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Editor’s note


s a senior myself, I couldn’t refuse when Dot Whittington asked me to sit in for her here while she visits family overseas. And as an occasional contributor, I’ve been following Your Time since its inception. Now, it’s no secret that the print media faces some serious challenges – but Your Time shows us that basic principles still exist and, more importantly, work. People haven’t stopped reading. But in order to rise above the clamour of media in general, and social media in particular, we have to


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Contents give them a reason to read. Your Time has been doing just that by engaging with its audience and trying reflect its range of interests, problems and passions. It is driven by the interests of its readers – it’s not exactly a new concept but it is one that has been largely forgotten in this age of instant communication. Communication and connection are not the same thing. So, if you’ve read this far – thanks. But don’t stop now. There’s a host of material in this issue that’s worth reading and some that even bears thinking about. In fact, talking of basic principles, this month’s cover story shows how they apply in every sphere. But all of our articles share one common thread: They’re there because we think it will be of interest to the most important people in our world. That’s you, our readers – friends, enemies and critics. We couldn’t exist without you.

Russell Hunter, Acting Editor

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COVER IMAGE: Glenda Alexander. Photo by Jan Strandstrom





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Boomers discover the business of freedom


Technology allows us to be creators at any age and as LORRAINE PAGE finds, combined with a lifetime of experiences, our retirement years can be a launch pad for modest and rewarding start-ups.

Everything old is new to Glenda Alexander.


aby Boomers have started to retire and, hot on their heels, Generation X is primed to take their place. Yet many Boomers show no sign of slowing down and living out their golden years in self-indulgent, meaningless activity when the golden age of technology beckons. They’re using plump retirement funds and a deep well of experience while harnessing creativity left dormant by decades of slaving at less imaginative jobs. The low cost of setting up a global business on was an “out of the blue” drawcard for Glenda Alexander, 69, following her retirement four years ago from a long and demanding career in senior executive positions. What started as a creative hobby selling digital images, prints and cards on

her rent-free online shop, cardcurios.etsy. com, expanded less than 12 months later to include vintage and antique goods. Today that focus has remained and panders to her lifelong passion for collecting old and beautiful things that she now has permission to buy but doesn’t have to keep. She was already tech-savvy, focused and organised from working in highpressure jobs, but had no real experience in retail. “Photography was the biggest struggle for me,” said Glenda. “I invested in props like head, hand and body mannequins, and I bought a light box. “I found software to enhance the photos, and it took me a long time to work out that the only place I could


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Making a difference for children A project to recycle and remake fabric has proved a boon for young people in our region of the world, writes PAULINE CLAYTON.


etting out to empty a cupboard full of fabric became a life changing moment for grandmother, Yvonne Pattinson. A home seamstress all her life Yvonne couldn’t resist using up the material by making pretty outfits for little girls. This led to a friend involved with an orphanage in Myanmar asking for as much clothing for these children as Yvonne could make. Urged on by her daughter Deborah, then an officer with the Queensland Police Force, Yvonne joined the Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation (which supplies new shoes and socks to primary school children) to make clothes for children throughout Queensland’s rural and outback areas, and across the Torres Strait islands, and Papua New Guinea Three years later and Yvonne with her modest team of local ladies has supplied more than 2000 delightful, attractive, quality shorts, dresses, shirts, skirts and carry bags to children ranging from toddlers to 10 year-olds. The demand is now so great Yvonne needs to expand her small team of seamstresses. “They don’t have to be professional. In fact when I started out I just asked for


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Yvonne Pattinson OAM (right) and Jenny Rookie with a pinafore they made from a uniform shirt. people to join me to sew or just to have a cup of tea and a chat,” she said. “In fact two of the ladies who come along each week, don’t sew, but they are a great help with ironing. “Nor does anyone who can volunteer to sew with us, have to leave home. “I’m happy if someone makes one skirt

or one pair of shorts a month, or even longer. “If some sewers can come together in a small group, I can show them the ropes and we supply everything they need.” Yvonne’s local team meet once a week in a Sunshine Coast community hall. Here the ladies cut and remake uniforms supplied by Terri Irwin of Australia Zoo, Commissioner Andrew Colvin of the Australian Federal Police, the Queensland Police and the Australian Border Force teams. Having made most of the clothing for her family, including suits for her husband, and surf gear for a son; her daughter Deb’s bridal gown and the four bridesmaid gowns, Yvonne has a keen eye for design and knows how to make a pattern. She has found inventive ways to use the donated stock. Shirt sleeves become pinafores. Heavy police pants become durable shorts while lighter pant legs make small, wraparound skirts, accessorised with rick rack or colourful embroidery. “Shirt fronts with their pockets make great carry bags,” explained Yvonne. Strong lanyards from a conference

she attended in Cairns are used as the bag handles. The news of Yvonne’s clothing program continues to spread and besides stacks of uniforms and fabrics, she now has “boxes and boxes” of new denim pants, donated by a shopkeeper. “We have used around 600 already, many are cut back to shorts and then the lower legs are used to make a young girl’s wraparound skirt. “We also received several large 50m rolls of new fabric, so we are not short of material, just sewers and elastic.” This is a No Zip Zone, all of the clothing for children features elastic and some buttons, designed to be easy to make and easy to wear. Jenny Rookie, one of the sewing team said she is constantly amazed at the inventive designs Yvonne has created. “The back of a shirt, including the yoke, make lovely wraparound skirts,” she said. The delivery of the clothing to the communities and children who can most benefit is simple and effective. “We make, then hand over to whoever has provided the uniforms and they deliver to the area of most need. “I know some went to the children in


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Letters I ENDORSE your campaign to get people to use words correctly. There are two that really annoy. Firstly, the misuse of the word “either”. It seems few were taught “either or, neither nor”. For example, “there are plants either side of the gate” when clearly it is they are both sides of the gate. Or “there were cars on either side of the road”. No there weren’t. They were on the left or the right or both sides of the road. My all time pet hate is, “the reason why”. Just say “the reason”. Auriol Hutchins “OLD age” is a state of mind, they say. If you happen to find an old penny, it is worth much more than when it was minted. If only life was valued like antiques. However, with age, comes experience. The best wine comes out of an old vessel. Despite clichés to the contrary, “old age comes stealing on” is a fact of life! Sooner rather than later, we are

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either placed in care, or families organise the elderly to reside with them, as in many developing nations, where families take responsibility for ageing elders who in turn, contribute. But while we are still capable, it is best to have Plans A and B in writing. Today, sadly, with the busy-ness of life and family demands, parents are forced to work, often remote from families of origin. Older Australians can take responsibility for their own future welfare, or depend on government services and resources to maintain long life, rather than inconvenience their offspring. Time-poor younger families, especially those geographically remote from ageing parents, are now, more often than not, not involved or have no interest in caring for elders. With the pension age now 67, many older Australians know they have limited financial support for the future alone, apart from working into old age. The inevitability of living isolated from family support is often not our

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I CONGRATULATE you on your Editor’s Note. You have hit more than one nail on the head. As an octogenarian, I have mourned the past ways in the context of ‘The way things were’. Good manners, principles and ethics are, in most instances, now lost in the desert. On many occasions I have written letters to commercial entities, chastising them, and drawing their attention to their mutilation of the English language (as in your magazine page 10). Expressing utter dismay, and telling these people to return their composition and wording back into the cupboard from where they were derived. You would know well of the daily distortions. On everyday misuse of the English language the maddening intensifiers and qualifications usage. On a number of occasions, including the ABC, I have reminded these entities the code of conduct of the International Federation of Journalists is categorical. I would sample the following excruciating and desecration language: I went into a mode of selfpreservation. There has been a lack in terms of free kicks – football commentator. They’ve come to play. Lay it in me. What a scenario! I see


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where you are coming from (no one says from where!) It looks like a weather event. Closure. How does the pain feel? Embedded for the truth. As new, fantastic value. A complete cinema experience. Factual imaging dept. Seven more times fantastic. Stay enhanced. Very provocative. Absolutely fantastic. Absolutely superb. The latest, nearly absolutely. Oh, me, my and they! Donald W Miller MY goodness, this one’s a tad different from the usual run of the mill codeword you see elsewhere. JPG...type of french word, and, of course, alfalfa, the only English sort of word that could go there. eh. See the pikky.spreadsheet was how I managed to solve it. Now, set up to do the next one similarly. U done well. cheers Bill Shaw


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Cash still wears the crown in this realm Plastic may well be fantastic but for KATE CALLAHAN counting out the spare change means coin remains king.


f you were a fan of comedy team Monty Python in the 1970s, you will recall, as I do, the Four Yorkshiremen skit, a sidesplitting game of friendly one-upmanship played out at a posh holiday resort by four obviously well-to-do gents from Yorkshire. The scene opens with them sipping fine French wine and, with comic absurdity, comparing notes on their dreadful childhoods. All the while, an Hawaiian guitar thrums in the background. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to live in this tiny old house with great big holes in roofâ&#x20AC;?, says the first. â&#x20AC;&#x153;House!â&#x20AC;? exclaims the next. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You were lucky to live in house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of usâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eh, you were lucky to have a room,â&#x20AC;? fires back the third. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to live in corridor!â&#x20AC;? Miserable claim and counterclaim are exchanged until the unbeatable is uttered: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were 150 of us living in shoebox in middle oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roadâ&#x20AC;?. And so it was that last week I unwittingly initiated an equally friendly game of one-upmanship over lunch with my brother and two cousins. Fresh from a peculiar experience at the fruit shop that very morning, which I will describe shortly, I was reflecting on the evils of the cashless society. Stepping on to a soapbox can be a perilous exercise. For someone with chronic vertigo and occasional bouts of foot-in-mouth disease, it can be risky indeed, but I nevertheless began my sermon. Call me an old fogey if you will, I said, but for my money, cash is king. So far, so good. I like to pay cash or use my debit card

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spending moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit like eating, I proposed knowingly. If you do it slowly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more satisfying and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re less likely to overindulgeâ&#x20AC;? for everything, I continued, and only use credit if it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be avoided. And I always pay my credit card balance in full by the due date, I added sanctimoniously. Credit card providers hate people like me, I offered, because I have control over my finances. Warming to my theme, I continued, uninterrupted. Spending moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit like eating, I proposed knowingly. If you do it slowly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more satisfying and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re less likely to overindulge, I said, which is why I never ever use payWave. I must have sounded dreadfully smug, but I blathered on unabated. This nonsense about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just wave your card, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on your way!â&#x20AC;? Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too cavalier by far for me, I opined. I prefer to count out the cash, I

explained, or at least insert my debit card into a machine, check the screen and enter my PIN. All very deliberate, I said, nodding wisely to my companions. To this point, they had indulged me benignly, but when I went off on a tangent to complain that my first weekly pay cheque in 1974 was a paltry $23.65, there was no holding them back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gee, you were lucky!â&#x20AC;? countered my brother, who said his first full-time wage was only seven pounds five shillings and sixpence, from which he had to pay board to our parents (â&#x20AC;&#x153;unlike you, Kate!â&#x20AC;?) and running costs for his old Austin A40, leaving him with a pittance to spare. Not to be outshone, my cousin harked back to the late 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and his time as a rouseabout in a shearing shed.

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Here’s what happened next DAVID PARMITER reveals the influence of the Europeans in the conclusion to his two-part series.


n Part 1, we left the language with the Maori, who have the same word for water as we do. How did most primitive languages use variations of “wei/wai” for water? The Maori came to us from across the Pacific. And in our childhood language we call it “wee”! Funny that. The earliest written language that we know was the Gothic script carved on the walls of caves or on wood. This language is known as futhorc – for the first five letters (yes, five); just as ours is called ‘the alphabet’ for the first two letters of the Greek: alpha and beta. The Gothic letters, or “runes”, of the “runic alphabet” are f-u-Þ -or-c. The rune ‘Þ ‘ is called ‘thorn’ and is pronounced ‘th’ as in ‘thin’. In phonetics, it is referred to as ‘an unvoiced dental fricative’ because that is the way it is sounded, tongue behind the teeth. Breathe out slowly: ‘theeee”. If it is voiced, it becomes ‘th’ as in ‘then’. Say them both: th-ee. ‘TH-en’ . This was later corrupted in the sign “Ye Olde Tea Shoppe” – which originally was pronounced “Þe older Tea Shopper”. Final ‘e’ is usually pronounced today in German, as in “danke schön”, thank you,

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and “bitte schön”, you’re welcome. Notice that “danke” is the same as “thanks”. Over the millennia there have been other languages, both written and spoken; but all devised for local use. Except that, as people began to travel, languages cross-fertilised. Greek, Roman, Arabic and Asian came into our everyday language through trade and invasions. We learned about money, banking, geography, astronomy and navigation from them. In the 14th century an English writer called Geoffrey Chaucer travelled extensively through France and Italy. He was so impressed by the French poetry of La Roman de la Rose that he translated it into English. Along the way he introduced into the language a swathe of romantic French words. This was the age of chivalry and courtly behaviour between women and men. Long since lost… He later wrote The Canterbury Tales, which completely changed the English language. Our entire Old English vocabulary was modernised into what we now call Middle English. A mixture of Anglo-Saxon and Old French. Thanks to William the Bastard (1066) and the

conquering Normans – who were descended from the Vikings, as you will recall. The peasants in the field now produced the cow, pig and sheep; but when these reached the lord’s table they became the boeuf, porc and mouton. We had to learn Old French, and we had to join the common market linguistically! Chaucer became the Comptroller of Customs in the Port of London, and kept a sharp eye on the comings and goings of trade across the English Channel. His languages, obviously, were many and very useful, and his influence on the English written language was considerable. Two hundred years later we discovered the Renaissance, and during the Elizabethan Age of the late 16th Century, the nobles of England went a-wandering. This was the age of the super rich – and the desperate poor. The educated and the nobles travelled: to admire, to show off, and to bring back the art treasures of Europe, particularly from Paris, Vienna and Florence. They had nothing else to do with their time ... or money. This was known as ‘The Golden Age’;

but in particular it brought back hundreds of classical words and sayings that would be used in the writings of the Elizabethan poets. And especially in the plays of William Shakespeare and the others of his age. Two centuries later, the 1800s saw the age of a new set of artists. Once again the intelligentsia, the poets and the wealthy did ‘the Grand Tour’ of Europe. Byron, Shelley, Keats and others enjoyed the sybaritic lifestyle of the wandering unemployed ... and wrote their cocaine induced dreamings as the Romantic Poets. Today, we think we know better. We have invented a new language using truncated finger-taps and emoticons on a keypad. RU not OK 2 to gt w that? Never mind literacy; can’t you do it in 140 characters or less? (What ...? Less? That should be ‘fewer ‘, you idiot!). ‘Less’ is for quantity (less milk); ‘fewer’ is for number, like fewer people’. We need fewer people and better literacy among the next generation. Can’t we raise our children and grandchildren to use the English language correctly? Or do we not care anymore?


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Wrinkles are suddenly on-trend Style is not about what you wear, it’s about you and your own spirit. KAY McMAHON finds.



he Arts Centre Gold Coast pulled off a major coup earlier this year by inviting Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style fame to speak at Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast Forum. The Fashion Forum was a full day of chat about all things style and fashion. Local designer Gail Sorronda, Charlotte Smith curator of the Darnell Collection and Vogue’s deputy editor Sophie Tedmanson rounded out the day with interviews on their various style and fashion journeys. But for most baby boomers in the audience it was all about Ari. For those unfamiliar with the Advanced Style movement, I’d suggest he’s worth a look. Ari’s blogspot, books, movies and Instagram document, in Ari’s words, the fashion and wisdom of the senior set. He celebrates the process of ageing and has been credited with changing the conversation on ageism and its place in the industry of style, fashion, beauty and marketing. As he says: “I’m a behind-the-scenes conduit for shifting ideas about ageing.” His subjects have catapulted women like Iris Apfel, Debra Rapoport and Australia’s Sarah-Jane Adams of

Sarah-Jane Adams and Ari Seth Cohen Saramai Jewels and @ mywrinklesaremystripes fame into the spotlight. These women, who were once stylish but ageing doyennes, are now

Instagram and movie stars with thousands of followers and feted by international marketing and advertising agencies for modelling, style and ageing- gracefully advice. He says: “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” And while Ari has thousands of mature-age followers, he says there is a new younger generation who have become ambassadors for age and are joining the Advanced Style tribe. He spoke of the need for “intergenerational” relationships as being an answer to the ageism debate. His story of his close relationship with his grandmother was insightful and re-iterates his passion for how other cultures respect older people and look to them for knowledge and wisdom. This belief generated his quote of the day – “my grandma was my google.” (I do hope he creates a hashtag along those lines.) On-stage Ari was joined by SarahJane Adams who admitted that initially she had no idea who Ari was. However, since becoming one of the Advanced Style tribe she believes Ari has changed

the conversation on ageing which has now filtered through to mainstream. For Sarah it mustn’t be tokenism. “This is all about being authentic and who you are,” she said. “And most importantly you have to be yourself.” Ari is also opening the conversation to males. While his previous books and movies have centred on stylish women over 60 years he described his next book, Advanced Love, as “being about couples and their relationships.” His blog previews some of these couples and introduces stylish males into the conversation. From the tattooed rockabilly couple in their 1950s car through to the couple over 80 years holding hands and cuddling in a wheelchair, this promises to be a celebration of male and female style and how this transcends to their relationships. So, for those of us feeling fashion is ageist, head to Ari’s photography and writings and be re-invigorated. Do not fear that it is all about what you should be wearing. As Ari says: ”It’s not about fashion. It’s about creative expression. It’s a spirit.” And I’m off now to visit my grandchildren. #mygrandmaismygoogle

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Hair is men’s perennial problem Hair has always presented difficulties for humans but if we confine this story to men we could get to the root of it, writes TERRY DYER.


oys are usually born with some hair, which grows and grows and as they reach their teens they realise they can show off their masculinity by even growing a beard. At this time, their head becomes a virtual jungle of hair sprouting from every pore. Eighteen-year-olds with huge beards and pony tails. Then, horror of horrors, in their late 20s to early 30s some of it starts to disappear. Where and Why? Nobody seems to know. And where does it go? Well that’s worth some thought. There is a hell of lot in the vacuum cleaner and as for the other place, the shower, why doesn’t the water run away like it used to in the shower tray? Because it’s blocked with something. Removing the shiny grate from the outlet and using a hooked piece of wire, I can pull up a metre of coagulated hair of different colours, plus slimy soap, detergent and the most evil smell. As for losing hair, it usually starts at the back of the head. That’s when you grow the front bit long so that you can toss it back to cover the bald bit commonly called a comb over. And then by the time this young

thing is 40 he has lost everything on the top, but does have lots of hair around the sides and the back. It’s called the Friar Tuck look. Then the bald style came in, that means that you have to shave your head completely. That’s all very well, but what most of us blokes realise is you have to keep doing it. It’s like shaving your face. Leave it a couple of days, run your hand over your head or chin and it feels like sandpaper. You can of course resort to toupees. But that also presents problems - when and how do you stop, particularly if your hair is still growing? You can get hairpieces that are small, they just cover the top of the head that fit with the ‘Friar Tuck’ look, and they have to be stuck on with glue. The hair pieces that fit on the top of one’s head are often small to fit the purpose and it is easy to put them on back to front. In a hurry, you wouldn’t notice. Well you wouldn’t but everyone else would. What about swimming, for the older Lothario? Is it waterproof? He stands proudly on the three-metre platform showing his beautiful hair, long enough for his beloved to notice, then does a

double summersault with pike and enters the water at great speed, and surfaces, BALD. It’s come off. At that point, it’s important to find it, which won’t be difficult as it will look like a drowned rat in that large pool. The next problem, no glue. He does have a hat and that will have to do, to hide his nakedness. Long-term wearers of hairpieces have to contend with grey hair. The hairpiece you bought ten years ago which was brown or black, will no longer match the greying locks you are now producing. So, dye the hairpiece to suit or dye the greying locks? What about grandchildren? They like to ruffle your hair, you can’t really tell them not to. That could lead to embarrassment. In fact hair for men is a nuisance, wherever it is. It’s growing all the time. You shave your head every couple of days if you have the naked look. If you are a serious cyclist you shave your legs and even your body if you want to go faster so they say. I don’t know about under the arms. It doesn’t seem to affect cyclists, but it does seem to affect women - even the ones that don’t ride push bikes. And it’s continually growing so why

bother trying to reduce it? Let it all hang out. Shaving underarm hair for women is quite a recent phenomenon. Before the advent of electric razors hair was removed by very sharp cut throat razors and that was for men’s hair. Under the arms with a cut throat was difficult and not attempted, though safety razors made the job easier. Barbers still use cut throat razors to shave their customers. The advent of creams and lotions has made the job easier for cyclists and women who don’t need to use razors. Apart from all that hair still grows in the most difficult places, like the nose and the ears. It never stops growing. As for shaving, it doesn’t stop even for death. You are shaved before they put you in the coffin but within a month it’s all back and even your nails need to be clipped. If you are cremated, problem solved - but not for the living. Do you have a story to tell? Submissions should be about 500 words. Email

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Hand-written treasures wait to be discovered Old letters and cards are a mine of information on our family histories , writes PAMELA BERRY.


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hat value do you give to birthday and Christmas cards? What about postcards or letters? These days many of us throw out not long after receiving them ou them or on the incoming of the New Year. Ye I’ll bet that in the bottom of an old drawer your mother or grandmother has kept them as a a treasure trove of memories unopened for decades. memo These letters can be Th extremely valuable to a family extre historian and when found are histo worth wort their weight in gold. Reading them we can R extract a moment of time from extr the writer’s perspective and quite qui often can not only unearth information on old un Aunt Au Ada’s life but those of her he brother, sister, niece or the th old maid down the road. I love these stories. They were so well written and w the t emotion is almost brings you face to face in conversation. f Whilst conducting my research I con have found some relatives still had letters written to them by members of the


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Worldwide travels with a restless parrot Like many adventurous young men Richard Jones made and lost fortunes trading with Canton in the early years of NSW, writes DIANA HACKER.


n the depression of the 1840s Richard Jones was financially forced to move his family from Sydney to a property on the upper Brisbane River. Established in co-operation with his brothers-in-law, Stephen Ferriter, Edmund and John Uhr the sheep run known as Wivenhoe proved to be a wise investment. Within a few short years Richard was able to move his family to Brisbane Town and to purchase land previously farmed by convicts. This area was known as the new farm as against the old farm which had been cultivated at Kangaroo Point. Richard’s wife and daughters established an elegant residence at New Farm and Richard became the representative for Ipswich and Brisbane in the Legislative Council which met in Sydney. Upon Richard’s death in 1852 his wayward daughter Elizabeth took her inheritance and much to the consternation of her family ran off to England, threatening to join a Catholic convent in Orleans, France. Determined to rescue Elizabeth “from a fate worse than death” the family sold most of their possessions and Richard’s widow Mary and daughter Frances sailed for England.

Frances was much against this journey and refused to go without her pet parrot. The red winged parrot aprosmictus erythropterus, is closely related to the king parrota and feeds on seeds, fruits, buds and blossoms coming to the ground only to drink. They usually live in pairs or small family groups and have an unusual motion to the foot when scratching their head and their flight is erratic. The nest is made in the hollow of a tree and five or six eggs will hatch after 20 days. The male feeds the sitting female and the chicks fledge in about five weeks. The species’ range includes most of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western New South Wales. In 1857 aboard the Alnwick Castle when rounding The Horn, heavy seas resulted in the parrot escaping from its cage. Dr John Ravenscroft Elsey [1834-57] physician to the recent North Australia Exploring Expedition [led by Augustus

Gregory] assisted Frances to recapture her pet. After more than one winter in London the bird succumbed. Frances had her pet preserved by the best taxidermist available and upon her return to Brisbane in 1860 the bird came too. Frances married the Rev Tom Jones, one of six clergy who came to Brisbane in company with Bishop Tufnell. Frances, Tom and family lived in Rockhampton, Hobart, London, Toowoomba and Brisbane and with each move Frances carried her parrot. The last years of Frances’ life were spent at Indooroopilly and upon her death in 1918 the parrot became the property of her eldest daughter Cecilia. Cecilia married Dr Tom Bancroft and during her married life she lived at Deception Bay, Stannary Hills, Alderley, Eidsvold, Greenslopes and Indooroopilly, and with each move the parrot accompanied Cecilia. It was not until Cecilia’s death in 1961 that the parrot ceased its wanderings. Cecilia’s daughter Dr Josephine Mackerras presented the parrot to the Queensland Women’s Historical Association where her mother had been one of the earliest life members.

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Marque mixers drive us to double vision Badge engineering can be confusing but BRUCE McMAHON navigates a way through the nameplates maze.


hat’s in a name? Do some car badges shine brighter than others? Badge engineering - different nameplates on essentially the same vehicle - is often an unbalanced partnership. Holden sold more Commodores than the re-badged Toyota Lexcen in the 1990s. Nissan sold more four-wheel drive Patrols than Ford sold Mavericks, but then Ford sold more Falcon utes than the Nissan Ute from 1988 to 1991. These double-ups were attempts to rationalise the Australian car business under the federal Button plan. Sharing vehicles between rival manufacturers fills gaps - often temporarily - in a line-up. It saves a mountain of money and may keep loyal customers in the family. And sometimes a vehicle’s development and product is shared between competitors. Perhaps the best of current shared vehicle examples are the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 utes. For some years Ford took BT-50s and re-badged them as Ford Couriers and then as Rangers; Ford Australia didn’t have a four-wheel drive one-tonner on their books.


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Then in the early 2000s, knowing the venerable Falcon ute was due to be parked forever, Ford began developing an all-new model with Mazda. Much has been said, and written, about the ute and Ford Australia praised, rightly so, for this new-age Ranger. But there was a band of Mazda engineers working on the project here too; after all this was Ford’s first shot at a full range of two and four-wheel drive one-tonners. So the Ranger and the BT-50 share the same five-cylinder diesel (now with some minor changes by Ford), the same size bodies (albeit with different styles) and

the same chassis (with slight variations in tuning). Yet the dearer Ford outsells the Mazda big time - in 2017 it was almost 37,000 Rangers to just over 13,000 BT-50s. It can’t be just the Mazda’s style – considered a bit soft by some. We’re also about to see a MercedesBenz dual cab ute engineered over and around Nissan’s Navara but in this case there would appear to be a wider range of mechanical and chassis differentiations than between the Ford and the Mazda. Then there’s the case of Toyota’s 86 coupe and Subaru’s BRZ, developed very

much hand-in-hand and virtually identical in specification and style - yet last year Toyota sold 1619 86ers and Subaru sold 786 BRZs. Toyota’s dealer network is wider of course, but this is a low-slung sports car best suited to coastal civilisations. Never mind, both are fun machines running a Subaru boxer engine and chassis with some differences is suspension tune. Subaru’s newest version is the BRZ tS from $39,894 for the six-speed manual version or $41,894 for a six-speed auto. The tS is the range-topper of the BRZs with reworked steering, suspension and brakes from Subaru’s STI performance arm. It, like all BRZs and Toyota 86ers, is a fun package here with extra sporting flavour. Well-mannered chassis and steering responses mean every kilowatt of the BRZ’s 152kW is enjoyed; with maximum torque of 212Nm arriving at 6400rpm the BRZ does need to be given full stick for an all-out attack. The bonus here - back seats will accommodate a couple of grandkids for quieter drives.

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WOW FESTIVAL TURNS THE SPOTLIGHT ON SUPER GENDER GAP Queensland’s oldest and largest super fund has put women’s financial independence on the agenda of WOW at Festival 2018, to spark discussion about a national issue affecting gender equality. As part of the three-day celebration of the lives of women and girls across the Commonwealth of Nations, created as part of the GC2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program, QSuper will raise awareness of the national super gender gap and empower women to improve their own financial futures. With women accounting for more than two-thirds of its membership, QSuper CEO Michael Pennisi said the Fund was proud to partner with WOW at Festival 2018. “QSuper strives to improve members’ financial wellbeing throughout their whole life, and we are particularly passionate about advocating for the financial and social wellbeing of women who make up a large proportion of our membership,” Mr Pennisi said. “The data clearly shows that women, on average, have much lower retirement security than men. At QSuper we’re dedicated to providing Queensland women with better access to education, information and advice throughout their lives to improve their

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financial wellbeing,” he said. “In Brisbane, for example, the retirement gender gap in 2017 was 33 per cent, with men retiring on an average balance of $388,000 while women had an average $263,000. This gap has grown by more than five per cent in the last five years. “The super gender gap is a national issue that belongs on the agenda of this high-profile women’s event. Awareness and education have a critical role to play.” QSuper will host a financial literacy workshop, Open the Envelopes, as part of the Festival program. “Open the Envelopes will offer WOW attendees the opportunity to talk

to QSuper experts about one of life’s most difficult subjects — money. The workshop, designed for women but open to all Festival-goers - will provide practical tools and strategies they can use to set themselves up financially. The session will encourage women to be hands on, understand their financial situation and be empowered to make financial decisions to become financially independent,” he said. The Fund’s partnership will also include acknowledging and celebrating the work women do every day in their communities to improve the lives of others through sponsoring WOW Bites a series of inspiring 10-minute talks by women and girls from all walks of life. QSuper is also sponsoring the closing night concert, Songs That Made Me. WOW executive producer in Australia Cathy Hunt said financial independence was fundamental to women attaining control over their lives. “The growing numbers of women who are homeless later in life reflects a significant weakness in our superannuation system and the earlier women engage in their financial futures, the better,” she said. WOW Festival Australia will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse on the second weekend in April (6-8).

WELFARE CRACKDOWN SAVES TAXPAYERS $43M More than 1,000 wealthy welfare cheats have been caught over-claiming tens of millions in Federal Government benefits during a nationwide crackdown. A joint operation run by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Australian Transaction Reports Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) targeted welfare recipients who had large amounts of unexplained wealth pass through their bank accounts. Those unable to explain to DHS where the money had come from or why they had failed to declare it as income were then ordered to repay their benefits, saving Australian taxpayers $43.4 million. The crackdown uses the same powers AUSTRAC and law enforcement agencies use to target money launderers, drug dealers and terrorists. The average amount each welfare recipient was ordered to repay was $43,000. This should serve as a wake-up call to those who think they can defraud Australian taxpayers, said Human Services Minister Michael Keenan. “For those that are defrauding the system, you will be caught, you will be forced to repay that money and you will face significant consequences,” he said.


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Jane Oliver has been named the local caregiver of the Year for Brisbane Inner North and West, announced by Home Instead Senior Care. Jane has completed 11 years, with more than 8,417 hours of service. In addition to completing her mandatory training, Jane has also passed courses in specialised dementia care, advanced dementia, recognising elder abuse and diversity and more. She assists four complex-need clients, five days a week and is focused on building trust with the clients and successfully encouraging them to make positive decisions towards their health and social interactions. Jane also has 12 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience as a phone counsellor for Lifeline and the ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association. She joined the aged care industry because she thought she had the right life experience for the role â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and she was right.

eniors much prefer to talk to a real person than look up a website, a report has found National Seniors Australia has found that when it comes to getting good advice in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;information ageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, older people favour humans over going online. Its report shows that while digital technology has revolutionised information delivery, older people making important decisions about retirement first turn to trusted health and financial professionals or family and friends. While many are digital savvy, their reliance on web-based information not only rates a poor second, but well down the list to human sources of expertise and advice. National Seniors Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr Karen Rees said the report, titled A Little Help from My Friends: Getting good advice in the Information Age, had important implications for how older Australians planned for and made vital financial, health and lifestyle decisions once retired. She said the National Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; survey of its members, who are aged over 50, revealed that 70 per cent chose their GP or medical specialist as their most preferred source of health and lifestyle information, and 55 per cent their

financial adviser for financial information about retirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are savvy about the people with skills they require. The use of GPs and specialists for health and lifestyle information increases with age while going to family and friends decreases and using websites decreases further,â&#x20AC;? Dr Rees said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is despite 90 per cent of respondents using a computer daily for

email, internet or other tasks.â&#x20AC;? Dr Rees said the findings had huge implications for governments and other key service providers, such as banks, superannuation funds and utility companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What this tells us is that despite many people, regardless of age, having the skills to find information online, and often using the internet as a resource, they still prefer to consult trusted people when making vital decisions,â&#x20AC;? Dr Rees said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This means that governments and other key service providers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just put information on a website and think their job is done. They must continue to provide information face-to-face, in print and by telephone if they want to ensure their services are used and the needs of older people, especially, are met. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know from our research, workshops and other contact with our members, that reliable health and financial information, along with how connected they are, impacts healthy ageing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, if we want older people to remain independent, healthy and happy, we need to ensure they can access information easily and in a format that suits them.â&#x20AC;?




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The platform of despair Being witness to an unhappy scene on the train gives PAULINE DU RIETZ pause to ponder how poor communication can easily corrupt relationships.


he train was crowded. A mature age couple sat opposite. They were almost knee-to-knee with me and a young person who was captivated by his phone sat on the other side of me. The older couple seemed to be involved in some type of argument. The husband, identified by his wedding ring, seemed to be the dominant force. I tried not to listen to the words, so I stared out the window. I was wishing I had not left my phone in my car as staring at it would have been a comfortable distraction. I concentrated on the theme and ideas that I was about to deliver at a conference, which was the reason for my travel. The train had seemed a reasonable alternative to parking in the city. It stopped at a station and people were boarding. Suddenly the wife got up, pushed through the crowd and got off. Another traveller promptly took her seat. The doors closed and the husband remained opposite, almost knee-to-knee with me. He didn’t look around to see whether his partner had got back on the train, but he did continue to talk.

Now the dialogue was aimed my way. I tried not to make eye contact but found myself listening. He was rationalising: “You know, she used to be a nice person. Now, she’s impatient, not interested in me!” When he made that statement, our eyes met, then I looked away at the passing landscape. The dialogue in my brain wanted to argue that perhaps his partner wasn’t the only one with the problem. He continued to rave on and I continued to imagine escape plans realising that I couldn’t afford the time to get off the train and wait for the next one. Leaning towards me, he spoke again: “You know, she used to be a nice!” I looked straight at him. I wanted to send the body language message that I was not interested. In my mind there was a flashing message that I wished I had the courage to deliver, “In the past, you were probably nice to her as well”. I looked again to the passing landscape but my mind was full of questions like: Have you considered that your manner of communicating with

your partner might be one of the problems? I thought about how they, as a couple might have been at some stage early in their relationship. They would have been actively concerned about what each other said, did or needed. I thought about how frequently most people forget to consider how their verbal communication or body language communication affects others and about how some people are not aware that their self-absorbed, self-interested dialogue may not be of interest to the other person. I thought about how often it is difficult to alert or confront another person, or relate your lack of interest or even to state that your needs are not being met. Conflict, whether it be about values or standards or behaviours, is frequently difficult if you don’t have the skills to confront another person. I taught communication, conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation skills. I was often surprised by the number of people who thought that they were effective communicators or who believed that they were effective

when dealing with conflict, or effective when negotiating because they could make a noise. Communication is more than delivering information. It is also about making sure that the other person is listening and hearing willingly. It is about feedback from the other so that we can judge whether our ideas are landing. When it comes to conflict, considering just one point of view is like throwing a hand grenade. Throwing a hand grenade is win-lose and little good can come from it. I wouldn’t give the guy on the train a satisfactory score for his communication skills. I wouldn’t give him a satisfactory score for having an active concern for his partner. Isn’t that what a relationship is supposed to be, an active concern for the other? An active concern means acceptance, respect, support and being there for the other. An active concern is also about being fair and considerate. Some people lack awareness and damage others. It is sad that one of the things that corrupts relationships or interpersonal interactions is poor communication.

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The smart house is knocking on our doors Home is where the app is, as technology offers us so many ways to control our lives, NATHAN WELLINGTON explains.


ith the release of the Apple HomePod last month, the demand for the smart home is well under way but what does a smart home actually mean? Are we all suddenly going to be catapulted into the age of the Jetsons with robot maids, and appliances shooting out of the walls or are we a little way off from that yet? It is a little daunting with the sheer amount of technology on offer these days, and with the bold assumption by manufacturers that we will just ‘know’ how to use their products presents a mammoth challenge in actually learning how to use them. So I thought I would try to demystify some of these devices and determine if practically they will actually make our lives easier or be just another level of techno babble. The release of the Google Home smart speaker in late 2016 instigated a shift in the way we use technology. It is meant to be unobtrusive and easy to use. Instead of flicking endlessly across your tablet screen you can instead talk, and the speaker, with its voice recognition and connection to the internet, will answer your questions such as; tell you the time, the weather, the

latest news, play your favourite music, or even control other smart devices connected to your home network. Amazon also offers an alternative Home with the Echo Plus and now Apple has HomePod and each have their pros and cons. I find these products are very much ‘set and forget’ with regards to your tech knowhow, and people I have installed them for have grown accustomed to their ease of use. These smart speakers are also designed to connect with and instruct other smart devices within the house

using voice control. Phillips Hue are smart light bulbs, that work with these smart speakers to allow you to control your lights by instructing your smart speaker, or through a smart phone app you can have the lights turn on when you arrive home or off after your leave the house. It also offers an enormous range of mood lighting settings. The Nest thermostat is another smart device not too far away for release in Australia. It integrates with your ducted air-conditioning to remotely monitor the temperature of your house. Once again

you can turn it on before you arrive home and are welcomed into a cool house on a hot day or vice versa. The Arlo home security system is a smart device that allows you to monitor your house from your smart phone. There are many other devices like the video doorbell that links to your smart phone so you can see who is at the door even when you’re not home, or the smoke detector that sets off an alarm on your smart phone in case of fire. To me, there are some good little time savers in this range of new devices but they are far from perfect yet. It will take a good few years before we see the real benefits of all these integrated devices as more enter the market and we see this sector of the industry mature. If you are thinking of trying out a smart device, I would start by purchasing a smart speaker. Once they’re set up you may find it easier to use than your current tablet. If you would like some help installing your smart device and have it integrate with your phone or tablet, call 1300 682 817 or email

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t was the great Warren Buffet who stated the above and he knows more about financial risk than most people. He has also said on many occasions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invest in things I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand.â&#x20AC;? So, when the term entrepreneur is mentioned many associate it with risk and of course there is risk in everything we do, or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily mean loss. When I endeavour to ascertain a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s risk profile one of the questions I ask is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you think of the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;riskâ&#x20AC;? which of the following words comes to mind first? Loss or Opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Most answer â&#x20AC;&#x153;loss.â&#x20AC;? Many investors want the high return without the risk. This is why many investors lose their money in investment â&#x20AC;&#x153;schemes.â&#x20AC;? They are often frantically seeking a high return from an investment where they believe there is little or no risk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; basically they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t research the investment or have the knowledge or skill to objectively carry out the research. Again, as Warren says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not knowing what you are doing.â&#x20AC;?

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grind and focusing on the here and now. I think it takes a certain type of personality and human traits for over 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to have the bravado for entrepreneurship, and those in that category with the knowledge and research, go and do it. Investing is a much easier way to make money and again having done the research or having an adviser to guide you ensures there is a process and discipline attached to this course. Investing is about a long-term focus and ensuring you have plenty of diversification, not allocating your capital to one venture. A good path to traverse is one that allows you to enjoy your later years with plenty of time for bridge, golf, bowls or whatever your interests are and to spend time with those whose company you enjoy. Sit back and let the investment income drop into the bank account and live. Brian Mooney is a Certified Financial Planner and Authorised Representative of Logiro. Email:

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Healthy eating for over 50s women Women’s bodies undergo a profound hormonal shift as they enter the autumn of their lives but, writes REBEKKA FRAZER, a good diet can help manage the changes.


eclining estrogen and progesterone levels have a massive impact on the body’s metabolism. The good news is that you can help to manage this from a nutritional perspective (with even better results when coupled with a good exercise regime).

TOP TIPS: 1. Declining metabolic rate. As women (and men) age our metabolic rate naturally declines, largely due to decreasing lean muscle mass. This means that we can no longer get away with eating as much as we did in our 20s and 30s. Some of the best ways to combat this is to fill up on more nutrient dense whole foods (fruit, veggies, lean proteins, legumes and eggs) over calorie dense options (anything processed with added sugars and/or fats). Making sure every meal (starting with breakfast) contains a good quality source

of protein will also help your body to hold on to its lean muscle mass and promote satiety. Good sources of protein include lean meat, skinless chicken, seafood, eggs and reduced fat dairy products. Doing some form of resistance training under the supervision of a qualified exercise physiologist will also help to minimise the decline in your lean muscle mass and therefore

help to keep your metabolism firing along as best as possible. 2. Declining bone mineral density. Once women progress through menopause (dramatic drop in estrogen levels), we no longer have the hormonal protection against decreasing bone mineral density. From a nutritional perceptive, making sure you are meeting calcium


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that could be simulating IBS. Have your stool checked for parasites. Some parasites, such as Gardia, can sometimes be a contributing factor that needs to be treated. Eat for your own personal biochemistry - Some people thrive on low-carbohydrate, high-protein and high-fat diets. The opposite is required for others: a high carb, low fat and low protein diet. (However, it’s important to realise that there is a major difference between vegetable carbs and grain carbs, even though they’re both referenced as “carbs.” Grains will convert to sugar, which is not what anyone needs in high amounts.) If you don’t eat a diet that is suitable for you, you’re likely to suffer health challenges, spastic colon being one possibility.

Boost healthy bacteria in your gut - Make sure you have enough healthy bacteria in your gut. You can get healthy bacteria from fermented foods or a high quality, targeted strain supplement. Once you lower the amounts of sugar and processed foods in your diet, you’re automatically creating an environment that will support the growth of good bacteria and diminish the growth of bad ones. Take your fibre – Taking additional fibre can also be very helpful to control IBS symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea. Ideally, shoot for 50 grams of fibre per 1,000 calories consumed. Psyllium is an adaptogenic fibre (meaning, if you’re constipated it will soften your stool and help increase your bowel frequency and if you have loose stools and frequent bowel movements, it will help with stool formation and decrease the frequency of bowel movements). If you use psyllium, make sure it is organic as most products out there are not. The damage from the pesticide residue in most products far outweigh the benefit you would receive from the fibre itself. Another good fibre is whole, organic flax seed. You can take a few tablespoons of freshly ground flax seed per day. Flax is also a high-quality source of plant-based omega-3 fats, which nearly everyone needs on a regular basis. Address emotional challenges – Many people with IBS have an unresolved emotional component that contributes to their physical problem. Meditation, prayer, and psychological techniques and tools are all strategies you can use to address emotional challenges. Trudy Kither, is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple.



he sharing economy isn’t just for Gen Y’s as would-be retirees are now working smarter not harder. Research from PetCloud shows while only 3 per cent of their pet carers offering services are over the age of 55, they complete over 20 per cent of all jobs. They are smashing their younger counterparts, on average completing 600 per cent more bookings and earning over five times the income. Many baby boomers don’t have the funds to retire but PetCloud allows an affordable and flexible way to substitute their incomes and get job satisfaction. Offering doggy day care means retirees can have the best of both worlds, just like pet sitter Jolie Wheeler. “There is serious money to be made,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to run your own business, and you can work it as much or as little as you want.” PetCloud sitter, Debbie Taylor left her 20-year career in pharmacy to run her at home pet sitting business through PetCloud. “I’m 57 years old this year, and I have the best job in the world,” she said. PetCloud is like AirBnB for pets connecting pet owners with pet carers through their national online website.

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This novel is based on a divisive and unsettling time in Australian history during the 1960’s. Young men in their twenties were conscripted by the government to fight with our allies in South Vietnam to stop the spread of communism. We follow Ben, Poppy, Rosemary, Angus and Spike during their carefree days at home before the boys depart. Unfortunately I did not experience any compassion or empathy from the writer, the paragraphs had too many homilies tagged on the end, the book was way too long and the words had lost their power, which is a shame. That’s where precise editing can make or break a story. War is always a tragedy, and life and living are never the same.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale of friendship and love during the time of the Vietnam war. This is a great book for those of us who grew up in the 60’s and come from a strict middle class Catholic background. The interwoven themes of growing up, young love, going to war and family duty during this life and mind changing era are meshed beautifully with an easy to read writing style. The author’s detailed research into the music, drug use, politics and the impact of war on the warriors and their women brings the 60’s vividly back to life for me. The characters are real and the story is highly entertaining. 9/10

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Reading this book took me on a journey into my past. I enjoyed being reminded of the good times I had as a teenager, the booming 60’s music scene and the entertainment that flowed from it. Not so enjoyable was reliving conscription and a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968, the same year of action and the same battles that the author describes with a great deal of artistic licence in this book. The struggles of the Vietnamese people evoke empathy from readers in much the same way as we felt during that time. O’Connor touches on the diabolical treatment returning troops endured and the broken bodies and minds that resulted from the conflict in Vietnam. A well written and easy to read love story for many but too close to home for me.


WAR FLOWER By Mary-Anne O’Connor

The 1960s are beating a fresh pulse of political and cultural upheaval through Sydney. For sheltered convent schoolgirl Poppy Flannery such changes seem irrelevant. But it doesn’t stop her from longing to join in, especially if it means spending time with the popular boy she secretly loves. So when the opportunity for a dream escape to Surfers Paradise arrives, Poppy and her twin sister Rosemary find themselves in the midst of the swinging sixties at last. Soon a war fought thousands of kilometres away will arrive on the twins’ doorstep.

I was not sure I was going to enjoy War Flower. I thought it was going to be a typical love story but I stand corrected. The second half of the book changed all that for me. Set in the 60s, O’Connor portrays the life at that time so very well. The Vietnam war, (young Australians being sent to fight a war they never should have been involved in), the music, the drugs, the parties, the politics, protests, those that did not return and the effect of the changing times on the main characters who O’Connor brings to life so very well. The book is a great easy holiday read. I will now look to read her other books.


MARY BARBER The story follows the awkward Sydney twins Poppy and Rosemary as they leave school and move into their adult lives of university and beach parties among the upheaval of the 1960s. It weaves romance, the Vietnam war, drugs and pop music into a cohesive tale. Through Ben, Angus and Spike, three young men who are tied up with the twins, the author shows the anguish of war and the difficulty of adjusting back to civilian life. I thought this aspect of the book was fresh and well-written. It gave me a better understanding of veterans. It’s great to see our own ‘recent’ Australian history brought to life. The story moves along at a good pace. It’s an easy read with likeable central characters.

Google has informed me that ‘Goodreads’ has given this book 4½ stars! I don’t echo that rating but suffice to say War Flower is an easy read and caters well to those who enjoy a predictable romantic novel. The plot (as explained on the back cover) is simple …. Good Boy meets Good Girl but the path of true love is far from simple or fast moving. There are many sub-plots to hold the attention of the reader and the setting is the ‘swinging sixties’ and the Vietnam war, and includes the addition of an orphaned refugee who adds to the complications of the love relationships. Looking up the author’s website I notice that Goodreads has given another of her novels Gallipoli Street an equally high rating. Might be one to purchase or reserve at your local library if you enjoyed War Flower.


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STRONG demand for superior over 50s living has prompted the expansion of the $70 million Halcyon Glades community at Caboolture. Developer Halcyon will build a further 40 homes at the 176-home community after purchasing adjoining land and securing development approval. The new homes will bring with them additional green space including a park with a covered barbecue area for Halcyon Glades home owners. Halcyon joint managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann said the decision to expand was driven by demand and made possible when neighbouring land became available. “Ongoing sales activity has seen us come close to a sell-out of Halcyon Glades and so this was an opportunity for us to expand the community to meet the strong demand we’re experiencing,” Dr Geissmann said. “We’ve recently welcomed our 200th resident and we’re thrilled to be in the

ORIGINALLY from Edinburgh, Scotland Charlie and Inga Somers immigrated to Australia in 1975. Having spent a majority of their working lives in rural coal mining towns in central Queensland, the Somers decided to settle in 1998 near Mt Coolum. Why did you decide to move to Living Gems Pacific Paradise? “We knew we would want to downsize our home at some point, especially after seeing our friend’s new home in a nearby lifestyle resort.” “One week after our first look at the resort we were sold! We put down our deposit and moved into a transitional home provided by Living Gems while our new home was built.” Do you have any pets? “Yes! We have one lovely dog, Mollie – she is a 15-year-old Schipperke, or more commonly known as a Belgian Barge dog.” “She really enjoys her walks; Inga and I take her to the lovely local parks to run and we will also walk her down to the local shops when we need a few bits and pieces.” What are your favourite resort activities?

position to deliver 40 more homes within Halcyon Glades.” Construction of the new homes will begin in the next few months. For all Halcyon Glades enquiries please phone 1800 814 567 or visit halcyonglades.

ESCAPE TO COUNTRY OVER 50S LIVING YOU’RE invited to the Opal by Living Gems open day in Logan Village on Saturday April 28 from 10am until 4pm. Buyers can select from the large collection of new display homes at the most affordable prices ever offered from $282,000 to $365,000. “Our premier lifestyle resort designed especially for active over 50s is nearing completion, so the final sell-out of 25 display homes and homesites are bound to be sold in record time,” reports sales manager Dennis Ring. Mr Ring says at Opal by Living Gems you will fall in love with the ambience of the adjoining nine lush hectares of parkland – a unique feature not likely to be found at other lifestyle resorts. “As well as the fantastic scenery, residents enjoy exclusive access to premium, resort-style recreational facilities and the fantastic country club. “It really is a wonderful place to live; residents enjoy the freedom to pick and choose how they spend their time;

“I am on the social committee and act as the bar manager in our country club. Both Igna and myself enjoy various activities in the resort such as lawn bowls – we recently competed against the Living Gems Caboolture team at the resort open day.” “We enjoy the friendly community here at the resort and there always seems to be plenty of social interaction with the other residents.” More information 1800 785 594


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THE internationally celebrated Grammy Award-winning coloratura soprano Sumi Jo returns to Australia this July for a series of performances, including a debut recital at Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday July 21. One of the world’s greatest exponents of bel canto (beautiful singing), Sumi Jo will be joined on stage for the first time by Argentine-born baritone José Carbó. With more than 50 recordings to her credit Sumi Jo is among the highest selling classical singers in the world, and

one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. José Carbó, born in Argentina to Spanish and Italian parents, has become one of Australia’s most popular baritones, touring locally and internationally with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and Los Angeles Opera since 2005. Sumi Jo and José Carbó will ignite Australian stages with renditions of the most passionate pieces from opera and operetta, as well as tango, and traditional folk song from Jo’s native Korea. Andrew McKinnon, who has brought Sumi Jo to Australia for her two most recent tours, said he is delighted that she has accepted his invitation to return for this passionate new concert and recital series. McKinnon said “I have always loved the art of bel canto and Sumi Jo is one of the greatest interpreters of this thrilling music. I wanted to pair her with the wonderful Australian singer José Carbó to ensure that this will be an unparalleled night of romance which will live long in the memory of all who attend.” Sumi Jo and José Carbó will be accompanied by one of Australia’s most popular pianists, Guy Noble for this one night only ital in QPAC’s Concert Hall on 21 July 2018. To book go to or phone 136 246.

PORTRAIT OF HOW FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS THE Visy Theatre, at Brisbane Powerhouse offers Quiet Faith, a production that has captured many imaginations. The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates. Yet, new faith-based social

movements campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many. Generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, Quiet Faith offers a heartfelt portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life. It’s on May 11-12. To book visit


Emmanuel Moore, The Brightsiders, Sindy Sinn, Shida and Sirmano, many who hail from Brisbane. Colombian artist Gris One will join Hong Kong’s self-taught street art queen Bao Ho, Mexican calligraphy specialist Said Dokins, Malaysian artists Kenji Chai and Cloakwork, London geometric guru Rosie Wood and Indonesian artist Tuyuloveme to paint their first ever works in Australia. Festival Director Lincoln Savage said street art is helping redefine the city of Brisbane. “The program is bigger and better and signals Brisbane’s creative potential. “We encourage all locals and visitors to come out during BSAF to see new artworks created before their eyes,” said Mr Savage.

STREET artists from near and afar will gather in Brisbane until April 15 during Brisbane Street Art Festival 2018. More than 50 Australian and international artists will create 50 large scale murals in South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Paddington, Annerley and Brisbane’s CBD. Notable works will transform Fish Lane, a Telstra Exchange Building, Ric’s Bar and Brisbane Powerhouse. Festival organisers have curated street art masters from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, England, Colombia and Mexico to join leading Australian artists such as Sofles, Gus Eagleton, Fuzeillear,

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MEET six mummies - a female temple singer, a priestess, a wealthy married woman, a priest, a young man and a two-year-old boy. Virtually unwrap them through cutting-edge visualisations and state-of-the-art technology at Queensland Museum’s latest exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives on now until 26 August. The exhibition sheds new light on a small part of one of the British Museum’s most popular collections and highlights the scientific investigation undertaken by its curators using CT scanning technology. Queensland Museum Network’s Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the exhibition helps illustrate how these individuals lived. “Through large-screen visualisations, visitors to the Queensland Museum will be able to learn more about these six mummies and have an insight into their lives which covers a time-span stretching between 900 BC and AD 180,” he said. “The advanced technology used will let our visitors delve into the secrets of mummification through the intact wrappings and within. “Complementing the mummies are contextual objects from the British Museum’s extensive collection that will help paint a picture of what day-to-day life was like in ancient Egypt and dispel a

THE sixth annual Writers Group Convention opens at Enoggera Bowls Club on Saturday April 21 with a program suited to writers of all levels. Expert speakers will demonstrate how to market yourself and your work, how to self-publish or be traditionally published, and how to write your way to success. Members of writers’ groups will be available to answer questions. For more information visit our website or Facebook page. Tickets available from website $20 per person. Morning tea included writersgroupconvention/ Email:

Bracelet, lapis-lazuli, gold, cornelian, glazed composition, circa 1330BC, excavated in Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Biban elMuluk, Upper Egypt. © Trustees of the British Museum (2018). myth that mummification was just for Pharaohs.” While the exhibition is underpinned by detailed and unprecedented scientific analysis of what lies beneath the coffins and bandages, the six mummies are treated as individuals, not as objects. As part of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives there will be a series of themed After Dark events for 18+ and Night at the Museum family events. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives was developed by the British Museum and will be on display at Queensland Museum until August 26. Tickets are on sale now through Adult tickets are $21; Concession tickets $18, Children (3-15 years) enter for $12; and Family passes (2A + 2Ch) are $58.

BARD’S TIMELESS COMEDY NASH Theatre’s production of one of Shakespeare’s most riotous comedies, As You Like It, opens at The Brunswick Room (at Merthyr Road Uniting Church), 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on Saturday May 12 (preview on May 11) and runs to May 26. Opening night includes supper. Book at 3379 4775, Email: Online: Website:


BASED on the novel by Heather Hach and the hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: The Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods; a fashion savvy UCLA sorority girl, who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law School, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately she defies expectations, using her knowledge of the law to successfully defend exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Legally Blonde is guaranteed to be a funny, splashy, RPAC crowd-pleaser. Friday 20 April, 7.30pm. Saturday 21 April, 2pm & 7pm. Friday 27 April, 7.30pm. Saturday 28 April, 2pm & 7pm. Visit


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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

Treasures of the deep come out of their shells


Hunted and harassed around the world, have these delicate sea creatures found sanctuary here in Samoa? RODERICK EIME delves beneath the waves in search of these enigmatic and delightful animals.

Serene but ravenous green turtles abound in total freedom on the larger of Samoa’s main islands


he determined reptile bore down with a single-mindedness only coming from eons of preprogrammed behaviour. This ancient sea creature pursued me with just one thing on its mind, and with the scent of food in its nostrils, wasn’t about to let me get away. “Oh, give it to him for heaven’s sake,” came the plea from Gardenia, my otherwise patient Samoan guide, and with that I relented and released the fragment of pawpaw into the water. Within seconds Crush’s ravenous jaws were munching contentedly on the bright yellow chunk of fruit. Sea turtles, in this case green turtles, are about the most serene and kindlylooking animals anywhere on the planet. Most times anywhere else, you’d be jumping out of your skin at the rare sight of one, yet here among the Samoan islands the delightful critters abound. Crush is my name for the largest turtle here in the pool at the little village

of Satoalepai on the far north coast of Savai’i, the largest and northernmost of the two Samoan mainlands. The local family sell tickets to tourists and visitors for ST$5 (about A$2.50) and you are supplied with all the ripe pawpaw the turtles can eat and all the time you want to swim and canoodle with the lovable creatures. I’m told the juvenile turtles here are coaxed from fishermen for a few tala and allowed to grow to maturity before release. But the story varies depending on who you ask. Either way, the dozen or so current residents are in good shape with plenty of room in clean water. As an amateur SCUBA diver, I also enjoyed a few dives in the crystal clear waters here on the very edge of the South Pacific. Each dive yielded at least one turtle encounter with one underwater exploration near the far eastern tip of Upolu (the other island) delivering eight turtles including the biggest damn Greenie I’ve ever seen. The 200kg

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monster crept out from under a ledge as I swam past, scared the daylights out of me and nonchalantly swam off. Most of the world’s turtles are on the World Conservation Union (IUCN) endangered species list as a result of overfishing, deadly driftnets and environmental degradation, particularly to feeding and nesting grounds. In spite of a US National Park Service assessment that places the animals in regional decline, my own unscientific observations would beg to differ. In the lagoon at Fagamalo I was even treated to the gold medal sighting of a critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle grazing unperturbed on algae at about 10m as I photographed it from every angle possible. “She’s there most times we dive,” says Fabien Lebon, the expert dive guide on Savai’i, “ ‘bonjour Fabien’ she says ‘so just one diver today, oh okay’ and keeps eating. My daughter calls her Vanessa.” In Samoa the animals have some nominal protection thanks to their mythical status as a saviour of lost seamen. The local name “I’a sa,” translates directly as “sacred fish”. Then there’s the old Samoan legend of the turtle and the shark which recalls unhappy Fonuea, an elderly blind villager, who cast herself and her daughter Salofa into the ocean to be reborn as sea creatures away from the unkind hands of humans. “Lalelei!, Lalelei!, Lalelei!” the villagers still cry coaxing the pair to reappear at the foot of the cliff. But don’t point or they will immediately disappear, reminded of the cruel treatment that caused their despair. When caught, turtles weep profusely and this sometimes engenders enough sympathy to throw them back to the sea instead of on the fire. True, despite both legend and legislation, turtles are still

Samoan fire dance caught for food, although much less so in Samoa than other islands such as Fiji where they are gathered and slaughtered live in the Suva markets to the horror of onlookers. Samoa challenges any writer to avoid the common clichés of “hidden gem”, “best kept secret” or “tropical paradise” precisely because it matches them all exactly. The great novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, sought refuge and inspiration here in his final years and is laid to rest overlooking Apia. Remote and almost unattainable, Samoa lies at the limit of most regional airlines’ reach, while conveniently avoiding mention in most tourist texts dominated by closer cousins Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Samoa’s lack of pervasive tourism infrastructure is a key selling point. The relatively few resorts are low impact, relaxed and uncrowded. Vigorous touts, tacky tourist haunts and Chinese-made souvenirs are rare, leaving most attractions to the native ingenuity of the locals.

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THE travel destinations for 2018 World traveller LEN RUTLEDGE offers his predictions.


he travel and tourism industry is booming as more and more people take advantage of low airfares and increased opportunities to see new places. While there has been some resistance to increased visitor numbers in some European destinations, much of the world is still welcoming visitors with open arms. The following destinations are sure to please if you visit in 2018.

THE PHILIPPINES Brilliant green rice fields, teeming cities, colourful jeepneys, stunning beaches, and smiling, happy-go-lucky people are all part of the Philippines scene. With more than 7000 tropical islands to choose from, you can find what you are looking for. Divers have long known about the country’s underwater attractions while Northern Palawan is perfect for sea kayakers, and Boracay is a world-class kiteboarding and beach destination. The Philippines was colonised for 400 years and vestiges of the Spanish era can be seen in exuberant town festivals and centuries-old stone churches while huge shopping malls, fast-food chains and widespread spoken English come from the influence of the Americans.

Tintswalo on the Atlantic coast of South Africa offers colonial-style luxury Manila, the capital, is a pulsating hub that blends the quaint with the modern, the mundane with the extraordinary. Cebu is a choice tourist destination with balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and luxurious resorts. Banaue is a place for nature adventures and cultural immersion and the rice terraces are quite extraordinary. Palawan has thick green forest, white-sand beaches, sparkling water and magnificently sculpted jade islands. Philippines Airlines flies from Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney to Manila

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ACROSS 1 Should you give the drunken derelict an item proving his authority to be there? (10) 6 Anne’s master redefined social behaviours (7) 8 When ill, I retch more than once or twice (6) 9 A place for a nest egg or perhaps each hundred (5) 11 Live the first day in full health (5) 12 A yeoman of the guard gives away beef for the diner (5) 14 Employ a leading politician to fold (5) 16 Useful to put with your job application if you wish to start working again (6) 17 Gently touched the right desk to move it (7) 18 Hope in a pastor one revisited (10)

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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 Conduct (9) 6 Cuts (wood) (5) 9 Explorer Columbus (10) 10 Long fish (3) 11 Retention (7) 12 Ban (7) 13 Actor, - Flynn (5) 15 Courier; herald (9) 16 Related to government (9) 18 Reason (5) 20 Hold (7) 21 Establish truth (7) 24 Much - About Nothing (3) 25 Liquid present beneath the Earth’s surface (10) 26 Loose garment (5) 27 Impediment (9)

DOWN 1 Dollars (colloq) (5) 2 Port (7) 3 View; panorama (5) 4 Layer that absorbs most of the sun’s UV radiation (5) 5 Theatre practice (9) 6 Relating to the body (9) 7 Unwrapping (7) 8 Strong variety of acid (9) 13 Eager; anticipatory (9) 14 Sluggish (9) 15 Early Apple computer model (9) 17 16th US president (7) 19 Sparkle (7) 21 Principle; tenet (5)

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Your Time Brisbane April 2018  

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