ROBERT Doyle has jumped back onto Twitter after ducking for cover when Occupy Melbourne protesters bombarded him with brickbats, a period of his lord mayoralty that would occupy quite a bit of space in his scrapbook of newspaper clippings. When Melbourne celebrates its 177th birthday on August 30, the Melbourne Day debate topic is ''That News is Serious Business for Melbourne'' - and naturally, comedians and newshounds have been summoned to chew this one over at a lunch at Zinc at Federation Square. Depending on which poster you received, 3AW newsreader Tony Tardio, A Current Affair's Elise Elliott and former Channel Ten newsreader George Donikian were listed on the ''for'' side to argue that news is a serious game. That all seemed a bit predictable, even dull, for expectant guests paying $125 a ticket so a pre-debate debate ensued with moderator Dr Sally Cockburn deciding to swap the sides. In a case of sliding chairs, comedians Corinne Grant, Peter ''Grubby'' Stubbs and Des Dowling will now argue that news is serious stuff.
To mark Melbourne's birthday, chef Guy Grossi is whipping up a cake and will be cutting it with Doyle. The lord mayor might even tweet a photo of it, unless he makes news again if protesters have their knives out for him.
McGuires face off over breakfast
EDDIE-haters might feel voices in their heads are compelling them to deface billboards of the Triple M host but a less sinister revolt by another McGuire has occurred to prevent him being everywhere. In the inner-city battleground of Brunswick East, Triple R Breakfasters Jess McGuire, Fee B-Squared and Ben Birchall have plastered their faces over a photo of Eddie and his Hot Breakfast cohorts Mick Molloy and Luke Darcy. Suppose it's less insulting than having eggs being thrown at their faces. Stuck on the wall of a milk bar, the billboard says: ''Everything Brunswick East. Triple R's Hot Breakfast. Everything Melbourne.'' Many locals are enjoying the new vista while it lasts.
Venuti has a Field day in NYC
FITTING right into the Big Apple with her big hair, big voice, big sunnies, big laugh and undoubtedly big bosoms was Maria Venuti, the 71-year-old showgirl whose animal print ensembles still have roar in them. The singer and actor was shopping for more leopard anything when she had a Sex and the City moment in the store of Patricia Field, the uber-stylist who gave Carrie and Co their signature looks. When Venuti spotted Field and asked for a photo, the stylist told her she wasn't ''photo ready'' but Venuti doesn't take no for answer and ensured the flash went off. The brunette bombshell is in for a quieter September because daughter Bianca is one of the social butterflies resting her wings and promoting the ''Disconnect to Reconnect'' movement to aid the Reach Foundation established by the late Jim Stynes. Busy bees are encouraged to give up their iPhones or social media platforms and communicate face-to-face. Sounds excruciating but give it a go.
Tourists pumped in Intercourse
THERE'S much frivolous fun to be had in scanning the map for strange-sounding suburbs, so here's part two of the ''Most unfortunate'' place names compilation. After last week's mentions of Watanobbi, Shitterton, Ugley and Climax, reader Bob Christey recalls working in the titles office 55 years ago and a young lady passing him a slip of paper because she was too timid to utter ''Parish of Bumbang''. Noel Maishman from WA believes his state deserves credit for the Perth suburbs of Innaloo and Wanneroo, which invariably ends up being scrawled with a ''t'' to make it ''Wanneroot''. And thanks to the reader who phoned in with what could be the most exciting locale in the US: Intercourse in Pennsylvania. The village is located in the lovely Leacock township and nestled amid Amish farmland. A tourism site says: ''For visitors of any age, there's plenty to do in Intercourse. Enjoy your visit!''