Invitation to dine at the palace
FOR some, it’s a happier new year than others.
Brett Greensill, principal of LJ Hooker at New Farm had to pinch himself when he opened his mail this week.
He had received a formal invitation to dinner and an opera recital at Buckingham Palace.
I think I am just as excited as Brett is, and hugely jealous.
Brett’s been invited by the Prince of Wales to attend an Opera Australia Capital Fund reception, dinner and recital.
The invitation came through his connection with Phillip Bacon, owner of the worldrenowned Phillip Bacon Galleries based in Fortitude Valley.
Mr Bacon is also a board member and donor to the Opera Australia Capital Fund.
“It’s a great example of a good client relationship and I have also been a long supporter of the arts,” Brett says.
“To be honest, I don’t know how I am going to afford the time or the trip but I am going. I’m so excited to be going.
“A quick call to my bespoke tailor at Wil Valor in Milton to make a perfectly fitted black tie dinner suit and I’m off to London and also Paris for eight days. It’s a trip of a lifetime,” he said.
I know Brett will adhere to all the right protocols and etiquette and not take his smartphone to Buckingham Palace.
But I hope he gets a few selfies in Paris with his new selfie stick that he got for Christmas. Enjoy it all Brett.
And over at Norman Park, Kevin Rudd is taking longer to zip out of Brisbane than first planned.
The former Prime Minister has now dropped the asking price for his Norman Park home.
The property is now listed for $1.19 million after originally being listed for tender in November last year through Tim Altass Real Estate.
Mr Rudd and his wife Therese Rein subsequently put a price of $1.25 million on the home but it did not sell, despite attracting interest from highend buyers.
They first purchased the property in 1994 for $384,000.
Next stop, Buckingham Palace. Brett Greensill, principal of LJ Hooker New Farm is off to London soon. And (below) the home of the former prime minister Kevin Rudd is still for sale, and it’s even cheaper now.