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From the editor SARAH BLINCO

There’s something happy in the air lately. Even the pungent garbage truck in front of me at the traffic lights this morning couldn’t ruin my mood. I’m putting it down to a smell − not the garbage truck − but the weather. Whatever sweetness I’m detecting, it’s linked to positive memories; parties and fun. Interesting scents can have that effect, isn’t it? I think you’ll agree too, music never fails to elicit a response in this way. I’ve even adopted a theme song for us this month, ladies − Katy Perry’s Roar. My neighbours must be so sick of that track by now (and probably even more tired of having to put up with me belting it out ... very un-Katy like). I love it though, and our gorg designer, Aimi, agrees. We feel the song reminds us to put issues and negativity to the side and rather, reflect on challenges overcome (while singing along at the top of our voices). Aimi adds she’s guilty of turning up the volume on Rihanna’s Diamonds too, which makes her feel great, although warns we probably don’t want to be driving in the car with her when she’s singing with Riri. Missy’s into Miley Cyrus’ Someone Else, from her new album Bangerz, because of its 80s electro-feel and the fact the song, “Makes me feel like I’m on stage”. Love it! Leanne hasn’t as yet divulged her theme song, although she did recently reveal something surprising (which yes, did impress me) − she likes a little bit of doof doof dance music every now and then. Who knows where we’ll end up for our Christmas party! “Sing like no-one’s listening,” as they say; don’t mind if we do. We’re all about good moods this month, so with that in mind, I’d love to know, what’s your theme song of the moment? That song that makes you happy and gets you through ‘stuff’? The song you just have to sing or dance to? Share your song with us on Facebook or Twitter and tag us, #GetitThemeSong − we’d love to hear from you.

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19 November, The Arts Theatre The Mum’s the Word Tour has proved so popular The Ten Tenors have returned for an encore performance on the Gold Coast. The concert will have the boys signing their most requested hits like ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Close To You’ and ‘Ave Maria’ plus a few you may not have heard. Tickets are available for $79 with doors opening at 6:30pm.



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27 November to 1 December Tweed region, Northern NSW The Tweed region has many culinary delights on offer over the 5-day Tweed Foodie Fest. Get to know locals at the Murwillumbah Farmers Market and see the produce transition from farm to plate. The Caldera Cook-Off Challenge attracts the best local cheffing talent, and puts them head to head. The Tweed Foodie Fest hosts a mix of free and paid events and includes the Long Table Dinner at Kingscliff and Tweed’s Biggest Dinner Party at Murwillumbah to name a but a few.

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15 November Medusa Ballroom, Palazzo Versace Celebrate with the Gold Coast’s business elite at the 2013 Gold Coast Women Business Awards. The annual awards recognise successful businesswomen and entrepreneurial drive within the fast-paced Gold Coast business world. The two-course luncheon includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, plenty of entertainment and premium wines served throughout the day. Proceeds help support SIDS & Kids Charity with tickets $130 per person.

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Bubbles and fine food are a must for Melbourne Cup. For the race that stops the nation, try hosting your own champagne lunch. On 5 November dress to the nines and have your friends around for a super sweepstakes lunch. Break out old cookbooks and get creative. For a true test of strength and courage, give rock climbing at Coolangatta a try on Saturday 9 November. The free introductory course starts at 10am and will have you eager for more extreme activities. More at Learning how to eat healthily and creating imaginative meals using wholesome ingredients is easier than you think. Funky Forest is hosting informative free classes around the Gold Coast to help change the way you perceive food, and teach delicious cooking tactics. More at Surfers Paradise and fireworks are a fun mix. Add monster trucks and you have a party! On Friday 8 November, the Big Give 2 Fireworks and Monster Truck Spectacular event aims to raise funds for Childs Vision. Don’t forget your $2 donation support a worthy cause. More at or 5660 6205 Confused about household recycling but keen to do the right thing? National Recycling Week is on from 11 – 17 November. For great tips on how, what and where to recycle visit the Planet Ark Recycling tips website and spring-clean your home in the greenest way possible. More at The Lifeline $2 Sale is back. All clothing items are only $2 and proceeds support Lifeline and UnitingCare Community’s counselling services. Entry is free so be sure to check it out 16 and 17 November at the Convention Centre. More at or 5510 4555 A terrific way to freshen up your wardrobe and help out the environment is to participate in The Big Aussie Swap. Share clothes with friends at home or swap your no longer needed accessories at this council-organised event. Think rags to riches, preloved to priceless! More at Learn sustainability as a family. Why not plant a herb garden with the kids? Watch your hard work grow in front of your eyes. Just type ‘herb garden’ into Google for ideas on the best herbs to plant and how to care for the new addition to the household. Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area is a hive of activity with the wetland frog-breeding season in full swing. Join a guided tour on Saturday 30 November to learn what frogs eat and where they live. Don’t forget your torch! Bookings required. More at or 1300 694 222

The Tour de Tamborine is being held from November 29 to December 1. The mountain sports festival has something for everyone with running, walking and cycling events. Test endurance in your chosen event, while supporting a Tamborine charity. More at 9

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Australia’s prolific storyteller, Judy Nunn, is back with what can only be described as a bestseller-inwaiting. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of regional Queensland, Elianne (out this month) explores the institution of Queensland’s sugar-cane farming industry, the social revolution of 1960s Australia, and the power of family secrets. J’aimee Brooker meets with Judy for Get it Your latest novel, Elianne, is set against the backdrop of the southern Queensland cane fields initially in the 1880s then moving forward into the 1960s; can you share with us why this particular time and place sparked interest and inspiration for your novel? The time frames of 1880s and 1960s were not my inspiration for the novel, but the place certainly was. Elianne is the first of my books to be based in Queensland. I’ve wanted to set a book here for some time and Queenslanders have certainly been urging me to. Then upon visiting the area of Bundaberg, it happened − the southern cane fields simply cried out to me, and having decided upon the location, I sat down and worked out what period would best serve the story I wanted to tell. The topic of family secrets and the dynamic by which these are brought to light is something that most readers enjoy and can relate to. Elianne delves quite powerfully into this topic − what is the appeal of writing about families and their proverbial skeletons for you? There is always drama and conflict in families, particularly when they are drawn together from afar at Christmas time as the members of my Durham family are in Elianne (the festive season has a great deal to answer for in my opinion). And, as you said, the revelation of family secrets is something we can all relate to. As the novel unfolds, we witness the social revolution of the 1960s − of all the freeing opportunities that this time availed, which do you think was the November 2013

most important to the direction of Australia? Harold Holt’s disbanding of the White Australia policy. Whitlam took credit for its demise, but Holt was really the prime mover. Can you share one particular fact that has stuck with you following your research for Elianne? The Pacific Island Labourers Act, part of the White Australia policy, which was the first legislation to be passed by the new Commonwealth Parliament in 1901. The Act was designed to put an end to the system of ‘Kanaka labour’ as the practice was known, which in itself was a good thing, but the act also called for the mandatory return of most South Pacific Island workers to their countries of origin. By this time, many had been in Queensland for decades. They’d settled in this country, they’d raised their children here. Their banishment meant homes were destroyed and families torn apart, it was cruel and heartless. What makes up quintessential Queensland for you? The vast spaces, the heat, the people, the lifestyle. There’s something uniquely Queensland about all of those things. What book has changed your stance on something important to you, and why? 12

I can’t possibly nominate one book that has changed me or my stance on things. Every book that makes an impact upon me will in some way change me. The novel I’m currently reading, The Son by Philipp Meyer, is doing just that. Biggest accomplishment to date: Every new book I finish. They don’t get any easier, if anything they’re harder as I keep setting the bar higher for myself. Each time I think ‘I can’t do this again’, so to see a new book completed and in print gives me a huge sense of accomplishment. What’s next for you? Surprise, surprise. A new book.

About J’aimee Brooker Having worked in many facets of the publishing industry, including publishing and editing a regional lifestyle magazine and working as marketing manager of an international publishing house, J’aimee is now forging a path as an independently published author. Find her online at or on Twitter @jaimee_brooker


THEBIG REVEAL Designs for a new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Friday 22 November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday 15 December Gallery 2, Gold Coast City Gallery he dream of a new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct now takes tangible shape with the highly anticipated reveal of the winning design from the international competition launched in March. From a field of 75 entries, drawn from across the globe, an expert jury has shortlisted three design teams, Arm Architecture, Crab_Vogt_DBI and Nikken Sekkei to produce detailed concepts for a new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct. One of these will be announced as the winner of the competition on 21 November. All three visions will be unveiled in this exhibition through the use of models,

drawings and animations. The exhibition will trace the evolution of the design brief and the history of this magnificent site. It will show how these three design teams made up of architects, landscape architects, engineers, curators and planners have imagined the future of this landmark development for the Gold Coast. Join in with a lively series of events and spread the word through your favourite social media platforms by placing yourself


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REAL LIFE with Sarah Blinco

Sarah Blinco meets lovely local, Christie Sharpe, who through her new app, Fancied, is aiming to shake-up the cyber-dating experience What made you want to crack into the competitive app dating game? A few years ago I started learning about personal development and relationships. I love connecting people so when the opportunity came up to get into the dating space, it felt like a natural fit for me. The Fancied app was actually a pivot from a web based platform called Fancy My Friend that I created with previous business partners who eventually went on to do their own projects. I’ve been involved in online/tech startups for about three years now. My background is in business management and marketing, however my technical team, Sakura Sky run by Andrew Stevens and Olivia Storelli in Sydney, are highly experienced and talented software engineers who have worked for some of Australia’s largest online and media companies. Can you explain Fancied for us? Fancied is a location-based dating app that identifies social hot spots such as bars or venues that are most popular with Fancied app users. You can search for singles nearby or check into one of our popular hot spots. It’s anonymous to ‘fancy’ someone on Fancied so you’ll know if there is a mutual interest before someone has to make the first move. Fancied’s target market is 18−35 year old singles. Most dating apps allow singles to flirt and interact within the app however, what differentiates Fancied from its competitors is the ability to show singles the most popular places to meet other singles and where they can date their matches. You’re a local entrepreneur; what do you enjoy most about being an ‘ideas person’? What I think is so great about being an ideas person is that you have the ability to be creative and innovative. Sometimes I have too many ideas and want to do it all − ‘the entrepreneurs curse’, however, I think one of the most important things about having ideas is not to hold onto them too tightly. I’m definitely one to talk about my business idea from the get go to as many people as possible. It’s the only way you learn if your idea is a good one and if people would want your product or service. Do you think people are born to be entrepreneurs, or people learn to be entrepreneurs? I have grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, both my mother and father November 2013

FANCY THAT have grown successful companies. I started off my career in retail management positions before I had the urge to start my own business. I think to some degree you can inherit your parents’ traits but I also believe you can learn how to be an entrepreneur by surrounding yourself with the right mentors and learning from them. I’m only at the beginning of my journey but from what I have learnt, persistence is the key to success and it takes a kind of person to not give up on their dreams and keep trying until they succeed. How do you see the future of online/app dating evolving over the coming few years? Right now we’re seeing a lot of growth in mobile dating and it’s currently taking over online dating. Approximately 65 per 14

cent of traffic for online dating sites comes from their mobile users and we’re seeing this because of the increase in adoption rates of smart phones. With new technologies and network capabilities improving we’re only going to see more and more people using location and vicinity based dating services to meet new people. Some people still perceive there is a stigma around meeting people online; what’s your response? I believe that the stigma is definitely on its way out. Facebook and mobile apps have made meeting people through technology more accepted. You can now meet up with a person who you have met through an app while you’re out with your friends as it feels a lot more contextually right

and safer, plus if you don’t like the person at least you have your friends to fall back on. That’s what is so great about Fancied, it encourages you get out from behind your computer screen and stop waiting for Mr or Mrs Right to come along and go out and meet them. What are your hopes for the future of Fancied? I’m most looking forward to hearing about successful matches. I love that we have been able to build a dating brand from the ground up to create a product that is fun, friendly and relates to a more positive experience. Our goal is to be with the customer through every aspect of dating. In the beginning we help them meet and connect, when they’re a couple we want to show them where to go for their anniversaries and dates. What’s your advice for those with aspirations to develop their own app and/or online business? Firstly flesh out your idea on friends and family, if they get excited by it and can see you doing it then you could be on the right track. Be sure to do you market research and put together a plan and decide if you need to bring other partners to help you, just make sure everyone has different skill sets. Whether you find a technical co-founder or you outsource development work, I

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t is a big year for the Gold Coast Turf Club with a $35.4 million redevelopment, a new name and the launch of the exclusive Crystal Lounge all set to be revealed in November. The crowds are set to be impressed by the newly transformed turf club, which has also gained 10 new corporate suites as part of the multi-million dollar development. Gold Coast Turf Club CEO, Grant Sheather, says the Club can now cater for a wider variety of functions and events. “For us, the redevelopment brings the Gold Coast Turf Club up to par with other top clubs around Australia”. The Club has received a number of improvements such as an extension to the existing Skyline restaurant, a new Crystal Lounge located on Level 2, as well as 10 state of the art corporate suites. The Bundall Racecourse will also be upgraded with an all weather training track and an equine swimming pool. Grant adds, “We want to show the public we are a major attraction and event venue on the Gold Coast, not just a racing club on a Saturday afternoon. In previous years, people could November 2013

only hold larger functions in the Dome but now we can offer a wide variety of modern function rooms”. He says there are a limited number of corporate suites available on an annual basis, where suite owners can access them 52 weeks of the year. “No other venues can offer iconic, breathtaking views of the Gold

chandeliers, a private viewing balcony, as well as comfortable lounge and cocktail seating. Grant adds, “Many members are already showing interest, with the inaugural membership of the Crystal Lounge now open. The name change of the Gold Coast Turf Club is an acknowledgement of the

We want to show the public that we are a major attraction and venue on the Gold Coast, not just a racing club people can go to on a Saturday afternoon. Coast skyline like we do”. The lavish Crystal Lounge is also expected to be a major highlight. “The Crystal Lounge will be the Gold Coast’s newest and most exclusive club, which is set to be launched at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Tuesday 5 November 2013”. The new Lounge will showcase the view with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the track and Gold Coast skyline, elegant 16

importance of racing to us, while at the same time, a nod to the future that we can host events, conferences, expos, business meetings breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week”. Construction started in February and the final stage will be handed over in early November. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the newly redeveloped Gold Coast Turf Club. More at



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Tipplers Tipplers is so peaceful and relaxing and is amazing to get away to on the boat; spending time with family and friends, swimming, fishing and enjoying nature.

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Southport Water Park I enjoy going for walks along the Broadwater with my family. My kids love playing in the water park features and I like the fact there is a cafe close by. Burleigh I love shopping on James street, there is always a great find and it’s fun catching up with my friends for organic coffee then strolling over to the beach for a walk along the point.

Jumpinpin Another favourite spot of mine to spend time out on the boat. It’s a beautiful place and the view is amazing! Jumpinpin (between North and South Stradbroke Island) is ideal for fishing, and the sand dunes are heaps of fun.

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Jabaroo Island, Coombabah This is a great spot for family fun, a nice relaxing place where we can have a barbeque, go swimming and do a little fishing. Paradise Point I love chilling at Paradise Point beside the Broadwater. There are many things to


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Gold Coaster, Rebecca Jaeger, shares how she realised that despite a life-threatening back injury, she had control over deciding whether she would let a bad situation or a mind-over-matter attitude determine her destiny

ne of my favourite quotes is by Steve Maraboli: “The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over.” ‘Control’ is not about the spy agency and bumbling Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, from television’s Get Smart, nor is it about the amount of time your husband or partner has control over the remote. It is not about controlling the Monopoly board, or life for that matter. It is about the behaviour that is used every day by everyone; well except for me, not now anyway. It took the aftermath of a life-changing injury to help me understand we have the choice what to take on and what to put up with. It was 1998 when I bought The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, and while it has been subject to criticism − whether fair or not − I found it insightful and useful in understanding ‘me’. An old school friend sent me another influential book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, which she hoped would help me heal emotionally and to realise the gift of life. Seventeen years later and these books have been well used. Dog-eared, stained with coffee and yellow-highlighted stories of importance stand as a reminder to me as to why we are here. The personal library I hold dear today is about as unexpected to my younger self as the damage was that I sustained in Japan in 1996 as a fitness teacher. I injured my back so badly I couldn’t walk for days.

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I was consumed by burning and tingling sensations and felt paralysed from the hips down. Life became exhausting through simple exercises like going to the toilet and shower, and I had to be cared for. It was terrible and embarrassing. I had been a NSW State softball player for three years and had even won three Australian National titles, but had never succumbed to any kind of horrendous injury like this. I felt so vulnerable and scared. Fear of the unknown was the worst part. The late 90s − 1997 and 1998 − took me to a place where I had never been before. My loss of ‘Human Spirit’ lead me to attempt suicide. Gone were the days of my independence and freedom. My dreams and goals were shattered. I was supposed to be living and working in the USA; I was gutted that I did not get there after Japan. I felt anxious, trapped and very out of control. The following five years felt to me like I was living in a chamber room, in a dark castle where I could not breathe in light, or sound, or laughter. I felt like I was suffocating. My spirit was not willing to bear all that belonged to me, and the blue skies and sunshine never suited my soul which was being bombed constantly by doubt, fright and the 10-hour a day contemplation, “Am I in hell?” My desire to work in hospitality was destroyed by the pain, and my self-esteem was choked by financial burdens, all factors that fuelled my dissipating spirit. Eventually I ran out of hope, faith, courage, trust and love. I simply did not want to live.


‘That day’ − the last minute, last thought, was and still is embedded in my mind. Thankfully I had an outer-body experience which saved me from pursuing what I believed was the inevitable. I rang the only person, my only lifeline who knew me well enough to save my lost human spirit. His name is Dr Owen Roberts. The day which could have been so horrible turned out to be the most amazing day of my life. Owen had been our family doctor since I was 11. That day he gave me something more than medicine could ever do. He listened and held me in his arms while I cried. From that day I have healed slowly without the quick fix of an anti-depressant. I realised I had to slowly unravel myself from the web of doubt and start embracing ‘me’. With the help of a financial counsellor, family and friends, and knowing that Owen was there at any time, I really could see the light and realised how stupid I had been to not to ask for help earlier. I had suffered by my own negligence. Fast-forward to 2013 and I have rediscovered my spirit, had a back operation, completed a Diploma in Life Coaching and a Degree in Sports and Performance. I have started my own business, jaegerbomb iNC, and have written ‘Mental Toughness’ programs for teenagers, adults, athletes and

My loss of ‘Human Spirit’ lead me to attempt suicide. Gone were the days of my independence and freedom. My dreams and goals were shattered.

even racing-car drivers. The programs promote coping mechanisms which are not taught in schools. My purpose is to challenge those who want to live a better life and to create one without influence of toxic behaviour and unreasonably high expectations which leave no room for disappointment. Today, I believe the word depression is used loosely to allow society to label themselves when they are not coping. It’s disappointing that some professionals prefer to hand out pills instead of − when possible − helping people to reconnect. I know first-hand what feeling disconnected is like − when what you need back is your spirit − and pills do not help recover this element. Don’t let the negatives in life control you. If life is crap, fix it, fight it, do not give in, give up or quit! Do not try to control what you cannot, simple. Find another path and stop expecting something to happen. If there’s one thing I realised, it’s that you have to make things happen. Use control to determine your own destiny.

About Rebecca Jaeger Rebecca Jaeger is a Mental Toughness Coach for the Gold Coast Sports Academy, Erebus Motorsport Academy and Miss Teen Australia. She’s keen to collaborate with like-minded and complementary businesses that aim to help teenagers and adults find their true potential. Discover more about her at, and 19

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Sleep apnoea:

Regardless of the type of apnoea the individual involved is hardly aware of the problem, and may even become conditioned to the resulting day time tiredness. Sleep apnoea causes significant levels of sleep disturbance and deprivation. Sleep apnoea is often observed by the partner and diagnosed with a sleep study and can range from mild to severe. Sleeping on your back increase the possibility of obstructive apnoea as does obesity and in males a neck circumference greater than 17 inches and in females 16 inches, this is due to the deposition of fat in the throat and tongue area. Snoring is considered to be an indicator of possible sleep apnoea. Dr

re you feeling tired? Are you or your partner having trouble sleeping? You may suffer from sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a type of sleeping disorder and is characterised by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing is called an apnoea and can last from seconds to minutes and may occur anything from five times a night to 30 or more times an hour. The number of times relates to the severity of the problem. There are three forms of Sleep apnoea, Central, Obstructive and Complex (mixed). Central apnoea breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort. Obstructive apnoea breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort and snoring is common. Complex apnoea is a combination of both.

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November 2013

LIFE COACH with Mel Myrdycz

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Mel Myrdycz investigates the intricacies of transitioning from in-arelationship to just-friends


veryone’s been there, and we’ve all wondered − is it possible to be friends ... honest, true, real friends − after a breakup? As a relationship coach, it’s a scenario I’ve witnessed and discussed hundreds of times over the past 28 years. Did you know, in approximately 80 per cent of cases, one of the parties has an ulterior motive for staying friends, with an emotional attachment of some degree to the leaving person? Are you in this situation right now? Take a minute and be really honest with yourself. Think about each scenario below by placing yourself in the position of the person who is being left (referred to as YOU) and your partner leaving (referred to as LEAVING PERSON): l YOU are unable to let go of the leaving person, you are in love; if they give you a chance it will get better. The LEAVING PERSON sprung on you that they no longer wish to be in this relationship. What do you do? l YOU feel your insecurities and emotions arise. You did not see or want to see a breakup coming. This person is the love of your life. What do you do? l YOU have children involved, this breakup is not just affecting you, it is affecting your whole family. Would YOU use your children as leverage to reinstate a friendship? l YOU make promises that whatever happened will never happen again, but the LEAVING PERSON cannot forgive the event and needs to leave. What do you do? l YOU are in an abusive relationship, YOU want to leave but the LEAVING PERSON who controls the relationship will not allow YOU to leave. Do you attempt a fake friendship to escape? November 2013

l The LEAVING PERSON had an affair, stepped outside your relationship, broke your heart and trust. YOU feel guilty and not good enough, do you try harder suggesting being friends and starting again? l YOU cannot believe the internal emotional turmoil you are feeling right now, you never considered the relationship would ever end, you can’t see yourself with anyone else, your friends and families all love each other and yet the LEAVING PERSON is no longer wanting to be in this relationship. What would you do? If you are truly honest with yourself, in any of the scenarios above, whether you are male, female, same sex relationship, short or long relationships, YOU may want to hold 30

onto the LEAVING PERSON, for a number of different reasons − initially though, none to be their friend. Who wants to be ‘just friends’ with someone you’re in love with or still attached to? Initially, with emotions raw and new, are you thinking of the bigger picture? Could you really handle being in the same room with an ex and new partner, watching them enjoy life when it used to be you? Or, imagine you’re at your ex’s family’s home in an attempt to be friends and they arrive with the new partner, or they arrive and ignore you because when they said ‘end’ they meant it? Through both training and experience it’s important to note that a couple needs to give each other space and time to grieve the death of the relationship. There is no rule on how long, this depends on the individual situation and the depth of the emotional

attachment. If space is given, then there is hope for friendship or at least amicable communication (especially important when children are involved). The other 20 per cent of breakups find friendship easier, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out this is because of the reduced emotional attachment or control of the other person. You’ll realise lack of emotional attachment when you can truly look at someone and don’t feel anything − you don’t hate them or wish them ill; you don’t love them and wish they would return − you just accept them for who they are. Whatever stage you’re in right now, you need to find a way to analyse the situation clearly and objectively, so the ultimate outcome is the right one for YOU.

About Mel Mel Myrdycz of Relationship Resolutions ( is a relationships coach and Reiki Master. You’ll find her commentating at relationshipresolutions

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Readers confessions Two Get it readers share their experiences

My husband and I were together for a good number of years and have two beautiful children together. After a while though, we realised our marriage wasn’t working. We tried counselling but inevitably came to an amicable solution − we would remain under one roof to take care of our children, but would enjoy separate lives. I have a boyfriend now and everything is still working well. We realise this situation isn’t for everyone, but we keep the lines of communication open, and make an effort to get through any issues as friends, not just for our kids sake, but because we were friends first, and we’d like to keep it that way. Like a marriage, it’s not easy, but if you ask me, yes, you can be friends. But you do need to be in the same space, one can’t be attached more than the other, definitely not. −Fiona, Biggera Waters

My boyfriend and I were together for two years and I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I cheated on him − something I’m not proud of and wouldn’t recommend, but this was the catalyst for breaking it off. He didn’t see any of it coming and although I knew it should be a clean break, I pandered to his pleas to remain friends, mainly because I felt so guilty. I did love him but not in the way he needed me to. In the end it got messy and was evident we could not be friends − at least not for now. I want to move on and he needs to move on, and we simply can’t do it in each other’s space. −Lucie, Surfers Paradise

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TRAVEL with Sarah Blinco

Back to nature in the loveliest of environments ... Sarah Blinco explores Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Island I hate that noise,” cried the 7-year-old in front of me, as another tree branch scraped past the vehicle’s long glass window; a sound akin to that of nails along a blackboard. The five Poms perched on the back seat were launched into the air again while the rest of us fastened our seatbelts and gripped whatever we could for balance.The ride through soft sand − surrounded by lush rainforest on either side − was surprisingly wild and bouncy, and we all giggled gleefully as we hit another curve in the road with speed. Our guide, Peter, explained that in order to get through the sand, at various points, he had to take the track with some pace, but on a guarantee he is a very good driver (which indeed proved to be true) we put our faith in his expertise, sat back and indulged in the Fraser Explorer experience. Fraser Island and Kingfisher Bay Resort are synonymous with whale watching in Spring, 4WD adventures, fishing, wildlife, intriguing plants and naturally beautiful landscapes. As we travelled across Fraser as part of the Beauty Spots (day) Tour, I was fascinated to learn about this amazing World Heritage listed space − the largest sand island in the world, and the only one where rainforest sprouts from sand at elevations of 200 metres or more. Peter our guide − also known as Peter Meyer, world-renowned photographer − openly offered his wealth of knowledge gathered onlocation over 19 years. He told us stories of the savage 2011 bushfires that tore through here, outlining ramifications on the local plants and animals. Peter taught us all about the island as he ferried us through the rainforest and out onto the vast sandy stretch, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, where we joined a convoy of 4-wheel-drives descending upon popular destinations like Eli Creek, the famous Maheno shipwreck that’s been beached here since 1935, serene Lake McKenzie and to the colourful sandy Pinnacles. We even spotted a whale playing off the coast during our adventure. Along the way we discussed dingoes ... and fate. Peter recalled how late one afternoon a tour he was leading came to an abrupt halt thanks to a flat tyre. As he went about fixing it, their party noticed four dingoes sauntering along the beach; three dingoes were stalking one little guy who obviously had ventured where he shouldn’t have been. Being an opportunist (as apparently is characteristic of dingoes), this one unfortunate soul ducked under the bus, taking shelter from the other three. This was a unique sight in itself, and those taking part in the tour soon forgot they had been delayed getting home. Eventually it came time to move on though, and naturally the vehicle revving to life gave the dingo a fright − so startled was he that he bolted across November 2013


Adventure the sand to the shipwrecked Maheno and attempted to dive through one of the portholes. Only problem was, he got stuck! A wave came crashing through the bones of the old ship at that point and promptly pushed him back out, and he ran off, his ego bruised more than anything else.“A once-in-a-lifetime occurrence − that sequence of events will never happen again, and we saw it all because we had a flat,” beamed Peter. After a day of picturesque scenery, exploration, a swim and entertaining stories, we kicked back ‘at home’ in our spacious, comfortable Kingfisher Bay Resort digs. While the view from our verandah was sublime, we’d been urged to get to the beach by sunset to catch the dramatic mango-coloured beams of light reflect across the ocean and disappear into the night. We secured a little possie at the beachside Jetty Hut, ordered a glass of bubbles and a beer, and merrily soaked-up the spectacle; 32

sail boats bobbed in the distance, foreign accents gossiped among us, and the segway tour group made its way back along the beach towards us as night fell. Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island is the ideal escape for those who want to get back to nature in the nicest, most comfortable way possible. The place certainly lives up to the name given to it by its Aboriginal owners who called Fraser Island K’gari, which means ‘paradise’. The accommodation and facilities at Kingfisher Bay Resort are proudly sustainable and we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this gorgeous destination.

YOUR TRIP I OUR TIPS Splurge Kingfisher Natural Therapy day spa Holistic Massage, 60 minutes $70 or a Refreshing Specialist Facial, 60 minutes, $120. Souvenir Peter Meyer is a world-renowned

photographer who specialises in Fraser Island landscapes and life. His photography is on sale within the gallery in the village square. More at Tickled our fancy... At Kingfisher Bay Resort you can choose to forgo room service for a day (or more) which in turn gives back to the environment. As a thank you, Kingfisher Bay Resort offers credits towards a spa treatment. Worth keeping your room clean and tidy independently, right? Additionally, there’s a plethora of activities to entertain and inform couples, families and groups, from nature walks to guided tours, resort fun and beach or ocean activities. Eat + Drink Maheno Restaurant offers a divine seafood buffet experience, while The Sand Bar provides a contemporary pub feed and great music. Seabelle Restaurant is just lovely! And you can’t go past the Jetty Bar at sunset for a cold drink, cheese or prawn platters. Then there’s the Dingo Bar for those who want to party on with other travellers into the wee hours. Getting there We flew to Hervey Bay from Brisbane, transferred a few minutes up the road from the airport to River Heads, and caught a ferry across to Fraser Island. There are plenty of options however. Visit for details. Take a look at our Great Sandy Adventure video at

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LOCALPROFILE with Sarah Blinco



Cathy Baker, owner/manager of Harvey World Travel Hope Island, lives the intrepid traveller’s dream − Sarah Blinco checks-in with this friendly local to discover more about her world How did you end up on the Gold Coast? I come from an airline family, dad with Qantas, and mum a hostie in the 60s with a WA-based airline, MMA. I was born in Darwin, then we moved with dad’s many postings both in Australia and overseas. I left home when we were based in Perth but on a visit to Brisbane I was lured to the sun and sand of the Gold Coast at 21. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Growing up all over the world and with travel in my blood, of course I wanted to be an air hostess, just like mum! When did you settle on ‘travel agent’ as your ideal career? I travelled a lot in my twenties, backpacking around the world, enjoying a couple of ski seasons and I realised that I preferred being a passenger rather than a worker. After coming home to settle down, being a travel consultant just made sense. How has your job changed over the past ten years; how have you adapted to people ‘being their own travel agents’? I started my career in 1994 and back then everyone used travel agents so we were always very busy, working long hours. These days we have more time to plan and create the trip of a lifetime for people who want the benefit of our knowledge and expertise. What are your top reasons for utilising professionals to arrange travel plans? My staff and I are all very well travelled. You just can’t beat that type of first-hand November 2013

knowledge. It’s always nice to have someone to call on for help when you are away and as I always say, I could mow my own lawn but I pay someone to do it because I don’t have time and they do a better job. Tell us a story of one of your happiest customers? There’s nothing better than when our clients come home and make a point of bringing their photos in and excitedly tell us all about their adventures. It’s not uncommon for us to receive flowers, souvenirs and cards as thanks for a job well done. And your favourite destinations...? I have just returned from five weeks in Europe and it was my second time to Turkey in two years. It’s such an amazing and diverse country with friendly people, fantastic shopping, awe-inspiring ancient sites and seaside towns you never want to leave. Mykonos was also gorgeous. What’s next on the agenda? I never know where I might be going next, opportunities just pop up and I rarely say no! The only one I have planned is to return to Vietnam again, back to my favourite town of Hoi An for some tailoring and to stay at the Fusion Mai for some spa treatments, and then to visit Nha Trang for the first time, I hear the beaches and seafood are to die for. What advice would you give to aspiring young travel agents? We often have young people coming in wanting to become a travel agent. My advice is travel as much as you can first. Half the battle 34

is knowing the destinations you are talking about. People always prefer to deal with an agent who ‘has been there’. What are your picks for ‘destinations of 2014’? Hot spots for 2014 include those off the beaten track. There’s still the old faves of Thailand, LA and London, but regular travelers are now looking at paddle steaming down the Mississippi, exploring the Fjords of Scandinavia and gastronomic touring through Europe. What does ‘travel’ mean to you? Travelling opens your mind and helps us be more accepting of other cultures. When you see where people come from and how they live, you can understand their point of view of lot easier. It also makes us appreciate home, Australia, is definitely the lucky country.









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iGeneration VIEW with Alana Nelson



There’s a huge change in the wind for thousands of high-schoolers about to embark on the next stage of life. Alana Nelson is now 23, and she shares a little insight with Get it on the pressures she recalls ... and how she’s realised it does all work out in the end opportunities out there for me to explore too! I knew my heart was telling me something else. inishing year twelve is a frightening Ultimately, there are many pathways to I simply couldn’t see myself at university. It just prospect for many students and it certainly go down once you complete school.You really wasn’t for me. was for me. I had never really taken high just have to think outside the box. Don’t be Instead of succumbing to the pressures school that seriously until year ten. That’s when fooled into thinking university is for everyone and following friends and my teachers’ advice, everything changed, and at an alarmingly fast or that it’s the only path to consider just I decided to take what many would have pace. I was suddenly under enormous pressure because it’s what your teachers recommend. considered a risk, as I contemplated a different to choose my subjects for the final years.They in In hindsight, I understand teachers discuss path. There had to be something available turn would determine my career, my life. It was the university option so thoroughly because for people like me who were a little unsure. I all terribly overwhelming and I felt as if I had it’s what the majority of school-leavers choose decided to do a bit of research, and in doing so the weight of the world on my shoulders. How to do. My advice however, is don’t be afraid to I came across traineeships. would I choose? What did I even like doing!? be different! If deep down you think you’d The traineeship option immediately In the end I went for fairly standard subjects, be better off travelling and getting a feel appealed to me and despite the advice of which was the safe option because I really had for what you want no career aspirations at that stage. I was only 16, how was I supposed to The traineeship option immediately appealed to me to do, or pursuing know what I wanted to do? From the outset, university was and despite the advice of others it’s what I ended up choosing really all I was educated about. I had read a little bit about gap years, others it’s what I ended up choosing. It involved TAFE and apprenticeships, but my teachers alternatives for further study, explore the getting hands-on experience, enabling me emphasised their idea of the most appealing options. The way I now look at it, university is to really get a feel for my interests and what I option: University. This worried me. always an option further down the track so enjoyed doing. By year twelve I was over exams and I was don’t feel like if you don’t do it now, you can The unknown is always a little scary and I definitely well and truly over study. I simply never go back. certainly had my fair share of negative opinions; couldn’t contemplate another four years of The important thing to remember is that but the whole idea of getting experience in the exam preparation and revision, not to mention while it all seems very daunting, there are no real world really suited me. It gave me a strong the stress that went with it, all for something I ‘wrong’ choices. Nothing is set in stone and indication of my career path and in doing so I wasn’t 100 per cent committed to. My friends all you are free to chop and change; so if you’re was able to set short and long term goals. After began going down that same university road having doubts just remember there are plenty completing a Certificate 3 and 4 in Sport and and I felt anxious and uncertain. My head told of avenues you can go down in the short and Recreation, I have been in the workforce at the me I should choose a standard uni course and long term. The world is at your feet; don’t be same job for two and a half years, and I wouldn’t do what all my friends were doing. But there afraid to try on different pairs of shoes. change a thing. I feel like there are still plenty of was something very wrong with this, because November 2013



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Following a two year absence after the Christchurch earthquake, Marmite is back on Aussie shelves! We reckon it’s a good reason to celebrate... Crunchy Marmite Croutons (MAKES 24)

INGREDIENTS • 4 1⁄2 cm slices of Ciabatta or French Baguette
 • 2 tbs Sanitarium Marmite
 • 1⁄4 cup grated Edam cheese METHOD Preheat oven to 160°C. Lay bread slices on a baking tray. Spread each piece with Marmite covering all of the bread. Sprinkle over grated cheese. Bake in oven for approximately 15-20 minutes until cheese has melted and bread has turned golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut into pieces and store in airtight containers.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup (250 g) red or brown rice • 1 x 400 g can lentils, drained • 1 x 400 g can red kidney beans 4 carrots, peeled and grated • 100 g walnuts or almonds, toasted • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced • handful of fresh mint leaves • 2 handfuls rocket leaves Vinaigrette: • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
 • 3 tbs cider vinegar • 1 tsp Sanitarium Marmite • 1⁄2 lemon, juice METHOD Wash the red rice in a sieve under cold running water. Cook rice in a medium saucepan with 6 cups water for 25 to 30 minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables and toast walnuts. Arrange the lentils, red rice, red beans, grated carrot, walnuts, rocket leaves on a large platter. Make the vinaigrette: In a glass jar mix all the vinaigrette ingredients together, give it a good shake. Drizzle the November 2013vinaigrette over the salad and garnish with mint leaves.

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Marmite & Mushroom Risotto ServeS 4

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1 tbs Sanitarium Marmite 2 tbs oil 1 onion, peeled, finely diced 1 cup (250 grams) Arborio rice 250 g button mushrooms, cleaned, quartered 250 g courgettes, trimmed, cut into pieces 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 tsp margarine 50g Parmesan cheese, grated

METHOD Place spoonful of Marmite in a 1 litre jug or bowl. Fill with boiling water, and stir to dissolve. Heat a deep heavy based frying pan with oil. Fry onion for 1 minute, until softened. Add rice and cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed through. Add mushrooms. Add boiling water mixed with Marmite, 1 cup at a time, until water is absorbed. Add more hot water to marmite mix if more liquid is needed. Simmer approximately 15 minutes, until rice is tender but still has ‘bite’. Season to taste.

Marmite Bran Muffins (MAKES 24)

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • •

Remove from heat and stir in sliced courgettes, baby spinach leaves, margarine and cheese. Stir gently to combine. Serve in warmed bowls.

2 cups (250 g) wholemeal flour 3 cups (150 g) bran flakes 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp mixed spice 2 tsp baking soda 2 cups (500ml) soy milk or dairy milk 1 tbs Sanitarium Marmite 50g margarine 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 carrots peeled, grated 1⁄2 cup raisins (optional)

Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease 2 x 12 muffin tins with oil spray. Mix flour, bran, baking powder and mixed spice in a large bowl. Dissolve baking soda in milk in a separate bowl. Melt Marmite and margarine together in a small saucepan or microwave. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk mixture, melted ingredients, carrot and raisins to dry ingredients. Mix quickly until just combined. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly touched.


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they’re available in four sizes, stackable, have a zip/clip closure for proper protection, a clear label and a handle for safe accessibility. Shoes From clear store shoe drawers and clear store stackable cubes through to wall mountable shoe racks, elfa gliding shoe racks and every shoe storage possibility in between, there’s no right or wrong way to organise your shoes but there is a clever way, and it’s in store. Beauty Keeping jewellery untangled and makeup visible and easily accessible is simple with the Glam Multi Storage Stackable Drawers, Glam Lipstick Holder, Glam Swivel Necklace Holder, Allure 6 Drawer Jewellery Drawers and Allure Folding Earring Screen. Wardrobe The quickest way to give your wardrobe an overhaul is with new hangers. Howards is the hanger specialist, whether you need to conserve precious space in your wardrobe with velvety, slim, lightweight flocked hangers or you’re after a solution to hanging delicates. To simplify a kitchen revival, Howards have created a series of small, easy to manage makeovers for the fridge, kitchen drawers, pantry and spices. Food Storage


Check the seals on your containers and ensure you’re using quality plastics like Howards’ Flavia Vacuumsaver. This container is air/liquid tight, has a hinged design, a magical valve that enables steam to escape whenever you reheat foods, it’s microwave safe, as well as dishwasher and freezer safe. Fridge Tricks Do you have a ‘black hole’ at the back of your fridge where food spoils because it’s hard to reach? You need one of Howards Fridge Binz Containers. This range will maximise the full depth of your fridge shelf, help you to group ‘like’ foods together, t h e y ’r e easy to access and made from easy to clean food-safe plastic. Drawer order Howards have a huge range of Modular Organisers, which enable you to create a complete in-drawer solution. These are just a small collection of Howards’ home revival solutions. If you need help with a storage dilemma, Howards love a challenge so visit the team in-store or at


Modern Italian


The eclectic style of Baritaliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Takeaways available Open 7 days 8am â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til late.

Coffee | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


The Layt Clinic Open House at the Layt Clinic proved to be a huge success with guests experiencing firs-t hand the array of non surgical treatments on offer. A glass of bubbles and a guided tour of the state of the art clinic was just what the doctor ordered.

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Shop 15 Chevron Renaissance, Cnr Elkhorn & Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise. Spend $10 or more & get the first 2 hours parking FREE


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Bruce, Chelsea, Margaret & Beric Lynton

Alan Benadretti & Ty Sheers

Libby Stokes & Cassie Sandison

Leonard & Glenda Neilsen and Ross McNeil

Liz Lindsay & Fiona Forras

Syliva Wappas, Sara Potter & Tracey Wilson

Michael Blumenstein & Michael Hall

Craig Montgomery, Ed Ahern, Tim & Avalon Beban


BMW LAUNCH The guests were in awe of the ultimate Driving machine, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe’ which was launched at Bruce Lynton BMW in conjunction with the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.



Natasha Leventhal, Sarah Stilgoe & Carla Albergo

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Tom Forbes, Derek Cronin, Dan Thompson & Todd Brooker


Justin Mistry & Mayor Tom Tate


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*Recommended Promotional Drive Away Price for either (a) MINI Countryman base model with manual transmission, non-metallic paint and no optional extras, or (b) MINI Paceman base model with manual transmission, non-metallic paint and no optional extras, ordered between 15 September 2013 and 31 December 2013. Standard production lead times apply for vehicles not currently in stock. Not to be combined with any other offers. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. BMW Group Australia reserves the right to change or extend the offer.

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BRIGHT PINK LIPSTICK DAY The girls from Restored Beauty Getaways put their best lipstick forward to raise funds for their favourite charity “PINK HOPE”. Yvonne Cosier and Jamie-Lee Reynolds turned on the pink and guests enjoyed yummy pink cup cakes, pink goodies, pink champagne and some fabulous PINK GIVEAWAYS!

QT Gold Coast hosted the annual Women in Tourism Pink Breast Cancer brekky, with guest speakers Kate Carlyle and Dr Geoff Wilson of The Pink Polar Expedition. The famed ‘boob sled’ was definitely a talking point.

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LIFESTYLE STARS H Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22 Happy personal New Year Scorpio. Whilst career opportunities are coming still your way, family will be your top priority. It’s time to weigh it all up and identify what effects these opportunities will have on you, your family and those around you in order to maintain your overall sense of emotional and social harmony. H Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 22 Being a mover and a shaker can have its challenges and you will be dealing with them this month. Being of service to others will be the theme and you will learn a great deal from your efforts. Job seekers, promoting your productivity and work ethic will bring you success. H Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20 Pay attention to your dreams for inspiration and focus more on your spiritual side this month. Clearing psychological blocks will pave the way for you to move the mountains you have been contemplating for some time. Your earning power and finances will improve dramatically towards the end of the month. H Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19 Whilst relationships and friendships will be tested early in the month, now is the time to be patient and tolerant of others. Towards the end of the month, you will feel more inclined to network and get more involved in groups or organisations with a sense of purpose and direction.


ASTRO H Pisces Febr 19 – March 20 As the planets shift and the energy changes, you need to be more focussed on your career goals and objectives and let family and emotional issues rest for a while. Barriers will be removed and you will feel that sense of freedom to make better choices for a brighter future.

H Aries March 20 –April 19 Finances continue to improve, bringing you financial expansion along with achieving your goals. Don’t rule out the opportunity to increase your connections overseas. Singles, this month is very positive for finding a compatible partner who not only stimulates your deepest desires, but is also someone who is educated and philosophical.


H Cancer June 21 – July 22 If you feel the need to reinvent yourself, go with the flow. Finances will be favourable, bringing positive investment opportunities in property and most importantly yourself. Career prospects will be favourable for job seekers.Your first preference may not materialise, but hang in there; the right options will come through. H LEO July 22 – Aug 23 Standing in your own power will be the key to achieving the success you are striving for and open the doors you’ve been knocking on all year. Being there for your family and loved ones will also be very important for your emotional harmony, creating a better ambience at home.

H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Out with the old and in with the new will be the theme. Whilst you will feel the need to reflect, you will also have the urge to socialise and party. Be patient with finances, be prepared for hold ups and pay attention to the details before you move forward.

H Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22 Whilst your overall health is pretty good, you will feel a bit more vulnerable and your energy levels will be a bit low. Take some time out of your busy schedule to stop and reflect on what you want for yourself and this will reflect on other areas of your life.

H Gemini May 21 – June 21 As always communication is important, but you need to avoid mixed messages and confusion with family, friends and work colleagues. Stay on task and don’t get distracted or day dream your time away.You might miss those important deadlines.Trust your own logic and follow through with your own plans.

H Libra Sept 22 – Oct 23 Home and family will take priority over career and finances this month. It’s time to enjoy the company of your loved ones and grow by learning from them. This will help to regroup your energy and leave you feeling more centred and focussed. Finances are still fruitful, so relax and enjoy.

Uncover the opportunities that await you for 2013, book an accurate reading with Lana Jackson – one of the country’s leading Psychic Astrologers. For more information, phone: 0414 621 107 email: or visit

LASTWORD with Sarah Blinco

PAYING IT FORWARD Zane Holmes is born and bred GC, and definitely counts as sexy and cool. Champion Ironman and surf lifesaver, we love that he established the Wave Warriors Junior Ironman series to give kids the same opportunities he had along the path to his own personal success

Tell us a little about your passion behind the Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge (MWWJC)? I have been fortunate to enjoy a long and successful career as an Ironman so I really wanted to give back to the sport. As I came through as a nipper myself many years ago, there really hasn’t been any change to the traditional competitions available for juniors. I wanted to provide a greater opportunity for kids to compete and have fun in an event which is professionally presented and conducted. The MWWJC is now in its fourth year – what’s been a stand-out moment? Just seeing the enjoyment the kids get from being part of it. The smiles on their faces says it all. You boast a 40-year family history in Surf Lifesaving along with much kudos as a hugely successful Ironman – how do you think this has shaped who you are today?


I think the best part of it all has been my intimate connection with the ocean. It is my greatest passion and something I will be passing down to my kids. The ocean enriches my soul, it is where I play and have fun but it is also a place I can go to relieve stress and restore balance. When you’re not working, where might we find you on the GC? Either surfing at Currumbin or hanging at the beach with my wife and twin girls. We tend to stick to the southern end of the Coast these days. In three words, what does the Gold Coast mean to you? Ocean and home. This year you’re most looking forward to.... ? Spending time at the beach with my girls this summer, they will be 18 months old so this will be the first summer they can enjoy the beach and ocean properly. Can’t wait!

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