Katya.

    Men We Secretly Adore

    While his fashion sense and chauvinistic comments are often cited as making him unpopular with women, in a 2008 poll of 5,000 female members of an online dating website, Clarkson came third in a poll of MISAs – Men I Secretly Adore, behind Jonathan Ross and Phillip Schofield.

    Characteristically, Clarkson was upset not to have come top. Clarkson has often recognised and celebrated the fact that car fanatics can be found in both sexes.

    In response to the reactions he gets, Clarkson has generally and consistently dismissed his importance, stating “I enjoy this back and forth, it makes the world go round but it is just opinion” and “I don’t have any influence over what people do, I really don’t. It makes no difference what I say. Top Gear is just fluff. It’s just entertainment – people don’t listen to me.”

    Comments Don’t Hurt Car Sales

    On the opinion that his views are influential enough to topple car companies, he has argued that he has proof that he has had no influence. “When I said that the Ford Orion was the worst car ever it went on to become a best-selling car.”  His concerted attacks have similarly done no harm to the likes of the Toyota Corolla.

    On his chat show, Clarkson, he caused upset to the Welsh by placing a 3D plastic map of Wales into a microwave oven and switching it on. He later defended this by saying, “I put Wales in there because Scotland wouldn’t fit.”

    On punching Piers Morgan, the editor of Daily Mirror: “Every woman asked me WHYI hit him, and every man WHERE I hit him.”

    Some of Clarkson’s more robust opinions:

    The Renault Espace:”probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying ‘Ooh good I’ve got syphilis, the BEST of the sexually transmitted diseases.’”

    The Suzuki Wagon: should be avoided like unprotected sex with an Ethiopian transvestite”

    Clarkson’s highway code on cyclists: “Trespassers in the motorcars domain, they do not pay road tax and therefore have no right to be on the road, some of them even believe they are going fast enough to not be an obstruction. Run them down to prove them wrong.”

    Bus lanes: “I don’t understand bus lanes. Why do poor people have to get to places quicker than I do?”

    Small cars: “We all know that small cars are good for us. But so is cod liver oil. And jogging. I want to drive in a Terminator, not am EM Forster novel.”

    The Lotus Elise: “This car is more fun than the entire French air force crashing into a firework factory.”

    The Porsche Cayenne: “Honestly, I have seen more attractive gangrenous wounds than this. It has the sex appeal of a camel with gingivitis.”

    On Cars: A car can be a tool but it can also be so much more. It can be a heart-starter, it can be a drug, it can be a piece of art and it can stir your soul

  • midlifelove 11:17 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , George W Bush, Helen Clark, Hillary Clinton, Hone Harawira, moustaches, , Robert Mugabe, Rodney Hide, Sarah Palin, Vladimir Putin, what would he look like with a mo   

    Movember goes high profile 

    Famous Faces Movember

    There was a mini flurry of excitement in February when TV viewers thought they detected a faint fuzz on US President Barack Obama’s upper lip. Was he going to be the first president to sport a moustache since William Howard Taft in 1923? False alarm it seems, and the White House remains a facial-hair-free zone.

    But in the interests of promoting Movember, the men’s health initiative to raise funds for prostate cancer by growing sponsored moustaches, we thought it would be interesting to see how Obama and a number of other prominent politicos would look if they decided to become a Mo Bro (or Mo Sista).


    George W Bush

    Anti war protesters used pictures of Dubba with a Hitler moustache to give the ex-Prez a bad name. We thought we’d prefer to see him with an imperial style – hair growing from upper lip and cheeks and curled upwards. Appropriate for a guy who once led the biggest empire in the Free World.


    Sarah Palin

    In Turkey the slogan “do I have to have a moustache to be in Parliament?” highlighted the lack of women in powerful places. We know the former Alaskan Governor is now just an ordinary citizen, but her brief run to glory qualifies the gal as a Mo Sista.

    sarah palin

    Vladimir Putin

    President Putin has revived the cult of the body with his mastery of the sporting-political scene. Photographs in which he fishes, practises judo and strikes a variety of absurd, he-man poses have inspired not ridicule, but adoration.  So we say lead the way Vladimir, by inspiring world leaders to grow a mo!


    Helen Clark

    With her consciously low-pitched voice, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, now head of the United Nations Development Programme, the third-highest UN position, was frequently accused of being more of a man than the blokes she ruled. So why not a mo as well?

    helen clark

    Hone Harawira

    Currently the bad boy of NZ politics because he skived off for a weekend in Paris with his wife when he should have been in boring Brussels meetings. Why not a mo to improve his prospects?


    Hillary Clinton

    She’s been accused of wearing pants to undermine male authority. We say why not go the whole hog?

    hilarry clinton

    Rodney Hide

    He ditched his wife and a ton of weight, found (much younger) new love and went dizzy on Dancing with the Stars. Now his perk-busting reputation is shattered with revelations of tax-payer funded jaunts with blonde Louise to Hawaii and points north. All he needs now is sexy mouth hair.


    Nicholas Sarkozy

    He wears shoes with heels and he’s married to Carla Bruni. All that’s left for him to grow a mo to beat Mugabe’s.


  • midlifelove 11:20 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bob Fisher, funeral, Geoff Sinclair, Gordon Dryden, Grahame Thorne, Henry Blofeld, Mad Butcher, Peter Leitch, Sportsline,   

    Talkback Host Farewelled 

    timBusinessman Peter Leitch lost thousands of dollars gambling with radio talkback host Tim Bickerstaff before he decided to stop shelling out cash on lost bets and start buying radio advertising on Bickerstaff’s Sportsline, the man Tim dubbed ‘The Mad Butcher’ said at Bickerstaff’s funeral.

    Tim died of a massive heart attack at his Whitianga home on Halloween Night (October 31st) 2009.

    Peter joked “I had to get a second job to pay Tim – true story,” but the gamble paid off.  “The Mad Butcher” went on to become a multi millionaire with his 34-store meat franchise and he made a life-long friend of the controversial radio host.

    Promoting Herbal Ignite

    Peter said that when a few years ago Tim rang “and asked if I would do an ad for him for Ignite, (Tim’s men’s sex tonic Herbal Ignite) I said ‘Yes I’ll do it’ and I didn’t even charge him, that’s how dumb I was. Now everywhere I go friends ask “How’s the old whistle mate, things going all right? And I don’t even use the stuff!”

    Tim was farewelled by friends and family at a service at the Manukau Memorial Gardens in Auckland, with former All Black Grahame Thorne as celebrant.

    Tim’s former boss at Radio i, Gordon Dryden said Geoff Sinclair and Tim Bickerstaff were the best ever pairing on radio. No one had the magic chemistry they had. “He was a great entrepreneur .. .  One day he came to me and said he was going to change his name by deed poll to Jim Beam so he could call his show the Jim Beam Show to get around government regulations on alcohol advertising.

    He Changed the Rules

    “He was one of the people who changed the rules of the game (in radio) and changed sport for the better.”

    Bob Fisher, the Observer and Guardian yachting correspondent, and BBC cricket commentator Henry Blofeld gave recorded tributes to the man Fisher described as a “colossal talent.”

    Their comments were echoed in an obituary by sports writer Phil Gifford in the Sunday Star-Times.

    Said Phil: “There had never been a broadcaster like Tim Bickerstaff before he hit his stride, and nobody has matched him since.”

    Tim’s Herbal Ignite business is a lasting legacy to the man who always thought outside the square.

    He was confident that the company he founded 13 years before was strongly positioned to continue and grow into the next decade. And continue it will, on a very sound base of sales from direct marketing in New Zealand and overseas via the Internet and radio.

    For the past two years Tim has been fully in support of his company Happy Families business strategy to launch Herbal Ignite as a truly international men’s health product, selling in Australia, the US and Asia with the same success it has enjoyed in New Zealand.

    Tim was fully engaged in these plans and was excited about the prospects for Herbal Ignite, because he knew better than many men from personal experience how demoralising erectile dysfunction could be.

  • midlifelove 2:31 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cavaliers Rugby tour, Derryn Hinch, , Howard Stern, , tributes,   

    Goodbye Timothy John Bickerstaff 

    Tim Bickerstaff

    Pay tribute to Tim or share your recollections of him by clicking “Reply” or filling in the text box above.

    Radio broadcaster and health products marketer Tim Bickerstaff was that unusual character – a macho man who didn’t mind taking the risk of other’s ridicule.

    You couldn’t say he had a small ego, but even he wouldn’t have thought that his passing would be the “Most Read” item on the NZ Herald’s webpage – partly because this man who was almost a recluse in his private life was found dead by trick-or-treat kids on Halloween.

    Famously dyslexic – he never could spell – he was also a brilliant marketer who could work out profit margins in seconds and recall sports statistics without a blink. In his later life that willingness to break convention included talking about men’s sex lives and erectile dysfunction.

    When he began raising the topic on radio with his brutal sense of humour 13 years ago, it was still a “cringe” topic. Men didn’t talk about it for fear of being “unmanly”, and women didn’t talk about it because they didn’t want their men to feel they’d had their balls cut off.

    Short-Lived Career as a Viagra Importer

    Tim didn’t care. Before Viagra was a legal prescription product in New Zealand he was buying it off the web and on-selling it to his car dealer and horse trainer friends – being Tim at a good profit margin of course.

    In the process he got practised at talking to his mates about whether they still “got it up”  or not – and so when Viagra was legally introduced he dropped the small scale importing and looked around for alternatives.

    And that was how Herbal Ignite, the men’s health product which Tim marketed with success for the next decade got launched – and talk about it he did until his death in October 2009. By then the company had developed a life of its own and was well established to continue strong growth without its feisty founder at the helm.

    Outrage Provoked Slashed Tyres

    That ability to crack convention could be seen again and again in Tim Bickerstaff’s life. At a time when political correctness hadn’t yet been invented, Tim provoked enough outrage to get his tyres slashed by irate listeners.

    Over 40 years in radio Tim was New Zealand’s answer to Derryn Hinch or US “shock jock” Howard Stern.  He was the “King of Contra” – the first to foster the negotiating skill whereby radio men sell “time” on air for products, and then sell those products on their own account.

    He foresaw an era of professional sport in the 1980s and was involved in backing the controversial Cavaliers Rugby tour to South Africa.

    King of ‘Contra’

    He famously had a company called Artnoc – Contra spelt backwards – and for most of his career he was never paid a salary by the station, he simply developed his own list of advertisers and sold their product on “time” – a certain number of minutes an hour – the station gave him in lieu of salary.

    Effectively it meant the radio host was competing with the station’s own sales staff, and no one did it better than Timothy John Bickerstaff.

    TVs, Refrigerators, microwaves, or Souvenir editions of All Black or All White books – Tim could sell them all, while at the same time drawing listeners with his controversial commentaries on sport.

    He had a prodigious memory for sports statistics, boxing in particular, and loved nothing better than staging sports quizzes on air.  But with TJB you could never be quite sure whether the show was for real or rigged.

    Love Him or Hate Him

    He loved a poster one he’d seen of a small boy with his fore finger in the air in a defiant “up you too” gesture, and there was always something of the delinquent in his anti-authoritarian salvos which fired up radio listeners.

    At one time he deliberately taunted traffic officers on air about the speed limit on a stretch of highway which he traversed on his way home at night – and found himself regularly copping tickets on said stretch. It’s no wonder that in the 70s and 80s he managed to make his “love him or hate him” show compulsive listening.

    Death On Air

    When interviewing high profile real estate auctioneer Dick Gladding ‘live’ on air in 1989 Tim asked Gladding if his agency used “ring-ins” to boost the bidding. Gladding replied “Tim, I feel sick”. To which Tim replied “I thought you would say that”.

    There was a long silent pause and Tim looked at Gladding. He had suffered a heart attack and was dead in the studio chair. (This was believed to be the first time in the history of world radio that this had ever happened).

    In the 90s he wrote a successful sports book with a team of journalists Heroes and Villains recalling some of the scandals of sport – as a tabloid man at heart there was nothing Tim liked better that a good scandal…

    Poking Finger At Authority

    Bickerstaff has gone and in our PC era there is no one nearly as funny or entertaining to follow him on air.  The spirit Tim embodied is found today more with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson that Radio Live’s Michael Laws. It’s the spirit of the rebel male poking a finger at authority. He’s naughty but never loses his sense of humour.

    His legacy will live on, because Happy Families, the company he founded, succeeds him in good heart and Herbal Ignite has a strong future, but if you’ve got a favourite Bickerstaff story from the past we’d love to hear it.

    Is there a place for that unrepentant male in today’s media?  Has all this talking about “getting it up” just made males into “menopausal” men? Tell us your favourite Bickerstaff story, celebrate an era, add to the tributes below as we celebrate a hell raiser who was at heart a very private man.


    “Vale Tim – Rascal, Raconteur, and Colleague in radio

    You got me into more trouble with my spouse than everyone else in my life put together! And we loved every minute of it.

    Sincere condolences to Sue, Brenda and Scott whom we knew as neighbours and friends at Farm Cove – and Jenny, who we didn’t.

    John and Jacqui Scull,
    ( Radio i, Radio Hauraki, Radio NZ & Radio Pacific )
    Gold Coast


    Very sad to hear the news about Tim and our thoughts are with you right now.

    My memories of Tim are all good and our work on Heroes & Villains was one of the most enjoyable episodes of my career – a laugh a minute.
    I noticed today that the Most Popular story on the Herald website was the story about Tim’s death – I’m sure I heard a Bickerstaff chortle from above, relishing the fact he could still top the ratings!
    Best wishes
    Josh & Wendy
    Josh Easby
    Hurricane Press Ltd
    New Zealand

    So sorry to hear about Tim, but what a way to go – my caring thoughts are with you.

    Warm wishes



    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland Inc.


    I would like to express my sincere condolences to you all in the loss of Tim – he was of my era and I well remember his Radio I days.  Certainly a man with huge strength of character and his very own feisty opinions.  But a truly memorable and professional broadcaster – and a man of his times.  Please express my sorrow in his loss to his family.

    Warm regards
    Ruth Sullivan


    I am of similar vintage to Tim.I never met him but his radio show in the seventies & eighties with Geoff Sinclair was compulsive listening.There has never been one to equal it since.It was one fantastic ride to be on & I am glad I got to experience two great talents & personalities.Radio is not the same now,but I still have the fantastic memories of those nightly programs when you rushed home from work to switch on to Radio Pacific at 5pm, a nightly ritual Monday to Friday.Irrepressible,sure,but you never wanted to miss one show,sheer entertainment everyone of them

    Thanks Tim,you are unforgettable,in the best way.



    My condolences on the passing of Tim, and hope you are going well
    yourself through this time.

    I quite liked Tim and had just recently been thinking about taking a
    drive over to Whitianga to drop in and say hi. He was a great
    character and I’m glad to have gotten to know him and yourself.

    Best wishes with all, and my thoughts are with you.

    Best regards,
    Tom Brown


    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Tim.
    We are very sorry but we can’t attend Tim’s service in Manukau on the seventh.
    Let us know if there is anything we can help you with in Whitianga.

    Hope to meet you soon,

    Kindest regards,

    Hans and Annemarie Apers


    It was with considerable sadness that I saw Mondays paper which talked of Tims passing . I talked to him within the last little while and he seemed fineI feel that a part of my life has also passed….I knew Tim for almost 30 years and had a lot of enjoyable,funny and irreverent times with him…not so much since he made his home in Whitianga but we talked often

    He truly was a larger than life character and one of New Zealand’s great broadcasters…his legacy in the world of radio will endure.

    Regettably I am away from Auckland this Saturday and so cannot attend the funeral…but I will be thinking of him as I have done a lot over the last few days

    He was too young to go but he lived a fuller more exciting life than most and I’m sure Tim himself would acknowledge that

    All my love and best wishes
    Jerry Hirst
    Laura Hay (Derek Lowe’s former PA) is in London, as I am.  As two former Radio Pacific employees we worked with Tim Bickerstaff and we want to pass on our sincere condolences to you and his family.
    Tim was THE original contra king – before Murray Deaker thought of it!  In fact, Murray may have copied Tim in these endeavours.
    We were always intimidated by Tim’s presence, his manner, his manna, his directness. We would shake in our shoes if he pointed his finger at either one of us and want a discussion!  But, when we got to know him, we got to understand he was a pussy cat with a teddy bear covering.  And he could be very funny indeed.  He was his own man, certainly, and for that we always admired him.
    A literally large part of Radio Pacific has now gone.  Sports broadcasting was tame when Tim arrived at Pacific and not the same when he left.  He has left that important legacy among many others.  He made his mark and how wonderful that mark was.
    Our thoughts are with you and the wider Bickerstaff family and friends.
    All our love,
    Sandy Myhre


    Laura Hay
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time with the loss of your special friend. Regards Carrick and the Thompson family.
    To Jenny Wheeler, the Bickerstaff family and Tim’s colleagues,
    Kindest regards and respects to you at this time. It was one of my career highlights to spend time and interview Tim a decade ago (for Brass magazine) – that’s where I’ve pulled quotes from.
    Like many Aucklanders young and old, Tim switched us on to sports news entertainment, and his work lives on.
    Apologies for not being able to be at the celebration tomorrow, as I’ll be on-air with my own radio show.


    Phil J Taylor


    • midlifelove 4:26 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My thoughts are with you at this time, and although we have never met, I did enjoy my chats with Tim on phone in recent years re our family history. I have many happy memories of Tim and his family during our growing years and he certainly lived life to the fullest, and will be sadly missed for his sense of humour alone!!!!!!!!!
      Kind regards, Lynn Cupitt,

    • Claire Monteith 9:08 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Tim’s Poem:
      The wine glass is empty, as the bar tender shouts:
      ‘Last call for drinks, before I throw you all out’

      The cab drivers waiting, to give you a ride.
      He’s taking you home, to it’s safety inside.

      A spare seat is waiting, at Heaven’s dining table.
      ‘Take your seat Timmy, and tell us a Fable!’

      You’ll make the angels laugh, and see the grin on God’s dial.
      With you at their table, they can’t help but smile!

      Your glass will never be empty, and hang-overs don’t exist.
      Have fun and drink up, ’cause you’ll never get p*ssed!

      You tried to disguise yourself as the big grizzly bear, but to me you were a big soft teddy with a heart of gold! Your house was always our ‘escape’ from life, and I will miss those weekend visits drinking wine and talking food!

      Safe trip Timmy, only you could have had the last laugh on Halloween of all days!
      All our love to Jenny and Tim’s friends and family
      xxxx Claire & Kevin Monteith

    • Margaret Burke 10:43 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi TJB or should I say Timothy John Criminal, make sure you have a drink or 20 with Parkie up stairs and don’t try and con God because he knows everything you have done, well he is supposed to be always nosing around. Thanks for the thousands of laughs we had over the years and the thousands of drinks we also had. Love you like a boil on my neck Margaret Burke

    • Tom Brown 9:34 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Farwell Tim & good luck in your new appointment!

      We had some good years doing Ignite together, and we had some great discussions about people and world matters in the midst of it. I always appreciated your sharp attitude and awareness… and your wine cellar :)

      You moved on when you got a better deal, but I can’t complain as that was how I got the gig in the first place. Biz is biz and you were sharp and calculating. My respect for your formidable marketing capabilities stands. I regret never having a chance to catch up again.

      A great character moves on, and it was an honour to know and work with Tim.

      All my best to Jenny & all Tim’s friends and extended family.

  • midlifelove 7:49 am on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Madrid,   

    Beckham on Condoms 

    Hot for David Beckham?

    beckhamNow he can be part of your sex life – sort of.

    Condoms bearing Beckham’s image may soon be sold at the gift shop of the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, according to the Guardian.

    Packaging will be decorated with art works that’ll be on display in the museum’s Tears of Eros exhibit from late October. The exhibit will include British conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood’s sleeping David video, which features the professional soccer player.

    Sex and Death

    Tears of Eros will house 119 works and examine “the close relationship between sexual desire and the death instinct,” among other things, according to the Guardian.

    The campaign involving the soccer-player clad condoms has not yet been finalized, but museum sources told Guardian that it’s well on its way. “The condom manufacturers are keen, so we are pretty sure it will happen,” says a museum spokesman.

    Baroness Thyssen, a former Spanish beauty queen whose art-collector husband founded the museum, doesn’t foresee any controversy.

    “I don’t see why anyone should be scandalized,” she says. “It is a way of bringing art and responsibility together.”

  • midlifelove 7:38 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beautiful chick, Ben Gibbard, Beyonce, Christine Aguilera, hot chick, Jay-Z, Jordan Bratman, Julia Roberts, Lyle Lovett, Pamela Anderson, research on hot chicks and ugly guys, ugly guy, , Zooey Deschanel   

    Beautiful Chick – Ugly Guy 

    pamela andersonThey say opposites attract, but seeing a beautiful woman with an unattractive man never fails to attract comment. Think Christine Aguilera and Jordan Bratman; Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett; Jay-Z and Beyonce; Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson; Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, and the newly married Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard.

    While some of these couples – like Julia and Lyle – didn’t last long – others like Christine and Jordan appear to have the relationship game sussed.

    Christina recently gushed to E! News, “”Jordan just continuously…just makes me fall deeper and deeper in love with him every day. He just exudes such love…and [is] such a great father to Max (their toddler son) that it just makes me the happiest woman alive.”

    Positive Talk with Beautiful Wives

    Jordan keeps his woman happy by surprising her with balloons, leaving love notes, and maintaining a tradition known as Naked Sundays, where the couple spends the day totally naked.

    Massive amounts of pampering no doubt help Christine and Jordan bond, but the beauty gap may also have something to do with it.

    A 2008 study found that found that married couples communicate more positively when wives are more attractive than their husbands. (Conversely both spouses behaved more negatively when the husband was more attractive than the wife.)

    Previous research has shown that people seeks relationships with others who are judged to be attractive. The research wanted to see if the benefits of looking good lasted into marriage.

    Benefits of Looking Good

    The University of Florida study was an effort to answer the questions “are the benefits of attractiveness limited to formative stages of new relationships?”

    Researchers examined 82 couples in the first six months of their marriages. Spouses reported their marital satisfaction and were rated by trained observers regarding their levels of attractiveness and the positivity of the interactions with each other.

    Researchers found “both spouses tended to behave more positively when wives were more attractive than their husbands.” Both spouses behaved “more negatively when husbands were more attractive than their wives,” according to the study.

    “Certainly, physical attractiveness is not the only thing that matters to marriage,” says lead researcher Associate Professor James McNulty. “At a more general level, the study suggests that spouses will behave more positively when their partners meet the desires that are important to them.”

    As we said, Christine knows pampering – just feeling appreciated – certainly helps.

  • midlifelove 10:22 am on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 60 rocks, attitude matters, Bruce Springsteen, The Boss, turns 60   

    The Boss Turns 60 

    bruce springsteenThe Boss made another milestone this week when he turned 60 AND made the cover of the Retired Persons magazine. Except Bruce Springsteen is anything but retired.

    In the midst of a tour with his E Street Band, he wasn’t available to be interviewed about what it’s like to be 60 and still rocking.

    It doesn’t quite compare with the rock legend’s past covers on Time and Rolling Stone.

    Attitude Matters More Than Age

    But AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons – how’s THAT for a name?) editor Nancy Perry Graham said they chose the rock and roller because he “personifies the message that attitude matters more than age.

    “He’s one of these crop of 50-plus and 60-plus celebrities who are busier than ever in their older years and doing some of their best work,” Ms. Graham said. “The message with Bruce Springsteen is that 60 rocks.”

    When Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, it was U2’s Bono who gave the induction speech. Among the many nice things he said about his friend was this observation: “Bruce Springsteen, you always knew, was not gonna die stupid.”

    Maintaining Relevance

    Billy Joel, may have once sang “only the good die young,” but a growing amount of aging rockers continue to outlast expectation (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, etc) while managing to maintain relevancy and avoiding becoming caricatures.

    Love him or loathe him, The Boss has undoubtedly earned his inclusion with these luminaries.  We can only hope for more decades of his rip roaring, blue collar excellence.  Happy Birthday Bruce!

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