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Columns 12 22 49

Shorty’s Shout: Shorty’s Shout: Shorty shares his outspoken opinion on moments that matter Dr Jan: Pros and cons of natural therapies versus traditional medical therapy Horoscopes: is destiny awaiting? See what’s in your stars this month

Features 14 15 16 34

Coast Crooner: michael Bolton hits the gC on the eve of his national symphony concert tour Gas Grooves: The latest music sensation to come out of the gold Coast Simple Plan: Our favourite punk-pop band returns for their most extensive east coast tour yet The Networking Cheat Sheet: Pasty Rowe shares the secrets to confidently working a room

Fashion & Beauty 21 26 28

Fake It Baby: How to fake the perfect tan for a summery spin to your dreary winter We Love: Blue, white, nice and nautical Fashion File: Fresh and fabulous styles to keep your winter wardrobe happy

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At Home: Jenny Ferguson celebrates real food made with heart at home Taste of India: The Get it girls dine at Randhawa’s indian Cuisine, Hope island

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May 26

Stephen Amos: Laughter Is My Agenda. Stephen Amos returns to our shores with a brand new show and his special blend of melt-in-the-middle comedy to cheer us up and show what has just been medically proven, that laughter really is the best medicine. Packed full of his life’s observations and hilarious stories, it’s a must see belly-jolter that’ll have you in fits of laughter for days. Last season sold out every show so be sure to book fast:

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Since its inception in 1989, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has developed a reputation around the world as a ‘must attend’ event on the Asia–Pacific boat show calendar, and this year is no different. The annual four-day event is set to attract exhibitors and visitors from across Australia and around the globe with hundreds of boating products and services on display. With the exhibition centrally located at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, this is one event the whole family can enjoy together. Get your tickets today at:

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Loic Valmy and Lee Conway The Gold Coast Indie Film and TV Network is very excited to announce for its second gathering special guest French Music Score Composer Loic Valmy, who will speak on The Secrets of Screen Music. The night will open with international icon singer of Country and Western Lee Conway, who is making a very special comeback with his new band Smoking Bullets. For 40 years he has been regarded as one of the most respected artists in Country Western, and has been producing many award winning songs and jingles in radio and TV. Don’t miss you chance to see him live.

Creamfields Creamfields returns to Parklands on the Gold Coast this May with, quite simply, the world’s most in-demand DJ and producer, David Guetta. A hard act to follow, David Guetta will share the stage with other major acts like Above & Beyond, Dirty South, Alesso, Giuseppe Ottaviani and local lads Bombs Away. Set to be a non-stop dance party your friends will be talking about for months on end, Creamfields is one festival you don’t want to miss. Get your tix at

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State of Origin The 2012 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series will kick off at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium this May 23. With six series wins in a row, there is no doubt the current QLD Maroons squad will be remembered as one of the best rugby league teams ever assembled. With the likes of Slater, Cronk, Inglis, Thurston and Cameron Smith, the challenge for NSW is certainly a tough one. See them go head to head, get your tickets at:

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Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival This year, having the blues is sure to make you smile. Transcending the barriers of age, gender and culture, Blues on Broadbeach is one of Australia’s most iconic music festivals. With its unique village-like atmosphere and relaxed ambience, the free event nurtures Australian Blues talent as well as provides a stage for international acts. Blues music is food for the soul and this festival combines the best of blues with the cream of Gold Coast cuisine in a guaranteed recipe for success.


May 17

Looking Through A Glass Onion Deemed “the most pertinent, perceptive and revealingly honest theatrical presentation about the remarkable life of John Lennon,” John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta return with Looking Through A Glass Onion. The intimate two-man show is a feast for the imagination with an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. With 31 songs performed including; ‘A Day in the Life’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’ and many more, this is a show for all ages.

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Good news for Prince fans! As His Royal Purpleness gets close to a sell-out at this first Brisbane Entertainment Centre show on May 18, an extra date has been added. Promoters Garry Van Egmond and Chugg Entertainment late last month announced Brisbane’s second and Australia’s seventh Prince concert on Saturday, May 26. “The demand for a second Brisbane concert was obvious and we’re delighted we’ve been able to juggle the touring schedule and successfully negotiate a Saturday night, one week later, on May 26,” Van Egmond says. “We really wanted a Saturday night for those fans who would need to travel.” But it seems sell-out numbers aren’t the only reasons for the surprise second concert. Many fans were left fuming after apparent Ticketek glitches left them ticketless for his May 18 concert. It’s claimed that the Prince devotees were denied concert tickets after Ticketek would reserve seats but then display an error message when payment details were put in. Van Egmond says tickets to the second show are selling just at quickly as the first!

“…the itinerary will not allow for a third concert and this will definitely be the last Prince show for Brisbane.” Prince’s May 2012 visit will be his third tour of Australia and his first in nine years. tickets on sale now at


Criss angel: mindfreak Season 5 premieres May 5 The boundaries of reality and belief are stretched in each thrilling episode as worldrenowned mystifier. Criss Angel executes incredible illusions, death-defying escapes, fearless demonstrations and astonishing physical feats. The first ever five-time backto-back recipient of the Magician of the Year award, Criss Angel has performed more magic on television than any other magician in history. His visionary approach to the art of magic has astonished fans in past seasons when he hung suspended by hooks over a desert and split a woman in a public park in two. In this fifth season, Angel will perform all new mind-bending feats, including walking through a minefield, levitating a crowd of spectators and being buried alive beneath several tons of wet heavy snow. Witness all the magic on Foxtel’s A&E. May 2012


Get the Gringo Out May 31 It’s been a bad day for Driver (Mel Gibson) and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south – literally. During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car, smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop in...Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hardcore prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of ‘El Pueblito’. Not an easy place for an outsider to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes – a 10-year-old kid. Directed by Adrian Grunberg and starring Mel Gibson, Get the Gringo follows the crooked underworld of Mexico’s top dogs - a place no one wants to wind up.

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Living by the Bart Simpson code of ethics: “It wasn't me, I didn't do it!” Shorty sets our pages alight with brutal honesty and quick wit on topics that really get him going.


i everyone, here’s hoping Easter treated you all with respect and the same amount of kilos I put on from all the choccies. It’s been a huge year so far I hope it’s only going to get better! Now, I’m going to have a personal gripe! I’m 56 years old, I’m retired on a Veterans Affairs pension (yeah, I did some hard yards) and I thoroughly enjoy my lifestyle; I earned it! What really bugs me is, soon we’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC legends and some half-arsed politician comes up with the ridiculous idea that we shouldn’t celebrate this as we may offend people that we fought against in all the wars. Give me a break! We fought for our freedom; let’s never forget that! I don’t have any problems with any other nationality but, hey guys, they left their country to come and share this great land of ours and we’re accepting them with open arms. I absolutely refuse to change our ANZAC traditions and if there are some migrants who take offence to our celebrations then the right to leave these shores rests solely with them. For the past five years I’ve helped all our Vets here on the Coast catch up with long lost mates and enjoy an afternoon of Two-Up and a few quiet ales. Look, I know Two-Up is illegal but the law always turned a blind eye to the ANZAC Day games. Now, the Government don’t want us to have any fun because they don’t make any money from it. If your local pub wants to run a game of Two-Up they have to get written consent. We’re the forgotten ones now and still some of our boys are taking may 2012

their last breath on foreign soil. If it wasn’t for our Armed Forces we could all be speaking a language other than English. C’mon, fair crack of the whip! Phew! That was just me venting. All done now so on a lighter note, how many of you have taken my advice and explored our beautiful waterways and bay islands? Not many, huh? The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is coming up again very soon and it’s well worth a day checking out all the awesome boats, restaurants, bars and shops. If you’ve never stood in the master suite of a $25,000,000 Super Yacht then you’re missing out! Boats of all shapes, sizes and prices are open for inspection. It’s a great day for the whole family, so come and say hello…or sneak up on me at the pub and say, “Your shout Shorty!” I promise to oblige. When you’re out on the water take it easy. If you get booked for D.U.I. you’ll lose your car licence as well. Also, we all know about road rage, well it happens on the water as well. A 70-year-old friend of mine had his life threatened a few weeks ago by a 40-year-old. Just chill out peeps! We can share this wonderful backyard we live in. Don’t forget all your safety gear (life jackets, flares, e-pirb etc.) and enjoy yourselves to the max. Last Saturday night, I headed out for another night on the town and decided to try a brand new nightspot in Southport called The Vault. I was not disappointed! What a fantastic restaurant and bar. The décor created that cosy, romantic


atmosphere that’s sometimes lacking in our part of the world. I was greeted by Andrea and introduced to Jeff and Lesyah, the proud owners, then shown to an intimate table up near the grand piano. Yeah I know, Shorty and a grand piano? But I was lucky to get a table; they were fully booked. I ordered the lamb rack with broccolini, and roasted garlic on a bed of mash. Best food I’ve had in a long time. The chef absolutely nailed it! While eating, I was treated to a touch of Europe with a guy wandering through the tables playing his piano accordion. The music didn’t stop all night, with some great singing and piano playing from the resident pianist, Jake Agius, followed by his young son, Thomas, on the guitar. Lesyah also entertained us with her angelic voice. Non-stop music, including one of the diners getting up and accompanying Jake and Lesyah with the bongo drums. Totally random but, wow, she knew what she was doing. One of the best nights out I’ve ever had and I look forward to my next visit. Remember this one folks, it’s well-worth taking that someone special for a memorable night of fine dining and relaxing music. Okay, I gotta mosey on now so take care and be safe. P.S. I think I broke the merry-go-round but it was a hell of a ride! Via con Dios compadres!

New Foodie Paradise Tastebuds are tingling for Gold Coast’s foodies, with Biggera Waters’ $20 million Harbourside Market opening soon. The site at 610 Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters, boasts more than 1400sqm of space on 7382sqm of land!


esigned to meet demand at the northern end of the Gold Coast, the European-inspired gourmet haven will comprise a mix of dining and fresh market choices, each offering a different and culturally-rich experience for food lovers. Harbourside Market Food Group director Chris Giufre says the team behind Harbourside Market are looking forward to unveiling a whole new concept of food and dining to the Coast, when the precinct opens this month. “It really is an exciting time for us all and we are looking forward to unveiling the marketplace to the Gold Coast community in the coming weeks. We have been working tirelessly for the past 12 months in ensuring the development meets our vision and it will be a momentous occasion for us all to see Harbourside Market complete. The aim is for Harbourside Market to create an unforgettable experience for all food lovers and will be a totally new concept, unsurpassed on the Coast. We are looking forward to seeing the

marketplace come to life at the Grand Opening on Saturday May 12, and welcome everyone to experience the voluminous selections of fresh and culturally-rich produce we have on offer.” Gold Coast food lovers will be wowed by all aspects, from the authentic European feel, right down to the deli’s unique temperature controlled walk-in cheeseroom. The fresh food market is set to include an authentic bakery (Rise Authentic Bakehouse), gourmet deli (Gusto Deli & Fresh Pasta), fresh fruit and vegetable market (Seasons Fine Fruit), gourmet butcher (Rare Gourmet Meats), juice bar (Squeeze Juice bar), fresh seafood boutique (Tidal Seafood) and a traditional gelato store (Gelato Exclusiva). Joining the array of gourmet food outlets is a culturally-diverse range of dining choices including Accordion Café and Restaurant, Kaizen Sushi and Chocolatto. Accordion Café and Restaurant owner and operator Slate Seymour, says he is eager to introduce the public to the indulging and entertaining atmosphere complemented with

breakthrough technology that Accordion will offer. Accordion’s neighbour will be Kaizen Sushi, a gourmet Japanese restaurant offering a fresh alternative to traditional sushi. Kaizen, meaning ‘continuous improvement’, will offer both signature sushi rolls and Japanese fusion cuisine and is said to veer away from the train-styled sushi outlets, instead offering a completely gourmet environment with meals made fresh to order. In addition to the dining outlets, foodies with a sweet tooth will be able to indulge their tastebuds at Chocolatto, a dual tenancy comprising a boutique style coffee and chocolate lounge. Harbourside Market will capture the essence of what the Australian food industry has to offer, providing a classic mix of quality, authentic and fresh ingredients sourced from the best local supplier, fresh produce, the best dairy and beef and succulent fresh seafood direct from the trawlers. The best part? It’s right on our doorstep!






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On the eve of his national symphony concert tour, multiple Grammy Awardwinning singer Michael Bolton arrives on the Gold Coast for a chat about his latest album, Gems – Australian Tour Edition.


istening blind to Michael Bolton’s extraordinary new album, Gems, it’s not hard to guess what a long and illustrious career has preceded it. Few artists ever get to make 21 studio albums, and those that do – especially ones who’ve sold over 53m units worldwide, bagged a hatful of Grammys and earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame – often end up milking a successful formula. Not so says the musically omnivorous Michael Bolton. “I never just put out a record,” the singer and songwriter insists. “I’m always trying to keep one or two steps ahead of myself. I need to take risks.” He has been as good as his word over the past two decades. In the late 1980s, Michael emerged reinterpreting old soul classics by Ray Charles, Percy Sledge and Otis Redding, whose widow Zelma wrote to him praising his rendition of ‘Dock of the Bay’ as “my favorite version of my husband’s classic.” Moving swiftly on, he played guitar with the blues legend BB King and in 1991 wrote a song with Bob Dylan entitled ‘Steel Bars’. Another virtuosic detour in 1998 saw him wowing classical audiences with an album of Arias, which led to him to singing tenor alongside opera stars Placido Domingo, Jose Carerras, Renee Fleming and the late, great Pavarotti. All the while he was writing pop hits on his own account, as well as supplying material to a raft of other performers, including Barbra Streisand, KISS and Cher. But Michael didn’t slow down, nor did he shake off his growing legion of fans and collaborators. In 2006, around the time he conceived a project to record an album of Sinatra’s swing classics, Michael was approached by the hip hop maestro Kanye May 2012

West who sampled his vocals on ‘Maybe It’s The Power Of Love’ and ‘Never Let Me Down’ for a track with Jay-Z. For a white kid from Connecticut who set out singing lead in a ’70s metal band, Michael sure has covered an amazing amount of ground. And this is no accident. “One big idea I grew up with was this: remain open to all genres and means of musical expression … it’s about excepting any type of music as the artist’s right or freedom of exposition.” True to his word, Michael last year became a viral YouTube sensation for appearing in the SNL debut of The Lonely Island’s Emmynominated ‘Jack Sparrow’ video, already racking up over 75 million hits. “The Lonely Island guys came to me with this concept and I thought, ‘why not?’” Michael smiles. “They may look like they’re just fooling around all the time, but those boys work hard. It was a lot of fun.” Now with the release of Gems, Michael is set for more fun on the national tour. Michael says he loved Australia because of the friendly people. “It’s about how people treat you when you’re in a place far from home, and how you’re accepted and received,” he says. “You can go to some of the most beautiful places on earth but if the people aren’t warm and gracious you just want to get the hell out of there. Here people are very warm and friendly...that’s how I remember Australia.” Michael says the album is dedicated to “my own four most brilliant and beautiful gems” and its creation formed some wonderful relationships. “The discovery of Gems unearthed amazing new collaborations and rekindled relationships with longtime friends. It has been a journey full of surprise and


inspiration, and continues to reveal new layers in an ongoing, magical experience.” Gems – The Duets Collection includes exciting musical collaborations with Grammy Award-winning country super group, Rascal Flatts, Oscar Award-winning composer and producer, A.R. Rahman, international pop superstar, Seal, Australian singing sensation, Delta Goodrem and the famed late vocalist Eva Cassidy. “It was an incredibly rewarding experience recording this album,” Michael says. “The opportunity to work with legendary talent like David Foster, Dan Huff, A.R. Rahman and some of the absolute greatest singers and recording artists in the entire world was inspiring. I can’t wait to share the special music we all created with the world.” Speaking jubilantly, country trio Rascal Flatts says, “We heard that Michael wanted to write something with us. We all kept telling ourselves, ‘It’s like, Michael Bolton! Come on, he’s one of the greatest singers on the planet!’ He wanted to get the whole band involved and make this thing really fresh and new. It was just so cool that we had a chance to get together and write this killer song called ‘Love Is Everything’.” Said to bring life to a soulful landscape of songs, Gems – Australian Tour Edition features a double CD set of Gems: The Duets and The Hits Collection, and is available at all major music retail stores nation-wide.



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Gas is one of the hottest groups gigging on the GC. Guitarist Tony Niotakis took time out to share some industry insights. Who are Gas? Gas is comprised of myself, Tony Niotakis (guitar/ beats), Ian Chester (front man/vocals and sax), Rob Maybury (bass) and Corey Pryor (keys, programming). How did you guys get started as a group? Gas was formed when Ian got naked in front of my partner (for a Kahuna massage of course)! She learnt that he too was a passionate musician looking to express himself with his own sound here on the Gold Coast. I had played previously in a funk band with Rob and we met Corey by chance after a gig. He sat in for the last song and we were sold. What’s your role in the group? It’s that of being the force to keep this show on the road throughout the GFC; motivator, manager, ideas person, delegator, composer, guitarist. What inspires you as a musician? The sounds and beauty of the environment here on the Gold Coast. Vibrant health, creativity and my family (partner, Michelle, and son, Bodhi) all feed my inspiration to play music. Also, just the feeling you get when music and you and the audience get in sync, it’s like riding a wave - time stands still for a moment and within the complexity of factors that got you there, it just feels very zen and connected. Are you all from the Gold Coast? All of us are local except for Ian who grew up in Florida and Guam. How would you describe your sound? ‘Groovy lounge’ music that takes you on a journey. Gas has no boundaries and employs a broad sonic palette from Indian flutes to electric guitars and electronic elements. What’s the coolest gig you’ve played so far? That’s a hard one. We played some cool exclusive gigs for Fashion TV who have featured us internationally. You know, typical rock star dream - models dancing around, celebs getting loose. I better stop now... Also getting flown around to Sydney for amazing

parties in Bondi, so many really. Actually, our gigs at Sofitel’s Room 81 (Broadbeach) are always off the hook too! We are very lucky musicians to have to opportunity to play our unique sound at a time when the niche audience for this type of music is growing internationally with the success of brands like Cafe del Mar and Buddha Bar. You guys are all well travelled – do you have a favourite place to visit and perform? Ian and I have played a lot in Japan and just love playing there. The fans are so loyal and there are people into every subgenre of music imaginable. If we weren’t so in love with Australia then Japan would probably be our second choice to relocate to. Shibuya is like another planet! What’s in store for the coming year? So much in the pipeline for this year. We are aligning Gas with other amazing brands including Tyranno Records from Germany who have just began licensing our tracks for Europe, so in early stages of planning European tour late in the year; second CD to be released mid-year, working on compilations and building residencies with James Canning, manager of Respect Music. When you’re not gigging we’d find you... Probably down at Your Local Markets at Palm Beach listening to amazing musicians, drinking coffee and chatting with our cool community of creative souls... and chasing after Bodhi! See Gas live this month at Sofitel’s Room 81. Details online at

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music PROFILE with Adele Rowlands-Dealey

Simple Planon tour

Punk rockers Simple Plan are back! Chuck Comeau from the band chats to Adele Rowlands-Dealey about the band, taking risks and making the most out of life.


he thing with Canadians – even FrenchCanadian rock stars – is that they’re so darn nice. Take Chuck Comeau for example, the drummer for the hugely successful Montreal-based punk-pop ensemble, Simple Plan. While he and his four band mates have free rein to behave as carefree and adult denying as they appear to be in their exciting, hook-filled video clips, Chuck instead talks earnestly about responsibility, loyalty and aspirations... and their love for our land girt by sea. Speaking fondly of the band’s last trip to Australia, Chuck says, “It was such a fun tour,” adding that he and the band couldn’t wait to come back. Simple Plan have answered fans calls to return to our shores, recently announcing they’ll be back in Oz this winter for their most extensive East coast tour to date! With their last gigs Down Under in October proving wildly popular, the boys will bring their charttopping tunes to the stage with a slew of big city and regional performances this June. Joining Simple Plan on tour is We The Kings, whose current single ‘Say You Like Me’ from their latest album Sunshine State Of Mind is racing up the US Singles Charts, having hit Top 30 with no sign of slowing down. The double platinum selling predecessor ‘Check Yes Juliet’ won over Australian listeners with its catchy hooks and the band sold out two headline shows alongside their Soundwave appearances last year. Rounding out the line-up will be local powerpop dance quintet The Never Ever, a group of exuberant Sydneysiders ready to get crowds moving with their boundless enthusiasm and May 2012

danceable tunes. Simple Plan’s latest offering Get Your Heart On! stormed the ARIA charts upon its release late last year, armed with fan favourite and ARIA Top 10 single ‘Jetlag’ featuring Natasha Bedingfield. The new single ‘Summer Paradise’ is the latest in their artillery of hits alongside ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Addicted’, ‘Perfect’, ‘Welcome To My Life’ and many more. After a decade together and ever-increasing popularity, Simple Plan’s international tours are becoming more extensive and farreaching, with the band boasting (politely of course) of having performed in over 70 countries. An anomaly in the world of rock, Simple Plan has boasted the same line-up – Pierre Bouvier (lead vocals), Jeff Stinco and Sébastien Lefebvre (guitars), David Desrosiers (bass) and Chuck – since its inception in 1999. It’s a testament, according to Chuck, to the no-nonsense cordiality that the band members show to each other. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that we were all friends before the band, we went to the same high school, we have the same values and the same approach to life,” he says. “It’s all about the fact that we also have the same goals and aspirations for the band, we’re on the same page. And at the times that we’re not, we sit down together and talk, reevaluate what we’ve accomplished and where we want to go. As the years go by, the fact that we’re all still together becomes more important and more precious to us – we value it even more.” On Get Your Heart On! which finds the band, in the words of one reviewer, “checking their


adulthood at the door,” Simple Plan revels in reliving the punchy punk-pop of their youth, with a slew of cameo contributions from the likes of one of their heroes, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Natasha Bedingfield, and SomaliCanadian rapper K’naan. But in addition to bratty rocker anthems like ‘You Suck At Love’ and ‘Can’t Keep My Hands Off You’, there are also attempts to branch out with the pop-reggae sounds of ‘Summer Paradise’, a development Chuck expressed pride in. “We grew up listening to that second generation of California punk rock – bands like Bad Religion – and no matter where we take our music, that will always be part of our DNA and how we look at things. But as we’ve gotten older, we’ve opened our minds to new types of music and styles – it’s crucial to the band to prevent stagnation and boredom,” he says. “That’s what I love about our band – we can have an in-your-face punk song like ‘You Suck At Love’ and the next track can be this reggaeBee Gees-influenced song unlike anything we’ve ever done. It shows we’re expanding our musical palette and taking risks. But because we’ve been playing together for over a decade, it’s still going to sound like us. We have our own little musical identity no matter what style we tackle.” The band were so taken by their fans Down Under, they edited the tour footage from their last visit to form a music video for ‘Summer Paradise’ which had fans all over the country pleading for their return. “It was fun. It was different than a regular video where it’s shot in two days, 12 hours a day, we had our friend Mark Staubach, who did our ‘Astronaut’ video and our ‘Can’t Keep My Hands Off You’ video,

come down and stay with us the whole tour. So he’d just film and film and film and capture all these little moments backstage and during the concerts, off stage or just walking around Sydney or Melbourne. It shows a lot of our personalities and it shows a lot of who we are on and off the stage which is really cool and for us it’s such a great memory to watch that,” says Chuck. “I feel with this album it’s one of our biggest records we’ve had in Australia so it’s such a great feeling that after 12 or 13 years we still get to play really big shows and they’re all sold out and the fans are still there. So to capture that in a video is a really cool thing, only for you guys.” The centerpiece of the album, the heartfelt ballad ‘This Song Saved My Life’, a unique collaboration between the band and its fans. Chuck and Pierre were discussing writing a song about the emotional power music can have in someone’s life. “We wanted to write about how one song, or one album can change someone’s life,” Chuck says. “It may seem like an exaggeration, but I think any music fan has had those moments when you’re going through tough times and you hear a song or a band and it gets your over the hump. We all had those moments growing up, and a lot of fans have told us that we’ve become that band for them.” The band decided to ask their fans how they felt. Chuck posted a message on his Twitter feed saying, “We decided to write a song about you guys... Can you tell me how

our music has made you feel through the year?” The responses flowed immediately and grew to avalanche dimensions. The result is probably the first song ever written via Twitter, with every lyric taken from the fans’ messages. “It was really special. We got messages from kids saying that if they hadn’t heard that song or that album, they didn’t know if they’d be here today. We wanted to write the song as a tribute to them, and figured the best way would be to go to them directly and have them power our music. And in a way, the song has become the symbol of what we stand for

We’re the youngest band to win the award so it was a pretty special moment. as a band – that interaction and feedback with the audience.” Once the song was written, the band took the final step of inviting 25 of the responders to join them in a Vancouver studio to sing on the track, an event that Chuck deemed as “completing the circle.” “I’m really proud of the song – it’s created an even more special bond with the fans, and we love playing it live.” And if you thought Simple Plan couldn’t get any nicer, Chuck described the achievements of the Simple Plan Foundation, which the band founded six years ago as a way to give back to its community and to get involved in the lives of young people in need. “It’s all about kids who are sick with illnesses like cancer, or


kids going through tough times growing up with typical problems like depression, drugs, and dropping out,” he says. According to the band’s statement on the foundation’s website, “it breaks our hearts to see so many young people fighting to survive while feeling depressed and lost … We want our Foundation to help them find their way and show them that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel; that things can get better.” Chuck proudly announced that the foundation has raised over $1 million, and at this year’s annual Juno Awards honoring the best Canadian musical talent, Simple Plan was given the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for the efforts of the foundation. “I think the message we’re putting out there is you don’t have to wait until you are 40, 50 or 60 to do something. I think the world would be a better place if we all make a little time and a little effort,” Pierre tells reporters at the event. “We’re the youngest band to win the award so it was a pretty special moment,” Chuck adds. Regarding the band’s orientation, the foundation promotes music as a means for the youth to find a passion in their lives, and the band has used its music to forward those aims – donating a dollar from the price of each ticket on their current tour to the foundation and performing an annual benefit show to raise funds. “We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished – the foundation is something that’s close to our hearts,” Chuck says. And it’s apparent there are some big hearts ticking in rhythm behind the beat of Simple Plan.

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hat would the Gold Coast be without our nature-filled backyard? We’re blessed with pristine ocean to one side, rainforest and fertile land in all other directions, complete with native plant and animal life that makes this region distinct. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation is calling on us, as a city of nature and animal-lovers, to assist in a bid to secure the future of our local wildlife and furry friends. The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation has launched its biggest fundraising campaign to date and is calling for the local community to get behind the worthy cause. The campaign focuses on raising public awareness of the hospital and its plight, while also generating much needed funds to keep the charity in operation. ‘Be part of something big, by doing something small’ is the theme of the campaign, which aims to remind locals that by simply making a small donation over the coming two months, we can make a big difference! Senior Veterinarian, Dr. Michael Pyne, says that without funding the hospital would be unable to maintain the high level of veterinary care to all patients. “We pride ourselves on giving the best level of veterinary care available but with reduced funding, sadly, we would have to compromise on some treatments... The injury toll from huMay 2012

mans on our native animals is simply not sustainable. As a result, it is the responsibility of everyone to help save our native wildlife.” Although the Wildlife Hospital receives some support from the local Gold Coast City Council, it receives no funding from the government at a State or Federal level. “Without the support of the community, we could not keep our wildlife hospital open,” adds Dr. Pyne. The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation would like individuals and businesses interested in supporting the cause to ring 0451 104 456 or visit: to make a donation. TIPS FROM CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY What to do if you have found a baby bird? Baby birds are the most commonly admitted animals to the Community Wildlife Hospital. Most are presented after being ‘rescued’ by well-meaning members of the public. Some tips from the CWS website include: Identification: Not all baby birds are raised in a nest, some are ready to take on the world the day they are born. Seek advice to correctly identify a baby bird before placing it in a makeshift nest.


Featherless: Birds need feathers to keep them warm, and so if their parents do not return within a reasonable amount of time, they will need to be taken into care. Keep them warm while transporting to the wildlife hospital. Fledgling: The baby bird you’ve found may actually be learning to fly under the eye of its parents, so may be on the ground for a good reason. Don’t ‘rescue’ the bird unless it is in danger. Kidnapping: Do not remove baby birds from the parents. They learn all survival skills necessary from them. Only ‘rescue’ a bird that is in obvious danger, and if unsure place the baby bird on a branch for safety from predators and leave them be. Veterinarian: If the baby bird is sick, has been injured, has been in a cat or dog’s mouth, seek wildlife hospital or vet assistance ASAP. Remember, under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 it is illegal to take protected wildlife from the wild. Registered carers can help, so contact your local wildlife group or wildlife hospital for further information. More details, news and advice at www. or call the wildlife hospital team, 5534 0813.

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Fake the perfect tan for a summery spin to your dreary winter with these at-home tips from Vani-T’s International Head Makeup Artist, Monica Tietjens. Use self-tanning products If you’re new to sunless tanning, gradual selftanning products are the safest and easiest way to achieve a flawless tan. Not only great for the body, gradual tanning moisturisers are perfect for the face when you want a healthy touch of colour without overdoing it.

Ensure any waxing/shaving has been done 24 hours prior Your follicles will be more susceptible to irritation and infection after waxing and shaving, so try to wait at least a day after waxing or shaving to avoid clogging or aggravating sensitive pores.

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May 2012

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Dr Jan, having been in Medical Research for over 25 years, is our Get it go-to-gal for all your medical questions and issues. This month she investigates oestrogen, and questions of ‘natural vs medical’ treatments.


ell, it has been a while but I am pleased to be answering a question. on a recent trip to Bali I was with my most anal friend. We were discussing the pros and cons of natural therapies versus traditional medical therapy. If it were only that simple! this has been a debate since the first half of the 20th century, so I thought that you might be interested in the case of oestrogen. Since the contraceptive pill was introduced for menopause in about 1960, women have been asking, ‘should I take it or not?’ By the 1930s, scientists had discovered steroids including oestrogens and progesterone that are formed in the ovaries. the importance to women was that in high doses they inhibited ovulation. In 1939 it was found that progesterone could be synthesised from sarsaparilla. this proved to be too expensive and so on with more research, and it was eventually found that it could also be synthesised from inedible mexican Yams. In approximately 1940, in Western Australia, it was noticed that sheep in particular paddocks were not breeding. on further research it was discovered that the clover that they were feeding on had very high levels of plant oestrogens (phytoestrogens). this was the dawn of natural oestrogens. At the time, to produce one kilogram of natural oestrogen cost $1,000,000.00. the clover involved had to be stressed into thinking there was a drought before it would produce sufficient yields for production. now back to the original question - ‘natural versus medical?’ If we only take into account hot flushes, plant oestrogens will suppress hot flushes by 26 per cent while pharmaceuticals oestrogens will suppress hot flushes by 100 per cent at the right dose. to put this into perspective, the amount of red clover in the form of tea would be may 2012

impossible to consume. the amount of phytoestrogens in the form of tablets is still lower than required for complete suppression of flushes. then there is the question that if it is in the form of a tablet is it natural? Do you really know what is in the tablet? this is only about oestrogen. Just to throw a spanner into the works, I must be truthful - oestrogen is only a heading underneath there a large number of related substances that the body produces that we cannot separate, and their role is still unknown.


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leisure. “The DVD helps women understand the process. They can easily relate to the visual images and spoken explanation. They can watch the DVD several times and develop a clear understanding of the procedure,” Dr Layt says. Written information from the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the clinic are also provided but Dr Layt says the DVD allows the patients to go through the experience, make notes and prepare questions before their consultation. “The DVD is not designed to replace a surgery consultation. It’s designed to inform patients about the procedure and aid in their decision-making. Consultations are still very important in the overall process. During this time we establish the size and shape of the breasts implants, positioning the implant in front or behind the chest muscle, the incision used to place the implant, and the type of implant used. The size after the breast augmentation is a result of breast tissue and the implant. The same implant size gives different results in different women so it’s important to assess each patient individually.” Putting his patients at ease, Dr Layt adds that proceeding with breast augmentation is a personal decision. “Each patient has their own reasons for wanting the surgery and all patients should be provided with as much information as possible. Visit or contact the Benowa clinic on 5597 4100 for more information.

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LIFESTYLE HEALTH with Sarah Blinco

Pedal Power

Save money and your health – buy a bike!


ast year more bicycles were sold in Australia than cars. This is actually not a surprising statistic, and according to the Bicycle Network of Australia (, “trends in bike sales are in constant flux, driven by economic conditions, fashion, and social change...”; and in fact 2012 marked “the tenth year in a row that bike sales outstripped car sales”. Compared with the rest of the world, we’re still ‘catching up’ on the benefits of using such a green and healthy mode of transport, however with the introduction of electric bikes, as well as hire bikes in most of our major cities, we’re finally (thankfully) seeing that there are alternatives to cars. The bike boom has evidently come about not only because of a rise in petrol prices, but because of a new awareness relating to health benefits associated with a more active lifestyle. Indeed, a great number of the ‘over 50s’ set has recently turned to bike riding in an effort to reduce stress, increase happiness, manage weight and overall wellbeing - but these benefits are relevant for all ages. A significant Taiwanese study of 400,000 adults ( found that fifteen minutes of daily exercise is the minimum we require to stay healthy and avoid many negative health issues. The results demonstrated that by simply incorporating low-volume activity - 15-minutes a day - into a May 2012

daily routine, instead of doing nothing, enables a reduction of the risk of mortality by 14%, and each additional 15-minutes of exercise above this reduced mortality by a further 4%. Similarly, according to The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF), “German research has found that people who became physically active after 40 were 55% less likely to develop heart disease than people who were inactive”. This all supports conventional understanding and common sense that promotes any exercise as ‘good’ – and what easier or more enjoyable way to get your ‘15-minutes a day’ than out in the fresh air, on a bike? Evidently the trend is no different on the Gold Coast, so much so that the Council’s website outlines town planning guidelines that incorporate further on-road and off-road bikeways as we move into the future. With bikes available for all requirements – e-bikes, multi-purpose bikes, expensive or inexpensive – there is a bike out there to suit your lifestyle. For more information on cycling across Queensland take a look at the Bicycle Queensland website -, but there are plenty more interesting and helpful BUGs (that’s ‘Bike User Groups’) available on a Google search. Share your favourite cycle networking site with us on Get it’s Facebook or Twitter feeds!


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Street Style fashion | STyLE

Gold Coast fashion wunderkind Alex Fitzgerrald shows us how to rock this latest season’s trends.

Male Look Kane wears: Vintage leather jacket, Zoo york T-shirt, Nudie jeans and Nike shoes. Although this is a really simple look, the vintage leather jacket juxtaposed by the modernised Zoo york T-shirt makes this a really cool combination for the male companion in your life. The jacket is slightly tattered on either side and really completes the look’s overall appeal. style tip: A black or brown leather jacket can never go astray. Large and unique prints on shirts can really make an outfit, but remember to keep it simple.

Female Look Tiffany wears: Sportsgirl top, Zara soft jacket blazer, Paper Planes brand skirt, Sportsgirl Geisha Sandals, Hermes Birkin bag and Le Specs sunglasses. This look is worn well with the use of very loud and clashing colours, rather than one of the pieces being a safe pastel or white. This would be a risky match to some but, this season, the higher the risk, the more in trend! The Geisha Sandals are a wardrobe must-have, as they’re suitable for nearly any occasion. Editor of Vogue Japan Anna Dello Russo swears by her Geisha flats claiming to practically live in them during the day. They’re a cute and quirky alternative to wedges, and they’re much comfier than stilettos! May 2012


fashion | style

isobel wears: lily white pleated dress $59.00, and Wish “the Boston Cape” $169.95 from Edge, southport (07) 55911 900; “tina” striped dome ring $59.00 from Colette by Colette hayman, Robina (07) 5689 1010,

Blake wears: White label navy stripe t-shirt $89.95 from General Pants,; “Al Pacino” chino in camel $60.00 from Vangard (07) 3852 4851,; scarf – stylist’s own

Photography by Dan Malloy Photography. www. Models: isobel and Blake @ Division Models Shot on location at Sanctuary Cove fashion direction: Kirsten Mitchell / stylist: alex fitzgerald / hair & Make up: satya schmitz all @ Division Creative


May 2012

fashion | style isobel wears (right): lily white pleated dress $59.00, and Wish “the Boston Cape” $169.95 from Edge, southport (07) 55911 900; “tina” striped dome ring $59.00 from Colette by Colette hayman, Robina (07) 5689 1010, Blake wears (right): White label navy stripe t-shirt $89.95 from General Pants,; “Al Pacino” chino in camel $60.00 from Vangard (07) 3852 4851,; scarf – stylist’s own isobel wears (below): Black knit jumper $69.95 from sportsgirl, Robina (07) 5593 0761,; state of Georgia “the leggo” pant $215.00 from a Little Birdie Told Me, Burleigh Heads 0411 131 898,; “scarlett Wrapped stone” pendant necklace $12.95 from Colette by Colette hayman, Robina (07) 5689 1010,; “Brendan” black suede boots $169.95 from Wittner, Robina (07) 5580 9134,

Blake wears: “Pistols At Dawn” Grey Oxford Cotton shirt $200, and Wool/ silk/linen tie $125 from The Cloakroom (07) 3210 1515,; “Utility Jean” in khaki $60.00 from Vangard (07) 3852 4851,

Photography by Dan Malloy Photography. Models: isobel and Blake @ Division Models fashion direction: Kirsten Mitchell / stylist: alex fitzgerald / hair & Make up: satya schmitz all @ Division Creative May 2012


fashion | style isobel wears: Bassike “Detailed t-Back tank” $90.00 from adrenalin Clothing, southport (07) 5591 6355; lilya “Winter Wine” leather short $275.00 from hello friend Burleigh Heads (07) 5607 0372; Burgundy Riding Gloves $14.95 from sportsgirl, Robina (07) 55930761,; “Rakey” Brick Multi boots $259.95 from Wittner, Robina (07) 55809134, Blake wears: “Al Pacino” chino in burgundy $99.95, and “Geronimo slouch sweater” $129.95 from Vangard (07) 3852 4851; shoes - Model’s own

isobel wears: Backstage “Natalia” sequin dress $189.95 from adrenalin Clothing, southport (07) 5591 6355; “Amber” calf leather pumps $149.95 from Wittner, Robina (07) 5580 9134,; Pearl white and gold bangles $14.95, and Basic silver crystal long ring $5.95 from Colette by Colette hayman, Robina (07) 5689 1010, Blake wears: Wool/Mohair blend travel Jacket $895, Wool/silk/linen tie $125, POW Check Cotton shirt $200, Grey Oxford Cotton shirt $200, Polished Cotton trousers $350, and White linen Pocket square $35 from The Cloak Room (07) 3210 1515, Shot on location at Sanctuary Cove.


May 2012

fashion | style

One piece, four ways The winTer invesTmenT piece we show you how to dress to impress using one key winter wardrobe staple. Our item of choice: willow Tier Leather Jacket $995.00 from Adrenalin clothing, southport (07) 5591 6355

tHe WeeKeND Willow Tier Leather Jacket Bassike “stripe Heritage” crew t-shirt $90, and Ksubi “the skinny Pins” super stretch narrowest leg jean $179.95 from adrenalin Clothing, southport (07) 5591 6355; “New Orleans” tassle tote $54.95 Colette by Colette hayman, Robina (07) 5689 1010,; “Zilly” tan loafer $129.95 from Wittner, Robina (07) 5580 9134,

eveNiNG Willow Tier Leather Jacket sass & Bide “Beyond this life” asymmetrical dress $390 from adrenalin Clothing, southport (07) 5591 6355; “Amber” calf leather pumps $149.95 from Wittner, Robina (07) 5580 9134,; Oval frame black and gold clutch $39.95 from Colette by Colette hayman, Robina (07) 5689 1010,

Photography by Dan Malloy Photography.

May 2012


fashion | style

GiRls NiGHt OUt Willow Tier Leather Jacket Joveeba “stars and Moons” playsuit $220 from a Little Birdie Told Me, Burleigh Heads 0411 312 989; “Rough” calf leather ankle boot $189.95 from Wittner, Robina (07) 5580 9134,; “Arrow” sunglasses $39.95 from sportsgirl, Robina (07) 5593 0761,

PUsHiNG tHe BOUNDARies Willow Tier Leather Jacket sass & Bide “Outside the square” mustard top $390, and Ksubi “High & Waisted” super stretch jean in leopard $259.95 from adrenalin Clothing, southport (07) 5591 6355; “Marquise navy” kid suede boot $189.95 Wittner, Robina (07) 5580 9134,

fashion direction: Kirsten Mitchell / stylist: alex fitzgerald all @ Division Creative


May 2012

business | SucceSS

with Sarah Blinco

Networking Cheat Sheet


Patsy Rowe is a best-selling author of 10 books, speaker, business networking and etiquette expert who shares the secrets to confidently working a room with Get it.

What are your best tips for women out there networking on their own, especially for when we find ourselves in a room full of strangers? When going alone to an event check the name tag table. You may see someone you know and can go in together. If they don’t show, go it alone. Head for the bar. This isn’t so you can drown your shyness, but buys you a few minutes to survey the scene. Look around. Is there anyone you know? If not, walk up to a group of say, three people. Not two, as they may have come together. Don’t pounce on them. Walk up slowly and say, ‘excuse me, I hope you don’t mind my joining you, but it’s my first time at this luncheon and I don’t know anyone’.

Above all, when networking, remember to listen – it’s the most important part of being a good conversationalist as by giving people ‘hooks’ to talk about themselves (a topic they know a lot about) you’re making it very easy for them and they’ll go away saying, ‘that woman is the most interesting woman I’ve met in ages’. And really, you’ve been talking about them!

However, don’t take over, nod and follow the conversation. If they ignore you (and we hope they don’t), keep looking interested then say, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I’ll have to go. I’ve seen my boss arriving and I promised to keep an eye out for her. Thank you so much for letting me join you’. Move away from them to another group, and try again.

Whatever you ask in conversation, make sure it’s not an open-ended question where the other person can reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’. This takes you nowhere and you’ll feel as if you’re interrogating them.

What are the best ‘conversation starters’ to keep in mind? Most of our networking is ‘business’, so, ‘where are you working?’, which leads to, ‘how long have you been there?’, and even, ‘have you always worked in sales/marketing/ fashion?’. This will lead to films you’ve both enjoyed, books, hobbies, travel... (and you don’t have to have travelled widely to talk about travel - read the travel sections in magazines and you can contribute to any conversation). May 2012

What do you do if you are just so shy you can’t walk up to a group? Depending on the formality of the occasion, grab a plate of food and ‘work the room’. Introduce yourself: ‘Hi, I’m Patsy Rowe. Would you care for something to eat?’ Then stay and chat for a few minutes.

How can you follow up an event? If you’re at a networking breakfast or lunch, hand your cards to the person beside you and ask them to pass them around the table. That way everyone will automatically get their cards out and do the same. There’s no point in networking if you don’t follow up. Send a card or email with your name, telephone number and email address to those people whom you think will be of interest (or use) in future: ‘Great to meet you at the breakfast yesterday. Would be good to get together as I’d like to show you…’


More on how you can achieve the competitive edge in business in Patsy’s best-selling book, Business Etiquette and online at

Education Join A.B. Paterson College at their Open Day on Sunday, May 27 for an educational experience like none other.


hoosing the right school for your child isn’t easy. Glossy brochures, prospectuses, websites and advertisements can only give you so much. What they cannot do is give you a ‘feel’ for a school; help you understand the culture of a school; or offer you an insight into how a school will care for your child. This can only be achieved by visiting a school and seeing it for yourself. That’s why A.B. Paterson College is inviting you to join them at their Open Day on Sunday, May 27. They are looking forward to being able to welcome you, to show you around and let you experience this thriving dynamic environment, this school of outstanding educational offerings and opportunities. A.B. Paterson College has a well-founded teaching and learning framework based upon international research, which provides extensive opportunities for academic excellence. Their proud academic record has been maintained over many years.

In their classrooms, you will be able to witness how the children learn, their commitment to their learning and the amazing outcomes they are capable of achieving. At A.B. Paterson College, they believe every child is different and recognise their individual needs and abilities. They cater for students with a diverse range of talents and interests through a rigorous and comprehensive academic programme, diverse co-curricular activities and a strong pastoral care system. A.B. Paterson College aims to develop young men and women of character, by challenging students to develop the intellectual character needed to become passionate about their ongoing learning; to acquire the skills and confidence to succeed in an increasingly complex world; and to become active leaders in their communities. Find out more about their students’ commitment to their global, national and local communities through their co-curricular and personal development programmes.


At A.B. Paterson College, they value the relationships between students, parents and staff in the education of each and every child. These essential partnerships help to create the supportive and nurturing environment in which their students feel safe and secure enough to become educational risk-takers. They welcome you to meet College Principal, Brian Grimes, talk with their dedicated team of highly-skilled teachers and spend some time chatting with students and parents who are already a part of their closeknit community. The College is looking forward to welcoming you and having the opportunity to discuss how it can offer your child the finest of opportunities. When: May 27, 2012 from 2.30pm-4pm Where: A.B. Paterson College, 10 A.B. Paterson Drive, Arundel Enquiry Contact: Merilyn O’Toole E: T: (07) 5594 7947 May 2012

Hello fellow travellers, Recently, I was lucky enough to experience a luxury super yacht style cruise from Noumea to Cairns over six glorious days. This French cruiseline specialises in small ships, featuring only four at this stage, with another to be launched in 2013. I joined the beautiful L’Austral where 90 per cent of her cabins are balcony suites, carrying a maximum of only 264 passengers. The intimate and personal service complimented the outstanding cuisine and luxury fittings, making us all feel like we were millionaires. The cruiseline is only new to our waters, this being the inaugural voyage of L’Austral in the Southern Hemisphere. But the company has been in service for over 20 years, specialising in the spirit of yacht cruising. The program is year round and extensive,

featuring The Mediterranean, The America’s, Antarctica, Asia, India and the Persian Gulf. In this month’s diary I want to suggest combining two of my favourite holidays. Cruising on L’Austral along the Dalmatian Coast. I cruised this coastline back in 2007 on a small ship - a perfect way to see some of these stunning islands that can only accommodate a small ship on their wharfs. The Croatian coastline offers some of the most gorgeous medieval towns I’ve ever been to. Every day, I’d wake up to a new breath-taking vista from my balcony declaring, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to!” The next morning and another new island, I would exclaim, “No, this is the most beautiful place I have ever been to!” I could hardly believe it when five days later, after every day being more beautiful than the last, we cruised into Dubrovnik and it was, you guessed it, the most beautiful place I had ever been to! She truly is the “Jewel in the Crown” of Croatia. Impossible to believe that 15 short years ago, bombs reigned down on this heritage listed, walled city. Evidence of this can be seen via the bullet holes in the walls of the Cathedral and the mortar marks along her shining streets of marble. I can offer you an exclusive deal in partnership with Travel The World, the Australian representatives for Compagnie

Du Ponant and Harvey World Travel Hope Island and Ashmore. Book your sevenday cruise by May 30, Venice to Venice, on L’Austral, and experience the Dalmatian Coast, departing August 20 or 26, 2012 only and you’ll receive the Excusion Package absolutely free. The weather in August ensures calm, flat waters with clear warm sunny days. Cruising on L’ Austral will make this the trip of a lifetime.

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Architectural Aspirations

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f you fancy renovating property into your ‘dream home’, chances are you’ve paused every now and then to watch television’s engaging series, grand designs. It’s easy to become addicted to this show, as it consistently presents to the viewer a whole new level of ingenuity, ambition and architectural wonder set both here in australia and abroad. grand designs takes viewers on the journey of some truly extraordinary builds, where the completely dilapidated is turned into a breath-

taking, contemporary space - but usually not without challenges. Series nine of this popular production (UK version) has just been released on dVd. It includes feature stories from Tenby, where investors Tim and Philomena hope to transform an old lifeboat house into an incredible home 40 feet above the sea; then to Herefordshire where ed and rowena are about to build a unique Saxon style manor house in the depths of the countryside using the same

materials and building methods that the anglo Saxons adopted! another interesting project takes place in London’s Kensington, where Ian and Claire’s dream home plans include a basement trebling the size of the original house plans and a party space complete with illuminated dance floor (to be fair, who wouldn’t want an illuminated dance floor in their home?).

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Chisaya Mama Salad & Quinoa explained Celebrity nutritionist (and Gold Coaster), Dayne Crocker, shares an extract from his informative and popular site, FromEarthToPlate.


'm sure you have all heard the word on the street about the little ‘super food’ seed known as quinoa! What is it? How do I cook with it? Where is it from? In fact it is actually a member of the grass family and is harvested from the Goosefoot plant which historically got its name from the awkward shaped leaves upon this interesting little plant which carries these little seeds of life. Quinoa originates from the Andean region in South America and was named nature’s ‘super food’ by ancient Incan tribes who then called it ‘Chisaya Mama’, meaning ‘Mother of all grains’. You may ask, why are they so good for ME? • Gluten free • Rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and copper • Rich in protein and contain all nine essential Amino Acids • Folate • Phosphorus • Great for cardiovascular health • Helpful for those suffering with Diabetes Type 2 • Helpful for migraine suffers • Antioxidant rich for oxidative stress • Essential Fatty Acids e.g. EFA's • High in fibre and low GI - beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable

Chisaya Mama Salad & Quinoa Ingredients: 1 cup Black Quinoa ½ cup Whole Green Lentils x1 bunch of fresh Parsley x1 bunch of fresh Mint x1 bunch of English Spinach 50g Wild Rocket Leaves

1 cup of soaked almonds 1 large Carrot 1 Red Capsicum 1 whole Lime 2 dessert spoons cold Pressed Olive Oil

Method: Bring two saucepans to the boil. Add your lentils and quinoa, reduce to a medium heat and boil for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Wash your almonds, cover with water and soak until ready to put your salad together. Whilst boiling you can start chopping up your salad ingredients. Start with washing all your greens, then take all the greens and finely dice into a tabouli like consistency. Dice capsicum into small squares; grate carrot and place into a mixing bowl. Remove quinoa and lentils from the stove, drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water, followed by your almonds. Tip: Use a mesh strainer to reduce loss of quinoa and lentils. In your mixing bowl add the boiled ingredients, almonds, all greens, carrot and capsicum. Slice the lime in half and together with the olive oil squeeze and drizzle over the salad mix. With your hands lightly mix all the ingredients together and serve on plates atop of fresh rocket leaves. Enjoy! Tip: Keeping a bowl of quinoa and lentils in the fridge is great - you can add to salads and is a quick option for busy people - perfect for vegetarians and vegans who want some extra protein for their meals.

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with Adele Rowlands-Dealey

At Home

food for family and friends In a world where cooks have been turned into scientists or celebrities and food has become another form of entertainment, Jenny Ferguson celebrates real food made with heart at home.


hen Jenny Ferguson opened her restaurant, You and Me, in the early ‘80s, she was the hottest chef in town and it was the place to dine out. Inspiring a generation of young female chefs to break into an industry dominated by men, Jenny was at the forefront of the cooking revolution running one of the trendiest restaurants in Sydney with food renowned for being innovative yet grounded in tradition, fresh and light, beautifully presented and delicious. Now, in 2012, Jenny brings her principles of enjoyable, at times old-fashioned, and most importantly tasty food right into your home with her brand new cookbook, At Home. In the comfort of her own kitchen, Jenny’s cooking is simpler and framed by the domestic world, using herbs, nuts, fruits and vegetables grown from her very own garden.

Her style is nostalgic yet contemporary in her use of generous, honest flavours and the freshest ingredients available. She believes food should be generous and homely, using fresh ingredients and real flavour. At Home brings Jenny’s own family and memories from the table to the page. Her grandmother’s Devilled Eggs are still a family favourite with retro flare. Jenny’s daughter’s Fish Pie gets a special nod. You and Me’s Potato Gratin is sure to bring back fond memories, and Jenny’s Lemon Tart, a recipe taking her an impressive 30 years to perfect, is without a doubt Jenny’s “last meal on Earth”. At Home is a collection of all her favourites, sure to become additions to any cook’s repertoire. Jenny’s vibrant recipes are juxtaposed with stunning shots of her house

and garden – the inspiration for all that she cooks. Her tried and true recipes work for the simplest home-cooked meals through to those special celebrations. Think Goats Curd and Pear, with Fennel and Walnut Salad and Honey-Mustard Dressing; or Baby Chicken with Basil Butter, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes. At Home is different from most celebrity cookbooks today, as Jenny gets to the heart of cooking with her authentic, warm and welcoming style. The book invites you into Jenny’s home kitchen, arms open, secrets laid on the table (she’s not ashamed to admit her Christmas Pudding comes from a 1960s magazine), to share with you the joys of cooking at home.

Goat’s Curd and Pear,

with Fennel and Walnut Salad and Honey-Mustard Dressing Serves 4

ingredients: 1 sourdough baguette (French stick) 1/4 bulb baby fennel, core removed, cut into thin slivers 1 heaped tablespoon chopped walnuts 2 big handfuls of baby salad leaves 1 pear, cored and thinly sliced (no need to peel) 4 heaped tablespoons goat’s curd Honey – Mustard Dressing 2/3 cup virgin olive oil 1/2 cup white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper Method: To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together well. Cut the baguette into slices on the diagonal and toast. Combine the fennel, walnuts and salad leaves in a large mixing bowl and toss gently with enough dressing to coat lightly. Arrange on a serving platter with the sliced pear and the goat’s curd. Serve straight away with the toasted baguette. May 2012


Baby Chicken with Basil Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes Serves 4

ingredients: 4 x 500g baby chickens 120g butter, softened 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves Juice of 4 lemons 4 small zucchinis, diced Large pinch of sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 500g cherry tomatoes, halved Method: Preheat the oven to 200ºC. To prepare the chickens, make an incision along either side of the breastbone and carefully cut the flesh away from the carcass on each side, working your way down to the underside of the bird. You’re aiming to remove the meat from the ribcage and backbone, but to leave the wing and leg attached. For each chicken you’ll end up with 2 halves. Arrange them, skinside down, on a flat baking tray. Place 2 tablespoons of the softened butter in a food processor with the basil and combine well. Dot half of this basil butter over the chicken and pour on half of the lemon juice. Bake for 8–10 minutes, until golden brown, turning after 5 minutes. The chicken is cooked when the juices run clear – test by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. While the chicken

Fine Apple Tart Serves 4

ingredients: 1 x 24cm sheet puff pastry 4–5 large red apples, peeled and thinly sliced Caster sugar Unsalted butter Method: Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Place the pastry sheet on a baking tray and cut out a circle, using a large dinner plate as a template. Arrange the apple slices on the pastry in overlapping concentric circles, finishing at the centre. Sprinkle liberally with sugar and dot just as liberally with butter. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the sugar caramelises, the apples are golden and the pastry is crisp. If the tart looks a little pale, put it under a hot grill for a few seconds at the end of the cooking time. Serve with vanilla ice cream.


May 2012


Taste of India

Each month Get it’s gourmet food connoisseur sets off in search of the best eateries around town. Find out what culinary creations she managed to sink her teeth into this May.


ello fellow foodies, I hope you’re ready for an adventure because this month’s food affair takes us to a whole new world as we sample the taste of India! Walking into Randhawa’s Indian Cuisine, I knew I was in store for something quite special. Easily located in Hope Island Central on Hope Island Road (across from Subway), I could smell the spices wafting through the car park. As I got closer and closer to the entrance, my senses were running wild – cumin, paprika, mouth was already watering before I got to sit down. The relaxed yet stylish décor was inviting and the ambience was tastefully uplifting as my young waitress sat me down by the window. After quickly running my eyes over the menu I was greeted with a warm smile by the restaurant owner, Harry, who took me through the day’s specials. With scrumptious dishes of Korma, Vindaloo, Masala, Aloo Gobi and so many more on the menu to choose from, I had no idea what to try first. Luckily for me, Harry informed me it was buffet day, hoorah! So I got to try the lot. First off the block was the eight piece Non Veg Mixed Platter comprising of a selection of Chicken Tikka, Lamb Seekh Kebab, Tandoori Prawn and Garlic Chicken Tikka served on my very own sizzling hotplate on a bed of shredded cabbage, and accompanied by a side salad, side vegetables (almost like a chunky salsa of tomato, carrot, cucumber and onion) and a mint yoghurt dip. The boneless pieces of marinated chicken, minced lamb cooked on skewers with spices and prawns marinated in tandoori paste were a tasteful treat but the star of the entree was definitely the Garlic Chicken Tikka. Much like its Chicken Tikka partner, the garlic companion is cooked in yoghurt, cheese and, of course, garlic adding that extra bit of oomph to the May 2012

dish. My lips were smacking by the time my next dish arrived. A crowd favourite on almost any Indian menu, the Butter Chicken was a feast for my eyes as well and my tastebuds with the bright orange dish pleasing every aesthetic need down to a tee. But then came the important part – its taste. Made with smooth butter and tomato gravy, it’s almost sweet in flavor with big, juicy chicken pieces. Chowing it down like there was no tomorrow, it was obvious why this dish attracted so many customers and an absolute must-try in my books. Another special fare on the day’s menu was Randhawa’s signature Beer Curry. I like my curry with a little kick to it so I asked for medium to hot. Topped with a swirl of yoghurt (just in case I couldn’t take the heat) and served on my plate atop a light and fluffy bed of Jasmine Rice, I could tell this would be one meal to remember. The beef, cooked in authentic and traditional Punjabi style curry, was as tender as a Frank Sinatra love ballad and came with a side of Onion Kulcha. From the first bite, the beef melted in my mouth and the Onion Kulcha (folded flat bread, almost like naan, stuffed with finely diced red onion) was delicious! More savory of its predecessors, the Onion Kulcha took the edge off my spicy main and became another dish to be praised. I thought there was no way I could leave this Indian palace-like restaurant without trying at least one of the desserts. With Kulfi (Indian ice cream), Rasgulla (a mouth-watering Indian sweet) and hot golden milk balls calls Gulab Jaman among the sweet and sugary options, my tastebuds were saying, “Bring it on!” but my stomach was pleading, “I can’t fit anymore.” With great remorse, I accepted defeat (just this time) and I decided to leave the sweets for another day. And don’t worry;


I’ll be back very soon with as many people as I can gather! The service at Randhawa’s was superb and made for a well-rounded dining experience. But if I have one piece of advice, come for the Indian buffet – that way you can try more! Available Wednesday nights from 4:30 to 9:30, as well as Sundays from noon to 2:30pm, (with full a la carte menu options through the week too) I promise you will not be disappointed. After all, Randhawa’s Indian Cuisine really has the “best Indian food on the Coast”. Randhawa’s Indian Cuisine Shop 4/340 Hope Island Road, Hope Island. Ph: (07) 5530 8111



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ASTRO GIRL make changes necessary to create a balance in the home. Financial matters will need to take priority with the potential for windfalls and financial opportunities. Watch your health this month too; you may be vulnerable to bugs and infections. taurus – April 20 – May 21 this is the time of year when your love of beautiful things will be amplified. It’s a great time to restructure your finances but remember to work smarter not harder. try not to let your need for quality rather than quantity be the deciding factor on how you reap the rewards. someone will test your loyalty this month and you’ll need to think outside the square to decide how this will be handled in future.

Virgo – August 23 - september 22 New opportunities are coming your way this month Virgo and you’ll need to pay attention to your thoughts, emotional wellbeing and your physical body. You’re being called to clear any obstacles in these areas of your life that may stand in your way. Many of you may find yourselves involved in new projects that look very promising, both financially and emotionally.

Gemini – May 21 – June 21 It’s time to restructure your daily routine. You may feel a little challenged at times with the people around you, however a challenge isn’t a blocked opportunity, it just means you’ll have to re-think your strategies and roll with the punches. When things aren’t flowing freely, you need to stop, think and go another way around it. this is a great time for you to start to make new plans that will bring longevity into your life.

libra – september 22 – October 23 this month will come to light, bringing clarity, emotional security and harmony. It’s a great time for socialising and creating new networks for you to get ahead. Your personal finances are improving, but you may still experience some complications. avoid taking short cuts and do your homework before committing to anything. Pay attention to your health and make sure you don’t take on too much stress - it can run you down very quickly.

Cancer – June 21 – July 22 While home and family are your major priorities, you’ll also need to think about your financial situation and try to avoid taking any unnecessary risks with money. things are looking up with your career and you’ll have more support from your family to find the balance with your goals. Progress is being made and this is not a time for you to worry, but a time for you to look at how you can preserve the status quo.

scorpio – October 23 – November 22 romance is in the air for you this month but your personal power and confidence may not be strong as you’re forced to see the vulnerable side of yourself. as a result, you’ll need to pay attention to your health and daily routine – break those habits and start a new health regime; it’ll improve your wellbeing. Communication with your family, friends and work colleagues will improve, but be careful of whom you trust.

leo – July 22 – August 23 You’ll make great progress with your career this month, becoming the authority figure in your chosen field but you may also experience some family issues. It’s a good time to review the current structures you have in place and

sagittarius – November 22 – December 22 this month will see the pace of social activity speed up. You’ll feel like you have more mental clarity about your relationships and you’ll be in a better position to make important decisions. Don’t let practical concerns weigh you down,

there’s so much more to life. You may also experience sudden and unexpected career opportunities or dramas and you’ll need to be ready to grab the bull by the horns to make the most of the situation. Capricorn – December 22 – January 20 Don’t let your serious side get in the way of having fun. You need to lighten your load and take the monkey off your back. this month may see you in conflict with which direction you want to head and being too serious and duty bound will not serve you well. Keep your energy levels as high as possible and stay open to new opportunities. Aquarius – January 21 – february 19 Getting your home and domestic life in order will serve you well this month. You’ll make great progress in bringing in the changes necessary for your personal security and finances. Paying attention to these areas will create really good foundations to build on with your career objectives and increase your financial opportunities for the rest of the year. Pisces – february 19 – March 20 New opportunities will arise with your career and you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You’ll also find yourself with more mental clarity this month in the areas of love and family. Financial health is just as important as your physical health and worry about this can create health problems. Aries – March 20 –April 19 this month will be one of your best, financial. You’ll find yourself more supported by your family and this will serve you well for taking the initiative to make better decisions for your family’s future. Your personal creativity will also contribute to you moving ahead and creating new structures for yourself and the people you work with. remember, you need to work with others to reap the rewards of your initiatives in the workplace.

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Ita Buttrose Magazine magnate, OBE recipient and subject of a very famous Cold Chisel track, Ita Buttrose is admired by many - and she’s here on the Gold Coast appearing at a special event during the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.


saw Ita speak once - actually it was here on the GC. As you’d imagine, she was eloquent, interesting and full of wisdom. Any media professional aspires to be like her. She was the founding editor of Cleo and later, famously the youngest ever to be appointed editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly, which was at that time per capita, the largestselling magazine in the world. Aside from the success however, is her intelligence and willingness to engage those of us who work hard and who see there’s a little more intelligence to the world than the Kardashians or low brow reality programming. In fact, it was her strong, intelligent standpoint that rocketed the Australian Women’s Weekly to fame during her reign as editor. She identified their ‘reader’ in her editor’s note once: “We decided that you were an intelligent woman, who’s interested in everything that’s going on, the type of person who wants a great deal more out of life, like us. Certain aspects of women’s lib appeal to you, but you’re not aggressive about it. And again, like us, you’re all for men as long as they know their place…” Ita’s famous for standing up for her beliefs too, no matter the topic, and a worthy role model for many. Ita’s been voted ‘Australia’s most admired woman’ twice, and she’s pioneered an inspirational path for many juggling challenging work-life responsibilities.

In 1959 we saw Ita’s first ever byline in The Daily Telegraph which the then 17-year-old cadet journalist achieved for covering Britain’s Princess Alexandra’s Australian tour. By 23, Ita was appointed women’s editor of the Telegraph. Ever the fashionista, in 1966 she won a racetrack fashion contest for which the first prize was an overseas trip. It was during this adventure abroad Ita decided to work in the UK. She stayed in London long enough for a stint at respected national title Woman’s Own and to have her first child, Kate. Not too long after Kate’s birth, Ita received a telegram from Sir Frank Packer, head of Australian Consolidated Press (ACP), offering her back her former job as women’s editor at the Telegraph, so she and her family returned home. In 1971 Ita was chosen as founding editor of a new ACP women’s magazine, originally to have been an Australian edition of American’s popular Cosmopolitan. The deal fell through though, so Ita joined a team who set about creating a new publication which evolved into Cleo, launched in 1972 and still going strong. You may even recall Cleo notoriously broke new ground in Australian mainstream publishing by featuring the first nude male centrefold (actor, Jack Thompson) and frank articles on female sexuality. Ita edited Cleo until 1975, when she was appointed editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly (1975–1976), then she became editor-

in-chief of both publications from 1976–1978, before being appointed publisher of the ACP Women’s Division from 1978. In 1981 she was lured away from the Packers by media rivals, the Murdochs, who had offered her the role of editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. At this point Ita hit another important media milestone, as she became the first female editor of a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia. Her media, business and even philanthropic achievements go on and on. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, and became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988. In 2003, Ita was awarded the Centenary Medal, and among her many public service and charitable activities, she is a patron of Women of Vision (World Vision Australia). A prolific writer and speaker, Ita has it all going on. Ironically, she was once quoted as saying to The Daily Telegraph, “I did tell them [Jimmy Barnes and his Cold Chisel band mates] that of all the things I’ve done in my career, my kids Kate and Ben thought Cold Chisel’s Ita eclipsed them all.” Ita is the inspirational guest speaker set to appear at this year’s Ladies Boat Show Lunch, part of the extensive ‘Women on Water’ program at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 24-27.

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