TOWNSVILLE’S FREE LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2010 ISSUE 55
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local entrepreneurs Christine Mcintosh and Damon Chiesa have expanded their retail empire to include a store in sydney. stellar Moda sydney is located in a 50sqm space at the ground floor of the ivy on george street and welcomed its first customers in november. “the response we’ve had so far has been great, and we’ve had fantastic word-of-mouth marketing from our growing sydney customer base,” Chrissy said. stellar Moda sydney is the couple’s eighth store, adding to their seven stores in townsville including stellar Moda at Palmer street.
LAw FirM CeLeBrATeS HiGH-PrOFiLe APPOinTMenT townsville firm Mackey Wales law has appointed senior lawyer terry Fanning to head up its growing commercial division. terry, who commenced practice in 1988, will become a key figure in the growth of the Walker street-based firm with the support of principals ross greatrex and Patrick sutton. terry is both a seasoned commercial lawyer and estate planner, having worked extensively with prominent private and major institutional clients. Mackey Wales law, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, practices in commercial and property law, estate planning, superannuation, business succession and asset protection.
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A HALLER GOOD RESULT COMING IN AT NUMBER 8 North Queensland-bred golfer Ryan Haller tied for 8th place at the JBWere Masters at Victoria Golf Club last month. Despite a wrist injury and a sodden golf course, 36-year-old Ryan said his game was the best it has been in months. Ryan grew up playing alongside champion female golfer Karrie Webb in Ayr, and his parents, Wayne and Lyn, and brother Kurt are based in Townsville. “We were delighted,” said Wayne of his son’s achievement. “Ryan’s worked very hard and spent many hours on the practice range. It has been a long journey; he had a lot of success on ProAms in past years, he won the Queensland Open in 2007 and tied for 7th place in the Korea Open in October.” Wayne said Ryan will be returning to Townsville this month to celebrate Christmas with his family.
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Cake Courses To Make You Happy Professional cake decorator and businesswoman leoni abernethy is now running fortnightly cake decorating courses through her business Happy Cakes. these courses are a new branch to leoni’s growing custom cakes and sweets business that has been spreading happiness across townsville through fun, fresh and modern designs. Courses this month will run 4 and 13 December. For those looking to create beautiful cakes that make people happy, head to littlecakesformyhappy.blogspot.com and follow the links to register for courses or find out more info.
MUSPRATT JOINS GEDOUN PROPERTY GROUP
Former nQ Cowboys player shane Muspratt has returned to townsville, this time with a new playing field. after building a career in real estate in Mackay in recent years, the north Queensland native has joined townsville family business gedoun Property group as a sales agent and is excited about the prospects within the local market.
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MAYOR’S chRISTMAS TREE APPEAl it’s time to spread a little Christmas cheer and help the city’s less fortunate by supporting the Mayor’s Christmas tree appeal, which has been running for more than 20 years. “last year, we had the one of the largest donations of gifts and non-perishable food in the appeal’s history, which was fantastic,” Mayor les tyrell said. “However, to pay for the food hampers that we distribute to families and individuals in partnership with Food relief nQ, cash donations are greatly needed. “this year we are reminding the community that just $5 will go a long way to helping provide food for the less fortunate this Christmas.” the cut-off date for food and gifts is 14 December and these will be distributed at a presentation on 17 December. More than 2000 hampers were distributed to those in need through 30 community service organisations last year. there is no cut-off date for financial donations, which can be made at any townsville City Council Customer service Centre or online. www. townsville.qld.gov.au
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FrOM MY deSk i have a tendency to sometimes look at the negative side of Christmas. i am not a grinch but Christmas can be a hassle. at our church, where we are able to walk in at any other time of year and grab a good seat under a fan and just out of Father’s line of sight, it becomes crowded. the roads are busy and not everyone using them is sharing the Christmas spirit. there are no parks to be found anywhere. then there’s the shopping. to be a good husband and father, i have to buy gifts for my wife and children which will, even at this early stage, return the state government’s budget to surplus on gst revenue alone. Don’t get me wrong, i love to receive presents. and lots of them. i am an easy person to buy for and it still surprises me that i can end up with an egg lifter because i said sometime in March that i could not find one. My children only want things that have yet to be produced or are impossible to get. there are queues a mile long at every place where these things are sold and they must have the exact thing. i am sure they are happy that i found a similar thing which just about does the same things as what they wanted and was about a 10th of the price! but they do not seem to be keen to show their friends the gizmos i buy them.
REID PARK the townsville bulletin Carols by Candlelight will offer a full program of entertainment for all ages, with ricki-lee as the headline artist and musical accompaniment by 1 rar band. scott Hillier from Creek to Coast will be the MC for the event, which is on 6–9pm.
STAblE ON ThE STRAND STRAND PARK For five days before Christmas, townsville’s major ocean-front area, strand Park, will be transformed into the historic town of bethlehem, complete with roman soldiers, traditional craftspeople, livestock, shepherds and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. this interactive re-creation of the traditional Christmas story, stable on the strand, is a free event for the whole family. http://www.stableonthestrand.com.au
For my family, the festive season is a time celebrated with loved ones and a time to take stock of the year past. in august, my year took a remarkable turn (for the good!) after becoming your local representative in Parliament. since then i have been fighting the fight for townsville and holding the government to account for the promises they made to us. Maintaining the lifestyle we all cherish so dearly in our great city is a key part of this. let’s face it, that’s why we all choose to live here. even if it means that once a year we can’t find a park. Happy Christmas townsville.
You now reach a major turning point – a time when you’re free to attract whatever and whoever you please. For some, new business or travel opportunities will arise. others enjoy the pleasures of requited romance. Just be wary of overly dependent companions, particularly those who would happily fritter away your hard earned cash.
20 JANUARY - 18 FEBRUARY Wave goodbye to the mundane and welcome a risk-taking month. best news? romantic fantasies just might override reality. one warning: if you’re happily coupled and want to stay that way, latch the windows and bolt the doors until this month’s temptations blow over. but it’s still up to you to resist the call of wilder passions.
What does December have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...
22ND NOVEMBER - 21ST DECEMBER
23 DECEMBER - 20 JANUARY
23 AUGUST - 22 SEPTEMBER the cosmos tinkers with your subconscious and dream states this month and, as a result, you could develop a greater interest in all matters metaphysical and mystical. Your intuition heightens, as do any latent clairvoyant abilities. some may also be steered towards influential company, so expect to rub shoulders with professionals at the top of their game.
23 SEPTEMBER - 22 OCTOBER
if you’re feeling restless and drumming your fingers for action, December should supply it. in other words, you have planetary permission to prosper and enjoy. this extends to the romantic arena too. an irresistible magnetism keeps love on its toes, and don’t be surprised if someone’s eager to grab your exclusive attention.
You can’t treat love as a battleground and not expect conflict. it’s possible that some of your more fragmented dreams are no longer worth restoring. others have been patiently waiting for your commitment, so go with the flow before they move on without you. if planning an escape, don’t. it’s not the time to run – nor can you hide.
Career issues must wait until a right balance is found between home and work. and should the cosmos douse enthusiastic spirits with a cold bucket of reality, remember – it’s often life’s sterner lessons that bring better understanding. but it isn’t all tough going. romantically, singles are surprised by the unconventional, while couples opt for a change in scenery.
though you often feel overworked and underpaid, recognition and rewards will follow. business travel is likely, as is good financial fortune. the time’s also right for disciplined work. Professional relationships are positive: a successful mentor offers valuable advice. better still, all this dedication doesn’t flow just one way: the more you give, the more you get.
Chances are, you’ve felt fettered by regulations lately, but you’re now given a chance to break free. Where others might hesitate before the fear of an uncertain future, you lead by example and show no doubt that you’re ready to move on. this could mean letting some old grievances drop, so be ready to forgive and forget.
it’s pretty hard to make a total mess of good fortune, but we wretched humans have a sad knack of doing just that. if you’re feeling troubled at the moment, call close family and friends for help. You needn’t do everything yourself. a particular relationship may also still be without a safety net, but that’s a precarious tight rope we all tread from time to time.
after the dilemmas of recent months, who’d blame you for giving up on love’s true path? but let’s face it, sometimes you can expect too much from relationships. sometimes, too, our protective mechanisms hide inner vulnerabilities. be more open, and you’re more likely to find your soul mate. at work, keep prying colleagues away from matters that don’t concern them.
gemini’s delight in being one of a kind. but therein lies the rub – for if you value your own distinctive character, you should also respect everyone else’s. the question of responsibility versus freedom may also crop up. Mistake commitment for chains, and you could find yourself permanently free. if that’s what you want, fine. if not, try a more conciliatory approach.
not exactly a smooth run, but friction can become your friend with a little bit of self-analysis. take stock of your life and discard what’s outworn. it may be worthwhile being more open too, as your secretiveness will only add to other people’s insecurities. although you may have nothing to hide, you could be giving the opposite impression.
19 FEBRUARY - 20 MARCH
21ST MARCH – 20TH APRIL
21ST APRIL – 20TH MAY
21ST MAY – 21ST JUNE
22ND JUNE – 22ND JULY
23RD JULY – 22ND AUGUST
23RD OCTOBER – 21ST NOVEMBER
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ALL ABOArd TOwNSVILLE TEENAGER PETER HODGSON NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT AS HE SETS SAIL TO RAISE MONEY FOR CEREBRAL PALSY RESEARCH.
among the multicoloured handprints on his 14-foot catamaran, Peter Hodgson’s blue embossed palm symbolises his pledge to the sail4Palsy Foundation and his older sister Karen. Covering the hull of the boat, the overlapping handprints of the sponsors of sail4Palsy and cerebral palsy (CP) sufferers combine to depict their joint hope Peter’s upcoming sail from townsville to Cairns will help fund vital CP research. “the idea came about through my work with the twin Cities leo Club, whose philosophy is to support something dear to each member,” Peter says. “i put forward my idea of raising money for CP based on my sister’s disability and the other members immediately jumped on board.” Karen, 27, was diagnosed with severe cerebral 20
palsy at the age of two after failing to reach certain milestones as a baby. Karen is looked after around the clock at one of the Cootharinga society’s many townsville care homes. “Karen’s diagnosis is something that has always been part of our family and my upbringing,” Peter says. “i don’t see it as a burden but as a special part of my sister that makes her who she is. it has taught me accept people’s differences and value their individuality.” With one child born in australia with CP approximately every 15 hours, Karen’s case is not unique. still, Peter was surprised by how many local people have been affected by CP. “once i started networking i soon realised there are a lot of community members who are affected by the disability,” Peter says.
“i didn’t anticipate such a strong reaction, mainly because i didn’t quite realise the commonality of CP.” With the help of the twin Cities leo Club, sail4Palsy has gained momentum since its conception in June, rallying support from fellow sailors. originally Peter was going to sail the estimated 350km from townsville to Cairns solo but he will now be accompanied by seven boats that will embark 12 December. a variety of fundraising activities have been organised in the lead-up to the sail, which is expected to take about a week. it’s Peter’s vision to raise $10,000 before his departure from townsville and he has been overwhelmed by the enormous display of support to date. to find out how you can be involved in the next fundraising event and follow Peter’s progress, visit www. sail4palsy.org. although perhaps closest to his heart, sail4Palsy is only one of many causes Peter has dedicated himself to, having thrown his time and effort into a range of different charities in the past. in 2008 Peter was a founding member of the Friends of Himalayan Children inc (FHC), a Cairns-based humanitarian organisation that works with disadvantaged children in nepal. through FHC Peter has travelled to nepal, taking supplies to underprivileged communities and teaching english in one of the remote Himalayan high schools. Peter is living proof you’re never too busy to lend a hand, juggling the job of directing the fundraising efforts for sail4Palsy with his fulltime university studies (business), his business internship at bizrich, and his job at ray White real estate where he works as a sales and marketing assistant for 25+ hours a week. “i believe it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity and make every second count,” Peter says.
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THe TOwn THAT vOLUnTeerS BUiLT wANTED: ROMAN SOLDIERS, INNKEEPERS, CAMEL HANDLERS, SHEPHERDS AND BEGGARS… IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE A SCENE FROM BETHLEHEM 2000 YEARS AGO THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS – THE CAPTIVATING STABLE ON THE STRAND IS IN ITS 11TH YEAR AND IT NEEDS ALL THE VOLUNTEERS IT CAN GET TO BREATHE LIFE INTO CHRISTMAS.
after 10 months of planning it’s nearly that time again when the usually green and tropical strand Park gets transported back thousands of years to host the story of Christmas. around 100 volunteers contribute their time to ensure that over five nights townsville’s version of bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, comes to life with all the sights, sounds and smells of the biblical town while capturing the imaginations of children and adults alike. “everyone wears a costume in the ‘town’, whether they are an animal handler, in hospitality or are working with the children, or as we call them, the little roman soldiers,” bethlehem town coordinator robyn Frewenlord explains. robyn has been involved since the first event was held at the front of the Mount louisa House of Praise with just a handful of costumed characters and live animals. “it’s all about creating ambience and the feel of the city – people might see a child leading a lamb through the marketplace, have an innkeeper telling them to move on because there’s no room, or smell the scent of baking bread from our pizza oven. to see the wonder in people’s eyes is amazing – they could have had an exhausting year, but to step out of that into this different era gives them joy.” it takes three whole days to assemble the town and, while people power is needed for construction, absolutely every skill can be put to use in the festivities. “We need people to host on the night, act 22
and handle animals, plus there is plenty to do before like sewing, preparing the craft for the children and painting. Whatever skills people are gifted with can be used and that’s what makes it an amazing event,” robyn reveals. assistance is also needed from town visitors – this year stable on the strand is supporting the Youth with a Mission’s medical ship, which needs toothbrushes and reading glasses to take to Papua new guinea to improve health services. Plus the town beggars will be doing what any good beggar does and collecting money for various australian charities. apart from that, the event is free and this year will welcome a large Ferris wheel, which will give riders a bird’s-eye view of the reflections tent that tells the story of Jesus’ life, the two entertainment stages, a giant blow-up soccer stadium and amphitheatre. after 11 years of being involved in the event robyn and her family wouldn’t go without it. “the emphasis now is on giving gifts but the greatest gift you can give is your time and to serve the community is a wonderful thing you can do at Christmas,” she smiles. STABLE ON THE STRAND IS AT STRAND PARK FROM SUNDAY, 19 DECEMBER TO THURSDAY, 23 DECEMBER. THE FINAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING DAY IS ON SATURDAY, 11 DECEMBER. REGISTER BEFOREHAND AT www.STABLEONTHESTRAND.COM.AU.
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BOArd in BALi wELL KNOwN TOwNSVILLE IDENTITY ANN-MAREE GREANEY IS MAKING wAVES IN BALI wITH HER NEw LINES OF BOARDSHORTS. the familiar smile of ann-Maree greaney was such an essential element of civic welcomes for so many visitors and dignitaries to townsville that it was the first thing they would look for when they returned to the city. For 11 years ann-Maree buzzed the special events and Protocol arena for the tony Mooneylead townsville City Council greeting Prime Ministers, governor generals and ambassadors on behalf of the people of townsville, but that has changed dramatically over the past 18 months. in 2009 ann-Maree’s husband geoffrey accepted a position with the World Wildlife Fund requiring a move to bali. not a bad exchange but now the regular viPs ann-Maree greets are their two sons Conor and Declan as they arrive home from the local school in seminyak. ann-Maree can still roll off an impressive ‘mingling’ list of luminaries including former PM John Howard, governor generals Jeffrey, Deane and Hollingworth as well as an infinite inventory of us naval commanders, premiers, government ministers and councillors who would drop in to see what townsville was doing so right. but it was a time that required honouring Japanese ritual when ann-Maree 24
really took to her role. “We had a number of Japanese visitors here and to help our guests feel right at home for the ceremony i dressed up as a traditional Japanese bride during the civic reception,” ann-Maree says. “it went down very well and i enjoyed it. When i saw the photos, with my dark hair and rather fair skin, i really looked the part.” a few personal highlights during her council years included the vP 60 celebrations, numerous sky shows and the re-opening of the strand following its devastation by ex-Cyclone sid in January 1998. after the redevelopment of the strand ann-Maree was an essential member of the council team that oversaw 80,000 people pack the precinct for the reopening celebrations in 1999. now while bali is a paradise for ann-Maree and her family, it does have one drawback for someone who was so corporately busy in her townsville life. “as geoffrey was the one with the WWF contract to work here, i have restrictions on my visa so i can’t accept employment while we are here,” anne-Maree says. to get around bali ann-Maree bought a motor scooter, a 1964 Paggio vespa to be exact.
she took to the streets and lanes of the island paradise while her children were at school doing counting tables and husband geoffrey was at work counting fish. While the idealistic balinese lifestyle lulled her into a more sedate existence, ann-Maree still became frustrated without a work ‘schedule’ to occupy her days. “i had gone from being a working mum and trying to do it all, to basically doing nothing. in theory this sounds great but in practice it is not so easy,” she says. ann-Maree’s busy mind started to observe a few things as the aussie girl on the vespa whizzed around the tropical isle. she noted the extraordinary number of girls and women riding bikes, waves and other scooters togged up in men’s boardshorts. “Men’s boardshorts on women didn’t look right and didn’t fit right, so i decided to create a functional yet attractive boardshort that would make every woman look good and feel good, no matter where or who she was,” ann-Maree says. “and what better place than bali to do it?” Hence the girl on the scooter brand was born. to ann-Maree, the girl on the scooter boardshorts epitomise the balinese way of life – the shorts are designed to take you on holidays, the beach, the cafe, the post office, the supermarket, or wherever your day finds you. the brand was proudly launched in september and the website (http://thegirlonthescooter. com) where orders can be made online, soon followed. the shorts are designed, manufactured and screen printed in bali and the names of each of the shorts – twiglet, Dizzy and Potion in the ocean just to name a few – have been created by ann-Maree’s two sons. Conor and Declan now get a real buzz out of seeing the girl on the scooter – their mum – whiz by in her immaculate fitted boardies. and ann-Maree still gets to practice her protocol skills as she entertains a constant stream of friends from townsville who have taken up the opportunity to visit. “We are always receiving phone calls, emails and contacts on Facebook from friends telling us they have some time off,” she says. “a couple of weeks later they will be walking in the door!” With new strategic airlines direct flights now operating from townsville to bali, the visitors will continue to walk in and no doubt the girl on the scooter boardshorts will be walking out.
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“We are quite different from other outlets in that all our food is cooked on the day, pre-packaged and sold in take-away containers,” gavin explained. “What further sets us apart is the fact we don’t use preservatives or additives and everything, including our ice cream, puff pastry, dressings and pasta is made in-house. in addition to providing top quality, to say nothing of delicious, economically priced takeaway food, gavin and gemma also specialise in catering for private dinner parties and corporate business lunches. “We source the freshest and wherever possible, locally produced ingredients; our meat is from the butcher on bundock and when it
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Amber Keiller & JildA lAnCubA For Fashion-savvy evening and casual wear and accessories, you can’t go past aussie brand seduce. For more sizzling threads, head to senso (north ward) or www.seduce.com.au.
HOW DID YOU BOTH GET YOUR START IN THE FASHION WORLD? Jilda: I studied an advanced diploma at the Whitehouse Institute of Design for three years… I was also extremely fortunate to win the young Italian-Australian scholarship, La Fiamma, and study my master’s degree in Florence, Italy. A life-changing experience for both my design and life skills, living in a completely different culture! I had the opportunity of working in London for great companies too, before coming to Seduce. I design the Seduce and Seduce Luxe products and have done so for the past two-and-a-half years… My greatest pleasure is seeing girls wearing my products! Amber: After graduating with a diploma in fashion from the Whitehouse Institute of Design, I applied as the design assistant for [Seduce] sister label Katherine. I progressed through the company to work under the Seduce label – first as design assistant, than as “injection” designer, and finally, as Seduce and Seduce Luxe senior designer, co-working on ranges with Jilda. I celebrate nine years with Seduce in 2010 and have enjoyed watching the company expand and change. My natural style and “handwriting” as a designer is very much “the Seduce girl”! 40
WHERE DID SEDUCE ORIGINATE FROM? Amber: Seduce is [run] by the original founders, brother-and-sister team Judy and Peter Li. Still a privately Australian-owned company, they started as a “two-man” band and now employ over 160 people in Australia and over 700 offshore! The Seduce fashion house celebrates 20 years in design during 2010. Quite a feat for a fashion house. WHAT’S AN AVERAGE WORK DAY LIKE AT SEDUCE HQ? Jilda: A typical day in the design team area involves researching and forecasting new trends, sourcing fabrics, developing trimmings and beading applications. Plus, working on our latest collections, which include our limited edition prints and hot season colours, and organising the look-books and campaigns! DO YOU GET TO TRAVEL MUCH FOR WORK? Amber: We travel two to three times a year, dependent on season, trends and the time of the year. We travel to Europe, UK, China and the [United] States. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST FUN CAMPAIGNS? Jilda: We have shot some fantastic campaigns in dramatic and exciting locations – luxury cruise boats on the harbour, private clubs and stunning Mexican villas! It’s never dull and always evolving. We try to have our store windows reflect the seasons and changes. They are such an [attention-grabbing] part of the store, we like them to reflect our personality! HOW IMPORTANT IS SOCIAL MEDIA IN FASHION TODAY? Amber: Extremely! Social media is another form of communication and one that our customers are using and interacting on… We try to keep the communication open, honest and driven by positive aspects - just like our brand! It’s also a great way to hear direct feedback, positive or negative. It gives us a chance to listen to what [customers] have to say. DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL CUSTOMER. Jilda: Eighteen to 40 years old, she enjoys going out, being social – whether it is to the races, a nightclub, birthday or wedding! She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and having a good time. She is confident, fashion-savvy and likes to stay on top of the trends. ANY CELEB FANS OF SEDUCE? Amber: Paris Hilton, Kelly Rowland, Jessica Mauboy, Jennifer Hawkins, Lindsay Rodriguez, Lizzy Lovette and Carrie Bickmore all wear and have pieces of Seduce. We love seeing them wearing our pieces and hope they get as much enjoyment out of them as we do! FASHION PREDICTIONS FOR 2011? Jilda: For autumn/winter, there is a huge aviation and military trend [coming through]. Khakis, camel, tan, epaulettes and lots of hardware – think “urban uniforms”! There is also the country cool vibe, where romantic and rugged [looks] collide. There are a lot of comfort and heritage fabrics that give texture and cocoon the body. Layering is key for the season. WHERE CAN SHOPPERS FIND SEDUCE? Amber: As well as being stocked in our own retail stores, we are in David Jones, Myer and boutiques nationally. Seduce has also ventured into the US market and is stocked through major department stores and boutiques, such as Bebe and Lipsy. It’s a really exciting time for us and we can’t wait for the brand to go global!
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Did you know that most people are tired all the time with absolutely no energy? They go to bed tired, they wake up tired, they drag through the entire day tired. And why wouldn’t we be? Given how hectic our lifestyles are nowadays, it doesn’t take much to leave you feeling rundown. A busy week at the office, studying or at home with the kids can leave little time for enough sleep and relaxation. People from all walks of life, of very different age groups and lifestyles, suffer from fatigue. Luckily there are a number of effective natural energy boosters and therapies you can turn to, to give yourself a much-needed lift. Acupuncture This therapy is based on the Chinese principal that we all have energy or Qi (pronounced Chi) circulating around our bodies through energy channels called meridians. Physical, emotional and environmental disorders can sometimes alter the flow of our energy. By inserting fine needles into certain points along the meridians, acupuncture can unblock, increase or decrease these energy flows to correct any imbalances. Massage According to studies, approximately 75 per cent of today’s diseases are attributed to stress and tension. Massage stimulates circulation, aids digestion, detoxifies the body, increases the function of the lymphatic system and relieves muscle tension. This form of natural therapy can be very beneficial in relieving stress and increasing energy. Aromatherapy The sense of smell is the most immediate of our senses. When we smell an essential oil, the aromatic vapour dissolves into the moisture in the nose, stimulating the olfactory nerves. Bergamot and rosemary are two such oils that are said to be uplifting. Shiatsu A lot like acupuncture, Shiatsu is based on the same theory of energy flowing through the body. In Japan, known as Ki, this energy can get disturbed. By stimulating various pressure points, the various meridians are opened up for the Ki to flow. Reflexology Did you know that there are around 7000 nerve endings in each foot, each one connecting to a different part of the body! To combat general fatigue, various parts of the foot that link to the glands, adrenals, diaphragm and the spine can be worked to give a boost in energy. Water Dehydration is a common energy drainer. Dehydration signals are often mistaken for hunger. Upon waking and before each meal have a glass of water. This will flush out toxins, stop you from overeating and ensure a well-hydrated body. Supplements Are you running on empty? Your body may simply be missing out on the required key nutrients, minerals and vitamins it needs. If you are not getting the daily requirements in your diet, consider taking vitamin supplements. Iron and vitamin Bs are normally recommended to help with energy but consult your doctor for further advice. Exercise Rather than slumping in front of the TV or computer when the day is done, enjoy a short, brisk walk. This will get the blood pumping and oxygen flowing to your tissues. Aim for just five minutes a day and gradually increase to 30 minutes a day. Nap Time You’ve heard of a ‘Nanna Nap’ or a ‘Pregnant Pause’. You may not be elderly or expecting, but a 20-30 minute nap may be just what you need to revitalise your mind and your body.
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probably the best option to hear better on all telephones whether they are cordless, Fixed or mobile is through bluetooth. Many people with a hearing impairment have a lot of difficulty communicating on the phone. However, there are now several options available to assist with this. For normal land line telephones probably the easiest solution is to contact Telstra and obtain a hearingimpaired phone. They come in several options including a fixed line phone, a cordless phone and teletext phone. The first two options allow you to increase the volume of the telephone to very loud levels suitable for people who have up to a profound hearing loss. Those who have very poor speech understanding on the phone can opt for the teletext telephones, which have the text come up on the telephone as people talk to you, similar to teletext on the television. These alternatives are available for the same price as a standard line rental telephone from Telstra. Volume control telephones work very well, however if you have a hearing aid it can be tiresome having to remove it every time the phone rings to answer it. This is particularly difficult if you don’t have the best dexterity. There are several options for hearing aid wearers when using the phone. Firstly you may just be able to hold the phone up to the
ear as normal and use the microphone on the hearing aid. Most hearing aids now have very good feedback cancellation features, which prevent them from whistling when you’re holding the phone up to the ear. This may work well in quiet environments but in noisy environments it still may be difficult as the hearing aids will also pick up environmental noises. An option if this is the case is the use of telecoils. Most hearing aids have telecoils built into them. When used with fixed land line phones the hearing aid receives signals from the phone via a magnetic induction loop. All that is heard from the hearing aid is the person on the telephone – it does not pick up any other surrounding environmental noise. Most hearing aids now are able to automatically change to this setting without you having to touch any buttons. Telecoils work well most of the time but are prone to picking up electrical noise and do not work with most cordless and mobile phones. Probably the best option to hear better on all telephones whether they are cordless, fixed or mobile is through Bluetooth. Many hearing aids are now Bluetooth compatible and are
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Known as one of the oldest Olympic sports, rowing is an intense calorie-burning exercise that will provide a total body workout. Able to be done in rivers, lakes or the ocean, rowing can be performed either recreationally or as a competitive sport. There are many different types of competition. These include endurance races, time trials, stake racing, bumps racing, and the side-by-side format used in the Olympic Games. While rowing, the athlete sits in the boat facing backwards (towards the stern), and uses the oars which are held in place by the oarlocks to propel the boat forward (towards the bow). It is a demanding sport requiring strong core balance as well as physical strength and cardiovascular endurance. Rowing is said to be one of the best exercises to work all your major muscle groups. The movements and resistance involved will strengthen and tone your legs, arms, back and abdominal muscles, whilst giving you a great cardiovascular workout. Rowing is a low impact activity with movement only in defined ranges, so that twist and sprain injuries are rare. However, the repetitive rowing action can put strain on knee joints and the spine especially if you row with poor technique; for e.g. a curved rather than a straight back. A qualified instructor can assist to ensure you start with the right skills and correct procedures. Contact your local rowing clubs to see what training and leagues are available. If you find it hard to make it to the waters edge, there is an indoor alternative â€“ the rowing machine. An indoor rower is a machine used to simulate the action of watercraft rowing for the purpose of exercise or training for rowing. Indoor rowing has actually become established as a sport in its own right. Also known as Ergometers, indoor rowers have an ergo-meter device which measures the amount of work performed. The indoor rower is calibrated to measure the amount of energy the rower is generating, thus making it an excellent tool for use in a weight-loss program.
There are many varieties of indoor rowing machines available in gyms or on the market to purchase. The most common rowing-machine design consists of a flywheel connected to a chain and handle. The rower pushes their body backwards with the legs, then pivots their back and pulls on the handle, causing the flywheel to spin. The flywheel has a braking mechanism that is intended to simulate the feel of an oar moving through water. A more economic variety is the Piston Resistance which utilises hydraulic cylinders that attach to the handles of the rowing machine. The positive for this style is that itâ€™s a cheaper, simpler design that is not too large to store at home. Unfortunately the handle length and hand position is fixed, making the stroke less accurate than is possible on the other types of resistance models. Other designs available that simulate the rowing action include magnetic, air and water resistance rowers. Local sports stores and retailers can advise a style that will meet your fitness and budget needs.
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COlOur CheCK the heAlth OF yOur gumS teaching my patients to know their gums means they are more in control oF their oral health When we think about colour and the mouth we immediately think about the colour of our teeth. Granted, tooth colour is an important factor for most people and sometimes whitening or tooth restoration can make a smile a beautiful one. It can add a sparkle that otherwise lacks, often improves one’s selfesteem amazingly and can takes years off a person’s overall look. As a hygienist, I talk with many of my patients about improving tooth colour – but I talk with many more patients about the colour of their gums. I learn a lot by looking at my patient’s soft tissues and, of course, I have the benefit of a trained eye. Yet I believe my patients have much to learn by looking closely at their own mouth also. I like to use the ‘three Cs’ when discussing gums with my patients, which involves their colour, contour and consistency. Gum colour differs with every person but there are certain signs of health we look for. As a rule, gums have a light-pink colour with a uniform tone throughout. Some people with darker complexions have a brownish pigment to their gums as well. The contour should show a firm-looking texture, scalloping closely along each
tooth. A defined and sharp triangle of gum between each tooth is what you’re looking for. Inspecting the gums closely, we should also be able to see some small closely clustered bumps known as stippling, which is often described as an orange peel effect. Consistency of the above two factors is important to have throughout the mouth and demonstrates health. Inconsistencies can indicate localised infections or gum diseases that need attention. This is one of the important things I look for at every dental hygiene appointment and is invaluable for detecting irregularities in a person’s oral health. If I see an area of gum that has a change of colour or contour it can highlight many things as simple as a poor-fitting tooth restoration or inadequate plaque removal with a toothbrush in that area. Or it can help in the initial diagnosis of more serious conditions such as localised gum disease or even the need for further investigation into the possibility of oral cancer. The primary role of a dental hygienist is of an educator and I believe teaching my patients to know their gums means they are more in control of their oral health and are better
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Responsible pet ownership is an emotional, situational and financial decision. Emotional – Am I able to give a pet the time, attention, enrichment, socialisation and support it needs? Situational – Does my living arrangement suit a pet? Is there space for a dog to run around? Will my neighbours complain of noise? Will my landlord allow pets? What will I do when my lease runs out? Financial – Can I afford the ongoing costs of food, registration, obedience training, boarding kennels (when holidaying), routine vet visits, flea treatments and surprise health requirements? There’s no doubt that pets bring joy to our lives, but we need to be able to provide a secure environment for them. Many people are not pet owners not because they don’t like animals, but because their lifestyle won’t permit it. If you are intending to buy a pet as a Christmas gift for someone, why not consider adopting from a shelter instead?
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grieF aFter losing a pet is natural, especially being an important member oF the Family. As pet owners ourselves, we understand what you are going through. You may feel angry, sad or even some guilt that you perhaps were not there when your pet died. It’s okay to cry. It may help to write a letter to your pet, telling them how much you love and miss him or her. You could place this letter and a flower with your pet for when they go to heaven, or tie it to a balloon and say a prayer as it flies away. Talk about your feelings with your friends and family, remembering the happy times you shared. You may like to draw a picture of you and your pet playing, or make a memory book with some photos of your pet. Pet Heaven NQ offers a range of services to help you and your family farewell your pet in a dignified and caring manner. Many people choose cremation so they can have their pet’s ashes returned in a lovely pottery urn or ashes box. We also provide a certificate of cremation on which we put details about your pet and family, to make a special memorial. Some families then choose to scatter the ashes at a later time, at the beach, park or other favourite place for you all. You could also choose to bury your pet at our natural garden pet cemetery at Bluewater. You are welcome to attend the burial and say some special prayers. Later you can visit your pet’s grave and place his or her favorite ball or toy on his grave. In time, your sadness will ease, though you will always love and remember the pet that has died. You may get another pet to love and care for. There is always room in our heart for more love! Our friendly staff can help with any special request to help you farewell your precious family pet. 64
Caring for your pets when they die • Your choice of cremation or burial services • Collection from your home or Vet • Range of ashes boxes and memorial items • Professional and personalised service
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family NICOLE pIEROTTI | child psychologist
trying tO be yOur teenAger’S Friend? there’s been a change in parenting teenagers. Afraid of ‘losing’ their teenager, or of their teenager not sharing and talking about their problems, a vast majority of parents have chosen the parenting approach of being more permissive and setting few rules. Parents are thinking that this way of parenting will bring them closer to their teen. That their teen will talk more about the problems in their life and tell their parents what is actually going on. Parents believe this permissive approach will give teens little reason to rebel and they will feel more comfortable sharing the truth with them. Research shows, however, that permissive parenting actually results in the opposite. Teenagers with permissive parents lie to their parents more – in fact it’s a huge 96 per cent – and permissive parenting makes teen rebellion worse. This has been studied over the last 10 years and across different cultures and the evidence is the same. Even the researcher who conducted these studies was surprised by her findings. Darling was looking at teen rebellion and the parent-child relationship. Her guess was that teens would answer that they lie to parents in order to avoid consequences or avoid getting into trouble. Instead the most common reason teens reported for lying was to preserve the parent-child relationship. Teens said they lie so they won’t disappoint parents. 0609 Teenagers are meant to separate from their parents – this is a healthy and normal part of teen development and it helps the teen to define their own person. A teenager at this point is proving to themselves that they can manage their life without help from parents. Of course this brings with it big changes to the parent-child relationship. Usually if a teen does tell their parents about the problems in their life, most parents give advice or try to solve them. So what does a teen do instead? Not be completely honest or omit details because they know you would be upset or take over. Instead of going with the flow of your teenager separating from you, permissive parenting encourages your teen to see how far they can push before you show you care by setting limits. Stricter parents, who have set rules and are firm on them, actually have teens who are more truthful to them. These teens go on to normally and healthy detach from their parents. Your relationship with your teen will change as it’s meant to. So continue to be their parent and set rules rather than trying to be their friend. When your teen does discuss their problems with you, refrain from telling them what to do or taking it over and trying to solve it for them. Just listen and reflect, trust in your parenting up till now and they will work through and solve it themselves. This approach will set you and your teen up to have the most successful teen-parent relationship.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Psychologist and parent Nicole Pierotti is a baby sleep and parenting expert. To find out about her baby preparation workshops for expectant parents, call 4725 4699 or visit www.babysmiles.com.au.
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roast turkey breast with hasselback potatoes SERVES 8 2 × 1kg single turkey breast fillets* 125g butter, softened 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 lemons, rind finely grated 1⁄2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1 bunch lemon thyme olive oil cooking spray HASSELBACK POTATOES 16 desiree potatoes, peeled 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 16 fresh small bay leaves, halved 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 60g butter, melted *Note: You will need to pre-order the turkey meat from your butcher. Be sure to explain that each breast needs to be single, and should weigh 1kg. 66
Preheat the oven to 200°C fan-forced. Place the turkey fillets skin side up on a board. Loosen the skin with your fingers, leaving it attached at the long edge. Using a fork, beat the butter, garlic, and lemon rind in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley. Spread the butter mixture between the skin and the flesh of each turkey fillet. Truss each fillet with kitchen string at 2cm intervals, then poke the thyme under the string. Spray the top lightly with oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Place 1 turkey fillet, skin side down, in the hot pan. Cook for 2 minutes, until skin is golden. Turn and cook for a further 2 minutes, then transfer to a roasting pan, skin side up. Repeat with the remaining turkey fillet. Meanwhile, for the hasselback potatoes, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each potato, so
they sit flat. Make deep cuts in the potatoes, about 3mm apart, but don’t cut all the way through.* Insert 2–3 slices of garlic and 2 bay leaf halves into each potato. Place in the pan around the outside edge of the turkey fillets. Combine the oil and butter and brush generously over each potato. Roast the turkey and potatoes for 35–40 minutes, or until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the turkey. Remove the turkey to a tray, then cover and set aside to rest for 20 minutes. Increase the oven to 220°C fan-forced, baste the potatoes with the pan juices and roast for a further 15–20 minutes, or until golden and crisp. *Note: Insert a skewer through the base of the potato lengthways. As you slice the potato, the knife will come in contact with the skewer, preventing you cutting all the way through.
toFFee Fruit with cheesecake ice-cream SERVES 4 8 freestone peaches, nectarines or plums, halved, stones removed 1 cup white sugar CHEESECAKE ICE-CREAM 1 litre good-quality vanilla ice-cream 500g cream cheese, softened, chopped 1⁄2 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 2/3 cup thickened cream For the cheesecake ice-cream, spoon the ice-cream into a large mixing bowl. Set aside at room temperature for 10–20 minutes to soften slightly. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, caster sugar and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Pour in the thickened cream and beat until just combined. Stir the cream cheese mixture into
the vanilla ice-cream until well combined. Pour into a 5-cup capacity airtight container* and place a piece of baking paper right onto the surface. Cover with plastic wrap, then secure with a tight-fitting lid or wrap tightly in foil and freeze overnight. Line a tray with baking paper. Place the fruit, cut side up, on the tray. Pour the sugar into a clean, dry, medium non-stick frying pan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the sugar melts and turns deep golden. Remove from the heat and pour the toffee mixture over the fruit. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the toffee to set and cool.* Serve with scoops of cheesecake ice-cream.
it’s frozen, press a piece of baking paper right down onto the surface to prevent ice crystals forming. *Note: You can make the fruit in advance, if you like, and refrigerate it. The crisp toffee will melt to a sweet syrup, which is just as delicious. Family Food & Weekend Feasts ($39.95) by Janelle Bloom published by Ebury Press © 2010
*Note: To prevent freezer burn, it’s important to store the ice-cream in a container only just large enough to hold it, though allowing it just a little room to expand when it freezes. Once 67
By Carly lubicz
eCO mum how oFten have you eaten leFtovers From a plastic container, taken a gulp oF water From a disposable plastic water bottle, or discarded plastic packaging into the bin without a second thought? a townsville mum is educating the public about the perils oF plastics and it all starts with the kitchen.
Go into the heart of your home: the kitchen. Rifle through your draws – how many plastic containers, cups, spoons, bottles and measuring cups are there? A couple of years ago chartered accountant Karen Keynes was heavily dependent on plastics like most North Queensland households – that was until some information she discovered about these widely used and commonly accepted items changed her view for life. “Certain plastics contain Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, which food standards boards all over the world have recognised as toxic,” Karen explains. “BPA is said to mimic the body’s hormones and lead to a range of health effects, which is particularly concerning for young children and infants in their developmental stages, yet the substance hasn’t been banned because they’re still trying to determine what the safe consumption level is for humans. However, if they know it’s toxic at any level why are they still using it at all – let alone in food packaging – when there are already safe options that exist?” Karen is also concerned about the volume of plastic that goes into landfill because, she explains, most of it cannot be broken down and only 25 per cent of the plastics that can be 68
recycled make it to that stage. After looking for alternatives the mother-of-two kept hitting brick walls so she decided to take action – discussing her concept for an eco-friendly kitchenware business with a girlfriend, then taking the plunge and establishing GreenUrLife. “I just want people to know there are safe and environmentally friendly alternatives out there, whether it’s recycled timber chopping boards, lightweight stainless steel airtight storage containers, drinking straws and water bottles, or glass bakeware that doubles as food storage,” Karen explains, her dedication seeing her named a finalist this year in the national AusMumpreneur eco-friendly business awards. “Most people wouldn’t be able to get rid of all their plastics and replace them with safer alternatives immediately, but you can start with the two most important things – swap your plastic water jug for glass or stainless steel and store your food in stainless steel or glass containers. Eventually you can transfer your whole kitchen over to BPA-free products, but don’t go throwing your old plastics out – keep them in the garage to store loose items or for the kids’ play dough or puzzle pieces.”
A mum-on-a-mission, Karen has also found time to create the Townsville Eco Business Directory, which is a listing of small eco-friendly, organic and natural businesses that she devised in time for this year’s Eco Fiesta. Seeking further exposure for ‘green’ businesses, last month Karen launched an Eco Market Evening, which offers small eco-friendly businesses an opportunity to showcase their wares while providing a one-stop shopping resource for eco-minded people in Townsville. Karen hopes this will become a monthly event next year. “I really just want to make people generally aware of eco-friendly alternatives, whether it’s kitchenware, hair or cleaning products, that they can access here in Townsville and support local businesses trying to make a difference to our health and that of the environment.”
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mAdAme OF the ArtS From australian television classics to kids edutainment to historical novels, posie graeme-evans has deservedly claimed a spot as the madame oF australian arts. duo boils the kettle and sits down to enjoy a hot cuppa and posie’s latest novel, the dressmaker.
Posie Graeme-Evans is no stranger to strong, modern women. Not only do her accomplishments in the Australian arts suggest she herself is such a woman, but she is also the creator and producer of TV sensation McLeod’s Daughters, which for eight years followed the lives of modern Aussie women battling the land and their male-dominated industry. Her latest creation is The Dressmaker, a rags-to-riches novel that follows the tumultuous life of Ellen Gowan. Set in 1850s England, we trace Ellen’s life from her childhood through to her mid-twenties where she is London’s most famous dressmaker. Ellen is an outsider; her intelligence and wit are ahead of her time, her strong will and determination conflict with societal expectations. She is a modern woman, the result of a scholarly father and a mother who abandoned her wealthy family to marry for love. Tragedy seems to follow poor Ellen, with first her father dying, then later her mother. Orphaned by 13, Ellen soon after marries the handsome but dastardly Raoul de Valentin, with whom she sets up a dressmaking business. However, when Ellen becomes pregnant, Raoul abandons her. Ellen’s a gusty woman, and we watch in admiration as she drags her life back on track. She doggedly applies herself to her craft and with the backing of the man she has always secretly loved she opens her own salon. Her designs are an instant success, but Ellen fears social disgrace and lies about her past, claiming to be a widow. Years later, and Ellen is known as Madame Gowan, the beautiful dressmaker to the English elite. Then Raoul returns and threatens to destroy everything. Posie’s sympathetic Ellen is the career woman who sacrifices everything in pursuit of a dream (a very modern notion indeed). She’s a go-getting career woman who relates to and inspires her audience. English-born herself, Posie has built a solid career spanning 25 years as a creator, producer, director, lyricist and novelist. She has been behind popular hits such as kids’ edutainment phenomenon Hi-5 (which is now in its tenth year running), and Aussie dramas Sea Patrol, The Alice, Sons and Daughters and Rafferty’s Rules. She brings a string of accolades with her from her production career, including being named the Inaugural Australian Independent Producer of Year for her body of work by Screen Producers of Australia in 2001. In 2002 Variety Magazine’s annual worldwide survey noted her as one of 20 Significant Women in Film and Television, alongside screen legend Meryl Streep and TV favourite Jennifer Aniston. It was just over five years ago when Posie resigned from her three-year post as Director of Drama for the Nine Network to concentrate on her career as a novelist. Aside from The Dressmaker, she has released a successful trilogy of novels, known as the Anne Trilogy – The Innocent, The Exiled and The Beloved – set in C15th England. The Dressmaker is a sheer unfettered melodrama, brimming with romance, social intrigue and rich, detailed illustrations of Victorian London. Posie’s characters and storylines will no doubt inspire fiery discussions at book clubs about social norms and expectations, gender, feminism, self-sufficiency and compromise. the DreSSMaker, $32.99 (PaPerBaCk) iS availaBle now froM loCal BookStoreS.
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Ellen Gowan turned from the window. The soft net fell to its place with a sigh, a film against the obsidian pane. There was no light in the room, no fire or candle, but Ellen could see her image well enough. It was reflected in the dressing glass on her table. Why was her appearance unchanged? Tonight her carefully constructed world had been taken apart, remorselessly torn into small and then smaller fragments. And yet she looked as she always did. She found that odd. And suddenly it was too much. ‘Oriana. Can you hear me? Help me, I beg of you! Oh, please.’ The wail of a lost child. Hearing herself, Ellen almost broke – she who had not cried since . . . ‘No!’ Hand heels ground against bone yet these, her eye-sockets were strong enough. Dams to hold back grief. ‘I will not!’ She would push the tears behind the orbs of her eyes, hold them inside her body. She would not cry. Polly knocked softly. ‘You need not be alone.’ Standing in the passage outside Ellen’s room, Polly’s candle outlined the shape of the door. Like water, light, once introduced, will not be denied. Ellen did not immediately reply. Her throat constricted even as she said, ‘Go to bed, Polly.’ On any other night, Ellen might have opened the door to her friend. There is solace in an orderly life, chatting amiably while unlacing or plaiting one’s hair for sleep. But not tonight. Polly’s silent shuffle was eloquent. Ellen could hear her breathing. ‘I know how upset you are. That man . . .’ ‘No!’ Ellen modified her tone. ‘I cannot talk of –’ she stopped. And then, ‘Sleep well, dearest Polly.’ ‘We will come through this,
Ellen. We always have before.’ A pause and the footfalls departed. Distantly, Polly’s door creaked open and closed with its accustomed click. In her room, Ellen’s eyes adjusted to the dark. Slowly, as if emerging from water, she made out her reflection in the looking glass again. The white part of her eye glittered briefly as she moved close to the dressing table. She saw her face as a painter might – the shapes and volumes and planes, the suggestion of color to the mouth and eyes. Was she pretty? He had said she was, tonight. No, he had said, exquisite and beautiful. Such compliments were abuse from his mouth. ‘Enough!’ At last, rage made its appearance and Ellen rejoiced. Scarlet fury brought a rushing tide of energy, one that rode high in her chest and shortened her breath. But this was from strength, not dumb misery. Ellen fumbled over to the mantelpiece and found the vestas and the silver candle stick with its honey-smelling, country-smelling, garden-ofher-childhood-smelling candle. This was the first brave luxury she had allowed herself as things improved. Beeswax instead of tallow, even in the bedrooms. The vigorous click-scritch as she struck light to the wick was just as it should be, a normal sound on this most abnormal of nights. She touched the flame to the ready-laid fire, a further act of defiance. Ellen Gowan would not cringe and cry in the dark. She would be warm for she had earned the money so to be. Let there be fire! Let there be candles, not one but several! And as the coals caught from the wood shavings artfully placed among them, Ellen
stood in the very center of her gracious room, a branch of candles in her hand. Slowly she turned and allowed the pliant flame to illuminate all those things that she, and she alone, had placed there. The gilt-framed paintings, the bound books in their presses, the splendor of the carpet beneath her handmade shoes. She was the famous, some might say the notorious, Madame Ellen Gowan, creator of gowns and all manner of finery to the ladies of the most prominent families of England, the Great Six Hundred. She had worked for her renown, sacrificed so much, and she would not allow him to destroy her work, or her life. Not again. Distantly, the hour began to chime. Ellen stood at her window and stared out at the sky, spangled with stars. One, two, three . . . ‘He shall not take what he wants. Do you hear me, Oriana? I shall not let him take it.’ Four, five, six . . . ‘I shall send him back to the past.’ Seven, eight . . . ‘He belongs there.’ Nine . . . ‘Mine is the future.’ Ten . . . ‘I shall claim the future. As you wanted me to.’ Eleven . . . ‘And I shall not be afraid.’ Twelve. Midnight. Ellen pushed up the heavy window sash and leaned out. The moon rode high above Berkeley Square and its light found diamonds in the flagstones, turning the world to silver. In that transformation was magic. Or sorcery. But there was power in this glinting world ruled by the moon, and mystery in its shadows. Ellen was not afraid of the London night, it had proved a friend in the past. And yet nothing on that frozen midnight was as it seemed. Least of all Madame Ellen Gowan.
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Brad HougH Jupiters Townsville
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THE COFFEE CLUB sToCkland, domain, The willows, The sTrand
Dotting the city in four convenient locations, Townsville’s Coffee Club franchises have long been serving up coffee connoisseurs their caffeine hits and catering to the hoards looking for a mouth-watering meal. Well, their perfected product and superior service has not gone unnoticed. It seems Townsville’s favourite meeting places aren’t just the top of our locals’ list as the perfect spot to catch up for a quality coffee or bite to eat. “We just returned from Brisbane where we were awarded the National Multi Franchise 2010,” General Manager Allison McKay revealed to DUO.
“This award was chosen from 270 Australian Stores, 30 NZ Stores and 10 Stores in Thailand. Our Chef at our Domain Store was awarded with the National Good Food Award, competing against Chefs from all over the country, NZ & Thailand.” With sites at Domain Central, Stockland and Willows Shopping Centres and at the beautiful Strand, this multi-franchise certainly has taken command of Townsville’s café colony. No matter what time of day you decide to drop in, you’ll have the option of tucking in to an all day breakfast, or the choice of a great selection of starters, open grills, healthy
salads, gourmet wraps and sandwiches, light meals and mains as well as a kids menu. As a Café/Bar/Restaurant (CBR), the Strand Coffee Club is a popular destination by day and by night. Both locals and tourists flock to the seaside venue for their morning heartstarter or leisurely breakfast and for afterdark diners looking for a succulent steak and glass of wine or a cold beer it’s the ultimate setting. No need to ask “where will I meet you?” It’s official; Townsville’s Coffee Clubs have got it covered!
for christmas celebration :: All four locations are available for Christmas parties :: Venue hire available at Domain Townsville :: The Strand open on from 7am- 8pm on Christmas day Phone bookings accepted, but are not essential
Stockland P: 4725 3299
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The Willows P: 4723 3014
The Strand P: 4724 3222
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JuPiTers TownsVille, sir leslie Thiess driVe
The secret is out. The increasingly popular Essence restaurant at Jupiters is no longer a hidden secret and is the talking point on fine-diners’ lips. Dubbed as one of Townsville’s best intimate dining restaurants, Essence, which is situated beside Aqua, offers an exceptional atmosphere for any lover of fine dining. The ambience in Essence is unlike any other. On arrival you are greeted with an intimate, warm restaurant with a limited seating capacity of 40 with discreet lighting and surrounds. Best described as chic, intimate and sophisticated, the restaurant not only boasts a delicious seasonally driven al a carte dining menu, but it is
also home to a spectacular wine list including a select reserve list. Head chef Brad Hough uses seasonal ingredients to drive the menu and incorporates some of the North’s finest and freshest foods. The menu has recently been revised ensuring a continually evolving delicious menu to tempt any palate. The summer menu is inspired by fresh, local produce and is a great mix of dishes including the vodka and fennel cured ocean trout with tartare pickled shallots and sourdough toasts or the mouth-watering traditional crispy Sri Lankan crepe with roasted pumpkin, dahl and coconut sambal to name a few. Essence’s menu also features some
creative and inspiring dishes such as the pandanus smoked kangaroo loin, whole baby barramundi, confit duck Maryland and the pan-seared 250 gram eye fillet with duck foie gras, mixed mushroom and blue cheese croquette with steamed green beans and port jus. The menu provides great choice, outstanding quality, plentiful serving sizes and an affordable price range with entrees starting from $13, main courses from $29.50 and desserts starting from $12.50. Essence is open 7 nights a week for dinner from 6pm until late. Bookings are essential and can be made on (07) 4722 2261.
. Intimate . Contemporary .
Multi Award Winning Winner 2009 North Queensland Regional Restaurant & Caterers Awards: Restaurant of the Year Winner 2009 North Queensland Regional Restaurant & Caterers Awards: Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Open 7 days
For bookings phone 4722 2261 or book online at www.jupiterstownsville.com.au
from 6.00pm til late
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SUGATRAIN LOUNGE BAR & CAFÉ
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The festive season has arrived and Sugatrain Lounge Bar & Café is the perfect place for that end-of-year celebration! Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sugatrain’s Executive Chef Dean Pedrotti has introduced some delicious new festive dishes to the menu. Sugatrain offers indoor and outdoor dining, catering for an intimate dinner for two, a group celebration or a company Christmas get-together in a private function room for celebrations for up to 60 people. Sugatrain is also offering a two-course festive season lunch for only $29 per person. From Monday 22 November until Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a two-course lunch with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Bookings essential. Call your friends or work colleagues and book your table at Sugatrain Lounge Bar & Café to celebrate 2010!
Gyo Restaurant is taking the “Bah, Humbug” out of your Christmas parties this summer with their sushi platters, available made to order from their Gregory Street kitchen. From $80 per platter, Gyo’s chefs will assemble a selection of their finest sushi and sushi rolls for a healthy alternative for your party guests at home or at work. A dining-in experience can be just as easy to cater for groups of eight or more, with Gyo’s banquet menus on offer. With six delectable, authentic Japanese dishes to sample, the $30 banquet will satiate your guests’ sushi desires; or upgrade to the $40 banquet for sashimi lovers. Gyo’s banquets are a great way to enjoy a traditional Japanese meal in the Australian festive season with work friends or family. Bookings are essential. If it’s a sushi party platter you require, make sure you call and order the day before! Dine in or take away – there’s still no reason not to go to Gyo!
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BREAKFAST Sat & Sun 8am -11.30am LUNCH Tue - Sun 11.30am - 2.30pm DINNER Tue - Sun from 5.30pm MONDAY Closed 48 Gregory Street North Ward
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Breaking bread breaks barriers, and important relationships can certainly be built between 12 and 2. The long business lunch is making a comeback and award-winning restaurant Table 51 is perfect for todayâ€™s business person. Conveniently located just a few minutes from the CBD, Table 51 offers a stylish and comfortable venue for professionals to come together and talk business while enjoying the incredible food. With a deliciously diverse menu, extensive wine list and experienced waitstaff Table 51 is the ideal setting to impress your clients and wheel a deal. Specialising in contemporary Australian cuisine and using only the best local seasonal produce and seafood, Table 51 strives to give you a supreme menu and an enjoyable dining experience. This is innovative modern Australian dining at its best. With a friendly atmosphere and spacious surrounds, you can enjoy your meal in airconditioned comfort or dine al fresco.
THE BUSINESS LUNCH IS BACK Come and experience our delicious new lunch menu featuring our classic steak and mushroom pie, caesar salads, beer battered or grilled reef fish & chips, steak or chicken burgers and more. Serving Lunch Monday - Friday from 12 noon - 2.30pm Dinner Monday - Saturday from 6pm
51 Palmer Street South Townsville Telephone 4721 0642
& fine dining plus private functions at a
lunch thursday & friday dinner tuesday - saturday riverside at metro quays, 86 ogden st. townsville weekend reservations essential. tel 4724 4441
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ODYSSEY ON THE STRAND
Flinders Street East pub stalwart Molly Malone’s is sharing the Christmas cheer with Townsville locals with their new menu available for lunch and dinner. For fantastic pub grub and a rolling supply of cold beverages from the bar, Molly Malone’s provides an ideal venue for local businesses to book their Christmas party lunch that can carry on well into the evening. Try Molly’s Famous Crumbed Steak for only $10.90 or their jumbo version for $18.90. You’ll get change from a $20 dollar note from all of your meals at Molly’s – with the exception of their renowned 500g Angus Rump that’s on the menu for $24.95. Got kids? Molly’s have got it covered with their $6.50 children’s menu! For great value and a friendly, festive atmosphere get down to Molly Malone’s for lunch served between 12pm and 2pm and dinner from 6pm till 9pm. See you at Molly’s this silly season!
Odyssey on the Strand has got all bases covered for the upcoming festive season. Open 7am daily for breakfast followed by lunch, Odyssey is the perfect venue for any dining experience. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for dinner. Surrounded my ample parking, Odyssey is the ideal, childfriendly meeting place for get-togethers with friends, family, business meetings or mothers groups. Odyssey won the Award for Best Breakfast Restaurant North Queensland, at the recent Restaurant and Caterers Awards. Enjoy a cold beer, cocktail or glass of wine as Odyssey is fully licensed. Meals are also available to take-away and catering is available. If you have a work or private function in mind speak to Dimi and her specialised team as they have the know-how to make your event a memorable one. Come on a Sunday night and relax while enjoying a meal or cheese platter with a cocktail and take in the view.
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Molly Malones The Bull Bar and The Shed Night Spot
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• CAFE • BAR • BISTRO • EXPRESS • 120 The Strand (Opposite the Rock Pool) • Mon-Thur 7am-4pm • Fri-Sun 7am till late
87-95 Flinders Street East 4771 3428 12
Phone 4724 1400
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A seasonal change has swept through the open foyer of the Mercure Townsville and right into its Celsius Restaurant – overlooking the lagoon pool and tropical gardens. Executive chef Rebecca Kaye has introduced her new menu for discerning diners to sample; with a selection of summer seafood favourites on offer amongst a host of hearty meat dishes. You’ll know you’re in North Queensland when you’re presented a plate of sautéed wild barramundi on a crab and caviar risotto finished with a champagne and spinach hollandaise, or the grilled ocean trout with sautéed baby squid, potato gnocchi and sherry scented mussel cream. For a sensational surf ‘n turf try the 300g rib fillet topped with tempura oysters with peanut slaw and spicy porcini jus, while meat lovers can tuck into a saddle of lamb filled with pumpkin, prosciutto and red onion, finished with chocolate balsamic jus and micro herbs. Open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The taste of summer is abound at Bambini with a sensational new menu at their Gregory Street venue. Take a break from your Christmas shopping and let the team at Bambini treat you to their trio of tantalisingly fresh new lunch dishes. Try the smoked chicken, mango and avocado salad with honey sweet salted macadamias and a poppy seed vinaigrette, or dip into another summer favourite – Bambini’s own North Queensland Prawn Salad with local papaw, mango bean shoots and lime aioli. Team up the succulent pan seared duck breast with shaved fennel and orange salad dressed with citrus soy and mirin with a fresh juice that Bambini have begun squeezing out for the long hot days ahead. Don’t forget the very child friendly Fairfield Bambini – the perfect place to fuel up with breakfast or a coffee before a trip to the new Bunnings! Both Bambinis well be open throughout the Christmas period with the exception of the main public holidays.
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