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Three days of heart pumping V8

Supercars racing on one of the most

exciting – and toughest – street

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From sunny days in Cairns; adventure

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The who’s who of the annual Australia

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We run to the riptide with Aussie

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The man of footy chats to us about his

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Toughen up with this at home

boxing circuit.



Meet the million dollar man with a

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In the life of a fifo, and their partner.

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regulars 4 Welcome Aboard 6 Chit Chat

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7 Win 8 Sports Fever 10 Pick Your Product 12 What’s On 14 Our Backyard 20 Travel Bug Bites 26 Fighting Fit 32 Money Matters 35 Family Matters 37 Boys Toys 46 Culture Buzz 49 Talk Back 50 Talkin Tech

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Life& Living magazine

PUBLISHER Patrick McElligott

Welcome to Mining Life & Living Magazine

EDITOR Lahnee Pavlovich


ello and welcome to this edition of Mining Life and Living, a free publication catering to those working in the mining and resources industry.

DESIGN Lawrence Borchers

With a clear direction toward health and lifestyle, MLL aims to

provide interesting stories to assist in the improvement of readers’ work life balance as well as simply entertain with interviews,


profiles, travel pieces and regular contributions from experts in


their fields.

Aly Eveille

This edition we are getting ready for the noisiest, fastest

and most exciting event on the Gold Coast Calender, the V8 Supercars AMOR ALL 600! We caught up with last year’s winner Will Davison to chat


Holden vs Ford. You can win tickets to the event so read up on pages 8/9. We also had a quick chat with Melbourne singer/songwriter Vance Joy who will be

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touring Australia on the back of his top ARIA single Riptide!


swimming, hiking, 4w driving and a few brews in the hot tub… what could be better!

And if you are after a weekend away, Fraser Island is the place to go. Fishing, And of course we are once again bringing you expert advice on how to survive in

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I’d love to know what you think so get in touch at

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Until next time, enjoy the issue and keep safe and healthy in your Mining Life and Living! Lahnee Pavlovich


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o first off, Your EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, and specifically your song ‘Riptide’ has become a tremendous hit. How did it feel when the song started topping the charts? Did you expect this sort of success? No I didn’t at all. I had a good feeling about the songs as I was writing them. They were catchy but I wasn’t expecting this much success. But I guess you just put something out into the universe with the hope that other people will like it.

know me, music is universal. A good melody connects to everyone on different levels. This month you’ll be on the road with your own ‘Riptide’ tour which is soon to be sold out. What can fans expect from the tour? Well this tour is me and also my band. I’ve got a couple of new songs that I’m going to perform which aren’t on the EP so no one will have heard those yet. And, of course there will be all the songs from my EP. My band and I have been working a lot together lately so we are definitely getting more comfortable performing which should make a difference in this tour.

You’ve had a hectic couple of months, performing across the US and Canada as well as Australia, do you get a different reaction from the crowd overseas then you do at home in Australia? Well of course there is a lot more awareness here but it’s also nice to perform to a crowd who doesn’t know you. It’s kind of cool to be anonymous. The performance feels fresher. Not so much pressure! Also even though they didn’t

I can imagine you’ve got a busy year ahead of you, what else have you got planned? Can we expect new releases from Vance Joy any time soon? Well an album is definitely on the cards; hopefully I will be releasing a new album sometime next year. I’ve been working a lot on writing new material and also rehearsing with the band. That’s probably the two main things on the agenda. n

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You performed at Splendor this year and I heard you packed out the GW Mckellen stage on the Saturday. What was that experience like? It was really cool, so many people turned up! I normally perform to a crowd of around 300 people so splendor was definitely a step up. The whole tent was full of people and I was standing back stage watching the performances before me, getting more and more nervous. It was hectic.



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HE Gold Coast’s biggest event, the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, returns to the streets of Surfers Paradise this October and a crowd of up to 180,000 people are expected to invade the Gold Coast for three days of heart pumping V8 Supercars racing on one of the most exciting – and toughest – street circuits in Australia. And the off-track action will be just as hot as the on-track action, with the biggest entertainment program in the event’s history lighting up the Gold Coast for the entire month of October. The major international artists include US rap-rock outfit Gym Class Heroes, featuring Travie McCoy. Gym Class Heroes will be supported at the Friday night concert by Australia’s own Spiderbait, Havana Brown and Bomb’s Away. Aria Award winning electro pop duo The Presets headline the Saturday night concert, supported by Aussie rock greats Grinspoon, Gold Coast international success story The Stafford Brothers and Gold Coast-born DJ Brooke Evers. Aside from the beats, on Saturday October 19, V8 Supercars will join forces with the Australian Karting Association to


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present “Race of the Stars”, featuring 150 of Australia’s top karting stars at Pimpama’s Xtreme Karting Facility, V8 Supercar drivers and local celebrities and personalities. The following day (Sunday October 20), thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Surfers Paradise for a major street

parade with all the movement and colour of a mardi gras. The ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 will also form the final of the 2013 Miss V8 Supercars competition which is being staged across Australia through until October. The ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 will run from 25 to 27 October, with the festival commencing from October 1. Information about the festival and racing programs is available at Tickets are on-sale now via Ticketek at


Your editor Lahnee Pavlovich had a bit of a chat with last year’s winner V8 Driver WILL DAVISON about cars, life and of course the Gold Coast AMORALL 600. Q. Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into the V8’s? I come from a rich family history of motor sport and I suppose you could say I'm a third generation race driver. It started with my grandfather who won the Australian Grand Prix four times, my dad and a few of his brothers raced through the 70’s and 80’s with great success. I was brought up around the race track and so I developed a great passion for it. I always wanted to do it. My brother Alex is also a V8’s driver and we helped each other a lot through our careers. Q. You have a pretty impressive resume, what has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

WIN! WIN! We are giving away two double 3-day trackside passes to the V8 Supercars ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, Oct 25-27. Plus access to the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. To enter, email and tell me who you cheer for – Holden or Ford! Entries close September 30.

I spent a bit of time racing Formula Ones in Europe which was tough but a huge highlight for me. It’s such a buzz being in such fast cars. In terms of V8’s though, to become a pro driver, win the Bathurst 1000 in 2009, being awarded the Barry Sheen medal, and then winning the Clipsal 500 and Gold Coast 600 was a huge achievement. In the V8’s it’s always a rocky road, but it’s a process, you just want to get your next drive, you’re kept on your toes and I love every minute of it. Q. After winning the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 last year, is there added pressure this year? There is pressure every year and at every event but all for different reasons. The 600 is at a crucial time of the year, you have a good picture of where you sit and it’s the third endurance race of the series. It’s a gruelling race and its easy to make a mistake. But it’s a great race and it really sets you up if you’re in the top few. It’s really a dog fight, the most physical of all the races and everyone wants to go out for glory. There are no room for errors.

Q. It’s a pretty big event, not only is there the race but days and nights filled with entertainment, what can people expect to see and hear this year? The event has everything! It’s a great day out with entertainment for everyone. I’m a race man at heart, I want to be sitting in the stands with the fans watching the incredible drivers, the carnage; it’s awesome! And I want to be at the concerts enjoying the music and the atmosphere, but I don’t get to. I’m out on the track. It’s one of those events where you can get up close and personal with the crowds; it’s so much fun for everyone. Q. There is the constant Ford vs. Holden debate in Australia, what do you have to say on the matter being part of the Ford Racing Team? This is what the V8’s is all about. It’s part of Australian culture and history the Ford vs. Holden and I'm still constantly blown away by the passion of the fans when it comes to the cars. There are die hard supporters on both sides, it’s amazing how much that blue oval means to them or that red lion. As a Ford driver I feel the weight of their passion and you want to win for the fans as much as yourself and your team. It means a lot to them. It can be hard as a driver with the comments and pressure but you learn to use that as a driving force and as energy. I love a healthy fight! I love getting booed by the Holden fans, cheered by the Ford fans; it’s what it’s all about! Q. Tell be about the person we don’t see out on the track, what do you like to do for fun? I'm an adrenaline junkie at heart. I love taking the dirt bike out, going for a cycle, it’s like mental therapy. But on the flip side I also like to just shut down and be a bit of a softie. The simple things like hanging out with family, walking my dog or playing a hit of golf are just as fun for me. n

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magine Peter Jackson’s epic film The Lord of The Rings; The Two Towers on the big screen with Academy Award winner Howard Shore’s score performed live by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Well, fans will need imagine no more when, under the baton of conductor Justin Freer, with incredible soloist Kaitlyn Lusk and the Brisbane Birralee Voices directed by Julie Christiansen, and Resonance of Birralee directed by Paul Holley, this masterpiece will come alive in the natural open amphitheater of the Brisbane Riverstage, under the stars on an October evening…. Queensland Symphony Orchestra is bringing the sights and certainly the sounds of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers to life, so we had a chat with some of the people making it happen.

the music is properly synchronized to the film. Throw in nearly 250 players on stage and it becomes a wonderful challenge to keep everyone together while always striving to create the highest possible quality of musicality. The unique experience of watching the film with live musicians performing the score helps the movie goer to truly realise how important music is to film. The music helps to tell the story on screen; it helps us to dive into the characters and their emotions. This is a wonderful way to experience both the traditional classical concert setting while enjoying a visual art form.

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS CONCERT? When great music is married to a great film, it is magical. The opportunity to experience one of the great film scores in our literature live in concert, screened with the entire film, should be embraced by us all. KAITLYN, TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR? At the age of 14, I made a demo tape in an effort to attend the music high school Interlochen. My dad is a musician, trombone professor at Penn State for over 25 years and studied at Eastman School of Music, as well as playing trombone with the Chicago Symphony and on Broadway. He had some old colleagues who he also sent the demo to, trying to gauge their opinions on my voice and avenues I might want to take to study etc. Next thing you know my life just took off! In sum, I have performed with over 50 different orchestras, 20 different conductors, been a part of recording two albums, and sung live in over 500 performances. All within the last 9.5 years!


JUSTIN, WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS CONCERT? As conductor it is my job first and foremost to realise as closely as possible the vision of composer Howard Shore for Peter Jackson's film.

WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS CONCERT? I am the featured soloist. In the original movies they had over 15 different vocalists perform each of the solos and songs. When they transitioned to the live performances, they needed someone with a voice that could sing a little bit of everything! It is quite the vocal challenge!

CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE PRODUCTION AND WHAT THE AUDIENCE CAN EXPECT? The Lord of the Rings Live in Concert is one of the most challenging conducting endeavors I have yet experienced. There are so many items that the conductor must maintain complete control of in order to make sure

CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE PRODUCTION AND WHAT THE AUDIENCE CAN EXPECT? WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS CONCERT? In this show everything is a feast for the senses! On stage live you will see a full orchestra, huge chorus, boy soprano choir, the conductor, all the special unique instruments,

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myself as soloist, the conductor and the entire movie all live before your very eyes! It is unlike any movie or music experience you've had at the cinema or in a concert hall. Whether it is the visual beauty of the film, the breathtaking audio of live musicians pouring their hearts out on stage, or the countless moments where you are overwhelmed by the combination of it all, this concert is a unique journey through the magic of Middle Earth. Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers Complete Score Performed Live with Film, 6.30pm, Saturday 5 October, Brisbane Riverstage Tickets - Ticketmaster 136 100 or visit n

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Peace and quiet, boats, brews, adventure, wildlife – what more could you want from a weekend away? Be merry on the ferry: It was almost a bad start to a great trip after underestimating the distance between Brisbane and River Heads which is where we were to board the barge to Fraser Island. What we thought was a 3.5 hour trip was more like 4.5 hours but well worth every minute of the drive up the picturesque Bruce Highway. After bolting through the doors at the Kingfisher Bay Resort Mainland Terminal at 12.29 thinking we had missed the 12.30 ferry for sure, the lovely staff held the boat and off we went on a leisurely cruise across to Fraser Island, our home for the next 3 days. Welcome to Kingfisher Bay Resort: The welcome wagon (or train) was awaiting our arrival so we jumped on board and took the quick ride to the resorts reception to complete the check-in. Already we were feeling wowed. The natural beauty of the island was breathtaking; rustic and charming. Our room overlooked the beach and the wetlands; you couldn’t wake up to a more serene view then this! Hues of green and brown on a backdrop of pale blue sky, a pond the shape of Australia reflecting back the trunks of trees, lily pads scattered across the water with rays of


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golden sun shining through the branches. Nothing but nature as far as the eye could see. Back over in the main resort complex was the pool and spa, the perfect spot to relax after a day of driving, sip on a few brews and watch life float on by. It seemed to me the moment you stepped off that barge you slipped into island life. Everyone was relaxed here. Fraser Island takes you out of the rat race, away from work sites, no dust, drills, noise – just the chirping of birds, whistle of the wind through the trees, and the only one checking up on you is a curious lizard. It was going to be a great weekend! Seabelle dinner and drinks: Later that night and after sprucing up a bit we wandered over to the main resort complex once more for something a smidge fancy. Dinner tonight was a three course extravaganza of flavours in the awardwinning Seabelle a la carte restaurant. The menu was designed to suit the Queensland climate and relies on the wonderful supply of fresh, high quality foods and the distinctive flavours of the Australian bush. A delicious dinner and a few drinks later we were spread out in our (very) comfy beds

ready for a good night’s sleep. Ride the Segway: Have you ever been on a Segway? Do you know what one is? Well if you have seen Mall Cops then you will be familiar with this 2 wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, electric contraption. And on Fraser Island, you can jump on the back of one of these things and zoom around in the sand. So that’s how we started our Saturday morning – racing back and forth along the main beach in synchronised Segway style! A bumpy ride, a cold dip and a bite to eat: Buzzing from the Segway ride it was on to the next activity for the day. And if you like a bit of adventure in your life then a 4WD on Fraser is a must. We rented a car from Aussie Trax and got ready for an action packed Saturday. After watching the safety dvd and going through the details we were right to head off. And it was about 3 minutes into the trip we realised why the young man who rented us the car said “you’ll need to get a bit aggressive on the road out”. It was straight into the soft lumpy sand and a rollercoaster of hills, turns and bumps – it was AWESOME!

We felt like Ace Ventura in When Nature Calls, bumping around in the front seats. With only a few hours to spend out in the wilderness we decided to head straight for Lake Mckenzie, a 'perched' lake, formed by water accumulating on top of a thin layer of decaying twigs and leaves. Possibly one of the most beautiful spots on the island, Lake Mckenzie is the sort of place that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. The water is ice cold but super refreshing and clear as crystal. The mineral sand is pure white and feels great on the soles of your feet as you wade in. After what seemed like hours of lazing around under the sun it was back in the beast and back on the tracks for a whizz around to the beach where a picnic lunch awaited. One of the beauty’s about starting the day at Kingfisher Bay Resort is the option of a fully packed picnic lunch ready to go when you head off in the morning. And with enough food to feed us for a week, we were in gourmet picnic heaven. Salads, breads, meats, fruit, cakes and biscuits, juice, water, wine – sitting in the sand watching the world roll by is the way to go. You might even like to cast a line while you eat and simply enjoy the serenity. Pure hot bliss: After bumping around in the 4WD all morning a hot stone massage was exactly what I needed that afternoon. And I'm going to go as far as to say this was the best hot stone massage I had ever experienced! A quiet room with artists

stopped for a look. Budding photographers dotted the beach waiting to capture the lucky spot. For me there was nothing more peaceful then sitting in the soft sand sipping champagne and just listening to the waves roll into shore. Totally blissful!

from across the generations crooning away in the background, healer’s hands and hot stones, the divine scent of the oils, like a caramel and chocolate slice with coconut on top – I was in massage heaven for 1.5 blissful hours! Cheers to the weekend: There is no other way to end a day at Fraser Island I think then to grab a bottle of champas or a bucket of beers and head to the beach near The Jetty Hut; arguably the best place on the Island to watch the sun slink below the mainland. It was such a beautiful sight even the pelicans

Wha wha whales!!! Sunday morning was an early one as we prepared for our whale watching expedition with Harvey Bay Whale Watch on the Quick Cat II. After a buffet breakfast, at around 7.30am we all jumped on board ready to spot some of the oceans most magnificent creatures. The first promise of whales, a salty spray on the horizon, had everyone sitting up a little straighter. As the boat got closer to the splashing and the breaching began, passengers flung from their seats, grasped the rails and stood in awe, mouths open at the sight in front. The first pod of the day was 2 adults playing in the sea and their sheer size was incredible! They got so close to the boat if you were to reach out (and had arms a few meters long) you could touch them! We saw about 15 whales that morning and 9.5 of them up close. The half was a gorgeous baby whale flinging himself through the air over and over again! Amazing. Time to say goodbye: As they say, all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately it was time to pack our bags and head back to the mainland. The only downfall of the trip– no infamous dingoes in sight! n


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BABY ride…


ike spent 17 years in various roles in the hi-tech industry, stretching back to the dark ages when they still had someone referred to in hushed tones as The Computer Operator who, dressed in a white lab coat, loaded arm-length columns of punched cards into a steam-driven megamachine. Through titles such as 'programmer' and 'analyst' to systems design, sales, marketing, and eventually setting up his own company with a couple of friends, he successfully arrived at an early mid-life crisis in 1993 and took off on an Everest expedition where he discovered the mysticism of the Himalaya. He grew his hair too long, acquired an earring and sampled some of the local vegetation, then one fateful night in Kathmandu someone took advantage of his altered state and sold him a motorcycle. Having never even sat on a motorcycle before at the tender age of 37, the rest, as they say, is history. Denise (Dyer) also spent many years in the Corporate World.


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With a master’s degree in psychology she moved quickly up the Human Resources ladder to become the youngest-ever board member for NCR (NZ) and then HR Director for several multinationals. She made a career change to the philanthropic world in becoming CEO for The Humour Foundation. Then one fateful day on an international flight she found herself in a conversation with a guy who ran motorcycle safaris. So she married that guy, changed her name, got her license and became a professional globe-trotting motorcyclist. Her parents still think it's a phase she's going through. Now, together, Mike and Denise run Ferris Wheels. “To be honest, I never in my wildest dreams thought this would be my life but I'm glad it is,” Denise said. “It’s such a rewarding job, showing people the world from the back of a motorcycle. There is so much adventure to be had and this is the best way to travel – you feel so alive! “People feel burdened by the mundane, the

everyday stuff, work, the routine – it takes all the juice out of you. “Ferris Wheels gives people a way to get back in touch with themselves and nature and when they return to their “real life” they feel so much better.” Ferris Wheels takes riders, male and female, on tours across the globe to the most breathtaking and sometimes scary destinations. “Everyone says you shouldn't venture into Kashmir, which is why we've been doing it for 18 years,” Mike said. “The Himalayan Heights tour is an emotional favourite of ours and we love taking people there.” As long as you have your motorbike license you can come along for the ride, and even if you don’t, you can still follow behind the group in the support vehicle. Tours run at various times throughout the year so visit their website for more information >>

Take a tour Himalayan Heights • • •

The original tour that started it all. Travel along the highest (official) road in the world at 5,600 metres, the mighty Khardung La. Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh religions; temples, mosques, monasteries, gurudwaras.

Inspiring Iceland • • • •

Put together all the fjords of Norway, the lakes of Finland, the glaciers of New Zealand, the geysers of Yellowstone, the volcanoes of the Andes and enough waterfalls for 6 other countries and you have Iceland. Bet you've never heard of Dettifoss? Just happens to be Europe's biggest waterfall. How about Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier? Or Eyjafjallajökull, it’s most troublesome volcano? At the great continental divide you can stand with one foot on the European plate and one on the North American.

Moroccan Magic • • • •

A long-time favourite with musicians, film directors, surfer types and two-wheeled adventurers. Ride across successive ranges of the impressive and majestic Atlas Mountains. Visit the famous Djemaa el Fna old town square in the mystical Imperial city of Marrakech. Gaze upon a Saharan sunset, and then ride through forests to the Mediterranean coast.

Dalmatian Delights • • • •

Five countries in one – this tour weaves through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Italian Dolomites. It's called the Dalmatian Coast because of the thousands of islands dotting the sea Visit the haunting memories of Sarajevo, so recently devastated by sectarian violence. Iconic Dubrovnik sits like a medieval sentry upon the Adriatic Sea.

Shining Shangri-La • Bhutan is the only country in the world to officially measure the nation's Gross National Happiness. • Ride across three countries; India, Nepal, Bhutan. • Traverse the entire length of Bhutan from the western frontier to the east. • Mystical Kathmandu, magical Darjeeling, inspirational Tiger's Nest monastery.

Awesome Andes • • • •

The Andes is the spine of South America; the longest continuous mountain chain on our planet. Ride to 5,000 metres in search of the world's biggest wingspan, on the great Andean condor. Visit Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nasca Lines, the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Cross the world's largest saltpan, Bolivia's amazing Salar de Uyuni.

Turkish Treasures • • • •

Istanbul was once the capital of the whole known world, and the Turkish people have a well-earned reputation for warmth and hospitality. Is there a more majestic sight than the Blue Mosque framed by the magic deep blue of the Bosporus? Ride the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea coastlines, and the Gallipoli peninsular. For something completely different, how about a hot air balloon ride over the surreal landscapes of Capadocia. n

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So you have just co-authored a new book… Your first! What’s it about? Using Rugby League as a tool, the main part of writing the book from my angle is to encourage young kids to read again, especially boys. I know myself as a young kid in Mt Isa, the library wasn’t the coolest place to hang out, and the stuff I liked reading was about rugby league so I hope the book will be a tool to get the boys (and girls) reading again. The book draws a lot of my knowledge and experiences of growing up in Regional Qld. Talking about issues like homesickness and moving away to the city. I don’t really think there’s a right time to start writing, as I get older I have to start looking outside the square. Talking to ex-players, they say that at the time you’re playing you think your whole world is Rugby League but when you retire it really was a small part of your life and there’s a big wide world out there. What do you think you will do now that you have left the game? Im pretty open minded with what I want to do outside of footy, I really enjoy working with kids in an ambassador role, encouraging them to stay in school and would like to continue with a media career. Do you find there’s a lot of pressure to be a good role model? I think nowadays there is, I’ve been fortunate enough to play professionally for 15-16 years, I started first year out of high school and I’m 33 now so to come through and see some of the stuff the players did in the past compared to now. The game is also very heavily scrutinised through the media and with social media and everyone having iphones with cameras you have to be so careful, it’s almost like everyone is now part of the media. Do you think your upbringing has grounded you? Oh I definitely think so, with Mum and Dad around, my father was very hard but fair and he had a motto “work before play” after school so the old man was really strict and growing up in Mt Isa it’s pretty isolated so we had to work hard for what we had and we learned to appreciate what he had. I remember I got my very first pair of Nike boots at the age of 15 which I thought was absolutely gold! And then getting an endorsement with Adidas at 25 was a big thing. Now, the guys playing first grade, first year kind of expect it, where we had to work our butts off for it. A lot of our readers deal with traveling and separation from their partners and families, how have you and Kristy handled this over the years? At the moment, it is what it is and it’s not easy. My wife is very supportive and once it’s all done and dusted with Rugby League I think she deserves a holiday and the plan is to go overseas for a month without the children, more of a thank you to her for everything she’s had to put up with. Being a professional sportsman is very self-centered and she has to cook, look after my diets and deal with my injuries, bad games and absences. It can be quite hard but we’ve been together now since I was 20 so she understands it doesn’t last forever.

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So if football didn’t take off for you, what do you think you would be doing? I remember having a conversation with my old man when I was in grade 10 and I thought I’d finish school at 15 and work in the mines but he was convinced I needed to finish year 12. I didn’t think there was a life out of Mt Isa, we used to go to our Aunty in Townsville for holidays, I didn’t taste salt water until I was 11! My upbringing was very simple and footy was the big thing. I would have probably ended up being a station hand or a ringer, something involving country life out on a station. What’s your best memory of growing up in Mt Isa? The taste of the sulphur fumes! Haha, no, I’d have to say the sight of the massive mine on the edge of town. Some say it’s in the middle of town but it’s not, we used to have this little house with a verandah and the sun would set behind it. For most kids growing up there sport was the big focus but as you get older people tend to move on so a lot of my friends are now in Townsville, but I love going back as I’m an ambassador for RACQ rescue chopper and we hold a dinner yearly to raise money to keep them flying and give back to the community. I actually got the silhouette of the mine tattooed on my right foot about 3 years ago so I always remember where I came from as it’s played such a big role in my life.

The Rescue Chopper:


tarting out as a small organisation in 2007, the RACQ North Queensland Helicopter Service has been gaining momentum over the past few years. The organisation is a non-profit charity established in Mount Isa. It aims to provide a community rescue helicopter service to people in rural areas in need of urgent assistance. Former rugby league footballer Scott Prince has been a strong advocate for the Rescue Service. Having grown up in Mount Isa, Prince understands the importance of having a reliable rescue service. “In such an isolated area as Mount Isa, when there was an accident a helicopter had to be dispatched from Townsville and that could take up to four hours to get there. That wasted time could be the difference in saving lives” said Prince. “I also have many friends and family members living in that area so it’s an issue close to my heart.” Currently unfunded by the Queensland Government, the NQ Helicopter Rescue Service relies heavily on help from supporters, hosting many events to generate funds. One such event is the annual Sportsman’s Dinner. This event has been

growing over the past few years with tickets selling out every year. Last year’s event raised a staggering $70,000. Prince recently saw the benefits of the helicopter service first hand, when someone close to him needed help. “My best mate attended the sportsman’s dinner with me one year; his dad worked in the mines near Mount Isa so it was something he was keen to support. He wanted to purchase one of the sporting memorabilia which cost $200. My mate didn’t have the money for it so he called his father to ask for the money since it was going to such an important cause. His dad told him ‘if you want it, you buy it; I don’t care what the money is for!’ A few months after the dinner his dad suddenly developed strong chest pains while working, luckily they called the very same chopper that his son wanted to fund and it was there within an hour, brought him to safety and took very good care of him. This story goes to show that something like this can happen to anyone and that is why I love being involved.” For information on how you can get involved visit:



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Warm up Skip for 2 minutes – If you don’t have a skipping rope (go buy one!) or just imagine you have one in your hands and make the full actions as if you are skipping with a rope– your body will receive the same benefits.

Shadow box with a 1 jab & cross Throw your jab then your cross, pause, then repeat the movement. Do this for 2 minutes making sure you are keeping your core tight and putting power into the punches. But don’t overextend your arms or you will do damage to your shoulders. Make sure once you throw your jab you bring your fist straight back to just below your chin and do the same with your cross.

2 Star jumps Begin in a relaxed stance with your feet together and your arms by your side. To begin the move, jump your legs wide apart while at the same time bringing your arms touching over your head and return to your starting position. Repeat without stopping for 1 minute. Push yourself – move as quick as you can and keep your arms straight touching your hands together overhead.

3 Shadow box with uppercuts Get your stance, engage your core and stand strong, then use your left hand to throw an uppercut, then the right hand. Pause and reset then repeat. Continue for 2 minutes. Remember boxing is all about technique the better your technique the better your workout.


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4 Push-ups Lie flat on the floor with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Tuck your toes so they are under your feet. Raise your body up off the floor by pushing your body up, extending your arms and keeping your body straight. Return to the start touching your chest to the ground briefly then push straight back up again. Repeat for 1 minute.

6 Squats

Shadow box 5 with hooks

Stand up straight chest up, shoulders back. Place your feet shoulder-width apart or slightly wider. Your hips should be stacked over your knees and your knees over your ankles. Extend your arms straight out in front of you so they are parallel to the ground, palms facing down, keep your head facing forward and look straight ahead. Take your hips back while you bend your knees; imagine you are sitting in a chair. Remember your knees should not extend past your toes. Press your weight back into your heels and push through your heels to bring yourself back to your starting position, standing upright. Squeeze your butt and legs throughout the movement and go deep. Feel the burn. Do this for 2 minutes, no rest.

Get your stance, engage your core and stand strong. Left hand throws a hook which is a punch at 45 degree angle, and then your right hand throws a hook. Pause reset. Go again. Continue for 2 minutes.

7 Crunch Start lying flat on your back with your knees up and your hands behind your head. Use your abdominals to crunch up. Don’t pull on your head or neck as you lift up. Do this for 2 minutes.

Boxing Circuit Intensity Beginners Level – Shadow box with no dumbbells, push-ups and plank can be done on your knees Intermediate Level – Shadow box with dumbbells, push-ups and plank on toes -complete the boxing circuit twice.

8 Plank Lie face down on floor. Make a triangle by placing your palms on the floor and resting on your forearms. Make sure your elbows are under your shoulders. Push off the floor rising up onto your toes keeping your back flat and in a straight line from head to heels. Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle. Hold for 1 minute.

Advanced Level – Shadow box using heavier dumbbells, push-ups and plank on your toes and bring one foot off the ground (alternate feet), add dumbbell to your squat and increase the time completing each activity. Complete the boxing circuit three times. Tip – record how many star jumps, push ups and squats you do in the allocated time and try to beat your number in your next round of the boxing circuit or next training session. Stay tuned for boxing part 2 next edition! Boxing Circuit courtesy of Brisbane Boxing Studio, Fitclub. Visit


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4 key pillars to health success WITH PERSONAL TRAINER STEVE ROBERTS


tudies of obesity and diets are all very important; however do they really give us an answer to get the results we want? Truth is that you can only get out what you put in as the saying goes. There is no “silver bullet”. By focussing on these four behaviour changes in equal parts every day, you will have a greater chance of losing weight and keeping it off. 1. Before and After Assessment Finding a starting point will help you see what you want to achieve in numbers. Research underscores the need to determine baseline scores and follow up measurements to set goals and be accountable. Seek out the truth and find out how fit (or unfit) you really are. 2. Self-Monitor Stop and question your health every day. Are you doing healthy things like getting your 30 minutes of organised exercise?

Are you eating at least 2 fruits and 5 vegetables each day? Are you moving at work? Before you go to have lunch, ask your-self “is this healthy?” 3. Keep track Behavioural studies have found both low-tech paper logs and wireless monitoring systems to be a benefit to tracking your health. It’s about setting and monitoring healthy eating, physical activity, recording body weight, recording foods eaten and logging exercise that provides objective feedback on how well you are changing your habits. Keep it real and keep honest. 4. Support Groups Studies document the benefits of encouragement by others. Being part of a group, whether an exercise group, a formal support group or even a virtual group help you share triumphs, bemoan setbacks and strategies solutions.

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How to Get Fit in 3 Minutes


ew research revealed on a BBC TV Horizon programme broadcast in February 2012, suggests it is possible to improve some measures of fitness with just 3 minutes of exercise a week using High Intensity Training (HIT). But first let’s uncover some core discoveries about exercise. First truth: one size does not fit all when it comes to exercise. Genetic variations explain why some individuals never seem to outwardly benefit from a strict exercise regimen while others seem to benefit from much less. For those that don’t benefit from exercise, there is hope in the following two truths.

Second truth: three 20 second bursts of extreme cardiovascular exercise three times a week may be all most individuals need to lower levels of blood lipids, glucose and cholesterol while increasing aerobic capacity. Try it yourself for 4 weeks and see how you feel. While this seems ‘not enough’ it has to be taken in context with the third truth listed below to be effective. Truth number three: overall health and longevity is dependent upon continuall daily movement. As long as one stays moving throughout the day their body and mind have a much greater opportunity to remain healthy. The challenge is finding opportunities

and strategies that can keep an ever growing sedentary population in motion. As Aristotle says “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. Steve Roberts is an Exercise Physiologist and with more than 15 years’ experience, he is an identified leader in corporate health. As a former professional athlete, Steve understands the importance of good health and its link to performance. He’s played over 200 games of rugby in four countries and was a top 20 undefeated professional boxer. Steve’s Personal Mantra: “You only get out what you put in!” n

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So what’s all the hype about protein? Well, if you were to walk into a room full of fit and healthy looking people and ask them all to raise their hand if they were on a ‘low protein’ diet, I would guarantee you wouldn’t see a single hand.

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If you are not thinking about protein as a serious part of your nutrition and supplement regime – think again.

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market you would see bodybuilders eating their broccoli, beans, and lean chicken breast for lunch every day and washing it down with a protein shake. It is only now that the rest of the world is starting to catch up powder for lean muscle gain, muscle recovery, immune building, and many

Protein Powder, do I really need it? Walk into any Muscle Coach store and you will hear the same thing; protein powder is a “supplement”, and like all supplements they serve only to supplement your diet, not to replace it. The effect of quality supplements on the body falls into about the 5-10% range, the other 95% is up to your diet and exercise, but, that 5-10% can be extremely crucial.

other benefits. So what’s my point? As far as macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat) go, protein is king. Obviously all are important, but try and build a lean, fit, muscular body on a low protein diet full of carbs and fats and let me know how you go! Quality protein powder is now available to everyone, but with the myriad of

Isn’t Protein Powder for Bodybuilders? Protein powder is as much for the everyday person as it for the bodybuilder. The fact is that bodybuilders, who are generally more disciplined in their diet than anyone on the planet, have been on to this for a long time. Even 25 years ago, before protein powder was introduced as a

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Asparagus and poached eggs 1 meal 2 free-range or organic eggs 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 slice spelt or multigrain bread 5 pieces asparagus, ends trimmed 1â „2 lemon for squeezing Handful of rocket (arugula) or watercress leaves, washed and dried 1 tablespoon shaved parmesan cheese Pinch of Celtic sea salt Cracked black pepper Place a saucepan with a steamer over medium heat and half fill with boiling water. This is to cook the asparagus while your eggs are poaching. Break the eggs into a cup to ensure the yolks are intact. Fill a deep-sided saucepan with at least 10 cm (4 in) of simmering water. Add the vinegar to the water. Stir the water with a spoon, creating a small whirlpool. Drop the eggs one at a time into the centre of the whirlpool. The water will settle and the eggs should form an oval. While

the eggs are cooking, chargrill or toast the bread. Place the asparagus in the steamer for 90 seconds. Remove pan from heat and squeeze lemon juice on top of asparagus. Place toast on a plate and arrange the watercress or rocket (arugula) leaves and asparagus on top. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain well. Place the eggs on the toast and asparagus, sprinkle with the parmesan shavings and season with Celtic salt and cracked black pepper. Recipes from The Metabolic Clock Cook Book by Julie Rennie (Rockpool Publishing, $24.99), available from all good book stores and online at www. rockpoolpublishing. n

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Meet the


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f you are looking for inspiration, look no further than Nik Halik. Inflight Publishing Editor Lahnee Pavlovich had a chat to the aptly nicknamed ‘Thrillionaire’ about how he went from a sick kid confined to his bedroom to an entrepreneur, international speaker, astronaut, high adrenaline adventurer and bestselling author.

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO? I am known as a life and wealth strategist. But for me it’s all about emotionally and financially inspiring millions around the globe. That is what I do across countries around the world. I UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG YOU CREATED A LIST OF THE THINGS YOU WANTED TO ACHIEVE IN LIFE AND ONLY HAVE A FEW LEFT TO TICK OFF. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR PEOPLE TO PLAN OUT THEIR GOALS LIKE THIS, AND HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT FOR YOU? Yes, it is paramount. I created mine when I was eight years old. I drafted my screenplay and I’ve been the actor, producer and director of it


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for over 30 years. People need to understand that if you don’t plan your goals and put a date on them, you will never succeed. My travels to over 132 countries and crazy adventures are the essence of my life. WHAT SORT OF ATTRIBUTES DO SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE POSSESS? Successful people break the rules, have an irrational level of commitment, are hungry to solve problems, they have a ferocious drive to do more and above all, they never give up and always take massive action.

OVER THE YEARS YOU HAVE CREATED GREAT WEALTH FOR YOURSELF, HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THIS AND WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WERE YOU ABLE TO DO WHAT SO MANY OTHERS CAN’T? I had pure focus and determination to live my adventures and they cost money. No one else is going to do for you what you want to do. I’ve had the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. I was wise with money and become a multi-millionaire thanks to savvy investments in property and the stock market. I discovered my

WHY, the WOW component to understanding my life’s purpose and never gave up. Too many people just try and quit just as they are about to reach their goal. I never tried. I DID. HOW DOES SOMEONE GO FROM BEING THE AVERAGE PERSON ON AN AVERAGE WAGE, TO GAINING SUCCESS AND WEALTH? WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND HOW CAN IT BE ACHIEVED? Anyone can achieve success and wealth. As I just mentioned, you need to find your WHY. That will drive you forward. Then take massive action! You need to develop a hunger for life, do what you love and don’t let anything get in your way. Talk to high achievers, those who have accomplished more than you have and learn from their mistakes. You need to maintain a child-like curiosity towards life. Save money from your monthly wage and start investing it to create wealth for your future. But remember this. It is not about getting rich quick, those ventures do not last. You have to be a smart investor and make sure that any investment has the following criteria:

1. Know your ROI (return on investment) from day 1. 2. Your investment must be recession-proof. 3. You must be able to generate cash flow on your investment anywhere in the world. Follow that simple piece of advice and anyone can go from ordinary to extraordinary and live the life they were born to have. CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE PROJECTS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN; FINANCIAL FREEDOM INSTITUTE, MONEY MASTERS GLOBAL, THE THRILLIONAIRES, ICOACH GLOBAL AND SHARELORD? What I have done is create different education systems to help people become financially free. A wealth strategist plays an integral role in everyone’s life and I always tell people they need to have at least five streams of income and that’s what my projects are. YOU ARE NOT ONLY A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR, YOU ARE ALSO A THRILL SEEKER, CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF YOUR ADVENTURES? Where to start! In my best-selling book ‘The Thrillionaire’ I explain in detail most of my adventures but of course some of my various expeditions include being one of the first explorers to dive down five miles and land on the bow of The Titanic. I have summit to the highest mountains in the world and I was one of the privileged select explorers to view the curvature of the earth from the edge of space. It’s this

mosaic that allows me to transcend what is possible. Imagine seeing the wreck of the Titanic live with your own eyes; you go back in time and think of what people must have gone through when it went down. Imagine travelling at 25,000 km an hour. Impossible? No! That is the speed in space. An adventure is doing something unique, something fun and exhilarating and each of the ones I have done are just that. I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE ALSO THE FIRST FLIGHT-QUALIFIED AND CERTIFIED CIVILIAN ASTRONAUT FROM AUSTRALIA AND YOU PLAN TO ROCKET TO OUTER SPACE AND LIVE ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION – HOW WILL YOU ACHIEVE THIS GOAL AND WHAT WILL THAT MEAN TO YOU? Yes, I plan to do that by 2015. It all depends on the rotation given but I am extremely close. It will mean that I only have 1 goal left from my original 10 that I wrote down as a child. WHAT ELSE IS ON THE CARDS FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE? To keep doing what I’m doing. My goal is to create 1 million Thrillionaires worldwide and I will not stop until that is done. Right now I have 8 educations to help people become financially free and I am always developing something. For me, success lies in how many lives I can impact and inspire. This is what is most emotionally profitable for me and why I will never stop. n

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Low risk super puts a better retirement at risk I

’m a firm believer that superannuation has a lot going for it. Without super many Australians would end up facing a very thrifty retirement, and because we can’t normally access our super until preservation age – between 55 and 60 depending on when you were born, our nest egg benefits from healthy long term returns. Just what sort of returns your fund will achieve depends on the investment option you select for your super. According to research group SuperRatings, last year was a bumper one for super with balanced funds delivering returns of around 11.7% for the 2012 calendar year. The key driver was returns of 17.9% for Australian shares and 13.6% for international shares. Many people are surprised to learn that ‘balanced’ funds have a sizeable proportion – usually around 60% to 70% of the fund’s money invested in share markets. It’s a strategy that makes a lot of sense though.


Quality shares grow in value over time to provide capital gains that add to ongoing dividend income. Both help to grow your super. The downside is that equity markets move in cycles, and the value of your super can take a hit at times when shares are experiencing dips. But over the long run the upswings will more than make up for the downturns. This is an important issue to consider when it comes to choosing how your super is invested. A recent industry survey found that one in two young workers would choose a ‘low risk’ option. During the height of the financial crisis when stock markets tanked, many people did just that – shifting their nest egg from balanced or growth options to low risk choices. On the face of it, choosing a low risk strategy for your super can seem like a good idea. After all, none of us want to jeopardise

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The high FIFO divorce rate is a myth, but the challenges are a reality when families separate



here is a common misconception that the divorce rate among fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers is higher than the rest of the population. Although one study found that the rate of divorce after starting work in WA mining was 7 per cent for FIFO workers (as compared to 5 per cent of workers living in the city) this is still much less than the 30 per cent that's often suggested in the media. A 2009 study by Lindsay Greer at CQ University showed the divorce and separation

rate at 11.26 per cent across all industries, and actually lower in mining at 11.15 per cent. This tells me two things. Firstly, statistics can tell you anything you want to hear if you set the parameters of the question the 'right' way. But there are also clear indications that divorce is not the cancer of the resources industry that some headline-makers want us to believe. MEDIATION FIFO families might be no different in a statistical sense, but they certainly have different needs and challenges and family lawyers need to be sensitive to these. While mediation is compulsory for almost all divorces involving children there is mediation and then there is mediation! We encourage FIFO families to utilise a reputable mediation and counselling service to deal with the change. A good family lawyer will encourage this process and feed outcomes back into the legal arrangements being agreed.

COURTS The court is also increasingly sensitive to the FIFO lifestyle. They are used to dealing with various rosters and how FIFO work operates generally. An experienced family lawyer will always ask you for a copy of your roster and discuss with you the options available to assist your family to restructure after a separation. Catherine Leach has been working in family law for more than 20 years and is the director of Leach Legal in the Perth suburb of Wembley. She is currently finishing her Masters in Applied Law (Family Law) and practises Collaborative Law. A number of lawyers in Catherine's Perth-based firm, Leach Legal, have extensive experience in working with FIFO families. Call (08) 9387 4433 for a confidential chat or to make an appointment. You can chat for free to a family lawyer before you decide to engage them. www.leachlegal. Article from n

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t's not a competition. We're BOTH exhausted! It's fair to say that until I visited a mine site, it was hard to truly understand what an average day was like for my husband. Once I'd made the trip - and in the space of just 24 hours - I understood about the isolation, the long days, where he slept, ate and socialised and what the journey to and from the mine was like. The experience made me a more considerate and understanding partner. After seeing an operating mine and camp with my own eyes, I was finally able to make sense of the mood swings before he headed back to work, and his inability to make regular, lengthy calls while he was away. One little problem remained ... how to make him understand what life was like for me while he was away at work! We have two beautiful kids and I work part time. Life is hectic. Breakfasts, lunches, take kids to school, work, pay the bills, pick kids up from school, after-school commitments (I should be eligible for a taxi license). Then there's the washing, ironing, cleaning, shopping, helping the kids with their homework ... and don't forget to feed the animals (bugger), tidy up the house and fall into bed. Don’t get me wrong - I love it. But let’s be honest: sometimes it can be a lot like ground hog day, and it's a side of life the worker away doesn’t really see. When he's home on FIFO R&R, there's the special meals, fun times catching up with


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The Cairns region in Queensland sits at the gateway to PNG and the Asia Pacific, and has built a long standing and well developed trade relationship with PNG. This was demonstrated at the second annual Australia & PNG Mining Resources Exhibition which took place in June this year with the many and varied exhibitors offering their services, products and expertise. With more than 1300 attendees and 150 exhibitors, the second annual Australia & PNG Mining Resources Exhibition was a huge success. With support from businesses across Australia and PNG, expo goers were shown the latest and greatest in products and services available to the mining and resources industry. The Fred Moule Building at the Cairns Showgrounds was full over the two days in June and the hustle and bustle of the expo was exciting for all. Especially for event Organiser Keryn Haynes who said she was really happy with the result. “We increased our exhibitors by nearly 50 this year and it was great to have the building filled. We also had external sites in the arena with a great mix of goods on display ranging from solar panels and communications systems

to transportable homes and high powered machinery,” Keryn said. “And inside we offered a fabulous setting on a mezzanine level where exhibitors could entertain potential clients in a relaxed atmosphere on a more personal level.” This year’s expo attracted representatives of

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esearch from leading music streaming service Spotify reveals that Someone Like You by Adele is the perfect song to listen to for those suffering from a fear of flying, thanks to its tempo of 67 beats per minute and harmonious tones. The study carried out by anxiety psychologist Dr Becky Spelman from the Private Therapy Clinic in London was commissioned by Spotify to investigate the music that best helps calm the nerves of nervous flyers. She said travel anxiety, which affects up to 25% of adults, was caused by irrational thoughts where the threat is exaggerated and inappropriate. Dr Spelman’s research found that breathing in time to music with a low bpm at a controlled and reduced pace was proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure which in turn reduced anxiety. Another established method is to listen to tracks which stimulate both sides of the brain, while using headphones and with your eyes closed. The Spotify playlist, compiled by Dr Spelman, features an interesting mix of songs across various genres including classical and alternative rock, all of which can be used to help reduce the anxiety associated with a

fear of flying when listened to before and during a flight. Someone Like You by Adele is very close to the optimum bpm of around 60 – the perfect pace for slowing down breathing associated with fear and anxiety. It is also a soulful and harmonious song, which helps to stimulate both sides of the brain, making it the ultimate song for calming anxious nerves. Here is the full list: • Someone Like You - Adele • Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya • Piano on The Beach - Liborio Conti • Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467 Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus • Better Together – Jack Johnson • Pure Shores - All Saints • Buffalo Soldier - Bob Marley • Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chilli Peppers • Paradise - Coldplay • As I Lay Me Down - Sophie B. Hawkins • Inside Out - Britney Spears • Ignition - R Kelly • Flaws and All – Beyoncé • The Christmas song - Nat King Cole • Space Oddity - David Bowie Visit


Welcome to Homestead Hospitality Good Old Fashion Country Hospitality at its Best

Cherrabah Resort sprawls across 5086 acres of a very peaceful mountain perched almost 3000 feet above sea level, overlooking the picturesque Elbow Valley and the Great Dividing Range. Amid the Australian Bush, Cherrabah is home to an abundance of wildlife, wide open spaces, crisp clean mountain air and the most amazing sunsets. We have many unique natural features that present outstanding photo opportunities. Activities at Cherrabah include: Horse riding, Quad Bike riding, Tractor train rides, Billy tea & Damper, Evening Spot light tour, Bonfire & toasting

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Marshmallows. Farm Shows (Sheep shearing, whip cracking & boomerang throwing), Grass skiing, Mountain Bikes. (Some activities need to be booked by 5pm the day prior) Facilities - 3 star motel accommodation 40 (twin/ triples) 4 family rooms, Camp grounds (powered and unpowered sites). Alfresco dining on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool and the view of the valley. Dining in the homestead restaurant with a capacity of 150 people. Lounge bar with Open fire place, dance floor and karaoke. Tennis Court, Swimming pool & spa's. under cover equestrian centre. Plus a sealed air strip.


Celtic Woman solo violinist Máiréad Nesbitt WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? My favourite travel destination would have to be Boston and nearby New Hampshire as it is a second home for me now. It reminds me of Wicklow and of Tipperary and that is very important for me when I travel so much. South Africa is another one of my favourites. WHAT WILL YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT? Apart from my violin! I would never travel without my travel size Brooke & Shoals travel candles, it is like bringing a little bit of home with me.

that smells nice like rosewater. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT? I've been really lucky, I don't have any! WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU IN 2013? We have a really busy time as usual with Celtic Woman and we are shooting our new Christmas DVD in Ireland shortly. After that we go on tour to Europe in November and round off the year with our Symphony CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS YOUR TOP TRAVEL TIP? Always have some travel size bottles of skincare with you and wipes, something

Tour in the States for December. They I get back to Ireland just in time for Christmas Day. We then go to Australia on tour early next year.


Celtic Woman L - R: Susan McFadden, Lisa Lambe, Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt.

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talkin technology PHOENIX HEADPHONES Leading headphone brand Aerial7 is set to take sound and style to new heights with the launch of their latest model, Phoenix, offering top class beats without the price tag! The compact yet incredibly powerful Phoenix is a mid-sized headphone that packs a full-force sound typically only found in larger, professional DJ headphones. Offering bigger boom for your buck with no compromises on sound quality, the Aerial7 Phoenix headphones have been specially engineered to give music lovers a clubbing experience straight from their mp3 device. Beat-mixing features like swivel ear cups for single sided monitoring and a reinforced frame give you the freedom to scratch it up on your own, while a detachable coiled cable and an inline microphone cable allows you to switch back to listening to your favourite tunes with ease. The over-ear headphones come with thick ear cushions and a padded adjustable headband to guarantee the perfect fit. Coming in five funky and definitive styles, including the Soldier, Hype, Tantrum, Storm and Eclipse, the Phoenix headphones let you state your sound and style with loud designs and vibrant colours. Available from JB Hi-Fi and independent retailers, RRP $69.99. Visit or


Renowned for creating unique audio products with the perfect mix of art, music, street culture and an active lifestyle, AERIAL7 has launched the new Sumo In-Ear Headphones, letting you rock out anywhere, from the subway to the studio! Available in a variety of explosive colours, the AERIAL7 Sumo In-Ear Headphones give you the choice of five street styles: Blizzard, Amp, Candy, Storm and Hype. The AERIAL7 Sumo In-Ear Headphones are the perfect partner for any iPod enthusiast, providing high-quality audio in a stylish and lightweight in-ear design. Their 10mm drivers produce crisp and natural audio with a wide frequency response to hear the music the way it was meant to sound. The headphones also come with ear gels in four different sizes, allowing you to choose the best fit for comfort and noise isolation. What’s more, the AERIAL7 Sumo In-Ear Headphones include an ultra slim inline microphone for making phone calls and taking voice notes on compatible smartphones and MP3 players, such as the iPhone, Blackberry, and iPod touch, making them the most versatile headphones available. Available from JB Hi-Fi and independent retailers, RRP $39.99. Visit or


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GOLFBUDDY VOICE The game changing GolfBuddy Voice – the world’s first talking golf GPS – is back with new features and better functionality. By dispensing essential distance information, the Voice+ is the only golf GPS that really walks the walk and talks the talk. Likened to having a caddy in your pocket, the Voice+ enhances the playing experience and includes new features including a wristband and more GPS functionality. Still only as big as a golf ballthe Voice+ is changing the state of play. Plus it’s easy to use and is designed to be operated and enjoyed by golfers at any level and of all ages. It is even used by blind golfers. Visit RRP $220


Over-Ear Wired Headphone. Bring your music with you in luxurious style with STREET by 50 Headphones. Detachable cord for tangle-free street-wear and transport, plus enhanced bass and ultra-plush memory foam ear pads ensure a comfortable ride no matter where your music takes you. RRP $299.95 Visit

NIKON1 J2 The Nikon1 J2 is the latest edition to the Nikon 1 series. An advanced camera with interchangeable lenses, the J2 creates a new form of image expression and offers a number of improvements in design and useability. The high speed performance is achieved with an advanced hybrid AF system and Nikon 1 cameras are equipped with Nikon’s exclusive compact and lightweight Nikon 1 lens mount. The J2 enables new imaging experiences with features such as Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector. The elegant metal design is available in six colours to match the different personalities of the users. A new creative model has been added to the four original shooting modes allowing for easy specification of the desired shooting scenes from a total of eight options including night landscape. What’s more, the J2 can be turned on or off using the retractable lens barrel button on applicable lenses. Monitor visibility has also been increased with a high resolution 921k dot LCD monitor. To view this camera in action visit the Inflight Publishing YouTube channel, InflightPublishing. Visit


Thermomix is the most advanced kitchen appliance on the market today. The product of more than 40 years of German design and innovation, Thermomix unites the functions of over 10 appliances in one compact unit. Used by top chefs George Calombaris, Tetsuya and Adriano Zumbo, Thermomix is great for timepoor cooks who want a healthy, tasty meal on the table in minutes – this machine can even make a sorbet in just 30 seconds! It’s also more of a computer than a kitchen tool as it can chop, steam, mix, melt and grind at the touch of a button – plus you can control heat and timer settings so food is cooked to precision. The Thermomix allows you to create recipes you may never have attempted before: basics like tomato sauce, mayonnaise and butter without the chemicals found in commercially produced brands, and complete meals that push the boundaries of what was once possible with one set of hands and a limited amount of time. RRP $1939 Thermomix can be purchased nationally through a Thermomix consultant on 1800 004 838. Visit

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Mining Life & Living QLD Issue 29  

Mining Life & Living QLD Issue 29