OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN was so apprehensive about her risque 1981 hit Physical that she tried to prevent its release, the singer has revealed. ”I didn’t want to do it! I told my manager, ‘Let’s not put it out,’ but he said it was too late, it had already gone to radio and [spent] 10 weeks at No.1,” she explained to the Miami Herald. Newton-John then attempted to tone down the video for the song, which Billboard this year named the sexiest track based on popularity since 1958, by setting it in a gym.”I said, ‘Let’s make it about a workout. I don’t want it to go the other way,’ and yet it worked more in its favour,” she said. ”Everything I did against it seemed to help it. I insisted on wearing my clothes in the shower and then they said, ‘It was so sexy when you showered with your clothes on.’ In retrospect, it’s hilarious.” Newton-John sings a version of the hit with Glee’s villainous cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), for the Golden Globe award-winning show’s new season. But getting physical was not the only career move Newton-John has expressed some doubt about. ”I wasn’t sure about doing Grease, either,” she said.Schooner battle comes to a headWar has officially broken out between the NSW police union and the Australian Hotels Association over public drunkenness. The April issue of Police News carries a cover story on the ”tough stance on drunken violence”. In his editorial, the union president, Bob Pritchard, takes his nightstick to the AHA for ”continually harping on about the need for personal responsibility … anything that takes the focus away from the places that are causing much of the problem – their licensed venues”. Pritchard calls for reduced trading hours and lockouts which have seen a significant drop in assaults in Newcastle. But the AHA has hit back. In the industry publication The Shout, its NSW chief executive, Sally Fielke, seizes upon recent suggestions that there had been a rise in police not recording assaults in Newcastle because of pressure to meet crime targets. In an article ”Lies, damned lies and police statistics”, she declares: ”There is now no way the public, or the industry, can accept the much publicised improvement in assault figures in Newcastle, quoted by the police, as being in any way credible or even vaguely accurate.” Don Weatherburn, of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, points out that the rise in unreported assaults occurred after its evaluation of the Newcastle restrictions.KEEP YOUR SHIRT ONThe last time Bob Hawke and John Howard were in a room together one of them appeared to get down to their underwear, so a public debate tonight between the former prime ministers is eagerly anticipated. Granted, the spectacle is unlikely to be repeated: the aforementioned incident occurred at Hawke’s 80th birthday bash at the Opera House last December and Howard was actually an imposter: the burlesque dancer Gypsy Wood dressed as Howard before disrobing to the God Save the Queen. Tonight’s event, featuring the real Howard, promises to be a more sober affair when they debate ”the future of the global economy” at an Oxford Business Alumni Forum. Despite the potential dryness of the topic, the match-up at the Westin Hotel promises to be a milestone of sorts: Hawke, as PM, famously declined to debate Howard as opposition leader during the 1987 election campaign and the pair have not gone head to head since. In past years the forum has featured Paul Keating, Malcolm Turnbull, Kim Beazley, Tony Abbott and James Packer.TICKER TROUBLESTalkback thunderer Ray Hadley struck an unusually subdued note yesterday morning after being rushed overnight to the swanky Sydney Adventist Hospital, better known as the San. Hadley explained he has suffered from something called a ”right bundle branch block” – apparently a defect in the heart’s electrical system – since childhood. ”It doesn’t mean I’m going to fall off the perch any time soon, they tell me,” he assured his listeners, with perhaps unintended reference to his senior 2GB colleague Alan ”The Parrot” Jones, who has suffered a series of cancer scares. But after what Hadley termed ”an occurrence” at 7.30pm, it was suggested he should be in the hands of the doctors, who gave him the all-clear before they do more tests later this week. ”As Alan Jones once said famously, ‘We don’t do dying around here,’ ” Hadley said. ”Not now, anyway.”KRISTINA ON SONGThe state government’s carpet-bombing of the media with images of Kristina Keneally has extended to cyberspace, where for the past month the Premier has been starring on her very own YouTube channel. There are 18 videos, ranging from appearances on Sky News to her polished ”introduction” piece. The latest episode is an impromptu report to what appears to be a hand-held camera from outside the cabinet room at the Council of Australian Governments. As is YouTube’s habit, at the completion of the video the viewer is invited to click on videos on similar subjects, including the efforts of another famous Kristina – the Slovakian entrant in this year’s Eurovision song contest, singing Horehronie.A BIG DAY FOR THE QUEENQUEEN ELIZABETH II will celebrate her unofficial birthday – otherwise known as her actual birthday – today. But it could be fair to say that any celebrations for her 84th in London this week might be a bit of a season opener. Canada will officially celebrate the landmark next month and England on a Saturday in June. Australia has opted for a Monday in the same month, except for Western Australia, which prefers September. Whichever way, this year marks the first since 1926 where she can claim to have outlived The Sex Pistols’ former manager, Malcolm McLaren, who died on April 8. The band’s God Save the Queen hit No. 2 during her silver jubilee 1977.STAY IN TOUCH . . . WITH HOW GRAY WENT GREYTHE Apple employee who left the next-generation iPhone in a bar has been outed online – and it appears he has kept his job. Gray Powell, of North Carolina State University’s class of 2006, left the 4G phone in the field while testing it last month, the tech blog Gismodo revealed. The top-secret device then made its way into the blog’s hands via a bar stool at the Gourmet Haus Staudt in California after a good samaritan was unable to return it to its owner. The site then sent the web (and probably Apple’s PR team) into meltdown by publishing photos of the device – complete with a rundown of its features including a new camera, higher screen resolution and more mics – online this week.Gizmodo decided to give credit where it was due and identified the 27-year-old who made the global scoop possible. It also revealed his last Facebook status update, as typed into Apple’s new toy, before he apparently got distracted and lost it. ”I under estimated how good German beer is,” Powell wrote.WITH HOT POTSTHE MasterChef effect appears to have smoked the series returns of some of its rivals for the time slot. The reality show attracted an average audience of 1.69 million across five capitals for its return to Channel Ten on Monday night – an average 270,000 more than it scored at its debut last year, OzTAM data shows. That left some previously winning ratings recipes over at Channel Seven looking a lot less appetising. The return of The Zoo at 7.30pm attracted 861,000 viewers, down 41.6 per cent on its season average of 1.48 million last year. Find My Family at 8pm fared even worse, attracting an average of only 762,000 for its return – against a series average of 1.48 million for 2009. MasterChef’s debut did not match Underbelly’s 2.25 million audience, which slid to 1.92 million last Sunday.GOT A TIP?Contact [email protected]南京夜网.au or 9282 2179
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