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Valentine Aph rodisiac From the editor SARAH BLINCO

I learned recently that storytellers call a new beginning an invitation. This invitation is actually part of a larger framework known as a ‘hero’s journey’; a call to adventure, sometimes embarked upon willingly, other times out of necessity. Of course, there are challenges encountered on any journey − fears, obstacles, trials, shady characters − which threaten to divert a hero from his or her path. As the story progresses and such challenges are met, a transformation takes place and the hero’s mindset is altered as life is consequently viewed in a different way. Certainly, you’ll recognise this ‘hero’s journey’ with reference to some of your favourite pieces of fiction, but as it is a new year, we’d like to invite you to embark on your own non-fiction hero’s journey, by embracing a fresh start this month. Have you had a chance to reflect on 2013 yet? I assume it wasn’t without its challenges. Did you learn from them? Did they set you off course? I think it’s important to reinforce here that it is totally alright to feel hesitant about getting out there and giving anything − a job, relationship, role, friendship, fitness − another go, or perhaps, reassessing its defining value in your life.

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This obviously does open the door to doubt, confusion and feeling lost, but a new beginning, or a new adventure if you will, is also exciting, refreshing and empowering, and there’s no better time to give it a go than in January. Whatever the new beginning is that you are facing or designing in 2014, we hope you’ll find guidance in this issue to get you on your way. From how to cope with change to moving on from stress and anxiety, being ruled by emotions, to the questions that utterly bamboozle in a job interview, we’ve compiled it all here, so you can get cracking on that fresh start!

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Inevitably all stories reach some kind of conclusion, and the final part of a ‘hero’s journey’ is usually about ‘return’ − the return to everyday life as a changed person who possesses new skills, motivation, inspiration and awareness. Just as many of our most beloved fictional heroes have returned to such a place, whether physically and/or metaphorically, we can too in 2014. But like our favourite heroes, from Bridget Jones to Captain Jack Sparrow and Khaleesi, we need to begin the journey in the first place. That means taking action, a first step, today. Happy New Year!

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It’s a new year and time to get started towards your resolutions. Is fitness on that list? There’s plenty of freestanding gym equipment here, set along pristine promenades with spectacular ocean views. From Broadbeach to Paradise Point, it’s the ideal way to get in shape and get inspired. And it’s free! More at Test your sense of adventure on Sunday 5 January with a day of site navigation and archery. Compete against family or friends around a |farm campus in the Currumbin Valley. Entry is free, but bookings are required due to the popularity of the activities. The archery portion is supervised and comes with a lesson and a few practice rounds to hone your skills. More on 5533 0312 or visit Score some extra cash selling unwanted household items (or dare we say, Christmas presents) by renting a stall at the Rotary car boot sale at Burleigh Heads. A space costs only $20 with proceeds going to charity. And, the Rotary Club of Kirra-Currumbin will facilitate a sausage sizzle for all hungry revellers. Boots open at 6am on 12 January. More at Kids will love spending the day zipping down the large inflatable slip and slide at the Water Mad at Bundall Fun day on 19 January. Join in on the action from 2−5pm, as Stan the Active Man entertains the whole family with his amusing antics. More on 5559 0318

The Summer Series at the Arts Centre presents a mix of creative workshops designed to encourage and empower kids, getting them off the couch and into activity. Everything from dance (hiphop, jazz) to sculpting is on the menu. Prices vary; some activities are free of charge. More at Fancy relaxing with a new release movie under the stars? Every Saturday across the Gold Coast free outdoor movies are on offer in a park near you. We’re going to be early on Saturday 18 January to catch Despicable Me 2 at Paradise Point starting from 7pm! More at These school holidays are the perfect time for eco warriors aged 5 to 9 years to learn more about the environment. Mid week programs are run by Gecko and operate from the Currumbin area costing only $10 per child. In the fully supervised lessons, kids can learn all about magical mangroves, beautiful bugs and even fascinating frogs. More on 5534 1412 or visit

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ENTERTAINMENT with Sarah Blinco

Sarah Blinco meets popular personality of stage and screen, John Waters, who along with Stewart D’Arrietta returns to town this year with the unmissable Looking Through A Glass Onion tour which pays homage to the music, mystery and memory of John This production has evolved successfully since 1992 – an amazing achievement! How does it make you feel reflecting on the way the show and its subsequent popularity has unfolded? I’m very pleased to have invented a show that works. Just that, is quite an achievement in this industry. To see and to feel it work on an audience in a deeply emotional way, that is magic. What can audiences expect from the two man show (with Stewart D’Arrietta) that hits town this month? Doing the show in this, its original format, is far more demanding on Stewart and myself as performers. We like that challenge, and we proved to ourselves last year that it is the best way to really communicate with our audience. It is the way we will do the show later in the year in New York too. The show is described as being an intimate experience for audiences. How have you designed it as such? It’s about less people on stage; less focus on ‘band’ and more on the music and lyrics. They are what held people spellbound years ago, and they are the essence of Lennon’s genius. What is it about the production you think everyone – even younger audiences who didn’t grow up with Lennon and The Beatles – enjoys or engages with the most? I’m pretty sure it’s the confrontational nature of Lennon’s personality, allied to his openness and honesty. And of course our brilliant performances! What within this story do you relate to? This is the score to the movie of my life. That’s heady stuff, right there. What’s your favourite Lennon or Beatles song? How from the Imagine album. The perfect distillation of life’s anomalies, set in majestic music. This production explores the life of one of the world’s most talented music January 2014



icons; Aside from acting, what are you best at − any secret skills? I’m fluent in French, and have a working ability in Spanish. What have you learnt about yourself as you’ve grown older? That I’m not such a bad guy as some people try to make me believe. It’s our New Year issue – do you believe in goal setting, and if so, what’s a 12

goal or aim of yours for 2014? It’s all about this show. I’m aiming to achieve the same popularity in the US as we enjoy here in Australia. And if that doesn’t happen; just to have a great time trying. Looking Through a Glass Onion, Saturday 11 January, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads ph 1800 014 014; QPAC 25 February to 2 March

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Speaker, author and founder of one of Australia’s most popular business networking groups, Melissa Groom, pauses for a chat with Sarah Blinco What were your initial aims when developing what has evolved into Empowered Mums ( My aim is to empower women to take the necessary steps to educate themselves on how to grow a successful business, have financial independence and to build a community of supportive and like minded small business owners to share advice, our failures and successes. What are the greatest challenges working mums face in contemporary times, do you think? A lot of mums put unnecessary pressure on themselves. It is a difficult task to run a business with very small children. The key is to go at the tortoise pace rather than trying to go flat out. It takes years to grow a successful business. The children grow up so quickly so I say focus on looking after yourself and your family first and then the business. Finding a balance between juggling kids, the house and business is difficult. It’s about getting your priorities right, scheduling time in for your priorities, saying ‘no’ often and not feeling guilty about it. Mums tend to over commit. What are some of the things we most have to look forward to though? Thanks to technology some mums are working from their PC or mobile device while travelling the world! It’s allowing us to grow our networks at a rapid speed and to connect with businesses all over the globe. What is one thing you would encourage professional mums to do this year, if they’re not feeling connected or fulfilled? Get along to networking events and connect with like minded women. You also mentor mums in business; tell us about a recent client who is living their dream and who you’re most proud of? Sam Beau Patrick is one of our members who joined back in February 2012. Sam is one of our leading naturopaths in Australia and regularly appears on TV. She has just embarked on a project to help build orphanages and schools in Nepal. Sam is such an inspiration and a great role model for all



our members. Once you are successful in your business you are then able to reach out and help so many more people. What are your rituals for the beginning of a new year? I start my planning in September for the new year. It’s always good to plan ahead and know where you are going and then be able to have time off to spend with the family over the holiday season. I have a business coach that helps me set my goals and I am very focused on my vision and what I want to achieve.

What are you most looking forward to for 2014? We have network leaders starting up in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria so I will be busy mentoring them to build a successful networking group, build our brand and their own businesses. Empowered Mums (facebook. com/MumsInBusinessAustralia) meet every Tuesday at Dune Café, Palm Beach, 10am−12pm. More at




From a past infused with creative talent, ex Olympic synchronised swimmer, Marina Kholod, has decided to shift her passion into the launch of her own online swimwear fashion label, Meadore. She shares her story with Riana Horner t just six years old when Marina first started swimming in Ukraine, it was clear she had a flair for originality. Encouraged by close family and training hard in gymnastics, ballet and acrobatics, it was not long before Marina became a synchronised swimming star. “My mother was the biggest influence, and I was always thankful for that,” she says. After participating in the Olympics and achieving her most ambitious swimming career goals, Marina went on to coaching and choreographing for the Australian Olympic national team and Commonwealth Games, taking them to China and London. “Being a professional athlete, you need to train ten hours a day while being a coach and choreographer needs 24/7 commitment.” Having hit what she felt was the peak of her synchronised swimming career and with the aim to create something striking in the high fashion world, Marina was inspired to take her years of experience from her professional athlete and choreographer involvement as a foundation to build her own exquisite swimwear collection. Her efforts go into ensuring the range brings confidence and sensual femininity to training women all over the world. The superior quality Australian made UPF 50+ fabric responds to athletes’ needs, by allowing freedom of movement in the water or surf and when taking part in all types of training, and looking stylish at the same time. “I have been a creative person all my life, have choreographed countless sports, promotional shows and TV advertising events and have designed swimwear for the Olympic games, World Championships and various domestic and international competitions,” Marina states. As a company, Meadore is destined to expand, improve and innovate the training swimwear industry. Marina proudly explains this unique label maintains the goal of subsidising the mission of sport champion/role model concept while promoting positive and healthy lifestyles. “Meadore is a customer and share value oriented business with a rather cohesive and integrated approach that encourages involvement of all stakeholders. I just really believe in the good in people and we want to give back to the community.” The Meadore brand is currently trusted by Australian, American, New Zealand, Canadian, Ukraine and German customers from various clubs and national teams throughout the world. From designing and producing bikinis and one pieces for both women and children, Marina has high hopes for the future of her brand to eventually create all types of supportive fitness wear. “I am proud to have a brand truly unique to Australia. Everything is designed here from the styling and textiles to the modelling; it’s all Aussie made and yet affordable. It is very fashionable to be fit and healthy,” she laughs. Marina says her design inspiration is all around, from the people in her life to music. Her passion continues to shine through her breathtaking patterns, and she admits it doesn’t feel like work.“Every single design has to be reflected by the music.You combine your inspiration and end up designing something beautiful, different and striking. I love what I am doing.” 15

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She Lingerie, Oasis Broadbeach. The foundation to looking your best at work is to have the right fitting underwear. Here they help with professional fitting so you get the right size for your shape and smooth lines under your outerwear. Ce-Ci at Chevron Renaissance. Accessories make an outfit and they have a great range of affordable necklaces, bracelets and bangles. They also have a range of interesting handbags that can liven up a corporate look. My Jewellery Shop at Nobby Beach. This stylish store has a stunning collection of jewellery both silver and gold and unique pieces. They also offer a stylist and wardrobing service to polish your look. Oasis at Broadbeach has great boutiques but two that stand out for appropriate outfits to wear to work are Meegs and Bliss. You will find casual wear also but for the corporate working girls they stock stylish dresses, shirts and skirts that can be coordinated to complete your wardrobe. Allegra at Main Beach. There are so many fashion boutiques to choose from on the Gold Coast but I’ve chosen this one for investment dressing. You only need to buy one or two classic pieces a season to build an executive wardrobe. Maryon’s Shoes Main Beach. Stylish shoes always complete an outfit. This is the designer end of shoes but a classic pair of high heel pumps in a neutral shade will go with so many outfits and will be worth the investment. John Forsyth for Men at Marina Mirage. Let’s not forget executive style for the businessman. For a professional, stylish look for guys there is a great selection of suits, shirts, trousers and quality accessories.

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Get it catches up with Greg Ward, owner and manager of CTJ in Bundall, to find out what’s sparkling this new year... reg tells us: “CTJ has now brokered new deals with diamond manufacturers and has increased its diamond stock in store. We can offer the best internet prices for cash buyers from most companies in the world. We believe that most people still want to know about diamonds − to see, touch and feel them. Buying a diamond is an emotional purchase, and we try to make sure that this is a feel-good purchase and that the customer is ours for life.” Popular items this season include: “One carat up in the size of diamonds; when you go shopping at other stores you are not looking at the 15-20 thousand window, but we bring that price to reality and make it available to our customers.” Don’t miss: “I have taken delivery of over 70 one carat to 1.5 carat stones all certified, so you know what you are getting, and it is the



largest range of stock that any shop has. If there is another, let us know! We have the range, the best prices and also great staff who really care.” You’ll love: “We have the best range of 18ct diamond studs in all sizes and we know that they are the best prices. Also, our 18ct tennis bracelets are guaranteed the best wholesale prices in Australia. In 2014 look out for: “2014 will bring again more variety in store including a fantastic range of men’s and women’s watches by French Connection. And, our diamond range will be even bigger. The halo design trend in rings will continue for another few seasons and we will be able to bring you the latest designs at the best prices.” Visit and find CTJ on Facebook for all the latest special and news


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COVER FEATURE with Sarah Megginson

AND Sarah Megginson discovers that beautiful sky-rise towers fringing a redeveloped beachfront, billion-dollar transport infrastructure and brand new cultural and recreational precincts are just a few of projects expected to breathe new life into the Gold Coast in 2014

here’s no denying 2013 was a challenging year for many local businesses. Construction of stage one of the $1 billion Gold Coast Rapid Transit System has impacted dozens of Surfers and Southportbased operators, with some even forced to close up shop. Local trader Hans Torv, who owns radio station 102.9 Hot Tomato and Southportbased The Courthouse Hotel, says that while the local community knew there would be “disruption” during the construction phase of the rail, “the impact on business has been heavier than anyone had anticipated”. “Customers just decided to steer clear of the construction zone completely, unless it was unavoidable,” says Hans, who is also the Deputy Chair of the Committee for Southport. “The contractors have done their best to limit the impact, but… the business community has taken on plenty of pain for what is hopefully long term good for the wider community.” Local business owner Cathy, who runs Shoetique, one of the last independent retailers still standing, is hoping the council will take action to encourage people back into the Southport CBD. “How has the past 12 months been? Every day a challenge… But I have put my head down and I’ve kept my shop fresh and beautiful with new and exclusive stock. I’ve continued to give outstanding service and friendship to all of my loyal and new happy customers,” Cathy says candidly. “Over the next 12 months I hope Southport will be beautified with flowers, trees and hanging baskets for new businesses to be re-established here. We have lost so many businesses to the light rail construction and this will entice the public back to see ‘the new Southport’.” Hans is in agreement, adding that the rejuvenation and urban renewal of January 2014

Southport will help “create an awareness and environment that highlights the great growth potential of the area.” “The trains are very quiet, which will be a relief after the constant construction noise and dust. Will the train bring more people to the CBD? I hope so, and in the long term it’s probably yes. I am sure in 20 years, people will look back and say it is a good thing that the work was done,” he says. “Council has been very supportive in the past with works like beautifying Davenport Street and doing some heavy lifting in getting Chinatown off the ground, so I’ve no doubt they will continue to do so. The Economic Development department has been very impressive over the past few years, showing vision and passion in discussions with local stakeholders.” So just what is the council planning to do, in an effort to bring people back into Southport? Mayor Tom Tate says the City of Gold Coast’s plans to revitalise Southport as the Gold Coast’s CBD prompted them to lobby the Minister for Economic Development Queensland, under the provisions of the State’s Economic Development Act 2012, for support. The Queensland Government has since declared Southport a Priority Development Area (PDA), which paves the way for a streamlined approach to planning and development of the CBD, bringing new economic, infrastructure and lifestyle opportunities to Southport. “Having a PDA means that we can really start to make things happen in Southport, support new ideas and cut red tape,” Mayor Tate says. “We want to create a vibrant and dynamic CBD that offers more jobs, better services and a great urban lifestyle. If you’re a developer or investor, we want to hear your ideas, come and talk to us.” 18

Southport (Division 6) Councillor Dawn Crichlow, Chair of the Southport PDA SubCommittee – which worked with members of the community to secure the declaration – is looking forward to helping the area reclaim its position as the city’s CBD. “Southport has historically been the city’s hub. It was one of the first coastal resort towns in South East Queensland, later becoming the administrative and commercial centre of the Gold Coast, so it makes sense to build on that role as we develop the CBD,” she says. “Everything’s now coming together for Southport. It’s a Priority Development Area, the first trams are on the tracks for testing, Chinatown is being developed and we’re getting ready to play centre stage for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It’s an incredibly exciting time.”

What’s in store for 2014? A new Chinatown The council is investing $3.5 million to design and deliver a streetscape foundation in Southport’s vibrant new Gold Coast Chinatown. Once completed in mid-2014, Southport’s culturally diverse residents will celebrate their very own Chinatown, the place to enjoy the best of Asian culture and design. Located in the centre of the Southport CBD on Young and Davenport Streets, Gold Coast Chinatown will be adjacent to the light rail station, Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the GC Institute of TAFE. “The sooner Chinatown opens her myriad doors, the better for everyone,” says Hans Torv. “The traders of Southport will need to develop

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a good marketing plan to promote that we are all open for business and encourage MacDow, the contractors, and GoldLinq to contribute, considering they are the only ones making any profits during construction. We will be a part of that.” Easier transport Regardless of where you work, live and play, it’s likely that you’ve been aware of – if not impacted by – construction of the new light rail. The first stage of the billion-dollar Gold Coast Rapid Transit system stretches for 13km between Griffith University Hospital and Broadbeach, and is expected to transport its first passengers by the middle of the year. Although the project has been a boon in terms of local employment, with the building phase employing thousands and ongoing jobs created in customer service, driver and controller roles, the disruption to local businesses during construction has been devastating for some.

GC Rapid Transit fast facts: l The light rail will help commute around 40,000 workers between Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach l Average travel times are expected to increase by 30% in Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach by 2016. l The project was first proposed in 1996 and approved in 2000, with the design, construction and operation phases awarded to GoldLinq in 2011 l Around 20% of all Gold Coasters will be located within walking distance of the route l The project will result in 75,000 cars coming off the coastal strip, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1.14 million tons a year. More at:

“Everything’s now coming together for Southport. It’s a Priority Development Area, the first trams are on the tracks for testing, Chinatown is being developed and we’re getting ready to play centre stage for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It’s an incredibly exciting time.” – Cr Dawn Crichlow Surfers Paradise steps up its game Surfers Paradise’s iconic skyline has been given a boost with two premium hotel and residential living hi-rises, Surfers Paradise Hilton and Soul, and that’s just the beginning of what the new and improved precinct has to offer. Where Surfers Paradise was once a chaotic, dishevelled maze of random restaurants and tacky tourist shops, several years of master-planned, large-scale infrastructure, development and rejuvenation projects has created a vibrant and connected new community. Locals and tourists alike are pouring into Surfers’ revamped Cavill Mall to enjoy the beaches, shopping, restaurants and other attractions, including the newly redeveloped foreshore. Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO, Mike Winlaw, says a concerted effort is being made to attract families back to the area with events such as The Surfers Paradise Festival (a four-weekend celebration of food, art, music and entertainment), The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships and The Kids Weekend. “Surfers Paradise’s nightlife is already hugely successful… so we’ve focused on creating day time and early evening 19

entertainment that appeals to a wider market, of which families are the core,” Mike says. New for 2014 is also Beach Life: the beach concert series will features some of music’s hottest names including Grammy Award-winning DJ Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rock, and is expected to bring 10,000+ people per day to the centre of town. More at:, Capri on Via Roma An inspiring waterfront shopping destination that blends fresh food, fashion and everyday convenience is what Capri on Via Roma aims to deliver, and by all accounts it looks like the brand new $50 million project delivers! Located in one of the Gold Coast’s most central neighbourhood locations, Capri on Via Roma offers a unique retail experience where you can browse a mix of 40 specialist retail businesses including restaurants and cafes, fashion and beauty boutiques, a supermarket, florist and pharmacy, and a fresh food market hall offering seasonal produce and high quality food. More at: January 2014


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Are you ruled by your emotions? Marie Louise shares insights into how you can use them rather than have them use you... Oh no!’ Your alarm didn’t go off. You’re late, and you find yourself running out the door with burnt toast, shoes in one hand while still applying your makeup with the other. You sit in the car going over the conversation you’re about to have with your boss, the stories, the list of excuses, and the number of possible responses! As you continue to whirl in the fantasy of could-be conversations, the body is making its moves, the jabs in the stomach and tension in the shoulders. This magic movie of the mind continues for the next twenty minutes in traffic. As you step out of the car, you manage to fall over on the footpath, put a hole in your stocking and decide right there, the world is out to get you. You go straight to your office and bump into your boss who asks if you are ok? Selfconsciously, you say your alarm didn’t go off, she surprisingly understands, ‘I hate it when that happens’. You shut the door, sit at your desk and start to cry. Your day continues while you spin your morning story over and over in your head. Irritated you scuffed your shoes, surprised your boss was so nice and frustrated you haven’t achieved what you were supposed to. Now you come home and the house is a mess, typical! Everyone can sense you are in ‘a mood.’ They tiptoe around, just in case you are about to blow. What starts off as a situation, moves to an irritation, then transforms to an emotion, shifts to a mood, and then ends up being your personality. Not ideal. This is the cycle of mind-to-body reactions, which happen when we allow our emotions to take over and rule us. Emotions are the gift of being human; they amplify who we are as human beings. Where we miss the beat is thinking we are our emotions. We own phrases like ‘I am sad’, ‘I am happy’, and ‘I am frustrated’. Then that becomes who we are. Emotional reactions are electrochemical energetic responses that take place when chemicals release from the brain, distribute to the body and create physical responses in many different ways, like restricted breath, laughter, anger, sadness or irritability. Emotions are like storms rolling over the ocean and if we allow them to flow on by, the storm wouldn’t last very long, but this isn’t our norm. We usually choose to have an emotion, keep spinning more of the story in our heads, in turn releasing more of the chemicals, which moves to a mood, and when our story is spun often enough it exposes our new personality. So how do we use these emotional responses to evolve our life experience? January 2014



Firstly, it’s to understand that this sequence of electrochemical energetic responses are reactions that our bodies and minds have become accustomed to, I call them our ‘rivers of response’. We will have the same physical signals and same reactive behaviors in any stressful situation. To go beyond our reactive emotional rivers, we must become present to the conversations our bodies are having with us in those moments. For example, when we first realise our alarm has failed, we can stop and feel where the contraction is in our body. Be completely present to this. This contraction is a fire of energy, which can be used as fuel to take action in ways that serve our life, rather than destroy it. Our norm is to choose the destructive option, we love to stick to what we know and our ‘rivers of response’ is what sets the benchmark for our normal. The reality is ‘you are late for work’. The entire story, which spins beyond that, is our rivers of response in full flow. Life is a lot simpler than that. With the power of CHOICE we can create and experience sensations in our body that will serve us. Choosing where we feed that emotion is when we start to create rivers that expand our life. Why wouldn’t we choose expansion? When a negative emotion hits: 1 Feel in the body where tension exists 2 Breathe into the space of tension 32

3 Give yourself a smile and ask yourself what you’re going to do with that tension? 4 Ask yourself, what are the sensations that I could choose to create? Action, peace, love. 5 Breathe 6 Turn your fire into fuel for sensations that serve you This is choosing how to use our evolved human brain. Be patient, we have spent centuries using the old model. It takes practice but it’s a practice that will transform your life experience.

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with Dorsa Eslami

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wise Greek philosopher once said, “Change is the only constant”.Looking at this, we can see he was right; the world is ever-changing – trees change with the seasons, trends alter day by day. But all that happens on a greater scale, and no-one really notices the change anymore; we are all simply used to it. Yet when faced with a personal change, we start to have our own little crisis, so unused to the change and unsure how to react. When faced with a big change, we often try to avoid it instead of dealing with it, somehow always presuming it will ‘fix itself’. That’s how I was. I had given up, deciding that moving to Australia was just a small phase in my life that I needed to barrel through; something that would be a blur to me when I got older. Out of all the scenarios I had in my head about moving to Australia and living here, I never once thought I could enjoy my time here. I had it set in my mind that it would be horrible; it simply wouldn’t compete with life back home. And looking back a year ago, I can safely say I was my own worst enemy. All the lectures and speeches I had received were about how this move could be good for me in the long run, that I would make friends – that I just needed to be social and make an effort. But what no-one understood – me included – was the reason I wasn’t coping was because I hadn’t accepted the move yet. Suddenly, the carpet I had brushed all my avoidance under had formed a large bump and was tripping me up. Stumbling made me realise I wasn’t this girl – the girl who kept her head down and stayed in her room all day. I needed to grow up. I finally January 2014

decided that I would start trying to accept it. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t ready to start thanking the Universe for changing my life, not by a long shot. What I did realise was that maybe I could work with the Universe instead of against it. I think accepting change is really the hardest part of it all – ironically it is also the part that isn’t included in the lectures and the pep talks. You don’t just wake up the morning after a big change – whether it is a new school, new house, or a new continent in my case – and feel comfortable and happy. There will be anxiety and fear and maybe even excitement, but it won’t miraculously feel ‘normal’. I’ve learned though, you may not be able to control what curve ball life sends your way, but you can definitely control your reaction to it. Are you going to shrink into yourself or toughen up? When you accept what has been thrown in your lap, you start to realise that coping gets a little easier; your smiles become less forced and conversations enjoyable. You can either be your own worst enemy, or your own hero. Accept change; embrace it. As an author I admire, Maya Angelou, said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Put away those dirty goggles of cynicism and pick up a pair of brand new and − most importantly − clean glasses. Change your outlook and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be happy again. I’ve come to think of change like a parent who insists on you doing something against your wishes but saying you’ll thank them later. If I had to pass on advice to 34

teens in my position, I’d say to drop the armour, put down your sword and start to cope, one baby step at a time. Life goes on and you can’t stay the same in a world that is ever-changing. Humans have adapted for billions of years, why stop now?

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REAL LIFE with J’aimee Brooker

The latest Gold Coast-local turned worldwide sensation, is screenwriter Samantha Strauss, who has achieved industry acclaim as the co-creator and head writer on the hit teen drama series Dance Academy. She has also written for Channel Ten’s Offspring and Wonderland. Having been awarded the 2012 and 2013 Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s Series, a 2013 Australian Writers Guild award, and a prestigious Emmy nomination, Samantha’s trajectory is poised for further international acclaim. J’aimee Brooker recently sat down with Samantha to chat about her successes and goals for 2014


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You’ve worked on so many fabulous projects; what’s been your favourite to date and why? Dance Academy was my baby so I’d definitely nominate that. I spent so many years with those characters that they really became my friends. I miss them now I don’t get to work with them every day but I’m proud of where they all ended up. You’re currently working on a feature film, B Model, which is to be produced by Louise Smith and directed by Rachel Griffiths; how is the project coming along? I’ve been working on this film since 2010 and am just about to start what will be the sixth draft. It’s based on a book by Miranda Darling and is about an Australian girl who is a very unlikely model who stumbles into the world of high fashion in Japan, London, Milan and Paris. You’ve inspired many tweens and teens through Dance Academy and in doing so have created a great deal of interest in ballet and contemporary dance. What’s your background in dance? I dreamed of being a ballet dancer since I first started classes on the Gold Coast. I think I was about three years old at the time. I begged my parents to let me quit school so that I could train more intensely but they bribed me with a deal that if I finished Year 12 and got a good mark they would pay for a year of full time training. We all stuck to our ends of the bargain and when I was eighteen I was January 2014


dancing about fifty hours a week when I ended up breaking a bone in my back. I had to re-calibrate what I wanted to do with my life and that led to a lot of reading and watching TV on the couch, which in a roundabout way led to me wanting to become a writer. Dance Academy airing rights have been sold to 180 territories, earned you two Logies and a prestigious Emmy nomination, and undoubtedly created you a lifelong fan base; what do you consider the biggest achievement of this program? The comments that mean the most to me are when the fans say the show has changed their life – whether it’s about giving them inspiration to work hard towards a goal or the outpouring of grief that followed when we killed one of the characters. That sounds indulgent or egotistical but it’s the most extraordinary thing about writing for young adults. It’s such a formative time and I know I will always remember the books I read at that age, or the shows and films that meant so much to me. Authors like Melina Marchetta and Tessa Duder made me feel things I’d never felt before, they literally shaped my world view, and if Dance Academy has done that even for just

Take time to celebrate your victories. And at conferences always dry your hands after going to the bathroom because if you don’t you will be introduced to someone important. a handful of people then I know the series matters. With all the inspiration that you give others; where do you find inspiration for yourself as an individual and for writing? Deadline terror. Daily counselling sessions with my mum, dad and sister where one them will talk me down from the ‘I’m a talentless hack’ ledge. Really great television. Shamelessly stealing from the lives of my friends. Ocean swims. Can you offer one piece of advice to budding actors and/or writers? Yes but I’m borrowing from other people here. Actors: Leave your expectations out of the audition and simply see it as the chance to do what you love – be in the moment. (Tom McSweeney, Casting Director)

Writers: One of the finest protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on. (Alain de Botton, philosopher) What’s the one piece of advice someone offered you that has stuck with you? Take time to celebrate your victories. And at conferences always dry your hands after going to the bathroom because if you don’t you will be introduced to someone important. What’s on the agenda for 2014? Another draft of B Model. Also, I’ve just written a pilot for a new primetime series so we’ll see whether that goes ahead. I’m developing an adult comedy series that I’ve created called Dirty Thirties which is completely autobiographical and where I basically enact revenge on ex-boyfriends. I’ll also be working on my next passion project which is a political thriller.

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TRAVEL with Sarah Blinco

Need a break but strapped for time and cash? Brisbane is just up the road, but offers a city-fix to quench a thirst for something a bit different. Sarah Blinco offers three new ways to experience Queensland’s capital... urban retreat For accommodation that’s inspiring and surprising check into Brisbane’s Urban Hotel. Situated at the highest point of the city, this stylish hotel is nestled in a gorgeous pocket overlooking the CBD. The lobby − aka Moët Rosé Lounge − showcases alluring art, elegant seating and Hollywoodesque decor, as well as designer fragrances which you’re free spritz for a posttravel pick-me-up. Rooms are spacious and include contemporary luxuries like Nespresso pod machines, iPod docking stations, and the signature Urban Snorer specially crafted underlay, snug duvet and feather pillows for a perfect night’s sleep.There is a range of rooms on offer, including suites with enormous balconies and sweeping city views, as well as pool-side villas that open to a glamorous outdoor area with private cabanas, sun-chairs and sophisticated landscaping. The Gazebo Bar & Restaurant on-site is not only where delicious meals may be devoured, drinks consumed and live entertainment enjoyed on Friday nights, but friends are likely to be made too. It’s an informal yet sassy gatheringplace that at any given time brings forward a mix of accents and interesting folk. If however, you’re alone at the end of the day, Suzanne the cuddlepole has been thoughtfully positioned so you’ve got ‘someone’ to lean on as darkness falls. Or, if you’re lucky like me, you might score one of the hotel brand’s signature soft-toy monkeys to keep as a memento of a truly lovely, unique, stylish, incredibly cool facility that offers so much more than just a bed for the night. Hotel Urban,345 Wickham Terrace,Brisbane p 3831 6177 I riverside dining Did you know much of South Bank has been invigorated, rejuvenated and even rebuilt since the floods of 2011? It’s a whole new experience, brimming with charming gardens and many divine riverside possies that are perfect for eating, reading, relaxing or frolicking. For the ultimate romantic Southbank experience, book yourself a table at Stokehouse. The luxurious open-plan restaurant with its crisp contemporary decor and soft chilledout ambient music perfectly complements the natural beauty of the Brisbane River and cityscape; an exquisite setting! Attentive staff, superb menu and a bottle of bubbly perfected January 2014


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TGIF CBD-style It’s always fun to mix it with the locals on a Friday afternoon. The after-work crowd that flock to the CBD’s chic bars and restaurants emanate an irresistible energy, and it’s hard to not be swept up in the buzz. The Port Office Hotel (40 Edward Street) is an easy place to hang out, and offers a happy hour from 5pm until 7pm on basics and cocktails. The Riverbar and Kitchen (71 Eagle Street) is an expansive venue that overlooks the Story Bridge − be early, secure a table and share a bottle of Chandon between friends. For a delicious but inexpensive bite-to-eat with a view, walk a few steps to Nagomi (45 Eagle Street) for the $6 Japanese izakaya-inspired (tapas) menu. And, for the best fun in town, drop into the Pig ‘n Whistle Riverside (123 Eagle Street) where an awesome soundtrack of pop-dance favourites from the 80s, 90s and today will have you singing and dancing like you’re 18 again (just the way any good night out should end)!


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HEALTH with Lyn Collett

Let 2014 be the year we drop the search for a quick fix, in order to change our lifestyle and bad habits for good With the rise of reality TV, shows like The Biggest Loser, and with the majority of people looking for the quick fix to weight loss and health problems, many women look to be inspired by the likes of Michelle Bridges on how they too can achieve miraculous results. The reality is however, that the torrent of information available on the internet has led to more misinformed women than ever. And, trends are scary regarding physical activity and obesity, with health authorities declaring: • Manipulative marketing is fooling the public into buying products that are not healthy • Women are on the drug treadmill, taking three or more prescribed drugs by age 55 • Quick fix weight loss programs are scientifically proven to fail in the long term The Australian Bureau of Statistics percentages of older Australian women who do little or no physical activity are alarming:

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Anxious and wish you could stop all the thoughts, ideas and worries from cluttering the mind for just a moment? Your answer is meditation. It’s not something weird, or ‘just for monks and hippies’ − it’s for everyone, and you really should consider trying it this year

Meditation actually means ‘to become familiar with’, and is a way of turning inward and nurturing our inner selves. • • • • • • • • • •

Why Meditate ? Calms and relaxes the mind Calms and relaxes the body Balances emotions Slows the ageing process Empowers true confidence and true feelings Deepens self awareness and boosts self esteem Improves decision making and problem solving abilities You’ll become less reactive to stress and dramas Improves mental focus and clear thinking Helps to heal trauma and illness Sounds good, yes?

Meditation cheat sheet There are many meditation techniques, and teachers will vary according to their preference and style. I’ve given one technique below as a simple introduction I use at the beginning and end of my Yoga classes. Learning a few simple ideas for yourself at home will make a big difference to your life and ultimately meditation is a personal journey. It’s important to create a regular habit for at least ten minutes each day to still the mind. Ideally the best time to meditate (although not necessarily possible for everyone) is 5 to 7am. At this time the chi energy of the universe moves to our small intestine, and it’s the most powerful time of day to let go of ‘stuff’ from our mind and body that no longer serves us (including any stored negativity). Choose your temple: Creating a home meditation zone ‘temple’ can be fun and January 2014

rewarding for the meditation experience. Preferably surrounded by nature or a small garden as the power of nature helps you resonate more deeply with your own innate stillness, strength and peace. Perhaps use essential oils, candles, soft Yoga/meditation music, and hang inspiring meditation prints. You only need a space to sit comfortably on a firm cushion to keep your hips square with your legs crossed. At first you may sit with your back supported against a wall and as time progresses your back will torso muscles will strengthen. If crossed legs is too difficult to maintain for ten minutes, release each leg in front one at a time. Eventually you will be able to extend your sitting time. Nurture your practice: Sit tall and notice your posture as you rest your hands on your thighs and connect your thumb and forefinger to lightly touch (thumb represents universe and forefinger represents individual self). Notice the way your body feels, acknowledging any resistance and discomfort as observation without judgment. Start to bring awareness to the natural rhythm of your breath, feeling the natural rise and fall of your breath. Feel the cool air moving through nostrils, back of the throat and expanding into the chest, lifting and opening each rib. Imagine you are drinking the breath and every cell in your body is being nourished with this elixir of life. Breath is ‘Prana’ which means life force. Bringing regular attention to your breath will literally improve your life. Start to count as you breathe in and follow the line of your breath for at least four to five seconds (extending to six to seven seconds with regular practice). Hold the breath for one second and then gently press the breath out through the nostrils 42

with the mouth soft and belly drawing inwards. Try to breathe out for the same time − four to five seconds (extending to six to seven seconds with practice). After ten rounds of breathing in and out (long, slow, deep breaths) simply rest at the end of the tenth breath and again bring your awareness back to how your body feels. Scan through your whole body, extending the crown of your head upwards, relax your shoulders down, releasing shoulders blades down the back, feel the length in your neck, notice the natural curves of your spine, feel the warmth and softness in the belly, feel your hips open, arms and legs relaxed and notice the subtle vibration of energy in the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Sit and notice any sounds, listen to sounds underneath sounds, the touch of air or sunlight on your skin, sensing the flow of energy through your body and the same flow of energy around you. With practice you may feel the seamless flow of energy between you and nature. This a powerful feeling when you match the vibrational energy of nature and take that serenity, beauty, calmness and strength into your day. If your mind wanders, this is normal. Simply bring your attention back to your body and your breath. Rest assured that your mind will be waiting for you after the meditation but it will really appreciate the rest and nurturing. See thoughts as clouds moving through the clear blue sky. There are plenty of beginner meditation classes happening around the Gold Coast, or you can YouTube for further insight, and take a look at for additional coaching, and details on her book, Zen Soul Your Life.

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INGREDIENTS • 3 medium size eggplants • 1 teaspoon salt • 500g lean free range lamb mince • 2 -3 tbsp olive oil • 2 brown onions, diced finely • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 1/2 tsp allspice, ground • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped • 1/2 cup (120g) Greek Style yoghurt (additional to serve) • 50g pine nuts, toasted • Fresh mint leaves, to serve METHOD Pre heat oven to 180°C Slice the eggplant and scoop out the flesh, then finely dice it and set aside. Heat a pan on medium-high heat 2 -3 minutes, add olive oil and brown lamb mince well. Remove mince from pan and set aside. Add onion, garlic, diced eggplant and spices to the pan and brown well for 4 -5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to the lamb, mix well to combine. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, and stir in fresh mint, yoghurt and pine nuts. Rinse the eggplant skins and pat dry, then arrange the clean eggplant skins in a shallow baking dish and spoon in the lamb mixture. Cover eggplants with foil and bake in pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot with a generous dollop of yoghurt and garnish with fresh mint leaves. January 2014



with berries and yoghurt (SERVES 4)

INGREDIENTS For the crepes • 3 free range eggs • 120g plain flour • Salt, a pinch • 375ml skim milk • Butter, for cooking For the filling • 2 cups of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries) • 8 tbsp of organic strawberry jam • 1 cup (245g) of natural or vanilla bean yoghurt • 4 tsp of organic honey METHOD To make the crepes Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Whisk the eggs and milk, gradually pour in flour, whisking continuously until smooth. Pour the batter through a sieve, cover with cling film and place in the fridge for at least half an hour. Beat the batter with a whisk before using.Melt a little butter in frying pan over medium heat. Use paper towel to wipe the pan yet leave enough butter to allow the crepes to cook without sticking. Add a ladle of the crepe mix and swirl the pan around to spread the mix in a thin layer covering the base of the pan. When the crepe is browned on the underside use a spatula to flip it over and brown quickly on the other side. Stack crepes on a plate with a clean tea towel over the top until ready to use.

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Ingredients For the salmon • 4 X 180g fillets of salmon (skin on) • 3 lemons • Small handful of freshly picked dill, roughly chopped For the zucchini salad • 2 medium sized zucchini, washed. • Small handful each of picked parsley, mint and rocket • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper • Extra virgin olive oil • 1 lemon For the yoghurt dressing • 4 tablespoons of natural yoghurt (no sugar added) • 2 handfuls of mint, picked, washed, dried and finely chopped • Pinch of cayenne pepper

To assemble Spread jam evenly on each crepe, then fold each crepe in half and then in half again. Place folded crepes side by side on a baking tray, lined with baking paper, and place in a pre-heated moderate oven (180oC) for five minutes, until warm. Remove crepes from the oven. Spoon berries over crepes, add a dollop of yoghurt and drizzle with honey.

Method Place the salmon onto a chopping board flesh side down and use a sharp knife to make three 5mm deep incisions into the skin of each salmon fillet. Season with salt and pepper, scatter chopped dill over the whole salmon and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with cling film and allow to rest in fridge. Place the 4 tablespoons of yoghurt into a mixing bowl, add the finely chopped mint along with a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper and mix to combine. Cover with cling film and place into the fridge. Use a potato peeler to peel long strips of the zucchini into a bowl. Sprinkle some salt over the zucchini and allow to rest for two minutes. Rinse in cold water and then pat the zucchini dry. Dress with olive oil, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Cook the salmon on a pre-heated grill plate or BBQ skin side down for 2-3 minutes, use a spatula to flip the salmon and cook for a further minute. Remove and allow to rest. Arrange the salmon skin side up on four plates, drape some of the beautiful zucchini salad to the side of each fillet and finish with a big dollop of the minted yoghurt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. 45

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DINING OUT with Chris McLeay

The eclectic style of Baritalia’s decor has helped to establish this restaurant as a regular haunt for locals and tourists alike in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The bookcases are stacked with cookbooks that beg to be read while you sit and enjoy a freshly roasted coffee. wners Simon Vella and Stacey Cameron have adorned their business with decor that inspires the foodie in all of us. The painted metal chairs seem like they arrived straight off the plane from an Italian Café and the faux grass bench seats are strategically placed, adding a splash of colour. From the Italian tomato tins that hold the neatly wrapped cutlery, to the cooks’ pot that houses the climbing rose garden, Baritalia provides a relaxed comfortable atmosphere with a rustic outdoorsy feel. The cuisine is Italian by nature and each dish has been carefully produced with a modernised twist that must be tasted to truly appreciate. Baritalia’s menu has been slightly revamped to reflect the season; all the while staying true to the modern Italian theme. Chalkboard specials are


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updated weekly and offer some culinary delights. The tried and tested antipasti menu is perfect for customers to enjoy, while lounging in one of the deceivingly comfortable wooden bench seats that wrap around the restaurants façade. The hand made wooden tables have a generous amount of space so when your meal arrives; you have room to enjoy it. Every inch of Baritalia has been carefully constructed with the customer in mind. Baritalia is fully licensed and offers Italian wines and beers, along with selected Australian varieties. The cocktail menu is large and has all the favourites you would expect; January 2014



the Italian Sour, the Milano Punch and some new talent like the Aperol Spritz. The alfresco setting really sets this restaurant apart. In the afternoon the north easterly facing spot catches the best of the afternoon sun, making it the perfect place for an ice-cold Peroni straight from the tap. Baritalia is open seven days a week from 8am till late. Chevron Renaissance, Cnr Elkhorn & Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise P 5592 4700. For more information visit



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Modern Italian


The eclectic style of Baritalia’s decor has helped to establish this restaurant as a regular haunt for locals and tourists alike in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The cuisine is Italian by nature and each dish has been carefully produced with a modernised twist that must be tasted to truly appreciate. Pasta e Vino $18 menu, the special menu includes a glass of red or white wine and runs Monday to Thursday; lunch through to dinner. The alfresco setting really sets this restaurant apart. In the afternoon the north easterly facing spot catches the best of the sun, making it the perfect place for an ice-cold Peroni straight from the tap.

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CHRISTMAS IN ‘THE VILLAGE’ Christmas was well and truly ‘in the Village’ at Bundall. VIP guests enjoyed fabulous food, soothing sounds and French bubbles which enticed them to fill their Christmas stockings with all of the goodies and special surprises on offer. 49

January 2014

LIFESTYLE STARS H Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 22 Happy Personal New Year Sagittarius. Relationships on all levels will be tested, requiring you to be more patient with your loved ones. On a personal note, your health and finances are positive, giving you the space you need to exercise and be pampered. Just try not to work too hard towards the Christmas break. H Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20 Changes on the work front will bring opportunities to modify the way you do things or change your job completely. This will bring a new sense of freedom and independence to make further decisions in other areas of your life. Love is also positive, so break out that personal charm. H Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19 Don’t get sucked in to other people’s dramas at home or at work. Be supportive, but remember, it’s not your problem to fix. You can’t control what others think or do and you need to be detached to help where you can. Encourage them to focus on the bigger picture. H Pisces Febr 19 – March 20 Your personal confidence is stronger than it has been all year.You have more clarity and direction, giving you the opening you’ve been waiting for to move forward with your thoughts and ideas. Go with your instincts and don’t take on other people’s ideas of what is good for you.


ASTRO H Aries March 20 –April 19 Make the most of the opportunity to learn for yourself this month.This education will serve you well for 2014. Expanding on your horizons will be far easier if you are making educated decisions, rather than being impulsive. Finances are also positive, but spend it wisely and be conservative Aries. H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Exploring religion, culture, education, philosophy and travel will be on the agenda this month. If you are planning to travel, it will be beneficial to start holiday shopping after the 14th. Your career and finances will be more favourable, you’ll make more realistic choices and you won’t overpay or overspend. H Gemini May 21 – June 21 You will feel like you are moving at a much faster pace, but getting nowhere. Hang in there; you will be making progress. Don’t be impatient Gemini; everything always works out in the end. Gaining clarity and expanding on your communication skills and your intellect will be the top priority. H Cancer June 21 – July 22 You will not be short of opportunities to socialise and make new connections, with love prospects in the air for singles this month. The family atmosphere of the holiday festivities will bring you a lot of satisfaction and you will feel right at home with family, friends and social networks.


H LEO July 22 – Aug 23 There will be dramas around your friends and friendships will be tested. Don’t get caught in the middle and make this your problem. Your career is enhanced through your social networks. It’s not what you know, but who you know that will bring success and move you forward this month.

H Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22 You will need to gain the cooperation of others to get things done and developing and cultivating your social skills will the top priority. Home and family are on the forefront, as you make breakthroughs in your relationships with your loved ones. Health is also delicate, so don’t work too hard. H Libra Sept 22 – Oct 23 Communication and intellect will be the focus and this is a good time to catch up on all the letters, emails and phone calls you’ve been meaning to do. Avoid gossip and negative thoughts, these things have a habit of growing in the wrong direction. Finances and relationships are positive. H Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22 This is a prosperous month ahead, but you still need to remain conservative on those big ticket items. Love and romance will move faster than expected, but will slow down towards the end of the month. Be prepared for more socialising around the home with family members and family gatherings.

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LASTWORD with Sarah Blinco

THE MUSIC MAN Alan Buchan is a lively local who is utterly passionate about nurturing and promoting original singer-songwriters. He is much loved in the community and by his family, and we’re pleased to have met him this month...

Tell us a little about Fretfest and your passion for promoting gifted musicians? I’m one of those people who fell through the cracks in the music industry because there are no rules. It’s an unregulated industry. So I decided to help create some certainty for younger musicians. That’s why I set up Fretfest. I offer a safe start for novice musicians. I provide them with a professional platform, so they can look and sound their best and I put them alongside other talented young musicians and, sometimes, we get older more experienced musicians to play as well. I don’t allow the musicians to copy other people’s songs. They have to sing their own songs. It’s about promoting original Australian music. And you’ve also developed Escalate – Take Your Band To The Next Level, assisting originals bands to score gigs; tell us about some of the exciting acts you’re working with right now? Archetypes is a fantastic young band from Brisbane and, on the Gold Coast, look out for Double Lined Minority, Here’s To Neverland and Scarlet Kill. These three bands are playing in our monthly showcase events at Helensvale Community and Cultural Centre. What’s your earliest memory of being inspired by music, and what do you enjoy doing musically? I was 14 when I was first really inspired. I went to grade 8 camp and some fellas were playing acoustic guitars. That experience HOOKED me! I had started taking an interest in music when I was a child, I messed around on the organ in my parents lounge room. My mum bought me an acoustic guitar when I was 14 and I also remember seeing a really big rock band when I was 15 and that got me vibed on rock. I bought an electric guitar when I was 16. I wanted to be Neil Young or Paul Stanley (KISS) − I could never make up my mind. But I saw David Bowie live at the end of high school and I have been going to concerts, writing songs, performing and listening to music ever since. What advice do you have for artists or performers who are struggling with the competitive nature of the entertainment industry? Communication is the key. You have to be contactable at all

hours, you have to reply to emails and messages promptly, you have to be alert and ready to take phone calls and go to meetings. You also have to say thank you. This is the gratitude business and it’s the same when you are working with your audience, from the stage. It’s a conversation and you have to allow for the ebb and flow so it feels natural. A lot of young musicians get on stage and say nothing or they say far too much and neither is appropriate. You have to strike that happy medium between being the over enthusiastic new friend and the quiet loner. Is music a big part of your family life too? Yes. We have four children and a music room at home. Even our one-year-old is banging and clanging in there. He plucks the guitar strings (randomly) and he toots on the recorder and shakes the shaker, taps on the piano keys and barks into the microphone at every chance he gets. Growing up watching daddy on stage hosting music concerts is going to have a formative effect. All the kids come to the day-time concerts in the park and we have friends who are musicians, so it becomes an inevitable part of family life and the great thing about kids is they’re not jaded. They just get up and bash away and it comes straight out! This year you’re most looking forward to... Spending time with my one-year-old son. He is so clever. It’s fascinating watching a child learn how to walk and talk and express itself and come to grips with the world. I see this in musicians too, the way they take to the stage and blossom under my instruction and, if we can just convince the authorities to keep supporting us, we will continue to unearth more and more seriously talented young musicians who audiences will be attracted to. How can musical talent connect with you regarding collaborative opportunities? I am working on a project to bring busking back to Southport and I also have a plan in place to have Escalate at The Helensvale Community Centre on a monthly basis. Visit and, and stay up to date on Facebook Fretfestofficial and Escalateofficial

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Getit Magazine January 2014  

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Getit Magazine January 2014  

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