Kyle Sandilands told the world he had “no friends left” following the extraordinary raids last month that ensnared his good mates, the Ibrahims, along with former real estate high-flyer Ryan Watsford.
Now his BFF John Ibrahim has flown the coop, reportedly leaving Sydney for an overseas sojourn on Tuesday as his brothers Fadi and Michael arrived back in Australia, in handcuffs, after their high-profile extradition from Dubai.
And while Sandilands’ girlfriend Imogen Anthony remains by his side, on Monday night it was another bromance that appeared to be blossoming for Sandilands when the radio star arrived with another buddy of note: convicted drug smuggler and brothel operator Simon Main.
Sandilands and Main, along with Anthony, were guests at the Double Bay launch of the new House of K’Dor jewellery boutique, with a swanky party thrown around the swimming pool of the flash Intercontinental Hotel.
Sandilands’ gleaming black Bentley was conspicuously parked at the front door of the hotel, while shy, retiring Anthony was dressed demurely in a flaming red intergalactic cowgirl get-up with sequined stars on her pants and a novel, decorative crotch detail.
The party posse was a far cry from Main’s front-page making days in Italy in 2000 when he was nabbed by Italian police attempting to traffic 333,000 ecstasy tablets with a street value of $10 million – the word’s then-biggest haul.
Main, the stepson of Barry Crocker, served four years of an eight-year sentence in a Trieste jail before being released.
But he was unable to stay out of the press following his return to Sydney. Main started managing his own Kings Cross escort agency, Prive.
By 2009 PS was documenting his “Booty Bentley”, a $200,000 luxury limo he was driving his “girls” around Sydney, sort of like a pizza delivery guy but with extra spicy merchandise.
It is not clear what Main, who once dated Hollywood sexpot Nicolette Sheridan, is doing with himself these days, though he has been linked to a massage parlour in Double Bay and has been seen on various occasions with Sandilands smoking outside the Bay Street premises.
For now he and Sandilands appear to be carving up the Sydney cocktail circuit, though given the radio star failed to make it to air on Tuesday, PS can only wonder how long their bromance will last.
Look who popped up behind the counter
Lyndi Adler, wife of born-again businessman Rodney Adler, appears to have embarked on a little diversification, popping up behind the counter of Rose Bay’s Little Bay Cafe.
Rodney and Lyndi Adler. Photo: Chloe Paul
While her husband was banned from being a company director for 20 years and went to jail following the collapse of the family business HIH, hard-working wife Lyndi has been keeping herself busy in the hospitality business.
Rodney Adler told PS: “We are part of a small syndicate that purchased the cafe. Lyndi looked after the interior decorating of the cafe and helped with menu preparation and presentation but has nothing to do with the operations of the business. Her role is now over. If she is seen in the cafe now it is as a valued client.”
PS’s further investigation revealed Little Bay Cafe Pty Ltd is owned by Kevin Beck, and according to Australian Investments and Securities Commission records, the business shares the same address as Rodney Adler’s offices on Macquarie Street.
Little Bay Cafe. Photo: Jessica Hromas
Beck is a former director of failed telco OneTel who narrowly avoided bankruptcy in 2009 by cutting a deal with his creditors over his personal debts
In 2011 it was reported Lyndi Adler had hired Beck as a consultant.
The last time the Adlers were involved in cafes it was when Rodney was still flying high in the late-1990s. He was a minority partner in an effort to bring the Hooters chain to Australia. Hooters is renowned by for its Buffalo chicken wings and voluptuous waitresses wearing skimpy tank tops. An outlet was opened in Ashfield in 1997 but closed soon after.
Hopefully Little Bay Cafe, which did not feature such waitresses when PS visited, will fare a little better.
You’re kidding: Kidman can’t catch a break
You’ve got to feel just a little bit sorry for Nicole Kidman.
Nicole Kidman accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie for Big Little Lies at the Emmy awards. Photo: Christy Radecic
At the age of 50 Kidman is enjoying one of the most successful periods in her 35-year career, cemented this week when she took home, not one, but two Emmy awards amid the deluge of accolades she has received since she co-produced and starred in Big Little Lies.
But everything from her congratulatory kiss on the lips with co-star Alexander Skarsgard, as hubby Keith Urban stood next to her during the Emmys, to her acceptance speech, which critics accused her of failing to recognise her two adopted adult children she shares with her ex husband Tom Cruise, Connor, 22 and Isabella, 24, falls under the spotlight.
The next night Kidman set the record straight, speaking at an event in Los Angeles to support Futures Without Violence, which works to end violence against women and children around the world.
During her interview with America’s ABC News at the event, Kidman cut in after interviewer Deborah Roberts said, “You have young daughters, I know your children are younger … ” referring to her daughters with Urban, Sunday Rose and Faith.
Kidman stopped her short, to say: “Well, I have two adult children who are grown-up, one of them’s married, and then I have little girls.”
For years the status of Kidman’s relationships with her eldest children has been fodder for gossip magazines, further fuelled in 2015 when Kidman was absent from daughter Isabella’s wedding two years ago.
However, both Isabella and Connor have publicly stated they remain close to their mother, though following their parents’ divorce, it was Cruise who became the primary carer for the children, who were raised in a strictly Scientologist household.
Having reigned supreme for three decades, Lady (Mary) Fairfax had well and truly conquered Sydney society, entertaining the likes of everyone from Kirk Douglas to Imelda Marcos at the family pile, Fairwater.
Belle of the ball, Lady Mary Fairfax. Photo: Ken James
But in 1988, following the death of her husband Sir Warwick Fairfax, Lady Fairfax set her sights on a new glittering prize: to become one of Manhattan’s society queens.
Indeed it was an ambitious goal from the outset. She was moving into a town that was already packed with the likes of the Lauders, the Rockefellers, the Gettys, the Vanderbilts, the Roosevelts and so many more.
It all started when she paid $12 million for the former ballroom and top two floors of the Big Apple’s famed Pierre hotel.
Lady Fairfax’s “Chateau in the sky”. Photo: Shiran Nicholson
She spent about that much again transforming the extraordinary space into what The New York Times billed as her private “chateau in the sky”.
Her decorating prowess became the talk of the town, as she shipped a 5.5-metre limestone fireplace and mantle she had found in a French chateau and had it installed on the 41st floor, along with a glittering crystal chandelier she salvaged from Sydney’s old Prince Edward Theatre.
She installed a huge gilded birdcage, which was home to a flock of Australian parrots. She entertained Britain’s Prince Edward and her soirees became the talk of New York, but not for the reasons she had hoped.
The crystal chandelier Lady Fairfax had installed in New York once hung in Sydney’s old Prince Edward Theatre, now demolished.
The New York Times once reported she failed to recognise the widow of the Shah of Iran, Empress Farah, who was knocking on the door of her fabled salon. Lady Fairfax was on other side of the door, engaged in tete-a-tete with the King of Romania.
“Go away,” Lady Fairfax was heard to say, to which Empress Farah rejoined, “I am the Shabanou of Iran!”
“Oh, my dear, forgive me!” Lady Fairfax said, after opening the door to the room, whose floor was adorned with white lambskin rugs.
“I did not recognise you. Now please take your shoes off.”
Countess Primrose Krasicki, the daughter of life-long Fairfax family friend Lady Potter, remembers the extraordinary apartment well.
“Those incredible views down over Central Park … it was breathtaking. She really wanted to make an impact and she gave it her best for several years,” she reflected to PS this week.
New York real estate agent Laurence Kaiser IV, who brokered the Pierre sale to Lady Fairfax, would later reflect that his client “had been a grand hostess in Australia, and she wanted to be a grand hostess here”.
“It was all about creating style, about creating a grand entrance for her guests,” her architect Dimitri Balamotis, who worked closely with Lady Fairfax, would later reflect. “But at the same time, she wanted cosy spaces for her.”
New York’s General Motors Building is visible through the window of the master bath. Photo: Richard Drew
One of these guest bedrooms, called the Scottish Room, was decorated with a green tartan plaid and a set of bagpipes. The other, the Arabian Nights Room, was tricked out with Middle Eastern murals.
In 1993 Lady Fairfax opened the doors of her newly completed apartment for charity. At least 300 people paid $US185 each to benefit children with HIV and to gawk at the Chagalls and the Auguste Rodin nude, which was later shipped back to Fairwater.
But still to this day, when visitors step off the elevator on the 41st floor, they still cross a gallery tiled with the four dragons of the Fairfax family crest.
But by the end of the ’90s Lady Fairfax had had enough, and after several false starts, she sold her New York abode in 1999 for $US21.5 million. Four years later it was back on the market, though this time with a $US70 million price tag. Today it is worth twice that.
Today family heads to Griffith
The locals around Griffith are working themselves into a frenzy over next Wednesday’s arrival of Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, along with the rest of the Today Show crew, which will be broadcasting live to the nation from the Riverina town that boasts a colourful past.
Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson. Photo: Belinda Rolland
The local paper, The Area News, reports that Today required a $100,000 “retainer” before committing to the broadcast.
The money was raised through donations from several “prominent” local businessmen, including local accountant Roy Spagnolo, who was singled out by Griffith mayor John Dal Broi and acknowledged for his support of the television promotion.
Spagnolo also happens to be the accountant for the local millionaire Casella family, who made a fortune selling cheap white wine, most notably the Yellow Tail label, to the world.
A decade or so ago the Casella winery was nothing more than a tin shed on a 39-hectare block.
But on Wednesday the Casella winery will be getting all the attention from Stefanovic and Wilkinson.
But PS can reveal the broadcast just so happens to be on the same day authors Tom Gilling and Terry Jones will be in town to launch their new book: The Griffith Wars.
The book tells the powerful true story of Donald Mackay’s murder and the town that stood up to the Mafia.
No doubt it will feature in Today‘s broadcast too?