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any years ago, I was invited to inspect an amazing hoard at an auction house. It was all antiques and collectibles, from art deco lamps and statues to fine art originals, furniture, jewellery and even rare matchbook covers. The experience was like walking into a museum. The story was that it had belonged to an elderly couple – and here’s the rub – who had basically become prisoners to their prized collection from a lifetime of gathering the rare and valuable. Their house was locked up like Fort Knox with alarms and a security system and they had been afraid to go out in case of a burglary. The woman continued living locked away in the house after her
Contents husband died until, eventually, she too shuffled off this mortal coil. So, what happened next? They had no children and a nephew they didn’t really know inherited the lot. He promptly handed it to the auction house where it was split up and sold. It’s not a happy ending, but it is something of a cautionary tale about the true meaning of life. No doubt they had enjoyed the joys of building their collection, but in the end, it brought them little joy at all. As a self-confessed hoarder, I acutely feel the pain of letting go. I am currently sorting through piles of old letters, books and family “treasures”. I keep reminding myself that when I’m gone, the kids will probably just throw the lot as they don’t know its sentimental significance. They also have little interest in a big silky oak sideboard and table. And after reading Julie Lake’s story this issue, I realised that all those “might be valuable one day” items, probably won’t fund my retirement after all. It’s too depressing to contemplate so I’ll just have to seize the day and hope it all disappears. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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Looking for gold in the oldies You don’t have to be a hoarder to own a china cabinet full of porcelain treasures or an elegant piece of furniture inherited from your grandfather, but what is it really worth when you have to downsize? JULIE LAKE investigates what to do with antiques and collectibles.
ome years ago, a modest little lowbudget program out of Hobart called The Collectors became one of the most popular shows on Australian television. Every week we tuned in to marvel at the strange things people found collectible – remember the bloke with the international toilet paper collection? Or the man who was passionate about barbed wire? We also began to cast an eye on our
own possessions to see if anything might be saleable to these enthusiasts! The British Antiques Roadshow is also much watched here and has encouraged many an Aussie to go rummaging hopefully around the op shops and markets in search of a bargain-priced rarity. Collecting is fun, be it for pleasure or profit. But when it comes to disposing of your treasures, it’s a very different story.
Are those lovely old bits of porcelain you inherited worth what you’ve always believed them to be? Is that early Australian silky oak dressing table really an antique? Here is a typical story from a Your Time reader: “We downsized to a much smaller home in a retirement village and had no room for a lot of our possessions, especially those we had inherited from both sets of parents. And, of course, our kids didn’t want them! Not even the family silver. My daughters say they don’t have the time to polish it. I’d always been told by MY mother that a much-prized tea set was Georgian but in fact it turned out to be late Edwardian and not nearly so valuable. In fact, it was hard to sell, and, in the end, we only got $500 for it, including a rather lovely filigree-bordered tray.” The same reader also discovered that porcelain and other heirlooms were harder to sell than anticipated and did not fetch the expected prices. Furniture can be even more difficult to dispose of. Valda Fresser moved from a large house to a small unit and tried to sell a 70-year-old (so not antique) but beautifully-made oak dining table and chairs. Gumtree didn’t yield any buyers at the hoped-for price and collectible furniture dealers offered either a low wholesale price or to sell on consignment. Valda decided to sell the setting to a niece for a token price, at least keeping it in the family. So how DO you go about getting a fair price for those things you have loved and cherished but can no longer fit into your life? Or are forced to sell because you need the money. A survey of experienced sellers and buyers yields the following advice:
BE REALISTIC Don’t waste anyone’s time, including your own, trying to get high prices for items that you think are valuable because you’ve “been told so”. Ascertain the real value. Condition, rarity and scarcity are important here. A piece that is chipped or cracked, however skilfully mended, is of far less value than one in mint condition. A single dish from a 130-year-old Wedgwood dinner service is worth little compared to the whole service, as I found when I tried to dispose of a couple of plates from one of only three dinner services commissioned for the marriages of my great-grandmother and her two sisters in the 1870s. A very rare piece of porcelain, silverware or furniture might be so highly prized it will fetch a high price despite damage, but this is unusual. Scarcity also increases the value of many collectibles. I know someone who collected Charles and Di wedding mugs thinking they would become valuable one day, but a vast quantity of these were produced at the time and a quick on-line check shows just how little these are worth today. With collectibles it’s as well to remember that while one person’s junk is another person’s treasure it also works the other way around. As for antiques, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s valuable. Books are a case in point. Even a first edition does not necessarily fetch more than a few dollars and most old books are just that – old! DO YOUR HOMEWORK Use the internet to check provenance, hallmarks, styles, dates, artists’ signatures,
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patterns (for example with porcelain and silver), market value and all the information you need to come up with the right price. Compare your item(s) with similar pieces on-line and check the pricing. Consider buying a black light – an ultraviolet torch or lamp, cheap and readily available, that emits very little visible light and makes it easier to identify obscure markings on china. Fortunately antiques and collectibles are international and there are plenty of websites offering advice relevant to sellers anywhere in the world. TIME Give yourself at least six weeks, more if possible, depending on what you have to sell, to gather the information you need. Anne H. had a house full of valuable antiques and loved them so much that even when she downsized, she crowded them into her new home. When her severe arthritis grew worse, she could no longer care for them properly. Dusting became a nightmare and cleaners refused to touch them. Friends and family kept advising her to start selling things, but she procrastinated, despite increasing health issues. Then the day came when she had to go straight from hospital into fulltime care, leaving her valuables to be disposed of
quickly and at knockdown prices by her son and daughter, both living overseas. When you are sure you have something of proven value, target your marketing. The four main markets for private collections are:
or more inquiries a day from hopefuls trying to rid themselves of purported antiques so your first approach must be as pictorially explicit and succinctly informative as possible if you wish to attract interest.
GARAGE SALES This can generate useful publicity but is not really worthwhile for antiques. The dealers will arrive early, and the good ones will quickly make offers on the valuable items – but they are looking for bargains so you must be very sure of your valuations. And be careful how you advertise. All that good publicity can be an open invitation to burglars.
AUCTION Selling through galleries that hold regular auctions can be an easy and effective way of selling your stuff at the best price. Of course, there are fees to pay and also a bit of paperwork involved. Advice on this is available on the excellent Brisbane Auction Galleries website.
DIRECT TO DEALERS Local dealers offer an advantage in that you can check out their shops and talk to them in person. With high-end items it’s advisable to deal with members of the Australian Antiques and Art Dealers Association who are bound by a professional code of conduct. For collectibles there are several specialist dealers in this region; for example, those specialising in military memorabilia. Do your homework before approaching a dealer and have some idea of the price you expect, remembering that they have to make a profit and will thus offer you anything from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of the expected retail price. The best way to approach a dealer is to look at the website and ensure that what you are selling fits their business profile. Jessica Wallrocks of the well-known Brisbane family of dealers specialising in 18th and 19th century European furniture says the next step is to send an email with a single high-quality photo taken in good light, of the item(s) you wish to sell and some basic information. As Jessica points out, dealers can get 10
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postage is required and while it is easy to dispatch small articles such as jewellery and porcelain around the world it is much more difficult – and expensive – with furniture. Again, be careful of the information you give online because jewel thieves trawl the net. Serious, experienced collectors know where to go when they wish to dispose of their possessions, whether these be paintings, coins, stamps or Louis Quinze furniture. But for the rest of us, the ordinary lovers of beautiful things who find themselves forced to downsize, disposing of the objects we have collected or inherited can be not just a logistical challenge but an emotional one as well. So, here is some advice from Darcy Thiel of the Aging Life Care Association: There is consolation in knowing that someone else will get the same pleasure from owning those objects as you have done – and at the end of the day, it’s just stuff!
Useful website when disposing of antiques and collectibles • thesprucecrafts.com/find-values-for-antiques-and-collectibles-149350 • hunker.com/13411989/how-to-tell-if-old-china-dishes-are-valuable • aaada.org.au (The Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association) brisbaneauctiongalleries.com/sell
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Letters Re: The article, “Driving - know when to walk away” (YT, May). In 2007, I completed my doctoral studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast looking at psycho-motor skills (natural abilities) of people operating very large mining equipment and how they equate to their operating performance. It is necessary to note that abilities are what we are born with; skills are how the abilities are demonstrated in a particular activity. Please note, I am an engineer and this work was under a broad area called human factors engineering. It was done on a scientific (factual) base. It won an Institution of Engineers Innovation award in 2009. Also note, I am 55 years old, so draw whatever conclusions you like from that. A number of my findings are relevant to the question of who should be driving cars and who shouldn’t. Firstly, we found a very close correlation between individual performance and measured psychomotor skills (natural abilities). This was in line with findings in a
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number of other industries. Secondly, people lose about 0.8 per cent of their ability level per year. In some industries, this decline has been offset by an increase in skills although we did not find this in the mining industry. We also found that approximately 2 per cent of operators we tested (aged 28-68 years) could be defined as “dangerous”. In fact, all dangerous results were in the 30-40 years group. In other words, they will never have the abilities to build skills when operating equipment or driving and probably won’t have a long career doing this. What this says is that a 65-year-old will on average have lost about 24 per cent of their ability level (and likely their skill level) compared with when they were 35. We were not able to determine if the decline past 65 accelerated. We know that the decline with age was consistent between 28 and 68. That in itself does not mean the 75 or 85-year-old should not be driving; it
simply says that there is a much greater chance that the individual at 75 or 85 will have fallen into the “dangerous” zone. But as the article pointed out, we don’t know how “good” the person was at 35. The RACQ and other relevant bodies should be aware that the processes to measure abilities is a well-established science. So, while we don’t know how good the person was at 35 we could know (at any age) if there was a requirement for psycho-motor testing for all drivers, regardless of age. To me, it is too obvious that regular psycho-motor testing of all drivers would have positive outcomes, which suggests there is more to this issue than the RACQ and other road safety bodies are talking about publicly. That is the end of the facts from my study. Now a few opinions. Firstly, anyone who says that a decision to drive should be left wholly in the hands of the GP and the individual is not facing reality. I have a daughter who used to be a
GP’s receptionist. I suggest that doctors know that if they don’t give the elderly person the medical certificate they will likely not come back. And the elderly are their bread and butter. People will doctor-shop to get the medical certificate. It is also my opinion that when we are talking about people’s lives on the road it is OK to be ageist. Young people under 17 can’t get a driver’s licence when some would be perfectly capable. My uncle drove a truck around a farm when he was eight. I don’t know what an appropriate cut-off age should be, but if we have many years’ notice that we can’t drive past a specific age then we can plan for that. However, we can take ageism out of it and be purely scientific. If we did psycho-motor testing over a number of years we could all predict some time ahead when we will fall below a specific level of psycho-motor skills (our natural abilities). Dr Graham Lumley DBA, MBA, BE(Hons)
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decide whether the driver is capable of driving safely. NSW has a system where all drivers over 85 must pass a driving test and have one every two years. This test evaluates whether a driver is competent to drive a vehicle. Having lived in NSW and taken the test, I believe it is necessary for all aged drivers. NSW also has provision for a limited licence allowing older drivers to restrict their travel to a 10-km radius. This enables them to access local shops and visit close friends. It’s time for Queensland to act. I am 92, and my wife accompanies me whenever I drive. When she indicates my driving has deteriorated then I will relinquish my licence. An old but safe driver THE Queensland State Library collection of south-east houses of Queensland [YT May] of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, were mainly of weatherboard, built to last. In Brisbane, many outlying suburbs were communities of Housing Commission houses. Homelessness was not the epidemic it is today. Governments took their responsibility for providing affordable housing seriously, especially for low-income families. One such family was mine. In 1956, our family of seven settled in a new three-bedroom, Housing Commission rental house on the southside of Brisbane. Out the back was an outhouse; there was no hot water, just cold taps with a shower over the bath. Bare floors and an empty house were soon attended to, with lino flooring throughout and roller blinds at the casement windows. There was an open laundry with concrete troughs downstairs, with room under the house for small children to play in the dirt. Life was simple and basic. It would now be regarded as impoverished. We lived 12 years in our Housing Commission house. A hot-water system and sewerage was installed by the Clem Jones council in the early ’60s. Today, all the mod-cons are taken for granted and our house is now an upmarket suburb, but those same houses still stand as a memorial to mid-20th century, Brisbane settlement. Eloise Rowe
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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.
Sitting in the mall watching the passing parade keeps MOCCO WOLLERT entertained and educated spotting the stereotypes. The Fleet has arrived and invaded the city with a sizable number of sailors. Actually, I am exaggerating. It is not a fleet but just one big cruise ship. For a day, Brisbane will be overrun by a colourful horde of middle-agers, seniors and very-senior seniors. But rather than the city population bolting windows and doors with cries of angst and terror, there are calls of welcome and happy music. These are prized invaders. Shop owners are all wearing big smiles and opening their doors wide. The whispering of credit cards being swiped hangs in the air. I love sitting in the mall with a coffee or a wine and just observing life. I look with envy at the young girls in their stilettos, even if most of them walk with a suppressed expression of pain. Those stilettos are like fire-tempered arrows shooting up their legs and into their backs. I look smugly at my sensible lace-ups under the table but somehow wish they were not quite so sensible and maybe just a bit more stiletto-ish. Young business people in suits look
like they have spent the morning at the gym. Their suits are super tight and their shoes so long they are like the advanceguard of an army. Mature businessmen also wear super tight suits but more to contain the bellies bulging over their belts. I can spot cruise ship passengers immediately. They are as clear as a neon sign. Most walk in pairs, a lot holding hands. Their age is mostly south of 50. Mr Cruiser often wears a Panama-type hat or a cap. Mrs Cruiser wears threequarter pants and a pretty T-shirt or blouse. The ladies of the sea don’t seem to possess a dress or skirt. The final give-aways are a small rucksack or satchel and, most obvious of all, the ship’s identity tag around their necks. Sometimes I think I can smell the aroma of the giant shipboard breakfast buffet still lingering around them. There was a time when the tourist stereotype was a big camera hanging in front of a rotund belly. Now everybody takes photos with mobile phones and makes them into a computer-generated photo book when they get home. I often offer to take a photo of a couple and let them choose the background. They usually pick something exciting like the entrance of David Jones or a bench next to a bin. These are important photos that will go into that computer-generated photo book that will gather dust in dark cupboards and be thrown in the bin when their children eventually clean out the house. I love cruising myself and while I mostly wear a dress or skirt when I wander the tourist spots, hidden laneways or gigantic shopping centres of a town, I’m sure I am easily identified as a Mrs Cruiser. We seem to have that look about us. While on a Mediterranean cruise last year, I wondered if someone was watching me, thinking “here comes another one” as I strolled along the Ramblas in Barcelona looking for a lunch venue. May your lunches be interesting and your days be golden.
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After four decades, it was time for CHERYL LOCKWOOD to overcome her fear of motorcycles. On a picturesque island off of the coast of Thailand, my husband and I rented a motorcycle. By motorcycle, I mean one of those step-through little numbers known as a scooter. Not a ground-breaking activity but for us, a first. I admit to being a wimp when it comes to the two-wheeled beasts. Don’t tell my brother, the owner of a Harley who hasn’t noticed that I’m one of the few family members who has not lined up for a ride. As for my other brother, I do blame him for his attempt at teaching me to ride his 250cc. I was 14 and his instruction included showing me the throttle. “Get on and ride,” he urged. I came within a whisker of ploughing into my parent’s car but chose to bail out as the thought of injury seemed preferable to facing Dad about a damaged car. I dusted myself off to see my brother doubled up with laughter. End of lesson. End of motorcycle riding for me. Some 40 years later, I was nervous as we approached the young lady behind a row of step-through scooters. The price for two days’ hire was similar to the cost of a one-way trip to our accommodation by taxi, and the motor cycle gave us freedom to explore the island. I’m not sure if I wanted an honest answer, when I asked hubby if he could ride it. What did he mean, he thought so? His wobbly practise lap of the street didn’t help my confidence. I wondered if we should have chosen the older bike with scuff marks rather than the shiny, red one. Helmet fastened, I climbed on the back and we gingerly set off avoiding the drains, potholes, tourists and locals. Whole families buzzed by. No one gave us a second glance. I’m sure our laden backpacks helped keep our speed down, but if we were a little slow the locals steered around us.
Dozens of eggs were stacked on the back of one scooter. I saw it as potentially a giant omelette. We made it the whole five kilometres to our hotel intact and I have to say it was not terrifying. In fact, another ride that afternoon, minus the backpacks, was quite pleasant. The following day saw us do a complete lap of the island stopping here and there to take in the views and to taste some delicious food. Despite some stiff muscles, the ride was a holiday highlight with hubby declaring that he could get a scooter when we got home. (And a trailer for the dog) Maybe I didn’t share that level of enthusiasm, but I would do it again. Ah, life’s an adventure.
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Legends in our lifetime It’s close to midnight and PAULINE CLAYTON is on a luxury coach an hour out of Brisbane, with 10 Aussie pop music legends and as many noted musicians. They might have grey hair these days, but they are still the names that are familiar to every Australian teenager of the 1960s and ’70s.
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HE driver is asked to pull into an all-night roadhouse. Colleen Hewett wants ice cream, Johnny Young a pie and sauce, Marty Rhone salt and vinegar chips, Normie Rowe a fruit bar, everyone coffee or hot chocolate. Young balances his pie and sauce diet by drinking Kombucha, advertised as “filled with living probiotics to assist with digestion, immunity and more”. These are the musicians who grabbed the nearest guitar and kicked off the rock ‘n’ roll music scene in Australia in the ’60s. The penultimate was to appear on television’s pop music shows Bandstand and The Go!! Show. Tonight, after sold-out concerts at Brisbane’s QPAC Concert Hall and Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre, this year’s G0!! Show Gold reunion stars in the coach, (along with the aforesaid Johnny, Colleen, Marty and Normie) are Lucky Starr, Izzi Dye, Tony Worsley, Bobby Bright (Bobby & Laurie) Ronnie Burns and Rob E Gee, plus a line-up of musicians who have been there
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and seen it all. Svelte and fit, there’s Lindsay Field, for 30 years, backup singer/musician for Johnny Farnham, and also recognised as an inspiration vocal coach. Unsurprisingly, Normie Rowe is asking his advice on breath control exercises. This King of Pop (there are three on this tour) keeps physically and musically fit and can still hit his high notes with ease. Normie’s just been with master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and rolling his eyes, says he wishes he could be just “100th as good”. “I used to think buying a new guitar would make me better, but now (with nine) I know its practise and more practise,” he says. Since the Go!! Show Gold concerts began eight years ago, there’s been no shortage of artists who appeared on the television version. Promotor Denis Smith (a former Go!! Show producer) said getting them together at the same time was the challenge. There’s been Brian Cadd, whose latest album saw him invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Festival this year. Another GO!! Show family member, Russell Morris who performs 60-70 shows a year, against all advice, embraced the blues which was met with 100,000 in record sales and a new fan base. “Hard to pin him down for another show right now” said Dennis, adding, “but he will be back because they all simply love what they do.” After performing to a sold-out the Brisbane concert hall audience, this legendary cast of 27 artists and musicians on the coach had rocked on at their hotel until 3.30am, while the ground crew drove into the night to Toowoomba to set The Empire Theatre. “Well a few of us did get together in Bobby Bright’s room for a catch-up,” said Johnny Young. So why am I here? As a journalist
Musician Bruce Sandell and Lucky Starr. whose first gig in the ’60s was TV Times magazine in Melbourne writing about these aspiring rockers, it was also a reunion for me. Happy surprise was seeing Marty Rhone home for a couple of weeks before returning to the USA where a single (We Had a Good Thing Going) from his new country and western album has made it to No.1 on the charts. Marty is still the snappiest of dressers – black silk glitter pants and white silk shirt shot with silver. Izzi Dye (a mean tap dancer) up at 8am for a two-egg breakfast, often performs in London, because he has a daughter there and it is a great excuse to visit and have his stage suits made, mostly in satin. Another daughter, Bianca Dye, is a 97.3FM announcer. Within days of these three concerts he is back- to-back performing in Redlands, Nerang and Coolangatta. Ronnie Burns, reliving memories with Johnny Young, penned hit Smiley and appears ageless which he puts down to a Clarins revitalising face cream. “Made for men,” he insists. Colleen Hewett, who gets a standing ovation the moment she appears on stage, offers to “chuck to any of you who ask nicely” the keys to her house on Fiji’s Coral Coast. This is where she heads between gigs. Rob E Gee aka Rob Porter is finally settled in Australia after 46 years commuting to USA where he built an enviable career as a regular guest on US Network tv shows, both variety and drama. He drops names like Eagle Rock and Daddy Cool, Air Supply and Rick Springfield and appearing with Charlotte Rampling in the movie Three. In Brisbane, there was an interesting (for the audience, panic for the promoter) moment when Rob, ever the professional, set about tuning his Hawaiian steel guitar on stage before launching into his famous Jezebel. As Izzi Dye said, “the best show is in the dressing room”. The coach ride wasn’t bad either.
They’re The Go!! Show family, and certainly the days of hotel-trashing and groupies is behind them. They are now proven, veteran professionals. Lucky Starr (aka Leslie Morrison) is still the only one of these legendary rockers who can flawlessly perform the tongue twisting I’ve Been Everywhere. When he performs Sing, Sing, Sing his audience does just that. It’s all about great music and great memories. Lucky also grows bonsai, “hundreds of them” and gets up at 6am. Once known as a long-haired, wild-boy of rock, today Tony Worsley, (The Fabulous Blue Jays) is now calm and charming, and back at doing what he has loved since he first jumped on stage as a school boy. Selling his Caloundra restaurant Velvet Waters in 2007, Tony headed south where he runs Hastings Cove Holiday Apartments – that’s when he’s not back on stage with his pioneering mates. And there’s a special musical moment when Bobby Bright, now without his original ‘beat’ group partner, Laurie Allen (died 2002), joined with Normie Rowe for his hit Hitch-Hiker. There was more to come when the tour arrived at Melbourne’s re-furbished St Kilda Palais Theatre. Two more legendary rockers joined the show – the 1960s heart-throb Colin Cook and the AFL’s mascot music star Mike Brady, who closed the show with his legendary anthem Up There Cazaly. The audience stood as one and rocked. As you would.
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Veteran of the nuclear blasts that shook Australia British atomic testing in remote Australia during the 1950s, is an infamous chapter in our history. One veteran who lives to tell the tale more than half a century later talks to DOT WHITTINGTON.
e felt a wave of searing heat brush his shoulders and neck, then turned to see the mushroom cloud form in the sky. Trevor Robinson was only 23 and had no idea of the fatal consequences for many of his cohort. He was only doing his job as a member of the Australian Army. Now aged 85 – only 2000 of the 15,000 servicemen sent to Maralinga, Emu Field and the Monte Bello Islands, were still alive in 1996 – Trevor is lean and fit but still carries souvenirs of the mushroom cloud. The pupil in his left eye sits in a bed of cracks, like a dam in a drought; he puts iron tablets in his cereal each morning and has a Vitamin B12 injection every month to fight the cancer cells in his blood. “I’m told the average age of death for those of us who took part was 53.8 years. I’m 85 so someone upstairs spared me,” he says. “Most people don’t know there were 12 atomic bombs let off in Australia. I was there for four in 1956.” Trevor was born in Clare, South Australia and joined the army two months before his 19th birthday. He was a Warrant Officer when he quit 15 years later. He celebrated his 21st birthday in Japan, where he was based for two years, three months of them in Hiroshima less than a decade after it was blasted. He would have been on active service in Korea and later, Vietnam, had he not suffered a heart attack at the 23rd mile of a run wearing full battle gear and weapons at the Kure Battle School in Japan. Rather than being discharged as medically unfit, Trevor was kept on clerical duties. His job was to support soldiers coming in on R&R from the Korean War, work which earned him a UN Korea Medal. Years later, he was given the unenviable task of notifying families that their husbands and sons wouldn’t be coming home from Vietnam. In 1956, Trevor was posted to Keswick Barracks in Adelaide and from there to 11-Mile Camp where he was to spend
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almost four months months, August to November November, during Operation Buffalo. “We were in the advance party sent up by road from Keswick Barracks to put up the tents etc for the 200 British officers brought out from the UK to observe the tests,” he says. “The truck I drove up was loaded with tents and blankets and I slept on top of them at our overnight stops. It was 61 years later that I learnt that the same tents had been used at Monte Bello and were polluted with radiation.” It was a massive project. A township was built, along with an airport runway, roads and towers. After each bomb was detonated, officers would stand on the tray of a truck while Trevor drove them around to inspect the damage at each site. “At the bottom of the tower would be a tank, truck, animals and sheds every 100 yards out. The closest were destroyed but further out, a tank was lifted up and put down unharmed. It was mind boggling,” he says. During one explosion he was in a trench only 1.5 miles from the ground explosion. “I felt the terrific bomb blast of heat on the back of my neck and then turned to watch the mushroom cloud form,” he says. “I saw brilliant-red soil that had been
Trevor still leads the Anzac Day parade.
turned into glass by the heat. We turn were walking on glass.” wer In all, there were four nuclear tests tes – One Tree, Marcoo, Kite and Breakaway – in Operation Buffalo Bre during those months, dropping a du total tot of a total of 28 kilotonnes of TNT TN in four tests, two from towers, one at ground level and to one on from an RAF bomber at 35,000ft. 3 “The entire convoy was contaminated by the plutonium c fallout from the Kite nuclear f detonation at Maralinga,” Trevor says. “It was fired in conditions that violated violat the firing criterion of the wind direction. It was veering from south-west to north-west. “The dangerous mushroom cloud was blown south and contaminated the roadside base, Maralinga Village, Airstrip, 11 Mile Camp and the Watson base. “The tests should have been postponed because the wind was in the wrong direction, but since both US and Russian observers, which was a shock to me, had been invited it was important all went well. I was only aware of the 200 British officers.” All four tests Buffalo were criticised by the 1985 McClelland Royal Commission for being conducted under inappropriate conditions. In 2001, University of Dundee researcher Dr Sue Rabbit-Roff uncovered documentary evidence that troops had been ordered to run, walk and crawl across areas contaminated by the Buffalo tests in the days after the detonations. “She told us that the badges we had worn to show radiation levels were deliberately faulty so that they recorded nothing,” Trevor says. “The only person I saw in protective clothing was the famous British scientist Sir William Penney who was in charge of the tests.” Large areas of other states were covered by heavy fallout of Stronium-90. Brisbane’s milk from areas west of Rockhampton had to be destroyed and dust storms from Maralinga blew deadly contamination to Adelaide, New South Wales and Queensland. “When we think today about the naïve and cavalier way in which these tests were planned promoted and conducted, when we read about how the effects of the tests were ignored and covered up and denied, I think all of us are amazed and appalled,” Trevor says. In November 1956, Trevor was part of the rear party that folded the tents, blankets and stores and drove them back to Keswick Barracks. He was posted to Victoria Barracks in Brisbane and later to Port Moresby. After
leaving the army he joined the PNG Electricity Authority as an administration officer and remained in New Guinea for almost a decade. Returning to Brisbane he worked at the airport driving the catering trucks for TAA which had the contract for overseas airlines flying into Brisbane. But then, when most are considering retirement, Trevor found a new vocation, one which saw him presented with an Order of Australia Medal by the Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley in 2013 for his services to human rights. In 1995, he and a small group in Brisbane had established the Gay and Lesbian Immigration Taskforce in Queensland, which was already operating in every other state. Trevor dedicated himself to helping others and became a JP so he could help sign the paperwork. He realised he was gay when he was in his 30s. Looking back, he considers it a blessing that he was older, as at that time, the army would have had him shipped off to Melbourne for electric shock treatment before handing him a dishonourable discharge. Instead, every year he proudly leads the nuclear veterans at the Brisbane Anzac Day parade. The Atomic Ex-Servicemen’s banner is carried by the Scouts and lists Australia’s Maralinga, Emu Field and Monte Bello along with Hiroshima and Nagasaki while Trevor still wears the same uniform he wore as a 21-year-old in Japan. Still busy with his projects, he remains a popular and familiar figure on the streets of Paddington – and still appreciates that he’s lucky to be alive.
Trevor at Hiroshima in 1954. Brisbane
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If you’ve ever wondered if the riesling you’re about to buy is going to be a fuller or a finer style, the answer may be right in front of your eyes. Respected head winemaker at Leconfield Wines, Paul Gordon, says it’s all about the colour. “A white wine with a full yellow colour in its first year is likely to have been made into a flavoursome wine to be enjoyed in its youth. A pale coloured, finer style may have the crispness to encourage an evolution of enjoyment over several years.” He says the juice of the most common grape varieties is white and requires contact with the grape skins to extract colour. “That is why a sparkling wine, for example, made with pinot noir, a red grape, can be white or pale pink. Short contact with skins does not extract a lot of red hue,” he says. Red wine comes from allowing the grape skin to come in contact with the juice – a process called maceration. Full-bodied reds such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot will have much more red intensity. The brightness of red is an indication of a red wine’s youth and its pH, a measure of acidity. A young red wine should show bright scarlet hues enhanced by lower pH or may have a trace of purple with slightly
higher pH (lower acidity). “As a red wine matures, the youthful scarlets give way to more brooding chocolate reds and at the same time develop fullness with silky textures,” Paul says. “These natural changes in the chemistry of the wine eventually lead to ochres in older reds and may lead to the formation of a light sediment in very old wines which will then benefit from decanting.” Leconfield Wines which is Australia’s oldest family-owned winemaking business and its wines are served on premium Australian experiences such as The Ghan, The Overland and Indian Pacific.
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HOW SMALL IS MY CASTLE? Mention castles and images of vast and picturesque affairs in a fairytale English or European setting immediately spring to mind. But near Long Compton village in England’s Cotswolds, a couple of hours out of London, is an officially recognised castle that rather than being famous for its vastness, is renowned for just how small it is. Because with a floor area of a mere 73sq m it is England’s smallest castle, and actually tinier than many of its neighbouring country bungalows and cottages. And although it is called a castle, and recognised by authorities as a castle, to locals it is known simply as Molly’s Lodge. It has just one bedroom, a modest living room and dining room, compact kitchen and a small bathroom – and despite its moniker as a castle, served for a time as gatehouse to the opulent former deer-hunting property, Weston Park Estate. Importantly, it’s still officially a castle as far as the British government is
Tiny as it is, because of its design this is still recognised as a castle … and officially England’s smallest, with a floor area of just 73sq m concerned, because it has corner turrets, mullion windows (fashionable in Romanesque architecture) and a crenelated parapet from which arrows could be unleashed in days of yore at anyone foolish enough to try to attack. This little castle was built in the 1830s by architect Edward Blore, who completed extensions to Buckingham Palace for Queen Victoria in the 1840s. He also designed Government House in Sydney, and with his love of castles, created that in Gothic Revival style. This smallest of English castles in the picturesque Cotswolds also has a separate one-bedroom mews house that was added later when the original stables were converted. The castle and mews last changed hands in 2017 for just under $1 million.
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LEMON MACADAMIA SLICE A tropical taste sensation! Lemon, coconut and macadamia nuts, sweetened with honey and, with a lovely warmth from the ginger, this raw slice is as delicious as it is speedy. • 1 cup macadamia nuts • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut • 2 tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup lemon juice • 2 tsp fresh ginger • 1 tbsp honey • Rind of 1 whole lemon (after measuring out the juice) • 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil. METHOD: Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until evenly combined. Line a loaf tin with baking paper, scoop out the mix and flatten with the back of a spoon or spatula. Place in the freezer and allow it to set for about three hours. Garnish with lemon zest and slices of shredded coconut.
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MAGIC QUICHE A hearty quiche that is so easy to put together and makes a quick, healthy lunch or dinner. You can change up the ingredients with whatever you have left in the fridge. Serves 6. • 4 free range eggs • ½ cup ricotta cheese • 1 cup milk • ½ cup almond flour • 1 tsp GF Baking powder • 1 tbsp coconut oil • 1 tsp seaweed salt • 2 shallots, chopped • Ground pepper to taste • 1 tomato, sliced • ½ cup freshly chopped herbs (eg basil, dill, thyme) METHOD: Preheat oven to 180C. Whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, pepper, flour, coconut oil and baking powder and set aside. In a medium baking tray lined with baking paper, scatter the remaining ingredients, leaving some tomato slices aside to place on top. Drizzle the egg mixture over the top of the ingredients in the tray, and then place the additional tomato slices over the top. Place in your oven and bake for 40 minutes or until firm. Slice and enjoy with steamed greens, roast vegetables or a fresh salad.
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TURMERIC CHICKEN ZOODLE SOUP Serves 2 • 1 onion, diced • 2 tomatoes, diced • 2½ cups of chicken bone broth • 1 tbsp beef broth • ½ - 1 tsp turmeric powder • 1 tbsp coconut oil or butter • ½ tsp ginger powder • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed • 2 zucchinis (spiralised into zoodles) • 300g chicken thigh, diced • Juice of 1 lime • Salt and pepper to taste • ¼ cup coriander root, leaves for garnishing 20 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / June 2019
METHOD: Add the coconut oil or butter to a large saucepan on a medium heat and allow it to melt. Add the onion and fry until fragrant and lightly golden brown. Add the garlic, turmeric, salt, pepper and chicken and fry until the chicken has been sealed and is a light golden colour too. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a soft simmer. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Taste the mixture and adjust any of the flavours to taste. Pour into bowls, garnish with some coriander leaves and enjoy.
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annual Positive Ageing Journey and Expo in conjunction with The University of Queensland’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. The Positive Ageing Event is designed to bring together a selection of guest speakers and exhibitors who focus on the things baby boomers and beyond can do to create happiness, engagement and wellbeing to get the most out of their everyday life as they age. Guest speakers will include chef and food ambassador Alastair McLeod from Channel
10’s Ready Steady Cook who will lead a cooking demonstration using healthy fresh food to fight ageing. Research Professor Roly Sussex will be educating the audience on how learning a language in later life can push back the ageing process and fight against Alzheimer’s. There will also be a session on brain training and what to do to stay healthy, as well as an information session on security as we age. “The Positive Ageing Journey aims to offer attendees insights into maximising their wellbeing in later life,” Mr Rouse said. “In the past, all the health and medical information available on ageing has focused on what our body and mind can no longer do. The focus has been on mourning the loss of happiness and health, as opposed to what seniors can actually do as they age to incorporate positive lifestyle choices and significantly reduce aging related issues.” He said as the Australian population aged, seniors were
demanding more choices about how they lived their life. More people were wanting to remain living in their own homes for longer and stay as independent as possible for as long as possible. “They are wanting to push back against age issues such as disease and depression caused by social isolation,” he said. “The Positive Ageing Journey is all about providing facts and practical ideas that seniors can take away with them to get the most out of their semiretirement and retirement years.” Attendees can expect an educational and entertaining day, and to leave the expo with helpful information and tips and ideas to push back on the ageing process. Positive Ageing Journey Event & Expo. Burnie Brae Community Centre, 60 Kuran St, Chermside. Saturday, June 29. Tickets $20 including all guest speaker sessions, morning tea and lunch. Bookings 3624 2121 or online at burniebrae.org.au
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TAKE CONTROL AND CONFIDENTLY CONNECT EMPOWERING older Australians to engage safely and confidently in the online world has become a focus for the National Seniors organisation. “Whether or not you want to become internet-savvy is a personal choice, but it’s ever more challenging to manage without dipping into the online world,” Sandra Philpott of National Seniors says. “We’re delighted to be working with The Good Things Foundation who have, in conjunction with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, developed a program to help you feel confident about managing your personal information and staying safe online.” She said the internet had transformed lives and now touched on every area, from how we communicate to how we shop, find information and manage our day-to-day needs. “There are critical issues, like the potential dangers of using public Wi-Fi to send personal information, the prevalence of scams on Facebook, and the pitfalls of an unregulated digital space, but with a bit of education and caution, there’s no reason we
can’t feel confident to enjoy all the benefits of the online world,” Ms Philpott said. Jill, from National Seniors’ Forest Lake branch, said it was important not to be left behind by the digital era. “In a few years, computer literacy won’t be an issue, because everyone will have been exposed to computers at home, at work, at school, but right now, there’s a cohort who are really missing out,” she said. “Many of them are in that position because they’re choosing to be. I have an older friend whose husband was computer savvy and did everything for her, but when he died she was completely lost. “There are people who find themselves in a position like that, and you can see the impact it has. It’s a big learning curve, and it’s really important that there’s the support out there when you want to – or have to – take the plunge.” National Seniors is a partner in the promotion of online learning program Be Connected, a free, user-friendly, online learning program aimed at helping older Australians connect. Visit nationalseniors.com.au or call 1300 765 050.
FREE GREY MEDALLION TRAINING IS BACK THE Grey Medallion is a special life saving award created for the over 50s by the Royal Life Saving Society – and you don’t have to be able to swim to do it. The program helps people to learn essential lifesaving and emergency care skills that could one day save family members, friends or even your own life. “Many people think that toddlers and young children are at most risk from drowning, but in fact, the over 50s are high risk group,” Grey Medallion trainer Patricia Barry said.
“The Grey Medallion is definitely not a swimming award, and you don’t even have to be physically fit to do it.” It’s a two-day course that teaches how to act in emergency situations both on land and around the water, including CPR, first aid, how to use a defibrillator and water-wise skills. Many Brisbane households have access to a pool and many older Australians care for their grandchildren, so the course covers their water safety issues. “Non-swimmers can do this
course. We teach dry rescue skills, where you don’t even need to get into the water,” Patricia said. Funding from CoTA and the Queensland Government and sponsorship from BreakFree Grand Pacific Caloundra enables Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club to run the two-day course for free. This year there will be two weekend events – July 20-21 and August 24-25 as part of Seniors’ Week, at Caloundra, 9am-4pm. Enrol online or find out more at caloundracity.org.au or call Patricia 0402 454 644
BUPA ACCUSED OF MISREPRESENTING SERVICES THE ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court alleging Bupa Aged Care Australia Pty Ltd (Bupa) made false or misleading representations to aged care residents in 21 homes about services it did not provide or only partly provided, in breach of Australian Consumer Law. Between December 2007 and June 2018, Bupa charged thousands of residents at 21 aged care homes across the country a fee for a package of
extra services. The fees often amounted to thousands of dollars each year. The extra services were set out in residential agreements with residents. Services not provided included “smart room” systems to assist those living with dementia; air-conditioning in all bedrooms; covered outdoor exercise areas; large talking book libraries; tactile and sensory walkways; fully-equipped physiotherapy rooms; separate leisure activity
spaces; hot breakfasts and travel escorts for outside appointments. “We allege that Bupa failed to provide or fully provide various extra services promised in residential agreements, but charged for them anyway,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said. Bupa conducted an internal investigation and is offering compensation to affected residents. Queensland facilities are at New Farm and Glenvale in Toowoomba.
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ARTS ARRIVE AT THE MEN’S SHED
U3A PRESENTS TALK BY LEADING HISTORIAN
CONSTRUCTION of an arts studio at Centenary Suburbs Men’s Shed completes the final phase of a plan that began in 2015, offering men of all ages from the Centenary Suburbs and surrounding areas of southwest Brisbane, a place to meet and become involved in numerous activities. The Arts Studio reinforces the club’s mission to encourage social inclusion by providing an opportunity for men to be productive, maintain an active body and mind and enjoy the company of men in similar circumstances. There are currently several Shed members who are competent artists who are prepared to pass on their skills to those with a desire to dabble with the paints. At this point acrylic paint will be used, and it is planned to have guest speakers specialising in the art of painting on canvas to lecture on a regular basis. The CSMS Board has opened up
U3A Pine Rivers will hold its monthly social and information morning on Friday, June 21, at the Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club with special guest Dr James Lergessner, one of Queensland’s most distinguished historians, biographers and memoir writers. He started his writing career in 1993 as a professional, contracted author with Boolarong Press in Brisbane. His books sell Australia-wide with library suppliers. Formerly a university professor of education and an academic
consultant within Australia and Canada, Dr Lergessner is also a passionate observer and recorder of life and events in Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. He has published 24 books related to early Queensland, including Brisbane, the Caboolture Shire and Moreton Bay Regional Council areas and Bribie Island, which will be available for purchase. Free admission for active seniors in retirement, with morning tea and a raffle. Call U3A Centre Kallangur 3880 6677, Monday-Friday 9am to noon.
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Max Wickenden of Forest Lake, a long-time member of the Men’s Shed, has been a leader in development of the studio. membership for men wishing to learn or expand their knowledge of painting. The studio will be open Monday to Thursday, 8am to midday. Centenary Suburbs Men’s Shed is at 125 Monier Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks,. Guest speakers regula rly cover general interest topics and men’s health and wellbeing. Visit csms.org.au
FIND YOUR FAMILY IF YOU want to learn more about your ancestry but don’t know where to start, Queensland Family History Society is presenting a six-week beginner’s course. This course will be very comprehensive and explain the process to start researching. Content will include home sources, organisation, BDM certificates, archives, libraries, newspapers, overseas research, and much more. Registration is limited to 15.
For non-members, use of the QFHS Library and Resource Centre is available for the term of the course. The course starts Monday, July 15, 10.30am and each session finishes at noon. Cost is $55 members and $80 nonmembers and includes the book, Where do I start?A brief guide to researching your family in Australia and New Zealand. Register qfhs.org.au
EVERYONE has the right to feel safe and secure, whether in their own home or while participating in community activities. Yet a fear of crime is preventing some seniors from living life to the full. A free information morning, presented by the Queensland Police Service, will provide awareness of safety risks. It will also cover how to stay safe in the home, out an about, in the car and on public transport; practical strategies to reduce the risk of becoming a victim; and advice to respond effectively to various safety threats. The presentation will be on Tuesday, June 25, 10am-noon and includes morning tea. It’s at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. RSVP to Debbie 3358 6945
REDLANDS Spinners and Weavers will showcase its activities for those with an interest in yarn and fibre or who would like to learn how to spin, at its annual Warped & Twisted open day. The line-up includes a display and demonstration of antique spinning wheels, yarn, fibre, handmade soaps, embroidery, stationery and pottery yarn bowls for sale and a fashion parade. It will be at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle St, Cleveland on Tuesday, June 18, 9am-3pm. Entry is $5 which covers morning tea and a lucky door prize entry. Call 0418 497 719 for more information.
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Random thoughts on sizing up my wardrobe All of us have favourite clothes, whether it’s an old shirt, or blouse or even some underpants that were comfortable, writes TERRY DYER. But they don’t last forever and sometimes the owner doesn’t realise until it’s too late.
ake underpants as an example. It’s the elastic that tends to go first, allowing the garment to slip easily from your torso and hang precariously on the cheeks of your bum. Obviously, nobody can see this, but they can see you walking oddly as you try and prevent them falling down inside your trousers. Putting your hands in your pockets in a casual way to allow you to pull the underpants into position from inside the pockets doesn’t work either, because it only raises your trousers legs, at which point people will be wondering what the hell you are doing. Remember that bright pink shirt that you bought in the ’70s with ruffs on the collar and the sleeves, that you decided to wear at a neighbour’s barbecue. The comment from the partner was something like: “You are not going out wearing that are you?” Then there’s the pain from when your partner decided to have a clean out. The flairs were thrown out with the safari suit plus some strange shoes that looked like clogs. All this throwing out leads to blokes at some stage renewing their wardrobe. That is not so easy.
Years before the metric system bloke sizes were in inches and easy to understand, now it’s XL, XXL, XXXL and probably more. And what sort of underpants do you select? Boxer shorts or those slinky bikini things that cut circulation to your thighs and make you look like a starved Sumo wrestler. You still don’t really know what size you are till you try them on and that’s not possible with today’s packaging, so back to square one. Shoes also seem to have morphed into
strange sizes. Telling a salesperson that you are size eight and a half doesn’t cut it anymore. They smile sweetly and tell you to put your foot into a contraption with movable sides and ends. Then the salesperson disappears into a back room and returns with two shoes in a box. You try them on. They fit perfectly but you still don’t know the size. I suppose that doesn’t matter if they fit, but if you go to another shop that doesn’t have the magic-sizing gadget, what do you ask for?
Furniture, and in particular beds, is another case. The range of beds is baffling. It’s no longer a simple single or double but queen single, queen, king single, king and super king in addition to single, double and large double. What a range, and sooner or later you have to get sheets and the rest of the bedding. That’s easier said than done too. You come home with new sheets in their plastic envelope and spread them out only to find they look like a handkerchief on the mattress. So, what’s the big deal? It is business confusing us poor souls with numbers. Why can’t they say at the start, and write it in big letters, that this sheet fits a bed 2m x 2m. Say the underpants are 36 or 38 inches, or 90cm or 100cm. That’s all you need. Australia began changing to the metric system in 1974 and that’s all very well, but Bunnings, that wonderful hardware outlet, still offers screws and nails in inches or parts thereof. With fuel, it’s litres. With distance it’s kilometres but if you ask a motorist about vehicle efficiency, the reply is likely to be in miles per gallon. Anything goes. How long is a piece of string?
A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, CELEBRATING DORIS DAY! Join Melly Melody for her wonderful matinee showcase as she celebrates the life and music of the wonderful Doris Day. Melly sings Doris Day’s most popular and cherished songs from screen, studio and bandstand!
Tickets available online, by phone, and in person now for the following venues:
‘A Sentimental Journey, Celebrating Doris Day’ will have you tapping your toes and singing your heart out!
www.theventscentre.com.au (07) 5491 4240
Featuring Doris’s most beloved songs such as “Que Sera Sera”, “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”, “Tea For Two”, “It’s Magic”, “Secret Love”, “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon” and many more!
Redlands Performing Arts Centre, 24th August 2pm
‘A Sentimental Journey, Celebrating Doris Day’ pays homage to one of the world’s greatest performers…A true triple threat, beautiful soul and a legend who will stay in our hearts forever! Melly has recently returned from a national tour of Menopause the Musical, Women on Fire, performing to sold out audiences across the country. She now brings her story telling and gorgeous voice to the vast catalogue of Doris Day songs.
The Events Centre Caloundra, 28th July 2pm Gympie RSL 4th August 2pm www.gympiersl.com.au (07) 5482 1018
www.rpac.com.au (07) 3829 8131
The Brolga Theatre, Maryborough 22nd September 2pm http://www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/BrolgaTheatre (07) 4122 6060
The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba 5th October 2pm https://www.empiretheatre.com.au/ 1300 655 299
Kedron-Wavell RSL, Chermside 6th October 2pm https://kedron-wavell.com.au/entertainment/ live-shows/ (07) 3359 9122 www.mellymelody.com.au
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Brace for the latest Windows 10 update Another major update has arrived for Windows 10 users. NATHAN WELLINGTON explains some of the new features it contains and what to do when it arrives.
Holden’s new hero – big, bold and smart The Acadia is Holden’s biggest and boldest SUV, the flagship of today’s imported fleet of cars, wagons and utes, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
he family-sized wagon Acadia has to both attract customers and fly the flag for a new generation of Holden-badged machines. And this one, by and large, has the goods to be a Holden hero. This is a handsome SUV in the modern American style. It is bulky, yes, but looks good from all angles, particularly in serious dark colours. It looks like it’s about to disgorge a band of Homeland Security big-wigs. That size – almost 5m long by 2m wide – offers excellent cabin space, right through to the third row of seats. This is a comfortable, spacious interior and, if you move through to the top-spec LTZ-V, wants for little in the way of comfort and safety do-dads. As with a few SUVs these days, the big Holden has a swag of buttons and switches and ancillary controls to discover. Most are self-explanatory, but some will need a read of the handbook. To be lauded is the American-built Acadia’s water and oil temperature gauges, old-fashioned perhaps yet more reassuring than simple warning lights. Yet some of the wagon’s nanny safety gear is a bit much for older blokes. There are lights and seat vibrations if the Holden gets too close to other machines. There are lights and action if it crosses the line or gets too close to the edge of a road. There are warning lights if over a speed limit that the car’s camera has spotted. There’s auto stop-start (and it doesn’t look like you can turn it off) when stopped at the lights. Now with a lusty 3.6 litre V6 – 231kW
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and 367Nm of torque supplied through a nine-speed auto – some judicious care is needed when moving off from the lights unless maybe you’re in an all-wheel drive version of the Acadia. The front tyres will scrabble and squeal if rushed from a standstill. The Holden’s drive and ride has been Australianised and certainly the LTZ-V model offers a comfortable ride and competent dynamics even if the steering feels a tad over-assisted. In keeping with its SUV status there’s also a drive mode controller to switch between general road use, snow, sport or towing chores with engine, transmission and traction controls adapting to suit the job. I’m not sure that too many owners will be switching to sport. As wellbehaved as the Acadia may be, this is a big and heavy bus to be throwing around. And that would hurt fuel economy. Holden reckons the petrol-engined Acadia will average out at about 9 litres per 100km but that may not be the case in the suburbs. There’s a range of six Holden Acadia models with three trim levels and either front or all-wheel drive (which carries a $4000 premium). Prices start at $43,490 and run through to $67,490. That sounds a lot but these are competitive prices in a competitive market. And while not all Australians need a large, seven-seat SUV, for those who do this Acadia should be on the shopping list, particularly if looking at long-distance tours down the track.
very year there are two major updates released by Microsoft for Windows 10 and these traditionally fall in April and October, however this one’s a little late. Generally, after these updates I will receive calls from clients asking why their computer looks different. It is also when certain issues begin to arise. One of the major changes is that Microsoft has allowed us to have much more control over the way Windows 10 installs the updates – or not. Specifically, Windows 10 will no longer automatically install big updates without our permission. From now on, you’ll see a notification and it’s your choice as to when you want to install the update. Don’t want to install the update? That’s fine, you can keep using your current version of Windows 10 for as long as it’s supported. Security updates will give you around 18 months after release, and then it will force the update, but by then there should not be any major install issues (we hope). Once you install the update you will have the option of the new “light theme” which affects the start menu, taskbar, notifications, action centre sidebar and print dialog rather than the regular dark theme. Microsoft is also cleaning up those tiles on the start menu into a single column rather than having half a page of tiles that you never use. If you want to uninstall more of those built in apps such as Solitaire, or My Office or Groove Music, they will now allow you to do this as well. Finally, Microsoft is also attempting to remove passwords, so if you keep forgetting your password to login, you can use a PIN or they can link your account to your mobile phone and text you a password each time you attempt to login. This may not make it easier to use but for some of my clients who don’t regularly log into their computer and keep asking me to change their password, this could be a welcome relief. Microsoft also offers more troubleshooting options which will help you attempt to fix minor issues you may experience. To use this option, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. You’ll see a list of recommended
trouble-shooters that Windows suggests may fix your problem. Lastly, another great aspect of this new update is that the Windows Security app is becoming more robust to the point that many may not even need a third-party security app anymore. For the irregular user this is a good alternative to spending money on annual fees through third-party security programs. Every six months I receive a flood of calls after the major Windows update installs and these are generally with issues that have arisen from the update. It can be anything from slowing down the computer to loading Windows 10 on to a blank screen. If you receive a notification for the latest May update you don’t necessarily have to install it then and there. I suggest that you wait at least one month before installing it, as I find that after the first wave of installs all the bugs begin to rise to the surface and Windows makes the appropriate fixes. If you are unsure or decide to update to the new version of Windows 10 and then find there are changes to your computer you didn’t expect, or if it slows down, contact your local tech support for a home visit. I am sure we would have already seen the problem you are experiencing and can resolve it quick smart. If you don’t have a dedicated tech support you can always call me at Home Tech Assist on 1300 682 817 or email@example.com Brisbane
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Beat stress after leaving the workplace Changes associated with moving from fulltime work and into the next stage of life can be stressful. STEVE MENDL gives six strategies to help cope.
here is little doubt that mental and emotional health is a dominant 21st century issue. In times of change, it does take time to adjust the mind, body and soul. For some, it can take a week, for others a month or a year or longer. What’s important is awareness of how you are doing and how you are feeling. It’s important to understand that feelings of fear, anger, frustration and confusion are a natural part of the change process and don’t mean that you’re going crazy. But when you are experiencing stress in your life, what do you do about it? There are several effective tools and techniques for coping with and managing stress. You may already do other things that work well for you and that’s great. Continue to use what works and regard the following as possible additions. 1. Share Your Thoughts: Talk it out; don’t stuff the stuff in. Find people you trust and respect. Talk to them about your problems. This frequently relieves stress and you may gain new perspectives. Talk to others about their problems, too. Sometimes hearing what’s happening to others puts your issues in perspective. Men’s sheds and groups can be a help. Seek professional assistance from your GP, a therapist or a counsellor. Some
PROTECTION FROM ELDER ABUSE ELDER abuse is the exploitation or neglect of an older person that occurs within a relationship in which there is an expectation of trust. Sadly, it is becoming increasingly more frequent. Usually the abuser is a child or grandchild of the abused elderly person. Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of elder abuse. Often the abuser rationalises their behaviour as simply “getting my inheritance early”. It can take a number of forms, such as
companies will let previous employees access their Employee Assistance Program for some months after they have left fulltime employment. 2. Think: Solution-finding and problemsolving is an antidote to stress Eliminate distorted or irrational thinking. Take note of thoughts such as: “Other people don’t care about me” or “I’m over the hill”. If you catch yourself with these thoughts, ask yourself, “is this thought (or thinking) useful at this time?”. If the answer is no, think of something more useful, something that makes you smile. Observe recurring sources of stress to determine how you can break the cycle. Many of us fill our lives with additional sources of stress, creating expectations either of others or ourselves that are unrealistic. In many cases, by deciding which tasks or responsibilities are more important, we can gain more control. Analyse the situations and people that stress you, and avoid them. The effort you put into this analysis goes a long way towards reducing stress. You can’t always avoid people and situations but analyse the biggest stress creators and think about ways to minimise them. There may be ways you can collaborate with others to reduce your stress and theirs. 3. Sweat: Exercise for immediate results. Get regular exercise. This releases pent-up
anxiety and strengthens the body, enabling you to better withstand stress. Whatever you’re doing now, do more. Plan enjoyable physical activities. These increase positive stress and decrease negative stress. Walk more. Both planned walks and impromptu walks are beneficial, for example, parking in the back of the parking lot and walking further to the store. 4. Organise: Plan and manage your day As it says on one of my many notebooks: WRITE SH-- DOWN! When stressed, it is common to lose track of the details, such as appointments and other commitments. Get a planner system that works for you and use it. Adopt a less stressful schedule. It is often possible to travel, do your banking and shopping, and pursue leisure and other activities during the less frenetic, off-peak hours. Get enough sleep. A rested mind and body can better handle stress. Follow a well-balanced, nutritious diet. This strengthens the body, enabling you to better handle stress. A poor or unbalanced diet stresses the body. 5. Take control: Make positive choices Choose to stop striving for perfection. People who have unrealistic expectations for their own performance subject themselves to tremendous pressure. Focus
less on achieving perfect results and more on the enjoyment of whatever you choose to pursue. Choose to act happy and laugh a lot. Exhibiting cheerful behaviour and laughter, even when you don’t feel cheerful, often fools the rest of the body’s systems into reducing stress reactions. Choose to soothe and take a breath. Progressive relaxation, massage, meditation, yoga and deep breathing are just a few of the techniques available that relax the mind and body. Choose positive self-talk. The voices in our own heads that judge and criticise what we do create negative self-talk. Catch yourself and replace those comments with affirmations. 6. Take action: Devise a stress management action plan Having an action plan to use when you feel overwhelmed is a powerful way to combat fear, frustration, confusion and stress. This maps what you are going to do before getting into situations where you know you won’t be able to think clearly. Record actions or events that you know are stressors for you and devise a coping strategy to adhere to once you’re in the midst of things. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Full-time Work.
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Work bonus changes add new meaning to retirement Retirement means different things to different people and, as unlikely as it sounds, Centrelink is here to help, writes NARELLE COOPER.
But there is more, not only $7800, but potentially an additional $6500. Thank you very much, that is initially, a possible $14,300. Let’s not forget to mention those “work together, stay together” couples. That could be an additional $28,600, until your work bonus bank runs out. As with anything to do with Centrelink, if a picture paints a thousand words, then the Centrelink work bonus explanation would be a Picasso. I am also working on the theory that if the new work bonus rules apply to you, then you have read the available information. The questions is, how Centrelink is going to manage the process. Firstly, if you are self-employed already you will soon receive a letter from Centrelink asking you to go online and complete the forms that will be sitting on your MyGov Centrelink online account. Do not wait until the July 1 deadline. Action the letter as soon as you receive it. Secondly, sadly there is very little information yet available on the ongoing
recently read an article published by the American Forbes Magazine on retirement in which it explored the term “retirement” and its meaning. The article suggested, among other things, that: “Yes, you are done with that job or situation, but you’re not out of the game. Instead, consider yourself a free agent who gets to decide what’s next. Do you want to start a new career, go back to school, start a business, join a non-profit, or be a full-time grandparent while the grandkids are young?” Your “what’s next” could be a new business enterprise. On July 1, the Government will introduce its amendments to the work bonus scheme that will have a positive impact – financial and possibly mental – on a lot of retirees who receive a part age pension. It sends goose bumps up my hardworking arms when I think of the extra $7800 a year available to age pension recipients who are currently selfemployed.
income reporting for the self-employed. It is expected that you will predict an income for the coming 12 months. There will be a dedicated line to Centrelink for all work bonus enquiries. No, I do not yet have that number. I have been assured it will be in the letter. Working part time is a choice and the point is, with the new and fairer work bonus, if you receive the age pension, that choice will no longer be penalised. Like so many people at the older end
of the age spectrum, I would like to think that I may not be wasting all those years of hard earnt knowledge and experience. The above information is presented as general information and should not be relied upon in isolation. Always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for advice relating to your personal situation. Narelle Cooper is director of the Centre for Age Pension Admin (CAPA) Services. Call 1300 043 197 or visit capaservices.com.au
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The research also found that more than half of retirees are worried about outliving their savings, with women more than 40 per cent more likely to worry than men. THE Superannuation Consumers’ Centre (SCC) at consumer group Choice, says an independent inquiry is needed to figure out how best to protect people who can no longer work. “Some life insurance policies sold by default as part of people’s superannuation are failing to protect people and their families”, the SCC said. “After years of paying for insurance, you should be able to rely on your fund to support you.” In a joint submission to the Treasury, the SCC and the Financial Rights Legal Centre said there had been a clear drift away from community expectations.
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Help beat the winter flu with elderberry With the flu season fast approaching, we need to start thinking about ways to boost our immune system beyond the jab, writes TRUDY KITHER.
here are additional preventative measures and one worth keeping in your medicine cupboard this winter is Elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Elderberry has been used for thousands of years by native Americans and people of the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. According to ethnobotanical research, it is still one of the most widely used plants worldwide. Berries are used primarily as antiviral agents for colds, influenza and the herpes virus. Clinical research shows that high quality elderberry extracts may reduce flu-like symptoms, have anti-viral, immunomodulating and antioxidant effects while also containing insulinstimulating properties. The berries have been scientifically proven to contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, C and E and trace elements such as copper, zinc and iron, with minerals of potassium, calcium and magnesium. It also contains phytochemicals of carotenoids, phytosterols and polyphenols in each little berry. Elderberries have a higher antioxidant capacity than vitamin C or E, and in addition to colds, they are also used to relieve symptoms of asthma,
arthritis and constipation. The scientific tests showed that it prevents influenza infection by stopping the flu virus binding to host cells to begin their destruction. An Israeli virologist demonstrated that the elderberry constituents neutralize the activity of influenza A and B and the herpes virus. When these viruses are deactivated, they can no longer pierce the cell walls or enter the
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Relationships – snooze or lose We all know how it feels when you’ve not had enough sleep – tired, cranky, unproductive and overwrought and, among other things, writes sleep expert KATHRYN SMITH, it’s not good for relationships.
ven the simplest task can seem overwhelming when you’re short on sleep, and this is largely due to the fact that your brain and cognitive function is not operating at optimal levels. So, it’s not surprising that when it comes to navigating a relationship, sleep deprivation can cause major problems. The part of your brain that monitors mood and emotions, called the amygdala, is affected when you are sleep deprived, causing you to overreact to situations that normally wouldn’t bother you. Research suggests, and anecdotally I can concur, that lack of sleep can also lead to increased stress, as well as anxiety and depression. Often people think there are problems with their relationships when in reality, the stressors and irritations are a result of not enough sleep. Lack of sleep can also lead to a decline in overall health as your body is deprived of the downtime it needs to restore and replenish cells. Enter the relationship triple threat – stress, tiredness and sickness. An unhealthy you can often lead to an unhealthy relationship and some very testing times. According to the National Sleep Foundation, evidence suggests that people with insomnia have a 10-fold risk of developing depression and an increased risk of other co-morbid conditions. Another key consideration when it
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KEEPING WATCH ON MEN’S HEALTH WITH International Men’s Health Week coming up June 10-16, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is encouraging men aged 50 to 70 years to talk to their GP about their prostate health. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men. Every year, about 20,000 men are diagnosed and tragically about 3500 will die. PCFA Ambassadors are available to host a free awareness talk for your workplace, organisation, or club. They are trained community volunteers who give presentations on prostate cancer awareness, talk about their personal cancer experience and the importance of getting checked. PCFA chief Professor Jeff Dunn AO said regular health checkups were vital in beating the disease. “Early detection is crucial in effectively fighting prostate cancer,” he said. “Men over the age of 50 – or 40 if they have a family history of prostate cancer – need to talk with their GP about prostate health. If you fit the criteria, make sure you get in and speak to your GP about your prostate health and remind your loved ones and friends to as well.” Prof Dunn said there were other ways to get involved with Men’s Health Week, by simply starting a conversation with friends about prostate cancer and men’s health. While about 95 per cent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive for at least five years, it is estimated to be the second most common cause of death from
cancer in Australian men. Early diagnosis can help in treatment and decision making. Prostate cancer has no early symptoms but can be caught early with a PSA blood test. It is not a test for cancer, but it can tell men they might have this disease. Infections and non-cancerous prostate enlargement can also cause PSA levels to rise. If you have a high PSA level, your doctor may recommend an MRI scan of your prostate gland. Actual diagnosis of prostate cancer is done by an invasive procedure called a prostate biopsy. Unfortunately, the PSA test can also detect low-risk prostate tumours. These tumours are sufficiently slow-growing that they don’t usually need aggressive treatment. Detection of these tumours makes the PSA test controversial. Fortunately, most men with low-risk prostate cancer can manage their cancer by active surveillance. PCFA is running a #GetChecked campaign during Men’s Health Week. Visit pcfa.org.au or call 1800 220 099.
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RESIDENTS can continue a passion for creativity without having to travel too far at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront’s own workshop. Mal Aland and his band of workers can be found six days a week sawing, hammering and sanding to their heart’s content. Mr Aland said he has always loved woodwork and has been creating toys and furniture for more than 50 years. “Even before moving into Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront, I was making wooden toys for charity,” he said. Part of the resort’s award-winning Country Club, the fully operational worshop was built for residents interested in woodwork and building. This small group of talented people have a broad range of skills and are creating projects and helping repair small to medium items for residents. “We put up extendable clothes lines, hang pictures, restore furniture – you name it,” Mr Aland said. “Most recently we restored a couple of dining tables and chairs for people living in the resort.” At the moment, the workshop group is concentrating on the construction of ramps for doorways to help access to villas for residents who might need some assistance in the short term. They are also producing medium sized cabinets and shelving. The group plans to run various courses for interested residents including carving and pyrography, the art of decorating wood or other materials by
ARE you finding it harder to stay on top of things around the house? As we get older, maintaining a large home and garden can begin to feel burdensome and time-consuming. If your current home is becoming a source of stress, it might be time to think about a change. Retirement living can be an ideal option for those who want to downsize to an easier, low-maintenance lifestyle. At Brookland Retirement Village in Robertson, residents can hand all home and garden maintenance over to experienced staff. Everything is looked after, from cleaning gutters and mowing the lawn to changing light bulbs, leaving residents with more time for travelling, pursuing hobbies, or even getting involved in the village’s social calendar. At Brookland, you can participate as
burning from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. In the future they plan to introduce activities where use of machinery is not necessary. The workshop operates wholly and soley on a self-supportive model, so a small cost is added to each job to compensate for any breakages, wear and tear of equipment in the workshop, as well as the purchase of materials and to cover costs for projects big and small. Not restricted to beavering in the workshop, the group booked the resort bus for a trip to last month’s Maleny Wood Show where members saw timber cutting displays and methods as well as craft woodwork displays. “Woodwork is a good hobby in retirement and there is great satisfaction in helping others,” Mr Aland said. “It also keeps me out of my wife’s hair.” Call 1800 860 356 or visit livinggems. com.au
TICKING THE BOXES FOR ACCOMMODATION CARSELDINE Gardens has ticked all the boxes for Rhondda Stevens in her search for the ideal retirement accommodation. But it comes after some serious research in two states, the key criteria being able to have her much loved two cats with her and an affordable roof over her head. Knowing that she couldn’t afford to continue to pay a mortgage on her Sydney house once she retired, she went online looking for alternative accommodation. She researched Sydney companies and retirement villages, then Brisbane companies and villages to be closer to her family. “Sydney is so expensive,” she said. “And I didn’t want my family to have the worry of travelling down there any time I needed them.” She found Carseldine Gardens online, offering freehold villas which are registered under a strata title scheme. “The villas were priced at market value, ongoing costs were reasonable and if I ever wanted to sell, or leave the property to my family to sell or invest, I knew I could do so without hefty penalties. Having seen negative media about some retirement villages, the costs involved for residents, plus the penalties 32 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / June 2019
for getting out, I decided that wasn’t for me, so I cancelled a deposit I’d paid for a retirement unit and asked my family to check out Carseldine Gardens. “After considering all the options, I decided to make a deposit on a twobedroom villa unit,” Rhondda said. “The unit has been painted white throughout and there are floating timber floors. I have a new kitchen and bathroom and chose the tile and timber colours. It’s all working very well.” She said that having been born and bred in Sydney, it was hard to leave friends but she gave two months’ notice, retired and moved interstate. She is now happily settled with her pets. “Everyone’s really nice and the facilities are great,” she said. “There’s something happening every day. I’ve joined the social club which holds subsidised functions every month. As well as a community vegie garden, I can also have my own garden in pots and I’m working on that. “The village bus takes us to shopping centres and the train station is 10 minutes away. There’s always compromise when you downsize but I’m happy with my decision,” Rhondda said. Visit libertyseniorliving.com.au
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CONVENIENCE WITHOUT WORRY WHEN people think about moving into retirement living, it’s often about seeking peace of mind and more time to spend with friends and family. What many people don’t consider is the impact of having a range of amenities and social events on-site and in such close proximity. At Wesley Mission Queensland’s new Rosemount Retirement Community at Sinnamon Park, residents not only have access to a heated swimming pool, library, gymnasium, and the co-located wellbeing centre and hydrotherapy pool, but also to an onsite café to rival the offerings at nearby commercial precincts. Wesley Mission Queensland retirement living resident Mary George finds that having so many social opportunities within the retirement community has given her access to a close-knit community of like-minded
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GET BACK TO NATURE IN A HEALTHY GREEN SPACE THERE is scientific proof that spending time outside can have significant health benefits. A UK university study of more than 20 countries found that spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant health benefits. Exposure to green spaces reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according to the research. Health benefits related to living near green space, parks or street greenery may be related to increased physical activity and socialising as well as exposure to immune-boosting bacteria. There are plenty of opportunities to get outside at Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s lifestyle village. Nestled in the Buderim foothills, homes have been designed to maximise the natural
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ZOFO PIANO DUO BREAKS MUSICAL BOUNDARIES
FOUR hands, 20 fingers, two bodies, one piano and what appears to be a single marvellous musical mind makes ZOFO the most exciting pair of performers Brisbane has seen in a long time – if ever! Full marks to Musica Viva for bringing us this truly dynamic duo to introduce the 2019 international concert season. Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmerman (pictured) are the Torvill and Dean of piano, with good looks and charisma to match their stellar technique. They describe their ZOFOMOMA world tour as “a
musical tour through a virtual museum of art” and to achieve this, they commissioned 15 short piano pieces from composers around the world, inspired by paintings selected from each composer’s culture. As Nakagoshi himself says, they are encouraging a return to the four-hand piano duetting so popular in the 19th century and mostly forgotten by the composers of the last century. The setting is deceptively simple. A single grand piano and two black-clad performers in a pool of light; behind them a screen on which the paintings are displayed in turn. Nakagoshi and Zimmerman
duet with their bodies as well as their hands, occasionally winding themselves into a supple interlock while their fingers interpret the composer’s vision with such command of the keyboard that you know, as a member of the audience, that you are witnessing something new and extraordinary in musical performance. Each piece, and its accompanying painting, is linked by a gently traditional promenade theme, arranged by Nakagoshi and played in turn by one performer while the other gets up and slowly moves around the stage. An exchange of seats then prefaces the next piece and these “promenades” serve to heighten audience anticipation. The concert began with a work that stayed well inside the boundaries of tradition-rooted contemporary composition; Gilles Silvestrini’s Le Bassin D’Argenteuil inspired by Monet’s painting of the same name – all air and water and delicate light. From then it moved towards the limits of musical outer space, especially in the works of Pawel
Mykietyn, Cecile Marti, Gabriel Prokofiev and – in particular – Englishman Jonathan Russell. Australia was represented by Carl Vine’s musical take on Gleeson’s archetypically surrealistic The Arrival of Implacable Gifts. As ZOFO took us on our global journey it was noticeable that as we went further east to China and Japan the music took on a more spiritual quality inspired by nature while the piece by Sabha Aminikia, inspired by Iranian exile Nicky Nodjoumi’s extraordinary painting Inspector’s Scrutiny packed a political wallop. ZOFOMOMA ends with Argentinian Pablo Ortiz’ interpretation of Eduardo Stupia’s highly wrought black-on-white landscape followed immediately by Cuban Keyla Orozoco’s Viajeros (Travellers). Those 10 fingers skimmed the keys in glissandos as hard and bright as diamonds or icicles and it made for a fine ending to a mind-stretching evening of pianoforte pyrotechnics. Review by Julie Lake
TREBLE M CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT SPIRITUAL, gospel and folk is the theme of this year’s fund raising concert presented by Treble M, a three-part ladies choir based in Mitchelton. Their love of music, singing and performing culminates in one major concert for the year, a fundraiser for St Vincent De Paul. Members share a great sense of achievement, fun and camaraderie and help others through their love of song. Conductor Nita has been performing in musical theatre and singing since the age of eight. She has been conducting the choir for 30 years, after taking it on as a part-time role. Mary, the pianist, played her first duet at the age of 10. Treble M will perform at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Church, Cnr Samford Rd and Suez St, Mitchelton on Sunday, July 7, at 1.30pm. Admission $15, tickets at the door, include a sumptuous afternoon tea with all proceeds to benefit St Vincent De Paul.
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THE JUDY GARLAND STORY BETWEEN 1963 and 1967, Judy Garland sat in her lounge room recording what she hoped would become her heartfelt autobiography. It never made it to print. Based on these recordings, interviews and stories from her show, Rain or Shine will take you on the journey of Frances Ethel Gumm, or as the world knew her, Judy Garland.
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers captivated. Helpmann Award-winning singer and actress Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables) will bring Garland’s songs and stories to life. A fan of Judy Garland, Greenland began her musical theatre career in 2014 as Eponine in the acclaimed Australian production of Les Miserables. She received rave reviews and was awarded the Helpmann Award for her portrayal of the beloved character, which she continued with through the Asian tour. Greenland has also starred as Violet Hilton in Side Show and Cassandra in the Jon English musical Paris: A Rock Odyssey. Backed by an on-stage band, including sax, keys and percussion, Greenland’s captivating voice will transport the audience back in time as she performs favourite Garland hits including Come Rain or Come Shine, Over the Rainbow, The Man That Got Away, That’s Entertainment, You Made Me Love You, Get Happy and The Trolley Song. Redland Performing Arts Centre Saturday, June 22, 7.30pm. Tickets $38–$50. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au
SHAKESPEARE MEETS GAME OF THRONES NASH Theatre presents one of Shakespeare’s leading drama-comedyaction thrillers. Henry IV Part One is like Game of Thrones meets The Crown for a drink at the bar from Cheers. England is in turmoil. King Henry IV wears the crown and now seeks to consolidate his rule. That’s hard when his son Hal is at the pub, keeping company with some of Eastcheap’s finest reprobates, more often than in court. There’s a looming conflict with his alienated allies to the north, led by the young impulsive firecracker Hotspur, who want the proper acknowledgement of
their part in putting him on the throne. It all leads to a conflict between family and loyalty, freedom and responsibility, fathers and sons. A licensed bar will be operating and soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks available. The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Rd Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. Preview, July 12, 7.30pm, all seats $10; opening night July 13, 7.30pm, includes supper $25 concessions $20; July 19-20, 26-27 and August 2-3, 7.30pm; July 21, 2pm. Tickets $20, concession $15. Bookings Book3379 4775, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nashtheatre.com
THAT’S SHOW BUSINESS TALENTED students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Performing Arts join the Queensland Pops to present That’s Show Business, a program packed with hit songs from the favourite Broadway and West End musicals. For the past four years, their polished performances have been winning audiences and this year they will also be joined by star of stage and screen Rob Mills. He will perform songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Last Five Years, Grease and Wicked. Rob first came to the nation’s attention in 2003 as a finalist on the first
series of Australian Idol. In 2008, he won the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in Wicked and currently appears in Neighbours on television. That’s Show Business, with Patrick Pickett and the Queensland Pops Orchestra, brings a program that includes classics such as Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific; Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita; the nostalgic punch of Memory from Cats; and The Music Of The Night from Phantom of the Opera. These timeless songs are best seen and heard from a live performance stage. QPAC Concert Hall. Saturday, August 31, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets qpac.com.au or call 136 246.
RELAX WITH THE QSO SUNDAY SESSIONS QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra presents a series of chamber concerts in their intimate performance studio at South Bank. With music hand-picked by musicians and featuring personal introductions to each piece, the series is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Upcoming performances include Two Treasures on Sunday, July 14; Moonlit Revolution on September 22; and Compelling Themes on November 24. Concerts start at 3pm and run for about 90 minutes. For information and to book visit qso.com.au or call 3833 5044.
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QUEEN OF COOL RETURNS
GET CAUGHT BY THE MOUSETRAP AGATHA Christie’s The Mousetrap first opened in London’s West End on November 25, 1952 and became the longest continuous running play in the world, with more than 27,000 performances. And now it’s coming to Brisbane, presented by St Luke’s Theatre Society. Director Sharon White said she had read all Christie’s books so the chance to direct such a famous play was something she couldn’t pass up.
“I have an amazing cast and although it’s not a comedy we have had a lot of laughs during rehearsals” White said. Without giving too much away, the action takes place at Monkswell Manor Guest House owned by Mollie and Giles Ralston, in the depths of an English winter. A disparate group of guests, some expected and some not, have arrived during a blizzard and they are soon cut off from the outside world.
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“It’s difficult to say too much about the plot because you don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t had the chance to see it before. The whole cast have all been sworn to secrecy about the ending,” White said. “We want people to come along and see if they can guess whodunnit.” St. Luke’s Church Hall, 193 Ekibin Rd East, Tarragindi. June 14-15; 17-19 and 21-22, 7.30pm; June 15 and 22, 2pm. Tickets $20/$15. Visit stlukestheatre. asn.au or call 3343 1457.
GRACE Knight returns to Brisbane Powerhouse to take audiences on a journey through the past 40 years of hits and crowd favourites in celebration of songs, stories and memories. A creative powerhouse in the Australian music scene, Knight’s music is an eclectic mix of sensitive reworkings of Eurogliders’ classics, jazz standards and a handful of new songs, and sees Knight at the peak of her vocal powers. “Grace Knight is one of Australia’s greatest pop singers who has seamlessly transitioned to an effortless jazz singer,” artistic director Kris Stewart said. “Her songs tell stories of love and betrayal in her
distinctive playful, flirty, swinging manner and the audiences love her.” With ARIA awards and chart-topping recordings in each of the past three decades, she is one of the most enduring talents in Australian music. In Grace Knight: The First 40 Years, she relives her musical journey of the past 40 years, choosing from her repertoire of more than 200 recorded songs, and offering a mix of material from her solo career and interpretations of some of the Eurogliders’ biggest hits. Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Saturday, August 3 Tickets on sale now. Call 3358 8600 or visit brisbanepowerhouse.org
Plan a winter break in Mary Valley Country and visit the
Mary Valley Art Festival
SHADOWLANDS Starring Helpmann Award Winner
Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables) Featuring Come Rain or Come Shine, Over the Rainbow and many more favourites …
Rain or Shine will take you on the journey of Frances Ethel Gumm, or as the world ‘knew’ her, Judy Garland, one of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era.
SATURDAY 22 JUNE, 7.30PM Redland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall Tickets: $38-$50 via 3829 8131 or www.rpac.com.au Booking fees: $4.30 by phone & $5 online per transaction
July 5, 6, 7 10am-3pm Gala Opening and Awards July 5 from 6pm Imbil Public Hall, Edward St, Imbil (near Gympie, SEQ)
8-23rd JUNE 2019 Directed by Helen Ekundayo The true story of the romance of CS Lewis and Joy Davidman Ron Hurley Theatre (The Old TAFE College) Griffith Pl & Tallowwood St, Seven Hills Adults $25, Concessions $20, Children $15
www.maryvalleyartfestival.com.au https://www.facebook.com/maryvalleyartfestival/ Mary Valley Country website (for accommodation) www.maryvalleycountry.com.au
Phone 3391 7180 or 3395 5168 for more information Bookings now www.trybooking.com or www.villanovaplayers.com An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD
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ARTS IN THE COUNTRY
TIMELESS NIGHT WITH TENORI
FRESH from an intensive touring schedule taking them all over both the country and the high seas, Tenori will perform their new show Timeless for one show only at QUT Gardens Theatre. One of Australia’s most sought-after vocal groups, Tenori comprises Queensland tenors David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor. The trio met while touring internationally with Australia’s premier pop-opera ensemble The Ten Tenors, performing in venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Pantages Theater in LA and the Sydney Opera House. After some time apart working with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and the country’s finest orchestras, the boys reunited as Tenori. The give a unique and often
cheeky take on songs by Puccini, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lloyd-Webber, Simon and Garfunkel, Verdi, and Peter Allen, among others. In Timeless, Tenori will share fresh versions of some of their favourite songs in an entertaining mashup of opera, music theatre and jazz backed by a three-piece band, ahead of the release of their new album. Tenori’s sense of fun offers an original take on the staid traditions of a concert performance, ensuring entertainment that, like Tenori, doesn’t take itself too seriously. QUT Gardens Theatre, 2 George St, CBD. Thursday, June 13, 7.30pm. Tickets $25-$36 Bookings call 3138 4455, email email@example.com or visit gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au
TAKE a break in the country and head to the Mary Valley for the annual Mary Valley Art Festival next month. Entries from around southeast Queensland will be on show. Top prize is the Bendigo Bank Open Award, worth $2500, which ensures that the festival attracts quality artwork. Mary Valley Artslink has planned a busy festival program, with a gala awards evening on the Friday for artists and art lovers to celebrate with live music, licensed bar and finger food. Viewing opens at 10am on Friday, July 5. A curator’s talk is included in the Saturday program and several art studios will be open over the weekend as part of the Gympie Gallery Studio Trails. Closing celebrations on Sunday, July 7 will showcase the Imbil Country Cabins People’s Choice Award and Youth Award presentations, with food vans and markets, live music and a licensed bar. Imbil Public Hall. July 5-7.Visit maryvalleyartfestival.com.au
VILLANOVA PRESENTS C.S. LEWIS STORY VILLANOVA Players, now in its 71st year, presents the true story of the romance of C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman in the Brodway and West End hit, Shadowland. Clive Staples Lewis (Jack) is an Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. He is smug in his convictions about God and His plan for the world until Joy and her young son enter his life. The bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract finally confronts its direct presence. This beautifully written play, with characters and dialogue that sparkle with wit and wisdom, is directed by Helen Ekundayo. This production features an ensemble cast of talented local Brisbane actors, playing in the newly refurbished Ron Hurley Theatre, home of Villanova Players. Ron Hurley Theatre, Cnr Tallowwood St and Griffith Pl, Clearview Urban Village, Seven Hills. June 8, 15, 21-22, 7.30pm; June 9, 15-16, 22-23, 2pm. Tickets villanovaplayers.com Call 3391 7180 or 3995 5168
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF DOUBLE PASSES TO SEE PETERLOO, IN CINEMAS NOW. Mike Leigh’s latest film is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 events, when a peaceful rally gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation, at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. It turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history when cavalry charged into a crowd in Manchester. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper. Winners of passes to see the film are Ken Nelson of Wavell Heights, Ron Johnson of Bracken Ridge, Patricia Karvelis of Parkinson, Brenda Ney of Rothwell and Eileen Martin of New Farm.
Redland Performing Arts Centre presents
JUNE 2019 PROMOTIONS ALL AGES
Saturday June 8th Twilight Bingo 7.30pm and 9pm PETS ONLY NIGHT!
St Lukes Theatre Society presents
The Mousetrap By arrangement with Origin TheatricalTM for Samuel French Ltd Directed by Sharon White
JUNE 2019 7.30pm
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble
The thrill of the circus and the mayhem of Mozart combine to deliver fun for the whole family
14th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 22nd
“MANIC AND MAGICAL”
JUNE 2019 2pm 15th and 22nd St. Luke’s Church Hall 193 Ekibin Rd East,Tarragindi www.stlukestheatre.asn.au
Adults $20 Pensioners/Students $15, Children under 12 years $5
BOOKINGS: (07) 3343 1457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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SATURDAY 6 JULY, 7.30PM
24 x $300 Games 2 x $1500 Trebles Kitty Kash $10,000 in calls. $500 cons. 90’s dress up theme! 3 x Prizes for Best Dressed!!
Friday Night 28th June 7.30pm – 9.00pm – 10.30pm 13 x $1,000 Trebles, 1 x $2,000 Treble, 1 x $2,000 Full House, 1 x 7,000 Treble + Night Owl
Redland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall Tickets: $19-$24 via 3829 8131 or www.rpac.com.au Booking fees: $4.30 by phone & $5 online per transaction
Commissioned by The Art House Wyong. Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Photography by Dylan Evans
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THE CIRCUS MEETS MOZART WOLFGANG’S Magical Musical Circus is a modern-day story for the whole family, billed as “circus with a classy, classical touch” The man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, wigged and
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ready to throw musical madness into a crescendo of dives, flips and twirls, as a pair of mischievous acrobats and a multi-skilled musician reinvent the composer’s manic and magical music. To those who know him, he is
Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Yaron Lifschitz, artistic director of Circa and creator of Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus, said the latest performance from the company would ignite imaginations. “It is a production for everyone, touching on the marksmanship of Mozart’s mad but magical music,” he said. “The performers draw upon the frenzied, frantic and thrilling man himself, turning the stage into a classical explosion of eclectic sounds and extraordinary visuals, all while wearing powder puff wigs.” Created by Lifschitz with Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble, and featuring klezmer-infused music rescored and recorded by the renowned Quincy Grant (Circa, Slingsby), Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus follows the successful Carnival of the Animals, English Baroque, Humans and Opus as a circus art performance. “It’s meant to give you a sense of the power of this incredible music that’s been written but mostly, it’s just a lot of fun,” Lifschitz said. Redland Performing Arts Centre Saturday, July 6, 7.30pm. Tickets $19–$24. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au
TOSCA TAKES TO THE 1970S OPERA Queensland presents a new production of Puccini’s politicallycharged thriller Tosca. Directed by Patrick Nolan, conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi, and featuring an all-star cast headlined by New York based Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin, Tosca transports audiences to 1970s Italy where political and religious tensions are at breaking point. The production plays out against the era’s backdrop of labour strikes, political assassinations, riots, bombings, attempted coups, and the influence of religious factions on government. Nolan said the decision to shift the action from its original 19th century setting to 1970s Italy amplified Tosca’s strength. “The 1970s saw a second wave of feminism emerge, with women claiming their place in a world that had previously refused them,” he said. “There’s a great resonance between the energy of the ’70s and the energy of the story.” Tosca is brought to life by Tony Award-nominated Australian designer Dale Ferguson, who first designed for Opera Queensland 25 years ago. “The design for this new production reflects the parallels between church and state,” he said. QPAC Lyric Theatre. June 13-22. Visit oq.com.au
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The WORLD in Your Hands
Travel in Your Time
Walking in a winter wonderland in Japan Think Japan and it’s Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt Fuji, Osaka and Hiroshima, but MICHAEL OSBORNE heads to Hokkaido in search of ancient traditions and birds that enjoy the snow.
The group celebrates at Cape Soya, the northernmost town of Hokkaido.
OKKAIDO is the big island to the north and the home of Sapporo beer. It’s rich in history and sensational natural beauty with an abundance of wildlife including the Tancho crane, Japan’s avian figurehead. It’s an auspicious bird once thought to be extinct. With distinctive white and black plumage and a red crest, the Tancho crane has been called Surround Kambui (deity of the wetlands) by the Ainu people since ancient times. It is also revered as a symbol of a good marriage because the birds stay together in mating pairs for their entire life. The depth of this devotion is evident in the anecdote about a wounded male who could not fly so carried food from a feed site to his family faraway on foot. The original habitants are the Ainu people, who have been here for thousands of years, many of them still observing ancient customs and beliefs. Using bird feathers for clothing, gathering food for winter and following traditional song and
dance is part of their lifestyle. But firstly, let’s talk about the weather. I travelled in early January when the temperatures ranged from around 0C to -20C. This creates huge amounts of the finest powder snow that skiers love. The island is dotted with ski fields and resorts. The best, they claim, is Niseko “the prince of powder” which has many resorts and about 1000ha of skiable snow. Most resorts also feature the Onsen or hot springs, said to be so relaxing you can hear the snowflakes falling. For those wanting to go at a warmer time, agriculture is the mainstay of the island. The freshest of products combined with Japanese methods of preparing food creates a gourmet heaven. In winter, the Ramen style was an ideal warmer to prepare for the outdoor challenges. There are four different ramen soup bases that originated on the island – miso (Sapporo), shoyu (Asahikawa), shio (Hakodate), and curry (Muroran).
Everyone tends to have a personal flavour preference with their noodles, but why not try them all before you make up your mind. In spring and summer, the weather is mild with little humidity, making it ideal to explore the wonderful listed national parks and wildlife reserves. A two-hour flight from Tokyo lands at Wakkanai, the northernmost town and capital of the Soya Sub prefecture of Hokkaido. In the Ainu language, Wakkani means “cold water river”. Cape Soya is as far north as you can go, and they say that on a clear day you can see the Russian island of Sakalin. We were lucky to see more than a few hundred metres courtesy of a snow storm. Heading South we arrive at Toyotomi, gateway to the sensational Sarobetsu Wetlands and wilderness area. A visit to the centre is a must, and it’s here that you can watch a video of the year-long changes to the 20,000ha of nature at its best. Nearby is Lake Saroma, the largest brackish lake in Japan and year-round home to a huge selection of wildlife. It’s where I see my first Tancho crane. The lake is separated from the ocean by a 25km sand spit which protects some special flora
The delights of authentic sushi and fauna. Furano is a more laid-back destination famous for rolling fields of lavender and other summer flowers. In winter, top-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities are on offer in this scenic rural area. Abashiri City is on the ocean and is noted for the drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk as well as its museums, national parks and wildflower reserves. As it was -20C in January, I really appreciated the heated footpaths when checking out the city. Visit japan-guide.com Michael Osborne travelled as a guest of Hokkaido Tourism. Feature supplied by WTF Media
Winter spreads its cloak across the land, creating a picture postcard scene.
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Cyclists enjoy last year’s ride and (inset) the spectacular coastline.
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e are in Hawaii ending a cruising holiday when we decide on the Atlantis dive. I’m afraid I might suffer claustrophobia but I hear myself telling my husband I’d love to go. We are taken to the jetty stretching into the water from Waikiki beach in front of the old Royal Hawaiian Hotel which, dressed in soft pink paint, she’s fondly known as the Pink Lady. As the launch slips alongside, we are warned of possible deep swells. The ensuing short trip out to the vessel provides, as promised, significant rock ‘n’ roll. We clutch the rails nervously as the Atlantis 64 submarine materialises from the depths like a huge, sleek shark. Stepping carefully on steep stairs we are shepherded below. Launched in 1994, she has 16 viewports each side, all with glass 6cm thick and a diameter of 60cm. They provide easy comfortable viewing for two people. My husband comments that the pilot must have the best view as his portal is twice the size. Passengers sit back-to-back on moulded seats in two rows down the centre of the cabin. As with air travel, we are given safety instructions in the event of a disaster. My mind momentarily goes into overdrive, and I determine not to think about it. A frisson of apprehension/fear ripples through me as we slowly dive. It’s an odd, other-worldly feeling as we sink below the waterline. Colours are changing. At 9m, the orange breaks down and the water looks yellowish; at 18m, yellow does the same and appears green. At 27m, green begins to look blue. It becomes more vibrant and is really the only colour we are aware of. The nerves kick in as we go deeper and I watch the depth register show 30m, 32m and then … I hold my breath … 33m. Wow! The guide tells us this is as deep as we go. Now the whole experience is totally surreal. We pass the remains of two mid-Pacific airliners, and there’s a measure of relief as I note the seafloor is rising a little. We creep at snail’s pace past manmade reefs, wrecks and various sea-floor detritus which is inevitable given this area’s history – bits of iron and rusted pieces of ships and aircraft, some of which probably shouldn’t be here. We move slowly past some artificial pyramid reefs placed by the University of Hawaii. These are at a depth of about 24m, then it’s down again. At 27m we
pass over the Pali O Pono ancient lava flow encrusted with coral reef, and through Japanese-designed artificial reef structures. Two sunken ships lie here – US Navy vessel YO-257 and the 34m Korean fishing vessel, San Pedro, sunk in 1996. These contrived reefs provide information for the University of Hawaii, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Hawaii State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. Two days earlier, we had spent most of the day at Pearl Harbour looking over, among other vessels, the wartime submarine USS Bowfin, and marvelled how anyone could live and work in that cramped area. The vessel we are in now is more spacious and not as claustrophobic as I’d feared. Atlantis is 18m long and 2.5m wide internally. Communication with the surface by wireless phone is maintained always. Again, I think how very odd to be in this ocean habitat. I forget my fear and almost wish we were going further down, but then shiver as I think of more than 60 headstones at Pearl Harbour, each representing a submarine lost with all hands. A moment’s reflection of gratitude for their service as without them we may not even be here. Fish of all shapes and sizes swim past while the guide is pointing out objects and creatures of interest. Bright yellow tang appear often, there are larger black durgon and even a couple of turtles. All too soon our 45 minutes is up and soon we will surface. Back in our comfort zone I realise what an amazing experience this has been, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. Next time you’re in Hawaii, give it a try. Aloha! Brisbane
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India curries favour from every angle Vibrant colours, exotic spices, throbbing streets and piquant cuisine, SEAN LUES was warned India would appeal to the senses and it didn’t disappoint.
Vibrant colours of a cloth market in Jaipur.
ndia, I was warned, would be an assault on the senses. And that’s exactly what happened to all five senses. There was always movement, bold brushes of vibrant colours sparkling in the light, as women hurried about their daily business. The overwhelming traffic and proudlydecorated vehicles, from camel carts to lorries, clamoured through the streets while peacocks, kingfishers and other birds proudly displayed their attire in their natural habitat of the jungle. There was the incessant sound of the horns of multiple vehicles, but not in anger as we would normally anticipate. This was simply advice to other road-users that they
were there. The loud conversations of throngs of pedestrians in the streets could quickly give way to a sudden, unexpected calm in a hidden garden or step-well. An incredible variety of foods had to be sampled (many times) and kept my sense of taste busy. (It also meant I didn’t lose any weight.) No Indian restaurant here can do justice to the tastes and assortment of dishes available in India. With the vast array of spices used in everything, there was always a lingering fragrance for the sense of smell, from the spice markets of Old Delhi to incense being burnt in shops and even the bouquets of lilies in hotel foyers. The touch of cool marble on the walls of the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal was in contrast to the air outside. It was hot, but luckily not humid. India is currently heading into its hottest time of the year and Delhi will be reaching 45C on most days. Most places are air-conditioned and the feel of the cool air brushing across your face as you enter a hotel or bus is bliss. Exotic India has to be seen, heard, tasted, smelt and touched to be believed. Visit journeysworldwide.com.au
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This story follows the life journey of two women in Afghanistan who are separated from their families by tragedy or circumstance. Mariam is 15 when she is bought by Rasheed who later acquires another wife named Mariam at about the same age. Burqas are mandatory and with the Taliban in control of all aspects of daily life, the women’s lives restricted. They may be publicly beaten for any misdemeanour. On the home front, it’s also commonplace for Rasheed to lash out at Mariam for no particular reason. His brutality is appalling to read and eventually comes to a surprising end. I found this book a harrowing read, but realise we need to learn from people who have the courage to write about abuse and injustice in the world.
This is a story about two women of different generations set during three war-torn decades of recent Afghan history. It is a story of companionship and ultimate love and survival under the extreme duress of unimaginable domestic violence. One of the principal characters “never would have believed that a human body could withstand this much beating, this viciously, this regularly, and keep functioning”. The author touches on the beauty of friendship, of art, of books, in contrast to the brutality, oppression and destruction by the various warring Afghan groups. The main theme running through the novel is the obscene violence of a male-dominated controlling and misogynistic society. This book is both educational and very well written. 8/10
BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT
This is a well written book with a dual narrative about Mariam an illegitimate child with little self-esteem and a much younger Laila, orphaned by tragic family circumstances. Both women suffer at the hands of dysfunctional families and later, arranged marriages to Rasheed. He is a much older man who exhibits the worst traits of his culture, violently abusing both women and caring little for their welfare. The Russian occupation of Afghanistan and subsequent takeover by the Taliban introduces complexity to the story, as does Laila’s lover. This story has it all but is ultimately a story of the oppression of women, hope and love. Worth reading.
A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini
Hosseini writes so well and with such feeling that you easily empathise with Mariam and Laila and their wretched lives with nobody to protect them from their abusive husband. It is difficult to believe that even in current times women have so little status in Afghan society. Rasheed their husband is a brutal bully. Hosseini describes the love that develops between the two wives as their lives depend on each other. It can make difficult reading at times. The brutality in the past and current day, the sacrifices made, and secrets kept. Recommend reading The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s first book.
By the author of The Kite Runner, this story is set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last 30 years, from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding. It humanises the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in a tale of two generations of characters brought together by war. Personal lives – the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness – are woven into the history playing out around them. This is a chronicle of three decades of Afghan history as well as a moving account of family and friendship; a heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
MARY BARBER Hosseini’s tale of Mariam, a young girl born out of wedlock, is depressing. She dreams that her father who visits on Thursdays will take her to live with his family in the big house. This never happens. Mariam’s life is destined to be hard. She is married off to Rasheed, an older man who has strict views about women. He buys her her first burqa. The story unfolds simply with short clipped sentences and sharp descriptions of daily life in Kabul. Each character is drawn with sympathy. They live in poverty, under religious oppression, and violence is never far away. Mariam’s challenge is to snatch a few moments of joy from this rubble.
I read this book many years ago and it was a privilege to read it again. It remains one of my favourite novels to recommend. To me, it surpasses the success of The Kite Runner with its imagery and historical accuracy depicting lives of many women in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. The characters of Miriam and Laila are skillfully developed from their vastly different childhoods and culminate in an unexpected closeness and reliance. It is a brutal story, one of drudgery, intimidation and cruelty. Khaled entices the reader to visualize the scenery and characters even with minor details, such as Miriam stumbling in a burqa as she walked dutifully behind her husband. For background I found it fascinating to listen to Khaled’s account of his reason for writing this novel and his impression of Kabul after an absence of 27 years. Thoroughly recommended.
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