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Private Sydney

The trivial pursuit of Prince William and Kate

Britain's Prince George (C) is held by his father Prince William (R) as his mother Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (L), looks on as they are met upon their arrival from New Zealand at Sydney airport on April 16, 2014.  William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.    AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST

ANDREW HORNERY This is not a Royal tour, this is royal torture.

Private Sydney: Why Jodhi could talk the talk

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Andrew Hornery Circle of trust: Ros Packer at last year's Melbourne Cup.

Plenty of people, but few Jacks on hand

ANDREW HORNERY As far as crowds go, the thousands who packed into the Sydney Opera House to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were more the sort of throng that follows the likes of Lady Gaga or British boy band One Direction than those who would traditionally greet visiting royalty.

Low-key affair

Elton John's party fizzer

ANDREW HORNERY My heart skipped a beat when news broke that Elton John and his long-time partner, David Furnish, were planning to get married.

Gardiner pays price for loyalty

ANDREW HORNERY About the same time Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes was committing heinous crimes, his partner Robyn Gardiner was building what would become one of the most influential talent agencies in showbiz, apparently oblivious to her husband's true nature, which was so comprehensively determined this week in court.

Sex sells

Nicole Kidman: daring or desperate?

ANDREW HORNERY The old advertising adage that ''sex sells'' is very much alive and kicking, especially when it comes to celebrity endorsements.

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DJs packs in Packer women and pals

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ANDREW HORNERY It would be every Sydney shopkeeper's fantasy to have three generations of Packer women in store for the day, and on Friday David Jones chief executive Paul Zahra was living it.

Candice Falzon: comeback queen

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ANDREW HORNERY These days a good scandal can create an instant celebrity, a la Kim Kardashian's sex tape, but it is those established celebrities who end up being engulfed by scandal who walk a long and winding road when it comes to making a come back.

Murdochs will still call Sydney home

ANDREW HORNERY The frenetic life which awaits Lachlan Murdoch as one of the most powerful men in New York is a universe away from the quieter and blissfully domestic world he has built with wife Sarah and their three children in Sydney.

Ginia Rinehart's bodyguard dies after cardiac arrest in London hotel suite

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ANDREW HORNERY It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood script: a grieving wealthy Australian heiress, a suite at London's luxurious Dorchester Hotel and a dead bodyguard, who was an Australian war hero.

Erica Packer buys California mansion for $14.7 million

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ANDREW HORNERY Erica Packer has spent $US13.5 million ($14.7 million) on a huge home in California, marking her first serious dent into the widely reported $100 million divorce settlement she received after her six-year marriage to billionaire gambling mogul James Packer collapsed six months ago.

The end of my love affair with Kylie Minogue

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ANDREW HORNERY Dear Kylie: this is probably going to hurt me a lot more than it hurts you and I have given it a lot of thought ... I have decided it's time we broke up.

Just a beat up?

Charlie Pickering's exit from The Project over blow up just a beat up


ANDREW HORNERY On-set blow-ups are a part of life when it comes to putting a live news and entertainment show to air five nights a week, according to The Project's executive producer Craig Campbell.

Blabs from celebrities in rehab

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ANDREW HORNERY Over the past few weeks the Australian media has been awash with celebrity rehab stories.

Private Sydney: Stopping the Gold diggers

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ANDREW HORNERY Some of television's biggest egos are being massaged and bruised in one fell swoop as the politics of the annual Logies cranks up another notch ahead of this year's nominees being revealed on March 31.

Michael Hutchence's daughter

Tiger Lily, Michael Hutchence's daughter, plans acting career

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ANDREW HORNERY In three months' time, Tiger Lily, the daughter of Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates, will celebrate her 18th birthday.

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Tale of two cities

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ANDREW HORNERY Something very strange is happening between Sydney and Melbourne.

Moving on

Rupert Murdoch appears to be an item with Juliet de Baubigny

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ANDREW HORNERY Rupert Murdoch appears to be back in the dating game, making his first public appearance with a new woman on his arm since calling it quits on his 14-year marriage to ex-wife No.3 Wendi Deng.

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Charlotte Dawson's web

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ANDREW HORNERY I made a conscious decision over a year ago to stop writing about Charlotte Dawson.

Denyer goes to war

Grant Denyer digs in to fight drug claims

ANDREW HORNERY It's the weatherman versus the media behemoth as Grant Denyer goes to war against Bauer Media and its Australian flagship Woman's Day over explosive claims - denied vehemently by him - that the TV star and his wife Cheryl have a raging, $4000-a-week methamphetamine addiction.

Vicky Dawson brings her sister Charlotte Dawson's ashes to memorial

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ANDREW HORNERY It was the sort of crowd you would expect Charlotte Dawson to turn up in.

Champagne wives

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JENNA CLARKE It is a truth universally acknowledged that any Australian reality show not featuring food or fat people will fail. However The Real Housewives of Melbourne could be the one franchise that breaks the hoodoo, admittedly with a lot of voodoo and talk of vaginal botox.

Miranda Kerr's a big girl now

JENNA CLARKE When it comes to family feuds and fall-outs, Australia has seen some of the best and most heartbreaking. This week it was the Corbys and the Kerrs.

Hide the bride

Celebrities' veiled attempts to hide from media

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DAISY DUMAS There can be few more romantically devoid wedding day gestures than the bride arriving at the church with a silver sun shield boxed around her veil. Besides, perhaps, a mobile pagoda hovering around a shuffling bridal party. Or a 16-foot black cape, bobbing around with a groom's nervous footsteps.

Chilling end to filming of Noyce's blockbuster

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Daisy Dumas ''Ever since I lost two crew members, one for two days, inside a live volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii while filming Sliver,'' says Phillip Noyce, ''chopper shots have freaked me.''

Right royal reboot

PS: Right royal reboot

Duchess of Cambridge

JENNA CLARKE The Duchess of Cambridge is the pin-up girl for youthful sophistication, always polished and poised but never without a touch of the common. However, with the birth of her son and a royal tour of Australia coming soon, is she preparing to kill off ''Kate'' for good?

Adam Boland set to bare his soul on ABC

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DAISY DUMAS He may have withdrawn himself from the early starts, but Adam Boland is not altogether small-screen shy.

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Frances and Bridget Abbott are sisters with style


JENNA CLARKE Unlike their father - in some circles - Frances and Bridget Abbott are still very much in fashion.

Actors spruik their upcoming roles at the AACTA Awards

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GARRY MADDOX When the film industry gets together, talk quickly turns to future projects. Behind the scenes at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards - dominated by The Great Gatsby with a record-equalling 13 wins on Thursday night - there was plenty of discussion about who is doing what next.

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Slipstream celebrity

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ANDREW HORNERY When Michael Clarke's wife Kyly announced she was embarking on a career as a fashion designer creating glamorous evening gowns, I'm sure I heard Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent groan ... all the way from heaven.

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