Small Talk 26 March 2009

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  • English movie star Rachel McAdams – of Mean Girls, The Notebook and Red Eye fame – was spotted ordering a takeaway in Queenstown on Monday night before flying out of town the next day.
  • The bad luck story of the Gibbston Harvest Festival belonged to one of the hardest-working organisers, Waitiri Creek Wines manager Jason Moss. He broke a leg putting up a marquee, was gutted to miss the event and had surgery this week. Ironically one of his daughters – who goes to Arrowtown School, which was the festival beneficiary – broke her arm before last year’s festival.
  • Wendy Clarke celebrated her 50th with a stylish Audrey Hepburn-themed party at her and husband David’s Speargrass Flat property last Saturday.
  • Hotelier Brett Wilson was shouted a bungy jump for his 40th last Friday but, I’m afraid to report, developed cold feet.
  • Loyal Wakatipu Rugby Club player that he is, Darren “Daz” Schwalger still managed to make the club’s meet and greet evening last Friday even though he’d become a father that very day.
  • TV3’s Campbell Live had a yarn this week about a resourceful Frankton real estate agency selling coffee to beat the recession – tipped off after a Mountain Scene story last month.