Guess Who’s Turning 50?

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Guess Who’s Turning 50?

A special leading lady turned 50 this week who is tart and prickly, and yet adored across the region: The Big Pineapple.

I have the very best memories of going there as a 7-year-old kid and having a banana split with chocolate sauce, ice cream, and chopped nuts on the exotic creation that seemed as big as my head. A few years later, my mum took me again and I had a passionfruit parfait that began my love affair with passion fruits for life.

The iconic Big Pineapple had such pulling power at one stage even Princess Diana went there in 1983 and rode the nut carriage with that nutty husband sitting next to her. Sorry, I couldn’t help that one! What I adore about those photos of the historic moment is that Diana is wearing yellow as a tribute to the pineapple fields in Nambour. The People’s Princess loved to dress in a theme. How wonderful the carriage they rode in has been rediscovered and is now on display for us all to see.

At its peak in the 80s, a million people would visit The Big Pineapple every year. I am however feeling old with the news our local icon is 5 decades old. Mark Wahlberg, Lance Armstrong, the guy who plays Borat, Snoop Dog, Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate, Ricky Martin and Denise Richards are also turning 50 this year.

But the celebrity who shocked me the most with her age is Jenna Elfman. Who, you may be asking!  Dharma people, from Dharma and Greg. Yes, the free-spirited yoga teacher who fell in love with the conservative solicitor. It was the best TV show of the 1990s in my opinion. Well, maybe it was a 4-way tie with Sex and The City and Ally McBeal and Friends. They were the days, weren’t they? Drinking a cosmopolitan and eating 7-layer dip thinking this is as fancy as life could ever get! And a real splurge while you watched one episode of your favourite show (and had to wait an entire week for the next instalment) was Toobs and Pollywaffles.

Good times, indeed!

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