Big stink at swanky Clarence Street apartment complex

PS has seen fraught email trails from the executive committee citing ever-changing bylaws. One in particular dictated what Chow can and cannot cook in her kitchen, and for whom.

Minutes of executive committee meetings naming and shaming Chow as the alleged cooking culprit – without her knowledge, consent or input – were pinned around the building’s common areas. She burst into tears when she saw them. They were soon taken down and followed by a groveling apology from the executive committee.

The Broughton House apartments on Clarence Street.

The Broughton House apartments on Clarence Street.

Indeed, life inside the handsome Broughton House sounds more like an episode of Fawlty Towers than Downton Abbey.

Chow, who has never met the Mordants and moved into a compact two-bedder two years ago, says that until recently, she had been happy in the building.

“But this whole thing has become so ridiculous and toxic,” Chow, who now keeps a running log of everything she cooks in her kitchen after a recent slow-cooked lasagne sauce caused yet another outcry, told PS this week.

Chow says her catering business was “smashed” by COVID-19. During lockdown, she cooked meals for neighbors in the building, with the approval of the executive committee, even while she was incapacitated with carpal tunnel syndrome. The committee later praised her “lovely, delicious meals” for which she charged a nominal $ 15 each, “barely covering costs”.

“They really appreciated it, especially the elderly ones. I felt like we built a good community spirit at a time when everyone was cut off, ”Chow says, adding that she didn’t see the Mordants, who have three amalgamated apartments taking up half the floor across the corridor, during that period.

Chow, who registered her home with Sydney City Council as a food premises, scoffs at claims she is running a “commercial kitchen”. From March 18, a fortnight before receiving Mordant’s letter, she agreed to the executive committee’s request to only do “cold prep”.

“Many of the kitchen windows face onto the same light well, but apparently it’s only me that’s causing a problem. What about the Vietnamese restaurant next door? ” she said.

“I really feel like I have been unfairly targeted. I’m not a billionaire. I’m just a woman trying to start over like so many other small businesses. How about giving the little guy a break? ”

Sexy in green

Green machine: Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest.

Green machine: Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest.Credit:Edwina Pickles

From old-school mining billionaire to new age hydrogen hero, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest certainly has his mainstream media schtick down pat. However, when it comes to Millennials and social media, things are done a little differently. But what are we to make of the call-out to social media influencers last week, which found its way to PS’s inbox, pitching for pneumatically augmented Instagram babes and beefcakes to sign up to spruik his green hydrogen ambitions? How many washed-up MAFS and Big Brother has-beens can even spell hydrogen, let alone hashtag it?

Candid camera

For nearly half a century, Robert Rosen photographed the rich, famous and fatuous, from London to Sydney, resulting in his excellent Glitterati exhibition currently showing at the Powerhouse Museum.

“I couldn’t do it today, everyone is so obsessed with selfies and uploading it onto social media. It’s just not the same as being captured at a moment at an event. I really don’t understand the whole selfie thing. I find it a complete turn off, ”Rosen told PS ahead of his return to Sydney from Bali, where he moved 12 years ago.

Robert Rosen with one-time “it girl” Mischa Barton in Sydney.

Robert Rosen with one-time “it girl” Mischa Barton in Sydney.

On Thursday from 6pm at the Powerhouse, Rosen will join journalist Lee Tulloch and Powerhouse curator Glynis Jones in conversation to discuss his life and work, along with the stories behind taking candid snaps of the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Elle McPherson, Peter Morrissey, Divine, Paul Capsis, Nina Simone, Boy George, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Luciano Pavarotti, Lady Sonia McMahon, Elton John and Michael Hutchence.

Demolition man

And there we were thinking all the drama was surrounding those cute illegal refugees, pooches Pistol and Boo, when Johnny Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard shacked up on the Gold Coast in 2015.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in January 2016.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in January 2016. Credit:AP

The startling claims being made in Depp’s defamation case against Heard are certainly illuminating, no doubt especially so for their former landlord, motorcycling millionaire Mick Doohanwho owned the luxury compound where they stayed.

Heard has previously described a “three-day hostage situation” while at the property. A couple of years back it was claimed in a London court during Depp’s failed libel case that he allegedly used blood from his severed finger – an injury he claimed happened when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him – to paint messages on one of Doohan’s mirrors during the rampage, which left the home “completely destroyed”.

The damage bill was reportedly more than $ 200,000, with blood all over the house, furniture smashed and artworks defaced.

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Depp’s former house manager Ben King told the court the floors had to be resanded, the curtains cleaned, paintwork and plasterwork replaced and chipped stone benches repaired after Depp’s stay.

Going, going, not gone

Perhaps Leonard Joel’s head of important jewels, Hamish Sharmaneeded a little of the “J Lo” effect to help shift the huge 41.7-carat yellow diamond ring, which failed to sell at the auction house’s glittering sale on Tuesday night in Woollahra, dashing hopes it would fetch up to $ 2 million.

But Sharma tells PS it was the spotlight on Jennifer Lopez‘s new green diamond engagement ring from her boomerang beau Ben Affleck that helped seal the $ 600,000 sale of a slightly smaller green diamond ring, the buyer citing the Lopez sparkler as her inspiration.

The giant diamond ring failed to fetch the $ 2 million guide price.

The giant diamond ring failed to fetch the $ 2 million guide price.Credit:Leonard Joel Auctions

“We have seen an unprecedented number of large and valuable diamonds sold through Leonard Joel over the past 18 months. These sales are all about timing, ”Sharma said.

“I think Australian investors still need to be educated about large diamonds making great investments, just like art.

“Of course, the benefit of a diamond is you can wear it to a lovely restaurant, and you can’t do that with a painting.”

Another lot in the auction, a spectacular diamond bracelet featuring 51 stones together weighing 51.76 carats, also failed to sell despite hopes it could fetch nearly a million dollars.

Turns out the bracelet was modeled on one that once belonged to Marie-Antoinette and was commissioned in Sydney by an unidentified man as a surprise gift for his wife.

The buyer of this $ 600,000 ring cited Jennifer Lopez's jewelry as an inspiration.

The buyer of this $ 600,000 ring cited Jennifer Lopez’s jewelry as an inspiration.Credit:Leonard Joel

But she didn’t like it.

No one lost their heads over the Marie-Antoinette inspired diamond necklace, which failed to sell.

No one lost their heads over the Marie-Antoinette inspired diamond necklace, which failed to sell.Credit:Leonard Joel

Unlike Marie-Antoinette, who in January 1791, while imprisoned in the Tuileries Palace in Paris, secretly wrapped her finest jewels in cotton and stashed them away in a wooden chest later sent for safekeeping in Brussels. Marie-Antoinette’s diamond bracelets survived intact (unlike their owner) and were sold by Christies last year for – wait for it – $ 11 million.

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