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Are you done with mundane? How to design your ultimate life

Accolades + inspiration The Gold Coast Women in Business Awards

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12 Creative spotlight: Chris Parsons 16 Local profile: Biaga Buchanan 18 Cover feature: How to design your ultimate life


32 Travel: Girls’ Weekend, destination Sydney 38 Real life: Maria Murace


39 Inspire: The Gold Coast Women in Business Awards


Fashion & Beauty 14 Luxe for less: Warm me up 24 Fashion: Style stalker

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Creating this August issue we’ve met many inspiring people, among them, Sarah Megginson. You may have seen her recently during appearances on A Current Affair and discussing her own experiences in manipulating problems into solutions, and using a progressive work structure to design her ultimate worklife balance − making her dreams come true in the process: Doable, sustainable, viable.

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Nominate someone now for the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards, which recognise outstanding and successful businesswomen and industry achievers. The annual awards have been created to honour women who possess vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality and tenacity.Entries close Friday 20 September and winners will be officially announced at a lavish awards lunch in November. More on 5504 6055 or One of the Gold Coast’s popular markets for parents and families is happening again early this month in Robina.The Mummy Tree Markets will be taking place on Saturday 3 August at Robina State School. The growing markets are becoming a popular place for parents to find unique, hand-crafted products for babies and children. There’s even gourmet food tastings available. More at: The city’s much-anticipated Gold Coast Hospital Foundation ‘Annual Gala Extravaganza’ is on this month, Friday 9 August. Be the first to view the Gold Coast’s newest university hospital in Parklands. The evening’s two main events include the ‘Gala Dinner’ and the ‘Intensive Cocktail Unit’ party. Tickets are selling fast so first in, best dressed. More on: 0428 724 420 or All things interesting and quirky can be found at the 2013 Gold Coast Science Fair at the Broadwater Parklands, Southport on Saturday 10 August. The free annual event will have plenty of scientific activities for the whole community to learn from and enjoy. It’ll be a great family day out. More on: 5510 3790 or Dreamworld’s newest addition is attracting crowds on the Gold Coast this month. The park’s Tiger Island now has Australia’s largest female tiger, weighing in at 200kg,the tiger arrived from Poland in June and is set to breed with one of the park’s male tigers. She’s been in quarantine for a while, so be sure to check her out and see the action for yourself. More at: The popular annual Ormeau Lions Fair is happening this month on August 10 and 11 at the Brien Harris Oval, Peachey Road. There will be plenty of free entrainment and activities over the two days, with fireworks displays, sausage sizzles and numerous market stalls set to entertain the crowds. More on: 0401 232767 or If learning a language has always been on your list to do, then why not try mastering Chinese? Griffith University is holding community Chinese language and culture courses early next month on September 3. The course caters for any level, from beginner to advanced.The culture course also offers Chinese cooking classes and how to make traditional crafts. More on: 5552 7476. Gold Coast Sun fanatics have a busy month ahead, with two home games happening at Metricon Stadium. Supporters are encouraged to watch the Suns take on Melbourne on August 10, followed by their final game against the GWS Giants on August 30. It’ll be a fun day out with family or friends so don’t forget to show your support by wearing red and yellow. More at:

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Gold Coast Eisteddfod > August 8 to September 16 The Arts Centre Gold Coast

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Where did you grow up? I grew up and was schooled on the Gold Coast but then moved to Sydney after school to study styling and creative direction. Currently you...? Right now I am a freelance stylist and foraying into other aspects of the creative/ fashion world. How did you start your emergence into art? It really began when I was doing a spring clean, and found piles upon piles of years old fashion magazines. Instead of throwing them out I decided to re-use the images and see if I could create something interesting and different. It is definitely a creative outlet and every piece is unique and thought provoking. How long does one piece usually take you? Up to an hour after the initial preparation of all the individual cut-out images. How would you describe your style? As a person, I am very individual, and I definitely think my creative works reflect that. I don’t pander to the masses, or do what is ‘congenital’ or ‘acceptable.’ I am extremely open-minded and I believe my art reflects that. August 2013

Many of my images contain the blurring of gender and/or species which some people find extremely confronting. Your pieces may be deemed as mildly controversial, is that your intention? I don’t think my art is controversial at all. I don’t have an intention to offend or cause controversy with these images. I understand that art and its meanings always come down to the eye of the beholder. To be honest, it amuses me that in 2013 these images would be thought of as ‘scandalous or controversial’. Would you say your styling influences your artwork? Definitely. I appreciate minimalism and clean lines, but I am definitely more interested in creating over the top, unconventional imagery. And that is what my art more often than not becomes. What and who inspires you? I am first and foremost influenced by avant-garde, surrealism, and ‘unconventional beauty’. I also refer to Richard Hamilton and Joseph Cornell. Two experimental ‘pop/ collage’ artists who were both geniuses in their individual capacities. Designers also play a large role in my inspiration. 12

Many create more than just tangible clothing, especially those in the haute couture spectrum of design. These creations in a sense are wearable art. Fantastical, over the top, beautiful pieces that really stir the imagination. Where can your art be purchased? I am presently developing a website for both my styling work and art, but if people would like to get in touch they can contact me via email: What is something interesting that not many people know about you? I was adopted from Colombia, South America when I was a baby and I studied Law and International Relations for a year after graduating high school before I realised academia was definitely not for me. What’s in store for the future? I plan to move to Melbourne to further my studies in the creative world and hopefully foray into accessory design. My goal one day is to become a Creative Director of a brand overseas, and to always have my toes dipped in different ponds and to keep growing as a person.


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Indigenous twist Michelle Lacey catches up with one of the Gold Coast’s budding young fashion designers, Biaga Buchanan t was her grandma’s fashion flare and glamorous take on life that ignited Biaga Buchanan’s passion for fashion. The 24-year-old grew up outside of Ipswich, however Biaga and her mother made frequent trips to her grandma’s home in Melbourne. From as young as fouryears-old Biaga can remember visiting her grandma’s house and parading around in her finest clothes and accessories. Never mind that they didn’t fit her, she felt beautiful. Her grandma was a loving and a kind woman with seven children. She travelled the world and it was her eclectic wardrobe which Biaga fell in love with. “She always told me, ‘No matter where you go – even if it’s just down the road to get some milk and groceries – you should always dress nicely because you never know who you’re going to meet’,” Biaga says. “She had a whole room dedicated to her clothes and shoes, which she picked up from her travels all over the world.” Her grandma’s name was Ponjydfljydu, pronounced Ponny Floo. She was an Indigenous dancer and performed in London, China, American and New Zealand with her husband, who played the didgeridoo. Biaga still has many strong memories of her grandma who died five years ago. “She was

a fashionista really... and one of the major reasons why I got into fashion.” Like her grandma, Biaga too has incorporated her culture and heritage into her passion. She feels an urge to make her own mark in society and introduce highfashion clothing with an Indigenous twist. She admitted there weren’t many young Aboriginal fashion designers out there. However, she took that as a positive. “I just wanted to push the boundaries and one day hopefully encourage both Indigenous and

She plans to start small but has big aims, one day aspiring to run her own fashion house and online store.“I would like to design clothes for my age bracket...(and) I would love for it to be high-fashion and inspire the younger generation. Melbourne is where the fashion hits first but Queensland is where my heart is.” She wants to show-off her cultural background and wear it with pride. Expect to see everything from chic suits to cute dresses adorned in kangaroo skin and emu feathers. Earthy tones, ranging from oaky yellows and browns to whites and blacks, are also used in her work. Not to forget striking Indigenous art included into her material and fabrics. One of her favourite designers was famous UK fashion icon Alexander McQueen, who not only made a strong brand for his designs but was once the head designer of Louis Vuitton. Biaga is studying for a Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (GCIT). She was awarded the 2013 Joyce Summers Indigenous Scholarship, which covers her full course fees at GCIT. Although Biaga admits she still has a lot of growing and maturing in the industry, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Her grandma would be proud.

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non-Indigenous to break the cycle and follow their passion,” she says enthusiastically. “In my mum’s generation they were encouraged to move into roles specifically designed to give back to the community, like being a counsellor or health worker. A lot of young Indigenous people don’t have the confidence to break into such diverse fields.” Currently, Biaga is working on a threepiece collection ahead of this year’s Gold Coast Show at the end of August. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to be crying when I see my collection down the catwalk,” she says. 16

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Exhausted, miserable and looking for a way out, Sarah Megginson decided enough was enough, and went in search of ways to design the lifestyle she desired − but how and where do you start when pursuing big dreams? n 2006 I was working 60 hours a week in a demanding marketing job that I didn’t enjoy, for a volatile boss who I didn’t respect. ‘Something has to change’, I pledged to myself on New Years Eve – and something did. I rerewired my life and started from scratch, and today I’m living the life I always dreamed of. Back then though, I thought my dream life – getting paid to be a writer, ideally working from home – was a serious pipe dream. I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I studied journalism, Public Relations and creative writing at Griffith University, but when I graduated, I wound end up landing jobs in marketing and PR rather than journalism. And five years into my career, I was working in a thankless, demanding marketing and events role that was slowly draining my will to live. August 2013

So, I made the decision to make some changes. I wanted to crack the magazine industry and I was prepared to do whatever it took to get my foot in the door: make coffees, collect mail, even work as the editor’s assistant’s assistant. At 25 years of age, I would have accepted an unpaid internship if it meant the opportunity to make some industry contacts. I was so serious about changing my life that I quit my crappy marketing job and with no safety net of a weekly pay cheque, I applied for every magazine and journalism job in the country. Thankfully, the universe realised how massively committed I was to my new goal, and rewarded me with an amazing job just three weeks later. I was offered a role with a mid-sized publishing company in Sydney, working as a 18

journalist on a property magazine. I loved real estate; I loved writing; I loved magazines. It was a match made in publishing heaven.

Transitioning to a self-made lifestyle

For two fabulous years, I worked for the magazine and wrote dozens of features, news articles and advertorials. I got to experience the fun side of the media lifestyle that I’d always coveted – attending swanky launch parties, and getting invited to fancy five-star media lunches ¬– but, most importantly, I learnt how to work within the confines of a newsroom. I quickly learnt how to be organised; how to balance multiple stories and conflicting deadlines, and meet briefs that were influenced

by both my editor and the advertising team. And, I got paid to write for a living. In a national magazine. Life was pretty wonderful! During this time, I also gained the confidence to pitch story ideas to higherprofile, better paying magazines for freelance jobs, and I got more and more work. Before long I was writing for Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, and I picked up some profitable business clients along the way. By Christmas 2008, I realised I almost had enough contacts and leads to develop a fulltime freelance career. Becoming a freelancer is something I strived towards my entire working life, and when I actually took the plunge, it was the scariest, most anxiety-inducing, yet exhilarating thing I’d ever done. The gamble paid off. Today, I’m back living on the Gold Coast, thanks to the flexibility and freedom that my freelance career provides. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to create the kind of work/life balance that allows me to spend oodles of quality time with my kids, while also maintaining a great career and earning a good living. Best of all, I work part-time – three days a week while my little one is at kindy – but I earn a full-time income. My work these days is split between magazine writing and editing, and working with private clients on projects including books, reports, newsletter articles and eBooks. I contribute to varied projects and get to meet and work with lots of interesting, inspiring people, including Lorna Jane Clarkson and Mia Freedman. I also recently realised another life-long dream when I released my first book, How to make money by working from home: The step-by-step guide to successful freelancing. It’s basically a how-to guide to help other people create the same lifestyle I’m lucky enough to have. I don’t get bogged down in office politics or unnecessary staff meetings. No two days are ever the same. And I love answering my phone, because I never know who the caller may be – like a referral for a $3,000 job that I wasn’t expecting, or the go-ahead for a story I pitched a week earlier. The freelance life suits me down to the ground and I’m often surprised that more people aren’t doing it. I know that it’s not for everyone,but for people who have transferrable, marketable skills, freelancing offers a fabulous, flexible opportunity to generate a solid income.

A daily dose of inspiration

One of the major perks of my job is the fact that I don’t work for just one client, or in just one industry – my workload is varied and diverse and changes on a weekly basis. On any given day, I might be chatting with a property coach for a finance book, interviewing a psychologist for a magazine feature, or liaising with a styling expert for an online fashion article. The biggest upshot to this is that I am constantly motivated and inspired by the people I work with. Without even realising it,

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they challenge me to look at things differently, reassess my approach towards different areas of my life, and reach for bigger and better goals. About six months ago, for instance, I interviewed a mortgage broker, Michael, in the United States. He is achieving all sorts of amazing things with his business, but that’s not the part of his story that piqued my interest; it was his personal life I was interested in. We got chatting about our kids and our lives throughout the interview, as you do, and he mentioned that he takes 12 holidays a year. Come again?! As he explained, he owns his business and has a great team to take care of things while he’s away. So, he’s structured his lifestyle in a way that allows him and his family to spend the first week of every month on vacation. Whether it’s a week skiing in Canada, an island getaway, a trip to Europe, or a visit to Disneyland… wherever they want to go and whatever they want to do, they make the time to get away and spend time together as a family every single month! I ended that phone call feeling beyond inspired! I dashed out of my office to tell my husband all about Michael and his monthly holiday set-up, yelling e xc i t e d l y, “That’s the h o l i d a y lifestyle we should aim for!” Of course, not everyone ide to y-step gu has the type of The step-b freelancing l u successf career or lifestyle Megginson By Sarah that suits a monthly getaway: as well as work, we all have family commitments, social lives, hobbies

and responsibilities. And financially, affording a week-long vacay every month is out of reach for most of us. But I looked at what Michael was doing, and tweaked it to fit with what my family can realistically achieve. With two small children and my husband working five days a week, we won’t be jetting off on exotic holidays to Thailand, London or Africa every other month. However, we can realistically plan to spend one weekend away every four to six weeks, exploring fun and interesting holiday hotspots in our local area. Already, we’ve spent weekends getting to know Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Port Macquarie and the Tweed Valley. We even checked into the Hilton one weekend, to experience Surfers Paradise like a tourist. Next we plan to explore further afield, with visits to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, the Whitsundays and Sydney on the agenda. And who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll be in a position to upgrade to monthly flights to faraway, exotic locations… Right now it seems like nothing more than a pipedream, but I know from experience that those are the only dreams worth pursuing!

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About Sarah Megginson is the author of How to make money by working from home: The step-by-step guide to successful freelancing, out now through Mamamia Publishing. To learn more or to download a free sample chapter, visit

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You have around a month to score something really cool for Father’s Day (September 1) − here are a few gadgets and goodies we’ve got our eyes on...

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fitness essentials Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep wristband tracker allows goals to be set, is waterproof, slim and stylish; ideal for assisting Dad with his health and fitness aspirations. $ 119.95 from Harvey Norman,

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Ultimate Look? The prestigious Ultimate Look competition with Oasis Shopping Centre Broadbeach and Katz Model Management is in its eleventh year! The style and fashion powers-that-be are looking to discover one overall male and female winner that can be launched into the exciting and lucrative modelling industry. If this is an aspiration of yours, then you won’t want to miss this chance. inners will not only be launched into the modelling world with the most professional back-up and training available, but there’s thousands of dollars worth of amazing prizes to be won, including beauty sets from Napoleon Perdis and MUK Haircare, photo-shoots, a two-year contract with Katz Model Management and $1000 cash from Oasis Shopping Center. Additionally, the female winner will receive a one-year contract with Melbourne modelling agency, Scene Model Management. Twenty selected finalists will also share in the prize pool worth thousands of dollars, and all-in-all, this is an excellent opportunity to get a career in modelling and fashion moving forward.

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You’re a woman who looks in the mirror and sees her reflection looking back. A woman you know is you… but you don’t FEEL how you look.

ou wonder how on earth you got to this point and where all those ‘character’ lines came from? It’s funny, because you remember ten or twenty years ago feeling exactly the same, but you look different now; older. The person you see in the mirror is not the person you feel you are. You recall your mother saying the same things when you were younger, that when you get older, the way you feel doesn’t actually match the age on your birth certificate. You didn’t understand back then what she meant, but now you get it. You want your skin to look ten years younger. You want the outside to match the inside. The thought of needles sends shivers down your spine. Not to mention going under the knife. That seems extreme. But what else can you do? You’re looking for an alternative. Something simple and painless that truly delivers. Did you know this solution is now available, offering individual results that will make your heart sing? “Freezing” away your wrinkles is now the stuff of reality rather than fiction, thanks to the hottest new anti-ageing treatment to be taking Hollywood − and the Gold Coast − by storm! It’s painless and doesn’t require maintenance or time off work. In fact, it’s said that Venus Swan, which almost feels like a hot spa massage, might potentially be the most pleasant 30 to 35 minutes of your day. What is the Venus Swan? The Venus Swan - also known as the Venus Freeze - is a device used to treat wrinkles, tighten skin, reduce cellulite and circumferential fat. It is a noninvasive treatment that combines Multi-Polar Radio Frequency (RF) and Magnetic Pulses into a technology called (MP)². This unique combination has the ability to access deeply, comfortably, and safely into the skin in order


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August 2013

SUCCESS with Sarah Blinco

Jane Meredith, co-founder of one of the nation’s favourite jewellery retailers − and a popular business born in Queensland − Secrets Shhh, shares some entrepreneurial insight How did you originally get into the jewellery business? I went from donuts to diamonds! I had sold my Donut King franchise in Sydney and was staying with a friend on the Gold Coast. During this time I was offered a job as a sales person at Calleija Jewellers at Sanctuary Cove. My friend was a mutual friend of John Calleija and that’s where my journey began and what a wonderful beginning it was. What inspired you to create a business such as Secrets Shhh? Secrets evolved because we wanted to give women from all walks of life the opportunity to wear beautiful designer jewellery. Coming from the high end jewellery industry I was very aware that only 9 per cent of women in the world could afford to buy stunning designs set with traditional diamonds. Secrets has been operating for over 13 years, what do you believe your secret to success is? It is Richard Branson’s wise words of inspiration that ‘creating something you believe in and doing something differently’ and ‘look at the problem and think outside the square’

sparkling secrets that drove me to continue and make Secrets a success. Also learning to enjoy the journey and be happy within the moment. How would you describe the ‘Secrets customer’; what are they usually looking for? People have definitely reassessed thinking and spending patterns – and when it comes to jewellery, many women now make a conscious decision because they have a wonderful alternative available and, at the end of the day, Secrets offers jewellery that allows choice. What item of jewellery can you never have enough of? I love the classic round brilliant cut. The brilliant cut in particular contains the most facets so reflects the most light (has the most sparkle) out of all the cuts available within the diamond industry, so I do own a few classic ring designs, earrings and tennis bracelets from Secrets which I wear and enjoy on a daily basis. However if I could choose one set it would be my classic round brilliant cut stud earrings, pendant, three stone ring and tennis bracelet. I do own these designs in yellow gold, however white gold and rose gold are also available and very tempting. I am also so excited about our new seasonal fashion range . . . but I can’t give too much away about the new designs we have coming up!

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To read more of Jane’s words of business-wisdom, take a look at our Get it website this month for the full interview -

TOUGH MUDDER Sarah Blinco meets some of the fittest, most adventurous Gold Coasters − ever! ecently we were alerted to a group of fine, fit folk who are embarking on an overwhelming mission to the Sunshine Coast later this month to compete in Tough Mudder (, dubbed as being ‘the toughest event on the planet’. They don’t profess to possess Superman’s superpowers, but rather, are just your everyday residents, many of whom have overcome significant obesity and confidence obstacles. The crew from Vision Personal Training in Bundall, including Noni Jenkins (team leader), Tina Lynton, and Vision Bundall owner, Jeff Osborne, are set to test their limits in strength, stamina and mental grit as they navigate a hardcore 20km-long obstacle course, designed by British Special Forces.Blimey! The competition is held internationally and has attracted over 1,000,000 participants to date. Apparently only 78 per cent of candidates successfully complete each challenge, but Noni tells me the important thing is to get started training and give it a go. “When I first saw the Tough Mudder video I thought, how many people can I get involved in this? I started getting people interested and August 2013

Would you survive? the question kept arising on how to train for this kind of crazy event. I researched the obstacles and developed training plans around them, like running up Mt Tomewin, and 6am ocean swims in winter. The most exciting and nerve-wracking thing about Tough Mudder is that it’s so far out of everyone’s comfort zone; like entering unknown territory − anything can happen.” Team member, Tina, says she’s ready for this next big challenge.“I’ve wanted to do something like this for the last couple of years but wasn’t in a great space for it after giving birth... I started training at Vision, where we gradually gathered interest that turned into a training squad. We’re now on our way to Tough Mudder! I’ve found it’s about working as a team to get through it. We’re all different shapes, sizes and occupations, but we’ve become friends and encourage each other. Camaraderie is important and it helps you realise you can achieve goals. I had set myself a goal last July to do the half marathon and I did it here a year later. I’ve completed that, it’s now onto my next goal. It’s going to be challenging, but I’ve learned it really is all about mind over matter.” As the manager of Vision, Jeff’s seen many of the team through the toughest days of their 30

weight loss journey. “Here we are really good at helping people lose weight, keep it off, and change lifestyles for the better. Some of these people have reached impressive goals − 20kg, 30kg and 40kg weight loss! Once people reach these kinds of milestones we encourage them to go a little further. For them, something like Tough Mudder is a new challenge and it’s cool to see people take it on. We’ve worked with these people from when they first walked into the studio in a state they didn’t want to be in. It’s actually a bit emotional seeing how far people like Tina have come and how much they’ve changed, and I’m looking forward to seeing them do really well.”

LEARN YOUR STRENGTH: For women wanting to reclaim power in their careers and at home serendipitous conversation with a client, an ongoing addiction to personal development, and a love of sharing experience, knowledge and thinking, resulted in a perfect storm to create the powerful workshop series, Unleash the Lioness, by Jacqueline T. Delivered with great success across Australia, Unleash the Lioness is a workshop deliberately designed to reconnect women with their true strength. “The Lioness draws on the intuitive part of who we are, and uses this to build instinct, trust and a keen sense for what is right and wrong – for herself and those she loves. She has the capacity to stand firmly on the ground and to fight for what she believes in,” says Jacqueline Nagle, the driving force behind Jacqueline T and the Unleash the Lioness workshops. Jacqueline is a mother, successful businesswoman, presenter and trainer, well known for her straight talk, spirited presentations and exceptional seminars. Her workshops combine a lifelong love of learning and personal development, a natural flair for problem solving

Unleash the Lioness and being a Master Practitioner in NLP to create something different yet highly beneficial to attendees. As a business leader, she is a passionate champion of SME’s, and as a mum to three children, she is an advocate of continuous self-improvement. “There are some areas where I believe we have fundamentally lost that sense and the strength we hold within. Every one of us needs to understand how to peel back the layers we have created around our hearts, and our heads, to be truthful about what we want and to trust ourselves to gently – yet relentlessly – pursue that,” she says. The workshop takes the time to explore strategies which will significantly improve your understanding on how to work through developing a purpose, building that into a vision, exploring a whole new way of goal setting, and then layer this up with understanding your values at a core level. Jacqueline explains: “Unleash the Lioness is incredibly practical. You will walk away with rapid-fire strategies; things you can start doing straight away to truly create clarity around key areas of your life.”

The Gold Coast workshop will be held Saturday 17 August at Mantra Legends, Surfers Paradise, from 9.00am. Tickets are available at unleash-lioness-gc.eventbrite. and include refreshments, lunch, workbooks and materials. The Jacqueline T workshop special is also available – book another amazing woman at the same time and receive 50 per cent off the second ticket.

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August 2013

TRAVEL with Sarah Blinco Mercure Potts Point

GIRLS’ WEEKEND: ’d not been to Sydney for years, but as one of my best friends has relocated, I thought it might be about time I re-visited. Sydney is one of those great, vast cities, with literally something new to discover every day of a lifetime, therefore it can be difficult to decide on an itinerary. To narrow the options, we opted for a ‘girls weekend’ approach (centred around Potts Point and the city), which meant sightseeing was not necessarily a priority; shopping, relaxing, cocktails and dancing though, were critical. Here’s a rundown on our discoveries... eye candy Rushcutters Bay Park is a sprawling oasis in the middle of an otherwise large and chaotic metropolis. Located between the prestigious Darling Point and Elizabeth Bay postcodes, here you can lay about under the sun, wander along the waterfront and go hunting for celebrity homes, train utilising the convenient outdoor gym equipment, spot cute dogs... and cute guys! Yep, according to my sources, if you’re seeking eye candy of the fit, jogging, sexy variety, this is the place to be. Thank me later. If you’re in need of food or a caffeine hit after such strenuous activity, try the delightful Bay 88 on Bayswater Road ( for allegedly the best coffee in the area. old school Keen for cocktails with a little culture on the side? LL Wine & Dine is a sexy heritage venue situated in the middle of Llankelly Place, Potts Point (, directly off the Kings Cross strip. A former illegal casino in the August 2013

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Sarah Blinco ventures down south to eat, drink, dance and explore in one of the world’s most famous cities 1960s, it has also served as an adult bookshop; its present menu and decor is inspired by the bustling Hong Kong bar scene. Delicious Asianinspired tapas and drinks at great prices are on the menu, and the extra cool thing about this place is you can request a unique behind-thescenes tour, where you’ll be guided around the old building’s secret underground tunnels and told of its interesting Sydney-town history. At The Cuban Place (125 York Street, you will discover a fabulous little den of music and dancing that will not only take you back in time, but to another continent as well. This place is pumping with the seductive, rhythmic sounds of Cuba, and a lively community of dancers who very obviously know how to have a great time! Well worth a peek if you’re a little over the usual trance and techno scene. flying high Few places on the planet boast truly iconic landmarks − I’m talking the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer − big, beautiful, legendary. Sydney boasts not one but two such landmarks, and there’s no better way to achieve those excited little tummy butterflies than viewing something so beautiful from above. If you’re seeking an extravagant (yet, 32

once-in-a-lifetime) adventure, consider Sydney by seaplane ( ), costing around $360 per person. You’ll depart Rose Bay, soar across Bondi, the Harbour and all of Sydney’s scenic glory, and 20-minutes later land at beautiful Palm Beach (aka ‘Summer Bay’), for lunch in your choice of one of the region’s finest establishments. retail therapy Let’s face it, Sydney is a shopper’s paradise that includes everything from suburban streets lined with luxe boutiques, to super centres like Westfield, and traditional markets such as 150-year-old Paddy’s ( au). As the city was within easy reach of our accommodation (Mercure Potts Point), we ventured into David Jones (opposite Hyde Park) to explore all five levels, and stop for lunch and wine tasting at the aptly named The Wine Bar (within the complex’s expansive basement Food Hall). The relatively new Westfield Sydney is next door too, and offers all the usual Capcity favourites like Zara, Hugo Boss, Swarovski, Armani Exchange and Guess. Just a block up the road is the Queen Victoria Building ( which is worthwhile seeking out, not only for its hundreds of gorgeous stores, but because

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the building itself is glorious, first opened in 1898, and featuring elaborate Romanesque architecture. If you’re interested in historical structures, a guided tour is on offer here for $15. Or, if you’re in need of respite, perhaps a Champagne Afternoon Tea is more your style?

If so, drop into The Tea Room (thetearoom.; prices start at $44 per person. rest + relaxation We chose to stay at Mercure Potts Point ( because of its central location to the city and vibrant nightlife. It’s easy to get in and out of the city on the 311 bus route; alternatively everything on our wish-list was under a $15 cab fare away. The hotel is situated one-minute walk from Kings Cross station, so accessible by train from the airport (simply change at Central). A variety of rooms are available at the Mercure, so perfect for a girls weekend, solo visit or breakaway with that someone special.We were lucky enough to score a Harbour-side position and were ecstatic to discover a magnificent view from our spacious room across the city to the Bridge and Opera House. The hotel is chic and comfortable, with bar, restaurant, internet and numerous other convenience amenities. Staff are friendly and room-service menu delicious! I particularly liked the large, comfortable lobby just off street level − a perfect meeting spot for greeting friends prior to a night out. Outside − within walking distance or a short

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taxi ride − you’re not only spoilt for choice with a variety of cafes, clubs, bars and restaurants, but supermarkets, pharmacies and boutiques too, meaning everything you may need is on hand. There’s even a fascinating walking tour of The Golden Mile you can sign-up for from here, that takes you through the area’s colourful history brimming with mobsters, murders and mysteries, and delves into the stories of the notorious Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, showcased in channel Nine’s Underbelly: Razor. when to go... Time your visit to Sydney with the International Fleet Review and 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet’s first entry into the city, 3 to 11 October 2013. Sydney’s waterways will play host to a wide variety of beautiful, important and historical Tall Ships, warships, Navy vessels and much more from around the world, and is sure to provide a dazzling spectacle for anyone lucky enough to be within viewing distance during the week.

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August 2013



What do you love, and where can it be found on the GC? Tea houses, dog-parks, cycling routes, pizza...? This month, Get it reader, copywriter, model, actor, and veteran of a meatfree lifestyle, Patricia Higgins, shares where you can discover more than just a side of steamed veggies and fries Top seven: vegetarian restaurants

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Tian Ran Vegetarian and Vegan Asian Cuisine: Mermaid Beach Tian Ran offers a wholly vegan menu, but the biggest surprise is the meals appeal to most meat eaters as well. You’ll love their leafy, luscious Asian greens, wholesome broths and fragrant, delicate sauces/curries. The Cardamom Pod: Broadbeach If it’s ambience you’re after, this spot has the prettiest of decors. The restaurant serves traditional Hare Krishna meals from a Bain Marie



and offers delightful seating arrangements, florid interior decorations and a beautiful location. Available are all the tasty curries and mousakas/ lasagnes you would expect from a Govindas style restaurant. Plus, there’s usually a new dish on rotation every day.

The Magic Apple: Burleigh Heads The Magic Apple is a Gold Coast vegetarian dining institution that’s been around since the 90s. There’s an entire menu dedicated to hearty and leafy burgers and wraps plus a hot food selection. The deserts from The Magic Apple are widely proclaimed as thoroughly delicious. The smoothie selection is also quite insane – healthy yet decadent.


Gypsy and the Cat Cafe: Mermaid Beach This place is a mecca to all things holistic and alternative, funky and quirky; and the breakfast is great! Say you’re a vegan? You’ve likely been hard pressed to find a scrambled tofu repast? Now you can. There’s Mexican food too – tacos, burritos and nachos. All vegan! Plus many lunch

options and a scrumptious array of treats. Kuan-yin Tea House/Vegetarian Meal: Southport Kyan-Yin is a cute little teahouse that offers some vegan dishes and very tasty vegetarian meals and snacks. And, yes (bonus) there’s bubble tea to be had. You can enjoy yours with unique snacks such as sweet potato wedges, phantom chips (like a rice paper role) or cheese and vegetable pancake. The teahouse is Buddhist so you can try to catch up on your karma while grabbing a bite to eat.


Giri Kana Cafe: Southport This new kid on the block in GC vegetarian restaurants should appeal to the ‘yuppie vego’ – if there is such a thing. Located at the new H2O Broadwater, source your fix of fantastic Byron Bay coffee here. There are also some really inspiring raw deserts on offer. The food is beautiful, really hearty and tasty.


Easy House: Mermaid Waters Another vegetarian restaurant serving oriental cuisine, with Yum Cha all day, Tuesday to Sunday. There are all your Asian favourites to be found as well as interesting dishes such as Vegetarian Roast Goose and Fried Eel Fillets; or Pumpkin and Pine Nuts Fried Rice – a must-try for anyone seeking a more exciting option.

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BIG KEV IS BACK! Kevin Rudd, at Draculas, that is... hayne Grinke, head of Newman Entertainment’s props department received this text message recently … “Don’t demolish Kev, we’re back in business.” The SMS was referring to a giant sculpture of Kevin Rudd’s face that forms the entrance to a bizarre indoor attraction in Surfers Paradise called the Digestion Experience. Situated on level three of Dracula’s Haunted House, the Big Kev experience invites visitors to crawl through Kevin Rudd’s mouth, slide down the tongue and begin a dizzying journey through the inside of the Prime Minister’s body. The journey through the foam latex construction, includes walking through Kev’s lung cavity, being squeezed down the oesophagus, through the stomach and finally taking a stooped crawl through the intestines. The exit is selfexplanatory. “People just love it,” says attraction manager Lisa Kirk. “Particularly the kids. August 2013

Mind you, this section of the attraction has been out of sync with the political landscape since Kev was ousted, in fact we were planning on replacing the caricature entrance. All of a sudden we’re back in flavour - at least for a few more months.” Shayne Grinke who sculpted the big face of Kevin Rudd chose not to replace it with a Julia Gillard caricature. Lisa explains. “Somehow it didn’t seem appropriate to be crawling down the exPrime Minister Julia’s throat. There are some sensitivities that simply have to be respected. As for Kev, well he seems like fair game, after all, it’s just a fun tribute to a well-known effigy. Who knows, the Haunted House might have to hedge its bets and start designing a big Tony, just in case.” Since the digestion installment was added three years ago, over one hundred thousand people have been swallowed! Find out more at 34

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MusicFOR THE SOUL Broadbeach will once again groove with unmistakable rhythm and licks as a line-up of incredible artists get ready to perform at the Broadbeach Jazz Festival, August 16 through 18.

music scene. Along the way he has earned the respect of fellow professionals and captivated the public with a mature vocal style and stage presence beyond his years. A highlight of the fusion of incredible talent assembled is Ingrid James. An awardwinning Queensland jazz singer and voice educator whose note-perfect delivery and depth of lyrical expression has elevated her into the elite of Australia’s musical talents and ensures she is a must-see for those planning their festival weekend. The Broadbeach Jazz Festival boasts an amazing and diverse collective of performers

and promises to deliver something for every kind of entertainment lover. Highlights of the program will include stylists of New York jazz, The Gentleman’s Swing Club, the Sinatra and Tony Bennett inspired Ashley Lewis, and the distinctly Latin flavours of soulful Jazz with Suavito, the Afro Cuban Salsa Ensemble. Shake the winter blues into a red hot melodic frenzy, mark your diary for August 16 to 18, and swing into Broadbeach! For artist information, program, maps, transport and accommodation options visit

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n expected crowd of more than 20,000 people will descend upon Broadbeach to enjoy the huge program spanning three days and nights with entertainment beating throughout outdoor stages and in various venues around the precinct, and it is all completely free. The party atmosphere will ooze from every inch of the precinct and features some of the biggest names and extraordinarily talented musicians this country can deliver. Headlining this year’s event is the truly spectacular, awardwinning singer and songwriter, Kate Ceberano. Whether it is her soulful voice, charismatic nature or exotic looks, she has become a legendary Australian icon over the past twenty-five years. Alongside Kate is 19-year-old, Liam Burrows, a truly prodigious and gifted performer. Since his appearance as a grand finalist on 2011’s Australia’s Got Talent, the 2012 MusicOz winner for Best Jazz Performer has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the

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The case for high-quality early childhood education is stronger than ever. It’s the best investment a country can make and one that’s currently at the forefront of Australian politics. Local educator, founder and owner of Pencil Paper Star Preschool, Maria Murace, opens up to Chloe Warne about her vision for education on the Gold Coast he phrase, ‘Children are the future’, is widely understood and accepted as an appropriate summary of the importance of high quality education for our nation’s prosperity. When you think about it though, it’s quite an obvious and literal statement. Children are, of course, our future. The kids currently heading to school with backpacks twice their size will one day become our leaders, commentators and visionaries. Our future Prime Minister is, at this very moment, learning how to differentiate between a purple square and an orange triangle. While this is an amusing visual, it does reinforce the consequence of 13 years of benchmark schooling. I can’t imagine anyone would disagree with me when I say early education is paramount, as is the preparation that can be gained before Year One even begins. Maria Murace is a local woman driving home the value of getting kids ‘school ready’ from an early age. Maria is the founder and owner of Pencil Paper Star preschool, a creative school readiness programme that aims to prepare children from three and a half to five years of age in the foundations of literacy and numeracy. In Maria’s words, “It’s designed to allow children to have a confident and smooth transition to Big School”. Maria’s journey in the childcare industry began 24 years ago in Sydney.“I was a teaching Director for many years until I ventured out with the support of my parents and built a kindergarten which I operated and was director of for 13 years. The experience and accomplishments of building something successful from the ground up has rewarded me with heartfelt memories and teaching tools that I will continue to promote.” August 2013

Pencil Paper Star preschool is a five level programme that assists and enhances a child’s cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development. Each ‘star block’ presents relative tasks such as identifying colours and patterns at level one to handwriting skills at level five. The inspiration for Pencil Paper Star preschool was spurred from personal experience. Maria moved from Sydney to Queensland about four and a half years ago with her three children. At the time, Maria’s fouryear-old daughter, Chanel, became enthralled with the educational activities undertaken by her older siblings. It was an interest that Maria couldn’t easily ignore. She created a programme for Chanel alone that was both stimulating and appropriately educational. “I drew on my extensive time and experience in the Childcare Early Education industry to help me write and design the programme. I knew I wanted to create something that allows children to participate in educational activities in a fun and creative way. Also important was the confidence and self esteem a child gains whilst developing a basic skill set in a supportive non-structured environment.” It’s this flexibility of adapting the programme to work at home that parents appreciate. But, realistically, not every parent has the time available to make this programme work, which is why Maria now offers two Pencil Paper Star preschool centres on the Gold Coast, in Coomera and Ormeau. The school readiness 38

classes, taught by Maria herself, began in June. While she’s starting with two, Maria confesses the future could take her and the program anywhere. “I’ll look to venture out to different locations as demand for the classes increases.” Education is once again a hot topic for parents and commentators. The Labor Government’s GONSKI reforms are positioning the examination spotlight firmly over Australia’s current model for early schooling. But whether it’s a political agenda you agree with or not, the principle motive is hard to ignore – education is not an area to drop the ball. According to Maria there’s a gap in the current market that stems from differences in curriculum from state to state. “Queensland children are at a disadvantage to those in New South Wales and Victoria where the curriculum has progressed.” Pencil Paper School preschool looks to even out the playing field and ensure Queensland kids have as much of a head start as anyone else. “I’m a single mother of three children and all have benefited from my early Childhood Education practices at home. It’s allowed them to grow into confident and enthusiastic learners. My ultimate goal is to see Pencil Paper Star expand internationally as an essential part of every child’s early education.” Australia’s conversation on education is ongoing. It’s a component of the political, social and private sphere that should always look to be bettered. Gold Coaster Maria Murace is contributing to this conversation.

BE RECOGNISED hey say there’s no secret to success, it’s about getting out there and working hard. Take a look around − certainly those women you can identify as being ‘successful’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘innovative’ don’t sit around all day. They juggle tasks and a work-life balance, sacrifice, and sometimes fail but get straight up again and dust themselves off; they encourage others while persevering towards individual goals. Consequently, these women create, facilitate change in the world, and manage businesses and endeavours we couldn’t do without. Mostly too, they’re quiet achievers. Do you know a woman like this? A woman who is doing something amazing? She might not even consider her actions ‘out of the ordinary’, but her friends know they are. Whether it’s managing a business (of any size), mentoring youth, volunteering time (and funds) to underprivileged groups or caring for other locals in need − can you identify someone in your circle who deserves to be recognised? The inaugural Gold Coast Women in Business Awards 2013 is calling for women to be nominated NOW. The awards are designed to showcase and honour local women who are making a difference. Categories include:

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• Gold Coast Woman in Business of the Year Award • Business Achiever Award (open to business owners) • Community Dedication award (open category) • Innovation Award (open category) • Aspiring Young Business Women’s Award (open to 18-30 year olds) • Empowering Young Women’s Award (open to 15-25 year olds) • Women for Change Award (open category) There’s over $5000 worth of prizes to be won, not to mention the fantastic exposure that would be achieved as a result of being nominated, let alone being a winner. Don’t be shy to nominate a friend − or nominate yourself! Entering awards such as this means a business or idea is put on the map and important vision is shared with the world! Doors open, it’s an opportunity for personal development, and means positive recognition for a job well done. Nominations OPEN NOW You can enter as many categories as you like, but entries close Friday 20 September 2013.

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DININGSPOTLIGHT with Chris Mcleay ees Clubhouse is the perfect option for a quick snack before or after enjoying a round of golf. Tees offers a large range of breakfast meals available from 6am including the Clubhouse 3 Egg Omelette with sourdough toast or the lighter ‘Up & Go’ Mixed Muesli. Freshly brewed tea and coffee is available for your morning pick-me-up, or why not try a fresh juice, with your choice of orange, apple, pineapple or cranberry. All meals are served quickly and with care at Tees Clubhouse, while you enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the awardwinning golf greens. Lunch is served from 11am daily and features the Tees’ Triple Decker Club Sandwich with Chips, which is hard to ignore. The lunch menu has lighter options available including the Smoked Salmon Bruschetta or the more substantial Chicken Teriyaki with pickled ginger, garden

oasting a sumptuous buffet that includes only the freshest of seafood, Kalinda Restaurant at RACV Royal Pines Resort is a food lover’s dream. Ocean-fresh prawns, Australian Blue Swimmer Crab and oysters in the half shell are all offered at Kalinda and that’s just the beginning. The aromas of oven fresh bread float through the restaurant as I make my way to the buffet to view the day’s offerings. With an array of freshly made salads and antipasto, Kalinda has a meal for all appetites. The hot food selection varies weekly and includes a carvery station with a roast of the day. The perfectly displayed dessert buffet is always my favourite. Each dessert is made lovingly in the resort’s pastry kitchen and most are presented as an individual portion, which allows you to sample a little piece of each. The open-planned design allows interaction with the kitchen team, all the while letting adults

he RACV Royal Pines Resort’s Italian restaurant, Trattoria Amici, offers traditional Italian style cuisine in a vibrant alfresco setting. Gourmet woodfired pizzas are the house specialty and are all made fresh to order. The menu includes the Portofino that combines sopressa and pepperoni salami, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms finished with basil and kalamata olives. Other pizza options include the Garlic Prawn or the Chinese-inspired Great Wall, which incorporates mouth-watering Peking duck baked in. The pasta is made fresh inhouse and the portions are always generous. The Fettuccine Carbonara is a popular menu choice, along with the Linguine Trattoria that incorporates flavours of chorizo, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and smoked paprika. Selected Gluten free options are available in both the pizza and pasta range upon request. August 2013


salad and rice. Tees Clubhouse is open to the public for breakfast and lunch daily; offering casual informal dining at its best. The views

are worth the trip alone with the alfresco dining an added bonus. Tees Clubhouse is fully licensed and is open seven days a week from 6am till dusk. Bookings on 5597 8700.

relax in a child friendly atmosphere. Kalinda Restaurant also houses the resort’s breakfast buffet offering fresh pastries, fruits and a hot selection as impressive as the

evening buffet. Kalinda Restaurant is open for dinner Friday and Saturday from 6pm till late, and breakfast daily from 6:30am. Bookings on 5597 8700.



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dried tomatoes and rocket leaves. The open plan kitchen allows for some spectacular viewing with the fast-paced action on show. Trattoria Amici has a comprehensive wine menu including some Italian wines that compliment the menu well. Trattoria Amici is open to the public and available dine in or take away. Room service options are also available for in-house guests. Trattoria Amici is open seven nights a week for dinner with doors opening from 5:30pm. Bookings on 5597 8700.

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ver the last three and a half years, Uchouten Japanese has built a loyal fan base in the Surfers Paradise area. Known for delivering authentic Japanese delights, owner Moon Yeou and his team take great pride in their restaurant and believe the hand-rolled Sushi is the key to their success. The Sushi is made fresh to order and comes in a variety of combinations to suit customers’ requirements. The Bento Box is another popular item at Uchouten Japanese and comes in a range of formats. An entrée size Bento Box of Fried Fish starts at $9.50 and up to $22.80 for the larger Teriyaki Salmon Bento. The Bento Boxes are served with rice and vegetables in a traditional Japanese manner. Uchouten Japanese restaurant offers an intimate dining experience with a personalised service and has seating for up to 40 guests. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with Japanese style furnishings and makes for a great meeting place for a meal. Uchouten Japanese is open seven days a week from 11am till 9pm. For more information call 5504 0603.

ocated at the northern end of Chevron Renaissance restaurant alley is Ristorante Renaissance. Offering a vast array of modern Italian style cuisine, Ristorante Renaissance presents a fresh twist on some classic flavours. The Penne Amatriciana is popular, with the hint of chilli enhancing the already bold flavor. The freshly made pizza bases are available with a large range of toppings and include the tried-and-tested Hawaiian through to the more adventurous Pizza with the Lot. Ristorante Renaissance’s menu is extensive, and includes only high quality produce, and is delivered to customers with care. The Lamb Shanks are the perfect winter warmer and always falls off the bone. The grill menu uses only highend beef and is finished on the char grill. Ristorante Renaissance is a licensed restaurant and is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Doors open from 8am – 3pm and 6pm till late.

pIZZa LOVe rust Gourmet Pizza Chevron Renaissance offers great tasting pizza and pasta in a fantastic alfresco setting. Situated in front of the Chevron Renaissance fountain, Crust Gourmet Pizza is an Australian influenced pizzeria with style. The friendly staff are knowledgeable and always welcome you with a smile. Franchisee, Sam Eldebel, says the Crust Gourmet Pizza range is made with only the freshest ingredients and made with love. The Peri-Peri Chicken pizza is one of the more popular pizzas but the Upper Crust range is a hit with all who try them, with the Upper Crust Moroccan Lamb pizza recently winning a

or the best pint of Guinness in Australia look no further than the Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern. The tavern has held the title of best pint from 2011 through 2012 and each month of 2013 thus far. Located in the Chevron Renaissance precinct, Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern is a Rugby Union themed Irish Bar that has priceless Rugby memorabilia adorning its rustic-styled walls. The classic style pub food is honest with a unique Irish influence. The signature dish of Irish Stew is bursting with flavour and is best accompanied by a pint of Guinness. The menu boasts great variety that includes grills like the famous Mixed Grill for $25.95. A children’s menu is also offered for only $8.95, with each meal coming with your choice of soft drink and ice-cream. The Steak Sandwich is a crowd favourite too. On Wednesday evenings Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern offers $11.95 Schnitzels (with extra toppings for a small fee). For good food and great beer, a visit to Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern will not disappoint. Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern is open seven days a week from 10am until late. For more information call 5531 5599.

Best International Pizza Award. Selected pizzas on the menu are available in a gluten free or wholemeal option. Crust Gourmet Pizza offers a large range of pizza and pasta dishes that are available to dine in, take away or delivered straight to your door. There is free local lunch delivery when you spend $20 or more and children up to 10 years eat dinner for free with a paying adult. Crust Gourmet Pizza Chevron Renaissance is a fully licensed restaurant with a BYO wine policy. Doors open from 11am till 10pm, seven days a week. For reservations or delivery details call 5538 6720.

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Nothing beats a free range life. Here are a few quick and easy meal ideas that are delicious, healthy and allow you connect with nature







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800g potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 2cm chunks 4 tbsp olive oil 1 large red onion, halved and cut into 1cm wedges 200g chorizo sausage, peeled, halved and cut into chunks 2 tsp thyme leaves salt and ground black pepper 2 tbsp parsley or coriander leaves 1 tsp finely chopped red chilli (optional)

METHOD Bring potatoes to a boil in a pot of salted water, boil 5 minutes, then drain thoroughly. While they cook, heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large frypan and cook onion over medium heat until softened (about 5 minutes). Add chorizo and cook a further 5 minutes, stirring now and then to prevent sticking. Lift out of pan and put to one side. Add remaining 2 tbsp oil, thyme and well-drained potatoes and cook over a medium-high heat, turning now and then, until slightly crispy (about another 10 minutes). Add the onion and chorizo mixture back to the pan and cook another minute or two. Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper and sprinkle with parsley or coriander leaves and chilli, if using.

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INGREDIENTS • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1 large onion, finely diced • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 1½ cups risotto rice • ½ cup white wine • salt and ground black pepper • 25-30 saffron threads • 5-6 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock • 4 handfuls baby spinach • 1 cup grated parmesan • 1-2 tbsp butter


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INGREDIENTS • 12 poached or canned peach halves (or any other stone fruit) • 3 tbsp butter • ½ cup sugar • ¼ cup brandy To serve (optional) • yoghurt or crème fraîche • sliced almonds

METHOD Heat oil in a deep, heavy-based saucepan and gently fry onion and garlic until soft but not browned (about 5 minutes). Add rice and stir over heat for 2 minutes to lightly toast. Add wine, salt and pepper and cook a further 2 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Add saffron threads to 5 cups hot stock, then add to rice mixture. Stir to combine, cover and simmer over a very low heat until almost cooked (about 15 minutes). At this point, test the rice – it should have a tiny, hard, white core in the centre of each grain, which means it is nearly ready. If the core is bigger, cook another few minutes. It needs to be almost cooked before you add the final ingredients. If the rice begins to dry out, add another ½-1 cup of hot stock or water – it should look very soupy. Stir in the spinach, parmesan and butter, cover and cook another 2-3 minutes until the rice is fully cooked through but still al dente (it will continue to cook once removed from the heat, so take care not to overcook it). Remove from heat and allow to stand for 2-3 minutes.

METHOD Drain syrup from peach halves and reserve. Heat butter in a large frypan until it turns nut-brown. Add sugar and, when sizzling and caramelised, add peaches and about ¼ cup reserved syrup. Shake over heat until liquid comes to a boil. Add brandy and flambée. Serve with yoghurt or crème fraîche and sliced almonds, if desired.

INGREDIENTS • 1 large smoked ham or bacon hock • 2 bay leaves • 3 cups dried split green peas, rinsed and checked for stones • salt and ground black pepper METHOD Place ham or bacon hock in a large pot with bay leaves and 14 cups (2½ litres) water. Bring to the boil, skimming off and discarding any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. While the meat cooks, place the split peas in a separate pot, cover with 6 cups water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the water has almost evaporated (about 40-45 minutes). Lift ham or bacon hock out of cooking liquid, discard the skin, fat and bones and finely dice the meat. Return meat to the pot containing the cooking liquid and add the partly cooked peas, salt and pepper. Simmer gently until peas are fully broken down (about another 40 minutes).






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Walking through the front gates of Saint Stephen’s College (Reserve Road, Coomera), one is instantly struck by a sense of tranquillity and composure that is unusual for a co-educational P-12 school. Small groups of students, wearing the iconic burnt orange and navy uniform, chat and giggle together quietly as they hustle about. f you’re a local Gold Coaster, you probably already know about the fine reputation of Saint Stephen’s College in various academic, sporting and cultural pursuits. What you may not know is that it’s the ‘spirit’ of this College community that truly sets it apart from other schools. This ‘spirit’ is embodied by students and staff alike, and can be sensed the first time one enters the College grounds. It is clear that College Headmaster Jamie Dorrington is a visionary man. His focus is on building a school that prepares students for the 21st century challenges that they will be faced with when they graduate from his watch and venture out into the world as young adults. To accomplish this vision, Jamie keeps one eye looking ten years into the future; yet, his feet are firmly planted in the here-and-now and his sleeves are rolled up at the ready to do what’s required to guide his staff and students to where he feels they need to be. One of Jamie’s personal missions is to inspire his students to live their lives as responsible local and global citizens. Local students study side-by-side with the College’s thriving community of international students, and the College has sister school relationships with schools in Japan, Ethiopia and the United States of America. Over recent years, the grounds, facilities and technology at Saint Stephen’s College have undergone some impressive developments. Now, students at Saint Stephen’s College enjoy a standard of facilities and technology that rivals any local August 2013

school and some local universities. There is no musty barely-used school library here. Instead, there is a state-ofthe art ‘iCentre’ that blends the traditional library format with modern and interactive modes of research, collaboration and learning. The iCentre provides the entire College community with printed books and resources, digitally interactive collaborative learning spaces and purpose-built meeting rooms. It also serves up 24/7 access to digital resources like e-books and audiobooks via a secure, dedicated online portal. If you’ve ever wanted to learn a foreign language and were just a bit unsure about taking the big leap, Saint Stephen’s College has made that first step easy. The College’s newly created awardwinning Language Centre has opened its cultural doors to students, parents and the broader community eager to take on new linguistic challenges. Courses on offer from the end of July include French, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. Head of Foreign Languages, Mrs Danielle Goucher, said foreign language study in Australia was often limited to high school and university students. “Adults are a bit reticent to take the first step, particularly those who may not have had the option to learn a foreign language at school. We wanted to change that, which is why we decided to offer people outside the school environment the opportunity to learn a little about another part of the globe,” said Mrs Goucher. “The centre’s hi-tech facilities are 44

complemented by our fabulous teachers providing excellent tuition in a comfortable, easy to learn in environment. It’s a dynamic and fun way to learn and it really does open up the world to the community,” she said. The College has also partnered with local businesses in offering tailored language programmes. Divisional Human Resources Manager, Tony Lines said the Chinese Business classes had provided an exceptional professional development opportunity for the Village Roadshow Theme Park team. “The classes have allowed the participants to enhance their communication skills with our Mandarin speaking guests, enabling us to offer them a more personalised service. They are appreciative of the fact that our team members are making the effort to speak to them in their language. We would certainly consider sending additional participants next year if the programme is offered again,” he said. Courses will run during the second semester, 2013. Costs vary depending on the course. Places are limited. For more information email Nevertheless, while anyone who walks through these gates can see that the facilities and technology at Saint Stephen’s College are indeed remarkable, College Headmaster Jamie Dorrington says that these physical innovations are nowhere near as valuable or important as the people who occupy them. To book your personal tour of Saint Stephen’s College, call 07 5573 8600. CRICOS Provider Number 01938G


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August 2013


LOVE NIGHTCLUB On Friday the 19th of July, Love Nightlife hosted the final heat of the Miss Young Hot & About To Become Famous Model Search with girls from around the Gold Coast competing in 2 sections, club wear and lingerie. Jade Wilson, Avril Mathie and Jennifer Canham all showed that they had what it took to advance through to the Venue Finals held at Love Nightlife on the 26th of July. 16 girls are set to compete in the Venue Final, with the winner representing Love Nightlife at the International Lingerie Model Search World Finals, held at Love Nightlife on the 9th of August. August 2013



Winner Silas Lulic at Elvis Viva Surfers Paradise

Winner Silas Lulic at Elvis Viva Surfers Paradise

Mike Tsma (2nd place), Silas Lulic (1st place) and George Nadile (3rd place) at Elvis Viva Surfers Paradise

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August 2013

LIFESTYLE STARS H LEO July 22 – Aug 23 Happy Personal New Year Leo. Pay attention to your finances this month and spend wisely. Avoid big ticket items and do your homework first. Expect delays with travel plans so get organised and make sure you have travel insurance. Career will be very important, so get ready for new opportunities coming your way. H Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22 Your personal independence will be very important. Whilst relationships are significant, having things your way will take the forefront and you need to be patient while your partner, family and friends adapt. Follow your intuition with finances and expect to reap the rewards by investing in yourself and your own ideas. H Libra Sept 22 – Oct 23 Hang in there Libra, you are on the path to financial freedom, but there are still some hurdles to overcome. Changes need to be made and you will feel more experimental than usual, allow yourself to think outside the square. Love is delicate, so be patient with your partner or love interest. H Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22 Your health is still not on track and your energy may be low. Take some time out and get some rest and relaxation. You will feel more moody than usual, so avoid being weighed down by negativity. Career is still on the rise, but not without sacrifices along the way.




H Aries March 20 –April 19 Patience will be a virtue as you deal with conflict and delays this month. Finances are very positive and you will be prospering from your personal creativity in the workplace, so stick to your goals and objectives. Love will be challenging, so take time out for the one you love.

H Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 22 You are feeling very ambitious this month and your work ethic is strong.You are productive and efficient, with social connections serving you well.Travelling, learning and expanding will be your focus and your philosophies are about to take a new direction, allowing you to learn and teach along the way.

H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Relationships will be positive and singles will have interesting opportunities to find the love they are looking for. Home and family will remain a strong focus with more involvement in activities involving children and home improvements. Finances are optimistic, but will still need further homework and review for constructive progress.

H Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20 Health and vitality will be much stronger this month,giving you more energy to take on responsibility and authority in your life.Socialising with family will be positive,but have some challenges and you need to have more patience with your spouse and children to enjoy the good times. H Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19 Try not to work too hard this month and preserve your energy where you can. Conflict in the workplace will create some headaches, so avoid getting involved in unnecessary dramas. Socially, you will enjoy more gatherings, parties and mixing with friends. Singles, cupid is on your side, so be prepared.

H Gemini May 21 – June 21 Learning and developing your intellect will allow you to be more adaptable and versatile. Meeting new people and learning new philosophies will enhance your ability to communicate more effectively and be more creative with your ideas.Your career is still on the back burner with future breakthroughs on the rise.

H Pisces Febr 19 – March 20 You will be more in the mood for romance than focussing on yourself.Love is certainly in the air and this is the perfect time to make yourself available for your partner or romantic interest. Temporary disagreements may also arise,so compromise will also be important to make things work.

H Cancer June 21 – July 22 There are some dynamic prospects for your career this month and you will be in right place at the right time to make the most of the opportunities coming your way. Make the most of your financial peak and use your intuition when it comes to taking risks with investments.

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You ask and we deliver. We received an overwhelming response for who you wanted featured here in August − seems everyone wishes to be rescued by this Superman! 5 things you may not know about Man of Steel star, Henry Cavill

1 Is he a dog person? Is he a cat person? No, but he used to have a pet parrot − perhaps he’s always been into the whole flying thing? 2 He enjoys the TV shows Scrubs, Dexter and Battlestar Galactica ... you know, in case you’re after something you have in common with him. But, if you want to check him out on the small screen, do yourself a favour and buy all four seasons of The Tudors. 3 Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer, always maintained to the film series’ producers that she had only ever imagined that Henry would pull off playing Edward Cullen. I guess she was almost right, the role did eventually go to a fellow Englishman (Robert Pattinson). 4 He’d be a handy (and handsome) travel buddy − he’s fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

5 Russell Crowe (who co-stars in Man of Steel) might be partly the reason Henry went on to pursue an acting career. Henry was a 16-year-old pupil at the Stowe School (South East England), and had been cast as an extra while Russell filmed a scene for Proof Of Life at the school. He managed to score a few moments with Russell at one point, and asked him what it was like to be an actor because he was interested in the same path. Evidently, Russell was friendly, and encouraged him to “commit”.

refrained from mentioning it to Crowe as they trained together at a gym in Los Angeles. Then eventually, one day he asked Crowe if he remembered filming at Stowe School and if he remembered speaking to a young pupil. Crowe said yes and asked what advice he gave he gave him, to which Cavill revealed: ‘You said the pay was pretty good, but they treat you like s**t’. Crowe laughed out loud and said: ‘Yup, that’s what I said all right. Hello Henry’.”

The rest of the story, as told to British GQ Magazine (June 2013) goes, “Two days later, Cavill received a package in the post which contained some Jersey sweets (Cavill mentioned where he’d grown up), a jar of Vegemite, a CD of Crowe’s band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts and a picture of Crowe in Gladiator, with a signed message. The message read: ‘Dear Henry, a journey of 1,000 miles begins in a single step. Russell.’ Although the two stars had that shared experience in common, Henry

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