The Shark tipped to rehome Down Under

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The Shark tipped to rehome Down Under

By Lucy Manly
Greg Norman jnr shares a photo from Noosa with partner Michelle Thomson on his shoulders.

Greg Norman jnr shares a photo from Noosa with partner Michelle Thomson on his shoulders.Credit:instagram

Despite not living in Australia for 40 years, could golf legend Greg Norman and his Aussie wife Kirsten be planning a move back home?

The couple recently listed their Juniper Island trophy home for a measly $78 million, telling the Miami Herald the global pandemic made them want to be closer to family. They said they intend to move overseas but would not say where.

On Australia Day Greg Norman jnr teased a return to his dad’s homeland, posting to Instagram pix of himself with his partner Michelle Thomson walking the Hell’s Gate coastal track in the Noosa National Park and standing outside the Sydney Opera House.

It’s little wonder the Shark would want to return to Australia given he suffered a severe bout of COVID-19 late last year that “kicked the crap” out of him and left him in hospital on Christmas Day.

“I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain, but this is like nothing I have ever experienced before,” Norman posted on Instagram at the time.

Could he now be planning a move back to his native - and COVID-free - Queensland? Norman grew up in Mt Isa before finding success in golf and moving to the States.

Norman did not respond to Emerald City’s request for comment.

Pip Edwards calls in crisis PR

Once the queen of Sydney cool, Pip Edwards has been making headlines in recent months for all the wrong reasons. First it was the Archibald Prize entry scandal, then came tone-deaf social media posts on Australia Day, not to mention the over-exposure of her high-profile relationship with former cricketer Michael Clarke.

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Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke made their official debut as a couple at last year’s Everest Race Day.

Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke made their official debut as a couple at last year’s Everest Race Day.Credit:Steven Siewert

Now 40-year-old Edwards has called in PR maven Maria Farmer to assist in personal brand and crisis management.

Sources in the fashion industry say the P.E Nation co-founder has been unhappy with her press coverage and the criticism she’s copped since going public with newly-divorced and father-of-one Clarke.

Representatives for Edwards would not comment on management of the Bondi poster girl’s personal brand. However P.E Nation’s former inhouse PR manager Lou Gaffikin confirmed there had been a publicity reshuffle at the business.

“Maria Farmer has been brought across the business to oversee top tier strategy for Pip Edwards, Claire Tregoning and P.E Nation,” she said. Gaffikin, who has been the brand’s longtime publicist and is a friend of both Tregoning and Edwards, will now focus on other P.E Nation projects and pursue freelance opportunities.

Meanwhile, news broke late on Friday that Edwards and Clarke have split up after less than a year together. Edwards’ management did not respond to requests for comment.

Hollywood celebrities slip into life in Sydney

With so many film and TV productions taking place in Australia, celebrity spotting in Sydney has become an extreme spectator sport.

Isla Fisher shopping for a dress for her 45th birthday at The Intersection in Paddington.

Isla Fisher shopping for a dress for her 45th birthday at The Intersection in Paddington.Credit:KHAPGG

Isla Fisher was seen shopping at The Intersection in Paddington last week for a dress for her 45th birthday. The petite actress who relocated to Bondi from Los Angeles with husband Sacha Baron Cohen and their three children last year ended up purchasing a black taffeta mini-dress from local designer Scanlan Theodore.

Fisher is in good company: Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera was also seen shopping at The Intersection with her actor boyfriend Joel Edgerton.

Elsewhere newly single actor Simon Baker was spotted buying an array of lobsters from a Bondi fish market while Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi dined with cast members at Merivale’s Mr Wong’s restaurant. Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied, Tessa Thompson, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff were all at the popular eatery.

Across town, Luther actor Idris Elba, in town filming Three Thousand Years of Longing, dined with his wife Sabrina at Totti’s restaurant in Bondi.

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington have slipped into Sydney with their three sons almost unnoticed. However Emerald City is told the couple have enrolled their kids at the same eastern suburbs private school as the Portman-Millepied and Fisher-Baron Cohen kids.

@celebspellcheck the talk of Melbourne

The champagne was free-flowing at Piper-Heidsieck’s intimate dinner at The Commons at Ormond Collective in Melbourne on Thursday ahead of the Australian Open.

But it wasn’t the whinging of tennis players in lockdown that had tongues wagging across the dinner table. Instead, there was much speculation about the anonymous Instagrammer behind @celebspellcheck, a snark account poking fun at influencers’ spelling errors and drip-feeding gossip from Sydney and Melbourne’s ‘it’ crowd.

Nick and Rozalia Russia at Piper Heidsieck’s Australian Open dinner.

Nick and Rozalia Russia at Piper Heidsieck’s Australian Open dinner.Credit:Karon photography

It seems the administrators of the anonymous account could be a bit too close to home, sharing the same friendship circle as much of Melbourne’s social set.

Emerald City is told two Melbourne-based publicists from the Mornington Peninsula are suspected of ghost writing @celebspellcheck. One is dating a former high-profile AFL player, while the other is best friends with a model who found fame on Australia’s Next Top Model.

The anonymous administrators have shared telling details about themselves in the past, which is how victims of @celebspellcheck’s wrath were able to piece together their identities.

It seems the victims are out for blood so it’s surely only a matter of time before @celebspellcheck’s true identity is exposed publicly.

The Rubens return to the stage

The Rubens headlined Wednesday’s Coopers Live, Loud and Local show at Selina’s in Coogee.

The Rubens headlined Wednesday’s Coopers Live, Loud and Local show at Selina’s in Coogee.

It’s been a long time coming for live gigs to return to venues across the country, so it was a sell-out crowd of exactly 297 (as per COVID restrictions) that descended on Selina’s at Coogee Bay Hotel on Wednesday to see alt-rock band The Rubens.

While the beachfront venue’s famed ice-cream wasn’t on the menu, the band including brothers Sam, Zach and Elliott Margin along with Will Zeglis and Scott Baldwin didn’t disappoint as they kicked-off Coopers Live Loud & Local series. COVID-enforced seating didn’t stop a few eager fans leaping to their feet for popular Rubens tracks, keeping security busy for much of the evening.

The band from Menangle in Sydney’s west admitted to feeling nervous about performing to a live audience again.

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“I will be nervous ahead of playing the first song, but I am mostly excited,” keyboardist Elliott told Emerald City ahead of the show.

Despite their international success, the group insist their life off stage isn’t all the ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll’ you’d expect from a rock band. “When we’re not touring I do plumbing and install synthetic grass,” said drummer Scott, who is due to become a father in a few weeks.

Fellow dad and band frontman Sam welcomed his second child with his model wife Rosie Tupper last year.

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