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One of Australia’s most iconic resort courses, Links Hope Island, is quickly emerging as a vibrant private club. It’s more than world class golf at Links Hope Island; It’s also about the exceptional lifestyle opportunities.

It’s a lifestyle for a lifetime.

The month of December presents some exciting socialising and celebrating opportunities for all. Please join us for the following events proudly presented by Links Hope Island. Visitors and guests welcome.

For more information regarding our events or our evolution into a private club, please contact reception on (07) 5530 9000 or visit


DECEMBER: Wednesday 2nd – Ladies Christmas Rosebowl Saturday 12th – Dinner on the Green Wednesday 16th – Peter Senior Charity Pro Am Thursday 24th – Christmas Eve Carols Friday 25th – Christmas Day Seafood Buffet Thursday 31st – New Years Eve Party

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Weekend Markets Opening December 5th 2009

A bustling European village atmosphere, with a mix of producers, farmers and local artisans, returns to the Marina Quays Village every Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 3.30pm.

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• More than 250 outlets • Growers markets from all over southeast Queensland • Restaurants, cafés and fresh foods • Antiques, fashion, jewellery and artists works • Entertainment including opera singers, bands, facepainters and magicians • The best variety on the Gold Coast • Chat directly with growers and artisans

Waterfront Markets, corner of Hope Island Rd & Sickle Ave, Hope Island Market information: 07 5514 1555


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ho moved Christmas? Last time I checked, it was still eight months away. And now, it’s leapfrogging its way into a shopping day countdown. That probably doesn’t matter to those clever people, who have their festivities signed up and locked in until 2020 and beyond. But spare a thought for the less fortunate at this time of the year, those who leave the preparing, buying, wrapping, card sending and meal organising to the absolute last minute. Christmas comes with so many mixed messages. It’s meant to be a time for relaxing and kicking back with family, friends and food, yet the lead-up to the big event is jammed packed with demands. Of course, if you want the real word on Christmas, go straight to the source and ask some wide-eyed four-year olds, as we did this week. All they have on their mind is waking up as early as possible on Christmas Day, heading straight into the lounge room, then ripping open as many presents as they possibly can, in the least possible amount of time. For them, it’s pure uncontained excitement as their toys stack up in ever increasing piles.

And where’s the caring and sharing in that? Don’t you remember what it was like when you were little? When you’d sneak into your parents’ room, on the threat of certain annilihation, then take your life in your hands anyway by balancing on chairs to check the top of the wardrobe? Looking for their secret Christmas hiding places, half of you not really wanting to spoil the surprise, but every other part itching to tear a little corner of the wrap so it won’t be noticed, and check on the present inside? It’s all there in that world of sheer exhuberance children have around Christmas that they so willingly share. There is nothing more delicious than watching this young indulgence unfold at this time. When they light up, you light up. Christmas is about children, it’s about family and friends and all the attachments that go with them. So enjoy their small joy. Because before you even know it, that Christmas will have whizzed by as well. Sharon Kells

get it The staff of Get It Media wish all their readers and advertisers a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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On average 22,000 copies of Get It Hope Island are mailed to residents in Hope Island, Santa Barbara, Sanctuary Cove, River Links, Coomera, Coomera Waters, Regatta Waters, Oxenford, Helensvale, Mt Tamborine, Monterey Keys, Oyster Cove, Cova, Boykambil, Paradise Point, Sovereign Island and Ephraim Island. 10,000 copies are available free at Café Delicious, 11/3 Cottonwood Place, Oxenford; Bread Garden, Westfield Mall, Helensvale; X Coffee, Aqua Building, Labrador; Bahia, The Promenade, Sanctuary Cove; The Coffee Club, Homeworld Centre, Helensvale; R & B Salon, Marina Shopping Village, Hope Island; IGA, Hope Island Central, 340 Hope Island Rd; Sanctuary Cove Rec Club, Gleneagles Drive, Sanctuary Cove; Points Boutique, 6-8 Grice Ave, Paradise Point; Links Golf Club, Hope Island; Upper Style, Shop B3 Coomera City Centre; Café Opera, Harbour Town; Danys Pizza Pasta, Hope Island Central, 340 Hope Island Rd; Spendelove, Ferry Rd Markets, Southport; Gold Coast Dog Grooming, 145 Old Pacific Hwy, Oxenford Centro. Get It Hope Island is published monthly by Get It Media Pty Ltd. Whilst all efforts are made to ensure information and advertising material is correct, no responsibility is accepted for wrong or misleading information contained within. Copyright: All original material supplied by the publisher is copyright and cannot be used or reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Views expressed by the contributors are personal views and they are not necessarily those of the Publisher. Indemnity: Advertisers and advertising agents warrant to the publisher that any advertising material placed in Get It Hope Island is in no way infringement of any copyright or other right and does not breach confidence, is not defamatory, libelous, or unlawful, does not slander title, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the Trade Practices Act or any other laws, regulation or statues. Moreover, advertisers and advertising agents agree to the indemnify their publishers or its agents against any claims, demands, proceedings, damages, costs, including legal costs or expenses properly incurred, penalties or judgments’ occasioned to the publisher in consequences of any breach of the above warranties.

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Saturday, January 9-Friday, January 22. The Australian Tennis Seniors championships will be held at Mermaid Waters, on the Gold Coast, in January, for players aged 35 and older. The first week of play will see competition between the States, with the second week dedicated to individual championships in the singles, double and mixed doubles events. For details contact 3264 3556.


Thursday, January 21, 7.30pm. The Disney movie High School Musical started the trend, and now it’s time to check out the homegrown stage version. High School Musical 2 will feature at the Gold Coast Arts Centre early in the new year, as part of the Centre’s 20092010 Performing Arts Summer School. It promises to be an event that will vibrate with excitement – and one you can take the kids along to, or will they be taking you? To book, phone the box office on 5588 4000.


Sunday, December 6, 8am-1pm. Everyone loves the market life, and The Village Markets at Burleigh Heads are a popular showcase for local fashion designers, artists and vintage buffs. The markets are held at the Burleigh Heads State School and are great places to find the bargains.


Friday, December 18, 6.30pm-11.30pm. The best that singer Neil Diamond has to offer and that Steve Cummins has to perform. That’s the line-up for the Neil Diamond Super Hits Show, which is set to feature at the Quality Hotel, Mermaid Waters, cnr Markeri Street and Sunshine Boulevarde, Mermaid Waters. See the show solo or include a two course meal. For details call 5572 2500.


December 1-24. It’s Christmas for the month of December at the Cove Café at the Hyatt, with a Christmas buffet lunch running right up until the big day. Take a choice of hot or cold delights and the very best of the dessert choices, for just $36 a person. Make sure you book. Call 5501 9840.


Sunday, January 17-Saturday, January 23. Here’s a chance to go natural and commune with some Aussie wildlife. For a week, the focus is on the Lamington National Park and a program of activities that includes tracking, trailing, spotlighting and workshops that educate and

entertain. You can also walk with the birds, commune with reptiles and breathe in the bush air. Contact 5502 4911 for details.


Friday, January 1-Sunday, January 17. Much more than a horse sale, the Magic Millions festival runs through January and features all the excitement of the race days, social mixing and fashion showings. More than 40 events have been organised throughout the program with Saturday, January 9, the day of the Magic Millions main race event – a sporting and glamour outing that you won’t want to miss. Phone 5504 1200.


New Year’s Eve, December 31. 9pm. The night skies over the Paradise Point foreshores will light up in a spectacular display of fireworks. Organised by the Gold Coast Youth Centre and the Gold Coast City Council, the evening will be all about family fun and entertainment starting at 6pm, and winding up after the light and brights show at 9.30pm. For more details contact 5537 5113.

v CLASSICS AND CHRISTMAS Saturday, December 12. Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Mark Turpin will present Classics and Christmas at the Art Centre, featuring classic orchestral music and the shows including performances by Maurice Windleburn, Cello & Hayden Smith, Piano & Christmas and the vocal ensemble, Signature. For details contact the box office on 5588 4000.


December 5. The sweet sounds of the Loreta Girls College, on tour from Bathurst, will lead Runaway Bay Lions Christmas Carols. The choir is touring the state and the 35-piece concert band and choir will make a special visit to the Lions event, at the Runaway Bay Soccer Club. The carols launch at 5.30pm, followed by harmony group Trio 2che, the operatic voice of 15-yearold Kirra Alexanda and the man with a thousand songs, Peter Javelin. Emma Woods and Michael Jacobs will also perform and for the kids, the animal show Rompin Stompin will join Pom Pom the clown. At 8.30pm, the fireworks begin. It's a free event supported by the Gold Coast City Council and the Runaway Bay Shopping Village.

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Links Hope Island Golf Club is backing this year’s Salvation Army Giving Tree Appeal, in aid of The Stillwaters Refuge for women and children in Southport. The appeal runs for three weeks from Friday, November 27 to Friday, December 18. To donate, place your unwrapped gift under the tree in the foyer at the golf club reception. The gifts are geared for women, and children12 years of age and under. You can also make a cash donation in the Salvation Army kettles at the golf club. Make the first Hope Island giving tree appeal a generous one.

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v LINKS HOPE ISLAND Christmas Eve Carols December 24, 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Join the Christmas spirit with carols and a stage show presented by a local church and a Santa showing. Bring the family, a blanket and your best carol voice and enjoy a show on the lawns. A barbecue will be provided and drinks available until 10pm when the bar closes.

Christmas Day Lunch 12pm – 2pm. Enjoy a delightful seafood buffet this Christmas and take the stress out of the day. Cost $89 for adults, $59 for children up to 12. Drinks available from the Fountain Court.

New Year’s Eve Party The 40th anniversary of the summer of 1969 is the theme for the New Year’s Eve party. Dig out those groovy outfits and get dancing. Three course dinner, $65 per person. Midnight fireworks and entertainment from five-piece band Hard Word. Arrive 6.30pm for 7.30pm first course.

Night of Indulgence January, 22. 6.30pm. A skin, hair and fashion forum hosted by Arbonne and Salon VIP. Cost $10. Call 0414 385 981. For more information on above events call 5530 9000

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Betting on the magic Somewhere in the stables, there could be a horse with your name on it. And who knows, down the track, a golden Cup for the ‘pool room’.

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n racing circles, the bay filly was seen by some as a ‘blogger’. Short bodied, stocky, possessing none of the lean graceful lines of a racing pedigree. When owner Tony Santic put her up for sale in England, her reserve was rumoured to be a mere $3000. But when she failed to meet even this mark, he put her back in the stables where the little bay proved to be a sleeper. After training with David Hall and later the Freedman camp, the mare, everafter to be known as Makybe Diva, went on to win three Melbourne Cups, a feat that earned her the title of Australia’s highest earning race horse and a place in track history.

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It’s this unpredictability of the horse racing industry and the randomness of result that makes for its endearing appeal. You put all the checks and balances in place – the recognised breeding, the tried and tested lineage, the winner’s gait, the noble form. Then, from so far out of left field that it’s not even on the radar, the runt of the litter takes the prize and creates a legend. It’s what thoroughbred shoppers go looking for. That special something in the steed. The spirit, the will, the fire in the flanks – the extra factor that backs the breeding but creates an all-important difference. “Buyers will be looking for that something in the horse that sets

it apart. A look in the eye, their general appearance,’’ says Greg Irvine, media spokesman for the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions festival. “Sometimes it’s the way they walk, or maybe even the way their ears fall.’’ Greg says there are many reasons that attract the buying interest and the Magic Millions is certainly where the action goes under the hammer. For more than two weeks in January, ‘all the tried and tested trainers from the stables near and far’ gather at the Gold Coast headquarters at Bundall to do some serious horsetrading. The cream of the country’s untried horses – the yet to race yearlings – present their pedigrees to buyers from all over the Australia and overseas. “That’s the unknown ingredient in this game. These horses have the best backgrounds and breeding credentials, but they haven’t been put to the test yet in a race,” says Greg. “You could end up buy_ ing something like Shocking, originally purchased at our sale for $45,000, which ended up winning more than $3 million in this year’s Cup alone. “There are no rules. A pauper can turn out to beat a prince – it’s the intrigue of the racing game,” says Greg. More than 1200 yearlings are expected at the 2010 Magic Millions sale, which if the buying runs to form could easily net more than $75 million over the trade period. “The first four days are our premier days when most of the big buying is done,” says Greg. “Last year, even though sales were a little down because of the economic situation, we still took in more than $66 million in that session alone.” The influx of trainers, buyers, bloodstock agents, their families and anyone remotely related to racing also boosts the local economy. Hotels are booked out as far down as Coolangatta and the

interest is estimated to bring in more than $90m to local businesses and services. It’s likely the event’s owners advertising guru John Singleton and retail entrepreneur Gerry Harvey, will pop up more than once at the show, while the third member of the racing trifecta, Robert Ferguson prefers a low profile. But it’s not an occasion confined only to the flanks and bearing of the young fillies and colts. It brings with it a calendar jammed packed with social, fashion and entertainment diversions. High on this list is the big event, the BMW Magic Millions race day, held at the Gold Coast Turf Club, on Saturday, January 9, which sees horses bought at previous year’s sales entitled to race in set events, the highlight being the Graduate Stakes. The race brings a $4.6m purse for the four-legged winner, while on the field, the glamourous fashion judging delivers major prizes for the best-dressed two-legged winner. The big hotels will also be spreading the magic with the Sheraton Mirage hosting the Women in Racing lunch on Monday January 4; the Palazzo Versace welcoming the Sparkling Ladies lunch on Wednesday, January 6 and the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort giving us Hats and High Tea on Thursday, January 7. And for the men, Conrad Jupiters at Broadbeach has lunch ready and waiting for Carbine Club members on Tuesday, January 4. “It’s what makes the Magic Millions so special,” one trainer explains. “You can come to buy horses, but can also bring your wife and family along. “The women can shop and sightsee, or enjoy the social events, while the kids can hit the theme parks.” And for all concerned, it’s the time in January when the magic brings in the millions. v

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at Rafter is a nice guy. Everyone knows it. Easy going, friendly, polite. Not known for dummy spits or courtside rants. Accommodating to the media and willing to answer questions without irritation, even though he’s answered them a million and one times before. He’s the all-round decent bloke that defined his professional career. The label even comes with official paperwork – a diploma of honour from the international committee for fair play, a humanitarian award named after former champion Arthur Ashe, the Stefan Edberg Sportsman award four times over, and not forgetting, the Australian of the Year award. They don’t give that one away lightly. It’s well-known that Pat grew up in a strong Catholic family, and his down to earth upbringing steered him clear of the usual celebrity controversies and tennis tantrums. His code of conduct on and off court won the respect of fellow players and the watching audience. But as far the ‘niceness’ thing goes, according to Pat it can wear a little thin.

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ing the serve to the SWING “it can be a bit annoying. the thing is, i’m just not that nice,” says pat. “i’m a ratbag like a lot of people. i grew up in a family of nine kids – you couldn’t be anything else. “i’m most definitely not perfect pat, and on days when you’re in a bad mood, it’s hard to have that hanging over you.” last month, the australian tennis legend was in town to support fordo’s family golf day at hope island, an event organised each year by friend and former sports commentator, david “fordo’ fordham. the two-time grand slam winner was the main attraction on the day and, accompanied by brother peter, was more than happy to swing a club, instead of a racquet, to help raise money for the rafter Cherish the Children charity. but before teeing off, he did the ‘nice thing’ and sat down for a chat to answer those questions again – about the highs of winning back-toback us open titles, the lows of losing back-toback Wimbledon finals, the importance of his big bustling ‘cricket team’ of a family, the building of his environmentally geared home at noosa – oh yes, and a viewpoint or two on the controversy surrounding his old tennis opponent, andre agassi “agassi was a surprise,” says pat, referring to recent disclosures in the american’s book Open – The Autobiography that he had taken drugs during his playing career, then lied to officials to escape a ban when found out. “it’s hard to understand why he would bring this all out now,” says pat. “and he has put the association of tennis professionals right in it. they gave him a lifeline at the time and believed his version of taking those drugs by mistake, when he didn’t. “then again, i suppose it’s all about the book, and he wants an honest book, so i guess it has to be told that way.” but what about the hair weaves? “that wasn’t a shock at all,” says pat. “andre would always be wearing a hat or cap and never really hit the showers after the games with us,” says pat.

“but the day he came in to the rooms, straight off the clay courts, sweaty and grubby, then went onto the table still wearing his hat for a massage, we knew there was a problem – and that the suspicions about him wearing a wig might have been true.” in 1998, pat rafter was at the top of his game. on a rankings profile, he’d come virtually out of nowhere to take the us open title in 1997 and then restamped his game the following year with a repeat win – a slam dunk double whammy. he was feted as an international sporting celebrity, and australia took its home grown hero to heart. the wins were justification for a life serving and volleying that started in the mining town of Mount isa when he was just five years old, and for sacrifices he and his family had made to reach the top. growing up with eight siblings, money was always stretched and pat shared tennis lessons with his older brother geoff, picking up the last 10 minutes allocated. but when he started showing obvious promise, team rafter was right there in the slipstream. his mother, Jocelyn took to the road with pat attending tournaments all over the country, leaving the family in the care of husband Jim, but all lent their support. “it was a group effort, a group concept, because we knew patrick had the ability to be number one,’’ says sister Maree. but in the millennium year 2000, there was only one rafter on the centre court at england’s Wimbledon, facing old rival pete sampras for the golden trophy. Continued overleaf

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his land care begins at home. “We talk to the kids about it and try to lead by example by using water tanks, green power and by installing solar hot water panels in our own home,’’ says Pat. “But anyone can do it. You don’t wait for others. It’s small things, like turning lights off, using low wattage bulbs . “It’s everyone’s responsibility and that the small changes and contributions at the individual level can have a meaningful impact.’’ Pat is also still flogging undies under the Bond’s brand, with one of the perks being drawers full of free briefs. Question time over, Pat heads back to play his other favourite sport, golf, and mix and match it with the locals. And the impression he’s left behind. Well, what can we say. Sportsman, environmentalist, fundraiser, father – and yes, as short-term connections go, seems like a genuine nice guy.v

During the final, which he lost, he admitted nerves got the better of him and he simply ‘choked’. A year later, he was back facing Croatian Goran Ivanisevic and again lost the final. “The first final I choked. I couldn’t make shots I know I was capable of. But that was okay. I had never expected to be there playing Wimbledon a so the result was okay,’’ says Pat. “But when I lost to Goran, I came away bitterly, bitterly disappointed, just shattered,’’ Pat was reported as saying. Not long after, Pat retired quietly and unobtrusively, married girlfriend Lara Feltham, had two children Joshua and India, and these days, lives with his family on the Noosa beachfront, a skip and a jump into the morning surf. He’s combined a commitment to the environment with his Cherish the Children foundation, set up in 1998 with winnings from his US Open win – and









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Dean and Brett McCallum, and Pat Rafter.

Ingredients 4 egg whites 1 cup caster or superfine sugar 3/4 - 1 pint whipping cream 3 tablespoons (3oz) pecan nuts. Strawberries , blueberries, or cherries to suit. Grated chocolate to decorate

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avlovas are a bit of a Christmas tradition in Australia. They are often found on the dessert menu of most families festive lunches, and although they can be quite rich, they also make a light, fluffy addition to menu. The pavlova basically consists of beaten egg whites and sugar, baked to a give a crisp outer shell and soft inner centre – then filled with whatever you like, but usually a mixture of cream and fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, passsionfruit, or cherries. However, this is one dish where your

imagination can flow free. Flavour the cream with liqueur for a more grown up dessert, add chopped nuts, or chocolate. Blend the cream with a pureed fruit like mango. It’s really up to your taste. It also almost doesn’t matter if the crust is a bit crumbled. If it doesn’t come out nice and even, you can piece it together, lay over the cream, decorate the top with passionfruit or even pomegranagte seeds as we have here, and no one will know any difference. Try out our recipe for a delcious Christmas treat.

Method l Line two baking sheets with baking paper. l Draw a 9 inch circle on to one of them. l Whip egg whites in a large grease-free bowl until stiff. lAdd the sugar gradually, continuing to beat until the mixture is very glossy. l Pipe or spoon a layer of meringue mixture on to the circle marked on the greaseproof paper, then place spoonfuls all around the edge to build up a ‘wall’. l Bake in preheated oven at 140C/275 F/gas for two to three hours. l Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. l When cold, peel off the greaseproof paper carefully. l Whip the cream in a large bowl until stiff. l Chop remaining nuts and fruit, and fold into cream. l Pile into the meringue base. l Decorate  as you like, with pomegranate seeds, grated chocolate, passionfruit or even another layer of berries – the choices are optional. l Serve immediately.

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HERE was a time when the eternal sunshine of Grace Gawler’s compassionate mind faltered. It should have happened on a day in 1974, when she and her then boyfriend, 25-year-old vet Ian Gawler learnt that the lump on his leg was not caused by a pulled muscle, but likely to be the result of an aggressive and highly lethal bone cancer. Or, even 10 days later, when the diagnosis was confirmed and his right leg was amputated. Or a few months down the track, when Ian’s weight plummeted to 42kgs, his skin turned yellow and doctors bet on him having just two weeks to live. But it didn’t. On these days, for the most part, 21-year-old Grace remained steadfast, calm, supportive. She’d already decided to shelve her own plans for university and part time modelling, and do whatever it took to help this young man, with whom she’d been involved just six months, survive. And if this was going to work, there could be little room for doubt – even less for self. It was important she stay in control. So, when the overwhelming fear did come, and the enormity of her choices hit home, she pushed all aside, took a deep breath and returned to the strength of her eternal optimism. Without being asked, Grace became her partner’s carer. For the next days, nights, weeks, months and years, she nursed and supported him through a labour-intensive journey of alternative and mainstream medical therapies. She prepared round-the-clock juices, organic food, provided massage, gave daily healing hand treatments, administered vitamins, changed sweat-soaked sheets and chased up every possible avenue of hope. She arranged trips overseas to Filipino psychic healers, Indian spiritual men and a visit to a Scottish new age centre. And at the end of this long, drawn out process, Ian Gawler survived and his recovery from what had been an inevitable death sentence, became a drawcard for others with cancer, desperate to know his methods, hopeful they too could beat the odds. He and Grace married, had four children and set up a healing centre in rural Victoria, which became known as the Gawler Foundation, and which advocated meditation and

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diet as ways to help overcome the disease. It became Lourdes-like in its status. Hundreds of people turned up from all over the country each week to undergo 10-day courses to help find their own remission. But while the survivor’s story gathered public momentum and accolades, the carer’s fell by the wayside, something Grace says is common in the cancer picture, particularly with women. Grace, who now lives at Paradise Point and runs courses in supportive healing says its in the nature of women to give their all to care for those they love. “When Ian was diagnosed, the fact was that we hardly really knew each other, and he had never shown any serious commitment to me. “But I was the only one who was there willing to step forward and help,’’ says Grace. “And when I did, from the moment I made that decision to do whatever was needed to help him recover, my own life went so far on the backburner that from there on in, there was nothing left – and it cost me greatly.’’ Grace lived the cancer journey intimately, through circumstance and her own curious desire to unravel the matrix of this uncompromising disease. She saw Ian through hundreds of treatments, both alternative and medical, analysed and recorded their apparent successes and failures, lived with the bone-pointing pronouncements of imminent death, the constant emotional demands, the highs and lows, the minute by minute sacrifices. And now, after nearly forty years of working in the business of cancer, she believes it is well and truly time it was given an extreme makeover. “Medically, there have been a lot of advances in cancer treatments from when I first became involved with Ian,” says Grace, who now lives with new partner Pip Cornall at Paradise Point. “We also have the internet, which wasn’t available when I was looking for options, so people can access research from all over the world. “A lot more is going on, and people are more individually aware. “But despite some amazing changes, many of the old patterns remain in place. “People are told they have cancer and immediately go into a shock and fear. Continued overleaf


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get it feature “they sit in a doctor’s office, often in a state of trauma, but are left, without any real understanding of what’s happening to them, and try to make decisions on how best to save their lives.” grace calls herself a cancer coach, a term she recognises comes fringed with new ‘age wonderment’. “but it’s simply the best way i can describe the work we do,” grace says, who with partner pip Cornall has set up programs to help people clarify their choices in treating cancer. she says after ian recovered, many people thought the cure lay in simply changing their diet and meditating. “but ian underwent more than 31 different kinds of treatments, including potent chemotherapy which he undertook long after he learnt to meditate. “When ian was sick, he had constant and unremitting support. he had someone to do all the work, the preparation. he didn’t do this alone, and many of the treatments, including the meditation, at the time didn’t prove to be the answer.” grace says such impressions that healing is just a matter of sheer will, positive thinking and focus are a little too simple in the complexity of a disease like cancer. “people think that unless they go all alternative, it won’t work, while others are too frightened to try anything but the medical route.’’

but grace believes the best way of dealing with the disease is to bring the strains of modern medicine and alternative treatments together. “there are so many treatments making so many claims, and we need to have a way where people can find confidence and clarity in their choices. “We need to help people unravel the confusion, and back up their choices with the means and methods to follow through. “that’s a path to healing.” grace would also like to see changes to regulations allowing overseas treatments to become available in australia, especially some advanced procedures being undertaken in europe. “people who have cancer don’t need to be told these restrictions are in their best interests. they need access to the treatments that have potential to save their lives, and we should be supporting that.” grace is the author of two books – the first Grace Grit and Gratitude, is the story of her life with ian, their marriage breakup and the healing involved in their relationship. the second, Women of Silence, looks at issues surrounding breast cancer and again, the work of healing on all levels. v lFor more information on Grace, cancer support and the work she and partner Pip Cornall undertake, contact 5577 2997 or email


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Zambia – the When Michael Wallis-Brown accepted an invitation to go Tiger fishing on Africa’s mighty Zambezi River, he didn’t expect this wild, untamed country to leave its indelible imprint on his soul.

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he great wall of water that is Victoria Falls marks the divide between Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Bantu dialect, it is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya – the Mist that Thunders – and is an evocative sight as it tumbles to its destination, never failing to touch the soul. But for me, the real mystery of its awesome beauty lies at the source, and the mighty Zambezi River, flowing 3000km from its origins in landlocked northern Zambia through Mozambique and out to the Indian Ocean. Zambia is the very beating heart of Africa, the Zambezi River, the artery through which the lifeblood of the continent pumps. Wherever it moves, it breathes fertility into a vast dry land leaving its riverbanks rich with vegetation, habitation and a sanctuary to the many wild animals that belong only to this country. Although I was born and grew up in South Africa, it wasn’t until I returned from overseas to the promise of an adventure fishing trip on the Zambezi River that I came to understand the potent nature of Zambia. To me, the countries to the north of South Africa had always been a mystery, a slightly sinister group that in my eyes represented the deepest darkest part of Africa. But as I grew up, so did this wild part of the world, including Zambia. While civil unrest disrupted many of its neighbours, Zambia evolved with stability and took over from Zimbabwe as a major tourist destination. With its untouched beauty and natural wilderness, it had become a popular destination for visitors wanting adventure and a sense of the true Africa. I was about to join them and taste the adrenalin that underpins the rawness of this country. Camping on the banks of the Zambezi

river, I would look up from my breakfast table and watch as massive elephants meandered around the campsite perimeter, or wake in the morning to find giant paw marks of lions in the sand next to my tent, a calling card from a night visit. And I would watch the giant Nile Crocs, nicknamed ‘flat-dogs’ by the locals, sitting at water level with their big buoyant eyes, watching me and my every move on shore. For me, this was the real deal, and the start of an adventure that began once I

had landed at Johannesburg and caught a connecting flight to Lukasa. Lukasa is Zambia’s capital, a busy, bustling town flavoured by its people and habits, and a place of warm welcome. From here, with friends Mark Bryant and John Tedder, who had arranged the details, we would head to the Sanctuary

Retreats Kulefu Camp, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi in the Lower Zambezi National Park, a place famous for catching the fighting Tiger fish. Taking a Cessna 206 from Lusaka and landing on a bush airstrip somewhere in the park, was in itself a recountable experience. But then we hit the water and took a boat ride to the Kulefu site, a modern bush safari camp designed to give visitors an uncensored taste of Zambia. Local guides were on hand to explain both the culture and the habits of the wildlife – a lecture that turned out to be well worth listening to. The seven spacious tents in the camp were set on teak platforms made from commercially grown forests, all with spectacular views of the river. Each tent had its own lounge area and viewing deck. Carved wooden tables and woven chairs complemented the four-poster beds and canvas walls – camping taken to its most luxurious heights. It took us just minutes to settle in and gear up for what would be our daily routine – up to greet the sun, out on the water, fishing for the big ones, a quick lunch break, then back to the sandbanks for the smaller ones, and drinks floating down the river viewing spectacular wildlife until the sun set. The fondest memory I have of my trip was of sitting on a boat at 6:30am, heading out to fish, with the glassy water skimming under the boat and watching the magnificent African sunrise creep over the mountains. I thought I was in Eden, and said to myself, “This is it. This is Africa in all its raw, unadulterated beauty’. And so it was. We discovered the fishing rules of the Zambezi required the drinking of many of the local Mozi beers – an alcoholic mist Continued overleaf

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necessary, according to legend, if you had any chance of catching the ferocious Tiger fish. I’d done a lot of fishing in my life, including chasing the mighty blue Marlin, but even though that was spectacular, there is nothing to compare to finding, hooking, and landing the Tiger fish. They are carnivores, related to the piranha, with razor sharp teeth and a

the most conservative of South Africans. After eating, we headed out to the knee deep sandbanks, where we could sit back in the water and cool off through the heat of the midday, sipping a few more Mozi’s, and then try our luck for the elusive Zambezi bream, another fighter fish that can weigh up to five pounds. The Zambezi River teems with Nile crocodiles, the largest of their species, as

an environment ruled by its natural cycles, and where man is ‘just a visitor passing through’. Lazy afternoons on the sandbanks fish-ing for bream, using light tackle and worms, were relaxing and enjoyable. We would talk, eat the food we’d packed, wait for the fish to bite and watch the passing parade of wildlife, both in the water and on the shore.

cunning will. They are also aerobatic masters, and put up a fight of magnificent proportions to their weight. We used fillets of ‘cheza’ fish – the local Golden Nile perch as bait – drifting lazily down the river in the hot sun waiting for the elusive initial ‘feel’ as they took the line. We fished with free spools, sometimes letting the Tigers ‘run’ with the bait for a few minutes until we were sure the hook was in the mouth and ready to be ‘stuck’ into its boney jaws. This is the essence of Tiger fishing. If we were lucky enough to hook one, we would need to ‘double strike’ to make sure the hook was set, and then concentrate on keeping the tip of rod low in the water to prevent the forceful predator from jumping straight up and throwing the hook – which they do fifty per cent of the time, even with the most experienced angler. When finally we netted the Tigers and secured them with our boga grips – a necessity if you wanted to avoid that mouth full of teeth – they were weighed, photographed for posterity, then released back in the water to fight another day. At noon, we would head back to the lodge for a late ‘big breakfast’ and the first of the days ‘fines’ – shots of gin to keep the mozzies away and to lift the spirits. The worst ‘fine’ came when you failed to catch a fish. You were required to fish naked all afternoon until you caught one. But being in Africa, surrounded by nature, with a few gins to bolster your courage, it never seemed a hard thing to do even, for

well as massive hippos and a few other unfriendly creatures of the wild. During my first few days at Kulefu, I was terrified by this information, with visions of being eaten by a monster croc, or upended on the river by a territorial male hippo – and then eaten by the crocs. But this is where our experienced guides stepped in and wised us up. Whenever there’s a croc about and you’re fishing from a shoreline or sandbank, they explained, you need to stand a good two metres back from the edge and keep moving. Crocs are extremely patient and will sit and observe sometimes for days, then when ready, launch at lightening speed to attack. But although that first move in the water has been clocked at more than 60km/h, they are slow on land, with their small feet and an ungainly body adapted more for swimming, where with a massive tail driving them, they are lethal. They also weren’t fond of the sandbanks, so we felt completely safe, sitting drinking our Mozi’s in our little part of the Zambezi. It was the same story with the hippos. If they looked like moving too near to the boat, we would stomp our feet fiercely on the bottom, the vibrations causing the huge mammal to move on. It was experiences like these that gave me a feel for the real Africa. No safety nets, no guarantees, no protective fences. Just a law of the wild at work, which as we integrated and found some understanding of its ways, allowed us the profound experience of involvement in

Then, as the sun left the sky in a breathtaking display of colour and majesty, the sounds of Africa would ring out, noisy and intense – the hippos grunting in harmony, the big cats emerging from the cool of the bush with a roaring rumble preparing for their nightly hunting rituals, the eerie laughter of the hyenas, and of course the unmistakable cry of the majestic African fish eagles. Back at our safari camp, the fires had been lit, the tables laid and a magnificent barbecue prepared. The day ended but the night was upon us and Africa came alive. The experience of lying in bed, enveloped by a fine mossie net trying to sleep, listening to Africa come alive right outside my tent was an unbelievable experience. The first night, I listened to a pride of lions fight over a kill with a pack of hyenas a few hundred metres from my tent. The second night, a territorial male hippo decided to call to all his conquests within a 10 mile radius right next to my tent. But with the calm guidance of the guides and trackers, it turned into an experience I would never forget. By the time I left, Africa’s noise had become a sweet lullaby as I drifted off to sleep, dreaming of giant Tiger fish, and knowing that as long as I obeyed the rules of Africa, and respected that I was just a ‘visitor’, Africa would look after me and provide me with the experience of a life time. v l Michael Wallis-Brown made travel arrangements to South Africa through Harvey World Travel Hope Island. 5530 8633.

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he kids had no problem letting us know what christmas is all about. For them it’s simple. christmas is for presents. For getting a new DS nintendo game, a quad bike, a telescope, or, on one little boy’s wish list, a Ferrari, the grown-up kind. It’s also when you eat lots of chicken, get lots of chocolates and your nana hugs and kisses a lot. When christmas comes, Santa gets really tired because he has to fly all over the world before he gets to your house with the presents. Then, he has to check in your room and make sure you’re asleep before he stomps around and makes a lot of noise looking for the christmas tree. If you don’t have a chimney, Santa has to knock on your door or use a key to get in. Tommy is a little worried. His house has a fireplace and if Santa comes down his chimney, his pants could burn off.

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but Leo has it covered. He’s leaving water out for the reindeers to drink with their carrots, so if Santa comes to his house, his pants a-burning, he’ll just throw the water over him and cool him down. mya says Santa doesn’t have to come down the chimney because he can use the window and briannon’s dad will be staying up really late to make sure he can open the door if there’s a knock. most children think Santa lives at the north pole, but Tana is convinced he actually lives at the shops because he sees him there all the time. jacob knows that’s not true. He lives at the north pole, but not on his own. “He lives there with the panda bears.’’ “no, he lives at the ice pole,” says Lucius. “and when he comes to my house at christmas, he watches television, eats chocolate and drinks lemon squash.’’ robert leaves cake out for Santa just in case he’s hungry, but says ‘my dad eats it before Santa comes’. max hears Santa landing on his roof, but hides under the covers so he can’t see him. “He’s too fat. He can’t fit to come into our house. He needs to go on a diet,’’ he says.

William also finds santa a little intimidating. “he’s too big. he’s scarey.” Jasmin knows that to have enough money to buy everyone a present, santa has to go to the bank first. and if he runs out, he just goes back and gets some more. she thinks santa is clever because he knows straight away who has been good. but she also thinks he should exercise and lose some weight. noah is hanging out for a telescope at Christmas. “that’s how santa knows where to go, and he’s bringing me one, so i can see where he goes too.” William number two says that santa may live at the north pole but he shops at the south, and Jake thinks he has the biggest house in ice land, so he can store the presents there before giving them to children.


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come even close to a menu. then a warm waft of naan bread, hot from the oven, pulls you in, sits you down and waits for your order. that's the way it is with indian food. simple, fresh ingredients that are laced with spices and seasonings, butters, creams, the use of ghee, tomato pastes and marsala, all combined to an exotic blend of flavours which bring the culture of india to our doorstep. and for a nation that grew up on the basics of meat and three veg, with a roast thrown in on the weekends, it's manna from heaven. lunch... if you are australian born a selection of treats and bred, it’s more than likely

this was the food that gave you your first taste of ‘hot’, something nina randhawa, finds most amusing. “it’s funny how australian people, or other Westerners for that matter, only talk about indian food in terms of the heat,” says nina, a native of north india’s punjab region. “for indians, it’s not like that at all. “i’d never heard of vindaloo curry, until i came to australia and because i lived in a small village, i’d never actually eaten butter chicken before,” laughs nina. “but i know what it is about now because it’s one of our most popular choices.” nina and her husband harry run the randhawa indian restaurant, on hope island central. they are big on the auth-

enticity of their food – and with a menu that has more than 180 choices, that’s a lot of authenticity. “When you choose a curry, every one is created with their own set of herbs and spices, which is not just about the flavour, but also about health and nutrition.” The curries are normally classified as mild, medium and hot, but many customers want to push the limit and go for the hot Australian version of even the more extreme Indian hot. “Australian hot I can eat, but Indian hot, even my husband can’t handle that. “So when customers ask for this, we say to them one, two and three times… are you sure this is what you want. “If they say yes, then we have cooling raita and plenty of water on standby, just in case their palette is not as strong as they think.” Randhawa’s is a beautiful looking restaurant, elegantly decked out in stylish tones of red, black and white, with a glass waterfall at the front entrance and a river deck at the back. Its menu brings the taste of the Indian subcontinent to the table, with a diverse

choice, which includes chicken vindaloo, fish kasturi, lamb madras, chicken tikka marsala, beef saagwala and the range of goat dishes, which are extremely popular, eaten with rice and roti breads. “Goat’s my personal favourite,” says Nina of the dish, which comes cooked both Punjabi and northern Indian style. There is also a huge selection of vegetarian dishes to cater to non-meat eaters. Curries are priced from $16.50 and for great value, the restaurant offers a mixed plate selection of different dishes and side serves as a lunch special for just $14. When Indians eat out, they favour Chinese, and Randhawa’s has a special Indo-Chinese menu, which blends both food styles in an appetising way. Randahawa’s opens seven days a week, and it’s likely you’ll find Nina or Harry enjoying a meal there most nights. “We eat here more than at home,”says Nina. “It’s one of the best advantages of owning a restaurant.” And what better recommendation for a restaurant than to know its where the owners go to eat. v


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any of the plants in our garden are starting to die. I have been hosing when I can, but it doesn’t seem to matter how long I water. When I scape back the mulch, the soil is still bone dry. Is there anything I can do to rescue my garden and get it through the hot summer ahead? a: this is a problem many garden owners are experiencing across the Coast at the moment because of the lack of rain. however, there is still plenty you can do to help your garden along. When we experience long spells without a good drenching of rain, the soil and mulch particles become hydrophobic or water repellent. then, it doesn’t matter how much water you apply onto the garden, it will struggle to absorb and hold water. firstly, you need to regularly apply quality water granules – not crystals – over the mulch surface and directly onto the soil around your plants. if the mulch is built up around plants, you need to pull it back and create a large

bowl shape around the plant to encourage any applied water directly into the root system. because most suburban soils are extremely poor in both their texture and structure, you need to improve it. i use a water granule that remains active for six months and a number of other products to enrich the soil, including liquid or granular compost. this encourages micro-organisms or soil life. these are like 24-hour a day labourers. they burrow in and around the soil, and constantly work on improving its structure, health and fertility. these critters produce humus, which is a rich, sticky substance that provides nutrients to plants. it also clumps and holds the soil particles together. a good structured, live soil will hold moisture for extended periods and provide a stable foundation from which a beautiful, healthy garden will grow and


thrive. there are a number of other beneficial things you can to do to encourage microbe populations. if you would like assistance with your soil or garden, call us at eco garden Care.v Information provided by Grotec. If there are any questions you’d like answered regarding your garden, email

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My financial adviser tells me I need a trust to protect my assets. Are there any dangers in this and what assets should be in the trust? A: Discretionary trusts have traditionally been seen as a safe way to preserve assets for yourself and your family, and not expose them to business downturns. But experienced lawyers and accountants have been concerned with a possible trend in the courts to look beyond the traditional view of trusts. In particular, a decision of the Federal Court seems to suggest some long established rules may have changed. While the case is far from conclusive, people using trusts need to understand that there may be risks where a trust operates virtually as their alter ego. If the court’s approach is accepted, it could open the way for trust assets to be available to creditors, through trustees in bankruptcy or company liquidators. So, some professionals in this area are suggesting limiting a person’s control of their trust for the sake of better asset protection. To do so is more likely to prevent a court saying that a trust you have your assets in (quite properly) is just a sham, with the same person exercising control as trustee, principal and also being a beneficiary. I believe the benefits of properly constructed discretionary trusts are still sufficient to make them valuable structures to protect assets. But you need specialist advice if you intend to transfer assets to a trust, as there are potential costs and risks. Any cash, real estate or other property can be transferred by you to a trust, but if the trust does not pay or give full value for them, they may still be available to pay your business debts, particularly if the decision to change the ownership of the assets is clearly made to avoid creditors. Added to that are costs such as stamp duty, registration fees, legal fees and the big one – capital gains tax. So, my advice is not to go ahead with anything until you have seen your accountant and solicitor and covered every aspect.v

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another property from an unrelated party. Of course, the ultimate merits of this decision would hinge on a number of factors including capital gains tax, stamp duty and expenses related to the sale and purchase. The benefits of property ownership in a SMSF should not be overlooked as the rental income is generally taxed at a lower rate than the individual or corporate tax rate, and the capital gains tax on sale is invariably between 0 and 15 per cent, depending on the age of the member and the ownership period. Traditionally, most investors have sought to purchase direct property in the name of the top marginal tax payer, in order to access the tax benefits of negative gearing and depreciation. However, down the track they often find that the amount of tax paid on capital gains takes the edge of this strategy and therefore alternate strategies like SMSF ownership are now being considered. Make sure that you get the right advice from a financial planner or accountant who specialises in this area. v

I have an investment unit in Surfers which is worth about $290,000 – I owe $190,000 on it – and I have about $350,000 in super. I still owe about $150,000 on my own home. Can I set up a self-managed super fund, move my existing super into it and use the cash to buy my unit, and be able to pay off my remaining home loan debt? A: This is a very common question and one which is certainly creating some confusion for members and trustees of Self Managed Super Funds(SMSF). The tax office, which regulates SMSFs, has very strict rules when it comes to members purchasing assets from related parties. They refer to these as in house assets and a fund is restricted from holding more than 5 per cent of its value in in-house assets. Basically, assets that members are able to purchase from themselves, only include listed shares (BHP, CBA etc), widely held trusts and business premises or property, which in most cases has an exemption. The investment unit in Surfers would not qualify for this exemption and therefore you would not be able to purchase this asset, as it is owned by a related party. However, an alternative strategy would be to sell the unit, use the proceeds to pay down the debt on your home and then use the super fund to repurchase

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I am considering having a fringe cut, but am scared I’m going to hate it. How do I know if a fringe is for me? – Sarah, Hope Island. A: Fringes are a fantastic way to give yourself a new look without changing your previous hair style too much. From short to the extra long, fringes can make or break you. It’s just a fringe, but it can be a serious matter in helping change your look. There are many factors that need to be considered before taking the plunge into the world of the bangs. Look at your lifestyle. Are you active in sports or do you excercise a lot? Do you only have three minutes in the morning to get yourself out the door? Consider the season in which you are introducing your new

fringe. Do you have a tendency to get hot and sticky? If that’s the case leave the idea of changing to a fringe for summer and wait for the cooler seasons. Also, have a really good look at your hairline – if you can’t see any obvious signs of a cow’s lick, or any other stubborn parts then you may have a chance. Work with your hairstylist and ask them to tell you honestly if a fringe would work for you. Do your part by researching pictures of women with fringes, who have the same or a similar face shape to you. This way, you won’t be talked into something that’s not right for you. v Information provided Konc hairdressing. If you have any hair care questions, email info@

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I am concerned that these Christmas holidays my children will just sit in front of the T.V. How can I get them fit and motivated, especially since I will be working through the festive season? Beth, Paradise Point. A: Keeping fit and healthy is important for a child’s development and growth, both mentally and physically. But remember, they also need to do a thorough warm up before activity. After warming up, your child should perform fifteen to forty minutes of a regular exercise each day, which can include family activities such as fast walking, jogging, biking, roller blading, running, swimming, jumping rope or group activities, like soccer or basketball. You should also encourage regular physical activity as part of your child’s daily routine. Try these tips:

Walking or riding your bike instead of driving short distances. l   Taking a walk with a friend or the family dog each afternoon. l   Using stairs instead of escalators or lifts. l   Parking at the end of the lot and walking to the shop or grocery store. l   Chores, such as gardening or housework. l   Family exercise, such as walks or bike rides in the local park. To help get kids motivated to exercise and eat healthier, it is important you provide a healthy lifestyle that they can model their own life against. This includes healthy eating habits and a regular exercise program, as well as limiting their time spent watching television or playing computer games. If you work or lead a busy lifestyle and are short on time, then try the Cove Kidz Holiday program, with swimming, fitness and fun always on the agenda. For information call 5577 6020. v l


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