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Contents a constant worry for her parents. Money doesn’t help. If they give her money she drinks it. If they rent a home for her she wrecks it. The screaming fits and the violence have twice led to police intervention. Her parents are now left to watch helplessly as their darling little girl continues on her voyage of self destruction. It must be our fault, they tell themselves. We must have done something wrong for her to end up this way. Few if any of us would agree but they can’t help thinking that. Any parent would. They’d absolutely agree with Pauline that the first step on the road to recovery is to get her to admit that she – not the world – has a problem and that help is available. The hardest part, it seems, is to persuade her to take that step. Meanwhile her parents endure an agony they don’t deserve, especially at this stage of their lives. I’m going to send them a copy of our July issue as they live overseas. It may or may not help them. But it certainly will assure them that they’re not alone. Russell Hunter, standing in for Dorothy Whittington who is on leave

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Enduring conflict with children No matter your age parenting can come with its challenges, but it’s important to know that you are not alone. With a little tough love, self-care and support you can get through this, writes PAULINE CLAYTON.

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he cooks as she waits for her son who will visit for a few days. He is an alcoholic and living in assisted housing in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, which he hates. Five years ago, his wife filed for divorce asking him to leave their northern suburb family home, and he has been virtually homeless and lurching in and out of rehab ever since. His retired parents Janet and Hugh*, feel helpless as they are forced to stand-by and watch as their eldest son is controlled by a deadly addiction. “He has moments of lucidity, but then when he gets lonely, he binges,” Janet says. “He can drink a bottle of sav-blanc in

about four gulps.” Mental illness, which includes alcohol, illegal and prescription drug use, and the medically recognised issues caused by bipolar, manic depression, histrionic personality disorder, to name just a few, is not restricted to dysfunctional households. Nor from any one socioeconomic group. One of the best known examples of this is the tragedy of Harriet Wran – the 31 year-old daughter of the late Neville Wran (former New South Wales premier) and Jill Hickson Wran – whose anti-social and illegal acts have resulted in her arrest and national news headlines. Jill Wran, now in her early 70’s, has stood by her daughter who, three years

ago, narrowly missed serving jail time when involved in a drug deal gone wrong. When Harriet went into rehab, she admitted to being ‘hopelessly addicted’ which is evident following her arrest again earlier this year. Her mental illness is the potent and deadly illegal drug crystal methamphetamine, known as ice. This time, Harriet acknowledged that her mother was, “…devastated, and barely able to look at me. She suffers as a result of my failure”. A cruel dilemma for ageing parents is having to make the decision to walk away from their ill child to focus on caring and assisting their grandchildren, and in some cases, great grandchildren. It took many sessions with a psychologist for mother of identical twins, Lenore*, 72, to cut herself off from one of her daughters. For decades, Lenore has battled to accept and understand her daughter’s unpredictable and often bizarre life, which she shares with questionable partners. “The type of men you don’t trust to have in your home. You certainly locked up any cash when they were around,” Lenore reveals. “One, who lived with her off and on, finally left when she became pregnant. At one stage he threatened to kill us all. “My psychologist described my daughter as narcissist with a borderline psychotic disorder.” Lenore worried for her grandchildren, often finding them unfed and missing school. “While my daughter had a full-time professional job, she was irresponsible with money. “She stopped paying her mortgage and

the bills piled up. Finally I said we couldn’t keep paying two mortgages. We needed to support her children. “She looked at me with so much hate in her eyes, as though I was the root of all evil, and it was my fault she was this way.” Only then could Lenore take the hardest steps any parent can make. She cut off all contact with her daughter. Increasingly grandparents are turning to psychologists to ease the stress and emotional trauma of their adult children, and to find an explanation for their behaviour. It isn’t always only the emotional pain; the unplanned and unexpected financial cost can be considerable. Helen*, 78, worked 50 years and finally retired with a modest self-managed superannuation fund topped in part by the age pension. “My late husband and I supported our daughter from the time she left school at 15,” she says. “But I always believed, sooner or later, she would start to care for herself, but it is not to be. She cannot hold down a job, and has been on anti-depressant medication for most of her life. “She is a heavy user of marijuana, which she says her psychiatrist agrees with as it is necessary for her health. I have to believe her, she is an adult. “But how would I know? Privacy laws make it impossible for parents to gain access to their adult child’s medical and/or police records. “It is only now, since her children have left home, that I know there were times when she left them alone without food for days at a time.” Helen finally made the decision to stop

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being involved in her daughter’s life, and to stop helping her both physically and financially. She is focusing on her grandchildren. “I went to a financial adviser who worked out a budget for me and what I could afford annually to give to my 47-year-old daughter. “Then I wrote her a formal letter advising her of the same. She rejected this of course, with a torrent of abuse, but then, she must have gone to her psychologist or psychiatrist (I have no idea who she sees) and she has now accepted this new regime. “She has now stopped shouting at me, and we chat as acquaintances. “But still I walk on egg shells. “It is heartbreaking, but at least manageable, and of course I still worry about her.” Helen says her daughter has made moves to take over the responsibility of her finances: “...you are getting older mother and I see you are getting frail.” Brisbane-based financial planner John McIntosh says financial planners and superannuation fund managers are

aware of adult children attempting to take control of their ageing parents’ finances. “We are living longer, and are most likely to be fitter than previous generations,” John says. “Retirees are also enjoying their retirement, evident by the increase in cruising holidays, which sometimes can lead their children to take the view that this is their inheritance being spent.” Australia does have an excellent welfare system, and support groups for sufferers, including NDIS, Headspace, Opens Minds and Carers Australia, but first the sufferer has to accept and agree to treatment. This happens when they are young and in full parental control, but as Helen’s daughter told her when she turned down a government disability pension: “I don’t want to be seen as a mental case.” “I miss the friendship we should have had,’’ Helen admits. “I miss loving my daughter. There’s always a hole in my heart.” *Names have been changed.

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. This is the wording on the sign hanging in Sunshine Coast psychologist Rachael Reed’s office. Rachael says that as she has aged, so too have her clients, and she is seeing an increasing number unable to cope with their adult children. “I even see some children in their early 20’s terrorising their parents,” she tells Your Time. “Parents, set out to raise self-sufficient children, but there are some who cannot or do not want to deal with a drama, with someone, or with life, and they hook the parent in and make a triangle. “If the parent tries to pull away from the drama and break out of the dance, the child ups the ante and pulls them back.” Rachael says some adult children with mental and social issues, play on the guilt button. “This is the hardest time for a parent,

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VOLUNTEERS FIND LOVE IN HELPING OTHERS

MAKING a world of difference was the theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week, but one special couple of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s legendary ‘Charlie’s Angels’ has taken that to a whole new level. Volunteering has united them. Along with the rest of the ‘Angels’, they not only make a ‘world of difference’ to the patients, visitors and staff who walk through the doors at Brisbane’s, The Prince Charles Hospital, but to each other. Lindsay Gamble, 66, joined the ‘Angels’ five years ago, after chronic fatigue forced him to give up work as a wardsperson at The Prince Charles Hospital. Margaret Thomas, 76, had become an ‘Angel’ a year earlier, touched by the support and comfort the ‘yellow shirts’ had provided for her late husband, Rob, during his final days.

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The pair met in the hospital corridors last August, and the rest as they say, is history. “It’s the greatest thing it really is, unexpected but absolutely wonderful,” Margaret said. “At the moment I don’t want anything to change, Margie’s just terrific, a fantastic lady, best thing that ever happened to me,” said Lindsay. So, could this volunteering romance end up in a ‘yellow shirt’ nuptials one day? “I don’t know, if it happens it happens, ok … we’ll put it that way,” Lindsay conceded. But it’s a shared love of selfless volunteering that really gets Margie and Lindsay’s hearts racing. “I love volunteering, I love helping people. It just brings a big smile inwardly when you get the feedback, often you get feedback from the public, and people say you Angels do a great job, makes me feel good,” said Lindsay. “Because we have so many friends at Prince Charles, we love Prince Charles, we have a great deal of affection and commitment to this hospital,” Margaret said. “It’s not just helping out the public, but the paid staff as well, because they just come up and say, we’d be lost without you in every single department where there is a volunteer,” said Lindsay.

By DAVID ELLIS

Every year, from mid-March to mid-May, seven million bulbs flower across 32ha of one of the world’s largest park gardens. The Keukenhof southwest of Amsterdam has a variety of garden styles – an English landscape crisscrossed with winding pathways; a European garden with older varieties of bulbs; a nature and water garden; Japanese garden; and others ablaze with rainbow colours of massed carnations, irises, daffodils, roses, lilies and orchids. It takes 40 gardeners three months to plant fresh each year, and

amazingly, they are dug up and fed to local livestock at the end of their flowering season. Situated on 15th century hunting grounds that were also a source of herbs for the country house of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, it was later home to Castle Keukenhof (“kitchen garden” in English) that was built in 1641. The idea to open the gardens every Spring came up in 1949 when the local mayor and a group of Netherlands flower growers decided to show-off their flowering bulbs and give a leg-up to exports.

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Child health grew from women’s business In the Victorian era and for centuries before, the maternal and infant mortality rate was very high, writes DIANA HACKER.

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any confined women who were treated by a doctor succumbed to infection introduced by the doctor himself who did not practise strict hygiene; often moving from a cadaver, to an infected patient and on to the labouring mother without washing his hands. Delivery by a midwife or family member was often a safer option. Infants succumbed to fevers, malnutrition and disease before their first birthday. Older children suffered from the same fevers and diseases exacerbated by dysentery and accidents. Until the age of five childhood ailments were treated by their mothers who had little or no nursing experience. Not until after the age of five were they not eligible to be admitted to hospitals and were then nursed among adults. At the furthest extent of the empire the wives of four colonial governors and one passionate mother began the work of establishing professional medical care for mothers and children. The Countess Diamantina di Roma, Lady Bowen, wife of the first Governor of Queensland, resided in the state from 1859 until 1868 and during this time surrounded herself with women whose husbands were influential. Through her efforts the first lying-in hospital in the new state was established in her name. This hospital for the confinement of women served the community until the construction of the Women’s Maternity Hospital in the late 1930s. In addition, she supported the development of the Diamantina Orphanage. Lady May Lamington [c1890] was most instrumental in establishing the Lady Lamington Hospital which treated women’s diseases. Lady May was personally interested in nursing and often claimed that had she not married then she would have taken up the

Children’s Hospital Committee members. profession of nursing. By the first decade of the 20th century medical support for mothers became a topic for the press through the publication The Queenslander. Wife of the then Governor Lady Chelmsford, herself a mother together with Mrs Kidston, wife of the Premier chaired a public meeting to air this problem. With the support of several women’s organisations, such as the WCT and QWEL, and influential and outspoken doctors, the Queensland Government of 1917/18 funded the establishment of maternal and child welfare clinics. The qualified nurses who staffed these clinics advised mothers on the care and feeding of their babies. In 1906 the president of the Qld Branch of the BMA, Dr Wilton Love, had stated that if the infant mortality rate “had occurred to the same extent

within flocks and herds then action would be taken at the highest level”. The efforts of Mary McConnel [1824/1910] the wife of David McConnel who settled Cressbrookin in the Brisbane Valley and the women who assisted her resulted in the establishment of the first hospital specifically for children. Initially situated in a small cottage in Leichardt Street, in 1878, the hospital was staffed by a nurse selected my Mary’s brother a doctor practising in Scotland, Miss Hellicar. She was assisted for a short time by two young women, one of whom died and the other married shortly after their arrival in Queensland. By 1883 the hospital was overcrowded, and with the assistance of the Hospitals Act, land at Bowen Hills [Herston] was provided and a children’s hospital built, furnished and staffed

under the management of the hospital committee. Mary was honoured by the naming of the McConnel Ward and she remained patron of the hospital until her death in London in 1910. The hospital remained under committee management until c1928 when a new Government Act took over the management and financing of all hospitals in the Brisbane and South Coast area. The hospital treated children until its recent closure and removal of treatment to a new facility in South Brisbane. At its inception and opening the new children’s hospital was named for a prominent Queensland doctor who many mothers knew for her sound advice, written in the newspaper columns under the name “Medical Mother”. Lady Phyllis Cilento was a working mother and it is unfortunate that the naming of the hospital is under review. In New Zealand in 1907 at a meeting in Dunedin, Dr Truby King brought to the notice of the public the poor treatment of children. His most influential supporter was Lady Victoria Plunkett [1873/1968] wife of the then Governor of New Zealand. A Society for the Protection of the Health of Women and Children was formed and became known as the Plunkett Society. Nurses trained by the society promoted a more healthy and responsive way of rearing infants. With better knowledge and medical treatment, no longer just women’s business, the maternal and child mortality rate has thankfully sunk to a rate once unimagined. Diana Hacker is archivist for the Queensland Women’s Historical Association based at Miegunyah in Bowen Hills. Tours are available. Visit miegunyah.org

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White Puss inspired a writing career Jean Peel clearly remembers the night a decade ago when, unable to sleep, a rhyme about a cat came to mind. She tells DOT WHITTINGTON that her new life as an author of children’s books began at that moment.

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unt Sally is an old, grey, fat cat who has lots of adventures and although Jean Peel had never owned such a cat, the puss came creeping into her head one night in 2009. “I couldn’t sleep and rhyming verses about this old grey fat cat called Aunt Sally just wouldn’t go away,” she says. “I had to get up and switch on my computer and then the story wrote itself.” The result is How Aunt Sally Got her Name, and it’s the first in a series of children’s books about a cat which is loosely based on her long-deceased pet called White Puss, for obvious reasons. “Nobody told me that you had to put sunscreen on a white cat’s nose and he got skin cancer,” she says. “We were living in North Queensland and during his 14 years he had been caught in a bushfire, nearly drowned in a dam and got lost in Cairns. These all became adventures for Aunt Sally too.” Jean has now written nine books in the series, two of them published, and is working on an autobiography. She’s also working on a novel about murder and mayhem on the Sunshine Coast called Dead Easy. It’s about a young coroner who ends up in a small town

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wanting to learn from a renowned pathologist when a headless body turns up on the beach. It’s a plot that’s a long way from an old cat. Although she has been writing all her life, Jean never aimed to be an author. As a teenager growing up in Scotland, she wanted to be a hairdresser but ended up working with numbers as a Tax Officer Class 1 in Glasgow, where she was born in 1945. Then, when she was 24, she became one of the last “£10 Poms” and boarded a boat – alone – bound for Australia. “Life seemed so grey there,” she says. “The walls were grey, the cars were grey, the streets were grey and the skies were

grey. I needed sunshine so I applied for assisted passage and within three months I was on my way. It has been 50 years and I’ve never looked back”. Jean arrived three days after the last tram rattled off the streets of Brisbane in 1969, and soon obtained a job with an accountant in Moorooka. And she ended up getting more sunshine than she could have imagined. Five years later, she met Bruce Peel at a dance. He worked as a public servant with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, and Jean soon found herself in remote North Queensland communities. “I spent a lot of time in remote communities for a girl from Glasgow,” she says. “As a manager’s wife, I had to quit work as there was an unwritten law that unless you were a teacher or a nurse, then you didn’t work there.” In 1989, the family, now with two boys, returned to Brisbane and Jean could return to work. She was a finance officer with Queensland Health for more than a decade until a run-in with cancer forced her retirement in 2010. Her husband had died in 2007 just after his 60th birthday. Throughout, Jean continued to write her stories and poetry. And then Aunt

Sally came along. All of her book titles start “How Aunt Sally” and then “…got her name … beat the burglars, … went to sea, …went to the zoo”. These days Jean is busy promoting her books, and reading stories to children at local kindergartens and schools. And writing. Her books are now in the UK and Canada and are aimed at children from about three to eight years. “They’re great for grandparents as reviews indicate the adults enjoy them as much as or more than the kids,” she says. “It has become my business: ‘Jean Peel, author’; although I’m not expecting to have a tax problem.” “I believe with all my heart that in these days of so much other stuff like Xboxes and iPads children could miss out on part of their literary education if they have no access to poetry,” she says. And so, you wonder, how did Aunt Sally get her name? Simple: Because she was found in an Aunt Sally stall in sideshow alley. For those who aren’t familiar with the traditional English game of Aunt Sally, it’s any of those stalls where you throw a ball to win a prize. Visit jeanpeel.com to meet Aunt Sally

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READER STORY

Airport experience takes off Arriving at Brisbane domestic airport early in the morning to allow plenty of time to check in and take advantage of this rare experience BRIAN ROBERTSON found things had changed a lot in six years.

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’d been brave enough to check in, on-line, the night before our flight. But it was past my normal bedtime and weary eyes failed to follow the instructions. I completely screwed it up. I did not realise that seats were required to be chosen for both outward and return journeys. I was waiting patiently for the software to confirm the outward-bound seats only. This resulted in the system eventually forcing me to accept seats that were completely apart. Computers are great! So there we were in the Qantas area complete with our crappy seat allocation print-outs wondering what to do next. I vaguely remembered that six years ago there was much queuing at airports so we joined the first one we saw only to discover that no one else had baggage — oops! Looking around we saw people, with baggage, at a group of strange stands in the middle of the concourse, each with a small screen. Careful observation informed us that these stands were spitting out white strips of paper. Turned out they were luggage tags. Who would have believed it? Presenting our seat allocation print outs to

these magic machines we finally obtained our very own bag tags. I am unsure if the instructions are adequate or perhaps it was my ignorance but after careful reading about ‘peel here’ and ‘stick there’ I still managed to get the label on my case inside out. My wife helpfully noted that the labels could not be read in this position. With great difficulty I managed to peel it off and re-stick it the other way around. We were then able to approach the next bank of automated airport machinery—the baggage acceptor. As our bags disappeared along the conveyor I had a great feeling of achievement and freedom. All that remained was to enjoy the airport facilities until our plane was called. This feeling did not last long. We approached the security check. I placed our cabin bag on the conveyor and my coins into one of the trays as my wife placed her handbag into another. They disappeared into the tunnel and Marjorie went through the body scan. I followed her. She was successful, but I was beeped. The security lady, with no compunction, ordered that I take off my

Bag tags cannot be read inside out trouser belt. I did as requested; went back and put my belt into another tray, all the while holding up my oversized trousers. (I’d been slimming.) I staggered through the gate and was beeped yet again. Suddenly I remembered my new metal security card wallet in my back pocket. I reversed again, still operating one handed, and off loaded the metal case into yet another tray. It would have been faster to take my trousers off. I came back through the gate, this time successfully, but by now feeling very vulnerable and the centre of attention

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CHICKEN COTTAGE PIE SERVES: 2 | Difficulty 2 FILLING • 2 cups (175g) pkt frozen carrot, cauliflower, broccoli mix • 2 tablespoons frozen peas • 2 tablespoons frozen corn kernels • ½ cup water • 200g skinless chicken breast • cooking spray • ½ teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar) • ¼ cup onion diced • 1 tablespoon cornflour • 1/3 cup skim milk • 4 teaspoons Spring Vegetable Simmer Soup mix (sachet) • ½ cup evaporated light milk • pepper POTATO TOP • 300g potatoes • 1 teaspoon (5g) Flora® Light margarine • ¼ cup skim milk • 2 tablespoons 12.5g) 30% reduced fat tasty cheese freshly grated METHOD: 1: Filling: Microwave all frozen vegetables in ½ cup water for 7 minutes on high. 2: Cut chicken into bite size pieces then place into a medium saucepan or boiler that has been coated with cooking spray. Sauté chicken for 2 minutes then add garlic and onion, cook a further 2 minutes stirring frequently. 3: Drain water off cooked vegetables then add to pot. 4: Add cornflour to skim milk with soup mix and blend together then pour into pot with evaporated milk stirring continuously until mixture has boiled. Add pepper to taste and leave on low temperature until potato is ready. 5: Potato top: Peel potatoes then cut into small dice.

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6: Microwave on high in a little water until cooked (about 10 minutes). 7: Once cooked drain then mash potato. Add margarine and milk and continue to mash until smooth. 8: Assemble: Place heated filling into a small lasagne or casserole dish. Using a spoon and fork place small dobs of potato over top of filling then run a fork over top to blend potato evenly. 9: Sprinkle grated cheese over potato then place under grill until cheese has browned. Suitable to be frozen for 2-3 weeks. DIETITIAN’S TIP: Having lots of vegetables in this recipe provides vitamins and minerals making it healthy and the extra fibre will fill you up. To lower the GI use Nicola potatoes.

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STICKY ORANGE PUDDING MAKES: 2 | Difficulty 1 • 1 egg white • 1½ tablespoons white sugar • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice • 1 tablespoons (15g) Flora® Light margarine melted • 1/8 teaspoon bicarb soda • ¾ teaspoon finely grated orange rind • 1/3 cup self-raising flour • cooking spray • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • ¼ cup fresh orange juice METHOD: Preheat oven to 180ºC fan forced. 1: Beat egg white and white sugar for 30 seconds in a small size mixing bowl using an electric beater. 2: Combine orange juice with melted margarine and bicarb then add to bowl, mix well. 3: Add orange peel then sifted flour and mix together using a wooden spoon. Divide mix into two small ramekin dishes that have been coated with cooking spray. 4: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over the top of one pudding, then gently pour half of orange juice over top. Repeat this with other pudding. 5: Bake 20 minutes or until firm to touch in centre. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving to allow the syrup to thicken. Suitable to be frozen. DIETITIAN’S TIP: This is a celebration pudding for that special occasion. It’s not a suitable dessert for everyday weight management.

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STAGES & PHASES

Life has its stages and phases. CHERYL LOCKWOOD turns 55 and decides that life’s an adventure, while octogenarian MOCCO WOLLERT revels in life in the slow lane.

by Mocco Wollert I am not obese by any means but over the years my skirts have become tighter and my dress size has gone up by two. I had tried various methods to slim down. After listening to a television guru prattling on about the power of the mind, telling the audience that we could think ourselves slim, I tried it. Standing in front of my mirror I closed my eyes, and thought slim. When I opened them, my tummy was still its fat, round self. I have tried the diets. Finally, I decided to attend a WW meeting. I left my car in a remote spot and furtively entered the building through a back door. I was not keen for any acquaintances to see me. Weight Watchers Anonymous I called it in my mind. I would attend anonymously, and emerge free of my chocolate and wine addiction beautiful, minus ten kilos. Inside I joined the queue to be ‘weighed-in’. I was given a little book into which my weight would be recorded

every week until I reached ‘goal weight’. Foolishly, I told them that it was my aim to lose ten kilos. Now I am committed and faithfully trot off to the meetings once a week. Oh, that dreaded moment when the WW leader says with her Cheshire Cat smile ‘Step up on the scales dear, let’s see how we went last week.’ I know exactly how we went last week - not good. I had no breakfast and only a small sip of water before leaving for the meeting, so the damage should not be too bad. After an ominous silence she proclaims in a tragic voice ‘Well, you have gained 0.2kg last week.’ I immediately fall into a deep pit of despair. I knew I should have gone to the bathroom before the weighing-in. When an alcoholic ‘falls off the wagon’ he or she is strongly encouraged to go to the next meeting for support. Members of WW are also encouraged to go back. ‘What, do think, caused your relapse, dear? Was there anything special that put the scales up AGAIN this week?’ my WW counsellor asks me. Of course, I know what it was. It is called FOOD and WINE and CHOCOLATE. Do I need to say more? I collect my little book, hang my head and promise meekly to do better next week. May your days be full of chocolate and wine

Hot and steamy but good for the thyroid. Hot yoga can be bring you out in a sweat CHERYL LOCKWOOD discovers. Camel, turtle, rabbit, cobra – a zoo perhaps? No! I was at my first ever yoga class. Not just your run-of-the-mill yoga either. This was hot yoga. I’d heard of downward dog, but these other animal inspired poses were new to me. With the temperature at a steamy 38 degrees Celsius, we laid out mats and towels. Limbs were stretched in readiness for the 60-minute class. I chose an inconspicuous spot at the rear. Turned out, I got a view of someone else’s rear. Clad in skintight togs, the gentleman in front twisted about leaving little to the imagination. I tried hard to avert my eyes, but oh so many mirrors. Our cheerful yogi entered and we started with some breathing and warming up. As it was my first time, I was told to aim for staying in the room for the entire class. Too hot to handle for some, apparently. Her voice was soothing as we progressed through a variety of poses. She added information on the part of the body that would benefit from each move. “Shoulders relaxed, stomach in, arms straight, elbows locked, thumbs crossed”. My brain tried to process it all and send

the instruction to the body. At times, communication was lost! “Good for the thyroid”. I hoped my thyroid appreciated it. “Breathe!” I did forget a couple of times. You’d think I would have the hang of that by now. Less than half way through and I had never sweated so much in my life. There was a constant drip on to my towel. At one point, sweat trickled into my nose. As for balance, I thought mine was adequate, but I began to tire and swayed like a stack of child’s building blocks. I checked the space between myself and the next person, fearful that if I teetered we’d all go down like dominoes. A pile of pretzels…wearing Lycra! “Relax”. That part I could do. The door opened and in came a nice flow of cool air. Session over. Prior to the class, I had little interest in yoga. Yet there I was feeling relaxed and somehow refreshed despite my saturated clothes. Sadly, I discovered my flexibility levels are not the best, perhaps a good reason for a return visit. I wouldn’t say no! Ah, life is a sweaty adventure. Namaste!

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WELLBEING

That ‘down’ feeling and what causes it TRUDY KITHER has the lowdown on what adrenal fatigue really is and the adrenal body type.

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o you have trouble sleeping? Do you wake in the morning feeling exhausted and flat with no motivation for the day? Or do you drag yourself through your day, needing some type of pick-me-up in the mid-afternoon to get you through to the evening? Then, when it’s time to go to bed and sleep do you find yourself not sleepy but actually tired and wired? If you answered YES to any of the above, the chances are you are suffering from adrenal fatigue. But don’t worry. You’re not alone. It is more common than you think and it is treatable. The adrenal glands control stress. In the presence of stress, they produce cortisol. The typical fight and flight response to perceived danger, it was designed as a survival mechanism to alert us to take action. However, if it produces too much cortisol then belly fat will develop as a hormonal response. The adrenal glands are also the backup glands to the ovaries in women. This is why when women have hormonal issues, they most often will have adrenal issues at the same time and vice versa. When people have adrenal fatigue, they can’t sleep and then they don’t have enough energy to generate their body’s

fat burning ability because fat burning occurs in the deep sleep cycle. The adrenal glands have one job to do and that is to counter stress. Emotional stress and physical stress are the big contributors of cortisol release and yet emotional stress can actually deplete the adrenal glands 1000 times more than physical stress can. That is why the loss of a loved one or a traumatic event in a person’s life can create a major problem with a person’s health. The adrenal body type person will almost always have belly fat. Or at the very minimum, they will have more belly fat than they used to. The fat in the belly comes from cortisol. Why does the adrenal body type person always gain weight in the belly? Because that is where our vital organs are, in the mid-section of our body. As a survival mechanism back when we were hunters and gatherers, the belly fat would increase so as to protect our bodies during war and famine. We hold it in that region because it is our body’s way of feeding ourselves should the worst happen. When you’re 18 cortisol is at its lowest. When you’re 58, that is when it is at its highest because it accumulates over

time. All stress is accumulative. So basically, we are like a bucket that fills up and up over time, until it’s so full that it starts to create problems. Then the next major issue that happens with adrenal fatigue is the effect on the body’s cognitive (brain) function. The adrenal type person will always be thinking and thinking and not be able to turn off that thinking mind. Especially when they are meant to be winding down for the sleep cycle. It creates excessive thinking, affects memory and focus (brain fog). The adrenal person will have less tolerance for certain personality types. For example, slow drivers and incompetent people will drive an adrenal body type person crazy. Even to the point that some people are so burnt-out that even the sound of a ticking clock drives them crazy. These are some very extreme cases, yet don’t be fooled because they are actually very common. I see many people in my practice with these symptoms. Most don’t realise it is not normal to feel this way and that they are symptoms of a very debilitating health issue. If left untreated it can result in chronic fatigue syndrome. Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue is a

process that can happen over a long, slow period of time without the sufferer even realising what is happening. The symptoms will be seemingly unrelated that are one of many and they can’t perhaps put their finger on what’s wrong. Other symptoms can include dizziness, depression, feeling weepy, gut issues, constipation, dry skin and hair, brittle nails, indigestion, a feeling of “on edge” with no energy, motivation or “joy for life”. They may go to their family doctor who may do some blood tests and pronounce all is okay because there is nothing glaringly obvious. However, there are very effective treatments to nourish and heal the adrenal glands and to correct the health issues that manifest as a result of this debilitating health issue. Next month we will discuss some treatments that can turn adrenal fatigue around and start sleeping and feeling better as soon as possible and taking back your motivation and enjoyment for life. Trudy Kither, Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner is owner of Nature’s Temple, Palmwoods, QLD 4555. Visit naturestemple.net or email naturestemple.net@gmail.com.

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GARDENING

Beds to beat the bends Gardeners, like divers, can suffer from the bends but, writes JULIE LAKE, in their case the “bends” are the pain and discomfort that come to knees, back and hips from long hours of bending over garden beds.

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section with round corners made from fibreglass reinforced plastic. Ross Richardson says A Green Zeen garden is principally conceived as a ‘wicking bed’. Wicking technology provides an on-board reservoir to create a saturation zone which lowers soil levels and the term refers to moisture being drawn upward, by capillary action, from more saturated to less saturated soil. This concept is familiar to most gardeners as a way of developing strong root growth, reducing inputs, maintaining stable, healthy soil and eliminating the need for surface

watering. Plants that are not subject to over or under-watering stress are less prone to pests and disease. The Green Zeen beds do away with the top-filling inlets common to other raised aluminium-sided growing beds and instead feature the discreet integration of side-filling and overflow drainage. The side-mounted overflow incorporates a visual water-level gauge and the development of specific lightweight wicking and growing media means that the soil can be maintained in an uncompacted, moist, light and friable condition, ideal for minimal digging and deep root penetration. Another major design consideration is the elimination of risk factors associated with gardening – including raised bed gardening - such as: • sharp corners • heavy manual activities • gardeners’ loss of balance while

reaching from a standing or seated position • loose gardening tools and equipment • loose hoses and heavy watering cans • a less-than-ideal ergonomic height of gardening surface • inefficient size of beds – beds need to be large enough to facilitate optimal growing area in relation to mass and volume (of the raised bed) in a variety of residential or community contexts • loss of structural stability of beds over time leading to potential for collapse • loss of surface integrity over time leading to splintering or sharp, rusted edges The robust construction and stability of the beds provides reliable physical support to gardeners who may need to lean against the bed while planting or interacting with produce. The top timber surround acts as a hand-rail.

Ross says he became aware of the need for an improved raised garden bed model when his father’s lifelong interest in gardening began to wane, due to diminished mobility and the risk and discomfort involved in working safely at ground level. When he built a new raised garden his father’s interest, joy and physical activity returned. So Ross and Graeme set out to design above-ground beds which would suit people of all ages and special needs. Those needs include homes where space is restricted; they are ideal for courtyards because they have little impact on existing level surfaces such as paving. For some older or physically challenged gardeners a monthly rental can be covered by a Home Care or NDIS package. Your Time readers wanting to know more about Green Zeen will be able to inspect the beds at this year’s Queensland Home Garden Expo in the kitchen gardens section.

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BOOK REVIEW

ELIZABETH PASCOE

This is an extraordinary story calmly told. The Second World War is over and Lewis Morgan, a colonel in the British Army, has been given the task of rebuilding the German city of Hamburg. On meeting Lubert, the owner of his sumptuous abode and his not quite teenage daughter, Lewis invites them to share the house with himself, his wife Rachel and son Edmond. German is the main language spoken by the maids in the house. But behind this facade of normality people are starving. There’s looting going on while the underbelly of this despair and ugliness is about to pop. And so this heartfelt story begins. Highly recommended reading and beautifully written story.

TONY HARRINGTON

This is a very well written novel about entwining stories of an English and a German family thrown together in Hamburg in order to rebuild after it was destroyed during WW2. It is unusual in that most novels have prewar or war themes. People don’t remember the rebuilders or integration stories of opposing countries and their people. Not being a literary aficionado the author’s sesquipedalian style led me to read this book with an online dictionary beside me. That being said, I enjoy learning new words. Themes of love, hatred, grief and loss, romance, guilt, decency and forgiveness are perfectly woven together. The story has lots of interesting twists and turns with a happy but probably unrealistic ending. I enjoyed this book. 8/10

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT

This book opens in Hamburg a German City destroyed by Anglo-American bombing in 1943, killing more than 40,000 inhabitants and displacing one million others. British occupation reveals a myriad of tensions. Relationships between occupation forces, their families and the defeated, hungry and homeless Germans, a small band of resistance fighters, are examined. More personal tensions are between the British Morgan family and the German Lubert family who share the house requisitioned by the conquerors. The author writes almost entirely about the destruction of Hamburg and little about the circumstances that led to it. Easy reading but predictable.

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THE AFTERMATH By Rhidian Brook

I read this book in a flash. It is easy reading and an engaging story that opened up a new perspective to me about post war Germany - an era I had no real knowledge of. The intertwined lives of the British and the Germans living together, yet apart. Trying to build bridges after being at war would have been very hard. The love lost and found, the affair that brought two lost souls back to life, the effect on the children and orphans are all well created. The fact that it is based on a true story made it all the more interesting. I did however feel that the book ended abruptly with more to be told. 8/10

Thousands remain displaced in the British Occupied Zone in Hamburg in 1946. Charged with overseeing reconstruction of the city and the de-Nazification of its people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere they all confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

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MARY BARBER This novel gave me an insight on what life may have been like in post-war Germany. It was well-written with great characters. I particularly liked the ragtag gang of ‘motherless children’ who survived by stealing and trading cigarettes, coal, pills and whatever else was going. Brook gave you an idea of the complexity that faced the Allied occupiers in a divided Germany. The north had the factories and the south had the farmland. The Russians would not release food to the north, such as Hamburg, without the factories closing. Some historical novels throw all their research at you, whether or not it moves the story along. Brook doesn’t make that error.

I was not aware of the British involvement in the re-building of Hamburg in 1946. Animosity and resentment between the residents and the British would have been tangible and explosive with the residents being forced to relinquish their homes. The action of the British Colonel deciding to share the home with a German and his daughter would have been criticised and abhorred by many – most of all by the Colonel’s wife grieving for their son killed in a bombing raid. There are so many grieving characters in this novel and the author portrays them vividly, as they each deal with it in their own way. I know I have enjoyed a book when it encourages me to research. It was interesting to find out that the author’s grandfather had actually shared accommodation with some residents in the re-building and the interview with Keira Knightley and the director revealed more about the film’s background. An interesting read!

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Understand the terminology What is in a name? NARELLE COOPPER navigates a way through the Centrelink maze.

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Products that allow you access to your capital, the account balance generally changes depending on market movements. Whilst they can have guaranteed terms and rates, along with other nuances, mostly we know them as Allocated Pensions or Allocated Annuities. Defined benefit pensions: Generally referring to pensions from public sector superannuation schemes and some larger private sector employee schemes. Non-defined benefit pensions: This category covers current Lifetime and Term Annuities. Now that that is cleared up… In relation to the new assessment of Lifetime Annuities, Centrelink seem to be using the words “Lifetime Income Streams (LIS)” or “Pooled Lifetime Retirement Income Streams Products”. This gives us a new category, but don’t forget if you currently have a Lifetime Annuity you come under the old rules! OK if you feel the need to take a break and lie down in a very dark room, totally understandable, that is where I am headed! Let me just say the new rules around Lifetime Annuities may be worth a closer look, particularly if you are a part pensioner under the asset test. But, before you take action, you need to understand the nature of Lifetime Annuities and how they could fit into your overall financial plan. The above information is presented as ‘general information’ and should not be relied upon in isolation. The complexity of Centrelink’s assessment processes means that your individual circumstances affect the results and differ from person to person. Always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for advice relating to your personal situation.

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CARE AFFAIRS

Home care or residential care Deciding between the two can be a very weighty decision, writes MARY BARBER.

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s it time to leave the family home and move into a nursing home? Can I get enough help to stay at home in my final years? Are my days of living independently coming to an end? Many people struggle with these questions for themselves and their family members. This article explores these questions with two local health professionals. Simone Arlott is a placement consultant with Aged Care Guidance on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. She helps seniors navigate the rules, fees, jargon and paperwork that come with moving into residential care. She’s an independent source of information for families when they are faced with difficult decisions. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance, Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. When a person over 65 has an ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) assessment, depending on their level of need, they may be approved for a home care package, respite services and residential care at the same time. Ms Arlott and Ms Morton noted that choosing is not always an either-or question. A person may use their home care package for many years and then decide to move into residential care. As the ACAT approvals do not expire, this change is always an option. The first option for older Australians needing support is Home Care Packages. Many are now choosing to access this support rather than leave home. Kendall Morton, director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay, tells us why: “At home you can choose your own carers, get the help you want at the times that suit you. People like the comfort and independence of being in their own homes. They have their memories here.” Home care support is different for everyone. “It’s about sitting down and making a home care plan that suits that person’s needs and goals so they can have

grandmother there, I wouldn’t tell someone else to send their relative there,” she says. Without this guidance, moving into aged care can be daunting. Very often sons and daughters with busy jobs and young families have to find a placement for an elderly parent in a hurry. “It’s a very emotional and stressful time when you’ve just been told that your mum has had a fall. She’s in hospital and can’t go home. Families don’t know where to start. There may be 20 facilities in their area to choose from. It’s overwhelming,” Ms Arlott says. “There’s paperwork for DVA (Department of Veteran Affairs) or Centrelink along with application forms for each facility which can be up to six pages long.” Then there’s the financial aspect. Ms Arlott said this is very complex and she recommends people seek out an aged care financial adviser to help. In brief there could be up to four different fees. It all depends on your financial situation and choice of facility. “There’s a lot of confusion. It’s essential that you get the right facts for your individual situation,” Ms Arlott points out. Ms Arlott offers an independent service. She is not affiliated with any care facilities. She meets people face to face to find out their needs and budgets. She then guides them through every step and takes care of the paperwork. When it comes to moving into care, Ms Arlott said there is no set time. It all depends on each person’s situation. “If you are using your home care package to the max and still not coping, then it’s time to think about it. Someone may be having falls or be very isolated. Their health may be deteriorating. It’s about the level of risk you are in if you stay at home.” She recommends people use their residential respite care allowance to try out a facility. Also, if you have moved in

a safe and fulfilling life at home. It’s a tailor-made personal service,” she explains. “For instance, you can have help such as phone call reminders about medication, support with self-care and meals, exercise programs, assistance to get to a social event or the supermarket. It all comes down to the individual.” Your home care provider can also help you to make your home safer. For instance, they can arrange better lighting, ramps, alarm services and 24-hour phone support. Evening care, weekend care and overnight stays are all available. Ms Morton states that with good planning, it is possible to live well at home until the end of your life with support. “Moving into residential care does not have to be seen as a natural progression.” “If your Home Care Package is not enough and you really want to remain at home, there are ways to make it financially possible,” she adds. Residential care is the second option. For some families, as Ms Arlott knows, moving into residential care is scary. “A lot of people have this perception about aged care facilities that it is jail and the end of everything. They worry that they will lose their independence, their social contacts,” Ms Arlott says. Over the last decade, facilities have improved greatly according to Ms Arlott. “They now have endless activities. The places are pleasant and homely. They have gardens, social groups and frequent outings.” On arrival each person is assessed so their care needs can be met. Residential care means you are supported and safe 24 hours a day. Some facilities have specialist dementia units to best cater for the well-being of these residents. Ms Arlott visits facilities regularly. She knows what each place offers and whether it will suit your family member. “If I wouldn’t send my own mother or

and are not happy, you can put your name on a waiting list for a different facility. “Where you live is your choice. We help you get the best place to suit you,” says Ms Arlott. Over the last decade, a range of residential care facilities have been built on the Sunshine Coast to supplement the older existing options. People can now choose between spread-out single level older style facilities or newer multi-storey resort-style living. She noted that the older facilities are regularly refurbished to stay inviting and fresh. Ms Morton and Ms Arlott agreed that deciding between home care and residential care comes down to your personal situation. It’s about being well-informed and taking an active role in planning your final years. After all, it’s your life.

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RETIREMENT LIVING

LUNCH LEADS TO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

RESIDENTS of De Paul Manor Estate Retirement Village were on a sightseeing trip when they stopped for lunch at the same venue as another tour group in Mudgeeraba. A lady from an adjacent table asked one of them where they were all from “De Paul Manor Estate” was the reply. She then asked “What’s it actually like there as I keep hearing about that village?” The resident questioned turned to her fellow lunch companions and asked, “What do we think of De Paul Manor” to which they all raised their arms and shouted out “WE LOVE IT!!”. When we ask our residents why they love it – replies include great activities,

awesome facilities, lifelong friendships, retaining their independence and modern apartments. They love that transport is provided to the local shopping centres every week, they keep fit in the pool winter and summer or work out in the gym or can just relax and take in a movie every Tuesday afternoon without having to leave home. The lady at lunch has since organised to see for herself what her fellow diners were all so happy about. Call Sue Benseman, community coordinator on 0429 198 576 or (07) 5582 799 www.depaulmanorestate.com. au and www.depaulvilla.com.au

SAMFORD’S BEST KEPT SECRET

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and retire in idyllic surrounds, Samford Grove Retirement Village is an ideal option. The Samford community is just 20 kilometres out of Brisbane but feels like a hinterland retreat thanks to its scenic bushland backdrop and sweeping valley views. Residents have every convenience at their fingertips, with Samford Village and its offering of shops, services, cafés and attractions just a short walk away. The village offers maintenance-free, independent living and has a friendly, social atmosphere, with regular activities 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / July 2019

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and social events available for those who choose to take part. Construction will start soon on a range of villas and apartments, along with a brand new clubhouse containing dedicated resident facilities including a swimming pool, cinema and bar. Villas will be available in a range of unique floor plans with two or three bedrooms, a large kitchen with stone bench tops, expansive living and dining room flowing to an outdoor entertaining area and either a single or double garage. Set atop the Homestead, the apartments will offer one or two bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining and living space, modern bathroom and laundry and a large balcony with spectacular views. To learn more, come along to Samford Grove’s Retirement Living Expo from 1-3pm, Tuesday 23 July at 18 Camp Mountain Road, Samford. Guest speakers will cover everything you should know before moving to a retirement village and visitors can also chat to residents and take a tour. Register your interest at samfordgrove.com.au or by calling (07) 3289 3372.

HOUSING OPTIONS JUST GOT BETTER CARSELDINE Gardens, on Brisbane’s northside, is offering an affordable and flexible accommodation option. Previously operating under the Retirement Villages Act, the village has recently been deregistered and is now a Freehold Strata Title, allowing the option to buy or rent a 1 or 2 bedroom villa in a purpose built village, owned and operated by specialists Liberty Senior Living. “There is a shortage of flexible and affordable accommodation options for seniors, particularly in metropolitan areas that give easy access to services. Carseldine Gardens offers an affordable environment designed for seniors who are downsizing, working or not. And they will be paying substantially less than for a similar property in the same post code.” says sales manager Sarah Sinclair. “You have a freehold title to your villa, modest body corporate fees and the usual outgoings associated with any normal property ownership. Plus you can

benefit from any capital gain without costly exit or entry fees.” she says. One-bedroom villas start from $292,500 or two-bedroom villas are available for less than $307,500. Internal upgrades packages are available. There are also community services available such as on-site management, a community bus and community centre. Rents start at $340 per week and if you are in receipt of an age pension, you may be eligible for additional rental assistance. Call 0402 462 071 or visit libertyseniorliving.com.au

MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON YOUR TERMS IF you’ve helped move an elderly relative into care, you know it can be a huge undertaking. A growing number of baby boomers are learning from the experiences of supporting their own parents and are choosing not to travel that same path. New residents of Wesley Mission Queensland’s Rosemount Retirement Community at Sinnamon Park, Norm and Marjorie Gough, are a case in point. “Mum lived independently for 20 years but had become increasingly isolated in her home and neighbourhood, yet still couldn’t be convinced to move into retirement living,” Norm said. “An incident with an intruder became a catalyst for the move, and she was so happy with her simplified, but very social new life, and couldn’t understand why she hadn’t done it 10 years earlier when she was more mobile. “Marjorie and I were determined not to

do the same thing. We thought very carefully about this next phase of our lives and got organised, downsized and made the move that was right for us. “We didn’t want decisions to be made for us because we were too old to make them ourselves or too buried in the stuff we’d accumulated throughout our lives.” Marjorie agrees recalling how she’d been overwhelmed with emotion when she stepped into their beautiful new apartment at Rosemount. “It was like the weight of the world was lifted off our shoulders and the whole process was so easy. We worked hard and planned well and felt like we could now embrace our new stress-free life in a safe, friendly and wonderful community,” Marjorie said. “And we can honestly say, we haven’t had a moment of regret.” Call 0417 661 912 to secure your perfect retirement lifestyle.

RETIREES ENJOY A RESORT LIFESTYLE ALL YEAR ROUND THE idea of living a resort lifestyle all year round seems to have caught on. Whether home or away, retirees are seeking that “relaxed holiday feeling”, every day. With a tranquil rainforest setting, vibrant social scene and an awardwinning $4 million leisure centre precinct at its heart, Nature’s Edge Buderim offers an affordable resort lifestyle for over 50’s. Residents enjoy a wide range of social activities with an ever-growing calendar filled with daily activities, from happy hour on the rainforest deck to table tennis, movies in the state-ofthe-art cinema, line dancing and craft groups. You’ll need a diary to keep up.

Affordable luxury in the Buderim foothills is possible. Right now, securing your dream home is even more affordable, with Nature’s Edge Buderim offering up to $20,000 cash back on a range of selected homes only. But hurry, this offer is limited and conditions apply*. If you’re ready to enjoy resort-style living with up to $20,000 in your back pocket, call one of our lifestyle advisers on 1800 218 898, visit naturesedge buderim.com.au or email info@ naturesedgebuderim.com.au *Offer available only on unconditional contracts signed by 31 July 2019 on a selected range of homes. Brisbane

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Hydrogen gas ‘game changer’ With all the talk and talk these days about all-electric vehicles perhaps it’s also time to consider fuel-cell electric vehicles, writes BRUCE McMAHON.

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uel-cell vehicles, developed by the likes of Hyundai and Toyota run with tanks of hydrogen which, combined with oxygen, produces onboard electricity for electric motors. Out the tailpipe dribbles water. Now Hyundai’s NEXO, a road-ready, hydrogen-powered SUV already on sale in Europe, is slotted for sale in Australia. It’s been labeled ‘a game-changer’ in Britain. Autocar magazine credits Hyundai as “a world leader in advancing alternative fuel technologies, and developing them to production maturity before its rivals”. NEXO’s electric motor produces 135kW and gets its power from an under-bonnet fuel cell stack which combines outside air with hydrogen from three high-pressure storage tanks. An electrolyte, cathode and anode produce a DC current to drive the motor, and charge the battery, while water vapour is the only ‘waste’; Hyundai reckon it’ll run more than 650 kilometres with full tanks, refuelled in a matter of minutes. As a pioneer FCEV, the Nexo isn’t cheap - some suggest prices north of $85,000 when it lands here. There are advantages - better range, quicker refuelling for instance - over electric cars. There are disadvantages -

higher costs just yet and refuelling infrastructure. Yet is it easier to have hydrogen stored in Thargomindah or an extra power station? Plus another 240-volt outlet 300 kilometres back down the track? Toyota also have FCEVs in sight and prototypes driven across Los Angeles four years ago proved quick enough to refuel and keep up with the cut-and-thrust of freeway traffic. And very quietly too. Back then the LA hydrogen price was

mandated at about twice that for a gallon of petrol, but with at least twice the mileage at a conservative 88 kilometres per kilogram. Despite the issues, FCEVs are the right solution at the right time, according to the US National Fuel Cell Research Centre’s director Scott Samuelsen. Professor Samuelsen accepts that the combustion process, which turns fuelbound energy into thermal energy, has provided useful power for 80 per cent of

the world’s transportation and power generation for decades. But it has also given us carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, some 90 per cent of the world’s pollutants, and uses around 90kg of oxygen per tank of fuel. FCEVs, he says, are 66 per cent efficient at releasing energy from fuel compared with a petrol engine’s 16 per cent efficiency and electric-petrol hybrids — and hydrogen-burning combustion engines — at 32 per cent. Fuel cells date back to 1842 but there was little development until the 1950s-1960s space age, when these became a perfect fit for space exploration. Today Professor Samuelsen believes fuel cells are “ kind of the only business model which will survive for a vehicle production company”. Fuel cells are already used across the US to power forklifts and some buses. Studies of California’s refuelling needs have found that motorists, given cars with better fuel consumption, would need just 15 per cent of current filling stations. Professor Samuelsen says in the real world it’d be more like 30-35 per cent. (As long as there’s one in Thargomindah so we can get to Innamincka.)

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This year’s edition will also feature a concert by the Carpenters from Kempsey, a tribute to the great brother/sister duo behind such hits as Yesterday Once More, A Kind Of Hush, Rainy Days and Mondays, Ticket To Ride and Close To You. The Carpenters From Kempsey have toured extensively throughout the capital cities and regional centres of Australia, playing to sell-out seasons at venues including the Crown Casino Melbourne,

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KATE CEBERANO AND PAUL GRABOWSKY TAKE TRYST ON THE ROAD WITH FIRST STOP QPAC Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky are taking their first duo recording Tryst, on the road, with Brisbane the first stop on Friday 16 August in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall. The Tryst tour is a very personal and intimate journey into words and music by two of Australia’s most respected musicians reinterpreting some of the great love songs of our time. Kate and Paul deliver stripped back, soulful renditions of songs that have influenced them both at some point in their lives. Released by ABC/Universal Music Australia in early May this year, Tryst debuted in the Top 40 on the ARIA Physical Album Chart. The repertoire on the Tryst Tour will be as diverse as love itself – from 60s pop with Cilla Black, to 80s Aussie rock with the Divinyls, and flirtations into jazz and chanson along the way. Don’t miss the chance to catch these two powerhouse musicians bare their hearts and souls in QPAC’s Concert Hall for one night only Friday 16 August 2019. Visit: www.qpac.com.au for ticket info.

My Brilliant Divorce is the radiantly witty and warm personal account of Angela, who seeks to take on the world after a divorce that she was the last to see coming. The show was a hit on London’s West End when it starred Dawn French (Vicar of Dibley, French and Saunders). Angela recounts her journey back to happiness, using a wonderful mixture of comedy and pathos. Now a new Australian production is touring across the nation starring Mandi Lodge, one of the country’s most popular and in-demand actresses. “With one in three marriages in Australia ending in divorce most people in our audience will either have been or know someone who’s been through it,” said Mandi, star of the show. “As with any upheaval, people can find funny things happen amongst the drama, and it

is those lighter moments that help us get through and find perspective. Our show works as either a funny, heartfelt time in the theatre, or it can give people a chance to recognise the ups and downs of divorce and hopefully feel a bit better about those moments, and laugh at some of the sillier stuff that goes on,” added Mandi. After her sell-out performances in Always … Patsy Cline and Shirley Valentine, Mandi Lodge is looking forward to returning to the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) stage on Friday 9 August at 7.30pm, as she knows the RPAC audience “love a good laugh, but also have a thoughtful, caring side. Tickets are $39-$47 and can be booked by calling the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or by visiting www.rpac. com.au (booking fees are $4.30 by phone and $5 online per transaction).

HANDEL’S ANTHEMS & FIREWORKS TRIUMPHANT, rousing, glorious! Handel’s first Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest is Baroque music at its most bold and breathtaking. Written for the Coronation of George II at Westminster Abbey on 11 October 1727, this stirring anthem has been performed at every British Coronation since. Performed with the triumphant Music for the Royal Fireworks, Handel’s Coronation Anthems are among the

great composer’s most beloved works and will sparkle on the Brandenburg stage with pomp and pride. As a very special treat, internationally acclaimed Baroque oboist Emma Black will return from Vienna to perform a musical jewel: Handel’s sublime Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor. Brisbane 30 July. Visit www.qpac. com.au

On Sunday 4 August, Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Sounds from the Deep, a relaxed Sunday morning concert in the beautiful QPAC Concert Hall. Enjoy some of music’s most famous depictions of water – from Handel’s sprightly Water Music, to Tchaikovsky’s mesmerising Swan Lake, and Johann Strauss Jr’s Beautiful Blue Danube. This concert also features world renowned Queensland guitarist Karin Schaupp in a not-to-be-missed performance. Hosted by the entertaining Guy Noble, this is a beautiful way to spend a Sunday. Book at qso.com.au/music-sundays/ sounds-deep

DNA DOWN UNDER SEMINAR HAVE you ever wondered about getting your DNA done and tracking your family history? By coming along you’ll gain a clear understanding of DNA and how it can help you further your research using a new tool. In addition to learning about Y-DNA and mtDNA, we’ll learn about the newest tool available to genealogists, autosomal DNA. Genealogists can use these tools together with traditional research to explore their ancient ancestry. DNA enthusiasts will discover valuable secrets to help solve family mysteries. You will have the opportunity to meet other researchers. Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800’s, 1700’s, and beyond. We’ll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their 18th and 19th century mysteries using autosomal DNA. Wednesday 14 August. The QB Centre at 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne. Book online at: www.dnadownunder.

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NAOMI PRICE RETURNS WITH A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BEATLES’ MONUMENTAL HITS

Lady Beatle starring UK-born, Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price is a rollicking magical mystery tour soundtracked by The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers. Flanked by a live band, Price transports audiences to 1960s Liverpool. Taking the audience along for the ride, she riffs off the cuff and invites them to join in the big numbers, and ultimately has them dancing in their seats at the show’s epic, mega-mix finale. Fans of The Beatles will love discovering all their favourite hit songs again, all with Price’s fresh and original interpretations and unique behind-the-scenes

glimpses into the lives of the Fab Four. Lady Beatle proved a runaway hit when it premiered at La Boite in 2017, drawing a full house and standing ovations. With tremendous heart and charm, world-class musicianship, striking design and a triumphant central performance from Price, this will be one show you won’t want to miss at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 22 August at 7.30pm. Tickets are $38-$50 and can be booked by calling the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or by visiting www.rpac.com.au (booking fees are $4.30 by phone and $5 online per transaction).

MUNCH ON GOOD FOOD MONTH GOOD Food Month presented by Citi returns to Brisbane in July. The Night Noodle Markets at South Bank from July 24 August 4 will once again be packed with exciting and oh-so-fresh Asian-influenced flavours. There’ll be returning favourites such as Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, Shallot Thai, Bangkok Street Food, What the Pho, Bao Wow, Bao Brothers, Twistto & Waffleland, as well as some new stallholders. The much-loved Let’s Do Lunch presented by Church Road series returns, opening up Brisbane’s lunch offerings at Good Food Guide hatted restaurants, for a specially curated price of $45 including a glass of Church Road, beer or soft drink throughout July. Friends of Good Food Month also returns, which sees a whole host of the city’s favourite restaurants offer unique food events.

appointed GOMA’s executive chef in May 2018 and is inspired by the creative environment of the gallery, so for something truly unique, we decided to hold this special collaborative dinner in the gallery itself. Heading the kitchen at GOMA are chefs Matt Blackwell and Michael Bickford, who previously worked alongside each other at Peter Gunn’s Ides Restaurant. It was during their stint in Melbourne that Matt and Michael shared their mutual admiration for the iconic two-hatted Lûmé Restaurant. There are certain characteristics that John Rivera’s food at Lûmé shares with one-hatted GOMA; both are edgy, creative, and have a spirit of experimentation about them. The team at GOMA and Rivera are a match made in creative culinary heaven. Tickets include six courses with matching wines and beer supplied by James Squire.

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Beach holidays with Aussie appeal their Sino-Portuguese architecture, Chinese shrines and tea houses. The town seems to house mainly elderly people who sit chatting in front of their homes or walk or ride bicycles to the local market. It is very much a laid-back attraction but if history or architecture have any interest to you, it is easy to spend several hours wandering around.

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t was once one of the fastest growing tourism areas in Thailand. Then it was hit by a massive tsunami. Now it is a charming retreat from the hustle of Phuket. With excellent accommodation options, several interesting attractions, and a growing reputation in the trade, Khao Lak is proving to be an appealing destination for many Australians. Before you go, you need to understand the pros and cons of this destination. The pros are nice beachside resorts, white sandy beaches, a laid-back vibe ideal for relaxing, and some enjoyable attractions. The cons are the spread-out nature of the area, a lack of tourist transport, little nightlife, and limited shopping opportunities. Perhaps the last two are actually pros! Here is what makes the area appealing to me. LITTLE AMAZON At the Little Amazon entrance. The sign says “Welcome to Thailand river jungle version of the Amazon. Here you will

experience ancient Banyan trees, exotic animals, and other beauties Thai nature has to offer.” Perhaps this is overstating it a little bit but the one-hour trip in small inflatable canoes with a paddler/guide was fascinating. You cruise slowly through the swamp and you can see monkeys, egrets, monitors, mangrove snakes, and mud crabs. The huge banyan trees with their spreading roots are quite spectacular. Unfortunately, our trip was dampened by a heavy tropical downpour but in fine weather this would be a photographer’s paradise. OLD TAKUA PA TOWN Well known to local tourists but largely shunned by foreigners, the old Sri Takua Pa district, located about 7 km south of the main Takua Pa town, features picturesque old architecture that comes from Takua Pa’s glory days as a tin mining and port centre. Both sides of the main Si Takua Pa Road that bisects the old town are dotted with period buildings conspicuous by

KHAO LAK BEACHES The Khao Lak beaches are the main reason why many people choose this tranquil area of Phang Nga Province as their holiday destination. Khao Lak Beach is the most southerly developed strip of sand and this gives its name to the whole area from here to Banglut Beach many kilometres to the north. Stately trees line the edge of the beach and a headland blocks this beach from its neighbours to the north. The most peopled beach is Nang Thong Beach - La On Village. The half-dozen resorts that front the beach have sea-view pools so some guests don’t ever make it all the way to the sand. Bang Niang, immediately to the north, is the second most populous beach. There are a few longtail boats here, while resorts overlook the beach, and basic-butcheap Thai restaurants and massage huts are found nearby. Further north again, Khuk Khak Beach, with only a couple of resorts tucked among the pine trees and palm groves, runs north to Pakarang Cape. POLICE BOAT MEMORIAL Nothing brings home the power of the 2004 tsunami better for me than seeing Police Boat 813 that was swept 2km inland and is still sitting on site, now as a memorial. This boat and another that sunk killing all on board was anchored about a kilometre out at sea as a

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Khao Lak, Thailand – Now recovered from a devastating tsunami, LEN RUTLEDGE finds it good for a relaxing beach holiday, perfect as an attractive retreat from the bustle and noise of Phuket.

Police Boat Memorial protection to members of the Royal Family holidaying in Khao Lak. Adjacent is a two-storey International Tsunami Museum created by an American university in association with the local authority. A visit here helps to put things in perspective and your entrance fee and anything you buy contributes to help the local community. The Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Centre is further north near the coast in an area that suffered very badly. Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be well managed and some visitors are quite disappointed in the faded photographs and cracking concrete. ACCOMMODATION We stayed for several nights in the excellent Khao Lak Laguna Resort which fronts the Andaman Sea. The resort has villas and extremely large well-furnished rooms set in delightful gardens. There are several restaurants, a spa with excellent service, two beachfront swimming pools, gym, sports facilities and a lounge with evening entertainment. There is some budget accommodation but this tends to be away from the beach. GETTING TO KHAO LAK There are buses and vans from Phuket International Airport. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the main part of Khao Lak. There are also buses travelling the long route 4 from Bangkok. Feature supplied by: wtfmedia.com.au

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“Gorilla” – apparently the first time the word was recorded was circa 500BC by a Carthaginian explorer whilst on an expedition along the west African coast. The name was derived from Ancient Greek Γόριλλαι, meaning ‘tribe of hairy women’. I contemplate this as I have sat amongst a family of these

huge, impressive, awe-inspiring and yet nurturing, compassionate and gentle great apes. We had set out into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, hiking through the low clouds and immediately the scene was set for “Gorillas in the mist”. Several hours later we sat with the troop as they casually went about their daily business, almost oblivious to us only metres from them at times. A youngster descended from a tree right next to us – we had been totally unaware he was even above us – then ran across and lay in a huddle with his mother and two other troop members. But it hadn’t started out so calmly. We had been hiking about three hours and were aware the troop were very, very close. The porters were instructed to stay behind, whilst the tourists moved forward. I was at the back of the group, only an armed ranger behind me. I was concentrating on something and felt the ranger push and move very quickly. I turned to find the alpha male gorilla standing less

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than two metres away, the armed ranger was hiding behind me! It certainly set my pulse racing. I froze and avoided eye contact. For what seemed like an age we stood like that, but this obviously satisfied him and he slowly strode off. You are strictly limited to one hour with these magnificent animals – an hour is certainly not enough, but it is a priceless experience and it is an hour that you will have etched in your memory forever. For more information visit journeysworldwide.com.au

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Hosted tours give you the opportunity to travel and feel much safer as there is always someone there watching out for your interests. Everything is much more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about costs, schedules, what to see and do and trying to find things. When two’s a crowd Single travellers will want a single rooms and associated options whilst still having the opportunity to enjoy amazing experiences with like-minded people. Including many other single travellers. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. Safe and secure Great Value Holidays is a family owned, Australianbased business whose customers can talk directly with the owner operators at any time. No offshore call centres. They also include free travel insurance with every tour. Visit www.great valueholidays.com.au or call them on 1300 722 661

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Biking (7) Keepsake (7) Come together (3) Chance (11) Objects of worship (5) Unspoken (6) Keenness (6) US state (7) Merriment (3) Section of a book (7) Water-surrounded land (6) Half-conscious state (6) Wildlife (5) Purchase order (11) Help (3)

28 Reading or copying machine (7) 29 Carefree (7)

23 Conclusive (5) 24 Weapons (4) 25 Prefix meaning water (4)

7 8 13 14 16 18 21

Level: Easy

No. 827

5 7 9 4 2 9 6 7 3 1 7 5 5 6 7 8 6 3 2 6 4 9 3 5 7 1 5 1 3 4 6 WORK IT OUT!

Complete the list by changing one letter at a time to create a new word at each step. One possible answer shown below.

DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6

No.024

SUDOKU

Awareness (10) Informal (10) Golf clubs (5) Plaster ingredient (6) Sharpshooter (8) Indian Ocean nation (9) Metal fastener (4) Ornamental quartz (4) Knowledge of words (10) Female servant (10) Exaction (9) Limit (8) Acme (6)

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