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  • midlifelove 9:26 pm on September 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: age gap romance, ANU, Ashton Kutcher, Calista Flockhart, , Demi Moore, , , , , non-smoker, romance-killer, smoker, tom cruise   

    Secrets of Lasting Love 

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    We’re fascinated by age gap romances – the relationships where one partner is old enough to be the other’s parent – and there are plenty of high profile couples who seem to be doing just fine.

    Think Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher (she is 15 years older); newly engaged Harrison Ford (66) and Calista Flockhart, (44) or Tom Cruise (47) and Katie Holmes (30).

    And what about Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who share not just a marriage but the same September 25 birthday – it’s just it is 25 years apart.

    These Hollywood matches are all beating the odds, according to new research on the secrets of lasting marriages conducted by the Australian National University.

    Divorce More Likely If Wife Older

    Analysis of 2500 Australian couples over six years shows the chances of getting divorced double if there is more than an eight year difference in age (if the man is older) or more than two years (if it is the woman who is the older).

    And while marrying someone of similar educational, social and religious status helps your chances of avoiding divorce, these factors don’t matter as much as age.

    Marriages in which the husband was nine or more years older than the wife, or two or more years younger, had a separation rate of 17 per cent compared to about 10 per cent for their more age-compatible peers.

    It also helps if the husband is over 25 when you marry, and if neither of you have children before getting married. Having a similar attitude to wanting children or another child is important, also.

    Not Rich, Not Poor Best

    Being comfortably off helps in the cause of marital stability, but not if you are very well off – the richest 25 per cent have a higher risk of separation. Being poor, unemployed and feeling financially stressed, is a deadly trifecta for marriage stability. About 20 per cent of those unemployed at the start of the survey later separated compared to 10 per cent of those who had a job.

    And another thing the demographers advise: don’t marry a smoker if you are a non-smoker. It is definitely a romance killer. Two smokers, however, will get along fine.

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  • midlifelove 2:38 am on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Criminal Intent, Genna Davis, hoax death, Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park, Laura Dern, Lost, , Richard Wilkins Channel 9, sexual prowess, Tania Raymonde, The Colbert Report, The Sydney Morning Herald, Today Show, tom cruise, Tom Hanks, Twitter   

    Hoax Death Makes Jeff Goldblum Sexy 

    Jeff GoldblumActor Jeff Goldblum is getting a lot of mileage out of false reports of his premature death – and sneakily boosting his sexual prowess as he does it. Even TV cop show Law and Order: Criminal Intent, which he joined late last year, is capitalising on the attention.

    First Goldblum mocked Australian Channel Nine’s Today show reporter Richard Wilkins – who picked the false report up off Twitter and gave it “legitimate” news status – on The Colbert Report.

    The result – as the Sydney Morning Herald reported in a “most read” news item – was a “glorious” send up, with 56-year-old Goldblum slyly hyping his lover-boy status in his eulogy to himself.

    “Amazing in Bed”

    “Jeff Goldblum’s performances combined the muscularity of Brando, the pathos of Streep, and the musky sensuality of a pride of baboons,” he rhapsodised.

    “One former conquest raved that sleeping with Jeff Goldblum was like ‘being caught in a flesh-storm, with a 90 per cent chance of satisfaction’.

    “I cannot overstate how amazing Jeff Goldblum was in bed.”

    Then last weekend he followed that up with a promo for Law and Order: Criminal Intent, replaying a fake death news clip and commenting with a wink that “you can’t believe anything young people say.”

    Unlikely Sex Symbol

    Celebrity gossip sites report the former Jurassic Park and Independence Day star – whose previous partners include actresses Laura Dern and Geena Davis (his wife from 1987 – 90) – has found new love with former Lost actress Tania Raymonde, (21), so maybe the boasting about his winning bedside manner is justified.

    Tall, gangly, and oddly handsome, he’s an unlikely sex symbol who appeals to women fond of eccentric intellectual types.

    Scotsman Claims Responsibility
    The Twitter death report was apparently generated through the same fake news generator site fakeawish.com that erroneously reported on the deaths in New Zealand of Tom Hanks (in 2006) and Tom Cruise (in 2008).

    Blogger John Skelton – who claims to be an Aberdeen (UK) based multimedia developer – says he started the hoax as a practical joke intended for just two friends. (http://johnskelton.blogspot.com/2009/06/great-jeff-goldblum-twitter-hoax.html).

    Fakeawish.com allows users to plug a celebrity’s name into made-up stories. A top option on the site is to plug a male celebrity’s name into a “dies in New Zealand” article.

    John Skelton claimed he chose Jeff Goldblum because “he seems like the kind of actor someone would have a strong emotional response to. I had considered using Bill Murray but for some reason didn’t feel it would have the same impact.”

    At the height of its popularity the Goldblum item was the second most searched term on Google and Twitter after ‘Michael Jackson Dead.’ The Google trends show that it was the 4th most popular search phrase overall on the 25th June. – Top Google Trends for 25th June

    Want to be “Amazing in Bed?”

    If you’re feeling more dead than alive on the sexual front, don’t put off facing up to the premature demise of your love life. Help is available in a range of therapeutic treatments, from pharmaceuticals like Viagra and Cialis to natural herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite which boost both performance and libido.

     
  • midlifelove 2:40 am on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adopted children, armoured trucks, bombproof, connor, couch jumping, isabella, katie, , mission impossible, nicole kidman, porsche 911 turbo, self defence, suri, tom cruise   

    Pimp my ride – Tom Cruise style 

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    Couch jumping celebrity Tom Cruise has had bulletproof glass fitted on all his cars.

    The ‘Mission: Impossible’ star is reportedly so worried about the safety of his wife Katie Holmes and three children he has kitted out his entire collection of vehicles with top-of-range security.

    A source said: “It sounds like Tom has taken a page out of one of his action movies. A-list celebrities know they can’t be too careful. Tom’s vehicles look perfectly normal, but in reality they are more like armoured trucks. He really, really loves his cars and he can afford the best.”

    Tom has also had bombproof features included on his car and has had his drivers trained in self-defence.

    However, the 45-year-old actor – who has a two-year-old daughter Suri with Katie, and two adopted children, Connor and Isabella, with ex-wife Nicole Kidman – prefers to drive his cars himself whenever possible.

    The source added to In Touch Weekly magazine: “Tom is a car nut. He has practical everyday cars, classic collectibles and high-powered sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo. Of course he loves every minute behind the wheel, but he’s not stupid and he’s not going to take any chances while he’s driving.

     
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