Cultural rites and tribal practices, from extreme tattooing to cheek skewering. Not for the squeamish. Monday, 2.30pm, National Geographic.
Pouty Sofie Allsopp (sister of altogether more likable Kirstie) juices up real-estate lemons and gets them sold. Wednesday, 8.30pm, LifeStyle. designed with signature white-on-white stripe and grey piping; embroidered with the Westin bone on one side and paw print on the other; silver zipper closure for easy washing’’. www.westin-hotelsathome.com; email@example.com.
THE perfect venue to try the Heavenly Bed is at the Westin Sydney, which occupies historic premises within the former GPO building plus a 31-storey modern tower with eyrie-like views across the CBD. The award-winning property opened in 1999 so there has to be some sort of feng shui synergy with the Heavenly Bed’s 10th birthday. Best prices at present are the Early Bird & The Worm early-booking deals. Book 30 days in advance and save up to 40 per cent; good rates are also available when booking 21, 14 or seven days in advance; all include free buffet breakfasts for two. There are also weekend packages covering three nights for the price of two. (02) 8223 1111 or 1800 656 535; www.westin.com.au/sydney.
FINDS of the week: The Australian Himalayan Foundation is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first Australian ascent of Mt Everest, by Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer, with a fundraising dinner on September 18. Mortimer will deliver the 2009 Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Address and proceeds go to the foundation’s community projects in the Himalayas, including one of the leading education programs in rural Nepal. At the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney; tickets from $150 a person, with corporate tables, hosted by eminent adventurers, available. www.australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au.
OLYMPIC gold medallist Catherine Freeman has launched a charity initiative in conjunction with P& OCruises. Every P& OCruises’ voyage from Australia will offer a Walk the Decks session in which passengers can make a voluntary contribution to the Catherine Freeman Foundation’s scholarship program, which gives Palm Island girls the opportunity to study at boarding school on the mainland. The initiative was launched by Freeman and Sydney Swans stars Michael O’Loughlin and Adam Goodes aboard Pacific Dawn at Sydney’s Darling Harbour earlier this week. Sounds a brilliant way to donate to a worthy cause and shift some buffet ballast. www.pocruises.com.au.
loves: Shanghai’s historic Peace Hotel is being restored to its full art deco grandeur and the refurb will be unveiled next year by management company Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Among the eight restaurants and lounges will be a revamp of the muchloved Jazz Bar, a Shanghai institution since the 1930s. The famed Peace Hall, refreshed and ready for action, will retain its sprung-wooden dance floor, surely a keeper of secrets from the age of cabaret and gala parties. Given the amazing rate at which Shanghai’s spiky skyline changes and old buildings make way for new, the restoration is a miracle. www.fairmont.com. loathes: Waiting so long for the
television series based on Alexander McCall Smith’s Botswana books. It aired last year on the BBC. Why the delay in Australia, where the Scottish author’s books are such big sellers?
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