Michael and Carlene Duffy are focused on their careers and charity. Picture: Richard Gosling.LAST Saturday night I lined up to call four auctions at the Ronald McDonald Ball. On arrival I saw my old The Block host Shelley Craft was the MC and Michael and Carlene, the couple I represented on show (and my in-laws), were also on the guest list.It’s been a busy couple of years since we all did battle on The Block Glasshouse and while we have caught up at a few events since, it was good to catch up again and shoot the breeze with them.The life of a reality television star and host usually has two sides. There is the camera side and the reality side. Not to say that the shows don’t mirror real life, surprisingly they do, but when the cameras aren’t rolling most of these celebrities have day jobs to keep their fingers on the pulse.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMichael, Carlene and Shelley all have shows on Channel Nine. Shelley is again hosting this year’s series on the Logie Award winning show The Block, while Michael and Carlene have their new show Ready Set Reno about to start on September 10.It surprises most people to hear about these star’s close connection to the property industry. On the flip side to their reality fame both families are very close to the fire in the real estate community. Shelley’s husband, and absolute legend, Christian ‘Serge’ Sergiaconi is the director of Byron Bay Property Sales. They handle all aspects of sales in the Byron Bay region. Serge was previously a camera man on shows around the world before deciding open homes and auctions were more his pace.Similarly, Michael and Carlene have launched their own property styling company: cedarandsuede.com.au. They have been promoting their services through real estate agents on the Gold Coast and are quickly becoming the hottest thing in property promotion on the GC.These property stars who had donated their time helped me swing the gavel and raise thousands of dollars to support families and children dealing with incredible adversity. These everyday Aussies are winners on both sides of the coin. As the nation’s appetite for property and property shows is at an all-time high, it’s nice to know the people behind the hype are the real deal.
Hull boss Steve Bruce was pleased with his side’s resilient display but was also left to rue the Tigers’ bad luck. Sone Aluko squandered a glorious chance to open the scoring in the early stages and Danny Graham had a good strike ruled out for offside. Bruce said: “We are going to be rightly disappointed with the scoreline but I am immensely pleased with the way we played and the way we took them on. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. “Our Achilles heel, even last year in the Championship, was – can we score enough? You can see why we have come out of the Championship with the football we have played, but we need to score. “We have had a big chance. Sone would have capped a wonderful performance from him if he stuck it away. Then the linesman gave an offside, which is right, but it was two inches offside, which I thought these days is supposed to go with the attacker. “When you realised how close it is, it is a big call. You need that little bit of luck when you come here but it wasn’t to be.” Bruce had his head in his hands on more than one occasion but joked when asked about it. The former Manchester United defender said: “I was covering myself because of the abuse I took. I don’t like being called the elephant man!” Both clubs are looking to strengthen before Monday’s transfer deadline with the home side strongly linked with Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis, who played for Pellegrini at Malaga. Pellegrini said: “I expect it (some business). I hope for one defender. Maybe that is the name we want. We will see what happens.” Hull have been linked with a move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who played for Bruce at two of his previous clubs. Bruce said: “I’ve had him twice before and he did very well at Birmingham and Sunderland, but can we get him to come to us and can we afford him? “It is difficult for us. He plays for Arsenal and we have just come out of the Championship. We will see. It is very difficult but we will keep working at it and see what we can come up with in the next 48 hours – and then put an end to the madness which has been this window.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini voiced concern over his team’s performance after a laboured 2-0 win over promoted Hull in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association After suffering a shock loss at Cardiff last week, City were again troubled by one of the competition’s newcomers but eventually ground out victory with two second-half goals. Alvaro Negredo – strongly linked with Hull four years ago – came off the bench to break the deadlock in the 64th minute and Yaya Toure made the result certain with a late free-kick. City failed to reproduce the brilliance of their season-opening demolition of Newcastle but Pellegrini was happy enough to accept the result. The Chilean said: “First of all the most important (thing) is the points. In our friendly matches in pre-season we tried to work on different things but when we start the Premier League the most important thing is to win the three points. “I am very happy with the win but of course I think we must improve. We had too many difficulties in the first half (in creating chances) to shoot at the Hull goal. “They defended very well and without the movement, we need to try to be a dangerous team. Everyone told me last week (after) we lost a game to two set-pieces that I now know the Premier League. “But I know the Premier League is very difficult every match. You must concentrate and play 100 per cent to beat any team. “I am concerned but 2-0 is a good score. We can’t win every game 4-0 or 5-0. The Premier League is tough.” Negredo, signed from Sevilla for £20million this summer, has made a positive impression at City, having a goal disallowed against Newcastle, finding the target at Cardiff and then adding his latest effort against Hull. Pellegrini said: “I expect from Alvaro Negredo exactly what we are seeing every time he plays. I know how good a striker he is. With Alvaro and Edin (Dzeko) we have two very good strikers and we need both of them.”