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from the editor LAUREN PARIS

Holy wow! It’s Autumn! While we’re still lucky enough to be basking in the sun here on the Gold Coast, we’ve taken a dive into the Gold Coast swimwear scene this month, interviewing a handful of local swimwear designers. If you didn’t already know, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on the Gold Coast. Our battle of the bikini babes feature demonstrates that with vision, creativity and hard work, anything is possible. You also have a chance to win a swimsuit from each of the swimwear designers featured. We have giveaways galore for you this month. Turn to page 11 for your chance to win the ultimate drive, dine and fly experience! As it’s our DIY issue – it’s time to get your hands dirty. We’ve chatted to two fabulous female tradies – a plumber and a mechanic – to get the low down on how to fix a leaking tap and how to change a tyre. Another concerning issue for Gold Coasters continues to be the topic of domestic violence. This issue, we’ve provided the important information about how you can help and GET help. Also this issue, with so many of us living our lives through social media these days, Get it has taken a look at whether we’re revealing too much online. We look at the possible dangers surrounding a simple desk shot, the innocent first day of school photo, or snapshot of your boarding pass. Also be sure to check out our fab recipes and horoscopes, and the social pages to see if you were snapped whilst out and about recently. At the recent launch of Gold Coast Tourism’s multi-million dollar destination brand platform, We Are Gold Coast, it was wonderful to see such an enthusiastic group of people who are all so passionate about the place we’re so fortunate to call home. Marking a decidedly new direction for Gold Coast Tourism, We Are Gold Coast sees the Coast’s infectious energy shared with the world through the eyes of locals. “Through two years of research and consultation, we’ve discovered that what distinguishes the Gold Coast in an everincreasing world of choice for travellers is not our beaches or theme parks; instead, it’s the unmistakable life affirming energy that lives here. It is an energy that ignites, inspires, reconnects and makes you feel alive,” says Chief Marketing Officer of Gold Coast Tourism, Jan Hutton. So true. Love this city, how about you? Have a great month!

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MARCH 14-25 The opening stop on the WSL World Championship Tour will bring some of the world’s biggest and best surfers to Snapper Rocks. With some of the most spectacular beaches and waves found right here on the Gold Coast, you can expect to see some of your favourites return to battle it out for the top prize. ST PATRICK'S DAY MARCH 17 St Patrick’s Day is one for the masses regardless of your heritage. With pubs and bars across the Gold Coast such as Waxy’s Irish Pub, McGintys and Harrigans stocking up their supplies of Guinness in preparation for the festivities, you can be rest assured that you won’t go thirsty. But if pubs aren’t your thing, take a trip into the Gold Coast Hinterland for celebrations at the Canungra Valley Vineyards and take in everything that O’Reilly’s has to offer.





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Calling all boat lovers and enthusiasts! The annual three-day familyfun day is back and bigger than ever with exhibitors and visitors set to jet in from across Australia and the world. With more than 200 marine related exhibitors tipped to attend, there is something for everyone with live attractions and technical demonstrations scheduled for every 15 minutes. CMC MUSIC AWARDS 2017 MARCH 23 Kicking off the three-day country music festival in Willowbank, the CMC Awards are bringing a little bit of country to the coast. Hosted by Australia’s own Morgan Evans, spectators are in for an unforgettable night with artists such as Kip Moore, Little Big Town and The McClymonts set to perform, it’s sure be one of the biggest nights in Country Music. Q CLASH MARCH 25 Kick off the 2017 AFL season at Metricon Stadium for the first Q-Clash of the season. Watch the Pride of the Brisbane Lions take on the sizzling Gold Coast Suns in a must-see event. With both teams in desperate need of redemption in the eyes of their southern competitors, everything will be on the line in this epic battle. WOMEN IN TOURISM BREAKFAST APRIL 7 You’re invited to the Women In Tourism breakfast at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove. Bring your colleagues, or come along solo and enjoy a networking event in a relaxed and comfortable environment. With guest speaker Michelle Christoe, Director from NightQuarter and Lou McGregor, MC, it’s sure to be an unforgettable breakfast with proceeds from raffles continuing to support valued local charities.





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Write your business plan Your business plan is the blueprint to turning your dream into a reality and is a huge asset when applying for finance to start your business. Your business plan should include details such as your current situation, a business profile, market analysis, marketing plan, legal and risk management, and a finance plan. Remember, your business plan should be a constant work in progress – as your ideas develop and your business grows, keep reviewing and amending it. It will act as an operating guide for your business and help you to mitigate risks and identify new opportunities. Get your finances sorted Firstly, you need to consider your financial model to ensure your business is viable. You need to consider all costs including start up costs, manufacturing, marketing and distribution costs as well as ongoing overheads. It is important to be realistic and build in a contingency amount in case of unexpected costs. Secondly, you need to decide on your source of capital to get your business off the ground. Seek advice from your 10

accountant or business advisor to make sure you choose the most viable option. Get digital It’s time to get online! Your digital platforms will be your biggest marketing tool and help to establish your brand, create credibility for your business and help reach your target market. The key to getting the most of these platforms is to keep them up to date and post relevant and engaging content. Make sure that your contact details are easily found, as well as information about your products, opening hours etc. If tackling all this yourself is a bit daunting, get in touch with a digital marketing company who can help you get set up and make sure your content is relevant. Get going Okay, now it’s time to say a prayer and get out there. Remember, this is a learning process and you’re going to fall flat on your face at least once. Don’t be afraid to take risks; they will either pay off or you’ll learn a valuable lesson. Most importantly, remember that building an empire takes time and patience. It’s true what they say: Rome wasn’t built in a day.




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Domestic violence How to help and get help

It is an appalling reality that there are countless victims of domestic violence among us, and they stretch across the whole community. In the final instalment of Get it’s three-part series highlighting domestic violence, we hear from a Police spokesperson and a former victim about how you can help yourself or help others

GET HELP! ne in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner and, on average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia. With recent tragedies occurring in our region, we know all too well the devastating impact that domestic violence has. Domestic violence comes in many forms, particularly verbal abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. It is crucial that victims are able to reach out, get help and feel safe again. Quite often, victims of domestic violence are hesitant to contact the police as they fear repercussion from the perpetrator and are unsure of exactly what the police will – and can – do. A Queensland Police Service (QPS) spokesperson told Get it “the Queensland Police Service (QPS) recognises the seriousness of domestic and family violence and is working together with partner agencies to break the cycle, change cultural attitudes, support victims and hold perpetrators to account”. So what can the police do? Any time the police are called to a domestic violence incident, their first priority will always be the safety of all parties involved. If the violence is occurring at the time the police officers arrive, they will enter the property and ensure the situation is subdued. The parties involved may be separated so that the police can speak to each privately and gain a full understanding of the situation. According to the Queensland Police website (, at the conclusion of the investigation, should a police officer reasonably believe that domestic violence has been committed, there are a number of avenues for police to seek protection for those affected by domestic violence. These include making an March 2017

application for a protection order, issuing a police protection notice (which includes an application for a protection order) or applying to a magistrate for a temporary protection order. If the police believe that there is a chance of further violence occurring, they can take the respondent into custody for up to 4 hours. In the case that the respondent is heavily intoxicated, this can be extended up to 8 hours, to ensure the safety of the victim. If there are children involved, and the police fear they may be at risk, they will complete a report for QPS Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) officer or the Child Protection Investigation Unit (CPIU). Protection Orders According to the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc (DVPC) if you are experiencing domestic and family violence you can apply for a protection order yourself or get a police officer, solicitor or authorised person (friend, relative, community/welfare worker) to apply for you. You can also get a guardian or administrator to apply or a person who is acting under an enduring power of attorney. Often, victims of domestic violence will refrain from taking out a protection order, fearing that their partner will receive a criminal record or be imprisoned when the order is issued, however this is not the case. If the perpetrator contravenes an order once they are made aware of it, then they may be arrested and charged. “Domestic and family violence is not just a police matter, it is a community issue and after the release of the [Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report in 2015] the determination by the community to put an end to domestic and family violence has never been stronger,” the QPS spokesperson said. 12

In the event of an emergency please call Triple Zero (000). 24-HOUR HELPLINES: DV Connect Womensline - 1800 811 811 DV Connect Mensline - 1800 600 636 Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800 Lifeline - 13 11 14 Sexual Assault Helpline - 1800 010 120 Elder Abuse Helpline - 1300 651 192 LOCAL SERVICES: Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc (DVPC) P: 5591 4222 or 5532 9000 Service hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. This organisation offers support, information and referrals to women and children who are in crisis as a direct result of domestic violence. DVPC has also published a book titled ‘the purple book’ which contains general information about domestic violence that may help you make decisions about your situation. Immigrant Women's Support Service P: 3846 3490 www.iwss A community based organisation working with women and children of non-English speaking background who are, or have been, in violent domestic situations and/or have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. Credit:

OBSTACLES t is important to remember that domestic abuse is a very real and prevalent issue and everyone can do their part to ensure family and friends are safe and living in risk-free environments. Tala Scott, a domestic violence survivor, suffered in a violent relationship for more than 25 years until she found the courage to leave. She has now co-founded Evolve Today to help women escape similar situations and has provided advice on how to spot a friend in trouble and help them out of a domestic violence situation. Tala offers these tips: How to spot a friend in trouble: Normally someone suffering from an abusive relationship may become more withdrawn than usual.They will distance themselves from family and friends. Their demeanour and self-confidence may have diminished. When they are around their abusive partner, they can be submissive in an attempt to avoid any arguments or tension that usually escalates once they are alone. If you noticed your friend apologising to their partner a lot, take note. If your friend has unexplained bruises or continually attempts to hide the bruising, it is worth enquiring about and keeping an eye on them. How to help a friend out of a domestic violence situation: Talk to the person gently, and in a safe environment.The way that you approach a potential victim of domestic violence is essential. You may have to try talking to them a few times, as the topic can be very confronting for them. It helps to use words that are direct, but use them in a manner which is calm and composed. If you’re not sure what to say, it’s always best to use simple questions such as ‘does your partner blame you

for her/his bad moods?’ Or ‘do you feel like you’re always walking on eggshells?’ Don’t judge When discussing such a sensitive topic it’s important to remember that every individual will deal with a situation differently. If the person’s first reaction is to stay in their current situation or home, we mustn’t tell them to leave or get angry or upset with them. In these situations, victims often feel isolated and need to be willing to take the first step rather than be forced. It takes a great deal of strength for someone to leave their home and they will face many obstacles following this choice. Provide options It’s imperative for victims of domestic violence to know that there are various paths which they can take. Let them know that there are local and domestic violence agencies in place who will offer specialist support and advice. Encourage them to participate in programs specific to their situation and healing modalities. It would also be helpful to inform them of the various websites and hotlines available such as Lifeline and The Domestic Violence Line. Foster their self-confidence and support Being a victim of domestic violence can damage self-worth and confidence. Encourage the friend to participate in activities outside the confines of their home such as physical exercise, yoga or meditation. Building their self-love will help motivate them to face the issue that confronts them and take the necessary actions to get their lives back. Be patient The first step towards resolving the problem is recognising there is a problem. Do not pressure your friend to take action straight away, as they may need time to explore their options and decide what is best for them and their family. 13

According to Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc (DVPC) there are many obstacles that can stand in the way of a woman trying to leave an abusive relationship that must first be overcome to achieve safety. Talking about some of these factors with a support worker can help to assist you in overcoming these barriers. An example of the reasons it may be difficult to leave may include: • Fear for safety • Fear of what he will do when he finds out you have left. • Fear he will carry out a threat to harm or kill you, your children or others. • Fear he will carry out his threat to commit suicide if you leave. • Fear you won't be able to take care of yourself and the children alone. • Isolation from others • Fear of being alone or that no-one will understand or help you. • Pressures about the children • You believe children need two parents and don't want to raise them alone. • Fear your children will be taken from you by a welfare agency or children's services. • You believe that things will get better. • You believe that no one else will love you. • You believe others will think you are stupid for staying as long as you have. March 2017


Community spirit at Q Centre A community vibe and its dog-friendly status, are just some of the reasons to visit Q Centre at Mermaid Waters ith its tropical, boutique feel and open air mall design, Q Super Centre is a hit with locals and visitors who are after a beautiful shopping atmosphere. Conveniently located in Mermaid Waters, Q Super Centre offers a unique retail combination with three major supermarkets; Woolworths, Coles Superstore and ALDI, complemented by an alfresco dining precinct with 13 dining choices including The Coffee Club, Fast Wok, Tokyo Kitchen, 88 Thai, Jamroc Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Leoleos Seafood as well as Goldstein’s Bakery, Noodle Box, Subway and McDonald’s.

Q Super Centre is also a big player when it comes to supporting community initiatives. DAYS FOR GIRLS From April 8-13 Ashmore Rotary will be selling knitted Easter chicks with money raised going to non-profit organisation Days for Girls Gold Coast. Days for Girls provides sustainable and effective feminine hygiene supplies and health education to assist women and girls who would otherwise have to stay home and miss school or work, during the times they are menstruating. Days for Girls has served more than 400,000 women and girls and has reached 100+ countries on six continents. FOOD DONATION BIN Through its partnership with Ashmore Rotary, a donation bin is located outside Woolworths at Q Super Centre. The food collected goes to St Johns, Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre. St Johns Drop-In Centre is a welcoming place, for those in need of some hot food or seeking refuge off the streets – to have company in a warm and friendly environment. FURRY FRIENDS Q Super Centre is a dog friendly centre, with furry friends welcome as shopping buddies and multiple drink stations set up throughout the centre.

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New-found hobbies Retirement has given Dave Henry the gift of a passion and talent he never knew he had. All it took was making time to stop and smell the roses or, in his case, the timber or this former workaholic, it is reason to celebrate this exciting new phase of his life. Working in managerial roles within the mining industry, Dave Henry was so busy he didn’t have time for anything else. Dave says it took him about six months of retirement to fully realise there was more to life than working. “I had to get away from that attitude of waking up and thinking ‘What do I need to do today?’ and always being busy,” he says. Dave didn’t have hobbies because work was his hobby. “I found myself sitting around with nothing to do. That’s when I picked up a March 2017

piece of timber.” Without any drawings or plans, Dave has found himself able to build some impressive pieces out of wood from old pallets. He started with birdhouses and quickly moved on to creating coffee tables, dining tables and plant stands. With a new project always on the go, and two sons and three grandchildren close by, Dave says he is celebrating the freedom of the lifestyle he has created for himself. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere here,” says the Lendlease resident. He often finds himself wandering down for a coffee, or spending an afternoon working on his garden. “I’m so happy – I should have made the move years ago.” For more information about any of the 12 Lendlease villages in Queensland go to or call 1800 550 550. 14

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A new wave of entrepreneurship is sweeping our city with new and existing DIY swimwear designers turning their dreams into reality, one bikini at a time. Get it shines the spotlight on local ladies who have their fingers crossed for their piece of the pie when it comes to the bikini obsessed Gold Coast market.

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Summer Addiction Swimwear Est 2016 After launching 600 pieces of their White Label collection in December, designer and co-owner Jasmin Young said the self-taught and selffunded pair had received a strong response through online sales. “In a week [we sold almost 30 per cent] of our first collection,” she says. “We’ve been overwhelmed with support from girls not only from the Gold Coast, but across the nation.” “We have designed one of the most versatile bikini tops on the market that can be worn four completely different ways to achieve a unique summer look". While most labels are dictated by current trends, Summer Addiction Swimwear offers a timeless, minimalistic and sophisticated approach to swimwear. We want women across the globe to feel beautiful and empowered while wearing our swimwear designs.”

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Sandy Pear Pty Ltd Est 2016 “We decided to put everything we could into designing bikinis that empowered women to feel confident at the beach”. “We have researched many local and overseas manufacturing options. China fits our needs best at this time but that is not to say we will rule out changes in the future”. “We researched global, national and regional markets. Market share, products and prices. We mapped and segmented all key competitors to find our own niche in these markets”. “We are confident that we have a differentiated product and theme that goes beyond just selling product. The market will change of course however; our connection with our market will help us continue to deliver against the expectations of our chosen market. On a personal level, for us it’s also about giving women their confidence back, helping create a community of women that support each other no matter what shape you are, we all already have a beach body and it’s ready to go.” 16

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“I didn’t realise how many swimwear businesses were out there until I got one. A great starting point for me to maximise, since taking over Mikai last year, has been the established social media following and a closed Facebook group of 7500 Mikai Swimwear VIPs.” “The style of my swimwear is very different, as [is] the fabric I’m using”. “I don’t really have a business plan at the moment, it’s still in action. I am proud that my swimwear is made in Australia, on the north side of Brisbane.”


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“I launched my first bikini parade last year with 15 models, and have shot small movies set in and around the Gold Coast, using local models.” “Two local retail outlets are now selling La Vida swimwear; Carra Lee Collective in James Street, Burleigh, and Mossy Boutique in Robina Town Centre.” “There are bikini labels appearing all the time which is why I focus on my strengths. I deliver ethically made Australian pieces using excellent fabrics that last many summers; they’re one of a kind designs with unique prints”. “A major plus is that they’re not mass produced so you don’t see anyone else in your swimwear down the beach.” “In this highly competitive industry of fast fashion, everyone wants to have something new, fresh, and unique, and they want it now. I’m rising to this challenge this year by designing lots more new styles. This is easy for me as I can have new prints out of the door quickly, I can order small quantities and I don’t have long waits for shipping from China.”

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“I’ve built strong foundations with loyal customers. I’ve always stayed true to my style so Jaymes Swimwear is unique. I see lot of labels that I can’t tell the difference between them, if I saw them on the beach I wouldn’t know what label it was”. “My swimwear is like a status symbol. Everyone knows you’re wearing Jaymes. They are always a stand out and if they don’t know, girls will come ask. My fit and quality is absolute perfection, they are made in Australia in limited edition. With my summer collections I have a total number cut and once they are made and sold that’s it they are gone; I bring out new bikinis instead of re-stocking.” 17

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Selfie, snapshot or security threat?

How safe are you on social media? You may be shocked to learn just how revealing your happy snaps really are 'm sorry Madonna, but we are no longer living in a material world. We are living in a social media world. And in social media world, the saying goes: picture or it didn’t happen. No longer is it enough to simply eat your brunch, you must photograph it, filter it and post it. And if you don’t post a mirror selfie in your Lorna Jane tights, did you even work out? So in a world so consumed by images, how much do you really think about what you’re posting? You may be surprised at how these seemingly innocent photos, could be revealing a whole lot more than you ever intended! Boarding Pass Look up #boardingpass on Instagram and you’ll find over 82,000 posts. Who knew it was a thing, right? While you may be tempted to post a photo of your boarding pass to brag about your adventures, think again. With your boarding pass details, savvy users may be able to access your full itinerary, frequent flyer logins and even credit card details. Think covering up your personal details will solve that problem? Wrong.The barcode on your boarding pass also contains all your personal booking details and can be read easily using an online barcode reader.You’ve been warned! Your Workspace It’s a Thursday morning, you’re on your second cup of coffee and productivity is at a peak.You take a quick photo of your workspace with your cute notepad, laptop and kitschy coffee cup and post it online. Perfectly innocent, March 2017

right? Well, one blogger found out how dangerous this can be when, after posting a picture of her home office set up, her followers quickly pointed out that by zooming in on the photo, her diary and post-it notes were clearly visible – featuring phone numbers, personal information, client names and invoices being chased. Gulp! School Uniforms The kids are heading back to school and look adorable in their school uniforms – complete with oversized backpacks and dorky straightbrimmed hat – so you take the traditional back to school snap and post it to Facebook. You’re a proud mumma! Well, you’ve just announced where your child will be 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. Does that sound safe to you? No, me neither. Sold Sign Recently, a popular blogger shared a photo that showed her standing with the auction sign out the front of the house she had just purchased.The street number was visible, as well as the name of the real estate agent. One simple Google search using these details delivered her full address and the price she paid at auction. You wouldn’t announce these details publicly, so don’t inadvertently post them in your photos. Gift Cards and Credit Cards Learn this valuable lesson from those who have learned it before you. In 2016, a Perth woman decided to sell an unwanted makeup voucher online to make some extra cash for a 18

holiday. She took a few snaps, uploaded them to Facebook and within minutes the $94 value was stolen. Avoid posting any images that include barcodes or reference numbers, as these can be used easily in an online store. Oh and when it comes to posting a photo of your credit card, the rule is simple: don’t.

Have you discovered the magic of Google Maps Street View? The Google feature provides real life, panoramic views from positions along streets all over the world. Want to see what the house you grew up in looks like? Punch in the address to Google Maps Street View and you’re whisked right back to your childhood home. Amazing! But this technology is loved by more than just the nostalgic. Criminals around the world are utilising the technology to ‘case a joint’ from the comfort of their own home. No longer do they need to sneak around in the shadows of the night to assess your home or business for a potential break in. By using Google Maps Street View, they are able to see potential entry points to your home, if you have a dog, if any security systems or gates are present and find good hiding places around your property. Scary, right?! While there’s not much you can do about this one, it just goes to prove how technology can be used for both good and evil and how aware you need to be about your safety online!


Home styling workshops The new season is the perfect time to revamp your style ith 26 homeware and lifestyle stores filled with beautiful furnishings and ideas for your home, everything you need can be found at Logan Super Centre. Fabulously helpful staff are on-hand to provide free interior design advice and can help you find the perfect bed, lounge or whatever you need for your home. A free Autumn Styling Workshop, to be held on March 7, will offer customers a perfect opportunity to revamp their home decor. You’re invited to attend on your own, or with a friend, or take the opportunity to make new friends, as you enjoy more than an hour of informative home styling and lifestyle demonstrations. You’ll hear tips and advice from Logan Super Centre’s interior design experts. Plus, all attendees receive a free goodie bag to take home. For those wanting to shop at their own pace, or with little ones in tow, Logan Super

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Fun and festivities in Noosa Whether you’re after picturesque coastline and a relaxing getaway or action, events and live music, Noosa has it all he fun is never-ending in Noosa. With a bunch of exciting events coming up, the Sunshine Coast has cemented itself as one of Queensland’s event capitals. From March 4-11 the Noosa Festival of Surfing will showcase some of Australia’s best surfing, along with dog surfing, live music and a pop up bar on the beach. With a greater variety of divisions and a broader demographic than in previous years, the festival will be the most attended festival in its 26-year history, with around 850 surfers expected to take part. Accom Noosa’s Fairshore Beachfront Apartments at 41 Hastings Street Noosa Heads, is a perfect place to base yourself while you check out everything on offer. Fairshore’s enviable beachfront location means you’re always close to the action. In May, 2017 Noosa Food & Wine Festival will answer every food and wine

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and your health he mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body and it contains millions of bacteria. In fact it contains more bacteria, than anywhere else in the body. This bacteria is the cause of the most common, yet preventable disease for humans in the world... Gum disease. Gum disease is a chronic infection and having a chronic infection is a serious problem that should not be ignored. It is a common cause of early tooth loss.The early stages of gum disease is called gingivitis. If left to progress, it will start to destroy the bone and ligaments which hold the teeth in place, it is then called periodontitis. Research has shown that there is a direct link between the health of the mouth and the rest of the body. Bacteria causes the gums to become inflamed and therefore makes it easier for more bacteria to enter the bloodstream via the gums. Inflammation in the gums and bacteria in the bloodstream have been linked to serious health problems. These include heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Also of great concern is that gum disease has also been linked to birth complications. CAUSES OF GUM DISEASE Gum disease is caused by plaque, which is the sticky film which forms on our teeth every day that contains millions of bacteria. However other factors also contribute to a person’s risk of developing gum disease.These include: • Hormonal changes • Smoking • Illness • Medications • Family history • Clenching and grinding your teeth • Stress • Poor diet SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE The symptoms of gum disease are often difficult to recognize as it is often painless, even in the late stages. This is why many people are unaware they have gum disease. Although the symptoms are often subtle, there are some telltale warning signs. These include: • Bleeding gums • Red, swollen or tender gums • Persistent bad breath or bad taste • Receeding gums • Loose or shifting teeth

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You don't have to do it all yourself! “Even though Roger Federer knows a lot about tennis, he still has a coach and a personal trainer to guide him on the way,” says Jeff Osborne, owner of Vision Personal Training in Bundall hen they first start with us, many of my clients tell me about the time and money they have wasted in their attempts to lose weight and get healthy. Most people I see have spent money on gym memberships they never use. And according to Fitness Australia they aren't alone. Only 16 per cent of Australians have and actually use their membership. Let's not forget the money wasted on fad diets and other eating programs, like meal replacement shakes, which aren't really solving anything. They are just a Band-Aid - and an ineffective one at that - for most people. So why do we feel the need to do it all ourselves? Most of us wouldn't think to try and cut our own hair, or fix our own plumbing? I have a theory. I think that the world of Instagram and Facebook and hashtags with the word “fit” in it make the few people who actually do things well themselves - or are genetically gifted with a great body - shame us into thinking that if we can’t then we must be weak or undisciplined… or both? If, from an early age, you found interest in fitness and nutrition and spent years developing your methods and learning the science behind what works and why, you stand a chance of tackling your health DIY style. But the fact is most of us spent those years working or raising a family (a few of us spent them partying... but that's a different article). If you really do want the energy, stamina, good health, strength and body that go with someone that exercises regularly and eats well, then you need to put in some time to developing the habits and refining what works for you. For most people it is time that they just don't have right now. But all is not lost. Having a trainer help you out is not just in the exercise sessions you do with them. That is good, but the real value is how the trainer educates and guides you to make sustainable changes in your life that have positive benefit. Someone that helps you understand what is going on in your body when you eat different food and why and how to make changes that not only get results but make life liveable. A trainer that can show you how you have improved your strength or your cardio fitness. Yes, it is true that you could work all this stuff out yourself, and lots of people do. However the time and expertise that goes into getting it right is where so many people come unstuck. Not to mention the money wasted. So rather than go through all that pain and effort, use a personal trainer who can help guide you through the swamp of inaccurate information and made up research. Because even though Roger Federer knows a lot about tennis, he still has a coach and a personal trainer to guide him on the way so he can focus his energy and time where it is most valuable. I'm sure that there are many of you who would like to see some positive change but have March 2017

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Christmas How … again?

Has Christmas come around again and you haven’t quite recovered from

did food get so confusing?

here are many different diets these thesolast festive season? Didn’t quite get around to losing those few days. The alkaline diet, FODMAPs, gluten, extra kilos and giving your liver a bit of love? dairy and sugar free, low salicylates, low By John Burchell ND amines and the list goes on. These diets were not needed 100 years ago so what happened? to lowered tolerance and patience and less ne the of the annualchanges indulgences Over last issues centuryofseveral have virility in the bedroom are all negatives for is overlooking the need for hitting the occurred. Our new fast paced lifestyles create reset button. Consider how many annual sustainable healthy love life. great strains on the way we digest our food. For women, it’s a similar deal. In the events you attend that include lots of food, And, while the inventions of modern science dessert and alcohol. On average there will be: majority of cases, the effect of overindulging have done much to improve our quality of life Christmas, Easter, Australia Day, Melbourne (without doing some inner-house cleaning) - such as cars and the internet - it has created Cup day, anniversaries, birthdays, work events, results in the liver being less effective in some quite unhealthy changes to some foods. weddings, christenings, funerals, hens’ nights dealing with hormonal metabolites. When this When our nervous systems are in overdrive occurs, bad estrogens circulate, altering the and bucks’ nights - and that’s just a few. which occurs both when we are stressed and Generally, in the midst of a hangover or all essential estrogen/progesterone balance. can occur during a fun adrenaline surging system in the gut and cause an inflammatory feeling bloated, heavy and unmotivated it In most cases, the “bad” estrogen dominates experience such as when on a rollercoaster or response. This can be remedied by working might cross your mind that you should review over good estrogen resulting in increased after drinking too much coffee, our bodies go on reducing stress levels and by taking your state of health. But life goes on and you weight, mood changes, tiredness, low libido into fight and flight mode and prepare us to supportive supplements such as fermented pick up the pace and settle in to being ok(ish), and increase in susceptibility to breast, uterine run or fight. In this situation we shunt blood papaya that provide digestive enzymes and not recognising that bit by bit you are not the and ovarian disorders. from unnecessary organs such as the intestine, probiotics assist in theare digestive process. Gut andthat liver health the essence of weight you were last year; breathing is not liver and skin and redirect this to the brain and being Science in thethe desire to make food of any able to- enjoy culinary delights as easy as last year and you are not as fit and skeletal muscles. This means that we reduce easier, tastier and increase profits - created celebrated event. energetic. Multiply that by a few years. the nutrients to keepoverindulgences the immune pre-prepared food when they introduced Enzymes, herbs, amino acids, probiotics, For men,required unchecked system strong in the intestine and produce taste altering chemicals such as exercise all can lead to increased weight, increased dietary considerations and MSG, enzymes to digest food. This canliver resultfunction, in the hydrogenated oils and preservatives. These contribute positively to gut and liver health. blood sugar levels, reduced overgrowth of acid producing bacteria and foreign and often quite large molecules had High-carb foods, fried foods, processed low testosterone levels, increased cholesterol cause digestive problems morefrom wheat, never been our immune in dairyseen andby sugar foodssystem and food and decreased cardiac where fitness.the Aside difficult to digest large proteins such as gluten, our intestines and through various means the obvious reduction in ability to meet the additives, combined with alcohol and poor dairy and salicylates when not digested into can create inflammatory As to it isgut exercise habits contributeresponses. negatively demands of work and family life, it also impacts smaller amino acids can irritate the immune now understood that the gut and brain are on relationships. Less energy and fitness leads and liver health.

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Variety matters when selecting a hearing aid When acquiring hearing aids, it’s important that you’re able to choose from the full variety of brands and technologies available, according to Clarity Hearing Solutions’ Principal Audiologist Grant Collins any hearing providers are directly owned by hearing aid manufacturers or have a preferred supplier agreement with one specific manufacturer. While some may allow fittings of other brands if required, others may not give you any options but their own products. Why is that a problem? Like many other industries, different hearing aid manufacturers have unique patented features and technologies specific to their brands. Think of it like a car. If you needed to get from A to B as quickly as possible you might choose a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. Both are specifically designed with speed in mind. However, if you wanted to get from A to B and it involved some cross-country trekking, the Ferrari and Lamborghini wouldn’t be appropriate. You would need a 4WD to get you there. The same is true for hearing aids. I see many patients with completely different

needs that cannot be treated adequately with just one specific brand. I have a patient who lives by herself. She is visually impaired but also extremely independent and continues to live a full and active life. She also suffers from poor feeling in her fingers, which means she can’t insert or change hearing aid batteries, insert or remove the hearing aids themselves or clean and maintain them. This rules out independent use of traditional hearing aids produced by most manufacturers. To solve her specific issue though, I was able to fit her with a product produced by just the one manufacturer called the Lyric hearing aid. The Lyric is inserted into the ear and stays there for two months at a time without removing, changing batteries or cleaning. She can hear 24 hours a day without worrying about managing or maintaining the aids ensuring she retains her independence.

I have another patient with a profound hearing loss. He was born with almost no external ears. This patient requires extremely high-powered hearing aids but almost all high-powered hearing aids have a part that sits behind the external ear, which he does not have. Again, there is one specific brand that specialises in high-powered hearing aids that sit right inside the ear canal. The patient can now wear hidden, virtually invisible hearing aids allowing him his active lifestyle. While these are quite extreme examples, having choice of technology ensures that you get the right solution that will not only treat your hearing loss, but fit in with your lifestyle or situation as well. When you approach an audiologist, make sure they can recommend and fit a variety of brands and technologies ensuring you get the right solution for you P: 1300 252 7489

How did John save $11,850 on hearing aids? By spending $150 on a second opinion! John came to Clarity for a second opinion after having a free hearing test with another provider. The provider had told John he needed hearing aids and had quoted him $12,000 for the aids. John booked a $150 comprehensive hearing test

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with Clarity. As tests began the Clarity audiologist knew something wasn’t right. John’s ears were blocked with wax. After Clarity cleared his ears John had his hearing tested again. This time his results were normal. He didn’t need hearing aids!


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INGREDIENTS SALMON • ½ lime (35g), juice and grated zest • 1 tbsp (25g) raw honey • 2 x 150g salmon steaks SALAD • 1 x 200g corn cob, husk on • 1 lge zucchini (300g), cubed • ½ lime (35g), juice and zest • ¼ cup (4g) chopped fresh coriander March 2017


SALMON Combine the lime juice, a little zest and honey in a small bowl. Add the salmon and coat well. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Wrap the corn in its husk in cling wrap. Microwave on high for 21-22 minutes. Remove, let cool, then husk.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Transfer the salmon to the lined tray and brush with any remaining marinade. Roast for 20 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork. 

Stand the corn in a wide, shallow bowl and with a sharp knife, slice downwards to release the kernels, discard the cob.


Transfer the kernels to a medium bowl. Add the zucchini, lime juice and zest, and coriander. Season with cracked pepper and toss to combine. 


INGREDIENTS • 4 x 150g boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2cm thick) • 2 tbsp (20g) jerk seasoning • 2 lge mangoes (500g each), peeled and cubed • ½ lime (35g), juice and grated zest METHOD: Heat a BBQ or non-stick frying pan to medium-high heat. Rub the chicken breasts with the jerk seasoning. Cook the chicken breasts for 5 minutes on each side, turning every minute, or until golden and cooked through. Mix the mango in a small bowl with the lime juice. Serve the chicken topped with the mango salsa. Optional: As a complimentary flavour, add 1 teaspoon of sliced fresh mint leaves to the mango salsa. If you don’t have a non-stick frying pan use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to cook the chicken.


INGREDIENTS • 2 medium zucchinis (250g each), diced • 1 x 200g corn cob, kernels removed • 1 tbsp (20g) green curry paste • 3 cups (750ml) organic chicken stock METHOD: Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Blend, season and serve.   191.5 Calories per serve.  Optional: Serve sprinkled with 10 fresh basil leaves for just 1 lonely, little calorie, and one fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced, for just 5 calories. 


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WOMEN IN TOURISM Recent cultural growth on the Gold Coast remained the focus at the latest Women in Tourism breakfast with many excited to see the plans for the new cultural precinct. Guests enjoyed an array of art highlighting upcoming exhibitions at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games with guest speaker Matt Wilson showcasing the cultural heart of the Gold Coast - the Bleach Festival. Images supplied by Nick Northcoat at Captivating Visuals

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Get it editor Lauren Paris chats to two fabulous ladies who have bucked the tradie trend, working as a plumber and a mechanic. Thanks to their fab tips, you too can change a tyre or fix a leaking tap

How to fix a leaking tap A leaking tap can be a fairly easy problem to fix if you know what to look for according to qualified plumber Rebecca Senyard. “It’s important to understand all taps are different and sometimes calling a plumber may be the best option,” Bec says. “By law, in Australia, replacing washers is something that can be done by an unlicensed person, like yourself.” Bec, who also shares plumbing tips and tricks via her blog The Plumbette, says many DIYer’s fall into the trap of thinking that the washer will fix the leak, but often that’s not always the case. “The first thing to do once you notice your tap is dripping is to feel the temperature of the drip. If it’s cool, you need to replace the cold water washer and if it’s hot, you need to replace the washer in the hot tap. Most plumbers will replace both washers because sure enough if one washer is gone, the other will go soon afterwards.” Bec’s top tips: l The next step is to turn your taps ON and go outside and turn the water off to your house. l Depending on the style of tap handle you have, you need to get to the tap spindle. l Use multi-grips to undo the spindle. l Look at the existing washers and take them to your local plumbing store to get the same ones (or similar).You may need some long nosed pliers to get the washers out if they are deeply inset. l Replace the washers into the spindles and re-install them back into the basin. l Go turn your water on and hopefully the washers will stop the water leak. One step that I didn’t include - and many plumbers will recommend and do - is re-seat the seat of where the washer sits. A special tool can be attached to a drill, purchased from a hardware store that will reseat the taps to ensure the washer sits flush. If you replace your washers and the water still leaks, I can guarantee you will need to reseat the taps. If you are not confident in replacing the washers, please call a licensed plumber who will be happy to do this for you. Visit March 2017

How to change a tyre Ever since she was a child, Gold Coast local Tayla Carter, a technician with Gold Coast Hyundai, had an interest in cars. “I’d be out there helping my dad and brother in the garage,” she says. “I was always interested in becoming a mechanic”. Tayla completed an apprenticeship through Hyundai’s specialised training academy, becoming Hyundai’s first factory-trained female technician in the state. “It’s a pretty cool achievement,” says Tayla who one day “in the distant future” would love to open her own all female workshop that will appeal to a female client base. Tayla’s top tips for changing a tyre: l Find a safe location to change the tyre (in most scenarios, it’s not safe to change a tyre on a highway, so always source help). l Most vehicles have an emergency tyre change kit.The spare tyre as well as well as wrench and jack can usually be found in the boot or pockets and side panels. l Ensure vehicle is on flat ground when jacking. l Identify which tyre needs replacing and place jack under the vehicle at the correct jacking point, which can be found in the owner’s manual. l Jack the car up slightly, but not all the way, so the wheel is still touching the ground. l Loosen the wheel nuts. l Jack the vehicle up until the tyre is off the ground. l Remove the wheel nuts off the rest of the way. l Remove the tyre. l Place the spare tyre on to the vehicle, finger thread and then tighten the wheel nuts back on. l Use the tyre wrench to tighten as much as you can, whilst the car is still jacked up in the air. l Drop the vehicle all the way down, remove the jack and tighten all the wheel nuts. 40


Get your horoscope About Cassandra Tyndall Cassandra is an avid professional astrologer, writer and teacher, based in Brisbane, Australia. Her interest in Astrology started when she was a child reading horoscopes in her mother's magazines. Known for her honesty, passion and insight, Cassandra offers consultations to people all over the globe. to get ahead. Serious conversations you may have been avoiding, especially with a significant someone is highlighted when Mercury and Saturn link on the 12th. There is a potential to have to revisit the conversation once Mercury and Venus meet on the 18th.

H PISCES February 19 – March 20 You may come to the realisation that you’re not being paid enough in your job, or that you are going above and beyond the call of duty for no extra recognition or cold, hard cash. Jupiter, your ruler in your sector of debts and investments is also asking you to take stock of what you need to do to secure your financial future. H ARIES March 20 – April 19 With such a strong element of fire in the sky now, your natural tendency to rush into situations is supported. In a cosmic twist, Venus, the planet of love, dating and relating turns backward in your sign from the 3rd. Whether it’s a current love interest or a long- term relationship, you’ll find yourself questioning if the amount of energy you’re investing is worth it. H TAURUS April 20 – May 21 Venus, your patron planet takes a once every eight-year retrograde cycle in your most private sector this March. Rest and retreat are the name of the game now as you only have energy for working behind the scenes. This period of slowing down will help you get in touch with your deepest needs and devise a plan of action for the future. H GEMINI May 21 – June 21 Your career and networking sectors are jam packed with planets this month, showing real progress in all the effort you’ve been making

H CANCER June 21 – July 22 Venus is currently taking a backward tour through your 10th house. You may be reassessing your career direction, your job and your value. You are very independent when it comes to your work, if you’re not feeling valued, or that you’re being paid enough, headstrong Venus in Aries may not put up with it. Explore your options for a possible upgrade but keep your cards close to your chest. H LEO July 22 – August 23 The annual Full Moon in Virgo brings attention to your income and cash flow. Going back to the drawing board and devising a new budget is highlighted. Declutter your wallet or purse. Consider downsizing from a traditional wallet to a phone case that only carries a few cards. Focus on minimalism and you may find you spend less. H VIRGO August 23 - September 22 Getting in touch with your own feelings, or doing what helps bring you back into balance is encouraged. Your ruler Mercury is forming a tricky link to Saturn. Conversations may cause some friction, but openness will keep the wheels turning, especially at home. You may find you’ll need to make some deals or negotiate the terms, but Saturn demands you keep your promise. H LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Whether single or partnered, the cosmos invites you to re-assess your values, your priorities as well as your worth. Are you being taken for granted? Perhaps you’re the one who’s been stretching the limits of what your relationship can handle. Either way, this period of withdrawal and refocussing can only create win/win situations in the end.

H SCORPIO October 23 – November 22 It’s been two years since Mars energised your love sector. You’ll be encouraged to embrace new challenges and add passion into an existing relationship. If you’re single, your approach to partnership may take on a more bold or confident expression. Either way, you’ll be ready to face any relating issues head on. March 27 is highlighted for romance as Mars connects with dreamy Neptune. H SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 22 Organising your files, your emails and your to-do list on the 13th will help you feel less stressed and ready to tackle any challenges that lie ahead. A tricky combination of Mercury in Pisces and Saturn in your own sign, may leave you feeling stretched in all directions now. Your key to navigating the tension is organisation and prioritisation. H CAPRICORN December 22 – January 20 Your home sector is under the celestial spotlight this month as both Venus and Mars tour this area of your solar chart. Plans and projects to beautify or improve your living space may come to a grinding halt as Venus does from the 3rd. This provides the opportunity to revise your plans and work out what you really want. H AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19 Getting organised about your loans, taxes, investments and superannuation is highlighted. Streamlining or consolidating your finances will reduce stress and help you focus on building for your financial future. If you need to bring in an industry expert, then the 27th is ideal for serious conversations as Mercury, the Full Moon ruler, and Saturn make a cosmic connection.

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Elizabeth Campbell has written stories for her entire career, but sharing her tale of adversity took a while to get out

ometimes your life path isn’t what you think it will be. Sometimes you need to get lost, fall over, hit rock bottom and then start again. Sometimes marriages don’t work out. Well, almost 50 per cent of the time they don’t. But almost always you need to go off the beaten track to find your way forward. Almost always as you start again you’ll see the silver linings. And almost always the marriage that doesn’t work out isn’t a failure but an opportunity to learn, grow and restyle your life into whatever you want it to be. Along with the rest of the world I celebrated Valentine’s Day last month… but probably in a completely different way than others might. I was taken out for a lovely dinner, had a glass of bubbles, was given chocolates and went on a romantic walk… to myself, with myself and for myself. I was alone and completely happy about that. It was nice to look back to see how far I’d come. On Valentine’s Day two years ago, I moved in with my parents. I was a broken woman and couldn’t handle life. I was about six months separated and going through the worst time of my life with the divorce. I was in financial hell, my head was a mess, I was stressed to the eyeballs, I couldn't stop crying, couldn't sleep, hated myself and had such low self-esteem - plus my business was quickly going down the tubes and I was about

to lose it. I felt like a complete failure. I was suffering depression and anxiety. Some days I couldn’t get out of bed. Some days I wanted to die. Most people, not even my friends or colleagues, would have known because I wouldn't show it – I wouldn’t let them in. While I was dying on the inside, a brave face was my coping mechanism. Regardless of the abuse I had to endure throughout the divorce, and even afterwards, I wanted to maintain I was OK. That I could handle it. That I was a strong, independent woman who didn’t need looking after. Let alone from my parents! But if I was being truthful, I was a shell of my former self. My toxic relationship had just about broken every piece of me. All I had was my smile – and I use that term loosely because my eyes told a different story when I smiled. When I look at pictures of myself I stare into my eyes and they are sad, glazed over and not connected. That’s what a toxic relationship will do. Kill you on the inside. Steal the stars from your eyes. And crush your dreams. So I was extremely happy to be alone on Valentine’s Day this year, in fact, I love being on my own now. I couldn’t have said that two years go. So when I took myself out for dinner and a romantic self-love walk, I also had a chance to reflect on my journey to overcoming adversity. Did you know divorce is one of the top five most stressful situations you can ever go through in your life? It’s up there with moving

house… I did that eight times in a year while I was separated. I was also running a business. Did you also know that about 80 per cent of start-ups fail in the first two years? When I finally found the courage to leave to my marriage, I’d only been in business for 12 months. The odds weren’t the best, were they? But fast forward two years and I am absolutely in love with my life! I have so much to be grateful for, including my parents, family and friends (it was so fun living with Mum and Dad! And another silver lining I found was getting to know my sisters all over again, especially my littlest sister Belinda). I am in the best mental shape I have ever been in, meditate every day, exercise every day, I feel fit, healthy and happy - and my business is moving so quickly I have to run to catch up to it. Isn’t it funny how a “failure” doesn’t actually have to be that? I like to think of my divorce as an incredible opportunity to learn and grow now, even though it was difficult. I will always find the best in a situation and while it took me a very long time to forgive myself and my ex-husband, I did a lot of personal development and I can one million per cent say I am now living my very best life, chasing the stars and dreaming bigger than big. I have the sparkle back in my eyes now. I'm doing exactly what I've always wanted to do right here, right now. I hope you are too. The best piece of advice I can give is to not be scared of change... it can literally be the best thing that ever happens to you.

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Elegance and style Two local business women have combined their individual talents to provide a one-stop-shop for all your interior design and prestige real estate needs hat happens when an award-winning real estate agent and talented interior designer join forces to work under the same roof? A unique offering that is setting a new benchmark for the interior design and prestige real estate markets. Last year Terrilee Whitsed Boutique Realty and Carla Rausch Designs moved their businesses into a shared studio in Tallai and together they are changing the face of Gold Coast interior design and real estate. Meet Carla Rausch Carla Rausch is an interior designer and property stylist. She and her team pride themselves on a down to earth, personable and attentive approach when offering their professional services on interior design, colour consultancy, property styling and decoration. Carla believes that the environment in which you rest, work and play are an essential part

of your being, and her design process is about allowing her clients visions to come to life in a functional, practical and affordable way. Meet Terrilee Whitsed With over 25 years experience, Terrilee Whitsed is a leader in the Gold Coast prestige real estate industry having achieved millions of dollars in sales. Hard work, true dedication and a passion for selling real estate has resulted in Terrilee Whitsed being a consistent winner of awards. Terrilee’s philosophy is simple; “we don’t focus on how many properties we sell, we focus on how much we sell them for”. In 2017, Boutique Realty is delivering new marketing strategies, adding experienced agents to the team and developing our designer showroom in Tallai.

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