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ver noticed how all of women’s problems start with men? MENstrual cramps, MENtal breakdown, MENopause, GUYnecologist (sic), and when there’s real trouble, it’s a HISterectomy (sic). Never the less, we can’t help but fall completely head-over-heels for them…over and over again! We watch and wait for our Prince Charming but how are we supposed to know when they’re here? Will they simply turn up at our doorstep with a great big bunch of long-stemmed roses and proclaim their heartfelt devotion? Hmm…chances (in my life, anyway) are pretty slim. So, after careful consideration and endless self-debate, I’m sure I’ve finally found my perfect man: Mr. Potato Head. Think about it: he’s tan; he’s cute; he knows the importance of accessorising; and, if he looks at another girl, you can rearrange his face! Coming in at close second, are the GC homegrown gents we named and famed in our Man Power fashion shoot. What a fun bunch of local lads (and ladies, a few of them are single!). Shot on location at the hottest coffee shop this side of the Tweed, Black Coffee Lyrics, we profiled these young entrepreneurs and tried to squeeze out the secrets of their success. Check it out from page 23. Up on page 14, we rustled up our friends with the golden voices, Cheryl and Ash from the 99.4 Rebel FM Breakfast Show, and Bruce Neels and Toni Thompson from 100.6 Breeze FM, to discuss their views on ‘the white lie’. Deep down, we already know our bums do look big in those jeans, but do we really want to be told the truth? We also delve into the serious side of mental health issues. With suicide now the leading cause of death amongst men in Australia, a new online campaign targeting suicide prevention has launched, challenging the concept of men as ‘bulletproof’. We chat to the founder of this initiative, Ehon Chan, about the important next steps in tackling this painful societal issue. From all the Get it team, we hope you enjoy our exciting ‘male issue’. Happy reading!

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VIBE Broadbeach Jazz Festival August 17-19 Spice up your evening at the Broadbeach Jazz Festival! After a romantic day out along the beautiful Coastline, catch a glimpse of the spectacular music and stage shows by various artists from all parts of town. And, the best thing of all, it’s free! So bring your whole family down to Broadbeach this August and bask in this three-day long festival.


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Ekka Making its 135th year, the Ekka’s 10-day celebration of life in the sunshine state is set to kick off again this month at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds. Including all the crowd favourites like; wild rides, animal petting barns and competitions, yummy food, awesome showbags and, of course, the ultimate fireworks display to light up the night sky, the Ekka will be fun for the whole family.

Daffodil Day Every day, around 300 Australians are told they have a life-threatening cancer. With your help, we can make a difference and beat this disease. Getting involved is easy. You can register to receive a box of merchandise to sell; donate on the day or you can purchase one of our Daffodil Day gifts at selected outlets during August. Daffodil Day is a chance for all of us to grow hope for a brighter, cancer free future. Please support this great cause and give hope to the many lives affected by this devastating disease.

Legends Luncheon On behalf of the Cerebral Palsy League, you’re invited you to attend Hard Rock Café’s inaugural Legends Luncheon. Enjoy a fabulous three-course lunch, entertainment and art exhibition by some of the Gold Coast’s leading artist including; Joel Rea, Joy French, Kaitlin Hawkins and Claudio Kirac. The silent auction will feature four Fender guitars, personally decorated by the participating artists, with 100 per cent of monies raised going to the Cerebral Palsy League along with the net proceeds from the luncheon. RSVP by August 20: 5539 9377.



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Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Exhibition Until August 26 Roy Lichtenstein’s name became synonymous with the Pop Art movement, and his works stand today alongside those of his contemporaries as icons of American art in the ’60s and ’70s. Now is your last chance to witness his brilliant exhibition, drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Print Collection, at Brisbane’s QUT Art Museum. Including rare, candid photography and film components, the expo reveals a fascinating insight into the artist’s collaborative working methods in the creation of a number of his best known printed series.

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veryone’s favourite aviator-wearing, top hat-sporting, guitar shredder returns to our shores! The Guns N’ Roses legend will kick off his Aussie tour at the Riverstage in Brisbane on August 23 before roaring his way across the country. He’ll be playing songs from the new album, Apocalyptic Love, and judging from his shows overseas, it’s going to be huge! In a recent interview, Slash says he’s excited about returning to Australia. “It’s one of my favourite places to play and in the last two years I’ve been over here and played a bunch [of times]. We’ve been very well-received in Australia to put it bluntly,” he laughs. He also spoke of GN’R’s recent induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. “We were nominated in our 25th year like most bands do, but we were inducted on our first go around. It was very flattering.”




he rumours are true – No. 1 selling artist Pitbull is bringing his International Planet Pit Tour to Australia this August! He's had a massive few years thanks to songs like as 'On the Floor' with Jennifer Lopez, 'I Like It' with Enrique Iglesias and 'DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love' with Usher, and now we get the chance to see him perform live in concert. Promising to have crowds jumping, Mr Worldwide will be partying it up on the Brisbane Entertainment Centre stage performing all the massive hits from his album, Planet Pit. Joining him for the wild ride is international music sensation Taio Cruz, as well as our homegrown charttoppers, Timomatic and Havana Brown. Don’t miss your chance to see the starstudded line-up!


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fter finishing up the recording of their 29th studio album in Los Angeles earlier this year, the legendary (remaining) Beach Boys are hitting the road to take on a World Tour. Naming their Aussie stint the ‘50th Anniversary Australian Tour’, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and Brian Wilson (who hasn’t toured with the band in over two decades) will be putting years of animosity behind them to bring the original lineup back together. Speaking with the Daily Telegraph about the reunion, Mike Love says: “When we got into the studio again, it was very evident it was going to sound great … It proves the old theorem: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is only one 50th anniversary. You may as well make it special.” The new show will see the band playing 40 hits spanning six decades of Beach Boys Music. “It’s really a complete and comprehensive show”, Mike adds. The Beach Boys hit the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on August 28.

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ollowing unprecedented demand, Ed Sheeran has sold out his first ever run of Australian and New Zealand headline shows! Tickets to see the incredibly talented singer/songwriter were snapped up in mere minutes by fans eager to hear favourites including ‘Lego House’ and ‘The A Team’ and Ed’s latest offering ‘Drunk’. Ed Sheeran’s unique amalgamation of acoustic music, folk and hip-hop beats has earned the red-haired performer fans across the world. At the age of 21, he has achieved what many performers could hope to achieve in a lifetime. Causing quite a stir on both the Australian and New Zealand charts, the release of Ed’s



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he Broadbeach Jazz Festival is one of the most loved live music festivals on the Gold Coast, and this year’s event is sure to win over even more fans. No matter what your style, Broadbeach Jazz Festival offers a unique experience that is sure to stimulate your senses and leave you wanting more. The vibrant festival combines the cream of contemporary Australian Jazz talent with the likes of Marcia Hines and Vince Jones gracing the stage this year. And with Broadbeach’s

own renowned dining scene filling the streets with tantalising aromas, it’s nothing but three days of great food and unforgettable music in the famous Gold Coast sunshine. Enjoy tastes from award-winning restaurants combined with the breathtaking scenery from the beautiful beach front landscapes, infused with the sweet sounds from the nation’s finest Jazz artists on various outdoor stages and venues. The entire event is completely free and kid-friendly so it’s fun for the whole family.

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i folks, I hope you’re all fit and well and starting to warm up a bit now that the worst of winter is behind us. I’ve got a little story to tell you that relates to our April issue of Get it (you can read back issues on our website: www. with the theme basing itself around ‘Mentors’. I met a beautiful young lady recently and while I listened to her life tales I couldn’t help but think: “What an inspiration this girl is.” So I had to share her story with you. Her name is Tammara Wrenn. Of Dutch/Irish descent, she’s a true stunner that graced the pages of the Australian Swimsuit Calendar as Miss April 2003. Don’t judge the book by its cover just yet – Tammara also became the first female bull rider to enter the Mt Isa rodeo - not bad for a coma patient who wasn’t expected to survive let alone walk again, right? After a horrific dirt bike accident in 2003, Tammara was left fighting for her life in hospital. Substantial brain damage had doctors fearing for the worst as she was placed in a coma. Finally waking two months later, Tammara struggled with basic functionalities like walking. But her strength and will grew astronomically with her ‘never give up’ attitude. She practiced walking around the house in high heels and returned to the catwalk just five short months later. Now 29, she’s the only female registered with the Australian Professional Rodeo Association! Mind you, when I caught up with her she was sporting a broken arm after a bull decided to give her a nudge. But Tammara courageously takes

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it in her stride admitting sometimes you’ve just got to take the blows as they come. “Everyone gets banged up occasionally,” she says. Remember the advice we all got at some time in our life: if you fall off your bike, you were always told to get back on the saddle as soon as possible? Well that’s exactly what she has done. Tammara you’re an inspiration to all of us! Time for me to get on my soapbox again! We’ve all heard the stories about people snapping up a bargain house close to a major airport, then complaining to the local council about the unbearable noise of planes taking off. Er, you knew what you were buying and let’s face it; the airport was there first! Seems we have the same syndrome here on the Coast! Hope Island Resort Marina is undoubtedly one of the best marinas in Australia. When it was built it was surrounded by open spaces. Now it’s completely surrounded by luxury apartments, shopping complexes and more. Okay, all good so far. One of those complexes is a waterfront estate overlooking a marina full of multi-million dollar yachts. If you lived there wouldn’t you love to look out from your balcony at a $10 million luxury cruiser? Guess not! Seems one resident complained it was blocking their view! View of what? It’s a marina, and in a marina you get boats not cows or horses or mountains! What’s more beautiful than seeing hundreds of boats gently rocking at their berths glistening in the moonlight? A dark and dismal nothing I guess because someone complained the


lights were distracting! What about when there’s a bit of a breeze? Is there anything more relaxing than hearing a halyard gently tink, tink, tinking against a mast? Let me tell you after spending most of my life at sea, that sound is one of the most soothing sounds I’ve ever heard. Not so for some people! You got it, another complaint. Folks, if you don’t like nautical noises or scenery why in God’s name did you spend your millions on a luxury home in a marina? Go and buy a house in the burbs and put up with cars whizzing by, balcony views of your next door neighbour skinny dipping or the view out your bedroom window looking straight into next doors bedroom! I don’t know, some people are just never satisfied unless they’re making other’s lives a misery. You chose the Marina lifestyle so if you’re not happy and content move out and let the people who bought on the Marina enjoy the lifestyle on which they spent their hard earned dollars to live their dream! Shorty Email:

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It’s our annual ‘male issue’ so the girls in the Get it office thought it only fair we seek some gender based opinions on those topics in life that really matter ... you know, love, sex, football, handbags (and shoes, of course), honesty and relationships. Who better to offer opinions than our mates from radio, so as a special nod to this extra special August issue, we’ve rounded up Cheryl and Ash from the 99.4 Rebel FM breakfast show, Bruce Neels and Toni Thompson from 100.6 Breeze FM, and this month they’re discussing ‘the white lie’.

Ash says


he person who coined the phrase "honesty is the best policy" was either female or an outright liar. Seriously, when you’re in a relationship you want to keep you can't really be totally honest, can you? I’ve had a few so have learnt the hard way; let's start with the ex-wife. Telling my soon-to-be wife she looked funny (actually, it was the laughing that gave me away) when she came home from the hairdressers after having a trial run on her wedding hair-do was wrong; In fact, it got me kicked out of the in-laws house. Reality was, I thought she looked funny wearing old jeans and a t-shirt with a hairdo made for the Queen's garden party. Guess that set the plan in motion for the divorce. I had another partner who had a few too many on a night out with friends. Feeling a little sorry for herself the next day, she asked if she had made a fool of herself. Should I have been honest and told her she was trying to hit on every guy at the party and had been drunk beyond the point of return? If I had have told her this, how do you think it would have panned out? I merely answered, “You were fine”, and called everyone at the party apologising for her. Worked well that time, second time round I told her the truth – single again... I had a long distance relationship, we agreed to be honest and I was. One night when talking to her on the phone she asked what I was doing and I told her I was having a drink with my flatmate. Her head went immediately to, “He’s having an affair with the flatmate”. Unbelievable – my flatmate was a lesbian! Now guys, being honest is fine but being believed is the battle. My experience tells me the question is going to be loaded; you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. You’re never going to be thanked for being honest, so my advice is to either tell them what they want to hear, or tell them to ask their best girlfriend or mother. Sometimes a man's got to back away. There’s no place for a man in an 'honest' relationship.

Cheryl says


f you're the personality type that believes the apocalypse is a definite date on your calendar in December, then you'll probably believe your partner when he says you look good in that oh-so-tight red dress or your impulse-buy super skinny butt hungry jeans. Come on girls, it’s 2012, so now’s the time to take that well overdue reality check. Is there really a man alive who thinks telling the truth will get them what they really want? Sex whenever they want it, three hours interruptionfree TV sports time every Saturday arvo (or whenever there’s a show with a ball involved) and enough beer to sink a ship? Men tell us what they think we want to hear. Inevitably, it’s not. In their mind it's not a lie, it's getting what they want. You could go out with your dress tucked into your g-string and they wouldn't tell you unless there was a beer in it for them. Men see it as strategy gleaned from the Bear Grylls 'handbook of survival for the metrosexual man'. Let’s face it, why do you think Bear Grylls prefers the company of man-eating lions and meals made of ant protein? It’s easier than being at home with his wife. Deep down we know when we ask the question that men are going to give us the answer they think we want to hear. Why else would we say, “No, tell me the truth", only to wrench out a few tears so they try again and tell us again (second go) at what we want to hear. Men don’t see little white lies as “lies”, they see it as a way to nirvana. Or at least, a free Saturday afternoon on the couch. Girls, we know a little white lie when we hear one, because deep down, we know our bum does look big or that dress is a little too tight. We’re just hoping for that evasive lie that sounds like the truth. What's the answer? Learn to trust our own instincts. Or just don’t ask. I gave up asking my husband years ago. Who really wants the hassle of redoing our makeup before heading out for a night on the town? I’m old enough really not to give a damn, and he gets as many Saturday arvos on the couch as he likes.

Bruce says


o the few ladies I once had the pleasure of a fun shopping experience with, there were times when I should have said, "Yes, that looks big"; Sorry, but I didn’t, and I wander aimlessly through the world, guilty as charged. But wait, for us guys it’s a minefield dating back to Gluteus Maximus! HeR question: Does my bum look big in this? HiS answer: Yes. HeR response: So now you think my bum is huge always? HiS response: Ummm [dangerous stuff]. Then there is the 'need to know' principle. Is it a lie, or just a 'creative' response? I think we’ve all maintained the status quo for the sake of peace and harmony and potential longevity. But is it wrong when the action taken is to protect someone's well-being? In the end, it is down to honesty and trust. Billy Joel sings of honesty being "a lonely word and everyone is so untrue". but 'honest' has 'trust' as a twin because if I'm not honest you won't trust me. We rely on the truth, precariously balanced in life and living in hope. That said, I'm divided on the issue, but think that we must try the "honesty is the best policy” approach as often as we can. I believe I'm proof positive that it pays. Recently I was pulling my wagon into a tight parking spot and connected with the door of a late model Jaguar. Immediately my mind calculated the cost and I went into the old, I'll-just-drive-off mode. Cue my conscience, the mind's power tool, and before I know it, I had a pen in hand composing an apology note, inviting the Jaguar's owner to call me so I could pay up. A month went by and the phone rings. A well-spoken man asks for me. Straight away I visualised my bank balance showing all zeros. It was Jagman – a doctor, who I quote said, "A month ago you hit my car's driver's-side door and left a note, and for doing that I'm taking no action as nobody has ever done that for me before and I respect your honesty". To sum up, a clear conscience in any situation, is a much healthier way to go. On reflection, the next time I'm shopping with you, lady friends, I promise to tell you the truth.

Toni says


ost relationships are built on trust. Certainly, we live in a society where people tend to say what they want and damn the consequences. We’re surrounded by television shows and popular culture which promotes certain levels of politically incorrect behaviour. A well-known example is The Simpsons, which pokes fun at almost everything from alcoholism to child abuse. Homer is always strangling Bart on that show! However, there is a moral point here worth considering. Maybe, these things should be satirised. Where do we draw the line in terms of men and women? Here too, we do have to take some responsibility for what we say to other people – in particular the ones we love. There is a certain type of familiarity (a casualness) with the kinds of conversations we have with our loved ones. These confidences don’t exist between strangers. It’s not appropriate for any guy on the street (or a work mate) to tell someone they are fat. This can be humiliating – especially when it’s not about their health (or some other issue) but ego. On the other hand, encouraging a loved one to get out and begin to do something about themselves can be worthwhile, particularly when their partner supports them. Nothing comes from name calling though, and, in fact it can destroy confidence (and possibly a relationship). As a girl (who comes from a family of seven girls), I have learnt that from the boyfriends I have brought home (and my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands), that it can be difficult for a guy to get a word in edgewise. Good luck to them I say! However, we girls know how hard it is for some men to speak up. It’s better to say something (especially if it’s important) than nothing at all because burying one’s head in the sand can make an issue worse. I guess it’s always a balancing act, which improves as time goes on. Well, for some! I believe it takes a little bit of common sense, and a certain amount of bravery, to tell a portion of the truth.


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glasses not required This is a ‘glasses-free’ PC from Sony. Watch 3D content on the VAIO L series without wearing glasses! The SVL24116FGB retails at $2,599,

fitness plus The new Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker is much more than a pedometer – it measures your all-day activity including steps, calories burned, distance travelled but also monitors how long and how well you sleep. $119.95 from harvey norman

smart photography Sony’s new Alpha NEX-F3 has been designed with a 180 degree flip LCD screen – it’s the best camera for ‘selfies’! $699,



more music Share the music love with this cool Media Splitter, $14.95 from

Clean teeth, healthy life As unsexy as ‘oral healthcare’ may seem, it’s actually vital you pay attention to what’s going on in your mouth. Did you know that decay and poor oral health can lead to many other negative health issues? August 6 to 12 is Dental Health Week, and a timely reminder that caring for your mouth really is quite simple; and it’s about more than just whitening teeth.


ecent research commissioned by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) reveals an alarming 57 per cent of Australians expect at some stage in their lives they will develop tooth decay, a condition that can be unsightly, painful and irreversible. This is extremely concerning given that 90 per cent of all dental disease is preventable. Tooth decay facts: • The ADA states there are over 19 million decayed teeth in Australia and predicts 11 million additional decayed teeth each year. • Researchers have estimated that poor dental health contributes to 600,000 days lost from school and one million lost days of work each year. • The total direct costs and lost productivity due to poor dental health in Australia is around $2 billion. ADA tips for preventing tooth decay: • Avoid snacking on sugary or acidic foods and drinks between meals. Some foods like muesli and fruit bars might seem healthy, however if they are sugary or have a sticky texture, they may increase your risk of tooth decay. • Eating calcium rich foods like milk, cheese

and yogurt can help to neutralise acids and protect your teeth. • Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste – brushing can reduce your risk of decay by 25 per cent. • Floss once a day – flossing removes food from between your teeth, which brushing can’t reach. If the food is left between your teeth and forms plaque, you increase your risk of tooth decay. • Drink fluoridated tap water – studies have estimated an 18-40 per cent reduction in tooth decay when children drink fluoridated tap water in conjunction with other sources of fluoride. • Chew sugarfree gum. There is evidence that chewing sugarfree gum increases the production of saliva, which helps protect your teeth against decay. You can try: Electric The Oral-B Triumph 5000 with Smart Guide power toothbrush is a super brush that gets teeth feeling like they are sparkling! Plaque be gone! The Triumph also has a Smart Guide wireless display that provides feedback while you brush. $199.99,

Essential Oral-B Stain Floss, $2.95 Manual The Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex is the latest in Oral B’s manual care range, and boasts a flexible head that moves from side to side, removing plaque in hard to reach spots. $7.49 (1 pack) or $13.49 (2 pack) Enamel strength Arm & Hammer Enamel Care is a daily enamel strengthening toothpaste that contains Liquid Calcium and dental grade baking soda for healthy, strong white teeth. $7.99 from Woolworths and pharmacies Spin it The new Spinbrush Sonic toothbrush has multi-level plaque removers and the replaceable head means you can easily change the brush head to avoid frayed bristles. $19.99, available from Woolworths and pharmacies.

health wellness

Men’s Issues All men want to look and feel their best. But with embarrassing, and often unpleasant, health issues standing in the way, how are they to achieve these results? We ask The Layt Clinic for their advice.


wo in five men with a health problem would rather suffer in silence than ask for help, according to a recent report. Meanwhile, other studies have shown that men are half as likely as women to head for the doctor when they sense something is wrong. All this is bad news, of course. Problems that are caught early are often easier to treat than those we “get around to” later. And even if your problem is embarrassing rather than sinister, living with it can be uncomfortable, occasionally painful and often very easy to cure. Here are some problems men are likely to keep secret, and suggestions for tackling them if you really can’t bear the brunt any longer. Man Boobs Medically termed Gynaecomastia, is a condition which is surprisingly common but can be considerably embarrassing. It can lead to some men wanting to hide their chest and is the result of deposits of fatty tissue forming around the pectorals. It can be caused by raised levels of oestrogen, changes in ones metabolism or, during puberty, an imbalance with hormones. But there is something you can do about it.

treatment Gynaecomastia may be improved by nonsurgical treatments (such as changing a medication) or medically treating the cause of the abnormal hormone levels. Although for some men, the best option may involve surgery or liposuction to remove the excess breast tissue. love handles Often, even after serious exercise and diets, men can find it difficult to move those areas of excess weight on the waistline – often referred to as ‘love handles’. treatment new technology from the UsA by Zeltiq, called Coolsculpting, is a simple non-surgical procedure which can help remove those areas of localised fat. The fat cells are cooled until they freeze and then the cell breaks down and is expelled out of the body over the following few months. The procedure takes about an hour for each area treated. This treatment has become very popular in the UsA and looks to be the same here in Australia. excessive Sweating Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is another very common condition affecting


millions of people around the world. Uncontrolled sweating can occur in various parts of the body including hands, feet or underarms and can be extremely disabling, disrupting many aspects of a person’s life – from career choices and recreational activities, to relationships, emotional well-being and selfesteem. Although high temperatures or stress can increase perspiration, they’re not the cause of Hyperhidrosis. It may be an inherited trait or physiological condition that stops the body from properly regulating its temperature. treatment Of course there are a wealth of creams and deodorants claiming to reduce the amount of perspiration one produces, and they’re always a good first point of trial, but for those who feel they’ve tried and tested almost the entire chemist shelf, there may be one often last resort; injectables. Muscle relaxant injectables can help control the over-secretion by the sweat glands which can then cease the excess perspiration. The treatment often lasts up to seven or more months. For more information on the above conditions or any other surgical or non-surgical treatments please contact the layt Clinic phone 07 55974100 visit August 2012

FASHION & IMAGE DIRECTION Kirsten Mitchell. PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Molloy. STYLIST Lauren Baird. HAIR & MAKE-UP Satya Schmitz. All Division Creative. MODEL Rhys from Division Models. Tontoria Mattei white shirt with grey trim $195, Sacred Heart grey trouser $199, all available at Donna Uomo Broadbeach 07 5538 7188. Bausele Yachting Watch $490, available at Bausele Australia at 1800 882 848.

Manscaping goes mainstream I

Get it's guide to the goodies that will have your guy looking and feeling gorgeous.

n a former life, any given toiletry bag found in the possession of a man, regardless of his age, comprises of nothing more than a disposable razor, a sliver of soap and a splash of Old Spice well past its use by date. Come 2012, this very bag has undergone significant transformations and is now referred to by many as a ‘man satchel’. Bold in its size and contents, it would not be unusual to find a multitude of products within, including scrubs, toner, moisturiser, hair wax, tweezers, electric shaver and the ever popular GHD Hair Straightener... yes, even the boys have tapped into the secret of sleek, smooth locks. As such, male grooming and ‘manscaping’ has become a rapidly growing phenomenon.

We spoke to Brad Carr and James Patten, Directors of Australia’s largest online hair care, skin care and beauty store, RY (, who confirm males now account for a considerable proportion of their online sales and there is an expectation this growth will continue to increase significantly as men of all ages discover personal grooming is not just something reserved for the girls. “International studies have proven that men are almost on par with women when it comes to purchasing health and beauty products, and while male celebrities and influential figures have largely promoted the importance of self grooming, preservation and anti ageing, everyday blokes are now embracing the

benefits of looking and feeling great too,” says James. Once relegated to a small corner in the cupboard under the sink, men are being upgraded in the bathroom too, with equal space being dedicated to their products and double sinks enjoying a significant growth in popularity due largely to the acceptance of men enjoying their mirror time as much as the ladies. “We have definitely learnt not to assume a guy ordering a hair straightener requires gift wrapping,” Brad quips. Here are a few of our fave products to keep the men in our lives looking fresh and fabulous.

Mr Essentials Travel Pack, includes facial cleanser, moisturiser and foamless shaving cream, $105 from

Microfine Face Scrub, $38 (100ml) from August 2012


BEAUTY | STYLE Top Gear soap-on-a-rope, $5.99 from American Crew offers a lovely range of male grooming products, including this handy 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash, $32.95,

The OZ Dollar Shave Club is new, and it’s here to ensure grooming is consistent and economical. A range of grooming essentials (including razors, of course) is available online,

Smooth Shave, $29 (100ml) from www.mankindonline.

Paco Rabanne Black XS L’Exces, new fragrance out this month, $130, from leading department stores and selected pharmacies

Superman 8-piece man-icure set, $14.95 from www.giftsforblokes.


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All Gents are wearing clothes provided by Arkive Vintage, Surfers Paradise 0401 649 199.

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Mark - Vintage chinos $75, Ralph Lauren denim shirt $60, Vintage Woollen cardigan $55, Christian Dior paisley Cravat $65, Vintage tweed overcoat with faux fur collar $140. Dave - Vintage chinos $70, 1950s wool shirt $55, Black suspenders $28, Black leather boot $100, 1970s flight jacket with faux fur collar $180. Nick - Geometric pattern shirt $45, Black Levi's jeans $50, Original 1950s pea coat $160, Lamb’s wool knitted vest $35, Oxford brogues $65.

MAN POWER This month Get it has gone all masculine, and we’ve loved every minute of it – especially the part where we got to scour the Coast for all this stylish male attire! We’ve also been inspired by the innovative, go-getting Gold Coasters featured in our fab fashion shoot. A few of them spill the beans on success tactics, what motivates them and a few secret ‘blokey’ things as well... Shot on location at Black Coffee Lyrics, Surfers Paradise 0402 189 437. FASHION & IMAGE DIRECTION Kirsten Mitchell; PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Molloy; STYLIST Lauren Baird; HAIR MAKE-UP Satya Schmitz. All Division Creative.


August 2012

BCL Boys Co-owners of Black Coffee Lyrics, Surfers Paradise. Mark Shawyer, David Nicholson and Nic Whitehead What’s a day in the life of ‘you’ involve? Drinking a lot of coffee and buzzing around all day. Tasting beers, wine, whiskey and new items for the menu – toughest part of our day! Sourcing new boutique products from around the world, checking out new music for band/ jazz nights and arranging up-and-coming events. plus all the Black Coffee lyrics (BCl) back of house – the not-so-fun part of our day. What makes you so good at your job? everything about Black Coffee lyrics is a part of all who call it home. We originally created a place in which we would want to hang out. As it grew, so did the BCl family, and everyone involved brings their flavour, style, art and passion from each field into the shop – from the bartenders who create the most amazing cocktails, to the kitchen where magic happens beyond our belief, to the barista pouring their passion into each coffee, right down to the floor staff who are the personality of the shop. Knowing our products and the secrets behind why they taste so good is what BCl is all about. August 2012

You earned your way to where you are in business today by ...? A lot of hard work, never saying: ‘i can’t’ and learning to juggle well and often. i graduated civil engineering, then went on to work in the Middle east for four years, moved my way up to become a project manager on a large scale development for one of the largest main contractors in the Middle east ... then we decided to finally go for it and i moved back to Australia with the boys to make a new dream come to life. What’s the difference between a man and a boy? A man is not afraid to step out to the unknown. What’s your happiest memory of your father? Building my Valiant Coupe with my old man, which is now a rolling advertisement for Black Coffee lyrics. What’s the best advice your father gave you? it’s simple, but is something that was so clear


to me and has stuck with me. i remember my dad saying, “You can achieve anything when you put your mind to it”. it was at a time when life was showing it’s tough side, so it meant a lot. What do you really enjoy doing with ‘the boys’? Surfing in the middle of nowhere with no one else out. Snowboarding, hitting a massive mountain all morning then sitting in the altitude bar laughing about how hard you fell, before doing it all again. Anything adrenaline or travel-related and all that comes with it. Also just kicking back after a great day at work after watching everything all come together – it’s so surreal sometimes. What life/work achievement are you most proud of? in the very early days of BCl we were getting unexpectedly pumped before all our systems were in place and we were all in the kitchen rolling out pizza bases, covered in flour with orders flying around everywhere – that was a proud moment. Answers by Mark Shawyer

Jordan Williams - Navy pinstripe jacket $60, Ralph Lauren shirt $45, Polka dot bowtie $10, 1940s wool Waistcoat $45, Men's tailored trouser $75, Black Oxford brogues $ 55, Bailey of Hollywood Black bowler hat $60.

Jordan Williams Property Specialist, Harcourts Broadbeach/Mermaid

What’s a day in the life of ‘you’ involve? 5am gym, then office for a day of listing presentations, inspections and seller meetings. What makes you so good at your job? My energy and honesty. You earned your way to where you are in business today by ...? Self-belief and good ethics. What’s the difference between a man and a boy? Attitude. What’s your happiest 'uncle' moment? I’m a very proud uncle! I am very lucky to have an amazing relationship with two of my nieces, Bella and Ruby. I love how excited they get when they see me and how Ruby cuddles me when we watch movies. What’s the best advice your mentor gave you? "Be so good they can’t ignore you!" What do you really enjoy doing with ‘the boys’? Playing touch, golf, AFL, any form of sport really. I simply enjoy getting amongst it. What life achievement are you most proud of? Choosing the correct path to go down when I could have easily gone the other way!


August 2012

Stevie Z – ’90s Doors vintage band t-shirt $75, Levi's sleeveless denim jacket $60, Steve's own jeans, Red bandana $5.

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Assistant Music Director, station and broadcast technician at Radio Metro; CEO of Anabolic Entertainment, DJ What’s a day in the life of ‘you’ involve? Most days I’ll wake up with one of the many luxurious ladies on my speed dial. I used to have multiple girls stay over but they would wake each other up. Now I know what Black Dynamite was talking about.

What’s the difference between a man and a boy? Body hair, and lots of it. Being Greek, it’s safe to say I’m definitely a man (just in case you had your doubts).

What makes you so good at your job? In terms of DJing, it’s about predicting what your audience wants. It also involves a lot of research and of course, I’m good with my hands...

What’s your happiest 'uncle' moment? Probably when my sister asked my four-yearold niece if she wanted a music disco birthday party. She said, “Yeah, Uncle Devie will love that!” It’s something very small but made me so happy.

You earned your way to where you are in business today by ...? Taking a risk every now and then has helped, as does listening to staff and friends. And after so long in the industry I’ve made some great contacts which has been beneficial. It’s also about learning from your mistakes.

What’s the best advice your father gave you? My dad once told me to sleep with as many women as possible before I get married. I wouldn't call it the best advice but I'd be a bad son if I didn't at least consider my dad's suggestions.

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What do you really enjoy doing with ‘the boys’? Getting up to anything that we’ll look back and laugh about. Me and the boys were in the US on a trip last year and thought the CIA was open for visitors. An hour interrogation later and it's safe to say I won't have a lucrative criminal career in America if Paris Hilton eventually learns to DJ and puts me out of my job! What life/work achievement are you most proud of? Work wise, having people tell me how I have influenced the Gold Coast music scene and playing the international route, Las Vegas was amazing. Also my life-changing weight loss. I dropped 80kg in just over a year.

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Competitions WIN

A two night luxe staycation

Competitions drawn Friday August 31, 2012 and winners notified by phone and/or email.

Decadent dining Vibe Waterfront Bar & Restaurant (Hope Island Shopping Centre, Santa Barbara Road) is offering a lucky reader a $100 gift voucher. Indulge in fine seafood and modern Australia fare! For your chance to win go to competitions

Get it has teamed up with the luxurious Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa to offer a VERY lucky reader a fabulous prize valued at $1900. You can WIN two nights accommodation in a newly refurbished ocean view room including breakfast for two and Marriott’s Seafood & Moet Lunch, also for two people. A tropical island holiday in your own backyard is a reality at the luxurious, family-friendly Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. A recent $20 million refurbishment has seen upgrades to all rooms, each designed with elegance and comfort in mind and offering spectacular views of the Hinterland or Pacific Ocean. Here you’re truly spoilt for choice in a stunning setting that takes the meaning of five-star to a whole new level. For more information phone 5592 9800 or visit; and for your chance to win go to


WIN $100 Gift Voucher

Singapore based accessories designer Desti Saint ( has recently released her new collection of luxury leather handbags. Evening bags in striking metallics and sophisticated python prints are complemented by day bags of stand out style and quality. This month you can win a gorgeous quality Italian leather liard Python Clutch, valued at USD $298 from Desti Saint’s ‘Maddie Happiness Collection’. For your chance to win go to www.getit-magazine.

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Aerial Accessories is showing girls and guys how to beat those winter blues this year with a vibrant new range of cosy headwear. The freshly knitted line offers a variety of different styles - feminine, sporty - whatever your mood. The Aerial prize packs valued at over $40 each include the waffle knit beanie and a pair of Aerial sunnies, visit www. to find a stockist near you. For your chance to win go to www.getit-

fashion event

with Adele Rowlands-Dealey

Mercedes Benz: Driving first class fashion Fashion calendars are about to burst, with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane setting the style agenda once again this August. We shine the spotlight on the up-and-coming designers set to make a splash. Model wears Pia du Pradal, jewellery from McKims Jewellery Design; Male models wear Wil Valor, Pistols at Dawn, Canali; Hair by Craig Smith for Schwarzkopf Professional; Makeup by Tracey Zenatti for Napoleon Perdis; Shot on location at Treasury Casino & Hotel. August 2012



ayne Cooper, Lisa Ho, easton Pearson, Jayson Brunsdon, Scanlan & theodore – you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the guest list for Australia’s hottest vIP soiree. While you may still hear the clink of Moet-filled champagne glasses, it’s actually a list of some of the big names lighting up the River City at this year’s MercedesBenz Fashion Festival. Peering underneath the glittery surface is an undercurrent of lesser-known talent we’ve eagerly added to our watch-list. Showcasing everything from jewellery to couture to swimwear, it seems these talented designers have every fashionista and their Prada-wearing pooch flocking to the sunshine state’s premiere fashion festival. Lisa Brown is the first on our list, showcasing classic, draped and sometimes daring designs for a unique take on modern style. the equally talented tovah shows off bold colour and textures in a much more mature fashion than her 2011 debut lets on. Brisbane-based Alexis Dawn is also making waves, with a truly youthful bent oozing the summery edge, freshness you’d expect from a label born in a tropical destination. At the higher end, MXM Couture will no doubt arouse interest with their intricate eveningwear – with experienced designers at the helm, the gowns are veritable works of art dripping with beading and embellishment. And not forgetting accessories, jewellery label Kip and Brand stand out from the clique. With their wares entirely fashioned from kangaroo leather, they’re unmistakably Australian – producing objects you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world. Which, in the end, is the sign of any fashion showcase worth attending. the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival has evolved into a powerhouse on the state’s events calendar and Festival Director Lindsay Bennett is extremely pleased with the growing support that surrounds the event each year. “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is now in its seventh consecutive year and the response we receive is always heartening,” he says. “Last year’s event saw the largest number of participating designers and retailers yet and their stunning collections prove, without a doubt, that our local fashion talent can cut it on an international stage.”


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is Australia’s unbackable favourite for launching Spring/Summer collections to the country. Queensland is renowned for its natural beauty and tropical weather, making our capital city a fitting location to showcase these new season collections. With such amazing natural inspiration, our local designers and retailers do Spring/Summer like no one else and each year they continue to thrill audiences with their designs. With 13 of the 15 shows selling out in record time last year, it really will be a first past the post race for the hottest fashion tickets in town. “It is obvious that the public appreciates our local fashion industry, with almost all ticketed events selling out last year and the vast majority of the audience saying they plan to attend the Fashion Festival again in 2012,” Lindsay says. “We have been seeing an increase not only in the number of Queensland locals attending, but also guests from interstate and even some from overseas.” In keeping with its status as Queensland’s most glamorous fashion event, MercedesBenz Fashion Festival Brisbane is delighted to be hosted by treasury Casino & Hotel in 2012, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and a premier entertainment destination. treasury Casino & Hotel Managing Director Geoff Hogg says he’s pleased to welcome Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane for 2012. “As a major Queensland fashion event, we are excited to host the Fashion Festival this year. treasury Casino & Hotel is Brisbane’s ultimate entertainment destination and the ideal venue for this glamorous event.” the preparations continue for MercedesBenz Fashion Festival Brisbane 2012, which promises to once again dazzle audiences with the ingenuity and individuality of their designers and retailers. Like fashion itself, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane will continue to look to the future, continue to move to the next level and, as always, continue to captivate, inspire and enchant audiences. So mark Saturday, August 25 through until Friday August 31 in your social calendar now and get ready for a fashion frenzy like no other! August 2012

Fathers day


Gift Guide

As the world’s athletes came together for the London 2012 Olympic Games, adidas launched the adiZero Feather 2, the lightest everyday running shoe weighing just Diesel Only The Brave 50ml EDT Spray, $53.93. 190grams.

BBQ Cooking Class What a great present for Dad. The Gourmet BBQ cooking class includes a mouth watering lunch and a selection of beers, wines and salads. PLUS 9 Holes of Golf. All for just $95 RACV Royal Pines Resort Ph 5597 8700

Joe Vautier reclaimed wood Maersk Line II painting, 17CM X 48CM, $140

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Mens rubber and stainless steel bracelets available with 3 different colour steels Suggested retail $150 Our price $49. CTJ Diamond & Jewellery Bundall Ph 5538 3988

Lipoblast Pro – not just another meal replacement shake! Discover your Flavour Strawberry Bliss or Vanilla Seduction Easy to use, just add 1 scoop to water. Shake, blend & drink to replace a meal. Buy a tub for $64 & get a FREE Shaker!

s400 Speedminton set . Huge fun for the whole family. Special price: $138.90

MAP Black Bella capsule machine. Perfect gift for Dad. $299

Stainless Steel Cufflinks. Many styles Suggested Retail $99 Our Price $39 CTJ Diamond & Jewellery Bundall Ph 5538 3988

Give your dad the ‘warm and fuzzies’ this Father’s Day and surprise him with another addition to the family! For a gift that truly keeps on giving, adopt an orphaned baby orangutan from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) Australia for as little as $12 per month.

Stainless /tungsten Mens rings. Over 60 styles. Suggested retail $99 Our Price from $29 - $49 CTJ Diamond & Jewellery Bundall Ph 5539 3988





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social issue

with Adele Rowlands-Dealey

Bulletproof With suicide now the leading cause of death amongst men in Australia, a new online campaign targeting men’s mental health and suicide prevention has launched, challenging the concept of men as ‘bulletproof.’

August 2012



e live by avoiding death. But, for reasons which have confounded thoughtful men and women since time immemorial, a small though significant number of people have managed to escape from the obsession of living and by their own volition have deliberately embraced death. How to explain why, among the only species capable of pondering its own demise, whose desperate attempts to forestall mortality have spawned both armies and branches of medicine in a continuous search for the Fountain of Youth, there are those who, by their own hand, would choose death over life? Our contradictory reactions to the act speak to the conflicted hold it has on our imaginations: revulsion mixed with fascination, scorn leavened with pity. It’s a cardinal sin – but change the packaging a little, and suicide assumes the guise of heroism or passion, the stuff of great literature and fine art. Beyond the philosophical paradox are the bewilderingly complex dynamics of the act itself. While a universal phenomenon, the incidence of suicide varies so immensely across different population groups – among nations and cultures, ages and gender, race and religion – that any overarching theory about its root cause is rendered useless. Then there is the most disheartening aspect of the riddle. The National Institute of Mental Health says that 90 per cent of all suicide “completers” display some form of diagnosable mental disorder. But if so, why have advances in the treatment of mental illness had so little effect? In the past 40 years, whole new generations of antidepressant drugs have been developed; crisis hotline centres have been established in most every city; and yet today the nation’s suicide rate is on the rise. Statistics show that six Australians take their own life every single day. Our society is facing a suicide epidemic and it’s not enough to just talk anymore. When suicide is the leading cause of death among young people, of which four out of five are men, something more needs to be done. That’s where Ehon Chan steps in. After months of research, Ehon has put together a Theory of Change and designed the first campaign in Australia designed to shift the stereotype of “real men”. ‘Soften the f--k up!’ Say it loud enough and you’re sure to have heads turning. Purposefully contradicting the usual backyard slang, it’s this phrase that Ehon is bringing to the forefront when tackling the issue of men’s mental health and suicide prevention. The initiative, which last month launched its second campaign: Better If You’re Around, launched back in 2011 and has since been trying to reconstruct the concept of masculinity and wage war on our devastating suicide rate. As founder of the STFU: Better If You’re

Around campaign, Ehon believes this is an important next step in tackling this painful societal issue. “We need to reconsider or rethink what being a mate and being a man in Australia really means,” he tells reporters. “We’ve built a culture that being a man is about being tough and being bulletproof [but] we know this bulletproof image is driving our mates to suicide.” Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged 15-44, with about 1800 taking their lives each year. About a quarter of those were young men aged 15-24, and it’s that age group that’s being targeted in this new campaign. The STFU video runs for one minute and 43 seconds. Split into two screens, one half of the clip shows a young man sitting in a dark

a typical Aussie bloke – a popular, highachieving young man who was both good in academia and sports – who shared his silent struggle with mental illness since he was in high school. Ehon says the young man didn’t get a diagnosis for at least four years because he never would have thought that a man could get a mental illness. “It wasn’t until he was hospitalised while in university and given the diagnosis by the doctor [that] he realised, regardless of what you have in your life, when something isn’t right with your body, something just isn’t right.” Ever since that meeting, it has haunted Ehon that suicide remains the leading cause of death amongst young people. “There is still a lack of programs or mental health brand that young men feel comfortable engaging with – and there is also a lack of involvement of young men in the mental health conversation,” says Ehon. “When you interrupt a person’s suicide process, you can actually change their life and save their life. Sometimes help is just starting that conversation and interrupting that suicidal process. A lot of times it’s about asking people whether they’re considering suicide.” Though STFU only launched last year, Ehon and his team knew they had to keep moving so their message did not grow stale. One of the key steps in that process was to actively engage people while they were still active and interested in the program. “What you’re doing right now is not as important as what you’re doing in the future,” Ehon adds. “We wanted to look at exactly what ‘help’ and ‘getting help’ mean. Traditionally, for men, ‘getting help’ has been about losing control and being weak. We wanted to change that conversation and talk about help in a more positive way. This new campaign is around what that new conversation will look like.”

We’ve built a culture that being a man is about being tough and being bulletproof [but] we know this bulletproof image is driving our mates to suicide. room looking puzzled. The other half follows numerous day-to-day events in a ‘what if?’type scenario. It’s worth watching it through until the end. Lifeline Communications Director Chris Wagner says videos like these can help people find a way beyond what they’re feeling and help them begin to live again. “One positive about this is that it provides a message to people who are thinking about suicide that there’s so much they can look forward to,” he tells reporters. “This video can help people recognise that there is life beyond the feelings they’re experiencing at this point in time.” Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke on the topic while taking part in last month’s Google+ hangout – an experiment in online democracy. “It’s in part about government but it’s about all of us and about society and how we respond to the needs of each other,” she says. “One of the things we have to do, and we have been keen to resource, is programs that can help men speak to men rather than white coated health professionals.” Better If You’re Around is built around the powerful message of showing people all the things they’ll miss out on if they take their own lives. Ehon says: “For a young person to lose their life due to a car accident or disease, it’s the failure of the medicine or the system, or pure carelessness or stupidity, but for a young person to die of suicide, it’s a failure of humanity.” Two years ago, Ehon sat down with


If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, please contact Lifeline 13 11 14, beyondblue 1300 22 46 36, or Salvo Care Line 1300 36 36 22. STFU: Better If You’re Around founder Ehon Chan.

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Dad’s Army It’s a brave new world for parents today. Hubbys are happily taking up the role of ‘stay-at-home dad’, and parents are forming community like bonds never before thanks to social media. And with mummy bloggers taking over the world (and web) – sharing tales on terrible two-year-olds, it’s not surprising the rise of the ‘dad bloggers’ has spiked in the same vein. Clint Greagen is one of our country’s and most popular of the bunch and he’s taken time out to fill us in on how he came to be ‘liked’, ‘followed’, ‘shared’ and adored online as Reservoir Dad.


’day. I’m Reservoir Dad – an Aussie Dad Blogger. I’ve always feared becoming one of the world’s commonalities – a 40ish dad, living in a suburban home, with wife and kids, waking up, eating Doritos, falling asleep. Life and adulthood and its growing list of responsibilities threatens to work me over like an angry blacksmith, heating me up so it can beat me into a long, straight boring poker. Blogging has helped me to resist the fashioning of the blacksmith’s hammer. I turned from larger writing projects to blogging when I became a stay-at-home dad to four boys under seven. It’s a role I love and take seriously, but just like any role it has its challenges and its repetitions. Blogging is a strange thing and that’s one of the reasons I do it. My blog is a doorway into my braincase and even though I’ll admit to it being a strange and sometimes confronting place, I make a point of allowing anybody and everybody in. I’ve written about my children’s birthdays, my fears for them, the joy they fill me with, my personal demons and obsessions. I’ve revealed intimate conversations between Reservoir Mum and myself. I’ve done it honestly but with a touch of flair. All variations of the crazy and wonderful can happen when the door to your life is always open. Since I started blogging I’ve been asked to write for several national and international magazines, I’ve been interviewed on national television and radio. I’ve been photographed in my underwear, for the front page of a newspaper, and somehow managed to convince other dads from all over Australia to do the same. (Curious? See The Mentally Sexy contest at

All this has kept me connected to the world. Parenting can be an isolating affair. Interacting with others through blogging has made me realise we all suffer similar battles and share similar joys. We get things right sometimes, we make mistakes. The perfect parent that we often compare ourselves against doesn’t exist. Sharing with other online dads is great for overcoming the feeling of isolation full-time parents with young kids often go through. Reading about the ups and downs of other parents – and stumbling across those who have a unique way of telling it – is a real gift. It’s great to know that I’m not the only dad in the world who uses interior monologue and a semi-reality - based (but not quite delusional) appreciation of the world to cope with the day-to-day ups and downs of parenthood and partnerhood. I am among a growing number of blogging Aussie dads. Here’s a few I check in with regularly – Julian O’brien at The Shed (, Ben Arnott at 3AM Dad (, Matt at Dad Down Under (daddownunder.wordpress. com) and Trevor Marshallsea at The Tiger Father ( That thing I’ve always been afraid of – becoming one of the world’s commonalities? I’m living it. I’m almost 40, I live in a house in the suburbs with my wife and four children. I love my life but, like most people, I’m always looking for just a little bit more. Blogging offers me a great creative outlet with an immediate audience. It’s temporarily transformative. I blog late at night in my lounge room chair. I listen to ’80s classics almost every time I blog because ’80s music


completes me. It’s tinselly and melodramatic and synthetic and crazy. I am very careful in choosing the right playlist for the post I am writing. If I’m listening to ‘I Want Your Sex’ by George Michael I’m feeling sexual and writing about sex. If I’m listening to ‘Stutter Rap’ by Morris Minor and the Majors I’m thinking about all the sad little kids around the world with speech defects. If I’m listening to the Dirty Dancing classic ‘Hungry Eyes’ by Eric Carmen it’s because I want Patrick Swayze to waltz up to my lounge room chair, take my hand and say, “Nobody puts Reservoir Dad in a corner”. I’m listening to ‘Too Shy’ by Kajagoogoo as I write this article because I’ve decided people will like me more if I’m shy and humble rather than awe-inspiring and arrogant and so I’m trying to appear shy and humble right now. I’m pretty sure it’s working. Blogging regularly freshens my perspective. Reliving my time with the boys, recording our last pregnancy and the birth of our fourth child and dancing around the intimate moments of my relationship with Reservoir Mum acts as a time capsule for my family, adds a little extra magic to my world, and reminds me of just how good I’ve got it. A hard day at the office becomes a learning experience in retrospect, a chance to colour the most difficult moments with a touch of the crazy, something to savor, something to reread later with the boys on my lap. You can find Clint online at, and Tweet him, @ReservoirDad August 2012

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SAVINGS VS SPENDINGS Carmel McCartin, finance expert and moderator behind the highly successful enterprise, Budget Bitch, explains what ‘saving’ really means, and examines some of the reasons why we all go so wrong with ‘sales’, ‘deals’ and the ‘savings’ we’re supposedly making.


e’ve forgotten what the word ‘saving’ means. The Macquarie dictionary defines the word ‘save’ as: “To avoid the spending, using up or waste of’’ and ‘saving’ (plural) as: “Sums of money saved and put aside”. if that is the case, then why do we hear people say, “i bought such-and-such for X amount of dollars and saved X amount of money’’? now forgive me if i’m wrong, but (to my mind) that’s not saving – that’s actually spending. i suppose it might not be spending as much as you could have – but it’s still spending. from what i understand from the definition of the word, the only way you could actually save money in this instance would be to put the amount that you’ve supposedly ‘saved’ into a bank account. now that would be saving! But does anybody ever do this? Then i need to ask this question: How can you save money by spending money? Perhaps people are getting confused with the old adage: “You have to spend money to make money”. That’s a common term used in business and i’m not going to delve into the whys and wherefores of that right now; (you should have the money to spend before you August 2012

actually spend it, but that’s another article for another time). Buying stuff to store in a cupboard is certainly not making money. But what about antiques and collectibles you ask? Good question! Go and look at the items you bought. Are they going to appreciate in value in your lifetime? Are they rare and valuable hard to find? if not, then your argument is not as strong as the advertising that sucked you into believing that by spending money on a purchase, you’ll actually save money. How many times have you bought something just because it was cheap? How many times have you bought something that was on special, regardless of whether you need it or not? it’s easy to convince ourselves that we need it when we see something at a bargain price. Think about the times you’ve been drawn into a store that had a rack of clothing on display with a sign offering two for the price of one. How brainwashed have we become that we so often believe we’ll be saving money if we make a purchase? Ask yourself, do you really need two of these items? if the answer is no, then why not only buy one? You’re really


not saving any money by buying two. in our minds it’s easier to justify spending the money if we think we’re getting it at a ‘never–to–be–repeated’ price. Unless we truly need the product that we’re purchasing, then the only thing we’re saving is an excuse for the next time there’s an argument about the amount of money we’re spending. Take a walk through any shopping centre and count the ‘savings’ signs. They’re everywhere and it’s so tempting to think that we just might purchase something for less than full price. But it’s not saving money. Buying things when they’re on sale is the way to spend less money – it has absolutely nothing to do with saving money. The only signs that really have the ‘save money’ message in perspective are the ones outside the bank that say – ‘open a savings account today’. carmel is not your average finance professional and is also an accomplished speaker and presenter. Budget Bitch Pty Ltd ( operates a Personal Budget Planning, Budget coaching and Budget education enterprise. Modern technology allows her to cover all areas of Australia.


y passion is driving the highways of North America in something other than an ordinary car. I have driven all over the USA and Canada for over 40 years and I particularly enjoy exploring the back roads and national parks of the West. You may have been watching on television “Route 66” hosted by Billy Connolly. I could think of anything better than travelling the historic section of Route 66 through Arizona and New Mexico as well. I have driven all sorts of vehicles in the USA however my favourites are mid-size SUV’s and upmarket sedans. Car rental in North America is usually available with all inclusive packages so all you need to factor in is the fuel. In comparison, there are a lot more options in vehicle types and rental

prices than in Australia making it a lot more affordable to rent luxury cars in the US than here at home. Motels in America are surprisingly inexpensive, clean and comfortable. And many include continental breakfast. Petrol (or gas as they call it) prices are generally 20 to 30 cents cheaper than Australia making driving larger engine cars less of a burden on the wallet. Roads in America, even back roads, are well maintained and accurately sign-posted. Freeways are great for getting from A to B however the scenery is easily accessible on the secondary roads If this looks like an adventure you have been wanting to take then we have great packages on sale with Qantas Holidays. Call or email Derek at Harvey World Ashmore or

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OUR SPIRIT RUNS DEEP Walking through the front gates of Saint Stephen’s College (Reserve Road, Coomera), you’re instantly struck by a sense of tranquility and composure that is unusual for a co-educational P-12 school. Small groups of students, wearing the iconic burnt orange and navy uniform, chat and giggle together quietly as they hustle about. Some clutch books, others carry laptops – all smile shyly at you if they happen to make eye contact.


f you’re a local Gold Coaster, you probably already know about the fine reputation of Saint Stephen’s College in various academic, sporting and cultural pursuits. What you may not know it that it’s the ‘spirit’ of this College community that truly sets it apart from other schools. This ‘spirit’ is embodied by students and staff alike, and can be sensed the first time one enters the College grounds. It’s clear that College Headmaster Jamie Dorrington is a visionary man. His focus is on building a school that prepares students for the 21st century challenges that they’ll be faced with when they graduate from his watch and venture out into the world as young adults. To accomplish this vision, Jamie keeps one eye looking 10 years into the future; yet his feet are firmly planted in the here-and-now and his sleeves are rolled up at the ready to do what’s required to guide his staff and students to where he feels they need to be. One of Jamie’s personal missions is to inspire his students to live their lives as responsible local and global citizens. Local students study side-by-side with the College’s thriving community of international students, and the College has sister school relationships with schools in Japan, Ethiopia and America. In January this year, Headmaster Dorrington escorted a group of senior students to August 2012

Cambodia for three weeks as part of the College’s annual International Leadership Programme. The programme incorporates a significant component of learning through service, with students spending half their time volunteering at a local Cambodian school and the other half learning about Cambodian culture. The experience is designed to transport these Gold Coast students outside of their comfort zones so they can develop a deeper understanding of the world and their part in it. Needless to say, the experience is quite the eye opener for these young city goers. Leadership is a big deal at Saint Stephen’s College, and Headmaster Dorrington takes a hands-on approach to demonstrating what it really means to be a leader. He’s often the first to arrive at Parents and Friends Association meetings and can often be found unlocking rooms, moving furniture around and emptying rubbish bins in preparation. Each year in the middle of July he heads off to the Bunya Mountains with the Year 11s on the annual leadership camp. Here, students (and the supervising teachers) cook for themselves, attend personal development seminars and learn the cold consequences of forgetting to light the fire in the evening. Over recent years, the grounds, facilities and technology at Saint Stephen’s College have


undergone some impressive developments. Now, students at Saint Stephen’s College enjoy a standard of facilities and technology that rivals any local school and some local universities. There’s no musty barely-used school library here. Instead, there’s a state-of-the art iCentre that blends the traditional library format with modern and interactive modes of research, collaboration and learning. Here, students and staff talk and work together quietly as they relax into designer furniture nestled amongst floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the College grounds and gardens. The iCentre provides the entire College community with printed books and resources, digitally interactive collaborative learning spaces and purpose-built meeting rooms. It also serves up 24/7 access to digital resources like e-books and audiobooks via a secure, dedicated online portal. Nevertheless, while anyone who walks through these gates can see that the facilities and technology at Saint Stephen’s College are indeed remarkable, College Headmaster Jamie Dorrington says these physical innovations are nowhere near as valuable or important as the people who occupy them. To book your personal tour of Saint Stephen’s College, call 07 5573 8600.

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1 mango 1 cucumber ¼ bunch mint, finely chopped 2 tbsp lime juice


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Out & About PORCHE BOXSTER LAUNCH Susan Butler, Dealer Principal of Porsche Centre, Gold Coast unveiled the next generation in the sports roadster - the iconic Boxster. Lower, wider, sleeker and receiving rave reviews by the motoring press, this car is yet another winner for the German Manufacturer. Anouk Grant, Susan Butler & Nicolette Hertz

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ASTRO GIRL leo: July 22 – August 23 Happy personal New Year to you, Leo! this is your month to shine. Love and finances will be great for you and your normal star quality will be even more enhanced. Emotional harmony will be important so let love develop in its own way. Career-wise, make decisions based on what you want, not based on what you need. Virgo: August 23 - september 22 this month will give you the opportunity to decide what you want for yourself as an individual. reflect on your achievements so far this year and analyse what path you’re heading down. there will be opportunities for you to bring out your creativity so make the most of being in the right place at the right time. libra: september 22 – October 23 taking your own initiative this month will see you move in the right direction. While all relationships in your life are important to you, the most important one needs to be with yourself. Make the most of the opportunity for social activity and meeting new people in your career. New energy brings new opportunities for you. scorpio: October 23 – November 22 You’ll have more support in your career than you realise and your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Keep up the good work; you’re about to reap the rewards. Make sure you keep an eye on your health. Your focus can be too directed on the mission you’re on and

this is an area you have a tendency to neglect. remember, a healthy body is a healthy mind. sagittarius: November 22 – December 22 Whilst you like to live in the fast lane, you’ll need to take time to centre yourself and review your philosophies on life and the freedom you desire. Career opportunities will present themselves – travel may also come into focus. Play your cards right and you’ll benefit in more ways than one. Capricorn: December 22 – January 20 Whilst family issues, love and romance will still be a major focus for you this month, Capricorn, you’ll also need to focus on being creative and ambitious with your career and finances. the balance of both is what you need to work towards. Aquarius: January 21 – february 19 Your personal image and finances will be under review. You’ll have great ideas and the money people around you will be more receptive. take the time to study how your ideas can work, present them well and watch things turn around. this is also a great time to re-evaluate your wardrobe. avoid being too impulsive – change in moderation will work better for you. Pisces: february 19 – March 20 Your creativity will feel like it’s overflowing this month. It feeds off your imagination – one of your star qualities so don’t hold back. If your ideas are good, money won’t be the issue that stands in your way. avoid being around people who are negative, they’ll only hold you back.

Aries: March 20 –April 19 as Mercury moves direct this month, you’ll feel the surge to move forward with it. Enjoy the company of friends and have some fun. romance will also be on the cards as you allow yourself to let your hair down. Bring out your passionate side and win over the one you love with your charm and clever wit. taurus: April 20 – May 21 You’ve been working hard this year to make everything fall into place, now it’s time for some r&r. Your personal creativity will be stronger than usual too. remain calm and assess how your money is best spent in order to maximise on your practical ability to make things happen. Gemini: May 21 – June 21 as Mercury heads direct, you’ll still feel the challenges of getting your message across with those closest to you. Cultivate your people skills and avoid being misunderstood. read the fine print! take the time to get more information and clarity before making any decisions. Cancer: June 21 – July 22 Focus on looking good and feeling great and the rest will all fall into place. Dance or physical exercise will clear the air and make way for your creative juices to start flowing. there are still some hiccups in the relationships arena. Be patient, this has nothing to do with you and it’ll sort itself out.

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Marcia Hines

Our very own Aussie music icon lets us in on a few of her favourite things in life and music, ahead of her performance here as part of the Broadbeach Jazz Festival


ho doesn’t love Marcia Hines? She shines on stage and inspires through music, not to mention her longevity in the entertainment industry! She remains one of the all-time favourite of all the Australian Idol judges, and is a well-deserved award recipient of prestigious titles, including an ARIA Hall of Fame accolade. Most of us are aware of her public successes; some even lucky enough to have been in an Aussie Idol live audience, or a ticket-holder to one of her fabulous shows. But did you know that Marcia once performed under the stage name, Shantee Renee (1966)? Thankfully she returned to her own name. Evidently one not afraid to shy away from ‘the norm’, she was just 16 when she auditioned for the Australian production of Hair ... although, she knew she was meant to be 18 for the role. It gets better though! Marcia was the youngest person in the world to play a featured role in Hair (1970) - a dream she moved from her home in Boston all the way to Australia to fulfil. Little did she know, at this same time she was also pregnant with another one of Australia’s favourite music artists, her daughter, Deni Hines. The unstoppable Marcia went on to score the much-famed role of Mary Magdalene in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar and she was the world’s first black Mary, playing the role for enthusiastic audiences from 1972-74. It’s pretty neat that 22 years later, Deni went on to play the same role herself. From her debut single, ‘Fire and Rain’ in 1975 to iconic albums like Shining (1976), Ladies and Gentlemen (1977), Take it from the Boys (1981), Right Here and Now (1994), Time of Our Lives (1999), Discotheque (2006), Life (2007), and Marcia Sings Tapestry and the songs of Carole King (2012) - to name but a few, Marcia’s proved time and again she is our “Queen of Pop”. This month, the beloved recording artist, August 2012

book author, musical theatre performer, and of course, mum took five minutes to give us a snapshot of her life: I grew up in... Boston, Massachusetts. I start my day by... breakfast, and checking my list I wrote the night before. The best advice my parents gave me... is to be a nice person. My biggest musical mentors are... at the very start, my godmother who sang in a choir, and now there are too many to mention! My first musical memory... the feelings I had when I realised I had a connection with music when I was about five years old. My secret skill is... it’s a secret! I’m happiest when... everything is going well, and when I’m on stage performing. When I’m not working I am... writing music


and creating mosaics. I wish I could... have 14 more wishes. I’m most proud of... my daughter. The one person I’d love to meet is... Nelson Mandela. What makes me laugh out loud is... plain ordinary dumb humour, which I adore. This year I’m most looking forward to (aside from performing at the Broadbeach Jazz festival, of course)... releasing my newest album, which is currently in the works. Find Marcia on Facebook: www.facebook. com/marciahinesofficial Marcia Hines is performing on the Surf Parade stage at 8.30pm-10.30pm on Saturday, August 18, 2012 for the Broadbeach Jazz Festival (

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