Biggest moments of 2011 #16 Shurley they can’t be serious
Australia’s favourite middle-aged spin bowler proposed to England’s favourite middle-aged model and actor, at a restaurant at the famous St Andrews golf course in Scotland in November. Thus was born the name “Shurley”
OK, so there were bigger, more important issues this year. But in terms of issues that set tongues wagging, both on this website and across Australia, this was a biggie.
The engagement came after just 10 months of dating, and confirmed that Shane Warne is today just about the most famous Australian in any field of public life. Women’s mags completely crapped themselves at the news, while hair replacement therapists and slimming pill suppliers booked expensive holidays in anticipation of years of revenue to come.
What happened next
Warnie and Liz paraded around like royalty, with Liz sporting a $100,000 rock. The duo bobbed up at Flemington, and at Shane’s new lounge in the Crown Casino complex. Meanwhile, Warne hosted his new celeb buddies like Sarah Jessica Parker at poolside functions at his Melbourne home. Oh, and Warne signed on with new Australian Twenty20 team, the aptly-named Melbourne Stars.
Also, the couple kissed in public. A lot. And did the cyber-equivalent on Twitter. An awful lot.
What we learned
Above all, we learned that Eddie Perfect’s excellent Shane Warne The Musical, for all its true-to-life hilarity, was pretty much like Star Wars Episode One. Or Episode Four. Or whichever one of the stupid things comes chronologically first. Point is, the minute you think Warne’s life is about to get mundane, it gets yet more intriguing.
We also learned that most Australians still really like Shane Warne. For all his hoity-toity new friends, Warne’s gift has always been that he has never acted like the famous people – give or take a bit of elaborate dentistry and tanning work.
How The Punch covered it
Actually we mostly ignored it, which proves that we have not yet evolved into a women’s magazine. But our regular Thursday guy Jason Tin did focus on the engagement in a witty yarn titled “There’s nothing more pathetic than an ageing star”.
That line was countered by one of our typically forthright Punch readers “Dbee”, who commented in the very first response:
“How can you hate on Warnie? Warnie for PM! He could probably do a better job than Julia anyway!”
Yes he could. Yes indeed he could. Eddie Perfect, are you reading this?
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