Best & worst week ending 7 Feb 2014

A round-up of what we're loving this week... and what we're hating.

Best and worst weekly wrap



Not only are they the land of tartan, the Loch Ness Monster and more ‘och-ayes’ that you can throw a bagpipe at, but they just legalised gay marriage. Go Scotland. That is all.


Following the fashion world rule of ‘turn tacky into cool’, flamingos are having a moment. From cult swimwear label We Are Handsome’s new collection, to popping up at hipster bars round Sydney, now’s the time to get your Miami Vice on.

LIKEEntourage: The Movie

The film, which takes place after the events of the popular show’s 8th season, is currently shooting. While film star Vinnie Chase’s trials and tribulations may no longer hold us captive, anything that brings Ari Gold and his eloquently foul-mouthed rants to our lives is fine by us.

LIKECommunity Spirit

When bass player for The Growl, Marc Early, was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Surry Hills on Monday night, bandmate Cam Avery began a fund to raise money for his surgery. Without it, the uninsured musician would never be able to play again. In just one day, friends, fans and anonymous good samaritans raised over the $20,000 needed for Early’s recovery.

LIKEDrunk Tweeting.

George Clooney revealed to Variety why he’ll never join Twitter. ‘I could easily say something stupid,’ he said. ‘God forbid you take a sleeping pill and wake up and the sentences don’t even make sense. What a horrible idea.’ Now we’re really curious about what he’d be Tweeting.


DISLIKELowes Concept Floral Suit.

This is a thing. You can buy this. Think about it: there are people out there responsible for designing this, making this and trying to sell it to you. BURN IT WITH FIRE.

DISLIKEThe Face of an Angel.

Just days after Amanda Knox was found guilty a second time of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007, a sneak peek of the film loosely based on her trial was released. Smart marketing, tacky timing.

DISLIKERed Hot Chilli Peppers.

They make it in here for miming their Super Bowl halftime show and not being honest about it until fans noticed their instruments weren’t plugged in. The NFL organisers were apparently worried about sound issues, requesting that the band prerecord their performance while lead singer Anthony Kiedis sung live. Look, we get it, but being a little more upfront about it would’ve gone a LONG way.

DISLIKERussian Hospitality.

Journalists arriving at Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics have reported on some oddities: hotels without doorknobs, broken lifts, no reception (instead visiting the hotel owner’s bedroom for a key), water that “contains something very dangerous” and—this takes the cake—bathrooms with two toilets in them, side by side. What madness was going through the architect’s head with this one?

Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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