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hen I interviewed the late Mary Murray a couple of years ago, she had just had her driver’s licence renewed after her 99th birthday. She told the story well. She said she had “wobbled over to the desk at the Transport Department where the girl ticked all the boxes and then said, ‘how long do you want it for? Five years?’ I burst out laughing. I would be 104! I replied I would take it for just two years then I wobbled out and drove home”. Mary, who died in December just short of her 101st birthday, was an exceptional driver though. She made a name for herself as a rally driver in the Ampol trials in the 1950s, and in 1954 opened Queensland’s first


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Contents driving school to be run by a female. Nevertheless, her advice was simple: All you need to drive is vision and confidence. And she had seen her optometrist before she set out to renew her licence. This month, Russell Hunter in his investigation into the vexed and often debated question of when a driver’s licence should be surrendered, reaches much the same conclusion. It’s not something that can be dictated by age, but by competence. I think for most of us though, handing in the driver’s licence is as significant as a baby taking its first tentative steps. It represents another stage of life and one we don’t like to admit we have reached. It is also the fear of loss of freedom; admitting that we just don’t have it any more. It doesn’t have to be like that though, as there are many services available to make it possible to get out and about without a car. The biggest problem is coming to terms with it. Also, we introduce a new column as Cheryl Lockwood, after hitting her 55th birthday, declares life has to be an adventure. Enjoy the read. Dorothy Whittington, Editor











































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Driving – know when to walk away Most of us drive vehicles of one kind or another, and many of us probably shouldn’t. The trick, writes RUSSELL HUNTER, is to recognise when have reached our last red light.


here’s no set age that tells us time’s up, that it’s the end of the road as far as the driver’s seat is concerned. But we do need to consider our own safety and that of others. Queensland’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, has done a mountain of work in the area and has various programs that will assist us to become safer older drivers. Likewise, many of the established driving schools offer courses tailored to benefit senior drivers. But none of them can really tell us when to stop and call it a day. According to RACQ experts, that’s a decision that should be made by the individual in consultation with a GP. “As we age,” says a spokesman, “our reaction times can become that little but slower. Our eyesight may not be what it was, and our hearing is often diminished.”

When those physical and mental changes are minimal, they don’t necessarily mean we have to give up driving – something that many seniors continue to enjoy and whose quality of life could be severely affected should they have to give it up. “But it’s something we’ll all have to consider at some stage,” says the RACQ. “And a conversation with your GP is important here. It’s a conversation that has to happen for seniors to feel confident behind the wheel. “The same conversation could be held with family and close friends – those who have your interest at heart and whose advice you feel you can trust.” The risk is, of course, that as our physical abilities and nimbleness of mind begin to decline, we can become a danger to ourselves and others.

That doesn’t mean we should hand in our licence at 65. It does mean we need to pay closer attention to driving skills that have so far been a kind of sixth sense. “That’s where your GP comes in,” says the RACQ. “He or she will be best placed to assess abilities and impairments if any. You don’t want to be at risk of harming yourself and, heaven forbid, others. “ In Queensland there are legal requirements for drivers over the age of 75. Everyone 75 and over who holds a Queensland driver’s licence must carry a current medical certificate at all times when driving and comply with any stated conditions – you can be fined if you don’t. If you don’t have access to a printer, ask at your health professional’s surgery if they can download and print the form for you. You can also get this form from a transport and motoring customer service centre, at a participating QGAP office or at a police station in rural areas. Complete part 1 and then ask your health professional to complete part 2, including the tear-off medical certificate. Once completed and signed, tear off the medical certificate portion and carry it with you whenever driving, making sure the review/expiry date can be read. You must show your medical certificate to a police officer if they request it. Drivers 75 and over are subject to regular medical assessments. This means you must go back to your doctor at least every year. It doesn’t affect the expiry date of your driver’s licence. If you are turning 75 and hold a current licence, you may receive a letter from Queensland Transport about six weeks before your 75th birthday to let you know you now need a medical certificate if you want to continue driving. As you get older,

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says Queensland Transport, how you process information, your vision, and your ability to move, changes. It’s important to know how age affects your driving. It can become more difficult to change focus and see detail, such as traffic signs and to see objects and obstacles such as pedestrians or people on bicycles. Recovering from glare such as oncoming headlights or the afternoon sun or adjusting vision between dark and light can take longer and it can also become hard to spot things in your side vision. Medical conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes can also affect your vision. It’s important to have your eyes checked regularly, keep the prescription for your glasses up to date and modify your driving patterns. For example, think about limiting or avoiding driving at night or twilight and when it’s raining. What once were simple things, such as turning your neck to see while reversing, become progressively harder as we age. This needn’t prevent you from driving (I passed a test at 66 by which time I was finding that head turning movement increasingly difficult) but you do need to be aware of it. And the ageing process will tend to slow your ability to process information and react to it. When planning a trip, think about whether you are comfortable driving at peak hour, merging on to a busy freeway, changing lanes in traffic, travelling an unfamiliar route and dealing with a busy intersection or roundabout. You can modify your car to help compensate for age-related changes. For example, installing special wing mirrors to improve your side vision. Use the RACQ self-assessment questionnaire to check your current driving capability.


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WHEN TO hang up your keys


PRINCE Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, surrendered his driving licence after being involved in a road accident five months before his 98th birthday. He was unhurt but the incident sparked fresh debate about the safety of older drivers. President of British motoring body the Automobile Association Edmund King said many commentators used high-profile crashes to call for bans or restrictions on older drivers. Mr King, however, told The New Daily that if driving restrictions based on age and safety were introduced, younger drivers would more likely be restricted. “The decision to hang up your keys is a tough one, but it should be based on personal advice from your GP and family rather than being based on some arbitrary age,” he said. Transport accident researchers say there’s no cut-off age for driving. Professor Barry Watson, from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety at the Queensland University of Technology, said there was no age when driving became less safe. “What influences safety is not chronological age but how medically fit they are to drive and that can vary widely from person to person,” he said. Vision can deteriorate from the age of

AS our population ages, older drivers are becoming more at risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads, says the Transport Accidents Commission. While the risk of crashes in young drivers is risky driving behaviour, in older drivers it is increased frailty and issues associated with ageing that create the risk.

The RACQ offers a program to help older drivers stay safe on the road. The Years Ahead Program is a 45-minute presentation aimed specifically at older groups. It covers recent law changes, medical considerations for drivers and options (such as motorised wheelchairs where appropriate). If your group might benefit from the program call 1300 853 658.

40 and the risk of being involved in a road crash only increased slightly until the age of 75. And even at that point it’s still a lower risk than it is for younger drivers,” Prof Watson said. “The highest crash risk is young people very new to driving, or young people who have just got their provisional licence, in that first six to 12 months of driving.” The Council on the Ageing in Australia (COTA) is among groups which say driving restrictions should only apply to medical conditions. “We oppose automatic age-based cut-off because people’s capacities vary so enormously,” COTA chief executive Ian Yates said. “There are people that shouldn’t be driving in their 40s and 50s and people in their 80s that have never had an accident or incident in their life.” Mr Yates said current policies in Australia were “ageist” and a non-agedbased alternative should be sought in the same way 65-year-olds are no longer required to retire.

JET Rowland was only 22 months old when a driver suffered an epileptic fit while driving on the Logan Motorway. The resulting crash killed Jet and left his brother paralysed from the waist down. Medical Condition Reporting Legislation introduced after the tragedy is called Jet’s Law in honour of the little boy. The law says that drivers with medical conditions must report that condition to Queensland Transport. It’s another reason to have a frank conversation with your GP who will be able to tell you how the law affects you and your driving. Failure to disclose a condition is an offence.


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Drivers aged 75 years and over have a higher risk (per distance travelled) of being killed in a crash than any other age group. As we age, our bodies become more fragile and those particularly in this age group are more likely to be hurt or killed in a crash. Many older people are perfectly capable of driving safely, yet physical and mental changes that often come with ageing can affect how well older people drive. These include: • slower reaction times • loss of clarity in vision and hearing • loss of muscle strength and flexibility • use of prescription drugs which may cause drowsiness TIPS FOR OLDER DRIVERS • Fatigue: do not drive at times when you would normally be asleep. • Alcohol: Plan ahead and avoid driving if you are going to be drinking alcohol. • Medications: Alcohol can also cause adverse reactions with some medications. If you are unsure, do not drive.

• Distance behind the vehicle in front: as we get older our reaction times get slower. Leave at least a two second gap between the car ahead. In wet weather, at night or in low visibility, allow a four second gap. • Use daytime running lights: this makes it easier for your car to be seen by other drivers and will make it easier for you to see on a dull day. • Head checks: it is important to turn your head to check for vehicles in your blind spot, especially when merging, changing lanes or before moving off at an intersection. Try turning from the waist to make this easier. • Take your time: it is easy to feel pressured to increase speed if there is a line of traffic behind you, or a car tailgating. Pull off the road to let them pass if you need. • Heavy traffic: Avoid driving in peak hour traffic if possible. • Long trips: make sure you have a good night’s sleep before you leave and plan regular rest and refreshment breaks during the journey.

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Back in the hair and now When Farrah Fawcett made her small screen debut in the popular 1970s series Charlie’s Angels, she not only became an instant star, but she sparked a worldwide hair revolution, writes KATE CALLAHAN.


ast as one of three private detectives, alongside sidekicks Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, Farrah stunned audiences with her luminous smile, fit and slender figure and beautiful grey-green eyes. But it was her amazing avalanche of thick blond hair, styled like none before, that really set her apart. I remember the style well. The top was unremarkable – flat with a centre part – but then these big bouncy faceframing waves billowed out in feathery layers, ending just below the shoulders. The signature part of the Farrah style was the way the hair around her face flipped back effortlessly, creating volume and movement that took the eye away from a rather square jaw. It was a masterpiece. Never one to make snap decisions, I fantasised about having a Farrah cut for two whole years. I was young but not so foolish to think I had anything in common with Farrah. She had been a high school beauty queen. I had been a high school nerd. However, I identified with Farrah’s square jaw. Gosh, I saw one like it every time I looked in the mirror. You can guess where this story is


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heading. But if it hadn’t been for a pair of wide-legged red satin pants, I would never have acted out my Farrah fantasy. It was like this. I went to a wedding and, lo and behold, the bride wore a pair of red wide-leg satin pants and a silver satin tie-front top for her going-away outfit. She looked sensational. It was disco fever and I caught the bug big-time. Two days later, I had my very own pair of wide-leg satin pants and was sitting in a hair-salon about to be Farrah-ed. Of course, everyone knew a Farrah cut worked a treat with disco gear. In for a penny, in for a pound. To be fair, the hairdresser tried to dissuade me, explaining that I wasn’t blessed with the raw materials. Unlike Farrah, she said, you don’t have thick, blond, voluminous hair. But I was beyond listening. I was so committed to my transformation that when the hairdresser said she would have to perm the front part of my hair to get the Farrah flicked-back look, I agreed without question. That was my first and only perm. Forty years later, I still remember the embarrassment of spending six months with a face framed by intractable frizz.

What the hairdresser hadn’t explained before she started applying the foul-smelling solution to my fine, mousy brown hair was that, to achieve the desired result, I would need time, technique and an armoury of equipment – a powerful hairdryer, several round brushes, and lashings of super-hold hairspray – none of which I possessed. There were no such problems for John Travolta, Rob Lowe, Princess Diana, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton and Beyonce, who all have worn the Farrah

cut successfully at some time or another. To the disappointment of her many fans, Farrah Fawcett quit Charlie’s Angels after just one series, apparently due to a pay dispute. It was a brave call for someone whose on-screen character Jill was featured on everything from a board game to dolls and bubble-gum cards. But by this time Farrah had other fish to fry. She had become a poster girl for fitness and healthy living and was keenly pursued by cosmetic and shampoo labels. She also continued to act with modest success. Farrah left her first husband, Lee Majors of TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man, in 1979 to live with actor Ryan O’Neal. In 2006, Farrah was diagnosed with cancer of the anus and apparently those beautiful tresses became a casualty of chemotherapy treatment. Sadly, Farrah died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 62 years with long-time love Ryan O’Neal at her side. As fate would have it, Farrah’s tragic demise was eclipsed by the sudden death, only five hours later, of Michael Jackson. But the memory of a beautiful woman with a magnificent mane still burns brightly for me.


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Letters RE phone scams (YT April) The telephone rang, at the most inopportune time of course, and I gathered it was a scammer. So, with my little bit of paper that I keep beside the phone, I let him waffle on trying to make him think I was a little dotty. Finally, I read him my piece, and that was: “This telephone is monitored by the Australian Federal Police, and I have kept you talking long enough for us to trace your call, so Sam, when I catch up with you, I am going to light a cracker and shove it up your clacker.” Surprisingly, Sam has not called back. I wonder why. Hope this gives a laugh. We need to get on top of these buggers. Patti Seidel

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Council for the Aging (COTA) offer free speakers and information, to talk to interested people. The current information sessions are called “Right Where You Live” in particular the changes to laws that will affect retirement villages, residential services and manufactured home parks. See Margaret White REGARDING the article Patience keeps endeavours afloat (YT Mar). James Cook was not a captain when he undertook the voyage quoted. He held the rank of Lieutenant RN. He was the Commanding Officer or captain of the Endeavour, not Captain Cook. He achieved the rank of Captain RN in 1779, prior to his third voyage which for him ended rather badly. B.D. Campbell FREQUENTLY I hear or read older people’s sentiment that “I don’t have anything to leave my (grand)children”. These sentiments are expressed by low income people as well as average income persons. High income or wealthy persons express this a bit differently (when trying to get the age pension): “If my assets are not exempted, how can I leave something for my children”. I particularly ran into this last complaint when working for social security, 30 years ago. This shows that the sentiment is not new. Firstly, aged pension is to help older persons to survive, not their children or grandchildren. Moreover, I find expressions of caring for one’s children a misplaced sentiment. Unless one’s children are unable to work due to mental or physical health problems, there is really no need for older people to worry about leaving money for their kids. As long as the kids are not put into awkward positions by funeral or house

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THERE wouldn’t be too many of us haven’t done it – seen the unopened toiletries in the hotel room we’re about to vacate, and helped ourselves to at least some, if not all, of them. But talk to hoteliers, from those running 5-star places in the biggest cities to others with a half dozen rooms in country towns, and you’d be amazed at just what else some guests decide should be theirs. Like the three blokes at one city hotel in the UK who, dressed in overalls, nonchalantly wheeled the pub’s nightclub piano right past staff in reception, through a service door and down the street, never to be seen again. And here in Australia, others who’ve borrowed hotel luggage trolleys and walked them off loaded with suitcases and suit and garment carriers – and tucked away among those, their room’s flat-screen TV or the fridge from the mini-bar. Which makes the shampoos, soaps, body lotions and shower gels seem pretty boring stuff to want to knock off. And which is why most hotels cost these into the price of the room from the start, as they expect the majority of

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Caloundra Cay spirits you away to the pristine beaches and lushness of the Caribbean. A selection of single and double storey homes are available. Our new Hemingway’s Country Club is opening on Saturday 25th May, with features including a championship undercover bowls green, swim up pool bar, tennis courts and pickle ball courts, which is rapidly becoming the latest sporting trend amongst residents. Freecall 1800 55 66 77 to RSVP.

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Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle is the epitome of style and country chic. Every home blends the latest in easy living with architectural elegance. The lavish country club boasts an infinity edge swimming pool with spectacular views of the surrounding ranges, the perfect place for a sunset cocktail, along with other features such as a ten pin bowling alley and a movie theatre.

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The adventure begins – at 55 When CHERYL LOCKWOOD turned 55, she declared it was time to look more closely at her bucket list and enthused over the future joy of new experiences. Big or small, she would embrace them all. And just as well.


was enjoying morning coffee and toast on my birthday, when my husband slid a copy of Your Time across the table and there, circled in thick, black texta, was “+55”. Wow, a not so subtle reminder that I had joined the ranks of a certain age group. Pfft, it would not phase me. I’m not really into the whole bucket list idea but there were things that I’d never done or seen. My first adventure came with a trip to visit my son in Sweden, when I tried my hand (or feet) snow skiing. As we all know, snow is not abundant in Australia, so it had been more than 30 years since I’d hit the slopes. There were six in our group and we were soon gliding gracefully down the beginner’s slopes. Well some of us were! My husband took a break and the rest of us headed for the chairlift, ready for a further challenge. We skied back down unscathed, stopping here and there to admire the majestic views. Feeling confident, we approached the lift for another trip.


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Cheryl Lockwood begins her adventures.

The chairlift seat accommodates six. There were now five of us lined up ready to slide down to be scooped on to the seat as it swung around. The sixth space is often taken by a solo skier and there is a lane for such skiers to jump on when the opportunity arises. Generally, it’s a simple, smooth process. But with just a few seconds of inattention and mistiming, skier one slid forward without us. Oddly, skier two did the same. Acting quickly, we decided to go for the next chair, but to fill the gaps, the lift attendant began wildly indicating and shouting for me to shuffle across to fit more on. Swedish is not my first language, or indeed any of my languages, so I hesitated. He repeated his instruction in English, which helped immensely. Simultaneously, a more experienced skier swept through from behind to fill the gap. As the chair scooped us on to its warm, soft seat, I found mine was particularly soft, as it was a Swedish man’s lap. The space is not really

designed for two, so he clasped his arms around my waist with a vice like grip. I had no idea what he was saying but I was dangling more than two metres from the ground. “I’m terribly sorry but I only speak English so if you could translate that for me I’d be much obliged,” I wanted to say, but with skis flailing and ski poles waving about with the coordination of an inflatable, tube man, I lost all capability of speech and blurted just one word, “English!” The lift stopped. An attendant was gazing up asking if we were OK. What part of this looked OK? I was sitting on a strange man’s lap on a chair lift. I needed to move and quickly. I wiggled myself off of his lap to my rightful spot on the seat, all the while apologising. I then had to sit next to my new friend for a good 10-minute ride wondering if I should make small talk. Exiting the lift, I muttered one last apology and thanked him for his help. “Ah, life is an adventure,” he said. Quite so!


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Photos give a glimpse of the neighbourhood of your youth A remarkable free exhibition at the Queensland State Library displays a photographic collection of southeast Queensland houses. There’s a good chance your childhood home is among them, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.



rank and Eunice Corley owned a photography business from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. They are believed to have taken more than 250,000 photographs of houses throughout southeast Queensland, from Beenleigh to Bundaberg, and to have photographed almost every house in Brisbane. These were offered for sale to householders. About two-thirds were sold to householders. The remainder – about 61,000 – were kept in storage and donated to the State Library in 1995. Frank travelled around in his Cadillac and photographed houses from the driver’s seat, steering with his knees and holding the camera out the window. The Leica camera, ancient by modern standards, had to be reloaded with a new film every 36 snaps. Eunice would follow in a van and develop the films. Frank would then send his salesmen out to the areas he had photographed to

sell the photos. Sometimes a calendar was added and sometimes they were made into postcards with a greeting. His travels were methodical. He covered different suburbs in Brisbane travelling down one side of the street, turning around and then doing the other side of the street. A team of conservationists has worked on the photos which were, in some cases, fused together. The Annerley-Stephens History Group (named to include the suburbs within the former Stephens Shire Council) has identified many of the houses in their area. Vice-president Denis Peel said many volunteers had been involved during the past four years and it had become very much a community engagement tool. “Photos, apart from the first couple in each spool of film, have been identified but many have not, so we have been walking the streets looking for the houses,” he said.




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A Corley 1970 calendar featuring a property at 460 Earnshaw Rd, Nundah. Photo courtesy David McDonald. Suburbs covered so far include Fairfield, Tennyson, Annerley, Moorooka, Yeronga, Yeerongpilly and Tarragindi. “Our interest was that if we located the houses, people could tell us some of the history of the house and the area,” Mr Peel said. “It has been fantastic. We have got up to 100 people coming along to look at the photos and see what they can identify. We have collected and

compiled the stories and photos which refer to not only the area’s history but also its families.” In the case of the Hubner family, for example, three branches of the family have reconnected through the project after a couple of generations. If your house or your parents’ house, was around in the 1960s or 1970s, it may have been photographed by Frank. Houses can also be viewed from a list of other towns including Maryborough, Bundaberg, Ipswich, Killarney, Toowoomba, Gympie, Redcliffe and Nambour. There are more than 60,000 images of the houses online that the State Library would like the public to identify and add a story of what life was like at that time. The Corley collection can be found at Some stories have already been added and these give information such as how and when the house was built, who lived there, where the children played, the household pets, the washing line, the little outhouse down the back and how the family coped day to day. The photographs do not discriminate, ranging from the grand houses on high blocks with ornate decoration to the ordinary little weatherboard cottages on low blocks. There was no warning to

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A house of the 1970s photographed by Frank Corley, and still the same in 2019. Possibly one third of the houses have been demolished or very much changed. homeowners to take in the washing or tidy the garden. A notable feature is that the doors and windows could all be seen wide open. Fences were nonexistent or very low with dogs nearby accidentally photographed. Sometimes, surprised owners are seen sitting on the front steps. This is “how we were” in the 1960s and 1970s. The Corley collection is a wonderful

record of the social and cultural changes in our lives as seen through the houses where we lived. Visitors are welcome to see the exhibition at the State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane. Home: A suburban obsession runs July 14. Entry is free. If you have a story to tell about the Annerley area, email annerleystephens

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Define your values for the next stage of life Our values and beliefs play an integral role in who we are as human beings, writes STEVE MENDL. Together they are like an internal compass that evolves as we go through life, whether we are consciously aware of them or not.


ome values and beliefs are useful, some not so useful, and others can leave us in a double bind that is hard to break. The purpose of this article is to provide you with the kind of knowledge few people have of themselves. More to the point, it is about getting clear on what is important to you – your personal life values. By doing so, you: 1. Get comfortable in your own skin as you move into the next stage of life; 2. Set the foundations for designing what you want moving forward; and 3. Give yourself the opportunity to leave your work identity behind. So, what are your values? Ssimply put, they are what is important to you. While many people think they know what’s important to them, they don’t often stop, sit down and think about what their core values are. We are going to get clear on your values so that you become more aware of them. This will allow you to see how they show up in your life on a day-to-day basis, how you can prioritise them, and how you can take them into consideration when planning the next stage in your life.

The most important thing to realise when you’re dealing with values is that they belong to you, not to anyone else. Though they may have been influenced by your upbringing and life experiences, they do not belong to your mother or any other people who might have played a significant role in your life. Your values must belong to you! So in this space, I encourage you to be quite “self-ish” and look at your life through your own eyes. My research over the past 20 years indicates that you can have anywhere up to 420 different defined values, covering everything from your attitude to money to the way you have approached your career. Here’s an abbreviated list to get the ball rolling: Achievement, diversity, challenge, stability, family, friendship, connection, creativity, gratitude, love, happiness, independence, legacy, peace, recognition, respect, sexiness, routine, trust, variety, wealth and wisdom. As you plan to move out of fulltime employment and into the next stage of your life, you have an opportunity to define your values and label each value

on the list provided with one of the following: • CV for Core Value (always value) • OV for Often Value • SV for Sometimes Value • NV for Never Value By doing this, you begin to get a clear idea of your values and it is from your shortlist of Core Values and Often Values that you can select your top 10 values. Allow some time to do this. Many clients have told me over the years that this can be quite hard as they sort through their options. I suggest being “self-ish” here, as you really think about what is important to you at this time. Go with your gut – there doesn’t have to be a logical reason.. Once you have your top 10 values, the next step is to rank them in order of importance at this point in time. Start by asking yourself: If I could choose only one value from my list of 10 to live out in the next stage of my life as I see it today, which one would it be? This may take some thinking … go for it now! Action: Write down your top 10 life values (in order from most important to least important to you at this time)

Congratulations! Welcome to a new world of understanding and insight into who you are and what is important to you. Few people on the planet are consciously aware of their values. It means you are taking actions and making decisions that are in your best interests. You know why they are important to you. The real point is that you start to own what you do and you do it with an underlying purpose. This is a very empowering process. It’s important to understand and appreciate that, over time, your values may change. Different things are important to somebody who’s just finished their education to someone looking at leaving full-time employment. That uniqueness is yours; hold on to it. Hold on to what’s important to you right now and revisit your list often, to see if things may have changed. Most importantly, the values you’ve selected belong to you, as do the definitions. Owning your values is key to really owning your life moving forward. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money and specialises in career to retirement transition.

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Hats off to the Juke Nissan has moved to a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty on all new vehicles, writes BRUCE McMAHON , and that includes their little orphan-like SUV


his new warranty plus complimentary roadside assistance for private Nissan buyers is aimed at lifting interest and confidence in the range which these days runs the gamut from the all-electric Leaf to the V8powered Patrol. Hidden among these is the small, punked-up Juke, a pioneer among small SUVs. In eight years, some one million Jukes have been produced, most headed into the European market. Over here only 635 of the little Nissans were sold through 2018, compared with almost 14,000 Qashqais from the same stable. And yes, in many respects and right down to the lights and indicator stalk on the left-hand side of the steering column, this Juke is a Euro-focused machine. It runs the choice of 1.2 litre turbocharged engine with 85kW or a 1.6 litre turboed engine with 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque; both can be had with a six-speed manual transmission. Step up to the Ti-S model with all-wheel drive and there’s a Constantly Variable Transmission available. Juke prices start at a recommended $23,490, by the time the Ti-S with CVT arrives that’s moved to $33,840 yet these

drivelines and pricing are pretty competitive in the world of compact SUVs; even while some newer rivals offer more space. And in this world, the Juke has character that’s hard to miss. Even this far down the track, the Nissan SUV retains an unmistakeable, look-at-me style showcased in bright body colours. Maybe there’s too much style here for suburbia; maybe the bold bug-eyed look to the front end is considered a tad confronting, but it is a refreshing break from some of today’s blandness. That upbeat style continues inside

with a clean, tidy and functional dashboard. Instruments and controls are logical (remember, indicators on the left) while there’s a CD player among the audio inputs. Praise be, say music-loving drivers over 45 years old. And if considering the Ti-S, there’s a heap of extra gear here now with automatic folding door mirrors, pushbutton start, heated seats plus satellite navigation. Standard also is Blind Spot Warning and a 360-degree Around-View Monitor with a bird’s-eye view of the car and surrounds when parking. The Juke is, despite the chunky,

compact style, comfortable for four adults even if taller back seat passengers feel a tad hemmed in by the largish C-pillar. With the back seats up there’s enough cargo space for the week’s shopping or a week off touring the countryside. There are no complaints about the get-up-and-go of the Ti-S model with the bigger engine. And while CVTs are not the favourite transmission around here, Nissan makes some of the best of these so it doesn’t become too much of an issue. Nissan reckons it’ll get 6 litres for 100 kilometres. So, the Juke can keep up with city and highway traffic, steers fine for a highriding hatchback and has a fair swag of comfort and safety features. But the ride on those 18-inch black-gloss alloy wheels can be sharpish over the lumps and bumps of Australian city streets. Still, that’s the price to pay for a sporting SUV (if that’s not a tautology). For the Juke, certainly in Ti-S spec, has confident road manners not always found in this class. It can be a fun drive though whether that’s worth the dollars over more conservative and newer rivals is a moot point. At least the Nissan Juke is hard to lose in the shopping centre car park.

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The life and times of Janet Titmarsh It is not often we find original recollections from an ordinary settler, so the short diary of Janet Titmarsh is a wonderful record, writes DIANA HACKER.


anet A. Titmarsh was an early settler who, fortunately for us, made a written record. This is her story. I was born at Thorney Bank, Scotland, the year before the great potato famine which affected people in Ireland and Scotland. One day the plants were green and healthy and the next they looked as if boiling water had been tipped over them. The tubers underground rotted with an offensive smell. Hundreds of people died and children were left orphans. My father worked in the Duke of Wellington coal mine. My sister Nellie and I collected wool caught in brambles and we then learnt to spin and dye and to knit our own stockings during the winter months. About September of 1852 we left for Australia, first crossing the Irish Sea in a ship called the Shark. Finally, we left Birkenhead on 17th March 1853 in a rotten wooden ship called the John Fielding. The captain was George Clark and he had previously sailed on American ships. There were about 140 passengers, mostly English, Irish and Scottish. Crossing the Bay of Biscay, it was very rough and most people were very sea sick. Throughout the voyage the rations were mostly salt pork, and potatoes; with barley and rice cooked in sea water. Other condiments were

severely rationed as was fresh water. Soap would not lather in sea water and occasionally fresh water was caught in a sail and rationed out for washing. As we sailed south it became very hot and the pitch bubbled in the cracks of the deck. I fell down the hold bumping my head on a link of cable chain. I was unconscious for hours, with the doctor saying that I had a fractured skull; and may not live. Soon after that we saw icebergs, whales, flying fish and porpoises. Near the end of the voyage a great storm flooded our quarters. We left the ship in the Brisbane River on 22nd June 1853 and went ashore at Hobb’s wharf near Petrie Bight. We walked to the depot (old soldier’s barracks in Queen Street) an old stone

store near the river. Our family and the Geddes family took a slab hut behind Duramboy’s blacksmith shop and later moved to William Street. Father made wheels for James McLean in Elizabeth Street and he bought his first land lot for £40 in Charlotte Street. I went to Mr John Scott’s school alongside Duramboy’s shop in George Street. Over the next few years I witnessed the hanging of several aboriginals who had murdered settlers. A lot of white men got drunk and suicided. In June 1856 the family moved to Bremer Mills aboard the steamer Hawk. In May 1857, there were traffic floods and men brought wood to my mother who baked all the flour into bread for the people. In 1858 my father went to the Talome diggings (gold). I saw Sir George and Lady Bowen when they visited Ipswich. When father came home from the diggings each Saturday he and I would walk to the grocery store for our supplies. Cribb and Foote’s store was a small shingle roofed house with verandahs. By 1861 father had bought land near Redbank on Goodna Creek. I went to work for a neighbour at North Ipswich and she gave me a heifer which was very difficult to get on to the punt until father came.

She was to be a good cow. For a time my father worked in Brisbane and my mother, brothers and sisters looked after our small farm. When he came home at last he worked at the Woogaroo Asylum. I met my future husband at a church tea on 1st January 1863. We were married on 2nd of October in Mr Titmarsh’s house and for the next few years lived in a house opposite on Goodna Creek. We then bought a small place at Redbank Plains. My husband was a carrier with a bullock team and wagon. Three of his brothers were also carriers and with their teams were marooned by flood water for weeks at Bonar’s Knob [Taroom]. With the railway line to Toowoomba finished we took to growing cotton during the American War. We left Redbank in 1870 and worked for Mr Weinholt on Fassisfern Station. We had nine children and my husband died at Fassifern on 10th August 1880 after fighting bush fires. I close my diary at the age of 55 in 1901. Janet died four years later on August 12, 1905, and is buried with her husband Isiah at Harrisville. Diana Hacker Queensland Women’s Historical Association archivist.

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The title of this book is quirky and piqued my curiosity straight away. The year is 1940 and the German army has invaded the Channel island. Children were evacuated a week before the invasion. How the Potato Peel Pie Society became to exist and the ensuing adventures of its members is the crux of this totally engaging story. It’s not all gloom and doom but a totally captivating story which will steal the reader’s heart. It certainly did mine. I loved this book.


This beautiful artistic creation brought tears to my eyes. I initially balked at reading a book of a couple of hundred letters between a writer and her friends. However, this style worked perfectly for me. It is a book of love and pain. The love of books, the love of written communication, the love of friends, the unrequited love of two people and the love of a child. The personal pain and extreme suffering of individuals during the German occupation of Guernsey during World War II is poignantly covered by the authors. The quirky English and Channel Islander characters and their stories help this novel weave its magic. A must read 10/10

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I seldom find cover quotes accurately reflect the contents of a book but for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society they certainly do. The author paints a vivid picture of the island of Guernsey and the life of its inhabitants during occupation by German soldiers in World War II. With a storyline almost 80 years old, the author had to tell this tale differently to make it interesting and engaging. She achieved that very cleverly by having all of her characters develop their personalities and part in the story through letters, telegrams and notes written to each other. Yes, it is a feel good book that is “gloriously honest, poignant and funny”.



I absolutely loved reading this book. When I finished, I put it down and smiled. It is a feel-good type of book, simple, charming and an easy read. I do not usually enjoy books written in a letter format but it works well here. I enjoyed imagining the literary society as a family that supported each other through the dark days of the Nazi occupation of the island and the many characters that it brought together. It is safe to say though that Juliet is too perfect, loved by all, and the characters are all too nice. It does get a wee bit sugary and the perfect ending seals it for me. I am not sure many men would enjoy this book, but for a rainy weekend read on the sofa 9/10.

Written as a series of letters, this novel is set in 1946, when London is emerging from the shadow of World War II. Writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She finds it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into his wonderfully eccentric world. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was born as an alibi when its members were breaking curfew by the occupying Germans. Juliet begins corresponding with the society’s members, learning about their island. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey.


MARY BARBER This delightful book throws you into some heavy territory – war, starvation, humiliation, bullying and dobbing on your mates (collusion). There are many light-hearted moments too. Juliet the writer from London becomes enchanted by the islanders and their stories, and so did I. The letter format means this is an easy book to dip into and put down again. That’s good because some of the writing is so powerful that I needed to go away and absorb it. Don’t miss this one. It’s definitely a 5-star read.

I love a book that sends me to find out more! I was unaware that there was German occupation of Guernsey for five years. While the story is fiction, it is rooted in history, often harsh and brutal and with one German soldier to every three inhabitants, the Channel Islands were more heavily guarded than other occupied territories. It was a period of brutal rules and regulations and accounting for all livestock and even potatoes! Once I worked out the connections between the correspondents, I was captivated, and my imagination worked overtime as the often-understated portrayal of the members of this unique society emerged. It is a love story but more so a depiction of resilience and courage. It is an insight into the reality of those five years when both the Nazis and the Guernsey families dealt with extreme food shortage and the stress that engendered. It is a rare book that I will keep to read again and I recommend it unreservedly.

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Check the checklist when planning retirement village living Moving into a retirement village is a long-term decision that needs to be considered carefully, and not rushed in any way, writes LESA MACPHERSON.


nce you have committed to a retirement village, the move is not easily undone, and usually can’t be managed without financial loss. Here is a checklist of issues that need to be explored and considered prior to progressing with your retirement living decision. 1. Both lifestyle choices and financial costs are important. The emotional components of your decision need careful consideration as well as the financial aspects. 2. Visit a variety of villages and picture yourself in each of them. Talk to residents,

as well as your friends and family when making your decision. 3. How will you continue to include your loved ones in your life at the village you choose? Will you be close to friends and family? Can they stay overnight for a short visit? Are pets allowed? Does the village include bus/transport services? 4. Just repeating – an engaging lifestyle is a very important consideration. Can you keep up your favourite hobbies or learn new ones? What clubs/social groups/ activities are offered? 5. Can you afford the ongoing costs - not just entry costs? Understand what these are. 6. What happens with any capital gain on the unit? What are the refurbishment requirements? 7. Exit Fees – what are they? How are they calculated? 8. If you leave the Retirement Village what are your entitlements? How soon would they be paid? 9. What sort of contract are you entering into? Freehold? Lease? Licence to reside?

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET CHANGES A NATIONAL survey from consumer advocate Choice shows that 82 per cent of Australian households are concerned about health insurance costs. It is the first time health insurance has topped the list of Choice’s quarterly household survey since 2014, overtaking electricity (77 per cent) as the main household cost concern. The health insurance industry is undergoing the biggest change it has seen in decades after the April introduction of the gold, silver, bronze system. Choice received more than 1700 letters from concerned Australians. “We asked our community to pitch in and help us understand the changes. What we found was a health insurance system in a state of mess” Choice spokesman Jonathan Brown said.

“It’s frankly dishonest for anyone to say they can provide a true comparison of the health insurance market right now. New policies will be released over the coming weeks and months that will change in coverage and price. Until we have all the facts about the quality of cover in the market, no one can tell you what the best value for money policy will be for your needs.” The average premium increase is 3.25 per cent, but Choice has seen a number of letters that show higher costs, with fewer benefits. “From the 1700 letters we received, we’ve found that the system that was meant to simplify health insurance is causing widespread confusion and stress,” Mr Brown said. “These changes are big.”

10. What arrangements are there for ill health/support/hospitalisation if needed? 11. Ongoing care For higher level care can you stay in the village or do you have to move elsewhere? Consider the costs of transitioning 12. Home help and aged care is a vital consideration. Plan these sooner rather than later. What options are available? 13. Do you prefer new, or established accommodation? High Rise? A garden? Take time to view a variety of options. If possible, look closely at floor plans and view lived in areas, not just a display unit. 14. Ask about the demographics of each option – does the age range of other occupants suit you? 15. If you have a partner, would fees be manageable if you become single (through separation or death)? 16. Can you maintain your own garden? How would the area be modified for a pet? 17. What’s covered in the GSC (General Service Charge)? Do you pay for electricity, gas, water, internet separately? Are these shared, or are they individual costs? 18. Can you meet the on-site manager? Do you relate well? What involvement does

the residents committee have? How are disputes resolved in the village? 19. Is the security in the village suitable for you? 20. What arrangements are in place for maintenance of units, community facilities; grounds/common areas. 21. Are meals or a dining area available? 22. When are village staff on duty? How often is there a nurse on duty? Who responds to emergency call buttons? Are these provided? 23. Review amenities and services. For example, wheelchair access, physio, exercise and relaxation classes, gym equipment, pool, spa, hairdresser, men’s shed, library etc. 24. The State Government in its Retirement Village documentation strongly recommends obtaining independent legal advice prior to signing a retirement village contract. When entering into any contract for a retirement village always use a lawyer with extensive experience in that area – not a generalist lawyer or conveyancer. Lesa Macpherson is from Brisbane Elder Law, experts in retirement village contracts, wills and estates. Call 1800 961622.

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good, balanced plan filled with fruits and vegetables, lots of pure, filtered water and herbal teas, healthy oils, good, clean proteins, and whole grains should do the trick. Still, many older adults have a hard time sticking to a healthy diet. There could be many reasons for this – compromised gut and bowel; lack of appetite; trouble chewing or not chewing

for healthy eyes, skin, and immune system. Too much of it can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms. Older people are more likely to have those when they take too much because their bodies can’t deal with the vitamin as well. Talk to your naturopath and if you decide you need a particular vitamin, get a high quality, highly bio-available supplement, one that provides 100 per cent of the recommended amount of vitamins and/or minerals that your body will be able to process and utilize. Vitamins are important because they help your body work the way it should. Among other things, they boost your immune system, keep your nerves healthy, and help turn the food you eat into energy. Older adults have different needs when it comes to vitamins and minerals. For example, the right amount of the right type of calcium can help fend off osteoporosis in women. Vitamin D, which helps your body take in and use calcium, also helps prevent bone loss and fractures in older adults. It’s sometimes hard to know exactly what you need. Before you head to the store, though, it’s important to know the term “supplements” includes not only vitamins and minerals, but also herbs and other botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, probiotics and fish oils. Before you take anything, talk to your naturopath and read labels. Calcium is found in dairy products like milk and certain yogurts, but milk and dairy products are inflammatory, acid and mucous-producing for the human body. Better sources include lemon zest, egg yolks, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, almonds, tahini, sardines, cabbage, spinach, fresh basil, parsley and chives. Vitamin D is made by the body from sunshine, helps you take in calcium and phosphorus, so it’s key for healthy bones and teeth. Older adults don’t make it as

enough; fixed budget; trouble finding or purchasing quality, pesticide-free foods. Add in that your body doesn’t work quite as well as it used to, and climbing Mount Nutrition can be tough! Supplements might be an option. They can do just what their name says – fill in the gaps in your diet – but they aren’t always the answer. Take Vitamin A for example: Important


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well, so supplements can help make you less likely to have bone loss and fractures. Vitamin B12 is important for keeping blood cells and nerve cells healthy. Ageing affects how well you take in and use B12 from foods, so if you’re over 50, it’s probably best to get your B12 from supplements to ensure you are getting enough. Nutritional Yeast is a great source of vegetarian/vegan B12. Folate helps prevent anemia. It’s in spinach, beans, peas and oranges. B6 helps your metabolism and immune system. You can get it from chicken, salmon, silver beet, eggplant, sunflower seeds and pistachio nuts. Vitamin C may help protect you from cataracts, help wound healing, and possibly lower your odds of having certain kinds of cancers. Magnesium helps keep your blood pressure and blood sugar levels steady. It’s also good for your bones. You can get it in spinach, red meat, chicken, nuts (almond/brazil/cashew/pecan/pine/ pistachio/walnut), sesame seeds, tahini, dark chocolate, passionfruit, bananas, blackberries, shallots and parsley. Probiotics are really important for seniors because digestive functions start to slow down as we age. Gut health is also very important for your immune system. Some studies show that probiotics help prevent some types of diarrohea, acute and recurring infections, gut health, immune system, allergies, eczema, inflammation, bloating and ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Remember with probiotics, certain strains and species achieve different results so talk to your naturopath about which one is the right one for you before buying a general over-the-counter brand. Trudy Kither is a registered naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple Natural Medicine Clinic



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HELP ON HAND FOR AN INFORMED CHOICE MOVING to a retirement village involves a lot of decisions – choosing the right community, selling your home and downsizing your belongings, as well as planning for current or future care needs. Having the right information at every stage is key to making well-informed choices. If you’ve got questions about retirement, Brookland Retirement Village’s upcoming Retirement Living Expo is the chance to learn more. On Tuesday, May 7, 10am-noon, industry experts will present a range of topics relating to retirement living. These include understanding retirement village costs and contracts, recent changes to retirement village legislation, living in a retirement village, selling your home and home care options. The expo will also provide an opportunity to speak to residents about their experience of village life, tour Brookland’s landscaped grounds and available homes, and enjoy a devonshire tea. Brookland Retirement Village is in the southside suburb of Robertson and is now owned and operated by Reside 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / May 2019

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FOUR-legged furry friends will be among the first residents to arrive at the new Nundah-based Alondra Residences. The $30 million-plus retirement living project has risen to meet demand for retiree pet-pampered living with its new service including in-house concierge services for dogs and cats. With the most recent Animal Medicines Australia study revealed almost half of all Australians aged 65+ have a domestic pet. Lutheran Services CEO Jacqueline Kelly said Alondra Residences had been specifically designed with a sense of community in mind and embracing pets was a further step towards ensuring resident inclusivity and wellbeing. “There’s widespread anecdotal evidence that pets provide a multitude of physical and mental health benefits, from company and comfort to increasing

fitness levels and encouraging socialisation,” she said. “We’re here to ensure that retirees no longer have to go through the stress and upset of rehoming their pets, nor are limited in their choices of how to retire because of them. “In fact, our in-house concierge will provide health and wellbeing support to Alondra residents and can assist with booking pet grooming services, vet appointments and even dog-walking bookings at the owner’s request.”

DECLUTTERING EXPERT SPEAKS AT LIFESTYLE RESORT THE Caboolture community will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of decluttering and downsizing at a free workshop to be hosted at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront on May 15. Motivational speaker, author and interior designer Tanya Lewis, The Eco Organiser, will share her knowledge at the hour-long Declutter your Life workshop. Attendees will learn how to ethically declutter, how to identify clutter and how to downsize and live life well – all while saving money. Resort sales manager Sherry McOmish said that while decluttering was on trend at the moment, retirees had been doing it for years when they went through the process of downsizing. “The workshop is designed to help you start the process and give you some helpful tips along the way,” she said. The workshop aims to decrease stress

levels, clear minds and save valuable time and money. This is achieved by exploring strategies to better organise and manage household clutter. Ms Lewis said the audience would be encouraged to rethink their relationship with clutter to live richer, happier lives. “I will cover topics such as how to honour and respect your treasures, how to save money and energy and how to let go of ‘stuff’,” she said. Guests will be treated to morning tea and there will be eight display homes open for viewing, along with the opportunity to tour the resort’s awardwinning Country Club and some of its many recreational activities, such as the golf simulator and 10-pin bowling alley. Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront Wednesday ,May 15, 10.30am-12.30pm. To register, call 1800 860 356 or visit


Communities. “This event will give guests an overview of everything they need to know about moving into a retirement village, from costs and contracts to the ins and outs of selling your home,” CEO Glen Brown. “We know from experience that there’s typically a lot of research involved with this process and that it can be overwhelming. We want to provide useful information and answer any questions to help make the right choice.” 18 Romulus St, Robertson. All welcome. Register at or call 3345 9143.

NOEL’S mother Eileen was able to access high quality care, right up until she passed away in her own home at Seasons Kallangur. This is his story. The family initially bought into an independent living community, and when Seasons took over in 2009, it gave access to care, right up to palliative level. We had looked around and stumbled upon where Seasons Kallangur is now. We fell on our feet because it meant Seasons was able to offer all the extra care that Mum wouldn’t have had in independent living. This support became important five years ago when Mum’s health started to deteriorate. She started to be more housebound and it became obvious she needed ongoing care. She had an ACAT assessment and we started off with a Level 2 package. As

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A BEACHED WHALE, A CONFUSED NAVIGATOR… WHATEVER COULD BE THE MATTER? This highly interactive and playful performance is full of slapstick, clowning and a 9-metre whale that can swallow you whole. This timely tale will give you a belly laugh and leave you and your grandchildren wanting to make a difference for our oceans.

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ONE PIANO, FOUR HANDS PLAYING one piano with four hands – but a unified artistic mind – is a most intimate form of chamber music there is. Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi are ZOFO; a 20-finger orchestra who, for a decade, have been electrifying audiences with their artistry and out-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. They commissioned a Pictures at an Exhibition’ seeking composers from 15 countries and asking them to choose a piece of visual art from their own culture, and write a short piece inspired by it. The result is ZOFOMOMA, a multimedia concert experience and a celebration of marvellous pianism set against an enthralling background of international artworks. It creates an imaginary tour of a modern gallery to intrigue and engage ears and eyes. Griffith University Conservatorium Southbank. Thursday, May 9, 7pm Tickets or call 1800 688 482

QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra’s Opera Gala is a sophisticated evening of opera favourites is coming up at QPAC. Opera dials up emotions – heartbreak in love triangles, drinking songs, slaves celebrating freedom. The stories and scenes almost don’t matter – they’re all a great excuse to hear soaring melodies, rousing choruses and the glory of the human voice in full flight. The concert includes some of the greatest opera moments of all time, including music by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Bizet for this spectacular evening. QPAC Concert Hall. Saturday, June 1, 7.30pm. Tickets $60-$89.90 concessions available. Bookings:

MUSIC MEETS ACROBATICS THE Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Paul Dyer and Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz join forces again in their third collaboration, English Baroque with Circa. It’s enchanting English masque and theatre music featuring compositions by Handel, Purcell and Dowland, with the extreme physicality and grace of Circa acrobats in all-new choreography and gravity-defying feats. Guest soloist is soprano Jane Sheldon. QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank May 21, 7.30pm.Tickets $59-$102. Bookings

SAVOYARDS PRESENT AN OLD FAVOURITE BRISBANE musical theatre company The Savoyards present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic American musical Oklahoma! Set in US Indian territory in the 1900s, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a farm girl, play out their love story. Oklahoma! is the winner of multiple international awards plus awardwinning revival productions and has also been made into a film. Savoyards presents eight performances from this month. Iona Performing Arts Centre, Iona College,Wynnum West. Weekends June 22-July 6, with performances at 7.30pm and 1.30pm. Tickets $50, concessions $47. Full details and to book visit or call 3893 4321.

JOIN AUDREY AND MARILYN WELCOME winter with an afternoon at the movies with Audrey and Marilyn. Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn, screens at 1pm and at 3pm, Marilyn Monroe stars in Some Like it Hot. Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane CBD. June 1, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets $12 one movie, 16 two movies. At the door or bookings

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MAKE a day out with the grandkids for a good laugh that brings an environmental message. Watch from the shore or immerse yourself in The Whale’s Tale, a highly interactive spectacle full of slapstick, clowning and a 9m whale that can swallow you whole. It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet

and take a deep breath. A whale is washed up on a beach and discovered by a child. Is it alive or dead? How did it get there and how can it get back to the ocean? The spirit of the whale embodied as the Navigator embarks on a journey to find out what is wrong with the dubious help of Dr Walrus. Highly interactive, playful and full of fun, The Whale’s Tale is an environmental tale to warm the heart and inspire everyone to play their part in caring for our planet and the animals we share it with. It has been forecast that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. This timely tale, with reflections about the consequences of our actions, is guaranteed to give you a belly laugh and leave you and your grandchildren wanting to make a difference. Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). Wednesday, June 5, Tickets $12–$20. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit

GARDENING GURU RETURNS TO FESTIVAL IF you can’t reuse it, refuse it – that’s the message from this year’s Logan Eco Action Festival, better known as LEAF, which is back for its ninth year. Gardening guru and self-proclaimed “friend of the festival” Costa Georgiadis, from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, will headline the event for the third year, continuing his strong track record of inspiring clean, green living in Logan. There is a range of free workshops and demonstrations promoting tips and tricks on sustainable living practices. These include plant-based cooking, cheese making, keeping backyard chickens, kokedama making and composting. Logan City Image and Innovation Committee chairman Laurie Smith said the free event, in recognition of World

Environment Day, was getting bigger and better each year. “From its inception nearly a decade ago, this festival has been about bringing our community together to promote a clean, green style of living that will better serve our future generations,” he said. “This year’s focus is about creating a reusable society, which means it will be a balloon-free, straw and single-use plastic-free event. So, grab your free canvas tote and bring your own mug for a discount on your coffee.” “While you are there, grab yourself a new plant for your garden at the Native Plants Queensland plant sale.” Griffith University Logan Campus, Meadowbrook. Sunday, May 26, 10am3pm. Visit or LEAFevent on Facebook

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HELP TO BECOME “ANGRY NO MORE” MICHELLE Nanouche, a Christian Science of healing practitioner and international speaker, presents a talk on universal healing precepts found in the Holy Bible. She will discuss the approach to spirituality and wellbeing that explains these ideas, called Christian Science, and share examples of healing through prayer of emotional, mental and physical issues stemming from unhealed anger. The talk is free and open to the community. “For those who have felt victimized by their circumstances, trailed by a sad past, or who are marked by abuse, this lecture offers insights that neutralize perpetual

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I’ve been to paradise A luxury voyage in the Fijian islands is like exploring paradise with a group of friends aboard your own super yacht, writes DALLAS SHERRINGHAM.

The Reef Endeavour stops in at Wairiki. (Images Michael Osborne)


he cruise staff and crew aboard the Captain Cook Cruises liner Reef Endeavour are quite simply the friendliest people I have ever had the fortune to travel with in my time as a travel writer. I recently went on a seven-night voyage to eastern and northern Fiji to explore the cultural and colonial history of the islands. It was also a cruise featuring great natural beauty including the famed Garden Island of Taveuni and some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling experiences. However it was the crew who captured everyone’s hearts, giving guests a real taste of the famous Fijian hospitality. They sang, they danced, they smiled constantly, they welcomed us with a heartening “bula” and “vinaka” at every opportunity; they wined an dined us in style and when it was time to say goodbye, tears flowed as they sang the hauntingly beautiful Fijian song of farewell, Isa Lei. Under the guidance of skipper Ian Davison and cruise director Carol Crumlin, they took us to isolated, unspoilt places only a few people from around the world

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Taveuni, the legendary Garden Island, has been on my list for many years and it didn’t disappoint. We went ashore in the expedition boat and a local tourist bus was waiting to take us to the base for the easy walk to Tavoro Bouma Waterfall and rock pool in the Bouma National Heritage Park on the eastern side of the island. The cool waters of the pool are a refreshing reward as the waters of the raging falls plunged more than 20m through virgin rainforest. That night we went ashore again for a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony and concert, followed by a luau at a local village on the shores of Taveuni. The old Fijian capital of Levuka on Ovalau Island was a highlight of the cruise. It is the best preserved island town in the world and has gained World Heritage status for its wild west-style buildings stretching along Beach St, framed by vertical, rainforest-clad mountains. At Savusavu, visit the capital of Vana Levu, the northern or “second” island of Fiji. Locals say you will never want to leave – and I could soon see why. It is a beautiful place, with quiet beaches framed by Indian rain trees, hot springs that occasionally turn into geysers, a bustling commercial area and old wharves straight out of a Somerset Maugham South Seas story. The water is so clean and pure in the bay, a giant volcanic crater flooded by the sea, that pearl farmer Justin Hunter has set up a unique operation in conjunction with the local community. His farm produces the world’s rarest pearls in shells that dangle suspended under the ocean on secured lines. We also visited the former leper colony at Makogai Island, in the heart of the Lomaiviti group, where more than 4000 sufferers from throughout the Pacific were sent to battle the devastating disease.

The quiet, deserted cemetery is testament to the tragic end of that long battle for many patients. However Makogai is now bringing new life and hope to the region in another way. It is home to an experimental station that is growing giant clams and returning them to the sea. The clams have disappeared from the reefs of Fiji due to cyclones and harvesting, but they are now being replaced. The clams play a vital role in keeping reefs healthy and eliminating crown of thorns starfish prodigy. This cruise adventure was relaxing, fun-filled, friendly and unique, typical of the line’s excellent itineraries and experiences. It is ideally suited for singles, couples, mature travellers and extended family groups. To find a deal visit or your local travel agent. Feature supplied by

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Look, learn and love the big Mediterranean islands Sicily and Sardinia lie at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and have attracted interest throughout the ages, says HUGH MORGAN, who shares his passion and knowledge of the region when he leads a tour later this year.

Taormina drops down the hill leading to the sea in the Province of Messina in Sicily.


he 19-night tour begins in Rome on September 29, and concludes in Rome on October 18. Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, offers fertile plains, valuable mineral deposits, salt deposits and excellent natural harbours. Settlers were drawn to Sicily, which set a pattern of conquest after conquest, leaving a legacy of the island’s fascinating history with, in many cases, ruins that testify to the grandeur of these ancient civilisations. In the course of the journey, visitors will see a number of sites, including bustling Palermo and the tiny lagoon island of Mozia near Marsala. As the Ancient Greek world expanded into the western Mediterranean in the 8th century BC, settlements were established not only on the rim of the Italian peninsula but also in eastern and southern Sicily. Agrigento, Syracuse and Taormina, all of which we visit, were among the most prosperous Greek cities of their time. An archaeological site, a Roman villa, which you visit near Piazza Armerina, is renowned for having the most outstanding display of Roman floor mosaics in situ. It’s breathtaking.

Sicily fell under the sway of the Byzantine Empire during the first half of the 6th century. The Arab period provided Sicily with a fillip. The capital was moved from the Syracuse to Palermo, which became a cultural hub of the Mediterranean, where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived in harmony. It was the Arabs who revolutionised agricultural practices in Sicily by introducing irrigation into farming. The Normans were the next wave of Sicilian history. Magnificent Byzantine mosaics in Cefalù, Monreale and Palermo remind us of this vital Norman period, as well as the hallmarks of the period’s distinctive Arab-Norman architectural style, which you’ll see at a number of places including the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo. Both Sicily and Sardinia have glorious landscapes. Driving across Sicily you will see huge durum wheat farms, vineyard clad hillsides, valleys with extensive prickly-pear farms and, of course, olive groves and citrus and almond orchards. Because of a violent earthquake that rocked eastern Sicily in 1693, towns were rebuilt according to the architectural taste of the day, namely baroque. For this reason, you will explore a

number of outstanding baroque towns such as Acireale, Catania, Noto, Ragusa and Syracuse. The Sicilian journey will include a visit to Lipari in the beautiful Aeolian Islands immediately to the north of the province of Messina. A flight from Palermo, Sicily to Cagliari in southern Sardinia will transport you from the busy vibrant world of Sicily to one of the world’s oldest landforms, much like Australia, to an island that is sparsely populated. From one world to another. There is little in Sardinia that reminds us of Sicily, not even the local language or the food. Most of Sardinia is comprised of mountains so rugged that even the Romans gave up trying to tame the mountain people. The plain to the south of the island comprises productive agricultural districts, where one might see almond and citrus orchards, olive groves and fields under wheat or spelt, while in the north one are vineyards. Sardinia, the Mediterranean’s second largest island, was settled during the Early Stone Age. Obsidian trade was of great importance to the local people. During this period of settlement, the locals built nuraghi, which were tall stone towers, used either for defensive purposes or as dwellings, sometimes with a cluster of lesser dwellings surrounding the tower. The journey in Sardinia heads to the craggy heights of the mountains where you stay to discover a distinctive and formerly remote country town known for its wall murals or trompes-l’oeil that depict a myriad of scenes, some quite disturbing. At a relaxing pace, the tour will explore the Archipelago of La Maddalena, with its glorious scenery, then Porto Cervo and the Costa Smeralda, famous for the Agha Khan’s resort development, which was initiated in the 1960s. The journey in the north heads to Alghero on the western coast of Sardinia, which also had its waves of invasions. After its Byzantine period, two of the most powerful maritime republics of the Middle

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The beauty of Porto Cervo, Sardinia Ages, Genoa and Pisa, vied to have control of Sardinia. At the time of the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century, Hapsburg Austria took control of the island before it passed to the dukes of Savoy. During the mid-19th century the Kingdom of Sardinia-Savoy was responsible for taking the entire Italian peninsula and Sicily by force or by bloodless treaty to create the modern Kingdom of Italy, which established its first capital in Florence and then Rome in 1870 when papal control ended. Indulge in some of the most awesome scenery on the Mediterranean, and as the tour starts and finishes in in Rome, you will have ample opportunity to extend your stay in the Eternal City. Call 1800 132 385 or email: info@ Golden Compass Tours has been offering educational small group tours for mature travellers for 24 years. Hugh Morgan, one of its best loved tour leaders, has a great passion for Italy, its history, culture, language, food and rich diversity, and is looking forward to sharing the extraordinary sights, sounds and flavours of Sicily and Sardinia. It will be a gentle exploration of the diverse Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia in late September – the best time of year as all the crowds have gone home. Hugh speaks Italian fluently and knows the territory well.

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No. 3650


No. 022

Today’s Aim:


54 words: Excellent


Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.


ACROSS 1 6 9 10 11 13 14 16 18 19 20 21 23 26 27

Levels (of quality) (9) Conversations (5) Rampaging (7) County in NW England (7) Lackadaisical (9) Astound (5) Colouring (7) Fantasy creature (7) Greek letter (3) Climbing support spot (7) Sewer entrance (7) Member of a Jamaican religious movement (5) Choosers (9) Food (archaic) (7) Distance in models or maps (7)

28 Cooks (quickly) (5) 29 Distributes (9)

DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 12 14 15 16 17

Horses’ fathers (5) Loathe (9) Tendency (5) Mat (3) Is not good (colloq) (5) Associate (9) Blood carrier (5) Impasse (9) Bordered (5) Weekend days (9) Worshippers (9) Desert animal (5) Study of the production and consumption of goods (9)

22 Hindu deity (5) 23 Satisfied fully (5) 24 South Australian valley (5) 25 Long detailed stories (5) 27 Distress call (1,1,1)

No. 022

No. 823

2 7 8 9

40 words: Very good


Level: Easy

27 words: Good




6 7 5 3 9 2 9 3 6 4

3 5 2 6 8 5 9 9 1 6 7 6 4 5 2 4 9


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


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