Plucky boy gets Miss Universe dream date

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:16 AM BST168
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A plucky Australian schoolboy who asked a former Miss Universe to his school dance, only to be rebuffed, has finally had his dream date over lunch.

Daniel Dibley, 17, needed a partner for the school dance in the Australian country town of Bathurst, west of Sydney, and he decided to aim high.

He wrote to Australia’s best-known beauty queen, Jennifer Hawkins, to ask her to the dance, and was stunned when the 2004 Miss Universe accepted.

But in a decision that would break a schoolboy’s heart, Hawkins later pulled out of the date because the overwhelming publicity had overshadowed plans for the end-of-year dance, which is for students in their final year of high school.

Instead, the Seven television network said Hawkins visited Dibley’s Bathurst High School on Tuesday for a private lunch date with Daniel, and to speak to the school assembly, where she apologised for all the fuss.

“I didn’t want you guys to think I didn’t want to come to Bathurst, or I didn’t want come to the formal (dance),” Hawkins, now a television presenter, told the school assembly.

“I did. It just became too big. I just wanted a low-key thing.”

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Plucky boy gets Miss Universe dream date

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:16 AM BST168
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A plucky Australian schoolboy who asked a former Miss Universe to his school dance, only to be rebuffed, has finally had his dream date over lunch.

Daniel Dibley, 17, needed a partner for the school dance in the Australian country town of Bathurst, west of Sydney, and he decided to aim high.

He wrote to Australia’s best-known beauty queen, Jennifer Hawkins, to ask her to the dance, and was stunned when the 2004 Miss Universe accepted.

But in a decision that would break a schoolboy’s heart, Hawkins later pulled out of the date because the overwhelming publicity had overshadowed plans for the end-of-year dance, which is for students in their final year of high school.

Instead, the Seven television network said Hawkins visited Dibley’s Bathurst High School on Tuesday for a private lunch date with Daniel, and to speak to the school assembly, where she apologised for all the fuss.

“I didn’t want you guys to think I didn’t want to come to Bathurst, or I didn’t want come to the formal (dance),” Hawkins, now a television presenter, told the school assembly.

“I did. It just became too big. I just wanted a low-key thing.”

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Painting By Bollywood Actress Is Auctioned For $50,000

September 25, 2006 9:42 p.m. EST

Yvonne Lee – All Headline News Staff Reporter

(AHN) – A painting by former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen fetched $50,000 at an auction in Dubai.

The money, raised at a charity fund-raising event, will go to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center in Pakistan.

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Miss World 2006: Destiney’s picks include Venezuela, Australia and Bahamas

“The eyes of the world are all on stage” is the theme of this year’s Miss World 2006 Pageant. Woman from all over the world compete for this title, which will be announced September 30th live from Warsaw, Poland. I have narrowed down the 154 contestants down to my favorite thirteen, yes it’s a random number, but I couldn’t stop at just 10! Im not going to lie though, I didn’t read a thing about them, I base my opinion on looks…who doesn’t!

There are four fast track competitions in the Miss World 2006 Final, giving contestants the opportunity to earn a golden ticket to the final sixteen: Miss World Sportswoman, Beauty with a Purpose, Talent Final, and Miss World Beachwear. In addition, two finalists will be chosen from each continental zone: one the public’s choice from the global voting, you can vote at www.missworld.tv/home/default_EventMode.sps. The other finalists from each zone will be the judges’ choice.


Miss Bahamas 2006


Miss Venezuela 2006

Destiney’s Lucky Thirteen:

  1. Venezuela 8-1 odds (pays US$8 for every US$1 bet)
  2. Australia 8-1 odds
  3. Bahamas 50-1 odds
  4. Ukraine 20-1
  5. Spain 20-1
  6. Ireland 66-1
  7. India 9-1
  8. Israel 25-1
  9. Martinique 18-1
  10. South Africa 66-1
  11. Slovenia 28-1
  12. Slovakia 80-1
  13. Puerto Rico 25-1
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Dark comedy makes for rocky terrain in ‘Colorado’

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THERE SHE IS: Adrienne Papp stars in Impact Theatre’s “Colorado,” a quirky comedy by Peter Sinn Nachtreib. (Chesire Dave)

EXPECTATIONS are trickier than you might think.

A few months ago, if a Peter Sinn Nachtrieb play opened up, only readers of Nachtrieb’s blog and his pals at the sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster would have expected great things.

But over the summer, the Lobsters produced their first full-length play, which just happened to be Nachtrieb’s “Hunter Gatherers.” The black comedy about the primal essence of even the most civilized yuppies became the break-out hit of the summer, extending multiple times and running for three months at San Francisco’s Thick House.

Suddenly, Nachtrieb is the playwright to watch.

All eyes are on him as he ventures across the Bay to Berkeley’s Impact Theatre, where his “Colorado” opened last week.

Because “Hunter Gatherers” was so good, we expect certain things from “Colorado”: big laughs, twisted subject matter and a provocative surprise or two.

Nachtrieb is a skillful writer, and the new play delivers on all counts — just not to a “Hunter Gatherers” degree.

See how expectations foul things up? If “Colorado” had opened first, we might have said something like: Who is this incredibly tall, talented playwright? (He’s 6 feet, 6 inches tall.)

What kept me from diving into “Colorado” the way I gladly dove into “Hunter Gatherers” was its familiarity.

With its story of a Colorado family obsessed with its beauty pageant-winning daughter, we’re firmly in the realm of Jon Benet Ramsey, and there are also fleeting references to the Columbine tragedy, but those never get developed.

With its humor emanating from the desperate sadness of all the family members (except the self-involved, hyper-spoiled beauty queen), the tone of “Colorado” bears more than passing resemblance to this summer’s indie movie hit “Little Miss Sunshine.”

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Dark comedy makes for rocky terrain in ‘Colorado’

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THERE SHE IS: Adrienne Papp stars in Impact Theatre’s “Colorado,” a quirky comedy by Peter Sinn Nachtreib. (Chesire Dave)

EXPECTATIONS are trickier than you might think.

A few months ago, if a Peter Sinn Nachtrieb play opened up, only readers of Nachtrieb’s blog and his pals at the sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster would have expected great things.

But over the summer, the Lobsters produced their first full-length play, which just happened to be Nachtrieb’s “Hunter Gatherers.” The black comedy about the primal essence of even the most civilized yuppies became the break-out hit of the summer, extending multiple times and running for three months at San Francisco’s Thick House.

Suddenly, Nachtrieb is the playwright to watch.

All eyes are on him as he ventures across the Bay to Berkeley’s Impact Theatre, where his “Colorado” opened last week.

Because “Hunter Gatherers” was so good, we expect certain things from “Colorado”: big laughs, twisted subject matter and a provocative surprise or two.

Nachtrieb is a skillful writer, and the new play delivers on all counts — just not to a “Hunter Gatherers” degree.

See how expectations foul things up? If “Colorado” had opened first, we might have said something like: Who is this incredibly tall, talented playwright? (He’s 6 feet, 6 inches tall.)

What kept me from diving into “Colorado” the way I gladly dove into “Hunter Gatherers” was its familiarity.

With its story of a Colorado family obsessed with its beauty pageant-winning daughter, we’re firmly in the realm of Jon Benet Ramsey, and there are also fleeting references to the Columbine tragedy, but those never get developed.

With its humor emanating from the desperate sadness of all the family members (except the self-involved, hyper-spoiled beauty queen), the tone of “Colorado” bears more than passing resemblance to this summer’s indie movie hit “Little Miss Sunshine.”

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Miss Universe to Appear at Nuestro Ritmo in Orlando on October 1

Monday September 25, 2:12 pm ET

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006, will make a special appearance at Nuestro Ritmo in Orlando on Sunday, October 1. Zuleyka Rivera, who hails from Salinas, Puerto Rico, was crowned Miss Universe 2006 in July.

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