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TOWNSVILLE’S FREE LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2010 ISSUE 53


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DUO MAGAZINE Creative Director Scott Morrison Production Manager Joan Fanning

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FEATURE STORY 14 YOUR MOTHER AT YOUR AGE REGULARS 6 COVERGIRL 8 NEWS 10 DUO DIARY 30 HOROSCOPES INTERVIEWS 18 BEVAN HILL 43 BELINDA COCO 54 CATE CATANZARITI 58 THE MEDICS 58 SHORTLIST 65 LINDSAY SIMPSON community 58 ewen jones mp FASHION 12 DUO DELUXE 31 BAGS 32 STATE OF GEORGIA 34 MY STYLE 36 MY BAG 38 FLEUR WOOD 43 AMANDA GILHAM-FISHER BEAUTY 44 NEW PRODUCTS

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WELLBEING 46 CLARITY HEARING 47 CASEY DENTISTS 48 AMCAL ROBERT POOLE’S PHARMACY 49 QUEENSLAND FERTILITY GROUP WELLBEING & EXERCISE 50 BEAT PMS 52 TOUCH FOOTBALL TASTE 60 WARM SQUID SALAD WITH CHICKPEAS AND WILD GREENS 60 PANNA COTTA WITH ROASTED APRICOTS AND HONEY 61 BRAISED ONION PIE 61 RHUBARB & MELOMAKARONA CRUMBLE FAMILY 55 NICOLE PIEROTTI society 22 An Evening with Harry Manx 23 McDonalds Father’s Day Fun Run 24 Pepperonata Fine Foods Opening 25 TEC NQ Open Day 26 MacDonnells Law Mud Crab Luncheon living naturally feature on the flipside

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Alex O’Toole

Nineteen-year-old JCU Law student Alex O’Toole is currently saving for a European holiday later this year. Alex enjoys running, fashion, travel and snowboarding, nights out and days spent on Maggie Island.

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Prophecy Hairdressing Photography Andrew Rankin

Alex has straight shoulder-length hair and we wanted to go with a softer, modern, more casual ‘50s set’. Jenny from Prophecy used Original & Mineral styling products to achieve this look. Atonic Thickening Spritz and Style Guru were applied to create volume. Alex’s hair was placed in pin curls and set. Once set the pin curls were removed and the fingers were used to rake through the hair, giving lift and de-formalising the set to create a ‘Marilyn Monroe meets Kate Hudson’ look.

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Bellanova Skin & Make Up Studio Alex’s look began with a cream foundation only applied where she needed it and then set with loose powder. Her eyes were enhanced with Sun Glow loose dust and Calypso Pink loose dust and a black shadow was used close to her lash line for subtle smokiness with black mascara. Her cheeks were bronzed and then highlighted with Sun Glow loose dust. Her pink lips were created using a nude pencil liner, parfait lipstick and strawberry shortcake gloss.

fashion

Miss Ruby

Natasha Paisley dress $420 Natasha multistrap heels $299

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ZERO TIME TO WASTE TO OWN YOUR DREAM LEXUS NOW. If you are currently in the market for a luxury vehicle, your timing could not be better. Purchase any Lexus and you’ll enjoy complimentary standard scheduled servicing for the rst 3 years or 60,000km* as well as a 4 year 100,000km warranty. You’ll also receive membership to our exclusive owners benets programme, Encore Privileges. Hurry this offer ends October 31, so call 4759 4242 or visit your Lexus of Townsville today.

*Complimentary scheduled servicing expires at 3 years or 60,000km from the date of first registration, whichever occurs first (up to the first 4 standard scheduled services). Offer only available on Pre-August Production vehicles. Conditions apply. See your Lexus dealer for further details. Overseas models shown.

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Purrr-fect RideR Ashley Roberts loves Lexus

Precious Pearls & Dazzling Diamonds bound for Townsville

A group of senior Loloma Jewellers staff have returned from the world’s largest jewellery fair with an insight into new global trends. More than 40,000 buyers attended the Hong Kong Jewellery Fair in September to view exhibitions from the world’s leading diamond suppliers, pearl growers and jewellery manufacturers. While Loloma Jewellers staff flew to the Chinese metropolis on a mission to sure-up supplies and contacts, the fair provided an insight into global trends that will impact the Australian market over the next 12 months. Bright and colourful stones and pearls will be prominent in the lead up to Christmas, according to Loloma Jewellers managing director Graham Jackson.

“The Hong Kong Jewellery Fair opened our eyes up to what will be the most desired items in jewellery, which we’ll be introducing at our stores right away,” Mr Jackson said. “Pearls will be bright and colourful, corals will be hot in colour inspired by the sea and black and white diamonds will be available in magnificent round or swirl designs. “We saw glimpses of these trends over the past 12 months but after seeing them on the global stage we know the people of Townsville will love the new designs.” Mr Jackson said Loloma bought large quantities of diamonds from Antwerp, New York, Shanghai and India, which now supply about 90 per cent of the world’s diamonds and account for 80 per cent of the global value.

Former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, headed North in September to entertain Townsville crowds at two exclusive shows at the Consortium. Ashley enjoyed being transported around in the Lexus RX350 Luxury Sports Wagon thanks to Lexus of Townsville. Ashley used to own a Lexus and mentioned that she missed it and that when the time came for a new vehicle, she would definitely buy another one.

Strategic Airlines connects Townsville direct TO Bali and Brisbane Strategic Airlines, Australia’s newest international carrier, is the first ever to announce direct flights from Townsville to Denpasar in Bali, commencing 3 December 2010. The wholly Australianowned airline will provide the only international flights currently available from Townsville, creating unprecedented leisure travel opportunities for the communities of North and NorthWestern Queensland. Strategic will operate the twice-weekly flights, departing Townsville every Friday and Sunday, with an Airbus A320 featuring 12 business class seats and 144 economy seats.

Optus SoundScribe of the Year Tanya Andersen for Townsville!

Hundreds of budding music enthusiasts aged between 16-24 years applied in a bid to represent their town as an Optus Sound Scribe. Forty lucky individuals were selected and will be interviewing music artists, managing their own music blog and reporting on their town’s local music scene, whilst being mentored by some of Australia’s leading music industry specialists over the next three months.

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Local music enthusiast, Tanya Andersen is one of the lucky few given the opportunity to be crowned the Optus Scribe of the Year 2010. “I love music, writing, photography and all things creative,” says Tanya. “Find me at any gig or event around Townsville and its surrounds – if there’s music happening, I’ll be there!” Tanya has been involved in the local music scene for many years – roadie-ing, promoting and photographing – and now freelances as a writer and photographer for various local magazines. “Some of my favourite music memories are helping out backstage at Cog, Melodyssey and photographing this year’s Groovin’

the Moo Festival, headlined by Silverchair,” says Tanya. “This is turning out to be an unbelievable experience. So far I’ve interviewed British India, Glenn Esmond from the Butterfly Effect, The Medics and a huge list of musicians hailing from Townsville. And in the coming weeks I will post interviews with Sarah Blasko, The Amity Affliction, Kate Martin, Elle Graham and Vayer. I’ve got Townsville music well and truly covered!” The best Scribe at the end of the competition will win a trip to Los Angeles, an internship at a music magazine in Sydney and a backstage pass to a music festival. But Tanya needs your support! Check out her music blog at www.

optussoundscribe.com – read her posts, submit questions to ‘the artist of the month’, sign her petition and help Tanya, and Townsville, make a mark on the music industry. “The more I dig, the more brilliant musicians and bands I come across,” says Tanya. “Townsville is a mighty talented bunch!” If you’re an artist or musician, entertainment venue or media outlet seeking publicity, contact Tanya at tanyalandersen@gmail. com. Alternatively, check out my portfolio at tanyaandersen. carbonmade.com, facebook me at www.facebook.com/ tanyalandersen or add me on Twitter – tanyalandersen.


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DRIVING MISS DAISY

11TH XSTRATA GREEK FEST

SARAH BLASKO

olives, fetta & honey puffs that’s right, the 11th Xstrata Greek Fest is on this month

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Court House Theatre Cnr Stokes & Sturt Sts, CITY

Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders StREET, CITY

Townsville Civic Theatre

Experience the music of world-class contemporary jazz trio Misinterprotato. Call 4721 1771

This biennial touring exhibition features more than 100 works created using a variety of printmaking techniques. Bag a bargain at the opening night auction. Ends 7 November. www.umbrella.org.au

The North Queensland Opera & Music Theatre Group takes on Disney’s High School Musical. Like the movie, the stage production tells the story of basketball captain Troy and brainy-but-shy Gabriella who discover they have a secret passion for singing. www.nqomt.com.au

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2010 FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Sir Leslie Thiess DRIve

Compact Prints 2010

High School Musical

TransVerse

Twilight Classics

Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway, KIRWAN

Dancenorth, Cnr Stanley & Walker Sts, CITY

A new media exhibition of video, computer and animation art. Ends 28 November. www.riverway.townsville.qld.gov. au/explore/gallery

Presented by the Barrier Reef Orchestra and featuring soloist Rebecca Chan. www.nqorchestra.com.au/index. php/events

Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night

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11th Xstrata Greek Fest

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Gregory Street Amphitheatre, The Strand

Riverway Park, Kirwan

A walk to remember, celebrate and give hope to those affected by leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. www.lightthenight.org.au

More Greek music, more cultural dancing and more delicious Greek food than ever before! There will also be plenty of competitions, children’s entertainment, rides and a fireworks display. www.greekfest.com.au

Appearances by former Queensland State of Origin players and a host of employers and training displays. www.fogs.com.au

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Townsville Young Artists Awards Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, FLINDERS STREET, CITY Townsville City Council’s annual art competition for budding artists to display their talent. www.townsville.qld.gov.au

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Driving Miss Daisy Riverway Arts Centre, KIRWAN The story of a friendship between an elderly Southern Jewish lady and her African-American chauffeur. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, it takes audiences on a journey from 1948 to 1973. TicketShop 4727 9797

Dragons Abreast Morning Tea

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Endeavour Foundation, 18 Landsborough St, North Ward

Townsville RSL, 139 Charters Towers ROAd

Join the Dragons Abreast Townsville for morning tea and a fashion parade, with your $20 ticket proceeds going towards breast cancer research. Call 0447 674 155

Col Elliot Live

Take a comic walk with Elliott as he pokes fun at everything from football to politics, bush poets and the meaning of life. www.townsvillersl.com.au


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SPECIAL DATES 7

Pink Ribbon Movie Night Birch Carrol and Coyle CINEMAS, STURT STREET, CITY

SCREENGRAB

Pink Ribbon Movie Night

Be among the first to see the new Julia Roberts movie, Eat Pray Love, at a movie night hosted by BreastScreen Queensland and Cancer Council Queensland. “We’re promoting awareness and early detection of breast cancer,” says Cancer Council Queensland fundraising officer Heather Martin. “Proceeds of the movie screening will go toward much-needed research and education. We’re hoping for 200 people and if we get more, we’ll get another cinema!” Cancer action coordinator Marina Paine says women aged 50 to 69 should have a mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Queensland. “And women under 40 should see their GP if they have any concerns. Signs to look for include dimpling or puckering, unusual breast pain, redness and nipple discharge.” Cancer Council Queensland staff and volunteers will also be selling Pink Ribbon Day merchandise in Townsville shopping centres on Saturday 25 October. Tickets for the 7 October screening of Eat Love Pray cost $20 and can be bought from the Townsville office of Cancer Council Queensland. There’ll also be a lucky door prize and raffles. For more information, call 4796 8400.

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WEDDING EXPO BY TWILIGHT

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The march is for women and children only but a free community concert for everyone follows, featuring Melbourne-based band The Stiff Gins. www.thewomenscentre.org.au

A Bridal Expo with a difference! Showcasing a real wedding in progress and bringing together many of Townsville’s leading wedding supply and catering businesses. The afternoon event will demonstrate the hotel’s wide range of wedding options from garden ceremonies to elegant waterfront receptions. The Expo will end with a spectacular fashion show featuring the latest bridal collections and formal gowns. From 4.30pm Call 4759 4908

Songbird Sarah Blasko returns home this month for a five-week tour across the nation. Sarah has been busy touring Europe where the release of her phenomenal third album, As Day Follows Night, has been welcomed with open arms and to serious acclaim. Sarah’s live shows promise a retrospective program revisiting her whole repertoire. Her previous tours have seen fellow musicians Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens, Glenn Richards of Augie March and Tim Rogers join her on stage. And who could forget the startling costumes of last year’s national tour? Ahead of the tour, a limited-edition of As Day Follows Night has also been released, featuring a bonus disc of 15 songs recorded live at The Forum in Melbourne. For tickets to Sarah’s Townsville show, visit www.tickets.com or call 4727 9797.

Reclaim the Night March

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Townsville Crocodiles Vs Sydney Kings Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Sir Leslie Thiess DRIve Action at ‘The Swamp’ kicks off at 7.30pm. www.tecc.net.au

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Pool Safety and Water Health Information Expo Riverway Park, Kirwan A fun-filled day of activities and education including free water aerobic and swimming lessons, a BBQ in support of the Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club, demonstrations by St John Ambulance and a guest appearance by Australian swimming legend Giaan Rooney. www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Publicise your event in the DUO Diary...for free! Whether it’s a fundraiser, opening or art show we’d love to KNOW about it. to register your event or IF YOU have any questions, email editor@duomagazine. com.au.

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Screengrab JCU School of Creative Arts (SoCA) James Cook University is hosting its second international New Media Arts exhibition, Screengrab, at SoCA’s eMerge Media Space from 15 October till 19 November. “This is a rare opportunity for the Townsville community to see a cutting-edge mix of digital works from as far afield as New York, Tokyo, Birmingham and Berlin,” says SoCA events officer Elly Murrell. “Emerging artists from Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast also feature in the final design of the exhibition.” The theme of this year’s Screengrab is Network, incorporating ideas from social networking to ecology. The works take a variety of artforms including animation, web-based gaming and digital video. “Screengrab challenges notions of what an art gallery can be,” says Elly. “It bridges the gap between the wider global net of practising artists, local audiences and our own young creative thinkers.” The eMerge Media Space can be found inside JCU’s SoCA Complex. For a virtual tour of the space, visit Digi-Tales at www.jcu.edu.au/jcnn. For more information on the exhibition, call Elly on 4781 3142. duomagazine.com.au 11


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relationships

By Rachel Licciardello Photographs Andrew Rankin

Your mother at your age Do you ever wonder how your life compares to your mum’s when she was your age? These women look back one generation to see just how far the fruit has fallen from the tree.

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2010 Daughter: Sue-Ann Thomas 1984 Mum: Glenys Devantier

How they are different Sue likes to indulge.

When Sue-Ann Thomas, or Sue as she is known, compares her life now to her mum, Glenys’, at 41, the first obvious difference she recognises is her mother’s selfless lifestyle compared to her indulgent one. “She would never have indulged in the things I do, like a shopping trip to Sydney, or even a gym membership,” comments Sue. “Growing up, my parents didn’t have a lot of money so life was simpler. At Christmas time, mum says she would worry whether our one present each would be enough,” shares Sue. “Because I indulge, I have the opposite problem; I worry whether I give my boys too much.”

Sue had children later in life. Glenys married at 18, had three daughters by 26 and was a grandmother at 43. However, Sue was married at 20, had her children at 28 and 30. At 41, her two boys, Bailey and Tate, are 12 and 13 years old. “I’m way too young to be a grandma!”

How they are alike now Both enjoy helping others.

Throughout her life, Sue has always held a compassion for others, especially those less fortunate than herself. Still today, she volunteers for the Salvation Army. She believes she inherited this from Glenys, who is an elder in the Salvation Army church in Charters Towers. “My sisters say I’m just like mum, and I suppose they’re right. I can remember there being about 70 people at our place for Christmas one time – our family plus anyone mum had met who didn’t have anywhere to go,” laughs Sue. Sue says she also inherited her mum’s strong faith. “The core of mum is her love for God and love for people. She’s an old fashioned country lady.”

Both are very social. “Mum will leave the dishes in the sink just to socialise,” laughs Sue, who admits she too loves outings with friends. On the topic of cleaning though, Sue says she is slightly more like her dad than her mum: “Dad sleeps with the vacuum under his bed!”

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2010 Daughter: Paula Pool 1977 Mum: Dulcie Graham

How they are different Paula is fitness focussed.

A former champion bodybuilder and a personal trainer, Paula Pool has spent much of the past decade in gyms, sculpting her body, training her clients and educating people on how to live a fit and healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet. “Mum deep-fries everything,” exclaims Paula of Dulcie. “She even deep-fries vegies!” Paula puts this down to a different generation. “Our generation today is so aware of the importance of exercise and healthy eating because obesity is everywhere. Back in mum’s day, it wasn’t even an issue.”

Paula never wanted children. Married at 19, Dulcie had three children by the time she was 34, and would have her fourth child, Paula, six years later at the age of 40. Paula and her husband Pat, whom she married eight years ago, had agreed they did not want to have children. Then, when Paula hit 30 she and Pat rethought this. The couple had their first child, Molly, in 2009 and now Paula and Patty are planning when to have baby number two. “Molly has been the best thing to ever happen to us. If I had the money and the time I’d have six kids!”

How they are alike now

Both have a solid work ethic. “My family has always had small businesses. I used to say to my parents that the reason they had us kids was for cheap labour,” jokes Paula, who can remember working in the family convenience store as a child. Today, she has her own business. “I work for myself just like my parents did. And before I had my personal training business, Pat and I owned a pool maintenance business.” Paula describes Dulcie as a workhorse. “I don’t think she’ll ever stop; she still works now at 73 years old.”

Both are very social. “Mum’s headstrong that’s for sure. She’s the one who starts and finishes an argument,” Paula laughs. Those who know Paula can attest that she herself is unlikely to back down from a fight. She is a firecracker and a chip off the old block. “Mum has been a great role model in that when she’s knocked down she doesn’t just get back up, she jumps up.”

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2010 Daughter: Lauren Moore 1985 Mum: Leanne Moore

How they are different

Lauren has a modern mother. While Lauren Moore grew up with just one sibling, an older brother Jordan, her mum Leanne was the youngest of seven. “Mum had five older sisters and one older brother, with 20 years between her and her eldest sister,” tells Lauren. “Nan was 43 when she had mum, and even though Nan was a very hands-on mother, mum spent lots of time with her sisters. She didn’t get to experience the mother-daughter closeness that I do,” she shares. “Mum and I are best friends and spend many weekends together when Matt (Lauren’s fiancé) is away. We go shopping, do house things, enjoy Friday after work drinks and gossip at the Watermark. I have the luxury of a modern mother.”

Leanne was married with two children at 25. At 25, Lauren works full-time and has a very busy social life, while Leanne was married with two children by this age. “Mum and dad lived in Geelong, Victoria, and were married when mum was 19 and dad was 20. They had my brother, Jordan in 1983 when mum was 23, and then me when she was 25. During this time, being a mum was her main focus with playgroups, aerobics and family time with her extended family of sisters, in-laws and cousins who all lived in Geelong.”

How they are alike now

Both are independent and confident. While Lauren’s father was a police officer for the first years of her life, Lauren’s fiancé Matt (Scott) is a football player with the Cowboys. “For both mum and me there has been no normal 9-5 family life,” explains Lauren. “Matt isn’t always home on weekends so I do a lot of things on my own or with friends, just like mum had to. Going to family celebrations, weddings and social get-togethers solo has meant mum and I have both become independent and confident.”

Both met their husbands-to-be when they were young. “Mum and dad were together for two years before they got married. Mum was 19 and dad was 20 at their wedding. Then my brother was born when mum was 23, and I was born when she was 25,” reveals Lauren, who met Matt when the couple were both 18. “Matt and I turn 25 this year, are getting married in December, and are looking forward to starting a family soon.”

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2010 Daughter: Rebecca Hutton 1984 Mum: Maria Hutton

How they are different

Rebecca is career focussed. With a full-time job at a local billboard company and a part-time study load for a Bachelor of Business Marketing, PR and Management, Rebecca Hutton is building a career in Marketing. “I really love what I do and see myself at the start of my career,” explains Rebecca. “When mum was my age her life was taking a completely different path,” says single Rebecca of her mum Maria. “Mum married dad at 24 and had me (her first of three daughters) the following year when she had just turned 25.”

Maria had a life-changing accident in her 20s. “When mum was 20 she was in a car accident that left her paraplegic; she is paralysed from the waist down,” reveals Rebecca, who says growing up with her mum in a wheelchair has made her admire Maria beyond words. “I think it shows just how strong-willed she is to push through something like that.”

How they are alike now

Both share similar interests. Rebecca says the similarities she has with her mum extend beyond physical appearance. “We do look very similar, but we also do similar things and have similar interests like meditation and going to the footy,” shares Rebecca. “Of me and my sisters, I would be the most like mum.” This close relationship she has with her mother is something Maria also had with her own mother. “Mum and I both value family and maintaining those relationships; my mum has always been, and still is, very close to her mum.”

Both are independent. While Maria’s route to independence has obviously been different to Rebecca’s, Rebecca says a strong will and autonomous approach to life are common traits she and Maria share. “While I love being social, I also have always enjoyed my own company. And when I set my mind to something, I give it everything,” tells Rebecca. “Mum is also very independent in that she can drive the car, go to the shops and do anything by herself even though she is in a wheelchair. She’s amazing.”

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promotion

By Lauren Barbagallo Photograph Jorj Creative

Jewellery By Desire What do Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and Bevan Hill have in common? They all love diamonds. And Bevan has satisfied his lifelong passion for all that glitters by surrounding himself with beautiful jewellery every day – not only from his personal collection but also in his professional life as Business Manager of Jewellery By Design.

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Bevan has been passionately serving the jewellery industry since 1988. Throughout his long career, he has grown from Sales Representative to Business Manager where he is instrumental in directing all day to day operations including retail sales, staff development/training, purchasing/ inventory management, marketing/advertising, human resources and future growth forecasting. “Becoming Business Manager of Jewellery By Design has been the opportunity of a lifetime for me,” exclaims Bevan. “My passion for jewellery spans more than 20 years and it’s exciting to be part of a team that shares my passion and vision for the industry. The best thing is that Jewellery By Design is so focused on igniting that same passion within locals by providing quality, affordable luxury with the very best in jewellery design and creation.” Established in 2006, Jewellery By Design is independently owned and specialises in creating exquisite designs and retailing quality unique jewellery attracting customers from far and wide to their showroom stores. The recently opened Jewellery By Design Diamond Centre store in Castletown is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of diamonds. And the Jewellery By Design Annandale Central store features a selection of unique jewellery brands including DORA, Pandora, Ikecho Pearls and the Karl Rossi Collection. “Each of our showroom stores is unique,” says Bevan. “But they all have one thing in common. Each has a team of on-site jewellers who work from the on-site workshop to create custom-designed pieces for clients, do repairs and restore antique jewellery. That’s what makes Jewellery By Design stand out in the local jewellery industry.” Bevan is excited to announce that the company will soon open a third showroom, The Jewellery By Design 925 Silver Centre. As the name suggests, customers will be treated to stunning silver pieces from popular brands amongst the younger market such as Lara Hall, Swatch and Tuskc. The new store will replace the Jewellery By Design Diamond Centre which will be relocated to a new position, double its previous size to accommodate the growing range of diamonds available. “Jewellery By Design already has an outstanding range of exquisite diamonds but in November we will launch the coveted Tolkowsky Collection.” says Bevan. Since Marcel Tolkowsky invented the “ideal cut” in 1919, Tolkowsky Diamonds have been celebrated worldwide for their perfect brilliance. “Now for the first time in Australia and New Zealand the collection will be unveiled and Jewellery By Design will be Townsville’s exclusive stockist of the brand.” Bevan says that while Jewellery By Design is doubling in size and introducing an exclusive new range, its competitive affordability won’t change. “And now people don’t have to travel to find the perfect diamond. Jewellery By Design is bringing the world’s best diamonds to Townsville and can provide customers with the same professional experience, quality and range as overseas.” explains Bevan. While it’s obvious that Bevan enjoys his time with the team at Jewellery By Design, his favourite team is the one he comes home to every night. Bevan says that without the support of his wife Sandra and two boys Jason (12) and Brendan (10) he wouldn’t have been able to achieve his goals with Jewellery By Design. “Being part of such a successful and ever-growing business means I spend a lot of time at work; whether it’s in-store or traveling overseas to source the world’s best diamonds. I’m so fortunate my family understands my passion,” says Bevan. “It’s like they say, behind every successful man is a loving wife. And believe it or not I don’t even have to bribe her with diamonds – she’s just a beautiful person.” Jewellery By Desire


community EWEN JONES MP | MEMBER FOR HERBERT

FROM MY DESK This is my first column as the Member for Herbert, so you’ll have to go elseWHERE for excellent Real Estate advice now. I was sitting at home on the Sunday after the election when I received the call from Tony Mooney saying he was conceding. He was gracious in defeat and gave me some tips about looking after family and enjoying the process. In fact, he was a lot more gracious than I would have been. I looked at Linda and we just went “Holy crap, I’m elected”. It was a genuine moment where we realised that putting our lives on hold for the past six months had just delivered the result we’d wanted. The election process was hard work. It was long hours. But, can I tell you, it was the most engaging and positive thing I have ever done professionally. I thrived on the day to day interaction with the people and really enjoyed the process. On election day, I travelled between the booths to thank the people who volunteered their time to help me. I was in a car with two other blokes – we had an absolute ball. We shared every joke there was – and there was only one rule – the joke had to be very old and very corny! I swear, I haven’t laughed so much, or so hard, in a long time. My technique for handing out ‘how to vote’ cards was to hand the paper to them and say “Ewen Jones, even better looking in person”. I thought it was a good line until a lady, with obvious poor eyesight, looked at me and then the photo and said “well, you didn’t have much to beat here, did you?” I went to Canberra for my first party room meeting. I don’t like the word surreal (unless I am talking about Salvatore Dali) or people who use the word, but when a bloke walks up to you in the room and says “G’day, my name

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is Malcolm Turnbull”, you tend to look around. That is how I spent much of my time. I was in conversations with a lot of people whom I’d only ever seen on TV. I was lined up for a coffee behind Greg Combet and Penny Wong and directly in front of Fran Kelly, when Joe Hockey tapped me on the shoulder and said “Flat white, mate. No sugar”. But, as Frank Sinatra said to me one day “Mate, don’t be a name dropper”. Still getting my office set up and staffed. I’m also trying to find my way around Parliament House. It was cold there but it was dry and not windy. Can I tell you this as well? Wyatt Roy is the smallest human I’ve ever met. There are guys at Cluden who would physically dominate him. But the class of 2010 will always be known as the class of Wyatt Roy. So I’d better get used to it.


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DIAMONDS FROM ANTWERP What New York is to the money markets, Antwerp is to the global diamond trade. Although diamonds are sourced from suppliers all over the world, 80 per cent of all rough diamonds in the world are handled in Antwerp, and 50 per cent of all cut diamonds pass through Antwerp. As a result, diamond manufacturers the world over are dependent upon what the Belgian centre supplies, and many of them visit the city on a monthly basis. While Antwerp mainly cuts the most valuable goods, it is very much a comprehensive cutting centre. This is because, in the global economy, manufacturing is no longer performed in a single location, but the entire operation is controlled at the nerve centre, which is Antwerp. Rough diamonds are first sorted and planned, and then dispatched from Antwerp to cutting plants across the world. They later return as polished diamonds to be sold to the jewellery market.

Antwerp is also home to hundreds of polished wholesale offices and of its four diamond exchanges, three primarily serve the polished diamond trade. In the diamond business, the city of Antwerp plays a role that is similar to that of New York in international banking and finance. What New York is to the money markets, Antwerp is to the global diamond trade. Antwerp is the diamond industry’s primary business centre, serving as the headquarters for about 1500 diamond firms, which is the largest concentration of companies in the industry. They include rough diamond producers, rough diamond dealers, manufacturers and polished diamond wholesalers. As the diamond industry’s business centre, Antwerp also is its major service provider.

The world’s two largest diamond banks are based in the city, and they are joined by other financial institutions, insurance companies, security, shipping and logistics providers, gem labs, technology and equipment suppliers, business advisors and management consultants – all within walking distance from one another, in the confines of the diamond quarter. The 550-year-old Antwerp diamond heritage is in many respects the element that sets the Belgian city apart from the other diamond centres, and provides special meaning to the term ‘Diamonds from Antwerp’. Antwerp’s diamond history signifies knowledge, experience, trust and integrity. All of these are essential elements when dealing with a valuable product, such as a diamond.

A SYMBOL OF WEALTH, PURITY AND LOVE. A TREASURED GIFT FROM NATURE TO MANKIND. At Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers we specialise in diamonds of all shapes and sizes. Our diamonds are hand selected ensuring optimum brilliance and beauty. At Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers you gain from the experience and reputation that this family owned and operated business has established for over 35 years. And, most important, we are committed to the highest ethical standards in order to give you confidence and satisfaction. There’s only one secret to buying a diamond - buy from a trusted, reputable, experienced, and qualified jewellery professional.

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David Rees, Angie Chown and Pete Collie

Barbara Hancox and Elke Sevier

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Finding a client‘s dream house. Enjoying other people‘s company and

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Jason is always looking for reasons to smile. In fact, his warm smile is key to his success as a real estate agent. But his nerves about visiting the dentist meant that he wasn’t as happy with the look of his teeth as he would like. With a bit of gentle coaxing from us and a slow process of change, Jason now has the smile of his dreams. You can hear Jason and his dentist tell the story behind his smile at smiledental.com.au

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Scorpio

Cancer

Sagittarius

22nd June – 22nd July Stress threatens to trip your overload switch. Slow it up instead and let the pressure ease. October is a time to let intimacy and friendship take priority over professional ambitions. There’ll always be commitments to worry about, but you should be rediscovering the art of play. Learn to enjoy the life that you share with others.

Libra

With another annual birth cycle drawing to a close, Scorpios are granted time for personal review. Consider this a chance to put old demons to rest, and you can resolve grievances rather than increase them. The value of friendship, the shelf life of dusty pipe dreams and the repercussions of repressed feelings are issues that may need to be addressed.

23rd September – 22nd October

23 October - 21 November

Leo

22 November - 21 December This month, the world seems kinder. The Sun dons a wizard’s hat and conjures up special love – and it’s not all the romantic variety. Overall, there’s more compassion coming from within – and as you become more open, others return the sentiment. But there are also some surprises in store, with financial help springing from the most unexpected sources.

23rd July – 22nd August Librans need little coaxing to enjoy life – it’s what you do best. And that’s what October seems to be all about: good old-fashioned fun and luck. Another main focus is solidarity and a sense of belonging. Stand by for a radiant time, as romance and friendship look set to flourish. A fated attraction could also help promote your career.

What does October have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...

Your moods have wavered for some time now, but should resentment pay the Leo spirit a brief visit this month, it’s best given the cold shoulder. You’re probably tapping into injustices running well back into younger years. It really is time to let bygones be bygones. Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery. So concentrate on the here and now.

Capricorn

Pisces

Taurus

Virgo

It’s a month for staying well clear of the pathologically discontented. While physical escape may not be possible, you’d still do best to work alone. Rather than fall victim to the clutter of others’ troubled minds, privately reconfirm your own beliefs – knowing your time will come. For now, though, there’s no need to invite trouble.

Just what you need: more disruption. But the planets insist that change is the go, and this month many Pisceans experience a major turnaround – so don’t cling too dearly to what in your heart you know is outmoded. After the 21st, life becomes more amenable. Along with professional progress, expect a shower of money, gifts or material gain.

As you undoubtedly know, absolute power corrupts. That is, of course, until you decide it’s your month to even the odds. Harsh words may be spoken, and decisive action will be taken. But it’s high time you responded to someone else’s overbearing nature. If this someone threatens to out a secret, call their bluff. You’ve nothing to fear.

Over the years, you’ve learned that compassion works well for you. But there are some situations that can still test your patience. What you should look out for this month are conflicts of ego. Clever Virgos will recognise there are no real winners in love and war. If new love’s on your mind, you should find the latter part of the month more amenable.

Aquarius

Aries

Gemini

If others try to bulldoze your sensitivities this month, there’s no guessing where it will lead. Some Aquarians play down tensions, while others let rip. Couples bored with routine either look to reignite the spark or seek affection elsewhere. But if you want your relationship to survive, no power games please – keep lines of communication open.

An Aries with nothing to do spells trouble. You’re on a professional and creative bender that simply can’t be suppressed. The alternative? Sit still and risk spontaneous combustion. And don’t panic if a nearest and dearest appears out of emotional reach. At times, we all need our private space. There are still plenty of special moments to be had.

New skills encourage originality, so follow through with different ideas or travel plans. Don’t be put off by any financial hiccups. A similar rule applies to love. There’s a good chance of now finding a kindred spirit, but check expectations. If you ask too much of others initially, you may appear too needy.

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21st March – 20th April

21st April – 20th May

21st May – 21st June

23 August - 22 September

Want your own personal profile? If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com.


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Melbourne-bred designer Georgia Hall, who lives in Bali and produces her State of Georgia label there, swapped a career in dancing and acting for fashion. Expect vintage-inspired pieces with a modern twist from the selfconfessed hippie’s brand. Head to www.stateofgeorgia.com. au for your style fix.

YOU’VE LED SUCH A CREATIVE LIFE, DABBLING IN DANCING, ACTING AND NOW FASHION DESIGN. EVER IMAGINE YOURSELF IN A 9-TO-5 JOB? No! But, my job usually starts at 9am. Pity sometimes it finishes at 3am in the morning ha! I can never escape my work, but I love it.

IN THE PEAK OF YOUR ACTING DAYS, WHO WAS YOUR FAVE STAR TO WORK ALONGSIDE? I had a super-small part with Patrick Dempsey in a telemovie called Blonde. I walked in not knowing he was my love interest - and nearly fainted! I could not hold back on telling him about how in love with his film, Can’t Buy Me Love, I used to be. He was so lovely to work with and a real spunk.

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WHY DO VINTAGE PIECES INSPIRE YOUR DESIGNS SO MUCH? I think the constructions of vintage pieces are just beautiful - especially super vintage. They have such incredible skill and attention to detail. And it was all done by hand then. Just amazing!

HOW HAS YOUR DANCE BACKGROUND HELPED SHAPE YOUR DESIGNS? Fluidity of a garment. When you are a dancer, you really get to know your body better than ever. You know what feels good on the body and what moves well.


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“I walked in not knowing Patrick Dempsey was my love interest in the film!”

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO SEE CELEBS WEARING YOUR DESIGNS ON THE RED CARPET? You cannot beat the feeling! It is so good. Nicole Kidman’s assistant rang and ordered a dress for Nicole - pretty cool. And, I made Christina Ricci some dresses she asked for after attending a wedding with my best friend, which was decked out in State of Georgia. She is so tiny, Christina. I had to make them specially for her teeny weeny, super-cute bod.

WHAT DO YOU THINK REMAINS THE SAME ABOUT YOU FROM CHILDHOOD? Hmmm, me as a young girl? Well, you could almost say I was a young boy! Very much the “monkey in the trees” tomboy type - exploring, touching, making things. An imagination like no other - and always acting! I have never stopped acting. I truly love it. And now, well, people always say I should do stand-up! I disagree, but I think the “exploring” thing is me. I still love finding something new - touching it; working it out.

WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF WORK? I love animals. I recently saved a baby monkey from this awful man in Denpasar. I have been mum to him for the past few weeks. He is so cute but, gosh, a lot of work. Mr Miyagi will be released into the forest when he’s a bit stronger. I’m buying a piglet soon too. I just love them! I had one before and you would not believe how smart they are.

WHAT’S YOUR LIFE LIKE IN BALI? I live surrounded by rice paddies and close to the water. The people are spiritual and beautiful. I love the warmth of the weather. And the animals, like my baby monkey, put the biggest smile on my face.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? Well, the label has just hit Japan and I’m so happy to say they are loving the ‘State of Me’. Europe, here I come! I hope they love the State of Georgia too.

YOUR FAVE SAYING? Be happy – just because!

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Paige Me Professional make-up artist Paige Renshaw shares her wardrobe secrets. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Classic.

FASHION ADVICE YOU FOLLOW? Less is more with accessories. Have your basic pieces and then add to them to create your outfits. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look fabulous.

Most treasured accessory? My black leather handbag. It’s classic and fits a lot in it. It was a bargain from the outlet opposite Stellar Moda on Palmer Street.

Favourite place to shop? Melbourne, my home city, has everything from factory outlets to designer brands. Overseas it would be New York – so much to choose from!

Wardrobe malfunctions you avoid at all costs? Wearing clothes that don’t suit my body shape or that are outdated.

Shopping strategy? I like to hunt for bargains. I think about what else the items will go with before I purchase so that my wardrobe works for me with mix-and-match items.

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Footy Fever 1. I’m a lover of the AFL and avid supporter of the West Coast Eagles. 2. I bought my bag at a Diesel factory outlet about an hour out of Florence. We took a one-hour train ride to get there, which really pleased my other half… not! 3. My AC/DC T-Shirt, which I wore at the concert in Perth this year. 4. After a hard day in the office I love to come home, have a bath and light all my candles. 5. I collect postcards from all the places I have visited. Prague was one of my favourites. 6. The current book I’m reading – Changing Habits, Changing Lives. It’s by nutritionist Cyndi

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AFL fan Rachel Finney keeps her West Coast Eagles scarf handy.

O’Meara. A must-read about health and food. 7. When I first arrived from Perth in January I took a trip to Magnetic Island and discovered some different bird life (compared to Western Australia), so I went out and bought this book. 8. One of the statues I bought in South Africa. They were hand carved and bring back some wonderful memories of my time there. 9. A favourite shawl I bought in Dubai. 10. I got this shell necklace at the Mindal Markets in Darwin. 11. A photo of my fiancé Lee and I at the Tiger Temple during our trip to Thailand in 2009. 12. I love the

water and swim all year round. 13. I’ve collected silver bracelets from a number of countries I’ve visited. 14. I’ve seen her in concert, so I had to have Pink’s DVD. 15. A pin the RAAF sent me – ‘Supporting our Air Force Team’. My fiancé is currently in Afghanistan for eight months. 16. Our engagement party invite ‘Viva Las Vegas’. Lee and I will marry in Las Vegas next year on his return from Afghanistan. 17. Compact shopping bag so I don’t have to use plastic bags. 18. My fiancé, Lee, bought me this pearl in Broome ( I’m always wearing it).


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Q&A

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Belinda Coco Touch of Utopia

WHAT DO YOU DO AT A TOUCH OF UTOPIA? I’m the Salon Manager and one of three senior stylists.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love that every day and every person is completely unique. The feeling I get when our clients leave smiling is indescribable. And knowing that we’ve helped put that smile on their face and made a difference to their day is unforgettable.

CAN YOU INTRODUCE US TO THE REST OF YOUR TEAM?

great team. A Touch of Utopia has a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can have a good laugh and enjoy their experience. Come in and find out!

HOW DO YOU UNWIND? A good game of indoor soccer on a Monday is a great start to the week. And a good laugh over a glass of wine with friends is the ultimate way to kickstart a relaxing weekend. Nothing beats an afternoon with your girlfriends.

ONE THING ABOUT YOU THAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE?

Melissa Coulter – salon owner and makeup artist. Lyn Rochford and Lea Ormand – senior stylists (with suitcases of knowledge). Karman Ryan – fantastic junior stylist.

I can cook! I think my Italian background and having grown up in a small town predominantly populated with Italians has helped. My mother would like to think she has taught me well!

WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT TOUCH OF UTOPIA?

WHAT HAS BEEN A MAJOR MILESTONE IN YOUR LIFE?

At A Touch of Utopia we pride ourselves on professional service and guidance for our clients. All of our stylists have different strengths and qualities that complement each other and make us as a

Working for Schwarzkopf Professional for three years as a Colour Technician. It pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and into the world of public speaking, education and travel. It made me

understand that we have such an amazing talent as hairdressers, and that every hairdresser is unique in their own way. It was a great opportunity and an unforgettable experience that helped me better understand our industry. It helped me to become the hairdresser I am today.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION? Family and friends. They are the people that inspire me and help me grow to be the person I am. I also love my iPhone – I’d be lost without out…it knows everything I need to stay on top of things.

WHAT’S A TOUGH LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT? Not everything always has to be black and white. There’s room for grey areas. Every person is unique and has room for change. I think of the grey areas everyday and embrace it.

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BOHO LUXE Townsville-bred designer Amanda Gilham-Fisher has gone from pageant beauty to style queen. “You can always take the girl out of Townsville, but you can’t take Townsville out of the girl.” So says fashionista extraordinaire Amanda Gilham-Fisher, whose claim to fame includes being the founder of GRAB Denim, once having a fashion label with Eddie McGuire’s wife Carla, launching the Mimosa and Phyllis Boho brands – and being a Townsville pageant queen at 17! “That was a long, long time, ago,” Amanda says, laughing. “It’s very funny looking back on it.” Now based in the New South Wales town of Byron Bay, Amanda never forgets she got her start in the rag trade in Townsville. “I opened the first Sportsgirl store in the Mall at 17. I was with Sportsgirl for six years and then moved across to Esprit.” Amanda started in retail sales on the shop floor and then worked her way up to management. But she always had her eye on fashion design. “My parents were based in Hong Kong – Dad was flying for Cathay Pacific, so I spent a lot of time in Hong Kong and started making connections really early in the fashion industry,” Amanda explains. “I took a big punt when I was 25 and went out on my own with another girl – actually Eddie McGuire’s wife, Carla. We started Endless Spirit (in Australia) 18 years ago. I bought it out and went solo with

that a few years later. From Endless Spirit, we started GRAB Industries – so, GRAB Denim.” GRAB became the denim label to wear. Though, Amanda says, it wasn’t entirely intentional. “I think if you’re doing something you’re so passionate about it just happens. It was never about the money or making something into something.” Amanda still sits on the board with GRAB, which operates out of Melbourne. Following that, Amanda spent four years in Hong Kong with husband David, son Charlie, 9, and daughter Frankie, 6. An experience she describes as ‘absolutely mad’. “Living in Hong Kong is like a really safe New York City. It’s just bustling. It’s apartment living... It just doesn’t stop. Any night of the week you could go out and there’d be people everywhere.” As well, she says: “My time up there was really bedding down a great factory base and new fabric people and technologies in denim. I’ve still got the office in Hong Kong - I go back and forth.” Two years ago though, Amanda decided it was time to come home for good to “do the mum thing and get some fresh air”, relocating to Byron Bay with her family. Her first fashion move back in Oz was starting up the Mimosa label, known for its exclusively designed prints and flattering cuts. In September, she

launched a second label – the kaftan-driven Phyllis Boho line. “Mimosa’s very much city dressing,” Amanda explains. “But Phyllis was just something that came quite naturally, living in Byron. You just want to throw something on with a pair of sandals or even be barefoot - and you can go anywhere.” In its first season, Phyllis Boho has been snapped up by David Jones. It’s actually named after Amanda’s husband’s grandmother. “The ‘boho’ part is just a bit of a spin on the kind of grandma that she was – a bit mad, always dressed in bright colours and always in the latest kaftan.” Celebrities to have worn Amanda’s wares include Kate Ritchie, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Kate Waterhouse and Yumi Stynes. The threads also regularly feature in glossies like Marie Claire and InStyle. Still, Amanda says it isn’t all glamour. “Fashion is made out to be this romantic job. But you’ve really got to live it and breathe it – it’s a lifestyle. You just don’t clock off at six o’clock. It’s continuous – lots of travel. It’s not so glamorous getting around China with the pollution and the hot, stinky weather. But I do my Chinese trips and come back and I’ve got Byron to kick back in – it’s like a payoff!”

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wellbeing GRANT COLLINS | AUDIOLOGIST | CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS

Moisture Resistant vs Waterproof Hearing Aids

WHY It’s impossible to BUY a completely waterproof hearing aid TODAY. Lately I have found there is some confusion regarding whether hearing aids are actually waterproof. This may be because some hearing providers are claiming to have hearing aids that are waterproof. This is actually false as it is impossible to have a completely waterproof hearing aid at this point in time. Firstly, in order to have a waterproof electrical device, it needs to be completely sealed without any access for the water to enter. This is very hard as you need to be able to replace the battery regularly as well as switch the aid on and off via opening the battery door. Of course to be able to do this regularly means compromising the seal. Also, sounds must be able to gain access to the microphones in the hearing aid in order for the hearing aid to amplify. If the aid was completely sealed there would be no access to the microphones. Lastly the amplified sound from the hearing aid must exit the receiver or speaker of the aid at some point and this would not happen if the aid were sealed. I have scoured the market of all brands of hearing aids and there is not one hearing aid that claims to be waterproof. However what all hearing aid manufacturers do claim is that their devices are moisture resistant. What this means is that both

the circuitry and the outside casing is coated with substances to repel moisture. Furthermore the electronics of the aids themselves are sealed in casings that make it very hard for the moisture to enter. All manufactures claim that you should be able to drop a hearing aid in fresh water and they will survive. However should the water be salty, have detergent, or other corrosive properties, then the hearing aids may be damaged. This of course causes problems up here in the tropics due to perspiration during the summer months and consequent corrosion of the hearing aid circuitry. No hearing aids are immune to this as they are all designed and made in the northern hemisphere where they do not experience conditions like these. The only way to avoid corrosion and extend the life of all hearing aids is to take preventative measures to stop the moisture from spending long periods of time within the devices. This includes daily use of moisture-absorbing kits. These can be either a silicon tablet that absorbs the moisture through a silicon substance, or they can be electric devices that blow warm air. Another tool we use up here for devices that sit behind the ear is a cover called Ear Gear. This is a moisture and grime-repellant cloth, matched to

your hair colour, that sits discreetly over the top of the hearing aid. It prevents perspiration, dust and grime from entering the aid. Ear Gear covers can be cleaned regularly with soap and water and are a must for those working or spending long periods of time outside in dusty, dirty and hot environments. At the end of the day a waterproof hearing aid is probably not that far off, but I suspect when a device does come on the market it is not going to be a small, discreet device. It will most likely require a large casing in order to have all access areas sealed off as well as requiring more powerful circuitry and components to get sound through sealed-off sound exit portals.

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Bisphosphonates and dental health

There is considerable research being conducted into ways of reducing the potential side effects of these important medications.

We are all fortunate to live in a time when daily advances in medicine and therapeutics are available to us to improve and prolong our quality of life. Since the 1990s a class of medications known as the bisphosphonate group has been prescribed for disorders of bone including osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, hyperparathyroidism and cancer including multiple myeloma. Bisphosphonate medications include brand names such as Actonel, Fosamax and Zometa. They act by influencing bone cells that remove bone. This slows down the turnover or remodelling of bone, maintaining bone density and reducing the progression of the bony disease. There is, however, a significant side effect of these types of medications. It became apparent a number of years ago that if a patient has a tooth extracted or an infection of the jaw bone after that patient has already started taking a bisphosphonate medication he or she may (or may not) experience a condition known as ‘bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw’, which is essentially death of the bone around the extraction or infection site. This condition can cause considerable damage to the jaw bone and in some instances there is no way to stop its progression.

So, what does this mean for people who are about to start taking a bisphosphonate medication and for those already taking a bisphosphonate medication? Firstly, it is essential to see your dentist for a comprehensive examination of your teeth and jaw bones. It’s vital that any person who falls into either of these groups be treated in a proactive manner. This often involves a multidisciplinary approach with the referring physician and oral maxillofacial surgeon. Essentially a comprehensive treatment plan for long-term dental stability is of the utmost importance. At Casey Dentists, Dr Casey and I have had the pleasure of successfully treating people who are taking a bisphosphonate medication, with all of the conditions listed above. There is considerable research being conducted into ways of reducing the potential side effects of these important medications and our understanding of them is improving daily. If you would like to discuss this important medical matter with Dr Casey or myself, please call the practice for a complimentary examination.

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wellbeing CHRISTINE RICHARDSON | PARTNER | AMCAL ROBERT POOLE’S PHARMACY - FAIRFIELD CENTRAL

The Facts About Complementary Medicines

Many people incorrectly assume complementary medicines are ‘safe’ just because they’re ‘natural’. Are you taking any vitamins, herbs or supplements at the moment? A National Prescribing Service survey found that 67 per cent of people had taken a complementary medicine in the last 12 months. Complementary medicines are also known as ‘traditional’ or ‘alternative’ medicines. Examples include vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements and herbal, aromatherapy and homoeopathic products. In the pharmacy we are often asked questions a bou t the s afet y a nd ef fe cti ve ne s s of complementar y medicines. Many people incorrectly assume complementary medicines are ‘safe’ just because they are ‘natural’. However, the fact that something is natural does not automatically render it safe. As is the case with conventional medicines, not all complementary medicines are suitable for all people so it’s important you get the right advice before deciding to take a complementary medicine. For example, some complementary medicines can interact with conventional medicines and some can have harmful side effects if they are taken incorrectly or by certain groups of people. A quick look at the label of your complementary medicine can give you a basic idea about it’s safety and/or effectiveness according to how it

has been classified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (the TGA is Australia’s regulatory agency for medicines ). Complementar y medicines must be scientifically evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the TGA to become listed or registered in Australia as therapeutic goods. After being evaluated, complementary medicines are classified as exempt, listed or registered products. Listed products will have an ‘AUST L’ number on the label and registered products will have an ‘AUST R’ number on the label. So here’s the difference between products carrying an AUST L number and products carrying an AUST R number: Listed products (AUST L) must be essentially safe. They must not claim to be useful for treatment or prevention and are generally for use in minor conditions only. Consequently if you read the label of a listed product, it will usually say something like “May assist in the management of symptoms associated with…” The form and dose of the active ingredients in listed products may vary greatly and it is left up to the manufacturer to provide an effective dose for the stated purpose. Registered products (AUST R) are those for which safety may be an issue, or those that have made a high-level claim for the treatment of serious

illnesses. Quality, safety and effectiveness must be demonstrated for registered products. The label of a registered complementary medicine may say something like “For the treatment of…” or “For the prevention of…” According to a study by the National Prescribing Ser vice, the most common place that complementary medicines are purchased is at the pharmacy. With so many different brands and products available, the choice can be very confusing. Ask your pharmacist about which complementary medicines are supported by reliable scientific evidence and which products contain therapeutic doses. There are many cases where taking a complementary medicine as well as your prescribed medicine can offer additional health benefits but always check first with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure the medicines are compatible. Never stop taking any of your prescribed medicines unless advised to do so by your doctor. Naturopath, Lauren Hannay has joined our team at Amcal Fairfield Central. Lauren specialises in Nutrition and Children’s Health, and you’ll love her practical, down-to-earth approach. To book a consultation with Lauren, just phone 47782095. After hours appointments are available.

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Townsville residents now have access to a simple online test to help educate women about their own fertility. By answering a short series of questions related to age and lifestyle, the pregnancy predictor can estimate the percentage chance of a woman conceiving in any one month, wether trying to conceive naturally or using IVF. “If only I had known, I would never have left it so late” is a common lament we hear from our patients, who did not know that every year of putting off children lessens their chances of conceiving. The pregnancy predictor, which is accessible at qfg.com.au/Townsville, was developed to help educate women about the factors that can really impact on their chances of becoming pregnant. The predictor’s calculations are based on published scientific research over the past two decades. Factors known to impact on fertility are all covered in the test including age, weight and tobacco and alcohol use. One in six couples in Australia experience difficulties conceiving. A woman’s age is the single biggest factor impacting on fertility. Many women believe they can conceive right up until the age of menopause, but that is a false

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By Wendy Hagan

Beating the PMS Blues Everyone around you has an attitude problem? Chances are it’s that time of the month. Bloating, breast tenderness, migraines and nausea – all can be symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome, a collection of physical and psychological symptoms that occurs 5 to 11 days before a woman gets her period. As much as we women don’t want to admit it, there are normally some behavioural changes exhibited during this time too. You may find yourself snapping over a minor incident or reduced to tears when a touching ad comes on the TV. So who do we blame for this injustice? Hormones or better titled ‘hor-moans’. Every month our hormone levels, more specifically progesterone, rise and drop accordingly to cater for our body’s requirements. PMS is the abnormal response to those normal hormonal changes. While research has proven that there is a link between the presence of female sex hormones and PMS symptoms, the hormones aren’t necessarily the total cause of disorder, because not all women experience PMS. So what can we do when hit with the monthly urge to buy our partner a T-shirt with a bulls-eye on the front?

DRINK MILK It’s been noted that those who have a high calcium and magnesium diet experience less breast tenderness. Not only will milk provide this boost but also include plenty of green leafy veggies and nuts for that extra serve. One thousand milligrams of calcium a day (taken with vitamin D) may also treat premenstrual pain and migraine. Other studies have shown that servings of milk (or cheese and other highcalcium food) will make you less likely to feel excessively emotional.

CAN THE CAFFEINE I know you probably really, really need that hit but try to hold off ordering cups of coffee during the second half of your menstrual cycle. It is known to hamper your body’s absorption of calcium. And we now know we need that calcium.

No more sweets to become sweet Stop! Put down that block of chocolate and step away! As much as we love chocolate and soft drinks, you won’t feel so sweet after indulging in those sugar-loaded foods. Excess sugar can actually worsen your PMS because it causes an unnatural high and crash. It may lead to emotional symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and depression. Doctors recommend eating around five small meals a day to control your blood sugar (and moods) from swinging, which a lot of food intake or sugar can do.

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STAY AWAY FROM THE CHIPS Do you ever get the feeling you balloon every month? It’s probably not just your imagination since PMS brings with it a bloating sensation. Water retention is usually the culprit and to curb it, it’s best to have a low-salt diet. So go easy on the potato chips and other salty munchies and drink lots of water.

WORK UP A SWEAT Aside from being good for our body, a regular exercise routine is also a great way to naturally improve our mood. Studies have shown that girls who have PMS have less serotonin, which is a hormone that’s supposed to perk you up or give you a sense of wellbeing. Exercise increases our levels of serotonin. Further research indicates that it also “raises levels of beta endorphins, which have a positive effect on mood and behavior”. Another benefit of exercise is it reduces stress levels.

SMILE FOR AWHILE It’s said laughter is the best medicine. So for those currently in the grips of PMS, here is a quick injection of giggle-biotics…

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Thumbelina No More Breaking the thumbsucking habit

My eldest daughter, Amaya, was a thumbsucker. It began when she was about six months old, and like many parents, it didn’t concern me too much. She’d grow out of it. Right? However, by the age of 4, Amaya’s “little habit” was an all consuming obsession. As a concerned mum – and a dental professional – I felt compelled to investigate. I soon discovered that not only does thumb and digit sucking affect the teeth, but more importantly, it seriously alters the shape of a growing child’s jaws. I noticed when Amaya closed together on her back teeth, her front teeth didn’t meet. She had what is known in the business as an “open bite.” Her speech was also affected. She thrust her tongue into the open gap to pronounce the “s” sound instead of placing it on the proper spot on the roof of her mouth – creating a lisp. As her palate was narrowing and growing high into the floor of her nose, she began to mouth breath. It quickly became clear that this was a bigger issue than just “crooked teeth”. Armed with a mother’s determination and some putrid tasting nail polish, I was adamant my daughter would quit sucking her thumb. Alas it was to no avail.

So we purchased not one, but two, expensive thumb guards. But Amaya was like Houdini! She could whip her thumb out in two seconds flat, have a few precious sucks and pop it back in before she thought we had noticed. We would remind, coax and cajole. We would threaten, bribe and coerce. But in the end she’d suck anyway – hiding away or avoiding eye contact. Was my daughter going to be graduating high school with her thumb glued to her face? Like a woman possessed, I eventually found myself at a breathing education course in the United States – where I met some people called Orofacial Myologists. These folk are specifically trained dental hygienists and speech therapists that deal with facial and oral muscle habits. They explained to me that whilst our handling of Amaya’s thumb sucking was well intended, we were well off the mark. First of all, before the age of five, children are not able to understand why they need to stop. It’s frustrating, and ultimately futile to try. Secondly, research shows that thumb and finger sucking decreases neurotransmissions in the brain and releases endorphins – giving a sense of comfort and relaxation. It was a great relief to realise that Amaya was not intentionally misbehaving. It was simply that the physical and psychological pay-off was so great that it was outweighing any negative consequences.

Triggers such as blankets, toys and hair twirling, also contribute to sucking in many cases. Until the trigger is removed, it is very difficult for the child to break the habit. Amaya stopped sucking on the first day of treatment. My husband and I were thrilled. She found the course of treatment positive and exciting and it was empowering for her to make the choice to stop. Her bite has now come together, her lips are mostly closed on rest, and she is developing an attractive healthy face. Her behaviour has dramatically improved and she is a bright and happy child who sleeps well. It was an experience so profound that I went on to study in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. As a result I can now give children in Australia a way to permanently “pop” their pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. And offer parents one less thing to worry about!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carla Lejarraga is a certified Dental Hygienist, Orofacial Myologist and Breathing Educator. Call Smile Dental on 4729 5777 to find out how she can help your child stop thumb or finger sucking.

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keeps possession for a set of six consecutive touches. Possession transfers to the opposing team after the sixth touch, after a try, if the acting-half gets touched, from an intercept, whenever the referee indicates a turnover, from a dropped ball or other failure to maintain possession. The game is generally played with two teams of six on-field players and subs on the sideline for rotation.

Middle The position on the field in the middle of the players (the third player from either side line). Each team has two middle players. Link The position on the field between the middles and the wings (the second player from the sideline). Each team has a right link and a left link. Wing The position on the field at the side of the field (the player next to the sideline). Each team has a right wing and a left wing. Touch The main defensive tactic in the game, similar to a tackle in some other codes of football. It forces the attacking team to stop and restart play (see rollball). A touch is performed by the defensive team on any part of the body or clothing of the current ball carrier for the attacking team, or the ball itself. At the moment of a touch, it is customary (but not mandatory) for the defensive player who is performing the touch to shout “Touch”, which alerts both the attacking and defensive teams and the referees that the player has been touched. Rollball Must be performed once a player in possession is touched by the opposition or after a turnover. The rollball is performed by placing the ball on the ground and either rolling the ball backwards, or stepping forward over it. The ball is picked up by another player on your team as the ‘Acting Half’. Acting Half or Half The player who receives the ball following the rollball. Dump or Quickie A quick rollball to further attacking opportunities from the ensuing play. Fade or Drag An angled run forwards and towards the wing/sideline in an attempt to drag the defenders sideways and potentially open up gaps on the open side.

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Players typically wear light clothing such as T-shirts or polo shirts and shorts. Most leagues supply T-shirts but it is a trade secret to ensure tops are tighter fitting or tucked in. This will help prevent a flapping shirt becoming an easy touch by the opposition. All shirts must be numbered. Women generally wear lycra bike shorts, athletic briefs or swimsuit-style lycra bodysuits. Players normally wear soft rubber cleated shoes, similar to those used in other grass

The constant running forward to touch the opposition and the quick backward run to get on side (10 metres back) provides an awesome cardiovascular exercise and activity. Touch is a great way to burn fat in a friendly and motivating environment.

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Touching Moments Touch football originated from rugby league, with the tackle of opposing players replaced by a touch.

Touch started in Australia in the early 1960s as a social or park game and as a training technique for rugby league. It wasn’t then viewed as a sport in its own right. On 13 July 1968 the South Sydney Touch Football Club was formed and the sport was formalised. The Townsville Touch Football Association was formed in 1974 and provided a social competition for ex-league players over the age of 25. One year later, the sport had spread to New Zealand. It’s now expanding internationally and has its own World Cup. As the popularity of touch football grew in Townsville, so too did the associations who provided a competition for open age players and both sexes.

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some people come into our lives, make footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.

By Lauren Barbagallo Photograph Andrew Rankin

Surviving Loss Since his passing in 2007, Cate Catanzariti has celebrated her son’s birthday with each family member letting go a balloon with a note attached; these balloons are for Cody.

Each year in Australia, 58,000 couples experience reproductive loss, 55,000 couples experience early pregnancy loss, 1,750 babies are stillborn and approximately 900 babies die in infancy. It’s a scene played out thousands of times a year: young couples, hoping to share their love for each other with a child, suddenly faced with a shattering new reality. The Catanzariti’s son was afflicted with Spina Bifida, one of the most crippling of birth defects, which involves damage to the bony spine and the nervous tissue of the spinal cord. Some vertebrae of the spine don’t close properly during development and the spinal cord’s nerves don’t develop normally. “No one can predict the outcome,” the doctor told them. “But your child could be incontinent, paralysed (most likely from the chest down), perhaps even mentally retarded.” Although some Spina Bifida babies with lesser lesions can grow up to live relatively normal lives – walking with braces, controlling their bowels and going to regular schools – many are confined to wheelchairs, suffer from learning problems and must endure several operations during their lifetime to have shunts placed inside their brain to drain the excess spinal fluid that causes Hydrocephalus. It took a week for Cate and her (now) husband, 54 duomagazine.com.au

Shanyn to decide whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. She says that in the end, their hearts made the decision for them. “There was no way in the world that we could let our baby suffer any more so we decided to end his pain.” On the 26th November, 2007 at 6.40pm Cate gave birth to Cody James Catanzariti. At 21 weeks of gestation he weighed 370 grams and was 28 centimetres long. “Our very special little boy stayed alive for exactly 40 minutes,” recalls Cate. “And then he went to heaven.” Cate says there were times she didn’t think she could survive the heartache of losing Cody. Fortunately she found strength through family, friends and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Group (SANDS) in Townsville. SANDS is a national parent-managed, nonprofit association promoting awareness, knowledge, support and understanding following the death of a baby from the time of conception through to infancy. “It’s the club no one ever wishes to join,” says Cate. “But talking with other mothers and families that had experienced the loss of a child was very comforting for me. SANDS made me feel less alone. I’ve made so many wonderful friends and we’re all bonded by something very close to our hearts.”

SANDS in Townsville commemorates International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day with the Annual Walk To Remember; a gathering of individuals, family and friends united in their shared experience of the death of a baby. 2010 will be the third year the Catanzaritis have participated and Cate says it’s a beautiful way to make memories. “There’s a memorial service where our babies’ names are read aloud, we release butterflies to carry our love on their wings and then we all take to The Strand and walk for the steps our babies will never take.” she says.

The 2010 Walk To Remember will be held on Sunday 10th October. For further information or to register for the walk, visit the SANDS Townsville website www. sandstownsville.org/ SANDS Townsville provides monthly support meetings. For further information on the services that SANDS provide or to chat to one of their members, please contact Marie on 4775 5957 (office hours) or 4774 6521 (after hours) or online at www.sandstownsville.org


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NICOLE PIEROTTI | CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST

Jealous Junior

Catholic Schools Faith • Life • Learning

How to handle sibling rivalry when another baby arrives. Having a second child? Chances are your firstborn is going to be a bit jealous. After all, they were your one and only. When they asked for a drink, you got them a drink, without delay most probably. When they wanted to have a chat about the latest song on Playschool, you were available with undivided attention. With the arrival of a brother or sister comes the realisation mummy or daddy isn’t always available as they have come to expect. Typically, after their sibling is born and they do the first hospital visit, they have to cope with the baby receiving presents, not them. Then you bring the new love of your life home to stay. Usually all goes well for the first few weeks until your toddler realises this new world order is here to stay and mummy spends a fair amount of her time with the baby and they have to WAIT. That drink isn’t available ASAP and mum is a bit distracted at times. It’s about then toddlers wish the baby would ‘go away’ and they would get their mummy back.

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When you look at the situation this way it makes sense they become ‘jealous’. A large part of avoiding this is to do with the way you prepare your child for the arrival of the baby. Be sure to involve them in what is going on. When possible, tell them what to expect in different situations and how you want them to behave. This sets them up to be more successful and helps them to choose the preferred behaviour. On coming home from hospital you need to involve your child as much as practical in the care of your baby. They can help with things like passing the nappy to you, putting the nappy in the bin and being a second washer at bath time. The more involved they feel the less jealous they will be as their mummy isn’t disappearing for an hour at a time with the baby. Teach them to be as independent as possible in the months leading up to the arrival of your baby, so they can get their own drink of water. When feeding your baby you can also read a book to your toddler who can sit beside you or play on the floor with blocks. You can still chat to them as you feed. Try to avoid saying the words “not now, I’m feeding the baby”. Kids are flexible and will adjust. Give them time, choose your words carefully, involve them and above all make sure they get their 12 hours sleep a night plus daytime naps if still needed.

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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By Hannah Sorensen JCU Journalism Student

Band Aid With the help of Triple J Unearthed and Groovin’ the Moo, a fresh batch of North Queensland musos are stepping into the spotlight

THE MEDICS

On a sweltering May Townsville day four young Cairns musicians took to the stage at the Groovin’ the Moo music festival, set to play their biggest gig to date. They call themselves The Medics – Kahl Wallace (vocals), Andrew Thomson (guitarist), Charles Thomas (bassist) and Jhindu Lawrie (drummer) – and it’s Triple J that is responsible for ‘unearthing’ them. The Medics initially contacted Groovin’ the Moo promoters to show their desire to get on the bill, but they weren’t chosen. So they entered the Triple J Unearthed Competition, which selects one local band from each Groovin’ the Moo location to play alongside the likes of Silverchair and Vampire Weekend. The Medics posted their material on the Triple J Unearthed website and forgot about it until they got the life-changing call saying they’d landed the gig. “Once you get played on Triple J, that’s the best thing that can happen,” says lead singer Kahl. “For a band like us, our type of music, that’s where we want to be − Triple J.” The Medics have been writing their own music since they first joined forces back in 2007 and describe their style as “indie, rock, alternative, with an underlying hint of folk”. Townsville rockers, The Short List, were also lucky enough to score a spot on the Groovin’ the Moo line-up. Made up of Daniel 58 duomagazine.com.au

Chigwidden, Matthew MacLean, Jason Lynch and Adam Krenske, The Short List followed The Medics, their close friends, on the bill. However, unlike The Medics, when they contacted the event promoters about playing at the festival they were offered a place straight away. The festival was not their biggest gig, having supported Eskimo Joe when they came to Townsville in 2009, but it was exciting nonetheless. The Short List was chosen to play following endorsement from Triple J and members of Townsville’s music industry. The promoters also listened to the band’s tracks on their MySpace page and were more than impressed. For a local band that started off playing gigs like the PCYC and Jammin’ for Jugs at Molly Malone’s

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pub, they’ve come a long way. The Medics are continuing to write material so they can record an album later in the year. But they aren’t putting any pressure on themselves, preferring to just let the music flow and write it as it comes. The Short List have travelled to Sydney to record an EP to be released later in the year.

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KATHY GIRVAN | PET FUNERAL DIRECTOR | PET HEAVEN NQ

When Your Pet Dies, What Happens NEXT? Pet Heaven NQ is a locally owned pet crematorium and cemetery, located amidst a tranquil setting of 200 acres of natural bushland at Bluewater in the northern beaches of Townsville. Established in February 2003, the facility is licensed by the Queensland Environmental Agency and fully approved by local government laws. We uphold a highly professional code of ethics and take pride in our ability to offer compassion and understanding at a difficult time. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? We offer a range of cremation services, whole body pet burial, scattering or burial of cremated remains. WHAT DO I DO IF MY PET DIES? If your pet has passed at the vet surgery, advise them that you would like Pet Heaven NQ to care for your special pet. All vets hold our brochures, and they will help you complete a form, advising us of your pet’s details, and that your pet is ready for us to collect. Should your pet pass at home, simply phone us and we will collect your beloved pet from your home.

CAN I LEAVE MY PET’S FAVORITE TOY FOR BURIAL OR CREMATION? Yes. A ball or special blanket would be suitable. HOW CAN I BE SURE I’M GETTING MY PET’S ASHES BACK? We operate under strict cemetery and crematory guidelines. Our process is similar to that for humans. We use a simple but effective identification (ID) system that starts before we remove your pet from the vet or home. Using several different checks during the process, that special ID number accompanies your pet through every step and appears on your certificate of cremation or burial. We have lost beloved pets ourselves. We understand how you feel when your pet passes, particularly the difficulty in making a decision about euthanasia.

DOES IT COST A LOT OF MONEY FOR CREMATION? Our services are tailored to meet a range of budgets. Most people agree our services are very reasonably priced. We can offer a payment plan for pensioners and also pre-need payment options to assist. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PET IF I DON’T CHOOSE TO GO WITH PET HEAVEN NQ? Although it is a breach of local council by laws to bury a pet in a suburban house block, some people may choose that option. The Veterinary School at the University welcomes the opportunity for their students to gain experience. Alternatively, the council will dispose of unwanted remains.

I DON’T LIVE IN TOWNSVILLE. CAN I STILL USE YOUR SERVICE? We work closely with all local and regional veterinarians. Our services extend to the Burdekin, Bowen, Charters Towers, Mount Isa and Ingham, by arrangement with your vet surgery.

Caring for your pets when they die • Your choice of Cremation Service • Ashes returned in a locally crafted urn • Individual burial at licensed pet cemetery • Range of memorial items available • Professional personalised service • Collection from your home or vet

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YOUR PLACE OR MINE? MasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris share some of their favourite recipes.

Gary’s recipes

Warm Salad of Squid with Chick Peas and Wild Greens

Panna Cotta with Roasted Apricots and Honey The secret to a good panna cotta is using the best-quality cream you can buy, then using just enough gelatine to hold it all together. As you turn out the panna cotta it should bow and bulge under its own weight. Soft, luscious and irresistible. Serves 6 500ml thickened cream ½ vanilla pod, split 60g caster sugar 1½ leaves titanium-strength gelatine olive oil, for greasing roasted apricots and honey 20g unsalted butter 1 stick cinnamon 2 star anise 4 cloves 6 apricots, halved and stoned dash of apricot liqueur 120g honey 1 Place the cream, vanilla and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until soft. Squeeze the leaves, then stir through the hot cream mixture until dissolved. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a heatproof jug. 2 Oil six 100ml-capacity dariole moulds very lightly with a little olive oil using the tip of your finger. Pour onesixth of the cream mixture into each

mould, then leave to set in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight. 3 Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C. 4 For the roasted apricots, place a heavy-based ovenproof frying pan over medium heat for 1 minute, then add the butter, cinnamon, star anise and cloves and allow the butter to melt and bubble. Place the apricots cut-side down into the pan and fry gently for 3–4 minutes or until golden. Turn the apricots over, then transfer the pan to the oven to roast for 4–5 minutes or until the apricots are just soft. Remove from the oven, then add the apricot liqueur and drizzle with the honey. Leave apricots to cool in the pan for 5–10 minutes. 5 To unmould the panna cotta, gently tease the edge of each dariole mould to release, then turn upsidedown onto a bowl or plate. Place 2 apricot halves next to each panna cotta and drizzle with the syrup from the pan, then serve.

Squid goes really well with lentils, chick peas, vinegar and olive oil to make a healthy, tasty dish. To dress it up a little, I garnish it with baby mache. Serves 4 2 small squid (about 200g each) 1 carrot, quartered 1 onion, quartered 1 stick celery, quartered 80g dried Puy-style green lentils 1 fresh bay leaf 1 litre cold water 50ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 6 leaves (½ bunch) Tuscan black cabbage (cavolo nero), washed, trimmed, cut into 4cm lengths 60 duomagazine.com.au

375g (½ bunch) endive, washed, trimmed, cut into 4cm lengths 110g (½ bunch) amaranth, washed, trimmed, cut into 4cm lengths 2 tomatoes, cut into 5mm dice 90g tinned chick peas, drained, rinsed 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar sea salt flakes baby mache (lamb’s lettuce, optional), to serve

1 To clean squid, remove tentacles and all parts inside tubes, including head, beak and quill, then rinse well. Reserve tentacles for another use. Cut tubes into 2cm pieces. Set aside. 2 Put carrot, onion, celery, lentils and bay leaf into a saucepan. Cover with the cold water, then simmer over low heat until lentils are tender, approximately 40 minutes. Drain, removing and discarding vegetables. 3 Place extra virgin olive oil in a large

frying pan over high heat. Add squid and fry for 3 minutes or until golden brown, then add all the greens and cook for 1 minute or until wilted. Add lentils, tomato and chick peas and fry for another 1 minute. Add sherry vinegar and drizzle with a little more extra virgin olive oil. 4 Season to taste with sea salt, then scatter with mache, if desired. Transfer to plates or shallow bowls and serve.


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Rhubarb & Melomakarona Crumble

Braised Onion Pie

Melomakarona are classic Greek honey biscuits, popular at Christmas but also eaten year round. Somewhere between sweet and savoury, with a little bit of spice, they’re like a Greek version of gingerbread. I like crumbling them over baked rhubarb for dessert.

This dish is a real ode to the allium family. It’s my interpretation of the traditional spanakopita that Mum would make for us all the time when we were growing up. Instead of spinach, I’ve made the onions the heroes of the pie. The combined flavours of onion, shallots and leek are delicious with the ricotta and feta.

Serves 4-6 12 stalks rhubarb, trimmed, washed, cut into 14cm lengths 150g caster sugar 150g honey 150ml water ‘Melomakarona’ crumble 50g soft unsalted butter 20g icing sugar 60ml olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice pinch of ground cloves pinch of ground nutmeg 25g ground walnuts, toasted, finely ground ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons brandy 150g plain flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons flaked almonds 1 Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140°C. 2 Place rhubarb in a roasting pan and cover with sugar, honey and water. Cover with foil and bake until soft and tender, approximately 25–30 minutes. Carefully drain

liquid, then place rhubarb in a narrow 1 litre-capacity baking dish so it snuggly fits in 1 layer. 3 Meanwhile, for melomakarona crumble, cream butter and icing sugar with hand-held electric beaters until pale and fluffy. Add olive oil, orange juice, cloves, nutmeg, walnuts, cinnamon and brandy. Mix well. Add flour and baking powder and beat until smooth. 4 Increase oven temperature to 170°C (fan-forced). 5 Place melomakarona on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Using the palms of your hands, press mixture into a 1cm-thick disc. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. 6 Once melomakarona crumble is cool, break up and scatter over rhubarb, then scatter with flaked almonds. Pop back in oven for 5 minutes or until just warm. 7 Serve immediately.

Serves 6 150ml extra virgin olive oil 12 onions, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 8 shallots, thinly sliced 3 leeks, white part only, thinly sliced 10 sprigs thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 400g firm ricotta cheese 400g feta, crumbled olive oil spray, for greasing 18 sheets filo pastry 200ml clarified butter sea salt flakes 1 Heat olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and add onion, garlic, shallot and leek, then stir for 5 minutes. Add thyme and bay leaves, then reduce heat to low and cook until caramelised, stirring frequently to prevent onions from catching, approximately 45 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 2 Discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Add ricotta and feta cheese to onion mixture and mix well. 3 Preheat a fan-forced oven to 170°C.

4 Spray base of a large roasting pan (mine is 30cm × 24cm) with olive oil spray, then line base and sides with baking paper. Brush 1 sheet of filo pastry with clarified butter. Place in base of pan, trimming to fit. Repeat with 7 more sheets of filo so there are 8 layers of pastry. 5 Place half of the onion mixture evenly over filo. Place another 3 buttered sheets of filo pastry over onion mixture, trim to fit, then brush with clarified butter. Place remaining onion mixture evenly over filo. Place another 7 buttered sheets of filo pastry on top and trim to fit again. Brush top layer with clarified butter, then sprinkle with salt. Bake until golden brown, approximately 45 minutes. 6 Serve warm. If you wish to make this pie in advance it can be reheated in a 180°C (fan-forced) oven for 15 minutes.

George’s recipes

Recipes from Your Place or Mine ($49.95), by Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris

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books Extract from Honeymoon Dive by Lindsay Simpson and Jennifer Cooke Photograph Gary Stempler

Murder or Mishap?

The dinghy headed out across the dive site. Tina and Gabe Watson had already had an aborted dive. Now they were to descend to the deep. Tina was on her honeymoon and was diving with her rescue diver husband Gabe. Somehow she got into trouble. Why didn’t he save her? 62 duomagazine.com.au


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n their way back out in the tender to restart their dive, Gabe and Tina found themselves in the same seating positions. This time, ironically, they were with Wade Singleton’s orientation group: Dawn Asano, Gary Stempler and Claudia Petersen, the German backpacker volunteer. ‘So what happened to you two?’ Wade asked. ‘Got my batteries in back to front on my dive computer,’ Gabe answered. Haslet motored slowly, on the lookout for divers who might pop up unexpectedly away from the drop ropes at either end of the wreck. Gary sat next to Dawn, nursing his new Olympus camera. Having made the switch to digital, he liked the camera being small, but it had a bulky lucite housing he was now inspecting closely. One loose part could flood the camera. He was hoping to take a lot of pictures on this first dive – at least a few of them memorable. The sea life on the Great Barrier Reef was vastly different from the Caribbean where he had dived before. Dawn, seeing Gary absorbed in his camera, kept her eyes firmly on Wade Singleton and mentally ran through what he had told them that morning. She really only wanted to think about the moment when it would all be over and she would be hauling herself back on board Spoilsport. Tina sat at the bow of the tender. Dawn thought Tina seemed far calmer than she herself was, as she was sitting upright and looked confident. Dawn presumed that Tina must have done enough dives in the past twelve months not to need the orientation dive. The only wreck diving Dawn had done before was in Honduras, at more like 14 metres. Contemplating twice that depth, Dawn was scared and still unsure of her diving skills, acquired back in 2001.

As they approached the buoy, Dawn began to pull on her mask. It was about 10.32 a.m. when Haslet cut the engine and tied the tender to the safety line. On the count of three, the six divers rolled off the boat simultaneously, disappearing into the aquablue of the ocean. It was dangerous for divers to roll off a tender while others were already in the water. Gabe and Tina were ahead of the pack and the first to reach the safety line. Gabe had almost 13 kilograms of weight in his integrated weight belt, preferring, he would later say, to over-weight himself so that when he released his BC he could get down quicker. Tina went down the rope first, followed by Gabe. After Wade attended to his group, they began to descend a few minutes later. Claudia Petersen led the way. Stempler was next, with a firm grip on his Olympus. Dawn followed, lagging behind a little, her eyes never leaving Singleton. When her descent slowed, Singleton reached over and pressed her deflator button; air was immediately released from her over-inflated BC and she began to go down a little faster. Only 20 metres away, the divers on Jazz II had taken a giant stride off the stern of the vessel, but, as yet, the divers off Spoilsport were unaware of their presence. Dawn Asano was concentrating on Wade Singleton’s constant signals asking if she were okay, which she found very reassuring. Below her, Claudia Petersen saw the Watsons until they reached the hang tanks at the 5-metre mark, and then she lost sight of them. The SS Yongala was the fifty-fourth dive recorded on Gabe’s high-tech Oceanic dive computer. Holding on to the descent-line rope, Tina looked this way and that as she went down. Here were these big fish again, bigger than any she had seen at home. Gabe’s dive computer

was registering a steady descent of about 3 metres per minute. Leaving the rope at about 13 metres, the Watsons swam out. Barton Painter jotted down the time each diver from Jazz II entered the water on the dive roster. He and Rob Webster both signed the document. Webster had dived the Yongala many times and judged the dive conditions that day to be perfect. Ashik Shah was first in. ‘I don’t like boats,’ he had said on the way out to the wreck. Now, at least, he was in the water. His buddy, Danish dive master candidate Kasper Brodersen, was leading the four divers who were not part of Rob Webster’s advanced open-water class. The nine divers off Jazz II swam about 20 metres, holding on to the surface line leading from their boat to the diver access point. Alana McMahon took up her designated lookout duties with two watches on her arm: one told the time, the other was her dive watch, which would tell her all sorts of useful facts about her depth and nitrogen load and rate of descent – but not in real time. It was there if she needed to look for any diver from the Jazz II who stayed underwater for more than the allotted hour. After photographing the divers on their way off the boat and along the drop line, Leanne England stayed at the stern with Alana McMahon and Barton Painter. Making his way down the descent line, Ashik Shah felt crowded. As thirteen-year-old Jarrod Fisher began to descend, the boy felt a shooting pain in his jaw at around the 3-metre mark. Painfully, he went down a further 4 metres to let Webster know he had a problem, before heading to the surface after his dive instructor acknowledged the problem with a thumbs-up. Webster had been watching his class above him as they came down the line at staggered intervals of about 1 metre apart. It had taken him less than a minute to descend the 16 metres to the end of the descent line.

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It was about 10.39 a.m. Wade Singleton and his orientation divers, as well as Tina and Gabe, had been under the water for 5 or 6 minutes. To Brian Fotheringham, from his look-out position on the sundeck of the Spoilsport, the current seemed to have reduced considerably since his 7 a.m. dive check. He could tell from the way the tender approached the drop-off point and how the divers reacted once they got into the water. Like the changeable weather patterns, the current around the SS Yongala could differ from one half-hour to the next. Dr Stanley Stutz, the thirty-year-old emergency doctor, had been greatly looking forward to this dive that he had heard so much about. Stutz was pleased with his decision to upgrade his ten-year-old PADI open-water dive licence while he completed his post-residency term in North Queensland. He and British tourist Neil Joslin were among the last to descend in Webster’s depth dive class. Stutz slowly followed Joslin down the drop rope, thrilled by the good visibility that revealed his first coral sea fish even though he was a little distracted by the divers all bunched together on the rope. At one point, Stutz let go of the line to test the current, but he had to make an effort to swim back and grab hold again, and decided not to risk it a second time. As he descended, with a diver just above him and another just below, he swivelled around and noticed that a bunch of divers appeared to be going up to the surface. He had just passed the hang tanks indicating 5 metres in depth. He knew the top of the wreck was in front of and below him, although he couldn’t see it yet.

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Suddenly, 7 or 8 metres down and to his left, in his peripheral vision he noticed a female diver. For a moment, he could not believe what he saw. As a trained accident and emergency physician, he immediately noticed her limbs moving in a disorganised way. He looked at her face, and blondish hair that trailed behind her head. Her mask was still in place and her regulator in her mouth. She looked petrified. Her arms were outstretched to the sides, which reminded him of Jesus outstretched on the cross before his crucifixion. Her arms and legs thrashed without purpose and her eyes were wide, a classic sign of panic. Uncharacteristically for a diver, she was lying horizontally, her feet closest to him. It seemed, from his higher position, and perhaps distorted, as things tended to be underwater, that she was nearer a group of other divers about 3 metres from him. His immediate thought was that they might save her. What alarmed him, though, was that they seemed to be unaware she was even there. Stutz knew that the woman was in trouble. He had a sense of foreboding. As with catastrophic events, time slowed. As Stutz was digesting what was happening and deciding what to do, about 10 seconds later he noticed another diver, obviously male, bigger in both height and width, approach the woman from the left from about 3 metres away. The man swam over the top of the woman as she lay facing upwards. Mirroring her position, facing the seabed, he lay along her and put his arms under her armpits, encircling her. At first, Stutz thought the other diver was helping her, trying to bring her to the

surface. It seemed that this cradling motion, or bear hug, as it was later described by police, lasted about 30 seconds. It was probably less, but the moment played out in time. He couldn’t see if the full length of their bodies were touching because the man’s body blocked his view. He did not look at his watch. Then, he momentarily looked away. When he looked back, the two divers had split apart and the male diver swam towards the surface, leaving the woman. On the woman’s face was a look of abject terror. Her limb movements seemed to progressively weaken as her legs flapped slowly up and down, without any power. She was sinking. Stutz could see that the other four or five divers were still reasonably close to her, but they were spread apart. He couldn’t tell whether they were on the same plane as the stricken diver, or 3 metres higher or lower. They either didn’t see her, or were too far away to help. No-one from the Jazz II, not even his buddy, now about 1 metre below him, appeared to have seen any of it. He held the woman in eye contact as long as he could, wondering if she could see him. He was still at a depth of 5 metres and his only point of reference was the bow descent line disappearing into the depths to the wreck below, which was still not visible. He pushed himself down the line, feverishly, skipping other divers in his haste, to alert Rob Webster to the scene he had just witnessed. The last time Stutz saw Tina Watson she was sinking into the blackness.


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About the Authors What really happened to Tina Watson when she went on that fateful dive on the SS Yongala in October 2003? Co-authors of Honeymoon Dive, Dr Lindsay Simpson and Jennifer Cooke, conducted an investigation into her death and had to agree to disagree.

Previous Page: The photograph that shocked millions. Clockwise from left: Tina with her father, Tommy Thomas, on the morning of her wedding day; All dressed up... the closest of sisters, Tina and Alanda; Gabe and Tina’s wedding certificate; The Spoilsport; The back of the Spoilsport, with the sun deck on top, the saloon deck in the middle and dive deck with steps down to the dive platforms for boarding the tender.

“It’s a book that really had to be written and if it does help find the truth about what happened to Tina I’ll feel it has done its job,” said Honeymoon Dive co-author Dr Lindsay Simpson. A tourist took a chance photograph the day Tina died, which shows her on the ocean floor and a dive instructor speeding to her assistance. The alarming image appeared on the front page of newspapers on two continents and now wraps around to form the cover of Honeymoon Dive. It was this chilling photograph that drove Dr Simpson to delve deeper. Dr Simpson, who worked as an investigative journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald for 12 years and now heads up the journalism department at JCU, likens the photograph to a perennial reminder that an injustice has been done. “I believe in serendipity or fate,” she said. “The fact the photograph was taken at that time meant we’re never going to forget Tina.” Not long into the process of writing Honeymoon Dive Dr Simpson realised she needed a co-author in America. Fortunately Jennifer Cooke, a friend of 27 years, writer and journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, had moved to America after her husband accepted a posting as Washington correspondent for The Australian newspaper. Simpson recalled fights with Cooke on Skype as the two argued over motive and whether there might be enough evidence for a jury to convict Watson beyond a reasonable doubt. Simpson’s concern with the case is that it never went before a jury in spite of Gabe Watson being charged with murder. But that is about to change as it seems that Gabe Watson will face legal proceedings in Alabama now that Queensland Attorney General Cameron Dick has been given a guarantee by his Alabama counterpart that if Watson is found guilty of her murder, he will not face the death penalty. “Now at least the evidence will go before a grand jury who will decide whether Gabe Watson has a case to answer and then face a trial if so,” Dr Simpson said. “I am also pleased that this evidence will include the police involved in the investigation and the coroner who charged Gabe Watson with murder.”

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SOME WORDS OF WISDOM “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children” Kenyan Proverb

“For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role.” Marshall McLuhan

“When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir

“Don’t follow trends - start trends.” Frank Capra

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced” Kierkegaard “There are two possible routes to affluence. Either produce much, or desire little. “ Anonymous “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” John Cage “He who would travel happily must travel lightly.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.” Jacques Barzun “The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti “Do less, with less.” Viridian Design Manifesto

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“We share the earth not only with our fellow human beings, but with all the other creatures.” The Dalai Lama “The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” Galileo “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” Chinese Proverb “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” Marshall McLuhan “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait ‘til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison


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Detox naturally At times it’s quite common for the body and the mind to become sluggish from an overload of toxins. When life becomes very hectic and stressful we sometimes don’t look after ourselves as well as we should. It’s a fantastic idea to do a spring clean of your body every three to six months. A spring clean is like brushing your digestive system from the inside, and body brushing and sweating from the outside. A great way to do this is by selecting an eating program that consists of fresh fruit and vegetable for at least the first four days. This will ensure that the body is receiving plenty of fibre and nutrients to get all the internal organs working effectively and activating an elimination process. Lots of green vegetables are best as they are high in fibre, low in carbohydrates and contain an abundance of antioxidants. As your body begins its elimination process you may initially feel a little tired and start to experience headaches.

These headaches are associated with the detoxification process and are quite normal. It’s imperative to drink a minimum of two litres of water a day to flush the system out and reduce symptoms of detoxification. After four days of fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of water, you can slowly start to introduce small amounts of protein such as chicken, fish and eggs into your diet. It’s a good idea to continue for another two weeks on white meats and then you can reintroduce red meat two to three times per week. After this internal spring clean you will experience increased energy levels, clear skin and eyes and your mind will be more alert.

While you’re doing your internal spring clean it’s also beneficial to be using a method called dry brushing on your skin daily. Dry brushing helps stimulate the lymphatic system assisting the elimination process and removal of dead skin cells, allowing the skin to breathe and release toxins more efficiently. Sweating is a fabulous way to quickly eliminate toxins from your body and while you’re spring cleaning the inside of your body, it’s a great idea to sweat them out in a sauna or detox box. Visit the First Things First Wellness Centre at the Rising Sun Shopping Centre, online at www. firstthingsfirst.com.au or phone 4728 7165. We look forward to talking with you.

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Liposuction without the scalpel Slimland’s services are unique to North Queensland and a far cry from anything seen in Townsville in the field of fat reduction, but very at home in Europe. Salon owner and operator Martina Albrechtova introduces Townsville to Ultrasonic Cavitation; an alternative to the invasive procedure of liposuction. Ultrasonic Cavitation is a method that uses ultrasonic frequency to implode fat cells without any damage to surrounding areas, thereby reducing fatty deposits on thighs, arms, stomach and buttocks. Results are noticeable immediately however clients usually require a few sessions to achieve their ultimate goal. Martina explains that, as with all fat reduction treatments, it’s best to lose fat slowly and allow the skin to shrink back normally rather than lose it too quickly and have to have the loose skin surgically removed. For this reason, Ultrasonic Cavitation appointments aren’t scheduled any closer than 7-10 days apart. But Slimland isn’t just about fat reduction; there are plenty of treatment options available. Each European treatment assists lymph flow, metabolism and detoxification, which all intensify the result obtained by Ultrasonic Cavitation. While the programs offered at Slimland don’t solve the need for a healthy diet or exercise, they work wonderfully in conjunction with them and are a blessing for those who have the odd fatty area they can’t get rid of. Your program can be tailored to your own unique circumstances of fat reduction required, time availability and budget. Call Martina or Susan for a free consultation today on 4724 3632.

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No pain, no gain – not true! Are you suffering from an injury or have long-term joint or lower back pain and can’t get any relief? Have you spent time and money on consulting various healthcare professionals because of muscle, joint or lower back pain? Was your problem solved permanently or did it simply appear to be fixed for the moment only to have it return later? Perhaps it’s time to really investigate what may actually be causing your long-term problem. Latest research indicates that back, hip and knee pain originates from inappropriate muscle activation and poor foot/knee musculoskeletal mechanics. Weak feet muscles can cause collapsed ankles and the knees to ‘dip in’. This results in the body struggling to maintain balance further up the chain by overusing inappropriate muscles. If these inappropriate muscle activations continue, serious problems can occur such as joint destruction. My name is Dr Robert Crowther and I have extensive experience in how people walk and move. I believe in helping you understand how you can return your body to good strong dynamic movement minus pain. At Smart Movement I will guide you through why the inappropriate activation of muscles in your body are resulting in your pain and possible joint destruction. Then I will work with you to understand what appropriate muscle activation will help stop your pain and really fix the problem, resulting in a long-term solution to your problem. Do your body a favour and visit Smart Movement at 15 St Kilda Row, Douglas, online at www.smartmovement.com.au or phone 0439 892 719.


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What’s Needling you? Is pain at the centre of your existence and your life seems to be running on the outside? Maybe it’s that injury that keeps reminding you of the last time you ran in the marathon, the ache that won’t go away since the cast came off, the pain that won’t switch off at night or your back reminding you that feather should have stayed on the ground! There is a range of practical alternative therapies available offering a way to manage pain as part of your holistic care solutions. You can be given support and treatment to manage pain instead of pain managing you. I’m Katrina Robertson, your qualified health practitioner and I work with people to assist them in pain management and rehabilitation to maximise their health and happiness. I have a passionate commitment to educate people in ways of caring for and healing their bodies and give them the opportunity for a quality life. Your individual plan will be tailored to the specific

treatment needs of your body and developed after a thorough and personalised assessment. By maintaining a conscientious advanced studies program, I ensure that my knowledge base is always expanding with the most current and effective therapies available. This wide range of therapies available allows the best combinations to be applied with the most dynamic effects for your particular needs. I also use effective, prescription free alternatives to NSAIDs and provide recommendations for natural pain relief, inflammation and healing. The clinically proven results of pain reduction with Dry Needling alone or in combination of other manual therapies can be yours if you take WHAT’S NEEDLING YOU in for a complete treatment approach. Visit our clinic at Unit 1/21 Corner Tavern and Toohey Streets, Kirwan or phone 4723 2030 for appointments. I look forward to talking with you.

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beauty products from your pantry Regain your natural beauty with these old-fashioned home remedies – you can get everything you need on your next grocery run.

APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR Use it to fight breakouts. Why It Works Its high acid content makes skin inhospitable to blemish-causing bacteria. How-To Place a handful of parsley (a skin-clarifying herb) into a coffee plunger and cover it with 1/2 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then plunge and let the liquid cool. Transfer to a spray bottle along with a splash of vinegar and 4 drops of tea tree oil (an antiseptic), shake well, and spritz on a freshly cleansed face. (Store the spray bottle in the fridge.)

AVOCADO OIL Use it to repair dry, sensitive skin. Why It Works: Avocado oil’s abundant fatty acids help balance skin’s moisture levels, and the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E protect skin from further damage. How-To Combine equal parts avocado oil and evening-primrose oil (which supports collagen synthesis with its gamma linoleic acid) in a sealable bottle and shake to blend. Massage 5 or 6 drops into clean skin, and then cover your face with a warm washcloth for a minute to help the skin absorb the oils.

BEER Use it to pump up flat, dull hair. Why It Works Yeast and hops help to swell the hair shaft and plump the cuticle, adding volume. The acidity of the beer helps remove built-up product residue.

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How-To In the shower, after you’ve shampooed, pour a bottle of beer over your hair. Rinse briefly with fresh water (the idea is to avoid the Eau de Barfly effect while retaining the beer’s body-boosting benefits). A rich beer with a high yeast content works best. (No light beer.)

MILK Use it to soothe and soften dry, sensitive skin. Why It Works The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant, while its natural fat content acts as a body moisturizer. How-To Add 3.5 litres of whole milk to a tubful of warm water and soak. It’s a great alternative to sugar and salt scrubs which may be too abrasive for people who suffer from sensitive skin. For a bath with fragrances, add 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil such as lavender.

OATMEAL Use it to calm and soften skin. Why It Works Soothing and anti-inflammatory, oatmeal contains beta glucan, a soluble fibre that creates a thin, moisture-retaining film on the surface of the skin. How-To Place a handful of whole oats in a clean washcloth, using a rubber band to secure it. Next, immerse it in a sink full of warm water and squeeze the bag 4 or 5 times. Once the water is cloudy, splash it on your face and then air-dry. (If you must towel dry, pat as gently as possible.)

ORANGE Use it to remove dry skin on heels, knees, and elbows. Why It Works The fruit acid loosens dead skin cells. How-To Cut a fresh orange in half and squeeze the juice of one half into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil and then blend into a moisture-rich scrub. Next, rub the exposed side of the other half of the orange over knees, elbows, heels, and any other dry spots. Last, rub in the sugar mixture to get rid of dead skin. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.

WALNUTS Use it to exfoliate hands and feet. Why It Works Rich in oil, walnuts make for extragentle shedding. How-To Blend 1/4 cup shelled walnuts, 1/2 cup olive oil (for extra emollients), and a tablespoon of honey (to seal moisture into your skin) in a food processor set on a slow speed, creating a fine-particle scrub. Standing in the shower (if you’re scrubbing your feet) or over a sink (if it’s for your hands), work the mixture thoroughly over your skin for a couple of minutes. Rinse with warm water.


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Your natural health solution

In conjunction with the opening of their new space, Naturally Healthy is introducing a new technique to the extensive range of treatments already available at their Clinic to enhance and benefit the wellbeing of their clients. The team at Naturally Healthy can now help whisk away your worries and stress with the Raindrops Technique. Imagine the sensation of sinking into a deep and blissful state of rest, as someone performs the ancient Tibetan version of reflexology on your feet. As you slowly come back to your body and roll over, you feel the gentle splashes of therapeutic grade essential oils as they’re applied to your tired muscles. These oils are then ‘feathered in’ using a spine-tingling technique inspired by the Native Americans, combined with massage. You can’t get more pampered than this! The Raindrops Technique is a gentle but profound treatment that helps alleviate stress and release mental tension while detoxifying the body and eliminating harmful toxins thereby reducing muscular and joint aches and pain. The therapy encourages healing by promoting the flow of blood and lymph, relieving tension, and stimulating the nervous system. Powerful emotional oils also help to promote positive energy flow throughout the entire body giving you clarity of mind, a sense of peace and deep relaxation. By promoting a good nights sleep, the Raindrops Technique assists in reducing feelings of lethargy, tiredness and depression leaving you to feel totally energised. Restore a healthy balance to your body. Visit Naturally Healthy at 91 Bundock Street, Belgian Gardens, phone 4724 5585 or online atwww.ac-naturallyhealthy.com.au.

Healthy Life is Australia’s leading national health food franchise and is dedicated to providing quality health food products and superior advice which has helped thousands of customers achieve and maintain optimum health and wellbeing. Townsville’s Healthy Life owners, Paul and Joanne Amante, know that you absolutely can restore your health when your body is detoxified of poisons, you replace synthetic food with natural food, you employ the principles of correct diet, you give your body maximum nutrition (supplements), your muscles are activated (exercise), your energy flow is increased, your immune system is strengthened and your organs are encouraged to repair themselves (natural medicine), you buy products designed for healthy living and you “live naturally” every day. “When you visit Healthy Life you’ll find a comprehensive range of natural health products including a wide selection of vitamin and mineral supplements, whole foods and herbal teas, natural beauty products as well as sports nutrition and supplements,” says Joanne. “We’ll help find a health solution that is right for you – naturally, of course!” Living a healthy lifestyle and building a healthy body will really allow you get the most out of life. So if you’re concerned about natural living, the quality of health, food and the environment and want to live a more holistic and sustainable way of life, visit us at Healthy Life, Stockland Shopping Centre, see our website at www.healthylife.net.au or simply phone 4775 4558.

Natural Beauty Springfields grew out of a passion for nature and a belief that one’s wellbeing should be sustained and nurtured by the beauty and quality of nature. Bringing together the purest aromatherapy oils and natural botanical extracts, Springfields has created wholesome and healthy products to care for the face, body and hair.

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17 simple steps that will have you on your way to living more naturally NOW MORE THAN EVER, PEOPLE ARE STRIVING TO LIVE A MORE NATURAL WAY OF LIFE AND YOU CAN TOO, WITH THESE SIMPLE STEPS.

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If you have room for a garden, grow some of your own food using organic methods.

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Buy organic, recycled & other Earthfriendly products instead of conventional ones, even when they cost more.

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Set the heat 10 degrees cooler and the air conditioning 10 degrees warmer, replace high-wattage light bulbs with efficient ones, and make a habit of turning off anything that doesn’t actually need to be on. Improve your home’s heat efficiency by adding insulation, installing insulated window coverings, weather-stripping doors, and putting gaskets behind electrical outlets. Put flow restrictors on your faucets and showerhead to save water.

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Plant trees whenever and wherever you can, and tend and water them until they can survive on their own.

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Take a hard look at the electric or gas-powered devices you own. How many could you replace with low-tech equivalents, or simply get rid of?

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Contact your local water and electricity utilities to find out what conservation programs, rebates, and incentives they offer, and use of them.

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Shop at a local farmers’ market.

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Learn how to entertain yourself and your family and friends instead of letting an energy-wasting machine do it for you.

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Instead of a grass lawn, landscape with plant species are native to your area.

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Whenever possible, walk, bicycle, carpool, or take public transit instead of driving a car.

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Replace chemical cleansers, laundry detergents, and garden compounds with natural or biodegradable equivalents.

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Take care of as much of your everyday health care needs as you can using natural methods.

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Compost all your yard waste and vegetable kitchen scraps in a composter or worm bin, and return the compost to the soil.

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If you’re building a home include as many Earth-friendly elements in its design and construction as you can.


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We’re local, that’s the difference In light of the recent increase to the cost of power, competition has been heating up in the solar industry. But how do you know which solar company to choose and what makes one company better than the other? NQ Solar is a 100 per cent local North Queensland company, with local people, based in Townsville and Cairns and services from Cooktown to Mackay. NQ Solar specialises in the supply and installation of Photovoltaic Grid-Connect Solar Systems, Heat Pumps, Stand Alone Power Systems, solar panels for recreational activities, Generators and Batteries. The technology behind solar power can be daunting for people to gain a full understanding and given the expense of installing a system, research and consideration must be undertaken to make an informed decision. According to NQ Solar Manager, Karen LloydCollins, NQ Solar prides itself on providing quality products and customer service that meets and exceeds client expectations to North Queensland.

“The team at NQ Solar are dedicated to providing our clients with personalised customer service, offering their assistance and advice from the initial enquiry to after the installation,” she says. “Our Solar Showrooms are open in Cairns and Townsville from 9am to 5pm every day, making it easy and convenient for our customers and potential clients to see our solar panels up close and learn about renewable energy solutions.” “NQ Solar is 100 per cent local, with local people who have experienced first hand the harsh climate of North Queensland. We supply systems that will withstand the temperatures and extreme humidity of our area.”

“We want our customers to be happy with their decision and ensure the system suits their requirements and needs. NQ Solar electricians are available to visit your home for a free, no obligation site inspection to answer any technical questions and to ensure your switchboard is compliant, making you aware of any additional costs upfront,” she says. Visit us at our Solar Showroom at the Hyde Park Shopping Centre, online at www.nqsolar.com.au or phone 4772 0090. We look forward to talking with you.

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Embrace the Sunshine Here in Townsville, we have more than enough sunlight to go around. So take advantage of the sunshine and use solar to power your home and help the environment. As fossil fuels slowly begin to run out people are looking for alternative energy sources that will be long lasting, and solar power is quickly emerging as the smarter choice. Solar power isn’t noisy like wind power or potentially lethal like nuclear. It doesn’t involve risky extraction like oil or produce tons of toxic fumes like coal and gas. In fact, solar power is the cleanest, greenest and most viable form of renewable energy available to help power your home. Solar power is a renewable energy source that can be generated by installing a solar power system on your roof. Choosing solar power makes a positive difference to the environment and can save you money on your electricity bills.

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Do the bright thing Install solar power in your home to: ■ Help beat rising energy costs ■ Save on your electricity bill ■ Become energy neutral ■ Reduce your carbon footprint and help save the environment ■ Minimise impact on land use and ecology ■ Reduce dependence on coal and oil – conserving fossil fuels ■ Save carbon emissions – solar power alone can reduce approximately 8.5 tons of CO2 per household per year which equates to taking 3 cars off the road.

Solar power systems: ■ Require no fuel ■ Have no moving parts ■ Require low maintenance ■ Produce no emissions ■ Generate no waste And the more people who embrace solar, the greater the impact. Visit the Queensland Government website at http://brightthing. energy.qld.gov.au for more information on solar energy, rebates and incentives.


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Natural health and beauty Located on the top floor of the Bushland Beach Medical Centre, the Lifestyle Health + Beauty Clinic is an enthusiastic team of qualified professionals with expertise in areas of cosmetic injections (Suppelle® Cosmetic Injections), medical strength skin care, psychology, remedial massage and is now a distributor for a Quit Smoking program. The Lifestyle Health + Beauty Clinic recognises that solving your concerns may take many steps. Because of this our professionals work together as a team to ensure you achieve the best possible results for a healthy lifestyle. For example to reduce stress you may wish to: • Speak to our Psychologist about your concerns/issues and learn coping strategies. • Ease muscle tension with a relaxation or Remedial Massage. • Relieve tension related headaches, excessive sweating and eliminate stress lines from frowning and other facial expressions with muscle relaxants. Refresh a tired appearance with dermal fillers. Suppelle® Cosmetic Injections Registered Nurse, Janette Brooke is highly experienced and strives for natural looking results that enhance the beauty of your own natural features. • Consult with our Skin Technician to restore the glow and healthy condition of stressed skin with scientifically proven, medical strength skin care products and treatments. Naturally, a healthy mind, body and appearance will allow you to be your very best. All appointments are completely confidential in a very private setting. Clinic Hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm. Monday evenings and alternate Saturday mornings are available by appointment only. Phone 4757 6800 to book your appointment today.

ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS Aging is a natural process that affects skin function and appearance. While you cannot stop the passage of time, you can prevent damage and improve your skin condition by consulting with: • Janette Brooke – Cosmetic Injection Nurse RN using Muscle Relaxants and Dermal Fillers, and • Lesleigh Bernardi – Skin Technician using medical strength skin care products and treatments. The Lifestyle Health + Beauty Clinic is the FIRST clinic in North Queensland to stock Skin Medica containing growth factors for skin rejuvenation, age defense, sun protection and hydration - essential elements for healthy and beautiful skin in our tropical climate. Take the first step – phone 4757 6800 to book your appointment.

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