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Six degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 May, 2011, 12:00am

Arnold Schwarzenegger, freed from his duties as governor of California, has been threatening to return to the big screen. The Austrian Oak (above), who was a self-made millionaire before Hollywood embraced him, didn't let his fortune go to his head: 'Money doesn't make you happy. I now have US$50 million, but I was just as happy when I had US$48 million.' Schwarzenegger said the 'toughest thing' about being governor was 'dealing with someone's life', explaining his decision to deny clemency to death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams III ...

After the founder of the Crips street gang was sentenced to death in 1981 for multiple murder, he became a powerful advocate against gang crime, authored nine books, including some for children, and was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Before his execution, in 2005, a pressure group lobbying to save him declared November 30 'Save Tookie Day'. Leading the call for clemency was former Crip Snoop Dogg ...

At a time when the United States West Coast was littered with the bullet-ridden bodies of gangsters, Snoop Dogg had the presence of mind to reinvent himself as a pimp. The rapper, who is also a member of the Nation of Islam, provoked accusations of misogyny with lyrics such as, Wanna get spewed tonight / She's all sturdy. At last year's Glastonbury Festival, in Britain, Snoop's warm-up act was none other than Aussie octogenarian Rolf Harris ...

A behemoth in both art and music, Harris is responsible for hits such as Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport and Two Little Boys. In 1973, he was given the honour of performing the first ever show in the Concert Hall of the newly completed Sydney Opera House. Twenty-odd years later, Harris was duped into filming a short anti-drugs film - in which he called a fictional new drug 'Joss Ackland's spunky backpack' - by British satirical current affairs programme Brass Eye ...

The sadly short-lived show covered topics such as crime, sex and child abuse, the latter being the subject of a programme titled Paedogeddon, a portmanteau of paedophilia and armageddon. Among the show's outrageous claims was that paedo- philes were using 'an area of the internet the size of Ireland'. The aim, to poke fun at media frenzies, had the desired effect and ignited its own media frenzy. No celebrity or rank was spared in making the programme, whose irreverence stretched as far as the House of Lords and Baron Coe of Ranmore ...

The athlete, also known as Sebastian Coe, dominated the world of middle-distance running during the 1980s, before becoming a conservative politician. As head of the British Olympic committee, he helped bag London the 2012 Olympics. Last year, Coe was part of the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay, for which he exchanged a 'torch kiss' with the previous runner, former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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