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Teneriffe Festival Hits New Heights THE Westpac Teneriffe Festival is being held for the fourth year on Saturday July 6 from 10am-10pm. The free community celebration to take place along the riverfront boardwalk and streets of Teneriffe is one of the biggest and most recognised street festivals in Brisbane, created to mark the area’s rich heritage and to promote Teneriffe as a great location to visit. Each year the festival becomes bigger and better attracting around 30,000 people. This year will have something for everyone including Kids World, Tastes of Teneriffe, live entertainment, historical displays, arts, crafts and markets all designed to promote its vibrant history and heritage. Stretching along Vernon Terrace and extending through to the riverfront park and the London laneways, this year will feature several main stages - a street stage located in Vernon Terrace, which will host the official opening and a River Stage located in the riverfront parkland area. Both stages will host a full line-up of live bands, entertainment and activities throughout the day and night. The festival formally commences at 10am with the live sheep muster, before Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley OA who will also officially open the event.

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Continued from Page 1 Other main attractions will again include the Style Magazine’s fashion precinct featuring the Infiniti Cars Fashion Parade, jazz stage, vintage markets and the Pork, Fork and Cork London Laneway. Tracey Watkins from White Label Noba will be directing the fashion parade, showcasing some of the best local fashion talent, tickets available for exclusive seating next month. You can catch the festival at teneriffefestival. Once again local restaurants have collaborated to present “Tastes of Teneriffe”, a range of feasts for everyone. Claret House, The London Club, Nant Whisky, Green Beacon Brewery, Alfred and Constance, Chilli Wow, Yellow Tail Wines and Eve’s Pizza Bar are just a few that will offer a great diversity of food and beverages. Jump on board the free historical bus tour leaving every hour throughout the day to discover the fascinating evolution of Teneriffe and its history. Events throughout the day will build on Teneriffe’s vibrant history including sheep shearing, vintage car displays, historical jeeps and military machinery. The little ones will be entertained with Noah’s Farm, piglet races and sideshow attractions like laughing clowns, lucky ducks and fairy floss. Corporate support has been stronger than ever with the likes of Westpac, Energex, Brisbane City Council, Infiniti Cars, Mirvac, Merthyr Village, Teneriffe Realty, Merlo Coffee, Place Estate Agents, Nova 106.9FM and Brisbane Airport Corporation all being involved.



Be first on the Business Honours List IF you are an employer or a worker in a business that recruits mature aged people, we want you to tell us your story. If you are an employer, what made you decide to employ an older person? If you are an employee, how did you get the job and how is it all working out? The Gold Coast and Tweed Seniors Newspaper is starting a Business Honour Roll for local businesses with a policy of employing mature aged workers and your name could be one of the first. Let us list your business in our newspaper, as one of the ones that is leading the way in changing business attitude to employing mature aged people. Email your contribution to marking the subject matter as ‘Brisbane - Business Honour Roll’ or mail to P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565


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Men’s Health Week is about showing the Australian community the state of male health in all its forms for a week every June. It is a great way to encourage men, women and kids to interact with the health and wellbeing of the males in their lives! A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start,

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and 38 per cent of their workforce is mature aged. Paul Miles pointed out that good business recognises the sense of striking the balance between the raw talent of youth and the experience of mature-aged workers “The hurdle for change is with industry not jobseekers,” he said “ A well implemented workforce strategy that engages mature aged workers will improve morale, teamwork and productivity. We’ve known this but why has acceptance been slow and attempts to take action even slower? “Studies have shown that older people stay in their jobs longer, are strongly committed to company performance, are more productive, have lower levels of absenteeism and are more flexible.”They are more loyal, have considerable life skills, cost less to recruit and provide greater return on investment. You have to ask yourself, what’s so hard to understand about the benefits that a mature worker brings?”

Wolston House 160th Birthday Celebrations WOLSTON House is having an Antiques and Collectables Day on Sunday June 23rd at Wolston House, 223 Grindle Road, Wacol from 11am to 4pm to celebrate its birthday. Please come along and browse the stalls to find an antique or collectable you have been hunting for. Bring an item to be appraised, enjoy a devonshire tea or sausage sizzle

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CARDS, exercise and a good quip or two are a formula for cracking 100 years, according to a new centenarian at Carinity Aged Care – Hilltop. Great-grandmother Lillian Bounds celebrated the milestone birthday at the aged care centre late last month with scores of family and friends. Card games are still a large part of the witty 100-yearold’s life, just as they were when she was much younger, and attended card nights or sometimes stayed up all night with her father. “My father was a good card player. He wouldn’t play for money. He’d play cards until the cows came home. As soon as he had tea, he’d say ‘who’s ready for cards tonight’,” she said. Diversional Therapist Tracey Smyth says Lillian also enjoys the sing-alongs, crafts, crosswords, trivia, and other enjoyable activities and puzzles created for residents at Carinity Aged Care – Hilltop. “She knows that puzzles and games are a good way for her to keep her

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SENIORS NEWS John Oxley District Orchid Society Annual Winter Show highly scented. Cultural advise and potting demonstrations will be available to the public

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There will be various orchid genera on display, including hybrid orchids, our own native orchids, and also species orchids. These will include the more commonly known orchids such as Cymbidiums, Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis etc., but also Species orchids from around the world,

many of these not commonly seen or grown in Australia. Some orchid flowers are very large, some can be so small you almost require a magnifying glass to appreciate the beauty of the tiny flowers. Orchid flowers come in every colour you can imagine, and some are also very

during the week-end. We will also have a very well stocked plant sales area where orchid plants can be purchased at very reasonable prices. All growing accessories and fertilizers will also be available for purchase. Floral arrangements featuring orchid flowers will also be on sale to the public. Light refreshments are also available. We will be

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sures to provide for themselves and their families, without worrying about aged care insurance as well,” Dr Adair said. “Many people also believe they have no need of it, due to the government-funded annual and lifetime caps on their contributions to aged care.”Those with the means to afford such insurance are also more likely to be able to fund their own care anyway.” A survey of National Seniors’ members on aged care reform in 2011 found most believed they should contribute to their aged care costs but rejected the idea of selling the family home to fund it. Some of the key barriers to the development of aged care insurance in Australia according to the report are: A lack of consumer awareness of future care needs, the unpredictable nature and extent of future care needs, complexity and high cost of care insurance products, a belief that long term care is funded entirely by the state, limited market profitability due to current market size, regulatory constraints or regulatory uncertainty and uncertainty over future costs of long term care provision.

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JUNE is our birthday month and we’re celebrating with fun and fashion!! – come along and join us. The next monthly meeting of the Newmarket VIEW Club will take place at the Gaythorne R.S.L. on Tuesday, June 25th, 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. Our 5th birthday celebration will be a day of fun and friendship combined with a fashion parade by “Fashions on the Go”. If you are considering joining a new club, this is an ideal opportunity for you. Formalities are kept to a minimum and it is a most enjoyable morning. Newmarket is a small, friendly club. One of our committee will meet you at the door and you will be introduced to other members. We will all be very happy to meet you. 20,000 women are currently members of VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) and as part of The Smith Family, we are committed to providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged Australian children Along the way we develop new interests, make lasting friendships and enjoy many social activities. Bookings are essential for catering purposes so please contact Jill 0412 722 067 or Helen 3289 1028 prior to Friday, June 21st, for further information. Cost of 2 course luncheon is $25, incl. tea and coffee.


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SENIORS NEWS Have you made the switch? ON May 28 the analog signals that once broadcasted TV into our homes was switched off. This means for you to be able to view your favourite

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Seniors and the National Budget SENIORS, relatively unscathed by the recent budget, are cautiously welcoming an innovative $112.4 million pilot scheme that will allow them to quarantine the proceeds of the family home from the age pension means test. Under the scheme, pensioners must have lived in their own home for 25 years and be required to put a minimum of 80 per cent of the excess proceeds from the sale into a special account, up to a maximum of $200,000 (plus earned interest). These funds would remain exempt from the pension income and assets test for up to ten years or until a withdrawal was made from the account. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said that on the face of it, the policy looked interesting but warranted further scrutiny. “Any innovative attempts to alleviate the everyday living pressures on Australia’s so-called asset-rich, income poor retirees without penalty are welcome,” he said. “However, rather than the pension assets test, National Seniors research indicates that it’s stamp duty that acts as a disincentive to downsizing”. “After doing the sums, elderly Australians with stairs and big gardens often find they simply can’t afford to downsize after being slapped with state taxes and agent fees”. “Whilst it appears to be a way of releasing equity from the family home, as soon as a withdrawal is made from that account their money is counted in the income and assets test”. “It begs the question: If pensioners can’t use the money to help out with electricity bills or a leaky roof, who is it sitting there for?” “Low income retirees should be able to at least withdraw interest without penalty,” said O’Neill. “We look forward to seeing more detail”. On the downside, older Australians continue to be excluded from Labor’s centrepiece disability scheme on the basis of age. “It’s disappointing that any Australian who acquires a severe disability after age 65 will not have access to the NDIS, despite paying the increased Medicare levy,” said O’Neill. “Instead they will be shunted into a user-pays aged care system currently ill-equipped for disability”. “This is a human rights issue, and it should be pursued by the Age Discrimination Commissioner. It is an issue that older Australians and their families won’t let up on. We will take it to the September election,” he said.

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QUEENSLAND, get ready to SOUND OFF!! Queensland Music Festival gets set to once again take over the Sunshine State from July 12 to 28. With hundreds of events programmed in over 30 regions across Queensland, the best of local, national and international talent will perform every conceivable style of music to Queenslanders from all walks of life, from Warwick to Winton, Mackay to Mt Isa, Birdsville to Brisbane and

beyond. Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director James Morrison brings his own creative musical history and showbiz to this year’s QMF by igniting artistic potential, telling local stories and transcending boundaries. For Morrison, each project echoes QMF’s vision to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences. “From one-off musical experiences, intimate storytelling-based events to large-scale free musical

spectaculars and world record attempts, there are plenty of opportunities for Queenslanders to kick up their heels and experience live music like they’ve never heard it before,� Morrison said. “In Gladstone we are staging Boomtown which tells the story of this vibrant city in a musical spectacular that is the largest production we’ve ever undertaken. “Imagine hundreds of performers on stage, a set too big to fit in any theatre, singing, dancing, bands,

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The Bidet Shops Best Kept Secret EVERYTHING on The Bidet Shop’s bestselling remote-controlled Coway Bidet Toilet Seat can be operated automatically with just the push of a button. The remote-controlled Coway BA08 Healthcare Range includes features and functions that customers have asked for, and Occupational Therapists prefer.The most requested feature - of a single button operation to provide a full cycle warm water wash and warm air dry is now a reality, along with large easy-to-see raised buttons which incorporate braille print for the visually impaired. PLUS there is now a multi-function remote holder that can be positioned on either side of the bidet OR on the wall! At The Bidet Shop, we have gone the extra mile to ensure our elderly and disabled customers are able to get the clean they need with functions and

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Mr. Tom Richmond, former teacher of a one teacher school at Waterford (then a small village in the early 1940’s) celebrated his 100th birthday on 12 May. Mr. Richmond commenced teaching at the age of 15 at an outback school in Queensland. He was a strict and fair teacher respected by all of his pupils; so much so, that in his retirement his past pupils visited and kept in touch with him at the Retirement Village in Currimundi. Although he was strict he loved all of his pupils and rarely used the cane. He demanded that there was to be no talking in class and no ‘tom foolery’ in the playground. He was always addressed as “Sir”. Each morning on parade (after the saluting the flag) he inspected the pupils for cleanliness. Copy books were then the norm and we learned to write correctly and were given merits. The good manners chart was read every morning preceding lessons. The school consisted of about 28 pupils and Mr. Richmond was responsible for grades one to seven, entirely on his own. His wife, Coral, who pre-deceased him a few years ago, taught the girls sewing. He is loved by all and can still converse with many stories of the old teaching days. On 9 May a few past pupils celebrated with him in achieving his 100th birthday. I, and many others, thank him for helping us to achieve our goals. Congratulations Tom! God bless you. Written by Melitta Gardner, past pupil, 1938.

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SENIORS NEWS Calling all ex-members of 1 WRAAC Coy

The 60th birthday of 1 WRAAC Coy will bring back memories for, from left, Merle Hovey, Jan Polglase, Trish Graham, Hazel King, and Brenda Jones.

HAVE you been a member of 1 WRAAC Coy of Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, in the past 60 years? If so, you are cordially invited to attend the company’s 60th birthday celebrations. A long time 1 WRAAC Coy member, Jan Thorne, nee Polglase, said the celebration, in the form of a luncheon, will be held on Saturday, 6 July 2013, at the Ship Inn, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane. “Please join us and see lots of smiling faces to reconnect with and chat

about those great days in the Army,” Jan said. “The cost is $55 per guest, and must be paid by the RSVP date, 24 June, 2013. Dress is smart casual and if there are any dietary needs please let us know with the RSVP”. Please spread the word, Jan said. The venue is reached by bus, train, City Cat or ferry and private transport to the parking stations at South Bank. For further details or help getting there, please contact Jan 07 5444 5248 or Dell 0423 172 407.

A.H.S. Centaur – Seventy years on 1943-2103 SANDGATE & District Historical Society & Museum Inc researcher, Geoff Drew, has produced this small publication in order to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the loss of the hospital ship CENTAUR. On that May pre-dawn in 1943, somewhere off the coast of Moreton Island, the ship was torpedoed and sank within the space of few minutes. Many lives were lost, and by dawn only a few dozen survivors were adrift, clinging to any piece of debris that would support them. Here, we celebrate the bravery and endurance of the survivors and remember once more those who were lost forever. This book serves as a tribute to the efforts of Grace Beecher, who, for many years, was a stalwart of the his-

torical Society and whose research laid the foundations for its extensive collection of historical matter. The book is presented in two parts. The first part comprises the talk given By Grace Beecher to the Royal Brisbane Hospital Graduate Nurses in 1999. The second part fills out the story with additional information and accounts of the search for and the discovery of the wreck in more recent times. Copies are available from the Sandgate & District Historical Society & Museum Inc. at 150 Rainbow Street, SANDGATE. Ordering this book can be made via the Museum’s email address or through the website

RSL National Servicemen’s Sub Branch (Inc) FOLLOWING on from the Care Parcels to the troops last year, we despatched some Care Parcels to male and female sailors serving on HMAS Toowoomba in the Gulf. Toowoomba is a sister ship to HMAS Anzac who we supported. She is now home at her base at HMAS Stirling. Our first ‘Meet and Greet’ morning was held in early April and this was well attended. Topics were Beyond Blue and Medicines and You, followed by lunch supplied by our two hard working lady supporters. Our Anzac Day Service at our Memorial Gardens saw the largest attendance. It is pleasing to us to see this getting bigger each and every year. As usual Norman Park State Primary School was well represented by a large number of

children who marched and laid their wreaths. Two of the students also read ‘The Ode’. Churchie Cadets turnout was first class in the way they performed their duties. Our thanks also to the National Servicemen’s Memorial Pipes and Drums and Sing Australia Carina for their help and assistance with this service. A large crowd attended the free breakfast at the Norman Park Sports & Community Club next door. Our meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at Sports and Community Club, Norman Avenue, Norman Park starting at 9am. For more information please phone Brian on 3349 2468 or Roy on 3396 7880. You are assured of a warm welcome from all our members.

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SENIORS NEWS Red Cross Doing it Tough Appeal

AS we approach the end of another financial year we would like to once again remind everyone

that June is your last chance to help those doing it tough at the moment, and also get a tax

deduction for this financial year.The number of people who need help in this local community con-

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WHAT causes anticipation and excitement at Redcliffe VIEW Club? Our annual “High Tea” and fashion parade. Member Sue kindly opens her beautiful home at Newport for the event. The room looked spectacular, tables set with tiered plates of cakes and savouries, Sue’s elegant china collection is perfect for the setting and our treasurer Bev pro-

duced some stunning flower arrangements making guests feel they were dining at the Ritz! In the true spirit of VIEW 60 members and guests enjoyed a morning of fun and friendship whilst raising funds for the Smith Family’s “Learning for life program”. Fashions supplied by “Justaddbling” of Burpengary were modelled by some of the

members and owner Fiona donated a percentage of sales to our fundraising. VIEW Clubs of Australia is celebrating reaching the goal of sponsoring a1000 disadvantaged students through the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” Program which gives them the opportunity to fully participate in their education. Funds enable students to fully engage in school activities particularly those that may carry additional costs. If you would like to know more about VIEW and our friendly club or join us for lunch at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough on the second Thursday of the month at 10 am, give Robyn a ring 3293 6003.

Probians’ Fellowship Day 2013 THE annual Fellowship Day for members of Queensland Probus Clubs will be held this year at the Samford Showgrounds on 25 July 2013 from 9.30am. This large undercover venue has ample parking which is very user-friendly including for those people with disabilities. Over 600 Probians are expected to attend this fun-filled day where they will be entertained with a comprehensive program, excellent door prizes, and a hat competition for the best male or female hat circa 1940s. In this lush coun-

try setting there will be complimentary morning tea, pre-ordered lunch, and coffee and tea available all day. Many generous sponsors will have displays at the site as well as representatives to answer questions. Probus is an association of retired and semi-retired people over 50 who join together for fun, friendship and fellowship as well as to continue or expand their interests. If you would like to enjoy the camaraderie of other Probians, seek out your local club and contact the secretary or another member for information.

Messy Church WHAT is Messy Church? An opportunity for people of all ages to explore faith matters together; Helping people of all ages feel they belong to church and to each other; Non traditional setting used within church, tea/coffee and homemade yummies provided; People having fun and being creative together; Introducing Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories, song and the Lord’s

table. St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Cnr Oxley & Sherwood Road, Sherwood. There is free off street parking, enter from Oxley Road. Please bring your own take away coffee cup to help protect the planet. Messy Church will also be held on Sunday 16th June at 9am. Everyone is welcome!

tinues to grow each year and Red Cross is finding it harder than ever to attract the support we need to do our work.You have always been able to trust Red Cross to be there when large-scale disasters strike, but we’re also out in your area everyday helping people who are doing it tough. Red Cross is asking everyone to dig deep before the 30th June to support the everyday work of Red Cross. Whether it’s serving breakfast to children who would otherwise go to school hungry, making sure elderly and frail Australians receive daily phone calls so they can continue to live independently, or helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, Red Cross is there providing help where and when it’s needed the most. A tax-deductible gift to the Red Cross Doing it Tough Appeal can make a real difference. To make a tax deductible donation by June 30 call 1800 811 700 or visit

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SENIORS NEWS Volunteers Week chance to say ‘thanks a million’ REDLAND City Mayor residents to say thanks and to think about volunKaren Williams is asking to volunteers they know teering themselves. Cr Williams said the ‘Thanks a Million’ message of this year’s Volunteers Week celebrations reflected the fact that over six million Australians, including thousands of Redlanders, volunteer annually. “On behalf of the community I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers,” the Mayor said. “Whether it is our children’s sports club, bush care groups or charity work and fundraising - without the efforts of volunteers, we would be much poorer as a community, both socially and economically. “In fact, research released last year estimated the value of the work done by volunteers nationally was over $14 billion annually and the economic contribution Indooroopilly Shopping Centre over $200 billion a year – (Level 1) 3720 1977 more than the mining industry! “As was shown Toowong Shopping Village with the January storms 3371 8959 this year, our highly awarded Redlands SES Aspley Hypermarket volunteers are constant and dedicated supporters 3263 3088 of our community whenCarindale Shopping Centre ever disaster threatens. “Redlands has been 3395 2188

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contributions of our Redland bush care and IndigiScapes volunteers. “All these volunteers and

Individuals impersonating AIC members – Notification of a Scam Alert THE Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has been alerted by members of the public that criminal scammers are impersonating our staff in an attempt to gain access to computers, personal details and ultimately the money of their intended victims. This is a classic cold-call scam – usually made in the early evening – and should be ignored and reported to or at the AIC. If a person has already been defrauded, the theft should be reported to the police. These scammers deliberately target victims who they have already ripped off. The caller pretends to be from some authority which is there to help – either to retrieve their money, prosecute the

original scammer, or fix their “compromised” computer. In the past, this ‘help the victim’ methodology has been used on victims of Nigerian 419 email scams, romance scams and more elaborate investment scams. These criminals are now using the good reputation of government agencies such as the AIC, as cover for their activities. It is important to note that the AIC is a criminology research agency and does not investigate actual fraud cases. That is a matter for the police. For further information please view the Australian Institute of Criminology website at

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SENIORS NEWS Making the most of the digital age

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THE world of cyberspace is a ‘gift beyond rubies’ to seniors. At least, that’s how Brisbane writer Pat Noad sees it. Pat is the author of the Annie Bryce Mysteries, a series of five crime novels set in Queensland – her latest book, Unearthed, was launched in late 2012. ‘Retirement is the moment when you can leap onto your own personal hobby horse,’ she says. ‘Mine happens to be writing fiction which includes a good deal of fact, so the internet is as vital to my research as my field trips to the places where I set my novels. So as well as driving out to Winton to visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs project for Unearthed, I spent hours on the internet finding out about crimes involving fossils, among many other things!’ Pat is member of Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL), a volunteer organisation that helps seniors come to grips with digital technology in all its forms. ‘The world of computing has so much to offer retirees,’ she points out. ‘For example, you can now research your family history from home, using the wonderful resources on the

internet. Whether your interest is in digital photography, making videos of the grandchildren, or of your travels – or planning those trips – or writing newsletters for your bowls club ... all those trails lead straight back to getting the most out of your computer.’ Val French, President of Older People Speak Out, is also the Patron of Brisbane Seniors Online. She agrees with Pat. ‘Using the internet is a wonderful way of staying in touch with the world,’ she says. ‘With their families now scattered around the country, even the world, our members are increasingly using Facebook to keep in touch and watch their grandchildren grow. If you can do this, and use email, you’ll never be lonely. Then there are all those games available to keep the grey cells whirring, if you can’t get out and about as much as you used to.’ Brisbane Seniors Online offers one-onone mentoring to individual learners in their own homes, on their own computers, as well as more specialised training in their city premises. For more information about BSOL, telephone 3210 6983 or see website

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Cannon Hill 60 and Better Ass. Inc. CANNON Hill 60 and Better located at 958 Wynnum Road Cannon Hill (next to the Pizza Hut), we are looking for new members, people who want somewhere to go. Every Monday morning we have activities/entertainment to help you meet new friends and enjoy being part of a senior club with a member that will welcome you at the door. It will cost you $5 annual membership and depending what program is on the cost of the morning is $5 to $10, and morning tea and a light lunch is provided. The extra is when we have to pay for outside entertainment or BBQ’s. Monday 3rd June we are being entertained by the Francis Dancers, the following Monday is Bingo. Monday 17th June a speaker from the Heart Foundation.Line dancing is at 12pm every Monday for $4. Tuesday to help you keep fit we have Tai

Chi starting at 9am till 10am followed by Gentle Exercise at 10.15 to 11.15am morning tea included, Cost of morning $6 for both or $4 for one, as you have to pay for insurance. We also have an entertainment group of our own called ‘Silver Threads’ that we are always on the lookout for talent, so here’s your chance to become famous. We go on bus trips the last Thursday of month, if we get enough members to go, as the cost of hiring a bus is very expensive. Thursday 27th June a free bus and $22 for lunch at the Caloundra RSL all welcome, please phone so we know numbers, a bus will only hold 48. There is also Yoga classes on Wednesday 4pm to 8pm for more information call Lyn on 33906028. For further details on becoming a member, please call Beverley 07 3843 2920 or Jenny 07 3395 0754.

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SENIORS NEWS To market to market

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ON Wednesday, 24th April, the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club made and early morning coach start to the renowned market town of Eumundi in the Noosa Hinterland. A large number of our members make this journey quite regularly. South East Queensland residents and holiday tourists enjoy the unique experience of this beautiful heritage town. The vibrant market area, with hundreds of stalls, has something for everyone. Fresh produce, art and craft, clothing, food etc. With buskers, musicians, camel rides, face painting and magicians – it is all here. Eumundi’s emblem is the fig tree. Our photo shows some of our members under the canopy of a huge fig tree. This was our meeting place before joining our coach again for our bonus journey to beautiful Noosa. During our two hour stay in Noosa and

Pine Rivers VIEW Club VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. Alison Kennedy from Bravehearts organisation was guest speaker at Pine Rivers VIEW in April. Alison gave a most interesting and educational talk on protecting children in the community. The next monthly luncheon will be held on Wednesday 19th June at Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rocks Rd, from 11am-2pm. Guest speaker will be Helen Zada talking about volunteer teaching in Nepal. Ladies interested in friendship and supporting The Smith Family are most welcome. Bookings for lunch, contact Joy on 3285 5989 or 3204 4410. Photo (L-R) President Lana, Alison Kennedy from “Bravehearts” and Joy.

after a drink and a browse, most of us took refuge in the Noosa Surf Club. Here we enjoyed a great meal and the famous Noosa beach and surf scenery from the deck. A great day – we will return. For Friendship, Fellowship and Fun, the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month 9.15am for 10.00 am start, at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird of O’Passage Parade, Scarborough, visitors are welcome. For further information please contact our Secretary by Email at redcliffecitymixed56051@ or write to PO Box 342, Redcliffe 4020.

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SENIORS NEWS Probians’ Fellowship Day 2013 THE annual Fellowship Day for the members of Queensland Probus clubs will be held this year at the Samford Showground on 25 July 2013 from 9.30am. This large undercover venue with its ample parking is very userfriendly especially for those people with disabilities. Over 600 Probians are expected to attend this fun-filled day where they will be entertained with a comprehensive program of bands, choirs, and bush poetry. Excellent door prizes will be a feature as well as a hat competition for the best male or female hat circa 1940s. Even though the setting will be in a lush country area, the catering will comprise a complimentary morning tea, pre-ordered lunch, and coffee and tea available all day. Sponsors’ stands will be manned so that there will be representatives to

answer any questions - Wesley Mission, Grand Pacific Tours, John Pearcy Audiology, Trade Travel, Fun Over 50s, Terry White Stafford, Bendigo Bank Samford, Nova Garden Nursery, Lite n’ Easy, Beaudesert Times, Stafford Rotary. The Stafford Probus Club is the main organiser together with assistance on the day from Samford and Chermside Clubs. The Organising Committee invites all Probians to join in this happy event with its accent on Fellowship. Probus is an association for retired and semi-retired people who join together for fun, friendship and fellowship as well as to continue or expand their interests. If you would like to enjoy the camaraderie of other Probians, seek out your local club and contact the secretary or another member for information.


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21st Century access to 150 year old secret A BRAND new jetty on the Brisbane River, is now allowing Brisbane Star Cruises to access Fort Lytton National Park for the first time in seventeen years. Owner/Director of Brisbane Star Cruises Darren Wensor believes it’s a win win for everyone, providing we can make these cruises affordable for the public .So by not paying berthing fees in the City and using Mowbray Park public wharf brings the costs down, says Mr Wensor, also allowing passengers to bring there own lunch on board is cheaper. It opens up a whole array of exciting possibilities for those who enjoy cruises with a difference – especially if the boat you’re on is fired at by a 64 pounder cannon! In 1996 the old quarantine jetty was closed, ending river access to the park. The affect was to isolate the historic heritage site even more, confirming its reputation as Brisbane’s greatest secret. Built back in 1880, Fort Lytton was designed as a hidden coastal garrison; it’s role being to prevent enemy vessels entering the river. But the fort also served as a training ground for all of Queensland’s volunteers and militias. These annual gatherings were known as Easter Encampments, and were popular with

Event Cinemas Concert Screening AN article was written in the May Edition of Seniors Newspaper titled “Andre Rieu Fans Delight in Event Cinemas Concert Screening’ for which we would like to write a retraction. In the article it is stated that Andre Rieu was touring in May and wouldn’t be performing in Brisbane. This tour in May is a promotional tour only to promote his upcoming tour in October in which he will be performing in Brisbane. We apologise for any confusion caused. Andre Rieu fans will get the chance to see his Maasticht concert live via satellite at Event Cinemas on the 14th of July as well as purchase tickets to his ‘And the Waltz Goes On’ concert tour in October through Ticketek.

many a Brisbanite seeking out doors entertainment. Soldiers trained at Lytton, served in the Boer War, the Great War and the Second World War; and the fort played a vital part in Fortress Brisbane during WWII, being responsible for the boom gate that protected the American South Western Pacific fleet, based in the Brisbane River following Pearl Harbour. But Fort Lytton National Park is more than a colonial fortification. It incorporates the historic Lytton Quarantine Station (1915 – 1982), as well as a permanent exhibition on Peel Island Lazaret (1907 – 1957). There’s plenty to see and if you come on a Sunday the canteen is open and the fort guides are happy to answer any questions you have and take you on a tour. Phone Brisbane Star Cruise on 3399 1599 to book your cruise Adults $27.00, Pensioners/Seniors $23.00, children 5-15 $16.00. All prices include cruise and admissions.

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A RECENT report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare looked at the intentions of people over the age of 65 to move into aged care or remain at home. Overwhelmingly, 90% wish to stay in their current home rather than downsizing or moving into aged care. The Institute’s head of housing and homelessness, Geoff Neideck, said the intention to stay might not be realistic. “Older people do want to stay in their own homes and they want to stay for as long as possible,” he said. “They hold on right until the very end when poor health or other issues associated with old age force a decision to move.” The report showed that health was the most common reason for an individual to move, with emotional attachment to a home ranked the lowest on the list of reasons to stay. Source: ‘The Comet’ Vol. 45, Issue 4, 2013

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MAY marks the 85th anniversary of one of Australia’s best known and loved organisations, the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Flying Doctor opened its doors in the northwest Queensland town of Cloncurry on 15 May 1928, and took off on its first flight two days later. During its first year, the fledgling service treated 250 patients and flew around 22,000 air kilometres. Today, it has grown to be one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical services in the world. The Flying Doctor was the dream of visionary Presbyterian Minister, Rev. John Flynn, who had seen first-hand the struggles of the pioneers and settlers in the Outback. Flynn’s aim was to provide a “mantle of safety” for the inlanders and his aerial medical service was so successful that today the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) looks after more than 270,000 people in Australia every year – that’s one person every two minutes! In Queensland alone the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) has a fleet of 19 aircraft, and provides emergency medical retrieval and other health care services from eight strategically located Bases across the state. RFDS (Queensland Section) chief executive officer Nino Di Marco said that medical evacuations now form just a fraction of the work carried out by the Flying Doctor. “The aerial medical service has expanded to include the transfer of patients from regional and rural areas to larger metropolitan hospitals for lifesaving surgery including organ transplants and heart surgery,” he said. “However, most people don’t realise that the Flying Doctor now delivers health care programs into remote and isolated communities in Queensland, from the far south west to the Torres Strait. “As well as comprehensive family health care and other general practice services, we also provide mental health care programs. The RFDS (Queensland Section) has most recently launched a mobile dental service in partnership with QCoal, which takes oral health care right into the heart of a number of regional communities,” Mr Di Marco said. Mr Di Marco said that the Flying Doctor was needed more than ever in the twenty-first century, with equity of access to quality health care a major concern for rural and remote communities. To find out more about the Flying Doctor or to make a donation, visit or phone 1300 669 569. -

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SENIORS NEWS Lord Mayor launches new Seniors Cabaret program LORD Mayor Graham Quirk has announced a new seniors program to showcase the wealth of talent among the city’s seniors, launching The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret showcase. Cr

Quirk said the new program was a seniors-focussed entertainment and professional development initiative, for Brisbane’s creative community. “As part of my vision for Brisbane to be

Australia’s most accessible and inclusive city, Council is always looking for new initiatives that help contribute towards a vibrant, inclusive and creative city,” he said. “The Seniors Cabaret Show-


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case will provide the many talented Brisbane senior’s the chance to show off their talents and provide a platform for seniors to gain creative development opportunities.”It will also give the city’s senior residents an opportunity to realise some long-held dreams and prove that it’s never too late to showcase their talent.” The program consists of a series of professional development workshops to be held across the city between Monday 3 June and Friday 28 June, which will culminate in a number of suburban showcase events to be held between Friday 5 July and Friday 26 July. Cr Quirk said the program would culminate with a Gala Cabaret Concert, to be held during Seniors Week in the recently refurbished Brisbane City Hall. “An exciting part of this new initiative is being able to take the development workshops and suburban showcase events out to local Council Community Halls, Libraries and RSL venues,” he said. “Residents will have the opportunity to get

one-on-one time during details and showcase For further details please the development work- dates soon to be set for contact the Brisbane City shops with a creative di- June and July. Council. rector or producer to help guide their creative development, and begin showing off their talents to the wider community at the suburban showcase events. “This program will ensure that we continue to support the city’s creative potential and that Brisbane is a vibrant, creative and culturally dynamic city for its residents and visitors.” Cr Quirk encouraged seniors interested in participating to stay tuned for workshop

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SENIORS NEWS Investing in Experience Employment Charter and Tool Kit THIS practical guide and principles is to help employers recruit and retain mature-age staff. The Investing in Experience Tool Kit is a one stop practical guide for employing people over 45 years of age. It provides practical help for your business or organisation to assess the demographics of your workforce, to identify and address potential skill and knowledge gaps, and to recruit and retain experience staff. The kit includes a ma-

ture age employment self-assessment tool, action plan template, recruitment tips, check lists, case studies and practical suggestions to retain mature-age staff. The kit includes information on flexible working arrangements, superannuation and pensions for mature-age workers, providing a safe workplace, maximising training and development outcomes and removing unlawful age discrimination from recruitment practices.

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50 applications no job! I wonder if they ... by David Norris IF you saw A Current Affair last month and are really worried about the job market, then this article is for you. Here are five rules on how to get a job fast in this economy and take the age issue out of job applications and interview rooms forever. If the hooks of the five women’s emotional stories got under your skin it’s no surprise. You see, from a demographic viewpoint, women aged over 50 represent a large portion of new entrants into the job market. Why? Because the kids have left home, hubby or partner is sick, not enough money for a nest egg (the GFC saw to that; never had a nest egg, the ex-husband got that in the divorce...or maybe you have an interest and a passion to get back into work.) Whatever your personal scenario, it is being played out across a large group of people just like you and it is no wonder that A Current Affair ran the story. It adds further salt to those ladies’ wounds that they have

tried so hard – maybe much like you have – only to see this quarter gone, the largest growth in jobs since 2000. Now what I say may offend some but, if you stay with me, I promise I’ll do my best to make it worth your while. As I listened to their stories, I heard a lot of blame, placed at recruiters’ or employers’ feet. It’s their responsibility, their problem...their, their, they (insert relevant perception)... RULE 1: Don’t be a victim, be in control of yourself. You are the person responsible for you and you only. As soon as we start to harbour, negative thoughts and foster a loss of self and control, it snowballs into a mindset that will derail any success. I want for you to be free and independent. But you can only do this by: 1. Investing in yourself; and 2. Maintaining a mindset of clarity and purpose. Behind all success is this…first you achieve it in the mind, then physically. This is not a secret written here, it’s about using the right strategy. You might say but it’s their bias which is affecting my life – my prospects, so I am a victim. True by definition and you can chuck the towel in here...or you can take action. But stay with me as I want to cover all of this for you.Present to, and influence, the market (employer or recruiter) by having RULE No 2: A clear and concise message of what’s in it for them. What I mean by this is employ a compelling message matched to the audience and what they so desperately need. They have an ad, they want the right person for it, and it is your responsibility to tell them how you meet and add value to meet, head on, their current need. So, start with the audience first and then craft your message. If you do not have this compelling message, then you are doing yourself a disservice because you have so, so much to give, and you know it. I hear a ‘yes’, but there is no ‘yes but’... Note: This is a biggie, and it often takes practice for it to flow out of you, with sincerity. More so, especially if you are new to this or it’s been a while. At the end of the day you are selling your skills that they find valuable. Not what you find valuable. I had a lady once who said to me: “David ,I get it now, if I do not show them the value, then they end up making decisions based on age alone. So, you

know what I did?” (I was not sure at the time where this was going) “I brought the age barrier into the room. I said: “Now, you know doubt realise that I am 63, but not for one moment will I have you think I am too old for this, and here are the reasons why...” You’d appreciate this is not absolutely verbatim as my memory is a little rusty, but it went along those lines. t worked for her, so here is RULE 3: Deal with the likely objection(s) in the mind of your potential employer. To get to the above point means obeying RULE 4: Research, research and more research. I see too little of this happening, and it can be the small hinge that can open the big opportunity. Learn about the company –what are their key products, goals and mission? What are they saying in the media which is relevant, or even a good conversation starting point? What’s their diversity position? Who is selling to them and how are they doing it? Phone the recruitment contact before submitting anything and ask them: “If you could have an ideal candidate experience, what would it look like? What is the best CV and application you’ve seen, was it also the most memorable? I only ask this because I want to make sure you experience all that I have to offer you at < insert Organisation Name>.” Which leads to today’s last rule – RULE 5: Use the right media. That could be a letter, a resume, a photo, a small video, a web page, or a LinkedIn profile. But you won’t know what it is, what’s most suitable for them without applying RULE 4.Is age discrimination present? Yes it is. A stand-out example I’ve witnessed in the mob ,so to speak, was when I presented at a health conference a few years ago. The room was agog at the data of what was coming if they didn’t harness the opportunity presented by an ageing workforce. They got it. But one attendee’s hand was raised high, and in a forceful voice they said: “I wish you people, especially (baby) boomers, would get out of the way so we could get on with it. You’re cloggin’ it up for the rest of us!” Ouch...and so very wrong. If a person like that is at the front gate, it’s always going to be tough. But if you apply these rules –

properly – you’ll go a long way to mitigate the age discrimination and get a result. These are gamechanging principles not only for getting a job, but for other ventures as well. At the end of the day after the dust has settled on your furious job pplication, if you do apply the rules, you can rest comfortably knowing you gave it you all – everything you had. Now, I’m not finished yet...just one more thing. Write out the RULES on a separate piece of paper. Put you hand on your chest and say out loud all of the 5 RULES. I want for you to internalise them and make it part of your job attraction DNA. You guessed it, all of this is about being magnetic to the employer, influencing their mindset and being that much-needed person for the important vacant role. In the end, if you are to be truly honest with yourself, would you want to work for an organisation or manager who holds onto a small mindset? One which they make personal and work choices based on such misinformed and uneducated bias of age? Didn’t think so. All the best! This is an excerpt from David’s upcoming compendium of table turning know-how. It’s a culmination of the years of observation and experience he’s had in helping others. He’s even had more than 80,000 visitors to his websites in one year! He must have been doing something right and you could say that’s one very large focus group! So he’s putting it all together for you in the official Master Guide For People Who Want A Job Fast. In it you’ll have templates to swipe and use for yourself. If you’re Job Hunter who wants; to be magnetic and irresistible to an employer; to have the tools and checklist to put you in the commanding position; to learn and apply strategies to tip the scales into your favour; a greater probability that the employer will choose you; and to get the job you really want. Then it’s time the unfair advantage was in your court. To fasttrack your job hunting success pre-register your interest now, and you’ll have first access to this information as it comes off the printer’s shelves. Simply email him directly at david@ or mail a short note with your details and interest in registering to PO Box 1030, Lutwyche, QLD 4030.

SENIORS NEWS Happy Birthday Bribie VIEW Club FOR their 17th birthday Bribie Island VIEW Club members held a Rocky Horror theme night in their well known outrageous style and all dressed for the occasion. Frank’n’furter, Rocky, Columbia, RiffRaff - they all turned up in their best finery scaring Brad and Janet to bits and accompanied by a bevy of phantoms straight from the graveyard. Bribie VIEW is a large and very active club for women supporting the Smith Family and its Learning for Life Programmes. The club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Bribie Island Hotel and organizes a social outing every month. Ring Jennifer on 07 3408 2152 all inquiries.

Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc MONTHLY meeting are held in the Pandanus Room at the Wynnum RSL Club, 174 Tingal Road, Wynnum. Next Meeting:Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 at 10.30am (doors open 10.00 am). Guest Speaker. Meetings only at the RSL. Teaching facility inWynnum.Use our comput-

ers or bring your own laptop. Seniors over 50 Welcome. Membership $10. If you are familiar with computers and would like to become a volunteer coach please ring. Contact Mobile: 0411 806 154. Website:

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SENIORS NEWS “Pets Are Family Too” WHAT would happen to your companion animal, if you suddenly passed away? Perhaps not realising the devastation effect their death could have on their much loved pet, many owners have never contemplated this question. Take the case of 15 year old Persian Gypsy Rose, because this is what can happen. As a pampered indoor cat, this beautiful Persian was living a life of absolute luxury, until the day her owner passed away. “Unfortunately, Gypsy Rose’s owner left no mention of her in the Will. The people who moved in to finalise the estate, locked poor Gypsy Rose outside and the world forgot about her.” “Gypsy Rose could not cope with her new surroundings and her health quickly deteriorated from neglect and starvation.” Said AWLQ Pet Legacy Program Manager Katie Garrett. It wasn’t until some months later that neighbours alerted the Animal Welfare League Qld to the cat’s plight, when she was rescued, then rehabilitated and rehomed from the Gold Coast Rehoming Centre.

Gypsy Rose then lived out her life in the comfort of her new home, until she passed away in her sleep at the tender age of 19. No true pet lover would wish this fate upon his or her pet. For pet owners who have no family or friends that can care for your pets, the AWLQ Pet Legacy Program ensures your pet will be placed into a loving legacy home that best suits the pet’s needs for the rest of their life. “We would encourage all pet owners to put a plan into place for your pets; it is your final way of showing the love you have for your Pets, whom are often considered family members.” Your pets can be entered into the AWLQ Pet Legacy Program without an accompanying bequest. Once registered in the program, AWLQ keep in touch annually to ensure your pets details are kept up to date. For more information visit or phone 07 5509 9033

Caboolture Senior Citizens Centre

FORTY members are looking forward to visiting Annerley-Moorooka Senior Citizens on Tuesday, 28 May. AGM on Thursday 13 June at 9.30am. Guest speaker from ‘The Senior’s Enquiry Line’. Tuesday, 18 June there will be a relaxing coach tour of the Redcliffe Peninsula with morning tea from the bus at Scarborough. There will be time to stroll around the main shopping area and see the “Bee Gees” memorial if desired. A BBQ lunch will be served also, hopefully at Woody Point, depending on weather conditions. Coach leaves the centre at 9am with pick ups up King Street from 8.45am. Call into the Centre to book or phone 5495 2898 to do so. Thursday, 27 June there will be a Social Day with visitors from Gympie Senior Citizens with morning tea served at 9.30am, entertainment by Mauric Hardy and lunch to follow.

A collection of collectives A WAKE of buzzards; a clowder of cats; a murder of crows; a parliament of owls. While collective nouns can bring a ‘howl of fun’ to a quiz night, they can also stretch the imagination as to their origins. Here are a few examples to ponder; top marks if you know how they came into use. Subject matter is listed alphabetically; collectives are as they come, and a challenge in most cases. A congregation of alligators; a bike of ants; a shrewdness of apes; a coffle of asses; a raft of auks. A cete of badgers; a cloud of bats; a sleuth or sloth of bears; a family of beavers; an erst of bees; a volary of birds; a bench of bishops; a singular of boars (as in wild pigs); a sounder of wild boars; a blush of boys; a rabble of butterflies; A tok (nesting place) of capercaillie (grouse); mews of capons; a destruction of wild cats; a drunkenship or drunkship of cobblers; a rag of colts; a covert of coots (water birds); a gulp of cormorants; a hastiness of cooks; a bask or float of crocodiles; A parcel or rangale of deer; a piteousness of doves (fanciful); a paddling of ducks (on water) or a skein of ducks (in flight), as well as badling, brace, plump, raft, sord/sore, string and waddling of ducks; a fling of dunlins (wader birds); A convocation of eagles; a bed of eels; a gang of elk; And the list goes on, with more to come in future editions of the Seniors newspaper.

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SENIORS NEWS Wellington Point Seniors

OUR Club won the Bonnie-Moore Competition, which was played on 3 April in the Donald Simpson Club at Cleveland. This team were runners up at the Redland Sporting Club Competition which was played at the Donald Simpson Club on 20 March. We held the Henry Knight inter-club competition on 27 April. The shield was donated by Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Pat who attended to present the trophies. Results were - Winners: Alex Graham, Shirley Burns, Jean Bennett, Fred Schofield. Runnersup: Shirley Tighe, Madge Chivers, Pat Mortimer, Derik Gilks. We celebrated Mothers Day on 11 May at which members enjoyed a very special morning tea after which all the Mothers had a group photo taken. For more details of this club, lease phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160.

Shirley Tighe, Muriel Fraser, Bonnie Moore, Madge Chivers, Wally Porter at the Bonnie Moore Competition

Probus Club of Jindalee

THE June meeting of the Probus Club of Jindalee will be on Tuesday 11th at the Jindalee Golf Club. The meeting follows morning tea at 10.05 am and includes an interesting guest speaker. Members are also invited to take part in interest groups and outings, which vary from month to month. If you are newly retired or semi-retired and would like to visit or want more information, please ring Neville 3376 1824.

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society THANKS to Hillbrook Anglican School for inviting us to participate in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainability Day on June 1. On Saturday June 15th the society will have a presentation at the opening of the refurbished Mitchelton Library, consisting primarily of a photographic display featuring the history of Mitchelton. We thank the management of the library for allowing us space to promote our future activities. All are welcome to attend our quarterly general meeting on Sunday 23 when our guest speaker, local historian James G (Jim) Lergessner will feature his recently published Queen of the Dancehalls Cloudland Ballroom in Brisbane 1939-82. A new edition of our quarterly newsletter Enoggera and Districts Times will be available from that date. Our research library and dis-

play centre at Enoggera Memorial Hall cnr Wardell and Trundle Streets Enoggera (refidex 139A10) is open to all every Thursday between 9.30am and 1pm and on the first Saturday afternoon of each month between 1-4pm. The hall is wheelchair accessible and is well serviced by BCC bus services and Enoggera rail on Ferny Grove line. Our three publications, Enoggera Heritage Walk, From Kedron Brook to Taylor Range and Mitchy Picture Show are all readily available as is a handful of our 2013 calendar featuring photos of early Enoggera and surrounds, including our lovely old hall. For further information scroll website www.enoggerahistoricalsociety, email, or phone Dave on 3366 3191. Visitor and prospective new members are always welcome.

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IN a study published in international journal ‘Nature’ researchers describe nine new genes that drive the development of breast cancer. “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. We searched for

driver mutations in over 21,000 genes and found evidence for nine new cancer genes involved in the development of this cancer,” explains Dr Patrick Tarpey. The team found driver mutations were present in at least 40 different cancer genes. Most individual cancers had different combinations of mutated cancer genes, demonstrating the substantial genetic diversity in breast cancer. The team examined all the genes in the genomes of 100 cases of breast cancer. The mutated cancer-causing genes were different in different cancer samples, indicating that breast cancer is genetically very diverse. Understanding the consequences of this diversity will be important in progressing towards more rational treatment. Changes to DNA lie behind all cases of cancer. Cancer develops as a result of mutations called

somatic mutations that are acquired during a person’s lifetime. Driver mutations, which occur in cancer genes, are a small subset of somatic mutations that drive the development of cancer. Professor Mike Stratton said, “In 28 cases we found only a single driver, but the maximum number of driver mutations in an individual cancer was six. We found that breast cancer can be caused by more than 70 different combinations of mutations.” “One of the most striking things about breast cancer is how it progresses differently in each patient and how each patient responds differently to therapy,” explains Professor Andy Futreal. “Our results can help us to understand these differences.” Our genomes are scarred by decades of continual assault that leave mutations scattered though our DNA. This is

the most comprehensive study thus far of mutations in breast cancers, discovering nine new mutated genes that cause breast cancer, and revealing the full diversity of the driving events that convert normal breast cells into breast cancers. “The picture is certainly more complicated than we would have wanted, but as with many other things, knowledge is our strongest weapon. These comprehensive insights reveal the faulty wiring of the cellular circuit board that causes cells to behave as cancers. Understanding our enemy at this level of detail will allow us to take more rational approaches to therapy, to understand why some cancers respond to drugs and others do not and direct us to new vulnerabilities to be exploited in new treatments,” adds Professor Stratton. Source:

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mainly of lactose (between 65% and 85%) and used to be regarded as “waste”. It sounds like something we shouldn’t be putting into our bodies at all, but permeate is, in fact, a by-product of cheesemaking and it’s perfectly safe to consume. For a while now some milk manufacturers have been diluting their milk with permeate which is much cheaper than whole milk and so represents a huge costsaving, especially when the two big supermarkets are pushing prices down with their own milk brands. The composition of milk is regulated by the Food Standards Code and milk manufacturers may alter the composition of milk as long as it stays within the Code’s limits. Permeate is also used in baked goods and other manufactured foods where it used to replace more expensive ingredients such as whey and lactose. Products that use whey and lactose are a diverse group including infant formulas, snack foods, margarines, soups, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The problem some people have with it is that consumers don’t know they are buying it. Now, some milk companies are cashing in on this with claims that their milk is “permeate-free” and you’ll pay extra for it.

SENIORS NEWS Chelmer and District Probus Club

Probus committee pictured with Rotary District Probus Chairman Nick Curry at left and David Allen, Director Probus South Pacific at right

THE re-established Probus Club of Chelmer has a new name (Chelmer and District) to clarify that it draws its members mainly from suburbs Chelmer to Oxley, as well as a brand new committee. The new club President is Rob Bruce, a retired human resources specialist. In accepting his appointment as President on 22 May, Rob thanked club members for their support and the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary for its efforts in sponsoring the club and guiding its development in recent months. He said that the

club looks forward to establishing an outings program and other activities of interest to members. He added that the club gives priority to a guest speaker

program featuring quality guest speakers on a range of topics of interest to retirees. The club’s guest speaker on 22 May was Adele Rice, recently retired

principal of Milpera State High School. Adele spoke of her experiences in founding and developing the school which has a well-deserved reputation

as a unique and vibrant educational institution dedicated to the settlement and English language development of recently arrived migrants. The Probus Club of Chelmer and District meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Corinda Bowls Club, Hall Ave, Corinda and welcomes retired men and women who wish to meet for club meetings and other activities with like-minded retirees. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 26 June when the guest speaker will be Helen Coughlan on the topic Cambodia – beyond the killing fields; this talk will cover recent developments in education for girls and re-building the agricultural industry. A movie and coffee morning is also planned for Tuesday 4 June. Enquiries may be directed to Coral Reichman tel 3379 7540.

Looking for Cavendish Road State High School Seniors - 1963 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of senior students who attended the Cavendish Road State High School ( CavRoadians). The last reunion of this year was in 2003 and it is time to again catch up with old friends and reminisce about days gone by as well as the highlights ( and lowlights) of high school. We would like to hear from former students in this group, and anyone who may know of their whereabouts , so that we can update our contact lists. We are especially needing contacts for the

females in this 1963 Seniors group who have changed their name on marriage. The date for the reunion is Saturday, 5 October 2013. News of this event will be sent to everyone for whom we have current contact details and there are postings on the school website - Alumni section ( For further information please contact: Cavil Prange 07 3849 6902 Denise Conroy 07 3397 8385

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highly anticipated family musical of 2013, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be presented at QPAC from November 2013, with tickets on sale from Tuesday 4 June, 9am via or 136 246. Previews from 19 November 2013. Come along to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane. Tickets from $65.90.Booking at or 136 246.

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COME along and enjoy free live music in the centre of the city each Tuesday. The following lists the program for the month of June. Each concert commences at 12 noon until 1pm. Tidemark Jazz Concert - 4 June Jenni Cocking presents a selection of her favourite jazz tunes from her two tidemark recording sessions, by the beach at Redland Bay, in Brisbane. Masterpieces of the 20th Century – 11 June Four of Brisbane’s most exciting young musicians, Tabatha McFadyen, Alex Raineri, Eddy Chen and Oliver Scott join forces to present this concert of the 20th century gems. The Spiritual Connection Concert – 18 June Gospel music captures all the emotions and Tell Heaven impeccably interprets the stories in song. The two great transcendental subjects that can be sung about, are love and death. Blending Jewish Klezmer and Persian Poetry – 25 June Hear the life, hope and boisterous celebration of Klezmer played by Eurotone Crisis and eternal love, spirituality and mysticism performed by Hezar Ava Persian ensemble.




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ACCORDING to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It is highly likely that you will be bothered by a person knocking on your door to sell you something. The most common items seem to be energy or telecommunications products and services. If you are approached by a salesperson at your home, there are laws to protect you. You can always say ‘no’ and should never sign anything. The ACCC has produced a range of practical tools to help you engage confidently and exercise your rights if buying at your door. These include a consumer guide, a brochure and a door hanger tag. If you don’t want these sales people bothering you, get a copy of the ACCCs free sticker ‘Do Not Call’ and place it near your entrance. You can order the sticker and any other resource by contacting the ACCC on 1300 302 502, or if you are on the ‘net visit doortodoor. Courtesy Sabot March 2013.

SENIORS NEWS An Anniversary to Remember

by Phil Hawkes

tariff and it’s a real incentive to get on a mountain bike, or take a good walk or play tennis to get ready for the next meal! There’s also the classy Anise Day

Spa if a bit of pampering is more your style. So, anniversary or wedding coming up? This where I’d be going instead of overseas and I’d

be leaving a comment in the guest book similar to one I read: “24 hours here is worth a week anywhere else”.

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IT’S often struck me as a bit odd when I hear of people planning a wedding or anniversary in Bali or another offshore location. In fact, we have some friends who just went to the wedding of a Brisbane couple in Italy because it “sounded romantic”. Neither of them had relatives or friends in Italy. And the wedding was nearly called off because of the stress of arranging things, and the long flights …. to say nothing of the costs involved. Much closer to home and

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every ingredient for a successful event and it was interesting to note that in the guest comment book, a large percentage of feedback was from seniors celebrating significant anniversaries including several “goldens”. And quite a few “mature marriages” as well! It’s due to number of factors that Spicers Peak Lodge rates so highly. The location, perched on a mountain overlooking the Scenic Rim caldera, is surely one of Australia’s most spectacular. The Lodge accommodation is

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Brisbane Youth Service presents Daggy Jumper Day June 7

IF winter mornings have you wishing you could leave the house in that super-comfy but hideous parachute jumper you’ve had since the 80’s, Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) is giving you the perfect excuse on the 7th of June, with their inau-

medium-sized incorporated association providing holistic community services to homeless and disadvantaged young people (aged 12 – 25 years) and their children in the inner-city of Brisbane. BYS has been in operation since 1977 and continues to be a community hub, providing young people services across multiple levels of immediacy and intensity, in the hopes of creating a new future for them. BYS is well established, but requires continual financial and nonfinancial support from the wider community to continue its ongoing longterm work. Each year, BYS coordinates several events to raise awareness amongst individuals, groups and corporates to inspire them to get involved and help make a

difference to our underprivileged youth. You can help BYS continue their much-needed charity efforts by registering your s u p p o r t and calling on your

school, workplace, friends and family to raise donations by donning a daggy jumper on June 7. Don’t sit pretty, get daggy and register your support at

Tarragindi locals seek support to help kids living with cancer

TARRAGINDI residents Darren and Trina Redsell , along with Wyn Nguyen as TEAM AFRO have signed up for a week-long outback motoring adventure gural Daggy Jumper Day fundraiser called esCarpade for children’s cancer charcampaign. ity Camp Quality – and they’re calling on the Brisbane Don your daggiest knit community to support them in their fundraising efand support a fantastic forts. cause that will see proesCarpade is Camp Quality’s biggest annual ceeds go to homeless and fundraiser. The outback motoring adventure sees a at-risk youth to help enfleet of 80 colourful cars, all of which are over 20 sure they are warm this years old, travel 2,500 km from Bundaberg to winter. About Brisbane Wollongong from 12 – 19 October 2013. The new route Youth Service. BYS is a will travel through Bundaberg, Hivesville, Dalby, Boonah, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Comboyne, Muswellbrook, Rylstone, Bathurst, Moss Vale and Wollongong. Team Afro is entering a 1984 Mitsubishi Pajaro into GOLD Coaster George the event – and they’re calling upon residents to get Lewis, a keen amateur behind them to support their fundraising efforts in bird photographer, the run-up to October. took this photo of a Team Afro, along with other Queensland teams will handsome Brown be involved in a photo shoot and promotional day Quail. with the Dick Johnson Racing team , who have come George says “Brown on board with Camp Quality as ambassadors for Quails are very esCarpade. The public and media are invited to be common throughout apart of this day to learn more about DJR, esCarpade parks, gardens and and meet some of the drivers from the team. Details reserves but most are: Dick Johnson Racing Museum , 10 Emeri St, people will only catch Stapylton , 8th June 2013 from 9.30am. fleeting glimpses of In addition to wide spread promotion and gaining them as the quails run sponsors , Team Afro are hosting a fundraising night (rat or rabbit-like) at Leaf Espresso Bar, in Tarragindi on Friday 28th across walking tracks. June 2013, from 6pm to 10pm. The event will include Brown Quails avoid sporting memorabilia auction and raffles with drinks flight but love to dash and canapés included for a cost of $80.00. Tickets about in grassy can be purchased from LEAF Espresso Bar or through undergrowth. There enquiry at email are as many as eight People can donate online at different quails afro . All funds help create a better life for every child endemic to southeast living with cancer in Australia – including kids in the Queensland but the Brisbane area. Brown Quail is the This is the third time that Team Afro has entered most common.” esCarpade. Darren Redsell said: “We’re hoping that our old car will make it through the challenging week-long off-road course! Any support Brisbane locals can give us – big or small, will really help kids living with cancer, which is what this is all about. Our Fireman Start from $139,500 Sam themed car will be flying the flag for to $320,000 Brisbane along the route in October, so we’d really appreciate the fundraising s u p p o r t . ” Along the route the team will pull into towns in a fanfare of sirens, horns, water canons, lights and colour as a way of spreading Camp Quality’s message of optimism to local towns. They will also visit primary schools where the McDonald’s Camp Quality puppets perform their show which teaches pupils how to be supportive of children living with cancer.

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SENIORS NEWS Brookfield woman says God & tee totalling helped her reach 100

Congratulations Joyce Glassop

COULD avoiding alcohol altogether be the secret to old age? According to new centenarian Joyce Glassop, it’s one of them. Celebrating her 100th birthday in May at Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield, the greatgrandmother attributed her long life to some important decisions. “My trust in the Lord, and trying to do the right thing helped. I’ve also never smoked, and I’ve never had alcohol,” she said. More than 50 family and friends came for a special morning tea to commemorate the occasion, with Joyce’s letter from the Queen also on show. Joyce has called Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield (formerly Brookfield Village) her home since the death of her husband, Monty. “I’m very

thankful for all the care that I’ve had over the years, since 1982,” she said. Staff at Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield create a community where residents feel a sense of belonging, whilst enjoying a real “home” environment. Care Manager Nadia Fletcher says ensuring residents “feel like part of the family” is central to everything the aged care centre does. “Staff and our residents love birthdays. The celebrations are just an example of the many engaging activities we have, and there are some significant milestones to mark, like Joyce’s 100 years,” she said. “She’s been such an important part of this community that we wanted to thank her with a memorable event.” Joyce was praised for her contribu-

tion to the aged care centre, particularly for playing the organ at chapel services, and editing a newsletter for residents. One of two centenarians at the aged care centre, Joyce has had an affinity with the Brookfield region most of her life. As a child, she travelled from Taringa to her uncle’s dairy farm by horse to spend holidays with her cousins. “My uncle’s house is still there. It’s called Moon’s house and farm. And I remember when I spent holidays there, and hearing the separator going in the morning,” she recalled. Born at home in Taringa in May 1913, Joyce was the only child of her parents, and attended Taringa State School, and later, Brisbane Girls Grammar School. She drove an ambulance in Australia during World War II, and helped take returning injured troops to hospital, also serving in army hospitals at Tenterfield, Warwick and Greenslopes. In 1945, she married Monty Glassop, whom she knew through the Taringa Baptist Church, and they had four children. She now has nine grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

Carindale National Seniors ON 14th May, we held a special Mother’s Day morning tea and special Mother’s day raffle which was won by Joan Scott. We have many members unwell and get well messages have been sent to them. The Guest entertainer for the May meeting was Steve Redford who entertained us with music of the fifties up to the present time. On 23rd April we had a bus trip to Kilcoy [Yowie Country] and Woongaroo Winery. We visited Yowie Park for morning tea and then had a guided tour of Kilcoy and their prosperous area. After a wine tasting and talk by the owner we enjoyed a home cooked lunch and then a theatrical performance by some of our members and arranged by our guide. A most enjoyable bus trip.Ten of our members attended the zone 101 conference at Brother’s League club. This event was hosted by the Ipswich Branch who also celebrated their 25th Birthday. All 15 branches in this zone were represented and we gained much insight into the future of N.S.A. We were welcomed by Peter the President of Ipswich Branch and then the official opening by the Mayor of Ipswich Paul Pissale. Michael O’Neill then gave us an in sight

into the future of N.S.A. plus the effects of the budget on Seniors andthe future. The next outing for Carindale N.S,A, on 28th May will be “ Fish & Chips in the Park “ held on the foreshore at Wynnum. This is always a fun day and eagerly anticipated. The Guest Speaker for 11th June meeting will be Michelle Mullins from Queensland. Police Force on Power of older generation Safe Living for over 60’s. The June25th Bus tour will be to Australian Teamster’s Hall of Fame, Spirit of Cobb and Co at Glass House Mountains which is a tribute to our Pioneers. After lunch in the Slab Hut Kitchen we will visit the Bee Gee’s memorial at Redcliffe. Carindale N.S.A. meets at Clem Jones Centre, Carina Bowls Club, Stanley Rd,Carina on 2nd Tuesday of every month, except Dec, and Jan.and bus trips are on 4th Tuesday of each month except Dec. and Jan. except for this year as “ Christmas in July” will be on 16th July, 3rd. Tuesday. We are a friendly club who always welcomes new and prospective members to our meetings. We have a busy time ahead and we hope you will visit us soon. For further information ph Ann 3245 3847 or Maureen 3398 4236.

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Carina Senior Citizen’s Club

ANOTHER month has passed and all our activities are going along steadily. Activities are in the morning Monday to Saturday (inclusive) and cost $3 which includes morning tea with the exception of Tai-Chi-Gentle Exercise on Friday which is $4. Monday Cards (500) 9am-2.30pm, Painting Partners 8.30am-12noon, Concerts 10.30am to 12 noon, morning tea 9.30am to 10.15am; Games mornings 10am12noon, morning tea 9.30am to 10.15am; Tuesday Social Indoor Bowls 9.45am-11.45am, Bridge 9am12noon; Wednesday Creative Stitching 9am-12 noon. Thursday Social Indoor Bowls 9.45am-12noon, Darts 9am-12noon; Friday, Tai Chi, Gentle Exercise 8.45am9.45am, Craft and Patchwork Quilting 9am-12noon. First Friday of month Photo Scrapbooking 9am12noon. Last Friday of the month Talent Group Concert and BBQ 9.30am-1pm. Bookings essential at a cost of $5; Saturday Cards 9am-2pm; Bus trips every 3rd or 4th Monday of the month to interesting venues inclusive of morning tea and lunch costed per trip - bookings two weeks prior. If you are lonely or looking for fun please come and visit. Annual fee is only $3 from 1 April, 2013 until 31 March, 2014. We are situated near the Carina Library at 1 Edmond Street, Carina. You can phone us - 3395 4636 mornings (except Wednesdays) or 3390 6039 afternoons until 5pm. View:

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SENIORS NEWS Volunteer nurse lives her passion “Try it. You might like it.” They’re the words of a devoted volunteer at Carinity Aged Care, Colthup, who found her calling caring for the aged. Lois Spresser is amongst the 35 per cent of Queenslanders who volunteer, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.1 The 63-year-old goes above and beyond the call of duty at Carinity Aged Care, Colthup to help create a community of care where residents feel safe, welcome and valued. She regularly volunteers at the facility two or three days a week, and for occasions like lunch outings or special events. Lois said she’s always had a passion caring for older people. “When I was first married, I used to go around the neighbourhood when my husband was working, in the afternoons. I’d visit; I’d go shopping for the people. I’ve always had a passion for the older people,” she said. “When I go home, I feel like I’ve done a good day’s work. Even though I’m volunteering, I still feel rewarded,” she said. “You sit and talk to them, or you read the quizzes, or you sing to them, Lois Spresser (right) with Carinity Aged Care, Colthup resident Ruth Whybird. you can see their little smiles or their feet tapping,

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc.

THE association was formed in 1987 for the benefit of ‘nashos’ who served in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and the wives or widows thereof. Associate membership is available to all who completed terms of national service for countries other than Australia. To find out more about the aims and objectives of the Association, how to become a member or how to obtain the two medals to which all former Australian ‘nashos” (or their widows) are entitled, phone 3324 1277 or consult website A fascinating account of the part played by Cloudland ballroom in the social life of serving nashos can be found in local historian ‘Jim’ Lergessner’s recently published book Queen of the Dancehalls ; Cloudland Ballroom in Brisbane 193982. Brisbane North West branch which has recently

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welcomed visits from Enoggera Ward Councillor Andrew Wines and from State Member for Everton Tim Mander, meets on the third Sunday of each month (next June 16) from 1015am at Gaythorne RSL.; visitors and prospective new members are encouraged to attend. These meetings last for approximately ninety minutes, beginning with a brief introduction of branch business, continuing with presentations from guest speakers and social interaction and concluding with a cuppa. After the meeting the opportunity exists to enjoy lunch in the pleasant surrounds of the RSL; further information from Dave 3366 3191. The Association has several other local branches within the circulation area of this newspaper, to find a branch near you consult the above website or phone 3324 1277.

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you know that they’re responding to you in their own way.” Residential Manager at Carinity Aged Care, Colthup, Angela Parker, says Lois is “totally invaluable”. “She has a rapport with all the residents and staff. Everyone has something good to say about her,” she said. “She underplays her part all the time; she doesn’t even realise how valuable she is, really.” Lois steps into paid casual work when either activities coordinator is on leave, but still clocks up more than 400 volunteer hours during the other ten months of the year, much more than her paid work. Mrs Parker says aged care is a sector which desperately needs help from volunteers like Lois. “A lot of families work five days a week, and some of the elderly residents don’t have families...they’re disconnected. It’s nice to have other people who have the time to talk.” Lois says even a small block of time can make a difference in a life and be an uplifting experience. “The residents need somebody that will come, spend an hour, spend two hours or whatever, even if it’s only once a week and even if it’s just to sit and talk.”

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HOW the months are flying by. Here we are in June already. The bus trip to join Beenleigh Seniors went well. They are great hosts. May 28th Caboolture Senior Citizens Club visited with us and we set aside this day as our effort for “The Biggest Morning Tea” in aid of cancer research. A really successful morning. June 11th we plan to visit Woodford for our bus trip. There will be a guided tour of Woodford and Morning Tea and Lunch are In NSW, the occupancy agreement is a leasehold right only, and not of an included. As we mentioned last edition, Doris Bebb unlimited or perpetual nature and may in certain circumstances be terminated celebrated her 99th Birthday with us and we all enjoyed the delicious cake provided. She really enjoyed her special day. Each Tuesday, with the exception of the second Tuesday of the month when bus trips are held, we are entertained by concert parties and • Modern 1 bedroom Courtyard Villas • Gympie location enjoy lunch together. If you require further • Packages starting from $255 per week information regarding including services & food options • Air-conditioned activities, please phone our President, Colin • Well located in a relaxed rural setting Butler, on 3848 6371.


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U3A Brisbane member launches book CLAUDE Tranchant, a French national who migrated to Australia in 1979 and is a popular member of U3A Brisbane, recently launched her book at the Carindale Library on her walk in 2009 across France and Spain along what is known as the “The Way of Saint James”.Claude Tranchant Follow the incredible journey of a 64 year old woman who walked nearly 2500kms alone for 100 days. You will discover the towns, the villages and

countryside she went through and the unbelievable encounters she had with people along the way. You will learn about her inner thoughts, her self-discovery and how she was empowered. This is a story of immense courage and resilience. Claude attends the PowerPoint class at U3A Brisbane and is using her new found skills to promote her book. Claude can be contacted on

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SENIORS NEWS The Stafford Garden Club THE Autumn bus trip to the Brisbane River Valley was a great success. We saw water released from the massive Wivenhoe Dam, being gravity fed into the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant to be purified and then piped to Brisbane for our use. A delicious lunch was served at the Salvation Army Riverview Farm Nursery after we had

viewed the wonderful array of plants. Later we visited a beautiful open Garden in the area. The Speaker for Thursday, 20th June, 2013 is Jutta Godwin an expert on Fungi and Lichen. She is a very entertaining

speaker with a wonderful presentation. The Stafford Garden Club Inc. will meet at 9.30 on Thursday, June 20 at the OES Hall cnr Kitchener Rd and Bohland St, Kedron. Phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Jane on 3359 3565.

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White-cheeked Honeyeater a cheeky bird CURRUMBIN’S George Lewis, 70, is a keen amateur photographer (as well as a dancer and writer) who enjoys sharing his ‘finds’ with Seniors Newspaper readers. George sent in this photo of a Whitecheeked Honeyeater, which he says was ‘very cheeky’, living up to its name in more ways than one. Thank you George.


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SENIORS NEWS Light up your weekend

Carly Kotynski with exhibition work

IGNITE Redlands Light Arts Festival June 14 - 16 June are the dates to mark in your calendar, as Redlands transforms into a fairy-tale land of art, craft, live entertainment, hands on workshops, five concerts, a night light parade, twilight markets and engaging activities for the whole family. Ignite Redlands Light Arts Festival is part of a state-wide multi-arts initiative called Animating Spaces undertaken by Artslink Queensland with Federal and State fundingto revitalise and celebrate significant or unusual spaces within regional communities through locally-driven arts activities and events. The Redland’s community festival is designed to build tourism, reinvigorate the village of Cleveland, and show-case numerous talented artists and their work. A series of light and art installations will be created around the theme of light to illuminate artistry, businesses, architecture and landscape.There will be a wide range of interactive

activities,uniqueperformancesintended to delight and entertain all visitors, no matter how young or old. The festival will be focused in Bloomfield Street, and down to Raby Bay Parkand Harbour. Entertainment will include community and professional artists, musicians, theatrical groups, street buskers and dancers performing over the three days.Activities will commence at 10am each day and run through into the evenings. Come into the night light parade on Saturday 5pm commencing in Bloomfield Street which will wind its way down to Raby Bay Park where you will enjoy a great concertas Cleveland ignites with a beautiful light display, and hunt down a great bargain at the twilight markets. Bring the family and join us in this free celebration of the arts in the Redlands. Want to know moreview the program on Enquiries phone Susan Russell 0417 647 183.

Heart disease still Australia’s number one killer THE National Heart Foundation of Australia is urging governments to take action to tackle heart disease, after new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show heart disease remains the nation’s number one killer. “Heart disease is still the number one killer of Australian men and women and has been for the last decade and beyond, said Dr Lyn Roberts, National CEO of the Heart Foundation. “While heart disease deaths are continuing to fall, there is no room for complacency. “We acknowledge the really important work the Federal Government has done to drive down smoking rates for example, but more needs to be done. “A growing number of people are also facing disability caused by heart disease in the form of conditions like heart failure, where the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood through the body as effectively as normal,” Dr Roberts said. Around 21,500 people died of heart disease in 2011 compared to 26,200 in 2001. The proportion of deaths

caused by heart disease has fallen from 19% in 2001 to 15% in 2011. “Today’s statistics add even more evidence to an already overwhelming case for a national action plan to improve early detection and management of heart disease,” Dr Roberts said. “Investing in the comprehensive measures recommended by the Heart Foundation will save lives, reduce government costs and ease the strain on hospitals. “It would also reduce the incidence of other diseases, including diabetes and many common cancers, she added. The Heart Foundation’s suggested action plan includes 11 proposals aimed at tackling heart disease including: health checks in general practice to detect people at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease; reduction of salt and saturated fat levels in commonly eaten foods thorough an expansion of the Australian Government’s Food and Health Dialogue; and an active travel strategy to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use.

SENIORS NEWS Record number of runners turn out for Redlands Koala Fun Run

ALMOST 1200 runners for local koalas by taking yesterday (Sunday 26 helped raise awareness part in the third annual May). and show their support Redlands Koala Fun Run Redland City Mayor

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Author Hugh Lunn guest keynote speaker in July

THIS is our premier event for 2013, a full week of speakers commencing Monday 1st July and continuing to Friday 5th July, U3A Brisbane again present “Winter School 2013”.Author -

HughLunn. This year we are pleased to announce we have acquired the services of that renowned Queensland Author, Hugh Lunn as our keynote Speaker. Hugh is famous for such titles as

“Over the Top with Jim”, “The Great Fletch”, “Lost for Words” and his latest one “Spies like Us”. Hugh is sure to entertain with stories about his books and his time as a journalist in various places around the world. This and many other accomplished speakers, all experts in their field, will fill this entertaining and informative week. Subjects will range from “Drought Proofing Australia” presented by another famous Queenslander, Everald Compton to talks on Medicine, History, Art, The Weather and many more too numerous to mention. With all this on offer, be prepared to be enlightened and entertained from as little as $5 per person, per session but, be warned, book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made online at: or phone 3236 3055 but please hurry, Winter School always books out early.

Karen Williams said the event, organized by Redland City Council, provided the perfect opportunity to raise awareness for koalas while at the same time showcasing the Redlands’ environmental character. “This event combines the Redlands’ healthy community with the city’s environmental character, providing the perfect setting to raise awareness for our koala population,” she said. “The Redlands has the most significant urban koala population in Australia, so events such as this are important to raising awareness about their health and population. “Even the koalas came out for the event with five spotted in trees along the course.” Cleveland turned on perfect fun run conditions for the event treating participants to a beautiful day out as they took on the challenge of the 10km, 5km or 3.5km course. Jackson Elliott took out the male 10km race, while Courtney Gilfillan won the female 10km event. The 5km open race was won by Patrick Hagan

and April Sloan, with the 3.5km event taken out by Scott Myler and Maggie Sillett. “Congratulations to all participants who competed in the fun run. It was great to see the overwhelming level of support shown by the

community to raise awareness of the protection of our local koala population,” Mayor Karen Williams said. “Thanks also to the volunteers who helped make the event possible, as well as our event sponsors –Bayside Bulletin,

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SENIORS NEWS War Horse comes to Australia THE National Theatre of Great Britain and Global Creatures are proud to bring the multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning War Horse, to Australia. Applauded by critics and audiences alike, War Horse will travel to Brisbane for a season at Lyric Theatre fromSaturday 6 July, 2013, with ticket dates being extend to Sunday 28th July. Nick Stafford’s stage adaptation of

Michael Morpurgo’s book, War Horse is a magnificent drama which tells the heart wrenching story of Joey, the beloved horse of a boy called Albert, who is sold to the cavalry at the outbreak of World War I and shipped to France. Brisbane, The Lyric Theatre. For further details contact or 136 246. Season 12th July to 28th July, 2013.

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Goodnight, sleep tight AS we age we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier, or enjoy less deep sleep. Although these changes are a normal part of ageing, disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of ageing. No matter what your age, sleeping well is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. For seniors, a good night’s sleep is especially important because it helps improve concentration and memory formation, allows your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes your immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease. Many physicians consider sleep to be a barometer of a person’s health, like taking his or her temperature.

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We pride ourselves on being professional, approachable, efficient & caring Couples welcome 1 bedroom units Furnished with fridge, microwave & washing machine What we offer • Accommodation • 3 full meals daily (optional) • Linen exchange (optional) • Emergency 24/7 call response (optional) • Afternoon Bingo, Cards, Crafts, Movies, Happy Hour on Friday evenings & Games afternoon on a Saturday • Chemist who collects & delivers prescriptions • Spititus Clinic on Tuesday mornings • Walking distance to Morayfield Shopping Centre & doctors or catch a bus that collects seniors from the Village in the morning & then drops them off again just before lunch

Older adults who don’t sleep well are more likely to suffer from depression, attention and memory problems, and excessive daytime sleepiness. He or she is likely to suffer more nighttime falls, have increased sensitivity to pain, and use more prescription or overthe-counter sleep aids. Insufficient sleep can also lead to many serious health problems in older adults, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight problems, and breast cancer in women. How many hours of sleep do older adults need? While sleep requirements vary from person to person, most healthy adults tend to require between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at his or her best. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health suggests that healthy older people may require about one and a half hours less sleep than younger adults, or an average of seven and a half hours per night. The study indicates that seniors sleep less even when given the opportunity for more sleep because of age-related changes in the ability to fall asleep or remain asleep. While the results of the study may not be conclusive, it’s important to focus more on how you feel following a night’s sleep rather than the specific number of hours you spend asleep. Quality is as important as quantity. Some seniors mistakenly believe they have a sleeping problem because they go to bed expecting to be asleep for eight or nine hours of sleep a night, and may even needlessly start using medications to help them sleep more. Frequently waking up not feeling rested or feeling tired during the day are better indications that you’re not getting enough sleep at night and may have a sleep problem that needs to be addressed.

Emu gives the good oil for chemo patients Research by Adelaide University shows a traditional Indigenous anti-inflammatory may be a possible treatment for people suffering from bowel diseases and intestinal damage. Emu oil is taken from the fat of emus and laboratory testing has shown it can speed the repair of the bowel lining and intestines of chemotherapy patients. Chemotherapy causes painful intestinal ulcers in up to 60 per cent of patients. Suzanne Mashtoub Abimosleh from the university says the testing has shown positive results. “I’m looking forward to seeing emu oil undergo a controlled clinical trial to determine whether my encouraging laboratory studies are actually going to translate into a clinical benefit for these cancer patients or inflammatory bowel disease sufferers,” she said.

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Mitchelton and Distrists Garden Club

THE July meeting of the Mitchelton and Distrists Garden Club Inc. is on Thursday, the 4th. Michelle Piele is the guest speaker and the topic of her talk is “How Yoorala Community Gardens Began”. Michelle is one of the founding gardeners at Yoorala Street Gardens which were established in 2010, and it is the biggest community garden in Brisbane taking up 3,000 square metres in the old pony club dressage area at The Gap. At Yoorala Community Gardens there are two main sections – one for communal use and the other for individuals who have their own plots to use as they desire. Every Sunday morning there’s a working bee and those connected with the communal area share the produce grown. You’ll find fruit, vegies, herbs, flowers, trees, native plants, etc. growing in the area. A community garden is a great asset to a

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QCWA Oxley Branch OUR June function is a Cent Auction on Wednesday, 19th June at 10.30am at the CWA Hall 80 Lincoln Street. Cost $6.00 which includes some tickets and a light lunch. Further enquiries please call Jean 3372 5965.

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district. These days, houses are on small allotments or there are dwellings of more than one storey housing multiple families, making it almost impossible for a family to experience the joy of having a garden and watching things grow. Too, gardening promotes good health through plenty of fresh

air and sunshine and physical exercise, and the benefits from fresh fruit and vegetables cannot be measured. Visitors and new members are most welcome to attend this meeting at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Morning Tea is served at 9.45

a.m. immediately before the meeting commences. If more information is

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THE Yeronga Friendship Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. The club caters for both males and females over the age of 50. Activities include morning teas, concerts, demonstrations, guest speakers and bus trips. Yeronga Sports Club, Cansdale Street, Yeronga. For further details please call 3848 3109.

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Everybody needs good neighbours on speed dial

IN times of trouble, crisis, or just when you need to talk to someone, who is your nearest point of call? For most Australians, it is their neighbour. Yet how many stories are published each year about people who are unwell and not found for days, isolated

men and women having no conversation with another person for weeks? This is not only a sad reflection of our current lifestyle, but it has become a safety issue as well. With home invasions on the rise, flooding, fire and weather disasters now a regular occurrence,

it’s more important than ever to befriend your neighbour and check in on them each week. The Guardian Duress Alert application takes this friendship one step further. This smartphone application allows you to enter the mobile phone numbers of five



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Guardian app uses SMS technology, touchscreens and GPS mapping to send a distress signal to the five emergency contacts you have nominated, in the event you feel unsafe, become injured or get into a dangerous situation. Once the alarm is switched on, GPS location information is collected and sent to your safety net of contacts every 5 to 10 seconds, allowing them or emergency services to track your location. “Rather than face an attacker on your own, or lying for hours on the floor if you have a fall or hurt yourself, this application on your

phone lets you alert your nearby friends, family and neighbours with just the press of a button, so they can check on you, or raise the alarm. “The app won’t contact local police or emergency services for you – but it allows you to call for help quickly, before a situation gets dangerous. If your friends or family are unable to contact you, they can then escalate your distress message to police, and using your mobile phone GPS, track your location.” “Chances are, there is another human who can help you, only metres, or minutes away.” The application was built

by Brisbane technology company Creative Intersection, and costs only $1.99 from the AppStore (iPhone and iPad) or GooglePlay (Android devices). Mr Davis is happy to attend Brisbane and SEQ meetings and clubs to demonstrate how the App works. He also plans to tour Australia later this year with his wife and would be happy to speak with group members about the app during his travels. Please contact Mr Davis directly on 0432 046 016 to request a speaking engagement. Media release: shortstop

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close friends, family of neighbours, who could be relied upon to help if you ever got in trouble. Brisbane couple, Michael and Lucy Davis, developed the app after they were the victims of a home invasion at their property in Camira. “Had our neighbours known there was a problem over the fence, the situation could have turned out differently,” says developer Michael Davis. “My wife and I decided we had to do something about our safety and the safety of our children and grandkids – and technology was the answer.” The

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THE residents of Salford Waters Retirement Estate at Victoria Point are preparing for their 19th Annual Kingfisher Art Show. For those not familiar with the Art Show, let us briefly explain that this is an annual event to celebrate the Estate’s “birthday” and incorporates cake, plant and craft stalls plus Devonshire teas. Thanks to the publicity given to this event by a number of organisations over the years, the Art Show has raised substantial funds for various charities. To date we have raised over $90,000 for charity. The donations come from all commissions taken from the sale of paintings and art work. Our featured artists this year will be Hans and Carolyn

Van Diest and their daughter, Kathy Delaney. Tuesday 2 July, 2013 is the official opening night. Doors will open at 6.30pm with the official opening at 7.30pm. The show will continue on Wednesday 3 July to Sunday 7 July between 10am to 4pm. Tickets for the Opening Night can be purchased by contacting Alison on 3207 8496 or Betty on 3820 0243. These tickets cost $10 (which includes supper) and are valid for the duration of the show. We would be grateful for any assistance you can give in publicising this event. Enquiries regarding art work directed to Shirley on 3207 0243; other enquiries to Carole on 3207 7265.

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Badminton players

MIDWEEK Daytime Badminton senior players have proved that age is no barrier to playing the fastest racquet sport. For those who wish to query badminton as being a fast racquet sport, come & try this intriguingly fast sport. Badminton is a marvelous sport for all ages with a variety of standards & skill. Top Olympic badminton cham-

pions hit a badminton smash at close to 400 km per hr. For Senior’s we do not have the force of the Olympic champions but still move the shuttle around thus achieving a degree of physical activity giving us, joint mobility, fitness & a lot of fun. Recently, at our yearly badminton challenge with the Sunshine Coast, Nambour Badminton

Hands on workshops

HOBBYISTS, emerging crafters and professional artisans are sharing their arts and crafts to inspire their communities to continue their traditions. Even if you’ve never crafted before, this is your opportunity to embrace your creative side and give some of the free beginners’ workshops a red-hot go. Friday 7 June @ 1pm-3pm at Wynnum Hall - Introduction to Mixed Media – Participate in a soul-nurturing mixed media workshop with local artist Chrissy Foreman Cranitch using a combination of paint, pens, crayon, fabrics, papers and more. Bookings essential through Sunday 9 June @ 10.30am-12.30pm at Indooroopilly Library - Knit and crochet for charity – A great way of giving back to your local community. Make knitted craft items and learn basic knitting and crochet skills at the same time. Bookings are essential through: Friday 14 June @ 10.30am-12.30pm at Sandgate Library - Making samplers of embroidery stitches was something every girl was taught. Take a journey back in time. Embroider onto linen to make your own keepsake to treasure. Bookings essential through Sunday 16 June @ 10.30am-12.30pm at Brisbane Square Library - Basket weaving – Weave a lovely basket for your home with up cycled sheets, t-shirt yarn or fabric scraps. Bookings are essential through: Monday 17 June @ 6pm-8pm at Carindale Library Everyday Origami – Learn to make origami out of all sorts of everyday paper from Fantail wrappers to junk mail. You’ll make and take away a variety of eclectic origami pieces from the weird to the wonderful. Bookings essential through

Decorative Folk Artists of Queensland ARE you interested in painting on canvas, wood, paper etc.? The Decorative Folk Artists of Queensland may be able to assist you. Please come along to our next workshop at 9 am on Saturday 3rd August 2013 at the Arthur Scurr Room, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds (entry via Broadwater Road), where well known interstate artist Lore Barrett will be holding a workshop. More information is available at our website If you require further information, please call Gail on 3286 4440 or email Tea, coffee and a sweet treat provided, but please bring your lunch and tea/coffee mug. Cost is $25 for DFAQ member, and $30 for nonmembers.

Club, our oldest man of 86 gave some of the younger players of 65 a game bursting with enthusiasm & vigor. One of our newer recruits, a lady of 73 (pictured bottom row on the left) came to the Club stating ‘she last played badminton at primary school, would we mind if she ‘had a go’. Our resident ‘coach’ helped her with the basics

and she continues to enjoy her Thursday & Mondays at the Club. For those interested you can also meet us at 9.30am on a Monday at Insports Cornubia or Thursday at PCYC Capalaba. Attached is a photo of our players primarily in colourful pink indicating their effervescent personality on & off court. Most of our players enjoy the social interaction & their twice a week games. Midweek Daytime Badminton Club inc is an affiliated Club with the Brisbane Badminton Association & welcomes all new members. Our Motto is relax, enjoy, be social, be competitive - indicates the character of our members. For further information visit our web page on www or emaililesjb@bigpond. or phone 07 3343 3141.

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Honeyeater caught on camera THE pictured Blue-faced Honeyeater almost got away with the heist with no one the wiser, pinching sugar packets from a cafe table, but alert Gold Coast amateur photographer Tony Bailey, camera always at the ready, captured the moment for the enjoyment of Seniors Newspaper readers. Thank you Tony!

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Fresh Precious Pets victims of family heartbreak WHO will save Nu Nu and Winnie? “Nu Nu” magical mystical black cat with gold eyes “Winnie” the Whopper black & white cat green eyes. Heartbroken family that lives in Loganholme In Logan city must say sad “Good-bye” to their two beloved family cats. Husband has had an accident cannot work. Mother has been hospitalized with pneumonia. The family is unable to keep the two cats. Family approached Margo of Margo’s Animal Sanctuary asking for help to adopt them out The cats can be separated. Margo wants to hear from cat loving senior aged people who can offer these precious pets a home. The cats remain with their owner for now. If you can offer a safe loving forever home. Margo is conduction interviews for the cats Contact Margo email : Or text Margo - 0431 737 680 Time is running out for these Fabulous Felines!

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning (1812-1889)

A smile Something each day a smile It’s not too much to give And the little gifts of life Make sweet the days we live For the world has weary hears That we can bless and cheer And a smile each day every day Makes sunshine all the year. Les Childs

Some wordplay to amuse us A bicycle can’t stand alone - it is two tired. A boiled egg is - hard to beat. A dentist and a manicurist married - they fought tooth and nail. A thief who stole a calendar - got twelve months. A will is - a dead giveaway. Acupuncture - a jab well done. I’m reading a book about anti-gravity - it’s impossible to put down. Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now. I was going to look for my missing watch, but I could never find the time. I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.


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Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Branch

Happy Birthday Alice Dobson

FOLLOWING a successful May general meeting members of Rochedale/ Springwood National Seniors attended the Zone conference at Ipswich Brothers Leagues Club held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebrations. May meeting was addressed by Marie Turner Client Services Manager of Home Instead a worthy source of Companionship and Home Care for Seniors outlining all available services associated with the firm a wonderful medium enabling seniors to remain in their own homes. Marie handed out much important information contained in brochures and booklets provided to the meeting. Although the weather was less than pleasant members boarded a coach for a guided tour of Redcliffe and surrounds. After enjoying morning tea at Clontarf information centre and viewing the pelican feeding members were joined by tour guide Max to take part in a well-informed cruise around the peninsular taking in points of interest. Noel and Val Sullivan

welcomed the group at their Cooperage factory while staff member Damien explained the dying art of barrel construction. All were impressed with the procedure involved in making wooden barrels from a size from two to three hundred and

twenty litres. Proceeding to Redcliffe Leagues Club members enjoyed a tasty lunch before continuing their way around various points of interest explained by guide Max and finally gathering at the Bee-Gees walk to view the sculpture

of the three popular musicians and the associated information panels with photos and information along the walkway. Showers that followed the members homewards did little to dampen an enjoyable day experienced by those attending.

ALICE Dobson one of our wonderful members here at the Beenleigh Senior Citizens Centre celebrates her 102nd birthday with her dancing friends! Alice still lives in her own home, and amongst a lot of other activity; walks regularly; is a regular visitor to one of our communities girl guide groups and dances each week at the centres weekly dances. Congratulations and many many more happy returns to our dear friend Alice!

Puns to keep you smiling LIGHTNING sometimes shocks people because it just doesn’t know how to conduct itself. A rule of grammar: double negatives are a no-no. Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed. It’s raining cats and dogs. Well, as long as it doesn’t reindeer. I relish the fact that you’ve mustard the strength to ketchup to me. My new theory on inertia doesn’t seem to be gaining momentum. What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing - but it let out a little whine. If you don’t pay your exorcist you get repossessed. She got fired from the hot dog stand for putting her hair in a bun. The dead batteries were given out free of charge. Pencils could be made with erasers at both ends, but what would be the point? I was arrested after my therapist suggested I take something for my kleptomania.

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What makes Logan special? IT could be a particular place, your first school, memories of your family, some local legend or recollections of an event that has stayed with you over the years. We also would like to hear about any upcoming community events.

Your story does not have to be past tense and photographs would be the icing on the cake. If Logan is special to you, the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper would love to hear from you. Email: or post to PO Box 1062, Tewantin 4565.

Special announcement for Parkinson Ward residents BREAK and enters in our local area are once again occurring and residents are requested to be vigilant and report to Police any suspicious behaviour. Additionally, if you have pets, there have been reports of dog theft so please ensure your pets and yards are

secure. Also if you notice strange stickers placed on your gates or letterbox, please do not remove but contact Calamvale Police Station as there are reports in social media that these stickers are being used to identify homes with dogs by dog snatchers.

Join The Club

LOGAN VIEW Club backs new campaign to boost membership and to increase community volunteering in Logan Service clubs such as VIEW, Lions, Men’s Sheds, Rotary, CWA, APEX, Zonta and Legacy make a positive difference in every community around Australia. New research by the DoSomething! charity shows that these 8 major service clubs now have 180,000 members in 4,913 local clubs around Australia. “Week in and week out, service club members are volunteering and working to make communities like Logan a better place for us all,” says Margaret Davis from Logan VIEW Club. In an effort to generate more members for service clubs, the DoSomething! charity has launched a national campaign called ‘Join The Club’. Throughout May, the campaign will be encouraging Australians to join a local service club. To make it easy, DoSomething! has created the website which contains the contact details for every service club in Australia. “Many people who join a service club say that giving back and helping others makes them feel good,” said VIEW Clubs National President, Lorraine Montgomery. “In addition to benefiting the community, joining a service club also encourages networking and the building of new friendships.” Lorraine is calling on every one to get involved. “If you want to do something near you, then please get involved and ‘Join The Club’! Joining VIEW for instance means that you can help support the education of Australian children in need to help them break the cycle of poverty.” To find out more about a VIEW Club in your area call 1800 805 366 or visit

Unmet transport needs in Logan?

THE Logan Summit in February made it clear that there are unmet transport needs for individuals, groups and businesses in Logan. A number one key priority action was to: “Develop and implement strategies to improve public transport services to meet the needs of the local community.” The Creative Transport in Logan forum provides an ideal opportunity for individuals, community services, business, transport providers, local council and chambers of commerce to develop new responses to Logan’s unmet transport needs.Creative Transport in Logan, the fourth in the 2013 series of OPEN CONVERSATIONS in Logan, is being held on Wednesday 19th June, 3.30pm – 7.00pm at Browns Pains State High School Library, Ivor St, Browns Plains. It is a free event. Participants are asked to register as numbers are limited. Text your name to 0429 648 714 or email Unmet transport needs affect the whole community and it is essential that we all continue to work together on developing and implementing the solutions that we know will work. OPEN CONVERSATIONS offer a variety of different facilitation services to individuals, families, businesses and community groups. Visit our website for more information, or contact our facilitators, Mary Sayer 0429 648 714 or Ian Hunter 0434 282 748.

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Browns Plains Branch NSA 9 from Beaudesert are looking forward to attending the Zone Conference at Ipswich. Congratulations Ipswich on attaining 25 years of National Seniors Australia membership. Our hats go off to Erica Foote from Ipswich Branch for a sterling effort in organizing the conference in spite of her recent illness. After a successful 2012 four day coach trip to Stanthorpe we are looking forward to another four day trip in November going to Yamba and the Jacaranda Festival at Grafton. As usual, a warm Leo and Willie enjoy morning tea on a recent coach trip welcome is extended to join our branch. MeetOUR coach trips on the Museum and tour of raffle draw on the ings are held on the 2nd 4th Tuesday of each Caboolture and then on waterfront. We will month are proving very to Bribie Island Hotel for enjoy fish and chips for Tuesday of each month at Greenbank RSL at popular. Our May trip lunch. In June we will lunch by the sea, had over 60 members, be visiting the Golden followed by a tour of the 10am. Further information can be obtained by including 9 folk from Circle outlet at Capalaba Q.A.T.B. Museum at contacting Bev on 3809 Beaudesert. The trip and then on to Wynnum Wynnum. was to the Abbey for morning tea and Ten of our members and 0697 or 0402 094 887.

New jobs secured for Ipswich

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed today’s announcement by James Hardie Industries that the company had entered into a contract to buy the land on which its existing Carole Park facility is located. “This is tremendous news for the creation of more jobs in the future for residents in the Ipswich region. “The company has advised me their plans call for the investment of $89 million in the construction of additional manufacturing capacity on the same site. The exact number of new jobs is still to be determined. “Ipswich will benefit from the company’s decision to

Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club FOREST Lake Fifty Plus Club meet at Queensland Lions Soccer Club, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am on the third Friday of each month, and new members are always welcome. For more information on the club and its activities, please contact Kay (Treasurer) on 3278 9406 or Les (Activities Officer) on 3279 9449 or Mob 0466 377 618, or Club email is Date Claimers for the next three general meetings are June 21st, July 19th and August 16th.

Active Logan

ACTIVE Logan program is a Logan City Council initiative offering free and low cost activities throughout Logan for all abilities and fitness levels. How do I get involved? Find an activity that suits you. No need to register for the activity. If you have a question about an activity contact the provider or Council. Do I have to be fit to start an activity? No. Active Logan activities cater for all ages and fitness levels. Our trained instructors will ease you into the activity, making you feel comfortable and welcome. What should I wear to the session? Comfortable clothing and footwear. What else should I bring? Hat and sunscreen (outdoor activities only), small towel, water bottle, any other equipment detailed in the activity description. Contact Logan City Council for further detail on 1300 156 426.

increase investment in fibre cement manufacturing capacity to cater for Australian residential and commercial construction industries. “It will also allow for increases in demand for its products from the Asia Pacific region,” Cr Pisasale said. In statement the company said the Carole Park facility was the preferred location for expansion in South East Queensland as it would deliver freight advantages and other expected benefits including enhanced product differentiation and increased operation efficiencies.

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BRISBANE City Hall Tours

NEWLY restored, Brisbane City Hall is one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings and the symbolic heart of our city. Whether you are a local or a tourist to Brisbane, a guided tour provides an opportunity to learn something about the art, architecture and history of City Hall – the building lovingly known in

Brisbane as “the People’s Place”. Built between 1920 and 1930, the heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall is seen as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events. City Hall is the civic seat of the city and is home to the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor. It also plays host to community

and corporate events each day. Unlike a heritage home, it is a busy and active working building, so you may find that some of the rooms and features are not open to the public on certain days. Accompanied by a professional guide, these tours provide further access to different parts of the building as possible. Please

Square foyer. Daily at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Cost Free. Situated in Brisbane, City Hall is the seat of the Brisbane City Council. It is located adjacent to King George Square, where the rectangular City Hall has its main entrance. The City Hall also has frontages and entrances in both Ann Street and Adelaide Street. The building is considered one of Brisbane’s finest and is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978. note City Hall tours do not include the Clock Tower. This is a separate tour. Bookings are essential, please call 07 3403 8463 to make a booking.

Tours are limited to 20 people per tour and may reach capacity early. Please arrive early to join your tour. Tours depart from the King George

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Keep the flu at bay INFLUENZA or “flu” is a highly contagious disease caused by infection from influenza type A or B virus. These viruses usually affect the upper airways and lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. In Australia, outbreaks of influenza of varying severity occur every year usually between May and September. Annual vaccination is the single most effective measure to prevent influenza. Annual vaccination reduces your chances of catching the flu and it may also reduce the severity of the flu if you do catch it. Who should be vaccinated? Influenza vaccination is strongly recommended for groups such as people aged 65 years or over, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 15 years or older, people with underlying medical conditions and health professionals. Are there any side effects from the vaccine? Like all medications, vaccines may have side effects. Most side effects are minor, last a short time and do not lead to any long term problems. The viruses in the vaccine are inactivated (killed) and cannot cause flu. However, some people may experience mild flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours as their immune system responds to the vaccine. When should I be vaccinated? The best time to be vaccinated against influenza is between March and May, before the influenza season starts. Vaccination usually takes up to two weeks to be effective, so the sooner you are vaccinated, the better. For more information contact your physician. Source: “The Comet” Vol. 45 Issue 4, 2013



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nt e d n e p e d In g in y a t and S Cell therapy to fight skin cancer

INVASIVE procedures for removing non-melanoma skin cancers such as freezing or surgery may soon be a thing of the past. A Queensland researcher may have found a new, less invasive way to treat the disease, which affects approximately 133,100*

people in the state each year. Dr Graham Leggatt, of The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, based at the Translational Research Institute, is investigating anti-cancer immune cells as an alternative therapeutic

option for non-melanoma skin cancer. His work is being supported by a $100,000 Cancer Council Queensland research grant. Cancer Council Queensland CEO Professor Jeff Dunn congratulated Dr Leggatt and the University of

Queensland for looking for new ways to treat nonmelanoma skin cancers. “This research is particularly relevant in our country, and here in Queensland, where we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world,” he said. “As a result, nonmelanoma skin cancer, which includes both squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with approximately two per cent of the population treated for the cancer in 2002. “Current methods for treatment can be physically invasive and

leave scarring. A gentler, less-invasive method of treatment would be beneficial for the long-term physical and mental recovery of the patient.” Dr Leggatt’s project is one of 22 in Queensland that has received grants from Cancer Council Queensland for 2013-2014. Overall, the grants this year totalled $2.178 million. Seven other projects involving University of Queensland researchers were recently awarded funding from Cancer Council Queensland: Associate Professor Stephen Rose, who heads up the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Royal Brisbane and Women’s

Hospital, for his study into individualised imageguided therapy for patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), an invasive brain tumour. Professor Gregory Monteith for his study into the identification and characterisation of calcium signalling modifying proteins as drug targets for basal breast cancer. Dr Mat Francois for his study into the identification of molecules that will enable the manipulation of lymphatic vessel growth with the view to developing new therapeutic avenues for cancer or lymphedema. Professor Tom Gonda for

his study into switching off the MYB gene in cancers by re-imposing the ‘elongation block’. Professor Melissa Brown for her study into the role of BCRA non-coding mutations in breast cancer susceptibility. Dr Benjamin Hogan for his study into determining a mechanism for regulating lymphatic vascular precursor cell migration. Dr Fiona Simpson for her study into the role of the epidermal growth factor receptor trafficking in tumor progression and patient therapy resistance. For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit http://

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the copper is absorbed by the skin which gives relief to arthritis and general joint pain. Based on the results of laboratory and clinical studies, St. Francis Private Hospital, a 140-bed facility located in County Westmeath, Ireland, decided to become the first hospital in the world to fully specify hygienic copper door handles throughout its facility as part of its infection control program. A full upgrade of all door furniture (i.e. 250 doorsets, incorporating handles, push plates and privacy locks) to antimicrobial copper in the hospital and nursing home commenced

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Staying healthy over 50: Tips for eating well as you age

AS you age, your relationship to food may change along with your body. A decreased metabolism, changes in taste and smell, and slower digestion may affect your appetite, the foods you can eat, and how your body processes food. The key is to figure out how to adapt to your changing needs. Now, more than ever, healthy eating is important to maintain your energy and health. Load up on high-fibre

fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Your whole digestive system does slow as you age, so fibre is very important. Consume fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. They will help you feel more energetic and give you fuel to keep going. Put effort into making your food look and taste good. Your taste buds may not be as strong and your appetite may not be the same, but

your nutritional needs are just as important as ever. If you don’t enjoy eating like you used to, put a little more effort into your meals, including the way you flavor, prepare, and present your food. Watch out for dehydration. Because of physical changes, older adults are more prone to dehydration. So make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re not getting

enough water, you’re not going to be as sharp and your energy will suffer. Make meals a social event. It’s more enjoyable to eat with others than alone. If you live alone, invite other people over. It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and you can share cooking and cleanup duties.

What exactly is bipolar disorder?

BIPOLAR disorder is when people experience serious mood swings, to the point where their moods interfere with their everyday life. If you have bipolar disorder your mood is likely to go through extreme highs (known as mania or hypomania) and lows (known as depression). However, what those moods feel like and how quickly or slowly you move between high and low moods is different for everyone. As a result, several different types of bipolar disorder have been identified. Somewhere between 1-5% of the population experience bipolar disorder and it’s caused by a combination of different things. Your genes play a big part in whether you are likely to develop bipolar disorder, but the condition can be brought on by stress, certain brain chemicals and the environment (for example, you’re more likely to get bipolar

disorder in Spring). The mood swings and feelings experienced by people with bipolar disorder are different from mood swings that most people experience in everyday life. Mood swings that occur as a result of bipolar disorder are extremely disruptive and impact on a person’s ability to function day to day. If you think you may have bipolar disorder, it’s really worth visiting your GP for a consultation. Bipolar disorder can be hard to diagnose but it is a treatable condition and managing it will be much easier if you get professional advice. Your doctors can work with you to create a treatment plan which suits your personal circumstances and experience. Beyond Blue can also help. Go to their website at or call 1300 22 46 36 if you feel the need for support.

Look on the Bright Side of Ageing OLDER adults with a bright outlook on the future live longer than those who have a dimmer view. A nine-year long study conducted by Netherlands researchers found that men and women with the highest levels of optimism at the start of the study had the lowest death rates than those in the most pessimistic group. Considering all factors in-total, the risk of death was 29% lower among highly optimistic men and women. In addition, the most optimistic study participants experienced 77% less likelihood of dying of a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular cause (as compared to the most pessimistic group).

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) SOROPTIMIST International is a worldwide women’s service club with more than 90,000 members. It focuses on improving the lives of women and girls through education, health and environmental projects. Osteoporosis is a chronic condition which affects more than two million Australians. Brittle bones mean breakages and lack of mobility creating the need for expensive medical support in hospitals and nursing homes. About 50% of all hip fracture patients do not regain their original mobility. For more information about SIMNI, phone Marney 0407 029 943 or Audrey 0402 776 840.

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nt e d n e p e d In g in y a t and S Harmful poisons to seniors

IN many instances we think of poisons as something we would find under our kitchen or laundry sink or perhaps what we find in the garden shed. But, medicines are a common cause of poisoning in seniors. This can occur when the wrong mix of medication is taken, when a person over medicates themselves or may forget to take certain elements of their medication. Signs that poisoning

can occur include reduced level of consciousness, altered breathing rate, altered heart rate, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, discolouration around mouth and possibly shock. If any of this occurs it is important that the individual or someone close to them calls the Poisons emergency number 131126. Treatment for medication poisoning: identify what

medications taken, assess when these were taken and call ambulance - triple zero (000). Do not induce vomiting, comfort and reassure the person; if advised to do so, offer water or milk. A good solution to prevent overdosing of medication is to use prepared daily packaging, such as Webster-pak, your pharmacist can help organise your daily doses for you. Websterpak is a safe and simple

medication pack. It sets out all the tablets and capsules that need to be taken at each particular time of the day for each day of the week that makes it easy to manage. The pharmacist takes the doctor’s prescriptions and dispenses the medication into a blister pack. This pack is securely sealed so the medication is protected and there is no chance of spilling or mixing things up. The pack lists all the

contents plus other medications taken, providing vital information for hospital or ambulance staff in the case of emergency. When it is time to take the medication, you simply push out the contents of the blister through the foil backing for the correct time on the correct day. Webster-pak provides a visual cue, so you always know where you are up to. Source: The Comet, Issue 3 2013

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Doctors in support of voluntary euthanasia

ADELAIDE-based gynaecologist, Dr Rosemary Jones, doesn’t believe that voluntary euthanasia ‘may’ one day be legalised. She feels confident that it’s a question of ‘when’.As an active member of the three-year-old Doctors for Voluntary Euthanasia Choice national lobby group, Dr Jones works with 89 other Australian medical professionals to advocate for the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia. Now, she calls on other doctors throughout the country to sign up, support the cause and become a member of the minority group in favour of legal assisted dying. “We are not a group of people who propose to implement euthanasia,” Dr Jones said. “We are not practitioners of assistive dying. All we are interested in is influencing events to bring about the legalisation of euthanasia.” “We stand for a group of doctors distressed about the small number of patients, who, at the point of death, get no relief from palliative care. “We thoroughly endorse the practice of palliative care for 95 per cent of all palliative care [patients] and understand that for five per cent, there are persistent problems beyond relief provided for by palliative care. “We don’t contest the major role of palliative care but do see that assisted dying is a part and parcel of the end [goal] of palliative care.” The national group aims to add its weight to lobbying for the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia in Australia, mostly by writing politicians letters and via the use of other campaign tools. Dr Jones said ideally, she would like the membership base of the somewhat controversial organisation to hit 60,000. Always a realist, she adds, she would be happy if the group achieved 34,000. “Realistically, if we get a couple of thousand names, it would be fine. Not every doctor wants to have their name on a website and letters put to politicians. “But, if you scratched the numbers hard enough, the majority of the medical community would support legalising voluntary euthanasia.” That’s because, she explained, medical professionals “see a lot of sadness and unnecessary suffering”. If voluntary euthanasia was legal and it was the wish of the dying, Dr Jones believes that most doctors would euthanase under instruction and in the right circumstances. For information about the lobby group, Doctors for Voluntary Euthanasia Choice, visit Source: Australian Ageing Agenda

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Older men eating better but still fatter IT appears by the time Aussie men hit the age of 65 they’re happier to eat their fruit and veggies. That’s one of the findings in a new report examining the health of Aussie men. The study, released earlier this month, compares the health of indigenous, rural, poor, migrant and older males. The median age for Australia’s male population was 36 in 2010. Around 12 per cent of men fall into the ‘older’ classification of being 65 or over. And it appears by the time they’ve hit that age they’re happier to eat their fruit and veggies. Only 37 per cent of men aged 65 plus are at risk of inadequate fruit intake compared to 57 per cent of males aged 15 to 64, according to the Australian Institute of Health and

Welfare report. When it comes to not eating enough vegetables some 87 per cent of older men are at risk. While that might sound bad it’s much better than the 94 per cent of those younger than 65 who aren’t getting enough greens. But it’s not all good news for the older folk. Some 62 per cent aren’t getting enough physical exercise (at least 30 minutes five days a week) compared with 57 per cent of the younger generations. Men born overseas in English-speaking countries are more likely than Australian-born males to get enough exercise across all ages. Some 48 per cent of English-speaking migrants are at risk of inadequate physical exercise com-

pared with 58 per cent of Australian-born males which is similar to migrants from non-Englishspeaking countries (59 per cent). The death rate for all male migrants is 11 per cent lower than for Australianborn men. But it varies according to country of origin. For example, the Chinese death rate is 43 per cent lower while it’s 38 per cent lower for men born in India. It’s 21 per cent higher for males born in Poland. Men born overseas are generally less likely to smoke, drink excessively or use drugs. In 2010 there were three million men born overseas living in Australia. That’s 27 per cent of the population. The migrants come from with the United Kingdom followed by New Zealand, 200 different countries the largest contributor China, India and Italy.

Resource for lymphoedema sufferers

THE Lymphoedema Association of Queensland has a resource for general practitioners called Lymphoedema - A Guide for Diagnosis and Management in General Practice. Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling, usually in the limbs, due to an accumulation of lymphatic fluid, which can result in loss of mobility, discomfort and pain. Lymphoedema is a common side-effect of cancerrelated surgery and radiation therapy and therefore affects thousands of cancer patients across Queensland each year. President of the Lymphoedema Association of Queensland, Nerida Smith, said the new resource will assist general practitioners to increase

their knowledge of lymphoedema to ensure patients receive a speedy diagnosis and referral for treatment. “The Lymphoedema Association of Queensland is aiming for an end to misdiagnosis and mismanagement of lymphoedema through lack of knowledge at the primary care level,” Ms Smith said. “Unfortunately some general practitioners receive little information about lymphoedema and we receive many calls from patients desperate for answers who have been incorrectly told they will have to live with the condition, which is far from the truth. “It’s been proven that an early diagnosis of lymphoedema can greatly

enhance the outcome of treatment and quality of life for the patient, so we are hoping this new resource is a way to better inform general practitioners, for the benefit of their patients,” she said. The Lymphoedema Association of Queensland offers support, information and education to people with lymphoedema and for health professionals. Lymphoedema - A Guide for Diagnosis and Management in General Practice was proudly funded from proceeds of the Raffle of a Quilt donated by the Bribie Island Quilters. General Practice Queensland and Cancer Council Queensland’s Helpline 13 11 20 has distributed the guide to general practitioners and

health professionals across Queensland. For more information or support about cancer, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11

20. For more information about lymphoedema, please visit the Lymphoedema Association of Queensland’s website

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WORLD CONTINENCE AWARENESS WEEK 24TH - 30TH JUNE Dr Robyn’s Clinic of Integrative Medicine for Women and Children

THIS is a medical practice with an integrative approach, which enables me to offer a wider scope of treatment options, and therefore for clients and families to have more confidence in their choices for their health care. I encourage clients to increase their participation in their own health care which gives a greater chance that overall health will improve. I promote wellness throughout a person’s lifespan; including prevention of body dysfunction and maintenance of good health to enable healthy aging. My aim is to assist the whole person to health and well being. I began working in health care over 30 years ago and

have continued to train and expand my level of expertise. I am trained in Family medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. My focus is on holistic healthcare for women and children with a strong emphasis on promoting a healthy family life. I have a special interest in care during pregnancy, the breastfeeding period, menopause and parenting in early childhood. The clinic includes pelvic floor therapy with the Wave Brilliance Pelvic Floor Exercise Chair. For More information or appointments phone 07 3312 7277.

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Continence Week 2013 IF you suffer from incontinence you’re not alone - almost 4.8 million Australians are affected by this sometimes embarrassing condition. It affects both men and women, regardless of age or background but thankfully it can be treated, managed and in many cases cured. Continence pads can help you to lead a normal life feeling dry and comfortable. It is, however, still important to work on improving your continence as much as possible. Managing everyday life when you or

Put your health first OUR philosophy at HealthFirst Medical Centres is for you to enjoy life while we manage your health. With centres located across Brisbane at Ascot, Corinda, Alexandra Hills and West End, our team of caring Doctors and Nurses and friendly staff are there for you. Every HealthFirst Medical Centre is AGPAL accredited which means you can rest assured that our centres meet the strict guidelines set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. With a focus on preventative health centre, we encourage you to speak with our doctors about the range of health checks available to ensure you take a proactive approach in allowing us to assist you in managing your health. Our Racecourse Road Medical Centre located in Ascot also offers patients the Wave Brilliance Chair. ‘The Chair’ is a non-invasive, non-surgical approach to assisting with issues such as incontinence, impotence and sexual dysfunction. Make an appointment to speak with our Doctors about how this may assist you. Bulk billing or concessional fees may also be offered at all of our centres at the discretion of the Doctor. Please ask any of our reception team members for further information. All HealthFirst Medical Centres offer patients complimentary, easy access, off street parking. We also offer the convenience of online appointment bookings – visit New patients are welcome at all centres and appointments are available. We look forward to welcoming you to a HealthFirst Medical Centre soon. Our philosophy at HealthFirst Medical Centres is for you to enjoy life while we manage your health. The team of caring Doctors and Nurses and friendly staff at HealthFirst Arundel are focused on providing pa-

tients with preventative health care, ensuring that you have maximum opportunity to enjoy life. Our centre is AGPAL accredited which means you can rest assured that our centre meets the strict guidelines set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. HealthFirst Arundel Medical Centres offer patients complimentary, easy access, off street parking. We also offer the convenience of online appointment bookings – visit Appointments can also be made by phoning 5574 5144. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 8am and from 8.30am on Saturday. Bulk billing or concessional rates may be available for patients holding a Seniors Pension Card. New patients are welcome and appointments are available. We look forward to welcoming you to our centre soon.

the person you are caring for is affected by incontinence can be challenging, but with forward planning (and a little bit of trial and error), most people find a routine that allows them to live their life to the fullest. Many people are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about urinary incontinence or are confused by what incontinence actually is. It is important for sufferers to tell their doctor about all their symptoms, no matter how embarrassing or trivial they may find them.

Clinics expanding on great services

BELMONT General Practice Clinic was opened in conjunction with Morningside General Practice Clinic in February of 2012. The practice offers a wide range of health care in a General Practice setting including a visiting Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Dietician and Psychologist. There is also a QML pathology on site. The Clinic offers bulk billing for aged pensioners and veterans gold card holders except on weekends and after 6pm weekdays. The Practice also has a Wave Brilliance Chair. The Wave Brilliance Pelvic Floor Therapy System is a non-surgical therapy for the treatment of stress, urge and mixed uniary incontinence & in both women & men. For patients whose difficulties stem from a weakening of their pelvic floor muscles, Wave Brilliance can offer unique therapeutic benefits. Unlike other therapy options, ExMI exercises all of the muscles in the pelvic floor to rebuild strength and endurance and restore bladder & bowel control. ExMI accomplishes this while the patient sits fully clothed in a comfortable chair. Belmont General Practice Clinic is loacated at185 Belmont Rd, Belmont, Qld 4153 Morningside General Practice was established 30+ years ago on Wynnum Rd, Morningside. The practice is open 7 days per week and can offer bulk billing for aged pensioner and veterans gold card holders except on weekends and after 6pm weekdays. Morningside General Practice has a visiting Podiatrist, Dietician and Psychologist as well as all General Practice appointments. Moringside General Practice Clinic is located at 591 Wynnum Rd, Morningside, Qld 4170 Bookings for both practices can be made on 3399 4685.

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WORLD CONTINENCE AWARENESS WEEK 24TH - 30TH JUNE Talk about incontinence: A problem in anyone’s language

DESPITE one in four Australians over the age of 15 experiencing some form of incontinence, community stigma and personal embarrassment remain the biggest barriers towards recovery and better management. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, an estimated 70 per cent of people living with incontinence do not discuss the issue, even with their GP, despite studies showing most cases can be cured or better managed. While incontinence should not be regarded as a natural part of ageing, it is more common and se-

vere in those aged over 75, with more than 40 per cent of this age group affected. And although incontinence is more prevalent among women, research shows that one in five people experiencing urinary incontinence are men, a group widely acknowledged as being reluctant to seek help from health professionals. Continence Foundation of Australia health promotion officerTracey Sparks said incontinence often resulted in people restricting their work and social activities. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopauseare factors that place women at in-

creased risk of developingbladder and bowel control problems. Reduced pelvic floor muscle tone and lowered oestrogen levels can contribute to symptoms that include: urinary leakage when coughing, straining or exercising, orbefore reaching the toilet; passing urine more often overnight; constipation; more frequent urinary tract infections; and an urgency to open the bowels. Prostate problems are the biggest cause of urinary incontinence in men. Common symptoms include: trouble starting the flow of urine; slow urine

World Continence Week

WORLD Continence Week this year is held from 23rd to 30th June and it’s the week designated to educate Australians about the important treatment and preventative strategies to manage bladder and bowel dysfunction. Urinary incontinence is a serious issue in Australia with a 2011 Deloitte Access Economics report finding that 4.8million Australians over the age of fifteen suffer urinary and faecal incontinence. The cost to the Australian economy is huge at around $42 billion per year. The amazing thing is that it is very treatable…and it’s NOT rocket science. To help women (& men) learn these easy strategies I have written two books: ‘Pelvic Floor Recovery: A Physiotherapy Guide for Gynaecological Repair Surgery’ for those women who have had a hysterectomy or repair surgery and ‘Pelvic Floor Recovery Essentials’, for those who haven’t had surgery, such as women who have had babies or even those who may have had no children but still have bladder and bowel issues. They cost $20 each and are simply written and easy to understand. To help you get started, here are three simple ways you can immediately make a difference if you have some urinary incontinence. Dispel the myths: Our mothers can be responsible for many myths and beliefs surrounding the bladder which are wrong. Myth 1: ‘Just in Case’ emptying: Always go before you leave the house…when you arrive at the doctor’s surgery…before the movies? Wrong! Teach your adult bladder to hold to 350 to 500 mls. Go when you have a bouncy full bladder not at that first urethral sensation. Check out what yours is by doing a simple bladder diary. Measure the volume of urine each time you go and every drink you have, recording the time and types of fluids you drink. Myth 2: You’ll get kidney stones if you hold onto urine? Wrong! The bladder

is designed to store urine and if you drink 2 litres of fluid you should be able to hold 350 to 500 mls of urine before needing to go. This means you should be able to go roughly 3 to 4 hours between wees depending on what you drink (water, juice and decaffeinated drinks preferable). Myth 3: Never sit on a public toilet…always hover or perch or you’ll catch germs? Wrong! You are more likely to get a urinary tract infection from not emptying your bladder properly when you hover than from the toilet seat. Always sit with good posture (see below) and relax your tummy and pelvic floor prior to voiding. Know how to correctly contract your pelvic floor muscles: The pelvic floor muscles sit at the base of the pelvis and support the internal organs of the bladder, uterus and bowel. They are also important with preventing low back pain and a strong pelvic floor helps with maintaining continence and helps with defaecation. Doing regular pelvic floor exercises but most importantly learning to engage them prior to coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending will help prevent leakage with those activities that increase your intra-abdominal pressure. Break the addiction to caffeine: Caffeine is addictive, it irritates the bladder and in large quantities is a diuretic. It increases anxiety, increases heart palpitations and affects your sleep. Yes it tastes nice and can give you a kickstart in the morning but really if you ask for a (naturally) decaffeinated coffee/tea, any bladder symptoms you have plus your poor sleep, anxiety and heart flutters should improve. Go on give it a go! But come down slowly or you may get a withdrawal headache. Good luck with trying these simple strategies and you can read more by reading my blog - just Google search ‘Sue Croft Blog’!

For when you’ve just got to go

The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia. Using the Trip Planner function, you can plan your journey and locate toilets you can use along the way. Details of toilet facilities are available along major travel routes and for shorter journeys as well. Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, accessibility for people with disabilities and the details of other nearby toilets. The National Public Toilet Map is available on any mobile phone with an Internet browser. Go to on your phone to be automatically directed to the mobile site. The Map is also available for Apple’s iPhone. Just go to the App Store on your iPhone or use iTunes to download the National Public Toilet Map App. It’s free. You can also call tollfree to 1800 990 646. The National Toilet Map is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Continence Management Strategy.

stream; the need to pass Continence Helpline on tial advice and about blad- and information on produrine more often or more 1800 33 00 66 for confiden- der or bowel problems, uct subsidy payments. urgently; leaking between visits to the toilet; a burning sensation or pain when passing urine, or blood in urine; and feeling that the bladder is not fully empty after going to the toilet. “Men and women of all ages who have any of these symptoms or who are avoiding physical exertion, physical contact or social situations for fear of an accident, should seek help from a health professional,” Ms Sparks said. Ms Sparks is hosting a free bladder and bowel health education session from 9.30-11.30am at Logan City Police Citizens Youth Club on Tuesday, June 25. The community forum will feature a presentation from continence physiotherapist Deborah Hogg and physiotherapist and Conquering Incontinence author Peter Dornan. Morning tea is provided and bookings are essential at or by phoning Tracey 3723 5012. 185 Belmont Road, Belmont Monday to Friday 8am -5pm Those unable to attend Saturday 8am - 11.30am can phone the National



Offering a wide range of Health Care in a General Practice including:

• PODIATRIST • PHYSIOTHERAPIST • DIETITIAN • PSYCHOLOGIST Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Therapy for both Women and Men using the Wave Brilliance Pelvic Floor Therapy Chair To Book an Appointment call 3399 4685

Talk about incontinence: A problem in anyone’s language



Tuesday, 25th June, 2013

Logan City Police Citizens Youth Club

9.30am - 11.30am

Lot 7 Jacaranda Avenue, Woodridge

A FREE community education session for men and women featuring presentations from continence physiotherapist Deborah Hogg and physiotherapist andConquering Incontinence author Peter Dornan. Morning tea provided.

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the National Continence Program

Bookings are essential. Register early to avoid missing this fantastic FREE event. Registration options:

Email: or phone Tracey 3723 5012 For more information on bladder and bowel health go to:

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HOLIDAY & Leisure The Ultimate European Pre-Christmas Markets Tour and excursions as per the itinerary, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily and 7 dinners, plus ‘end of tour’ tips to your tour manager, drivers and

guides. Priced at $2,789pp twin share land only, departs Frankfurt 8 December 2013. We offer a wide range of Christmas tours that will

have you waking up in an Italian Castle, a Swiss Spa Resort or in a beautifully restored hotel in the heart of Medieval Cesky Krumlov.

Make this Christmas one to remember... Seats are selling fast, for more information contact Discover Cruise & Travel on 1300 463 472.

Rothenburg Christmas Markets

WOULD you like to enjoy Christmas cheer and experience the unique atmosphere in a European village and still be home for Christmas with family? Enjoy the festivities on our new 10 day European Christmas Markets tour that visits 9 amazing Christmas markets throughout Germany and Austria during the weeks before Christmas.

Commencing in Frankfurt, the tour travels to medieval Rothenburg for 2 nights followed by 3 nights in the Passion Play town of Oberammergau and 2 nights in Salzburg before concluding in the enchanting city of Munich. Along the way you will savour fabulous Christmas markets; plus enjoy a Nightwatchman walking

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tour in Rothenburg, experience the incredible funicular and cable car rides up to the summit of the Zugspitze mountain and ride on a horse drawn buggy to visit the ‘ f a i r y t a l e ’ Neuschwanstein Castle. This escorted tour includes an experienced tour manager, a first class touring coach, all sightseeing, entrances

Innsbruck in winter

HOLIDAY & Leisure Embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys

GREAT Southern Rail operates four trains around Australia, each one offering a unique and memorable outback adventure, with all the comfort and service travellers desire. Travelling through the heart of Australia, between Adelaide in the south and the northern tropical city of Darwin, you’ll be captivated by the landscapes, colours and horizons that make The Ghan one of the greatest train journeys in the world. See some of the Outback’s most spectacular attractions with The Ghan’s free off-train discovery tours in either Alice Springs or Katherine. If you like the views of the ocean then get ready to sit back, relax and experience the journey of a lifetime onboard Indian PaAustralia’s western the east, see extraordi- your window and discific. From the Indian Ocean on shores to the Pacific on nary landscapes through cover some of Australia’s

most incredible sights. See more of Australia with one of Indian Pacific’s free off-train discovery tours in Broken Hill, Kalgoorlie or Adelaide! Great Southern Rail is giving you the opportunity to embark on one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Book a Gold Service fare onboard The Ghan or Indian Pacific before 31 July 2013 and receive an impressive 20% off, which is a saving of up to $484*pp! You’ll also enjoy all-inclusive meals, onboard beverages, increased luggage allowance and off-train discovery tours on selected journeys at no additional cost. For more information contact your local Travellers Choice travel agent on 1300 78 78 58 or visit www. t r a v e l l e r s

Using your seniors card overseas WHEN travelling to New Zealand, look for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” sticker in New Zealand businesses and ask if they also accept Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors +go and Seniors Business Discount Cards. Queensland and New Zealand governments signed a reciprocal agree-

ment for seniors’ discounts in 2012. Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go and Seniors Business Discount Card holders can now receive discounts and special offers on goods and services from businesses participating in the agreement. The agreement does not include government con-

cessions. Search the SuperGold online discount directory at http:// directory/ or look for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” stickers when travelling in New Zealand, and ask the salesperson if they also accept the Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors +go or Seniors

Business Discount Card. If a business does not offer discounts for Australian seniors, this will be noted on their website under ‘exclusions’. The SuperGold Card site has the most up-to-date information about the New

Zealand SuperGold Card discount scheme. Seniors travelling to Queensland from overseas can search the online discount directory to find businesses offering discounts to visiting overseas cardholders.

Centenary Evening VIEW Club IT will be Christmas in July for the members of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club when they meet on Monday 8 July at 7:00pm at the Mount Ommaney Hotel/ Apartments. President Helen has promised that there will be a very festive tone to the evening with members and guests encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing Christmas “bling” jewellery. At this meeting, members are asked to donate to The Smith Family Christmas Appeal. Instead of a guest speaker, there will be a fashion parade presented by “Fashions on the Go”. The focus will be on smart/casual clothes suitable for cruising. For more information, contact Helen on 3279 4416. Visitors are very welcome and are advised to ring Di (3202 9759) or Helen to book before 12 noon on Thursday 4 July. The cost of the dinner is $35.

Pensioners/Senior Citizens






Twin Share single supplement


5 x nights accom 5 x hot b/fasts & 5 x hot dinners 3 x morning teas 2 x afternoon teas PLUS 4x fabulous scenic bus tours

$100 PHONE NOW FOR FREE BROCHURE 02 6644 9220 Email: Website: or write to: Hilldrop Motor Inn PO Box 126, Sth Grafton 2460

“Grafton is easily reached via car on the Pacific Highway or, if you travel via coach/rail we provide courtesy transfers”

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P&O World Voyage Cruise San Francisco to Brisbane - From $4059* pp twin share Day 1 2 6 7 11 12 14 15 17 18 19 21 23 24

Date Sun 26 Jan Mon 27 - 30 Jan Fri 31 Jan Sat 1 - 4 Feb Wed 5 Feb Thu 6 - 7 Feb Sat 8 Feb Sun 9 - 10 Feb Tue 11 Feb Wed 12 Feb Thu 13 - 14 Feb Sat 15 - 16 Feb Mon 17 Feb Tue 18 Feb

Port of call San Francisco, USA At Sea Honolulu, USA At Sea Pago Pago, American Samoa At Sea Nuku’alofa, Tonga At Sea Auckland, New Zealand Bay of Islands, New Zealand At Sea Sydney, Australia At Sea Brisbane, Australia

Includes: • Private transfer from home to the airport • One way airfare Brisbane/San Francisco • Arrival transfer airport to hotel in San Francisco • 4 nights pre cruise accommodation in San Francisco • P&O World Cruises Aurora, San Francisco to Brisbane 22 nights in an inside cabin • Private transfer from Brisbane Cruise Terminal to home *Conditions apply - taxes included but are subject to change

Harvey World Travel Albany Creek Shop 26, 720 Albany Creek Road (Next to Portabella Restaurant) Albany Creek

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HOLIDAY & Leisure See the Australian Outback, in style townships of remote Australia and meet the characters who truly embody the Outback spirit. Outback pubs have long been meeting spots for locals and travellers alike and you’ll be sure to enjoy a story or two over a drink at the iconic Birdsville Hotel in Queensland, or the famous Daly Waters Pub in the Northern Territory.

STUNNING scenery, untamed natural beauty, wide open spaces and unique wildlife are all synonymous with the vast Australian Outback. But more than its incredible landscapes and famous icons, the Outback is a sense, a feeling, and a way of life. Step aboard our custombuilt 4WD vehicle and experience the unspoilt wonders and hidden treasures of Australia. Out here in the Outback, it’s all about the journey. Leave the bitumen behind and see the real Australia, accessible only by 4WD. Embrace your spirit of adventure and set off along the iconic tracks that crisscross the Australian Outback. You’ll see, hear and experience this magnificent region in a way you otherwise

couldn’t. What’s more, you’ll do so in comfort, safety and style with a Driver-Guide who is intimately familiar with this remote and rugged terrain. Our deep local knowledge of these regions and our special Indigenous partnerships means you’ll enjoy the journey of a lifetime. And, thanks to our guaranteed small group size of just 24, you’ll be afforded a truly personal interaction with the region. Travelling Outback Australia with APT is about really immersing yourself in the Outback way of life. Whether it’s admiring the sheer magnitude of Uluru from a locally guided base walk, swimming in the pristine river at Fruit Bat Falls on the Cape York

Peninsula or encountering a myriad of different wildlife species at Lakefield National Park – you’ll enjoy an experience that is truly unique to the region of Australia you’re visiting. On your Outback Wilderness Adventure, accommodation is so much more than a place for you to rest and recharge – the unique character of our carefully selected Outback properties ensures a truly unforgettable experience. In addition, you’ll love our handpicked hotels and resorts, with stays in lush rainforest retreats set deep within stunning nature reserves and world-class resorts on the shores of some of Australia’s most stunning beaches. Visit the historic

Planning a short driving holiday

THERE is nothing like exploring your own backyard by car. You can stop whenever and wherever you feel like it, taking a short break to one of the scenic destinations in our own state or even a little farther afield. You’ll get a lot more out of your trip if you take a little time to prepare.Slow travel, where you focus on exploring a small area rather than rushing desperately from A to B trying to fit everything in, is becoming popular as more and more

people realise that it’s a far more rewarding and relaxing way to holiday. Be sure to take maps or a GPS, your mobile phone, water and food, your car insurance details, a first aid kit, a torch and a spare tyre and jack. Always service your car before a road trip, being sure to top up the oil and check the air pressure in the tyres. And finally, always make sure you leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family.

Budget focus on infrastructure a big win for Queensland The RACQ has applauded the Federal Government’s focus on vital infrastructure in the Federal Budget announcement. RACQ Executive Manager Public Policy, Michael Roth, said commitments to the Bruce Highway, the Gateway Upgrade North and Cross River Rail would save lives and ease congestion for Queenslanders. “We’re happy with the Federal Government’s commitment to road and rail infrastructure in the Budget, which is critical to improving Queensland’s road safety and congestion woes,” Mr Roth said. Mr Roth

said RACQ had been advocating on behalf of its members for funding for five key projects, with three receiving significant boosts. “We’re encouraged by the Federal Government’s positive response to our Demand Better Roads campaign, with the Bruce Highway, Gateway Upgrade North and Cross River Rail receiving new funding. But unfortunately, it’s only half of what is needed for Queensland,” Mr Roth said. “We also welcome the additional $317.5m for the Warrego and $279m for the Ipswich Motorway.”

On our 12 Day Cooktown & Cape York itinerary you’ll be treated to an awardwinning Guurrbi tour. Nugal-warra clan storykeeper and Elder, Willie invites you on a magical discovery of his ancestors many Indigenous rock art sites – inaccessible to the public. 2013 is an exciting time to explore the Outback

with APT, with the addition of brand new itineraries including the 22 Day Top End, Kimberley & Coral Coast tour which allows you to truly immerse yourself in some of Australia’s most intriguing destinations. Discover Australia’s spiritual heart in Central Australia; visit the stunning national parks of the Top End; admire incredible Lake Eyre in

South Australia; be enchanted by the Kimberley region of Western Australia; take in the rich pioneering history of Outback Queensland – there truly is an Outback Wilderness Adventure for everyone. Contact Nolan’s Travelworld Ipswich on 07 3202 3355 or Email for further details.

Herman’s Tours and Travel

DAY & EXTENDED TOURS Day Tours from $35

Saturday 15 June ........................ Redland Bay & Sirromet Winery .......................................................................... $80 Saturday 6 July .......................... Christmas In July – Tamborine Mt ........................................................................ $85 Saturday 20 July ........................ Clydesdales & Story Brook Cottage .................................................................... $74 Saturday 10 August .................... Experience the Brisbane River ............................................................................. $68 Saturday 24 August .................... O’Reillys .............................................................................................................. $40 Wednesday 28 August ................ Showstoppers of London’s West End .................................................................... $50 Saturday 14 September .............. Lockyer Valley – Quilt & Craft Expo .................................................................... $40 Saturday 21 September .............. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers .......................................................................... $48 Saturday 5 October .................... A Big Day Out ‘Parrots in Paradise’ & more ......................................................... $76 Saturday 19 October .................. Say Cheese – Towri Cheesery ............................................................................ $69 Saturday 2 November ................ Eumundi Markets .................................................................................................. $35 Sunday 24 November ................ Australian Outback Spectacular ............................................................................ $109 Saturday 7 December ................. Annual Christmas Lunch ....................................................................................... $89 Thursday 12 December .............. Christmas Morning Melodies Toowoomba ............................................................ $60

Extended Tours – from $496

prices quoted are per person, share twin – single prices available - Home Transfers Included (Greater Brisbane Area) Stanthorpe - Great Divide & Beyond 2 days / 1 night 3 – 4 August .................................................................. from $496 Only 2 Cabins still available -Murray River Cruise 7 days/ 6 nights 25 – 31 August ...................................... from $2330 Country Culture - Ballet & Shakespeare 3 days/ 2 nights 18 – 20 October ....................................................... from $695 Norfolk Island ‘New Year’ 8 days/7 nights 28 Dec – 4 Jan ................................................................................. from $2992 Vietnam & Cambodia 8 to 24 April 2014 (includes luxury Mekong Cruise) ........................................................ from $8200


4 days / 3 nights Kingfisher Bay Resort 24-27 December - Fraser Island From $1235-00 TWIN SHARE all meals included

Contact our office for brochures on all above tours Enquiries: 599 Oxley Road, Corinda - PO Box 200 Corinda, 4075

Phone: 3379 6255


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HOLIDAY & Leisure No travel partner? No worries!

SOME of the most amazing holiday experiences happen when you’re travelling on your own - so why let the lack of a travel partner stop you from travelling to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world? New Zealand. A destination rich with natural beauty. A place where you can see fiords carved by glaciers, experience majestic rail journeys and witness sleeping volcanoes. Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday specialist, invite you to join a fellow group of single travellers on its 16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour of New Zealand. This fun filled tour is designed specifically for those to fly solo, but want the convenience, company and value of travelling in a group. Highlights of this memorable vacation include seeing the cascading waters of the Milford Sound, a fiord carved by glaciers

during the ice ages. You’ll also enjoy the stunning views on one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys, the TranzAlpine. Another unforgettable highlight is witnessing the skyrocketing geysers of Rotorua and having an encounter with New Zealand’s warm Maori culture. There are countless memories to be made on the 16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour. There’s no need to be concerned about making friends during the journey, as you will be accompanied by a Tour Guide to help break the ice with your fellow travellers. Their professional approach will ensure the group bond to be one big happy family. Your Tour Guide will also act as a valuable source of Kiwi facts and knowledge, by providing an informative & entertaining commentary along your journey. This holiday also includes a few extra special touches,

looking to save even more, there is the option to share a room with a person of the same gender and save over a thousand dollars off the tour price. Grand Pacific Tours has received outstanding feedback from the Single Travellers tour year after year, not only on the quality of the tour, but also on the lifelong friendships it has created. One returned traveller comments, “I needed to get away, but did not

including an introductory dinner and complimentary welcome drink on the first night of the journey. There is also reserved seating at all restaurants for breakfast and dinner, to ensure you will never dine alone. Unlike many other tours, the advertised

want to travel alone. The companionship of the tour was perfect for my needs.” Grand Pacific Tours prides itself on being the New Zealand specialist. It offer tours to one destination only – New Zealand – and has a close relationship with the best of New Zealand’s hotels, restaurants and attractions, ensuring that every one of its passengers is given the best value for money possible.

Guaranteed to depart on both the 25 October 2013 or the 11 March 2014, there’s no better time to book your seat, as this holiday is sure to be a best seller. A perfect holiday for any solo traveller wanting to see the land of the long white cloud. Prices start from $5430 per person (ex SYD, MEL, BNE & OOL) including airfares, taxes, accommodation, most meals and attractions. See our advertisement on this page.

price of the 16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour of New Zealand holiday includes a single room. The budget conscious need not worry as airfares, taxes, accommodation, most meals and attractions are included in the price of the holiday. For those

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Jaipur, the pink city of Rajastan

IT was about five hour drive from Delhi to Jaipur. We went through small villages with their shops spilling onto the road. There were many motor bike repair shops and several barbers shops almost in the street. The roads were poor and the pavements alongside the shops unmade. There were lots of stray pi-dogs, all looking the same with short hair, usually asleep regardless of the noisy traffic surrounding them. Some of the villages had many rubbish heaps with cows and pigs fossicking on them for a feed. The countryside was flat and we were amazed and delighted at out “toilet stop”, an oasis surrounded by manicured gardens, pristine lawns with tables under shelters for us to have tea. As we came closer to Jaipur we saw elephants strolling along the road with their mahouts (later we learnt they were off to work). There were also camels pulling carts as well as donkey carts. Jaipur was very busy, with arched gateways leading into the City. These arches were adequate for centuries past, but not for modern day traffic which caused traffic jams. All our accommodation for the tour was very good and were were certainly impressed with the Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur. The Hotel is a rambling 200 year old haveli (family palace). The rooms surrounded expansive lawns and gardens. My room was large with a four poster metal frame bed as well as a sitting area, with the biggest bathroom I have experienced in any hotel. Dinner on our first night was in the garden. A buffet featuring goat meat casserole, rice, fried okra as well as other vegetarian dishes. It was all quite good. Before dinner, we were entertained by a puppet show then during dinner a couple of dancers dressed in sequinned red and yellow costumes performed for us. For their finale they danced with flaming pots on their heads. The principal dancer excelling with six pots. Jaipur was founded in 1727 and is known as “The Paris of India” and also “The Pink City”. It is the tradition that all the buildings inside the walled city are painted pink. The tone of the pink varies depending on the building material. This “pink law” was enforced by Maharajah Ram Singh when the Prince of Wales visited

the city in 1876. Our first stop on our morning tour was a photo stop outside the Hawa Mahal translated as “Palace of the Winds”. The unique exterior is right on the street with five stories in a beehive shape with 953 small windows decorated with latticework, supposedly so that the royal ladies could privately see what was happening in the street. We came back to see inside later on as it was then time to see the Amber Fort outside the City. It is traditional to ride on an elephant to travel up to the gates of the fort and palace. We lined up with dozens of others at the same time trying to resist the ‘touts’. Many boys and young men were selling all sorts of cheap souvenirs. What can one do when “no” hardly says “no”. After all everyone has to make a living and the pens and little boxes I bought for next to nothing went as gifts when I came home. Two to an elephant and our mahout had us on our way. It was a happy journey of about 15 to 20 minutes, having our photos taken first by our own cameras for a slight tip. There was also a professional photographer. How he found us later on I will never know. The photos we good and cost a couple of dollars. At the entrance to the fort/palace we went through the Ganesh Gate. We were to see the image of Ganesh frequently during our journey. Ganesh is the “Lord of Success and Destroyer of Evils and Obstacles”. His elephant head makes him easy to identify. We were interested in what two guides told us about him.

by Antoinette O’Connor

His big belly represents goodness, large head wisdom and learning, large ears empower him to listen (before taking action) small mouth indicates to say less and listen more. He has four arms,one with an axe to kill enemies, another with a lotus to make peace, the other two arms to encourage wise and just rule and the use of power to achieve good. Is it any wonder that Ganesh seems to be so prominent. Once through the entrance we proceeded to the various courtyards, with again the small windows and latticework for the court ladies to watch palace functions and see the victory parades. After lunch we toured the Hawa Mahal Palace we had photographed that morning and finally went on to Jantar Mantar a world Heritage site. An astronomical observatory built by Maharajah Jai Singh who was a great mathematician . He had it built between1727 and 1734. There are 14 major geometric devises for measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking star locations. The structures were huge. The Samrat Yantra which is a sun dial can be used to tell the time to an accuracy of about 2 seconds . It stands 27 metres tall. Before I leave my story about Jaipur it would be remiss of me not to mention that we had a visit to a carpet shop. The carpets were beautiful and some of our group succumbed to the temptation. My friends on the tour believed they were a very good buy and I have heard that when their purchase arrived in Austra-

lia, they we more than happy to have had the opportunity to buying one. I carried my purchase of a round carpet about a metre in diameter, in a neat bag for the rest of the journey in India and I also am pleased with my carpet from Northern India.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Assn Inc

Road travellers log on to great holidays ROAD travellers can now “surf” their way to a great touring holiday with a new iPad app showcasing Queensland’s caravan and tourist parks. The Queensland Caravan Parks Directory 2013 app takes the popular paper-based directory into the digital age, with videos, hyperlinks to parks and destinations, and special offers. Even when internet access is not available, the app allows users to

IF you are a retired Public Sector officer, why not consider joining the Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association Inc for enjoyable social interaction with our friendly group. Activities include day coach tours, concert and theatre bookings (for selected shows) and Mahjong. Quarterly meetings are held in the city with guest speaker, followed by two-course lunch, one free drink and lucky door prizes (at a subsidised cost of $15). Our next outing is on Thursday June 20 when we tour Brisbane’s bridges and tunnels, travelling through and over some of the expensive recent infrastructure aimed at improving traffic flow. In July, we cruise up the Brisbane River. Day coach outings around SouthEast Queensland are subsidised at $45, including morning tea and two-course lunch. Telephone Secretary Betty Cahill 3395 7781 or President John Griffiths 3341 8802 for more information. Membership is only $10 per year, and includes your partner.

Imagine . . . owning your own penthouse in Phuket for 4 weeks a year

As peaceful or as pulsating as you choose,

this is the perfect Phuket

Getaway. The private rooftop plunge pool, jacuzzi and entertaining area has heart stopping panoramic views of the Andaman sea and jungle clad mountains as well of some of the most stunning sunsets you will ever see. The luxury penthouse has 2 bedrooms both with ensuites and surround sound televisions. A fully self contained kitchen. The open plan living and dining area is tastefully furnished and features a spiral staircase to your very own private rooftop entertaining area. Besides the pool and jacuzzi you will find a fully air conditioned relaxation room with 2 divans that convert to beds. This rooftop area also has has an outdoor shower and bathroom. If you don’t feel like cooking indoor/outdoor dining is available at the resort. Your luxury penthouse is safely situated high enough to accommodate all weather conditions, but is only a few minutes by a free shuttle bus service away from great local restaurants, shopping centres and stunning beaches. Forget cleaning, because your penthouse comes complete with a full maid service too! You can also relax at the resort pool and take advantage of the air conditioned gym. Airport transfers are also included. This is not time share it is fractional ownership which means you have shares in the building and use your 4 weeks either to holiday in, share with the family or place in the rental pool. Reason for sale is because we have purchased another Penthouse in another resort.

Price is $155,000 neg which gives you a 33 plus 33 year lease with an option to extend. (Strata Fees only $700 per year)

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browse 15 comprehensive RACQ maps offline. Caravan Parks Association of Queensland Operations Manager Kristy Ponting said the app recognised that many of today’s road travellers were tech savvy. “Touring holidays are about getting away from it all, but at the same time people still want to stay connected to family and friends so are often travelling with smartphones, laptops and tablet computers,” she said. “This new app is the

perfect travelling companion and is like having a local guide in the passenger seat. With information about great places to stay, as well as local attractions, products and services, the directory continues to help Australians enjoy a great touring holiday in the Sunshine State.” The iPad app is available from the iTunes store for free. The directory can also be downloaded as a pdf from the Caravanning Queensland website ( for use on other devices.

Harvey World Travel Albany Creek HAVE you ever been to Europe before and enjoyed driving through the picturesque countryside or travelled on an organized coach tour to indulge in the history, food and sightseeing that European cities offer? If you have been to Europe before or if you are contemplating your fist visit, for a unique holiday experience, why not consider a European River cruise. Waterways run through some of Europe’s most enchanting places and for centuries have connected and divided the cities, towns and villages along their shores. River cruising has fast become a popular manner in which to explore Europe. Offering a range of accommodation, extraordinary cuisine, and with some river cruising companies like APT, they also include all your on board beverages. With the added bonus of only unpacking once, your river ship will bring each destination directly to you! Local English speaking guides will ensure that you get the most out of your visits to the cities, towns and villages that you can explore on your river journey. Depending on your time frame, itineraries operate from 8 to 30 days so there really is an itinerary to suit everyone’s needs. There are some fantastic superdeals for 2013 river cruising. To make sure you don’t miss out call Harvey World Travel Albany Creek today on 3264 6222 for your free European River cruising brochure and join the many travellers who have discovered the wonderful world of river cruising!


CAIRNS & TROPICAL NORTH QLD OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER Whitsunday Islands – Port Douglas – Kuranda Daintree Longreach12- Days Winton - Dinosaur Stampede 27th July – 7th August

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Sunlander Train between Brisbane to Townsville. We will also travel from Mount Surprise on the Savannahlander experiencing the visual delights of the Australian outback merging later in the journey to the tropical Tablelands and finally Cairns. The rail experience finishes with a journey down the Qld Coast from Cairns

back to Brisbane. This may be your last opportunity to travel on board the Sunlander Train as this year is its 60th Birthday and Qld Rail have decided to retire her in the near future. After arriving in Townsville we will explore the city, including a visit to the top of Castle Hill (the red monolith right in the heart of town). Travel

The oldest living city on earth

VARANASI is said to be at least 3500 years old. Some say it could have existed for over 5000 years. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. In 1897 Mark Twain said of Varanasi “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. My tour group journey to the city started in Agra, where we prepared to take the overnight train to Varanasi. Following an early dinner our bus took us to the station, which was on the edge of the city. The traffic was heavy and at some stage we actually stopped for a long time. Eventually our two Indian guides left the bus and apparently told the policeman on point duty that there was an important diplomatic officer on the bus. Like magic our bus was on its way. Now that is the story our friendly laughing guides told us, but I wondered if some baksheesh was quietly handed over to smooth our bus through. On our arrival at the station porters loaded two cases onto their heads and proceeded to the platform. The very long train pulled into the station and we found our reserved compartments. Four berths to each curtained compartment. Fortunately my berth number 39 was a lower berth. Our clean sheets and pillow case were wrapped in brown paper parcels. It was a bit like camping with much laughter and camaraderie. None of us undressed and I don’t know if we actually had a full night’s sleep, before it was time for our Australian guide Peter to tell us were pulling into Varanasi, where we arrived at 6.15 am. Once again we trailed after the porters, again carrying two pieces of luggage on their heads. The station was the real India, people sleeping on the floor, lots of litter and some of our group even saw a few rats. As our bus took us to our hotel we could see that this city was more run down than cities we had seen previously. There was more disorder, more rubbish. Pigs were rummaging through the rubbish as well as cows, dogs and goats. From our bus we were not really effected. That came later as we walked the labyrinth of the streets of the old city. Once again our hotel was excellent. During our tour of the city we were taken to see some silk weaving which is a major industry there. Then, late in the afternoon, it was time for us to go to Mother Ganges for the evening ceremonies. Our bus only took us part of the way, then we were transferred into rickshaws to proceed, weaving our way through the heavy traffic....noise, noise, noise from the hundreds of horns from motor bikes and tuk tuks. It was then that we walked through the narrow streets to the Ghats along the Ganges, where we witnessed the priests perform the “Ganga Seva Nidhi” that is the “worship to fire” ceremony that is performed every evening. Ghats are steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. The ghats have individual names and we were heading for the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which is the main and probably the oldest in Varanasi on the Ganges. The area was packed with pilgrims. The women in their most colourful saris were all grouped around their personal tiny

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Early morning, Mother Ganges in Varanasi

altars decorated with flowers and candles. Fortunately we were privileged to be seated in a reserved area. I expect, for Western tourists where we had an excellent view of the celebrations as did the worshippers in boats. There were seven platforms, each with a small table with pictures of deities surrounded by flowers. Finally all the preparations were over and the seven priests came to the altars. There was much chanting and singing followed by bellringing and then incense burners twirled by the priests. After this cones of fires were swung by each of the priests. And lastly a burning brazier. The ceremony was very impressive and we were able to see everything happening even if we couldn’t follow the procedures. The crowds started to dissipate and we walked back through the labyrinth of tiny streets passing more cows that were settling down for the night, all the time carefully watching where we put our feet ! We had dinner at a restaurant overlooking another part of the river. Next morning we left the hotel early and went back to the same ghat where we met our boatman before sunset. From our boat we could see that many many of the pilgrims were bathing, of course wearing their clothes, dipping down under Mother Ganges. As the sun rose there was great jubilation from the crowds on the edge of the river. After leaving the boat, we walked back along the numerVietnam & Cambodia delights ous ghats passing where bodies are 16 Days fully inclusive from $3580 $3380 Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap cremated. As well as burning by wood fires, Mighty Yangtze River & Hong Kong there is also a cheaper 15 Days fully inclusive from $3798 $3098 option of cremation in Shanghai, Nanjing, Mt. Huang, Wuhan, 3 Gorges, Chongqing, Hong Kong the electric furnace at Around Formosa Taiwan fraction of the cost. 10 Days fully inclusive from $2495 $2295 Taipei, Sun moon lake, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Halien, Taroko Gorge We made our way back along the tiny Natural Wonders of China streets passing a couple 14 Days fully inclusive from $3780 $3680 Zhangjiajie, Yangtze river cruise, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Chengdu, of cows hugging the Panda wall. Include Int’l& Domestic flights with all taxes and fuel surcharge, There is no doubt meals, 4-5* hotels, sightseeing & transfers, English Speaking Tour Guide. that visiting Varanasi is * Compulsory travel insurance, tipping are extras. part of the spiritual journey associated with Call for bookings and enquiry India.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . .

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Good friends make thoroughly enjoyable entertainment WHEN long-time acquaintances Joy Winnel and Janet Findlay met for coffee last November to talk about doing some entertainment for seniors, they had no idea where it was going to lead.”We only knew we wanted to keep on using our abilities,” says Ms Findlay,”and we wanted to use them to share a positive message about ageing. Beyond that, we had no clue.” Now, six months later, as The Babbling Trillbillys, vocalist Joy and actor/comedian Janet are the proud co-creators of a unique and uproarious hour-long show entitled “Better Late Than Never” which has already played to a variety of audiences in South East Queensland - from Baby Boomers to GenY’s - at private parties, seniors clubs, respite centres and retirement homes.”We’ve had an amazing reaction to our show so far, and we’re very proud of it, “ Mrs Winnel says. “It’s the result of an excellent creative partnership,” adds Ms Findlay,” and I think we can say we’ve moved from being acquaintances to being good friends! “The show is an eclectic mix of songs made famous by such artists as The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Vera Lynn, Nina Simone,

The Everly Brothers - there’s even a number from the 60’s musical Hair! In many cases, the lyrics have been changed to reflect the theme of ageing, or else to advance the rather tenuous plot. “It’s a plot that doesn’t thicken!” laughs Joy Winnel. “Basically, it’s something to tie all the songs together and to generate a bit more comedy. Oh and of course, it introduces Ken....” Who’s Ken? Well, to find that out, you may just have to come and see this heartfelt and hilarious revue-style entertainment for yourself. To book The Babbling Trillbillys, phone Joy on 0401 389 466 or Janet on 0498 036 206. You can also catch up with them on Facebook, or visit to find out about their July/August season of “Better Late Than Never” at Ipswich’s boutique Studio 188.

Mother Courage and her Children

QUEENSLAND Theatre Company presents the epic morality story – Mother Courage and Her Children, from May 25 to June 16. Large scale Indigenous work is rare, ambitious and ultimately amongst the most important narratives in this country. Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre Company. What if Brecht’s Mother Courage was an Aboriginal Woman? Paula Nazarski, Co-translator, Mother Courage and her Children, 2013. The epic morality tale Mother Courage and Her Children is set to be told in a stunning new translation by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), with leading Australian actors Ursula Yovich & David Page in the lead, supported by an all-star, all-indigenous cast opening May 25 at the Playhouse Theatre. Bertolt Brecht’s epic morality tale about the ravages of war is given a unique twist by QTC Artistic Director Wesley Enoch and Paula Nazarski in a dazzling new translation. Mother Courage and Her Children is a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available at or by calling 1800 355 528.

Band in Parks entertainment

PLAN a picnic day out and be treated to the delightful sounds of Bands in Parks. Enjoy a variety of music styles, beats and instrumentation as part of the Hands in Parks series. Choose a park near you or further afield and relax with Hands in Parks. Sunday 9 June @ 3pm at State Library of Queensland, South Bank – Brilliance of Brass. South Brisbane Federal Band will fill the multi levels of State Library with brass at its best. Sunday 9 June @ 2pm at Captain Burke Park, Holman Street, Kangaroo Point – Just Jazz. This is a concert of swing, blues and Dixieland by St John Ambulance Concert Band. Many of their core musicians are jazz professionals. Sunday 16 June @ 2pm at Newstead House, Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead – Tea and Symphony. Enjoy a Devonshire tea on the verandah of Newstead House as Amadeus Orchestra presents a program of light classics. Sunday 16 June @ 2pm at CB Mott Park, Logan Rd, Holland Park. – Glenn Miller to Gershwin. Yellow Cabs Bayside Brass will play classic swing and jazz standards from the giants of the swing era – Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and the Andrews Sisters. Sunday 16 June @ 2pm at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong – Music across the ages from Merry Widow to Mozart. Sunnybank Brass will take you on a music journey through the ages. Sunday 30 June @ 11am at City Botanic Gardens, Alice Street, Brisbane City – Flavours of Scotland. UQ Pipe Band provides a touch of Scotland with an informal performance. Sunday 30 June @ 1pm at Bulimba Memorial Park, Oxford Street, Bulimba – Music from the Small Screen. Windsor Brass plays music from favourite television shows.

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Famous pies now at Cannon Hill

THE award-winning pies that Sunshine Coast people have been enjoying for 16 years are now available at Cannon Hill, where Beefy’s Pies opened their first Brisbane store in November. Beefy’s Pies is located at 1233 Wynnum Rd, next to the Caltex/Woolworths service station with parking in front of the shop, and adjacent. It’s open every day; Mondays-Saturdays 5am to 6pm, Sundays 8am to 4pm. The original store just down from the Ettamogah pub on the Bruce Highway opened in 1997 and customers who beat a track

Customer - Sarah Courtney Beefy’s Supervisor - Michele Kelly (orange shirt) Beefy’s Team Member - Makayla Bell (black shirt).

to the door have ensured the pies have become quite famous over the years. So much so that Beefy’s Pies have won

many awards including “Queensland’s Best Pie” and “Australia’s Best Gourmet Pie”. The Cannon Hill store is Beefy’s

Seniors Enjoy Great Benefits at Toombul Cinemas

THE CineBuzz for Seniors Club has seen many local Toombul Seniors flock to the newly reopened cinema to enjoy some of the great benefits in the sparkling new cinema complex. CineBuzz for Seniors is free to join and eligible for anyone aged 60 and above. Members can enjoy $8 tickets for any regular session and can earn points for free movie tickets. They are also invited to attend CineBuzz for Senior’s Special Event Screenings that Toombul cinemas aim to host on a monthly basis. These screenings are a must-do event on the seniors’ social calendar and consist of screening the best selection of the latest films to hit the screens, plus the added enjoyment of a complimentary morning tea provided before the film. Toombul Cinemas just this year has already hosted some fantastic screenings including Lincoln, The Big Wedding, and most recently The Great Gatsby.

Local seniors clubs and associations have also made group bookings to these screenings as a fantastic way to get their piers together and socialise. Toni Austin, the General Manager of Toombul Cinemas says “Club Members have taken the time to give us some great feedback about our Senior’s Screenings and I’m not sure who enjoys them more, our valued members or our staff hosting them!...everyone agrees though, It’s a terrific morning for all involved”. The next screening Senior’s Screening for the calendar is “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, an odd couple comedy from the director of Bridesdmaids on Thursday the 11th of July 2013. The complimentary morning tea will be served from 10am and the film will start at 10.30am. All Senior’s are welcome to attend and can book tickets at the box office or online at

sixth on the coast from Gympie to (now) Brisbane. For the benefit of those who have not yet tasted a Beefy’s pie, the most popular is the signature steak pie with the unique flavour developed over the years that has helped win awards. The generous filling is made of top quality beef cuts sourced from a local Sunshine Coast butcher and cooked the traditional way with no short cuts. Other popular flavours are steak and mushroom, the old favourite steak with mushy peas, or chicken and vegetable, a green Thai curry chicken pie and even a vegetarian pie. There are other vegetarian options like spinach and fetta pasties. Beefy’s Pies come in all sizes - party pies, individual pies and hearty ones for a family, and dessert pies like apple and apple crumble and apple and blueberry. Drop in to pick up your pies and pause a while for a nice coffee. Their chosen brew is Grinders Rainforest Certified Alliance beans. One thing for sure, customers know they’ll get top quality from Beefy’s!

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Songs of the Southern Skies

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REDLAND Performing Arts Centre is delighted to present multi ARIA award winning Katie Noonan and exceptional classical guitarist Karen Schaupp, to perform songs from their new album, Songs of the Southern Skies. Their album has been described as “mesmerisingly beautiful” by the Sydney Morning Herald and features some of Australia and New Zealand’s best classical, folk, jazz and pop songs. The songs are performed with the intimate combination of Noonan’s angelic and versatile voice and

Schaupp’s lyrical and fiery guitar. From the Finn Brothers, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Nick Cave, The Divinyls, Sia and Gotye, through to traditional folk songs, a piece by Richard Charlton and a world premiere composition by Elena Kats-Chernin (written especially for Katie and Karin), they will perform some of the best songs Australia and New Zealand have produced! Katie has four ARIA awards and six platinum album sales to her name, whilst Karin has been lauded around the world as one of the best classical guitarists of her

generation – so prepare to be enchanted by “Noonan’s honeyed voice and Schaupp’s faultless mastery” as they serve up this feast for lovers of all kinds of music! There will be one performance only at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Friday 5 July at 8pm – so book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are Seniors/Pensioners $39, Groups of 10 + $39 and Adults $42. To book, call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or visit (a $2 booking fee applies to online purchases).

Queensland Symphony Orchestral concerts

Saturday 15 June at 8pm Sunday 16 June at 2pm QSO welcomes the return of Argentinian firebrand Sergio Tiempo to perform Ravel Piano Concerto (Left Hand) and Ravel Piano Concerto in G at the QPAC Concert Hall. The Orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 Pathétique. Concert goers can enjoy a pre-concert talk with Dr Michael O’Loghlin at 7pm prior to Saturday’s performance. Tickets: qtix 136 246. Friday 21 June at 7.30pm QSO will travel to the Arts Centre Gold Coast to present a great family concert experience Something Old, Something New. The program will include music from Wagner, Rossini, Gliére, Wolf-Ferrari, Fauré, Bizet, Glinka, Vaughan Williams, Dvorák, Schickele, Satie, Mozart, Schubert and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets: (07) 5588 4000.

Stories of Ghosts told at QPAC

BEAR witness to an exquisite intimate performance by Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier in theQueensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Concert Hall, set in reverse mode onSunday 30 June 2013. Praised for their insight, warmth and humour the Conway-Zygier duo tours to Brisbane, for the first time in three years, to celebrate the launch of their new album Stories of Ghosts.Deborah Conway’s sublimely distinctive voice is made full use of in these acoustic arrangements, from demonic growl to angelic caress backed by Willy Zygier’s masterful guitar playing; the duo’s song writing has never been stronger and live, they deliver an emotional immediacy that is palpable. Sunday 30 June, 6pm. Concert Hall, Reverse Mode, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane Tickets are $39.00 and Bookings at or 136 246.

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Free lunchtime concerts St John’s Anglican Cathedral

FREE lunchtime concert in Brisbane city on Thursday 27th June. Come into St John’s Anglican Cathedral at 1.15 pm to listen to a free lunchtime concert given by students from the piano department of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. St John’s Cathedral started free lunchtime concerts last year to give music students at or close to professional playing standard an enthusiastic audience and a beautiful venue in which to play. We can provide the beautiful venue; we need an enthusiastic audience. The lunchtime concert starts at 1.15 pm to 2.00 pm. We are located at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland. Further information www.stjohnscathedral. or 3835 2222.

West Moreton Country Music Social

Craig Giles

IT is held on the third Friday of the month 21st June 2013. Ipswich Showgrounds at the Greyhound Racing Club House, Cnr. Salisbury Rd & Warwick Rd. Ipswich. This month’s Guest Artist is Craig Giles, Cost $5.00 members Non members $6.00. The Guest Artist goes on approx 9pm. The venue is licensed, Hot Meals available from 6 pm. The Show starts at 7 pm and ends at 11 pm. For further details please call 07 3282 1245 or 0438 069 422.

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executive Michael O’Neill. “This rate cut will come as a blow for seniors living off simple investments such as term deposits,” he said. “Official deeming rates, used to determine age pension levels, have not kept pace with falling interest rates”. “This, while essentials such as electricity and gas continue to soar around the country”. “After six official interest rate cuts, the federal government lowered the deeming rates for the first time in three years in February 2013”. “They didn’t go far enough; it’s time to drop the deeming rates again,” said O’Neill. Your Money research conducted in November 2012 showed returns from term deposits and online savings accounts had slumped 15 to 30 per cent. Source: National Seniors

A MAN was working night shift when he suddenly received a phone call giving him some information which caused him to dash home very quickly. On bursting into his bedroom he found his informant was quite correct and his wife was in bed with a male he had never seen before. However, far from being angry, he greeted them both and later brought them breakfast in bed. What was the reason for this? Answer: His wife had given birth to a son.

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THE Reserve Bank’s recent further cut of interest rates is sure to have an impact if you are a self-funded retiree. The latest cut takes Australian Federal Reserve interest rates to 2.75%, the lowest in history, and will bring many term deposit and savings rates down over coming days. If you are relying on income from savings accounts it’s all bad news. The cut to interest rates has been passed on in full by all the major banks, which for those with a mortgage is positive news. But for those who have worked hard and paid off their debt, and live on income from deposits, this is a tough pill to swallow after the challenges of the economy over the last five years that have driven many to put their money into cash. “The latest rate cut decision means the low, fixed incomes of many retirees are set to fall,” said National Seniors chief

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SENIORS NEWS Fun with word play THE Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are some of the winners: Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realise it was your money to start with. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly. Bozone (n): The substance surrounding stupid people, stopping bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. Decafalon (n): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web. Beelzebug (n): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out. Caterpallor (n): The colour you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword Cryptic Clues

Straight Clues ACROSS 5 Brotherhood 7 Affirmation 8 Grant 10 Human dummy 12 Makes untidy 14 At no time again 20 Time long past 21 Put into words 22 Encountered 23 Over indulgence DOWN 1 Raw vegetables 2 Turns 3 Battery terminal 4 Fashion 5 Bottle of wine 6 Scream 9 Jockey 11 Open 13 Tempestuous 15 Ogled 16 Elector 17 Loosen up 18 Light weight 19 Anaesthetic

ACROSS 5 Fellowship circle 7 An affirmative vote that they escape from 8 A hospital room trophy 10 The toy baby is the same after all 12 Lets hang in loose disorder from disastrous starts to crook shelves 14 Emphatically not again when always less 20 Times long ago belong to you, so to speak 21 Circulate forged banknotes without territorial inclusions 22 Ran into something 23 Dissipation of depravity DOWN 1 Cold cuts during the days of youthful inexperience

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13 Turbulent when raging and angry 15 Leered at some money edgewise 16 One who chooses a constituent 17 Feel at ease to lighten up 18 An imperial unit of mass of a longhaired alpine cat 19 Without hesitation, the upper regions of space

Facts and oddities of the English language Aftercataracts and tesseradecades, each 14 letters long, are the longest words that can be typed using only those letters normally typed with the left hand. The more common words stewardesses (12 letters) and reverberated (1 1 letters) are other examples.

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this.” He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar note. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air. “Well”, he replied, “What if I do this?” And

he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My friends,

we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are

dropped, crumpled, and who love you. “The ground into the dirt by worth of our lives comes the decisions we make not in what we do or who and the circumstances we know, but by who we that come our way. We are. You are special - don’t feel as though we are ever forget it.” So count worthless. But no matter your blessings, not your what has happened or problems. And remember: what will happen, you will amateurs built the ark, never lose your value. professionals built the Dirty or clean, crumpled Titanic. If God brings you or finely creased, you are to it - He will bring you was taken to a hospital. When his still priceless to those through it. grandmother telephoned to ask how he was a nurse said ‘No change yet’. Some people’s noses and feet are built backwards: their feet smell and their noses run. AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE When William joined the army he disliked the phrase ‘fire at will’. The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work. I wanted to lose weight so I went to the paint store. I heard I could get thinner there.

A pun a day keeps you smiling ATHEISM is a non-prophet organisation. I did a theatrical performance about puns. Really it was just a play on words. I used to be addicted to soap, but I’m clean now. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor. Need an ark to save two of every animal? I Noah guy. A new type of broom came out, it is sweeping the nation. A small boy swallowed some coins and

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SENIORS NEWS Gold Program June ZUMBA Gold®: Thursday, 6 June 1am to 12pm Elorac Place, Southampton Road, Carole Park. A fun way to get fit! Easy to follow dance and low impact movements done to a variety of rhythms. Activity changed from Gentle Exercise. This event is for people aged 50 and over. Tai Chi: Thursday, 6 June 1.30 to 2.30pm St Michael’s Church Hall,

250 Banks Street, Dorrington. Tai Chi for balance, stability and healthy ageing. A proven falls prevention program that is adapted for all levels of ability. This dynamic mind and body activity will invigorate you, help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. This event is for people aged 50 and over. Dance Workout: Friday, 7 June 9.30 to 10.30am Bulimba Senior

Citizen Centre, Cnr. Stuart and Barramul Sts, Bulimba. Dance workout , low impact. An exciting, fun and easy to follow fitness session offering a blend of jazz dance, aerobics, yoga, pilates and kick-boxing movements. Start dancing yourself fit and change the shape of your body. This event is for people aged 50 and over. Gentle exercise and strength: Tuesday, 11

June 9.30 to 10.30amMt Gravatt Progress Hall, 1873 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Gentle exercise and strength. Enjoy specifically designed sessions to increase your fitness in a social environment. This event is for people aged 50 and over. Smocking: Wednesday, 12 June 1. 30 to 3.30pmWomen’s Creative Centre, Greenslopes Shopping Mall, 700 Lo-

gan Road, Greenslopes Smocking. Embroidery across pleats. Can be used to enhance a dress or gifts. This event is for people aged 50 and over. Line Dancing Friday, 14 June 1.30 to 3.30pmZillmere Community Centre, 54 Handford Road, Zillmere. Line dancing. Come and have some boot scootin’ fun. This event is for people aged 50 and over.

Prawn & Bowls Day at Southport Bowls Club SOUTHPORT Bowls Club is holding one of its renowned Prawn and Bowls Days on Sunday 9th June. A full game of Lawn Bowls with $200 prize money plus all you can eat fresh prawns and a sausage sizzle. All for only $15 per head. 9.00 am start, lunch from 12.30 pm. If you don’t play bowls you can still come for lunch, same price though. Bookings required, ring 5531 2626 or email

Missionary Memories

FAREWELLING parents, a husband beside me and a six week old bairn; we were contracted to three years caring for the indigenous souls of Papua-New Guinea. We headed off on the adventure of a life-time unaware of all that lay ahead, within a culture about which we knew little... Vaccinated for Sri Lanka, but re-directed to serve the people of Rabaul New Britain, Wau-Bulolo T.P.N.G. and the Orokaiva indigenes of Popondetta, northern tip of Papua, we landed to a sea of curious faces, tourist attraction for ‘Marys’ and picaninnies in billums on their daily visit to Port Moresby airport. Lae, next brief stopover was next ‘milk run’ flight, time enough to feed my precious infant

under ceiling fans, detracting from outside humidity. Up up and away over the picturesque coastline, myriads of coral atolls and vast ocean below was General Douglas MacArthur’s wartime territory. Landing on Rabaul’s bowling green style runway, I gasped at my first ever glance over sulphur omitting ‘Matape’ volcano, watched by extinct Mother volcano in a land of gurias; centrepiece of Japanese warfare, endless tunnels, during WWII in the Pacific. We were welcomed, whizzed away to our Mission home for Easter season at the mercy of pilfering ‘haus-bois’; switch onoff daily afternoon showers, plenteous indoor wall mould, doorbells, phone activity from visiting

Bougainville house guests and visiting Melanesian Brothers. Washing by hand became a practised art. The magnificent ‘bung’ (market) of bananas, coconuts, star fruit, live crab, flying fox, kau-kau and taro served our tight food budget and small salary. Despite damp towelling nappies in a climate of no strong sun to dry washing (pre disposables!) we survived socially with service visits to Kokopo, Vunapope, sharing lime juice in the Leper Hospital wards, taking in the history of early explorers and missionaries. Transferring next up the Markham River Valley home to Australian pioneering Leahy Brothers and their zebu cattle family, we were met taxied off to Wau with it’s all year round

spring climate, sloping airstrip, instrumental to Aussie Diggers in wartime. From Tolai people to Watut tribes, we revelled in fresh milk from a local dairy, after tinned and powdered milk, spasmodically unloaded at Port Moresby docks. After time-out at this extensive parish (former gold dredging area), fringed by coffee plantations, trade stores, Burns Philp and No. 1 Company food stores, we followed the 90 mile winding road back to Lae (minus petrol station, mechanical help) to take on 6 remaining months at Resurrection Church Mission School. Final ‘milk run’ flight via

Goroka, Kainantu, preceded the last leg of our work, housed in remnants of Mt Lamington volcano, termite-infested home of’ pedal wireless communication to outlying posts in the unpredictable, malariainfested, dangerous flying mountains. Hello Kokoda track, Fuzzywuzzy angels of the Owen Stanley’s. Open target to tropical diseases, lack of proper nutrition, sitting ducks for theft, ‘peeping toms’, road blocks, stones of roof, pre-Independence, drove me back home with sick boys, adding to never-to-be-forgotten memories, 1968-1971. Contributed by Thea Booth

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