The Block stars Jimmy and Tam defend decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE during kitchen week

The Block stars Jimmy and Tam defend decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE during kitchen week

The Block’s Jimmy and Tam spent a whopping $5000 on high-end wine to hopefully tempt prospective buyers come auction day.

On Wednesday’s episode, bar manager Tam, 31, shocked foreman Dan by announcing that she’d splashed the large amount of cash on the luxury booze.

Speaking to 9Entertainment, Tam explained why the wine will only add further value to their $200,000 kitchen.

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The Block stars Jimmy and Tam (pictured) have defended their decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE to hopefully tempt prospective buyers come auction day

The Block stars Jimmy and Tam (pictured) have defended their decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE to hopefully tempt prospective buyers come auction day

Judge Shaynna Blake initially suggested Tam invest in a rare art piece for their house as a ‘game changer’ for auction day, but Tam instead spent $5000 on rare wines for their state-of-the-art bar fridge.

‘I knew we had this amazing Gaggenau wine fridge and I wanted something that was pretty high end to go in the fridge to meet the standards,’ she said.

‘The wine that has been selected, it’s actually from the most prestigious real estate areas around the world,’ explained Tam, adding: ‘Anyone who knows wine, when they see what’s in the wine selection, they’re blown away.’ 

'Anyone who knows wine will be blown away': Speaking to 9Entertainment , Tam claimed the wine will only add further value to their $200,000 kitchen

‘Anyone who knows wine will be blown away’: Speaking to 9Entertainment , Tam claimed the wine will only add further value to their $200,000 kitchen

Bold move: Judge Shaynna Blake (pictured) suggested Tam invest in a rare art piece for their house as a 'game changer' for auction day, but Tam instead spent $5000 on rare wines

Bold move: Judge Shaynna Blake (pictured) suggested Tam invest in a rare art piece for their house as a ‘game changer’ for auction day, but Tam instead spent $5000 on rare wines

Tam claims the wine is both a luxury good and an investment for whoever decided to purchase the finished Block property at auction.

She believes the curated wine that was purchased during filming will appreciate by 10 per cent each year.  

There are 55 bottles of wine in the collection, with the most expensive in the assortment being a $278 Massolino Barolo MAGNUM 2015.

‘It’s [the bar fridge] actually got three different sections in it. There’s a white wine, a red wine and a champagne. So each section can run at different temperatures and the temperature is perfect for that sort of wine, which is next level,’ said Tam.   

INSIDE JIMMY AND TAM’S $5000 WINE FRIDGE ON THE BLOCK

Henschke Mt Edelston Shiraz 2010* ($180.00 ea.) x 2 | $360.00

Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc 2018* ($56.00 ea.) x 6 | $336.00

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 1996* ($150.00 ea.) x 2 | $300.00

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 1998* ($145.00 ea.) x 2 | $290.00

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2005* ($105.00 ea) x 2 | $210.00

Massolino Barolo 2015* ($80.00 ea.) x 7 | $560.00

Mount Mary Chardonnay* ($88.00 ea.) x 6 | $528.00

Duplessis AC Chablis 2018* ($50.00 ea.) x 6 | $300.00

Donhoff GG Riesling* ($110.00 ea.) x 3 | $330.00

Donnhoff Tonschiefer Reisling 2016* ($40.00

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Ex-My Kitchen Rules stars Romel Kouyan and Joshua Bonwick DEFEND Pete Evans’ views

‘We need more people like Pete Evans’: Ex-My Kitchen Rules stars Romel Kouyan and Joshua Bonwick DEFEND the conspiracy theorist’s harmful views and passionately declare they ‘stand right behind him’

Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Romel Kouyan and Joshua Bonwick have passionately defended the show’s former judge Pete Evans’ controversial views.

In clips shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the pair praised the conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer, 47, for leaving behind his fame and fortune to ‘expose what’s going on’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singing Pete’s praises, Bonwick, 27, declared that the world was ‘in need of more people like him’ while 43-year-old Kouyan admitted he ‘loves everything he stands for’ and was ‘right behind him’.

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'We stand by him': Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Romel Kouyan [top] and Joshua Bonwick [bottom] have passionately defended the show's former judge Pete Evans' controversial views

‘We stand by him’: Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Romel Kouyan [top] and Joshua Bonwick [bottom] have passionately defended the show’s former judge Pete Evans’ controversial views

The pair leapt to Pete’s defence while discussing the draconian lockdown measures in coronavirus-riddled Melbourne.

Josh expressed relief that he wasn’t currently living in Melbourne where people didn’t have a ‘bill of rights’ and a ‘constitution that protects your human rights.’

He immediately cited Pete as a hero for ‘exposing and shining a light’ on the pandemic.

‘He has thrown away every single thing that everyone in the world is trying to attain. He had success, he’s famous, he was on TV and had a million dollar a year job. He’s thrown it all away to expose what’s going on!

Pete's fans: In clips shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the pair praised the conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer, 47, for leaving behind his fame and fortune to 'expose what's going on' during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pete’s fans: In clips shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the pair praised the conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer, 47, for leaving behind his fame and fortune to ‘expose what’s going on’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

Singing Pete's praises: Bonwick, 27, declared that the world was 'in need of more people like him' while 43-year-old Kouyan admitted he 'loves everything he stands for' and was 'right behind him'

Singing Pete’s praises: Bonwick, 27, declared that the world was ‘in need of more people like him’ while 43-year-old Kouyan admitted he ‘loves everything he stands for’ and was ‘right behind him’

‘We need more people like Pete Evans. The more backlash that you get means you’re on to something,’ he added.

Romel shared the same views as Joshua, adding: ‘He is definitely one of the smartest individuals I have ever met in my whole life. I love what he stands for.

‘What I admire about him is that he’s not afraid to hold back. He could easily say, “you know what? I’ve got a career online, so I’ll keep my opinions to myself and just look after my family.”

‘But he’s going on a huge platform and sharing these opinions.’

'He's thrown away everything to expose what's going on': Josh immediately cited Pete as a hero for 'exposing and shining a light' on the pandemic

‘He’s thrown away everything to expose what’s going on’: Josh immediately cited Pete as a hero for ‘exposing and shining a light’ on the pandemic

Romel shared the same views as Joshua, adding: 'He is definitely one of the smartest individuals I have ever met in my whole life. I love what he stands for'

Romel shared the same views as Joshua, adding: ‘He is definitely one of the smartest individuals I have ever met in my whole life. I love what he stands for’

Romel defiantly continued: ‘It actually upsets me seeing the backlash he receives because the

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Michelle Keegan in the bedroom, Jesy Nelson on the kitchen table…what stars’ selfie backdrop says about them

GOT a room for improvement?

Here, Siobhan O’Connor asks body language expert Judi James why a host of stars picked these particular spaces for their selfies and Insta shots. Designer Faye Robinson-Hey gives her verdict on the decor, too.

LOUISE: Centre of attention

Louise Redknapp wants to be the centre of attention

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Louise Redknapp wants to be the centre of attention

SNAPPING by a stove makes you a nester.

Louise Redknapp, 45, has a strong sense of family, focused around kids, animals and the home. You want to be seen as warm and empathetic.

By displaying Pepsi and cereal, Louise also wants to appear down-to-earth.

Faye says: “White counters and clean lines create a modern look and a simple backdrop makes you centre of attention.”

The beauty wants to be seen as warm by posing in the kitchen

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The beauty wants to be seen as warm by posing in the kitchen
The celeb also poses with Pepsi behind her, which makes her appear down-to-earth

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The celeb also poses with Pepsi behind her, which makes her appear down-to-earth
Faye says: 'A simple backdrop makes you centre of attention'

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Faye says: ‘A simple backdrop makes you centre of attention’
Toaster, £24.99, John Lewis

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Toaster, £24.99, John Lewis

MICHELLE: Great sex life

Michelle Keegan shows off a lot of sheets in her selfies

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Michelle Keegan shows off a lot of sheets in her selfies

FLASHING your sheets like actress Michelle Keegan, 33, is for show-offs.

Inviting strangers to look at your bed is usually a no-go – so it is a smug boast to flaunt crisp, ironed sheets in a spotless room.

It implies you are having great sex with a man who doesn’t leave the bed looking like a pit. The confidence to let others see your bedroom also makes you look like a successful, seductive heroine.

Faye says: “Always pristine, her room of relaxation is no different – light but plush, luxurious and unfussy.”

The actress is confident enough to let others see her bedroom

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The actress is confident enough to let others see her bedroom
Faye says: 'Always pristine, her room of relaxation is no different'

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Faye says: ‘Always pristine, her room of relaxation is no different’
Lisette bedspread, £46.99, wayfair.co.uk

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Lisette bedspread, £46.99, wayfair.co.uk

ROSIE: Chic

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves a selfie in her luxurious bathroom

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves a selfie in her luxurious bathroom Credit: Capital Pictures

A CHIC bathroom is the chosen setting for model Rosie ­Huntington- Whiteley, 33.

Faye says: “Her backdrop is slick and expensive-looking. The neutral marble and full-length mirror make any outfit look good.”

Faye says: 'Her backdrop is slick and expensive-looking'

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Faye says: ‘Her backdrop is slick and expensive-looking’Credit: Capital Pictures
Wallpaper, £17, ilovewallpaper.co.uk

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Wallpaper, £17, ilovewallpaper.co.uk

JESY: Wants to impress

Jesy Nelson welcomes her fans into her dining room in numerous selfies

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Jesy Nelson welcomes her fans into her dining room in numerous selfies

LITTLE Mix singer Jesy Nelson, 29, poses in the dining room as the hostess with the mostest. Jesy welcomes her followers like guests.

The chandelier shows a desire to impress but flaunting suggests insecurities.

Faye says: “The rustic table is casual – the light bling. There is a lot going on, which takes the focus off Jesy.”

The singer enjoys showing off her chandelier in order to impress

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The singer enjoys showing off her chandelier in order to impress
Faye says: 'There is a lot going on, which takes the focus off Jesy'

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Faye says: ‘There is a lot going on, which takes the focus off Jesy’
Chandelier, £69, Dunelm

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Chandelier, £69, Dunelm

ROCHELLE: In control

Rochelle Humes loves to be in control

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Rochelle Humes loves to be in control

SINGER and telly host Rochelle Humes, 31, wants to be in control.

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New Jersey governor: YouTube stars should be ‘taken to task’ over house party

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday condemned the “knucklehead” behavior of the Canadian YouTube stars who hosted a large crowd Monday at the house where “Jersey Shore” was filmed.

Murphy said the so-called Nelk Boys should “be taken to task” over the event in Seaside Heights, according to The Associated Press. The estimated 1,000 attendees were twice the maximum allowed under the Garden State’s coronavirus restrictions

The YouTube troupe rented out the house Monday to promote new merchandise. Murphy said Wednesday that dispersing the crowds required at least seven police departments, and that everyone who was present should seek testing.

Both Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli warned that the virus is on the rise among young people in particular. Persichilli noted that since August, the positivity rate for 14- to 18-year-olds has more than doubled, from 3 percent to 7 percent. The spike among 19- to 24-year-olds has increased even more, from 2.7 percent to 7.1 percent.

Kyle Forgeard, a member of the group, said in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday that accounts of the incident had gotten “twisted,” claiming they “didn’t want to get in trouble” and hired security to disperse any crowds. “Word just spreads like absolute wildfire, especially in these small-ass towns… now that we’ve learned, when COVID is going on, everyone’s bored, people are going to f—ing show up,” he said.

“We really learned after this, we have to accept now … maybe we’re famous,” he added.

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VIDEO STARS: Spring Garden athletes, cheerleaders ask, don’t you forget about your mask | High School

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They love their sports in Spring Garden, and if it means they need to wear masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid a suspension of their sports year, they’re willing to do it.

And, they’ll have a little fun with it along the way.

Directed by Spring Garden School faculty member Kevin Ward, about a dozen senior athletes and cheerleaders collaborated on a video urging the community to “mask up” so the school can have a full season of athletics. The video was posted on the Spring Garden Network’s Facebook page and has drawn more than 2,400 views. Two different posts of the video on the school’s Twitter account have combined for more than 1,200 views.

“During the summer when we were thinking about ways to get kids to buy into wearing masks, and a video was one of the ideas,” said Ward, a Spring Garden football and basketball coach, an ISS teacher, and an administrator for the school’s social media accounts.

The video lasts one minute, 12 seconds, and it’s a nod to “The Breakfast Club,” a teen movie released in 1985.

The theme song from the movie, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds, serves as the background music. The Spring Garden video begins and ends with the students walking toward the camera and leaping in the air, where they’re caught in a freeze frame.

Ward acknowledged he is a “huge” fan of “The Breakfast Club” but that it wasn’t his idea to use that movie as a source of inspiration. Instead, senior football player Luke Welsh mentioned it.

“When we approached the kids about the idea of a video, they were really excited about it, and I wanted to leave it up to them how we would do it,” Ward said. “Luke asked about ‘Breakfast Club’ and having it end with a leap in the air like they did in ’80s videos.”

In the video, the students seemed to enjoy themselves.

“I probably looked goofy,” Welsh said, smiling. “But, we had fun. It’s for the school. Whatever it takes to have a full season.”

Between the leaps at the beginning and end of the video, they promote the message of wearing masks, but they’re enjoying themselves. Senior Weston Kirk is seen wearing a mask covering his whole face, not just his nose and mouth. Welsh is seen laughing about it.

Alexis Adkinson messed up the first time in her attempt to ask folks to wear masks, before nailing it the second time. Both takes are included, with Adkinson smiling the whole way through it.

Spring Garden quarterback Ryley Kirk appears dead serious as he asks for people to wear masks.

“None of them are acting,” Ward said. “They’re just being themselves. What you see from Ryley, that’s how he is.”

There’s even a special appearance by Spring Garden basketball and volleyball coach Ricky Austin.

“I turned the corner and saw them, and Coach Ward said,

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Police called in as YouTube stars Nelk Boys host huge party at ‘Jersey Shore’ house in Seaside

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Borough police called in help from surrounding towns as a crowd numbering in the thousands descended on the area for an event organized by popular YouTube group the Nelk Boys, authorities said.

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Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said police were performing “crowd control” and as of 8:30 p.m. the situation remained peaceful and under control. Boyd estimated the crowd had grown to a “couple thousand.”



a group of people standing next to a fence: Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Nelk Boys account showing police performing crowd control outside the Jersey Shore House in Seaside Heights.


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Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Nelk Boys account showing police performing crowd control outside the Jersey Shore House in Seaside Heights.

Authorities warned of road closures in the area.

Videos posted on Snapchat showed large groups of rowdy young people gathered in the streets of the borough. Many of the videos also showed a large police presence.

The night appeared to have gotten more tense as it wore on. Police from several surrounding towns swarmed Seaside Heights in an attempt to maintain order.

One video posted on social media showed officers wearing what appeared to be riot shields confronting revelers.

There were incidents of people throwing bottles at police, but for the most part the crowd remained under control, authorities said.

The Nelk Boys, a Canadian YouTube channel known for posting prank and party videos, posted on social media that the event was timed with the launch of new merchandise, basketball and baseball jerseys, from the group.

The group posted a video on Twitter in which they claimed they were being kicked out of the famed “Jersey Shore” house, which at one time housed cast members of the MTV reality show that made Seaside Heights famous around the world as a nightlife hotspot. The video showed a large group of people waiting outside the home being held back by police.

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Earlier in the day, the group posted a video from outside the home showing them popping champagne bottles.

The group, which has 5.71 million subscribers on YouTube, was sanctioned by the streaming giant last week after they were accusing of throwing huge parties at Illinois State University, BuzzFeed reported. The parties were being investigated by the university as a possible violation of coronavirus rules.

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The Nelk Boys previously protested COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles as part of a YouTube “stunt,” according to the report.

A YouTube spokesperson told BuzzFeed the group’s channel would be temporarily demonetized and their behavior was “creating a widespread public health risk.”

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‘Getting home does wonders for your creative brain’ – meet the Irish interior stars designing homes and hotels across the globe

It’s not paradise, we definitely have our moments,” laughs Bryan O’Sullivan, referring to his marriage and working relationship to husband James O’Neill who is also commercial director at his studio BOS Studio, in London.

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at home with Rose Uniacke, interior designer to the stars

I almost consider asking Uniacke if she wears Beckham’s clothes when we meet at her own home, an extraordinary Pimlico pile that she set about transforming over 10 years ago, but then I weigh up the evidence. She is dressed in a boat-neck top and a navy skirt by The Row, then changes into a dress by Molly Goddard (precisely tailored to fit) to have her picture taken.

When she went to the Academy Awards in February with her husband, the uber-producer David Heyman who snapped up the rights to Harry Potter in 1999, Uniacke wore a black dress she’d had for a few years. “It was one of Phoebe’s, black with a hole in the shoulder,” she says, referring to the celebrated Celine designer Phoebe Philo, who stepped down in 2017. I decide that the question has answered itself.

Uniacke has the sort of make-up-free, spa-polished skin look that’s more chic French than standard English, and she did live in France for three years from 1994 with her first husband, the Old Etonian businessman Robie Uniacke (now in a relationship with actor Rosamund Pike). “The children, the first four, were born there, in Gascony,” she says, “and I started buying antiques then as well.”

But she has been with Heyman for 17 years now, and the couple bought this house – a sort of Georgian Revival folly – in 2007. Sprawling over 14,000sq ft, it had been built in 1861 as a home and studio for the fashionable portraitist James Rannie Swinton and has served various purposes since, most recently as the home of the Warwick Arts Trust.

“There were five flats in the basement, it had been badly damaged in World War Two and it had been on the market for years,” says Uniacke. “No one wanted it. In fact, we looked at it for two years, then we thought, ‘Oh, we can just live in it.'”

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House Democrats decry efforts to shut down Stars and Stripes newspaper

House Democrats who served in the armed forces harshly criticized the Trump administration’s decision to pull the plug on the Stars and Stripes news outlet, and vowed to fight to keep the military newspaper funded.

“I read it on active duty when I served in Guam, and it is something that is improving the quality of life for military families and military personnel, and I cannot understand why we would get rid of the Stars and Stripes,” Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat, told reporters on a press call Friday afternoon.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the $15.5 million typically set aside for the independent newspaper needed to be reallocated to more critical programs at the Pentagon.

The money was left out of the department’s annual budget request this year and officials on Capitol Hill said there was a request to cease publishing Stars and Stripes by September 30 and “completely dissolve” the paper by the end of January.

USA Today reported on Friday that the Pentagon circulated a memo saying the paper will implement a shutdown plan by September 15th.

The paper’s supporters on Capitol Hill pushed back earlier this week, sending a letter to Mr. Esper calling for him to restore its funding.

Mr. Lieu, who served in the United States Air Force and currently serves as a colonel in the reserves, and Rep. Jason Crow, Colorado Democrat, a former Army Ranger, said Friday they plan on keeping pressure on the administration— and hope to get some support from Republicans.

“If the president doesn’t care about the quality of life of our service members and our families, which is quite evident at this point, Congress does, and we’re going to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” Mr. Crow said.

Their comments about the military newspaper came as part of a larger critique from a handful of former service members now working in the House on the president’s performance as commander in chief.

In particular, they slammed the president in light of allegations he called fallen troops ‘suckers’ and ‘losers’ during a trip to France.

The Atlantic released a report late Thursday night citing four anonymous sources “with firsthand knowledge” that claimed the president canceled his visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in November 2018 by falsely blaming rain and a helicopter that couldn’t fly.

“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” the president allegedly told aides. The article also states that the president referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood in World War I as “suckers” for getting killed.

Despite the story relying on unnamed sources, the Democratic lawmakers said it fit with a pattern of Mr. Trump disrespecting others who sacrificed like the late Sen. John McCain and the Gold Star Khan family, who lost their son in the line of duty.

— Mike Glenn contributed to this report.

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