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The Sydney Morning Herald


Author: Edited by Andrew Hornery with Bonnie Malkin
Date: 15/12/2004
Words: 842
Source: SMH
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: News and Features
Page: 22
Yow, squeals Cadbury

It's a small victory for man, but a giant leap forward in the rights of Australia's elusive yowies.

The Canberra cryptozoologist (apparently it's the study of unusual animal phenomena) Tim "the Yowie Man" Bull (pictured) has been battling the confectionary giant Cadbury Schweppes in the Australian Trademarks Tribunal for the past three years for the right to register his Tim the Yowie Man tag as a trademark.

A senior examiner at the tribunal, Rachel Dunn, yesterday found in Bull's favour. Cadbury had claimed the trademark was deceptively similar to the company's Yowie range of confectionary and toys.

Dunn dismissed Cadbury's claims that children would become confused between its chocolate products and Tim the Yowie Man, and said children were more sophisticated consumers than Cadbury gave them credit for.

"This is a victory for Australian folklore," Bull told Spike.

"Corporations can't own our stories and our legends. If someone else wanted to register the word Yowie in their business I wouldn't have a problem with it, so long as what they were doing wasn't a direct rip-off of what I'm doing as a business person."

Bull estimated he had spent nearly $50,000 on legal feels to fight the case and admitted the battle had almost "cleaned me out". A spokesman for Cadbury Schweppes said the company was "currently considering the judgement". He would not say if it would launch an appeal.

So plastic

The next big thing in luxury living is the plastic surgery tour and, no, we don't mean a trip to Double Bay to gawp at the new noses, breasts, necks and chins on display.

A plastic surgery tour is actually a 10-day holiday to an exotic locale - think Malaysia, Thailand or Cairns - that includes your choice of refurbishment, be it a boob job, botox or a brow lift.

"It is a great present idea: the surgery, a luxury holiday and complete care for less than the cost of just the treatment at home," said Louise Cogan, the director of Gorgeous Getaways, the company that organises the tours. A typical facelift package, which includes 10 days in Malaysia, is a snip at $6250. Just the thing for all those Christmas turkeys.

Senator's secret

A veil of secrecy surrounded the birth yesterday of Natasha Stott Despoja's baby boy. The Australian Democrats senator and her husband, Ian Smith, said Conrad Davis was born early yesterday at a hospital in Adelaide. "We're thrilled; it is the most wonderful day of our lives," Smith, pictured with Stott Despoja, said. "Natasha and Conrad are doing well." No further details would be released, a spokes- woman for the senator said.

Bill loves bush

Bill Clinton will have a touch of Australiana with him this Christmas. Last week, the former president of the United States visited the RM Williams store on East 59th Street in New York. Our spies reported he tried on a range of clothing before buying an RM Williams leather belt. Our mole overheard Clinton commenting on how he "loved the store" and had three pairs of the famous boots. He walked out of the shop with the stockman's belt in chestnut - for which he paid $US39 ($51).

Out of the box

He's not just "our" Kostya Tszyu. On Friday the champion boxer will be crowned the Russian sport star of the year (in the living abroad category) by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

Tszyu, the super lightweight world champion, returned to the ring last month after 22 months off because of injury, beating Sharmba Mitchell of the United States in a world title clash.

"It is a big honour for me to receive this award in my homeland," Tszyu said. "I live in Sydney and I'm very Aussie now, but I will always be Russian too, it's my blood."

Cream of the crop

Walkleys? What Walkleys? On Monday night Sydney hosted the first-ever beauty editor of the year awards. Among all the spritzing, plucking and primping, more than 50 "beauty professionals" braved torrential rain and pursed lips to seek the recognition they so richly deserve. Spike asked an organiser, Jackie Maxted, about the highly scientific criteria for these sure-to-become prestigious media awards, which are judged by a panel of beauty public relations professionals. The criteria include forward planning for feature writing, a solid attendance at perfume and make-up launches, a commitment to publishing "quality journalism", creating a "great working relationship" with the industry's spin doctors and the all-important "knowledgebility" about the jars of expensive goop sold to the unsuspecting public.

And in a great victory for journalistic integrity, the beauty editors also rewarded their favourite beauty PR people. There were similar benchmarks for the spin doctors, including points for organising "professional events", which a cynic would say was code for "lots of free champagne and low-carb hors d'oeuvres".

Spike asked Maxted if there was an award for the best freebie or junket and, while there wasn't,she agreed it was an excellent idea for next year. Spikeline: 9282 3355 Fax: 9282 3253

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