Election-Free Zone: Rusty’s battle to quit the cigs
There are few things harder in this soft ‘n’ cushy life than giving up smoking and while it’s easy to remember why or when you had your first cigarette, the story of how you gave up is never quite as interesting. Except if you’re Russell Crowe.
According to today’s Herald Sun the former Gladiator star will always blame his decision to quit on oldest son, Charlie.
After admitting to a 36 year old habit and smoking between 40-60 cigarettes a day Crowe said he finally made the decision to quit after his young son “busted” him having a sneaky one outside his office several months ago.
“I was in my office ... and I thought I heard my office door open and I looked around and couldn’t see anything, so I had my cigarette.
“Later on I leant over to put my cigarette out and he was lying between the couch and the table and he very definitely saw me having a smoke. And that was my very last one,” he said.
Kicking the big habit will also leave Crowe with a lot more free time that he says he’ll spend on this side of the equator and in the company of his family who he missed after travelling overseas so much last year.
Diego Maradona is another bloke with a bit more time on his hands this week after the Argentine Football Association (AFA) dropped him as national soccer coach.
SBS World News reports today that the soccer legend was considered an inexperienced coach with a “less than stellar” record; a situation that was not helped by the fact the Argentine team had “only qualified for the World Cup finals by the skin of their teeth.”
And French first lady Carla Bruni can now add “actress” to her list of considerable accomplishments.
People magazine snapped her starring alongside Hollywood funny guy Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s latest project, “Paris In Midnight”.
Bystanders claim the former model/singer/musician and Wilson were “getting along famously” during the first day of filming, said to have taken about five hours.
But Ms Bruni said that while she relished the idea of a cameo appearance, she wasn’t planning on stealing anyone’s spotlight.
“I go into everything blindly, or I’d never do anything at all,” she said during a television interview on France’s Canal.
“I am not an actress at all. Maybe I’ll be completely hopeless, but I can’t miss an opportunity like this one in my life. When I’m a grandmother, I’d like to be able to say I made a film with Woody Allen.”
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…