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Editor’s note


ike many of us, I thought I was way too worldly-wise to get caught by a scammer, yet here I was, kicking myself that I had fallen into a cleverly-set trap. I had opened an email link. For me, it was a matter of timing. The day after I had sent an email to Coles complaining about emails from their Flybuys program, I received a message saying Coles apologised and here was a gift. Foolishly, I didn’t check the address of the sender as I normally would have and clicked my way through to a site offering me all manner of things I didn’t want while asking for more details about myself. Luckily, I twigged at about this point and cancelled out, removing as many traces of myself as I could along


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Contents the way. I was so annoyed at myself for falling for such an old trick. I didn’t lose anything except my dignity, but others have been more cruelly attacked. As Pauline Clayton discovers in her investigation into phone scams, nobody is exempt; we all have an achilles heel that makes us vulnerable to very clever confidence tricksters. Even though I have registered with the government’s Do Not Call register ( or phone 1300 792 958) the only calls to my landline (I don’t even know the number myself) are from callers I don’t want to hear from. I stopped answering it years ago. Pauline decided to investigate after she noticed the sheer volume of calls coming in to herself, friends and neighbours. One reported receiving 12 calls from around the country, two from the same number in London. He didn’t recognise a single one, so didn’t answer. It’s a cautionary tale that demonstrates that no matter how hard we try to avoid them, there are those who will do anything for an easy buck. Dorothy Whittington, Editor

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Strangers on the line Modern day burglars enter your home via telephone and internet. PAULINE CLAYTON investigates the nefarious world of the scammer who trades on wiles and patience to take your hard-earned.


OAN politely answered a call from a Telstra technician who, introducing himself as Mick, said he was calling to let her know her computer had been hacked and contained a virus. The 60-year-old Brisbane woman had no reason to believe a professional cyber-criminal was rubbing his hands with glee. He had a target – his victim hadn’t hung up. Now he set about working slowly and resolutely to gain her confidence. Supposedly completing the service to remove the virus the caller went on to suggest Joan (not real name) was the type of person who could assist Telstra catch these vile criminal hackers. So how did a member of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) feel having to tell Joan that she would never see her savings again? “It hurts every time,” a member of the ACORN team said.


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“There’s nothing we can do to recover funds for victims such as Joan who have sent funds overseas, including via gift cards.” Soul destroying for the Queensland Police cyber-crime team is the daily occurrence of the same scams. “We see the same thing over and over again.” Before you shake your head and say how could anyone be so stupid to hand their money to a stranger over the phone, just know that the ACORN team’s victims include professionals, academics and the young. A detective with ACORN is quick to explain that anyone can be a victim. “We have had police officers scammed, we see doctors, lawyers, teachers, people who have worked hard for their money,” he said. The detective added that thinking that only the mature aged and computer

illiterate were the targets is a misconception. “The younger generation think they are smarter, but they are more likely to click on things and download malware. The older generation has more money and so they are singled out,” he said. “The 40-year-olds with children and mortgages cannot afford to pay a scammer.” Even so why would a hard-working, honest person buy $88,000 worth of gift cards for a stranger over the phone? Because they are of the generation to have respect for authority and care for their community. They are anxious to make a difference by helping an authority such as Telstra to trap cyber criminals. Implausible as it sounds, the gift card scam that late last year stripped Joan of her life savings is becoming increasingly common. The day I asked, the Queensland Police ACORN team had responded to five gift card scam victims, individual losses ranging from $200 to $19,000. Here’s how it works. After using the old trick posing, for example, as Microsoft, Telstra or Optus to say there’s a computer virus, scammers add the twist that with the victim’s help they can use their computer and online banking to trap these evil scammers. The victim is told the method used to trap the criminals is via the purchase of gift cards. The cyber-criminal then pretends to deposit funds into their victim’s bank account for this purchase. They adjust their script and when Joan said she didn’t have a car, the scammer said Telstra would pay for a taxi.

The scammer then transferred funds into the account Joan was looking at but, unbeknown to her, it came from another of her accounts. Often scammers will transfer from a credit card or mortgage account. Following precise instructions from her “handler”, over two days Joan went from store to store purchasing 185 gift cards, most at $500 each. The scammer stayed on the phone with her for up to six hours. Some large retailers question a purchase of more than $2000 of gift cards, but the scammer quickly says: “Say they are for your grandchildren”. A Queensland Police Snr Constable said there were so many cards in this case that Joan carefully wrote down the serial numbers before reading them back to the scammer. “The moment she tore off the strip and read the code to the scammer the cards are redeemed and sold on, often at a discount. The plastic card is then useless,” she said., Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy chairman Delia Rickard put out an alert in September 2017 announcing that during the previous 12 months, 1236 Australians lost nearly $540,000 by gift cards being used as fake payments. The previous year, the losses were $480,000. “This is a growing trend and scammers can become threatening and aggressive if they sense they are ‘losing’ their victim or if they are starting to cotton on,” she said. The rule to follow is that you never, ever give remote access to your computer to a stranger over the phone. And no company, including Centrelink,


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COVER STORY asks for payment with a gift card. But there’s more. The long running: “This is Microsoft and we are calling to advise your system has been hacked,” has been upgraded to more threatening calls such as: “This is Telstra and your internet will be shut down in one hour.” But less obvious and more cunning is the use of fake accounts from known authorities including the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink, banks, energy providers and constant favourites, the telecommunication companies Telstra and Optus and now, even the wholesaler (they do not talk to users), the National Broadband Network (NBN). This writer took a call a few days ago. “Hi. I’m Nicole from the Australian National Broadband Network, we are disconnecting the internet your area and need your cooperation.” Knowing this to be a scam I stayed on line to see just where I was to be led. First, after hitting the one key on my phone I was addressed by a chap with an American accent advising me I was being transferred to a technician. Then it was on to David who revealed he was from the Philippines but with Optus in Sydney. (I’m with Telstra). He led on with the tried but untrue script that he needed to access my computer to “fix up the internet connection”. Pleading senility, I said my son would have to fix the connection when he came home and please give me a phone number. He did. When I duly called (02) 800 51472 Frank answered saying he was a Telstra technician. He hung up when I said I was writing a story on scammers. From boiler rooms around the world, and now in Australia, professional criminal cyber gangs are updating their scams in style and from landlines to mobile phones

Queensland police officers Tracy Reynolds and Suzie Kobez with the 185 gift cards and receipts that cost the victim $88,000 but are now worth nothing. and emails. Claiming to be from the Australian Government offering a solar rebate of up to $5000 is currently common. “I’ll check with my federal member,” is a wise response. Claiming to be from an insurance company regarding a member of the family involved in an accident is also doing the rounds. Alarmingly, scammers are now using the actual company logos to produce fake invoices, and even stocks and shares. The ACCC reports that people over 65 are being targeted with fake power bills. Hang up instantly and then check your previous account. Missed calls on mobile phones are also

now in play by scammers. The area codes are for Belarus, Latvia, Serbia, Valparaiso and others, or often simply 02 or 03 suggesting Sydney or Melbourne. If you hit recall you have opened the back door to your house and into your phone which, of course, contains your contact list, banking, credit card and often passport details. Then there’s the scam messages i.e. “You missed a call on 07 xxxxxxx and a lost suitcase is being filed under your name. Call back immediately.” The range of scams is exotic and ever evolving. Your car has recently been involved in an accident and there is an outstanding claim. Your computer has a virus. You owe money and a warrant is being issued in your name. There is a warrant out for your arrest due to unpaid taxes, fines, insurance etc. The moment you respond, a scammer will work to gain your trust until they have your money. Ding, they are gone. You gave voluntarily.

ARE YOU in control? Or is there an unseen stranger in your house? Who to contact if you believe you have been scammed. Queensland – Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) at 3364 6622. Federal – Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to report a scam or subscribe to Scamwatch. Victims of identity theft can contact: ID Care – Cyber Security. 1300 432 273.

DID YOU KNOW? THE Australian Institute of Criminology’s: ‘Estimating the costs of serious and organised crime in Australia 2016–17’ report tell us: Consumer fraud has been estimated to cost Australia almost $1 billion annually, although the full extent of the losses is unknown as many choose not to officially report their experiences. Although victims of scams can lose as little as $1, some send substantial amounts to criminals, occasionally exceeding many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those who send such large amounts frequently feel ashamed of what they have done, or apprehensive that they might have acted illegally. Victims may also receive little sympathy for having been victimised and may be blamed for being gullible. These factors act to deter victims from formally reporting the scam to police. When the full circumstances of cases are known, however, the sophistication of the deception makes it clear that victims have been enticed by a serious and concerted campaign of trickery which preys on their weaknesses and vulnerabilities.









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The mother I can’t forget As a trainee midwife in far north Queensland, SUE CURRIE met a young mother who gave birth to twins and had to give them away.


had twins, didn’t I?” she said. Her voice was no more than a whisper as we waited for her train to Bowen. It is late 1964. The question surprised me. “Yes.” I said. “Two identical little boys with red hair like yours.” Her brown eyes searched my face for more clues. It was the first time she’d made eye contact since her admission to


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Maternity a week prior. “Your babies weighed four and a half pounds each. They’re in an isolette together and they’re doing fine,” I said. “We call them Peter and Paul.” “What will happen to them?” “They’ll be adopted” I said. “A nice couple without any children have already been in to see them.” “Thanks,” she said.

She climbed into the train and was gone from my life, but not from my memory. I do not remember her first name, only her surname. I clearly remember that brief exchange so long ago, just before noon at Townsville station because as a student midwife, I’d “accidentally” delivered her first twin. It was 1.30pm on a warm Wednesday

afternoon when I came on duty for my shift in the labour ward. There were three delivery rooms in a row. All of the senior medical and nursing staff were busy with a breech delivery in the middle room and the one on the left was occupied by a woman in early labour. Breech babies were not automatic caesarian sections back then. Sister James told me to admit the new patient into the room on the right. While I prepared her for delivery I tried to obtain a history of her pregnancy. Like many young unmarried women in those days, she’d received no ante natal care and had done her best to hide her shame from the prying eyes in her home town. She’d fled from Bowen to Townsville several months before, when she began to “show”. The most I could extract from her was a soft “yes” or “no” as she avoided my eyes. Shy, embarrassed and withdrawn, she’d waited until her contractions were strong before coming into the hospital. She lay on her back with her eyes tightly closed while the junior Resident Medical Officer (RMO) palpated her


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I had a special proprietary feeling about “my twins”. I’d hurry into the nursery at the start of each shift to say hello to them and check on their progress. Their mother was placed in the corner bed near a window in a room with five other women who had their babies with them … perhaps a policy of silent rebuke? She was given an injection, male hormone tablets and a tight breast binder to dry up her milk. Each time we approached her she’d turn her face to the window. We were young and inexperienced, not much older than she, and nurses were not educated about the emotional care of their patients in those days. We felt uncomfortable by the wall of silence she built around herself, so we left her alone. Her heart must’ve been breaking. I don’t remember seeing social workers or any other counsellors in that hospital, but somebody must have arranged the adoption – presumably without the mother’s consent; otherwise, why would she have asked me that question on the station? Several weeks after the young woman went home, a well-dressed couple, twice her age, came in to collect their twins. I was relieved when I heard they were taking both babies. There was no guarantee that twins would go to the same home back then. I’ve thought about that young woman many times over the years, especially after I, myself, became a mother. As societal attitudes have changed I’ve had to acknowledge that I unwittingly participated in one of our society’s cruelest punishments for women who gave birth outside of marriage. I have wished many times that I could tell her how sorry I am. Visit Call 3358 6666 or Jigsaw’s Forced Adoption Support Service 1800 21 03 13

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abdomen to discover the position of her baby. Her tummy was not particularly large and this was in the days before ultrasound and electronic foetal heart monitors were used in north Queensland. The doctor was satisfied that the baby’s head was fixed in its mother’s pelvis and that the labour was progressing normally. He made a small cross in blue biro on the girl’s skin above where he’d located the baby’s heartbeat then left the room asking me to call him when she was ready to push. I monitored her contractions and listened to the baby’s heart sounds every 10 minutes. The contractions were strong and frequent but she didn’t make a sound. She was in her late teens, her face was pale, her dark red hair lay damp and limp on the pillow and her eyes remained tightly closed. My attempts to talk to her were met with silence, although she co-operated with position changes when I asked her. I suppose that’s why I can’t remember her first name. I never got to know her. None of us got to know her. Within an hour she was needing to push. I called the RMO and we positioned her on her back. He asked me to scrub for the delivery. The baby was born surprisingly fast for a firstborn. I stood near the foot of the bed holding a pale, limp, baby boy by his ankles so mucous could drain from his nose and mouth. “Gosh, he is so small,” I thought as I looked down and saw a tiny blue hand protruding from the mother’s birth canal. I let out an exclamation and the doctor also saw it. Pandemonium ensued. Senior staff rushed in from the breech room and the RMO scrubbed hastily to deliver the second baby (student midwives were not supposed to deliver twins). “My” twin was taking a long time to breathe and another doctor grabbed him from me and commenced resuscitation. The second twin was born quite easily in spite of having his hand in front of his head. He was blue and still. The doctors worked frantically on both babies and eventually had both of them pink and crying after what seemed to me like forever. They were whisked away to the nursery in an isolette while their mother lay, virtually forgotten, staring at the ceiling. I washed her after everyone had gone. She didn’t speak; neither did I. We both had eyes full of tears; neither of us knew what to say. The babies were tube fed for a few weeks until they were strong enough to take bottles. They thrived and became the darlings of the nursery.

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Mum’s medicine chest cures all ailments For any childhood ailment – stubbed toes, sore throats, ear ache, tick bites, boils, carbuncles, wind burn, sunburn, school sores, cold sores, any sores – my mother had a remedy on hand, writes KATE CALLAHAN.


hen two children from a neighbouring farm, Raymond and Sandra, came to stay with us for a week in 1965 due to a family emergency, Raymond arrived with an ugly carbuncle behind his knee. I’d never seen a carbuncle before, but Mum had. “Bad diet,” she said as she headed off to the kitchen to prepare a poultice. After heating some milk on the combustion stove, she added a handful of cooking salt, simmered the concoction for a bit, and then thickened it with stale breadcrumbs. Dividing the mixture into several poultices, she applied one to Raymond’s boil every half-hour for the next couple of hours. Raymond earned my respect that day. He didn’t cry once but it must have hurt like Hades. I won’t go into the gory details of what happened next but by the end of the week, the carbuncle was gone and so was Raymond. Mum had worked her magic once again. The main stay of the medicine chest was Castellani’s paint, or Castellani’s for short. An intensely purple paint in a tiny bottle, it was the invention of Italian

physician, Aldo Castellani, who was a specialist in tropical diseases. Mum swore by it and applied it with gay abandon to cuts, grazes and gravel rash, ingrown toenails, warts, infected finger nails, tick bites and – gasp – school sores. I had a serious dose of school sores when I was eight. It all started when a shellback tick burrowed into the crown of my head. A liberal dose of good old Castellani’s should have seen the end of it, but the wound site was attacked by bacteria and I had a head full of school sores. This was one of the few times when Mum’s arsenal of home remedies failed, and medical treatment had to be invoked. Though better forgotten, the whole dreadful episode is indelibly etched in my memory bank, so let’s just change the subject … to Agarol. For the uninitiated, Agarol is an old-fashioned vanilla-flavoured laxative that contains agar-agar, a gel-like substance that bulks up the gut. These days, agar-agar is a prime ingredient of gluten-free baking, where it performs a bulk-up function similar to real gluten. Mum had a morbid fear of

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During the winter, the Vicks VapoRub invariably made an appearance. It worked its magic when rubbed on the chest, smeared in the nostrils or used as a steam inhalation. But warning, warning! Avoid getting Vicks in the eyes. I learnt this lesson at age 10 when I used Vicks as a substitute for petroleum jelly to make my eyelids gleam, just like the glamorous models in the Woman’s Day. Dumb, yes, but perhaps not quite so dumb (or damaging) as depositing your used chewing gum behind your earlobe. I can tell you that chewing gum sticks with incredible tenacity to human skin and is resistant to lanolin, hot water, vinegar, methylated spirits and kerosene, all of which Mum tried before resorting to brute force. These days I still use some of Mum’s remedies for various ailments. Bicarbonate of soda for mouth ulcers; warm salty water for sore throats; raw onion for insect bites; apple cider vinegar for indigestion; egg yolks for dry hair; nutmeg for cuts. But childhood experiences can be formative. I haven’t gone near Agarol since the late 1960s and I’ve maintained a lifelong aversion to chewing gum and Vicks VapoRub.

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Dr William Archibald Spooner was born in London in 1844, and is remembered not so much for his prowess as a scholar and Oxford lecturer, but for his frequent speech errors, writes BARBARA BUFI.


poonerisms, as they have come to be called, occur when initial letters or sounds of adjoining words are transposed for mostly humorous results. Although it is believed that his students may well have been responsible for many of the slips of the tongue attributed to Dr Spooner, one of his genuine examples during World War I was, “when our boys come home from France, we will have the hags flung out.’ Another emerged at the end of a wedding ceremony at which he was officiating: “It is now kisstomary to cuss the bride”. Live radio broadcasts can provide good instances of embarrassing spoonerisms. Years ago, a Sunday morning presenter on the (at that time) very proper and appropriately spoken ABC, described a vessel he was observing in a sail-by as a “three basted marque”. This was followed by a short, strained silence, before he launched calmly into the remainder of his commentary. That’s aplomb. Another incident which occurred on


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ABC radio during a live broadcast from the Houses of Parliament was not a spoonerism but is most certainly memorable. The female Speaker of the House was involved in a discussion as to whether or not “Mr Speaker” was the correct form of address. “Thank you, Mr Speaker will be quite appropriate,” she replied. “I have no sex in this position.” Dead silence, then the House erupted. On one occasion our usually impeccable TV weatherman observed that the district would be subject over the next day or two to shattered scowers. Not to be outdone, the morning forecaster on the radio noted next day that should showers occur, they would queer clickly. Some home-grown spoonerisms have become part of our family vocabulary. My daughter-in-law produced a classic during a discussion on the difficulty of buying suitable footwear these days. “My feet have to be comfortable,” she remarked. “I just can’t stand ill-sh---ing foos.” Well, who can?

One of her fellow teachers, a proper, carefully spoken man, was in the staffroom after school when some students came to the door bearing jars of jam which they were busy sampling with their fingers. “Want some of this jam I made, sir?” asked one boy, offering his jar. “Not likely. I’m not eating anything you’ve had your finger stuck in,” was what he meant to reply. What actually came out transposed consonants between “finger” and “stuck”, causing the poor man great embarrassment, although the listeners thought it was hilarious. When tongues lag behind thought processes, which can happen more frequently as our bits and pieces age, verbal confusion is often the result. Many of the resulting spoonerisms are unique and well worth preserving, so don’t trust to sometimes unreliable memory – jot them down (being sure to remember where you put the piece of paper), use them often, and enjoy a good chuckle. They say a hearty lelly baugh can be most beneficial to health, and as medicines go, what could be cheaper?

THE French biologist, microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur is famous for his accomplishments in disease prevention in the 19th century. He proved the germ theory of disease and developed a vaccine for rabies, anthrax, and chicken cholera. Pasteur (1822-95) discovered that microbes were responsible for souring alcohol which led him to the process to which he gives his name – pasteurisation – a process in which bacteria is destroyed by heating beverages and allowing them to cool. So next time you open the pasteurised milk, give a nod to Louis. The Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer (1734-1815) believed that all living things were related in some way to magnetic fluid. This led him to use magnets and the power of suggestion to address ailments – until his theories were debunked. He theorised that there was a natural energy transference between animate and inanimate objects, and called it animal magnetism or, as it later became known, mesmerism. The founding father of hypnosis, his name became the verb, mesmerise.

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There’d no holding back our veterans of stage and screen Many will remember Benita Collings as the smiling Playschool presenter, but now, nearing 80, she’s back touring, writes ANGELA BENSTED.


he veteran actor has featured on Australian screens for almost as many years as we’ve had them. With television credits including Homicide, Cop Shop and Division 4, Benita’s longest gig was playing the straight guy to John Hamblin’s Ham on Playschool, reading stories and singing songs beside Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima. But touring is a new challenge for the 78-year-old who still hasn’t conquered the art of packing. “I had to buy a new suitcase because the old one was too old and heavy,” she says as she prepares to leave Mackay for her next performance in Canberra. “The new one is much lighter, but when I put the packed case on the scales it weighs exactly the same,” she says with a sigh. “You wouldn’t believe I used to backpack.” The actor is touring Australia with Senior Moments, a sketch revue mocking ageism, which comes to southeast Queensland in May. The tour is the second road trip for Benita and her fellow acting veterans – Max Gillies, John Woods, Russell Newman and Kim Lewis - none of whom

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Benita Collings has a senior’s moment with Geoff Harvey, Max Gillies and John Wood. show signs of slowing down. “Bits of the company have a few ails and ills but they keep on keeping on. That’s what we do,” the actor says, crediting her own stamina to healthy eating, gentle gym classes and regular walks. Her favourite sketch from the show is called Old School, a playful poke at children’s television. Benita plays Miss Jane and Geoff Harvey (Midday) is Mr Music in a tongue-in-cheek mash-up of kindergarten classics.

“It’s a real send-up of childhood shows that used to be around way back when. It’s fun,” she says. While some of the show’s gags might rely on longer memories for a giggle, Benita says her 18-year-old granddaughter found plenty to laugh at. “She said she kept turning to her mother and saying, ‘that’s you’, so she was getting the point from that generation,” Benita says. A war baby with a “regular upbringing” in Sydney, Benita says she knew from a young age she wanted a life on stage. Even so, she took her mother’s advice to learn typing and shorthand first, skills that saw her through her early years in the industry. Once acting jobs started flowing she abandoned secretarial work, but Benita doesn’t regret her time behind the desk. “When computers arrived, I was the smartie pants who could say ‘guess who can touch type?’” she says with her familiar laugh. The longest-serving presenter, Benita fronted Playschool’s cameras for the last time in 1999, 30 years after she’d started and just months before being unceremoniously let go.

“I can’t remember the exact words they used,” she says. “They were just getting rid of some presenters. Nobody was told why. It wasn’t an age thing because some of the people they got in were our age.” With casting calls from other studios also petering out, Benita did what many people in their 50s do; she changed tack and sought new challenges. “I didn’t want to wait on tables or work in a call centre,” she says. Instead, she retrained to teach presentation skills, starting her own company along the way. Since then she’s been picked up by the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)’s corporate performance program and later NIDA Open, where she runs short courses in television presenting. It’s a busy dance card, but despite the demand for her teaching skills it’s clear Benita Collings is unlikely to pass up a chance to be on stage herself. “I enjoy doing it,” she says. “I won’t do anything if the word ‘fun’ isn’t in there somewhere.” Events Centre Caloundra. Friday May 24, 1pm and 7.30pm; Saturday May 25, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $55-$69. Bookings 5491 4240 or


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Reading about the off-beat or quirky often provokes the response Struth! DAVID ELLIS introduces a new column investigating the weird and wonderful.


WE GET AROUND – You never know quite where Your Time might turn up – even Antarctica. Judy Polkinghorne, who recently stopped off at Neko Harbour during an adventure with her Girls on Tour, had a browse while out on the ice with the penguins. Now that’s on location! THE END IS NIGH If you are interested in reading about the rise (and rise) of cults, then Jonathan Moore’s new book Doomsday Cults is for you. It’s subtitled “Death destruction and despair inside the world’s most dangerous cults”. Moore, who has degrees in history and English, reveals how cult leaders such as Charles Manson, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Ervil LeBaron and David Berg declared that they were God’s representative on earth and promised followers that only through their teachings could they

survive doomsday. Monstrous crimes were committed in God’s name and each cult experienced its own horrific Armageddon. “For hundreds of years seers and prophets have used the Bible’s Book of Revelations to whip up hysteria and fear,” he says. “The last book of the New Testament declares that all but the true believers will be wiped off the face of the earth and doomed to eternal suffering; only those who follow ‘the word’ will survive the coming apocalypse.”

A 1978 Ford Fiesta MkI that has never been registered and has racked up all of 141 miles (227km) in its 41 years, has just sold through online auction in the UK for £14,950 ($27,338), believed to be a world record for the model. Said to be still “just like new” today, the time-warp little hatchback was brand new when it arrived at a London dealership. It had not even got around to registering it when it was bought by the London Science Museum. It was to appear in a Glimpses of Medical History diorama, a showcase of technology the museum was developing to help the elderly get into and out of a car more easily. It remained at the museum until earlier this year when the floor housing it was closed for refurbishment. It was decided to put

the hatchback up for sale at somewhere between £6500 and £8500. Even the museum was bowled-over when it was knocked down through online auction house H&H Classics for an amazing £14,950. H&H head of sales, Damian Jones, said the car’s remarkable condition when it went to auction was doubtless due to it having been displayed within the Science Museum for all those 41 years. “It is a highly original and authentic Fiesta. Go see if you could find another like this one,” he said. “It is perhaps the lowest mileage Ford Fiesta MKI in existence.” With just 227km on its speedo after four decades it’s unlikely to be challenged in a hurry.

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Who Are You? Identity after leaving fulltime work Since the introduction of superannuation, money has been the main focus when it comes to leaving fulltime employment and, writes STEVE MENDL, it’s often to the exclusion of all else.


here are many different facets when it comes to preparation for retirement. The challenges are numerous – mentally and physically, psychologically and energetically. These areas are rarely focused on. A survey conducted through the Trans America Center of Retirement Studies in the US revealed that 41 per cent of respondents reported moving out of fulltime work as being more stressful than either the transition into marriage or changing previous jobs. Most indicated that they had not been prepared enough for the reality of having another 35-60 hours a week on their hands. A more recent survey of 1000 new retirees (within five years of retirement) conducted by the Centre for Ageing Better in the UK discovered that 20 per cent of people found the transition difficult. This is particularly the case for successful men. Part of this is due to a crisis of identity. For 60,000+ years, the primary role of men has been to provide for the family and/or the extended social community. As society has developed, we have moved away from hunting and gathering to earning money.


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In his book David and Goliath, Malcom Gladwell looks closely at Samuel Stouffer’s concept of relative deprivation and how it plays out in various environments. Relative deprivation is the idea that by comparing and evaluating yourself against a cohort or people with whom you spend a lot of time, there is the perception that you are not doing as well as others. Relative deprivation is also called the “Big Fish Little Pond Effect”. In the study explored in the book, Stoufler found that there were similar statistics across many universities, regardless of whether they were prestigious or poorer or less selective public institutions. In a nutshell, it’s not how smart you are, it is how smart you feel relative to other people in your various environments that drives your self-perception. Really, it’s how you feel that matters. In a university situation, the smarter you think your peers are, the dumber you feel. The dumber you feel, the more likely you are to drop out. So how does this idea of relative deprivation relate to the journey out of fulltime work? When leaving employment, relative

deprivation can combine with relevance deprivation. When leaving employment, relative deprivation may arise in the perception that another man who has just entered the next stage of their life may be doing better than you, that they have “their s--t in order” so to speak: they have a better car, they have just been on a luxury cruise etc. The danger here is that relative deprivation (comparing your internal experience with others in a similar situation) combined with the concept of relevance deprivation (the fact that the phone has stopped ringing and there are not as many invitations has a big effect on your confidence and sense of identity. When leaving fulltime work, many men lose a sense of their identity. They’ve been able to answer the question, “what do you do?” with certainty for so many years and have normally associated themselves with a certain role. The question becomes harder when you’re no longer working. You suddenly have to think about what you are going to say. For many successful men, there is an addictive quality to having relevance within a group or company. This is

inherent to many of the patriarchal aspects of the western society. This institutionalisation starts with schooling and continues right through our lives. Our ego needs to be fed and one of the ways to do this is through the creation of imaginary and illusionary temples and templates that support industry and commerce. However, there is a price to pay when tying your identity to your career – the emotional withdrawal that occurs once the status is removed in the movement out of fulltime work and into the next stage. In a business setting and hierarchy, it is easy to measure your success and relevance. When leaving fulltime work, the status and relevance goes … and with that can come feelings of loss and uncertainty. This is why the mental preparation for the shift out of full-time work needs to come well before the shift itself. It is time to be your own man, to be yourself, not a label you’ve worn in a company or business – never mind how many years you’ve worn it. Be free. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money and specialises in career to retirement transition.

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Make a culinary journey to Sicily Chef and food advocate Dominique Rizzo heads off to Sicily next month to lead a bespoke tour of selected gourmet experiences showcasing tradition, family and culture. If you can’t make it to Sicily, Dominque, renowned for her fresh culinary style and healthy whole food recipes, this month offers a selection of favourite recipes from her book My Taste of Sicily. If you’d like to know more about joining a food, wine and cooking tour, visit

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Antipasto salad with torn rosemary croutons An easy entertaining idea has always been a quick Italian inspired antipasto platter. This recipe brings your platter to life turning it into a fresh salad leaves with crunchy rosemary baked croutons. Serves 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy | Preparation: 20 min | Cook: 15 min • 1 loaf of crusty bread, torn into 4-5cm pieces • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil • 2 sprigs of rosemary • Salt and pepper • 1 clove of garlic • 2 heads of curly leaf lettuce or 1 x 200g bag of salad mix • 700g IGA antipasto ingredients including sun dried tomatoes, olives, roasted capsicum, artichokes, roasted eggplant, baby bocconcini • 6 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto • 100g thinly sliced chorizo sausage • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes • 1 long cucumber, sliced • ½ bunch of parsley, leaves picked • 100g block of parmesan cheese METHOD Preheat the oven to 180c. Place the chunks of bread into a bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary leaves, garlic and salt and pepper in a food processor and blend to combine. Tip this over the bread and with your hands toss the bread with the rosemary oil and the sliced chorizo. Place the bread on a tray and bake until golden brown about 15 minutes. Wash and drain the lettuce and place it into a large serving bowl, scatter over the antipasto mix, prosciutto, the salami, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and with a peeler shave the parmesan scattering this over the top. Top this with the chunky rosemary croutons and the parsley and serve. Substitute Ingredients: Swap the lettuce with cold pasta, cooked rice, quinoa or cous cous add a squeeze of lemon or drizzle of balsamic for another easy salad idea. 18 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / April 2019

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Try this: Another great idea for a take anywhere dish is cut the top off a crusty cob loaf and hollow out the centre alternately layering it with a mixture of antipasto ingredients, lettuce or spinach and slices of tomato, shaved parmesan. Leave it to sit in the fridge pressed down for at least 20 minutes, place the lid on and slice to serve. For a delicious tart, lay down a sheet of puff pastry, scatter over the combined antipasto mix and then fold up the edges baking the pastry in a hot 200c oven for 25 minutes until puffed and golden, slice to serve. For a party, make a basic bread dough, rolling it out and scattering it with a mixed assortment of antipasto ingredients, roll it up like a roulade and slice it in the round baking it on the oven for a take on the pinwheel Tips when plating up ingredients for an antipasto platter: Consider having the items in small decorative dishes so that the oils and flavours don’t all mix together Roll a thin slice of prosciutto around a bocconcini ball and fasten it with a tooth pick; drizzle these with olive oil a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt Wrap pieces of marinated eggplant around a piece of sundried tomato and a slice of parmesan cheese and a leaf of fresh basil Open up olives remove the seeds and stuff them with whipped fetta, closing them back up and wrapping them with a basil leaf and fasten with a toothpick Chop together deseeded olives, sundried tomatoes and marinated capsicum with a handful of parsley leaves and serve this onto toasted French stick as a bruschetta topping.

Baked fig and rice tart • Short crust pastry to fit a 20-22cm spring form tin • 15 fresh figs, sliced in half • 4 tablespoons Grand Marnier • 4 cups milk • 1 vanilla bean, split • ½ cup Arborio rice, rinsed • Pinch of salt • ¼ cup plus 2 tblsp of sugar • 3 eggs, beaten • 2 tablespoons heavy cream • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter METHOD Preheat oven to 180c. In a small bowl combine the sliced figs and the liqueur and set aside. In a small saucepan combine the milk and vanilla bean and bring to a gentle boil. Add the rice, a pinch of salt, ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes stirring until the rice is soft to bite. If the rice gets too dry add in a little more milk until the desired texture is achieved. Basically, you want it to look like risotto. Allow to cool slightly and beat in the eggs, cream and the liqueur from the figs, reserving the fruit. Grease spring form tin well and place the pastry into the tin, it doesn’t need to come all the way up the sides. Pour the rice into the tart case and top with the figs. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and slightly firm to the touch. Allow to cool before removing from the tin. Slice to serve and add a dollop of cream or natural yoghurt. Brisbane

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Righting the harms caused by past wrongs In the winter of 1841, German missionaries reported there were up to 3000 Aboriginal men, women and children fishing at Toorbul. It was a regular event at this time of year and the fishing was good, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.


fter the fishing season, they dispersed and set off back to their homes in the hinterland, looking for pickings along the way. On their return to the hinterland during October and November, they found sheep were an easy meal at stations at Kilcoy, Collington and Cressbrook in the Brisbane Valley, which were occupied from 1841. The various tribes had been peacefully going about their routine for eons. They didn’t understand or appreciate the white man’s possessiveness about his animals. The white landowners were annoyed by the effrontery of these people taking their sheep and took matters into their own hands to deal with these “pests”. The following January and February of 1842, Aborigines gathered for the bunya feasts and it was early in February when a large number of Aborigines, about 60, were massacred on Kilcoy Station. They had raided a shepherd’s hut and eaten poisoned flour and meat specially left for them. Two shepherds were blamed. The owners were elsewhere and could not be implicated, it was said. There is no documentation of the

Kilcoy massacre, so the full story will never be known. But there were others, in other places. On the 11th anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Speech, the Beulah Community of Buderim met on 13 February to recall the injustices to Australia’s first people. Brisbane historian, Frank Uhr recalled the stolen generation and the forced removals and shared his research of these massacres. The deaths of so many led to organised resistance to white settlement by strong tribal alliances across southeast Queensland. Fourteen or 15 clans met at Tiaro and decided to take revenge. And so began organised “frontier wars” or “black resistance”. There have been just two inquiries – in 1843 and in 1979 – to determine what actually happened to cause so many deaths. The details remain a great mystery as evidence is difficult to find. Kabi Kabi traditional owner, Melinda Serico told of how her family survived the massacre. From family oral history she has learnt that her ancestors were out fishing at the


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A gathering of Kabi Kabi in about the 1880s. Image: John Oxley Library time of the massacre, otherwise they too would have died. She also told the story of her grandmother, Lucy, who was born at Tuchekoi on the Mary River. Lucy was six when, with other family members, she was forcibly removed to live at Barambah now known as Cherbourg, near Murgon. Aborigines from different groups were all lumped together and their lives were changed forever. Saltwater people were mixed with desert people. Their culture and language were lost as strict laws forbade them practising their customs. They needed permission to travel into Murgon and generally were not allowed to leave Cherbourg. Lucy was nine when she was placed

with a white family to work as a domestic. She was treated so poorly she had to be returned to Cherbourg. She recalled diseases such as chicken pox causing deaths among Aborigines. It raises questions of the deliberate introduction to the community. In the spirit of reconciliation between Aborigines and Europeans many people express their own “sorry” stories. Australia-wide, the stolen generation, the forced removals and the massacres are a terrible blot on our history. While some of us may doubt the sincerity of apologising, it is a step forward. Hopefully, healing and reconciliation occurs where there is an understanding of past wrongs and the harm caused by them.

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The unwritten yet understood laws of the queue The only country that insists on queueing appears to be the UK, writes TERRY DYER, whether it’s a bus stop, cinema or a butcher’s shop you’ll always find a queue.


oming to Australia, I noticed that habit had not really caught on here. The one with the loudest voice who pushed to the front was served first. In the UK, the standard procedure – if you can call it that – was if you arrived first you stood at the head of the queue. People arriving after would stand in a line behind you, and be served in order. Australia was different. If you entered a shop, and I’m not talking about supermarkets, conversation would begin as soon as you entered. As more customers entered the shop and joined the rousing conversations, there was no worrying about queueing. Everyone seemed to know each other, but as soon as the first person was served, there would be a chorus of requests from the assembled group. The loudest voice appeared to be served first. This occurred when the shop assistant called “who’s next?”. The exception would be the oldest in the group, usually an old lady who everyone seemed to know, and the voice

would proclaim an opening to the counter for Mrs Watson. Once she was served and had left the shop the competition for service would begin again. In the UK, when queueing you stand in line, don’t talk and look straight ahead at possibly nothing. I’m using a queue for a bus in this example. When the bus arrives, everyone shuffles forward. No matter what happens you can’t afford for anyone to push in front, so there is slight panic when a recalcitrant heathen who arrives late tries to get into the middle of the line. In that case, you push up to close any gap and glare at nobody in particular. Nothing physical really happens; the pusher-in, gradually gives up in a huff, and goes to the back of the queue. Buses in the UK were nearly always double deckers and had conductors who controlled the passengers. Because there was a limit to the number of passengers allowed on a bus, particularly on the top deck, the conductors would check the space available and then stand on the

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entrance platform as the bus arrived at the stop, and call “two upstairs and one inside”. It was the same at cinemas (this was before television) where the queue would snake out on to the foot path. Normally there would be two or maybe three shows. During this time people would leave the cinema due to illness or boredom or whatever. This would allow seats to be free in the auditorium, in which case a staff member would walk the queue calling “two in row six, one in row ten, one in row twelve”. Once you had paid for your ticket, you were escorted into the darkened room by the usherette who guided you to your seat with the aid of a torch. Next was the queue for the toilet in large auditoriums. Let’s take the Sydney Opera House and the disparity in numbers of female to male toilets. In the Opera House, the bar is quite long with four bartenders, so the assembled customers in the interval was akin to a scrum, and it appeared the one with the loudest voice got served. After 20 minutes I was getting concerned, that my wife was either lost

or gone home. Telling the bartender to hold the drinks, I went looking and just as I arrived she came out of the toilets. The queue waiting to get in was still formidable. The reason was that the allocation of male to female cubicles was equal. What is this madness? Women need much more room in a communal toilet block than men. They need more cubicles. Architects need to put a lot more thought into this. These experiences were in the 1960s to the 1990s, so maybe it has changed in the 21st century. From the time, you are born you have to line up. All through school you have to line up. It’s the order of life and I haven’t mentioned the armed forces, where it’s impossible to do anything without lining up. Talking to friends who had lived in the old Soviet Union, “the queue” was the indicator that something important was being sold, like food. You even have to get in line to vote, not that being at the head of the queue makes much difference. So maybe queuing with its rules that everybody knows but don’t talk about, is ingrained, or maybe we just like fairness.

BETROTHED By Barry O’Farrell “You are betrothed,” said Granddad, leaning in to admire the new jewel on the hand proffered by his granddaughter. The diamond solitaire ring sparkled in the glorious afternoon light of the family room. “It’s a lovely ring,” he said quietly. “This shows you have pledged your troth. You are engaged.” “Thank you Granddad. He is a marvellous person with all the manly qualities I admire. Do you think it was

about time I was engaged?” “There’s nothing wrong with engagements. I like engagements. In fact I think I’ve been engaged five times,” he answered with a gleam in his eye and a light smile on his lips. “Really?” “Yes. I was engaged twice in Grade One, once in Grade Two and again in Grade Three. When I was 30 your beautiful grandmother swept me off my feet. She was my fifth engagement.”

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They call among us every day The number of people regularly being contacted by scammers is now bordering on epidemic, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON. Stay one step ahead, as these callers are smart, determined and unscrupulous.


Never too old for the job … As Ita Buttrose takes over the chairmanship of the ABC at the age of 77, KENDALL MORTON reflects on the importance of being needed at any age.


n the last few weeks we have seen Ita Buttrose AO OBE, the 2013 Australian of the Year, take on the chairmanship of the ABC. Ita is 77 and this is a five-year appointment. Ita, (I am calling her by her first name, as she is a household name, right?) has a lifetime of skills, media experience and good sense. And she’s obviously ready to give it her all. It’s a very encouraging story because here she is making plans for living, not dying and taking on new roles in her late 70s rather than deleting them. Too often when we age, we are encouraged to drop roles and responsibilities and we encourage our loved ones to do the same. But having a purpose and being useful to others is one of the great joys and motivators in life. An elderly relative who is caring for his frail spouse, mowing his own lawn and shopping each week, has a clear purpose. He’s needed. If you take those roles away from him, his health can suffer. Of course, there are risks involved, but having the freedom to take risks is important too. Being socially connected is also important. Researchers now consider a lack of social connection to be a major risk factor in predicting cardiovascular disease, dementia and depression. If your loved one is receiving home care support, it should be more than practical help. It should include conversations, news of the day, a recipe or a few jokes. It’s all about connection. Atul Gawande, an American doctor who specialises in geriatric care has written a very informative book called Being Mortal. In it he describes many illuminating stories about older Americans and their experience of ageing. Gawande stresses the importance of purpose and social connections as we age. For instance, meet Alice. Alice Gavrilles lived alone. She was

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underweight and had poor balance. Her toenails were untrimmed, and her feet were swollen. Alice was at risk of falling. Her doctor booked her in for a monthly podiatry appointment. He modified her drugs and told her to throw out low-fat foods. They arranged for friends and family to drop in and share meals with her. With this new regime, Alice put on a few kilos and continued to live independently. Connecting had sparked her appetite again. In another example, Gawande describes a nursing home in New York State where Dr Bill Thomas convinced the management to introduce pets to overcome what Thomas called the Three Plagues of nursing homes: boredom, loneliness and helplessness. They went big and brought in a greyhound, a lapdog, four cats and some parakeets. It was a major cultural shift. The goal was for the animals to become an integral part of the residents’ lives. Thomas said that it was pandemonium at first, but the place came alive. “People who we had believed weren’t able to speak started speaking,” Thomas said. “People who had been completely withdrawn and non-ambulatory started coming to the nurses’ station and saying, ‘I’ll take the dog for a walk’.” So, on reflection, before giving up a role you have or encouraging an older relative to lighten their load, pause and think. A simple task such as picking up a loved one’s prescriptions from the pharmacy is a chance to get out of the house, see some new scenes and have a chat with the staff. With fewer roles and responsibilities, our lives can become smaller, not richer. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email

very single week I meet clients who have been contacted by scammers masquerading as an online technician, phone company, bank, the Federal Police or the ATO; and every week many are inevitably parted with extraordinary amounts of money by a sophisticated scam that heavily relies on fear tactics and bullying. Clients often contact me while they are actually on the phone with the scammer to ask if this is a legitimate call. I always recommend they hang up the phone immediately and if they are on the computer, to power it off immediately and unplug it from the wall ready for me to come and clean it. Unfortunately, I have seen many lose thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. One was scammed $70,000 by a syndicate that claimed to be Telstra who, over a period of three days, convinced the client to transfer money to a bank account. He was stopped by his local bank teller who queried why he was transferring large monies. These vulgar con-artists prey upon the elderly and trusting by using intimidation and threats of legal action or worse. They are trained to bully the innocent into allowing access to their personal details to take their money. Once the victim has been scammed, they are then bombarded with more phone calls demanding more money from different narratives. These scams are generally not located within Australia and are generally beyond the law as the technology to call from around the world at a relatively cheap price means they rely on a system that has no global jurisdiction. Websites such as ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network) or SCAMWATCH can do little more than record the event and look for patterns in the activity to coordinate with local governments from other countries to expedite criminal charges. By the time this is coordinated, the scammers have long since disbanded. This is of little consequence to the thousands of victims who, as recently as January and February this year, have already lost more than $1.2million to hacking, phone and online scams. It is sad that we tend to receive more phone calls from scammers or tele-sales than from friends and family. My first recommendation is to get yourself a new set of walk-around phones that have an answering machine and caller ID. Start screening your calls. If you recognise the phone number that appears

on the phone screen answer it, but if you don’t, then let it go to the answering machine. If they leave a message, don’t trust the phone number they leave but check online or in the phone book before calling back. The receiver can then confirm or deny the validity of the message. Secondly, there is no institution that should call you for any reason other than returning your enquiry, and if one does, ask for a reference number and you will return their call through the proper customer service number. Thirdly, don’t ever, not ever, let anyone who calls you have access to your computer remotely. There is no reason for any company to want to access your computer no matter what reason! Lastly, if you find you are on the phone with a scammer or tele sales person, just hang up! You have no obligation to stay on the phone with them or engage in conversation. If they call again, let the call go to the answering machine. That way they will eventually register your number as a dead phone number and will likely not call again. If you find you may have been the victim of a phone scam and your computer has been accessed, close down your computer and call a technician to clean up any malware straight away. If you don’t have a technician, I am on 1300 682 817 or email me nathan@ Brisbane

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Holden moves to claim its share of the SUV market Holden is re-organising its stable of machinery – and its marketing – with hopes of reviving the fortunes of its Sports Utility Vehicle, writes BRUCE McMAHON.


new SUV-focused strategy for the beleaguered Holden comes with a new marketing campaign, tagged “This is How We SUV”. All this fits with the current consumer appetite for SUVs of all shapes and sizes. And it fits well with the know-how of the firm’s latest managing director Dave Buttner, for many years the boss of Toyota Australia which owes its No.1 sales crown to SUV and light commercial vehicles. Then there’s Holden’s latest line-up – the one without any Australian-made cars among them but with a fair variety of SUVs on offer. So, according to Mr Buttner, Holden’s “globally sourced and locally tuned SUV portfolio will underline the Lion brand’s commercial strategy in 2019”. He says that SUVs and light commercial vehicles (such as the Colorado) will make up more than two-thirds of the company’s sales this calendar year. “SUVs have replaced passenger vehicles as the dominant segment in Australia and New Zealand’s new vehicle markets and Holden is very well positioned to grow our share of sales in this segment,” Mr Buttner says.

“We have sourced a highly competitive range of SUVs from the global operations of General Motors, a world-leader in SUVs. We have also gone the extra mile, with our team at the Lang Lang proving ground engineering the SUV range specifically for local driving conditions. “Holden’s SUVs have American DNA fused with Aussie ingenuity.” Mr Buttner and his crew are setting out to broaden Holden’s brand positioning to grow share in the SUV and

ute segments plus better leverage Holden’s relationship with GM which has a fair handle on SUVs and light trucks (or big utes) such as the Silverado. For now the Holden SUV line-up runs from the compact Trax through to the new, family-sized seven-seater Acadia. There is also the svelte, more car-like Commodore-based AWD Tourer wagon. Holden marketing director Kristian Aquilina reckons This How We SUV is an important step in transforming this famous brand once synonymous with

large passenger cars to being a brand of choice for SUV buyers. “While Holden has a 70-year history in the market, we are a challenger brand in SUVs,” Ms Aquilina said. “We have great products, many of which are entirely new nameplates for our market. Holden is embracing the challenger mindset; offering great vehicles, sharp pricing and awardwinning customer service to steal share from SUV segment leaders.” It’s lucky Holden is plugging SUVs because the road ahead looks a bit rough for Australian vehicle sales this year. The total market was down 7.4 per cent in January and followed a soft finish to 2018 results; even sales among that ever-popular SUV crowd have slowed. Among that sobering news in January was a 27 per cent slump in Holden sales so Mr Buttner and the Holden honchos are facing a challenging, possibly branddefining, 2019. There is no doubt that Holden has some decent product in its SUV range, the problem is that so do the competitors. And that loss of local manufacturing means Holden has lost much of its local identity – it’s now just another brand in one of the world’s most competitive car markets.

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Steve Mendl at his book launch work to provide for your family and then it just stops. What are you going to do with the extra 40 to 60 hours a week? It can lead to fear, confusion, stress and depression.” Steve says there are more than 12 wealths beyond money and the book addresses seven of them. These include location, relationships, lifestyle and legacy. “Where are you going to live? Do you want to sell up house and move closer to family?” he says. “It’s about time, not money. Don’t fall of the retirement cliff.” Beyond the Money is available now at good bookshops and online. Visit Steve will discuss the issues of Beyond the Money in his monthly column in Your Time. See Page 17.

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A pharmacistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to headaches and migraines From tension headaches to cluster pains, head pain is one of the most common health problems doctors and healthcare professionals treat, writes MELISSA HUI, and more than six million Australians suffer from headaches and migraines.


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Tripping up on guilt – free yourself Guilt is a necessary emotion, writes ANDREW HACKETT. It’s our way of helping us correct our path when things get out of hand.


nfortunately, guilt has a nasty habit of hanging around for much longer than it was intended to. It’s all too easy for a guilty person to embrace guilt as though it were a penance in its own right. It’s not. Feeling guilty for doing something wrong is a good thing. It’s healthy, but living in guilt all day, every day? It’s a disaster for you mentally and emotionally and if it goes on for long enough it can even take a physical toll. So here are five tips to help you let go of your guilt: Acknowledge that you did the best you could. Sure, you may have got it wrong but back at the moment of action, you were acting on the information you had to hand in the best way possible. You might have had anger, fear, anxiety or even just plain old distraction to deal with. Once you recognise that you acted in the right spirit even if the consequences were wrong, you can start to forgive yourself. Acknowledge that hindsight is 20-20. I refuse to believe that we deliberately sabotage ourselves, but it can certainly feel like it when we look back on something

and have all the information including the end result to hand. It’s not the way life works. You’re being unfair to judge yourself in this light; again you do what you can when you have to. Let it go. If you have survived an incident when someone else has not, it can help to just stop and think, and truly internalise that you do not carry any blame for somebody’s

death (unless you acted to take their life deliberately). “Survivor’s guilt” is a real and debilitating form of guilt but it’s a misplaced feeling. You hold no guilt whatsoever. The more you repeat that message, the easier it is for your brain to grasp it. Ask if you are attributing a motive to an action that you didn’t have at the time you took action? This sounds complicated but it’s not. Our memory is not real. It’s a carefully constructed story that our brain tells us to give us a sense of coherent self. Much of it is pure fabrication. So, when something goes wrong, it’s perfectly possible for the brain to justify that by deciding we acted in spite or with malice – when we really didn’t. Ask yourself, are you given to acting in mean spirits? If not, let it go. You almost certainly weren’t acting that way at the time either. Recognise that your own standards may be too high. Some of the best people on earth set themselves impossibly high standards, the kind of standards that Mother Theresa or Gandhi might struggle to meet and which we lesser mortals are going to miss constantly.

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RIGHTSIZING NOT DOWNSIZING – ADVANTAGES TO VILLAGE LIFE While downsizing isn’t for everyone, baby boomers are taking advantage of the. A survey by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has revealed that 43 per cent of Aussies aged 50 to 59 have either moved or downsized in the years leading up to their retirement - a huge shift from the 3 per cent reported in early 2000. Many homeowners agree that living in a larger home leads to greater stress and upkeep. From cleaning, maintenance, furnishing, outdoor home upkeep and the cost to run all of these factors can lead to a home that is stressful. Downsizing your home can be the first step to a minimal and streamlined life. You will be surprised how reducing your daily chores and maintenance will free up your time for leisure activities, spending time with your family, getting more rest, and maybe loving your home more than loathing it.


For Lendlease resident Lyn Hosking, the most rewarding aspect of living in the village has absolutely nothing to do with money. “We all get on so well here. You have to allow half an hour to get to the rubbish bin because you have so many conversations along the way,” she says. “And if you’re unwell there’s always someone knocking on your door with soup or something. It’s a real feeling of community. Moving here was the best thing I’ve ever done.” Discover Lendlease Retirement Living in your local area. Visit www. or call 1800 550 550.

RESORT LIFESTYLE ALL YEAR ROUND The idea of living a resort lifestyle all year round seems to have caught on for retired Australians. Whether home or away, retirees are seeking that “relaxed holiday feeling”, every day. In fact, the 55+ age group spends more nights away from home caravanning than any other age group, staying a whopping 22.8 million nights away in 2018. Caravans, campervans and RVs have long been a popular way for retirees to see more of Australia and caravan parks around the country have been evolving to offer more resort-style facilities for discerning travellers. Live resort-style every day, whether home or away. At Nature’s Edge Buderim, the RV traveller can have the best of both worlds, living in a new home in a gated community with awesome leisure facilities and being able to store the RV in a secure lock up garage when not travelling.

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Residents at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront can strike it lucky every day of the week if they wish - with their own purpose-built ten pin bowling alley. A unique addition to this over 50’s lifestyle resort, the three-lane bowling alley is a popular place for residents to spend time with friends and family. Resident, Carol Wyer, meets up with friends from the Resort every Saturday to play a couple of games and catch up. “It’s a fun thing to do every week and a great way to keep social and stay fit at the same time. “My grandchildren also love having a few games when they come to visit. Living Gems have thought of everything with ball guide ramps and even little bowling shoes available for them to play in,” she said. Set up as a professional ten pin bowling alley, there is electronic scoring, lane gutters and an automatic pin setter. After a game, residents can stop by the Country Club for a drink or coffee for that all important post game debrief! “The bowling alley is open to everyone who lives at the resort. You

Azure Blue has an extensive range of apartments, complete with designer kitchens, modern bathrooms and beautifully landscaped gardens. Residents can access a range of Blue Care Help at Home services from assistance with housework and transport around town through to allied health services such as podiatry and physiotherapy. The village also has a state-of-the-art residential care facility. Call Azure Blue Carina on 3155 2126 to book your village tour or visit www.

LIKE many couples facing the need for more care, staying together in their local area was Ken and Sue Watson’s main priority. When Sue’s early onset dementia started to make it harder for the couple to remain in their own home, they both started to look for somewhere that would support them to stay living together. They found Seasons Sinnamon Park. “I couldn’t find an appropriate place for us to be together, and this was a godsend for us to move in here together. So, I can be with her and she can be with me,” says Ken. “I did look around at other options, but I wanted somewhere that was not like a nursing home or an aged people centre.” As well as staying together, both Ken and Sue were looking to remain living in their local area to stay connected to family, friends and the local community. “I wanted somewhere that was close

to where we lived because all our friends live here. I didn’t want to move out of the area. “It’s like a small community. It’s a community of aged people, and to me, that’s ideal. We all get on well with one another and have a laugh, tell some stories. It’s good fun. I enjoy it.” Moving to Seasons has given Sue the support she needs to stay active and involved, while Ken has more free time to keep doing the things that are important to him. “Knowing that Sue has care, I can keep doing what I’ve been doing in the past. I volunteer at the Wesley Hospital one day a week, I like to play bowls on a Friday and Saturday, and this allows me to do that because I know she’s being looked after.” For more information on Seasons Aged Care, visit or call 1300 732 766. Brisbane

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VINCE JONES – A PERSONAL SELECTION: A RETROSPECTIVE (AND MORE) If there was one voice in Australian jazz more recognised than any other, it would be that of Vince Jones. A contemporary jazz tour de force, with a revered 20-album international career, Jones returns to Brisbane Powerhouse to share a lifetime of audience favourites plus brand new works. A leading vocalist, interpreter, trumpet player and composer Vince Jones has entertained and informed audiences for decades with his elite group of musicians. Experience one of Australia’s great jazz vocalists for one night only as he shares A Personal Selection. Friday 24 May, Powerhouse Theatre, Book tickets at



On Sunday 19 May, Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Kings and Queens, a relaxed Sunday morning concert in the beautiful QPAC Concert Hall. Prepare to lose yourself in the opulent and triumphant world of royalty, with a feast of processions, waltzes and marches. Delight in Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Elgar’s Imperial March, and the beautiful slow movement from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, immortalised in The King’s Speech. This concert will charm and enchant. Sunday 19 May 11.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall. Book at

HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL & PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 60th Anniversary Screenings. Sunday April 2pm A double feature of the B-grade 1959 movies. House on Haunted Hill - screening 1pm A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. Starring Vincent Price

HITS OF 1955-1975: A DANCE PARTY Dance into the evening to more than three hours of iconic 50s, 60s and 70s hits. Dress up in your favourite era and rock the night away to the music of Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, ABBA, Skyhooks, Suzi Quatro and many more. Complete with with DJs, dancefloor and licensed bar. On Saturday 13 April 5pm. New Farm Bowls Club, 969 Brunswick St, New Farm. Tickets: $10.00 + booking fee (all ages event)

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE screening 2.30pm Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible “Plan 9” in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger. With intermission entertainment by the B Movies Live team Metro Arts 109 Edward St Brisbane City. Tickets: $12.00 one movie + booking fee (18+ event) 1986 MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE Tuesday April 16 A double feature of the 1986 cult movies: Flight of the Navigtator - screening 6.30pm In 1978, a boy travels eight years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship. Highlander - screening 8pm: Dress-up screening.

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Thursday 30 May, 7pm Redland Performing Arts Centre - Concert Hall This whirling cacophony of wheeling wonder brings together 14 of Queensland’s youngest circus stars, experienced artists, and a live DJ to create a show that is bursting at the seams with energy and fun.

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The Downton Abbey team of writer Julian Fellowes, director Michael Engler and actor Elizabeth McGovern come together in the film adaptation of Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel The Chaperone. Norma, played by Elizabeth McGovern, (best recognised as Downton Abbey’s Lady Grantham) whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young, beautiful, talented and soon to be famous dancer Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer. Set in the tumultuous early 1920s, one of them is eager to fulfil her destiny of dance and movie stardom and the other hopes to unearth the mysteries of her past. It also stars Miranda Otto and Blythe Danner. The Chaperone is in cinemas from April 25.

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HILARIOUS CREW OF NUNS novice who is determined to be the world’s first ballerina nun and a wacky, childlike nun, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. What can you expect from this motley crew? What you get is hilarious entertainment including solo star turns, madcap dance routines, and even an audience quiz. So put on your Sunday best and come along and join the fun. Find us in The Brunswick Room (at Merthyr Road Uniting Church), 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm.

A musical comedy book by Dan Goggin, the Nash Theatre’s Nunsense, has 48 nuns dead and buried and four in the freezer with no money for their burial – how can the convent raise the funeral funds? Five of the surviving nuns decide to stage a variety show in their school hall and you are invited. Participating in the project are a former circus performer who simply can’t resist the spotlight, Mother Superior’s second-in-command, a streetwise nun, a

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS Queensland Symphony Orchestra present their annual The Last Night of the Proms event, a night of flag-waving and fun. Enjoy a feast of music from around the world, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, and Australian composer Nigel Westlake’s Oboe Concerto performed by Brisbaneborn superstar Diana Doherty. Complete with a flurry of British classics and an invitation to sing along, this concert is set to have you smiling all the way home. Saturday 4 May 7.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall. Book at special-events/last-night-proms

There’s a licensed bar plus soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks. There’s a preview at 7.30pm on May 10 with all seats $15. Opening Night (including supper) is May 11 at 7.30pm adult $30, concession $25 member/child $20. Performances are on May 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and June 1 at 7.30pm with a matinee May 19 at 2pm adult $25, concession $20, member/child $17. To book: Phone: 3379 4775

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THE Orava Quartet was the first Australian string quartet invited to sign with Universal Music, and they have been hailed by Limelight magazine and The Australian as ‘the most exciting young quartet on the block’, ‘world class’, and ‘the real deal’. Earning a reputation for their thrilling performances, the Quartet brings its unique sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon.

Selected by Deutsche Grammophon Australia for the label’s first ever recording release, Orava has performed throughout North America, the UAE, and Asia, working closely with the worldrenowned Takács Quartet, and winning top prizes at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Since returning to Australia, the Quartet has performed at major festivals from BBC Proms to New Zealand Festival, VIVID Sydney, AFCM, Bleach Festival and the Melbourne, Canberra and Queensland Music Festivals. Based in Brisbane, Orava Quartet is Camerata’s 2019 Artist-in-Residence and will perform for the first time at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Friday May 17 at 7.30pm In this concert, the Quartet will inject their signature passion and vivacity to works by Haydn, Brahms and Polish composer Wojciech Kilar. This will be a magnificent night of music not to be missed with ‘impeccable balance and pinpoint intonation’ (Limelight Magazine). Book your tickets now for $20-$30 by

PEEP INTO THE PAST Discover the Historic Houses of Sandgate Walks which start at 9.30am for an easy two-hour stroll. Cost per person - $20.00 Numbers are limited so bookings are necessary. For more details please call The Sandgate Museum – 3869 2282 or Pam 0410 327 095.

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Ukebox, who formed at Liverpool’s Hope University in 2012 and now packs out audiences around the world, will join the lineup. ARTISTS from the UK, USA and all around Australia will be performing and teaching their own styles at the 6th annual Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival. The ukulele is now the most popular instrument to play world-wide. The festival’s special event this year will be a Mary Valley Rattler train ride to Gympie and back, playing ukuleles and singing all the way. The festival will present workshops to suit all standards of play and workshops on singing, dancing and drumming. There’ll be plenty of merchandise including music books, CDs and new

ukuleles, and the annual songwriting competition offers great prizes. As well as open mic sessions at the Kenilworth Hotel, there will be spontaneous jam sessions popping up all over the festival site. The joy of playing the ukulele and singing along in a big group brings everyone together like nothing else. Bring your tent or caravan. Kenilworth Showgrounds. April 11-14. For ticket and site bookings visit or email:


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Tripura – a hidden secret of India Neermahal Palace is an imposing edifice in the middle of a tranquil lake in Tripura, where SANDIP HOR is attending an International Tourism Mart focused on tourism in north-eastern India. the ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity of the population – currently less than 3 per cent of India’s 1340 million. As a tourism destination, Tripura finds it difficult to compete with big brothers Rajasthan, Kerala or even Goa, but the state has many attractions to lure visitors for a few days. Besides splendid nature, its 10,000plus sq km offers a variety of sights from royal leftovers and stimulating rock art, to Hindu temples and rich craft and culture. It’s enough to trigger any traveller’s quest for discovery. As per history books, Tripura achieved its golden era under the Manikya dynasty which ruled for almost

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s this the famous Lake Palace of India?” asks Jenny from Australia, as we wait for our boat transfer. It’s not unusual for first time visitors to confuse it with the much-hyped Lake Palace in Udaipur in Rajasthan, as both were built by maharajas to beat the summer heat. I have seen images of the other one, but now I stand before this glistening white royal residence on red-brick foundations and crowned with several Mughal-styled domes. It is eye-catching in its beauty. Its reflection on the greyish lake water sprinkled with pink waterlilies amid green foliage creates a scene so magical that I, like other onlookers, try to lock in my camera.

This 20th century built regal abode, about 50kms from the capital Agartala, is a highlight of tiny Tripura, one of India’s 29 states tucked away in the north-east frontier of the nation. At first sight, Tripura appears different from the rest of India with the typical crowd, chaos and cacophony missing. It’s predominantly a hilly, landlocked region decorated with lush valleys, rivers and streams, spreading lakes and pristine forests. Calmness and tranquillity – a rare commodity in vibrant India – can still be sensed there. Often referred to as the Daughter of Mother Nature, the grace and grandeur of Tripura’s green landscape is heightened by its rich human resource reflected in

“Often referred to as the Daughter of Mother Nature, the grace and grandeur of Tripura’s green landscape is heightened by its rich human resource” 500 years until joining the independent Indian Union in 1949. Their leftovers are always ranked at the top of any visitor’s itinerary. As well as the Neermahal Palace, the other site of great significance is the Ujjayanta Palace in the heart of Agartala city. Inside a manicured Mughal-style garden on the banks of a small lake, the palace has a similar look to the famous Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, particularly with its white fascia and

neoclassical design, which was widespread during the early 20th century. Martin & Burn, a reputable Indo British company of the time, built this palace which, curiously, remains largely unnoticed by the architecture buffs in India and abroad. It’s most likely lack of promotion, as today this palace, which once housed the royal family, is home to their belongings. It’s the State Museum displaying memorabilia proclaiming past glory Religious tourism is big in Tripura, the region being a treasure trove of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Archaeological ruins around Unakoti, Pilak and Devtamura, 170km from the capital, display gigantic rock-cut carvings continued over>

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Ujjayanta Palace and stone images of Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu gods and Buddhist creeds. Experts believe them to be more than 1000 years old. There are many Hindu temples throughout the state, the most significant being Tripura Sundari, a version of Goddess Kali. It’s located in Udaipur, 56km from Agartala where, as per Hindu mythology, one of the 51 body pieces of Mata Sati fell, thus becoming a “pith” or a revered holy

site. No visit to Tripura is complete without paying a tribute at this pious junction. Similarly, it will be a big miss if anyone leaves Tripura without seeing the spectacled monkeys, a rare and endangered species. Tripura and parts of the northeast are their stronghold. Luck permitting, they can be spotted in the wild. Otherwise Sepahijala Wild Life Sanctuary, 28km from the capital, is the place to meet them.

This 18sq km forest is a zoo where the star attraction is these rare langurs with white circles around their eyes. Tripura is very close to Bangladesh, sharing more than 850km of land boundary. A border post is only a few kilometres from Agartala. A military showbiz around sunset has become Tripura’s newest tourist drawcard. This pageant is similar to the famous “Beating the Retreat” ceremony at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah in northern India, but obviously of much lesser grandeur. Still, it’s worth watching the pomp, which basically involves trumpet blowing, uniformed guards marching and then almost on sunset, lowering the nation’s flags. Efforts are now being made by both India and Bangladesh to make this a major tourist attraction for both sides. When leaving Tripura, most visitors find it to be one of India’s best-kept secrets and wonder why it’s still an off-the-beat tourist conclave. The destination has a good resume but needs brushing up by the state and national tourism agencies to make it more attractive for travellers.

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Jock’s Road revisited – a day in the highlands This drover’s track has stood the test of time and comes down to us as a valuable right of way, writes RUSSELL HUNTER.


aving travelled his road through Scotland’s Grampians as man and boy I, and no doubt many others, perpetually wondered who on earth Jock was. Now with the advent of the internet and Professor Google, I’m informed he was none other than Jock Winter, a local shepherd who in 1887 along with the Scottish Rights of Way Society, successfully challenged the landowner and established Jock’s Road as a Right of Way. Old Mr Winter did us all a favour for Jock’s Road survives to this day as a walking (several have tried cycling) track that follows his droving route from Braemar to the market in Glen Clova. The route took him through part of Glen Doll, past the Capel Mounth and on to Glen Clova which has an inn and a car park that offers a suitable point of departure to do the walk to Glen Doll following part of the route old Jock would have taken on his return journey, weighed down one hopes by the proceeds of his sale if not by the resultant full stomach (and bladder). So we’re heading for the Capel

It wasn’t always so but today’s Jock’s Road is clearly signposted

Mounth and thence to the high plateau of Dreish and later down into Glen Doll with views of dark Lochnagar brooding in the distance. Our plan was to be dropped at the Glen Clova car park from where the path up and over Capel Mounth begins, passing the Capel’s “sma” and “meikle” paps – you’ll understand when you see them – and on towards the ascent to Dreish. The hardy can take a diversion to scale the meikle pap where I have a memory of leaning on the wind when my body weight might have allowed it. It was a while back. Once up on Dreish, though, we’re in true highland wilderness. Here there’s a large herd of red deer, those magnificent beasts that roam free in these parts and at least a couple of pairs of golden eagles whose 2-metre wingspan holds them effortlessly aloft seemingly for days as they soar on the wind and scan the heather-clad ground for prey. The sight of either or, for the lucky few, both is ample reward for the climb. But we have to get on and find the path that will take us down the steep slope to rejoin Mr Winter’s road which


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The track winds through rugged mountains seems to have existed long before absentee landlords. It’s said that many of the defeated clansmen came this way in 1746 as they escaped from the battle at Culloden away to the north (though few could have escaped the ethnic cleansing that was to follow – but that’s another story).


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So after picking our way down the path from Dreish we’re now on the floor of Glen Doll and have a fairly level walk to the head of the glen where we hope to be met and on to the highland town of Ballater where refreshments, we earnestly pray, await. This has been a whole day’s walk suitable for the reasonably fit. There are other routes in this special part of Scotland that the same Professor Google will point you to – but you need to treat this place with respect. You’ll need stout boots with a “grippy” sole, a map (one-inch Ordnance Survey is preferred), warm windproof and waterproof clothing (it can be balmy and sunny in the glen but blowing a fierce gale on top) and, yes even in these days of GPS, a compass and the ability to use it. This is a summer walk – from late May to perhaps early September. If you’re not an experienced mountaineer wise in the ways of crampons, ropes and ice axes, don‘t even think of attempting this in winter. People have died up here. Getting there: Glen Clova is easily accessible by road from Dundee and Perth and only slightly less so from Edinburgh. You’ll need your own transport. And unless you want to retrace your steps the next day it’s best to arrange to be met at the Glen Doll carpark.

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3. 6-EYES – SPAIN For some reason, Spanish law states that if you require glasses, you must carry a second pair when driving. I suppose the concern is the first pair might break – but then, it begs the question as to how that could happen without already having crashed? Glasses don’t tend to fall apart off their own steam – they need something to cause them to break in the first place… thus making the second pair somewhat superfluous. 4. BLIND DRIVING – USA Only the good old U.S. of A could pump out such an obscure law, yet, amazingly, in the state of Alabama it’s illegal to

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