katie finally gets out

In happier times…

This is the first weekend in a long time that I’ve actually slept in, not that I’ve had to be up early, but the fact that my body actually allowed me to sleep in and it seems that while I was sleeping, Hollywood decided it would be a great time to release some of the most intense celebrity news of the year. First, that the super lovely Adele is expecting her first child with boyfriend Simon Konecki which you can read about here. And second, and possibly more importantly, that Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after over five years of marriage. Read More


the low down according to mon – june 29

Hello to my lovely readers out there and welcome to “the low down according to mon”. Hope you’ve all had a splendid week and haven’t been battling a terrible winter cold like most of the people I know currently are. As always, I’ve prepared for you a wrap up of celebrity news that’s happened this past week. Naturally, there is so much going on in the celeb world that I can’t talk about it all or you’d be reading till next week. But chances are if it happened, I know about it and am happy to talk about it in comments. As always, for the highlights version, don’t forget to head on over to KiKi & Tea at 4pm. All of this information was accurate when posted at 10AM (AEST)…

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the ignored cancers

When I opened The Sun Herald to have my usual Sunday read, I found an article called “Denial worsens danger of cancer“. It said, in part:

Cancer survival rates have increased across NSW, a new report shows, but an attitude of denial about the symptoms is still causing many people to die unnecessarily.

The Cancer Institute NSW report, Cancer Survival in NSW 2002-06, to be released today, has found that patients diagnosed with cancer now have a 64.4 per cent chance of beating the disease over five years.

Just 30 years ago, cancer patients had less than a 50-50 chance of survival after five years.

Survival rates for men have shown a significant improvement – 63 per cent compared with 61 per cent in 1999-2003. The numbers for women, meanwhile, have remained steady at 66 per cent.

Survival rates over five years for some cancers are more than 90 per cent, including cancer of the testes, thyroid, lip and melanoma. Read More

recipe: one pot red curry chicken and rice

One of the things that can turn me off any recipe is if I require lots of different saucepans, frypans, casserole dishes to make it. Why? Because I HATE the clean up afterwards (or probably more appropriately, I feel bad leaving so much for Dad to do, I know, I know, horrible daughter). This is why the recipe One Pot Red Curry Chicken and Rice (found in Super Food Ideas) appealed to me. Because it says ONE POT.  Read More

the low down according to mon – june 22

There has been another fantastic milestone happen on “the musings of monique” this week as we have reached over 14,000 views! I’m so happy about this and wanted to thank you all for continuing to read my words, I appreciate it so much! It’s been a busy week in the celebrity world as usual and I have some really exciting new trailers to share with you! As always, for the highlights version, don’t forget to head on over to KiKi & Tea at 4pm. All of this information was accurate when posted at 10AM (AEST)… Read More

the element of surprise

I’ve spoken before about my love of Giuliana and Bill Rancic and how I’m very happy for them that they are expecting a baby via gestational surrogate. This week, they held a baby shower with their friends and enticed them on the invite with the knowledge that by the end of the shower, they would know if it was a girl or a boy. My initial gut feeling was that it was a girl, don’t ask me why, I just really felt that it was. But having a second look at the invitation, the gender of the baby is pretty obvious, isn’t it? I just hadn’t realised it until now. If you want to know whether Giuliana and Bill are having a boy or girl, keep reading.  Read More

2012 critics’ choice tv awards – full list of winners

The second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards was held on Monday 18th June at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Homeland and Community were the big winners of the night, taking home the best Drama Series and Comedy Series respectively. Modern Family cleaned up in the acting department, but it was New Girl’Zooey Deschanel who took home the big prize, sharing it with Amy Poehler. Keep reading for a full list of winners.  Read More