Lifestyle

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's legacy has some merit

NO BRATS: Philip Seymour Hoffman
NO BRATS: Philip Seymour Hoffman Bang Showbiz

IT SEEMS the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was conscious of the pitfalls of spoiling his children.

It emerged that of his estimated $37 million fortune, Hoffman decided not to pass any of it directly onto his three children, instead leaving it to his long-time partner and the mother of the children, Mimi O'Donnell.

Nobody likes a brat who inherited millions from mum and dad - just look at Paris Hilton - and I guess Hoffman was determined to see that his offspring didn't receive a poisoned chalice.

It was reported this week that Hoffman stressed that he didn't want to set up funds for the kids, telling his accountant he "did not want his children to be considered trust fund kids".

It seems Hoffman was adamant that his offspring not grow into the lazy, talentless subjects of some depressing reality television show, lest they find a way to make a name for themselves first.

I have to agree with this school of thought.

My mind turns to what I would have done at age 18 had I been given, say, one 10th of Hoffman's fortune as a high school graduation present.

I can easily imagine myself turning into some kind of terminally unemployable, alcohol and drug-crazed psychotic within about three weeks.

Half my money would have been spent on luxury vehicles and boats, firearms and exotic fauna within six months, and the remainder would be required for my ongoing, in-house treatment at one of those swanky clinics for the substance-abusing children of famous people.

 

ALSO ONLINE TODAY ...

From torture to reunion: The story of the Riverview Old Boys

Twinning project to improve Bremer River's F on report card

Celebrating our female detectives after 40 years on the case

Boonah sisters plea to bankers and MPs on farmers and reef

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's legacy has some merit

Let's look at the brightside

Club polishes up a show that's meant to sparkle

 

Buzzwords can lead to strife

CORPORATE types are great at coming up with buzzwords that have, at best, only a tenuous link to the English language.

In the past decade you may have noticed that every service has become a "solution" to a problem you've never experienced, while "action" has become a verb instead of a noun - "Yes chief, I will action that coffee solution for you".

Marketing people like to see themselves as pioneers, which is why they feel the need to try to invent new words, like a severely brain-damaged version of Shakespeare.

While this type of jargon can be annoying, it can also amount to a form of deception.

Woolworths got into strife this week for referring to a "banking" service on its website - even though it doesn't have a banking licence and was actually referring to the credit card business.

"Yes sir, feel free to go nuts with your credit card. Your debt to us is as safe as a bank."

Topics:  naughty korner opinion



Ipswich business in legal battle with brewer over trade mark

Fig Jam Catering owner Jason Davidson is taking Burleigh Brewing to court over its use of the Fig Jam trademark for one of its brews. Pics of Jason in his shop/kitchen with some of his products - his business has been operating since 2005.

A craft brewer has found itself in a legal pickle over FIGJAM ale

Lakes closed after concerns for water quality

Lake Clarendon.

TWO of the region's lakes remain closed to all water based activity

Caught in the act: Ipswich cop's good deed

A police officer was there in Joan Bell's time of need when her tyre burst in front of a busy shopping centre.

WHEN a police officer saw a distressed woman, he jumped into action.

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Home town support spurs on Ipswich chef

CONTENDER: Judges have praised the work of Ipswich cook Ben Ungermann, who has avoided the dreaded elimination rounds.

Ben gets a little sweeter

Shannon Noll: What I don't like about The Voice

ON TOUR: Shannon Noll will perform in Ipswich on June 3 as part of a 35-show run.

Australian Idol veteran talks reality TV during 35-date Aussie tour

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!