Ray gunning for Monica?

Ray gunning for Monica?
BEHIND every great man there’s a great woman; well, that’s what 2GB’s Ray Hadley seems to believe.

“Confidential’s” learnt the talk-back radio host, whose program is syndicated to 2CC, has threatened to steal local presenter Mike Welsh’s producer Monica Masters.

“That’s where we got our last producer Michael from, we might just pinch Monica off you, too,” Hadley said on air.

And while “Confidential” understands Hadley’s comment was all in good fun – many a true word has been spoken in jest!

Masters has been named a 2011 Australian Commercial Radio Award finalist for Best Show Producer in the talk category.

Arfan Alsous and his fiance Sarah Angullia... proposed in front of more than 80 movie-goers at Dendy Cinemas.

Love on the big screen
HE might just be one of Canberra’s most romantic men. Arfan AlSous, 29, has proposed to his girlfriend Sarah Angullia, 24, in front of more than 80 movie-goers at Dendy Cinemas Canberra Centre.

And “Confidential” just happened to be in the audience to witness the event – one which could only be described as an epic hit!

AlSous had been planning the proposal for months, arranging a slide show of the couple’s happy snaps to feature on the big screen during the trailers.

It took just moments for the audience to realise what was happening, turning to see AlSous on bended knee declaring his desire to marry his leading lady.

“I knew I loved her the moment I saw her,” he says. “I was so nervous and Sarah was so shocked, I’m so happy she’s said yes.”

Sarah thought she was seeing “Jane Eyre” with her bestie until her slide show began and AlSous appeared in the darkness.

The audience applauded the happy ending as the pair, who originally met on Facebook, kissed and smiled.

Don’t make me sick!
BEING sick in front of everyone during a work-out is an experience I’m keen to avoid. And it seems a certain gym employee in Canberra is, too.

“Confidential” has learnt someone at a certain fitness centre has been attempting to charge clients $100 to cover the cost of cleaning up vomit.

Management has been quick to apologise, stating under no certain circumstance would a member ever be charged any sort of “cleaning fee”.

It seems a budding entrepreneur saw it as a great way to make some cash on the side.

Tempranillo temptations
LOOKING for a good excuse to get some friends together for a few wines? “Confidential” has the perfect opportunity, all in the name of education!

A group of six accomplished Australian winemakers will converge on Mount Majura Vineyard giving participants the chance to taste and learn more about the Tempranillo variety – the red that’s taking Australia by storm.

Limited spaces are available for one workshop only on Sunday, September 25. Bookings to 6262 3070.

MP Gai Brodtmann... memories of Meals on Wheels.

Gai gives a serve
MEMBER for Canberra Gai Brodtmann has been out and about delivering Meals on Wheels. “Confidential” learnt Brodtmann has a personal connection to Meals on Wheels, having been part of the delivery service as a young girl in Victoria.

“I fondly remember doing the meal run with my best friend Marion and her mum over the holidays,” Brodtmann says.

“My vivid memory is of the gratitude of the people we met, who appreciated the food, but appreciated the company of children even more.”

With hundreds of volunteers on its books, Meals on Wheels delivers to around 600 clients in the region.

Casey Donovan... back as Mama Cass.

Casey turns Mama
CASEY Donovan is set to pay tribute to one of the world’s most charismatic vocal stylists and a true ‘60s icon – Mama Cass.

And the former Australian Idol told “Confidential” she couldn’t be happier.

“It’s taken me seven years to figure out who I am,” she says. “I might have missed out on work because of my size, but that’s just sad for the people who miss out on seeing me and who I really am.”

The singer songwriter says people should embrace who they are regardless of size.

“I’m promoting big as a positive and sexy thing,” Casey says. “I exercise and eat healthy most of the time but we all fall off the wagon and who cares if you eat an extra biscuit – it’s just an f***ing   biscuit,” she laughs.

The Mama Cass tour is not to be missed. Tickets are at canberratheatrecentre.com.au for the one show only, Friday, September 30.

Open your heart
MY dad had his first heart attack at the age of 38. I can remember the panic in my mum’s eyes as she somehow found the strength to lift him into the front seat of the car. She turned to me, then 12, and told me to get my brother – quickly.

As we made our way to the hospital, I can recall my brother asking mum if dad was going to die. We were lucky, he survived. So many people aren’t.

Get behind the Heart Foundation’s annual door-knock appeal and help fund life-saving research and prevention programs in the ACT.  Volunteers will be door knocking throughout September.

Lisa welcomes your feedback, thoughts and item ideas at lisa@citynews.com.au or follow Lisa on Twitter @Lisa_Ridgley or at her blog at www.thegirlcantalk.com

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